Our natural/Supernatural world, Part 1

Abstract

Our five senses show us that we live in a natural world.  We think ‘naturally.’  Yet the natural is not all life is about.  The Bible reveals a supernatural world, all around but invisible.  In this supernatural world are God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, good and evil angels.  The world in which we live is ruled by the leader of the evil angels.   

People might say, ‘Prove it!’  One of the easiest proofs is the war against the Bible.  If we live in a natural world only, where do the continual attacks against the Bible come from?  For example, there are professors at universities who do their best to destroy the faith of Bible believing students.  Various TV shows mock the Gospel.  Films poke fun at pastors and church officials in a very negative way.  Some people even mock Jesus as transgender, homosexual, married to Mary Magdalene, et cetera.  Others reject Jesus’ resurrection as fiction.  Anything that might remind people of the Bible, even prayer, is often frowned upon.  Christians are even labelled as evil people.  The idea of evolution, that life evolved naturally, is widely sold as ‘science.’  Yet nobody has ever proved how non-living elements can combine to form the most intricate living structures.  It has never been done, but the public has to believe it like gospel truth – life came from non-life.

  • If people believe in strange things like civilized men on the moon, or ET’s from outer space, or whatever, that is fine.  As long as some one does not believe in the Bible.  
  • It is ordinary citizens, many who are clever and gifted, who attack the Bible.  What force in them drives them to hate the Bible?  The Bible has a supernatural origin and a supernatural message.  So it makes sense that these people are influenced by the supernatural enemy of God. 
  • The Bible tells us about a future new world and a city of massive proportions built out of gold.  People deride it as a myth and yet that so-called mythical book is banned, burned and branded as evil.  No ‘myth’ ever received such treatment!  

My search 

I grew up on a farm near a small town in South Africa.  I had no clue why I was on earth.  Life was not that much fun.  I had questions, ‘ Why am I here?  What is life about?’  The few times I was in church as a youngster I understood zero.  It puzzled me why the man in the black suit read what to me was a very boring ‘Big, Black Book.’  There were many wonderful books I knew about, like ‘Tarzan of the Apes,’ ‘Prince Valiant,’ exciting cowboy stories, et cetera.    

What was I supposed to answer the girl I dated when she asked me, ‘Are you saved?’  I had no clue what she meant.  Regardless, we got married and in time I did get saved.  I gave my heart and life to Jesus.  Then began my search of what it means to be saved.  I wondered why the Bible needs 66 books to explain such a simple message?  Now, about 45 years later, it feels as if many of my questions have been answered by the precious Holy Spirit.  That is what we write about.    

To be continued….

Why is ghost hunting so popular?

In the Western World, once the stronghold of the Christian faith, there are lawsuits against anyone who dares to mention or teach the Bible in education facilities.  Teachers and scientists lose their jobs when they do that.  There are many more such attacks against Biblical Faith.  It is a concerted effort to ‘break the chains…and throw off the fetters1 of God and His Word, the Bible.    

#  What makes this fight so weird? 

It is so ghostly because the Bible testifies mainly about invisible things: 

  • God, with Jesus at His right hand is on His throne in heaven, invisible to the eye or telescopes.  We will only see them in future on the new earth.  
  • We cannot see the Holy Spirit.
  • The new heaven and earth, the future Utopia, is still in the future. 
  • The Kingdom of God is real and exists, but no one can pinpoint it.
  • The Bible testifies that there are myriads of invisible angels around us.  Where? 
  • An evil fallen angel rules over the world.  We see his efforts in real life, but not him.  
  • Evil demons influence people to do Satan’s will but no doctor’s investigation can reveal them.

Conclusion

Why fight against a Book that speaks about invisible personalities and places?  It sounds like a popular hunt against ghosts.  Yet Scripture gives the answer, ‘…what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.’ 2  The fight is the attempt of God’s enemy to prevent people from the information that will enable them to be part of God’s people.   

Reference

  1. Psalm 2:3
  2. 2 Corinthians 4:18

What about evil, Part 2

Who was the serpent?

Please see What about evil, Part 1

The last book of the Bible, Revelation, informs us that there was a spirit, a created angel, behind the serpent, ‘The great dragon was hurled down – that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray.’ 1

It is necessary to have some background knowledge about the serpent, called Satan.

