Bible verses about eternal LIFE or DEATH for the souls

death2What the Bible says about spiritual DEATH

Our choice when it comes to our permanent future seems to be a) eternal life, or b) eternal death. If the first realm is eternal (staying alive for ever in the kingdom of God) it makes sense to assume that also the latter realm is equally eternal (staying dead and non-existent for ever). Note that I do not believe that the process of dying will last for ever but rather the duration of being dead – as in a permanent irrevocable death and complete non-existence. If the whole process of dying would last for ever, then this too could be labelled ”eternal life”, albeit in agony and torture. The Bible, however, explains that our choice is either life or death. Not life or life.

There is no doubt, however, that unbelievers risk being burned in the fire that we call hell (see verses below) unless they repent. Nevertheless, the exact duration (and degrees) of this suffering is unknown and up for debate. We do know that books will be opened and proper judgments will be made, and also that the place called Hades will finally be thrown in the lake of fire (often called Gehenna). The lake of fire is the second death. Hades appears to have two sections (and good and one bad) and this is where Lazarus ended up, as per Luke 16:20-25.

The Greek adjective αἰώνιος (aiónios, Strong’s 166) derives from the noun aiṓn (Strong’s 165), and even though it is often translated ”eternal” it does not always refer to something that will last non-stop. Even God’s covenant with Israel was ”eternal”, and yet it no longer applies.

Bible verses where everlasting life is contrasted with death and corruption

The Bible contrasts ”everlasting life” with corruption and death. If you live in shameful sin you will end up with death, and if you are the servant of God you will end up with the opposite, which is everlasting life.

Gal. 6:8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap CORRUPTION; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap LIFE EVERLASTING.9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

Rom. 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of SIN UNTO DEATH, OR OF OBEDIENCE UNTO RIGHTEOUSNESS? — 21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is DEATH.22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and THE END EVERLASTING LIFE.23 For THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH; but the gift of God is ETERNAL LIFE through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Rom. 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.— 6 For TO BE CARNALLY MINDED IS DEATH; but to be spiritually minded is LIFE and peace. — 9 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. — 13 For IF YE LIVE AFTER THE FLESH, YE SHALL DIE: BUT IF YE THROUGH THE SPIRIT DO MORTIFY THE DEEDS OF THE BODY, YE SHALL LIVE.  

John 6:21 For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will. —  24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. — 28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, UNTO THE RESURRECTION OF LIFE; and they that have done evil, UNTO THE RESURRECTION OF DAMNATION. 

Matt. 22:2 The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son,  — 7 But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.8 Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy.9 Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.10 So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests.11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.14 For many are called, but few are chosen.

Matt. 25:30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:—41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:—46 And these shall go away into EVERLASTING PUNISHMENT: but the righteous into LIFE ETERNAL.

John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. — 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. — 36 He that believeth on the Son hath EVERLASTING LIFE: and he that believeth not the Son SHALL NOT SEE LIFE; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

Matt. 18:6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.7 Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!8 Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into LIFE halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into EVERLASTING FIRE.9 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.

John 6:27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto EVERLASTING LIFE, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.

John 6:39 And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. — 44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. — 47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. — 49 Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are DEAD.50 This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, HE SHALL LIVE FOR EVER: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. — 53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. — 56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. — 58 This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever. — 63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.  

Acts 13:46 Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves UNWORTHY OF EVERLASTING LIFE, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.

Matt. 18:18 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. –—  26 The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.27 Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.28 But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.29 And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.31 So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.

John 15:6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.

Matt. 13:30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn. — 38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Matt. 23:33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?

Matt. 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell (Gehenna).

Luke 12:4 And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.5 But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.

Rev. 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

Rev. 21:He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

Clues from the old testamentdove 2

Gen. 2:1 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

Job 14:14 If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.

Below are two long sections from Ezekiel which are key to understanding the issue of life and death, particularly from the perspective of the old testament before Jesus’s entrance on earth. All souls are God’s souls and everyone must give an account before God in the future, but the soul that sins – and that does not repent before it is too late – shall apparently die. This is naturally not about a physical death since ALL human beings will eventually die one day (sinners or not), but the below verses have a focus on a spiritual death.

Ez. 18:4 Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.5 But if a man be just, and do that which is lawful and right,— Hath walked in my statutes, and hath kept my judgments, to deal truly; he is just, he shall surely live, saith the Lord God.10 If he beget a son that is a robber, a shedder of blood, and that doeth the like to any one of these things,—13 Hath given forth upon usury, and hath taken increase: shall he then live? he shall not live: he hath done all these abominations; he shall surely die; his blood shall be upon him.14 Now, lo, if he beget a son, that seeth all his father’s sins which he hath done, and considereth, and doeth not such like,—17 That hath taken off his hand from the poor, that hath not received usury nor increase, hath executed my judgments, hath walked in my statutes; he shall not die for the iniquity of his father, he shall surely live.18 As for his father, because he cruelly oppressed, spoiled his brother by violence, and did that which is not good among his people, lo, even he shall die in his iniquity.19 Yet say ye, Why? doth not the son bear the iniquity of the father? When the son hath done that which is lawful and right, and hath kept all my statutes, and hath done them, he shall surely live.20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.21 But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die.22 All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live.23 Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord God: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?24 But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die.25 Yet ye say, The way of the Lord is not equal. Hear now, O house of Israel; Is not my way equal? are not your ways unequal?26 When a righteous man turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in them; for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die.27 Again, when the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive.28 Because he considereth, and turneth away from all his transgressions that he hath committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die.29 Yet saith the house of Israel, The way of the Lord is not equal. O house of Israel, are not my ways equal? are not your ways unequal?30 Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord God. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin.31 Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel?32 For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.

Ez. 33:5 He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul.6 But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.7 So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me.8 When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.9 Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.10 Therefore, O thou son of man, speak unto the house of Israel; Thus ye speak, saying, If our transgressions and our sins be upon us, and we pine away in them, how should we then live?11 Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?12 Therefore, thou son of man, say unto the children of thy people, The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him in the day of his transgression: as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall thereby in the day that he turneth from his wickedness; neither shall the righteous be able to live for his righteousness in the day that he sinneth.13 When I shall say to the righteous, that he shall surely live; if he trust to his own righteousness, and commit iniquity, all his righteousnesses shall not be remembered; but for his iniquity that he hath committed, he shall die for it.14 Again, when I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; if he turn from his sin, and do that which is lawful and right;15 If the wicked restore the pledge, give again that he had robbed, walk in the statutes of life, without committing iniquity; he shall surely live, he shall not die.16 None of his sins that he hath committed shall be mentioned unto him: he hath done that which is lawful and right; he shall surely live.17 Yet the children of thy people say, The way of the Lord is not equal: but as for them, their way is not equal.18 When the righteous turneth from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, he shall even die thereby.19 But if the wicked turn from his wickedness, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall live thereby

Contempt” below is a translation from the Hebrews noun deraon, which can also be translated aversion or abhorrence (Strong’s 1860). It is also used in Is. 66:24.

Dan. 12:1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.

Is. 66:21 And I will also take of them for priests and for Levites, saith the Lord.22 For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the Lord, so shall your seed and your name remain.23 And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the Lord.24 And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases 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.

Eccl. 9:5 For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.

heavenThe kingdom of God is only for those who repent

You will only enter the kingdom of God if you repent and become born again.

Matt. 18:3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Matt. 19:29 And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.

Luke 18:29 And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God’s sake,30 Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting.

Matt. 25:10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.

John 11:26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

Gal 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

Rom. 6:8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Rom. 8:27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. — 29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

John 4:14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. — 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

John 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.40 And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.

John 12:25 He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.

John 12:48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. —  48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

1 Tim. 1:16 Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.

10 Bible verses /examples commonly used to support the sinful nature – refutation

bebis2Man’s idea to add original sin to the Bible

The idea of original sin, or the sinful nature from birth, was first pushed by Augustine who was a former gnostic. Augustine is guilty of having introduced many unbiblical ideas into church, and  some of them were later also taught by both Luther and Calvin. The old church fathers before Augustine did not teach the sinful nature (see here), and most importantly the Bible does not. Below are some of the most common verses used as an attempt to prove the sinful nature.

Example 1) Romans 5:12

Rom 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

Comment: Sin entered the world the first time through Adam, because no one had sinned before him (him and Eve). The verse does not say that SIN passed upon all men but DEATH passed upon all men, and it also explains why this is: Because all have sinned! Not because all have inherited sins from Adam. Notice that ”all men” is a translation from the Greek word ἄνθρωπος (anthrópos, Strong’s 444) and could mean 1) men, 2) men and women, or 3) mankind, people, human beings. It may or may not include babies depending on context. Since the verse claims that we die (spiritually) because we have sinned, this verse cannot be used as support for another idea – like the idea that we die spiritually because we have inherited someone else’s sin. Dying physically is something different, and even Jesus Christ died a physical death. It is possible to say that we die physically due to Adam, because we cannot reach the tree of life due to him.

