The Bottom Line
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OPEN; Hey, good morning and welcome to S?TAG, I'm Jack. I'm trying to put it all in one place today, I call this THE BOTTOM LINE OF XITY. You've heard me say it's a hard walk. Some like to say that Christianity is a bed of roses. Well, that's true, but don't roses have thorns? Usually, when I talk about it being a tough Walk, I'm referring to faithing. Trusting God with some part of your life. Not today. it's going to be a BS or an Uh Oh day. i hope you fall into the latter place. But first….
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I expect one of two things to happen today. Either a Wall will go up, or a door will open. First to clarify faithing. Greek faith is a lot different than our English faith. Our faith just sits there believing in God. Greek faith gets out of the chair and faces the unknown, based solely on something God has said about the situation; making our decision based on what God has outlined for us. We don't often, in our regular lives have to confront the unknown. Not the large ones. And a lot of our decisions aren't major ones. So, we tend not to think about bringing God into it when we have to decide something. I don't ever remember consulting God about what to choose for dinner. And maybe even buying a new car. But I know that when I bring my Self into the process and go with something "He" wants, down the line sometime I reap stress from those seeds of selfishness. If I've taken the easier way out, I get it back again in that same context. So, deciding on God's way of doing something always seems to be the hardest of the options. That makes for a tough walk. Always having to do the hardest thing? "I just want to sit here where it's nice."
But how much more intense is the "hardness" when we get into letting go of our means of living? That's a pretty intense unknown. How will I make up for the money that could have been used for food?
Here's some more Hard. "Giving" away your time. Now we've got three areas of unknown to face. The Believer's Walk is as thorny as any rose bush. I've decided to put all the hard parts together today and give you the Bottom Line of Christianity. It's a hard Walk.
I've touched on the ideas in this piece at other times. I'm not going to say anything new. But I'm calling this the Bottom Line of Christianity. Well, here's what's on that bottom line.
Believers are to put 25% of their life to use working for God, furthering His goals.
That means putting 25% of your money to work for God.
That means putting 25% of your time to work for God.
People all across the country put some money in the plate and have almost no idea why. They only have the preacher's word that they should give. Almost no teaching on giving goes on in today's churches. They are lost in a forest of traditional thinking and can't see out to get a look at the whole forest.
I only know one preacher who taught on the giving. But even Dr, Scott never, to my hearing addressed the more practical side of giving. That practical side goes up to God Himself.
The Bible says give. Jesus said is was right for the Pharisees to tithe. Paul in every letter but one teaches that the Believers support the teachers of the Word. But does it stop there? Isn't God behind all this teaching? Isn't it God's wish that we know how, when, to whom we give? God must want us to know about giving. He talks about it in many different ways in just about every book of the Bible.
Jesus only addressed the issue from the side door and never mentioned it outright. The practical side of giving from God's perspective is related to the creation of the universe. That's God's "bottom line." The creation of the physical universe. That's God's "forest."
So, let's work down from God's bottom line to see where our giving fits in. This reasoning all comes out of information in the Bible. Nothing new here.
God was in the midst of putting together the physical universe, with Lucifer and a large host of angels in charge specifically of the earth. The major, basic creation was there for the heavenly host to enhance, put the icing on the cake, as Herbert W. Armstrong said.
Consider for a minute what that really means. Without trying to specifically limit their creative abilities, the fact is that those angels and Lucifer in particular could create. In the same way that God creates. Again, nothing new here. As Science has long taught, everything, that's everything, is just energy. Energy grouped together to form certain "physical" things.
God allowed angels to have limited creative ability. The third highest created angelic being, Lucifer, had more creative ability than those below him. Above Lucifer? God, Jesus, Michael, and maybe Gabriel, but probably not. I don't think that Gabriel could beat Satan. He had to get Michael to help him hold back the Prince of Persia so he could deliver Daniel's prayer request.
Therein lies a very plausible explanation why one third of heaven decided to follow Lucifer. They decided. He didn't blackmail them or threaten them. I'm sure he used some propaganda on them, but they still had to decide to go with him. Lucifer was as Good as God, mostly. These angels, don't forget, knew God on a personal basis. They had "seen" God, "heard" Him speak.
Lucifer's beauty, voice, obvious high position with God, AND his spectacular creative power made it look to the angels that there was so little difference between the two that they could give in to Lucifer's propaganda. Lucifer's way has never changed. He sets up a division between two groups, bringing them both down to him. He did it with Eve when he pointed out the separation between her and God. Then he applied his Solution, do the Wrong thing. He creates a problem/separation, then offers the Solution. Allegiance to him. He'll get us out of this mess. Sound familiar?
