The Many Assaults on God’s Name and Word

By John J. Blanchard

May 21, 2011

Good morning, brethren.  The title of today’s sermon is “The Many Assaults on God’s Name and Word.”

God’s name is very important to Him.  Back in Exodus when the people had to covenant with God, they had to agree to the Ten Commandments.  Go to Exodus chapter 20 just to refresh our memory here because how important God’s name is to Him is one of the Ten Commandments.  Exodus 20, verse 7:  “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.”

We did a sermon one time about what it all means to take God’s name in vain, and it is not just cussing the way we think of it.  It is actually attaching His name to foolish things, especially specifically doom and gloom, death and destruction, calling on the name of God in vain.  It can be not believing that He is going to care for mankind and that His plan is eminently more merciful and kind for the whole human race.

God is ultimately the author of the Bible, and His name you could say is on it as the author.  I am going to turn now to II Timothy.  Right at the very outset here in the salutation Paul says in verse 1 of chapter 1:  “Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus, to Timothy, a beloved son:  Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.”

This letter is not just from Paul.  It is from God the Father and Jesus Christ.  That is the way all Scripture is.  We know II Timothy 3:16.  We have read it many times.  It says all Scripture is God breathed.  It is inspired by God.  It is His breath that said it, and it is the prophets who wrote it down.  It is His book.  They are His prophecies that are in it.  They are His teachings that are in it, and His name is on every page.

PRUDENCE IN USING GOD’S NAME

It is interesting that even in the epistles here they address them often from God the Father and Jesus Christ.  It is speaking in gross error to take God’s name and do harmful things with it, specifically things that would harm His name and disparage His word.  I say gross error because nobody is perfect.  We all make mistakes.  Even when we are trying to talk about the Bible and we are trying to be as sincere and honest as we can, we have all said things that are incorrect.  I do not consider those things gross errors, but gross negligence is when you take it so loosely and speak so assuredly that you know what you are talking about and push it on people.  That is gross error and gross negligence.  It is a failure to exercise care in using God’s word.  When we do that, we can hurt God’s word which in turn hurts His name.

We have to use a couple of terms that we do not often hear anymore.  We have to be prudent, and we have to be circumspect. To be prudent and circumspect are requirements.

According to the Webster’s Dictionary prudence is a skill and good judgment in the use of resources, caution, and circumspection as to danger and risk.  Circumspection is to be cautious, so you have two words here that require the use of good judgment.  If we are going to be prudent and circumspect in our behavior, in our teachings, and in our beliefs, we have to properly use the resources God has given us, which is His word.  We have to use it carefully, cautiously, never bombastically, and never with such assurance that there could never be any room for change or doubt.  We cannot put words in God’s mouth that are not there.  It must be absolutely clear like we read in the Ten Commandments, you shall not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.

There are certain things that you can say this is dogmatic, but when it comes to prophecy and when it comes to things that are a little bit more nebulous, we need to be circumspect.  We need to be very careful and realize that what we know today may be improved upon in a few years as we learn and grow in more ways.

The Bible is such a deep book that we never have the whole picture.  Paul even says that we look through a glass darkly in I Corinthians 13.  We are looking without all the facts. We do not have all the facts.  We are doing the best we can, and God does inspire us, but there is only so much the human mind can take in.

If we are not being prudent and not using circumspection, we can be very dangerous to others and harm God’s name through harming His word.  Let’s look at a few Scriptures that talk about prudence in the Bible.

Turn, if you would, to Proverbs chapter 14, verse 8:  “The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way, but the folly of fools is deceit.”

Wisdom and understanding go together, but when we have something foolish to say, we might not even realize it is foolish.  By our foolish talk we can deceive people.  It can become deceit.  It can become harmful.

Drop down to verse 14 and 15 of Proverbs 14:  “The backslider in heart will be filled with his own ways, but a good man will be satisfied from above.  The simple believes every word, but the prudent considers well his steps.”

We can be foolish and just fall for anything if we are not careful.  We need to be prudent in the things we are hearing and prove them like the Bereans.  Make sure they square with our understanding of the Bible as best we can.  Do not just accept what other people say without caution.

