Forward

Author: Randall Hoogerhyde

Link: randyrambling.wordpress.com

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It is my primary concern and goal of this blob(book) to be understanding of the different views that the reader may have on some of the topics and on my Bible interpretations in this book. For topics and interpretations that differ from the reader’s, please remember that we all just want to know truth, and that truth is God’s truth, not ours. Regarding the Bible, we all have different doctrine and interpretation backgrounds.

Regarding science, this book defers to a literal interpretation of the Bible as truth that science must conform to. If there is no current reconciliation, then it is science that must change, and rather than this inhibiting science by just inserting God and something supernatural, the Bible can advance science in a way not likely possible without the Bible as a guid, and ruler to conform to and get unthinkable or unpalatable ideas from. Now, secular science may often scoff at a literal interpretation of fantastic or seemingly ridiculous things in the Bible as being heretical to science, but heresy is often how advances are made. I’m thinking of the literal interpretation of the Genesis creation in 6 24-hour days, a young fully formed universe origin by Jesus stretch out His arms saying “let there be light” rather than a primordial Big Bang exploding from a point of energy, and a young 6000 year old earth.

Following are the Bible’s Judeo-Christian grace, and salvation equations (note: the dispensation by dispensation full set of these equations for all of history since Adam and Eve is more complex than just the Judaism and Christianity division shown here, but knowing and understanding all that, is not necessary for the basics for you to know today for your own salvation, but for the Bible’s dispensation by dispensation full set of salvation equations for all of human history since Adam and Eve, see post(chapter), 65. Rightly Dividing—God’s Dispensational Changes in the Way He Handles Man—for Us Today—We/Christians are Not Spiritual Israel—1 Israel not 3):

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the Bible’s grace equation:

God’s love for the world + (Jesus’ death + burial + resurrection) = grace,

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the pre-Paul Judaism salvation equations:

belief in Jehovah = faith,

Mosaic Law = law,

(faith + law)grace + know-nothing sleep death + burial + resurrection + judgement + eternal life = salvation, in paradise, Paradise on the eternal new earth,

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(II Timothy 2:15)

(note: Jesus = Jehovah)

Paul’s Christianity salvation equations for us today:

belief in grace = faith,

(faith + nothing)grace + ((know-nothing sleep death + burial + resurrection) | rapture) + reward + eternal life = salvation in heaven, the heaven of Jesus’ revelation to Paul (before Paul, Christianity was a secret from old kept in the mind of God, revealed only to Paul, everything pre-Paul regarding Jesus/Jehovah, is Judaism(law), not Christianity(grace), Judaism and all the Bible’s writings pre-Paul are for our learning, but these writings are not to and about us today—this is called rightly dividing the Bible between Judaism(law) and Christianity(grace) per II Timothy 2:15, and is the key to interpreting and understanding the Bible. To understand the Bible, you have to know who what you are reading is written to and about. The entire Bible is written for our learning, but only the Pauline epistles are written to and about us today. If you do not rightly divided the Bible, the Bible can seem to contradict itself, but the Bible is the inerrant Word of God, so it can not contradict itself, so you must rightly divide it when you read and study it;

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the Bible’s death corollary:

(unbelief)grace + know-nothing sleep death + burial + resurrection + judgement + second death = eternal know-nothing sleep death separation from God of your smoldering dead body in the lake of fire, where your spirit has gone back to God who gave it, not eternal torment because as an unbeliever you did not get an incorruptible immortal body at resurrection; instead you were judged, and received the second death, where a body without a spirit is not a soul(being);

note: when you are alive after conception or resurrection, you are a body and a spirit together making you a soul(being); you do not have a soul; rather, you are a soul(being)

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About the author:

According to the Bible, we should each live a life pleasing to Christ. He created us to glorify Him. See: Proverbs 3:5,6, Proverbs 16:3, Proverbs 16:9, Isaiah 58:11

My personal addition to this, is my self made guiding principle and motto: first and foremost, I want people to feel good about themselves; second, I want people to feel good about me.

I mean that motto sincerely, not just to make myself feel good or look good, it’s about putting others first—Jesus, others, and you.

Two other little mottos of mine are:

I would rather make an error of commission than an error of omission; if you can do something now, do it.

If there is anyone in my life I ever offended or made feel ill toward me, it was not my intent. There is no one I can think of that I intended to offend or make feel bad, or make feel ill toward me. Since my stroke, this happening has especially been a concern of mine. I lost much of the right side of my brain. Now I am paralyzed on the left side of my body. Fortunately I can think, remember, and speak fine. My doctor said I lost my filter.

I am blessed with a wonderful family, that I love very much, who have helped me get through my stroke, and friends who have helped me, and mean a lot to me, especially since having my stroke. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart, especially my family, thank you.

