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HIStory - God's Story of Man

Updated on December 17, 2011

A Simple Overview of the Bible

This page is the result of a first draft book I had written a few years ago. It was going to be only one of a series of books, all covering the same subject, but in varying depths for various ages.

This particular edition was to be for upper elementary. I was also going to publish a version for parents to read out loud to their children, a version for beginning readers, and a version suitable for young adults with much more in depth study.

However, I may never have the time to complete this project and, I have never felt truly comfortable with selling anything that has to do with God and His truth. Now that I have come to find Squidoo, I think think this is a great place to put this.

I hope this condensed version of God's relationship with mankind will help some to understand some things that might have been confusing to them about the truths found in God's Word. I also hope that it might be used by Him to show people who He is and what great love He has for the humans He created, and what our response to that should be.

For an atheist's response, even though unconvinced, scroll to the video at the bottom.

Bible Questions
Bible Questions

Update Notes

I am experimenting with adding a question capability after each segment so that honest questions can be asked and I will do my best to answer them. This is not a debate page, however. I find that those who want to debate have no facts, only opposing ideas, so debate is rather fruitless and very time consuming. If you think a debate would be a good thing, I encourage you to begin a webpage to do that.

Anyone who knows the Bible at all can testify that the knowledge there is so incredible you can study your whole life and still find something new each and every time. I am a simple child of God who is studying as often as possible and I don't claim to have all the answers. No one does yet, but I will do my best for any questions that are asked with sincerity.

Not sure how such a thing will work on a page like this, but no harm in trying.

The Fruition of All Things

Before the beginnings of our earth, God, who is God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit met together and laid out the plan for mans' creation and eternity.

All three are equal in power, knowledge, and all things, but they agreed to take on certain roles to accomplish their plan; the Father, who sits on the throne in Heaven, the Son, who gave His life for all mankind and Who created the earth, and the Holy Spirit, who does not speak of Himself, but works in the hearts of mankind to turn them to God and accomplish His purpose.

We speak of God as Him, because all three act as one, together. There is no disagreement.

Fruition of All Things Questions

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      siobhanryan 5 years ago

      Agree

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      Delia 5 years ago

      Amen to that!

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      Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

      @jcamdenbow: At first, that seems plausible, but it ends up not being a good analogy because we are given several instances in God's Word of one communicating with another, in an exchange of thoughts and conversation. So they are three distinct individuals.

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      thank you for sharing. i had catechism when i was young and went to salesian gir's school.

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      food monkey 5 years ago

      Your lens is very thought provoking :) I enjoyed it very much.

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      jseven lm 5 years ago

      It's really a faith walk all the way, good info. :)

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      jcamdenbow 5 years ago

      On a lower level of understanding it could be like this. I am daughter, sister and an aunt. All three of these aspects carry different levels of me. But I am still one person yet three rolled into one.

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      Mamaboo LM 5 years ago

      This is probably one of the most difficult things for people to understand...how there can be 3 yet one. I don't find it difficult to understand, for reasons I wont go into here. Know that I enjoy your lens far above all others that I've seen. Thank YOU!!!

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      anilsaini 5 years ago

      nice lens

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The triune God is one of those wonders of God that we wonder about.

    YHWH creation in His hands.
    YHWH creation in His hands.

    Who God Is.

    Too much to list, but here is a starting point. I'll add more later.

    God is all powerful, all knowing, all seeing, all wise, all present, all holy, all righteous, all light, and all love. He is perfect. He does not claim to be all merciful or all forgiving. While His mercy and forgiveness are immense, His righteousness and justice are higher than these.

    There is nothing hidden from him, from the smallest portion of the tiniest molecule not even yet seen by a microscope, to distant places in the universe we will never reach with our ships or see with our telescopes.

    He made all things and all things are held together in the power of His hand. He knows the secrets of our hearts and minds that sometimes we do not even know. He knows the future and controls it.

    Who God Is Questions

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        siobhanryan 5 years ago

        God is everywhere and knows all

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        Delia 5 years ago

        God lives within me through the Holy Spirit...He gives us ever-loving kindness...He is Love.

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        goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

        God is almighty. we are just pixels in this whole universe.

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        May we find our rest in HIm!

      Angels Worship and Serve God
      Angels Worship and Serve God

      This is His Creation, Not Mine.

      I Am His Creation, Not My Own.

      God, on His throne in Heaven, began His plan for creation and eternity for mankind.

      He wanted man to love and fellowship with, and He wanted a mankind who would want to love and worship Him.

      He created angels, cherubim and seraphim to be messengers and helpers in the plan.

      This is His Creation, Not Mine Questions.

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          Delia 5 years ago

          All is His! and I Thank Him daily for all His creations...He has given me so much, and I know my purpose...Praise God!

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          Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

          @goo2eyes lm: It is not the angels' responsibility to guide us. We are convicted by the conscience that God gave us, by the testimony of His creation, and by the Holy Spirit. When we choose to participate in evil, we have to answer to the Lord for ignoring the truth we were given. We are told that the angels watch God's interaction with us in amazement. I suspect they are about as incredulous as I am at our foolish rejection of God and that He has waited as long as He has to do something about it. That's just a guess on my part. We should never pursue relationships with angels. They work for God and do not have relationships with us. The only beings that will seek to interact with humans will be fallen angels, and we don't want to mess with them. They hate us with a passion.

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          goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

          God gave us the free will to choose right from wrong. if we choose wrong, then the angels will guide us back to the right path.

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          jcamdenbow 5 years ago

          Of all the beings God could have created to fellowship with He chose mankind. Then to make sure that its our decision to fellowship with Him God gave us a will. A will to decide for ourselves. To me that is a true God!

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Another wonder of God that we were created to companion with Him!

        Lucifer bowing.
        Lucifer bowing.

        Creation of Lucifer

        The first to choose evil.

        The angels have jobs that are different from one another and, just like in business or the military, they have ranks and duties. Some are more powerful than others.

        Lucifer was very strong, beautiful and important in the ranks of angels. But he was prideful and envious. He hated serving God and resented working for His plan. He began wanting to be like God.

        Soon after creation Lucifer rebelled against God’s authority and convinced one third of the angels to join him in his defiance.

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            siobhanryan 5 years ago

            I believe that Lucifer and his followers will be defeated at the end of time

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            Delia 5 years ago

            I have many questions...however I know the scriptures to be true .

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            Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

            @goo2eyes lm: Almost, but not exactly correct. He was given dominion over the earth. He and the fallen angels have various jurisdictions on this planet and do everything they can to inflict damage to humans. His influence is going to increase greatly as time goes on. Life here on earth is not going to get better, it is going to get worse. During the last seven years of man's existence on earth without God here, it is going to be incredibly horrific. After that seven years, Satan will be bound for 1000 years during Yeshua's beautiful rule here on earth. On his release, he will attempt to overthrow the rulership of Yeshua. It is at that point he will be destroyed.

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            goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

            he was the favorite among the angels. the most beautiful angel God had created but he thought he was more powerful than God. as a result, he was banned eternally to hell.

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            jcamdenbow 5 years ago

            What a sad day in heaven this was when Lucifer chose rebellion.

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            Mamaboo LM 5 years ago

            I don't know why, but this is the first time that I realized that angels have emotions to. I knew it, but I didn't realize it!!! If that makes sense

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            anonymous 5 years ago

            This will alway perplex us because we can only see in part.

          Lucifer rebells
          Lucifer rebells

          No Place for Evil

          Only good things are what God will allow to remain.

          Can you imagine if you made something beautiful with your own hands, and then it chose evil and decided it wanted to be more powerful than you; wanted to destroy every good thing you had ever created? Lucifer had evil in his heart. Evil is the absence of good, the separation from all that God is.

          Lucifer's name was changed to Satan, the Father of Lies, and the rebellious angels became known as fallen angels and demons. They were kicked out of their places in Heaven serving God and cast down to the earth.

          They have tried to interfere with God's plan in every way they could ever since. They will be destroyed along with all evil in the end, but until then, we must be watchful for their lies. They seek to deceive, to hide and twist truth, and to distract us from what really matters.

          No Place for Evil Questions

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              siobhanryan 5 years ago

              There is evil and good everywhere each of us has a choice

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              Delia 5 years ago

              I recognize Satan and his evil...and I know I have choices to make, but it's not Satan that I choose...he certainly tries

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              Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

              @goo2eyes lm: There does seem to be a rule of opposites in creation, doesn't there.

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              goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

              if there is good, there is bad. ying-yang, black-white, thick-thin, etc.

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              Shelly Sellers 5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

              To Lucky Charm. Lucifer is part of God's creation and was a Angel, but like all things that have evil thoughts, he wanted to be like God and attempted to take over and bring other Angels with him. God threw him out of Heaven and the Angels who thought they could overtake God too. God does let him (satan) rein over this earth and even tempted Jesus in the wilderness. Satan, has rein of this eather and is know as the "Prince of this Earth". God could destroy him at any time, but chooses not too.

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              Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

              @BeyondRoses: I agree with you on that. All things are not of God, and it is not God's will that any should perish, and yet some do. So clearly, not everything that happens is God's will. The one thing He gave us that makes the key difference is our own 'free will'. We have complete ability to step outside the safety zone of God's wonderful Kingdom. Though why anyone would choose this is something I cannot understand.

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              BeyondRoses 5 years ago

              You have a fine interpretation, in regard to good versus evil. I have always had some concerns about the phrase "All things are of God" and, "It's God's Will" when there are such cruelties, and suffering in this world, most of them caused by man.

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              Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

              @mywebcontent: Ah, I knew this question was coming. What great practice for me! It's often brought up in these situations. I will keep this short as a lens is not the best venue for long discussions. Cold is the absence of heat and darkness is the absence of light. God is good, and angels and man were created by Him, but with free will to choose to turn from good; to choose the absence of good, which is called evil. Yes, Lucifer is part of creation. Things we create are not necessarily part of us. If you create a painting, it is not a part of you. It may have come from you, but you will not be lacking anything if it disappears. Lucifer was created by God, with free will, Lucifer used that free will to choose the things that were not of God, the absence of good; evil. God calls all to come out of the things that are evil and to be set apart from it. That's what the word "Holy" actually means; set apart. It does not mean, as so many have been taught, that one is pure and sinless. It means set apart from what is common. Lucifer did not choose to be set apart. Free will. Hope this is helpful.

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              anonymous 5 years ago

              There certainly is plenty of evil to be dealt with.

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              mywebcontent 5 years ago

              How does one resolve that all things are of God? That means the light and the dark as well. So wouldn't that mean that Lucifer as of God as well if God created the Universe? Wouldn't Lucifer be a part of that creation? That being said, how can Lucifer really be separate from God if Lucifer was God's creation?

            Angels in Praise
            Angels in Praise

            From Beginning to End

            Nothing is a surprise to God.

            However, we need never fear that God's plan can be changed, because He knows all that will happen already, and He knew exactly what Lucifer would do even before creating him.

            Even Lucifer's rebellion fit into God's plan, for nothing takes God by surprise or is unused by Him for His great purpose.

            And in the beginning of man's story, God created the heavens and the earth.

            You can read about that very week in the first chapter of the Bible.

            From Beginning to End Questions

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                siobhanryan 5 years ago

                I think you have to have faith love and charity

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                Delia 5 years ago

                God never changes...and His plan for us is eternal life. You only have this one chance in this life through this choice, not through good works but your trust in Jesus Christ your Savior, and His resurrection with forgiveness of sin...this was all from the beginning and will be to the end.

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                Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

                @goo2eyes lm: No, there is no transit place, no purgatory. Neither of those are found in the Bible. What is found in the Bible is that we must understand our need for the sacrifice of the blood of Yeshua to pay for our sins and we must thankfully give ourselves to Him. If we belong to Him, we are covered and will be with Him. If we believe we can get there on our own merit, or only try to get there by trying to trade a simple 'ask Jesus into your heart" prayer for a ticket, mocking His sacrifice for us, and not giving our lives to Him, we will not be there.

