Are You Good Enough For Heaven?

by Al Serrato

“Avast yer jabberin, ya bunch a bilge rats!”

The voice sounded strange as it reached into the hallway. The speaker was apparently trying to make a point. “Yer division a booty must be
 “he paused to consider his words, “more equitable if ye be wanting to sail with me.”

He had my attention. I was at a work conference in a hotel, wandering the halls during a break when I happened across this conference room. I peeked inside. It could have been a scene from the latest Pirates movie. Men of various ages with lots of facial hair, many dressed in striped pants, with the occasional peg leg and hook hand. Yes, I had stumbled across a pirates’ convention, the 350th annual, it seemed, from the schedule which I found posted outside.

The speaker’s topic was ethics. He went on to explain what an equitable share of booty amounted to, in his view, using a very modern looking PowerPoint presentation to punctuate his points.

I caught up with him at the break and asked if he had time for a few questions. He seemed a bit suspicious, what with my business casual attire, but nonetheless willing.

“Seriously,” I began. “Ethics for pirates? I mean, for centuries you guys have been boarding and capturing and enslaving people without much regard for ethics. You’ve been known to rape, pillage, and plunder, and your personal hygiene is 
 not the best.” I quickly ended, seeing that I was crossing a line.

A hurt look crossed his face. “Yer words be stingin,” he began, but my words were nothing compared to his breath. I took a step back and tried not to stare at the parrot on his shoulder. “I don’t suppose ye know bout all the good that we do. Why ar ann’l ball raises thousands for the widows n’orphns fund, and we do lots of behind the scenes work ye never be aware of. Last year alone, we returned almost 30 percent of our captured booty to charitable organizations.”

“Is that a fact?” I asked. “I had no idea. But,” I persisted, “this is stuff that you’re stealing.”

“We make no excuses for that, m’lad. But we’ve been pretty transparent about that from the beginning, ain’t we? After all, ye had no trouble spotting us for who we are. If ye want the real thievin’ ones, it’s the bankers and lawyers ye want to be houndin
” He pointed down the hall to the lawyers’ convention I had been attending.

Yes, of course, I’m making this up. But I think there is a valid point here to be made. Human beings have an amazing capacity to judge themselves on a curve. Pirates no doubt convince themselves that they are somehow justified in doing what they do. They may think of the harm they suffered when younger or may feel that life dealt them the hand that they play. And they no doubt have a set of ethics that they follow, however uncivilized it may seem to us. And many, if pressed, would seek to justify their behavior by reference to all the things they don’t do. “Sure, we kill on occasion. But only those who don’t surrender, or those who for whatever reason need killing.” This is the human condition, whether in a high school, at the office, on a pirate ship, or in a prison. We don’t seem to have the capacity to see ourselves for what we truly are.

What does any of this have to do with Christian apologetics? Just this: the number one response of nonbelievers as to why they don’t worry about the afterlife goes something like this. “I don’t know if there is a God, but if there is, he will see all the good that I do and accept me. So, I’m not worried. A good God will see that I am living a good life.”

But holding this view is not that different than the pirates in the analogy above. Compared to others of that ilk, an individual pirate might seem like a good guy. But that hardly would qualify him for life in a peaceful and civilized society. His problem isn’t how he compares to his fellows, but how he measures up to the place he’s trying to get to. He may think himself “good” when in an objective sense he is anything but. Similarly, many people today believe they have a proper sense of what “good” human behavior is, but how can they know for sure when they are mired in the corruption of their nature? And more importantly, have they given any thought to what “perfect” behavior requires? What a perfect being might use to measure admission to His realm?

It’s easy for us to pat ourselves on the back for our goodness. But perhaps we are a bit too smug. Our persistent feelings of guilt serve as a guide – a reminder – that all is not well. They serve to call us to account to the One who left us here, and who expects something of us if we are to be in a relationship with Him. These feelings of guilt provide the backdrop of bad news, the kind of news from which we naturally shy away. The kind of bad news that sets the stage for the ultimate Good News of the gospel.

