So, You Don't Think There's a God ?
Volume 1 -THE GARDEN OF EDEN - Adam's Creation and His Spiritual
Volume 2 - NEW BEGINNING AND NEW WORLD ENVIRONMENT
Volume 3 - JOSEPH, EPHRAIM AND MANASSEH - A Foreshadow of God's Agenda for Jew and Gentile
Volume 4 - CROSSING THE JORDAN RIVER - A Foreshadow of Salvation for Jew and Gentile
Volume 5 - THE BOOK OF REVELATION - God's Agenda for the End Time
Volume 6 - THE SEVEN LETTERS TO THE SEVEN CHURCHES
Volume 7 - CHRIST IN THE TABERNACLE - A Foreshadow of Redemption
Before one can believe there's a God, he must first believe there's another dimension of life other than the current one lived out on this earth.
Evidence of Life After Death?
This is the first question that each doubter must have an answer. When there is an understanding of the presence of life in the next dimension, then the next endeavor for the doubter is to gain some insight and evidence to this dimension.
The most convincing evidence of another dimension are the many testimonies of hundreds of hospitalized patients who had "near death experiences" and returned to life once again. After regaining consciousness, when these experiences were conveyed to the doctors and their staffs by the patient, they were discounted as abnormalities of the brain because of the lack of oxygen and lack of blood flow. What else were they to think since they had no scientific evidence of this phenomenon? However, after years of hearing many patients recall their experiences, doctors and scientists have to deal with the reality of these experiences. Things occurred that were common between each near death experience and could not be attributed to a lack of oxygen or blood flow. One of the more common elements was the patients' recalling hovering above the hospital bed at ceiling height, observing what the doctors and staff were doing to them. After returning to a state of consciousness and speaking on this experience, the doctors and their staffs were amazed to realize what they recalled was exactly what occurred. Of course, they realized this had nothing to do with a lack of oxygen or blood flow. They also realized the patient could see and hear and remember what they saw and heard. The patients had body form.
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Eventually, the scientific community will believe there's life in another dimension. But, they will not be able to see this dimension under their microscopes. So, how can they expand their understanding of this life? Is there available information man can read and understand the next life? Did God give us information on the reality of this life in order to teach men who seek to know more about what's next after they die?
Where is the True Source of Information For the Next Life
Atheists, agnostics and other doubters always seek to gain proof that there is a God because they require evidence before they will believe in anything associated with the spiritual dimension of life. Everything they believe about life is based on what they have learned experientially or what they have been taught by the formal education systems devised by man. After thousands of years accumulating knowledge based on man's life experiences and discoveries concerning the physical elements of the environment, mankind has a vast storehouse of documented information relating to this dimension of life. The innermost sub-atomic configuration of the atom is known; the human genome has been mapped; the body cell and RNA has been studied; the genetics of plants, animals and man is known; man has traveled to the moon and sent probes to survey most of the planets in our solar system; and taken photographs of the distant parts of the universe. He has gained great knowledge and wisdom of of his planet and universe. He has great knowledge of this dimension of time and life. But has no knowledge or wisdom concerning the next dimension of life, apart from ancient manuscripts written by man claiming to have heard from God. Books that teach man, proclaiming what the next life is like. Books that teach him how to prepare himself to live in the next dimension.
The Jews and Christians have the Bible written by Old Testament prophets and the New Testament spoken by Christ and written by His followers. Islam has the Koran, the testimony of Mohammed. The Buddhists have Buddha. The Hindus have a multiplicity of gods. The far east has Confucius and his writings, etc. All of these religions claim to have a direct message from God that teaches about life in the next dimension and what is required of man during this dimension to develop himself so he will be suitable for that forthcoming life. But, only one of these books offers evidence that man can enter into this forthcoming life - an empty tomb.
