The Bride of Christ

April 12th, 2021

I would like to know if we are the bride of Christ in a spiritual since and Christ is our spiritual husband. Is worship how we are spiritually united to our spouse and become one with Him? Is worship like spiritually making love to God in a nonsexual way?

Thank you for your question.

Yes, the “bride” in Revelation 19:7-9 is the Church, and the “wedding of the lamb” refers to Jesus Christ (the bridegroom) and the Church (the bride). Ephesians 5:22-24 says, “Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, His body, of which He is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.” Christ is the head of the Church and the Savior of believers. He will be united with His Church forever in eternity, and we are to submit to Him, both in this life and in eternity.

Christ died for His Church, and words cannot express the full love that He has for us believers. The love of this relationship is so deep that the best way for us to understand it was in using the analogy of marriage. Marriage is the biblical relationship where two people can express their true love for each other in the most intimate of ways. This love is expressed over the course of their lifetime in many ways, including physically (sexually), mentally, and spiritually. A man and his wife grow forever closer by sharing their thoughts, their spiritual experiences, and their bodies (1 Corinthians 7:5). Likewise, Christ lives in us, guiding our souls, spirits, and bodies (Romans 1-2). Although we are incapable of grasping this concept to its fullest extent while we are still in this life, the analogy of marriage was the best way to relate it to us.

Thanks,

Owen

Which Democratic Scandal is Worse?

March 19th, 2021

I watched a TV news show last night that had a Democratic pundit as well as a Republican one. The commentator asked the question: “Which scandal is worse: 1) New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s COVID-19 / nursing home scandal, where 15,000+ elderly people died; or, 2) Cuomo’s sexual harassment scandal, where at least seven accusers have come forward?”

The Republican pundit said it was definitely worse that Cuomo “killed” over 15,000 elderly people.

The Democratic pundit quickly retorted that nobody (and certainly not Governor Cuomo) “killed” anybody in that scandal. Of course, she was also hesitant to say that his sexual harassment scandal was worse.

Well, I submit that there’s a scandal (mostly Democratic) that’s far worse than either of these: The 1,000,000 innocent babies that we kill by abortion each year, because:

1) There’s no question that these babies are in fact “killed.” The only question is whether or not they are “murders” of human beings. Currently, the Supreme Court says that they’re not, but the Bible says that they are (Exodus 21:22-25 – Abortion article).

2) The 1,000,000 number of babies is over 65 times larger than the 15,000 elderly people.

3) The babies are totally innocent of everything.

4) We are destroying about 80 years of life for each of these 1,000,000 babies, but Governor Cuomo destroyed only about 10 years of life for each of these elderly people.

What’s Worse than Governor Cuomo “Killing” Old People?

March 19th, 2021

I watched a TV news show last night that had a Democratic pundit as well as a Republican one. The commentator asked the question: “Which scandal is worse: 1) New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s COVID-19 / nursing home scandal, where 15,000+ elderly people died; or, 2) Cuomo’s sexual harassment scandal, where at least seven accusers have come forward?”

The Republican pundit said it was definitely worse that Cuomo “killed” over 15,000 elderly people.

The Democratic pundit quickly retorted that nobody (and certainly not Governor Cuomo) “killed” anybody in that scandal. Of course, she was also hesitant to say that his sexual harassment scandal was worse.

Well, I submit that there’s a scandal (mostly Democratic) that’s far worse than either of these: The 1,000,000 innocent babies that we kill by abortion each year, because:

1) There’s no question that these babies are in fact “killed.” The only question is whether or not they are “murders” of human beings. Currently, the Supreme Court says that they’re not, but the Bible says that they are (Exodus 21:22-25 – Abortion article).

2) The 1,000,000 number of babies is over 65 times larger than the 15,000 elderly people.

3) The babies are totally innocent of everything.

4) We are destroying about 80 years of life for each of these 1,000,000 babies, but Governor Cuomo destroyed only about 10 years of life for each of these elderly people.

Money Has Never Been a Motivator to Dak

March 15th, 2021

Dak Prescott recently signed a four-year deal with the Dallas Cowboys for $160,000,000. His deal includes $126,000,000 in guaranteed money, and a signing bonus of $66,000,000 – the highest in NFL history. The 2021 NFL season alone will bring him $75,000,000. That’s far above his $31,000,000 in 2020, but, after all, that was for only five games. In this Superbowl-crazy league, Dak is 1-2 in postseason play.

