Edward O’Hara Mon 10/12/2020 12:30 PM…
Question: If a person has believed that it is something about their nature they were born with that is the problem, does that mean that having a new nature would fix it? And wouldn’t that also mean that whatever the problem is it can not possibly be their fault because they were made that way? But, how is that possible since those who believe this about nature also believe God is just? Think about it. How can a truly just God condemn someone for something that is no fault of their own?
Question: Since most who call themselves Christian teach and believe that the problem with mankind is that all men are governed by a nature they inherited by birth from Adam that is sinful because of Adam’s original sin, and it is because of this that men are separated from God, then by that premise isn’t the only possible remedy for them to be reconciled to God that they must receive a new nature? And it can not be just any nature, right? It must be a nature like God’s because God can not sin. But, if we have the nature of God, and a thing is what it’s nature is, then aren’t we now Gods too? Because doesn’t it logically follow that since a thing is what it’s nature is then partaking of God’s divine nature, as Peter said men who believe in Jesus do, must make men Gods?
I asked these questions to show that when the doctrine of original sin is taken to it’s logical conclusion as we see here, one must conclude that they have become God. This is what results from the kind of thinking that starts with the false premise that it is man’s nature, a nature they inherited from Adam, a nature they received through no fault of their own, that causes God to condemn them to hell from conception. This is why starting with this false premise can only lead to false doctrines. Byproducts of which are things like Augustine’s imputed and inherent sin. Calvin’s notions of predestination. And a notion that holiness, sanctification, and justification has anything to do with our works.
Which is why the religion that codified these beliefs in their stated dogma, the Roman Catholic religion’s catechism, has concluded that the reason Jesus came was for the purpose of making men Gods. Wait, you didn’t know that Roman Catholicism believes and teaches this? Well, here’s the evidence from their catechism:
460 The Word became flesh to make us “partakers of the divine nature“:78 “For this is why the Word became man, and the Son of God became the Son of man: so that man, by entering into communion with the Word and thus receiving divine sonship, might become a son of God.”79 “For the Son of God became man so that we might become God.”80 “The only-begotten Son of God, wanting to make us sharers in his divinity, assumed our nature, so that he, made man, might make men gods.”
This then is the culmination, the ultimate deception, of the false doctrine of original sin. A doctrine that sadly most who call themselves evangelical protestant and Roman Catholic believe. Some having avoided it’s horrific conclusions because they simply do not study enough to find out it is false. And many will not take it’s false pre-suppositions, pre-suppositions that they too believe, to their logical conclusion. This happens mostly because the majority who have come to believe it will not take the time to really examine it as Paul instructed believers to do. Because if they did they would see that it is an abomination that makes men idolaters. The “reprobates” Paul spoke of in 2:Cor.13:5. But, those who continue believing this false premise and have taken the time to examine it, instead of recognizing it’s false premise leads them to false conclusions that have brought them into idolatry and blasphemy, by concluding that they indeed have become Gods by their faith in it’s false Christ, are instead convinced that this is what God always intended men to be. Just as the Roman Catholic catechism says.
But, the false Christ they have come to believe in is really satan disguised as an angel of light. A fact that is revealed by some even teaching things like this from Kenneth Hagin who said, “Every man who has been born again is an incarnation and Christianity is a miracle. The believer is as much an incarnation as was Jesus of Nazareth.”
What a truly heretical statement! Christ alone was God incarnate – John 1:14. But, it is no surprise for Hagin to say this considering he believed the doctrine of original sin. Because of this he also taught that we were originally created to be equal with God:
“Man was created on terms of equality with God, and he could stand in God’s presence without any consciousness of inferiority. God has made us as much like Himself as possible. He made us the same class of being that He is Himself. Man lived in the realm of God. He lived on terms equal with God. The believer is called Christ. That’s who we are; we’re Christ!”
This comes from their having believed the Greek philosophical view of nature. Not giving heed to what the Bible plainly says about the philosophies and wisdom of men in 1Cor.1:18-22. Believing that the nature of something determines what it is. This is why they have concluded that being made partakers of the divine nature gives them the nature of God, thus making themselves Gods.
All along the way they saw these red flags just as anyone who cares to notice does. Yet to be a part of the ruling class in this religious system, and obtain riches in this life, and to be accepted by them and their followers in this false religion so as not to be persecuted, they had to ignore them. Read Mark4’s parable of the sower and see that this is what these have done. Doing so by removing verses from their context so they could change their meaning to whatever suits their fancy.
This one simple passage in Rom.5:12-14 completely destroys Satan’s doctrine of original sin. Because in it Paul says that the sins from Adam to Moses were not imputed because there was no law. Yet men still die. Making the cause of death completely unrelated to “inheritance” or “imputation” of Adam’s sin their false doctrine is built upon.Don’t they realize that by taking that original sin fork in the road they have turned from the faith once delivered to the saints? And the parable regarding the word that was planted in their hearts shows how they have become unfruitful as Jesus said in Mark chapter 4? Has the praise of men and the prospect of being made a God become for them a sweeter taste than the praise and acceptance of God and their love for the truth? It appears that indeed it has.
But, for those who will hear the truth of God’s word and not deviate from it’s path, the light that shines to show us the way for eternal life dispels the darkness of anything the world or religion has to offer. It is the life that only comes by the faith of Christ. A faith and a justification that reveals God for who He really is. A faith and a justification that reveals Jesus for who He really is. And a faith and a justification that reveals the atonement for what it’s true purpose is.
