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  1. I was reading where you say no trinity: was wondering about John 16:13, Eph. 4:30, Mark 3:29 and Math. 12:32, what is your take on these.

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    1. I don’t understand the connection with the scriptures you have provided. I have never stated that there is no Holy Spirit but rather that the teaching of the trinity is false. The Holy Spirit is not the trinity or even part of a trinity. None of those scripture speak or teach about God existing as a trinity or His Spirit being a separate entity of Himself. God is “Spirit” and God is “Holy” so the Holy Spirit of God belongs to God. The Holy Spirit of God is the possession of Himself. When God pours out His spirit on humanity, He is giving us Himself and not someone else.

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      1. These scriptures just seem to speak of the Holy Spirit as a separate person, just wanted to know what you thought. Thanks

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      2. Gotcha… Well, God is “Spirit”! God is not a person so therefore His spirit is also not a person. God’s “spirit” belongs to Him just like your heart and capacity to love belongs to you. Your heart is not a separate entity of you, it is a part of you. When you give your heart to someone you love like your mother, father, siblings, wife, or children, you are giving them the invisible “possession” of you and not another person! They can experience your love with them. The Holy Spirit is the POSSESSION of God! When God gives us His spirit, God is giving us Himself and we can experience God with us!

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    2. I’ve Been in church all my life and I’m now trying to teach my family about the real meaning of hell and the lake of fire. Can you talk about this incorruptible body we suppose to get that burns forever and the fire that is seven times hotter then normal?

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  2. Good morning, I’ve been researching other beliefs outside the christianity writings and have found that human nature tends to “revise” what it feels isn’t to it’s liking. For instance movies like 3 billboards, the true story wasn’t “screen-worthy” so they revised the truth, the only thing that remained is that a family lost a daughter and put up 3 billboards to try to find the killer, the rest of the movie is fiction, Fargo, although they say it’s a true story it is 100% fiction. We do this with our own lives and the lives of those we love, maybe not in such a grand scale but we do. We will sometimes revise the actual events to make them more exciting or shine a better light on our own actions. This is what I believe has happened to God’s word. Man has revised His/Their thruth because man didn’t like the real story, thus creating contradictions in text and 3 different possible belief systems with “justification” where the belief isn’t supported. We as “christians” say God is a God of community, but He is a loner, however, more belief systems show that there is a “God” community and the word God is actually the family name Elohim which is the ruling family. Many religions have multiple gods with a family of Gods at the top. it was later that christianity desolved this to one. Other religions give both men & women (Gods) equal power, christianity gave the male of the species more power by declaring one God a male. I am not saying there isn’t truth in the christian writings but I am saying man has distorted God’s truth to his own liking because he didn’t like the story as it was. For instance, Sumarian belief is that there are 2 Male & Female and their offspring (gods) roamed the earth and cared for it, however, it became increasingly difficult and one was created as a sacrifice to create humans. The blood of the one created nations of humans….sound familiar, it is…bible teachings vary in translation but it is from the blood of one that all nations were created.The genisis story of creation has never quite set well with me because there are to many holes in it. I believe that the leaders/priests/kings of the time didn’t like the true story so they made up this narrative, that there is only one God and He created one man then thought the man needed companionship and created woman then walked in the “garden” with them until one day they disobeyed His comand and He found out, like He didn’t already know, like when He first created this in the story, man was supposed to be ok with just animal companions but after a time God saw that he was unhappy and created woman, also, the “sin” was not really their fault it was the “serpent” so even though we may “own” our behavior to a point, we can still blame someone else. Back to God walking in eden, in the new testiment the Messiah/Christus says no one has seen the Father, so who was walking in eden (which by the way means flat land or steppe, not garden or paradise). He also says if you have seen me you have seen the Father, giving rise to the false trinity doctrine, human fathers are seen in their sons, the nature of the father is in the son. that is what was supposed to be conveyed in my opinion. the “bible” states that “many will be deceived” what better way to do so, even the writings say this “satan” tempted the “messiah” in the desert using God’s word, so why not now, why not the most popular belief system on earth. When did we decide our version was the only “right” one. I know this will bring tons of disagreement, but this is what I am finding right now, “scripture” as it is now, isn’t completely true, once more, I believe there is truth in it, but man has distorted it and revised it to his own liking. Christianity says if you confess with your lips that “Jesus” is Lord and believe in your heart that he was raised from the dead you are saved, the “unclean spirits at the lake in the man did that, “Satan” did that and yet “christianity” says they don’t get saved so how do we know we are if that is how it work or doesn’t, they will validate by saying it’s a heart matter or “Satan” hates “God” but the qualification doesn’t say anything about how you feel about “God” only that you believe & confess. I do believe that Elohim family is greater than what any religion portrays and forgives ALL. I also, believe that some of the “human” stories in the bible are actually “god” stories not humans, but man adapted them because he didn’t like the truth. I’m still researching but this is where I’m at to date, thx for the forum.

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  3. I’ve been following your web site recently, and cautiously, with interest.
    I came to faith 40 years ago which was life changing..no sinners prayer or pressure from evangelistic outreach..just a mind opening revelation of God and as He willed..very simple!

    Cutting the long story short…I’ve been questioning lately the historic development of the theology behind what I’ve come to subscribe to within traditional church after that conversion.
    This, after reading George Macdonald, Andrew Jukes and Hannah Whittall Smith who seem to subscribe in various shades to Universal Salvation.. and after reading them , I had a great hope and new perspective of the amazing good news of our faith, which I frankly could not see any ‘Good News’ before within the narrow confines of the privileged few/elect.

    Also I came to question God’s total sovereignity in accomplishing His absolute will for all and could not accept that it counts on my own works of belief..why should I be favoured above others through a random decision of will?

    Thankyou for the alternative view. I’m still trying to work through it and how I continue in loving my family in Christ in traditional church and teaching as my views change within the true gospel of Christ.
    My thanks for your labour

    In Him
    Jill

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  4. Do you believe that in the beginning Jesus Christ existed with his father as a physical person? I don’t and I believe that to be a begotten son of god you have to be begotten by God himself.

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  5. I’ve asked questions and commented before, but maybe you can give me a little boost if you’re willing? I’ve always had a hard time understanding Matthew 24:20!!! And I can’t wait for you to come out with more of your truths…

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    1. Hello Miranda it’s good to hear from you again! Remember when studying the scriptures that it is extremely important to understand the context of the passage. Jesus is speaking to all of Jerusalem and he is making a prophecy in regards to the future destruction of Jerusalem and it’s temple. It is recorded in history that Jerusalem was destroyed along with it’s temple in 70 AD. The Jews were strict adherents to Jewish law which included the Sabbath which required that you rest from all of your work. The Jews were told to flee to the mountains in verse 16 but many stayed. They chose to hold on to their physical works to the law and their physical temple which ultimately lead to them being slaughtered by the Romans. If this isn’t clear let me know and I’ll expand on it a little more for you. Take care…

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      1. No I understand now,& it makes perfect sense to me now.So Thank you very very much once again…God Bless you Mr.Randolph!!

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  6. What do you get out of John 5:42-43?? I’m curious on your thoughts.And is there anything particular you call the Messiah? Jesus, Yeshua, yehuah? This has been weighing on my mind because of Malachi 2:2…I always like the wisdom you share because a little bit of help(A boost) can make such a difference in my understanding of things when I go to study.Thank you in advance..

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    1. Jesus was just rebuking the religious leaders of their hypocrisy in John 5:42-43. They claimed to be God’s people but rejected everything that Jesus spoke of not realizing that the words of Jesus came from God Himself.

      I don’t really get into the name thing when it comes to whether “Jesus” is the appropriate name or not. There are groups that feel like they are special because they think they call “Jesus” by his right name but “Jesus” is just the English transliteration of the Hebrew name “Yeshua” from the Greek name “Iēsous”. With that said, Malachi 2:2 was written specifically for the priests of Levi.

      Malachi 2:1 “And now, O priests, this commandment is for you.

      You need not worry about that and “Jesus” is certainly appropriate for the name simply means “God is Salvation”!

      As for holidays, I participate any many traditional American holidays but I don’t necessarily “celebrate” them. There are many mundane things that can consume our time in this life that I try not to get worked up about. My least favorite holiday is Christmas for it is nothing but an overindulgence in unnecessary spending. I like Thanksgiving because it is one of few holidays were I get to see members of my family that I don’t usually get to see that often. I had a guy come on here and he tried to rebuke me for celebrating holidays and I thought it was actually kind of comical that he took it that serious. There is just too much already that we have to worry about why waste time finding insignificant things to worry about? My advice would be that if celebrating holidays is a good thing for you and your family, continue to do it just be modest about it. Don’t overdue it because that is when it can be considered paganism. I participate in Easter but it is a total load of crap. I know this but it doesn’t mean that I’m going to take away happiness from my young daughter. She will learn that it is nonsense in her own timing. We all become accustomed to traditions. Placing our right hand over our hearts in allegiance to the country at the playing of America’s national anthem. Some will say that this is not of God and maybe it isn’t but it is what it is. I try not to stress the small stuff….

      Romans 14:5 One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind.

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  7. And I have another question for you? Do you celebrate holidays? I’m not casting judgment because I have always celebrated holidays, but I’m really rethinking it.And how hard that will be when my children are use to having that all their lives.I guess there is alot of things I’m seeing and having a “Changing of heart” with..I’m also curious on your take when it comes to holidays and traditions of men?

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  8. Greetings brother.
    You have answered my previous questions and pointed me in the right direction. I read your article on the heretical doctrine of the trinity. I repented for being an advocate of the trinity and even teaching it to others.
    My question deals with the Holy Spirit. Is the Spirit given to the chosen (elect) only OR to all who have been called by God? When I read Ephesians, Paul states in Ephesians 1:13-14 that the Ephesian saints were sealed with the Holy Spirit as an earnest deposit.
    As always,thanks in advance for your response.

