“your labor is not in vain in the Lord”

I do math research. Isn’t it vain because angels and other aliens know math better than me anyway?

(I Corinthians 15:58) “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be … always abounding in the Lord’s work, because you know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”

This says that our work is not vain.

As I said in this sermon, our work helps to gain knowledge of how to overcome sin. During the pass of my research I receive not only research results but also unconsciously results of how to overcome sin which disturbs me to do good works, these results on how to overcome sin are novel for angels. That is, I discover something angels don’t know. So my work is not vain.

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Who and to who speaks in Bible?

(Psalm 23)

1 Yahweh is my shepherd:
I shall lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
3 He restores my soul.
He guides me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me.
Your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil.
My cup runs over.
6 Surely goodness and loving kindness shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in Yahweh’s house forever.

We know that the Bible is God’s word. But who speaks in this psalm? He speaks about his God. At first it seems not to be a word of God Himself.

Really, these are words of Christ to His Father. It is a word of God to His God.

Yahweh is the shepherd of Jesus. Jesus will lack nothing, etc. (see the text of the psalm).

The above may even at first seems discouraging. Is it directed to Jesus not to us?! It is directed to us if we are in Christ.

I Corinthians 4:7

(I Corinthians 4:7) For who makes you different? And what do you have that you didn’t receive? But if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?

I wondered: Why should received be less boasted about than not received? After all, if one received a spiritual gift, the received becomes a part of his personality just like as not received.

I think, the answer to this question is: If you received some spiritual gift, then (after the will of God) anybody else can easily receive the same gift. So “received” is a common thing, which can be easily given to anybody else. So you have no reason to boast about the received.

Why the devil and sin exist?

Why the devil and sin exist?

It is a paradox that the devil and sin exist in the world created by perfect, good God.

It is usually answered that it is because of pride. But the natural question would be: Why then pride exists?

The comprehensible answer is that every problem must be solved and to be solved a problem need to appear. So sin is necessary to appear in the universe.

Read more here.

Good deeds vs donations

I thought: If I do good deals God will reward me. So I want to do as much good as I can. The biggest good I can do is scientific research and deep Bible study.

I also thought: It is not worth me to do small good deeds (to help that bum or that jobless man, or even that Christian preacher or church) because I do scientific research worth trillion dollars and should not break off to small good deeds, as my research is much more important. I should keep money to myself to help my research.

But once I realized that to receive a blessing we need to give money (not just good deeds) to those in need. (Gal. 6:7) “whatever a man sows, that he will also reap”.

My first reaction was: The spirits which control human life misbehave: I can do a trillion dollar worth good and they watch over my little “good deeds” and small amounts of money instead of really important for humankind projects.

But later I realized: It is useless to have big scientific projects, big revelations without peace and love. I need to be freed from greed (even if the greed has some “good” reason) in order to be suitable for the Kingdom of God. It is a work of God over me that I need to give my own money to needy, even if I have big projects which need money too. It is to make my character better, to be more suitable for the Kingdom of God.

Now, you have met a real genius. You can help me by donating. Please donate. This way you will do the best good deed (to help a genius) which you can.

My main project in math, software, philanthropy, and theology are listed at this Web page.

Foundation of our activity

I do my math and computer-related research. I bear a great fruit.

However, how could I do it without Intel who produced the CPU of my computer, without Linus and friends who produced Linux which runs my computer, without Web browsers, without a text editor, etc.?

Sometimes I was puzzled: When I create something by “gluing” parts together, is it really my own creation? Or is it a creation of them who made the parts?

Even if I would do an origami, the paper which is done from is composed of zillions atoms, every one controlled by a complex formula. Is this bend paper my creation? Or it is rather of God?

I also thought: I am a sinner, not a computer. I need a computer to work with, I need the work of Linus and Intel. If I were myself a computer, not a sinner, would then it be my creation when I compose parts of something in my mind?

Today I have realized that Jesus gives an ultimate answer to my question (and yes, it will continue even after rapture when we will be transformed into computers):

(John 15) 4 Remain in me, and I in you. As the branch can’t bear fruit by itself, unless it remains in the vine, so neither can you, unless you remain in me. 5 I am the vine. You are the branches. He who remains in me, and I in him, the same bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If a man doesn’t remain in me, he is thrown out as a branch, and is withered; and they gather them, throw them into the fire, and they are burned.

So we can bear fruit only on the foundation of Christ.

Whether to pay tithes in New Testament?

Malachi 3

8 Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me! But you say, ‘How have we robbed you?’ In tithes and offerings. 9 You are cursed with the curse; for you rob me, even this whole nation. 10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house, and test me now in this,” says Yahweh of Armies, “if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough for. 11 I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast its fruit before its time in the field,” says Yahweh of Armies. 12 “All nations shall call you blessed, for you will be a delightful land,” says Yahweh of Armies.

So in the Old Testament Israel was in the obligation to pay tithes. Not to pay tithes was considered a thieving just like as not paying taxes in earthy states.

Are we obliged to pay tithes in the New Testament?

Matthew 17

24 When they had come to Capernaum, those who collected the didrachma coins came to Peter, and said, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the didrachma?” 25 He said, “Yes.”

When he came into the house, Jesus anticipated him, saying, “What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth receive toll or tribute? From their children, or from strangers?”
26 Peter said to him, “From strangers.”

Jesus said to him, “Therefore the children are exempt. 27 But, lest we cause them to stumble, go to the sea, cast a hook, and take up the first fish that comes up. When you have opened its mouth, you will find a stater coin. Take that, and give it to them for me and you.”

We are children of God. Jesus said that the children are exempt. So we are not obliged to pay tithes.

But personally I do pay tithes. It is because I want to become rich. Malachi 3 says that God will give blessings to those who pay tithes. We are not under the law anymore, we are not obliged to obey its commandments. But nothing repealed blessings of God to those who do His will.

I strongly advise you to pay tithes. Not because you would be obliged, but to get greater blessing.

You may ask: What’s about (1Tim. 6:9) “But those who are determined to be rich fall into a temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful lusts, such as drown men in ruin and destruction.” Doesn’t this imply that we should not strive to get rich?

My response is: (from my book New Testament Commentary by a Mathematician)

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you fall into various temptations, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. Let endurance have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” (Jam. 1:2-4) In this passage, “various” includes the temptation of richness. So when God gives us richness we should accept it with great joy. We should lack in nothing (be rich) according to the above Bible quote. Also, “Blessed is the man who endures temptation, for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord promised to those who love him.” (Jam. 1:12)