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Questions from Skeptics and Answers from the Bible

  1. When was heaven created?
  2. The two contradictory creation accounts. 1:1-2:32:4-25
  3. Who created heaven and earth? 1:1
  4. How long did creation take? 1:3-2:32:4
  5. When did God divide light from darkness? 1:4-51:16-19
  6. Were plants created before or after humans? 1:112:4-7
  7. When were the stars made? 1:16-19
  8. From what were the fowls created? 1:20-212:19
  9. From what were the animals? 1:202:19
  10. Were humans created before or after the other animals? 1:25-262:72:18-22

Answers

#1) The Bible answers this definitively, once and for all in Genesis 1:1. In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth. It is impossible for the human mind to fully fathom an infinite timespan or a time before our concept of time. God makes it simple for us. At the very start of His creative project, He made the heaven and the earth. That point begins our existential timeline. The skeptics allege that the creation of the heaven in the beginning contradicts scripture from the book of John. As I understand it, they use Matthew 25:34 to support Genesis, but then use the book of John to show a contradiction that does not exist. Matthew 25:34 reads as follows:

“Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”

This verse clearly agrees with Genesis. It says that the blessed ones will be called together to inherit the kingdom that was created from the beginning.

John 14:2, however, reads:

In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

The skeptics seem to think this indicates that Heaven is being prepared/created for us. Ladies and gentlemen, this is not a contradiction! Jesus has gone to prepare a space for us. He has not gone to create Heaven for us. The Heaven was already made in the beginning! What Jesus said can be analogize to the owner of several mansions who tells his family that he will get one of those mansions prepared for their habitation. It does not mean he’s building a new mansion for them. There is an obvious difference between God creating the Heavens and Jesus preparing a place for us.

#2) The two Creation accounts are part of the same consistent story. Chapter 1 of Genesis outlines the order in which God created everything. On day 1, He created the heaven and the earth. Days 2-6, He created everything that inhabits the two realms. On day 7, He rested. Genesis 2 is not another creation story, nor a contradictory reiteration of the account of creation. It is the same account. In Chapter 2 (of the book of Genesis), however, we focus on the sixth day of creation.

#3) The Bible makes it clear that God is the creator of the heaven and the earth in Genesis 1:1 and Isaiah 44:24. But the skeptics do speak well when they argue that the Bible also gives credit to Jesus; for He is (indeed) the Creator. The Bible contains mysteries and riddles whose answers will be revealed to those who truly seek them. The following passages will reveal our Creator to be none other than Jesus.

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. John 1:6-10

By him [Jesus] were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him.Colossians 1:16

Jesus indeed made the Heavens and the earth because…(wait for it)…He is God! John John Chapter 1 verses 1-3 and verse 14 all do a great job of revealing our Creator. They reads as follows:

1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

2The same was in the beginning with God.

3All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

14And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

The Bible also says that this very same “Word” that became Jesus would be called “Wonderful, Councellor, the Mighty God, Everlasting Father” (in Isaiah 9:6)…because He is God! The name Jesus translates to “God saves”. He was also given the name Immanuel meaning “God with us”. Additionally, the Bible refers to Him as the image of the invisible God in Colossians 1:15. So yes. Jesus made the world before He entered the fleshly body and became known by that name. But while He is God, He is also the mediator who reconciled humanity to fellowship with Him.

#4) Creation took six days. The phrase “in the day” is not the same as the phrase “on the day” for the same reasson “In those days” is not the same as “on those days”. The former connotes an era. The latter connotes specific days of the week.

Genesis 2:4 says “These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens,”. In other words, These are the originations of the Heavens and the earth when they were made. There is no contradiction here, there is simply misconnotation.

#5) Light was divided from darkness on the first day of creation.

God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. – Genesis 1:4-5

…BUT!! Genesis 1:16-19 tells us that on the fourth day,

…God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night … to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.

Teanslation: On day 1, God Himself called forth light. Think of it as a project lamp or a spot light to shine upon His work in progress, or think of it as the creation of the concept of light. On the fourth day, He created light bearers such as the sun and stars which would reproduce light. Those light sources would not have to be supervised or maintained. Instead, they would operate according to a fixed schedule.