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                goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

                at judgement day, God will harvest the good ones from the evil ones. what happens to the not so good and not so evil ones? i believe that they will be in transit, in limbo where they could make penitence for the wrong doings they did. nobody is perfect. i would say, i will be in transit.

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                anonymous 5 years ago

                We know that the purposes of God are Yea and Amen!

              Creation paradise
              Creation paradise

              The Gift of Creation

              For his pleasure, and for ours.

              He filled creation with wonderful and fantastic things that pleased Him and that would make a beautiful home for mankind.

              Things like the sun, moon and stars;

              Places to go, like mountains, lakes, meadows, gardens;

              Plants to give shade and food;

              Animals like birds, fish, insects and land creatures, including dinosaurs; every marvelous thing you see in nature today.

              My favorite place to be is outside. I see who He is in everything He has created. All the things He loves, you can see them all around you. He is not 'IN' His creation any more than you are in something you have made, but in the same way someone who wants to know something about you can learn by examining things you have done, we can know more about God by looking at the things He has made.

              Take the time to look at His creation and ask who He is.

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                  goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

                  wonderful things and livingthings around us are His creation. i have seen some clouds with sunrays beaming towards the earth and i thought of God. i saw God in these rays and praised the Lord. did not have a camera to take a photo. besides, the bus was moving fast.

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                  anonymous 5 years ago

                  All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small. All things wise and wonderful, the Lord God made them all......just had that song come on me!

                Adam and Eve
                Adam and Eve

                Man and Woman created.

                "Adam" is the Hebrew word for 'mankind'.

                When all was ready, God created Adam and Eve. They were created as adults.

                We do not know if they had belly buttons or not. Many people want to know this, but we were not there and God did not feel it was an important enough issue to use up space with.

                Adam was created first, then Eve was taken from a rib in his side. Men and women both have the same number of ribs. The lowest rib is the only rib that can regenerate.

                Life was simple, easy, beautiful, and filled with all the things that make us happy, just as God wanted for us and will restore again one day for those who desire His ways and love Him and what He loves.

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                    Delia 5 years ago

                    I love reading Genesis(also Revelations)...I always learn something new...and here on this lens I learned that the lowest rib is the only rib that can regenerate....interesting.

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                    Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

                    @goo2eyes lm: One must have faith to believe in anything that cannot be proven by reproducible laboratory tests. Neither creation nor evolution can be proven this way. We must rely on all the information we have. I have looked at all of it, and I see that it takes far more faith to believe that evolution is true than it takes to believe that creation is true.

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                    goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

                    God created Adam first and Eve, second. He gave breath to Adam and Eve and they lived in the Garden of Eden only to be sent away.

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                    goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

                    God created Adam first and Eve, second. one must have faith to believe it.

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                    anonymous 5 years ago

                    We are miracles of creation!

                  Walking with God
                  Walking with God

                  Life in the Garden that God Planted in the Area Known As Eden

                  Paradise and Perfection.

                  Life was perfect and wonderful.

                  They lived in a vast and beautiful garden which they tended with great care. They worked, played with and took care of the animals which had no fear of them at that time.

                  They went for walks with God in the evening. God would talk with and teach Adam and Eve.

                  They never got sick and their bodies did not grow old. The Tree of Life, a gift from God, grew there. It had life-giving and healing fruit to eat from.

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                      Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

                      @goo2eyes lm: Yes, many things changed after humans chose to go against the truth that God told them. Both Adam and Eve were told how things would change for each of them. The Bible tells us that Eve was decieved, but Adam knew the truth when he ate. Another book in the Bible tells us that Adam was with Eve when this all happened, but he did nothing to prevent it. The fruit was not an apple, however. Whatever the fruit was, it no longer is here. It is kind of silly that the larynx was named Adam's Apple. Just a bit of nonsense.

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                      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

                      i think that God punished eve by giving pains during child birth. it was her who told adam to eat the apple. all men have adam's apple.

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                      Mamaboo LM 5 years ago

                      Yes, Adam and Eve were blessed beyond all measure. It is an example of us not realizing what we have until we lose it! I can't wait until that blessed day when we are once again united with him!!!

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                      anonymous 5 years ago

                      We long for such harmony by design.

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                      anonymous 5 years ago

                      To walk with God in the cool of the day sounds like perfect bliss!

                    Eternity
                    Eternity

                    Immortal Beings

                    What was meant to be.

                    They were created to live forever.

                    Do you feel your own immortality? Death was not meant to be a part of our existence. We fight against it with all we have, but without understanding of how death is defeated, our fight is in vain.

                    They were to have children, spread across the earth, and fill it with people who would have this same wonderful relationship with God, while caring for the earth and loving and serving one another.

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                        Delia 5 years ago

                        I always wondered why Eve chose to go against God when she had all the perfect things, but like you said, then God already knew this was going to happen.

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                        goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

                        our bodies are mortals but our souls and spirits are immortal.

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                        SirAwesome 5 years ago

                        Indeed we are! Nice lens!

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                        Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

                        @anonymous: In the repercussions and blessings given by God after the choice to eat from the forbidden tree, Eve was told her conception would be increased (many translations have that incorrect). It is quite likely that she did not conceive so readily as we do today so the population would have increased more slowly. However, as God already knew quite well what would happen, it didn't matter one way or the other. Interesting thought, though, isn't it!

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                        anonymous 5 years ago

                        I've wondered about population issues if man never died.

                      Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil
                      Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil

                      One Rule.

                      So simple, yet the temptation to doubt what God says is incredible.

                      They did not have many rules, only one important one.

                      They were not to eat the fruit of one tree that was there. It was the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.

                      If they did, their bodies would no longer live forever, but grow old and die. They would also gain a sinful nature and know about evil, which they did not know of before.

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                          Delia 5 years ago

                          Interesting they would know good and evil... the evil part has always been a question for me...how did they know what evil was, did they feel the evil? and not realizing what death and sin was....did they just wanted to know what God knew through this tree, the Knowledge of Good and Evil? It doesn't seem like I'm expressing myself clearly :-(

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                          Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

                          @goo2eyes lm: Actually, Satan told them they would be like God, knowing good and evil. As is his usual tactic, he took something that was true, then twisted it, letting it still sound good, to draw in his victims. This is why we must be so careful and why I am carefully answering each post. We have to stick to truth so we are not fooled by something minor that can lead us off on a tangent of error.

                          We cannot know any more about what Satan said, as it is not recorded. However, it is not too hard to imagine that he deceived them in the way he deceived himself. He had wanted to be like God, and that is what he dangled in front of them as well.

                          Even today, most people in the world believe they can have the authority and position that rightfully belong to God. They do not want to accept his authority, no matter how kind and loving that authority is toward them. They are choosing the same path Lucifer chose.

                          We do not know what would have happened had only one of them eaten it. It is better to spend our time thinking about what we do need to know, rather than about things that don't matter.

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                          goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

                          God told adam and eve not to eat the forbidden fruit but adam and eve were seduced by the devil (snake). take it and eat it, nothing will happen to you. the devil most probably said the ff. God loves you, He will never punish you. well, something like that went on. so the weaker sex caved in and gave the forbidden fruit to adam. what happened if adam refused to eat it?

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                          Mamaboo LM 5 years ago

                          No we don't like rules! And if these two were the allstars having walked with God, imagine how bad we would have done!!!

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                          anonymous 5 years ago

                          We just don't like rules!

                        Is the Whole Thing a Cruel Setup?

                        One of the most common doubts planted in the minds of mankind.

                        God could have created Adam and Eve in such a way that they could never have the chance to choose to do evil, but then mankind would never have had the chance to choose to truly know Him or love Him, either. Just as you and I want people to love us because they want to, so God gave man free will to choose.

                        Our understanding of God's character could never have possibly been expanded beyond Him being the one who shows up and gives nice presents. Instead, we can truly fathom what and who He is, and the depths of His love for us.

                        You must ask yourself a question. "If I had the choice, would I have children who were programmed to love me like Stepford Children, or would I have children with free will who could know me and love me of their own free will, even though giving them that free choice means they would sometimes choose wrong and cause pain to themselves and others?"

                        Love would have no meaning if we chose Stepford-type children. It would be reduced to computer programming. God is not like the leaders of Stepford, yet repercussions of evil are ultimately continual death and pain. He cannot allow it to destroy creation and He won't. It will be ended so that those who love what is good, what is of God, can enjoy that with Him forever, as was originally intended.

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                            Delia 5 years ago

                            I think life is a lesson through our choices, we reap the consequences good or bad. I am so happy that I chose to Believe and have Faith in our Lord.

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                            goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

                            God created men and women but as you can see, nobody is identical not even twins. twins are similar but not exactly the same.

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                            Mamaboo LM 5 years ago

                            I don't believe that any would chose Programmed children. I've had 5 and know there's nothing greater than having your children run up to you and give you a hug and tell you they love you and know it's from the bottom of their hearts, because they want to, not have to!!!

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                          Very old man

                          Man With Conscience

                          Perfection fades away.

                          As it happened, as you and I both do today because of free will, Adam and Eve did not obey the one important rule they were given.

                          They listened to the father of lies, Satan, and disobeyed God. They doubted that what God said was true, and wondered if He was keeping something from them. I have done this as well, and so have you and all people ever born.

                          Sadly, from that point on they began to grow old as you see people do today and they also began to sin and hurt one another.

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                              Delia 5 years ago

                              Our conscience is guided through the Holy Spirit and we make the choice, good or bad...it's good to have a conscience, without it you most likely would be in the guidance of the Devil.

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                              goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

                              we should have scruples and not just do what we please. we have to take into consideration of the feelings of others. we should not offend God by doing bad things.

                            All Seemed to Be Lost

                            But a Way remained.

                            Even more sadly, their sin caused separation from God. No longer could God come and spend time with them. No longer would they be able to be with Him, their Father, forever. No longer could they communicate with Him whenever they wanted. Now sin was between them. God cannot fellowship with sinful beings, and with sin in Adam and Eve's hearts, it was no longer possible to be with Him. Their souls and spirits could no longer be with God, as well their bodies.

                            Then God gave them one last gift. He drove them away from the beautiful garden He had planted for them and that been their home. You see, in that garden still remained the Tree of Life. To live forever in a state of evil that would grow more and more powerful would have been the end of any human relationship with God. None would ever know love and perfection again.

                            They did not walk out, they had to be driven out of the beautiful place they had always known. "So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life"

                            But in His mercy and great love, He provided a way of escape. A way for them to be with Him again.

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                                Delia 5 years ago

                                I can not imagine being separated from God!

                                When the sin is forgiven it is forgiven, not through good works or a priest, pastor or any human, just through Jesus' name...it's so simple.

                                Durante degli Alighieri, called Dante in the 1200's he was an Italian poet/writer...

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                                Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

                                @goo2eyes lm: I am unfamiliar with Dante, or that work you mentioned. However, I do know that God, while not ALL merciful and ALL forgiving, is VERY willing to show mercy and forgive, IF we are humble and seek His forgiveness and mercy, without making a mockery of His sacrifice. God will not be mocked.

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                                goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

                                paradise lost but paradise regained by dante. it is not too late. we can still be penitent of our sins and follow God's will. sin no more.

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                                Mamaboo LM 5 years ago

                                Yes, we are children and we do need to be disciplined don't we. Sad, but true!

                              Lamb sacrifice
                              Lamb sacrifice

                              The Way, the Truth, and the Life

                              The promise of a Redeemer to purchase them back.

                              God told them that the curse of death that was now upon all creation was the result of their sin. And the penalty for all sin was death. Sin and death must be destroyed at the end of the world in a place called the Lake of Fire.

