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  1. about 2 months ago on Pearls Before Swine

    What happens when we die is such a big question because people have been misled about what the Bible really says about death. For centuries churches have taught that at death people go to heaven or a place of torment. But that isn’t what the Bible says. The first human couple were warned that sin would bring death, not torment. Psalm 146:4 “His spirit [or breath] goes out, he returns to the ground; On that very day his thoughts perish”. Ecclesiastes 9:5 “For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing at all, nor do they have any more reward”. Death is inevitable no matter what kind of person we are. Our actions in this life however, whether good or bad, will affect whether we are given the opportunity to live again, not in heaven, but on earth. John 5:28,29 reveals “the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, and those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment”. So the Bible does not teach that at death a person has some part of them that continues on in another place. This is not meant to be ‘preachy’ but simply to share

  2. about 2 months ago on Pearls Before Swine

    But there is a two-word answer for where you can find the answers…

  3. 3 months ago on Pearls Before Swine

    Gotta love Pastis’ humor!!

  4. 4 months ago on Pearls Before Swine

    “Adam and Eve on the other hand had no concept of punishment, they simply didn’t know what that was, and they didn’t have the ability to understand this kind of concept”

    They were given a command directly from God himself to not eat from the tree, with the warning that if they did they would positively die. (and they knew what death was) What part of that wouldn’t be clear and understandable to them? Or you?

  5. 4 months ago on Pearls Before Swine

    Here is one more illustration of the reality of free-will. The Dept. of Transportation does in-depth studies of traffic conditions and other factors. They then determine it is wise to place stop signs at an intersection. Drivers see the signs and realize they are required to stop before continuing. Many drivers appreciate the signs and realize it is for their protection. They may not fully understand the reason for the placement of the signs, but they trust the authorities that put them there and know it is for their safety. And they know that if they disregard the signs, there will be a penalty. Either an accident with injuries or a civil penalty. ……..However, a few drivers think the stop signs are nothing but an impedence to their free-will. They think they should not have to have any rules on the road at all, that they should be able to drive anywhere they want as fast as they want, and only stop when they want to. Such drivers are selfish, only thinking of themselves. And they put all of the other drivers on the road at risk. That is why the DoT does not allow drivers to decide for themselves what is right and wrong on the road. Drivers have free-will to use the roads at any time, but their free-will has boundaries so that all on the road will be safe. And this is why our Creator reserved to himself the authority to decide what is right and wrong for humans.

  6. 4 months ago on Pearls Before Swine

    It is interesting to note how often some folks miss or overlook key points in Bible accounts. Adam and Eve did have free-will. What they did not have was ABSOLUTE free-will. The Genesis account actually only references one restriction that God gave to the first humans. Just one. The one tree (referred to as “the tree of the knowledge of good and bad”) they were not to touch. Think of it this way….a person plants and owns a great expansive orchard with thousands of trees and allows others in the community to come in and enjoy the fruit freely. Since that person “created” the orchard and they alone provide the water and nutrients for it, they would have the right to set aside one tree for themself. There would be nothing evil or unloving in keeping one tree for their use alone. Especially since they alone created the orchard for all to benefit from. The first human couple were given not only an abundance in food, they were also gifted with the opportunity to live forever in perfect, peaceful and beautiful surroundings. They were given the privilege to name the animals, and to care for the land and animals where they lived. And the account indicates they were able to talk directly with God! The one thing they were not given is the right to decide for themselves what is right and wrong. God reserved that authority to himself alone. The free-will they had was relative to the purpose for which they were designed and created. They lacked nothing. But they desired and then took the one thing they were not entitled to. That was due to their selfishness, not Gods. And yes, they were aware of the consequences of their actions. They were told that if they broke that one command, they would die. There is nothing in the Genesis account that suggests that the animals were intended to live forever. Only humans were mentioned as having that potential. So most likely they had seen animals grow old and die. Because of that they knew what death was and what it meant.

  7. 4 months ago on Pearls Before Swine

    The fruit, whatever variety it was, was an object lesson, that while the first human pair had free will, not everything was in their realm of authority. They had probably 1000’s of varieties of fruits and vegetables. But it was this 1 particular fruit that Jehovah God reserved for himself. He reserved the right to decide what was right and wrong for humans,

  8. 4 months ago on Pearls Before Swine

    Keep in mind though that Adam and Eve were perfect, with a direct one-on-one relationship with God. Something no one else had, except Jesus. So the misuse of their free-will was inexcusable. They knew better

  9. 4 months ago on Pearls Before Swine

    There are a lot of “nut jobs” in other areas too, like politics. But when you see things happening in the world exactly the way the Bible said they would, you have to take notice.

  10. 7 months ago on Pearls Before Swine

    Yep, he winged it. And not very well………