Should Christians Believe In Reincarnation?

Should Christians Believe In Reincarnation?

I find more and more these days many Christians have fallen prey to the belief in reincarnation. The only way I can imagine a Christian fallen victim to such a belief is because they lack knowledge about our Father’s Word to us. If you are a Christian, and believe in reincarnation you are playing with evil forces that have another agenda, and it’s not sharing the Truth of God’s Word. I’m going to share with you scripture from our Father’s word that will leave little doubt about this issue.

If you want, turn your bible’s to Hebrews 9:27-28 for evidence about this falsehood of reincarnation.

Hebrews 9:27-28

27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

As you see in verse 27 it clearly says “it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgement”. I’m not sure how anyone can misunderstand this scripture it is clear we die once, no reincarnation here!

Now let’s look at 2 Samuel 12:22-24, which will give more proof against reincarnation.

2 Samuel 12:22-24

22 And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who can tell whether God will be gracious to me, that the child may live?

23 But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.

24 And David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went in unto her, and lay with her: and she bare a son, and he called his name Solomon: and the Lord loved him.

We can see here what King David says: “But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.”. The child was dead, and there was no coming back from that, and David knew it.

Let’s look at one more scriptural evidence to combat the lie of reincarnation. Let’s look at Psalm 78:39 to finish this off.

Psalm 78:39

39 For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again.

We see here God remembered: “they were but flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again”. Clearly we see the word of God does not promote reincarnation, in fact it is against the idea. There are plenty of other scriptures to combat the lie of reincarnation, all one has to do is seek the Truth, and read the Word given to us, and you will find the answers.

Materialism ( The Pit Falls )

Materialism ( The Pit Falls )

Materialism seems to be a big issue amongst Christians, and causes many to fall into a deep pit. We put to much emphasis on having all the latest gadgets, cars, and anything else you can think of. There is nothing wrong with having nice things, but many people today go to far with it, and it starts to take over their lives. When you put anything before God you’re going to start to have serious trouble. Never let possesions get in the way of your relationship with God. Let’s examine some scriptures to see what God’s Word says about this issue.

Let’s first open our bible’s to 1 John 2:15-17 to see what’s said.

1 John 2:15-17

15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

Scripture clearly says not to love the things in the world, that inculdes your possesions. If you start putting these things first you can very quickly find yourself putting God Last. The things of the world will pass away, but those doing God’s will remain forever.

Luke 12:15

15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.

We are warned not to be covetousess because a man’s life is more than the things he possesses. Never let your possessions or someone elses possesions get in the way of your relationship with God.

Mark 4:18-19

18 And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word,

19 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.

Possesions, and riches can cause deceitfulness and cause people to be drawn away from God. If you focus too much on having all the nice things of this world you will almost certianly strain your relationship with God.

Matthew 6:24

24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

I guess the question should be who do you want to serve? You can’t serve God and the material things of this earth. You must make a choice on this very important issue because your very soul could depend on it. Don’t get caught up being a slave to money and material things.

1 Timothy 6:9-11

9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.

10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

People who desire to be rich with money and material possessions will almost always fall into temptation, which will bring you into destruction. Those who serve God and do his will flee these things. Seek the things of God, and be found favoured in God’s eyes.

Will Everyone Inherit God’s Kingdom?

Will Everyone Inherit God’s Kingdom?

Many people who call themselves Christians believe that as long as they believe in Christ they will automatically inherit God’s kingdom, but is that true? Let’s look at some scripture, and find out the answer.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10

9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

Galatians 5:19-21

19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,

20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,

21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

As we can see here the people who do these things will absolutely not inherit God’s kingdom. Now that’s not saying if you do one of these things you can’t enter God’s kingdom. I’m saying those who constantly do these things, and think it’s ok because they believe in Christ are badly mistaken. If they keep on that course they will not inherit God’s kingdom. Someone who truly follows Christ will struggle with sins, but they repent, and do their best not to commit those sins again. Anyone who thinks believing in Christ is a license to sin really isn’t a true follower of Christ.

