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The Bible And Homosexuality

The subject of homosexuality is jumping up everywhere we look. It is often in the news. It is creeping into movies and TV programs produced by Hollywood. The word has become such a common one in our culture that it is being accepted even by those who call themselves Christian. What does the Bible say about it?

Is Homosexuality In The Bible?

There are several passages in the Bible that deal with homosexuality. No, the word “homosexual” does not appear in the King James Version of the Bible. However, the actions that are described in the Scripture passages certainly do illustrate the actions of a homosexual. And some of the words used in the original languages of the Bible were used to indicate a homosexual person.

So, don’t be concerned that the word “homosexual” does not appear in the King James Version of the Bible. (However, it does in many of the other versions of the Bible in that are written in English.) Just be aware of what the Bible says about the activity that homosexuals engage in.

Most Famous Passage

Genesis 19:5 (KJV): “And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, ‘Where are the men which came in to thee this night? Bring them out unto us, that we may know them.’”

Why do other translations say “so we can have sex with them?” There are two reasons. First is the Hebrew word translated “know.” It is a word that basically means “to know intimately.” It is also used very frequently as “having sex.” Secondly, look at the context. Why did Lot offer his two daughters to them instead? (Why he did this would take another whole article, so we will not discus it here.) Of course, the two strangers (angels) did not allow that to happen. But the point is: Put the two together and you can come to no other conclusion than that Lot knew that the men wanted to have sex with the strangers.

An Explicit Definition

There are at least two passages that equate the homosexual act as the same as the heterosexual act. The important point is that the homosexual act is expressly forbidden in both passages.

Leviticus 18:22 (NKJV): “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination.”

Leviticus 20:13 (NKJV): “If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them.”

Don’t try to tell me that it simply means not to lie down with a male. The Hebrew word translated “lie” here is “shakab.” This is a Hebrew word that carries the same meaning as our English word “sleep.” When we say in English: “Did you sleep with that woman?” we know that it means: “Did you have sex with that woman?” In Hebrew, the meaning is the same when it is said “Did you “shakab” with that woman (or man)?”

Notice also that in both passages it is called “an abomination.” Abomination is translated from the Hebrew word “towebah.” It carries the meaning: “abhor, abominable, something disgusting, an abhorrence; especially idolatry.

Unaccepted Offerings

Illicit sex is such an abomination to God that He will not even accept offerings that have been earned through that activity.

Deut. 23:18 (NKJV): “You shall not bring the wages of a harlot or the price of a dog to the house of the Lord your God for any vowed offering, for both of these are an abomination to the Lord your God.” The Hebrew word translated “dog” in this verse is “keleb.” It does not refer to an animal. It is a word that the Hebrews used to designate a male prostitute e.g. homosexual.

Homosexuals Are Not Righteous

1 Cor. 6:9 (KJV): “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind.”

The word translated “mankind” has been translated as “homosexual” in most other translations. Why? It is because of the Greek word “arsenokites” that is used in the original Greek. It is properly translated “homosexual” because it is derived from two other Greek words. The first is “arrhen” which means male. The second is “koite” which means “cohabitation.” It is a Greek word that means homosexual.

Homosexuality is Unnatural

Romans 1:27 (NIV): “In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.”

No, the NIV does not give a literal translation of the original Greek. However, for those who know Greek, you would know that what was written in the Greek is a metaphor. And all the Greeks of that time knew exactly what was being said. The NIV gives a very good translation of the meaning of the original Greek.

Homosexuals Equated With Harlots

Deut. 23:17 (KJV): “There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite of the sons of Israel.” This is part of a list of the activities that were not to be allowed in Israel. The Hebrew word translated “sodomite” is “qadesh” which means a male prostitute. How do we know this?

Again, look at the context. The first type of person not allowed in Israel was a woman who was a “qdeshah” which is always translated “a female prostitute.” The second type of a person not allowed in Israel was a man who was a “qadesh.”

In Hebrew, there are masculine words and feminine words. In other words, if a word was referring to a male, one form of the word was used. On the other hand, if the word was referring to a female another form of the same word was used.

