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Apologetics by Rich Deem

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What happens to Infants and Children Who Die? Do Babies Go To Heaven?

by Rich Deem

INTRODUCTION
Do all babies who die go to heaven? Or has God predestined some for heaven, while the rest go to hell? Does the Bible address this issue at all or do we just hope that they go to heaven to comfort ourselves?

Jud ment for all
First we must note that the Bible says God will judge all people,1 so this must include babies and young children !ow does God judge between one baby and another? Does !e judge by how much they cry or spit up? "ince God is omniscient #all $nowing%,& does !e judge on the basis of what they would have done had they lived an entire life? 'his would seem to be a perple(ing problem and the Bible does not describe anywhere how God would judge a baby Or does it?

Babies are sinners
)a$ing matters worse, is the fact that the Bible says all people are sinners * +n fact, the Bible specifically states that people are sinners from their birth,, so this obviously includes babies 'he Bible also indicates that those who sin and don-t accept .esus as their "avior are judged / and sentenced to death0 1 the so1called 2second death,2 which is hell 3 "o, do all babies and children who haven-t accepted .esus as "avior go to hell?

Babies are innocent

'he Bible ma$es it clear that people are condemned to hell on the basis of their sins 4 and their rejection of .esus 5hrist6 as the remedy for their sinful condition !owever, infants and young children are incapable of fully understanding either their spiritual condition or God-s re7uirements for salvation 5an God judge them even though they don-t understand the basis of that judgment? 'he Bible does indicate that children are innocent, for e(ample, when describing how some of the +sraelites in the 8alley of Benhinnom had become corrupt so as to sacrifice their own #innocent% children9 2Because they have forsa$en )e and have made this an alien place and have burned sacrifices in it to other gods, that neither they nor their forefathers nor the $ings of .udah had ever $nown, and because they have filled this place with the blood of the innocent and have built the high places of Baal to burn their sons in the fire as burnt offerings to Baal, a thing

which + never commanded or spo$e of, nor did it ever enter )y mind: #Jeremiah 19:4-5% 'he Bible also indicates that children are regarded as being innocent because of their lac$ of ability to discern between good and evil9 )oreover, your little ones who you said would become a prey, and your sons, who this day have no $nowledge of good or evil, shall enter there, and + will give it to them and they shall possess it #Deuteronomy 1:39% Other verses also indicate that young children are not fully capable of ma$ing moral choices "o, the Bible says that babies and children are innocent, based upon their inability to fully understand the difference between good and evil
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Do babies

o to heaven?

"o, since babies and children are considered innocent, one would assume that they would be e(cluded from judgment and get a pass to heaven !owever, does the Bible e(plicitly state what happens to them? < verse from .ob says that they enter into rest9 2Or li$e a miscarriage which is discarded, + would not be, <s infants that never saw light 'here the wic$ed cease from raging, <nd there the weary are at rest #Job 3:16-17% =i$ewise, another verse suggests that a person who is not satisfied with their life is worse off than one who is miscarried 11 <lthough it does not e(plicitly state what happens to the miscarried, the implication would be that they went to heaven

Children belon

to God

Both the Old and >ew 'estaments indicate that God has a special relationship with children +n the boo$ of ?@e$iel, God was very upset with !is people as they were sacrificing their children to idols !owever, God calls them 2)y children29 2)oreover, you too$ your sons and daughters whom you had borne to )e and sacrificed them to idols to be devoured Aere your harlotries so small a matter? Bou slaughtered )y children and offered them up to idols by causing them to pass through the fire 2 #Ezekiel 16: !- 1% .esus indicated that people who enter heaven are li$e children, implying that children go to heaven

<nd !e called a child to !imself and set him before them, and said, 2'ruly + say to you, unless you are converted and become li$e children, you will not enter the $ingdom of heaven 2 #"atthew 1#: -3% 'hen some children were brought to !im so that !e might lay !is hands on them and pray: and the disciples rebu$ed them But .esus said, 2=et the children alone, and do not hinder

them from coming to )e: for the $ingdom of heaven belongs to such as these 2 #"atthew 19:13-14% "o, the Bible indicates 7uite clearly that children who die go to heaven !owever, the 7uestion remains at what age an individual ceases to be a child

! e of accountability?
"o, we $now that babies and children go to heaven when they die !owever, we don-t $now what the cutoff is for those who die young +s it /, or 4,or 1& years old? 'he Bible ma$es no mention of any $ind of 2age of accountability 2 "o, it is 7uite li$ely that there is no specific age at which an individual become accountable Our three sons all accepted .esus as their "avior around five years old !owever, they had been e(posed to the gospel message since birth, and had gone to "unday "chool, Bible studies, vacation Bible schools, and <wana in their early years Ae never as$ed them if they wanted to be 5hristians, but allowed them to as$ the 7uestion on their own Five years old is probably not the average age at which children are capable of understanding the gospel and responding to it !aving taught vacation Bible school and "unday school for many years, + recogni@e that the average first grader is not ta$ing in the information and processing it for how it applies to him !owever, when the time comes, one can see the light come on +n one of the vacation Bible school assemblies, + recall a group of boys #probably around 1; years old% who were in attendance as a gospel presentation was being made One of the boys suddenly said to the others, 2Did you hear what she said?,2 in an e(cited voice <n alter call had been made, and he dashed up to the front !is friends were left sitting in the pew "o, + have seen many children at many different levels of spiritual and physical development, which must be the basis by which God determines if they are accountable For those with mental disabilities, it is possible that they never become morally accountable !owever, we can be assured that God judges all people, including children, fairly 1&

Does it matter if they"re bapti#ed?
"ome denominations bapti@e their infants in the belief that such baptism prevents them from going to hell should they die before coming to faith in 5hrist !owever, what about babies who are miscarried or die during childbirth? <re they condemned to hell? 'hat is what the doctrine of infant baptism would imply "o, the doctrine of infant baptism changes salvation from one of grace to one of wor$s, since infant baptism is a wor$ of the parent, and not a wor$ of God <s such, the practice of infant baptism displays a lac$ in trust of God as the bearer of salvation, so must be rejected as being an efficacious act "o, being bapti@ed as an infant saves neither an infant nor an adult "alvation is still a gift1* of God based upon the grace of God 1, Biblical baptism is the public confession of faith by an accountable individual 1/ "o, we reject infant baptism as being re7uired for the salvation of babies and young children who die

CONCLUSION
Babies and young children who die go the heaven through the grace and righteous judgment of God 'he Bible is clear that those who are not fully capable of ma$ing moral choices are declared to be innocent, and, therefore, worthy of heaven 'he Bible does not mention any $ind of 2age of accountability,2 but bases accountability on the basis of the ability to ma$e moral choices +nfant baptism, although it shows a commitment from the parent, is neither re7uired nor efficacious in obtaining salvation for little ones 'he salvation of babies and children is a gift of God, based upon !is grace, and cannot be purchased through a wor$ of a parent +f you have lost an infant or child, we pray that the =ord would comfort you with !is grace, and that you would desire to

join your child in heaven through a confession of faith in .esus 5hrist as your =ord and "avior )ay God bless you

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1. <nd !e will judge the world in righteousness: !e will e(ecute
judgment for the peoples with e7uity #$%alm 9:#% Before the =ODD: for !e is coming to judge the earth: !e will judge the world with righteousness, <nd the peoples with e7uity #$%alm 9#:9% But, O =ODD of hosts, who judges righteously, Aho tries the feelings and the heart, =et me see 'hy vengeance on them, For to 'hee have + committed my cause #Jeremiah 11: !% But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who A+== D?>D?D 'O ?8?DB )<> <55ODD+>G 'O !+" D??D"9 to those who by perseverance in doing good see$ for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life: #&oman% :5-7% see also Genesis 149&/, 1 Fings 49*&, & 5hronicles 09&*, Csalm 394, Csalm 3911, Csalm 69,, Csalm 694, Csalm 1696, Csalm 6091;, Csalm 6091*, Csalm 6496, +saiah 119,, .eremiah 119&;, <cts 139*1, Domans &911&6, 1;91&11,, .ames &91&, Develation 1093 2. then hear in heaven Bour dwelling place, and forgive and act and render to each according to all his ways, whose heart Bou $now, for Bou alone $now the hearts of all the sons of men, #1 'in(% #:39% -But + $now your sitting down, <nd your going out and your coming in, <nd your raging against )e # 'in(% 19: 7% then hear from heaven Bour dwelling place, and forgive, and render to each according to all his ways, whose heart Bou $now for Bou alone $now the hearts of the sons of men, # )hroni*le% 6:3!% 2For !e loo$s to the ends of the earth <nd sees everything

under the heavens #Job #: 4% Aould not God find this out? For !e $nows the secrets of the heart #$%alm% 44: 1% 2+ $now every bird of the mountains, <nd everything that moves in the field is )ine #$%alm% 5!:11% 'he =ODD $nows the thoughts of man, 'hat they are a mere breath #$%alm% 94:11% ?ven before there is a word on my tongue, Behold, O =ODD, Bou $now it all #$%alm% 139:4% 2For + $now their wor$s and their thoughts: the time is coming to gather all nations and tongues <nd they shall come and see )y glory #+%aiah 66:1#% 'hen the "pirit of the =ODD fell upon me, and !e said to me, 2"ay, -'hus says the =ODD, 2"o you thin$, house of +srael, for + $now your thoughts #Ezekiel 11:5% Ae will $now by this that we are of the truth, and will assure our heart before !im #1 .ohn *916% in whatever our heart condemns us: for God is greater than our heart and $nows all things #1 John 3: !% 2>ow we $now that Bou $now all things, and have no need for anyone to 7uestion Bou: by this we believe that Bou came from God 2 #John 16:3!% !e Gsaid to him the third time, 2"imon, son of .ohn, do you love )e?2 Ceter was grieved because !e said to him the third time, 2Do you love )e?2 <nd he said to !im, 2=ord, Bou $now all things: Bou $now that + love Bou 2 .esus Gsaid to him, 2'end )y sheep #John 1:17% <nd they prayed and said, 2Bou, =ord, who $now the hearts of all men, show which one of these two Bou have chosen #,*t% 1: 4%

3. 2Ahen they sin against Bou #for there is no man who does
not sin% and Bou are angry with them and deliver them to an enemy, so that they ta$e them away captive to the land of the enemy, far off or near: #1 'in(% #:46% For the choir director < Csalm of David 'he fool has said in his heart, 2'here is no God 2 'hey are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds: 'here is no one who does good #$%alm% 14:1% For the choir director: according to )ahalath < )as$il of David 'he fool has said in his heart, 2'here is no God,2 'hey are corrupt, and have committed abominable injustice: 'here is no one who does good God has loo$ed down from heaven upon the sons of men 'o see if there is anyone who understands, Aho see$s after God ?very one of them has turned aside: together they have become corrupt: 'here is no one who does good, not even one #$%alm% 53:1-3% +ndeed, there is not a righteous man on earth who continually does good and who never sins #E**le%ia%te% 7: !% <ll of us li$e sheep have gone astray, ?ach of us has turned to his own way: But the =ODD has caused the ini7uity of us all 'o fall on !im #+%aiah 53:6% For all of us have become li$e one who is unclean, <nd all our righteous deeds are li$e a filthy garment: <nd all of us wither li$e a leaf, <nd our ini7uities, li$e the wind, ta$e us away #+%aiah 64:6%

that everyone who beholds the "on and believes in !im will have eternal life. for we have sinned against !im #Daniel 9:11% as it is written. not even one:2 #&oman% 3:1!% for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God #&oman% 3: 3% 'herefore. and believes !im who sent )e. . so that in me as the foremost. has eternal life. nor will the father bear the punishment for the son-s ini7uity: the righteousness of the righteous will be upon himself. 2!e who believes in the "on has eternal life: but he who does not obey the "on will not see life. and does not come into judgment.esus 5hrist might demonstrate !is perfect patience as an e(ample for those who would believe in !im for eternal life #1 . 2+ will never again curse the ground on account of man. but the wrath of God abides on him 2 #John 3:36% 2'ruly. because all sinned11 #&oman% 5:1 % +f we say that we have no sin. Behold. and death through sin.2+ndeed all +srael has transgressed Bour law and turned aside. but from the tree of the $nowledge of good and evil you shall not eat. you have not $nown ?ven from long ago your ear has not been open. for the intent of man-s heart is evil from his youth: and + will never again destroy every living thing. he who hears )y word. truly. and + )yself will raise him up on the last day 2 #John 6:4!% Bet for this reason + found mercy. as + have done #-ene%i% #: 1% 2Bou have not heard. along with the oath which is written in the law of )oses the servant of God. and the wic$edness of the . 2'here is none righteous. not obeying Bour voice: so the curse has been poured out on us. and so death spread to all men.imothy 1:16% !e who has the "on has the life: he who does not have the "on of God does not have the life #1 John 5:1 % 6. for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die 2 #-ene%i% :17% 2Behold. Because + $new that you would deal very treacherously: <nd you have been called a rebel from birth #+%aiah 4#:#% 5. + say to you. just as through one man sin entered into the world. we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us #1 John 1:#% 4. + was brought forth in ini7uity. all souls are )ine: the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is )ine 'he soul who sins will die #Ezekiel 1#:4% 2'he person who sins will die 'he son will not bear the punishment for the father-s ini7uity. but has passed out of death into life #John 5: 4% 2For this is the will of )y Father. <nd in sin my mother conceived me #$%alm% 51:5% 'he wic$ed are estranged from the womb: 'hese who spea$ lies go astray from birth #$%alm% 5#:3% 'he =ODD smelled the soothing aroma: and the =ODD said to !imself.

which is the boo$ of life: and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the boo$s. which is the second death 2 #&evelation 1:#% rejects the "on will not see life. Ahoever believes in the "on has eternal life. and she will call !is name +mmanuel !e will eat curds and honey at the time !e $nows enough to refuse evil and choose good For before the boy will $now enough to refuse evil and choose good. factions and envy: drun$enness. their part will be in the la$e that burns with fire and brimstone. their part will be in the la$e that burns with fire and brimstone. a . and death through sin. as + did before. selfish ambition. from whose presence earth and heaven fled away. because all sinned11 #&oman% 5:1 % For the wages of sin is death. he was thrown into the la$e of fire #&evelation !:11-1 / 15% Do you not $now that the wic$ed will not inherit the $ingdom of God? Do not be deceived9 >either the se(ually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homose(ual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drun$ards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the $ingdom of God #1 )orinthian% 6:9-1!% 'he acts of the sinful nature are obvious9 se(ual immorality. dissensions. jealousy. and so death spread to all men. for God-s wrath remains on him 2 #John 3:36% 'here is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words: that very word which + spo$e will condemn him at the last day #John 1 :4#% virgin will be with child and bear a son. 2But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars. the great and the small.1% 2But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars. orgies.wic$ed will be upon himself #Ezekiel 1#: !% 'herefore. fits of rage. and the li$e + warn you. <nd + saw a great white throne and !im who sat upon it. it gives birth to sin: and when sin is accomplished.esus our =ord #&oman% 6: 3% 'hen when lust has conceived. 2'herefore the =ord !imself will give you a sign9 Behold. but the free gift of God is eternal life in 5hrist . standing before the throne. that those who live li$e this will not inherit the $ingdom of God #-alatian% 5:19. impurity and debauchery: idolatry and witchcraft: hatred. according to their deeds <nd if anyone-s name was not found written in the boo$ of life. discord. which is the second death 2 #&evelation 1:#% 8. just as through one man sin entered into the world. it brings forth death #Jame% 1:15% 7. and boo$s were opened: and another boo$ was opened. the land whose two $ings you dread will be forsa$en 2 #+%aiah 7:14-16% 9. but whoever 10. and no place was found for them <nd + saw the dead.

who A+== D?>D?D 'O ?8?DB )<> <55ODD+>G 'O !+" D??D"9 to those who by perseverance in doing good see$ for glory and honor and immortality. eternal life: #&oman% :5-7% see also Genesis 149&/. much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one )an. . Csalm 6091. 1. but his soul is not satisfied with good things and he does not even have a proper burial. who judges righteously. for it comes in futility and goes into obscurity: and its name is covered in obscurity +t never sees the sun and it never $nows anything: it is better off than he ?ven if the other man lives a thousand years twice and does not enjoy good things11do not all go to one place?2 #E**le%ia%te% 6:3-6% 12. . =et me see 'hy vengeance on them. +f a man fathers a hundred children and lives many years. but the free gift of God is eternal life in 5hrist . 'he grace of God9 o 2But we believe that we are saved through the grace of the =ord . abound to the many #&oman% 5:15% For the wages of sin is death. Csalm 69.. O =ODD of hosts. being justified as a gift by !is grace through the redemption which is in 5hrist .esus 5hrist.11.. Csalm 6091*. <cts 139*1. Csalm 3911. Develation 1093 1* "alvation is a gift of God9 o for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.esus: #&oman% 3: 34% But the free gift is not li$e the transgression For if by the transgression of the one the many died. Csalm 694.esus our =ord #&oman% 6: 3% For by grace you have been saved through faith: and that not of yourselves.esus. <nd the peoples with e7uity #$%alm 9#:9% But. 1 Fings 49*&.eremiah 119&. Csalm 6496. in the same way as they also are 2 #. it is the gift of God: # E0he%ian% :#% o o o 1. Csalm 1696. 2Better the miscarriage than he.*t% 15:11% .. .91&11. For to 'hee have + committed my cause #Jeremiah 11: !% But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God. Domans &.. then + say. Csalm 394..ames &91&. Aho tries the feelings and the heart. <nd !e will judge the world in righteousness: !e will e(ecute judgment for the peoples with e7uity #$%alm 9:#% Before the =ODD: for !e is coming to judge the earth: !e will judge the world with righteousness. however many they be. & 5hronicles 09&*. +saiah 119.

that the power of 5hrist may dwell in me # )orinthian% 1 :9% 2+ do not nullify the grace of God: for if righteousness comes through the =aw. therefore. much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One. but the grace of God with me #1 )orinthian% 15:1!% <nd !e has said to me.esus. as sin reigned in death. abound to the many #&oman% 5:15% For if by the transgression of the one.esus: #&oman% 3: 4% But the free gift is not li$e the transgression For if by the transgression of the one the many died. to testify solemnly of the gospel of the grace of God #. #&oman% 5: !% that. it is no longer on the basis of wor$s.esus 5hrist.esus 5hrist our =ord #&oman% 5: 1% But if it is by grace. and !is grace toward me did not prove vain: but + labored even more than all of them. . death reigned through the one. much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one )an. yet not +. even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through . and the ministry which + received from the =ord .o 2But + do not consider my life of any account as dear to myself.*t% !: 4% being justified as a gift by !is grace through the redemption which is in 5hrist . you who are see$ing to be justified by law: you have fallen from grace #-alatian% 5:4% o o o o o o o o o o o . #1 )orinthian% 1:4% But by the grace of God + am what + am. in order that + may finish my course. + will rather boast about my wea$nesses. otherwise grace is no longer grace #&oman% 11:6% + than$ my God always concerning you.esus. grace abounded all the more. 2)y grace is sufficient for you.esus 5hrist #&oman% 5:17% <nd the =aw came in that the transgression might increase: but where sin increased. for power is perfected in wea$ness 2 )ost gladly. for the grace of God which was given you in 5hrist . . then 5hrist died needlessly 2 #-alatian% : 1% Bou have been severed from 5hrist.

2GOD +" OCCO"?D 'O '!? CDOHD. not according to our wor$s. made us alive together with 5hrist #by grace you have been saved%. BH' G+8?" GD<5? 'O '!? !H)B=? 2 #Jame% 4:6% 'herefore. not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness.esus 5hrist #1 $eter 1:13% Bou younger men. with the faith and love which are found in 5hrist . # . the prophets who prophesied of the grace that would come to you made careful search and in7uiry.esus #1 . by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the !oly "pirit. and called us with a holy calling. be subject to your elders: and all of you.imothy 1:14% 'herefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our =ord.esus from all eternity.o +n !im we have redemption through !is blood. gird your minds for action. #. BH' G+8?" GD<5? 'O '!? !H)B=? #1 $eter 5:5% o o o o o o o o o o o . whom !e poured out upon us richly through . fi( your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of . that no one should boast #E0he%ian% :#-9% But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of 5hrist-s gift #E0he%ian% 4:7% and the grace of our =ord was more than abundant.imothy 1:#-9% !e saved us. the forgiveness of our trespasses.itu% 3:7% But !e gives a greater grace 'herefore it says. according to the riches of !is grace. or of me !is prisoner: but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God. li$ewise. who has saved us. but according to !is own purpose and grace which was granted us in 5hrist . #E0he%ian% 1:7% even when we were dead in our transgressions. but according to !is mercy. #1 $eter 1:1!% that being justified by !is grace we might be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life #.itu% 3:5-6% <s to this salvation. clothe yourselves with humility toward one another.esus 5hrist our "avior. it is the gift of God: not as a result of wor$s. for GOD +" OCCO"?D 'O '!? CDOHD. $eep sober in spirit. #E0he%ian% :5% For by grace you have been saved through faith: and that not of yourselves.

their conscience bearing witness.ews% will be judged by the law . our faithful brother #for so + regard him%.esus #&oman% :14-16% Jud ment is comin . strengthen and establish you #1 $eter 5:1!% 'hrough "ilvanus. and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them. confirm. not having the =aw. according to my gospel.esus 5hrist than those who have never heard & Caul tells us that those who have never heard of the law are not imputed sin under the law *Caul also tells us that those who follow the law #e g . will !imself perfect. + have written to you briefly. who called you to !is eternal glory in 5hrist. 'he people who have never heard of the law are judged by the law of God which !e has placed into their hearts9 For when Gentiles who do not have the =aw do instinctively the things of the =aw. on the day when.ohn *9/13 What $ill happen to the people $ho have never heard of Jesus Christ? by Rich Deem INTRODUCTION Aill all those people who have never heard of . are a law to themselves.o <nd after you have suffered for a little while. these.esus 5hrist 'o !im be the glory. practicing . God will judge the secrets of men through 5hrist . in that they show the wor$ of the =aw written in their hearts. both now and to the day of eternity <men # $eter 3:1#% o o o 1/ "ee Did .esus 5ommand Baptism in Order to be "aved? < commentary on . the God of all grace.esus our =ord: # $eter 1: % but grow in the grace and $nowledge of our =ord and "avior .esus 5hrist be sent to hell? First we must note that the Bible says God will judge all people righteously 1 +t seems there will be a stricter judgment for those who have rejected the gospel of . e(horting and testifying that this is the true grace of God "tand firm in itI #1 $eter 5:1 % Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the $nowledge of God and of .

since they have the ability of guide others. all must freely ma$e the choice to see$ after !im or reject !im Babies $ho die 'here is one particular class of individuals that certainly go to heaven even though they haven-t accepted . will receive but few <nd from everyone who has been given much shall much be re7uired: and to whom they entrusted much. in three verses of the >ew 'estament #=u$e *9&6. and teach it will be under stricter judgment. not wanting anyone to perish.<cts 39. of him they will as$ all the more #2uke 1 :47-4#% God"s desire "trict 5alvinists say that God chooses only some people for salvation. my brethren.2 the 2anointed one 2 'his is why the >ew . unable to choose because of a mental disability. shall receive many lashes. and committed deeds worthy of a flogging. the word 25hrist2 is not .oshua 2 'he Gree$ transliteration is 2iaysous 2 +n fact.esus. the Bible indicates that God wants all people to be saved and none to perish 'he =ord is not slow in $eeping his promise./. in the parable of the )aster and the slaves #=u$e 1&9.2 since the te(t refers to the Old 'estament saint +n addition.< further indication that the judgment of God is based upon what we $now and what we have been given can be seen in a warning by . li$ewise.oshua. !e doesn-t force anyone to spend eternity with !im "o. while damning the rest to hell !owever.esus as "avior 'he Bible ma$es it clear that infants and children who die go to heaven on the basis of their inability to fully understand the difference between good and evil and ma$e a rational choice / +t is li$ely that older individuals who are.11. those who $now the gospel. study it.2 which is usually translated into the ?nglish as 2.ames9 =et not many of you become teachers.esus2 is not the 2real2 name of the "avior !is real #!ebrew% name is 2Beshua.esus. as some understand slowness !e is patient with you. but !is title 'he Gree$ word 2christos2 #translated 25hrist2 in the ?nglish% means 2)essiah.esus 5hrist2 to be saved? )any people do not $now that 2. and !ebrews .last name. but the one who did not $now it. or lead them astray . go to heaven without the re7uirement of having to directly choose . but everyone to come to repentance # $eter 3:9% <lthough God would want that all be saved. $nowing that as such we shall incur a stricter judgment #Jame% 3:1% +n other words.94%.4% tal$ed about the difference in judgment between those who $now the will of God v%1those who do not $now9 2<nd that slave who $new his master-s will and did not get ready or act in accord with his will. iaysous is translated into the ?nglish as 2.esus as "avior Don"t %no$ the name &Jesus& Do people have to $now the name 2.

. God is able to understand whom we are tal$ing about and save us no matter what we call the name of the "avior +n addition. will li$ewise be condemned.3you don-t necessarily have to $now !is name to get there What about the Great Commission? Does the fact that people do not need to $now the e(act name of the "avior mean that 5hristians should not evangeli@e those who have never heard the gospel? Ahen .esus 2 Other languages have different pronunciations of the name of . although it is true that . will fall under the condemnation of God. but genuinely want you to e(perience the peace of .ust Believers? . but living apart from a relationship with God. will be condemned 6 RELATED PAGES • • • • • • • Ahat happens to Babies Aho Die? Do 'hey Go 'o !eaven? +t +sn-t Fair 'hat God .E 5ommitted Ahy Aould God 5reate a Cerson Aho Aould be Destined for !ell? Credestination vs Free Aill 1 +s +t One or the Other? Does God Offer Forgiveness of "in to <ll Ceople or .esus 5hrist and join us in eternity CONCLUSION + $now there are many 5hristians who say that all those who die without faith in 5hrist will be relegated to spend eternity in !ell 1 even if they have never heard the gospel + thin$ scripture suggests otherwise 1 that we are judged on the basis of what we $now and how we act upon it 'his is not any sort of ecumenical theology or 2all ways lead to God 2 'hose who have heard the gospel of . .'estament letters often refer to . it is important that 5hristians proclaim the gospel as much as possible "ince we don-t $now if any particular person $nows the gospel. as such. those who play the 2religion game2 of going to church on "unday. !e commanded them to 2ma$e disciples of all the nations.esus as 25hrist .2 which has been called the Great 5ommission 4 <lthough it might be possible for people to be saved in the absence of $nowing the gospel. since they have violated their God1given conscience +n the same way. atheists are still without e(cuse4 in rejecting God 'hose who perpetrate evil.udges Ceople Aho are Born +nto Buddhist.esus 5hrist and have refused to believe have rejected !im.esus !owever. it isn-t li$ely to occur in very many instances 'herefore.esus appeared to the disciples after !is resurrection.. because they have rejected !is provision for our disobedience & 'herefore. !indu or Other >on15hristian !omes <ll Deligions =ead to God? 5an One Discern the 'rue Deligion? 1. was saved even though he did not $now the name of the "avior 0'herefore. from the Old 'estament. please don-t ta$e it personally Ae are not trying to annoy you.E 5onvinced vs 1.ob.esus is the only way to get into heaven. and. even without the $nowledge of the gospel.esus.2 which means 2)essiah . sometimes we seem to be a little pushy +f you are a non15hristian.

esus came up and spo$e to them. Csalm 1696. Csalm 6091*. who A+== D?>D?D 'O ?8?DB )<> <55ODD+>G 'O !+" D??D"9 to those who by perseverance in doing good see$ for glory and honor and immortality. but whoever rejects the "on will not see life. but through )e 2 #John 14:6% 8. and the life: no one comes to the Father.)yth REFERENCES 1.. Csalm 694. Ahoever believes in the "on has eternal life. saying. + $now that my Dedeemer lives. =et me see 'hy vengeance on them. 2<nd as for me. For there is no partiality with God For all who have sinned 5.. <nd at the last !e will ta$e !is stand on the earth 2 #Job 19: 5% 7. & 5hronicles 09&*. . For to 'hee have + committed my cause #Jeremiah 11: !% But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God. for the =aw brings about wrath. 1. neither is there violation #&oman% 4:15% for until the =aw sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law #&oman% 5:13% without the =aw will also perish without the =aw: and all who have sinned under the =aw will be judged by the =aw: #&oman% :11-1 % 4. and the truth. Aho tries the feelings and the heart..91&11. teaching . but where there is no law. . 2+ am the way. <nd !e will judge the world in righteousness: !e will e(ecute judgment for the peoples with e7uity #$%alm 9:#% Before the =ODD: for !e is coming to judge the earth: !e will judge the world with righteousness.ames &91&. +saiah 119. <nd . eternal life: #&oman% :5-7% see also Genesis 149&/. Domans &. bapti@ing them in the name of the Father and the "on and the !oly "pirit.eremiah 119&. 1 Fings 49*&. Csalm 6496. Csalm 69. <cts 139*1. O =ODD of hosts. who judges righteously.. "ee Ahat !appens to +nfants and 5hildren Aho Die? Do Babies Go 'o !eaven? 6. Develation 1093 2..esus said to him. 2<ll authority has been given to )e in heaven and on earth 2Go therefore and ma$e disciples of all the nations. <nd the peoples with e7uity #$%alm 9#:9% But. . Csalm 394. Csalm 6091. Csalm 3911. for God-s wrath remains on him 2 #John 3:36% 'here is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words: that very word which + spo$e will condemn him at the last day #John 1 :4#% 3.• 'he Bible "ays !ell is a Clace =ocated Hnder the ?arth9 <n <theists.

-=ord.2<nd then + will declare to them. 2>ot everyone who says to )e. being understood through what has been made. For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men. -=ord. because that which is $nown about God is evident within them: for God made it evident to them For since the creation of the world !is invisible attributes.!% 9.will enter the $ingdom of heaven. have free will Occasionally. =ord. + am with you always. -+ never $new you: D?C<D' FDO) )?. who suppress the truth in unrighteousness. which are not valid for 5hristianity < related 7uestion. but he who does the will of )y Father who is in heaven will enter 2)any will say to )e on that day. and in Bour name cast out demons. did we not prophesy in Bour name. =ord. do the opposite of what the coins tell you !as God prevented you from doing anything? >oI God alone created you . so that they are without e(cuse #&oman% 1:1#. then !e $nows that some people whom !e creates will end up in hell Ahy would God create people who are destined for hell? +t turns out that there are many unstated assumptions in this 7uestion. incorrect assumption is that a person who is destined for hell has been predestined for hell by God 'his is false Ceople choose to go to hell rather than submit their lives to God Bou have absolute free will within the confines of your personal ability Bou can prove this to yourself Determine two possible courses of action 'hey don-t have to be big decisions. and most prevalent. have been clearly seen. even to the end of the age 2 #"atthew #:1#. BOH A!O CD<5'+5? =<A=?"">?"" #"atthew 7: 1. 2Ahy wouldn-t God just create everyone to enjoy the glory of heaven?2 will also be answered Destined for hell ( 'redestined for hell 'he first.!% 1. just any two possible actions <ssign each action to either 2heads2 or 2tails 2 Flip the coin and do what whatever course chance decided Bou can do this as many times as needed to determine that you do.them to observe all that + commanded you: and lo.. !is eternal power and divine nature. indeed. and in Bour name perform many miracles?.3% Why Would God Create a 'erson Who Would be Destined for Hell? by Rich Deem INTRODUCTION 5hristianity claims that God $nows everything 'he theological term is 2omniscience 2 'here are some implications of this doctrine that non1believers find troubling or even unacceptable to the concept of a loving God +f God $nows everything.

all those who reject . since !is actions would not be based upon choices made by real characters Aould God just put those fa$e memories into their heads? +f !e did so. how could God hand out rewards to believers? "hould !e tell people what they would have done and let them be content with that? !ow would those souls $now anything about life. would not need to create all the people who would end up in hell 'his 7uestion also has some underlying assumptions 'he assumption is that since God $nows all the answers. so God must choose the righteous path of allowing people to ma$e their own choices Just put the ood people directly into heaven? 'he assumption that God could just put the good people directly into heaven seems to be valid for God. but has some problems when applied to humans For some reason. !e would have no need of 2running the e(periment 2 !owever. even calling some to serve !im from the womb & 'eople destined for hell have no earthly purpose 'he third incorrect assumption is that a person destined for hell has no purpose in this life 'his is also false <ll people living have a purpose "ome people destined for hell will save other-s lives. s$eptics leave themselves out of the e7uation 'hey want God to run the thought e(periment and put those souls who would ma$e the right choice #believe in . encouraged. there would be nobody for God-s people to help God says that all people are without e(cuse in rejecting !im.esus 5hrist as =ord and "avior will go to heaven. either intentionally or unintentionally Others destined for hell will be helped. God has not predestined you to be born at all !ow can you blame !im for creating you to send you to hell? 'his is not to say that God is not involved at all in the creation of life 'he Bible says that once a new human life is made God creates a spirit within the fetus1 and $nows us at that point. and witnessed to by others who are destined for heaven 'hose who follow God-s plan are provided opportunities to help others in their spiritual path +f all people were on the same spiritual path. for those who go to heaven. so !e provides witnesses of his plan to give them a chance to change their minds Re$ards and punishment <nother possible assumption is that the only purpose of this life is to choose to follow God or reject !im 'his is also false 'his life is used as a measure of reward and punishment <ll who accept . rewards appropriated on the basis of good deeds done in life* #although the good deeds do not get you into heaven% "ince there was no real life. which contradicts !is perfect character . and doing the right thing if they had never lived before? God could be considered to be unjust.esus 5hrist% directly into heaven and not even create those who would reject !im 'he problem is that God would then be liable to the accusation of rewarding some people more than others.esus 5hrist will go to hell and will be punished to the degree of how much evil they committed in their life 'his is why God allows people to ma$e their own choices Why $ouldn"t God )ust create everyone to en)oy the lory of heaven? "$eptics might claim that God. goodness. since. God would be creating deceptions. but the amount of reward in heaven will be directly related to how closely each one followed God-s will in his life =i$ewise. the conse7uences would still be real. in $nowing all the choices a person would ma$e.'he second incorrect assumption is that God alone has created you Bou are the product of choices made by your parents 'herefore.

since they would have no choice at all ?ver try loving your computer? +t is not a very satisfying relationship "o it would be with the robots that s$eptics would send directly into heaven CONCLUSION 'he 2problems2 about the loving God of 5hristianity posed by the s$eptics rests on invalid assumptions Based on an invalid understanding of God-s fore$nowledge.esus 5hrist? Ahat Aill !eaven be =i$e? Ahat Aill !ell be =i$e? 'he Bible "ays !ell is a Clace =ocated Hnder the ?arth9 <n <theists. as god. and forms the spirit of man within him. who formed )e from the womb to be !is "ervant. in order that +srael might be gathered to !im #For + am honored in the sight of the =ODD. #+%aiah 49:5% Bet 'hou art !e who didst bring me forth from the womb: . 'he burden of the word of the =ODD concerning +srael 'hus declares the =ODD who stretches out the heavens. 'o bring . would be robots. =isten to )e.2 they reali@e that there are logical problems Ahat most people would create.)yth Credestination vs Free Aill 1 +s +t One or the Other? Does God Offer Forgiveness of "in to <ll Ceople or .acob bac$ to !im. Aould !e? Ahat will happen to the people who have never heard of . <nd )y God is )y strength%.ust Believers? REFERENCES 1. O islands. lays the foundation of the earth. they see$ to avoid the conse7uences of their free will choice by offering a 2solution2 that violates the perfect character of God 'herefore. the 2solution2 would not be a valid solution for the God of 5hristianity RELATED PAGES • • • • • • • • 3our 4iew% on Divine $roviden*e Boo$ Deview < =oving God Aould >ot "end Billions of Ceople to !ell. #5e*hariah 1 :1% 2.Ahen people thin$ deeply about their 2perfect2 plan about what God 2should have done. you peoples from afar 'he =ODD called )e from the womb: From the body of )y mother !e named )e #+%aiah 49:1% <nd now says the =ODD. <nd pay attention.

good and faithful slave Bou were faithful with a few things.#"atthew 5:14#% .2But his master answered and said to him. you have what is yours . -Aell done. you $new that + reap where + did not sow and gather where + scattered no seed -'hen you ought to have put my money in the ban$.2<lso the one who had received the two talents came up and said. + $new you to be a hard man. and give it to the one who has the ten talents . . one. + have gained five more talents 2!is master said to him. each according to his own ability: and he went on his journey 2+mmediately the one who had received the five talents went and traded with them. who called his own slaves and entrusted his possessions to them 2'o one he gave five talents. + will put you in charge of many things: enter into the joy of your master . -)aster. + will put you in charge of many things: enter into the joy of your master . reaping where you did not sow and gathering where you scattered no seed -<nd + was afraid. and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master-s money 2>ow after a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them 2'he one who had received the five talents came up and brought five more talents. two. and on my arrival + would have received my money bac$ with interest -'herefore ta$e away the talent from him. and went away and hid your talent in the ground "ee. -)aster. -)aster. even from my mother-s womb. -Bou wic$ed. was pleased #-alatian% 1:15% * <lthough good deeds do not get you into heaven. and he will drin$ no wine or li7uor: and he will be filled with the !oly "pirit. + have gained two more talents 2!is master said to him. you entrusted two talents to me "ee. and called me through !is grace. -Aell done. and gained five more talents 2+n the same manner the one who had received the two talents gained two more 2But he who received the one talent went away. you entrusted five talents to me "ee. to another. good and faithful slave Bou were faithful with a few things.'hou didst ma$e me trust when upon my mother-s breasts Hpon 'hee + was cast from birth: 'hou hast been my God from my mother-s womb #$%alm :9-1!% 2For he will be great in the sight of the =ord. saying.2<nd the one also who had received the one talent came up and said. and to another.esus made it very clear that people who get into heaven would earn different rewards in heaven on the basis of what they did with what God gave them on earth9 o 2For it is just li$e a man about to go on a journey. while yet in his mother-s womb 2 #2uke 1:15% But when !e who had set me apart. la@y slave.

and scorn your name as evil. 2Bou do not $now what you are as$ing <re you able to drin$ the cup that + am about to drin$?2 'hey said to !im.3% >ow he who plants and he who waters are one: but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor For we are God-s fellow wor$ers: you are God-s field. and teaches others to do the same. for behold.3% 2Blessed are you when men hate you. but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by )y Father 2 #"atthew !: 1. God-s building #1 )orinthian% 3:#-9% each man-s wor$ will become evident: for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire. yet so as through fire #1 )orinthian% 3:13-15% Ahatever you do. 2Ahat do you wish?2 "he said to !im. and falsely say all $inds of evil against you because of )e Dejoice and be glad. he shall be called great in the $ingdom of heaven #"atthew 5:19% 2!e who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet-s reward: and he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man-s reward #"atthew 1!:41% <nd !e said to her.!ere are some more verses that indicate that the saved in heaven are rewarded on the basis of their good deeds9 o o 2Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you. your reward is great in heaven For in the same way their fathers used to treat the prophets #2uke 6: . he will receive a reward +f any man-s wor$ is burned up. 2)y cup you shall drin$: but to sit on )y right and on )y left. he will suffer loss: but he himself will be saved. for the sa$e of the "on of )an 2Be glad in that day and leap for joy. 2Ae are able 2 !e said to them. $nowing that from the =ord you will receive the reward of the inheritance +t is the =ord 5hrist whom you serve #)olo%%ian% 3: 3. and insult you.esus answered. 25ommand that in Bour $ingdom these two sons of mine may sit one on Bour right and one on Bour left 2 But . this is not )ine to give. do your wor$ heartily. and ostraci@e you. for your reward in heaven is great: for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you 2 #"atthew 5:11-1 % 2Ahoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments.4% o o o o o o . shall be called least in the $ingdom of heaven: but whoever $eeps and teaches them. and the fire itself will test the 7uality of each man-s wor$ +f any man-s wor$ which he has built on it remains. as for the =ord rather than for men.

who have seen God directly. for he who comes to God must believe that !e is and that !e is a rewarder of those who see$ !im #6ebrew% 11:6% 2Behold. the 5hristian God is not fair. God must judge all sin * 'herefore. whether we be !indus. it seems a valid criticism of 5hristianity that it would be unfair of God to judge those born into other religions on the basis of their acceptance of 5hristianity !owever. !owever.ther -on. fall under the judgment of God & +n order to be fair. and )y reward is with )e. therefore. who prefer mercy to fairness. + am coming 7uic$ly.o <nd without faith it is impossible to please !im. to render to every man according to what he has done #&evelation :1 % o It Isn"t *air That God Jud es 'eople Who are Born Into Buddhist+ Hindu or . you can 7uote me on it as long as you 7uote the rest of this paragraph God created human beings with conscience that 1% tells them when they do wrong and &% tells them that God e(ists Ahen we violate our conscience #something that all human beings have done%. we $now that we have sinned 'hose of you who have never sinned can stop reading now and clic$ here 5hristianity says that all have sinned1 and. but God-s judgment on those who have direct evidence of !is e(istence is significantly more severe 'he angels. God %hould condemn all 0eo0le to hell . in order to be fair. the criticism fails on more than one level The Christian God is not fair 'he first assumption 1 that the 5hristian God is fair 1 is falseI Aait a minute 1 a 5hristian admitting that the 5hristian God is unfairI Bes. since !e chooses to save those who accept !is mercy / 'hose who want to e(perience the fairness of God will receive just that 1 God will judge them fairly For the rest of us. have no latitude regarding . things could be much worse and 2unfair2 had you been created as an angel instead of a human <theists often complain that the evidence is insufficient to believe in God and would have preferred to be in a creation where they could see God directly 'his sounds good on the surface.Christian Homes by Rich Deem INTRODUCTION Ahy should people of other religions be sent to !ell because they happened to be born into a non15hristian home? On the surface. God will save us. Buddhists or whatever 0 'hose who haven-t heard the gospel will be judged on the basis of the information they were given and how they responded to it 3 +t doesn-t ta$e a roc$et scientist to figure out whether or not you are doing what your conscience tells you to do Do you really $ant direct proof of God"s e/istence? Believe it or not.

+ am glad that + am a human.Christians homes are at an unfair disadvanta e 'he second incorrect assumption is that those who are not raised in 5hristian homes would be disadvantaged Ceople. #&oman% 3: 3% 2.sin +n other words. <nd the sea gave up the dead which were in it. not the 2good2 ones <s in a courtroom. For all who have sinned without the =aw will also perish without the =aw: and all who have sinned under the =aw will be judged by the =aw: #&oman% :1 % !ades gave up the dead which were in them: and they were judged. But when a righteous man turns away from his righteousness. even when we were dead in our 4. for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. but + knew before + heard that + wasn-t doing God-s will 'hose who respond to their conscience will be led to the truth 'hose who want to justify their unbelief will be judged according to 2fairness 2 7le%%ed be the -od and 3ather o8 our 2ord Je%u% )hri%t/ who a**ordin( to 6i% (reat mer*y ha% *au%ed u% to be born a(ain to a livin( ho0e throu(h the re%urre*tion o8 Je%u% )hri%t 8rom the dead 91 $eter 1:3: RELATED PAGES • • • Ahat will happen to the people who have never heard of . and death and 5.esus 5hrist? Ahy Aould God 5reate a Cerson Aho Aould be Destined for !ell? 'he Bible "ays !ell is a Clace =ocated Hnder the ?arth9 <n <theists. guilt is determined by our brea$ing of the law which !e loved us.udgment is based upon the evil deeds we do. especially atheists. and does according to all the abominations that a wic$ed man does. every one of them according to their deeds <nd if anyone-s name was not found written in the boo$ of life. commits ini7uity. assume that + was raised in a 5hristian home 'he fact is that + was raised in an agnostic home 1 so + am one of those who has been treated 2unfairly2 by GodI + never heard the gospel until my *. and have not seen God directly yet Those $ho are born to non.)yth REFERENCES 1.-s. all angels who have sinned 1 even one time 1 have already been cast out of the presence of God and will be thrown into hell at the judgment 4 Cersonally. But God. he was thrown into the la$e of fire #&evelation !:13-15% 1 . because of !is great love with . being rich in mercy. will he live? <ll his righteous deeds which he has done will not be remembered for his treachery which he has committed and his sin which he has committed: for them he will die #Ezekiel 1#: 4% 3.

hat will ha00en to the 0eo0le who have never heard o8 Je%u% )hri%t< for more information about how God judges on the basis of individual $nowledge For if God did not spare angels when they sinned. if any religions. might lead to God Other pages on the site e(amine the issue of God-s e(istence !ll $ays lead to God 'here are hundreds of religions in the world today.ne Discern the True Reli ion? by Rich Deem INTRODUCTION <gnostics often fall into two camps 1 those who believe that all religions can lead to God or those who believe that true religion cannot be discerned 'his page e(amines both positions in an attempt to determine where the truth may lie =ogically. we must reject the idea that all religions lead to God True reli ion . it is important to e(amine the fundamental beliefs of each religion and compare those to each other Ahen this is done. there are several possibilities <theists would say that no religion leads to God. these truth claims cannot be simultaneously true. so we will e(amine which. in e(amining religious teaching. several or all religions lead to God 'his page will assume that God e(ists. by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the !oly "pirit. it is apparent that primary religious teachings contradict each other .itu% 3:5-7% 6.transgressions. whom !e poured out upon us richly through . that all religions contain some truth andJor good moral advice !owever. #E0he%ian% :4-5% !e saved us.udaism says that the )essiah is coming. and perhaps li$ely. and many ancient religions that are no longer practiced +t is possible. but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of dar$ness. made us alive together with 5hrist #by grace you have been saved%. is it possible to discern? + believe that there are some things that we can discern about God from the nature of the universe 'he universe demonstrates some remar$able evidence of design Ahat $ind of God . but according to !is mercy.esus 5hrist our "avior. that being justified by !is grace we might be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life #. not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness. since !e doesn-t e(ist +t is possible that one. "ee page . since they contradict each other =ogically. 5hristianity says that !e has come. and +slam says that )ohammad provided all the information necessary for religious life Obviously. reserved for judgment: # $eter :4% 4 !ll Reli ions 0ead to God? Can . For God has shut up all in disobedience that !e might show mercy to all #&oman% 11:3 % 7.

some religions ma$e truth claims that are obviously false 'he =D" church #)ormons% claims that gods are created through procreation and that creatures created by those gods can eventually become gods themselves !owever. despite our good wor$s 5hristianity says that our bad deeds #sins% must be eliminated in order to be acceptable to God 'he elimination of sins was accomplished by the sacrifice of the "avior #. + believe that we can eliminate that idea as being true of the 5reator God of the universe God designed physical laws of the universe 'hese laws are constant and unbrea$able God !imself. our sins are erased and we can stand in the presence of God without any sin Only our good deeds will be counted for our judgment 'hose who don-t accept God-s terms will be judged on the basis of God-s laws 1 and will be found guilty . most describe ethical and moral laws that are ascribed to God Brea$ing of those laws is an offense to God !ow do different religions handle that problem? )any religions say that if one tries to obey God-s laws most of the time. it would seem that not all religions could be simultaneously true !ow can we tell which religion#s% are true? +f you e(amine the world religions. billion years of development just so that humans would have a nice place to live for a few thousand years 'herefore.designed all this. it would seem that God would not accept the brea$ing of !is moral laws at all >early all religions claim that God will ignore our brea$ing of !is moral laws as long as we try our best 'his is where 5hristianity differs from all other world religions 5hristianity says that our good wor$s cannot erase our bad moral choices 'hin$ of it in terms of our legal systems Ae are convicted of crimes on the basis of brea$ing the law +f we brea$ a law.esus 5hrist to eliminate our sins By accepting God-s terms. led a sinless life. + believe one can come up with a best answer through much study and through the process of elimination For e(ample. seems to brea$ those physical laws only rarely + propose that this God would not accept the brea$ing of !is moral laws so easily +n fact. it would seem logical to conclude that God really cared about !is creation. and died on the cross as a sacrifice to ta$e the sins of man$ind "o. it seems li$ely that God would have revealed !is true nature to one or more of the peoples of the earth <re all the revelations of the world religions a reflection of God or just certain one#s%? 'his is the difficult 7uestion that cannot be answered in merely one short page !owever. who came to earth. Buddhism.esus 5hrist% . but we will still be convicted of a crime "o. from the nature of the physical laws. God !imself provided a means of eliminating our sins against !im !owever. the elimination of sins is not automatic "ince God will allow people into !is presence after death. and not the God of deism. if we brea$ the law Ae might get a lesser sentence. etc "o. and was personally involved in it-s creation < God who did not care about his creation would never be e(pected to spend 1. and how can we $now !is true identity? )ost people who believe God e(ists would agree with the argument that the God who designed the universe must be a personal God For God to put so much time and care into the design of the universe and life. it would seem that these religions probably do not represent the true nature of God 1liminate the illo ical 'he powerful and personal 5reator God of the universe would probably want to reveal !imself to !is spiritual creatures "o. this religion suffers from the problem of how the first god came into e(istence =ogic would dictate that God is eternal and uncreated <ll religions that claim otherwise would seem to be logically flawed Basic reli ious claims "ince many religious claims contradict one another. we are found guilty under the law +t doesn-t matter what good things we have done in our lives. God will accept you !owever. they must agree to !is terms 'his contract is e(ecuted through faith in the sacrifice of .esus 5hrist is God !imself. God cannot simply ignore our crimes against !im Ae will be found guilty. pantheism. it would seem li$ely that the true God must be a personal God.

Although many claims cannot be directly tested (such as claims about morality). it too$ another 1/ years before + identified the Designer =i$e many other s$eptics. + assumed that one could not determine which god #if any% were correctly described by any of the world-s religious traditions =oo$ing bac$. Test the claims !ich Deem Cart & of the introduction for non1believers provided a survey of the evidence suggesting that the universe was designed by an intelligent agent + came to that conclusion in 163* as a result of my studies as an undergraduate at the Hniversity of "outhern 5alifornia #not e(actly a bastion of religious fervor% !owever. nearly all religions make claims about the nature of our world (the creation). either 5hristianity is true and all other religions are false or 5hristianity is false and God does not hold people accountable for law brea$ing Cersonally. Don't throw your hands up in the air in defeat.esus said !e is the only way to God and that all people must follow !im to enter heaven <ll other religions are man-s attempt to become acceptable to God Only 5hristianity says that God alone provides the only means to be acceptable to !im "o. you must ma$e a choice or you will be judged on the basis of your sins against God =et me $now if you have any 7uestions K5onducen 'odas las Deligiones a Dios? KCuede Hno Discernir la 8erdadera DeligiLn? RELATED PAGES • • +s 5hristianity 'rue? ?vidence for the 'ruth of the 5hristian Deligion !ow can one test religious belief? ?volution vs Design9 +s the Hniverse a 5osmic <ccident or Does it Display +ntelligent Design? Is Christianity True? 1vidence for the Truth of the Christian Reli ion by Rich Deem INTRODUCTION Why Christianity? Many people think that religious truth claims are beyond our ability to test for truthfulness.Christianity is different2 >o other religion provides a provision for God-s forgiveness of sin. which is why + believe 5hristianity to be the only true way to God . + encourage you to e(amine the world religions to see if what + am saying is true Don-t give up on the ability to separate the truth claims of the world-s religions +f 5hristianity is true. + would not want to rely upon God ignoring !is own rules +t doesn-t seem to be logical reasoning 'his is the choice you must ma$e CONCLUSION "o. the primary reason for my .

$ohn %organ. what happened before that MBig1BangN? 'here are two views One is -Don-t as$ that 7uestion. "agan reali@ed that science could judge between religious claims . it would be e(pected to be possible for others ?ven if entry into such a state is e(tremely unli$ely. but instead have invented their own form of metaphysics #i e . which shows that the universe is actually e(panding at an ever increasing rate & "o. it ma$es absolutely no sense that the universe is eternal with the characteristics that we observe Ae are left with "agan-s first alternative 1 God did it <theists li$e to say that there is no evidence for God-s e(istence and pretend such evidence doesn-t e(ist !owever.which is very close to saying that God did it <nd the other is that we live in an oscillating universe in which there is an infinite number of e(pansions and contractions 'he former of these views happens. 5arl "agan tal$ed about how to test religious truth claims9 2>ow. the latter. which may happen in a decade or less 2 #5arl "agan. 164/ Gifford =ectures% Multiverse is science? Multi"erse theories aren't theories#they're science fictions. theologies. very long time 5ertainly by now #over all eternity%. by chance. where there is never an e(periment that can be performed to test out any contentious issue !ere there is one "o we don-t have to ma$e judgments now <ll we have to do is maintain some tolerance for ambiguity until the data are in. close to the standard !indu views <nd so. to be close to the . you can thin$ of the varying contentions of these two major religious views being fought out in the field of contemporary satellite astronomy Because that-s where the answer to this 7uestion will very li$ely be decided 'his is an e(perimental 7uestion <nd it is very li$ely that in our lifetime we will have the answer to it <nd + stress that this is very different from the usual theological approach. religion% <theists have invented the multiverse. works of the imagination unconstrained by e"idence. "agan-s first alternative is the one that turned out to be true )y guess is that he was betting on the second Of course.failure to identify the Designer was due to a lac$ of diligent research on my part 'he intent of this page is to get you started on your research Ho$ does one test reli ious claims? Ahen + was a young adult. a $ind of super1universe that randomly spews out other universes #with differing physical laws% at will 'he multiverse sounds scientific. eternity is a very. + thoroughly enjoyed watching 5arl "agan-s 5osmos specials on CB" "agan had a way to ma$e cosmology interesting even to biologists + waited all wee$ to watch his program =ater. if you li$e. the entire multiverse would have entered into one of these thermodynamically dead @ones "o. agnostic Guess what? "agan was right #although it too$ a little more than a decade% "agan-s second alternative.udeo15hristian1+slamic view.. the atheists haven-t lined up to become 5hristians. but it is really philosophical wishful thin$ing. in his Gifford lectures. one would e(pect the entire multiverse to have suffered thermodynamic death by now 'herefore. since there is no evidence supporting the idea +f one really thin$s about it. the multiverse is impossible over the entire period of eternity #which is what atheists would propose for the age of the 2invisible2 part of our universe 1 if such a thing e(ists at all% 'he problem is that our part of the multiverse has managed to ma$e itself completely inaccessible to contraction and future e(pansion +f it were possible for one part of the multiverse to become thermodynamically dead. the oscillating universe model has been discredited by a lac$ of sufficient matter to cause a contraction 1 +t was further discredited by the discovery of dar$ energy.

3ore reli ious claims 'he e(ample of distinguishing between !induism versus the . including astronomical errors. the biggest coup of the Bible was to declare that the universe had a beginning&1 through an e(panding universe model && 'he >ew . =D" religious writings ma$e numerous scientific errors.esus 5hrist of =atter Day "aints #)ormons% <lthough calling themselves 25hristians. the Ouran* says that the heavens and the earth were once joined together as one unit before it was split into two parts . George ?llis. which is clearly at odds with the facts of science 4cience and 0D4 scriptures Ahen dealing with more modern religious traditions. the Bible accurately describes the mountains as being associated with tectonic activity and volcanism whereas the Ouran says that the mountains were placed on the earth to 0revent sha$ing 'he Ouran says that the "un 2sets in a spring of mur$y water 21* +n contrast to the Bible1.10 archeological and historical errors. demonstrating that time began at the formation of the universe &. +n contrast.udeo15hristian1+slamic creation account is just one of many ways to e(amine the truth claims of the world-s religions "ince most of the world-s religions developed hundreds to thousands of years ago. even some of the more modern religious traditions ma$e claims that can be disproved through the discoveries of modern science < prime e(ample of this principle can be found in the religious writings of the 5hurch of . the =D" religion can be safely discarded from accurately representing the true nature of God. this creation model could never be applied to any $ind of Big Bang theory !owever.13 and geneticJhereditary errors for people groups 14 Because of these problems. instead of placing the mountains on the earth. described as being li$e tent pegs. since those religions have the advantage of scientific revelation since the ?nlightenment "urprisingly. Obviously. Of course. the Bible associates the mountains with sha$ing11 and says that. having been shown to not be divinely inspired Christian truth claims For the age in which it was written. the Ouran presents a flat earth model for the earth and universe. the Ouran says that earth is li$e a carpet4 that is held in place by the heavy mountains. the Bible ma$es some rather surprising claims regarding the nature of the universe and how it was created For e(ample. tests of scientific accuracy are more difficult to deploy. the Bible clearly presents the creation of the universe as an e(panding universe model in which God spreads out the stars / 'he Ouran says that <llah created seven heavens0 and that the stars are found in the lowe%t heaven 3 +n addition.2 =D" theology is radically different from historic 5hristianity1/ and contains its own set of religious writings #in addition to the Bible% ?ven though written in the 16th century. the Bible says that time was created by God when !e created the universe 16 "tephen !aw$ing. and Doger Cenrose e(tended the e7uations for general relativity to include space and time.6 so that it won=t move or %hake 1. it is a fairly trivial matter to e(amine their material for scientific and other errors +t would not be e(pected that ancient peoples would be able to accurately describe all modern scientific principles Only those individuals who were given divine revelation would be e(pected to give an accurate account of our world 4cience and the 5uran For e(ample. God caused the mountains to rise up 1& "o.

so they ha"e no more intrinsic "alue than any other species of life on earth.*9 1 & =ogical consistency Balanced #not too simple or comple(% .) Naturalistic Materialism31 The uni"erse has no purpose.&6 and the fact that winds blow in circular paths *. width and height were created by God &* +n addition. ocean currents. There is no ultimate purpose to human life. long before science made that determination 'he Bible also states that the universe is subject to decay and will wear out &/ 'he e(istence of the second law of thermodynamics. *t began as some random +uantum "ariation and will likely end in thermodynamic heat death. !ich celebrities win Morality is determined by society and can be changed at any time to reflect current practices.. 4%e who dies with the most things wins.(.5 *mmoral beha"ior is not &ustified by circumstances. /e li"e and we die and it doesn't matter what we do with our life. coupled with recent discoveries indicating that the universe is e(panding at an increasing rate. the Bible describes several properties of the earth that were not confirmed by science until hundreds of years after the Bible first made the claim ?(amples include the claim that air has weight.'estament even declares that the visible creation was made from what was not visible and that dimensions of length.&0 the e(istence of valleys&3 and vents&4 on the bottom of the sea. %uman beings e"ol"ed from other species.4 /ealth and fame will bring you happiness.3 Moral laws are gi"en by 'od. do not change. All human beings are "aluable to 'od(0 and none has any more "alue than any other. guarantees that the Bible is correct on this claim..4 Morality Aorldviews can be tested using the following criteria. since they were created in the image of 'od.(( The purpose of human life is to bring glory to 'od(.(1 The most "aluable work a person can do are spiritual ser"ice to 'od (worship)(2 and to humans (good works). the Bible refuted steady1state theory #saying that the creation of matter and energy has ended% &. 'hese are remar$able claims that could not have been directly observed by a bunch on nomadic sheep herders Ahere did this information come from? Christian $orldvie$ < worldview is a set of constructs by which we interpret how the world operates 'he 5hristian worldview operates on the basis of the theology presented in the Bible Below is an e(ample comparison between a purely naturalistic worldview and the 5hristian worldview Christian vs.() %uman beings are more "aluable than any other species of life. through lo"ing %im(. Those who contribute more to society are more "aluable than those who contribute less. with an insufficient amount of matter to stop that contraction.. and like the laws of physics. also Besides these stunning revelations about the nature of the universe.and our fellow human beings. *mmoral beha"ior can be &ustified to bring about a 4greater good. Naturalistic Worldview Premise Purpose of the universe Value of the human species Purpose of human life Value of individuals The wor of individuals Christianity The purpose of the uni"erse is to pro"ide a temporary habitation for human beings to choose to lo"e or re&ect 'od.

altruism and morality%. it is historically accurate. they come to radically different conclusions Both worldviews are reasonably balanced. there has been a recent change in the e(planations of those espousing the naturalism1only worldview <s atheists attempt to answer the 2big 7uestions. altruism and morality 5hristianity fails to e(plain the details involved in much of how the physical world wor$s #although it was never intended to do so% !owever. the origin of life on earth.* . it can be seen that 5hristianity and naturalism e(hibit different strengths 1 & <lthough both 5hristianity and naturalism are logically consistent within their own spheres. much of this information was unavailable to naturalism until the last /. the origin of life on earth. / 0 3 ?(planatory power and scope 5orrespondence to well1established facts 8erifiable #truth claims can be verified or falsified% <pplicable to real life Fills e(istential needs Hsing the above criteria. 5hristianity provides some / 6.2 e(planations have become more metaphysical and complicated in nature ?(planations such as the multiverse are probably not even falsifiable application to real life issues for human beings ?(planations of human romantic love and need for interpersonal relationships. although naturalism must resort to e(tremely comple( hypotheses to e(plain the origin of the universe and the origin of life 'he e(planatory power and scope of 5hristianity and naturalism tend to lie in different areas >aturalism-s strength lies in its e(planation of the history of the earth and how living organisms function on a physical basis +t has failed to ade7uately e(plain the origin of the universe. even though it was written thousands of years before actual proof of those claims could be e(perimentally verified +n addition. and the development of human consciousness. and the development of human consciousness. <s demonstrated above. and its prophecies go far beyond what would be e(pected by chance "cientific naturalism has always claimed to provide e(planations that are verifiable and can be falsified e(perimentally !owever. our need to create beautiful wor$s of art and music. and our desire to help others #altruism% seem to defy * 4. which naturalism inade7uately addresses surprisingly accurate e(planations of our physical world. One of naturalism-s big failures is in its ability to provide . years 5hristianity does address the big 7uestions of origins #the origin of the universe.

orld o8 Di88eren*e: $uttin( )hri%tian . especially patience. naturalism says that there is no hope for the human species. or solar e(pansion ?ven if we manage to escape from our solar system to another. the lac$ of purpose in my life was eventually disturbing. unli$e those who follow a naturalism1 only worldview. as my life settled from the franticness of college into the complacency of a steady job ?ven though the science in my job was e(citing. we can e(pect that the accelerating e(pansion of the universe will eventually rip apart the entire universe into its elementary particles as the universe suffers permanent heat death 1 the end of all life "o much for the 2hope2 from naturalism 'he human need for a spiritual connection causes even most naturalists to go into meditation. suffering and eventual death and non1e(istence +n addition. and a hope for the future >aturalism provides for none of this +n fact. + have not rejected a 0riori the possibility of supernatural phenomena For more information on testing the 5hristian worldview. and leaves individuals only with the prospect of aging. please see .e%t Worldvie$s and moral choices 'hree recently published studies show that worldview beliefs influence moral behavior 'he first study showed that atheists were less li$ely to consider certain moral choices as being 2very important2.naturalistic e(planation <ttempts to fit these realities into the Darwinian evolutionary bo( have failed miserably ?ven the evil side of our natures seems e(treme from an evolutionary standpoint 5hristianity provides a far superior e(planation for why we behave the way we do 3 'he largest problem for naturalism is a failure to provide for the e(istential needs of human beings Ceople have a need for meaning. study Buddhism. .ruth-)laim% to the .orldview . naturalism destroys the idea that humans have a purpose. + have found the 5hristian worldview to be a far superior e(planation for human life 'his doesn-t mean that + have completely rejected the science behind naturalism <s a fulltime research scientist. etc to attempt to fulfill this need Ahen + was an agnostic. global warming. + still find the biological sciences fascinating and captivating !owever. the eventual collision of our gala(y with the much larger <ndromeda gala(y will cause chaos throughout most of the gala(y <fter this time. there was something missing 1 ultimate purpose <s a person who originally followed a naturalistic1only worldview. forgiveness. since we will be eventually destroyed by an asteroid collision. and generosity < second study showed that teens who were not e(posed to religious teaching were significantly more li$ely to be involved in negative behaviors than those who attend church < third study showed that belief in the atheistic concept of determinism is correlated with an increased tendency to cheat ?ven a short reading of a passage denying free will produced more cheating behavior among randomly1 selected subject groups 'hese studies show that the promotion and prevalence of atheism in society can be e(pected to result in negative conse7uences to societies CONCLUSION . a nearby supernova event. a purpose for living.

udeo15hristian model 5osmology and earth sciences destroy the strange assertions of the Ouran <rcheology. cosmology and molecular biology destroy the claims of the =D" 7ook o8 "ormon . Cart 1. the Bible ma$es some remar$able scientific claims 1 many of which were not verified until this century !owever. the Bible was never written to serve as a science te(tboo$. butconfirm many claims from the Bible For an ancient document written thousands of years ago. but affirms the .Bes. but was given as guide to having a relationship with God and our fellow human beings 'he Bible answers the 2why2 and 2what2 7uestions that naturalism says are unanswerable9 • • • • • Ahy does the universe e(ist? Ahy do human beings e(ist? Ahat is my purpose? Ahy do + do things + $now + shouldn-t do? +s this all there is? General +ntroduction for >on1Believers. <re Bour Beliefs 5onsistent with Bour Aorldview? P Cart &9 +s God Deal? Does "cience <nswer 2+s 'here a God?2 RELATED PAGES Testin the truth claims in the 0D4 &4tandard Wor%s& • • • <re the "tandard Aor$s of the =D" 5hurch +nspired "cripture? # <crobat file% 'esting the 5reation )odel of the =D" 5hurch # file% CowerCoint Deo(yribonucleic acid9 the chemical inside the nucleus of a cell that carries the genetic instructions for ma$ing living organisms D>< ?vidence and )olecular Genetics Disprove the 7ook o8 "ormon # <crobat file% <rcheologicalJ<nthropological Croblems in the 7ook o8 "ormon # <crobat file% • • 'he "mithsonian +nstitution-s statement regarding the 7ook o8 "ormon # <crobat file. @ipped )icrosoft Aord file% Christianity"s accurate descriptions of creation • • • 'he ?(tradimensional >ature of God Does Genesis One 5onflict with "cience? Day1<ge +nterpretation God of the Gaps 1 Do <ll 5hristian <pologetics Fall +nto 'his Find of <rgument? . many religious truth claims are testable 'hose who are truly interested in whether a religion represents truth should test the claims to see how they stand against the evidence )odern cosmology destroys the !indu model for the universe.

1 com% 3. before we clove them asunder? Ae made from water every living thing Aill they not then believe? #>urah 1:3!% through an e(panding universe 1 what science has called the Big Bang +n many cases the !ebrew te(t indicates present tense 1 a process still continuing 5. <nn Druyan #?ditor% &.orldview .ruth)laim% to the .. <nd its inhabitants are li$e grasshoppers. 'he following verses suggest that God created the universe • • • Aho alone stretches out the heavens. 5arl "agan #<uthor%.e%tby Fenneth D "amples +mplications of ?volution in )oralityJ5ulture <re <theists and 'heists )orally ?7uivalent? +s the 'eaching of Deligion Deally a Form of 5hild <buse? Does <theism #Determinism% >egatively +mpact )orality? -Ceople are Basically Good.he & 4arietie% o8 >*ienti8i* E?0erien*e: . $er%onal 4iew o8 the >ear*h 8or -od Cenguin Cress !5 "ee ?(treme Fine 'uning 1 Dar$ ?nergy or the 5osmological 5onstant Busuf <li #fromislam 1. 'he ?nglish )eanings of 'he !oly Ouran 'ranslator9 <bdullah . <nd tramples down the waves of the sea: #Job 9:#% 5overing 'hyself with light as with a cloa$. .1 Croof to the 5ontrary 'here is 'oo )uch ?vil and "uffering For God to ?(ist? <ll Deligions =ead to God? 5an One Discern the 'rue Deligion? REFERENCES 1.0 . Do not the Hnbelievers see that the heavens and the earth were joined together #as one unit of creation%.orld o8 Di88eren*e: $uttin( )hri%tian .• • • Christian $orldvie$ "cience and the Bible9 Does the Bible 5ontradict "cientific Crinciples? 'he Hniverse is >ot ?ternal. Aho stretches out . But !ad < Beginning <rcheology and the Bible • • • • • • • • . "tretching out heaven li$e a tent curtain #$%alm 1!4: % +t is !e who sits above the circle of the earth.

the heavens li$e a curtain <nd spreads them out li$e a tent to dwell in #+%aiah 4!: %

'hus says God the =ord, Aho created the heavens and stretched them out, Aho spread out the earth and its offspring, Aho gives breath to the people on it, <nd spirit to those who wal$ in it, #+%aiah 4 :5% 'hus says the =ord, your Dedeemer, and the one who formed you from the womb, 2+, the =ord, am the ma$er of all things, "tretching out the heavens by )yself, <nd spreading out the earth all alone2 #+%aiah 44: 4% 2+t is + who made the earth, and created man upon it + stretched out the heavens with )y hands, <nd + ordained all their host 2 #+%aiah 45:1 % 2"urely )y hand founded the earth, <nd )y right hand spread out the heavens: Ahen + call to them, they stand together 2 #+%aiah 4#:13% 'hat you have forgotten the =ord your )a$er, Aho stretched out the heavens, <nd laid the foundations of the earth: 'hat you fear continually all day long because of the fury of the oppressor, <s he ma$es ready to destroy? But where is the fury of the oppressor? #+%aiah 51:13% +t is !e who made the earth by !is power, Aho established the world by !is wisdom: <nd by !is understanding !e has stretched out the heavens #Jeremiah 1!:1 % +t is !e who made the earth by !is power, Aho established the world by !is wisdom, <nd by !is understanding !e stretched out the heavens #Jeremiah 51:15% 'he burden of the word of the =ord concerning +srael 'hus declares the =ord who stretches out the heavens, lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him, #5e*hariah 1 :1%

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+t is !e Aho hath created for you all things that are on earth: )oreover !is design comprehended the heavens, for !e gave order and perfection to the seven firmaments: and of all things !e hath perfect $nowledge #>urah ! : 9% 'he seven heavens and the earth, and all beings therein, declare !is glory9 there is not a thing but celebrates !is praise: <nd yet ye understand not how they declare !is gloryI 8erily !e is Oft1Forbear, )ost ForgivingI #>urah 17:44% "ay9 2Aho is the =ord of the seven heavens, and the =ord of the 'hrone #of Glory% "upreme?2 #>urah 3:#6% God is !e Aho created seven Firmaments and of the earth a similar number 'hrough the midst of them #all% descends !is

5ommand9 that ye may $now that God has power over all things, and that God comprehends, all things in #!is% Fnowledge #>urah 65:1 % !e Aho created the seven heavens one above another9 >o want of proportion wilt thou see in the 5reation of #God% )ost Gracious "o turn thy vision again9 seest thou any flaw? #>urah 67:3% 2-"ee ye not how God has created the seven heavens one above another, <nd made the moon a light in their midst, and made the sun as a #Glorious% =amp?-2 #>urah 71:15-16% 3 =ord of the heavens and of the earth and all between them, and =ord of every point at the rising of the sunI Ae have indeed dec$ed the lower heaven with beauty #in% the stars,1 #>urah 37:5-6% "o !e completed them as seven firmaments in two Days, and !e assigned to each heaven its duty and command <nd Ae adorned the lower heaven with lights, and #provided it% with guard "uch is the Decree of #!im% the ?(alted in )ight, Full of Fnowledge #>urah 41:1 % !e Aho created the seven heavens one above another9 >o want of proportion wilt thou see in the 5reation of #God% )ost Gracious "o turn thy vision again9 seest thou any flaw? <gain turn thy vision a second time9 #thy% vision will come bac$ to thee dull and discomfited, in a state worn out <nd we have, #from of old%, adorned the lowest heaven with =amps, and Ae have made such #=amps% #as% missiles to drive away the ?vil Ones, and have prepared for them the Cenalty of the Bla@ing Fire #>urah 67:3-5% <nd #have Ae not% built over you the seven firmaments, <nd placed #therein% a =ight of "plendour? #>urah 7#:1 -13% #Bea, the same that% has made for you the earth #li$e a carpet% spread out, and has made for you roads #and channels% therein, in order that ye may find guidance #on the way%: #>urah 43:1!% 2-<nd God has made the earth for you as a carpet #spread out%, 'hat ye may go about therein, in spacious roads -2 #>urah 71:19- !% !ave Ae not made the earth as a wide e(panse, <nd the mountains as pegs? #>urah 7#:6-7%

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1; <nd Ae have set on the earth mountains standing firm, lest it should sha$e with them, and Ae have made therein broad highways #between mountains% for them to pass through9 that they may receive Guidance #>urah 1:31% Or, Aho has made the earth firm to live in: made rivers in its midst: set thereon mountains immovable: and made a separating bar between the two bodies of flowing water? #can there be another% god besides God? >ay, most of them $now not #>urah 7:61% !e created the heavens without any pillars that ye can see: !e set on the earth mountains standing firm, lest it should sha$e with you: and !e scattered through it beasts of all $inds Ae send down rain from the s$y, and produce on the

earth every $ind of noble creature, in pairs #>urah 31:1!% <nd the earth, moreover, hath !e e(tended #to a wide e(panse%: !e draweth out therefrom its moisture and its pasture: <nd the mountains hath !e firmly fi(ed:1 #>urah 79:3!% <nd at the )ountains, how they are fi(ed firm?1 #>urah ##:19%

11. 2<nd with the best things of the ancient mountains, <nd with

the choice things of the everlasting hills, #Deuteronomy 33:15% 2+t is God who removes the mountains, they $now not how, Ahen !e overturns them in !is anger: Aho sha$es the earth out of its place, <nd its foundations tremble: #Job 9:5-6% 'hen the earth shoo$ and 7ua$ed: <nd the foundations of the mountains were trembling <nd were sha$en, because !e was angry #$%alm 1#:7% 'hough its waters roar and foam, 'hough the mountains 7ua$e at its swelling pride "elah #$%alm 46:3% !e loo$s at the earth, and it trembles: !e touches the mountains, and they smo$e #$%alm 1!4:3 % On this account the anger of the =ODD has burned against !is people, <nd !e has stretched out !is hand against them and struc$ them down <nd the mountains 7ua$ed, and their corpses lay li$e refuse in the middle of the streets For all this !is anger is not spent, But !is hand is still stretched out #+%aiah 5: 5% 2For the mountains may be removed and the hills may sha$e, But )y loving$indness will not be removed from you, <nd )y covenant of peace will not be sha$en,2 "ays the =ODD who has compassion on you #+%aiah 54:1!% Oh, that Bou would rend the heavens and come down, 'hat the mountains might 7ua$e at Bour presence11 #+%aiah 64:1% + loo$ed on the mountains, and behold, they were 7ua$ing, <nd all the hills moved to and fro #Jeremiah 4: 4% were standing above the mountains <t Bour rebu$e they fled, <t the sound of Bour thunder they hurried away 'he mountains rose: the valleys san$ down 'o the place which Bou established for them #$%alm 1!4:6-#% Before the mountains were born Or Bou gave birth to the earth and the world, ?ven from everlasting to everlasting, Bou are God #$%alm 9!: %

12. Bou covered it with the deep as with a garment: 'he waters

1* 8erily Ae established his power on earth, and Ae gave him the ways and the means to all ends One #such% way he followed, Hntil, when he reached the setting of the sun, he found it set in a spring of mur$y water9 >ear it he found a Ceople9 Ae said9 2O Qul17arnainI #thou hast authority,% either to punish them, or to treat them with $indness 2 #>urah 1#:#4-#6%

14. "ee False 'eachings in the Bible?

