ISAIAH’S NEW EARTH
There is a lot going on in Isaiah. There is the rise and fall of the Assyrians, the rise and fall of Babylon, the fall and rise of Jerusalem, and the fall of Ephraim, Syria,
and a number of Jerusalem’s hostile neighbors. Through it all,
there is the promise of a Messiah to come, and a new kind of Jerusalem.
Isaiah preached about all this in prophetic poetry. Much of his
preaching is apocalyptic in its imagery. It is a glorious challenge to
sort all this out. If any think they have thoroughly mastered the book,
they probably ought to take another look.
I recently read some material from the
Jehovah’s Witnesses who see their vision of a renewed earth in
the last two chapters of Isaiah. What I read reminded me of the visions
of some of my brethren have who also advocate for a renewed earth. My
renewed earth brethren do not like to be compared with the
Jehovah’s Witnesses, and I do not blame them. Their visions of
their renewed earth are not the same. The Jehovah’s Witnesses
still have a heaven above for God and 144,000; my renewed earth
brethren imagine a blending of heaven and earth, with God in our midst.
That is a big difference, but still, the way some of my renewed earth
brethren see their vision in the last two chapters of Isaiah, they
remind me of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. They both impose their
vision into the text, and then point to it the way a child points to a
poodle in the clouds.
When Isaiah writes of a “new heavens and a new earth” (Isa.
65:17 & 66:22), he is writing about a new order of things. Some of
the things Isaiah says match our expectations of heaven. He writes of
gladness, rejoicing, and joy. He says, “The voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying” (Isa. 65:19). However, Isaiah writes of other things we do not expect in heaven.
Will children die in heaven? Isaiah spoke of “a child that shall die an hundred years old” (Isa. 65:20).
Will there be hundred years old sinners in heaven? Isaiah said, “the sinner being a hundred years old shall be accursed” (Isa. 65:20).
Will women give birth in heaven? Isaiah
speaks of a woman that will bring forth before she travails, and who
will deliver a man child before she has pain (Isa. 66:7).
Will there be mules in heaven? Isaiah speaks of those who will ride to Jerusalem upon “horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and upon mules, and upon swift beasts” (Isa. 66:20). They will come to Jerusalem to worship “from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another” (Isa. 66:23). After worship they “shall
go forth, and look upon the carcasses of the men that have transgressed
against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be
quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh” (Isa.
66:24). That is how Isaiah ends; that is the last verse. Does this mean
that hell is going to be on the renewed earth? I do not think so.
Some see all this as a return of the Jews to Jerusalem from their captivity. Some of it sounds like that. “They
shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards,
and eat the fruit of them. They shall not build, and another inhabit;
they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are
the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of
their hands. They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for
trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the Lord, and their
offspring with them” (Isa. 65:21-23). Isaiah had written of
Israel’s return from captivity (see Isaiah 44:28-45:4), but
something greater is being described here.
Isaiah is a Messianic prophet. On pages 853
and 854 of my old Dickson Analytical Study Bible, there is a list of
almost sixty New Testament passages with quotations from Isaiah. Isaiah
had already used some of the language describing the new earth in a
Messianic context. Isaiah said, “I
will create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy, and I will
rejoice in Jerusalem... Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be glad with
her, all ye that love her... Ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem... I
will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come and see my
glory... They shall bring all your brethren for an offering unto the
LORD out of all nations... to my holy mountain Jerusalem” (Isa.
65:18,19; 66:10,13,18,20). This is how Isaiah spoke of the church in
Isaiah 2:2-3, in a prophecy that was fulfilled on Pentecost in Acts 2.
In Isaiah 65:25 the prophet said, “The wolf and the lamb
shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and
dust shall be the serpent’s meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy
in all my holy mountain, saith the Lord.” This is the
language of Isaiah 11. The apostle Paul quoted Isaiah 11:10 in
reference to the Gentiles coming into the church with the Jews (Rom.
15:12). Isaiah himself said, “I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream” (Isa. 66:12), and again, “I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come, and see my glory” (Isa. 65:18), and again, “They shall declare my glory among the Gentiles” (Isa. 66:19).
