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Here’s The Deal . . .

The Deal is that man & woman (Adam & Eve) were created good, and pure.  They were allowed to live, protected, in a perfect environment & were given free will.


CENTRAL to God’s plan for people is their FREE WILL!

God set before them a choice-to have a relationship with Him, on His terms, or to follow their own desires. They chose the latter, thereby severing the relationship with God and choosing, ultimately, death.

But God loved them and knew the horrible fate to which they would be consigned-and all of their descendants as well.  I believe His heart was grieved for all of mankind that would follow, already sentenced to death and cut off from relationship with Him.  (Since Adam’s choice, all people are born with a ‘sin nature’ and each will ultimately commit sin him/herself.  Once a person knowingly sins, they are cut off from relationship with God.)

He had known, sadly, when He created them that this is the path they would take and so, when He created them He already had in mind a plan to bring about good for them, in spite of the choice they would make.  Although angry with Adam & Eve, He still loved them and His heart overflowed with forgiveness.

In order for mankind to be reconciled to Him, He would have to come to earth, live a sinless life in a human body of His own, and pay for the sins of all mankind by surrendering Himself to death and hell.

So, He chose a virgin and, by His Spirit, conceived a child within her. The Son, (part of God, who is a triune being–Father, Son and Holy Spirit) who had lived in Heaven, now came to earth in a body of flesh.  He lived a sinless life so that His death could pay the price for the sins of all mankind and so that they could be set free-if they choose.

He surrendered His body and spirit and paid the price for the sins of EVERY person that ever had lived, or ever would live.   He spent 3 days in the grave,  triumphed over Satan, and was resurrected.  He spent a short time on the earth with his disciples after His resurrection, and then ascended into heaven.

To be reconciled to God you

  • admit and repent of your sins (be sorry about them, confess them, and ask forgiveness for them, and make up your mind not to live that way anymore)
  • believe that Jesus  is God, that He came to earth, was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, and died to pay for your sins
  • be baptized in Jesus’ name
  • continue in obedience to His Commandments

It’s that simple.  You could compare it to someone buying you an all expenses paid vacation to the Bahamas.  But you won’t wake up on the beach unless you accept their gift, take the ticket, pack your bags and get on the plane.  Although the price has paid, you still have to make the choice and do your part.

When we repent, confess, and are baptized in Jesus’ name, we receive the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit leads us in righteousness, opens our understanding of the Bible, and empowers us to live right.  However, God never takes away our free will.  We still have to choose, daily, to do the right things.  We must resist the devil and choose not to sin.  (The longer we do this, the less difficult it will be.)  The Holy Spirit gives us the power to do so.

We must endure to the end to be saved.  For this reason it is vital that we pray often, and read the Bible to understand what God expects of us.  It is through the reading and study of the Bible that our minds are transformed and we grow spiritually.  Ask Him to connect you with other true Christians for friendship and spiritual support (compare their actions to Galatians 5:22-24 to see if they are TRUE Christians that will be a good example to you).  Be faithful to God.  CHOOSE to obey Him, and ‘say no’ to sin.  Without holiness, no one will see God.  Love God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself–and be sure to share the gospel message with others!

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Extraterrestrials-Could They Be Human?

I have not been inclined to believe in space aliens.  The Bible says that Satan can disguise himself even as an angel of light, and the Scriptures do not deal with the subject.  Therefore, I haven’t spent my time delving into that.  I place the idea into one of two categories (or both):

  1. a deception
  2. a distraction

Because God does not address the matter in the Scriptures, I feel that it is not central to the point around which the Scriptures revolve.  There is no end to what God could have included in the Scriptures.  However, everything in them either points to, prophesies of, foreshadows or explains The Deal between God and man.  The timeline on The Deal is coming to a close, so that makes it even more of a priority to not get distracted.

That being said, I suspect that something to do with extraterrestrials (real or otherwise) will be a part of end times/latter days events.

As I said, I have not spent my time delving into the matter and I am no expert.  Like everyone else, I have some familiarity with the subject.  Many people claim to have had encounters with otherworldly beings.  The dominant themes that emerge seem to be:

  • Fear and negative feelings surrounding the encounter
  • Being dominated
  • Being physically examined
  • Mental perceptions being altered

It also seems, but I could be mistaken, that most people describe these aliens similarly.  The pictures I have seen all portray them as humanoid, resembling fetuses in my opinion.

Here are my thoughts regarding who these beings, might be.

Whatever these beings are, they were created or allowed by God.  He was, in the beginning, the creator of all that existed.  Since then, many things have been created from what He provided in the beginning.  However, unlike God, no one has been able to create anything apart from the basic building blocks that God put in place.  Therefore these beings are subject to Him and the laws of His kingdom.