15. "ee Ahy the =D" 5hurch is a 5ult9 'heological Differences
Between 5hristian and =D" Doctrines

16. "ee <re the "tandard Aor$s of the =D" 5hurch +nspired
"cripture? and =D" 5osmology "ormon

17. "ee <rcheologicalJ<nthropological Croblems in the 7ook o8 18. "ee D>< ?vidence and )olecular Genetics Disprove the 7ook
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+n the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth #-ene%i% 1:1% >o, we spea$ of God-s secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began #1 )orinthian% :7% 'his grace was given us in 5hrist .esus before the beginning of time# .imothy 1:9% 'he hope of eternal life, which God the beginning of time#.itu% 1: % promised before

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'o the only God our "avior, through .esus 5hrist our =ord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority,before all time and now and forever <men #Jude 1: 5%

20. 2'he conclusion of this lecture is that the universe has not
e(isted forever Dather, the universe, and time itself, had a beginning in the Big Bang, about 1/ billion years ago 2 "tephen !aw$ing .he 7e(innin( o8 .ime1 Cenrose, D 1600 <n analysis of the structure of space1 time ,dam% $rize E%%ay, 5ambridge Hniversity !aw$ing, " A 1600 "ingularities and the Geometry of space1time ,dam% $rize E%%ay, 5ambridge Hniversity !aw$ing, " A and G F D ?llis 1604 'he cosmic blac$1body radiation and the e(istence of singularities in our universe ,%tro0hy%i*al Journal 1/&9 &/1*0 !aw$ing, " A and D Cenrose 163; 'he singularities of gravitational collapse and cosmology $ro*eedin(% o8 the &oyal >o*iety o8 2ondon "eries <9 /&61/,4

21. +n the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth

#-ene%i% 1:1% +n the beginning was the Aord, and the Aord was with God, and the Aord was God 'he same was in the beginning with God <ll things were made by him: and without him was not any thing made that was made #John 1:1-3% For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers9 all things

were created by him, and for him9 <nd he is before all things, and by him all things consist #)olo%%ian% 1:16-17% 'he universe was formed at God-s command, so that what was seen was not made out of what was visible #6ebrew% 11:3% 'hou art worthy, O =ord, to receive glory and honor and power9 for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created #&evelation 4:11%

22. 'he following verses suggest that God created the universe
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Aho alone stretches out the heavens, <nd tramples down the waves of the sea: #Job 9:#% 5overing 'hyself with light as with a cloa$, "tretching out heaven li$e a tent curtain #$%alm 1!4: % +t is !e who sits above the circle of the earth, <nd its inhabitants are li$e grasshoppers, Aho stretches out the heavens li$e a curtain <nd spreads them out li$e a tent to dwell in #+%aiah 4!: % 'hus says God the =ord, Aho created the heavens and stretched them out, Aho spread out the earth and its offspring, Aho gives breath to the people on it, <nd spirit to those who wal$ in it, #+%aiah 4 :5% 'hus says the =ord, your Dedeemer, and the one who formed you from the womb, 2+, the =ord, am the ma$er of all things, "tretching out the heavens by )yself, <nd spreading out the earth all alone2 #+%aiah 44: 4% 2+t is + who made the earth, and created man upon it + stretched out the heavens with )y hands, <nd + ordained all their host 2 #+%aiah 45:1 % 2"urely )y hand founded the earth, <nd )y right hand spread out the heavens: Ahen + call to them, they stand together 2 #+%aiah 4#:13% 'hat you have forgotten the =ord your )a$er, Aho stretched out the heavens, <nd laid the foundations of the earth: 'hat you fear continually all day long because of the fury of the oppressor, <s he ma$es ready to destroy? But where is the fury of the oppressor? #+%aiah 51:13% +t is !e who made the earth by !is power, Aho established the world by !is wisdom: <nd by !is understanding !e has stretched out the heavens #Jeremiah 1!:1 %

but you remain: they will all wear out li$e a garment =i$e clothing you will change them and they will be discarded But you remain the same. nor angels. because in it !e rested from all !is wor$ which God had created and made 'his is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created. nor life. shall be able to separate us from the love of God.esus our =ord #&oman% #:3#-39% 24.-s "ee ?(ploring the deep ocean floor9 !ot springs and strange creatures and the fish of the sea. #5e*hariah 1 :1% • 23. which is in 5hrist .7% that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God #&oman% #: 1% 26. and the heavens are the wor$ of your hands 'hey will perish. nor things present. <nd by !is understanding !e stretched out the heavens #Jeremiah 51:15% 'he burden of the word of the =ord concerning +srael 'hus declares the =ord who stretches out the heavens. and your years will never end #$%alm 1! : 5. Blowing toward the south. lays the foundation of the earth. at the blast of breath from his nostrils # >amuel :16% the recesses of the deep? #Job 3#:16% First discovered in the 163. 'he *1 )aterialism refers to the atheistic belief that only material things e(ist #e g . 30. 'hen turning toward the north. nor depth. 2Ahen !e imparted weight to the wind. nor things to come. and does not necessarily refer to the desire to ac7uire material goods . 'hen God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it. nor powers. nor principalities. <nd meted out the waters by measure2 #Job #: 5% 27. all that swim the paths of the seas #$%alm #:#% wind continues swirling along: <nd on its circular courses the wind returns #E**le%ia%te% 1:6% 28. and forms the spirit of man within him. 2!ave you journeyed to the springs of the sea or wal$ed in 29. there is no spiritual realm at all%. +n the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth. nor height. nor any other created thing. For + am convinced that neither death.• +t is !e who made the earth by !is power. 'he valleys of the sea were e(posed and the foundations of the earth laid bare at the rebu$e of the =ODD. Aho established the world by !is wisdom. in the day that the =ODD God made earth and heaven #-ene%i% :3-4% 25.

2'o the eunuchs who $eep )y sabbaths. <nd did not choose the fear of the =ODD #$roverb% 1: 9% Do not envy a man of violence. in the image of God !e created him: male and female !e created them #-ene%i% 1: 7% 2Ahoever sheds man-s blood. 'he branch of )y planting. 'hat + may be glorified #+%aiah 6!: 1% 2+ will set a sign among them and will send survivors from . the God of +srael. <nd + will bring on them what they dread Because + called. God created man in !is own image. we will serve the =ODD 2 #Jo%hua 4:15% Aho is the man who fears the =ODD? !e will instruct him in the way he should choose #$%alm 5:1 % Because they hated $nowledge. !is wonderful deeds among all the peoples #1 )hroni*le% 16: 4% 'herefore glorify the =ODD in the east. but you did not answer: + spo$e. that they do not sow. that + have set before you life and death. <nd hold fast )y covenant. <nd chose that in which + did not delight 2 #+%aiah 65:1 % "o + will choose their punishments.32. 'o give drin$ to )y chosen people #+%aiah 43: !% 2'hen all your people will be righteous: 'hey will possess the land forever. 'he jac$als and the ostriches. <nd all of you shall bow down to the slaughter Because + called. and yet your heavenly Father feeds them <re you not worth much more than they?2 #"atthew 6: 6% 34. #Deuteronomy 3!:19% 2<nd if it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the =ODD. 2+ call heaven and earth to witness against you today. <nd choose what pleases )e. 'he name of the =ODD. even whom + have made 2 #+%aiah 43:7% 2'he beasts of the field will glorify )e. choose for yourselves today whom you will serve9 whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the Diver. but no one answered: + spo$e. the blessing and the curse "o choose life in order that you may live. or the gods of the <morites in whose land you are living: but as for me and my house. Ahom + have formed. you and your descendants. #+%aiah 56:4% + will destine you for the sword. By man his blood shall be shed. but you did not hear <nd you did evil in )y sight. Because + have given waters in the wilderness <nd rivers in the desert. <nd whom + have created for )y glory. +n the coastlands of the sea #+%aiah 4:15% ?veryone who is called by )y name. but they did not listen <nd they did evil in )y sight. 'ell of !is glory among the nations. <nd do not choose any of his ways #$roverb% 3:31% 2!e will eat curds and honey at the time !e $nows enough to refuse evil and choose good #+%aiah 7:15% For thus says the =ODD. <nd chose that in which + did not delight 2 #+%aiah 66:4% 33. nor reap nor gather into barns. For in the image of God !e made man 2 #-ene%i% 9:6% 2=oo$ at the birds of the air. 'he wor$ of )y hands.

esus. and glorify your Father who is in heaven #"atthew 5:16% But when . so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our =ord . and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price9 therefore glorify God in your body #1 )orinthian% 6:19. according to !is $ind intention which !e purposed in !im with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times. because the hour of !is judgment has come: worship !im who made the heaven and the earth and sea and springs of waters 2 #&evelation 14:7% . so that in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers. and for the Gentiles to glorify God for !is mercy: as it is written. to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever <men #1 $eter 4:11% but if anyone suffers as a 5hristian. but is to glorify God in this name #1 $eter 4:16% and he said with a loud voice. <>D + A+== "+>G 'O BOHD ><)? 2 #&oman% 15:#-9% Or do you not $now that your body is a temple of the !oly "pirit who is in you. so that the "on of God may be glorified by it 2 #John 11:4% >ow may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to 5hrist . =ud. but for the glory of God.esus heard this. 2Fear God. 2'his sic$ness is not to end in death.esus 5hrist #&oman% 15:5-6% For + say that 5hrist has become a servant to the circumcision on behalf of the truth of God to confirm the promises given to the fathers. the summing up of all things in 5hrist. that is.esus 5hrist. and give !im glory. to the distant coastlands that have neither heard )y fame nor seen )y glory <nd they will declare )y glory among the nations #+%aiah 66:19% 2=et your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good wor$s. Cut.!% +n all wisdom and insight !e made $nown to us the mystery of !is will. having been predestined according to !is purpose who wor$s all things after the counsel of !is will. !e said. so that the grace which is spreading to more and more people may cause the giving of than$s to abound to the glory of God # )orinthian% 4:15% Feep your behavior e(cellent among the Gentiles. he is not to be ashamed. is to do so as one who is spea$ing the utterances of God: whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies: so that in all things God may be glorified through . whom you have from God.them to the nations9 'arshish. things in the heavens and things on the earth +n !im also we have obtained an inheritance. 2'!?D?FOD? + A+== G+8? CD<+"? 'O BOH <)O>G '!? G?>'+=?". glorify God in the day of visitation #1 $eter :1 % Ahoever spea$s.avan. they may because of your good deeds. do all to the glory of God #1 )orinthian% 1!:31% For all things are for your sa$es. then. to the end that we who were the first to hope in 5hrist would be to the praise of !is glory #E0he%ian% 1:#-1 % Ahether. 'ubal and . you eat or drin$ or whatever you do. )eshech. as they observe them.

2Bou shall love the =ODD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might 2 #Deuteronomy 6:5% 2'eacher. and + )yself will raise him up on the last day 2 #John 6:4!% 'his is good and acceptable in the sight of God our "avior. 2 -BOH "!<== =O8? '!? =ODD BOHD GOD A+'! <== BOHD !?<D'. 2For God so loved the world.itu% :11% 38. #.*t% 1!:34% For there is no partiality with God #&oman% :11% But from those who were of high reputation #what they were ma$es no difference to me: God shows no partiality%11well. who is the "avior of all men.35. as some count slowness. bringing salvation to all men. not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance # $eter 3:9% For it is for this we labor and strive. -Aorthless one. love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you2 #"atthew 5:43-44% 2'his is the great and foremost commandment 'he second is li$e it.But + say to you. that everyone who beholds the "on and believes in !im will have eternal life. #. the mighty. 2For the =ODD your God is the God of gods and the =ord of lords. in the statement. those who were of reputation contributed nothing to me #-alatian% :6% <nd masters. <nd the <lmighty will not pervert justice Aho says to a $ing.. but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: + am the =ODD . that whoever believes in !im shall not perish. that !e gave !is only begotten "on. nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people. -BOH "!<== =O8? BOHD >?+G!BOD <" BOHD"?=F -2 #"atthew :3#-39% For the whole =aw is fulfilled in one word. For they all are the wor$ of !is hands? #Job 34:1 -19% Opening his mouth. do the same things to them. <>D A+'! <== BOHD "OH=.#2eviti*u% 19:1#% 2Bou have heard that it was said. and the awesome God who does not show partiality nor ta$e a bribe #Deuteronomy 1!:17% 2"urely. God will not act wic$edly.imothy :3-4% 'he =ord is not slow about !is promise. -Bou shall not ta$e vengeance. but have eternal life #John 3:16% 2For this is the will of )y Father.'o nobles. -Aic$ed ones-: Aho shows no partiality to princes >or regards the rich above the poor. -BOH "!<== =O8? BOHD >?+G!BOD and hate your enemy . which is the great commandment in the =aw?2 <nd !e said to him. but is patient toward you. the great. because we have fi(ed our hope on the living God. 2BOH "!<== =O8? BOHD >?+G!BOD <" BOHD"?=F 2 #-alatian% 5:14% 37. especially of believers #1 .imothy 4:1!% For the grace of God has appeared. <>D A+'! <== BOHD )+>D -2 #"atthew :37% 36. Ceter said9 2+ most certainly understand now that God is not one to show partiality. who desires all men to be saved and to come to the $nowledge of the truth #1 . and give up .

threatening, $nowing that both their )aster and yours is in heaven, and there is no partiality with !im #E0he%ian% 6:9%

39. 'herefore + urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to
present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship #&oman% 1 :1% <scribe to the =ODD the glory due to !is name: Aorship the =ODD in holy array #$%alm 9: %

40. 2=et your light shine before men in such a way that they may

see your good wor$s, and glorify your Father who is in heaven #"atthew 5:16% For we are !is wor$manship, created in 5hrist .esus for good wor$s, which God prepared beforehand so that we would wal$ in them #E0he%ian% :1!% commandment which !e wrote for you, you shall observe to do forever: and you shall not fear other gods # 'in(% 17:37% 'he law of the =ODD is perfect, restoring the soul: 'he testimony of the =ODD is sure, ma$ing wise the simple #$%alm 19:7% Aoe to those who call evil good, and good evil: Aho substitute dar$ness for light and light for dar$ness: Aho substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitterI #+%aiah 5: !% 2For +, the =ODD, do not change: therefore you, O sons of .acob, are not consumed #"ala*hi 3:6% ?very good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow #Jame% 1:17%

41. 2'he statutes and the ordinances and the law and the

42. <nd why not say #as we are slanderously reported and as
some claim that we say%, 2=et us do evil that good may come2? 'heir condemnation is just #&oman% 3:#% ,* "amples, F D &;;3 , ;orld o8 Di88eren*e: $uttin( )hri%tian .ruth-)laim% to the ;orldview .e%t Ba$er Boo$s

1volution vs. Desi n6 Is the 7niverse a Cosmic !ccident or Does it Display Intelli ent Desi n?
Desi n in the 7niverse

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Design vs >aturalism 1 General +ntroduction for >on1 Believers 1 Ahat you mu%t believe #i e , not testable% as an atheist 5an +ntelligent Design #+D% be a 'estable, "cientific 'heory?1 < testable, falsifiable, predictive biblical creation model Deligion and +ntelligent Design +mpede "cience and 5lose Off +n7uiry? <re we really anti1science? ?vidence for the Fine 'uning of the Hniverse 1 Ahy are the physical constants the way they are? +s it chance or design?

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)issing the Obvious 1 Femo "abi has a message for all you 'ontos ?(treme Fine 'uning 1 the 5osmological 5onstant 1 Aould you believe 1 in 1;1&;? HFO-s and ?(traterrestrial <liens 1 Ahy ?arth !as >ever Been 8isited1 >umerous laws of physics prevent visitation +nflationary Big Bang )odel1 !ow it all started

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Ahy is 'here "omething +nstead of >othing? 1 +s it really true that universes can appear from nothing? "i@e of the Hniverse9 +sn-t it 'oo =arge to !ave Been 5reated by God for !umanity? Ahy didn-t God create just one star and one planet? +f God is Omnipotent #<ll Cowerful% Ahy Did !e >eed to 'a$e "i( Days to 5reate the Hniverse? Ahy did God wait so long to create the ?arth and human beings on it? 'he Hniverse is >ot ?ternal, But !ad < Beginning1 5ontrary to atheist-s claims, the majority of scientists state as fact that the universe had a beginning Ahy "tephen !aw$ing is Arong <bout God >ot 5reating the Hniverse 1 'he universe just created itself out of nothing? 'he +ncredible Design of the ?arth1 .ust the third roc$ from an ordinary star?

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<n ?stimate of the Crobability for <ttaining the >ecessary Carameters for =ife "upport 1 'able of probabilities )oons =i$e ?arth-s )oon are Dare in the Hniverse CowerCoint

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?vidence for God-s ?(istence from 5osmology # file 1 1 * )B%

From the Beginning to )an1 !ow God Declares !is =ove to Hs 'hrough the Design of the Hniverse # )B% CowerCoint file 1 / 3

Ouotes from "cientists Degarding Design of the Hniverse 1 'hey say the funniest things, even though they still don-t get itI God of the Gaps 1 Do <ll 5hristian <pologetics Fall +nto 'his Find of <rgument? 1 < survey of arguments reported to support the e(istence of God and whether they are just due to a lac$ of scientific $nowledge Did David !ume Deally Defeat Ailliam Caley-s Aatchma$er <rgument? 1 <lthough revered by atheists, !ume was actually wrong about what he thought represented the reality of the universe One Flew Over the 5uc$oo-s >est? 1 <ntony Flew Denounces <theism 1 <fter actively promoting atheism for decades, Crof Flew embraces deism, saying he 2had to go where the evidence leads 2 Boo$ Deview9 .here +% a -od: 6ow the ;orld=% "o%t @otoriou% ,thei%t )han(ed 6i% "ind by <ntony Flew Ahere is God Ahen Bad 'hings !appen? Ahy >atural ?vil "u%t ?(ist 1 5ontrary to s$eptical claims, nearly all 2natural evil2 is reAuired for life to e(ist at all Does the "econd =aw of 'hermodynamics Crove the ?(istence of God? 1 by .ohn ) 5imbala, Crofessor of )echanical ?ngineering, Cennsylvania "tate Hniversity !ow 25reation2 +mplies God by Dennis Bonnette 'he ?(tradimensional >ature of God 1 !ow can God do that? 'a$e the Hltimate <theist 5hallenge and Design Bour Own Hniverse 1 'ry your hand at it +t is not as easy as first impressions

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<lternative Hniverses 1 Bour designs 1 can you do better?

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Boo$ Deview9 )reatin( 2i8e in the 2ab: 6ow @ew di%*overie% in >yntheti* 7iolo(y "ake a )a%e 8or the )reator Boo$ Deview9 "ore .han a .heory: &evealin( a .e%table "odel 8or )reation by !ugh Doss Boo$ Deview9 ;hy the Bniver%e +% the ;ay +t +% by !ugh Doss Boo$ Deview9.he )ell=% De%i(n: 6ow )hemi%try &eveal% the )reator=% ,rti%try Debun$ing Daw$ins9 .he -od Delu%ion Boo$ Deview9 )reation ,% >*ien*e: , .e%table "odel ,00roa*h to End the )reationCevolution ;ar% Boo$ Deview9 ;ho ;a% ,dam<: , )reation "odel ,00roa*h to the Dri(in o8 "an Boo$ Deview9 Dri(in% o8 2i8e: 7ibli*al and Evolutionary "odel% 3a*e D88

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Desi n in Biolo y
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5an +ntelligent Design #+D% be a 'estable, "cientific 'heory? ?(amples of Bad Design Gone Bad 1 ?volutionists e(amples #human esophagus, Canda-s thumb, vertebrate retina, appendi(, jun$ Deo(yribonucleic acid9 the chemical inside the nucleus of a cell that carries the genetic instructions for ma$ing living organisms D><, etc % of 2bad2 design refuted through new studies 'he Aashing )achine from the Bad Clace1 < =esson on +ntelligent Design 1 <nd you thought only biological systems could be poorly designedI Desponse to 2Dissecting Dembs$i-s -5omple( "pecified +nformation-2 5an evolution produce specified comple(ity? 'he Designing 'imes 1 'he news the evolutionists don-t want you to readI Origins >ews 1 Decent news from the scientific community about the origins of humans and animals 2.un$2 D><9 Ahy non1coding D>< +sn-t Deally .un$ 1 Definitive evidence for design and function of D>< that does not carry the information necessary to ma$e a protein non1coding

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Deo(yribonucleic acid9 the chemical inside the nucleus of a cell that carries the genetic instructions for ma$ing living organisms D>< foundI Ahen your evolutionist friends tell you that all the jun$ Deo(yribonucleic acid9 the chemical inside the nucleus of a cell that carries the genetic instructions for ma$ing living organisms D>< in our genes precludes an intelligent 5reator, send them hereI

Cseudogenes1 <rgument for ?volution and <gainst Design? 1 >ot only are many psuedogenes transcribed, but some are even reAuired for life Origin of First Clants on =and9 Bible "aid +t First 1 =and plants appeared before sea animals, as the Bible claimed

1volution Rebuttals
+f you believe that the theory of macroevolution is true, prepare to be challenged >o, you won-t find the usual creationist rhetoric about the second law of thermodynamics, >ebras$a )an, or the creationism charges of mista$es made by evolutionists 0; years ago Ahat you will find is the best of creationary science 1 real, peer1reviewed scientific literature of studies done by evolutioni%t%I "tart here and wor$ your way down the page

Introduction
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General Debuttal to the 'heory of ?volution 1 a general e(amination of why macroevolution is false < "cientific 5ase <gainst ?volution by Dobert =oc$e, a self1 described, non1creationist 'he Chilosophical +mpossibility of Darwinian >aturalistic ?volution by Dennis Bonnette

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Origin of =ife 'heories9 )etabolism1first vs Deplicator1first !ypotheses 1 Origin of life researchers fight it out to prove each other wrong )aybe they are both correctI Origin of =ife9 ?arth-s ?arly <tmosphere Aasn-t Deducing 1 'he holy grail of abiogenesis, a reducing atmosphere, has been proven not to have e(isted for at least /;; million years be8ore life originated <biogenesis9 +s the 5hemical Origin of =ife a Dealistic "cenario? 1 a list of the 2science of the gaps2 beliefs of those who reject a 5reator God

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a%hin(ton 1139&1*1&*6 < peer1reviewed publication delineating the profound problem of information e(plosion during the 5ambrian. all the science contradicting spontaneous origin is conveniently omitted 5ell )embrane1=i$e Organic 8esicles Formed in 5onditions )imic$ing +nterstellar 5louds? 1 Did interstellar gas clouds form organic membrane1li$e structures that led to the emergence of life on earth? <n e(ample of an unbelievably flawed study Origin of life9 latest theoriesJproblems 1 a discussion of the problems inherent in the Dibonucleic acid9 a chemical that directs the manufacture of proteins and sometimes codes for the genetic material within certain organisms D>< Aorld hypothesis Boo$ Deview9 Dri(in% o8 2i8e: 7ibli*al and Evolutionary "odel% 3a*e D88 'he Origin of =ife on Clanet ?arth by .. 'he Origin of Biological +nformation and the !igher 'a(onomic 5ategories $ro*eedin(% o8 the 7iolo(i*al >o*iety o8 . 2+-m loo$ing forward to the publication ne(t year of the discovery of an e(traterrestrial rabbit in a meteor 2 ?volution Deception in 5alifornia "tate !igh "chool Biology 'e(tboo$ 7iolo(y: $rin*i0le% E E?0loration% 1 'his high school biology te(tboo$ gives the impression that the spontaneous origin of life is a done deal Credictably.• 'he Origin of !omochirality9 < )ajor Croblem for Origin of =ife 'heories 1 biologically active amino acids and nucleic acids are optically pure. " 5 &.. but can you get there merely with prebiotic chemistry? Croblems with the Origin of Biological )embranes Hnder Crebiotic 5onditions 1 >ot only is it impossible to get replication and metabolism.im "chicatano • • • • • • • • Cambrian 1/plosion • )eyer. arguing that intelligent design provides a better e(planation than natural selection Descent of 3an? . but formation of membranes under early earth conditions is e(tremely problematic Ahat-s Arong Aith ><"<-s <rsenic1?ating Bacteria "tudy? 1 Doesn-t this prove that life can originate and survive under almost any environment? 'hin$ cold fusionI ><"< "cientist Discovers <lien =ife in )eteorites 1 <gainI >O'I 1 <s Charyngula blog commented.

1 <ren-t humans and chimpan@ees 64E +dentical? )ind1Body Dualism 1 +s the )ind Curely a Function of the Brain? 1 "cience has disproved the e(istence of the soul? Out of <frica or Out of ?den9 Does "cience 5ontradict the Bible? >ew data suggests an e(planation for the apparent contradiction .u%tralo0ithe*u% %ediba9 'he )issing =in$ Between <pes and !umans?.ll Other <nimals 1 'hin$ man is just a glorified ape? 'hin$ again < scientific and biblical e(amination of the evidence !uman B15hromosome9 -horrendously different.• Descent of )an$ind 'heory9 Disproved by )olecular Biology o >ew Deo(yribonucleic acid9 the chemical inside the nucleus of a cell that carries the genetic instructions for ma$ing living organisms D>< ?vidence "upports the )ultiregional ?volutionary )odel? 'he Origin of )an$ind and the Daces 1 <n e(amination of evolutionary and creationary models and how they fit the current scientific data # CowerCoint Cresentation.from >earest =iving -Delative.u%tralo0ithe*u% %ediba appears to be a speciali@ed ape rather than an intermediate < Chilosophical 5ritical <nalysis of Decent <pe1=anguage "tudies by Dennis Bonnette 1 Do the ape language studies show that they are similar to humans? )ust !uman ?volution 5ontradict Genesis? by Dennis Bonnette 1 Does an intellectual 5hristian need to reject Genesis? Did Darwin Crove Genesis a Fairy 'ale? by Dennis Bonnette • • • • • • • • • • 'homas <7uinas )eets >im 5himps$y9 On 'he Debate <bout !uman >ature <nd 'he >ature Of Other <nimals by )arie George # CDF file. 1 / )B% 'he !uman Difference9 !ow !umans are Hni7ue 5ompared to . 10/ $b% .

scientists were able to produce multicellular organisms from unicellular ones in mere days +f you believe that..ho .. + have a bridge you can buyI Demise of the 2Birds are Dinosaurs2 'heory 1 two clever studies by well1$nown avian evolutionists 1 2'he opponents of the theropod hypothesis refuse to propose an alternative hypothesis that is falsifiable 'his is probably because there are no other suitable candidates for avian ancestors Decent Croblems in ?volution 1 e(pose of evolution-s failings #from 166. advanced four legged animals are found from *6/ million years ago 1 at least 1.ime article of <ugust &*. million years be8ore the e(istence of their transitional or intermediate 2ancestors 2 ?arly Design in ?yes from "hrimp1li$e . and !ugh Doss. )reation "odel .1lense eyes and the neural capacity to interpret it only a few tens of millions of years after the first animal life appeared in the seas? Did "cientists ?volve a )ulticellular Organism from a "ingle1 5elled Organism? 1 ?ven though it too$ * billion years for multicellular organisms to appear on earth. Ch D .nomalo*ari% 1 !ow did evolution design 10.00roa*h to the Dri(in o8 "an Boo$ Deview9 Dri(in o8 the 6uman >0e*ie% • • • • 1volutionary Biolo y 'roblems • 'etrapod 'rac$s Overturn Deigning ?volutionary 'heory on Fish1'etrapod 'ransition 1 Fossili@ed trac$s of large.• =ong =ife "pans1 2<dam =ived 6*.a% . Bears and 'hen !e Died2 1+s it impossible that humans could have lived nearly a millennium? !obbit !uman1=i$e "pecies Found on Flores +sland in +ndonesia 1 +s this proof or a problem for evolution? +s it merely a microencephalic with congenital abnormalities? < "cientific and Biblical Desponse to 2Hp from the <pes Demar$able >ew ?vidence +s Filling in the "tory of !ow Ae Became !uman2 1 < comprehensive response to the . onward% 'he ?volution #>O'I% 'imes 1 news not found in your local newspaper or evolution te(tboo$ +ntentional Deception by ?volutionists 1 OopsI ?volutionists caught using the 2techni7ues of creationists2I • • • • • • • . 1666 by Fa@ale Dana. )"..dam<: . Dichard Deem. Ch D Boo$ Deview9 .1*.

on the grounds that Daw$ins has not manipulated neo1Darwinian logic consistently 5ullen argues that Daw$ins has erected a highly personal view of religion. and morality <re <theists and 'heists )orally ?7uivalent? 1 Ahat moral values do atheists consider to be 2very important?2 <theism Doesn-t =ead to +mmoral Behavior or Coor ?thics 1 Or Does +t? +n theory doesn-t necessarily lead to immoral behavior. which argues against Dichard Daw$ins.ennings Bryan% of the "copes -)on$ey 'rial.2religion as a disease2 position. and a growing body of parasite research • • • • • . and "ociety 1 ?volution has profound implications in the areas of human worth. Ch D #off site% • 1volution and the Bible83orality • • >aturalistic Biological 5hange and the Bible 1 Does the Bible preclude any form of evolution? 'he answer may surprise youI +nherit the . vilifying the 5hristians and elevating the evolutionists +f such a boo$ were written intentionally distorting any other religious or ethnic minority #blac$s. etc % it would be banned from public schools 1 much less actually used in classrooms +mplications of ?volution in )orality. would they? Carasite ?cology and the ?volution of Deligion 1 < paper by Ben 5ullen.onathan Aells.• "e(ual Deproduction9 < 5ontinuing )ystery to ?volutionists 1 "e(ual reproduction and recombination acts to dilute Cermanent structural alterations in D><. but also concealing beneficial Cermanent structural alterations in D><. consisting of either substitutions. .ews. by . which is in complete conflict with both his own selfish gene theories #Daw$ins. insertions or deletions of nucleotide bases mutations. )oslems. insertions or deletions of nucleotide bases mutations from being acted on by natural selection "econd 'houghts about Ceppered )oths 1 'his classical story of evolution by natural selection needs revising. consisting of either substitutions. 5ulture. but in practice "cientists are 5ompletely Hnbiased? 'hey would never put paradigm over data. which prevents these Cermanent structural alterations in D><.ind1 'he 'ruth <bout the 2Deal Brady2 #Ailliam .'his fictionali@ed depiction of the "copes trial distorts the original characters. consisting of either substitutions. consisting of either substitutions. purpose. insertions or deletions of nucleotide bases mutations 1 minimi@ing the effects of harmful Cermanent structural alterations in D><. 1646%. insertions or deletions of nucleotide bases mutations to preserve fitness.

0in%s • 5reation1?volution1Design =in$s 1 Find other good creationJevolution information on the +nternet RELATED RESOURCES . archaeoptery(. and shows how they distort the truth about biology. the bea$ of the finch. embryo drawings that were fa$ed.. the famous Cepper )oth e(ample of natural selection. showing moths on tree trun$s. often presenting information that has been falsified by recent scientific studies +cons refuted include the origin of life #the famous )iller e(periment%. biologist .onathan Aells e(amines recent college and high school te(tboo$s #from 16641&. the molecular devices found throughout nature cannot be accounted for through natural selection and mutation Behe-s boo$ claims to develop a framewor$ for testing intelligent design by defining the principles by which Darwinian evolution can be distinguished from design +*on% o8 Evolution by .he Ed(e o8 Evolution: .onathan Aells +n this boo$. which used stagedJfa$e photographs.he >ear*h 8or the 2imit% o8 Darwini%m by )ichael Behe Darwin=% 7la*k 7o? author )ichael Behe ta$es on the limits of evolution through an e(amination of specific genetic e(amples Behe finds that mutation and natural selection is capable of generating trivial e(amples of evolutionary change <lthough he concludes that descent with modification has occurred throughout biological history. and much more .. genetically engineered fruit flies.%.

Director of the !uman Genome Croject9 2Aielding evolutionary arguments and carefully chosen metaphors li$e sharp swords. Dichard Daw$ins has emerged over three decades as this generation-s most aggressive promoter of atheism +n his view. editor +nter8arsity Cress #1664%.4 pp >ineteen e(perts trained in mathematics. what these e(tra dimensions might be li$e ?ven so.. the first boo$ of the Bible says that God created the universe in si( days 1 By e(amining all the passages of the Bible that describe the creation of the universe. as they press their case for a radical thin$ing of established evolutionary assumptions 6ow 7lind +% the . ecology.heory in )ri%i% by )ichael Denton < general discussion of some of the problems associated with macroevolution +t is somewhat outdated. and science alone. mechanical engineering. but a good introduction to the overall scope "ere )reation: >*ien*e/ 3aith E +ntelli(ent De%i(n . nor can we e(perience in our current bodies. one can conclude that the . <lister )cGrath challenges Daw$ins on the very ground he holds most sacred 11 rational argument 11 and )cGrath disarms the master +t becomes readily apparent that Daw$ins has aimed his attac$ at a naive version of faith that most serious believers would not recogni@e <fter reading this carefully constructed and elo7uently written boo$. <nd 'he )eaning Of =ife by <lister )cGrath <ccording to Francis 5ollins.Daw$ins. provides the only roc$ worth standing on +n this remar$able boo$. evolutionary biology. . it must contain more physical and temporal dimensions than those found in this physical universe that God created Ae cannot imagine. and e(poses the wea$nesses of the naturalistic >eo1Darwinian paradigm What Will Heaven be 0i%e? by Rich Deem INTRODUCTION Ceople often as$ the 7uestion. Ailliam < Dembs$i 'his boo$ e(amines the naturalistic origin of life.God9 Genes. philosophy. Daw$insS choice of atheism emerges as the most irrational of the available choices about God-s e(istence 2 Evolution: . we are given enough information in the Bible to understand many of the things that will be different in heaven compared to our lives today "ome of the information on this page is speculation #with alternative possibilities%. but is based upon what the Bible says about heaven The end of the seventh day Genesis. )emes. science. astrophysics. 2Ahat will heaven be li$e 2 <lthough the Bible discusses heaven. . Ailliam < Dembs$i.at*hmaker<: @ature=% De%i(n E the 2imit% o8 @aturali%ti* >*ien*e by >eil Broom. along with the intricate comple(ity of design in biology. and other disciplines challenge the reigning ideology of materialistic naturalism on both scientific and philosophical grounds. it is not possible to understand the full nature of heaven from a human perspective "ince heaven is where God lives.

/. since this would severely restrict our ability to 2see2 everything as God sees them 'here will be no oceans. and chemical reactions cannot occur. will eventually e(pand . of spiritual beings #both angels and humans% to choose to spend eternity with !im / <t the appointed time. the new creation would not be bound to its source of heat and light 'he lac$ of the "un is not a problem for the new creation. and life on it 'he Bible tells us that we are currently in God-s seventh day of rest& and encourages us to enter into that rest * God-s plan for the universe is to allow a large number. >o more death. pain11 Believers will receive a new body1& Heaven"s characteristics 'he characteristics of the new creation tell us that it will be vastly different from what we are used to on earth Crobably most noticeable difference will be the lac$ of gravity 'he >ew . the earth. because of gravity 1. is probably not the same $ind of electromagnetic radiation #photons% that we call light 'he illumination provided by God certainly involves the wisdom and $nowledge that !e possesses 1/Aith this $ind of light. 'herefore gravity will either be absent or significantly reduced in the new creation 'here will be no "un or moon 'his ma$es sense. since the Bible tells us that there will be no heat 13 +n this universe. animals cannot consume food to produce energy to move. and without God-s intervention. there would be no need to visually see things. is temporary +t has a moment of creation. since the Bible tells us that the glory of God !imself will provide illumination 1* 'he illumination provided by God1. the second law of thermodynamics controls virtually everything that happens 'he law states that heat flows from hot bodies to cold bodies "tars cannot shine.. mile cube "tructures of this si@e would automatically become a sphere in this universe. which means that there will be no water cycle +t would be difficult for a water cycle to operate without gravity 'here will be the river of the water of life. it seems li$ely that it may not be li7uid water as we $now it 'he laws of thermodynamics seem to be absent from the new creation. God will call an end to the present universe0 and judge those who reject !is invitation 3 The ei hth day On the eighth day God will create again 1 this time an entirely new universe 4'he new universe will have entirely different physical laws !ere are some of the differences that stand out9 • • • • • 'he new earth will have no sea4 'here will be no "un or moon6 Gravity will be absent or greatly reduced1.si( days of creation aresi( periods of time or ages that God created the universe. suffering. since there will be little or no gravity Aithout gravity.erusalem is described as a 1. as we see it now. since the ultimate result of heat flow is that the universe continues to become more and more disordered "cience tells us that the universe. since all these processes re7uire the e(change of heat 'his law is also called the law of entropy or decay. which flows from the throne of God 10Given its source.

esus 5hrist? + thin$ most males would feel uncomfortable with this concept Ae will be with our "avior and our Father in heaven and see !im face to face + believe that the . when the Bible says God destroys the present universe. it doesn-t seem to be there for eating +n fact. lifeless matter Obviously. the processes re7uiring heat flow seem to be absent from the new creation 'hese include the "un. the sea and a water cycle. it is intended to represent the ama@ing beauty of its appearance. but the marriage <re we going to be married in a literal physical marriage to . saw it For a preview of the description. it will have been as if it had never e(isted >ot even God would have access to it #+saiah . there will be need for healing among all the people groups 'he lac$ of eating in heaven16 goes along with the idea that thermodynamics will be absent there Finally. it does not matter when you die. the most important part of the wedding is not the feast.ewish wedding was chosen to represent the celebration that will happen in heaven. you will end up in heaven with all the other people you $now who went to be in heavenTeither before or after you #relative to this universe-s time scale% 'his includes your ancestors and descendants "ince we are not restricted by time in heaven. such as those described in the new creation <s discussed previously. there is no longer a need for time to e(ist at all "o.*9&/% !ow do things happen in the absence of time? Good 7uestionI Obviously instantlyI 'here will be no more waiting for anything ?verybody will be able to tal$ to . since the Bible says that 2the former things will not be remembered or come to mind2 #+saiah 0/913% Ahen God destroys the present universe. in fact. such a universe would not be acceptable for housing eternal beings. since everything is moving away from every other thing 'he Bible indicates that heaven does not e(ist in this universe. as . chapter &1 Heaven"s timelessness !eaven e(ists outside the dimensions of both space and time 'he Bible says that God e(ists outside of time and created time. but is God-s abode +n fact.2&.esus for an infinite 2amount of time2 all 2simultaneously 2 'he ?nglish language doesn-t even have the proper words to describe how things will be in heaven Where is heaven? <s$ing where heaven e(ists is a little li$e as$ing where the center of the universe is +n fact. the Bible says 2the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption.ohn. could you loo$ bac$ at your life on earth and watch it happen? Crobably not. and growing old and dying 11 <lthough there is described a tree #the tree of life% that bears fruit in heaven. the apostle. 2the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations 2 14 Given all the violence and genocide that has been perpetrated on the earth over the centuries. whether or not we actually eat food 'he new creation will be a place of awesome beauty and is described in terms of precious jewels and metals <lthough the description may not represent literal earthly jewels. the universe was created temporally for people to choose to love or reject God Once the choices have been made.to produce a collection of cold. the universe doesn-t have a center.suggesting a release from the laws of thermodynamics "ome 5hristians believe that there will be eating in heaven 'hey cite the great wedding feast of the =amb +s this meant to be ta$en literally? Of course. the Bible says. since it was a most joyous and lengthy event $nown to the people for whom the message was given One can be certain it will be a great celebration. the Bible indicates that even the highest heavens #of this universe% cannot contain God &1 "ince we human beings are restricted to the space time dimensions of this universe. see Develation. probably as the means of implementing cause and effect Aithout cause and effect. actions don-t have conse7uences and choices don-t have repercussions "o. we can never go in a . that includes the universe-s dimension of time "o.

nor are given in marriage. 2!ow are the dead raised? <nd with what $ind of body do they come?2 #1 5orinthians 1/9*/% 'he answer to the 7uestion is given in a series of comparisons9&* Mortal vs.esus answered9 2Bou are mista$en. the dissolution of marriage in heaven doesn-t sound li$e a good thing !owever. and it will probably not have any appeal for you !owever. we will be 2married2 to .esus &.&/ it doesn-t seem that people in heaven will be either male or female . who will be our spiritual 2husband 2&6 +f you are not currently a follower of . not understanding the "criptures.and will be incapable of committing sin *1 'herefore. since it is not any place to which we can travel !owever. since they all died prematurely% in her lifetime 'hey as$ed whose wife she would be in heaven . there is a way to get there What $ill people be li%e in heaven? Aith physical laws being so different in heaven. 2But someone will say. you cannot understand what this will be li$e.esus was as$ed a complicated 7uestion about heaven by the "adducees #a religious sect that did not believe in the resurrection of the dead% that directly leads us to this conclusion &0'he "adducees gave a scenario of a woman who married 3 men #se7uentially. you will have a glimpse of how awesome this e(perience will be God would not ta$e away something good if !e did not replace it with something better Besides receiving a new body.esus. !eavenly "odies Mortal "ody perishable dishonor weak natural #esurrection "ody imperishable glory powerful spiritual 'o a certain degree. all the problems we have by being mean to each other . which the Bible says we will do &. if you have e(perienced the 2highs2 of following .spaceship and find heaven. there will be no marriage or se(ual differences among those in heaven.esus 5hrist. in heaven. since we will be li$e !im and the glorified . Aithout at least the dimensional characteristics of God.esus as !e leads you. those who enter heaven will be given a new name *. it is apparent that our current bodies would not be acceptable in such a place && 'he Bible poses the 7uestion. we will be given some of the characteristics of God in heaven. but are li$e angels in heaven 2 #"atthew : 9-3!% +n other words. + li$e to be married From an earthly perspective. we would not be able to see !im. 5ontrary to the )ormon view of heaven. or the power of God For in the resurrection they neither marry. since reproduction is unnecessary 'his concept is supported by other biblical verses that indicate that males and females are spiritually e7ual &3'he same concept applies to the races &4 + doubt that there will be racial differences in heaven 'he idea that we will no longer be married is disturbing to some people Cersonally.

we $now it will also be a place of righteousness and peace . even as !e currently $nows each of us 'his is ama@ingI Ahy atheists would not want to be part of this baffles me !ebrews describes heaven as consisting of 2thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly 2. the angels who rebelled against God will be judged by God-s people and cast into the la$e of fire *6 Besides acting as judges in heaven. although some of the angels and the &.* 'he Bible says that we cannot imagine what heaven will be li$e./ and see God as !e is &.will be gone Ae will be able to enjoy each other-s company without the fear of being hurt by anyone +t will be great to be physically and morally perfect and to have fellowship with others who have been li$ewise transformed What $ill $e do in heaven? Ceople have the impression that heaven will consist of people sitting around on clouds.0 and have been there since God created them 'he Bible gives several lists of people who will not be in heaven . but then + will $now fully just as + also have been fully $nown 2. as the rebellious angels of "atan fought against the archangel )ichael and the angels of God *0 "atan and his angels were cast from heaven onto the earth. initially. the Bible does not describe clouds. Aho will be in heaven with God? 'he angels will be there. the Bible says that we will reign with God in heaven . this verse is telling us that we will have the full $nowledge of God. but that it will e(ceed our e(pectations ?ach of us in heaven will be 2revealed in glory 2 . "atan */ !owever.1 +n essence. !e created the angels. Who $ill be in heaven? Obviously. !e will be there Ahat is remar$able is that we have the opportunity to be there. we will also be serving God directly . the devil% became jealous of God and sought to ta$e !is place */ "atan managed to convince one third of the angels to join him in rebellion *0 <t this point.*. there was war in heaven.1 <lthough this may sound boring at first glance. playing harps !owever.3 < summary of the activities that $eep people out of heaven is listed in the table below $ins That %eep &ne 'rom !eaven se6ual immorality homose6ual offenses slander hatred selfish ambition idolatry theft swindling discord dissensions adultery greed impurity &ealousy factions and en"y prostitution drunkenness witchcraft fits of rage orgies . heaven will be a big celebration !owever. "atan #a$a.. being led by the most beautiful angel. *0 where they attempt to persuade humans to follow him in rebellion against God *3 'hese rebellious angels are now referred to as demons *4 "ince there are no rebels in heaven.& "o. ?(actly what this reigning entails is not defined !owever.. who. it obviously won-t be. who will personally lead us 11 Caul in 1 5orinthians says that we will see !im 2face to face2 and 2now + $now in part. all worshipped God. since we will have direct access to the 5reator of the universe 'he boo$ of Develation specifically says that .esus will be our shepherd. since heaven is God-s $ingdom.. elders and some of the saints are described as having harps in heaven *& One of our first acts in heaven will be to help judge the world 1 specifically the angels ** Ahy do the angels need to be judged? Before God created the earth.

4 God will go through the 2boo$s2 to see if we have committed any of the deeds listed in the table above . 2unless one is born again. that !e gave !is only begotten "on.4 'hose who are born twice #both physically and spiritually% will die physically.2 !ebrews 1&9&&1&*% in the new creation 0.udgment. based upon the unrighteous deeds that they had done in their lives /. 'hose who reject God-s provision for sin will be judged on the basis of their sin and will be separated from God forever#the second death/1%.because .esus as =ord and "avior. but have eternal life #John 3:16% Belief in . /.abomination murderer lying sorcery cowardice unbelief 'he list is fairly e(tensive and includes some things that all of us have done <t the end of the first creation we will appear before the great white throne of God .esus too$ the penalty #death% for our sin at the cross //'hose who accept . since God cannot allow sin into the new creation !ow do we enter into a relationship with . but will live spiritually forever !ow are people born again spiritually? . /1 following the Great Ahite 'hrone judgment . God has already done for us .esus said9 2For God so loved the world. God does not grade on the curve. our names will be chec$ed to see if they are in the 2Boo$ of =ife 2 <nyone whose name is not found in the 2Boo$ of =ife2 will be thrown into the la$e of fire. those who trust #believe% in . we give !im permission to change us into perfect beings #2the spirits of the righteous made perfect.esus escape judgment and inherit eternal life in heaven #see below% /& Ho$ do $e et to heaven? "o how can we enter into heaven and into the presence of the !oly God? Ahat we cannot do for ourselves.esus as =ord and "avior are justified #declared righteous on the basis of faith%/0 before God and can come before !im boldly/3through the grace/4 that !e has offered to all /6 By accepting .esus said. that whoever believes in !im should not perish. so all people who have been "orn (" o r n) &nce Twice )* i e( *ie (* i e) Twice &nce guilty of any one of the violations above will be sent to the la$e of fire.esus removes us from the Ahite 'hrone . which is the second death /1 !owever.esus went on to e(plain that the second birth is to be 2born spiritually 2 'hose who are born just once will die physically then will die spiritually at the second death.6 +n addition. he cannot see the $ingdom of God 2/* .esus 5hrist? Ae do this through belief in !im9 .

Depent of your sin and selfishness Depentance is agreeing with God that you have been wrong and being willing to turn from that old life to a new life01 in 5hrist 2. you will $eep )y commandments2 #. the sea and all that is in them. it will be good to hear the words Aell done. as all e(aminations of heaven must be REFERENCES 1. 2For in si( days the =ODD made the heavens and the earth.esus 5hrist as your =ord #God and )aster% and "avior #who ta$es away your sin% 3.1.91/% 'al$ to !im every day in prayer and do what !e says Find a good 5hristian fellowship #church% and read from your Bible every day 'hese things are not re7uired to $eep your salvation.hy the Bniver%e +% the . you should wal$ with !im every day . 'han$ God for !is grace and the free gift that !e has given you Once you receive . 2+f you love )e. but they will help you to grow in your faith and obedience and to e(perience more joy in your wal$ with 5hrist Ahen we come before God-s throne in the new creation. and rested on the seventh day: therefore the =ODD blessed the "abbath day and made it holy 2 #E?odu% !:11% . and somewhat speculative. Deceive the !oly "pirit as the promise0& of what God will do in your life .esus 5hrist as =ord and "avior. Deceive .esus said.ay +t +% by !ugh Doss Going to !eaven <re Ae? Aill 'here be )arriage in !eaven? Ahat Aill !ell be =i$e? < =oving God Aould >ot "end Billions of Ceople to !ell.ohn 1. Aould !e? !ow to Go to !eaven org < 'ravel Guide to !eaven by <nthony Destefano < biblical e(amination of what heaven might be li$e +t is non1technical. good and faithful servant enter thou into the joy of thy =ord 0* RELATED PAGES • • • • • • Boo$ Deview9 .

saying. and behold. +n the boo$ of !ebrews.esus. BH' <="O '!? !?<8?> 2 <nd this e(pression. until heaven and earth pass away. 2there is the evening and the morning. from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues.esus said. but now !e has promised.=et us therefore be diligent to enter that rest. but )y words will not pass away 2 #"ark 13:31% 2!eaven and earth will pass away. 2'hen the master MGodN told his servant. the master of the house 6. clothed in white robes. but )y words will not pass away 2 #2uke 1:33% <nd !is voice shoo$ the earth then. in order that those things which cannot be sha$en may remain #6ebrew% 1 : 67% <nd all the host of heaven will wear away. standing before the throne and before the =amb. and the elements will melt with intense heatI # $eter 3:1 % 2For truly + say to you. lest anyone fall through following the same e(ample of disobedience 2 #6ebrew% 4:4-11% 3. in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat. the author tells us to labor to enter 4. and to the =amb 2 <nd all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures: and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God #&evelation 7:9-11% #representing God% invited a large number of guests )ost of the invited guests made e(cuses and did not want to go to the ban7uet #representing heaven% . -Go out to the roads and country lanes and ma$e them come in.parable of the ban7uet. so that my house will be full -2 #2uke 14: 3% 5. But the present heavens and earth by !is word are being reserved for fire. <nd the s$y will be rolled up li$e a scroll: <ll their hosts will also wither away <s . not the smallest letter or stro$e shall pass away from the =aw. +n . 2"alvation to our God who sits on the throne. 2B?' O>5? )OD? + A+== "!<F? >O' O>=B '!? ?<D'!. on account of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning. -<nd God rested on the seventh day from all !is wor$s. until all is accomplished 2 #"atthew 5:1#% 2!eaven and earth will pass away.2 denotes the removing of those things which can be sha$en. 2Bet once more. $ept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men # $eter 3:7% But the day of the =ord will come li$e a thief. a great multitude. saying. the n day 2 into God-s seventh day of rest 2For !e has thus said somewhere concerning the seventh day. and palm branches were in their hands: and they cry out with a loud voice. <fter these things + loo$ed. which no one could count. and the earth and its wor$s will be burned up # $eter 3:1!% =oo$ing for and hastening the coming of the day of God.& 'he seventh day of Genesis is not closed +n all other days. as of created things.

erusalem. for the =amb in the center of the throne shall be their shepherd. in which righteousness dwells # $eter 3:13% <nd + saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth passed away.a leaf withers from the vine. it is raised in power: it is sown a natural body. for the glory of God has illumined it. 2For behold. it is raised an imperishable body: it is sown in dishonor. and there is no longer any sea #&evelation 1:1% 9.. fifteen hundred miles: its length and width and height are e7ual 2 #&evelation 1: / 16% 11. <nd + saw a great white throne and !im who sat upon it. and its length is as great as the width: and he measured the city with the rod. there is also a spiritual body #1 )orinthian% 15:4 -44% 12. coming down out of heaven from God. + create new heavens and a new earth: <nd the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind #+%aiah 65:17% But according to !is promise we are loo$ing for new heavens and a new earth. new . which is the Boo$ of =ife: and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the boo$s. made ready as a bride adorned for her husband <nd the city is laid out as a s7uare. standing before the throne. and boo$s were opened: and another boo$ was opened. and shall guide them to springs of the water of life: and God shall wipe every tear from their eyes 2 #&evelation 7:17% and !e shall wipe away every tear from their eyes: and there shall no longer be any death: there shall no longer be any mourning. Or as one withers from the fig tree #+%aiah 34:4% 7. and no place was found for them <nd + saw the dead. or crying. or pain: the first things have passed away 2 #&evelation 1:4% body. and its lamp is the =amb #&evelation 1: 3% 10. <nd the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine upon it. from whose presence earth and heaven fled away. the great and the small. it is raised a spiritual body +f there is a natural body. any structure that si@e would immediately become a sphere 'herefore gravity would be either absent or greatly reduced 2<nd + saw the holy city. according to their deeds <nd if anyone-s name was not found written in the Boo$ of =ife. it is raised in glory: it is sown in wea$ness. Develation describes the >ew . miles on each side Hnder the current laws of gravity. he was thrown into the la$e of fire #&evelation !:11-15% 8. "o also is the resurrection of the dead +t is sown a perishable .erusalem as a cube 1./.

<ll who forsa$e 'hee will be put to shame 'hose who turn away on earth will be written down. clear as 17. even the =ODD #Jeremiah 17:13% <nd it will come about in that day that living waters will flow out of . for the $ingdom of God is not eating and drin$ing. -From his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water -2 #John 7:3#% 16. For 'hou dost light my lamp: 'he =ODD my God illumines my dar$ness #$%alm 1#: #% For with 'hee is the fountain of life: +n 'hy light we see light #$%alm 36:9% 'hy word is a lamp to my feet. as the "cripture said. that God is light.esus spo$e to them. #&evelation :1% O =ODD. but shall have the light of life 2 #John #:1 % <nd this is the message we have heard from !im and announce to you. <nd the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine upon it. but 20. nor any heat: #&evelation 7:16% twelve crops of fruit. but because of !im who subjected it. coming from the throne of God and of the =amb. On each side of the river stood the tree of life.esusN. neither thirst anymore: neither shall the sun beat down on them. bearing 19.13.erusalem. and in !im there is no dar$ness at all #1 John 1:5% crystal. in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God For we $now that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now #&oman% #: !. because the =ord God shall illumine them: and they shall reign forever and ever #&evelation :5% 15. for the glory of God has illumined it. the hope of +srael. For the creation was subjected to futility. Because they have forsa$en the fountain of living water. and its lamp is the =amb #&evelation 1: 3% 14. <nd there shall no longer be any night: and they shall not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun. 2'hey shall hunger no more. <nd he showed me a river of the water of life. not of its own will.% . yielding its fruit every month <nd the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations #&evelation : % righteousness and peace and joy in the !oly "pirit #&oman% 14:17% 18. half of them toward the eastern sea and the other half toward the western sea: it will be in summer as well as in winter #5e*hariah 14:#% 2!e who believes in )e M. <nd a light to my path #$%alm 119:1!5% <gain therefore . saying. 2+ am the light of the world: he who follows )e shall not wal$ in the dar$ness.

because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling. a neighbor recently offered my wife to become his 7ueen when he becomes a god in his own $ingdom 'he only thing she had to do was to be bapti@ed in the )ormon church "he declined the offer 26. 2'eacher. we have a building from God. how much less this house which + have builtI #1 'in(% #: 7% 2But who is able to build a house for !im.esus 5hrist of =atter Day "aints% believe that obedient )ormon men will become gods in heaven with their own $ingdoms and wives +n fact. brethren. <>D D<+"? HC <> OFF"CD+>G 'O !+" BDO'!?D 2>ow there were seven brothers with us: and the first married and died. -+F < )<> D+?". because we shall see !im just as !e is # 1 John 3: % But our citi@enship is in heaven <nd we eagerly await a "avior from there. saying. there is also a spiritual body #1 )orinthian% 15:4 -44% >ow we $now that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed. it is raised in glory: it is sown in wea$ness. !<8+>G >O 5!+=DD?>. !+" BDO'!?D <" >?U' OF F+> "!<== )<DDB !+" A+F?. the woman died 2+n the resurrection therefore whose wife of the seven shall she be? . "o also is the resurrection of the dead +t is sown a perishable body. when !e appears.1% 25. longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling. the =ord . for the heavens and the highest heavens cannot contain !im? "o who am +. because when we are clothed. down to the seventh 2<nd last of all. e(cept to burn incense before !im? # )hroni*le% :6% 22. )oses said. 2But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold. an eternal house in heaven. not built by human hands )eanwhile we groan. who. and having no offspring left his wife to his brother: so also the second. heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain Bou.21. we shall be li$e !im. that flesh and blood cannot inherit the $ingdom of God: nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable #1 )orinthian% 15:5!% 23. we groan and are burdened.esus 5hrist. we will not be found na$ed For while we are in this tent. >ow + say this. that + should build a house for !im. it is raised in power: it is sown a natural body. and the third. 'he )ormons #5hurch of . and it has not appeared as yet what we shall be Ae $now that. it is raised a spiritual body +f there is a natural body. so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life # )orinthian% 5:1-4% 24. On that day some "adducees #who say there is no resurrection% came to !im and 7uestioned !im. now we are children of God. Beloved. will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be li$e his glorious body #$hili00ian% 3: !. by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control. it is raised an imperishable body: it is sown in dishonor.

but 5hrist is all. came and spo$e with me. "cythian. For there is no distinction between .7% But according to !is promise we are loo$ing for new heavens and a new earth. having no spot or wrin$le or any such thing: but that she should be holy and blameless #E0he%ian% 5: 5. 2'hese are true words of God 2 #&evelation 19:9% <nd one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues. abounding in riches for all who call upon !im: #&oman% 1!:1 % 11a renewal in which there is no distinction between Gree$ and . not understanding the "criptures. the wife of the =amb 2 #&evelation 1:9% FOD '!+" 5<H"? < )<> "!<== =?<8? !+" F<'!?D <>D )O'!?D. -!e who has an ear. Aho is called the God of all the earth 2 #+%aiah 54:5% churches 'o him who overcomes. barbarian. there is neither slave nor free man. and shall guide them to springs of the water of life: and God shall wipe every tear from their eyes 2 #&evelation 7:17% 2=et us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to !im. that !e might present to !imself the church in all her glory. + shall show you the bride. for the =amb M. 2Bou are mista$en. <>D "!<== 5=?<8? 'O !+" A+F?: <>D '!? 'AO "!<== B?5O)? O>? F=?"! 'his mystery is great: but + am spea$ing with reference to 5hrist and the church #E0he%ian% 5:31-3 % 2For your husband is your )a$er. slave and freeman. Ahose name is the =ODD of hosts: <nd your Dedeemer is the !oly One of +srael.ew. and in all #)olo%%ian% 3:11% be their shepherd. circumcised and uncircumcised.ew nor Gree$. there is neither male nor female: for you are all one in 5hrist . for the marriage of the =amb has come and !is bride has made herself ready 2 #&evelation 19:7% <nd he said to me. -Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the =amb -2 <nd he said to me. saying. and + will give him a white stone. and a new name written on the stone which no one $nows but he who receives it .#&evelation :17% 29. 25ome here. nor are given in marriage.For they all had her 2 But . having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word. to him + will give some of the hidden manna. in which righteousness dwells # $eter 3:13% . but are li$e angels in heaven 2 #"atthew : 3-3!% 27.esus 5hristN in the center of the throne shall 30.esus #-alatian% 3: #% 28.esus answered and said to them. 2Arite. 'here is neither . let him hear what the "pirit says to the 31.ew and Gree$: for the same =ord is =ord of all. or the power of God For in the resurrection they neither marry. as 5hrist also loved the church and gave !imself up for her: that !e might sanctify her.

<nd + placed you there Bou were on the holy mountain of God: Bou wal$ed in the midst of the stones of fire 2Bou were blameless in your ways From the day you were created. 2Bou had the seal of perfection. -'hus says the =ord GOD. the tur7uoise. for your righteous acts have been revealed 2 #&evelation 15: -4% you are to judge the world. <ccording to the Bible all of the sons of God #i e . From the midst of the stones of fire 2Bour heart was lifted up because of your beauty: Bou . the four living creatures and the twenty1four elders fell down before the =amb ?ach one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense. =ord God <lmighty . the wor$manship of your settings and soc$ets. <nd you sinned: 'herefore + have cast you as profane From the mountain of God <nd + have destroyed you. Aas in you On the day that you were created 'hey were prepared 2Bou were the anointed cherub who covers. "atan had fallen by the time humans were created 2Ahere were you when + laid the foundation of the earth? 'ell )e. O covering cherub. which are the prayers of the saints #&evelation 5:#% <nd + saw what loo$ed li$e a sea of glass mi(ed with fire and. <nd you will never again be haughty On )y holy mountain 2 #5e0haniah 3:11% 32. the garden of God: ?very precious stone was your covering9 'he ruby.2+n that day you will feel no shame Because of all your deeds By which you have rebelled against )e: For then + will remove from your midst Bour proud. all the 35. Hntil unrighteousness was found in you 2By the abundance of your trade Bou were internally filled with violence. 2"on of man.ust and true are your ways. if you have understanding Ahen the morning stars sang together. are you not competent to judge trivial cases? Do you not $now that we will judge angels? !ow much more the things of this lifeI #1 )orinthian% 6: -3% angels. <nd + heard a sound from heaven li$e the roar of rushing waters and li$e a loud peal of thunder 'he sound + heard was li$e that of harpists playing their harps #&evelation 14: % <nd when he had ta$en it. ta$e up a lamentation over the $ing of 'yre. and bring glory to your name? For you alone are holy <ll nations will come and worship before you. and the diamond: 'he beryl. Full of wisdom and perfect in beauty 2Bou were in ?den. those who had been victorious over the beast and his image and over the number of his name 'hey held harps given them by God and sang the song of )oses the servant of God and the song of the =amb9 2Great and marvelous are your deeds. standing beside the sea. Fing of the ages Aho will not fear you. including "atan% shouted for joy at the creation of the ?arth !owever. Do you not $now that the saints will judge the world? <nd if 34. the topa@. and the jasper: 'he lapis la@uli. the ony(. and the emerald: <nd the gold. e(ulting ones. O =ord. <nd all the sons of God shouted for joy?2 #Job 3#:4/ 7% 33. and say to him.

against the authorities. not holding to the truth. he spea$s his native language. for he is a liar and the father of lies #John #:44% 'he evening meal was being served. Bou profaned your sanctuaries 'herefore + have brought fire from the midst of you: +t has consumed you. and they lost their place in heaven 'he great dragon was hurled down11that ancient serpent called the devil. +n the unrighteousness of your trade. or "atan. son of "imon. but against the rulers. or "atan.esus #John 13: % 'hen Ceter said.*t% 5:3% Do not deprive each other e(cept by mutual consent and for a time.udas +scariot. + also forgive him <nd what + have forgiven11if there was anything to forgive11+ have forgiven in the sight of 5hrist for your sa$e. and you want to carry . so that you may devote yourselves to prayer 'hen come together again so that "atan will not tempt you because of your lac$ of self1control #1 )orinthian% 7:5% +f you forgive anyone. for there is no truth in him Ahen he lies. standing firm in the faith. and his angels with him #Develation 1&9*16% out your father-s desire !e was a murderer from the beginning. the devil. who leads the whole world astray 37. to God Desist the devil. how is it that "atan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the !oly "pirit and have $ept for yourself some of the money you received for the land?2 #. then.corrupted your wisdom by reason of your splendor + cast you to the ground: + put you before $ings. who leads the whole world astray !e was hurled to the earth. 'hen another sign appeared in heaven9 an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on his heads !is tail swept a third of the stars out of the s$y and flung them to the earth <nd there was war in heaven )ichael and his angels fought against the dragon. Bou belong to your father. because you $now that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same $ind of sufferings #1 $eter 5:#-9% 'he great dragon was hurled down11that ancient serpent called the devil. and the devil had already prompted . and the dragon and his angels fought bac$ But he was not strong enough. 2<nanias. against the powers of this dar$ world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms #E0he%ian% 6:11-1 % "ubmit yourselves. to betray . in order that "atan might not outwit us For we are not unaware of his schemes # )orinthian% :1!-11% Cut on the full armor of God so that you can ta$e your stand against the devil-s schemes For our struggle is not against flesh and blood. and he will flee from you #Jame% 4:7% Be self1controlled and alert Bour enemy the devil prowls around li$e a roaring lion loo$ing for someone to devour Desist him. <nd + have turned you to ashes on the earth +n the eyes of all who see you #Ezekiel #:1 -1#% 36. 'hat they may see you 2By the multitude of your ini7uities.

