Facebook Question: Why Did GOD Create Man to Suffer Death and Pain

Facebook Question: Why Did GOD Create Man to Suffer Death and Pain?

Nelson Doyle replying to: Joseph Hayabuza (a Facebook Member)

I have read all of the comments that have been left replying to your original statement, and haven’t found any that really addressed your concerns… GOD did not create Adam and Eve (Mankind) to suffer as you put it; GOD created Mankind to love.

When GOD originally created Adam and Eve, He created them perfectly and created a perfect environment for them to live in “The Garden of Eden”. In the beginning before Sin entered into the garden and eventually into Man (Adam) and Woman (Eve), GOD made Man to live forever and to be in fellowship with GOD spiritually. There was no death, suffering of any kind before Adam and Eve chose to disobey GOD by eating the fruit from the Tree of Good and Evil (Tree of Knowledge).

Some people claim that the fruit was an apple, but The Word of GOD (The Holy Bible) does not say it was an apple…only that it was a fruit from the Tree of Knowledge (The Tree of Good and Evil).

GOD created mankind with Free Will…to chose to follow and have fellowship with GOD, or to disobey GOD and go our own way. Adam and Eve (representing Mankind) chose to disobey GOD, and due to their and our disobedience, we now must face the Righteous Justice (perfect Justice) of GOD ALMIGHTY. GOD did warn Adam and Eve, that if they ate from the Tree of Knowledge…that they would surely die…but, here is when we first see (experience) GOD’S mercy toward a now sinful mankind.

Man died in spirit (fallen out of fellowship with GOD), but did not die physically right away. GOD could have chose to cast Adam and Eve into Hell right after they Sinned, but GOD did not do that, He only cast them out of the Garden of Eden where life would be hard and child birth would become painful. GOD did this, because HE had already had a plan of Salvation and Redemption in the works, so that Mankind could be forgiven for their sins and eventually be redeemed by the Grace of GOD through Faith in Jesus Christ.

We (mankind) suffers pain and death, because of our sins against GOD. But, we (mankind) can also be forgiven for our sins and receive a full pardon from Death and Hell, through the precious Blood of Jesus Christ which He shed on the Cross to save us from our sins. The wages of sin is death, but Salvation and life comes through Jesus Christ, the only begotten SON of GOD.

Joseph the reason why you and so many others continue to believe that GOD is cruel and unloving because He allows mankind to suffer and die, is because you don’t know GOD through Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. You are trying to know GOD by what you do or by what you see physically or by what you feel, but that is not the way GOD wants you to know HIM. GOD tells us (mankind) how to know HIM, HE shows us the Way through THE WORD OF GOD (The Truth) , and THE WORD OF GOD (The Truth) shows us who has the Authority and Power to forgive (Pardon/Salvation) us for our sins and put us back into fellowship with GOD and give us the Holy Spirit (Eternal Life).

GOD does not want anyone to perish and to go into Hell; that’s why GOD sent HIS only begotten SON Jesus Christ into the world to die on the Cross to save us from our sins…but, each one of us individually must still accept The Way, believe The Truth and receive The Life only found through the precious Blood of Jesus Christ. There is no other way by which a Man can be Saved…Jesus Christ is the only way…He says to believe in HIM and to Follow HIM.

Ephesians 2:7-9 (King James Version (KJV))

“7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

1 Corinthians 15:20-22 (King James Version (KJV))

“20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.”

Acts 4:1-12 (King James Version (KJV))

“4 And as they spake unto the people, the priests, and the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees, came upon them,
2 Being grieved that they taught the people, and preached through Jesus the resurrection from the dead.
3 And they laid hands on them, and put them in hold unto the next day: for it was now eventide.
4 Howbeit many of them which heard the word believed; and the number of the men was about five thousand.
5 And it came to pass on the morrow, that their rulers, and elders, and scribes,
6 And Annas the high priest, and Caiaphas, and John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the kindred of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem.
7 And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, By what power, or by what name, have ye done this?
8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel,
9 If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole;
10 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.
11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.
12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

Romans 10:9-15 (King James Version (KJV))

“9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!”

John 3:16-21 (King James Version (KJV))

“16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.”

Romans 3:22-26 (King James Version (KJV))

“22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.”

Romans 5:11-17 (King James Version (KJV))

“11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
13 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.
14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.
15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.
16 And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.
17 For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)”

Titus 1:1-3 (King James Version (KJV))

“1 Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness;
2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;
3 But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour;”

Ephesians 2:1-10 (King James Version (KJV))

“And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

Galatians 5:10-26 (King James Version (KJV)

“10 I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be.
11 And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased.
12 I would they were even cut off which trouble you.
13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
15 But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.
16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.”

GOD does not want anyone to perish, but to have eternal life through Jesus Christ, if they so choose to believe and follow HIM as Lord and Savior.

GOD does not send people to Hell; People choose to go to Hell, because they Choose to reject GOD’S Grace offered to them through GOD’S only begotten SON Jesus Christ.

