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Streim’s Saturday Sharing (repost with edits) Wake Up and Realize “there is no afterlife”

Wake Up and Realize “there is no afterlife”

OK… I know before you read any further that you may be thinking, has Streim lost her faith?  Or maybe that I’m a tad off my “spiritual” balance.  Well, neither is true.  I will tell you why I make the statement ” There is no afterlife” and the purpose for writing this post.

First, here are a few verses that describe how God Almighty views our life here on earth:

1 Peter 1:24 “… because “All flesh is as grass, And all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, And its flower falls away”

Psalm 103:14-16 ”  For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust. As for man, his days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he flourishes. For the wind passes over it, and it is gone, And its place remembers it no more” 

Isaiah 40:6-8 ”  The voice said, “Cry out!” And he  said, “What shall I cry?” “All flesh is grass, And all its loveliness is like the flower of the field.  The grass withers, the flower fades, Because the breath of the Lord blows upon it; Surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades, But the Word of our God stands forever.”

According to the United Nations data for 2010, the average life expectancy is 67.2 years.  This is an average based on all nations of the world.  I am fully aware here in the US some folks live well into their 90’s;  I have a dear friend who just celebrated her 92nd birthday.  However in third world countries, for example Zimbabwe the average is 31.8.

definition of eternity according to onlinefreedictionary.com  :

1. Time without beginning or end; infinite time… (time lasting forever)
2. The state or quality of being eternal.
3. a. The timeless state following death.

     b. The afterlife; immortality.

What does Almighty God say about eternity?

John 6:40 ” And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”

John 6:27 “Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.”

Romans 6:22 ” But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.”

 We all know that at some time in our life here in earth we will die.  Old age, accidents, disease… whatever, for the most  part (*)    everyone; man, woman or child will die.  Whether we live to be 30 years or 100 years… it’s a mere “blip” in time compared to eternity.  So, technically the years we spend here on earth is “PRE-LIFE”  and when this body dies… there’s eternity.  Eternity is “LIFE”.  The real deal.  And… what we do in this pre-life determines where we spend LIFE!!!   There’s only two places, according to the Word of God, where we will spend LIFE eternal.  1)  WITH ALMIGHTY GOD AND THE LORD JESUS CHRIST  or 2)  WITHOUT GOD— in a place of outer darkness filled with pain, suffering, sadness, being alone. (2 Thessalonians 1:5-9 NASB)  Forever and ever and ever and ever…..

  “…where will you spend eternity ?”

Romans 3:18-28 “THERE IS NO FEAR OF GOD BEFORE THEIR EYES.” Now we know that whatever the Law says, it speaks to those who are under the Law, so that every mouth may be closed and all the world may become accountable to Godbecause by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin. But now apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophetseven the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesuswhom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed; for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in JesusWhere then is boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? Of works? No, but by a law of faithFor we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law. ” NASB

The Almighty LORD God created mankind out of love; wanting a personal relationship with him.  Adam (the first man) and Eve chose to disobey a simple command by the LORD. (Genesis 2-3).  Their disobedience was passed on to all, part of our DNA.  But, the LORD God provided a way to restore that loving, personal relationship through the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ; the only begotten of the Father.  Jesus death paid the required price for our sin-filled heart/life to be cleansed. With that cleansing, the Heavenly Father erases our sin.  Now, one thing to note:  This atoning and cleansing IS available for “…WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.”  Romans 10:13   ♥  Streim

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Selfishly Indulgent Naturally

S–I–N

Selfishly Indulgent Naturally

I thought if I could contrive an anagram for the simple word “SIN”…folks may be more apt to read this.  I find it very sad that so many ministers of the Word, teachers, authors, missionaries and everyday Christian folk don’t like the sound of this word.  They would rather use the term mistake.  “We all make mistakes, of course we do”  sounds nicer than “We all sin, of course we do”.  Using the word sin must “sting the ears”!  Sin is one of those words we hear very, very little of anymore in the churches and ministries across this country regardless of the denomination.

Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 3-4 “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” (KJV) 

The English Standard Version’s says “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.”

I believe that time is NOW!  We hear much about God’s love, and rightfully we should.  We know that God Himself is love! However, the emphasis on God’s love without teaching the truth of His holiness is error.  God the Father is also righteous judge.  We are told repeatedly in Scripture He will one day pass judgement on all mankind.  Each person! (Psalms 76)  Those calling themselves Christians (those who KNOW the love of God through Jesus Christ and salvation/redemption by His blood) should not only teach of love but of sin and God’s judgement.  Allowing the Holy Spirit to use the Word of God –in ALL it’s truth, to bring non-believers to a saving faith in Jesus Christ.

When the Apostle Paul traveled to Rome he spoke with all authority from God.

Romans 1: 19-25 “For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.  For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.  For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.  Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.  Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. 

