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A RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD- WE ALL HAVE ONE, TRUTH IS...
Getting to Know the Creator/improving your relationship with God
I'd like to take a moment to discuss something that everyone has an opinion on one way or another: God and your own personal relationship with him. Now there are those who feel that due to their often long-standing christian (or other religous affiliation) service and dedication , they have a great relationship with God. OK...
There are also those who question God's existence. But rest assured, whether you choose to accept God's existence or not HE Does Exist and you too have a relationship with God. How can a person who doesn't recognize God's existence have a relationship with him?!! I didn't say they have a "good" relationship with God, just a relationship. See, like it or not God did create you and put into place all that is around you specifically for your sustenance,as well as pleasure and to satisfy our natural creativeness and curisosity. Only the most ridiculous of us deny there is a dynamic and powerful entity behind the many intricacies of creation. Look at the sheer detail of everything that exists and see the perfect order in which they proceed through their existance and you will realize a grand design indeed.
Only a fool denies that God exists.
That said, let's move on. How is your relationship with God?Do you talk to him a lot? Or do you only wait until there is trouble and you are desperate for help from any source available?Tragedy does breed many believers.
The best way to improve one's relationship with God is to first learn who He is and what his name is. Before many printers such as the American Bible Society began systematically removing it from their translations, God's true name "Jehovah" appeared wel over 6,000 times in the Bible. Given that the very last thing stated in the Bible was the strong admonition/warning that adding to or removing anything from the bible would result in dire circumstances, isn't it odd that a if not "the" premier translator/distributor of "God's Word" are guilty of removing what is basically the most important item in the bible: God's name!
Say your name is "George" and you knew many people. How would you like for them to addres you? Would you like them to call you "sir"; would you like them to call "George was good to me" after you may have done them a big favor? How about if you had a son and they called you by his name? Is this the way into your heart, or would you not rather feel offended? Think about that the next time you call God "Jehovah Jirreh" or Jehovah-Nicci, or any other name with an adjective attached; If your name is george you don't want to be called "George bought me a new car, or George came in the nick of time"; certainly George would suffice. Or think about the next time you pray to Jesus or call him God. Jesus not one time said he was actually God; but rather, he said "my father" several times including adding that "My father is greater than I". In the final hours of his life who did Jesus pray to, himself? If so, why did he say:"Not my will, but rather YOUR will...". Obviously he was following instructions from a higher authority than himself and thusly submitting to those instructions despite his own feelings. This clearly disproves any chance of there being a coexistence as it were. In fact so far as the trinity doctrine so widely used, the trinity actually was from pagan worship of Nimrod in ancient Babylon incorporating the deification of Nimrod, his mother/wife Esther(Isis,Astarte,etc), and the reborn Nimrod said to have returned after death to a deified entity. It is truly sad that so much of what we (in churches) believe and staunchly stand by is that which we don't have a clue of the real origion of. Up to and over 80% of modern christian beliefs have pagan origions( a topic we will discuss in a later article in order not to stray from the subject at hand). Jesus also said that even though he would be coming back:"of that date noone but the father knows, not even the son...". Now if Jesus himself said he does'nt even know exactly when he'll return to earth, why do we insist on saying that he is God? Sounds pretty silly doesn't it? In fact Jesus himself said that in the "last days"( the time we are clearly in) many will cry out his name but will be forsaken as they fail to recognize God, his father(Matthew 7:21)
...Further, 1 Corinthians speaks of Jesus submitting himself to God so that God would be over all things including Jesus, so again asserting that Jesus is God looks sillier even more when you take the time to actually read the Bible without complicating it with the traditional nonsense that blatantly calls God's Word a liar even while claiming to be serving him. How do you serve someone in "spirit and truth" when you promote beliefs that call him and his representative liars?!!!Yet that is what we have in church today.
*To cherish a gift more than the giver is a sin of self-deception*
Jesus was and is a grand gift from an even grander Creator/giver, Jehovah God. Originally, bible translations held that:" God gave his only 'BEGOTTEN' son..." Begotten means created or born. Oddly, newer translations of the bible now read:"God gave his only son...", eliminating the word "begotten". This smacks of a contrived and systematic campaign of deception by disinformation; in essence: "perfidy" , the deliberate act of presenting that which is known to be a untruth and representing it as fact. Jehovah created Jesus first and then empowered Jesus to create all other things in existence including the angels (Satan too). Colossians 1: 15. Jesus himself said that in the last days people would overly focus on him and ignore Jehovah("My Father") and he would in turn deny knowing or acepting them (Matthew 7:21-23). So every time you see pastors, deacons etc in church praying TO Jesus instead of THROUGH Jesus, they are actually calling Jesus and Jehovah liars. Yet they use God's Word to exercise a control over people's effort toward salvation. Again, 1 Corinthians 15 is the most damaging scripture to those claiming that Jesus is God as it says even he must and will subject himself to God.
How do you establish a GOOD relationship with someone when you repeatedly and publicly(often fanatically) call them AND their child liars?!!!!! Chew on that, blow a few bubbles and then read on...
So there's the first step to obtaining a relationship with God. First learn who He is and then start talking to him(in Jesus name of course) by name. Don't you call your best of friends by their name? Again, Jesus is the "mediator" which means "go-between"; he doesn't go between us and himslef, come on let's use that God-given ability to rationalize. I know this is shocking as most of you have been taught something altogether different all of your lives as were all of your parents and ancestors; but didn't Jesus bring a totally different ministry previously? Who was it that posed the biggest threat to his ministry? The clergy. Think about that and the fact that history does repeat it'self.
The next step is prayer and supplication. Learning the difference between these two things is vital. First: prayer is meant to approach God about serving him and what He wants of us. It is NOT for begging him to give you riches and success/prosperity. Stop believing those demonized prosperity preachers that say "pray and claim it". Prayer in the bible every single time it is spoken of strictly dealt with doing something FOR God, even when the person praying asked for something to enable it. Prayer is for the glorification of God and the doing of his will. Then there is supplication. Supplication comes from the very same latin rootword as suppliment, meaning "to add to". This in effect means supplication is to be used in addition to prayer. This is where you gain the more personal aspect of your relationship with God as you talk to him about how you feel and think and the things you may want or desire. This is where you have "conversations" with God and even "reason" with him (Isaiah 1:15-)This is done while walking, eating in good times and bad.
Regardless of what is going on in your life you /we all have a relationship with God. This is yet the very first part in a series on how to improve that relationship. I know I've given you a lot to consider and thus it is time to allow you time to digest it before submitting part two. Until then, b-blessed!@