Salvation and Eternal Life (the gift of the Holy Spirit) can only be given to anyone who place their faith in Jesus Christ alone as their Lord and Savior. There is no other way a man can be saved from their sins and an eternity in the Lake of Fire — Only Jesus Christ who died on the Cross to save us from our sins, was buried a tomb and on the 3rd day was resurrected by GOD from the dead has the Power and the Authority to forgive us sinners for our sins and to save us from Death, Hell and the Lake of Fire; And, to seal (Baptize us with the Holy Spirit) and to give us Eternal Life. Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life, and no one can come to the Father except through him.

John 14:6

“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. ”

Full Disclosure:

Nelson Doyle is a Facebook username of James Nelson who is a contributor of Deuteronomy117.wordpress.com.

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The Burden of Proof: A Facebook Debate Manny vs Midsouth Junkers

The Burden of Proof is the title of a Facebook debate between an Atheist and a Born-again Christian, which questioned the existence of GOD.

(Note: This is just a portion of a two week Facebook debate between Manny (Atheist) and Midsouth Junkers (Born-again Christian))

Manny argument is:

“Argument from popularity.
-Atheism is not a worldview, it is a response to a specific position
-Argument from tradition
-Shifting the burden fallacy. (You assert a truth, that something exists. I reject your claim based upon the lack of objective evidence. You now {as always} bear the burden of proof)”

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Midsouth Junkers reply:

First of all, true Christianity is really as popular as you believe it is…True Christians have been opposed, tortured, jailed, hunted down and killed for at least 2000 years…True Christians believe in The Word of GOD literally, and live their lives according to GOD’S teachings as best as they can…Christians do make mistakes — we are human with a duel nature — we still have to bare our cross called the Fallen Nature, but we also have been sealed with GOD’S Spirit The Holy Spirit to help us live as GOD has taught us to live.

Have you ever seen a person get healed without medical intervention? I have. I was one of them who was healed after I put my faith in Jesus Christ, and asked GOD to heal me. My dad two years ago had a massive stroke, and the doctors told us that there was absolutely nothing that they could do to save his life. The doctors told the family to come to the hospital to say Good-bye. I prayed The Word of GOD back to GOD and asked him to heal my dad, and 2 days later GOD did heal my dad. My dad was released from the Hospital 2 days later. The doctors could not believe what they witnessed. One of my dad’s doctors was a Muslim, and we had a conversation 3 days before the miracle about what we believed. I told this doctor that Christians and Muslim do not believe in the same GOD. And I explained the difference. On the day my dad was released from the hospital, the Muslim doctor came over to me and told me “Your GOD healed Your Dad”…I replied I know.

Have you ever witnessed the complete and utter change of a hateful, violent person who came to know the Lord Jesus Christ? I have. I was one of those people. Besides that, I have witnessed many other people who was filled with hate, who were violent, and in many cases did not believe in GOD….that after they received Jesus Christ in their life had a complete heart change and now are filled with love and kindness.

I cannot make you believe in GOD. That is your choice. I have presented plenty of scientific discoveries via video sources that have proved what The Word of GOD claims is True. Like I said before “I am not a Scientist” so I do not speak like a scientist does. I am a game and toy designer by profession.

Are you a scientist? What do you do?

Yes, I do have a responsibility to give an answer to why I believe in GOD and The Word of GOD. And, I have many times already.

You are not being honest. You believe that you bare no accountability to provide anything that supports your claims. You just don’t believe is good enough…that is lazy, unreasonable and illogical, and I thought you said before you rely on reason and logic. Yet, you have not provided anything to support being either reasonable or logicical.

Claiming that I have presented you fallacies, but then you cannot or either have not been able to prove my evidence a fallacy…is yet another lazy position you have chose to take. What you consider a strawman argument is just another way of saying that you cannot disapprove the evidence that I have presented to you.

I notice that atheists and evolution scientists like to call things fallacies or strawman arguments when they have nothing better to say about the evidence that they see or hear.

They cannot ever present any observable evidence of their own that support their position without any doubt whether their evidence is absolutely true.

Do You Believe in Absolute Truth?

My belief in GOD is not only based on physical evidence that exist in the world, but also on personal experiences that either I have had happen in my life or have witnessed in other people’s lives.

I know that GOD exist, because only a Living GOD is able to answer prayers. GOD has answered many of my prayers over the years. GOD has done what no man could ever do. There are other witnesses that have witnessed these answered prayers being fulfilled.

Now, sure I cannot convince you of my personal experiences and the miracles that I have witnessed, but there is one miracle that continues to be fulfilled in the world today that you can witness with your own eyes. GOD promised Jacob (Israel) that HE would make Israel an everlasting name. Even after Israel’s enemies have repeatedly tried to wipe Israel off of the map hundreds of times with overwhelming odds against Israel…Israel is still a people and now a nation today, while many of Israel’s former enemies no longer exist.

If GOD did not exist then GOD’S promise to Israel would have no power and Israel would have been wiped out long ago. Israel’s population only accounts for 1% of the world’s population, and yet, this tiny nation has blessed the nations of the world with all of the technologies and inventions and innovations that they have produced. GOD said that Israel would bless the nations…and Israel has blessed the nations.

