Paganism and Corinthian Tongues practiced in Pentecostalism and other forms of charismata today …
The actual Gift of Tongues was given to the early Church to prostelyze the known World in the Gospel as Tongues were intelligible and known languages-dialects that one had not studied but by God’s grace could understand and/or speak fluently. What far too many today consider a Gift of Tongues is pagan, intoxicated, babbling-gibberish that finds its origin in the pagan temple and the intoxicated oracles of a pagan priestess at Delphi adjacent to Corinth in the first-century; this paganism carried-over into the Corinthian Church resulting in much discord and Paul’s admonition that women remain silent in Church (1 Corinthians 14:34).
You believe your pagan gibberish is some form of secret prayer language that only you and God understand…this is a lie from the Devil and you’re practicing paganism and promoting same that is abused in Pentecostalism and other forms of works doctrine oriented heresy in “charismata.” Speaking in an unknown tongue is NOT a sign of the Holy Spirit in one’s life nor is it a confirmation that one has been saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Today’s pagan gibberish incorrectly labeled as a Tongue is demonic heresy and deception and defilement.
Subsequent to the publishing of the Canon of Scripture, the actual Gift of Tongues is no longer relevant…nor is it needed. If tongues were relevant today, why must missionary organizations methodically train their missionaries in the languages of the people they will serve?
Question concerning causation for the creation of matter, the human genome: “Greetings Everyone, I have a question, if one knows please assist, what was the purpose of God when creating a human being?”
I’ll be as succinct as possible in my response…
The entirety of the Universe and our genome was created in direct response to an unfathomable rebellion that manifest in the Kingdom of God before the creation of Time. This rebellion was of such magnitude and destruction that God the Father extricated the participants warring against Him and ultimately placed them upon this Earth partially constrained by Time and physics; the Earth having been created for cause with rapidity for the sole purpose of removing evil from the Kingdom where nothing impure is permitted to exist (Revelation 21:27).
Our entire creation and our individual lives are focused on ONE primary objective, we are participants in a cosmic struggle between good v. evil and the Son of God entered Time specifically “to destroy the works of the Devil” (1 John 3:8b) via the Gospel of Jesus Christ ordained “before the beginning of Time” (2 Timothy 1:9-10; Genesis 3:21). God the Father is presently demonstrating to the faithful angelic creation the horrors of sin and disobedience, a scenario that has been playing-out for 6020-years thus far. All of human suffering, death, are the resultant of evil introduced first by God’s nemesis, Satan, and the angels that followed Satan in the rebellion.Subsequent to the Millennial Reign of Messiah where absolute peace will manifest upon the Earth while Satan is bound for 1000-years and then released, this unique Kingdom ruled by Jesus Christ will finally convince the faithful angelic creation that indeed their former boss, Satan, is the culprit for all sin and suffering and these angels will concur with the Father that His extrication of Satan and the fallen angels (Luke 10:18; Revelation 12) was just and holy and these faithful angels will concur with the Father that Satan does indeed deserve eternal torment in Hell forever and ever (Revelation 20:10). Hell having been created specifically for Satan and the fallen angels (Matthew 25:41).
Human kind is the byproduct of the Gospel dealing with sin and evil having been introduced into the Kingdom of God and in God’s mercy for having created us as participants in this cosmic war, God has demonstrated His perfect LOVE and compassion by giving Himself as a blood sacrifice through selfless love and suffering for a rebellious and stubborn people yet God is faithful and Holy and the faithful angels look-on with amazement at what their God has done and they are reassured that He is worthy of all praise and worship and servitude as there is no One greater. In all of this, God will have been successful in maintaining volitional love with His faithful angelic creation that He absolutely adores while simultaneously destroying the works of the Evil One through His own selfless LOVE.
The One who successfully destroyed the works of the Devil (death, Hell, the grave) through the Crucifixion (Genesis 3:15; 1 John 3:8b), Jesus Christ our Lord, is presently preparing a New Kingdom (the New Jerusalem) (John 14:3) and in a most unique turn of events, God will live among His created beings in a resurrected body and those who have loved God in Jesus Christ and served Him faithfully by grace thorough faith in what He has done for mankind within the Realm of Time, these faithful will serve the Living God in resurrected, redeemed, bodies in a New Kingdom on a New Earth having been purified by fire within a New Heaven, FOREVER.
