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[BIBLE x IDOLATRY] What is Idolatry?

For whom are you bending the knees with such faith?

Idols in the Bible: not only images of gods, but everything that may take the place of God. Pictures or paintings, persons, ribbons, bracelets, chains, rings, symbols, amulets, crossed fingers, amulets, images of gold, silver, wood, stone, plaster, clay of any object, things similar to these that have some bond of faith and spiritual confidence, made by human hands, to which we devote some belief or trust; objects that take the place of God. In direct words, EVERYTHING THAT YOU BOW AND GIVE REVERENCE TO BECOMES YOUR GOD! (REVERENCE: a veneration that is considered sacred; praise, glorify, worship, love).

“Their idols are merely things of silver and gold,
shaped by human hands.
They have mouths but cannot speak,
and eyes but cannot see.
They have ears but cannot hear,
and noses but cannot smell.
They have hands but cannot feel,
and feet but cannot walk,
and throats but cannot make a sound.
And those who make idols are just like them,
as are all who trust in them.”

– (Psalm 115:4-8)
Idolatry is one of the biggest sins because Jesus said that the greatest commandment is to love God with all your heart, soul and mind (Matthew 22:37). No image built by human hands can ever represent the entirety, transcendence and Majesty of God. We can never model, paint or sculpt anything that could be an adequate representation of who God is, and anything that you give more value to God, that is your god!

“God said all that follows: ’I am the Lord your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt, the place of your slavery.You must not have any other god but me. You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea. You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I am the Lord, your God…’” (Exodus 20:1-5).

Any image or object that we hold onto as a divine representation is incapable of portraying the fullness of God’s identity. This certainly leads us to the circuitous route of disobedience and defiance in the face of God. “Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft, and stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols. So because you have rejected the command of the Lord, he has rejected you as king” (1 Samuel 15:23).

Idolatry is seen in the Bible as adultery/spiritual prostitution (Judges 2:17; 1 Chron. 5:25…) “And when you choose some of their daughters as wives for your sons and those daughters prostitute themselves to their false gods, they will lead your sons to do the same” (Exodus 34:16). God considers this behavior as a betrayal, an infidelity.

“Then when they are exiled among the nations, they will remember me. They will recognize how hurt I am by their unfaithful hearts and lustful eyes that long for their idols. Then at last they will hate themselves for all their detestable sins. They will know that I alone am the Lord and that I was serious when I said I would bring this calamity on them” (Ezekiel 6:9-10).

“You have had enough in the past of the evil things that godless people enjoy—their immorality and lust, their feasting and drunkenness and wild parties, and their terrible worship of idols” (1 Peter 4:3). From Genesis to Revelations, the Bible condemns all images and idolatry.

“You must burn their idols in fire, and you must not covet the silver or gold that covers them. You must not take it or it will become a trap to you, for it is detestable to the Lord your God. Do not bring any detestable objects into your home, for then you will be destroyed, just like them. You must utterly detest such things, for they are set apart for destruction” (Deuteronomy 7:25-26).

“Cursed is anyone who carves or casts an idol and secretly sets it up. These idols, the work of craftsmen, are detestable to the Lord” (Deuteronomy 27:15). Nothing is hidden, nothing is sacred in the eyes of God. You can hide from the eyes of men, but not the eyes of God, who is “omnipresent” (the one that is present everywhere!)

When practicing idolatry, humans can’t see how blind their understanding is! Thus, the human being seeks to do something crazy, trying to mold God into their own image. God doesn’t want to transform into a cult of superstitious rites. The worship of God must be spiritual (“in spirit and in truth”).

“For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24).

The Bible is the word of God. Consider how crazy it is to allow any object to be your God!
Look at this example from the Holy Scriptures:

“He cuts down cedars;
he selects the cypress and the oak;
he plants the pine in the forest
to be nourished by the rain.
Then he uses part of the wood to make a fire.
With it he warms himself and bakes his bread.
Then — yes, it’s true — he takes the rest of it
and makes himself a god to worship!
He makes an idol
and bows down in front of it!
He burns part of the tree to roast his meat
and to keep himself warm.
He says, ‘Ah, that fire feels good.’
Then he takes what’s left
and makes his god: a carved idol!
He falls down in front of it,
worshiping and praying to it.
‘Rescue me!’ he says.
‘You are my god!’
Such stupidity and ignorance!
Their eyes are closed, and they cannot see.
Their minds are shut, and they cannot think.
The person who made the idol never stops to reflect,
‘Why, it’s just a block of wood!
I burned half of it for heat
and used it to bake my bread and roast my meat.
How can the rest of it be a god?
Should I bow down to worship a piece of wood?’
The poor, deluded fool feeds on ashes.
He trusts something that can’t help him at all.
Yet he cannot bring himself to ask,
‘Is this idol that I’m holding in my hand a lie?’”

– (Isaiah 44:14-20)
“Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles” (Romans 1:22-23).

There is no life or spirit in statues! ““What good is an idol carved by man, or a cast image that deceives you? How foolish to trust in your own creation — a god that can’t even talk! What sorrow awaits you who say to wooden idols, ‘Wake up and save us!’ To speechless stone images you say, ‘Rise up and teach us!’ Can an idol tell you what to do? They may be overlaid with gold and silver, but they are lifeless inside” (Habakkuk 2:18-19).

What many use as argument is that when they worship idols, they are actually interceding. But this is not what the Bible teaches! Nowhere in Scripture does it say that you must intercede to God through images. On the contrary, the Bible explains that our only intercessor is ONLY JESUS! “ For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5). Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).

And as the Bible is the very mouth of God, and his Word does not fall on the ground nor gets lost in the wind, the book of Revelation says: “But cowards, unbelievers, the corrupt, murderers, the immoral, those who practice witchcraft, idol worshipers, and all liars—their fate is in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death” (Revelation 21:8). — “Second death” is “the eternal damnation of the unsaved”.

But for those who believe and have fear and obedience to God, repent of your sins and ask forgiveness to God for the fouls committed against him. The mercy of God on this earth will always reach a repented heart.

“Therefore, my beloved friends, flee from the worship of idolatry” (1 Corinthians 10:14).

God Bless you All!

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A CHRISTIAN METAMORPHOSIS

One of the changes that we know well of is the metamorphosis (transformation) when caterpillars becomes butterflies, but what do we Christians have in common with the caterpillar and the butterfly?

