“Given Revelation 3:5, Can Salvation Be Lost?”

The question of losing your salvation has been covered before: “Is It Possible for Me to Lose My Salvation?”. However, as mentioned in that post:

This question has troubled many Christians throughout history. In fact, many still struggle with it today. To make matters worse, many theologians are divided on the issue making it even more difficult for laymen to arrive at a definitive answer to the question since both sides have Scripture to support their viewpoint.

One passage of Scripture which adds to the confusion for some is Revelation 3:5, in which Jesus is having John write to the church in Sardis:

Revelation 3:5 (NASB) 5 ‘He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.

The question becomes, for those who do not overcome, will their names be erased from the book of life? What does the Bible say about it?

The question of losing your salvation has been covered before: “Is It Possible for Me to Lose My Salvation?”. However, as mentioned in that post:

This question has troubled many Christians throughout history. In fact, many still struggle with it today. To make matters worse, many theologians are divided on the issue making it even more difficult for laymen to arrive at a definitive answer to the question since both sides have Scripture to support their viewpoint.

One passage of Scripture which adds to the confusion for some is Revelation 3:5, in which Jesus is having John write to the church in Sardis:

Revelation 3:5 (NASB)
5 ‘He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.

The question becomes, for those who do not overcome, will their names be erased from the book of life? What does the Bible say about it?

The key to understanding Revelation 3:5 is understanding to whom Jesus is referring in this verse. To determine this, the verse must be examined in the context of the entire passage.

Revelation 3:1-6 (NASB)
1 “To the angel of the church in Sardis write: He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars, says this: ‘I know your deeds, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. 2 ‘Wake up, and strengthen the things that remain, which were about to die; for I have not found your deeds completed in the sight of My God. 3 ‘So remember what you have received and heard; and keep it, and repent. Therefore if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come to you. 4 ‘But you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their garments; and they will walk with Me in white, for they are worthy. 5 ‘He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels. 6 ‘He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’

By examining the entire passage, it becomes evident that Jesus was talking to people who were Christians in name only; but, were actually not. In other words, they were never truly saved.

Revelation 3:1b (NASB)
1 ‘I know your deeds, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead.

Matthew 7:21-23 (NASB)
21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22 “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23 “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS .’

In the main passage, Jesus goes on to warn them to “wake up” to their current state (i.e., being lost) and repent before it is too late.

Revelation 3:2-3 (NASB)
2 ‘Wake up, and strengthen the things that remain, which were about to die; for I have not found your deeds completed in the sight of My God. 3 ‘So remember what you have received and heard; and keep it, and repent. Therefore if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come to you.

Jesus then promises to the few who are saved and to those who will be saved (i.e., “He who overcomes”), they will be dressed in white garments and their names will not be erased from the book of life. Or, as those who believe in the “perseverance of the saints” would say, “once saved, always saved.”

Revelation 3:4-5 (NASB)
4 ‘But you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their garments; and they will walk with Me in white, for they are worthy. 5 ‘He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.

Concerning those who do not overcome (i.e., are lost), their names are never written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. However, to those who do overcome (i.e., are saved), their names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life and will never be erased.

John 10:27-30 (NASB)
27 “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; 28 and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. 29 “My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. 30 “I and the Father are one.”

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“Everybody Else Is Doing It!”

Wrong is WRONG even if EVERYBODY is doing it. Right is RIGHT even if NOBODY is doing it. When we stand before our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, in judgment, we will stand alone. There will be no one else around for us to point at and discuss their activities. Likewise, we will not be asked to explain or defend the activities of others. Judgment will be on us and us alone. We will be asked about our activities, our decisions, and we will be defenseless before a righteous and just God.

Wrong is WRONG even if EVERYBODY is doing it. Right is RIGHT even if NOBODY is doing it. When we stand before our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, in judgment, we will stand alone. There will be no one else around for us to point at and discuss their activities. Likewise, we will not be asked to explain or defend the activities of others. Judgment will be on us and us alone. We will be asked about our activities, our decisions, and we will be defenseless before a righteous and just God. So please, please… do what is right… even if you are the only one.

Romans 14:11-12 (NASB)
11 For it is written, “As I live , says the Lord , every knee shall bow to Me, And every tongue shall give praise to God.” 12 So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God.

Revelation 20:11-15 (NASB)
11 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them. 12 And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds. 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds. 14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. 15 And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

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“Why Believe the Bible?”

The Bible itself claims not to be just the words of men, but the Word of God.

At first glance, this would appear to be a circular reference, reviewing the Bible to determine why we should believe what it has to say. Nonetheless, we will take this opportunity to observe a few facts, placing them in the context of “What does the Bible say about it?”

The Bible itself claims not to be just the words of men, but the Word of God. In the Old Testament alone, these words occur over 4,000 times:

  • “God said,”
  • “God spoke,”
  • “The Word of the Lord came to me,”

seven hundred times in the first five books, forty times in one chapter. Hundreds of years later, in the New Testament, Paul wrote:

2 Timothy 3:16 (NASB)
16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;

But the greatest statement was made by Jesus Himself:

John 17:17 (NASB)
17 “Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.

What are some compelling reasons for us to believe the Bible is God’s Word and is true?

  • It is historically reliable.
    • The Bible is not just one book, it is sixty-six books
    • The Bible was written over a period of 1,500 years
    • The Bible was written by forty different authors
      • Living on three different continents
      • Speaking three different languages
      • Writing on many controversial topics
      • Yet they all wrote on one theme
      • And they all said exactly the same thing
    • From Genesis through Revelation there is a golden thread running through every book of the Bible telling the story of
      • How man fell
      • How God wants man to be redeemed to Him
      • How a blood sacrifice is necessary to pay for sin
      • How Jesus is that perfect sacrifice, redeeming man
    • The Bible is a collection of historical manuscripts
      • Written closer to the actual events than many of today’s other widely accepted historical documents
        • Julius Caesar – the earliest manuscript is 1,000 years after he lived and there are only a handful of those
        • Plato – the earliest manuscript is 1,300 years after he lived and there are only seven of those
        • Homer – the earliest manuscript is 500 years after he lived and there are only 643 of those
        • Homer’s Iliad is the most well supported, overwhelmingly confirmed, ancient text in the world, next to the Bible
        • The New Testament alone has over 5,300 Greek manuscripts, the earliest of which is just 35 years after the last book of the New testament was written
        • The Old Testament was provided additional support with the Dead Sea Scrolls
          • Discovered in 1947
          • Date back to 150BC, just 200 years after the last recorded event in the Old Testament
          • Contain fragments of every book
          • Contain the complete book of Isaiah
          • The text lines up 99.87% with what is in today’s Bibles
        • When taking into account the Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek, and Latin documents
          • There are over 40,000 manuscripts that contain the Bible
          • Scholars believe we have 99.5% of the original manuscripts
      • No other historical book can make these claims
      • No archeological discovery has ever controverted a biblical reference, rather they continue to confirm historical statements found in the Bible
  • It is scientifically realistic
    • Many of the principles of modern science and medicine that are practiced today were recorded as facts of nature in the Bible, thousands of years ago
    • 1,500 years ago, people thought the world was flat, the Bible says it is round, or a sphere

Isaiah 40:22 (NASB)
22 It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.

  • In ancient times, doctors saw no need for washing their hands when operating on people, resulting in a high mortality rate in the early days of surgery, the Bible says

Leviticus 15:13 (NASB)
13 ‘Now when the man with the discharge becomes cleansed from his discharge, then he shall count off for himself seven days for his cleansing; he shall then wash his clothes and bathe his body in running water and will become clean.

  • It is prophetically right
    • No other book on the planet can match the staggering accuracy of foretelling future events like the Bible
    • 30% of the Bible is prophecy
    • In hundreds of instances, the prophecy is fulfilled hundreds of years after the one who wrote the prophecy has died
    • In the Old Testament alone, there are over 2,000 prophecies that have already come to pass
  • It is personally relevant
    • The first two chapters of the Bible answer the question “How did I get here?”
    • The third chapter of the Bible answers the question
      “What messed everything up?”
    • The rest of the Bible answers the question
      ”What is the solution?”

There are no questions about your life, that matter, which the Bible cannot answer. That claim cannot be made about any other book on Earth.

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“Is It Possible for Me to Lose My Salvation?”

This question has troubled many Christians throughout history. In fact, many still struggle with it today. To make matters worse, many theologians are divided on the issue making it even more difficult for laymen to arrive at a definitive answer to the question since both sides have Scripture to support their viewpoint. Calvinists support a viewpoint in favor of the security of the believer while Armenians support a viewpoint in favor of apostasy (i.e., the possibility the believer can fall away).

This question has troubled many Christians throughout history. In fact, many still struggle with it today. To make matters worse, many theologians are divided on the issue making it even more difficult for laymen to arrive at a definitive answer to the question since both sides have Scripture to support their viewpoint. Calvinists support a viewpoint in favor of the security of the believer while Armenians support a viewpoint in favor of apostasy (i.e., the possibility the believer can fall away). So, what does the Bible say about it? We will examine the key biblical passages used to support each side and attempt to arrive at a conclusion.

