Leighton Flowers, and his misunderstanding about righteousness and the SIN nature

sinThe ordinary misconception about sin and righteousness

I can definitely recommend Dr. Leighton Flowers’ pod channel Soteriology 101 as well as his YouTube channel with the same name, because he has a great ability to humbly describe the downfalls and inconsistencies of Calvinism (although perhaps he is even a bit too humble at times). Especially Dr James White has a lot to learn from Leighton, when it comes to debating and highlighting proper exegesis. Please check out Leighton’s channel and subscribe if you want to learn more about the dark side of Calvinism and why it does not fit the scriptures.

Even though I am in awe about Leighton’s way of dealing with Calvinism and Calvinists, I would also like to point out some doctrines where I disagree with his rather common ”Baptist views”. He has correctly said that Calvinism seems to contain two types of free will, two types of love, two types of calling, etc, (or something to this effect) but he too makes a similar mistake when he claims that there are two types of righteousness in his own belief system. He is convinced that this is the only way to avoid Bible contradictions, but there is a better way without having to resort to two types of righteousness.

I am not making any exact quotes here (unless possible) because I usually listen to his podcasts while out running and not being able to take notes. Nevertheless, I have heard enough to know that he believes that there are saved sinning Christians, and that it is totally natural for Christians to sin – and abnormal if they do not. He has not said it in those exact words but that is the only conclusion one can make from his comments. I am not saying that he actively encourages Christians to sin, nor that God does not care if Christians sin (rather the contrary), but he nevertheless teaches that sinning is normal and unavoidable both for unbelievers and believers.

The issues I am thinking about are the following (I am disagreeing with all of them):

  • No one is righteous
  • We cannot stop sinning
  • We cannot obey the law of God
  • We are saved by faith alone
  • Repenting does not mean leaving all of ”the old sinning man” behind
  • Once saved always saved
  • We can get Jesus righteousness transferred into us (Jesus imputed righteousness)
  • We are born with a sinful nature due to Adam
  • Penal substitution
  • Speaking in tongues – always being understood (and not even in use)

No one is righteous – Romans 3:10

The first verse to mention is Rom. 3:10, because this verse, read in a vacuum, is often used as a proof text for other verses. It is the famous ”no one is righteous” verseThe only way to be labelled righteous in a world where no one can successfully stop sinning, is to have someone else’s righteousness transferred into himself – namely the righteousness of Jesus Christ. However, this is not what the text is saying. First of all, Paul who made this claim called himself righteous along with two of his friends, and this means that Paul believes there are in actual fact people who can call themselves righteous. I suspect that Leighton would not disagree with that, but perhaps he would add that they are only righteous because of the righteous blood of Jesus and not because they are righteous in themselves. Nevertheless, Paul claimed that he indeed lived a righteous life by his own actions (likely referring to his life as a saved believer in Jesus Christ). Paul said that the conduct of him and his friends was holy, righteous and blameless (1 Thess. 2:10) and that he had lived with a perfect conscience before God (Acts 23:1). A person cannot sin and have a perfect conscience. Jesus tells us to be perfect, which means we can.

Matt. 5:48 Be ye therefore PERFECT, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

When making the quote in Rom. 3:10, Paul starts off saying ”as it is written”, and it is of utmost importance to check this quote (see link above) in order to not misunderstand him. Paul is quoting from a couple of psalms where unrighteous people (the fools) are contrasted with righteous people (who do good and seek God). This means that even those quoted psalms claim in context that righteous people are non-existent, nor that it is impossible to seek God. Moreover, psalms are often mirroring the reality by using poetic expressions, which means that we should be careful to not take a verse from Psalms and make a doctrine out of it.

Since we have sinned, we must of course repent and be cleansed in the blood of Jesus. We have no authority to cleanse ourselves from our sins, but after having been born again the idea is that we must not revert back to our old life style but be led by the holy Spirit away from sin. We must DO righteousness! Peter, John, James and Paul say:

Acts 10:35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and WORKETH righteousness, is accepted with him.

1 John 3:7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that DOETH righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.

Ja. 2:20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?—24 Ye see then how that BY WORKS a man is justified, and NOT by faith only.25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

Rom. 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. — 12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. — 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.

Jesus himself believes there are people who are righteous, and that those individuals therefore have no need to repent (unless they sin of course) because they have already done so. (Repentance is a requirement for salvation.) He did not come to call the righteous to repentance but the sinners.

Luke. 5:32 – I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. 

Luke 15:7 – I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.

Jesus contrasts the righteous with the sinners, where the aforementioned are saved and the latter ones are not. This is far from the idea of ”sinning saints”.

1 Pet. 4:18 – And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?

1 Cor. 6:9-10 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God?Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

works of the lawWe cannot stop sinning? Yes, people could obey the law also in the Old Testament

Leighton and others seem to take for granted that God’s law can never be fully obeyed, and especially not when it comes to the Old Testament. The idea is often that ”this is the reason that Jesus died for us, because of our inability to obey the law!”. The Bible, however, does not say that God’s commandments are too hard for us to follow, or that we are created too weak to follow them. If we do not even have an ability to fully obey God, and God is aware of this, would it really be our fault if we sinned? If we can obey and does not do so, we are guilty. If we cannot obey of no fault of our own and therefore sin out of necessity, we are not guilty.

But if we could obey, why did Jesus die? Because we have sinned. Bad choice. We are guilty sinners precisely because we could have obeyed but chose not to.

John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments. — 21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

1 John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

Gen. 4:7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.

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

Deut. 30:10 If thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which are written in this book of the law, and if thou turn unto the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul.11 For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off.—14 But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, THAT THOU MAYEST DO IT.15 See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil; 

The Bible says we are NOT saved by faith alone

A lot of Christians should take the practice to repeat the following verse a few times a day:

Ja. 2:24 Ye see then how that BY WORKS a man is justified, and NOT by faith only.

Lots of people do not even believe this verse is in the Bible, but the fact is that faith without works is dead. Also demons have faith. It is true that Paul spends a lot of time trying to get the Jews to understand that they are not saved only because they are born Jews and because of any need to follow the 613 Jewish laws (including circumcision) but that is often labelled as ”works of the law” (the law of Moses). Paul makes a clear distinction between the law of Moses and the always existing Godly laws which have always applied throughout history:

1 Cor. 7:19 Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God.  

We are not saved by faith alone.

Ja 2:20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?—25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

Repenting – a requirement for salvation

Repenting requires turning away from sin (Acts 3:19; 26:20), and the Bible promises wrath for the impenitent (no matter their faith) and not mercy. Repenting is not one and the same as confessing sins, because also agnostics and atheists might choose to confess their sins. Spending your days sinning and confessing will not save you.

If the case is that Leighton believes that no one can confess their sins without the holy Spirit working in them first, there are Bible verses which speak against it. Sure, we are created to seek God and find him (Acts. 17:27) so in this way we are all ”drawn” to him and divinely created to come to him (if we so desire), but the Bible says that we get the holy Spirit after that we confess and repent (see verses below). Having the holy Spirit does not mean we will automatically obey him.

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Acts 5:32 And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.  

Act 26:20 – But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should REPENT and turn to God, and do WORKS meet for repentance.

Mar 6:12 – And they went out, and preached that men should repent.

Mat 4:17 – From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.  

Gal. 5:16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.— 18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.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.

Acts 7:51 Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.

osas 10Once saved always saved – the devil’s lie

It is not God’s responsibility to make sure that we endure to the end and do not fall back into sins. If anyone chooses to sin, perhaps by getting involved in adultery and lies, it is always and only his/her own fault and therefore not possible to blame God for not holding him tight enough or for not completing the salvation process all the way into eternity. It is very common to say that the person ”was not saved to begin with” if he gets involved in heavy sin, but the Bible (and real life) is full of examples with people who have died spiritually due to sin (like the prodigal son). Sure, some of them chose to repent and returned back to life, but it is not certain that everyone will choose to do this.

Leighton says: ”— God promises to complete the process of salvation in the believer into eternity. ” and ”We deny that this Holy Spirit-sealed relationship can ever be broken. We deny even the possibility of apostasy.”

It is the devil who taught ”Ye shall not surely die” to the God-believing Eve, but he lied. Sinning always has and always will cause spiritual death – unless the person repents. (Repenting means turning away from sin.) A branch in the vine (Jesus) can be cut off due to lack of fruit.

Rom. 6:21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is DEATH.— 23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Acts 5:3 But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?

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.

Luke 15:24 For this my son was dead, and is alive AGAIN; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.

Rom. 11:20 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear:21 For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.

Also in the Old Testament we can read that a righteous person (someone who does righteousness) will not be aided by his previous righteousness if he sins again. He will rather die in his sins if he lives in sin.

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.—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.

