“STRONG DELUSION”- IT’S ALREADY BEEN HERE IN GNOSTIC HERESY SINCE THE DAYS OF THE APOSTLES- 1John4:1-3

A gnostic heresy that was installed as church doctrine in the early 400's ad. By a man and his minions like Luther and Calvin who accepted as fact the antichrist teaching that Jesus did not come in the same flesh all men have.

This study is about the strong delusion Paul spoke of. And it's fulfillment in the gnostic heresies inherent in the original sin and sin nature doctrine that was alive and deceiving people in the days of the apostles. Just as it is today.

Beginning with a fresh look at the Genesis account. We will see in the New Covenant as well how the strong delusion that God has sent to all who will not love the truth is the foundation of virtually all churches today.

The fact that men die is evidence of all men being mortal. And since Jesus said He came that men might have life abundantly. And that satan came to cause destruction and death. And that this life from death Jesus provides comes by way of death and destruction being conquered by His death and resurrection. Why are so many choosing to remain stuck in the naughty nice paradigm presented by Augustinianism's original sin and sin nature narrative?

 

Why when the scriptures(1John4:3 and 2John1:7-11) plainly warn that anyone who denies that Jesus came in the same flesh all men have is of the spirit of antichrist, which everyone who believes in original sin and sin nature are constantly proclaiming, do these people persist in their downward spiral into the captivity of satan? Why? Because John and Hebrews tell us that these people have trusted in the wrong Jesus.

The answer is satan's deception. A deception that causes men to look to works, rather than our mortality, as the reason that man needs a savior. A deception Paul spoke of in 2Thes.2 that brings damnation upon those who will not love the truth.

It is imperative that you escape from this ungodly works naughty/nice paradigm! This false Jesus and false atonement spouting satanic mantra. Your literal eternity depends upon it. This works oriented thinking regarding our need for Jesus is what keeps people from knowing and loving the truth.

So because it is eternal abundant life that Jesus said He came to give to all men. And not some perversion of sinless perfection. The question we should ask is why am I mortal? And did this come about sometime after Adam was made? Or was Adam made this way from the beginning? And why is this so important? How does this affect my perception of who God is, who Jesus is, and what the atonement is for, in a way that could affect my eternal salvation?

The scriptures are very clear about this. But, many who have believed the false teachings of Augustine that are taught in every seminary and the churches her graduates go on to preside over are blinded to the truth. So they argue from that paradigm that Adam became mortal after he ate the fruit. After being made spiritual from the beginning. And that this is what causes man's need for a savior.

But, the scriptures present a very different picture concerning why man needs a savior, and when that need arose, so this is not the case. So let's take a closer look at the scriptures and see why what Augustine taught is not to be believed. And what exactly is the truth about our beginnings. And our need for a savior.

In regard to man we see in Gen.1 that God made the world and all that was in the world, including man, and said it was "very good". Also in Gen.1 we see that when God made man He made them male and female so that they could be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth as God told them to.

God also said that they were made in His image and likeness. This is something akin to looking in a mirror and seeing your image and likeness there. That image and likeness has only the qualities of looking like me. So in these words there are no other qualities that they had within or about them than this that made them in the image and likeness of God.

But, God continues describing the male and female He had made saying they were to "subdue" the earth, "and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so."

In these verses we see what God meant when He said He made man is His image and likeness. That they were to subdue the earth and have dominion. Is this something that God has? Yes. God has dominion over all that has been made. So we see from what God says that in God's likeness also means Adam had dominion. Not over everything that has been made. But, only over those things for which God who has dominion over all things gave him dominion.

We also see that God provided food for man to eat. And then we see that this food was also for every animal God had made. And that's it... for now.

So what are we missing? What part of man that all the churches teach was part of man at the beginning is missing here? It is the spirit. We do not see God saying man being made in His image and likeness includes a spirit.

So like the analogy I gave earlier that image and likeness is akin to what we see when we are looking in the mirror. God said man is a being that looks like Him in appearance. And has dominion like God does over the things in the earth. And that's it. This is what it means that man was made in God's image and likeness.

Now as we look at Gen.2 we see God adding a little more detail for us to what He gave in Gen.1. In vs.7 we read, "And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul."

First the "dust of the ground" refers to the elements. So it is from these that man's physical body was made. But, what of the spirit? Does this verse refer to a spirit being made in man? The short answer is no.

But, a more exhaustive answer relates to the words God uses in the rest of the verse. Specifically the words breath in the phrase "breath of life". And living soul. Because many teach and have believed that these carry the meaning that here man was given a spirit.

But, breath here is the Hebrew word neshawmaw. It means air or wind. So what we should understand from this is that God breathed air into Adam's nostrils. I liken this to artificial resuscitation administered when a person has stopped breathing to get them to start breathing again.