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    1. Believers have God’s “spirit” in earnest in this life. When we purchase a house we make a small “earnest” payment which is like $500.00 but the full price of the house may be $250,000.00. The earnest payment is a promise to the lender that you will make good on the financial transaction. God does the same with believers for He has made a promise to us that He will make good on His promise to bestow the believer with the full measure of His “spirit” in due time.

      However, God will eventually be “All in All”! 1 Corinthians 15:28

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      1. I understand the analogy and the “All in All” in 1 Cor. 15:28. I thought the chosen were a subset of the called and that only the chosen receive the earnest deposit which will be fully manifest at our first fruits resurrection. Therefore, if I understand your answer, there is no difference between the called and the chosen when discussing the earnest deposit of the holy spirit. All believers or saints have the holy spirit, The full measure is according to God’s timetable.

        Blessings

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    2. Well I’m very pleased you replied back.And yes, that’s why I was asking you about what you call him because I’ve been criticized more than once..Since I found your blog you have been an inspiration to me.Very knowledgeable & obviously full of wisdom.I’ve always celebrated holidays but was also told that if I’m going to be “A chosen” vessel than I need to stay away from Paganism.It’s just something that has been on the forefront of my mind.But I’ve never let a Christmas tree hold that much power over me, or any other traditions.I have always thought about it as “Fun times to get with family you don’t see too often”..I guess I’ve let people’s judgments on me get to me when I shouldn’t..And Thank you again for the feedback.

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  9. You have to be patient with me for asking so many questions. I spent over 40 years in the institutional church earning seminary degrees and teaching Bible classes, which is absolutely worthless to me, When I left the church I ventured into the Hebrew Roots movement and then to the Messianic Jews. I went from the frying pan into the fire. I just exchanged one institution for another. I literally cried.

    I am trying to sort things out as best as possible. When I taught high school calculus, it came easy to me but I assumed that my students could “see” it too. Unfortunately, I left many in the dust. I apologized to them as I wrapped up my secular teaching career.

    Likewise with the profound truths of the Scriptures. I know you understand because you walked away from that heretical system. Perhaps I just got way too entrenched in those doctrines of demons and traditions of men.

    So I’m probably missing the obvious and not asking the right question. You say I am misinterpreting something. What is it? Peter says in Acts 5:32 that the Holy Spirit is given to those who obey God. No problem with interpretation here. If you obey God, He gives you the Holy Spirit. Got it. I always taught that the Holy Spirit is given to ALL believers as an earnest deposit. Whether they lived godly lives or not did not change that fact, at least in my carnal mind.

    I listened to Ray Smith teach on the parable of the sower and many things started to make sense. Many are called, but few are chosen. Are those called out ones, those who are dragged to the Son by the Father, all recipients of the Holy Spirit? Or are only those who bear fruit (the good soil) possessors of the Spirit? The first three “soils” did NOT produce fruit. Am I making sense? Am I asking the right question? .

    I beseech you (I always liked that word) to redirect my thinking. I have prayed. I have repented over so much. Now I cry out again. I have been deceived so long it’s hard to know the truth when I “see” it.

    I sense your frustration in your response to my last inquiry.

    I’m just getting old and tired.

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    1. I’m not frustrated at all so my apologies if I came off the wrong way. I was just confused as to why you felt like I was saying that there is no difference between the called and the chosen. The fact that you are asking questions says a lot about your desire for understanding and I’m happy to have this platforms to share ideas with others. You haven’t crossed any boundaries my friend so no worries!

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  10. Hi Mr.Randolph I’m back once again with questions…
    When the “First” beast is spoken about, is it speaking about Rome?(Catholicism)? I know we all have the beast(Carnality) inside of us-But they were first.Christianity in a sense to me would be the second(Which is most of humanity) Because they are really no different than Rome without realizing it.And I’ve been thinking about something.The worshipping of the false Image? Christianity believe they’re worshipping Christ- but in reality is it Satan behind the image? This is a bit hard to explain without sounding ignorant.But they think they’re worshipping Christ- but in reality it’s Satan behind this image.Maybe you can help me on this.It’s something I’ve wanted to ask for a while, but I felt stupid in asking.Maybe you can help me in understanding better if you would take a notion to it when you get time? Thank you in advance.

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    1. If you are referring to the beast of Revelation that rises from the sea then that beast is always the beast within that rises out of the sea carnal humanity. A lot of people believe that Catholicism is the first beast and that the Pope is the antichrist but I don’t buy any of that ideology. Christians certainly follow a false Christ but the false image is each individual believers belief that they are God. No question is a stupid question accept for the question you don’t ask… 😉

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  11. Question: On your paper of the Plan of God Salvation for the whole World (sorry bad paraphrasing) I think there is one part that makes it difficult to grasp fully. This is not to condemn or judge what you’ve written. I’m seeking clarity for myself and others.

    You make the points, of which I agree, that it is God who hardens who he hardens. And also that as we are shown with Israel, in part, that God also blinds and deafens at His will for His purpose. That it is not up to man, none of it, by by election on God’s part so that it is shown to be His mercy and grace and not of the works of any man, lest they be able to boast. I get that.

    I also get the bit about not questioning God for His choices to harden or have mercy or honor or dishonor vessel make.

    Here’s where it gets murky in your writing of God’s Plan of Salvation of the World – of which I do agree, so “that” isn’t the issue:

    Considering all the other groundwork you laid down, we read this:

    From THOSE SLEEPING IN THE SOIL OF THE GROUND MANY SHALL AWAKE, these to EONIAN LIFE and these to REPROACH FOR EONIAN REPULSION.

    “So again, in Matthew 25:46, Jesus is describing the two age-lasting (eonian) resurrection periods. So what exactly is eonian chastisement or repulsion? In the resurrection to judgment, God will chastise those who rejected the gospel of truth and those who succumbed to the power of the Satan during their life on earth. God doesn’t punish or chastise anyone in some evil pagan torture chamber. Remember that God judges to teach righteousness. Do you doubt this? Or would you prefer that God toss billions of men, women, grandparents, and children into the evil beloved hell of Christianity? Let me show you the end result of what happens during the resurrection to judgment;”

    Of all of that, the one statement in that statement confuses me:

    “God will chastise those who rejected the gospel of truth and those who succumbed to the power of the Satan during their life on earth.”

    It would appear that the only difference between the Christian doctrine and yours is what judgement means, and in regards to the finality of an eternal hell or separation from God.
    The reason I say that is because you both leave the “rejected the gospel of truth” in the hands of the human will.
    Yet everything you’ve written prior suggests that if a person rejects the gospel of truth it is because God has willed it for that person’s time.
    If that is all true, then it is difficult to imagine 1. Anyone “succumbing” to anything if it was put upon them by the will of God, and 2. Being chastised for something that you were created to be.

    There does seem to be a contradiction. Sorry for my struggle in this and being a burden. I appreciate your work and efforts. I’m just having a difficult time with that bit.

    Thank you,
    Randy

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    1. Eonian chastisement/repulsion is a future corrective period in which God will destroy the works of every man’s carnal self. There is a passage in 1 Corinthians 3 that talks about every man’s work being tried by the fire but this is a spiritual fire. God’s fire refines and purifies.

      While I do believe that God is ultimately responsible for all things, there is responsibility on the part of the believer to respond. There are many called by few chosen. Why? Because not everyone answers the call. There are some that are too engulfed in this worlds affairs to be a part of the chosen and there are some that are too swallowed up by their own lusts to be a part of the chosen. The parable of the sower in the field explains this very well. I believe that the work of God happens in a series of steps through a persons life. One doesn’t overcome the world simply by quoting a 10 second prayer but rather by overcoming a life of suffering. Going through and overcoming all kinds of trials and tribulations. The statement, “God will chastise those who rejected the gospel of truth and those who succumbed to the power of the Satan during their life on earth” was a statement to describe why a person would find themselves rising up in the resurrection to judgment. Believers go through judgment in this life in this present age while judgment for the rest of the world is preserved in the future. If God intended for MANY to find the way of the truth in this present age then He would have set the stage for MANY to find it. He has set the stage for only FEW to find it so it is extremely difficult to achieve. God is there along the way but the believer has to respond to move on to the next phase of being glorified. This is indeed some heavy stuff to consider so I hope that I’ve helped you understand my position a little better.

      God bless you my friend!

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      1. Well, yes and no. I’ll have to meditate on it a bit more I guess. It seems that if it’s up to the person’s will and desire and effort to achieve it then it’s no longer grace but via works (to be among the few first fruits not part of the whole saved) and a man can boast to God about his will and desire and effort to find “that” narrow path to become one of the few. It seems self refuting, still, “to me”.
        Maybe it will take some clarity on Paul’s teaching about running the race by the rules to get the prize – or his final realization at the end of his physical life when he said he was torn between staying with them and leaving to be with the Lord…
        Either way. It’s either in God’s hands or not, I’d think?
        I mean, I don’t anyone to have to go through any more hardship than the amounts we’ve all endured and put upon one another here, and especially my immediate family, but really I don’t wish anymore on anyone. I don’t like this condition of our exercise in futility where we crush each other so. I just want to be home. I’ve wandered my whole life searching for it. Anyway… I hope in God’s mercy that whatever comes next in refinement that it’s so very fast that whoever has to go through it that it happens so fast, like ripping off a band aide, that they don’t notice it much if at all. I’m tired of brutality, of being brutal.
        I’m still having issues sorting out how, if all come from the same lump, that some can be offspring of Satan and others children of God.
        Guess that’s why His ways are so deep and mysterious that no one can know His mind in the absolute. Kind of like walking towards a source of light. In the beginning you can see distinctions, make out shapes, things seem clear, but the closer you get the light consumes you and all those separations vanish and you’re engulfed in this light that embraces you and you’re just present and know the light and the light knows you and there’s nothing else to know.
        I don’t know…
        Anyway, thanks for everything. Sorry I’m so slow and difficult.

