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Monday, December 26, 2016

We Humans Are Limited in a Hundred Ways. Are There Any Limits At All to God's Power?

You know the answer. God is limitless and all-powerful. And yes, He brings the dead back to life; eternal life in joy. 

Beware of people who think God's power has any limits. They say things like, "Animals don't have souls that survive death." We humans cannot imagine the infinite qualities of the Creator.

As the Book of Job proves, however, God sometimes limits His power temporarily, to play chess (so to speak) with Satan. But that worldly game is coming to an end. We're going to see miracles in this coming year. Prepare for a celebration unlike any other. 

This new year will usher in extraordinary, even miraculous events; greater still than those of 2016. We're in the year 5777, according to the Jewish calendar, and the long, grand, and terrible tale of human history is drawing to a close. The Lord wants you at the Final Celebration. 

The contest is over, and God won. Oh, sure, there's nothing in the media about it, but that's no surprise. We humans are nothing if not vain, and are loathe to admit we've failed at producing the secular, materialist Utopia promised since history began. It's obvious that every nation on earth is severely wanting in justice, peace, mercy, compassion, and prosperity. There are of course huge differences between nations, but the best of them have very ugly features, usually out of sight and out of mind. Norway, Iceland, and Switzerland have the highest standards of living on the planet, but their suicide rates are surprisingly high. They don't deliver on their expectations. 

Our last and best hope is the long-promised Kingdom of God. Without that, only global decline and greater misery await us. 

It's fashionable these days to adopt the cynical, atheist-agnostic position that there is no God and Creator, or in any case, one who cares enough about the world to take action against its destroyers. But absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. In fact, all along, Scripture has been telling us that the world is designed to trap the wicked ones as well as teach us valuable lessons. Just as the FBI runs 'sting operations' to catch gangsters, so does God. Everything we say and do is recorded and open for observation. Our high-tech world literally keeps track of everything, including financial transactions. Such utterly complete surveillance used to be imaginary; in the realm of science fiction. Today it's real, and we actively participate with our use of social media, email, and the cloud. Wikileaks alone has proven itself 100% accurate and effective at this, particularly in the recent U.S. election.

Like Hillary Clinton and the Democrats, just when you think you've got it made, wired, and everything is going your way, the trap door opens under your feet. It's odd how people deny the existence of Hell when there are so many truly hellish places on earth today. The reverse is also true. Heaven exists just as surely. Think of all the sublime places on earth, where there's an abundance of every good thing. 

But that's unfair, you may say. How can there be a Hell if God is such a benevolent being? The platitude "We're all one!" is very fashionable among the younger set, who haven't - in many cases - experienced authentic evil. But this is very wrong, and within the world's great religions it's been known since the beginning that many of us are gentle as lambs, while others are as vicious as wolves. And the ruthless wolves use every sort of force to oppress the gentle lambs. 

Isn't it obvious that if you place the vicious wolves all in one place, they create their own hell? Is that God's responsibility? As John Milton wrote in Paradise Lost, "The mind is its own place, and by itself can create a hell of heaven or a heaven of hell." 

Jesus taught that hell was real, but can be defeated by the presence of the Holy Spirit, which we all have access to (Luke 16:19; Matthew 3:12; Mark 9:42). Hell is "a furnace... unquenchable fire", and a "sea" where you drown in endless, infinite suffering. The polar opposite of Heaven. 

Again, you've been warned. We at The Temple offer you salvation through the Holy Spirit. Take advantage of it:



    Where Do Good and Evil Come From?  A lesson from Prager University.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Nature Abhors a Vacuum

The Greek philosopher Aristotle (384 - 322 B.C.), "Father of the scientific method" (Link), was the first person to state that, "Nature abhors a vacuum". That is, nothingness cannot exist, because denser surrounding material will rush in to fill the emptiness. Even in the inconceivably vast distances of interstellar space, the vacuum between galaxies contains 1 atom of hydrogen per ten cubic centimeters. 

From ancient Aristotle through the more recent Isaac Newton (1642 - 1726), to Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955), science has uncovered universal physical laws. Which unintentionally give proof and weight to the ancient Hebrew Scriptures that postulated the Laws of God; the Ethical Monotheism of the Ten Commandments and the Torah. Since then astrophysicists have confirmed that these laws have permeated and ruled the entire universe through 13.5 billion years of its existence. We know and take for granted these many laws of physics and the universe, but this wasn't true of the general population until the late 18th Century.

Some of these laws apply to our souls. Nature always abhorred a vacuum. Either the Holy Spirit of God will fill us, or the demonic spirit of Satan will. The two cannot exist for long side-by-side. They are at war with each other, and God always wins in the end, unless we lock Him out. Demonic forces are doomed to eternal destruction regardless of what we decide. 

Here's a real-world example. What happens if you leave an empty pot outside in the garden, tucked away in a dark spot, upside down? Any number of foul insects and slugs will quickly occupy it. That same pot exposed to light and air will remain clean.

The core of our being is also tucked away inside us, and chances are we rarely look inside it to see what's growing there. This is the point and purpose of prayer and meditation; to close our eyes, focus within, and look inside our hearts. If you don't know what's happening down deep in the darkness, now is the time to look. And do so with alacrity. The heart is the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit of God, and dark forces are always trying to pollute and kill it.  

Is there bitterness, rage, or guilt in your heart? If so, root them out by settling conflicts and grievances with those you can settle with. Ask for God's help in this. If you don't take the initiative, those foul things will grow stronger and more evil. If you find in your heart a sense of entitlement to worldly possessions; that no authority can stand in your way; and a belief that you are god unto yourself, you are being possessed by demonic forces.

On the other hand, if you find love, compassion, and goodwill, nurture and nourish them. This is the Holy Spirit, which consists of all that is worthy, courageous, true, honest, loving and most human in you. It is your salvation and your eternal life. God will never abandon you. 

Consider these additional discoveries by Newton, his three universal Laws of Motion. The first is inertia and momentum, that is, a body at rest or in motion will remain at rest or in motion unless acted on by force. 
The second is that the faster an object moves, the more impact it has when striking another object, according to a perfectly predictable formula. Speed increases mass. 
The third is that when a body in motion strikes another body, the force exerted by the first body causes an equal and opposite reaction on the second one. Picture billiard balls on a table.
These forces apply everywhere in the observable universe. 
Isn't it clear that we humans also display these forces when we interact with one another?





Now is the time to finally commit yourself to one or the other. Don't throw away your opportunity.