Why Does the Dark Side Enamor People?
Mark Twain said the darnedest things!
We live in a world of deceit; but the real truth is out there.
Never forget, we live in an age of deceit at all levels of education, government, and industry. Those that are without the moral restraints of the Christian worldview living lives of what is right in their own eyes.
You see this in unprovoked attacks by cowards covering their faces, pornography everywhere, the entertainment conglomerate always showing real Christianity in a negative light, and the Humanist Manifesto promoting a world without God.
People enamored by the spiritual realm of the dark side coming back to life, especially evident with a stream of dead coming to life terrorizing people year after year in forms of media, especially movies and cable. The same is true with pornography. Truly wasted time that could be spent better learning about the One that died and come back to life after death, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
People are unaware they are idolizing everything paranormal. Unfortunately, the list goes on with many other examples of paranormal activity that continue to infect the world. However, the current emphasis on the dark side of the spiritual world has its consequences and is controlled by the god of the age, Satan, and his demons. It is the Spirit world that modern science and so-called humanist say does not exist.
My articles are Biblical based and therefore to many, not sensational. The Bible is vastly ignored and seldom studied for wisdom in this world, but nevertheless still has thousands of nuggets of gold for the one willing to dig it out.
Let me say upfront that I sincerely believe that death is not the final frontier, making what we do in life all that much more important. Both those saved by Jesus Christ and the unsaved inherit eternal life. Eternal life inherited by the mere fact they live.
Where are U going to spend eternity?
Where are you going to spend eternity?
But the question that should be on everyone's mind is where are you going to spend eternity? The decision hinges on the acceptance of an undeniable fact. Are you born again through the yielding of your life to the Lordship of Jesus Christ? (John 14.6)
He is the only way to eternal life with God. If one does not accept the gift from the Lord he/she will spend eternal life with Satan and his demons forever. This subject is covered thoroughly as part of the study of Biblical Theology relegated to those that are in religious higher education for the most part.
That is a shame because the study of Systematic Theology is busting open with nuggets of truth which are timelines for today with the truth of God’s Word found in the Bible. Many people are fascinated by the dead coming alive while their personal lives seem dead and in need of real Spiritual revival.
At the bare minimum, it takes away from time that would be better spent doing something a bit more enlightening and positive, as is the study of the Word of God the Bible. Each person who is alive and ever lived shares one thing in common.
You have a living soul!
Do you have a living soul?
A God-breathed living soul. (re. Genesis 2.7) The book of Job, probably written before Genesis, has many nuggets to examine. The terms “life” and “spirit” seem to be interchangeable in some references. (re. Job 27.3; cf. Job 33.18)
Likewise are the words “soul” and “spirit” which seem to be interchangeable as well. (Study Genesis 41.8; Psalms 42.6; Matthew 27.50; John 12.27, 13.21; 1st Thessalonians 5.23; Hebrews 12.23)
For example, Paul states in 1 Thessalonians 5.23 from the Aramaic translation, “But The God of peace shall make all of you perfectly holy and shall keep your whole spirit, soul, and body without fault for the arrival of our Lord Yeshua The Messiah.”
Here it is conclusive. According to Paul, man is a trichotomy being. The earthly body is temporal upon death, but the spirit and soul are eternal. One can count on the Holy Spirit within to help us discern what is true and what is not.
In Paul’s gospel of Romans,
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by [which] we cry out, 'Abba, Father.' The Spirit [itself] bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together” (Romans 8.14-17).
Paul used the example of children in Judaism where the Father covers sin not attributed to the child. So it is with Christ who is our Heavenly Father covering all our sins before God.
Above in Paul's statement of our inherited sonship are the ones who love the Lord God with all their heart, mind, soul and strength and love their brothers and sisters in Christ as they love themselves.
They are born-again, no longer selfish by nature, they are loving, kind and forgiving. Paul states in Hebrews 4.12, "For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart."
Another clear indication of the trichotomies nature of mankind. Jesus clearly walked the earth after the resurrection in an eternal body that one day we will see again and earn our own.
