You will not surely die.


Wanna bet?

And suddenly he was free. He looked up to the creatures, willing himself forward, pressing harder against the bubble’s surface. This time it tore. Effortlessly. He rose quicker. Faster. Toward the glorious men. Their eyes sparkled in delight as they leaned down, stretching to embrace him with their powerful arms, their razor-sharp talons. Talons? He looked back into their faces. They were transforming. Long aquiline noses were flattening into animal snouts, bulging eyes, mouths revealing bloody, needle-sharp fangs. They no longer sang but howled. Screams shrieking at the light that surrounded them. Not the blazing, glorious light, but the red glow of fire. It was everywhere. Like water. Immersing them. Burning their flesh, which dripped and melted like wax from their flaming bodies, falling into a burning pool. No fragrant aroma now. Only the acrid stench of burning tissue and sulfur as its dense yellow cloud surrounded him, gagging him, causing him to vomit. Deep, gut wrenching. Between convulsions he tried to breathe, to cry out. But the air was flame, leaping down his throat.


The brown quotes -
they’re from a Bill Myers book titled The Seeing,
which is book three of a series called Soul Tracker.


The purple quote -
that’s from a Book called The Bible,
which is a handbook from God on the best way to live the life He gave us.


To put these in context -
the purple one first -
which is from Genesis -

Ge 2:15 The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.  

Ge 2:16 And the LORD God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden;  

Ge 2:17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.”

So - God says to the man [Adam] when you eat of it [the tree of the knowledge of good and evil] you will surely die.


Later we read -

Ge 3:1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

Ge 3:2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,  

Ge 3:3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’ ”

So the woman [Eve] says to the serpent [Satan] that God said they must not touch it [the tree of the knowledge of good and evil] or they will surely die.


The very next verse says -

Ge 3:4 “You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman.

So the serpent says you will not surely die.


Wanna bet?


The brown quotes are about a boy named Luke - who has the ability to see things from the spirit world.  He actually can see good and evil.

In the beginning of the quote -
he thinks he’s looking at good -
incredible good -
good like he’s never seen or imagined.

There are signs that maybe something’s not quite right -
things like
Odd, he hadn’t noticed it before, the thin layer of light that curved around him. But it made little difference
which means that there’s a layer of good protecting him from the other things that he thinks are good -
but although the hints are there - he chooses to ignore them.

Right up to the end -
he thinks he’s moving towards this incredible goodness -
right up until he finds out it’s not good at all-
until he finds out that thin layer of light was to protect him -
and to keep him away from the clutches of what Luke thought was good -
when he finally realizes what happened -
And suddenly he was free. He looked up to the creatures, willing himself forward, pressing harder against the bubble’s surface. This time it tore. Effortlessly. He rose quicker. Faster. Toward the glorious men. Their eyes sparkled in delight as they leaned down, stretching to embrace him with their powerful arms, their razor-sharp talons. Talons?


Just as Adam and Eve had a choice to eat the fruit - or not -
Luke had a choice to leave the protection of the thin layer of light - or not.

Adam and Eve had God tell them not to eat it -
but they did.

Luke knew what the thin layer of light was about -
but ignored it.


But wait -

What about the you will surely die part?


Adam and Eve didn’t die right on the spot after eating the fruit.
Was the serpent correct -
after all - they were still very much alive - weren’t they?

And in The Seeing -
after Luke left the protective layer of light -
he didn’t die right on the spot either -
he was also very much alive - wasn’t he?


Well -
that depends on the definition of death.


So - let’s go to dictionary.com and see what they have for the definition of death.

the act of dying; the end of life; the total and permanent cessation of all the vital functions of an organism.


OK - that still leaves the question -
they were all still very much alive - weren’t they?


No.


Huh - No?


Yes - No.
They were very much not alive - very much dead.


The real question is - dead in what way?
What exactly was it that died?