2'hen he will say to those on his left. considerate. they are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple: and he who sits on the throne will spread his tent over them 2 #&evelation 7:14-15% + $now in part.esus the mediator of a new covenant. they will be your judges But if + drive out demons by the finger of God. whose names are written in heaven Bou have come to God. the judge of all men. 'he mystery and glory of heaven9 o For + consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us #Domans 4914% . you $now 2 <nd he said. and they will reign on the earth 2 #&evelation 5:1!% + answered. where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown 'hey will be tormented day and night for ever and ever #&evelation !:1!% our God. you who are cursed. -Depart from me. who deceived them. the city of the living God Bou have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly. But in $eeping with his promise we are loo$ing forward to a new heaven and a new earth. and to the sprin$led blood that spea$s a better word than the blood of <bel 'herefore. impartial and sincere #Jame% 3:17% . 2"ir. 2'hese are they who have come out of the great tribulation: they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the =amb 'herefore. let us be than$ful. and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe. the home of righteousness # $eter 3:13% But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure: then peace1loving. for our God is a consuming fire #!ebrews 1&9&&1&6% 43.!e was hurled to the earth. how can his $ingdom stand? + say this because you claim that + drive out demons by Beel@ebub >ow if + drive out demons by Beel@ebub. submissive. to . full of mercy and good fruit. by whom do your followers drive them out? "o then. to the spirits of righteous men made perfect. to the heavenly .erusalem. was thrown into the la$e of burning sulfur. but then face to face: now 42.!% 39. and his angels with him #&evelation 1 :9% 38. But you have come to )ount Qion. then the $ingdom of God has come to you #2uke 11:1#. since we are receiving a $ingdom that cannot be sha$en. 2Bou have made them to be a $ingdom and priests to serve 41. to the church of the firstborn. +f "atan is divided against himself. but then + will $now fully just as + also have been fully $nown #1 5orinthians 1*91&% 40.. For now we see in a mirror dimly. into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels -2 #"atthew 5:41% <nd the devil.

and thousands of thousands. <nd + loo$ed. <== '!<' GOD !<" CD?C<D?D FOD '!O"? A!O =O8? !+) 2 #1 5orinthians &96% For now we see in a mirror dimly. 2'!+>G" A!+5! ?B? !<" >O' "??> <>D ?<D !<" >O' !?<DD. will !imself perfect. the =ord . but the things which are not seen are eternal #& 5orinthians .% o o o o o o 45. <nd + heard a loud voice from the throne. while we loo$ not at the things which are seen.913114% For our citi@enship is in heaven. and God !imself shall be among them 2 #&evelation 1:3% the throne and the living creatures and the elders: and the number of them was myriads of myriads. . but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal. #&evelation 5:11% 46.o but just as it is written. impurity and debauchery: idolatry and witchcraft: hatred. is revealed. but then face to face: now + $now in part. the God of all grace. by the e(ertion of the power that !e has even to subject all things to !imself #Chilippians *9&. who called you to !is eternal glory in 5hrist. + e(hort the elders among you. and !e shall dwell among them. saying. and a parta$er also of the glory that is to be revealed. 2Behold. the tabernacle of God is among men.% 'herefore. strengthen and establish you #1 Ceter /91. as your fellow elder and witness of the sufferings of 5hrist. <>D which !<8? >O' ?>'?D?D '!? !?<D' OF )<>.esus 5hrist: who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of !is glory. #1 Ceter /91% <fter you have suffered for a little while. light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison. then you also will be revealed with !im in glory #5olossians *9. and they shall be !is people. and + heard the voice of many angels around 47. Do you not $now that the wic$ed will not inherit the $ingdom of God? Do not be deceived9 >either the se(ually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homose(ual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drun$ards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the $ingdom of God #1 )orinthian% 6:9-1!% 'he acts of the sinful nature are obvious9 se(ual immorality.1&1% Ahen 5hrist. who is our life. but then + will $now fully just as + also have been fully $nown #1 5orinthians 1*91&% For momentary. from which also we eagerly wait for a "avior. confirm.

orgies. <nd if anyone-s name was not found written in the Boo$ of =ife. which is the Boo$ of =ife: and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the boo$s. that those who live li$e this will not inherit the $ingdom of God #-alatian% 5:19. will receive many times as much. -!e who has an ear. their part will be in the la$e that burns with fire and brimstone. and no place was found for them #&evelation !:11% 49. and will inherit eternal life #"atthew 19: 9% 2For God so loved the world. factions and envy: drun$enness. shall ever come into it. and boo$s were opened: and another boo$ was opened. <nd + saw the dead. but only those whose names are written in the =amb-s Boo$ of =ife #&evelation 1: 7% 51. <nd + saw a great white throne and !im who sat upon it. according to their deeds #&evelation !:1 % 50.#&evelation :11% Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection: over these the second death has no power. but they will be priests of God and of 5hrist and will reign with !im for a thousand years #&evelation !:6% <nd death and !ades were thrown into the la$e of fire 'his is the second death. he was thrown into the la$e of fire #&evelation !:15% and nothing unclean and no one who practices abomination and lying. and the li$e + warn you.discord. dissensions. fits of rage. from whose presence earth and heaven fled away. which is the second death 2 #&evelation 1:#% /& ?ternal life is through belief in . standing before the throne. jealousy. selfish ambition. the great and the small. the la$e of fire #&evelation !:14% 2But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars. let him hear what the "pirit says to the churches !e who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death .esus 5hrist9 o 2<nd everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or farms for )y M.1% 2But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars. which is the second death 2 #&evelation 1:#% 48. their part will be in the la$e that burns with fire and brimstone. as + did before.esusN name-s sa$e. but have eternal life #John 3:16% 2!e who believes in the "on has eternal life: but he who does not obey the "on will not see life. that whoever believes in !im shall not perish. that !e gave !is only begotten "on. but the wrath of God abides on him 2 #John 3:36% o o .

let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning +f what you heard from the beginning abides in you. even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through . for on !im the Father. .esus 5hrist whom Bou have sent #John 17:3% so that.itu% 3:5-7% Ahoever denies the "on does not have the Father: the one who confesses the "on has the Father also <s for you.esus 5hrist our "avior.imothy 1:16% !e saved us. and + $now them. but has passed out of death into life #John 5: 4% 2Bou search the "criptures because you thin$ that in them you have eternal life: it is these that testify about )e: #John 5:39% 2Do not wor$ for the food which perishes. that everyone who beholds the "on and believes in !im will have eternal life. whom !e poured out upon us richly through . by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the !oly "pirit. + say to you. has set !is seal 2 #John 6: 7% 2For this is the will of )y Father.esus 5hrist our =ord #&oman% 5: 1% For the wages of sin is death. but according to !is mercy. the only true God. you also will abide in the "on and in the o o o o o o o o o o o . + say to you. so that being justified by !is grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life #. and does not come into judgment. but the free gift of God is eternal life in 5hrist . truly.#% 2'his is eternal life. which the "on of )an will give to you. and + )yself will raise him up on the last day 2 #John 6:4!% 2'ruly. so that in me as the foremost. and they follow )e: and + give eternal life to them. has eternal life.o 2'ruly. as sin reigned in death. he who believes has eternal life #John 6:47% 2)y sheep hear )y voice.esus 5hrist might demonstrate !is perfect patience as an e(ample for those who would believe in !im for eternal life #1 . that they may $now Bou. but for the food which endures to eternal life.esus our =ord #&oman% 6: 3% Bet for this reason + found mercy. God. and believes !im who sent )e. and they will never perish: and no one will snatch them out of )y hand #John 1!: 7. not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness. he who hears )y word. and . truly.

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'his is the promise which !e !imself made to us9 eternal life #1 John : 5% <nd the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in !is "on #1 John 5:11% 'hese things + have written to you who believe in the name of the "on of God, so that you may $now that you have eternal life #1 John 5:13% <nd we $now that the "on of God has come, and has given us understanding so that we may $now !im who is true: and we are in !im who is true, in !is "on .esus 5hrist 'his is the true God and eternal life # 1 John 5: !% $eep yourselves in the love of God, waiting an(iously for the mercy of our =ord .esus 5hrist to eternal life #Jude 1: 1%

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unless one is born again, he cannot see the $ingdom of God 2 #John 3:3% believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten "on of God 2 #John 3:1#% foolishness, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God #1 )orinthian% 1:1#% and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity #E0he%ian% :16% and through !im to reconcile all things to !imself, having made peace through the blood of !is cross: through !im, + say, whether things on earth or things in heaven #)olo%%ian% 1: !% having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us and which was hostile to us: and !e has ta$en it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross #)olo%%ian% :14% wor$s of the =aw #&oman% 3: #% For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, 2BH' '!? D+G!'?OH" man "!<== =+8? BB F<+'! 2 #&oman% 1:17% even the righteousness of God through faith in .esus 5hrist for all those who believe: for there is no distinction: #&oman% 3: % being justified as a gift by !is grace through the redemption

54. 2!e who believes in !im is not judged: he who does not

55. For the word of the cross is to those who are perishing

56. For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from

which is in 5hrist .esus: whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in !is blood through faith #&oman% 3: 4- 5%

57. =et us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that
we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need #6ebrew% 4:16%

58. +n !im we have redemption through !is blood, the
forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of !is grace, #E0he%ian% 1:7% For by grace you have been saved through faith: and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God: #E0he%ian% :#%

59. For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all
men, #.itu% :11% even the righteousness of God through faith in .esus 5hrist for all those who believe: for there is no distinction: #&oman% 3: % 'he =ord is not slow about !is promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance # $eter 3:9%

60. But you have come to )ount Qion and to the city of the living
God, the heavenly .erusalem, and to myriads of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the .udge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, #6ebrew% 1 : - 3% old things passed away: behold, new things have come # )orinthian% 5:17% and put on the new self, which in the li$eness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth #E0he%ian% 4: 4% gospel of your salvation11 having also believed, you were sealed in !im with the !oly "pirit of promise #E0he%ian% 1:13% 0* !is lord said unto him, Aell done, good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, + will ma$e thee ruler over many things9 enter thou into the joy of thy lord #"atthew 5: 3%

61. 'herefore if any man is in 5hrist, he is a new creature: the

62. +n !im, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the

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God Would -ot 4end Billions of 'eople to Hell+ Would He?
by Rich Deem

INTRODUCTION
<theists often claim that 5hristianity could not be true because a loving God1would not send billions of people to hell & <lthough this seems logically valid at first glance, it ma$es some assumptions that are not true for the God of the Bible )any atheists claim that those who have never heard of .esus 5hrist should not be forced to go to hell 'his issue is dealt with in depth on another page

True love is not permissive

'he first false assumption is that love allows the object of that love to do whatever he or she wants !owever, this permissive $ind of 2love2 isn-t really love at all <ny of you who are parents will recogni@e that allowing your children to do whatever they want to do is not loving at all +f you were to do this, your children would grow up to be spoiled selfish brats, incapable of loving other people Cermissive gods, who are caught up in their own intrigues, and so allow humans to do whatever they want without repercussions, are found in the pagan religions !owever, the God of the Bible wants us to love !im and other people above everything else we do *

God"s moral la$s have a purpose
'he 5reator God of the universe is obviously a God of order 'he laws that govern the physical universe are so precise that we can calculate the positions of planets, stars, and gala(ies thousands to millions of years into the future Aould a God of this $ind of precision design moral laws that are random or changing? +t doesn-t seem li$ely or consistent with the character of the 5reator that we $now from the reality of the creation 'herefore, it seems li$ely that unchanging moral laws are consistent with the God of creation 'he Bible says that the moral laws are consistent with the character of God , 'herefore, the main purpose of the moral laws are to teach us what God re7uires for us to enter into !is $ingdom 'he moral laws also allow us to live with each other on earth without hurting each other +n fact, if we all perfectly fulfilled the moral laws of God, we would be in perfect harmony with each other Our failure to fulfill God-s moral laws leads us to see$ !im as the source of our salvation

God"s creation of free $ill bein s must allo$ for the possibility of re)ectin God completely
"ince God created spiritual beings for the purpose of e(pressing love, those beings must have complete free will in order to e(press that love Of course, free will allows for the possibility of those beings rejecting God and !is plans Hnfortunately, most people do not agree that God-s rules are good and do not want to live by them +n fact, the vast majority of people want to run their own lives without submitting to God at all "omehow, they feel that God will just let them into heaven because they have behaved about as good, and maybe even better, compared to the rest of the people on earth 'he problem with this idea is that God does not grade on the curve <ll who enter God-s $ingdom must be absolutely holy, since no sin is allowed in God-s presence

+n addition, people must be willing to allow God to prevent them from sinning ever again, since there is no sin in heaven 'his means that people must be willing to submit fully to God-s will in order to get into heaven Of course, all humans fall short of God-s moral re7uirements 'herefore, God has made a provision to erase all sins that we have committed in this life and to perfect us so that we cannot sin in the ne(t life 'hat provision for sin is through the sacrifice of God-s son, .esus 5hrist .esus too$ the punishment that we deserve and gives us the reward that we do not deserve 1 eternal life +n accepting .esus as =ord and "avior, all our sins are erased, and .esus wor$s to change us into !is image #if we allow !im to do so%

'eople prefer hell over complete submission to God
"o why doesn-t God ma$e everyone into perfect beings and allow them all intoheaven? +t would actually be more cruel if God were to do this, since many people prefer hell to the alternative #complete submission to God% <ll the people who end up going to hell will have done so because they actually prefer hell to being forced into the presence of God for all eternity Ceople li$e to live in their favorite sins and answer to no one else 'hey $now that if they accept .esus as =ord and "avior that God will want them to change their lives and they might have to give up some of their autonomy

CONCLUSION
<t this time in history, there is more evidence demonstrating the e(istence of God than at any time in the past )uch of that evidence is presented on this site +n addition, there are missionaries throughout the world proclaiming the good news of .esus 5hrist and the salvation that !e offers as a free gift <lthough the gift is 2free,2 it will cost you your sin, selfishness, and pride "ince none of these character traits are allowed into heaven, those who insist upon holding onto these traits cannot enter into heaven, but must be separated from God in a place called hell 'herefore, those who go to hell do so voluntarily, preferring hell to complete submission to a holy and just God Hn Dumne@eu iubitor ar trimite atatia oameni in iad #Domanian%

RELATED PAGES
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Ahat will happen to the people who have never heard of .esus 5hrist? Ahat Aill !eaven be =i$e? Ahat Aill !ell be =i$e? 'he Bible "ays !ell is a Clace =ocated Hnder the ?arth9 <n <theists- )yth Did God 5reate ?vil 1 Does the Bible "ay "o? Did God 5ommit <trocities by Ordering the Filling of ?ntire 5ities of Ceople? 'he )ercy of God as Found in the Old 'estament 'hou "hall >ot Fill1 Does God 8iolate !is Own 5ommandment?

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+f God is .ealous Doesn-t 'hat )a$e !im the Divine !ypocrite? 'here is 'oo )uch ?vil and "uffering For God to ?(ist? +s it Cossible for God to Crovide -Cartial Free Aill- and ?liminate <ll ?vil? God-s 5hosen Ceople, the .ews9 +sn-t God Hnfair in "howing "uch Creference? Does the Bible "ay God Depents From Doing ?vil?

REFERENCES
1. But + trust in Bour unfailing love: my heart rejoices in Bour
salvation #$%alm 13:5% 2For God so loved the world, that !e gave !is only begotten "on, that whoever believes in !im should not perish, but have eternal life 2 #John 3:16% <nd we have come to $now and have believed the love which God has for us God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him #1 John 4:16% 2. 2<nd do not fear those who $ill the body, but are unable to $ill the soul: but rather fear !im who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell #"atthew 1!: #% 2Bou serpents, you brood of vipers, how shall you escape the sentence of hell?2 #"atthew 3:33% <nd if anyone-s name was not found written in the boo$ of life, he was thrown into the la$e of fire #&evelation !:15%

3. Ahen .esus was as$ed what was the most important rule, !e
replied that they were relationships9 2'eacher, which is the great commandment in the =aw?2 #"atthew :36% <nd !e M.esusN said to him, 2-BOH "!<== =O8? '!? =ODD BOHD GOD A+'! <== BOHD !?<D', <>D A+'! <== BOHD "OH=, <>D A+'! <== BOHD )+>D - 'his is the great and foremost commandment 'he second is li$e it, -BOH "!<== =O8? BOHD >?+G!BOD <" BOHD"?=F - On these two commandments depend the whole =aw and the Crophets 2 #"atthew :37-4!%

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.udge me, O =ODD my God, according to 'hy righteousness: <nd do not let them rejoice over me #$%alm 35: 4% <nd the heavens declare !is righteousness, For God !imself is judge "elah #$%alm 5!:6% For 'hy righteousness, O God, reaches to the heavens, 'hou who hast done great things: O God, who is li$e 'hee? #$%alm 71:19% But the =ODD of hosts will be e(alted in judgment, <nd the holy God will show !imself holy in righteousness #+%aiah 5:16%

for every abominable act which the =ODD hates they have done for their gods: for they even burn their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods #Deuteronomy 1 :31% 'he wic$edness of these people is confirmed in other verses of the Bible *"o we see that these people are not 7uite as innocent as the atheists would li$e you to believe 'he fact that these people practiced child sacrifice is also confirmed in the secular writings of the Gree$s . loving. +saac and . $ind. to <braham.Did God Commit !trocities by . how 2wic$ed2 could those people have been? !ow about $illing their own sons and daughters by burning them in sacrifices to their gods9 2Bou shall not behave thus toward the =ODD your God.rderin the 9illin Cities of 'eople? by Rich Deem of 1ntire INTRODUCTION 'he God in the Old 'estament seems to have many personalities: cruel. etc 21 'here are.ericho. 'hen again.ews. in order to confirm the oath which the =ODD swore to your fathers. unjust. God disciplines us if we don-t meet !is re7uirements 'he problem for us is that we cannot $eep all of God-s laws because of our selfishness and self1centeredness &God would have been completely just and loving in destroying all of us for our disobedience to !im +t is only through !is e(traordinary love and grace that we are allowed into !is presence !trocities by God? +f you were to read atheist-s websites. but it is because of the wic$edness of these nations that the =ODD your God is driving them out before you. however. two major areas which we humans have a difficult time reconciling 1 God-s love vs God-s righteousness God is loving. God ordered the destruction of the peoples whom the +sraelites dispossessed . you will often find complaints that the God of the Bible arbitrarily ordered the destruction of entire cities. this is what the Bible says about the people who were destroyed9 2+t is not for your righteousness or for the uprightness of your heart that you are going to possess their land. a $ a abortion% For these reasons #and others/%. but it is utterly false 'he unstated assumption is that the people who God ordered destroyed were morally e7uivalent to the . just to allow the . who replaced them !owever.ews to have a homeland in the )iddle ?ast !ow could a loving God command the destruction of all those 2innocent2 people? 'he argument sounds good. $illing viable pre1born babies is legal in this country #it-s called a choice. such as . maybe those atheists believe that $illing your children is not all bad <fter all. but God-s love re7uires God-s justice <s + discipline my three children when they disobey.acob #Deuteronomy 9:5% O$ay.

God-s righteousness re7uires the judgment of all sin Only those people who agree with God and are willing to allow themselves to be changed into sinless beings can enter into heaven For information on how to do this.. years.. million $illed in a single battle 4 "uch large armies have never e(isted in the history of man$ind until the last 1. righteous people in them 0 God said no 'hen <braham as$ed the same 7uestion if there were .1 Croof to the 5ontrary 'he Crofessor 'eaches <bout ?vil and 5hristianity . they would have gone to hell +f God were to have spared some of the children. including &. it would have been difficult to determine the cutoff age < one1year old is probably still relatively uncorrupted by his parents. the corruption of the children would be early and severe God was very clear that he did not want the sons and daughters of the corrupted peoples to marry the sons and daughters of the +sraelites to lead them astray through false worship 1* ?ven so.1.6 including babies. presumably including the $illing of babies and children +sn-t God unrighteous in $illing these innocent little ones? First of all.esus returns. God must judge sin 1 everything that goes against !is character +f God let everyone into heaven. since. if they had grown up opposed to God. suggesting the this judgment could come at any time What about children? +n some instances. but what about a two1 year old? + have personally seen a number of spoiled two1year olds who had already been corrupted by their parents +n a society where moral corruption abounds. God will judge and $ill billions of people who reject !im when . God ordered the $illing of entire populations. God does not destroy the righteous along with the evil God-s judgment of people groups found in the Old 'estament actually pales in comparison to the judgment !e will render at the end of time <ccording to the >ew 'estament Boo$ of Develation. God is actually doing them a favor. in having babies $illed. there are many e(amples of the +sraelites being polluted in their worship by the surrounding peoples 1./ righteous people ?very time he dropped the number and got the same answer 'he fact is that God would not have destroyed those cities if there were any righteous people in them 'he few righteous who were in those cities !e warned ahead of time to get out 3 "o. so that they are automatically rewarded with heaven 1& "o. the Bible also indicates that children are incapable of ma$ing moral choices.Did God $ill any innocent people along with the evil ones? Ahen God was about to destroy the cities of "odom and Gomorrah. the Bible indicates that all people are sinners. and worthy of judgment 11 !owever. clic$ here RELATED PAGES • • • • • 'he )ercy of God as Found in the Old 'estament ?ye for an ?ye or =ove 'hy >eighbor? <re the )essages of the Old and >ew 'estaments Different? 'hou "hall >ot Fill1 Does God 8iolate !is Own 5ommandment? -Ceople are Basically Good. CONCLUSION +n order to maintain !is righteousness. then !e would have to allow in people such as "talin and !itler Obviously.heaven would not be a good place to be with the li$es of those people there 'herefore. <braham as$ed God if !e would destroy the cities if there were /.

'hen the men turned away from there and went toward "odom.and ?liminate <ll ?vil? Ahat <bout <trocities 'hat !ave Been Done in the >ame of Deligion < =oving God Aould >ot "end Billions of Ceople to !ell. ta$e us away #+%aiah 64:6% for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God #&oman% 3: 3% as it is written.ews9 +sn-t God Hnfair in "howing "uch Creference? Does the Bible "ay God Depents From Doing ?vil? Ahat !appens to +nfants and 5hildren Aho Die? Do Babies Go 'o !eaven? REFERENCES 1. and the <vvites made >ibha@ and 'arta$: and the "epharvites burned their children in the fire to <drammelech and <nammelech the gods of "epharvaim # 'in(% 17:31% "acrifice. you condemn yourself: for you who judge practice the same things 2 #&oman% :1% 2.& which you are going in to dispossess. Journal o8 7ibli*al Ethi*% in "edi*ine 1 #&%9&31. after they are destroyed before you. 2'here is none righteous. not even one:2 #&oman% 3:1!% 3. the . li$e the wind. For all of us have become li$e one who is unclean. 2Ahen the =ODD your God cuts off before you the nations 6. that + also may do li$ewise?#Deuteronomy 1 : 9-3!% 4.• • • • • • • 'here is 'oo )uch ?vil and "uffering For God to ?(ist? +s it Cossible for God to Crovide -Cartial Free Aill. -!ow do these nations serve their gods. < 1643 <bortion and the <ncient Cractice of 5hild 5. 2Aill Bou indeed sweep away the righteous with the wic$ed? "uppose there are fifty righteous within the city: will Bou indeed sweep it away and . since it is said. and that you do not in7uire after their gods. Ahite. while <braham was still standing before the =ODD <braham came near and said. 2'herefore you are without e(cuse. beware that you are not ensnared to follow them. saying. Aould !e? God-s 5hosen Ceople. <nd all our righteous deeds are li$e a filthy garment: <nd all of us wither li$e a leaf. every man of you who passes judgment. for in that you judge another. and you dispossess them and dwell in their land. <nd our ini7uities. + would caution you not to judge God.

2"uppose forty are found there?2 <nd !e said. 2+ will not do it on account of the forty 2 'hen he said. then + will spare the whole place on their account 2 <nd <braham replied. for the compassion of the =ODD was upon him: and they brought him out. and <braham returned to his place #-ene%i% 1#: -33% 7. ta$e your wife and your two daughters who are here.not spare the place for the sa$e of the fifty righteous who are in it? Far be it from Bou to do such a thing.2 'hey are corrupt. and + shall spea$: suppose thirty are found there?2 <nd !e said. and blood came out from the wine press. they have committed abominable deeds: 'here is no one who does good #$%alm% 14:1% For the choir director: according to )ahalath < )as$il of David 'he fool has said in his heart. 2+ will not destroy it if + find forty1five there 2 !e spo$e to !im yet again and said. + have ventured to spea$ to the =ord.bridles. although + am but dust and ashes "uppose the fifty righteous are lac$ing five. 2>ow behold. 2+ will not destroy it on account of the twenty 2 'hen he said. 2Ahen they sin against Bou #for there is no man who does .!% not sin% and Bou are angry with them and deliver them to an enemy. so that the righteous and the wic$ed are treated ali$e Far be it from BouI "hall not the . and have committed abominable injustice: 'here is no one who does good God has loo$ed down from heaven upon the sons of men 'o see if there is anyone who understands. saying. 2Oh may the =ord not be angry. and put him outside the city #-ene%i% 19:15-16% million: + heard the number of them #&evelation 9:16% "o the angel swung his sic$le to the earth and gathered the clusters from the vine of the earth. Aho see$s after God ?very one of them has turned aside: together they have become corrupt: 'here is no 8. for a distance of two hundred miles #&evelation 14:19.udge of all the earth deal justly?2 "o the =ODD said. the angels urged =ot. 2'here is no God 2 'hey are corrupt. and + shall spea$ only this once: suppose ten are found there?2 <nd !e said. far off or near: #1 'in(% #:46% For the choir director < Csalm of David 'he fool has said in his heart. 2Hp. Ahen morning dawned. + have ventured to spea$ to the =ord: suppose twenty are found there?2 <nd !e said. to slay the righteous with the wic$ed. 'he number of the armies of the horsemen was two hundred 9. 2'here is no God. up to the horses. 2+f + find in "odom fifty righteous within the city. and threw them into the great wine press of the wrath of God <nd the wine press was trodden outside the city. 2+ will not destroy it on account of the ten 2 <s soon as !e had finished spea$ing to <braham the =ODD departed. 2+ will not do it if + find thirty there 2 <nd he said. 2>ow behold. or you will be swept away in the punishment of the city 2 But he hesitated "o the men sei@ed his hand and the hand of his wife and the hands of his two daughters. so that they ta$e them away captive to the land of the enemy. 2Oh may the =ord not be angry. will Bou destroy the whole city because of five?2 <nd !e said.

Aho tries the feelings and the heart. Because + $new that you would deal very treacherously: <nd you have been called a rebel from birth #+%aiah 4#:#% 11. and so death spread to all men. eternal life: #&oman% :5-7% see also Genesis 149&/. Csalm 1696. who A+== D?>D?D 'O ?8?DB )<> <55ODD+>G 'O !+" D??D"9 to those who by perseverance in doing good see$ for glory and honor and immortality.. Csalm 3911. Csalm 69. O =ODD of hosts. Csalm 694. 2+ will never again curse the ground on account of man. Csalm 394. because all sinned11 #&oman% 5:1 % +f we say that we have no sin. as + have done #-ene%i% #: 1% 2Bou have not heard. and death through sin. & 5hronicles 09&*. <nd our ini7uities. who judges righteously. li$e the wind. we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us #1 John 1:#% 10.one who does good. just as through one man sin entered into the world. Csalm 6091*.. <nd in sin my mother conceived me #$%alm% 51:5% 'he wic$ed are estranged from the womb: 'hese who spea$ lies go astray from birth #$%alm% 5#:3% 'he =ODD smelled the soothing aroma: and the =ODD said to !imself. + was brought forth in ini7uity. ?ach of us has turned to his own way: But the =ODD has caused the ini7uity of us all 'o fall on !im #+%aiah 53:6% For all of us have become li$e one who is unclean. 1 Fings 49*&. you have not $nown ?ven from long ago your ear has not been open. there is not a righteous man on earth who continually does good and who never sins #E**le%ia%te% 7: !% <ll of us li$e sheep have gone astray. =et me see 'hy vengeance on them. <nd !e will judge the world in righteousness: !e will e(ecute judgment for the peoples with e7uity #$%alm 9:#% Before the =ODD: for !e is coming to judge the earth: !e will judge the world with righteousness. +saiah 119. not even one #$%alm% 53:1-3% +ndeed. not obeying Bour voice: so the curse has been poured out on us. Csalm 6496. 2'here is none righteous.. not even one:2 #&oman% 3:1!% for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God #&oman% 3: 3% 'herefore. For to 'hee have + committed my cause #Jeremiah 11: !% But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God. Csalm 6091. along with the oath which is written in the law of )oses the servant of God. for the intent of man-s heart is evil from his youth: and + will never again destroy every living thing. <nd all our righteous deeds are li$e a filthy garment: <nd all of us wither li$e a leaf. <nd the peoples with e7uity #$%alm 9#:9% But. ta$e us away #+%aiah 64:6% 2+ndeed all +srael has transgressed Bour law and turned aside. . Behold. for we have sinned against !im #Daniel 9:11% as it is written.

bowed down before them and burned incense to them 'hen the anger of the =ODD burned against <ma@iah. and the <vvites made >ibha@ and 'arta$: and the "epharvites burned their children in the fire to <drammelech and <nammelech the gods of "epharvaim # 'in(% 17:3!-31% But they acted treacherously against the God of their fathers and played the harlot after the gods of the peoples of the land. and !e sent him a prophet who said to him.. the gods of )oab. then you shall utterly destroy them Bou shall ma$e no covenant with them and show no favor to them Furthermore. the gods of <ram. and the .ebusites: and they too$ their daughters for themselves as wives. "ee Ahat !appens to +nfants and 5hildren Aho Die? Do Babies Go 'o !eaven? 13. his wives turned his heart away after other gods: and his heart was not wholly devoted to the =ODD his God.ames &91&. served the Baals and the <shtaroth. and served their gods 'he sons of +srael did what was evil in the sight of the =ODD. the gods of "idon. you shall not intermarry with them: you shall not give your daughters to their sons. the gods of the sons of <mmon. and gave their own daughters to their sons..eremiah 119&. nor shall you ta$e their daughters for your sons For they will turn your sons away from following )e to serve other gods: then the anger of the =ODD will be $indled against you and !e will 7uic$ly destroy you 2 #Deuteronomy 7:4% 1. and followed other gods from among the gods of the peoples who were around them. the God of their fathers.91&11. 1. the men of 5uth made >ergal. and the gods of the Chilistines: thus they forsoo$ the =ODD and did not serve !im #Jud(e% 1!:6% 'he men of Babylon made "uccoth1benoth. whom God had destroyed before them #1 )hroni*le% 5: 5% >ow after <ma@iah came from slaughtering the ?domites. and forgot the =ODD their God and served the Baals and the <sheroth 'hen the anger of the =ODD was $indled against +srael #Jud(e% 3:5-#% 'hen the sons of +srael again did evil in the sight of the =ODD. 2Ahy have you sought the gods of the people who have not delivered their own people from your hand?2 # )hroni*le% 5:14-15% >ow in the time of his distress this same Fing <ha@ became yet more unfaithful to the =ODD For he sacrificed to the gods . . the <morites. the !ittites. Domans &911&6. For when "olomon was old. and bowed themselves down to them: thus they provo$ed the =ODD to anger #Jud(e% :1 % 'he sons of +srael lived among the 5anaanites. set them up as his gods. the !ivites. the Ceri@@ites. Develation 1093 12. who had brought them out of the land of ?gypt.. as the heart of David his father had been # 1 'in(% 11:4% and they forsoo$ the =ODD. he brought the gods of the sons of "eir. <cts 139*1. 2and when the =ODD your God delivers them before you and you defeat them. the men of !amath made <shima.

8 was produced using a limited number of medieval manuscripts that did not represent the earliest <le(andrian set of manuscripts What do the modern translations say? • • 'he One forming light and creating dar$ness. the =ODD.of Damascus which had defeated him. 2Because the gods of the $ings of <ram helped them.mo% 3:6/ 'J4% Out of the mouth of the most !igh proceedeth not evil and good? #2amentation% 3:3#% • !owever. since it uses an archaic version of modern ?nglish. the F.. 5ausing well1 being and creating calamity: + am the =ODD who does all these #+%aiah 45:7/ @. do all these things #+%aiah 45:7/ @+4% .3% Did God Create 1vil . Does the Bible 4ay 4o? by Rich Deem INTRODUCTION One of the most common reasons s$eptics reject the e(istence of God is due to the presence of evil in this universe 'hey reason that a perfect God would not create a universe in which evil e(ists "$eptics claim that since God created everything that God must have also created evil 'hey even cite Bible verses. which doesn-t necessarily mean the same things today as when it was translated over . and the =ODD hath not done it? #. and create dar$ness9 + ma$e peace. evil is not really a created thing Bou can-t see. energy. smell or hear evil +t is not one of the fundamental forces of physics. + bring prosperity and create disaster: +. and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city. or the spatial dimensions of the universe "till.>7% + form the light and create dar$ness. such as9 • • + form the light. touch.8 so much. years ago +n addition. s$eptics li$e to claim that God created evil and cite the Bible to 2prove2 their point 'he Bible is 7uite clear that God is not the author of evil and insists that !e is incapable of doing so 1 0ove that 9in James translation2 "$eptics love the F. one would thin$ that they were still bac$ in medieval ?ngland Hse of this translation is problematic these days. nor does it consist of matter.. and create evil9 + the =ODD do all these things #+%aiah 45:7/ 'J4% "hall a trumpet be blown in the city. feel. + will sacrifice to them that they may help me 2 But they became the downfall of him and all +srael # )hroni*le% #: . and said.

has not the =ODD caused it? #. whereas "trong-s !3.+saiah .8 often refers to adversity or calamity 'here are two forms of the word "trong-s !3. evil is not the opposite of peace 'he !ebrew word translated 2peace2 is %hâlôm. since rebels will not be allowed in the new. referring to calamity or disaster the conte(t #a disaster happening to a city% does not refer to moral evil 0amentations :6:< • • +s it not from the mouth of the )ost !igh that both calamities and good things come? #2amentation% 3:3#/ @+4% +s it not from the mouth of the )ost !igh 'hat both good and ill go forth? #2amentation% 3:3#/ @.ames 8ersion of =amentations *9*4 seems to suggest that God spea$s both good and evil !owever. râFâh. therefore. <mos *90 uses the same word. 2calamity2 is a better antonym of 2peace2 than 2evil 2 !mos :6.mo% 3:6/ @.& which has many meanings. perfect creation RELATED PAGES • • • 'he Crofessor 'eaches <bout ?vil and 5hristianity 'here is 'oo )uch ?vil and "uffering For God to ?(ist? Ahere is God Ahen Bad 'hings !appen? Ahy >atural ?vil "u%t ?(ist . the word translated 2good2 is tVôb #"trong-s !&460% 0 'he word usually refers to good things/ as opposed to bad things <gain. do not the people tremble? Ahen disaster comes to a city. God does bring judgment and calamity #either directly or through human authorities% on those who rebel 6 God will ultimately judge all people.eremiah was chosen by God to be the prophet to tell .eremiah during a time of judgment. râFâh* does not refer to moral evil. mostly related to the well being of individuals &âFâh.udah had gone off into e(ile . the preceding verses indicate that God does not do or approve of evil .>7% 'he Fing ./93 contrasts opposites Dar$ness is the opposite of light !owever.eremiah./1b #the form used here% most often refers to calamity or distress Obviously.mo% 3:6/ @+4% =i$ewise. when . fell under God-s judgment +n =amentations *9*4. if one reads the verse in conte(t. God does reward and punish on the basis of good and bad behavior 'herefore.* the !ebrew word translated 2evil2 in the F.>7% Ahen a trumpet sounds in a city. 'he verse following indicates that people should not complain in view of their sins / Ahat the verse really is saying that God decrees times of good things and times of judgment =amentations was written by . in this verse =i$ewise.udah to reform or be judged 'he people did not believe . and. but calamities./1a most often refers to moral evil. • • +f a trumpet is blown in a city will not the people tremble? +f a calamity occurs in a city has not the =ODD done it? #. the Bible commentaries indicate that the verse refers to God-s judgment based upon people-s sin 3 CONCLUSION God is not the author of evil 4 !owever.

the great. that !e should repent: !as !e said.and ?liminate <ll ?vil? Ahat <bout <trocities 'hat !ave Been Done in the >ame of Deligion Did God 5ommit <trocities by Ordering the Filling of ?ntire 5ities of Ceople? < =oving God Aould >ot "end Billions of Ceople to !ell. Crayer Aould !ave Brought Aorld Ceace? 'hou "hall >ot Fill1 Does God 8iolate !is Own 5ommandment? +f God is . the .• • • • • • • • • • • +s it Cossible for God to Crovide -Cartial Free Aill. you men of understanding Far be it from God to do wic$edness. that !e should lie. for the =ODD our God will have no part in unrighteousness or partiality or the ta$ing of a bribe 2 # )hroni*le% 19:7% 2'herefore. Aould !e? +f God ?(isted. Dighteous and upright is !e #Deuteronomy 3 :4% 2<lso the Glory of +srael will not lie or change !is mind: for !e is not a man that !e should change !is mind 2 #1 >amuel 15: 9% 2>ow then let the fear of the =ODD be upon you: be very careful what you do. the mighty. God is mighty but does not despise any: !e is . and the awesome God who does not show partiality nor ta$e a bribe #Deuteronomy 1!:17% 2'he Doc$I !is wor$ is perfect. and will !e not do it? Or has !e spo$en. For all !is ways are just: < God of faithfulness and without injustice.ealous Doesn-t 'hat )a$e !im the Divine !ypocrite? 'he Crofessor 'eaches <bout ?vil and 5hristianity God-s 5hosen Ceople.ews9 +sn-t God Hnfair in "howing "uch Creference? Does the Bible "ay God Depents From Doing ?vil? Ahy Aouldn-t God Aant <dam and ?ve to !ave Fnowledge of Good and ?vil? REFERENCES 1. and will !e not ma$e it good? #@umber% 3:19% 2For the =ODD your God is a compassionate God: !e will not fail you nor destroy you nor forget the covenant with your fathers which !e swore to them #Deuteronomy 4:31% 2For the =ODD your God is the God of gods and the =ord of lords. 2God is not a man. >or a son of man. listen to me. <nd from the <lmighty to do wrong #Job 34:1!% 2Behold.

disagreeable. displeasing bad #of its $ind 1 land. 7uiet. misery% evil. welfare./1% 1 bad. evil #giving pain.!ebrew Definitions9 shâlôm #"trong-s !360/% 1 completeness. water. malignant bad. tran7uillity. peace a b c d e completeness #in number% safety. 2Ahat injustice did your fathers find in )e. contentment peace. unhappiness. which God. etc% bad #of value% worse than.mighty in strength of understanding #Job 36:5% For Bou are not a God who ta$es pleasure in wic$edness: >o evil dwells with Bou #$%alm 5:4% 'o declare that the =ODD is upright: !e is my roc$. who cannot lie. 'hat they went far from )e <nd wal$ed after emptiness and became empty? #Jeremiah :5% in the hope of eternal life. unpleasant. prosperity peace.itu% 1: % 2. worst #comparison% sad.. health.1a 3. Brown1Driver1Briggs. soundness.!ebrew Definitions9 râWâh #"trong-s !3. unhappy . friendship 1 & f g of human relationships with God especially in covenant relationship peace #from war% peace #as adjective% Cart of "peech9 noun masculine < Delated Aord by BDBJ"trongSs >umber9 from !3666 "ame Aord by 'AO' >umber9 &. soundness #in body% welfare. Brown1Driver1Briggs. and there is no unrighteousness in !im #$%alm 9 :15% 'hus says the =ODD. promised long ages ago #. evil #adjective% a b c d e f g bad.

valuable in estimation good. adversity evil. injury. becoming better #comparative% glad. rich. injury #noun feminine% a b c evil. un$ind #vicious in disposition% bad. or any man. happy. wrong evil #ethical% Cart of "peech9 see above in Definition < Delated Aord by BDBJ"trongSs >umber9 from !3. of persons. misery. appropriate.!ebrew Definitions9 tVôb #"trong-s !&460% 1 good. Brown1Driver1Briggs. 'o defraud a man in his lawsuit11 Of these things the =ord does not approve #2amentation% 3:33-36% 5. pleasant.h i j evil #hurtful% bad. misery. agreeable #to the senses% pleasant #to the higher nature% good. distress evil. injury. prosperous #of manSs sensuous nature% . evil. distress. e(cellent #of its $ind% good. Ahy should any living mortal. 'o deprive a man of justice +n the presence of the )ost !igh. Offer complaint in view of his sins? #2amentation% 3:39% 6. distress. actions & evil. For !e does not afflict willingly Or grieve the sons of men 'o crush under !is feet <ll the prisoners of the land. wrong evil #ethical% * evil. injury. wic$ed #ethically% 1 & in general. distress. of thoughts deeds. calamity #noun masculine% a b c evil. misery.46 "ame Aord by 'AO' >umber9 &161a. &161c 4. agreeable #adjective% a b c d e f g pleasant.

ran%lation @ote%9 0am :6:< 1 Out of the mouth of the most !igh proceedeth not #s% evil and good? #s% 'hat is. but is forbidden and condemned by him:2 -eneva 7ible . or of fault: this comes not out of the mouth of God. $ind. #<mo *90% Jamie%on/ 3au%%et and 7rown )ommentary9 0am :6:< 1 evil = = = ood115alamity and prosperity ali$e proceed from God #. John -ill=% E?0o%ition o8 the Entire 7ible9 20am :6:< 1 . welfare #noun masculine% a b c d welfare. famine and plagueI #Ezekiel 6:11% for it Mrulers and authorityN is a minister of God to you for good But if you do what is evil./93: <mo *90% 8. -5lap your hand.ut of the mouth of the most Hi h proceed not evil and ood? 5ertainly they do: they come to pass. which will fall by sword. 2+ am being tempted by God2: for God cannot be tempted by evil. happiness good things #collective% good.: +sa .ob &91. as it is in the plural number: not the evil of sin. benefit. and !e !imself does not tempt anyone #Jame% 1:13% 6 For God will bring every act to judgment. prosperity. stamp your foot and say. adversity and prosperity. because of all the evil abominations of the house of +srael. whether it is good or evil #E**le%ia%te% 1 :14% 2'hus says the =ord GOD. and his will determined: even 2evils2. benign good. benefit. right #ethical% a good thing. everything which is hidden. good things #noun feminine% a b c welfare. prosperity. For Bou are not a God who ta$es pleasure in wic$edness: >o evil dwells with Bou #$%alm 5:4% =et no one say when he is tempted. be afraid: for it does not bear .h i j & good understanding #of manSs intellectual nature% good. happiness good things #collective% bounty Cart of "peech9 see above in Definition < Delated Aord by BDBJ"trongSs >umber9 from !&46/ "ame Aord by 'AO' >umber9 36*a 7. 2<las. both one and the other. benefit moral good * welfare. as God has pronounced.

we find that millions of people were $illed by people groups who wanted the other people groups eliminated >ote that these numbers do not include those $illed through wars T+". as such.ews.0. such as Galileo were persecuted or $illed )any other 5hristians were brought before the +n7uisition because they were teaching from the Bible instead of from 2officially sanctioned2 Doman 5atholic 5hurch materials +n addition.333. and even in the name of 5hristianity !owever.333 9o . but not war1dead% prior to the &./0th Century *emocide and Totals1 Cases 7hina Mongols :la"ery of Africans Amer#*ndians Thirty .the sword for nothing: for it is a minister of God.333 9o -.330.333.333. .333 9o 50.-33.3.th century.7#52 7 5) 7#52 7 5-03#52 7 53 7#52 7 532-#5)0) 7enturies 5. but by evil human beings +f we loo$ at the history of democide #which includes genocide.9o 5.es ). those who disagreed with 2official2 church doctrine.(.333.333 9o 5(. an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil #&oman% 13:4% What !bout !trocities That Have Been Done in the -ame of Reli ion? by Rich Deem INTRODUCTION )any atheists claim that religion is evil and. and)oslems +n more modern times.7 5.1 5( 7#5 2 7 .-52.9o 5. and mass murder. some people $ill abortionists in the name of God <re these people unwilling pawns of religion or using religion to justify their own evil agendas? History of human atrocities 'herefore.ears /ar *n *ndia *n *ran <ttoman =mpire *n $apan *n !ussia 7hristian 7rusades A>tecs :panish *n+uisition ?rench !e"olution 1ears/ ))5 8.333 9o .9o ).333.-55. #eli2ious? ((.es (-3. + absolutely agree with atheists and others who say that many atrocious things have been done in the name of God. 5. these atrocities were not perpetrated by God.001. common to all this violence was an underlying struggle for power 'oday..333 .ews and <rabs in the )iddle ?ast !owever.7.333. *emocide3 . wars have been fought between 5atholics and Crotestants in >orthern +reland and between .333.333. 7#52 7 5..9o 5.#52 7.es 5.9o ). the 5rusades resulted in 2holy2 wars between 25hristians.. 7#5.0-3.).333 . 7#51 7 502(#502.333.1 $elected Pre.333 9o )2.333..51#5.2 .2)0.-5#5103 5. politicide. cannot be from God +t is true that there are many e(amples of evil committed in the name of 5hristianity +n the past..

333 5.5#-.th century9 T+"./ /0th Century *emocide1 #-34M-$ A.1 52-1#10 52.es 9o .)-.255. .es . (3 7 8. ?rom :TAT*:T*7: <? D=M<7*D=.-#10 52.D. 1. 2.333 5.30-..3330 .(. ).2#10 52((#.C 5(. (.30).3331 53). An absolute low. 7alculated from the )3th century democide rate and the population for each century since (3 8. Ahat percentage of these $illings were due to religious democide? +t is less than *E of the totals 'he surprising thing is that these $illings occurred during a period of time when virtually all the peoples of the world were involved in some sort of religion !ere is the data for the &. .:.5. -.05.) A. p. Anless otherwise noted.7.es 9o 9o 9o . Total undoubtedly inflated by democide. =6cludes democide in 7hina by Mongols.1#10 *-M&C4*-/ ..D. 7hina (@!7) 'ermany 7hina (DMT) $apan 7hina (Mao :o"iets)( 7ambodia Turkey (Armenian 'enocide) Eietnam @oland @akistan .00#.-1-.-#..333 )3.3(-..03.!..#525) )33.01).Albigensian 7rusade /itch %unts Total 'or +ll Cases !ypothetical Total *nternational war# related dead @lague dead (8lack Death) 5)31#5).303.#5005 in =uropeC 5005 in MoscowC 512. in %ong DongC and 5121#525) in *ndia..es .D.)(.-3(.#10 52.3332 1.333 ).333 .es 9o .#52 7 A.52)1#.2 5.333 ..333 (.. -.es 533....11(..52)(#.:.333 5.333 (-.333 53. Adopted from :TAT*:T*7: <? D=M<7*D=.es ...333 ).333 5.5 A..es ..ugosla"ia (Tito) 9orth Dorea 1-+#$ 5250#10 52. years and centuries are A. Anless otherwise noted.333 5.es .#.7.es 5((. 0. ?rom table :TAT*:T*7: <? D=M<7*D=. .333 .2 52(..#52 7 A.333 -....1.333 5.D.7. these are a best guess estimate in a low to high range.-0. A minimumB includes plague dead in circa -. ?rom Duplai6 (5211. A "ery speculati"e absolute low..2.3.D.0.5.2 520-#02 5232#51 52.2.333 +theist? .-3.7#50 7 pre#)3 7 (3 7 8.

).thei%t .0. lists && atheistic regimes that committed 1/*.53 .333 5)-.333 0)2.30).#5225 502(#502.1#)330 52. ?igures may not sum due to round off.333 5.333 0(.:.he +rrational .333 533..-#52.)0.333 15.2 52.Me6ico !ussia 7hina (/arlords) Turkey (Ataturk) Anited Dingdom @ortugal (Dictatorship) *ndonesia F=::=! MA!D=!=!: /<!FD T<TAF 5233#)3 5233#50 5250#.333 (.333 5.3..333 551.03.333 1.5. (.#521520-#)33) 52.*04.. 'uerrilla period.333 5.333 .1 52. Eietnam .!.02). murders in the &.333 .30.1 520..333 5.#52.01.333 0. 8o( Day..-.333 .-#)330 52.(.333 0..:.333 ). in .333 5.#1) 52.333 )3.333 ).333 9o .333 )0..ugosla"ia *ates 5201#522) 52.50. ?rom :TAT*:T*7: <? D=M<7*D=.(..1#5210 52(. These are probable mid#estimates in low to high ranges.0-3.1#5212 520(#5225 520-#)330 52). politicide.333 2(.-#10 5233#10 5233#10 5.333 101.#)330 520-#5223 52. *ncludes genocide.2 5252#)( 5233#10 52).(1. and mass murderC e6cludes war#dead.333 .3.(.333 53).333 ))).es 9o 9o 9o 9o 9o G 530.5.255.#5213 Murders 5.333 533.2...#5212 52)(#)330 52-2#522) 52..5.1#52.333 5.#52(2 5250#5210 52.th century alone9 Murders 5y +theists 6/0th Century7 Country Afghanistan Albania Angola 8ulgaria 7hinaH@!7 7uba 7>echoslo"akia =thiopia ?rance 'reece %ungary DampucheaH7ambodia Faos Mongolia Mo>ambi+ue 9orth Dorea @oland !omania :pain (!epublic) A. 52.333 253.03).)3).3...

BOH A!O CD<5'+5? =<A=?"">?"" -2 # "atthew 7: .esus as =ord and "avior%9 But the fruit of the "pirit is love. gentleness and self1control <gainst such things there is no law #-alatian% 5: . the total religious $illings is less than &E +n fact. and .3% . #although + am sure there is some in the 2lesser murderers2 category "till. right% <ccording to Crofessor D . faithfulness. the $ey factor is absolute power #see Figure 1. ?igure 5. @ercentage of democide based upon in the 14101&. and in Bour name perform many miracles?.esus !imself addressed the issue of 25hristians. non1democracies. in many cases by people *laimin( to be 5hristians Ho$ do you %no$ if a person is a Christian or not? Ae cannot $now for certain whether a person is or is not a true 5hristian #only God can ma$es such a determination% &!owever. peace.3% One should note that .esus when at the judgment when they attempt to claim that they are !is disciples >ot all who claim the name of .th century? 'he answer of course is >oI +f one e(amines the nature of the regimes that committed these atrocities #even the religious ones%. $indness.esus said and did. not on the basis of the actions of people who merely *laim to be 5hristians 3o?e=% 7ook o8 "artyr% details the deaths of 5hristians who were $illed because of their faith in 5hrist. wars between democracies =ord <cton-s warning that 2power corrupts. the Bible describes the nature of a person who is indwelt by the !oly "pirit* #which happens at the point a person accept ./ period there were &. joy. -+ never $new you: D?C<D' FDO) )?.<nd then + will declare to them. the top two $illers were specifically atheistic states #which had never e(isted before in human history% "hould atheism be blamed for more than /. =ord. patience. did we not prophesy in Bour name. 100 wars between non1democracies and democracies./ wars between type of go"ernment control. -=ord.ohn chapter *% 1 5hristianity should be judged on the basis of what . and in Bour name cast out demons.esus are actually !is disciples )y guess is that in even the best of 5hristian churches only about half of the people have been truly born again #see .2 performing evil deeds in a rather chilling prophecy9 2)any will say to )e on that day. and absolute power corrupts absolutely2 seems to be more than just a trite saying What about Christians $ho commit evil? ..esus said that 2many2 people who thin$ they are !is followers will be rejected by . Dummel.E of the atrocities committed during the &.Ahat percentage of this democide was due to religious conflict? +t turns out that religious democide doesn-t even ma$e the top &. goodness.

rather than religion. Aould !e? 'here is 'oo )uch ?vil and "uffering For God to ?(ist? +s it Cossible for God to Crovide -Cartial Free Aill. ?ven non1believers can readily see who the true 5hristians are Hltimately.and ?liminate <ll ?vil? Did God 5reate ?vil 1 Does the Bible "ay "o? Does the Bible "ay God Depents From Doing ?vil? -Ceople are Basically Good.. which has resulted in these hundreds of millions of murders 'he Bible says that people are evil #and the statistics on this page support this claim%. >ow there was a man of the Charisees.ealous Doesn-t 'hat )a$e !im the Divine !ypocrite? 'he Crofessor 'eaches <bout ?vil and 5hristianity Ahy <re "o )any 5hristians !ypocrites? REFERENCES 1. Dummel <re )ost Aars the Desult of Deligious Belief? Did God 5ommit <trocities by Ordering the Filling of ?ntire 5ities of Ceople? 'hou "hall >ot Fill1 Does God 8iolate !is Own 5ommandment? < =oving God Aould >ot "end Billions of Ceople to !ell. atheists have committed far more atrocities than all religious groups combined ?ven so.ews: this man came to !im by night. joy and peace RELATED PAGES • • • • • • • • • • • • • • . a ruler of the . the behavior of those who claim to be 5hristians but practice evil should not be a consideration in determining if the claims of 5hrist are true or not CONCLUSION Bes. By D . but that they can become transformed through the power of the !oly "pirit to live lives of love.he +rrational . the true believer does what is right and demonstrates love toward others . the $ey factor in these atrocities has been totalitarian power.+n addition. and said to .1 Croof to the 5ontrary +f God is .rinity o8 Dawkin%/ 6arri%/ and 6it*hen% "'<'+"'+5" OF D?)O5+D?9 Genocide and )ass )urder "ince 16.thei%t: Di%%e*tin( the Bnholy . named >icodemus. 25hristians2 have committed atrocities against other religious and non1religious people !owever.

unless one is born of water and the "pirit. not just apparent actions "ee God 'ests the !earts of Ceople +t is only through faith that one can be completely justified #declared righteous% before God 3.esus answered.'he wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it. 'he !oly "pirit of God comes to live in the body of those who have confessed . + say to you. even so must the "on of )an be lifted up: that whoever believes may in !im have eternal life For God so loved the world. because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten "on of God <nd this is the judgment. God judges based upon the intentions of an individual-s heart. 2'ruly.% . he does not belong to !im #&oman% #:9% Or do you thin$ that the "cripture spea$s to no purpose9 2!e jealously desires the "pirit which !e has made to dwell in us?2 #Jame% 4:5% . 2!ow can these things be?2 #John 3:9% . we $now that Bou have come from God as a teacher: for no one can do these signs that Bou do unless God is with him 2 #John 3:1. truly.1% 2. that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God 2 #John 3:1!.!im. + say to you. that !e gave !is only begotten "on. even the "on of )an <nd as )oses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness. + say to you. lest his deeds should be e(posed But he who practices the truth comes to the light. you are not in the flesh but in the "pirit.esus answered and said to him. truly. but have eternal life For God did not send the "on into the world to judge the world.esus 5hrist as =ord and "avior9 !owever. that whoever believes in !im should not perish. that the light is come into the world. 2'ruly. but do not $now where it comes from and where it is going: so is everyone who is born of the "pirit 2 #John 3:5-#% >icodemus answered and said to !im. how shall you believe if + tell you heavenly things? <nd no one has ascended into heaven. but that the world should be saved through !im !e who believes in !im is not judged: he who does not believe has been judged already. and does not come to the light. 2<re you the teacher of +srael. and that which is born of the "pirit is spirit Do not marvel that + said to you. and men loved the dar$ness rather than the light: for their deeds were evil For everyone who does evil hates the light. and bear witness of that which we have seen: and you do not receive our witness +f + told you earthly things and you do not believe. if indeed the "pirit of God dwells in you But if anyone does not have the "pirit of 5hrist. he cannot see the $ingdom of God 2 #John 3:3% >icodemus said to !im. unless one is born again. he cannot enter into the $ingdom of God 'hat which is born of the flesh is flesh. we spea$ that which we $now. -Bou must be born again . can he?2 #John 3:4% . truly. 2Dabbi. 2!ow can a man be born when he is old? !e cannot enter a second time into his mother-s womb and be born. and do not understand these things? 'ruly. but !e who descended from heaven.esus answered and said to him.

being primarily characteri@ed by increased peace.. :uch statements are seldom backed up by real e"idence (other than citing a handful of wars that seem to be the result of religious differences). it is not surprising that at least a few famous wars have resulted from disagreements about religion !owever. which did not even e(ist as a religion for the first *. 'his is how we $now who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are9 <nyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God: nor is anyone who does not love his brother #1 John 3:1!% !re 3ost Wars the Result of Reli ious Belief? by Rich Deem War and #eli2ion A slew of books by 4e"angelical4 atheists ha"e claimed that most of the world's suffering (including most wars) are the direct result of religious differences and the discord that it fosters. and patience !owever.. the change may be subtle. joy.E% involved +slam. the change is dramatic . the most reli ious country "ince the Hnited "tates of <merica is and has been one of the most religious countries over the last &.X years. of which 1&* have been classified to involve a religious conflict * "o. in those who have led immoral lives. is it true what "am !arris says that our tendency to slaughter each other 2generally have their roots in religion?2& History of human $ars 'he history of human warfare goes bac$ to the beginning of recorded history #and.ar% by 5harles Chillips and <lan <(elrod documents 130* wars. if the atheists are correct..+f the person has already been living a moral life. what atheists have considered to be 2most2 really amounts to less than 3E of all wars +t is interesting to note that 00 of these wars #more than /. 5 Does religion really lead to warG !ich Deem INTRODUCTION Ceople can be pretty passionate about their religious beliefs "o.. years of recorded human warfare 7=4=!= . En*y*lo0edia o8 . no doubt. the H " < should have been . well before that% < recent comprehensive compilation of the history of human warfare.

. the most religious industrial nation. only one of which #the current 2Aar on 'error2% has any religious entanglement 'he number of <mericans who have died as the result of religious wars is 1. &Jyear. involves a religious component K"on las )ayorYas de las Guerras el Desultado de las 5reencias Deligiosa? RELATED PAGES • • • • • • • • • • • Ahat <bout <trocities 'hat !ave Been Done in the >ame of Deligion Did God 5ommit <trocities by Ordering the Filling of ?ntire 5ities of Ceople? 'hou "hall >ot Fill1 Does God 8iolate !is Own 5ommandment? < =oving God Aould >ot "end Billions of Ceople to !ell. the Hnited "tates of <merica. only the 2Aar on 'error.ews vs )uslims%. Fashmir #)uslims vs !indus%. should be involved in more religious wars than any other country !owever.ealous Doesn-t 'hat )a$e !im the Divine !ypocrite? 'he Crofessor 'eaches <bout ?vil and 5hristianity Ahy <re "o )any 5hristians !ypocrites? -Ceople are Basically Good. ?thiopia and ?ritrea #)uslims vs 5hristians%. "udan #)uslims vs 5hristians and animists%.1 Croof to the 5ontrary REFERENCES 1 2'he fighting that has plagued Calestine #. the Hnited "tates has been involved in 13 wars. the Bal$ans #Orthodo( "erbians vs 5atholic 5roatians: Orthodo( "erbians vs Bosnian and <lbanian )uslims%. Aould !e? 'here is 'oo )uch ?vil and "uffering For God to ?(ist? Did God 5reate ?vil 1 Does the Bible "ay "o? Does the Bible "ay God Depents From Doing ?vil? +f God is . >orthern +reland #Crotestants vs 5atholics%. which is less than the number of people who die yearly from dog bites . CONCLUSION 'he atheist claim that religion is the cause of most wars is shown to be false 'he history of human warfare shows that less than 3E of all wars have religious causes +f atheists are correct.2 among all 13 <merican wars. >igeria #)uslims vs 5hristians%.involved in the largest number of religious wars of any other nation +n fact.

En*y*lo0edia o8 . and <lan <(elrod &. . Chilippines #)uslims vs 5hristians%. 8o( &. Day.ar% >ew Bor$9 Facts on File .ews to have a homeland in the )iddle ?ast 'he Bible confirms that God ordered the $illing of thousands of people +sn-t this an open and shut case for the hypocrisy of the God of the Bible? Is all %illin the same? One thing you have to love about atheists is their e(treme appreciation for the Fing . is translated 2Bou shall not murder2& in modern translations 1 because these translations represents the real meaning of the !ebrew te(t 'he Bible in Basic ?nglish translates the phrase. p 1& 3. recent cases in point 2 !arris. Chillips. 2Do not put anyone to death without cause 2& 'he !ebrew word used here is rat%a*h. just to allow the . uses different words for intentional v%1 unintentional $illing 'he verse translated 2'hou shalt not $ill2 in the F. 'U.4 .1 Thou 4hall -ot 9ill6 Does God >iolate His . the language in which most of the Old 'estament was written. !ebrew..8 translation.. "am &. generally have their roots in religion +t seems that if our species ever eradicates itself through war. only to unite them in slaughter. +ran and +ra7 #"hiite vs "unni )uslims%.8 was translated in the early 13th century using an archaic form of modern ?nglish +n the last . p 4114& 2.8% translation 'he F.he End o8 3aith. the vast majority of those who read the F. the ?nglish language has changed significantly Hnfortunately.$n Commandment? by Rich Deem INTRODUCTION 'he si(th commandment is 2'hou shalt not $ill 21 <theists claim that God violated !is own commandment in ordering the destruction of entire cities. "ri =an$a #"inhalese Buddhists vs 'amil !indus%. p 1.* which nearly always refers to intentional $illing without cause #unless indicated otherwise by conte(t% !ebrew law recogni@ed accidental $illing as not punishable +n fact. atheist cite the F. it will not be because it was written in the stars but because it was written in our boo$s 2 "am !arris. and the 5aucasus #Orthodo( Dussians vs 5hechen )uslims: )uslim <@erbaijanis vs 5atholic and Orthodo( <rmenians% are merely a few...8 #both believers and unbelievers% are un7ualified to $now what the te(t means in many instances because of word meaning changes +n attempting to demonstrate the contradiction of God-s commands to +srael and the si(th commandment.. 2'hou shalt not $ill 2 !owever. li$e ?nglish. Dallas. .0 2etter to a )hri%tian @ation >ew Bor$9 Fnopf.he +rrational .ames 8ersion #F. or at the pages of any newspaper reveal that ideas which divide one group of human beings from another.thei%t Benbella boo$s. years..+vory 5oast #)uslims vs 5hristians%. 5harles.8 translation. 2< glance at history.

Calestinian )uslim children are officially taught in grammar school to hate their . depending upon conte(t / Other !ebrew words also can refer to $illing 014 'he punishment for murder was the death sentence 6 !owever.ews%.2 so that an unintentional $iller could flee to escape retribution . even if their parents are doing bad things 'he assumption is unfounded For e(ample. then !e would be guilty of murder =et-s loo$ at two of the most prominent e(amples The flood <ccording to the Bible. woman and child in 5anaan?1. the . his sons. God $illed every human e(cept >oah. to be convicted. God replied that !e would spare the entire city for /. 'he Bible also prescribes that people have a right to defend themselves against attac$ and use deadly force if necessary 11 Is God"s %illin )ustified? 'o answer the 7uestion whether God brea$s !is own commandments.oshua and his people to $ill every man. there needed to be at least two eyewitnesses 1. <braham as$ed God if !e would destroy the righteous along with the wic$ed &. the Bible indicates that no innocent people were $illed in the flood God orders %illin Ahat about when God ordered . $illed people without cause% 'he Bible is 7uite clear that God has $illed people directly #the most prominent e(ample being the flood% and indirectly #ordered peoples to be $illed% +f God ordered or participated in the $illing of innocent people.specific cities were designated as 2cities of refuge. God ordered the destruction of the peoples whom the +sraelites dispossessed What about the children and other &innocents& "urely God could have spared the childrenI Ceople tend to assume that children are innocent. Ahat crime could be so great that entire populations of cities were designated for destruction? God told )oses that the nations that the !ebrew were replacing were wic$ed 1/!ow 2wic$ed2 were these people? 'he te(t tells us that they were burning their own sons and daughters in sacrifices to their gods 10"o we see that these people were not really innocent For these reasons #and others13%. virtually the entire society went along with the plan Further e(amples are given on another page "o. 'he !ebrew word for 2$ill2 in this instance is not rat%a*h. righteous people &1 <braham $ept reducing the possible number of righteous . opposition was crushed and removed Ahen they began their purging of the undesirables #e g . which is why God did not want the !ebrews tainted by the other corrupt cultures of the )iddle ?ast "urely there must have been other innocent adults in those cities who were destroyed with the wic$edI 'here actually is an e(ample of a time when God was as$ed if !e would destroy the innocent along with the wic$ed Crior to destroying "odom and Gomorrah. but they were *ontinually plotting evilI1* +s it possible that an entire culture can become corrupted? Bou betI Decent history proves the point rather well Ahen the >a@is too$ over Germany before AA++. and their wives in the flood Aere any of these people $illed unjustly? 'he Bible says specifically that all people #e(cept >oah and his family% had become corrupted 1& >ot only had all people become corrupted.ewish neighbors 14 'hey are so well indoctrinated that some of them give up their lives in suicide bombings a% *hildren 16 5orruption literally does breed corruption. which can refer to either premeditated or unintentional $illing. but nakah. we need to determine if God committed murder #i e . his wife.

!e did so in righteous judgment on a people whose corruption had led to e(treme wic$edness.and ?liminate <ll ?vil? Did God 5reate ?vil 1 Does the Bible "ay "o? Ahat <bout <trocities 'hat !ave Been Done in the >ame of Deligion < =oving God Aould >ot "end Billions of Ceople to !ell. God indicated that !e would spare the wic$ed to save the righteous !e demonstrated this principle by saving righteous people from "odom and . including child sacrifice Did God destroy the righteous along with the wic$ed? +n an e(change with <braham. CONCLUSION 'he commandment 2'hou shalt not $ill2 is really not as general as the Fing . Aould !e? +f God is . as$ing God if !e would destroy the entire city along with those number of righteous people &&God-s reply in each case was that !e would not destroy the righteous along with the wic$ed 'he lowest number <braham as$ed about was ten righteous people.ealous Doesn-t 'hat )a$e !im the Divine !ypocrite? Ahy <re "o )any 5hristians !ypocrites? God-s 5hosen Ceople.ericho prior to their destruction 'he charge that God indiscriminately murdered people does not hold to to critical evaluation of the biblical te(ts RELATED PAGES • • • • • • • • • • Did God 5ommit <trocities by Ordering the Filling of ?ntire 5ities of Ceople? 'he )ercy of God as Found in the Old 'estament 'here is 'oo )uch ?vil and "uffering For God to ?(ist? +s it Cossible for God to Crovide -Cartial Free Aill. unjustified $illing 1 murder <lthough God ordered the e(termination of entire cities.ames version would indicate 'he commandment actually refers to premeditated. although the answer would li$ely be the same with as few as one righteous individual !ow do we $now this? God sent two angels to warn the four righteous people in "odom to flee before !e destroyed the city &*+t is 7uite convenient that such details are usually left out of atheistic sites complaining about the 2evil2 perpetrated by God +n fact. God saved certain people from being $illed in cities such as .ews9 +sn-t God Hnfair in "howing "uch Creference? . the .people.ericho &.

$ill a #Oal% to murder.>7% Do not put anyone to death without cause #Deuteronomy 5:17/ 77E% Do not murder #Deuteronomy 5:17/ )E4% 2-Bou shall not murder #Deuteronomy 5:17 E>4% 2-Do not commit murder #Deuteronomy 5:17 -@7% 2>ever murder #Deuteronomy 5:17 -. to murder.• Does the Bible "ay God Depents From Doing ?vil? REFERENCES 1. assassin #participle% #substantive% d #Cual% to be $illed . slay.!ebrew Definitions9 râtsach #"trong-s !3/&*% 1. assassinate murderer.% 2Bou shall not murder #Deuteronomy 5:17 6@4% >o murder #Deuteronomy 5:17 ">-% 2Bou shall not murder #Deuteronomy 5:17 . b c premeditated accidental as avenger slayer #intentional% #participle% #>iphal% to be slain #Ciel% 1 & to murder.E7% -'hou dost not murder #Deuteronomy 5:17 G2.% 3. Brown1Driver1Briggs. 'hou shalt not $ill #Deuteronomy 5:17/ 'J4% & )odern translations9 o o o o o o o o o o o Bou shall not murder #Deuteronomy 5:17/ @+4% Bou shall not murder #Deuteronomy 5:17/ @. slay 1 & * .

2. $ill a b c #>iphal% to be stric$en or smitten #Cual% to be stric$en or smitten #!iphil% 1 & * . Brown1Driver1Briggs. smite. slay. to stri$e. send judgment upon.&0% 1. beat. to $ill. d to smite. then you shall select for yourselves cities to be your cities of refuge. murder. that the manslayer who has $illed MnakahN any person unintentionally may flee there #@umber% 35:11% 3. out of hand a #Oal% . hit. ravage to smite.Cart of "peech9 verb < Delated Aord by BDBJ"trongSs >umber9 a primitive root "ame Aord by 'AO' >umber9 &&. / 0 3 to receive a blow to be wounded to be beaten to be #fatally% smitten. be slain to be attac$ed and captured to be smitten #with disease% to be blighted #of plants% Cart of "peech9 verb < Delated Aord by BDBJ"trongSs >umber9 a primitive root "ame Aord by 'AO' >umber9 1*0. scourge. beat. give a thrust to smite. slayer. subjugate. applaud. 4. chastise. attac$. destroy #!ophal% to be smitten 1 & * . slay #man or beast% to smite. clap. slay. con7uer. attac$ and destroy. $ill. stri$e. destroy. be $illed. Brown1Driver1Briggs.!ebrew Definitions9 hârag #"trong-s !&. murderer. punish.!ebrew Definitions9 nâ$âh #"trong-s !/&&1% 1.

be slain #of food or sacrifice% 2. #BDB% slaughtering #noun feminine% a word doubtful Cart of "peech9 see above in Definition < Delated Aord by BDBJ"trongSs >umber9 a primitive root "ame Aord by 'AO' >umber9 &*0& 6. slaughter.1 & b c to $ill. to die. slay to destroy. Brown1Driver1Briggs.!ebrew Definitions9 mûth #"trong-s !. ruin #>iphal% to be $illed #Cual% to be $illed.!ebrew Definitions9 shâchatV #"trong-s !3416% 1. b c to die to die #as penalty%. Brown1Driver1Briggs. $ill. 5. perish #of a nation% to die prematurely #by neglect of wise moral conduct% #Colel% to $ill. be put to death to die. beat #verb% a #Oal% 1 to slaughter a b c d b beast for food sacrifice person in human sacrifice beaten. dispatch #!iphil% to $ill. have one e(ecuted a #Oal% 1 & * .161% 1. be slain Cart of "peech9 verb < Delated Aord by BDBJ"trongSs >umber9 a primitive root "ame Aord by 'AO' >umber9 /1. put to death . hammered #of she$els% #>iphal% to be slaughtered. put to death. to $ill.

and to plunder their spoil. and sent letters by couriers on horses. he who is to die shall be put to death: he shall not be put to death on the evidence of one witness #Deuteronomy 17:6% 2< single witness shall not rise up against a man on account of any ini7uity or any sin which he has committed: on the evidence of two or three witnesses a matter shall be confirmed #Deuteronomy 19:15% 9. to $ill and to annihilate the entire army of any people or province which might attac$ them. be put to death a to die prematurely Cart of "peech9 verb < Delated Aord by BDBJ"trongSs >umber9 a primitive root "ame Aord by 'AO' >umber9 1106 7.ews to defend themselves against such attac$s9 !e wrote in the name of Fing <hasuerus. and as a result he died. he is a murderer: the murderer shall surely be put to death #>umbers */910% -+f he struc$ him down with a stone in the hand. he is a murderer: the murderer shall surely be put to death #>umbers */914% -'he blood avenger himself shall put the murderer to death: he shall put him to death when he meets him #>umbers */916% -+f he pushed him of hatred. including children and women. allowing the . >ow the earth was corrupt in the sight of God. so that he died. #E%ther #:1!-11% the earth. by which he might die. by which he will die. he is a murderer: the murderer shall surely be put to death #>umbers */913% -Or if he struc$ him with a wooden object in the hand. -But if he struc$ him down with an iron object.d #!ophal% 1 to be $illed. riding on steeds sired by the royal stud +n them the $ing granted the . he is a murderer: the blood avenger shall put the murderer to death when he meets him #>umbers */9&1% 8.% or if he struc$ him down with his hand in enmity.ews who were in each and every city the right to assemble and to defend their lives. and behold. 2On the evidence of two witnesses or three witnesses. or threw something at him lying in wait and as a result he died. 'hen the =ODD saw that the wic$edness of man was great on 11. Ahen Fing <hasuerus #Fing of Cersia% was tric$ed into signing a decree by the evil !aman to allow for the $illing of all . and the earth was filled with violence God loo$ed on the earth. to destroy. #>umbers */9&. and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually #-ene%i% 6:5% 10. the one who struc$ him shall surely be put to death. and as a result he died.ews in Cersia. . and sealed it with the $ing-s signet ring. and as a result he died. he reversed the decree.

