Summary of Apology

Humanism 2.
Humanism.
Humanism 3.
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Humanism 2

A COMPARISON OF THE TRADITIONAL BELIEF SYSTEM OF THE BIBLE AND THE

COMPREHENSIVE BELIEF SYSTEM OF HUMANISM

 

ABSOLUTES:

God-Centred View: Certain absolute moral values.

Man-Centred View: Uncertain, amoral values.

 

CERTAINTY AND CHANGE:

God-Centred View: God does not change (there is certainty) therefore this system includes law, which defines certainty.

Man-Centred View: There is no certainty because there is constant change (evolution); therefore the law must be continually changed.

 

EXISTENCE OF THE DEVIL.

God-Centred View: There is a devil (Satan).

Man-Centred View: There is no devil.

 

DRUGS:

God-Centred View: Use of drugs is wrong.

Man-Centred View: Use of drugs is acceptable.

 

EUTHANASIA:

God-Centred View: Killing of old people and sick persons (euthanasia) is wrong.

Man-Centred View: Killing of old people and sick persons (euthanasia) is acceptable.

 

FAITH:

God-Centred View: Man is able to freely receive the benefits of God’s grace by faith.

Man-Centred View: Man’s faith is in himself and he must create his own benefits.

 

FAMILY:

God-Centred View: The family is the basic unit of society. The family is responsible to fulfill physical necessities.

Man-Centred View: The individual is the basic unit of society. Society is responsible to fulfill physical necessities.

 

FELLOWSHIP:

God-Centred View: God has made man in His image-spirit, soul and body in order to be in fellowship with Him.

Man-Centred View: Man is an animal (soul and body) and needs only to be in fellowship with himself.

 

FORGIVENESS:

God-Centred View: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. (Forgiveness is required here).

Man-Centred View: Humanism teaches love is never having to say “I’m sorry” (No need for forgiveness).

 

HOMOSEXUALITY:

God-Centred View: Homosexuality (sodomy) is wrong.

Man-Centred View: Homosexuality (sodomy) is acceptable.

 

JUDGEMENT:

God-Centred View: Man has to answer directly to God for his actions ultimately.

Man-Centred View: Humanism teaches the individual need answer only to himself.

 

LAW AND AUTHORITY:

God-Centred View: The law is the authority that establishes the boundary of conduct.

Man-Centred View: No man need recognise any authority beyond himself

 

LESBIANISM:

God-Centred View: Lesbianism is wrong.

Man-Centred View: Lesbianism is acceptable.

 

 

 

LIFE AFTER DEATH:

God-Centred View: There is life after Death.

Man-Centred View: There is no life after death.

 

LOVE:

God-Centred View: God is love.

Man-Centred View: Sex is love.

 

LYING:

God-Centred View: Lying is wrong, regardless what the liar thinks.

Man-Centred View: Lying does not exist, if the liar thinks it is acceptable.

 

NATURE OF MAN:

God-Centred View: Man is basically evil, separated from God and God has to determine a set of values for him.

Man-Centred View: Humanism teaches Man is basically good and therefore is able to determine his own values by himself.

 

MEN AND WOMEN:

God-Centred View: Men and women are different.

Man-Centred View: Men and women are the same.

 

OVERVIEW:

God-Centred View: God, creation, morality, the fallen state of man, redemption through Christ and the free-enterprise capitalist system.

Man-Centred View: Rejection of God and substitution of evolution, amorality, basic goodness of man, and one-world socialist system.

 

PORNOGRAPHY:

God-Centred View: Pornography is wrong.

Man-Centred View: Pornography is acceptable.

 

PROFANITY:

God-Centred View: God’s name should not be profaned, because God should be respected above all.

Man-Centred View: Humanism allows the profaning of God’s name since God does not exist.

 

PROSTITUTION AND ABORTION:

God-Centred View: Prostitution, incest and abortion-on-demand are wrong.

Man-Centred View: Prostitution, incest and abortion-on-demand are acceptable.

 

PUBLIC NUDITY:

God-Centred View: Public nudity is wrong.

Man-Centred View: Public nudity is acceptable.

 

REPRODUCTION:

God-Centred View: Sex is for procreation and man is to multiply and inhabit the land.

Man-Centred View: Mankind is over-populated (a lie) and must stop having babies.

 

RIGHT AND WRONG:

God-Centred View: There are absolute rights and wrongs.

Man-Centred View: There are no absolute rights and wrongs.

 

SEX AND MARRIAGE:

God-Centred View: Sex is a beautiful relationship between husband and wife who have become

one flesh.

Man-Centred View: Sex is a physical animal need that must be gratified in any way that the

person craves.

 

 

 

SEX AND THE PUBLIC:

God-Centred View: Sensuality and sexual activities should be in private.

Man-Centred View: Sensuality and sexual activities in public are acceptable conduct.

 

SEX OUTSIDE MARRIAGE:

God-Centred View: Sex outside marriage (fornication, adultery, etc.) is wrong.

Man-Centred View: Sex outside marriage (fornication, adultery, etc.) is acceptable.

 

EXISTENCE OF SIN:

God-Centred View: Guilt and shame result when a person does something wrong (sin) according to that, which is written (the law of God).

Man-Centred View: No guilt and shame exists because no one can do any wrong (sin). Wrong (sin) does not exist, therefore guilt and shame do not exist.

 

SIN (RECONCILIATION):

God-Centred View: God has freely given, (by grace) Jesus Christ (so that man can be reconciled to God).

Man-Centred View: Humanism teaches there is no sin and man needs to be reconciled only to himself.

 

SOVEREIGNTY OF NATIONS:

God-Centred View: The sovereignty of each nation to govern itself.

Man-Centred View: The sovereignty of each nation is to be found in a One-world system ruled by an intellectual elite.

 

SUICIDE:

God-Centred View: Suicide is wrong.

Man-Centred View: Suicide is acceptable.

 

SUPREME BEING:

God-Centred View: God is the Supreme Being, therefore faith and trust are in Him.

Man-Centred View: Man is Supreme Being, therefore faith and trust is in man.

God-Centred View: God is a supernatural being, omnipotent (all powerful), omniscient (with a knowledge of everything).

Man-Centred View: Humanism teaches psychic phenomena to give man (supreme being) the sense (feeling) of being supernatural.

 

SOURCE OF VALUES:

God-Centred View: God has written His values (the Bible) and if man obeys he will be prosperous and have life (love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, kindness, dependability, goodness and self-control).

Man-Centred View: Man must follow his own changing values and society must be responsible for the consequences of his actions (abortion, illegitimate births, lesbianism, homosexuality, murder, hatred, strife).