Let’s examine more scripture on this topic.

Act 3:19

19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.

It’s important we understand what’s said here, so we can see just believing isn’t enough. It says REPENT, and that means to turn away from. What are we turning away from? We are turning away from our sins so they can be blotted out. If you are doing the same sin over and over again without care that’s not Repentance.

James 2:19

19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

We see here that even the devils also believe and tremble, but their belief doesn’t excuse them.

Matthew 7:21-23

21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Christ himself even said not everyone calling his name will enter into the kingdom of heaven, but only those who do his Father’s will. So was belief enough here? Absolutely not! Doing God’s will was also a big part of it.

Anyone thinking they have an assured trip to God’s kingdom just because they believe are going to be in heaps of trouble, and very sorry one day. If you are a true Christian you will fight the urges of sin, and do your best to change your life to resemble that of Christ. Believing in Christ is not a license to sin!

2 Corinthians 5:17

17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

If you are a true Christian you are a new creature , and old things including your past life is behind you, and all things become new. If you are still constantly committing the same sins over and over, are you really a new creature in Christ? Be honest with God, and yourself you can’t fool God. If you make the choice to be a Christian than be a true Christian.

Does My Church Really Teach God’s Word?

Does My Church Really Teach God’s Word?

How does someone know if the church they attend is really teaching God’s word? What is the standard we should use to tell if what is being taught us is really the Truth of God’s word? There are so many churches, and denominations these days, how does one tell which ones are teaching the Truth? Are any of them? I think one of the easiest ways to tell if the church someone attends is teaching the truth of God’s word is to study the scriptures. Is what they are teaching match up to what the Bible actually says? Do they teach that the Bible alone is sufficient for learning God’s truth, or do they insist you must use their literature to understand God’s word? I’ll list some scripture from God’s word, and show you what is said about watching out for false prophets, and teachers.

Let’s turn to 1 John 4:1, and 2 Peter 2:1 to see what’s said about this issue

1 John 4:1

1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

2 Peter 2:1

1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

Let’s also look at Matthew 24:23-25, for further scriptural evidence.

Matthew 24:23-25

23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.

24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

25 Behold, I have told you before.

As we can see from the above scriptures it’s not a matter of IF there will be false churches and teachers, there will be. So you can rest assured not every teacher, or church is teaching the true word of God.

What did Christ have to say about the church of his time, was he pleased with it? He was not pleased with it one bit. Let’s turn to Matthew 23:1-39, and see for ourselves.

Matthew 23:1-39

1 Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples,

2 Saying The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat:

3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.

4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.

5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments,

6 And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues,

7 And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.

8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.

9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.

10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.

11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.

14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.

15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.

16 Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor!

17 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold?

18 And, Whosoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing; but whosoever sweareth by the gift that is upon it, he is guilty.

19 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift?

20 Whoso therefore shall swear by the altar, sweareth by it, and by all things thereon.

21 And whoso shall swear by the temple, sweareth by it, and by him that dwelleth therein.

22 And he that shall swear by heaven, sweareth by the throne of God, and by him that sitteth thereon.

23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

24 Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.

25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.

26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.

27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.

28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

29 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous,

30 And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.

31 Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets.

32 Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.

33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?

34 Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:

35 That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.

36 Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.

37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!

38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.

39 For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

I’m not saying every teacher, or church is false, and trying to mislead people, but the false teachers and churches are out there. It’s important you test the church you attend, see if they are teaching God’s truth. If the church you attend is honest they will be happy you are seeking out scriptural truth, and will not have a problem with you making sure what they are teaching matches up with God’s word. Always be careful of those who don’t want you checking out what they say, they usually have something to hide.

Can God Create a Stone So Heavy That He Cannot Move it?