Dak spent two of his 27 years negotiating this deal. His comment was, “Money has never been a motivator.” Somehow, that’s difficult to believe.

Purgatory

March 4th, 2021

Is there a purgatory?

Thank you for your question. Although the doctrine of purgatory is valid, I don’t hold to it in the Roman Catholic sense, as a process of purification where believers acquire the holiness necessary to enter heaven. This doctrine is somewhat complex, but I’ll try to summarize it here.

When Old Testament people died, their bodies went into a grave, but apparently, there was a temporary holding place for their souls. The Bible uses a term called hell, such as in Matthew 5:22, but the terminology is slightly different than what we normally use. Hell is the lake of fire where all unbelievers will spend eternity (Revelation 20:14-15). Apparently, however, the temporary holding place (sometimes called Sheol, or Purgatory) had separate compartments for believers and unbelievers. (This is where the Catholics (mistakenly) built their doctrine of purgatory.) Those who died were taken to one of these temporary chambers, awaiting their transaction: either from Paradise to heaven; or from Hades to hell. We learn more about this in the story of the rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16. Unbelievers spent this period in the part called Torments, or “Hades” (Luke 16:23), which is where the rich man was. However, the believers spent this time in a place called Paradise (Luke 23:43), or “Abraham’s bosom” (Luke 16:22), which is where Lazarus was.

However, with the resurrection of Jesus (the first resurrection), these Old Testament believers were transferred from paradise to heaven. This is apparently what was going on in Matthew 7:53, which is a very difficult passage. Now, for us, it’s completely different. Since the resurrection of Christ has already occurred, and He has ascended to heaven, when believers die today, our bodies go to a grave, and our spirits go straight to heaven (2 Corinthians 5:1-8) to be with Christ.

I hope this helps.

Thanks,

Owen

Faith amidst Questions

February 9th, 2021

How Can We Have Faith in God and the Bible When We Have So, Many Questions About Reconciling Science to the Bible?

In the first 37 chapters of Job, Job asked many questions. In chapters 38 through 41, God answers Job’s questions with questions.

For example: Job 38:2-12: “Who is this that obscures my plans with words without knowledge?  Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me.  Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand.  Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it?  On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone—  while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?  Who shut up the sea behind doors when it burst forth from the womb,  when I made the clouds its garment and wrapped it in thick darkness,  when I fixed limits for it and set its doors and bars in place,  when I said, ‘This far you may come and no farther; here is where your proud waves halt?’  Have you ever given orders to the morning, or shown the dawn its place?”

He goes on like this for five chapters, then we finally see Job’s reply in chapter 42:1-6: “Then Job replied to the LORD:  ‘I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted.  You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’ Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know.  You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak; I will question you, and you shall answer me.’  My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you.  Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes.”

In other words, God’s thoughts are far above man’s thoughts. Consequently, there are many things that man cannot understand, although we continue to learn more through scientific study. So, God was telling Job that even if He answered Job’s questions, Job wouldn’t be able to comprehend. God was saying, “OK, I’ll be glad to answer your questions, but first, in order to qualify yourself as one who will be able to understand the answers, let me ask you some questions. Then, after you answer My questions, I will answer yours.” Then Job had to admit, “Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know… Therefore, I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes.”

This makes perfect sense to me because I realize that there are so many things that I do not understand. These things strengthen my faith, rather than weakening it, because they remind me of how big God is, and how small I am. My lack of knowledge actual brings me comfort rather than anxiety, knowing that God is taking care of the things that I cannot even comprehend.

Why Does God Allow Congenital Diseases?

January 14th, 2021

If we believe that that Psalm 139:13-16 is true, then why do we have inherited diseases? The issue is the omnipotence and omniscience of Jehovah. If he knows that a person and / or animal will be born with a congenital disease, why not stop him if he can do so? Psalm 139:13-16 says, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful. I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be.”

Sickness and disease are some of the results of sin. Instead of obeying God, and living forever without toil, struggle, sickness, and death, Adam chose to disobey God. When he sinned in the Garden of Eden, he brought death upon himself, and all mankind (Genesis 2:17, Genesis 3). He would now be subject to toil and struggle; aging; sickness; and, death (Genesis 3:17-19). God is indeed omnipotent, and He is just. If He had decided to let man die in his sin, with no hope of redemption, justice would have been served, as there would have been no payment for man’s sins. However, He put into place a plan of grace by which man can be redeemed through the blood of Christ on the cross (John 3:16). Believers will indeed live forever with God in eternity. However, meanwhile, we still have to finish this life in a sinful world, subject to sickness and disease.