Example 2) Romans 5:18

Rom 5:18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon ALL men to condemnation — 19 so by the obedience of one shall MANY be made righteous.

Comment: The entire context is this:

Rom 5:18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon ALL men to condemnation; EVEN SO by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon ALL men unto justification of life. 19For as by one man’s disobedience MANY were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall MANY be made righteous.

If ALL are automatically condemned through Adam, then ALL are automatically made righteous through Jesus. Are 100% of all ALL PEOPLE automatically righteous in Jesus? No, that would be universalism. It is not proper hermeneutics to read ”all” in two different ways in the same sentence – an ”even so” indicates a valid comparison. If ALL die in Adam, then the very same ALL are saved in Christ. If ”many” (not all) were made righteous, then ”many” (not all) were made sinners. We cannot make one absolute and the other conditional. If, however, we add conditions on both accounts (we die spiritually if we sin like Adam, and we become alive in Christ if we choose to believe in him) then we have solved all contradictions. Rom. 5 does list conditions, just like the rest of Romans and just like the rest of the Bible.

Example 3) 1 Corinthians 15:22 

1 Cor. 15:22 For as in Adam ALL die, even so in Christ shall ALL be made alive.23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.

Comment: If all people are automatically dead in Adam, then the very same ”all people” are automatically saved in Christ. But this interpretation leads to universalism, and we know this is not true. The context makes it clear that the subject is the RESURRECTION and what will happen when Jesus returns. Most importantly what will happen to those in Christ. They will die physically just like Adam (even Jesus Christ once died physically), and they will be made alive to get their judgments and rewards.

Example 4) Ephesians 2:1

Eph. 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins

Comment: What makes us dead? Sinning makes us (spiritually) dead! It is not being born (or being conceived) which makes us dead, but it is transgressing of his law:

1 John 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law

Is. 59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

Eph. 2 does not say that we are BORN dead in trespasses and sins. How can newborn babies choose to transgress the law of God?

The solution to the problem of sin is to repent, which explains why Paul in Acts 17:30 says that God ”now commandeth all men every where to repent”.

Example 5) Ephesians 2:2-3

Eph. 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

Comment: Do not get fooled by the term ”children of disobedience” or ”children of wrath” because these terms refer to those who follow Satan – as the text indicates. Likewise the term ”children of God” (or sons of God) does not necessarily refer to little toddlers, but to those who have chosen to believe and follow God. The text certainly does not claim that people are BORN as children of wrath – merely for the ”crime” of existing. It is crystal clear that those spoken about in Eph. 2:2 are adults. They:

  • have a need or reason to be ”quickened”
  • perform TRESPASSES and SINS and through them be dead
  • walk according to the world
  • walk according to Satan (the prince of the power of the air)
  • are disobedient through following Satan
  • walk in the lusts of their flesh
  • fulfill the desires of their flesh
  • fulfill the desires of their mind

Example 6) 1 Corinthians 2:14

1 Cor. 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned

Comment: It is a bad idea to be a natural man, which is a man who lives of the world. If someone is a natural man (which is no obligation), he cannot please God. It is impossible for a person to please God if he at the same time chooses to walk in darkness.

”Natural” is a translation from ψυχικός (psuchikos, Strong’s 5591) and could also be translated ”worldly-minded” or ”sensual”. It describes the behavior of a carnal man who lives of the world. The word can be contrasted with ”spiritual” (pneumatikós, Strong’s 4152).

Example 7) Job 25:4 + Job 15:14

Job 25:4 How then can man be justified with God? or how can he be clean that is born of a woman? 5 Behold even to the moon, and it shineth not; yea, the stars are not pure in his sight. 6 How much less man, that is a worm? and the son of man, which is a worm?

Job 15:14 What is man, that he should be CLEAN? and he which is born of a woman, that he should be righteous?15 Behold, he putteth no trust in his saints; yea, the heavens are not clean in his sight.16 How much more abominable and filthy is man, which drinketh iniquity like water?

Comment: The first comment is from Bildad, and the second one is from Eliphaz. They did not always provide good advice to Job. On top of this, the book of Job is replete with poetic expressions. See for instance Job 1:21 and see if you read it in a literal sense.

Example 8) Romans 3:10

Rom. 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: 11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.

Comment: Paul, who made the above statement that no one is righteous, called HIMSELF righteous, along with Silas and Timothy (see 1 Thess. 2:10) and he constantly requested that people should avoid obeying their flesh and be righteous. Paul also said (Acts 23:1) that he had lived ”in all good conscience before God until this day”. (NASB: ”perfectly good conscience”). Paul urged his readers to ”sin no more”! Was Paul a hypocrite or a man of God who we can trust?

Paul was in Rom. 3:10 referring to a couple of well-known psalms where we can read ”there is none righteous ….” and if we go to these psalms (Psalm 14 and Psalm 53) we can see the proper context to this phrase. There we can read about unrighteous people, called FOOLS, who do not seek God but we can also read about righteous people who DO seek God. Psalms contain poetic expressions which are mirroring the truth, so we should carefully keep this in mind.

We can read in Acts 17 that we are created precisely to seek God, even though he is not far away from any of us. We can also read verses such as:

Jer. 29:13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart 

Matt. 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you

Below are more psalms, and it would be unwise for us to start new doctrines (which are not supported by non-poetic verses) based on such poetry. Poetic expressions can of course teach us things and be encouraging, but it is not always correct to read poetic texts in a literal sense.

Example 9) Psalm 51:5

Ps. 51:5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me  

Comment: This verse is not about all people in the entire world but concerns only David and his mother. It could be understood both figuratively (the way also king David has battled with dark powers and obstacles very early on) or literally (David’s mother was indeed sinning during the conception) but either way, this verse does not say that we have all inherited Adam’s sin and have a sinful nature from birth. David starts out speaking about his own transgression (not sins inherited from another), and we can read claims from David which could not possibly be understood in a literal sense:

Psalm 51:7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 8Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice…

Example 10) Psalm 58:3

Ps. 58:3 The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, SPEAKING LIES  

Comment: Naturally newborn babies cannot speak, much less speak lies. This is just a poetic expression to describe that the wicked man go astray very early on and usually continue on this path. The psalmist starts out addressing a ”congregation” and apparently they are old enough to SPEAK since they are asked if they speak righteousness. They are also old enough to JUDGE, they are able to WORK WICKEDNESS in their hearts and WEIGH the violence of their hands. Babies are unable to do any of that, and it is the WICKED who ”are estrange”. If someone goes astray, it means he must have started from a position where it was not ”astray”. In verse 10 and 11 we can read about righteous people who do NOT go astray:

10 The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked. 11So that a man shall say, Verily there is a reward for the righteous: verily he is a God that judgeth in the earth.

Some people might ask: ”If we are not born with a sinful nature, why do we sin?” Well, why did Adam and Eve sin? Certainly not due to a sinful nature. They might also ask ”If we are not born with a sinful nature, why did Jesus have to die for us?”. Because we have chosen to sin – despite that we did not have to. This is what makes us guilty.

If we are born with a sinful nature (which would provide an excellent excuse for sin), why does the Bible not disclose this important piece of information anywhere? Why can we read the exact opposite story? Moreover, the idea of the sinful nature actually reduces the great deeds that Jesus Christ did for us, when we accuse him of not having to struggle with a sinful nature as the rest of us. In reality, Jesus was tempted in all things just like us and he did not get an advantage.

rom-8The Bible says that babies are innocent

While there are no Bible verses which say we are born with a sinful nature (or born depraved, which is not even a word included in the KJV Bible), the Bible does say that we are wonderfully made.

Zecharia 12:1  The burden of the word of the Lord for Israel, saith the Lord, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and FORMETH THE SPIRIT OF MAN WITHIN HIM. 

Romans 9:11 (For the children being not yet bornNEITHER HAVING DONE ANY GOOD OR EVIL, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;)

Mark 10:14 But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.15 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God AS A LITTLE CHILD, he shall not enter therein.

Isaiah 7:16 For BEFORE THE CHILD SHALL KNOW TO REFUSE THE EVIL, AND CHOOSE THE GOOD, the land that thou abhorrest shall be forsaken of both her kings. 

Isaiah 42:Thus saith God the Lord, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and SPIRIT to them that walk therein

Job. 31:14 What then shall I do when God riseth up? and when he visiteth, what shall I answer him?15 Did not HE THAT MADE ME IN THE WOMB make him? and DID NOT ONE FASHION US IN THE WOMB? 

Ps. 139:13 For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.14 I will praise thee; for I AM FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

Ps,73 Thy hands have made me and FASHIONED ME: give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments.  

Ecclesiastes 7:29 Lo, this only have I found, that GOD HATH MADE MAN UPRIGHT; but THEY they have sought out many inventions.  

Vem får helige Ande? Tungotal endast genom apostlarnas handpåläggning?

acts-10Kraven för att få den helige Ande

Tro, omvändelse och lydnad krävs för att få den helige Ande. Det är alltså inte det omvända – att vi först får den helige Ande som sedan resulterar i att vi tror, omvänder oss och lyder (den kalvinistiska synen). Vi måste först och främst söka Gud och komma till honom, trots att han inte är långt borta från någon av oss (se Apg 17).

