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Who is God? Are there many God’s? Why should we be believe in God?

In Christianity, the doctrine of the Trinity describes God as one God in three divine Persons (each of the three Persons is God). The Most Holy Trinity comprises God the Father, God the Son (which is Jesus Christ God), and God the Holy Spirit.

“Our organization… believes in The Truest and Most High God, The Father God Almighty, Maker of heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are in them; and in His Son Christ Jesus, who became incarnate for our salvation; and in The Holy Spirit, who is given to us all and allows for us all to co-create life in unity.”

We know various other religions belief in a supreme being and call Him God, we know for fact The Most High Creator is The Head of The Holy Trinity, all others acknowledgment must begin with Him. The struggles within the world regarding belief systems have often revolved around this one misunderstanding. (reason being the lack of understanding of the spiritual side of life)

 


 

What does it mean to be saved by grace?

“By grace are ye saved.” The Greek grammar denotes not the act of being saved, but the fact of having been saved. God’s grace rather than human merit is the source of the whole arrangement. We are saved gratuitously. Salvation is a gift; it is not earned.

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

John 3:16 is one of the most quoted verses from The Holy Bible and embodies the message of God’s grace. “For God so loved the world that He gave…” Gave. That’s a demonstration of grace because grace gives what is undeserved. Romans 5:17 says that it’s through “the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness that we reign in life.”

Divine grace is a theological term present in many religions. It has been defined as the divine influence which operates in humans to regenerate and sanctify, to inspire virtuous impulses, and to impart strength to endure trial and resist temptation; and as an individual virtue or excellence of divine origin.

It is Divine Grace by which we are saved.

 


 

Why are the Ten Commandments important?

After the Exodus from Egypt, God gave the nation of Israel ten laws called the Ten Commandments. They are a basic summary of the entirety of the Old Testament Law, which contains 613 commands. The Ten Commandments are made up of ten specific laws, the first four dealing with man’s relationship to God and the last six dealing with man’s relationship to his fellow men. They can be found in Exodus 20:1-17 and Deuteronomy 5:6-21.

The Ten Commandments are:

You shall have no other Gods but me. (Keep God 1st)

You shall not make for yourself any idol, nor bow down to it or worship it. (no idling)

You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.

You shall remember and keep the Sabbath day holy. (Keep The Lords day)

Honor your father and mother.

You must not commit murder. (no killing)

You must not commit adultery. (no adultery)

You must not steal. (no stealing)

You must not give false evidence against your neighbor. (no lying)

You must not be envious of your neighbor’s goods. You shall not be envious of his house nor his wife, nor anything that belongs to your neighbor. (no coveting)

 


 

Whats the difference between being Godly and being religious?

This is a very complicated topic for so many because being Godly is often different than being spiritual and being spiritual is considered very different than being religious. Being religious though can be a good thing, that is if one practices being like Christ, but being spiritual without the concept of God can not only cause issue within one’s life, it can be outright dangerous. Same can be said about religion, no one likes a religious person who places their belief system before God.

The biggest misconception most spiritual persons suffer from is misunderstanding that there is only one true power and that is inside them and it doesn’t come from an old man with a beard pointing a figure.

Godliness can be translated as being “like-God.” In other words, behaving and speaking as the Lord would behave and speak. You can say again, imitating God, which we are plainly instructed to do in The Holy Bible.

Be imitators of God, therefore, as beloved children, – Ephesians 5:1

 


 

Can people see God?  What does the Bible say about this?

To answer this question plainly. Yes, people really can see God, but this also is a rather complicated answer, so we’ll elaborate. Since the writing of The New Testament, Christians and Theologians have questioned whether Old Testament accounts of interactions with God, were in-fact true. There are in-fact many places within The Bible where people have had interactions with our Lords Lord, The Creator God, our Father God.

Although The New Testament says otherwise, The Truth remains, All things are possible with God. And, if all things are possible that also means being able to see God must also be possible. As His children, God encourages us to seek His face, to go after Him with all our might. Why else do you suppose Jesus sacrificed Himself? It was so that each of us could once again gain access to Our Father God. 

 


 

What are belief systems? Why is religion important? Do we need religion?

Seeing is believing – faith is based on belief without evidence, whereas science is based on evidence without belief. This is relevant because our beliefs are generally formed in two ways: by our experiences, inferences and deductions, or by accepting what others tell us to be true. Most of our core beliefs are formed as children. When we are born, we enter this world with a clean slate and without preconceived beliefs. As we mature, we base our understanding upon experiences.

