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The Penalty for Sin - God is not the Author of Death

Posted Mar 12, 2017 by Adrian Ebens in Character of God

In the opening of the great controversy, Satan had declared that the law of God could not be obeyed, that justice was inconsistent with mercyand that, should the law be broken, it would be impossible for the sinner to be pardonedEvery sin must meet its punishment, urged Satanand if God should remit the punishment of sin, He would not be a God of truth and justice. When men broke the law of God, and defied His will, Satan exulted. It was proved, he declared, that the law could not be obeyed; man could not be forgiven. Because he, after his rebellion, had been banished from heaven, Satan claimed that the human race must be forever shut out from God's favor. God could not be just, he urged, and yet show mercy to the sinner.  {DA 761.4} 

A Revival of Primitive Godliness

Posted Mar 15, 2017 by Adrian Ebens in Everlasting Gospel

I feel myself gingerly walking upon new and untested legs. I am living and breathing in a new world in the light of a grace that I could never have imagined. My eyes slowly open to the beautiful light of the true love of a Father for His wayward children.

But he whose eyes have been opened to see the love of Christ, will behold the character of God as full of love and compassion. God will not appear as a tyrannical, relentless being, but as a father longing to embrace his repenting son. The sinner will cry with the psalmist, “Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him” (Psalm 103:13). All despair is swept from the soul when Christ is seen in His true character. {1SM 371.2}

The weight of the lie that every sin must be punished is lifting from my shoulders. I look into my own history and see why anger and frustration are often my experience when people treat me wrongly. The anger comes from the belief that every sin must be punished. This belief causes me to begin to plan some form of retaliation and the retaliation feels justified because every sin must be punished is the mantra that plays over and over in the soul.

Escaping the Pentagon of Lies

Posted Oct 06, 2016 by Adrian Ebens in Wine of Babylon

Satan has long been preparing for his final effort to deceive the world. The foundation of his work was laid by the assurance given to Eve in Eden: "Ye shall not surely die." "In the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil." Genesis 3:4, 5. Little by little he has prepared the way for his masterpiece of deception in the development of spiritualism. He has not yet reached the full accomplishment of his designs; but it will be reached in the last remnant of time. GC 561.

The Judgment of God is by the Withdrawal of Protection

Posted Feb 14, 2017 by Adrian Ebens in Character of God

God keeps a reckoning with the nations. Not a sparrow falls to the ground without His notice. Those who work evil toward their fellow men, saying, How doth God know? will one day be called upon to meet long-deferred vengeance. In this age a more than common contempt is shown to God. Men have reached a point in insolence and disobedience which shows that their cup of iniquity is almost full. Many have well-nigh passed the boundary of mercy. Soon God will show that He is indeed the living God. He will say to the angels, "No longer combat Satan in his efforts to destroy. Let him work out his malignity upon the children of disobedience; for the cup of their iniquity is full. They have advanced from one degree of wickedness to another, adding daily to their lawlessness. I will no longer interfere to prevent the destroyer from doing his work." RH Sept 17 1901

Thou Shalt Not Kill - Muting the Muth Argument

Posted Feb 12, 2017 by Adrian Ebens in Commandments of God

It is argued that judicial killing is not murder and that the Ten Commandments teach thou shalt not murder. Here is one explanation expressing this point:

There are two different Hebrew words (ratsakh, mut) and two Greek words (phoneuo, apokteino) for “murder” and “killing.” One means “to put to death,” and the other means “to murder.” The latter one is the one prohibited by the Ten Commandments, not the former. In fact, ratsakh has a broader definition than the English word “murder.” Ratsakh also covers deaths due to carelessness or neglect but is never used when describing killing during wartime. That is why most modern translations render the sixth commandment “You shall not murder” rather than “You shall not kill.” However, a very large issue can arise depending on which translation one studies. The ever-popular King James Version renders the verse as “Thou shalt not kill,” therefore opening the door to misinterpreting the verse altogether. If the intended meaning of “Thou shalt not kill” was just that—no killing—it would render all of the God-endorsed bloodletting done by the nation of Israel a violation of God’s own commandment (Deuteronomy 20). But God does not break His own commandments, so, clearly, the verse does not call for a complete moratorium on the taking of another human life.  https://www.gotquestions.org/you-shall-not-murder.html