Discourse 137 – The biblical‒Christian faith.



The biblical-Christian faith.

Biblical Christianity and its claim to sole representation.



The biblical-Christian faith.

It is a sad fact that nowadays Christianity is always and everywhere confused with the Catholic church. Worshiping the creation instead of the Creator (cf. Rom 1:25), i.e. the sun and moon, the ancestors, the cult of the dead (praying to the deceased Catholic "saints") and indeed the Catholic "Mary" – today hardly any of these things are ever called in question.

So too the Marian apparitions in Medjugorje promulgated the well known message in a series of public pronouncements from 1981 into the 1990s:

ĄI am the mediatrix between you and God" [1]


And if anyone is asked today – on being admitted to hospital, for instance – what religion they belong to, and they say they are Christian, they generally get the answer, "OK, Catholic". I am well aware that your average hospital nurse is not going to have any idea about Methodist, Mennonite or free church denominations being Christian churches. But the fact that you donít even get "Protestant" offered as an alternative shows that the Catholic church is omnipresent in our country today.

Even in some Evangelical churches and congregations, where you would expect people to be aware of the uniqueness of the biblica- Christian faith, they bend over backwards to regard other religions – like Catholicism indeed, not to mention Islam, Buddhism, Confucianism and I donít know what else – as being "of equal value".

This is by no means the case! And it is just this kind of attitude that discourages far too many people from reflecting on their faith, finding out about the correct biblical-Christian faith and finally deciding for it – as we hope to demonstrate in what follows.

But perhaps it is as well to start by asking a fundamental question. If there is a God – and for sure there is a God – where does he actually live? – Well, God lives in his dimension out of time and space, which is somehow interwoven with our space-time universe. Just how this works is something that scientists have been researching into for some considerable time (c.f. the theory of multiverses).

So God is beyond space and time. Just what does that actually mean? God is timeless – not in the colloquial sense, but actually "without time". We can best compare this with a film from the old days – perhaps of a vacation, a birthday party with the children or some other significant event from the past.

When we sit down and watch this film – probably for the umpteenth time – we know exactly what is coming in the next scene. And if we want to see the end of it, we can simply fast forward and watch the end. And itís like that with the timelessness of God’s dimension. God has the entire time of this universe before his eyes – from the Big Bang right through to the end. And just as we can fast forward or rewind the film, so God can at any time view everything that is going on in our universe.

This, incidentally, is the reason why so many people get the wrong end of the stick. For example, a young woman on the website of the Archbishop of Cologne writes as follows:


(Texts enclosed in a black frame are quoted from visitors to the site or other authors.)

(I canít believe in God, because it is so difficult! / Anonymous female contributor, aged 17)

I canít believe in God, because it is so difficult! Perhaps that may sound silly, but I find it hard to believe that there is a good and omniscient God who loves me as I am and who has created me. We all know how babies are made, not all of them are born with love or out of love – and all the same we are supposed to believe that they all come from God? It doesnít make sense to me. I keep on asking myself – This world we live in, is it the way God wanted it? Did he plan it like this? Is it supposed to be good? Because this life we are leading just doesnít feel particularly good. Perhaps Iím looking at the world from the wrong angle, but I donít see any other angle. And weíre supposed to think every human being is perfect? So how come I donít dare go out without putting on make-up? Or how if I think Iím ugly and want to have a nose job? Why do I feel like this? Why is the society we are living in so screwed up – and why does everybody fit in with this society? I just canít believe that God wanted it to be like this, and so for me the most logical explanation is that he doesnít exist.

Anonymous female contributor, aged 17



This young woman asks the question here, "This world we live in, is it the way God wanted it?" – and the answer is No, of course it isnít. This world is the way human beings wanted it! God handed over this world to human beings, so they could shape it to their will – their own human will. And thatís just how it has turned out – the way human beings wanted it to be.

And because human beings are making a train wreck of this world, that is the reason, for this young woman, why she canít believe in God. This is rather the same as if I were to drive my car into a brick wall, through my own fault, and then blame the automotive manufacturer for causing the accident.