GOD told us of a future war that would happen in the latter days — End Times — that would involve modern day Russia, Persia (Iran), Turkey, Libya and many other nations who would join together and attack Israel, but GOD also told us that this attack would not be successful…that only 1/6th of the invading armies would be left alive to go back to their own countries to be a witness of what happened. Most of these countries did not exist when the prophecy was given.

There is a prophecy about a One World Government, One World Religion System and a One World Economic System that would be controlled by the Antichrist and the False Prophet.

GOD told us that there will be a peace treaty confirmed in the last days that would be for 7 years. The first half of this time of peace will result in 1/3 of the world’s population to be killed in wars, plagues and natural disasters. During the Seven Year Tribulation GOD will pour out HIS judgments on the wicked men of this world with each judgment worse than the last. At the end of the 7 year Tribulation & peace treaty, the Lord Jesus Christ returns to the earth to put a stop to the war that is taking place outside of Jerusalem called Armageddon known in the Hebrew tongue.

But, sometime before the Tribulation begins the Lord Jesus Christ will descend from Heaven in the air, and with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the sound of the trumpet, the dead in Christ will rise first and then all (born-again Christians) who are alive and remain will be caught up into the cloud to meet the LORD in the air, so to be forever with the LORD. This event is known as the Rapture of the Church.

One day in the future millions upon millions of people will suddenly vanish from off the face of the earth worldwide. Most people and government will not know what happened to all of these people, but those left behind and have heard this prophecy will know, but the question will remain what these people will do with this information that they have — continue rejecting the LORD Jesus Christ or choosing to follow the LORD and believing on the LORD Jesus Christ alone for their salvation…it is still a choice that they will have to make and no one can make this choice for them.

If all you have on your side of this argument is false claims of calling my evidence fallacies and strawman argument or calling me names then you really have no argument at all. Prove something to me….You believe in Evolution…prove that theory with hard unchangeable evidence…you believe that GOD does not exist then show me what evidence you have that supports your claim. If you claim something to be true like in your opinion GOD does not exist then prove it…Show us your evidence that supports your claim. If you make a claim then you do assume the burden of proof to support that claim you have made. Just saying you don’t believe is not evidence — it is only your opinion. An empty opinion without hard evidence to support it.

I am not trying to win any debate….I am trying to win your soul over to Truth and the LORD JESUS CHRIST. I do not want to see you go to Hell. The LORD GOD JESUS CHRIST loves you and I love you too. GOD wants everyone to come to HIM and to be Saved from their sins and have the gift of the Holy Spirit and Eternal Life through GOD’S only begotten SON Jesus Christ, but the choice is yours to make. GOD gave you an eternal soul, and you will either live for all of eternity in Heaven in the presence of GOD or you will live for all of eternity in HELL forever separated from GOD’S presence. The choice is yours — there is only one way to be forgiven from all of your sins and receive the gift of the HOLY SPIRIT and Eternal Life with GOD in Heaven — And, that is to believe, accept and receive Jesus Christ as your LORD and SAVIOR…there is no other way to be saved.

Full Disclosure:

Midsouth Junkers is a contributor of Deuteronomy117.wordpress.com … Midsouth Junkers is only the username used by James Nelson on Facebook.

Manny is the username of a member on Facebook and is not a contributor of Deuteronomy.

Both are real people who held a real debate on Facebook, in which, an Atheist claimed that there was no evidence for the existence of GOD, and a Born-Again Christian accepted the challenge to show proof that GOD is in fact real and lives today. The original Facebook arena where this debate took place, also included several videos and links to website reports used to support each of the debaters’ positions.

This article only contains a tiny portion of the larger debate that took place on Facebook a few months ago. The complete debate arguments still may be found on the Facebook page of Kevin Dunn

Why Should We Read The Word of GOD

Edosa Osas asked this question on Facebook: “Why should we read The Word of GOD”

Answered by Nelson Doyle (Deuteronomy117) through the Power of the Holy Spirit:

There are many good reasons why not only reading The Word of GOD is important to do, but more importantly knowing what GOD’S heart and thoughts are that is revealed to us through HIS Word.

* The Word of GOD reveals His grace He has sent into the world as it was revealed to us (Man) through Jesus Christ, the SON of GOD.

* The Word of GOD reveals to Man the love GOD has toward us, and GOD’S plan for Salvation.

* The Word of GOD teaches us how we are to worship GOD — In Spirit and in Truth (John 4:24 “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”)

What it means to worship in Spirit, we must first understand the nature and the fruits of the Spirit, and then must be willing to walk in them — The Holy Spirit will make it easy to do if we are willing to let GOD through HIS Spirit to have complete dominion of our lives, thoughts and actions…(The Fruit of the Spirit) Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”

What is Truth? This is the very same question that Pilate (John 18:38) once asked Jesus. Jesus answered this question before Pilate asked it of Him…John 18:37 “Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.”

Jesus reveals to us plainly who He is in John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. ” Jesus is “the Truth”, not a truth, but “the Truth”…In the first chapter and the first verse of The Book of John, GOD reveals to us plainly the WORD is GOD…John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

The world believes that The Holy Bible is nothing more than a collection of fairytales, a history book or just another collection of stories of just another religion that is out in the world, but for those of us who know GOD through GOD’S only begotten SON Jesus Christ; we as children of GOD know our Father’s voice through The Word of GOD, we know that The WORD of GOD is the Truth.