Isaiah’s new earth imagery fits well into this Messianic context. Consider the woman who, “Before
she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was
delivered of a man child. Who hath heard of such a thing? Who hath seen
such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? Or
shall a nation be born at once” (Isa. 66:7-8)? The woman is Zion, for Isaiah said, “...soon as Zion travailed she brought forth her children” (Isa. 66:8). The nation that Jerusalem brought forth in one day is the church, and the day was Pentecost. “Suddenly
there came from heaven the sound of a rushing mighty wind...and the
same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls” (Acts 2:2,41). As for looking on the “carcasses of the men that have transgressed against me” (Isa.
66:24), look now for those ancient mighty kingdoms that rose up against
God’s people. Look now for Assyria, Babylon, Persia, Macedonia,
Syria, Egypt, Rome, and the host of other hostile nations. To this day,
their monuments remain in ruins, but in the new heaven and earth that
the LORD created on Pentecost many years ago, the kingdom of God
continues to grow. Isaiah used the imagery of the undying worm and of
the unquenchable fire to describe the enduring nature of their ruin,
and Jesus later used this language to describe the sinner’s
enduring ruin in hell, but in Isaiah, heaven is not in hell.
Do you think you have mastered the last two
chapters of Isaiah now? Perhaps we should all take another look. The
Messianic context is strong. Isaiah’s apocalyptic imagery does
not play well as a proof text for a renewed eternal earth. My brethren
who advocate for a renewed earth do not contend for the same kind of
renewed earth the Jehovah’s Witnesses contend for, but when they
use these chapters the way Jehovah’s Witnesses use them, they
should be patient with us when we get them confused.
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THE UNITY CHRIST DEMANDS #1
Garland M. Robinson
Can you imagine Peter
being a Methodist, James a Catholic, John a Baptist, Andrew a
Pentecostal, Philip a Lutheran, Thomas a Jehovah’s Witness,
Bartholomew a Unitarian, Matthew a Mennonite, James the son of Alphaeus
a Mormon, Simon a Seventh Day Adventist, Judas a Presbyterian, Paul an
Episcopalian and Matthias a member of the Deliverance House of Prayer?
Unity is such a sweet, pleasant, appealing, relaxing word. It summons
to mind the oneness, harmony and fellowship of agreement. It allows its
participants to walk together in one accord. Amos was inspired to ask
the children of Israel: “Can two walk together, except they be agreed” (Amos 3:3)?
Our Lord Jesus the Christ prayed for unity
among his disciples the night before his death (John 17:20-21). Shall
we not work to fulfill our Savior’s dying prayer? Oh yes, we must
do our part to not only bring about unity, but to maintain it as well.
Does your life promote unity or division?
The world is filled with division of all kinds. Especially is this so
in the realm of religion. No one knows the exact count of religions in
the world because it changes almost daily. It numbers into the
thousands. A “Good House Keeping” article of more than 40
years ago listed 1,200 different churches in the United States. Imagine
what that number would be today. The Lord never prayed for thousands,
nor hundreds, nor even 2 or 3. He prayed for ONE and only ONE. He died
for ONE and only ONE. He will save ONE and only ONE. Man thinks he can
help the Lord by multiplying thousands of choices so people can choose
the one they like best.
GOD HATES DIVISION
People are confused and rightly so. Man
says, “join the church of your choice,” or “one
church is as good as another.” However, God says differently. The
Lord does not give man a choice of religions or churches. It is true
that one denomination is as good as another because Jesus did not die
for denominations. However, it is not true that one church is as good
as another. The Bible clearly shows there is only “one
body” (Eph. 4:4). The “one body” is the church (Eph.
1:22-23; Col. 1:18). There is only “one faith” (Eph. 4:5).
God does not and never has given man a choice of “many
bodies” or “many faiths.”
Men are often fond of the word denomination
because it gives them a choice. However, the word
“denomination” is an ugly, repulsive word when applied to
religion. It is contrary to Bible teaching from beginning to end. The
word means: “a value or size of a series of values or sizes (as
of money).” Each piece of change in your pocket is a denomination
of a dollar. It is only a part of the dollar. Denomination means
divided, division, many, multiple. Not even one denomination is
authorized by God because he did not die for division.
The church Jesus died for to establish (cf.