And this is exactly what happened when God breathed this air into Adam's nostrils. The air went into his nostrils and from there into his lungs and he began to breathe. So that just like a person who has been revived through artificial resuscitation comes back to life. Adam also came to life.

This is why the next thing God says about Adam is that he "became a living soul". The Hebrew word for living soul is nephesh. This word literally means a living breathing creature. And from this verse that is exactly what we find. By Adam beginning to breathe he became a living breathing creature. This is what God called Adam when He breathed air into his nostrils. A living soul.

Now God could have been done here explaining what man was when he was made. But, because God wanted to make sure that we understood that man was not a spiritual being when God made him He wrote more about this breath of life in Gen.7.

Here we see that Noah has built the ark and is now ready for the animals, birds, and creeping things to come into it. So when God begins to bring them to the ark He says of these creatures, "And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life." And again God repeats this when speaking of all those who died in the flood so that we won't miss it saying, "Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered. And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man: All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died."

So we have 2 more places in scripture, one that lumps man together with all the other creatures, that confirm that when God breathed the breath of life into Adam's nostrils it was not a spirit He was breathing into man. But, only air. Because now we see that every fowl, cattle, beast, every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man has this very same "breath of life" in them. A breath of life that makes them all living breathing creatures. And not spiritual in any way. Nor is it to mean spirit that makes men in God's image.

Some might say that scriptures like this one found in Ecclesiastes12:7 proves man has a spirit. Here Solomon wrote "Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it." But, what we actually see here is a quote from the Genesis account that proves man was not spiritual when he was made when God said "from the dust you were taken. And to the dust you shall return".

So here Solomon is actually saying that the breath/air God gives man at conception will return to God who gave it upon their physical death. And has nothing to do with a spiritual part in man that Genesis makes very clear was never there to begin with.

This is why when someone dies the last thing that happens is they breathe out for the last time. The air leaves their body that sustained their physical life as it went in and out while he was alive. While he was a living soul. So this is what Solomon was referring to when he said "and the spirit(breath) shall return unto God who gave it" in Ecc.12:7.

Now that we have seen the truth about the Genesis account regarding what God says man was when He made him. Let's now take a look at what the apostle Paul said about this. In 1Cor.15 Paul is teaching about the resurrection. And in this teaching he gives some very poignant information regarding the first and last Adam.

Beginning at vs42 Paul writes, "42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:

43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:

44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.

45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.

46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.

47 The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven.

48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.

49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.

50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption."

What we find here once again is that the first Adam was made a living soul. Just as God said he was in Genesis. We also see that when he was made a living soul he was "not spiritual, but natural". This too is what we have seen that God told us in the Genesis account.

Interestingly we see in another place where Paul was teaching about man's being natural from the beginning is that "the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned." A very important thing to know when discerning the events in the garden that led to Adam being sent from there.

But, what I want you to see here is the fact where Paul again teaches the same thing we found to be true in Genesis regarding what Adam was when God made him. That he was "not spiritual, but natural" when he was made. And that this was the reason he needed a savior.

So it was not because Adam did a bad thing by eating the fruit God told him would bring his death. And then he and all men were punished with death because of it. But, rather it is that he was natural from the beginning that made it impossible for him to relate to God who is a spirit. And that this is why all men need Jesus. As Jesus said "God is a Spirit. And those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth." John4:24

And only through faith in Him are men able to be born of the Spirit of God. And being made a spiritual being by this new birth man is now a child of God and heir to His kingdom. And able to relate to God in spirit and in truth.

Now hear this!

Augustine and those who follow him believe and teach the lie that the garden was a spiritual kingdom just like heaven. That Adam was a spiritual being living in this spiritual kingdom. And based on Augustine's gnostic thinking he believe it was because Adam and the garden were spiritual that it was good. Because to the gnostic the material or natural world is evil.

So basing his understanding on his established gnostic thinking what he saw when he read in Genesis that Adam disobeyed God and ate the fruit was the place in time when the evil material world came into being. Because in his mind Adam's spirit(the good that was in him) died when he ate the fruit. Making him a natural, and therefore evil, being. A sinner by nature. Because in gnosticism that which is natural is part of the material. And therefore evil.

So that a return to this spiritual state, also believed by him to be eternal, that Adam had before he ate the fruit, to him became the reason why men need a savior. And the whole reason for the atonement. This is why they teach that what God is doing in time since that day, and what the atonement is for, is to bring back to mankind what was lost in the garden.

This is a lie from satan. Because since we know from the scriptures that Adam had no spiritual part in him when God made him. So that Adam could not understand spiritual things. There is no way that God wants man to return to what he was in the garden. So this in no way shape or form reflects what the scriptures actually teach at all about man's need for a savior. And is really only a pagan gnostic view of the scriptures that came from the pagan gnostic mind of Augustine.