Let me go aside here to reinforce that creative ability. Again, everything is just energy put together to look like something physical. Even our bodies are just groups of energy. Where does that energy come from? Of course, ALL the physical universe is made up of God's energy. It was His energy that The Word spoke. The energy formed itself into what we see. It is sustained nano-second by nano-second by God. We, our bodies are just God energy. We also are creators.
How many times in the Bible do we read where an angel showed up as a living man? Is that what angels really are? Flesh and blood men? No. I bet an angel can't bleed. They are able, through their God-allowed creative ability, to reform the God-energy into something the looks and acts just like a human being. They just re-group the energy.
That's exactly what we do for our own physical bodies. There's a little bit of God energy that has been "individuated" into my Self. My Self then forms my physical body. Remember that this is all by God's allowance. He's got a reason for this to happen. He wants these bits of His energy to accomplish something for Him. Remember I said that Jesus only addressed it by the side door. It was "hidden" in his Gospel. Jesus' gospel isn't the same that most churches teach. They teach the Gospel about Jesus. That's good to know, but what was the gospel that Jesus preached? Isn't he one of God's main Trees? He might have beautiful leaves and great branches and a lofty top, but what did he say was most important? He preached the kingdom of God. He told his Apostles to do the same and even gave Paul the same mission.
Well, of course, that would be Jesus' main message. He was working for God, not us or himself. God wanted him to preach that kingdom. The kingdom is another large tree in God's forest. What is God's forest? The creation of the physical universe.
God is creating a fail-safe plan to get back to that creative project. Lucifer sidetracked the plan when he rebelled. We need to understand the timing of this. Genesis 1:1 is completely separate from Genesis 1:2. Jeremiah confirms that the proper translation is that the earth became a waste and a desolation. The original creation of the basic earth became a waste. At some point God started the re-creative process; for the earth, not the whole universe, or even the other planets of the solar system. God put out His Spirit over the desolate earth's waters. That Spirit spoke and the re-creative process began.
As we know, Adam and Eve fell, too. That meant that Satan, as he was now called, was put back in charge of the earth. He was in charge in Jesus' day. That's why he could get away with offering Jesus all the kingdoms of the earth. And he's still in charge today. But so is God's fail-safe plan.
The only one who never went against anything that God had said was Jesus. That's how he was considered sinless. You already know that all the beings that we read about in the Bible are created beings, except for Jesus. God didn't create Jesus, like He did Lucifer. Lucifer wasn't 100% God "conscious" the way Jesus was. That's how Jesus could be all man and all God at the same time. It was the consciousness behind the physical body that was 100% God.
It's clearly taught in both Testaments that Believers will eventually be all God-beings. Just like Jesus. Then we "other" gods will not go against God the way the angels did. You know, two thirds of the angels that stayed with God still have the ability to decide for a different leader.
And for 25 years you've heard me talk about faithing. Acting out that trust in God that the Bible talks about. Paul's main message is that when we do trusting acts on something God has said, like tithing or making God-information available to others, that God puts some of His Life Force inside our bodies. The more of God's Life is in us, the more like God we are. Eventually, we will be ALL God Life-force. Not really human any more. Able to do what and more than angels can do. Just like Jesus.
That Kingdom of God that Jesus preached is the Golden Age, the Millennium. At the end of the Millennium, the transformation of those that chose God will become complete, time will cease to exist and the re-creation of the universe will finally continue. There's God's forest. Where's your 25% fit in?
How did God start the ball rolling toward the re-creation process? We won't go farther back than Jesus, for sake of time. What was Jesus mission? Tell the world that God was going to set up a kingdom here on earth. How did he do that? He preached it. He made that information available to those around him and sent others to many places, telling them to preach the same. But just just saying it, and telling others to tell about it couldn't accomplish that. How will anyone believe that news? It's Eternity, not some traveling show. It means a complete change of life style on the part of the Believer. It means that 25% of your life.
Basically, Jesus mission was the statement and the proof of the statement's Truth. Both had to be there for people to believe. Jesus proved that God was Real. He proved it by doing something that no other human ever did or will do. He came back to life after 72 hours. He didn't do that by himself. He even said he would die and came back to life in three days.
