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Atheist asks about Heaven – A Christian Response

In response to the Atheistic Article:

10 Burning Questions I Have About Heaven by Godless Mom

@godless_mom (Twitter)

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/godlessmom/2019/03/10-burning-questions-i-have-about-heaven/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

  1. Are Good Place residents aware of the Bad Place?

The primary purpose for our lives constrained by Time is to prepare for Eternity. As I explain here, mankind constrained by Time on Earth is actively participating in a cosmic struggle between good v. evil, Yeshua v. Lucifer, a cosmic struggle that was initiated before the creation of Time, the Universe, humanity, Hell. In summation of the Scriptures, one must conclude that our experiences while constrained by Time are most relevant in preparation for servitude in Eternity concerning those who choose to trust in Messiah-Yeshua as Lord for the forgiveness of sin thereby allowing their spirit access to God’s Kingdom subsequent to death of the human body (2 Corinthians 5:8).

It is during our stay, our experiences, on this Earth that we are made aware of the ramifications of compromise with sin e.g. aberrant lust, violent hate, murder, hopelessness, lying, deceit, covetousness. It is history that defines the unconscionable horrors of mankind’s disobedience to God’s edicts, those edicts having been instituted for our edification, our knowledge, our warning, our hope, our health, our sustainability, in the goodness of God’s Law.

It is for this reason I believe we will carry our memories of sin’s hopelessness into the Kingdom of God as a remembrance of God’s goodness through His Law and that a sustainable life with joy and peace is ONLY possible through obedience to our Lord. Yes, I do believe that we will be aware of Hell and the recompense for disobedience by those who rejected the righteousness of Yeshua and pursued the unrighteousness of Lucifer.

This remembrance will NOT stymie “free will” or volitional love for our Creator because the redeemed will have full-knowledge of why God has done what He has done and the consensus of the Redeemed for God’s wrath toward sin will reflect complete agreement. Our remembrances of the horrors of sin combined with a resurrected body free from the sin-nature of Adam and an environment of intimate fellowship with the faithful throughout the history of the World will ensure that free will can manifest in God’s Kingdom and be secured by complete knowledge of the horrors of sin and rebellion and hopelessness in compromising one’s relationship with our Lord through disobedience. In other words, it is the remembrance of sin’s horror and the ramifications of same that will act as a stalwart against rebellion in God’s Kingdom and this stalwart will be internalized by full-knowledge that God’s way is the ONLY way to a sustainable life with purpose, joy and peace.

  1. Will my dog be in Heaven with me?

The Scriptures do not respond to this question but our Creator has promised to give the faithful the desires of their heart; therefore, it is certainly possible that the love of our pets could be found in Eternity. It’s important to remember that animals are not created with a spirit that transcends Time but this will be no problem for our omnipotent Creator as He seeks to express His eternal love for those who have trusted in Him as Lord.

 “Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 (NASB)

but just as it is written, “THINGS WHICH EYE HAS NOT SEEN AND EAR HAS NOT HEARD, AND which HAVE NOT ENTERED THE HEART OF MAN, ALL THAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM.” 1 Corinthians 2:9 (NASB)

  1. If there are cats in Heaven, do they still knock things over?

The Scriptures do not suggest that Earthly/Time relevant physics will be restricted in the Eternal Kingdom but that physics will actually be irrelevant in many instances; therefore, the playful nature of our pets, if they are present in the Kingdom, will not be deterred.

  1. Is there free will in Heaven?

Yes, there is free will in Heaven. Free will is currently practiced by the Angels in Heaven and this Angelic “free will” is evidenced by Lucifer’s rebellion and the unfaithful angels that followed Lucifer in that rebellion. The supreme ethic given mankind by our Creator is “love” and love cannot exist in purity and authenticity void volition or free will i.e. the ability to “choose.” If one cannot choose to hate, they cannot truly love; therefore, in order for our relationship with our Creator to manifest in purity and authenticity, one must possess free will. Some see free will in Heaven as a problem; therefore, I refer you back to my response to question #1 and also to my article “In the Beginning God – Why?”