Imputed righteousnessimputed righteousness

You will never read in the Bible that we can get Jesus righteousness imputed into us. Not even in Rom. 4. Yes, we can read about ”imputed” righteousness, but not from Jesus Christ. The word ”imputed” comes from the Greek word ”logizomai” (Strong’s 3049)  and does not mean ”transfer”, but rather ”reckoned” or ”counted as”. If we have repented from our sins, and become totally cleansed, we are reckoned as righteous because we are. This will last as long as we keep ourselves righteous and do not become dirty again. Remember that WE must do righteousness, and we are told to not be deceived about this. Do not let anyone tell you that you can be regarded as righteous in God’s eyes while still living in sin, or that you can combine righteousness with sin and still be ok.

But wait a minute – does not the Bible warn us from thinking we can trust in our own righteousness? (Rom. 10:3; Phil 3.9) Yes, but what does this really mean? It means that we should not believe that we can be saved because of a permanent good standing with God which can never be changed no matter what we do. We should not do as the Jews, who believed they were always acceptable in God’s eyes because they were born as Jews, were sons of Abraham, etc. If a righteous person trusts in his own righteousness and commits sin, he must forget about being right with God due to that sin. This is the message we can read in Ez. 33:13, and it is still applicable.

Ez. 33:13 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.

1 John 3:7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that DOETH righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.

Read more about ”imputed” righteousness here.

The sinful nature

It is good news that Leighton does not believe that people are responsible for having inherited a nature inclined towards sin (which means they are without guilt), but I do not even believe we have inherited a sinful nature in the first place. If we have inherited a nature inclined towards sin, what is the huge difference between the disposition of Adam and Eve? Why did they sin? Did they too have a nature inclined towards sin since they in fact did sin? Apparently they could choose to sin just as easily as their descendants, and this is evidence of that our nature did not change, which explains why the Bible does not claim it. If our nature would have changed due to our forefathers’ sin, why does the Bible not say so considering that this is rather significant information? Romans 5 and Ephesians 2 do not say it, nor any psalms.

Leigthon says: ”— because of the fall of Adam, every person inherits a nature and environment inclined toward sin and that every person who is capable of moral action will sin.  — We deny that Adam’s sin resulted in the incapacitation of any person’s free will or rendered any person guilty (?) before he has personally sinned.”

Penal substitution theory (originally from Anselm)

I believe that Jesus Christ died to REMOVE our sins, which is a big price to pay (his own life). I do not believe that Jesus paid for our sins, or that our sins somehow ended up in his body before they were eventually removed. Nor do I believe that Jesus took the penalty that we should have, on himself and instead of us. The punishment due to us is destruction and hell, which Jesus did not take on himself. Jesus did not die as a substitution in penalty but a substitution for penalty, under certain conditions. The atonement is a substitute for our penalty so that our penalty itself can be remitted in forgiveness by the mercy of God. If Jesus had paid for our sins, then our sins would be forgiven before we sinned and even long before were even born. Paid is paid. A breach of God’s law is either paid or forgiven – not both.

John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

Speaking in tongues – ”no man understandeth him” (1 Cor. 14:2)

I am not exactly sure what Leighton’s view is about speaking in tongues or the spiritual gifts in general, but I have listened to a podcast which makes me suspect that he has the common ”baptist” view of the spiritual gifts – which means that he believes that spiritual tongues are always understood, and actually not even in use. A preacher such as Benny Hinn is unfortunately often used by non-charismatic preachers to represent churches which make use of the spiritual gifts.

1 Cor.12:13 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed:and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. —9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: — 28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.29 Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?30 Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?31 But COVET EARNESTLY the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.

1 Cor. 14:1 Follow after charity, and DESIRE SPIRITUAL GIFTS, but rather that ye may prophesy.2 For he that speaketh in an UNKNOWN tongue speaketh not unto men, but UNTO GOD for NO MAN UNDERSTANDETH HIM; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries. — 4 He that speaketh in an UNKNOWN TONGUE edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church. 5 I WOULD THAT YE ALL SPAKE WITH TONGUES but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying. — 12 Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are ZEALOUS of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.13 Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret.14 For if I pray in an UNKNOWN TONGUE, my spirit prayeth, but MY UNDERSTANDING IS UNFRUITFUL.15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding ALSO: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also. — 18 I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all:19 Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue. — 28 But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.

SO we should not forbid anyone to speak in tongues (so not discourage it), but we should DESIRE, COVET EARNESTLY and be ZEALOUS to speak in tongues – and even better; to do so when it comes to even better gifts like prophesying and healing (in order to edify even more people). The question is: Do we all obey this? Are we eager to get the gifts? Do we encourage others to get the gifts and explain to them what wonderful gifts which are awaiting them? If not, why not obeying Paul’s advice?

Some things we can learn from the above:

  • Paul explains the different parts of the body of the church, where prophesies, tongues, healing, etc, are some of the parts. He does not say that this body would  cease to exist within a few years.
  • There is such a thing called ”an unknown tongue”, which we are requested to eagerly seek. It means: no one understands.
  • We should desire the spiritual gifts (that is all of them, but especially those who can benefit the most people).
  • No one understands the tongues (unless they are interpreted).
  • Interpretation of the tongues is a separate gift, indicating that the original tongues must be interpreted if they are intended to be understood. 1 Cor. 14:13 is just one verse proving that it is not certain that a person who is able to speak in tongues automatically also has the gift of interpretation and able to know his/her own tongues.
  • Edification of oneself is a good thing (or else you must not pray for your own health, strength, wisdom, etc). Being able to edify even more people is of course even better.
  • Paul wished that all of the Christian Corinthians (and likely therefore all Christians) spoke in tongues, and he never added that this wish only applied for a certain time/generation.
  • If there is no interpreter available in church (which might be the case), then the person should pray in tongues to himself and to God. He is never told to forget about speaking in tongues because people are able to fake them.
  • We are asked to pray in two ways, we should pray/sing with the spirit (not understanding the words), or the opposite way which is praying/singing with our understanding and spirit. It depends on if you pray for yourself to God, or if you pray/speak edify other people.
  • Paul spends 3 chapter talking about speaking in tongues and other spiritual gifts, and he does not discourage it anywhere. He does the exact opposite and he wishes that everyone would speak in tongues.

Finally, a film by Torben Söndergaard. A Danish preacher who highlights both the importance of repentance and the fact that Christians should go out and preach the gospel, heal the sick, etc.

 

 

The parable of the TWO SONS – who said one thing and did the opposite – Matt. 21:28-32

repent2”He repented and WENT” (Matt. 21:29)

We are supposed to ”walk the talk” instead of just paying lip-service to God’s request of being obedient. The first idiom means ”performing actions consistent with one’s claims” and the second one means ”giving approval or support insincerely”. There are numerous parables in the Bible and while they might each convey different principles, most of them also show that we are justified by works and not only by faith (Ja. 2:24). This is normally the opposite story of what you might hear in church due to the teachings of men like John Calvin and Martin Luther.

1 Cor. 7:19 Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing, but keeping the commandments of God is what matters. (NKJV)

Matt. 5:20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall EXCEED the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Here is the parable (KJV) about the two sons who said one thing and did the opposite:

Matt. 21:28 But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard.29 He answered and said, I WILL NOT: but afterward he REPENTED, and WENT.30 And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I GO, SIR: and WENT NOT.31 Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.32 For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, REPENTED NOT afterward, that ye might believe him.

These sons can represent anyone of us, but they might also represent two distinct  groups. The first son might represent those pharisees/Jews who claim to obey God but do not, and the other son might represent the publicans/harlots (or gentiles) who choose to obey God after having repented of their deep sins. During the time of Jesus, there were Jewish leaders who claimed to be obedient to God but did not show it with their life style. They might automatically have thought that they were the never-ceasing obedient ones since they viewed themselves as the chosen ones, the first-born, the sons of Abraham, the group of privilege, etc.

The Jewish leaders likely identified themselves with the first son who obeyed God, but Jesus disagreed (Matt. 21:32). They forgot that the this son repented of his thoughts and turned around (unlike themselves). Also, when Jesus says publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you”, he does not promise that sinners can enter heaven without the need to change their lives. The reason why they were stronger candidates for God’s kingdom than the pharisees, is because they were more likely to confess their sins and repent – which the pharisees felt they had no need for.