Kraven:

Apg 2:38 Petrus svarade dem: ”OMVÄND ER och låt er alla döpas i Jesu Kristi namn, så att era synder blir förlåtna. DÅ SKALL NI FÅ DEN HELIGE ANDE SOM GÅVA. — 

Apg 5:32 Vi är vittnen till detta, vi och den helige Ande, som Gud har gett åt dem SOM LYDER HONOM.”

Ämnet i Apostlagärningarna kap. 2 är främst tungotal (en av andegåvorna som vi uppmanas att söka ivrigt) och händelsen är unik eftersom det är första gången som vi kan läsa om tungotalet i nya testamentet. Det är när Petrus och de övriga apostlarna får frågan ”Vad skall vi göra?” (ställd av troende människor) som Petrus svarar att de måste omvända sig (och döpa sig som en naturlig följd) för att få sina synder förlåtna och för att få den helige Ande som gåva.

Apg 2:3 Tungor som av eld visade sig för dem och fördelade sig och satte sig på var och en av dem. 4 Och de uppfylldes alla av den helige Ande och började tala främmande språk, allteftersom Anden ingav dem att tala.—33 Sedan han nu genom Guds högra hand har blivit upphöjd och av Fadern tagit emot den utlovade heligAnde, har han utgjutit detta som ni ser och hör— 37 När de hörde detta, högg det till i hjärtat på dem, och de frågade Petrus och de andra apostlarna: ”Bröder, VAD SKALL VI GÖRA?” 38 Petrus svarade dem: ”OMVÄND ER och låt er alla döpas i Jesu Kristi namn, så att era synder blir förlåtna. DÅ SKALL NI FÅ DEN HELIGE ANDE SOM GÅVA. — 41 De som då tog emot hans ord döptes, och så ökade antalet lärjungar den dagen med omkring tre tusen.

Det är en viss skillnad på hur Anden arbetar i det gamla och det nya testamentet. I det nya testamentet så kommer Anden som en Hjälpare in i våra hjärtan och leder oss i vår vardag på ett mer direkt och förfinat sätt, vilket vi även kan se profeteras om i det gamla testamentet.

Man kunde givetvis bli frälst även under det gamla testamentets tid, innan Jesu återuppståndelse och innan kraften från den nya Hjälparen. I GT var det dock snarare Guds profeter som kunde erbjuda extra ljus över Guds ord. Tro som leder till rättfärdigt liv har alltid varit grundbultet för frälsning – både i det gamla och det nya testamentet. En skillnad är förstås att människor inte talade i tungor i äldre tider, och mirakel/helande utfördes främst av Guds profeter.

Ef. 3:5 I tidigare släktled har den inte avslöjats för människor så som den nu genom Anden har uppenbarats för hans heliga apostlar och profeter.

Kornelius – troende och rättfärdig innan han fick den helige Ande

Historien om Kornelius och hans familjemedlemmar är tillräcklig för att inse att man kan vara troende och utföra rättfärdiga handlingar innan man tar emot den helige Ande. Petrus förstår sig på vägen till frälsning för alla människor genom att Gud tar emot den som fruktar honom och gör det som är rätt”.  Tungotalet (ihop med prisande av Gud och intresset för Guds ord) var ett tecken för Petrus att den helige Ande hade utgjutits över dessa människor och att det tagit emot den helige Ande. Inte så att tungotal är ett krav för frälsning, men det är en ytterst naturlig fysisk följd. Många söker sig inte till andegåvorna för att de inte förstår att det gäller dem än idag. 

Apg 10:I Cesarea bodde en man som hette Kornelius, en officer vid den italiska vaktavdelningen. 2 Han var from och fruktade Gud liksom alla i hans hus, och han gav frikostigt med gåvor till folket och bad alltid till Gud. 3 En dag omkring nionde timmen såg han tydligt i en syn, hur en Guds ängel kom in till honom och sade: ”Kornelius!” 4 Han stirrade förskräckt på ängeln och frågade: ”Vad är det, herre?” Ängeln sade: ”Dina böner och dina gåvor har stigit upp till Gud som ett offer han kommer ihåg.—22 De svarade: ”Officeren Kornelius är en rättfärdig man som fruktar Gud, och hela det judiska folket talar väl om honom. Av en helig ängel har han fått en uppenbarelse att han skall kalla på dig och höra vad du har att säga.”.— 34 Då började Petrus tala: ”Nu förstår jag verkligen att Gud inte gör skillnad på människor, 35 utan tar emot den som fruktar honom och gör det som är rätt, vilket folk han än tillhör.— 38 hur Gud smorde Jesus från Nasaret med den helige Andes kraft, han som gick omkring och gjorde gott och botade alla som var i djävulens våld, ty Gud var med honom.—44 Medan Petrus ännu talade föll den helige Ande över alla som hörde ordet. 45 Alla troende judar som hade följt med Petrus häpnade över att den helige Andes gåva blev utgjuten också över hedningarna46 Ty de hörde dem tala med tungor och prisa Gud. 47 Då frågade Petrus: ”Inte kan väl någon hindra att dessa blir döpta med vatten, när de liksom vi har tagit emot den helige Ande?” 48 Och han befallde att de skulle döpas i Jesu Kristi namn. Sedan bad de honom stanna några dagar.

Apg. 11:15 Och när jag började tala, föll den helige Ande på dem, alldeles som på oss under den första tiden16 Då kom jag ihåg vad Herren hade sagt: Johannes döpte med vatten, men ni skall döpas i den helige Ande.

Nedan kan vi se att några människor inte ens kände till den helige Ande och andegåvorna (det verkar inte ens som de kände till Jesus själv) och följdaktligen så hade de fram tills förändringen stått utanför just andegåvornas kraft. De var däremot öppna för att anpassa sig till det nya budskapet, och när de mottagit den helige Ande i sina liv så talade de i tungor och profeterade. Det går dock inte att påstå att dessa människor var ofrälsta och fördömda innan de råkade träffa på Paulus då tog emot hans budskap. Gud dömer oss för vad vi vet och baserat på våra samveten (som avspeglas i våra gärningar). Återigen så fanns möjligheten att bli frälst även under tider då Jesus ännu inte gjort entré. Däremot så kan den helige Ande utgöra en mäktigt kraft att vara hans vittnen och sprida evangelium på ett vinnande sätt till andra. Det är därför ingen liten småsak att sprida evangelium och berätta om andegåvorna.

Apg 19:1 Medan Apollos var i Korint kom Paulus ner till Efesus, sedan han rest genom höglandet. Där träffade han några lärjungar2 och han frågade dem: ”Tog ni emot den helige Ande när ni kom till tro?” De svarade honom: ”Nej, vi har inte ens hört att den helige Ande har blivit utgjuten.”3 Då frågade han: ”Vilket dop blev ni döpta med?” De svarade: ”Med Johannes dop.” 4 Paulus sade: ”Johannes döpte med omvändelsens dop och uppmanade folket att tro på den som kom efter honom, det vill säga på Jesus.” 5 När de fick höra detta döptes de i Herren Jesu namn. 6 Och när Paulus lade händerna på dem, kom den helige Ande över dem, och de talade med tungor och profeterade. 7 Tillsammans var det omkring tolv män.

Den helige Ande som krafthelig ande

Den helige Ande beskrivs ofta som en kraft att kunna sprida Guds ord och att få en djupare insikt och vishet. En ledare i våra liv.

Apg. 1:2 fram till den dag då han blev upptagen till himlen, sedan han genom den helige Ande hade gett sina befallningar åt apostlarna som han hade utvalt.— 8 Men när den helige Ande kommer över er, skall ni få kraft och bli mina vittnen i Jerusalem och i hela Judeen och Samarien och ända till jordens yttersta gräns.” 

Joh. 14:26 Men Hjälparen, den helige Ande, som Fadern skall sända i mitt namn, han skall lära er allt och påminna er om allt vad jag har sagt er.

Joh. 16:7 Men jag säger er sanningen: Det är bäst för er att jag går bort. Ty om jag inte går bort, kommer inte Hjälparen till er. Men när jag går bort, skall jag sända honom till er. 8 Och när han kommer, skall han överbevisa världen om synd och rättfärdighet och dom: 13 Men när han kommer, sanningens Ande, då skall han föra er in i hela sanningen. Ty han skall inte tala av sig själv, utan allt det han hör skall han tala, och han skall förkunna för er vad som kommer att ske. 

Joh 7:37 På den sista dagen, den största i högtiden, stod Jesus och ropade: ”Om någon törstar, så kom till mig och drick! 38 Den som tror på mig, ur hans innersta skall strömmar av levande vatten flyta fram, som Skriften säger.” 39 Detta sade han om Anden, som de skulle få som trodde på honom. Ty Anden hade ännu inte blivit utgjuten, eftersom Jesus ännu inte hade blivit förhärligad.