                              However, if One who was sinless could die, that would pay the penalty in full for all mankind. So God showed them how to sacrifice an innocent and perfect animal to show they understood it takes the bloodshed of innocence to pay for sin. He instructed them to do this themselves, from then on, to remind themselves of this truth, and to look for the One who would do this for them.

                              Sacrifice is horrific, isn't it? Because we are so easily distracted by smaller things that pull us away from things that are vitally important, we humans often feel angry that an innocent lamb must die. We want that to stop. We forget that our own sin is what caused God to allow Himself to be slaughtered for us. We forget our own guilt and the unjustness of what we do, and rather than becoming angry at our own participation in sin, we focus on the perceived wrongs of others.

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                                  Delia 5 years ago

                                  I can only imagine the pain and suffering that Jesus endured...I did a study on the crucifixion of Jesus and cried for weeks knowing how absolutely terrible His suffering was, and how much He loves us to have endured the crucifixion.

                                  It's human nature to find the wrong in others before you find the right...it's a habit and it can be a choice to be broken.

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                                  Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

                                  @goo2eyes lm: You are doing so well, even though English is not your first language! I really appreciate all your comments and how well you communicate as you find words to express what you are thinking! Yes, He will work through each circumstance, and wants us to offer them to Him, rather than attempting to power our way through things on our own. He loves us as a perfect Father.

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                                  goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

                                  every sacrifice, every hardship, every hindrance, offer them to God and He will appreciate them.

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                                  Mamaboo LM 5 years ago

                                  True statement. Unfortunately we find it must easier to look at whats wrong with others, that ourselves. Conversely iron is also called to sharpen iron. If we'd simply be quick to admit our sin, and turn from it, much of the problems that exist, would be eliminated.

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                                How to reach God

                                A Sinless Man?

                                Was there no hope?

                                God explained that the blood of animals was not good enough to save them from eternal death and separation from God; that the only way they could ever be saved would be if a man could be sinless and be sacrificed.

                                How could that be possible?

                                Every child now born from Adam and Eve or from any other man and wife would already have a sinful nature inside them.

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                                    Delia 5 years ago

                                    We are born sinners, and no human is perfect, but by choosing to have Faith in Christ (for me, Born Again) the door is open for everlasting life.

                                    As far as children going to Heaven, yes God is just and righteous!

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                                    Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

                                    @goo2eyes lm: Stained souls is a poetic way of expressing it. It sounds prettier than the reality, which is that we are born dead and remain that way until our bodies die as well. We are dead in our sins until we are brought to life again by being redeemed from death by the blood of Yeshua.

                                    The Bible does not speak of whether children will go to Heaven when they die. I do not want to say for certain something that the Bible does not say for certain. However, God is just, he does claim to be ALL righteous. So whatever happens to children when they die, I know God has provided a way for it to be a justice done. I have looked for Him and who He says He is in His Word, and I know this about His character; He is just and righteous.

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                                    goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

                                    we were born with stained souls and we have to thank eve for that gift. the children when they die early will go straight to heaven.

                                  A Promise

                                  God never goes back on His Word.

                                  But God made them a promise.

                                  He promised them that He would send someone to save them. He promised that one day a Redeemer, One who pays a price to buy back something, would be born who would buy them back from death.

                                  The Redeemer would put an end to the death that they had brought upon themselves, pay for and take away the sin that they had brought to mankind. One who would be pure and sinless, but would sacrifice Himself, and afterward rule the earth in goodness, righteousness and power.

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                                      Delia 5 years ago

                                      It's not possible for God to change His mind, it is not His nature.

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                                      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

                                      God sent his beloved Son to save the world but nobody believed Jesus when He was preaching. i would be delighted to be there in His presence.

                                    Sin changes the animal kingdom
                                    Sin changes the animal kingdom

                                    Everything Changes

                                    Life on the earth now plagued by death.

                                    For now, they also had to leave the garden and the Tree of Life so that they would not have to live forever in sin, and God could no longer come down and visit with them every evening.

                                    Death and sickness came upon the whole earth on that sad day, and though life had been simple and easy before, now life became difficult and a struggle. Thorns and weeds grew; animals became fearful and wild and began to eat each other.

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                                        Delia 5 years ago

                                        Sadly things changed, the animals. the plants and so-forth...sad indeed...but we will experience the type of Garden of Eden in Heaven someday (with out the Tree ;-)

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                                        goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

                                        the end is near. death, famine, war, plague/disease are among us. the countdown is turned on.

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                                        Mamaboo LM 5 years ago

                                        Can you imagine what a shock to there systems that must have been? Walking and talking with God and never being able to speak to Him like that again...WoW! Let alone can you imagine coming to the realization that you had opened the door for all sin to enter the world!

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                                        Mamaboo LM 5 years ago

                                        Can you imagine what a shock to their systems that must have been? Walk and talking with God every day, to not being able to speak with Him like that! Wow!!! That alone would have been a pain unimaginable, let alone knowing that you were the doorway for sin to enter to all of mankind!

                                      The first murder
                                      The first murder

                                      Murder Ends the First Hope

                                      Cain kills Abel.

                                      From that day on Adam and Eve looked for the One who would be born and save them all.

                                      They sacrificed just as God had taught them to, remembering what it meant and looking for the One who would be the true sacrifice. They thought maybe their first child, Cain, would be the One. Then they had another child, Abel, and wondered if he would be the One.

                                      But when Cain murdered Abel, Adam and Eve knew that neither was the He who would save them. Seth was born as well, but he was not the Promised Messiah either.

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                                          Delia 5 years ago

                                          How weird that must have been, having the urge to murder and not really knowing what that was, or the consequences.

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                                          Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

                                          @goo2eyes lm: The Bible does not say that Adam and Eve loved Abel more than Cain, so I can't respond about that. Yes, God sees everything. When Adam and Eve sinned, and when Cain murdered his brother, God asked each of them what had happened. God asked, not because He did not know, but because He was offering them the chance to admit their sin, and to own up to it.

                                          He knew they would not, because He always knows what we will each do. However, when we stand before God in judgment, we will not have an excuse, because God will have offered us every chance we needed, and we will see that God is indeed just and righteous.

                                          All three made excuses for what they had done, laid blame everywhere but on themselves. How difficult it seems to be for us to simply say, "I did it. I was wrong. What I did was evil and offensive and I cry out for mercy!"

                                          Cain did not take responsibilty either. God sent Cain away with a mark to identify him. Cain lived out his life in exile.

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                                          goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

                                          we offer to God anything we love most. adam and eve loved abel most but cain murdered him. cain did not know that God can see everything. whatever happened to cain?

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                                        Woman With Dead Child By Kathe Kollwitz

                                        Life Without God

                                        Why We Need Him

                                        Many children were born, and grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and eventually Adam and Eve died of old age, still wondering who would be born to save them all.

                                        Sin was growing and the earth was filling with many people who did not love God or want to serve Him. They hurt each other. There were wars and murders, there was illness and pain.

                                        Life got continually worse as people forgot about God and His wonderful promises.

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                                            Delia 5 years ago

                                            We can see what is happening in the world today, and even in our own county, taking God out of everything and not allowing the freedom of religious expressions, especially for the Christians...they are fearful...As for me, I will never deny my Faith in Christ...never

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                                            goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

                                            a life without God is a life in darkness. for everything good that comes before us, thank Him for it, He will appreciate it.

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                                            Mamaboo LM 5 years ago

                                            Life without God doesn't work at all. All we have to do is look around and know that it doesn't work

                                          Pangea Pre-flood
                                          Pangea Pre-flood

                                          2000 Years Had Passed

                                          All but one family had turned from God and His ways.

                                          People and their sin grew so terrible that, about 2000 years after Adam and Eve were created, the whole earth was filled, just as you see it today, but only a few men loved God still.

                                          One man was Noah. His parents gave him the name that meant rest, or peace, hoping he would be the promised Redeemer, the Messiah who would bring peace between God and man. Noah was married and had 3 sons who were also married.

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                                              Delia 5 years ago

                                              Hard to believe that people turned away from the true God. I can't help but think that all the other non-Christian religions came into being during this time because they always knew something or someone was greater then themselves...a need for a god.

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                                              goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

                                              God promised noah that the earth won't be destroyed by floods once again by sending a rainbow. whenever you see the rainbow, this is a reminder about God's covenant with noah (mankind) that we won't perish from floods.

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                                            The Global Flood

                                            Whole earth and atmosphere were changed.

                                            All the people who had chosen to hate God were already doomed to death, but God still had a plan to bring many other men to Himself.

                                            After the other Godly men besides Noah had died of old age, He caused a flood to come upon the whole earth to end all those who only wanted to do evil. This slowed the progress of evil over the earth and gave more humans the chance to know God that would never have had that chance of evil had completely taken over.

                                            God saved Noah and his family by having them build an ark to take themselves and some of every kind of animal through the flood. The animals were taken by kind; two canine, two feline, etc. They carried all the DNA necessary for the variety in the kinds you see today. Large animals could be taken when young to take up less room on the ark. There was plenty of room for all on such a large vessel.

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                                                Delia 5 years ago

                                                It amazes me that people still don't believe there wasn't a worldly flood...when there is so much evidence.

                                                In this day and age we reap the consequences of not respecting Gods' creations, and the more we take God out of it, the earth shows us that it will end up just like in Revelations

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                                                Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

                                                @goo2eyes lm: You are right. We have to put ourselves in that position. If we were there, would we have been one of the 8 in the billions of people alive who would be serving God? Times like this will come again, we are told in God's Word. During the end times we are told it will be just like in the days of Noah. As for your second point, you are correct as well. We were given responsibility to care for the earth. After caring for one another first, the environment was also a task given to humans.

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                                                goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

                                                the global flood is partially our doings. we are not taking care of the environment. the trees which give us oxygen and rain are being destroyed. when there is no rain, there is drought. when there is drought, there is famine, when there is famine, death is among us.

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                                                Mamaboo LM 5 years ago

                                                Most no longer question the authenticity of a great flood. In fact, they know that there were massive "pockets" within the earth that contained water. It is now believed that these "pockets" where what "ruptured" and allowed for the great amounts of water that would have been needed to flood the earth.

                                              Noah's sacrifice by ark with rainbow
                                              Noah's sacrifice by ark with rainbow

                                              God Makes Another Promise

                                              God is always faithful.

                                              When it was all over, God promised Noah to never destroy the entire earth with a flood again. He took His bow, which sits over His head in Heaven and placed it in the sky after rain so that we could always remember that promise He made us. We call God’s bow a rainbow.

                                              Noah also remembered God's promise of the Redeemer who would come, and he made a sacrifice to show his obedience and faith in God and His promises.

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                                                  Delia 5 years ago

                                                  How wonderful the Rainbow is to remind us of this...Thank You God for this promise!

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                                                  Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

                                                  @goo2eyes lm: There is a Mount Ararat in Turkey, however the Bible tells us that the ark landed in the mountains OF Ararat. So we do not know exactly where it was. Many people are attempting to locate any ruins of it, but none have been found as of yet. There have been hoaxes, there have been honest mistakes, but no proven ruins as of yet. I do hope they find it one day, but it is quite probable that decay of what would have been left after scavenging for timber has taken care of any remnants.

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                                                  goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

                                                  yes, God promised us that He won't destroy mankind thru floods. He created the rainbow. noah's ark was said to be found on top of mount ararat in turkey.

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                                                  mrducksmrnot 5 years ago

                                                  Love seeing that Rainbow. It gives a renewed hope for all mankind.

                                                Flood washes out Grand Canyon
                                                Flood washes out Grand Canyon

                                                Geography Is Part of God's Plan

                                                Nations are shaped and destinies guided.

                                                The landscape of the earth had vastly changed. Where before much of it had been grassy fertile plains, now there were rugged mountains, violent seas, deep canyons, dangerous rivers and other features that God used to direct mankind and their travels over the earth.

