Death−the last enemy

 

Death, the separation of spirit and body is the last enemy. It is an enemy because it entered the good creation under the instigation of Satan who got Adam and Eve to sin. Sin brought death under God’s judgment-“the wages of sin is death”. It is an enemy because it causes sorrow in separation of loved ones and loved pets. Death reigns presently over man and beast. And don’t be fooled, as a human being you have an eternal soul! But one day this enemy will be destroyed. It has already been turned into a passage to eternal life for all God’s people by Jesus Christ who rose from the dead having paid for their sin. When he returns at the end of time death will be no more in the new creation. Read 1 Corinthians 15 and Revelation 21:4. You will one day die but will you rise again to eternal life? Seek the Lord Jesus Christ.

Evolution countered!

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Just one major argument exposes the myth of evolution. How could ANY animal survive without it’s fully developed complexity? It couldn’t! So it could NOT have evolved by stages! How could the chameleon survive without his tongue, the Bombardier Beetle his steaming hot spray, the humming bird it’s tongue, the human fallopian tube its cilia and the newly fertilised egg its non stick cumulus coating that allows it to pass down into the womb?

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But its not just “intelligent design” it points absolutely to an all-wise infinitely creative God who made all these and out of nothing! (Genesis 1).

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Blood

Eating of Blood

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Sung Psalm 16 (note v4 relating to pagan blood sacrifice)

Read   Leviticus 17:1-14

This topic is clearly related to the O.T. food laws because in this passage the commandment is given to Moses, to give to Aaron and through his sons to the people, which prohibits the eating of blood.

The issues then, were, that the people were not bringing their sacrifices to the tabernacle and some were sacrificing animals (with blood) to devils.

Today Judaism, Islam, Eastern Orthodoxy and Seventh Day Adventists would prohibit eating blood. Jehovah’s Witnesses have misinterpreted this law which relates to eating animal blood to prohibit intravenous blood transfusion of human blood.

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To them we say what Christ said to the Pharisees who took issue with healing on the Sabbath (Mark 3:4), “Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath days (or any day for that matter), or to do evil? To save life, or to kill?” Many adults and children have been killed by withholding life-saving transfusion!

Today it is a matter of 1) Conscience and 2) Scripture including Gen.9:4 and Acts 15:20 (to be referred to later) but blood would be included in the “all things that are lawful”, so black pudding is NOT prohibited to the believer. Furthermore although the judgment then for Jew or gentile proselyte was damnation because blood equals life and blood makes atonement (c.f. Hebrews 10:29) and so is potentially sacred and pointed to the substitutionary sacrifice of Christ, nowadays because the final once-for-all blood sacrifice of Christ has been made all these ceremonial laws are abrogated (Hebrews 9-10).

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Black Pudding

 

Ian, the Iguana

This little fellow was hand-reared by my son and is growing up on green leaves. He also likes banana.

In Trinidad near relatives, Tegus, roam all over the place. He loves basking under his heater.

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Has vegetarianism and veganism got a point?

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Originally at creation God gave mankind herbs e.g. grains and fruit to eat and though he was given dominion over all the brute creation he was not given sanction to kill and eat animals. After the fall when all creation fell and predation began animals began to kill and consume each other, but still man was eating vegetables. It must be remembered that man is separate from animals by being made in God’s image (having an eternal soul, being initially righteous and holy).

After the flood, God gave his clear approval to meat eating in Genesis 9:3.

A key chapter in the history of Israel was the Passover when a one year old lamb was sacrificed and its shed blood on the doorposts and lintel saved the family inside from losing their first born as the angel of death passed through the land. This necessary sacrifice was a type of Christ, the only sufficient sacrifice for sin. John the Baptist proclaimed, “Behold the Lamb of God” when speaking of Christ.

When the people of Israel redeemed from Egypt became God’s chosen he gave them strict food laws to distinguish them from the pagan nations and preclude them sitting down together—they are found in Leviticus 11. Animals like pigs, shellfish and birds of prey are not to be eaten and we would say for good reason because they are more likely to carry disease.

Psalm104:21 states that the predatory animals depend on God to supply their food.

Animal cruelty, and we are not denying that this takes place in the food chain, is a sin as Proverbs 12:10 states.

Christ himself through the apostles served up fish and bread in the feeding of the five thousand in John 6:11. He gave thanks for them.

Christ himself ate the Passover meal in Matthew 26:17ff showing he was not only in favour of meat eating but that it was part and parcel of a feast to honour God. When he died all the Old Testament types were abolished, so there was no need to continue animal sacrifices, which in any case cannot take away sin (Hebrews 10:4,8-12).

Paul has things to say about diets in Romans 14:2-3 and 17. He sees vegetarianism being the habit of the weaker Christian whereas eating anything is the habit of the stronger believer, whose conscience is less strict. Later in his epistle to Timothy he proclaims all foods good and to be received with thanks (I Tim.4:3-4).

We cannot know all that goes on in the farms and slaughterhouses of the world, all those who cruelly treat animals will be judged BUT we believers are free to eat the meat itself, even as those in Corinth were able, conscience-permitting, to eat meat offered to idols! Christian liberty means we can eat anything. Starving believers in labour camps or in extremis, will eat anything. Much of the distinguishing between pets, work animals and sources of meat is cultural. Our calling is to be thankful  to God for all food, to not judge others with different diets, and concentrate on loving speech, seeking righteousness, peace and joy in our relationship with God through Christ. God looks at our motives. If our special diet is for our own glory or self-righteousness it is wicked and vain–all must be done in faith, in obedience to the will of God as revealed in Scripture and for the glory of God.

Death-the intruder

Death-the intruder.

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It’s always sad when a pet dies, never mind a human relative. Our rare little Crocodile Skink died yesterday. God gives life and breath to all things (Acts 17:25) and he takes it away too (Psalm 104:30). Since he alone is life  and possesses eternal life (I Timothy 6:16), all that is united to him also has eternal life (John 17:3) and since sin entered the world (before which there was no death) all the world  is naturally cut off from him and whether plant, animal or human it will die (Romans 5:17,  6:23, Genesis 2:17). Only those united to him by faith in Jesus Christ have life that lasts for ever but their bodies have to wait till the end of time for them to be given immortality (Romans 8:23).Meantime death reigns but he is an enemy that will one day be destroyed himself (I Corinthians 15:54). Then all creation will be immortal, hallelujah!