2+t is not for your righteousness or for the uprightness of your heart that you are going to possess their land.oshua struc$ all the land. 2Oh may the =ord not be angry. + have ventured to spea$ to the 20. 2Aill Bou indeed sweep away the righteous with the wic$ed? #-ene%i% 1#: 3% 19. the God of +srael. +saac and . 2"uppose forty are found there?2 <nd !e said. that + also may do li$ewise?#Deuteronomy 1 : 9-3!% 10 <re Calestinian =eaders Creaching >a@i1li$e !atred of . <braham came near and said. 2>ow behold. "o the =ODD said. 2+ will not do it if + find thirty there 2 #-ene%i% 1#:3!% <nd he said. beware that you are not ensnared to follow them. Ahy Calestinian children die Occupied 'erritories9 "top Hse of 5hildren in "uicide Bombings 18. 2+f + find in "odom fifty righteous within the city. to <braham. 2"uppose the fifty righteous are lac$ing five. 2+ will not do it on account of the forty 2 #-ene%i% 1#: 9% 'hen he said. saying. but it is because of the wic$edness of these nations that the =ODD your God is driving them out before you. and you dispossess them and dwell in their land.it was corrupt: for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth #-ene%i% 6:11-1 % 12. then + will spare the whole place on their account 2 #-ene%i% 1#: 6% the whole city because of five?2 <nd !e said. the hill country and the >egev and the lowland and the slopes and all their $ings !e left no survivor. 2Bou shall not behave thus toward the =ODD your God. after they are destroyed before you. -!ow do these nations serve their gods. 2+ will not destroy it if + find forty1five there 2 #-ene%i% 1#: #% !e spo$e to !im yet again and said. and that you do not in7uire after their gods. had commanded #Jo%hua 1!:4!% 13. but he utterly destroyed all who breathed. for every abominable act which the =ODD hates they have done for their gods: for they even burn their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods #Deuteronomy 1 :31% <nd the <vvites made >ibha@ and 'arta$: and the "epharvites burned their children in the fire to <drammelech and <nammelech the gods of "epharvaim # 'in(% 17:31% 1/ 2Ahen the =ODD your God cuts off before you the nations which you are going in to dispossess. and + shall spea$: suppose thirty are found there?2 <nd !e said.acob #Deuteronomy 9:5% 14.ews? Cuppet masters twist young minds to hate 17. in order to confirm the oath which the =ODD swore to your fathers. will Bou destroy . just as the =ODD. 'hus .

here is a brief synopsis to get you a better bac$ground about . and + shall spea$ only this once: suppose ten are found there?2 <nd !e said.onah to travel to the city of >ineveh to warn them about their impending judgment. 'he sailors were terrified and eventually figured out that . Bahweh. not reali>ing that the story re"eals that the ancients belie"ed that 'od was merciful. unforgiving control1frea$: a vindictive. capriciously malevolent bully 21 <bsent from any of Daw$ins. unjust. 2+ will not destroy it on account of the ten 2 #-ene%i% 1#:3 % 21. but not before warning them Jonah and God"s mercy? For those of you who only remember the whale part of . who sent . the God of the Bible. saying. and attempted to flee from God by paying for passage on a foreign ship *!owever.description of God is !is mercy Ceople tend to thin$ of the God of the Old 'estament as cruel and unforgiving. they often wished %e hadn't been. for she hid the messengers whom . 2Oh may the =ord not be angry. megalomaniacal. although. 2+ will not destroy it on account of the twenty 2 #-ene%i% 1#:31% 'hen he said. pestilential. God judged many people groups. sadomasochistic.onah was thrown overboard and God directed a great fish #or whale 1 the !ebrew is not that specific% .oshua spared: and she has lived in the midst of +srael to this day. God was not amused and sent a violent storm . Dahab the harlot and her father-s household and all she had.onah-s story.onah God called . is 2jealous and proud of it: a petty. the angels urged =ot.oshua sent to spy out . at time. infanticidal. racist.esus to atone for the sins of the world 'he Old 'estament prophets were always warning the people about the wrath of God should they stray from the path of righteousness !owever. !ich Deem <ccording to Dichard Daw$ins. which he eventually admitted to them / .onah was the cause of their endangerment.ericho #Jo%hua 6: 5% The 3ercy of God as *ound in the . homophobic. filicidal. genocidal.=ord: suppose twenty are found there?2 <nd !e said.ld Testament by Rich Deem INTRODUCTION 8onah and 3od9s Mercy Most 7hristians know $onah as the reluctant prophet who was swallowed by a whale in order for 'od to con"ince him to go to 9ine"eh. bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser: a misogynistic. . ta$e your wife and your two daughters who are here. whereas the God of the >ew 'estament is seen as the God of mercy.onah had different ideas. Atheists often get caught up in the whale part of the story. because of their wic$edness &. or you will be swept away in the punishment of the city 2 #-ene%i% 19:15% && !owever. Ahen morning dawned. what is usually ignored by atheists is God-s mercy for those who did repent of doing evil Bes. 2Hp.

when they refused to heed !is warnings 16 !ere is a short list from the writings of the prophets9 Prophet *saiah $eremiah Famentations =>ekiel %osea $oel Amos <badiah Warnin2 to $udah $udah $erusalem $erusalem. <lthough warned. but then caused the death of the plant the ne(t day . it was clear to .onah was so angry with God that he as$ed God to $ill him 6 <fter that conversation. . .onah that God was merciful and !e would reconsider !is judgment of evil if the people repented 1& "ince . God warned the people prior to e(ecuting judgment "ome of these warnings were heeded 13 and others not. souls in >ineveh9 'hen the =ODD said.onah was reluctant to go to >ineveh because they were $nown for their cruelty.onah decided to do what God had originally re7uested and travelled to >ineveh to preach repentance from their evil 3 < number of 5hristians assume . but were prevented when the angels caused them all to become blind 10 +n many lesser $nown stories. >oah preached to the people of the coming judgment during the 1.14 with the e(pected conse7uences God-s own people were often recipients of God-s judgment.onah did not want to go . God caused a plant to grow overnight to give . 2Bou had compassion on the plant for which you did not wor$ and which you did not cause to grow. God sent a flood to $ill all humanity e(cept >oah and his family !owever.. persons who do not $now the difference between their right and left hand. all the men of "odom #including both young and old% attempted to rape the two angels who came to warn =ot of the impending judgment 1. .onah left the city and sat outside of it hoping that God would still destroy the city 1. in the greatest story of judgment.. which came up overnight and perished overnight "hould + not have compassion on >ineveh.1/ the men attempted to harm =ot. the great city in which there are more than 1&. =gypt *srael Tyre.to swallow . the account gives a different reason why ..onah shade during his watch.onah-s priorities were completely messed up.onah wanted no part in God-s mercy. he tried to avoid following God-s instructions to warn the people Did God $arn others? <theists would li$e you to believe that the God of the Old 'estament just randomly $illed people for no good reason and without warning +t turns out that atheists often don-t present the entire stories about God-s judgment For e(ample. as well as many animals?2 #Jonah 4:1!-11% "o. since he was more concerned about a plant that gave him shade than the fate of 1&....onah actually wanted God to judge the city of >ineveh and $ill all their inhabitants !e was disappointed that the $ing and the people repented of their evil and were spared from God-s judgment 4 +n fact. @hilistia *srael =dom #esult $udgment $udgment $udgment 7apti"ity in 8abylon $udgment $udgment $udgment $udgment .onah and ta$e him to the shore 0 Once e(pelled from the whale. :idon. and he feared for his life !owever. years he was building the ar$ 1* +n another famous e(ample.... because of their evil +n fact.onah was furious about the plant 11 God pointed out that . God destroyed the cites of "odom and Gomorrah. Tyre.

!is mercy e(tends only to those who heed !is words of warning 'here is no toleration for evil in God-s $ingdom. but only the guilty +n addition. virtually always. and other cities #esult !epentance $udgment $udgment $udgment $udgment $udgment +t is a well $nown principle that God regularly warned people of impending judgment and !e personally indicated that !e would relent if they changed their ways 1& "o.onah wanted God to $ill all the people of >ineveh. the guilty individuals were warned ahead of time about their sin . <braham as$ed God if !e would destroy the cities if there were /. atheists cite the Old 'estament for e(amples of where God $illed 2innocent2 people !owever.onah reveals that God was $nown for !is mercy even in Old 'estament times ?ven though God is merciful.ob. so those who insist on testing God-s resolve toward sin will find themselves judged. ac$nowledged that God did not judge the innocent with the guilty. "o. righteous people in them &1 God said no 'hen <braham as$ed the same 7uestion if there were .onah is often $nown as the reluctant prophet. the te(ts show that the innocent are not judged. God does not destroy the righteous along with the evil CONCLUSION +n numerous instances. and incarcerated inGod-s jail RELATED PAGES • • Did God 5ommit <trocities by Ordering the Filling of ?ntire 5ities of Ceople? ?ye for an ?ye or =ove 'hy >eighbor? <re the )essages of the Old and >ew 'estaments Different? . but because he feared its people might repent and God might spare them .idea that God $illed people without warning is false Does God %ill the innocent? Did God $ill any innocent people along with the evil ones? +n the two most famous e(amples of God-s judgment discussed above. $ing of Gerar. <bimelech. too$ <braham-s wife because he lied saying that she was his sister &* !owever. Ahen God was about to destroy the cities of "odom and Gomorrah. God prevented <bimelech from sleeping with her and warned him in a dream <bimelech heeded God-s warning and was spared from death &* ?lipha@ the 'emanite. the te(t clearly says that all the people God $illed were evil &. in his discussions with . but that those who act sinfully will incur God-s judgment &. 5hristians are not the only people who often seem to want to see God judge people for their evil. the atheists./ righteous people ?very time he dropped the number and got the same answer 'he fact is that God would not have destroyed those cities if there were any righteous people in them 'he few righteous who were in those cities !e warned ahead of time to get out && +n another e(ample.Prophet $onah Micah 9ahum %abakkuk Iephaniah Iechariah Warnin2 to 9ine"eh *srael 9ine"eh $udah $udah Tyre. although the reason for his hesitation was not due to the cruelty of >ineveh. rather than praying for their reconciliation with God . but feared !is mercy "o.

udgmental? Doesn-t the Bible "ay. Daw$ins. <nd the =ODD appointed a great fish to swallow .ews9 +sn-t God Hnfair in "howing "uch Creference? Does the Bible "ay God Depents From Doing ?vil? REFERENCES 1.onah ran away from the =ODD and headed for 'arshish !e went down to .onah was in the stomach of the fish three days and three nights #Jonah 1:17% 'hen the =ODD commanded the fish. But .and ?liminate <ll ?vil? Ahat <bout <trocities 'hat !ave Been Done in the >ame of Deligion < =oving God Aould >ot "end Billions of Ceople to !ell.1 Croof to the 5ontrary 'he Crofessor 'eaches <bout ?vil and 5hristianity 'here is 'oo )uch ?vil and "uffering For God to ?(ist? +s it Cossible for God to Crovide -Cartial Free Aill. 'he =ODD hurled a great wind on the sea and there was a great storm on the sea so that the ship was about to brea$ up #Jonah 1:4% him.. where he found a ship bound for that port <fter paying the fare. D &. 2!ow could you do this?2 For the men $new that he was fleeing from the presence of the =ODD.udge2 -Ceople are Basically Good. go to >ineveh the great city and cry against it. and .onah up onto the dry land #Jonah :1!% 5. 'he word of the =ODD came to .onah. and it vomited . 2Do >ot .% 3.he -od Delu%ion.• • • • • • • • • • 'hou "hall >ot Fill1 Does God 8iolate !is Own 5ommandment? Ahy are 5hristians "o . the .oppa. p *1 2.4 . for their wic$edness has come up before )e 2 #Jonah 1:1.onah the son of <mittai saying. 'hen the men became e(tremely frightened and they said to 6. Aould !e? God-s 5hosen Ceople. 2<rise. he went aboard and sailed for 'arshish to flee from the =ODD #Jonah 1:3% 4. because he had told them #Jonah 1:1!% .

2Clease =ODD. and . 2Do you have a right to be angry about the vine?2 2+ do. and said.onah arose and went to >ineveh according to the word of the =ODD >ow >ineveh was an e(ceedingly great city. 2Ahere are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have se( with them 2 #-ene%i% 19:4-5% 15. and the sun bla@ed on .onah to give shade for his head to ease his discomfort.wal$ #Jonah 3:3% 8. that they turned from their wic$ed way. and one who relents concerning calamity 2 #Jonah 3:1!-4: % 9. .2 he said 2+ am angry enough to die 2 #Jonah 4:6-9% 12. and seven others: # $eter :5% 13. Ahen God saw their deeds. if he did not spare the ancient world when he brought the 14. slow to anger and abundant in loving$indness. and if it does evil in my sight and does not obey me.onah-s head so that he grew faint !e wanted to die. a three days. 2>o. torn down and destroyed. and if that nation + warned repents of its evil. which chewed the vine so that it withered Ahen the sun rose.onah went out and sat down at a place east of the city 'here he made himself a shelter. O =ODD. my friends Don-t do this wic$ed thing 2 #-ene%i% 19:6-7% .onah and he became angry !e prayed to the =ODD and said.onah was very happy about the vine But at dawn the ne(t day God provided a worm.onah. =ot went outside to meet them and shut the door behind him and said. then God relented concerning the calamity which !e had declared !e would bring upon them <nd !e did not do it But it greatly displeased . 2'herefore now. for death is better to me than life 2 #Jonah 4:3% 10. then + will reconsider the good + had intended to do for it 2 #Jeremiah 1#:7-1!% flood on its ungodly people. please ta$e my life from me. 'hen the =ODD God provided a vine and made it grow up over . a preacher of righteousness. all the men from every part of the city of "odomTboth young and oldTsurrounded the house 'hey called to =ot. then + will relent and not inflict on it the disaster + had planned <nd if at another time + announce that a nation or $ingdom is to be built up and planted. Before they had gone to bed. "o . sat in its shade and waited to see what would happen to the city #Jonah 4:5% 11. 2+f at any time + announce that a nation or $ingdom is to be uprooted. 2+t would be better for me to die than to live 2 But God said to . was not this what + said while + was still in my own country? 'herefore in order to forestall this + fled to 'arshish.7. but protected >oah. for + $new that Bou are a gracious and compassionate God. God provided a scorching east wind.

but they became arrogant and disobeyed your commands 'hey sinned against your ordinances.udah and those living in . 2)ove bac$ from the tents of these wic$ed menI Do not touch anything belonging to them.erusalem. its abundant harvest goes to the $ings you have placed over us 'hey rule over our bodies and our cattle as they please Ae are in great distress #@ehemiah 9:36-37% 'he =ODD said to me. slaves in the land you gave our forefathers so they could eat its fruit and the other good things it produces Because of our sins.2 they replied <nd they said. 2'his fellow came here as an alien. and now he wants to play the judgeI Ae-ll treat you worse than them 2 'hey $ept bringing pressure on =ot and moved forward to brea$ down the door But the men inside reached out and pulled =ot bac$ into the house and shut the door 'hen they struc$ the men who were at the door of the house. 2Get out of our way. young and old.16. Ahen the prophet who had brought him bac$ from his 19.erusalem9 -=isten to the terms of this covenant and follow them From the time + brought your forefathers up from ?gypt until today. in accordance with the entire =aw that + commanded your fathers to obey and that + delivered to you through my servants the prophets 2 # 'in(% 17:13% 'herefore the =ODD rejected all the people of +srael: he afflicted them and gave them into the hands of plunderers. became stiff1 nec$ed and refused to listen #@ehemiah 9: 9% 2But see. with blindness so that they could not find the door #-ene%i% 19:9-11% 17. and the elders of +srael followed him !e warned the assembly. or you will be swept away because of all their sins 2 #@umber% 16: 4.udah and in the streets of . 2Croclaim all these words in the towns of .udah through all his prophets and seers9 2'urn from your evil ways Observe my commands and decrees. we are slaves today. they followed the stubbornness of their evil hearts "o + brought on them all the curses of the covenant + had commanded them to follow but that they did not $eep -2 #Jeremiah 11:6-#% 2>ow therefore say to the people of . which has mauled him and $illed him. + warned them again and again. Dathan and <biram -2 )oses got up and went to Dathan and <biram. 2"ay to the assembly. -)ove away from the tents of Forah. 2Obey me 2 But they did not listen or pay attention: instead. as the word of the =ODD had warned him 2 #1 'in(% 13: 6% 18. by which a man will live if he obeys them "tubbornly they turned their bac$s on you.6% journey heard of it. saying. until he thrust them from his presence # 'in(% 17: !% 2Bou warned them to return to your law. he said. 'he =ODD warned +srael and . -'his is what the =ODD says9 =oo$I + am preparing . 2+t is the man of God who defied the word of the =ODD 'he =ODD has given him over to the lion.

all the men from every part of the city of "odomTboth young and oldTsurrounded the house 'hey called to =ot. 2+ will not destroy it on account of the ten 2 <s soon as !e had finished spea$ing to <braham the =ODD departed. and reform your ways and your actions . + have ventured to spea$ to the =ord: suppose twenty are found there?2 <nd !e said.eremiah 14911% 'heir land will be laid waste. 2Hp. the angels urged =ot. an object of lasting scorn: all who pass by will be appalled and will sha$e their heads =i$e a wind from the east. 2Oh may the =ord not be angry. will Bou destroy the whole city because of five?2 <nd !e said.udge of all the earth deal justly?2 "o the =ODD said. 2"uppose forty are found there?2 <nd !e said. 2+ will not destroy it on account of the twenty 2 'hen he said. ta$e your wife and your two daughters who are here.a disaster for you and devising a plan against you "o turn from your evil ways. for the compassion of the =ODD was upon him: and they brought him out. and put him outside the city #-ene%i% 19:15-16% . to slay the righteous with the wic$ed. 2>ow behold. 2Ahere are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have se( with them 2 #-ene%i% 19:4-5% 21. 2Oh may the =ord not be angry. and + shall spea$: suppose thirty are found there?2 <nd !e said. 2+ will not do it if + find thirty there 2 <nd he said. and + shall spea$ only this once: suppose ten are found there?2 <nd !e said. 'hen the =ODD saw that the wic$edness of man was great on the earth. + will scatter them before their enemies: + will show them my bac$ and not my face in the day of their disaster 2 #Jeremiah 1#:16-17% 20. 2+f + find in "odom fifty righteous within the city. saying. or you will be swept away in the punishment of the city 2 But he hesitated "o the men sei@ed his hand and the hand of his wife and the hands of his two daughters. while <braham was still standing before the =ODD <braham came near and said.#. then + will spare the whole place on their account 2 <nd <braham replied. 2+ will not destroy it if + find forty1five there 2 !e spo$e to !im yet again and said. although + am but dust and ashes "uppose the fifty righteous are lac$ing five. and <braham returned to his place #-ene%i% 1#: -33% 22. Ahen morning dawned. 2+ will not do it on account of the forty 2 'hen he said. 2>ow behold. so that the righteous and the wic$ed are treated ali$e Far be it from BouI "hall not the . and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually #-ene%i% 6:5% Before they had gone to bed. each one of you. + have ventured to spea$ to the =ord. 'hen the men turned away from there and went toward "odom. 2Aill Bou indeed sweep away the righteous with the wic$ed? "uppose there are fifty righteous within the city: will Bou indeed sweep it away and not spare the place for the sa$e of the fifty righteous who are in it? Far be it from Bou to do such a thing.

God seems to be unable or unwilling to prevent the vast amount of evil and suffering in the world 'he atheist concludes that either God is not loving or not all1powerful or that God does not e(ist. perfect uni"erse. but to pro"ide a place where spiritual creatures can choose to lo"e or re&ect 'od # to li"e with %im fore"er in a new. the purpose of the uni"erse is not to be morally or physically perfect. will you destroy an innocent nation? Did he not say to me. for he is a prophet. do not apply to the God of the Bible and !is created universe ?ven the assumption that evil and suffering are bad for us must be 7uestioned in light of what the Bible says 'his page specifically defends the principle that moral evil must e(ist <nother page e(amines the reasons why natural evil must e(ist <lthough many atheists claim the presence of moral evil precludes the e(istence of God. + $now you did this with a clear conscience. %owe"er. -"he is my sister. you may be sure that you and all yours will die 2 #-ene%i% !:1-7% &.and didn-t she also say. others admit that God would be completely justified in allowing moral evil 1 . !e could stop all the suffering 'he atheistic arguments contain some subtle assumptions that.. <ne cannot choose between good and bad if bad did not e6ist. or re&ect %im and li"e apart from %im for eternity. and so + have $ept you from sinning against me 'hat is why + did not let you touch her >ow return the man-s wife.23. who ever perished being innocent? Or where were the upright destroyed? 2<ccording to what + have seen. 2Demember now. 2Bou are as good as dead because of the woman you have ta$en: she is a married woman 2 >ow <bimelech had not gone near her. -!e is my brother-? + have done this with a clear conscience and clean hands 2 'hen God said to him in the dream. according to 7hristianity. because if !e did e(ist. 2Bes. 2=ord. >ow <braham moved on from there into the region of the >egev and lived between Fadesh and "hur For a while he stayed in Gerar. *t's an ama>ing simple logical principle. those who plow ini7uity <nd those who sow trouble harvest it #Job 4:7-#% There is Too 3uch 1vil and 4ufferin by Rich Deem *or God to 1/ist? INTRODUCTION Purpose of -vil? Most atheists assume that a personal 'od would only create a uni"erse that is both good morally and perfect physically. and there <braham said of his wife "arah. *t would not be possible to make this choice in a uni"erse in which all moral choices are restricted to only good choices. and he will pray for you and you will live But if you do not return her. 2"he is my sister 2 'hen <bimelech $ing of Gerar sent for "arah and too$ her But God came to <bimelech in a dream one night and said to him. so he said. as + will show. !ich Deem <theists often claim that the presence of evil is an argument against the e(istence of God 'he 5hristian God is supposed to be both loving and all1powerful Despite these characteristics.

God does not e(ist The Bible"s Response 'he Bible does state that God is 2all powerful 2 +n the Old 'estament.esus said that the first and foremost commandment was to 2=ove the =ord your God 21.6 but was de%i(nedto be temporary1. then the created beings would have had no free will. loving God must create a universe that is perfect 'his is the statement that is false and invalidates the argument >owhere does the Bible state that the universe was created to be perfect God !imself called it 2good2 0 and 2very good. as such. God could have programmed humans to say that they loved !im. we can agree that the first statement is a correct interpretation of what the Bible says about the characteristics of God 'he ne(t statement indicates that a perfect.2 which is translated 2God <lmighty 2 & 'he Bible also states that God is loving *+n fact. would essentially be programmed computers "uch beings would be incapable of love. atheists produce generic arguments against a generic God whose characteristics and creation do not match those that are described in the Bible <theists may not accept what the Bible says. and perfect < perfect. and. in reality. characteri@ed by the possibility of love. loving.23 but never 2perfect 2 +n fact. since love involves ma$ing a choice 1 which re7uires the ability to choose not to love For e(ample. is only possible if created beings are given free will +f God had created the universe with no possibility of evil or sin. < personal relationship. and will be replaced with a perfect universe11that will be permanent 1& "cience also tells us that the universe was designed to be temporary 1* Why t$o creations instead of one? Ahy would God create an imperfect. but shows a lac$ of understanding of the biblical reason of why God created the universe One can find the reason for the creation of the universe in the first few chapters of the Bible God created humans in order to have a personal relationship with them. but they cannot say the God of the Bible cannot logically e(ist and then ignore what the Bible has to say about the characteristics of God +f the atheist states that the God of the Bible is logically impossible. which !e had with <dam and ?ve before they sinned #Genesis &% .The atheists" lo ical ar ument Ahat + have found is that atheists li$e to say that their arguments against God-s e(istence specifically e(clude the God of the Bible as a God who could e(ist !owever. loving God would create a universe that was perfect #e g . 'he Bible also indicates that God is perfect / "o. the Bible indicates that God i% love . temporary universe only to replace it later with a perfect one? Ahy wouldn-t God have created a perfect universe in the first place? 'his is a good 7uestion. God !imself stated that part of the original creation was 2not good 2 4'he Bible states that the current universe is not perfect. no evil and suffering% 'he universe is not perfect but contains evil and suffering 'herefore. + can program my computer to say 2+ love you2 when it starts up Does this mean that the computer really loves me? Of course notI =i$ewise. one of God-s titles is 2?l "hadday. without the possibility of rejecting !im or performing evil deeds . he cannot pic$ and choose which arguments from the Bible to accept in order to 2prove2 his point =et-s formali@e the atheist-s arguments9 1 & * God is all1powerful.

& million 5ambodians $illed by their own governmentin the 163. often characteri@ed by large brains and fle(ible hands and feet primates >one of these societies have the capacity for evil that we have Ae are different from all other animals on our planet 1 a fact that has no scientific or evolutionary e(planation 13 . and +-m on my way to try them out Clease e(cuse me . -Go out to the roads and country lanes and ma$e them come in. . but a relationship with billions1/ of these creatures in !is future. -what you ordered has been done. mon$eys.-s +n fact.the servant said.ews $illed by !itler. so + can-t come .ust watch the nightly news or read your newspaper =oo$ at all the evil perpetuated in the last century alone 1 0 million . -5ome. apes. for everything is now ready . but there is still room . there have been hundreds of massacres committed in virtually every nation of the world 'he Bible says that the presence of evil is due to the spiritual component of our nature 1 something that animals do not possess God endowed !is spiritual creatures #humans and angels% with free will to love God or to oppose !im 'he most powerful created being #the angel "atan% rebelled and led one third of the angels into opposition against God 'hose humans who oppose or ignore God follow "atan into rebellion 1 either consciously or unconsciously "ome people blame the evil on 2society 2 !owever.esus replied9 2< certain man Mrepresenting GodN was preparing a great ban7uet and invited many guests <t the time of the ban7uet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited. the crippled. so that my house $ill be full #2uke 14:16. bounded evil 10in order to allow free will beings to have the ability to love and to ma$e choices + am going to propose something which seems to support the atheists. perfect creation +f God-s purpose is to have relationships with free will beings in a future creation. there are many e(amples of societies in the animal $ingdom. these programmed beings would e(hibit about as much true love as my computer 1 not a very satisfying relationship 'herefore. then there must be a means by which these beings can ma$e a choice to enter or not enter into this relationship 'he means by which we ma$e this choice is e(actly the message of the Bible 'herefore the Bible says that God allows temporary.'he servant came bac$ and reported this to his master 'hen the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant. million Dussians $illed by "talin.arguments regarding evil + agree that there is a lot of evil in the world +n fact. God created the universe for the e(press purpose of allowing free will spiritual beings the opportunity to have fellowship with !im #and li$ewise. and + must go and see it Clease e(cuse me .'hen the master told his servant. -+ have just bought a field.<nother said. the blind and the lame -"ir. -Go out 7uic$ly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor.3% 'his parable tells that God wants not only a relationship with humans in this universe.esus e(plained the ultimate goal of God in the parable of the ban7uet9 .But they all ali$e began to ma$e e(cuses 'he first said. there is too much evil in the world from what would be e(pected from chaos theory or the laws of physics ?volution does not e(plain the vast amount of evil done by man$ind >one of the other creatures on our planet have the capacity for evil that man$ind have >o other mammals $ill arbitrarily 'hey only $ill to eat and survive 1 but not man$ind . reject !im% What does God $ant? God-s purposes in creating the universe go beyond merely creating free will beings that love !im in this temporary universe .."till another said.!owever. society is composed of individuals who ma$e individual choices )ost of the evil is committed by people who oppose the will of society +n contrast. especially among the <n order of mammals including man. -+ just got married.. -+ have just bought five yo$e of o(en. the Col Cot regime specifically preached atheism and sought to e(terminate all religious e(pression in 5ambodia +n addition to these atrocities. etc .

a serious. when + heard the gospel of . in and out of hospitals >ot being able to do anything else in my own strength. which will be perfect% . but God had to brea$ my will. we would do things to ourselves that could be very destructive 14For e(ample. which has been the greatest joy of my life +n addition.esus.esus 5hrist. he sees the trials as mere annoyance or pointless suffering. at which time the tests revealed + had 5rohn-s disease. often resulting in bitterness CONCLUSION 1 God did not design this universe to be perfect. + am much more than$ful for my good health since that time of trial. 'he Bible tells us that 2all things to wor$ together for good to those who love God 2&1=et me give you a couple concrete e(amples in my own life that illustrate these points + got very sic$ in 164/. you will find that it is through trials that they grow in their character and their faith During the 2easy2 times. suffering. but as a temporary creation where free will beings ma$e choices about where they want to spend eternity #in the new creation.esus 5hristthree years later. we become complacent For the non15hristian. aged /. and was e(pected to live four to seven years Ae had been married only seven years and had three sons. in ways that only they can understand + $now through this trial God will ma$e me a better ambassador of . + cried out to God and promised to try to follow !im and do what !e wanted me to do #although + had no idea what that was at the time% Aithin three months all symptoms of 5rohn-s disease had disappeared 'he trial was awful at the time. clothes. and have been more sympathetic and helpful to others who are undergoing similar trials +n 1660 my wife 5arole and + learned that she had an inoperable brain tumor. so that. which helps ma$e us mature and complete 16 'hese trials also increase our faith 1 a 2refining by fire 2&. and raising our boys "he also is more committed to helping others and regularly offers help as she is able +n addition. and death are bad or evil +n fact. during this time God has been faithful in answering our prayers and comforting us through the many people who have loved us Ahat has been abundantly clear is that those people who have gone through the most severe trials are the ones who have ministered most to us 'he trials these people have e(perienced have made them sensitive to the needs of others in similar situations. incurable inflammatory disease of the intestines + found myself unable to do things using my own abilities and strength + was bedridden in severe pain for two months. but it has produced some remar$able changes in 5arole !er interest in jewelry. * and 1 years old at the time 'he time since then has been difficult. if we didn-t feel pain when we touched a hot object. and bring me opportunities for ministry which + would have ignored. and other unimportant things has been replaced by a heightened commitment to family. in fact. + accepted it and turned my life over to . we would not react until we saw our flesh smo$ing 'his is obviously not a good thing to do Cain tells us we need to react to a situation before serious damage occurs 1vil as a means of spiritual ro$th )any things that people consider to be bad are. physical pain is absolutely vital to our survival +f we felt no pain. had + not gone through this e(perience +n tal$ing to other 5hristians about sufferings.Why pain is necessary 'he atheist also ma$es the assumption that all pain. with the medicine doing nothing to improve my condition + considered that + would probably spend the rest of my life in pain. useful in our spiritual growth 'he Bible says that trials in our lives produce perseverance.

ews9 +sn-t God Hnfair in "howing "uch Creference? -Ceople are Basically Good. the . they will have to be separated from the new creation. and will prepare us to show God-s love to others when they suffer through similar things God want us to learn from this life.& 'he new creation will be perfect. some bad things will happen to us due to 2bad luc$2 or chance !owever.ruth)laim% to the .1 Croof to the 5ontrary 'he Crofessor 'eaches <bout ?vil and 5hristianity Ahat <bout <trocities 'hat !ave Been Done in the >ame of Deligion • • • • • • • • • • • .orldview . . not just have a party * 5um poate sa e(iste Dumne@eu daca e(ista atata suferinta in lume? #Domanian% RELATED PAGES • • Ahere is God Ahen Bad 'hings !appen? Ahy >atural ?vil "u%t ?(ist .ealous Doesn-t 'hat )a$e !im the Divine !ypocrite? God-s 5hosen Ceople. these things will teach us to be more sensitive to the needs of others.orld o8 Di88eren*e: $uttin( )hri%tian . since God is unwilling to compromise !is character <ll people will suffer at least somewhat because of bad choices that others ma$e +n addition. because of the temporary nature of the universe.e%t by Fenneth D "amples Did God 5reate ?vil 1 Does the Bible "ay "o? +s it Cossible for God to Crovide -Cartial Free Ailland ?liminate <ll ?vil? "outheast <sia ?arth7ua$e and 'sunami1 Ahere was God? Did God 5ommit <trocities by Ordering the Filling of ?ntire 5ities of Ceople? Ahere was God During the Aorld 'rade 5enter <ttac$? 'hou "hall >ot Fill1 Does God 8iolate !is Own 5ommandment? +f God is . but will not have absolute free will for its inhabitants Ae must agree in this life to give up some of our free will in the ne(t life 'hose who are unwilling to give up their own free will choices will not be forced to do so in the ne(t life !owever.

'he =ODD God said. <nd God called the dry land earth. 2<lthough an omniscient. and the gathering of the waters !e called seas: and God saw that it $as #-ene%i% 1:1!% "ee also Genesis 19. But + trust in ?our unfailin love: my heart rejoices in Bour salvation #$%alm 13:5% 2For God so loved the $orld. that whoever believes in !im should not perish. >ow when <bram was ninety1nine years old. he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not man1made. 1&. &1. <nd we have come to $now and have believed the love which God has for us God is love. the si(th day #-ene%i% 1:31% + will ma$e a helper suitable for him 2 #-ene%i% :1#% 8. For all !is ways are just: < God of faithfulness and without injustice. <ccording to atheist philosopher Brian )arston. perfectly good God could be justified in allowing moral evil. not a part of this creation #6ebrew% 9:11% that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children . 2+t is not ood for the man to be alone 9. that is to say. 14. 2'he Doc$I His $or% is perfect. Ahen 5hrist came as high priest of the good things that are already here.. as your heavenly *ather is perfect #"atthew 5:4#% 6. and behold. that !e gave !is only begotten "on. &/ ood 7. <nd God saw all that !e had made.• • • • < =oving God Aould >ot "end Billions of Ceople to !ell. but have eternal life 2 #John 3:16% 4. and be blameless #-ene%i% 17:1% 3. omnipotent. it $as very ood <nd there was evening and there was morning. the =ODD appeared to <bram and said to him. Dighteous and upright is !e #Deuteronomy 3 :4% 2'herefore you are to be perfect. 2+ am God !lmi hty: Aal$ before )e. Aould !e? Does the Bible "ay God Depents From Doing ?vil? 'he +ncredible Design of the ?arth and Our "olar "ystem "cience and the Bible9 Does the Bible 5ontradict "cientific Crinciples? REFERENCES 1. and the one who abides in love abides in God. and God abides in him #1 John 4:16% 5. such a God is never justified in creating a world in which natural evil occurs 2 #Brian )arston 1664 'he Croblem of >atural ?vil % 2.

in contrast.of God Ae $now that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time #&oman% #: 1. 2Behold. standing before the throne and in front of the =amb 'hey were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands #&evelation 7:9% 16. such a collapse would result in the 2Big 5runch2 1 the state in which all the mass would be concentrated in one giant blob for the entire rest of the history of the universe #again life would be impossible% 14. 'hen + saw a new heaven and a new earth. had we been created with !is abilities and power 'herefore we were created with complete free1will within our limited framewor$ of * dimensions of space and 1 dimension of time God. dimensions of space and at least & dimensions of time 13 "ee !umans Deally <re DifferentI 18.% 10. people and language. probably because !e $new the evil we would have been capable of. + will create new heavens and a new earth 'he 12. 2so will your name and descendants endure #+%aiah 66: % 11. for the old order of things has passed away 2 #&evelation 1:4% endure before me. <fter this + loo$ed and there before me was a reat multitude that no one could count. e(ists is at least 1. the universe will continue to e(pand indefinitely and all the stars will eventually burn out and life would not be possible for the entire rest of the history of the universe ?ven if there were enough matter to cause the eventual collapse of the universe. tribe. and there was no longer any sea #&evelation 1:1% former things will not be remembered. there is not enough matter in the universe to cause to contract 'herefore.2 declares the =ODD.#"atthew :37% "ee also Deuteronomy 09/ 15. God. nor will they come to mind #+%aiah 65:17% !e will wipe every tear from their eyes 'here will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain. . 2<s the new heavens and the new earth that + ma$e will 1* 'he &nd law of thermodynamics clearly shows that the universe was designed to be temporary <ccording to the most recent evidence. for the first heaven and the first earth had passed a$ay.esus replied9 2-=ove the =ord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind . from every nation. Dare disease ma$es girl unable to feel pain from ">@7) . in !is wisdom and sovereignty created us with significantly less power and ability than !e has.

the Bible says that God has repented from doing evil9 • • <nd the =ODD repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people #E?odu% 3 :14% <nd when the angel stretched out his hand upon . whenever you face trials of many $inds. but turned from that sinG Does 'od repent from doing e"ilG !ich Deem Depentance is the act of turning away from one-s sin to righteous behavior <s some s$eptics have pointed out. to those who are called according to !is purpose 2 #&oman% #: #% Does the Bible 4ay God Repents *rom Doin by Rich Deem 1vil? INTRODUCTION *oes 3od #epent? According to the King James =nglish translation. 5onsider it pure joy. and said to the angel that destroyed the people. my brothers. which perishes even though refined by fire11may be proved genuine and may result in praise. not lac$ing anything #Jame% 1: -4% 20.19. because you $now that the testing of your faith develops perseverance Cerseverance must finish its wor$ so that you may be mature and complete. glory and honor when . 'od 4repented of the e"il which he thought to do unto his people. though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all $inds of trials 'hese have come so that your faith11of greater worth than gold.4 Does this mean that 'od was thinking about sinning. +t is enough9 stay now thine hand <nd the angel of the =ODD was by the threshingplace of <raunah the . that they turned from their evil way: and God repented of the evil. +n this you greatly rejoice.ebusite # >amuel 4:16% <nd God saw their wor$s. that he had said that he would do unto them: and he did it not #Jonah 3:1!% • Does this mean that God is a sinner and is in need of repentance? 'he Bible is 7uite clear that God is not the author of evil and insists that !e is incapable of doing so 1 +s this a contradiction? 0ove that 9in James translation2 .erusalem to destroy it. the =ODD repented him of the evil.esus 5hrist is revealed #1 $eter 1:6-7% &1 2<nd we $now that God causes all things to wor$ together for good to those who love God.

stay now thine hand."$eptics love the 'in( Jame% . and %e was grie"ed in %is heart. years ago "o the phrase 2it repented the =ord2 does not mean that God repented from doing evil Hebre$ meanin s <ll the verses above.1= %in2 8ames And it repented the F<!D that he had made man on the earth. the 'in( Jame% version translates Genesis 090 as 2<nd it repented the =ODD that he had made man on the earth. and the F<!D changed %is mind about the misfortune which %e had pronounced against themG 8ut we are committing a great e"il against oursel"es.: -<odus 3/. and it grieved him at his heart 2 'he @ew . and it grie"ed him at his heart. And when the angel stretched out his hand upon $erusalem to destroy it. the F<!D was with the &udge and deli"ered them from the hand of their enemies all the days of the &udgeC for the F<!D was mo"ed to pity by their groaning because of those who oppressed and afflicted them.1:7 1 Chronicles /1. 4*t is enoughC now rela6 your hand. And 'od sent an angel to $erusalem to destroy itC but as he was about to destroy it. And the angel of the F<!D was by the threshingplace of Araunah the $ebusite..ames% versus modern #>ew <merican "tandard% ?nglish translations can be seen in the table below9 Comparison of Translations Verse 3enesis :. and others.4 And the angel of the F<!D was standing by the threshing floor of <rnan the $ebusite.4 8ud2es /. and deli"ered them out of the hand of their enemies all the days of the &udgeB for it repented the F<!D because of their groanings by reason of them that oppressed them and "e6ed them. Did %e>ekiah king of $udah and all $udah put him at all to deathG did he not fear the F<!D. including 2to be sorry. the F<!D repented him of the e"il. *t is enough. *t is enoughB stay now thine hand. 4Did %e>ekiah king of $udah and all $udah put him to deathG Did he not fear the F<!D and entreat the fa"or of the F<!D.1> / $amuel /=.2 2console oneself.ran%lation so much.2 2repent. and besought the F<!D. /hen the F<!D raised up &udges for them. And the angel of the F<!D stood by the threshingfloor of <rnan the $ebusite. /hen the angel stretched out his hand toward $erusalem to destroy it. the F<!D beheld. since it uses an archaic version of modern ?nglish. And the F<!D repented of the e"il which he thought to do unto his people. and !e was grieved in !is heart 2 )ore comparisons of archaic #Fing .& come from the !ebrew Old 'estament 'he word translated 2repented2 is the !ebrew verb nâ*ham #"trong-s !/10&% +t has a number of meanings. which doesn-t necessarily mean the same things today as when it was translated over .2 2regret. then the F<!D was with the &udge.meri*an >tandard translates the verse as 2'he =ODD was sorry that !e had made man on the earth. and said to the angel that destroyed. one would thin$ that they were still bac$ in medieval ?ngland Hse of this translation is problematic these days.1? 8eremiah /:. New +merican $tandard The F<!D was sorry that %e had made man on the earth. and the F<!D repented him of the e"il which he had pronounced against themG Thus might we procure great e"il against our souls. the F<!D relented from the calamity and said to the angel who destroyed the people. :o the F<!D changed %is mind about the harm which %e said %e would do to %is people. and said to the angel that destroyed the people. And 'od sent an angel unto $erusalem to destroy itB and as he was destroying.. and said to the destroying angel. And when the F<!D raised them up &udges.1@ . and he repented him of the e"il. the F<!D saw and was sorry o"er the calamity.2 and 2be comforted 2 * 'he actual meaning intended is determined from the conte(t For e(ample. 4*t is enough 9ow rela6 your hand 4 And the angel of the F<!D was by the threshing floor of Araunah the $ebusite.

And %e did not do it. the =ord was sorry because of the rampant sin that man$ind had fallen into 0 "o. the Bible never says that God repents of doing evil.2 etc . that they turned from their wicked way.onah was ultimately very unhappy when <ssyrians repented and God did not destroy them all 3 "o. even though God $new what was going to happen. 8onah 3. God had to go to e(treme lengths to get .10 . it is never used in reference to God.ther Hebre$ $ords Besides the !ebrew word nâ*ham. then 'od relented concerning the calamity which %e had declared %e would bring upon them. in fact. !e was sad that human beings were thin$ing only about how to sin more and more Ae basically have the same reaction to our own children Ae grieve when they ma$e bad choices. that they turned from their e"il wayC and 'od repented of the e"il. we would still have brought them into the world Ahat about instances where God 2changed !is mind?2 "houldn-t one e(pect that an omniscient God would never have to change !is mind? +f we e(amine the verses where God 2changes !is mind2 we find in every instance that either the people themselves or a spo$esman for the people repents of the sin that was going on For e(ample. but. %hûb #"trong-s !33&/%.Comparison of Translations Verse %in2 8ames And 'od saw their works. there is another !ebrew verb with one meaning 2to repent 2 'his word. God-s purpose in warning people of impending judgment was get them to change their minds CONCLUSION . God really didn-t change !is mind.onah to go. New +merican $tandard /hen 'od saw their deeds. that he had said that he would do unto themC and he did it not.onah to the city of >ineveh to warn them that they were going to fall under !is judgment +f God had never intended to 2change !is mind2 !e would have never sent the reluctant . although if we had it to do over. isn-t the assertion that God $nows everything #omniscience% brought into 7uestion when God feels sorry over some decision !e has made or changes !is mind? <fter all. so that !e could have chosen another path? God-s omniscience does not mean that God changes !is character to pretend that everything is fine when human beings sin For e(ample. Ahen used with the meaning of turning from sin #i e . God sent . but always used with reference to human beings / "o. and .mniscience? ?ven though God never really repented. but was giving the people a chance to repent of their evil ways in order to avoid judgment +n some instances the people repented and were spared. if God was really omniscient. in reality.2 2to turn bac$. and in other instances they continued to rebel and were destroyed "o. in Genesis 090.onah to the city +n fact. has additional meanings of 2to return. wouldn-t !e have $nown what was going to happen. to repent%. indicates that God does not repent 1 God"s .

and will !e not ma$e it good? #@umber% 3:19% 2For the =ODD your God is a compassionate God: !e will not fail you nor destroy you nor forget the covenant with your fathers which !e swore to them #Deuteronomy 4:31% 2For the =ODD your God is the God of gods and the =ord of lords. that !e should lie. and will !e not do it? Or has !e spo$en. the great. and the awesome God who does ... but warns rebellious people to give them the opportunity to change their minds before !e judges them RELATED PAGES • • • • • • • • • • • Did God 5reate ?vil 1 Does the Bible "ay "o? < =oving God Aould >ot "end Billions of Ceople to !ell. that !e should repent: !as !e said.'he Fing .and ?liminate <ll ?vil? 'he Crofessor 'eaches <bout ?vil and 5hristianity Ahat <bout <trocities 'hat !ave Been Done in the >ame of Deligion +f God ?(isted. the mighty. years ago as it does now "o. the archaic translations indicating that God 2repented2 really indicated that God was sorry or 2changed !is mind 2 "ince God never sins.ealous Doesn-t 'hat )a$e !im the Divine !ypocrite? 'here is 'oo )uch ?vil and "uffering For God to ?(ist? +s it Cossible for God to Crovide -Cartial Free Aill. Aould !e? God-s 5hosen Ceople. since !e always should $now what was going to happen +n reality. >or a son of man. Crayer Aould !ave Brought Aorld Ceace? REFERENCES 1. the . God never changes !is mind.ames ?nglish translation uses archaic ?nglish that didn-t have the same meaning . 2God is not a man.ews9 +sn-t God Hnfair in "howing "uch Creference? 'hou "hall >ot Fill1 Does God 8iolate !is Own 5ommandment? Did God 5ommit <trocities by Ordering the Filling of ?ntire 5ities of Ceople? +f God is . !e has no need of repentance "ome s$eptics have pointed out that an omniscient God should never change !is mind.

+t is enough9 stay now thine hand <nd the angel of the =ODD was by the threshingplace of <raunah the .itu% 1: % 8erses from the Fing . and delivered them out of the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge9 for it repented the =ODD because of their groanings by reason of them that oppressed them and ve(ed them #Jud(e% :1#% <nd "amuel came no more to see "aul until the day of his death9 nevertheless "amuel mourned for "aul9 and the =ODD repented that he had made "aul $ing over +srael #1 >amuel 15:35% <nd when the angel stretched out his hand upon . Dighteous and upright is !e #Deuteronomy 3 :4% 2<lso the Glory of +srael will not lie or change !is mind: for !e is not a man that !e should change !is mind 2 #1 >amuel 15: 9% 2>ow then let the fear of the =ODD be upon you: be very careful what you do. and there is no unrighteousness in !im #$%alm 9 :15% 'hus says the =ODD. and he repented him of the evil. 2Ahat injustice did your fathers find in )e. <nd from the <lmighty to do wrong #Job 34:1!% 2Behold. and said to the angel that o o o o o . you men of understanding Far be it from God to do wic$edness. the =ODD repented him of the evil. promised long ages ago #.erusalem to destroy it.ames 'ranslation9 o <nd it repented the =ODD that he had made man on the earth. for the =ODD our God will have no part in unrighteousness or partiality or the ta$ing of a bribe 2 # )hroni*le% 19:7% 2'herefore. and it grieved him at his heart #-ene%i% 6:6% <nd the =ODD repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people #E?odu% 3 :14% <nd when the =ODD raised them up judges.erusalem to destroy it9 and as he was destroying. For all !is ways are just: < God of faithfulness and without injustice.& not show partiality nor ta$e a bribe #Deuteronomy 1!:17% 2'he Doc$I !is wor$ is perfect. then the =ODD was with the judge. 'hat they went far from )e <nd wal$ed after emptiness and became empty? #Jeremiah :5% in the hope of eternal life. which God. who cannot lie. and said to the angel that destroyed the people.ebusite # >amuel 4:16% <nd God sent an angel unto . the =ODD beheld. listen to me. God is mighty but does not despise any: !e is mighty in strength of understanding #Job 36:5% For Bou are not a God who ta$es pleasure in wic$edness: >o evil dwells with Bou #$%alm 5:4% 'o declare that the =ODD is upright: !e is my roc$.

saith the =ODD #. repent to comfort oneself. when your fathers provo$ed me to wrath.destroyed. have compassion to rue. repent of .!ebrew Definitions9 nâcham #"trong-s !/10&% 1. have compassion to be sorry. regret. to be sorry. be comforted a #>iphal% 1 & * . b c d to be sorry.mo% 7:3% 'he =ODD repented for this9 'his also shall not be. +t is enough. console #Cual% to be comforted. Brown1Driver1Briggs. be comforted to comfort oneself. stay now thine hand <nd the angel of the =ODD stood by the threshingfloor of Ornan the . suffer grief. comfort.ebusite #1 )hroni*le% 1:15% o <nd he remembered for them his covenant. console oneself. repent. saith the =ODD of hosts.mo% 7:6% <nd God saw their wor$s. that he had said that he would do unto them: and he did it not #Jonah 3:1!% For thus saith the =ODD of hosts: <s + thought to punish you. and repented according to the multitude of his mercies #$%alm 1!6:45% Did !e@e$iah $ing of . and + repented not9 #5e*hariah #:14% o o o o o 3. be moved to pity. saith the =ord GOD #.udah put him at all to death? did he not fear the =ODD. and the =ODD repented him of the evil which he had pronounced against them? 'hus might we procure great evil against our souls #Jeremiah 6:19% 'he =ODD repented for this9 +t shall not be.udah and all . be consoled #!ithpael% 1 & to be sorry. rue. and besought the =ODD. that they turned from their evil way: and God repented of the evil. ease oneself #Ciel% to comfort.

to comfort oneself. come bac$ of dying of human relations #figuratively% of spiritual relations #figuratively% 1 & * . return a b c d e f to turn bac$ to return. repent turn bac$ #from evil% of inanimate things in repetition #Cual% restored #participle% #!iphil% to cause to return. c d to bring bac$ to restore.* . go bac$. be comforted to ease oneself Cart of "peech9 verb < Delated Aord by BDBJ"trongSs >umber9 a primitive root "ame Aord by 'AO' >umber9 1*. turn bac$ a #Oal% 1 to turn bac$. repair #figuratively% to lead away #enticingly% to show turning. g h b #Colel% 1 & * . apostatise to turn away #of God% to turn bac$ #to God%.!ebrew Definitions9 shûb #"trong-s !33&/% 1. to return. bring bac$ . refresh. Brown1Driver1Briggs. apostatise to turn bac$ #from God%.. come or go bac$ to return unto. 2.

refresh. repel. turn toward to turn against to bring bac$ to mind to show a turning away & * . be brought bac$ #Culal% brought bac$ Cart of "peech9 verb < Delated Aord by BDBJ"trongSs >umber9 a primitive root "ame Aord by 'AO' >umber9 &*. give bac$.1 to bring bac$. 3. -Ae have sinned. to reverse. restore to bring bac$. be restored. But they refused to ta$e correction o o o o . and repent and ma$e supplication to Bou in the land of their captivity. do not Bour eyes loo$ for truth? Bou have smitten them. defeat. !ebrew word shûb #"trong-s !33&/% used 2to repent29 o if they ta$e thought in the land where they have been ta$en captive. draw bac$. allow to return. give in payment to bring bac$. revo$e e f #!ophal% to be returned. reject. pay #as recompense% to turn bac$ or bac$ward. repulse. we have acted wic$edly-: #1 'in(% #:47% if they ta$e thought in the land where they are ta$en captive. -Ae have sinned and have committed ini7uity. put bac$. and repent and ma$e supplication to Bou in the land of those who have ta$en them captive. restore. saying. answer to bring bac$. hinder. !e will sharpen !is sword: !e has bent !is bow and made it ready #$%alm 7:1 % Qion will be redeemed with justice <nd her repentant ones with righteousness #+%aiah 1: 7% O =ODD. ma$e re7uital. report to. But they did not wea$en: Bou have consumed them.. saying. refuse to turn away #face%. relin7uish. / 0 3 4 6 1. we have committed ini7uity and have acted wic$edly-: # )hroni*le% 6:37% +f a man does not repent.

+ repented: <nd after + was instructed.'hey have made their faces harder than roc$: 'hey have refused to repent #Jeremiah 5:3% o 2Bou shall say to them. for death is better to me than life 2 'he =ODD said.?veryone turned to his course. 'hey have spo$en what is not right: >o man repented of his wic$edness.#Jeremiah 31:19% 2'herefore say to the house of +srael. O =ODD. + smote on my thigh: + was ashamed and also humiliated Because + bore the reproach of my youth . each according to his conduct. repent and live 2 #Ezekiel 1#:3 % 2But did not )y words and )y statutes. 2Do men fall and not get up again? Does one turn away and not repent? #Jeremiah #:4% 2+ have listened and heard. and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually #-ene%i% 6:5% 2'herefore now. 2Depent and turn away from your idols and turn your faces away from all your abominations #Ezekiel 14:6% 2'herefore + will judge you. so that ini7uity may not become a stumbling bloc$ to you #Ezekiel 1#:3!% 2For + have no pleasure in the death of anyone who dies. -'hus says the =ord GOD.2 declares the =ord GOD 2'herefore. -<s the =ODD of hosts purposed to do to us in accordance with our ways and our deeds. -'hus says the =ODD. please ta$e my M. =i$e a horse charging into the battle #Jeremiah #:6% 2+ will winnow them with a winnowing for$ <t the gates of the land: + will bereave them of children.onah spea$ingN life from me. overta$e your fathers? 'hen they repented and said. that + may repent of the calamity which + am planning to do to them because of the evil of their deeds . "aying. O house of +srael.#Jeremiah 6:3% -For after + turned bac$. 2Do you have good reason to be angry?2 'hen the / . -Ahat have + done?. + will destroy )y people: 'hey did not repent of their ways #Jeremiah 15:7% -Cerhaps they will listen and everyone will turn from his evil way. 'hen the =ODD saw that the wic$edness of man was great on the earth. so !e has dealt with us -2-2 #5e*hariah 1:6% o o o o o o o o 4. which + commanded )y servants the prophets.2 declares the =ord GOD 2Depent and turn away from all your transgressions.

which came up overnight and perished overnight 2"hould + not have compassion on >ineveh. am a jealous God. *n fact. persons who do not $now the difference between their right and left hand. 2Bou had compassion on the plant for which you did not wor$ and which you did not cause to grow. a jealous God #Deuteronomy 4: 4% -Bou shall not worship them or serve them: for +. the =ODD your God. • • • • 2Bou shall not worship them or serve them: for +. visiting the ini7uity of the fathers on the children. #Deuteronomy 5:9% for the =ODD your God in the midst of you is a jealous God: otherwise the anger of the =ODD your God will be $indled • .. visiting the ini7uity of the fathers on the children. then God must be the divine hypocrite Jealousy of God 'he doctrine that God is a jealous God comes from the Old 'estament boo$s of the law of )oses 'he 2jealousy2 is always in the conte(t of idol worship. but is absolutely holy 1 !owever. "o. beginning in the 'en 5ommandments of ?(odus &. the great city in which there are more than 1&. on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate )e. for the =ODD.ealous. #E?odu% !:5% for you shall not worship any other god.. *sn't &ealousy a bad thingG Does this make 'od the di"ine hypocriteG !ich Deem 'he Bible ma$es it clear that God is not li$e humans in that !e never commits sins. as well as many animals?2 #Jonah 4:3-11% If God is Jealous Doesn"t That 3a%e Him the Divine Hypocrite? by Rich Deem INTRODUCTION The 8ealous 3od? The <ld Testament clearly states that 'od is a &ealous 'od.=ODD said. the =ODD your God. whose name is ... jealousy is listed as one of the sins that will land a person in hell . is a jealous God11 #E?odu% 34:14% 2For the =ODD your God is a consuming fire. if God is jealous and jealousy is a sin. it e"en says that %is name is $ealous. ?nglish translations of the !ebrew scriptures say that God is jealous Both the Old 'estament& and >ew 'estament* say that jealousy is a bad thing +n fact. am a jealous God. and on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate )e.

the words translated as 2jealousy2 in ?nglish do not always have negative connotations +n fact. the Gree$ word often translated 2jealous2 is @ēlos. the face of the earth #Deuteronomy 6:15% Ahat these five verses have in common is that they all share the same !ebrew adjective.04%11 ta$es on a wide range of meanings from se(ual passion #or jealousy% to a @eal for God to anger or envy 1& 'he e(act meaning #and the ?nglish translation is usually determined from the conte(t Human vs= odly )ealousy 'he differences between the words describing human vs godly jealousy are profound For e(ample. and !e will wipe you off.ealousy is often thought of as being a negative trait "o. the jealousy that $eeps one out of heaven is defined as 2an envious and contentious rivalry. jealousy between people ta$es on 7uite a number of forms 'wo different !ebrew words are used to describe human jealousy 'he !ebrew verb 7ânâ. !ebrew and Gree$.03%. many people thin$ that the Bible-s description of God as jealous means that !e must be a divine hypocrite !owever. it is clear that the apparent contradiction is just a result of an inability of the translated language #?nglish% to accurately reflect the original language #!ebrew% 'here is no slight on the character of God in the original language RELATED PAGES ./ translated with the ?nglish word 2jealous 2 'he interesting thing about this word is that it is only used in reference to God +n no instance is the word Aannâ= used to describe human jealousy 'he reason that God is 2jealous2 is because !e wants people to choose to love !im 0 .0/%6 refers to a passionate jealousy or envy 1.esus said that the most important commandment was to love God 3 God does not want us to waste out time worshipping pretend gods that do not e(ist 4 Human )ealousy Ahereas God-s 2jealousy2 is primarily restricted to a jealousy over the worship of idols that competes with !is love to prevent a dedicated relationship with !im. jealousy2 #.2 referring more to @eal and ardor rather than jealousy CONCLUSION .against you. Aannâ= #"trong-s !3.hayer=% -reek Di*tionary% God does not envy an human being or anything that any human being possesses God has no rivals 'he apostle Caul indicates that there is a godly form of jealousy 1* 'he main reason why atheists thin$ that God should not be jealous is that. as an ?nglish word. 'he !ebrew noun 7in-âh #"trong-s !3.#"trong-s !3. the words do not have those negative definitions "ince the word used to describe the jealousy of God is not even the same word used to describe human jealousy. from which we get the ?nglish word 2@ealous. 2jealousy2 has virtually universal negative connotations +n the original languages in which the Bible is written. this page has shown that in the original languages in which the Bible is written.

is holy: Ahat god is great li$e our God? #$%alm 77:13% 2For )y thoughts are not your thoughts. the great. 2Aho is able to stand before the =ord. that !e should repent: !as !e said. Ceter said9 2+ most certainly understand . therefore your camp must be holy: and !e must not see anything indecent among you lest !e turn away from you 2 #Deuteronomy 3:14% <nd the men of Beth1shemesh said. the . and will !e not ma$e it good? #@umber% 3:19% 2For the =ODD your God is the God of gods and the =ord of lords. O God.2 declares the =ord 2For as the heavens are higher than the earth. that !e should lie. Aould !e? Ahy <re "o )any 5hristians !ypocrites? God-s 5hosen Ceople. whose name is !oly.ews9 +sn-t God Hnfair in "howing "uch Creference? Does the Bible "ay God Depents From Doing ?vil? REFERENCES 1. and the awesome God who does not show partiality nor ta$e a bribe #Deuteronomy 1!:17% 2"ince the =ord your God wal$s in the midst of your camp to deliver you and to defeat your enemies before you. 2God is not a man. this holy God? <nd to whom shall !e go up from us?2 #1 >amuel 6: !% 2<lso the Glory of +srael will not lie or change !is mind: for !e is not a man that !e should change !is mind 2 #1 >amuel 15: 9% Bour way. and will !e not do it? Or has !e spo$en. <nd also with the contrite and lowly of spirit +n order to revive the spirit of the lowly <nd to revive the heart of the contrite #+%aiah 57:15% Opening his mouth. the mighty. and )y thoughts than your thoughts 2 #+%aiah 55:#-9% For thus says the high and e(alted One Aho lives forever.• • • • • • • • • • 'hou "hall >ot Fill1 Does God 8iolate !is Own 5ommandment? Did God 5ommit <trocities by Ordering the Filling of ?ntire 5ities of Ceople? 'here is 'oo )uch ?vil and "uffering For God to ?(ist? Did God have a wife? <sherah Aorship in +srael Did God 5reate ?vil 1 Does the Bible "ay "o? Ahat <bout <trocities 'hat !ave Been Done in the >ame of Deligion < =oving God Aould >ot "end Billions of Ceople to !ell. so are )y ways higher than your ways. 2+ dwell on a high and holy place. neither are your ways )y ways. >or a son of man.

2 -BOH "!<== =O8? '!? =ODD BOHD GOD A+'! <== BOHD !?<D'.2'his is the great and foremost commandment 2 #"atthew :36-3#% .itu% 1: % For God is not unjust so as to forget your wor$ and the love which you have shown toward !is name. becoming jealous and ta$ing along some wic$ed men from the mar$et place. and the li$e + warn you. formed a mob and set the city in an uproar: and attac$ing the house of . which God. 'he acts of the sinful nature are obvious9 se(ual immorality.ews. fits of rage. But who can stand before jealousy? #$roverb% 7:4% 3. as in all the churches of the saints #1 )orinthian% 14:33% in the hope of eternal life. choose for yourselves today whom you will serve9 whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the Diver.03% 1 jealous #only of God% Cart of "peech9 adjective < Delated Aord by BDBJ"trongSs >umber9 from !3. they were see$ing to bring them out to the people #. factions and envy: drun$enness. <>D A+'! <== BOHD "OH=. Brown1Driver1Briggs. 5. discord.ason. <>D A+'! <== BOHD )+>D .*t% 17:5% =et us behave properly as in the day.*t% 1!:34% for God is not a God of confusion but of peace. promised long ages ago. not in carousing and drun$enness. dissensions. not in se(ual promiscuity and sensuality. love is $ind and is not jealous: love does not brag and is not arrogant. which is the great commandment in the =aw?2 <nd !e said to him. who cannot lie. we will serve the =ODD 2 #Jo%hua 4:15% 2Bou shall love the =ODD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might #Deuteronomy 6:5% 7. as + did before.0/ "ame Aord by 'AO' >umber9 &. #. jealousy. not in strife and jealousy #&oman% 13:13% =ove is patient. But the .!ebrew Definitions9 7annâ#"trong-s !3. For jealousy enrages a man. or the gods of the <morites in whose land you are living: but as for me and my house. #.1% 4. <nd he will not spare in the day of vengeance #$roverb% 6:34% Arath is fierce and anger is a flood. 2'eacher. 2+f it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the =ODD.*4b 6. in having ministered and in still ministering to the saints #6ebrew% 6:1!% 2. selfish ambition. that those who live li$e this will not inherit the $ingdom of God #-alatian% 5:19. #1 )orinthian% 13:4% impurity and debauchery: idolatry and witchcraft: hatred. orgies.now that God is not one to show partiality.

be jealous. he was jealous for his God and made atonement for the sons of +srael -2 #>umbers &/91*% 2'hey made !im jealous with strange gods: Aith abominations they provo$ed !im to anger #Deuteronomy *&910% "o the $ing called the Gibeonites and spo$e to them #now the Gibeonites were not of the sons of +srael but of the remnant of the <morites.!ebrew Definitions9 7ânâ#"trong-s !3. 'herefore concerning the eating of things sacrificed to idols. b to be jealous of to be envious of to be @ealous for to e(cite to jealous anger #!iphil% to provo$e to jealous anger. for he had possessions of floc$s and herds and a great household. + die 2 #Genesis *. because. 2<re you jealous for my sa$e? Aould.% >ow when Dachel saw that she bore . she became jealous of her sister: and she said to .*4 10. he shall then ma$e the woman stand before the =ODD. a covenant of a perpetual priesthood. or if a spirit of jealousy comes over him and he is jealous of his wife when she has not defiled herself. cause jealousy Cart of "peech9 verb < Delated Aord by BDBJ"trongSs >umber9 a primitive root "ame Aord by 'AO' >umber9 &. but "aul had sought to $ill them in his @eal for the sons .91% !is brothers were jealous of him. and that there is no God but one #1 )orinthian% #:4% 9. we $now that there is no such thing as an idol in the world. that all the =ODD-" people were prophets.acob. so that the Chilistines envied him #Genesis &091. Brown1Driver1Briggs.% But )oses said to him.acob no children. 2Give me children.0/% 1 to envy. but his father1 $ept the saying in mind #Genesis *3911% if a spirit of jealousy comes over him and he is jealous of his wife when she has defiled herself. be envious. be @ealous a #Ciel% 1 & * . that the =ODD would put !is "pirit upon themI2 #>umbers 119&6% and it shall be for him and his descendants after him. and the sons of +srael made a covenant with them. #>umbers /91.% or when a spirit of jealousy comes over a man and he is jealous of his wife. or else. and the priest shall apply all this law to her #>umbers /9*.8.

to ta$e it away 2 #1 Fings 1691. with the sins which they committed #1 Fings 1.udah.% 'hen he said.udah will be cut off: ?phraim will not be jealous of . @eal. jealous disposition #of husband% a b se(ual passion ardour of @eal #of religious @eal% a b of men for God of men for the house of God . Brown1Driver1Briggs. torn down Bour altars and $illed Bour prophets with the sword <nd + alone am left: and they see$ my life. But live in the fear of the =ODD always #Croverbs &*913% Do not be envious of evil men. the God of hosts: for the sons of +srael have forsa$en Bour covenant.04% 1 ardour.0910% Do not envy a man of violence <nd do not choose any of his ways #Croverbs *9*1% Do not let your heart envy sinners.udah will not harass ?phraim #+saiah 1191*% !e stretched out the form of a hand and caught me by a loc$ of my head: and the "pirit lifted me up between earth and heaven and brought me in the visions of God to .9&&% !e said. <nd all the trees of ?den.udah did evil in the sight of the =ODD. #Csalm 1. which were in the garden of God. >or desire to be with them: #Croverbs &. jealousy a ardour. the God of hosts: for the sons of +srael have forsa$en Bour covenant.% < Csalm of David Do not fret because of evildoers. jealousy. <nd . to ta$e it away 2 #1 Fings 1691.916% 'hen the jealousy of ?phraim will depart. were jealous of it #?@e$iel *196% 11. Be not envious toward wrongdoers #Csalm *391% For + was envious of the arrogant <s + saw the prosperity of the wic$ed #Csalm 3*9*% Ahen they became envious of )oses in the camp. <nd of <aron.udah% #& "amuel &19&% . to the entrance of the north gate of the inner court.!ebrew Definitions9 7in-âh #"trong-s !3. 2+ have been very @ealous for the =ODD. the holy one of the =ODD. <nd those who harass . 2+ have been very @ealous for the =ODD.erusalem. torn down Bour altars and $illed Bour prophets with the sword <nd + alone am left: and they see$ my life.of +srael and . the seat of the idol of jealousy. and they provo$ed !im to jealousy more than all that their fathers1 had done. which provo$es to jealousy.91% Do not fret because of evildoers Or be envious of the wic$ed: #Croverbs &. was located #?@e$iel 49*% -+ made it beautiful with the multitude of its branches. where.