  1. Can we play Zelda games in Heaven?

The Redeemed/Faithful in Heaven will be so busy serving our God that I seriously doubt Zelda games will be an issue…but the Scriptures do not discuss this point.

  1. How can we know what’s good in Heaven if there is nothing to compare it to?

Those who dwell in God’s presence in the Eternal Kingdom are not constrained by the cognitive limitations manifest as a result of mankind’s corrupted genome; therefore, the Redeemed in Heaven will have full knowledge of goodness and joy and peace as opposed to the hopelessness of a life lived in the futility of sin. Again, this life in Time is nothing more than preparation for Eternity; therefore, we will not leave behind the knowledge of good v. evil and righteousness v. death in sin when we shed this body of sin in our death relevant to Time.

  1. Can we fornicate in Heaven?

No, sin will not be permitted to manifest in God’s Kingdom and the redeemed will not seek fornication because the sin-nature that lends itself to rebellion will not be present in the resurrected body that is fashioned after the glorious body of our resurrected Lord.

  1. Is Heaven where masturbation is suddenly okay in the eyes of the lord?

See #7.

  1. What if we see someone in Heaven who we didn’t like in life?

Love, not discord, will be the prevalent theme in Heaven and fellowship among the brethren will manifest in God’s Love. Discord is the resultant of jealousy, self-righteousness, selfish-judgment; therefore, these impediments to love and fellowship will be absent and a desire to honor others with respect due them will be paramount.

10. Is there bacon in Heaven and if so, how does Heaven really feel all that great to a vegan?

God will give to each according to his needs and desires. There will be no personal judgment against a brother for food or drink but each to his own in respect for God’s gift of provision without lack in the Kingdom. Satisfaction and contentment in God’s love and provision will reign true among the Redeemed in God’s Kingdom.

Also see”

In the Beginning God – Why: https://rickeyholtsclaw.com/2017/09/27/in-the-beginning-god-why/

Thanks,

Rickey D. Holtsclaw @RickeyDale07 (Twitter) – until the anti-Christian Twitter gods delete the account.

Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews; this man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born, can he?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

Nicodemus said to Him, “How can these things be?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and do not understand these things? Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know and testify of what we have seen, and you do not accept our testimony. If I told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven, but He who descended from heaven: the Son of Man. As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.”  The Gospel of John 3: 1-21 (NASB)

 

 

 

Why Atheism is Killing America

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For myself, as, no doubt, for most of my contemporaries, the philosophy of meaningless was essentially an instrument of liberation. The liberation we desired was simultaneously liberation from a certain political and economic system and liberation from a certain system of morality. We objected to the morality because is interfered with our sexual freedom. Aldous Huxley, atheist, writer, novelist, philosopher

Why Atheism is Killing America

As an Atheist, you are the enemy of the Lord Jesus Christ and you serve His most prolific adversary, Satan, by default. Atheism is a facade, a futile exercise in self-deception, for every man and every woman, having attained an age of reason, intuitively knows that our Creator exists and they intuitively know by what has been made e.g. the origin of matter – the Universe down to the complexity of the human genome that our Creator has dominion over the Universe, Time, Life, Death and Eternity; therefore, the Atheist is “without excuse.” For all intents and purposes, there is no difference between the loyalty of the Atheist and the Satanist, both serve Satan and both seek death in sin and death in Hell in futility. (Romans 1:18-32)

As an Atheist, you are a most vile enemy of America because as Satan’s emissary in Time, you espouse an ideology that demonically, radically, seeks the mutilation of America’s posterity in the womb. It is the father of Atheism, Satan, that has successfully established dominion in the abortion industry in America via Roe v. Wade (1973) and it is the shedding of innocent blood that has brought the judgment and wrath of our God upon this Nation; therefore, the atheist and their rebellious ideology plays a strategic role in the unconscionable act of abortion on demand resulting in God’s wrath and judgment upon the United States. (Proverbs 6:17; Deuteronomy 28:15-68)

As an Atheist, you support a demonically-based ideology that seeks to destroy the Biblical Family Unit through legitimization of sexual perversion affirmed by Obergefell v. Hodges (2015) “Same Sex Marriage” that is destroying our posterity through LGBTQ mental illness, confusion, suicide, while this unconscionable immorality directly attacks and undermines middle-and-lower-class-America’s sustainability.