Can God Create a Stone So Heavy That He Cannot Move it?
by John Baskette.


That old objection to the doctrine of the omnipotence of God was raised recently on USENET in the newsgroup soc.religion.christian. USENET is an enormous collection of electronic discussion groups distributed as “network news” through a world wide computer network known as the internet. Many of you may not be familiar with computer networks and bulletin boards, and I won’t be explaining about them here, but I will say, the on-line debates in these newsgroups between atheists and believers of all types are quite lively and often informative.

The Christians in that newsgroup answered the objection very well. To speak of an almighty God creating an object that He cannot lift is to posit a logically contradictory state of affairs. It is a variation on the old question, “What happens when an immovable object (the stone) meets an irresistible force (God)?” The answer is that both an irresistible force and an immovable object cannot exist together in the same universe without creating a logical contradiction. If reason is valid then to speak of the two in the same sentence is to speak nonsense. Similarly, it is nonsense to speak of God creating a stone that he cannot lift.

Another equally valid answer offered in the newsgroup is that God cannot do anything whatsoever. God can only do what is logically possible.

These answers did not satisfy the objectors. Their retort was to accuse the Christians of equivocating.

“You admit that there are things that God cannot do, therefore you are admitting that God is not really omnipotent! You have only proved the case against the self-contradictory and self-stultifying Christian conception of God.”

At this point I entered the fray to point out that the definition of omnipotence has never meant what the objectors say it meant. The historical understanding of omnipotence never meant that God can do anything whatsoever. The objection is at best a misunderstanding, and at worst, merely an intellectually dishonest straw man argument.

My response did not go unchallenged. Here is what one poster (David) asked:

However, I gather from the discussions that, in spite of the logical contradictions involved, many people are arguing that god is omnipotent in the all-inclusive sense you wish to avoid. Also, just how would you properly define this ‘historical sense’ of omnipotent? The paragraph above just says that it is not really omnipotence as defined in all the dictionaries. How, precisely, should it be defined?

Here was my response:

My earlier post pointed out that the historical sense of terms such as omnipotence were never construed to be an all-inclusive anything at all which, if true, renders mute the various objections to Christian teaching based on various logical paradoxes.

To demonstrate my point further and to answer David’s question, I will give various definitions of omnipotence as found in various theologians. First, however, I would like to point out that the Oxford English Dictionary (if not some of the less authoritative available dictionaries) does recognize a specifically Christian and theological use of the term.

Here are three definitions given in _The Compact Edition Of The Oxford English Dictionary, Complete Text Reproduced Micrographically, Volume I A-O_, Oxford University Press:


Strictly said of God (or of a deity) or His attributes: Almighty or infinite in power.

gen. All-powerful; having full or absolute power or authority; having unlimited or very great power, force, or influence; exceedingly strong or mighty. b. humourously. Capable of anything; unparalleled; utter, arrant; huge, ‘mighty’.

absol. or as sb. An omnipotent being; spec. (with the) the Almighty God.

The first definition is the one used in Christian theology. It is not the same as “Capable of anything”.

Infinite should be thought of in terms of the primary dictionary definition of “subject to no limitation or external determination”. I’ll give an explanation of the Infinity of God from Berkhoff shortly, but in order to illuminate the concept of “Power”, I would like to first quote from A Systematic Theology of the Christian Religion, Volume One by James Oliver Buswell, Jr., Ph. D.; a professor of Systematic Theology at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis. On pages 63-64 he explains omnipotence this way:

“There are indeed certain problems with reference to the meaning of Omnipotence which need to be considered. In the first place, omnipotence does not mean that God can do anything, but it means that He can do with power anything that power can do. He has all the power that is or could be.”

