May 16, 2015
For a few days now i have been thinking about how there really are no degrees of sin. Concerning man, and our requirement to follow the Law, we cannot think of degrees of sin, such as one sin is worse than another. We already learned that lying will be cause for condemnation, just the same as murder. So lying or murder is neither one worse, because there are no degrees of sin. If we are guilty of breaking the Law, we are guilty. The same as if we exceed the posted speed limit by one mile per hour, we broke the law.
In this same sense, what difference is there when a person kicks their cat, or kicks another person? None, because the action of kicking another is not dependent on the intended target. The act of violence is the same, kicking another, whether it is aimed at an animal or a human. We can see there really is no difference between the two. If a person hates their cat, or if a person hates another person, it is still the same hatred. And we also know that a good tree cannot put forth bad fruit. All bad trees will be chopped down and thrown into the fire. What if the person was angry and kicked the wall instead? Would that be better or worse than kicking a person? The action is the same, irregardless. This would seem to indicate a need for more training in discipline and self control.
And James told us, if we break even one point of the Law, we are guilty of breaking the entire Law. Now i begin to understand Jesus’ teachings about loving our neighbors as ourselves, and forgiving everyone, even our enemies.
Matthew Chapter 5
43 ¶ Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy
neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you,
do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully
use you, and persecute you;
45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for
he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth
rain on the just and on the unjust.
46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not
even the publicans the same?
47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than
others? do not even the publicans so?
48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is
Matthew Chapter 6
14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will
also forgive you:
15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father
forgive your trespasses.
Now i see that if we hate even one person, we are breaking the commandment to love our neighbors as ourselves. A good tree cannot put forth bad fruit. So we want to be like Jesus, in the example He came and set for us. Jesus was innocent, and they crucified Him. When they did, Jesus prayed to God and asked God to forgive those folks who killed Him. I want to follow Jesus example, so i prayed to God and said if anyone kills me, that i already pray beforehand that God will forgive them. It is our Daily Prayer, the Lord’s Prayer.
So the idea is, the understanding is, not to think about how any sin is worse than or less than any other sin, is to understand that we are not to break ANY Laws, by any degree. God said “Keep My Commandments”. In other words, Don’t go around breaking My Laws. Why? Because breaking the Law is sin and all sinners will be destroyed in the lake of fire. But for Christians, we keep the Law because we Love and REspect God, above all else.
I thought about Revelation where it says that all liars are going to be in the lake of fire. This is bad news for people who have sworn to lie. But they took an oath and condemned themselves. No one else can condemn them. They can only let their ownselves down. I hope they pray to God for forgiveness. Now some people don’t know whether to believe Jesus is God, or not. But if you believe in God, pray to God. And when you get hold of God, God will teach you about Jesus. The same as my Heavenly Mother taught me.
I thought about the questions people have about Jesus. Some people question whether Jesus was really God. Was Jesus Divine? Well, Jesus raised the dead, healed every sort of sickness, with a Word, read people’s minds, and did many, many miracles in the presence of thousands of witnesses. Many people saw what Jesus did and testified in writings that we still have today that “what Jesus did could only have been from Heaven”. The things that Jesus did are not humanly possible. No one has ever done them before, or since. No one can, because Jesus is God. And His Works are evidence enough. If it were humanly possible for anyone to do these things, then other people would have done them as well. But no one can. The Bible tells us so. Jesus is the only begotten Son of God.
Now we Christians keep God’s commandments. In the beginning, the fear of God strikes us, but then we learn not to be afraid. No one should ever be afraid of God. He is our Heavenly Father. He loves us all the same. I thought about how humble God made Himself. Jesus washed the other disciples feet. That was very humble. But what is even more greater humbling than that to me, is the fact that God made Himself just like us, and came to Earth to save us. That is the most humbling thing i can think of the God of the Universe, making Himself just like us. Why did God do this? Because sometimes when you want something done, you have to do it yourself.
I thought about some other Scriptures i have learned. Such as when Jesus tells us to “rejoice” when we are persecuted, and the time when the seventy and two came back from their teachings, and they told Jesus how amazed they were at the powers Jesus had given them.
Luke Chapter 6
22 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall
separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast
out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.
23 Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward
is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the
Luke Chapter 10
17 ¶ And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the
devils are subject unto us through thy name.
18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from
19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions,
and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means
20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject
unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in
Now i understand what our reward is in Heaven. It is our Name, written in the Book of LIfe. That is our Reward, Everlasting Life.
This is what everything we do comes down to in our life. When we stand in Judgment, will our name be in the Book of Life, or will it be blotted out?
Revelation Chapter 3
AND unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith
he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy
works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.
2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready
to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.
3 Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold
fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee
as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.
4 Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their
garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.
5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment;
and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will
confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.
Now i have learned the Truth about the Scriptures that tell us to Seek the Truth, and we shall find. I have been searching for the Truth and i have to do a lot of reading, because i find a little of it here, and a little of it there. Some of the writings are more confusing to me, and some are outright misleading. So in order to keep from getting led astray, i always use my Holy Bible as my reference and my guide, Jesus’ teachings and doctrine in the New Testament, and prayer that God will teach me the Truth.
So i will post a few more links for reading material. As i said, i don’t endorse everything i read, because not all books are good books.
Early Christian Writings
The whole Bible
Hebrew roots movement
Wesley Center Nazarene University
Scriptural Truth page