                                                God, in His infinite knowledge, knew how lands would affect humanity and the courses of history and the future.

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                                                    Delia 5 years ago

                                                    The Grand Canyon is truly a magnificent creation from God. I remember going to the Canyon at sunset, it was Gods' timing because we got lost, but He allowed us to witness the most magnificent sunset view.

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                                                    Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

                                                    @goo2eyes lm: Many people believe that mesopotamia, the fertile crescent, was the location of the garden of Eden. One of the reasons is because of the mention of the rivers that were were mentioned about the location of it. However, after the flood, rivers would have changed courses greatly, so I am not convinced that is something we can rely on completely. Some believe the garden of Eden was actually located in Jerusalem. This is because Israel has always been the place where God has spoken of His love for the Land. I tend to lean toward this idea, but as the Bible does not tell us for certain, I refuse to take a stand on it. It will be an interesting thing to talk with Him about later on.

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                                                    goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

                                                    garden of eden was once in mesopotamia (now in iraq) but the garden disappeared. traces of its existence can still be found.

                                                  We begin as selfish beings.
                                                  We begin as selfish beings.

                                                  People's Hearts Remained the Same

                                                  We serve ourselves rather than God and others.

                                                  Noah and his family were to spread out over the earth again, fill it and teach their children to love and serve God, just as Adam and Eve had been told to do.

                                                  But sin still existed. The flood took away the people who only wanted to do evil, but Noah and his family still had sin in their hearts, just as you and I do. The flood did not remove that sin.

                                                  The sacrifices that followers of God gave did not remove that sin; it only was a reminder of God's promise and a temporary covering. The promise God had made to send Someone who would take that sin away and give them life again was still waiting to be fulfilled after 2000 years

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                                                      Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

                                                      @goo2eyes lm: This is true. There are a lot of people who want to have a free ticket to Heaven and believe that if they have some connection to religion or have said some sort of magic prayer, they can then live however they want to and it doesn't matter.

                                                      However, this is making a mockery of Yeshua's sacrifice and God will not be mocked. The Bible says in no uncertain terms that those who love Him WILL be obedient to Him and His ways. If a person claims to be a child of God, yet no evidence of that is visible, it is more likely that they never loved Him or gave their lives to Him.

                                                      The Bible tells us that many will say that they did all sorts of good things for Him, but Yeshua will say, "Get away, I never knew you." The Bible also tells us that just as we know a tree by it's fruit, we can also know what kind of person someone is by how they live their lives.

                                                      We are not saved from death by our works. But how we respond to the gift of rescue that Yeshua gave us through His death, will reveal the true condition of our hearts.

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                                                      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

                                                      unfortunately, the floods did not remove our sins. only Jesus Christ redeemed us from our original sins but it is no reason to commit temporal, corporal sins and worse of all mortal sins.

                                                    Men bulding city and tower of Babel
                                                    Men bulding city and tower of Babel

                                                    Rejecting Spreading Out Over the Earth.

                                                    Thinking they could be like God.

                                                    Since sin still existed, people still made selfish and wrong choices; offending God and His character and hurting one another.   People began filling the earth. However, those who did not want to love and serve God, but love and serve themselves, did not live by God's standards of love. 

                                                    About a hundred years after the flood, they decided to band together and build a city and a great tower.   They wanted to build strength in numbers and defy God by trying to worship foolish things like stars and planets, the signs of the zodiac, and they did not want to separate and live simply, allowing God to take care of them. 

                                                    They wanted to be powerful. They mistook God's mercy for weakness, just as Lucifer did.

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                                                        Delia 5 years ago

                                                        Things haven't changed!

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                                                        goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

                                                        when God gave moses the 10 commandments in mt. sinai, people got so impatient, could not wait for moses to come down that they created a golden calf and worshipped it instead of God. aaron did not prevent the people from doing so.

                                                      Tower of Babel
                                                      Tower of Babel

                                                      God Intervenes

                                                      To slow the spread of evil once again.

                                                      They were working together, building this tower when God stopped them.    They were trying to replace God’s authority through Noah with their own. They were trying to replace their need for God with foolish things.

                                                      Man is torn by two desires; the first is his love for beauty, peace and tranquility. He often dreams of peaceful places and simple ways of living. This is what God desired for us.

                                                      But often his desire for the things of the world which are found in city environments pull him away from places in creation that remind Him of God and simple things. He gets caught up in entertainment, seeking fortune, and other things that keep his mind from dwelling on things that are of God. The pull of the world is strong. God wants to call people out of the world; to remind them of Him and all that He offers for eternity.

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                                                          Delia 5 years ago

                                                          Worldly possession, self-centeredness, selfishness, envy and greed still exists...

                                                          If you are not reminded of Him and all that He offers for eternity...then your priorities are all wrong.

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                                                          Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

                                                          @goo2eyes lm: God is good Father. He wants us to be like Him, learning to have all His character qualities.

                                                          When we are His child, we do not need to live in terror of Him, but a very healthy dose of respect is certainly necessary for a child to have for their all-powerful Father. If we choose to be disobedient He will, as any good father, discipline us.

                                                          To discipline is to teach. When you think about teaching a child to do what is right, there are two ways this happens. You tell the child what is right, the child listens and willingly complies. All is well. If the child knows what is right but chooses to disobey, there are consequences. They consequences are not punishment, they are actions designed to teach. They are usually uncomfortable. It is always much better to be obedient when told, that have to learn something the hard way through consequences.

                                                          The Bible says that God chastens those He loves. This is often why those who are not His children seem to get away with all kinds of things. They are not His children and He is not disciplining them. He is calling out to them to leave the world and come be His children. If they never respond to His calling to them, but reject Him, they will have enough suffering to deal with later on. Let them enjoy what little pleasure they can derive from this life. It is all they will ever have.

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                                                          goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

                                                          God reminds us when we are getting boastful and forgetting humility. i always knock on wood and ask God to forgive me for saying this and that. i am afraid of his wrath. when i say something bad, i feel His wrath afterwards in form of some kind of little misfortunes.

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                                                          Mamaboo LM 5 years ago

                                                          This is why people of the world don't understand us. They see things of God as silly and foolish. They have no understanding that those things they seek are what causes them to sin in the first place.

                                                        Tower of Bable Poster
                                                        Tower of Bable Poster

                                                        Many Languages Come Into Being

                                                        Many nations are born.

                                                        God stopped them by creating many different languages instead of just the one they had all been speaking ever since creation.   Now when they tried to talk to one another to build, they could only understand someone who had the same language.  

                                                        Those who had rebelled against God and their still-living forefather, Noah, forgot how to speak the original language and now spoke many new ones.   Those who spoke the same languages banded together and left in different directions.  That is why different groups of people on this earth in different areas now speak different languages. 

                                                        It is interesting that people still want to pursue this very tower today. An EU parliament building was built as a replica of the Tower of Babel. The Bible tells us there is nothing new under the sun to man.

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                                                            Delia 5 years ago

                                                            That would have been an interesting thing to experience, all the different languages...I would love to have heard the language before that time.

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                                                            Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

                                                            @mrducksmrnot: Yes. There is but one race. The human race. We just come with more and less melanin.

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                                                            Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

                                                            @goo2eyes lm: Yes, this was on Shavu'ot, the Lord's festival that the Hebrew people had been celebrating for thousands of years and still celebrate. It is also know as the Feast of Weeks, or Pentacost.

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                                                            goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

                                                            when jesus rose from the dead and came back to see the disciples, the holy spirit in form of the tongues of fire come over to each of the disciples and each of them spoke different languages. they understood each other. perhaps, they were the first language translators to walk the earth.

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                                                            mrducksmrnot 5 years ago

                                                            Great point here. This is how the different races came into being (my belief) because of the area of where they lived on earth. The people adapted to the environment where they lived but the facts still remain we ALL came from our Creator and are as one without regard to race, creed, color. _/\_

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                                                          Table of Nations

                                                          Found in Genesis 10

                                                          Though the people had rebelled against God's instructions once again, banding together, rejecting his commands, and worshiping carved pieces of wood and rock, called idols, God did not destroy them..  

                                                          God instead caused them to disperse in the earth, as they had been told to do in the first place, to create nations and peoples to fulfill His plan for mankind and eternity; to give more people more chances to choose Him and all he offers.

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                                                              Delia 5 years ago

                                                              Shows it pays to listen to God!

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                                                              goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

                                                              there are different kinds of religion and nations are sometimes divided because of religion.

                                                            God's love and mercy
                                                            God's love and mercy

                                                            God, Who Is Rich in Mercy

                                                            Without knowing His character, understanding is lost.

                                                            This delayed mankind from losing itself to evil and sin so quickly, but it did not stop it completely.   The promise of the One who would save them was still waiting to be kept.   Do you know why?  

                                                            Because God wanted to have many, many people to have a relationship with, and if He had not waited so long, only a few people would live with Him forever in love and peace.  

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                                                                Delia 5 years ago

                                                                I will be living with Him forever and ever in love and peace. Thank you Lord for your Mercy.

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                                                                goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

                                                                God is merciful that He sent his begotten Son to save us all. what do we do? we sometimes ignore or forget about this.

                                                              Ancient battles
                                                              Ancient battles

                                                              The Earth Fills

                                                              People choose God or themselves.

                                                              The earth was filling again, some people loved and served God, remembering to wait and offer sacrifices, most people did not.   There were battles as men fought for land and possessions, there was sadness as illness continued to increase.  

                                                              God was waiting, but He never forgets or breaks His word.

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                                                                  Delia 5 years ago

                                                                  The sad part of wars, was that many where in the name of God...even today!

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                                                                  goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

                                                                  according to the statistics, there are 7billion + people populating the earth but still not including the untouchables in india and people living in remote areas.

                                                                Abraham
                                                                Abraham

                                                                The Promise Comes to Life.

                                                                Abraham is Chosen

                                                                One day, about 500 years after the flood, God put His plan in motion.  

                                                                He told a man, Abraham, that he and his wife Sarah would be the beginning of a nation that would bring the Redeemer to the entire world.   He also told Abraham that this nation, when it was obedient, would help God to rule the earth from a place that was very special in God's heart.  

                                                                That place and nation's name was and is Israel.    They were responsible to bring the truth to the nations. It was a heavy responsibility.

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                                                                    Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

                                                                    @delia-delia: Yes, God's Word does say that this will not occur until they accept Yeshua as their Messiah. When He comes and they realize this, it says they will beat their breasts and mourn for Him, for what was done to Him. However, it is important to realize that they are not the ones to blame for Yeshua's death. It was something Yeshua chose to do, and every person on this earth holds equal responsibility for this act being necessary. The sad part for the Hebrews is that Yeshua wept when he entered Jerusalem. He wept because they HAD the truth, they HAD his scriptures, and they should have known it was Him then. They did not. But they will one day!

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                                                                    Delia 5 years ago

                                                                    I realize the special place is Israel, but without them having accepted Jesus as the Messiah, it can't happen...all the inhabitants of the world will have heard Jesus' name at least once before this comes about.

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                                                                    Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

                                                                    @goo2eyes lm: One thing to remember is that Muslims are not always Arabs, and Arabs are not always Muslim. However, in general, Islam has been historically a religion that the descendants of Ishmael chose to follow.

                                                                    The hatred that the descendants of Ishmael have for the descendants of Isaac is a complicated issue and I feel that trying to address it here is not giving it the attention is deserves, but I will try to simplify it and make it very short.

                                                                    God promised Abraham that the nation that would bring the Messiah would come through a child with Sarah. Impatience resulted in Ishmael being born to their Egyptian maid, Hagar. This caused all sorts of problems in the family home as you can easily imagine. Hagar ended up being shown the tent door with her son, Ishmael. I do not know if Hagar had a choice in the matter or not, I only know that God pitied Hagar and Ishmael for their plight.

