From the time of the Garden of Eden, mankind has continued to inherit a sinful nature. Scripture shows us in Genesis 1:26 that ADAM was created in the ‘image and likeness’ of God. Genesis 5:3 goes on to show us that Adam had a son in his (Adam’s) image and likeness. We descend from the lineage of Adam.
The sinful nature passed down from Adam to us today (and the one which we continue to procreate), can be likened to a car engine which drives a car in a certain way. Despite modifications being made to the engine, the car still moves the same way. The only way to drive that car differently would be to replace the engine completely.
It is little wonder then that mankind has survived for centuries but the world is no better morally than it was from the time of fallen Adam. Irrespective of culture, race or government, the nature of mankind continues to seek its own desires, not caring what others think or feel. Human (Adam) nature drives mankind in its quest for success.
Chapter Twelve: Living a Life in the Kingdom of God – Continued
“As a man Thinketh in his heart, so is he”. Prov. 23:7 KJV
In the previous chapter, we discussed the fact that, management of the thoughts in our mind is what will determine what we become in this life and where we will be in the eternal world when our present earthly body dies.
Once we cross the bridge from being unbelievers to followers of God, it becomes obvious to us that in order to grow in our relationship with Him, we need to change the way we previously used to think.
With your permission, I am going to interrupt the theme we have been working on so far. I am doing this especially for those readers who might belong or have belonged to Christian Communities.
When I say Christian Communities, I am referring to those across denominational divides.
You will notice that in the previous chapters I have made no mention of two practices that the greater majority of these communities hold fast. These are ‘Baptism’ and ‘Holy Communion’ (or ‘Breaking of Bread’ as it is often called).
My reason for not mentioning these topics before, is simply that they are ‘ceremonial practices’ that will in nowise affect your day-to-day spiritual life here on this earth and certainly never have any influence on your eternal future. On this basis, let us get some understanding on these issues.
Self improvement and our own efforts to live a ‘better’ life on earth versus taking the power that God has equipped us with and applying it to our everyday life here on this earth.
I want to quote you two scriptures, which point to the foundation of God’s plan for humanity:
“Love God (the God of Abraham in the Old Testament) with your whole heart (Which is the seat of your emotions and moral code), your whole soul (Your intellect, emotion and will) and your whole strength” (Which is the dedication of the complete function of your body). Translation and italics are mine.
“Eternal life (The life we face once our body on this earth dies) is knowing (in the sense of a husband and wife in intimate relationship) God, the one true God and His only child, Jesus the Christ.”Translation and italics are mine.
No human can live either of the above commands unless they really deeply desire to do so. If we carefully read and study these two scriptures it must become evident to our intellect, that having a deep intimate relationship with God is what this life on earth is all about. This process will not stop when our bodies on this earth die, but will continue into the next life.
These two scriptures are the very foundation upon which our lives on this earth need to be built.
It should now also be very clear to our intellect that no amount of effort on our part can accomplish God’s requirements above, unless God ably assists us to do so.
The good news is that God wants to assist us to reach the above place and His only requirement from us is to believe that He will assist us and then to trust that it is happening, even when our senses say it isn’t.
I hope that you are with me so far. In which case, let’s continue.
I truly pray that you can see that no matter what we attempt to do by our own efforts, in terms of our relationship with God and our promised life after our body dies, will be completely fruitless, without God assisting us.
Every religion known to humankind, teaches that we need to ‘do’ certain things in a certain way, in order to get close to God and reach our new life. Nothing, as you can see from what I have shown you above, that we ‘do’, can achieve what God requires.
I refer to these religious teachings as ‘self improvement’ schemes. These self improvement schemes can often benefit one to live a better life, here on earth, but have absolutely no eternal value.
Hopefully, all of you reading this have enjoyed the wonderful experience of ‘falling in love’ (not to be confused with loving someone – which I will cover in a later chapter). How, absolutely beautiful is the experience of falling in love with someone else. You will know that the first thing you want to do is to get to know that person more deeply than just to have an outward friendship. You realize at that point, that in order to get to know the one you are in love with better, you will want and need, to spend more time with them.
Getting to know God is like this too and the way to achieve this is also spending time with Him. Getting to know more about His great person and character, getting to know about His plans for the universe that He created and, as important, what His plans are for His relationship with you.
In later chapters I will discuss ways that we come to know God, but just for now it’s important that we understand how we must live our lives upon this earth.
Religion, generally teaches about God without God’s power in the teachings (Karl Marx said it was “The opium of the people”), whereas ‘knowing God’ empowers us to have a relationship with Him – to love Him.
Religion teaches ‘self-help’.
Knowing God is God’s power to live a healthy, wealthy, powerful and peaceful life on this earth and gains us entry into our new life, once our bodies die on this earth
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I have chosen a topic for this week by famous British author and philosopher, James Allen. Allen was better known for his original work, “As a Man Thinketh”.
In the “The Heart and The Life” Allen discusses the issue of the ‘Heart’.
It is interesting that the word ‘Heart’ is used in the bible more than a thousand times. It is also interesting, that medical research scientists are today admitting to the fact that the heart is not just that wonderful organ, pumping eight litres of life giving blood around our body, but also is a location for hidden emotional, intellectual and moral activity within us.
In other words, biblically speaking, we ‘think’ with our hearts.
The greatest commandment is found in Deuteronomy Chapter 6 verse 5:
“And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.”
Tell me that you are getting something out of what we have discussed so far. I’ll wager that a lot of it, you never heard before; I hope so, because, if you are like me, you love hearing about new things.
Let’s update then. You feel that there might just be the possibility that your soul and spirit may not dissipate with your body when it dies, so you feel that you would like to investigate a little further.
This is a Third in a Series A Timeless Tale ( See God is a Timeless Tale, A Timeless Tale Chapter One).
Chapter Two – Mission Accomplished
In the times of the first five books of Moses, at the beginning of the Old Testament, God made an arrangement with His people.
Instead of the severity of the punishment, suffered by Adam and Eve, for their disobedience, God arranged for people to come to His temple in Jerusalem, once a year, bringing along with them a pair of spotless (free of any blemishes) lambs, or if they could not afford these, then two pigeons would be in order. 
These creatures were given to the priest in the temple and he duly slaughtered them and sprinkled their blood on the altar. This ceremony then absolved the people who brought the lambs/pigeons, from their disobedience to God.
Commentary by sirpeterjamesdotcom: Below is the beginning of a series that will run weekly until the article is completed.
It is a verbatim copy of the paper written by Wallace Wattles, American author, ex Methodist minister and protagonist of the New Thought movement in America.
His thinking was far too revolutionary for turn-of–the-century America, but today in our hi-tech society, where people are starting to move away from their blinkered religious prisons and suffocating social customs; his thoughts should lead us to all look deeper into our reason for living on this earth. For all to come away from the religious and social custom herd and with deeper commitment, seek to know God and His only begotten Son, Jesus, the Christ.