What The Bible Says About The Children Of God

What The Bible Says About The Children Of God October 19, 2018

The Bible has a lot to say about the children of God, and it’s totally encouraging.

Become Like Children

When Jesus was speaking to the disciples, they had just been arguing who would be the greatest in the kingdom, but Jesus told them who would actually be the greatest. He said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matt 18:3), and so, “Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (Matt 18:4). When the disciples tried to keep children away from Jesus, meaning they wanted to see Him, He was not happy. He rebuked them for that, saying, (Matt 19:14). Do not prevent children from coming to Christ if it is their idea, but it must be their idea and not ours. Jesus never forced Himself on anyone and neither should we. Jesus never crammed religions down anyone’s throat because He came to give His life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45).

Milk to Meat

When Jesus said that we must be like children, He was more specific than that. We must become as little children, meaning small, humble, and teachable. My own children and grandchildren are like sponges. They soak up things faster than we realize, so when a person is born again, or born from above (John 3:3-8), they begin feeding on the milk of the word, or the basic elements of the faith (Rom 10:9-13; 1 Cor 15:1-4). Later, they are ready for more spiritual meat. Even though Paul said they should have been teachers by now, they will still in the elementary things and had not grown in the grace and knowledge of our Lord as they (and we) were instructed (2 Pet 3:18), and as the author of Hebrews writes, “For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child” (Heb 5:12-13). The Apostle Paul chastised the Church at Corinth by writing, “I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. And even now you are not yet ready” (1 Cor 3:2). They were not being child-like but childish (1 Cor 3:3). One thing about children…they grow, and if they don’t, something’s wrong. Believers should grow too. Whatever is not growing is dying.

God Acted First

No one can come to Jesus Christ unless the Father has drawn Him (John 6:44), so it is true that we “were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:13), and then “to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12). Just as a child has no choice or control over when or where they were born, neither do we have that choice. When God grants us repentance (Acts 5:31, 11:18; 2 Tim 2:25), and we put our trust in Christ, we have the right to be called the children of God. It was God Who acted first, and loved us before we ever loved Him (1 John 4:10, 19), just as He did Israel while still under Egyptian bondage. To have the right to be called a child of God requires that we have the righteousness of God, and that happens when we trust in Christ. Paul wrote that it was “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Cor 5:21).

Inheritance Rights

In Paul’s humble way, he spoke of the riches that are found in Christ, writing, “To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ” (Eph 3:8), so what are these unsearchable riches? It is the heritage of being a child of God, and we know that “The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son” (Rev 21:7). The riches include the gospel itself, hidden through many ages, but now revealed for us and for our children to know. The unsurpassed riches of having the wrath of God removed, and now being at peace with God since the former condemnation has been lifted (Rom 5:1, 8:1). Now we await the day when God “will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away” (Rev 21:4). Even greater will be the fact that “the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God” (Rev 21:3), and believers, for the very first time, “will see his face” (Rev 22:4).

Conclusion

Paul made it clear that we can know if we are a child of God. He wrote, “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God” (Rom 8:14). That means “The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God” (Rom8:16), so you and I “have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father” (Rom 8:15)! That means if you are a child of God, then you too are “heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him” (Rom 8:17). God made a sovereign act of the will by saving us, so “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are” (1 John 3:1a)?

Article by Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is a writer at Christian Quotes and also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.

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  • Glory

    Thanks in particular for pointing out these verses, Pastor:

    “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matt 18:3), and so, “Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (Matt 18:4).

    Children can have greater faith in their fathers than worldly adults do.

    I have seen a lot of unbelievers trying to pass on their shrines to superficial logic to others. They like to use their logic to locate superficial contradictions to deny God’s omnipotence but when you research the contradictions you see these unbelievers fell victim to a lack of information on the Bible and/or history. That info proves there is no contradiction but you had to be Berean enough to locate it.

    They are out fomenting rebellion against God off a superficial contradiction without being in receipt of all the information so they are encouraging rebellion against God from a deceptive position of ignorance.

    But a child has the great faith to trust in His Holy Father’s character and knows nothing is impossible with God.

    Everyone should be worshipping God and Jesus but many have been mistrained and worship the wrong idols like logic and refuse to give God the benefit of the doubt.

    I used to occasionally research the unbelievers contradictions and refute them but their hearts were so stubbornly set against God I never got an acknowledgement that they were wrong or a thank you.

    They were too busy rebelling against God to care about the truth.

    So children of God continue to trust God knowing that He is not a sloppy workman like these unbelievers always bringing complaints about Him. They just want God to be their puppet but we Christians know that our Father is sovereign and not the bellhop or puppet of evil men.

    God Bless to everyone reading.