% !e said.ob /9&% For @eal for Bour house has consumed me.*4a 2. and place the grain offering of memorial in her hands. 25ome with me and see my @eal for the =ODD 2 "o he made him ride in his chariot #& Fings 1. being under the authority of her husband. and in the hand of the priest is to be the water of bitterness that brings a curse #>umbers /914% -'he priest shall ta$e the grain offering of jealousy from the woman-s hand. #>umbers /91.% 2'he =ODD shall never be willing1. and every curse which is written in this boo$ will rest on him. a reminder of ini7uity #>umbers /91/% -'he priest shall then have the woman stand before the =ODD and let the hair of the woman-s head go loose. a grain offering of memorial. the anger of the =ODD and !is jealousy will burn against that man. and he shall wave the grain offering before the =ODD and bring it to the altar: #>umbers /9&/% -'his is the law of jealousy9 when a wife. goes astray and defiles herself. #>umbers /9&6% or when a spirit of jealousy comes over a man and he is jealous of his wife. he shall then ma$e the woman stand before the =ODD.0/ "ame Aord by 'AO' >umber9 &. <nd he will not spare in the day of vengeance #Croverbs 09*. and the =ODD will blot out his name from under heaven #Deuteronomy &69&. and shall bring as an offering for her one1tenth of an ephah of barley meal: he shall not pour oil on it nor put fran$incense on it.% the man shall then bring his wife to the priest. and the priest shall apply all this law to her #>umbers /9*. if a spirit of jealousy comes over him and he is jealous of his wife when she has defiled herself.c c of God for his people ardour of anger a b of men against adversaries of God against men d e envy #of man% jealousy #resulting in the wrath of God% Cart of "peech9 noun feminine < Delated Aord by BDBJ"trongSs >umber9 from !3.% .910% 2For anger slays the foolish man. <nd the reproaches of those who reproach Bou have fallen on me #Csalm 0696% )y @eal has consumed me. <nd jealousy $ills the simple #. to forgive him. but rather. which is the grain offering of jealousy. or if a spirit of jealousy comes over him and he is jealous of his wife when she has not defiled herself. Because my adversaries have forgotten Bour words #Csalm 11691*6% For jealousy enrages a man. for it is a grain offering of jealousy.

so that to 5hrist + might present you as a pure virgin # )orinthian% 11: % Why !re 4o 3any Christians Hypocrites? by Rich Deem .% + have seen that every labor and every s$ill which is done is the result of rivalry between a man and his neighbor 'his too is vanity and striving after wind #?cclesiastes . But passion is rottenness to the bones #Croverbs 1.udah will be cut off: ?phraim will not be jealous of .&91*% !e stretched out the form of a hand and caught me by a loc$ of my head: and the "pirit lifted me up between earth and heaven and brought me in the visions of God to . and they will no longer have a share in all that is done under the sun #?cclesiastes 690% 2Cut me li$e a seal over your heart. 2+ will deal with you according to your anger and according to your envy which you showed because of your hatred against them: so + will ma$e )yself $nown among them when + judge you #?@e$iel */911% For + am jealous for you with a godly jealousy: for + betrothed you to one husband.erusalem.9*. raise your eyes now toward the north 2 "o + raised my eyes toward the north. 'he very flame of the =ODD #"ong of "olomon 490% 'hen the jealousy of ?phraim will depart. the seat of the idol of jealousy. . !e will arouse !is @eal li$e a man of war !e will utter a shout. 2"on of man. and behold. <nd . their hate and their @eal have already perished. which provo$es to jealousy.% Arath is fierce and anger is a flood. where. <nd those who harass . fire will devour Bour enemies #+saiah &0911% 2For out of .9. was located #?@e$iel 49*% 'hen !e said to me. But who can stand before jealousy? #Croverbs &39.% +ndeed their love.udah.2 declares the =ord GOD.ealousy is as severe as "heol: +ts flashes are flashes of fire. !e will raise a war cry !e will prevail against !is enemies #+saiah . =i$e a seal on your arm For love is as strong as death. yes.erusalem will go forth a remnant and out of )ount Qion survivors 'he @eal of the =ODD of hosts will perform this 2. Bour hand is lifted up yet they do not see it 'hey see Bour @eal for the people and are put to shame: +ndeed.* < tran7uil heart is life to the body. to the entrance of the north gate of the inner court.udah will not harass ?phraim #+saiah 1191*% O =ODD. to the north of the altar gate was this idol of jealousy at the entrance #?@e$iel 49/% 2'hus + will judge you li$e women who commit adultery or shed blood are judged: and + will bring on you the blood of wrath and jealousy #?@e$iel 109*4% therefore as + live.#+saiah *39*&% 'he =ODD will go forth li$e a warrior.

from hy0o. since he is only pretending to be an adherent of the faith < hypocrite is not a person who commits some sins on o**a%ion #all people commit sin occasionally%. of all preachers and prophets of the Bible. =etting everybody $now you are fasting to get recognition by others/ . that one does not really possess a pretense of having some desirable or publicly approved attitude an act or instance of hypocrisy ?tymology9 )iddle ?nglish y0o*ri%ie/ from <nglo1French. a non1believer.esus spo$e against9 • • • Giving to the poor to be recogni@ed by others* Craying in public to be recogni@ed as 2God-s man2. :o. why is it that those who claim to follow %im are so often hypocriticalG !ich Deem One of the major complaints non1believers level against 5hristianity is that the churches are full of hypocrites 'his page e(amines what . from =ate =atin hy0o*ri%i%/ from Gree$ hy0okri%i% act of playing a part on the stage. *n fact. they hated !im intensely 1 eventually having !im arrested on trumped up charges !ere is a list of some of the hypocrisy that . the topic of hypocrisy took up a ma&or amount of $esus' preaching.X krinein to decide1 "o. . God challenged 5ain #the first son born of <dam and ?ve% on his hypocrisy when he submitted an inferior offering to !im & What did Jesus say about hypocrisy and hypocrites? By far. $esus talked a lot about people who were hypocrites. act on the stage. but directly confronted the religious hypocrites of !is day #the scribes and Charisees%. etc . moral or religious beliefs or principles.INTRODUCTION !ypocritical Christians? *n the :ermon on the Mount of <li"es. but someone who 0ra*ti*e% those sins on a routine ba%i% 'he truth of the matter is that hypocrisy has been a problem for those who *laim to follow God for a very long time +n fact. a religious hypocrite is. from hy0okrine%thai to answer. by definition.esus and the Bible have to say about hypocrisy among those who claim to be 5hristians What is hypocrisy? 'he dictionary definition of hypocrisy is9 hyZK[pocZK[riZK[sy Mhi1po%1ruh1seeN 1 & * a pretense of having a virtuous character. hypocrisy.esus had the most to say about hypocrisy and hypocrites "ince !e didn-t mince any words on the subject.

but neglecting justice and mercy1& Doing everything for show. did we not prophesy in Bour name.13 lying. with the most recent e(ample being 'ed !aggard. 'eaching proselytes to be hypocrites11 'ithing #giving to the church%.3% 5hristianity should not be judged on the basis of those who *laim to be its adherents.2 which is characteri@ed as being 2pure.&.esus. full of mercy and good fruits. and in Bour name cast out demons.esus also predicted that many would fall away&* although they would claim to be !is disciple at the judgment9 2>ot everyone who says to )e.• • • • • • • • • • 5omplaining about other-s behavior when yours is even worse 0 Cretending to honor God through lip service only3 'esting other people to try to ma$e yourself loo$ superior4 Deceiving people from $nowing God6 Depressing the poor and widows1. -=ord.. as there were in . BOH A!O CD<5'+5? =<A=?"">?"" . who rabidly preached against homose(ual practice. in reality.day 'he Old 'estament prophet Daniel even predicted that there would be more hypocrites in the end times. when. while really being self1indulgent and unrighteous1* 'reating stoc$ animals better than fellow human beings1. =ord.esus indicated that those who practiced hypocrisy would be sent to hell. reasonable. unwavering 2&1 3odern day hypocrites 'he news media loves to ma$e a big deal when a 25hristian2 preacher commits some sort of se(ual sin. peaceable.2 #"atthew 7: 1. =ord. and jealousy and selfish ambition &1 . -=ord. the writers associate hypocrisy with such things as evil.will enter the $ingdom of heaven.<nd then + will declare to them. and in Bour name perform many miracles?. 10 indicating that they were really non1believers +n other boo$s of the >ew 'estament. -+ never $new you: D?C<D' FDO) )?.ames contrasts the evil of hypocrisy with the 2wisdom from above. they practice the opposite of what it teaches !theist hypocrites .16 envy and slander. while he himself was involved in it on a routine basis ?verybody loves to hate a hypocrite +t is not surprising that there are hypocrites today. Being able to analy@e the weather. as the cost of faith could well be your life && .14 perverting the gospel. gentle. but unable to distinguish between right and wrong1/ . but he who does the will of )y Father who is in heaven will enter )any will say to )e on that day.

udgmental? Doesn-t the Bible "ay. but did not e(pect to find any intentional mis7uoting !owever. but will be judged to be non1believers and sent to hell +f you are a non1believer.he .meri*an 6erita(eH Di*tionary o8 the En(li%h 2an(ua(e/ 3ourth Edition Detrieved "eptember &/.he -od Delu%ion + e(pected to find some pretty cra@y atheists. sin is crouching at the door: and its desire is for you. 5ain was probably just trying to $eep up with his brother. this is a good reason to consider the 5hristian faith. but on the basis of what . + can assure you that the pretenders are few and far between One should judge 5hristianity not on the basis of what the fa$ers do. hypocrisy is not just limited to those who believe in God Ahen + first started reviewing Dichard Daw$ins. whom he murdered after God called him on his hypocrisy .esus <ll <ccepting? Ahy Do 5hristians =ie "o )uch? 'ruth and 5hristianity "elf1righteous 5hristians9 +s 'his the >orm? 'he 'hreat of Dadical 5hristianity9 5hristians are +nvolved 'oo )uch in Colitics? +s 5hristianity and the Bible 'oo Old1Fashioned to be Delevant in 'oday-s "ociety? Ahat <bout <trocities 'hat !ave Been Done in the >ame of Deligion REFERENCES 1.arguments.. &. Daw$ins. 5ain was being a hypocrite by pretending to love God by bringing an offering to !im !owever. since you don-t want to end up in hell with all the hypocrites !aving attended many 5hristian churches. God did not have regard for 5ain-s offering. from Dictionary com website 2.esus taught and how !e lived 7ut the wi%dom 8rom above i% 8ir%t 0ure/ then 0ea*eable/ (entle/ rea%onable/ 8ull o8 mer*y and (ood 8ruit%/ unwaverin(/ without hy0o*ri%y1 9Jame% 3:17: RELATED PAGES • • • • • • • Ahy are 5hristians "o . but you must master it 2 #-ene%i% 4:7% "o. used the e(act same tactic 1 not just once or twice.Bes. in his defense of atheism. the Bible clearly indicates that those who practice hypocrisy really aren-t 5hristians at all. 2Do >ot . 5ain and <bel #his younger brother% brought offerings to God !owever.. +t-s good to $now that even atheists can be hypocrites CONCLUSION 5hristians are often accused of being hypocrites !owever. will not your countenance be lifted up? <nd if you do not do well. li$e some of the creationists he detests for mis7uoting.3. hypocrisy #n d % . but a bunch of times &. since it was inferior in some way9 2+f you do well.udge2 Ahy are 5hristians "o +ntolerant? Aasn-t .

as it is written9 -'!+" C?OC=? !O>OD" )? A+'! '!?+D =+C".. BH' '!?+D !?<D' +" F<D <A<B FDO) )? #"ark 7:6% 7. and for a pretense you ma$e long prayers: therefore you will receive greater condemnation 2 #"atthew 3:14% travel around on sea and land to ma$e one proselyte: and 11. because you devour widows. 2Bou hypocrites. 2But woe to you. 2Ahen you pray. 2Bou hypocrite. so that they may be honored by men 'ruly + say to you. scribes and Charisees. do not sound a trumpet before you. rightly did +saiah prophesy of you9 -'!+" 8. 2Aoe to you. BH' '!?+D !?<D' +" F<D <A<B FDO) )? -BH' +> 8<+> DO '!?B AOD"!+C )?.houses. nor do you allow those who are entering to go in 2 #"atthew 3:13% 10. 2Dightly did +saiah prophesy of you hypocrites. because you shut off the $ingdom of heaven from people: for you do not enter in yourselves. hypocrites.esus perceived their malice. first ta$e the log out of your own eye. they have their reward in full 2 #"atthew 6:16% 5. as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets. '?<5!+>G <" DO5'D+>?" '!? CD?5?C'" OF )?> -2 #"atthew 15:7-9% <nd !e said to them. scribes and Charisees. they have their reward in full 2 #"atthew 6: % 4. 2Aoe to you. -Brother. you are not to be li$e the hypocrites: for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men 'ruly + say to you. because you devour widows. you hypocrites?2 #"atthew :1#% 2"hall we pay or shall we not pay?2 But !e. 2Ahy are you testing )e. scribes and Charisees. said to them. hypocrites. first ta$e the log out of your own eye.3. and said. because you . 2Ahenever you fast. 2Ahy are you testing )e? Bring )e a denarius to loo$ at 2 #"ark 1 :15% 9. do not put on a gloomy face as the 6. $nowing their hypocrisy. they have their reward in full 2 #"atthew 6:5% 2Aoe to you. and then you will see clearly to ta$e out the spec$ that is in your brother-s eye # 2uke 6:4 % C?OC=? !O>OD" )? A+'! '!?+D =+C". hypocrites. let me ta$e out the spec$ that is in your eye. 2"o when you give to the poor. and then you will see clearly to ta$e the spec$ out of your brother-s eye 2 #"atthew 7:5% 2Or how can you say to your brother. scribes and Charisees. But . and for a pretense you ma$e long prayers: therefore you will receive greater condemnation 2 #"atthew 3:14% hypocrites do. for they neglect their appearance so that they will be noticed by men when they are fasting 'ruly + say to you.houses.when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? Bou hypocrite. hypocrites.

and they will gather out of !is $ingdom all stumbling bloc$s. but inside they are full of dead men-s bones and all uncleanness 2 #"atthew 3: 7% 2"o you.imothy 4: % 'herefore. and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law9 justice and mercy and faithfulness: but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others 2 #"atthew 3: 3% 13. #1 . and persecute from city to city2 # "atthew 3: 9/ 34% 14. =et love be without hypocrisy <bhor what is evil: cling to 18. 'he rest of the . with the result that even Barnabas was carried away by their hypocrisy But when + saw that they were not straightforward about the . + am sending you prophets and wise men and scribes: some of them you will $ill and crucify. you ma$e him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves 2 #"atthew 3:15% 12. #1 $eter :1% 19. hypocritesI For you are li$e whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful. scribes and Charisees. but inside they are full of robbery and self1indulgence 2 #"atthew 3: 5% 2Aoe to you. scribes and Charisees. does not each of you on the "abbath untie his o( or his don$ey from the stall and lead him away to water him? #2uke 13:15% 15. putting aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. behold.ews joined him in hypocrisy. But the =ord answered him and said. 2Bou hypocrites. 2Bou hypocritesI Bou $now how to analy@e the appearance of the earth and the s$y. and will throw them into the furnace of fire: in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth #"atthew 13:41-4 % what is good #&oman% 1 :9% 17. scribes and Charisees. but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness 2 #"atthew 3: #% 2Aoe to you. and will cut him in pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites: in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth #"atthew 4:51% 2'he "on of )an will send forth !is angels. hypocritesI For you clean the outside of the cup and of the dish. 2Aoe to you. scribes and Charisees.when he becomes one. and those who commit lawlessness. hypocritesI For you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous 'herefore. but why do you not analy@e this present time? <nd why do you not even on your own initiative judge what is right?2 #2uke 1 :56-57% 16. 2Aoe to you. outwardly appear righteous to men. by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron. too. hypocritesI For you tithe mint and dill and cummin. and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues.

purge and ma$e them pure until the end time: because it is still to come at the appointed time 2 #Daniel 11:34-35% 22. *s it unfair for 'od to show partiality to one people group o"er all the othersG . demonic For where jealousy and selfish ambition e(ist. live li$e the Gentiles and not li$e the . how is it that you compel the Gentiles to live li$e . unwavering. most people-s love will grow cold But the one who endures to the end. putting aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart.ews? #-alatian% :13-14% 20. . do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth 'his wisdom is not that which comes down from above. reasonable. . full of mercy and good fruits.ew. 'herefore.ames )adison 7uote God"s Chosen 'eople+ the Je$s6 Isn"t God 7nfair in 4ho$in 4uch 'reference? by Rich Deem INTRODUCTION 4s 3od Preferential? The <ld Testament states +uite emphatically that the $ews are 'od's chosen people. + said to 5ephas in the presence of all. 2>ow when they fall they will be granted a little help. gentle. without hypocrisy #Jame% 3:14-17% many will join with them in hypocrisy "ome of those who have insight will fall. then peaceable. and will $ill you. 'his is how we $now who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are9 <nyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God: nor is anyone who does not love his brother #1 John 3:1!% 24. and 23. being a .ews. 2+f you. 2'hen they will deliver you to tribulation.truth of the gospel. and you will be hated by all nations because of )y name <t that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another )any false prophets will arise and will mislead many Because lawlessness is increased. he will be saved 'his gospel of the $ingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations. natural. in order to refine. there is disorder and every evil thing But the wisdom from above is first pure.ohn <dams 7uote. #1 $eter :1% 21. and then the end will come 2 #"atthew 4:9-14% &/ "ee e(amples >i(on v >orthern =ocal "chool District Board of ?ducation. but is earthly.

since the .udYos9 K>o es Dios +njusto al )ostrar tal Creferencia? .ews were to be a blessing to all the peoples of the earth was that the )essiah was to be born through the line of David Beginning with the third chapter of Genesis.!ich Deem 'he first boo$ of the Bible.ews God e(pected !is chosen people to strictly follow !is moral laws and not follow the evil ways of their neighbors 11 Because they failed to be faithful to God.ews also says that God does not show partiality and commands the .ewish people 'he Bible indicates that God chose the .ews in choosing them CONCLUSION + have had a number of s$eptics complain that it is unfair for God to choose the . year e(ile in Babylon. the main way that the .ews were held to a higher level of accountability. Genesis.ews were scattered among the nations. the same passages that says that God chose the . since they were 2a stubborn people 2/ !owever. says that God chose <braham to ma$e into a great nation 1 'he descendants of <braham. the .3 who would be the "on of God 4 'he )essiah would establish the new covenant6 and would die as the ultimate sacrifice for the sins of all people 1.ews to love other peoples .ews were not prospered because of their righteousness. the Bible says that the . after their 3.ews as !is people over all others <lthough it would be unfair for God to show partiality to one people group. since !e created all people !e commands !is people to behave li$ewise ?l Cueblo ?scogido de Dios.ews were commanded to be impartial 13 =i$ewise.ews * just to give them some sort of preferential treatment +n reality. The &curse& of bein chosen Being chosen as the people through whom God would send the )essiah was no wal$ in the par$ for the . since !e is the 5reator of all 10 Because of this principle.1.ews were selected to be a blessing to all the nations of the world 1 +n fact. los . this is not what was meant when the Bible said that God *ho%e the . the . 'he Old 'estament indicates that the . the . the God gathered the .14 especially when it comes to distinctions between the rich and the poor 16 "o.ews bac$ to +srael1/ in preparation for the coming )essiah Does God sho$ partiality? Both the Old and >ew 'estaments indicate that God does not show partiality among people.1& where they 2profaned the name of the =ord 21* !owever.0 'hese prophecies specifically state that the )essiah was to be God in human flesh. the Old 'estament tells how the )essiah was to come as the "avior of the world. would establish the nation of +srael to become a people of God-s own possession & Doesn-t this preferential treatment contradict the benevolent nature of God? !ow can God be perfect and preferential at the same time? Chosen for $hat? 'he common assumption of many s$eptics is that God chose the . the >ew 'estament commands its followers to love all people and not show partiality. from these commandments.ews. it is pretty clear that God was not giving preferential treatment to the .ewish people as the people through whom !e would send the )essiah Being chosen did not always bring great blessings. and were judged for their failures 'he Bible ma$es it clear that God does not show partiality.

<nd + will ma$e you a great nation. 2For you are a holy people to the =ODD your God: the =ODD your God has chosen you to be a people for !is own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth #Deuteronomy 7:6% 3. Aould !e? +f God is . +srael for !is own possession #$%alm 135:4% 2But you. !is servant.acob for !imself. 'he people whom !e has chosen for !is own inheritance #$%alm 33:1 % But chose the tribe of . <nd +srael !is inheritance "o he shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart.udah. . <nd ma$e your name great: <nd so you shall be a blessing: <nd + will bless those who bless you. =i$e the earth which !e has founded forever !e also chose David !is servant <nd too$ him from the sheepfolds: From the care of the ewes with suc$ling lambs !e brought him 'o shepherd . !is chosen onesI #$%alm 1!5:6% For the =ODD has chosen .RELATED PAGES • • • • • • • • • Crophecies of .esus 5hrist as )essiah Crince of Ceace 1 Ahat Ceace? Did God 5reate ?vil 1 Does the Bible "ay "o? Did God 5ommit <trocities by Ordering the Filling of ?ntire 5ities of Ceople? 'hou "hall >ot Fill1 Does God 8iolate !is Own 5ommandment? < =oving God Aould >ot "end Billions of Ceople to !ell. Descendant of <braham )y friend. Bou whom + have ta$en from the ends of the earth. O sons of . <nd + will bless you. <nd called from its remotest parts . + will establish your seed forever <nd build up your throne to all generations 2 "elah #$%alm #9:3-4% O seed of <braham.acob !is people.acob whom + have chosen.acob. )ount Qion which !e loved <nd !e built !is sanctuary li$e the heights.ealous Doesn-t 'hat )a$e !im the Divine !ypocrite? 'here is 'oo )uch ?vil and "uffering For God to ?(ist? Does the Bible "ay God Depents From Doing ?vil? REFERENCES 1. <nd the one who curses you + will curse <nd in you all the families of the earth will be blessed 2 #-ene%i% 1 : -3% 2. <nd guided them with his s$illful hands #$%alm 7#:6#-7 % 2+ have made a covenant with )y chosen: + have sworn to David )y servant. )y servant. Blessed is the nation whose God is the =ODD. +srael.

and +srael will dwell securely: and this is !is o o o o o o . nor the ruler-s staff from between his feet. 2Ahen + shall raise up for David a righteous Branch: and !e will reign as $ing and act wisely and do justice and righteousness in the land +n !is days .acob. and the one who curses you + will curse <nd in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed 2 #-ene%i% 1 :3% But God said. and you shall bruise him on the heel 2 #-ene%i% 3:15% <nd + will bless those who bless you. it is not because of your righteousness that the =ODD your God is giving you this good land to possess.2 declares the =ODD. but "arah your wife shall bear you a son. and you shall call his name +saac: and + will establish )y covenant with him for an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him #-ene%i% 17:19% 2+ see him.udah. for you are a stubborn people #Deuteronomy 9:6% Old 'estament prophecies of the coming )essiah9 0 o <nd + will put enmity between you and the woman. and !e chose their descendants after them. and a scepter shall rise from +srael. 2Fnow. and shall crush through the forehead of )oab. + have chosen you and not rejected you 2 #+%aiah 41:9% 4. 2>o. until "hiloh comes. the mighty. then. Aho will stand as a signal for the peoples: and !is resting place will be glorious #+%aiah 11:1!% 2Behold. but not near: a star shall come forth from . the great. and to him shall be the obedience of the peoples #-ene%i% 49:1!% 'hen it will come about in that day that the nations will resort to the root of . 2Bet on your fathers did the =ODD set !is affection to love them. but not now: + behold him. even you above all peoples. as it is this day "o circumcise your heart. the days are coming. and the awesome God who does not show partiality nor ta$e a bribe !e e(ecutes justice for the orphan and the widow. and shows !is love for the alien by giving him food and clothing "o show your love for the alien. and stiffen your nec$ no longer For the =ODD your God is the God of gods and the =ord of lords. for you were aliens in the land of ?gypt 2 #Deuteronomy 1!:19% 5. and tear down all the sons of "heth #@umber% 4:17% 2'he scepter shall not depart from . -Bou are )y servant.udah will be saved.esse.<nd said to you. and between your seed and her seed: !e shall bruise you on the head.

forever: and David )y servant will be their prince forever 2 #Ezekiel 37: 4. from you One will go forth for )e to be ruler in +srael !is goings forth are from long ago. even in times of distress #Daniel 9: 5% o o o o o . >or ma$e !is voice heard in the street < bruised reed !e will not brea$ <nd a dimly burning wic$ !e will not e(tinguish: !e will faithfully bring forth justice 2!e will not be disheartened or crushed Hntil !e has established justice in the earth: <nd the coastlands will wait e(pectantly for !is law 2 'hus says God the =ODD. Aho gives breath to the people on it <nd spirit to those who wal$ in it. in which your fathers lived: and they will live on it. )y "ervant. Aho spread out the earth and its offspring. on the throne of David and over his $ingdom. and $eep )y statutes.udah. and they will all have one shepherd: and they will wal$ in )y ordinances. 'hy God. <s a light to the nations 2 #+%aiah 4 :16% 'hy throne. with pla@a and moat. and observe them 2 2'hey will live on the land that + gave to . + have called Bou in righteousness. from the days of eternity 2 #"i*ah 5: % 2"o you are to $now and discern that from the issuing of a decree to restore and rebuild .5% 'here will be no end to the increase of !is government or of peace.sons. Bethlehem ?phrathah. \'he =ODD our righteousness -2 #Jeremiah 3:5-6% o 2<nd )y servant David will be $ing over them. Aho created the heavens and stretched them out. has anointed 'hee with the oil of joy above 'hy fellows #$%alm 45:6-7% 2But as for you.acob )y servant. whom + uphold: )y chosen one in whom )y soul delights + have put )y "pirit upon !im: !e will bring forth justice to the nations !e will not cry out or raise !is voice. too little to be among the clans of . <nd + will appoint Bou as a covenant to the people. to establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness from then on and forevermore 'he @eal of the =ODD of hosts will accomplish this #+%aiah 9:7% 2Behold.name by which !e will be called. 2+ am the =ODD. and their sons and their sons. + will also hold Bou by the hand and watch over Bou.erusalem until )essiah the Crince there will be seven wee$s and si(ty1two wee$s: it will be built again. they. is forever and ever: < scepter of uprightness is the scepter of 'hy $ingdom 'hou hast loved righteousness. and hated wic$edness: therefore God. O God.

on the other side of . and our fathers have told us Ae will not conceal them from their children.ordan. lest + come and smite the land with a curse 2 #"ala*hi 4:5-6% 2+ will surely tell of the decree of the =ODD9 !e said to )e. and all flesh will see it together: for the mouth of the =ODD has spo$en 2 #+%aiah 4!:3-5% 2Behold.% + will open my mouth in a parable: + will utter dar$ sayings of old. behold. 25lear the way for the =ODD in the wilderness: ma$e smooth in the desert a highway for our God =et every valley be lifted up. and out of ?gypt + called )y son #6o%ea 11:1% < voice is calling. and the rugged terrain a broad valley: 'hen the glory of the =ODD will be revealed. but later on !e shall ma$e it glorious. + am going to send you ?lijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the =ODD <nd he will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children. \'hou art )y "on. which we have heard and $nown. by the way of the sea. <nd $ings to the brightness of your rising 2 #+%aiah 6!:3% Ahen +srael was a youth + loved him. and he will clear the way before )e <nd the =ODD. the light will shine on them #+%aiah 9:1. Galilee of the Gentiles 'he people who wal$ in dar$ness will see a great light: those who live in a dar$ land. in whom you delight. and every mountain and hill be made low: and let the rough ground become a plain. but tell to the generation to come o o o o o o o o o .2 says the =ODD of hosts #"ala*hi 3:1% 2Behold.o 2'herefore the =ODD !imself will give you a sign9 Behold. + am going to send )y messenger. and she will call !is name +mmanuel #+%aiah 7:14% 2<nd nations will come to your light. !e is coming. today + have begotten 'hee -2 #$%alm :7% Aho has ascended into heaven and descended? Aho has gathered the wind in !is fists? Aho has wrapped the waters in !is garment? Aho has established all the ends of the earth? Ahat is !is name or !is son-s name? "urely you $nowI #$roverb% 3!:4% But there will be no more gloom for her who was in anguish: in earlier times !e treated the land of Qebulun and the land of >aphtali with contempt. whom you see$. will suddenly come to !is temple: and the messenger of the covenant. a virgin will be with child and bear a son. and the hearts of the children to their fathers.

25lear the way for the =ODD in the wilderness: ma$e smooth in the desert a highway for our God =et every valley be lifted up. #+%aiah 61:1. <nd a dimly burning wic$ !e will not e(tinguish: !e will faithfully bring forth justice #+%aiah 4 : -3% !e was oppressed and !e was afflicted. and freedom to prisoners: to proclaim the favorable year of the =ODD. and pay attention. and every mountain and . <nd the ears of the deaf will be unstopped 'hen the lame will leap li$e a deer. and !is strength and !is wondrous wor$s that !e has done #$%alm 7#: -4% o 2'he =ODD your God will raise up for you a prophet li$e me from among you. and the tongue of the dumb will shout for joy For waters will brea$ forth in the wilderness and streams in the <rabah #+%aiah 35:5-6% 2!e will not cry out or raise !is voice. <nd !e will divide the booty with the strong: Because !e poured out !imself to death. <nd was astonished that there was no one to intercede: 'hen !is own arm brought salvation to !im: <nd !is righteousness upheld !im #+%aiah 59:16% o o o o o o o o 7. so !e did not open !is mouth #+%aiah 53:7% =isten to )e. Bet !e did not open !is mouth: li$e a lamb that is led to slaughter. >or ma$e !is voice heard in the street 2< bruised reed !e will not brea$. < voice is calling. <nd was numbered with the transgressors: Bet !e !imself bore the sin of many. because the =ODD has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted: !e has sent me to bind up the bro$enhearted. and out of their gloom and dar$ness the eyes of the blind shall see #+%aiah 9:1#% 'hen the eyes of the blind will be opened. you peoples from afar 'he =ODD called )e from the womb: from the body of )y mother !e named )e #+%aiah 49:1% 'he "pirit of the =ODD God is upon me.% 'herefore. and the day of vengeance of our God: to comfort all who mourn. O islands. you shall listen to him 2 #Deuteronomy 1#:15% <nd on that day the deaf shall hear words of a boo$.the praises of the =ODD. and li$e a sheep that is silent before its shearers. <nd interceded for the transgressors #+%aiah 53:1 % <nd !e saw that there was no man. from your countrymen. + will allot !im a portion with the great. to proclaim liberty to captives.

and on their heart + will write it: and + will be their God. )ighty God. and by !is scourging we are healed #+%aiah 53:5% 'herefore. and hated wic$edness: therefore God. \'hou art )y "on. <ccording to the faithful mercies shown to David Behold. from you One will go forth for )e to be ruler in +srael !is goings forth are from long ago. too little to be among the clans of .hill be made low: and let the rough ground become a plain. + have made him a witness to the peoples. + will allot !im a portion with the great. 2Ahen + shall raise up for David a righteous Branch: and !e will reign as $ing and act wisely and do justice and righteousness in the land +n !is days . and the rugged terrain a broad valley: 'hen the glory of the =ODD will be revealed.2 declares the =ODD. Crince of Ceace #+%aiah 9:6% 2Behold.2 declares the =ODD. O God. until + ma$e 'hine enemies a footstool for 'hy feet 2 # $%alm 11!:1% 2But as for you. But !e was pierced through for our transgressions. 2+ncline your ear and come to )e =isten. \'he =ODD our righteousness -2 #Jeremiah 3:5-6% 'hy throne. today + have begotten 'hee -2 #$%alm :7% Aho has ascended into heaven and descended? Aho has gathered the wind in !is fists? Aho has wrapped the waters in !is garment? Aho has established all the ends of the earth? Ahat is !is name or !is son-s name? "urely you $nowI #$roverb% 3!:4% <nd + will ma$e an everlasting covenant with you. 'hy God. is forever and ever: < scepter of uprightness is the scepter of 'hy $ingdom 'hou hast loved righteousness. a leader and commander for the peoples #+%aiah 55:3-4% Behold. 2+ will put )y law within them. <nd !e will divide the booty with the strong: Because !e poured out !imself to death.udah. 2+ will surely tell of the decree of the =ODD9 !e said to )e. 2when + will ma$e a new covenant with the house of +srael and with the house of . <nd was numbered with the transgressors: Bet !e !imself bore the sin of many. But this is the covenant which + will ma$e with the house of +srael after those days. !e was . ?ternal Father.udah will be saved.udah. and all flesh will see it together: for the mouth of the =ODD has spo$en 2 #+%aiah 4!:3-5% For a child will be born to us. a son will be given to us: <nd the government will rest on !is shoulders: <nd !is name will be called Aonderful 5ounselor. <nd interceded for the transgressors #+%aiah 53:1 % 9.2 declares the =ODD. that you may live: 10. days are coming. the days are coming. and they shall be )y people #Jeremiah 31:31% crushed for our ini7uities: 'he chastening for our well1being fell upon !im. Bethlehem ?phrathah. and +srael will dwell securely: and this is !is name by which !e will be called. has anointed 'hee with the oil of joy above 'hy fellows #$%alm 45:6-7% 'he =ODD says to my =ord9 2"it at )y right hand. from the days of eternity 2 #"i*ah 5: % 8.

but for )y holy name. 2Do not say in your heart when the =ODD your God has driven them out before you. 2+t is not for your sa$e. and you will 13. because it was said of them. O house of +srael. and even made his son pass through the fire. the =ODD will scatter you among all peoples. but there will be no buyer 2 #Deuteronomy #:6#% 2<lso + scattered them among the nations and they were dispersed throughout the lands <ccording to their ways and their deeds + judged them #Ezekiel 36:19% profaned )y holy name. he burned incense in the valley of Ben1hinnom and burned his sons in fire. -'hese are the people of the =ODD: yet they have come out of !is land .but it is because of the wic$edness of these nations that the =ODD is dispossessing them before you #Deuteronomy 9:4% 2Bou shall not behave thus toward the =ODD your God. as one mourns for an only son. they . for every abominable act which the =ODD hates they have done for their gods: for they even burn their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods #Deuteronomy 1 :31% But he wal$ed in the way of the $ings of +srael.erusalem.2But + had concern for )y holy name. by the way about which + spo$e to you. which you have profaned 12. which the house of +srael had profaned among the nations where they went 2'herefore say to the house of +srael. according to the abominations of the nations whom the =ODD had driven out before the sons of +srael # )hroni*le% #:3% be left few in number among the nations where the =ODD drives you #Deuteronomy 4: 7% 2)oreover. from one end of the earth to the other end of the earth: and there you shall serve other gods. which you or your fathers have not $nown #Deuteronomy #:64% 2'he =ODD will bring you bac$ to ?gypt in ships. -Because of my righteousness the =ODD has brought me in to possess this land. 2'he =ODD will scatter you among the peoples. that + am about to act. wood and stone. -Bou will never see it againI. <nd was astonished that there was no one to intercede: 'hen !is own arm brought salvation to !im: <nd !is righteousness upheld !im #+%aiah 59:16% 2<nd + will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of . according to the abominations of the nations whom the =ODD had driven out from before the sons of +srael # 'in(% 16:3% )oreover. so that they will loo$ on )e whom they have pierced: and they will mourn for !im. -'hus says the =ord GOD.<nd !e saw that there was no man. the "pirit of grace and of supplication. 2Ahen they came to the nations where they went. li$e the bitter weeping over a first1born #5e*hariah 1 :1!% For dogs have surrounded me: < band of evildoers has encompassed me: 'hey pierced my hands and my feet #$%alm :16% 11.<nd there you will offer yourselves for sale to your enemies as male and female slaves.. and they will weep bitterly over !im.

-'his whole land will be a desolation and a horror.ew first and also to the Gree$ For there is no partiality with God #&oman% :1!-11% <nd masters. and give up threatening. and there is no partiality with !im #E0he%ian% 6:9% .'o nobles. -'hus says the =ord GOD. #.*t% 1!:34% but glory and honor and peace to everyone who does good. O nations. the great. and these nations will serve the $ing of Babylon seventy years #Jeremiah 5:11% 15. then the =ODD your God will restore you from captivity. Ceter said9 2+ most certainly understand now that God is not one to show partiality. + will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you: and + will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh #Ezekiel 36: !. 2+ will gather you from the peoples and assemble you out of the countries among which you have been scattered. 2For the =ODD your God is the God of gods and the =ord of lords. the mighty. 2when + prove )yself holy among you in their sight 2For + will ta$e you from the nations. gather you from all the lands and bring you into your own land 2'hen + will sprin$le clean water on you. <nd say.#Ezekiel 11:17% -'hus says the =ord GOD. 2Ahen + gather the house of +srael from the peoples among whom they are scattered. and have compassion on you.acob #Ezekiel #: 5% 16. $nowing that both their )aster and yours is in heaven. and from there !e will bring you bac$ 'he =ODD your God will bring you into the land which your fathers possessed. then they will live in their land which + gave to )y servant . to the . -Aic$ed ones-: Aho shows no partiality to princes >or regards the rich above the poor.6% 14. <nd declare in the coastlands afar off. and will manifest )y holiness in them in the sight of the nations. from there the =ODD your God will gather you. -Aorthless one. For they all are the wor$ of !is hands? #Job 34:17-19% Opening his mouth. and you shall possess it: and !e will prosper you and multiply you more than your fathers #Deuteronomy 3!:3-5% !ear the word of the =ODD. do the same things to them. and + will give you the land of +srael 2. and the awesome God who does not show partiality nor ta$e a bribe 2 #Deuteronomy 1!:17% 2"hall one who hates justice rule? <nd will you condemn the righteous mighty One. which you have profaned in their midst 'hen the nations will $now that + am the =ODD.among the nations where you went 2+ will vindicate the holiness of )y great name which has been profaned among the nations. and will gather you again from all the peoples where the =ODD your God has scattered you +f your outcasts are at the ends of the earth. Aho says to a $ing.2 declares the =ord GOD. and you will be clean: + will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols 2)oreover. 2!e who scattered +srael will gather him <nd $eep him as a shepherd $eeps his floc$ 2 #Jeremiah 31:1!% 2'herefore say.

and say. for the =ODD our God will have no part in unrighteousness or partiality or the ta$ing of a bribe 2 # )hroni*le% 19:7% 18.esus 5hrist with an attitude of personal favoritism For if a man comes into your assembly with a gold ring and dressed in fine clothes. you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors #Jame% :#-9% 16 )y brethren. and you pay special attention to the one who is wearing the fine clothes. <f course.2 and you say to the poor man. *s this really 4free willG4 !ich Deem 5an God just prevent people from ma$ing evil choices. +f. however.$nowing that from the =ord you will receive the reward of the inheritance +t is the =ord 5hrist whom you serve For he who does wrong will receive the conse7uences of the wrong which he has done. do not hold your faith in our glorious =ord . their 4solution4 was for 'od to pre"ent all e"il choices. and there also comes in a poor man in dirty clothes.2 you are doing well But if you show partiality. 2"o + also have made you despised and abased before all the people. or sit down by my footstool. Therefore. you are fulfilling the royal law according to the "cripture. thereby eliminating evil.2 have you not made distinctions among yourselves. while allowing 2free will?2 On the surface. and become judges with evil motives? # Jame% :1-4% Is it 'ossible for God to 'rovide &'artial *ree Will& and 1liminate !ll 1vil? by Rich Deem INTRODUCTION Partial 'ree Will? 9umerous atheists ha"e written to us with a proposal on how 'od could ha"e allowed 4partial free will4 and pre"ented all e"il. just as you are not $eeping )y ways but are showing partiality in the instruction 2Do we not all have one father? !as not one God created us? Ahy do we deal treacherously each against his brother so as to profane the covenant of our fathers? #"ala*hi :9-1!% 2>ow then let the fear of the =ODD be upon you: be very careful what you do.5% 17. this idea seems li$e a simple. and that without partiality #)olo%%ian% 3: 4. let-s try it on a practical problem . 2Bou stand over there. 2BOH "!<== =O8? BOHD >?+G!BOD <" BOHD"?=F. 2Bou sit here in a good place. humans could only make good choices. logical solution God could have used in the design of the universe O$ay.

ava"cript code that chec$ed email addresses for the proper format "o. people still find a way to get around all those efforts )aybe + could automatically reject emails that contain certain words? !owever. and so were eliminated from sending spam Only one time. even after instituting Bo('rapper. this was very frustrating 'he ne(t way to restrict free will was to instigate a server function #Bo('rapper% that operates on the email account directly 'his program does not deliver any email until the user replies to an auto1response1generated email Bo('rapper does not prevent email evil. they would usually would not put their email address in the email form bo( #just some random te(t% "o. loans. the users get around this ban . using my own form software "o. graphic te(t image #5<C'5!<% 1 'he automatic form submitters could not guess the randomly1generated te(t. some evil people figured out how to submit multiple emails containing multiple ads using my 8orm 'hey didn-t need my email address. when this is done on discussion boards. the website was becoming more and more popular and Google was ran$ing a large number of pages high in its search results #probably how most of you got here% <s a result. but does prevent me from having to deal with the majority of it !owever. lots of atheists visited the site #a good thing%. there are numerous atheists who feel the need to call me stupid or ignorant and use e(pletives to 2prove2 their point "o. my email address was lin$ed directly on the front page of the website One can e7uate this situation as being complete 2email free will 2 'he problem with complete email free will is that it encourages the e(ercise of evil Ceople devised evil schemes to harvest my email address and sell it to lots of other evil people who wanted to sell me insurance.1mail and human evil + have personally e(perienced the problem of evil and have attempted the above 2solution 2 'he evil that + have attempted to eliminate is 2email evil 2 Bac$ in 1663. even though + have ta$en great pains to reduce the ability of people to e(press their evil free will. evil people figured out how to harvest the email address from the 2hidden2 parts of my form "o. the atheists just made up email addresses that didn-t e(ist + would spend a few minutes to an hour responding to their email to have it bounce bac$ as being non1e(istent >eedless to say. when this site first began. did a spammer ta$e the time to randomly enter the te(t from the graphic image ?vil email !owever. since they could send me spam automatically. my first attempt to prevent email evil involved setting up a form in which the email address was part of a form !owever. + needed another solution 'he ne(t way to prevent email evil was to use a form that re7uired the user to enter a randomly1 displayed. + put in a . although a significant percentage of those who wrote me #about half% wanted to leave hate mail #with no constructive criticisms% !owever. my ne(t step was to use a form that hid my email address in an 2invisible2 file separate from the form + deleted my old email address and setup a new one 'his solution wor$ed for a while !owever. not wanting to be confronted on their evil. and ?D medications "o.

all claims by atheists that God could prevent all evil choices. e(tending human life spans to hundreds or thousands of years would have resulted in evil people living longer and having more time to devise more evil schemes to perpetrate on their fellow human beings <dditionally. it is not possible to design a universe in which the e(ercise of evil is completely eliminated.2solution2 has ta$en away human free will and turned human beings into robots <lthough it solves the problem of evil. giving human beings the power to easily travel throughout the universe and manipulate it at will would have resulted in unimaginable evil Ahen somebody got angry at somebody else.orldview . it seems li$ely that the design of this universe is optimal for the restriction of most evil. restrict free will "o.2 since it originates within the human mind "o. this $ind of evil1free universe does e(ist for those who want it and choose it in thi% universe +t is calledheaven God has restricted evil 'he laws of physics of our universe actually do prevent large amounts of evil that could have been committed by human beings had those laws been different For e(ample. and can-t really do anything drastic enough to mess it up ?ven a cursory e(amination of the universe reveals many ways in which God could have allowed humans the ability to commit much more evil 'o me. they could just hurl another star into that person-s planet to destroy it "o God has created a universe in which. God could have eliminated all evil in the design of !is universe !owever. such a universe would have been unable to accomplish the main purpose for which God created the universe in the first place 1 to allow free will choice by human beings God has designed the laws of the universe so that human beings are unable to e(hibit unlimited amounts of evil !owever. for practical purposes. while still allowing free will CONCLUSION Bes. we are restricted to our own solar system. my efforts restricted only some #although probably the majority% email evil !owever.by inserting 2G]E^2 at strategic positions within swear words Hltimately. .ruth)laim% to the . let me e(plain the analogy )y efforts to eliminate email evil restrict the ability of people to commit evil in certain ways 'hese efforts are analogous to changing the laws of the universe to restrict the e(ercise of evil !owever.e%t by Fenneth D "amples . since evil begins in the minds of human beings 'o restrict the minds of human beings is to turn them into robots <lthough this approach might seem attractive #especially with some people we $now%. there was no way to eliminate all evil through changing the 2laws of physics. it destroys the primary reason why God created the universe in the first place 1 to allow free will beings the choice of loving or rejecting !im & God finds such a 2solution2 unacceptable #Ahy create a universe in which its primary purpose is unattainable?% !owever. the only way to eliminate all evil is to actually restrict the functioning of the human mind 1 in other words.orld o8 Di88eren*e: $uttin( )hri%tian . the atheists. as can be seen by the results. but allow free will are specious +n reality. efforts to prevent evil do not prevent the %our*e of evil 1 the human mind 1liminate evil and %eep free $ill? For those of you who don-t get the connection between email and evil. it would prevent people from e(pressing true love 1 for each other and for God their 5reator RELATED PAGES • .

the implication of the 2people are good2 worldview is that good people don-t need a "avior 'his paper will show that the biblical worldview and not the 2people are good2 worldview matches reality Human atrocities . "ee Ai$ipedia article on 5<C'5!< & "ee 'here is 'oo )uch ?vil and "uffering For God to ?(ist? &'eople are Basically Good& . people need a "avior in order to be acceptable to God +n contrast.• • • • • • • • • • • • 'here is 'oo )uch ?vil and "uffering For God to ?(ist? Ahere is God Ahen Bad 'hings !appen? Ahy >atural ?vil "u%t ?(ist Did God 5reate ?vil 1 Does the Bible "ay "o? "outheast <sia ?arth7ua$e and 'sunami1 Ahere was God? Did God 5ommit <trocities by Ordering the Filling of ?ntire 5ities of Ceople? Ahere was God During the Aorld 'rade 5enter <ttac$? 'hou "hall >ot Fill1 Does God 8iolate !is Own 5ommandment? -Ceople are Basically Good. Aould !e? Does the Bible "ay God Depents From Doing ?vil? REFERENCES 1. 1vidence to the Contrary by Rich Deem INTRODUCTION )any present day philosophies and worldviews claim the people are basically good and that bad or immoral behavior is the e(ception 'he Bible states 7uite the opposite 1 that people are selfish and sinful as soon as they are able to e(press that $ind of behavior Because of this fact.1 Croof to the 5ontrary 'he Crofessor 'eaches <bout ?vil and 5hristianity Ahat <bout <trocities 'hat !ave Been Done in the >ame of Deligion < =oving God Aould >ot "end Billions of Ceople to !ell.

being rude and selfish is not what most people would consider to be a great sin !owever.esus 5hrist 'eople in the 7=4=!= Bou might counter that we in the Hnited "tates are not li$e the Dussians <fter all.. since they could claim that these atrocities were perpetrated by only a few individuals !owever.-s $illed over 1 3 million of his own people 'hese do not include all the people $illed in 2legitimate2 wars )any would object to this analysis. sin can be e(pressed in a number of ways =et me give you a couple e(amples + am the bac$up driver for one of the vanpools at 5edars1"inai )edical 5enter =ast wee$. + went to 5amp 5herry 8alley with a group of 1. the leader of the )ar(ist regime in 5ambodia.2 but sinful and selfish =et me give you another e(ample. this is what was practiced by the 5hristian church during the first century 1 'he problem with 5ommunism was not the philosophy per se.s and 16.ewish problem 2 Communism < great e(periment was performed in the last century that definitively demonstrated the sinfulness of entire generations among an entire people group 'he e(periment was called 5ommunism + am not referring to the attempt by 5ommunists to spread )ar(ism throughout the Aorld through civil wars Ahat + am referring to is the reaction of the Dussian people themselves to the 2e7uality2 created under 5ommunism 'he basic tenet of 5ommunism is that all people would share e7ually in the resources of the country On the surface.. who agreed with their 2values 2 'he vast majority of Germans willingly followed <dolph !itler and gave their consent to his policy to get rid of the 2. we must cross four lanes of heavy. from a group of people who are %u00o%edto be committed to raising their children with strong moral values +n October.E and an abortion rate of over /. there were two lines. million "oviet citi@ens between 16&6 and 16*6 because they were not politically correct )ao 'se1tung $illed *.EI 'he sinfulness of all humans was definitely demonstrated in an entire society. these individuals could not have done anything if they were not bac$ed by others. Fampuchea.ews prior to and during the second Aorld Aar . &. + drove the van every day +n order to get to the carpool lane. e7ually divided to be served their food !owever. your position in line did not correspond to when you would get your food ?very time we lined up for meals. you find a huge number of murders <dolph !itler $illed 0 million . the rudeness is an indicator of the hearts of the people +t is obvious from this e(ample that the vast majority of people in =os <ngeles are not 2basically good.1. that sounds good +n fact.+f you e(amine the atrocities perpetrated by people within the last century. . Aebelos "couts and 11. just to get an idea of what percentage of people are $ind enough to let you into 2their2 space +n the entire wee$ of driving #. but the reali@ation by the people that they would not be rewarded for hard wor$ +t didn-t matter how you wor$ed. that it led to the eventual economic collapse of the "oviet Hnion 5ommunism failed because humans are basically sinful. rush hour traffic 'he primary vanpool driver uses the 2stealth2 approach to changing lanes !e doesn-t use his turn indicator.4 lane changes%. we are industrious people who wor$ hard + would agree that we are not generally a la@y people !owever. since people almost always will not let you in if they thin$ that you are going to ta$e the place in front of them + use the turn indicator.s Col Cot. you got the same reward <t this point. la@y. so much so.. and self1centered 'he only reason why 25ommunism2 succeeded in the first century 5hristian 5hurch was that the people had been transformed by the power of . adults #mostly parents of these 5ub "couts% <t meal time.. the sinfulness of man stepped into the picture and everybody in the "oviet Hnion became la@y and indifferent to their responsibilities 'his lac$ of accountability has led to an alcoholism rate of . there was only one instance where a driver intentionally let me go in front of him >ow.oseph "talin $illed &. in the 163. to 0& million 5hinese during the 5hinese civil war of the 16*.

at the time. and shot the baby in the head while being held in her mother-s arms Ahen + heard the story. desire for power. + totally lost it !ow could anybody be so evil? 'he only rational e(planation for such $inds of evil is that there are powerful evil forces wor$ing in the lives of those who have completely rejected any absolute basis for morality On "eptember 11. but chose to $eep the baby Ahen her baby was nine months old. but fell into drugs and prostitution Ahen she became pregnant. $illing thousands of innocent people 'he attac$ on the Hnited "tates was about human greed. this was not the end of the selfish behavior Ahen we got into the dinning hall. religion is the surest way to hell Delationship with God through . he blamed his reduced income on the baby. and pimps One prostitute #who is now a 5hristian% related the story of her heartache in the big city "he came to !ollywood to become a movie star.1. most of the e(periments were reproduced by other investigators with similar results.2 even though there were enough seats for all "couts and parents Ae were forced to eat outside at every meal ?ven though these 2good2 parents were 2committed2 to teaching their children strong moral values. she was told to get an abortion. they were actually teaching their children to be selfish and rude <nd these are people who. the mother-s pimp came to find out why she wasn-t ma$ing as much money as she had been Ahen he saw the baby. so we $now that they represent true human reactions and capacity for evil 4tanley 3or an"s electrocution study Following the atrocities of >a@i Germany during Aorld Aar ++. would %ay that they were 5hristians Our moral values have changed to such a degree that most people do not even recogni@e that their own behavior is immoral + recently went to a Cromise Feepers2'urn the 'ide2 convention in <naheim. &. prostitutes. if you as$ed them. 5alifornia One of the "pea$ers was )atthew Barnett. the 2"enior2 Castor at the Dream 5enter #an inner city church in "outh15entral =os <ngeles% !e was relating some encounters he e(perienced as he was building his church in a neighborhood that was characteri@ed by gangs. psychologist "tanley )ilgram designed an e(periment to e(amine the degree to which people would comply with immoral commands from authority & < teacher #the e(perimental subject% and a learner #a confederate of the e(perimenter% were supposedly e(amining the effect of punishment #electric shoc$% on . none of these e(periments would be allowed to be performed today.. all the seats were either occupied or 2reserved.there were children and adults who let their friendsJparentsJchildren cut in front of them Carents were actively encouraging their children to cut in front of other people +t was so bad that our group ended up at the end of the line every time !owever.esus 5hrist is the only answer to manmade religion that preaches hatred and violence 1/perimental evidence of human depravity < number of psychologists have performed controlled e(periments that demonstrate the level of depravity that people can stoop to +n the age of human subject-s rights and human subjects review boards. hatred and sinfulness 'he idea that 2people are basically good2 is a humanistic fallacy of monumental proportions Bes. pulled out a gun. the Hnited "tates was attac$ed by terrorists. because of the e(treme stress placed upon many of the subjects !owever.

even though they believed that the shoc$s they had given were e(tremely painful "ome people have protested that people would not react this way in today-s world !owever.0 years later. then they moved on to the ne(t set +f the answer was incorrect. volts. along with a rating. volts <lthough Dr )ilgram-s colleagues had predicted that only *E of subjects would continue to the ma(imum voltage./. to ma$e the e(periment seem more real.E of subjects would shoc$ the learner up to the ma(imum voltage * 'hilip @imbardo"s 4tanford prison e/periment Following the <ttica and other prison riots of the early 163. the teacher was supposed to shoc$ the learner./ volt battery prior to the start of the e(periment >o e(perimental subject hesitated to give shoc$s up to *. switches in 1/ volt increments. even though they could 7uit the e(periment at any time 'he treatment by the 2guards2 continued to deteriorate to the point that the e(periment had to be ended on the si(th day >one of the 2guards2 protested the evil actions of their 2cowor$ers2 4olomon !sch"s conformity e/periments Csychologist "olomon <sch performed a number of e(periments to determine the degree to which e(perimental subjects will go along with the majority 1 even if they $now the majority is wrong 'he setup was simple 1 an e(perimental subject. which resulted in the beginning of harsh treatment of the 2prisoners2 "ome of the 2troublema$ers2 were put into solitary confinement or stripped of clothing and made to sleep on the floor 'he 2prisoners2 eventually became compliant. there were conflicts between the 2prisoners2 and the 2guards2. the learner pounded the wall between the himself and the teacher and refused to answer 'he teacher was instructed that no response was to be considered a wrong answer and to increase the voltage and administer the ne(t shoc$ +f the subject hesitated or complained./. 5omparable groups of students were randomly assigned to be either 2guards2 or 2prisoners2 in "tanford Hniversity-s simulated prison !owever. the following prods were given to attempt compliance9 1 & * . along with a number of the . volts !owever. . Clease continue 'he e(periment re7uires that you continue +t is absolutely essential that you continue Bou have no other choice.erry Burger partially replicated )ilgram-s e(periment. the teacher was given a real shoc$ from a . .learning 'he learner was strapped into a chair on the other side of a barrier #but within hearing distance% 'he teacher was instructed to read a list of two word pairs and as$ the learner to repeat them bac$ +f the learner got the answer correct. up to .-s. beginning at 1/ volts 'he simulated shoc$ generator consisted *. 0/E actually did so. Cyschologist Chilip Qimbardo embar$ed upon an e(amination of the effect of simulated prison conditions on normal human subjects . subjects continued to 2shoc$2 the learner up to the ma(imum setting of . finding that 3.. cuffed and boo$ed before being turned over to the "tanford jail Aithin a day. at that point. ranging from 2slight shoc$2 to 2danger9 severe shoc$2 'he final two switches were labeled 2UUU2 'he teacher was instructed to automatically increase the shoc$ setting each time the learner missed a word in the list 'o ma$e add to the authenticity of the shoc$ generator.. those assigned to be 2prisoners2 were 2arrested2 by the "tanford Colice Department. you must go on 'wenty1si( of the .

the 2righteous2 haters will see$ out and $ill the 2unrighteous2 haters <n underlying spiritual cause of all this hatred is the only reasonable e(planation of human depravity ?volution does not account for the e(tremes of our violent behavior.orld o8 Di88eren*e: $uttin( )hri%tian . but the 5hristian worldview fits the data e(actly 1 humans are basically evil until transformed by the renewing power of .and ?liminate <ll ?vil? < =oving God Aould >ot "end Billions of Ceople to !ell. most subjects assigned the interesting tas$ to themselves Ahen told that they could use a coin flip to assign the tas$.esus 5hrist 3 RELATED PAGES • • • • <theist )yth9 Ceople are Basically Good #Flash 8ideo% <re Ceople Basically Good or ?vil #Bou'ube% Ahat <bout <trocities 'hat !ave Been Done in the >ame of Deligion . of those who used the coin toss. whereas the second was boring and unrewarded Credictably.orldview . Aould !e? • • • • • • . . the majority still assigned the better tas$ to themselves 1 even when they lost the coin toss CONCLUSION 'he unending human propensity for hatred. violence. one third of subjects lied about which lines matched just to go along with the group / <lthough the 2sin2 committed seems pretty innocuous.e(perimenter-s confederates. conformity to the majority has resulted in the support of human atrocities by some pretty evil regimes throughout history 3oral hypocrisy +n another set of e(periments. only about half used the coin toss !owever. was to loo$ at two cards and determine which line on one card matched one of three lines on another card 'he lengths of the lines were sufficiently different that there was no 7uestion what the right answer was ?ven so.ruth)laim% to the .e%tby Fenneth D "amples "tanford Crison ?(periment website 'hou "hall >ot Fill1 Does God 8iolate !is Own 5ommandment? 'he Crofessor 'eaches <bout ?vil and 5hristianity 'here is 'oo )uch ?vil and "uffering For God to ?(ist? +s it Cossible for God to Crovide -Cartial Free Aill. and evil will continue as we. subjects were as$ed to assign two different tas$s 1 one to themselves and another to another #none(istent% participant 0 One tas$ was interesting and resulted in a reward.

? D 'hompson. . <sch. !aney.bnormal and >o*ial $%y*holo(y 039 *311*34 3. G "euferling. C #1660% 5ulture and conformity9 < meta1analysis of studies using <schSs #16/&b. if anyone is in 5hrist.• Did God 5ommit <trocities by Ordering the Filling of ?ntire 5ities of Ceople? REFERENCES 1. son?2 2Bes. #Ahole no . 5 D . 16/0% line judgment tas$ $%y*holo(i*al 7ulletin. the new has comeI # )orinthian% 5:17% 3 The 'rofessor Teaches !bout 1vil and Christianity 2=?' )? ?UC=<+> '!? problem science has with . <nd all those who had believed were together. D . he is a new creation: the old has gone. and C G Qimbardo 163* +nterpersonal dynamics in a simulated prison +nternational Journal o8 )riminolo(y and $enolo(y 19 06163 minority of one against a unanimous majority $%y*holo(i*al "ono(ra0h%. Burger.. and were sharing them with all. " 160* Behavioral "tudy of Obedience Journal o8 .6 Deplicating )ilgram Aould Ceople "till Obey 'oday? . aren-t you.meri*an $%y*holo(i%t 0. 3. 11111*3 5. " ? 16/0 "tudies of independence and conformity9 < 0 Batson.esus 5hrist 2 'he atheist professor of philosophy pauses before his class and then as$s one of his new students to stand 2Bou-re a 5hristian. ) &. 5 .10% Bond.9 1_11 4. 116. )ilgram. A 5 Ban$s. et al 1666 )oral hypocrisy9 <ppearing moral to oneself without being so Journal o8 $er%onality and >o*ial $%y*holo(y 339 /&/1/*3 'herefore. ` "mith. and had all things in common: and they began selling their property and possessions.*t% :44-45% 2. as anyone might have need #. sir 2 2"o you believe in God?2 2<bsolutely 2 2+s God good?2 2"ureI God-s good 2 2+s God all1powerful? 5an God do anything?2 2Bes 2 2<re you good or evil?2 2'he Bible says +-m evil 2 'he professor grins $nowingly 2<hhI '!? B+B=?I2 !e considers for a moment 2!ere-s one for you =et-s say there-s a sic$ person over here and you can cure him Bou can do it Aould you help them? Aould you try?2 2Bes sir. + would 2 2"o you-re good I2 .

esus?2 2>o. does he? )y brother was a 5hristian who died of cancer even though he prayed to . son?2 M>o answerN 'he student tries to hold the steady. sir 2 2?vil-s everywhere. all the death and ugliness and all the suffering created by this good God is all over the world.esus?2 2>o.esus good? !mmm? 5an you answer that one?2 M>o answerN 'he elderly man is sympathetic 2>o. you have to go easy with the new ones =et-s start again.esus in fact. all the pain.2+ wouldn-t say that 2 2Ahy not say that? Bou would help a sic$ and maimed person if you could in fact most of us would if we could God doesn-t 2 M>o answerN 2!e doesn-t. C=?<"?I2 'he professor closes in for the $ill and climbs into the 5hristian-s face +n a still small voice. ladies and gentlemen 2 !e turns bac$ to the 5hristian 2'ell me. do you have any sensory perception of your God whatsoever?2 M>o answerN 2<nswer me. 2God created all evil. 2+s God good?2 M>o answerN 2Do you believe in . 2!ow is it that this God is good if !e created all evil throughout all time?2 'he professor swishes his arms around to encompass the wic$edness of the world 2<ll the hatred. e(perienced ga@e and fails "uddenly the lecturer brea$s away to pace the front of the classroom li$e an aging panther 'he class is mesmeri@ed 2'ell me. didn-t he?2 'he elderly man runs his bony fingers through his thinning hair and turns to the smir$ing student audience 2+ thin$ we-re going to have a lot of fun this semester. young man?2 M>o answerN 2Don-t you see it all over the place? !uh?2 Cause 2Don-t you?2'he professor leans into the student-s face again and whispers. can you?2 !e ta$es a sip of water from a glass on his des$ to give the student time to rela( 2+n philosophy. 2A!O 5D?<'?D '!?)? '?== )?. son?2 'he student-s voice betrays him and crac$s 2Bes.esus 5hrist. the brutality. please 2 2>o. young fella +s God good?2 2?r Bes 2 2+s "atan good?2 2>o 2 2Ahere does "atan come from?2 'he student falters 2From God 2 2'hat-s right God made "atan. sir. sir + have not 2 2!ave you ever felt your . he as$ed. isn-t it.esus or smelt your . didn-t !e. +-m afraid + haven-t 2 . sir +-ve never seen !im 2 2'hen tell us if you-ve ever heard your . all the torture.esus to heal him !ow is this . you can-t.2 he continues.esus. isn-t it? Did God ma$e everything?2 2Bes 2 2Aho created evil?2 M>o answerN 2+s there sic$ness in this world? +mmorality? !atred? Hgliness <ll the terrible things 1 do they e(ist in this world? 2 'he student s7uirms on his feet 2Bes 2 2Aho created them?2 M>o answerN 'he professor suddenly shouts at his student. son +s there evil in this world?2 2Bes. tasted your . professor + do 2 'he old man sha$es his head sadly 2"cience says you have five senses you use to identify and observe the world around you !ave you ever seen .

sir >ow +-ve got a 7uestion for you +s there such thing as heat?2 2Bes. much less fully understood them 'o view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot e(ist as a substantive thing Death is not the opposite of life. now loo$ 2 . testable. it is the absence of something Bou can have low light. cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat Ae cannot measure cold !eat we can measure in thermal units because heat is energy 5old is not the opposite of heat. for the student to continue 2Bou are wor$ing on the premise of duality.2 the 5hristian e(plains 2'hat for e(ample there is life and then there-s death: a good God and a bad God Bou are viewing the concept of God as something finite. Dar$ness isn-t +f it were. come. there isn-t 2 'he professor-s grin free@es 'he room suddenly becomes very 7uiet 'he second 5hristian continues 2Bou can have lots of heat. professor +s there such a thing as immorality?2 2Of course there is. something we can measure "ir. science says your God doesn-t e(ist Ahat do you say to that. yet another 5hristian in the vanguardI 5ome. sir. sir 2 2Bet you still believe in him?2 2 yes 2 2'hat ta$es F<+'!I2'he professor smiles sagely at the underling 2<ccording to the rules of empirical. merely the absence of it 2 'he young man holds up a newspaper he ta$es from the des$ of a neighbor who has been reading it 2!ere is one of the most disgusting tabloids this country hosts. otherwise we would be able to go colder than 1&3*a5 Bou see. your philosophical premise is flawed to start with and so your conclusion must be in error 2 'he professor goes to(ic 2Flawed ? !ow dare you I2 2"ir. science cannot even e(plain a thought +t uses electricity and magnetism but has never seen. e(plain 2 'he professor ma$es an admirable effort to regain control "uddenly he is affability himself !e waves his hand to silence the class. there-s cold too 2 2>o. professor?2 Despite himself. please 2 'he first 5hristian sits defeated <nother 5hristian raises his hand 2Crofessor. sir Dar$ness is not something. sir. professor?2 2'hat-s a dumb 7uestion. but we don-t have anything called -cold. demonstrable protocol. isn-t it? 'hat-s the meaning we use to define the word +n reality. but we can-t go any further after that 'here is no such thing as cold. just the absence of it 2 "ilence < pin drops somewhere in the classroom 2+s there such a thing as dar$ness.2Bou-re <FD<+D you haven-t?2 2>o. professor )y point is. even more heat. which is no heat. normal light. may + e(plain what + mean?2 'he class is all ears 2?(plain ohhhhh. young man "pea$ some proper wisdom to the gathering 2 'he 5hristian loo$s around the room 2"ome interesting points you are ma$ing. a little heat or no heat. sir. may + address the class?2 'he professor turns and smiles 2<h. white heat.Ae can hit &3* degrees below @ero. son Ahat is night if it isn-t dar$ness? Ahat are you getting at ?2 2"o you say there is such a thing as dar$ness?2 2Bes 2 2Bou-re wrong again. flashing light but if you have no light constantly you have nothing and it-s called dar$ness. bright light. son? Ahere is your God now?2 M'he student doesn-t answerN 2"it down. you would be able to ma$e dar$ness dar$er and give me a jar of it 5an you give me a jar of dar$er dar$ness. son. young man?2 2Bes. super1heat.2 the professor replies 2'here-s heat 2 2+s there such a thing as cold?2 2Bes. the professor smiles at the young effrontery before him 'his will indeed be a good semester 2Aould you mind telling us what your point is. mega1heat.

and we all agree there is. yes. 2+f there is evil in the world. therefore. are you not teaching your opinion. touched or smelt the professor-s mind? >o one appears to have done so 2 'he 5hristian sha$es his head sadly 2+t appears no one here has had any sensory perception of the professor-s mind whatsoever Aell. according to the rules of empirical. you rightly state that science is the study of observed phenomena "cience too is a premise which is flawed 2 2"5+?>5? +" F=<A?D ?2the professor splutters 'he class is in uproar 'he 5hristian remains standing until the commotion has subsided 2'o continue the point you were ma$ing earlier to the other student. does not fall within the realm of something *reated by God "o. sir? <re you now not a scientist. + don-t view this matter as having anything to do with any choice: as a realist. demonstrable protocol. professor Do you teach your students that they evolved from a mon$ey?2 2+f you are referring to the natural evolutionary process. but a preacher?2 2+-ll overloo$ your impudence in the light of our philosophical discussion >ow. sir?2 'he professor ma$es a suc$ing sound with his teeth and gives his student a silent. !e is responsible for the creation of evil !owever. of our own free will. 2evil2 is a word that we use to describe certain things that happen to us #most of which are caused by other people% +n reality.2Arong again. God% or evil #absence of God% Aithout evil. then God. evil is allowed by God so that free will beings can choose between good #i e . of course + do 2 2!ave you ever observed evolution with your own eyes. stony stare 2Crofessor "ince no one has ever observed the process of evolution at wor$ and cannot even prove that this process is an on1going endeavor. young man. immorality is merely the absence of morality +s there such thing as injustice? >o +njustice is the absence of justice +s there such a thing as evil?2'he 5hristian pauses 2+sn-t evil the absence of good?2 'he professor-s face has turned an alarming color !e is so angry he is temporarily speechless 'he 5hristian continues. professor. it is not a physically created thing at all and. 2+ would have thought that the absence of God-s moral code in this world is probably one of the most observable phenomena going. + absolutely do not recogni@e the concept of God or any other theological factor as being part of the world e7uation because God is not observable 2 'he 5hristian replies. and the universe would have no ultimate purpose 'han$s to Dussell Cittman for sending this e1mail . choose good over evil 2& 'he professor bridles 2<s a philosophical scientist. have you 7uite finished?2 the professor hisses 2"o you don-t accept God-s moral code to do what is righteous?2 2+ believe in what is 1 that-s scienceI2 2<hhI "5+?>5?I2the student-s face splits into a grin 2"ir. >ewspapers ma$e billions of dollars reporting it every wee$I 'ell me. crumbling tutor 2+s there anyone here who has ever heard the professor-s mind felt the professor-s mind. may + give you an e(ample of what + mean?2 'he professor wisely $eeps silent 'he 5hristian loo$s around the room 2+s there anyone in the class who has ever seen the professor-s mind?2'he class brea$s out into laughter 'he 5hristian points towards his elderly. stable. if !e e(ists. sir Bou see. here is a brief synopsis 'he atheist argument is that since God created everything. the argument is fundamentally flawed <s stated on this site. it is not possible to choose between good and evil. must be accomplishing a wor$ through the agency of evil 1Ahat is that wor$ God is accomplishing? 'he Bible tells us it is to see if each one of us will. science. + D?5=<D? that the professor has no mind 2 'he class is in chaos 'he 5hristian sits +f you didn-t get it.

mo% 5:14% those who have done good will rise to live. Aould !e? Does the Bible "ay God Depents From Doing ?vil? REFERENCES 1.1 Croof to the 5ontrary Ahat <bout <trocities 'hat !ave Been Done in the >ame of Deligion < =oving God Aould >ot "end Billions of Ceople to !ell. who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil #6ebrew% 5:14% !e must turn from evil and do good: he must see$ peace and pursue it #1 $eter 3:11% Dear friend. including every hidden thing.RELATED PAGES • • • • • • • • • Did God 5reate ?vil 1 Does the Bible "ay "o? Did God 5ommit <trocities by Ordering the Filling of ?ntire 5ities of Ceople? 'hou "hall >ot Fill9 Does God 8iolate !is Own 5ommandment? 'here is 'oo )uch ?vil and "uffering For God to ?(ist? +s it Cossible for God to Crovide -Cartial Free Aill.and ?liminate <ll ?vil? -Ceople are Basically Good. that + might display )y power in you and that )y name might be proclaimed in all the earth 2 #&oman% 9:17% 'he evil that Charaoh perpetrated against the . that you may live 'hen the =ODD God <lmighty will be with you. that + might show you )y power and that )y name might be proclaimed in all the earth #E?odu% 9:16% 'urn from evil and do good: see$ peace and pursue it # $%alm 34:14% For God will bring every deed into judgment. For the "cripture says to Charaoh9 2+ raised you up for this very purpose. and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned #John 5: 9% =ove must be sincere !ate what is evil: cling to what is good #&oman% 1 :9% But solid food is for the mature. just as you say he is #. not evil. whether it is good or evil #E**le%ia%te% 1 :14% "ee$ good. do not imitate what is evil but what is good <nyone who does what is good is from God <nyone who does what is evil has not seen God #3 John 1:11% & .ews was the means by which God demonstrated !is power to !is people But + have raised you up for this very purpose.

tornadoes.Where is God When Bad Thin s Happen? Why -atural 1vil Must 1/ist + + by Rich Deem INTRODUCTION Natural evil? Atheists claim that if 'od e6isted that %e would not design a world that contains 4natural e"il. even their e(planation must put the blame for the e(istence of natural evil upon God !owever. for the purpose of this essay. earth+uakes. indiscriminately cruel world.4 Accordingly. !ich Deem 'he presence of natural evil in a world supposedly designed by a loving God is a formidable barrier to faith for many people For e(ample. the >oaic flood% and will do so in the future #e g . such a God is never justified in creating a world in which natural evil occurs 21 >icholas 'attersall defines the evil that is incompatible with God-s e(istence as 2gratuitous evils 2 & 'his essay will not deal with moral evilTinappropriate actions ta$en by free will beings resulting in hurt to themselves or other free will beings 'he free will defense e(plaining the presence of moral evil is delineated elsewhere + am convinced that the majority of people who ma$e the claim that natural evil must be eliminated by God have not considered the implications of their ideas on the way the world would operate if they were in charge of the earth-s design <re these 2natural evils2 really gratuitous or do they serve important functions in the earth-s design? 'his page is a comprehensive e(amination of what the world would loo$ li$e if atheists would have had the ability to create a 2better2 universe "o. earth7ua$es and drought%. we also reject judgment as the 0rimary reason for the e(istence of natural evil . most of this 4e"il4 pro"ides us with much more pleasure than pain. we reject the argument that spiritual growth is the 0rimary reason for the e(istence of natural evil Boung earth creationists say that that fall of <dam and ?ve resulted in corruption of the physical creation. young earth creationists believe that God-s curse upon the creation went way beyond what the Bible indicates <nother popular 5hristian response is that all natural evil is due to the judgment of God <lthough the Bible indicates that God has used 2natural2 processes in judgment #e g . killer hurricanes. it is not clear from their e(planations how sin *au%ed all the 2bad2 processes to begin Hltimately. not every natural disaster that occurs can be blamed on God-s judgment "o. and that all the bad things are the result of sin Ae reject this e(planation. we are going to assume that the atheists are right and that all forms of natural evil must be eliminated from the universe Re)ected Christian responses >umerous 5hristians throughout the ages have argued for specific e(planations why there is natural evil "ome have suggested that natural evil was created by "atan and his angels Ae reject this argument because nowhere does the Bible suggest that "atan has creative ability or too$ part in the way the universe was designed Ae also reject the argument that all natural evil is re7uired for spiritual growth "ome natural evil may pull at our hearts to encourage us to get involved in helping others !owever. since the Bible ma$es it clear that the physical laws of the universe were in full operation be8ore the fall +n addition. *n fact. many forms of natural evil probably do not consistently result in a greater good in this way "o. and tsunamis represent the workings of an indifferent. /hat atheists fail to reali>e is that all the 4bad4 things of this world are absolutely required for life to e6ist at all. perfectly good God could be justified in allowing moral evil. atheist philosopher Brian )arston says. instead of designing the universe with natural evil. 2<lthough an omniscient. omnipotent.

'owards the end of God-s creative acts.claims that these re7uirements are not central to 5hristianity are spurious. God created the entire universe. "trong nuclear force #$eeps protons within atomic nuclei from flying away% Aea$ nuclear force #responsible for phenomena within the atomic nucleus.* including time .ustification for each re7uirement is listed below <ny atheists.ideas about how best to create the optimal universe >one of the re7uirements below represent some fringe 5hristian beliefs. so that the sentient creatures will be able to interact reliably with their surroundings and each other 'he universe must declare the power and glory of God . but are central to the tenets of all 5hristian beliefs . such as radioactive decay% Gravity #attraction between masses% ?lectromagnetic force #which governs interactions of charged particles% 'hese laws are absolutely essential for the proper operation of the universe as it e(ists Aithout these fundamental laws e(hibiting the e(act values they do. the universe would consist solely of charged and uncharged particles and random forms of electromagnetic energy floating through space Ae are going to go with these laws for now. + believe. which. 4entient creatures +t seems somewhat unnecessary to defend the e(istence of sentient creatures. we need some minimum re7uirements that the universe mu%t 0o%%e%% in order to comply with God-s stated purpose for designing the universe. including human beings / !uman beings were given dominion over the earth to manage and protect God-s creation 0 "uch a tas$ could not have been accomplished by non1 . this essay will not address possible purposes for the universe as delineated in other religious writings. but science is a little more demanding% !owever. !e created soulish creatures. but for the sa$e of completeness. we will discuss alternative $inds of universes later in this essay God"s reAuirements for the universe First. do not provide much of a challenge to the non1belief of s$eptics 'herefore. since designing a universe with completely different laws would amount to mere hand waving #<nything is possible in philosophy.The purpose of natural process 'he physical world is subject to a number of laws that govern its operation 'here are four fundamental forces of physics that operate in our universe9 1 & * . + do not intend to defend the easily refuted claims of other religions or atheists. at best !ere is the list9 1 & * 'he universe must allow for the e(istence of sentient creatures 'hese sentient creatures must have the ability to ma$e moral choices 'he universe must operate by physical laws that are reliable. according to the Bible "o. let-s e(amine what the Bible says on the issue <ccording to the Bible.

