The Lord of the Harem is Truth

trinity knotLead me in thy truth, and teach me, for thou art the God of my salvation; for thee I wait all the day long. Psa. 25:5

In the post-modern world we look for truth, and fine none, everywhere there is falsehood. Here in Psalm 25 we are told that it takes patients to learn God’s truth. We may have to wait all day long if necessary. This Psalm goes on to say that He is only going to teach the humble. [Psa. 25:9] Humility is also something that our post-modern world no longer values. We like braggarts and boasters. Our heroes in sports, entertainment, politics and religion are full of these showboaters. Truth is not in them.

They tell us the universe is millions of years old, based on assumptions that everything moves, progresses, or deteriorates at the same rate as is presently being observed. This uniformitarianism is undemonstrated and leads to young scientist who feel compelled to tow the established line of thought and not look for truth.

Our entertainers flaunt their sin and immorality, those that idolize them, often follow their lifestyle to their own destruction. They become slaves to a scandalous life which for the famous might make for good publicity, but the end there of is destruction.

The politicians claim that they are helping the poor, when in reality they are making it so that they will never be self sufficient. The people become slaves with only with enough money to have food and shelter, but never build assets. For this they must do as the government says. They must not get married, so all the children are bastards, who’s parents have no assets to set them up for a better life, so now the poverty continues for generations. Continue reading

The Lord of the Harem is Holy

trinity knotTo be Holy is to be set apart, that is literal what the Hebrew kadosh means. Of all of God’s attributes this one is more incomprehensible than all the others.

Many things are kadosh in the Bible; the priests, the temple, the stuff in the temple,  they have all been set apart for God. However God’s set apartness is beyond all these as He is the Creator of all. This make Him above and beyond all others. Nothing outside of Him is holy. Only that which is to be used in His service is holy, all other things or people are common or unclean. Because of this the theologians call this His “fundamental attribute,” for His justice is not like any others in all creation, it is a holy justice, His righteousness is a holy righteousness and on and on through all His attributes, His holiness is so apart that we cannot truly comprehend. We may have certain attributes ourselves but only in His use, is anything or anyone said to be holy.

The Harem is Holy

Those who belong to God’s Harem are holy. Not by some pronouncement of a Church Council or edict from the Pope, but rather because God says so. Our holiness is not because of some great feat that we have preformed, although many believers have done many great and spectacular things, our holiness is imparted to us from Messiah’s work on the cross. He choose us we did not chose Him. Continue reading

The Lord of the Harem is Love (part 2)

omnipotenceGod’s Love is Directional

By its very nature love must be directed toward someone or something. God’s love is not for everything or everyone. At creation He pronounced things “good” He did not day He loved them. His love is directed to His Son, The Believers, and The Sinners.

His Son

Because God is infinite His love for His Son is all transcending and passes all the love of any father for an earthly child.

. . . and lo, a voice from heaven, saying, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” Matt. 3:17 

He was still speaking, when lo, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” Matt. 17:5

Father, I desire that they also, whom thou hast given me, may be with me where I am, to behold my glory which thou hast given me in thy love for me before the foundation of the world. John 17:24 

The Believers

The love God’s has for believers is everlasting, and is for the believer who believes that Messiah came from the Father. It is familial, for we are family.

. . . the LORD appeared to him from afar. I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you. Jer. 31:3

. . . for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from the Father. John 16:27 

I in them and thou in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that thou hast sent me and hast loved them even as thou hast loved me. John 17:23 

The Sinners

Even though God hates sin He loves sinners, and wants to have a relationship with them, other than their final judge.

While we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Why, one will hardly die for a righteous man — though perhaps for a good man one will dare even to die. 8 But God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. Rom. 5:6-8

But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), Eph. 2:4 -5

The Lord of the Harem is Love (part 1)

omnipotenceThis is all most pagans know about the God of the Bible, and it is all they want to know. They take great solace in what they think it means. They believe that with this great a love “God won’t condemn anyone”.  However that is not exactly what His love is like. He is a jealous God, and will not tolerate unfaithfulness.

His love comes with a price. A price so high none of us could pay it. So He paid it Himself. We are bought brides. We come with no dowry, no wealth, and no nobility. He laid down His life so we could be free to love Him back.

7   Beloved, let us love one another; for love is of God, and he who loves is born of God and knows God.  8 He who does not love does not know God; for God is love.  9 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.  10 In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the expiation for our sins.  11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.  12 No man has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us. 

13   By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his own Spirit.  14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son as the Savior of the world.  15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.  16 So we know and believe the love God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.  17 In this is love perfected with us, that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so are we in this world.  18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and he who fears is not perfected in love.  19 We love, because he first loved us.  20 If any one says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen.  21 And this commandment we have from him, that he who loves God should love his brother also. 1 John 4:7-21

There is no other faith on earth that has a loving God. The Greek word here is agape, and is the love for someone or something based on sincere appreciation or high regard, loving affection, and loving concern. Even though we are the dust of the earth God has this agape love for us. The pagans may have a god or idol of lovers, or fertility, but they are not that all forgiving love of the creator God.  There is nothing in nature or ones own knowledge that tells us that God is love. This information only comes from the revelation of the Scriptures, written by those who came before us, those who had direct access to God. They have left us this great legacy of information.

It is the Bible and the Bible only where we are told that God is love.

 

See Also: Three Kinds of Wives

The Trinity

trinity knotTrinity is just a word invented as a shortcut to explain what the discussion/arguement is about. Others have tried to update the word a Triunity. There is no way to define an infinite God with the finite words of man. It all comes down to what the Bible claims.

The Father is God

We do not see God called as Father until quite late in History. Isaiah (740-687 BC) is the first to use the term in this way. Before that He is always referred to as the God of our Fathers.

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government will be upon his shoulder, and his name will be called “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Is. 9:6 

He shall cry to me, ‘Thou art my Father, my God, and the Rock of my salvation.’ Psa. 89:26

No one has ever seen God; the only Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he has made him known. John 1:18

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The Lord of the Harem is Merciful and Gracious

Ernst, Rudolph  -Romantic InterludeMercy is the action of a Gracious God. Generally it is the Old Testament that uses the word “mercy” and the New Testament that uses “grace”. An easy why to think of it in English is that “mercy” is a verb of action, where “grace” is an adjective a kind of description of the nature behind the action. Because God is gracious He behaves mercifully.

Mercy is often paired with loving-kindness. Mercy is shown to the disobedient, where loving-kindness is showered on the obedient.

. . . for the LORD your God is a merciful God; he will not fail you or destroy you or forget the covenant with your fathers which he swore to them. Deut. 4:31

The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. Psa. 103:8

But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children, Psa. 103:17 

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The Lord of the Harem in Omniscient

omnipotenceGod is all knowing. He knows everything all the time, past, present, or future. All things are present. In fact there is no such thing as time. All things that were created are in Genesis one, time is not there. Only that the sun, moon, and stars were given in order to make a calendar.  (See Also: Wheeler-DeWitt equation.)

He knows all of creation

. . . all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. John 1:3

We tend to think of the small things we see. The sun, moon, and stars, the mountains valleys and plains etc. However that is just the visual things. Think of all the information that was given at creation. All the laws of physics even the ones we don’t understand yet, were set in motion. All the information that is in DNA in every living thing was written.

He determines the number of the stars, he gives to all of them their names. Psa. 147:4

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary, his understanding is unsearchable. Is. 40:28 Continue reading