What the World Needs

It is a sad fact that some people can be so careless about the safety of their passengers. According to http://www.theguardian.com, seventeen passengers were killed when the duck boat they were on capsized and sank in a Missouri lake. The captain had told the passengers not to bother putting on life jackets. It was reported that the risk of severe weather was apparent hours before the duck boat left shore.

It is an extremely sad fact that some people today are so heartless that they deliberately harmed a child and disfigured him for life for reasons that had nothing to do with the child. According to http://www.theguardian.com, “ Police have arrested a man and are appealing for information from the public after a three-year-old boy was seriously injured in a suspected acid attack.”

In another incident, when a black man tried to cash his pay cheque of over $1,000 at a Huntington Bank branch in Brooklyn, Ohio, the bank staff not only refused to cash his cheque but also called the police. The man was handcuffed and put in a squad car. The man was released only after the police called his employer, who confirmed that the man did work for him and that he did pay the man that much,

Elsewhere in the world, there has been a public outpouring of donations for a young Taiwanese man who drifted off at the wheel and ploughed into three Ferraris. The young man was tired after working a night shift but had to help his mother deliver an order to a nearby temple. The repair bill is estimated to be $398,000, which would take the young man twenty-eight years to repay.

What the world needs is love, not hate, definitely not indifference.

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The Bible, Church Teachings, Salvation

Christian Churches base their teachings on the Bible. However, the Bible was written by man, and man chose what books to be included in it. In addition, there are many different translations and interpretations of the Bible. Moreover, many human additions have been made in the course of time. Now that the Mandela Effect is in full swing, we should read the Bible with a grain of salt and ask Yeshua to guide us into the truth.

You humans have no guarantee that the Book of Books [the Bible] is protected from change because I do not interfere with people’s free will and can only ever safeguard a presenter of My Word if he commends himself to Me and asks Me to protect him from error. However, you humans are not at risk from misguided thoughts if you spiritually and in truth ask Me to enlighten your spirit, then you will also know where error has crept in. (The Word of God, Proclamation 8872)

But the claim that I Myself protect My pure Word from becoming spoilt is incorrect because this would question the free will of human beings, who can do whatever they want with My spiritual information. And thus you also need to consider, with regards to the Book of Books, that changes have been made in the course of time which I could not prevent, precisely because of human free will. (The Word of God, Proclamation 8872)

But I will always make sure that the light of truth will nevertheless shine for those who desire it. (The Word of God, Proclamation 8872)

The Catholic Church does not base everything she teaches on the Bible. In fact she uses her own doctrines, which may or may not be based on the Bible, and incorporates external ceremonies that are intended to dazzle the eye rather than to affect the heart. In time the Catholic Church has become a powerful religious institution with a following of over a billion people. Not only does the Catholic Church claim to be the only Holy Apostolic Church, but in addition she declares that there is no salvation outside the Catholic Church. It is most unfortunate that Catholics and would-be believers have no idea how the teachings of the Catholic Church came to be.

The people, however, to whom the Gospel was preached were denied the right to form their own opinion and to voice doubts about the absolute truth of what they were taught. Those who deemed themselves spiritual leaders were convinced of their mission and authority and allowed no contradiction whatsoever. And those who were being taught were obliged to accept without scrutiny that everything they were offered was true. It was only possible for the truth to remain pure as long as its guardians were spiritually enlightened. Yet the number of those who were placed into positions of authority without being enlightened by My Spirit soon predominated and all objections by a spiritually awakened person were dismissed. The former grew more powerful and the pure truth became interspersed with error, with ideas which had originated in people’s intellect and were endorsed by them as divine truth. (The Word of God, Proclamation 8375)

You are learning to recognise that My Word has been changed to the extent that it is interpreted and consequently observed differently, that far too little attention is given to what is essential whilst the unessential is emphasised, and thus little spiritual progress will be achieved. (The Word of God, Proclamation 5982)

It is of no use to you humans when you castigate yourselves, when you perform duty bound actions or confess Me with your mouth if you do not recognise the commandment of love first and foremost and act accordingly. You believe that you worship Me with your countless ceremonies, and yet you can only worship Me by doing what I ask of you. (The Word of God, Proclamation 5982)

Yeshua has paid the price of our salvation, regardless of whether we believe He is our Saviour or not. One does not need to go to a particular church to find salvation. Proclaiming Yeshua is our Saviour and observing His commandments of love will lead us to eternal life.

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Money, power and fame do not make a person happy. Even if one is materially rich, one is often not emotionally happy. There have been a few suicides reported in the news recently.

  • Fashion icon Kate Spade took her own life. She was 55.
  • Inés Zorreguieta, the younger sister of Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, took her own life. She was 33.
  • US celebrity chef and television personality Anthony Bourdain was found dead in his hotel room, of an apparent suicide. He was 61.
  • Swedish musician Avicii took his own life. He was 28.

It is clear that none of the celebrities mentioned above believe in God. If they had, they would not have killed themselves.