In proving that he was connected to God by this supernatural act of resurrection, he verified that the other things he said about God and eternity were also True.
Only one thing remained. If God was building a new workforce of Believers, He certainly would not stop at just telling them that He was going to have a kingdom on earth. He'd surely tell them how they might participate, if they chose to.
So, Jesus, proved God's reality and told folks how to participate. And please notice here Jesus' method for going about that mission. Did he go door-to-door? Did he visit the local hospital to do a bunch of healing? Or did he make the information available to those around him; in a way that left the choice up to them? Even when he talked directly to the original twelve and said, "Follow me," they had the choice not to.
Those ways weren't Jesus' ways of accomplishing his mission. He did things the way God wanted them done. So, we can conclude that God wants His message gotten out by those methods. Prove His reality, make available the information of His coming kingdom and how to participate.
Take a second and lay those ideas on what goes on in Christianity today. Hmmm.
We are not along for the ride to heaven. We are to be working for God by getting His reality out the others, including the coming kingdom and how we are to participate in it. How do we "work" for God on this? We set aside 25% of our lives to the task.
People hate it when money comes up, but that's the easy one. It's right there in black and white. We're suppose to tithe and give the mandated offerings. Proper study will show this to be up there about 25%. Hard to accept, but easy to understand.
Again, it's absolutely clear that we are to support the ministry. But what exactly is "the ministry?" Go to Ephesians four , verse twelve. It says that the teachers are for teaching the saints to work for God.
And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
As you can see, the work of the ministry is the edifying of the body of Christ. Who is "the body of Christ?' it's the Believers, the "saints". This has nothing to do with non-Believers. Preachers and saints are to leave non-believers alone and concentrate on building up the other Believers. And by what method? Not by the Believer's idea of how to do that, but by the methods that God uses.
Yeah, I know that sounds too exclusive, but here's how God deals with those non-believers. He didn't leave them out. While the Believers are busy getting the information out to others, the Holy Spirit is drawing non-believers to the information. When the information hits home and the person has a "moment of Truth", that moment when the person realizes that what the person is seeing/hearing can only be supernatural, they will want to follow up that information to find out more. They are now Believers. Beginning Believers, but Believers enough to seek God.
Where we fail is the getting the word out. Christendom has adopted salvation as it's object. Especially Protestantism. They all seem to trying to save the world. Jesus never preached salvation. He preached the kingdom and trusting God; which is how we participate.
Firstly, we have to have the information before we can get it out to others. That means that we must study the available evidence. When we become knowledgeable on a certain subject, the Holy Spirit can draw a person to us for some more information. Study takes a lot of time and discipline. Discipline, disciple, learner. Disciple means learner. Not just follow along in the rear.
There goes part of the 25% of your time. You can't get out a word you haven't studied, vetted. Then comes the part that really eats up that 25%. How do we make the info available to others? How about public access TV? Pretty high profile, huh? OK, how about a radio show? Yeah, still pretty heavy. OK, you can set up a web site. Part of your 25% money will pay the small cost. You can put up page after page of neat stuff you've learned about God and the Bible. It's very easy access for others and doesn't pressure them in any way to respond. They can just push the little X and be gone. If you like to write down your experiences, put together a bunch of essays and put it in the local bookstore. Still beyond your present ability or resources? Put up notices on the local bulletin boards that you are holding discussions or Bible study at a certain time and place. If you have been studying, you will have the desire to share God with others, so you don't have to think about being some hot shot Bible teacher. We have to figure out what we can do to get our knowledge out so other believers can "find" it. You know, we can't research everything. As Believers, we will be searching out sources of God-info that we haven't learned yet.
Now. The more time one spends making the info available, the less time one will have to make the money to eat, pay the rent. God told us many times over who gets our 25%. It goes two places and is directed at God. Mainly, your giving goes to the teacher that helps you learn about God. But a small portion goes to "reflecting" God to those around you. That's what the third tithe is for.
I'm not going to detail out the three tithes, but the first one, 10% of EVERYTHING that comes in, goes to your teacher. The second tenth, is for you to travel and sojourn to a place where you can celebrate God with other Believers. In the Old Testament, it was to finance their three yearly trips to Jerusalem. I do have to remind you that the tithe of money and time is put there by God so we won't get carried away like the New Testament Christians did. God doesn't want us to give away everything. He never told them to do that. Didn't most of the money that they gave go for the sustenance of other poorer Believers? It's very hard to view that as edifying other Believers with God-information. And you may have noticed that the church at Jerusalem went nowhere. They weren't doing God's work. They were busy trying to live like what they defined as Christian. Paul regularly sent offerings from other saints to help out the Ebionites, as they were called; The Poor, is what that means.
