(By Crystal Holmes)

Does motive matter? Does God care WHY you are righteous? Does He care if you are righteous because you want His blessings, or because you like being a part of a group, or because you are in the habit of being righteous, or because you like truth?

The Old Testament was given for our learning and is full of examples to learn from. So let’s consider one. Jonah was sent to Nineveh to tell the people that their wickedness had come to God and that He would destroy them if they did not repent (1:2, 3:4). Notice the response of the people and the motive of the king:

Jonah 3:5, 8-9. So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them…. [The king said,] But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands. Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?

These people did not want to die! Their PRIMARY reason for repenting was self-preservation! NOT to love God with all their hearts and all their minds! NOT to seek His truth and obey Him because they liked Him! This was a purely selfish reason to do what God said! Just like being righteous because you get to be a part of a group or because you get God’s blessings is selfish! And what did God do when He saw the people of Nineveh repent and obey His commandments, albeit for selfish reasons? Did He say, “Well, I’m still going to destroy you. You’re only repenting because you don’t want to die! You are being selfish and not repenting for the truth’s sake”? No!

Jonah 3:10. And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.

God honored their repentance and spared their lives EVEN THOUGH their motives were selfish. He did not care WHY they repented; He was just glad they did! And if you think this is an isolated event, consider that Israel did the SAME THING!

Psalm 78:34-38. When he [God] slew them, THEN they sought him: and they returned and enquired early after God. And they remembered that God was their rock, and the high God their redeemer. Nevertheless they did flatter him with their mouth, and they lied unto him with their tongues. For their heart was not right with him, neither were they stedfast in his covenant. BUT he, being full of compassion, FORGAVE THEIR INIQUITY, and destroyed them not: yea, MANY A TIME turned he his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath.

Notice! When God slew the Israelites – when He killed some of them – THEN they sought Him and repented! They only wanted to live – just like the Ninevites wanted to live! NOT ONLY THAT! They were LYING to God about changing, and God KNEW IT! Nevertheless, God FORGAVE them and turned His anger away, only so they could again commit sin and flatter Him with their mouths. This happened REPEATEDLY throughout the Old Testament – showing that motives didn’t matter – but what does the New Testament reveal?

Jesus performed many miracles, some of which included feeding thousands of people from very small amounts of physical food available. And He said that those people followed Him NOT because of the other miracles or because they wanted to know the truth. He said they followed Him because they wanted to be fed!

John 6:26. Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.

Jesus told the people to either believe Him or believe the works.

John 10:38. But if I do [the works of my Father], though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.

It would seem that Jesus is saying that motives don’t matter, but wait! They DO matter!

Mark 10:29-30. And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s, But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.

Jesus says that people who give up those things for HIS SAKE AND THE GOSPEL’S shall receive a hundredfold in this life and eternal life. NOT those who give them up for other reasons – like to be a part of a group or to receive some sort of blessing from God! So, motives DO matter!

Now it seems I have contradicted myself, but I haven’t! God has instituted two covenants. The first covenant was given to a people who were wholly carnal and who loved to have it that way! The second covenant was given to a people who were spiritual and who wanted to know the truth of God.

Under the old covenant, God could only judge people by their works – not by the intentions of their hearts. Why? Before I answer that question, consider that the people DID NOT WANT God to be able to see their hearts or even to have access to their hearts. Instead, they wanted Moses to be a mediator.

Exodus 20:19, 21. And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die…. And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was.

So, why couldn’t God judge the people by the intentions of their hearts? Because the people were uncircumcised in heart, God could not see their motives. The foreskin of their hearts was still present, hiding their thoughts and motives from God and from others. For those people living under this covenant, to be accepted, all they had to do was to do well. And they didn’t have to do well for the right reasons to be accepted of God!

Genesis 4:7. If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? …

But, under the new covenant, God CAN see the thoughts and intents of the heart, for that is the very DEFINITION of the new covenant. The foreskin covering the heart is removed at baptism – at the signing of the New Covenant Contract. This is the covenant God wanted from the beginning!

Deuteronomy 10:16. Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiffnecked.

One example of this in the New Testament is Simon Magus. He was a sorcerer of Samaria that appeared to many to have converted to the true faith as taught by Philip, Peter, and John. When the apostles laid hands on people and imparted to them the gift of the holy spirit, Simon tried to pay them for this power:

Acts 8:17-19. Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost. And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.

And Peter responded with:

Acts 8:20-23.Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God. Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee. For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity.

Peter said that Simon’s motives DID matter! He said that Simon’s heart was not right with God and that Simon was still in the bond of iniquity! There were still sins hidden in Simon’s heart that he had not repented of, and Peter – through the holy spirit – could see his heart! AND it was BECAUSE his heart wasn’t right that he had “neither part nor lot in this matter” – no part in the holy spirit – no part in the new covenant!

2 Corinthians 9:7. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

Purposing in your heart is more private than purposing with your lips. God can see whether you are giving cheerfully or not. With an uncircumcised heart, God can see all of your motives – be it giving with a spirit of cheerfulness or desiring something so you can consume it on your lusts.

James 4:3. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

Every person begins his life under the old covenant. As he begins to do the law, he is justified in God’s sight (Romans 2:13-15). Fearing the Lord by keeping His commandments is a good start, for doing just that, a person can have increased understanding in the law of God (Psalm 111:10, Proverbs 1:7, Proverbs 9:10). For people under the old covenant, motives do not matter. God is just happy they are obeying Him.