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      2. Faith without works is dead faith. What good is a person’s faith if the product their faith doesn’t bear fruit? Faith itself is a gift from God so for any man to boast about the work that God is doing in His chosen vessels life would seem pretty naive to me on the part of the individual. Spiritual growth is a process. One of the main spiritual fruits that a person acquires as they walk with God is humility. For whatever reason, God saw it fit to subject humanity to evil and futility. We can take solace in the fact that it is only temporary. There is much that can be perplexing and overwhelming indeed when it comes to God’s strange work.

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  12. Mr.Randolph, sorry for always asking so many questions but what is your take on “Baptism”?? As far as Christianity stating you must be baptized with water in order to see the kingdom of God, which I feel is not accurate?

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    1. Being baptized in water is just a religious ritual that means virtually NOTHING if one isn’t baptized in the Spirit. For one, the kingdom of God is spiritual and not visible with the physical human eye so anyone that thinks they can literally “see” the kingdom of God in the flesh is highly mistaken. We are no longer to participate in such religious rituals that signify things that must occur in the spirit. Take circumcision for an example… I realize now that it is a medical custom for baby boys to be circumcised but in the Jewish community, the cutting off of the foreskin on the penis was/is a religious symbol but when has the cutting off a little piece of skin made anyone live righteously? Spiritual circumcision involves the cutting off of the flesh from within a person’s heart. Jesus baptizes with the Holy Spirit and with fire. Being baptized in water is nothing more than getting wet. Spiritual baptism is being baptized into the death of Jesus Christ and rising to new life in the spirit.

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      1. Thank you for answering my questions…I hope you will be writing more one day..You’ve helped me along (Glory goes to God) in seeing the truth.Christianity never ever preaches this stuff,& I grew up being ignorant.I have taken myself and my two girl’s out of the Christian church.I grew up believing in Hell, believing in all these fables,& two year’s ago my eyes were really opened…So Thank you.

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  13. What are your views on the Bible? How can we trust it and the stories if we know it has not been translated correctly? I know it is the inspired word of God, but what does that really mean?
    My husband recently fell away from the Christian faith a few years ago and I was so upset. Now I am starting to have my doubts as well. I have always been a Christian, but with my husband stepping away from the faith has really caused me to evaluate some of the Christian thinking. Is he really going to be condemned to hell? I appreciate any thoughts or feedback. Something that I can share with him about the Bible.

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    1. The bible is a tool kind of like a hammer. A hammer can be used to build but it also can be used to destroy. In the same way, the bible can be used to build but in the wrong hands it can be a tool of destruction. When people say “the bible” they fail to consider that there are dozens of bible translations in existence and even with that, all bibles haven’t been translated the same way. In certain circumstances they don’t even agree and at the worst they contradict each other. Bibles are not the inspired word of God. That is a common thing that people believe but God spoke to holy men and the original writers of scripture wrote the words of God in Hebrew and in Greek. Over the ages, Latin and English became the more dominant languages so the Hebrew and Greek scriptures had to be translated into Latin and English for Latin and English readers to be able to hear the scriptures in the language they understood. The Roman Catholic Church (RCC) is a very POWERFUL institution and their agenda was to figure out a way to control the religious masses. During the time that the King James Version was being written, Christianity went through an enlightenment period were many began to study the scriptures and uncovering the lies and corruption of the RCC. This is what started what is known as the Reformation movement. Why did Christianity need to be “reformed”? Because it was clear to many religious leaders at the time that the RCC was corrupt and they were exploiting the ignorant laity. I will give a quick lesson on how bible translators played their little corrupt word games so as to change the word of God to support the agenda of the church. Let’s consider John 3:17 as it is translated in the King James Version;

      For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

      This is what John 3:17 looks like in the Greek Textus Receptus before it was translated into English;

      οὐ γὰρ ἀπέστειλεν ὁ θεὸς τὸν υἱὸν αὐτοῦ εἰς τὸν κόσμον ἵνα κρίνῃ τὸν κόσμον ἀλλ᾽ ἵνα σωθῇ ὁ κόσμος δι᾽ αὐτοῦ

      Now, neither one of us can read Greek so we have to depend on the translators to get it right but what if their motives were corrupt? Here is were things get interesting…

      In John 3:17, is there any word that sticks out to you? Maybe not but let me tell you that the word “might” as in “might be saved” is not in the Greet text. The Greek has other words that could be translated as the English word “might” but those Greek words are not found in the Greek texts of John 3:17. They added might because they didn’t want Christians to think that the Christ is going to save the world but rather only those who submit to the will of the church. God didn’t send Christ into the world to condemn the world, He sent Christ to save the world. If Christ saves the world, what does that say about Christianity’s hell? The church doesn’t want you to believe that God through Christ is going to save the whole world. They want you to be a loyal slave to their cult so that you can keep giving them your money. They don’t care about you! They just want your money. Christianity is a scam. It is all about money so they can build their large Babylonian temples of worship and buy expensive cars, mansions, and clothes which is the same thing that the world tells us to chase. We are admonished to study to show ourselves approved so even though some bibles may be corrupt, we still have to do our due diligence. Your husband may very well be condemned to hell by other Christians but he will not find such condemnation from me nor will he find any from our Savior! This is the beginning of God’s work in your husband’s spiritual life. We all are called first and we must go through Babylon before God will call us out but do you have eyes to see or ears to hear? Listen to what Jesus Christ says to His people…

      Revelation 18:4 I heard another voice from heaven, saying, “Come out of her, my people, so that you will not participate in her sins and receive of her plagues;

      Christ is commanding His people to come out of her but where is Christ’s people? IN THE CHURCH!

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  14. aiōnios
    Pronunciation: ī-ō’-nē-os
    Part of Speech: adjective
    Root Word (Etymology): From αἰών (G165)
    TDNT Reference: 1:208,31
    Outline of Biblical Usage:
    without beginning and end, that which always has been and always will be

    without beginning

    without end, never to cease, everlasting

    If this word means from age to an age, why isn’t it included in the definitions using a concordances. It’s really messing with me because I don’t want to believe in eternal punishment, but how do you reconcile this definition? Is the strong concordance just a fabrication at this point lying about the real meaning of a word?

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    1. Aionios doesn’t mean “age to age” it means age-lasting. Aionios is an adjective not a noun. Adjectives describe nouns. The noun in question here is “aion” and this word means an age or a period of time with a beginning and an end. So aionios can NEVER mean everlasting because an adjective can’t take on a different meaning from the noun it is derived from. Just as hourly pertains to hours and yearly pertains to years, aionios pertains to aions (age-lasting pertains to ages not eternities). Age to age is a phrase that speaks about a period of time that includes multiple ages in which God’s judgment will be in effect. It is also a phrase used to describe the reign of Christ although many bibles translate “αἰώνων καὶ αἰώνων” as for ever and ever. Christ doesn’t reign for ever and ever He reigns for ages of ages. Christ delivers the kingdom to God and He himself will be subject to the Father when God will be ALL in ALL (1 Corinthians 15:27-28). Dr. Strong’s definition of “aionios” is extremely bias. Let’s not forget that Dr. Strong was a man and everyone brings with them their own set of biases especially when it comes to religion. Dr. Strong had a Methodist background and then he went on to become a Methodist theologian. He was granted a Doctorate of Divinity from Wesleyan University in 1856 and then he later became a Professor of Exegetical Theology from Drew Theological Seminary 1868. We have to understand that Dr. Strong had a belief system taught to him by his parents and then from theological institutions. Do not get me wrong though, Dr. Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible is a MASTERPIECE! His work was certainly not in vain. It is extremely useful and helpful, we just need to be cautious in assuming that people in positions of power or influence can’t be wrong or misinformed. I wouldn’t go so far to suggest that he was lying I just think that his biblical bias prevailed in this case. A careful study of the word “aionios” will clearly show that it never means everlasting and I will prove it. Let’s take a look at the following scriptures;
      Romans 16:25-26 Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began but now made manifest, and by the prophetic Scriptures made known to all nations, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, for obedience to the faith.
      Notice in verse 26, God is termed as the “everlasting God” while that could certainly be true and is, it is scripturally incoherent. I will explain later but I just want you to see that “aionios” is translated as everlasting in verse 26. Let’s look at the concordance just to be sure…
      Click on the link here: https://www.blueletterbible.org/kjv/rom/16/26/p0/t_conc_1062026
      You can clearly see that the English word everlasting is cross referenced with G166 which is Dr. Strong’s numerical code for the Greek word “aionios”. Now reread verse 25 and then we’ll look at the concordance for that verse.
      Click on the link below here: https://www.blueletterbible.org/kjv/rom/16/25/t_conc_1062025
      Did you notice it? Did you see that Strong’s G166 is left untranslated with the English word everlasting? Remember that in the very next verse they translated “aionios” as everlasting in reference to God. Well, why did they leave it untranslated? Because they knew that the revelation of the mystery of the preaching of Jesus Christ couldn’t have been an everlasting secret because it clearly says, “but now made manifest” and New Testament letters testify to the preaching of Jesus Christ. Now understand that Dr. Strong isn’t guilty of this hoax all he did was link English words to Hebrew and Greek words using his numbering system. However, he had to have discovered this lie that had been inserted into bibles by Christian bible translators but he was probably powerless to do anything about it during his time. The word “everlasting” is kind of a misnomer because existence has to do with time. Nothing is “everlasting” in this system, this world. God can certainly be considered “everlasting” but why? Is it because He has eternal life? No, God is “everlasting” because God cannot die. God is the very essence of life and His existence has nothing to do with time. In terms of man’s experience with God, the bible always speaks in terms of ages and generations. God is preeminent in all ages so God is the aionios God or the God of the ages. I hope this helps!