Mark. 13:11 När man för bort er och utlämnar er, så gör er inte bekymmer för vad ni skall säga. Vad som ges er i den stunden skall ni tala. Det är inte ni som då talar, utan den helige Ande.

Luk 11:13 Om ni som är onda förstår att ge era barn goda gåvor, hur mycket mer skall då inte er Fader i himlen ge den helige Ande åt dem som ber honom?”

Apg 16:6 Sedan tog de vägen genom Frygien och Galatien, eftersom de av den heligAnde hindrades från att predika ordet i Asien.

Rom. 5:5 Och det hoppet bedrar oss inte, ty Guds kärlek är utgjuten i våra hjärtan genom den helige Ande, som han har gett oss.

Rom. 8:27 och han som utforskar hjärtan vet vad Anden menar, eftersom Anden ber för de heliga så som Gud vill.

Rom. 14:17 Ty Guds rike består inte i mat och dryck utan i rättfärdighet och frid och glädje i den helige Ande.

Rom. 15:13 Må hoppets Gud uppfylla er med all glädje och frid i tron, så att ni överflödar i hoppet genom den helige Andes kraft.

Ef. 6:18 Gör detta under ständig åkallan och bön och bed alltid i Anden. Vaka därför och håll ut i bön för alla de heliga.

1 Thess. 1:5 Ty vårt evangelium kom till er inte bara i ord utan i kraft och den helige Ande och gav full visshet. Ni vet ju hur vi uppträdde bland er och vad vi gjorde för er.6 Och ni blev våra efterföljare, ja, Herrens, när ni mitt under svåra lidanden tog emot ordet med den glädje som den helige Ande ger.

Hebr. 2:4 Gud gav också sitt vittnesbörd genom tecken och under och många slags kraftgärningar och genom att dela ut den helige Andes gåvor efter sin vilja.

Människor som tidigare redan fått den helige Ande (såsom Jesu lärljungar under pingstdagen) beskrivs ibland som återigen uppfyllda av den helige Ande när det handlar om tillfällen då de får eller känner en andlig kraft som manar dem att säga/göra något genom denna gudomliga kraft. Det gäller för övrigt även Jesus.

Apg. 4:8 Då uppfylldes Petrus av den helige Ande och svarade dem: ”Ni folkets rådsherrar och äldste, — 25 du har sagt genom den helige Ande, som talade genom vår fader David, din tjänare: Varför upprörs hedningarna och tänker folken ut meningslösa planer?— 31 När de hade slutat att be, skakades platsen där de var samlade, och de uppfylldes alla av den helige Ande och predikade frimodigt Guds ord.

Apg 7:55 Men uppfylld av den helige Ande såg han upp mot himlen och fick se Guds härlighet och Jesus som stod på Guds högra sida.

Apg 13:9 Saulus som även kallades Paulus, uppfylldes då av den helige Ande och spände ögonen i honom — 52 Och lärjungarna uppfylldes av glädje och den helige Ande.

Inte bara apostlarna kunde förmedla den helige Ande

Vi kan läsa i några verser att det var genom apostlarnas händer som människor tog emot den helige Ande (såsom Apg. 5:12), men det står inte angivet att handpåläggning var det enda sättet för andeutgjutelse – vilket exempelvis apostlagärningarna intygar då människor blev andedöpa i stora skaror av att höra och ta emot Guds ord. Inte heller säger Bibeln att det endast var apostlarna som hade denna gåva och att vi själva ska hålla oss borta från handpåläggning. I början var det förstås naturligt att de kristna pionjärerna var centrala vad gäller evangelium, dop, helande och handpåläggning, men antalet kristna ökade med tiden, liksom deras möjligheter att leva ut sin kristna tro på samma sätt som de första lärljungarna.

Om fallet skulle vara att Andens gåvor endast vore kopplade till de första apostlarna och kanske den allra första generationen efter Jesus död, ja då måste vi fråga oss varför Bibeln inte säger det någonstans. Tvärt om så undervisar Paulus ingående om fördelen av Andens gåvor såsom tungotal och översättning, vilket skulle vara tämligen onödigt om allt detta skulle vara inaktuellt redan vid Bibelns sammansättning. Inte på en enda rad kan vi läsa om andegåvornas upphörande i den första generationen, eller att Andens gåvor skulle vara överflödiga inom bara några år. Om nu Andens gåvor skulle ha upphört redan för 2000 år sedan (kort efter att de uppkom) så måste vi fråga oss varför de INTE har upphört och varför just pånyttfödda bibeltroende kristna fortfarande talar i tungor. Har de blivit lurade av sin egen Bibel som gör stor reklam för andegåvorna?

Ananias var inte en-apostel, men han lade händerna på Paulus för att han skulle uppfyllas av den helige Ande:

Apg 9:17 Då gick Ananias, och när han kom in i huset lade han händerna på honom och sade: ”Saul, min broder, Herren Jesus som visade sig för dig på vägen hit, han har sänt mig för att du skall kunna se igen och uppfyllas av den heligAnde.”

Apg 8:14 Då apostlarna i Jerusalem fick höra att Samarien hade tagit emot Guds ord, sände de dit Petrus och Johannes. 15 Dessa kom ner och bad för dem att de skulle få den helige Ande, 16 eftersom Anden ännu inte hade fallit på någon av dem. De var endast döpta i Herren Jesu namn. 17 Apostlarna lade då händerna på dem, och de tog emot den helige Ande.

Johannes Döparen och hans föräldrar hade en mycket påtaglig relation till den helige Ande:

Luk. 1:15 Ty han skall bli stor inför Herren. Vin och starka drycker skall han inte dricka, och redan i moderlivet skall han bli uppfylld av den helige Ande. —  41. När Elisabet hörde Marias hälsning, spratt barnet till i hennes moderliv, och hon blev uppfylld av den helige Ande —67 Hans far Sakarias blev uppfylld av den helige Ande och profeterade

Även Simeon fick ta del av den helige Ande innan pingsthändelsen som ju inträffade efter Jesu död.

Luk 2:25 På den tiden fanns i Jerusalem en man som hette Simeon. Han var rättfärdig och gudfruktig och väntade på Israels tröst, och den helige Ande var över honom26 Och av den helige Ande hade han fått den uppenbarelsen att han inte skulle se döden, förrän han hade sett Herrens Smorde.27 Ledd av Anden kom han till templet, och när föräldrarna bar in barnet Jesus för att göra med honom som det var sed enligt lagen —

Även Jesus beskrivs som en person som får kraft och vishet genom den helige Ande.

Luk 4:1 Uppfylld av den helige Ande återvände Jesus från Jordan och fördes av Anden omkring i öknen

Joh 1:33 Jag kände honom inte, men han som sände mig att döpa i vatten sade till mig: Den som du ser Anden komma ner och bli kvar över, han är den som döper i den helige Ande.

spiritDen helige Ande i det gamla testamentet

Den helige Ande var verksam även i GT, genom att ge kraft och vishet:

Jes. 63:39 I all deras nöd var ingen verklig nöd, ty hans ansiktes ängel frälste dem. I sin kärlek och medömkan återlöste han dem,han lyfte alltid upp dem och bar dem i forna dagar.10 Men de var upproriska,och bedrövade hans helige Ande. Därför blev han deras fiende, han stred själv mot dem.11 Då tänkte hans folk på gångna tider, de tänkte på Mose: Var är nu han som förde dem upp ur havet, tillsammans med herden för hans hjord? Var är han som lade sin helige Ande i deras bröst,12 han som lät sin härliga arm gå fram vid Moses högra sida, han som klöv vattnet framför dem och därmed gjorde sig ett evigt namn,13 han som förde dem genom djupen, så att de, likt springare i öknen, inte stapplade?14 Som när boskap går ner i dalen, fördes de av Herrens Ande till ro. Så ledde du ditt folk för att göra dig ett härligt namn.

2 Pet. 1:21 Ty ingen profetia har burits fram genom någon människas vilja, utan ledda av den helige Ande har människor talat vad de fått från Gud.

Mark. 12:36 David har själv sagt genom den helige Ande: Herren sade till min Herre: Sätt dig på min högra sida, tills jag har lagt dina fiender under dina fötter.

Apg 1:16 ”Mina bröder, det ord i Skriften måste uppfyllas som den helige Ande genom Davids mun hade förutsagt om Judas, han som blev vägvisare åt dem som grep Jesus.

Apg 28:25 Eftersom de inte kunde komma överens skildes de åt, sedan Paulus hade sagt detta enda ord: ”Den helige Ande talade rätt genom profeten Jesaja till era fäder

Självfallet har vi en fri vilja och därmed möjlighet att välja mellan att lyda den helige Ande eller inte:

Apg 5:3 Då sade Petrus: ”Ananias, varför har Satan uppfyllt ditt hjärta, så att du ljög mot den heligAnde och tog undan en del av pengarna för jorden?

Apg 7:51 Hårdnackade är ni och oomskurna till hjärta och öron. Alltid står ni emot den heligAnde, ni som era fäder.

