Thursday, July 28, 2016

Does A Misplaced Comma In Scripture Change Where You Will Go When You Die?

by Diane M. Hoffmann

(Scriptures quoted from the King James Version)

On a recent radio interview about my book “24 Hot Potatoes in the Church Today”, the host brought up an issue not often thought up by Christians.

That issue is about the statement of our Lord in Luke 23:43, where he told one of the two thieves, crucified along with Him that day, who believed on Jesus and repented:  “Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”

The complaint on this by some people is that the comma should be after the word ‘today’ rather than before it, making it to mean that he would be in paradise only at another time, not immediately.

This of course can only appear as such to those who believe in “soul sleep” and some as well who do not believe in paradise as an immediate and literal place where the dead in Christ go to.

A quick search reveals that most Christian Bibles show the comma in that place (before the word ‘today’) in Scripture, all the way back to the King James of 1611 Bible, and also the Matthew Bible of 1535, as well as all subsequent versions (except for specific ones that moved it purposefully to support their interpretation and belief.)

Those who believe in either the soul sleep, or that there is no hell, believe that we do not live after we die the physical death. However, we are not only just physical but we are immortal as well. We are body, soul and spirit. A soul is immortal and lives forever.

Others believe that when we die we do not live immediately after but sleep until such time as we will be brought back to life at a later time to be with God (in Heaven) IF we are worthy of it.

However, we are worthy of the next life with God only because of one thing: our BELIEF in the ultimate sacrifice of Christ on the cross which makes us righteous before God, and the understanding that Christ is God Himself who came in the flesh to redeem us -- each one of us, one individual at a time.

Those who believe there is no hell need to see that Jesus talked about hell more than anyone else in the Bible – who are we going to believe: Jesus or others?

The Bible is clear that we live (spiritually, in a new immortal body) the moment we die physically.  

Mark 12:27, "He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living: ye therefore do greatly err."

Matthew 22:31-32, "But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.”

There are many different words in the Greek and Hebrew for sleep, die, live, etc. and all are specific to the context of the passage of scripture. Sometimes sleep means ‘to rest’, other times sleep (different words in the original language) means deceased. To die means to expire, to finish life… The word used for Saul when he died (1 Chronicles 10:6) is “mooth” which is the word used for all other individuals referred to as passing away in physical death”.

“Slept” as in “and David, (Solomon, Roboham, etc., etc.) slept with his fathers” uses the same word in the Hebrew “shaw-kab”, where as when it refers to sleeping as in resting it is “yaw-shane”, except for one or two occasions when these are interchanged, but the context of the passage makes the meaning clear.

Paradise:

As for paradise, it is used only 3 times in the Bible, and it means, a park, an Eden, a place of future happiness.

Luke 23:43, “And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.” Jesus was there also until His resurrection. He also visited hell during that time (1 Peter 3:19) but this is for another article.

2 Corinthians 12:14 “How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter”. (And the whole rest of the passage speaks of living).

Rev. 2:7 – the tree of life which is in the midst of the paradise of God…

Rev.6:9: 

And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:

10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?

Doesn’t sound like they’re sleeping to me.

Rev. 20:4-6: 

And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 

Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection (i.e., of the righteous, in Christ): on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

This takes us to another issue of the first and second resurrections which, again, needs a whole other article – for another time.

Let us look at another passage of Scripture that speaks of the immediate life after death:

Luke 16:19-31

19 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:
20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,
21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.
25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.
27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house:
28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.
29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.
30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.
31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead. \dmh

Blessings,

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Diane M. Hoffmann, B.Th., M.Th., Ph.D./Th.

Author of "24 Hot Potatoes in the Church Today"
Just released by Xulon Press, a div. of Salem Media.
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Monday, May 30, 2016

More Proof That Life Begins at Conception


By Diane M. Hoffmann

Wow! I’ve got to write about this right now.

There’s been some thinking by many that one can abort a fetus up to a certain point in the development of the embryo, based on the belief that a baby is not a baby up until a certain amount of days or weeks. Even some call that threshold a point at which the soul enters the fetus. (how ridiculous).

By the way, they call it a fetus to make their beliefs and talks more palatable, but they don’t realize that the word fetus means infant or baby.