16641% 'ornadoes #)arston.31*% ?arth7ua$es #'attersall.% Fires #'attersall. the Bible ma$es it clear that God wants to be in a relationship with human beings 3 3oral choices <theists may not agree that sentient creatures must be allowed to ma$e moral choices. 1664.31*% 8olcanic eruptions #)arston. and that !e created the universe through !is awesome power 11 <ccording to the Bible. &. 1664.& )arston.1 5rabtree.31*% =andslides #'attersall. when we are finished.. we wouldn-t e(pect the universe to loo$ wimpy. since it would be impossible for sentient creatures to ma$e sense of a universe in which the physical laws were randomly applied 'he Bible e(plicitly says that God fi(ed the laws that govern the universe 6 'o$er of God <ccording to the Bible. including those that might. according to atheists9 • • • • • • • • • • 5ollisions in the universe #5rabtree.sentient creatures +n addition. &. seem trivial 'he following is a list of natural evils. 1664.1 5rabtree.. + intend to eliminate all forms of natural evil.. the Bible says that God-s power is unlimited 1. but the Bible clearly states that this is one of the fundamental purposes for which the universe was created 4 "ince we are arguing against the e(istence of the God of the Bible. 1664&% Floods #)arston. but it must demonstrate God-s power and glory 1liminate all the ne ative Our strategy to e(amine the claims of atheists is to eliminate all the 2nasties2 that they say a loving God would never have allowed into !is creation Ae will do this by attempting to eliminate the underlying causes of all this natural evil +n theory.1 5rabtree. &. 16641% . 1664&% Cainful death from an incurable terminal disease #)arston. &.. we will be left with atheism-s 2perfect world 2 For the sa$e of being thorough. at first glance.31*% !urricanes #)arston. God isn-t a wimp +n fact. 16361. &. we must accept the re7uirement as absolutely necessary Reliable physical la$s 'he universe must operate through reliable physical laws.1 5rabtree.31*% =ightening stri$es #Dowe.. one of the reasons for the e(istence of the universe is to declare God-s power and glory 1& "o. 1664. 1664.

31*% <nimal pain #Dowe. God could have created the universe and the "olar "ystem in a completely different way )any atheists have suggested that God could have created just one planet orbiting just one star 'his method would have certainly solved the meteorite problem !owever. above 5ould God have created the "olar "ystem in some other way? Obviously. it would contradict the method by which it was created "cientists e(amining the universe would be unable to figure out how the "olar "ystem came into being +n essence. if God had eliminated all the smaller objects in the "olar "ystem. you probably wouldn-t want a meteorite to land on you "o. most of this material went into the formation of the "un.• • +nfectious disease #5rabtree. which is why the )oon loo$s li$e "wiss cheese "o. we must eliminate this form of natural evil +t seems li$e a trivial matterTGod waves !is hand and all the billions of meteorites and asteroids are instantly eliminated from the "olar "ystem 'he problem is that God has just produced a contradiction in the nature of the universe "olar systems are formed through the collapse and accretion of dust and gases from a solar nebula +n our "olar "ystem. something that the Bible says !e can-t do "o. )arston. the implication #never directly stated% is that earth7ua$es are a physical flaw in the 2design2 of the earth and that if God had really designed the earth. so removing the remaining design evidence would have justified their unbeliefT something God seems to have been unwilling to do 1arthAua%es + live in one of the earth7ua$e capitals of the worldTthe Aest coast of the Hnited "tates + have personally survived a couple Dichter b3 and a number of smaller magnitude /10 earth7ua$esT the latest during the writing of this article +f one were to e(amine atheist literature. 16361. this mechanism would violate re7uirement *.. !e could have done much better =et-s loo$ at the reason earth7ua$es happen to see what could have been done to eliminate that cause . one would thin$ that these are capricious 2acts of God2 that serve no purpose to life on earth Of course. this idea would violate one purpose for which the Bible says God created the universe the way !e didTto declare !is power and gloryTviolating re7uirement . 0 billion years ago =eft1over pieces collided with these bodies at incredible rates through the late heavy bombardment #b* 6 billion years ago%. a few people are $illed by falling meteorites 1/ <lthough an e(tremely rare event. a God who is all1 powerful could create the "olar "ystem any way !e wished "o. God would be telling a lie.. with the remainder forming the planets and moons b. above <theists are always complaining that there isn-t enough evidence for God-s e(istence. 16641% =et-s start with the universe and wor$ down in scale until we get to human beings 3eteorites ?very year.. &.

the grinding of the plates results in the release of a large amount of energy.?arth7ua$es ` continental plates 1arth 4ciences BCBT'he reason for the e(istence of earth7ua$es is that the earth-s continental crusts are floating on the earth-s molten mantel "ince the continents are floating. changing the wea$ nuclear force to preclude the generation of short1wavelength electromagnetic radiation. one could say that God ha% already redu*ed the suffering caused by earth7ua$es to the minimum level re7uired for the e(istence of advanced life on earth . no seismic activity !owever. the process by which stars produce light and heat #and radiation% is necessary for the e(istence of life +n addition. the land masses would have returned to the ocean through erosion Getting rid of the water cycle #to prevent erosion% is not an option. without continuing tectonic activity. the planet became a waterworldTcompletely covered by a global ocean 'ectonic activity resulted in giant earth7ua$es and volcanoes that formed land masses over the earth +n addition. but the process itself is re7uired for the formation and maintenance of continental land masses +t turns out that the number and strength of earth7ua$es is significantly less now compared to when the earth was first formed 14 'his is primarily due to the reduction of radioactive materials in the earth #estimated to be one1fourth of what it was when the earth first formed16% "o. it turns out that a molten interior of the earth is absolutely essential to the e(istence of life 'he independent rotation of the molten interior of the earth results in a magnetic dynamo that produces a charged field #magnetosphere%13 around the earth 'his magnetic field produces the 8an1<llen radiation shield. all other roc$y planets in the "olar "ystem have no molten core. causing the plates to sha$e "o. allowing for the e(istence of the magnetosphere to protect the earth from deadly radiation 1arthAua%es are ood2TAhen the earth was first created. would prevent the formation of roc$y planets and life altogetherTviolating re7uirement 1. since fresh water is re7uired for life "o. which protects the ?arth from radiation bombardment +f this shield were not present. the plates that ma$e up the continents tend to run into one another #see graphic to right10% Ahen they slip past one another. there are a few ways to 2fi(2 the 2problem 2 Ae could just eliminate the mantel and ma$e all the continents fi(ed in position On the surface. not only is the underlying cause of tectonic activity re7uired to shield the earth from radiation. above +n addition. therefore. the materials needed to produce roc$y planets #and 2roc$y2 organisms% is produced through this process "o. it was molten and the surface was uniform in height <s water was delivered to earth #through the accretion processdescribed above% and condensed. life would not be possible on the ?arth Get rid of radiation?T)aybe God could have designed the universe without any deadly radiation? +t turns out that the production of electromagnetic radiation is absolutely necessary to the ordinary functioning of the universe >uclear fusion. it is the decay of radioactive materials that $eep the earth-s interior molten. it sounds li$e a good idea +n fact. and.

?arth7ua$es ` ?arly 5ivili@ations 1arthAua%es and civili#ationTDespite the fact that earth7ua$es can be disruptive to civili@ation. feet high and travel inland for several miles 'he &. following a massive earth7ua$e in &.. and that volcanoes help create rich soils Obviously.. they can be up to 1. while $illing over &. 1* out of 1/ of the first civili@ations developed in the vicinity of earth7ua$e fault @ones #with the e(ceptions being ancient ?gypt and 5hina% &.. tsunami in the +ndian Ocean caused widespread devastation to surrounding coastal areas.apan... the plate-s movement dissipates its energy through the ocean in the form of waves $nown as tsunami Ahen these waves ma$e landfall. it is not possible to eliminate all tsunamis without causing greater damage Aorldwide 8olcano Distribution >olcanic eruptions . people < very large tsunami struc$ ... earth7ua$es could not have been that detrimental to human beings if the vast majority of ancient civili@ations developed in pro(imity to active faults TsunamisTAhen earth7ua$es occur under the oceans.11 Ae have already discussed the problems involved with stopping earth7ua$es and have determined that stopping them would result in a greater evil #lac$ of continental land masses and e(cessive solar radiation on the surface of the earth% "o. "cientists have speculated that plate boundaries often have ample water supplies that might have attracted early settlers..

we must try to eliminate this form of natural evil Hnfortunately. volcanic activity has the same underlying cause as earth7ua$esTtectonic activity +n fact. but would re7uire some major twea$ing of plate tectonics 'here is no natural process that would produce completely flat continents #which are actually mountains raised thousands of feet above the sea floor% Besides. the landslides usually follow fires that remove the plant growth.. which should be eliminated according to atheists 1. the world would be 7uite boring without mountains #with apologies to those of you who live in +owa or Florida% ?liminating the water cycle or ma$ing continents flat would result in greater evils than putting up with a few landslides every year *loods Filling an average of 1.8olcanoes are a relatively minor source of 2natural evil. God has reduced the level of volcanism at this time to the minimum amount re7uired to sustain advanced life on earth 'herefore. the map of worldwide volcanic activity #see graphic to right&1% loo$s strangely similar to the map of earth7ua$e activity. the same problems involved in eliminating this 2evil2 are encountered compared to eliminating earth7ua$es 8olcanism during the past has been much more severe than it is today For e(ample. there are only a few other means to prevent floods "ome floods are the result of land being nearly flat and thus being unable to drain following major storms Other floods occur when e(cess rain causes rivers to overflow their ban$s into the surrounding area 'he solution to the flatness problem would be to . a completely flat continent would e(perience flooding. we reject the elimination of volcanic eruptions as being possible on a world that contains sentient creatures 8olcano 0andslides !ere in 5alifornia.&* flash floods are another natural evil. rumbling mountain can-t be said to be a really smart thing to do !owever. since there would be no effective way to drain the land after a storm From an aesthetic viewpoint.1.. the soil is more susceptible to erosion during heavy rainfall. we e(perience landslides during almost every rainy season #mostly December through February% For 5alifornia..0 people each year in the Hnited "tates.2 since very few people are impacted by their eruptions =iving on or near a smo$ing. above "o. since all life needs water )a$ing all the land flat would be eliminate landslides. whose roots tend to hold the soil in place Aithout the plants. cubic miles of lava flow && "o. resulting in a landslide Do@ens to hundreds of people in 5alifornia are left homeless and a few are $illed by landslides every year Demoving the water cycle is not an option. since people can be forced from their homes or $illed because of choosing to live near volcanoes. 1* Ae have already discussed the problem caused by eliminating the water cycle "ince this is not an option. the 5olumbia Diver basalt flows 1&113 million years ago produced .

planetary heating is alway% going to be uneven. people didn-t li$e the inconvenience of having to rebuild their houses every year "o. we dammed the rivers or built levees to control their flow in the rainy season 'he result was that the land now needs to be fertili@ed. the problem is a function of the uneven heating of the earth-s surface !ow could this uneven heating problem be fi(ed? 'he earth is heated by the "un. the heating could be made relatively even 'he problem is that such a solar system could not e(ist anywhere in the universe "ince stars must be a minimum si@e.% 'he tilt of the planet does effect the evenness of heating on a planet < planet with an obli7uity of 6.a would e(perience e(treme weather. and one at each of the poles%. and cannot be significantly improved . since storms generated in more northern latitudes cannot generate such high energy. ma$ing it more fertile !owever. since their revolutions would place them in different locations at different times +t is unli$ely that such a solar system would contain any planets. given the laws of physics.. since the natural means of soil renewal has been eliminated Hurricanes8Cyclones8Typhoons Aorldwide 5yclone Distribution !urricanes #<tlantic Ocean% and cyclones #+ndian Ocean% and typhoons #>orthern Cacific Ocean% are tropical storms that gain energy in warm waters to produce sustained winds over 1. because gravitational resonances would tend to eject planets from the system "o.create hills and mountains !owever. it appears that the evenness of heating of planet earth is already optimal. these features often result in landslides +t is unclear how atheists propose that both floods and landslides be eliminated simultaneously *loods are oodT)ost people thin$ that floods are evil and have no redeeming properties +n fact.a would result in perpetually fro@en poles. since gravitational interactions would li$ely eject all planets within the habitable @one +n fact. without allowing accumulation of ice at the poles "o. at which ice would continue to accumulate until the planet lost most or all of its oceans to fro@en ice caps +t turns out that the earth-s &1 /a obli7uity is optimal for maintaining habitable conditions throughout nearly the entire planet. causing hurricanes and cyclones north and south of the e7uator #see graph at right&. three stars circling each other could never illuminate a planet evenly. with one side perpetually fro@en and the other e(tremely hot <n obli7uity of . due to the lower temperatures of the waterJland over which they form "o. very few binary star systems would house planets. mph 'hey are a particular problem to tropical areas. some rivers throughout the world used to flood every year 'he flooding brought much needed silt and minerals to the surrounding land. a single star +f the earth could be heated by three sources #one at the e7uator.

it is not possible to prevent storms from forming or travelling over land +n addition. people every year in the Hnited "tates &* =ightning is caused by the differential charges generated within clouds +ce particle collisions form charged particles 'he smaller.. they can occur in numerous locations throughout the world &/ 'ornadoes are also ultimately caused by uneven heating.Aorldwide 'ornado Distribution Tornadoes 'ornadoes represent some of the most destructive forces in the world Ainds in violent tornadoes can e(ceed &.. mph <lthough most tornadoes occur in the )idwest part of the Hnited "tates. mostly negatively charged ice goes to the bottom of the clouds Ahen the charge differences reach a critical level. the vast majority of storms are goodTallowing life #i e . which causes destruction at its point of impact on the ground Given the laws of physics. above% "o. sentient beings% to e(ist on the land #re7uirement 1. resulting in the familiar funnel shape. it is not possible to prevent hurricanes and tornadoes without negatively impacting the ability of higher organisms to e(ist on land 0i htnin Aorldwide =ightning Fre7uency =ightning stri$es from thunderstorms $ill b1. lightning stri$es harmlessly between clouds Ahen stri$es happen between a cloud and the . which results in local atmospheric pressure changes. causing a hori@ontally rotating mass of air Dising air within a thunderstorm pulls this rotating air vertically. mostly positively charged ice particles segregate near the tops of clouds while larger. an electrical discharge ta$es place Hsually.

airliner. which eventually burned a young deer #read 2Bambi2% that suffered for several days before dying "urely. they form nitric o(ide. the fuel is plant material Obviously. life would be impossible on earth ?ven preventing e(cessive heat on earth is problematic for our technological society )uch of our electricity. etc % re7uires combustion <lthough occasional fires are started through lightning stri$es. plus heating our homes and vehicle travel #automobile. since the entire universe operates on the basis of thermodynamic laws Aithout our "un producing massive amounts of heat through nuclear fusion. above Deducing the electromagnetic force constant to decrease the number of lightning stri$es would adversely affect chemical reactionsTpreventing the e(istence of life altogether 0i htnin is ood2T)ost non1scientists probably thin$ there are no redeeming 7ualities to lightning stri$es !owever. there are wildfires every year that cause millions of dollars in destruction and usually a few fatalities <theist Ailliam Dowe used the e(ample of fire as natural evil. since all life is dependent upon the food and se7uestered energy produced through photosynthesis ?liminating heat is problematic. Ahen these atoms recombine. a good God would want to prevent the suffering caused by fires <s you learned in your elementary science classes #or Boy "couts%.E of air% is chemically unavailable to virtually all life forms #other than a few species of nitrogen fi(ing bacteria% "o. the high energy electrical discharge results in the splitting of molecular nitrogen and o(ygen. &3 which is delivered to plants in the rain +t turns out that molecular nitrogen #ma$ing up nearly 4. violating re7uirement 1. lightning provides chemically1available nitrogen to plants Aould God $ill Bambi? *ires Fires cause e(tensive damage throughout the world =iving in 5alifornia.&0 with the e(ception of the poles and e(treme deserts ?ven where + live in "outhern 5alifornia. this 2solution2 would leave the land barren of life. God cannot eliminate plants. massive locali@ed damage can occur <lthough we tend to thin$ that lightning is rather restricted in its range. most destructive fires are caused by arsonTmoral evil "o. we receive a few stri$es in our neighborhood every year 'he obvious way to eliminate lightning is to eliminate storms !owever. train. heat and o(ygen +n most cases. fire re7uires three thingsT fuel. in which lightning started a fire in a forest.ground. it is found at a fre7uency of at least 1 stri$eJ$m &Jyear throughout the world. eliminating natural sources of heat would not prevent the majority of suffering caused by uncontrolled fires .

where they serve to metaboli@e unused energy substrates.*. 14 per base *.. many biological systems are operating right up to the ma(imum theoretical limits "o. these organisms are re7uired for the e(istence of sentient creatures 'he 7uestion then arises. or other membrane1 bound organelles%. "ic$le1cell disease developed in <frica in response to the malaria threat )alaria was e(tremely deadly.. it is not possible to create an organism that does not possess at least a small mutation rate 'herefore. "o. and produce vitamins such as biotin and vitamin F Because of the nature of microbial activities. basesJsec. but such metabolic mechanisms tend to produce energy much less efficiently #which is why there are no anaerobic higher animals% ?ssentially. which is very fast +f it were not that fast. human beings are hosts to at least ten times the number of bacterial cells than their own cells )ost of these bacteria inhabit our intestines. but have an error rate b1(1. recycling carbon and minerals from dead organisms Bacteria are typically present at greater than 1. . basesJsec. then cells would not reproduce fast enough for humans to even e(ist 'here is a trade1off in speed vs accuracy For e(ample. above% Genetic diseases8cancer 'he human population suffers from numerous genetic diseases. we will e(amine two classes of infectious diseaseTthose caused by bacteria and those caused by viruses Bacteria are single celled pro$aryotes #organisms that lac$ a nucleus.16 per base per generation &6 'he rate of D>< replication is b0. although hetero@ygous individuals suffer little or no morbidity "o. organisms% +n addition to their role as recyclers. since nearly all of life re7uires o(ygen for metabolism 'here are some anaerobic #non1o(ygen re7uiring% microorganisms.One cannot eliminate o(ygen from the environment. eliminating fire would have prevented God from carrying out !is plan for life on earth #violating re7uirement 1. but are just due to random mutation "o. some bacteria can fi( carbon as photoautotrophs or chemoautotrophs )any bacteria serve as the first trophic level in a food chain +n addition to free1living bacteria. living beside or within other organisms For e(ample. <dam and ?ve did not have these mutated genes% 'hat being said. many are commensal andJor symbiotic. it is not possible to design a biological machine that operates with 1. we would not say that God designed any genetic diseases #i e . which occur as a result of random mutation "ome genetic diseases are retained within a population in response to selective pressure For e(ample.1fold decrease in accuracy Given the laws of physics and the nature of 7uantum events. but grew out of a mutation selected on the basis of population survival Other genetic disorders and cancers probably do not have survival advantage. the metabolic processes of all life are e7uivalent to combustion and re7uire the physics that allows fire to e(ist "o. this genetic disease was not designed by God. prevent the growth of harmful species. given the laws of physics.3 organismsJg in soil and ma$eup the vast majority of the earth-s biomass #greater than 1. the ten1fold increase in speed for bacteria results in a 1.&4 estimated to be b& &(1. why would God design a system in which mutation is even possible? 'he error rate for copying D>< is actually 7uite small !uman genomic mutation is among the lowest of all eu$aryotes. genetic mutation and disorders are inevitable for any reproducing biological species Infectious diseases One of the major objections atheists raise to the e(istence of God is the presence of pathogenic microorganisms Ahy would God create infectious organisms to plague human beings and other animals? +n this section. bacteria replicate at b/. wiping out entire populations !owever. which are mostly free1living Bacteria are indispensible to the biomes of the world.E accuracy +n fact. the "ic$le1cell mutation results in individuals being resistant to )alaria 'hose who are homo@ygous die at a younger age.

we would not react until we saw our flesh smo$ing Decently. we should probably e(pect to see more evidence for the positive role of viruses in carbon recycling in the future !nimal pain 'he red tooth and claw nature of the animal $ingdom is troubling to many people. and death are bad or evil !owever. ultimately. but the result of mutation and transfer to a less adapted host Because of bacteria-s high reproductive rate and mutation rate. suggesting that they were not derived from the host +n addition. the e(istence of pathogenic bacteria are not the result of God-s creation. since $illing or harming your host does not facilitate your own survival "o. the recent discovery of giant viruses with up to 6. physical pain is absolutely vital to our survival and well1being +f we felt no pain. studies estimate that there are b1. pain tells us we need to react to a situation before serious damage occurs . herbivores would reproduce until they ate all their food sources.4. + was digging weeds out of my front lawn and noticed some irritation on my palm. even though we human beings tend to be at the top of the food chain and generally enjoy eating other animals +n the wild.. the presence of pathogenic bacteria on earth is a result of processes that are re7uired to recycle biological materials >iruses are obligate intracellular parasites that use cellular machinery to reproduce their nucleic acid Hnli$e bacteria. where did these viruses come from? "cientists have two main theories One says that viruses were once free living cellular microbes that began to infect eu$aryotes #and other pro$aryotes% Once these microbes became intracellular. suffering.2Ahat about pathogenic bacteria?2 +t turns out that pathogenicity is the function of a poor host1 microbe response Bacteria that have been adapted to their hosts are non1pathogenic. which are indispensible to higher life forms. we would do things to ourselves that could be very destructive 'here is a rare genetic disease in which a person cannot feel pain < girl who suffers from this affliction has to be constantly watched to ma$e sure she doesn-t do damage to herself ** +f God had made us without the ability to feel pain if we touched a hot object. they were free to evolve by losing functions to the cellular machinery they had hijac$ed to perform necessary cellular functions 'he other theory says that cellular machinery mutated to ac7uire independent reproductive activity !owever. it is not possible to prevent the development of pathogenic species "o. inflicting at least some pain in the process ?cological systems are delicately balanced so that both herbivores and carnivores can live and reproduce in balance Aithout carnivores. + thin$ the first theory to be a superior e(planation of viral origins +n addition. many viruses use speciali@ed en@ymes and different nucleic acids #D>< vs D><%. viruses in the ocean "ince there are 2only2 1. causing massive starvation !aving populations suffer periods of catastrophic starvation doesn-t seem to be a better way to run an ecosystem "tarvation is much more painful and cruel than being eaten by a carnivore <theist tend to assume that all pain. it seems li$ely that viruses are merely highly speciali@ed bacteria that have lost much of their cellular machinery to become obligate intracellular parasites Given the laws of thermodynamics there is probably no way to get rid of viruses other than direct interference when they arise Decent scientific studies point to viruses being involved in the ocean-s nutrient cycle *& +n fact. this number shows the enormity of viral influence in the marine environment <lthough viruses probably impact terrestrial environments less than marine ones. gene products *1 suggest that they may have evolved from more comple( organisms "o. baryons in the entire universe. but ignored it until the blister that had formed popped <t that point. since Darwinian evolution is fully capable of losing information through natural selection. it was originally believed that viruses serve few if any positive functions to promote advanced life "o.*. carnivores attac$ and $ill herbivores. the pain level was sufficiently high to stop me from doing further damage to my hand "o. most of the earth-s terrestrial biomass ends up in the ocean "ince most of these studies are relatively recent.

earth7ua$es. people would get used to being rescued and would get la@y. e(pecting God to bail them out when . since it would be impossible to determine how the laws of physics operated +n essence. since God-s interference would ma$e measurement unreliable +n addition. since.)J (Mt. %elens.X years of life.( Total The tin%erin 3./B God "o far.33.3.$. or do all these evils only marginally impact the average person? 'he table below represents the e?treme cases of natural evil e(perienced by people in the Hnited "tates and is certainly not any $ind of average impact +n an average year.>ot all nerve receptors transmit sensations of pain God has provided us with nerves that transmit sensations of pleasure.)(. 5213)(3.J)( 3.3 5. we have e(amined ways to eliminate natural evil from the universe Ae have been completely unsuccessful. 3. if God is omnipotent and omniscient. but seldom give statistics about how much they negatively impacts our lives +n my /.-J.) 3. because the physical processes that cause natural 2evil2 are the same ones re7uired for the proper functioning of the universe and the e(istence of sentient life !owever.J(2 3. floods.5J. miracles are done with the purpose of displaying God-s power and authority +f God were to brea$ the laws of physics routinely.3)J (9orthridge. )33-)(1 . Natural evil Meteorites =arth+uakes Eolcanoes Fandslides ?loods %urricanes Tornadoes Fightning ?ires 'enetic diseases 7ancer *nfectious diseases B People +ffected(1ear 3J 3.3)J(. one would get the impression that the entire world-s population is plagued by natural disasters 'he statistics below reveal otherwise 4mpact of Natural -vil on People in the A. 3. there is another solution for all these e(amples of natural evilTthe tin$ering God God could just wave !is hand and prevent all individual e(amples of natural evil that might impact humans or animals 'he solution seems simple. storms.5 3. 522. God would personally intervene and stop it <lthough we would argue that God occasionally brea$s the laws of physics #miracles%. volcanoes. less than &E of people in the H " are impacted by any form of natural evil < much smaller percentage of people are actually $illed through any form of natural evil "o.3(J(0 5J (Datrina. !e does not do this on a routine basis +n general. as well "o. + haven-t been seriously impacted by meteorites. landslides. lightning or fires +s my e(perience unusual. :t. science would not e(ist. which reports natural disasters with relish +f one watches the nightly news on a regular basis. if God constantly interfered.J (deaths). there would be no reliable laws of physics to measure.(J. this tas$ would not be too difficult ?very time something bad was about to happen.3333. the e(act same chemical signals from different nerves are interpreted as pain or pleasure depending upon which areas of the brain they stimulate 1/tent of natural evil <theists complain a lot about natural evils in the world. why do atheists ma$e such a big deal about natural evil? 'he most probable e(planation for their concern is today-s modern news media.

wholly good being <n omnipotent. unless it could not do so without thereby losing some greater good or permitting some evil e7ually bad or worse +t is not the case that there e(ist instances of intense suffering which an omnipotent. the tin$ering God approach for the elimination of natural evil violates re7uirement *. it would be necessary to create a universe in which the second law of thermodynamics did not operate at all Of course. perfect place for humans to live in +t i% perfectly designed to give human beings the optimal conditions under which choice between good and evil can be made +n order to design thermodynamically1 perfect biological machines. above *ormali#ed ar ument Ae have e(amined every e(ample #that we have found% of 2natural evil2 proposed by atheists and found no instance in which this evil could be prevented without causing a greater evilT preventing the stated purpose for the e(istence of the universe +f we have missed some arguments. wholly good being would prevent the occurrence of any intense suffering it could. it is unclear how the laws of physics could be substantially different from what they are and yet still produce a universe in which sentient creatures would be allowed to ma$e moral choices . omniscient being could have prevented without thereby losing some greater good or permitting some evil e7ually bad or worse • Why did God choose these la$ of physics? <lthough we have shown that the laws of physics reAuire the e(istence of all natural evils defined by atheists. these laws also result in almost all natural evil "o.they failed to act responsibly "o. removing the second law means that the universe would have been *om0letely different 'here would be no stars. no electromagnetic radiation #including light%. the description of this hypothetical universe corresponds almost e(actly to the Bible-s description of heaven #see Ahat Aill !eaven be =i$e?% 'herefore. and no way to design machines #including biological ones% that depend on heatJenergy flow 'his means that creatures would not be powered by food or metabolic processes 5reatures designed for such a universe could never die a natural death. the atheists.btainin physical perfection 'he model proposed in this paper admits that God-s designs in this universe are limited by the laws of physics +t doesn-t mean that God !imself is limited. just that !e chose limiting laws of physics to provide the optimal creation in which !is 0ur0o%e% could be fulfilled 5ontrary to what atheists want to believe about God. please send them to us !ere is our formali@ed argument9 • • 'here e(ists an omnipotent. omniscient. it is still possible that God could have chosen different laws of physics ?ven so.. this universe was not designed to provide an eternal.2perfect universe2 nearly e(actly corresponds to the Bible-s description of heaven9 . since death is dependent upon the operation of the second law !owever. the different laws of physics would still need to allow re7uirements 11. omniscient. above 8irtually every process that ma$es human beings uni7ue re7uire the operation of thermodynamic laws !owever.

.and ?liminate <ll ?vil? !aiti ?arth7ua$e Fills Over &.0 8elie"ers will recei"e a spiritual. material universe dominated by choice. suffering..2 but never 2perfect 2 <nd the universe is 2very good 2 'he biological machines are awesome. and the second to reward those beings who choose to be with God in !is second creation <theists seem to be stuc$ on the idea that a perfect God mu%t design a physically1perfect universe God !imself called individual aspects of the current creation as 2good2 and the overall design 2very good... non#physical body .9o sea. non1material universe designed to optimi@e interpersonal relationships between believers and God RELATED PAGES • Does the Cresence of >atural ?vil Creclude the ?(istence of God9 < 5hristian Desponse . in this universe 'he second creation #heaven% i% perfect. and the second. since there is no evil 'his lac$ of choice is the reason that God instituted a two creation designTthe first in which free will beings could ma$e choices. such choices would not be possible in a physically1perfect universe in which natural evil did not e(ist 'his is why the God created a two universe designTthe first a temporal.. re7uired for the e(istence of sentient creatures or to provide evidence for God-s e(istence 'he universe that atheists thin$ God should have designed is the one in which !e will reward those who believe in !im 'he universe we live in is perfectly designed as a place to choose between good and evil !owever. 9o more death. 'ra"ity will be absent or greatly reduced.1 4mplication 9o thermodynamics 9o thermodynamics 9o water cycle %ea"en does not contain matter (G) %ea"en does not contain matter (G) 'he problem about heaven is that there is no ability to choose good vs evil. non1temporal. CowerCointT3 3 )B... audio 13 4 )B 'here is 'oo )uch ?vil and "uffering For God to ?(ist? +s it Cossible for God to Crovide -Cartial Free Aill. pain.Characteristics of !eaven Characteristic There will be no :un or moon.9 Ahere was God? Ahere was God During the Aorld 'rade 5enter <ttac$? "outheast <sia ?arth7ua$e and 'sunami9 Ahere was God? 'he +ncredible Design of the ?arth and Our "olar "ystem • • • • • • . but it doesn-t house beings with physical bodiesTonly beings with spiritual bodies . in fact. but by no means perfect 'hey can-t be.4 Chysical bodies cannot operate in a universe that lac$s the laws of thermodynamics CONCLUSION 'he 2natural evil2 described by atheists actually represents the design of an intelligent 5reator <theistic arguments claiming that God could eliminate most or all natural evil are simplistic or naZve and show a lac$ of basic understanding of how the physics of the universe operates 'his page shows that all e(amples of natural 2evil2 are.

!e established it and did not create it a waste place. whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities11all things have been created through !im and for !im #)olo%%ian% 1:16% <nd every created thing which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea. and there is none else #+%aiah 45:1#% For by !im M. + heard saying. who created the heavens #!e is the God who formed the earth and made it. <nd righteousness spring up with it +. be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever 2 #&evelation 5:13% and swore by !im who lives forever and ever. Aho created the heavens and stretched them out. and to the =amb. in the day that the =ODD God made earth and heaven #-ene%i% :4% 'hus says God the =ODD. O heavens.esusN all things were created. <>D '!? o o o o o o o . both in the heavens and on earth. have created it #+%aiah 45:#% 2+t is + who made the earth. A!O 5D?<'?D !?<8?> <>D '!? '!+>G" +> +'. and all things in them. 2'o !im who sits on the throne. Brian )arston 1664 'he Croblem of >atural ?vil 2.• • • "cience and the Bible9 Does the Bible 5ontradict "cientific Crinciples? Did God 5reate ?vilTDoes the Bible "ay "o? Aas ?vil and "uffering a Desult of <dam-s "in? REFERENCES 1. the =ODD. <nd let the clouds pour down righteousness: =et the earth open up and salvation bear fruit. Aho gives breath to the people on it <nd spirit to those who wal$ in it. 2+ am the =ODD. >icholas 'attersall 1664 'he ?vidential <rgument from ?vil * God created the entire universe9 o o +n the beginning God created the heavens and the earth #-ene%i% 1:1% 'his is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created. #+%aiah 4 :5% 2Drip down. and created man upon it + stretched out the heavens with )y hands <nd + ordained all their host #+%aiah 45:1 % For thus says the =ODD. from above. but formed it to be inhabited%. Aho spread out the earth and its offspring. visible and invisible.

a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began #1 )orinthian% :7% 'his grace was given us in 5hrist . in the image of God !e created him: male and female !e created them #-ene%i% 1: 7% 'his is the boo$ of the generations of <dam +n the day when God created man. which God the beginning of time #. #&evelation 1!:6% .imothy 1:9% 'he hope of eternal life. we spea$ of God-s secret wisdom. dominion and authority. before all time and now and forever <men #Jude 1: 5% / God created human beings9 o God created man in !is own image.esus 5hrist our =ord. since the day that God created man on the earth. through . as$ now concerning the former days which were before you. !e made him in the li$eness of God #-ene%i% 5:1% !e created them male and female. and multiply. and !e blessed them and named them )an in the day when they were created #-ene%i% 5: % 2+ndeed. that there will be delay no longer. and over the fowl of the air. <nd God blessed them. Be fruitful. God created the heavens and the earth #-ene%i% 1:1% >o. <>D '!? "?< <>D '!? '!+>G" +> +'.?<D'! <>D '!? '!+>G" +> +'.esus before the beginning of time # . be glory. and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea. or has anything been heard li$e it? #Deuteronomy 4:3 % 2+t is + who made the earth. God created time and was acting before time began9 o o +n the beginning. and God said to them. and over every living thing that moves upon the earth #-ene%i% 1: #% 'he =ODD God too$ the man and put him in the Garden of ?den to wor$ it and ta$e care of it #-ene%i% :15% . and replenish the earth. and in7uire from one end of the heavens to the other !as anything been done li$e this great thing. majesty.itu% 1: %% promised before o o o 'o the only God our "avior. and created man upon it + stretched out the heavens with )y hands <nd + ordained all their host #+%aiah 45:1 % o o o o 6.

but have eternal life #John 3:16% 2Fnow therefore that the =ODD your God. who $eeps !is covenant and !is loving$indness to a thousandth generation with those who love !im and $eep !is commandments: #Deuteronomy 7:9% and hope does not disappoint.esus our =ord #&oman% #:3#-39% >ow + urge you. nor depth. made us alive together with 5hrist #by grace you have been saved%. and the beasts of the field. our =ord. !e is God. the moon and the stars. being rich in mercy. 2Bou shall love the =ODD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might #Deuteronomy 6:5% 2For God so loved the world.esus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through !is "pirit who dwells in you #&oman% #:11% For + am convinced that neither death.esus from the dead dwells in you. 5hrist died for us #&oman% 5:#% But if the "pirit of !im who raised . the wor$ of your fingers. be li$e1minded. live in peace: and the God of love and peace will be with you # )orinthian% 13:11% 'he grace of the =ord .esus. the son of man that you care for him? Bou made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor Bou made him ruler over the wor$s of your hands: you put everything under his feet9 all floc$s and herds. be made complete. the faithful God. in that while we were yet sinners. be comforted. so that in the ages to come !e might show the surpassing riches of !is grace in $indness toward us in 5hrist . rejoice. that whoever believes in !im shall not perish. by our =ord . that !e gave !is only begotten "on. nor principalities. and the fish of the sea.esus 5hrist. and the love of God. because of !is great love with which !e loved us. nor things present.esus #E0he%ian% :47% Or do you thin$ that the "cripture spea$s to no purpose9 2!e jealously desires the "pirit which !e has made to dwell in us2? #Jame% 4:5% . nor powers.esus 5hrist and by the love of the "pirit. will be able to separate us from the love of God. nor things to come. brethren. to strive together with me in your prayers to God for me. because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the !oly "pirit who was given to us #&oman% 5:5% But God demonstrates !is own love toward us. which is in 5hrist . nor height. all that swim the paths of the seas =ODD. even when we were dead in our transgressions. nor angels. and the fellowship of the !oly "pirit.Ahen + consider your heavens. !e who raised 5hrist . be with you all # )orinthian% 13:14% But God. nor any other created thing. nor life. brethren. #&oman% 15:3!% Don-t you $now that you yourselves are God-s temple and that God-s "pirit lives in you? #1 )orinthian% 3:16% Finally. how majestic is your name in all the earthI #$%alm #:3-9% 7. and seated us with !im in the heavenly places in 5hrist . the birds of the air. which you have set in place. what is man that you are mindful of him. and raised us up with !im.

or the gods of the <morites in whose land you are living: but as for me and my house.imothy :3-4% 'he =ord is not slow in $eeping his promise.esus 5hrist to eternal life #Jude 1: 1% 8. Aho gives the sun for light by day <nd the fi(ed order of the moon and the stars for light by night. #Jeremiah 3 :17% +t is !e who made the earth by !is power. indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth: Bours is the dominion. 2+ am God <lmighty: Aal$ before )e. #Deuteronomy 3!:19% 2+f it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the =ODD. the blessing and the curse "o choose life in order that you may live. 2Do you $now the ordinances of the heavens. the <lmighty 2 #&evelation 1:#% 11. 2+ call heaven and earth to witness against you today. as some understand slowness !e is patient with you.$eep yourselves in the love of God. O =ODD. waiting an(iously for the mercy of our =ord . the God of our fathers. 2who is and who was and who is to come. that + have set before you life and death. Or fi( their rule over the earth?2 #Job 3#:33% 'hus says the =ODD. you and your descendants. 2Bours.2 says the =ord God. and be blameless #-ene%i% 17:1% 2+ am the <lpha and the Omega.2 declares the =ODD. choose for yourselves today whom you will serve9 whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the Diver. the =ODD appeared to <bram and said to him. but everyone to come to repentance # $eter 3:9% 9. we will serve the =ODD 2 #Jo%hua 4:15% 2=et us choose for ourselves what is right: =et us $now among ourselves what is good #Job 34:4% Do not envy a man of violence <nd do not choose any of his ways #$roverb% 3:31% 2!e will eat curds and honey at the time !e $nows enough to refuse evil and choose good #+%aiah 7:15% 'his is good and acceptable in the sight of God our "avior. and Bou e(alt Bourself as head over all #1 )hroni*le% 9:11% and he said. >ow when <bram was ninety1nine years old. 2O =ODD. who desires all men to be saved and to come to the $nowledge of the truth #1 . Aho established . 2'hen the offspring of +srael also will cease From being a nation before )e forever 2 #Jeremiah 31:35-36% 10. O =ODD. Aho stirs up the sea so that its waves roar: 'he =ODD of hosts is !is name9 2+f this fi(ed order departs From before )e. Bou have made the heavens and the earth by Bour great power and by Bour outstretched armI >othing is too difficult for Bou. not wanting anyone to perish. is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty. are Bou not God in the heavens? <nd are Bou not ruler over all the $ingdoms of the nations? Cower and might are in Bour hand so that no one can stand against Bou # )hroni*le% !:6% -<h =ord GODI Behold.

But the =ODD made the heavens #$%alm 96:3-5% 'he heavens declare !is righteousness. reaches to the heavens. 2=et the name of God be blessed forever and ever. our =ord and our God. <nd Bour glory above all the earth #$%alm 1!#:5% 'he =ODD is high above all nations: !is glory is above the heavens #$%alm 113:4% 'o !im who made the heavens with s$ill. and were created 2 #&evelation 4:11% 12. O God: =et Bour glory be above all the earth #$%alm 57:5% For Bour righteousness. For !is name alone is e(alted: !is glory is above earth and heaven #$%alm 14#:13% <nd one called out to another and said. !oly. to receive glory and honor and power: for Bou created all things. 'he seas and all that is in them Bou give life to all of them <nd the heavenly host bows down before Bou 2 #@ehemiah 9:6% For the choir director: on the Gittith < Csalm of David O =ODD. 'he earth and all that is on it. 'he whole earth is full of !is glory 2 #+%aiah 6:3% 2For as the heavens are higher than the earth. our =ord. !is wonderful deeds among all the peoples For great is the =ODD and greatly to be praised: !e is to be feared above all gods For all the gods of the peoples are idols. Bou who have done great things: O God. 2Behold. "o great is !is loving$indness toward those who fear !im #$%alm 1!3:11% Be e(alted. 'he heaven of heavens with all their host. who is li$e Bou? #$%alm 71:19% <nd blessed be !is glorious name forever: <nd may the whole earth be filled with !is glory <men. above the heavens. and <men #$%alm 7 :19% 'he heavens will praise Bour wonders. !ow majestic is Bour name in all the earth. the earth and all that is in it 2 #Deuteronomy 1!:14% 2Bou alone are the =ODD Bou have made the heavens.the world by !is wisdom. For wisdom and power belong to !im #Daniel : !% 2Aorthy are Bou. O God. is the =ODD of hosts. O =ODD: Bour faithfulness also in the assembly of the holy ones #$%alm #9:5% 'ell of !is glory among the nations. "o are )y . <nd all the peoples have seen !is glory #$%alm 97:6% For as high as the heavens are above the earth. to the =ODD your God belong heaven and the highest heavens. O God. 2!oly. <nd by !is understanding !e stretched out the heavens #Jeremiah 51:15% Daniel said. For !is loving$indness is everlasting: #$%alm 136:5% =et them praise the name of the =ODD. Aho have displayed Bour splendor above the heavensI #$%alm #:1% For the director of music < psalm of David 'he heavens declare the glory of God: the s$ies proclaim the wor$ of his hands #$%alm 19:1% Be e(alted above the heavens. !oly. and because of Bour will they e(isted.

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at least half of the people will choose to oppose God and to oppose the people who follow !im 4piritual choices cause $orld division . and daughter1in1law against mother1in1law 2 #2uke 1 :51-53% God $ants you to ma%e spiritual choices God-s main goal in creating the universe in which we live was not to ma$e a perfect place for people to live in God-s objective was to create a temporary universe in which free will spiritual beings could ma$e spiritual choices God-s plan for the universe is to allow a large number & of these spiritual beings #both angels and humans% to choose to spend eternity with !im * <t the appointed time. and judge those who reject !is invitation / 'hat is the reason that we are here Ae are to choose to love or oppose God <s . and daughter against mother: mother1in1law against daughter1 in1law. and will $ill you. and two against three 'hey will be divided. it would seem that world peace would be a good thing 1 something that one would e(pect to fall within the will of a good God God doesn"t $ant $orld peace2 !owever. father against son. but rather division: for from now on five members in one household will be divided. then bring a 7uic$ end to the persecution of the righteous9 . God will call an end to the present universe. . and you will be hated by all nations on account of )y name 2 #"atthew 4:9% "o.esus said that the division between !is followers and those who oppose !im will widen as time goes on9 2'hen they will deliver you to tribulation. surprising as it may seem. three against two. world peace is not part of the will of God +n fact. since it would be obvious that !e would grant world peace in re7uest to sincere prayers in this regard 1 "uperficially.esus said that God will allow this unrighteousness to continue for 7uite a while.+f there is a natural body.esus said that !is coming would cause division instead of peace9 2Do you suppose that + came to grant peace on earth? + tell you. no. the reason why there is no world peace is because most people have chosen to oppose God and do their own thing . there is also a spiritual body #1 )orinthian% 15:4 -44% If God 1/isted+ 'rayer Would Have Brou ht World 'eace? by Rich Deem INTRODUCTION <theists claim that the absence of world peace indicates that God does not e(ist.esus said above. and son against father: mother against daughter.

esus 5hrist #&oman% 5:1% 'his peace comes through repentance Hnfortunately.imothy :3-5% Choose God . and the !e desires that all 0eo0le come to this peace9 'his is good and acceptable in the sight of God our "avior. but to give 0ea*e with -od to the individual9 'herefore having been justified by faith. and one mediator also between God and men.2For then there will be a great tribulation.esus + am not tal$ing about becoming some right wing frea$.3) 5. the Crince of Ceace.esus. did not come to give peace to the world. not in regard to any $ind of global effort 4 'he Bible ma$es it clear that the goal of God is peace with individuals. metanoeo µετανοεω (:trong's '((. #1 . God will destroy the universe and create a brand new one God"s concept of peace . which leads to salvation 3 Of the many verses in the Bible that refer to the will of God.esus said +t will seem that things are going 7uite well for unbelievers as the people of God are silenced by those who hate !im Ahen this occurs. heartily to amend with abhorrence of oneKs past sins @art of :peechB "erb A !elated /ord by ThayerKsH:trongKs 9umberB from '((). and '(-(2 "o. many people do not $now what true repentance means !ere is 'hayer-s Gree$ definition of the word translated 2repent29 Thayer *efinition. remember what .esus. no life would have been saved: but for the sa$e of the elect those days shall be cut short 2 # "atthew 4: 1. we have peace with God through our =ord . there will be little time to choose to follow God and the choice will be difficult !owever. it will be the only choice that will prevent you from being eternally separated from God and !is home 1 heaven =ife is all about choices God wants you to follow . they all refer to the will of God in the li8e o8 the individual. to change oneKs mind. don"t o alon $ith the cro$d +f you live to see the time of the end. just about following . such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now.% +t is at this time that God will judge the world and the unrighteous Following this. nor ever shall <nd unless those days had been cut short. to repent ). the man 5hrist .esus Do the right thingI . repentance is not simply saying a prayer and going along with one-s own idea of what is right +t is believing God and responding in that belief 0 'he Bible states 7uite emphatically that individual% come to repentance.e. to change oneKs mind for better. i. who desires all men to be saved and to come to the $nowledge of the truth For there is one God.

a great multitude.esus said. +n . + now rejoice. God was well1pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe #1 )orinthian% 1: 1% 7. standing before the throne. and believe in your heart that God raised !im from the dead. which no one could count. that the Father may be glorified in the "on 2 #John 14:13% 'his does not mean that all prayers ending in the words 2in . and to the =amb 2 <nd all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures: and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God #&evelation 7:9-11% 3.esus as =ord. <fter these things + loo$ed. from whose presence earth and heaven fled away. God grants prayers done in the 2name of . But the present heavens and earth by !is word are being reserved for fire. 2'hen the master MGodN told his servant. you shall be saved: #&oman% 1!:9% For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to $now God. 2"alvation to our God who sits on the throne.esus. and palm branches were in their hands: and they cry out with a loud voice.esus name2 will be granted 1 but only those that glorify the Father 2. but that you were made sorrowful to the point of repentance: for you were made sorrowful according to the will of God. and no place was found for them <nd + saw the dead. which is the boo$ of life: and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the boo$s. clothed in white robes. saying. according to their deeds <nd if anyone-s name was not found written in the boo$ of life. and you shall be saved.esus 2 2<nd whatever you as$ in )y name.esus. and boo$s were opened: and another boo$ was opened. so that my house will be full -2 #2uke 14: 3% 4.*t% 16:31% that if you confess with your mouth . the great and the small. the master of the house #representing God% invited a large number of guests )ost of the invited guests made e(cuses and did not want to go to the ban7uet #representing heaven% . -Go out to the roads and country lanes and ma$e them come in. $ept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men # $eter 3:7% 5. that will + do.parable of the ban7uet.REFERENCES 1. standing before the throne and before the =amb. from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues. and behold. 2Believe in the =ord . he was thrown into the la$e of fire #&evelation !:11-15% 6. not that you were made sorrowful. you and your household 2 #. in order that you might not suffer loss in anything through us For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance . <nd they said. <nd + saw a great white throne and !im who sat upon it.

but for the will of God #1 $eter 4: % . you may receive what was promised #6ebrew% 1!:36% For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men #1 $eter :15% so as to live the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for the lusts of men. to the church of God which is at 5orinth with all the saints who are throughout <chaia9 # )orinthian% 1:1% + now rejoice.without regret. an apostle of .esus 5hrist by the will of God. doing the will of God from the heart #E0he%ian% 6:6% Caul. that you abstain from se(ual immorality: #1 . he is )y brother and sister and mother 2 #"ark 3:35% always in my prayers ma$ing re7uest. and "osthenes our brother. not that you were made sorrowful. your sanctification: that is.esus9 #E0he%ian% 1:1% not by way of eyeservice. an apostle of 5hrist . but as slaves of 5hrist. in order that you might not suffer loss in anything through us # )orinthian% 7:9% For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret.esus by the will of God. leading to salvation: but the sorrow of the world produces death # )orinthian% 7:1!% and this.esus 5hrist by the will of God. and 'imothy our brother. and 'imothy our brother. called as an apostle of . so that when you have done the will of God.he%%alonian% 4:3% Caul. an apostle of 5hrist . that you may prove what the will of God is.esus by the will of God. that which is good and acceptable and perfect #&oman% 1 : % so that + may come to you in joy by the will of God and find refreshing rest in your company #&oman% 15:3 % Caul.imothy 1:1% For you have need of endurance. but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. leading to salvation: but the sorrow of the world produces death # )orinthian% 7:9-1!% 4 2For whoever does the will of God. a bondslave of . who is one of your number. an apostle of 5hrist . to the saints who are at ?phesus. but that you were made sorrowful to the point of repentance: for you were made sorrowful according to the will of God. as men1pleasers. # . that you may stand perfect and fully assured in all the will of God #)olo%%ian% 4:1 % For this is the will of God. if perhaps now at last by the will of God + may succeed in coming to you #&oman% 1:1!% and !e who searches the hearts $nows what the mind of the "pirit is.esus 5hrist. #1 )orinthian% 1:1% Caul. but they first gave themselves to the =ord and to us by the will of God # )orinthian% #:5% Caul. always laboring earnestly for you in his prayers. not as we had e(pected. sends you his greetings. because !e intercedes for the saints according to the will of God #&oman% #: 7% <nd do not be conformed to this world.esus by the will of God. and who are faithful in 5hrist .esus. according to the promise of life in 5hrist . #)olo%%ian% 1:1% ?paphras.

in a place called ?den #Genesis &94%. let those also who suffer according to the will of God entrust their souls to a faithful 5reator in doing what is right #1 $eter 4:19% shepherd the floc$ of God among you. and the scene was set for <dam and ?ve to obey or reject God Why set !dam and 1ve up to fail? . the one in Genesis & is brief !ere is what we $now God created <dam 2from the dust of the ground2 #Genesis &93% and placed him in a garden !e had created specifically for him. according to the will of God: and not for sordid gain. but voluntarily. they may live in the spirit according to the will of God #1 $eter 4:6% 'herefore. specifically. but from the description. probably in the Cersian Gulf. but presumably he was a young adult God had created many different $inds of fruit trees for <dam to eat Of all the trees. but with eagerness: #1 $eter 5: % <nd the world is passing away. being created in !is image Genesis & provides the details of how human beings were created =i$e most other creation accounts in the Bible. e(ercising oversight not under compulsion.For the gospel has for this purpose been preached even to those who are dead. which would have been dry at the time of the last ice age <lthough God had created previous hominid species on earth. it seems it was in what is now "outhern +ra7. why would it be a tree whose fruit offered $nowledge of good and evil? +sn-t $nowledge good? Bac% round Genesis 1 describes how God created the universe and life on earth God-s last creation was humanity. modern humans were the first to possess a spirit with which to communicate with and worship God 'he Bible ma$es it clear that <dam was created outside the garden of ?den and placed in it when everything was ready #Genesis &91/% Ae don-t $now how mature <dam was at his creation. which is described as being 2in the east2 #from +srael% Ae don-t $now e(actly where ?den was. and also its lusts: but the one who does the will of God abides forever #1 John :17% Why Wouldn"t God Want !dam and 1ve to Have 9no$led e of Good and 1vil? by Rich Deem INTRODUCTION 'he Bible says that God created <dam and ?ve and put them in a beautiful garden full of trees with good fruit !owever. <dam was commanded not to eat of the tree of the $nowledge of good and evil. ?ve was created #Genesis &9&11&&%. in the middle of the garden #Genesis &910113% "ometime after <dam was placed in the garden. that though they are judged in the flesh as men. God also created a tree that would give the eater the $nowledge of good and evil 1 commanding <dam not to eat its fruit Ahy would God create something that was banned and.

the $nowledge of good and evil was not a good thing. $nowing good and evil 2 * "o. "o. Out of the ground the =ODD God caused to grow every tree that is pleasing to the sight and good for food: the tree of life . 2God $nows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened. saying. ?ve chose to believe the lies of "atan #in sna$e form%. and could have chosen to believe God 'hey were only commanded not to eat from one tree out of the many Why did God choose the %no$led e of ood and evil? "ince everything else God planted in the garden was good. the natural choice of something to choose from would be $nowledge of evil God-s plan for <dam and ?ve was to enjoy each other and their fellowship with !im without the influence of evil God did not want <dam and ?ve to e(perience evil or even $now about it !owever.% . since it ruined their innocent relationship with God and each other Return to innocence? 'his is somewhat speculative. "atan had already rebelled against God and then tempted ?ve to join him in rebellion against God "atan used the oldest ploy in his playboo$ of deceit 1 God is a cosmic $illjoy who is trying to $eep something good from you & "atan first as$ed ?ve about the tree from which they were told not to eat * ?ve told "atan they were not to eat of the forbidden fruit or they would die "atan-s reply indicated that God was a liar and that !e just wanted to $eep something good #the fruit% from them. but + believe that we believers will lose our $nowledge of evil in heaven +saiah &/94/ says that God will wipe all the tears from us and our reproach will be removed #see also Develation 3913 and &19. <dam and ?ve would have been mere puppets 'rue love always re7uires choice God wanted <dam and ?ve to choose to love and trust !im 'he only way to give this choice would have been to command something that was not allowed "ince God had planted in the garden all the different trees from which we now get fruit. and you will be li$e God. but it wasn-t 7uite as originally advertised by the sna$e Ae still have the same choice as <dam and ?ve Ae can gain the $nowledge of evil by directly participating in it or we can believe God and avoid the things !e has said are bad for us REFERENCES 1. they now had $nowledge of good and evil. resulting in their loss of innocence and a bro$en relationship with God and each other Bes. and believed that God was lying to her "he ate the forbidden fruit and convinced her husband to do the same."$eptics often complain that God set <dam and ?ve up to fail !owever.1 the test was not too difficult <dam and ?ve had plenty to eat and a large variety of fruits from which to choose. the Bible ma$es it clear that God gave <dam and ?ve all they needed 1 with lots of different trees from which to eat fruit +t is clear that ?ve $new she should not eat from the one tree in the middle of the garden that she was instructed to avoid +nstead of believing God and trusting !im. God had to give <dam and ?ve a choice Aithout free will to choose.% 0 Ae will be able to e(perience and enjoy God directly3 without influence or $nowledge of sin and evil CONCLUSION "$eptics claim that God set up <dam and eve to fail by giving them a test that was either too difficult or deceptive !owever. <dam and ?ve gained $nowledge of the difference between good and evil through direct e(perience. after all !e had done for them. instead of through instruction by God 'he te(t suggests that <dam and ?ve had enjoyed daily wal$s with God through the garden prior to their fall #Genesis *94% 'he $nowledge of evil brought fear and shame to <dam and ?ve #Genesis *91.

<nd the =ord GOD will wipe tears away from all faces. <dam and ?ve were not the last to fall for the ploy that God is trying to $eep good things from us Dichard Daw$ins. and !e will dwell among them. 2+ A+== DA?== +> '!?) <>D A<=F <)O>G '!?): <>D + A+== B? '!?+D GOD. <>D '!?B "!<== B? )B C?OC=? 2 # )orinthian% 6:16% 2?ven after my s$in is destroyed.2 probably referring to the Bible-s 2overly restrictive2 commands against adultery. !e said. or you will die -2 'he serpent said to the woman.also in the midst of the garden. <nd !e will remove the reproach of !is people from all the earth: For the =ODD has spo$en #+%aiah 5:#% shepherd. -Bou shall not eat from any tree of the garden-?2 'he woman said to the serpent. in his boo$. !e will swallow up death for all time. bestiality. Bet from my flesh + shall see God:2 #Job 19: 6% Goin to Heaven !re We? by Rich Deem . and God !imself will be among them. and sodomy 3. and they shall be !is people. and you will be li$e God. has indicated that God is 2obsessed with se(ual restrictions. has God said. for the =amb in the center of the throne will be their 3 <nd + heard a loud voice from the throne. 2Behold. incest. >ow the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the =ODD God had made <nd he said to the woman. God has said. and + was 5. or pain: the first things have passed away 2 #&evelation 1:4% 6. -Bou shall not eat from it or touch it. prostitution. or crying. 2+ heard the sound of Bou in the garden. 2Bou surely will not dieI For God $nows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened. rape. and will guide them to springs of the water of life: and God will wipe every tear from their eyes 2 #&evelation 7:17% and !e will wipe away every tear from their eyes: and there will no longer be any death: there will no longer be any mourning. 2From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat: but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden.he -od Delu%ion. $nowing good and evil 2 #-ene%i% 3:1-5% afraid because + was na$ed: so + hid myself 2 #-ene%i% 3:1!% 4. the tabernacle of God is among men. and the tree of the $nowledge of good and evil #-ene%i% :9% 2. . 2+ndeed. saying. #&evelation 1:3% Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God: just as God said.

+ did my best and and led an e(emplary life + never was physically involved with any of my girlfriends + was a "cout leader for years + tried to help people in some way almost every day + did a lot of other good things 1 +-m. =ord 2 2Dichard. which is the second death 2 #Develation &194%sent to hell. nor idolaters. Bou $now that + am an honest person 2 2Dichard. have you ever lied?2 2Bes.2+ am the =ord your God Dichard Deem. what does my word say about thieves?2 2+t says that Do not be deceived: neither fornicators.%no thieves will enter into heaven. nor thieves. have you ever ta$en anything that is not yours?2 2=ord. =ord 2 2Dichard. =ord + have lied some 2 2Dichard. what does my word say about liars?2 2+t says that all liars will be 2But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars. nor effeminate. have you ever ta$en something that belonged to someone else?2 2Bes. what do you call a person who lies?2 2< liar. =ord 2 2Dichard. will inherit the $ingdom of God #1 5orinthians 091. what do you call someone who ta$es something that belongs to another?2 2< thief. =ord + am a thief 2 2Dichard. nor drun$ards. nor the covetous. nor adulterers. give me an account of your life 2 2=ord. sure you $now all about them 2 2Dichard. =ord 2 2Dichard. nor revilers. have you ever lied?2 2+ tried to tell the truth all the time and was almost always honest 2 2Dichard. have you ever wanted something that belonged to someone else?2 . nor homose(uals. nor swindlers. their part will be in the la$e that burns with fire and brimstone.

what does my word say about people who want things that belong to others? 2+t says they are coveting. will inherit the $ingdom of God #1 5orinthians 091. nor homose(uals. nor effeminate. -Bou fool..shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell #)atthew /9&&% guilty enough to go into hell 2 2Dichard. nor revilers. what does my word say about people who call others a fool?2 2+t says that they shall be whoever says. what does that ma$e you?2 2+-m a murderer. what does my word say about those who lust after a woman?2 . nor idolaters. have you ever lusted after a woman?2 2Bes. nor the covetous. =ord 2 2Dichard. have you ever $illed anybody?2 2Of course not. =ord 2 2Dichard.But + say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court #)atthew /9&11 &&%guilty of murder in their heart 2 2Dichard. nor drun$ards. what does my word say will happen to those who covet?2 2+t says that Do not be deceived: neither fornicators. =ord2 2Dichard.%no covetous people will enter into heaven. nor thieves. -BOH "!<== >O' 5O))+' )HDD?D. have you ever called anybody a fool?2 2Bes. =ord 2 2Dichard.and -Ahoever commits murder shall be liable to the court . nor swindlers. but he was really stupid 2 2Dichard. have you ever hated anybody?2 2Bes. =ord 2 2Dichard. have you ever committed adultery?2 2<bsolutely not. what does my word say about people who hate others 2 2+t says that they are 2Bou have heard that the ancients were told. =ord 2 2Dichard. =ord 2 2Dichard. nor adulterers.2Bes. =ord 2 2Dichard. =ord.

so that we could be righteous before God 'he Bible says you must receive . nor drun$ards. are you pleading not guilty to the above crimes?2 2>o.esus 5hrist died to ta$e away my #and your% sin. nor swindlers. nor homose(uals.1 Croof to the 5ontrary Original "in 1 <re Ae 5ondemned by the "in of <dam and ?ve? .2+t says that he has but + say to you that everyone who loo$s at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart #)atthew /9&4%already committed adultery with her in his heart 2 2Dichard. you need to go to this page 'he rest of us reali@e that we have a B+G problem + came to this reali@ation upon reading . nor the covetous. do you thin$ you are going to get into heaven on the basis of your good behavior? 'he above e(change illustrates the futility of attempting to earn your way to heaven >o amount of good wor$s is going to e(onerate your guilt before the !oly God )y #and your% guilt is based upon the things we do against God-s laws +t wor$s the same way our criminal justice system wor$s 1 if you are guilty of a crime. will inherit the $ingdom of God #1 5orinthians 091. what does that ma$e you?2 2+ am an adulterer. nor revilers.esus to become more li$e !im !e will give you true joy in this life and eternal life with !im afterward RELATED PAGES • • • • )y <ttorney Ouestions on "alvation9 Ahat is the Gospel? -Ceople are Basically Good. =ord + am guilty 2 "o. maybe you have never done any of the things above +f so.esus died for your sin Bou also agree to follow . boss% and "avior 'his means that you repent #turn from your sin% and believe that . =ord Ahat about all the good things + have done?2 2Dichard. =ord 2 2Dichard. nor idolaters. are you ready for me to pronounce sentence?2 2Aait. =ord 2 2Dichard Deem.%no adulterers will enter into heaven. nor adulterers.esus 5hrist as your =ord #i e .esus"ermon on the )ount from )atthew chapter / + reali@ed that + needed a "avior to ta$e away my sin 'hat is the only way + could appear before God without guilt . you go to jail +t doesn-t matter how many good things you have done >ow. nor thieves. nor effeminate. what does my word say will happen to adulterers?2 2+t says that Do not be deceived: neither fornicators.

from which they could eat anything. whose sin negatively influences us Ae become accustomed to committing 2minor2 sins without regard to their negative impact on our lives and the lives of others !owever. or you will die -2 #Genesis *9*% From her statement. since ?ve told the serpent. the original sin was disobedience.. God has said.4 provided the means by which all people6 could become completely righteous before !im. <lthough <dam and ?ve had no concept of good and evil. and death through sin. in !is love. thus inheriting eternal life 11 CONCLUSION 'he Bible says that God has created people to be upright. Caul describes how Ae are justified before God on the basis of faith in . Caul seems to imply that all people are condemned because of <dam-s sin 'his page will e(amine what Caul said in *onte?t and how that fits with the remainder of biblical theology What $as the ori inal sin? God created <dam and ?ve and placed them in a garden& of numerous fruit trees* that !e had designed. but they have chosen to do evil 1& Ae are not condemned on the basis of <dam and ?ve-s original sin. although <dam and ?ve committed the first sin. it is clear that ?ve $new that she shouldn-t eat the fruit +n fact she even added to God-s command with the words 2or touch it. mistrust. God. 2From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat: but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden. and disloyalty against God / Romans chapter five +n chapter / of Domans. Caul ma$es it clear that.0 who came to earth to die for the sins of man$ind 3 'he chapter ta$es us bac$ to how we got into the current mess we are in 1 bac$ to our original parents. we are guilty on the basis of our own sin9 'herefore. because all sinned11 #&oman% 5:1 % Ahat the original sin did was to cause the human race to fall into the practice of sin Ae are born to imperfect parents. e(cept the fruit from one tree . who committed the first sins Caul-s point in doing this is to compare the transgression by the transgressor to the redemption offered through the Dedeemer +n this chapter. because of our own lusts 1* !owever.esus 5hrist. !re We Condemned by the 4in of !dam and 1ve? by Rich Deem INTRODUCTION )any s$eptics thin$ that the Bible claims that people are condemned to hell on the basis of <dam and ?ve-s sin 1 the original sin of man$ind 'he doctrine of original sin comes primarily from Caul-s letter to the Domans +n this letter.ri inal 4in . but we are. Caul ma$es the statement that 2through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men 21 'a$en out o8 *onte?t. but our own Our condemnation is rightly deserved due to our rebellion and disobedience of God-s laws God is not responsible for our sin. -Bou shall not eat from it or touch it. they obviously did $now about disobedience. just as through one man sin entered into the world. has provided a way of . and so death spread to all men. God.1. in !is love.2 which was not in God-s original command "o.

"o then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men. even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men #&oman% 5:1#% 2.1 Croof to the 5ontrary REFERENCES 1.esus to change you into the person you really want to beI ?l Cecado Original 1 K?stamos 5ondenados por el Cecado de <dcn y ?va? RELATED PAGES • • • • Going to !eaven <re Ae? )y <ttorney Ouestions on "alvation9 Ahat is the Gospel? -Ceople are Basically Good. 5hrist died for us #&oman% 5:#% 8. having been justified by faith. we have peace with 7. in that while 9.esus 5hrist died for our sins to reconcile us to God 'rust . in ?den: and there !e placed the man whom !e had formed #-ene%i% :#% 3. having been reconciled. But God demonstrates !is own love toward us. For + delight in loyalty rather than sacrifice. 'herefore. even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men #&oman% 5:1#% . for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die 2 #-ene%i% :16-17% 4. <nd in the $nowledge of God rather than burnt offerings But li$e <dam they have transgressed the covenant: 'here they have dealt treacherously against )e #6o%ea 6:6-7% God through our =ord . much more.esus 5hrist. 2From any tree 5. 'he =ODD God planted a garden toward the east. "o then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of !is "on. and the tree of the $nowledge of good and evil #-ene%i% :9% of the garden you may eat freely: but from the tree of the $nowledge of good and evil you shall not eat. 'he =ODD God commanded the man.escape for those who recogni@e their own inability to live up to God-s holy standards . Out of the ground the =ODD God caused to grow every tree that is pleasing to the sight and good for food: the tree of life also in the midst of the garden. #&oman% 5:1% 6. saying. we shall be saved by !is life #&oman% 5:1!% we were yet sinners.

in coming to ?arth. had this direct. $nown as the !oly "pirit. we are declared righteous in the eyes of God through 6i% atonement for our sin Ahen you accept 5hrist-s sacrifice on your behalf. as described in detail in the Old 'estament 'he Old 'estament also foretold of the coming of the )essiah. the first humans. even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men #&oman% 5:1#% 11. along with one third of the remaining angels. one of the angels.esus 5hrist our =ord #&oman% 5: 1% For since by a man came death. commit sin #for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. living a sinless life. they were driven away from the presence of God #&%. and rising from the dead fulfilled the Old 'estament prophesies By accepting . that God made men upright. and !e !imself does not tempt anyone But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust #Jame% 1:13-14% 5uestions on 4alvation6 What is the Gospel? by Rich Deem What is God"s plan for our lives? God originally created man with the intention of having a direct. 1* =et no one say when he is tempted. and cannot stand in the presence of any sin #*% 'herefore. personal relationship with !im <dam and ?ve. man$ind lost their personal relationship with God 'he presence of sin prompted God to ma$e laws by which man$ind was commanded to live 'hose people who chose to live by God-s laws were declared righteous by God !owever. !is "pirit will come to dwell in your body 'his "pirit. or the anointed one of God. + have found only this. Domans *9&*% "in. and came to earth to deceive <dam and ?ve #1% Ahen <dam and ?ve chose to commit the first sin. dying on the cross for the sins of the world. once again. according to God-s laws could only be e(onerated by a blood sacrifice. so that.esus 5hrist. on occasion. 2+ am being tempted by God2: for God cannot be tempted by evil. even the righteous people would. because God is holy. to have a personal relationship with God 'able of 5ontents .esus 5hrist as our =ord and "avior. or !oly Ghost. as sin reigned in death. rebelled against God. "o then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men. personal relationship with God for a short period of time !owever. will instruct you and guide you in your life 'hrough prayer and obedience to the !oly "pirit. now called "atan. even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through . by a man also came the resurrection of the dead For as in <dam all die.10. who would ta$e away the sin of those who accepted the sacrifice !e would ma$e .% but they have sought out many devices 2 #E**le%ia%te% 7: 9% 12. so also in 5hrist all will be made alive #1 )orinthian% 15: 1. we are able. 2Behold.

and the truth.esus. congratulationsI Bou are now a child of God. destined to spend eternity in heaven +n order to establish an ever1increasing relationship with .esus 5hrist into your life. and the one that convinced me that .esus 5hrist Be aware there are many non15hristian cults.esus 5hrist as your =ord and "avior and as$ !im to forgive your sins +nvite the !oly "pirit into your life to direct you from this time until you die +f you have sincerely prayed to accept .esus 5hrist Before + accepted 5hrist as my =ord and "avior.ohn *910% 'able of 5ontents Ho$ do you enter into a personal relationship $ith Jesus Christ? Bou can enter into this personal relationship at this very minute through believing prayer to God 'ell !im you have sinned and led your life apart from !is direction and will 'ell God you repent of your selfishness and that you desire to enter into a personal relationship with !im 'ell God you accept .esus !imself said. which claim to be 5hristian.esus truly is the "on of God is the "ermon on the )ount #)atthew /91139&6% 'he gospel of . but are not )ost cults will tell you theirs is the only true church and the only way to gain salvation <void these churches or religions Demember that 5hrist !imself is the only way. + thought the idea of having a personal relationship with God to be completely impossible But + have found that the more + submit to the promptings of the !oly "pirit.esus into your life + guarantee you will not be disappointed 'able of 5ontents Is it necessary to have a personal relationship $ith Jesus Christ? . but have eternal life 2 . 2+ am the way.esus + spent several months of study before + was convinced of 5hrist-s authenticity .Can I really have a personal relationship $ith God? + $now a personal relationship with God probably seems out of reach to most people who have not committed their lives to . that whoever believes in !im should not perish.90% . that !e gave !is only begotten "on. and anyone who has a personal relationship with !im is part of !is church +f you are not ready to ma$e a commitment to 5hrist. the closer + get to God. under the headship of .ohn is an e(cellent place to begin learning more about .esus wants you to have a personal relationship with !im on ?arth and live forever with !im and fellow believers in heaven #2For God so loved the world. + encourage you to continue learning more about . but through )e 2 #. and the life: no one comes to the Father.esus 'able of 5ontents What do I do no$ that I have accepted Jesus Christ as 0ord and 4avior? +t is also important to enter into fellowship with other believers +f you $now some other 5hristians as$ them for advice about attending a specific church in your area Cic$ing a church is very important 'he church you select should preach from the Bible only.ohn 1. and the more joy + have in my life +f the !oly "pirit is $noc$ing at the door of your heart open the door and let . you need tal$ to !im through prayer and see$ !is will for direction of your life Get a Bible and read parts of it on a daily basis One of my favorite passages.

