Must Pastors Have Believing Children?
The Text in Three Renderings
“Since Jesus died and rose again, and was the sacrifice and fulfillment of the sacrifices, there is no need for sacrifices again, right?”
Faith and Truth
1. If there is a faith that is the Truth (and therefore eliminates all other faiths as being the Truth, though other faiths will contain some of that Truth), it will be imitated by those who don’t want to live according to that faith, but want to appear to be representing it.
2. Truth is always absolute. Thus, the idea of altering it according to circumstances proves that it isn’t Truth; Truth doesn’t change.
3. If prophet A speaks Truth and prophet Z speaks Truth, Prophet Z’s prophecy never is weightier than prophet A’s prophecy. There is no such thing as ‘a final prophet’ whose prophecy is above all other prophets if each prophet speaks Truth. If there can be a final prophet whose prophecy must be heeded more than another prophet’s prophecy, that proves that Truth was never the issue. Truth has no competition.
4. A faith that is Truth will be mimicked by false adherents to it until that faith looks like a lie. That way, all faiths begin to look like each other, and that way Truth can be erased (unless there is a God). Mimicking Truth proves that there is Truth, and it also proves that those who follow error are determined to silence Truth to hide their own shame and sin.
5. There is no such thing as Truth without an attached God. Truth and a God must always be together. No created being can possibly learn Truth without a God, since Truth is not visible in most of its actions and pronouncements. Only a God associated with Truth can declare Truth. ‘Discovering’ Truth never occurs. A human can only discover that there is Truth. Only a true God can reveal Truth. (Part of the Truth isn’t necessarily Truth.)
John 1:18 “No man hath seen God at any time. The only begotten Son Who is in the bosom of the Father—He hath declared!”
6. A false god will be accompanied by a ‘false truth.’ That false ‘truth’ will appear to be what it isn’t: Truth. A false god will usually have a false prophet or prophets and priests who declare the false ‘truths,’ and a set of scriptures that give the rules of life and of the future according to those false ‘truths.’
7. A faith that is Truth absolutely never needs to be defended, but must instead be lived. Since it must have a God associated with it, if that deity cannot defend what needs to be defended, the ‘truth’ of that deity is that deity’s impotence. Any person defending his/her god/goddess is proving the indefensibility of that deity and the falsehood of that deity’s ‘truth.’
8. A faith that is Truth will always tend to save lives of others and benefit those outside of that faith. A faith that is a false ‘truth’ will do the opposite: it will make the leaders rich and impoverish others, and it will not tend to save lives at the risk of its own. It will not seek to benefit those outside of the faith unless that benefiting will make it look good, and it will always finally seek its own rather than what is best for others. It will always put its adherents into jeopardy, promising what won’t be delivered.
9. A faith that is Truth will call its faithful to defend those outside of the faith even at the cost of the lives of those in the faith since Truth is absolute. If there is no resurrection, Truth isn’t absolute, since death would cancel the absolute. That is impossible. Thus, those in the faith will look to the resurrection since what is absolute can never go out of existence. That will make defending those outside of the faith at the risk of the faithfuls’ own lives reasonable.
10. Zeal that is according to Truth will show itself as a life-saving fervency, and not as a explosion of steel nuts designed to maximize damage. Those who follow a faith that dictates ‘heroism’ in the form of destroying anyone (innocent or not) in order to get a point across prove their faith to be based on bitterness and on the total lack of potency of their god. Those who follow a faith that is Truth will also show heroism: that form heroism that gives life to others who are not in the faith (as well as to those who are in the faith).
11. The zeal that accompanies Truth will fight in battles and war with great zeal, but the fight will be for the defenseless, and not for the deity. Even David, when he killed Goliath, stated:
1 Samuel 17:45 Then said David to the Palestinian, “Thou comest to me with a sword and with a spear and with a shield! And I come to thee via Name Yehovah of armies, the God of the armies of Israel whom thou hast defied. 46This day, Yehovah will deliver thee into my hand. And I will smite thee. And I will take thy head from thee. And I will give the carcasses of the army of the Palestinians this day unto the fowls of the air and to the wild animals of the land. And all the land will know that there is a God in Israel!”
This was no defense of God. It was to show that there is a God in Israel. David did not desire war with the Palestinians; the Palestinians desired war with Israel (read the text). Had the Palestinians kept their agreement (read the text), only one Palestinian would have died, and the rest would have lived.
12. When a false ‘truth’ begins to have less success than its leaders thought that should occur, followers of that false ‘truth’ become all the more zealous to shut up the mouths of those who challenge that false ‘truth.’ They become more belligerent, and they demand more rights instead of making certain that their own belts haven’t broken. This eventually leads to violence that is founded in humans fighting in the places of their own deity, since their own deity can’t fight for itself. Those who have to fight to maintain the rights of their deity to not be insulted prove that their own deity is impotent.
Consider the Lilies of the Field
Matthew 6:28 Consider the lilies of the field—how they grow. They don’t toil and they don’t spin. 29And yet I say unto you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
This Tribulation-timed text written for future heroes and heroines contains a simple command. The following picture is detailed; view it closely to see its beauties. (To do this, right-click, and choose “Save Image As…” Save it to your computer. Then double-click on it to view it in your viewer.)