Messianic Jews and the error of duplicity, a discussion…
Trusting in the Law to earn Messiah’s righteousness will not manifest in eternal life. You are duplicating the error made by far too many Messianic Jews…you seek eternal life by placing one-foot in the Covenant of Law and the other foot in the Covenant of Grace…you are straddling a wire that will cut you in pieces and allot you to death in Hell. You have put the cart before the horse.
Initiating a covenant relationship with the Father has NOTHING to do with the Law and everything to do with repentance and belief in the Son, Jesus Christ, as God, Messiah. Once you have established a covenant relationship with the Father by grace (unmerited favor unattainable by human effort) through faith (believing-trusting) in the Son as God and as your sin-bearer and having subsequently received the indwelling Holy Spirit as the Seal and Guarantor of that relationship (Ephesians 1:13-14)…it is then and ONLY then that your works of obedience to Messiah’s Laws as administered by the Spirit become relevant as your obedience SUBSEQUENT to your confession is the authentication and validation of your faith.
You insist on seeking obedience in order to please the Father without having first established the relationship and let it be known that until a relationship is established with the Father, your efforts to gain approval by the Father through obedience to the Law are futile and He does not even hear your prayers (John 9:31) lest you have humbled yourself and approached Him His way by honoring His will; that is, seeking forgiveness of sin through repentance and belief in the Son, Jesus Christ, who died for the sins of the whole World.
Are the Sinai Commandments and 613-Levitical Laws unique/novel and do these Laws provide righteousness (a right standing with God) through atonement for sin? Answering the Jewish Law Keeper headed to death in sin and death in Hell for rejecting Messiah Yeshua as Lord (John 8:24).
The Law of Moses and the Sinai Commandments were given specifically to the Hebrew Tribes. From Adam forward, mankind has been constrained by the Law of Conscience (Romans 2:15) as infused within human kind by our Creator for two-primary reasons,
1) The Natural-Moral Law acts as a bulwark against unrestrained narcissism that would inevitably manifest in extinction of the human species. It is the natural law-the moral law written upon our heart and controlled by the conscience and the Spirit that provides restraint concerning the sin-nature passed to all of mankind through the seed of Adam (Romans 5:12-21). This natural law has been extant since the creation of the angels. Even Satan himself is under law as are the fallen angels.
2) The natural-moral law infused within our inner-man by our Creator is essential for Judgment in Eternity to manifest with equity and due process…all of human kind will be “without excuse” (Romans 1:18-32). Where there is no Law there is no sin and where there is no sin there is no eternal culpability (Romans 4:15; 5:12-14) yet every rebellious knee will bend and every blasphemous tongue will confess Jesus is Lord to the glory of God the Father in the Day of Judgment (Philippians 2:10-11; Romans 14:11) .
The Law of Moses, the Decalog, is NOTHING new or novel as they simply place emphasis on what already exists within mankind from conception i.e. the natural-moral law; the civil-ceremonial-dietary edicts of the Levitical Law are the only addition that are unique to the moral law and these are relevant ONLY to the children of Israel and converts to Judaism as they are simply a foreshadowing of Messiah (Colossians 2:16). The Mosaic Law and the Decalog were given in response to Israel’s sin (Galatians 3:19) and as a necessary articulation of God’s expectation concerning Jacob’s children as they were set-apart for His specific purposes, both Messianic and eschatological (Leviticus 19:2; Leviticus 20:7; Leviticus 20:26; Leviticus 21:8; Exodus 19:6; 1 Peter 1:16; 1 Thessalonians 4:7).
With the Advent of Messiah, born of a virgin woman and born under Law (Galatians 4:4), Jesus-Yeshua fulfilled the Commandments and the Levitical Law with perfection without sin (2 Corinthians 5:21); subsequently, the Law of Moses, the Decalog were no longer necessary as their purposes were fulfilled in Messiah (Matthew 5:17) who has instituted a New Covenant in His own blood (Matthew 26:28) replete with a New Law – New Commandments that are administered by the Holy Spirit through sanctification (Romans 7:6; 2 Corinthians 3). The Old Covenant of Law has faded away and is no longer valid (2 Corinthians 3) during this Age of Grace.
The Law Keeping child of Jacob is living in a Covenant that has been voided for a time due to Israel’s disobedience, their rejection and murder of Messiah and the impotency of that Covenant of Law that could not provide atonement but only condemned without recourse (Hebrews 10; Romans 3:20). The Covenant of Law was incomplete and its ultimate fulfillment was realized through the Advent of Messiah Jesus as God in flesh (Philippians 2:8; John 1). Jesus is the Mediator of a better Covenant established in His own blood (Hebrews 10; Matthew 26:28) and without Messiah as your God to Mediate your sin (1 Timothy 2:5-6), you will live and die in futility without hope of life in the Kingdom (John 3:16-18; 8:24; 14:6).