Christ Jesus is the only messenger from God that is not currently entombed somewhere on the planet earth. He was resurrected from death and taken into heaven and has not yet returned to the earth. He is the sign for all men to see and He is the evidence for life in the Kingdom of Heaven. He did not leave us without information and instructions concerning entry into the Kingdom of Heaven. His testimony tells man that what he needs to do to during this time on the earth are two things -
Matthew 16:24 (KJV) - Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
John 6:28-29 (KJV) - Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? (29) Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.
There is no other work God requires to be righteous in His eyes. Righteousness is a free gift of God through faith in Christ Jesus as His Son, the one God sent to us to show us the way, the life and the truth. Not a truth, but the truth.
Is the Bible the True Word from God?
There was a language spoken between God and Adam. God gave Adam the language. It was the same language spoken between Adam and Eve and between them and their descendents. Did the language change at a later date? After the flood when Noah and his family left the ark, there was only one language spoken at that time by Noah and each of his sons and their wives. This language was the language spoken in the Garden of Eden. It was the language of God! After the flood, the Bible states -
Genesis 11:1 (KJV) - And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.
The Language Has Survived the History of Man
Noah was a descendent of Adam's righteous son, Seth. Seth died 14 years before Noah's birth. Enosh, Seth's son, was 84 years old when Noah was born. Enosh lived 905 years and Noah lived 950 years. The flood occurred when Noah was 600 years old and he died 350 years later. So, Noah spent all of his pre-flood life with his father, his grandfather and five generations of Enosh. Enosh, Kenan, Mahalalel, Jared, Enoch (five great grandfathers), Methuselah (grandfather) and Lamech (his father) were alive at the same time as Noah was alive. I don't think the language of Noah changed very much from the language Adam and Eve spoke in the Garden of Eden, as they conversed with each other and with God.
It would have been difficult for the ancestors' children to change the original language because the elders lived for such a long time. Forming new words in the original language would be difficult because new words would expand the language beyond the vocabulary of the elders, making the teaching of living history difficult. In the pre-flood Adamic society, "living history" was passed along by the elder's recount of the history told to them by Adam. The elders' knowledge of history was the most influential teaching element in pre-flood society. So, expanding the language by forming new words would be met with some resistance because new words would affect the elders' accurate communication of living history. If any one of the elders varied the historical account, even slightly, the other elders would correct him. So, to preserve historical integrity, the original language spoken in the garden was preserved.
In post-flood times Noah was the oldest man on the earth. He was the one to whom his descendents went to gain wisdom and seek guidance. Noah had great favor with God and all post-flood descendents were aware of his status with God. Noah, the eldest of his people after the flood, was ruler of his generations in post-flood times for as long as he lived. Noah taught and instructed his descendents in righteousness until the day he died. Noah preserved the original language, as he was the reference and source of pre-flood living history.
Additionally, Genesis chapter 10 outlines the nations of the earth according to the bloodlines of Noah's sons, Ham, Japheth and Shem. All of Noah's sons and their descendents still spoke only one language. Genesis 11:1-9 describes God confusing the ability of all descendents communicating with each other by changing the language spoken at Babel. The descendents of Ham spoke a different language and the descendents of Japheth spoke a different language and scattered throughout the middle east and northern Africa according to their language. Through languages God grouped bloodlines together in post flood times. But, Shem and Noah still spoke the original language of pre-flood times. This language also kept the bloodline of Shem together. Shem's descendents later became known as the Semites (known as Israelites today).
Genesis 11:9-10 (KJV) - Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth. (10) These are the generations of Shem: Shem was an hundred years old,.......
Verse 9 speaks of scattering the people according to their language. Verse 10 speaks of the beginning of recording the genealogy of Shem, which introduces Abram into the historical narrative in Genesis 11:26. Since Abram was a resident of Ur of the Chaldeens, which is located on the Euphrates River opposite of the city Babel; Noah, Shem and Abram remained in the general area and did not spread to other far away places. It appears God kept Noah, Shem and Abram's locality, language and bloodline intact for a special purpose - the covenant promise and the establishment of the nation of Israel.