“Can God make two plus two equal six? This is a question which is frequently asked by skeptics and by children. We reply by asking how much power it would take to bring about this result. The absurdity of the question is not too difficult to see. Would the power of a ton of dynamite make two plus two equal six? Or the power of an atom bomb? Or of a hydrogen bomb? When these questions are asked it is readily seen that the truth of the multiplication tables is not in the realm of power. Power has nothing to do with it. When we assert that God is omnipotent, we are talking about power. In the discussion of the infinite, eternal, and unchangeable truth of God we shall show that truth is of the very essence of His character but not in the realm of power; and we shall consider those Scriptures which plainly declare that ‘it is impossible for God to lie’ (Hebrews 6:18)”

Most of the “paradoxes” commit this same basic error. Even those that seem to deal with “power” such as “Can God create an immovable stone” are actually asking if God can bring about a logically contradictory state of affairs. The answer is no, but it does not show that God does not have infinite power or that God cannot do with power anything that power can do. Power cannot bring into being a contradictory state of affairs.

Some understanding of the Infinity of God would be helpful at this point. From Systematic Theology by L. Berkhoff, (revised version 1941, reprinted 1979 by Wm. B. Eerdmans, Grand Rapids), pp. 59-60″

“C. The Infinity of God. The infinity of God is that perfection of God by which He is free from all limitations. In ascribing it to God we deny that there are or can be any limitations to the divine Being or attributes. It implies that He is in no way limited by the universe, by this space-time world, or confined to the universe. It does not involve His identity with the sum-total of existing things, nor does it exclude the co-existence of derived and finite things, to which He bears relation. The infinity of God must be conceived as intensive rather than extensive, and should not be confused with boundless extension, as if God were spread out through the entire universe, one part here, and another there, for God has not body and therefore no extension. Neither should it be regarded as a merely negative concept, though it is perfectly true that we cannot form a positive idea of it. It is a reality in God fully comprehended only by Him. We distinguish various aspects of God’s Infinity. 1. His Absolute Perfection. This is the infinity of the Divine Being considered in itself. It should not be understood in a quantitative, but in a qualitative sense: it qualifies all the communicable attributes of God. Infinite power is not an absolute quantum, but an exhaustless potency of power;…”

With a definition like that, you may think that Berkhoff by saying that God is “free from all limitations” means that God can do anything at all. Yet even Berkhoff says on p. 80:

“In that sense we can speak of the potentia absoluta, or absolute power, of God. This position must be maintained over against those who, like Schleiermacher and Strauss, hold that God’s power is limited to that which He actually accomplishes. But in our assertion of the absolute power of God it is necessary to guard against misconceptions. The Bible teaches us on the one hand that the power of God extends beyond that which is actually realized, Gen. 18:14; Jer. 32:27; Zech. 8:6; Matt. 3:9; 26:53. We cannot say, therefore, that what God does not bring to realization, is not possible for Him. But on the other hand it also indicates that there are many things which God cannot do. He can neither lie, sin, change, nor deny Himself, Num. 23:19; I Sam. 15:29; II Tim. 2:13; Heb. 6:18; Jas. 1:13,17. There is no absolute power in Him that is divorced from His perfections, and in virtue of which He can do all kinds of things which are inherently contradictory.”

When we speak of “no limitations” we are talking about rational categories or limitations within a rational category. Within the realm of power, we mean that God can do anything that it is logically possible for power to do. i.e., There is no limit on which powers in the category of “powers” that God can exercise. The category of powers, however, is itself restricted to the realm of things that are logically possible. This is why we are justified in using the “omni” prefix while maintaining that God cannot do anything whatsoever.

That is why even Berkhoff, while maintaining a “no limits” definition of infinite says,

“There is no absolute power in Him that is divorced from His perfections”. I.e., he supports the idea that there are rational restrictions on the category of “powers” when he says that there is no power of a certain kind.

Here is a definition for omnipotence as given in The Westminster Dictionary of Christian Theology, edited by Alan Richardson and John Bowden, 1983, Westminster Press, Philadelphia, in an article by Brian Hebblethwaite who is in turn quoting from “A. Kenny, The God of the Philosophers, 1979:

“A more satisfactory definition has been provided by A. Kenny: omnipotence is ‘the possession of all logically possible powers which it is logically possible for a being with the attributes of God to possess.”