The moral aspects of the Sinai Commandments and the Levitical Law remain relevant as they have been incorporated by the teaching of Messiah in the Covenant of Grace and these Laws are administered by the Holy Spirit working in the individual lives of those who believe that Jesus is God who died to pay the sin-debt of all mankind (Ephesians 1:13-14; Galatians 5:16-26). Where the child of Jacob errs is thinking that the Law and obedience to same is a pathway to righteousness with God (Galatians 2:16; Romans 9:30) not understanding that God mandates perfection in obedience to the Law if one is to attain righteousness through same (Leviticus 18:5; Romans 10:5; James 2:10) – but – all of mankind is under the condemnation of sin (Romans 3:23; Isaiah 53:6) and the Law only defines sin void atonement (Romans 3:20); so then, the child of Jacob that trusts in the Law for righteousness will die in sin and die in Hell as they have rejected the only Way to life with the Father in the Kingdom i.e. faith-belief in Jesus-Yeshua as God and Mediator for sin (John 14:6; John 8:24).
It is our obedience to the Law of the Spirit in sanctification SUBSEQUENT to our confession of Jesus as Lord that affirms and substantiates our confession as true and our Covenant with God as valid. No one can earn God’s approval (Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:21); No one can earn God’s righteousness over their life…this righteousness apart from the Law must be imputed by grace through faith in Jesus as Lord (2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 3:21).
Law Keeping in pursuit of righteousness leading to eternal life is futility and self-deception. Responding to the Jewish Law Keeper living in a Covenant that only condemns the soul to Hell. The blindness, the veil, concerning Israel in the New Covenant…
As I said, the Sinai Commandments were given solely to the children of Israel and converts to Judaism that desired to become part of that “religion.” The Decalog and the 613-Levitical edicts manifest in response to Israel’s sin (Galatians 3:19). There is NOTHING new or novel concerning the moral law contained in the Decalog or the Levitical Laws but the Decalog simply articulated what God expected of the people through whom He would bring forth His Messiah, perform His works of eschatology and a people who were to be His representatives to a lost and dying World.
2) Yes, only doers of the Law will be justified (Romans 2:13) but who are doers of the Law? NO ONE but Messiah!!! The Law mandated perfection as per Moses (Leviticus 18:5; Romans 10:5); hence, the inability of mankind to attain righteousness through the Law because all of mankind is under the condemnation of sin (Romans 3:23; Isaiah 53:6) and to violate one-jot or one-tittle of the Law is to be guilty of violating the whole Law (James 2:10); therefore, the Law, both the Decalog and the Levitical Laws, could never provide righteousness but ONLY condemn as these Laws defined sin void atonement. The Covenant of Law was NOTHING more than a sign-post pointing to Messiah who would not only fulfill the Law (Matthew 5:17) but conquer death, Hell and the grave for everyone who believes. The Covenant of Law was impotent to save the soul from God’s wrath for sin (Romans 8:3).
Even on your very best day, your attempts at good works or attempts to keep the Law are as a filthy, bloody, menstrual cloth in the nose of God (Isaiah 64:6); it is NOT until we Covenant with the Father by grace through faith in Jesus Christ as our God and Mediator for sin that our works of righteousness done through the indwelling Holy Spirit have meaning and purpose and accountability for Eternity…YOU CANNOT FIND RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD THROUGH THE LAW (Romans 3:20; Galatians 2:16; Ephesians 2:8-9)!!! It is our works of righteousness SUBSEQUENT to our confession of Jesus as Lord that authenticates and validates our confession as true and binding in Covenant with the Father.
3) 1 Peter is written to a Jewish audience, NOT the Gentile…and the moral aspects of the Torah ARE RELEVANT as they are reiterated in some form in Messiah’s Laws that are administered by the Holy Spirit during the process of sanctification relevant to everyone who believes in Jesus as Lord. The Christian IS NOT UNDER LAW BUT UNDER GRACE AND LIVES IN OBEDIENCE TO THE HOLY SPIRIT AND NOT TO A LAW ETCHED IN STONE OR SCRATCHED ON PARCHMENT (Romans 6:14).