THE TRANSFORMATION OF A CHRISTIAN!

The word metamorphosis originates from the Greek word “metamorphōsis”, which refers to CHANGE. In nature, this change occurs to the form and structure of the body (tissues and organs), and in insects this transformation takes place in four stages: Egg; larva (caterpillar – young stage); pupa or chrysalis (cocoon) and finally adulthood (butterfly). When they are within the cocoon, the caterpillar turns into a pupa. This is the intermediate stage between larva and adulthood, that is, is it the birth of a new form and the “death” of the other. But while the caterpillar only goes through one stage to become a butterfly, the Christian goes through many phases. Let’s meditate on it?

The pupa and even the larvae, don’t have a pleasant appearance. The body is like a worm, often without color or external definitions. There is no beauty in a larva! It does not resemble what we see flying near flowers in bloom with so much beauty. But until it climaxes as the beautiful butterfly and flies away, the process which it passes through is a painful one. We see only the final state the way they are today, and just forget that to get where and as they are now, they were suffering alone this metamorphosis. For several weeks the caterpillar suffers in a tight place (most of them are unable to move or lack defenses to get rid of natural predators). They also do not eat and all this transformation is very painful. The cocoon is not a nice place for any creature that passes through the metamorphic process.

And it also happens to us. Jesus transforms us completely, erasing a past full of faults, sins and “dirt” and writing a new history of life for us – a story of peace! One that was a “caterpillar” becomes a “butterfly”. And it’s not easy to endure all this transformation, because everything involved changes, and it hurts. It’s not easy for the caterpillar to spend days getting trapped in the dark, tight cocoon, unable to see the light and colors. But it’s worth waiting this time to be transformed into a dazzling creature. Christ changes our lives, from the moment that we completely surrender to Him. But sometimes God wants to transform us and use us, but many resist this transformation because it hurts. It involves the death of your “ego”, your desires and especially of carnal pleasures. This physical and moral change requires renunciations to our attitudes, postures, and thoughts, which for years have been cultivated and constructed by our “old man”, and it will not be suddenly that everything will change! It hurts, it hurts so much! It often seems that we can’t do it! But the Word of God tells us that as this metamorphosis happens in our lives, we will transform into new creatures. “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Ah! So we need to change! We have to fly free with a nice pair of wings to bring joy, life and charm to those who see us. Everything is new! There’s no question about it! Our clothes, our words, everything is different! Our entire exterior is another now, because the Holy Spirit dwells within us. But just as butterflies transform their organs during metamorphosis, our interior also needs to be changed completely, as it is no use to make a change externally without having one internally! Our inner need is to have the smell of Christ’s life in us! Otherwise, we will not pass the whitewashed tombs. “[…] For you are like whitewashed tombs—beautiful on the outside but filled on the inside with dead people’s bones and all sorts of impurity” (Matthew 23:27). How many times do we find ourselves without a nice look like a butterfly larva? How many were, and still are in times when we find ourselves in a cocoon, in pain, and tight, squeezed, with no way to escape, perhaps thinking that there is no solution? And why is all this? Because He sees the fruit of his work in us! Who does not rejoice at the sight of flying butterflies in a garden? In the garden of God we are these butterflies!

The Lord was transfigured before his disciples, that is, adopted a distinct figure; He revealed his glory to them that they had not seen with the veil of flesh, but transfigured. “Six days later Jesus took Peter and the two brothers, James and John, and led them up a high mountain to be alone. As the men watched, Jesus’ appearance was transformed so that his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as light” (Matthew 17:1-2)

When Jesus appears with glory in a transfigured appearance to his disciples, we then will see God’s purpose for our lives, “Jesus glorified”. This is the image that God wants us to turn to us to be like Him. “So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image” (2 Corinthians 3:18).

Scripture tells us that the transformation (metamorphosis), the Christian life is through the renewal of the understanding, that is, MIND! Where the metamorphosis should happen is not only in the body or in the behavior, but mainly in the MIND! And we must pay attention to this because our minds play important roles in a Christian life. For a genuine transformation it is necessary to leave the old ways behind, after all, no one ever saw a caterpillar flying around. “Throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy” (Ephesians 4:22).

All butterflies were once caterpillars. In this process of metamorphosis, the believer will leave behind sins, errors, defects of character and and anything that identifies it with the world. But the metamorphosis is not just a process of letting go of the things that displease God. It is also a process of building spirit and building character. In this process we acquire virtues that will make us more like Jesus Christ with each day.

There are people who never fail to be larva, who die attached to the cocoon. as well as that, little butterflies need to exert great force to break free from the cocoon. We also need strength to move forward but many give up, dropping his cross halfway. Some even manage to get out of the cocoon, but have no power to achieve high flight. Unfortunately many are suffering a kind of spiritual “involution”, and are returning to their old ways, and many Christians are returning to the ways of the world. These ways are increasingly aberrant: polygamy, pornography, corruption, violence, intolerance, etc. What’s worse is that many believers have taken over this way of living. We must die to the world, to die to one’s self, denying himself, denying his carnal and sinful desires, things that are displeasing to God in their worldly life, because the “death” for the Christian is something noble too! The “self” needs to reduce so that God will grow! God calls you today for a renewal of your ‘Body, Mind and Soul’. “Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me’” (Matthew 16:24).

The Church of Christ did not die to the world! The Church of Christ does not conform to the worldly vices, but fights for the transformation of all into the image of Jesus. The real metamorphosis has occurred for those who have signed their life in Jesus. Now is to persevere until the day of His coming. The way of the believer in Christ is to look like their Savior, and not to a fallen world disgraced by sin, now we are also followers of Christ and have been washed and sanctified. “Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:11).

Butterflies are so beautiful that some call them “winged flowers” and “flying jewels”. Christians are also rare jewels for the Lord. Sin made the human being an ugly and disgusting caterpillar, but God’s plan is to turn us into butterflies. That the Lord will transform each of us! And make a DIFFERENCE!

In the middle of this word “metamorphosis” is “AMOR” (LOVE). And it is through the love of God that we become “butterflies”.

Allow yourself to be “metamorphosed” (transformed) by the hands of the Creator, and live a new life, a new birth and a new spiritual structure.

Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God”.
– (John 3:3)

God bless you all!