Acts 20:28) is not a part of something greater. It is not a part of the
whole. The church of Christ is the whole itself. It is the pillar and
ground of the truth (1 Tim. 3:15). It, and it alone, is the means
through which God has chosen to make His manifold wisdom known unto the
world (Eph. 3:10). It is God’s eternal purpose (Eph. 3:11) even
as Jesus was slain before the foundation of the world (1 Peter 1:20).
The church, not a denomination, brings glory to God (Eph. 3:21). It is
composed of the saved because God adds the saved to it (Acts 2:41,47).
It is made up of the redeemed (Titus 2:14) and will be presented unto
the Lord without blemish or spot at the last day (Eph. 5:27; Col.
The Old and New Testaments alike clearly show God’s hatred of
division. Proverbs 6:16-19 lists seven things God hates. Among them is “...he that soweth discord among brethren.” The New Testament tells us to “...mark
them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which
ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our
Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair
speeches deceive the hearts of the simple” (Rom. 16:17-18).
Paul warned Timothy of Hymenaeus, Alexander and Philetus (1 Tim. 1:20;
2 Tim. 2:17). They were “trouble makers” who divided
brethren. The Judaizing teachers spoken of in Acts 15 were condemned
because they taught contrary to the right way of the Lord. They had
made a law God did not make. They were dividing brethren.
GOD DESIRES UNITY
God is not pleased with all the confusion
and division concerning man’s ideas with his creeds, councils,
synods and conferences. He desires such man-made organizations to be
done away with and for all men to be united by simply following His
The apostles were not members of different
denominations in the first century. Nor were any Christians members of
conflicting religious groups. Can you imagine Peter being a Methodist,
James a Catholic, John a Baptist, Andrew a Pentecostal, Philip a
Lutheran, Thomas a Jehovah’s Witness, Bartholomew a Unitarian,
Matthew a Mennonite, James the son of Alphaeus a Mormon, Simon a
Seventh Day Adventist, Judas a Presbyterian, Paul an Episcopalian and
Matthias a member of the Deliverance House of Prayer? This may seem
comical to suggest such, but that is exactly what men advocate. Every
religious group thinks everyone else should be just like them, but even
though they’re not, they still think they’re saved. Figure
that one out!
Here’s a good question. Ask those who
are members of a denomination, “do I have to be a member of your
denomination to be saved?” They will generally answer
“No.” The follow-up question to ask is this, “then
why does the denomination you’re a member of exist?”
Unity originated with God. He is its source. “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints”
(1 Cor. 14:33). There was unity at the creation (Gen. 1-2). The Bible
is the book of unity (cf. 2 Tim. 3:16-17; James 1:25; Psalm 19:7). To
be faithful to God we must contend for the unity He demands.
The Lord’s prayer in John 17:20-21
was for unity. Unity is defined as: “one, unanimity,
agreement.” Concerning His apostles Jesus said, “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.”
We all should work to bring about the unity for which our Lord prayed.
The only way this is possible is to do away with all of man’s
ideas and embrace the pure and unadulterated Word of God. There will
never be the unity God desires until this is done.
Everything Jesus worked for and prayed for
was that his disciples be united. But the only way unity is possible is
when it’s based upon the Gospel, the Truth. Jesus said, “...If
ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall
know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31-32). “Buy the truth, and sell it not...” (Prov. 23:23). “Love the truth” (Zech. 8:19). Believers are to “...earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints” (Jude 3). “...Be not moved away from the hope of the gospel...” (Col. 1:23).
The standard of unity is the eternal book
of God — the Bible. All men everywhere, Christian and
non-Christian, are amenable to the Law of Christ — every word of
the Law of Christ. None are exempt (cf. Gal. 6:2; 1 Cor. 9:21). The Law
of Christ is the Truth (John 17:17; 8:32), the Gospel (Rom. 1:16), the
Faith (Jude 3; Acts 6:7; 13:7,8), sound Doctrine (Titus 1:9; 2:1) and
the Doctrine of Christ (2 John 9-11).
Those who do not care about embracing the Truth and abiding by the unity it brings, will receive the condemnation of God. “And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth,
that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong
delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned
who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (2 Thess. 2:10-12).
Do you love the Truth? Have you Obeyed the Truth? Are you Contending for the Truth? It’s the only way to heaven.