After having a stroke on July 8, 2013, and after my friend Chuck got me started on science and the Bible during his once a week Tuesday visits for the first couple years after my stroke, including after I came home from rehab. To keep my mind active, and to provide rationale for believing the Bible is God’s true Word, including a literal interpretation of it, especially the Genesis creation, and God’s promise to Abraham and David to make Israel a great nation. After my brother, Steve suggested I create a blog, I created a blog on science and the Bible, which became this blog(book), The Myth of Evolution, and Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth—1 Israel Not 3; working on this is my new hobby. Chuck befriended me almost out of nowhere, and he just happens to attend a church of my upbringing doctrine. This had to be the hand of God, bringing Chuck into my life at that time, and for that reason. Chuck truly was like an angel. He was just suddenly there and befriended me out of nowhere in the locker room at the pool where we each swam laps in the morning before work. Chuck and I then met for lunch a couple times and became friends. My mother is who I have to thank for refreshing me on my upbringing Bible doctrine herein, and for putting me onto Les Feldick, a gifted non-denominational Bible explainer. Before my stroke I read math and science books, played golf on a golf league, played tennis with a former coworker, become friend; hiked and biked, lifted weights at the gym, jogged, swam laps in a pool at the gym downtown, maintained our house and premiss, went to movies; now, I have strength in my weakness, mostly in my wheelchair, or in bed—“And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” II Corinthians 12:9—my strength now is through my reawakened awareness of the Lord and His Word. The Lord gently put His loving hand on my shoulder and physically but gently told me, “time for a change, Randy” and I had a stroke. Now I know the Bible and my upbringing Bible study Christian doctrine better than ever, and I have a better relationship with my youngest son. In this way, as hard as it is, my stroke, and the physically healthy time before my stroke, which, along with my family and friends, now by the hand of the Lord, carry me through. This along with my career, and the house I have, are all a blessing. Since I was a young boy, and accepted Jesus as my personal Savior late one night with my cabin counselor, Dick Ely at Grace Youth Camp(now, Grace Adventures), (I am now 63 years old) all these years later the Lord has kept His Word in spades.

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Here is an overview of my math and science background, and my computer software career that suddenly ended when I had my stroke; I have been trained in mathematics and computer science. After college, much of the first part of my career was in developing CAD computer software, as a programmer and project manager, which all fit to a T with my interest and my college training. Then I moved on to web programming and database access. During this time, my hobby was reading math and science books, playing golf on a golf league, working out in the morning before work, and hiking on the weekends, then I started biking, and the Lord put His hand on my shoulder and said, “now it’s time,” and at 57 and 1/2 years old, I suddenly had a stroke. As bad as that was and now is, the Lord took something terrible and turned it into something good—that’s how I look at it. II Corinthians 12:7-10

I went through losing my job many times, more times than I care to remember. The worst part is that first moment in the morning when you wake up and remember you don’t have a job! It’s a horrible feeling! I think probably as bad as the death of a loved one. Maybe even worse because it’s your responsibility, and you know you have to support your family and pay the bills, and you don’t know when or where you will be able to get another job. I went through this over and over again. I always somehow found my next job and things worked out in time with no problem. I should have cast this burden on Jesus to ease my mind, knowing He would help me, but it never crossed my mind. As I now look back, seeing each next job fall one by one neatly in place, I can see He was there helping me, even though I didn’t know it. He always has been since I was a boy, when I accepted Him as my personal Savior. Jesus keeps His word to never leave you nor forsake you: Deuteronomy 31:6, Hebrews 13:5, Psalms 139:8.

My Bible interpretation is based on my family and church upbringing Bible study. My doctrine is Christian Protestant, Evangelical, dispensational premillennialism. As a further refinement to that: I do not believe in water baptism, nor bread and wine communion; you are baptized by the Holy Spirit into the body of Christ when you accept Jesus as your personal Savior with your heart, and acknowledge it to Jesus and yourself in prayer with your mouth, see Romans 10:9,10, and Ephesians 2:8,9; bread and wine communion is a religious ritual; it is a throwback to the Jewish Passover celebration, in this way, it is not for us today in the church age—this is the way I look at it to keep my Christianity pure faith so my Christianity is not a religion of rituals of any kind.

In addition to science, I am now interested in creation vs. evolution, and Bible interpretation.

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My Christian denomination hierarchy:

– Christian(Protestant);

– Evangelical fundamentalist;

– Dispensational premillennialist—rightly dividing the Bible between Judaism(law) and Christianity(grace);

– Grace Movement, Berean church—the church my family and I went to when I was a boy;

– Fellowship Bible Church—where my uncle Gary, an ordained Reverend, was Pastor, where my parents met, and is the source of my full Christian Bible doctrine.

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My Christian Bible doctrine highlights:

– salvation by grace through faith alone, in Jesus alone (faith + nothing);

– water baptism and bread and wine communion are not necessary for salvation; you are baptized by the Holy Spirit into the body of Christ when you accept Jesus as your personal Savior, see Romans 10:9,10, Ephesians 2:8,9, Galatians 2:16, and Isaiah 64:6, baptism was instituted by John the Baptist as a way to show your faith, not to cleanse sin, even Jesus was baptized, and He was sin free, communion is a throwback to the last supper and the Jewish Passover celebration, it is a religious ritual—that is my strict, faith-alone interpretation of it;

– individual and group Bible study, rather than a given catechism, rightly dividing the Bible between Judaism(law) and Christianity(grace), rather than reading the Bible like a salad bowl and mixing it all up together;

