It has been a long held debate on whether there is one God or many. The Abrahamic faiths hold to the fact that there is only one. This is why people have problems with the Trinity. Hinduism is believed to be polytheistic, though I read a piece by Deepak Chopra on Huffington Post where he said that Hindus believe in one God but they acknowledge all the false gods as well.
There are many gods in the world. Most of them are antichrist and don’t lead to the one true God which is reflected in those who walk in the Light and follow the Way. There are 7 billion people in the world and each person basically has their own unique perception of God. Atheists don’t necessarily disbelieve in God, they just reject the authority of the established church.
I wouldn’t be surprised if more atheists had faith in the Creator than people who sit in church pews. There are many atheists who follow Jesus. Since only the Divine knows the heart, we cannot judge who God has mercy on and “saves”. God is bigger than any religion.
People usually do their own thing and they always create a god that justified this. People have high standards, so they create a God with high standards, thus the need for a sacrifice. Jesus may have sacrificed His life but it was more voluntary than a substitutionary atonement.
True wisdom comes from a reverence for the Divine. It doesn’t matter than name, especially since names evolve over time and get corrupted. The Bible is a collection of ancient writings from centuries ago. Back then different groups were borrowing from each other; i.e, hebrews, hindus, egyptians, etc. We would have never heard of the ancient hebrew writings if some group called the Turkish Mongolians hadn’t invaded these lands and confiscated their scriptures and build a religion around them; first Judaism and then Christianity which was stolen from Judaism and turned Jesus into a god.
Jesus said only God was good. He didn’t claim to be God. But He lived in such close union with the Divine, being the chosen messenger for the ancient Hebrews that he led an exemplary life. No one is able to follow the law of God so perfectly so the next best thing is just make them a god and worship them; after they kill them and all the other prophets .
The most mind blowing experience you will ever have is realizing that everything you have spent most of your life waiting for has already come to pass.
The established church teaches from a literal perspective on the second coming. The real good news is Jesus isn’t coming back; because his body is still here. It isn’t bound by any established man made religion.
The true church may always be a minority but God can do a lot with a little. In that case, living on an overpopulated planet may be a good thing.
It is safe to say that no one likes laws. That is unless you are getting paid to make them. In some strange way laws keep us free. Although they can feel restrictive when you realize there an estimated 20,000 laws in society. The result being nearly everything we do is illegal.
But rather than live in fear just note that despite all the laws, we have very little chance of being caught for anything. This is mostly because most of the laws are unenforceable, or most police officers aren’t even willing or interested in enforcing most of the laws.
When it’s all said and done it all boils down to the golden rule. As long as we treat others the way we want to be treated and don’t hurt anyone we will be okay. After all the only laws that are really enforced are the ones that hurt someone else; stealing or killing.
What about divine law and the legalist that counted all 613 of them? The purpose of the law is to show God’s moral attributes which are meant to humble us before Him. The message of the New Testament is that we are not under the law of God if we are led by the Spirit.
Jesus taught that those who love God (or have a reverence for the Divine) keep the whole of the law. If we keep the law God will bless us, as long as we don’t do it legalistically and judge others.
I first read this series in a library back in 2004. I’m a slow reader and these 500 page novels I still managed to finish within two weeks each. There were eight books at the time:
The Puritans-set around the time the first colonists’ arrived in America and follows Drew Morgan who is the Patriarch of the fictitious Morgan family and the legacy he passed down with a 1611 King James Bible he inherited from his Father-n-law and spiritual mentor, Christopher Matthews.
The Colonists’-Fasts forward to the early 18th century with the three kids of Drew’s great-grandson Benjamin Morgan. That would make the kids 5th generation Morgans in this series. This is by far my favorite novel and I sincerely felt a spiritual revival reading this and the one to follow.
The Patriots-Jared and Anne Pierpont Morgan (Ben Morgan’s youngest son and his wife) and their twin boys Jacob and Esau Morgan. This story is set in the time of the American Revolution and features a cast of characters that make up our founding fathers. Each son makes up one side in the American Revolution.
The Adversaries-Fasts forward to the Civil War with the surviving twin’s grandson the honorable Reverend Jeremiah Morgan and the founding of the Heritage Churches of America and his four kids. There’s a surprise heir to the Morgan line at the end.
The Pioneers-Takes place around the turn of the century with Jess Morgan pursuing a woman halfway across the early settlements of the U.S. territory. Jess is the son of the surprise heir in the previous novel and the 10th generation in the Morgan line with the same Bible.
The Allies-Features Jess’s and his wife’s son and daughter during the time of the Great War of the early 20th century.