1 Thess. 4:8 Därför, den som nu avvisar detta, avvisar inte en människa utan Gud, som har gett er sin helige Ande.

Hebr. 3:7 Därför säger den helige Ande: I dag, om ni hör hans röst, 8 så förhärda inte era hjärtan, som när era fäder väckte min förbittring på frestelsens dag i öknen.9 Där frestade de mig och satte mig på prov, fastän de såg mina gärningar under fyrtio år.10 Därför blev jag vred på detta släkte och sade: Alltid far de vilse i sina hjärtan. De vill inte veta av mina vägar.11 Då svor jag i min vrede: De skall aldrig komma in i min vila.

Hebr. 6:Ty de som en gång tagit emot ljuset och smakat den himmelska gåvan, fått del av den helige Ande och smakat det goda Gudsordet och den kommande världens krafter men sedan avfallit, dem är det omöjligt att föra till ny omvändelse, eftersom de själva på nytt korsfäster Guds Son och öppet hånar honom.

Gal. 5:16 Vad jag vill säga är detta: vandra i Anden, så kommer ni inte att göra vad köttet begär. 17 Ty köttet söker det som är emot Anden och Anden söker det som är emot köttet. De två strider mot varandra för att hindra er att göra det ni vill. 18 Men om ni leds av Anden, står ni inte under lagen. 19 Köttets gärningar är uppenbara: de är otukt, orenhet, lösaktighet, 20 avgudadyrkan, svartkonst, fiendskap, kiv, avund, vredesutbrott, gräl, splittringar, villoläror, 21 illvilja, fylleri, utsvävningar och annat sådant. Jag säger er i förväg vad jag redan har sagt: de som lever så skall inte ärva Guds rike.22 Andens frukt däremot är kärlek, glädje, frid, tålamod, vänlighet, godhet, 23 trohet, mildhet och självbehärskning. Sådant är lagen inte emot.[c24 De som tillhör Kristus Jesus har korsfäst sitt kött med dess lidelser och begär. 25 Om vi har liv genom Anden, låt oss då även följa Anden. 26 Låt oss inte söka tom ära, inte utmana varandra och inte avundas varandra.

Guds barn får den helige Ande som ett sigill, men många tror felaktigt att detta betyder något som under inga omständigheter går att bryta upp. Ett sigill är ett märke, och att vara andedöpt är förstås ett unikt särtecken som urskiljer kristna från icke kristna. Vi har dock fortfarande ansvaret för vår kontakt med Gud och att vara honom trogna:

1 Kor. 6:19 Eller vet ni inte att er kropp är ett tempel åt den heligAnde, som bor i er och som ni har fått av Gud, och att ni inte tillhör er själva?

Ef. 1:13 I honom har också ni, sedan ni hört det sanna budskapet, evangeliet om er frälsning, ja, i honom har också ni, sedan ni kommit till tro, tagit emot den utlovade heligAnde som ett sigill.

Ef. 4:30 Bedröva inte Guds heligAnde, som ni har fått som ett sigill för förlossningens dag. 

Rom. 12:1 Så förmanar jag nu er, bröder, vid Guds barmhärtighet, att frambära era kroppar som ett levande och heligt offer som behagar Gud – er andliga gudstjänst. 2 Och anpassa er inte efter den här världen, utan låt er förvandlas genom sinnets förnyelse, så att ni kan pröva vad som är Guds vilja, det som är gott och fullkomligt och som behagar honom. 

Joh. 1:9 Det sanna ljuset, som ger ljus åt alla människor, skulle nu komma till världen. 10 Han var i världen och världen hade blivit till genom honom, och världen kände honom inte. 11 Han kom till sitt eget, och hans egna tog inte emot honom. 12 Men åt alla som tog emot honom gav han rätt att bli Guds barn, åt dem som tror på hans namn.

PASSOVER in the Bible is celebrated as such in most Christian countries – and Easter does not derive from Ishtar

brödPassover is translated ”Easter” – a fact

Each year when it is getting closer to Easter there will always be some native English speakers (I would assume not only Americans) who claim that Christians should not be celebrating this holiday because it is related to paganism (Ishtar) and because Easter bunnies must be involved in the celebration. It is extremely difficult to get them to understand that the Biblical Passover is in fact still called Passover and celebrated as such in most Christian countries. Just because Easter bunnies pop up in America and other English-speaking countries, it does not mean that they do so in all countries. There is no obligation to celebrate the holiday with bunnies, and in fact not even all Americans do. Some call it the Resurrection Day, and that is fine too.

Fortunately there are only a few Americans who believe that English-speaking countries are the center of the world and that the sun revolves around them.

Here are som FACTS about the holiday called Easter in English and Passover elsewhere

  1. The word PASSOVER is found in the Bible. In the KJV the word is found 72 times.
  2. The first time we come across the word it is in relation to the Exodus and the Jewish commemoration of it – where males had to be circumcised before they could participate (Ex. 12:48) and where a proper sacrifice had to be made. Ever since Calvary, the focus of the commemoration has changed from the Exodus to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ – our Passover Lamb – who offered his life for mankind during a Passover holiday. The Jewish Passover was a foreshadowing of the spotless Lamb of God whose blood would cover the sins of those who believe in him, causing God’s judgment to pass over them.
  3. Most Christian countries have continued to have Passover celebrations ever since Calvary, albeit not according to the old Jewish traditions (but with a focus on Calvary). The NAME of this holiday is PASSOVER in most such countries (naturally in their respective language).
  4. Now comes the fact that confuses so many English-speaking Christians: The holiday which is called PASSOVER in most non-English speaking countries, is translated into EASTER in English! We know it is the same holiday because ”Easter” is celebrated at the very same day/weekend as the rest of the Christian world where they call the same holiday ”Passover” (in their respective language). It is therefore not correct to say ”Passover is not Easter”. It is!
  5. The reason for this language difference is due to Tyndale’s choice to use the word ”Ester” in his English Bible translation rather than sticking with the Passover word. John Wycliffe before him (produced the first English Bible in 1382) had translated from the Latin and left the word pascha untranslated and called it pask/paske. The word Ester is Anglo-Saxon and not Babylonian. It was the common word for both Passover and Easter.
  6. Easter/Ester has nothing to do with Astarte (Ishtar in English), and it is not a safe linguistic method to assume that words which might sound alike in the English language are related to each other! You can end up with all sorts of craziness by making such assumptions.
  7.  Just because America and some other countries include Easter bunnies in the holiday, it does not mean that all countries have this pagan element. Sure, there might be other pagan elements involved depending on country, but there is NO OBLIGATION to celebrate the holiday with any such things.
  8. The Bible does not prohibit anyone from celebrating the Passover (Easter) holiday with a focus on the perfect Passover Lamb. Nor does the Bible teach Christians to talk other Christians out of celebrating it.

Even wikipedia says: ”In most European languages the feast called Easter in English is termed by the words for passover in those languages and in the older English versions of the Bible the term Easter was the term used to translate passover.”

Col. 2:16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.

Each year at the time of the Passover, children ask their parents why they are celebrating it (see Ex. 12:24-27; Deut. 6:20-23) and that continues to be a wonderful fact even today even if Calvary is the focus rather than Exodus (they are intertwined). Children (and adults) will continue to ask questions such as ”Why are we off from school/work today, and why are all the stores closed?”, ”Why do we celebrate Easter?”, ”What is Good Friday and what happened on the first Good Friday?” Why did Jesus die for the world?”, ”Why did he have to suffer on the cross?”, etc. These questions are often the cause of further discussions about the Bible, and if Christians are present they have a great chance to spread the gospel. Also in secular countries JESUS CHRIST is the focus, and Christian communities do not have to pay a dime to let his name be spread around the country through radio, TV, and other news media. This is done totally free of charge.

Believe it or not, but despite that the name of Jesus Christ is spread freely in so many secular countries during Easter, the Ascension day, Pentecost, Christmas, etc, there are Christians (English-speaking) who are not happy about it! They would prefer that most of these days immediately ceased to exist because they are convinced that they are pagan and that God does not like them. Let us assume for a minute that the Christmas celebration was ”pagan” a few hundred years ago (which is not a fact). Would God really be upset if we eliminated this pagan holiday by placing a Christian holiday in its stead? Would he have preferred if we let the pagan holidays be, and if we avoided new Christian celebrations? Where is that verse in the Bible, where God dislikes seeing Christians commemorating the birth of Jesus, the crucifixion, the resurrection, etc?

Or do they perhaps suggest a scenario which is a total utopia, where Christians gather in churches totally free from all falsehood, where Christianity is spreading  like crazy, etc? Is the best way to reach this goal to get rid of Passover (Easter), Christmas, etc? Would that be the great starting point to reach a higher level? Unfortunately it is quite possible that they will get what they want in the near future when we get closer to a world government, and where eliminating all religious holidays will be one step on the way. In that way Jesus Christ will be an even more forgotten name. Let us be thankful for each year that we have our Christian holidays intact.

Another article about Easter.