    God is Sovereign over us, Michael W Smith
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4x8TZiwPGa0

    • Jack Wellman

      THank you for the encouragment my friend. What amazing things God does with us

      • Glory

        Thanks for all your hard work, Pastor.

        I am not arguing with these unbelievers any more. Just pointing out their error because they do not respond well to correction.

        Our faith is based on God’s logic and that is greater than human logic.

        I am going to rest firmly on God’s holy character while these unbelieving morons continue to conduct their smear campaign against God and there is nothing they can do about it.

        I don’t even read them any more because I only have limited responsibility to tell the truth. I don’t control how evil men respond to it.

        • “Our faith is based on God’s logic and that is greater than human logic.”

          Are you delusional? There is no such thing as God’s logic. There is logic and it has nothing to with any god. Please illustrate the differences between human logics like propositional logic or predicate logic and God’s supposed logic. How do the system of syllogisms differ?

          “… correction…” You are so far “up yourself” with your airs of alleged superiority.

          “unbelieving morons…” So we atheists are not the only ones using what you call abusive language. You Christians, who are supposed to be “spirit filled”, think its okay to use such language of atheists but cry “foul” or cry “persecuted” if we apply such language to you. Can’t you see how far “up yourself” you really are?

          • pud

            You’ll NEVER get a reply from “glory” or “jack” EVER….they know full well that they would be disembowled by you or me in an actual debate. They are terrified of actually confronting a rational person.

      • Glory

        He sure does do wonderful things.

        He taught me about the importance of research.

        I still can’t believe all these atheist fundies would dare to question Christian ethics without checking all the skeletons in their own closet but they do.

        When I show the atheist skeletons that are more prolific than Christian ones then an honest person has to admit God is right and all groups of people contain sinners.

        The more moderate atheists are not usually around as much online so that leaves the really crazy fundamentalist ones who keep pushing their propaganda not realizing it is manipulative but easily dispelled by a little good ole Berean Christian research.

        I love to research things and researching history to dispel modern day atheist propaganda is no problem for me.

        The problem is the loonies refuse to examine themselves and their own group history and admit they are wrong.

        So I seem to end up all over the Net trying to dispel manipulative atheist propaganda.

        Christians tell the Gospel in truth and love hoping to persuade people while atheists use loaded propaganda hoping to smear Christians and manipulate people into believing what they say is true.

        But God got it right. Everyone is a sinner.

        It’s hard to make the self deceptive set on their own agenda examine themselves though. Maybe they are running from themselves for a good reason and take refuge in all this propaganda as if life wasn’t a lot more complicated than this “us versus them” mentality that they promote.

        Thanks for reading, Pastor! Have a blessed day!

        • The only Fundamentalists are religious Fundamentalists, some of whom are crackpots. Atheism is simply the view that there is insufficient evidence for the belief in any gods. This is hardly Fundamentalism.

          Self-righteous, unctious and sanctimonious fundamentalists are a blight on the Christian religion. These religious fanatics are so cocksure that they are right that their repugnant presentation of the so-called “Gospel Truth” is not welcome by atheists. We are not “hoping to smear Christians and manipulate them…” into anything. We simply ask that they present objective evidence for their beliefs.

          It is the religious fanatics, like yourself, who create an “us” and “them” mentality. Your religious claims to experience God are no different from the claims of Muslims, Mormons and Jehovah Witnesses. When asked to prove your claims, none of you can do so. All you say is that you cannot disprove the existence of God. Well you cannot disprove the existence of fairies either But you don’t believe in fairies, do you? In the same way we don’t believe in the existence of other invisible beings. You would say that to waste time trying to disprove the existence of fairies, is a futile waste of time, wouldn’t you? So we don’t waste time trying to disprove any of the thousands of non-existent gods.

          • pud

            They are all “crackpots” all of them insane and delusional.

        • You wouldn’t know how to do proper research, would you? So-called Berean Research does not apply modern research techniques. Take the bible, for example. Most modern Christian biblical scholars apply historical-critical methods in examining the biblical text which so-called Berean Research rejects. Also, historical scholars do not use any Berean research.

          The one who is the propagandist is you and your so-called fellow Berean Research people, not atheists. It is atheists who study the bible with proper scholarly apparatus used by Christian biblical scholars, and study history using proper scholarly historical techniques used by historians who are doing proper research or are relying on findings of scholarly biblical and historical followers who are looking at the evidence, not so-called Berean Research persons who reject scholarly techniques. You Berean people are full of religious propaganda.

        • You don’t seem to have much knowledge of Christian ethics that Christian ethical scholars engage in, do you? There are varieties of Christian ethics: natural law ethics, varieties of theological ethics. There is deontological ethics, teleological ethics, Divine command theory ethics etc. You exhibit little or no knowledge of scholarly Christian ethics but choose to believe in a hyper Fundamentalist view. Biblical Fundamentalist views of Christian ethics are rejected by scholarly Christian ethicists.