4) Christianity is the completion, fulfillment, of Judaism as Christianity provides atonement for sin that Judaism only pointed to but could NOT provide as the Covenant of Law only CONDEMNED void atonement as the Covenant of Law only defined sin but provided no access to forgiveness (Romans 3:20); therefore, the Covenant of Law was incomplete, inferior, to the New Covenant of Grace through Faith in Messiah who is our Atonement and Intercessor for sin (2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 10). The Covenant of Law has faded away (2 Corinthians 3) and its usefulness in the Covenant of Grace is null and void until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. Jesus will revive the Law in His Millennial Reign as He will receive the Kingdom denied Him during His first-advent…but that Law will be relevant to the remnant of Jews saved through the Tribulation who serve Yeshua-Jesus in the Kingdom in Jerusalem.
5) The New Covenant was made with Israel but THEY REJECTED IT AND THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL MURDERED THEIR MESSIAH UPON A TREE AND DEMANDED THAT HIS BLOOD BE UPON THEM AND THEIR CHILDREN; THEREFORE, THE COVENANT OF GRACE WAS TAKEN FROM THE CHILDREN OF JACOB AND GIVEN TO THE GENTILES UNTIL THE TIME OF THE GENTILES BE FULFILLED (Matthew 27:25; Romans 11:25). If you trust in the Law of Moses or the Decalog as per a works salvation, you will die in sin (John 8:24) and you will not be named among the remnant of Israel that will be saved in the last days (Isaiah 10:22; Romans 9:27) but you will accompany the majority of Israel that will die in sin and die in Hell in rejection of Messiah Yeshua as God and Mediator for sin.If you trust in the Law for righteousness and eternal life you will die in your sin and die in Hell (John 8:24) because the Law only condemns you and cannot save you (Romans 3:20).
Only by trusting in Yeshua-Jesus as your God and Mediator for your sin by “faith” will you find life in the Kingdom through the imputation of Messiah’s perfection-righteousness over your life (2 Corinthians 5:21)! You cannot earn your salvation (Ephesians 2:8-9); obedience to a Law will not manifest in righteousness leading to eternal life (Colossians 2:16)…only by humbling yourself, repenting of your sin (Luke 13:3) and sincerely trusting in Jesus as Lord will you find grace sufficient to forgive your sin and open the Door to eternal life (John 3:16-18; John 10:9). It is the one who “believes” that is justified, NOT the one who works (Romans 4:5).
Another law keeper and confusion concerning the Covenant of Grace: “… you can believe what you like but I’m saying if no law applies to gentiles which would be great YES then there be no sin but in the New Testament there is sin 1 John 3:4 so I’m sorry where there is sin you have God’s law to keep. Gentiles just need to read a Dictionary to know what sin means then know what divine law means then they have cracked it!”
Christian response to the Law Keeper,
Where do you get the notion that Christianity is void the moral law? Why can’t you understand that the moral law has been extant and relevant since the creation of the angels and even Satan himself was under law? Why do you and from where do you get the idea that the law began at Sinai and with Moses?
Do you understand that the law given the Hebrew Tribes concerning morality has been extant from Eternity past and the ONLY unique laws given the Hebrews are those dictating ceremonial-civil-Sabbath and dietary edicts and those particular edicts DO NOT APPLY in the New Covenant as Messiah is the end of those laws for everyone who believes in Him as Lord (Romans 10:4; Colossians 2:16)? The ceremonial and dietary laws in the Covenant of Law i.e. Sabbaths, New Moon Celebrations, Festivals, Feasts, dietary restrictions, these were a shadow pointing to the substance of Messiah who is their fulfillment (Colossians 2:16) and these edicts, given solely to the Hebrew Tribes and converts to Judaism under a Covenant of Law, have faded away and are NOT relevant in the Covenant of Grace (2 Corinthians, Chapter 3; Colossians 2:16; Romans 14; Acts 15).
Every moral law that has been extant from Eternity past was also relevant in the Adamic World and endeavored to constrained the antisocial behavior of human kind during the pre-flood era as well as the post-flood era relevant to the generations of Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Ishmael and that same moral law was incorporated in the moral aspects of the Sinai Commandments and the Levitical Law as well as Messiah’s Commandments that are administered by the Spirit in the Covenant of Grace. God etched His moral law and ceremonial laws and dietary laws into stone and on parchment as the children of Jacob were to be set-apart from the pagan tribes that surrounded them and the Hebrew Tribes were to be holy as God is Holy and God would, through the Tribe of Judah, bring forth His Messiah into the Realm of Time (1 Peter 1:16; Leviticus 19:2; Leviticus 20:7; Leviticus 20:26; Leviticus 21:8; Exodus 19:6; 1 Thessalonians 4:7). Because of Israel’s transgressions of the moral law (Galatians 3:19) written upon our heart by our Creator (Romans 2:15), the Decalog and the Levitical Law were given to conform the children of Jacob into vessels fitted for use relevant to God’s eschatological purposes; namely, “to destroy the works of the Devil” through the coming Messiah (1 John 3:8b) and display His blessings for obedience and His cursing for disobedience (Deuteronomy 28) and as God’s eschatological time clock to the World and the observant angels.
