Miscellaneous Church Doctrines
(Doctrine and Social Issues)
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'... the one who comes to Me I will certainly not throw out.' John 6: 37
Lord help me to understand the complex issues facing You and help me to navigate a world in transition as a faithful and wise child of God.

Most doctrines are discussed in individual lessons. Here we discuss a few other issues. Some are not based on any issue of right or wrong and others are controversal moral issues.

A World In Transition.
The reality of death creates many transitional states that are not ideal.
As we transition from a broken world where we have to settle for less than the ideal and actually perform acts that will be forbidden in the new world, let us make sure that we are not condemning or elevating temporary transitional customs which God allows or tolerates.
We should strive for the ideal, but we should not condemn those who prefer the transitional state. However, members must remember the concept of temperance and modesty. We must also practice fasting where we give up everything we can for the sake of God.
Transitional Situation Issue Heaven
Remarriage Death and infidelity breaks the marriage vow creating a legitimate condition of multiple wives and husbands Broken covenantNo death or sin
Divorce Only infidelity creates a situation where a person can legitimately have two living spouses. Infidelity breaks the covenant giving you the right to leave. But God hates divorce. He chose to forgive an unfaithful "wife" rather than divorce her. He lived the ideal. So God did not make a compromise with divorce. Broken covenantNo divorce or sin
Concubines Illegitimate children Innocent victims of sinNone
Illegitimate Children Marriages may have been required to protect them once the sin has already been committedNone
Slavery (Servants) Working for someone else is not the ideal, neither is having no financial opportunities Poverty, Financial systemInheritance
War The right to protect ourselves from the rampaging evil Self PreservationPeace
Eating Meat It was allowed because people faced death and famine after the floodVegetarian, no death
Euthanasia Sin causes unjust suffering and pain for everyoneSufferingNo pain
Death Touching the dead. Activities done on earth that will not be in heavenUncleanNo death
Jewelry This is not an issue of morality. God allows us to do things for beauty. Objections should be based on pride, vanity, temperance and priorities Desire to create beautyCrowns
Make Up If we can see the need for prosthetics and hearing aids, we can certainly justify efforts to deal with acne, flaking and dry skin. But make up that paints color on the body may come under the objections that God has against tattoos Hiding ImperfectionsPerfect body

Changing Absolutes
The idea that the church's doctrines are absolute are not held by those who see religion as nonsense and see the church as willing to change with public threats. The church has opened itself up to a very valid argument that it can change its doctrines based on changes in culture or public pressure because it failed to separate the absolutes of God from issues of culture and tradition. Often, the church has been the last to implement changes that God has instituted. By the time public opinion forces the changes, we find that the worldly arguments have already begun to do damage to purposes of God.

The Actions Of God In The Old Testament
Many times people talk about the vicious God in the Old testament, forgetting that the New Testament Jesus came to reveal God and that He was the God of the Old Testament. The beauty of the Bible is that is does not cover up what happened. It simply reports what took place, and because an incident occurred does not mean that God approved. And because God made laws it does not mean that He approved.
God made laws to reveal His will and to show what was good, He also made laws to protect the innocent.
Judgment Delayed
God never compromised with the first four commandments because He is always faithful. Compromise appeared with the last six commandments because the actions of both sides leaves no clear winners and may create innocent victims.

Temporary Compromise. It is also clear that in some instances God seemed to compromise, the truth is that He was waiting for a solution in time. He did not change His law, but He had to find another way to teach goodness. He was willing to ignore the less than ideal situation until he could teach His people the better way. This often happened with practices that were widespread in all areas and deeply entrenched. This is what happened in the case of multiple wives.

One of God's ways of bringing justice in this situation was to pass laws to protect the victim. The inherent injustice in the system would eventually cause it to collapse, because more laws are not the solution to an unjust situation. But with time, maybe the righteous could see life through the eyes of the victims.
This strategy of God is clearly demonstrated with divorce.

Open Disobedience. Also, remember that Israel was under a theocracy, direct rulership by God. This means that they had direct knowledge or evidence that God existed. Therefore, whereas you and I can say we are not sure and we default to common sense or common good arguments, they could not. So consequently, God's reaction to the Israelites could be more swift. Because it was clear that they were more willfully disobedient. But even then, as you will see God was extraordinarily patient.

God At War
At war God preferred no violence. He usually waited hundreds of years to drive a people out of the land (Genesis 15: 16). In war, God used fear, bees, choirs, trumpets, a sling and a pebble, light and noise. In fact, in every war that the Israelites allowed God to fight for them, His strategy was to demonstrate that the war was totally His. He used a tiny army and the most ridiculous weapons. His army did not have to lift a sword.
But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the strong. and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God. (1 Corinthians 1: 27-29)

Yes, there are stories of Israel killing men, women and children at God's command. But if you looked at every one of those nations, they had been evil for centuries and would not turn back to God. They were equally determined to destroy Israel. It was their final judgment.

God In Egypt
Egypt is another place where God showed patience. His people were being held under brutal slavery. Through a series of ten miracles, God demonstrated that He wanted the Egyptians to release His people, but they would not. Cheap labor was hard to give up.

God And Slavery
In the sixteenth and seventeenth century, many used the examples of slavery in the Old Testament to morally justify the slave trade. First of all, there were different types of slavery:

Jubilee. In the old testament, the slavery that God condoned was the type similar to indentured servants. It was a crime punishable by death to kidnap a person. But God did more than that. The longest period of servitude was seven years. He also built a system in which no person would amass wealth for generations at the expense of others. Every family owned land. If a family got in debt, they could sell their land or themselves into slavery, but only for a maximum of seven years. In the jubilee year, the first year of the next forty nine years, the year of release every slave was set free and all land returned to their original owners. So that even within the life of the person who went into debt, there was a chance to make a good life or to start over.

What was remarkable about the Jubilee, was that it was a scheduled time. A person could only lease his property not for 49 years, but until the next jubilee. So, if he sold the land two years before the jubilee, he must be released in two years even if his debt can only be paid with thirty years of labor. God also forbid lenders from withholding help just because the jubilee was near. You must have faith that God will restore the loss.

This system of God's is far better than any system of slavery or any current economic system of debt that we have today. Even now many people are trapped into slavery in the modern world by deliberate attemps by the lender to create a life time of debt.

Principles For Evaluating Controversial Bible Issues
There are several other issues addressed by the Bible or that have become controversial issues in modern times. People use various types of arguments and evidence to make their case.

The Issues
We will use a combination of laws and examples to illustrate our argument.

