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WHAT LIGHT DIVIDED DAY FROM NIGH IN THE FIRST DAY OF CREATION IF THE SUN AND THE MOON APPEARED ON THE FOURTH DAY

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Many new converts ask this question when they read the account of Creation in Genesis 1:3-5 and 1:14-19:
GENESIS 1:3-5 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. 5God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
GENESIS 1:14-19 And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and …

ORGINAL SIN

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Original Sin or Ancestral Sin, is the theological concept used to describe the condition of the human race after the sin committed by Adam, that provoked an eternal separation from God of the entire human race, and its physical consequences, which are tendency to sinfulness, anomalies of all kinds, and physical death (Genesis 2:17; Romans 5:12).
When God created humanity, He made it perfect and immortal, in accordance with his divine image and likeness (Genesis 1:26, 31). But after Adam broke God’s commandment by eating of the forbidden tree, he fell of God’s favour and because of that separation from his creator, he became mortal, passing this new mortal condition to all his descendants, together with other consequences that this divine disruption caused, tendency to sinfulness, sickness, imbalances and imperfections. But above all, the eternal separation from God due to our irreparable sinful condition.
THE SOLUTION
God could have abandoned humanity in that fallen condition, which imp…

THE PLACE OF PENITENCE IN THE CHRISTIAN LIFE

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Since the times of the Old Testament, believers in God have practiced what we know as ‘Penitence’, which is a demonstration of sorrow and repentance for our sins, before God and the believing community around us.
Generally, repentant people used to dress in rough clothes made of goat or camel’s hair instead of their everyday clothes, and cover themselves with ashes, as a sign of remorse and humility before God (Matthew 11:21; Jonah 3:5-7). The practice of Fasting used also to be part of this mortification process; and God listened to those who repented in such a way (Jonah 3:10).
This practiced used to reflect our discomfort with our sinfulness and the fact that we have come to realize our evil and were sorry for them. In the time of the Law, this was a normal procedure to demonstrate God our true repentance, and it was an integral part of the reconciliation process.
THESE DAYS

When the time of Grace and Forgiveness came through the atonement of our Lord Jesus Christ; many took the idea t…

FALSE CHRISTIANITY

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ZECHARIAH, THE SON OF BERECHIAH

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In the gospel of Matthew, chapter 23, verse 35; our Lord Jesus Christ said, speaking to the people of Jerusalem:
“Therefore I send you prophets and wise men and scribes, some of whom you will kill and crucify, and some you will flog in your synagogues and persecute from town to town, so that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah the son of Barachiah, whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar.” Matthew 23:34-35
Many have questioned this declaration of our Lord, from the most sceptics, by saying that Jesus committed a mistake in his humanity, confusing the name of the prophet. Others attribute this declaration to a copyist’s mistake, by saying that he confused the name Berechiah (Zachariah 1:1), with Jehoiada (2Chronicles 24:20), and that in fact, our Lord Jesus was speaking of the son of the High Priest, Zechariah who was stoned to death by Jehoash, King of Judah, in the court of the temple (2Chronicle…

THE GAP THEORY

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From the middle of the 19th century, a group of English, Scottish and American theologians and historians promoted the idea that the world we read about in the first chapter of Genesis, was not the original creation of the Earth; and that instead this was a newly re-organized planet, after a previous original creation not mentioned between verses 1 and 2 of the first chapter of Genesis.
The reason was double. Firstly, it could match with new theories of and old Earth, proposed by the Geologists of the time; by saying that the planet itself was much ancestral than the story of seven days in Genesis. And secondly, that God being perfect, could not possibly create an Earth that was initially in chaos and darkness, attributing this condition to an act of Satan and his angels after they were thrown out of God’s presence and descended to Earth.
This theory became much popular among American Pentecostal evangelicals by the beginning of the 20th century, and was in fact, included as truthful …

ABOUT COMMERCIAL IDOLATRY

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As world economics get tougher, it is not unusual to see many professionally educated people doing jobs that are unqualified and much below the standard of their education. Doctors and Accountants working as clerks, schoolteachers working as freelance tutors and professional artists working as taxi drivers or pizza delivery guys.
Even though all work is dignifying and the way God provides us with sustainable occupation, and they all have a role in the working of society, free commercial activities have also been a profitable attraction to many, providing the opportunity of greater income and flexible hours in comparison with working for someone else; and in occasions, the establishment of discount and convenience stores have been widely spread.
The problem for the Christian arises when he or she is exposed through the exercise of his business, to the selling of improper articles that may pass unnoticed.
Obviously, the selling of preservatives, cigarettes, and idols are totally against …

AND ALL HIS HOUSE

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The famous expression “and all his household” as mentioned in Acts 16:33 about the conversion and baptism of Paul and Silas’s jailer, it is used by Paedobaptists, to defend their theory that infants were included in these family’s baptism, and therefore, hold it as an apostolic practice.
THE QUOTES
This expression in the book of Acts, it is also used in other parts of the Scriptures:
At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his household were baptized. Acts 16:33
And when she was baptized, and her household, Acts 16:15
And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: 1Corinthians 1:16
He will convey to you a message by which you and all your household will be saved.' Acts 11:14
The word translated as “household” in Greek, is Oἶκος, which is related by the context to ‘family’. In other words, these people were baptized themselves, together with all their families, and possibly also slaves and servants and young children. However, this …

OVER THE LIMITS OF OUR HABITACION

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In the book of Acts, St Paul preached to the Athenians, and among many things, he said that:
“From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands.” Acts 17:26
He was dealing with the common origins of the human race, born from a single couple, called in Genesis ‘Adam and Eve’.
Some modern theologians have come with all kinds of explanations to discredit this biblical teaching, proclaiming that Genesis is a ‘Judaic’ legend based on pagan sources and adopted by the Jewish post Babylonian priestly class to explain the Jewish origins from the Creation of the World, and attributed it to the legendary figure of Moses, to give it credit. Even though this is not today’s topic, it may suffice to say that to the modern St Paul of Tarsus, infallibly inspired apostle of our Lord Jesus, the story was a historical fact. If it wasn’t, then the whole point of mention it would be senseless.
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