She also refers to the "good and omniscient God" and to Godís love. And here she is just parroting what some preachers say, when they keep going on about the "infinite and unconditional love of God".


The infinite and unconditional love of God.

If the love of God were to be infinite and unconditional, this God would have to forgive all human beings of all ages (infinite time!!) all their sins, without any conversion or repentance on their part (unconditionally!!). There would then no longer be any need of a redeeming sacrifice and Jesus Christ would not have had to die on the cross.

Then all criminals, mass murderers, atheists, tyrants and all other kinds of scum, from the begin to the end of the world (infinite time!!) would enter into eternal life without any conversion or repentance on their part (unconditionally!!), along with all rightly believing Christians.

So anyone who speaks of the "infinite" and "unconditional" love of God gives clear evidence of the fact that they have no idea why God permitted his Son to die on the cross. Such people have not even begun to grasp the foundation stone of the Christian faith, and so are completely unqualified to make any kind of statement about any aspect of God’s nature.



 

But finally this girl admits: "I just canít believe that God wanted it to be like this, and so for me the most logical explanation is that he doesnít exist." And this brings us back to the timelessness of Godís dimension, mentioned earlier – something that is also often referred to as "omniscience".

God knows, of course, whether this young woman, by the end of her life, is going to decide for him or not. – He only needs to "take a look" in the future to see their decision.

For those whom He  has previously recognized, He also predestined , and these whom He predestined, He also called;

Rom 8,29 For those whom He  has previously recognized (proegno), He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; 8,30 and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified. Rom 8,29-30;


If she is not going to decide for him, then she has taken herself "out of the game". But if she at some point in her life is going to decide for God, God also knows whether she will be able to cope with her present situation or not.

If she can manage to do that on her own resources, nothing will happen. If not, then God is not going to intervene directly (miracles donít any longer happen today), but he will arrange to have obstacles removed from her path – without this having any kind of effect on the course of history. Itís a case of the "prime directive", as it were.

And that brings us to spacelessness. Whereas we donít as yet have any examples of timelessness in our dimension, when it is a matter of spacelessness we are already able to refer to one event – an event that occurs in the Bible. When Jesus appeared, after his Resurrection, to the eleven disciples, he came through closed doors and disappeared through the walls of the room (Jn 20:19-26). That is spacelessness for you.

And seeing that the Bible says that Jesus was the "first fruits" (1Cor 15:23-24) and that we will follow him, it also becomes clear that the inhabitants of that dimension "beyond" – which means all human beings after they are resurrected, the good and the bad alike – have the same properties of being beyond space and time. For them, neither rooms nor spatial partitions exist. They can pass "through the walls", so to speak.

And this also involves the mutual presence of consciousness among all these spiritual beings (1Cor 15:44). Like God Himself (Jn 4:24), everyone sees in the spirit what each of the others is thinking. This is particularly interesting in view of the fact that we can also view all events in the course of the temporal dimension, and so see in a moment, in the spirit, every single one of our own actions. So at the Last Judgment no human being can deny any of their actions, whether good or evil, because all other individuals can see exactly the same thing as they do.

This, incidentally, is something that many Christian preachers overlook, when they dispute the fact that the godless too will be resurrected and will have eternal life. How could all these unbelievers be brought to the bar of the Last Judgment, if they do not rise from the dead but are simply "blotted out"? And how could they suffer the "eternal damnation" they are promised, if they did not have an eternal existence?


THE DEAD DON’T DIE


(The dead do not actually die!)

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The eternal existence of every human being.

Every individual human being who leaves the amniotic sac of his or her mother alive in being physically born – who is "born of water" (amniotic fluid), that is to say (Jn 3:5) – receives a human spirit (1Cor 2:11) from God (Jn 4:24) with eternal existence (Mt 25:46). In the first, temporal and earthly part of their existence – in their life, human beings have the possibility of deciding, in complete freedom, without any compulsion and with the help of the spirit given them by God (Gen 2:7; 6:3), whether or not they will give this God, the creator of all life, their complete trust and entire love.