Do all Christians follow this critical plank of a Christian's future? Sadly no, but why not? Indeed, it may have been the conclusion of the heretical "Jesus Seminar," that concluded Jesus Christ did not rise from the dead bodily that fueled the change in worldviews.
The physical resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ is central to the Gospel, mankind, and the earth. Marshall and Gilbert say, "And yet of the Americans who still believe in a resurrection of the dead, two-thirds believe they will not have bodies after the resurrection." (Marshall and Gilbert p. 234)
Perhaps this is caused by a news media that jumped on the conclusions of this supposed expert assembly, The Jesus Seminar, and the wrong name of the group covered extensively via print, TV, cable, and movies.
Many Biblical ignorant viewers and readers accepted their conclusions as truth without investigation. This group of past liberal theorist forgot Paul's sharp warning, "And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins." (1 Corinthians 15:17-19)
The resurrection is as essential to redemption as air is to live. However, when you discuss the bodily resurrection with many Christians, you will find they have been taught to spiritualize the resurrection of the dead effectively denying it.
A respected theologian, evangelist, and educator, Dr. Rueben Torrey said, "We will not be disembodied spirits in the world to come, but redeemed spirits, in redeemed bodies, in a redeemed universe." (Torrey p. 68)
Liberal or weak Bible changing so-called theologians have done much damage to bodily resurrection by introducing doubt. The author of all doubt and confusion has always been Satan.
If one does not get it right on the bodily resurrection of the dead, then nothing else about the Gospel will make sense. Randy Alcorn stated, "The empty tomb is the ultimate proof that Christ’s resurrection body was the same body that died on the cross.
If resurrection meant the creation of a new body, Christ’s original body would have remained in the tomb." (Alcorn p. 56) Jesus Christ, Himself said, "But regarding the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God: I AM the GOD of Abraham, and the GOD of Isaac, and the GOD of Jacob'?
He is not the God of the dead but of the living.” (Matthew 22.31) Jesus is the firstborn of the dead proved that. (Colossians 1.18) Paul said, "For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality." (1st Corinthians 15:53-54)
Paul said his body has taken on immortality, and so will yours and mine. Jesus gave the complete Bible Study in history with the two unnamed men on the Emmaus Road. (Luke 24.13-34)
They recognized who He was when their eyes were opened. But the disciples thought nothing of the man walking with them being any different as they. Luke 24.39 indicates He had a real body. God in the flesh.
Jesus exclaimed, "It is I myself" indicating that He had the same body they knew, both in spirit and physicality. The forgiven Apostle Peter spoke of the physical resurrection of Jesus.
1 Peter 1:3 says, "Praised (honored, blessed) be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah)! By His boundless mercy we have been born again to an ever-living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead."
The Apostle Paul coupled the resurrection to salvation when he spoke to the Roman home churches. He said, "Because if you acknowledge and confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and in your heart believe (adhere to, trust in, and rely on the truth) that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved." (Romans 10.9)
Paul also said, "And if the Spirit of Him Who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, [then] He Who raised up Christ Jesus from the dead will also restore to life your mortal (short-lived, perishable) bodies through His Spirit Who dwells in you." (Romans 8.11)
There are many other indications that Jesus Christ was resurrected bodily and walked the earth for 40 days. Without the physical resurrection of Jesus Christ Christianity fails.
The Islamics have been falsely spreading that Jesus Christ was not resurrected since 700 A.D. This is an outright lie. I hope this clarifies any issues on the bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ and our future resurrection in a physical body as well.
Please in your comments below the article let me know what subjects you would like for me to cover. I appreciate your feedback. Thank you and God's blessings to you and your family.
Randy Alcorn, 50 Days of Heaven. Tyndale House Publications, Carol Stream, IL. 2006, Print.
Paul Marshall with Lela Gilbert, Heaven Is Not My Home: Learning to Live in God’s Creation. Nashville: Word, 1998, Print.
R. A. Torrey, Heaven or Hell. New Kensington, Pa.: Whitaker House, 1985, Print.
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