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      1. Oh I see what your saying. Sorry the link kept opening to my app instead of the website, so it wasn’t showing aionios being untranslated in regards to since the world began. But I saw it once I copied the link myself

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  15. I think I understand. I did a lmore in depth study of the word and I can certainly see how it cannot mean eternal or without end. But what verse are you talking about in 16:25. Do you mean since the world began as the greek word chronos?

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  16. Thanks be to God for this wonderful site, proclaiming the good news. At first, the dogma that I was raised on held me back from fully believing these things, even as logically as they are laid out. As has been stated, scripture cannot contradict itself, only misunderstood scripture can.

    The truth has been made known, and on this truth I have been set free. All the fake actions and words, of some I was guilty of, is gone; the fear of these alleged “experts” proclaiming “hell for disbelief”, gone. Nothing but peace.

    Fear, pride, and anger: the best way to control someone. Be removed from these things and you are free.

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      1. Mr.Randolph,
        Hope all is well?
        I have a question which is “irrelevant” yet “Relevant ” because I believe it is prophecy playing out, even though it it political?
        I’m highly encouraged and motivated by you in whom God has so obviously chosen to do his work.
        But if you don’t want to answer, or if this question isn’t okay, than it’s alright and I understand.But what is your take from a biblical standpoint in what is happening today with all this political garbage? We now have these far-left socialists that aren’t even quiet about their agenda anymore, and their agenda would in essence destroy America with a one- world government.I worry about my children’s futures and them living through the worst to come, even though I know I’m not suppose to worry. I’m human- and I still have “Carnality” even though I’m trying to purge these things..I just really want your take..

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      2. I personally wouldn’t get too caught up with the politics of men and also things that are outside of our control. Keep in mind that there are people on the other side of the spectrum who fear the agenda of far right fascist ideology. I’m sure they worry about their children equally. Whatever happens understand that God allows it to happen. If he does that then it’s obviously a part of His ultimate plan. It’s okay to be concerned about your child and the state of political affairs that could effect you in one way or another but being overly concerned would seem to create unnecessary stress for anyone. God is in control regardless of how bad things get.

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  17. hello good sir i wanna thank you so much for this website i have a question that has been causing alot of fear and disstress in my life these days. and it is about this unforgiveable sin that is in the bible. i am so afraid that i might have commited this is it true that there is no hope left for me now ?

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    1. There is no such thing as an unforgivable sin. There is NO passage in the entire bible that has the phrase “unforgivable sin”. The unpardonable sin is nothing more than another doctrine created by Christianity to provide justification to their evil heresy of an eternal hell. Matthew 12:31 is NOT the end of Jesus’ thought. We can know this because the next verse begins with AND… Jesus gives more details to his message of speaking evil against the Spirit of God;

      Matthew 12:31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.

      Matthew 12:32 AND whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, NEITHER IN THIS WORLD, NEITHER IN THE WORLD TO COME.

      If my son lies to me and I tell him that he will not play his XBOX this week or the next week after that, how absurd would it be for me to call his behavior an unforgivable lie? The consequence for lying is the two week time period and the implication is clear that playing the XBOX again will be restored after the two week consequence period ends. So in contrast with Matthew 12:32, this present world or age comes to an end at the second coming of Christ. The next age is the 1,000 year reign of the saints of God with Christ on EARTH in the spiritual kingdom of God. That age also comes to an end and the next age is the age of judgment. It is in this age of judgment when blasphemy of the Holy Spirit will be forgiven. FYI – just so you know, believing in the hell of Christianity is blasphemy of the Spirit of God but just like the Pharisees didn’t know they committed it, neither do Christians. With God, there is ALWAYS hope!

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      1. It doesn’t say that specifically but it is understood by matter of deductive reasoning. If you put your child on punishment for 2 weeks it’s automatically understood that the punishment ends after the 2 weeks. My point in saying that there is no such thing as an unforgivable or unpardonable sin is because those words have been added to our understanding. They don’t exist in the scripture. There is a difference between “not” and “never”. The proper word in the Greek is “not”. Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit will “not” be forgiven in this age or the next. What is the punishment for blasphemy of the Holy Spirit? 2 ages. After the 2 ages have commenced blasphemy of the Holy Spirit will be forgiven.

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  18. Thank you again for a good answer i have one more question thou. How do we know that when the 2 ages has passed that this sin Will be forgiven? Best regards Leif

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    1. We know that all sins will ultimately be forgiven because Jesus died for the sins of humanity which includes blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ takes away the sins of the world. What is the consequence for sin? Death right? Well, if Christ takes away the sins of the world, what does that mean about death? It means that when all sin has been properly judged, there will be no need of death. Everyone will be made immortal just like our heavenly Father. What is the purpose of judgment? According to Christianity, the purpose of judgment is to torture or to cause eternal suffering. According to the scriptures, God’s judgments lead to the world learning righteousness;
      Isaiah 26:9 With my soul I have desired You in the night, Yes, by my spirit within me I will seek You early; For when Your judgments are in the earth, The inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.
      Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit will be forgiven in the age of judgement when the inhabitants of the world are learning to do that which is right. Learning is a process just like we learn things in this lifetime. It takes time. From 1 Corinthians 15, we learn that Christ puts an end to ALL rule and authority. Wouldn’t it be practical to surmise that blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is included in what Christ puts an end to? If a person is forever suffering the consequences of blasphemy of the Holy Spirit then Christ could never put an end to it. Christ eventually delivers the kingdom to God but this kingdom will be perfect. Christ is not going to deliver a kingdom up to God that still includes people that will blaspheme the Holy Spirit or people that have presumably been doomed eternally for having committed it. All things will be restored. Christ says, I make all things new! Well, when does Christ make all things new? It’s certainly not in this age or in the next age to come which is the age when the saints of God will reign with Christ for a millennia so it can’t be that age either as there will still be billions of people in the graves waiting to be judged in the second resurrection. Since people will be learning righteousness in the age of judgment (which is the age after this age and the age to come), it is plausible that Christ will make all things new during the age of judgment. It is at the completion of God’s corrective judgment that Christ will have made all things new! Then he will deliver a perfect spotless kingdom up to God resulting in God being ALL in ALL. God cannot be ALL in ALL if people are still being punished for blaspheming the Holy Spirit. It will be forgiven and people will learn not to do it again, ever. We won’t even be capable of sinning when all things are made new.

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  19. Thank you so much sir for your understanding and making me understand i have been so fueled by fear that there was No hope for me left and that i could never seek refuge in the arms of christ. Again i thank you bless u and ur family Brother.

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    1. No problem I’m glad that you understand. The next challenge for you is to make sure your understanding is strong enough for you to defend it because any teaching that is contrary to the teachings of Christianity is going to be tested. Take care friend and God bless!

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  20. I have a couple of questions….what are your thoughts on the rosicrucians and I have come to understand that the serpent represents wisdom and was wondering when he is gotten rid of does that mean people will lose wisdom and become stupid slaves? I’ve come to understand the old testament god as satan impersonating god and Jesus as lucifer the light bringer. There are a lot of abusive and dysfunctional scriptures, mostly in the old testament this is why I have come to agree with the gnostics for the most part.

    Numbers 31:17-18 murder, covetous, slavery, rape, torture, human sacrifice and cannabilism (Levites ate the sacrifices)
    Lev 18-30 omission of father and daughter incestual rape and torture of daughter permitted due to omission (that’s how subversion works)
    judges 21:10-24 murder, rape, objectification, slavery, covetous, entitled attitude, psychopathic
    Isaiah 6:9-10 Emotional and spiritual abuse this is what a sadist does and also what satan would do
    Exodus 21:20 What about parents who brutally abuse their children should they be murdered for venting their feelings? The real god wouldn’t do
    that…Jesus certainly wouldn’t he was the original liberal
    Exodus 21:20-21 Slavery, physical and emotional abuse, supremacism, violating golden rule, dehumanizing, contradicting Jesus’s teaching to love
    one another.
    Psalm 137:9 torturing and murdering babies….sounds like all the leftists and their planned parenthood
    Deuteronomy 22:23-29 forcing a woman to marry her rapist, daddy selling her off to the highest bidder

    In case you haven’t noticed, when christians do anything bad they often reference the old testament for their evil deeds. Think about it, how can god be so prideful to need worship let alone blood sacrifices like a satanist, with the vastness of the universe we are not the center. If this is the word of god perhaps he threw in corrupt teachings and laws to test the truly good from the idiots who lack empathy, but he’s god he should know our hearts anyway perhaps it’s a sick gameshow to him. There’s a reason Jesus called them the synagogue of satan and they are of the devil. He didn’t teach what they did. Judaism is a supremacist ideology and obviously mohammad is the false prophet….look at what a debauched child raping monster he was. What are your thoughts on all this?

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    1. Never heard of it so I can’t speak on it but the serpent will not always remain as the adversary because Christ will put all enemies under His feet. Yes it is true that there is a lot of brutality spoken of in the Old Testament but much of it is in the context of war and God figuring out ways to prevent Israel from sinning or engaging in idol worship.