After death, the human body returns to the dust from which it was made (Gen 2:7), but their spirit goes to the Kingdom of the Dead (Dan 12:2; 1Pet 3:18-19; 1Cor 15:23-24), where they pass the time until their resurrection in a state resembling sleep (1Thess 4:15-16).

In the Resurrection (Rom 6:4-5), the "rebirth from the spirit" (Mt 19:28; 1Pet 3:18; Jn 3:7), human beings are again given a body (Mt 22:30; Jn 3:8; Rom 8:10-11), similar to that of the Son of God after his resurrection (Jn 20:26-27).

If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.

1Cor 15,42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown a perishable body, it is raised an imperishable body; 15,43 it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 15,44 it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 15,45 So also it is written, "The first MAN, Adam, became a living soul." (Gen 2,7) The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 15,46 However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual. 15,46 However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual. 15,47 The first man is from the earth, earthy; the second man is from heaven. 15,48 As is the earthy, so also are those who are earthy; and as is the heavenly, so also are those who are heavenly. 15,49 Just as we have borne the image of the earthy, we will also bear the image of the heavenly. 1Cor 15,42-49;

With this body the human being will then stand at the Last Judgment before the Son of God, who has been given the task by God (Jn 5:22, 26-27) of judging every human being on the basis of their earthly deeds and their decision for or against God while still alive (Rom 2:16).

Anyone who has decided for God and faith in his Son Jesus Christ in the course of his or her life (Jn 17:3) has the possibility of invoking before this court the expiatory death of the Son of God as a vicarious sacrifice for the sins of all humanity, and so atoning for his or her own sins and derelictions against the law of God (Jn 3:16), and so will meet with the mercy of God (Jn 5:24). Those people who have not accepted this faith cannot have their sins forgiven them, and so they will be condemned (Jn 3:36).

After the Last Judgment these condemned persons will spend their eternal existence in the darkness (Mt 22:13) of the damnation of the eternal fire (Mt 18:8), with weeping and gnashing of teeth (Mt 13:49-50) over the fact that they refused to come to faith while they were alive and have now come to realize that they can never again make up for it, and so cannot ever expect any further change in their condition.

Those who have been forgiven, on the other hand, will spend their eternal life (Mt 25:46) in the New Creation in the light of God on a new earth (Rev 20:11) and under a new sky created by God (Rev 21:1-3,5).

The Son of God said:

"If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you." Jn 14,15-17;

Jesus said: "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die." Jn 11,25-26;


In the light of this, the well known evangelist and preacher Wilhelm Busch said to his hearers, "You don’t need to accept the message I am giving you. You can choose not to convert to Jesus. But just be aware that this means you are choosing hell! You have complete freedom – it’s your choice!" (People who are unable to believe)

(See also Discourse 22: “Is there such a thing as the immortality of the soul?”)



For all those who would like to have it short and modern:
The spirit of man is the "software" – the operating system – which works the "hardware" – the body. At runtime end of the hardware, the software is stored in the cloud. At the end of the world, the software will receive a new hardware with unlimited running time.





So much for "beyond time and space". And we can take note of the fact that in this dimension there are no longer any secrets. Everything is revealed – for everybody simultaneously. What a miracle that the Creator of this limitless openness is himself absolutely just, is justice "in person" so to speak.

In this dimension beyond space and time there is no lying or deceit. Indeed such things cannot possibly exist, just because this dimension is timeless and space less. Just as in our present dimension we canít travel into the past or the future, so in that dimension of the beyond you canít lie or cheat.

Now although these are properties of another dimension, in the light of the absolute justice of God they also have important implications for the present dimension which we inhabit. The Bible tells us that our God is an absolutely just God – and people do read it and take note – but there are very few readers of the Bible who are clear about what it really means.

On the one hand it means that we can put our trust in God. We can believe that what he says is true and correct. On the other, it also means that with God there is no way of fiddling the books (in accordance with worldly maxims like "One hand washes the other" or "Iíll just turn a blind eye").