#6) In the skeptics annotated bible, the following concern is presented:

“In the first creation account, plants were created on the third day and humans on the sixth day.”

And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so …. And the evening and the morning were the third day.

Genesis 1:11-13

God created plants on the third day, but the skeptics have argued that there is a contradiction between Genesis 1 (which they believe is one creation account) and Genesis 2 (which they believe is a different account). They claim that Genesis 2 suggests God formed humans before (rather than after) forming plant life. They have not read carefully. For reference, here’s the passage of Genesis 2 which they’ve misunderstood.

These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth … And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground. But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground. And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground. Genesis 2:4-7

And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. 

Genesis 2:8-9

God created plants life, which had not yet grown on earth. They were in the form of seeds, which were watered by the sprinkler system God set up before mankind was around to till the earth. There was only one place in which God planted vegetation after He made man…the Garden East of Eden. He did this specifically to bless humankind.

#7) When were the stars made?

On the fourth day of creation, after the earth was made.

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. Genesis 1:1

He made the stars also. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven…. And the evening and the morning were the fourth day. Genesis 1:16-19

…or was it before the earth was made. Here, skeptics attempt to use Job 38 to demonstrate a contradiction that doesn’t exist.

Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? … When the morning stars sang together.

Job 38:4-7

The scriptures must be read with absolute care and attention to detail. Genesis 1:1 says “In the Beginning, God (who existed before time) created the heaven and the earth”. The following verse says “And the earth was without form and void”. Imagine any process of creation whether it’s art or construction. They all begin as formless and void. Drawings start off as indistinguishable scratches made by writing instruments upon a surface. Construction projects begin with the laying of foundations. Now…when we hear “In the beginning” we should immediately think about the six day time frame. God made the stars towards the end of that six day span. He had already laid the foundations of the earth, made the stars also, and set them in the firmament. Mankind had not yet been created. So…when God asks Job “Where were you (Oh little human) when I laid the foundations of the earth?…when the morning stars sang together…” He is not suggesting that He made the stars on any other day than day four. In the beginning, He made the heaven and earth. There were no stars and no form in the earth on day 1 when He first began. However, His question relates to day four when He laid the foundations of the earth and set the stars that He made in the firmament of the heaven. With that said, where was Job when God laid the foundations and when the morning stars (which had been set in the firmament of heaven) sang together? The answer is he wasn’t around.

#8) I can see how the wording of this one might throw many readers off. I can also see how an all-knowing God would test our hearts by making scripture something one has to put some effort into understanding. Those who are not interested in something tend to give up on it quickly. Those who truly seek something continue to turn over stones and shells until their treasure is found.

It is written in Genesis 2:19, “19 And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air…”

That is our answer. He formed every beast and foul out of the ground! 🙂

Genesis 2:19 does not contradict Genesis 1: 20-21 which says, “20And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that has life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.

It doesn’t say “let the waters create these creatures”; God created everything. The phrase “bring forth abundantly” is translated from the Hebrew word (שָׁרַץ sharats) which means teem or swarm with. Essentially, God was saying “Let the waters swarm with marine life, and birds that may fly above the earth”. This language is specific but misleading if we aren’t careful. The oceans don’t swarm with every type of bird that exists, but there are birds that swarm near, in, and above the waters (bodies of water). Among such birds are sea gulls, ducks, geese, seabirds…etc.

21And God created great sea creatures, and every living thing that moves, which the waters brought forth abundantly (or swarmed with), after their kind, and every winged fowl after its kind: and God saw that it was good.

#9) The animals were also created from earth. Every animal body is biodegradable and upon death nourishes the soil from which it was originally made. There is not a single aspect of our biochemical composition that cannot be composed from elements found in earth or decomposed into elements that nourish the earth.

#10) Mankind was created after animals. Genesis does not contradict itself in ths either.

It is written in Genesis 1:25-26:

25And God made the beasts of the earth after their kinds, and cattle after their kinds, and every thing that creeps upon the earth after its kind: and God saw that it was good.

