Suicide

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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Why is There Always Evil? Why Doesn’t God Wipe out Evil?

While the Bible is a very important book for Christians and Catholics alike, there are many questions to which the Bible does not seem to have an answer. Here are two questions many people ask: Why is there always evil? Why doesn’t God wipe out evil?

The world belongs to Satan, as we read in Luke 4:5–6;:

And Satan took him up to a high mountain, and he showed him all the Kingdoms of the earth in a short time. And The Devil said to him, I shall give you all this dominion and its glory, for it is delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I want.

There is evil in the world because Satan owns the world. However, there is also good in the world because there is a divine spark, which we call a conscience, in us that urges us to do good. There will always be evil because evil serves a purpose. Evil is the opposite of good. Evil is here so that we can recognize and appreciate what is good. Evil is here so that we can have the opportunity to choose good. Evil is here so that we can develop spiritually, to become what we were meant to be.

Thus he also has to know of the power of evil; he has to get to know it so that he can despise it and choose between one and the other. For this reason evil cannot be expelled from the world or the human being could never make a free decision of will. And this is God’s influence on human beings, which is not denied to him because he can, at the same time, release the powers of good, that is, the human will is prompted to aspire for good or for bad. (The Word of God, Proclamation 3359)

You humans have to believe that you are the fallen original spirits, that the path across this Earth is transient and only requires a test of will in order to regain your true nature, to create and work in My kingdom as blessed spirits once again, providing you don’t fail and then have to repeat the development through all works of the Creation. (The Word of God, Proclamation 8944)

Some people may say, “If God is loving and omnipotent, why doesn’t He wipe out evil?”

Yes, God is loving and omnipotent, but it doesn’t mean that He will wipe out evil. God wants us to make a free decision of will. Man is the crowning glory of God’s creations. Man is the only creation given a free will. All other creations, living and non-living, are here to serve. They provide man with a means to live so that man can focus on the real purpose of his earthly life, that is, to return to God of his own volition. Just as the Tree of Knowledge existed to test the will of Adam and Eve, evil exists to test the will of their descendants.

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Going to Mass

To Catholics, there is no other religious service more important than Mass, which is a non-bloody re-enactment of Yeshua’s sacrifice. However, God is not satisfied with this external ritual.

And the same happens nowadays: a formal religious service giving due consideration to all rites and customs, demonstrating to the world the union with God whilst the heart of the individual is far removed from this close bond with Him. It is just pretence and deception; there is no longer any truthfulness in people’s way of life. (The Word of God, Proclamation 8686)

I Am not satisfied with the fact that you perform external rituals and acts in the belief that I Myself will then be in you, that you unite yourselves with Me when you take part in the ceremonies which you understand as the Lord’s Supper, as Holy Communion. (The Word of God, Proclamation 7909)

According to Paragraph 2181 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, not going to Mass is a grave sin.

The Sunday Eucharist is the foundation and confirmation of all Christian practice. For this reason the faithful are obliged to participate in the Eucharist on days of obligation, unless excused for a serious reason (for example, illness, the care of infants) or dispensed by their own pastor. Those who deliberately fail in this obligation commit a grave sin.

For this reason, some Catholics continue to go to Mass, even though their hearts are not in it. Catholics have been taught the wrong doctrines all their lives. They are afraid to question, not to mention part with, these wrong doctrines, in the fear that they may go to Hell if they dare to do so. And so they will remain in error until they are enlightened by grace.

Nowadays people will not want to part with the doctrines handed down to them by people either and will therefore always remain in error, because they refuse to accept the pure truth which can only be granted to them from above, from the Eternal Truth. Yet such a gift of grace requires free voluntary acceptance. The truth cannot be forcibly conveyed to people who are unwilling to accept it. And therefore it is difficult to root out misguided teachings even if these are substantiated and amended to them as being wrong. (The Word of God, Proclamation 8686)

As long as they remain in their wrong thinking they will not be able to partake in the bliss of the kingdom of the beyond, which can only ever guarantee enlightenment. (The Word of God, Proclamation 8686)

Yeshua never instituted Mass, a man-made religious service that is utterly worthless in the eyes of God.

And you, who receive the truth from God, shall challenge this pretence of worship and remember that even Yeshua during His life on Earth did not support those who upheld wrong doctrines and tried to justify their pretence of worship as the only one pleasing to God and who condemned everything that contradicted their teachings. (The Word of God, Proclamation 8686)

The importance of enlightening you regarding the contamination of the doctrine which is supposed to come from Me is shown by the fact that people who mainly observe human additions are ignoring My teaching. (The Word of God, Proclamation 8829)

As soon as you realise that the sole purpose of your earthly life is your transformation into love, you will understand the significance of My teaching of love and liberate yourselves from all ceremony which, in My eyes, is nothing but ceremony, worthless formality. (The Word of God, Proclamation 8829)

God wants us to transform ourselves into love, not attend worthless services.

What then is the use of such “divine service” where you fulfil duties which I cannot value? And you believe you can make up for all your heartless actions by more eager church going and fulfilment of performances invented by men. (The Word of God, Proclamation 8829)

Your thinking will be right, your spirit will teach you from within, and you will free yourselves from all wrong doctrines. You will seek solitude more often and receive a richer blessing than by the “divine service” in which you now participate. (The Word of God, Proclamation 8829)

You people only have one way to achieve maturity of soul on Earth: you have to live in love. Thus you can do what you like; you can zealously observe the laws decreed by people, you can comply with all regulations which are supposedly necessary, but your spiritual development will not progress one iota if you disregard love. (The Word of God, Proclamation 7690)

You live a wrong life if you feel committed to denominational customs and traditions, to ceremonies and implementations of duty; you are wasting the energy of life which is given to you by Me for gaining spiritual strength on Earth, and this can only be acquired by deeds of love. (The Word of God, Proclamation 7690)

How can you humans reconcile My wisdom with what you have built, with what you believe to be the “Church of Christ”? How could I find pleasure in traditions and customs, in activities which are presented to you as “My will”? I can and will only take pleasure in those carrying out works of love. (The Word of God, Proclamation 7690)

Going to Mass will not lead us to God; doing deeds of love will.

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