Hello and welcome back to kiss it. My last blog was mostly on hellfire, but my underlying focus was on how God has been misrepresented by humans. So, who am I to be telling you that God has been misrepresented? Nobody. I might add that God’s misrepresentation goes much further than that of my previous blog. I call this blog Keeping It Scripturally Simple In Truth, because I go to the bible for the answers on all topics.
You may say, “These are your beliefs.” And you are right, they are, but I believe because as I read the bible I keep finding common sense answers to all my questions. The bible gave me the truth; man gives me lies. The bible has the answers to all the questions about life, aliens, other gods, religion, governments, racism and whatever else you want to know about, if you have the ear to hear. John 10:27: “My sheep know my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” (NWT) https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+10%3A27
I will get to all those other questions and more. But first, when trying to
understand the crime, in this case, life, one always starts at the beginning. The bible is God’s way of proving who He is. Remember – and I like to use this metaphor, of a sandwich – you can change the bread which is the bible’s translation, but you cannot change the meat, which is the message within the scriptures. Ready to start keeping it scripturally simple?
Has your search for God been confusing? Maybe, so confusing that you don’t even want to talk about it anymore. With so many different religions, be they Christian or non-Christian, it is easy to become confused about God. How does one know the truth about God with so many different groups saying they have the “only true” way to Him? Maybe we should just give up!
You know what?
For the Love of God, we’ve not given up!
Because you’re here reading and I’m here writing. Matthew 7:7 admonishes us to keep asking, keep searching and keep knocking.
At the end of my last blog I made the statement that, ‘The whole bible comes down to two philosophies.’ And I asked the question, ‘What do you think they are?’ I told a preacher friend of mine about the two philosophies that I am about to share with you, and do you know what he said to me? “That is way too simple to be true. That is too easy.”
Remember, in God’s eyes an eighty-year-old man is around two hours old … He would not want to make His word too complicated. The bible gives us the answer to the confusion.
Let us read a scripture from Matthew 13:15 where Jesus told his disciples this, “The heart of this people has grown unreceptive, and with their ears they have heard without response, and they have shut their eyes; that they might never see with their eyes and hear with their ears and get the sense of it with their hearts and turn back, and I heal them.” (NWT)https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+13%3A15
What is the bible telling us here? Jesus knew they had eyes to see with and ears to hear with, in the physical sense. He meant that to understand God, we must have a spiritual eye, for reasoning and a spiritual ear, geared toward understanding.
How did I come to this conclusion?
Not long ago, Jesus had fed thousands of people with a few loaves of bread and a few fish. Now he was alone with his disciples after having a discussion with some of the Pharisees and Sadducees, the religious leaders in his day. He told them in Matthew 16:6, “Keep your eyes open and watch out for the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” Leaven, for those of you that do not know, is like yeast that makes bread rise in the oven. But Jesus was not talking about bread. We will continue, to see if Jesus was speaking of their physical eye or a different eye.
Verse 7 says after Jesus made that statement the disciples, ‘Began to reason among themselves saying: “Why did we not take any loaves along.” In verse 8 he asked them, “Why are you doing this reasoning among yourselves?” Notice the word ‘reasoning’? One does not reason with their eyes and ears, do they? In verse 9 he asked, “Do you not yet see the point?” Jesus is asking them to use their eye of reason or to think differently. He continues in verse 11 asking, “How is it you do not discern that I did not talk to you about loaves?” If he talked to them, he used his voice, so they would have had to use their ears to hear him.
But was it their physical ears he was wanting them to use? Verse 12 says that ‘the disciples finally grasped that he, Jesus, meant to watch out for the teachings of the Pharisees and Sadducees.’ To read that in its entirety click this link. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%2016:6-12&version=TLB
1 Peter 3:15 in part says, ‘in your hearts, always ready to make a defense before everyone that demands of you a reason for the hope in you.’ (NWT)https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Peter%203:15&version=NLV .
In Matthew 13:15 Jesus said, ‘that they might never see with their eyes and hear with their ears and get the sense of it with their hearts and turn back, and I heal them.’ https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+13%3A15&version=NLT
I read you all of that for this reason: Jesus is asking us to use our spiritual heart and get the sense of the truth of the bible. It’s not complicated at all, it’s very simple. If it makes sense, it is the truth. A lie never makes sense. Can you use your spiritual eye to see with and your spiritual ear to hear with and get the sense of it with your heart? Are you ready to get at those two philosophies?