This parable might make us think about the parable of the Publican and the Pharisee in Luke 18. Many misunderstand this parable and believe that the main teaching is that you should at all costs avoid thinking that righteousness has anything to do with salvation (it does), but rather that you should trust the idea that the sinners can be labelled righteous despite their sins, and righteous people can be labelled awful sinners just because of their conviction that they are righteous. This is not what the parable is saying. Just like in the parable of the two sons, repentance is still required for forgiveness and salvation. The point in the parable of Luke 18 is rather that the pharisees/Jews should not trust in their salvation just because they are born as Jews as though this would automatically make them righteous and accepted. They should rather confess their sins, repent and walk in the steps of that faith of Abraham (Rom. 4:12). The Pharisee in the parable did not even feel that he even needed to be saved from sin due to being convinced of that he lacked it. The publican on the other hand confessed his sins from a humble heart (he wanted to be freed from sin), and since repentance is a requirement for salvation, this confession must be viewed as part of this repentance. Righteousness (your own and not someone else’s) is not the same as self-righteousness.

This is what the publican did:

1 John 3:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1 John 3:If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

John 8:11 (Jesus)— go, and sin no more 

In the parable of the prodigal son in Luke 15, it is the oldest son who is usually regarded as the one representing the Pharisees/Jews (but the parable applies to anyone where the shoe fits). The great principle in that parable is that the Father always stands ready with open arms to welcome back his disobedient son, but he does not go out and force him back. It is the son who finally admits his sins, repents and chooses to return back to his Father. The son went from life, to death, to life again. Too many people are eager to get the forgiveness part of the story, without the ceasing from sin part.

Peter understood the mission of Jesus:

Acts 10:35 But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him.

The parable of the wise and foolish virgins (Matt. 25) tells the same story. Some virgins took action by bringing extra oil to their lamps, and this enabled them to join the bride groom in the wedding – not the others. The parable of the talents shows that obedient servants will enter into the joy of the Lord: ”Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.” The parable of the sheep and the goats also shows the same principle. The sheep were called the righteous ones, and the reason for this is because they provided food, drink, shelter, clothes and visits (good deeds) to their fellow-man, and they therefore also inherited the kingdom of God – not the others.  

The other parable in Matt. 21:33 (apart from the one about the two sons), concerns at least two main teachings. One concerns the importance of accepting Jesus Christ as the Messiah, the son of God and the corner-stone. The other concerns the importance of being a good servant and render him (God) the fruits in their seasons”.

Matt. 21:33 Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country:34 And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it.35 And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another.36 Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise.37 But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son.38 But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance.39 And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him.40 When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen?41 They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons.42 Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?43 Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you,and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.44 And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.45 And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them.46 But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude, because they took him for a prophet.

dove 2Matt. 21 also contains this marvellos promise:

Matt. 21:21 Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

Something else to think about if someone claims that it is a sin to be too righteous (because of the weird idea that it would make you a self-righteous Pharisee who clings to works-based salvation):

2 Tim. 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. —3 — false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

Is. 5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

BABELS TORN och språkförbistringen enligt Bibeln och andra källor

tower-of-babelBabels torn och språkförbistringen

Enligt Bibeln så talade människorna på jorden ett enda språk även efter att Noa och hans familj överlevt floden och börjat leva ett nytt liv i Araratområdet, och senare i Sinars land. Den främsta tanken bland människorna verkar ha varit att göra sig så pass berömda med sin stad och enorma torn att eventuella framtida fiender inte skulle göra sig besväret att försöka inta staden och kämpa emot invånarna. Utan denna stad och torn så skulle människorna snarare successivt börja spridas över jorden, var och i sina små samhällen/nationer, och detta ville alltså ”Babelmänniskorna” undvika. De verkar ha föredragit ett enda globalistiskt samhälle med en enda härskare, där alla människor förmås vara ”politiskt korrekta” och alltid vandra i grupp åt samma håll. Detta är en historia som bekräftas även i utombibliska källor. Gud hade det rakt motsatta önskemålet eftersom han ville att människorna skulle sprida sig över jorden och bosätta sig i separata nationer efter sina språkgrupper. Här nedan är Bibelns detaljer:

1 Mos. 11:1 Hela jorden hade ett enda språk och samma ord. 2 Men när människorna bröt upp och drog österut, fann de en lågslätt i Sinars land och bosatte sig där. 3 De sade till varandra: ”Kom, så slår vi tegel och bränner det!” Teglet använde de som sten, och som murbruk använde de jordbeck. 4 Och de sade: ”Kom, så bygger vi oss en stad och ett torn som har spetsen uppe i himlen. Låt oss göra oss ett namn, så att vi inte sprids ut över hela jorden.”5 Då steg Herren ner för att se på staden och tornet som människorna byggde. 6 Herren sade: ”Se, de är ett enda folk och de har ett enda språk. Detta är deras första tilltag, och härefter skall ingenting vara omöjligt för dem vad de än beslutar sig för. 7 Låt oss stiga ner och förbistra deras språk, så att den ene inte förstår vad den andre säger.” 8 Så spred Herren ut dem därifrån över hela jorden, och de måste upphöra att bygga på staden. 9 Den fick namnet Babel, eftersom Herren där förbistrade hela jordens språk, och därifrån spred han ut dem över hela jorden.

Den redliges bok (The book of Jasher)

Den redliges bok är omnämnd vid ett par tillfällen i Bibeln (samt referensen i 2 Tim. 3:8), och de äldre kyrkofäderna värdesatte den högt. Det handlar alltså om en mycket trovärdig bok som bekräftar Bibelns berättelser, ibland med ännu fler detaljer. Här får vi veta att det ursprungliga initativet till att bygga staden och tornet inte verkar ha kommit direkt från huvudpersonen Nimrod, utan från Terah (Abrahams pappa) och andra mäktiga män i staben kring Nimrod. Nimrod tyckte deras förslag var bra, och de började prospektera och bygga på staden för Nimrods palats och torn. Människorna insåg vilken mäktig person Nimrod var, och de anslöt sig till honom – om de inte helt enkelt blev besegrade av Nimrod och hans mannar.

Nimrod verkar ha varit en rättrogen man åtminstone som tjugoåring och dessförinnan, men när åren gick så hade han hunnit uppnå en nivå där han levde i total upproriskhet mot Gud och allt som Gud står för. Nimrod lärde ut avguderi och allehanda ondska till människorna som han härskade över. Trots att Nimrod bokstavligen var världens grymmaste man, så var hans son Mardon ännu värre än sin fader, och man skulle kunna tänka sig att ”mord” och ”mördare” (förekommer i flera språk) kanske härrör sig till hans namn. Enligt wikipedia så härstammar ”murder” från det indoeuropeiska ordet mrtró som betyder ”att dö”, och det äldre engelska ordet mordre kommer från det anglosaxiska morðor (murdre på äldre franska).

Nimrod var alltså härskare över alla människor på hela jorden, som ju levde på samma ställe. Man skulle kunna fråga sig vilka fienderna i så fall var som de var rädda för om alla människor redan böjt sig under Nimrod, men initativtagarna kanske tänkte på hur framtiden skulle kunna bli utan denna enorma stad, torn, murar och den påtvingade ”gemenskap” som människor skulle födas in i. Utan staden så skulle människor successivt börja sprida ut sig över jorden, och det skulle kunna uppkomma fiender som vägrar att böja sig under eliten i Babel för att i stället kämpa emot den. Det kan också ha varit så att det fortfarande fanns en del fiender innan staden byggdes, och att dessa sedan anslöt sig till projektet under Nimrods styre.

Enligt Jasher så bodde 600.000 män (förutom kvinnor och barn) i området när de hittat den bästa platsen för staden, vilket var i en dal ca två dagsresor (per fot) öster om Shinar. Hela arbetet grundade sig på motstånd till Gud. De tänkte i sina hjärtan att de kanske skulle lyckas kriga mot honom och nå ända upp till himlen där han ju har sin tron på himlavalvet. En tredjedel av människorna tänkte att de skulle kunna lyckas nå himlen och slåss mot Gud, en tredjedel tänkte att de skulle kunna placera sina egna gudar i himlen för att tjäna dem, och en tredjedel ville nå himlen för att döda Gud med pilar och spjut. Allt detta är förstås lättare att ta till sig om man också tror på Bibelns berättelse om ett fysiskt himlavalv (som en tältduk över jorden) där det finns stjärnor, sol och måne.

När sedan tornet började ta form och nådde flera kilometer upp mot himlen, så borde det också ha blivit svårare att andas och att röra sig på sådana höga höjder med lägre lufttryck och reducerad förmåga att ta upp syre i lungorna. Muskelkapaciteten blir då  lägre och man måste andas snabbare och djupare för att få luft. Efter ett antal år så tog det till slut ett helt år att få upp material ända upp till toppen. Visserligen så fanns varje dag arbetare som startade sin vandring upp till toppen, men dessa vandringar blev allt längre. Byggmaterial blev alltmer värdefullt och om därför en tegelsten föll och gick sönder så grät byggaren över katastrofen, men om däremot en människa avled så tänkte ingen byggare på honom.