When thinking upon Jesus Christ, the world sees Jesus as a religious teacher, some see him as a prophet, but the world at large do not know him as The WORD made flesh (John 1:14 “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”) as we who are his children through the precious Blood of Jesus know our Heavenly Father.

Jesus Christ was not only fully Man (human) as we are, but Jesus Christ was also fully GOD. Jesus came into the world through a virgin birth thus Jesus was not born by the Will of the flesh (through human procreation) thus Jesus was not born with the fallen sin nature that began with the fall of Adam and passed along to every man, woman and child through the seed of man, but Jesus Christ came into the world by the Will of GOD as we learn through GOD’S WORD in:

Matthew 1:18-20 King James Version (KJV)

“18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.
20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.”

Now, The Word of GOD (the Truth) later reveals who exactly sent Him into the world when we read John 10:29-30 “29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and my Father are one.”

We could go on and on, throughout the Scriptures from both the old and the new testaments, how GOD through His Word (Jesus) reveals Himself to Man, but none of this means anything to anyone who has rejected The Word of GOD as The Truth. And, even though, the Word of GOD means nothing to those who don’t believe, accept and receive The Word of GOD has The Truth that GOD sent into the world; the Truth remains the Truth regardless what any man thinks about it.

Thus, it is written, in The Book of Philippians:

Philippians 2:1-11

“If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,
2 Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.
3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

GOD desires every believer to worship Him in Spirit and in Truth. This has nothing to do with religious traditions of men, or of Christian dominations (Baptists, Catholics, or the multitudes of other man made identities/domination labels that Christians identify themselves as being part of, because the only identity that a born-again Christian should follow is Jesus Christ, because only through the precious Blood of Jesus Christ can a man be saved, and no one is saved by a particular domination or a particular man made church tradition.)

* The WORD of GOD is important to read, listen to and understand, because without it, any man…woman or child will most certainly believe and follow any false prophet or corrupt doctrine that Satan uses to lead astray a lost and fallen world of mankind from The Truth and from the only Saviour that GOD sent into the world by which a man can be saved.

Saved from what end? GOD has put His SON Jesus Christ in charge of Judgement, for those of us who have been forgiven for our sins and Saved through the precious Blood of Jesus….we will be judged at the Judgement Seat of Christ, but as for the unredeemed lost souls who had rejected Jesus Christ as their SAVIOR and LORD, the will appear at the Great White Throne Judgement where they will be judge according to their own works done in their bodies, and anyone who’s name isn’t found in the Lamb’s Book of Life will be cast bodily into the Lake of Fire where they will be tormented and separated from GOD’S presence for all eternity, and eternity is forever and forever.

There are many, many other important reasons why The Word of GOD is important to read, listen to and follow in our daily lives, but the above are just a few of the most important reasons why we can fully, completely trust and put our Faith in The Word of GOD, for it is The Truth…it is GOD’S heart and mind revealed to us through the written Word of GOD. Just as GOD revealed Himself to us through His only begotten SON Jesus Christ; GOD continues to communicate His heart and thoughts to us through The Word of GOD as it has been recorded in The Book of Life or what we have access to today The Holy Bible.

If Jesus were standing among us today in the flesh; it is a certainty that everything that He would say to us will not contradict in any way from what is written in The Holy Bible (The Word of GOD). GOD does not contradict Himself. GOD cannot lie.

I hope that this reply has been able to shine some light on your question Edosa Osas . I pray that GOD will open your understanding of GOD’S Word through the Holy Spirit, in Jesus Christ, Amen.

Full Disclosure:

Nelson Doyle is a Facebook username of James Nelson who is a contributor of Deuteronomy117.wordpress.com.

Welcome Billy Graham Welcome

The world has loss a humble man of God named Reverend Billy Graham, but Heaven has welcomed a child of GOD into the Kingdom of GOD through the Lord Jesus Christ.

Thank you brother Billy Graham for faithfully preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ around the world. Walking in the Holy Spirit without fear to let the light of GOD shine so brightly in the darkest of places, just to share the message of hope and faith unto salvation to anyone who would hear it and hopefully open their heart and receive Jesus Christ in as Lord and Savior.

In keeping with the Spirit that you so loved and preached over a lifetime; Deuteronomy117 (1:17) want to share with our visitors one of the messages that you preached, so hopefully just one more lost and hopeless soul will hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ and make Jesus Christ the Lord of their life and the Savior of their soul, so to know the peace and hope of GOD through GOD’S only begotten SON Jesus Christ unto Eternal Life.

WHO IS JESUS? (A Message delivered by Rev. Billy Graham)

3 Things that You Cannot Live Without (A Message delivered by Rev. Billy Graham)

The Cost of Not Following Jesus Christ (A Message delivered by Rev. Billy Graham)

The Second Coming of Jesus Christ (A Message delivered by Rev. Billy Graham)

If anyone is reading this message today, and have never opened their heart to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, then there is no time better than now to change the course of your life from life present to Life Eternal in Jesus Christ.