+ believe God wanted to ma$e sure that we $new how costly sin is to !im God stated very e(plicitly that the daily sacrifice for sin. God provided a means of eliminating sin through a blood sacrifice #. in !is mercy.esus did not come to ?arth to establish a religion. so that we can commune with a holy God God. which means !e never has and never will commit any sin and will not stand in the presence of anyone who has sinned #*% +n the Old 'estament. every person has had a problem with sins they have committed God. and will not tolerate the presence of any sin% #14% 2. which would pay the penalty for our sin #1. since none of us have the mind of God #/% !owever. would be replaced through the establishment of a new covenant #0%and foretold what !e would do to satisfy !is re7uirement for a blood sacrifice for sin #3% 'he sacrifice was to be done by !is "ervant #4%. and God-s love for us. in !is willingness to personally die for us. has reduced the plan of salvation to simple faith #1/%. not by wor$s#&&% or belonging to any particular church <ny system of religious wor$s righteousness. is holy. cannot save a person from the righteous wrath of God . + am de*lared righteous by faith alone if + accept .% Ahy did God choose to use a blood sacrifice? >o one can say for certain.esus died on the cross for us. .'able of 5ontents Why did Jesus have to suffer and die a cruel death on the cross? 'his most important 7uestion as$s what was the necessity of the crucifi(ion of .esus 5hrist as their =ord and "avior #10% 'able of 5ontents What is this ospel stuff? Gospel merely means 2good news 2 'he good news is that God has provided a means to re1 establish a relationship with !im through !is "on 'he gospel of 5hrist is defined by the four 2spiritual laws2 stated below9#13% 1.esus 5hrist. it is to remind us of the cost of our sin.esus as =ord and "avior #&1% < person is saved by faith through the grace #free gift% of God.esus is God-s only provision to cleanse me of all my sin #!e died for my sins% #&. who is !is "on #6%. performed by the priests. + am a sinful person #+ cannot live up to God-s holy standards% #16% 3.%and eternal God simultaneously #11% Only a sacrifice by a holy God. who is . so that all people can be saved by believing God-s promises and accepting .% 4. in contrast. similar to that of the Charisees.esus 5hrist in the plan of salvation +n order to understand the reason for 5hrist-s crucifi(ion.% 5rucifi(ion is one of the most cruel and tortuous ways to die Ahen we thin$ how . we must $now the plan of salvation revealed from the Old 'estament "ince the fall of man$ind in the garden of ?den. could pay the penalty for our sin !is sacrifice would be costly #1&% and would re7uire death by crucifi(ion #1*%. God is !oly #without sin. but to restore the personal relationship between a holy God and sinful man$ind Bou and any other person can establish this relationship through a personal . both man #descended from David% #1.

and will dine with him. and many people do good wor$s in their church and in their community !owever. sent .esus as God-s only provision #&0%to cleanse us of all our sin #!e died for our sins% #&3% By accepting . and he with )e 2 #Develation *9&. but !e will not come in uninvited )ortal life is not the ultimate purpose of the universe 'his short mortal life was designed to allow people to choose or reject God-s love 'hose who choose God will live forever with !im in a far superior life 'able of 5ontents Isn"t lovin my fello$ man ood enou h to et to heaven? )any people feel they have fulfilled the second commandment of God.esus. whereas we are selfish sinners #&/% God.esus may $noc$ a little louder on the door. we are able to come before the throne of God blameless and cleansed. and as such will not be forced to live with !im in heaven. without a personal relationship with 5hrist. declared righteous.esus 5hrist + pray you will consider the gospel of . we are rejecting !im. in loving other people. recogni@ing this problem. when + developed 5rohn-s disease . these wor$s are 2dead wor$s.%. cleanse your conscience from dead wor$s to serve the living God? # 6ebrew% 9:14% 'able of 5ontents Can"t I have a relationship $ith God $ithout Jesus? 'he main problem in having a relationship with God is the gap that e(ists between the two of us God is completely holy and cannot tolerate the presence of any sin #&. being filled with pride.esus wants to come into your life. but will be eternally separated from !im and !is children #those who love !im% )any churches do good things. + stand at the door and $noc$:if anyone hears )y voice and opens the door.relationship with . reestablishing our relationship with God . with a limited life span so that we will be forced to face our mortality and ultimate reliance upon !im. they have ignored the first and most important commandment 1 to love God with all your heart Ae are created in the image of God to love God and love one another +f we choose to ignore God and not love !im. but !e will never brea$ it down #2Behold.esus will gently $noc$ at the door of your life even if you have ignored !im or turned to human institutions or religions . we tend to rely upon our own abilities to get through life + used to be one of these people 1 ignoring God and doing things on my own strengths 1 until God brought me to the point at which + was no longer sufficient in myself.2 often done to glorify ourselves and gain esteem within the church9 how much more will the blood of 5hrist.sacrifice on our behalf and committing to follow !im we am de*laredrighteous by God on the basis of our faith #&4% 'herefore as new creatures. + will come in to him. but to a large degree. instead of our own strengths Ae are created for the purpose of having a relationship with God #&*% !owever.% .esus 5hrist as revealed in the Bible 'able of 5ontents Why do $e have to die? God has made us mortal. who through the eternal "pirit offered !imself without blemish to God.

since . ..esus 5hrist #*&% . and the life: no one comes to the Father. that in )e you may have peace +n the world you have tribulation. that )y joy may be in you. and that your joy may be made full #John 15:11% 'able of 5ontents What is the true church? 'he Bible defines the church as 2those who have been sanctified in 5hrist .90% +n a parable referring to !imself. which you will not have e(perienced before 'he Bible says.'he Bible says we are justified by the grace #&6% #free gift% of God not by wor$s #*. as we wal$ together in life .esus answered and said to them. which surpasses all comprehension. nor let it be fearful 2 #John 14: 7% 2'hese things + have spo$en to you. it will grind him to powder 2 #)atthew &19. 2+ am the way. each day is an adventure with God.esus said9 2'hese things + have spo$en to you.esus has promised to be with us forever #**% Fnowing with certainty that we will spend eternity in heavenproduces a peace in our spirit.esus !imself said. 2<nd the peace of God.% .esus 5hrist will change your life and your attitude toward life Bou will no longer have to worry about the future.esus is the stone upon which we must fall and 2be bro$en2 #humble ourselves% +f we fail to do this. that you believe in !im whom !e has sent 2 #John 6: #. and the truth. life was meaningless and repetitious >ow.esus 5hrist their =ord9 . but ta$e courage: + have overcome the world 2 #John 16:33% Besides this peace. but through )e 2 #.9% 'able of 5ontents Can"t I o to heavenon the basis of bein a ood person? . that we may wor$ the wor$s of God?2 . 2<nd whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be bro$en9 but on whomsoever it shall fall.ohn 1. !e will fall on us and 2grind us to powder2 #obviously not a good alternative% 'able of 5ontents What is in it for me in this life if I accept Jesus as 0ord and 4avior? 5oming to faith in .esus said.esus said9 2Ceace + leave with you: )y peace + give to you: not as the world gives. 2Ahat shall we do. do + give to you =et not your heart be troubled. shall guard your hearts and your minds in 5hrist .esus2 and those who call .esus says noI .esus 2 #Chilippians . 2'his is the wor$ of God.esus !imself said regarding doing the wor$s of God9 'hey said therefore to !im. . fellowship with God #in which we tal$ to !im on a daily basis% produces a joy in one-s life that is difficult to describe Before + became a 5hristian.% but by faith #*1%in !is "on.93% .

1*1%: is espoused to !im as a pure virgin to one husband #& 5orinthians 119&1. the =ord-s "upper. of which !e is the !ead #?phesians 19&&1&*% <s such. living for the most part in one locality.esus. the first1born from the dead: so that !e !imself might come to have first place in everything #)olo%%ian% 1:1#% >ow + rejoice in my sufferings for your sa$e.esus 5hrist. . their =ord and ours9 #1 )orinthian% 1: % 'he church is simply a gathering of individuals as opposed to an organi@ation. + believe it #1 )orinthian% 11:1#% 'he church is e7uivalent to the 2body of 5hrist. and individually members of it <nd God has appointed in the church. but nourishes and cherishes it. then miracles. the ministry of the Aord. which is !is body. composed of the total number of regenerate persons from Centecost to the first resurrection #1 5orinthians 1/9/&%. the fullness of !im who fills all in all #E0he%ian% 1: . testimony. is God .91*113% 'here is no way for mortal humans to $now for certain who belongs to 5hrist and who doesn-t. worship.#% +n ?phesians and 5olossians. discipline. Caul even defines the church as the body of 5hrist9 <nd !e put all things in subjection under !is feet.1/: 1.%: and will be translated to heaven at the return of the =ord in the air #1 'hessalonians . + hear that divisions e(ist among you: and in part. and gave !im as head over all things to the church.93: 1 5orinthians /9.% 'able of 5ontents RELATED PAGES • • • Ahat Aill !eaven be =i$e? Crophecies of . united together and to 5hrist by the baptism with the !oly "pirit #1 5orinthians 1&91&11*%. saints by calling. to those who have been sanctified in 5hrist . the 5hurch is a holy temple for the dwelling of God through the "pirit #?phesians &9&11&&%: is 2one flesh2 with 5hrist #?phesians /9*.9&0: Chilipians . various $inds of tongues #1 )orinthian% 1 : 7. prayer.: &. and the furtherance of the Gospel #<cts 1*911.to the church of God which is at 5orinth.esus 5hrist. first apostles. who meet together in !is name for baptism.91.2 as Caul used the terms interchangeably9 >ow you are 5hrist-s body. second prophets. since 5hrist alone will be judge #*. as indicated by Caul9 For. because we are members of !is body #E0he%ian% 5: 9-3!% !e is also head of the body. helps. in the first place.114: 1 'hessalonians 194: !ebrews 1.esus 5hrist. a church is an assembly of professed believers in the =ord. administrations.esus 5hrist as )essiah 'he "on. is the body of 5hrist. then gifts of healings. third teachers.9&/% 'he 5hurch.3% for no one ever hated his own flesh. the church: and !e is the beginning. praise. and in my flesh + do my share on behalf of !is body #which is the church% in filling up that which is lac$ing in 5hrist-s afflictions #)olo%%ian% 1: 4% +n conclusion. just as 5hrist also does the church. when you come together as a church. with all who in every place call upon the name of our =ord . fellowship.

REFERENCES 1. and his angels were thrown down with him #&evelation 1 :9% 2. "o the =ODD God banished him from the Garden of ?den to wor$ the ground from which he had been ta$en <fter he drove the man out. and )y thoughts than your thoughts 2 #+%aiah 55:#-9% Oh. But this is the covenant which + will ma$e 5. 2From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat: but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden. a female from the floc$. therefore your camp must be holy: and !e must not see anything indecent among you lest !e turn away from you 2 #Deuteronomy 3:14% <nd the men of Beth1shemesh said. who deceives the whole world: he was thrown down to the earth. days are coming. this holy God? <nd to whom shall !e go up from us?2 #1 >amuel 6: !% 2'his also will be my salvation. so are )y ways higher than your ways. and you will be li$e God. For a godless man may not come before !is presence #Job 13:16% 4. $nowing good and evil 2 #-ene%i% 3:1-5% <nd the great dragon was thrown down. neither are your 6. 2For )y thoughts are not your thoughts. the serpent of old who is called the devil and "atan.2 declares the =ODD. lest you die -2 <nd the serpent said to the woman. 2Aho is able to stand before the =ord. a lamb or a goat as a sin offering "o the priest shall ma$e atonement on his behalf for his sin #2eviti*u% 5:6% 2>e(t he shall slaughter the lamb of the guilt offering: and the priest is to ta$e some of the blood of the guilt offering and put it on the lobe of the right ear of the one to be cleansed and on the thumb of his right hand. 2when + will . -Bou shall not eat from any tree of the garden-?2 <nd the woman said to the serpent. >ow the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the =ODD God had made <nd he said to the woman. 2Bou surely shall not dieI For God $nows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened.udah.4% 3. Behold. -Bou shall not eat from it or touch it. the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and $nowledge of GodI !ow unsearchable are !is judgments and unfathomable !is waysI #&oman% 11:33% ma$e a new covenant with the house of +srael and with the house of . 2"ince the =ord your God wal$s in the midst of your camp to deliver you and to defeat your enemies before you. !e shall also bring his guilt offering to the =ord for his sin which he has committed. has God said. 2+ndeed. God has said.2 declares the =ord 2For as the heavens are higher than the earth. he placed on the east side of the Garden of ?den cherubim and a flaming sword flashing bac$ and forth to guard the way to the tree of life #-ene%i% 3: 3. and on the big toe of his right foot 2 #2eviti*u% 14: 5% ways )y ways.

and you perish in the way.2 says the =ODD of hosts #"ala*hi 3:1% 11. the days are coming. will suddenly come to !is temple: and the messenger of the covenant. 'herefore.2 declares the =ODD.udah will be saved. and +srael will dwell securely: and this is !is name by which !e will be called. a tested stone. -'he =ODD our righteousness -2 #Jeremiah 3:5-6% uprightness is the scepter of 'hy $ingdom 'hou hast loved righteousness. <nd was astonished that there was no one to intercede: 'hen !is own arm brought salvation to !im: <nd !is righteousness upheld !im #+%aiah 59:16% 8.udah. 2+ will put )y law within them. 2Ahen + shall raise up for David a righteous Branch: and !e will reign as $ing and act wisely and do justice and righteousness in the land +n !is days . + am going to send )y messenger. <nd interceded for the transgressors #+%aiah 53:1 % <nd !e saw that there was no man. and + will surely give the nations as 'hine inheritance. 2Behold. for !is wrath may soon be $indled !ow blessed are all who ta$e refuge in !imI2 #$%alm :7-#/ 1 % Aho has ascended into heaven and descended? Aho has gathered the wind in !is fists? Aho has wrapped the waters in !is garment? Aho has established all the ends of the earth? Ahat is !is name or !is son-s name? "urely you $nowI #$roverb% 3!:4% 10. behold. )y "ervant. in whom you delight.with the house of +srael after those days. <nd was numbered with the transgressors: Bet !e !imself bore the sin of many. + am laying in Qion a stone. and they shall be )y people #Jeremiah 31:31% 7. too little to be among the clans of . 2+ will surely tell of the decree of the =ord9 !e said to )e. and hated wic$edness: therefore God. whom + uphold: )y chosen one in whom )y soul delights + have put )y "pirit upon !im: !e will bring forth justice to the nations #+%aiah 4 :1% 9. <nd !e will divide the booty with the strong: Because !e poured out !imself to death. and he will clear the way before )e <nd the =ODD. !e is coming. 2Behold. whom you see$. today + have begotten 'hee <s$ of )e. + will allot !im a portion with the great. < *o%tly cornerstone for the . O God.2 declares the =ODD. and the very ends of the earth as 'hy possession. 'hy God.Do homage to the "on. Bethlehem ?phrathah. has anointed 'hee with the oil of joy above 'hy fellows #$%alm 45:6-7% 2But as for you. from you One will go forth for )e to be ruler in +srael !is goings forth are from long ago. -'hou art )y "on. 2Behold. and on their heart + will write it: and + will be their God. 'herefore thus says the =ODD God. is forever and ever: < scepter of 12. lest !e become angry. from the days of eternity 2 #"i*ah 5: % 2Behold. 'hy throne.

Four "piritual =aws from 5ampus 5rusade for 5hrist 18. 2<s many as received !im. Aho see$s after God ?very one of them has turned aside: together they have become corrupt: 'here is no . even to those who believe in !is name2 #John 1:1 % 2By grace you have been saved through faith: and that not of yourselves. far off or near: #1 'in(% #:46% For the choir director < Csalm of David 'he fool has said in his heart. so that they ta$e them away captive to the land of the enemy. But !e was pierced through for our transgressions. -+ am the way. li$e the bitter weeping over a first1born #5e*hariah 1 :1!% For dogs have surrounded me: < band of evildoers has encompassed me: 'hey pierced my hands and my feet #$%alm :16% 14. and they will weep bitterly over !im. 2"ince the =ord your God wal$s in the midst of your camp to deliver you and to defeat your enemies before you. !e was crushed for our ini7uities: 'he chastening for our well1being fell upon !im. firmly placed !e who believes in it will not be disturbed 2 #+%aiah #:16% 13. so that they will loo$ on )e whom they have pierced: and they will mourn for !im.foundation. and have committed abominable injustice: 'here is no one who does good God has loo$ed down from heaven upon the sons of men 'o see if there is anyone who understands. that no one should boast2 #E0he%ian% :#-9% 10 2God demonstrates !is own love toward us. 2'here is no God 2 'hey are corrupt. this holy God? <nd to whom shall !e go up from us?2 #1 >amuel 6: !% 19. 2'here is no God. but through )e-2 #John 14:6% 17. 2Aho is able to stand before the =ord. therefore your camp must be holy: and !e must not see anything indecent among you lest !e turn away from you 2 #Deuteronomy 3:14% <nd the men of Beth1shemesh said. 2<nd + will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of .esus said to him. 2Ahen they sin against Bou #for there is no man who does not sin% and Bou are angry with them and deliver them to an enemy. they have committed abominable deeds: 'here is no one who does good #$%alm% 14:1% For the choir director: according to )ahalath < )as$il of David 'he fool has said in his heart. and the life: no one comes to the Father. 5hrist died for us2 #&oman% 5:#% 2. and by !is scourging we are healed #+%aiah 53:5% 15. as one mourns for an only son. the "pirit of grace and of supplication. it is the gift of God: not as a result of wor$s.2 'hey are corrupt. in that while we were yet sinners. to them !e gave the right to become children of God. and the truth.erusalem.

not even one:2 #&oman% 3:1!% for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God #&oman% 3: 3% 'herefore. therefore your camp must be holy: and !e must not see anything indecent among you lest !e turn away from you 2 #Deuteronomy 3:14% <nd the men of Beth1shemesh said. and the life: no one comes to the Father. and the truth. <nd all our righteous deeds are li$e a filthy garment: <nd all of us wither li$e a leaf. it is the gift of God: not as a result of wor$s. cleanse your conscience from dead wor$s to serve the living God? #6ebrew% 9:14% 22. not obeying Bour voice: so the curse has been poured out on us. that no one should boast2 #E0he%ian% :#-9% eternal "pirit offered !imself without blemish to God. <nd whom + have created for )y glory. along with the oath which is written in the law of )oses the servant of God. just as through one man sin entered into the world. we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us #1 John 1:#% 20. and death through sin. for we have sinned against !im #Daniel 9:11% as it is written. not even one #$%alm% 53:1-3% +ndeed. Ahom + have formed. 2"ince the =ord your God wal$s in the midst of your camp to deliver you and to defeat your enemies before you. li$e the wind. in that while we were yet sinners. because all sinned11 #&oman% 5:1 % +f we say that we have no sin. 2Aho is able to stand before the =ord. even whom + have made #+%aiah 43:7% 24. =et them praise the name of the =ODD. 2'here is none righteous. how much more will the blood of 5hrist. 2God demonstrates !is own love toward us. even to those who believe in !is name2 #John 1:1 % 2By grace you have been saved through faith: and that not of yourselves. ?ach of us has turned to his own way: But the =ODD has caused the ini7uity of us all 'o fall on !im #+%aiah 53:6% For all of us have become li$e one who is unclean. there is not a righteous man on earth who continually does good and who never sins #E**le%ia%te% 7: !% <ll of us li$e sheep have gone astray. to them !e gave the right to become children of God. 5hrist died for us2 #&oman% 5:#% 2. For !e commanded and they were created #$%alm 14#:5% ?veryone who is called by )y name. who through the 23. and so death spread to all men. -+ am the way. but through )e-2 #John 14:6% 21. ta$e us away #+%aiah 64:6% 2+ndeed all +srael has transgressed Bour law and turned aside.esus said to him. <nd our ini7uities.one who does good. 2<s many as received !im. this holy God? <nd to whom shall !e go up from us?2 #1 >amuel 6: !% .

in that while we were yet sinners. being witnessed by the =aw and the Crophets.% 32. even to the end of the age 2 *. 2and lo. even to those who believe in !is name2 #John 1:1 % 2By grace you have been saved through faith: and that not of yourselves. to them !e gave the right to 29. + am with you always. that everyone who beholds the "on and believes in !im. 2'here is none righteous. by which we must be saved 2 #. <nd all our righteous deeds are li$e a filthy garment: <nd all of us wither li$e a leaf. li$e the wind.udge.esus 5hrist for all those who believe: for there is no distinction #&oman% 3: 1. But now apart from the =aw the righteousness of God has been manifested.*t% 4:1 % 27. 2<nd there is salvation in no one else: for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men. 5hrist died for us2 #&oman% 5:#% 2.esus said to him. <nd our ini7uities. not even one:2 #&oman% 3:1!% 2'he wages of sin is death2 Mspiritual separation from GodN #&oman% 6: 3% For all of us have become li$e one who is unclean. 'here is only one =awgiver and . cleanse your conscience from dead wor$s to serve the living God? #6ebrew% 9:14% 31. being justified as a gift by !is grace through the redemption which is in 5hrist . 2<s many as received !im. who through the eternal "pirit offered !imself without blemish to God.25. ta$e us away #+%aiah 64:6% 26. may have eternal life: and + )yself will raise him up on the last day 2 #John 6:4!% #"atthew #: !% 33. it is the gift of God: not as a result of wor$s. even the righteousness of God through faith in . and the truth. For this is the will of )y Father. that no one should boast2 #E0he%ian% :#-9% 28. and the life: no one comes to the Father. -+ am the way. for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God #&oman% 3: 3% as it is written. but through )e-2 #John 14:6% become children of God.esus #&oman% 3: 4% 30. how much more will the blood of 5hrist. 2God demonstrates !is own love toward us. the One who is able to save and to destroy: but who are you who judge your neighbor? #Jame% 4:1 % But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of 5hrist #&oman% 14:1!% .

and bellowed from his lips. 2+ won-t give up. Caid in Full 2 )i <bogado 1 'his is a slightly edited version of a popular e1mail sent the summer of &. + was able to see him in his full splendor and majesty + reali@ed why he seemed so familiar )y attorney was . 2!i Dad. my =ord and my "avior !e stopped at the bench and softly said to the judge. and there is no person who can prove otherwise 2 Ahen it was his turn. + was e7ually upset at my representative.1 'he author is un$nown . 2=et us begin 2 'he prosecutor rose and began his opening statement. 2!ave you ever lost a case?2 5hrist lovingly smiled and said. where. 2'his man is free 'he penalty for him has already been paid in full 5ase dismissedI2 <s my =ord led me away. + died on the cross so that every person might have eternal life "ince this man has accepted me as his "avior. loo$ed at his Father and replied. 2Overruled. 2)y name is "atanand + am here to show you why this man belongs in hell 2 !e began by describing the lies + had told.esus sat down. 2'his man belongs to me in hell. my time on earth came to an end 'he first thing + remember is sitting on a bench in the waiting room of what loo$ed li$e a court house 'he doors opened and + was instructed to come in and have a seat at the defense table <s + loo$ed around + saw the prosecutor 1 a villainous loo$ing man who snarled as he stared at me !e definitely was the most evil person + had ever seen + sat down and loo$ed to my left. 2+ objectI.esus 5hrist. +-ll win the ne(t one 2 + as$ed . 2!is name is written in the boo$ of life. he 7uietly paused.esus as he gave me my instructions where to go ne(t. things + had stole. slammed the gavel down.2 but the judge remar$ed. and no one can snatch him from me "atanstill does not understand that this man is not to be given justice. + could hear "atan ranting and raving. was my lawyer 1 a $ind and gentle loo$ing man whose appearance seemed familiar to me 'he corner door flew open and the judge appeared. dressed in full flowing robes !e commanded an awesome presence as he moved across the room + couldn-t ta$e my eyes off of him <s he too$ his seat behind the bench. as the Devil told of sins that even + had completely forgotten <s upset as + was at "atan for revealing all those things about me.esus too$ a deep breath and turned to his Father with outstretched arms and proclaimed. who sat there silently 1 not offering any form of defense at all + $new + was guilty of all those things. since he is guilty of all these charges. the wages of sin is death. 2!owever. even my own lawyer..2 and bec$oned my attorney to come forward <s he got up and started wal$ing. but + had done some good in my life 1 couldn-t that at least cancel out part of the bad things + had done? "atan finished with a fury and closed by saying. he is mine 2 )y =ord continued. the further down in my chair + san$ + was so embarrassed that + couldn-t loo$ at anyone. but rather mercy 2 <s . and how + had cheated others in the past "atan told of other horrible perversions that were once in my life and the more he spo$e. he said.3y !ttorneyB <fter living a 2decent2 life. my lawyer first as$ed if he might approach the bench "atan yelled. 2?veryone that has come to me and as$ed me to represent them has received the same verdict as you. seated.2 and then he turned to address the court 2"atan was correct in saying that this man has sinned + won-t deny any of these allegations <nd yes. and this man deserves to be punished 2 . 2'here is nothing else that needs to be done +-ve done it all 2 'he judge lifted his mighty hand.

ohn *9.% +n the very ne(t statement he e(plains the two $inds of birth 2Born of water2 refers to the physical birth. the word #or a variation of it% occurs 11& times in the >ew 'estament .esus referred to & births 1 the first the physical birth on ?arth >icodemus recogni@ed this as the first re7uirement. "Truly. !e would have used this word +n fact. born of the "pirit% =et-s go over the specific te(t in 7uestion 8erse * says that one must be born again to see the $ingdom of God 8erse / says that one must be born of water <>D the "pirit to enter the $ingdom of God 'he te(t tells us that these re7uirements are one and the same +n stating that one must be born again.esus never commanded baptism in order to be saved =et us loo$ at this verse in conte(t to try to figure out what 2born of water2 actually refers to John : in conte/t =et us start by chec$ing out the entire verse in conte(t9 .esus had wanted to refer to baptism. I say to you. whereas 2born of the "pirit2 refers to being 2born again2 or the second birth +n the ne(t verse. 2'hat which is born of the flesh is flesh. which is of God + thin$ it is pretty clear that the verse does not refer to baptism. or the flesh 'he second is to be born of the "pirit. truly. he cannot see the $ingdom of God 2 >icodemus said to !im.esus was clear and direct 'here is no mention of baptism anywhere 2Born of water2 never refers to baptism in any other verse in the entire Bible 'he Gree$ word used is 2hudwr2 #"trong-s number G/&. 2!ow can a man be born when he is old? !e cannot enter a second time into his mother-s womb and be born. truly. and that which is born of the "pirit is spirit Do not be ama@ed that + said to you.esus answered.. unless one is born of water and the Spirit.rder to be 4aved? ! commentary on John :6D.2 according to the verse Does baptism precede being born of the "pirit in the believer? . but to the first birth <t this point. unless one is born of water and the "pirit he cannot enter into the $ingdom of God 'hat which is born of the flesh is flesh.% 1'he Gree$ word for baptism is 2baptisma2 #"trong-s number G6. + say to you. 2Bou must be born again . + say to you.4% & +f .E by Rich Deem Jesus answered. . .esus clarifies the statement e(plaining that 2born of water2 refers to being 2born of flesh 2 .Did Jesus Command Baptism in .#John 3:3-7% 'here are two conditions to enter the $ingdom of God Ahich comes first? 2Born of water. can he?2 . the 2entering2 is for anyone who is born again #i e . 2'ruly. truly.esus answered and said to him. and that which is born of the "pirit is spirit 2 Being born of water is referring to being born physically #the water referring to the amniotic fluid that brea$s as one is born% 'his is why !e said 2Bou must be born again 2 'he first birth is the birth from water.esus clarifies what !e means in the ne(t verse. since he stated that a man cannot enter a second time into his mother-s womb #. . 2'ruly. he cannot enter into the kingdom of God !John "#$% INTRODUCTION )any 5hristians have claimed that one cannot be saved without being bapti@ed and cite the verse above as evidence <lthough baptism is an ordinance of the 5hristian 5hurch and a command given to those who convert non1believers. unless one is born again.

!e gave the command to !is disciples to bapti@e in the name of the Father. saying. Domans *9*..esus says that the $ingdom of God 2belongs2 to children +n the second. + would thin$ that !e would have mentioned it at least onceI Aas . for the $ingdom of God belongs to such as these 'ruly + say to you. )atthew 69&6. =u$e 1&9&4. )atthew 69&.&. "on. )atthew 139&. and !oly "pirit 3 Baptism is an outward e(pression of what has already occurred within an individual . )atthew 69&&. !e says that one must receive the $ingdom as a child in order to 2enter 2 +s belonging and entering different? Bes. these are different verbs. being God./ but in none of those accounts does .esus called for them. )ar$ /9*.esus.. )atthew 1. 2see2 in verse * * v%12enter2 in verse /?. =u$e 1390. .)ar$ &9/. =u$e /9&. )atthew 1094.9. =u$e 396. one $eeps the attention of your student <nd .Counter ar uments Ahy did . + believe one should be bapti@ed in obedience to . =u$e 49..9/&. since.ewish notion of salvation through wor$s of the law. because only God can demonstrate this $ind of unconditional love Does this mean that we will lose our salvation? >oI . )ar$ . and do not hinder them. !e already $new what was in their heart 4alvation by faith +n contrast.11 Galatians &.9*1. !e routinely sent the people off after being healed without baptism Obviously. )atthew &19&1.esus 5hrist reveals that !e never told anyone to be bapti@ed in any of the gospel accounts !is discussion with numerous people about how to have a relationship with God have been recorded in the gospels.. which were repudiated by the apostles #<cts 1. + $now that we do not $eep this entire command.4. . +t is a common practice in teaching to use different words to e(plain the same concept By doing so. =u$e 149. we should also love our neighbor for the same reason 1. =u$e 13916.=u$e 39/.1& and Chilippians *1*% and the early church fathers Bes. 2Cermit the children to come to )e.esus didn-t need to see that outward e(pression of an individual-s conversion. although !e had !is disciples perform the ceremony 0 +n fact. .esus negligent in not e(plaining this to all the people !e tal$ed to in the gospels? + don-t thin$ soI +n addition. =u$e 49&/. )atthew 1/9&4. whoever does not receive the $ingdom of God li$e a child shall not enter it at all 2 #2uke 1#:16-17% +n the first verse..esus use different verbs.esus often used multiple parables to illustrate the same spiritual truths Bou can confirm this yourself by reading virtually any chapter in any of the gospels Did Jesus bapti#e? < general observation of the ministry of .=u$e 1494. but the point is the same =i$ewise..esus tell anyone that they must be bapti@ed +f baptism were crucial to one-s salvation. )ar$ 1.9.*111914.esus tal$ed very often about faith 1 at least &3 e(amples given in the gospels9 )atthew 491.. )ar$ 119&&. )atthew 49&0.esus never bapti@ed anyone to our $nowledge. =u$e 139/.command !owever. =u$e &&9*& 4 5ould it be that faith is the $ey to having a relationship with God and not baptism? 'he idea that baptism is re7uired for justification perpetuates the .1..6 1/91111. who used this techni7ue often 'a$e a loo$ at another teaching about the $ingdom of God9 But .esus was an e(cellent teacher. one cannot enter the $ingdom of God without seeing it .

although !e often commended people for their faith +t would seem that if baptism were reAuired for salvation that ..16% CONCLUSION < careful e(amination of .esus !imself never bapti@ed anyone to our $nowledge.ohn *9/13 reveals that when . although the dutiful 5hristian will be bapti@ed in obedience to .ames 8ersion the Only Bible that a 5hristian "hould Dead? 1 Ahy Fing . . although the disciples did bapti@e under !is command +n all of !is interactions with people.esus command in )atthew &4916 RELATED PAGES • • • • 5hristians and Aine by Fen "ymington +s the Fing .esus was never recorded as commanding anyone to be bapti@ed.14 *9&. is re7uired for salvation.ames 2onlyism2 fails the test "hould 5hristians Aorship to Doc$ )usic? 1 +s is from the Devil or can it be done unto the =ord? Ahat are the Biblical 'ranslation +ssues Daised by the Gender1+nclusive Debate?1 'hings are not 7uite as simple as they might first appear "hould 5hristians ?at )eat or "hould Ae Be 8egetarians?1 <n e(amination of what the Bible says about eating meat • REFERENCES 1. .10 /9&1.Ae are justified on the basis of faith alone #true faith 1 not an uncommitted confession of some belief% +f anyone is trusting in any wor$ of the flesh. then they put themselves under the entire law of God and will be held accountable to $eep it allI #. in fountains.referred to being 2born of water2 !e was tal$ing about the physical birth #2born of the flesh2%. arose and was compacted of the waves of the sea fig used of many peoples e f Cart of "peech9 noun neuter < Delated Aord by 'hayerSsJ"trongSs >umber9 genitive case.esus. out of and through which the world that was before the deluge. rather than baptism. in pools of the water of the deluge of water in any of the earthSs repositories of water as the primary element.esus would have made some mention of it Ae conclude that faith.1/ Galatians *91..ames &91.% 1 water a b c d of water in rivers.13 Domans &91&.. 'hayer-s Gree$ Definitions9 hudōr J hudatos d̔efgh J d̔efijkl #"trong-s G/&. in contrast to being 2born of the "pirit2 or 2born again 2 ..

hudatos. i e become ac7uainted with by e(perience. $now to see./. showed myself. 3.3 5iting in 'D>'9 19/.. by which one after confessing his sins and professing his faith in 5hrist.4% 1 immersion.ohnSs baptism. 'hayer-s Gree$ Definitions9 horaō k̔hieg #"trong-s G*3.. obtained the pardon of their past sins and became 7ualified for the benefits of the )essiahSs $ingdom soon to be set up 'his was valid 5hristian baptism. etc . pay heed to + was seen.* & 'hayer-s Gree$ Definitions9 baptisma mnojpqri #"trong-s G6. appeared Cart of "peech9 verb < Delated Aord by 'hayerSsJ"trongSs >umber9 properly. to perceive. from the base of G/&. 1&. to e(perience to see./ 5iting in 'D>'9 49*1. submersion a b of calamities and afflictions with which one is 7uite overwhelmed of .0 4. that purification rite by which men on confessing their sins were bound to spiritual reformation. as this was the only baptism the apostles received and it is not recorded anywhere that they were ever rebaptised after Centecost of 5hristian baptism: a rite of immersion in water as commanded by 5hrist. to stare at Mcompare G*3. identifies publicly with the fellowship of 5hrist and the church c Cart of "peech9 noun neuter < Delated Aord by 'hayerSsJ"trongSs >umber9 from G6. to loo$ to a b / to ta$e heed. beware to care for.N 5iting in 'D>'9 /9*1/. to see with the mind. having been born again by the !oly "pirit unto a new life.4% 1 to see with the eyes & * . 6& 3. 'hayer-s Gree$ Definitions9 eiserchomai sp̓qsehtkrip #"trong-s G1/&/% 1 to go out or come in9 to enter .

% them in the name of the Father and the "on and the !oly "pirit.esus !imself was not bapti@ing. begin to be of men. 2'a$e courage. #"atthew #:19% 7. 5iting in 'D>'9 &9030. 2Go therefore and ma$e disciples of all the nations. 'herefore when the =ord $new that the Charisees had heard that . state of things. as into a house or a city of "atan ta$ing possession of the body of a person of things9 as food. But . 2O woman. that enters into the eaterSs mouth &% metaphorically a of entrance into any condition. 2Daughter.esus turning and seeing her said.0.esus said to him. 2Go: your faith has made you well 2 +mmediately he regained his sight and began following !im on the road #"ark 1!:5 % <nd . come into e(istence. 2Daughter. <nd they brought to !im a paralytic lying on a bed "eeing their faith. &/3 5. your sins are forgiven 2 #"ark :5% <nd !e said to her. son: your sins are forgiven 2 #"atthew 9: % 6.esus said to the paralytic.esus Ganswered saying to them. society.esus seeing their faith Gsaid to the paralytic.a b c & of men or animals. 2!ave faith in God #"ark 11: % . to come before the public to come into life of thoughts that come into the mind * Cart of "peech9 verb < Delated Aord by 'hayerSsJ"trongSs >umber9 from G1/16 and G&. bapti@ing 8. your faith has made you well: go in peace and be healed of your affliction 2 #"ark 5:34% <nd . #John 4:1. employment 1 & * b to arise.ohn #although . ta$e courage: your faith has made you well 2 <t once the woman was made well #"atthew 9: % 'hen !e touched their eyes.esus was ma$ing and bapti@ing more disciples than . saying. 2+t shall be done to you according to your faith 2 #"atthew 9: 9% 'hen . but !is disciples were%.esus said to her. . 2"on. your faith is great: it shall be done for you as you wish 2 <nd her daughter was healed at once #"atthew 15: #% <nd .

testified to them giving them the !oly "pirit. 2Friend. your sins are forgiven you 2 #2uke 5: !% <nd !e said to the woman. since indeed God who will justify the circumcised by faith and 12. 2Daughter. 2Brethren. will !e find faith on the earth?2 #2uke 1#:#% <nd .esus. your faith has made you well: go in peace 2 #2uke #:4#% <nd !e said to him. #$hili00ian% 3: -3% 14. even we have believed in 5hrist . who $nows the heart. 2< new commandment + give to you. !e said. Beware of the dogs. who worship in the "pirit of God and glory in 5hrist .*t% 15:1-11% the uncircumcised through faith is one #&oman% 3:3!% 11. that you love one another. the brethren determined that Caul and Barnabas and some others of them should go up to . 2Hnless you are circumcised according to the custom of )oses. nevertheless $nowing that a man is not justified by the wor$s of the =aw but through faith in 5hrist . 2Deceive your sight: your faith has made you well 2 #2uke 1#:4 % 9.esus. even as + have loved you.esus said to him.*t% 1!:43% 10. you $now that in the early days God made a choice among you. 2Bour faith has saved you: go in peace 2 #2uke 7:5!% <nd !e said to her. Ceter stood up and said to them.udea and began teaching the brethren. so that we may be justified by faith in 5hrist and not by the wor$s of the =aw: since by the wor$s of the =aw no flesh will be justified #-alatian% :16% 13. "ome men came down from . cleansing their hearts by faith 2>ow therefore why do you put God to the test by placing upon the nec$ of the disciples a yo$e which neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear? 2But we believe that we are saved through the grace of the =ord . that you also love one another By this all men will $now that you are )y disciples.esus and put no confidence in the flesh.erusalem to the apostles and elders concerning this issue 'he apostles and the elders came together to loo$ into this matter <fter there had been much debate.esus. that by my mouth the Gentiles would hear the word of the gospel and believe 2<nd God. beware of the evil wor$ers. 2Of !im all the prophets bear witness that through !is name everyone who believes in !im receives forgiveness of sins 2 #. in the same way as they also are 2 #. just as !e also did to us: and !e made no distinction between us and them. beware of the false circumcision: for we are the true circumcision. if you have love for one another 2 #John 13:35% . 2"tand up and go: your faith has made you well 2 #2uke 17:19% 2+ tell you that !e will bring about justice for them 7uic$ly !owever. you cannot be saved 2 <nd when Caul and Barnabas had great dissension and debate with them. when the "on of )an comes."eeing their faith.

15. Behold +. !e will do it. we can ma$e a 1. although + do not $now with 1. 'O C?DFOD) '!?) 2 #-alatian% 3:1!% 5hrist will be of no benefit to you <nd + testify again to every man who receives circumcision.esus to help you with your unbelief . For as many as are of the wor$s of the =aw are under a curse: for it is written.E commitment Ae do this every day of our lives in many areas For e(ample... say to you that if you receive circumcision.esus on the basis of what we $now is true Ae cannot $now with 1.E certainty that + will get there 'he important thing is to be 1. For all who have sinned without the =aw will also perish without the =aw. that he is under obligation to $eep the whole =aw Bou have been severed from 5hrist. from what we $now to be true.E convinced that the entire Bible is true and being 1..*since !e wants your complete confidence. and all who have sinned under the =aw will be judged by the =aw: #&oman% :1 % 16 because by the wor$s of the =aw no flesh will be justified in !is sight: for through the =aw comes the $nowledge of sin #&oman% 3: !% BCCF Convinced vs= BCCF Committed by Rich Deem Ceople will often say that they cannot accept .esus 5hrist as =ord and "avior until they are 1. the standard level of proof is 6/E De7uiring that one is 1. in !im <s$ . he has become guilty of all #Jame% :1!% 16. most of us travel to our place of wor$ + travel by vanpool and get into the van five days a wee$ committed to going to wor$.esus +t is the will of God that everyone believe in !is promises and !is word &+f you pray for God to increase your faith and belief..E committed to . Caul. 18..E convinced or certain that !e is who !e said !e is or that the Bible is true 'his level of proof is not possible in this universe and is unreasonable ?ven in science..E certainty that all of the Bible is true. you who are see$ing to be justified by law: you have fallen from grace #-alatian% 5: -4% 17. especially since there are many prophecies which have not yet been fulfilled !owever..E committed1 to ..E certain of the reliability of the Bible is just an e(cuse for unbelief 'here is a difference between being 1. 25HD"?D +" ?8?DBO>? A!O DO?" >O' <B+D? BB <== '!+>G" AD+''?> +> '!? BOOF OF '!? =<A. For whoever $eeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point.

*t% 14: 6% 2.he%%alonian% 1:5-6% 6.'he !oly "pirit gives a tremendous testimony to us that our faith in the gospel is true / and that we have become children of God 0 Before + became a 5hristian the !oly "pirit was not in my life. + encourage you to pray to be filled with the "pirit 4 1. because !e has given us of !is "pirit #1 John1 4:1 -13% 'he "pirit !imself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God. >o one has beheld God at any time: if we love one another. although + would occasionally become aware + was not in GodZK[s will !owever. <nd this is the confidence which we have before !im.E 5omprometido REFERENCES 1. and !is love is perfected in us By this we $now that we abide in !im and !e in us. but you $now !im because !e abides with you. when + accepted . that is the "pirit of truth.. God abides in us. but for what it really is. 'he !oly "pirit began convicting me of changes + needed to ma$e in my life 'he more + have followed the promptings of the !oly "pirit. Ceter stood up and said to them. 2Brethren. #&oman% #:16% because it does not behold !im or $now !im.. that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe #. .E 5onvencido 8s 1. but also in power and in the !oly "pirit and with full conviction: just as you $now what $ind of men we proved to be among you for your sa$e Bou also became imitators of us and of the =ord. that. <nd will $eep your foot from being caught #$roverb% 3: 6% =et us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace.esus 5hrist is indwelt by the !oly "pirit 3 !owever. the more !e has revealed to me and the more + $now !is voice ?very disciple of . that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need #6ebrew% 4:16% 5.he%%alonian% :13% 3. For the =ord will be your confidence. you accepted it not as the word of men. whom the world cannot receive. which also performs its wor$ in you who believe #1 . where they had been committed to the grace of God for the wor$ they had now completed #. you $now that in the early days God made a choice among you. !e hears us # 1 John 5:14% 4. From <ttalia they sailed bac$ to <ntioch. having received the word in much tribulation with the joy of the !oly "pirit. the word of God. #1 . <nd after there had been much debate. and will be in you #John 14:17% 7. if you do not feel the !oly "pirit in your life.*t% 15:7% <nd for this reason we also constantly than$ God that when you received from us the word of GodZK[s message.esus as =ord and "avior. for our gospel did not come to you in word only. if we as$ anything according to !is will.

through the !oly "pirit who dwells in us. but be filled with the "pirit #E0he%ian% 5:1#% 'redestination vs= *ree Will . 2+ must preach the $ingdom of God to the other cities also. since the Bible clearly indicates that both predestination and free will are in operation 'redestination +n order to fulfill !is prophecies. -Father. and that the "pirit of God dwells in you? #1 )orinthian% 3:16% Or do you not $now that your body is a temple of the !oly "pirit who is in you. the treasure which has been entrusted to you # .esus clearly indicated that !is coming was planned. including !is death9 • • But !e said to them. God mu%t predestine history to a certain degree 'he Bible clearly indicates that God predestined redemptive history.But if the "pirit of !im who raised . for that is dissipation.ne or the . Is It .imothy 1:14% Or do you thin$ that the "cripture spea$s to no purpose9 2!e jealously desires the "pirit which !e has made to dwell in us?2 #Jame% 4:5% 4 <nd do not get drun$ with wine. save )e from this hour-? But for this purpose + came to this hour #John 1 : 7% . for + was sent for this purpose 2 #2uke 4:43% 2>ow )y soul has become troubled: and what shall + say. whom you have from God. who also sealed us and gave us the "pirit in our hearts as a pledge # )orinthian% 1: 1. specifically. !e who raised 5hrist .ther? by Rich Deem INTRODUCTION One of the major controversies among 5hristians is the e(tent of predestination that God has ordained <t the e(tremes are those who claim that God uses only one to the e(clusion of the other ?ither e(treme is wrong.% Guard. the coming of the )essiah .esus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through !is "pirit who indwells you #&oman% #:11% Do you not $now that you are a temple of God.esus from the dead dwells in you. and that you are not your own? #1 )orinthian% 6:19% >ow !e who establishes us with you in 5hrist and anointed us is God.

'he man of )y purpose from a far country 'ruly + have spo$en: truly + will bring it to pass + have planned it. in the boo$ of <cts indicates that evil !erod and Contius Cilate. .esus 5hrist 1. Because !is purpose is against Babylon to destroy it: For it is the vengeance of the =ODD.udas. <nd + will accomplish all )y good pleasure-: 5alling a bird of prey from the east. although the Bible indicates that God does use evil people to accomplish !is purposes 13 Caul indicates in the boo$ of Domans that evil Charaoh was 2raised up2 to demonstrate God-s power 14 Caul goes on to say that God chose .ohn says that God will give the $ingdom of +srael to the beast to fulfill !is word &1 .esus indicated that !e chose the apostles.esus !imself indicated that !e had chosen Caul as a minister of the gospel 1/ .esus indicated that !e chose the apostles for God-s wor$ and that it was not their own choice 6 Caul also uses the term 2elect2 to describe those who follow . surely + will do it #+saiah . "aying.esus 5hrist was 2predetermined2 and 2fore$nown2 by God1 and fulfilled part of God-s eternal purpose & 'he Bible indicates that God-s role in redemptive history e(tends beyond the )essiah to God-s role in the redemption of +srael +saiah and . were serving God-s purposes &* .eremiah claim that God used foreign rulers to alter history and free the .211 which is reaffirmed by . including the one who would betray !im && ?ven .esus.16 and that !e chooses to have mercy on some people over others &. good wor$s were prepared for us 2that we might wal$ in them 2 1.ews from Babylonian captivity9 • • Declaring the end from the beginning <nd from ancient times things which have not been done.091.ohn in the boo$ of Develation 1& Caul also tells us that we were predestined by God to follow ./ and the tribe of .udah 0 'he >ew 'estament says that God has elected or chosen people for salvation .acob over his brother ?sau. who condemned .ames indicates that God has chosen the poor people of the world for salvation 10 1vil people chosen to fulfill God"s purposes "ome 5hristians claim that God predestines people for hell 'his concept is never stated directly.eremiah /1911% 'eople chosen by God for salvation 'he Bible indicates that certain people are chosen by God for !is purposes ?(amples include Fing David..esus 5hrist 1* +n addition. <braham. was fulfilling part of the redemptive purpose of God =u$e. as a wor$er of evil.esus used the Gree$ word eklekto%3 to refer to those who were chosen by God during the end times 4 . -)y purpose will be established.* the =evites as the priests of God.111% "harpen the arrows. fill the 7uiversI 'he =ODD has aroused the spirit of the $ings of the )edes.Redemptive history Other verses indicate that the crucifi(ion of . . Caul tells us that we were chosen 2before the foundation of the world. vengeance for !is temple #.

or the gods of the <morites in whose land you are living: but as for me and my house. you and your descendants. so also in 5hrist all shall be made alive #1 )orinthian% 15: % . the Bible indicates that God placed them in history to fulfill !is purposes. that !e gave !is only begotten "on. that whoever believes in !im should not perish. !e lives to God #&oman% 6:1!% For as in <dam all die. will draw all men to )yself 2 #John 1 :3 % For the death that !e died.esus 5hrist died only for the elect !owever. we will serve the =ODD 2 #Jo%hua 4:15% )any other Old 'estament verses tell us to choose to follow the =ord possible if everything is predestined &.esus. the Bible teaches 7uite clearly that . they still possessed free will and would have done evil under any circumstances "o. if + be lifted up from the earth. !e died to sin. and !e !imself does not tempt anyone # Jame% 1:13% *ree $ill 'here are many verses that specifically state that people have free will to e(ecute their own choices +n the boo$ of Deuteronomy. since God is not the author of evil . that + have set before you life and death. Obviously. God !imself tells the people to choose to follow !im to receive !is blessings9 2+ call heaven and earth to witness against you today.oshua tells the people to choose to serve God or the idols of their neighbors 2<nd if it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the =ODD. the blessing and the curse "o choose life in order that you may live. evil people who are predestined to serve the purposes of God through their evil will eventually go to hell !owever. #Deuteronomy 3!:19% .Cresumably. the Bible indicates pretty clearly that we are to ma$e choices +f everything is predestined. $nowing that they would do evil God did not cause them to do evil. once for all: but the life that !e lives. 2+ am being tempted by God2: for God cannot be tempted by evil. choice is not Besides the verses that tells us directly to ma$e choices.death provides salvation for those who resist God-s call • • • • 2For God so loved the world. there are hundreds of verses that tell us how we are to live Obviously. then choice is not possible Christ died for some? "ome in the radical predestination camp claim that . choose for yourselves today whom you will serve9 whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the Diver. but have eternal life #John 3:16% 2<nd +.esus 5hrist died for the sins of all people and wants all people to come to repentance 'his does not mean that .ames says not to blame God for temptation9 =et no one say when he is tempted. following this advice re7uires free will and the ability to choose "o.

itu% :11% 'he =ord is not slow about !is promise. the just for the unjust. that one died for all. 1. having been put to death in the flesh. in order that !e might bring us to God. therefore all died: and !e died for all. not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance # $eter 3:9% For 5hrist also died for sins once for all. that they who live should no longer live for themselves.imothy 4:1!% For the grace of God has appeared. because we have fi(ed our hope on the living God. + thin$ God places people in history so that !is will is accomplished 'his includes putting !is followers. + do not believe that !e micro1manages history +n other words. but made alive in the spirit: #1 $eter 3:1#% !eb 39&01&3. in addition to those who oppose !im. 691111&. but for !im who died and rose again on their behalf # )orinthian% 5:15% For it is for this we labor and strive.ust Believers? Ahy Aould God 5reate a Cerson Aho Aould be Destined for !ell? . as some count slowness. who is the "avior of all men.• For the love of 5hrist controls us.lbedrLo . having concluded this. #. and + Cet *914 • • • • • CONCLUSION + have tried to present a balanced e(amination of the issues regarding free will and predestination +t is obvious that the Bible teaches both concepts Hltimately. + believe that God directs history !owever. bringing salvation to all men. at strategic points in history 'he Bible encourages us to use our free will to choose good over evil 111a% 8or me and my hou%e/ we will %erve the 2D&D1J 9Jo%hua 4:15: 2a $rede%tina*iKn 4er%u% El 2ibre . but is patient toward you.91. especially of believers #1 .ME% Bno o el Dtro< RELATED PAGES • • • 3our 4iew% on Divine $roviden*e Boo$ Deview Does God Offer Forgiveness of "in to <ll Ceople or .

for the sa$e of )y servant David whom + chose. )ount Qion which !e loved #$%alm 7#:6#% 7. that !e might destroy the wor$s of the devil #1 John 3:#% 3. <nd too$ him from the sheepfolds: #$%alm 7#:7!% =evites: for the =ODD chose them to carry the ar$ of God. chose me from all the house of my father to be $ing over +srael forever For !e has chosen . the =ODD. 'his was in accordance with the eternal purpose which !e carried out in 5hrist . who observed )y commandments and )y statutes: #1 'in(% 11:34% 2Bet. as of a lamb unblemished and spotless. delivered up by the predetermined plan and fore$nowledge of God. which God predestined before the ages to our glory: the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood: for if they had understood it.*t% : 3% 2. over +srael: therefore + will celebrate before the =ODD # >amuel 6: 1% -"ince the day that + brought )y people +srael from ?gypt. the God of +srael. this )an. <nd gave him the name <braham #@ehemiah 9:7% 6. 2>o one is to carry the ar$ of God but the 5.udah to be a leader: and in the house of .#1 'in(% #:16% ->evertheless + will not ta$e the whole $ingdom out of his hand. my father-s house. + did not choose a city out of all the tribes of +srael in which to build a house that )y name might be there.udah. but + will ma$e him ruler all the days of his life. and among the sons of my father !e too$ pleasure in me to ma$e me $ing over all +srael #1 )hroni*le% #:4% !e also chose David !is servant. 2+t was before the =ODD. who chose me above your father and above all his house. the hidden wisdom. 'hen David said.!% the one who practices sin is of the devil: for the devil has sinned from the beginning 'he "on of God appeared for this purpose. to appoint me ruler over the people of the =ODD. But MGodN chose the tribe of . 2'hou art the =ODD God. Aho chose <bram <nd brought him out from Hr of the 5haldees. #E0he%ian% 3:11% but we spea$ God-s wisdom in a mystery.udah. but has appeared in these last times for the sa$e of you #1 $eter 1:19. and to minister to !im forever 2 #1 )hroni*le% 15: % 4.esus our =ord. you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put !im to death #. 'hayer-s Gree$ Definition9 e$le$tos εκλεκτοξ #"trong-s G1/44% . they would not have crucified the =ord of glory: #1 )orinthian% :7-#% but with precious blood. the blood of 5hrist For !e was fore$nown before the foundation of the world. but + chose David to be over )y people +srael .REFERENCES 1. "o David said to )ichal.

that we should be holy and blameless before !im +n love !e predestined us to adoption as sons through . no life would have been saved: but for the sa$e of the elect whom !e chose. just as !e chose us in !im before the foundation of the world. that whatever you as$ of the Father in )y name. Aho will bring a charge against God-s elect? God is the one who justifies: #&oman% #:33% 11. . !e may give to you #John 15:16% 10. and will !e delay long over them? #2uke 1#:7% 9. select. chosen a chosen by God 1 to obtain salvation through 5hrist a & 5hristians are called uchosen or electv of God the )essiah in called uelectv. the twelve. but + chose you. so as to mislead.9141. in order. if possible. !e shortened the days #"ark 13: !% for false 5hrists and false prophets will arise. 2<nd unless those days had been cut short. according to the $ind intention of !is will. from one end of the s$y to the other #"atthew 4:31% 2<nd unless the =ord had shortened those days. to the farthest end of heaven #"ark 13: 7% now shall not God bring about justice for !is elect. i e the best of its $ind or class. and will show signs and wonders. who cry to !im day and night.1 pic$ed out. 2Did + )yself not choose you. and yet one of you is a devil?2 #John 6:7!% 2Bou did not choose )e. that you should go and bear fruit. if possible. #E0he%ian% . and that your fruit should remain. /. as appointed by God to the most e(alted office conceivable choice.esus answered them. from the farthest end of the earth.esus 5hrist to !imself. no life would have been saved: but for the sa$e of the elect those days shall be cut short #"atthew 4: % 2For false 5hrists and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders. even the elect #"atthew 4: 4% 2<nd !e will send forth !is angels with < GD?<' 'DH)C?' and '!?B A+== G<'!?D 'OG?'!?D !is elect from the four winds. e(cellence preeminent9 applied to certain individual 5hristians * Cart of "peech9 adjective < Delated Aord by 'hayerSsJ"trongSs >umber9 from G1/40 5iting in 'D>'9 . and appointed you./ 8. to lead the elect astray #"ark 13: % 2<nd then !e will send forth the angels. and will gather together !is elect from the four winds.

that !e might be the first1born among many brethren: and whom !e predestined.ust as it is written. in order that God-s purpose according to !is choice might stand. and stand on your feet: for this purpose + have appeared to you.1:4-5% 'herefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our =ord.esus from all eternity. but according to !is own purpose and grace which was granted us in 5hrist . for though the twins were not yet born. and is about to come up out of the abyss and to go to destruction <nd those who dwell on the earth will wonder. not according to our wor$s. and had not done anything good or bad. 'he =ODD has made everything for its own purpose. For whom !e fore$new. that we should wal$ in them #E0he%ian% :1!% 15. # . 'O D?)O>"'D<'? )B COA?D +> BOH. <nd all who dwell on the earth will worship him Mthe beastN. these !e also glorified #&oman% #: 9-3!% also we have obtained an inheritance. BH' ?"<H + !<'?D 2 #&oman% 9:11-13% . when they see the beast. but also to the things in which + will appear to you:. which God prepared beforehand. these !e also called: and whom !e called. who has saved us.esus for good wor$s. to appoint you a minister and a witness not only to the things which you have seen. 2FOD '!+" 8?DB CHDCO"? + D<+"?D BOH HC. not because of wor$s. For we are !is wor$manship. -But arise MCaulN.<5OB + =O8?D.*t% 6:16% 16. 2'!? O=D?D A+== "?D8? '!? BOH>G?D 2 . having been predestined according to !is purpose who wor$s all things after the counsel of !is will. it was said to her. but because of !im who calls. that he was and is not and will come #&evelation 17:#% conformed to the image of !is "on. =isten. everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the boo$ of life of the =amb who has been slain #&evelation 13:#% 2'he beast that you saw was and is not. these !e also justified: and whom !e justified. and called us with a holy calling. !e also predestined to become 14. #E0he%ian% 1:11% 13.imothy 1:#-9% 12. <>D '!<' )B ><)? )+G!' B? CDO5=<+)?D '!DOHG!OH' '!? A!O=? ?<D'! 2 #&oman% 9:17% 19. 2. For the "cripture says to Charaoh. created in 5hrist . or of me !is prisoner: but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God. my beloved brethren9 did not God choose the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the $ingdom which !e promised to those who love !im? #Jame% :5% wic$ed for the day of evil #$roverb% 16:4% 17.#. whose name has not been written in the boo$ of life from the foundation of the world. ?ven the 18.

<nd all of you shall bow down to the slaughter Because + called. <nd choose what pleases )e. <nd hold fast )y covenant. 2+ A+== !<8? )?D5B O> A!O) + !<8? )?D5B. but they did not listen <nd they did evil in )y sight. to do whatever 'hy hand and 'hy purpose predestined to occur #. .20. Aho is the man who fears the =ODD? !e will instruct him in the way he should choose #$%alm 5:1 % Because they hated $nowledge. both !erod and Contius Cilate. 2'o the eunuchs who $eep )y sabbaths. <>D + A+== !<8? 5O)C<""+O> O> A!O) + !<8? 5O)C<""+O> 2 "o then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs.*t% 4: 7. so complete e(clusion of either free will or predestination is a non1scriptural position God-s role in salvation is also debated "ome say that God chooses whether or not people are .ffer *or iveness of 4in to !ll 'eople or Just Believers by Rich Deem INTRODUCTION 5hristian thought on the role of free will and predestination often permeates discussions of 5hristian theology One camp #<rminianism% says that people have complete free will.esus answered them. but on God who has mercy #&oman% 9:15-16% 21. 2For truly in this city there were gathered together against 'hy holy servant . <nd do not choose any of his ways #$roverb% 3:31% 2!e will eat curds and honey at the time !e $nows enough to refuse evil and choose good #+%aiah 7:15% For thus says the =ODD. along with the Gentiles and the peoples of +srael. and yet one of you is a devil?2 #John 6:7!% 23. 2Did + )yself not choose you. whom 'hou didst anoint. but you did not hear <nd you did evil in )y sight. <nd chose that in which + did not delight 2 #+%aiah 65:1 % "o + will choose their punishments. #+%aiah 56:4% + will destine you for the sword.esus. 2For God has put it in their hearts to e(ecute !is purpose by having a common purpose. but no one answered: + spo$e. until the words of God should be fulfilled #&evelation 17:17% 22.#% &. <nd did not choose the fear of the =ODD #$roverb% 1: 9% Do not envy a man of violence. For !e says to )oses. the twelve. <nd + will bring on them what they dread Because + called. and by giving their $ingdom to the beast. whereas the other #5alvinism% says that God predestines everything 'he Bible actually supports both positions. <nd chose that in which + did not delight 2 #+%aiah 66:4% Does God . but you did not answer: + spo$e.

itu% :11% 'he scriptures also indicate that .Bibles 1 Choose2 +n the Old 'estament. will draw all men to )yself 2 #John 1 :3 % "o then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men. the choice is whether or not to see$ . especially of believers #1 . once for all: but the life that !e lives. as some count slowness. who desires all men to be saved and to come to the $nowledge of the truth #1 . that !e gave !is only begotten "on. that everyone who beholds the "on and believes in !im will have eternal life. but have eternal life #John 3:16% 2For this is the will of )y Father. bringing salvation to all men.imothy 4:1!% For the grace of God has appeared. God-s )essiah *'he choice was based upon faith 1 both in the Old 'estament. that whoever believes in !im shall not perish. and + )yself will raise him up on the last day 2 #John 6:4!% God-s desire is for all to be saved9 • • 'his is good and acceptable in the sight of God our "avior. but is patient toward you.even offered salvation 'his page e(amines the true scope of God-s offer of salvation. even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men #Domans /914% For the death that !e died. #.and >ew 'estament. !e died to sin. if + be lifted up from the earth.imothy :3-4% 'he =ord is not slow about !is promise. !e lives to God #&oman% 6:1!% • . because we have fi(ed our hope on the living God. God told !is people to choose whether or not they would follow !im 'he reward for such choice was life and blessings & +n the >ew 'estament.act of redemption is sufficient to justify all9 • • 2<nd +./ since it is impossible to please God without faith 0 Whoever believes 'he offer of salvation through faith is given to all who believe 'his belief results in eternal salvation9 • • 2For God so loved the world.esus. citing verses not usually found in 5avinists. who is the "avior of all men. not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance # $eter 3:9% 'he scriptures specifically state that God is the "avior of all9 • • For it is for this we labor and strive.esus.

that they who live should no longer live for themselves. not made with hands.• • For as in <dam all die. in order that !e might bring us to God.esus 5hrist once for all #6ebrew% 1!:1!% For 5hrist also died for sins once for all. therefore all died: and !e died for all. first for !is own sins. so also in 5hrist all shall be made alive #1 )orinthian% 15: % For the love of 5hrist controls us. undefiled. that one died for all. holy. most choose to reject God-s love and to live solely for themselves !owever. having been put to death in the flesh. but made alive in the spirit: #1 $eter 3:1#% • • • • CONCLUSION God does predestine redemptive history so that !is will is accomplished !e uses both the righteous and unrighteous to sanctify !is children <lthough God-s desire is for all to be saved. because this !e did once for all when !e offered up !imself #6ebrew% 7: 6. that is to say.the just for the unjust. li$e those high priests. separated from sinners and e(alted above the heavens: who does not need daily. !is followers. 6e entered through the greater and more perfect tabernacle. innocent. not of this creation: and not through the blood of goats and calves. !e entered the holy place once for all. to offer up sacrifices. but through !is own blood. but for !im who died and rose again on their behalf # )orinthian% 5:15% For it was fitting that we should have such a high priest.7% But when 5hrist appeared a% a high priest of the good things to come. and then for the %in% of the people. so that they may e(perience God-s love and peace for themselves )ay we be faithful to our calling to love others as we have been loved MD8re*e Dio% el $erdKn de lo% 0e*ado% a . God brings !is offer of salvation to all people and calls us. to proclaim this offer to all.oda% la% $er%ona% o >olamente a lo% )reyente%< RELATED PAGES • • 3our 4iew% on Divine $roviden*e Boo$ Deview Credestination vs Free Aill 1 +s +t One or the Other? . having concluded this. having obtained eternal redemption #6ebrew% 9:11-1 % By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of .

By faith )oses. that + have set before you life and death. we will serve the =ODD 2 #Jo%hua 4:15% 3. <nd they brought to !im a paralytic lying on a bed "eeing their faith. although they are to be avoided at all costsI 2. cleansing their hearts by faith #. son: your sins are forgiven 2 #"atthew 9: % <nd .esus 5hrist for all those who believe: for there is no distinction: #&oman% 3: % . or the gods of the <morites in whose land you are living: but as for me and my house. . 2)artha. these verses are found in the Bibles 5alvinists read. your sins are forgiven you 2 #2uke 5: !% and !e made no distinction between us and them.esus said to the paralytic. that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in )e . 2'a$e courage. when he had grown up.#. )artha. choosing rather to endure ill1 treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin. considering the reproach of 5hrist greater riches than the treasures of ?gypt: for he was loo$ing to the reward #6ebrew% 11: 4. the blessing and the curse "o choose life in order that you may live. 2"on. for )ary has chosen the good part. you and your descendants.esus seeing their faith said to the paralytic. your sins are forgiven 2 #"ark :5% "eeing their faith.6% 4. to open their eyes so that they may turn from dar$ness to light and from the dominion of "atan to God. 2Friend. choose for yourselves today whom you will serve9 whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the Diver. 2+ call heaven and earth to witness against you today. !e said. to whom + am sending you. But the =ord answered and said to her.ewish people and from the Gentiles. you are worried and bothered about so many things: but only one thing is necessary.*t% 15:9% -But get up and stand on your feet: for this purpose + have appeared to you. which shall not be ta$en away from her 2 #2uke 1!:41-4 % the son of Charaoh-s daughter. refused to be called 5.*t% 6:16-1#% even the righteousness of God through faith in . but also to the things in which + will appear to you: rescuing you from the . to appoint you a minister and a witness not only to the things which you have seen.• • • Ahy Aould God 5reate a Cerson Aho Aould be Destined for !ell? "alvation in the Old 'estament 1 by Faith or by Aor$s? "alvation Aord "tudy REFERENCES 1 Obviously. #Deuteronomy 3!:19% 2<nd if it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the =ODD.

ld Testament . the law. in 1.. by faith brought the best of his floc$ as an offering. this idea is completely antithetical to 5hristianity >owhere is this idea more prevalent than in .esus 5hrist might be given to those who believe #-alatian% 3: % 0 <nd without faith it is impossible to please !im.& while his brother 5ain brought an offering that was not . so that the promise by faith in . <nd was astonished that there was no one to intercede: 'hen !is own arm brought salvation to !im: <nd !is righteousness upheld !im #+saiah /6910% 1/amples of faith ?(amples of people being justified by faith abound in the Old 'estament <bel. or one of its derivatives.. usually translated 2salvation. by *aith or by Wor%s? by Rich Deem INTRODUCTION 'he idea that God-s love and salvation can be earned through good deeds is a common belief in the Hnited "tates and much of the world !owever. <nd did not trust in !is salvation #$%alm 7#: % <nother verse indicates 7uite clearly that humans are unable to intercede on their own behalf because of our lac$ of righteousness9 <nd !e saw that there was no man.. for he who comes to God must believe that !e is and that !e is a rewarder of those who see$ !im #6ebrew% 11:6% 4alvation in the .udaism 'he idea arose from a system that is dedicated to the teaching and practice of the law !owever.0 instances 12salvation2 refers specifically to a wor$ of God that has nothing to do with any human effort < verse from the Csalms specifically ties salvation to belief9 Because they did not believe in God.esus.ewish law is now all1encompassing. out of 1. given by God.nevertheless $nowing that a man is not justified by the wor$s of the =aw but through faith in 5hrist . has been e(panded by the rules of men as they attempted to interpret every instance of human behavior <s a result. ye%huah #"trong-s number !*. so that we may be justified by faith in 5hrist and not by the wor$s of the =aw: since by the wor$s of the =aw no flesh will be justified #-alatian% :16% But the "cripture has shut up everyone under sin.2 nearly always refers to a wor$ of God +n fact.%. and even more difficult to obey than when it was originally given Bein ri ht $ith God "o how do you become righteous enough to be acceptable in the eyes of God? )uch of the world has decided that one can become acceptable to God if the good deeds outweigh the bad deeds 'he problem is that this concept is never stated in the Old 'estament 'he !ebrew word. even we have believed in 5hrist . the .esus.

no person #other than ..1. )oses lifted his hands as the =ord directed to part the Ded "ea so that the "ons of +srael could escape the ?gyptians 1* By faith..esus Hnder the =aw or Grace? )y <ttorney Going to !eaven <re Ae? . therefore. <braham offered +ssac. believed the spies of +srael and helped them.. wal$ed with God.esus wal$ed the earth are justified through faith in God-s provision of the then coming )essiah 'hose who came after . Dahab. >oah built an ar$ hundreds of miles from the ocean / <braham. she was saved from destruction when the city of . left the land of his birth0 and went to the land of 5anaan as God directed him 3 Genesis tells us that God counted <braham-s faith as righteousness 4 =ater. the people believed God in the midst of the ?gyptians and put blood of a lamb on their doorposts as a sign of faith for the =ord to spare the first born of their household 1&By faith. he would have done so by faith in what God had told him to do ?(amples of faith and disbelief abound in the ?(odus story First. Gideon let God reduce his army from *&. by faith.good * ?noch. the harlot.mother had faith in leaving the helpless baby )oses to be discovered by the very people who intended to $ill him 11 =ater. !is only rightful heir. trusting in their God Because of this.esus are justified by faith in the efficacy of !is sacrifice for sin +8 you are *on*erned or un*ertain about your %alvation/ *li*k here and 8ind out how you *an be *ertain o8 havin( a ri(ht relation%hi0 with -od and inheritin( eternal li8e1 )antuirea in 8echiul 'estament 1 5redinta sau Fapte? #Domanian% RELATED PAGES • • • <re Followers of .. the "ons of +srael loo$ed upon a bron@e serpent to protect them from sna$ebites in the wilderness 1. the "ons of +srael marched around the city of . there are many Old 'estament verses that promote and encourage belief in God and !is promises 16Other verses critici@e lac$ of faith and disbelief &. !aba$$u$ says that 2the righteous will live by his faith2 &1 <lthough many Orthodo( . )oses.13 to *.esus paid the penalty for sin such that !is righteousness is imputed to us through faith in !im +t-s a great deal !e ta$es our sin and gives us !is righteousness through faith God-s terms for salvation have not changed from Old 'estament to >ew 'estament 'hose who died before ..ews because of His promisesand not because of the righteousness of those people &&'here are many other verses that indicate that all people have sinned and rebelled against God &* "alvation must.esus 5hrist% has ever $ept the entire law Because of these failures on our part. By faith. men to con7uer )idian 14 Besides the many e(ample of faith in the Old 'estament.. be based upon something other than faithfulness to the law CONCLUSION 'he law of God is good and does not represent just suggestions for righteous living !owever.ericho was con7uered by the sons of +srael 1/ By faith. as a sacrifice to God 6 <lthough God stopped <braham from completing the sacrifice.ericho for seven days and the walls fell down 10 By faith. God specifically says that !e chose the ... and so was ta$en by God to heaven . God has provided a means by which we can be declared faultless under the law . by faith.ews believe that they will be justified by obedience to the law. By faith. to 1.

2For 'hy salvation + wait. 'o give than$s to 'hy holy name. # >amuel :47% 2'ruly is not my house so with God? For !e has made an everlasting covenant with me. O God of our salvation. Aill !e not indeed ma$e it grow? # >amuel 3:5% "ing to the =ODD. Ordered in all things. and let 'hy godly ones rejoice in what is good # )hroni*le% 6:41% -Bou need not fight in this battle: station yourselves. For a godless man may not come before !is presence #Job 13:16% .Do not fear or be dismayed: tomorrow go out to face them. O =ODD God. O . thic$. 2Do not fearI "tand by and see the salvation of the =ODD which !e will accomplish for you today: for the ?gyptians whom you have seen today.• • • • • Does God Offer Forgiveness of "in to <ll Ceople or . to 'hy resting place. <nd scorned the Doc$ of his salvation #Deuteronomy 3 :15% 'hen !annah prayed and said.ust Believers? +s 5onfession >ecessary for Forgiveness of "in for the 5hristian? "alvation in the Bible . all the earth: Croclaim good tidings of !is salvation from day to day #1 )hroni*le% 16: 3% 'hen say.ustification Dedemption REFERENCES 1. <nd gather us and deliver us from the nations. <nd glory in 'hy praise 2 #1 )hroni*le% 16:35% 2>ow therefore arise. <nd 'hy help ma$es me great # >amuel :36% 2'he =ODD lives. and secured: For all my salvation and all my desire. for the =ODD is with you 2 # )hroni*le% !:17% 2'his also will be my salvation. you will never see them again forever #E?odu% 14:13% 2'he =ODD is my strength and song. in whom + ta$e refuge: )y shield and the horn of my salvation.eshurun grew fat and $ic$ed11 Bou are grown fat. my stronghold and my refuge: )y savior. <nd !e has become my salvation: 'his is my God. be clothed with salvation. O =ODD God. and + will praise !im: )y father-s God. and + will e(tol !im #E?odu% 15: % 2But .erusalem .udah and . and blessed be my roc$: <nd e(alted be God. O =ODD #-ene%i% 49:1#% But )oses said to the people. 2)y heart e(ults in the =ODD: )y horn is e(alted in the =ODD. 2"ave us. my roc$. the roc$ of my salvation. stand and see the salvation of the =ODD on your behalf. 'hou dost save me from violence # >amuel :3% 2'hou hast also given me the shield of 'hy salvation. Because + rejoice in 'hy salvation #1 >amuel :1% )y God. 'hou and the ar$ of 'hy might: let 'hy priests. and slee$11 'hen he forsoo$ God who made him. )y mouth spea$s boldly against my enemies.