The purpose that men would be delivered from death to life by the loving power of the resurrection. The loving power of God who because of His love for His creation became a man just like us. Joining with us in our mortality so that we could join with Him in His immortality. God whose holiness is not derived from abstaining from bad works. But, is holy because He is the Creator. A holiness that is His being Creator with all else being His creation. As His creation we will never be Creator. That is a line that can never be crossed simply because we are creation that was made by Him. So we will never be Gods. We will always be creation. And He will always be Creator.
This does not change when we are born of the Spirit as these false teachers say. Because even that has a beginning. A creation. Which makes us creation and God Creator. So all that we are or ever will be we are as part of His creation. And God has always been and always will be our Creator. The first and the last. Without beginning and without end. The eternal and everlasting God.
Even Jesus’ name shows His eternal Godhead. His Name found in Exodus 3:14: Yud Hey Vav Hey…..The last three – Hey-Vav-Hey combine to form the word “hoveh,” which means “present tense.” In Hebrew, when you place the letter “yud” before a verb, the tense changes from past to future. “Haya” becomes “yihiye”, “was” becomes “will be.”
אֶהְיֶה אֲשֶׁר אֶהְיֶה means Is / Was / Will Be.
Yeshua said this about Himself: “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. “Revelation 1:8
Note the Yud Hey Vav Hey…which is, was, and is to come…past, present, and future. Jesus is Jehovah!
So creation can not ever be Creator. This is what God is telling us when He says He is holy. He is separate(holy) from His creation because He is Creator. Works have nothing to do with it. So the doctrine of original sin has no place in the life of one who has truly believed in the Jesus of the Bible. Because in the doctrine of original sin we are led to the very unBiblical notion, as the Roman Catholic catechism says, that Jesus came so that men can become Gods.
When one rejects the false doctrine of original sin this does not mean that we reject the fact that Adam sinned. What is rejected is that Adam’s original sin, the sin he committed in the garden, is imputed or passed down to his progeny by procreation. Causing men to be guilty before God and therefore condemned to hell from conception. But, Paul plainly states; “For until the law sin was in the world. But sin is not imputed when there is no law“. How can anyone believe Adam’s sin was imputed when Paul so plainly says here that it was not? Only by believing the deception of the antichrist spirit is this possible. We wrestle not with flesh and blood. But, with powers and principalities and rulers in dark places. But, the victory has already been won if we will believe what God has said through His messengers the apostles and prophets. And God Himself in Jesus who is the chief cornerstone.
And we see again in 1Cor.15:45-50 that Paul says that as Adam was when God made him so are all men when they are conceived. We are all flesh and blood. Of the earth earthy. Living souls. This means that man has not changed from the time Adam was made. So the only way for the lie of the original sin doctrine to succeed is by ignoring Paul’s teaching. And that is exactly what all who have been deceived by this false doctrine have done when Satan blinds their minds with his lies.
But, they do not have to believe the lies of satan. No one does. We can believe what Paul plainly taught and turn from this abominable doctrine of original sin. Charles Finney rightly remarked on this false doctrine saying,
“This doctrine is a stumbling block both to the church and the world, infinitely dishonorable to God, and an abomination alike to God and the human intellect, and should be banished from every pulpit, and from every formula of doctrine, and from the world. It is a relic of heathen philosophy, and was foisted in among the doctrines of Christianity by Augustine, as everyone may know who will take the trouble to examine for himself.” Also stating that “The doctrine of original sin, as held by its advocates, must essentially modify the whole system of practical theology.”
Why would Finney conclude such a thing? Because it is a perversion of every plain doctrine found in the teachings of the Bible.
As we have seen in this message this is exactly what happens. Because taken to it’s logical conclusion the doctrine of original sin must ultimately create in the mind of those who are it’s adherents the false notion that they have become Gods by having their nature changed from a sinful nature to the nature of God.
But, when the Bible says that we are made partakers of the divine nature in 2Peter1:4 Peter is not referring to being made Gods. He is referring to the eternal life we have received from God that gives us power to live by the spirit instead of our natural senses. It does not mean that we have become Gods as these false teachers say. Who go even further than the serpent did when he told Eve she would “become as God knowing good and evil”.
We have become immortal by the gift of the resurrection that has redeemed for us(that is to buy up) the new body through an exchange of Jesus’ body for a resurrected body by His death on the cross and His resurrection that conquered death. So that when we trust in Him as He trusted the Father we say as Jesus did, “Nevertheless not my will but thy will be done”. And when we do we are raised with Him in newness of life. The eternal life that all men including Adam have needed since God placed Adam in the garden. And not just since Adam ate the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
This is why Peter said that it was God’s plan from before the foundation of the world that Jesus would be slain.Because a choice between life and death, between mortality and immortality, using the free will that God has given to all men is necessary for man to grow to be the spiritual creation that God predestined for all men to be. Because only by being made a spiritual being can men relate to God who His a Spirt on a spiritual level. To have the kind of personal and intimate relationship that God wants us to have with Him and each other. And by His death and resurrection Jesus purchased for all men the new body that is eternal. A body that would replace the old body all men have since Adam was made.
Will you trust in Jesus for eternal life? Will you give up the mortal life you have as a man in this mortal body to receive the life that is immortal that only Jesus can give you? If you will then pray with me now.
Dear Jesus, thank you for joining with me in my death so that I can join with you in your eternal life. Thank you for saving me from mortality into immortality. Thank you for making me a child of God by the spiritual birth. Thank you that I can now inherit the kingdom of my Father. Help me to learn of all that you have for me. So that I can live the life that you want me to live. And be the child of God that you want me to be. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
If you prayed with me then praise Jesus! And welcome to God’s eternal family. Now start reading the Bible and believing what it plainly says. And come back I often to hear the word of God preached. We love hearing from you so if you would please leave a message in the comment section below if you prayed with me. And God bless you in your new life in Christ.
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