Why did Jesus have to die so that our sins could be paid?

Question: “Why did Jesus have to pay for our sins – if God is so merciful and powerful, couldn’t He just pay for it with the snap of his fingers?” – Shea Duane

Pretext: In the religion of Islam this is actually how Allah forgives sinners – he just magically snaps his fingers and sin is gone. The religion requires works on behalf of the deceived to receive such grace from Allah however. Christianity teaches that Jesus Christ satisfies the wrath of God towards sin and that He bestows saving grace upon us by faith in Christ alone. This concept is missing in man-made religion.

My answer…

Because God’s holiness and justice requires expiation and you are a sinner who is incapable of expiating your own sin debt. If you murdered someone and the jury found you guilty, when you go before the judge, do you think he will just dismiss you and let you go free? No. He will punish you severely.

Why would God dismiss your lifelong cosmic rebellion against Him on a whim when even our fallen human court systems wouldn’t do such a thing?

No. You will come to the cross and be cleansed of your sin guilt before God or you will bear the wrath of God in hell for eternity.

Add to that – God does as he willsit was His desire to ordain Christ from the foundation of the world to receive eternal glory as Savior of humanity. God magically snapping his fingers to forgive sin would be like God telling Jesus to take a back seat in His eternal plan.

When a lost sinner repents and is eternally bought by His precious shed blood that brings Christ eternal glory – so I’ll let you figure out why God ordained the death of Jesus Christ from the foundation of the world.

If Satan had won the war in heaven what would life be like?

Question: “What would life on earth be like if Satan won the war in heaven?” – Vilmar Alexandersen

Pretext: some of my readers side with the Chapel that the war in heaven hasn’t taken place, that it is a future event. This is a critical false doctrine they teach – that prior to the great tribulation in the future Satan will be cast down to earth. The war is OVER. Satan is defeated and has already been cast out of heaven. He persecutes the woman now – she represents the elect of God.

My answer…

The only way for Satan to have won is for Jesus to never had been born or made it to the cross – which is impossible because God had ordained it from the foundation of the world.

Satan was cast down during the ministry of Jesus when he ushered in the Kingdom and his ultimate defeat was sealed at Calvary.

Satan is allowed a short season of limited operation to test humanity but his fate in the lake of fire is assured.

Jesus sent out the disciples to heal and preach that the kingdom of God had come in Luke 10. They return were amazed that demons were subject to them in the name of Jesus. Jesus then said, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.”

Jesus is the strongman who binds Satan. This binding and plundering of Satan’s and his kingdom come into full force when Christ defeats the power of sin and death through his sacrifice.

There Are Two Sons of Perdition… Who Are They?

“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;” – 2nd Thessalonians 2:3

One of the things you will hear the Chapel commonly teach is that the “son of perdition” spoken of in John and 2nd Thessalonians both refer to the same futuristic Antichrist.

There is a lot of deception to unpack in this teaching by the Chapel.

The truth is the “son of perdition” in John and in Thessalonians refer to two different things.

In the first instance in John, the term “son of perdition” points to Judas Iscariot. In the second, “son of perdition” refers to an antichrist power that has already been revealed… the papal dynasty. This was spoken of in Daniel and Paul is borrowing from prophecy regarding the “little-horn” in a New Testament light:

“I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.” – Daniel 7:8

False teachers are quick to ignore scriptural context – it gets in the way doesn’t it? Let’s look at a passage from John 17…

“While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.” – John 17:12

The whole chapter Jesus is referring to the disciples whom Judas was counted among. The scripture being fulfilled is Psalm 109…

Why would Jesus stop on the dime and start talking about Murray’s mythical futuristic antichrist?

This is a common maneuver by the Chapel, to give words and phrases equivalent meaning across different books even when context requires otherwise. It’s kind of like algebra for heretics, but let me give you a clue if you are a genuine truth-seeker…

One word or phrase used in one part of the bible can have a completely different referent in another.