Justice must be fulfilled. If God allows it, then it can be fulfilled in a different way, but fulfilled it must be. We can see an example of this in Godís commandments. To begin with, God decreed that non-observance of his commandments would entail the death of the human perpetrator.

When God saw that the people he had chosen to be his own - the Israelites - were so sinful that they would have been exterminated by this commandment, he allowed them to substitute an animal sacrifice for the death of a human being. But then it became apparent that all the bulls and sheep of this world would not suffice to blot out the sins of the Jews.

And so God fathered his Son, the promised Messiah, to bring Israel back to its God. But the Israelites rejected the Son of God. Even worse – they had him put to death by the Romans. This death of his Son was then used by God, on the one hand as a way of punishing the Israelites, and on the other so as to give all human beings the possibility of confessing him.

Please note that the Israelites are not excepted from this offer of salvation. Any one of them who converts to Jesus Christ as his Savior can be saved – along with any other members of the human race. But this is something very few of them have done. For two thousand years and up to the present day, they are still calling the Son of God an impostor and blasphemer because he said that he was the Son of God (Mt 26:63-64).

When his commandments are broken, then, God no longer calls for the death of the soul, either the human or the animal soul – instead he calls for faith. Faith, that is to say, that Jesus is the Son of God and died for all our sins as an atonement pleasing to God. That is the euangelion, the Good News.

Of course not in the way in which the Catholic church "christianized" the Indios of South America, by threatening them with burning at the stake if they did not convert. That circumstance – and in our own day, the multiple rapes of children by Catholic priests with a duty of care – shows sufficiently that this church cannot on any account be called Christian.

In this connection the Son of God gave us a useful rule of thumb. He compares institutions like this with a "tree" and the people such institutions bring forth as the "fruits".

You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they?

Mt 7,15 "Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 7,16 "You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? 7,17 "So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. 7,18 "A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. 7,19 "Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 7,20 "So then, you will know them by their fruits. 7,21 "Not everyone who says to Me, ĎLord, Lord,í will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.

7,22 "Many will say to Me on that day, ĎLord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?í 7,23 "And then I will declare to them, ĎI never knew you; depart from me, you who practice lawlessness.í Mt 7,15-23;


Based on that, the Catholic church condemns itself through these revolting actions by its priests. But itís even worse than that – because Jesus also says here, "A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit". 

Translating that, it means that a church (tree) which produces such criminal priests (bad fruit) is a criminal church (bad tree). And a criminal church cannot possibly produce good and honest (or in a word, Christian) priests.

But since these "fruits" must be understood to refer to all members of the institution, not just to the priests, it follows that all Catholics have to be seen as "bad fruit", and anyone who is not, or who doesnít want to be bad fruit should exit from this nest of vipers as quickly as possible.

And here we now come up against the million dollar question: if God is an absolutely just God, how is it that he permits evil? How can he allow a church to lead people astray, and even to present itself as the "representative body of Christianity" and its Pope to claim to be the "Vicar of Christ"?

But after all the things we have explained above, the answer is really not hard to find. This world is not in Godís hand, because in accordance with Godís absolute justice, it cannot be in his hand! If human beings are to have freedom of choice, they must have at least one alternative to God, or there would be no choice at all.

As we have known since the Garden of Eden, the alternative to God is Satan. And there, in the Garden of Eden, human beings chose Satan as the alternative. God rules in heaven, and if human beings had decided for him, heaven would have prevailed on earth. But since this was what human beings wanted in the Garden of Eden, God has given Satan dominion over all the kingdoms of this world.

Now here of course the legitimate argument might be advanced that back then human beings could have had no idea of the disastrous consequences this decision would entail. But here again the answer is clear – at that time it was not a matter of knowledge, but of faith. Adam and Eve just had to decide what they chose to BELIEVE – what God told them, or what Satan told them. And that is how things have gone on right up to the present day.