      • Glory

        Look at this quote from an article on atheist propaganda.

        “Experimental science that builds our modern technology is accomplished through the scientific method. And origins or historical science is the non-repeatable, non-observable science dealing with the past—which enters the realm of beliefs (really, religion).”

        Certain people are entering the classroom and passing off historical science as observational science. Observational science is repeatable, testable science and many people will not be alert enough to know the difference so they will be indoctrinated in the skeptics deceptive worldview unknowing the difference between historical science and testable, repeatable observational science.

        I am reading the article now for more details on the propaganda.

        Responding to Atheist Propaganda by Ken Ham is the online article.

        Quote from Ham:

        BECAUSE OF THIS MISUSE OF WORDING BY THE SECULARISTS, CHRISTIANS NEED TO BE USING THE TERMS OBSERVATIONAL SCIENCE AND HISTORICAL SCIENCE OVER AND OVER AGAIN!

        Ham also says:

        The word religion has a variety of definitions. But one of the main definitions (as given by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary) is “an interest, a belief, or an activity that is very important to a person or group.”

        So atheism is a religion.

        So as a Christian we must be aware of these atheist religionists who come over to our blogs on the Net attempting to force their religion on Christians under the guise of arguing. It is just a sneak attempt to deconvert us or a device they use to keep themselves from facing God’s truth which is reality. They think if they confuse someone and score a de-conversion that they are right but it is all just their propaganda and word games that they themselves fell for.

        • pud

          Hahhahahahaha!! Ken Ham! The Ark Park! You MUST be the most stupid person on the planet to quote that moron!

          • She’s, not only full of shit, she’s also overflowing with shit!

      • Glory

        Also atheists are guilty of trying to prevent evangelization but why?

        An evangelist just delivers the Gospel that is not forcing religion on anybody.

        The message is not enough to convert some as life shows.

        True conversion comes from the conviction of the Holy Spirit not from Christians speaking on religion so why is praying or telling the Gospel construed as a Christian forcing their religion on anyone when according to Christian beliefs and the Bible that is impossible.

        Conversion comes from the conviction of the Holy Spirit. Mere speech is not enough.

        Forcing people to not be able to talk about God in government buildings, etc. could be construed as a violation of freedom of speech. I don’t have to be quiet when an unbeliever can excuse himself and leave but maybe they are ashamed of being atheists and don’t want to identify themselves as atheists so instead they take things to court trying to take away our freedom of speech.

        I should not have to lose my freedom of speech because they don’t have the self control to excuse themselves from prayer groups that form up spontaneously.

        Doubt they are not ashamed? I saw a blasphemous thread labeled “Not Safe For Work” on another site where God is regularly blasphemed by atheists with roughly one and a half million hits. If they weren’t ashamed then why is that blasphemous joke thread “Not Safe For Work”?

        Why does an unbeliever’s not wanting to hear the Gospel trump my freedom of speech?

        Don’t debate atheists when they won’t let you pray in public. And whenever and wherever you feel like praying then pray. Do these unbelievers have a right to deny your access to your family? God is your Father.

        It’s better to obey God then men.

        • pud

          Pray your brains out you foolish tool…expect exactly the same results as you’ve always gotten….NOTHING

      • Glory

        If these atheists were honest devotees of science they would never have stopped prayer in the schools. Their scientific curiosity would have never permitted them to do that. Instead they would have scoured all the supernatural phenomena in the world trying to locate God as long as they cannot prove God does not exist and they never successfully proved it but instead tried to replace Him with historical science.

        The easiest route is just to obey God and let Him prove Himself to you personally but that’s too simple and powerful for them to comprehend so instead they build false idols instead of appealing to God for help.

        There has got to be some reason why God leaves them in the dark. Maybe because they willed Him to allow them to stay unenlightened.

        I can’t imagine their darkness. I always believed in God so I just cannot relate. But it could be you can rationalize/logicize away from the truth to serve a false idol or an evil or lesser heart motive.

        Thanks for reading, Pastor.

        Christ was not kidding when he said we must examine ourselves because lots of people let themselves get away with evil when they don’t. And don’t let them argue that they don’t.

        • pud

          No one “stopped prayer in school” you lying delusional religious know nothing freak….State endorsement of any religion was outlawed…people can pray their individual brains out in school or anywhere else the State can’t support one version of stupid over another.

      • Glory

        It is strange Pastor how the evolutionists don’t hold themselves to the same burden of proof that they hold God to.

        God never changes but evolutionary theory has changed.