And now you will understand that your own ending of the body’s life is a serious offence, that you commit a sin, that you act in advance of My love and mercy and don’t utilise the opportunities which were offered to your soul to reach perfection. (The Word of God, Proclamation 6005)

According to a statement released by Avicii’s family, “He really struggled with thoughts about Meaning, Life, Happiness. He could not go on any longer. He wanted to find peace.” Sadly, Avicii will not find peace in the afterlife.

The human being is unable to end his adversity by his intervention, he will have to continue suffering because of it, he will not be able to escape his distress, and that is why the soul will suffer inexpressibly in the kingdom of the beyond, until it can master it in the same way as it should have done on earth, until it takes refuge in the One Who is Lord over suffering and adversity, because He is the victor over sin and death. (The Word of God, Proclamation 6005)

In June 2013, John Littig, 47, and Lynne Rosen, 45, committed double suicide in their New York home. The couple had co-hosted a self-help radio show called “The Pursuit of Happiness”. Apparently, they could not find happiness on their own.

There is a meaning to this life. There is a reason why we are put on this earth. We are here to pass the final test and to return to the Father. Whenever we are in distress and need help, we should call upon Yeshua.

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)

I will truly help everyone, even in utmost adversity, which is instantly lessened when the person just thinks of Me, when he just calls upon Me for help. And adversity is, after all, only a means of directing your thoughts towards Me, so that you then will also be able to gain success from your earthly life. (The Word of God, Proclamation 6005)

This life is not the be-all and end-all. Our words and deeds on earth will determine where we will be in the afterlife.

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Some Questions Ex-Christians and Non-Christians Ask

There are many questions that ex-Christians and non-Christians ask. I shall attempt to answer some.

  • What happened to the people who died before Yeshua died on the cross? Did they go to Hell?

    I do not believe those people went to Hell. I believe they entered the Kingdom of the Beyond, where they were given the opportunity to accept Yeshua. Their deeds on earth determined their status in the Kingdom of the Beyond.

    Anyone who has not gathered spiritual treasures for himself on earth and thus enters the gates of the beyond empty-handed is one of the poorest in the spiritual kingdom … To enter the kingdom on the other side blessed with such possessions is truly most desirable as it assures your eternal life in the spiritual kingdom, a life of activity which can only be called enjoyable and will be felt by you as a great blessing. But those who enter completely empty-handed will find it very difficult to acquire spiritual wealth even though it is not entirely hopeless. Even there the gospel will be taught to the soul but, as it is on earth, the soul is not forced to accept it; as it is on earth, acceptance depends on the will of the soul which, however, is extraordinarily weakened and cannot make the right decision without the help of additional strength …. (The Word of God, Proclamation 4455)

  • What happens to people now who don’t know about God? Will they be judged even though they never had the chance to accept Yeshua?

    I believe these people too will be judged in accordance to their deeds on earth. In the Kingdom of the Beyond, they too will be given the opportunity to accept Yeshua. Here on earth, accepting Yeshua does not mean going to church and observing external rites and customs. Accepting Yeshua means living a life of love.

    … Yet you are still far removed from true piety as long as you do not accept your fellow human beings with love, which also demonstrates your love for Me, as long as you let your fellow human beings next to you live in utmost hardship and distress, as long as you do not attempt to help them first before you flatter yourselves with outward gestures, before you pay homage to the world through mundane pomp, through everything that you call “in honour of Me”. (The Word of God, Proclamation 5982)

  • If God loves everyone and is good, why does He let nice people suffer and die?

    Yes, it does seem unloving of God to let unfortunate events happen to good people. However, I believe suffering and death are meant not only to remind everyone of the transience of earthly life but also to reflect on the purpose of earthly life. The death of earthly life is not the end of the immortal soul.

    … And because your earthly life lasts only a short time, it is necessary that such painful and depressing occurrences must take place frequently, often one after another, so that you may obtain blessings from them and that you look upon your life carefully and earnestly, and that you turn more and more away from the world and its attractions, which are a danger to you …. (The Word of God, Proclamation 0373)

    … And so your earthly existence cannot always be led through peaceful paths, storms may roar over you and often you will be discouraged by such events that come upon you. This purification, however, will not take place if a man’s earthly existence is lived without any struggles …. (The Word of God, Proclamation 6987)

    … Consequently, if you humans experience heavy strokes of fate they are only intended to make you come alive; forego mere formality and start thinking more about God, Who created you; start pondering why you are living on earth, and then voluntarily surrender yourselves to the power to Which you owe your life; because your indifferent attitude to Me will not result in your spiritual advancement …. (The Word of God, Proclamation 8673)

    The death of the body is not the end of the soul. People fail to realise and believe this and therefore do not evaluate earthly life in accordance with My Will. … The immortality of soul makes the meaning and purpose of earthly life understandable, and only then is it possible for the human being to change himself, to regard the life of the soul as more important than the life of the body. (The Word of God, Proclamation 3699)

There are many questions to which the Bible has no answer. I wish someone had asked Yeshua those questions.