“qdeshah” is the feminine form of “qadesh.” Thus, a “qadesh,” in this context, has to mean “a male prostitute.” Also, they are both included in the same sentence, referring to the same type of activity.

Homosexuality and Marriage

We live in an age in which people think they have the right to define marriage as they please. Thus, we have gay rights activists that have succeeded in a few states to sanction marriage between two men or two women. This idea is spreading rapidly, not only here in America, but also in some other parts of the world.

They have been able to do this because they have portrayed themselves as an injured and oppressed minority. They have been able to do this because so many people either do not know what God’s Word says, or they do not believe what God’s Word says.

But remember that this is God’s world. He designed and created us and all that we have. God says in His Word that homosexuality is a grievous sin. Remember, even though the word “homosexual” in not in the KJV Bible, the description of homosexuality is in the original text and God said that it is a grievous sin. Why do you think He destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah and made sure that what He did was included in His Bible? Remember what I said at the beginning of this article.

Yes, a society can legalize a homosexual marriage but God will never bless it. And God will never bless a society that condones and legalizes homosexual marriages. How can God bless an ongoing legal sexual arrangement that defies and contradicts what He designed? How can God bless an activity that He expressly forbids in His Holy Word, our Bible?

Final Thoughts

Look at all the above passages. If you are honest with yourself, you can come to no other conclusion. Homosexuality is an abomination to God.

Can a person who thinks that he/she is a homosexual get into heaven? It probably depends on a very important point. If he/she has been convinced that he/she is a homosexual and yet rejects it as an abomination to God and refuses to engage in the sexual act, God will look at his/her heart. Do you truly reject homosexuality as a sin against God? If so, God will forgive you.

And, if you allow Him to do so, He will lead you into the knowledge that you are not a homosexual. He will also show you how to reject all those feelings that you have had. Why do you think that the homosexual community refuses to allow any Christian counseling for homosexuals? Deep down inside, they know that if a person receives Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, He will lead them out of the homosexual lifestyle.

 

Does God Condone Divorce?

Divorce has become an accepted way to get out of a marriage that doesn’t suit us. This is exactly why the “no fault divorce” came into being. You no longer have to have a reason for a divorce; you just have to want one.

Some statistics says that half of all marriages end in divorce. Other statistics say that it is higher than that. Another statistic says that the rate of divorces has been dropping. However, this does not take into account that the number of people that are getting married is also dropping. So if you live together (and are not legally married) and you separate, there is no legal divorce.

The Cause of Divorce

If you read the legal reasons for divorce, there are many but the most common one in our modern time is simply incompatibility. Why do couples become incompatible with each other (or for any other reason for that matter)? It is simply because one (or both) are saying, “I want my own way and I deserve what I want.” Yes, divorce happens simply because one (or both) put themselves and their desires above their spouses.

The problem is that in today’s society, this has become an accepted behavior. “My happiness is what is important.” But why do we say this? The reason is found in one word, “pride.” “I think that I and my feelings, wants and desires are more important than anything or anyone else. “In other words: “I am more important than anyone else.”

Think about this. Who is the father of pride? Read Isaiah 14 and you will find that it is Lucifer, who we know as Satan. When pride causes us to do what we do, who are we emulating? Think about it. When we divorce, who are we following, God or Satan?

Does God Condone Divorce?

Perhaps the strongest statement that God makes concerning divorce is found in Malachi 2. The people were wondering why God was rejecting their sacrifices and offerings.

Malachi 2:14-16 (NKJV): “Yet you say, ‘For what reason?’ Because the Lord has been witness between you and the wife of your youth, with whom you have dealt treacherously, yet she is your companion and your wife by covenant. But did He not make them one, having a remnant of the Spirit? And why one? He seeks godly offspring. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously with the wife of his youth. ‘For the Lord God of Israel says that He hates divorce, for it covers one’s garment with violence,’ Says the Lord of hosts. ‘Therefore take heed to your spirit, that you do not deal treacherously.’”

