Over the recent years of church history lately many denominations have increased in their following of habits, catch phrases, and customs of whatever is popular at the time. If one person says something that others found different and it tickled their ear, it spreads to another church and or a pastor speech and sermon. It goes from tv to radio and finally spreads at rapid rates. Sometimes when this happens it could be legit and backed up by the word of God. But most of the time it’s not. It becomes a habitual thing to say to fill the lines of speeches or sermons. It becomes a t-shirt or a license plate to be sold in stores. Now, most people when they hear these things or see actions passed on by someone in church it is automatically assumed that this is correct and never validated. It spreads to millions without even one person to challenge the need or accuracy of it. And even if one did it is put off because we feel like it does no harm or that it’s not that important to be accurate. But yet we serve a God that isn’t about confusion and chaos. It is this very thing that keeps the lost from ever joining God’s kingdom. People aren’t really stupid about inconsistency when they are looking for a reason to justify not believing in something. They quickly see flaws and contradictions of the person or groups that try and convince them that they need to live better lives. After all, you are basically convicting them or should I say the word is. Why shouldn’t they look at whatever easy targets they can paint on your back. It’s the human thing to do. One area that is always easy to see is quotes like …Jesus walked the earth 100% man and 100% God. I am sure most of you have heard of this term. It is one of the most inaccurate, unscriptural fades quotes going on today. It has been taught in biblical schools and used by the most educated minds in all of Christianity. On top of everything else it is the most illogical math statements ever made in history. Nothing is 200%! It doesn’t even exist. This quote and it’s meaning has no biblical backing either. So for a person that doesn’t believe in Yahweh you sound like a complete idiot. It isn’t faith nor is it a badge of honor to be proud of. It’s something someone should have stopped years ago but didn’t. Are we forgetting the facts that Christ grew in wisdom and favor of his God and Father, had to be taught, tempted by the devil, had no knowledge of the end day. Christ gave up what made him what he was in heaven to become a man. There are those who try to ignore the fact that he was not His Father who Christ declares as the Only True God. Christ gave up what made him who he was to be born a Man. That’s means whatever he was that made him what he was before he came to earth was no longer with him on earth. This means it’s impossible for him to be 100% God and 100% man . Do the math folks! If in heaven he was complete and he gives up even 1% of what made him who he was, he is no longer 100%. So if you want to say that he was God himself, it would be impossible for him to maintain 100% of that status if he gave that up to become man. For me, the Bible tells us without a shadow of doubt that God can’t be tempted, has all knowledge, and is the only thing that is Good and perfect while Christ denied those who followed him from calling him Good saying only The Father is Good, Christ could be tempted and was tempted, and finally..he is under complete submission to the Father who is his God and ours. If we only look at just the math, 100% means nothing is left out, complete not missing anything. Yes, Christ was the Son of God who stepped up and gave up what made him what he was in the spirit realm to become flesh, be born and grow. I don’t care if what he gave up was as small as his spiritual glow around his pinkie finger. This can’t be counted as 100% God if this what you believe he was. He wasn’t what he was in heaven in some way or another. And if you aren’t what you were before because you gave up something then you can not be 100%. Even if the belief was that he had two natures( to be clear, the Bible never claimed Christ had two natures..theology does) then this would not make his sacrifice fair or equal to Adam and for the sacrifice to work it had to be like for like. Adam didn’t have two natures, he was only a 100% innocent man without the nature of Sin in him. He didn’t have a second nature that was God in him. So Christ had to be born with the same limits and live his life til age 33( I believe Adam was 32-33 years old at the time of the fall of man but that’s not something I can preach as gospel)to justify the sacrifice, which is why he is called the last Adam or the second Adam. In every way Christ had to be able to be tempted just like Adam was in order for the sacrifice to be “one for one” sacrifice as the Bible describes. This concept of 100% man and 100% God would place Christ in a position no man could live up to not even Adam. But we know God didn’t require of Adam something he was not able to do. So if a 100% God and 100% Man was truly needed then Adam would have had to been just like Christ, being both God and Man, based on most churches belief about the substitute sacrifice. How about we allow Christ to be the Son of God he said he is and the allow his God and Father to be the sovereign God He says he is. I’m sure he doesn’t need our opinion or help explaining Him nor His Son. He never once made that a requirement for salvation, man did with theology.
“Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it. The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat” GEN 2:15-17
We all are familiar with this verse. You as Christians have read this verse so many times that you might feel like it’s coming out of your ears, you’re so full of it. Even non-Christians have seen or heard of this verse. The is the beginning of the fall of man. It’s the actions of two individuals called Adam ( both female then male were called Adam if you look up the translation of “man” in Gen 5:2 until the Male named his wife Eve) that placed mankind in the position we are today. I have even gone in depth studies about the Punishments of both Adam’s in previous articles, showing that the Male Adam punishment was different from the female Adam because both actions were done for different reason. Woman’s punishment was to be ruled over by the male or husband because her reasons for taking the fruit. It was because she wanted to be like God and have nobody over her( the same sin Satan fell to). The Adam man didn’t want to be like God and was fine with God rulership over him. This is why Satan didn’t tempt the male Adam. Adam failure was that of complacency and laziness. The male was to watch and guard over the garden and everything in it. But he didn’t because things were too easy and he allowed the enemy to attack his wife because he wasn’t doing his job. His punishment was for him to loose that ease of work and for him to work much harder all the days of his life. Nothing else would ever be easy again. What I didn’t address was the simplest thing in the room, the Tree. The Tree “of the Knowledge of Good and Evil” sat in the middle of the garden along with the Tree of Life. Two trees existing right in front of the Adams that were created. One presented immortality and one represented the “knowledge of Good and Evil” which would condem mankind to death. The two tress existence proves two things.
1. The first thing was that The Adam’s(Man and Woman) were not immortal by themselves as some teach. Immortality existed only in God himself and the Tree of Life, not in mankind. It was never just a part of them as we have told for years. Man and Woman had access to immortality, yes. They had access to the Tree of Life. For some reason they had never taking from that Tree because maybe they had no need to or it never came across their mind, much like being nude and or having sex. What we do know for sure is that after all punishments were handed out, God had to do one more thing. This thing he did was not a part of the punishment directly but it was a saving grace. He cut off access to the Tree of Life so that man could not become immortal in their sin state. So scholars feel that this point would have changed everything for the earth and mankind itself. Some believe that if they did God would have to cut off Adam and his wife from reproduction therefore ending mankind at the root, or simply start over.
2. The second truth was that the knowledge of Good nor Bad was not something given to Man to understand or have. For years Christians have skipped over this fact. The Tree of the forbidden fruit had both the knowledge of “Good” too, not just “Evil”. Everyone always focuses on the evil and disobedience of it all. Yes, that was present but the knowledge of Good also was granted to them as well. Yahweh and his Son were the only two beings that had knowledge of this parity at that time. The two thoughts and actions of Good and Evil were not the same as knowing God himself. We know this because even though Man and Woman knew God they still had not been given the knowledge inside the Knowledge Tree and most importantly, God didn’t want them to have that knowledge. This is big and it’s really eye opening. God is good yes, but knowing him is more than just knowing good. And obviously, good doesn’t always guarantee he is a part of it. This brings a lot of trues in place. Now, we start to see that just because one does good or acts good, it doesn’t garanteee that one is of God. As the Bible says, even an evil person can show acts of good to whom they will and yet still be condemned. So just acting good and doing good without God will get you no more mercy than anyone else. Are you doing what you were told by God when it comes to addictions,lust, adultery, or the like? I can be nice to a prostitute but it doesn’t mean that having sex with her places me in God’s good graces simply because I was nice. Or my life can look like all the 10 commandments and yet if I worship Buddha, I am no closer to the Only True God than if I didn’t know him at all.