But, for baptized people – for those who choose to live under the new covenant – motives do matter. The more an individual knows God, the more that individual’s motives matter – the more God expects of him.

Luke 12:48. But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

So, do motives matter? Yes and No. It depends on where you stand with God – whether you are under the old covenant or the new covenant. But for anyone who truly wants to know God, motives matter.

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Let’s say, while you’re out of the house, your neighbor breaks into your house, and steals your TV. He installs it in his house, and you can see your TV in there when you get home that night. Is it right for you to wait for him to leave the house, so you can break into HIS house, and reclaim the TV that is, after all, rightfully yours?

If you’ve answered NO, good for you. This is how Christ would handle it. If you’ve answered “Well, after all, it IS my TV – it’s not really stealing!” then answer the question… How is it possible to fulfill this command of scripture:

Romans 12:17 Recompense to no man evil for evil…

If you take justice in your own hands, and steal that TV back, you are recompensing evil for evil. Do not misunderstand – you are helping no one, least of all the thief, by letting him get away with it – but you are limited by God to using LEGAL means. But if you go to the sheriff, and discover he is corrupt, or for some reason is unable to do anything… you CAN’T take the law into your own hands.

Romans 12:19-21 Dearly beloved, AVENGE NOT yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

Is God unable to replace your TV? Is He so powerless or unconcerned with your welfare that He can’t find a way to prosper you somehow to make up for it? If you use the same methods used by those who are evil, the world can’t tell the difference between you and them – even if, LEGALLY, it belongs to you – if you can’t LEGALLY get it back, LET IT GO. God says HE will repay you – and them.

When faced with this question, many say “well yes, Christ did say to turn the other cheek… but that doesn’t mean you have to be a doormat!”

Luke 6:27-29 But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also.

So if he takes your TV… offer him your VCR too?

1 Peter 2:12-15 Having your manner of life honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evil-doers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation. Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether to the king, as supreme; Or to governors, as to them that are sent by him for the punishment of evil-doers, and for the praise of them that do well. For so is the will of God, that with well-doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:

Returning to our example, if you take back your TV, then your other neighbors can’t tell a difference between you and him. Sure, it was your TV to begin with, but you both stole to get it. And even though you had a right to that TV… tell me how it is possible to steal from a thief, and turn the other cheek at the same time…

However, I don’t believe you can do that. If someone steals from you, and you can’t easily reclaim it, LET IT GO. God doesn’t want you in trouble with the law for any reason, because it reflects badly on Him. Even if you’re more or less innocent – unless you’re in jail for preaching the gospel, you reflect badly on God!

Philippians 2:15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world.

So, if this principle is established, we can use it to magnify the eighth commandment in quite some detail.

For example: downloading music off the internet has been deemed illegal by the Supreme Court. If you do this, as well as you may justify it, the world will call you a thief. As indeed you are; what right do you have to the work of someone else? Regardless of what exorbitant price they place on music, you have no right to steal it from them.

Remember the scripture that says “the labourer is worthy of his hire” (1 Timothy 5:18) – worthy of HIS hire, not the hire you think he might be worth, but the hire he places on himself!

Romans 2:21-24 Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal? Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery? thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege? Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God? For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written.

You are held to a higher standard than the world. God wants you to be BLAMELESS. This means that semi-legal things like this MUST STOP before God can bless the church.

Daniel 6:4-5 Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him. Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God.

Daniel was totally BLAMELESS. These men wanted to tear Daniel down – just as, and for the same reason as, the world wants to tear you down – and if Daniel had speeding tickets, or illegal music, or in ANY way violated the least of the laws of the land, they would have found it. And yet, they could not find ANYTHING. He was BLAMELESS.

And why shouldn’t he be? The laws that the country enforces that you shouldn’t steal, or shouldn’t endanger the lives of others are not contrary to the law of God. And Daniel, and you, are obligated to obey them.

Romans 13:1-4 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.

This includes using hacked copies of software, prevalent in the world and the church today. Sure, “Microsoft is a thief, and wouldn’t miss the money” – and the classic reasoning “And I wouldn’t have bought it anyway” but is that really the point?

Can you imagine the hey-day the enemies of God would have, if they are able to say things like “That guy in God’s church writes articles against stealing – on a STOLEN, HACKED, program!” Can you imagine the shame God feels if that happens?

It simply can’t happen in a person, or a church, God is going to be with.

If your employer overpays you, even though he cheated you a few months ago, is it right of you to just take it “as payment for the time he ripped you off”? Or is the right answer to inform him of his mistake? Which answer will show credit to the things you say you believe, and the God whom you claim to serve?

The bottom line – it is NOT alright to steal from a thief. Ever.

1 Peter 2:19-20 For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.

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(By Crystal Holmes)

Why did God forbid things like seething a kid in his mother’s milk, wearing garments made of wool and linen, or rounding the corners of your head? Why not let an ox and an ass plow together? Why not mix your seeds or practice crossbreeding? What’s wrong with these things? This paper will examine these commandments (and a few others) that seem strange to most people. We will see WHY God gave these commandments and why you should keep them.

Seething a Kid in His Mother’s Milk

Exodus 34:26. The first of the firstfruits of thy land thou shalt bring into the house of the LORD thy God. Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother’s milk. (See also Exodus 23:19).