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ROOTS.

 

“You will know a tree by its fruit.” Mat ch 12 v 33. The outward signs of a tree tell what kind of fruit it will bring forth. However the type of fruit it brings forth depends on the nature of the root of the tree. The root is the part of a tree, which controls the life of the tree.

 

The root of the tree of the fleshly life is the nature of Satan. Man received the nature of Satan by joining Satan in his rebellion against God. When Satan rebelled against God, he was rejected by God. There was no way back for Satan into the presence of God. Satan’s desire was to spoil God’s World and His created beings. When Adam ate of the forbidden tree he received the fallen nature of Satan. When anyone loves the flesh nature, Satan will be his master, because he will be able to control his heart and life through thoughts and suggestions, which fulfil his selfish desires.

 

The powers of darkness will lead him to seek the selfish opportunities of the World, because he lives for himself. He is the centre of his own World. Since he loves selfishness, the powers of darkness will also begin tearing down all his relationships with suggestions and thoughts of jealousy, distrust, rejection, suspicion and un-forgiveness towards his neighbour. He will welcome these thoughts since he seeks his own self-interest rather than the interests of his neighbour. He will seek an advantage and be deceitful in all his deeds like his master, Satan, until he has a change of heart. This change of heart is called repentance.

 

When anyone loves the nature of Satan, he does not love his neighbour. Since God demands that he loves his neighbour, every act or word that does not show love for God or for his neighbour is sin and rebellion. A man is designed by God to complete his fellow man and not to compete with him. God made a provision through the last Adam, Jesus Christ, to restore man to fellowship by taking all of his sins and placing them on Jesus through the cross of Calvary.

 

If a man loves the flesh nature more than he loves God, the selfish motives of the flesh nature will fill his heart. The evidence of the fruit of the flesh nature is:

 

Jealousy. Envy. Rejection. Anger. Impatience. Greed. Stealing. Unmerciful.

Slander. Hatred. Criticism. Worry. Sarcasm. Malice. Retaliation. Stubbornness.

Rebellion. Revenge. Negativism. Fear. Bitterness. Scoffing. Grumbling. Irritable.

Boastful. Scoffing. Murder. Unforgiveness. Coveteousness. Approval of man.

 

PRIDE. If someone comes to God and does not repent and turn from pride, he is still walking in rebellion. He is really saying in his heart, “I will not give up pride, because I love pride more than I love God. When a man has a root of pride in his heart, the root becomes a mighty fortress for the powers of darkness. Satan uses pride to deceive the body of Christ and to build many strongholds of deceit. If a person has a root of pride, his motive will be to build an image for himself. He will take part of the glory due to Jesus. He will exploit relationships with others to achieve his selfish ambition. He will flatter and deceive others to look good and receive the approval of men. Pride always wants to be the centre. Pride receives glory from men. Pride is interested in image and holds up his own image. Pride is always right. It loves the approval of men rather than approval of God.

 

The root of pride builds an image of exaltation of self. The following characteristics manifest themselves.

 

Vanity. Rebelliousness. Masterful. Man-pleaser. Rude. Attention seeking. Arrogance.

Conceit. Self interest. Always right. Presumptuous. Ego. Superiority. Insensitive.

Insolence. Haughtiness. Overbearing. Unsubmissive. I, Me, My. Name for self. Boasting.

Unloving. Self-righteous. Selfishness. Self-glory Control. Self-justification. Self-love. Selfish ambition. Looking down on others.

 

GREED. Greed is a symptom of numerous strongholds built by Satan. Greed does not love his neighbour. Greed loves the things of the World. A man controlled by greed hoards and spends his whole life living for himself and building a fleshly kingdom for himself. Greed encourages a man to act as if he is going to last forever. He is deceitful and manipulates his neighbour to fulfil his selfish ambition. When a man loves the nature of greed, he loves the nature of Satan rather than the nature of God. A salesman who loves greed will exaggerate, withhold information, apply pressure, manipulate and intimidate his customer to make a sale. The god of this World has trained the World to love greed and to get to the top, regardless of who suffers. This is called success by the standards of the fleshly World.

 

If a person has a root of greed, the following characteristics will manifest themselves.

 

Manipulation. Flattery. Cheating. Strife. Selfishness. Lover of money. Stingy.

Discontent. Control. Jealousy. Lying. Covetousness. Exaggeration. Envy.

Possessive. Deceit. Hoarding. Pride. Material lust. Selfish ambition

 

When a man loves greed, he will love the thoughts and suggestions from the powers of darkness, which tell him how to deceitfully manipulate and exploit his neighbour. Greed hates and uses his neighbour.

 

LOVE. The man who in repentance accepts Jesus as Lord and Saviour becomes a totally different man. The Spirit of God then leads him to be perfected in love. He has seen the gospel. He has seen the judgement and destruction that is on each man who loves and walks in the ways of Satan and the flesh.

He also understands that God is demanding that he love Him with all his heart instead of loving the flesh nature of Satan. Since he now loves the Lord instead of this selfish flesh nature, his motives are changed from selfishness to love. Previously the root or motive of his heart was to please the selfish desires of the flesh. Now the root motive of his heart will be to please the Lord Jesus with all his heart.

 

Jesus leads a man by His Spirit to overcome the flesh, the World and the Devil in order to purify his heart and perfect him in love. The Spirit of God will lead the man to put to death the deeds of the rebellious flesh one by one, until he has a pure heart. This is how he overcomes. Because his mind will be renewed by the Word of God, he will walk and talk like Christ instead of like Satan. Since he now has the mind of Christ instead of the mind of Satan, he will bear a new kind of fruit. This fruit is the fruit of the Spirit, the fruit of a pure heart – the fruit of love. His heart believes in righteousness and he walks in holiness. He has a new heart and a new mind and no longer walks according to the flesh. Gal ch 5 v 24. Gal ch 5 v 14.

 

The root of the heart is the love of Jesus. The following characteristics will manifest themselves:

 

Peace. Purity. Honesty. Mercy. Patience. Gentleness. Sincerity. Thankfulness. Excellence.

Joy. Truth. Wisdom. Humility. Kindness. Self-control. Devotion. Faithfulness. Edification.

Love. Grace. Justice. Fairness. Compassion. Steadfastness. Diligence. Forgiveness. Goodness.

Humanism

Humanists think that humans have abundant life already, with plenty of kindness, wisdom and vision. They say that it is too far-fetched to love everybody. They say that mankind needs knowledge, then intelligence and compassion and then they can achieve Heaven on Earth. The humanists have retained certain ideas from Christianity but have stressed rights and rejected responsibility and duty. Pride is enmity to God. Respect for God, for human life, for marriage and for property were all once essential pillars of the British society. There are now few, who now embrace these values. The majority have marched out from under the umbrella of Christianity and declared their allegiance to various false gods.

