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Does God Exist?

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 It would take an enormous amount of faith to hold the position God doesn't exist. If you look around you everything is perfectly ordered. Man cannot create something from nothing he must start with what God has already created.  For example stem cells.

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Bible Scriptures explain creation and the existence of God: 

Genesis 1:1-31 The first account of the creation

1.  In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.  Now the earth was a formless void, there was darkness over the deep, and God's spirit hovered over the water.  

God said.  'Let there be light', and there was light.  God saw that light was good and God divided light from darkness.  God called light 'day', and darkness he called 'night'.  Evening came and morning came: the first day.  God said, 'Let there be a vault in the waters to divide the waters in two'.   And so it was.  God made the vault, and it divided the waters above the vault from the waters under the vault.  God called the vault 'heaven'.  Evening came and mourning came:  the second day. 

God said, 'Let the waters under heaven come together into a single mass, and let dry land appear'.  And so it was.  God called the dry land the 'earth' and the mass of waters 'seas', and God saw that it was good.  God said, 'Let the earth produce vegetation:  seed-bearing plants, and fruit trees bearing fruit with their seed inside, on earth'.  And so it was.  The earth produced vegetation: plants bearing seed in their several kinds, and trees bearing fruit with their seed inside in their several kinds.  God saw that it was good.  Evening came and morning came: the third day.  

God said 'Let there be lights in the vault of heaven to divide day from night, and let them indicate festivals, days and years.  Let them be lights in the vault of heaven to shine on the earth.  And so it was.  God made the two great lights: the greater light to govern the day, the smaller light to govern the night, and the stars.  God set them in the vault of heaven to shine on the earth, to govern the day and the night and to divide light from darkness.  God saw that it was good. Evening came and morning came:  the fourth day.  

God said, "Let the waters teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth within the vault of heaven'.  And so it was.  God created great sea-serpents and every kind of living creature with which the waters teem, and every kind of winged creature.  God saw that it was good.  God blessed them, saying, 'Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the waters of the seas;  and let the birds multiply upon the earth'.  Evening came and morning came: the fifth day.

God said 'Let the earth produce every kind of living creature:  cattle, reptiles, and every kind of wild beast'.  And so it was.  God made every kind of wild beast, every kind of cattle, and every kind of land reptile.  God saw that it was good.  

God blessed them, saying to them, Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth and conquer it.  Be masters of the fish of the sea, the birds of heaven and all living animals on the earth.  God said, 'See, I give you all the seed-bearing fruit; this shall be your food.  To all wild beasts all birds of heaven and all living reptiles on the earth I give all the foliage of plants for food.'  And so it was.  God saw all he had made, and indeed it was very good.  Evening came and morning came:  the sixth day.

Gen.2:1-25  Thus heaven and earth were completed with all their array.  On the seventh day, God completed the work he had been doing.  He rested on the seventh day and made it holy,  because on that day he had rested after all his work of creating.  Such were the origins of heaven and earth when they were created.


The Second account of the creation. Paradise

At the time when Yahweh God made earth and heaven there was as yet no wild bush on the earth nor had any wild plant yet sprung up, for Yahweh God had not sent rain on the earth nor was there any man to till the soil.  However a flood was rising from the earth and watering all the surface of the soil.  Yahweh God fashioned man of dust from the soil.  Then he breathed into his nostrils a breath of life, and thus man became a living being.  

Yahweh God planted a garden in Eden which is in the east and there he put the man he had fashioned.  Yahweh God caused to spring up from the soil every kind of tree, enticing to look at and good to eat, with the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the middle of the garden.  A river flowed from Eden to water the garden, and from there it divided to make four streams.  The first is named the Pishon, and this encircles the whole land of Havilah where there is gold.  The gold of this land is pure; bdellium and onyx stone are found there.  The second river is named the Gihon, and this encircles the whole land of Cush.  The third river is named the Tigris, and this flows to the east of Ashur.  The fourth river is the Euphrates.  Yahweh God took the man and settled him in the garden of Eden to cultivate and take care of it.  Then Yahweh God gave the man this admonition, 'You may eat indeed of all the trees in the garden.  Nevertheless, of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you are not to eat, for on the day you eat of it you shall most surely die.'

Yahweh God said, 'It is not good that the man should be alone.  I will make him a helpmate.'  So from the soil, Yahweh God fashioned all the wild beasts and all the birds of heaven.  These he brought to the man to see what he would call them; each one was to bear the name the man would give it.  The man gave names to all the cattle, all the birds of heaven and all the wild beasts.  But no helpmate suitable for man was found for him.  So Yahweh God made the man fall into a deep sleep.  And while he slept, he took one of his ribs and enclosed it in flesh.  Yahweh God built the rib he had taken from the man into a woman and brought her to the man.  The man exclaimed:  

'This, at last, is bone from my bones, and flesh from my flesh!  This is to be called woman, for this was taken from man.  This is why a man leaves his father and mother and joins himself to his wife, and they become one body.  