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Are Prayers Effective?

There have been several scientific studies on the efficacy of prayer. The Study of the Therapeutic Effects of Intercessory Prayer (STEP), financed by the John Templeton Foundation, found that prayers had no effect on the recovery of 1,802 patients undergoing coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery.

Patients at six US hospitals were randomly assigned to one of three groups. Group 1 patients received intercessory prayers but were told that they might or might not receive prayers. Group 2 patients did not receive prayers but were told that they might or might not receive prayers. Group 3 patients received prayers and were told that they would receive prayers.

Three different Christian groups were asked to pray for the patients, using only the patients’ first names and the initials of their last names. The Christian participants could pray in whatever way they like; however, they must include the phrase “for a successful surgery with a quick, healthy recovery and no complications” in their prayers.

The authors of the study found that “[i]ntercessory prayer itself had no effect on complication-free recovery from CABG, but certainty of receiving intercessory prayer was associated with a higher incidence of complications”.

Does this mean that prayers are not effective?

In my opinion, all scientific studies on the efficacy of prayers are doomed to failure and there are three reasons for it:

First of all, God should never be put to the test.

Ye shall not tempt the Lord your God. (Deuteronomy 6:16)

Secondly, God is not a vending machine that dispenses things on request.

Thirdly, God is not obligated to answer every prayer made to Him.

While it is true that Yeshua told us in John 14:13, “And anything that you will ask in my name I shall do for you, that The Father may be glorified in his Son”, God knows what is best for us. God does not always answer our prayers the way we want.

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? (Matthew 7:7–11)

Not all prayers are answered the way we want. In Luke 22 31–32, we read that Yeshua prayed for Simon Peter to stand firm in his faith: “And I have prayed for you that your faith will not fail, and when you are restored, confirm your brothers.”
Yeshua’s prayer was not answered the way He wanted; Simon Peter did disown Yeshua three times as Yeshua predicted: “Before a rooster shall crow, you shall deny me three times.” (Luke 22:61)

I believe in the power of prayer. Praying for others is the easiest way to help others. Nevertheless, it is always up to God whether or not our prayers will be answered and how they will be answered.

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Veneration of Relics

It was reported on bbc.com that “[t]housands of Canadians across Canada have attended public veneration for the right forearm of St Francis Xavier”. Veneration of relics has been a practice of the Catholic Church for centuries. The relics venerated include heads, hair, fingers, fingernails, arms, tongue, dried blood, skin.

Catholics are told that it is proper to venerate the relics of martyrs and saints. In his letter to Riparius, a presbyter of Aquitaine who preached against the worship of relics, St. Jerome wrote, “We do not worship relics, we do not adore them, for fear that we should bow down to the creature rather than to the Creator. But we venerate the relics of the martyrs in order the better to adore Him whose martyrs they are.” (Letter 109)

The Catholic Church and St. Jerome are both wrong.

First of all, we should worship only God. Veneration of relics is actually a violation of God’s First Commandment, which states:

I am the Lord thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt not have strange gods before me.

Secondly, relics are body parts of the dead, and dead bodies remain dead.

They are dead, they shall not live; they are deceased; they shall not rise …. (Isaiah 26:14)

There is a story in the Old Testament about a miracle being performed when a dead body touched the bones of a holy person:

Elisha died and was buried. Now Moabite raiders used to enter the country every spring. Once while some Israelites were burying a man, suddenly they saw a band of raiders; so they threw the man’s body into Elisha’s tomb. When the body touched Elisha’s bones, the man came to life and stood up on his feet. (2 Kings 13 20–22)

However, there is much about the story that we do not know. Who was the man? How did he die? Is it possible that he wasn’t really dead when he was being buried?

Catholics have been given many reasons for venerating relics. What they do not know is that the tradition of venerating relics leads them away from God, Whom alone they should adore and worship.

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Mother of God

Just as the Trinity doctrine is a man-made doctrine, “Mother of God” is also a man-made title conferred on Mary by the Council of Ephesus in 431. In my opinion, it is not proper to call Mary “Mother of God”.

God created the heavens and the earth. It boggles the mind that people could even have suggested that God have a mother. It boggles the mind further that Catholics still believe so.

If you ever attended a Catholic Mass, you would hear the priest say during the Eucharistic Prayer to God:

… Have mercy on us all, we pray, that with the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, with the blessed Apostles, and all the Saints who have pleased You throughout the ages, we may merit to be coheirs to eternal life, and may praise and glorify You through Your Son, Jesus Christ.

Catholics have been brainwashed through the centuries. They meekly and passively accept what the Catholic Church teaches, without ever using their God-given intellect to think things through. No wonder they don’t find it nonsensical to hear the title “Mother of God” in the Eucharistic Prayer.

Mary is Jesus’ mother, she has a special place in Heaven, but she is not the Mother of God. Mary set us a shining example: she showed us what it means to do the will of God. Mary deserves our reverence, but she should never be called “Mother of God”.

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