Religious beliefs were formed similarly; our understanding of God, life afterlife, the spirit, and everything divine came about through interaction with spiritual beings from beyond this material realm. (God included) Now these understandings have various differences because of various interactions from many people from around the world, throughout the ages.

Religion was formed originally as a way for us to help others make that spiritual connection to God and also to help us nurture it. Over the years religion has often fell short in conveying its message mostly because of those trying to be of the world, while attempting to minister an otherworldly message. 

 


 

What is condemnation?

In biblical theology, God as creator, redeemer, and lawgiver, is the judge of all humankind. He instituted the family, civil government, and the people of God as institutions governing all human affairs. In the Old Testament theocracy God mediated His justice through judges, kings, priests, and prophets. In the New Testament church leaders are accountable for administering His righteousness to the people of God. All this is based on the fact that God has acted to redeem humanity and reveal His will towards them. Those who refuse to believe and obey are guilty of breaking His law. Their punishment has already begun, and their ultimate condemnation will occur afterlife on judgment day, that is if they do not repent before their death.

In the Old Testament rebellion against God began in the garden of Eden (Gen. 3). Adam and Eve disobeyed God, leading to alienation and ultimately their death. God patiently bore with His rebellious creatures and chose Abraham and his descendants to be His special people and mediate His blessings to all nations (Gen. 12). He redeemed Israel from Egypt and gave them a land along with a covenant that set before them the conditions of His continued blessing (Exod. 19-20). God as creator, redeemer, and covenanter stood as judge over Israel and set before them life and prosperity, death and adversity (Exod 34:5-7; Deut 30:15-20). Through His prophets He continued to call Israel to obedience, yet His theocratic rulers frequently neglected His justice by condemning the innocent and vindicating the guilty. Eventually God condemned this miscarriage of justice by sending other nations to carry Israel into captivity. 

In New Testament theology the fall of man with its disastrous consequences of death and condemnation for all of us is offset by the obedience of the second man, The Lord Jesus (Rom 5:12-21; 1 Cor 15:22). Jesus’ sinless life and sacrificial death provided atonement and justification for life to all who believe in Him. God remains just in that offering sinners redemption based simply upon the faithful actions accomplished by Jesus, who ultimately too the place of the sinners and died once and for all. (Acts 13:38-39; Rom 3:21-26).

Those who have been made right with God by faith in Jesus Christ are not condemned (John 5:24 ; Rom 8:1-4 ; Col 2:14), but those who refuse to believe in Jesus are condemned already (John 3:16-18 ; Rom 1:18-32 ; Gal 1:8-9). Unless we as sinners repent we face the irrevocable finalization of condemnation on the day of judgment. (Matt 25:46; John 5:28-29; Acts 17:30-31; 24:15; Rom 2:5-16; 2 Thess 1:5-10; 2:9-12; 1 Peter 4:4-5 1 Peter 4:17; 2 Peter 2:1-10; Jude 4-9; Rev 20:7-14; 21:6-8; 22:12-17).

 


 

What is repentance?

Repentance is the turning away from sin and one’s self and looking to God for forgiveness and salvation. The Old Testament uses the word “turn” or “turning” to describe repentance. Those who repent turn their backs on sin and vow to get back in right standing with God; the process involves conviction and the feeling of guilt before God, along with awareness that we are in need of cleansing and that it can only be accomplished by having belief in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

Basically, repentance is a complete shift of attitude toward God and our sins. The Bible commands us to repent. Repentance is not reforming our present lives, nor is it an attempt for us to atone ourselves. Simply put its change, not just feeling sorrowful for having sinned against God but making the decision to no longer sin against Him.

“Let the wicked forsake his way, And the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return to the Lord, And He will have mercy on him; And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon.” Isaiah 55:7.

Sinners who come to God in faith are not condemned but are expected to live together in a unity where justice prevails in the vindication of the oppressed and the condemnation of the oppressor.

 


 

Why do people have a problem with The Bible?

There are a number of reasons why people chose to disbelieve The Bible. One of the most popular is that they think there’s discrepancy from its original version, and how it was originally written for the manipulation and control of the masses. The truth though is those who have issue with The Holy Bible are often the ones who have trouble with what it says about their own lives and how they’re living, or rather how they should be living. They struggle with the holiness part.

The Holy Bible serves as a guiding compass for all of humanity. Its been used as the basis for mankind’s law and to this day is referenced as the ultimate basis for good moral and high virtue. Its one of the most important books ever delivered. It has insight and perspective on daily life from mannerism to principality, which is absolutely relevant at any given moment.