Monday, October 31, 2016

LOST ARK OF THE COVENANT BELIEVED TO BE FOUND. Imagine If This Was Really The Case. The Nazi's wanted to get hold of the lost Ark of the Covenant, but that was only in a film, or was it?

Harry Riches

Happy Riches ·Answer requested by Joshua Shirreffs

There is no evidence from the biblical canon that indicates where the Ark of the Covenant could be. There is some speculation from the Apocryphal book of 2 Maccabees.
However, somewhat interestingly, there was a claim made by Ron Wyatt (now deceased) that the Ark rests under where Jesus of Nazareth was crucified. Wyatt was an amateur archaeologist who has made some important discoveries regarding the Red Sea, Mt Sinai, Mt Horeb, Noah’s Ark, and Sodom and Gomorrah.
According to Ron Wyatt, the blood of Jesus flowed down from the Cross of Calvary through the cracks in the rocks below and onto the Ark of the Covenant buried in a cave below. He conducted seasonal excavations during his holidays over a number of years and claimed that he actually sighted the Ark. Oddly enough, somewhat happenstance, after having sighted the Ark, there was some movement in the ground and the tunnel became blocked, his work permit was cancelled, and the expedition ceased.
The exact location is not known, but it is definitely close to the Temple Mount. There is some film of his expedition to excavate the Ark in Jerusalem available. But nothing that reveals evidence of the Ark’s existence, regardless of the following claim:
It was back on Jan. 6, 1982 when Ron Wyatt realized what he had found during the excavation of the Ark of the Covenant.
“I just went from stunned to more stunned I guess,” he described . “When I started making the excavation I wasn’t looking for the Ark of the Covenant. I had no idea or intent to be looking for the crucifixion site, so as I proceeded with the excavation and found this crucifixion site, it was a thrill and a happy set of circumstances, and I didn’t make the connection with the blood on the mercy seat until I actually saw it.”[1]
The reality is what the Ark of the Covenant represented is available to be experienced by all who seek the truth today.
Did Jesus Christ rise from the dead?
If He did, then personal contact ought to be available to all who genuinely seek Him out—emphasis on genuine. Evidently, being God, Lord Jesus Christ has the capacity to discern between the thoughts and intentions of your innermost being. He knows whether you are a phony or not. You can deceive Him, even if you are an expert at deceiving yourself.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

JESUS DIED AND FOR MANY HE WILL ALWAYS BE DEAD. Life Is Only Lived By The Living. The distinction is beyond the grasp of the atheist and the unbeliever, because they think that everybody is like them, born merely to die.

Harry Riches
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The short answer to the question: Jesus died to reconcile humans to God.

This reconciliation was required because humans were separated from God due to the fact that they had been kidnapped and taken into captivity through the deception of disobedience of faith; in other words, sin.

Estranged, humans do not know their Heavenly Father and spend the rest of their lives on Earth looking for Him; even if they do not know it and invent fables, as they speed towards their own deaths.
The redemption of humans required a ransom to be paid before they would be released from captivity. Adam had relinquished his authority over the Earth to the Devil and, because of this, legal redemption to recover ownership by God was also required.
Here are five reasons why Jesus died:
  1. Jesus died to pay the specified price as a ransom for the human race that the Devil took kidnap through deceiving Eve and causing Adam to follow his voice by being disobedient to God’s voice.
  2. Jesus died to recover ownership of the Earth after it had been deceptively stolen by causing Adam to hand his authority to reign on the planet over to the Devil.
  3. Jesus died so that every man and women could be reconciled to God because they had been born into a world governed by sin that was separated from Himself.
  4. Jesus died so everybody from that time forth could have an inheritance that was willed to them as a result of His death.
  5. Jesus died to demonstrate the righteousness of God.
There are other reasons that can be stated to explain why Jesus died, but the following Scriptures from the Bible corroborate the five assertions made above concerning the reasons Lord Jesus Christ died.
  1. Jesus gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time. (1 Timothy 2:6)
  2. He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption. (Hebrews 9:12)
  3. Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. (Romans 5:11)
  4. For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant. (Hebrews 9:15)
  5. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished—he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus. (Romans 3:25–26)

Saturday, October 29, 2016

KING JAMES BIBLE HAS A RHYTHYM THAT PEOPLE THINK IS QUAINT. Others Are Put Off By The Archaic Language. Snobs like to think that are intellectually superior and people ought to learn what Old English meant.