Law in the Covenant of Grace?
If the law given the angels, Adam, Moses, could have manifest in righteousness (a right standing with God) for mankind and provided atonement for sin, Jesus would not have needed to suffer and die (Galatians 2:21). Actually, Christianity is under STRICTER LAW than the Hebrew Tribes as sin in the Covenant of Law mandated action; that is, adultery mandated sexual intercourse outside of the marriage covenant but in the New Covenant established in Messiah’s blood (Matthew 26:28), the legal concept of “mens rea” (the guilty mind or the criminal mind i.e. the thought life) has been included by Messiah as an element of sin; that is, no longer must one actually physiologically engage in sexual intercourse outside the marriage covenant to be guilty of adultery but the mere thought of the act is sin and adjudicated as adultery (Matthew 5:28). This same reasoning as per mens rea is relevant to murder as well; to hate your brother without cause is likened to having murdered him as per the New Covenant (Matthew 5:21-22) because Messiah identifies the root of sin i.e. the human heart – the mind as precursors to the physical act; therefore, contrary to your error in thinking, the Christian is under law that is more stringent and demanding than the Hebrew Law but the New Covenant offers grace and mercy and atonement through faith in Messiah apart from the Law whereas the Old Covenant only condemned void atonement by defining a Law that could not impart righteousness due to the sin-nature (Romans 3:20; Galatians 2:16; Romans 8:3); therefore, the New Covenant is eternally superior to the Covenant of Law (Hebrews 8).
Theological misunderstanding concerning sin and the redeemed in Messiah > “SO YOU DON’T KNOW THAT THOSE BORN OF GOD CANNOT SIN? THE FOLLOWING IS THE PROOF: 1 John 3:9 ‘Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.’”
The Apostle John is discussing “mens rea” or the intent of the mind and differentiating between those born of God through the Spirit and those who serve Satan in rebellion to God’s will. The “new nature” in the redeemed of God seeks righteousness and even though sinlessness is the intent, perfection is unachievable due to the encumbrance of the sin-nature (Romans 7).
Those born of God are NOT absent sin as they remain encumbered with a sin-nature that is inextricably linked with the flesh though the redeemed in Messiah do possess a new nature (2 Corinthians 5:17) that abhors sin and strives to walk in obedience in the Spirit via the process of sanctification. It is this change of attitude toward sin that is indicative of the Spirit’s presence in one’s life. Anyone who says they do not sin either by word, thought or deed is a liar and the truth is not in them (Romans 3:23). God the Father is aware of our sin and its causation and He also knows our thoughts and our desires and our intentions and He “chooses” via His divine will to not see our sin but only the righteousness and perfection of His dear Son via the imputation when we believe with a sincere heart that Jesus is our Lord who died to pay our sin-debt, a debt we could not pay through human effort (Hebrews 8:12; John 3:16-18).
“7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.…” 1 John 1:7-9
Though redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ, the redeemed in Christ do struggle with a sin-nature that wars against the NEW NATURE provided by the indwelling Holy Spirit. The faithful in Christ confess their sin to the Father not to reestablish their salvation which is secure forever through the indwelling Holy Spirit as our Guarantor of the Covenant of Grace (Ephesians 1:13-14) but the redeemed seek forgiveness of sin to maintain intimacy with our God wherein lies the boundless beauty of peace and joy and contentment. The redeemed in Christ will NOT, do NOT, seek to willfully sin against our God but seek God’s approval through our obedience to His will and when we do sin by word or thought or deed, the blood of Christ covers that sin, restores us, under girds us and empowers us to move forward in sanctification via the Spirit as we prepare for service in the Kingdom of God subsequent to the death of our body and the sin-nature that wars against the Spirit.
Confusion concerning “the law of sin and death” (Romans 8:2).“Shalom. Honestly and Scripturally, what is the Law of Sin and DEATH?”