                                                                    Though Ishmael was not the promised son, God did promise other things to the descendants of Ishmael. The two most notable things were a large portion of land, and much riches. This has come true, as it is easy to see the Middle East is largely Arab owned and much wealth has existed for them through the vast amounts of oil later found there.

                                                                    However, the promise of a small portion of land, being led by God Himself, and being the nation of the Promised Redeemer still belonged to the descendants of Isaac, through Jacob, who was later given the name Israel.

                                                                    Today, we see Israel, with it's tiny sliver of the Promised Land surrounded by immense areas of Arab territory and wealth. Yet they are still not satisfied. They want to completely destroy Israel and, as they repeatedly say even today, drive Israel into the see and erase it from the map. They have their maps already in print, without Israel there.

                                                                    The religion of Islam was invented many hundreds of years after Yeshua was here. It was created by a man who was a bit unbalanced. He wrote the whole Koran, and preyed on the hard feelings that Arabs had. The supposed religion of peace has been filled with violence and the goal of the destruction of Israel as well as the destruction of followers of Yeshua.

                                                                    The area the world often refers to as Palestine is even more complicated to explain. But suffice it to say that the Hebrew people have been there for millennia, the city of Jerusalem has been the center of their existence all along, and the people the world calls Palestinians today are not from Palestine. They are Arabs and they are being used by Islamic leaders to cause enmity and division and, they hope, the ultimate destruction of Israel.

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                                                                    goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

                                                                    the jews call him abraham and the moslems call him ibrahim. both jews and moslems descend from abraham/ibrahim but why do they hate each other? the question of palestine?

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                                                                    Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

                                                                    @mrducksmrnot: The Bible tells us we are in bondage to sin. We cannot put it aside. If only it were that easy. Each one of us struggles continually with things we know we do that are wrong, but will power only goes so far. We cannot escape the sin and death that enslaves us.

                                                                    The Bible is actually about our rescue. It is about how we need a Savior to pay the price, purchasing us back from that slavery and debt, the ownership that death and evil has over us. It is about how Yeshua paid that price and offers us not only rescue, but adoption into the Family of God, to be His forever. Our debt is forgiven. But only when we can admit we need that, understand what He did for us, and choose to lay aside the world and follow Him, no matter what the cost.

                                                                    Love one another as you love yourself is a standard, a commandment given to people to what is right, but it is not the means to salvation from death. This is a very important thing to understand. If we depend on our own goodness to save us from death, we will not make it. We cannot reach the standard of perfection required.

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                                                                    mrducksmrnot 5 years ago

                                                                    When reading the Bible one must put their evil aside. Hard to do but it can be done with the simple act of LOVE. That is what the Bible is all about. Love one another as you Love yourself.

                                                                  Abraham's Sin results in pain.
                                                                  Abraham's Sin results in pain.

                                                                  Two Nations at War

                                                                  The result of Abraham doing things his own way.

                                                                  Abraham was very excited because Sarah, his wife, had been too old to have a baby and they had been childless all their lives.

                                                                  But when it did not happen right away, they started to wonder if they were supposed to find a different way to have one.  So Abraham had a child without Sarah, but with one of their maids.  This was wrong and this child, Ishmael, grew up to be the beginning of a nation that would hate and try to destroy Israel for thousands of years, even today.  The nation that Ishmael began is the Arab nation.   Much suffering has resulted through thousands of years, to descendants of both half brothers.

                                                                  Later on, Abraham and Sarah had the child, Isaac, that God had promised them.   Isaac became the father of Jacob.   Jacob's name was changed to Israel, and his sons and grandsons became the 12 tribes of Israel.

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                                                                      Delia 5 years ago

                                                                      Even Abraham tried doing it his way, you think he would have known better. How terrible to base a religion (or Faith) on Hate....it can't be from God. Why can't that common sense be understood?

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                                                                      Mamaboo LM 5 years ago

                                                                      Isn't it amazing how when we try to "help" God out, how wrong things go!

                                                                    Twelve Tribes of Israel
                                                                    Twelve Tribes of Israel

                                                                    The Tribes of Israel

                                                                    The Middle East still operates with a tribal outlook.

                                                                    The 12 tribes of Israel are:

                                                                    Juda, Rueben, Gad, Aser, Nephthalim, Manasses, Simeon, Levi, Issachar, Zabulon, Joseph, and Benjamin. 

                                                                    These men loved and served God, but they were not completely obedient and had many lessons to learn as the nation began.

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                                                                        Delia 5 years ago

                                                                        Did you ever wonder from what line (not tribe) we came from? I wish I knew....(I just learned through my genealogy I "might" have Jewish blood from Estonia.)

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                                                                        goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

                                                                        i don't belong to this tribe. i am a gentile who became a christian.

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                                                                        Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

                                                                        @Mamaboo LM: We are told in the book of Revelation that people will know, they will understand what is going on, but they will shake their fists in the face of God anyway. Sad, and foolish. Bewilderingly horrifying.

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                                                                        Mamaboo LM 5 years ago

                                                                        Do you know the 12 tribes are still around? I can't help but wonder, if people truly got this, the reality of it, if they would be behaving the way they are and do. I suspect the answer is yes!

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                                                                        Mamaboo LM 5 years ago

                                                                        These tribes are still around today. Most don't realize it and it's a shame, perhaps we'd handle things differently if we understood these 12 tribes are still with us!

                                                                      Home life in Egypt for the well-to-do.
                                                                      Home life in Egypt for the well-to-do.

                                                                      The Gentiles were promised the Redeemer as well.

                                                                      Anyone was welcome.

                                                                      It was about this time that the ancient pyramids of Egypt were being built. 

                                                                      The beginning of the nation of Israel, the nation of God’s promise, had taken place. But the promise of the Redeemer who would purchase us all back from death was still waiting to be fulfilled.

                                                                      But the people of the nation of Israel kept that hope alive, watching for the Redeemer, and making sacrifices to remember.

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                                                                          Delia 5 years ago

                                                                          How wonderful that Gentiles received the Promise of the Redeemer.,,,where would we be!

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                                                                          Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

                                                                          @goo2eyes lm: Constantine was certainly an interesting and colorful character. He chose to make Christianity the state religion... not a good idea. You can't force people to choose Yeshua. Lots of problems came from this. I am not certain if Constantine's conversion was true or not. It's hard enough to tell sometimes from people who are alive today, much less a historical figure. Some say yes, others say no.

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                                                                          goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

                                                                          king constantine was a gentile and did not believe in God but thru his dreams, He believed in God and got converted. constantinople was a city named after him. now, it is called istanbul (turkey) but it was built by greek settlers. turkey is an islamic country.

                                                                        Joseph sold into slavery
                                                                        Joseph sold into slavery

                                                                        Jacob's Son; From Slavery to Ruler

                                                                        God even uses the worst of man's choices to bring good about.

                                                                        Another of Jacob's (Israel's) sons was Joseph.  Because of anger and envy between he and his brothers, Joseph ended up being sold by them into slavery in Egypt, to a man who worked for the Pharaoh. 

                                                                        Joseph's brothers told their father that Joseph had been killed by a wild animal, but in reality, Joseph rose from slavery to great power in Egypt and God placed him second in command to the Pharaoh. 

                                                                        God was working and never forgets His promises.  God had promised that Israel would become great when they were obedient and they would bring the Messiah to save the world.   All these things that happened were what God was using to fulfill His promises.

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                                                                            Delia 5 years ago

                                                                            And God only knows who will work in His benefit...

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                                                                            goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

                                                                            joseph was sold by his brothers as a slave in egypt. he worked so hard and forsaw the misfortune that egypt would face. 7 years of plenty and 7 years of drought. joseph made sure that there are enough grain and food hoarded to last for 7 years. his brothers came back to ask for food but joseph plotted something. he planted a precious silver cup? in one of the sacks. joseph asked his brothers to leave benjamin behind as collateral but they had to bring jacob (their father) with them next time. the rest is history.

                                                                          Joseph Rules
                                                                          Joseph Rules

                                                                          The Hebrew Nation of Israel Stays in Egypt

                                                                          They grow and prosper.

                                                                          Years later, when there was a great famine that covered many countries, Joseph's family had to come beg for food from the pharaoh in Egypt.  That was when they discovered that Joseph was not only alive, but the one they had to beg food from.  

                                                                          Joseph was not angry with his brothers, only glad to see his family again.  

                                                                          The whole nation of Israel, which was about 70 people at that time, came up to live with Joseph in Egypt.  And they all stayed there for a very long time, even after Joseph and the pharaoh both had died.

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                                                                              Delia 5 years ago

                                                                              I love that story...Joseph was so happy to see see his family, and was not angry with his brothers...now that was forgiveness that held true love.

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                                                                              Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

                                                                              @goo2eyes lm: Yes. Israel has an extensive program to which people can submit their DNA and find out which, if any, tribe they are from. I am not expert on the subject, it seems overwhelming to me, but it is pretty cool, nonetheless.

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                                                                              goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

                                                                              if DNA can be checked in all those countries around egypt, there must be some kind of lineage which could be traced.

                                                                            Hebrew slavery
                                                                            Hebrew slavery

                                                                            Enslaved in Egypt, Body and Soul.

                                                                            Pulled into Egyptian culture and idol worship, but in servitude.

                                                                            Later on, another pharaoh who had not known Joseph began to get worried about the Israelites who lived there.  He was afraid they would take over Egypt, so all Israelites were forced into slavery. 

                                                                            They remained slaves in Egypt for 400 years, and the nation grew in size to several million people.  Much of the nation forgot about God and all His promises for the most part, they only knew that they were unhappy in their enslavement and wanted to be free again.  

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                                                                                Delia 5 years ago

                                                                                How easily they forget...again... I believe in some parts of the Bible when they use the word slave it meant servants...at one point in time it was illegal to enslave Israelite.

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                                                                                Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

                                                                                @goo2eyes lm: I'm not certain that this slavery was a punishment or a discipline. I need to study that more. At this point, I believe that this circumstance was brought about by immaturity. The sons of Jacob had much to learn and this would occur through the generations that endured the life in Egypt. However, the Bible also mentions that God was dealing with some other nations and He was preparing things to be ready for what He was going to do. All things are used by Him for His great and good purpose.

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                                                                                goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

                                                                                that was the punishment of God to the hebrews, slavery. they forgot to believe in God. moses came to get them out of egypt.

                                                                              The Parting of the Red Sea by Arnold Friberg
                                                                              The Parting of the Red Sea by Arnold Friberg

                                                                              The Hebrew Nation Is Freed by God

                                                                              An amazing event all should study.

                                                                              One day, one of the Israelite women had a little baby named Moses whom she hid from the death sentence given to all male infants of Hebrew slaves.  His mother also wondered if he could be the promised Redeemer the whole earth had waited for. 

                                                                              He was not, but God did have a very special job for Moses to do.  He was discovered and adopted by the Pharaoh's daughter and grew up to be used of God to rescue the nation of Israel from slavery in Egypt. 

                                                                              God showed many miracles and when the pharaoh finally let them go, they ran away to the desert, through the parting of the Red Sea.

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                                                                                  Delia 5 years ago

                                                                                  Yes indeed another amazing event, and what was to follow...yet again through God's hands.

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                                                                                  Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

                                                                                  @goo2eyes lm: You meant the Red Sea, of course. :o) Other than that, most of what you wrote is pretty close to the event. You remember much from your catechism.

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                                                                                  goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

                                                                                  the pharaoh was worried about the increasing numbers of the hebrews who could turn against him someday. pharaoh ordered to kill the first male-born of the hebrews. moses' mom decided to give up baby moses by letting an ark out of weeds floating in the nile only to be found by a member of the pharaoh's family. moses grew up as an egyptian but his adoptive mother always told him that he was a jew. when an egyptian soldier was mistreating a slave jew, moses killed the egyptian and he was ordered to leave the palace. he went to the desert and came back after God enlightened him. moses freed the slaves crossing the dead sea.