– belief in: the sudden and surprising resurrection/rapture of the body of Christ (the church which is His body) to heaven, which could be imminent, and the subsequent 7 year tribulation on earth, ended by the second coming of Jesus on the Mount of Olives; the final resurrection of all the unsaved non-believers and pre-Paul Jews, and the 1000 year millennial Kingdom on earth for the nation of Israel Jews and Gentiles grafted in before Paul, and possibly believers at the great white throne judgement; though, there may not be a second chance to believe at the great white throne judgement to receive eternal life in the eternal new earth Paradise, rather than judgment and the second death as eternal smoldering dead body know-nothing sleep separation from God in the lake of fire, a second chance to avoid this judgement and second death is certainly not something to count on. The judgement is a judgment of the way you lived your life, before receiving the second death of eternal know-nothing death(sleep)—where your dead body is cast into the lake of fire and your spirit goes back to God who gave it, but without a body there is no soul(no being), no eternal life;

– belief in the literal 6 24-hour day creation, as recorded in the book of Genesis;

– neither water baptism nor communion are appropriate today in the church age(dispensation) of grace(the mystery); rather, you are baptized by the Holy Spirit into the body of Christ when you accept Jesus as your personal Savior; water baptism is a religious ritual that was instituted by John the Baptist as a way to show your faith, not to cleanse sin, baptism for cleansing sin is contrary to grace through faith alone in Jesus alone; communion is a throwback to Judaism and the Passover, my further thought on this, is: we were not there to witness or be directly told about Jesus and His crucifixion, so we can not have a mental image to remember in remembrance communion, which is a religious ritual that is unnecessary and contrary to grace through faith alone in Jesus alone, the communion throwback to Judaism and the Passover celebration, and baptism, dilute the grace message of salvation by grace through faith alone, and ruin the simplicity of the Christianity salvation equation: grace(faith + nothing) = salvation, Ephesians 2:8,9; “eat my flesh and drink my blood” in John chapter 6 means reading and studying the Bible for Spiritual nourishment, not communion, see John 1:1,2 together with John 1:14, where Jesus ‘is’ the Word(the Bible); eternal torment of unsaved non-believers is not fair and unsaved non-believers do not receive an eternal body to be a soul(being) to be eternally tormented, it is the devil’s lie (the story about the rich man and Lazarus is an allegory); body(dust) + spirit(breath) = soul(being), ie. you don’t have a soul; rather, you are a soul; hell, Sheol, Hades, death, and grave are all synonymous, not a place of torment, when you die, you do not immediately go to heaven, or any other place, your body goes to the grave to wait in know-nothing death(sleep) until the resurrection of your body(dust) when it reunites with your spirit(breath) and you are again a living soul(being) in the meantime your spirit(breath) has gone back to God Who gave it, and you have no sense of time, so to you, the person who died, it will seem like you are immediately in heaven, or at the great white throne judgment. It just makes people feel good to think of it the same way it will seem to the person who died. Your spirit is your breath of life and nothing more until it is supernaturally united with your body, at: creation as in Adam and Eve, at birth(conception), or at resurrection to be a soul(being), where the supernatural is God, something we do not understand.

Favorite verse, as a verse pair: Ephesians 2:8,9

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References:

FaceBook: creation vs. evolution, follow Ken Ham;

YouTube: dispensationalism, John MacArthur;

Web and TV: lesfeldick.com, lesfeldick.org;

Twitter: follow @lesfeldick, @lesfeldickbible, @lesfeldickdaily;

Any comments or questions are welcomed.

Thank you,

Randy/Dad

Table of Contents

Forward

Table of Contents

Prologue

Acknowledgments

68. The Holy Bible—Jesus is the Bible, the Word of Truth

67. Jesus Loves You

66. It’s the Blood

65. Righty Dividing—God’s Dispensational Changes in the Way He Handles Man—for Us Today—We/Christians are Not Spiritual Israel—1 Israel Not 3

64. Does God Really know Your Thoughts?

63. You Do Not Have a Soul; Rather, You Are a Soul, but You Have a Spirit

62. “The Wind Blows Where it Wishes,”