 

A person walking down the road meets two friends. One shakes his fist and shouts at him. The other walks past him as if he does not exist. The former is atheism. The latter is humanism. Atheism insults God to his face and is hostile. It rages against God and destroys places of worship. Humanism ignores God and walks past Him, as if He did not exist. Humanism ignores God. The Sons of Greece versus the Sons of Zion. This is the ancient lie of the serpent. “You shall be as gods. Glory to man in the highest.” Admire his achievements. Given time and resources man will eradicate all the problems in the World. It ignores sin. Since it teaches that there is no God, there is no room for sin. Each sin is a personal insult to God. Liberal Christianity is like humanism. It ignores the seriousness of sin as a personal insult to a holy God. It doffs its cap at God and His Word and carries on as if He is not present. Humanism says that man does not need God. Worse than that is ascribes the grace of God to the individual and claims that humans are good people. The Tower of Babel was built by humanists. Gen ch 11 v 2. Ever since that event, when God scattered the people there has been a determination to form a New World Order, as if to prove to God that He was wrong to judge Babel and that, despite His unfairness in confusing the language, man can still run the World without God’s help.

 

In the twenty first century there is a cry for human rights – the Campaign for Civil Liberties – the right to die – the Campaign for the unborn child – the minimum weekly wage – full employment – better education – nursery education – free needles for drug abusers – the right of privacy – the right to freedom of information – protection from unfair dismissal. Top of the list is the European Court of Human Rights. Politicians of every party say that they are spending more than ever on education, health, law and order and so on. The opposition Parties promise that they would spend more. The people have swallowed the promise for years and seem to expect and demand more of those in government than they are willing to give in their own lives. In their own lives the people are shown to fail in the areas of personal morality, health care and bringing up their children. Suddenly the politicians, who are quite ordinary men and women, are expected to solve the most complex financial and social problems, which have ever faced a nation. They are expected to be omniscient giants of international politics. Many fall to various temptations and some cannot hold their marriage together or control their children.

 

People, who in themselves clearly lack wisdom, demand that anyone who advises them in the field of business ought to be so endowed with wisdom that nothing could ever go wrong. If anything does go wrong, then someone ought to be responsible and to pay compensation. Claims against lawyers, doctors, surveyors and others have risen steeply in recent years. Teachers are held responsible for the poor quality of education. Seldom is there any voice claiming that the lack of work by pupils contributes to the poor results. It is always the responsibility of someone else.

 

There is also an assumption that a vast monetary award can compensate for permanent disability. Materialism states that money will solve all the problems. In America claims and the level of settlements are so high that the resulting premiums for professional insurance are putting many doctors out of business. Some doctors are advising their patients that they cannot afford to insure against negligence and so cannot take on responsibility for the care of their patients. Such is the prevailing attitude that, if anything goes wrong, someone is to blame and must pay compensation. Where will it all end? In widespread withdrawal of medical and legal services? In this clamour for human rights certain facts are ignored. The right for better health care ignores the fact that vast sums are spent by people on food, which is poisoning their bodies. Alcohol is known to be the most deadly poison, yet it is being consumed in larger quantities than ever before. In most Western countries the average person spends more on alcohol than on food. Smoking is accepted as bad for health, yet smoking in on the increase, despite all the education and health warnings. No Government has the political courage to tackle the problem. The campaign for the right to live ignores the fact that vast sums of money are spent by politicians on weapons, which are designed to kill. The group campaigning against rape ignores the fact that television screens encourage alcohol consumption and endless titillation, which in turn feeds the mind of the rapist. Films like James Bond encourage the idea that men use women for gratification.

 

Is there not something wrong with the clamour for rights? Is there not an imbalance somewhere? Surely there is a balancing factor. Where does the term “responsibility” fit into the equation? Where does duty balance with right? “My right to swing my fist stops at the end of your nose.”

 

If an employee has a right to his wages, the employer has a duty to pay the same wages. If a man has a right to receive benefits from the State, others have a duty to pay their taxes, out of which the benefit is paid.

 

If the unborn child has a right to be born, the mother has a duty not to abort the child. If a man has the right to be undisturbed after 11 p.m., then everyone in the vicinity of his house has a duty not to make a noise. The task of Government is to balance the rights with the responsibilities and to draw a line, which is fair and just and not to give in to the minority lobby.

 

There are complaints about the length of waiting lists at hospitals. It is a fact that many patients do not turn up for their appointments and doctors could perform more operations in the time set aside. Teams of highly paid staff are left doing nothing. A high percentage of the delays in the railway system is due to vandalism to trains and objects placed on the lines. Workers strike for more pay, while absenteeism is high. Most complain about the prices in the shops, yet shoplifting runs about 10 per cent. Prices could be 10 per cent lower. All children have a right to be brought up in a home with two loving parents, yet thousands of men walk out on their families.

 

Humanism denies grace and credits grace to the individual. Common grace is a stream of goodness flowing from God towards man. This saves man from total depravity. If he were denied grace, man, driven by his passions and greed, would turn the World into abject misery. There is a glimpse of the consequences of the withdrawal of grace at various times in countries throughout the World, where they might be described as God-forsaken. Pride is the ultimate enemy of God. A proud person can only look down on others and not up. Humanism is probably the ultimate rebellion against God. Pride is the only disease, which makes everyone sick, except the one who has it.

 

Humanism declares that at heart man is a pretty good person. Given time and resources all the problems of the World will be overcome and man can live in a state of bliss. It ignores sin in the heart of man and rejects God as revealed in the Bible. It rejects the absolute standards of the Bible and substitutes more acceptable ones. It is not until man accepts that he is personally responsible to God and his fellow man for the state of the World that there is any hope of starting to do anything about solving the problems. Until then he will only continue to make the matters worse. Modern man takes credit for his goodness and puts his shortcomings down to the fault of someone else – poor parents, lack of education, an inefficient employer, an inadequate government. This appeals to man’s pride. Otherwise he would be perfect. “It is not my fault. It never is. If everyone in the World was like me, the World would be a better place.”