As an Atheist, you radically espouse the most prolific deception to have ever been thrust upon the mind of mankind i.e. Darwinian Evolutionary Theory which has been forcibly infused into the minds of many millions of American youth subsequent to the early 1960’s. Darwinian Evolutionary Theory, in conjunction with socialistic historical revisionism, has resulted in morphing America’s posterity into radicalized atheistic socialists. Evolution is the promulgator of Atheism and this hoax has been incredibly successful in destroying the faith, the self-worth, the hope, future and eternity of many millions of American youth, many of whom are now Millennial’s entering America’s workforce, America’s Government and unfortunately, the voting booth. It is atheistic evolution that has initiated, under girded, supported and continues to promulgate America’s ever increasing culture of death and hopelessness.

As an Atheist, you support the destructive Progressive-Socialist agenda of “open borders” giving way to unencumbered non-assimilating multiculturalism that will destroy America’s economy, America’s National identity, but more importantly, open borders endanger the lives of the American people and stymies the first duty of Government i.e. protection.

As an Atheist, you support an ideology of socialism/communism that will destroy America’s Constitutional Republic and create an economic-sociological environment directly responsible for the death of 100-million people in the last 100-years.

As an Atheist, you represent a mindset, a demonic religion, a secularist, naturalist, morally relativistic ideology that is the antithesis of the faith and allegiance to God necessary for the sustainability of America’s Constitutional Republic.

As an Atheist, you are Satan’s representative within the Realm of Time and you represent that growing segment of America’s population that offends our Creator and you espouse those aberrant behaviors that have distanced Him from America’s protection/provision that only our Creator, Jesus Christ, can provide.

As an Atheist, you are an evil in the Land of America and as long as you and yours and your atheistic ideology are tolerated in our society and in our Government, the American people will suffer the wrath of our God in our apostasy/unfaithfulness. Most tragically, it is America’s posterity that will suffer horrifically because “men” of the twentieth-and-twenty-first-Century did nothing to stop the demonization of American Culture by radical Atheists, Globalists, Progressive-Socialists, Islamist’.

R.D. Holtsclaw

Related articles,

Today’s Atheists are bullies and they’re doing their best to intimidate the rest of us into silence: https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/todays-atheists-are-bullies-and-they-are-doing-their-best-to-intimidate-the-rest-of-us-into-silence

Liberals are Destroying Society and anyone who disagrees with them: https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/seven-ways-the-logic-of-progressives-is-destroying-society

Progressive Socialism – Party of Deception and Death: https://rickeyholtsclaw.com/2018/01/26/progressivism-satans-party-of-death/

In the Beginning, God – Why?: https://rickeyholtsclaw.com/2017/09/27/in-the-beginning-god-why/

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Climate Change Hoax – A Progressive-Socialist Strategy

Climate Change is cyclical but man-induced Climate Change is a hoax and is being used as a palatable form of ideological implementation by Progressive-Socialists to infuse government control over production/distribution of goods-services in the US and throughout the World. Patriots, don’t fall for the lies and idiocy of Progressive Socialism. May God have mercy on our posterity!