Abram was there listening to Noah. Abram was fifty years old when Noah died. So, Abram heard the account of Genesis directly from Noah and Abram believed in God. Twenty five years after Noah's death God called Abram. At that time Abram was seventy five years old. As a descendent of Noah and the Seth blood line Abram, like all others before him, spoke the language of God. If he spoke the language of God, then Ishmael and Isaac spoke the language. So did Isaac's children, Esau and Jacob. God changed Jacob's name to Israel, therefore the language was preserved and spoken by the twelve sons of Jacob (the nation of Israel). Thus, the Mosaic Law was written in God's language. Therefore, if the the Law and the Prophets is the language of God, then the Law and the Prophets (Old Testament) is the voice of God. The language and voice cannot be separate! Additionally, Christ did not speak of His own, He only spoke what the Father told him to speak. Therefore, the New Testament is also the voice of God. The Word of God (Bible) is the language and voice of God! It is alive because everywhere it is read or spoken and by believing what God spoke, eternal life is seeded into the heart of man and spiritual life prevails. No other book can open the heart of man by faith in its words, so that eternal life enters into the innermost heart of man. This is a true miracle of God!
Why Does Fallen Man Reject the Bible?
The answer to this question begins in the Garden of Eden.
Genesis 2:8-9 (KJV) - And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. (9) And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
In the midst of the Garden of Eden there were two specific trees that was pleasant to the sight and good for food. Both trees appeared to be the same in appearance and both were good for food. But, one produced the fruit of eternal life and the other the fruit of death.
In this metaphorical picture, God gave specific instructions concerning all the trees in the garden, including the two in the midst of the garden -
Genesis 2:16-17 (KJV) - And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: (17) But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
God's spoken Word divided between the Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. It was a division between life and death. Freewill rational reasoning Adam must choose to obey God or disobey God. This command, if obeyed, would teach Adam the things of eternal life. If disobeyed, this law would teach Adam the things that bring death.
To Adam the only discernable difference between the two trees was God's command not to consume the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. God left Adam and Eve alone in the garden with His command.
The Devil is in the Tree
Genesis 3:1-7 (KJV) - 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. (6) And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. (7) And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
Having disobeyed God and consumed the fruit of death, their eyes were opened and they knew life was very different because they open their minds and hearts and death entered into the innermost part of their souls.
"Eyes of them both were opened" - This phrase reveals what happen to both of them when they disobeyed.
"Eyes" - (Strong's Concordance - Hebrew) #5869 `ayin (ah'-yin); probably a primitive word; an eye (literally or figuratively); by analogy, a fountain (as the eye of the landscape):
"Eyes" in this scripture is not concerned with their physical eyes because they were open prior to their sin. Rather, by analogy these eyes are concerned with spiritual eyes, which changed after their disobedience. The same holds true for their nakedness. Prior to sin there were physically naked and felt no shame. After sin they became spiritually naked and shameful. In this light, the root word `ayin offers the proper insight into the effects of Adam's fall upon mankind.
In this analogy, the phrase "a fountain as the eye of the landscape", figuratively represents the first thing the eye focuses on when first looking at the landscape scene. The landscape is life's elements as perceived by the individual. What does one perceive when looking at the landscape of his life?
In the landscape scene of life all living things derive nourishment from the fountain. The fountain is the provisional source for life in the landscape. The word "eyes" in this verse figuratively represents Adam's perception of life and what he sees as the center of life (as a fountain is the focal point or center of the landscape).
Prior to his disobedience Adam perceived God at the center of life and all of life revolved around God, including himself. God was the fountain that gives life. From God all living things derived life because He was the Creator. Having disobeyed God, Adam's perception of life was changed. Adam saw himself at the center of life with all things in life evolving around him. He became self-centered.
A person's perception of life determines what he believes to be true about life. In other words, if one believes that there is no life after death, then he will believe only in human secular values. Moral values of right and wrong will be based on the earthly human experience. One's perception of life becomes his spiritual eyes, through which he chooses his direction in life.
Genesis 3:7 (con't) - "Opened" - (Strong's Concordance - Hebrew) #6491 paqach (paw-kakh'); a primitive root; to open (the senses, especially the eyes); figuratively, to be observant.