The tithe is all God wants. All three. And our job is to support those from whom we get spiritual food and to get our learning out in front of other Believers. There isn't a Believer alive that can't participate in God's work. Even at that Moment of Truth, the person already has the ability and means to start. God has seen to that before He allowed the Moment of Truth. Any saint will gladly tell you how God was working, getting them ready, years before their eyes were opened.
Now, time is a bit trickier. I know that some eyebrows went up when I said a Believer should be giving 25% of his/her time as well as 25% of what comes in. Again, let me remind you that I'm speaking to Believers and no one else. Well, OK, yes I'm also speaking for the understanding of the non-Believers that may be listening. It will help show that what they see on TV is truly false. Sometimes I think that non-Believers know better than Believers what a sham TV religion is.
So, what about one's time? We just have to go to the Bible and see what God required of the Israelites, the same as we know how much and where to give our money. I just automatically equated time with money. 25% of what comes in, and 25% of one's time.
I've never heard anyone but Dr. Scott teach on giving our time, but it was never detailed out, based on what the Bible has to say. He just made short comments on it. But when one starts to research the ways in which the Israelites were expected to live, it's clear that a lot of time went into the Walk.
To start, they had to go to Jerusalem three times a year for the Solemn Congregations, the Feast days, as they are called. It wasn't that they went there because someone was holding a big religious banquet at the Temple. Feast is a rather faulty translation. The word "feast" is used three different ways in the Old Testament. Only one of those ways pertains to devoting time to God. Here are the three ways "feast" is used.
Jdg 14:10 So his father went down unto the woman: and Samson made there a feast; for so used the young men to do.
This is what our ears hear first. It's defined in Strong's Concordance as
From H8354; drink; by implication drinking (the act); also (by implication), a banquet or (generally) feast: - banquet, drank, drink, feast ([-ed], -ing).
The second word that's translated feast is in Due16:15. H2287
Deut 16:15 Seven days shalt thou keep a solemn feast unto the LORD thy God in the place which the LORD shall choose: because the LORD thy God shall bless thee in all thine increase, and in all the works of thine hands, therefore thou shalt surely rejoice.
A primitive root (compare H2283, H2328); properly to move in a circle, that is, (specifically) to march in a sacred procession, to observe a festival; by implication to be giddy: - celebrate, dance, (keep, hold) a (solemn) feast (holiday), reel to and fro.
That starts to narrow it down, but is still a bit general. We hit the nail on the head with number H2282, khag, khawg It is used in Leviticus 23:41.
And ye shall keepH2287 it a feast H2282 unto the LORDH3068 sevenH7651 daysH3117 in the year.H8141 It shall be a statuteH2708 for everH5769 in your generations:H1755 ye shall celebrateH2287 it in the seventhH7637 month.H2320
Strong's says this:
ha^g - khag, or khawg
A festival, or a victim therefore: - (solemn) feast (day), sacrifice, solemnity.
But this verse contained a surprise. I noticed that the word "keep", "thou shalt keep it a feast…, is numbered H2287. That's the khaw-gag word we just looked at. So, this verse says that they were to, KEEP"- celebrate, dance, (keep, hold) a (solemn) feast (holiday), reel to and fro" it a FEAST (solemn) feast (day), sacrifice. Celebrate with a sacrifice.
By the way, you want giving? At the feast of Tabernacles they are instructed to make 203 sacrifices during the week plus. 203.
Just by way of confirmation, Deut ;16:16 lumps the three Gatherings into one verse and uses only H2282
Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the LORD thy God in the place which he shall choose; in the feast, H2282 solemn celebration of sacrifice, of unleavened bread, and in the feast, H2282 solemn celebration of sacrifice, of weeks(Pentecost), and in the feast, H2282 solemn celebration of sacrifice , of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before the LORD empty:
Of course, the "feasts" that we are concerned with are the ones that are numbered H2282. And as you can plainly see, they are the "feasts" of a solemn sacrifice, not just some big party.
Passover was eight days. Pentecost was one day and Tabernacles was 10 days, according to some writers. Now if we include travel time of one day, on average, we have a total of about 25 days spent going to, participating in and returning from the three Great gatherings of the people. 25 days.
