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Nov 25, 2011

Was Judas Ischariot forgiven?

Judas Ischariot repented, but there is no word in Scripture that suggests God forgave him, and the facts prove that He did not. Right after his repentance, Judas killed himself, which is not an action done by someone whose sins were just forgiven.

Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that. And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself. (Matthew 27:3-5 KJV)

Judas repented. He wanted to give the money back, but this was impossible for him. So he cast it on the ground. He hanged himself for it.

God did not forgive Judas, or Judas would not have committed suicide. Suicide is translated as "Self Murder" in German, for example, and God's Word definitely says:
"But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and ***murderers***, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death." (Revelation 21:8 KJV)

How could Judas ever have repented of his murdering himself?
God says, "Thou shall not kill."

Jesus prayed to the Father, "While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the ***son of perdition***; that the scripture might be fulfilled." (John 17:12 KJV)

However, we cannot condemn people who committed suicide, because we do not know their motivation, and we cannot know what God will do when the books are opened.... In Judas' case, however, it is very clear that he was condemned, and since he knew about it, saw no other way how to live on. It will not help him, however, because the dead will be raised for Final Judgment, too. Nobody can escape things coming by committing suicide, because life will go on after death. The question is just where to spend eternity - in Heaven or the lake of fire. Take a decision NOW.

God Bless You!

Nov 3, 2011

Submit Yourselves therefore to G_d. Resist the devil, ...

Speaking of contextual misunderstanding, I would like to say something... There is this verse "Resist the devil, and he will flee"… Does this mean we have to tolerate those who come with a false Christian teacher among ourselves? At a closer look we can find that the verse actually says the following:

"Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." (James 4:7 KJV)

It obviously refers to the preceding context, in which we can find:

"From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with G_d? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of G_d. Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, G_d resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble." (James 4:1-6)

It is speaking of the *lust* that the believers have, and it does not speak of the wolves that are coming to devour the flock. If it did, there would be so much contradiction in Scripture with so many other verses that say we are to *reject* false Christian teachers, not to "resist" them. Wolves are those who twist the truth about what God says and *teach* it, they are the false teachers who come with a false doctrine. (Brian McLaren, Rob Bell, Rick Warren – just to name a few of them…)

The phrase "Resist the devil and he will flee" is so often what is left in the memory of believers only, and the devil is doing his best to create misunderstanding about this. It is not speaking of how to deal with false Christian teachers and false prophets, but about how to deal with one's own lust when it might cause the believer to sin.

Submit yourself therefore to G_d!

Love You all! G_d Bless You!

Psalm 29:11

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