 

Antiochus the Fourth – called Epithanes – was a Greek speaking Syrian with a brilliant mind. He had a vision for the Eastern Mediterranean to put an end to war and strife. He thought that the problem of war was due to cultural rivalry, economic rivalry, religious rivalry and language rivalry. He planned to homogonise the whole area in order to put an end to unrest. The European Union has the same basic philosophy. It appeals to those who are tired of war and will embrace anything in order to have peace and an end to killing. It is logical that at the end of World War II men sought an alternative to war – at any price. Antiochus selected Greek language as a common language, although each people could have its own second native language. There should be a common culture – Greek culture. Religion was accepted. Zeus for the Greeks. Jupiter for the Romans. Baal for the Phonecians and Jehovah for the Jews. All the gods had a wife – except for the Jews. The faithful believing Jews were his real problem. He chose coercion as a solution and, if that did not work, he planned liquidation.

 

The real battle at the time was between God, His Word and character and His covenants and those who embraced Hellenism – the Sons of Zion against the Sons of Greece. Those who refused to bow the knee to Antiochus and his plans were a thorn in his flesh. Today Humanism is a sacred cow. The whole World today is humanist. Many World leaders are called: “a great humanist” with humanitarian ideas to solve the problem and humanitarian aid given to those in crisis. The broad-mindedness of Hellenism was contrasted with the narrow-mindedness of the Jews. Antiochus could not have gone as far as he did without the support of the unbelieving Jews – the nominal Jews. Many Jews wanted to assimilate – they loved Hellenistic culture – it was like a freedom for them. Those who embraced it took part in the Games naked. God did not design man to compete with one another but to complete one another. Everyone went along with his ideas – except the believing Jews. They were vilified as troublemakers, spoiling the plan. Shimon Peres of Israel spoke this language of assimilation with the peoples around them. The culture was to be just like the rest of the nations, with intermarriage. This was the same story in Samuel’s day. The people wanted to be like the other peoples around them and have a king. They were tired of standing out as different and godly people. The pressure was on them to conform to the ways of the World – just as it is on true believers today, faced with liberal Christianity. The peace process in Israel splits the Jewish nation down the middle. There are those in favour of the peace process, who want the nation to be like the other nations. Those who are opposed to it, see themselves as within the purpose of God for the nation of Israel.

 

Behind the cry for rights is a demand for justice. The Bible makes it clear that, if it is justice, which a man demands, then Hell awaits him. All sinners fall short of God’s standards. If it is mercy, which is requested, then man finds the God of mercy – on His terms. From the Christian point of view, a servant has no rights – only duties, dependent entirely on his master to protect him. The adopted children of God have duties – to serve Him, to show obedience to the commands of God, dedication to the service of others, including enemies. The measure of love is how much it gives.

 

J. S. Mill: Actions are right in proportion as they tend to promote happiness and they are wrong as they tend to produce the reverse of happiness. By happiness is meant pleasure with the absence of pain: by unhappiness is meant the privation of pleasure.

The Bible is full of responsibilities. “Do good to your enemies.” Lev ch 19 v 18. “Visit those in prison. Make peace. Honour all men.” 1 Pet ch 2 v 17. “Love the Lord your God.” Deut ch 6 v 5. “Honour your father and mother. Give a tenth of your income to the Kingdom. Teach your children diligently.”

If everyone has the right to work, then those with two jobs have a duty to share out their work. If everyone has the right to eat, then there is a duty to share out the food in the World. There is enough food produced in the World to feed every person one and a quarter times over. If everyone has a right to a reputation, then there is a duty not to tell a lie about another person. If everyone has the right to a state benefit, then all must pay their taxes. If everyone has a right to a safe place of work, then all employers have a duty to provide a safe place of work. Parents have a responsibility to children, as children have a duty to obey their parents.

 

In short all man’s rights are balanced with a corresponding duty on the part of another. In a perfect World all man’s rights would be met by another. There are two contrasting Worlds. One is where men want to get and keep and the other where men want to give and share. Servants do not have any rights but plenty of duties. This is not a popular message.

God has rights also.

1. The right to be worshipped. The first duty of man is to worship God and enjoy Him forever.

2. The right to be honoured.

3. The right to be obeyed.

Humanism

HUMANISM.

Heroclitis was one of the Greek thinkers who most influenced Hellenism. Three statements of his survive from 500 B. C.
1. Everything flows.
2. Man can never step twice into the same river.
3. Man is the measure of all things.
Put together this is a perfect summation of humanism.

1. Everything flows. There are no absolutes. Everything is relative. One man’s idea is as good as that of any other man. Everything is relative.
2. Man can never step twice in the same river. What was true yesterday is not necessarily true today. The World has moved on. This is exactly the view of the liberals in the Church. Homosexuality may have been wrong in the days of the Bible but man has moved on.
3. Man is the measure of all things. Man has the last word on everything. All thinking begins with man and ends with man. Given time and resources man will solve all his problems.

The dictionary definition of humanism is this: “The denial of any power or moral value superior to that of humanity. The rejection of religion in favour of the belief in the advancement of humanity by its own efforts.” Popular thinking is that man will solve the problems without reference to God.

What do humanists believe?
1. There is no supernatural power upon which a man can call to help him in life.
2. This life on earth is all that a man can ever know. It is so full of wonder and interest and challenge that a man need look no further than this present life in his attempt to find meaning in his existence.
3. The rule by which a man can guide his actions is found within himself. It is the rule of love, which is to be regarded ass elf-evidently supreme and must be applied to all human situations if a man is to survive.
4. A man can live a good life without the aid of supernatural ideas and a man himself is fully responsible for developing the resources of the World through the application of science to economic, political and social problems.

These affirm certain truths and are positive. Atheism is a negative statement of what a man does not believe but humanism is a positive statement of belief. Ultimately humanism is unbelief in God. It is important to understand what the humanist believes before attacking his lack of unbelief in God. Humanist thinking has infiltrated the Church. Science has encouraged the humanist to increase his self-confidence and hopefulness. He believes that given time and resources prosperity will be open to all men. Man is capable of developing himself. If men have sent people to the Moon there is nothing they cannot do in time. If the present life is full the thought of a future life after death no longer exercises human attention. Many humanists have a great admiration for the natural World.

The humanists claim that the existence of God cannot be proved. Mostly decisions are made on the basis of a high degree of probability rather than on absolute certainty. The Church has often been the only supporter of the individual against the power of the state. It is the example of godly living rather than persuasive words, which proves the truth of faith in an unseen God.

If it can be shown that there is no life after death, then the humanist believes that there is no need for religion. For the humanist total existence ceases at death. Disbelief in immortality removes fear of death and that the humanist claims is a good thing. Without immortality man can focus on this life alone with a view to improving it and finding the full value of life. Humanists constantly criticise Christians for neglecting the present in favour of the future. Christians are active in dealing with the needs of the people of the World. The humanists assume that thought, feeling and will are all functions of matter and can be limited to the material. The self is not the same as the physical body through which it functions. There is no reason for supposing that the self cannot survive the death of that through which it functioned in this life. It seems natural to suppose that this life is only a beginning and that death does not suddenly cut off forever the grasp of eternal truth, which man has begun to have in this life. A man cannot truly live unless he is prepared to die.

