Adam was created in God's image. Sadly, men have a tendency to want to create a 'god' in their image calling it their 'God.' At any rate, any idea opposing the Scriptures, especially concerning the One, True, Almighty God- Yahweh, must be rejected.
Due to the vain imaginations of men the following are some questions that any honest Bible student may ask: Does God actually love everyone? Is God limited in His power; is He bound by the whims and decisions of His own creation? Does God try doings things and sometimes fail? For those 'theologians' who promote the most popular ideas of today concerning God, want you to ignore asking these and other similiar questions.
Lies and compromise stain the fabric of our nation. Only supernatural power can penetrate that depth of darkness and open blinded eyes. Yahweh God, awakens His people thru the Scriptures, which gives us understanding of Who He is. Do not fear this challenge!
God is much greater than man-made systems and perceptions which have shielded us from attaining the knowledge of the truth of God. We must discover: God is much greater than all we've been shown thru the 'mind-filtering' of society. Our minds must be primarily focused on the Scriptures, especially when it comes to knowing God. To attain a clear understanding of God's plan (past, present and future), we must know Him...how He is and is not. We should embrace the struggle to be free of any confusion concerning His Holy Character. For Yahweh and His Word are the center of it all.
If we've unknowingly created a god in our own image, or adopted someone else's concepts, it must be exposed to us. For we must never be counted among those who hopelessly attempt to 'explain-away' the Scriptures. If one refuses to learn more of God, the Scriptures will be of no benefit to them. In addition, they'll become ashamed if they do happen to hear the very truth they are choosing to deny.
Some have their god 'in a box', which minimizes their worldview and confirms their acceptance of conditioning against the truth. This nice, little, organized 'box' can be a set of man-made, denominational teachings or traditions even, 'education'- which may contain a measure of Christian truth. Yet, we should never be afraid to investigate and then magnify the greatness of God found within what we discover! This will in turn expose to us all the flaws and inconsistencies which exist within man-made laws, systems, traditions, and institutions. For Yahweh, is the only One Who has it all together, and He cannot and will not be contained!
Some may cringe to know, that the God of the Scriptures is glorified thru judgment, wrath, and vengenance... that God hates corruption and even those who are the product of such iniquity. The wrath of God is just one of His many perfect attributes. But it is one which does not fit well with the universalist concepts of today.
Coming into agreement with our unchanging Creator should be our greatest goal! Is it not ridiculous to assume the God of the universe would be trying to agree with us? What good would it do, to hold to ideas about God not found in the Scriptures? What benefit is there if we ignore or deny the Scriptures, because it doesn't fit our concepts about God? None whatsoever.
Right or wrong, ultimately our understanding concerning God affects every fascet of our lives. For instance, most fear that God (in varying degrees) has left the fate of the world in the hands of men. Such teachings and philosophies as easy-believism, egalitarianism, and dispensationalism are supreme examples of satan's subtility in this area: that anyone can 'magically' choose their way into a relationship with God. That dumbing-down educaton will somehow lift everyone else up. And that since the jews rejected Christ, God enacted 'plan B,' deciding to let in the 'Gentiles.' Lurking behind all three of these systems is- Universalism. Though we've been conditioned to pretend that God will somehow 'straighten out this mess before its too late,' these ideas and concepts of God are foreign to the Scriptures. God is indeed greater than all modern assumptions. Let's see if we're missing something between what's being taught today and the Scriptures:
1 Bel boweth down, Nebo stoopeth, their idols were upon the beasts, and upon the cattle: your carriages were heavy loaden; they are a burden to the weary beast. 2 They stoop, they bow down together; they could not deliver the burden, but themselves are gone into captivity. 3 Hearken unto me, O house of Jacob, and all the remnant of the house of Israel, which are borne by me from the belly, which are carried from the womb: 4 And even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you. 5 To whom will ye liken me, and make me equal, and compare me, that we may be like? 6 They lavish gold out of the bag, and weigh silver in the balance, and hire a goldsmith; and he maketh it a god: they fall down, yea, they worship. 7 They bear him upon the shoulder, they carry him, and set him in his place, and he standeth; from his place shall he not remove: yea, one shall cry unto him, yet can he not answer, nor save him out of his trouble. 8 Remember this, and shew yourselves men: bring it again to mind, O ye transgressors. 9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, 10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: 11 Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.12 Hearken unto me, ye stouthearted, that are far from righteousness: 13 I bring near my righteousness; it shall not be far off, and my salvation shall not tarry: and I will place salvation in Zion for Israel my glory.
Hopefully you recognize that correct thoughts and concepts about God have been replaced by something else. Therefore we must discard all false concepts of God and receive the truth of the Scriptures.
Have the practices of idolatry been updated? For instance, Many are fixated on what ungodly movie stars are doing. Others spend their free time watching a ball go up and down a field or court. Neither bowing down to still images nor a fixed statue is necessary, when paid professional pulpiteers have constructed comfortable concepts of God in their temples. God's people are wasting their lives and living by watching moving images in the next 'must-see' event. While at the same time supporting institutions which are a huge part of the problem and not the solution.
All worship of anything other than Yahweh God leads to at the very least, "captivity". So God's people are no different today then they were then; producing and worshipping their own gods. As we see in the Scriptures, Israelites who have a man-made god live a much harder life. Let's learn the lesson and stop carrying around false concepts about God. Our strength runs in direct proportion with our view and knowledge of God. We must embrace the truth of His greatness, which will carry us thru the deepest valleys and the darkest of nights.