Here is a definition given in Christian Theology, Systematic and Biblical, arranged and compiled by Emery H. Bancroft, D.D., Late professor of Bible Doctrine and Systematic Theology at the Baptist Bible Seminary, Johnson City, New York, revised edition, 1925, on p. 68:

“C. Omnipotence. By this we mean the power of God to do all things which are objects of power, whether with or without the use of means, Gen. 17:1.

NOTE: He performs natural wonders, Genesis 1:1-3; Isaiah 44:24; Hebrews 1:3; Spiritual wonders, II Corinthians 4:6; Eph. 1:19; Ephesians 3:20. He has power to create new things, Matthew 3:9; Romans 4:17; after his own pleasure; Psalm 115:3; Ephesians 1:11. There is nothing impossible to Him: Genesis 18:14; Matthew 19:26.

Omnipotence does not imply power to do that which is not an object of power; as, for example, that which is self-contradictory or contradictory to the nature of God.

NOTE: Self-contradictory things are not included in the exercise of God’s omnipotence.- such as the making of a past event to have not occurred (hence the uselessness of praying: “May it be that much good was done”); drawing a shorter than straight line between two given points; putting two separate mountains together without a valley between them. Things contradictory to the nature of God; for God to lie, to sin. to die. To do such things would not imply power, but impotence. God has all the power that is consistent with infinite perfection – all power to do what is worthy of Himself.”

So far I have quoted only Protestants. Here is a Roman Catholic author. From _The Voice from the Whirlwind, The problem of Evil and the Modern World_ by Stephen j. Vicchio, professor of philosophy at the College of Notre Dame in Baltimore, Maryland, Christian Classics, Inc., Westminster, Maryland.

(BTW – this is a terrific book on the “problem of evil”, it is essentially his Phd dissertation put out in book form.)

On p. 47, after quoting from Frederick Ferre’s Basic Modern Philosophy of Religion, Vicchio writes:

“Ferre rightly suggests that when we say that God is omnipotent, philosophers, as well as the common man, may mean by the term one of two things. Either (a) an omnipotent being is one who can do absolutely anything, or (b) an omnipotent being is one who can do anything that is logically possible. For reasons that will become apparent later, we must also offer a third formulation of God’s omnipotence: (c) an omnipotent being is one who can do anything that is logically possible and is consistent with his other attributes.”

Vicchio goes on to examine each of these definitions in turn. Definition (a) which is what has been used in postings to raise objections to the existence of the Christian God, Vicchio finds used in the writings of Descartes, but not in the writings of Christian theologians such as St. Thomas Aquinas.

This leads to one of the main points of my earlier brief posting. The historical definition or understanding of omnipotence has always recognized the problems inherent in definition (a) which is why it is not the definition used by the church historically. It maybe that some Christians have held and tried to defend such a definition (such as Descartes), but for the most part, this definition is imposed on Christianity by those who wish to refute Christian conceptions by raising various objections. The objections (whether by intention or ignorance) are straw man arguments.

The definition of omnipotence like that of (b) or (c) which limits omnipotence to the category of things logically possible is the definition used by the church historically. My earlier quote from Augustine indicated as much. Here it is again, from my abridged version of _The City of God_, an abridged Version from the Translation by Gerald G. Walsh, S.J.; Demetrius B. Zema, S.J.; Grace Monahan, O.S.U.; and Daniel J. Honan on p. 109 which quotes from Augustine’s book 5, chapter 10:

“We do not put the life of God and the foreknowledge of God under any necessity when we say that God must live an eternal life and must know all things. Neither do we lessen his power when we say He cannot die or be deceived. This is the kind of inability which, if removed, would make God less powerful than He is. God is rightly called omnipotent, even though He is unable to die and be deceived. We call Him omnipotent [here is the definition you did not acknowledge from the earlier post David!] because He does whatever He wills to do and suffers nothing that He does not will to suffer. He would not, of course be omnipotent, if He had to suffer anything against His will. It is precisely because He is omnipotent that for Him some things are impossible.”