Jesus answers that question in Matthew 10:

Mt 10:28 Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

The difference is whether what dies is the body - or the soul.

Ultimately - it’s God who has the power to send someone’s soul to Hell.

As Adam & Eve - and Luke - found out - it’s Satan who has the power to lead us to the point where God will send our souls to Hell.

God gives us the free will to believe Him - or not -
to follow Him - or not -
to listen to Him - or not.


Adam & Eve had God Himself tell them about the consequences of eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Adam & Eve chose to listen to the serpent -
chose to allow the serpent to twist God’s words -
to think that what the serpent had was more appealing than what God had to offer -
and they were kicked out of the Garden of Eden for it.
In essence -
life - as they had know it - was over.  They were dead.


Luke had the ability to literally see good and evil -
but when evil posed as good -
even though Luke had the ability to see things that should have told him what was really going on -
he chose to ignore them -
and then he also realized that life - as he knew it - was over.  He was dead.


Sounds like life is pretty much doom and gloom up to this point.

If Adam & Eve had God Himself - and they were fooled -
and Luke had an ability to literally see good and evil - and he was fooled -
what chance to we have?

In that sense -
unfortunately -
none.


But - in another sense -
very much a chance.


From The Seeing -

“You have the authority!” Fiona shouted. “Just call on His name. He has all the power you need!”

“No.” The voice was internal now. Addressing only Luke. “You have chosen us, we are your power. We are your passion.”

“Call on Him! It must be your choice!”

“You have already chosen.”

“Call on Him!”

“You are ours. You have given yourself to us. There is no second chance.”

But it was a lie. Luke immediately recognized it. Life had been full of second chances . . . with his dad, his sister, himself. That was the love Preacher Man kept talking about back home. The grace he always rambled on about.

“We all screw up, son,” he’d said. “Only difference between us and the world is we know we’re a mess. That’s why we need a Savior.


From The Bible - where Jesus is teaching Nicodemus - a Jewish Pharisee -

Jn 3:1 Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council.  2 He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him.”

Jn 3:3 In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.’”

Jn 3:4 “How can a man be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb to be born!”

Jn 3:5 Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.  6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.  7 You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’  8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”

Jn 3:9 “How can this be?” Nicodemus asked.

Jn 3:10 “You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things?  11 I tell you the truth, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony.  12 I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things?  13 No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man.  14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,  15 that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.

Jn 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.  18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.  19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.  20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.  21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.”


I think it’s interesting to see John 3:16 in context -
especially in light of this topic.

Sometimes people quote it like it’s something obvious -
like it’s easy to understand -
and if we don’t get it right away -
well then we may not be trying hard enough.


It’s not easy -
it’s not obvious -
no matter how hard we “try” -
until after we get it.


Luke had people praying for him -
he had Satan fighting against him -
lying to him -
trying to tell him it was too late -
that there was no chance for him.
But when Luke asked for God’s help to fight Satan -
he got it.
He was “alive” again -
his soul had been taken away from Satan -
and in that sense he was very much alive -
both in the body that we see -
and in the soul that we don’t see.


For Nicodemus -
he was a Pharisee -
one of the Jewish leaders -
and he was having trouble with what Jesus was saying.
He was having trouble with the difference between the body and the soul -
wondering how a man can re-enter the womb to be born again.


It’s not easy -
it’s not obvious -
no matter how hard we “try” -
until after we get it.



If you want to see what happens to Luke and the other characters in the book -
check out the whole series.
The first book is Soul Tracker -
followed by The Presence -
and finally The Seeing.
The characters do continue from one to the next -
so I’d recommend reading all three.


If you want to see what happens to “us” -
the human race -
check out the Bible.

If you’ve never read it -
maybe start with the Good News -
The Gospels.
From there - one can keep reading on -
or go back to the beginning -
or even jump around depending on what you’re looking for.


If you want to see what might happen to you -
try doing what my wife calls -
“playing the movie forward”.