What Color Was Jesus?
In this smorgasbord faith and feel-good era, religion is not treated as the absolute statements of God but a social construct of man's fearful response to the unknown. If it is man-made, then this self-derived faith is expected to evolve over time since is not based on absolutes. So in our era it must be inclusive and accommodating.
One of this accommodation is to make Jesus and Santa Claus into the likeness of each ethnic group, even though Jesus came from the Jews and Santa Claus was a Caucasian invention. I don't care about Santa or about society's reinvention of a story that everyone agrees is a made-up series of myths, based largely on the history of Pagan practices. However, if one believed that Jesus was a real historical figure with a message from our Creator then this concept of a black Jesus, Chinese Jesus, Indian Jesus, Latino Jesus or white Jesus would be thought of as ludicrous. One would never think of having a Chinese Gandhi, a black Abraham Lincoln, a Jewish Muhammad, a Haitian Buddha, a white Martin Luther King Jr or an Arab Martin Luther as being acceptable.
These celebrated historical figures came out of a particular culture and that setting and their family is important to their life story and why it appeals to cross-cultural generations thousands of years later.
Would you adjust the color of the Mona Lisa or give her almond-shaped eyes? It is hypocrisy to obliterate a person's identity to recreate them in your own image so that you can be more accepting and tolerant of other people. The notion that to be more inclusive and more accepting means that we have to remake historical heroes into our own ethnic and social likeness is the most divisive of concepts and is tantamount to the practices of apartheid. We can have what we want if we get our version of it because yours is unacceptable for my ego and self esteem. That shows contempt for the heroic acts of other races and a disregard of other races to the point of practicing damnatio memoriae or "damnation of memory" by removing all references to or recognizable traces of their important story.
Look at what is happening to Christmas (Xmas or the "holiday" season). There is practically no mention of Jesus or the story of His birth and haters have even obliterated the name "Christ". What is left is a cultural holiday with an acceptable Santa in the color of your choice, which respects no one except the god of credit cards, greed and profit.
Jesus was the color that He was because He was born to a particular race because God chose their forefather Abraham, not on the basis of race but on faithfulness. If Abraham and Sara had been totally black then their generations would most likely be negroid.
The world races can be traced to the three sons of Noah and their wives. Abraham was Semitic, descended from Shem. It is generally accepted that Africans and Orientals are descended from Ham and Caucasians are descended from Japheth. Abraham and his children intermingled with the descendants of Ham, so this is the source of the claim that Jesus was black. How black was He and what did He look like?
Ham Cush Nimrod, Seba, Havilah, Sabtah, Raamah (sons: Sheba, Dedan), Sabteca Negroid (Negroid and Mongoloid)
Africa, Arabian Peninsula, Far East into China and America
Mizraim Ludim, Anamim, Lehabim, Naphtuhim, Pathrusim, Casluhim, Caphtorim Egypt
Put (Phut) No children listed  
Caanan Sidon, Heth, Jebusite, Amorite, Girgashite, Hivite, Arkite, Arvadite, Zemarite, Hamathite Giants
Sinite Mongoloid
Most scholars agree that the "black" races came through Ham. However, his descendants included very light skinned people if we believe that the Chinese were descended from him. In addition, the Canaanites were giants who settled in the Levant and were mostly destroyed by Israel.

Three to ten possible black people among tens of millions of white Jews 42 generations from Abraham does not make Jesus black. Ten thousand black people still would not make a difference. Black genes must be inserted into the gene pool of the majority of the tribes when the family was small or in the three generations of Mary's family before Jesus.
Jesus most likely looked like the Jews of His day which was most likely the same as the Jews of our day - clear skinned or white genetically, maybe tanned face by walking outdoors for long hours, but recognizably very fair skinned.
Being a person who is black from a distance I am comfortable with the fact that Jesus was white. God did not reject my ancestors because He thought lighter skinned people were genetically superior, but because my forefathers were disobedient like the ancestors of all the white races and the rest of the other semitic tribes.
Jesus had to come to earth dressed in the form of a human. He did not come with chameleon color-shifting abilities. He had to choose His ancestors. He chose Abraham not by the color of his skin but by the content of his character.

The Status Of Women And Men
As with all puzzles, the status of men and women can be understood by looking at the covenant.

Female Preachers
Women Must be Silent. The women are to keep silent in the churches; for they are not permitted to speak, but they are to subject themselves, just as the Law also says. If they desire to learn anything, let them ask their own husbands at home, for it is improper for a woman to speak in church. (1 Corinthians 15: 34-35)
You have heard the arguments before, "Women sinned first", "women must submit", "women must be seen and not heard" ... and women were not allowed to be priests in the Old Testament. Correct! Under the Levitical priesthood, women were forbidden from performing many duties. This is because the Levitical Priesthood were acting out the prophecies and duties of one male, Jesus Christ. Now, Christ is under a different priesthood, according to the order of Melchizadek. Here the rules are different. We do not know all of them but here are some.

Authority: Obedience To Those In Charge
While the Bible advocates submission to those in charge, it does not advocate blind obedience. Obedience must first be tested against the requirements of the Lord. So we are free to disobey any orders that would lead to sin.
Submission does not mean that you have to lay aside your common sense and duty to God. However, in areas of disagreement not related to morals, the Bible position would be that the one who has the duty of submission must give the benefit of the doubt to the one in authority.
Unfortunately, this whip of unilateral submission has caused many criminal, immoral, incompetent people to wield authority. This is not a bondage that God intends. All disobedience to those in authority should be based on the following.
Obedience to the Law. To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word it is because they have no light. (Isaiah 8: 20)

Culture And The Laws Of God
Too often cultural changes have dictated changes in the church. When the world has been the source of the installation of the perfect will of God, that record has been used as a hammer to tear apart and bludgeon the beliefs of the church. It is our own fault. If we loved God we would have been leaders in installing righteousness and justice. Instead the church has been too often the enablers, seekers of power, influence, status and money and defenders of the unrighteous status quo.
A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;
Self-Controlled. Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;
Demonstrated Leadership. One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)
Experienced Christians. Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.
Good Reputation In The World. Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
(1 Timothy 3: 2-7)

Birth Control And Abortion
Any method used to prevent a pregnancy or stop the birth of a child.