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                                                                                On the Way to the Promised Land

                                                                                God steps in as their King.

                                                                                While in the wilderness God led Israel through Moses and reminded them of His promises.

                                                                                They had to walk across the desert to get to the Promised Land.   On the way He would teach them how to be obedient by giving them the Law and, if they did, they would begin their new lives with God as their King. 

                                                                                He told them how to begin the sacrifices again and to look for the coming Messiah.  

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                                                                                    Delia 5 years ago

                                                                                    Well we know how well that worked...they again did it on their terms, wants and needs.

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                                                                                    goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

                                                                                    the pharaoh did not want to let the slaves go but moses, with the help of God, made the nile red and people got thirsty. it was not enough. pharaoh would not let go. moses told pharaoh that if the slaves would not be freed, the first born of the pharaoh will die. the pharaoh's son died and moses gathered his people to leave egypt. as a revenge, pharaoh and his soldiers tried to catch up with moses. the soldiers were drowned in the dead sea. we call it exodus.

                                                                                  Faith is...
                                                                                  Faith is...

                                                                                  Afraid to Trust God

                                                                                  Afraid to obey Him.

                                                                                  But they did not trust God. ~  Do you and I?

                                                                                  They grumbled at everything and accused God of wanting to kill them all.  ~ Do you and I accuse Him of awful things while we complain?

                                                                                  They sinned many times. ~  I do.

                                                                                  Still God was patient.   He kept teaching them, and He brought them to the edge of the Promised Land.  But they grew fearful and were afraid to trust God to guard them from their enemies.   All but two men told Moses they should not go in.

                                                                                  After all He had done for them, they doubted His character. They did not believe what He said about Himself. ~ Do you and I?

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                                                                                      siobhanryan 5 years ago

                                                                                      I trust in God and that it is his plan for me not mine

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                                                                                      Delia 5 years ago

                                                                                      As a Christian I trust God...it's hard to believe what all the Israelite went through, and then not trust God...God has provided in my life time, but we must also work and contribute.

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                                                                                      Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

                                                                                      @goo2eyes lm: The Bible says, "If a man does not work, neither shall he eat." Meaning we are not to be lazy children. Yes, God provides, but you are right, we are to be ready and willing to work hard and be productive. We must be willing to do as He instructs us to do.

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                                                                                      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

                                                                                      we have to trust God but we have to do our part. we cannot just lay down and wait for the graces of God. we have to work for it. we cannot just say God will provide, we have to work also.

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                                                                                      Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

                                                                                      @mrducksmrnot: Rather than God being on our side, we need to make sure WE are on HIS side. He has told us plainly that we cannot earn our way to Heaven. He tells us that 'all our righteousness is like filthy rags'. Actually, the original language means the rags used for soaking up of human waste from private areas. That's how our supposed good works measure up to God's standard if we are trying to reach Him and Heaven with them. What He offers is rescue, not a ticket we purchase. He purchased our rescue by His gruesome death. Our understanding of that and gratitude for it will cause us to hate anything that is offensive to Him, and seek to do good things, NOT to earn our way, but because we want to show Him our love and gratitude.

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                                                                                      mrducksmrnot 5 years ago

                                                                                      I know GOD is on my side and I turned to him and gave/promised to try and be the best. I still have many mountains to climb and valleys to travel but the end I will receive my just reward.

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                                                                                      Mamaboo LM 5 years ago

                                                                                      I know my biggest challenges come in trusting God. Especially when things that appear to be bad, come into my life. A car accident, divorce or a child murdered. These are the things that produce and provoke the question of: If God is good, then why? WHY? We fail as humans, to understand that God's goodness is not dependent on things that happen in our lives. His Goodness is Sovereign, it is not contingent on what happens in our lives. As for those things that appear to be bad in our lives, well, if we allow them to, not only will them move us closer to the Father, but they will refine us and move us further from our sin.

                                                                                    God's map of Israel.
                                                                                    God's map of Israel.

                                                                                    Believing What God Says About Himself

                                                                                    Following through with action - this reveals faith.

                                                                                    Because of their lack of trust and their disobedience, God sent them back into the desert to wander for 40 years, until Moses and all the adults who did not trust God died. 

                                                                                    Then Joshua, who was one of the two men who trusted God, was given command and brought them into the Promised Land.

                                                                                    God would bring the Redeemer to buy back from death those who would love Him, but it would be done from the place on the earth that God calls His Beautiful Land, where He will physically rule one day, and it would be done through the people He had given His word to. He is always faithful.

                                                                                    Joshua 1:4, and chapters 14 -19; Numbers 34:1-12

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                                                                                        Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

                                                                                        @delia-delia: Yes, it was the structure. Moses, and the others who did not trust God. :o)

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                                                                                        Delia 5 years ago

                                                                                        The Israelite reaped what they sowed...I can't imaging being in the desert for 40 years, how hard that must have been...again their faith and trust in God waned.

                                                                                        I have a question:

                                                                                        you mentioned above....."until Moses and all the adults who did not trust God died".... Moses did not trust God? it could be the way the sentence is structured, but that's what I got out of it .

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                                                                                        Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

                                                                                        @goo2eyes lm: Yes, Aaron, Moses brother, had allowed the people to participate in worship of a golden calf. They were restless and he probably figured it would do no harm to allow them to use some of their pagan rituals to worship God. However, it was definitely wrong. I need to look more closely, but I dont remember anything about Moses' hair turning grey, nor anything about giving Joshua the stones. It was 40 years later that Joshua led the people.

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                                                                                        goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

                                                                                        when moses came down from mt. sinai, he could not believe his eyes. the other people were worshipping a golden calf. aaron was not doing anything against it. only joshua was the one keeping the other people to believe in God and waited for moses to come down. the might of God was so powerful that moses got old and grey upon receiving the 10 commandments. instead of giving aaron the stab, moses gave it to joshua and he led his people to the promised land.

                                                                                      Cycle of sin.
                                                                                      Cycle of sin.

                                                                                      1400 BC

                                                                                      Hebrew people enter God's Beautiful Land, but serve themselves.

                                                                                      Joshua trusted God, therefore God led Israel through Joshua.  The Israelites won all the battles against their enemies when they were obedient, including the battle of Jericho, where God showed how He would work, if they were only obedient.  

                                                                                      Any gentile, or non-Hebrew person was always welcome to follow God, and Rahab chose to do so. She was rescued before Jericho fell and the Redeemer would be her descendant.

                                                                                      But the Israelites disobedience grew.  After Joshua died the Israelites wandered into sin greatly.  Instead of getting rid of all evil, they began to become interested in the sinful lives of the people that lived there and soon began to forget about God again.  They began worshipping idols and serving themselves, rather than God.   The people selfishly did only what pleased them at the time. 

                                                                                      God ruled Israel with Judges, reminding the people of Him.  When they remembered, they were obedient for a little while, but they would go right back to sinning again after each judge left.

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                                                                                          Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

                                                                                          @goo2eyes lm: Yes, later on Zacchaeus did live in Jericho. Good catch.

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                                                                                          goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

                                                                                          the jews got punished by God because they forgot to praise and believe in Him. those who believe in God were saved and would be saved. i remember this song about jericho> there was a man in jericho called zaccheus....

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                                                                                          Mamaboo LM 5 years ago

                                                                                          This is one of the truest examples of how we are sheep and how DESPERATELY we need a Shepard.

                                                                                        King Saul
                                                                                        King Saul

                                                                                        Israel Rejects God As Their King

                                                                                        They want to be like the world.

                                                                                        The people then began to think that God was not as good a King as other countries had.  They wanted to have a human king rather than God ruling over them.   They wanted to be governed as Godless people were.  

                                                                                        God warned them, through His priest, Samuel, that bad things come with earthly kings, like taxes and slavery, but they would not listen.  So God gave them the kind of king they asked for.  

                                                                                        King Saul looked handsome, strong, and brave.  He began fairly well in his job.  But power soon revealed the wickedness in his heart and he forgot about God as so many well-meaning people do.   

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                                                                                            Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

                                                                                            @goo2eyes lm: God often teaches us by giving us exactly what we ask for. Better to listen to what He tells us is good.

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                                                                                            goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

                                                                                            God punished israel for not believing in invisible God, they preferred a visible one.

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                                                                                            Mamaboo LM 5 years ago

                                                                                            This is why we have idols...We want to see what we are worshiping...Our Faith is so small, if existent at all

                                                                                          David and Goliath
                                                                                          David and Goliath

                                                                                          God Chooses the Next King

                                                                                          David, whose descendant would be the Redeemer.

                                                                                          Then God chose the king for Israel.  King David.  

                                                                                          David was the shepherd boy who killed Goliath.  David was a very great king.  The greatest king Israel ever had, other than God.  

                                                                                          But still, sin was there.  King David even did horrible things that he was very sorry for doing.   King David was waiting for the promised Messiah as well. 

                                                                                          But because of David's sins, the nation of Israel was later divided into two parts.   The northern 10 tribes kept the name Israel, the southern 2 tribes became Judah.   Sadly, they both failed to be faithful to God.

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                                                                                              Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

                                                                                              @goo2eyes lm: We have such a propensity to do evil. Without setting selfish desires aside and allowing God to rule in our hearts, we have little to brag about. Even then, we can only brag about what HE has done, not we.

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                                                                                              goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

                                                                                              God gave the israelites many chances but people were so weak.

                                                                                            Solomon's Temple
                                                                                            Solomon's Temple

                                                                                            Godly Kings and the Foolishness of Those Who Were Not

                                                                                            So few have been willing to accept God's authority.

                                                                                            There were many kings after David, some followed God's ways of goodness, mostly they did not.  

                                                                                            Solomon, David's son was a very good king for a time.   He was very wise and God did great things for Israel through Solomon.  He wrote the incredible book of Proverbs, full of wisdom.  But when he got older, he also broke God's laws and he became very sad, even writing a whole book, Ecclesiastes, about how foolishness ruins a man.

                                                                                            He ordered the building of the first temple for worshiping God in Jerusalem in 960 BC and it was the center of the worship of YHWH by the Israelites and any gentiles who wanted to know God until it's destruction by the Babylonians 586 BC. 

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                                                                                                goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

                                                                                                i remember the case where king solomon had to decide who was the real mother of the baby in question. king solomon decided to cut the baby in half. the false mother agreed to this decree but the true mother said she would give the baby to the other. king solomon gave the true mother the baby and punished the other.

                                                                                              Blessings from God for Nations

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                                                                                              When kings were obedient to God and made the nation obedient as well, God blessed them and did many great things for them. 

                                                                                              But when the kings and nation were disobedient, God let them suffer their own consequences of foolishness. 

                                                                                              This is why it was so important for all leaders to please God, then and also today.  Leaders guide countries either toward safety within God's way, or toward destruction, away from God's ways. A nation will only prosper while it seeks God.

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                                                                                                  Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

                                                                                                  @goo2eyes lm: God gives humans free will. No one can force loving God on another. However, God grants some authority to governments so that laws to protect even those who are not His children can be enforced and criminals held in check.

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                                                                                                  goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

                                                                                                  there should be freedom of religion. a government should not hold religion as its weapon.

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                                                                                                  Mamaboo LM 5 years ago

                                                                                                  It is also why we are called to pray for our leaders and those in power!

                                                                                                Israel comes back to life - immediately bombed.
                                                                                                Israel comes back to life - immediately bombed.

                                                                                                Results of Disobedience

                                                                                                Evil will not be allowed to go on forever.

                                                                                                Finally God put an end to the rule of Israel, for they would not remain obedient to the ways of God.  