Look at your life -
honestly look at it -
see where you’ve been -
look at where you are -
and play that forward to see where you’re going.


I had a discussion with my mother last night.
The whole thing went on for about 2 ½ hours -
but it kind of boiled down to this -


She started off with some really horrible things that had happened in her life -
then switched to some of the good things that happened as well.

Her goal was to be able to just talk about some of the bad stuff -
some that I’d never heard before -
even though she’s in her 80’s -
but then she didn’t want me to think that she hated the people who had done those things to her -
and she asked me if I could understand that.

Earlier that evening -
she told me that she talked to my sister -
and told her she was afraid I wouldn’t come back to see her again -
and my sister told her there was nothing she could ever say to me that would stop me from coming back.

At this point I reminded her of that -
and told her it was true -
and there was a reason why it was true.

My relationship with my parents was good and bad -
and for a lot of years - nonexistent.

And yet -
I did eventually go back -
when I felt God was telling me it was time.
And now there really is nothing she could say that would hurt so much that I wouldn’t go back.

The reason -

The good things that happen in life -
the truly good ones -
they are from God.

The bad things -
they are from Satan.
Yes - God allows them to happen -
but they are from Satan.

But - having said that -
I also told her that those bad things can turn out for the better.

I can do this site -
write these articles -
talk to other people -
have that talk with my mother -
because of all the bad things that have happened to me -
and because -
with God’s grace -
I - like Luke - made the choice to ask for God’s help to get out of them.

So I told her I choose to focus on those good things -
people and life the way God intended it
rather than the bad things - where Satan messed things up.

At the end -
I suggested that she think about that -
choosing to think about and remember the good things -
instead of choosing to remember the bad
and then worrying about what else other bad thing would come next.


And - you know -
so can you.


Play that movie forward -
see where you’re going -
and see if you like it.

If not -
I’m praying for you -
others who read this will pray for you.
BTW - Jesus is praying for you -
and waiting for you to ask for His help -
and with those prayers and that help from Jesus -
you can change the ending of your life “movie”.


Don’t believe that Jesus is praying for you?

Jn 17:20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message,  21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.  22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one:  23 I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

Jn 17:24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.

Jn 17:25 “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me.  26 I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”


Don’t believe that Jesus is waiting for you?

Rev 3:19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent. 20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.

Rev 3:21 To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”


Yes -
start playing your life movie -
and if you need help with the ending -
ask for help from the One who created you -
‘cause He can certainly also create the best ending for you -


One where you will surely not die.

Jn 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him
shall not perish
but have eternal life.

April 13, 2013

Each brilliant pinpoint of light was singing. Not words, not exactly. But long, sustained chords. Weaving in and out of each other. And the way they intertwined, sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly, formed patterns and phrases. And smells. Somehow they too were connected to the music. Sweet and fragrant, like flowers. Their intensity depended upon the power of the phrases. Shorter, louder sounds produced stronger scents. Softer, flowing ones brought a more delicate aroma. Luke smiled. This was good. Very good. And safe. As far as he could tell there were no menacing shadow creatures. No gargoyles. And no black tentacles.

But he wasn’t frightened. How could he be with such beauty and splendor? And the closer they approached, the more he sensed their . . . glory. That was the only word for it. Each seemed to have a distinct glory. A majestic personality that shimmered and dazzled as beautifully as their light.

Another drew his attention. And another. And another. Their songs, their fragrance, their eyes offering unlimited fame, wealth, pleasure, intelligence — and with each promise came the insatiable hunger. But the next move had to be Luke’s. No words were exchanged, yet he knew it, he sensed it. Despite their powers and promises, the star creatures could come no closer. It was up to Luke to join them. To rise from the sofa and break through the bubble that encompassed him. Odd, he hadn’t noticed it before, the thin layer of light that curved around him. But it made little difference. It was so frail he was certain he could break through it. All he needed was the will.


You will not surely die

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