4 Things You Need to Know Today

There are many things that can help you through your life.  These four things will change your life forever.  But don’t take my word for it.  Look them up for yourself.

1.  You are responsible for yourself.

The Bible is very clear on this point.  Deuteronomy 24:16 says, 16 Fathers shall not be put to death because of sons, nor shall sons be put to death because of fathers; each man shall be put to death for his own transgression.”  Some will say that this verse only refers to fathers and sons.  While it does mention fathers and sons, it goes on to say that each man shall be put to death for his own transgression.  Each man can refer to anyone.  Not every man has a son.  Would he be exempt from punishment for his sins?  Of course not.  Ezekiel 18 reinforces this idea.  Everyone is judged according to their own ways.  

2.  No one can die for your sins.

In Exodus 32: 30-35 Moses tries to give himself up as an atonement for the sins of the people.  The Lord rebuked Moses for this and punished the people for their sin.  The idea that Jesus can die for your sins does not fit with what the Bible actually says.  The idea of someone being a human sacrifice comes from ancient pagan religions like those of the Romans and the Greeks.  To think that the G-d of Israel would incorporate the theology of the Romans and Greeks into the pure religion of the Hebrew people is ridiculous. They were both enemies of Israel who sought their destruction. Their pagan religions were one way they attempted to accomplish this.

3. Repentance is what you need to be forgiven.

Now that you know that no one can die for your sins and that you are responsible for yourself, what can you do?  Repent.  True repentance means that you turn away from the sins you are committing.  But it also means that to truly regret what you have done.  In 2 Chronicles 6, Solomon is giving the dedication for the first temple.  In his speech, he teaches us about repentance, 36 If they sin against You, for there is no man who does not sin, and You will be angry with them and deliver them to the enemy, and their captors will carry them in captivity to a land, far or near.  37 And they bethink themselves in the land where they were carried off into captivity, and repent and make supplications to You in the land of their captivity, saying, ‘We have sinned; we have dealt perversely, and we have committed wickedness.’  38 And they return to You with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their captivity where they led them away captives, and pray toward their land, which You gave to their fathers, and the city that You chose, and toward the House that I built for Your name.  39 You shall hear from heaven, from Your dwelling place, their prayer and their supplications, and maintain their cause, and You shall forgive Your people who sinned against You.”   Here we learn that everyone sins and everyone can be forgiven through repentance.  You don’t need anyone to die for your sins.

4.  You can talk to the creator yourself

The church teaches that Jesus is the mediator between us and G-d. The Bible says otherwise.  All through the Bible, we see people who pray to G-d on their own.  While it is a good thing for us as individuals to pray for others, we cannot pray instead of them.  We can’t get others to smooth things over for us.  We must approach G-d ourselves.  Keep in mind that prayer is not only reserved for when we must repent.  He wants us to pray to Him all the time.  We are to thank Him for the things He does for us. We are to praise Him because He is worthy of our praise.  We should tell Him everything. It’s not that He needs us to tell Him what is going on in our lives. He doesn’t need us to tell Him when things are going wrong for us and we need His help.  He already knows these things.  We are the ones who need it.  Prayer is for our benefit.  He wants us to turn to Him.  Is there anyone else you could turn to who could be of more help?

Copyright 2016 by:

William Bouker

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