Verse 18 of Proverbs 14:  “The simple inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.”

Once again, we can be foolish and fall for things if we are not careful.  We have to be prudent, careful, and circumspect.

Proverbs chapter 16, verse 21:  “The wise in heart will be called prudent, and sweetness of the lips increases learning.”

A wise person in the heart means they are prudent, but you notice it says that what they would say (especially when concerning the word of God) would be sweetness on their lips and would increase in learning and understanding of God.  They would have understanding of His nature and what He wants for mankind.  We have this situation where wisdom and prudence definitely go together, and they go with teaching.  Teaching would be what we say on behalf of God and how we quote His Scriptures and what we say we know about those Scriptures.

Proverbs chapter 18, verse 15:  “The heart of the prudent acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.”

In other words, it is a prudent thing to do to carefully search the Scriptures and to carefully prove all things.  Meditate on them, and ask God for assistance in understanding, guidance, and inspiration.  It is not something we can just quickly delve into and come up with doctrines, teachings, beliefs, or what we think is going to happen when it comes to prophecy.  These things do require research, but they require research with prudence and circumspection.  We need to do this without our own paradigms and without our own interpretations playing into what we are reading.  We can deceive ourselves.  A famous saying I like to use often is the worst lies we will ever hear, are the lies we tell ourselves.  That is a fact.  We deceive ourselves, and if that is not bad enough, we can then go on to deceive others.

Let’s look at a Scripture in the New Testament about circumspection by going to Ephesians chapter 5, verse 15:  “See then that you walk circumspectly [carefully, cautiously], not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”

Use our time wisely.

Verse 17:  “Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”

We have to understand what the will of the Lord is and get on His side, especially when it comes to what we teach others.

Continue in Ephesians 5, verse 18:  “And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit…”

We are not necessarily just talking about physical wine.  It is not good to get drunk, but also we can get drunk on our own beliefs, our own doctrines, even our own ego.  There are a lot of Scriptures that would clarify that, but we do not have time to go into that today.

Continuing in verse 19 of Ephesians 5:  “…speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear of God.”

In other words, treat each other with humility and respect, kindness and gentleness.  Always be praising God, and that keeps us on that straight path.  It helps us not get big headed and full of ourselves and so determined that we know everything, because that is when we get in trouble.

HARMING GOD’S NAME

It is against this backdrop now of wisdom, circumspection, and prudence that I want to go into the sermon.  I want us to see how inadvertently we can harm God’s word and by doing so harm God’s name.  We can make His Bible look like it is silly. We can make His word look like it has no place in modern society and that there is nothing credible in it.  We can do that even in our zeal and our fervency, even if we say we love God.

Let’s go to II Peter chapter 1.  It is through our pronouncements, brethren, and what we say in the name of God that can do that.  Peter is explaining here how he came to be a teacher like he was and what his principles were.  I am going to start reading in verse 16 of II Peter chapter 1:  “For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitness of His majesty.”

He said, we did not come up with this stuff.  I did not come up with the doctrines and preaching.  He said, I was an eye witness to Christ.  I knew the man, and I saw what happened to Him!

II Peter 1, verse 17:  “For He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory:  ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.’”

Peter heard God the Father say that of Jesus Christ.

Verse 18:  “And we heard this voice which came from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain.  And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.”

We must be very careful when we speak of prophecy or teach from God’s word and make it sound like we know something from God or we are in some way inspired by God.  We make it sound like we have it right when indeed it is our own experience.  Perhaps it is our own ego, perhaps a little self-righteousness, perhaps some of what we have been taught at different times in our life coming together to form a doctrine that eventually shows itself to be a doctrine of personal interpretation.  It shows itself to be not what God meant at all.  We can do those things very sincerely and fully believe it and be dead wrong.  We can harm a lot of people in the process, but even worse, harm God’s word and harm His name.

Continuing in II Peter chapter 2, verse 1 and 2:  “But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction.  And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed.”