Many have said that eating milk and meat together is bad because it hampers digestion and assimilation of the calcium and iron. Others have simply said that it means you should not butcher the kid and the mother in the same day, or that you would have to use separate utensils for kids and other goats or sheep. But is that really what it means?

Let’s begin by looking at this verse in context. The context is driving out the pagan peoples of the land.

Exodus 34:11-13. Observe thou that which I command thee this day: behold, I drive out before thee the Amorite, and the Canaanite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, and the Hivite, and the Jebusite. But ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves: For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:

God also told them to not even make mention of the names of other gods – not even to talk about them:

Exodus 23:13. And in all things that I have said unto you be circumspect: and make no mention of the name of other gods, neither let it be heard out of thy mouth.

Why? Why did God forbid them from even saying a pagan god’s name? Because He did not want them to make covenants with the inhabitants of the land! He did not want His people to mingle with those pagans, sacrifice to their gods, or learn their abominable practices!

Exodus 34:15. Lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and they go a whoring after their gods, and do sacrifice unto their gods, and one call thee, and thou eat of his sacrifice;

God is a jealous God, and He does not want Israel defiling herself by mingling with the heathen in the land – who are so evil and profane that God is driving them out. God wants a CLEAN people! And the only way to have that purity is to drive out the people and destroy their religion. Afterwards, Israel was commanded to keep three feasts to God (Exodus 34:18-23), and God says that His sacrifices are not to be offered with leaven. Leavened bread symbolizes sin, as Jesus alluded to when He spoke of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees (Matthew 16:12), and as Paul mentioned when delivering sinful people to Satan for the destruction of the body (1 Corinthians 5:1-9).

Exodus 34:25-26. Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leaven; neither shall the sacrifice of the feast of the passover be left unto the morning. The first of the firstfruits of thy land thou shalt bring unto the house of the LORD thy God. Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother’s milk.

So, you see, the context of seething a kid in his mother’s milk has something to do with driving out the pagan peoples of the Promised Land and then making pure offerings to God by His standards. The pagan peoples seethed kids in their mothers’ milk during their harvest season, because they were worshiping the gods of fertility and prosperity. While driving out other people, it would have been easy for the Hebrews to begin practicing the religion of the pagans. They would have to destroy their altars and other pagan religious items, so they would see them and handle them. They would ask the natives how they served their gods and then begin to serve them themselves. They did this in the days of the judges!

Judges 2:3, 12. Wherefore I also said, I will not drive them out from before you; but they shall be as thorns in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare unto you…. And they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, of the gods of the people that were round about them, and bowed themselves unto them, and provoked the LORD to anger.

Adam Clarke’s Commentary concurs that the commandment against seething a kid in his mother’s milk was based on the practices of the pagans in the lands God was driving out:

This passage has greatly perplexed commentators; but Dr. Cudworth is supposed to have given it its true meaning by quoting a [manuscript] comment of a Karaite Jew, which he met with, on this passage. ‘It was a custom of the ancient heathens, when they had gathered in all their fruits, to take a kid and boil it in the milk of its dam; and then, in a magical way, to go about and besprinkle with it all their trees and fields, gardens and orchards; thinking by these means to make them fruitful, that they might bring forth more abundantly in the following year. Wherefore, God forbad his people, at the time of their in-gathering, to use any such superstitious or idolatrous rite.’ –Cudworth on the Lord’s Supper.

This was a superstition of the pagans whereby they paid homage to their gods of fertility and prosperity. This was how the pagans celebrated THEIR harvest festival! They hoped that their fields and trees would be more fruitful in the following year if they sprinkled them with the kid who was boiled in his mother’s milk. And so God was justifiably worried that the Israelites would mix these pagan traditions with HIS harvest festivals!

This was a thoroughly PAGAN practice! That’s why God forbade it! He didn’t want His people to follow the pagan rites and worship false gods. Following some magical voodoo they had learned from the people they were supposed to be displacing meant they were rejecting God and His law. Almighty God ALONE was responsible for their prosperity and growth. He ALONE would bless them for being obedient to Him. This particular commandment was simply a magnification of the general commandment:

Deuteronomy 12:30. Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise.

Mingling Seeds

What do you think of the following commandment?

Leviticus 19:19. Ye shall keep my statutes. Thou shalt not let thy cattle gender with a diverse kind: thou shalt not sow thy field with mingled seed….

God is talking about crossbreeding here. He does not want you trying to mix cattle with other species, or any animals of different species. But just as God does not want you to mix different species, He does not want you – a believer – to be mingled with an unbeliever. He does not want light and darkness, righteousness and unrighteousness, the God-fearing and the God-hating, to be mixed together.

2 Corinthians 6:14. Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

God wants His people to be separate – to be holy – just as He is holy. Mixing paganism with truth does not work, and God will not stand for it or support someone who does it.

But now for more on the physical application of this commandment. Trying to cross a watermelon and an apricot doesn’t work. Trying to cross a cow with a camel doesn’t work. But mixing two very close species produces an offspring that has different traits than its parents. They may be better or worse than the parents, but they are almost always different. For thousands of years now, gardeners have been practicing horticultural selection to produce new and better plants.

