When Animals Spoke

By BIP

RabbitThere are two times in the Bible when animals spoke.

The first involved a serpent.

“‘You will not certainly die,’ the serpent said to the woman.” Genesis 3:4

The second embroiled a donkey.

“Then the LORD opened the donkey’s mouth, and it said to Balaam, ‘What have I done to you to make you beat me these three times?’” Numbers 22:28

In the second instance, it clearly states that God was the one who opened the donkey’s mouth. However, in the first instance we are told that the serpent categorically spoke, though it was under the influence of Satan.

The question that comes up is, did all animals speak at the beginning of creation?

Though there are no biblical verses to support that they all did, there remains that one recorded time when the serpent did actually speak on its own; which points to the possibility that most likely (some or all) animals did have to some degree the gift of speech, until the fall of man when God’s curse fell upon all creation and removed said gift from them.

“Cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals!” Genesis 3:14

Just like Adam and Eve were cast out of the Garden of Eden because of their disobedience and could not get back in, animals lost their speech privilege because of their role in man’s fall and could not recover it. Instead, they ended up vocalizing themselves using various feral onomatopoeias.

If animals did not speak from the very beginning, God would not have opened the donkey’s mouth in the 2nd instance (not that He couldn’t otherwise), because God NEVER goes against the order He created in nature.

Every miracle is an instance of God super-activating the existing order. For instance, a supernatural healing is a normal, natural healing that is sped up, given that the body was created to naturally heal itself.

The natural order of things is one of the reasons Jesus did not turn stone into bread when the Devil asked him to.

“If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Matthew 4:3

It’s not that Jesus couldn’t do it, but within the created order rock cannot be made to turn into bread. The Devil wanted Jesus to circumvent God’s natural order of things, and Jesus refused – in addition to not wanting to take orders from Satan.

As further proof of maintaining said order, Jesus turned bread into more bread (super-activation) for the multitudes that came to hear Him.

Don’t you remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered? Or the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered?” Matthew 16:9,10

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When 2 = 1

By BIP

Jesus digital“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27

What does that verse really mean?

It means that there is a duality inherent in God, Father and Son. Therefore God created that same duality in mankind, male and female. That duality is itself God’s image in mankind.

“Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness…’ ” Genesis 1:26

Therefore, God is a duality of one, Father and Son.

“I and the Father are one.” John 10:30

Said duality of one is imprinted in mankind’s body as well: 2 eyebrows, 2 eyes, 2 nostrils, 2 lips, 2 cheeks, 2 shoulders, 2 arms, 2 hands, 2 hips, 2 knees, 2 legs, 2 feet = 1 body, 1 head, 1 brain, 1 mouth.

See The Trinity Doctrine is not in the Bible

The LOVE Mandate

Jesus is loveBy BIP

The Christian mandate is LOVE.

“Love one another.”

“Love your neighbor.”

“Love your enemy.”

If you find a different disposition in your heart, then quickly do something about it; for you are not following God’s commands.

Violence and hatred and wrath are the antitheses of everything a True Christian stands for. Jesus gave us the example to follow when He laid down His life instead of annihilating his enemies.

“Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?” Matthew 26:53

It Pays To Be Money Wise

By BIP

“In a wise man’s dwelling, precious treasures and oils are stored.” Proverbs 21: 20

“A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children.” Proverbs 13:22

Money Wise

You are just a steward of the money you earn, therefore learn to control it before it controls you. In other words, get in the habit of using and bequeathing it properly:

a. meet your family’s needs (vacation included);

b. don’t waste money on frivolous things;

c. prepare for bad times (savings and insurance);

d. invest in your retirement;

e. lay away for your children’s future;

f. take eternity into account and apply Jesus’s parable of The Unrighteous Steward in Luke 16:1-12.

With that parable, Jesus delineated a two-prong position:

1) Salvation. The unrighteous steward gave away commercial goods to those who could give back to him in return. Scratch my back, I scratch yours. That’s the way of the world. And for the world it is a smart way to deal. However, you, as a disciple of Christ, have something better to give. The Gospel of Salvation. And it is not to be exchanged for filthy lucre like many “preachers” do today. It is to be given to all, expecting nothing in return.

2) Money. You must not only give the Gospel away for free, you must also bestow money on those who can’t give back to you. That way they can see Christ in you as well as getting a taste of the goodness of the Lord through your giving.

“Taste and see that the LORD is good.” Psalm 34: 8

“If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same.” Luke 6: 33

When you give, it is as if God Himself is giving. Said gesture affords you the opportunity to share Christ. It is also a seed impregnated with Christian love that later on could yield the fruit of change in marginal “Christians” or salvation in the souls of those who do not know Christ. That’s why Jesus said to “make friends using unrighteous mammon.”