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LOCATING GOD’S CHILDREN
W. N. (Bill) Jackson (1929-1991)
years, those of us in the church of the Lord thought we knew where the
children of God were located. We had seen in Acts 2:47 that those who
obeyed the Gospel of Christ were added by the Lord Himself to the
church, which is His body (Eph. 1:22-23). The New Testament emphasizes
repeatedly that there is but one body (Eph. 4:4). Never do we get, from
the New Testament, a picture of some religious conglomerate made up of
various religious denominations. The body is the church —the
church of Christ (Rom. 16:16). Our preaching and teaching in the church
used to ring out this point: 1) The saved are in the church; 2) The
church houses the saved; 3) The saved are God’s children; 4) God
has no children outside His family, the church!
Of late, we are hearing of those who claim
to find children of God throughout the religious world; yea, in all the
religious denominations around us. Some have claimed to have found
children of God in such numbers that “they’re coming out of
the woodwork!” And, it is a mighty peculiar thing, which
peculiarity we now want to mention.
Those who claim that the Lord has children
in all the denominations have a view of men entering the family of God,
and thus are “in the church,” and such men are not even
aware of it!
They have a view of these being “in
the church,” and at the same time those “in the
church” will argue against the church of the New Testament and
its importance in God’s plan of things.
They have a view of men being in
God’s family, the church, and becoming Christians, and at the
same time these will refuse to wear the name Christian and will defend
the use of human names!
They have a view of men becoming
Christians, and entering the church, the kingdom of God, and yet
denying that the kingdom has yet come, and they look for and teach
concerning a mythical kingdom yet to be set upon earth!
They have a view of one entering the
Lord’s family, becoming a Christian, and yet they will argue for
a perverting of the New Testament pattern of worship as pertains to
giving, to the Lord’s supper, and to the use of only vocal music
They have a view of some being in the
church, being Christians, and yet they will argue against the
Lord’s New Testament teaching on church organization and will
fight to protect a man-made system, far, far removed from the Bible!
Brethren, something is bad, bad wrong with
any view that has such contradiction in it! This surely indicates the
difficulty facing men when they try to improve on what the New
Testament teaches, and when they try to find some children for God
outside that family He has identified on the pages of Scripture!
We tire of hearing men speak of these,
wholly sold on sectarianism, and wholly defensive of man-made systems,
and claiming for them that “they have the necessary faith, have
repented of sins, have confessed the Christ, and have been baptized
acceptably,” and thus are “in the church, are
Christians,” when they do not know it and are virtually in
darkness concerning all things peculiar to the Lord’s system!
Perhaps we need to take a look and see that, considering where they are
and the convictions they now have, something is defective in their
faith, defective in their repentance, defective in their confession,
and defective in their baptism! Those in New Testament times who had
their souls purified did so in obeying the truth of God (1 Peter 1:22),
which was the Gospel (Eph. 1:13). Never do we find those who somehow
heard false doctrine, believed false doctrine, obeyed false doctrine,
joined some false system with one-hundred-percent endorsement of false
doctrine, but somehow they were “God’s children” and
It may be called a narrow view —that
which we have been setting forth —but we are in good company
(Matt. 7:13-14). A very simple truth is that men must be taught (John
6:45) if they are going to become children of God. Additionally, they
must be taught the truth! Who would have thought that we would ever see
the day when men would, in the church, stand up and argue that God has
children scattered throughout denominationalism, which children deny
the very body these claim they have been added to by the Lord! We will
do better if we will return to proclaiming the Gospel of Christ in its
purity, and stress the plan of salvation with power and clarity, and
set forth the one body —the church of the Lord — in its
holiness and beauty!
We do a confusing work, reflecting upon our
own convictions pertaining to the Word of God, when we follow a soft
and compromising course. Many of those who belong to God have (over
thirty and more years of faithfulness in God’s family) yet to
find those “children of God” throughout denominationalism.
Acts 2:47 tells us where they are! We will stand on that.
God’s children are in the church of Christ which he purchased
with his blood. The church is his. It belongs to him. It wears his
name. It abides by his doctrine. Man has made many churches, but the
Lord made only one. Only those who are members of his church will be
saved (Acts 2:47; Eph. 5:23).