Day 0 Cycle Day 1-5 Day 6-13 Day 14 Day 15-28 Cycle40 Weeks
Process Menstruation Follicle matures Ovulation Endometrium grows Pregnancy
Hormone FSH, LH Estrogen, LH LH LH, progesterone HCG
Low estrogen, progesterone Estrogen High levels of estrogen and progesterone
Fertility Least Fertile Most Fertile Implant Baby
Purity Unclean Clean

General Methods.
The methods target the function of these structures. Kill the egg. Block the delivery tubes. Make the uterus inhospitable. Trap the sperm. Separate the egg from the sperm. Remove the baby.
Ovary Fallopian Tube Uterus Cervix Vagina - Penis Vas DeferensTestes
Egg Egg Delivery Tube Egg flow Baby Baby chamber Sperm flow Sex Organs Sperm flow Delivery Tube Sperm Sperm

Birth Control Abortion
Natural Artificial Abortion Legal Surgical Abortion Illegal
Ovulation Emergency
Gestation Birth
Egg Egg Blood Heart beat Limb Move Brain FaceSmile, hear, see Grow
Contact FertilizationxImplantation Blastocyst Embryo Fetus
Day 1Day 10 Day 18 Week 3 5 7 8 10 Week 14-27 28-40
Sperm Sperm First Trimester Second Trimester Third
Method Class How it Works Prevents
Abstinence (100%)
and Ancient Methods
Ancient Methods
Avoiding any sexual contact.
Fact! This is the only method that is 100% effective in preventing STD and pregnancy
Social Barriers Separate facilities for boys and girls (school, recreation) Contact
Chaperone Social interaction between the sexes occurs with supervision Contact
Chastity Belt A locked, metal underwear worn by the woman or man Contact
Internet Sex, pictures, phone sex, sexting, massage Outercourse
Sexual pleasure by sight, sounds, words, teasing, promises. This is the sin of lust Contact
Masturbation, oral sex, anal, dry sex (frottage) Sexual pleasure without inserting the penis into the vagina. Pregnancy is still possible with dry sex. This is still sin.
Sexually transmitted infections occur with all these methods
Douche, Sitting Ancient MethodsRemoving the sperm by washing or by gravity. Ineffective Fertilization
Rhythm (75%) Having contact when the egg has not been released Fertilization
Male Contraceptives Withdrawal (73%)
"Coitus Interruptus"
Removing the penis before the majority of the sperm enters the vagina Fertilization
"Coitus Reservatus" Squeezing the base of the penis to stop ejaculation Fertilization
Ancient Methods FemaleSupernatural
» Turn a spinning wheel backward at midnight.
» Walk over the graves of dead female ancestors.
» Throw corn kernels, apples, or nails into a well or spring at a magical hour every month.
Tubal Implant
(Micro insert) Essure
Non-Surgical Plug(99.7%) Scar tissue forms around a (Nickel-Titanium) metal coil inserted into the fallopian tube and blocks the tube causing sterilization Fertilization
Male Contraceptives Injected Plugs Plugs
Liquid injected then hardens and blocks the flow of sperm in the vas deferens Fertilization
Male Contraceptives Intra Vas Device (IVD) Surgical
Silicone implants that blocks the flow of sperm in the vas deferens Fertilization
Male Contraceptives RISUG (Reversible Inhibition of Sperm Under Guidance) The compound blocks the vas deferens and breaks the cell wall of sperm that pass by, making the man infertile Fertilization
Male Contraceptives Condom (89%) Barrier and Spermicide
Stops the exchange of sperm and body fluids.
Fact! Only latex condoms can reduce the spread of STD
Female condom (79%) Stops the exchange of sperm and body fluids Fertilization
Diaphragm (83%) Stops the sperm from entering the uterus Fertilization
Cervical cap (77-83%) Stops the sperm from entering the uterus Fertilization
Ancient Methods Male Sheath Oiled linen, goat bladders, animal intestines, blowfish intestines, horn, tortoise shell, leather, and vulcanized rubber Fertilization
Ancient Methods
Female Suppository
Crocodile dung, oiled paper, olive oil, honey, beeswax, sea sponges or cloth soaked in vinegar or lemon juice, quinine, rock salt and alum. Ouch! Fertilization
Gel, foam, cream, sponge, suppository, or film Spermicide
Chemical spermicide, kills the sperm. They are often used in combination with other methods to increase the chance of success. Fertilization
Male Contraceptives Tight Underwear (Suspensories) Thermal spermicide. Body heat causes low sperm count Fertilization
Male Contraceptives External Heat Heat kills the sperm. It is applied by sauna, ultrasound, hot water, incandescent light bulb Fertilization
Male contraceptives Glycoprotein Enzyme Prevents sperm from recognizing and binding to the egg by mimicking a glycoprotein in the cell wall of the egg Fertilization
Male contraceptives Male contraceptive Testosterone Prevents sperm production Production
Male contraceptives Male contraceptive Vitamin A
Retinoic Acid
Disrupting Vitamin A receptor prevents sperm production Production
Diet and Foods Natural Hormones
Ancient Methods
Some foods are a natural source of hormones Production
Abortion e.g. Wild yam, neem oil, pomegranate, queen Anne's lace seeds, smartweed leaves, apricot kernel, Vitamin C, rue, cotton root bark, rutin, tofu Implantation
Lactation May be infertile for up to six months of daily breast feeding Production
Increased Cancer RiskFact! Young girls who go on the pill may be increasing their risk of breast and ovarian cancer at an early age due to increased hormones
("The Pill") Oral Contraceptives Artificial Hormones

(Estrogen and Progestin)
A combination of hormones that prevent ovulation (the formation and release of an egg) Production
The Patch Medicine given every week by a patch on the skin Production
The Ring A ring inserted into the vagina every month has drugs Production
Ancient Methods Potions Mercury, urine, animal parts, and copper sulphate.
Fact! Don't laugh! Horse urine is used to make "The Pill".
Norplant Hormone

(Progestin Only)

(Synthetic Progestin)
Time release capsules implanted under the skin gives long term suppression of ovulation Production
("Morning After Pill")

Emergency Contraceptive 80% effective
Used within 72 hours after sex. Releases high doses of progesterone which tells the body not to ovulate Production
If ovulation has occurred it prevents fertilization and makes the egg wall difficult to penetrate by the sperm. Fertilization
Abortion If sperm and egg have joined it prevents the cells from attaching to the wall of the uterus Implantation
MicroCHIPS Abortion Remote-control chip implant of levonorgestrel lasts 16 years *Implantation
Depo-Provera Abortion An injection of Progestin every three months Implantation
Ella One
"Abortion Pill"
Ulipristal Acetate Abortion Works for 120 hours. Disrupts progesterone to delay ovulation Production
Abortion Suppress maturation of the endometrium Implantation
Abortion Combined with levonorgestrel for emergency contraceptionGestation
("Abortion Pill")
2 mg prevents ovulation Production
10 mg delays ovulation 3 or 4 days. Sperm has time to die Production
Abortion 200 mg prevents implantation. Aborts with prostaglandin Implantation
Abortion 600 mg prevents gestation by breaking down the endometrium Gestation
Abortion Reduces progesterone and causes menstruation and the loss of pregnancy Implantation
Abortion (Herbal)Hormones, pH Abortion Inducing abortion with herbs. Evening Primrose, black cohosh, blue cohosh, angelica, parsley, pennyroyal, tansy, pineapple, vitamin C Implantation
IUD (Intra Uterine Device) "The Coil" Intrauterine Implant
Abortion Prevents implantation by irritating the lining of the uterus. Copper is a spermicide Implantation
IUS (Intra Uterine System) Abortion Contains Progestin hormone Production
Ancient Methods Ancient IUD Abortion Pebbles, glass, metal, gut and silver wire (1920's) Implantation
Tubal LigationSurgical
Cut the fallopian tube to stop the egg from moving down the tube Fertilization
Hysterectomy Removal of the uterus Fertilization
Male Contraceptives Vasectomy Cut the vas defrens to stop the sperm from moving down the tube Fertilization
Male Contraceptives Castration The testicles and sometimes the penis removed Contact
Ancient MethodsSub-incision Male Contraceptives Cut a small hole in the male urethra at the base of the penis. During ejaculation semen leaks out of the hole Fertilization
Ancient Methods Coat Hanger Surgical Abortion
Abortion An amateur scrapes the uterus with any foreign object Gestation
D&C Abortion A doctor opens the cervix and scrapes the lining of the uterus Gestation
Menstrual Extraction Abortion Contents of uterus sucked out when period is due Gestation
Abortion (Surgical) Abortion Killing an unborn baby and removing if from the womb Birth
Male Contraceptives Threat, violence Mental Abortion Psychological pressure to have an abortion Birth
Embryonic Stem CellsTest Tube Pregnancies Abortion Union of egg and sperm outside the womb within species or between species for the purpose of research causing destruction of life or creating a hybrid creature of two different kinds of species or a creature without two parents Implantation
Abortion These birth control methods are abortion if life begins at conception