See:

Global Warming? No, Natural, Predictable Climate Change

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The fiddling with temperature data is the biggest science scandal ever

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Green New Deal Would Barely Change Earth’s Temperature. Here Are the Facts.

https://www.dailysignal.com/2019/02/07/green-new-deal-would-barely-change-earths-temperature-here-are-the-facts/

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The Death of Law Enforcement in America

Comment to article below:

Texas law enforcement, especially the large Texas Municipalities, has completely gone off the reservation of commonsense and is wholly given over to PC, LGBTQ, liberal policies that castrate Law Enforcement’s ability to enforce the law; presently, the scumbags rule and mock the police and the people suffer. Liability concerns thwart proactive policing and I find absolutely no reason for educated young men and women to serve in law enforcement today where lowered ethical and moral standards, necessary to hire the sexually perverse, destroy the integrity of law enforcement while there is scant-to-zero support from Politically Correct police administrations and liberal-progressive-socialist Mayors; Mayors with an agenda of appeasement to the morally sick/antisocial in our society. America is dying daily in apostasy and the decimation our law enforcement community is one rung on the ladder leading to a Socialist Hell. May God have mercy on our posterity!

R.D. Holtsclaw, Houston PD/Retired

“Sheriff Sally Hernandez puts illegal aliens above her own deputies” (February 19, 2019) Publisher: Law Enforcement Today

https://www.lawenforcementtoday.com/sheriff-sally-hernandez-illegal-aliens-deputies/?fbclid=IwAR1cWmWQwMR_RIu5NUb-yM7WXme-UinsX7NCx4Hw9zAqJpenoNOW_bf6nzo

Abortion and Numbers 5: The Error that Deceives

Numbers 5:11-31 (Test for Unfaithful Wife)

Numbers 5 is far too often used by pro-choice advocates in their efforts to prove the Bible supports abortion. The atheist/pro-abortion advocate will cite Numbers 5 in the NIV which incorrectly translates the Hebrew.

Numbers 5:21, 22, 27, 28 (NIV)

21 here the priest is to put the woman under this curse—“may the Lord cause you to become a curse among your people when he makes your womb miscarry and your abdomen swell. 22 May this water that brings a curse enter your body so that your abdomen swells or your womb miscarries.” “‘Then the woman is to say, “Amen. So be it.”

27 If she has made herself impure and been unfaithful to her husband, this will be the result: When she is made to drink the water that brings a curse and causes bitter suffering, it will enter her, her abdomen will swell and her womb will miscarry, and she will become a curse. 28 If, however, the woman has not made herself impure, but is clean, she will be cleared of guilt and will be able to have children.

Numbers 5:21, 22, 27, 28 (NASB)

21 (then the priest shall have the woman swear with the oath of the curse, and the priest shall say to the woman), “the Lord make you a curse and an oath among your people by the Lord’s making your thigh [m]waste away and your abdomen swell; 22 and this water that brings a curse shall go into your [n]stomach, and make your abdomen swell and your thigh [o]waste away.” And the woman shall say, “Amen. Amen.”

27 When he has made her drink the water, then it shall come about, if she has defiled herself and has been unfaithful to her husband, that the water which brings a curse will go into her [r]and cause bitterness, and her abdomen will swell and her thigh will [s]waste away, and the woman will become a curse among her people. 28 But if the woman has not defiled herself and is clean, she will then be free and conceive [t]children.

Note: In the Hebrew, this test does NOT involve a child or a pregnant woman, but is simply a test of faithfulness v. unfaithfulness. If the Woman is guilty, her uterus will be made sterile or “waste away.” If the Woman is not guilty of adultery, she will be able to bear children…there is no mention of a miscarriage or abortion in the Hebrew…it’s simply the difference between sterility and fertility, but no child is mentioned in the text other than in v. 28 stating that the innocent Wife would be fertile and able to bear children.