Here, God is telling the Israelites that He hates divorce so much that He is rejecting their sacrifices and offerings. Then He also tells them why. The men are divorcing their wives and destroying families. Why is this so important? Again, God tells them. “He seeks godly offspring.” You see, the only way to raise up God-fearing children is in a stable, God-fearing home.

I know, many single parents have raised up God-fearing children, but ask any of them. It was not easy. Neither is it very common. Look around you. Most single parent families are not raising God-fearing children. So what God said in Malachi 2 is correct.

Jesus Gives God’s View of Divorce

When the Pharisees asked Jesus why Moses allowed divorce, Jesus told them: Matthew 19:8 (NKJV) “Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, permitted you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so.”

Jesus went on to say that there was one exception to God’s rule of no divorce. Matthew 19:9 (NKJV) “And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery.”

Why is this an exception to God’s rule of no divorce? It is because the married person who commits adultery breaks the covenant that was created between him and his wife. The same is true when the wife commits adultery. Thus, the unfaithful spouse breaks the bond that God created between them. The innocent spouse is then set free from that bond.

God is saying that marriage is so sacred that nothing can destroy it except by one of the members of that marriage committing adultery and thus breaking the bond that God created.

Paul Gives God’s Command Concerning Divorce

Paul also says that he has a command directly from God concerning divorce. I Cor. 7:10-13 (NKJV) “Now to the married I command, yet not I but the Lord: A wife is not to depart from her husband. But even if she does depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband. And a husband is not to divorce his wife. But to the rest I, not the Lord, say: If any brother has a wife who does not believe, and she is willing to live with him, let him not divorce her. And a woman who has a husband, who does not believe, if he is willing to live with her, let her not divorce him.”

Notice that Paul’s second comment (that he says is from him, not God) is simply to further explain the command that God has given.

This certainly negates no-fault divorce. God is saying that there is no justification for divorce, even if you are married to a non-Christian.

Will God Forgive Divorce?

There is only one sin that cannot be forgiven and that is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit (Mark 3:29). There has been much speculation as to what this sin is, but it certainly is not divorce. So, Yes, God will forgive divorce.

However, God’s forgiveness and the physical repercussions of divorce are two different things. While you are here on this earth, you must still live with the heartaches and problems caused by divorce. These include payments of ex-wife support and child support. It also includes the problems that are created in the lives of any children that are involved. So many times the children are so devastated by the divorce that they are never able to establish stable marriages themselves.

However, listen carefully to this. If you are planning a divorce and you say in your heart “All I have to do is ask God for forgiveness and He has to forgive me,” remember one thing. God will forgive only when you truly repent in your heart. If you divorce with the attitude that God has to forgive you, you will find it very hard to truly repent in your heart.

Also, remember this very important point. To repent means that you truly desire to turn things around and make things right again. Are you willing to reconcile with your wife/husband if the opportunity arises? If your wife/husband has not remarried, are you willing to remarry, or at least, (if you are the ex-husband) cheerfully support her. If not, how can you say that you have repented?

Yes, God will forgive divorce. However, keep in mind that repentance also includes the obligation to make right any damages that the divorce caused. To find out more about this read the section on “Divorce” in my article “What Is Marriage?

 

Jesus is the Son of God

Many people accept Jesus as a good teacher that lived about 2000 years ago, but they will not accept Him as the Son of God. And yet, that is exactly who the Bible proclaims that Jesus is. If you cannot accept that Jesus was and is the only begotten Son of God, then you have to dismiss Him as even a truthful teacher and He certainly cannot be the Messiah.

The Old Testament Prophecies Proclaims Him To Be God

Isaiah 9:6 (NIV): “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Among other facts, this passage tells us several important facts about Jesus.

1 – “A son is given.” This means that Jesus was not created at His earthly birth, but He existed before He was born on the earth.

2 – He is called “Mighty God.” This is self explanatory. Jesus is God.

3 – He is called “Everlasting Father.” This means that Jesus always has and always will exist.