Aquinas has a similar conception of omnipotence. On p. 163-164 of _Summa Theologica, Volume I, ques. 15 ans. 3, (Mcgraw Hill, New York, 1963, Aquinas says:

“Whatever implies being and nonbeing simultaneously is incompatible with the absolute possibility which falls under divine omnipotence. Such a contradiction is not subject to it, not from any impotence in God, but because it simply does not have the nature of being feasible or possible. Whatever, then, does not involve a contradiction is in the realm of the possible with respect to which God is omnipotent. Whatever involves a contradiction is not within the scope of omnipotence because it cannot qualify for possibility. Better, however, to say that it cannot be done, rather than God cannot do it.”

An excellent old Puritan work is _The Existence and Attributes of God_ by Stephen Charnock (1628-1680). I read a small portion of a 1979 reprint of this work published by Klock & Klock Christian Publishers of Minneapolis. He defines omnipotence in terms of God having infinite power, yet he too gives a lengthy consideration to things that are impossible for God to do.

My point is that when Christians respond to various objections to the various “omni-xxx”s of God in a way that appears to lessen the particular “omni” in question, they are not equivocating, conceding or redefining terms at all. They are only explaining what is the historic Christian teaching as found in all branches of the faith.
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I can’t remember where I got this information from, I saved it a long while back. I take no credit for this information although it is good food for thought. If I remember what site I took it from I will credit it by putting a link to the source.


The Big Bang is currently imagined to have occurred 14 billion years ago.

The farthest object seen in the sky by the Hubble and Keck Telescopes is 13 billion light-years distant, and is assumed to have been created when the universe was just 750 million years old. It would take at least that long (if not longer) for the material from the theorized Big Bang to coalesce into stars and for those stars to form a rotating galaxy.

But here is the problem. We are seeing that object 13 billion light-years distant not as it is today and where it is today but as it was and where it was, 13 billion years ago, 13 billion light-years distant from earth.

In other words, for this galaxy to lie 13 billion light-years away from Earth only 750 million years after the Big Bang, it would have had to travel 13 billion light years in just 750 million years’ time. That requires the galaxy in question to travel more than 17 times faster than the speed of light, a speed limit which according to the Big Bang supporters was in effect from the moment the universe was 3 seconds old.


The Big bang violates the Second Law of Thermodynamics. That law states that the universe inevitably flows towards maximum entropy. Yet the singularity that produced the Big bang, with all the matter and energy in the universe contained in a single dimensionless point, was already at maximum entropy.

You Must Love Your Neighbor As Yourself?

You Must Love Your Neighbor As Yourself?

These days people have a hard time loving anyone other than themselves, and as we travel further down the road it seems to only get worse. We see the lack of concern for others in the world today grow greater and greater. Everyone is out for themselves and give no thought of anyone else. Today the attitude is “I’ll walk on whoever I want if it means getting ahead, or getting what I want”. We make our Father very unhappy when we do this, and his tolerance for it grows smaller and smaller. The day is coming when we will have to answer to God for treating each other so badly unless we repent and start treating each other better. Let’s examine what the scriptures say about this.

Let’s start off with Mark 12:30-33, and dig into scripture.

Mark 12:30-33

30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

32 And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he:

33 And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.

We see that there is no greater commandment than loving your neighbor as yourself. It is right up there with loving God with all your heart. To love the people in this world as yourself is greater than any burnt offering or sacrifice. When we do this we bring joy to our Father’s heart, and please him.

Romans 13:8-10

8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.