So as you see our knowledge of Good exist alongside Evil. It was never suppose to be with us. We were only suppose to know God and his will for us. Nothing else was needed or blessed to be. Evil is understood because you know what Good is or visa versa. But knowing only God gives us the true path that rises far above any other truth. This is what we should seek because he is more than the understanding of Good. What is good to man may never line up with God’s view. On earth we assume that allowing everyone to worship whatever they want is showing goodness, kindness and fairness to all men. But in God’s eye this isn’t the case. In Gods mind and actions he has shown that he kills those who worship something other him(not say for you to go do such yourself). For most people though, they try their best not to look at scripture like that. Why? Because as men we have recreated God’s image like we where his image consultants. We are too busying trying to paint a God that people can live with and sleep better at night with. Bottom line, he doesn’t need us to defend his actions. Our job is to accept his actions and know that he is sovereign. He determines what is right because every single action he takes is right no matter what Tv teaches you to believe about what is good or wrong. On tv everything from homosexuality to fornication is ok because we claim it’s because we love. In Gods eyes love has nothing to do with his word and commandment being broken and he destroys as judgements for such actions. In the end, God is who he says he is, not who you say he is and he doesn’t have to answer to anyone but ALL will answer to him. So we need to all remember this and fight harder to make our lives more in line with his will. No matter what temptation we come against we know we can fight to overcome it. And most importantly, we have to look at that temptation truly for what it is. See the person and item as a real threat to God and his Order and commandment. Stop looking at that pretty girl or handsome man as just the person. Start looking at that addiction as more than a porn movie, cigarette, or drug. Know that powerful forces align against us all. Sometimes Satan’s order will try to use you and other times he uses others. But rest assured temptation comes to all in many forms and it is always there to do one thing only, KILL!
The debate has gone on for hundreds of years. The birth place or breeding ground for all Theologies starts with The Council of Nicea. The challenge that exists in all denominations is what to do with God and his Son. We have a need to define them even when they don’t ask for it. We have made this need a defining moment in people’s salvations. We no longer ask if they simply believe in the Son of God/Messiah and his Father. We now need them to confess that God is a Trinity( that somehow the Son is really equal to the Father), or that The Father and Christ are the exact same person, or that Joseph Smith is a profit, or that the Jehovah’s Witnesses are the “Only” Gateway and Organization that God trust and uses in all his ways. None, I repeat “none” of this is a required step for anyone’s salvation. This is when man’s ego gets the best of him and he feels that his theology replaces Salvation requirements for those who wish to be saved. To reiterate again, it does not. The reason why The Father never required such a requirement from anyone was that he being God is much more than anyone can possibly understand let alone come up with a Theology that explains Him. His Son even confirmed that only he truly knows his Father and only the Father could truly reveal his Son as our Savior. Truly I say today, you will be with me in paradise. These true words were spoken by Christ and further proves that no such requirement of Baptism in water, confession of Trinity or Oneness was ever done and yet just by accepting that Christ didn’t belong on a Pole/Tree and that he just might be the Son of God and Messiah, this man received salvation and was granted internal life with Christ. This proves that really every single thing granted or removed is in Christ’s hand’s thanks to His Father and God Yahweh. There is no separate and different path but Christ. There is no extra set of rituals but Christ. And ultimately, according to 1 Corinthians 15:28 there will be no other but the Head over all things, offices, positions and over all people even the Son, The Father (seated as God and Master) when all is done. This one fact alone is hard to deal with if you stand on what you were told to believe instead of what the scripture really say. Men that believe in the trinity try their best to explain away things like this but can’t. Men that believe in Oneness try and do the same thing but also fail. Nobody is just willing to allow the scripture to speak for themselves. And when I say scripture I mean the original writings, not some bible that has pushed out lies in hopes of furthering a particular Theology that Roman put in place. So what is the right thing to do here? Honestly, I have been seeking that my whole life. I still haven’t found out one perfect church or teacher that teaches and knows all things. The last one that I heard about took off in the middle of the air to go back to his Father and God. All I do know is what the bible says. Christ is the Son of the Living God. He is our enthroned King and we await his return. His Father and God is our Father and God who has granted his Son Life and in turn, through our faith in his son and the Son’s sacrifice, we will have eternal life through his Son relying solely on God’s Holy Spirit to power us through our life’s trials and challenges as we witness to all of mankind about the wonderful Gift of Salvation and our responsibility of keeping and honoring that gift of Salvation by remaining Holy for our God is Holy. Amen!