Hello and welcome to: Keeping it Scripturally Simple in truth. Or as I like to call it KISSIT. My name is Billy and I would like for you to join me on my quest. A quest that would unknowingly guide me to the answers I had to find for myself.
You see, in my younger days I had questions about this whole … ‘God’ thing. Is He real? If He is, why are there so many different religions? Why is there pain and death? WHY, WHY, WHY?
The bible at Mathew 7:7 says: “Keep on asking, and it will be given to you; keep on seeking, and you will find; keep on knocking, and it will be opened to you.” https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+7%3A7-8&version=NIV .
Notice it says to “keep on”. That means that one doesn’t just ask one or two times. But we have to keep on searching until the answer is revealed to us.
I’m not here to talk to you about my childhood story but, probably like many of yours, it was not the greatest. Although it did put me on the path to my quest.
My dad was an alcoholic and we had moved eleven times by the time I was sixteen. He always found a new church to attend once we were settled.
Through the years I heard preachers say that, more than any other quality, that God’s number one quality, was love. 1st John 4:8 “He that does not love has not come to know God, because God is love.” https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+John+4%3A8&version=NIV . Then in another sermon the preacher would say, “If you don’t do as this God of love asks you to do, He would throw you into hell and burn you up over and over through all eternity.”
I asked preachers to explain it to me but they just told me that I was not meant to understand the ways of God. Then they would quote me the scripture at Isaiah 55:8 “For the thoughts of you people are not my thoughts, nor are my ways your ways.” https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah+55%3A8-9&version=GW .
At the age of twelve it made absolutely no sense to me that God would burn me for all eternity just because I didn’t listen to Him. So I said a prayer to God and I asked Him, “If you are real God, please let me find the truth about you.” I’ve been reading the bible ever since because I figured if there was a truth about God it would be in the bible.
I am now sixty five years old and I have found the answers to most of my questions. KISSIT is forum that I will use to answer questions that you may have about God, the bible or even life itself, via what I have gathered from the bible.
Please note that as I explain the answers to any questions that may arise, I am not attacking anyone who chooses to believe differently than I do, I couldn’t even if I wanted to. You have a God-given right to believe whatever to choose to believe. That means no one can tell you what to believe, not even God Himself. Some will say, “Oh yes He does”, but He doesn’t.
When He created Adam He gave him a choice. That choice was to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and bad or not to eat from it. You can find that in the bible at Genesis 2:17. He created us and angels with the right to love Him or not. He didn’t make us slaves with no other choice than to love Him. What kind of God would that be? You can’t make someone love you.
Now you may be beginning to understand how I became to be on this quest. So many questions and very few answers that made any sense from the churches that claim to know God.
In my years of research I have asked others how they feel about God or the bible. Most will say there are two things they will not talk about, God and politics. The two things that have the most impact on our lives, are the same ones that most will not talk about.
Why? Because they are so confusing. It seems that everyone has a different answer. Is that the way it should be? If there is a true God should He not have the true answers to these questions? The bible at 2 Timothy 3:16 says, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.” https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Timothy+3%3A16&version=NLT .
So how do you know when you have the truth about any matter? To answer that question, I’ve found you have to be like a crime scene investor. You continuously eliminate that which makes no sense until all the evidence comes together to paint a picture of what took place.
That is what I will do here at KISSIT. I will use the bible to answer questions that come from you the listener. If you think about it, wouldn’t God give us simple answers? 2 Peter 3:8 says, “But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Peter+3%3A8&version=NIV .
If we break that down it may help us to understand that the answers to our questions would need to be simple because a sixty two and a half old man would only be one and a half hours old in God’s eyes. How did I come to that conclusion? If a thousand years is one day, then five hundred years would be twelve hours, two hundred and fifty years would be six hours, one hundred and twenty five years would be three hours and sixty two and a half years would only be an hour and a half in God’s eyes.
It is for this reason that I do not believe that God would make the answers to our questions difficult. As a matter of fact, I think the answers would have to be simple because in the eyes of God we are all young children, if not babies.
If you are interested in finding out if the answers to your questions are in the bible, then please leave a comment and together we’ll see if the bible has the answers.
If you would like to start at the beginning of this journey of blog posts, here they are listed in chronological order: