Because of the rebellion against their Maker, the first human beings where cast out of the Garden of Eden, but had their offspring also with the blemish of the consequences of their going wrong. From those two people, AdamandEve, came forth several people and several nations. They were the beginning of all nations and therefore those the Bible refers to as “one flesh”, Eve coming from the same flesh (Adam’s) and being joined together again in marital/sexual union are really inseparable. They were told to multiply in such a way that the whole world would be populated. That is part of the Plan of God.
Their act of defiance, called “The Fall” by many theologians, is a real bummer because from it comes painful childbirth, weeds in our gardens, many problems, lots of pain and, ultimately, death. Moreover, Adam and Eve’s disobedience introduce fear and alienation into humankind’s formerly perfect relationships with God and one another. As evidence of this alienation, Adam and Eve’s son, Cain, murders his brother, Abel.
After that horrible drama it still not went right and even went so bad that God found it more than enough, and therefore would give man a possibility to return to the right path. But they did not; and therefore God brought a great flood over the whole earth. Noah and his family where chosen to survive the deluge because Noah was
“the most righteous in his generation.”
and as such should be one of the many good examples to follow. Can you imagine what a faith in that God he could not see, he must have had, to build a giant three-decked wooden box in which he, his family, and a whole bunch of animals would have to come to live when there was going to be a massive flood that God was going to send to destroy humankind for its disobedience. For years he worked on that ark in the desert where so many passed and laughed with him, finding him a big idiot.
From the family of Noah the world of man could start again from anew. Once again God could see people not willing to follow Him but preferring to make themselves other gods and believing in them more.
In those early times of mankind, early 2nd millennium bce, we can find again a man with incredible faith in his God. Though not perfect, Avram, how he was called first, was called by God to leave his homeland in Mesopotamia to venture to an unknown Promised LandCanaan. The tales of Abraham and his wife Sarah are a roller coaster of dramatic events that repeatedly jeopardize God’s promise. The couple its faith was really tested many times. Ironically, the biggest threat to God’s promise was when God Himself commanded Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac. Abraham did not hesitate to do what God asked from him, but right before Abraham was going to deliver the fatal blow to his own child, God stopped the sacrifice. As a reward for Abraham’s faith, God fulfils His promise to make Abraham’s descendants a great nation, as Isaac’s son Jacob eventually has 12 sons, whose descendants become the nation of Israel.
To bring over His messages Jehovah God uses human people who live according His wishes. One of them could see how people where not nicely treated and had to be brought out of the yoke of Egyptian slavery. Raised in the royal palace by Pharaoh’s daughter and her servant, the real mother of Moses, he had to flee Egypt for killing an Egyptian who was beating an Israelite slave. God knowing the heart of man, also knew very well what went on in Moses head and why that murder happened. Though no man can see God and live, Jehovah ‘appeared’ before Moses in a burning bush and told him to return to Egypt to deliver the Israelites from their slavery. Lots of faith in God was demanded from Moses, to meet every time the pharaoh bringing over the message of God, Who would bring a plague to the country. With God’s help, Moses succeeded in his mission, bringing the Israelites to Mount Sinai, where God gave him the Law, including the Ten Commandments.
Moses wrote down also the Words of God on the scrolls or manuscripts which we know today as the Pentateuch or the Torah. It are those books which bring us the history of man, but also bring us a picture how we can build up a good relation with God or how we can destroy such a relation.
That God not only wants to have a relation with us when we are totally good, we can see in many other characters, who also did not have a faultless life. In David, for example, we may find a character who perpetrates one of the Bible’s most heinous crimes: he committed adultery with a woman named Bathsheba, who was the wife of one of David’s most loyal soldiers, Uriah. Though to cover up the crime, David had the Hittite killed. It was after the prophet Samuel confronted David with his sin, that he came to repent. We may see that God is a forgiving One when people repent, but we should know that sometimes we shall have to bear the punishment like it was for David.
Beyond David’s royal exploits (and indiscretions), he’s credited with writing many of ancient Israel’s worship songs, which you can read in the Book of Psalms.
He was is Israel’s second and greatest king and it is out of his lineage an other prophet and king would be born and would bring salvation to the world.
Several other prophets warned people about their lifestyle and how they had to prepare for great days to come. Because many people liked worshipping multiple gods many prophets tried to have them to worship Only OneTrue God.