  • The talking serpent is in reality a rebellious angel (an invisible spirit) who decided to defect from God’s Kingdom.  He convinced one third of God’s angles to join him.  For his insurrection, he was banished and will never be part of God’s coming Kingdom which will be established on the new earth.  He is sore and bitter about it, bitter that humans, made from dust, can inherit the Kingdom.  That explains why he constantly questions the Bible.  The Bible is the guide for humans to become part of God’s eternal Kingdom.
  • Because the Bible is the Key to the Kingdom, Satan leads the whole world astray concerning the Bible.  He always questions the Word of God.  If he can destroy people’s trust or interest in it, they will follow his way and be excluded from God’s presence in eternity.
  • Satan is the ruler of this world.  That happened when Adam obeyed him rather than God.  God gave Adam the right to rule over the created world, ‘Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.’ 2  Adam’s right to rule went over to the devil.  As leader of this world, he can lead the whole world astray.
  • This is just fact, ’We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.’ 3  The devil controls the media, entertainment, education, money, law and whichever systems are at play in the world.  So he can influence millions, even billions to reject the Bible.

The change from Genesis 2 to Genesis 4?

Genesis 2 presents a picture of peace, tranquility and harmony.  After the devil entered in Genesis 3, the next chapter, Genesis 4, records the first murder in human history.  The murderer, Cain, was not interested in God’s advice to avoid wrongdoing.  Why?  The New Testament answers it, ‘Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother.  And why did he murder him?  Because his own actions were evil and his brother’s were righteous.’ 4  Jesus affirmed, ‘And so upon you will come all the righteous blood that has been shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to….’ 5

What happened when Adam and Eve ate of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil?

It became part of man’s constituency to do either good or evil.  When the devil entered the garden of Eden, humanity divided into two groups.

  • One group does what the devil likes – evil.  They resist God’s plan for their lives.  The other group trusts in God and wants to do His will.
  • Satan wants to divide humanity in two groups as he did with the angels.  They were divided into those who follow and obey God and those who follow the devil.  The example of Cain and Abel is a ‘blueprint’ of what humanity would be like through the ages: pro or anti-God.
  • Compare the attitudes of Cain and Lamech to that of Abel and Seth.  In Seth’s time man began to call upon the name of the Lord. 6  Cain’s genealogy stops with Lamech, while the genealogy of Adam through Seth ends with Jesus. 7
  • Genesis 6-7 highlight the differences between the two groups among humans after the Garden of Eden episode.  It was hundreds years after Adam and Eve were evicted from the garden.  There was already a sizable number of people on earth.  Yet when God surveyed them, His conclusion was, ‘The Lord saw how great man”s wickedness on earth had become, and that every inclination of his heart was only evil all the time.’ 8 Contrary to that, the Bible records one family that was different, ‘Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of the time, and he walked with God.’ 9
  • A few Scriptures to illustrate the two groups:
    • 1 John 3:12 calls the devil ‘the evil one.’
    • Genesis 2:9 introduced us to the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
    • Genesis 4 describes the evil deeds of Cain. 10  Cain belonged to the evil one.
    • Matthew 24:35 describes Abel as a righteous man.
    • Genesis 6:9 describes Noah as a righteous man.  He walked with God, as did Enoch.11  See also Hebrews 11:4-5
  • Thus the devil caused this split in the loyalty of mankind, either pro or anti-God.  It was the same as with the angels. 12  The difference is clear in Revelation.  Many angels serve God.  They are with God in the New Jerusalem.  The devil and his angels are in the lake of burning sulphur.

Conclusion

When we hear about evil in the world, we have to understand that its origin is the devil.  He is the evil one who causes people to commit evil against others made in the image of God.  Scripture tells us, ‘He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning.’ 13  Understand that the killing, torturing, maiming of people by people, is part of the evil problem and its origin is in the devil.

That leaves us with two important questions we want to discuss:

  • Why did God not, in His omnipotence, get rid of the devil?  The devil is a created angel, so obviously for the Creator to squash him would have been no big deal.
  • What about natural evil or disasters like hurricanes, floods, tsunamis, et cetera?  What is their origin and why doesn’t God prevent them?  If Jesus could still a storm on the Sea of Galilee, surely God can stop a tsunami or a hurricane.

References

  1. Revelation 12:9
  2. Genesis 1:28
  3. 1 John 5:19
  4. 1 John 3:12
  5. Matthew 24:35
  6. Genesis 4:26
  7. Luke 3:23-38
  8. Genesis 6:5
  9. Genesis 7:9
  10. 1 John 3:12
  11. Genesis 5:22
  12. Mark 8:38
  13. 1 John 3:8
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