61. AI Bible Interpretation, and Science

60. Overall, What Does the Book Say—What Picture Does it Paint?

59. Do We Deserve to Live Forever?

58. Religion—Rightly or Wrongly an Undesirable Thing—Think Faith Only, Not Religion

57. Who’s the Rock—is Peter the Rock?

56. Faith Alone, in Jesus Alone

55. The Hand of God—the Night Sky

54. What is the Purpose of the Resurrection?

53. Why Not to Discount the Bible

52. Why Paul and the Book of Revelation are the End of God’s Revelation to Man, the Bible—a Closed Canon

51. Noah’s Ark and Rapture Prophesy Parallel

50. Noah’s Ark vs. Evolution—Moses vs. Darwin

49. The Scoffers—Bible Prophesy Currently Being Fulfilled

48. The Imaginary Obstetric Dilemma—Revealing Creation Truth, Exposing Evolution Myth

47. The Way, the Truth, and the Life; Salvation—Escape from Death

46. The Devil’s Lie of Eternal Torment

45. The Plausibility and Truth of Dragon, Sea Serpent, and Flood Legends

44. The Probable Fallacy of Man Made Climate Change

43. Love and Free Will—Good and Evil—Life/Jesus and Death/Sin

42. Origins—Literal Genesis vs. the Evolution Religion

41. The Rapture vs. the Second Coming—Christianity vs. Judaism

40. I AM, the Genesis Force—the Fifth(First) Force

39. The Mystery, the Bible Itself, and the Counterfeit Trinity

38. Grace—God’s Grace and Our Faith

37. Eschatology—the Dual Eternal Kingdom of God: 1. The New Earth, 2. The New Heavens

36. Prayer

35. What is The Way to Heaven and Eternal Life?

34. Is it Possible to Not Be Sure of, or Lose Your Salvation? Salvation Sealed Security

33. How I Know Without a Shadow of a Doubt that I Believe in Jesus, Am Saved and Am Going to Heaven

32. I Have Always Been a Man of Both Science and the Bible

31. My Thought on Eternity…

30. Catechism/Tradition vs. Bible Study—Salad Bowl vs. Rightly Dividing

29. Why Are We Here and How Did We Get Here?

28. Because Mathematical Systems are Incomplete and Because They Require Axioms/Faith

27. Especially Regarding the Way and Transition to Eternal Life or Eternal Death

26. Heaven and Rewards, and the Believers of Jesus are In and With Him

25. The Great White Throne Judgement of Non-Believers, the Second Death, and the Lake of Fire

24. My Thought on the Theme and Focus of the Bible

23. Some of My Thoughts on Literal and Non-Literal Bible Interpretation

22. My Thought on What Light is

21. A Singleton as God the Creator

20. My Idea on Extra Terrestrial Life

19. How Can Everything Be Something and Something Be Everything

18. After the Rapture, There Will Be 7 Years of Tribulation, Then God Will Set-Up A 1000 Year Earthly Kingdom

17. The Strife Between Judeo-Christians and Muslims

16. It Was Not That Long Ago That I Believed That Humans Evolved From Protohuman Life Forms

15. Theistic mathematicians / logicians

14. One Baptism, One Faith

13. My Idea on Good and Evil

12. Life and Death, the Body the Spirit and the Soul

11. Jesus is Jehovah—Jehovah/Jesus(Lord)

10. My Idea on Free Will

9. Houndstooth Fabric Theory of How Can Something Be Nothing and Nothing Be Something

8. Possible Fates for the End of the Universe

7. What is Death?

6. My Belief Regarding Salvation and Heaven

5. Biblical Creation of a Young Universe vs. Braided Branch Histories of an Old Multiverse containing the Evolution Fairytale, if you Must Stick to Your Imagination

4. My Idea on Reconciling Science with the Bible: Part 4

3. My Idea on Reconciling Science with the Bible: Part 3

2. My Idea on Reconciling Science with the Bible: Part 2

1. My Idea on Reconciling Science with the Bible: Part 1

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(some of the chapters posted below include video link references, along with other link references in support of my thoughts, and my Bible interpretation doctrine described in the chapters containing the links)

Prologue

Bible study and science, faith, truth and rationale, are the theme of this blog(book). You might call the theme, apologetics and Bible study, but the Bible can defend itself without apology, same as a lion can; though, the Bible is mainly about grace (an undeserved favor from God to you) which is God’s love for the world and the perfect ultimate unblemished sacrifice of Jesus, His only begotten Son. The Bible is inerrant and consistent with itself and this world historically and scientifically, it has never been shown to be wrong, contrarily, it has only been shown to be right. The Bible is the measuring stick for true history and true science; though, the Bible is neither a complete history book or a science book, yet along with prophesy it does contain scientific foreknowledge. Regarding this blog(book), if there is anything wrong or inaccurate, I would be the first to want to change it and correct it.

It is important that when communicating on these topics that the words used, like: truth, know, and need; are chosen carefully. I have tried my best to do that.

In addition to my having faith in and a hope of eternal life in heaven with Jesus after I die; I think that man should continue to push the boundaries of science—but rather than as some scientists say, when we look to God as being behind the things that are mysterious that we do not understand, that that inhibits our scientific quest for truth and understanding, I think that if we try to reconcile our scientific theories to explain the mysteries and wonders in the Bible that we can push new scientific understanding in a way likely not possible otherwise, such as biomimetics—and thus that we should and need to look to God and the Bible for ultimate truth.

Theme:

What: my attempt at reconciling science with as literal interpretation of the Bible as is possible that makes sense within the context it is written in the Bible.

Why: first and foremost for my 2 sons to read and consider, so they can see both my desire to pursue this, and my belief in the Bible as truth and as the word of God, so they can seriously want to believe as I do, that what is written in the Bible is true, such that they too will have salvation and eternal life, by believing in Jesus, as they both respectfully and rightfully seem to want and need at least plausible scientific non-disagreement, if not scientific support for what is written in the Bible with as literal interpretation as possible that makes sense within the context it is written. I was remiss in the upbringing of you, my two sons regarding the Bible and believing in Jesus. I do not want you to change the way you, they are, as you, they each are as much or more than any father could ask for, I mean that sincerely, just always be honest and tell the truth and do things to the best of your own good judgement. I hardly need to say this as you, they are both already that way and know those things, and 1 “if you can do something now, do it,” 2 “I would rather commit an error of commission than an error of omission,” which are two little mottos of mine.

Here are some Bible verse quotes and references:

This first one is my favorite even since I was a young boy:

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“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of your selves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Ephesians 2:8,9

Regarding Omnipotence, Omniscience, and omnipresence:

“Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?