See the following verses in Numbers 5 in Hebrew and note “nephal” (Strongs 5307) (waste away) is used and NOT “nephel” (Strongs 5309) (miscarriage or abortion).

v. 21 in Hebrew: https://biblehub.com/text/numbers/5-21.htm

v. 22 in Hebrew: https://biblehub.com/text/numbers/5-22.htm

v. 27 in Hebrew: https://biblehub.com/text/numbers/5-27.htm

The Hebrew word for miscarriage is “nephel” (Strongs #5309) (miscarriage or abortion) but Numbers v. 21-22 and 27 use the Hebrew word “naphal” (Strongs #5307) (to fall, lie) concerning the woman’s uterus (thigh or abdomen).  There is no mention of “miscarry” or a child in the Hebrew relevant to Numbers 5:21-22, 27.

See the Hebrew word “nephel” designating “abortion or miscarry which is NOT found in Numbers 5: https://biblehub.com/hebrew/5309.htm

See the Hebrew word “nephal” (nō-p̄e-leṯ) as used in Numbers 5 meaning “to fall or lie” or to “waste away” https://biblehub.com/hebrew/5307.htm

Note: The NIV is the ONLY version that uses “miscarriage” in v. 21 and 22, see: https://christianity.stackexchange.com/questions/17009/does-numbers-511-22-describe-sanctioned-abortion

“Got Questions” agrees that Numbers 5 is not discussing an abortion and notes that the NIV mistakenly translates “miscarriage.” See: https://www.gotquestions.org/Numbers-abortion.html

Also see: http://blog.abolishhumanabortion.com/2015/01/numbers-5-and-water-of-bitterness.html?showComment=1549839721300

Thank you,

R.D. Holtsclaw

MAGA Hats and CCW – Cop’s Suggestion…

As a retired 31-year veteran of the Houston, Texas Police Department, I wanted to share a thought or two about wearing TRUMP logos in public and the liability for those who are licensed to carry a concealed weapon for protection.

As many of my fellow Patriots know full well, we live in a society where a significant number of “adults” are unable to define gender; advocate for the mutilation of babies in the womb; espouse sexual perversion that is destroying our posterity; invite America’s most prolific enemy i.e. Islam, to serve in our Government; protest for open borders in hopes of destroying America’s sovereignty in the name of Globalism; fight tooth and nail to destroy America’s Constitutional Republic while endeavoring to replace same with Progressive-Socialism i.e. Communism.

Recently, the Covenant Catholic School debacle has verified just how deeply entrenched the prevalent mental illness known as Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS) has manifest within those who support the Progressive-Socialist-Democratic Party of the United States. Having watched Political Correctness and obsessions with vile sexual perversion invade my Police Department and my Municipality and having watched the destructiveness of the Progressive Ideology in our society, I wanted to offer a piece of advice for my fellow Patriots who conceal carry…

There have been influential media persons on the Right who have suggested that Conservatives wear Trump apparel e.g. Trump T-shirts and MAGA hats in the public square as retaliation for the Leftist Snowflakes who suggest the MAGA hat is the new KKK Hoodie.  Leftist Media types suggest that just the mere presence of the MAGA hat “triggers” them with hate and desires for violence. With that said, I STRONGLY urge everyone who is licensed to carry a firearm that they NOT wear TRUMP related material in public. Why not?

I love my President and fully support his agenda to MAGA, but if a CCW permit holder wears TRUMP material out in public and a confrontation ensues with the mentally ill suffering from TDS, if you are required to use deadly force, chances are, you’ll have great difficulty with a Grand Jury review. Considering the politically charged environment surrounding us and the weak-kneed, Politically Correct agenda that inundates our society, our courts and our law enforcement community…the CCW license holder will be swimming upstream as they battle allegations of inciting a confrontation while armed; your criminal/civil liability will exponentially increase and you may very well lose your freedoms and your personal possessions once the criminal adjudication and civil litigation are finalized.

Something to think about…

God Bless President Trump,

R.D. Holtsclaw, Houston PD/Retired

Atheist’s Questions for the Christian

  1. If it’s the case that heaven and hell are the only two options in the end, and someone desires neither, do they still ultimately have free will?