The Law of sin and death is the Mosaic Law provided in Leviticus and reiterated in Deuteronomy as the Levitical Law only defined sin void atonement (Romans 3:20). The Law of Moses only condemned mankind to death in Hell as it mandated perfection (James 2:10; Romans 10:5; Leviticus 18:5) by a people (the totality of mankind) who are by nature sinners (Romans 3:23); therefore, the Law portrayed only hopelessness in and of itself while simultaneously pointing mankind to the One who would embody the Law, successfully fulfill it (Matthew 5:17) and thereby provide atonement and righteousness through the Cross via imputation by faith and subsequently reconciliation with the Father, a relationship through Covenant sealed and guaranteed by God the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:11; Romans 5:1; Ephesians 1:13-14).
39 You examine the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is those very Scriptures that testify about Me; 40 and yet you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life. 41 I do not receive glory from people; 42 but I know you, that you do not have the love of God in yourselves. 43 I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, you will receive him.44 How can you believe, when you accept glory from one another and you do not seek the glory that is from the one and only God? 45 Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father; the one who accuses you is Moses, in whom you have put your hope. 46 For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me. 47 But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?” John 5:39-47 (NASB)
Theological question concerning Paul’s motives and the Law of Moses: “Shaul teaches against all forms of EVIL ACTS as against the OT Laws. Did he really teach to OBEY or Break the Law?”
Paul never taught anyone to “break” the moral Laws of God but Paul taught that mankind cannot achieve righteousness (a right standing) with the Father through attempts to keep a Law that only condemns void atonement (Romans 3:20) as all of mankind is under the condemnation of sin (Romans 3:23) and all have sinned and our best works seeking our own righteousness are as a filthy menstrual cloth in the nose of our God (Isaiah 64:6); therefore, in order to attain righteousness through the Law one must obey the Law in absolute perfection (Romans 10:5; Leviticus 18:5); otherwise, to violate one jot or one tittle of the Law is to be guilty of violating the whole Law (James 2:10); therefore, this begs the question, what can mankind do to avoid the wrath of God concerning sin and death in Hell?
God the Father, in His compassion and love, sent forth the Son into Time approximately 2000-years ago born of a virgin woman (Genesis 3:15; Matthew 1:26) thereby circumventing the sin-nature of our father Adam (Romans 5:12-21)…this permitted Jesus via the hypostatic union of God and man (Philippians 2:8) to obey the Law in absolute perfection (Matthew 5:17; John 8:46) thereby becoming our ONLY available blood atonement for sin (Hebrews 10; John 14:6; Matthew 26:28); the Father put your sin, my sin, upon His Son who suffered and died in your place and Jesus did the “work” of righteousness for you and by believing in Jesus as your God and Mediator for sin (John 3:16-18; Romans 10:9-10), you can have Jesus’ perfection, His righteousness, imputed-infused into and over your life (Romans 4:5-11) and the Father via the Covenant of Grace promises to forgive your sin, to not see your sin and declare you “not guilty” and the Father will seal this Covenant by giving you His Holy Spirit to indwell you forever and secure you in His LOVE and forgiveness for eternity as He walks you daily in His will, His obedience via the process of sanctification as His Law is now written upon your heart and infused within your mind via the Spirit (2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 1:13-14; Galatians 5:16; Hebrews 8:10; 10:16).
What the Law could not do as it is weakened by the sinful flesh and the sin-nature and the Law is void atonement for sin, God the Father did by putting our sin upon His sinless-Holy Son and the Son paid the price, kept the Law, did the work, for you, for me, and you and I can access the eternal benefits of the Son’s sacrifice for us by “believing” in Him as our Lord who died to pay our sin-debt…a debt the Law could not atone for and a debt we could not pay through our own human effort (Romans 8:3).
Atheist claims Christianity is essentially a metaphor: “A Christian friend said that I needed to get closer to God. That is a visual metaphor, because, in reality, nobody can get closer to God.”
You are a naturalist…you are locked into and obsessed with naturalism…you have boxed yourself into the temporary, the discernible senses, that which is suffering decay via entropy and genomic degradation and you cannot see the Spiritual…a World that is more tangible, real, permanent, infinitely more intricate and superior than this temporary World constrained by Time and physics…but that’s your life in atheism and evolution and it will be your death as will Hell in your unbelief lest you repent and believe in Jesus Christ as your God and Mediator for your sin (John 3:16-18; John 8:24).
It is written concerning the atheist,
“13 And this is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom, but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. 14 The natural man does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God. For they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 The spiritual man judges all things, but he himself is not subject to anyone’s judgment.…” 1 Corinthians 2:13-15 (Berean Study Bible)