Fact! Comstock Law, "Circulation of, Obscene Literature and Articles for Immoral Use".
This law which was enacted on March 3, 1873 banned "dirty books", birth control devices and information on such devices, abortion, and information on sexuality and on sexually transmitted diseases. In a 1938 case involving Margaret Sanger, Judge August Hand lifted the federal ban on birth control. It ended the use of the Comstock Law to target birth control information and devices.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) or Venereal Diseases (VD).
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) List
SourceDisease CureComplications
Bacteria Contact
Body Fluids
Chlamydia -YesInfertility, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), Blindness
Gonorrhea -Yes
Syphilis -YesInsanity
ContactChancroid CondomsYes-
Donovanosis CondomsYesOpen sores
Lymphogranuloma Venereum (LGV) CondomsYes-
Contact MRSA CondomsYesDrug Resistant
ContactNon-gonococcal urethritis (NGU) CondomsYes-
Trichomoniasis CondomsYesNGU
Pubic lice (Crabs) CondomsYes-
Scabies CondomsYes-
FungusContactCandidiasis (Yeast, Thrush) CondomsYes-
Tinea Cruris
(Jock Itch)
Virus ContactHuman Papilloma Virus (HPV)
Genital Warts
CondomsNoneOral, cervical and anal cancer. Infects children. Infertility
  Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) Infects without blisters or signs
ContactGenital Herpes CondomsNoneHSV 1,2
Body Fluids
Oral Herpes CondomsNoneHSV 3,4,5,8
Epstein-Barr NoneHSV 4
Mononucleosis NoneHSV 5
Kaposi's Sarcoma herpes virus NoneHerpes 8 (KSHV)
Contact Molluscum Contagiosum Virus (MCV) CondomsNoneMCV2
Contact MCV1-MCV4
Adenovirus CondomsNoneObesity
Body Fluids
HIV/AIDS -NoneDeath
HTLV 1,2 -None-
Hepatitis B CondomsNoneSaliva
Hepatitis A, E CondomsNoneFecal-Oral
Body Fluids
ZIKA Mosquito Virus -NoneMicrocephaly. STD, brain birth defect
Contact  Sexual Contact. Genitals, oral, anal, skin-skin, mucous
Body Fluids  Body Fluids. Blood, semen, saliva, piercing, tattoo, needle
Contact  By Mouth. Saliva
Contact  Other Contact. Clothes, towels, sheets, razors, utensils
  Some diseases can be transmitted by non-sexual contact
Condoms Condoms alone will not stop the infection
Cures. A vaccine does not cure infections. If taken before an infection it prepares the body to fight it. Cures are only effective until the microorganism mutates to defeat it
Some strains of gonorrhea used to be resistant to antibiotics, either that is no longer the case or they are minimizing the risk by reporting that it is curable
» An Incurable Disease and A Baby? Pregnancy is not the only consequence of sex that can last a life time. Contraceptives provide protection against pregnancy but not sexually transmitted diseases. In 1996 over one million people per day were infected.
Today there are over 30 STDs, many are incurable or resistant to medication. Some are transmitted simply by contact and others by the exchange of body fluids.

» Planning on Getting a Fatal Disease With Pills For Life? In researching all the medical information on STDs I was amazed at how safe they tried to present all diseases, even AIDS. I got the impression that it is no big deal if I was infected because there is a cure or way to "manage the disease". Information on the consequences were not forthcoming, neither was information on the ineffectiveness of condoms in many diseases.
Fact! Betting Your Life on Condoms? Abstinence is the only method that is 100% effective against pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Latex Condoms are the only birth control method that has any effect on some STDs and it is not 100% effective, especially on diseases that are transmitted by contact.

Prevalence. In the 1960's only one in 50 had an STD, now it is one in four. Every four seconds someone is infected with an STD. 19 million people are infected each year, half of these are children. One out of six Americans have incurable herpes and there may be no visible signs that your partner is infected.
84% of sexually active teens use condoms, but 25% of them have an STD.

Consequences. Researching STDs has exposed a startling fact, the consequences of STDs are not mentioned or are down played. Instead, articles focus on "safe sex" and medical "treatment". Lost in the rhetoric is the fact that "treatment" does not mean "cure". It is unclear that many of these diseases are incurable or will affect your children or your future spouse. It was difficult to find information on oral transmission of the disease. Gonorrhea was listed as curable and none of the top sites that I researched hinted that some strains of gonorrhea are drug resistant. It was also unclear that even condoms will not stop transmission of diseases spread by contact on other places of the body. Condoms will only stop the exchange of body fluids and the pathogens in those fluids. But oral sex, and exposed skin, defeats all these barriers and spreads some infections.

It's Just Sex! What's The Big Deal?.
This seems to be a common message prompted by Hollywood. You are not merely choosing the color of nail polish or lipstick or pizza versus hamburger. The big deal is that the intimacy of sex and marriage are used to define the sacred closeness between God and His people. But if God is not important to you, the big deal is that it leads to STDs, pregnancy, abortion, out of wedlock children, broken families, cheap relationships and long term psychological harm. This attitude is like taking a rare and precious gem and using its sharp edges to scrape mold from the grout between the bathroom tiles. It is like vomiting on your wedding cake or using your rare beaded and lace trimmed, white wedding gown as toilet paper.

Everybody Else Is Doing It! So Why Not?.
The fact is that everyone else is not doing it and "why not" is because God says so and there are terrible consequences for you and your children. You will never forget the child you have given up by abortion or adoption. You will probably never recover from the financial set backs and responsibilities imposed by caring for children when you are an unprepared child. You will ruin your future and the future of your children, condemning your family to a life of poverty and condemning you to be passed from one partner to another, because it is all about free sex, not love and commitment.