And seeing that humanity decided to believe him, ever since then Satan has been ruling this world – from heaven first of all. (Jesus does call him "the ruler of this world" in Jn 12,31 and 14,30 below). Then ever since the devil was thrown out of heaven two thousand years ago, he has been ruling the kingdoms of the world as the "prince of the power of the air", as Paul calls him in Eph 2,2, quoted further down – and doing so in fact "from the air", hanging out somewhere in the atmosphere together with his demonic angels.

And that now gives us the answer to the question asked by this young woman above – and not just by her alone!! – "I keep on asking myself – This world we live in, is it the way God wanted it? Did he plan it like this? Is it supposed to be good?" – No, it certainly is not good, and it isnít the way God wanted it either.

But God is just, and human beings must have freedom of decision – so that later on they will have no excuse at the Last Judgment. So it isnít God who has given humanity no free option of choice – it is human beings who, when faced with the choice between good and evil, opted for the wrong side. If they had chosen the right side, we would be living in a paradise today.

UAnd although it is plain when we look around in nature, when we see the abundance of flora and fauna all over the world, that the Creator of these miracles only wanted good things for humanity, human beings preferred to listen to Satan, deny God and lie to themselves and to the world in saying that there is no Creator. This explains the fact that science too – in spite of massive evidence to the contrary – denies the existence of a Creator.

But since all these statements look to be completely off track in our modern world of today, where "Satan" is rather an unmentionable and people are so oblivious of his existence that they do not even have to ignore it, I would like to provide chapter and verse at this point to back up my arguments, and explain how I was able to arrive at these conclusions.

So here below I am reproducing all the relevant biblical passages, each of which can serve as a part of the explanation – and the reader is requested to read them attentively, for they are not just the basis for my above arguments and those that follow, they also constitute, as we will see shortly, an explanation of the entire further course of world history.

To begin with we have the following biblical passage, which reports that Jesus fasted for forty days in the wilderness, and then the devil carried him off in the spirit and wanted to seduce him – and that really gave me something to think about. That was what prompted me to finally analyze all these implications in detail and check to see whether they really made sense.

I will give You all this domain and its glory; for it has been handed over to me, and I give it to whomever I wish.

Lk 4,5 And he led Him up and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 4,6 And the devil said to Him, "I will give You all this domain and its glory; for it has been handed over to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. 4,7 "Therefore if You worship before me, it shall all be Yours." 4,8 Jesus answered him, "It is written, ĎYou shall worship the LORD your GOD and serve Him only.í" Lk 4, 5- 8;


My first reaction here was to say, Oh well, thatís just coming from Satan and Satan is the "father of lies", so what does it matter. But then I took a closer look at the context, and came to the following conclusion – in this encounter between the Son of God and Satan, the devil tempted him a total of three times.

The first temptation was:

And the devil said unto Him, "If Thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread."
And Jesus answered him, saying, "It is written: ĎMan shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.í" (Lk 4,3-4)


Here Jesus does not in any way dispute the truth of what Satan says. On the contrary, he answers him by referring to one of Godís commandments.


The third temptation was:

 And he led Him to Jerusalem and had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, "If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here; for it is written, ĎHe will command His angels concerning you to guard you,í and, Ďon their hands they will bwar you up, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.í" And Jesus answered and said to him, "It is said, ĎYou shall not put the LORD your God to the test.í" (Lk 4,9-12)


Here again the Lord casts no doubt on Satanís statement – which actually relies on words from Scripture. And Jesus answers him likewise by quoting the word of God from the Bible.


And now we come to this surprising second statement of Satanís:

And he led Him up and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said to Him, "I will give You all this domain and its glory; for it has been handed over to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. "Therefore if You worship before me, it shall all be Yours." Jesus answered him, "It is written, ĎYOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD AND SERVE HIM ONLY.í" (Lk 4,5-8)


Here once again Jesus casts no doubt at all on this statement of the devilís, and answers him with a biblical quotation (the text in its entirety may be found in Lk 4:1-14). As we may be sure that the Son of God would have recognized a lie on the devilís part and would have contradicted it at once, we can assume that the substance of this statement amounts to the truth.

And if that is really the case, there just have to be equivalent passages in the other books of the Bible – and we need to start looking for the origin and implications of this biblical fact. So here are the results:

And Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.