Take, for instance, the cruciferous vegetables. This group of vegetables includes cabbage, kale, kohlrabi, collards, broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts, just to name a few. ALL of these varieties of this one species (Brassica Oleracea) came from one type of plant – wild cabbage. This is accomplished by saving and planting seeds from the individual plants that had a trait that the farmer wanted in the offspring. One plant may produce a big head while another would withstand the cold weather better. So, the farmer would plant seeds from these two parent plants next to each other so that they could cross-pollinate and, after a few generations, produce an offspring that had both qualities. This process eventually produces a new species, and if taken far enough produces a plant that can no longer reproduce because of a very narrow genetic pool; these plants are called hybrids.

This process is not wrong. Nearly all food in the supermarkets today have undergone this process to some extent. But crossbreeding plants and animals was also a pagan practice. By mixing certain seeds or animals together, they believed that their harvests would be more bountiful the next year. But the pagans were not after better genetics. They were after better MAGIC. They did not plant crops together because they wanted to combine the traits or produce a better plant. They planted them together because this plant was the plant of Ba’al, and this plant was the plant of Astarte, and when you planted them together their energy warded off bad luck, or created a good vibe that led to increased fertility and prosperity. Or something like that.

Maimonides, the 12th century Jewish historian, writes in his work “The Guide for the Perplexed”, Book 3, Chapter 30 (my emphasis is in bold):

On examining these old and foolish doctrines we find that it was most generally believed by the people that by the worship of stars the earth will become inhabited, and the ground fertilized. The wise, pious, and sinfearing men among them reproved the people and taught them that agriculture, on which the preservation of mankind depended, would become perfect and satisfy man’s wishes, when he worshipped the sun and the stars. If man provoked these beings by his rebelliousness, the towns would become empty and waste.

When a tree is grafted into another in the time of a certain conjunction of sun and moon, and is fumigated with certain substances whilst a formula is uttered, that tree will produce a thing that will be found exceedingly useful….

Thus, we see that these commandments were given because the pagans God was driving out were practicing these things and He did not want His people to practice them. God knows how perverted our current world is, and He looks at your heart. If you want God’s truth, you must be separate from the world, not mixed into it. If you eat crossbred food because you want to be more fertile or you want to have a better magical energy, then you are sinning. If you don’t care whether the food is crossbred or not – if the idol is nothing to you (1 Corinthians 8:4) – then you may eat all you desire with a pure conscience.

Hair Cuts and Grooming

Here are two commandments about how to cut your hair:

Leviticus 19:27. Ye shall not round the corners of your heads, neither shalt thou mar the corners of thy beard.

Deuteronomy 14:1. Ye are the children of the LORD your God: ye shall not cut yourselves, nor make any baldness between your eyes for the dead.

The pagan priests would trim the corners of their heads and their beards, much like monks have done. You’ll note, however, that almost everyone has a ridge on their head where the frontal and parietal bones join. This is the ridge whose highest point is at or near the “crown”. And what do pagan priests do? They shave the hair off the crown, creating what has been termed a tonsure (Figure 1). Some who prefer to keep their heads mostly bald (or have trouble growing hair) may opt for wearing a thin ring of hair around their heads, called a “monastic crown” (Figure 2). The modern-day Jewish skull cap (or kippah) also is a type of tonsure (Figure 3).

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Figure 1.
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Figure 2.
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Figure 3.

The tonsure was a pagan practice because by it, they showed obedience to the sun god! Note what Alexander Hislop in his “The Two Babylons” Chapter 6, Section 2, writes (my emphasis is in bold):

Now, as Rome set so much importance on this tonsure, let it be asked what was the meaning of it? It was the visible inauguration of those who submitted to it as the priests of Bacchus. This tonsure cannot have the slightest pretence to Christian authority. It was indeed the “tonsure of Peter,” but not of the Peter of Galilee, but of the Chaldean “Peter” of the Mysteries. He was a tonsured priest, for so was the god whose Mysteries he revealed. Centuries before the Christian era, thus spoke Herodotus of the Babylonian tonsure: “The Arabians acknowledge no other gods than Bacchus and Urania [i.e., the Queen of Heaven], and they say that their hair was cut in the same manner as Bacchus’ is cut; now, they cut it in a circular form, shaving it around the temples.”

Maimonides adds (Book 3, Chapter 37): “We have explained in our large work that it is prohibited to round the corners of the head, and to mar the corners of the beard, because it was the custom of idolatrous priests.”

So the practice of trimming the corners of the head and beard are actually pagan practices and should not be practiced as such.

But what of “making baldness between your eyes for the dead”? This is another pagan practice. The Israelites were not allowed to make themselves bald at all when mourning. They could not cut themselves or their hair because that’s what the pagans did when they mourned. Notice God’s commandment contrasted with what the priests of Baal did when he did not answer their prayers:

Leviticus 21:1, 5-6. And the LORD said unto Moses, Speak unto the priests the sons of Aaron, and say unto them, There shall none be defiled for the dead among his people…. They shall not make baldness upon their head, neither shall they shave off the corner of their beard, NOR MAKE ANY CUTTINGS IN THEIR FLESH. They shall be holy unto their God, and not profane the name of their God….

1 Kings 18:26-28. And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that answered. And they leaped upon the altar which was made…. And they cried aloud, and CUT THEMSELVES AFTER THEIR MANNER WITH KNIVES AND LANCETS, till the blood gushed out upon them.

God wants a HOLY people who will take care of their bodies as the temple of the Lord (1 Corinthians 6:19), not people who will wound themselves and mourn for pagan gods.

God wants you to worship Him – and Him alone – and He wants you to honor Him with your body, including your hair cut, and not pagan customs and superstitions!