God told the Israelites that they were responsible for their children's education. They are told to practice this education daily. Going in and out, sitting down and standing up.
How much time the people spent in prayer we can't know, but can we say they prayed a total of one hour a day? I mean, If one prays for fifteen minutes in the morning and fifteen minutes during the day and a half hour at night, I think we've come to a reasonable total time of an hour a day. So prayer is about one sixteenth of their time.
A little harder to figure is the directive by God to take care of the poor, orphans and widows.
Well, when we add all this together, we get a pretty sizeable chunk of time, carved out of one's daily existence. 25x24 hours makes 600 hours. Let me quickly include the fact that at these times they were not in a position to do things for themselves. When the people went to Jerusalem, they couldn't be wakened at night to care for a sick ox. They were unavailable.
How many hours a day does home schooling take? Two, three? Maybe even four? That's EVERY regular work day. So, six days a week, OK, let's say five, they had to spend teaching their kids. That's 315 hours a year, at only two hours of teaching a day. We'll add another 158 hours a year for daily prayer. And I'll sneak in another 100 hours for special prayer, for family emergencies, sickness and even just plain praise.
This last one is the hardest to figure, but some time will be spent "getting the word out". Even though they were all Israelites, doing God's Law, they still had times when they shared their God-experiences with others, maybe those "strangers in the gate. "
And let's not forget that they were sleeping 8 hours a day. That means that they were unavailable for God's work for 2720 hours.
I get a total of 1331 hours a year devoted to God and not their own needs. 1331 times 4 is 5324 hours. 5440 hours a year were available to the people.
And I haven't calculated something I talked about above. Study, which would include going to the local gathering, where some Levite might present a message. Why can't we assume that a Believer will be studying on his own? Just reading some scripture that he might have would count. How many hours? I'd like to think that we could use one hour a day as an average. Some days none, but others, like studying at the Synagogue, three hours on the Sabbath. That brings our total to over 25%. We now have 1489 hours a year devoted to God. 1489 times 4=5956. That's considerably more, 516 hours more than the 5440 hours available to the Believer. It's cutting into his sleep.
And you know, this is only preliminary research, not some scholarly study. I bet if some real scholar tackled this issue, he would come up with more than I have.
I know that some hearing this stuff will jump to the denial argument that it's only Old Testament. There's only one God and there's only one message. God doesn't do things many different ways. He didn't create a tree with the ability to live like a fish. The message on giving of one's life to God is carried as much in the New Testament as the Old. God says "Give." How many of Jesus' parables were about stewardship? And what is stewardship? It's spending part of your life taking care and improving on what God has given you. Spending your money and time doing more than you normally would do. The parable of the talents even shows us that we can't just sit on what we have and keep it in the same condition as when we got it. The landowner told those three servants specifically, when you look up the original language, that they were to trade with the money and get him some income. The guy who hid the talent, only preserved what was given to him, when he was told to get more out of it. The Walk isn't standing still.
Well, I guess you can see how Stewardship might be calculated into our list of time given up for God. Someone could come up with the other 100 hours a year devoted to stewardship. Is it even necessary? I mean, we are already way over 25% of our time.
Let's give our time and money the way God has instructed us. He has promised that we will have more than we need, both time and money.
OK. Let's lighten up a bit and ask, CAN GOD SIN?
Before we can determine if God can sin, we have to ask three more questions.
What is sin?
What is needed to accomplish it?
What is the context?
This musing supposes to answer these questions.
What a neat concept, huh? Can God sin? Of course, our traditional thinking erupts with resounding ridicule at such an "ignorant" question. Everyone, even most unbelievers, will smugly say, "Excuse me? God can sin? Right!!" That only shows how little we really understand about sin. People haven't been taught what sin is. Mostly they are given a list of actions to not do. As a result, a lot of folks think that sin is theft, murder or anything to do with sex.
What is sin?
While it's true that sin is disobedience to God, and rightly so, we fail to see beyond the physical event of the sin, and into the psychological event that allows the physical sin. The psychological event is the invention of a new law. Even though a law says we can't, we find some reason why we can. That reason founds our new law of, "I can." Making laws is a very simple thing. A decision is made, and we act. That answers the first question, what is sin. Making our own law.
This is what Adam and Eve did. They made up their own "I can" about the fruit of the tree. Note that their new law co-existed with the old one. It didn't replace the old law. We don't find God coming to the Garden and saying, "Oh, you didn't like that law? You made up something different? OK, maybe you're right. Try your law." God's rule about eating the fruit didn't change, wasn't annulled. It still obtained. That's why they were tossed out.