        The “missing links” in evolution have never been found and now they have changed the original theory to introduce
        “punctuated equilibrium”.

        Too bad the unbelievers don’t hold the scientists to the same burden of proof that they hold God and theists, to or they might see they have only filled these holes/missing links with explanations. None of the fossils supporting the explanations have been found.

        I was reading: What’s a Missing Link? On a creationist site.

        It’s funny how under all the scientific mumbo jumbo that there is all this missing proof.

        • Jack Wellman

          True. They demand proof that there is a God but they themselves cannot prove there is no God…they hold believer’s to a double standard, but not all atheists are as toxic as some you read here. They want proof that God exists but then give none themselves to prove He doesn’t.

          • Glory

            You’re right not all are as toxic. A Pew study said 65 percent of atheists, U.S. atheists if I recall correctly, never discuss religion at all.

            But you have these zealots who like to haze Christians who don’t even know the history of atheistic regimes political failure who think they will do what has already been done and done unsuccessfully.

            They really need to read about the anti-clericalism that led to the Reign of Terror and the Militant Society of the Godless in the Soviet Union and other atheist regimes.

            It is not uncommon for religion to spring back in some of these formerly atheistic countries.

            But most people don’t like to study history. They would rather find fault based on their own opinions and ignore the historical record and evidence or re-interpret it to match what they would like it to say.

          • pud

            LOL!! You really are a stupid man. The one who makes the claim bears the burden of proof you dolt. Prove to me that a china tea pot ISN’T orbiting Mars…OH then it must be so because you can’t prove it’s not! See your idiocy now?

            By the way simple jack…I can demonstrate that your imaginary, invisible undetectable “god” cannot exist but you’re too much of a coward to challenge me to do so.

          • Glory

            This quote from Richard Dawkins made me laugh I must admit:

            Asked if evolution has been observed, Richard Dawkins said, “Evolution has been observed. It’s just that it hasn’t been observed while it’s happening.”

            Google 15 Questions for Evolutionists on the creation dot com site for a good short read.

            Fascinating!

          • pud

            There is no such thing as an “evolutionist” Evolution is a scientific theory and fact. It is not an “ist”…an ideology or belief system. You are so willfully stupid

          • This Glory has no idea about the scientific theory of evolution and that it has been subject to non falsification over countless corroborating evidence in all the disciplines of biological science. She prefers to read that fruitcake nutter, Ken ham and similar young earth creationist websites. She’s either totally ignorant or a fruitcake nutter herself. I think it is probably the latter.

          • Glory

            William Lane Craig quote:

            If atheism is taken to be a view, namely the view that there is no God, then atheists must shoulder their share of the burden of proof to support this view. But many atheists admit freely that they cannot sustain such a burden of proof. So they try to shirk their epistemic responsibility by re-defining atheism so that it is no longer a view but just a psychological condition which as such makes no assertions. They are really closet agnostics who want to claim the mantle of atheism without shouldering its responsibilities.

            Ex-atheist Theodore Beale said:

            Underlining the utter vaccuity of the atheist position is the fact that the average atheist does not even understand what the word “evidence” means. There are many types of evidence beyond scientific evidence, the entire basis for our system of law explicitly denies the concept that “scientific evidence” is the only valid form of evidence.
            Of the four types of evidence deemed permissible for determining truth in court, only “real” evidence for God can possibly be considered lacking in any way, although not necessarily as documentary evidence is considered a form of real evidence. There is ample demonstrative, documentary, and testimonial evidence, and in legal terms, testimonial evidence is the strongest as it is “the only kind that does not usually require another form of evidence as a prerequisite for its admissibility. See Evid. Code § 702(b); Fed R. Evid. 602.”

            Scientific evidence, on the other hand, is often not permissible in court because it is too often known to be unreliable.

          • William Lane Craig doesn’t believe in the existence of leprechauns. But many Irish people claim to believe that they have seen ‘the little people’. When asked for evidence, they cannot supply any. The burden of proof lies with those who claim to believe in the existence of Leprechauns. It does not lie with those who disbelieve their existence. Same goes with invisible gods.

          • You’re a religious lunatic who has NO KNOWLEDGE OF SCIENCE nor of scientific method, yet you make outrageous claims about science. You’re either psychologically insane or totally ignorant. Scientific evidence IS reliable evidence.

            Science builds models of the relationships between variables and draws logical implications of these models. Then hypotheses are tested by undertaking experiments (controlled experiments, or if some of the variables cannot be controlled then randomised experiments are undertaken) and test statistics are taken from the random samples. A hypothesis test is subject to the evidence. The p-value shows the probability of making a type 1 error.

            Scientific results can be mistaken but replication of experiments by others either confirm the hypothesis being tested or show that there is sufficient evidence to reject the null hypothesis in favour of accepting the alternative hypothesis. Science has an inbuilt mechanism for correcting itself.