Clothing

Now, for perhaps the two most famous clothing-related scriptures. And also some of the most misunderstood scriptures.

Leviticus 19:19. …neither shall a garment mingled of linen and woollen come upon thee.

Deuteronomy 22:5. The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth 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.

First notice that wearing either woollen garments or linen garments were permitted. When someone had a plague of leprosy, the garment was to be examined, “Whether it be in the warp, or woof; of linen, or of woollen; whether in a skin, or in any thing made of skin” (Leviticus 13:48). These were garments made of EITHER wool OR linen, NOT wool AND linen. Also notice that the virtuous woman of Proverbs 31 is hailed for seeking wool and flax (of which linen is made) and for working with her hands to provide for her family.

Proverbs 31:13. She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.

The pagan priests wore garments made of linen and wool woven together. They believed that wearing wool and linen in this way (just like they believed that mixing cattle and hybridizing seeds) would impart some kind of magical blessing on them. They also would cross-dress, the women dressing as men in front of certain gods, and the men dressing as women in front of other certain gods. This commandment has NOTHING to do with women being forbidden from wearing pants or shorts. God really does not care what you wear so long as it is not used in idolatrous practices or have images or words from false gods on it, and it is appropriately modest.

Maimonides, in Book 3, Chapter 37, continues:

…because it was the custom of idolatrous priests. For the same reason, the wearing of garments made of linen and wool is prohibited: the heathen priests adorned themselves with garments containing vegetable and animal material, whilst they held in their hand a seal made of a mineral. This you find written in their books. The same is also the reason of the precept, “The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man” (Deut. xxii. 5). You find it in the book Tomtom, that a male person should wear coloured woman’s dress when he stands before Venus, and a female, when standing before Mars, should wear a buckler and other armour. I think that this precept has also another reason; namely, that the interchange of dress creates lust and leads to immorality.

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What is the conclusion of the whole matter? These seemingly odd commandments are in fact legitimate. They were given because a rebellious and stiff-necked people who had no faith wanted (and needed!) God to spell out every little thing they could and could not do. But if you aren’t consciously worshiping Venus or Mars or any other false god, then you don’t need to worry about this commandment. If you aren’t thinking about the magical powers you might get by mixing seed, then don’t be concerned about eating hybridized food. In short, if the REASON for God’s giving the commandment no longer exists, then there is NO REASON to continue keeping those commandments.

Those rules aren’t relevant to our society. But the same concept applies to our modern, corrupt society. There are many customs that would tempt carnal people back into the pagan religious mysteries. For example, there is nothing wrong in itself with eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day. But it is a custom and superstition used by people to serve modern-day false gods.

If YOU were writing laws for a people who couldn’t judge right from wrong based on a minimal framework of Law, you would write out all the rules, including “Thou shalt not eat black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day.” This is all God did in writing these seemingly odd commandments for a carnal people. But He wants a people who don’t NEED to have EVERYTHING written out for them. It is up to you to judge yourself now, because God is judging people and selecting those who will rule with Him in His Kingdom. And He is doing this NOW!

1 Peter 4:17. For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

It is okay if you want to eat meat and milk at the same meal, which, by the way, must be acceptable if Abraham, the father of faith, did it and was not rebuked for it (Genesis 18:8). It is okay if you want to butcher a kid and his mother in the same day. It is okay if you want to trim your beard or the hair around your temples. It is okay if you want to pluck your eyebrows. It is okay if you want to wear linen clothes or wool clothes. It is even okay if you want to wear clothes made of linen and wool since no one in our society would worship the heathen gods in that fashion.

But it is NOT OKAY for you to practice the rites of God-hating pagans! And if you do so, you will be DESTROYED!

Psalm 145:20. The LORD preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy.

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This week’s audio article is The Evolution of Language, written by Nathaniel Burson, as read by Crystal Holmes. Enjoy!

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Quite often, when a person’s prayer goes unanswered, you’ll hear something like this “Well, I prayed for him, but he didn’t get well. I guess God said no”.

Is this TRULY the CASE? OR is this nothing more than a satanic justification of a lack of faith! It’s time this excuse was exposed for the LIE that it is!

HOW does God say no? Let’s look at one example of where a righteous man, whose prayers God heard, was told “No”.

2 Corinthians 12:7-9  And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.

Paul prayed that the thorn in his flesh, which isn’t named, would be healed. And God said “No, it’s there for a reason”. But if you’ll notice, God ACTUALLY said that. If you have a red-letter Bible, you”ll notice this is in red for a reason! If you literally hear God saying “No”, then you aren’t justifying of a lack of faith. But I’ve yet to meet someone who had this happen!

And there is another example of a man whom God loved, who was told “No”. Again, this was for a very good reason. Nathan the prophet went to King David, immediately after the “Bathsheba incident” and told him “God says no… the child will die”.

2 Samuel 12:14  Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die. And Nathan departed unto his house. And the LORD struck the child that Uriah’s wife bare unto David, and it was very sick. David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth.

David had already been told “NO”, but he prayed and fasted anyway. He was hoping he’d change God’s mind.

Verses 18-23 And it came to pass on the seventh day, that the child died. …. But when David saw that his servants whispered, David perceived that the child was dead: therefore David said unto his servants, Is the child dead? And they said, He is dead. Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the LORD, and worshipped: then he came to his own house; and when he required, they set bread before him, and he did eat. Then said his servants unto him, What thing is this that thou hast done? thou didst fast and weep for the child, while it was alive; but when the child was dead, thou didst rise and eat bread. And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who can tell whether GOD will be gracious to me, that the child may live? But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.