"Age Appropriate" Sexual Material.
With the prevalence of sexual messages in the media, parents are forced to address this information earlier than God intended. In this context, one believes that such information should be limited to teaching young children the names of their body parts and the concept of privacy and inappropriate touching by any other person. In August 2009, 700 Club reported on what the United Nations guidelines say that such age appropriate materials should be. This includes teaching five year olds about masturbation and teaching eleven year old girls about their right to have an abortion. This is the same type of early indoctrination suggested by pedophiles.
So, we must agree that some "age appropriate" curriculum is now necessary, but the term "age appropriate" conceals a different agenda by various groups.
» The Inevitable. In June 2013 Plan B One-Step abortion pill became available for all girls without a prescription.

Definition Of Fornication.
Flee fornication (sexual immorality) ... (1 Corinthians 6: 18)
Fornication is any sexual contact before marriage or sexual contact after marriage with any person other than your spouse. This includes any of the alternate sexual methods.

Definition Of Ritual Purity.
In other lessons we have defined "unclean" as realities or conditions, behaviors and habits that will not exist in heaven. So a creature was not created unclean, but is made unclean by a behavior that occurs because sin entered the world. So let us describe it medically. In the case of uncleanliness because of the menstrual cycle notice the following.

Abortion Procedures And Methods.
The legality of abortion has changed with scientific knowledge. The current reasoning is based on survivability outside the womb (24 weeks). Others are trying to set the standard at fetal pain.
Some abortion methods seem humane but others are just barbaric. The difference is based on the ability of the baby to pass through the cervix. Since the worst procedures are done on older children it actually looks like a gruesome murder and it is inhumane if the child can feel pain.

First Trimester (Feeling Pain). When does a baby feel pain? Abortionists tell women that pain is felt at 28 weeks so that we do not feel guilty about what will occur. They also do not tell women about the gruesome way in which the babies are removed, because even if we do believe that there is no pain, our humanity would naturally recoil at the barbaric procedures on the most innocent of human souls.

Pain is transmitted through the sensory system. At five weeks the brain, heart and spinal column begin development. At seven weeks the baby is one third of an inch (0.84 cm) long and the heart races at 150 beats per minute. At nine weeks, the embryo responds to touch from the outside by moving. At twelve weeks the body systems begin functions such as urination, peristalsis and breathing movement of the chest. At fourteen weeks the baby is 3 inches long (7.6 cm) and looks more human in appearance. He or she will respond to touch, has feelings and can feel pain. Some claim that the ability to feel pain begins at twenty weeks because all the structures are formed. However, the circumstantial evidence shows that they can feel by at least nine weeks. So it is tragic that the abortion methods involve dismemberment without anesthesia.
Because the child is so small, the more barbaric procedures are not used and the medical staff can distance themselves more easily from the tiny living being before them especially if he or she is lost among all the other tissue that is removed and discarded.

Unfertilized Seed Unborn ChildLiving Child
3 Layers of Cells < 1 Inch 1-3 Inches 6-10 Inches 10-16 inches (Barbie) 16+ inches 21 inches
EggEgg Prevent DirectionSperm EmbryoFirst Trimester FetusSecond Trimester BabyThird Trimester Person Human
Separate Cells 1...5heart9Embryo131416Fetus212427282930Fetus40Baby
RU-486 (2 - 10 mg) RU486+, ME Suction, D&CHysterotomy, D&E, Saline Partial birth, ProstaglandinGarbage
No Baby ? Feels PressureFeels Pain Feels Pain
Birth Control Legal AbortionIllegal AbortionMurder
Moral Immoral Methods Immoral and Illegal Methods

At what point is this child a person? What makes "it" a person? When does "it" acquire value? When should you begin to care for this child, protect "it" and give him or her recognition, rights and status? Why does passing through the birth canal under certain conditions give superior rights any more than having a penis give superior rights?

Second Trimester. At fourteen weeks the child is the size of a Barbie doll. The baby smiles, frowns, wrinkles the forehead and responds to touch. At sixteen weeks the baby's eyes are sensitive to light even though it is sealed shut. He or she will shield their eyes from bright lights. At seventeen weeks the baby runs away from the 'noisy' doppler used to measure heart beat, covers the ears if there is a loud noise and can distinguish bitter and sweet taste. This is more evidence that the baby can feel pain at this time. At twenty one weeks the baby moves vigorously, responds to you and can be soothed by you. At twenty three weeks the baby weighs 16 ounces (448 g) and is the size of a twelve inch doll. At twenty six weeks there is brain wave activity as the baby responds to light and sound and will play with you through the wall of the belly. At twenty seven weeks the eyes are open. This is the point where legal abortion usually ends.

Third Trimester. At 30 weeks the fetus learns and forms memories.

» Here's Your Choice. At this point doctors are faced with killing a tiny human being if the violence of the delivery does not cause death. Death is usually by poisoning, deliberate neglect or dismemberment (cutting up the baby in pieces).
How can we choose dismemberment as a method of execution for an innocent victim who responds, sees, feels, moves and plays? How can it not be a gruesome murder when the baby is alive and feels while it is being cut up? A baby responds to touch at 9 weeks and definately feels pain by 14 weeks.
Given the activities of the child how can any disposal method not be the painful murder of a defenceless human being?

Abortion And The Definition Of Human Life.
The debate about birth control, abortion and murder first centers around your definition of when life and value begins. So I maintain that when the emotional rhetoric about "person" or "baby" and "just a fetus" are stripped away, the debate is not really about whether a ball of eight cells or a 4 inch (10 cm) baby is life. It is life, but does it have value?

» Murder By Abortion. So, under the strict definition that a life begins at fertilization, any method that prevents implantation, gestation or birth is murder.
» Birth Control. Some methods of birth control could be classified as abortion, not all. So there is no moral biblical basis, other than health concerns, for condemning the use of any birth control method that prevents production, contact or fertilization by partners in a moral relationship that is allowed in the Bible.
If birth control is immoral, then under the same arguments so is celibacy that is by the will of man, not the supernatural gift of God. After all, God did command us to "be fruitful and multiply" (Genesis 1: 28). Celibacy is even worse because it could cause genocide in one generation and the end of humanity. So if you can pick and choose who should be celibate, then you should be able to pick and choose when to get pregnant if the method does not kill the growing cells of a child.
» Embryonic Stem Cells. If the cells cannot be grown into a human, then experimenting with them is the same as using cadavers. If the cells can be grown then their destruction is equivalent to an external abortion.

FYI Abortion kills about 1.3 million children annually in the United States since it was legalized in 1973. 3,500 each day.

