Daily Devotional, Year 3 – February 17 (Eternal Torment? Part 16: God’s Two-Edged Sword!

By admin On April 9th, 2016

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 “Complete List of Daily Devotionals”

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Daily Devotional, Year 3 – February 17

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Eternal Torment? Part 16: God’s Two-Edged Sword!

To read Part 1, click here… “September 8th (Eternal Torment?)”

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“For the word of God is quick, and powerful,

and sharper than any twoedged sword…

and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in His sight:

but all things are naked and opened

unto the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.” 

Hebrews 4:12, 13

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God tests people.

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From the very first test back in the garden, God tests people.

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Oh yes, there’s coming that glorious day in which the Lord will no longer test His tried and true sons and daughters.

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But for now, we must endure the various tests which come our way.

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Listen to the Book of Job…“What is man, that Thou (God) shouldest magnify him? and that Thou shouldest set thine heart upon him? And that Thou shouldest visit him every morning, and try him every moment?” Job 7:17, 18

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So here is seen that, not only does God test people, but our infinite God tries each human “every moment”!

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Hand in Cookie jar – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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THE BIBLE: A TWO-EDGED SWORD!

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The Bible is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart…“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12

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Here above the Lord reveals that His Word discovers what’s in a person’s heart.

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Glittering Sword Constellation www.theheavensdeclare.net

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GOD TESTS EACH SOUL

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One way in which God’s Word reveals what’s in a person heart is accomplished is through various tests which God has placed in His Word.

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Listen once again to Job 7:18…“And that Thou (God) shouldest visit him every morning, and try him every moment?” 

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Holy Bible – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Lic.

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BIBLE LAYS DOWN BASIC PRINCIPLES

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For instance, God doesn’t come right out and openly condemn gambling.

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And many church-goers assume that gambling is OK, since there is no explicit condemnation of gambling in the Bible.

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However, the Bible has various precepts which lay down eternal principles. And those principles can either be accepted or rejected…

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Listen… “Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.” Proverbs 13:11

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WOW! This above proverb seems to address and answer the very question of gambling! And yet, so many church-goers ignore this verse, or don’t even know it exists! And of course, there are other passages which lay down similar principles, which condemn gambling.

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So this is a very simple, yet powerful example of just how God has written His Word to be a two-edged sword. It cuts to save, or it cuts to destroy.

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But it reveals the true thoughts and intents of the heart of each and every person!

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Gambling – Poker Room – Wikimedia – Share-Alike License

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ETERNAL TORMENT

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Now, the reason for focusing on this subject today, is to shine a spotlight on the long-held church-doctrine, “Eternal Torment”.

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Yes, for many centuries, the Church has clung tenaciously to this supposed doctrine.

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And today, the apostate portion of God’s house stills clings to this heresy, not realizing the proper hermeneutics for discovering Bible truth.

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THE RICH MAN & LAZARUS

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In other words, the church-apostate has made the parable of “The Rich Man & Lazarus” the sum-total of the nature of Hell.

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But here again, God’s Word lays a trap for all those whose heart deceives them.

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And those who are filled with the spirit of error will be misled concerning this church-doctrine (as well as many other seemingly ambiguous Bible truths.)

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Brooklyn Museum – The Bad Rich Man in Hell – James Tissot – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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EVERY VERSE MUST BE WEIGHED

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So where does the church-apostate go astray concerning the nature of Hell?

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The correct Bible hermeneutic (method of interpretation), is that every Bible student must compare spiritual things with spiritual, in order to, “rightly divide the Word of Truth”.

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In other words, you cannot take one or two or even three Bible passages and make those passages the sum-total of truth.

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Scriptures must be compared with ALL other related passages to arrive at any supposed Bible doctrine.

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And even then, we must leave open the possibility that we may have missed other passages which will require us to further modify our supposed Bible doctrine.

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PASSAGES TAKEN OUT OF CONTEXT

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For example, if all we had was, “The Parable of The Rich Man & Lazarus”, then yes, we might conclude that Hell will be a place of continual fiery torment of Lost Souls throughout eternity.

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Especially when we combine this parable with Revelation 14:11…“And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.”