26And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness

Genesis 2:7 states that God formed man out of the dust of the earth, breathed the breath of life into him and man became a living soul. In my book, “The Serpent’s Lie”, I explain that God “breathed” into us by filling us with what we call our spirit. A human being (or human consciousness) is nothing more than a spirit dwelling in flesh. Our bodies are mechanical exteriors that help us interact with our physical world in specific ways. Genesis 2:7 does NOT contradict Genesis 1:25-26. I do not know why the skeptics included it with the 10th question.

Their inclusion of Genesis 2:18-20, however, provides a good challenge and opportunity to test our reading comprehension. The passage may in fact appear to contradict the animal first then human order of creation. Could they be on to something? Let’s see. Genesis 2:18-20 reads as follows:

18And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.

19And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was its name.

20And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found a helper suitable for him.

Here’s the explanation. God had created all animals, male and female to reproduce after their own kind. As for humankind, He created Adam first, and knew it was not good for Adam to be alone. Out of the ground, God (had) made the animals, just as he then made Adam and He brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. Adam did not call a single one his lifelong companion. Not one of them was a suitable mate despite the origin they all shared (having been made from the ground). When God made Eve, it was only then Adam that Adam called her his companion saying “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh” – Gen 2:23


Does the Bible Contradict Itself?

Any firm believer in the Bible should understand that NO contradictions exist in the perfect word of God. Below, I outlined several points that have helped me begin to understand the Bible as it was intended to be understood. Perhaps the list might help others as well.

Things to Understand Before You Will Ever Understand the Bible:

#1) God’s use of language is perfect.

#2) God does not lie

#3) The Bible is full of mysteries and riddles that are ours to solve.

#4) Our understanding is limited

#5) We can ask God for wisdom if we lack it.

#6) Though He wants us to have strong critical thinking skills, and be willing to study and discover on our own, we can always ask Him for hints if we need them.

#7) We must come to the LORD humbly and curious as children. Children don’t know everything, and they certainly don’t pretend to know all. Therefore, when we ask questions, we shouldn’t assume the answer is wrong just because it opposes some things we’ve learned. Haven’t we been lied to by other human beings? …Exactly…Therefore, we should approach God with an empty cup.

#8) We must read carefully; for if you blink or miss even a word, you can miss something big.

#9) Life was different in Biblical times. Often without realizing it, we tend to impose what we know today upon our Biblical ancestors. They had no cellphones, landlines, internet, supermarkets, factories, daycares, hospitals…etc. Please leave your modern thought process behind. It will not help.

Moving right along…

With that established, allow me to explain the reason for this blog. I recently stumbled upon a skeptics annotated Bible and it erked me. In a sense, I was glad to see many common misperceptions and concerns organized as well as they were. Hopefully those with better biblical comprehension might share their understanding following a similar structure. Even so, it erked me to know that such publications exist which can wittingly and unwittingly mislead others. Although the Bible may seem to contradict itself in a number of places, there really are NO contradictions.

Take it from someone who’s been there. I have questioned many things in the collection of books we call the Bible. It took quite some time for me to even begin to understand the depth of the Holy biblical scriptures, but one day, I discovered for myself that the puzzle wasn’t flawed. Instead, what was flawed had been my own perspective all along! So I did some soul searching and came to understand that my inability to see from the proper viewpoint was due to the following hindrances:

#1) An unwillingness to see the truth. Accepting truth often requires a willingness to release a lie or lies we’ve held on to. Sometimes we think we’re ready to learn the truth, but we’re unwilling to let go of a familiar lie.

#2) it takes time, effort, and critical thinking…and I was honestly too lazy to sift through haystacks of lies.

#3) ignorance was bliss. Knowing the truth meant that my life would have to change. It meant that I would have to admit many things I took pleasure in were wrong…and I was a horrible sinner.

#4) I could not humble myself enough to forsake my own “wisdom” at that time. But when I swallowed my pride and started asking, God began revealing…and my former “wisdom” became folly. Nowadays, among other things, I live to help others better understand the Bible.

Accolades don’t determine who communes with God. God is everyone’s Creator and Heavenly Father whether they know it or not and He does not call the qualified, but He qualifies the called. Those who are willing to lend themselves and their services for His glory and honor don’t need fancy titles, just the willingness to follow His lead.