So, next time you encounter this response, you might suggest that the nonbeliever consider his frame of reference. Immersed in a sinful culture, inhabiting flesh and blood bodies whose weakness overcomes the willingness of the spirit, we may be as unable to see ourselves for what we truly are as the fictional pirates above would be. In short, we may not be in the best position to know if we are as “good” as we pretend.

Fortunately, there is a better answer, one that does not require us to earn our way back to God’s presence. But until we see our need for a Savior, we’re not likely to find the answer that is waiting to set us free.

 


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  1. Brent Hurst says:

    Dear Al,
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    You seem to have stated the problem without a solution. Or is that solution simply “believe in Jesus”, or perhaps “Have a personal relationship with Jesus”
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    These all sound very noble but they do not address the Pirate within, they become simply another way to grade on a curve.
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    Actions always manifest Being, if your doctrine is merely that believing in Jesus you will escape some punishment and so you will continue on living, your theology is still of the flesh, the Law, and action (obedience) even if you have condenses the righteous requirements of the Law down to a single act of your will (confession). You see if any part of the covenant depends on you, even your ability to TRUST, you are still lying to yourself and grading on a curve.
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    Perhaps you want to add “Christ’s righteousness is imputed to you”, as God would call you righteous when you are not???? Even this is legalism and Paul used imputation like he used adoption, as metaphor to describe a higher unseen reality.
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    Everything about Salvation is dependent upon the Spirit, God impregnating us with His own Nature, His righteous Being. If God’s Nature becomes part of your own, then His righteousness as the substance of His Being is Imputed, then you are adopted as you now share the same blood with God, or at least and most importantly the Life within the Blood.
    .
    No doubt you repeat these words or something to that effect, but I have yet to meet anyone on this forum or from this organization that actually believes in the Spirit. The Spiritual Birth is incompatible with Substitutional Theology. Substitional theology assume an immortal being (Soul), and thinks that Christ merely died as a replacement so that punishment (Hell) in whatever form that would take, is avoided.
    .
    Spiritual Birth, when not subjugated by an unbelieving mind to being merely a metaphor, assume the reality you are DEAD, that the life, the present BEING you possess as a creation, is incapable of any righteousness. BECAUSE only God Himself possesses Righteous and Eternal Being, and Salvation is the GIFT to us of that Divine Nature.
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    In this way God is not address our actions or our will, He is addressing our very Being. The assumption of an Immortal soul as a nature possession of Adams Creation is to believe the Serpent who say “surely you shall not die” and not to believe God who said “surely you will die”.
    .
    God was not talking about physical death as Adam was a soul at this point, in Paradise, the same place Jesus went when His physical body was lying in a tomb. And the same event Jesus referenced when He said that Gehenna shall destroy both body , and soul.
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    When God cast Adam from the Garden, down to the toil of the Earth, Adam was denied the Tree of Life whereby a man might live forever, but with Substitional theology and the Immortal soul, it appears even the Lost shall live forever.
    .
    These are simply straight forward arguments, but people want so badly to be good somehow, to find some righteousness they can claim as their own, even claiming the ability to supposedly believe and trust in God, that they will not believe the higher truths of scripture.
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    I would like to believe that people do not have to understand “how” they are saved to be saved, in fact I know that as a truth, yet what does it means the blasphemy the Holy Spirit than to deny it’s effectual work of saving us by instilling within us God’s Divine Nature, and to prefer a doctrine of Substitution where God merely needs to displace His anger, wrath or punishment.
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    To find God, to know Him, can a man give up even Christianity itself, or at least those doctrines that have becomes normalized by it through tradition.

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  2. bob says:

    the number one response of nonbelievers as to why they don’t worry about the afterlife goes something like this. “I don’t know if there is a God, but if there is, he will see all the good that I do and accept me. So, I’m not worried. A good God will see that I am living a good life.”
    .
    I have a feeling that this is a made-up response. I have a feeling that the author has no idea what the “number one response of nonbelievers” is.
    My response as to why I have absolutely no worries about a SUPPOSED afterlife is: I have never been presented any evidence that there is an afterlife.
    I have no worries about heaven or hell because I do not believe they exist.
    I am not concerned about the “eternal disposition” my “soul” or “spirit” because I don’t believe they exist.
    No evidence, no belief – no belief, no worry.