The Seven Last Words of Christ

December 10th, 2020

The Seven Last Words of Christ

1: “Father, Forgive Them”

2: “Today you Shall be with Me in Paradise”

3. “Here is your Mother. / Here is your Son.”

4. “My God, My God, Why have You Forsaken Me?”

5. “I am Thirsty”

6. “It is Finished”

7. “Into Thy Hands I Commit My Spirit”

8. Enslavement to Sin and Spiritual Death

9. The Sin Nature of Man

10. Regeneration, No. 1

11. Regeneration, No. 2

12. God’s Holiness

13. Man is Saveable

14. Imputation, Absolute Righteousness, and Justice

15. Justification by Faith

16. Seven Grand Results of Justification

17. Our Position in Christ

18. Positional Truth

19. Position in Christ

20. Victory over Satan

21. With Reconciliation:  “It is Truly Finished”

Does the Bible Violate the 1st and 2nd Laws of Thermodynamics?

November 11th, 2020

Does the Bible violate the 1st and 2nd laws of thermodynamics? Does the sudden creation of the stars; plants; animals; and, man from the dust of the earth (Genesis 2:7, Ecclesiastes 12:7), and the woman from the rib of him (Genesis 2:21) violate the 1st and 2nd law of thermodynamics? 

I don’t think that we can answer your question with certainty; i.e., whether or not the biblical account of creation violates the first and second laws of thermodynamics. In simplistic terms, these laws of thermodynamics state that the total amount of energy and matter in the universe is constant, so matter cannot be created or destroyed, which would seemingly conflict with the biblical account of creation (the creation of matter). However, I can offer some suggestions that might reconcile this aspect of biblical truth with science.

– It could be that the current laws of the universe were not always in effect. Before creation, perhaps other laws were in effect. Then the universe was created, along with a constant amount of energy and matter, as well as even the laws of thermodynamics. In this respect, yes, creation would have indeed violated the laws of thermodynamics, but these laws did not exist at the time.

– It could be that the (man-made) laws of thermodynamics are simply incorrect. In this respect, yes, creation would have indeed violated the laws of thermodynamics because these laws are invalid.

– The second law of thermodynamics implies that both energy and matter in the universe are becoming less useful as time goes on, and that perfect order in the universe occurred the instant after the big bang when energy and matter and all of the forces of the Universe were unified. Perhaps God used the big bang in His creation, and (in agreement with the biblical account) the world was in a perfect state when Adam and Eve were created in the Garden of Eden. Furthermore, it was sin that put in place the degradation that we now see. In this respect, creation does not violate the laws of thermodynamics. Does 1 Kings 7:23 make an error in the calculation of Pi? 1 Kings 7:23 says, “He made the sea of cast metal, circular in shape, measuring ten cubits from rim to rim and five cubits high. It took a line of thirty cubits to measure around it.”

The key to finding the answer to this question is the phrase, “and five cubits high.” The object being described is a cylinder–not a circle. Think of it as a three-dimensional object, like a drinking glass–not just a two-dimensional object like a circle drawn on a piece of paper. The diameter of the mouth of this “drinking glass” is ten cubits, but the drinking glass is five cubits tall. So, to measure around the outside of it, we would add ten (across the top), five cubits (down one side), ten cubits (across the bottom), and five cubits (up the other side), for a total of thirty cubits.

How to Avoid Being Censored

October 19th, 2020

Many recent news articles have described the censorship that Twitter, Facebook, and even Google are using to suppress certain stories of interest, usually based upon political bias. Some are calling for an Orwellian “Ministry of Truth” to ensure a free press, but the government has not proven to be any more trustworthy or to have any more integrity than these web giants. How can you avoid being censored?

Well, you can avoid using these popular websites. For example, you can search the web using Microsoft Bing instead of Google. You can avoid Twitter and Facebook altogether, and just send e-mails instead.

However, the best way to escape such censorship is to simply host your own website, like this one. Granted, you may get only a few thousand pageviews per month, but I can write whatever I want on this site without it being censored by any large corporation. With fewer pageviews, you’ll have less chance of anything going viral, but at least your own truth is sure to be published.