John 10:27-30 (NASB)
27 “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; 28 and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. 29 “My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. 30 “I and the Father are one.”

In John 10:27-30, Calvinists claim that Jesus’ words constitute a powerful declaration of security. Verse 28 is especially emphatic, where the declaration that something will not happen in the future is made. Jesus is categorically excluding the slightest chance of apostasy by His sheep. This assertion is followed by statements that no one can snatch believers out of Jesus’ hand or out of the Father’s hand. This passage is a definite rejection of the idea that a true believer can fall away.

Hebrews 6:4-6 (NASB)
4 For in the case of those who have once been enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit, 5 and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, 6 and then have fallen away, it is impossible to renew them again to repentance, since they again crucify to themselves the Son of God and put Him to open shame.

Armenians argue that Hebrews 6:4-6 represents an equally emphatic case for their position. The passage seems clear enough. The description is apparently of genuinely saved persons who abandon the faith and thus lose their salvation. However, because of the complexity of the issue and the material in this passage, a number of interpretations have grown up:

  1. The writer has in mind genuinely saved persons who lose their salvation. He notes that once they lose their salvation, there is no way to regain it for it’s impossible to renew them to salvation. This point is ignored by many Armenians.
  2. The persons in view were never regenerate. They merely tasted of the truth and the life and were only exposed to the Word of God. They did not fully experience these heavenly gifts. They do in fact apostatize; but from the vicinity of spiritual truth, not from its center.
  3. The people in view are genuinely and permanently saved; they are not lost. Their salvation is real, the apostasy is hypothetical. In other words, the “if”-clause does not actually occur. The writer is merely describing what would be the case if the elect were to fall away (an impossibility).

Upon close examination, the second explanation is difficult to accept. The vividness of the description, and particularly the statement “[those who] were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,” argues forcefully against denying that the people in view are (at least for a time) regenerate. The choice must therefore be made between the first and third views.

Part of the difficulty stems from the ambiguity of the Greek word translated “if they fall away.” It is an adverbial participle which can denote cause, time, concession, and (significant to this discussion) condition. Thus, one legitimate translation would be “if they fall away”; but it could also be rendered “when they fall away” or “because they fall away.” The actual meaning must be determined based upon context, the key element of which can be found in verse 9:

Hebrews 6:9 (NASB)
9 But, beloved, we are convinced of better things concerning you, and things that accompany salvation, though we are speaking in this way.

This verse might be understood as implying that the people described in verses 4-6, unlike the people to whom Hebrews is addressed, were not really saved. However, as pointed out above (view 2) there is a major difficulty with this interpretation. The other possibility is that the people referred to in verses 4-6 and 9 are the same. They are genuinely saved people who could fall away. Verses 4-6 declare what their status would be if they did. Verse 9, however, is a statement that they shall not fall away. They could; but, they will not. Their persistence to the end is evidence of that truth. The writer of Hebrews knows that his readers will not fall away; he is convinced of better things regarding them, the things that accompany salvation. He speaks of their past work and love and exhorts them to continue earnestly in the same pursuits.

Hebrews 6:10-11 (NASB)
10 For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown toward His name, in having ministered and in still ministering to the saints. 11 And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end,

The full context of the passage would seem to indicate then that the writer has in view genuine believers who could fall away; but, will not.

We are now able to correlate John 10 and Hebrews 6. While Hebrews 6 indicates that genuine believers can fall away, John 10 indicates they will not. In other words, there is a logical possibility of apostasy; but it will not come to pass in the case of true believers. Although they could abandon their faith and consequently come to the fate described in Hebrews 6, the grace of God prevents them from apostatizing. God does this, not by making it impossible for believers to fall away, but by making it certain that they will not. The emphasis on can and will not is not inconsequential. It preserves the freedom of the individual. Believers are capable of repudiating their faith, but will freely choose not to.

What about the “examples” of others who have allegedly fallen away in the biblical texts? It must be questioned whether these individuals were in fact true believers to begin with. There is insufficient evidence to warrant the conclusion that they were true believers who fell away.

The practical implication of the understanding of the doctrine of perseverance is that believers can rest secure in the assurance that their salvation is permanent. Nothing can separate them from the love of God. Thus, they can rejoice in the prospect of eternal life.

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“Will the World End December 21, 2012?”

It seems like every generation has one or more groups preparing for the “end of the world.” Many times these groups amount to nothing more than a small cult; however, other times these groups are rather large and composed of Christians led by a charismatic individual.