If I ascend into heaven, You are there;

If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.

If I take the wings of the morning,

And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,

Even there Your hand shall lead me,”  Psalm 139:7-10

“Am I a God near at hand,” says the Lord,
“And not a God afar off?

Can anyone hide himself in secret places,

So I shall not see him?” says the Lord;

“Do I not fill heaven and earth?” says the Lord. Jeremiah 23:23,24

so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being, Acts17:27,28 The Lord looks from heaven;

He sees all the sons of men.

From the place of His dwelling He looks

On all the inhabitants of the earth; Psalm 33:13,14
And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. Hebrews 4:13

And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, “Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns! Rev.19:6
, “O my God,

Do not take me away in the midst of my days;

Your years are throughout all generations.

Of old You laid the foundation of the earth,

And the heavens are the work of Your hands.

They will perish, but You will endure;

Yes, they will all grow old like a garment;

Like a cloak You will change them,

And they will be changed.

But You are the same,

And Your years will have no end. Psalm 102:

“Behold, God is great, and we do not know Him;

Nor can the number of His years be discovered. Job 36:26
He does things beyond our understanding Job 37:5
“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” Revelation 1:8

Where can I go from Your Spirit?

Or where can I flee from Your presence?

If I ascend into heaven, You are there;

If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.

If I take the wings of the morning,

And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,

Even there Your hand shall lead me, Psalm 139:7-10

“Am I a God near at hand,” says the Lord,

“And not a God afar off?

Can anyone hide himself in secret places,

So I shall not see him?” says the Lord;

“Do I not fill heaven and earth?” says the Lord. Jeremiah 23:23,24
so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being,

Acts 17:27,28
The Lord looks from heaven;

He sees all the sons of men.

From the place of His dwelling He looks

On all the inhabitants of the earth; Psalm 33:13,14

And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. Hebrews 4:13
And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, “Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns! Rev.19:6

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The key to my view and interpretation of the Bible is, “rightly dividing” Scripture between Judaism(law) and Christianity(grace), meaning following Paul’s teachings, this also means not putting Scripture in a blender and mixing it all up to say something different than what it is all intended to mean, when you rightly divide Scripture, God has two groups of people: (1) the Kingdom for the pre-Paul Jews and Gentiles grafted in together as the nation of Israel, and; (2) the church which is His body for us today Jew and Gentile alike, where Christianity today is a faith, not a religion of rituals and doing things ourselves or through other people and things, including sacrements of a manmade man-headed Church, but rather by faith alone in Jesus alone to be in the church which is His body—“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, least anyone should boast.” Ephesians 2:8,9—this is the key difference between the Catholic religion view and partly or to a lesser degree some Protestant’s faith view, and my faith only, rightly dividing Scripture—Protestant Evangelical dispensational view. You have to know what you are reading, meaning: who what you are reading is written to and about and who it is not written to and about; the Bible is written for everyone but only the Pauline epistles are written to and about us today in the dispensation of grace since the crucifixion of Jesus and Paul’s message of mystery from God; understanding all this is necessary and critical to reading and rightly dividing Scripture to understand what the Bible’s truth is, note: the entire Bible is the inspired word of God, written for all people but it is not all written to and about us today, for example: the Old Testament, the 4 gospels Matthew Mark Luke and John are not written to us nor about us today, neither are the books of Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, the books of James and Peter, the books of John, Jude, and Revelation, but they are written for our learning, it makes all the difference in your interpretation of the Bible to understand this: who what you are reading is written to and about, and who it is not written to and about, as it is not all written to and about us today, only the Pauline epistles are written to and about us today which make only these books personally to and about us today from God, all the Bible is the inspired word of God written for all our learning. There are many different interpretations, so you need to be careful and study the Bible for yourself to find out what it says to you and what its truth is to you, where the rightly dividing context of what you are reading is key to the interpretation of it. I have done my best on this blog to explain the what and why of my rightly dividing view and interpretation, what is important to understand is while God Himself is Immutable, He changes how He handles man down through the dispensation ages of history, in His progressive unfolding time slice revelation plan to man: (1) innocence, (2) conscience, (3) human government, (4) promise, (5) law, (6) mystery ie. grace (us today), (7) the millennial Kingdom—“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” II Timothy 2:15—correspondingly for the Kingdom pre-Paul Jews—the nation of Israel there are the covenants, they are the: (1) Edenic, (2) Adamic, (3) Noahic, (4) Abrahamic, (5) Mosaic, (6) Palestinian, (7) Davidic, and (8) New; they are like promises between God and Himself with the people they are written to in the Bible, primarily the Jewish people, all of these covenants still hold except for the Edenic covenant; we today since Paul are made above the covenants by the blood of Christ Jesus.

I thank my mother for all her help and Bible knowledge and for putting me onto Les Feldick an Oklahoma rancher and Bible explainer who rightly divides Scripture like my family background and I do, I thank both my parents and my upbringing, certainly as much as my own study and thinking—“Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may be well with you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you.” Deuteronomy 5:16

“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
II Timothy 2:15

What is reassuring to me is God’s Omnipotence, especially in combination with His kind and loving omniscience and His omnipresence.