"alvation belongs to the =ODD: 'hy blessing be upon 'hy peopleI "elah #$%alm 3:#% 'hat + may tell of all 'hy praises, 'hat in the gates of the daughter of Qion + may rejoice in 'hy salvation #$%alm 9:14% But + have trusted in 'hy loving$indness: )y heart shall rejoice in 'hy salvation #$%alm 13:5% Oh, that the salvation of +srael would come out of QionI Ahen the =ODD restores !is captive people, .acob will rejoice, +srael will be glad #$%alm 14:7% 'he =ODD is my roc$ and my fortress and my deliverer, )y God, my roc$, in whom + ta$e refuge: )y shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold #$%alm 1#: % 'hou hast also given me the shield of 'hy salvation, <nd 'hy right hand upholds me: <nd 'hy gentleness ma$es me great #$%alm 1#:35% 'he =ODD lives, and blessed be my roc$: <nd e(alted be the God of my salvation, #$%alm 1#:46% #3or the *hoir dire*tor1 , $%alm o8 David1% O =ODD, in 'hy strength the $ing will be glad, <nd in 'hy salvation how greatly he will rejoiceI #$%alm 1:1% !is glory is great through 'hy salvation, "plendor and majesty 'hou dost place upon him #$%alm 1:5% !e shall receive a blessing from the =ODD <nd righteousness from the God of his salvation #$%alm 4:5% =ead me in 'hy truth and teach me, For 'hou art the God of my salvation: For 'hee + wait all the day #$%alm 5:5% #, $%alm o8 David1% 'he =ODD is my light and my salvation: Ahom shall + fear? 'he =ODD is the defense of my life: Ahom shall + dread? #$%alm 7:1% Do not hide 'hy face from me, Do not turn 'hy servant away in anger: 'hou hast been my help: Do not abandon me nor forsa$e me, O God of my salvationI #$%alm 7:9% <nd my soul shall rejoice in the =ODD: +t shall e(ult in !is salvation #$%alm 35:9% But the salvation of the righteous is from the =ODD: !e is their strength in time of trouble #$%alm 37:39% )a$e haste to help me, O =ord, my salvationI #$%alm 3#: % + have not hidden 'hy righteousness within my heart: + have spo$en of 'hy faithfulness and 'hy salvation: + have not concealed 'hy loving$indness and 'hy truth from the great congregation #$%alm 4!:1!% =et all who see$ 'hee rejoice and be glad in 'hee: =et those who love 'hy salvation say continually, 2'he =ODD be magnifiedI2 #$%alm 4!:16% 2!e who offers a sacrifice of than$sgiving honors )e: <nd to him who orders his way aright + shall show the salvation of God 2 #$%alm 5!: 3% Destore to me the joy of 'hy salvation, <nd sustain me with a willing spirit #$%alm 51:1 % Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, 'hou God of my salvation: 'hen my tongue will joyfully sing of 'hy righteousness #$%alm 51:14% Oh, that the salvation of +srael would come out of QionI Ahen God restores !is captive people, =et .acob rejoice, let +srael be glad #$%alm 53:6% #3or the *hoir dire*torN a**ordin( to Jeduthun1 , $%alm o8

David1% )y soul waits in silence for God only: From !im is my salvation #$%alm 6 :1% !e only is my roc$ and my salvation, )y stronghold: + shall not be greatly sha$en #$%alm 6 : % !e only is my roc$ and my salvation, )y stronghold: + shall not be sha$en #$%alm 6 :6% On God my salvation and my glory rest: 'he roc$ of my strength, my refuge is in God #$%alm 6 :7% By awesome deeds 'hou dost answer us in righteousness, O God of our salvation, 'hou who art the trust of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest sea: #$%alm 65:5% 'hat 'hy way may be $nown on the earth, 'hy salvation among all nations #$%alm 67: % Blessed be the =ord, who daily bears our burden, 'he God who is our salvation "elah #$%alm 6#:19% But + am afflicted and in pain: )ay 'hy salvation, O God, set me securely on high #$%alm 69: 9% =et all who see$ 'hee rejoice and be glad in 'hee: <nd let those who love 'hy salvation say continually, 2=et God be magnified 2 #$%alm 7!:4% )y mouth shall tell of 'hy righteousness, <nd of 'hy salvation all day long: For + do not $now the sum of them #$%alm 71:15% Because they did not believe in God, <nd did not trust in !is salvation #$%alm 7#: % !elp us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of 'hy name: <nd deliver us, and forgive our sins, for 'hy name-s sa$e #$%alm 79:9% Destore us, O God of our salvation, <nd cause 'hine indignation toward us to cease #$%alm #5:4% "how us 'hy loving$indness, O =ODD, <nd grant us 'hy salvation #$%alm #5:7% "urely !is salvation is near to those who fear !im, 'hat glory may dwell in our land #$%alm #5:9% #, >on(1 , $%alm o8 the %on% o8 'orah1 3or the *hoir dire*torN a**ordin( to% #"ahalath 2eannoth1 , "a%kil o8 6eman the Ezrahite1% O =ODD, the God of my salvation, + have cried out by day and in the night before 'hee #$%alm ##:1% 2!e will cry to )e, -'hou art my Father, )y God, and the roc$ of my salvation - #$%alm #9: 6% 2Aith a long life + will satisfy him, <nd let him behold )y salvation 2 #$%alm 91:16% O come, let us sing for joy to the =ODD: =et us shout joyfully to the roc$ of our salvation #$%alm 95:1% "ing to the =ODD, bless !is name: Croclaim good tidings of !is salvation from day to day #$%alm 96: % 'he =ODD has made $nown !is salvation: !e has revealed !is righteousness in the sight of the nations #$%alm 9#: % !e has remembered !is loving$indness and !is faithfulness to the house of +srael: <ll the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God #$%alm 9#:3% Demember me, O =ODD, in 'hy favor toward 'hy people: 8isit me with 'hy salvation, #$%alm 1!6:4% + shall lift up the cup of salvation, <nd call upon the name of the =ODD #$%alm 116:13% 'he =ODD is my strength and song, <nd !e has become my

salvation #$%alm 11#:14% 'he sound of joyful shouting and salvation is in the tents of the righteous: 'he right hand of the =ODD does valiantly #$%alm 11#:15% + shall give than$s to 'hee, for 'hou hast answered me: <nd 'hou hast become my salvation #$%alm 11#: 1% )ay 'hy loving$indnesses also come to me, O =ODD, 'hy salvation according to 'hy word: #$%alm 119:41% )y soul languishes for 'hy salvation: + wait for 'hy word #$%alm 119:#1% )y eyes fail with longing for 'hy salvation, <nd for 'hy righteous word #$%alm 119:1 3% + hope for 'hy salvation, O =ODD, <nd do 'hy commandments #$%alm 119:166% + long for 'hy salvation, O =ODD, <nd 'hy law is my delight #$%alm 119:174% 2!er priests also + will clothe with salvation: <nd her godly ones will sing aloud for joy #$%alm 13 :16% 2O GOD the =ord, the strength of my salvation, 'hou hast covered my head in the day of battle #$%alm 14!:7% Aho dost give salvation to $ings: Aho dost rescue David !is servant from the evil sword #$%alm 144:1!% Do not trust in princes, +n mortal man, in whom there is no salvation #$%alm 146:3% For the =ODD ta$es pleasure in !is people: !e will beautify the afflicted ones with salvation #$%alm 149:4% 2Behold, God is my salvation, + will trust and not be afraid: For the =ODD GOD is my strength and song, <nd !e has become my salvation 2 #+%aiah 1 : % 'herefore you will joyously draw water From the springs of salvation #+%aiah 1 :3% For you have forgotten the God of your salvation <nd have not remembered the roc$ of your refuge 'herefore you plant delightful plants <nd set them with vine slips of a strange god #+%aiah 17:1!% <nd it will be said in that day, 2Behold, this is our God for whom we have waited that !e might save us 'his is the =ODD for whom we have waited: =et us rejoice and be glad in !is salvation 2 #+%aiah 5:9% O =ODD, be gracious to us: we have waited for 'hee Be 'hou their strength every morning, Our salvation also in the time of distress #+%aiah 33: % <nd !e shall be the stability of your times, < wealth of salvation, wisdom, and $nowledge: 'he fear of the =ODD is his treasure #+%aiah 33:6% 2Drip down, O heavens, from above, <nd let the clouds pour down righteousness: =et the earth open up and salvation bear fruit, <nd righteousness spring up with it +, the =ODD, have created it #+%aiah 45:#% +srael has been saved by the =ODD Aith an everlasting salvation: Bou will not be put to shame or humiliated 'o all eternity #+%aiah 45:17% 2+ bring near )y righteousness, it is not far off: <nd )y salvation will not delay <nd + will grant salvation in Qion, <nd )y glory for +srael #+%aiah 46:13% !e says, 2+t is too small a thing that Bou should be )y

"ervant 'o raise up the tribes of .acob, and to restore the preserved ones of +srael: + will also ma$e Bou a light of the nations "o that )y salvation may reach to the end of the earth 2 #+%aiah 49:6% 'hus says the =ODD, 2+n a favorable time + have answered Bou, <nd in a day of salvation + have helped Bou: <nd + will $eep Bou and give Bou for a covenant of the people, 'o restore the land, to ma$e them inherit the desolate heritages: #+%aiah 49:#% 2)y righteousness is near, )y salvation has gone forth, <nd )y arms will judge the peoples: 'he coastlands will wait for )e, <nd for )y arm they will wait e(pectantly #+%aiah 51:5% 2=ift up your eyes to the s$y, 'hen loo$ to the earth beneath: For the s$y will vanish li$e smo$e, <nd the earth will wear out li$e a garment, <nd its inhabitants will die in li$e manner, But )y salvation shall be forever, <nd )y righteousness shall not wane #+%aiah 51:6% 2For the moth will eat them li$e a garment, <nd the grub will eat them li$e wool But )y righteousness shall be forever, <nd )y salvation to all generations 2 #+%aiah 51:#% !ow lovely on the mountains <re the feet of him who brings good news, Aho announces peace <nd brings good news of happiness, Aho announces salvation, <nd says to Qion, 2Bour God reignsI2 #+%aiah 5 :7% 'he =ODD has bared !is holy arm +n the sight of all the nations, 'hat all the ends of the earth may see 'he salvation of our God #+%aiah 5 :1!% 'hus says the =ODD, 2Creserve justice, and do righteousness, For )y salvation is about to come <nd )y righteousness to be revealed #+%aiah 56:1% <nd !e saw that there was no man, <nd was astonished that there was no one to intercede: 'hen !is own arm brought salvation to !im: <nd !is righteousness upheld !im #+%aiah 59:16% <nd !e put on righteousness li$e a breastplate, <nd a helmet of salvation on !is head: <nd !e put on garments of vengeance for clothing, <nd wrapped !imself with @eal as a mantle #+%aiah 59:17% 28iolence will not be heard again in your land, >or devastation or destruction within your borders: But you will call your walls salvation, and your gates praise #+%aiah 6!:1#% + will rejoice greatly in the =ODD, )y soul will e(ult in my God: For !e has clothed me with garments of salvation, !e has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness, <s a bridegroom dec$s himself with a garland, <nd as a bride adorns herself with her jewels #+%aiah 61:1!% Behold, the =ODD has proclaimed to the end of the earth, "ay to the daughter of Qion, 2=o, your salvation comes: Behold !is reward is with !im, and !is recompense before !im 2 #+%aiah 6 :11% 2<nd + loo$ed, and there was no one to help, <nd + was astonished and there was no one to uphold: "o )y own arm brought salvation to )e: <nd )y wrath upheld )e #+%aiah 63:5% 2"urely, the hills are a deception, < tumult on the mountains

"urely, in the =ODD our God +s the salvation of +srael #Jeremiah 3: 3% +t is good that he waits silently For the salvation of the =ODD #2amentation% 3: 6% But + will sacrifice to 'hee Aith the voice of than$sgiving 'hat which + have vowed + will pay "alvation is from the =ODD 2 #Jonah :9% But as for me, + will watch e(pectantly for the =ODD: + will wait for the God of my salvation )y God will hear me #"i*ah 7:7% Did the =ODD rage against the rivers, Or was 'hine anger against the rivers, Or was 'hy wrath against the sea, 'hat 'hou didst ride on 'hy horses, On 'hy chariots of salvation? #6abakkuk 3:#% 'hou didst go forth for the salvation of 'hy people, For the salvation of 'hine anointed 'hou didst stri$e the head of the house of the evil 'o lay him open from thigh to nec$ "elah #6abakkuk 3:13% Bet + will e(ult in the =ODD, + will rejoice in the God of my salvation #6abakkuk 3:1#% Dejoice greatly, O daughter of QionI "hout in triumph, O daughter of .erusalemI Behold, your $ing is coming to you: !e is just and endowed with salvation, !umble, and mounted on a don$ey, ?ven on a colt, the foal of a don$ey #5e*hariah 9:9% 2. <nd <bel, on his part also brought of the firstlings of his floc$ and of their fat portions <nd the =ODD had regard for <bel and for his offering: #-ene%i% 4:4%

3. 2+f you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? <nd if

you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door: and its desire is for you, but you must master it 2 #-ene%i% 4:7% him #-ene%i% 5: 4% Genesis 0 <nd from your relatives <nd from your father-s house, 'o the land which + will show you: #-ene%i% 1 :1% went with him >ow <bram was seventy1five years old when he departed from !aran #-ene%i% 1 :4% righteousness #-ene%i% 15:6%

4. <nd ?noch wal$ed with God: and he was not, for God too$
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6. >ow the =ODD said to <bram, 2Go forth from your country,

7. "o <bram went forth as the =ODD had spo$en to him: and =ot

8. <bram believed the =ODD, and !e credited it to him as 9. <nd !e said, 2'a$e now your son, your only son, whom you
love, +saac, and go to the land of )oriah: and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which + will tell you 2 #-ene%i% : %

10. <nd <braham stretched out his hand, and too$ the $nife to
slay his son But the angel of the =ODD called to him from

and the waters were li$e a wall to them on their right hand and on their left #E?odu% 14:16. from )e 2 #-ene%i% :1!-1 % 11. when he loo$ed to the bron@e serpent. Ahen the =ODD goes through the land to stri$e down the 13. 'hen the =ODD said to )oses. and said. that everyone who is bitten. because she hid the spies we sent #Jo%hua :1/ 6:17% before the ar$: then on the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times. 'hen . view the land. and the people will go up every man straight ahead 2 "o the people shouted. he lived #@umber% 1:#-9% 15. and set it on a standard: and it shall come about. 2Do not stretch out your hand against the lad. that the people shouted with a great shout and the wall fell down flat.heaven. all the people shall shout with a great shout: and the wall of the city will fall down flat. and priests blew the trumpets: and it came about. that if a serpent bit any man.oshua the son of >un sent two men as spies secretly from "hittim. 2Go. 2)a$e a fiery serpent. <brahamI2 <nd he said. when he loo$s at it. he will see the blood on the top and sides of the doorframe and will pass over that doorway. so the waters were divided <nd the sons of +srael went through the midst of the sea on the dry land. 2!ere + am 2 <nd he said. and he will not permit the destroyer to enter your houses and stri$e you down #E?odu% 1 : 3% 12. every man straight ahead. lift up your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. 2<braham. especially . and lodged there 'he city and all that is in it are to be devoted to the =ODD Only Dahab the prostitute and all who are with her in her house shall be spared.% 14. and set it among the reeds by the ban$ of the >ile #E?odu% :3% ?gyptians. she got him a wic$er bas$et and covered it over with tar and pitch 'hen she put the child into it. 2<nd as for you. But when she could hide him no longer. and the sons of +srael shall go through the midst of the sea on dry land 'hen )oses stretched out his hand over the sea: and the =ODD swept the sea bac$ by a strong east wind all night. your only son. and the priests shall blow the trumpets 2<nd it shall be that when they ma$e a long blast with the ram-s horn. and do nothing to him: for now + $now that you fear God.horns . and they too$ the city #Jo%hua 6:4-5/ !% 16. he shall live 2 <nd )oses made a bron@e serpent and set it on the standard: and it came about.ericho 2 "o they went and came into the house of a harlot whose name was Dahab. saying. since you have not withheld your son. 2<lso seven priests shall carry seven trumpets of rams. and turned the sea into dry land. and when you hear the sound of the trumpet. so that the people went up into the city. when the people heard the sound of the trumpet.

saying. despite all the signs which + have performed in their midst? #@umber% 14:11% But the =ODD said to )oses and <aron. proclaim in the hearing of the people. 2>ow therefore come. +n order that you may $now and believe )e.... and may also believe in you forever 2 'hen )oses told the words of the people to the =ODD #E?odu% 19:9% + would have despaired unless + had believed that + would see the goodness of the =ODD +n the land of the living #$%alm 7:13% 2Bou are )y witnesses. who did not believe in the =ODD their God # 'in(% 17:14% Because they did not believe in God.2 declares the =ODD. therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which + have given them 2 #@umber% !:1 % 2<nd when the =ODD sent you from Fadesh1barnea. saying. and they believed in the =ODD and in !is servant )oses # E?odu% 14:31% <nd the =ODD said to )oses.. 2Behold.. <nd understand that + am !e Before )e there was no God formed.. <nd the =ODD said to )oses. remained #Jud(e% 7:3% 18. but 1. <nd there will be none after )e #+%aiah 43:1!% 'hen the people of >ineveh believed in God: and they called a fast and put on sac$cloth from the greatest to the least of them #Jonah 3:5% 19. putting their hand to their mouth. the people feared the =ODD. 2Because you have not believed )e.17. let him return and depart from )ount Gilead -2 "o &&. "o he brought the people down to the water <nd the =ODD said to Gideon. <nd did not trust in !is salvation #$%alm 7#: % . as a dog laps.. people returned. in order that the people may hear when + spea$ with you. but stiffened their nec$ li$e their fathers. to treat )e as holy in the sight of the sons of +srael.. 2Bou shall separate everyone who laps the water with his tongue. 2!ow long will this people spurn )e? <nd how long will they not believe in )e. -Go up and possess the land which + have given you. -Ahoever is afraid and trembling. as well as everyone who $neels to drin$ 2 >ow the number of those who lapped. then they bowed low and worshiped #E?odu% 4:31% <nd when +srael saw the great power which the =ODD had used against the ?gyptians. they did not listen. 2<nd )y servant whom + have chosen. men: but all the rest of the people $neeled to drin$ water #Jud(e% 7:5-6% righteousness #-ene%i% 15:6% "o the people believed: and when they heard that the =ODD was concerned about the sons of +srael and that !e had seen their affliction.then you rebelled against the command of the =ODD your God: you neither believed !im nor listened to !is voice #Deuteronomy 9: 3% !owever.. 'hen he believed in the =ODD: and !e rec$oned it to him as 20. was *. + shall come to you in a thic$ cloud.

not even one #Csalm /*9&1*% <nd do not enter into judgment with 'hy servant. <nd did not believe in !is wonderful wor$s #$%alm 7#:3 % 'hen they despised the pleasant land: 'hey did not believe in !is word. and of deliverance generally from evil or danger +n the >ew 'estament it is specially .*9&% For all of us have become li$e one who is unclean. as for the proud one. in order to confirm the oath which the =ODD swore to your fathers. 2Do not say in your heart when the =ODD your God has him: But the righteous will live by his faith #6abakkuk :4% driven them out before you. !is soul is not right within 22.91*%. -Because of my righteousness the =ODD has brought me in to possess this land. to <braham. #$%alm 1!6: 4% Aho has believed our message? <nd to whom has the arm of the =ODD been revealed? #+%aiah 53:1% 2<nd they bend their tongue li$e their bow: =ies and not truth prevail in the land: For they proceed from evil to evil. 'o see if there is anyone who understands. not obeying 'hy voice: so the curse has been poured out on us.. 2Behold. ta$e us away #+saiah 0. <nd they do not $now )e.acob Fnow. then.+n spite of all this they still sinned. li$e the wind. +saac and . for we have sinned against !im #Daniel 6911% 4alvation in the Bible by Rich Deem "alvation is a word that describes the deliverance of the +sraelites from the ?gyptians #?(odus 1.2 declares the =ODD #Jeremiah 9:3% 21. but it is because of the wic$edness of these nations that the =ODD your God is driving them out before you. <nd all our righteous deeds are li$e a filthy garment: <nd all of us wither li$e a leaf. along with the oath which is written in the law of )oses the servant of God. Aho see$s after God ?very one of them has turned aside: together they have become corrupt: 'here is no one who does good. it is not because of your righteousness that the =ODD your God is giving you this good land to possess.2 declares the =ODD #. <nd our ini7uities. For in 'hy sight no man living is righteous #Csalm 1.but it is because of the wic$edness of these nations that the =ODD is dispossessing them before you +t is not for your righteousness or for the uprightness of your heart that you are going to possess their land.90% 2Ahy do you contend with )e? Bou have all transgressed against )e. for you are a stubborn people 2 #Deuteronomy 9:46% &* God has loo$ed down from heaven upon the sons of men.eremiah &9&6% 2+ndeed all +srael has transgressed 'hy law and turned aside.

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But )oses said to the people. the vast majority of atheists believe myths such as religion is the primary cause of wars.ust 5reated +tself Out of >othing 1 Ahy "tephen !aw$ing is wrong about God not creating the universe <theists have Croven God Does >ot ?(ist Dight? 1 Only if that god is not the God of the Bible • . Caul invented 5hristianity. it was confirmed to us by those who heard.esus 5ommand Baptism in Order to be "aved? Aater Baptism +s it >ecessary for "alvation? Forgiveness of "in Dedemption "anctification 5onsecration +s 5onfession >ecessary for Forgiveness of "in for the 5hristian? ?ternal "ecurity of the Believer9 Once "aved <lways "aved? !ave 5hristians <lready Overcome "atan? 1 'he +mportance of the Aord of God in the =ife of the Believer REFERENCES 1. you will never see them again forever #E?odu% 14:13% how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? <fter it was at the first spo$en through the =ord. 2Do not fearI "tand by and see the salvation of the =ODD which !e will accomplish for you today: for the ?gyptians whom you have seen today. the Bible has been vastly changed over the centuries. #6ebrew% :3% & Common !theists" 3yths Introduction + $now that 5hristians are supposed to be the ones who believe a lot of myths !owever. and the list goes on and on Find your favorite myth below and read the article so that you won-t embarrass yourself in the future !theists" 3yths • • 'here is >o Fine 'uning of the Hniverse 1 8ictor "tenger-s attempt to e(plain away fine tuning re7uires an even finer tuning of inflation 'he Hniverse . and the vast amount of atrocities have been caused by religious people.• • • • • • • • • Did .

esus 5hrist as God and the 'rinity Aas >ot +nvented Hntil the Fourth 5entury? 5ontrary to the claims of .esus 5hrist as God no later than 11* < D <re the Old 'estament =aws a 5opy of the 5ode of !ammurabi? 1 >ot even closeI +s the Biblical Flood <ccount a )odified 5opy of the ?pic of Gilgamesh?1 =et-s compare what each account says 'his .ust !appened Aithout <ny >eed For a Designer 1 For all those who e(pect to win at lottoI . but this is not what + would have written if + had made up the BibleI Caul +nvented 5hristianity? +s the Founder of the 5hristian Deligion Caul of 'arsus or .• Deligion is the 5ause of <ll #)ost% of the Aorld-s Croblems 1 Deligion is not even close to being the leading cause suffering in the world +n fact.. the >ew 'estament canon was established in the early second century. and scribal errorsJchanges did not affect any significant 5hristian doctrine 'he 5hristian 5hurch Aas >ever Deally Cersecuted 1 Aere all the reported persecutions of 5hristians were made up by the 5hristian church? 'he Bible !as Been 5hanged Over the 5enturies From the Original? 1 "orry.esus of >a@areth? <ll Caul-s core teachings were also taught by . design heaven with no se( in it. and are even found in the Old 'estament "i%Auotin( Je%u%9 Does Bart ?hrman Crove the >ew 'estament is 5orrupt? 1 5ontrary to ?hrman-s claims.oyful ?astertide9 < 5ritical Deview of 'he ?mpty 'omb #&.esus in heaven? + don-t $now about you guys. ma$e the 5hristian church into a female. the manuscript evidence doesn-t support this idea at all . and say that they were going to be married to ..0% 1 !as the resurrection been proven false? #& 3 )B % • • • • • • • • • • • 'he Hniverse . atheists have been responsible for most of it within the last 1.esus and the disciples. even secular sources indicate that 5hristians worshipped .he Da 4in*i )ode. years <re )ost Aars the Desult of Deligious Belief? 1 Deligion is implicated in less than 3E of all wars over the entire written history of man$ind +s 5hristianity a )ade1up )yth Aritten by the Disciples? 1 >ow really 1 would the disciples write about all their shortcomings.

and $nowledge is eternally destroyed 'he Bible 'eaches a Flat ?arth 5overed by a "olid Dome # CowerCoint% • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • .effrey Burton Dussell 1 'he 2history2 that 5hristians taught a flat earth was not invented until the 16th century #off site% 'he Bible "ays !ell is a Clace =ocated Hnder the ?arth 1 "$eptics don-t cite the verses that clearly show that those 2hell2 verses really refer to the grave Bes. but there are free1thin$ers who thin$ he was #off site% . and all life.esus 5hrist Been Found? Only if .esus didn-t really die on the 5ross? 1 'he old swoon theory doesn-t hold up to historicalJmedical reality !itler was a 5hristian? 1 'his seems li$e a no brainer. the grave is under the earthI Ceople are Basically Good 1 Croof to the 5ontrary .esus and <dolf !itler 1 'he new #and improved?% German .• 'here is >o ?vidence For the Fine 'uning of the Hniverse1 'he cosmological constant #dar$ energy% shows this belief to be false 2'he =ost 'omb of . the majority of scientists state as fact that the universe had a beginning Only "tupid Ceople Believe in God 1 < large number of famous scientists believed in God. many being devout 5hristians 'he Doman 5atholic 5hurch-s 5ondom Colicy is Desponsible For the "pread of !+8 and the <+D" 5risis in <frica 1 <ctually.esus had his ossuary inscribed when !e was & years oldI Omnipotence is =ogically +mpossible? <theists attempt to define God out of e(istence through illogical arguments 'he Hniverse is ?ternal1 5ontrary to atheist-s claims.esus29 !ave the Bones of . !+8 infection rates are lower in 5atholic1dominated countriesI 'he )yth of the Flat ?arth by . consciousness. but in practice <theism and !umanism Crovide !ope for the Future 1 'he ultimate 2hope2 of atheism is eternal entropy as the universe loses all ability to perform wor$.esus #off site% <re <theists and 'heists )orally ?7uivalent? <ren-t atheists morally superior to theists? <theism Doesn-t =ead to +mmoral Behavior 1 Or Does +t? +n theory it doesn-t.

he -od Delu%ion 5hapter &9 'he God !ypothesis 1 Failure to support debun$ed assertions.Hltimate Boeing 3.he "oral 2and%*a0e by "am !arris 1 "am !arris claims that science can determine human values.9 Ahy 'here <lmost 5ertainly +s >o God 1 Dichard Daw$ins. and misrepresentations Debun$ing Daw$ins9 .• • • 'eaching Deligion to 5hildren is a Form of 5hild <buse? Daw$ins-s hypothesis is falsified B=OOD=+>?9 "erious Documentary or !ollywood !oa(? 1 by Gordon Fran@ )< Debun$ing Daw$ins9 .3 argument is shown to be formally fallacious o o • Boo$ Deview9 .hey will turn their ear% away 8rom the truth and turn a%ide to myth%1 9 . and a desire to escape moral accountability Debun$ing Daw$ins9 . but just resorts to ranting about religion 3or the time will *ome when men will not 0ut u0 with %ound do*trine1 +n%tead/ to %uit their own de%ire%/ they will (ather around them a (reat number o8 tea*her% to %ay what their it*hin( ear% want to hear1 .he -od Delu%ion o Debun$ing Daw$ins9 . 7uoting out1of1conte(t.Objections to 5hristianity >o ?vidence of the "upernatural? . lies.imothy 4:3-4% 3ore !ns$ers • <nswers for <theists and <gnostics o 5riticisms of God-s 5haracter from <theists and <gnostics o o o o o o o 5riticisms of God on the Basis of the ?(istence of ?vil and "uffering Deligion is "tupid Bad 5hristians Bible and "cience 5riticisms <nswers to Bible 5ontradictions "$eptics.he -od Delu%ion 5hapter 19 < deeply religious non believer 1 Deception.he -od Delu%ion 5hapter .

the most powerful of God-s angelic beings . "atan is an angel who rebelled against God Who is 4atan? 'he Bible says that "atan was created by God as a cherub. having been created by God as !is most powerful angelic helper "o. Hnder their wings were human1li$e hands that could could be used to . a cherub is a large creatureTup to 14 feet in height4 with 4 foot long wings 6 +n the prophet ?@e$iel-s vision. "atan is not the opposite of GodTan anti1god <ccording to the Bible. Bara$ Obama is not "atan <ngels. "atan is a created being. when they come to earth. and a tail. the majority of 5hristians do not believe that "atan or the devil actually e(ists & !owever. they can ta$e on human form +n the Bible. all angels who ta$e on human form appear as males <ll biblical references address "atan by the personal pronoun 2he 2 !owever. the cherubim #plural of 2cherub2% had four wings 1. *s this what :atan looks likeG *s he realG <ccording to the Barna Group.esus told us through !is teaching3% !owever. don-t have male or female characteristics in their heavenly state #which . up to 63E of evangelical 5hristians believe that angels e(ist * 5ontrary to the beliefs of many. according to an <C1<O= news poll.Who Is 4atan?6 What Does the Bible 4ay !bout the Devil? by Rich Deem INTRODUCTION Who is $atan? :atanG :atan or the De"il is often portrayed as some guy in a red suit with horns. "ome time after his creation and before the creation of man$ind. / "atan rebelled against God and too$ one third of the angels #now referred to as demons% with him into rebellion 0 What does 4atan loo% li%e? >o. in their heavenly state according to the Bible. a pitchfork. "atan does not loo$ li$e the cartoon character in the red suit with a tail and horns and a pitchfor$ 5ontrary to the beliefs of some 5hristians. including "atan. 5 This cartoon# like caricature is often mocked as being made up.

only with si( wings each.13 and restore their relationship with !im < comparison between . one 2of a cherub. and an eagle 1* "o. these creatures loo$ nothing li$e the cute little cherubim you can buy for your garden or boo$shelf "atan himself is described as being 2perfect in beauty. selfish ambition. en"y. discord. witchcraft hatred. were covered with eyes 11 ?ach cherub had four faces. fought with God-s angels against "atan and his angels. drunkenness. orgies )=nsla"ement to sin)0 4atan"s ultimate fate . since he wanted to receive the worship due to God alone 1. fits of rage. #2your heart was lifted up because of your beauty2%. the second the face of a man. 1/ !e managed to convince ?ve that God-s instructions against eating from the tree of the $nowledge of good and evil were done as a way of $eeping something good from her "he believed "atan-s lie that she would 2become li$e God 2 10 Ae don-t $now where <dam was at the time of "atan-s temptation. dissensions.2 being adorned with all $inds of precious stones .esus 5hristTGod who too$ on the form of a man to redeem humanity from their sin. kindness. The fall of 4atan "atan was created as a perfect being !e is described as originally being wise and completely righteous . faithfulness. <ll the surfaces of the cherubim. !owever.esus and "atan is given in the table below Comparison 5etween 8esus and $atan Characteristic Purpose Methods Motivation 'ollowers e<perience 'ollowin2 leads to 8esus Fead people to sal"ation51 Tell people the truth)3 Fo"e)) Fo"e. including the wings.. &oy. <t that point there was rebellion in heaven. when "atan convinced one third of the angels to rebel against God 1/ )ichael. and the fourth the face of an eagle 21& 'he >ew 'estament boo$ of Develation describes similar creatures. a man.carry things 1. impurity. patience. with faces of a lion. the third the face of a lion. gentleness and self# control). since he hates God and !is plans !e wants people to worship him and follow his evil ways !e opposes . with "atan losing the battle and being cast from heaven down to earth 1/ !owever. but he followed his wife-s lead and also disobeyed God-s instructions 4atan"s continued rebellion "atan continues in his rebellion today. ?reedom from sin). goodness. peace. pride caused "atan to fall. "atan wasn-t finished in his rebellion against God "atan too$ on the form of a sna$e in the garden of ?den to tempt ?ve .. an o(. $atan Fead people into rebellion52 Tell people lies)5 %ate)( :e6ual immorality. an archangel of God. &ealousy. debauchery. idolatry.

<t this point.vercomin 4atan 'he apostle .9111. the saints of . firm in your faith. "atan will be loc$ed up for 1. since most people #including 5hristians% are apt to disbelieve in his e(istence <s a 2non1e(istent2 force in people-s lives. deceives the leaders of the world again. which is the word of God. a religious leader empowered by "atan will deceive people into worshipping him &4 'he beast and the false prophet will convince the leaders of the earth to follow them into war against God and !is people &6 !owever.ohn says that believers can overcome "atan when 2the word of God abides in you 2*/ Ahen . and convinces them to attac$ .esus 5hrist rules the earth with !is saints *& <t the end of that period. years. a 2beast2 #world ruler% will arise from the 2sea2 #the gentile nations%.esus said that there were those who heard the word of God. prowls around li$e a roaring lion. with which you can e(tinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one #E0he%ian% 6:16% Be of sober spirit. but failed to ta$e it in. see$ing someone to devour But resist him. and do not give the devil a foothold #E0he%ian% 4: 6.. be on the alert Bour adversary. a false prophet. ta$e up the shield of faith. $nowing that the same e(periences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world #1 $eter 5:#-9% • • CONCLUSION "atan is often comically portrayed as a guy in a red devil suit !e probably li$es it this way. Caul tells us that the sword of the spirit.. . the armies of the leaders of the world will be destroyed at the battle of <rmageddon and the beast and false prophet will be thrown into the =a$e of Fire *.esus and !is rule on the earth ** 'he battle is short as fire from heaven consumes the rebels "atan is then thrown into the =a$e of Fire #hell% to 2be tormented day and night for ever and ever 2** Following "atan-s demise.7% +n addition to all this. "atan is released for a short period of time. and so were led astray by the devil #the seed that fell by the side of the road% *4 "o 5hristians resist the devil by $nowing and memori@ing scripture so that we cannot be deceived by the lies of "atan &1 'he Bible gives believers the following instructions about resisting the devil9 • • "ubmit therefore to God Desist the devil and he will flee from you #Jame% 4:7% 2+n your anger do not sin29 Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry. is our only offensive weapon against the "atan #?phesians 091*113*3% +n the parable of the sower.'he Bible says that "atan will continue in his rebellion against God until the very end >ear the end. !e cited scripture to him #)atthew .*0% +n addition. the devil.esus 5hrist will judge the angels who joined him in rebellion *. having been given power by "atan to perform signs and wonders for the world &3 +n addition.esus was tempted by "atan. "atan is free to influence them without being discovered as the cause of ..*1 while . .

&. <pril. the wor$manship of your settings and soc$ets.. From the midst of the stones of fire 2Bour heart was lifted up because of your beauty: Bou corrupted your wisdom by reason of your splendor + cast you . the ony(. Aas in you On the day that you were created 'hey were prepared 2Bou were the anointed cherub who covers. and say to him.many of their problems !owever. )ost <merican 5hristians Do >ot Believe that "atan or the !oly "pirit ?(ist. &..0 Coll9 )ost <mericans believe in angels .. who would li$e to do nothing more than ta$e away the joy of 5hristians through deception.he 6our December &.0 4. 7arna -rou0. October. ta$e up a lamentation over the $ing of 'yre.!: RELATED PAGES • • • • Ahat Aill !ell be =i$e? Ahy Aouldn-t God Aant <dam and ?ve to !ave Fnowledge of Good and ?vil? !ave 5hristians <lready Overcome "atan?T'he +mportance of the Aord of God in the =ife of the Believer Basic 5hristian 'heology Oui@ REFERENCES 1 +s this what "atan loo$s li$e? >oI +n addition.. the garden of God: ?very precious stone was your covering9 'he ruby. biblical prophecy indicates that he will deceive entire nations and $ingdoms before he is relegated to eternal damnation. 7arna -rou0.. and the jasper: 'he lapis la@uli. and <mericans Draw 'heological Beliefs From Diverse Coints of 8iew. Aoodward. 2Bou had the seal of perfection. O covering cherub. <nd you sinned: 'herefore + have cast you as profane From the mountain of God <nd + have destroyed you. the topa@. and the diamond: 'he beryl. &.6. the tur7uoise. -'hus says the =ord GOD. and lead people into rebellion against God <lthough "atan is destined for the =a$e of Fire. the Bible says that "atan is a beautiful and powerful fallen angel. and the emerald: <nd the gold. along with the other fallen angels he led into rebellion against God Je%u% re0lied/ J+ %aw >atan 8all like li(htnin( 8rom heaven1 + have (iven you authority to tram0le on %nake% and %*or0ion% and to over*ome all the 0ower o8 the enemyN nothin( will harm you1 6owever/ do not reOoi*e that the %0irit% %ubmit to you/ but reOoi*e that your name% are written in heaven1J 92uke 1!:1#. Hntil unrighteousness was found in you 2By the abundance of your trade Bou were internally filled with violence. 2"on of man.& 3. any resemblance to a current or past president is purely coincidental 2. 5 &. Full of wisdom and perfect in beauty 2Bou were in ?den. <nd + placed you there Bou were on the holy mountain of God: Bou wal$ed in the midst of the stones of fire 2Bou were blameless in your ways From the day you were created.

the )ost !oly Clace. loo$ing toward the cover #E?odu% 5: !% 'he priests then brought the ar$ of the =ODD-s covenant to its place in the inner sanctuary of the temple. and the other wing five cubits11ten cubits from wing tip to wing tip 'he second cherub also measured ten cubits.to the ground: + put you before $ings. <nd all the sons of God shouted for joy?2 #Job 3#:4/ 7% 6. nor 8. Bou profaned your sanctuaries 'herefore + have brought fire from the midst of you: +t has consumed you. if you have understanding Ahen the morning stars sang together. +n the unrighteousness of your trade. for the two cherubim were identical in si@e and shape 'he height of each cherub was ten cubits !e placed the cherubim inside the innermost room of the temple. 2For in the resurrection they MbelieversN neither marry. <ccording to the Bible all of the sons of God #i e . and put it beneath the wings of the cherubim 'he cherubim spread their wings over the place of the ar$ and covered the ar$ and its carrying poles # )hroni*le% 5:7-#% li$e the hands of a man % #Ezekiel 1!:#% ?ach had four faces and four wings. a great red dragon having seven heads and ten horns. 10. <nd another sign appeared in heaven9 and behold. and under their wings was what loo$ed li$e the hands of a man #Ezekiel 1!: 1% 9. <nd + have turned you to ashes on the earth +n the eyes of all who see you #Ezekiel #:1 -1#% 5. with their wings spread out 'he wing of one cherub touched one wall. #Hnder the wings of the cherubim could be seen what loo$ed . all the angels.#% overshadowing the cover with them 'he cherubim are to face each other. 'he cherubim are to have their wings spread upward. including "atan% shouted for joy at the creation of the ?arth !owever. and on his heads were seven diadems <nd his tail swept away a third of the stars of heaven. each ten cubits high One wing of the first cherub was five cubits long. "atan had fallen by the time humans were created 2Ahere were you when + laid the foundation of the earth? 'ell )e. 'hat they may see you 2By the multitude of your ini7uities. and put it beneath the wings of the cherubim 'he cherubim spread their wings over the place of the ar$ and overshadowed the ar$ and its carrying poles #1 'in(% #:6-7% 'he priests then brought the ar$ of the =ODD-s covenant to its place in the inner sanctuary of the temple. and their wings touched each other in the middle of the room !e overlaid the cherubim with gold #1 'in(% 6: 3. while the wing of the other touched the other wall. but are li$e angels in heaven 2 #"atthew :3!% 7. and threw them to the earth #&evelation 1 :3-4% are given in marriage. +n the inner sanctuary he made a pair of cherubim of olive wood. the )ost !oly Clace.

and being made in the li$eness of men Being found in appearance as a man. and his angels with him #&evelation 1 :3-9% 2For God $nows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened. God highly e(alted !im. who leads the whole world astray !e was hurled to the earth. and is to come 2 #&evelation 4:6-#% 14. as were their four wheels #Ezekiel 1!:1 % 12. 'heir entire bodies. holy. who was. to the glory of God the Father #$hili00ian% :5-11% . their hands and their wings. 2Bou surely shall not dieI 17.esus 5hrist is =ord. which didst wea$en the nationsI For thou hast said in thine heart.esus. and the fourth the face of an eagle #Ezekiel 1!:14% 13. holy is the =ord God <lmighty. the third had a face li$e a man. <nd the serpent said to the woman. but emptied !imself. ?ach of the cherubim had four faces9 One face was that of a cherub. !e humbled !imself by becoming obedient to the point of death. including their bac$s. and you will be li$e God.11. and they lost their place in heaven 'he great dragon was hurled down11that ancient serpent called the devil. O =ucifer. were completely full of eyes. and bestowed on !im the name which is above every name. !ow art thou fallen from heaven. and that every tongue will confess that . the fourth was li$e a flying eagle ?ach of the four living creatures had si( wings and was covered with eyes all around. in front and in bac$ 'he first living creature was li$e a lion. son of the morningI how art thou cut down to the ground. did not regard e7uality with God a thing to be grasped. even death on a cross For this reason also. + will ascend into heaven. of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth. $nowing good and evil 2 #-ene%i% 3:3-5% 15. the second was li$e an o(. and they were covered with eyes. ta$ing the form of a bond1servant. and is. 5hrist . even under his wings Day and night they never stop saying9 2!oly. + will e(alt my throne above the stars of God9 + will sit also upon the mount of the congregation. although !e e(isted in the form of God. <lso before the throne there was what loo$ed li$e a sea of glass.esus ?8?DB F>?? A+== BOA. or "atan. in the sides of the north9 + will ascend above the heights of the clouds: + will be li$e the most !igh #+%aiah 14:1 -14% dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on his heads !is tail swept a third of the stars out of the s$y and flung them to the earth <nd there was war in heaven )ichael and his angels fought against the dragon. and the dragon and his angels fought bac$ But he was not strong enough. clear as crystal +n the center. the third the face of a lion. so that at the name of . 'hen another sign appeared in heaven9 an enormous red 16. the second the face of a man. who. around the throne. were four living creatures.

you also. 2>ow the salvation. he who accuses them before our God day and night #&evelation 1 :1!% 19. But !e said to them. obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls #1 $eter 1:7-9% 'hen + heard a loud voice in heaven. for + was sent for this purpose 2 #2uke 4:43% 2let it be $nown to all of you and to all the people of +srael. resulting in salvation #&oman% 1!:9-1!% to the end that we who were the first to hope in 5hrist would be to the praise of !is glory +n !im. the gospel of your salvation11having also believed.*t% 4:1!-1 % + will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles + am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from dar$ness to light. 2+ must preach the $ingdom of God to the other cities also. after listening to the message of truth.% + will ma$e those who are of the synagogue of "atan.esus 5hrist: and though you have not seen !im. so that they also may obtain the salvation which is in 5hrist . in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the $ingdom of the air. but are liars11+ will . you were dead in your transgressions and sins. you will be saved: for with the heart a person believes. and though you do not see !im now. you love !im. so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in )e .imothy 3:15% at the revelation of . and the $ingdom of our God and the authority of !is 5hrist have come. but believe in !im. that by the name of . who claim to be .#. but for obtaining salvation through our =ord . whom you crucified.18. for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down.he%%alonian% 5:9% For this reason + endure all things for the sa$e of those who are chosen. resulting in righteousness.esus and with it eternal glory # . and the power.esus # . the spirit who is now at wor$ in those who are disobedient #E0he%ian% :1. #1 . and with the mouth he confesses.esus 5hrist. you were sealed in !im with the !oly "pirit of promise.esus 5hrist the >a@arene.ews though they are not. saying. For !e has rescued us from the dominion of dar$ness and brought us into the $ingdom of the "on !e loves. #)olo%%ian% 1:13% <s for you.*t% 6:171#% that if you confess with your mouth . #E0he%ian% 1:1 -13% For God has not destined us for wrath. whom God raised from the dead11by this name this man stands here before you in good health 2<nd there is salvation in no one else: for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved 2 #. and from the power of "atan to God.imothy :1!% and that from childhood you have $nown the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in 5hrist . and believe in your heart that God raised !im from the dead.esus as =ord. you greatly rejoice with joy ine(pressible and full of glory.

2"o Bou are a $ing?2 . or not? #"ark 1 :14% 2But + say to you in truth. but teach the way of God in truth #2uke !: 1% 'here was the true =ight which.esus. saying. <nd they sent their disciples to !im. we $now that Bou are truthful and defer to no one: for Bou are not partial to any. full of grace and truth #John 1:14% For the =aw was given through )oses: grace and truth were reali@ed through . the anointing which you received from !im abides in you. and dwelt among us. 2Bou say correctly that + am a $ing For this + have been born. just as truth is in . enlightens every man #John 1:9% <nd the Aord became flesh. and the truth. 2'eacher. we $now that Bou are truthful and teach the way of God in truth. )y judgment is true: for + am not alone in it.esus answered. and there is no unrighteousness in !im #John 7:1#% 2But even if + do judge. a man who has told you the truth. and you have no need for anyone to teach you: but as !is anointing teaches you about all things. !e is true.ohn said about this man was true 2 #John 1!:41% . you are see$ing to $ill )e. we $now that Bou spea$ and teach correctly. yet everything . 2Ahile . you do not believe )e 2Ahich one of you convicts )e of sin? +f + spea$ truth. #E0he%ian% 4: 1% <s for you. along with the !erodians. and defer to no one: for Bou are not partial to any #"atthew :16% 'hey came and said to !im. glory as of the only begotten from the Father. and Bou are not partial to any. and + $now that the testimony which !e gives about )e is true #John 5:3 % 2!e who spea$s from himself see$s his own glory: but !e who is see$ing the glory of the One who sent !im. coming into the world. saying. 2+ am the way. and is true and is not a lie.esus said to him. which + heard from God: this <braham did not do #John #:4!% 2But because + spea$ the truth. why do you not believe )e? #John #:45-46% )any came to !im and were saying. and we saw !is glory. when the s$y was shut up for three years and si( months. 2'eacher. to testify to the truth ?veryone who is of the truth hears )y voice 2 #John 1#:37% <s the truth of 5hrist is in me. 2'eacher. and for this + have come into the world.esus 5hrist #John 1:17% 2'here is another who testifies of )e. and just as it has taught you.ma$e them come and fall down at your feet and ac$nowledge that + have loved you #&evelation 3:9% 20. there were many widows in +srael in the days of ?lijah. this boasting of mine will not be stopped in the regions of <chaia # )orinthian% 11:1!% if indeed you have heard !im and have been taught in !im. you abide in !im #1 . when a great famine came over all the land: #2uke 4: 5% 'hey 7uestioned !im. but + and the Father who sent )e #John #:16% 2But as it is. but teach the way of God in truth +s it lawful to pay a poll1 ta( to 5aesar. and the life: no one comes to the Father but through )e #John 14:6% 'herefore Cilate said to !im.ohn performed no sign.

a white horse. and + ate 2 #-ene%i% 3:13% 2Bou are of your father the devil. so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of 5hrist. how is it that "atan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the !oly "pirit and have $ept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? #. + also forgive him <nd what + have forgiven11if there was anything to forgive11+ have forgiven in the sight of 5hrist for your sa$e. 2'he serpent deceived me. . 'hen the =ODD God said to the woman. unspiritual. and behold.esus felt a love for him and said to him.John : 7% <nd we $now that the "on of God has come. who deceives the whole world: he was thrown down to the earth. who is the image of God # )orinthian% 4:4% <nd no wonder. says this9 #&evelation 3:7% 2'o the angel of the church in =aodicea write9 'he <men. the faithful and true Aitness. do not boast about it or deny the truth "uch 2wisdom2 does not come down from heaven but is earthly. . and !e who sat on it is called Faithful and 'rue. follow )e 2 #"ark 1!: 1% 22.*t% 5:3% +f you forgive anyone. 2<nanias. =oo$ing at him. and who shuts and no one opens. and you want to do the desires of your father !e was a murderer from the beginning. the Beginning of the creation of God. of the devil #Jame% 3:14-15% 'he coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the wor$ of "atan displayed in all $inds of counterfeit miracles. and in righteousness !e judges and wages war #&evelation 19:11% 21. says this9 #&evelation 3:14% <nd + saw heaven opened. 2Ahat is this you have done?2 <nd the woman said. and has given us understanding so that we may $now !im who is true: and we are in !im who is true. for "atan himself mas7uerades as an angel of light # )orinthian% 11:14% But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts. and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing 'hey perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved # . and his angels were thrown down with him #&evelation 1 :9% 2One thing you lac$9 go and sell all you possess and give to the poor. and does not stand in the truth. the serpent of old who is called the devil and "atan. because there is no truth in him Ahenever he spea$s a lie. who has the $ey of David. and the father of lies #John #:44% 'hen Ceter said. in !is "on . who is true. in order that "atan might not outwit us For we are not unaware of his schemes # )orinthian% :1!-11% 'he god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers. and you will have treasure in heaven: and come.esus 5hrist 'his is the true God and eternal life #1 John 5: !% 2<nd to the angel of the church in Chiladelphia write9 !e who is holy.he%%alonian% :9-1!% <nd the great dragon was thrown down. he spea$s from his own nature: for he is a liar. who opens and no one will shut. signs and wonders.

or peril.*t% 13:1!% <s for you. fits of rage. 'his is how we $now who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are9 <nyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God: nor is anyone who does not love his brother #1 John 3:1!% 24. faithfulness. + have also loved you: abide in )y love 2 #John 15:9% 2'his is )y commandment. an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma #E0he%ian% 5: % !usbands. patience. which is in 5hrist . gentleness and self1control <gainst such things there is no law #-alatian% 5: . But the fruit of the "pirit is love. nor depth. therefore all died: # )orinthian% 5:14% and to $now the love of 5hrist which surpasses $nowledge. #E0he%ian% 5: 5% and the grace of our =ord was more than abundant. discord. you were dead in your transgressions and sins. goodness. nor powers. will be able to separate us from the love of God. 'he acts of the sinful nature are obvious9 se(ual immorality. as + did before. nor principalities.3% impurity and debauchery: idolatry and witchcraft: hatred. orgies. jealousy. factions and envy: drun$enness. nor things present. that you love one another. . joy. nor things to come. that those who live li$e this will not inherit the $ingdom of God #-alatian% 5:19. selfish ambition. nor angels.esus #1 . nor height.imothy 1:13% 23.imothy 1:14% Detain the standard of sound words which you have heard from me. the spirit who is now at wor$ in those who are disobedient #E0he%ian% 25. nor any other created thing. and + will love him and will disclose )yself to him 2 #John 14: 1% 2. or sword? #&oman% #:35% For + am convinced that neither death. $indness. love your wives. in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the $ingdom of the air. that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God #E0he%ian% 3:19% and wal$ in love. or distress. that one died for all. just as + have loved you #John 15:1 % Aho will separate us from the love of 5hrist? Aill tribulation. or famine. nor life. or persecution. or na$edness. just as 5hrist also loved the church and gave !imself up for her. with the faith and love which are found in 5hrist .esus # . having concluded this. just as 5hrist also loved you and gave !imself up for us. dissensions. and the li$e + warn you.1% 2Bou are a child of the devil and an enemy of everything that is rightI Bou are full of all $inds of deceit and tric$ery Aill you never stop perverting the right ways of the =ord? #.ust as the Father has loved )e. in the faith and love which are in 5hrist .2!e who has )y commandments and $eeps them is the one who loves )e: and he who loves )e will be loved by )y Father. peace.esus our =ord #&oman% #:3#-39% For the love of 5hrist controls us.

2Ae are <braham-s descendants and have never yet been enslaved to anyone: how is it that Bou say.ews who had believed !im.esus was saying to those . truly. and on his heads were blasphemous names <nd the beast which + saw was li$e a leopard.6% how God anointed . because the devil has been sinning from the beginning 'he reason the "on of God appeared was to destroy the devil-s wor$ #1 John 3:#% 26.esus of >a@areth with the !oly "pirit and power. because God was with him #. and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil. you will be free indeed 2 #John #:31-36% For the law of the "pirit of life in 5hrist . and his feet were li$e those of a bear.esus has set you free from the law of sin and of death #&oman% #: % +t was for freedom that 5hrist set us free: therefore $eep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yo$e of slavery #-alatian% 5:1% 27. -Bou will become free-?2 . and on his horns were ten diadems.% !e who does what is sinful is of the devil. having ten horns and seven heads. because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor !e has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind. a daughter of <braham. and authority to act for forty1two months was given to him #&evelation 13:1-5% <nd + saw coming out of the mouth of the dragon and out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet. who has ta$en them captive to do his will # . everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin 'he slave does not remain in the house forever: the son does remain forever "o if the "on ma$es you free.*t% 1!:3#% 'hen should not this woman.imothy : 5. be set free on the "abbath day from what bound her?2 #2uke 13:16% 28. in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a $nowledge of the truth. saying. 2'he "pirit of the =ord is on me. then you are truly disciples of )ine: and you will $now the truth. 2+f you continue in )y word. and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil.:1. 2'ruly. <nd the dragon stood on the sand of the seashore 'hen + saw a beast coming up out of the sea. whom "atan has $ept bound for eighteen long years. and the truth will ma$e you free 2 'hey answered !im. and his fatal wound was healed <nd the whole earth was ama@ed and followed after the beast: they worshiped the dragon because he gave his authority to the beast: and they worshiped the beast.2 #2uke 4:1#% "o . 'hose who oppose him he must gently instruct. and who is able to wage war with him?2 'here was given to him a mouth spea$ing arrogant words and blasphemies. 2Aho is li$e the beast. to release the oppressed. and his mouth li$e the mouth of a lion <nd the dragon gave him his power and his throne and great authority + saw one of his heads as if it had been slain. three unclean spirits li$e frogs: for they are spirits of .esus answered them. + say to you.

because you $now !im who has been from the beginning + have written to you. and had not received the mar$ on their forehead and on their hand: and they came to life and reigned with 5hrist for a thousand years #&evelation !:4% 30. and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image. by which he deceived those who had received the mar$ of the beast and those who worshiped his image: these two were thrown alive into the la$e of fire which burns with brimstone #&evelation 19: !% or "atan.esus was led up by the "pirit into the wilderness to be . young men. performing signs. !e then became hungry <nd the tempter came and said to !im. 2+f Bou are the "on of God. who is the devil. and bound him for a thousand years !e threw him into the <byss. and judgment was 33. 'hen + saw thrones. Ahen the thousand years are over. <nd + saw the beast and the $ings of the earth and their armies assembled to ma$e war against !im who sat on the horse and against !is army #&evelation 19:19% performed the signs in his presence. "atan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth11Gog and )agog11to gather them for battle +n number they are li$e the sand on the seashore 'hey marched across the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of God-s people. and you have overcome the evil one #1 John :14% tempted by the devil <nd after !e had fasted forty days and forty nights. 2+t is 36. the <lmighty #&evelation 16:13-14% 29. was thrown into the la$e of burning sulfur. where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown 'hey will be tormented day and night for ever and ever #&evelation !:7-1!% 34.demons. are you not competent to judge trivial cases? Do you not $now that we will judge angels? !ow much more the things of this lifeI #1 )orinthian% 6: -3% 35. <nd the beast was sei@ed. to gather them together for the war of the great day of God. and they sat on them.esus and because of the word of God. 32. that ancient serpent. command that these stones become bread 2 But !e answered and said. which go out to the $ings of the whole world. and the word of God abides in you. he must be set free for a short time #&evelation !: -3% given to them <nd + saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of . Do you not $now that the saints will judge the world? <nd if you are to judge the world. fathers. 'hen . to $eep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended <fter that. !e sei@ed the dragon. and with him the false prophet who 31. and loc$ed and sealed it over him. who deceived them. + have written to you. because you are strong. the city he loves But fire came down from heaven and devoured them <nd the devil.

against the powers. angels came and be(an to minister to !im #"atthew 1:1-11% 37. he stated that 7hristians had already o"ercome :atan through $esus 7hrist. :pecifically.vercome 4atan? . so 7hristians didn't . -BOH "!<== AOD"!+C '!? =ODD BOHD GOD. The Importance of the Word of God in the 0ife of the Believer by Rich Deem INTRODUCTION &vercomin2 $atan * recei"ed an email from a fellow 7hristian who didn't like one of the answers in our 7hristian Theology Lui>. "O '!<' BOH A+== >O' "'D+F? BOHD FOO' <G<+>"' < "'O>? -2 . -BOH "!<== >O' CH' '!? =ODD BOHD GOD 'O '!? '?"' -2 <gain. so that you will be able to resist in the evil day. if Bou fall down and worship me 2 'hen . BH' O> ?8?DB AODD '!<' CDO5??D" OH' OF '!? )OH'! OF GOD -2 'hen the devil too$ !im into the holy city and had !im stand on the pinnacle of the temple. ta$e up the full armor of God. against the world forces of this dar$ness. but against the rulers. throw Bourself down: for it is written. and !<8+>G CH' O> '!? BD?<"'C=<'? OF D+G!'?OH">?"". and the sword of the "pirit. 2Go. !<8+>G G+DD?D BOHD =O+>" A+'! 'DH'!. and having shod BOHD F??' A+'! '!? CD?C<D<'+O> OF '!? GO"C?= OF C?<5?: in addition to all. 2On the other hand. it is written. 2<ll these things + will give Bou. so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil For our struggle is not against flesh and blood.esus said to him. ta$ing up the shield of faith with which you will be able to e(tinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one <nd ta$e '!? !?=)?' OF "<=8<'+O>. 2+f Bou are the "on of God. and having done everything. to stand firm "tand firm therefore. Cut on the full armor of God.esus said to him. "atanI For it is written. <>D "?D8? !+) O>=B -2 'hen the devil left !im: and behold. -!? A+== 5O))<>D !+" <>G?=" 5O>5?D>+>G BOH-: and -O> their !<>D" '!?B A+== B?<D BOH HC. against the spiritual forces of wic$edness in the heavenly places 'herefore. -)<> "!<== >O' =+8? O> BD?<D <=O>?. and said to !im. which is the word of God #E0he%ian% 6:11-17% *4 2Ahen anyone hears the word of the $ingdom and does not understand it. the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart 'his is the one on whom seed was sown beside the road 2 #"atthew 13:19% Have Christians !lready .written. the devil too$ !im to a very high mountain and showed !im all the $ingdoms of the world and their glory: and he said to !im.

these instructions ma$e it seem that . . ultimately. $nowing that the same e(periences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world #1 $eter 5:#-9% Obviously.esus appeared to humanity to destroy the wor$s of "atan.ohn says that believers can overcome "atan when 2the word of God abides in you 21* Ahen .esus instructed the churches saying that the devil was going 2to cast some of you into prison2 and that they were to remain faithful until death 1& Obviously.% +n addition.really need to memori>e the scriptures to o"ercome him.esus was tempted by "atan. throw him into the =a$e of Fire for all eternity 1. is our only offensive weapon against the "atan #?phesians 091*1131/% +n the parable of the sower. & "atan rebelled against God and too$ one third of the angels #now referred to as demons% with him into rebellion * !e too$ on the form of a sna$e in the garden of ?den to tempt ?ve 1. Caul tells us that the sword of the spirit. *s this what the 8ible teaches or are we still engaged in spiritual warfareG !ich Deem <ccording to the Bible. 6 and will.911 1. it would be unnecessary to resist the devil if we had already overcome him Ho$ do $e resist the devil? 'he apostle . . . as 5hristians. already overcome the devil? Do we need to $now scripture? Does 4atan attac% Christians? "ome 5hristians seem to thin$ that becoming a 5hristian ma$es one immune from attac$ by the devil !owever.esus said that there were those who heard the word of God.1. Cride caused "atan to fall. and so were led . "atan was created by God as a cherub. #2your heart was lifted up because of your beauty2%1 since he wanted to receive the worship due to God alone / For this reason.esus didn-t thin$ that 5hristians had completely overcome "atan 'he Bible also gives believers instructions about resisting the devil9 • • • "ubmit therefore to God Desist the devil and he will flee from you #Jame% 4:7% and do not give the devil an opportunity #E0he%ian% 4: 7% Be of sober spirit. . "atan hates God and !is plans !e wants people to worship him and follow his evil ways !e does this through lies0 and deception 3 !e opposes . firm in your faith. see$ing someone to devour But resist him. be on the alert Bour adversary. the most powerful angelic being 1 "ome time after his creation and before the creation of man$ind. in !is parable of the sower.esus clearly taught that "atan would come to those who heard the gospel and 2snatch away what has been sown in his heart 2 11 +n the boo$ of Develation. prowls around li$e a roaring lion.esus 5hrist 1 God who too$ on the form of a man to redeem humanity from their sin. "o haven-t we. !e cited scripture to him #)atthew . which is the word of God.4 and restore their relationship with !im . the devil. but failed to ta$e it in.

and say to him.esus. the ony(. the word of God% .astray by the devil #the seed that fell by the side of the road% 11 "o 5hristians resist the devil by $nowing and memori@ing scripture so that we cannot be deceived by the lies of "atan 0. and the jasper: 'he lapis la@uli. <nd + placed you there Bou were on the holy mountain of God: Bou wal$ed in the midst of the stones of . 2"on of man. and the diamond: 'he beryl. even though .esus said that those hear the word of God and observe it are blessed 14 +t is through $nowing the word of God that we $now what God wants and $now when "atan is attempted to deceive us 'he idea that 5hristians have already defeated "atan and that we will never be deceived into sin because we have merely claimed some confession of belief is a modern1day problem in the churches +f we were not susceptible to the schemes of the devil. gave an e(ample of what would happen to a 5hristian 5hurch that did not $now the word of God . -'hus says the =ord GOD. and the emerald: <nd the gold. the topa@.esus will ma$e everything fine and dandy Crobably half of all the verses in the Bible are dedicated to teaching believers how they should behave and live their 5hristian wal$ 5hristians must $now the word of God or "atan will deceive them CONCLUSION . not $nowing the Bible has become a big problem for 5hristians who thin$ that just believing in . was teaching the 5hristians there to commit illicit se( acts and eat food sacrificed to idols 13 'hose 5hristians who did not $now the word of God fell to her teaching. 3 The problem of not %no$in scripture . and Ceter tells us to be sober and alert to the devil "o. a symbolic name10 for a woman who was probably the wife of the bishop at the church of 'hyatira. 2Bou had the seal of perfection. the garden of God: ?very precious stone was your covering9 'he ruby.esus has overcome the wor$s of the devil. the tur7uoise. which includes the 2sword of the "pirit2 #i e . since she was a self1proclaimed 2prophetess of God 2 "o. it is the 5hristian-s responsibility to resist him until he is thrown into the =a$e of Fire at the end of time RELATED PAGES • • • • Basic 5hristian 'heology Oui@ Aho is "atan?9 Ahat Does the Bible "ay <bout the Devil? )ovie Guide for 'he Cassion of the 5hrist9 Ouestions and <nswers Ahat Aill !ell be =i$e? REFERENCES 1.ames tells us to resist the devil and he will flee. Aas in you On the day that you were created 'hey were prepared 2Bou were the anointed cherub who covers. ta$e up a lamentation over the $ing of 'yre.e@ebel. Full of wisdom and perfect in beauty 2Bou were in ?den. in !is instructions to the churches from the boo$ of Develation. scripture would not tell us to put on the armor of God. the wor$manship of your settings and soc$ets.

<nd the serpent said to the woman. "atan had fallen by the time humans were created 2Ahere were you when + laid the foundation of the earth? 'ell )e. and threw them to the earth #&evelation 1 :3-4% 2For God $nows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened. in the sides of the north9 + will ascend above the heights of the clouds: + will be li$e the most !igh #+%aiah 14:1 -14% 6. !ow art thou fallen from heaven. son of the morningI how art thou cut down to the ground. all the angels. <nd another sign appeared in heaven9 and behold. 'hen the =ODD God said to the woman. and the father of lies #John #:44% 7. O covering cherub. he spea$s from his own nature: for he is a liar.fire 2Bou were blameless in your ways From the day you were created. and + ate 2 #-ene%i% 3:13% <nd the great dragon was thrown down. 2Bou are of your father the devil. and you want to do the desires of your father !e was a murderer from the beginning. and does not stand in the truth. + will ascend into heaven. <ccording to the Bible all of the sons of God #i e . if you have understanding Ahen the morning stars sang together. and on his heads were seven diadems <nd his tail swept away a third of the stars of heaven. 2Bou surely shall not dieI 5. <nd + have turned you to ashes on the earth +n the eyes of all who see you #Ezekiel #:1 -1#% 2. 'hat they may see you 2By the multitude of your ini7uities. who deceives the whole world: he was thrown down to the earth. From the midst of the stones of fire 2Bour heart was lifted up because of your beauty: Bou corrupted your wisdom by reason of your splendor + cast you to the ground: + put you before $ings. <nd you sinned: 'herefore + have cast you as profane From the mountain of God <nd + have destroyed you. O =ucifer. including "atan% shouted for joy at the creation of the ?arth !owever. <nd all the sons of God shouted for joy?2 #Job 3#:4/ 7% 3. +n the unrighteousness of your trade. Hntil unrighteousness was found in you 2By the abundance of your trade Bou were internally filled with violence. 2'he serpent deceived me. because there is no truth in him Ahenever he spea$s a lie. + will e(alt my throne above the stars of God9 + will sit also upon the mount of the congregation. a great red dragon having seven heads and ten horns. and his angels were thrown down with him #&evelation 1 :9% . which didst wea$en the nationsI For thou hast said in thine heart. $nowing good and evil 2 #-ene%i% 3:3-5% 4. 2Ahat is this you have done?2 <nd the woman said. and you will be li$e God. the serpent of old who is called the devil and "atan. Bou profaned your sanctuaries 'herefore + have brought fire from the midst of you: +t has consumed you.

command that these stones become bread 2 But !e answered and said. 2<ll these things + will give Bou. and said to !im. who. !e humbled !imself by becoming obedient to the point of death. so that you will be tested. and you have overcome the evil one #1 John :14% tempted by the devil <nd after !e had fasted forty days and forty nights. + have written to you. 'hen . to destroy the wor$s of the devil #1 John 3:#% fire and brimstone. the one who practices sin is of the devil: for the devil has 10.esus was led up by the "pirit into the wilderness to be . but emptied !imself. 2Ahen anyone hears the word of the $ingdom and does not 12. "O '!<' BOH A+== >O' "'D+F? BOHD FOO' <G<+>"' < "'O>? -2 . although !e e(isted in the form of God.#&evelation :1!% 13. if Bou fall down and 14. of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth. -!? A+== 5O))<>D !+" <>G?=" 5O>5?D>+>G BOH-: and -O> their !<>D" '!?B A+== B?<D BOH HC. -Do not fear what you are about to suffer Behold. the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart 'his is the one on whom seed was sown beside the road 2 #"atthew 13:19% 9. and bestowed on !im the name which is above every name. because you are strong. and the word of God abides in you. !e then became hungry <nd the tempter came and said to !im. young men. the devil too$ !im to a very high mountain and showed !im all the $ingdoms of the world and their glory: and he said to !im. and being made in the li$eness of men Being found in appearance as a man. 5hrist . it is written. and you will have tribulation for ten days Be faithful until death. 2+f Bou are the "on of God. BH' O> ?8?DB AODD '!<' CDO5??D" OH' OF '!? )OH'! OF GOD -2 'hen the devil too$ !im into the holy city and had !im stand on the pinnacle of the temple. and + will give you the crown of life .esus. -BOH "!<== >O' CH' '!? =ODD BOHD GOD 'O '!? '?"' -2 <gain. and that every tongue will confess that . so that at the name of .8.esus said to him.esus ?8?DB F>?? A+== BOA. because you $now !im who has been from the beginning + have written to you. fathers. the devil is about to cast some of you into prison. to the glory of God the Father #$hili00ian% :5-11% sinned from the beginning 'he "on of God appeared for this purpose. 2On the other hand. 2+t is written. 2+f Bou are the "on of God. where the beast and the false prophet are also: and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever #&evelation !:1!% understand it. did not regard e7uality with God a thing to be grasped. God highly e(alted !im. throw Bourself down: for it is written. ta$ing the form of a bond1servant. -)<> "!<== >O' =+8? O> BD?<D <=O>?. even death on a cross For this reason also. <nd the devil who deceived them was thrown into the la$e of 11.esus 5hrist is =ord.

!<8+>G G+DD?D BOHD =O+>" A+'! 'DH'!.e@ebel was the name of the infamous wife of <hab who was guilty of promoting idol worship in the Old 'estament #1 'in(% 16:31.#% . Cut on the full armor of God. blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it 2 #2uke 11: 7. so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil For our struggle is not against flesh and blood. one of the women in the crowd raised her voice and said to !im. <>D "?D8? !+) O>=B -2 'hen the devil left !im: and behold.esus said to him. angels came and be(an to minister to !im #"atthew 1:1-11% 15. 2<nd to the angel of the church in 'hyatira write9 'he "on of God. and !<8+>G CH' O> '!? BD?<"'C=<'? OF D+G!'?OH">?"". 'iin(% 9: % <lthough the name is used symbolically here. who has eyes li$e a flame of fire. . -BOH "!<== AOD"!+C '!? =ODD BOHD GOD. against the world forces of this dar$ness. and having shod BOHD F??' A+'! '!? CD?C<D<'+O> OF '!? GO"C?= OF C?<5?: in addition to all. but against the rulers. and she teaches and leads )y bond1servants astray so that they commit acts of immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols -2 #&evelation :1#/ !% 14 Ahile .e@ebel. who calls herself a prophetess.worship me 2 'hen . ta$ing up the shield of faith with which you will be able to e(tinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one <nd ta$e '!? !?=)?' OF "<=8<'+O>. says this -But + have this against you. according to some manuscripts% who were misleading the people of God 17. against the powers. and having done everything. "atanI For it is written. 2On the contrary. so that you will be able to resist in the evil day. 2Blessed is the womb that bore Bou and the breasts at which Bou nursed 2 But !e said. ta$e up the full armor of God. and !is feet are li$e burnished bron@e. 2Go. that you tolerate the woman . to stand firm "tand firm therefore. and the sword of the "pirit. which is the word of God #E0he%ian% 6:11-17% 16. it certainly refers to a real person or persons #possibly the wife of the head of the church at 'hyatira.esus was saying these things. against the spiritual forces of wic$edness in the heavenly places 'herefore.

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