The Holy Bible (The Word of GOD) says in:

Romans 3 (The New King James Version – The Holy Bible)

God’s Judgment Defended

“What advantage then has the Jew, or what is the profit of circumcision? 2 Much in every way! Chiefly because to them were committed the oracles of God. 3 For what if some did not believe? Will their unbelief make the faithfulness of God without effect? 4 Certainly not! Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar. As it is written:
“That You may be justified in Your words,
And may overcome when You are judged.”[a]
5 But if our unrighteousness demonstrates the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unjust who inflicts wrath? (I speak as a man.) 6 Certainly not! For then how will God judge the world?
7 For if the truth of God has increased through my lie to His glory, why am I also still judged as a sinner? 8 And why not say, “Let us do evil that good may come”?—as we are slanderously reported and as some affirm that we say. Their condemnation is just.

All Have Sinned

9 What then? Are we better than they? Not at all. For we have previously charged both Jews and Greeks that they are all under sin.
10 As it is written:
“There is none righteous, no, not one;
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There is none who understands;
There is none who seeks after God.
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They have all turned aside;
They have together become unprofitable;
There is none who does good, no, not one.”[b]
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“Their throat is an open tomb;
With their tongues they have practiced deceit”; [c]
“The poison of asps is under their lips”; [d]
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“Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.”[e]
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“Their feet are swift to shed blood;
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Destruction and misery are in their ways;
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And the way of peace they have not known.”[f]
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“There is no fear of God before their eyes.”[g]
19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. 20 Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

God’s Righteousness Through Faith

21 But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22 even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all[h] who believe. For there is no difference; 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, 26 to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

Boasting Excluded

27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? No, but by the law of faith. 28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law. 29 Or is He the God of the Jews only? Is He not also the God of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also, 30 since there is one God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. 31 Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law.”

John 14:6 (New King James Version – The Holy Bible)

“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

John 14:1-3  (New King James Version- The Holy Bible)

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many mansions;[a] if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.[b] 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. ”

Romans 10:12 (NKJV – The Holy Bible)

“For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. 13 For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Romans 5:9-11 (NKJV – The Holy Bible)

“Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.”

Romans 5:8-10 (NKJV – The Holy Bible)

“8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. ”

John 10:7-10 (NKJV – The Holy Bible)

Jesus the Good Shepherd

“Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8 All who ever came before Me[a] are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. 9 I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

Acts 4:1-12 New King James Version (NKJV)

Peter and John Arrested

“1 Now as they spoke to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees came upon them, 2 being greatly disturbed that they taught the people and preached in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. 3 And they laid hands on them, and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening. 4 However, many of those who heard the word believed; and the number of the men came to be about five thousand.”

Addressing the Sanhedrin

“5 And it came to pass, on the next day, that their rulers, elders, and scribes, 6 as well as Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the family of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem. 7 And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, “By what power or by what name have you done this?”
8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders of Israel: 9 If we this day are judged for a good deed done to a helpless man, by what means he has been made well, 10 let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. 11 This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’[a] 12 Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

1 Corinthians 15 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Risen Christ, Faith’s Reality

“Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, 2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.
3 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. 6 After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. 7 After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. 8 Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time.
9 For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. 11 Therefore, whether it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.”

The Risen Christ, Our Hope

“12 Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. 14 And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty. 15 Yes, and we are found false witnesses of God, because we have testified of God that He raised up Christ, whom He did not raise up—if in fact the dead do not rise. 16 For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen. 17 And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! 18 Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.”

The Last Enemy Destroyed

“20 But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. 23 But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming. 24 Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. 25 For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. 26 The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. 27 For “He has put all things under His feet.”[a] But when He says “all things are put under Him,” it is evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted. 28 Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.”

Effects of Denying the Resurrection

“29 Otherwise, what will they do who are baptized for the dead, if the dead do not rise at all? Why then are they baptized for the dead? 30 And why do we stand in jeopardy every hour? 31 I affirm, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. 32 If, in the manner of men, I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantage is it to me? If the dead do not rise, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!”[b]
33 Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.” 34 Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.”

A Glorious Body

“35 But someone will say, “How are the dead raised up? And with what body do they come?” 36 Foolish one, what you sow is not made alive unless it dies. 37 And what you sow, you do not sow that body that shall be, but mere grain—perhaps wheat or some other grain. 38 But God gives it a body as He pleases, and to each seed its own body.
39 All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one kind of flesh[c] of men, another flesh of animals, another of fish, and another of birds.
40 There are also celestial bodies and terrestrial bodies; but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. 41 There is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differs from another star in glory.
42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. 43 It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. 44 It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. 45 And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.”[d] The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.
46 However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual. 47 The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord[e] from heaven. 48 As was the man of dust, so also are those who are made of dust; and as is the heavenly Man, so also are those who are heavenly. 49 And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear[f] the image of the heavenly Man.”