            Scientific evidence is not used in a court of law, unless it is relevant to the case. It is not rejected by courts on the basis that it is often unreliable. Scientific evidence is presented to confirm or disconfirm scientific evidence and was never intended to be legal evidence, unless relevant to the specific legal case.

          • pud

            Wasting your time…they only want to “believe” what they want to “believe” Facts and truth have no place in their lives

          • pud

            “A”theism is NOT a claim that there is no god….It is a statement of non belief in one…full stop. Craig is amongst your greatest liars and frauds…but you don’t care anyway

          • Glory

            Short video on Biblical Scirntific Foreknowledge posted above.

          • Hey Jack,

            You don’t believe in the existence of fairies and neither do I. Now, those who do believe in fairies will claim rightly that you cannot prove their non existence. Is this then a case to believe that they do exist? You would rightly ask them to provide evidence that fairies exist and, of course, they cannot provide any. The burden of proof lies with the one claiming the existence of invisible beings which they claim exist. The burden of proof is not on the one who claims that they don’t exist.

            Now there have been thousands of gods that people have claimed to believe in, in human history. You would agree with me that these gods do not exist, except the God that is said to be revealed in Jesus Christ. Now, if someone came to you claiming to believe in the god Jupiter, or the god Thor, or any one of the countless other gods (save the One who is said to be revealed in Jesus Christ), you would ask for evidence. They can’t provide any except maybe to claim that they have had a personal experience with their particular god. Wouldn’t you say that their experience is subjective and is no evidence for the existence of their god. They might reply to you, prove that my god doesn’t exist. Well you can’t, but you are not likely to waste time trying to prove the existence of an invisible being. The burden of proof is on the one claiming to believe in the existence of his god.

          • pud

            OH NO! You bufuddled him big time….fear not…he’ll never reply and PROVE his ignorance.

          • Glory

            “Even Ernst Mayr, the dean of living evolutionists, longtime professor of biology at Harvard, who has alleged that evolution is a “simple fact,” nevertheless agrees that it is an “historical science” for which “laws and experiments are inappropriate techniques” by which to explain it. One can never actually see evolution in action.”
            Quote above from Henry Morris of the Institute of Creation Research

            I wonder why Dawkins didn’t get this. Lol..maybe because it weakens evolution’s claims and he would rather not admit it is historical science.

            It takes more faith to be an evolutionist than it does to be a Christian what with all that missing fossil evidence.

            Science is suppose to be observable and testable and repeatable.

          • Glory

            Darwinian atheist Michael Ruse has even acknowledged that evolution is their religion!

            “Evolution is promoted by its practitioners as more than mere science. Evolution is promulgated as an ideology, a secular religion — a full-fledged alternative to Christianity, with meaning and morality . . . . Evolution is a religion. This was true of evolution in the beginning, and it is true of evolution still today.”

            quote taken from:

            Ruse, Michael, “Saving Darwinism fron the Darwinians,” National Post (May 13, 2000), p. B-3.

            Henry Morris also points out that:

            As far as the twentieth century is concerned, the leading evolutionist is generally considered to be Sir Julian Huxley, primary architect of modern neo-Darwinism. Huxley called evolution a “religion without revelation” and wrote a book with that title (2nd edition, 1957). In a later book, he said:

            Evolution . . . is the most powerful and the most comprehensive idea that has ever arisen on earth.

        • pud

          There is no such thing as an “evolutionist” Evolution is a scientific “theory” which is the highest level of confidence one can have. It is also a FACT. There is no such thing as a “missing link” either….you continue to demonstrate an absurdly low intelligence and complete willful ignorance of reality.

          • Yes! I also think that she needs to get urgent psychiatric help.

      • Glory

        An interesting find, Pastor.

        Atheists like to say “Don’t drink the kool-aid” to other atheists when mocking Christians. A reference to Jim Jones.

        But it is ironic that Jones was not a Christian at all but an atheist-Marxist.

        Read “Don’t Drink the Kool-aid: Jonestown was an Atheist Marxist Socialist Cult” online.

        Like the article says people like to identify the word cult pejoratively with Christians so how informative it is to see an atheist-Marxist cult putting up a false religious front to manipulate and abuse it’s members while it calls Christians sexist, racist and homophobic and denigrates the Bible.

      • pud

        Yeah jack..you’re just a puppet on a string. How absurd.

      • Well was the slaughter of little children and babies by king Saul , and amazing thing that God has done with the Israelis?

      • Glory

        It is truly funny how the evolutionists have changed their tune to say evolution is too slow to observe when Darwin originally said it was in continual motion so fossils should be rife.