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  21. What a very well thought out and passionate comment. I appreciate your honesty. I don’t know if there is much consultation that I can give you in regards to your father but I can tell you that your father’s stubbornness will not stand in the face of God’s judgments. The only thing that you can really do is just love your father. Be an extraordinary child in every way possible. Make your father proud and he will see that whatever is motivating you has to be authentic. Remember that we can only plant and water but God is the one that gives the increase. People take much pride in their religious convictions and trying to convince them to view something that is completely unorthodox from what they’ve been taught is virtually impossible. My conversion to universalism took years and I owe it to a very passionate disdain for the doctrine of hell. Like you, I could never rationalize or measure it’s purpose. We all can learn from punishment but punishment that never ends is not punishment it’s abuse. Many Christians fail to ask such pertinent questions because we are taught not to question God’s teachers but that sounds like a recipe for staying deceived. Humans fear pain because of the possibility of fatality. If a person can’t die then what can hurt them? The doctrine of hell is illogical insanity. Maybe you could share my article with your father about the false doctrine of hell? I suspect that he wouldn’t even entertain it. People confuse God’s foreknowledge with predestination with the underlying methodology being the belief that humans possess what is known as “free will”. God certainly knows who are called and He knows those who will answer the call. There are many reasons why people don’t answer the call and the parable of the sower answers that pretty well in my opinion. What Christianity leaves out is God’s corrective judgment that occurs post resurrection. There are many scriptures that Christians will simply refuse to answer for an example, I was debating with a man on YouTube about hell and he quoted Daniel 12:2. I asked him to explain Daniel 12:3 and all he did was deflect. I had to remind him that Daniel 12:3 was also part of the bible too so if we understand Daniel 12:3, there is something tragically wrong with Daniel 12:2. Most Christians do not care to do this as it is much easier to hold on to the traditions that they love anyway. One interesting point is that the apostles knew of and believed in universal reconciliation so what is taught in the church today is a product of religious corruption that can be traced back to the dark ages. Oh and btw, Calvinism is a disgusting theology. There are so many things wrong with Calvinism that I cannot believe people believe it.

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  22. Breaking away from the church is difficult. The church is a very powerful institution and standing against it will only cause you ridicule. Christ already set this example for us so if He suffered, we who have been chosen to follow Him in the pursuit of the knowledge of truth must also suffer. We are not greater than Christ so we must be willing to accept whatever measure of suffering that the Creator has laid out for us but know that none of your suffering is in vain. I certainly do not have all the answers but I do feel confident enough to debate just about anyone. I have never read or heard of that book by Robert Peterson but his book is one of thousands of other Christian books written by Christian pastors and theologians to defend what it is that they already believe. There is an equal amount of resources that support the teachings regarding the salvation of all but it all depends on a persons individual motivation. If a person is motivated to seek answers to confirm what it is that they believe, that is what they will search and seek. When I debate Christians concerning the false theologies they believe, I hardly ever think that I could actually convert anyone because I know how strongly people feel about their belief systems. I do want I do because God has compelled me to do so but it takes time to gain knowledge. I’ve been where you are and it can be a lonely and very confusing road. I’d be interested in hearing about some of your father’s arguments if that’s not too much to ask.

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    1. I’ve debated pastors before and I’ve never had a pastor denounce their beliefs about hell. I personally know of some pastors that know it is a lie but they continue to preach and teach it because that is the status quo. They care more about keeping their positions within the church community instead of standing for the truth. The story of Carlton Pearson is a perfect example of what happens to a Christian pastor that stirs away from Christian orthodoxy. If you have heard of him do a quick Google search about him but he basically came to terms with the belief in universal reconciliation and he has since been deemed a “heretic” by the church. I guess I was blessed to not have such a high calling in the church because I can’t even imagine the responsibility that a pastor holds in terms of being a shepherd over Christian congregations. In regards to your father’s argument about God using fire to destroy the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah is a common argument in Christian thought especially when defending the idea that God does in fact punish. I agree with that sentiment for any father that doesn’t punish his own children is no father at all or at the least, he would be a bad father. Punishment is about correction but a person cannot learn from punishment that never ends. We can be assured that the people of Sodom and Gomorrah are not continually being burned as Christianity suggests. God judges sin but judgment is temporary. There is nothing a person can gain from punishment or judgment that never ends. In Jude 1:7, we read from most popular bible translations that the people of Sodom and Gomorrah are suffering the vengeance of eternal fire but is this fire really eternal? Christians have argued about the proper definition for the Greek word “aionios” for years but it really isn’t has hard as they try to make it seem. The Greek word “aionios” is an adjective and we know that adjectives describe nouns so “aionious” is derived from its root noun “aion”. The Greek word “aion” is defined and used in scripture as an age. An adjective cannot take on a different meaning from the noun it is derived from so just as hourly pertains to hours and yearly pertains to years, aionios pertains to aions thus making the proper definition for aionios to be “age-abiding” or pertaining to the ages (plural). An age can be a year, 10 years, a lifetime, or even a millennia, but it most certainly isn’t eternal. The word “eternal” was borrowed from the Latin language not the original Hebrew or Greek and since Latin proceeded English, English bibles continued in the Latin tradition of translating “aionios” as everlasting or eternal. It is blatant translation corruption. Let me make my case ever stronger…

      Take a look at the following link: https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?strongs=G166

      In this link, we see Dr. Strong’s extensive study regarding the Greek word “aionios” and every time it is found in the New Testament. 71 times this word is found in the Greek texts of the New Testament and 67 of the 71 times it is found, it is translated as eternal or everlasting. 3 of the other 4 times it used they did some weird connecting to the Greek word “chronos” which is defined as “TIME” but what does eternal or everlasting have to do with time? I had one Christian pastor tell me that there was a such thing as an eternal age and I told him that that made as much sense as a eternal minute. A minute is a minute because we have decided that 60 seconds equals a minute. Once you surpass a minute, you begin another minute. I’m going to show you what the original translators of English bibles did to cover up their lie. They connected “aionios” to “chronos” because they had no other way to hide their lie. Instead of agreeing that “aionios” simply cannot mean eternal or everlasting, they lied so that they could keep this word in their bibles.

      Look at the Greek Textus Receptus of Romans 16:25 and see how they linked every Greek word with it’s corresponding English translation: https://www.blueletterbible.org/kjv/rom/16/25/p0/t_conc_1062025

      Notice at the end of the scripture, you will see that the Greek word “aionios” is found in the original Greek manuscript but they left it UNTRANSLATED! Why? Because they knew that the revelation of the mystery of Jesus Christ couldn’t be an eternal or everlasting secret because Jesus Christ has been revealed. That is confirmed in the very next verse;

      Romans 16:26 But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the “everlasting” God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:

      Did you notice that the word “everlasting” is found in Romans 16:26 in reference to the “everlasting” God? https://www.blueletterbible.org/kjv/rom/16/25/p0/t_conc_1062026

      Notice that they had no problem translating “aionios” as everlasting in Romans 16:26 but they left it out of Romans 16:25 because it clearly would contradict that scripture. That is why they tried to link it to the Greek word “chronos” which means time and they left it untranslated. Now what kind of biblical scholarship is that? In defense of this, I’ve had people bring up the fact that God is indeed “everlasting” and He is but the problem here is that everlasting is not a biblical word. Sure, we can say that God is everlasting and there is no consequence there but to change the meaning of a word when it has a connection to punishment, there are grave consequences there. The proper Greek for the “aionios God” is the God of the Ages or the Eonian God. This is basically telling us that God is God is all ages. He is God in every age that man has had an experience. Of course God was still God before He created the ages but that’s irrelevent because man hadn’t been created yet. God is the Eonian God over the creation of mankind for man lives and man dies but God doesn’t. God lives and God remains alive and although man dies, God doesn’t and He remains the God of the past ages, the present ages, and the ages to come. What I want you to understand is that God does punish and God does destroy. Jesus Christ Himself was destroyed;

      Matthew 12:14 Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him.

      The word “destroy” was translated from the Greek word “apollymi” and it used primarily as the word “perish”. To be “apollymi” means to be destroyed or to perish which is essentially pointing to death. Jesus Christ died but God raised Him from the dead. The point is that what God destroys God can also restore so prepare yourself for a revelation!

      Judgment on Jerusalem’s Prostitution

      Ezekiel 16:35-58 (New Living Translation)
      “Therefore, you prostitute, listen to this message from the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Because you have poured out your lust and exposed yourself in prostitution to all your lovers, and because you have worshiped detestable idols,and because you have slaughtered your children as sacrifices to your gods, this is what I am going to do. I will gather together all your allies—the lovers with whom you have sinned, both those you loved and those you hated—and I will strip you naked in front of them so they can stare at you. I will punish you for your murder and adultery. I will cover you with blood in my jealous fury. Then I will give you to these many nations who are your lovers, and they will destroy you. They will knock down your pagan shrines and the altars to your idols. They will strip you and take your beautiful jewels, leaving you stark naked. They will band together in a mob to stone you and cut you up with swords. They will burn your homes and punish you in front of many women. I will stop your prostitution and end your payments to your many lovers. “Then at last my fury against you will be spent, and my jealous anger will subside. I will be calm and will not be angry with you anymore. But first, because you have not remembered your youth but have angered me by doing all these evil things, I will fully repay you for all of your sins, says the Sovereign Lord. For you have added lewd acts to all your detestable sins. Everyone who makes up proverbs will say of you, ‘Like mother, like daughter.’ For your mother loathed her husband and her children, and so do you. And you are exactly like your sisters, for they despised their husbands and their children. Truly your mother was a Hittite and your father an Amorite. “Your older sister was Samaria, who lived with her daughters in the north. Your younger sister was Sodom, who lived with her daughters in the south. But you have not merely sinned as they did. You quickly surpassed them in corruption. As surely as I live, says the Sovereign Lord, Sodom and her daughters were never as wicked as you and your daughters. Sodom’s sins were pride, gluttony, and laziness, while the poor and needy suffered outside her door. She was proud and committed detestable sins, so I wiped her out, as you have seen. “Even Samaria did not commit half your sins. You have done far more detestable things than your sisters ever did. They seem righteous compared to you. Shame on you! Your sins are so terrible that you make your sisters seem righteous, even virtuous. “But someday I will restore the fortunes of Sodom and Samaria, and I will restore you, too. Then you will be truly ashamed of everything you have done, for your sins make them feel good in comparison. Yes, your sisters, Sodom and Samaria, and all their people will be restored, and at that time you also will be restored. In your proud days you held Sodom in contempt. But now your greater wickedness has been exposed to all the world, and you are the one who is scorned—by Edom and all her neighbors and by Philistia. This is your punishment for all your lewdness and detestable sins, says the Lord.