Humanists are sometimes more interested in morals than Christians. They attempt to demolish Christian morality and build a new moral system with no connection to religion. Humanists object to the Christian idea of self-denial. They think that it is destructive of a man’s true well-being. Humanism regards earthly possessions as important to material advances. For the humanist morality is a man’s personal responsibility. Humanists claim that there is a great need for unity among the nations. Religion is unfitted for this purpose because it has always had a divisive effect. Hope for mankind rests on humanism as the unifying influence.

What then is the humanist morality? Darwin stressed that morality develops to embrace those who are in need of help. It changes its demands according to changing circumstances. Rising standards of living will enable a man to fulfil his desire to be happy. A happy man will be encouraged to work for the happiness of others. Love is the ultimate goal of the humanist morality. They recognise the need to be loved.

The humanist tends to take a far too optimistic a view of human nature which supposes that all men will respond to the good shown to them by others. Fallen man’s natural instincts are to look after himself first, in contradiction to his responsibilities to others. Neither a man nor a nation can easily be persuaded to give up selfish pursuits for the good of others. The humanist places his faith in human nature. For the Christian there is no faith in unredeemed man. Christians have made great strides to provide medical and educational advances in many countries. It is a fair question to ask the humanists what they have done by comparison. All human love is tainted with selfishness.

There is no example in the World where a society has rejected the Gospel that it has improved the care of its citizens – Communism and Nazi Germany.

Humanists believe that existence can be improved and that vast untapped possibilities can be increasingly realised. They want to bring to all men increasing opportunities of a full ad happy life. They believe that mankind has reached his present pre-eminence through the use and development of his own faculties and nothing can prevent mankind from making further advances in human well-being. They believe that mankind has a golden future if it will apply truly humanist ends. Utopia is the humanist objective. From the Christian point of view, if man does not realise that there is One above him to whom he must give adoration and allegiance, he will find that he is under lesser lords who do not respect his personal needs and desires or under impersonal systems which crush his humanity out of existence, e.g. Communism or a Dictator. Man needs a spiritual dimension to life. Without that man’s prospects look very bleak.

Humanists think that humans have abundant life already, with plenty of kindness, wisdom and vision. They say that it is too far-fetched to love everybody. They say that mankind needs knowledge, then intelligence and compassion and then they can achieve Heaven on Earth. The humanists have retained certain ideas from Christianity but have stressed rights and rejected responsibility and duty. Pride is enmity to God. Respect for God, for human life, for marriage and for property were all once essential pillars of the British society. The number, who now embrace these values, is small. The majority have marched out from under the umbrella of Christianity and declared their allegiance to various false gods.
Goods padlocked in shops speaks for itself. For God to destroy evil He would need to destroy free will. God is in the process of defeating evil.

A person walking down the road meets two friends. One shakes his fist and shouts at him. The other walks past him as if he does not exist. The former is atheism. The latter is humanism. Atheism insults God to his face and is hostile. It rages against God and destroys places of worship. Humanism ignores God and walks past Him, as if He did not exist. Humanism ignores God. The Sons of Greece versus the Sons of Zion. This is the ancient lie of the serpent. “You shall be as gods. Glory to man in the highest.” Admire his achievements. Given time and resources man will eradicate all the problems in the World. It ignores sin. Since it teaches that there is no God, there is no room for sin. Each sin is a personal insult to God. Liberal Christianity is like humanism. It ignores the seriousness of sin as a personal insult to a holy God. It doffs its cap at God and His Word and carries on as if He is not present. Humanism says that man does not need God. Worse than that is ascribes the grace of God to the individual and claims that humans are good people. The Tower of Babel was built by humanists. Gen ch 11 v 2. Ever since that event, when God scattered the people there has been a determination to form a New World Order, as if to prove to God that He was wrong to judge Babel and that, despite His unfairness in confusing the language, man can still run the World without God’s help.

In the twenty first century there is a cry for human rights. The Campaign for Civil Liberties. The right to die. The Campaign for the unborn child. The minimum weekly wage. Full employment. Better education. Nursery education. Free needles for drug abusers. The right of privacy. The right to freedom of information. Protection from unfair dismissal. Top of the list is the European Court of Human Rights. Politicians of every party say that they are spending more than ever on education, health, law and order and so on. The opposition parties promise that they would spend more. The people have swallowed the promise for years and seem to expect and demand more of those in government than they are willing to give in their own lives. In their own lives the people are shown to fail in the areas of personal morality, health care and bringing up their children. Suddenly the politicians, who are quite ordinary men and women, are expected to solve the most complex financial and social problems, which have ever faced a nation. They are expected to be omniscient giants of international politics. Many fall to various temptations and some cannot hold their marriage together or control their children.

People, who in themselves clearly lack wisdom, demand that anyone who advises them in the field of business ought to be so endowed with wisdom that nothing could ever go wrong. If anything does go wrong, then someone ought to be responsible and to pay compensation. Claims against lawyers, doctors, surveyors and others have risen steeply in recent years. Teachers are held responsible for the poor quality of education. Seldom is there any voice claiming that the lack of work by pupils contributes to the poor results. It is always the responsibility of someone else.

There is also an assumption that a vast monetary award can compensate for permanent disability. Materialism states that money will solve all the problems. In America claims and the level of settlements are so high that the resulting premiums for professional insurance are putting many doctors out of business. Some doctors are advising their patients that they cannot afford to insure against negligence and so cannot take on responsibility for the care of their patients. Such is the prevailing attitude that, if anything goes wrong, someone is to blame and must pay compensation. Where will it all end? In widespread withdrawal of medical and legal services? In this clamour for human rights certain facts are ignored. The right for better health care ignores the fact that vast sums are spent by people on food, which is poisoning their bodies. Alcohol is known to be the most deadly poison, yet it is being consumed in larger quantities than ever before. In most Western countries the average person spends more on alcohol than on food. Smoking is accepted as bad for health, yet smoking in on the increase, despite all the education and health warnings. No Government has the political courage to tackle the problem. The campaign for the right to live ignores the fact that vast sums of money are spent by politicians on weapons, which are designed to kill. The group campaigning against rape ignores the fact that television screens encourage alcohol consumption and endless titillation, which in turn feeds the mind of the rapist. Films like James Bond encourage the idea that men use women for gratification.

Is there not something wrong with the clamour for rights? Is there not an imbalance somewhere? Surely there is a balancing factor. Where does the term “responsibility” fit into the equation? Where does duty balance with right? “My right to swing my fist stops at the end of your nose.”