*Note: the key to believing that the Bible is truth, is probably in the earlier post titled,30. Catechism/Tradition vs. Bible Study—Salad Bowl vs. Rightly Dividing”

Here is an interesting parallel between our government and God: they are both triune, as in the 3 coequal branches of government (executive, legislative, judicial) and the 3 coequal person Godhead (God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit). I do not know what nor if there is any significance to this parallel, it is just a thought of mine.

Here are some questions on hope, mathematics, science, and Bible interpretation, that I am “assigning” to my 2 sons, Andrew and Matthew:

Where does true hope come from:

a government of men, or the God of miracles? In addition to the Bible, you might want to try reading one or more of our country’s founding documents, that talk about self evident inalienable truths, which are what is believed to be truth and thus are faith, faith in something God given.

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I/Dad/Randy believe true hope comes from God not government, and I can not answer affirmative to any of the 7 numbered questions below . You will have to study widely and deeply, and “rightly divide” the Scripture to find your own faith first truth, and answers to these 7 questions and the bonus Question, beware, the Bible interpretation questions 1 and 5 are probably the most controversial:

(1) the question of, “what is death?” ie. are unsaved non-believers in Jesus tormented forever after they die, and are resurrected and judged, and; are saved believers or unsaved non-believers in Jesus aware and functioning in heaven or anywhere else before the resurrection of their body? I simply believe the Bible tells us, each person is dead and knows nothing in the hell(grave) after they die until the resurrection of their body, where you ether die in sin or die fully and completely justified and forgiven in the eyes of God depending only on whether you believe in Jesus, note: being dead and knowing nothing in the hell(grave) until the resurrection of your body is not a common interpretation of the Bible, but it is what I believe and upon careful study, is what the Bible says;

(2) water baptism for Christian people today;

(3) taking communion for Christian people today;

(4) Peter and his successors as founder (rock) and subsequent leaders of a manmade man-headed church with holy authority over Christianity having church rituals that are the way to salvation; rather than merely and individually accepting Jesus into your heart as your personal Savior in this today the dispensation of grace through faith in Jesus since the death burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ the Solid Rock cornerstone of Christianity—“He is the Rock, His work is perfect; For all His ways are justice, A God of truth without injustice; Righteous and upright is He.” Deuteronomy 32:4—and Paul’s revelation and message of mystery from God;

(5) this is a short repeat of the first question, when someone dies, believer or unsaved non-believer do they become an aware and functioning spiritual being(soul) existing in heaven or anywhere else before the resurrection of their body;

(6) are humans decended and evolved from some protohuman life form(s);

(7) can we know ultimate truth;

Bonus Question:

What would you want to kindly and humbly ask God about this world and our lives, and what or how would you want it different.

Extra Credit Question:

Memorize all the books of the Bible in the order that they are put in the King James Bible, note this is not in chronological order.

*Note: question 4 above contains two contrasting views of, gaining salvation vs. accepting salvation freely as a gift without the need of doing anything: which is faith and works vs. faith only by an individual merely accepting Jesus into his/her heart as their/your personal Savior, by simply believing in the death burial and resurrection of Jesus, as payment for your sin, you just do this personally in prayer to Jesus/God where you need not necessarily outwardly change your life, but where in your heart and mind you have changed and believe in Jesus as your personal Savior.

My answer to the bonus question is: I would like to ask God why did you allow sin and suffering of any kind in the world? This includes: all of man’s sin and suffering, and all predator and prey animal suffering in the wild, and animals that man has dominion over as the Bible says we have, meaning under our care and control with humane treatment for our benefit–“Then God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.’” Genesis 1:28; “and the lion will lay down with the lamb, The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, The leopard shall lie down with the young goat, The calf and the young lion and the fatling together; And a little child shall lead them.” Isaiah 11:6–including any suffering of man, and the ultimate sacrificial suffering of Jesus fully both God and man on the cross to save us from our sin. There was no killing and suffering of any kind in the world, animal nor human, until Eve was deceived by Satan/the serpent and then sin entered the world. Maybe the eternal nature and magnitude of the glory in heaven completely overwhelms the sin pain and suffering of this temporal world into insignificance or the pain and suffering in this world gives a perspective contrast to eternal glory in heaven, I do not particularly like these reasons but they all I can think of, unless God was at the mercy of His own desire to create us in His image with our own free will.

Any answer to this bonus question: must consider that God has an omnipotent and omniscient omnipresent view and reason, so by faith I believe there must be a good reason why a kind loving omnipotent omniscient omnipresent God allowed sin and suffering in this world of his creation. This likely has to be looked at as taken purely on faith. I am probably getting over my head here trying to answer this question, so I will leave it with these: “and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Meditate on These Things” Philippians 4:7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Phillipians 4: 6–7 “He will keep in perfect peace all those who trust in him, whose thoughts turn often to the Lord!” Isiah 26: 3 “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.” Deuteronomy 29:29

I have no further answer as to the why or how, other than God loved/loves us and the world so much.