Rev 12,7 And there was war in heaven, Michael and his angels waging war with the dragon. The dragon and his angels waged war, 12,8 and they were not strong enough, and there was no longer a place found for them in heaven. 12,9 And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. Rev 12, 7- 9;

And his tail swept away a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth.

Rev 12,3 Then another sign appeared at the sky: and behold, a great red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads were seven diadems. 12,4 And his tail swept away a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she gave birth he might devour her child. Rev 12, 3- 4;

Now judgment is upon this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out.

Jn 12,28 "Father, glorify Your name." Then a voice came out of heaven: "I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again." 12,29 So the crowd of people who stood by and heard it were saying that it had thundered; others were saying, "An angel has spoken to Him." 12,30 Jesus answered and said, "This voice has not come for My sake, but for your sakes. 12,31 "Now judgment is upon this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out. Jn 12,28-31;

I will not speak much more with you, for the ruler of the world is coming.

Jn 14,28 "You heard that I said to you, ĎI go away, and I will come to you.í If you loved Me, you would have rejoiced because I go to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. 14,29 "Now I have told you before it happens, so that when it happens, you may believe. 14,30 "I will not speak much more with you, for the ruler of the world is coming, and he has nothing in Me; 14,31 but so that the world may know that I love the Father, I do exactly as the Father commanded Me. Get up, let us go from here. Jn 14.28-31;

And He said to them, "I was watching Satan fall from heaven like lightning.

Lk 10,17 The seventy returned with joy, saying, "Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name." 17,18 And He said to them, "I was watching Satan fall from heaven like lightning. Lk 10,17-18;

Woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has come down to you, having great wrath.

Rev 12,12 "For this reason, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them. Woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, knowing that he has only a short time." Rev 12,12;

How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning.

Isa 14,12 "How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the earth, You who have weakened the nations! Isa 14,12;

(See also discourse 1042: "Are all governments of the world ordained by God?")


So there was a war in heaven. Satan tried to tempt his fellow angels in heaven as well, and something like a third of the angels of God apostatized from God and joined forces with the devil. If we reflect that the number of the angels of God is often stated by the Bible to be "myriads", that could be a pretty big number.

And then Satan, with the backing of this third of the angelic world, tried to defeat the other two thirds of the angels of God under the leadership of Archangel Michael. He failed in this attempt, and was banished from the dimension of God – he and his angels were cast down from heaven to the earth (Rev 12,3-4: 7-9).

In the above biblical passages we can see that this drama happened at the time when Jesus was living on earth. He himself says to the 70 disciples, "I was watching Satan fall from heaven like lightning" (Lk 10,18); and before that, he informs them in Jh 14,30: "I will not speak much more with you, for the ruler of the world is coming, and he has nothing in Me." 

In Jh 12,28-31 we actually find a record of the very moment when Jesus registered this expulsion of the devil from heaven: "Now judgment is upon this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out.".

And even after that, the Son of God refers to this fact one more time. So we find in Rev 12,12: "Woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, knowing that he has only a short time." In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul in his turn points to the same concatenation of circumstances.

The prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.

Eph 2,1 And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, 2,2 in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Eph 2, 1- 2;

If the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into.

Mt 24,42 "Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming. 24,43 "But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into. 24,44 "For this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will. Mt 24,42-44;


So the devil and his angels have been thrown out of heaven, and ever since have been existing on earth, "in the air", for the last two thousand years or so. We know that God is spirit. It follows that Satan and his angels, as former inhabitants of Godís dimension, must also be seen as spirits (though now demons).

They have no physical bodies and probably spend their existence in the upper reaches of the earthís atmosphere (in the "air"). The American astronaut John Glenn once filmed from his space capsule "myriads of stars flying around", as he rapturously exclaimed – which would be a close approximation to the above definition.

And now we come back to the fact that according to Scripture God has given power and dominion over all the kingdoms of this world, as we have seen above, to Satan. It started in the Garden of Eden. That was when human beings decided for Satan, and that was where Satan first established his power.

