NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN

10 Sep

As for me mat joshua

In more than 20 places in Ecclesiastes this quote, “there is nothing new under the sun”, appears with regard to many aspects of everyday life. These many aspects are regarding things that in today’s world are given a very high priority. Wealth, possessions, tasks, accomplishments, and pleasures are among those things, and many are the focus and are pursued by many religions of today’s world.

It is interesting as well that God describes the end times as being as in the days of Noah, Matthew 24:38 “For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,”

The very basic things of life were distractions and made of the highest priority. Just as back then, so today, we are distracted to the point where we have no commitment to each other, much less to God, and  in many circles such things are discarded completely. Our desire for pleasure in food and drink is killing us, our marriage commitment to a spouse is passé, we get in a fight and we just go find another.

But the transference of thought from reality to pleasure is something that is so easy for us. This process goes right back to the Garden of Eden, Adam was duped into believing there was something to be gained by eating the forbidden. Since then, the distraction of the forbidden has led us to the point where rational thinking has even gone by the wayside. The quest for pleasure so completely ignores the truth that for supposed equality in pleasure between male and female, we murder our children in their safe place simply because they are unable to defend themselves.

But the drive for pleasure has even greater detriment awaiting us, when it ultimately takes our focus off of the reality of life, namely that none of us will escape this place alive. When we are created at conception, that is only the first step, then comes birth, then come struggles and what we call life, and then eternal life. So the devil has made a victim of us when and if we lose our focus as to the reality of our journey.

But the devil’s working goes even further. All through the Old Testament we follow the Israelites and their repeated seeking after the supposed pleasures of this world. The pleasure of getting along well with all, 2 Timothy 6:5, “supposing getting along well to be the godliness”(more direct Greek). Repeatedly they received gods that are not gods, from their surrounding neighbors, changing the truth of God into a lie, worshiping and serving the creature more than the Creator, Romans 1:25.

Repeatedly they found ways to worship the surroundings as if they were gods and similar to what we see happening today under the guise of science. 1 Timothy 6:20, “keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:”

Just as in the Garden of Eden where the devil promoted self-importance, somehow giving license to the autonomous capacity of Adam and Eve, the devil today gives and has given throughout history of the world the false reassurance that man is capable of being his own god, namely that man has the right to believe what he wants. From this thought process has sprung up every false doctrine and church known to man.

First let’s look at the Jewish religion. Very clearly God lays out the mindset of the Jewish leaders showing that they believed they were holy because of their work:

  • In Luke 18:11-14 “The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. [12] I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. [13] And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.  [14] I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.”
  • Jesus says in Matthew 9, in Mark 2 and Again in Luke 5, “I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance”
  • Jesus also says of the Jews in Matthew 15:8, “This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from”
  • Also in John 8:44, ”Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”
  • Words uttered by Stephen at his death by stoning, Acts 7:51, “Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.”

Clearly over and over from the front of the Bible to the back God gives instruction as to what faith looks like and what unbelief is. Unbelief says “yah but”, and questions God as the devil in Eden, “Yeah hath God said?” Genesis 3:1

God points out repeatedly that the Jews have left the faith and have made the things of the law into something that they represent as possible to fulfill. They overlook that the law was only a school master, Galatians 3:24, the Jews stumbled at that stumbling stone Romans 9:31-33, “But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness.  [32] Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone;  [33] As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.”

In 1 Corinthians 1:23 we see the Greek an even stronger word “deathtrap” used for stumbling block. (We quote verses 21-31), “For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by (thru) the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.  [22] For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:  [23] But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock (deathtrap), and unto the Greeks foolishness;  [24] But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.  [25] Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.  [26] For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:  [27] But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound(put to shame) the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound (put to shame)  the things which are mighty;  [28] And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:  [29] That no flesh should glory in his the presence of God.  [30] But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who by God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
[31] That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.”

Very powerful words to show that ALL men are unable to gain heaven by works, and that ONLY by faith, is Heaven attained.

Members of every generation since Christ has picked up the bible and saw it as a tool to make money off of people, or they surrendered to their own intellect and have approached the bible with preconceived ideas and found scripture they can use or twist to support their theory. But every church that places another method or ritual as necessary alongside of or instead of faith is a false religion promoting the broad path to eternal hellfire.

God’s only clear message is to go into all the world and preach the Gospel. (Over several hundred times ex. Matthew 10:7) Along with that comes the need to recognize the Gospel and to recognize and separate the gospel from the false teachings. Repeatedly God declares teaching of methods of teaching  to be false prophets.

Again the devil says, “yeah hath God said?!” Always questioning Gods definition of things, like love. Today’s definition of love has come to mean allow and except every single idea as having some worth , and to ridicule and disparage anyone that would have the rigid belief, as a little child, that God is the marker and cornerstone, that all strayings from the truth lead to eternal destruction.

The devil (world) would have us believe that if someone was in danger of falling off a cliff that the loving thing to do is to be quiet. When in actuality Love is sounding the warning.

God says in His Word that if you find a thorn on the bush stay away, there is no good fruit there. Or if there is a particle of false doctrine in that group, there can be no gospel there. (Matthew 7:16, Luke 6:44, Hebrews 6:8)

If a prophet makes a prophesy that does not come true, that is a false prophet, Stay away.  Matthew 24:24, “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders;”

If a man or a group questions the power of God’s gospel and says we must preach this first or this instead, beware of the false prophet.

We humbly are grateful to God for His revelation of His Savoir through His Word. We encourage each person who reads this to pick up the Bible each day and read a portion each day to come to learn of Jesus Christ. Each of us stands alone before the throne so we rely not on man but Jesus. All of Jesus, we do not pick out parts we like only, but the whole of Jesus is the whole of Scripture. Each time you read it more and more is revealed. Eternity depends on it.

Matthew 11:28-30, ”Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
[29] Take my yoke upon you, and LEARN OF ME; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  [30] For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Blessings to All!      All That Matters is The Eternal!

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