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    • Thoughtful Discussion says:

      Bob- I have a feeling that this is a made-up response. I have a feeling that the author has no idea what the “number one response of nonbelievers” is.
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      Hey Bob! Would it not be safe to say the writer, an evangelist, has spoken to many people on this very issue? And that their experience may trump who you’ve spoken to, or at the very least your singular opinion? If you’d like another testimony, I can instantiate the claim. It’s quite frequent that, after discussion on the topic, people respond in ways that that can be summed up as akin to what was stated. This is especially the case when the line of questioning stems from the question as stated in the title of this article “Are you good enough for heaven?”.
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      Bob – My response as to why I have absolutely no worries about a SUPPOSED afterlife is: I have never been presented any evidence that there is an afterlife.
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      I agree this is a more natural response given the sole question of “Why don’t you worry about the afterlife?”. But your answer essentially amounts to a disinterested “Why should I?” or worse a statement of ignorance, “I don’t know, and therefore don’t care”. It’s for this reason, I take qualm with it.
      First, I was under the impression you frequented this site fairly often Bob. Is that not true? In actuality, you’ve probably been presented with evidence that there is an afterlife. Right? If you truly haven’t opened a single article that relates to a soul, heaven or hell, or other related topics I’d be a bit surprised and ask if you’ve actually tried to find evidence. Regardless, here you are! I’m happy to help.
      http://www.letmegooglethat.com/?q=crossexamined+archive+heaven
      I, however, have a feeling that’s not truly the heart of it. I don’t believe you’re in ignorant bliss. I’d be willing to bet you’ve been exposed to such material, if not on this site elsewhere or in person. And if true, a more intellectually honest response might be something to the degree “I have never accepted any evidence presented to me as persuasive enough to believe in an afterlife.” or “I have never accepted any evidence presented to me as dissuasive enough towards my disbelief in an afterlife.”
      See, I believe you’ve reasoned yourself out of the evidence for one reason or another, maybe pride, resentment, convenience, contentment, or some combination X of the like. I’d be interested in hearing your specific reasoning why, but you’d have to rise above your previous simple appeal to disinterest or ignorance. Can you?
      Corrected: Evidence but personally unconvincing, remain unconvinced – unconvinced and X to stay that way, no worry.
      As a final note, I know people who’ve admitted they don’t want to have to worry about an afterlife. They understand full well that if an afterlife exists they’re being held accountable and would need to change many things with how they’re living now. Therefore X becomes anything to justify the fear of worry itself. So, not worrying isn’t the result, but is, in fact, the cause… just something to think about.
      I hope this helps, God Bless!

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      • Andy Ryan says:

        “First, I was under the impression you frequented this site fairly often Bob. Is that not true? In actuality, you’ve probably been presented with evidence that there is an afterlife. Right?”
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        I’ve been reading articles on this site since 2007. I’ve not seen any evidence. Just easily debunked apologetics, special pleading, non sequitur s etc.

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        • Mark Heavlin says:

          Angling to keep your presidency of “The Evidence Deniers Club” intact there I see Andy. Gonna be a tough challenge from Gary though.
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          Let me quote “THOUGHTFUL DISCUSSION” here as it is highly appropriate and I am sure he won’t mind:
          THOOUGHTFUL DISCUSSION: “I, however, have a feeling that’s not truly the heart of it. I don’t believe you’re in ignorant bliss. I’d be willing to bet you’ve been exposed to such material, if not on this site elsewhere or in person. And if true, a more intellectually honest response might be something to the degree “I have never accepted any evidence presented to me as persuasive enough to believe in an afterlife.” or “I have never accepted any evidence presented to me as dissuasive enough towards my disbelief in an afterlife.” ”
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          John 20:30-31 30 Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book. 31 But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.

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          • Andy Ryan says:

            “Angling to keep your presidency of “The Evidence Deniers Club” intact there I see Andy. Gonna be a tough challenge from Gary though.”
            You’re a troll Mark – all you offer is insults. Keep throwing accusations at me if you want, but I’m done responding to you. Bye.