Waiting For God Or Playing God.
In all life or death situations, humans go to great lengths to throw the ball back into the heavenly courts when they are presented with real suffering. They will hide themselves from the victims and their decisions by covering up the sights and sounds of suffering. They will bait God into intervening.

Birth Control And The Bible.
The bible does not solve the problem of murder and the age of the unborn child. What is the relative value of a living human being, an unborn child and an unfertilized egg? Common sense and decency tells us that there is something wrong with killing a child in late term pregnancy or who can survive outside the womb.

Property Rights.
Let us look closely at this issue of property rights. God owns all property but He give the rights of use to families forever. During this time the family can do anything with this asset. They can rent, lease and use it as collateral. You can even sell yourself into slavery to pay a debt. However, to prevent poverty, all such agreements can only last until the next Jubilee.

It appears to give enormous powers to a despot or a loving, benevolent ruler but guarantees no poverty, but an opportunity to every generation. When Adam sinned He sold himself and his family into slavery and he gave away his rights to the land to Satan. But under this law of inheritance, He had to be freed and the land returned to him in 50 periods of time. Satan could never have rights to it forever. However, in his weakened state it was inevitable that Adam and his children would have sold themselves into slavery over and over again. Therefore, God chose other tactics other than the jubilee to rescue Adam before 50 periods of time.

Freedom Of Conscience Issues.
Contraception Abortion
Information Sterilization Before Fertilization Contraception After Fertilization Abortion Information
Educators Physicians Pharmacists Physicians and Pharmacists Physicians All
Which Moral Laws Are Broken? You Shall Not Kill (Murder) ?
The issue of the moral and ethical basis for a range of reproductive issues affects patients, care givers, law makers and business because it ultimately affects freedom of conscience for both the patient and the provider.

Sometimes, when advocates for a position publicize their cause, they deliberately simplify a complicated issue. If a law is being proposed or a service is being changed, one should look at what is being impacted.

The wise Christian home should be proactive in giving information about their sexual values to their children. Because even before the school educates them about the ethics of the popular culture, their friends will. Eventually, they will learn about the information that you are trying to hide from them. So, as the culture of the end times forces you to confront issues earlier than the ideal you have to be proactive in educating and protecting your children and teaching them to be followers of Christ, not disciples of the culture. Avoiding the topic will not help.

This is not a biblical doctrine. It cannot be found in the Protestant Canon. It is a teaching from tradition taught by the council of Lyons II (1274), confirmed in 1439 at the Council of Florence and the Council of Trent (1545-1563) and has its origin in pagan doctrine.

The Council of Trent and the cathecism says the following:

We believe ... that the souls, by the purifying compensation are purged after death.
Council of Lyons

"I hold without wavering that there is a Purgatory, and that souls there detained are aided by the suffrages of the faithful."
Council of Trent

"There is a Purgatorial fire, in which the souls of the pious are tormented for a certain time, and cleansed, in order that an entrance may lie open to them into their eternal home, into which nothing defiled enters."

The dead cannot help themselves, but the living can help the dead and shorten their stay by:
»Works of penance
Indulgences are given by the performance of certain actions :
»Offering of certain prayers
»Working for the perversion of Protestants
»Connection with certain societies
»The Scapular
»The Cord of St. Francis
»The Sacred Heart
»Purgatorian Societies

These texts are supposed to teach this doctrine but I cannot see the connection so that I could make a response. In fact Hebrews 10 seems to disagree with the teaching of the Eucharist.
Fire When Jesus received the vinegar he said "it is finished" and bowed His head and gave up the Spirit. (John 19: 30)
Fire Every priest daily offers the same sacrifices time after time that can never take away sins. But He, having offered one sacrifice for sin for all time, sat down at the right hand of God. (Hebrews 10: 11, 12)
Fire ... People will be forgiven any sin , but blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. (Matthew 12: 31)

At least these texts seem to talk about fire. To analyze them, you must read the entire context. I am looking for information that says the following:

  1. There is a place where the saved dead are conscious and suffering.
  2. They are suffering fiery trials as punishment for their sins.
  3. We can reduce their time there by our works here.

Fire If any man's work is burned up he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire. (1 Corinthians 3:15)
The previous verses talks about the quality and results of our work on this earth. We build on the foundation of Jesus Christ with what we have, precious stones or straw. Some people's work will be destroyed on the day of judgment, but the person will be saved whether or not the quality of his work will survive.

Fire so that the proof of your faith being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 1:7)
This is a praise of the power of faith. The verse says that even gold is perishable, but our inheritance from God will not perish (verse 4) . Although we go through hard trials, our faith helps us to rejoice and so our faith is more precious than gold which melts in the fire, but our faith will not waver in hard times.
Fire in which also He went and made proclamation to the spirits now in prison. (1 Peter 3:19)
This is about the work of the Holy Spirit among the living who are prisoners on this planet of death. This text is explored in detail here.

According to Catholic theology, purgatory is the place where all go when they die. It is a place of torture by fire, between heaven and hell. Purgatory is necessary for all to suffer the punishment for sin. It is an indefinite period of time where those who are saved are cleansed of sin as they suffer their punishment. Those who are lost go directly to hell and cannot escape. The actions of those who are alive can shorten this time. But no one knows how much your total time is or if you have been released, therefore you must continue to purchase indulgences and masses forever.
On All Saints Day, we have an opportunity to pray and pay for all the dead to escape purgatory.

According to Catholicism, the death of Jesus cannot save you from the punishment for sin. The sacrifice of Christ paid only for the guilt of sin, not the penalty. Therefore we must all go to purgatory, but our loved ones can help to shorten our vacation in purgatory. And only the Catholic church has the power to do this because the pope holds the triple keys to heaven, hell and purgatory. There are a few exceptions who go immediately to heaven:

The Cord Societies
Members of these societies wear a cord or cincture in honor of a saint, to keep in mind some special grace or favor which they hope to obtain through his intercession. Some of these societies are:
Cord Fraternity Special Graces
St. Francis A rough cord with three knots. The ordinary requirements necessary for the gaining of all plenary and partial Indulgences, the wearing of the cord and enrollment in the records of the archconfraternity are the only conditions imposed on the members.
St. Joseph Worn to to obtain the grace of purity through his intercession plus special favors and indulgences. The members are obliged to wear a cord having seven knots, and are exhorted to recite daily seven Glorias in honour of St. Joseph.
St. Thomas The members are required to have their names enrolled, to wear a cord with fifteen knots, and to recite daily fifteen Ave Marias in honour of St. Thomas.
St. Monica, St. Augustine, St. Nicholas, Our Lady of Consolation Has several indulgences and privileges. The members are obliged to wear a black leather belt, to recite daily thirteen Pater Nosters and Ave Marias and the Salve Regina, and to fast on the vigil of the feast of St. Augustine.