In order to prove to the Israelites that the ElohimHashemJehovahGod is the Only True God, the prophet Elijah gathered the prophets of Baal at Mount Carmel, where for the main event each deity was given a pile of wood with a bull on it. The god who could produce fire and consume the sacrifice would be called the greatest and win. Baal went first, and for half the day his prophets danced, shouted, sang, and even cut themselves in order to convince their god to answer Elijah’s challenge. When their efforts failed, Elijah prayed to Jehovah God, who immediately brought fire down from the sky to consume the sacrifice. The Israelites rededicated themselves to This Incredible God who listens to people and gives answers to people, and they killed the prophets who deceived them into worshipping Baal.
A later figure of importance is the man who with many of his prophecies inspired hope for eventual peace and righteousness on earth. Several of these prophecies were later understood by Christians to be predictions of Jesus, including the birth of Immanuel; the coming of the Prince of Peace, as quoted in Handel’s Messiah; and the suffering of God’s “Servant” for the sins of his people.
That prophet (Isaiah) spoke about a servant and sent one from God, the son of man, coming from the lineage or seed of king David, who can be considered as the most important prophet. It was the Nazarene JewJeshua, the ben haElohim or son of God, better known today as Jesus Christ.
He is the one who told many stories and parables so that people could come to know how to live and how to prepare themselves for the Great Day of Judgement that is going to come.
He is also the best example to follow, him being the way to God and the one showing and opening the door to the Kingdom of God.
All the above mentioned characters are only a few of the many presented in the Bible. In that Book of books we may find many men and women who can be brought forward as people of God, having done things we can learn from. Many of them were obedient to God’s commands throughout their life, some even risking their life, like Esther. Other’s their family story, like Hosea‘s, was a metaphor for God’s relationship with Israel.
In stories like the one of Jonah we can see how much better it is to listen to God. And that listening can be done by reading the most precious Book of books, the Bible.
With over 66 books of Scripture, 39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament, covering thousands of years of history, the Bible makes mention of hundreds of people either in great detail and gives others just a passing mention. From all those spoken off we can learn, the same as we can learn by looking around us and by comparing what is written, in the Bible, about such occasions we encounter in our daily life.
When we are looking for some one for having a good or closerelationship with, we can assure you the best one to have a good relationship with is the Most High Divine CreatorGod Who made it possible for you to be here in the first place.
Having a relationship with Him is a requirement for each living soul (human being). The divine Maker of all things wants His creatures to be connected with Him and to have a loving relationship with them as a Father – son relationship, or even more or stronger.
Many people may feel very lonely in this world. Many may also feel very empty.
Emptiness in our heart is the lack of fulfilment in being a set apart or sacred being in the universe. Normally each human being is, from the beginning of times, written in the Book of Life and Death. In that book are all the names of those who shall live and die and of those who shall be able to live again after they died, but also of those who shall have to face their seconddeath after they were taken out of the dead to come before the judgement stool of the returned Jesus Christ.
In this world we are placed and have to find ways to live. We can feel very bad in it or be very happy in it. Though it must be said that there are people whatever they try to do they do not seem to find happiness nor luck or find success in what they are trying to fulfil.
You should know when you feel empty, when you feel a great big void like a very deep well or big hole, then it probably is that there is not yet that light which is available for you too.
You may think there is nothing that can fill that hole, but there really is. There is even such Supreme Being that on top of the hole can build a mountain so high that you shall be able to look down at this terrible word and wonder why you did not see it earlier or did not findHim earlier.
It is never too late to go for Him. Go and find the One Who is the Only One Who is much stronger and grater than any man on this earth or any being in the universe.
Though no man can see Him, He is the Most Powerful, the Mightiest of all. He is also the One Who can give everything you need: fulfilled hope and luck.
If you feel emptiness in your soul He is the One to look for. He is the One Who makes it possible to be found.
But to find Him one must do something.
One has to be willing to find God and therefore to open the mind and heart and let Him to come into the personal being.
One has to let Him fill the heart with the warmth and knowledge of His Word.
Let Him fill your heart and soul, i.e. your whole being, and you shall become richer and richer (in spirit) by the day.
What does it take to begin a relationship with God?
With people around us we may have an idea how we can start a relationship with them, but what about God?
Do we have to wait until something serious happens in our life? Many do that, but is that the right way? Do they not miss a lot because they too late became in a relationship with their God?
Is it necessary to enjoy yourself a lot or to get in trance to come closer to that god or the God?
Or should we spend more time to ourselves or to taking part in religious activities? Or is it necessary to devote yourself to unselfish religious deeds?
Do we first have to become a better person, whatever that might entail, so that God will accept us?