        Darwin knew his theory stood or fell based on the fossil evidence but it’s too big an excuse for some to let go of now.

        If God doesn’t fill the hole in a human heart then that makes a human a hole for idol creation. That hole can be filled with the belief system of naturalism so naturalism becomes the idol/religion of some.

        I never thought so until now but many people are brainwashed by evolution and the peer pressure on scientists to believe it must be enormous.

        You can’t even question evolution in certain circles. It sets you up for a tongue lashing and possible firing from a job.

      • Glory

        Dear Pastor if you would like to read something inspiring then google and read Andrew Murray’s
        “Absolute Surrender” essay on ccel dot org.

        In this world it can be hard to tell the repentant fully surrendered Christians from the unrepentant, unsurrendered ones.

        Repentance is truly a mystery. A gift of God in God’s good timing. It can precede baptism or follow it.

        How many Christians have actually examined themselves? I don’t know but I think you probably have and it changed you.

        Thanks for the hard work and you may want your congregation to read that work of Murray’s.

        Maybe it will help God do amazing things with them.

    • So is this a superficial contradiction?

      “Samuel said to Saul, “The Lord sent me to anoint you king over the people of Israel: now therefore listen to the words of the Lord. Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘I will punish the Amalekites for what they did in opposing the Israelites when they came up out of Egypt. Now go and attack Amalek and utterly destroy all that they have; do not spare them, both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.'” (1 Sam.15:1-3).

      The Jesus of the Gospel according to Luke is recorded as saying (in the sermon on the Plain) ‘Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you… for he(God) is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful just as your Father is merciful’ (Lk. 6:27-36).

      Let’s look at this. Yahweh commands the murder of little children and babies for what their ancestors did to Israel about 400 years earlier. i.e. Saul is commanded to avenge an ancient grievance. This “bloody and violent Yahweh” apparently holds grudges. Yet the supposed God of Jesus tells people to love their enemies, not to kill them. Apparently, we are not to hold grudges but to ‘do good to those who hate you’. Why didn’t the Israelis do good to those who hated them? Why did Saul obey Samuel and Samuel’s god by butchering the children and babies to death?

      Yet Saul failed to execute the command to kill everybody when he spared King Agag. The lunatic called Samuel ‘hewed Agag to pieces before the Lord in Gilgal.’ (1 Sam.15:35). If Yahweh commanded the complete extermination of the Amalekites as the text says, the Jesus made a complete mistake when he said that God is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked and Jesus was wrong to tell people to ‘be compassionate just a your father in heaven is compassionate.’ If Jesus was right, then wasn’t Yahweh completely wrong. He wasn’t kind to the ungrateful and the so-called wicked.

      Jesus is also recorded as saying (if he actually did say it) “let the little children come unto me, for of such is the kingdom of God”. Yet Yahweh commands the murder of the Amalekite children. He commands their complete extermination. Some compassion and kindness that is! It’s worse than Hitler’s invasion of Poland and Hitler’s murder of 6 million Jews in the gas chambers. Glory, please try to reconcile the barbarism of 1 Sam.15 with the Jesus of the Gospels, if you can? Please explain to me how it can be done.

  • Glory

    Atheist experiences online hazing from other atheists.

    Google: “I’m an atheist, but I had to walk away from the toxic side of online atheism.” Article by Chris Steadman for the Washington Post.

  • pud

    Why should ANYONE care what the “buybull” says about anything? Everything within it save for a few characters and place names is 100% FALSE! Demonstrably FALSE!

    At Least 60 Dead In India After Train Mows Down Crowd At Religious Festival
    NEW DELHI (AP) — A speeding train ran over a crowd watching fireworks during a religious festival in northern India on Friday evening, killing at least 60 …

    Oooops! Guess they either weren’t the “children” of the right “god” or their “god” was busy being MIA with your “god” who does nothing too!

    The notion of being “children” is central to your propaganda…Your cult exists because of its ability to convince people that they are stupid, guilty, filthy, corrupt, evil, wicked and CHILDREN! unable to progress on their own or lead worthwhile lives without your ridiculous fables and superstitions.

    You are a wicked man jack…you don’t even know it, don’t care but you are in fact a wicked man for propagating this absurd BS

  • Glory

    Pastor Jack, unbelievers like to promote scientific propaganda against the Bible but this short video on Biblical Scientific Foreknowledge dispels some of the false claims made over and over against the Bible in the media by people.

    Biblical Scientific Foreknowledge
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=JtAwBMzAWss

    • There is no such thing as “scientific propaganda”. On the other hand, there is plenty of religious propaganda put out by religious Fundamentalists, many of who are cultists. There is no such thing as “biblical scientific foreknowledge.” Name me one leading biblical scholar from a leading university or a leading theological seminary who believes in ” biblical scientific foreknowledge”. You are a religious propagandist.