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HALLOWEEN: THE MODERNIZED TERROR (31/10)

[ LEIA EM PORTUGUÊS ]

Halloween is a sweet game of disguise and mischief!

All of you worshipers of the one God and the Lord Jesus Christ should know that this celebration is not Biblical. Do not be deceived by celebrations of which no one knows where or how they came about. Today, Halloween has become popular worldwide as a entertainment event to millions, second only to Christmas.

However, why do we have to know the origin of this celebration? Indeed, does someone go to a birthday without knowing the birthday girl? It makes no sense for you to bring a gift for a stranger, eating and drinking as a close friend! In many cases, that “gift” may be your soul, without you even knowing!

“If anyone comes to your meeting and does not teach the truth about Christ, don’t invite that person into your home or give any kind of encouragement. Anyone who encourages such people becomes a partner in their evil work” (2 John 1: 10-11).

Halloween was brought to America in the 1840s by Irish immigrants fleeing famine in their homeland, and this harvest festival came to be known as the “Halloween”. It originated in the 5th century BC, by the Celtic peoples who lived mostly in the countries of Ireland, England and France. When this celebration came each year, people got dressed, treats were shared and even children participated by asking for candy at home or making mischief.

The Celts were among the the first civilized people of Europe. The Celtic religion has some shamanistic characteristics (Shamanism is a set of ancestral beliefs that have to the practice of magic and invocations to establish contact with the spirit world), thus the Celts were always in contact with nature and the spirits. They believed that as the days shortened, it was necessary to reinvigorate the sun through various rites and sacrifices. They also believed that “Samhain”, (the festival marking the end of the harvest season), opened the barrier between the human world and the supernatural, allowing spirits, both good and evil, to roam the earth. Today, Celtic culture still survives in part, mainly in the traditional languages ​​of Ireland, Wales and Brittany (France).

One of the legends of Celtic origin says that the spirits of all who died during that year would come back in search of living bodies to possess and use for the next year!

As the living did not want to be possessed, on the last night of October, they extinguished the torches and bonfires of their homes, so they become cold and unpleasant, wore costumes and noisily paraded around their villages, being as destructive as possible, in order to scare away those spirits who sought bodies to possess. Some stories say that the Celts burned people at the stake, believing that they were already possessed by evil spirits. This would serve as a “lesson” for them not to return more to that place.

They believed that on “Samhain”, the world of the living and the dead mingled and during the night, ghosts, demons and fairies were on the loose and the souls of the dead would return to their homes. For them, the souls of the dead returned to their homes to visit relatives and to seek food and warmth from the fires, and so families separated some of their food and drink for the visitors from beyond, hoping to appease them and escape the bad fortunes of purgatory.

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Samhain Altar

A table to receive spirits in your house?
“You cannot drink from the cup of the Lord and from the cup of demons, too. You cannot eat at the Lord’s Table and at the table of demons, too. What? Do we dare to rouse the Lord’s jealousy? Do you think we are stronger than he is?” (1 Corinthians 10:21-22).

In the Bible is there any record that Jesus attended the same table with demons or those who have dressed to scare spirits?:

“Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness? What harmony can there be between Christ and the devil? How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever? And what union can there be between God’s temple and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God said:

“I will live in them
and walk among them.
I will be their God,
and they will be my people.e
Therefore, come out from among unbelievers,
and separate yourselves from them, says the Lord.
Don’t touch their filthy things,
and I will welcome you.”

– (2 Corinthians 6:14-17)

NOW, WHY MUST IT BE CELEBRATED WITH A RED CALENDAR?

Christians came to Great Britain, converted the Celts, especially with the work of St. Patrick in the 4th Century and St. Columba in the 6th Century. Thus, the Catholic Church transformed this pagan ritual in a “religious festival”. It went on to be celebrated at this same time and instead of honoring spirits and dark forces, the newly catechized people should honor “the saints”. And it became known as “All Hallows Day”: the Day of All Saints. And so October 31 became “Halloween”, November 1 became “All Saints Day”, and November 2 became “All Souls Day”.

The origin of these celebrations are loaded with superstitions, legends, paganism, occultism, witchcraft and all activities related to the world of darkness. The author of the Satanic Bible, (Anton Lavey, Minister of Satan’s church), says that October 31 is one of the most important days for satanists.

Over time, the Catholic Church ruled that the holiday of November 1st would be “All Saints Day”, also called “All Hallow’s Eve”, introduced by Pope Boniface IV in the 7th Century. More than a century after establishing “All Saints Day”, the Catholic Church, through its Cluny Abbey in France, determined that the best day to celebrate the “Day of the Dead” was right after the “All Saints Day”. Thus, adhering to religious syncretism, established “All Souls Day” on November 2.

It is observed by the Roman Catholic Church as a holy day of prayer for “the souls in purgatory”.

PURGATORY: Purgatory is considered the place where the soul goes after death in order to be purified of the sins that have not been fully redeemed during life. However, the Bible does not make references in any line of text related to the existence of an intermediate place called purgatory, existing between Heaven and Hell. On this point, the Bible is very specific in saying that after death there are only two destinations where the soul can enter, HEAVEN or go to HELL!

There is no basis in any passage of Scripture, saying that there is purgatory. As can be seen, the doctrine of purgatory eliminates the atoning work of Christ on the cross of Calvary. If purgatory existed, then why did Jesus need to die for our sins? The Bible tells us that what Jesus did was definitive!

Therefore, “PURGATORY” DOES NOT EXIST!

The Bible is clear in saying that after death there is only the judgment of God. “All the nations will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats” (Matthew 25:32), drawing attention to the fact that any decision for Christ must be made in LIFE. There is also no biblical basis to orate, recite or do penance (by making sacrifices) for the dead, but it is a commandment of Jesus to proclaim the Gospel to the LIVING, “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations” (Matthew 28:19).

“The living at least know they will die, but the dead know nothing. They have no further reward, nor are they remembered. Whatever they did in their lifetime — loving, hating, envying — is all long gone. They no longer play a part in anything here on earth.” – (Ecclesiastes 9:5-6)

THE SAMHAIN RITUAL

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Samhain Nowadays still exists in North America.

Samhain was created in the 18th Century by the druids of modern cults, and indeed celebrated the death of God, who will be reborn by the Yule Goddess. The Goddess, Yule, and the Winter Solstice represents the state of death and hibernation, when life is collected beneath layers and layers of ice, snow and earth, and is protected from cold winds, waiting dormant for rebirth. In the spring, the birds of prey clean to the bone, the carcasses of animals whose lives came to an end.