Does God predestine people to be non-elect, or do people corrupt themselves?

calvinism 19Is God making people wicked, or are they wicked against his will?

This is a hard question to answer for someone who believes that God forces no one to sin while at the same nothing comes to pass against his will.

Calvinists often speak from the both side of the mouth when they on the one hand claim that God predestines people to become elect or non-elect from the foundation of the world, and on the other hand claim that God forces no one to be wicked. Sometimes they try to blame Adam for people’s ”sinful nature”, but this does not solve the problem since he arrived on the scene after the ”foundation of the world” (and the Bible does not claim we have inherited his sin anyway).

So which one is it? Are people wicked against his will or according to his will? (Any of his wills …) Does God force people to be sinners or not?

Calvinists might suggest that God merely ”passes over” people and leaves them to their own devices, which means that such people will do what their nature urges them to do – which is performing all sorts of evil (like being wicked by default). Although, what choice do they really have? If only one single choice is available to them, and if God determines  to turn them into non-elect (for no apparent reason), must they therefore not become exactly as God has determined? Surely they could not have become elect if God wanted them to be non-elect? Would it not be surprising if someone who God did NOT want to become elect – but rather non-elect – still ended up as elect? That could not possibly happen, right? Again, I can see no other option but one (1) for the victims that were forced to become non-elect. Is not ”forcing” the proper word here?

The Bible tells us that people are separated from him due to their transgression of the law (1 John 3:4). This means that it is when people choose to SIN as they are  spiritually ”dead” and therefore also lost (until they repent, if they ever do). Calvinists often make a similar claim, but do they really mean it?

The whole Calvinistic process:

  1. People go to hell due to their sin. (So long it is fine, but it gets worse …)
  2. Why do they sin? Because they are bound by a sinful nature.
  3. Why are they bound by a sinful nature? Because they are wicked non-elect sinners.
  4. Why are they wicked non-elect? Because God created them as such from the foundation of the world – before they even existed, before they were born and long  before they could sin.
  5. This means that people are not dead due to their sins after all, but due to their bad luck of having been chosen by God to be wicked – with no way to escape from this misfortune.

Again, this Calvinistic process means that sin is NOT the reason for their damnation, but GOD’S CHOICE is. So why do Calvinists so often say that people are lost due to their sin if they do not really mean it? (Sinning would just be a consequence of God’s refusal to let people seek him and do good – from the foundation of the world.) Add to this the Calvinistic idea that 1) God is sovereign in such a way that he micro-manages everything, and 2) nothing comes to pass against his will. This means that if we criticize anything or anyone, we are criticizing God himself who caused it all to happen.

Not all Calvinists would agree that this is a proper understanding of their belief system (but many do agree). Still, they cannot escape from the many contradictions resulting from trying to save Calvinism.

Sinners commit sin against their nature

The Bible teaches that sinners do wicked acts against their nature, and not according to their nature:

Rom. 1:24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is AGAINST NATURE

Once I heard in a podcast where a Calvinist asserted that a person bound by his wicked nature would not choose the right thing (like seeking God). He was then asked by the host ”Could he?”. The Calvinist replied ”He wouldn’t!”. He was asked ”Could he?”. The Calvinist replied ”He wouldn’t!” He was again asked: ”Could he, though?”, and the Calvinist continued to say ”He wouldn’t!”. It is easy to understand why the Calvinist was reluctant to answer the question (which was ”could he?” and not ”would he?”). If a non-elect person not only would not choose the right thing but neither is capable of it (by no fault of his own), the guilt must be placed on someone else but him. Namely on the one who caused this awful dilemma – namely God.

Fortunately this is not the God of the Bible. If people are wicked, it is their own blame and not God’s. God pleaded with his people Israel to do right, just like he pleads with all of us.

Ex. 18:30 Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord God. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin.31 Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel?32 For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.

People corrupt themselves

God is not the one corrupting people by determining/orchestrating/choosing/forcing/ordaining/predestining people to become wicked sinners before they are even born. The Bible says that man himself is to be blamed for being corrupt and not God. In order for someone to corrupt himself, he must first exist (and have a heart and a brain) in order to make choices. Man does not corrupt himself until he chooses to make sinful actions. Not a single day before.

Gen. 6:12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

Deut. 9:12 And the Lord said unto me, Arise, get thee down quickly from hence; for thy people which thou hast brought forth out of Egypt have corrupted themselves; they are quickly turned aside out of the way which I commanded them; they have made them a molten image.

Deut. 32:5 They have corrupted themselves, their spot is not the spot of his children: they are a perverse and crooked generation.

Judge 2:19 And it came to pass, when the judge was dead, that they returned, and corrupted themselves more than their fathers, in following other gods to serve them, and to bow down unto them; they ceased not from their own doings, nor from their stubborn way.

Hosea 9:9 They have deeply corrupted themselves, as in the days of Gibeah: therefore he will remember their iniquity, he will visit their sins.

2 Pet. 2:19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.

2 Pet. 3:16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.

Jude 1:10 But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.

PLANETER i Bibelns skapelseberättelse, irrande stjärnor och fallna änglar – Judas 1:13

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”De är vilda havsvågor, som kastar upp sina skändligheters skum, de är IRRANDE STJÄRNOR, åt vilka det svarta mörkret är förvarat för evigt (Judas 13)

This post is written in English here.

”Irrande” är en översättning från det grekiska ordet  πλανήτης (planétés, Strong’s 4107), och används endast en gång i Bibeln, i Judasbrevet 1:13 där vi kan läsa om irrande stjärnor. På svenska skulle man kunna säga att de vandrar ”planlöst” omkring ... Enligt Biblehub så kommer ordet ifrån verbet πλανάω (Strong’s 4105) med betydelsen narra, lura, leda någon fel, vandra omkring eller orsaka någon att vandra/irra omkring. Det kan ha betydelsen av en irrande stjärna (vad vi modernt kallar planet) eller bildligt talat en falsk lärare som påverkar vilsna själar att gå vilse.

Det är här som de svenska ordet”planet” kommer ifrån och återfinns hos otaliga andra språk med olika stavningsvariationer.

Upp. 20:8 Och han skall gå ut för att bedra folken vid jordens fyra hörn, Gog och Magog, och samla dem till striden, och deras antal är som sanden i havet.De drog upp över hela jordens VIDD och omringade de heligas läger och den älskade staden. Men eld kom ner från himlen och förtärde dem. 

Ordet VIDD ovan beskriver jordens hela yta och inte delar av jordens yta, vilket skulle vara en illa vald beskrivning om jorden tvärtom skulle vara globformad och så långt från ”platos” som man kan komma. Ordet är översatt från substantivet πλάτος/platos, Strong’s 4114, bredd, något utsträckt och platt, används ibland som motsats till höjd, översätts även ”broad plain” = NASB. Adjektivet är πλατύς Strong’s 4116 som kan användas som beskrivning av en ”gata” som ju är utsträckt och bred. Grunden är verbet πλάσσω/plassó, Strong’s 4111, som kan definieras som”forma/breda ut”. Jämför med svenska ”platt” och  även ”platå” som handlar om ett utbrett flackt område. Definition NE: ”platåʹ (franska plateau, av fornfr. platel ’platt föremål’, ’skål’, ’tallrik’)detsamma. 

Varför är planeter inte omnämnda i Bibeln?

Många har frågat sig varför planeter inte är omnämnda i skapelseberättelsen, utan endast jord, sol och måne. Borde de inte ha omnämnts? Men sanningen är, att om det som vi idag kallar ”planeter” handlar om irrande stjärnor (Judas 13) så är de redan omnämnda just som stjärnor.  De flesta stjärnor är visserligen inte alls irrande/planlösa utan har sina fasta positioner i stjärnkonstellationer, men båda varianterna verkar gå under benämningen ”stjärnor” oavsett om de är fasta eller irrande.

Om man undantar JORDEN – som av naturliga skäl beskrivs separat eftersom den bebos av Guds skapade djur och människor  – så indikerar Bibeln att de irrande stjärnorna är sju till antalet. Idag kanske vi skulle benämna dessa sju som Merkurius, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturnus, Uranus och Neptunus – som också avspeglar våra sju veckodagar.

Amos 5:8 Han är den som har gjort Sjustjärnorna och Orion, han som förvandlar djupa mörkret till morgon och gör dagen mörk som natten, han som kallar på havets vatten och häller ut det över jorden – Herren är hans namn.

Ovan sjustjärnor skulle kunna handla om den öppna stjärnhop som kallas Plejaderna (de sju systrarna) i konstellationen Oxen. Det är den stjärnhop som är mest påtaglig på himlavalvet. Orion är, precis som Oxen, en stjärnkonstellation. Kanske det bibliska begreppet sjustjärnor även skulle kunna vara en referens till de sju irrande stjärnorna.