There are a plethora of theologians who have earned the right to sign their names with the titles “Ph.D” or “Dr.”. Even so, there are many among those seemingly qualified people who do not believe the Bible is literal truth. What an absolute shame! I have read commentaries by accredited authories on the subject who suggest that the very first book of the Bible is allegorical. In other words, they believe it is false from the start! Yet there are many believers without fancy titles who have a fuller understanding of the Bible. Accolades mean nothing to God. Don’t get me wrong, to us, they are generally good indications that a person invested time and energy to acquire knowledge in a particular area. Nevertheless if the Holy Spirit of God does not reveal truth, we often will not see it.

At any rate, let’s start mounting a response to the skeptic(s) who put together that “annotated bible” I came across. The response is not to shame them, but to share with them. I’ve had my own phases of skepticism and being a Bible Skeptic at least suggests that one is exposing themselves to the light of truth even if they’re always wearing spiritual sunglasses, or even blindfolds, to behold it.

Unfortunately, it would take an entire book to answer even a tenth of the common questions skeptics might have. If the LORD gives me the wisdom to do this, it may become one of my next projects. For now, however, a blog will suffice. This one, however, will not be the one. It just so happens to be the introduction for my next blog which will be called “Answers for Skeptics”. In it, I endeavor to demonstrate the absence of contradictions by explaining twenty misconceptions following the order of their presention in the Skeptics Annotated Bible.

Taste and See the Lord’s Goodness

Almost everyone at some point or another tries to find their “religious flavor”. Many want a God other than the one in the Bible because He doesn’t seem as “laissez-faire” as other gods. They want this god, or that one because he, she, or it is okay with something that the LORD God of the Bible is not okay with. They want that religious flavor because they like its teachings, or because they perceive it to be more tolerant, inviting, uplifting, etcetera; and so they treat their spirituality like a candy shop where the objective becomes to taste as many flavors as they can.

The truth is our spirituality is not something to be taken lightly. There is no true “spirituality” without the recognition that we are spirits dwelling within a bio-machine—spirits that God “breathed” into the earthen vessels we call our bodies. There is no spirituality without the God who put our spirits in us.

Sometimes, we hold fast to certain religions because they are the ones we grew up with. Therefore, we see it as the “safe bet”. However, there is no safety in any religion.

I’m sure you might now expect me to try persuading you that Christianity is the way, but it is not! Christ, however, is (the way) and there’s a difference. Following Christianity like it’s a club or sect is not the way to salvation; for God will one day judge each person, not based on their church membership or attendance, but on whether or not they truly accepted and loved Him.

Those who love Him will not simply accept His free gift of salvation. They try to follow after Him in all their ways even though they (as human beings) are not perfect. Those who love Him know that living in His grace does not make it acceptable to sin knowingly.

We’re all flawed. Nothing changes that, but Jesus is more than just our mediator…He is our guide. When He walked on earth, He showed humanity what walking a straight and narrow path looks like. If we are seeking after Him, we ought to do our best to walk that straight and narrow. That means keeping our eyes set on Him and our minds on the things that please Him.

If we can not strive to subdue the lusts and desires of the flesh, we can not hope to draw any closer to God. It’s a daily challenge and it’s difficult, but the way of all flesh is destruction. After all, flesh eventually disintegrates into the dust from which it was originally formed, but the spirit was made to live forever.

Now it is surprising how many people try to avoid the very topic of God. They may act as though they have no aversion to Him, but their demeanor clearly reflects their discomfort. God wants mankind to thrive and grow, but somehow, we often paint Him as an enemy. God is not only our creator, deliverer, and mediator, He is also our perfectly Holy and righteous judge.

He does not deserve contempt for holding anyone accountable to a perfect standard. Consider even the best leaders. They hold people accountable when they fall short of standards and minimum expectations. Even so, sometimes they make exceptions as a result of halo effects and biases.

As a perfect judge, however, God will one day hold each and every one accountable to His standards without bias or favoritism. He will not enjoy the process, but He will execute His judgement to perfection because that is His nature. He’s a perfect leader whether we like it or not…and it is scary to consider. But if we taste and see that the LORD is good, we can take heart that He already saves the believer who lives by every word He has ever spoken.