Jesus Says That the Old Testament Testifies About Him

Remember in John 5:39-40 (NIV) when Jesus was talking to the Jews, He said: “You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.” Here Jesus is saying that the Old Testament contains passages that bring eternal life because they are passages that testify to who Jesus is.

In other words, throughout the Old Testament, prophecies are given that show that eternal life comes through Jesus. Since eternal life can only come through God, these passages are proclaiming that Jesus is God.

Jesus In The New Testament

Throughout the New Testament, Jesus is proclaimed to be God. This is true both in His own teachings as well as in the teachings of the rest of the New Testament. The most famous is John 3:16.

John 3:16 (NKJV): “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Nothing could be clearer than this. God gave us His only begotten Son. This means that God came to earth in the form of Jesus. Yes, Jesus is God.

Look at the first verse of the Gospel of John. John 1:1 (NIV): “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” All scholars accept the fact that the term “the Word” refers to Jesus. Even the Muslims state this in their Koran. Nothing can be clearer than this statement that Jesus is God.

In Titus, Jesus is called “our great God and Savior.” Titus 2:11-13 (NIV): “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope–the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.”

Throughout the New Testament, the Scriptures proclaim that Jesus is none other than God, Himself.

Jesus Claimed To Be God

Over and over, Jesus taught that He was God. For instance in John 10:30 (NIV): “I and the Father are one.”

He also distinguished between his Father as God and our Father as God. John 20:17 (NIV): “Jesus said, ‘Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet returned to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

We may not think that Jesus is calling Himself God in these passages (and others), but the Jews that heard Him certainly did. Look at John 5:18 (NIV): “For this reason the Jews tried all the harder to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.”

And again in John 19:7 (NIV): “The Jews insisted, ‘We have a law, and according to that law he must die, because he claimed to be the Son of God.’”

If His contemporaries understood that Jesus was calling Himself God, we need to listen to them and accept what Jesus said about Himself.

Jesus Is One Member Of The Trinity

God reveals Himself to us in a very special way. God is so great that we cannot understand who He is outside of the Trinity. The Trinity is not three Gods, but rather one God who reveals Himself in three parts. Jesus is one of those parts.

This is why Jesus tells us to baptize in the name of the Trinity. Matthew 28:19 (NIV): “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

John 15:26 also illustrates the concept of the Trinity. Jesus said in John 15:26 (NIV): “When the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me.” God, the Father sends the Holy Spirit who will testify about Jesus.

We need to understand that the Trinity does not mean that there are three Gods. There is only one God. This is what is proclaimed throughout the Bible, both in the Old Testament and in the New Testament. Remember this very important truth. The Bible does not and will not contradict itself. If one part does not make sense to you, read the rest of the Bible and it will become clear to you.

Jesus Is God

Either He was and is the Son of God, or He was the greatest liar that ever lived. If Jesus is not God, the Bible cannot be trusted to give us the truth about God at all. Either Jesus is God, or we need to discard the whole Bible, because throughout the Bible, Jesus is either prophesied as being God or proclaimed to be God.

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Can We Hear God’s Voice?

This is a question that many people ask? The Bible tells us that God can and does speak to us as humans. But multitudes of people say: “God doesn’t speak to me. I cannot hear His voice.” If you never hear God’s voice, there definitely is something wrong. God does communicate with us. If you do not hear Him, you need to first understand how God speaks to us.

Does God Speak To Us?

Throughout the Bible, we read where God has spoken to certain people. Some of these people are: Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham, David, the Old Testaments Prophets, etc. The Bible is God’s Word to us and God does not lie to us. Thus, these people (and many more) definitely heard from God.

The question for many then becomes: “Why do I not hear from God?” “Is there something wrong with me?” No, there is nothing wrong with you. You probably just do not understand how God communicates with us. You simply have not yet learned to tune in to God.

Communication In Heaven

It is very interesting that many who have gone to heaven and come back testify that, in heaven, communication is actually done through just hearing in their mind what others are communicating to them.