It seems like every generation has one or more groups preparing for the “end of the world.” Many times these groups amount to nothing more than a small cult; however, other times these groups are rather large and composed of Christians led by a charismatic individual.

William Miller
William Miller

One such group followed the teachings of William Miller, a prosperous farmer, Baptist layman, and an amature student of the Bible. His followers became known as the Millerites. Miller predicted the Second Coming of Christ (ushering in the end of the world as we know it) to be somewhere between March 21, 1843 and March 21, 1844. When March 21, 1844 came and went without incident, the date was revised to April 18, 1844, which also came and went without incident. Once again the date was revised to October 22, 1844, ending in the same result, which became known as The Great Disapointment. Many of the Millerites had to rebuild their lives since they had forsaken everything in anticipation of the event. The group split into three (3) sects, with one of those surviving today and known as the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Mayan Long Count Calendar
Mayan Long Count Calendar

One might ask, “That is all very interesting; but, what does this have to do with the year 2012?” Many people around the globe, Christian and non-Christian alike, believe the world as we know it, will come to an end in the year 2012, or more specifically, on December 21, 2012. This belief is based upon the Mayan Long Count Calendar.

December 21, 2012 is the end date of a 5,125 year cycle in the Mayan Long Count Calendar. Despite mainstream scholarship to the contrary, there are many who believe that date marks the beginning of a series of major catastrophies, which will plague the Earth and potentially bring about its destruction. The question is, “Who is right?” Will the world end or will December 22, 2012 be just another day? It depends upon whom you believe. In any event, we will not know until December 21, 2012 arrives.

More importantly, what should Christians prepare for? What does the Bible say about it?

Shortly after Jesus’ ressurection, many of His disciples believed He was about to usher in a new era.

Acts 1:6-7 (NASB)
6 So when they had come together, they were asking Him, saying, “Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority;

Jesus said we will not know the time. Furthermore, it will catch us by surprise.

Matthew 24:36-44 (NASB)
36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. 37 “For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. 38 “For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be. 40 “Then there will be two men in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. 41 “Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one will be left. 42 “Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming. 43 “But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into. 44 “For this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will.

Christians and non-Christians alike will be going about their daily lives and at an unexpected time, the Christians will be taken and the non-Christians will be left behind. Therefore, we must remain alert and continue to encourage one another as the day approaches.

Hebrews 10:23-25 (NASB)
23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; 24 and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, 25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.

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“I Can’t Help the Way I Am, I Was Born That Way. God Understands, Right?”

This is an all too common attitude voiced by Christians and non-Christians alike in an attempt to justify behavior they do not wish to address or correct. If the behavior we were born with were “understood”, that is to say acceptable, by God, we would have no need of a savior; God would simply accept us the way we are. However, this is clearly NOT the case.

This is an all too common attitude voiced by Christians and non-Christians alike in an attempt to justify behavior they do not wish to address or correct. If the behavior we were born with were “understood”, that is to say acceptable, by God, we would have no need of a savior; God would simply accept us the way we are. However, this is clearly NOT the case. What does the Bible say about it?

1 Peter 1:14-16 (NASB)
14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, 15 but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; 16 because it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

Colossians 3:1-2, 5, 8-10, 12-15, 17 (NASB)
1 Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. …
5 Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry. …
8 But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices, 10 and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him— …
12 So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. 14 Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. 15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. …
17 Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.

God is holy and expects us to be holy. This is more than simply accepting His Son, Jesus Christ, as our Lord and Savior. It includes being conformed to Jesus’ image in the newness of life we have received from Him. We are a new creature. We are expected to “put off” the old habits and behaviors and “put on” the new habits and behaviors; honoring, glorifying, and giving thanks to Him. We may have been “born that way”; but, once we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we were “born again”. We are expected to live life His way (Romans 12:1-2). If we love Him, we will keep His commandments (2 John 6).

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“If God Is a Loving God, Why Would He Condemn Anyone to Hell?”

Although asked by some Christians, this question is typically asked by those who attempt to find salvation by some means other than Jesus Christ. This is especially true of those who believe they are living a moral life, treat others as they would have themselves treated, and having a sense of right and wrong, try to choose right as much as possible. The truth of the matter is that God, in fact, has never condemned anyone to Hell. God has done all He can do to keep people out of Hell.