CAUSING THE BIBLE TO BE RIDICULED

The King James Version says “the way of truth shall be spoken evil of.”  How does that happen?  If we harm the credibility of God’s word and we harm His name, we can cause people to mock and ridicule the Bible.  We can cause them to say that God is impotent and to say that the Bible is really a bunch of fables.  We can harm the very essence, the very inspired word of God, thus hurting His name by the things that we teach if they are wrong.  This can happen if they are destructive heresies.  We can fully believe them with our whole heart, and we can see here that we can lead other people astray and cause a lot of damage.

I am talking about this today because today is a very sad day.  Around the world people are watching to see if certain things will happen.  If they do not happen, it would be very beneficial for people to own up and say they made a mistake.  They should ask for forgiveness and hopefully people would forgive them.  People have been hurt by the proclamations that today is judgment day and that there would be huge earthquakes around the world today.  A lot of people believed this.  This has happened over and over again.

I want to look at a few historical things today.  There have been so many bold pronouncements in the past that state this is the way it is going to be!  They have ended up hurting people.

A few weeks ago I did a sermon in which I read some of the accounts from the year 999.  Just as the first millennium was going to end and turn into the year 1000, people around the world believed that was going to be the end of time!  They were scared out of their minds.  Some people actually died with fright.  I did not bring that article with me, but it was fascinating.  It goes back a thousand years or more of people believing these things.

PREDICTION OF CHRIST’S RETURN IN 1843

Two centuries ago in the 1800’s there was a movement called the Millerite Movement, and they dogmatically taught that Christ was returning sometime in 1843 or 1844.  I brought along an article here from the 1983 edition of the World Book Encyclopedia, and it speaks of the Adventists.  They are our friends.  The Adventists mean well, but this is an historical fact. I am going to read it straight out of the World Book Encyclopedia.

“Adventists are members of religious groups that stress the doctrine of the second coming. That is, they believe that Jesus Christ may return to the earth at any moment.  Such questions as when, where, and how Jesus would return have excited the curiosity of Christians.  Interest was particularly high during the early 1800’s.  William Miller, a Baptist minister in Low Hampton, New York was one of the many students of the Bible who tried to find answers.

“For years Miller studied the prophecies recorded in the Old Testament book of Daniel and the New Testament book of Revelation.  After many calculations, he announced in 1831 that the second Advent would occur in 1843 or 1844.  Thousands of people believed him and many sold their possessions.  His followers, called Millerites, waited for the coming of Christ and the end of the world.

“When the world did not end in 1844 many of Miller’s followers were bitterly disappointed. They abandoned his Adventist movement to form new ones.”  Then it goes on to give a history of these Adventist movement to this day.

They are correct that Christ is going to return.  That part of the doctrine is fine.  The Bible proves that over and over.  But the Bible also says no man knows the day or the hour.  To come up with a calculation and pin down the time of Jesus Christ’s return even to the year is impossible.

How many people back then sold their possessions and for the rest of their life were in financial distress?  Can you imagine!  I cannot imagine.  I do not know if there were thousands of people who believed in this movement, but my point is, these things happen over and over.

FALSE PREDICTION CAUSED REJECTION OF THE BIBLE

It is interesting that in 1858 another fellow whom you may have heard of, Charles Darwin, published his theory of evolution. Now why do I bring that in here?  When someone dogmatically preaches that Christ is going to return on such and such a day and uses many Scriptures to prove it and it does not happen, it weakens the mind of faith of other people.  It then makes them more receptive to things that are definitely wrong.

Darwin put a theory out there that taught that mankind evolved from primitive forms of life, and that cannot square with the Bible.  There are also things about science that are very important to learn from.  There is a part of it that is correct, so that lends credence to science, which is good when it is correct.  But the fact is those preaching the Bible were so far off that it helped people lose faith in the word of God, then it harmed the word of God and made it evil spoken of.  Do you see my point?  It makes them more likely to fall for another error.