We can ask a thousand questions and look for many answers. We might go looking in lots of books and places to find answers. Though we should know we do not have to go far. God has made it very clear in the Bible how we can know Him. In God His Word, the Bible, is explained what happened to mankind, how the relationship was broken and how the relationship was and can be restored.
Does that God hide or is it our pride which makes that we do not want to see and know Him?
Should we have to ask Him first a proof of His identity? do we not need some certification or a security that we do have to do with God? Do we need His sign and his reassurance first before we can come to Him? Should we not know first of all that we are speaking with the right person?
Is it in response to a power displayed, that we should start looking for a relationship with God?
In the following articles you might find why it is necessary to build a relationship with God and how you can personally begin such a relationship with God, right now…
You may wonder if there really exist a God. You have all reason to question His existence and to check if you are feeling right or thinking the right way. We are even requested to examine our own faith. It is important to know what you want to believe, what you want to take for the truth.
Lots of people are looking for answers in their life. Many of them also have an inner feeling that sometimes frightens them. They do not know where to look at for what is troubling their inner soul.
They might think others have a catchphrase, a cliché, or a phrase to throw around lightly, but all should know that the matter of the Divine Creator is not something to take light hearted. It is serious business.
All people should know that we were created in the image of the Divine Creator for a good reason. We are expected to have fellowship with Him. But we also must know that from the beginning the great deceiver himself was there – doing everything he could to separate us from our Creator and from each other. It is that adversary which troubles our hearts and makes us wandering about on this globe where we can see so much trouble and suffering, all because so many are not living according to the wishes of the Most Divine and by doing so they are making a mess of it.
But then Who is that Most Divine? Who is that Divine Creator? Who is the Originator of everything what we see around us?
That are good questions we should pose ourselves.
We have all reason to wonder if there really can exist Some One Who can heal the brokenhearted and set captives free. [Psalm 34:17-18 and John 8:36]. And if He really can move mountains and change lives [Psalm 97:5 and Colossians 3], or can cause the rise and fall of nations [Psalm 33: 8-12].
Do you know there is even a place where you can ask such questions or have your thoughts running free. On the net there is a message board or forum where your questions are welcome.
While there is no quick fix, God’s Word is clear and the message is simple.
At the place Christadelpian where many people may exchange ideas easily hopefully many will bring forth some good subjects also. To start off the following opening articles can be found
Today, more than ever, men and women are concerned about job satisfaction and a way to live wealthy. Most of them though think money shall bring them the aspired luck. Having so much wealth and so many gadget around them to make life easier and more pleasant, lots of people still do not seem to be satisfied.
They do not seem to be able to find “fulfilment“. Being pressed at work, more and more being pushed by society which wants more from man, people become more and more frustrated and sometimes even do not get to the point where the can wonder what the purpose is of this all.
Strangely enough lots of people looking for job satisfaction are confronted with employment itself being partly responsible for the negative experiences of time management and of joblessness because, in allowing people only a limited space in which to cultivate other interests, skills and social ties, full-time jobs can often leave people with few personal and social resources to fall back on.
Lots of people get so much caught up by work they have not time for others and often even not enough time for their own family. That is one of the reasons we see so many families breaking up.
Many feel an emptiness in their life which does never seemed to feel filled in. All the time when people seem to reach something they are confronted by somebody else who has done better. Whatever a person may achieve in life, there is someone who probably has done better in another side of the world. As such there is no point boasting about one’s achievements.
In this very fast turning around commercial world, lots of people are focusing everything around their own self and do everything they think possible to acquire great things for themself. It takes, for many, a very long time before they come to see that this attitude is not at all going to make them happy for a long time.
Focusing on themselves people get to feel the vacuum inside themselves better. They shall have to come to the understanding that already from the beginning of times man wanted to have a partner to be one with, and not until we try to become one with each other we shall like trying to fill an endless deep pit. Every person of mankind shall have to find the right way and the right material to fill the “hole” to feel truly whole.
For many it takes many years before they come to see that we have our place in society and that we are in a certain way all connected with each other and with the world around us. Once people start seeing the importance of the relationship between them and those around them, them at last also becoming concerned about how they can relate in a proper and good way to others, helping them to achieve great things, then they shall come to realise they may become partakers on the path of fulfilment. From then onwards, when they have opened their hearts to others, the hole inside will be filled with joy and that will make them whole.
That essential element in life, becoming partakers of journeying people to fulfilment, is not an easy task laid out for mankind. In case much more people could see that there exist a manual to come to the best life possible, they would much more easier find answers to their questions and ways to make life easier.