The Brown Scapular
Scapular The scapular is about two inches square, made of wool, with the promise embroidered on one side and it may have the image of a saint on the other side. The cord may have a crucifix and the medal of St. Benedict on it. This is the promise to those who wear the scapular.

Whoever dies wearing this scapular shall not suffer eternal fire. It shall be a sign of peace and a safeguard in times of danger.

The Sacred Heart
Promises for those who promote devotion to the sacred heart or who pray on the first Friday of nine consecutive months.

I promise you in the excessive Mercy of My Divine Heart, that It's all powerful will grant the grace of final repentance to all who communicate on the First Friday of nine consecutive months, that they shall not die under Its displeasure nor without receiving the sacraments, for My Divine Heart will become their secure refuge at that last moment.

Those who propagate this devotion shall have their names written in My Heart never to be blotted out.

Purgatorian Societies
Masses are said in proportion to the amount of money paid, so the poor form Purgatorian Societies in which they pay a certain amount weekly to secure the offering up of Masses for the dead.
Purgatory is a lie that dishonors the loving nature of God and rapes the sacrifice of Christ. Indulgences are useless and they do not exist and the church does not have the power to give them for any reason.

God and Sodom and Gomorrah
God showed patience in Sodom and Gomorrah. In His conversation with Abraham, God showed that he would be willing to save the city if there were only 10 righteous people. He is not about killing. The city had sunk low. Criminal behavior was practically the law of the land. If you did not behave in certain criminal ways you were the abnormal. Rape was legal. Heterosexual and homosexual rape, and no one stopped it. It was expected. The closest modern cities that even compare to this are Thailand and some countries in the old Soviet Union, where the police are actually helping criminals to kidnap and hold victims for prostitution. There is no help from the law or the government, because they are all profiting. This is why I believe that if the second coming or goodness does not stop this, then surely a tidal wave or an earthquake will.

This is some of what the Bible says on the subject of same sex relationships.

Greek Words
MalakosSoft. Effeminate.
Men and boys who allow themselves to be misused homosexually. It is probably those who assume the female role in the sex act.
Arsenokoitai, ArsenokoitesMale bed. Abusers of themselves with mankind
A male who practices homosexuality.

Homosexuals claim that none of these texts condemn homosexuality. Their claim is that the text is talking about idolatry in the temple. However, if a case can be made for homosexual behavior then it is condemning those who engage in homosexual acts when they are not naturally homosexual. They are not being true to their real nature made and approved by God.
So when God says you shall not "lie with a male as you lie with a female", he is speaking to heterosexuals, not homosexuals!
Sooner or later bestiality will be biblically condoned by the same arguments. Scientists and the American Psychiatric Association will declare that bestiality is not a mental illness but a behavior linked to our evolutionary past because we are all animals and one animal is simply copulating with another.

The Sin Of Sodom: Homosexuality Or Hospitality?
Abraham 2123 BC Fire ... Israel 1932 BC Egypt 1502 BC Exodus Assyria Isaiah 721 BC Ezekiel 539 BC
Sodom and Gomorrah 190 Years430 Years as Slaves 780 Years Like Sodom and Gomorrah
Homosexuality 1400 Years Ruthless, Inhospitable
Ignoring the plain words of what is written in the Bible, people now claim that the sin in Sodom was lack of hospitality because of Ezekiel 16: 49. But Ezekiel and Isaiah were prophesying hundreds of years after Sodom was destroyed and they were warning Israel and Judah that they were about to be destroyed like Sodom.

» Who or What Was Compared to Sodom? All suffered the wrath, one was completely destroyed and the others were spared total annhilation.
This definitely was not ancient Sodom. Was the prophet speaking to a rebuilt Sodom or about ancient Sodom?
No. God was comparing the current apostasy and destruction to the times of ancient Sodom.
Does it mean that homosexuality was their sin?
No. God was only comparing them because their sins had also brought them to the brink of destruction in the same way as Sodom and Gomorrah. Once the prophet established that Judah was Sodom, all other comparisons were based on comparing Samaria, Israel, Judah to each other, not to ancient Sodom. Their sins were mainly idolatry (spiritual fornication and adultery), pride, arrogance and neglect of the poor. They became ruthless to the helpless, just as ancient Sodom had no respect for even strangers that the community would dare to openly rape them. Hospitality was almost required in these ancient cultures.
(Older Sister)
(Younger Sister)

Judah is Like Sodom. Now your older sister is Samaria, who lives north of you with her daughters; and your younger sister, who lives south of you is Sodom with her daughters. Yet you have not merely walked in their ways or done according to their abominations; but, as if that were too little, you acted more corruptly in all your conduct than they. As I live, declares the Lord God, Sodom, your sister and her daughters have not done as you and your daughters have done. (Ezekiel 16: 46-48)
There is no question, the sin of ancient Sodom was homosexuality. So at best you could say ancient Sodom was destroyed for homosexuality and again for lack of hospitality. However, this story was about the behavior of Israel and Judah 1600 years later. God says they were worse than Sodom and Gomorrah!
» Worse than Sodom. Lack of compassion for the helpless, ignoring the poor and lack of hospitality are worse than fornication and homosexuality! Why?
At least homosexuality is a mostly victimless sin in that this is a relationship that is voluntarily entered into by both parties for the express purpose of giving pleasure and sometimes forming a relationship like heterosexual couples. The men of Sodom were so bold with their sinful excesses that they openly raped and terrorized others. Their behavior was no longer victimless and private. And it was bold, without any legal or community restraint.
However, it takes a cruel person, a worse sinner, to watch the suffering of the poor and helpless, especially the suffering of children, and purposely do nothing even when they have an abundance. To ignore the plight of orphaned children takes a heartless and wicked person. Also, to oppress, victimize and rob the poor and trapping them into poverty to maintain that abundance is much worse than two fornicating homosexuals. Think about that.

Both are sins punishable by death. But one is worse.
Ancient Sodom was ruthless and inhospitable. Their sins led them to attack and rape strangers as a group without consequences. Modern Sodom's ruthlessness and inhospitability led them to apathy against the most innocent and vulnerable, widows and children.
A Remedy. ... your hands are covered with blood. Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean. Remove the evil of your deeds from My sight. Cease to do evil. Learn to do good. Seek justice, reprove the ruthless, defend the orphan, plead for the widow. (Isaiah 1: 15-17)

Gay Marriage
As predicted, the final days will be characterized by homosexual political and social power. Some school districts are now requiring that very young school children be introduced to these issues of diverse home life styles without parental consent. In the United States adults are faced with the issue of allowing gay marriage, even though domestic partnerships can give the same rights. Before I begin, let me first state my beliefs about this issue.

Arguments For Gay Marriage
Those who are for and against such laws often use erroneous arguments.

The Responsibility Of The Church
I usually decide an argument by taking two extremes and subjecting them to the same arguments. In this case I will use pedophelia and adultery. However one involves the powerless and it is not a fair comparison.