But God had chosen for himself a unique people out of the whole of humanity – Israel. This was the people of God, and to this people God promised a Savior who would save them from the influence of the devil. And this Messiah was to come and become the world ruler as the supreme head of Israel.

But even after a thousand years (as it was back then), the Israelites still did not know their God. For when Jesus came and told them that he was the Messiah, they thought he had come to fight the Romans and lead them to victory. But that is not the way God works.

In his creation, God also works in ways involving the creation – with earthquakes, storms, floods, pestilences, droughts, famines and so on, as well as getting the godless to kill one another off, as with the second horseman in Revelation (Rev 6:3-4).

As we can see here, it is also the "four living creatures" – the representatives of creation before the throne of God – who command the four apocalyptic riders, invoking each with a ďComeĒ (Rev 6,1.3.5.7). What is more, the bowls of the wrath of God are given by these same four beings to the angels of destruction (Rev 16,1-21). So at this time of the Great Tribulation on earth it is first and foremost the creation itself – or nature – that strikes back.

(See also discourse 136: "The message of God – the four living creatures."


Only after that, in the second part, on the "Day of the Lord", does humanity – together with Satan and his Antichrist – have to expect the punishment of God, with the worldwide plagues of the judgments of the trumpets and the bowls.

So, as Jesus did not start a war against the Romans, the Israelites thought he was a false Messiah and handed him over to the Romans to be crucified. God then took this as the occasion for giving the whole of humanity the possibility of being saved, by accepting the death of his Son as the redeeming sacrifice for the sins of all human beings. This is the "good news".

It is the "good" news for us human beings, because itís all the news there is. There is only this one God of the Bible, and Jesus Christ, his Son, is the sole mediator between God and humanity (cf. 1Tim 2:5-6). Every other kind of religion which does not have Jesus Christ at the center (and that includes the Mosaic religion of the Jews) is a false religion and does NOT lead to the redemption of the individual human being!
 

Faith in Jesus Christ – the fixed point in the universe.



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"Give me a fixed point in the universe and I will lift the world off its hinges."

The Greek mathematician Archimedes of Syracuse (287-212 BC) was the first to discover the principle of the lever, and came to this remarkable theoretical conclusion.

In the reality of this world, faith in Jesus Christ is the thing that really lifts the world off its hinges. When the Son of God says:

I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies.

– he abrogates all the biological and physical laws of our world of space and time. The power whereby a human beings can realize this miracle is called faith. Faith is a power in human beings, as also are love, hatred, jealousy and so on. But whereas love, hatred and jealousy in most cases "break out" involuntarily, human beings can themselves activate the power of faith. In the Christian faith, what they have to do for this is place their trust in God and t he Son of God. Trust – just that is what the Bible means by "faith".

In the miracles that the Lord worked on earth, he always says, "Your faith (your trust in me) has helped you."

Mt 9,22 Daughter, take courage; your faith has made you well.

Mk 10,52 Go; your faith has made you well.

Lk 7,50 Your faith has saved you; go in peace.

Lk 17,19 Stand up and go; your faith has made you well.

Mt 15,28 O woman, your faith is great; it shall be done for you as you wish.

And this trust, this faith, then gives birth to a conviction. This is the faith of a correctly believing Christian: conviction.

He who believes in Him (Jesus Christ) is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already.

Jn 3,17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 3,18 He who believes in Him (Ps 118,22-23) is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. Jn 3,17-18;

He who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.

Jn 6,35 Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst." Jn 6,35;

He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’

Jn 7,38 "He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’" 7,39 But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. Jn 7,38-39;

I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies.

Jn 11,25 Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, 11,26 and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?" Jn 11,25-26;

He who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do.

Jn 14,12 "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father." Jn 14,12;

Then a voice came out of the cloud, saying, "This is My Son, My Chosen One; listen to Him!"

Lk 9,35 Then a voice came out of the cloud, saying, "This is My Son, My Chosen One; listen to Him!" 9,36 And when the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent, and reported to no one in those days any of the things which they had seen. Lk 9,35-36;

Jesus spricht zu ihm: Ich bin der Weg und die Wahrheit und das Leben;


no one comes to the Father but through Me.
!!!