      The people of Sodom and Gomorrah will be restored!

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  23. I got your comment. I have to approve comments before they will show up in the comment section.
    The doctrine of hell began from pagan ideas regarding belief in an afterlife. These mythologies spread throughout Roman and Greek cultures with Europe going on conquests for world dominance. Over the centuries, Christians inspired by fictitious works such as Dante’s Divine Comedy borrowed these ideas of literal fire being a means of punishment and it became a powerful tool for control. St. Augustine is accredited for being the person responsible for dragging hell into the Catholic faith and it spread throughout Christianity even more so and eventually into Protestant Christianity. The Apostle Paul being the most dominant Christian source of teaching in the New Testament NEVER mentioned hell in any context for a place of punishment for the wicked. I’ll have to do some research to pull out some names of early church fathers that believed in the “apocatastasis” or restoration of all things but there is quite a bit of information about this doctrine on the internet. Modern Christians motivated by keeping their creeds in tact are working around the clock to change the meaning or context of “apocatastasis” to not refer to all of humanity. Studying the “apocatastasis” will certainly help you in understanding the origins of universal reconciliation.

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    1. Religion is a unbalanced mix of doctrines and traditions but most people cannot discern the difference. Tradition has seemingly become much more powerful than most religious doctrines. I chuckled at the one comment where you write about your Father’s comment saying that he pointed out that if hell didn’t exist then everyone would end up in the same place… We are already in the same place right here on earth. 😂

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  24. Dear Sulaiman Randolph
    I pray you and your loved ones are in good health and safe in these crazy times. Since we leave in such times I think it would be great if you could share with your readers what Scriptures say about End Days and mark of the beast. Book of Revelations is a confusing one and full of symbolism, very hard to understand for those with less of spiritual wisdom. Maybe you could write a paper on it? I read works of late L. Ray Smith but couldn’t find much on mark of the beast. Thank you in advance. May God bless you and your family.

    Dariusz W.

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    1. I haven’t actually crafted this idea but I’ve danced around the idea of the mark of the beast as being the belief in free will. While most would think that the mark would be visible to the eye I think the scriptures support a mark that is actually invisible and not seen. It is belief that draws us to God so I theorize that maybe the mark could be a belief system that is anti-God. The belief in free will is the only belief system that essentially puts man in the place of God at least coming from a scriptural perspective.

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      1. It is very probable. That would mean we are already bearing mark of the beast. Subject river but I must thank you as your reply opened my mind a bit as what Scripture says about mark of the beast and End Days.
        PS I found bit more of L Ray Smith works and he was of similar mind about this subject.
        Once again thanks.
        Dariusz

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  25. Just wanted to thank you for this platform. I had a hard time as a Christian because of all my questions. Deep down I always thought that I didn’t add up! So thank you for educating and helping us in this journey. So I have a couple questions (like everyone)
    What about the whole ‘conspiracy’ I hope you know what I’m saying about new word order/bill gates/Clinton’s/bush/9-11 I did research and a lot just doesn’t add up. Way in the world would you have those kinds of people organisations if god will save us all??
    Or the mind controlling messages they put in videos, sex everywhere and the gay agenda that they are pushing down my throat. I don’t understand what they would want to do.
    So hear me out. Is it possible that men want to become god (you already confirmed this). But with the creation of AI men wants to have powers like god. Because if AI controls the world it’s hard to believe there would be a god because we are being controlled in our mind by this other thing.
    Is it possible that Jesus will save the world, in a spiritual way. But the people who are living in a simulated world are gonna have a hard time. Like they have to go to so much more to get to Jesus?
    Am I just way of or?
    I don’t know. Please if you have time I would like to hear your view

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    1. The “god” that we all aspire to be is within ourselves. I don’t know too much about any conspiracy but I don’t pay too much attention to stuff like that. It’s too much to untangle and in the end it probably isn’t even worth it. The most important thing to take in is that we are not alone. God has a plan for all of us and our short lives in this age is only a preview. I wouldn’t worry too much about things outside of your control because there’s not much we can do about anyway but stress and who needs anymore of that? Whatever is happening, it is happening because God allows it to happen. Nothing happens outside of what God ordains or has given His creation the power to do.

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  26. Hi,

    I want to thank you a lot!! The information with references you gave was overwhelming at first, but I’m slowly getting there. There is one thing I want to ask. Although I agree with a lot you say. I recently got an invitation to visit a church. seemed like a blessing because the last time I went was about 5 years ago. But is it okay to go? maybe they talk about hell and whatsoever, but I feel like. I’m reading the bible, but when I talk about Jesus with other people and listen to others talking about Jesus I learn so much more. I have a few people with whom I talk about Jesus sometimes. But I feel like I could learn a lot more if I went to the church (again). So I’m not asking you (or anyone who feels like replying) for permission to go, but I’m asking about your opinion about this.

    How do you evolve in your relationship with Jesus?

    How do you talk to people (fellowship) with people with other opinions with regards to, like hell?

    I’m looking forward to hearing from you,

    Kind regards,

    Mark

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    1. Hello again Mark I hope all is well… Your question is a question that many have asked in regards to what “believers” (that is, those who’ve come to have understanding that is contrary to orthodox Christianity) are supposed to do for fellowship and communion with like minded people? It’s a rather loaded question but I can only share with you what I believe and what has been my experience. Unfortunately, it can be a very lonely experience but this isn’t something that our Lord is unfamiliar with. We will always face seasons in which we will be or feel alone. Jesus himself was abandoned by his own disciples and he said, “foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” Following Christ is not an easy walk especially when one is trying to follow the Jesus that Christianity doesn’t even believe in. I myself do not go to any Christian church because I believe it to be counterproductive. Christianity is not God’s church. Christianity has grown into a very large institution and Christianity as an institution of men focuses more on their own dogmas and traditions. The “church” is likened as a woman or the “bride of Christ” but what is a woman that is unfaithful to her husband? She is a harlot. Christianity believes that they are the church of Christ. The word “church” itself literally means, a calling out but a calling out from where? Where are God’s people? In the church right?

      Revelation 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.

      Jesus is commanding his people to COME OUT OF HER! Christianity is the harlot spoken of by John in the book of Revelation;

      Revelation 17:1-2 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with me, saying to me, “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication.”

      The waters represent the people and all the nations of the earth. What religion has been spread all over the world for the last 2 millennia? Christianity and Christianity has spilled more blood than any other of the worlds religions combined all in the name of God. Christianity has committed fornication with the kings of the earth (doctrines of men) instead of being one in matrimony with the words of God.

      Church has nothing to do with attending a building and all the activities that go on within churches all over the world. There is nothing wrong with meeting in an assembly with other believers but I cannot fellowship with people that believe in damnable heresies that are contrary and contradictory to the word of God. Believers are the church and while it is beneficial to fellowship with other believes I think it isn’t wise to fellowship with people who do not walk in the same path as you. This is a very difficult thing to embrace and not everyone is ready for it. I didn’t branch away from the church immediately but the more I learned about the church and the false doctrines that they promote, one day I realized that I just couldn’t do it anymore. At that point it was much easier for me to walk away because my convictions were strong. I spend a lot of time communicating with people online through YouTube and on this blog defending the truth and sharing the wisdom that has been given to me. As far as fellowship goes, I am among a very small minority and I’ve come to accept that for what it is. When God decides to open a door to increase my fellowship then I will walk through but until then, I will continue to do what I do which is what God has placed on my heart.

      You can find a lot of groups on Facebook that you can join for people that believe in universal salvation or that have questions about it. I hope this helps and thanks for commenting…

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      1. Hahaha, I could ask you about your favourite colour and you still could cite bible quotes when answering.

        Your answer helped a lot. I think it’s because of the different season I’m in. Sometimes everything just works and falls into place and sometimes they don’t. (don’t know the verse) but Jesus said that the actions of God are strengthened in times that you are weak. I’m doing much better just reading to scriptures and applying scriptures to my day-to-day life. I think that’s the most fun. Haha, when I get bored of reading the bible and just ask myself what would Jesus do and do something good for my health or someone else. Anyways, Thanks for the quick response.

        Couple more questions while I’m at it.

        So I believe satan was made by God to deceive the world. For us to be like god, we have to know what good is and evil. Because without evil there is no good. So I’m sometimes buried in bills and otherworldly things. But it calms me if I just think that these earthly things are just things that try yo shaken my faith (I’m not saying if I stub my toe I say its the devil), I’m just saying that if I reflect on times were it got rough. I know that I was focussing on my problems more than on Jesus, and I’m starting to focus on Jesus during crisis and boy… the best thing you could ever do. So, that being said. Everyone will face judgement. and Jesus will save(saved) everyone. But do ‘real’ believers, perceive hell, that is the perceived false toxic world of satan, now and despite it remain faithful to get. Will these people be the first one to be woken of their sleep in judgement? and the people we just don’t believe will face harder judgement? an easy comparison will the real believers be the first pick and the idk 6th?