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LIVING IN PEACE
Living the life expected of a Christian requires a great deal of
watchfulness and self-control each and every day. The Apostle Paul
wrote, “If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men”
(Rom. 12:18). When one considers the conditional statement, “If
it be possible,” it can be understood that either of two
conditions will surely exist —possible or impossible —which
suggests that it may not always be possible to be at peace with someone
no matter how hard one may strive.
Society, in general, is composed of what one might consider all sorts of people
—some good, some not so good and some indifferent. It may be
impossible to be at peace with some because of their attitude or their
general behavior. For example, it is not possible to be at peace with
boasters, cheaters, foul mouths, gossipers, liars, robbers, murderers
and such like, as they are not be to trusted in their dealings with
While that is of a considerable concern,
what can be said with regard to those within the brotherhood? In First
Corinthians 5:11, the Apostle Paul wrote, “But
now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is
called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a
railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to
eat.” It is not possible to be at peace with a brother or
sister who fails to maintain daily righteous living; otherwise one may
be led astray by association. Paul warned, “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners” (1 Cor. 15:33). It is extremely difficult to walk through briers and not get scratched.
The Apostle Paul wrote, “Now
I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences
contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them”
(Rom. 16:17). In recent times, it has been observed that there are
those who have taken great liberty with God’s word. For them, it
seems the Bible is just not sufficient so they advance new ideas, new
requirements and new practices that simply cannot be supported with
Book, Chapter and Verse or in other words, Command, Approved Example or
Necessary Inference. Today, we read of instances of women taking
leading roles in worship activities, communion being offered on
Saturdays, mechanical instruments added to accompany singing and the
list goes on and on.
The Apostle Paul warned the young preacher Timothy, “Take
heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in
doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee” (1 Tim. 4:16). The writer of Hebrews wrote: “Be
not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good
thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which
have not profited them that have been occupied therein” (Heb. 13:9).
There are some things one can do in hopes of improving relationships. Jesus said, “Ye
have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and
hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them
that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which
despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of
your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the
evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even
the publicans the same” (Matt. 5:43-46)?
Let’s be at peace with one another,
but remember that the only peace that is approved of God is that which
is in accordance to his eternal Word. Those who adhere to his Word have
peace with each other.
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GAY MARRIAGE: THE REAL STORY
Johnny O. Trail
In 2004, The American Psychological Association
published a statement in support of homosexual adoption. The APA said,
“There is no scientific basis for distinguishing between same sex
couples and heterosexual couples with respects to adoption.”1
In their 2004 brief on “Lesbian and Gay Parenting,” the APA
wrote, “Not a single study has found children of lesbian or gay
parents to be disadvantaged in any single significant respect relative
to children of heterosexual partners.”2 In 2010 the
APA filed an amicus in support of a same-sex couple in Florida who went
to court in order to adopt two children. The Federal Appeals Court
Judge Vaughn Walker ruled in favor of the couple citing statements from
the American Psychological Association in support of his decision.3
SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH
The APA used data from 59 published studies in order to come its conclusions concerning homosexuals adopting children.4
Unfortunately the APA never reviewed methods used by the researchers in
these studies. In fact those studies had not been properly reviewed
The July issue of Social Science Research
contains two separate articles that review the methods of the 59
published studies. One of the articles was written by Mark Regnerus,
who works in the Department of Sociology and Population Research Center
at the University of Texas at Austin. Loren Marks, who is with
Louisiana State Universities School of Human Ecology, wrote the other
BACK TO THE COURTS
Loren Marks concluded the 59 studies named
in support of the APA’s position on same sex adoption were
statistically weak. Marks points out the small size of each study, the
failure to actually look at the condition of those who had been adopted
by gay couples, and the fact that none of these same sex families had
been compared to intact heterosexual families made these studies weak.
After reviewing the 59 studies to which the APA referred, Loren Marks
concluded, “The available data, which are drawn primarily from
small convenience samples, are insufficient to support a strong
generalizable claim either way. Such a statement would not be grounded
Specifically, “...a close examination leads to the conclusion
that strong, generalized assertions, including those made by the APA
Brief, were not empirically warranted.”6
Mark Regnerus points out similar faults
with the studies used by the APA in their research. Regnerus writes,
“Concern has arisen, however, about the methodological quality of
many studies focusing on same-sex parents. In particular, most are
based on non-random, non-representative data often employing small
samples that do not allow for generalization to the large population of
gay and lesbian families.”7
The bulk of Regnerus’ article deals with the findings of a new and more comprehensive study entitled, The New Family Structures Study.