Gen. 11.jpegNär de började komma nära himlen så sköt en del människor pilar uppåt för att försöka döda både Gud och hans änglar. När pilarna dalade ner igen så fanns blod på dem. Det var Gud som orsakat detta för att förvilla dem, och det fick dem att tro att de lyckats döda invånarna i himlen. Det var vid denna tidpunkt som Gud till slut valde att ihop med 70 änglar gå ner till människorna för att förbistra deras språk och därmed förhindra fortsatt arbete. Det låter nästan som Gud ansåg att de skulle kunna nå vissa framgångar vad gäller motivet för tornet (att nå himlavalvet), eftersom han sa Detta är deras första tilltag, och härefter skall ingenting vara omöjligt för dem vad de än beslutar sig för” (1 Mos. 11:6).

Rimligtvis fanns det rastplatser och tillgång till föda för människor och djur utmed  gångarna på väg upp till tornet. (Konfirmerat av historikern Verstegan som hänvisar till Isidore och en rad onämnda författare.

Språkförbistringen gjorde samarbete helt omöjligt bland människorna, och arbetare kunde t o m bli dödade om de bar upp fel material till byggare som rasande kastade materialet över dem. Gud straffade sedan människorna beroende på överträdelserna. En tredjedel blev såsom apor och elefanter, en tredjedel dog genom att arbetare dödade sina kamrater kanske pga ilska, och resten (en tredjedel) började alltså sprida sig successivt över jorden. Byggandet av torn och stad upphörde helt. En tredjedel av tornet sjönk till slut ner i jorden under sin tyngd, en tredjedel brändes upp pga eld från himlen (blixtnedslag?), och en tredjedel fanns kvar under tiden för Jashers bok, fast i utspridd form. Det tog tre dagar att vandra runt hela den stenhögen.  

Jasher 7:41 And he placed Terah the son of Nahor the prince of his host, and he dignified him and elevated him above all his princes.42 And whilst he was reigning according to his heart’s desire, after having conquered all his enemies around, he advised with his counselors to build a city for his palace, and they did so.43 And they found a large valley opposite to the east, and they built him a large and extensive city, and Nimrod called the name of the city that he built Shinar, for the Lord had vehemently shaken his enemies and destroyed them.44 And Nimrod dwelt in Shinar, and he reigned securely, and he fought with his enemies and he subdued them, and he prospered in all his battles, and his kingdom became very great.45 And all nations and tongues heard of his fame, and they gathered themselves to him, and they bowed down to the earth, and they brought him offerings, and he became their lord and king, and they all dwelt with him in the city at Shinar, and Nimrod reigned in the earth over all the sons of Noah, and they were all under his power and counsel.46 And all the earth was of one tongue and words of union, but Nimrod did not go in the ways of the Lord, and he was more wicked than all the men that were before him, from the days of the flood until those days.47 And he made gods of wood and stone, and he bowed down to them, and he rebelled against the Lord, and taught all his subjects and the people of the earth his wicked ways; and Mardon his son was more wicked than his father.  —

Jasher 9:20 And king Nimrod reigned securely, and all the earth was under his control, and all the earth was of one tongue and words of union.21 And all the princes of Nimrod and his great men took counsel together; Phut, Mitzraim, Cush and Canaan with their families, and they said to each other, Come let us build ourselves a city and in it a strong tower, and its top reaching heaven, and we will make ourselves famed, so that we may reign upon the whole world, in order that the evil of our enemies may cease from us, that we may reign mightily over them, and that we may not become scattered over the earth on account of their wars.22 And they all went before the king, and they told the king these words, and the king agreed with them in this affair, and he did so.23 And all the families assembled consisting of about six hundred thousand men, and they went to seek an extensive piece of ground to build the city and the tower, and they sought in the whole earth and they found none like one valley at the east of the land of Shinar, about two days’ walk, and they journeyed there and they dwelt there.24 And they began to make bricks and burn fires to build the city and the tower that they had imagined to complete.25 And the building of the tower was unto them a transgression and a sin, and they began to build it, and whilst they were building against the Lord God of heaven, they imagined in their hearts to war against him and to ascend into heaven.26 And all these people and all the families divided themselves in three parts; the first said We will ascend into heaven and fight against him; the second said, We will ascend to heaven and place our own gods there and serve them; and the third part said, We will ascend to heaven and smite him with bows and spears; and God knew all their works and all their evil thoughts, and he saw the city and the tower which they were building.27 And when they were building they built themselves a great city and a very high and strong tower; and on account of its height the mortar and bricks did not reach the builders in their ascent to it, until those who went up had completed a full year, and after that, they reached to the builders and gave them the mortar and the bricks; thus was it done daily.28 And behold these ascended and others descended the whole day; and if a brick should fall from their hands and get broken, they would all weep over it, and if a man fell and died, none of them would look at him.29 And the Lord knew their thoughts, and it came to pass when they were building they cast the arrows toward the heavens, and all the arrows fell upon them filled with blood, and when they saw them they said to each other, Surely we have slain all those that are in heaven.30 For this was from the Lord in order to cause them to err, and in order; to destroy them from off the face of the ground.31 And they built the tower and the city, and they did this thing daily until many days and years were elapsed.32 And God said to the seventy angels who stood foremost before him, to those who were near to him, saying, Come let us descend and confuse their tongues, that one man shall not understand the language of his neighbor, and they did so unto them.33 And from that day following, they forgot each man his neighbor’s tongue, and they could not understand to speak in one tongue, and when the builder took from the hands of his neighbor lime or stone which he did not order, the builder would cast it away and throw it upon his neighbor, that he would die.34 And they did so many days, and they killed many of them in this manner.35 And the Lord smote the three divisions that were there, and he punished them according to their works and designs; those who said, We will ascend to heaven and serve our gods, became like apes and elephants; and those who said, We will smite the heaven with arrows, the Lord killed them, one man through the hand of his neighbor; and the third division of those who said, We will ascend to heaven and fight against him, the Lord scattered them throughout the earth.36 And those who were left amongst them, when they knew and understood the evil which was coming upon them, they forsook the building, and they also became scattered upon the face of the whole earth.37 And they ceased building the city and the tower; therefore he called that place Babel, for there the Lord confounded the Language of the whole earth; behold it was at the east of the land of Shinar.38 And as to the tower which the sons of men built, the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up one third part thereof, and a fire also descended from heaven and burned another third, and the other third is left to this day, and it is of that part which was aloft, and its circumference is three days’ walk.39 And many of the sons of men died in that tower, a people without number.

The book of JubileesShinar

Denna bok är inte lika detaljrik, men innehåller ändå några uppgifter. Även denna bok konfirmerar att byggarna ämnade bygga så högt att de skulle kunna nå himlen, och vi får veta att det var under den fjärde byggveckan som de startade med att bränna tegel för att ha som material. Den ”asfalt” eller ”bitumen” som beskrivs som murbruk hämtades från sjö och vattenkällor. Vi får också veta att det tog 43 år att bygga allting, tills de alltså blev stoppade av Gud. Vi får även veta omfånget av staden, om än med äldre mått. Om man söker på en modern ”aln” så får man som svar att det skulle handla om ca 2,5 km, men man skulle lika gärna kunna få allt mellan 5,9-7,6 km om man räknar på andra sätt och/eller använder andra epokers mått – eller helt andra källor. Vi kan alltså inte veta säkert hur högt tornet var.

Gud ville som sagt inte alls att folket skulle bo samlat, utan snarare att de skulle skingra sig, befolka jorden, och bo i städer och separata nationer. Enligt book of Jubilees så var det snarare en vind som orsakade att toppet av tornet rasade (det kan i och för sig ha varit en vind som omkullkastade ett försvagat och brandskadat torn), och framför uppgiften att detta skulle ha skett mellan Assur och Babylon – i Shinars land.

Jubilees 10 And in the three and thirtieth jubilee, in the first year in the second week, Peleg took to himself a wife, whose name was Lomna the daughter of Sina’ar, and she bare him a son in the fourth year of this week, and he called his name Reu; for he said: ‘Behold the children of men have become evil through the wicked purpose of building for themselves a city and a tower in the land of Shinar.’For they departed from the land of Ararat eastward to Shinar; for in his days they built the city and the tower, saying, ‘Go to, let us ascend thereby into heaven.’And they began to build, and in the fourth week they made brick with fire, and the bricks served them for stone, and the clay with which they cemented them together was asphalt which comes out of the sea, and out of the fountains of water in the land of Shinar. And they built it: forty and three years [1645-1688 A.M.] were they building it; its breadth was 203 bricks, and the height (of a brick) was the third of one; its height amounted to 5433 cubits and 2 palms, and (the extent of one wall was) thirteen stades (and of the other thirty stades). And the Lord our God said unto us: Behold, they are one people, and (this) they begin to do, and now nothing will be withholden from them. Go to, let us go down and confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech, and they may be dispersed into cities and nations, and one purpose will no longer abide with them till the day of judgment.’And the Lord descended, and we descended with him to see the city and the tower which the children of men had built. And he confounded their language, and they no longer understood one another’s speech, and they ceased then to build the city and the tower. For this reason the whole land of Shinar is called Babel, because the Lord did there confound all the language of the children of men, and from thence they were dispersed into their cities, each according to his language and his nation. And the Lord sent a mighty wind against the tower and overthrew it upon the earth, and behold it was between Asshur and Babylon in the land of Shinar, and they called its name ‘Overthrow’. In the fourth week in the first year [1688 A.M.] in the beginning thereof in the four and thirtieth jubilee, were they dispersed from the land of Shinar.