David and Paul prayed for something God had a good reason not to give them. If you do the same, IF YOU HAVE FAITH, God will tell you just as he told them. But God ignoring your prayer is most definitely NOT him saying no! God not answering your prayer is your own lack of faith, nothing more! If you indeed have faith, and God decides this can’t happen, HE’LL TELL YOU. Unless He tells you this, the answer wasn’t “No”, but rather “I can’t listen to you right now, you are simply too unclean”!

Ezekiel 39:24 According to their uncleanness and according to their transgressions have I done unto them, and hid my face from them.

If you justify your prayers not being answered, if you make excuses for why God ignores you, excuses that allow you to feel good about yourself, your prayers WILL NEVER BE ANSWERED!

Jeremiah 8:6, 10 I hearkened and heard, but they spake not aright: no man repented him of his wickedness, saying, What have I done? every one turned to his course, as the horse rusheth into the battle…. Therefore will I give their wives unto others, and their fields to them that shall inherit them: for every one from the least even unto the greatest is given to covetousness, from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely.

It’s time to stop LYING to yourself! Time to stop justifying God not answering your prayers! It’s time to ask yourself WHAT HAVE I DONE to cause this, WHAT DID I DO that prevents God from hearing me – before it’s too late!

Isaiah 55:6-7 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

If you truly want it to change, then FIND OUT WHY God isn’t HEARING you! On the other hand, if you are happy the way you are, if you are satisfied with the amount of faith you have now, if you just want to FEEL GOOD ABOUT YOURSELF, then you only have the unmitigated judgment of God to look forward to!

Revelation 3:17, 19 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:… As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent!

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This week’s audio article is How Does God Heal The Sick?, written by Nathaniel Burson, as read by Crystal Holmes. Enjoy!

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John 9:1-3 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, WHO DID SIN, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

This ranks up there as one of the most abused scriptures ever. Basically, the reasoning goes like this; this man didn’t sin. His parent’s didn’t sin. Therefore he wasn’t blind as a result of sin! He was only blind so that Jesus could work a miracle on him! Therefore sickness isn’t the result of sin!

So it’s not your FAULT that your life is a shambles, “it just happened”! It’s not your FAULT you’re sick, “you just caught something!”

Most people out there, perhaps you, believe that is what this scripture says. And if I was trying to explain it WORSE than that, I don’t think I could do it! That’s as bad as it can get! If that is right, then it means that GOD made someone grow up and spend over 20 years of his life BLIND… JUST so that Jesus could “show off” and do one miracle!

This belief would mean that sickness ISN’T the result of sin, and therefore sickness just HAPPENS! And therefore sin doesn’t necessarily cause sickness! It makes God out to be a MONSTER who would CAUSE this person to be blind for NO REASON except that it let Christ do a miracle! Like some twisted Dr. Jekyll, he makes people sick just to cure them and look like a hero. You know, I bet that’s what Satan thinks of all God’s miracles! Shame on anyone who believes, much less teaches, that!

THINK ABOUT IT! Did God CREATE man to be blind? Did God INTEND that people suffer, lose teeth, eyes, break bones, bleed, or die? Did He PLAN it so that we would HAVE to feel that? Let’s fast-forward a bit and see!

Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

NO MORE PAIN! No more tears! Do you suppose we’ll have BLIND people then? Do you suppose there will be people with deformities of ANY kind? WHY NOT? Because God is RULING it, and it is a RIGHTEOUS kingdom!

Revelation 22:15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

The people mentioned there break commandments number 1, 7, 6, 2, and 9 respectively, so I think we can assume that ALL commandment breakers are included in this – those people are LOCKED OUT of the Kingdom of God! And BECAUSE there are no broken commandments, there is no SIN, for sin IS the breaking of the commandments! (1 John 3:4). And so there is also no suffering, and no pain, and no blindness!

By the same token, there was no SIN in the Garden of Eden either, and so Adam was not blind or lame or bald, and Eve didn’t have prematurely gray hair, toothaches or look like a giant pear! Because it was their SIN that caused those things!

Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by ONE MAN sin entered into the world, and DEATH BY SIN; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

So because of Adam’s SIN, all those things come upon us. But it didn’t stop there! Because it wasn’t just one ACT of Adam’s that perpetuated this. It was an act that set up a PATTERN of disobedience! A PATTERN of following “the way that seems right to a man” – the way that ends in death, every single time.

Eve picked the forbidden fruit, Adam ate it, and they got kicked out of the Garden. Then they taught their children things that weren’t true to justify their own disobedience. As a result Cain was raised with a belief system that allowed him to kill Abel.

Cain, naturally taught his children that sin was OK (After all, he tried it and hadn’t died!), and so his children found newer and better ways to sin! All the way through history this story was repeated, all of us trapped into the pattern of perpetuating Adam’s sin. But that cycle can be broken! You didn’t HAVE to disobey God – you just WANTED to, and your parents and your preacher said it was OK, but you didn’t HAVE to do it! But you DID, and so now YOU are stuck just like Adam was.