Harry Riches
Harry Riches · Answer requested by Guido Arbia

Some people who are “King James Only” would claim that any rhythm found in that translation was put there by God Himself.
As the original writings are not extant, all we have are copies of copies. Of course, this does not negate the ability of Lord God Almighty to influence people who are seeking the truth to bring forth the teaching that is in accord with the Law and the Prophets in the desired manner. The cadence of the King James Bible is an English construct of its time and not of Hebrew, Aramaic or Greek origin.
Many like to claim that the King James Bible is a literal translation. The American Standard Version is a literal translation. The Emphasized Bible is probably the most literal translation of the original Hebrew and Greek. Yet the American Standard Version and The Emphasized Bible are not as easy to read.
Compare these versions to reading the Revised Standard Version (a revision of the American Standard Version and compared to King James Version) which has a much better cadence, and even today is still more readily understandable than the King James Version, largely because of change in word definitions and certain idioms used—for instance: Holy Ghost is what?
One particular deception readers of the King James Version of the Sacred Scriptures often fall into accepting is the belief people are required to study to shew thyself approved unto God. Bible Colleges also deceptively promote this same meme. The truth is the word study meant in 1611 be diligent and to shew meant to present. Unless you understand this, you the reader will believe that works are required to find approval from God. Yet all these Protestants deceptively promote this falsehood that unless you study, you cannot find approval before God. There is a big difference in being diligent to present yourself to God and acquiring knowledge so that you might be approved by God.
Marg Mowczko says: “The King James Version is an excellent translation, but I believe that many of the recent English translations to be better. I mostly read the New Testament in Greek, but the English Bibles I use, roughly in order of preference, are: the NIV (2011), the New American Standard Bible (NASB), the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV), and the King James Version (KJV). Most of the other, better known English translations are fine too.” [1]
The style used in 1611 to write the King James Version of the Bible, which was translated from the original languages and compared with the other versions of the day, is not what is used today. Nevertheless, the Revised Standard Version was written with the style used during 1611 in mind.
DANIEL B. WALLACE from the Center For the Study of New Testament Manuscripts provides some insight to how there are different styles of translation while speaking about word-for-word translations.
  1. Perhaps the number one myth about Bible translation is that a word-for-word translation is the best kind. Anyone who is conversant in more than one language recognizes that a word-for-word translation is simply not possible if one is going to communicate in an understandable way in the receptor language. Yet, ironically, even some biblical scholars who should know better continue to tout word-for-word translations as though they were the best. Perhaps the most word-for-word translation of the Bible in English is Wycliffe’s, done in the 1380s. Although translated from the Latin Vulgate, it was a slavishly literal translation to that text. And precisely because of this, it was hardly English.
  2. Similar to the first point is that a literal translation is the best version. In fact, this is sometimes just a spin on the first notion. For example, the Greek New Testament has about 138,000–140,000 words, depending on which edition one is using. But no English translation has this few.
Here are some examples from the Center For the Study of New Testament of the number of words used in the English translations to translate the Greek text. Beginning from the least number and working up, you notice that the RSV has the least and the King James Version, which is often touted as the most literal, comes in no. 12 on the list.
  1. RSV 173,293
  2. NIV 175,037
  3. ESV 175,599
  4. NIV 2011 176,122
  5. TNIV 176,267
  6. NRSV 176,417
  7. REB 176,705
  8. NKJV 177, 980
  9. NET 178,929
  10. RV 179,873
  11. ASV 180,056
  12. KJV 180,565
  13. NASB 95 182,446
  14. NASB 184,062 [2]
What really counts, though, is possessing the Holy Spirit and walking in accordance to His guidance, so that you might know the truth. Truth is axiomatic.

FORGIVENESS IS SOMETHING MANY PEOPLE CRAVE. Does The Devil Crave Forgiveness? Righteousness actually demands punishment for deeds done.

Harry Riches
Happy RichesAnswers

Let us see what the Bible has to say about the matter you raise.
Firstly, the Devil still has access to Heaven (if you read the Bible without ‘eyes wide shut’ [1] [2]like 99% of people who claim they have, you will know this).

That the Devil still has access to Heaven is stated in Job 1-12Revelation 12:7–12Ephesians 6:11–12 and implied in Romans 8:34 and 1 John 2:1–2. with Jesus being required to intercede on people’s behalf as an advocate, even though the redemption price for the ransom of humankind has been paid.