Have you ever wondered how life came to be the way it is? All the suffering that we humans and other animals must endure in this life, on this planet, and why? I love to repeat myself, so I’ll say it again, we must start at the beginning in Genesis. No, not the Genesis of the bible this time, but the true Genesis, before the first creation came into being. I present to you from the bible, God’s side of the story. Hold on to your hats boys and girls, this is going to be different. For the love of God, see with reason and hear with understanding.
Revelation 21:6 states in part, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.”(NWT)
We are next going to Wikipedia, under the heading of Christianity it tells us this:
“This phrase is interpreted by many Christians[according to whom?] to mean that Jesus has existed for all eternity or that God is eternal. Though many commentators and dictionaries ascribe the title ‘the alpha and the omega’ to both God and to Christ, some secular sources argue otherwise.”
Barnes’ Notes on the New Testament (1974) claims: “It cannot be absolutely certain that the writer meant to refer to the Lord Jesus specifically here … There is no real incongruity in supposing, also, that the writer here meant to refer to God as such.” Most Christian denominations also teach that the title applies to both Jesus and his Father.
So which is it? One group says it’s both God and Jesus. One person of another group, Barnes, says it’s out of place for it to be of both them, ‘that the writer here meant to refer to God as the Alpha and Omega.’ Guess what, the bible has the answer to that one too! Colossians 1:15 in speaking of Jesus it says, “He is the image of the invisible God, the first born of all creation.” (NWT) https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Colossians+1%3A15
If you are the Alpha and the Omega, you have no beginning or end; therefore you cannot be born. Here the bible is saying that Jesus was the beginning of all creation, the first born. Let us see if we can find further proof that Jesus was not the Alpha and Omega. John 3:16 says, “For God loved the world so much that He gave His only-begotten son.” https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+3:16&version=KJV . What I am interested in, is this word ‘only-begotten’. Let us find out what it means. There is only one meaning at dictionary.com: ‘being the only offspring of its father.’ http://www.dictionary.com/browse/only-begotten?s=t
The bible has more proof that Jesus is not God, but we will get into that later when we speak about a belief that Christianity calls the Trinity. For now, let us get back to God’s story.
If Jesus was the first born of all creation, that must mean that before him, God was alone. Alone, being the Alpha and Omega. We, having been created in the image of our creator, can use our spirit of reason to understand what God must have been feeling. What would you be feeling … and thinking? I think, I would be thinking, ‘I do not want to be alone.’ And by all the things we see around us that must mean, God was thinking that as well. But this is not as easy as it sounds. If He did not want to be alone that means He would have to become a creator, a father. What kind of a father would He be? Would He be a harsh and demanding father? Or would He be a loving and understanding father. His choice is found at 1 John 4:8 and it reads, “He that does not love has not come to know God, because God is love.” (NWT)https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+John+4%3A8&version=NIV .
Now for God, the question becomes, what kind of love? I’m now tying into the title of this post: Oh for the Love of God!
You’re wondering, ‘What does he mean, what kind of love?’ This is where we get into those two philosophies. Two kinds of love. Love of self and love of others. From here on they will be known as selfish love and unselfish love. If God were to become a God of selfish love, that would mean He would put His wants and needs before all others. If He were to become a God of unselfish love, He would put the needs of others first. That’s not to say that God would not have control of His creation, but we all know what happens when you let others have their way.
So how would God rule, through selfish love or unselfish love? If God chose selfish love as the way to rule that would mean that all other intelligent beings that He created would be slaves with no other choice than to do what He told them to do. But God chose to become a ruler of unselfish love. He gave to every being the same choice that He had to make, to be a person of selfish love or unselfish love. What does that really mean? It means this: ‘that by their choices His children would have the right to make up their own minds about whether His way of ruling through unselfish love, was right for them or not.’ Remember God had to know the answer to all these questions before He created anything.
Unfortunately this is all the time I have. Please, for the love of God, come back soon, and we will continue to speak of, ‘God’s side of the story’ where, via the scriptures, I will focus on the first thing God created.
In the meantime, I invite you to visit my YouTube channel, where a good friend and I debate and discuss many of the same issues I address here on this blog. Bye for now …