But now back up and look at this scripture again with fresh eyes and see what exactly Jesus said:

John 9:3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

Before you run off and build a doctrine around a scripture, settle down, sit on your hands and close your mouth and read WHAT IT SAYS! Jesus exempts two groups, and ONLY those two groups, from blame for this man’s blindness; He says it isn’t the MAN’S fault, or his PARENTS. Most people rush off there and conclude “so it wasn’t anyone’s fault!” – but Jesus didn’t say that!

He didn’t say that the Pharisees hadn’t sinned and caused this. He didn’t say that the man’s grandparents hadn’t sinned and caused it. He didn’t say that Adam hadn’t sinned and caused it! He didn’t say that Satan hadn’t sinned and caused it! He said ONLY that this man and his parents had not specifically committed a physical or moral sin and caused it!

Remember, unless God WANTED to put death, sickness and disease on innocent people – people whom HE PERSONALLY SAID HADN’T CAUSED IT – just so He could show off, then SOMEONE sinned, SOMEWHERE!

The wages of sin is DEATH. NOTHING else can earn death but sin! Find another way to die! Go on, do it! But if you obey God, you CANNOT die – so if someone dies, it’s the result of a sin, SOMEWHERE. So if this man’s eye was DEAD (which I don’t think is too big a stretch) then it was DEAD because of the wages of SIN.

Proverbs 26:2 As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so THE CURSE CAUSELESS SHALL NOT COME.

You have it as a promise from God that there is NO curse that falls on a man without a CAUSE, SOMEWHERE. And I think we’d all agree that blindness is a curse! God also said:

Ecclesiastes 7:14 In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider: God also hath set the one over against the other, to the end that man should find nothing after him.

So when things go well, be happy! But if they are NOT going well, THINK ABOUT IT! God set it up this way so that you can figure out what you’re doing wrong – with His help! So if this man was blind, it was a symptom of SOME sin, whether a sin of the society, a sin of the doctrine of the Pharisees, or just the fact that the land of Israel wasn’t healthy anymore because they hadn’t “dressed and kept the Earth” – when you think about it, there were a LOT of blind, dumb, lame, sick people for Jesus to heal in Palestine, far more than there should have been in a healthy nation.

And so someone sinned. But wait a moment! What about this verse…?

Romans 5:13 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.

Sin EXISTED in the world before the law had been given (to Moses)… but sin didn’t COUNT where there was no law. In other words, if you’re IGNORANT, God doesn’t chalk that sin up against you! But hold on now! Sin DOES have a penalty! It may not be a SPIRITUAL penalty, but there IS a penalty.

For example, if you don’t KNOW that driving over someone’s foot will hurt them, God won’t hold you accountable on a spiritual level – but they’ll have a broken foot all the same! (I know, I was the one who had the broken foot!). So there IS a penalty, even for a sin of ignorance – just not necessarily a moral penalty.

When David counted up Israel so that he could invade the rest of the world and become emperor of Earth (which wasn’t part of God’s plan), God was angry and punished him. He gave him three options – three years famine, three months losing battles, or three days disease. David opted for the shorter sentence…

1 Chronicles 21:14 So the LORD sent pestilence upon Israel: and there fell of Israel seventy thousand men.

David’s sins made the whole nation suffer. SEVENTY THOUSAND DIED! Not for their sins – not for their parents sins! But for the sins of ONE man, the king David! There was a sin someplace – and not a sin of pure ignorance, but sin where someone knew at least partially that this was wrong, but his greed and lust for power overcame that fear to disobey God – and that sin must have come from David.

Verse 8 And David said unto God, I have sinned greatly, because I have done this thing: but now, I beseech thee, do away the iniquity of thy servant; for I have done very foolishly.

A fact which David admitted, as we see. So now with this background, we can finally answer the question of this young blind man. Jesus said he didn’t know any better, nor did his parents. Neither one had sinned. They may not have been living perfectly – they no doubt were not – but it didn’t matter, for “where there is no law, there is no sin”. They didn’t know any better, so it didn’t count as “sin”. But there WERE people who DID know better – and didn’t care. THEIR sin caused it.

Later on in the same chapter after the blind man was healed, the Pharisees ran him through the inquisition a few times, then Jesus found him and told him who He was, and concluded with this statement, which will tell us WHO really WAS to blame:

John 9:39 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind. And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also? Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.

IF you were blind, YOU WOULD HAVE NO SIN! But they said “We see!” “WE are the wise doctors of divinity, priests of God’s chosen people, WE have the truth!” – and because they said that, THEIR SIN COUNTED against them! They KNEW better, and yet they WOULD NOT obey God!

John 7:19 Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keepeth the law? Why go ye about to kill me?

The health of Israel was clearly in a decline. And historically the truth about God comes right along with the truth about health, for John, speaking for God, said:

3 John 1:2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

But when the Pharisees left the law, they left health. They left proper farming practices and proper eating practices. And the laws of health are no less binding than the laws given from Mt. Sinai. And the priests were supposed to teach both.

Malachi 2:7 For the priest’s lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts.

So yes, it wasn’t for that man’s sins, nor for his parents. But the Pharisees said “WE are not blind!” – and they weren’t. They KNEW better. And so Jesus did not exempt them from blame – for they WERE to blame. Just as the ministry in any church today is to blame for the health of that church.

So you might be sick because of YOUR sins. More than likely, you are. Then again your parents might be the ones to blame. Or it might be the sins of Kellogg, or Dow Chemical. Or the sins of Thomas Jefferson and the other founding fathers for not framing the constitution quite right.