Yes. Free will exists when more than one option is available. The eternal concept of free will for mankind and the angels is focused upon one’s option to choose life or death, obedience or rebellion, love or hate, good or evil, God’s way or Satan’s way. Though an individual might desire to neither serve God or serve Satan, this option is not available but…this does not negate “free will” because the option to “choose” still exists even though a person may not approve of or find the options available fair or attractive. God’s ways are not our ways and God owes mankind nothing but He has chosen to provide us an option to experience Eternal Life by trusting in Jesus Christ as our personal LORD and Savior for the forgiveness of sin.

  1. Why take a position on abortion if it could be Jesus’ will in the same way it was Jesus’ will in Noah’s flood to drown toddlers, babies, and the unborn?

Caveat: I want every woman or man who has been involved in the sin of abortion to know that forgiveness is available for anyone who repents of their sin and diligently, honesty, seeks Jesus Christ as LORD and Savior over their life. Abortion is not an unforgivable sin and there is mercy and grace in Jesus Christ as Mediator for your sin. Please, humble yourself, apologize to our Creator for your offensive behavior and trust in Jesus as LORD…there is forgiveness, peace, mercy, grace and an amazing new life awaiting you in Jesus Christ.

Abortion is the taking of human life in the womb without “due process” of law and is considered in the purity of American Jurisprudence as premeditated, conspiratorial murder. Though the SCOTUS has unwittingly provided Roe v. Wade (1973) as a buttress or defense to prosecution to the “charge of murder,” recent scientific discoveries verify life as beginning at conception; therefore, Roe is blatantly unconstitutional (violates the 5th/14th Amendments due process protections) and should be amended or better yet, repealed. Abortion is conspiratorial, premeditated murder i.e. fetal homicide, a violation of God’s moral law and a sin against our Creator and His will for our life.

It is also important to differentiate the spurious translations of the Ten-Commandments, #6, You shall not “murder” from the incorrect translation, You shall not “kill.” Two completely different meanings and outcome concerning sin and judgment. Please see the following for clarification: https://biblehub.com/text/exodus/20-13.htm

For the Atheist, pro-choice advocates who insists that God’s Word advocates abortion via Numbers 5, please see an exegesis on Numbers 5 and the “Test for an Unfaithful Wife” as per the NIV Bible version: https://rickeyholtsclaw.com/2018/11/18/new-international-version-errors/

Concerning the Noahic Flood and the eradication of the human race save eight, Noah and his family aboard the Ark. One must first analyze why the Noahic Flood was necessary and what is the impetus for The Flood? Though our Creator is often incorrectly targeted as the culprit for The Flood, remember it is the sin and wretchedness of mankind that brought the wrath of God to bear in Noah’s day. The Holy Spirit describes the generation of Noah…

“Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. The Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved [e]in His heart. The Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the [f]sky; for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.” Genesis 6:5-8

The actual culprit for the Noahic Flood is none other than Satan himself who is the impetus for evil, sin, deception, death. Note the Words of Jesus Christ concerning Satan…

“You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks [n]a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of [o]lies.” Gospel of John 8:44

The most relevant question at this point would be, why did our Creator find it necessary to destroy mankind in The Flood? Remember, the focal point or prevailing theme of the entire Bible is Jesus Christ and the redemption of mankind, the forgiveness of sin through Jesus’ faithfulness at the Crucifixion. Also, remember that God’s Plan for redeeming mankind through the forgiveness of sin required the presence of His Messiah at a specific time in history through a specific genealogy as prophesied. Before the creation of Time, Jesus was destined to be our Messiah and before God spoke the Universe into existence, a Plan to bring our Messiah through the seed of the woman was already in play (2 Timothy 2:8-10).

Subsequent to The Fall of Adam, mankind inherited a sin-nature that naturally rebels against the authority/dominion of our Creator and prior to The Flood there was also the presence of the Nephilim (Genesis 6:1-4) in the land and scholars debate the influence of these wicked beings upon Noah’s generation; nevertheless, Noah’s generation had become so vile and wicked that our Creator refused to set-apart a Holy and Chosen people through whom He would bring forth Messiah-Jesus Christ.