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The problem is, these are not the only Bible passages dealing with the nature of Hell! (And smoke rising up for ever can also be a snare for those who do not carefully compare scripture with scripture to find a correct understanding.)

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QUIET IN THE GRAVE

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For instance, the architects of this church-doctrine of “Eternal Torment” forgot to consider the passage found in Job which says… “Why died I not from the womb? why did I not give up the ghost when I came out of the belly?…For now should I have lain still and been quiet, I should have slept: then had I been at rest…There the wicked cease from troubling; and there the weary be at rest. There the prisoners rest together; they hear not the voice of the oppressor. The small and great are there; and the servant is free from his master.” Job 3:11, 13, 17-19

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You see, this and many other similar passages speak of Hell as the grave; as a place of rest and sleep, and peace. And as Paul said, the Book of Job is, “profitable for doctrine, confirmation, correction, and instruction in righteousness”. 2nd Timothy 3:16

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But those who of the spirit of error cannot accept these passages which correct their misunderstanding of the nature of Hell.

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They either try to twist this passage, or say that it is merely the ramblings of a discouraged man (Job), or simply ignore his words altogether.

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LOP-SIDED INDOCTRINATION

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And so, whenever a new church-member is going through an indoctrination class on this subject of the nature of Hell, such passages as Job 3, are probably not going to be even mentioned, or they will be twisted, or discounted in some manner.

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So this church-doctrine continues to be one of the darling doctrines of the apostate portion of the Church.

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“Eternal Torment” became a great means for the established church to frighten unbelievers into submission.

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And through the long centuries of the Church, countless sincere seekers-of-truth have no doubt turned away in disgust at the thought that God is some cruel tyrant who mercilessly tortures all unbelievers throughout time and eternity.

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Hell’s Torment and Tormentor – Wikipedia – Public Domain (2)

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But the Good News is, those who are willing to forsake this present selfish world, to follow Jesus, if they continue in the Word of Christ, they will eventually know the truth.

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And the truth shall make them free of these erroneous and abominable church-doctrines which are little more than heresies!

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However pressing his duties STM2-c James Lee Frazer always finds time to read a few chapters from his Bible each day. I – NARA – 520675 – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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TO GO TO PART 17, GO HERE…February 24 (Eternal Torment? Part 17: “Torment In Heaven?”)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Let me not be given to a close-minded spirit. But help me to love truth, no matter if it means I will be hated by my own brethren…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… Planet of Rest: Doctrine of Eternal Torment, or you can also read this shorter article…AUGUST 19 (Apocalypse Now! Part 6: Fire & Brimstone!)

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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ORION, THE GOOD SHEPHERD

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.Orion the Good Shepherd (5th personality of Orion)

“The LORD is my shepherd;

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I shall not want (lack).

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He maketh me to lie

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down in green pastures:

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He leadeth me beside

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the still waters…

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I will fear no evil:

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for Thou art with me;

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Thy rod and thy staff

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they comfort me….”

Psalm 23:1, 2, 4

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ORION, THE GOOD SHEPHERD

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This star-chart from Wikipedia, has Orion sketched in by the editor of this website. With the addition of a single star, Theta Geminorum (the left hand of the Castor twin of Gemini), the sickle in Orion, the Reaper’s hand (sketch to left), now extends the blade, thus transforming that sickle into the hook of a shepherd’s rod and staff. And so now this little Gemini star becomes the tip of Orion’s Shepherd’s rod & staff. Thus with this additional star, Orion the Reaper Constellation now becomes the 5th personality of Orion: The Good Shepherd (sketch below right). Theta Geminorum is a class A3, 4th magnitude star, which means it is much fainter than either of the stars, Castor or Pollux. But faint as This little star may be, it nevertheless presents a giant concept, turning Orion’s sickle into a shepherd’s rod. And this is a very wonderful and beautiful Bible truth: namely, that Jesus is the Good Shepherd, as is written…

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“As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out My sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day.” Ezekiel 34:12 

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And so God has placed this Starry Shepherd in the winter-night heavens to remind us of His great love for a planet which has wandered away: just like sheep that wandered to where the grass looked greener.

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… Orion, The Good Shepherd

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TOMORROW…

February 18 (Nature’s Five Witnesses, Part 4: “The Beauty of Nature”)

 

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