Some people may think I have changed in a negative way in my personality since having my stroke and loosing 2/3 to 3/4 of the right side of my brain, I do not like to think or admit that, nor use that as an excuse for any difficulties I have had, as it seems I have turned away 1 or 2 good friends, and my oldest son and his girlfriend, though when I was in the hospital ICU right after my stroke my wife was told to beware of my “sailor” talk, so changes in my personality must be common if not expected, yet I still refuse to believe that I am not in control of myself, if I am not, please remember me by the good parts of the way I was before when I was my normal self, busy with my responsibilities of keeping my job and going to work to provide for and protect my family by earning money, maintaining our house mainly the outside premises, going to the gym, reading my math and science books, planning and taking vacations with you my family, and all the other things, in all this I was remiss in going to a church of my background as my church background is different than my wife’s and I did not think it was right to try to convert her to my view of Christianity and pull her away from her family and so I just kept quiet about it until now, I was not a church goer anyway not since my middle teens, also; I truly believe that the Lord Jesus for some reason has always provided for and protected me all my life, I can not explain the details and list them all nor why this should be other than He loves me, just as He loves all who believe in Him, this I do believe to be true not coincidence and I do not believe in luck, over and over again, He is always there with me—I could have easily died when I had my stroke either from the stroke or by drowning in Lake Michigan, it could be that the Lord had other plans for me including writing this blog and my books/documents especially to and for my 2 sons Andrew and Matthew—He is with us all!

To my 2 sons, again:

If for some reason you you do not come to believe in Jesus as your personal Savior before the rapture or before you die, and I hate to think of this or have to write this, but just incase, that were to happen, and you live until and through the time of the tribulation a time of manmade wars and natural disasters, the false prophet(s) who support the beast/anti-Christ—who may seem like good and/or necessary people to follow–just before the tribulation, as prophesied in the Bible, with the resurrection and open empty graves (tombs) of all resurrected believers in Jesus will be evidence of the Bible’s prophesied truth along with the raptured disappeareance of all living believers in Jesus, with you being left behind, though under no circumstance should you accept the mark of the beast nor accept his name no matter how compelling appealing or necessary and good it may seem or maybe even convincing, it will likely not seem to be a choice and that you must do it, but that will all not be true—I even wonder if with its manmade central control if the Pope and Catholic or maybe instead an Islamic leader like a Muslim Cleric or someone like that could be the future seat of a false prophet who supports the antiChrist the false Christ who is synonymous with or possessed by the devil this will be the time of the mark of the beast where if you do not accept this mark and name you will not be able to buy and sell—“He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.” Revelation 13:16-18; at this time there will also be natural disasters where deadly asteroid and comet strikes could possibly be part of this or maybe even 1 or more deadly super nova or possibly plagues of some kind—“I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind. Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place.” Revelation 6:12-14—please instead read and study the Bible, and take a leap of faith trusting only in Jesus, as at this time that will be the only truth to guide you and you still have an eternal earthly Kingdom hope if you believe in Jesus—Jesus is your true loving trusted kind understanding Omnipotent omniscient omnipresent friend and Savior, please believe in Jesus now, baptism and confirmation in the Catholic Church will not save you, it is not what the Bible says—”…, I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5

The name of Jesus has more power than anything else in all heaven and earth—just personally ask Him into your heart in silent prayer—otherwise why would His name incite so much anger in people who do not believe in Him, this is because the devil is against Jesus—faith in an unproven glorious mystery like Jesus and eternal life in heaven is a wonderful thing—and knows Jesus is the one true God.

Love,

Randy/Dad

Acknowledgments

All Bible reference quotes herein come from the New King James Version (NKJV) Bible; Otis Q. Sellers is the origin of the composite Bible interpretation doctrine in the following chapters(posts) in this blog(book) (search for: Otis Q. Sellers seed and bread); I would like to thank my former fellow swimmer and friend, Randy, for first suggesting that I create a blog to keep people updated on my stroke recovery, unfortunately at that early time in my stroke, I was not recovered enough to do that. I am now recovered enough to do this, for which I thank the Lord my family, my friends, my doctors, and my therapists; my brother, Steve, for another suggestion to create a blog which became this; my mother, for mentoring me with her extensive—Otitis Q Sellers founded Fellowship Bible Church, and then her/our Grace Movement Berean Church, her and my dad’s Calvary Church, and Grandville Bible Church based Bible knowledge, including her view on the sleep of death, and the inappropriateness of communion and water baptism for us today, though to not be a stumbling block as Paul says, my mother takes communion anyway, when I was growing up, our family always stayed home from church once a month on communion Sunday; years ago, my uncle Gary Hazakamp, an ordained Reverend, trained at Moody Bible Institute, for his Biblical insights on the body and the spirit together making us a living soul(being), the sleep of death, and for his understanding from the original Bible languages that hell, Sheol, Hades, death, and the grave are all synonymous, uncle Gary often spoke about these subjects together in his messages during his Bible classes that my family and I attended on Sunday morning when I was growing up in my late teens, uncle Gary took over the Fellowship Bible Church from Otitis Sellers; my former fellow swimmer and friend, Chuck, for getting me started on this whole subject after my stroke during his once a week, Tuesday visits; my former fellow swimmer and friend, Steve M., for suggesting that I add Bible verse references; my former work associate and friend, Ben, for his extensive mathematics knowledge; my former work associate and friend, Kelly for his Bible knowledge and his advice; my cousin, Don, for his coment, that you could argue that evolution requires faith, just as creation does, if not more; Pastor, Tom Couch, for the way he addressed his prayer to the Father in Jesus’ name; hopefully my oldest son, Andrew, an English major, for proofreading and editting; I am trained in mathematics and computer science, but I do not consider myself a writing expert, and; finally my youngest son, Matthew, for naming the blog URL and getting me setup on WordPress.com, and hopefully doing cover artwork for an actual book version of this. My goal is to grease the skids to get Andrew and Matthew to believe in Jesus as I do, I was remiss while they were growing up to get them to a church of my background, they were both baptized and confirmed in the Catholic Church, they have both either directly or indirectly told me they think Jesus is a myth, or if He existed that He is not God, I am trying my best to give them rationale for believing in Jesus, so they can have eternal life, because being baptized and confirmed in the Catholic Church will not save them. They must personally accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior, the Bible is very clear on this, see: John 3:16, Romans 10:9,10, Ephesians 2:8,9, Galatians 2:16