Gen. 1:3 Gud sade: ”Varde ljus!” Och det blev ljus. 4 Gud såg att ljuset var gott, och han skilde ljuset från mörkret. 5 Gud kallade ljuset dag, och mörkret kallade han natt. Och det blev afton och det blev morgon. Det var den första dagen.6 Gud sade: ”Varde mitt i vattnet ett valv som skiljer vatten från vatten!” 7 Gud gjorde valvet och skilde vattnet under valvet från vattnet ovan valvet. Och det skedde så. Gud kallade valvet himmel. Och det blev afton och det blev morgon. Det var den andra dagen. —-14 Gud sade: ”Varde på himlavalvet ljus som skiljer dagen från natten!” De skall vara tecken som utmärker särskilda tider, dagar och år, 15 och de skall vara ljus på himlavalvet som lyser över jorden.” Och det skedde så. 16 Gud gjorde de två stora ljusen, det större att härska över dagen och det mindre att härska över natten, likaså stjärnorna. 17 Han satte dem på himlavalvet till att lysa över jorden, 18 till att härska över dagen och natten och till att skilja ljuset från mörkret. Och Gud såg att det var gott. 

Guds anledning att skapa ljusen på himlavalvet var för att de skulle lysa över JORDEN där ju hans skapade värld befinner sig.

Fallna änglar

Bibeln nämner också fallna änglar som lämnat sin ”rätta hemvist” och som därför väntar på bestraffningJudas jämför dem med de människor i Sodom och Gomorra som även de lämnat sin naturliga hemvist och engagerade sig i sexuell perversion (homosexualitet). ”På samma sätt” som de fallna änglarna så bedrev de alltså otukt och följde onaturliga begär. Se nedan i 1 Mos. 6 där vi kan se hur en del av Guds änglar (Guds söner) bedrev otukt med kvinnor på jorden, vilket förstås är helt onaturligt och emot Guds skapelse.

Juda 1:6 Tänk också på de änglar som inte bevarade sin höga ställning utan övergav sin rätta hemvist. Dem håller han i förvar i mörker med eviga bojor till den stora dagens dom. 7 Så är det med Sodom och Gomorra och städerna däromkring. På samma sätt bedrev de otukt och följde onaturliga begär. De står som ett varnande exempel och får sitt straff i evig eld.14 Om dem har också Hanok i det sjunde släktledet efter Adam profeterat: ”Se, Herren kommer med sina mångtusen heliga 15 för att hålla dom över alla och straffa alla för de gudlösa gärningar som de har begått och för alla de hårda ord som dessa gudlösa syndare har talat mot honom.” 

Judas talar om ”sjunde släktledet efter Adam”, vilket är en stark indikation på att han ansåg att 1 Mosebok innehåller vår autentiska historia (Enok är den sjunde från Adam). Judas hade ingen anledning att hysa tveksamheter om att 1 Mos är överensstämmande med verkligheten. Avkomman till änglarna och kvinnorna blev giganter (jättar).

Gen. 6:1 När människorna började föröka sig på jorden och döttrar föddes åt dem, 2 såg Guds söner att människornas döttrar var vackra, och de tog till hustrur alla de ville ha. 3 Då sade Herren: ”Min Ande skall inte bli kvar i människorna för alltid på grund av deras förvillelse. De är kött och deras tid skall vara etthundratjugo år.”4 Vid denna tid, då Guds söner gick in till människornas döttrar och dessa födde barn åt dem, och även senare, levde våldsverkarna på jorden. Detta var forntidens väldiga män som var så ryktbara.5 Och Herren såg att människornas ondska var stor på jorden och att deras hjärtans alla tankar och avsikter ständigt var alltigenom onda. 6 Då ångrade Herren att han hade gjort människorna på jorden, och han var bedrövad i sitt hjärta.  

Även Enoks bok och the book of Jasher konfirmerar denna historia och ger oss ännu fler detaljer.

Solen (och stjärnorna) behövdes inte för att ge ljus på jorden de första tre dagarna (solen skapades Dag 4) , och vi vet from Johannes Uppenbarelsebok att Guds lamm kommer att ge det nya Jerusalem ljus i framtiden.

Satan, en vacker stjärna 

Satan, en vacker stjärna, kastades ner från himlen till jorden pga sin överträdelse. Sedan dess så vandrar han runt på jorden för att försöka narra människor. En sann ”irrande stjärna” som vandrar planlöst omkring för att luras!

Lukas 10:17 De sjuttio kom glada tillbaka och berättade: ”Herre, till och med de onda andarna lyder oss i ditt namn.” 18 Han sade till dem: ”Jag såg Satan falla ner från himlen som en blixt.1 Peter 5:8 Var nyktra och vaksamma. Er motståndare djävulen går omkring som ett rytande lejon och söker efter vem han skall sluka. 9 Gör motstånd mot honom, orubbliga i tron, och tänk på att era bröder här i världen utstår samma lidanden.Job 1:6 En dag hände det att Guds söner kom och trädde fram inför Herren, och Åklagaren kom också med bland dem. 7 Då frågade Herren Åklagaren: ”Varifrån kommer du?” Åklagaren svarade Herren: ”Från en färd utöver jorden där jag har VANDRAT OMKRING. (även Job 2:1-2)

Prinsen av Tyrus och prinsen av luftens rike (Satan) visar upp en liknande livsstil, vilka jämförs nedan. Satan var en lysande stjärna, och den stjärna som är kopplad till Satan är VENUS, morgonstjärnan.

Hes. 28:2 ”Du människobarn, säg till fursten i Tyrus: Så säger Herren, Herren: Ditt hjärta är högmodigt och du säger: Jag är en gud, jag tronar på en gudatron mitt ute i havet. Ändå är du bara en människa och inte en gud, hur mycket du än i ditt hjärta tycker dig vara en gud.— 12 ”Du människobarn, stäm upp en klagosång över kungen i Tyrus och säg till honom: Så säger Herren, Herren: Du var en mönsterbild av fullkomlighet, full av visdom och fullkomlig i skönhet. 13 I Eden, Guds lustgård, var du, höljd i alla slags ädelstenar: karneol, topas och kalcedon, krysolit, onyx och jaspis, safir, karbunkel och smaragd. Med guld var dina tamburiner och flöjter utsmyckade, framställda den dag du skapades. 14 Du var en smord, beskyddande kerub, och jag hade satt dig på Guds heliga berg. Där gick du omkring bland gnistrande stenar.15 Du var fullkomlig på alla dina vägar från den dag då du skapades, till dess att orättfärdighet blev funnen hos dig.16 Genom din stora handel fylldes du med våld, och du syndade. Därför drev jag dig bort från Guds berg och förgjorde dig, du beskyddande kerub mitt bland de gnistrande stenarna. 17 Eftersom ditt hjärta var högmodigt på grund av din skönhet, och du fördärvade din visdom på grund av din prakt, kastade jag ner dig till jorden och utlämnade dig åt kungar till att beskådas.18 Genom dina många missgärningar och din oärliga handel vanhelgade du dina helgedomar. Därför lät jag eld gå ut från dig, och den förtärde dig. Jag gjorde dig till aska på marken inför alla som såg dig.

Enligt plattjordanhängare så är stjärnorna radikalt mindre i storlek och närmare jorden än den officiella bilden. Stjärnorna är placerade i himlavalvet (inte ovanför). Om de vore större och på ett större avstånd skulle de inte kunnat ”falla ner” på jorden utan de skulle ha orsakat så att jorden brann upp långt innan de närmade sig. De skulle alltså inte ha någon jord att falla ner på. Men Bibeln säger att stjärnorna kastades ner på jorden. 

Upp. 8:10 Den tredje ängeln blåste i sin basun. Då föll en stor stjärna, brinnande som en fackla, ner från himlen, och den föll över en tredjedel av floderna och vattenkällorna. 11 Stjärnans namn är Malört. En tredjedel av vattnen förvandlades då till malört, och många människor dog av vattnen, som hade blivit förgiftade.Upp. 12:4 Hans stjärt drog med sig en tredjedel av himlens stjärnor, och han kastade ner dem PÅ JORDEN. Och draken stod framför kvinnan som skulle föda för att sluka hennes barn, så snart hon hade fött det.Ps. 147:4 Han bestämmer stjärnornas mängd, han nämner dem alla vid namn.

Enoks bok förklarar att sju speciella stjärnor, som var olydiga och rebelliska emot Gud,  måste förvänta sig en mycket allvarlig bestraffning i framtiden. Tills dess är de fastkedjade i mörker (som Judas 13 också säger):

1 Enoch 21:1. And I proceeded to where things were chaotic. 2. And I saw there something horrible: I saw neither a heaven above nor a firmly founded earth, but a place chaotic and horrible. 3. And there I saw seven stars of the heaven bound together in it, like great mountains and burning with fire. 4. Then I said: ‘For what sin are they bound, and on what account have they been cast in hither?’ 5. Then said Uriel, one of the holy angels, who was with me, and was chief over them, and said: ‘Enoch, why dost thou ask, and why art thou eager for the truth? 6. These are of the number of the stars of heaven, which have transgressed the commandment of the Lord, and are bound here till ten thousand years, the time entailed by their sins, are consummated.’ 7. And from thence I went to another place, which was still more horrible than the former, and I saw a horrible thing: a great fire there which burnt and blazed, and the place was cleft as far as the abyss, being full of great descending columns of fire: neither its extent or magnitude could I see, nor could I conjecture. 8. Then I said: ‘How fearful is the place and how terrible to look upon!’ 9. Then Uriel answered me, one of the holy angels who was with me, and said unto me: ‘Enoch, why hast thou such fear and affright?’ And I answered: ‘Because of this fearful place, and because of the spectacle of the pain.’ 10. And he said unto me: ‘This place is the prison of the angels, and here they will be imprisoned for ever.’