This tells us something very important about the spiritual world. Remember what Jesus told is in John 4:24 (NKJV): “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

In the physical world, we communicate through physical means. That is, through the spoken voice. Yes, some who have gone to heaven and returned tell us that they were able to communicate with others through an audible voice.

However, others tell us that communicating in the spirit world is done differently. It seems that we are able to project our thoughts directly into the mind of another. Since this is true, it tells us that most communication within the spirit world (God’s world) is done through our thoughts.

What is this telling us? It is saying that God usually communicates to us through our thoughts. In other words, God impresses thoughts in our minds. Isn’t this a dangerous thing? If God (who is a spirit) communicates to us in this way, isn’t Satan (who also is a spirit), capable of communicating with us in the same way? That is, impressing thoughts into our mind?

Who Are We Hearing From?

Here lies the problem. How do we know who we are hearing from? Is the thought that entered our mind from God or from Satan? Remember, we also generate our own thoughts which stem from our personal experiences. So, how do we know if we are hearing from God or not?

The answer is that we have to learn what is Godly communication, what is satanic communication and what is simply our own thoughts brought about through our own personal experiences?

God Speaks Through Other People

Here is another problem. The Bible does tell us that God often communicates to us through other people. In fact, God has specially ordained people for this specific purpose. Look at Ephes. 4:11-12 (NKJV): “And He Himself [Jesus] gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.”

Also, sometimes Angels appear to humans in the bodily form of a human being. In fact, Hebrews 13:2 (NKJV) says: “Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.” Remember, Angels are God’s special messengers. We need to listen to them and heed what they say.

But again, how do we know that what we are being told is a message from God or a demon trying to get us to turn away from God? God knew that this would be a problem so He did not leave us empty handed. This is one of the most important  reasons that God has given us His Holy Word, our Holy Bible.

God Communicates Through The Holy Bible

This is the most important way that God communicates with us. Why? Because the Bible is a physically written Word. It is through words (both spoken and written) that we have learned to communicate. All we must do is to understand that the Bible is God’s written Word to us and accept is as such. When we do this, we know what God is trying to tell us. It has been written down for us.

Look at what God said in 2 Tim. 3:16 (NKJV): “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” And again in Romans 15:4 (NKJV): “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.”

Finally, look at 2 Peter 1:21 (NKJV): “for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.”

Do you still doubt that the Bible is God’s Word, coming directly from Him? Josh McDowell thought the same thing. So, he set out to study the Bible for the purpose of proving that it was a false book and that it did not come from God because he didn’t believe that God even existed. He discovered just the opposite. In fact, he ended up writing two books: “Evidence That Demands a Verdict,” and “More Evidence That Demands a Verdict.” If you still have doubts, read these two books.

Can We Learn To Hear God Speak To Us Directly?

The answer is Yes! But it is a learning process. Some people do learn more quickly than others. The important point is that we have to learn to listen. The world we live in is very loud and the worldly noises often drown out God’s voice because God speaks in a still small voice.

We need to learn what Elijah learned. He had become very depressed and wanted to die. 1 Kings 19:11-12 (NKJV): “Then He [an Angel] said, ‘Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.’ And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.”

Even Elijah, one of God’s greatest prophets, had to learn to go out by himself and take time to listen for God’s still small voice. God does not speak in a loud booming voice. He will never force Himself on us. That is why we have to learn to listen.

We have to learn to allow God to place His impressions in our minds. If our minds are full of the clatter and noise of the world, we will never hear God’s still small voice in our minds.

How Can We Know That It Is God Speaking?

We know that demons also speak through putting impressions in our minds. How can we know if it is God and not a demon speaking to us? Remember two very important points. First, God will never tell us anything that is contrary to what is written in the Bible. Thus, it becomes very important to know what the Bible says.

Secondly, demons will lead us away from God’s will instead of into God’s will. Most often it will be a very devious temptation. At first, it will seem to be that the demon is leading us into something good. How can we tell that this is what the demons are doing? The answer is very simple.

Know what the Bible teaches. If we know what the Bible says about where the demon is leading us, we will be able to catch the deception before we are led astray.