Commonly Murray will say that Judas genuinely “repented” of his sin of betraying Christ because he returned the money and that the Kenite power hierarchy in Jerusalem had him killed.

But Judas repentance in the Greek is not “metanoia” but “metamelomai” – in other words he was mentally regretful, filled with grief and anguish at himself and not truly repentant – this is evidenced by the consequent suicide.

Judas Iscariot is in hell.

The Papal Dynasty has been here waging war against the saints and casting the truth to the ground for very long time… and destroying God’s holy people.

Quit making excuses for an evil man whose heart was full of wickedness, greed and betrayal who is now in hell – you miss the gravity of Judas sin and the reality of the evil that took place.

Quit looking for a mythical futuristic superman Antichrist who will never come when the true prophetic fulfillment of scripture is in your midst right now destroying God’s people to an extraordinary degree and will continue until the end of the age.

If Adam & Eve listened to God about the fruit where would be?

Question: “What would’ve happened if Eve and Adam listened to God about the fruit?” – Uriah Moss

Pretext: The bible teaches that God foreordained that Jesus Christ would come to earth to die for sin from the foundation of the world. This is hard for people to understand but God ordained the Fall of Mankind – He knew the result of the test when he commanded Adam. He knew that they would fail and He intentionally put Adam and Eve in the garden with the tempter knowing exactly what would happen… does this make God unjust? No, because He purposed to use these results to effect His Glory.

My Answer…

Understand – If God knew that Adam & Eve wouldn’t have eaten the fruit God wouldn’t have even put the tree in the garden to begin with. God foreknew the result of that test and ordained the fall of mankind so as to bring Jesus Christ into the world as Savior. An eternity with Jesus Christ as Savior brings God more glory than eternity without Jesus Christ as Savior. So when you want to understand why God did it the way He did with the fall of man, that is why. The fall was part of God’s eternal plan. When God created man he gave him the capacity to sin and knew that he would do so… and He knew how He would remedy the situation.

How can we save our souls?

Question: “How can we save our souls?” – anonymous

Pretext: Because of our fallen nature people have a sinful bias towards works-based systems of salvation… scripture warns us that our own righteous is no better than a “dirty rag”, that is to say, a menstrual cloth (that is the intended meaning of the text, I’m not trying to be gross). This is a very strong metaphor to describe our righteousness before God. We must despair of own righteousness and receive the one that is by faith in Jesus Christ…

My Answer…

First comprehend what you are being “saved” from – you are being “saved” from the penalty of sin, which spiritual death. Apart from your belief, God is the one who saves your soul once you believe the good news, which is simply the remission of sins through the shedding Jesus Christ’s blood. You are “saved” from the second death through his substitutionary atonement.

Why does God allow people to inflict pain upon others?

Question:Why does god allow people to cause or inflict pain or suffering on others?” – anonymous

Pretext: If God is so powerful and loving why doesn’t He just instantaneously destroy the wicked? It doesn’t quite work that way but some will use the problem of evil to deny the existence of God…

My Answer…

Well, it’s the dilemma of giving His creations free-will. God is love. He created us to love Him and love others. Love presupposes free-will. Free-will presupposes that an individual can choose not to love, i.e. hate. Inflicting pain and suffering on other is hate and it is sin. It was for this cause that Jesus Christ was sent in to the world, to die for sinners. God is long-suffering, not willing that any should perish so He has given these people a season to repent. In the meantime we must seek God to endure wicked people. He uses this negative aspect of things to refine our faith.

Do the Muslim holy writings advocate killing Christians?

Question: “Do the Muslim holy writings advocate killing Christians?” – anonymous

Pretext: the Quran contains many injunctions to slay, terrorize and dominate infidels – how can a religion of “peace” be so brutal?

My Answer…

It would appear to me as though they do but many moderate Muslims would say that those passages refer to times of war. I don’t buy that – why was Mohammad’s followers at war with unbelievers to begin with? Why did they feel entitled to make war to spread their religion. They will be “at war” everywhere they try to take their deception where it is not established… and there will always be those extremists who take the Quran at it’s word.