We also must recognize that this disobedience of making our own rules depends on the existence of a law not made by us. This is the answer to the context question. A law made by a something greater than the individual units of society: self, family, city, nation, etc. For the good of the family, the individual modifies his behavior. We must all pay taxes. They say it's for the good of the nation. All the levels have a level that supersedes it. Right now we're working on the UN superseding the individual nations.
I've looked all around and can find hardly any rules that I've made "strictly" for myself that aren't also based in the welfare of those around me. So, even self-imposed/created law has root in a "good" greater than the self. Many things we avoid, we avoid because of the effects on not just ourselves, but on our families, peer groups, associates, our buddies in the next foxhole. One of the things that keeps us from making up a new law to run away is that in so doing those buddies have a greater chance of getting killed. We place limits (laws) on our behavior, with more than our own benefit in mind. Haven't some parents quit smoking for their children's health, as well as their own? So even disobedience to our own self-imposed laws results in the degradation of the Greater Good.
Without the Greater Good, it's difficult to find disobedience. How do you rebel against nothing? But let's say that by tomorrow morning God supernaturally did away with ALL the rules. There was no more law. People were free to act in any way. Go with the flow. Do you think that if we could see into the minds of people we'd find the capacity to be disobedient had vanished? If the very next day, one simple rule came into existence, would there be some who would break that rule? The capacity to break the rules is a fundamental part of being human. It rests on our ability to choose. Without the freedom of choice, we can't break the rules. This answers the What's "needed" question. We need the ability to choose.
Sin, disobedience, making our own rules, is inextricably bound to the freedom/ability of choice. Does anybody really understand this? It would seem that most Christians don't. The Fundamentalists are right up front with their misunderstanding. They've got rules for everything, including breathing. I can just imagine some uptight "Christian" parent telling his teenage daughter not to take big breaths when she's around men . But the other sectors of Christianity have their own ideas of right Christian behavior, too. Folks all around the world are admonished week by week to live by some set of rules instead of being taught the simple rules God has laid out in the Bible, and, being shown practical examples of how those laws are lived on a daily basis. At best, churchgoers are given some titillating, sex-related law out of Deuteronomy in order for the preacher to be able to harangue the congregation about their personal lives.
Understanding sin where man is concerned is easy enough, even if we don't like some of the conclusions we are faced with about our personal behavior. But where God is concerned, we've got two natty challenges to confront.
Can God sin? Yes. At the same time, No.
We have to do some clarification of the question. "Can" God, is God able, does He have the ability/capacity to sin? Yes. God has the ability and capacity to choose, make decisions. Yes, God can sin.
Here's challenge number one.
If we expand the context from inside God, to outside of God, then we may find that God can't sin. Even if He retains the ability to sin, there is nothing to sin against. He has no context in which to sin. There is no higher law than God's. He can't break some law Greater or Gooder than His own.
Now, challenge number two.
We can break our own laws. Can't God break His own laws?
It would seem as though He can. But, there is a great difference between God and us (in case you haven't noticed). When we see a law, we can say "I can," when the law says don't. But the law goes on unaffected. The new law that we make up, the "I can," doesn't change the old law. Our new law doesn't become reality.
When God speaks, reality is created, on the spot. God also has the right and authority, as creator, to change what He's said; to make a new law. Upon uttering the new law, the old law becomes non-existent. So God can't, in effect, break a law that doesn't exist. That might start to sound devious, but I think it works.
I've tried to find some example that doesn't fit this whole idea, but I can't; even though I have a nagging doubt that I'm missing some small point. I think, generally it all holds together fairly well.
So, can God sin? Yes. God's got the ability to sin, but the poor Guy can't find a place to do it.
And here's a big "Ah, ha!!!" What's the only thing in the whole universe that God can't do? Sin! "Ah, ha!"
WRAP: 1-Please don't use your ability to choose to make up your own Believer's Walk. The Walk is so hard because we have to let go of control.
2-Get out the books and study up on giving. It's the only way you'll make it in.
3-You want to talk about this or anything else, STAG is a comfortable place to do that. We're at 88 Briceland Rd. In Redway, CA, 95560 for you out of state folks.
4-I'll be back here on October 6.
5-God gave His Son. Jesus gave his life. Can we do less for a God that's real and keeps His word?
This is Jack, Bye