In our life time we have seen the Y2K scare.  That was possibly going to start the tribulation and the end of the world.  We lived through that one!  There has been one thing after another.  I want to read an article written now about another article from theNew York Times of 1925.  There was another interesting event in 1925 much like what is happening today.  I will just read this the way it was written.

“Doomsday, East Patchogue, 1925” is the byline along with “The Wayback Machine.”  This is written February 4, 1925.

“Almost since the moment the ink dried on the Book of Revelation, seers and scriptural interpreters have been announcing the precise date and time at which the faithful would be whisked off to heaven and those left behind abandoned to immediate and unpleasant annihilation.

“And so, 86 years before Harold Camping [the man who has announced that today is judgment day] and the foretold events of May 21, 2011, there, in a shack on a hillside on the outskirts of East Patchogue, Long Island, was Robert Reidt, New York’s very own prophet of the apocalypse, a German-born house painter, paperhanger and adherent of a Seventh-day Adventist named Margaret Rowen who had set the Day of Judgment as February 6, 1925.

“For his efforts, Reidt earned, if not an immediate seat on the eternal throne, a run of breathlessly derisive front-page coverage in the New York Times of its day, which judging by the clips, was a decidedly more freewheeling day than this one.”

“Two days before the end of times, The Times reported, Reidt, having sold nearly all his possessions, ‘including his household effects and Winter potatoes,’ to settle his earthly debts, was holed up in a ‘ramshackle little hut’ with 12 followers, four of them his own children.

“‘At midnight on Friday,’ Reidt told reporters,’ those who are the brides of the Lamb will turn their faithful eyes to the east and they shall see the sign.  Jesus shall they see, mounted on a dark cloud, surrounded by brilliant light that shall blind the eyes of the wicked to deprive them of their sight.’

“The 144,000 select would be transported from the ends of the earth to the woods near San Diego…”  I do not ever recall reading about San Diego in the Bible, but that is what the man believed!

“…where, after a stop on Jupiter – ‘for the holy shall not travel on the Sabbath’ – they would arrive in heaven.  As for the unchosen, Reidt said, they would perish during the following week from causes including but not limited to fire, disease, hailstone, and pestilence.”

This article goes on about the sad state of his children and what have you.  It really was sad.  The man was possibly destitute for the rest of his life.  He was certainly made a fool of for the rest of his life.  As I said, these things have been happening over and over again.

PREDICTION OF CHRIST’S RETURN ON MAY 21ST

Now I want to quote from the New York Times from this past Thursday edition, May 19, 2011.

The name of the article is Make My Bed?  But You Say the World is Ending!

“The Haddad children of Middletown, Maryland, have a lot on their minds:  school projects, SATs, weekend parties.  And parents who believe the earth will begin to self-destruct on Saturday.  The three teenagers have been struggling to make sense of their shifting world, which started changing nearly two years ago when their mother, [name left out], left her job as a nurse to ‘sound the trumpet’ on mission trips with her husband, [name left out], handing out tracts.  They stopped working on their house and saving for college.

“Last weekend, the family traveled to New York, the parents dragging their reluctant children through a Manhattan   street fair in a final effort to spread the word.

“‘My mom has told me directly that I’m not going to get into heaven,’ [name left out], 16, said.  ‘At first it was really upsetting, but it’s what she honestly believes.’

“Thousands of people around the country have spent the last few days taking to the streets and saying final goodbyes before Saturday, Judgment Day, when they expect to be absorbed into heaven in a process known as the rapture.  Nonbelievers, they hold, will be left behind to perish along with the world over the next five months.

“With their doomsday T-shirts, placards and leaflets, followers – often clutching Bibles – are typically viewed as harmless proselytizers from outside mainstream religion.  But their convictions have frequently created the most tension within their own families, particularly with relatives whose main concern about the weekend is whether it will rain.”

It goes on to talk and interview some of the relatives who cannot wait for Sunday morning, so that they can go and talk to their loved ones and say, snap out of it!