                                                                                                He allowed them to be captured and put back into slavery for thousands of years.  

                                                                                                The country and nation of Israel virtually disappeared and the Israelites were scattered all across the world.  

                                                                                                But God did not forget His promise, for the nation of Israel would come back in the year 1948, when no one ever thought they could ever exist again.   God will do what He says He will do.

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                                                                                                    Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

                                                                                                    @goo2eyes lm: Satan is doing whatever he can to try to thwart God's plan. He can't. But the turmoil you see surrounding Israel is the evidence. Much of God's Word speaks of this.

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                                                                                                    goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

                                                                                                    israel got their land but their misery began again.

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                                                                                                    mrducksmrnot 5 years ago

                                                                                                    Another AMEN.

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                                                                                                    Mamaboo LM 5 years ago

                                                                                                    AMEN!!!

                                                                                                  Destruction of Solomon's Temple
                                                                                                  Destruction of Solomon's Temple

                                                                                                  Conquered by Many Nations

                                                                                                  Gradually exterminated or assimilated.

                                                                                                  God used the Assyrians to scatter the ten northern tribes of Israel.   They were the second nation to conquer the Israelites.  

                                                                                                  Then the Babylonians took the two southern tribes of Judah prisoner.   King Nebuchadnezzar ruled Babylon when Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, were taken captive.  They began to be called Jews, because most of them came from Judah.   Those 4 young men followed God and worshiped, serving Him in every way of their lives. 

                                                                                                  Then the Medes and Persians took over.  Then Greece, and finally Rome ruled the world, fading away for a time, but to be renewed in the last days that will be coming.  

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                                                                                                      Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

                                                                                                      @goo2eyes lm: God gave Daniel dreams and visions that are coming true today. Daniel had no way of knowing that, though the dreams made no sense to him at the time, people thousands of years later would be pouring over them, studying them, and seeing them come true. Daniel is one of my heroes, as he suffered greatly, but no matter how hard things got for him, he remained faithful to God. He sets a great example for me. His dreams did not save him. God saved him. All those dreams and visions were a gift that God used for His glory, and for you and I to know what is in the future.

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                                                                                                      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

                                                                                                      i know the story of daniel. he was thrown to the lions but the lions did not kill him. daniel had lots of dreams which saved him.

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                                                                                                    Prophets Used by God to Speak

                                                                                                    But few listen.

                                                                                                    God continued to speak to Israel through prophets. God sent many messages that all Israel had to do was repent, turn from their sins and love and serve Him.

                                                                                                    He told them many things to look for so that they would recognize the Messiah when He came; what He would do, even the year in which He would come and what town in which He would be born.

                                                                                                    But the people did not listen. Many times they were so angry that they killed the prophets. Israel remained in captivity or wandering and everyone mostly forgot about the ancient civilization. The people without a home, without a king, and who had forgotten how good God had been to them.

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                                                                                                        Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

                                                                                                        @goo2eyes lm: We are both waiting for the Messiah. We are waiting for him to come the second time, the Jews are waiting for Him to come the first time. The Bible says when they see Him come, they will mourn, knowing that it was He that they rejected before.

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                                                                                                        goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

                                                                                                        the jews are still waiting for the messiah/eli but the christians say that the messiah came already.

                                                                                                      Promise Fulfilled
                                                                                                      Promise Fulfilled

                                                                                                      Promise Fulfilled

                                                                                                      At the right time.

                                                                                                      But God did not forget them.

                                                                                                      God never left His promise that when they were obedient they would rule with him. That they would be the ones who brought the Messiah to save people from sin and death.

                                                                                                      God stopped sending prophets to speak to the people who would not listen.

                                                                                                      God became silent for 400 years.

                                                                                                      And then it was time.

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                                                                                                          Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

                                                                                                          @goo2eyes lm: The Bible says He came to save us from ALL our sins.

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                                                                                                          God sent his beloved Son to save us from our original sins.

                                                                                                        Yeshua is Born
                                                                                                        Yeshua is Born

                                                                                                        The Promised One

                                                                                                        Yeshua - Salvation

                                                                                                        About 4000 years after Adam and Eve began looking for the One who would save them, and 2000 years after the flood, God moved to fulfill His promise.

                                                                                                        In the land of ancient Israel there was a Jewish girl named Mary who was descended from the great King David.

                                                                                                        She loved and served God and it was Mary whom God chose to bring the Messiah into the world through. She grew a child in her womb without the help of a man, but only because God caused it to be so, for that cannot happen without it being a miracle.

                                                                                                        God told her to name the child Yeshua. That is the Hebrew word for Salvation. His name is often called Jesus today, but it loses it's meaning in that transliteration. His name was Yeshua. Born into a people enslaved under the authority of Rome. He was a Jew and looked like any middle-eastern child would. Not like the pictures so often shown of Him.

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                                                                                                            goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

                                                                                                            Jesus is the son of God and He is our promised redeemer.

                                                                                                          Yeshua at 12, teaches at the temple.
                                                                                                          Yeshua at 12, teaches at the temple.

                                                                                                          Yeshua

                                                                                                          He was different.

                                                                                                          This child fulfilled all the prophecies God had told about the One who would come and save the world from sin and death.

                                                                                                          After Yeshua was born his mother married Joseph, a Jewish man who was also descended from the house of David in the tribe of Judah. They had other children together, but Yeshua was different.

                                                                                                          Yeshua never sinned. He loved the scriptures and studied them. He even taught in the temple when he was just a young boy. He knew things that many of the teachers did not know, and everyone wondered why Yeshua knew so much and was so different. The people in the area knew he was born before his mother was married. The Bible even tells us he was not handsome.

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                                                                                                              goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

                                                                                                              Jesua was not blue-eyed and blond.

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                                                                                                            Yeshua As A Young Man

                                                                                                            He makes an impresssion.

                                                                                                            As Yeshua grew, he first helped Joseph in the family business, carpentry and construction.   Yeshua made furniture and built homes.   He grew in His knowledge and strength, wisdom and stature, even gaining favor with people because of how he lived his life with integrity and no malice.

                                                                                                            But when Yeshua turned 30 years old He knew it was time to do what He had come here to do.

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                                                                                                                Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

                                                                                                                @goo2eyes lm: There is no record of Him disappearing. The Bible says he grew up and lived in his home town until the age of 30. After that He began His ministry in the lands near His home.

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                                                                                                                goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

                                                                                                                Yeshua disappeared for so many years. He most probably went to asia to preach. he then came back and preached about the goodness of God.

                                                                                                              Lamb of God
                                                                                                              Lamb of God

                                                                                                              Yeshua, the Lamb of God

                                                                                                              The Perfect Sacrifice. To pay my debt.

                                                                                                              You see, Yeshua was actually God the Son, who had given up His place and spiritual body in Heaven, to come to Earth and take the body of a man. 

                                                                                                              That was the only way a man could be sinless and offer himself to be the One Sacrifice that could take away the sins of the world.  If that man were God.   For only God could be sinless.  

                                                                                                              So that is what God the Son did.  He chose to come down, become a man, and offer His own body to be sacrificed for us who could never save ourselves.

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                                                                                                                  goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

                                                                                                                  Jesus was the sacrificial lamb.

                                                                                                                Woman knows Messiah was to have healing in His tzitzit.
                                                                                                                Woman knows Messiah was to have healing in His tzitzit.

                                                                                                                Yeshua Reveals His Identity

                                                                                                                God, Lunatic, or Liar. Only one can be true.

                                                                                                                After His baptism, for three years Yeshua traveled around and spoke to people, teaching them the things of God.  Explaining to them the scriptures and how they should live.  He did many miracles that revealed His power. People were captivated by Him.

                                                                                                                But many of the power-hungry religious leaders did not like what He had to say, any more than they liked what God had to say when he sent the prophets.   Israel still watched and waited for the Messiah, the One who would save them, but they had not understood what God had said about the Messiah having to die. They did not remember what the sacrifices meant. The second part they did remember - they would be saved.   They only wanted a great man who would come in and conquer all their enemies and set up a kingdom.

                                                                                                                Some were looking for two separate Messiahs; one who would die, and one who would rule. Yeshua was to be both, but later, when the time was right.    

                                                                                                                 

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                                                                                                                    goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

                                                                                                                    Jesus had followers and non-believers despised him.

                                                                                                                  Yeshua, Lamb of God
                                                                                                                  Yeshua, Lamb of God

                                                                                                                  The Promised One Redeems

                                                                                                                  4000 years after the promise.

                                                                                                                  And then, just as God had known, even before creation, Yeshua, the Messiah and Son of God, the Promised One, the Redeemer, offered His own life as the Sacrifice of a sinless man to take away the sin of the world.

                                                                                                                  God fulfilled His promise.

                                                                                                                  Our sin put us at enmity with God. However, God, because of His good will toward men, offered peace on earth between Himself and mankind.   He paid the price we could not pay.

                                                                                                                  For anyone who believes in Him, repents and turns away from sin, and asks Him to forgive them of their sins, Yeshua forgives and takes away their sin.   Yeshua allowed his body to be beaten and hung on a cross and he died, shedding His blood to redeem us, to buy back from death, all who would follow Him.

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                                                                                                                      Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

                                                                                                                      @goo2eyes lm: From ALL sins, and the sacrifice was offered to All people. Amazing that people refuse this incredible gift of mercy.

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                                                                                                                      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

                                                                                                                      Jesus, as son of God, could easily get down the cross and free Himself but He did not do it. He had a mission and that was to redeem mankind from its original sins.

                                                                                                                    He holds the keys to death's gate.
                                                                                                                    He holds the keys to death's gate.

                                                                                                                    Yeshua Rises

                                                                                                                    Death has no power over God

                                                                                                                    But that is not the end.   No.   It is only the beginning. 

                                                                                                                    Because, if you remember way back at the start of this book, God had already made a whole plan for eternity, and eternity has hardly begun.  

                                                                                                                    You see, because Yeshua is God, death has no power over Him.  He rose again from the grave and gives life to all who choose to follow Him!   

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                                                                                                                        goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

                                                                                                                        on the 3rd day, He rose again. we call it easter.

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                                                                                                                        Mamaboo LM 5 years ago

                                                                                                                        without this single event, our religion would be like all the others

                                                                                                                      How to Force Your Way

                                                                                                                      To Hell

                                                                                                                      Yeshua stayed for 40 days, still teaching, and then returned to Heaven to prepare it for us who love Him and follow Him.   He is waiting for us there.  

                                                                                                                      But the people who knew Jesus when He was still on the earth had a very important job to do now.  They had to tell everyone they knew about Yeshua and how He paid the price for their sins so that everyone could come to know, love, and serve Him if they choose to.  

                                                                                                                      God wants every person to come, but He forces no one who does not want to.

                                                                                                                      God does not send people to Hell. You have to shove aside His broken, bleeding body to get there.

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                                                                                                                          goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

                                                                                                                          the way to hell is easy but the way to heaven is stony and spiny.

                                                                                                                        Dark Ages
                                                                                                                        Dark Ages

                                                                                                                        Yeshua Is Not A Religion

                                                                                                                        Know Him

                                                                                                                        So the people who stayed behind and followed Yeshua came to be known as Christians and they started churches. True churches followed the teachings of Yeshua.

                                                                                                                        There have been false churches as well. Many followers of Yeshua and others have been murdered over thousands of years by false churches and false Christians. Sadly, many evil people have claimed to be followers of Yeshua when they were not.

                                                                                                                        Yeshua was not a proponent of organized religion. He was talking about a relationship with God, by knowing Him and who He is. He already knows us.

                                                                                                                        Much evil in this world has been done by those posing as followers of Yeshua and has led to much confusion and pain in the world. Sin still remains in the hearts of mankind; for only a little bit longer.

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                                                                                                                            goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

                                                                                                                            religion is now organized. we can pray to God everyday at home, everywhere. God accepts prayers in unison also.