          • Mark Heavlin says:

            My apologies to THOUGHTFUL DISCUSSION for adding an extra “O” to his name above.
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            “Keep throwing accusations at me if you want, but I’m done responding to you.”
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            Well it seems now that you are actually denying the evidence that you are denying evidence. Chalk that up to par for the course. The question remains will it be enough to keep the presidency of “The Evidence Deniers Club”? The midterm elections are 5 long months away. Stay tuned.
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            John 20:30-31 30 Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book. 31 But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.

      • bob says:

        Thoughtful Discussion – In actuality, you’ve probably been presented with evidence that there is an afterlife.
        I’ll keep this short – No, I haven’t. I was a bible believer for 25 years. I believed in the afterlife in-spite of never once being presented evidence for an afterlife. Not a single post I have read since visiting this blog has ever offered evidence for an afterlife.
        What I have been presented are beliefs in the afterlife and claims of an afterlife – none of which amount to evidence for an afterlife.
        So no, your comments did not help. What would have been helpful would be you offering some evidence for an afterlife.
        .
        r.u.reasonable@gmail.com

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    • Sard says:

      You’ve never been presented with evidence that you’re anything besides a brain in a box. Prove that you are more.

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      • Andy Ryan says:

        We can hold the position ‘lack of evidence for an afterlife means it’s not something we can believe in’ without obligating us to solve hard solipsism (the brain in a vat argument). Solipsism is a fundamentally unfalsifiable hypothesis. Bringing it up is a red herring.

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      • bob says:

        SARD – You’ve never been presented with evidence that you’re anything besides a brain in a box. Prove that you are more.
        No. No need. We both agree that I am not a brain in a box. Why would I need to prove something to you that you don’t need proof of?
        Now, if you actually do claim that I am just a brain in a box, then YOU need to offer evidence – that’s how this works.

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  3. Andy Ryan says:

    “What a perfect being might use to measure admission to His realm?”
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    If you’re so mired in corruption, how on earth can you trust your conclusion that your God is a ‘perfect being’? What metric are you using and how can you trust it?
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    “inhabiting flesh and blood bodies whose weakness…”
    Sounds like shoddy workmanship to me. Who’s the terrible engineer who put together these useless bundles of flesh and blood?

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    • Mark Heavlin says:

      “Sounds like shoddy workmanship to me. Who’s the terrible engineer who put together these useless bundles of flesh and blood?”
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      Isaiah 45:9 Woe to him who quarrels with his Maker— one clay pot among many. Does the clay ask the potter, ‘What are you making?’ Does your work say, ‘He has no hands’?

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  4. Susan Tan says:

    Christians leave these atheists alone. They are like the wild beasts Paul fought at Ephesus.

    Bad company destroys good character.

    1 Cor. 15:30-34, NLT

    30And why should we ourselves risk our lives hour by hour? 31For I swear, dear brothers and sisters, that I face death daily. This is as certain as my pride in what Christ Jesus our Lord has done in you. 32And what value was there in fighting wild beasts—those people of Ephesusf—if there will be no resurrection from the dead? And if there is no resurrection, “Let’s feast and drink, for tomorrow we die!”g 33Don’t be fooled by those who say such things, for “bad company corrupts good character.” 34Think carefully about what is right, and stop sinning. For to your shame I say that some of you don’t know God at all.

    Keep your garment clean by not descending to their level.

    Ignore them. Why justify the beast in them that deludes their thinking by deigning to think they are rational and deserving of a response when Romans 1 says they are darkened in their minds.

    They cannot reason their way out of the darkness. They have to repent!

    So don’t even dignify their dark thinking by communicating with them.

    They are trying to corrupt you with their thinking as Andy Ryan admitted in another thread.

    He probably got ahold of some weak person without common sense and confused her logic with his own spirit of confusion.

    Leave these intellectual circle jerks to themselves and come out from among them and be ye separate.

    2 Cor. 6:17
    New Living Translation
    Therefore, come out from among unbelievers, and separate yourselves from them, says the LORD. Don’t touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you.