Thereupon, those at the receiving end of your gift, once saved, will be able to partake with you of the everlasting life, which is the real dividend or the true riches that God Himself will assign to you as your own.

See Who Should Christians Give their Money to?

It’s A Transvestite

By BIP

TransvestiteMany Christians believe that a woman should only wear dresses and not pants. Those with said frame of mind are only misusing the following verse.

“The woman shall not wear that which pertains unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.” Deuteronomy 22:5

First, there were no pants in existence when those words were written.

Second, that verse simply means exactly what it says. If a man puts on a garment belonging to woman (e.g., a dress), he’s not acting like a man, but like a woman – thus, contrary to nature. Today, we call such a person a transvestite. That’s the spirit of the verse.

It has nothing to do with pants and dresses, especially when in biblical times both men and women wore tunics, which looked almost identical.

Therefore, the spirit of the verse is what needs to be upheld.

The Meaning Of Life

By BIP

Beyond

Life flows from God. Thus, its intrinsic value revolves around the Creator. In other words, without God there’s no substance to life.

And the only way for life’s meaning to materialize is to love and serve God by loving and serving one another.

“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:37-40

“Whoever wants to be great among you, let him be one who serves.” Matthew 20:26

When you buy a car, for instance, you buy something that was created to serve the one who buys it. Likewise, God created us to love and serve.

If there’s any other lopsided disposition in the human soul, then the heart has become adversely infected and is in dire need of an adjustment.

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Proverbs 4:23

As to why we toil under the sun, please read To Infinity and Beyond.

Is Faith In God A Superstitious Crutch?

By BIP

Prayer

The enemies of God love to say 1) that those who exercise spiritual faith are only using it as a crutch, instead of applying logic and reason; 2) that faith has not revealed us anything about the universe; and 3) that religion is the bane of human existence.

1.  Actually, those who abuse the “crutch” argument are in fact using it as their own crutch in order to defend their lack of faith, which deep down causes their foolishness to echo in their spirit.

“The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.'” Psalm 14:1

Logic (or wisdom) and reason (or understanding/common sense) were given to us by God. So their argument is silly, to say the least.

“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD.” Isaiah 1:18

“For the LORD gives wisdom.” Proverbs 2:6

“Keep sound wisdom and discretion.” Proverbs 3:21

“We know that the Son of God is come, and has given us understanding.” 1 John 5:20

In addition, the supporters of the “faith-as-crutch” fallacy love to point to science as faith’s Achilles’s heel; but what they always fail to reveal is that many world-renowned scientists, when at a crossroads, unequivocally acknowledge the existence of God using simple deductive reasoning.

“It may seem bizarre, but in my opinion science offers a surer path to God than religion,” explains Physicist Paul Davies, the winner of the 2001 Kelvin Medal issued by the Institute of Physics and the winner of the 2002 Faraday Prize issued by the Royal Society (amongst other awards).

“People take it for granted that the physical world is both ordered and intelligible. The underlying order in nature-the laws of physics-are simply accepted as given, as brute facts. Nobody asks where they came from; at least they do not do so in polite company.

“However, even the most atheistic scientist accepts as an act of faith that the universe is not absurd, that there is a rational basis to physical existence manifested as law-like order in nature that is at least partly comprehensible to us. So science can proceed only if the scientist adopts an essentially theological worldview.”

2.  How can faith not reveal us anything about the Universe, when faith tells us that God is the Maker of heaven and earth (Psalm 115:15), or the Universe as they are called.

Further, the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus the Messiah and the Advent of the Holy Spirit drastically changed the world. From that point in history nothing has been the same.

The Holy Spirit of Christ has been inspiring the world forward through dazzling innovations and technological achievements, not to mention the fact that the backward and hateful thinking of pagan cultures has been wiped out by Christian mores.

Where were all these achievements before Christ? Nowhere. The civilization we’re living in is known as Christian Western Civilization, which has impacted the entire globe.

3. Religion, as some interpret and use it, may be baneful. However, a personal relationship with God through Christ Jesus is not. It’s the salvation and redemption of man’s soul.

Religion is man-made with earthly rules and agendas. A relationship with Christ is not. They are two different concepts.

Besides, imagine a world without Christian love and compassion. That would be the bane of human existence. Many throughout history have given us a glimpse of that reality.

From Mao Zedong to Meginstu Haile Mariam, from Kim Il Su to Pol Pot, from Hideki Tojo to Stalin, these Atheists killed over 110 million people – not to mention antiquity rulers like Pharaoh and Caesar who actually thought themselves gods and annihilated multitudes.

“All those who hate Me love death.” Proverbs 8:36

No true Christian who follows the teachings of Christ would ever harm anyone. If lawbreakers, murderers, and mass murderers – politicians or not – pay lip service to the Lord, it’s just to mask who they really are: Atheists pretending to be Christians.