Did God give us the prophets, to fortell the future? Not necessarily. For Bible prophecy is history told in advance. God gave us the prophets so His people would embrace the God Who has proven He keeps His promises! We can put our full trust in Him. But we will only trust and depend on the One Who declares "the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not done yet" once we see it for ourselves in the Scriptures.
Today we have this popular concept: 'God loves everybody.' This has become the basis for the accepted norm or (so-called) 'mainstream' lifestyle and cultural values. Along with this includes those who say "we should love everybody." Is there a way we can test this idea and know whether or not it is true?
I JOHN 4:1-10
1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: 3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. 4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. 5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. 6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error. 7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. 8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. 9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. 10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
If one assumes God loves everyone, then how can we "try" or judge the particular "spirit" to determine if it's of God, or of the world? The idea must be judged in light of the Scriptures, which the Spirit of God has written.
4 For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee. 5 The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity. 6 Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the Lord will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.
5 The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth. 6 Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.
Of all places in the Scriptures to find this, the sweet Psalms state that God hates some people, totally contrary to what is so widely held today. Therefore those who are spreading this on God are lying spirits. The idea that we are to love everybody because God loves everybody is nothing more than a lie.
While the Scriptures do say, "God is love," nowhere in the Scriptures does it say, 'God loves everybody.' And this is the slippery slope to every kind of ungodliness being called 'acceptable' today. Universalism is not found in the Scriptures. It is dangerous to embrace unfounded assumptions about God, especially this one. We have God's hatred for people taught in other places both, Old and New Testament:
1 The burden of the word of the Lord to Israel by Malachi. 2 I have loved you, saith the Lord. Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacob's brother? saith the Lord: yet I loved Jacob, 3 And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness.
If you go by what the Scriptures say here, God hates Esau and all His descendants forever, of which are in the world today; 'wonder who they are?
10 And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac; 11 (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;) 12 It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger. 13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. 14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.
This explains it even further. In a nutshell, the whole problem within the world today is the descendants of "the younger" are serving the descendants of "the elder"- "Jacob" is serving "Esau". Why does it seem this world is turned upside down? Because the descendants of Jacob/Israel are serving the descendants of Esau, the Edomites, even today. This is the primary reason for all the unrest around the world and most are totally missing it. Remember in Genesis 25:23 when God told Rebecca, "Two goyim, two nations are in thy womb." The physical descendants of these two nations are at the forefront of the world's stage today.
Due to a lack of Scriptural understanding on the part of God's people, most are actually standing with and supporting God's enemies, who are under God's impending wrath. What is causing God's people to unknowingly side with God's enemies in this way? Its called Dispensationalism and Christian Zionism.
Now this isn't how the proponents of this doctrine express it, but this is the basis for their whole system: God failed the first time Christ came to earth, having to postpone His plans. Understand, this is not some obscure little group that is teaching this. These are the most widely held and popular teachinga among churches today. And as long as God's people continue to hold on to this lie, they will remain a prey unto their enemies the remainder of their days in the flesh.
1 Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. 2 Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. 3 Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David. 4 Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people. 5 Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the LORD thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee. 6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: 7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. 8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. 10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: 11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. 12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. 13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.
We must not hold on to concepts of God that pull Him down to our level. God is giving His people the opportunity to see how He is, in His majesty and glory. The way to return to Yahweh is to forsake our ways and turn from the earthly thoughts we've had concerning Him, for He will abundantly pardon us when we agree with Him. We must always keep in mind His thoughts are not our thoughts. The ways we've been influenced to think in our culture, are not the ways God wants us to think. His thoughts are much higher, His purposes are of upmost significance. We must persistently labor in the Scriptures to align our understanding with His purposes.
We must learn of God's ways- His ways are not our ways. There are ways which society deems 'okay' or 'good,' which are actually wicked in God's sight. Conversely, there are ways that people assume should be 'illegal' or deem 'bad' that are actually acceptable in God's sight.
Whether or not we agree with God, the Scriptures stand, and will always accomplish to the finest detail, everything He has set out to perform. How closely are you willing to follow the Scriptures? Let's look at the early example of Abraham.
2 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
What if you suddenly heard the voice of the eternal Yahweh telling you to pack up and move to an undisclosed location, away from everything and everyone you have ever known? Would you do it? Imagine you and your spouse are older and you've never had any children, yet God tells you:
2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
You don't know where He is sending you. Yet He's telling you He's going to bless you and give you a great name. What would be your reaction? Here's what Abraham did:
4 So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.
Thank God for Abraham's faith and example. For many promises along with an unconditional, irrevocable covenant with God were soon to come in his future. God never made this with anyone else, and God's keeping of this covenant is why his descendants are here today.
What God has spoken cannot and will not return to Him void. His people are responsible to know and live by this. Yahweh God is calling His people out of 'Babylon' which means confusion. We must let go of the lies handed down to us from the past.
Deep down do you really believe the God Who spoke this universe into existence suddenly had a 'plan-B', some 'magical plan' for the so-called 'Gentiles' that's so widely taught today? Or do you agree with the Scriptures where Peter calls Yahweh's annointed children "a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people"? Continue to follow the Scriptures as they teach you of God and His ways, along with who His people really are.