    Wild Beasts at Ephesus
    https://www.google.com/amp/s/dappledthings.wordpress.com/2007/03/23/wild-beasts-at-ephesus/amp/

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    • Andy Ryan says:

      “They are trying to corrupt you with their thinking as Andy Ryan admitted in another thread.”
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      Nope, never said it. You call people ‘bad company’ yet you’re the one lying about others.

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      • Susan says:

        Here are your words.

        From my point of view you helped corrupt her if what you say happened happened so I am not a liar at all.

        We have our own worldview based on God’s truth so we’re not liars.

        Your words:

        That’s funny. A few years back I argued with a poster here called Andrea Theis. She was a very sincere fervent Christian. Then she stopped posting and six months later she contacted me on Facebook to say she was now an atheist. To adapt her posting name slightly, she went from A Theist to ATheist.

        Prove she was truly a Christian according to God’s standard.

        Because labels can be deceptive.

        I can put the label salt on a bottle of arsenic. It does not make it salt.

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        • toby says:

          Prove you’re a true christian. I can go to another site and say what you think and they’ll say you’re not a true christian. In short, there’s no such thing. just a bunch of nutcases that all individually think they have it all figured out.

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        • Andy Ryan says:

          You said I ‘admitted trying to corrupt’ her. You lied. I didn’t realise you were the same Susan who disrespected the memory of millions of murdered Jews with your repulsive Holocaust slur, that you again later lied about. I’d already resolved not to reply to you but was fooled by you posting under a slightly different name. So well done for tricking me into interacting with your trolling again, a mistake I won’t repeat.

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          • Susan says:

            Good, don’t.

            I did not disrespect any Jews by saying if you denied the apostles were persecuted then you might deny the Armenian Christian genocide and the Holocaust being snarky.

            I don’t want to exchange posts with you any more as you twist statements and I judge that to be evilly motivated.

            I am also sick of watching atheists project the wrong nature onto God.

            So examine yourself and stop sending posts towards me if you refuse to acknowledge you are a sinner like everyone else,

          • Susan says:

            You can google Ignatius on Wikipedia, Andy.

            Ignatius is reported to be the boy who sat in Jesus’ lap in the scriptures.

            Look at the description of his persecution for details.

  5. Andy Ryan says:

    Wiki: “Nothing is known of Ignatius’ life apart from what may be inferred internally from his letters, except from late spurious traditions”
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    Right, just as reliable as the testimony we have from countless living survivors of the Holocaust.

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  6. Susan Tan says:

    I am starting to wonder why anyone argues with an unbeliever when they are reality deniers.

    Sin abounds. People run into it in the thoughts, words and deeds of others every day.

    Why is leprosy talked about so much in the Bible?
    Bible leprosy
    Question: “Why is leprosy talked about so much in the Bible?”

    Answer: In the Bible, the word leprosy is mentioned upwards of 40 times, depending on the Bible version being used. Leprosy was common in Bible times, and the many references to it were well understood by those who lived in unsanitary conditions. The main reason why leprosy is talked about so much in the Bible is that it is a graphic illustration of sin’s destructive power. In ancient Israel leprosy was a powerful object lesson of the debilitating influence of sin in a person’s life.

    God had given the Israelites very specific instructions on how to deal with leprosy and other skin infections (Leviticus 13). Anyone suspected of having this disease had to go to a priest for examination (Leviticus 13:2-3). If found to be infected, “the leprous person who has the disease shall wear torn clothes and let the hair of his head hang loose, and he shall cover his upper lip and cry out, ‘Unclean, unclean.’ He shall remain unclean as long as he has the disease. He is unclean. He shall live alone. His dwelling shall be outside the camp” (Leviticus 13:45-46). The leper then was considered utterly unclean—physically and spiritually.

    Incurable by man, many believed God inflicted the curse of leprosy upon people for the sins they committed. In fact, those with leprosy were so despised and loathed that they were not allowed to live in any community with their own people (Numbers 5:2). Among the sixty-one defilements of ancient Jewish laws, leprosy was second only to a dead body in seriousness. A leper wasn’t allowed to come within six feet of any other human, including his own family. The disease was considered so revolting that the leper wasn’t permitted to come within 150 feet of anyone when the wind was blowing. Lepers lived in a community with other lepers until they either got better or died. This was the only way the people knew to contain the spread of the contagious forms of leprosy.