We see kids who are giving up their college education money with no input of their own.  Kids are being afraid they are going to be left behind.  Their world is shaken.  This article is really sad, so I am not going to read the whole thing.  I tried to leave out some of the names, but the point is, it is the same stuff over and over again.  When will we learn?  These things harm God’s name.

I want to show you in one way that is very funny in a sense, but it is very harmful to those of us who are sincere believers in the Bible and who do believe that Jesus Christ was given to the earth for all mankind.  We believe His shed blood is sufficient to take care of our sins, and His plan is indeed to preserve the earth for a beautiful Millennium.  We believe God is really full of love and concern for the human race and would not want to kill the vast majority.  I am going to read the first four days of Doonesbury cartoon clips from this past week, starting with Monday, May 16, 2011.

“Doonesbury by Gary Trudeau”:  it has the line drawings of these different people talking here.  One man is talking over the hedge to his neighbor.  “Hey neighbor, Chester.  Gotta rake I can borrow?”  “Sure, it’s in the garage.  And you can keep it!”  “I can, hey, thanks, man!”  “And take the weedwacker, too.  I won’t be needing that anymore either.”  “Really!  Cool!”  “You can also take my Mercedes if you’d like.”  “Would I!  Wow!  Wait!  Shouldn’t you ask your wife first?”

The next day the cartoon continues.  “You want me to take your Mercedes Coup, huh?  Chester, what’s going on here?”  “I’m being raptured, zonked, on Saturday!”  “Raptured?”  “Judgment Day!  Where I’m going, I won’t need a fancy ride.  You can scoff if you like, but come May 21st I’ll be sitting in heaven and sadly you won’t!” “‘Pretty close,’ he says to his neighbor, ‘I’ll be sitting in my new Mercedes.’”  The first neighbor says, “How do you think it will handle in the lava?”  In other words, how is that Mercedes going to drive when everything is getting destroyed.

The next day’s cartoon:  “So Judgment Day is scheduled for this Saturday, ugh?”  “Right!  On October 21st it will be the end of time.”  “Wow! What happens between now and then?”  “There’s going to be horrors, unimaginable horrors!  In other words, earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, droughts, eruptions, mud slides, hurricanes, floods, and fires.”  “So, like a normal summer, huh?”  The first neighbor says, “…but on steroids!”

Then the concluding cartoon on Thursday, May 19, 2011:  “So if you do the math implied by Hebrews 9:27-28 it is obvious that God’s elect shall be raptured on May 21st.  By May 22nd only the damned will still be roaming the earth.”  “‘Wow!  Spooky,’ says the second neighbor.  ‘What!  That’s the same day Trump announces.  It all kind of falls into place, doesn’t it?’”

They are making fun here of a situation based on God’s word.  That is the sad part.  It is funny, but it is based on God’s word. His name is on this Book.  God’s name is all through this Book.  It is His inspired word and teachings.  We can inadvertently even in zealousness and full of conviction disparage His word and disparage His name.  That is how we can make evil be spoken of God’s word.  It leads to other things.

I want to focus for just a moment here on a few Scriptures about how we are going to obtain immortality.  It is all through the Scriptures, but let’s just look at a few verses here. Turn to John chapter 17.  You will see why I am reading these Scriptures about immortality.  We are in the gospel of John.  Read John 17:1-5.

Jesus Christ is talking to His Father in front of His disciples.  Then I want to drop down to verse 20 of John 17 where He is speaking of His disciples:  “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word…”  In other words, through the Bible, through the gospels.

Continue reading John 17:21-26.

The purpose is eternal life, as it said in verse 3, and it is by having Jesus Christ living in us, the Father living in Him, that we form a singularity, you might say.  It is a way of God actually dwelling within us, and it is a miracle. The end result is eternal life.  It is a marvelous plan, and a marvelous gift of God.

I am choosing the word “singularity,” and I am choosing that word specifically to show you something in just a moment.  It is based on love and concern for the human race.  It is not based on doom and gloom, death and destruction.  We have done so many sermons on that.  I just want to read one or two Scriptures on it.