Varför blinkar stjärnor? Det ser ut som om de befann sig i en vattenhinna, som kan ses här. (Osäker hur länge länkar såsom denna kommer att hålla eftersom Youtube gärna tar bort filmer som går emot officiella NASA-historier.)

Gud gjorde valvet och skilde vattnet under valvet från vattnet ovan valvet. Och det skedde så.—Gud sade: ”Varde himlavalvet ljus som skiljer dagen från natten!” 

Som stjärnor ser ut utan NASA.s CGI:

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God works all things after the counsel of his own will? Eph. 1:11

secret willGod’s will is that man should use his free will and seek him (see Acts 17)

God has a sovereign freedom to accomplish whatever he chooses, like guaranteeing the proper inheritance to the children of God (which are those who are following Jesus). The promise is to those and no one else.

The following verse is a popular Calvinistic proof text, often quoted (by itself) to support the idea that everything under the sun occurs precisely according to God’s plans, down to every single detail:

Eph. 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel  of his own will

The verse of course say no such thing (that God’s will always happens), unless we are talking about his will to give man free will and make man responsible for his own actions. Note that it says ”works” all things and not ”cause” all things … The verse does not say that all thoughts, words and deeds are predestined by God, but it rather explains what God does, in terms of providing wonderful promises through Christ.

Councel in Eph. 1:11 is a translation from the Greek noun βουλή (boulé, Strong’s 1012) and could also be translated deliberate wisdom. This noun derives from the verb βούλομαι (boulomai, Strong’s 1014) and means will, intend, desire or wish. 

Some theologians claim that it is also about God planning and arranging all physical circumstances in order to achieve his exact plans which always take place down to the finest detail. This is something the Bible does not say.

The noun boulé occurs 12 times in the KJV Bible. Examples:

Luke 7:30 But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him.31 And the Lord said, Whereunto then shall I liken the men of this generation? and to what are they like?32 They are like unto children sitting in the marketplace, and calling one to another, and saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned to you, and ye have not wept.

Quite clearly God’s counsel can be rejected.

Acts 2:22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:23 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: 

If God caused and scripted Calvary in all details, why does the text not say so? Instead we can read that his foreknowledge was involved. Knowing about future events is not the same as causing future events.

Acts 20:27 For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.31 Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.

Paul is clearly not a Calvinist since he does not relax and trust that God’s will always happens and that the elect will remain elect (and the non-elect remain non-elect). He warns people with tears night and day because disciples will be drawn away from the gospel. Why does he do that if nothing can go wrong but always turn out as God wants? Paul rather believes the scriptures, and understands that prayers can make a difference!

Acts 27:12 And because the haven was not commodious to winter in, the more part advised to depart thence also, if by any means they might attain to Phenice, and there to winter; which is an haven of Crete, and lieth toward the south west and north west. — 41 And falling into a place where two seas met, they ran the ship aground; and the forepart stuck fast, and remained unmoveable, but the hinder part was broken with the violence of the waves.42 And the soldiers’ counsel was to kill the prisoners, lest any of them should swim out, and escape.

1 Cor. 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.  

Unfortunately Calvinists usually believe that God decrees ”whatsover comes to pass” and are keen to interpret “work all things after the counsel of His will” as though everything pans out exactly as God wills it, both good and bad. That would include God deterministically scripting every murder, rape and abortion that will ever take place! The text, however, must not be read in this sweeping and all-inclusive way. The “all things” refers to all things that God accomplishes in Christ (in a general sense) because this is what the previous verses talk about.

Eph. 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ

Paul provides examples of the above mentioned blessings and promises, which are only meant for those who are IN CHRIST which is the condition for salvation. The eternal purpose is that God’s children, his church will be able to look forward to a guaranteed inheritance waiting for them in the heavenly places. Again, the condition is to be IN CHRIST, and if someone does not endure to the end that person is no longer IN CHRIST and the promises are therefore not tied to him. The ”salvation bus” is predestined to go to heaven and guaranteed to be blessed, but who is in and who remains to the end? That is totally up to us and we know the conditions which are presented to us. Those who are in Christ are considered to be his holy children. The text does not say that the promises are provided with no conditions.

It might be a help to ask oneself what is predestined according to His purpose. In order to get the answer one must of course go back to the previous verses, because a verse can never be read in a vacuum. The answer is again ”the inheritance in Christ! The verse right (v. 12) after says ”That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ”, and v. 13 continues to talk about ”trusting” and ”believing”. It is possible that Paul includes the very first belivers in this sentence, and we should note that ”trusted” is an action that people might choose to do. God will not ”trust” for us or instaed of us. It is rather a condition for salvation. V. 19 says ”the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe. The believers are in Christ – again, the condition.

If I would tell someone about my work and say that ”all things” worked out perfectly fine – maybe even after the counsel of my will – the listener would not assume that I just claimed that every single thing in the entire world worked out absolutely great, and that I have solved all the world’s problems. Neither would the listener assume that I claimed to be the cause of all things that I said took place.

Compare:

Phil. 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Paul is here talking about being content no matter what state he is in (in both good and bad circumstances) and to be able to do the good works which God has prepared for us to do (Eph. 2:10). Paul is not including everything under the sun in ”all things”, but the term must of course be understood in its context. The verse certainly does not say that byall things” you can do all forms of evil and wickedness through God who strengthens you. Similarly, Eph. 1:11 does not say that the “all things” would include evil and wickedness.

All things work out for good for all people  -more than in a general term?free will 3

Paul promises us in Rom. 8 that all things work out together for good to them that LOVE GOD, which of course is a condition for salvation. If Paul had meant that all things work out for good for all people everywhere, including all details from God’s perspective, then he could have skipped the condition of having to love God.

Rom. 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. 

In the same chapter Paul explains which conditions that apply for escaping condemnation: 1) You must be IN JESUS, and 2) you must not walk after the flesh but after the Spirit. This is something that WE must make sure to do, and God will not do it for us:

Rom. 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. — 4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

He goes on to explain, that if we live according to the flesh (not an obligation), we cannot please God. The solution to the problem is of course to NOT live according to the flesh but after the Spirit:

Rom. 8:5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

Paul explains that we definitely do not have to live after the flesh. The choice is clear; if you live after the flesh you will die, and if you live after the Spirit you will live. Who are the sons of God? Those who have chosen to be led by the Spirit of God. If someone lives after the flesh, he can certainly not blame God for it but only himself. The better option is always to live by the Spirit in order to get life:

Rom. 8:12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

Paul tells us about the same wonderful promises of glorification just as in Eph. 1, but again, only for those who are God’s children who live after the Spirit:

Rom. 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

Paul repeats again that all things work together for good to them that love God. The ”calling” is widespread because we know from the parable of the King’s wedding feast (Matt. 22) that many of those who were called to participate in the feast (they were even on the guest list) declined to go. One person who actually did go to the feast was still thrown out because he had neglected to wear appropriate clothes (his own responsibility). We are justified when we are cleansed from our past sins, and after this point our goal is to be conformed into the image of Jesus which is something to look forward to. We have an assurance in the hope of salvation while on earth, as long as we abide in Jesus of course. Rom. 8:29 is referring to those in v. 28, who love God. Do read about Rom 8:28-30 here.

Rom. 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

God provides provisions and works all things after the counsel of his will, but he does not cause people to act according to some predestined plans. If God forces people to think and act in a certain way, what is the point of judging them for things they cannot possibly avoid?:

1 Cor.10:13 No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.

God does not take pleasure in the death of the wicked. He would prefer that they would repent in order to live:

Ez. 18:23 Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord God: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?

If someone ends up with an interpretation which makes God the greatest culprit and a lover of sin, this is clearly an erroneous understanding. A religion that blames the sin of all mankind on God is clearly incorrect. We should rather use this verse as a filter:

Ja. 1:13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, NEITHER TEMPTETH HE ANY MAN 

We are requested to not excuse our sin by suggesting ”God made me do it”. God does not tempt anyone, much less causes anyone to sin, but in order to save the philosophy of Calvinism God must be blamed for the sin of all mankind even though it is blasphemy? Calvinists might try to solve the problem with ”it’s a miracle” or ”God’s ways are higher than our ways”, but in that case anyone can introduce contradictions into the Bible and excuse them by saying ”God’s ways are higher than our ways” and ”who are we to question God?”. 

It is a lot safer to agree with the Bible which says that God’s will does not always happen. Yet, he is still in control (does not mean micro management) and all things work out wonderfully for those who love him.