AIDS, Plagues, Diseases, Disasters And The Wrath of God.
When AIDS appeared among the homosexual population in 1981, preachers declared that this was a "punishment from God" for homosexuality. When children and innocent people became infected and as the population of AIDS victims shifts to the heterosexual community, friends of the gay community arguably responded, "explain that, Mr. Preacher!" Most ministers do not make this claim anymore.
Both communities neither know the scriptures, nor the terms of the wrath of God.

So Mr. Preacher, it is entirely possible that, not just AIDS but the explosion of sexually transmitted diseases were allowed by God as punishment for adultery and fornication. However, it is more likely that even if God had a hand in allowing Patient Zero to be exposed to the deadly pathogen, that the justice of God prevails. Evil destroys itself. Their own promiscuous behavior caused the spread of the misery to their own community and to the general population and to the innocent children. Evil shows that it does not discriminate between the innocent and the guilty. So it will be condemned in the final judgment on this evidence.

The Extreme Is Not The Normal. People use the extreme argument in order to make a case for their position. In the case of torture, it is stopping the terrorist with his finger on the nuclear bomb. In the case of euthanasia, it is the slippery slope towards genocide and mass extermination camps.
It is within the power of God to undo or prevent any hasty, yet well-intentioned actions. Our decisions should be made on what God allows, why He allowed it and the intentions of the parties involved. We do not stop marriages and sex because prostitution and promiscuity exist.
We make laws to manage the extremes.

In Perspective, Our Priorities
Safe and secure
Safe and Secure
You have everything covered
Is your future secure?
In a society filled with excess, I am always fascinated with the power of the media and the marketing gods. They can sell anything, and make you feel grateful in the process. There is a new definition for "need". What you need is what I can convince you to buy. What we think we need severely distorts any true risk or danger and is often based on the need for self esteem.

We need cellular phones, just in case our cars tumble off the road and we are left dangling upside down in a ditch with no one to hear us. And, this is such a common occurrence that we just need to spend another $100 per month to save ourselves from this impending disaster.
We need the latest model because the new revolutionary, feather weight model that we purchased six months ago is just too cumbersome. Makes me look cheap ... not cool ... boo hoo.
We need a gun just in case a robber breaks in the house, captures the women and children and kicks the dog. Yes, we saw the television news story, where that very scenario happened. We all know someone who is a victim of a violent crime in the past twenty years. Right!
We need that sprinkler system in the house, what if lightning strikes and knocks out the electrical system, turning off the electrically operated smoke alarms that we just installed last week to supplement the battery-operated ones just in case the batteries don't work.
We need the burglar alarm that comes with a twenty four hour on duty police man and a wireless call back to the main office and the police department, just in case the burglar gets through the gated front entrance, poisons the dog, kicks the dog, disables the motion detection flood lights and disables the landline phone system.
Soon we'll be selling sprinkler systems for cars, just in case of that ever-so-prevalent car fire.
We need that special car that needs an elevator to get in to just in case we have an accident with a 70 foot truck.

We need to be free of our fears! Sell me something ... please! If I am supposed to be afraid tell me and sell me something to fix it.

It could happen.
We spend countless hours worrying over possibilities that happen less that 0.1% of the time. We spend thousands of dollars for remedies to problems that we have hardly seen or experienced in our circles. We think we will experience such devastating guilt if the impossible happens and we were too cheap to prepare for it. We deliberately find reasons to buy. We do not find reasons not to act.

Yet when we contemplate eternal life we find reasons not to investigate. We refuse to spend one hour on our eternal life, one hour to listen to God, ten minutes to talk to God. Five minutes in secret to contemplate "What if this God exists ... just in case the Bible is right".
O foolish generation! Unless religion tells you what you want to hear, you will not listen to what God might be saying.

The Love Of God And His Grief Over The Lost
The smoke of their torment goes up for ever and ever...
This sounds like we are back to the old argument, will the wicked be tormented for ever? No, this is about the sorrow of God. It is God who lives in the fire and smoke. The wicked cannot live in it. They are annihilated by it. While God mercifully wipes away all our tears and sorrows, and time fades our memories, God never forgets.

He remembers the children He lost, the ones He pleaded with, the ones who rejected Him. He remembers their brief agony the moment they accept the truth. When they realize that all is lost. He knows that sorrow is just regret at what they might have missed. That there was no true love lost for Him. But His love was always faithful.

Once in a while, He will take out a faded photograph of you and remember what might have been. Yes, the torment that was their life, your life, will forever be played over and over in His mind and God will not forget.

Eternal love cannot forget.
"Can a woman forget her nursing child and have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, but I will not forget you." (Isaiah 49: 15)

Summary: A Comparison Of Christian Beliefs
Conservative Mainline Liberal
Conservative Pentecostal Other Mainline Liberal
God Trinity Father only Trinity variations Trinity variations Myth
Jesus Christ Divine Human Human Not God, Good man Did not exist, good man
Virgin birth Truth Truth Mixed Myth Myth
Holy Spirit Divine Force Force Force Not real
Satan Source of Evil Source of Evil Source of Evil Not real Nonexistent
Bible Inerrant Inerrant Inerrant Nice stories False stories
Immortality Innate Innate God only Innate Innate
Death Go to heaven or hellSleep in the grave Heaven Reincarnation
Hell Eternal Punishing Burns until it stops Not real Not real
Gifts Helpful Tongues necessary Helpful Man's effort False stories
Salvation Faith Faith and evidence Faith and works Works Works
Second ChanceYes and No No One chance Yes Universalism
Commandments Required (except Sabbath) Required Change with the times Man determines morals
Creation 7 Days 7 Days Creation - Evolution Evolution Evolution
Age of the Earth 6000 Years Both Both Evolution Evolution
Baptism Immersion Immersion other Sprinkling Not necessary
Resurrection Real Real Myth Myth Myth
Second ComingSoon Soon Soon Insignificant Myth
Rapture Real Real Mixed Myth Myth
Prophecy Futurist Futurist Mixed, Historicist PraetoristIrrelevant
There are many Christian doctrines and a few ceremonies. None are as essential as believing that Jesus Christ died for our sins, once, and that this death is acceptable to God as a sacrifice for our sins.
It is also essential to believe that Jesus Christ has been resurrected from the dead and that he has the power to raise us again to a new life. If we have no hope of resurrection, then our faith only serves as a moral compass while we are alive. If this is the case, then we might as well make up our own rules.
When we believe in God and accept His gift by faith, then His Holy Spirit begins to do a work of transformation in us so that we keep the law of God, not to get to heaven, but because it is our nature to do so. Doing evil is contrary to our new nature.

For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3: 16)
For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day. (John 6: 40)
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Copyright     Updated : June 2013
Author: Laverna Patterson. Editor: Raj S. and Patterson
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