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Therefore, Samhain is not a god of death! Samhain is actually a representation of the death of a God (called the Horned God). Traditions of food were established to worship them. The foods included cakes, fruit, nuts and assorted breads. The drinks included: hot and cold wine and champagne. The fruits included grapes, apples, melons and plums.

The Horned God was also a god of fertility. It is usually represented as a bearded man with hooves and deer or moose horns, (remember the devil figure). It is the guardian of the entry to the mystical pentagram that is drawn at the beginning of rituals. It is the God of the woods, master of the forest. It is the God who dies and is always reborn.

The night of October 31 (Halloween) is the commemorate date that signaled the beginning of Samhain, an important celebration that marked three facts: the end of the harvest, the Celtic New Year and the beginning of winter, “the season of cold and darkness”, a period associated with death. The day that the “souls” of the dead roamed the earth. On that night, the goddess “Yuu Byeol” (with the ancient symbol of Celtic perfection on its darkened face), would appear as the Elder (“the lady of death and wisdom”), aiming to give worship to the dead, seeking contact with the spirits of ancestors and relatives.

This contact was made with bonfires, rituals for the ancestors, the use of divination instruments (crystal balls, black mirrors, cauldrons of water), and oracles. It was the only day that the ancient Celts sought exchanges with the other side, “invoking” spirits and communicating with those who were in the “Summer Country,” the land where the souls await reincarnation.

The Bible also teaches us that reincarnation does not exist!

“For example, never sacrifice your son or daughter as a burnt offering. And do not let your people practice fortune-telling, or use sorcery, or interpret omens, or engage in witchcraft, or cast spells, or function as mediums or psychics, or call forth the spirits of the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord. It is because the other nations have done these detestable things that the Lord your God will drive them out ahead of you. But you must be blameless before the Lord your God.” – (Deuteronomy 18:10-13)
On Samhain when the veils separating the worlds allowed for the crossing of borders, the fires also served to drive away evil spirits. Lanterns and candles placed in turnips and gourds were lit to guide them towards this passage. The Celts used to dress up in scary masks to ward off spirits and witches. In these cases, the fires were regarded as symbols of immortality, and were thought to be effective as outward and visible signs to illuminate the souls to help liberate them from purgatory.

From the Bible, we learn that the dead do NOT communicate with the living!

“And when they say to you, ‘Consult the mediums and the necromancers who chirp and mutter,’ Shouldn’t a people consult their God? Why should they consult the dead on behalf of the living?”

– (Isaiah 8:19)

(constructed by Druids 3000 b.C)                                                   (now)

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[Stonehenge] – On the longest day of the year, wizards, druids, witches and all manner of spiritualists / esoterics fill the place singing and dancing to the sound of drums and whistles, with flaming torches in hand.

The Druids were the priests of the Celts. They were located within the Indo-European region. Extinguished by the Romans, the Druids made contact with the Otherworld, practiced divinations and made use of drums, dances and gathered Amanita mushrooms to use in their rituals.

Therefore, the time of Samhain was especially favorable to unlock the secrets of the future. They used apples and hazelnuts and even pieces of human bodies (the Druids made sacrifices of humans and animals) to reveal the future! They would watch the remains of animals and people that had been sacrificed, where the liver in particular was studied to make guesses about the coming new year, and to make predictions regarding information such as marriages, diseases and deaths.

The Celts thought it was a source of spiritual and physical strength to eat the flesh of their enemies (the Romans). This practice also appears in the Old Testament, being performed by the king of Babylon: “For the king of Babylon will stop at the fork in the road, uncertain whether to attack Jerusalem or Rabbah. He calls his magicians to look for omens. They cast lots by shaking arrows from the quiver. They inspect the livers of animal sacrifices” (Ezekiel 21:21).

“The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. The Lord will not reject a humble and repentant heart” (Psalm 32:17).

They also made use of apples and hazelnuts to perform these divination practices! They were considered products of sacred trees, to guess information concerning marriages, sicknesses and death. The Roman Empire also absorbed the day of Pomona (In Roman mythology, Pomona is the goddess of abundance and orchards), from the Gauls, turning the two celebrations into one.

There was also a superstition that adults could also cross cultural barriers and change their identity (sex change), indulging in a night of futility without inhibitions. They believed that the border between the real world and the other world would disappear. When they believed the barriers between the physical world and the supernatural were felled, people thought that humans could easily pass to the world of spirits.

WHAT WAS NORMALLY BANNED IN THE PAST IS NOW PERMITTED!

Samhain was also characterized by revelry, drunkenness and neglect of inhibitions, that is to say, traditional values ​​were ignored or reversed. (Everything was “liberated”).

“Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”- (Galatians 5:19-21)
Samhain was also a time when the “Sidhe” (Sidhe is an Irish and Scottish word that refers to a supernatural people linked to the fairies and elves), left with people to see the other world. The magical fog that made people invisible would disperse, and the elves and other beings could be seen by humans.

We know that they offered human sacrifices to their bloody gods. We also have evidence that they have made their children pass through the fires to Molech, and the likelihood is high of them having offered children as sacrifices. Comparing (Jeremiah 32:35) and (Jeremiah 19:5), we find that despite the sacrifices were made to different gods, the system was still considered to be the same. It is important to emphasize another part of the book: “The priests of Nimrod or Baal were necessarily required to eat of the human sacrifices; and thus it has come to pass that “Cahna-Bal, [cannibal]” (the “Priest of Baal,” is the established word in our own tongue for a devourer of human flesh.” (Taken from the book: “The Two Babylons” (1916), by A.Hislop, page 232).

“And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out?[…]” (Matthew 12:27). Jesus calls Satan “Beelzebub”, naming him after a Philistine deity by the name of “Baal-Zebube”, who was requested by “Ahaziah, a new king of Israel who had seriously injured himself after falling from his palace in Samaria. “Now Ahaziah fell through the lattice in his upper chamber in Samaria, and lay sick; so he sent messengers, telling them, ‘Go, inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron, whether I shall recover from this sickness’” (2 Kings 1:2). The Baal of the Old Testament was nothing more than a demon disguised as a god, and all idolatry is ultimately a form of devil worship. “No, I imply that what pagans sacrifice they offer to demons and not to God. I do not want you to be participants with demons” (1 Corinthians 10:20).