There is no safety in the “Christian club”. There is, however, safety in God’s grace. Yhis grace manifested itself in the form of Jesus Christ. No other religion has a single savior even remotely close to Christ. Moreover, every other religion teaches us to aim for standards set by human beings. “All you have to do is be a good person.”

Being a “good person” overall can redeem one in the eyes of another. However, in the eyes of a perfect God, who wants us to be better, being good by itself means nothing if we have rejected the very one who created us. Your cellphone might be a good device compared to another cellphone, but if it treats you as an unauthorized user and does not work well for you, you’ll soon look for opportunities to dispose of it. The metric used by followers of the LORD God is simple, straight forward, unchanging and impossible to meet. In fact, it’s quite humbling that we cannot meet God’s perfect standards! Therefore, no one has a right to act “Holier than thou”, but those who are saved by His grace have every right to testify of it! Oh taste and see that the LORD is good!

Have you ever broken a commandment of the LORD? If so, you’re as much a sinner as Adam and Eve. For all have sinned and fallen short, but there is no mediator besides Jesus the Christ. Not one human or angelic being can intercede for a person.

In Ancient Egypt, many Egyptian Pharaohs, or “god-kings” accomplished great things, but they too died. There was no savior for them. They were believed to enter “Duat” the underworld. There, they were subject to the judgement of a god called Anubis who weighed their heart against a feather. They could not persuade Anubis to follow the results of any other scale. If their hearts were heavier than a feather, they were doomed to a miserable eternity. There was no savior to rescue them or anyone else…but their hope was that their deeds were good enough.

Buddha was a monk, philosopher, and religious leader among other things. Historically, he is said to have really existed. By no means was he a god, and by no means was he a savior. He died like everyone else. If the perfect God of the Bible does not exist, then hopefully Buddha was good enough to enjoy a great afterlife.

But a perfect omnipotent God has to exist. It makes every ounce of logical and scientific sense. By “scientific”, I literally mean based on what we know, not what we theorize. So if God is real (which He is) and the existence of Jesus, Emmanuel, “God with us”, is also verified by history, then He deserves our attention. His miracles were documented. He was crucified. He rose again according to several eye witnesses, almost all of whom died for their testimony. While they were being killed, not one of them changed their testimony! Jesus had risen. God had made His grace visible to mankind through Jesus

So through the Christ, mankind has a savior! Moreover, mankind has a God who out of His own love, came to give mankind hope. We could not meet God’s perfect standards, but the one who came did meet all of them and now mediates for us. Oh taste and see that the LORD is good!

Your Move

Has anyone noticed that God waits on us? Yes…almost like a waiter in a restaurant. He has an assortment of blessings in store for us, but we must place the order and even before that, we must be in the right spiritual state to place the order. David recognized this when he said in Psalns 23…”The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want…” and everything leading up to and including “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies”, “You annoint my head with oil”, and “My cup runs over”. God wants us to discover and experience Him. He will gladly show us favor with blessings even in the midst of our haters. However, it’s high time we discovered that the first move is ours to make.

You see, God has already made moves ahead of us, so we can never truly make the original first move. Even so, He has given us the ability to initiate our encounters with Him. The LORD is not insecure. He knows some people will love Him and others will despise Him. Those are two of many possibilities that free will allows. Therefore, God is not downcast by rejection because He knows that He is awesome!

Whenever He has revealed Himself in the past, knees have bowed; for it is difficult to refute that the LORD is God in His glorious presence. When He returns again, it will be like times before. Every…single…knee…will bow. Every individual will understand that whether or not they served Him, He was still their God, their maker, and their superior. Until then, alhough He is our God, He was the first example that leaders can also serve. When He came in the form of Christ, He washed feet. He made breakfast. He multiplied loaves of bread and fish to feed a multitude. That same God waits for us to pray so that He can say “Yes” and “Amen” when we are in covenant with Him.

That’s powerful! What other deity is mindful of human beings and ever ready to say “So shall it be because I love you and you have kept covenant with me”? None. Still, we must remember the first move is ours to make. It’s up to us to believe, ask, seek, and knock. He knows that if He appears to the world every knee will indeed bow. One does not have to like Him to know that He is God.