It is for this reason that our Creator destroyed the genome of wickedness in Noah’s day and began afresh with righteous Noah and Noah’s family. Later, the Scriptures articulate the setting apart of a people group through Abraham, Sarah, Isaac and Jacob who would be called the Hebrew Nation, the Jewish People who would be God’s Chosen People to represent Him to the World. The Jewish people were given the responsibility to…

  1. Chronicle/Record God’s Word.
  2. To be an object lesson of God’s blessing for obedience/cursing for disobedience.
  3. The Jews are God’s eschatological time-clock indicating to the World where our LORD is at in World History by observing the Jewish Nation of Israel.
  4. Through the Jewish People, the Tribe of Judah, our God brought forth Messiah-Jesus Christ through the seed of Mary through the Power of the Holy Spirit as the Savior of the World.

Speaking of the Jewish Nation, God proclaims…

“Thus you are to be holy to Me, for I the Lord am holy; and I have set you apart from the peoples to be Mine.” Leviticus 20:26

And to Abraham, God proclaims a Covenant…

And I will bless those who bless you,
And the one who [a]curses you I will [b]curse.
And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.” Genesis 12:3

Jesus said…

22 You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. Gospel of John 4:22

Therefore, Jesus does not condone abortion on demand nor is our Creator a capricious and retaliatory God but a God who is slow to anger and provided Noah’s Generation ample opportunity to repent and turn to Him in obedience but they refused; therefore, The Flood. Another Judgment on the World, similar to The Flood, is coming, this time…by fire.

And just as it happened in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: 27 they were eating, they were drinking, they were marrying, they were being given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. 28 [r]It was the same as happened in the days of Lot: they were eating, they were drinking, they were buying, they were selling, they were planting, they were building; 29 but on the day that Lot went out from Sodom it rained fire and [s]brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. 30 It will be [t]just the same on the day that the Son of Man is revealed. Luke 17:27-30

But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and [b]its works will be [c]burned up.11 Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat! 13 But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells. 2 Peter 3:11-13

  1. How can an ‘all good’ deity be ALL good if sin is a byproduct of his creation?

God desires relationship. Relationship, one that is manifest in purity and authenticity, mandates volition, free-will, the ability to choose to love or to hate; otherwise, relationship is robotic and impotent. Our Creator has provided His created beings, both Angelic and Human, with free-will, the ability to choose Jesus Christ as LORD or reject Jesus Christ and serve Satan by default. Sin, evil, death, have entered our World through the exercise of “free will.” Sin is the unfortunate default or “byproduct” of free will which is necessary for perfect love and enduring relationships to manifest in authenticity as well as the privilege to chose our own Eternal destiny.

  1. What is the best way to demonstrate to oneself that they are open to being wrong about a religious belief held as deeply as yours?

I am always prepared to accept rebuttal to my understanding of Scripture but this rebuttal must be supported with irrefutable Truth using the Word of God…NOT man’s opinion.

It is better to take refuge in the Lord
Than to trust in man. Psalm 118:8

5. If you learned that the pastor you met on the plane was no longer a Christian, would this concern you, not concern for him, but in terms of the path you went on in your life?

I would hazard to say that there are a number of “Pastors” who are not truly children of the Living God, in other words, they have never entered into a personal relationship with God the Father by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. A number of Atheists I have debated insist that they too were “former Christians” but finally “freed” themselves from what they believe is “religious deception.” Far too many of these Atheists had been involved in religions of paganism or cults, but the truth is born-out in the fact that they were never truly “born again” by the Holy Spirit of God for had they known the love of Jesus Christ and the assurance, security, wisdom, discernment, only available by the indwelling Holy Spirit given to the redeemed in Jesus Christ, these men and women would have NEVER walked away from Jesus as LORD. Why? Because our God has promised His faithful children that “no one” will be able to snatch God’s children out of the hand of Jesus or the hand of our Heavenly Father. Those who love and adore Jesus Christ as LORD are secure in that love and they will endure to the end and find grace and mercy and life in Eternity.