WHAT THE SIGNS ARE NOT

Go back to Matthew chapter 24 to corroborate something I said earlier in the sermon.  Matthew 24, verse 36 where it is speaking of Jesus Christ’s return:  “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.”

Jesus Christ said no one knows the day or the hour.

Then dropping down to verse 44 of Matthew 24, He says:  “Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”

Everybody is expecting death and destruction and calamity, so it is not going to come accompanied by those signs.  Matthew 24 starts out exactly that way.  Beginning in verse 3 of Matthew 24:  “Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, ‘Tell us, when will these things be?  And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?’ And Jesus answered and said to them:  ‘Take heed that no one deceives you.  For many will come in My name, saying, “I am the Christ,” and will deceive many.  And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.  For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.  And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.’”

I was informed today that there was an earthquake in Turkey a few days ago.  I do not know how serious it was.  There are earthquakes on earth every day somewhere, but worldwide earthquakes that cause severe death and destruction that go around the world as a sign of Jesus Christ’s return are not going to happen.  Neither is there a physical war that you can point to that will be a sign of His return.  He tells us that right here!  Christ tells us later in Matthew 24 that if you are looking for those things, you will be caught by surprise.

All of these announcements and zealous people who really are convicted that they have to warn the world of wars and rumors of wars, earthquakes, death and destruction may mean well, but they are harming the word of God and His name.  It results in something like we saw in the 1800’s when Charles Darwin was more readily accepted, I believe, because the Bible had been discredited.  Today the Bible looks so silly to those who are highly educated in many cases, but not in every case.  We cannot use a brush and paint everybody the same way.  But many highly educated scientists think the Bible is just a bunch of hocus pocus. A lot of highly educated people think it is just literature or just a history book and that there is nothing prophetic about it. It is all these silly pronouncements and these bombastic hugely proclaimed errors that are eventually proven to be wrong that make people think like this.  Then it causes strange beliefs to get accepted.

ATTEMPT AT IMMORTALITY WITHOUT GOD

I want to show you something very, very strange in a recent issue of Time Magazine, February 21, 2011 issue.  On the front ofTime Magazine it says:  “2045, The Year Man Becomes Immortal by Lev Grossman.”  Now this is a serious article.  It has nothing to do with the Bible.  It has to do with singularity.  It is not singularity like us becoming one with God, but singularity with mankind becoming one with machines, in particular computers.  This is singularity as defined here.

“Singularity n:  The moment when technological change becomes so rapid and profound, it represents a rupture in the fabric of human history.”

You could say Charles Darwin did that, but this is current.  This is today, and I want to read a couple of paragraphs from this magazine.

“Computers are getting faster.  Everybody knows that.  Also, computers are getting faster faster – that is, the rate at which they’re getting faster is increasing.

“True? True.

“So if computers are getting so much faster, so incredibly fast, there might conceivably come a moment when they are capable of something comparable to human intelligence.  Artificial intelligence.  All that horsepower could be put in the service of emulating whatever it is our brains are doing when they create consciousness – not just doing arithmetic very quickly or composing piano music but also driving cars, writing books, making ethical decisions, appreciating fancy paintings, making witty observations at cocktail parties.

“If you can swallow that idea, and Kurzweil [one of the proponents of this idea] and a lot of other very smart people can, then all bets are off.  From that point on, there’s no reason to think computers would stop getting more powerful.  They would keep on developing until they were far more intelligent than we are.  Their rate of development would also continue to increase, because they would take over their own development from their slower-thinking human creators.”

We already have computers doing that, coming up with the next generation of computers, with minimal help from people.

“Imagine a computer scientist that was itself a superintelligent computer.  It would work incredibly quickly. It could draw on huge amounts of data effortlessly. It wouldn’t even take breaks to play Farmville.”

One scientist is saying here:  “Within 30 years, we will have the means to create superhuman intelligence.  Shortly after, the human era will be ended.”  Then they have a little graph showing how fast knowledge and computing power is growing.  It starts on this graph that the agricultural revolution took 8000 years, the industrial revolution took 120 years, the light bulb took 90 years, the moon landing took 22 years, the worldwide web took nine years, and that is when the human genome was sequenced.  Then the graph keeps going up exponentially until 2023 the brain power of human beings is surpassed by computers, and in 2045 the brain power equivalent of all the human brains on the earth is combined into one computer.