BabelAndra källor

3 Baruch beskriver diverse straff för människor beroende på deras övertramp, däribland initiativtagarna till Babels torn som ju samlade alla människor till att kämpa mot Gud. Inte ens under barnafödande slapp kvinnor ifrån sin uppgift att bränna tegel, utan de fick bära det nyfödda barnet i förkläde medan de fortsatte med sitt jobb. En slags borr var tänkt att användas för att bryta sig igenom himlavalvet, då de var osäkra på om valvet var av lera, mässing eller järn, men det var då som Gud avbröt deras planer.

Greek Apocalypse of Baruch, 3:5–8:

”Those who gave counsel to build the tower, for they whom thou seest drove forth multitudes of both men and women, to make bricks; among whom, a woman making bricks was not allowed to be released in the hour of child-birth, but brought forth while she was making bricks, and carried her child in her apron, and continued to make bricks. And the Lord appeared to them and confused their speech, when they had built the tower to the height of four hundred and sixty-three cubits. And they took a gimlet, and sought to pierce the heavens, saying, Let us see (whether) the heaven is made of clay, or of brass, or of iron. When God saw this He did not permit them, but smote them with blindness and confusion of speech, and rendered them as thou seest.

Även den judiska historiken Flavius Josefus nämner Babels torn, och bekräftar att det handlar om ett rebelliskt bygge på uppdrag av tyrannen Nimrod. Josefus säger att tornet var bredare än dess höjd, och mer byggt som ett berg än ett torn. Den grekiske historiken Herodotus nämner en mäktig ziggurat och ger den enorma dimensioner. Midrash nämner att toppen av tornet blev bränd, att området längst ner försvann ner i marken samt att mellanpartiet stod kvar ett tag men eroderades ner med tiden. Det går även att läsa uppgifter om tornet genom Cornelius Alexander (frag. 10), Abydenus (frags. 5 and 6) och Sibylline Oracles (iii. 117–129), Isidore, samt i Schoyen samlingen (The Tower of Babel Stele, etc. (Wikipedia)

Det är möjligt att platsen för tornet skulle kunna vara Eridu som en gång låg invid persiska viken där man hittat resterna av en gigantisk ziggurat med bitumen som murbruk (se David Rohl). Det finns gott om flodberättelser inom olika kulturer och folkgrupper runt hela världen, och även en del berättelser som handlar om byggandet av ett enormt högt torn samt språkförbistring. (Sök gärna själv på internet.) Det finns exempelvis en sumerisk berättelse som handlar om Enmerker av Uruk (Erik) som bygger en enorm ziggurat i Eridu med hjälp av byggmaterial från Aratta. Berättelsen nämner även språkförbistringen och en bön om att återfå ett enda språk för folkgrupper. Ett annat exempel är berättelsen om sydamerikanska Montezuma (Moctezuma på engelska), som innehåller en global flod, språkförbistring, närapå utrotning av djur och människor, rebelliskhet mot Gud, gemensam byggnad av ett jättehögt torn som når himlen, den Stora Anden som förstör det med åsknedslag, etc.

Lucifer ville ta Guds plats ovanför himlavalvet

Lucifer ville i sin stolthet placera sin tron ovanför Guds tron som Bibeln säger är ovanför molnen och stjärnorna, vilket innebär strax ovanför himlavalvet. Enligt 1 Mosebok så är stjärnor, sol och måne placerade i/på (inte ovanför) himlavalet, och Guds tron är alltså placerad direkt ovanför det. Jes. 40:11 förklarar vidare att när Gud sitter/vandrar/tronar på himlavalvet så ser människorna ut som gräshopper från Guds (eller människosonens) perspektiv. Det handlar alltså inte om att se ner från en gigantisk yttre svart rymd, utan från en plats just ovanför molnen. Job 22:12 nämner också att Gud ser ner på stjärnorna när han vandrar på himlavalvet.

Is. 14:12 Hur har du inte fallit från himlen, du strålande stjärna, du gryningens son!
Hur har du inte blivit fälld till jorden, du som slog ner folken till marken!
13 Du sade i ditt hjärta:‘Jag skall stiga upp till himlen, ovanför Guds stjärnor skall jag upprätta min tron. Jag skall sätta mig på mötesberget längst upp i norr.14 Jag skall stiga upp över molnens höjder, jag skall göra mig lik den Högste.’

Hes. 1:22 Över väsendenas huvuden syntes något som liknade ett himlavalv, likt underbar kristall, utspänt över deras huvuden.   —25 Och en röst hördes från himlavalvet över deras huvuden där de stod stilla med sänkta vingar.26 Ovanför valvet över deras huvuden syntes något som liknade en tron gjord av safirsten. På det som liknade en tron satt en gestalt som såg ut som en människa.

Gen. 1:14 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,

Job 22:14 Molnen bildar en slöja så att han inte ser, och på himlavalvet vandrar han.

Jesaja 66:1 Så säger Herren: Himlen är min tron och jorden min fotapall. Vad för ett hus kan ni bygga åt mig, vad för en plats där jag kan vila?

Jes. 40:22 Han är den som tronar över jordens rund, och dess inbyggare äro såsom gräshoppor; han är den som utbreder himmelen såsom ett flor och spänner ut den såsom ett tält att bo inunder. /1917

Is. 40:22 It is he that sitteth upon the CIRCLE of the earth  (KJV)

Läs på engelska om ”circle of the earth” från Jes. 40:22 här och på svenska om Joshuas långa dag/solen som stod still här.

CIRCLE of the earth – not a ball, globe or sphere – Is. 40:22

flat earth”CIRCLE of the earth” – Isaiah 40:22

If you want to prove that the earth is a globe based on the Bible, you must use another verse than Isaiah 40:22 since this verse does not say it. There are at least three main problems with this verse if you want to use it to prove a globe – the circle, the grasshoppers and the tent …

Is. 40:22 It is he that sitteth upon the CIRCLE of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a TENT to dwell in

Frisbees and dinner plates are shaped like circles, and circles are indeed round. A circle is not the same as a globe, a ball or a sphere, even if a ball can look like a circle if viewed in only one dimension.

”Circle” in the above verse is a translation from the Hebrew noun chug (Strong’s 2329) which means circle, vault or horizon. (Note that it is not translated as ball or sphere.) Apart from the above verse, it is found twice more in the Bible. In Job 22:14 we can read about God walking on the circle/vault of heaven (walking on the firmament of heaven), and in Proverbs 8:27 we can read that this circle was inscribed into the face of the deep. KJV phrases it as ”when he set a compass upon the face of the depth”. A ball does not have a side that could be considered ”a face”, but a flat earth does. NKJV phrases it as ”When He drew a circle on the face of the deep”. It is hard (or rather impossible) to draw a sphere or a globe into something, but it is definitely possible to draw/inscribe a circle into something.

Job 22:14 Thick clouds are a covering to him, that he seeth not; and he walketh in the circuit of heaven. (KJV)

Proverbs. 8:27 When He prepared the heavens, I was there, When He drew a circle on the face of the deep, (NKJV)

Note above that it would not make sense to draw ”a globe” on the face of the deep. Compare also:

Job 26:10 He has inscribed a circle (Strong’s 2328) on the surface of the waters At the boundary of light and darkness. (NASB)

flat earth.jpeg

A circle of ice compassing the waters, under a firmament?

The above noun (chug) is connected to the Hebrew verb with the same name spelling chug (Strong’s 2328), which means to draw around, to make a circle. It is only found in Job 26:10 where we can read that God has inscribed a circle on the surface, or (as in KJV) ”compassed the waters”.

Isaiah 40:22 further suggests that when God sits on this circle (the firmament) the inhabitants look like grasshoppers. This requires a certain elevation, which works well with a physical firmament placed high over a round earth. An elevation is also implied in Job 22:12 where we can read: “Surely God is at the zenith of the heavens [shamayim] and looks down on all the stars, high as they are.” Note that it says that God ”looks down” on the stars when he sits, or walks around, on the firmament. 

tent.jpgThe morning star (Lucifer) wanted to exalt his throne above the stars of God, and he is not talking about the top of the universe but above the heights of the clouds. This is where he imagined the throne of God to be – above the clouds. The throne of God is indeed described to be just above the firmament in the sky, and based on the creation account in Genesis the stars were placed in the firmament.