Jesus said…

My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; 28 and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. 29 [d]My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are [e]one.” Gospel of John 10:28-30

18 “Hear then the parable of the sower. 19 When anyone hears the [i]word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is the one on whom seed was sown beside the road. 20 The one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, this is the man who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; 21 yet he has no firm root in himself, but is only temporary, and when affliction or persecution arises because of the [j]word, immediately he [k]falls away. 22 And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the [l]world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. 23 And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.”  Matthew 13:18-23

Unfortunately, “many” who “think” themselves to be saved or put up a facade of salvation will be in for a rude awakening at Judgment.

Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22 Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many [n]miracles?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’ Matthew 7:21-23

6. IF it’s the case that people who don’t hear the good word go to heaven on merit, and those that hear, but reject the word, go to hell, wouldn’t it be preferable to wipe out all records of Christianity?

In the New Covenant, there is no other way to find righteousness (a right standing) with God the Father except by grace (unmerited favor) through faith (trusting) (believing) that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who entered Time and suffered/died for the sins of mankind and was resurrected for our justification leading to Eternal LIFE.

Jesus said…

Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. Gospel of John 14:6

“He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not [a]obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” Gospel of John 3:36

Though God has clearly told us that where there is no law there is no sin or culpability, this truism, though relevant for children and the cognitively disabled, is not relevant for the cognitively aware/acute, discerning, adult in the New Covenant because our Creator has written His laws on our heart and we intuitively know that our Creator exists through what He has made; therefore, every man and woman is “without excuse” if they deny our Creator (Romans 1:18-32).  With that said, if a person in the Congo, for example, never hears of Jesus and never has the opportunity to acknowledge Jesus Christ as LORD, this is NOT our Creator’s problem for our LORD has clearly commanded the faithful to go into all the World and tell of Jesus Christ and teach them in the ways of righteousness.

“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 [e]Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you [f]always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20

With that said, will there be grace and mercy shown to those who never had the opportunity to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ? I don’t know…that is God’s purview.

  1. Would you prefer that everyone on earth converts to Christianity and the level of human suffering stays the same or that everyone on earth becomes an atheist and the level of human suffering falls 90%?

Your question negates itself because the suffering on this Earth will not be diminished but increase with the absence of Christianity along with the absence of the restraining power of the Holy Spirit to constrain the evil in man’s heart. It is the god of Atheism i.e. Satan (yes, Satan is the foundation for Atheism) that is the impetus for the horrors in our World and removing the ONLY restraining Force, the Holy Spirit, from our World would only exacerbate suffering and hopelessness.

 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way. 2 Thessalonians 2:7

8. How did you eliminate (if you did) infinite regress as an option?

I would need clarification concerning this question and its particular relevance to theology.  If your question concerns the origin of matter, the Universe and purpose, relevancy, please see my article on this subject at: https://rickeyholtsclaw.com/2017/09/27/in-the-beginning-god-why/

9. Why do you think Hindu’s are unconvinced of Quranic prophecy?

To understand why the Quran must be approached with caution and discernment, one must understand the origin of Islam, its purpose in Time and the genesis of the Quran. Please see Part II of my article for an overview of Islam, Allah, Ishmael, Muhammad, the Quran. https://rickeyholtsclaw.com/2017/09/27/in-the-beginning-god-why/

10. How could I tell the difference between someone who actually knows their purpose in life according to god and someone who just believes they know their purpose from god?

In order to make this differentiation, you must possess knowledge of God’s Word from the Genesis to the Revelation.

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15

Thank you,

R.D. Holtsclaw  @RickeyDale07 (Twitter)

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In the Beginning, God…Why? https://rickeyholtsclaw.com/2017/09/27/in-the-beginning-god-why/