The Hebrew word "paqach" is a key word to understanding what happened in the fall of Adam. When Adam's eyes were opened his perception of life changed. Having sinned, he then perceived life through his senses, especially the eyes. Remember satan's temptation of Eve. The heart desires of Adam and Eve was to "be as gods" because of what they heard satan speak.
Genesis 3:5-6 (KJV) - 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.(6) And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
"For God doth know " - satan spoke a word to Eve that contrasts what God spoke to Adam to "not eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil". Eve believed what satan spoke and thought God was withholding something from her. By eating the fruit of the tree she believe she her life would be better. She desired in her heart to reach beyond the boundary God established and obtain a higher place in life.
The desires of her heart (the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise) fueled her imagination and her rational thinking process. She rationally considered her disobedience to God's command and compared it to being "as god". She reasoned being as a god was the better way. Rationally, she justified her disobedience by what she sensed in her earthly environment (physical landscape) - "the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise."
Adam and Eve became a sense-oriented creatures because the imaginations of their hearts became self-oriented as they observed life through self-centered perceptions. They perceived and believed themselves to be a creatures of flesh rather than a creations of the Spirit. Their flesh could feel, smell, hear and taste elements of their environment which fed their reasoning faculties. All their physical experiences became a powerful influence upon their perception of life and ultimately formed the desires of their hearts.
Man's perception of life becomes his eyes through which he will form his understanding of truth concerning life's issues. If his perception of life is blinded by his senses, he will live as a natural creature of the senses and seek to gratify selfish desires and cravings of the body.
Therefore, it is required that fallen man must be reborn and transformed by the renewing of his mind - Romans 12:1-2 (NIV) - Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Note: Adam and Eve's self perception changed when they saw life through their senses. Their focus on life and their involvement in life changed. They saw themselves as physical beings rather than spiritual beings. Even though they could remember what it was like prior to their sin, which gave them a measure of their spiritual loss in the fall, they will have to wait for God to provide a way to restore them to their former glory. However, their descendants will not have this measured sense of spiritual loss because their inherited sin nature will be self-centered from the time of their birth. They will never experienced perfection. Therefore they will not realize they are lost and need God to live eternally. So, God will have to reach them and teach them the real truth about life so their eyes will be opened again to their spiritual condition. Their minds will have to be renewed so spiritual restoration can occur. God must establish His Word in order to teach real truth. The only hope fallen man has is to learn God's truth and the only source of God's truth is the Bible.
The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil
The knowledge in this tree is knowledge of good and evil, both produce death. Meaning, there is no life in this tree. There is information, but no life.
I believe this knowledge is a storehouse of facts, theories, philosophies that are discovered by men and formed by the vain imaginations of men. This is good information, but does not lead mankind to a knowledge of eternal life. This knowledge produces death by luring mankind to rely on this information to answer all his questions about life.
This is the great deception that blinds mankind to the reality of God. This is the reason the Bible portrays the devil's location is in the tree. The spirit of darkness uses this information to get man to believe that all knowledge of life is within this storehouse of information.
All men can use this good information to learn about his environment, but he cannot define eternal life by the tree's content of information. This worldly information is not by itself evil. It is the source of evil when man uses it worldly wisdom to deny God and see himself at the center of his own life.
God knew men would consume this information as use it as a basis for perceiving his life. He would attempt to use this information for determining his own destiny in life.
But, God did not leave man with no way to learn of Him and return to Him as His children. Adam kept his experiences with God alive by teaching his descendents. God kept the one language intact through the flood. Abraham learned from Noah, Isaac learned from Abraham, Jacob learned from Isaac and the twelve sons of Jacob (Israel) learned from Jacob.
The Old Testament and New Testament is truly the language, voice and Word of God! This is the information God gave us to learn about Him and the eternal life He provides through faith in Christ Jesus, mankind's only Lord and Savior. In the Bible there is the knowledge and wisdom of God.
Jesus is the answer to obtaining life in the next dimension! Amen!!