While God’s kingdom is based upon free will, these beings apparently do not respect the free will of those they encounter.  They dominate and control the objects of their interest.

Now, IF life were to arise, by itself, in some distant galaxy-why would the beings so closely resemble humans?  Look at the incredible diversity of life here on earth and pair that with the odds of evolution!  What are the chances of such similarities AND the intersection between us and them both in TIME and in PLACE in the vastness of the universe that is billions of years old?!

The theories I have currently, which seem plausible to me, are:

  1. The beings are fallen angels/demons
  2. The beings had a human ancestor here on earth

(I won’t elaborate on the first idea here, but it will be explained in the context of a future blog on The 2 Kingdoms.)

So, if we consider the idea that these beings had a human ancestor here on earth, it opens up a number of possibilities.  I’ll admit that, because I don’t have the time or the inclination to really ponder this to any degree, I have formed an opinion without a great deal of thought or research into the matter.  I have taken up this opinion based on things I do know, and an idea that came to me from who-knows-where*.

I don’t believe that humans have ever mastered time travel.  I believe that whenever they have been on the brink of that discovery, that God has ‘pressed the reset button’.  But I have long thought that man, perhaps at one time, lived on Mars and utterly destroyed its atmosphere.

It could be that pre-flood mankind did colonize other planets, or create space colonies of some sort.  It could be that these people, once sent into space, were affected both by the conditions of where they chose to live, and by having a limited gene pool for reproduction. Or they may have employed cloning, or some other method, to reproduce.  It is also possible that ancient man understood the DNA code and had chosen to create different races of men. What if these beings are humanoid and were either, by choice or circumstance, genetically altered or mutated?  What if they come in search of purer DNA to heal themselves?

My concern is either that these encounters are real and the enemy, using the opportunity they afford, will weave them into his plan for domination of all mankind (or that he has inspired the visits as part of his plan) OR that these are merely demonic entities and it is all part of his elaborate deception to conquer and control mankind.

Whichever the case, certain things remain true:

  • There is a God that, in the beginning, created all things.  He is still alive and Lord over all.  He has given us all free will and, unless invited to by his people, will not interfere again in the affairs of mankind, until the appointed time.
  • There is an enemy (Satan and his following of fallen angels/demons) whose time is short.  The keys to this world were given into his hands when Adam (to whom God had given the keys) chose to sin. He is one ‘god’ that goes by many names and it is his goal to control all of mankind and to enlist the support of as many as he can in his rebellion against God.
  • Since Adam, all mankind is born into sin and each one will ultimately commit sin him/herself.  Once a person knowingly sins, they are cut off from relationship with God.
  • God is a triune being-3 beings in one (Father, Son & Holy Spirit).  He decided that, to save mankind whom He loves, He must come to earth in flesh, live a sinless life and pay for the sins of all mankind, so that they could be reconciled to Him.
  • He, The Son, surrendered Himself to death & hell, and paid the price of sin for all mankind.  He was resurrected on the third day.
  • This Son, Jesus, is the ONLY way for mankind to have a relationship with God. By accepting His death & punishment on our behalf, by repenting of our sins, and by commiting ourselves to serve Him and live by His standards, we are set free.
  • Whether these beings are descended from man or are fallen angels, they, as we are, are subject to God and created according to His plan.
  • They will probably be part of a Satanic deception or distraction.
  • They are irrelevant to God’s plan for mankind.

*I believe ideas can come from several sources:

  • God
  • The enemy/Satan/demons
  • Our own imaginations
  • Other people
  • Our intuition/gut feelings


I believe our intuition is our subconscious mind processing everything that we take in by way of our five senses.  It then produces a result that comes to us as a dream, an idea, or a feeling.
Because our subconscious mind is aware of many more things that our conscious mind, and because it works in the background, free of conscious censorship, and because it can access all the memories that our conscious mind can forget, it can add a deeper dimension to our understanding of the world around us.
HOWEVER-it, just like our conscious mind, can be influenced by the other sources listed above.  It is also limited, like our conscious mind, to what it has actually experienced and perceived.  It is NOT a source of unlimited wisdom and absolute truth.
It is sort of like the difference between a calculator and a supercomputer: it can process the information better and faster, and calculate more possibilies, but it is still dependent on the information that is given to it.
For people that have learned to connect with their subconscious mind, it can be a valuable tool.

 

Update 7/22/11–It’s been a long time since I wrote this post, but I wanted to update it with a link to an interesting interview:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&list=PL5DB14008B11509C5&v=zAjlgJkxk_A

 

 

 

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