Our Final Victory

“50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. 51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”[g]
55 “O Death, where is your sting?[h]
O Hades, where is your victory?”[i]
56 The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”

Ephesians 2:1-7 New King James Version (NKJV)

By Grace Through Faith

“And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, 2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, 3 among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”

Titus 3:1-7 New King James Version (NKJV)

Graces of the Heirs of Grace

“Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, 2 to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men. 3 For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. 4 But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, 5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”

John 3:16 New King James Version (NKJV)

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. “

To anyone and everyone has taken the time to read through this message today and to everyone who wants to have all of your sins forgiven and have the gift of Eternal Life with GOD today; You are invited right now — today — at this very moment to enter into a life changing, soul saving relationship with GOD; bought and paid for through the precious Blood of Jesus Christ, the only begotten SON of GOD, whom was crucified on the Cross, was buried in a Tomb, and whom GOD raised from the dead, and who Lives forever.

If anyone wants to have all of their sins forgiven and have a forever relationship with GOD, and receive the gift of Eternal Life by the Grace of GOD through Faith in Jesus Christ, then please humble yourselves and using your own words out from your heart — PRAY something like this:

Oh, Heavenly Father, I am a sinner and I have fallen short of your glory, and I deserve to go to Hell because of my sins that I have committed against you, but I believe that your SON Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay for my sins, was buried in the tomb, and that you GOD raised Jesus from the dead into Eternal Life, so that You can forgive me for my sins, and was my sins away with the precious Blood of Jesus which He shed for me on the Cross.  GOD forgive me for all of my sins, and Jesus please come into my heart and my life as my Lord and Savior from this moment onward, and fill my heart with the Holy Spirit and give me Eternal Life, so that where you go, I will follow you. Thank you for Saving me from eternal Death, Hell and the Wrath and Judgement of GOD; and for giving me Eternal Life in You (Jesus Christ) forever. Amen.

If anyone made this choice to follow Jesus Christ and prayed to GOD the Father for forgiveness for their sins, and asked Jesus to save them, then at the very same moment you have been saved in Jesus Christ from your sins, from eternal Death, Hell and GOD’S Judgement and Wrath. You have been made a child of the Living GOD through the Lord Jesus Christ.

Share with  someone you know that Jesus Christ is your Savior and Lord and don’t be afraid to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with your family and friends and your enemies too, because the same Jesus Christ who saved you from your sins, death and hell can also save the ones in your life that love you and those that hate you too. Share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with everyone without any fear, because who can stand against you when GOD is with you? The answer is no one, even the Satan will flee at the name of Jesus Christ, the SON of GOD.

May the peace of GOD the Father, our LORD Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit be with all who have believed on and received Jesus Christ as their LORD and SAVIOR today and forever…Amen!

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Salvation Comes through Faith and Not by Man’s Works

GOD’S Salvation plan did not come due to our works, but came through the finished work of Jesus Christ, who was crucified on the Cross and died for our sins, was buried in an empty tomb, and GOD raised Jesus from the dead on the third day. There is no other name by which a man can be saved — Jesus is The Way, The Truth and The Life.

There are not many ways, paths or gods by which sins are forgiven and souls are saved from death and hell. There is only but one way and one name by which a man or woman or child can be saved, and his name is JESUS CHRIST, the only begotten SON of GOD, the Savior of everyone who will repent (turn away from living for themselves/Sin) and turning their heart, life, mind and soul to JESUS CHRIST as LORD and SAVIOR.

So many church dominations and pastors have either misunderstood The Word of GOD or have abandoned the Truth entirely, by teaching that people can earn salvation through good works or by keeping the Law of Moses “The 10 Commandments”. The Word of GOD does not teach that there is additional ways to receive salvation apart from believing and receiving Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Our works does not have the power to save us from our sins and GOD’S judgement, and the Law was not giving to the world to save sinners from Death and Hell, but to reveal to the world that we are all sinners in need of a Savior in Jesus Christ.

Many pastors and church dominations refer to The Book of James and more specifically to James 2:18 (“But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.”) and teach that faith is not important and that works are necessary to be saved. But, to believe this than a person will have to dismiss almost the entirety of The Word of GOD, because both Grace and Faith are taught to us by GOD the Father, the SON of GOD Jesus Christ and through the Power of the Holy Spirit hundreds of other times.

(Our works are the result of our Faith: Our Faith is not the result of our works.)

James 2:18 “But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.”

Reading the Scripture closely and we learn what is being truly taught. What is being taught to us, is that James is challenging people who believe that the works that they do will be counted by GOD as justification to obtaining salvation apart from trusting entirely on the Grace of GOD that leads solely to Faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the Cross. James is pointing out that if these people who have put their trust in their own works for salvation then true faith does not exist in them.

James further points out to the people, that his Faith does not exist because of any works, but any works that is accomplished through him is a result of his Faith. James being a believer and a follower of Jesus Christ, recognizes that he (James) is nothing and can accomplish no good work apart from the finished work that Jesus Christ did on the Cross to save James from the death sentence of sin that abided on him until the sin debt was paid in full.