                                                                                                                          The Book of the Revelation of Yeshua

                                                                                                                          The things which would come to pass.

                                                                                                                          But true followers of Yeshua sought to spread His truth throughout the earth.

                                                                                                                          Missionaries were sent out to tell people of Yeshua and His sacrifice for them.

                                                                                                                          One of the men who knew Yeshua was John. While imprisoned for following Yeshua, God showed him a picture of what would happen in the future. We can read about what God showed John in the book of Revelation.

                                                                                                                          It is one long revelation, not many. In it, we find what will happen in the future. Today, we see the events of our geo-political earth lining up perfectly with what was written down almost 2000 years ago.

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                                                                                                                              Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

                                                                                                                              @goo2eyes lm: Rather than relying on our own ideas, we need to see what God says about it. It may be that we live out our life and die of old age, but it is also entirely possible that will not happen. From all my years of study, I don't think we will see many more years before the final prophecies come to pass. Unless you study them, you can't know this, but the time appears to be very short.

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                                                                                                                              Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

                                                                                                                              @goo2eyes lm: God warns us that we should know when He is coming. About 1/4 of the Bible deals with prophecy, so that tells us that God believes it is important for us to know. I don't want to ignore anything that God says is important.

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                                                                                                                              i don't want to see the future. i want to be surprised.

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                                                                                                                              goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

                                                                                                                              the end of the world is coming. we see some homeless guys reminding us that the end of the world is near. i believe that the end of the world for me is death.

                                                                                                                            The Future

                                                                                                                            Micro-condensed version.

                                                                                                                            We know that one day Yeshua will return and gather all those who who love Him and are still here on the earth to be with Him. 

                                                                                                                            He will then rid the earth of all evil and those who love evil, and set up His kingdom that will never end.  

                                                                                                                            It will all be as it once was.   No sickness or death.   No crying or sadness; only peace with God and love and joy as we live and do things together, loving and serving God and one another in a place of beauty, in the presence of the God who loves us and gave His life for us.

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                                                                                                                                Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

                                                                                                                                @goo2eyes lm: To have a good future, we must be in a right relationship with God, through Yeshua. Any other future is hopeless.

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                                                                                                                                goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

                                                                                                                                we have to learn from the past to have a good future.

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                                                                                                                                Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

                                                                                                                                @ViJuvenate: Almost one third of the Bible deals with talking about future events. Some of those future events that were written have already been fulfilled, but many have not yet. The most well-known book about the things that have not happened yet is the book of Revelation. However, the book of Daniel also talks about the things yet to come. These two books are supported by many other prophecies about the future in other books of the old and new testament.

                                                                                                                                There are discussions about the future in the gospels as well as in the letters written to the believers in the New Testament. There are discussions in the Psalms and in many of the major and minor prophets in the Old Testament, as well as Genesis.

                                                                                                                                Many people do not realize that to really know the Bible you must study it. When you do, the supposed 'contradictions' so many people talk about evaporate. I have found that the more I know the Word of God, the stronger it becomes.

                                                                                                                                There have been many people who have claimed to be prophets. The Bible tells us that if they are wrong, even once, when they say they have a word from the Lord, and it does not come through, they are false prophets and we are not to give them the time of day.

                                                                                                                                I have never yet heard of any prophets who were right 100% of the time, other than the Bible itself. Many who have claimed to be prophets are merely repeating things they've heard from a variety of sources. At some point, something you say will come true. The old cliche is, "Even a broken clock is right twice a day."

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                                                                                                                                ViJuvenate 5 years ago

                                                                                                                                Is that what the book of Revelation is about? Can I read that book and know what is going to happen in the future? What about other prophets I hear about, do they say the same thing?

                                                                                                                              The Invitation
                                                                                                                              The Invitation

                                                                                                                              The Invitation

                                                                                                                              Why say no?

                                                                                                                              I do hope you have chosen to be there with God.  

                                                                                                                              You were born with sin in your heart and have broken God's laws.   That means that your sins must be paid for.  We must be willing to admit that and our need for His sacrifice for us. Only perfection and goodness can remain with God forever and there is no way we can be perfect. We need our debt paid by Him, and without understanding that Yeshua is the only way to salvation and peace with God, freedom is out of our grasp. We can never hope to make it by our own efforts.

                                                                                                                              Will you pay for them, or will you thankfully accept Yeshua's sacrifice as paying for your sin and begin to live your life pleasing to Him and seeking to know Him?   He gave the needed sacrifice. All we have to do is acknowledge our need for it and follow Him.

                                                                                                                              He will apply His sacrifice to you as well, and you will be free and given the righteousness of God.   You will live forever with Him as I have chosen to do.  

                                                                                                                              I want to see you there.

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                                                                                                                                  Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

                                                                                                                                  @Mamaboo LM: Amen, Mamaboo! :o)

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                                                                                                                                  Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

                                                                                                                                  @goo2eyes lm: I'm glad, goo2eyes!

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                                                                                                                                  goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

                                                                                                                                  i have taken the invitation already. thank you for asking.

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                                                                                                                                  Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

                                                                                                                                  @mrducksmrnot: I only hope I have given Him reason to smile. :o) He has done so much for me!

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                                                                                                                                  mrducksmrnot 5 years ago

                                                                                                                                  With this lens you have laid up treasures for yourself for sure.

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                                                                                                                                  Mamaboo LM 5 years ago

                                                                                                                                  I pray all that read your lens, will receive the invitation that you have spelled out so eloquently. For truly His desire is that ALL should be saved and have eternal life...AMEN

                                                                                                                                If You Have Read This Far

                                                                                                                                Thank you.

                                                                                                                                Thank you for giving me the sweet, sweet chance to at least tell you a very general overview of what the Scriptures tell us of God and His love for us.

                                                                                                                                There is so, so much to tell beyond this paper-thin outline that it's been a real struggle to not fill the pages endlessly with the incredible knowledge, wisdom and truth given to us. But I hope that somewhere in here your heart was touched by His love. I hope you will begin to seek Him by picking up a Bible that almost every home contains, and begin to seek to know Him.

                                                                                                                                The G.O.S.P.E.L. in Four Minutes

                                                                                                                                Love this guys presentation.

                                                                                                                                Why Is this Christian Putting this Out on the Internet? - I'll let the self-proclaimed atheist and magician, Penn Jillete, explain it to you.

                                                                                                                                One Man's Journey from Darkness to the Love of God - His story begins at 16 minutes into this video.

                                                                                                                                I hope you will listen to Lee Bien tell how He came to hear the call of Yeshua and answered, and what happened to him afterward.

                                                                                                                                Leave a comment if you wish and know that God sees you and wants you to know Him.

                                                                                                                                I'm glad you stopped by.

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                                                                                                                                    Digory LM 4 years ago

                                                                                                                                    Wow, the detail in this lens is impressive. great job.

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                                                                                                                                    Sunflower Susan 4 years ago

                                                                                                                                    @siobhanryan: I hope you have been drawn nearer the Lord, and heeded His call to your heart. Nothing is more important. Thank you for stopping by.

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                                                                                                                                    Sunflower Susan 4 years ago

                                                                                                                                    @LornsA178: Thank you. So glad you came by. :o)

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                                                                                                                                    Sunflower Susan 4 years ago

                                                                                                                                    @delia-delia: It is long, isn't it! And so much more could be put here. :o)

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                                                                                                                                    siobhanryan 5 years ago

                                                                                                                                    This lens was recommended by ViJuvenate after reading one of mine. He knew that this is what I needed. Wonderful lens

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                                                                                                                                    LornsA178 5 years ago

                                                                                                                                    Well done, great lens. Thanks for sharing God's salvation - Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven. Thanks!

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                                                                                                                                    Delia 5 years ago

                                                                                                                                    I'm glad I stopped by as well...my favorite subject! Because this is a lengthy lens I will come back and read it thoroughly so I can enjoy it more....can't wait!

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                                                                                                                                    Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

                                                                                                                                    @goo2eyes lm: Thank you for all your comments and participation. It was really nice to read them and converse with you. :o)

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                                                                                                                                    Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

                                                                                                                                    @TonyPayne: Thank you, Poddys. No, I've not read them. I find mythology interesting and fun to read sometimes, but I don't have much time to read these days. So busy!

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                                                                                                                                    goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

                                                                                                                                    i went thru your lens and got some graces of God in return.

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                                                                                                                                    mrducksmrnot 5 years ago

                                                                                                                                    Thank you for the blessings you have reminded us all about. It's free for the moment in time one decides to turn their life over to GOD. I try and tell folks to look at their life like a card catalog in the library with each person's name one it. When it's time for you/I to leave this body what will your card catalog hold for your life? Start today to keep it clean.

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                                                                                                                                    Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

                                                                                                                                    @mediawizard lm: Yes, He does. I'm glad you stopped by. :o)

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                                                                                                                                    mediawizard lm 5 years ago

                                                                                                                                    Jezus make the imposible possible

                                                                                                                                    I have been blessed.

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                                                                                                                                    Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

                                                                                                                                    @Mamaboo LM: Thank you, Mamaboo. I hope and pray the same.

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                                                                                                                                    Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

                                                                                                                                    @Mamaboo LM: I don't remember how much time I spent, some years ago, writing it, but it took me a couple of weeks to get it all on this lens, for certain!

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                                                                                                                                    Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

                                                                                                                                    @Light-in-me: Robin, thank you. :o)

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                                                                                                                                    Mamaboo LM 5 years ago

                                                                                                                                    I hope and pray that people get more out of your lens than just, "great lens", while it is a great lens, there's so much more to it that "just a lens".

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                                                                                                                                    Mamaboo LM 5 years ago

                                                                                                                                    This must have taken you hours and hours to put together!!! Congrats and I'm surprised at how few likes you've gotten!!!

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                                                                                                                                    Light-in-me 5 years ago

                                                                                                                                    I found the video of Penn very interesting.

                                                                                                                                    You have done a great job with this lens.

                                                                                                                                    Nice work,

                                                                                                                                    Robin :)

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                                                                                                                                    Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

                                                                                                                                    Very interesting discussion. I don't know if you have read any books by Zecharia Sitchin, but you might find From Genesis To Revalation and The Wars Of Gods And Men interesting. They describe events that have been translated from ancient texts, and which place a new light on ancient times.

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                                                                                                                                    Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

                                                                                                                                    @SirAwesome: Thank you, Sir!

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                                                                                                                                    Barbara Isbill 5 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

                                                                                                                                    Beautiful; job.

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                                                                                                                                    SirAwesome 5 years ago

                                                                                                                                    Amazing stuff and great lens!

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                                                                                                                                    Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

                                                                                                                                    @NevermoreShirts: Thank you!

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                                                                                                                                    Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

                                                                                                                                    @ViJuvenate: Hopefully it won't take too long.

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                                                                                                                                    NevermoreShirts 5 years ago

                                                                                                                                    Very well done discussion lens! Great work. :)

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                                                                                                                                    ViJuvenate 5 years ago

                                                                                                                                    Looking forward to the rest!

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                                                                                                                                    Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

                                                                                                                                    @anonymous: Yes, it really is a great statement from him. I appreciated his willingness to put that out there.

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                                                                                                                                    Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

                                                                                                                                    @mywebcontent: Thank you! I did some time ago. Now it's just mostly copy and paste and make it pretty.

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                                                                                                                                    anonymous 5 years ago

                                                                                                                                    Now that is a powerful video. Well done!

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                                                                                                                                    mywebcontent 5 years ago

                                                                                                                                    Looks like you put a lot of thought into this lens!

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                                                                                                                                    Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

                                                                                                                                    @JoyfulPamela2: Thank you, Pamela! :o)

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                                                                                                                                    JoyfulPamela2 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

                                                                                                                                    Wonderful job writing this! I pray it touches many people. :)