For the Catholic Church, the “All Saints Day” and “All Souls Day” are one sequence and celebrate similar things – the honor and the souls of the dead. The opposite of what the Bible teaches! To read the text of the Dead click here to learn why we should not celebrate the “Day of the Dead”!

SYMBOLS OF HALLOWEEN

child halloween crianças fantasiasCOSTUMES – When children today, dressed as ghosts or witches, go from house to house demanding Halloween goodies or threatening to do mischief, they are unknowingly perpetuating the ancient rituals of Samhain. Upon receiving a treat, they establish, in a symbolic way they do not understand, a fraternal exchange between the visible and the invisible. That is why Halloween festivities are characterized by the use of costumes.

halloween aboboras lanterna jackJACK-O’-LANTERNS – The practice of cutting the pumpkin and putting a candle in it came from the legend of Jack, a man who drank too much and on the night of Halloween invited the devil to drink with him. To pay for the drinks, Jack convinced the devil to turn into a coin. But rather than pay, Jack trapped the coin with a crucifix. To escape the prison, the devil agreed to never take Jack’s soul. When Jack died, he was not accepted into heaven, and he was rejected from Hell because of the deal the devil made with him. The devil Jack a coal that he put inside a turnip. From then on, Jack’s soul began to endlessly wander the world, looking for a resting place.

BONFIRES – Fires are used at different times and places, on the night of “All Saints Day”, as they served to drive away the evil spirits. Fires were regarded as symbols of immortality, and were thought to be effective as outward and visible signs to illuminate the souls to help liberate them from purgatory.

CANDLES – Indicates the paths for the spirits of another astral plane to follow.

WITCHES – According to various legends, witches gathered twice a year during the change of seasons: on April 30 and on October 31. Arriving on flying broomsticks, witches attended parties headed by the devil himself. They threw curses and spells on anyone, transformed into various things, and caused all sorts of disorder.

BLACK CAT – They are constantly associated with witches because of legends which state that they can turn into cats and also because of beliefs that cats are actually spirits of dead people. One of the best known is that if a black cat cross your path, you should go back the way you came from, because if you do not, you will have bad luck for sure.

travessuras ou gostosuraTRICK-OR-TREAT – The game of “trick-or-treating” is originally a 9th Century European custom called “souling”. On November 2 (“All Souls Day”), Christians went from village to village asking for “soul cakes”. They consisted of small squares of bread with currants. For each cake received, one would say a prayer for a dead relative of the donor. It was believed that the souls remained in limbo (Purgatory) for a time after his death and that prayers helped them to go to heaven.

CAULDRON – Inside, guests should throw coins and written messages with requests to the spirits.

BROOMS – They symbolize the feminine power that can clean and sweep away negative energy. Mistakenly, it is thought that they served to transport witches.

COINS – Must be collected at the end of the festival to be donated to the needy.

TICKETS/NOTES – With requests written upon them, they should be incinerated so that they will be quickly answered, as they rise through the smoke.

SPIDERS – Symbolizes destiny, and the threads that weave their webs, the paths and supports to move forward.

BATS – Symbolize clairvoyance and mediumship, because they can see beyond the forms and appearances, without the need to see with the eye. They can sense the shapes and distances through their own energy by emitting sounds (which exceeds the range of human perception).

FROG – It is linked to the symbolic powers of feminine wisdom, lunar symbols and attributes of the dead and feminine magic.

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COLORS OF HALLOWEEN

* ORANGE – Color of vitality and energy that generates power. The Druids believed that on this night, passing to the New Year, spirits from other planes approached the living to vampirize the vital energy found in the orange color.

* BLACK – Color of priestly robes worn by many mages, witches and priests in general.
– Master color.

* PURPLE – Color of ritualistic magic.
Unfortunately, some people prefer to believe more in human traditions than to study the Bible to see what it really says about the matter. The gospel has always been a stumbling block for many, precisely because the Bible goes against what many think and have become accustomed to believing!

“Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons.”

– (1 Timothy 4:1)
God bless you all!

 

If God exists, why there is so much suffering in this world?

[LEIA EM PORTUGUÊS]

Here are some questions that can’t be silenced:
“If God exists, why are there so many tragedies?
And “Why do people suffer so much?”

First, it is not wrong to ask why God allows suffering, what’s wrong is when you comply with doubt… Some are afraid to ask these questions because they think it means a lack of faith in God or a lack of respect for Him, but this is not true. The faithful prophet Habakkuk asked God:

“O Lord, how long shall I cry for help,
 and you will not hear?
 Or cry to you “Violence!”
 and you will not save?
 Why do you make me see iniquity,
 and why do you idly look at wrong?
 Destruction and violence are before me;
 strife and contention arise.
 So the law is paralyzed,
 and justice never goes forth.
 For the wicked surround the righteous;
 and justice goes forth perverted.”
- (Habakkuk 1:2-4)

Questions of this nature are common in the minds of many people who would like to live in a better world. They do not understand how God Almighty can exist and at the same time, a world full of problems, violence, corruption, injustice, immorality, etc. To understand this issue, we have to observe the early history of the creation of man (Adam and Eve).

God created the world, and at the end said everything was very good, but God had warned the couple from Paradise to not to eat the fruit of the tree of good and evil, that is, the tree of knowledge, for surely they would die. “And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, ‘You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die’ ” (Genesis 2:16-17). But Eve listened to the serpent (Satan) and ate the fruit, and so at that moment they died. (Died?)

Yes! Died spiritually!
Disobedience created the curse, and the curse lead to death. In this case God was referring to spiritual death, not physical death.

So man became like God knowing good and evil, and humans became less innocent in their ways, “Then the Lord God said, ‘Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil…’ ” (Genesis 3:22). As a consequence of their disobedience, Adam and Eve were expelled from Paradise and entered the world in which we find ourselves today, and we all pay for it because we still carry the consequences of sinful behavior (disobedience), and the world we live in came with suffering.

To the woman he said,

“I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing;
in pain you shall bring forth children.
Your desire shall be for your husband,
and he shall rule over you.”