Is. 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north. 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

Ez. 1:26 And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it.

Gen. 1:14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,

The same verse (Is. 40:22) also uses the analogy of the heavens stretched out as a curtain and spread out as a TENT to dwell in – for the inhabitants who look like grasshoppers. It is almost impossible to imagine the picture of a tent placed on a globe where all the inhabitants live in. It is a perfect analogy if we imagine a flat earth with a firmament over it, and especially if we also imagine the tabernacle during the Exodus.

While chug is not a translation for ball, there is however a word for ”ball” that Isaiah could have used if this is what he wanted to express, but he did not use it in the above verse. He did, however, use it in Is. 22:18 where ball is a translation from dur (Strong’s 1754):

Is. 22:18 18 He will surely violently turn and toss thee like a BALL into a large country: there shalt thou die, and there the chariots of thy glory shall be the shame of thy lord’s house.

footstool

With four corners/pillars

Isaiah also describes God as having the earth as a footstool. It is hard to picture God with a constantly moving and spinning ball under his feet, but the analogy works perfectly if we imagine the earth to be flat, with a firmament and with four pillars, plus naturally standing still.

Isaiah 66:1 Thus saith the Lord, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?

Other verses on the same subject

In the Bible the earth is described as immovable, standing on pillars, with a firmament above it, placed in the very center of God’s creation, and not as a moving object such as a spinning ball rotating at 1,000 mph while speeding away faster than a bullet around the sun at 67,000 mph. This is why people who believe the former should at least be respected rather than ridiculed. But does it not also say that the earth hangs upon nothing? How does this fit either model?

Job 26:7 He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing.

Other translations use the word ”void”, which might make the reader think about the creation account and ”the earth was without form and void”. Maybe Job’s description concerns this moment in time when God has just created the earth, hanging it on nothing, proceeding to dividing the waters and connecting it on pillars? This verse does not work very well if we imagine a spinning ball rotating around the sun. Such a constantly moving ball does not hang still on anything and does not need pillars.

Isaiah 13:13 Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the Lord of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger.

Ps. 104:5 Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever.

The Bible speaks about four corners in quite a few verses, both regarding the entire earth and also regarding a particular land of the earth – like Israel. The land of Israel is not formed as a globe but can be imagined as flat. The expression of the four corners could be both real or used as an analogy if the writers want to express an entirety of something. See for example Acts 10:11 and 11:15 where Peter is shown a sheet knit at the four corners containing various beasts. Naturally this sheet must have been rather flat, and everything within the four corners were acceptable for Peter to eat. Likewise, the land of Israel is likened with four corners in Ez 7:2 even if it is not square-shaped as sheets are. Rev. 7:1 seems to be talking about the four corners of the earth as a physical reality, with four angels holding four winds.

Acts 10: 11 And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending upon him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth: + Acts 11:5

Ez. 7:2 Also, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord God unto the land of Israel; An end, the end is come upon the four corners of the land.

Rev. 7:1  And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.

See also this verse about the four corners, and note the word ”breadth” which is interesting:

Rev. 20:8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog, and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.9 And they went up on the BREADTH of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.

The word ”breadth” above describes the surface of the earth, and not parts of the earth. The word is a translation from the noun πλάτος/platos (Strong’s 4114) and can be translated as width or broad plain. The corresponding adjective is πλατύς/platus (Strong’s 4116) which can be used as a description of a street as in Matt. 7:13 (flat and stretched out). The corresponding verb is πλάσσω/plassó (Strong’s 4111), which can be translated as form/mould. The French word ”plateau” signifies a level portion (or nearly level) of the earth’s surface. The French word derives from platel, which is a description of a flat object, like a plateIn Swedish the word for ”flat” is ”platt” (similar in other Germanic languages).

The Bible contains parables and analogies and even if they are not descriptions of real things/events (at least not always), they still signify something and are used for a reason. The author would like the reader to get a certain image in his/her head when reading analogies, poetry or parable. This means that we cannot disregard the analogies we do not like and/or highlight the ones we do like. According to the Bible, it seems like a sufficiently tall tree would be visible to the earth’s farthest bounds. Sure, it might be an exaggeration (or a hyperbole) but if the earth is a globe, why would the devil even need to take Jesus up to a high level?

Dan. 4:11 The tree grew, and was strong, and the height thereof reached unto heaven, and the sight thereof to the end of all the earth

Matt. 4:8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them

All this does not mean that we have just proven that the earth is flat, but it certainly looks like the Bible claims that it is (with an honest reading), and particularly if we also read the book of Enoch.

Interestingly Wherner von Braun (the German aerospace engineer and space architect hired by NASA) put the the below psalm on his grave stone describing how the psalmist is in awe about God’s creation of the firmament which shows God’s handiwork:

Ps. 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.

You can read about planets in the creation account here and you can read about the meaning of raqia (firmament) here.

Märstabon Hassan Zubier, hjälten från terrorattacken i Åbo, som erkänt bedrägeri

pengarSuperhjälten som var superbedragare

Om man själv erkänt brott, och om det finns domar från rättegångar, så handlar det inte om förtal att sprida uppgiften. Jag nämner personen vid namn eftersom det pågår insamlingar till hans ära, och det är orätt att människor lockas att skänka pengar till en person som de tror är ärlig men som är en stor bedragare och bluffmakare. Då nu Finlands radio och TV sprider dessa sanna uppgifter och hans erkännande (YLE, och de största finska nyhetstidningarna) så borde Sverige också göra det – men de är alldeles tysta. Tål inte nyheten att se dagsljus? Är den för stor? Leder trådar från honom till andra?

Med tanke på att svenska sociala medier redan startat censur gällande de finska länkarna, så kan jag inte lova att de kommer att fungera här. Jag skriver därför om innehållet.

Saken:

Hassan Zubier, Märstabo (Sigtuna kommun), flera gånger i framför allt lokaltidningar, omskriven som svensk superhjälte pga hans heroiska insatser under Åby terrorattack i augusti 2017 (hävdar även att han var med i Stockhoms terrorattack fyra månader tidigare) där han sagt sig försvara sin flickvän och hjälpt en skadad kvinna så till den grad att han blev knivattackerad och blev rullstolsbunden för livet. Därav ekonomiska ersättningar och insamlingar till honom. Det är också av detta skäl som nyheten om Hassan borde spridas. Många kan känna sig lurade över vetskapen att de skänkt/skänker pengar till en erkänd bluffmakare som erkänt sitt bedrägeri. Fler borde få veta så snart som möjligt så att ingen mer pengar skänks.

(Tillägg:) Här är Hassan på film där han ledigt svingar sina ben upp och ner från ett bord samt rör sig ledigt i rummet:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqpEhwMFwSE

Fakta:

  • Enligt egna uppgifter så var Hassan med om två terrorattacker under 2017 – Stockholms terrorattack och Åbo terrorattack. Vid Stockholms terrorattack så säger Hassan att han arbetat som ambulansförare. Han var även dykinstruktör enligt egen uppgift. Han har nu erkänt att han förfalskat ett intyg från ett ambulansföretag för att lura till sig ekonomiska ersättningar. Han har även erkänt att han fört fram ett falskt bevis inför finsk domstol. Det har framkommit att han överhuvudtaget inte arbetat innan Åboattacken pga MS-sjukdom. Om han uppbär sjukpenning pga MS-sjukdom så kan han givetvis inte heller arbeta, och Hassan bekräftar för Yle att han just varit/är ”sjukledig” i Sverige. Vad stämmer? Hassan säger att han även har brittiskt medborgarskap, och om han arbetat i Storbritannien är förstås spekulationer.
  • Hassan säger sig ha fått nervskador för livet pga knivattacken i Åbo 2017, och har nu förlorat sin arbetsförmåga.
  • Hassan och hans advokat krävde över 160 000 euro av Statskontoret, men utgången blev 96.000 euro. Dessutom tilldömdes han en månatlig ersättning på 950 Euro till han fyllt 65 år, vilket blir drygt 200.000 euro ytterligare.
  • En kvinna i Österbotten har samlat in över 32.600 euro till Hassan. Kvinnan säger att hon bara startat kontot åt Hassan och sedan inte ens haft rättighet att logga in på kontot som Hassan helt ansvarar för. Hon säger att hon även kan bevisa detta.
  • Sigtunabygden (och UNT) nämner ovan insamling för svenska läsare.
  • Hassan har fått medalj av både Finland och England pga sin insats i Åbo
  • 2017 nominerades han till Aftonbladets Svenska hjältar, och han har träffat Sveriges kung och drottning pga sin heroiska insats.