  • pud

    You must have forgotten these verses about “gods children” eh jack?

    Psalm 137:9 ESV / 47 helpful votes
    Blessed shall he be who takes your little ones and dashes them against the rock!

    1 Samuel 15:2-3 ESV / 34 helpful votes
    Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘I have noted what Amalek did to Israel in opposing them on the way when they came up out of Egypt. Now go and strike Amalek and devote to destruction all that they have. Do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.’”

    2 Kings 2:23-24 ESV / 33 helpful votes
    He went up from there to Bethel, and while he was going up on the way, some small boys came out of the city and jeered at him, saying, “Go up, you baldhead! Go up, you baldhead!” And he turned around, and when he saw them, he cursed them in the name of the Lord. And two she-bears came out of the woods and tore forty-two of the boys.

    Exodus 21:15 ESV / 24 helpful votes
    “Whoever strikes his father or his mother shall be put to death.

    Leviticus 20:9 ESV / 21 helpful votes
    For anyone who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death; he has cursed his father or his mother; his blood is upon him.

    Exodus 12:29-30 ESV / 21 helpful votes
    At midnight the Lord struck down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on his throne to the firstborn of the captive who was in the dungeon, and all the firstborn of the livestock. And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he and all his servants and all the Egyptians. And there was a great cry in Egypt, for there was not a house where someone was not dead.

    Hosea 13:16 ESV / 19 helpful votes
    Samaria shall bear her guilt, because she has rebelled against her God; they shall fall by the sword; their little ones shall be dashed in pieces, and their pregnant women ripped open.

    Numbers 31:17-18 ESV / 17 helpful votes
    Now therefore, kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman who has known man by lying with him. But all the young girls who have not known man by lying with him keep alive for yourselves.

    Leviticus 21:9 ESV / 17 helpful votes
    And the daughter of any priest, if she profanes herself by whoring, profanes her father; she shall be burned with fire.

    1 Samuel 15:3 ESV / 15 helpful votes
    Now go and strike Amalek and devote to destruction all that they have. Do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.’”

    Genesis 9:6 ESV / 15 helpful votes
    “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image.

    2 Kings 19:35 ESV / 14 helpful votes
    And that night the angel of the Lord went out and struck down 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians. And when people arose early in the morning, behold, these were all dead bodies.

    Joshua 6:20-21 ESV / 14 helpful votes
    So the people shouted, and the trumpets were blown. As soon as the people heard the sound of the trumpet, the people shouted a great shout, and the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they captured the city. Then they devoted all in the city to destruction, both men and women, young and old, oxen, sheep, and donkeys, with the edge of the sword.

    Deuteronomy 21:18-21 ESV / 14 helpful votes
    “If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son who will not obey the voice of his father or the voice of his mother, and, though they discipline him, will not listen to them, then his father and his mother shall take hold of him and bring him out to the elders of his city at the gate of the place where he lives, and they shall say to the elders of his city, ‘This our son is stubborn and rebellious; he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton and a drunkard.’ Then all the men of the city shall stone him to death with stones. So you shall purge the evil from your midst, and all Israel shall hear, and fear.

    Leviticus 24:10-16 ESV / 14 helpful votes
    Now an Israelite woman’s son, whose father was an Egyptian, went out among the people of Israel. And the Israelite woman’s son and a man of Israel fought in the camp, and the Israelite woman’s son blasphemed the Name, and cursed. Then they brought him to Moses. His mother’s name was Shelomith, the daughter of Dibri, of the tribe of Dan. And they put him in custody, till the will of the Lord should be clear to them. Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Bring out of the camp the one who cursed, and let all who heard him lay their hands on his head, and let all the congregation stone him. …

    Hosea 9:11-16 ESV / 13 helpful votes
    Ephraim’s glory shall fly away like a bird— no birth, no pregnancy, no conception! Even if they bring up children, I will bereave them till none is left. Woe to them when I depart from them! Ephraim, as I have seen, was like a young palm planted in a meadow; but Ephraim must lead his children out to slaughter. Give them, O Lord— what will you give? Give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts. Every evil of theirs is in Gilgal; there I began to hate them. Because of the wickedness of their deeds I will drive them out of my house. I will love them no more; all their princes are rebels. …

    Leviticus 20:13 ESV / 13 helpful votes
    If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them.

    Exodus 32:26-29 ESV / 13 helpful votes
    Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp and said, “Who is on the Lord’s side? Come to me.” And all the sons of Levi gathered around him. And he said to them, “Thus says the Lord God of Israel, ‘Put your sword on your side each of you, and go to and fro from gate to gate throughout the camp, and each of you kill his brother and his companion and his neighbor.’” And the sons of Levi did according to the word of Moses. And that day about three thousand men of the people fell. And Moses said, “Today you have been ordained for the service of the Lord, each one at the cost of his son and of his brother, so that he might bestow a blessing upon you this day.”