And to Adam he said,

“Because you have listened to the voice of your wife
and have eaten of the tree
of which I commanded you,
‘You shall not eat of it,’
cursed is the ground because of you;
in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;
18thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you;
and you shall eat the plants of the field.
By the sweat of your face
you shall eat bread,
till you return to the ground,
for out of it you were taken;
for you are dust,
and to dust you shall return.”
- (Genesis 3:16-19)

Note that in this part, regarding the dust of the earth, God was speaking of physical death which would also then happen because of sins that leads to death, (Spiritual and physical), and brought us suffering until we return to dust! Being in the world, Adam and Eve had Cain and Abel, and at the beginning of his seed we see the consequences of the lack of obedience of Adam and Eve’s past – envy, hatred and murder, in which Cain killed Abel because he had envy and hatred of his brother!

“Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all have sinned” (Romans 5:12).

Although mankind suffers for being under this judgment, God is never the cause of evil, the Bible makes this very clear. Those who attribute to God the blame for things such as murder and terrorism are blaspheming Him. “Therefore, hear me, you men of understanding: Far be it from God that he should do wickedness, and from the Almighty that he should do wrong” (Job 34:10). If you have suffered evil, rest assured that God is not the cause. “

Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am being tempted by God,’ for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one” (James 1:13). Jesus made it clear that in this world there is the “prince of the world” (Satan), “I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no power over me” (John 14:30).

The world is dominated and ruled by Satan!

“We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one” (1 John 5:19). The evil one has control over the land, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12).

And Satan is called the god of this world of sin and he makes people blind to not see the light of the gospel. “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the true image of God” (2 Corinthians 4:4).

“SO, why didn’t God correct the error committed by Adam and Eve?” He did!

God cares about your pain, and my pain, he’s engaged with it. He himself was involved in this agony, He himself endured the pain of the world. The best way to deal with the pain of others is to penetrate it. It was then that God gave His only Son, Jesus Christ, who came to earth in human form and suffered all the pain and humiliation to give us the right to live with Him forever!

In Christ we can be absolved freely through the forgiveness and mercy of GOD, He still accepts the life of those who seek Him. Jesus also suffered from the weight of the cross. If serving God would guarantee immunity against any suffering, then EVERYONE would want to serve Him. But few would do so out of love and faith, and we would not be motivated by genuine sentiments. The fact that God exists, does not mean that is a condition to minimize or cease the existence of suffering.

If the human race did not obey sin,
the world would be a paradise and Satan would totally fail!

The sin of disobedience ruined mankind — if we had obeyed God we would be saved, and would not even have Jesus come into the world and suffered through everything that happened to save us! God gave us free will, we have freedom of decision. Of course, God is omnipresent by being in all places and moments of our lives, however, He will never interfere in our attitudes because we were given free will (Power to choose). It’s only when the time comes to account for our actions (Judgement Day), we will suffer the consequences of our decisions. If he were to intervene every time we make the wrong choices, it would be putting a definitive end to the freedom of choice for each individual. Suffering must lead us to repentance, but unfortunately most people always learn the hard way.

We are victims of ourselves and not God!
God whispers in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains. It is a megaphone to awaken a deaf world!

Tragedies continue to happen because humans are steeped in sin! The world is corrupt, men and women are empty, dry, ungodly, selfish, cold, only care about wealth, money, sex, not satisfied with their spouses, much debauchery. Those who practice cruelties are men who believe themselves superior to God, and are instruments of evil. The error of humankind is to put the blame on God for errors that they themselves commit.

God said, Thou shalt not kill, yet people kill! Is God guilty? – God said: Love your neighbor, yet people do bad things to one another… Is God guilty? God said, Thou shall not steal, yet people rob! Is God guilty? God said, Thou shall not covet… yet people live in envy. Is God guilty? But what about natural disasters, they are also caused by man? Yes!

God does not pollute the water, God does not obstruct the rivers causing floods, God does not build people’s houses on the slopes, does not cause global warming, does not pollute the air, does not cause deforestation. Oh you ask about earthquakes as they are, but what many do not know is that mankind also contributes to this… in many cases some human activities increase the risk of earthquakes. (Where the construction of artificial dams may add strong pressures on the earth’s crust. Or when drilling into the Earth can destabilize the surrounding crust – Just search!) But it is God’s fault? On the contrary, he has given us everything in very good condition, but it is mankind who is destroying their habitat!

If you are thinking the world are bad know, it will gets worse!

It is through the sins of mankind that every Bible prophecy will be fulfilled on earth! Had he not sinned, would the prophecies be fulfilled? Jesus said that all this would happen. “Many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah.’ They will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and threats of wars, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place, but the end won’t follow immediately. Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in many parts of the world. But all this is only the first of the birth pains, with more to come” (Matthew 24 5:8).

“There will be great earthquakes, and there will be famines and plagues in many lands, and there will be terrifying things and great miraculous signs from heaven”. (Luke 21:11).

This is a world of atonement, and proves that suffering is part of the growth of humanity. The crosses exist and will always exist! And while there are evil men, good people and innocents suffer. Jesus, who was God in human form, was poor. He was thirsty but was given vinegar to drink. Jesus also knew the pain of thorns in his flesh! Imagine if he could heal every disease, prevent all guns from firing and all accidents from happening. If life became a “bed of roses” for us, certainly we never would understand the cruelty of sin, and the world would not remember God. If there were no pain and tears, no one would seek God. It is important to know that God feels compassion when you go through a difficult situation. He is not indifferent, he hates wickedness and suffering:

“There are six things the Lord hates —
no, seven things he detests:
haughty eyes,
a lying tongue,
hands that kill the innocent,
a heart that plots evil,
feet that race to do wrong,
a false witness who pours out lies, and
a person who sows discord in a family.”
- (Proverbs 6:16-19)

This world is temporary, it’s not eternal. All this will one day end, and there will be a place without pain, without death and without the existence of evil. For those who follow the path of God, being faithful and obedient on the last day will receive salvation and eternal life. It’s written in the Bible! – “I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, ‘Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.’ And the one sitting on the throne said, ‘Look, I am making everything new!’ And then he said to me, ‘Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.’ And he also said, ‘It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega — the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life. All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children’ ” (Revelation 21 3:7).

The heart of man is deceptive, everyone knows it! If we were wise to Reconquer Lost Love, Forget Forgiveness, Abandon Peace, Ignore Humility and Corrup Goodness.

God bless you all!

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“I will go to heaven because I do charity!” Are you seriously thinking it?