Nedan finns källa till nyheten om bedrägeri, samt andra källor. (Vet inte hur länge länkarna kommer att fungera.)

https://svenska.yle.fi/artikel/2018/08/21/hassan-zubier-erkanner-att-han-forsokte-lura-till-sig-ersattningar-med-etthttps://www.is.fi/kotimaa/art-2000005634351.html

https://www.is.fi/kotimaa/art-2000005721439.html

https://www.facebook.com/hassanzubierfinland

https://www.hbl.fi/artikel/ekonomiska-trangmal-bakom-bedrageriforsoket/

https://www.hbl.fi/artikel/zubier-insamlingen-inte-den-enda-problematiska-pa-natet/

http://www.unt.se/sigtunabygden/familj/han-visade-pa-ovanligt-mod-5049514.aspx

Lyssna på sommarprogram från honom själv där han ljuger friskt om sitt liv, och även berättar om Åbo terrorattack.

Hassan har, trots MS, visat att han kan förflytta sig helt obehindrat. Detta kan man se i nedan film som Hassan själv sänt live på Facebook under maj 2018 och filmen har idag nått ca 34 tusen visningar. Han har tidigare sagt att han ibland kan gå några meter åt gången, men det är märkligt att han kan resa sig, sätta sig och gå runt i rummet helt  obehindrat utan minsta tvekan. Om man bara kan gå några meter pga sjukdom så brukar det betyda att dessa steg tas långsamt och/eller med smärta tills man känner att man inte klarar mer. 

https://www.nykysuomi.com/2018/08/27/katso-video-hassan-loppuelama-pyoratuolissa-zubier-varsin-vetreana/

Ett par exempel vad finsk media skriver

Aamulehti (morgontidning i Tammerfors) :

  • Hassan har ingen licens i Sverige för att jobba som vårdare
  • När han berättade att han jobbat som fredsbevarare i Bosninen, så var det riktiga fredsbevarare som kunde konstatera att det inte fanns några trupper från Sverige vid den tiden i Bosnien (Se Hassans facebookinlägg på aamulehti-sidan).
  • När han fabulerat om tjänst i Afghanistan hade en Aamulehti-journalist frågat honom hur han kunnat ha tjänst som fredsbevarare när han finns i brottsregistret. Då hade Hassan erkänt att han ljugit, för att dölja att han varit i fängelse och för att ”skydda sig själv och sin flickvän”.
  • Hassan anlade en mordbrand på ett sjukhus år 2001 då han jobbade där som vakt. Sedan ”varnade” han ”heroiskt” de inneboende. Han fick åtta års fängelse.

https://www.hbl.fi/artikel/ekonomiska-trangmal-bakom-bedrageriforsoket/

https://www.aamulehti.fi/uutiset/turun-terrori-iskun-sankari-hassan-zubier-ei-ole-ensihoitaja-myontaa-myos-valehdelleensa-rauhanturvapalveluksesta-201155493/

Yle:

  • Hassan jobbade inte före Åbo. Han var sjukledig pga MS.
  • År 2000 satte han eld på sin egen bil p g a ett vredesutbrott. Han stal också pengar av sin arbetsgivare. 18.000 kr.
  • År 1998 blev han dömd för att ha gett falskt alarm
  • En insamlingssida startade den 27/12 2017. Mer än 600 personer har donerat mer än 32.600 Euro till just denna insamling.

https://yle.fi/uutiset/3-10365841

https://yle.fi/uutiset/3-10367312

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Det är för övrigt en del konstigheter kring hans vittnesmål kring Åboattacken (som är märklig öht – se här) och man kan undra varför han bara nämner att han ”skyddat” sin flickvän, och inte nämner sin svärmor som var med och höll barnvagn med hans egen son? Han skyddade väl dem också? Eller passar inte versionerna ihop?

TILLÄGG: Som väntat blev den nyupptäckta filmen ovan, som visar Hassans obehindrade rörlighet, snabbt nedtagen. Men Hassan fick en del frågor om filmen från en journalist på en finsk kvällstidning. Exempel med översättning till svenska:

Zubier som utsattes för många knivhugg i terroristattacken i Åbo har förmågan att gå, något som väckt förvåning. Vi ringde upp Z och frågade vad för slags skador han har. 

Många som har sett videon har förundrats sig över hur du stiger upp från stolen och går och tänder ljuset. Hur skulle du beskriva dina skador?

– Enligt läkarna är jag invalid till 75 procent, börjar Z.

– Jag fick nervskador i ryggraden under attacken. Detta har föranlett att jag kan promenera endast några meter åt gången. Min förmåga att gå varierar från dag till dag, smärtan är vissa dagar större. Den rehabilitering jag fått efter attacken gör det möjligt att  promenera 5-10 meter åt gången, säger Z.

Många har trott att du är förlamad. 

– Jag har aldrig sagt att jag är förlamad – inte i en enda intervju, och inte i rätten. För att jag förmår promenera bara några meter åt gången och lider av nervvärk, måste jag använda rullstol i det dagliga livet. 

Z. berättade för Iltalehti i en specialintervju i december hur knivhuggarens första hugg var det mest ödesdigra, för det hugget skadade ryggmärgen. 

Här nedan finns en film som visar Hassan ett par dagar efter attacken då han befann sig vid Åbo torg och pratar med journalister. Inga sår eller skador syns någonstans trots att han enligt egen uppgift blivit knivhuggen 3-4 gånger i rygg och axel, vilket har lett till att han inte kan lyfta armen på nervskador. Men Hassan bär en armbindel.

Hassan berättar om sin sjukvårdsutbildning. Två veckor efter Åboattacken säger han att han tror att han med största sannolikhet kommer att förbli rullstolsbunden trots att han kan få tillbaka 10%:s rörlighet i benen.

Hassan säger att han har en ”avancerad sjukvårdsutbildning” (13 min):

Hassan har sagt till media:

”Vissa dagar kommer jag inte ur sängen på grund av smärtorna. Jag sover 3-4 timmar per natt på grund av smärtorna. Varje dag handlar om att kämpa.”

”Jag kommer inte kunna hoppa upp från rullstolen och springa, eller gå på toaletten som normalt igen.”

Expressen skriver ”I dag tar han sig fram med hjälp av en elrullstol och har nedsatt känsel från bröstet och neråt. Samtidigt har han svåra och allvarliga nervskador. ”

Hassan säger att han inte kan gå:

”- Jag kan stå men inte gå. Jag fryser hela tiden och nervvärken plågar mig dygnet runt. Jag kan inte sova mera än 3-4 timmar per natt. Jag kan inte känna om jag är kissnödig och jag har blivit tvungen att ställa in mobilen för att den ska påminna mig om att gå på toaletten.  Jag fick tillbaka känseln i min ena hand för bara tre veckor sedan. ….”

https://www.seiska.fi/Uutiset/Turun-terrori-iskun-sankari-Hassan-Zubier-vammautui-iaksi-En-pysty-kavelemaan-enka-tunne

I nedan artikel klagar han över hur illa Sverige behandlat honom. Samt att han inte längre kan jobba som ambulansförare och bara får 1100 euro i sjukpension.

Hassan tävlingskör båt 4 augusti 2018:

Sleep paralysis, inability to move or speak – testimonies

dreamingWhat is sleep paralysis?

Sleep paralysis is when during awakening or a falling asleep, a person is conscious and aware but unable to move or speak. It can occur while falling asleep (predormital sleep paralysis) or when waking up (postdormital sleep paralysis). It is equally common among men and women, but it is more common among young people (like young teens.)

Feelings of fear and panic are naturally common during a sleep paralysis, and some have felt sensations of electric vibrations running through their body as well as hearing static sounds. Some have had such bad experiences during their sleep paralyses, like seeing the shape of someone in the room, that they fear going to sleep. Some suggest that lack of sleep might be a contributing factor for people prone to get a sleep paralysis, but I have heard of even more testimonies where the exact opposite is true – where individuals have had plenty of regular sleep and yet experience sleep paralyses.

Factors that may be linked to a sleep paralysis might include:

  • Being a young teenager
  • Sleeping on the back
  • Having had lots of sleep and feeling relaxed

I have often wondered if the blood factor RH 0 Negative (0 -) might be one of the triggers for a sleep paralysis, but I have no statistics for this. About 7% of the world’s population have this blood type including myself.

My own experience

My first postdormital sleep paralysis lasted about 15-20 minutes, and the second one  lasted for a couple of minutes.

My first one occurred when I was a young teenager, about 14 years of age, and I believe I was sleeping on my back. It was late one morning, about 10.30, and that is when I usually woke up in my teens without an alarm clock. When I woke up I could open my eyes and look around, but I could not move or speak. My entire body was completely paralyzed and I could not move even if I tried. I was wide awake so it was definitely not a dream, a hallucination or similar. Naturally I was frightened but I took for granted that this highly unusual condition surely must stop right away because I was awake after all! However, regardless of my severe attempts to move I was still paralyzed.

