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Part 2 – Lost Souls Series

In the Garden of Eden, where life began, the birth of humanity’s sins began, so death for the wages of sins is death. Adam and Eve were kicked out of the garden as punishment. One rule they must follow is to multiply, replenish, and subdue the earth. God does not change his mind; what he said, he does, and when He said not to eat the fruit of good and evil, or they die, after many years, they died. The first death was when they were separated from God, which is spiritual, and He changes the circumstance by letting them live for many years, but eventually, death comes 2nd death (Body), and so does all of humanity. They followed the command to multiply, replenish, and subdue it.

God is, and His work is perfect; all His ways are righteous and upright, and God is faithful to His word and impartial in judgment. God is merciful and graceful in forgiving our sins, yet He judges those who do injustice and wickedness. God sees the hearts and minds of men and witnesses injustice progress as human signs of progress in this world today.

We always ask: “Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people? How good should we need to be to avoid bad things from happening? Why will God create something that destroys His creations? What are the intentions of God? If we were born to be wild, is there a valid point to being nice? Can we achieve satisfaction in this life, or will we never be filled and still want more? Is God’s image and likeness still within us? God is a Spirit, and His truth is supposed to be with us.

Try to answer those questions if it will lead you to receive blessings. I hope you will. Years ago, I had excellent plans to help people improve their lives when I won the lottery, yet the one I knew who won without any plan didn’t know what to do. Why is that? We can never understand God’s decision; He has thoughts higher than our thoughts and ways that we don’t have. We are sinners, to begin with, and deserve to be chastised occasionally, but it doesn’t mean we are out of God’s love. Sometimes, God’s love is by discipline, giving us a lesson, and I believe we are not predestined Creations. We have the free will to change whatever we feel will deliver a good result. We cannot create heaven, but we can make our heaven, and dreams are within everyone’s reach.

However, to understand God’s involvement in human activity by looking back at how He handed His wrath to the disobedient, evildoers, and those who worship idols through these patterns, we will learn how He does justice. We must remember that He is a just Judge; he is the Only Judge and Witnesses of all we do; yes, “we can run, but we cannot hide,” but we must better understand how God views it. He witnesses our good deeds, and minus our wrongdoings, do you think we will still have more good deeds left to avoid judgment?

Looking back at ancient history, we will know how God carried His judgments, such as death, to Adam and Eve for disobedience. The serpent was punished for its role in the fall of man; God changed the serpent into a snake and crawled and ate dust. God protected Cain in killing Abel after Cain went to God for refuge, and he still met the punishment as a “fugitive and wanderer.”

For refusing to set the Israelites free, God punished the Pharaoh by sending ten plagues to Egypt. Then, when the people in Noah’s time didn’t stop offending God, God sent a deluge that wiped out Mankind except for Noah’s family.

God is good but never tests His goodness and patience, nor does He try to be at the same level. He sent fiery fire to Sodom and Gomorrah to punish the wicked. Lot’s wife turned to Pillar of Salt for disobedience. Moses was denied entry into the Promised Land due to sin. David’s and Bethesda’s sins cost the life of their Son.

There are many more in the Old Testament where God punishes the offenders. But, being, He also gives blessings to those obedient to His will. Noah’s family was saved. God blessed Abraham to be called His friend, and David is after God’s heart. Moses becomes the steward of the Law, and Jesus receives the power and authority. Later, the Son will give it back to the Father when all the enemies, including death, are under his feet so that God will be all in all.

Abraham won many battles, and David received forgiveness. God commanded him to gather the materials needed to build the temple because of his sins, and His Son Solomon built it. There are many more to mention: punishments, blessings, and forgiveness, all of which are for us to learn who God is. Focusing on those things that happened in the past will give us the understanding to stay in the light. God judges the wicked and gives rewards to those who fear Him.  

Will He judge us even if we fear Him? We must be concerned about when we offend Him with intentions to disobey His will. “And the LORD said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the LORD, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” Scripture also tells us that He is a just God who will judge injustice and wrongs. God sees the hearts and minds of men, and that alone is an inspiration to walk in His image and likeness.  

Romans 12:19, ESV: “Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” Another version” of Romans 12:19, KJV: “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.”

Since the beginning of life, God has been involved in human activities. What else would we think God the Father would not be involved in the last days? His absence on the last day will not have any significant meaning if He is absent. There is an assurance that He will be the Judge, so His presence is significant. And I heard the angel in charge of the waters say, “Just are you, O Holy One, who is and who was, for you brought these judgments.” God is “coming” to pass judgment and to reward everyone according to his deeds, and those who stay faithful and follow the footsteps of Christ to the end will have the right to the Tree of Life forever. (John 11:25-26).

The Almighty God witnesses everything: those committing adultery, speaking lies about Him, worshipping idols; nothing is hidden in His eye; their guilt is not concealed in God’s eyes, and He witnesses everything that we are accountable for: on everything we have done. “These six things the Lord hates, yes, seven, are an abomination to Him: A proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in the running to evil, a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren” (Proverbs 6:16-19). — Reference: Proverbs 15:3; Jeremiah 16:17; Jeremiah 29:23

“And to him, we must all give an account of ourselves. Hebrews 4:13″—GNT Good News Translation.

 “There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the One who can save and destroy [the one God who has the absolute power of life and death]; but who are you to [hypocritically or self-righteously] pass judgment on your neighbor?”—James 4:12 Amplified Bible (AMP)

It is for God to judge, not for us.

“Never pull each other to pieces, my brothers. If you do, you are judging your brother and setting yourself up in place of God’s Law; you have become a critic of the Law. Yet if you start criticizing the Law instead of obeying it, you are setting yourself up as a judge, and there is only one Judge, the one who gave the Law, to whom is the absolute power of life and death. How can you then be so silly as to imagine you are your neighbor’s Judge?” James 4:12 J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)

Revelation 22:18-19 “I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. 19 And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and the Holy City described in this scroll.”

This clarifies the confusion that God, the Almighty Father who witnesses all the iniquities of human behavior, will be the Judge according to what they had done — The Almighty God and no one else besides Him. He will reward those who acknowledge His existence.

To God be the glory.

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Bishop Joseph

Bishop Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus
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