Friday, May 24, 2013

The Original Lie

  Thank GOD it's Friday.  The weekend is finally here.  It may have been a short week, but it has been an extremely busy one.  I've been slammed at work.  It's raining.  And Cassidy has been needing to be entertained in the evenings.  Last night we played with stamps Nonna sent us.  At 2 years old, she's still learning how things work.  She kept trying to stamp without inking the stamps first.

   At any rate, she got her face, feet and hands covered with ink and needed a bath after stamping a roll of paper.  Crazy kid. 

We're No Smarter Than Adam

  When God created man, a long long time ago, this was how it was done.

Genesis 2:7
7 Yahweh Elohim formed the human out of soil from the ground and He blew into his nostrils the breath of life; and the human became a living soul.

  When he created animals this is what he did;

Genesis 1:24
24 And Elohim said: Let the earth bring forth the living soul, each according to it's kind: domestic beast, creeper and land animal, each according to it's kind. And it came to be so.

  So... What is the soul?  Simply put, it is what comes forth when life pervades a body.  God breathed into the soil that man was formed from and he became a soul.  So... Body + Spirit = Soul.

   So keep this in mind as I continue to make my point.

    God gives mankind the first commandment in 

Genesis 2:17
17 But from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you must not eat from it; for on the day you eat from it, to die you shall be dying.

  This is different from most other translations.  This is a literal concordant translation.  Most others reduce it to "you shall surely die" which is NOT what God said.  Pay close attention he said; "To die you shall be dying"

  It looks like he stated himself twice.  When actuality this is what he said "Once you eat of it, you are going to slowly die until you are dead."

  When I was little I was told "God was warning Adam not to eat of the tree because this would bring the second death."

  Uhm... No.  That's not what God said.  He said "To die you shall be dying." There was no mention of "spiritual death" or any other form of death.  He said - You're going to grow old and keel over if you eat this fruit.  In short he said "This fruit is going to poison you."

  So... What happens next?

  The serpent comes onto the scene and says;

Genesis 3:4
4 But the serpent said to the woman: Not to die shall you be dying...

  And as you continue on, they both eat of it and the curse of death enters the world.

  This may all sound very sunday school to you.  It isn't.  This is a very important concept to grasp.

  Most of the modern world today believe that the soul is eternal.  That's not what God said though.  Remember he said;

"To die you shall be dying."

  And yet, even from the pulpit we hear about our "immortal soul".  Poems like Invictus, slip in "Our Immortal soul".  And so on.  Nearly every culture today teaches on the immortality of the soul.

  Once again Satan is telling his oldest lie.

"NOT to die shall you be dying."

  Uh... sorry folks.  At the end of the line, we all die.

  That's all I have time for today, but next week we're going to dig a little more into this.  Where does the soul go?  What happens to the spirit?  We're going to find out what God says about all of this versus what culture and Church has taught you.

God bless you all and have a fantastic and relaxing weekend!

Travis Penner

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