Note the following:
  • Truly no man can ransom himself, or give to God the price of his life. (Psalm 49:7)
  • [Lord Jesus Christ] Who gave himself as a ransom for all, the testimony to which was borne at the proper time. (1 Timothy 2:6)
While this question is posed as a possibility, and the Bible tells us that all things are possible, if we have faith and do not doubt—a very critical element when it comes to proving how genuine a person is really regarding what he or she says. This is why Mt Everest and One Tree Hill still exist and have not disappeared (maybe the tree could be uprooted and moved when a tornado passes through and a person exclaims, “Tree be moved!”—but not the hill).
I must confess that I have not transcended to such heights whereupon I do not doubt the power of God in my own life so that everything I say comes to pass; seeds of doubt affect my own aspirations, even though I believe all things are possible. For I am sure the day I cast Mt Everest into the sea, you will hear about it—right now, metaphorically speaking, I am still working on a tree on the first foothill.
Back to the question at hand. While theoretical, we are actually contemplating theodicean matters regarding the justice of God. These have to do with judgment, justice, mercy and righteousness.
Because God is righteous, He would never violate anything that demonstrated His Word was untrustworthy.

Many might think they can cite instances of God violating His own righteousness. But if they are put under the microscope with a proper understanding, those who scoff will come out the worse for wear—if you are such a one, your ignorance, if realized too late will be more than you can bear.

Being made a fool in private is one thing; in public, humiliation becomes worse when it is accompanied by disgrace and ostracism. The worst form of humiliation becomes torment. This is eternal judgment and its corollary: eternal banishment from—love, joy and peace—the presence of God.
Myself, I am nothing but a mere human who was born into sinfulness and learned how to party in the sewer of immorality—thought I was good at it too and reveled in the accolades that abounded. Yet, amazingly, someone like me is able to understand God would not violate His integrity as a Righteous Being.
Could my position today be because I understand the opposite of righteousness and deplore what being unrighteous did to me and what it can do to me still, if I were to venture once more into the iniquity pit to revel in its decadence? Or does my current position exist because I now have a better hope? A hope there is something better than being born into an evil world, governed by sin, only to suffer and then die, after having grown old with numerous regrets of not being able to experience the possibilities of true love and inner peace that escaped me because of my innate moral ineptness? (Confession is good for the soul, especially before the Only One Who Alone is righteous.)
On the point of hope, the book of Acts tells us that “God created us so that we might seek Himin the hope that we might feel after Him and find Him (Acts 17:27).
But could God ever hope that this is might be the case for the Devil?
The Bible tells us that the Devil is a murderer and he is the very reason why sin exists. The Devil committed sin when he committed murder and, because of this, he no longer has eternal life abiding in him.
  • He who commits sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. (1 John 3:8)
  • You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks according to his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:44)
  • Any one who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.(1 John 3:15[3]
Why did the Devil commit murder? Could it be because he hated the fact Adam and Eve had been created in the image of God?
  • So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:27)
From the Bible’s account of the reason why sin exists— and because people appear to have an inherent proclivity towards hating other people at sometime in their lives for some reason or the other—one has to conclude that the above quoted Scripture is speaking truth to us.
What this means: for God to let the Devil off the hook for having introduced evil into the equation, when it was hitherto not experienced, even if the Omniscient One knew that it could exist, He would be unrighteous to do so, as justice would not be upheld.
More to the point, if God let the Devil off the hook, then others would believe they too could be evil because God’s judgments are of no avail—a scenario that sounds like the corruption found in the judicial system that currently exists in the courts of humanity.
It appears to me, evil would rule for eternity if the Omniscient Creator did not deal with the issue once for all and confine to prison—forever—all who revel in evil by transgressing the righteousness of God and violating fellow humans with their perverted and unjust selfish ways. Because of this, while mercy is a part of the deal for humans, when it comes to the judgment of God, the tables are turned on the Devil, His angels, and those who reject what our Heavenly Father has on the table for us.
Bottom line: To forgive the Devil is to acknowledge that it is permissible to practice evil. This is something a righteous God could not do. Or in popular parlance, we might say that pure wisdom would nip it in the bud and kill the thought, so that the seeds of the evil plant will not spread (Matthew 13:38).