Still, the LORD will not appear to us simply because we want Him to especially if it is outside of His perfect plan. He is an observer in that sense; the greatest scientist, having been fully aware of the Hawthorne effect (whereby individuals modify aspects of their behavior when they know they are being observed) even before we knew what to call it. He can not and will not be baited into revealing the fullness of His glory until the appointed time…because while He’s “away” or so it seems, we will be our truest selves.

Would we really choose God whole heartedly if He appeared majestically to us? Do all the young women who fawn over famous rock stars really love them? God wants us to seek Him in spirit and truth…not based on externally visible qualities but based on the qualities that make us better even if we don’t always agree with them. For instance, when God holds us accountable, He wants to bring us to a higher standard. It’s our move to get there. Will we commit and seek His strength to get there or will we be complacent with thoughts like “I’m good enough” or even “I’m not good enough and never will be so I’ll just stay where I am”.

When we draw nearer to God (the first move), He draws nearer to us (the second move). He wants us to take initiative. Therefore, it’s up to us.

Seventy Times Seven

How many times should we forgive? Does our forgiveness benefit those who have done us wrong? Can we ever truly forgive and forget? These are questions one might ask when they are learning how to practice forgiveness.

To forgive another is to show them both grace and mercy. None of those are earned after a trespass. If someone steals something only to return it later, or tells a lie only to confess later, it does not undo the wrong. Unlike math, a positive of the same magnitude as a negative does not cancel out the negative.

Forgiveness does not undo a wrong, neither does it undo the hurt. It merely covers like a bandaid or an ointment. This does not mean a wound heals or disappears competely when it is covered with forgiveness. However, forgiveness can heal a victim, a trespasser, or both. It is a gift first given by God which can be regifted to one flawed human being from another.

Many of us have learned that to hurt (and hold a grudge) is human and to forgive is divine. As a result, we tend to embrace our human side and use it as our crutch to not forgive others. When we do this, however, we hurt ourselves by choosing to cling on to a spiritual porcupine that our transgressor gave us. Obviously we will keep getting pricked by the same event which we continuously replay in our minds.

Forgiving heals the victim. Often, letting go may feel like letting a perpetrator walk free without penalty. This is not the case. For every misdeed, there is judgement. This is part of God’s law. The first judge is the conscience which God created in order to hold us accountable to ourselves. Anyone who sins against another deals with the voice of righteousness inside them that reminds them of how wrong they were. They’ll have nightmares, they’ll be reminded, they’ll want to hide or run from their skeletons. Their trespasses will someday be discovered whether by a person or two, a small group, or the world. Then they will be judged by others and have to deal with how others perceive them. Ultimately, they will be judged by the chief arbiter, El Elyon, God Most High. So rest assured, forgiving them is always better for you…not them.

Forgiveness can heal the transgressor. When some realize the magnitude of their transgression, they may feel like scum, worse than refuse, and legitimately remorseful of their misdeed. But when they experience the mercy of being permitted to move on knowing the party they’ve wronged harbors no resentment toward them; and when they experience grace to have even obtained forgiveness, they find the healing they needed. Their sin may have been the result of a lack of love growing up, abuse, neglect…etc. Finding forgiveness may give them hope they never had.

Forgiveness can heal both. Resentment causes rifts. On an individual level, unforgiveness can end friendships, breed fear, hate, and tension among strangers. On a group or even societal level, the issue is magnified and the fear, hate, and tension can result in war and bloodshed.

So when you have held a grudge for too long, remember that forgiveness frees you from your misery. God knows that from time to time we will hurt and be hurt by others. Forgiveness is the grace that allows us to be more like Him and experience the ups and downs of life in the fullest way possible.

The Immortal Cell Conjecture

What if we had only one mortal cell in our bodies and 99.9% of our cells were immortal? Would we die? Not a chance! We would only have to wait for that one cell and all its descendants to die and the immortal cells would take over and sustain our existence forever.