It really doesn’t matter whose fault it is, there WAS a sin that caused it, and the solution to ANY sin is to STOP sinning and do it right! Since there is a rather wide variety of sins out there that cause sickness, I won’t go into that – but you can take it to the bank that you are sick because of sin.

It’s your job to find out what the sin is, and how to fix it.

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This week’s audio article is Christ Had A Sinful Nature!, written by Nathaniel Burson, as read by Crystal Holmes. Enjoy!

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Did you ever play that children’s game? Where one person would hide something, and the other would say “hot” and “cold” depending on how close you were to your goal? And as you moved closer you would hear things like “Warmer! Warmer! Red hot!”?

Well in a sense, you never stopped playing that game. You’re just playing it now with a different prize. We are put on this Earth for a very simple reason.

Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

We are put here to prove what the perfect will of God is. So that, by the time we die in this life, we will have learned exactly what it is His will is – what it is that He wants from us. And to do it of course.

But how do we do that? How are you “transformed” by the renewing of your mind? And how does that lead to proving the good, acceptable and perfect will of God? For that we have to explain what the holy spirit in your mind does.

You are born with a conscience. A conscience that is intended to guide you in your dealings in every aspect of life. But the conscience you are born with is a blank conscience. And as you grow up this conscience is influenced by your family, by your school, and by the society around you. They fill in the gaps in this conscience and you, by seeing what they do and listening to what they say, unconsciously pick up certain barriers in your conscience – limits that you set, without knowing that you do it, that allow you to go only so far down a certain path before your mind revolts and says “that’s wrong! I can’t do that!”

And this is a very useful device – without it, all humans would be sociopaths. But unfortunately your conscience was mis-educated in most areas. Because it was taught the things that your parents believed were wrong, and the things your society believed were wrong, and not necessarily what God believes is wrong.

A good example is that we, in the conservative, Western world believe that eating grub worms and dogs are nasty. Most of us could never bring ourselves to eat them. We (I use the term “we” loosely, for I personally don’t!) watch shows like Survivor and are appalled to see people forced to eat scorpions and snakes and worms. Why? Because we were trained from birth to believe that those things were disgusting. Whereas had we grown up in China – with the exact same mind, and the exact same parents, but with a BLANK conscience, we would think nothing of eating all manner of creepy-crawlies. Practically everything that moves would be fair game.

But in either case, our conscience would be trained in an arbitrary, carnal rule. A rule that is not necessarily right or wrong, it’s just what we always believed. And that is where the spirit of God comes in! Because the spirit of God is GOD’S conscience living in you!

Romans 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

Our carnal mind has no basis in the law of God, and so the “rules” that we were taught have no real meaning! And that carnal conscience is not subjected to the law of God, and so it naturally fights against it!

Verses 8-9 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

Now if you have the spirit of God – if you have God’s conscience in your mind – you have TWO consciences! And these consciences are constantly battling with one another (Romans 7:23)! And the key is that when your conscience, untrained in the law of God, argues with God’s conscience, which EPITOMIZES the law of God, one of them must give way – and God won’t FORCE you to do it His way!

1 Corinthians 14:32 And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.

His spirit is subject to your spirit and it will NOT force you to do things His way! It will only make its case and hold its ground for as long as you are sincerely trying to do the right thing, and “walk after the spirit” (Romans 8:1). In order to settle this battle between the two spirits, you must search the Bible to find out which opinion agrees with it – and then go with that opinion and cast the other aside. This will mean that you will have to stop doing a lot of things that you currently love doing but which God’s conscience would not allow HIM to do.

And so consider; you have two consciences – your own, and God’s – living in your mind. And during the course of this life you learn that God wouldn’t do a certain thing – eat catfish for example – and so you adapt your uneducated, carnal conscience to this new belief. And now you have a different limit to your actions – a new understanding of what righteousness means. And you have in that one particular spot “transformed your mind” and now, in that one, particular area you KNOW just WHAT IS that perfect will of God!

Proverbs 6:23 For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:

And these reproofs and rebukes that your conscience gives you – often prompted by reading the Bible and searching for things you might be doing wrong and even listening (with reservations) to the ideas and beliefs of others – will create in you a conscience that ultimately is a CARBON COPY of the conscience of God!

And as you do a certain thing in a certain way, and see the fruits of it – and see how your conscience troubles you or doesn’t – you will learn, one thing at a time, if this is what God would do or if it isn’t. Sometimes you will ignore the spirit, or make the wrong decision because of pressure, or temptation, or simple stubbornness. When this happens God will tell you “colder, colder” and send you punishments and rebukes.

When you listen to those corrections and turn around and see your mistake and obey God, you will hear Him say (in principle) “warmer, warmer” to where ultimately by the end of this life, if you have played your cards right, you should hear Him say “red hot!”

So as I said at the beginning. This life should be spent…

Ephesians 5:10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.

Proving it by trial and error – exercising your senses to know both good and evil, to recognize sin when you see it, and to adapt your conscience to the conscience of God. And the better you are at doing that, the better your relationship with God will be, and the more you’ll hear Him say “warmer”. And as you see the fruits of obedience to God and obey more and more, you will one day hear Him say “well done, thou good and faithful servant”.

And that’s the day you win the game.

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This week’s audio article is Do You Trust Yourself?, written by Nathaniel Burson, as read by Crystal Holmes. Enjoy!

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