(Jn 14,6)

The faith of the true Christian is his or her conviction that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the Savior of this world.

Any religion which does not place Jesus Christ, as the Son of God and sole mediator between God and human beings, at the center of its faith is a false religion.

(Jn 3:35-36; Jn 5:22-23; Jn 14:6; Mt 11:27; Mt 28:18; 1Tim 2:5).



If at present there are very few people promulgating this view of things, there will soon be a whole lot more of them – though they will be coming from the wrong place. At the beginning of the Last Days, before the Great Tribulation, Satan will send his Antichrist, and he will proclaim this very same message. He will confirm all that has been stated above. But he will refer it to himself and will claim that he himself is the Christ, and that he has now come to fetch the Christian congregation "home".

Unfortunately a great many people will fall for this ruse – above all from the Catholic church – and will receive him with acclamation as the "Second Coming of the Lord". Because for more than a hundred years, thousands of preachers from all Christian denominations have denied that the true rapture will come after and not before the Great Tribulation and the reign of this Antichrist.

This is the biggest trick of the devil, but at the same time it is his last. Genuine Christians will be persecuted and put to death, as the enemies of religion, so that finally there will only be godless people living on earth, who hail the Antichrist as their "Messiah" and Satan as their "God".

And because God is an absolutely just God, it is also the case that no human being can be compelled to believe in him. So the attempt to "bring" anyone to Christian belief is doomed to failure from the start. In conformity with Godís justice, human beings must make this decision out of free will and without any kind of compulsion.

All kinds of assistance may be offered. But the decision to accept or not is always going to be down to the individual. And suddenly we see that itís all just the way it was back then in the Garden of Eden. Nothing has changed. The world, and humanity, have become a few thousand years older. But when it comes down to the fundamental question, for humanity there has been no change. It remains a choice between

God or Satan.




Biblical Christianity and its claim to sole representation.

Biblical Christianity and its claim to sole representation.


God is attainable for every single person who desires it.
However, not in different religions, but in his son Jesus Christ.
(Mt 28:18; Jn 14:6)

Any religion which does not place Jesus Christ, as the Son of God and sole mediator between God and human beings, at the center of its faith is a false religion.
(Ps 118:22; Isa 28:16; Mt 11:27; Mk 12:10; Jn 3:35-36; Jn 5:22-23; Lk 20:17; Acts 4:11; 1Tim 2:5; 1Pet 2:6-7)

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Every prayer which is not exclusively addressed to Jesus Christ or the God of the Bible is addressed to idols and is an abomination to God.
(Jer 10:2-5)

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It follows that the Biblical-Christian faith, with the Bible as the sole foundation of faith and without any random additions invented by human beings (Talmud, Catechism, Quran etc.), is the " narrow gate", the only possibility in this world which brings people to faith in the redeeming sacrifice of the Son of God on the cross, and thus through the forgiveness of sins allows them access to the one and only God of the Bible.
(Mt 7:13)

Since there is only this one and only living God and His Son Jesus Christ, any tolerance of other, invented gods, is a scam for the creatures truly seeking their Creator, and therefore has to be severely condemned.

Therefore do not believe any of these false preachers, no matter what religion. For those who worship dead idols are godless and those who worship only the Father do not believe in the Son. But whoever denies the Son does not have the Father.
(1Jn 2:23)

And those who pretend to be Christian either worship Catholic idols or as Protestants have gay bishops. They are all bad fruits of bad trees. Their God does not hear them, their prayers go nowhere and their blessing becomes a curse!
(Mt 7:16-18)





[1] "Erscheinungen und Botschaften der Gottesmutter Maria - Vollstšndige Dokumentation durch zwei Jahrtausende"["Apparitions and Messages of Mary the Mother of God – Complete Documentation over Two Millennia"], by G. Hierzenberger and O. Nedomansky. Aschaffenburg: Pattloch/1993 – page 464.