    The Bible records the story of a leper who was the first to be healed by Jesus (Matthew 8:2-4). The key lesson to be learned from this incident is that sin defiles us in the sight of God, but through Christ, we can be healed of the plague of sin that separates us from God. God loathes sin; it is repulsive to Him. Sin bans us from the presence of God because God will not allow sinful man in His sight and presence (Psalm 5:5; Habakkuk 1:13; Revelation 21:27). This is not only true of sins with a sexual connotation that are normally regarded as filthy and repulsive, but it includes all forms of disobedience and rebellion (1 Samuel 15:23; Proverbs 15:9). All sin is abhorrent to God. But those who have been redeemed from sin by grace through faith in Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9) can stand in God’s presence in full confidence that we are accepted “in the Beloved,” and we praise Him for the grace He extends to us for that purpose (Ephesians 1:5-7).

    When we’ve captured a glimpse of the holiness and purity of God, we have to exclaim as did the prophet Isaiah, “Woe to me 
 I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty” (Isaiah 6:5). Our attitude toward sin in the light of our Savior should echo the words of Peter: “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” (Luke 5:1-8). Another key lesson we learn from the leper in Matthew’s Gospel is that just as the leper did, we can confidently approach Jesus in all our need, with all our sin and defilement. When we plead for cleansing and forgiveness, He will not turn us away (Hebrews 4:16; Psalm 103:12).

    The reality of sin is denied by unbelievers who then try to make science responsible for coping with all diseases that are the result of either sin or their fleshly nature. They turn to medicine and pharmacy companies instead of the Living God for the cures to sin and the flesh. Hanging onto life. Fighting for it all the time deliberately ignoring God’s promise of a New Creation man if they will but come to Jesus.

    Is settling for the fleshly desires and the science idol that cannot conquer death sufficient reason to deny God’s biblical explanations?

    Of course not. Science seeks to maintain man in this lifetime as if this life is all there is but God has promised a better life to those who love and respect and obey Him both now and in the future.

    Science is limited. It’s benefits are limited. Sometimes it works for the flesh of people and sometimes it doesn’t.

    Haven’t you seen the drug class action suits on tv where millions of people were told by the experts that a drug was ok to take only for a class action on the medicine for it’s side effects later.

    God has already judged our flesh and supplied the solution. We are all doomed to die but not all are regenerating at this time. Not without Jesus. So be sure to study the scriptures.

    God already proved regeneration is possible through resurrection and He is in control of that not mistake prone scientists.

    Aren’t you sick of a scientist who has not mastered all knowledge acting like he is an expert and acting like he can make life and death calls on people as if the power of life and death is in his hands when a scientist cannot regenerate anyone.

    So your life is not so great now and you blame God if He exists. Poor conclusion when God has provided a better one and all you have to do is seek to tap into God’s power in this lifetime.

    We are all going to die. Why whine about it. We know from childhood it is inevitable but we all aren’t going to make it high in God’s order of resurrection not unless we learn to love and
    understand and take direction from God.

    I personally always put God ahead of science. Get cancer and try their cure: Surgery, chemItherapy and radiation. The cure some say is worse than the disease but the atheists treat science as if it is God.

    The more spiritually literate people know to turn to God and ask for a remission. Why even let the sinful cancer of death spread.

    If you are going to seek help from an expert be sure to go to the one that actually has the power to do something effectually or else get out of town with your “arguments”.

    Man’s researched findings doesn’t = God’s power.

    It never has. It is the foolish refuge of people who refused to go to God and get His real answers, truth and power in their lives and that is self sabotage based on the senses and a lack of common sense.

    There is nothing that keeps a person from being a Christian and using science, too.

    Just know the difference. Science doesn’t know and control all but God does.

    A medical doctor knows God controls cancer remissions, too. In spite of all his training he knows it.

    So don’t ever let the scientists saying sorry you have stage 4 inoperable cancer telling you you will die control your destiny.