Please note that the people I have acknowledged above have there own beliefs, thoughts, and ideas, and that they likely do not all agree with all that I have written, except for my mother, and my cousin, Don, and probably my uncle Gary who is now gone. The thoughts and ideas written as verse commentaries and the scientific thoughts and ideas are my own, as is the interpretation of the Bible with some help from my mother here and there, which all conforms to my family Bible study and searching the Scripture, upbringing.

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All Bible verse quotes are taken from the New King James Version (NKJV) Bible.

68. The Holy Bible—Jesus is the Word, the Word of Truth, the Bible

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.” John 1:1-2 “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14

Because the Bible is Jesus, it is reasonable to say it is His flesh and bone, where the words and their meaning must be His blood. Believing in Him is believing what He says in His written word with all your heart and mind. This along with reading and studying His word must be eating His flesh and drinking His blood. This is what Jesus means in John chapter 6.

67. Jesus Loves You

Jesus loves you more than you love the dearest person you know. When things go wrong, He allows that because He Loves you, and has a Far bigger view of things than you do. When you believe in Jesus, you are part of the church which is His body (the bride of Christ). For His great love for you, see Romans 5:6-8, John 3:16, I John 4:10-12, II Corinthians 5:14, Ephesians 2:4,5. This is love that you would throw away if you do not believe in Jesus. It is love you can further acknowledge by living a good life, to please Jesus. You have a God given conscience to know right and wrong when living your life (this conscience knowledge of good and evil was not activated in man until Adam and Eve disobeyed God when they ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, until they had this activated knowledge, they didn’t even know they were naked, before they sinned, they were flesh and bone, no blood, incorruptible and immortal like you will be when you are resurrected or raptured, if you believe in Jesus), and you have free will to choose either, but salvation is a free gift from God to you.—“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Ephesians 2;8,9—salvation is yours by simply accepting Jesus personally as your Savior—“that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved—“For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Romans 10:9,10.

66. It’s the Blood

Before sin it was a perfect and different Paradise world: there, was, no blood; there was no predator and prey animal relationship, no aggression, no animal to animal dominance, and no plant thorns.

No blood is an interesting thing to think about, as to how human and animal life biologically worked without blood.

It’s the same for our new incorruptible immortal bodies that I believe will be flesh and bone, no blood.

Shed blood and God’s Love for the world are the central theme of the Bible. It begins with Adam and Eve when they sinned, and they realized they were naked. Then God saw them wearing fig leaf coverings, and He clothed them better with an animal blood sacrifice of animal skins. Then Able’s animal sacrifice as requested by God. Followed by the rest of the blood sacrifices in the Old Testament. And The blood to mark the doorposts of Hebrew homes so the Holy Spirit would spare them and pass over during the final first born son death plague on Egypt to convince Pharaoh to set the Israelites free, which looks forward to the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross.

The Jewish pass over celebration is confused as being a Christian remembrance communion. This is where the rightly dividing interpretation blade must be especially sharp to cut straight to cleanly separate Judaism from Christianity, meaning bread and wine communion is a throwback to the Jewish Passover celebration, which is not for us today as Christians. As for us, it’s our faith alone in the Grace of His shed blood as the Perfect unblemished sacrificial lamb for the gift of our salvation.

We stand righteous and fully justified in His shed blood the moment we believe in Jesus and acknowledge our heartfelt belief with our mouth.

Mary was from the tribe of Judah, the lineage of David. Mary and Joseph both are of the lineage of David, but by different sons. There is nothing in the Bible about Mary being immaculately conceived, she was a sinner as anyone since Adam. We are all sinners through Adam. A fetus receives its blood by way of the male sperm. The female’s blood never enters the developing fetus. Thus Jesus’ blood was sinless because it was from God, not Adam. There is no salvation without His shed blood. That shed blood offered salvation for Mary as it does for all. Jesus said after His resurrection “My body of flesh and bone” no blood mentioned, see Luke 24:39.
I believe our resurrected bodies will be flesh and bone also, no blood.
According to Genesis 2:23, the original creation was flesh and bone. I think Adam and Eve received sinful blood, when they disobeyed God. Any blood Mary had was as sinful as Adams.
Although the belief that Mary was sinless, or conceived without original sin, has been widely held since Late Antiquity, the doctrine was not dogmatically defined in the Catholic Church until 1854 when Pope Pius IX, declared ex cathedra, ie., using papal infallibility, in his papal bullIneffabilis Deus,[3] the Immaculate Conception to be doctrine.