Now both of them were naked, the man and his wife, but they felt no shame in front of each other.  

















Cain and Abel The Fall

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Cain and Abel  The Fall  

Genesis 3.:1-24 

 The Serpent was the most subtle of all the wild beasts that Yahweh God had made.  It asked the woman, 'Did God really say you were not to eat from any of the trees in the garden?  The woman answered the serpent, 'We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden.  But of the fruit of the trees in the the middle of the Garden God said, "You must not eat it, nor touch it, under pain of death".'  Then the serpent said to the woman, 'No!  You will not die!  God knows in fact that on the day you eat it your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods, knowing good and evil."  The woman saw that the tree was good to eat and pleasing to the eye, and that it was desirable for the knowledge that it could give.  So she took some of its fruit and ate it.  She gave some also to her husband who was with her, and he ate it.  Then the eyes of both of them were opened and they realised that that they were naked.  So they sewed fig-leaves together to make themselves loin-cloths.  

The man and his wife heard the sound of Yahweh God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from Yahweh God among the trees of the garden.  But Yahweh God called to the man. 'Where are you?' he asked.  I heard the sound of you in the garden,' he replied I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid.'  'Who told you that you you were naked?'  The man replied, 'It was the woman you put with me; she gave me the fruit, and I ate it".  Then Yahweh God asked the woman, 'What is this you have done?"  The woman replied, 'The serpent tempted me and I ate".  Then Yahweh God said to the serpent, 'Because you have done this, 

'Be accursed beyond all cattle, 

all wild beasts. You shall crawl on your belly and eat dust every day of your life.  I will make you enemies of each other:  you and the woman, your offspring and her offspring.  It will crush your head and you will strike its heel.'  To the woman he said: 

'I will multiply your pains in childbearing, you shall give birth to your children in pain.  Your yearning shall be for your husband, yet he will lord it over you.'

To the man he said, 'Because you listened to the voice of your wife and ate from the tree of which I had forbidden you to eat, 

'accursed be the soil because of you.  With suffering shall you get your food from it every day of your life.  It shall yield you brambles and thistles, and you shall eat wild plants.  With sweat on your brow shall you eat your bread, until you return to the soil, as you were taken from it.  For dust you are and to dust you shall return.' The man named his wife 'Eve' because she was the mother of all those who live. Yahweh God made clothes out of skins for the man and his wife, and they put them on.  Then Yahweh God said, 'See, the man has become like one of us, with his knowledge of good and evil.  He must not be allowed to stretch his hand out next and pick from the tree of life also, and eat some and live for ever.'  So Yahweh God expelled him from the garden of Eden, to till the soil from which he had been taken.  He banished the man, and in front of the garden of Eden he posted the cherubs, and the flame of a flashing sword, to guard the way to the tree of life.  


Cain and Abel


Genesis 4:1-16.  The man had intercourse with his wife Eve, and she conceived and gave birth to Cain.  "I have acquired a man with the help of Yahweh' she said.  She gave birth to a second child, Abel, the brother of Cain.  Now Abel became a shepherd and kept flocks, while Cain tilled the soil.  Time passed and Cain brought some of the produce of the soil as an offering.  But he did not look with favour on Cain and his offering, and Cain was very angry and downcast.  Yahweh asked Cain, ' Why are you angry and downcast?  If you are well disposed, ought you not to lift up your head? But if your are ill disposed, is not sin at the door like a crouching beast hungering for you, which you must master?'  Cain said to his brother Abel, 'Let us go out';  and while they were in the open country, Cain set on his brother Abel and killed him.  

Yahweh asked Cain, 'Where is your brother Abel?'  'I do not know' he replied. 'Am I my brother's guardian?'  'What have you done?'   Yahweh asked.  'Listen to the sound of your brother's blood, crying out to me from the ground.  Now be accursed and driven from the ground that has opened its mouth to receive your brother's blood at your hands.  When you till the ground it shall no longer yield you any of it's produce.  You shall be a fugitive and a wanderer over the earth.  Then Cain said to Yahweh, my punishment is greater than I can bear.  See! Today you drive me from this ground.  I must hide from you, and be a fugitive and a wanderer over the earth.  Why, whoever comes across me will kill me!'  'Very well , then,' Yahweh replied 'if anyone kills Cain, sevenfold vengeance shall be taken for him.'  So Yahweh put a mark on Cain to prevent whoever might come across him from striking him down.  Cain left  the presence of Yahweh and settled in the land of Nod, east of Eden.