    Take it to God in prayer. He is the one who doles out the life, the death and the remission sentences.

    Don’t let the spiritually blind fool you with their false conclusions. Instead appeal to God. Work out that relationship with Him and rely on His power for all it is worth.

    Because some of the unbelievers are either haters or vastly mistaken and who needs someone mistaken trying to control his life decisions in a time of crisis and most people are passing from crisis to crisis.

    So go to God. Follow His directions and reap a whole new life.

    We reap what we sow and the unbelievers are busy trying to undermine God’s sowing which He sows in His holy and perfect power in the life of everyone who believes in Him.

    Don’t let their sin that they allowed to control them control you. Instead live a life of God’s power while in this world. Seek His solution.

    May His Grace Abound To You!

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  7. Susan Tan says:

    I hope everyone reading is getting as fed up with all these unbelievers meddling with believers’ spiritual-mind-body connection as I am.

    They chose to get offended and decided to stay cut off in the dark far away from God so they can’t know Him and now instead of seeking and introduction through the scriptures they want to meddle with your God given relationship by projecting their own doubts and fears into believers gussied up as “arguments” so their powerless sinful heart motives can prevail.

    But it won’t work because their idol “science” is not as powerful as God is.

    And they want you to distrust your own God given mind. To self abdicate in your confidence in your own reasoning capability and replace it with the scientific method because someone in the world deceived them into this. While priding themselves on their own intellects they then proceeded to devalue it to serve a man made method as if it is God so they could deny God’s power.

    So atheism is self contradictory. No wonder they are spiritually blind.

    They just have a false front. They don’t even really believe in the wonderful gift to them by God of their own minds because they replaced it with other people’s methodology.

    They could have asked God for keener minds by asking for God given discernment but they were too busy being deceived and erroneously validating this deception.

    I was so concerned about unbelievers I set out to re-educate them in the scriptures to set them free of the deception only to find none of them were self motivated enough to get set free. But they all wanted to argue not seek genuine enlightenment. They wanted their wills to prevail over God’s to their own self diminishment.

    Who lets sin rule over himself willfully?

    But maybe some will reconsider one day.
    What a waste of a life when one engages in deliberate self deception. How can one discover his God given purpose and meaning then alone in the dark determined not to get out of one’s own purposelessness and seek God’s answers.

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    • Bob says:

      Susan:
      I am starting to wonder why anyone argues with an unbeliever when they are reality deniers.
      I hope everyone reading is getting as fed up with all these unbelievers meddling with believers’ spiritual-mind-body connection as I am.

      Two Questions Susan:
      1 – On average, how long does it take for your to wriggle out of your straight-jacket?
      2 – On average, how long before the orderlies discover that you have escaped?

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      • Susan says:

        God declares me sane and His judgment is better than a skeptic’s who isn’t skeptical of himself and other people’s nature in the face of all the evidence people provide.

        I am just a better human evidence evaluator than you are.

        If I were you I would read up on denial because you seem to judge everyone but yourself negatively.

        Repentance is tied to a realization that one is a sinner. So it is a negative self judgment and the point at which God convicts a person in a substantial enough way to change them.

        As you refuse to acknowledge you are a sinner and allow God to change you then your problem could be denial among other things you tolerate.

        2 Timothy 1:7, KJV
        For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

        You are the one actively denying a spiritual-mind- body connection so that problem is your own so why do you want to keep casting your problem in their laps and control them then insult when they won’t allow you to control them by guiding their opinions negativistically.

        How dare you publicly examine a Christian, judge them then pass sentence on them when you are in denial and incapable of self examination?

