Who has more troubles: righteous or sinner?
Righteous should have less problems, because God helps him, right? Or do righteous have more troubles because they are attacked more by the devil?
(Psalms 34:19) “Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivers him out of them all.”
There are more troubles with the righteous, but they are overcome.
Note that this also applies first to the Jesus himself.
Proverbs 18:22 “Whoever finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor of the LORD.”
This means that the Kingdom of Heavens provides “family capital”, blessing a couple when it’s married just like as some countiries on the Earth pay money to a mother when she gives birth to a child.
Some theological thoughts. Not sure if I am quite right about this.
Bible demonstrates the following two similar concepts:
- Christ has human nature, He is a man. See (Rom. 5:15) “by one man, Jesus Christ”. He is on the heaven and on the Earth simultaneously.
- We, saved people, are present on the heaven now: (Eph. 2:6) “And has raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus”.
How can we be both on the Earth and on the heaven? My proposed answer is the following: There is some one-to-one correspondence (a mathematician would say “bijection”) between us on the Earth and heavenly creatures. That is every detail of our human body corresponds to some part of a heavenly creature and vice versa.
I think, this “correspondence” appeared as a result of the following: Heavenly createtures seeking a way to save us from sin (see also this my sermon), think how to do it. The one who thinks about a human is a giant smart heavenly creature. I think Bible calls such a creature “spirit of a man”. Spirit is much more smart than our brain. But the behaviour of such a heaveny spirit is fully determined by behaviour of its man. That is the spirit of a man is the human body “translated” to the heaven.
The same applies to Christ. Christ in the heaven is an image of His human body, as said in (Col. 2:9) “For in him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily”. Everything of God is an image of his human body.
(1Cor. 6:9) “Know you not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither … nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind”. So at first, it may seem that homosexuals go to the hell. But we know more important principle that salvation is by faith, not by deeds. I suppose that people with broken hormones are to be considered rather “people of third sex” rather as these who are called “unrighteous” here by the Bible. It seems to go to the hell a regular man who decides to experiment and have sex partners of same sex because it is his conscious decision. It seems that Paul writing this did not know about hormones (but this does not make God’s word false.)
Homosexuals are an error of the nature (but the way, see my views about evolution).
I was going to write “I do not approve same sex marriage, but…”, but unexpectedly for myself I thought: It may be better if they as they say “marry” and have a persistent partners than to change partners and distribute HIV.
It is not about selecting the best alternative, but about selecting one of the bad alternatives.
Also, for example, I was a maniacal killer before conversion to Christ. I am sure God can heal a homosexual, too. Probably, no more wonder of healing a homosexual than of healing a maniacal killer.
(Matthew 5:20) “For I say to you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.”
I am a “scribe”. This mean that I write (Christian and other) books. The modern word for “scribe” may be “book author”.
The words of Christ mean that if one writes correct theological books (even speaking correctly on the topic of salvation), this does not warrant his salvation. The faith needs to be manifested by the life.
It is confirmed by
(James 2) “19 You believe that there is one God; you do well: the devils also believe, and tremble. 20 But will you know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son on the altar? 22 See you how faith worked with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? 23 And the scripture was fulfilled which said, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed to him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. 24 You see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.”
The salvation depends on faith only not on deeds (and who say otherwise has no right to be called a Protestant), but the faith is true only when it is manifested by deeds. In the example of Abraham, he was justified by the fact that he did a certain deed (agreeing to sacrifice his son) accordingly the faith he had that God may resurrect him even if he got killed.
It is little known about the origin of the word “Mammon” met in the New Testament. Doesn’t God tell through it that Mammon is an obscure, hard to understand thing?
You know: “You can’t serve God and mammon” (Matthew 6:24)
What is mammon? It is the spontaneously organizing spirit of money having material and spiritual components. It is the spiritual component of money.
The nearest word to “mammon” in modern language is probably “luck”.
In the past I was led to frustration and despair by the fact that money behaved “magically” (not in the natural manner). I said: I’d only wish about money that they would follow natural laws, not behave magically.
Any honest reader of the Bible however can notice that God blesses believers. You cannot serve God and mammon. This means you cannot follow both Christ and that supernatural luck. These two are distinct and cannot be followed together. Reject luck and seek blessing of God.
And these words of Christ also mean the widely accepted thing: Don’t be greedy. You can be rich but don’t be greedy, use your money to help others.