June 2018           "A Journal of Biblical Understanding"           Volume 14           

(Daniel 4:25)
" ... and seven times shall pass over thee, till thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will."


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God's Image MUST change says theologian...

"What is God's place in the 21st century?"....a recent newspaper article asks.

That shouldn't even be a question that is asked by human beings if they REALLY believe in God! God's place in the 21st century IS the SAME place it has always been and isn't decided by what humans think!!! HE IS GOD AND THERE IS NONE ELSE!!

However, let me quote the article (or at least part of it) that I clipped out of the local newspaper.

The article began with the question that I have at the beginning of this article, then it goes on with, "Two of the world's most prominent theologians say God's image is going to have to change for all faiths if religion is to survive."

What a big-headed, pompous, vain statement, made by two little pip-squeak human beings, about the Great God!! They continue, "We can't enter the 21st century with the idea of God we learned in Sunday School," Diana Eck, author and comparative religion professor at Harvard, said Friday as a two-day conference called "God at 2000" began."

The article says that Eck is the director of The Pluralism Project, an effort to study the growth of faiths in the United States, including Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism. Eck said Christians, in particular, have isolated themselves from other religions when other faiths have much to teach them. She noted that there are now more Muslims in the United States than Presbyterians.

She stated, "None of us owns the universe of faith. I'm convinced it's time for all of our theisms to be recognized."

The article continues: "Eck joined Marcus Borg, a best-selling religious author, to open the conference at Oregon State University, where Borg teaches."
"Although Europeans are losing their religion, Americans are holding on to their spiritual beliefs. A recent Gallup poll found that 95 percent of all Americans believe in God, compared with 35 percent of the population in England, and lower numbers in other European countries."

"Borg said his studies of religious history and culture have shown most faiths share a common image of God, despite their many different interpretations of a divine presence in the world."

Borg, raised a Lutheran before turning to the Episcopal church, said the God he grew up with was an image of a stern lawgiver and judge who required obedience within a system of rewards and punishments—a 'monarchical model' of God that has turned many people away from the Christian faith."
" 'I find it literally incredible that the God of the whole universe has chosen to be known by one religious tradition,' Borg said."
"He said all the great religions of the world, including Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, suggest that God is an encompassing spirit who is part of everyday life." (And that, of course, is his opinion.)

What an INCREDIBLE article!!! What a total lack of understanding of scripture!!

Let's take this article from the beginning and see what the TRUE GOD says about it, ok?

They say God's image is going to HAVE TO CHANGE for all faiths and religions to survive. Then Ms. Eck (sounds almost like and up-chuck, and maybe God is wanting to do one) goes on to say, "We can't enter the 21st century with the idea of God we learned in Sunday school."

Hmmmm, now she may be on to something here! What image of God has 'Sunday School' promoted all these years?

They have taught that it doesn't matter if you BELIEVE God, only that you believe IN God.

The Great God in His Word has commanded mankind to worship Him in special ways! Not the ways that pagans worshipped their gods. Let me show you:

Deut. 12:28 "Observe and hear all these words which I command thee, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee for ever, when thou doest that which is good and right in the sight of the LORD thy God.
29 When the LORD thy God shall cut off the nations from before thee, whither thou goest to possess them, and thou succeedest them, and dwellest in their land; {succeedest...: Heb. inheritest, or, possessest them}
30 Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise. {by...: Heb. after them}
31 Thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God: for every abomination to the LORD, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods. {to the: Heb. of the}
32 What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it."

Hello!!! Are you people there???? That is the Great God speaking directly to mankind!!!! He didn't say, " What do you people want to do now to worship me?" God IS a lawgiver (and can be stern when needed) and requires OBEDIENCE!!! He also has a system of rewards and punishments!!! Just read Deuteronomy 28!! This is the chapter called the Blessings and Cursings chapter!

And by-the-way…God IS THE MONARCHICAL MODEL!!!!!

If people turn away from "the Christian faith" because of what He says, then perhaps people should begin to "re- think" what they were taught in "Sunday School". They should begin to ask themselves, "Was what I have been taught the truth? Does it coincide with what scripture says or is what I've been taught just the "traditions of men?"

This is REAL, people!!!! Jesus did NOT come to start a RELIGION!!!! He came to die for mankind and to build HIS Church, not the Islamic church or the Buddhist church, or the Hindu church………HIS CHURCH!!!! And Jesus said,

"And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock (speaking about himself, not Peter) I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." Matthew 16:18.