Can you imagine all the intelligence of the earth in one machine?  It is amazing to even contemplate that they are thinking like that, and it seems to be headed that way, but immortality?

I cannot read the whole article, because it is too long.  You can find this in your local library.  There is a strange thing here where they feel that computers can already tell your thoughts in some ways.  They have computers that can do rudimentary mind control where your mind can control things through the computer now, so it is sensing your thoughts.  By 2045 you will be able to unload your brain and your consciousness into a computer, so the thinking power of your mind would live forever!  When you body dies, your mind would keep going!  The computers would become so smart that with a bit of your DNA, they could continually resurrect your body and reprogram your body to go on again!  In their thinking, science would have brought about immortality!  They mention in the article isn’t that what people want out of their religion?  We can do this without religion.  We can do this without the Bible!

UNDERSTAND BEFORE YOU PREACH

That is what I say when we make the Bible look silly and we take away God’s credibility.  It not only becomes the butt of jokes and a fear thing where people constantly use doom and gloom to get their own way and build their own egos up, but we give credibility to the strangest beliefs out there.  It is because we are harming God’s word.

We need to teach God’s word correctly, with prudence, and circumspection.  We need to stop the doom and gloom talk because it is all wrong, and it is getting proven wrong over and over.  We need to stop setting dates.  We do need to pay attention to the season we are in.  We cannot know the day or the hour of Christ’s return or even the year, but we can know the season.  We are in the season of Christ’s return.

If we are looking for the signs of doom, gloom, and destruction, they are all incorrect.  Before we teach other people, we need to learn how to understand God’s word.  We need to learn it ourselves.  We need to understand what God’s interpretation was meant to be and what He expects us to teach to give hope to mankind.   We do not preach doom and gloom, and certainly we do not turn the Bible into a joke thereby harming God’s name, His reputation, and His word.

One must first know how to read the Bible and understand it before one can teach from it.  It can be done.  God says He will lead us into all truth with His Holy Spirit, and we can understand and learn if we let Him teach us.  If we are not too proud, we let Him teach us what He means in His word, so that we would have hope.  The Book of Revelation truly is a book of hope.  It shows how wonderful the future of mankind is, but you need to learn how to read it and how to understand it.  It can be done.

We would like to help you in your walk with Jesus Christ and with His Holy Spirit by getting you started and pointing you in the right direction so that He can teach you through His word.  You will not be deceived or tricked or fall for a false interpretation that may wipe you out financially or harm your health.  It will give you a confidence and a calmness facing the future, that the future of mankind is indeed truly bright.  God’s plan is depicted by His holy days, and it truly is remarkable.  It is meant to preserve this earth for a wonderful Millennium.  By far most people are going to be fine at the end.

We cannot go into the whole plan of God today, but it is marvelous.  We would like to share with you the lessons of the holy days, how to understand them, and how to understand God’s plan, so that you can be calm in the face of all of the crazy things that you are likely to hear in the next few years.  There is always another date and another disaster pointed to. There is always another fear tactic that is used to scare people into believing God, and God is not like that.  He wants you to love Him and to appreciate Him and His word because you agree with Him and you want to obey.  That is the whole thing.  He wants the human race to want Him.  When we learn how much love God has for the human race, it becomes easier and easier, for He first loved us then we can love Him.

If we can, we would love to help you.  Send for any literature that we have.  Go on our websites, www.ThebeautifulThoughtsofGod.com or www.GreatLakesChurchofGod.org, and you can also write for printed literature.  We have many books, booklets, and articles that would help you. Prove them yourself from the word of God.  Get confidence straight out of God’s word.  Learn that it is not foolish.  Learn there is lots of credence in God’s word.  His word is immutable.  His plan is unstoppable, and the future is indeed brighter than you could ever imagine!
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