A team of several leading family researchers who are from five
different universities put this data collection project together.8
The study compared intact biological families to seven other types of
family structure including homosexual and lesbian families. The results
of the study show that “in the vast majority of cases the optimal
outcome —where one can readily be discerned —favors IBFs
[Intact Biological Families].”9 Mark Regnerus
concludes his article by pointing out the fact that as the number of
intact biological families decreases in the United States, we see
“heightened dependence on public health organizations, federal
and state public assistance, psychotherapeutic resources, substance use
programs, and the criminal justice system.”10
What if Judge Walker had known of the problems with the research upon
which the AFA had based its recommendation? Would his ruling have been
different? What if he had seen the results of The New Family Structures
Study? Would he have had second thoughts about the AFA amicus in
support of the homosexual couple adopting the two children? We
don’t really know the answers to those questions, but what we do
know is that his decision was based upon false data. What we do know is
that this is no different from what was done when the sterilization
laws of the early twentieth century were set in place. In that case,
Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote the majority opinion that enacted
laws that were based on genetic profiles using faulty assumptions in
God intends for
marriage to be between one man and one woman (Matt. 19:4-6). This is
His design from the beginning (Gen. 2:18-25). The results of The New Family Structures Study show
us that God’s way is the best way. God’s plan is the one
that works best for children and for society as a whole. Same-sex homes
are not good for children despite what the American Psychological
Association has said.
1. American Psychological Association Website
2. Loren Marks, Social Science Research, 736
3. Ramesh Ponnuru, Sex and the Social Scientist, in National Review, July 9, 2012, 28
4. Marks, 739
5. Loren Marks, Social Science Research, 748
7. Mark Regnerus, Social Science Research, 753
8. Ibid 755
9. Ibid 761
10. Ibid 766
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THE ALL WISE ALL POWERFUL GOD
The “Oracles of God” (the Bible) begin with the statement that “in the beginning God created the heaven and the earth”
(Gen. 1:1). God did not simply refurbish or remodel some existing
planet. He spoke the world into existence along with the entire
universe. He defied what man calls a law of science —that matter
can neither be created nor destroyed. Yet matter exists —God
exists. There is no evidence that matter is eternal and that lifeless
matter created God. There is an abundance of evidence that human
intellect is able to reform and reshape matter to fashion marvelous
inventions. Human intellect has built cities, skyscraper buildings,
methods of transportation, rocket-ships that have transported humans to
the moon and safely back to earth. If the created have been endowed
with such ability, consider the creative ability of the designer of
mankind —God Himself. Man has made robots to perform intricate
tasks —even performing operations on humans. God created the
first man, then the first woman from a rib of the man (Gen. 1:27;
The question has been raised that if God is
all wise and all powerful, why does he allow sin and evil to exist?
This world has so much crime, cruelty and suffering, so why does an all
wise all powerful God allow such to continue? The short answer is easy
to be stated. Without choice, mankind would be nothing but a programmed
robot. Mankind was created in the image of God. Good parents love and
care for their children and desire and expect their children to love
them in return. John 3:16 reveals that God so loved the world that he
gave His Only Begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him might not
perish but have life everlasting. God desires children that love and
obey him in return. To eliminate the free moral agency of mankind would
eliminate the very nature of the relationship of God and mankind, which
is love. God is love (1 John 4:8). It is His nature to love truth and
righteousness and to hate sin and wickedness. Heaven is a reward for
those who exercise their ability to choose to love and serve their
The history of the relationship and
oversight of mankind by God is that He is “long suffering”
and not willing that any should perish. In 2 Peter 3:9 we read, “The
Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness;
but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish,
but that all should come to repentance.” We, however, have a
number of examples in the word of God where His patience came to an end
and justice and judgment were swift.
How could “good” be reckoned if
not contrasted with “evil?” God created mankind with His
desire for children: children who choose to love and obey Him; children
who, when confronted with the choice of good and evil, would choose
God is allowing the world to continue, for
a time, to populate heaven with those who choose to hear and obey Him.