        Hope to hear from you soon,

        Mark

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      2. Believers go through their judgment in this life/age and those who overcome will participate in the first resurrection to age-abiding life. The rest of the world will remain dead in the grave awaiting the resurrection to judgment. During this judgment, God will cause the world to go through whatever corrective judgment that is necessary for them to repent and to learn to be righteous. There will be varying degrees of judgment based on how a person lived their life and what is needed for them to change. The bible likens the salvation of all to a harvest. God picks out his first-fruits and then at the end of the year, there is a grand festival were everyone is invited.

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  27. Wow.. you completely miss the point or, use false arguments, & twist his words, in every paragraph, here.
In the 1st paragraph, you completely contradict yourself. You attack Frank’s presumption of the only two possibilities of either being with, or not with God, by attacking the word eternity. Whatever you think of the word, it doesn’t change the fact, that after death, we can “only” be with or without Him. That is an unchangeable fact of logic. There can be no other place, than with or without Him (outside of time).

In your 2nd paragraph, you make illogical loops having to do with free will that proves nothing. Why would God force those who have rejected Him, to be with Him? They do NOT love Him, they would not be happy there. They have chosen their other gods (not Him), so they will be with “those” gods (outside of time on earth). Then you wrap it up with false accusations against Frank & Christianity but provide zero evidence.

    Using Romans 3:11 you attempt to state that no one ever seeks God. Look at your own example below that, John 6:44: “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him.” Draws him, does NOT mean physically pulling us, which is forcing. He draws “spiritually” & we “choose” whether to come or not. Jesus said, “Blessed are those who have “not” seen, yet have believed. You cannot “believe” unless you can choose to “disbelieve.”
Being forced doesn’t allow “refusal.” If you can’t “refuse” to come, then you can’t “choose” to come. Jesus clearly states some men “come” to Him, (after they are drawn) that means they “choose” to come. “Drawing” a person is “calling” them, not taking them by the arm.

    Many are called, but few are chosen Matthew 22:14. This verse comes at the end of a parable about a wedding feast. The day of the feast (celebration) for His Son’s (Jesus) wedding, to Christ’s church, is symbolized further by describing the guests (us). Many were invited (Jews), but they did “not” come for lack of interest. So the Father (God) invited other guests (gentiles) to the wedding feast. Many of them “do” come & the feast begins. The guests all have wedding garments on, a special covering symbolizing the blood of Jesus. Then surprisingly, one man has no special covering on. Because he does not have the special covering, he does not “belong” there, & is sent away. 
Because God knew from the beginning, who would & would’t respond (chosen), on His side, doesn’t mean we didn’t choose Him, on our side with free will, because we don’t have that foreknowledge.
    Your false argument that God is scared to violate our free will, should state God cannot violate our free will. Why? Because the moment He does, it is no longer free will.
    Finally, another false argument is used with the analogy of a parent kicking out a child because of disobedience. This is incorrect because we are NOT all children of God. The children of God are the ones with the blood of Christ covering their sins. The ones without the blood of Christ covering them are “not” God’s children. So who or what, determines who are God’s children & who are “not?” God’s children are the ones who “chose” to put on the wedding garment of Christ’s covering. They are the ones who heard the call & responded. The ones who are not there are the ones that never responded. Parents don’t throw their own children out, but they make other’s children go back to their own house, with “their” parents.

    I don’t know if you are just deceived or doing the deceiving, but you are deceiving, nevertheless. You now know why all that you say, is unGodly, but not only that, it is a straight attack on God.
    Then you tell another falsehood. You say you have to be with someone first to be separated. That is a lie. You & I are separated, now, & we have never been together.
Then you correctly say, God doesn’t send anyone to hell. He certainly doesn’t, people go because that is what they “chose.”
    You say, “the devil uses deception as his primary tactic to influence the world and he uses the ministers of Christianity to continue deceiving the world.” Yes, you just described yourself. And because you willingly teach deception, it means you are a liar, & the “truth” (Jesus), is NOT in you. That means God is not in us all, & will never be. He inhabits those who invite Him in. Those who do not answer the door or open it & do Not invite Him in, will “not” be inhabited by Him. God cannot inhabit sin.
    Stop teaching these lies. You are promoting & perpetuating evil. You are playing with fire, & you better repent & take these lies down or you will regret it.
    Matthew 18:6 “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.” Why the sea? Because you would want to go to water, if you were burning.

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    1. Hello Shane,

      Kindly answer: what about those that passed before being able to hear about the Messiah? How does all of this work for those?

      What about those that were made into “twice the child of hell” by the Pharisees? They were taught incorrectly, yes? Are they still responsible for not knowing the way?

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    2. Shane, I appreciate your criticisms because it is comments like yours that keep me fresh when trying to defend God’s truths against the heresies of Christianity. I understand that Frank might be a personal hero to you but to me he is nothing more than a member of Christianity’s deceived clergy. Since you obviously endorse his ideology, it is no surprise to me that you have filled your comment with nothing but a series of repetitive arguments for which I have already destroyed. It has been awhile since I’ve had to respond to someone as misinformed as you so I’ll take this delight to elaborate on my earlier posting regarding Frank Turek’s abysmal explanation for why he believes God sends people to some pagan hell.
      In your first sentence, you claim that I’ve completely missed the point, use false arguments, and twist Mr. Turek’s words but you failed to justify any of those criticisms. You said that I contradicted myself in my first paragraph but you failed to actually state what you believe was a contradiction. The only thing you did was accuse me of attacking the word eternity when eternity is not even a scriptural word. There is NO word in the original Hebrew or Greek that meant eternity and any honest scholarship would easily prove that. Christian bible translators changed the Hebrew olam and the Greek aionios to the Latin eternus for which we get the English eternity and they did that so that they could scare the hell out of their religious slaves by threatening them with “eternal punishment”. As I stated before in my original posting, there is no such place as eternity. You state and I will quote you in saying, “it doesn’t change the fact, that after death, we can “only” be with or without Him”. I noticed that you didn’t burden yourself by quoting any scripture to back up what you believe to be an unchangeable fact of logic then you criticize me for providing zero evidence. Do you even know what a contradiction is? You exalt the word of Frank Turek over the word of God because “outside of time” is a phrase he uses it is not scripture. The bible says that the dead know nothing and after death, the body returns to the dust of the ground and the spirit returns to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 9:5, Ecclesiastes 12:7). What I have learned and you confirm this theory is that Christians do not care about what God says when it comes to Christians protecting their own little precious dogmas. The bible clearly teaches that people die and they stay dead until the resurrection. You said, “There can be no other place, than with or without Him (outside of time)” but Shane, WHERE WERE YOU BEFORE YOU WERE BORN? Were you with God? There is a place that people go when they did that is “outside of time” and that place was called Sheol in Hebrew and Hades in the Greek. Your Christian forefathers changed both of those words to the English word hell and by doing so; they committed one of the biggest spiritual frauds in human history. When a person dies, they go back to the same place they were before they were born. It is the place of being nonexistent because nobody existed before they were born. The scriptures actually further contradict you because in Psalm 139:8, David says that if he made his bed in hell (Sheol), GOD IS THERE! God is in hell? Now I know you can’t accept that scripture for what it says because it contradicts what you’ve stated but I’m sure you have a secret interpretation that changes that scripture to mean something other than what it says.
      In your next argument, you say that I make illogical loops having to do with free will that proves nothing but what you think is illogical may not be illogical to someone else. There are many people who do not endorse the totally bogus idea that people can make uncaused choices. All choices are caused by something and it is illogical and impossible to choose to do something without some causal force behind it. You state and I’ll quote you again in asking, “Why would God force those who have rejected Him, to be with Him?” Shane, please quote me where I make such a claim? Why is it that you Christians only believe that “force” is the only motivating factor that can cause people to come to God? You think you choose God from your own free will? I guess God should be so lucky that you chose Him while billions continually reject Him. There are things about God’s plan for humanity that you simply do not understand because the real god you trust in, “Christianity”, and Christianity has taught you that you must accept Jesus into your heart before you die but why would anyone need to do that? Because according to Christianity, God is going barbecue you in hell for all eternity if you don’t accept His son’s sacrifice for your sins but you have the audacity to talk to me about force? Many people reject Christianity’s version of God because Christianity has painted God into a terrorist and whether you embrace that or not, it is that absolute truth. You can sugar coat it all you want but at the end of the day, Christianity expects people to believe in a god that will torture their loved ones in hell for all eternity just for refusing to accept Christianity’s version of God’s plan of salvation. There are consequences in assuming that Christianity has to have it right but we have already seen how “God’s people” can have it wrong with the Jews for they themselves offered the Messiah up to be crucified. However improbable it might seem to you because the implication would be damning for you, you cannot totally dismiss that it is possible. I do not believe that God has to force anyone to believe in Him. I also do not believe that God needs to threaten people with an eternal hell to get people to believe in Him. What you fail to consider is that the idea of “God” is shaped by Christian theology and tradition. Many people cannot think outside of their own Christian bubbles. You think that if a person rejects Christianity’s version of God, then that means they don’t love “God” but Christianity doesn’t have a patent on God. I think a fair argument is that most people simply do not approve of your god (Christianity), a god that tortures instead of corrects. Do you really believe that “God” the Creator of the Universe cannot cause humanity to fall in love with Him? Do you have a scripture that tells us that God’s salvation expires? God caused Saul to be converted in literally a blink of an eye and he was a villain for the early Christians. Your arguments are self-defeating. I don’t have to force my children to love me. They love me because I loved them first.
      Using Romans 3:11 you attempt to state that no one ever seeks God. Look at your own example below that, John 6:44: “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him.” Draws him, does NOT mean physically pulling us, which is forcing. He draws “spiritually” & we “choose” whether to come or not. Jesus said, “Blessed are those who have “not” seen, yet have believed. You cannot “believe” unless you can choose to “disbelieve.”
Being forced doesn’t allow “refusal.” If you can’t “refuse” to come, then you can’t “choose” to come. Jesus clearly states some men “come” to Him, (after they are drawn) that means they “choose” to come. “Drawing” a person is “calling” them, not taking them by the arm.