In the book “24 Hot Potatoes in the Church Today” I wrote that life begins at conception – and that’s based on science.  The discussion entails the fact that a human embryo is exactly that: a human being. It is not a plant or an animal, at any point of the development, but a human being made in the image of God. And that it is, from the very beginning point when the husband’s semen enters the wife’s egg – at that very moment, life begins.

Now, wow, new scientific reports came out to show that point even some more.

Scientists had thought that embryos could only keep developing if they were safely in the womb and receiving instructions from the mother's body. For decades scientists have been able to study human embryos in their labs, but they were never able to keep them alive outside a woman's womb for more than a week. This made it impossible for researchers to make long-term studies about human development in the embryonic stage.

But now new research and discoveries have made it possible to keep human embryos alive in the laboratory about a week longer than ever before. Scientists call this a step that will yield important insights in this area of their studies about the development of embryos.

But to those who already knew that life begins at conception, this new discovery is further proof of it. How?  In the words of Ali Brinvalou, an embryologist at Rockefeller University in New York, "All the information necessary and sufficient to have the embryo move forward is already contained within those handful of cells...that was a very big surprise to us and to the field." (Underline is mine).

Why was it a surprise to them? That's because the seventh day of development is the time when the human embryo becomes embedded within the body of the mother -- when it becomes implanted in the womb”, says the Zernicka-Goetz group who did the research.

It was known to the scientists that the seventh day of development is the time when the human embryo becomes embedded within the body of the mother -- when it becomes implanted in the womb. So, it was believed that because they could not keep an embryo alive for more than seven days, the “handful of cells” were not sufficient on their own to contain life.  So this new discovery that the embryo is able to continue living passed that seven-day period, only shows further the scientific reality of life beginning at conception.

The more science discovers, the more it makes the Word of God look scientific.  However, at the same time, for those who believe that experimenting on human embryos is morally wrong, these experimentations are of real concerns. We should enjoy what God created not dismantle it.


Blessings,

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Diane M. Hoffmann, B.Th., M.Th., Ph.D./Th.

Author of "24 Hot Potatoes in the Church Today"
Just released by Xulon Press, a div. of Salem Media.
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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Is Theology Relevant in the Church Today?



by Diane M. Hoffmann

Theology is absolutely relevant to the Christian church today. What is theology? According to various dictionaries and statements, theology is the study of the nature of God and religious belief, religious beliefs and theory when systematically developed, it is the systematic and rational study of concepts of God and biblical truths, etc…

So, whether we know it or not, in the church, we are doing theology!  Yet many in the church speak as if theology is anathema (something accursed or loathed). No kidding. I know, I’ve had my share of receiving negative comments on the basis that I have a degree in theology.

In the church, we are to exhort and encourage one another, but when we have someone in our midst who has spent many years of hard studies to achieve a degree in bible studies or theology, the church is quick to give condescending references and innuendos that this is not necessary to serve God and give our Christian testimony.  Some even scoff at it and say, “I have no use for that”. Even any type of formal education is put down. I give true stories that I personally experienced in my book “24 Hot Potatoes in the Church Today” about this.

Theos in the word theology means “God”. So, right there how can any Christian say they have no use for theology? By this, they often only give themselves away for being ignorant of the Word of God. These people have been influenced by the lack of encouragement from the church or they have listened to criticisms from secular philosophers who are, of course, threatened by counterpart theological explanations. Here too, I cover this area a great deal in the book.

I always say that theology is like philosophy but with God in it.  Philosophers look for life and truth, but they keep God out of their search and study.  But life and truth comes from God (Yahweh) who is the Creator and the sustainer of the universe!

Deuteronomy 4:35 says that Yahweh is God; there is no other besides Him.

Exodus 3:14, “And God said unto Moses, I Am that I Am: and he said, Thus shall you say unto the children of Israel, I Am has sent me unto you.”

We need to encourage Christians in the church to, 

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth,   But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. (2 Timothy 2:15-16) (King James Version).

That’s theology and it is most relevant in the church today. /dmh

Blessings,

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Diane M. Hoffmann, B.Th., M.Th., Ph.D./Th.

Author of "24 Hot Potatoes in the Church Today"
Just released by Xulon Press, a div. of Salem Media.
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