Yes Jesus came to build HIS church! Well then, you might ask, what about all these other religions in the world? Doesn't He save them too?

Let's let the Apostle Paul answer that…..

"Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." Acts 4:12

That tells me, and should tell anyone, that Buddah, Mohammed, or anything else can NOT SAVE!!!! ONLY JESUS can save !!

I have heard many people claim that the name Jesus was just a common name in the Hebrew world, and that is true. However, this one had an attachment that qualified it above all others who are named Jesus, or one of the language derivatives.

That attachment is a scripture in Matthew.

Matthew 1:23 "Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us." {they...: or, his name shall be called}

In the Greek language that name is "Ihsouv or Barhisouv" and means "Joshua or Jehoshua = Jehovah is salvation." The very name of Jesus tells us who He is…. He IS salvation."

Of course, in the Old Testament, Joshua was a –type-- or –precursor-- of Jesus, the type pointing out that there would be one who would come with that name and would give salvation to all who BELIEVED and OBEYED Him.

Oh…you don't believe that? You think anyone can be saved if they "just believe on Him"?

I think we can all agree that in order to be saved one MUST have God's Holy Spirit living within that one, can't we?
I thought so….Ok, let's let the Apostle Paul again tell us what the TRUTH is about this:

ACTS 5:32 "And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him."

Hey! I didn't say it!!! God did, through His Apostle Paul!!! Do you BELIEVE what God says? Or do you just "believe IN Him"?

Now I hasten to say here, obedience to the law will NOT save a person. That obedience MUST be through God's Grace, Mercy and forgiveness. Otherwise, it is not a gift.

There are, however, conditions to salvation!! God WILL NOT SAVE someone whom He cannot rule. He will NOT save someone who will not obey Him!!

Nowhere in ALL SCRIPTURE can you find where God says salvation is automatically given no matter what people do! From Genesis to Revelation, the state of salvation has ALWAYS hinged upon OBEDIENCE to God! Disobedience EARNS DEATH!! Don't you know?

That astute, qualified theologian, Ms. Eck is quoted in the article as saying, "None of us owns the universe of faith."



Her colleague, Mr. Borg (no not the 'Star Trek Borg) makes the statement, "I find it literally incredible that the God of the whole universe has chosen to be known by one religious tradition."

The fact is, the 'religious tradition' he is talking about is the TRADITIONS OF MEN that have been pushed upon mankind for ages and are JUST NOT THE TRUTH ABOUT THE TRUE GOD!!!!!!

Those "religious tradition's" is the image that is being carried by religionists in this world, and unknowingly, Ms. Eck is very right...that image WILL be changed and perhaps very soon when Jesus returns to this world to set up HIS Kingdom among men and DEMAND they worship Him in Spirit and in Truth!!

God is not bound by man's 'religious tradition'. He IS bound by His Word!!! He has promised and He WILL FULFILL His promise.

Thank God His Word will come to fruition HIS WAY and NOT man's way!!

When Ms. Eck said that God's image would have to change for all faiths, she was RIGHT, yet not in the way she was talking about. Mankind is going to be forced to see the TRUE God that He wants them to see…not some concocted image made up in the "vain imaginations" of man's mind. Those images are clearly IDOLATROUS! 

God plainly said: "For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed." Malachi 3:6

If God was so flakey that He changed His plans every time a wind of man's doctrine changed, WE WOULD ALL BE CONSUMED by the final fire!!!!!

Some times I become very perturbed when I read some of the things written by mere man and then have to realize that GOD IS, that He has the POWER to control things in this universe. I have to realize that God doesn't need ANYONE to protect Him, certainly not the likes of me.

What about you?

Do you believe ALL religions of this world are God's religions, that each is FREE to decide who and what God is and how to worship Him? Or do you believe God MEANS what He says and has the power to enforce His commands? 

Or do you believe He is some namby-pamby God who is sitting up in Heaven just wringing His hands saying, "Oh I wish I could get them to listen to me. Oh, why won't they listen. I wish I had the power to make them listen!"

Naahhhhh. This is what God says:

"And I will break the pride of your power; and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass:" Leviticus 26:19
"And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father."
"And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne."
"And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God."
Revelation 2:27; 12:5; 19:15

Do you believe God? What  useless image are you carrying around with you?

God has a plan and purpose for mankind that far exceeds anything most people in this world have even imagined!!

Stay tuned to Seven Times and learn about that plan!

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