[LEIA EM PORTUGUÊS]

You often hear people saying this phrase:

“Haaa, I am a good person! When I die, I will go to heaven!” Are you sure of it?

Many people believe that they will enter heaven just by being a good person, and thus will enter into the kingdom of God only by their good deeds performed here in their life on earth, simply by not stealing, killing, cursing people, not lying, not betting on games, giving money to beggars or food to the homeless, or by donating money to charities… They think that their conscience is clear because they are not bad as people are seen as being in the newspapers or on TV.

I’M SORRY TO SAY, BUT JUST DOING CHARITY ALONE WILL NOT TAKE YOU TO HEAVEN!

Salvation is by grace (Grace is unmerited favor – we are not worthy of Jesus’ sacrifice for us on the cross). The entrance into the kingdom of God is not justified by deeds precisely so that no one can enter by boasting. That is, the carnal nature of man leads him to boast when he does good deeds (an example of pride), which is why no one is saved by good acts alone. Good deeds do not save because not all who practice them are necessarily good people. Many practice goodness to be seen, to promote themselves or simply because they think that doing so will buy the right to enter heaven. Good deeds must come from a heart that does not seek personal interests, but by the simple fact of benefiting others without expecting a reward in exchange.

"Be careful not to do your 'acts of righteousness' before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. "So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you."(Matthew 6: 1-4).
Help without looking towards whom you are helping for a prize!

Every human being is by nature a sinner, it is impossible to be good enough for heaven. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2: 8-10).

But good works are not performed in vain before God, quite the opposite! God teaches us to love our neighbors “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:39), and with good deeds every man shall receive his “REWARD” and not the “Salvation”!

WHAT ARE REWARD?

Award means reward or prize, usually for services rendered (good deeds). The New Testament speaks often of awards and that they will be available to all mankind. “I tell you the truth, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to Christ will certainly not lose his reward.” (Mark 9:41); Here we observe that every good deed adds to our reward or prize, even a gesture of giving a glass of water to a thirsty person!

“Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done” (Revelation 22:12) – “Behold, the LORD has made proclamation to the ends of the earth: “Say to the Daughter of Zion, ‘See, your Savior comes! See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him.’ “(Isaiah 62:11). – It is important to make it clear that the award or reward has nothing to do with salvation, and that one day we will understand that all charitable actions were not for our earthly benefit: It was God who made everything and only used us as his instruments.

SALVATION IS A GIFT FROM GOD!

Only through Jesus Christ can we enter heaven, no one has any right to heaven.

We all deserve hell because we are all sinners. “There is not a single righteous man on earth who does only what is right and never sins” (Ecclesiastes 7:20). Those of you who thinks they are good enough to get to heaven on their own are wrong.

“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives. (1 John: 8-10).

Therefore be reminded again that our deeds alone will not take us to heaven! Good deeds DON’T guarantee salvation, but rather, repentance and acceptance of Jesus Christ as your Savior will! Think about it: If a rich man ($$) has more financial abilities to help the neediest, but the poor man ($$) has no such possibility. Then would it be only the rich who would receive salvation by good deeds and not the poor?

Look at the example of the two thieves who were crucified next to Jesus.
One, at the final moment recognized what Jesus did and cried out for mercy to Him and recognized Him as his Lord and Savior by believing in salvation.However, the other thief mocked Jesus and didn’t pray for his own SALVATION!

– One of the criminals who hung beside him hurled insults at him:
“Aren’t you the Christ? Prove it, save yourself and us!”

– But the other criminal rebuked him.
“Don’t you fear God,”

– he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”

– Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”

Jesus answered him,
“I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23: 39-43)

– So I ask you, didn’t the thief who repented have good deeds? But in their last gasps he accepted Jesus!

Only in Jesus will we receive salvation,
as He is the Savior of mankind.

The word of God says, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” (Hebrews 11: 6). If you want to be sure of being accepted to heaven after death, and if you believe that Jesus came to save us from the penalty of our sins, put your faith in Christ, repent of your sins and commit your life to Him!

“Whoever believes in the Son will have eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.” (John 3: 36)

“Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2: 38)

NOTE: Some say that without Charity there is no salvation, but that teaching is spiritualism and is not the gospel of Christ (the Bible), which is the very mouth of God speaking.

God bless you all!

(Translated by Patrick)

batismo nas aguas baptism

Baptism: A necessary alliance between God and us across Jesus. Why?

[LER EM PORTUGUÊS]

WHAT IS WATER BAPTISM?
WHAT DOES IT SYMBOLIZE?
AND WHY DO I NEED IT?

The Bible is very clear about the need for a person to be born again to receive eternal life. Jesus stressed those terms when he told the religious leader Nicodemus: “Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again”. “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!” Jesus answered,

“Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless
they are born of water and the Spirit” (John 3:3-5).

The question is: How can one be born again then?
Through the waters of HOLY BAPTISM!

The word Baptism comes from the Greek word ”baptizo”, which means “to immerse or soak”. Only the meaning of the word already know how it should be done the biblical baptism. But it is common to see other forms of baptism such as SPRAYING, which is the practice of drizzling water drops on the person, used in the Catholic Church; EFFUSION (pouring), which is the practice of throwing water on the person, used in the Traditional Church; and IMMERSION, which is the practice that follows according to Biblical teachings, consisting of submerging one below the water, used in the Evangelical Church. The Evangelical Church follows this method precisely because in the Bible, there are no other modes of baptism that have not been by IMMERSION, as Jesus went down in the waters of the Jordan River and the Eunuch was also baptized in this manner as well.

Baptism is the fruit of obedience to the command of Jesus Christ. It is a clear ORDINANCE of Jesus to everyone who believes in him, “Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16). This is why we do not baptize and neither validate infant baptism.

We understand that to be baptized and forgiven, one must 
be old enough to discern right from wrong, "understand" the gospel, 
"repent" of their sins and "believe" in Jesus Christ as their only 
and sufficient SAVIOR.

You must first believe, and then be baptized. Believing is an act of faith and the child who dies without consciousness of sin is safe, for the child responds to his innocence: “But Jesus called the children to him and said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a child will never enter it’” (Luke 18:16-17).

In the Bible there is also no record of child baptisms! Because,

Children have no sin!

Those who follow this practice of baptizing infants claim that unbaptized children are pagans, but this is not true! A pagan is a person who believes in various “gods”, that us, it is a person who understands and knows how to discern what is right and wrong and yet chooses to believe in many dieties.