It is a fact that the book that tells us why we were made, what our purpose is, how we can make the best of life, is seldom consulted. No wonder so many people are muddled up, do not know were to go or what to do, and are caught up in a big mess.
The book which is already a long time provided for mankind to get on the right path to happiness, is the most unread Bestseller of all times. That book does not exist just out of one story and genre, but is really a library of books. The tittle “Bible” actually means “the Books,” coming from the Greek biblia (“books”). Those different books are bound together in one or two volumes, because they make up a set. They depend on one another. Together they form a complete story.
Often people use the word “Holy“, meaning “set-apart” or “separate”, put aside for a special use. The bible is different from all other books, because though somebody penned it down, that person is not actually the author himself. When we look at what they write about themselves, we shall be struck with the transparent honesty of those writers, who do not hide the bad things they did, or annoying things which happened to themselves because of their own fault. Their openness in writing of failure and sin, even their own, is most unusual.
When we look at their direct and forceful language, we also notice that they themselves contribute a lot of words or sayings not to themselves but to a Higher Being. That Higher Being they consider the Originator of everything, the Divine Creator of heavens and earth. This Provider of the Voice bringing the Words to those people living here on this earth at different times, also chose Himself those Scriptures to stay in existence. This Supreme Being no man can see and live, took care that His Words were written down and given from one to an other generation. It was Him Who also preserved the words that truly reveal Him and teach us of His person. Even when so many people tried to destroyed His words, they never succeeded in doing so. They died, decayed, became dust and forgotten, but The Words of God stayed lively continually going from one person to an other, bringing life to many.
His Words have been of great help for many, throughout the ages. Lots of people turned to those Words in times of need or distress. Those Words form the Book of books were revered and relied on for guidance.
They were the books, therefore, which were copied and translated when others were lost.
Though many of the books are ridiculed and lots of people make a fool of some of the Biblical characters, it is all the distortion of simple Bible facts that has led to ignorance and misunderstanding.
We need to get back to the beginning and to the Biblical truth.
Then we can make some sense of our life.
Some people do find it ridiculous to hear others saying to “relate to God”. There are those who say there does not exist a god and others who say God is so Divine it is impossible for man to have a relationship with Him. Others say it is only the son of God who is related to God because he is the incarnation of God himself, God having coming to earth. For them God became personified. Some two thousand years ago, according to them, there took place an act of embodying in flesh. Those believers who call themselves also Christians are convinced that Christ Jesus is an incarnate yatsar or formof God. For them he is the manifestation of God and the visible embodiment of the Most High. They think it was God who took an the form of a slave.
At this site we shall show that God may be manifested in Christ Jesus but that the Bible teaches that Jesus is the son of God and that nowhere in the Holy Scriptures is written he would be the “god the son” (a big difference).
Genesis 1:1 (RNKJV)
1 In the beginning Elohim created the heaven and the earth.
Genesis 1:26-27 (RNKJV)
26 And Elohim said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 27 So Elohim created man in his own image, in the image of Elohim created he him; male and female created he them.
Psalms 100:3 (RNKJV)
Know ye that יהוה he is Elohim: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Isaiah 64:8 (RNKJV)
But now, O יהוה, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.
Colossians 1:15 (RNKJV)
15 Who is the image of the invisible Elohim, the firstborn of every creature:
When a Maker would make something in His image, do you not think He would like to relate to it.?
First of all it is something He created. He made it Himself. He also liked what He made. After He created something every time we are told He looked at it and saw that it was good.
Genesis 1:31 (RNKJV)
31 And Elohim saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
Also later when Jesus was born and had done everything according God’s Will, God was pleased with that creation.
Colossians 1:19-20 (RNKJV)
19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; 20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
Psalms 19:1 (RNKJV)
The heavens declare the glory of El; and the firmameint sheweth his handywork.
Psalms 104:24 (RNKJV)
O יהוה, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.
Psalms 104:31 (RNKJV)
The glory of יהוה shall endure for ever: יהוה shall rejoice in his works.
Ephesians 3:21 (RNKJV)
Unto him be glory in the assembly by the Messiah Yahushua throughout all ages, world without end. amein.
When God’s glory has to stay for ever it means also when He has to heave pleasure in His works, and others should glorify His works, than it means that there must be a relationship with that what He created.
Throughout history we also can see how God kept contact with those who came after Adam and Eve. Although they had doubted God’s right to have dominion over man, God was forgiving and loving His creatures, wanting them to give an other chance. Those who were willing to come to Him He was willing to receive.