So if you have been told that Jesus came to restore what was lost by Adam in the garden. You now know this is a lie from satan. Who lies because he loves nothing more than keeping people from ever knowing the truth.

Now knowing what we have seen from the scriptures, we will answer the questions I asked at the beginning of this message. First, Why am I mortal? God planned it that way from before He made the world so that when men began to experience his mortality after Adam ate the fruit, by a choice of our own free will, a free will that Augustine falsely claimed that man lost when Adam sinned, we would have the opportunity to choose to love Him in return for the love He has shown to us.

To begin a relationship with God that is righteousness for eternal life. A love that we learn about as we see from the scriptures that over time man was shown in various ways. According to his ability to perceive it. That has also changed over time as God's plan has seen fit.

And did this come about after Adam was made? Or was Adam made this way from the beginning? We now know that it was from the beginning that man was mortal. This is what Paul taught that he was in 1Cor.15:51-57 when teaching about the mystery about men being changed from mortal to immortal. And the fact that by definition that which can die as Adam did could never have been immortal.

And why is this so important? How does this affect my perception of who God is? Who Jesus is? And what the atonement is for? It's importance can not be overstated. Because mortality, that is death, kept man from having a personal relationship with God until Jesus came to conquer it.

Jesus said, "I have come that ye might have life. And that life more abundantly". Paul also told us in Heb.2:14,15 that this was the reason Jesus came. He said, "Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage."

So this is why the atonement. This is what happened to bring men into relationship with God. This is how God makes men His children. By defeating death and giving to us a spirit that joins us to God by birth. Just as we were joined to our earthly parents by our earthly, fleshly water birth from our mother's womb.

This is what Jesus taught in John3:1-8 saying, "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again." Only the man who is born of the Spirit is spirit. And a man who is only born of the flesh is only flesh.

And in 1Cor.15:50 Paul agrees with Jesus saying, "flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption." This is what Paul was referring to when he showed them the mystery of man's being changed in the twinkling of an eye. From mortal to immortal. By first being made spiritual by being born again of the Spirit of God.

This gives us a perception of God that is very different from Augustine's and those who believe his teachings. Because instead of needing a savior because we are bad, even evil. The Biblical reason given for our need for a savior is that we are mortal and natural. And not spiritual.

It also gives us a perception of Jesus and His sacrifice that shows His love for mankind. By joining with mankind in our mortality. Because it was the only way to conquer death. Because He had to die a man's death before He could conquer it by His resurrection.

And the reason for the atonement, why Jesus came to die on the cross, was to make it possible for men to be made spiritual and immortal. And had nothing to do with evil or good natures. Or bad or good behavior. Though these things are discussed as a side note when the apostles taught about what it is to know and learn to express the love of God.

The atonement was Jesus joining with man in our mortality. So that when He died He could conquer death by the resurrection. And in this when we trust in Jesus as Lord because only He has conquered death. And believe in our hearts that He has conquered death. We are delivered from the power of death by the birth of a spirit in us and the promise of immortality when we receive the spiritual bodies God has promised to those who trust in Him.

All of this is known to us when we build our faith on the foundation found in Genesis. When we have the correct understanding we have found in these scriptures that tell us what Adam was when he was made. So that we are informed about why it was necessary for him to eat the fruit. And why Jesus came to die.

All these things become known to us when we start from the Biblical position that Adam was not spiritual but natural, and not immortal but mortal, when he was made. Only by starting here will we come to right conclusions about who God is. Who Jesus is. And what the atonement is for.

Just as starting with the false gnostic teachings of Augustine will keep us from ever knowing the truth. And ever having a relationship with our Creator. Making us fall into Satan's trap of the strong delusion for which all who loved not the truth come into damnation. As Paul told us in 2Thes.2:9-12.

So you have a choice to make. Will you believe what Genesis and the apostles plainly taught saying that man was not spiritual but natural from the beginning? And that this is why he needed a savior who would come to conquer your mortality and make you spiritual by a birth of the Spirit of God? So that as His child by birth you would be an eternal heir to His kingdom?

Or will you believe the gnostic ramblings of Augustine and his followers who tell about the pagan god who made you spiritual and immortal from the beginning? Only to lose it by Adam's bad works making men evil by nature?

To know the God of the Bible is to know His love. Knowing the god of Augustine is to know it's hate and wrath. The God of love is the true God and our Creator. Augustine's god of hate is satan. Please, I implore you, choose God, not satan.

If you will do this then you will be born again. If you will do this then you will have eternal life. If you will do this then you will be a child of God by spiritual birth and heir to His kingdom. If you will do this... then I will see you there or in the air!

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