The Victors-Jess Morgan’s four grandkids by his son during the time of World War Two.
The Peacemakers’-Jess’s great grandkids Travis and Paige Morgan and features Paige as a college bound hippie and Travis lost in the world of the Vietnam War Era. My second favorite novel.
The Guardians-Came out around the time of the 21st century and is the more recent novel which means it classifies as contemporary fiction now with the 14th generation of the Morgan clan nearly 400 years after Drew Morgan set foot on American soil. The family in the last two book have migrated all the way to Southern California and Las Vegas, Nevada with Travis Morgan’s twin boys and a suprise trip to the ruins of Edenford where the legacy started with Drew’s salvation.
I bought the latest book for $2.99 on my free Amazon kindle for pc and I intend to reread this entire series. Only this time I will be purchasing each book so I can reread once every decade for spiritual enlightenment. Maybe I’m weird but I felt a spiritual revival just reading this series. It actually got me into historical fiction.
As Christianity declines in western culture and the United States in general, many who still defend the church think it’s time for a another Reformation. The Protestant Reformation exposed the churches lies with regards to selling indulgences and the office of the Pope. The latter was technically an abomination with calling the supreme pontiff the “holy father.”
Also the Catholic Church was known for keeping the public from reading the actual biblical texts, so no one could think for themselves. Of course, even in Protestant world many people who attend church still don’t read the actual text; they just rely on whatever their preacher tells them.
So what would the next reformation be? It’s been 2000 years and many are starting to wonder about this whole Jesus coming back thing. I know for me, I started reading the book of Revelations about 20 times in one years back in 2013.
Here are some of the things that led me to the conviction that Preterism was true:
Read the Bible with a first century mindset; how the text in the first part of Revelation said “these things which must shortly come to pass.” Of course God’s timing is different than man’s but no one in the Old Testament ever waited several thousand years for a promise. Also the word for second coming, aka parousia, referred to judgement on Jerusalem which could have easily been AD 70, if the book turns out to be written during the 60’s and not towards the end of the century like the established church proposes.
Ask yourself “what if these events already happened?” I asked myself this multiple times and that’s when it slowly dawned on me.
Read historical accounts outside of the Bible and find out about a war between the Romans and the Jews that took place from AD 66-73; note the fall of the temple took place at the midpoint. It turns out the Left Behind series was accurate, though it was basically historical fiction.
If you think Christianity will become more popular when the lies get exposed, think again. It was the lies that held it together; the biggest one being the hellfire and brimstone which was taken right out of Dante’s Inferno. It was the lies that held it together this long. But if it hadn’t been for the lies, we never would have heard the truth, for those that can see through it.
What does this mean for the nation of Israel?
I am still researching about Turkish-Mongolian settlers that raided the ancient hebrews thousands of years ago and borrowed the ancient texts which was subsequently used to build a false religion of Judaism around. This religion later was taken over by Christianity when it became the state religion of the Roman Empire. Islam would have never started if it hadn’t been for the corruption of the first two.
So what is this so-called Israel today? Mostly just a historical site. Jewry is more of an ethnic group. The Zionists are a political movement, mostly European atheists from what I read, who are using bad theology to rule the world from Israel.
The Catholic Church
The nation of Israel exists along with the Catholic Church to preserve the religious texts which point to the one true God. The ancient Jews, people of Judea, were chosen to reveal the one true God through the Christ. The current state of Israel exists to preserve the Torah which even the prophetic writings say is written on man’s hearts, and even Jews say one can practice their religion anywhere; the law boils down to simply loving God and loving one’s neighbor.
The Catholic Church simply means “universal church’. While the Judeo-Christian faith is the basis for truth, the one true God can be found anywhere.
Sadly, in another 2000 years there will still be people who are still waiting for the soon return of Jesus Christ. I wouldn’t doubt if there was another group waiting for the soon return of Donald Trump along with it. American Evangelicals seem to only support the nation of Israel so they can kick the Jews out of the United States and make Christianity the state religion of the U.S.
A comment on Quora under the topic of Preterism said that if this was all true, that would make true Christians just another form of Deism. Much of the Quakers profess to be Deists. It simply favors rationality of blind faith and doesn’t really believe in an overly personal God. Just because God is sovereign doesn’t negate your freewill, which most people don’t really believe in anyway.
The best argument as to whether we have freewill is to compare our relationship with God to a marriage, just like the Bible does. Who chooses who? Both choose each other. I am sure many hyper Calvinistic types will still twist this. And even atheists say that if a God exists then man doesn’t have freewill. My only conclusion is that giving man freewill was a sacrifice on God’s part because He didn’t want machines.