      I quoted Romans 3:11 because your idol Frank Turek stated in his video that if a person wants to be with God, they will seek Him out and be with Him. The point was that a carnal man doesn’t seek after God because he can’t. God does have to draw them but I like how you added your own little commentary when you seriously don’t have a clue what you are talking about. The word “draw” comes from the Greek word “helkō” and it literally means to DRAG! This word is used in other scriptures and it clearly means to drag or be dragged (Act 16:19, Act 21:30, James 2:6).
      Acts 16:19 But when her masters saw that their hope of profit was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and DRAGGED them into the marketplace to the authorities.
      Acts 21:30 And all the city was disturbed; and the people ran together, seized Paul, and DRAGGED him out of the temple; and immediately the doors were shut.
      James 2:6 But you have dishonored the poor man. Do not the rich oppress you and DRAG you into the courts?
      Is that evidence enough for you? Do you think that being forced to do something always has to have a negative connotation? Are you forced to go to work? Probably not literally but something dragged your butt out of bed because you need to earn income and the process of earning income is a stronger motivator than staying in bed. Jesus says in John 12:32 that He will DRAG all men to Himself if He is lifted up from the earth (speaking of his death). A lot of people choose Christianity as a substitute for God but I’m sorry your religion is not God. Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord but is this by force or will everyone volunteer in love to do those things? You must not have children if you don’t think a parent can force their child to do something against their will. Children don’t always know what’s best for them and sometimes we don’t always know what’s best for us. I don’t really have to physically force my children to do anything they do it out of love and respect. What you are suggesting is that the will of man is more powerful than the will of God. Scripture tells us that Christ will put ALL His enemies under His feet. Do you think a person can choose not to submit to the authority of Christ when Christ has been given ALL authority in heaven and in earth by His Father the Creator of the Universe? The problem with your theology is that you want to take credit for your salvation. You think that you are special because you chose God and God is going to reward you with an eternal residence in some fantasy kingdom called “heaven” so you can laugh and scoff at all the idiots in hell for refusing to do what you did.
      Shane – I chose God…
      Jesus – You did not choose Me, but I chose you. (John 15:16)
      You obviously chose something but it certainly wasn’t God. You chose Christianity which is exactly what millions of other Christians have done.
      I know what Matthew 22:14 means but I don’t see where I quoted that verse so I don’t know what context you are using to make an argument. I think it’s funny that you actually believe that you have free will. First of all, I never used the phrase “man’s free will” or “our free will” as if that is something I endorse so don’t attach your ideology to me. I said man’s will because we do in fact have a will but our wills are not free. You obviously do not understand causality. God is the first cause of everything. Every single thing that exists in the universe began with the first cause and that cause was God creating. When God created man, He created him FLESH and with the flesh comes all of the lust thereof. The lusts of the eyes, the lusts of the flesh, and the pride of life (desiring to be god of self). Here is a test for you since you think you have free will. Try to not like something you like. If you see something and you want it, try to not want it. If you feel something that feels good, try to make it not feel good. It is true that we have brains and emotions for which we experience the world but why we choose what we choose is greatly influenced by an internal code brought on by genetics, parenting, culture, politics, education, and a host of other things. If I put a gun to your head and demand you wallet, are you FREE to choose to not do it? Not if you don’t want to die. Not complying with my demand could COST you your life and most people value their life over what’s in their wallet. The fact that you think that God CANNOT violate our supposed “free will” is completely ridiculous. The bible is full of examples in which God violates man’s supposed free will. The will of man is not more powerful than the will of God. You need to read Daniel 4 then tell me that man has free will. Did King Nebuchadnezzar have free will when God essentially turned him into a beast of the field? God rules in the kingdom of men.
      In regards to what I stated about parents kicking their children out, your ignorance in assuming that your religion is supreme above all is laughable. Let’s just forget about all the billions of people that live in countries in which Christianity is not the dominant religion. How lucky you are to be born in a Christian country so that the blood of Christ can cover your sins. Selfish much? It is this type of thinking that makes Christians feel special. Jesus Christ didn’t die on the cross for just Christians, Jesus Christ died for the sins of the WHOLE WORLD. That’s scripture! You are correct in stating that we are not all children of God but you fail to understand is that children do not choose their parents. We cannot choose God, God chooses His children but when God is done with humanity, all of humanity will belong to God.
      “I don’t know if you are just deceived or doing the deceiving, but you are deceiving, nevertheless. You now know why all that you say, is unGodly, but not only that, it is a straight attack on God”.
      Just because I don’t endorse your theology doesn’t mean I’m deceived. If we let scripture be the test, it will prove you to be the one that’s deceived. You attack God and don’t even know it because you are truly deceived.
      In regards to separation, Frank Turek is talking about being separated from God in the context of a relationship. That was his stupid analogy that I based my statement on but you go outside of that context to suggest that you and I are separated when we clearly don’t even know each other. Can I be separated from a woman I’m not married too or have never met? Being separated from someone implies that there was a prior relationship or connection.
      “Then you correctly say, God doesn’t send anyone to hell. He certainly doesn’t, people go because that is what they “chose.”
      So you are my twisting words now… I said, “God doesn’t send anyone to some pagan underworld of torture called hell”. There are many people that don’t even believe in hell so how can a person choose something that they don’t even believe? God doesn’t send anyone to hell because hell doesn’t exist.
      I understand that you worship Christianity but I’m sorry, I do not so don’t act like I’m supposed to agree with the dogmas of your religion.

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  28. There is an interesting article regarding the etymological history of the word aion, in which the author points out:
    “There are strong reasons to suppose that aionic can mean something like eternity as well, supporting the Traditionalist argument. Matthew 25:46 talks of aionic punishment and aionic life. Few would argue that “aionic life” is less than eternal. Aionic life appears elsewhere, notably John 17:3, John 3:36, etc. …”
    ” A Greek word that is frequently compared with aion is Aidios. Universalists and others argue that aidios is the true Greek word for eternity, and Hell is always described with the word aion, not aidios. There is the important exception in Jude 1:6 for the chains of the angels. Still, the fire in verse 7 for the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah is aionic. Traditionalists will point out that there is aidiotic punishment described for the angels, and Universalists will point out that for the humans it is still listed as aionic….”
    See full article here: https://www.mercyonall.org/posts/does-the-greek-word-aion-mean-eternity

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    1. I think there is a lot of confusion about the meaning of the word aion because we have learned from being indoctrinated that believers are rewarded with eternal life and unbelievers are punished in hell for all eternity. Neither is true. In the resurrection believers are made immortal so eternal life is kind of a misnomer. They are rewarded with an additional age of life that the rest of the world doesn’t participate in. After that aion/age is over, the rest of the world will rise in the second resurrection to aionic judgment that is corrective not punitive. Those that were resurrected in the first resurrection remain alive because they were made immortal. I disagree that the Greek word aidios means eternity. It is literally a conjunction with “a” as the negative prefix. This same word is found in Romans 1:20 in contrast to what is seen. God’s power is not seen or understood because it’s invisible but we know it exists because of what we can see the things that God made. The most accurate definition for aidios is imperceptible. The chains of Jude 1:6 are unseen imperceptible chains not everlasting chains. There is serious question about the word “angel” because it literally just means a messenger but we naturally assume due religious tradition that an angel has to be a spiritual being but that isn’t always true. John the Baptist was an angel/messenger because it’s the same Greek word aggelos. Whoever these “angels” are, they are reserved until the day of judgment so the chains can’t be everlasting.

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  29. What makes you a believer? Simply believing that Jesus died on the cross. Will that allow you to be a part of the first resurrection?

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    1. It’s a bit more to it than just believing that Jesus died on the cross. According to Christianity, you have to believe in Jesus Christ and accept Him as your personal Savior. I must confess that I don’t actually know what that really means but it’s simple enough for the average Christian to accept. The problem with Christianity’s belief is that they don’t even believe that Jesus Christ actually died. Christians do not even believe that death is really death. They believe that we are eternal beings with an immortal soul and that immortal soul lives inside of a mortal body that can die. They believe that while Jesus was supposed to be dead and dying for the sins of the world, His immortal spirit was actually in some netherworld literally preaching to dead spirits all at the same time being in some place called “paradise” with the thief on the cross. Believing that Jesus Christ died for the sins of the world and that God raised Him from the dead is the beginning of being a believer and that leads to salvation. If we refuse to believe that Christ actually died in the first place by replacing scripture with some false religious dogma then I would say that many who profess to be believers aren’t really believers at all they are just simply religious. Many people are religious based on their cultural norms and they do what is culturally acceptable out of ignorance. Many are called but few are chosen. The few who are chosen must go through judgment in this life and then they must overcome as Christ overcame. There is nothing anyone can do to choose to be in the first resurrection. If God has chosen you, God will cause all of the necessary judgments that will cause you to repent and walk in the ways according to His will. Being a believer is like a child growing up and maturing into an adult. There is no quick fix. God grants us the faith to believe and we bear fruit as we walk with God. God causes us to go through storms, trials, and tribulations and this is for the purpose of building spiritual character. We don’t always do what God wants us to do just as children do not always do what their parents asked them to do so they must suffer consequences. No righteous parent punishes their child without a corrective goal in mind and it’s no different with God. God chastises who He loves because He wants His children to learn and to grow. I hope this helps you with your understanding.

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