Jesus Christ paid with his own blood (life) on the Cross the sin debt of every man, woman and child who had lived, who was living at the time, and who would ever live throughout all of world history. GOD the Father will forgive every single sin no matter how bad the sins are, of every person who will simply confess to GOD with their mouth that they are a sinner and believe (truly believe) that Jesus Christ is the SON of GOD, who was crucified and died on the Cross to save them from their sins, who was buried in the tomb, and on the third day…GOD raised Jesus Christ from the dead and now Jesus Christ is seated with GOD the Father on the Throne in Heaven. If you will believe (completely Trust) in Jesus Christ alone for your salvation then GOD is faithful to forgive you for all of your sins, cleansing you with the precious blood of Jesus washing your sins away, and then clothing you in white garments (with the righteousness) of His only begotten SON Jesus Christ, and give you Eternal Life (the Holy Spirit). There is no other way to be Saved.

Let no man or woman fool you in believing that there are other ways apart from the Grace of GOD through Faith in Jesus Christ alone to be Saved from your sins, eternal death and Hell.

Hear the word of the LORD:

Ephesians 2:8-10 “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

Ephesians 3:19-21 “to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”

Acts 4:1-12 New King James Version (NKJV)

Peter and John Arrested

“Now as they spoke to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees came upon them, being greatly disturbed that they taught the people and preached in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. And they laid hands on them, and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening. However, many of those who heard the word believed; and the number of the men came to be about five thousand.

Addressing the Sanhedrin

And it came to pass, on the next day, that their rulers, elders, and scribes, as well as Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the family of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem. And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, “By what power or by what name have you done this?”
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders of Israel: If we this day are judged for a good deed done to a helpless man, by what means he has been made well, let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’ Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

Romans 1:16-17 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Just Live by Faith

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”

Colossians 1 New King James Version (NKJV)

Greeting

“Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,
To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are in Colosse:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Their Faith in Christ

We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of your love for all the saints; because of the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel, which has come to you, as it has also in all the world, and is bringing forth fruit, as it is also among you since the day you heard and knew the grace of God in truth; as you also learned from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf, who also declared to us your love in the Spirit.

Preeminence of Christ

For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.

Reconciled in Christ

For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.
And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now    He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight— if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister.

Sacrificial Service for Christ

I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church, of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God, the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily.”

Ephesians 2 New King James Version (NKJV)

By Grace Through Faith

“And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.
But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

Brought Near by His Blood

Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh—who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands— that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.    But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

Christ Our Peace

For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.

Christ Our Cornerstone

Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.”

Romans 4 New King James Version (NKJV)

Abraham Justified by Faith

“4 What then shall we say that Abraham our father has found according to the flesh?[a] 2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. 3 For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”[b] 4 Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt.

David Celebrates the Same Truth

5 But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness, 6 just as David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works:
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“Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven,
And whose sins are covered;
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Blessed is the man to whom the Lord shall not impute sin.”[c]

Abraham Justified Before Circumcision

9 Does this blessedness then come upon the circumcised only, or upon the uncircumcised also? For we say that faith was accounted to Abraham for righteousness. 10 How then was it accounted? While he was circumcised, or uncircumcised? Not while circumcised, but while uncircumcised. 11 And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had while still uncircumcised, that he might be the father of all those who believe, though they are uncircumcised, that righteousness might be imputed to them also, 12 and the father of circumcision to those who not only are of the circumcision, but who also walk in the steps of the faith which our father Abraham had while still uncircumcised.

The Promise Granted Through Faith

13 For the promise that he would be the heir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. 14 For if those who are of the law are heirs, faith is made void and the promise made of no effect, 15 because the law brings about wrath; for where there is no law there is no transgression.
16 Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all 17 (as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”[d]) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; 18 who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.”[e] 19 And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. 20 He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, 21 and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. 22 And therefore “it was accounted to him for righteousness.”[f]
23 Now it was not written for his sake alone that it was imputed to him, 24 but also for us. It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead, 25 who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification.”

Footnotes:
Romans 4:1 Or Abraham our (fore)father according to the flesh has found?
Romans 4:3 Genesis 15:6
Romans 4:8 Psalm 32:1, 2
Romans 4:17 Genesis 17:5
Romans 4:18 Genesis 15:5
Romans 4:22 Genesis 15:6

(Our works are the result of our Faith: Our Faith is not the result of our works. )

by: James Nelson, a believer , follower and child of the Living GOD through Jesus Christ

Muslims Need to Know the Truth

The religion of Islam is the third largest and oldest existing religion in the world. That being said, it also is the single most deadly and destructive religion ideologies to have ever been created. Accounting for millions of lives lost due to war, terrorist attacks and human trafficking around the world.

The teachings of Islam in Koran identifies its followers as slaves to their god Allah. It teaches its followers to kill (murder) Christians (the people of the Book ‘The Holy Bible’), the Jews and even other Muslims that do not fight in Jihad (holy war). Islam literally means “Submission” and it does not mean “Peace”.  It is anything but a religion of peace.