Although asked by some Christians, this question is typically asked by those who attempt to find salvation by some means other than Jesus Christ. This is especially true of those who believe they are living a moral life, treat others as they would have themselves treated, and having a sense of right and wrong, try to choose right as much as possible. The truth of the matter is that God, in fact, has never condemned anyone to Hell. God has done all He can do to keep people out of Hell. He offered His Son as a sacrifice in payment of our sin debt. However, He does not force that gift of salvation on anyone. Man is free to accept salvation through Jesus Christ, who promises to turn no one away (John 6:37), or to reject Him and the gift of His sacrifice. The sad truth is Hell’s occupants are there of their own choosing. What does the Bible say about it?

1 Timothy 2:3-6 (NASB)
3 This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time.

John 3:16-19 (NASB)
16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 “For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 18 “He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 “This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil.

 

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“My Kids Are Too Young to Understand About God. They’ll Pick It Up When They’re Ready. Right?”

Your kids are never too young to know about God. They are learning other things from you already. Why is it that so many people seem to think it is OK to put off teaching their children about God? Could it be the parents do not have a close relationship with God themselves to know how to teach their children about Him? It is never too early to begin… for them… or you.

Wrong. Your kids are never too young to know about God. They are learning other things from you already. Why is it that so many people seem to think it is OK to put off teaching their children about God? Could it be the parents do not have a close relationship with God themselves to know how to teach their children about Him? It is never too early to begin… for them… or you. What does the Bible say about it?

Deuteronomy 6:4-7 (NASB)
4 “Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one! 5 “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 “These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. 7 “You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.

Psalms 78:1-8 (NASB)
1 Listen, O my people, to my instruction; Incline your ears to the words of my mouth. 2 I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old, 3 Which we have heard and known, And our fathers have told us. 4 We will not conceal them from their children, But tell to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, And His strength and His wondrous works that He has done. 5 For He established a testimony in Jacob And appointed a law in Israel, Which He commanded our fathers That they should teach them to their children, 6 That the generation to come might know, even the children yet to be born, That they may arise and tell them to their children, 7 That they should put their confidence in God And not forget the works of God, But keep His commandments, 8 And not be like their fathers, A stubborn and rebellious generation, A generation that did not prepare its heart And whose spirit was not faithful to God.

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“Adonai, Allah, Budda, God, Jehova, Jesus, Muhammed, Yahweh; They’re All the Same, Right?”

While the Bible has many names for God, Adonai and Yahweh being but a couple, Allah, Budda, Muhammed, and others are not mentioned at all. One might say, “OK, so they are not mentioned, but are not these names simply another culture’s translation of the God in the Bible, just as Jehova is the English translation of the Hebrew and Adonai?” The answer is still no. These other names may be translations of other languages; but, they are not referring to the God of the Bible.

No, they are not. While the Bible has many names for God, Adonai and Yahweh being but a couple, Allah, Budda, Muhammed, and others are not mentioned at all. One might say, “OK, so they are not mentioned, but are not these names simply another culture’s translation of the God in the Bible, just as Jehova is the English translation of the Hebrew and Adonai?” The answer is still no. These other names may be translations of other languages; but, they are not referring to the God of the Bible. One might still argue that Allah refers to the God of the Bible since the Islamic religion also recognizes Jesus; however, the Jesus they recognize was merely a prophet leading the way to another, more superior prophet, Muhammed, who is the High Priest pointing the way to Allah. Islam’s Jesus is not considered to be the Savior sent by God to redeem mankind. What does the Bible say about it?

Deuteronomy 6:4 (NASB)
4 “Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one!

Matthew 3:16-17 (NASB)
16 After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him, 17 and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.”

John 14:6 (NASB)
6 Jesus said* to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

The LORD (Jehova) is God, there are no others. His Son is Jesus Christ in whom He is well pleased, not Muhammed. And finally, Jesus clearly states that no one comes to the Father (God), but by Him. Jesus is our Lord and Savior, sent by God, for our eternal redemption with God, no one else.

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“Must I Attend Sunday School, Worship Services, and Other Church Events?”

Unless you are providentially hindered, yes, you should try to make every effort to attend and support the events sponsored by your church: Sunday School, Worship Services, Bible Studies, etc. If you do not currently belong to one, you should locate and join a God-fearing, Bible-believing, Bible-preaching church.

Unless you are providentially hindered, yes, you should try to make every effort to attend and support the events sponsored by your church: Sunday School, Worship Services, Bible Studies, etc. If you do not currently belong to one, you should locate and join a God-fearing, Bible-believing, Bible-preaching church. What does God’s Word say?

Hebrews 10:23-25 (NASB)
23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; 24 and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, 25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.

While TV and radio evangelists, as well as peaceful, private meditation, can provide meaningful worship experiences, they are no substitute for worshipping corporately with others.

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