If an employee has a right to his wages, the employer has a duty to pay the same wages. If a man has a right to receive benefits from the State, others have a duty to pay their taxes, out of which the benefit is paid.

If the unborn child has a right to be born, the mother has a duty not to abort the child. If a man has the right to be undisturbed after 11 p.m., then everyone in the vicinity of his house has a duty not to make a noise. The task of Government is to balance the rights with the responsibilities and to draw a line, which is fair and just and not to give in to the minority lobby.

There are complaints about the length of waiting lists at hospitals. It is a fact that many patients do not turn up for their appointments and doctors could perform more operations in the time set aside. Teams of highly paid staff are left doing nothing. A high percentage of the delays in the railway system is due to vandalism to trains and objects placed on the lines. Workers strike for more pay, while absenteeism is high. Most complain about the prices in the shops, yet shoplifting runs about 10 per cent. Prices could be 10 per cent lower. All children have a right to be brought up in a home with two loving parents, yet thousands of men walk out on their families.

Humanism denies grace and credits grace to the individual. Common grace is a stream of goodness flowing from God towards man. This saves man from total depravity. If he were denied grace, man, driven by his passions and greed, would turn the World into abject misery. There is a glimpse of the consequences of the withdrawal of grace at various times in countries throughout the World, where they might be described as God-forsaken. Pride is the ultimate enemy of God. A proud person can only look down on others and not up. Humanism is probably the ultimate rebellion against God. Pride is the only disease, which makes everyone sick, except the one who has it.

Humanism declares that at heart man is a pretty good person. Given time and resources all the problems of the World will be overcome and man can live in a state of bliss. It ignores sin in the heart of man and rejects God as revealed in the Bible. It rejects the absolute standards of the Bible and substitutes more acceptable ones. It is not until man accepts that he is personally responsible to God and his fellow man for the state of the World that there is any hope of starting to do anything about solving the problems. Until then he will only continue to make the matters worse. Modern man takes credit for his goodness and puts his shortcomings down to the fault of someone else – poor parents, lack of education, an inefficient employer, an inadequate government. This appeals to man’s pride. Otherwise he would be perfect. “It is not my fault. It never is. If everyone in the World was like me, the World would be a better place.”

Antiochus the Fourth – called Epithanes – was a Greek speaking Syrian with a brilliant mind. He had a vision for the Eastern Mediterranean to put an end to war and strife. He thought that the problem of war was due to cultural rivalry, economic rivalry, religious rivalry and language rivalry. He planned to homogonise the whole area in order to put an end to unrest. The European Union has the same basic philosophy. It appeals to those who are tired of war and will embrace anything in order to have peace and an end to killing. It is logical that at the end of World War II men sought an alternative to war – at any price. Antiochus selected Greek language as a common language, although each people could have its own second native language. There should be a common culture – Greek culture. Religion was accepted. Zeus for the Greeks. Jupiter for the Romans. Baal for the Phonecians and Jehovah for the Jews. All the gods had a wife – except for the Jews. The faithful believing Jews were his real problem. He chose coercion as a solution and, if that did not work, he planned liquidation.

The real battle at the time was between God, His Word and character and His covenants and those who embraced Hellenism – the Sons of Zion against the Sons of Greece. Those who refused to bow the knee to Antiochus and his plans were a thorn in his flesh. Today Humanism is a sacred cow. The whole World today is humanist. Many World leaders are called: “a great humanist” with humanitarian ideas to solve the problem and humanitarian aid given to those in crisis. The broad-mindedness of Hellenism was contrasted with the narrow-mindedness of the Jews. Antiochus could not have gone as far as he did without the support of the unbelieving Jews – the nominal Jews. Many Jews wanted to assimilate – they loved Hellenistic culture – it was like a freedom for them. Those who embraced it took part in the Games naked. God did not design man to compete with one another but to complete one another. Everyone went along with his ideas – except the believing Jews. They were vilified as troublemakers, spoiling the plan. Shimon Peres of Israel spoke this language of assimilation with the peoples around them. The culture was to be just like the rest of the nations, with intermarriage. This was the same story in Samuel’s day. The people wanted to be like the other peoples around them and have a king. They were tired of standing out as different and godly people. The pressure was on them to conform to the ways of the World – just as it is on true believers today, faced with liberal Christianity. The peace process in Israel splits the Jewish nation down the middle. There are those in favour of the peace process, who want the nation to be like the other nations. Those who are opposed to it, see themselves as within the purpose of God for the nation of Israel.

Behind the cry for rights is a demand for justice. The Bible makes it clear that, if it is justice, which man demands, then Hell awaits him. All sinners fall short of God’s standards. If it is mercy, which is requested, then man finds the God of mercy – on His terms. From the Christian point of view, a servant has no rights – only duties, dependent entirely on his master to protect him. The adopted children of God have duties – to serve Him, to show obedience to the commands of God, dedication to the service of others, including enemies. The measure of love is how much it gives.

J. S. Mill: Actions are right in proportion as they tend to promote happiness and they are wrong as they tend to produce the reverse of happiness. By happiness is meant pleasure with the absence of pain: by unhappiness is meant the privation of pleasure.
The Bible is full of responsibilities. “Do good to your enemies.” Lev ch 19 v 18. “Visit those in prison. Make peace. Honour all men.” 1 Pet ch 2 v 17. “Love the Lord your God.” Deut ch 6 v 5. “Honour your father and mother. Give a tenth of your income to the Kingdom. Teach your children diligently.”

If everyone has the right to work, then those with two jobs have a duty to share out their work. If everyone has the right to eat, then there is a duty to share out the food in the World. There is enough food produced in the World to feed every person one and a quarter times over. If everyone has a right to a reputation, then there is a duty not to tell a lie about another person. If everyone has the right to a state benefit, then all must pay their taxes. If everyone has a right to a safe place of work, then all employers have a duty to provide a safe place of work. Parents have a responsibility to children, as children have a duty to obey their parents.

In short all man’s rights are balanced with a corresponding duty on the part of another. In a perfect World all man’s rights would be met by another. There are two contrasting Worlds. One is where people want to get and keep and the other where people want to give and share. Servants do not have any rights but plenty of duties. This is not a popular message.
God has rights also.
1. The right to be worshipped. The first duty of man is to worship God and enjoy Him forever.
2. The right to be honoured.
3. The right to be obeyed.