Islam does not offer hope to its followers, because to simply put it, the god of Islam is Satan. Followers of Islam are encourage…no – commanded to murder, rape and rob non-believers in the name of their god Allah. What’s worse, is that anyone who continues to follow the teachings of Islam and worship its god Allah are headed for Hell. Islam does not guarantee any Salvation plan. Its followers does not know where their god Allah will send them after their natural life is over. But, the Holy Bible (GOD’S WORD) does say, that any person that does not believe in GOD’S only begotten SON Jesus Christ death on the cross, burial and resurrection as their Lord and Savior is condemned already.

John 3:16-20 (King James Version)

“16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.”

Acts 4:10-12 (King James Version)

“10 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.
11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.
12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

To everyone reading this post…GOD loves you so much that He sent into the world His only begotten SON Jesus Christ to die on the cross to save you (us) from our sins. Only through the precious Blood of Jesus Christ can you be forgiven for all your sins no matter how bad your sins are, and GOD the Father will forgive you and no longer hold your sins against you, and then GOD will give you eternal life (the Holy Spirit), so you will not be sent to Hell forever.

You can invite Jesus Christ into your heart as your Lord and Savior right this minute, just by confessing (repenting/ turning away from sin) that you are a sinner, and asking GOD to forgive through the Blood of Jesus Christ. If you truly believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross, was buried and GOD raised Jesus Christ from the dead, then you can be saved and given eternal life. Then, invite Jesus Christ into your heart and your Lord and Savior. If you did this, then you need not to ever worry again about going to Hell and being forever separated from GOD’S presence, love, mercy, grace, compassion ever again. You will have become a child of the Living GOD through Jesus Christ who sits  with GOD the Father in Heaven.

Ephesians 2:7-9 (King James Version) 

“7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

GOD’S grace (Compassion) is a free gift, and Faith (Jesus Christ) is a free gift, and the Holy Spirit (eternal life) is a free gift that cannot be earned in anyway, cannot be bought with anything you have or can do…Salvation cannot be earned by doing good works no matter how much good works that a person can do…Jesus Christ finished the Salvation plan when He laid down His own life on the Cross, was buried and rose from the dead. Only through Jesus Christ can you be saved…there is no other way, path or god that has the power to save you from your sins and give you eternal life to be with GOD in Heaven.

I hope with all hope that you will turn away from the evil teachings of Islam and turn to Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. I want to someday meet you in Heaven.

Mormons Need to Know the Truth

On the surface, Mormonism appear as a devout Christian domination, as the church do send out young missionaries around the world and do try to do good works, but looking deeper into the teachings of the Mormon teachings, it becomes obvious that their teachings found in the Book of Mormon contradicts what God teaches through the Word of God as God’s words are recorded in The Holy Bible.

Mark 13:21-23 (King James Version)

“21 And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not:
22 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.
23 But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.”

The Bible vs. The Book of Mormon

This video presents the historical evidence, archaeological evidence, textual criticism and other disciplines to test the claims and teachings of both The Holy Bible and the Book of Mormon, so to identify which is Truth and which is False.

Three Tests that the Book of Mormon Cannot Pass

The Book of Mormon teaches another doctrine that is not inspired by the Holy Spirit, but is inspired by an angel the Joseph Smith was supposedly visited by while he was searching for faith. Just knowing this, this should ring alarm bells in any born-again Christian, because GOD’s Word warns us to avoid other doctrines and further warns us to avoid any other gospels preached by men or angels.

Galatians 1:1-9 (New King James Version)

Greeting

“Paul, an apostle (not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father who raised Him from the dead), 2 and all the brethren who are with me,
To the churches of Galatia:
3 Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, 4 who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, 5 to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.”

Only One Gospel

6 “I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, 7 which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. 9 As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.”

Furthermore, the Book of Mormon teaches its followers that someday all faithful Mormon males will be like GOD, and they will become gods themselves. Again, the Mormon teachings directly contradicts what the LORD GOD has said through His word as it is recorded in The Holy Bible.

Hosea 11:9 (King James Version)

” I will not execute the fierceness of mine anger, I will not return to destroy Ephraim: for I am God, and not man; the Holy One in the midst of thee: and I will not enter into the city.”

1 Timothy 2:4-6 (King James Version)

“4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.”

Nowhere is The Holy Bible does GOD teach that man will someday become a god. No not one Scripture in The Word of GOD teaches man will become like GOD by becoming a god themselves. The only one in scriptures that ever made that claim was the serpent who entered into the garden and deceived Eve to eat from the Tree of Knowledge, and he told her that by eating would make them as gods, but this was simply a lie in order to cause Eve and then Adam to rebel against GOD’S command not to eat from this tree or they would surely die.

Genesis 3:1-5

“Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.”

Anyone who believes that after they die they will become a god, then they have believed the lie that the serpent (Satan) told, and they do not know GOD the Father nor the only begotten Son of GOD Jesus Christ. Because if they did truly know GOD the Father and his only begotten Son Jesus Christ, then they would believe The Word of GOD that came by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and all other doctrines out in the world they would avoid.

John 1:16-18 (King James Version)

“16 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.
17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
18 No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.”

John 3:16-18 (King James Version)

“16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

Ephesians 2:7-9 (King James Version)

“7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

Romans 10:1-13 (King James Version)

“Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.
2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.
3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.
4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.
5 For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them.
6 But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)
7 Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)
8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”