Teaching that God is tolerant of sin is absurd and heresy!!    God hates sin.   He is merciful, patient, loving beyond human understanding towards all the world (John 3:16), but HE IS NOT TOLERANT of sin.  He LOVES the sinner and HATES the sin.  If we truly want to share the love of God … then we must share what His love did to reconcile us to Himself and why that reconciliation was needed.   If we don’t share the complete Gospel of Jesus Christ… then we’re loving in man’s ways not God’s way!  ♥ Streim

 Apathy is the acceptance of the unacceptable. J. Stott

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Sound Biblical Doctrine vs. Man-Made Doctrine: Part 1 (the “S” word)

Before we begin this study, doctrine is a principle or body of principles presented for acceptance or belief;  that is taught or advocated.  We are studying Biblical vs man-made doctrines strictly within the confines of 21st century (post-modern) Christianity.  The purpose of this study is to aid Christians in awareness of what they’re being taught.  In this age, we need spiritual discernment more than ever.  As I wrote initially 1 John 4 to “test the spirits”  Acts 17:11 tells us “… they examined the Scriptures daily…”  I suggest you put everything you’re learning or being taught through the “tester of God’s Word”.  Even in my study here, I suggest you look at them in their context.  This portion of the study will look at points 1-3 from my post “the TRUTH be known:introduction https://learning2bestill.com/2013/08/31/the-truth-be-known-introduction/  

1.  Sinfulness of man  (total depravity of man)

2.  What does sin to our relationship with God?  (separation)

3.  What are the results of sin?  (wages of sin–eternal death)

The “S” word: SIN

According to the Word of God, the Holy Bible, the LORD God gives us the truth regarding sin and man’s inborn nature to commit sin. This Christian doctrine ” total depravity of man”.  It all began in the Garden of Eden.  In this perfect garden, the Creator God gave man and woman everything they needed… even the majesty of His physical presence.  All of creation was done for man.  The LORD God made one exception ” And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden,  but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”  (Genesis 2:16-17)  Man knew only good and in his perfected state, he had no need to for anything more; especially evil!  However, we know even that one restriction was too much.  Genesis 3:4-8  “But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil. So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.  Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings. And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.”  They hid from God– separated themselves from Him. The remainder of Genesis 3 tells us the consequences of sin— complete imperfection, sadness, distress and more significantly the removal from the presence of the Holy Creator. 

From that day until today, every human being born into this world has the sin DNA gene! ( Romans 3:23) There is nothing we, as humans, can do to please God!  SIN=DISOBEDIENCE to our LORD God’s Word.  Everyone does it!  “The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?”  Jeremiah 17:9   Read the full chapter of Jeremiah 17 for yourself.

When God instructed man not to eat of that tree, He also said “in the day that you eat of it, you shall surely die”. That death didn’t mean immediate bodily death— it is spiritual death!  And spiritual death is eternal.  Romans 6:23 says “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” 

1 John 1:10 If we say that we have not sinned , we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us”

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Post-Modern Christianity: Man is basically good

What—man is basically good?  Who, as a Christian would even think of such heresy.  The Bible doesn’t teach us that.  Well, here’s some news for you— there are more and more “Christians” following these teachings.  You won’t hear the pastors/teachers/authors calling it ‘new-age Christianity’, but it is.  Ever hear of Christian yoga?  Oxymoron to say the least— pure heresy and a teaching that will lead right to the broad path of destruction.  There is also danger in reading ‘christian fiction’. when your focus must be The Bible. The “Da Vinci Code” or ‘The Shack’– may be fiction, but filled with lies and false doctrine regarding sin, the Trinity, etc.

The purpose driven church model‘ has their Daniel Plan— a health plan for Christians, however, much of it (if not all) comes from Eastern medicine, founded in Hinduism and Buddhism.  (FYI: before I became ill (in 1994)– I studied to be a naturopathic doctor–I know!)  Then we have what’s called the ‘seeker friendly‘ christian churches.  Bring people in, lure them in with promises of ‘fluffy puffy happy stuff’.  No mention of that “s” word!  Just happy, happy, happy!

As one teacher Creflo Dollar says ” we are gods”.  Well if we are gods– then we’re not sinners. 

You take the sinfulness of man out of the Gospel message and there is no Gospel message!!!  

The last words I will leave you with in this portion of our study is this. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”  Colossians 2:8

Where you spend eternity is important to me.  I do not desire for anyone to be ‘led astray’ by the false teachings of the day.  Honestly, it saddens me when I watch so many Christians be unwittingly diverted from the Truth of the glorious Gospel of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.  Please study the Word, test the spirits.  Blessings Streim

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Sound Christian websites that teach the True Gospel and have much more information for you:
http://standupforthetruth.com/  
http://www.ericbarger.com/
http://www.olivetreeviews.org/
http://www.testthespirit.com/
                                             Great blogs with sound doctrine:
www.pastormikesays.wordpress.com
www.meetingintheclouds.wordpress.com
www.mtsweat.com
www.settledinheaven.wordpress.com