Baptism in water also has nothing to do with baptism in the Holy Spirit (speaking in new tongues). The act of baptism also brands people as new members of the church and it is from baptism that a person becomes part of the

Body of Christ (member of the Church)

Jesus established the baptism in the name of the Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit)
Thus, the meaning of baptism is: Death, Burial and Resurrection!

“Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19).

Baptism is a short but important event in the life of all believers in Jesus Christ. In the act of baptism, they give public witness of faith and salvation in Jesus Christ. A Christian is anyone who believes in God, regardless of religion! If you believe in God you are a believer! And when you accept Jesus into your life, then you are also Christian!

To be baptized, we proclaim saying nothing and publicly before the Church, and accept the salvation and transformation that Jesus accomplished within us. Baptism is a public testament to our faith in Jesus, and is our identification with Christ. It reveals not only that we have faith, but what kind of faith we have.

To be dipped in water we are spiritually dying to the world and are being born spiritually to God, as immersion symbolizes the burial of Jesus and for us, symbolizes our death to sin.

The waters represent earth, and rising out of the waters represents Christ’s resurrection and our resurrection to a new life. It is through baptism we testify, to no longer live “for the world” (in sin), emphasizing that Baptism is symbolic of “burial/grave”, where we bury all our sins, where we buried our “old man” to our old life, and re-emerge with a new body, for the old man stood there in the grave, we say of baptism.

So it is common to hear those who were baptized in the waters saying, “When I was in the world…” The meaning of this expression is of letting us all shed the carnal pleasures that the world has offered us, to now live a life dedicated for the purposes of the Gospel of Christ!

In this way the baptism becomes a public demonstration of our attitude before men, the enemies of our souls and God. There, we declare that we repent of our sins and through our faith we believe and accept Christ and His sacrifice as the only means of salvation and also shall we receive forgiveness for our sins. We are saying that we are willing to serve him and follow him all the days of our lives. We make it clear that we recognize Jesus as the Son of God, and we believe by faith that our sins were crucified by him. And it is through our Rebirth in Christ that we will submit to Him and deliver our lives.

“Have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives” (Romans 6:3-4).

“Peter replied, ‘Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit’” (Acts 2:38).

Through birth in the water we receive forgiveness: God says He will accept and forgive us. He will declare us blameless through our faith in Jesus Christ, “This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no discrimination, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:22-24).

Many resist baptism and fight it claiming that “baptism does not save”, saying that the thief who was next to Jesus on the cross was not baptized but was saved because Jesus told him, “truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43) – The difference however is that the thief on the cross, even in his last gasps of life, acknowledged that Jesus was the Son of God and there hung on the cross repented of his sins. Consider: On the cross, the thief was near death, and had no time to be baptized… . In this case the thief on the cross was symbolizing those people who are on their “deathbed” who repent of their sins, accepting Jesus as their only Savior. Even without having time so to be baptized, in this unique case, the person is saved! – Then realize again: Are you on a cross? Don’t you have time? Are you near death also?

Unfortunately, some people teach and believe that being born again means changing their lives. If you can change your life without the help of Christ, you do not need Him. But Jesus said, “If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5) and also said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). When Jesus said “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved”, it shows that our part to do is to believe and be baptized. There is no other way to enter the kingdom of heaven without dying to the world through “faith and repentance”. Baptism is permitted to anyone who believes, and thus, they will be sure of salvation.

“Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe shall be condemned” (Mark 16:16).

JESUS’ BAPTISM IS OUR GREATEST EXAMPLE – Jesus did not need to be baptized, for He was sinless. if But baptism is for the repentance of sins, then why was Jesus baptized? Jesus was baptized to set an example for us. After his baptism came to pass, “…as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him. And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy’” (Matthew 3:16-17). The baptism of Jesus marks the beginning of his public ministry, when he was baptized at about 30 years of age. “Jesus was about thirty years old when he began his public ministry…” (Luke 3:23). I am certain that soon after baptism, even if you don’t hear the voice of God, that surely God will be happy with you too, because the son who is obedient is the son who pleases to the Father.

He calls the first REPENTANCE. Next, is BAPTISM. And finally, presents FORGIVENESS. “If we confess our sins to God, he is faithful and just to forgive us our wrongdoings and to cleanse us from all wickedness” (1 John 1:9).

But it is necessary to realize that only the baptism itself doesn’t save, but that it is part of the process of salvation that comes through “Believing in Jesus” and therefore never ceases to be important and necessary; Most people believe that Jesus exists, but do not understand what He “DID”. They are two entirely different things; What saves us from eternal damnation and the condemnation of sins is the sacrifice of Christ on the cross in our place, (receiving our sins upon him). By dying on the cross, the Lord Jesus did not die because he deserved to die. On the contrary. Because he was fair and innocent, He replaced us, suffering what we should suffer so that we might receive God’s salvation. His grace (unmerited favor), poured over our lives so that we could achieve salvation. Baptism is the sign and seal of those who have been washed in the blood of Jesus, and who have been raised to a new life.

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you, whom you have received from God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).

BAPTISM IS THE CONVERSION THAT COMES TO YOUR HEART WITH ALL SINCERE REPENTANCE OF YOUR SINS! Repentance leads to life; to salvation, with the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, to reconcile with God. God gave what was best in the sky, and many times we have denied our best on earth. Salvation is given for free, but only for those who genuinely believe.

God is willing to forgive your sins!

No doubt about it! It is common to hear the following types of arguments: “Haaa, how much more can I baptize, I still have so many vices and defects…!” But Jesus did not say, “come to me those who are freed”, he said: “…Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:28-29).

He did not come to the SAINTS, but for the SICK. “Jesus answered them, ‘Healthy people don’t need doctors — sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners and need to repent’” (Luke 5:31-32).

“But I’m a dealer” (He loves you). “I am an atheist” (He loves you). “I drink” (He loves you). “I smoke” (He loves you). “I use drugs” (He loves you). “I am an adulterer” (he loves you). “Already I have killed, I stole, I lied” (He loves you). God does not look at what you are today – He sees what you will become tomorrow! And if what you are does not please His eyes, He will clean up!

“But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life” (John 4:14.

I just want you to know that GOD LOVES YOU !!!

God bless you all!

Translated by Patrick