    Exodus 23:7 ESV / 13 helpful votes
    Keep far from a false charge, and do not kill the innocent and righteous, for I will not acquit the wicked.

    Deuteronomy 18:20-22 ESV / 12 helpful votes
    But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name that I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.’ And if you say in your heart, ‘How may we know the word that the Lord has not spoken?’— when a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word that the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously. You need not be afraid of him.

    Leviticus 26:21-22 ESV / 12 helpful votes
    “Then if you walk contrary to me and will not listen to me, I will continue striking you, sevenfold for your sins. And I will let loose the wild beasts against you, which shall bereave you of your children and destroy your livestock and make you few in number, so that your roads shall be deserted.

    Leviticus 20:10 ESV / 12 helpful votes
    “If a man commits adultery with the wife of his neighbor, both the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.

    Exodus 20:13 ESV / 12 helpful votes
    “You shall not murder.

    Genesis 9:5-6 ESV / 12 helpful votes
    And for your lifeblood I will require a reckoning: from every beast I will require it and from man. From his fellow man I will require a reckoning for the life of man. “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image.

    1 Samuel 15:1-35 ESV / 11 helpful votes
    And Samuel said to Saul, “The Lord sent me to anoint you king over his people Israel; now therefore listen to the words of the Lord. Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘I have noted what Amalek did to Israel in opposing them on the way when they came up out of Egypt. Now go and strike Amalek and devote to destruction all that they have. Do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.’” So Saul summoned the people and numbered them in Telaim, two hundred thousand men on foot, and ten thousand men of Judah. And Saul came to the city of Amalek and lay in wait in the valley. …

    Deuteronomy 13:13-18 ESV / 11 helpful votes
    That certain worthless fellows have gone out among you and have drawn away the inhabitants of their city, saying, ‘Let us go and serve other gods,’ which you have not known, then you shall inquire and make search and ask diligently. And behold, if it be true and certain that such an abomination has been done among you, you shall surely put the inhabitants of that city to the sword, devoting it to destruction, all who are in it and its cattle, with the edge of the sword. You shall gather all its spoil into the midst of its open square and burn the city and all its spoil with fire, as a whole burnt offering to the Lord your God. It shall be a heap forever. It shall not be built again. None of the devoted things shall stick to your hand, that the Lord may turn from the fierceness of his anger and show you mercy and have compassion on you and multiply you, as he swore to your fathers, …

    Leviticus 20:27 ESV / 11 helpful votes
    “A man or a woman who is a medium or a necromancer shall surely be put to death. They shall be stoned with stones; their blood shall be upon them.”

    Romans 1:24-32 ESV / 10 helpful votes
    Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. …

    Jeremiah 50:21-22 ESV / 10 helpful votes
    “Go up against the land of Merathaim, and against the inhabitants of Pekod. Kill, and devote them to destruction, declares the Lord, and do all that I have commanded you. The noise of battle is in the land, and great destruction!

    Jeremiah 7:31 ESV / 10 helpful votes
    And they have built the high places of Topheth, which is in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire, which I did not command, nor did it come into my mind.

    1 Kings 14:9-16 ESV / 10 helpful votes
    But you have done evil above all who were before you and have gone and made for yourself other gods and metal images, provoking me to anger, and have cast me behind your back, therefore behold, I will bring harm upon the house of Jeroboam and will cut off from Jeroboam every male, both bond and free in Israel, and will burn up the house of Jeroboam, as a man burns up dung until it is all gone. Anyone belonging to Jeroboam who dies in the city the dogs shall eat, and anyone who dies in the open country the birds of the heavens shall eat, for the Lord has spoken it.”’ Arise therefore, go to your house. When your feet enter the city, the child shall die. And all Israel shall mourn for him and bury him, for he only of Jeroboam shall come to the grave, because in him there is found something pleasing to the Lord, the God of Israel, in the house of Jeroboam. …

    Deuteronomy 17:2-5 ESV / 10 helpful votes
    “If there is found among you, within any of your towns that the Lord your God is giving you, a man or woman who does what is evil in the sight of the Lord your God, in transgressing his covenant, and has gone and served other gods and worshiped them, or the sun or the moon or any of the host of heaven, which I have forbidden, and it is told you and you hear of it, then you shall inquire diligently, and if it is true and certain that such an abomination has been done in Israel, then you shall bring out to your gates that man or woman who has done this evil thing, and you shall stone that man or woman to death with stones.