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        • b says:

          Allow me to translate – God declares me sane and His judgment is better than skeptic’s.. whoisn’tskepticalofhimselfandotherpeople’snaturinthefaceofalltheevidencepeopleprovideIamjustabetterhumanevidenceevaluatorthanyouareIfIwereyouIwouldreadupondenialbecauseyouseemtojudgeeveryonebutyourselfnegativelyRepentanceistiedtoarealizationthatoneisa sinnerSoitisanegativeselfjudgmentandthepointatwhichGodconvictsapersoninasubstantialenoughwaytochangethemAsyourefusetoacknowledgeyouareasinnerandallowGodtochangeyou thenyourproblemcouldbedenialamongotherthingsyoutolerate.
          2 Timothy 1:7, KJV-ForGodhathnotgivenusthespiritoffearbutofpowerandofloveandofasoundmind
          Youaretheoneactivelydenyingaspiritual-mind- bodyconnectionsothatproblemisyourownso whydoyouwanttokeepcastingyourproblemintheirlapsandcontrolthemtheninsultwhenthey won’tallowyoutocontrolthembyguidingtheiropinionsnegativisticallyHowdareyoupubliclyexamineaChristianjudgethemthenpasssentenceonthemwhenyouare…in denial and incapable of self examination?

          There…hope that helps make Susan’s point more clear.

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          • Susan says:

            Oh look. Another sinner incapable of self examination.

            What makes you so mean and better than me to mock?

            Sin doesn’t exist in people?

            Children are mean and bully other kids. And that is not sin?

            Go identify with apes if you like but when sin takes you down like a bad case of termites taking a house down don’t come complaining and arguing to me.

            You were warned. God warned the whole world.

          • Susan says:

            Who is going to love you continuously and enable you in all circumstances better than God, Bob?

            Why is it so hard for people to say sorry to God when He forgives instantaneously?

            The fault in realizing that is in ourselves and some people take it to greater lengths than others. They enter the denial stage which must keep your disbelief perpetuating itself.

            God says you are forgiven and Christ paid the whole cost but some people won’t accept that and act on it. They doubt.

            Some people let their sins control them.

            You can inspect your own sins and reason for disbelief but you can’t deny evil exists.

            If you don’t examine yourself then you let evil off the hook to live to fight another day.

            Denial from wiki:

            Denial, in ordinary English usage, is asserting that a statement or allegation is not true.[1] The same word, and also abnegation (German: Verneinung), is used for a psychological defense mechanism postulated by psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, in which a person is faced with a fact that is too uncomfortable to accept and rejects it instead, insisting that it is not true despite what may be overwhelming evidence.[1][2][3] An individual that exhibits such behavior is described as a denialist[4] or true believer. Denial also could mean denying the happening of an event or the reliability of information, which can lead to a feeling of aloofness and to the ignoring of possibly beneficial information.

            The subject may use:

            simple denial: deny the reality of the unpleasant fact altogether

            minimisation: admit the fact but deny its seriousness (a combination of denial and rationalization)

            projection:
            admit both the fact and seriousness but deny responsibility by blaming somebody or something else

  8. Susan says:

    Spiritual blindness is related to the lack of a good spiritual education.

    We can block our own spiritual progress by what we dedicate ourselves to. We can limit ourselves by our own thinking. We see negative people do that all the time. They don’t believe in God or His power to change them and they give up without even trying.

    But if you want to be a winner and not a quitter then you need to get the fruit of the Spirit from God.

    Don’t let people plant the seed of their negative thinking on you making you to anticipate obstacles that might never exist and if you encounter them so what? That too shall pass.

    If you run into hell. Don’t stop and stay in it. Walk through it with Jesus and you will see that it does pass away. Why would you mentally re-live an evil time when you can live in hope and move onto something better? Faith, hope and love gets you over the drama and the trauma but some people are drama prone and like to stay in the drama and trauma re-living it and letting it take over their lives with it’s negativity. But God says move on. Don’t keep any grudges or record of wrongs they self sabotage you with the negative obsession on other people’s evil. Move on. How can you be a personal inspiration to anyone else if you let evil stop you?

    That is supernatural wisdom. God tells you to pick yourself back up and move on. The world tells you to get on the therapist’s couch and revisit your pain over and over when you should have been done with it or the people causing the pain.

    A therapist is going to fix you? He might help a bit for $70 an hour and repeated sessions on his couch but God’s wisdom is free.

    A great song on this is Whitney Houston’s “I didn’t know my own strength”. It is about the people who walk in God’s strength. Her Gospel songs like her aunt’s CeCe Winans are even better than her pop hits because God’s messages are better than the ones the world and our own flesh like to send to people.

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