The secular humanists of the day are among the greatest scoffers the World has ever known. 2 Pet ch 3 v 3-4. They refuse to believe in a supernatural God. It is easier for those sceptics to look up at the stars and announce “accident”. It is easier for them to survey the marvels of nature and proclaim “spontaneous life”. It is easier for them to analyse the human body and conclude “evolution”. It is more difficult for them to profess God. Humanist teaching has been advocated from the prestigious universities and colleges. What better way to pollute the morals of a nation than to have teachers create an obsession with sex in the minds of our young people? First they tell them how to do it. Then they permit Planned Parenthood to enter the school. Then they provide contraceptives to avert the consequences of promiscuity. Secular humanists have encouraged the homosexual life style.

God is against Gog – Russia. Under Communism there has been a massive degree of murder. Russia has taught atheism and fermented strife in many parts of the World. Russia has violated more Biblical principles than any other nation.

The philosopher Schopenhauer was seated one day on a park bench. Seeing this elderly, shabbily dressed man and thinking him to be a tramp, a policeman accosted him. “What are you doing here?” He asked. “I wish I knew”, replied the philosopher, “for I have given the best years of my life to that problem and do not know the answer yet.”

Blood

BLOOD.

It is strange how much there is in the Bible about blood. Many are afraid of seeing blood. It is messy. Some people might even faint at the sight of it. How then is it that the blood of Jesus spilled on the ground two thousand years ago affects a man personally?

Gen ch 4 v 10. Blood spilled on the ground meant murder. It caused the land to be less fertile. There is a curse or problem, when the Word of God is disobeyed. In this instance spilling blood or committing murder caused a physical problem to the very ground.
Gen ch 9 v 6. Murder by a person shall be punished by execution. The sin of murder is so serious that it needs to be dealt with judicially by sentence of death. The liberals have gone soft on execution but God makes it abundantly clear that the lives of others will be put at risk, if the murder is not dealt with by society. Disobedience could lead to the murderer killing again another innocent person or others being encouraged to take a risk in killing, because the penalty is not death. So others suffer when the murderer is not put to death as instructed. Murder is an act of rebellion against God’s gift of life. If God has chosen to give a human being the gift of physical life and has preserved that person by His grace for years, how dare any human being take that life away without the permission of God. The only occasion when man is permitted to take life is to pass sentence on a murderer.

Gen ch 9 v 4. There is a command not to eat the blood of an animal. The flesh is acceptable but not the blood. Blood is an integral part of human life and of all life. Without the blood there is no life. Human bodies are the most incredible creation – made up of three trillion cells all functioning together. The body replenishes itself. If it were not for sin, the human body would have lived forever. The consequences of sin is death. Since Jesus was sinless in His human body, He would have lived forever in that body, had He not chosen to lay down His life for the sins of mankind. The blood, which is pumped round the body by the heart, circulates round the body on the one hand delivering oxygen, nourishment and other essential substances to the tissues and in return carrying away carbon dioxide and other waste products, which would otherwise poison the system. Blood helps to destroy disease-producing micro-organisms. Through blood’s ability to clot, it acts as an important part of the body’s natural defence mechanism. To interfere with that wonderful life-giving and life-preserving gift is a disgrace – and punishable as a sin. Even in days when less was known about this marvellous product, God had impressed on mankind the importance of guarding against misuse of blood.

Gen ch 42 v 22. There will be a time of reckoning for blood spilled. It is the witness of history that the twentieth century was a century of bloodshed – when more human blood was spilt as a result of war, torture and murder than in any previous century. There had been a vast increase in the twentieth century over all previous centuries. Hardly a country in the World has escaped civil war let alone being caught up in the two World wars. In addition there has been a steady increase in the number of acts of violence through murder, assault and abortion.

Ex ch 7 v17. Moses on the direction of God turned the water of the River Nile to blood. Water was the life-blood of the nation of Egypt. Without the waters of the mighty Nile Egypt would have dried up and become a desert. The turning of the water to blood was a real curse on the nation and threatened the very life of the nation. The curse was because of the refusal of Pharaoh to obey the word of God when God told the people to let the children of Israel go free. Many children had been killed and many adults held in slavery had died as a result of the bondage. Judgement had come on the nation. God used the very blood, which cried out to Him from the ground as a result of the way in which Pharaoh had valued the life of the Hebrews lightly.

Ex ch 24 v 8. The covenant, which God made with the Children of Israel, was sealed with blood. Without blood there was no sealing of the covenant. Since the most precious part of human bodies is the blood, that was what God used to seal His covenant with Israel.
Ex ch 29 v 12. In the sacrificial system, which God inaugurated for the Hebrew people, the blood of the bull was an essential part of the sin offering.
Lev ch 17 v 10-16. Again God forbids the Israelites and foreigners to eat the blood of the animals along with the flesh. When a command is repeated in Scripture, it is of the greatest importance. God in this instance sets His face against the offender. This is repeated in Deut ch 12 v 16. “Do not eat the blood of the animal.”

Mat ch 23 v 30. Jesus stated that the Jewish people had as a people shed the blood of the prophets – men sent by God to speak the Word of God to them. It was bad enough to ignore the prophets but they had actually shut them up by killing them. Zechariah was killed by the altar.

Mat ch 26 v 28. As the first covenant was sealed with blood, so the new covenant would be sealed with the blood of Jesus. Something precious was needed to seal the covenant. In the marriage ceremony the covenant between the bride and bridegroom is sealed with a ring – usually a gold ring, which is a token of the value of the one to the other.

John ch 6 v 53. Jesus said: “Unless you drink the blood of the covenant, you shall not receive eternal life.”
Rom ch 5 v 9. Paul had grasped this truth: All are justified by the blood of Jesus and saved from the wrath of God by His blood. The blood smeared on the houses of the Hebrews in Egypt saved the people from the angel of death, which swept through the land of Egypt. It was a physical picture of the spiritual reality.

Eph ch 1 v 7 and ch 2 v 13. Redemption of believers is by the blood of Jesus. He purchased believers from Satan’s kingdom and rules over them with His blood.