If I would not have been able to see, I would likely have panicked, and also if it had happen during the night when it would have been dark. Fortunately I was able to see, and it was light with sunshine coming in from the window. Apart from my paralysis, everything looked and appeared as normal and it was therefore not a frightening atmosphere. I still longed to hear sounds from any family member outside my door, because this would hopefully help my body to wake up? But I heard no one, and after some time my body woke up by itself.

My second experience happened soon after, but I cannot remember if it was days or weeks in between.

I have had numerous predormital sleep paralyses in my life, even if I had not had them the last 10 years. I did not realize at the time that the two types of sleep paralyses were connected, nor that they were even called sleep paralysis. In a way the predormital sleep paralyses were more frightening even though they only lasted for seconds, because then I could not even open my eyes, it was dark in the room and I had a strong sensation of fear. Usually you are not aware of the moment when you fall asleep but during a predormital sleep paralysis you will suddenly be aware of the exact second of falling asleep. Maybe this does not sound too bad, but it is extremely frightening to not be able to move or speak in combination with a nightmarish feeling – and the knowledge that you will likely not succeed to overcome the situation (by sitting up in bed) but you will be dragged down into a sleep against your will. This type of paralysis might happen both when you are about to sleep for the night, but also later during the night when you wake up with a paralysis.

I remember when I was a very young child – like 4 or younger – when I was afraid of sleeping due to the feeling of being totally absorbed into my pillow and not being able to move. I felt that I was dragged into a nightmarish feeling from the very start, and I desperately tried to prevent it but always failed. I also had plenty of nightmares and hallucinations during this time, but this is not uncommon among small children. (These types of hallucinations should not be compared with sleep paralyses, which are real.)

I have read testimonies from people who have had ”out-of-body experiences” (or astral projections) and it seems like at least some of them start with a sleep paralysis. It is when they fight hard to get out of the paralysis when they suddenly feel that they are being lifted up and move towards the ceiling, where they turn around and can see themselves in bed. I have no means of knowing if these experiences are true or not, but maybe they are since ”near death experiences” definitely seem true. Sure, some of them might be lies, and others might be exaggerated or misunderstood, but I truly believe people have experienced them. At times they have been able to describe dialogues among the hospital staff during the time when they (the patients) were actually ”dead” – before returning back to life. Many have described the light, an encounter with angels, communication without words and even a meeting with God who tells them that it is not time …

Up to as many as four out of every 10 people may have experienced a sleep paralysis. Have you? Please let us know about your sleep paralysis experience or an out-of-body experience.

Eccl. 12:6 Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern.7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

If we inherited Adam’s sin and were born with a sinful nature, we have Bible contradictions

wonderfully madeThe non-Biblical sinful nature  

The Bible does not teach that man is born with a sinful nature (not in Romans 5, not in Ephesians 2, not in any psalms, not anywhere). This illogical idea (that babies are sinners) can be traced back to Augustine and even all the way back to the gnostics.

Neither does the Bible claim that man can get an injection of someone else’s righteousness and thus magically become righteous despite living in sin. Man himself is responsible for being faithful to Jesus and to live a righteous life. Do not let anyone tell you that being obedient to Jesus is about self-righteousness, and therefore a sinful works-based salvation.

If man would be born (or conceived) with a sinful nature, we end up with many contradictions.

  • The Bible is strangely silent about it and rather claims that man is guilty when he transgresses the law of God, which requires that he knows the law in the first place.
  • We would have the best excuse for sin there is – our nature made us do it.
  • All the church fathers the first 300 years AD would be wrong for claiming the opposite.
  • Jesus would have a HUGE advantage over us from the very start since he was not born with a sinful nature, which is something that makes the holder prone to sin. We would be able to say ”No wonder that Jesus could so easily refrain from sin! He was not born with a sinful nature like the rest of us!”
  • Sinning is apparently something that can be found in the DNA and be inherited from person to person, and not (always) something that a man DOES.
  • It is apparently a sin to have ”flesh”, since this is the starting point for our sins?  Jesus started to get flesh just like us during his conception, but his flesh was without those sin genes?
  • God turns out to be an unrighteous judge who charges all human beings for something they are innocent of and could not help.
  • The sinful nature has apparently prevented all human beings from being obedient to God from the very start, so God has either made us too weak to obey his laws, or he has made the laws too difficult for us to obey.
  • Sinning is described in the Bible as transgressing God’s law (1 John. 3:4) and something that offends him, but what exactly offends God about a person being born (or conceived)?
  • Babies (also newborn, and unborn babies) would be able to commit sin – even before they have hearts, despite that Matt. 15:18-19 and Mark 7:20-23 tell us that evil thoughts proceed from the heart.
  • Babies are apparently spiritually ”dead” already from conception when they are still tiny specks, which puts Eph. 2:1 in doubt since it claims that we are dead due to ”trespasses and sins”.
  • Romans 5:12 should not be saying that ”death passed upon all men FOR that all have sinned”, but rather that SIN passed upon all men because Adam sinned. (Btw, the Bible itself proves in many verses that ”all” does not always refer to all human beings.)
  • James would be wrong for claiming that man’s own lust and giving in for temptation is the cause of sin (James 1:14-15), when in reality all people are sinful long before they can have lust and before they even have functional body parts.
  • Is. 7:16 would be wrong for suggesting that a child does not know to refuse the evil and choose the good.   
  • etc

But … if we have no sinful nature, why do we sin? Answer: Why did Adam and Eve sin? Think about that for a moment.

But … if we have no sinful nature, then there could potentially be someone out there who could have been totally free of sin all his life. Answer: Yes.

But … if we have no sinful nature, why did Jesus have to die? Answer: Because we have sinned. We have transgressed the law of God.

We are sinners precisely because we could have chosen to obey God but chose to not do it. This makes us guilty rather than God. God is graceous and does not give us one single chance to live righteous, but if we mix sin and righteousness we have not truly repented and we are fooling ourselves.

Transferring blood to make us righteous?

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”Impute” translated from the Greek verb λογίζομαι (logizomai, Strong’s 3049) = can also be translated to think, reckon, count and suppose. Note that it does not mean ”transfer” or ”inject”. 

When we repent we become totally cleansed from our past sins (certainly not any future sins) and we are totally forgiven even if our sins are numerous and severe. We are counted as righteous because sin can no longer be found in us when we are 100% free from all sin. It is therefore no divine lie that we are counted as righteous because the fact is that this is what we have truly become thanks to the cleansing blood of Jesus Christ.

So how long does this righteous state of being last? It lasts as long as we remain righteous by walking in the light, which is OUR responsibility. WE are supposed to be led by the holy Spirit and be faithful to Jesus. Do not let anyone tell you that someone else will do it for you or instead of you. Jesus is ”our righteousness” in the sense that he died for us and removed our sins, but this does not mean that we can get his righteousness transferred into us. Many Christians misunderstand ”imputed” righteousness in Rom 4-5, because they erroneously believe it means ”transferred”. This is not true, since the word rather means to be reckoned, counted or regarded as righteous. Not because of a blood transfer, but because our sins have been removed. The Bible does not teach ”once righteous always righteous” (or ”once saved always saved”). If a prisoner gets out of jail, it does not mean that he is now free to commit further crimes since he has

There is no way that God would count us as righteous unless we truly were, and we can never fool God by suggesting that he does not see our sins but only the precious blood of Jesus. We can never be regarded as positionally righteous while still living in sin. Always remember Satan’s famous lie ”Ye shalt not surely die”. The idea that blood can be transferred into us and make us righteous (even if we sin), is an attempt from Satan’s side to trick us into feeling comfortable in our sin and to get the idea that we have a heavenly fire insurance. Even many pastors teach that it is normal for Christians to sin, and abnormal if they do not. They might even go further than that by suggesting that it is self-righteous to be completely faithful to Jesus, and that we should never believe that we can be victorious over sin. Satan could not be happier for this type of help, because it is totally backwards: ”Christian sinners” (an oxymoron) go to heaven, but righteous Christians go to hell (because of the sin of self-righteousness). This sounds like the greatest sin (and the only one that can make you lose your salvation?) is to teach and believe that you can be completely faithful to God. THAT angers God the most?

1 John 5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

Matt. 5:19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall DO and TEACH THEM, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, YE SHALL IN NO CASE ENTER INTO THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.  

God is speaking:

Gen. 4:7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.

Deut. 30:11 “For this commandment which I command you today is not too difficult for you, nor is it out of reach. —- 14 But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may observe it. (NASB)

Read about Rom. 5 here.