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The new world order

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FROM THE FLOOD TO ABRAHAM

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3.  FROM THE FLOOD TO ABRAHAM

Noah and his sons


Salvation

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You Must Be Born Again From Above

C.  THE MYSTERY OF THE SPIRIT REVEALED TO A MASTER IN ISRAEL


The conversation with Nicodemus 

John 3:1-21  There was one of the Pharisees called Nicodemus, a leading Jew, who came to Jesus by night and said, 'Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who comes from God; for no one could perform the signs that you do unless God were with him'.  Jesus answered:  

'I tell you most solemnly, unless a man is born from above, he cannot see the kingdom of God'.

Nicodemus said, 'How can a grown man be born?  Can he go back into his mother's womb and be born again? Jesus replied:


'I tell you most solemnly, unless a man is born through water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God:  what is born of the flesh is flesh; what is born of the Spirit is spirit.  Do not be surprised when I say:  You must be born from above.  The wind blows wherever it pleases; you hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going.  That is how it is with all who are born of the Spirit.' 

'How can that be possible?' asked Nicodemus.  'You, a teacher in Israel, and you do not know these things!' replied Jesus.


'I tell you most solemnly, we speak only about what we know and witness only to what we have seen and yet you people reject our evidence.  If you do not believe me when I speak about things in this world, how are you going to believe me when I speak to you about heavenly things?  No one has gone up to heaven except the one who came down from heaven, the Son of Man who is in heaven; and the Son of Man must be lifted up as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.  Yes, God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not be lost but may have eternal life.  For God sent his Son into the world not to condemn the world, but so that through him the world might be saved.  No one who believes in him will be condemned; but whoever refused to believe is condemned already, because he has refused to believe in the name of God's only Son.  On these grounds is sentence pronounced:  that though the light has come into the world men have shown they prefer darkness to the light because their deeds were evil.  And indeed, everybody who does wrong hates the light and avoids it, for fear his actions should be exposed; but the man who lives by the truth comes out into the light, so that it may be plainly seen that what de does is done in God.'


The first conversions

Acts 2:38 Hearing this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the apostles, 'What must we do brothers?'  'You must repent,' Peter answered 'and every one of you must be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  The promise that was made is for you and your children, and for all those who are far away, for all those whom the Lord our God will call to himself.  He spoke to them for a long time using many arguments, and he urged them, 'Save yourselves from this perverse generation'.  They were convinced by his arguments, and they accepted what he said and were baptised.  That very day about three thousand were added to their number.  


General instructions for believers

Titus 3:1-11  Remind them that it is their duy to be obedient to the officials and representatives of the government; to be ready to do good at every opportunity; not to go slandering other people or picking quarrels, but to be courteous and always polite to all kinds of people.  Remember, there was a time when we too were ignorant, disobedient and misled and enslaved  by different passions and luxuries; we lived then in wickedness and ill-will, hating each other and hateful ourselves.

But when the kindness and love of God our saviour for mankind were revealed, it was not because he was concerned with any righteous actions we might have done ourselves; it was for no reason except his own compassion that he saved us, by means of the cleansing water of rebirth and by renewing us with the Holy Spirit which he has so generously poured over us through Jesus Christ our saviour.  He did this so that we should be justified by his grace, to become heirs looking forward to inheriting eternal life.  This is doctrine that you can rely on,.  


Personal advice to Titus

I want you to be quite uncompromising in teaching all this, so that those who now believe in God may keep their minds constantly occupied in doing good works.  All this is good, and will do nothing but good to everybody.  But avoid pointless speculations, and those genealogies, and the quibbles and disputes about the Law--these are useless and can do no good to anyone.  If a man disputes what you teach, then after a first and a second warning, have no more to do with hm:  you will know that any man of that sort has already lapsed and condemned himself as a sinner.


Romans 6:1-11  Does it follow that we should remain in sin so as to let grace have greater scope?  Of course not.  We are dead to sin so how can we continue to live in it?  You have been taught that when we were baptised in Christ Jesus we were baptised in his death; in other words, when we were baptised we went into the tomb with him and joined him in death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the Father's glory, we too might live a new life.  

If in union with Christ we have imitated his death, we shall also imitate him in his resurrection.  We must realise that our former selves have been crucified with him to destroy this sinful body and to free us from the slavery of sin  When a man dies, of course, he has finished with sin.  

But we believe that having died with Christ we shall return to life with him:  Christ, as we know, having been raised from the dead will never die again. Death has no power over him any more.  When he died, he died, once for all, to sin, so his life now is life with God; and in that way, you too must consider yourselves to be dead to sin but alive for God in Christ Jesus.






























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Prophets and Kings

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