Heb ch 9 v 7. When the High Priest dealt with the sins of the people in the old covenant he had to take blood to pour out before the altar for the sins of the people. Sin is costly. A sacrifice has to be paid to appease God who is offended.
Heb ch 9 v 12. The whole sacrificial system was fulfilled in Jesus, when He gave His own life as the perfect sacrificial lamb.
Heb ch 10 v 19. A man can only enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus. The sanctuary is where God lived. The High Priest alone could enter the sanctuary. It was the physical picture of the spiritual reality. It took a real and meaningful sacrifice to open the door.
Heb ch 10 v 29. There is punishment for those who profane or make fun of the blood of Jesus. To use the word “blood” as an adjective is taking the blood of Jesus in vain. God has made only one provision for sin and anyone who mocks that provision shuts the door of Heaven in his face.
1 Pet ch 1 v 19. A man is ransomed by the blood of Jesus. It is a picture of paying a price to buy the freedom of mankind from the domain of Satan. When Adam rebelled against God’s rule, he joined sides with Satan in his rebellion against God. The only way back is on God’s conditions.
1 John ch 1 v 7. Blood cleanses a man from all sin. When a garment is stained a man needs a stain remover. Water may be sufficient but, if not, something stronger is needed. For sin the cleanser is blood. This is necessary to make the garment fit for use again and to renew it.
Rev ch 7 v 14. Robes of righteousness are again a physical picture of a spiritual reality. Physically blood would soil white robes. But blood cleanses sins.
Rev ch 12 v 11. A man conquers by the blood of the Lamb and the word of his testimony.

“This is my body.” Mark ch 14 v 22-24. There has been much dispute regarding the meaning of the saying. The Last Supper was a Passover meal. At that meal there was unleavened bread. The people were encouraged to identify themselves with those who had been delivered from Egypt. The normal words used were: “Blessed art Thou, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, who brings forth bread from the Earth.” The Passover meal was a memorial of the deliverance from bondage. A greater deliverance was about to take place.

It was not literally the body of Jesus. Drinking of the blood is clearly a figure of speech, since Jesus was standing there at the time. It was meant to be taken by faith in spiritual terms. But by faith those who drink the blood participate in the life He offered. The third cup of wine was a blessing. Blood always sealed a covenant. Ex ch 24 v 3-8. Luke alone adds the words: “Do this in remembrance of me.” This makes it clear that it is not a once and for all event but is to be repeated. Jesus ate and drank with His Disciples after He rose. Acts ch 10 v 41. By then the Kingdom had come. There is a real blessing in obedience, even if the full significance is not known.

The blood of the animals in the Old Testament was only temporary. If there is a stain on a tablecloth, a cover is put over it. That is like the blood of the animals. It lasts only for a while. But John saw in Jesus the Lamb of God whose blood takes away the sins of the World. The blood of the Lamb of God has power to remove all sin for those who put their trust in Jesus. Although Satan planned the death of Jesus and thought that he had defeated Jesus, God allowed it to happen and as always He uses Satan to be His greatest weapon in order to fulfil His purposes. How does the blood still work today? Soap does not make a man clean, even if he works in a soap factory. He can be filthy working in a soap factory. Soap is useless unless and until it is applied to the body. The blood of Jesus has to be taken and applied personally.

The blood of Jesus is different from the blood of every other person. It is holy blood. It is precious blood. All men inherit blood group factors at conception. The blood of the child and the blood of the father can be checked genetically. Jesus had no Earthly father. The blood of Jesus could not be grouped. It was unique. Mary told the facts of the birth to Doctor Luke. Luke ch 1 v 31 – 38. Countless people can be covered by the miracle of God. A child develops his own blood in the womb. It is different from the mother’s blood. The only other person who had unique blood was Adam. He was a one-off creation. Jesus is described as the second Adam. 1 Cor ch 15 v 47. Adam’s sin has contaminated every human being except Jesus who had unique blood. The blood of Jesus is the blood of God. Acts ch 20 v 28. The Church of God was purchased by God with His own blood. God is a spirit but the Word became flesh and dwelt among men. John ch 1 v 14. God and man became one in the womb of Mary. God’s blood entered man.

The blood of Jesus speaks. The blood of Abel called out to God from the ground. The blood of Abel called out for revenge and death. The blood of Jesus always speaks of forgiveness. Even as the soldiers nailed Jesus to the cross and the blood splashed over them, Jesus called out to forgive them. Heb ch 12 v 24. Col ch 1 v 20. Jesus made peace through His blood.

Heb ch 9 v 22. There is no forgiveness but by the blood of Jesus. The blood brings life. John ch 6 v 54. Blood and water came out when the spear pierced the side of Jesus. After Abel there were many others murdered until the Earth was filled with violence and the consequence was the Flood. But the numbers killed in these days were just a handful by comparison with the vast numbers killed in the twentieth century.
Only blood can cleanse mankind from sin. Gen ch 9 v 6. Baptism cannot deal with sin. 1 John ch 1 v 7. Only blood can deal with the sin of murder. Jesus bought man back by His blood. When Adam rebelled against God he sold himself and all mankind into bondage to Satan and his rule. No man could pay the price, which was demanded. The only man capable of paying the price was Jesus by the shedding of His blood.

There are three aspects of the mark of the blood of Jesus. 1. Internal. 2. External. 3. Eternal.

1. Internal. When a man accepts the blood of Jesus as spent for him, and becomes a believer, there is an inner cleansing of the soul and mind. No longer is there fear of Hell and judgement. God promises that He will never bring the sins up again. There is a good feeling within.
2. External. This is foreshadowed in the Old Testament. Lev ch 8 v 23. This is a physical picture of the spiritual reality. There is a certain physical mark in that the face reflects the cleanness in the inner man. Out of the heart the mouth speaks. The eyes and the face also reflect the new spiritual creature within. The darkness on the face disappears and a new face is evident to the World. Faces give away what is within the heart. But there is also a spiritual dimension. Demons can see the mark of the believer and keep their distance. God sets a guardian angel to look after each new creation. Human beings may not see the mark but the demons see it. A man looks after his own property. A man will go to great lengths to protect his children. God looks after His property. He puts a mark on His children – as He put a mark on Cain to protect Cain. Jude v 24. Jesus keeps His brothers from falling. Believers overcome by the blood of the lamb. Jesus calls His followers to be over-comers. Rev ch 3 v 12. Isaiah ch 54 v 17. “No curse can harm you, if you are under the blood of Jesus.” This is a spiritual reality. Believers belong to God. Col ch 3 v 3.
3. Eternal. Believers are sealed by God. A mark of the Beast can be rubbed out but the seal of God cannot be opened. A man can be rescued from Satan’s hold but not from God’s grasp. It is still difficult to understand how it works – but it does. Faith means taking God at His word. If He says that Christ’s blood is sufficient to deal with sin, then which man is able to disagree with Him? Numbers ch 21 v 9. This was a similar situation, where man did not understand why it should work but it did and proved that when God speaks, He speaks the truth, even if man cannot understand it. The painting of the blood of the lamb on the doorposts saved the Hebrews from the angel of death. It was a graphic picture of the spiritual reality. “How does the blood of Jesus avail for me?” Believers know that they belong to God and that the Bible is true. They know that they have eternal life. They are confidently expecting the return of Jesus. There is no other statement from God dealing with the taking away of a man’s sin.