9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

We can see here love fulfills the law. If you have genuine love for each other you won’t do any of these other things to each other like stealing, adultery, bearing false witness, and so on. You don’t do these things to people if you love them as you love yourself.

Matthew 5:46-48

46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?

47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?

48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

Also you can’t just love those who love you. Anyone can do that even those who do evil, and lack true love. Love everyone as you love yourself, and you will be blessed of God, and have fulfilled the law.

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Sodom And Gomorrah & Homosexuality?

Sodom And Gomorrah & Homosexuality?

Many Christians aren’t taught what God’s word really says, and many churches simply cover up certain facts because the topics are sensitive in today’s society. The truth is homosexuality was rampant in the time of Sodom, and Gomorrah. Homosexuality was one of the major reasons God destroyed these cities, not the only reason, their was other wickedness involved, but one of the reasons. Let’s now prove what I said by investigating what God’s word says about this issue.

Let’s start with Genesis 19:1-8

Genesis 19:1-9

1 And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground;

2 And he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant’s house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways. And they said, Nay; but we will abide in the street all night.

3 And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat.

4 But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter:

5 And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.

6 And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him,

7 And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly.

8 Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof.

9 And they said, Stand back. And they said again, This one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge: now will we deal worse with thee, than with them. And they pressed sore upon the man, even Lot, and came near to break the door.

We see two angels took the appearance of human men and came to meet with Lot. The men of Sodom were so lust filled they couldn’t wait to get their hands on the visitors who just entered the town. The term (know them) is used here. Some would say that doesn’t indicate, or have anything to do with homosexuality, but when you read further down you see Lot’s daughters are offered up to these men instead, and his daughters had not yet (known) a man. His daughters were virgins! These men didn’t want anything to do with having sexual relations with Lot’s daughters or any other woman because they were homosexuals.

Genesis 19:10-13

10 But the men put forth their hand, and pulled Lot into the house to them, and shut to the door.

11 And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great: so that they wearied themselves to find the door.

12 And the men said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides? son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place:

13 For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the Lord; and the Lord hath sent us to destroy it.

The men of Sodom were so evil, and lustful with their homosexual desire that the angels had to smote them with blindness. God will save righteous Lot, and his family but the cities are doomed.

Genesis 19:24-25

24 Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven;

25 And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.

God finally destroys Sodom, and Gomorrah because of their wickedness. God’s wrath falls from heaven upon these cities that indulged in homosexual behavior.

I encourage you to read the entire chapter of Genesis 19 for yourself so you can get the entire picture. Anyone who tells you God approves of homosexuality only has to read this account of Sodom and Gomorrah, or many of the other examples in the New and Old Testaments.

Do Humans Become Angels After Death?

Do Humans Become Angels After Death?

Many people believe that when their loved ones die, they will go to heaven and become an angel. I can understand the sadness of losing a loved one, and realize this is a comforting thought to believe, but this is not what God’s Word teaches. It’s best to understand God’s Word properly and not just believe things because it makes us feel better. Understanding God’s word properly is always the best choice for us.

I’m going to give some scriptures that will show you the truth about this matter. I’ll start first in Hebrews 2:6-7 for clarification.

Hebrews 2:6-7

6 But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man that thou visitest him?

7 Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands:

In this scripture you can see it says God madest him, or man a little lower than the angels. You can clearly see the angels, and man were created separate beings. Men don’t become angels, and angels don’t become men. Psalm 8:3-5 also gives this same message.

We are now going to turn to the book of Luke for more clarification. Luke 20:34-36 gives us a lot of great information on this.

Luke 20:34-36

34 And Jesus answering said unto them, The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage:

35 But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage:

36 Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.

A lot is said here, but I’m going to keep to the point. Christ said those who shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead would be equal unto the angels, he did not say they would become angels because they won’t.

There are several other scriptures that deal with this issue if one just looks. If one searches the scriptures with an honest heart, and does not rely on man alone for the answers, you can usually find what you are looking for.