Only God knows when he will end the world (Matt. 24:36).
The answer to the question of why does God
allow evil and sin to continue is in order to allow sinful persons the
opportunity to repent and choose to serve the true and living God.
Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”
One such example is Saul of Tarsus who believed that he was serving God
when he was imprisoning and persecuting Christians. This enemy of God
and of the people of God, when confronted by Jesus, repented. He became
the great apostle Paul, a true servant of God.
Life is at best brief and death and the
judgment are certain. When we are born, we do not know the length of
days we have been allotted. It is revealed that God watches over and
provides for His own and our responsibility is to seek the kingdom of
God first (Matt. 6:24-34).
There is substance and evidence for those
who believe in God. I have a document that has been translated into
many languages. It has withstood the test of time and of critical
investigation. It was not written by one person or even a group of
people of the same customs and languages. It was written by some 40 men
who are described as “holy” men. They lived at different
times. They lived on three different continents. They spoke three
different languages. Most never knew one another. Yet when their Holy
Spirit breathed writings were collated, there is not to be found a
single contradiction. Humanly, such is impossible, yet it happened. Not
only is that an undeniable fact, but the contents of their writings
foretold of future events that came to pass in minute detail. Their
writings revealed scientific facts that were not known at the time, yet
have been proven to be true. They revealed the rising and fall of great
nations in their exact order and told of the birth of kings and their
names before their birth.
Here is what is difficult to comprehend. In
America, and the rest of the world today, there is a lack of knowledge
of the contents of the Word of God —the Bible. Yet it may be seen
that the more the word of God is abandoned the worse world conditions
become. Great American cities have sections that once prospered but
today have become rat infested garbage dumps. Many in America are
alcohol and drug addicted and living on the streets without sanitary
facilities. Many prefer to live off welfare rather than working for a
While this is happening in
“Christian” America, there are other parts of the world who
are hungering and thirsting after the word of God and are changing
their civilizations for the better. Where the pure word of God goes and
is received, people are prospering. Where the word of God is abandoned,
deterioration is taking place.
Hebrews 4:12, “For the word
of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword,
piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the
joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of
the heart.” The word of God is quick. What does that mean? It
means that it’s not an old document that is of little concern to
present day mankind. It is not a dead letter of the past. It is alive!
It is powerful. It can change the hearts and minds of mankind. It can
save the condemned. It can build successful societies and expose sin
and evil. The Bible you and I have is the living word of God. Think
about that! But for the Bible’s power to be released it must not
just be read. It must be studied and rightly divided (handled
correctly). Then, it must be applied.
Second Timothy 2:15 says, “Study
to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be
ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” It contains the
substance and evidence that there is a supreme God (Heb. 11:1). Our
faith is not a blind faith — a leap in the dark. The life we now
live is not all there is. There is a better world and a better
existence for those who choose to obey and serve their Creator. There
is a great day coming. A day where there will be no more pain, no more
illness, no more suffering, no more sorrow. It will be a never-ending
day of rejoicing —a day of reunion with departed loved ones who
are saved. We rightly and truthfully sing: “How Beautiful Heaven
Here is the sad truth revealed by the Son
of God who offered Himself for our sins: Many are called, but few are
chosen (Matt. 20:16). Why will so few be chosen? Because they exercised
their free moral agency by choosing not to serve their Creator and
We know that both good and evil exists and
that the conflict will not cease as long as the world exists. We also
know that good is more powerful than evil and that good, in the end,
will prevail. “Then
cometh the end when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even
the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and authority and
power” (1 Cor 15:24). That includes the power of Satan.
Only those who are in the kingdom (the
church of Christ for which he died) will be delivered up to the Father
at the end of time. Just as time ran out for the antediluvian people
when the door of the ark was closed and the flood came just as Noah had
warned, the many were called but the few were chosen. The truth is
narrow and is exclusive. Satan has convinced the majority otherwise.
The words of Jesus are that many are called but few are chosen.
“Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth”
(Gal. 4:16)? This question asked by Paul of the Galatians, we ask
today. Love demands that we tell others the truth. It does not excuse
the works of evil. If I stray from the path of holiness, please do not
excuse my departure, but teach me and warn me of my departure. Our
responsibility is not to seek popularity, but to proclaim the truth.
That is love.
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