Now let’s suppose that only 50% of our cells were immortal, would we die? Not likely. After all, our mortal cells can only self divide a certain number of times with little to no defects or copy errors before they eventually die. After dying, the mortal cells would leave the sustenance of our existence to our immortal cells.

At this time, let’s introduce a more extreme scenario. What if only one of our cells was immortal and the rest were mortal. Would we die? Perhaps…or maybe not. This is the mystery which we can call the Immortal Cell Conjecture because the conclusions are based off of incomplete information. Unfirtunately, an actual experiment is currently impossible. We do not have access to immortal cells, but we do have access to the power of critical thinking.

One immortal cell could theoretically make us immortal if it were given enough time to reproduce and replace dying and defective cells before the body died. So why does this matter?

Once we better understand the possible implications of one immortal cell inhabiting the body of a human being, we can also better understand what happened to Adam in the garden of Eden. By Adam, I do mean the earth, Adam (the man), Adam and Eve (the romantic couple), and mankind; for the name Adam means all of those. Furthermore, the earth, the man, the couple, and the entirety of mankind is affected by mortality.

After God created Adam, He placed him in the only garden which existed at the time. There were no other places like Eden in which fully grown trees and flowers existed. For God had only planted seeds and caused a mist to water the ground until man was available to till the soil. God gave Adam freedom to eat from any tree in the garden; any tree of his choosing, as often as he wanted. Only one tree was off limits; the Tree of The Knowledge of Good and Evil.

God created Adam (which first meant earth) and extracted Eve from him. Thus “Male and female created He them, and blessed them, and called their name Adam in the day they were created.” (Genesis 5:2). Adam, however, was the one who named his wife’s Eve (which would mean “Mother of all living humans”). From there, they multiplied and Adam’s name also came to mean man and mankind.

When death entered the world, it had to affect every single cell in Adam. If one cell remained immortal, Adam may have remained immortal or even had an immortal child (if his spermatozoa for instance, had remained immortal). God could not allow that to happen especially after He forewarned Adam of the consequences for disobedience. The LORD was thorough in His punishment. Therefore, mortality was introduced to this world on a cellular level and this is why not one living thing is immortal.

Faltering Between Opinions


God is a God of order. In the first book of Corinthians, the 14th chapter, and 33rd verse, we see that “God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.” In other words, God does not create chaos. This is not to say that He is incapable of creating chaos or causing confusion. He has done it in the past like when He confused the builders of the Tower of Babel, but even then, order still came out of the temporary confusion. Today, we have more than 6000 beautiful spoken languages—languages that are structured. Languages are certainly not chaotic. In fact, they enable people (and even animals to exchange organized ideas and thoughts).

God creates order, but chaos inevitably forms in His absence. If we consider the fact that nothing existed before God and everything else in existence today was ultimately created by Him, then we should know that apart from Him, nothing can exist. David spoke well in Psalms 54:4 when he said “the LORD is the sustainer of my soul”. David understood that God sustains our being.

So why do we falter between opinions? Either God is or isn’t! If we believe He is real, then we need to pursue Him. Psalms 78:23 says “The nearness of God is my good”. To be in Him is to have life and hope. Separating ourselves from Him leads to despair, self destruction, and doom.

Psalms 1 gives us an insight into two possible ways of living. One way is godly, and the other, ungodly. In verses 3 through 6, we learn that a godly person is as a fruitful tree planted by rivers of living water while the ungodly is like a chaff blown by wind. One is rooted and planted in the truth of God, and the identity He has given them; the other is not and does not submit to His law, meditate upon Him, and commit to obeying Him. Rather, the ungodly person listens to the world, (what others are doing, what others say is right, natural, healthy, morally correct, acceptable, and true).

Let’s stop faltering. Let’s stop wavering. If we are with God, then we are pro righteousness, pro peace, pro love, pro order. If we are with the world, we are pro sin. Let’s always remember that we are in the world but not of it which means we are supposed to enjoy it and experience God’s grace, mercies, and love everyday. Even so, we are not supposed to get lost in sin. In fact, we should stand solidly upon our faith in Him.

In 1 Kings 18:21, Elijah came unto all the people of Israel who were living their carefree sinful lives and said, “How long do you halt between two opinions? if the LORD is God, follow him…”