On prosperity theology (become a scientist)

Prosperity theology in six words is “God wants you to be rich”.

Because of this, many Christians become businessmen.

But does God want us to be businessmen?

Yes, God wants us to be rich. And it is usually better to have your own business than to work for somebody other.

So, you could ask: Does God want me to be a businessman?

You probably won’t believe me: God wants you to become a mathematician.

Why? Very simple:

(Prov. 8:10-11) “10 Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold. 11 For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.”

Thus God wants that you spend more time in learning and researching than in earning money. God wants you to be a scientist or even a mathematician.

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Is water baptism necessary for salvation?

In this article I attempt to answer the question: Is water baptism necessary for salvation?

(Mark 16:16) “He that believes and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believes not shall be damned.”

I think, most people misread it: “He that believes and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believes not or baptizes not shall be damned.”

Baptism gives salvation but is not a necessary condition for salvation. (It is not said “who baptizes not shall be damned.”) The example of the repented bandit on the cross co-crucified with Jesus without doubt tells that he was saved without water baptism:

(Luk. 23:41-43) “41 And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man has done nothing amiss. 42 And he said to Jesus, Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom. 43 And Jesus said to him, Truly I say to you, To day shall you be with me in paradise.”

I remind that the faith does not work without deeds:

(Jam. 2:19-26) “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. 25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? 26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”

Baptism is a deed of faith what here means that if one believes then he is going to be baptized. If anyone would say that he believes but refuses to baptize, he in my opinion still goes to the hell.

But that bandit was not able to baptize with water, despite he got the faith. So he is not damned.

The other argument of these who insist that baptism is necessary for salvation:

(John 3:5-7) “5 Jesus answered, Truly, truly, I say to you, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Marvel not that I said to you, You must be born again.”

This looks very similar to a reference to water baptism. But it cannot be (see the case of the bandit). So it may probably signify that borning again happens when the spirit enters human body and interacts with water inside (remember that human body consist 60% of water).

Free will for the love

I will tell you two stories about two girls with some magic power.

Once I saw a girl exactly like one I saw in the dream that night. I told her that I saw her in a night dream. She attempted to kiss me and I needed to tell her to stop and to tell that she is not beautiful in my sight and do not want to deal with her.

Once I talked with a girl and she decided that we are in love. She possessed a magic power (not only we Christians have the power to make miracles) and she caused us two to fly into the air, like as in animation movies a guy and a girl raise to the air in love. I asked she what is her religion (sadly I cannot remember the exact answer) and said her that she is not beautiful in my sight and requested to stop and to release me.

Why I told these two weird stories? It is to show examples of how spirits try to control our love.

It is to bring down the imagination that Christians should marry only following a certain God’s revelation. To have a revelation from God is good, but it does not happen always. I rather say that these “spirits of love” are not of Christian nature.

But what the Bible tells about this? (1Cor. 7:39) “but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord”. Who she will not who was revealed in a supernatural revelation to her.

So in love seek God’s just will like as in any endevour of our life, but it is subject of our will not necessarily of some supernatural kind of love. It is about our feelings and wills.

Faithfulness of slaves of Christ (1Cor. 4:1-2)

(1Cor. 4:1-2) 1 So let a man think of us as Christ’s servants, and stewards of God’s mysteries. 2 Here, moreover, it is required of stewards, that they be found faithful.

Have you ever thought why from us is required faithfulness? (verse 2) The answer is in verse 1, because we are stewards of mysteries. The main thing which is required from us it not to tell to much (keep secrets)! It is faithfulness.

For God all things are simple. But after studying these two verses I think that for God is even simpler to transform a faithful stupid into a clever person than to transform a not faithful clever person into a faithful person.

So I conclude from 1Cor. 4:1-2 that if we have faithfulness to not say what we should not to say, then God will give us the rest (intellect, power, etc.)

Who is truly faithful indeed cannot be very stupid, because to be faithful is to differentiate what to do and what not to do (accordingly will of God), and who can differentiate these things in not stupid. It is a lie of Devil about stupid faithful persons. If one is faithful, he is already not stupid.

I deem that to be faithful is enough, because in this case God will give us all the rest gifts.

Why to not destroy our bodies

In many places of Bible it is written that our purposes are for the heavenly life, for soul, spiritual things etc.

So a natural question arises: Why us not to destroy our bodies as these are not important.

The answer to this questions is (1Cor. 3:16) 16 Don’t you know that you are a temple of God, and that God’s Spirit lives in you? 17 If anyone destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is holy, which you are.

Now we know that we should not destroy our bodies, but not because these would be important or valuable for us (these are not important for us at all as we are for heavenly life not for the Earth), but just to not be punished for damaging a temple.

“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.