We Eventually Learn To Recognize God’s Voice

How? By spending time studying God Holy Word, our Bible. And secondly, by spending enough time directly in prayer with God, we will learn to recognize God’s voice. It will be like learning to recognize a loved ones voice. When we have been with another person long enough, we will immediately recognize his/her voice as soon as we hear it.

Can you hear God’s voice? You certainly can, if you take the time to learn to recognize His voice. It will not come automatically. Nor will it come without some effort on your part. Remember, you were created as a free creature, free to do what you want to do. You will only learn to recognize God’s voice if you decide in your heart that you want to hear it and are willing to take the time and effort to pursue recognizing His voice.

 

Three Types of Death

What is death? Is it the cessation of all life? Or is there something more to it. There certainly is and the Bible explains it to us. In fact, it is very important for us to understand the different types of death and how they pertain to us.

The First Type Is Physical Death

Many theologians have taught that physical death was not a part of the original intention of God. They teach that either we were to live forever in the Garden of Eden or that we would be translated into another state at sometime in our existence, such as Jesus was after His resurrection.

Personally, I believe that God knew what was going to happen. After all, he created a creature (human being) that had the ability to either choose to live with Him or to reject Him. This is the result of being created with a free will. This means that we have the freedom to live how we want to and to choose what we want to choose.

However, God had a very good reason for doing what He did. God gave us free will so that we could freely love. Remember, love cannot be commanded or forced, by its very nature; it can only be freely given. Since God knew that there would be some who would reject Him and His love, He limited the time that we would have to learn how to love and live under His guidance.

Thus, death was a part of the original creation. At first it was a very long time. Genesis 5:25 says that Methuselah lived to be 969 years old. Later, God limited the life span of a human to 120 years (Gen. 6:3). God shortened our lifetime because of our sin. Few people live to be this old, but none live to be older than this.

Why did God shorten our lifetime? According to Genesis 6, sin had become rampant. Multitudes of people were sinning and rebelling against God’s instructions. God simply said that people do not need more than 120 years to decide if they want to live with Him or not.

The fact is that physical death is a part of life. We are to expect it and there is no way out of it. However, it is important to remember why we even have this much time to live on this earth. This is a probation period. It is time for us to learn to love God and learn to follow His plan for our lives. If we can do this, we can live forever in His paradise (heaven). To learn more about this, read “What Is My Purpose For Living.”

The Second Type Is Spiritual Death

How many people understand what spiritual death is? In fact, how many people even think about it or acknowledge it? It is the least understood, yet the most important death of the three. In its most simple terms, it is the spiritual separation of a human being from God.

God’s original plan was for human beings to be in continual fellowship with Himself. This is why He put Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. It was a special place where He could come down in the cool of the evening to have fellowship with them.

Why couldn’t He just live in them as He does today? Remember, the Holy Spirit was not given to the human race until after Jesus bodily ascended into heaven. They did not have this privilege of having God (the Holy Spirit) living in them. It was a physical experience for them. They met God in the Garden each evening.

What happened? Read Genesis 3. This is the story of how Satan (as the serpent) tricked Adam and Eve into sinning against God. This sin was rebelling against God by doing what they thought was best instead of following the instructions of God. By doing this they destroyed the harmony that was the norm in the Garden of Eden.

Because of this action, they were cast out of the Garden and made to live in the rest of the world. Why is this important? The Garden of Eden was a place of harmony that God could enter into and communicate with His creation. The rest of the world was full of disharmony. Where all this disharmony came from is a matter for the Theologians to discuss.

The problem was that they are now separated from the fellowship of God. This was not only physically but spiritually. They are now on their own. Yes, they can still talk to God, but they cannot have the intimate fellowship with Him that they did have. This was not to happen again until after Jesus came and then ascended back into heaven.

The only exception to this was when the Holy Spirit temporarily filled various prophets and gave them special information for His people. We can read about these times throughout the Old Testament.

It was after Jesus bodily ascended into heaven that He sent the Holy Spirit to us. The Holy Spirit has the ability to live within everyone who has accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

The important point is that spiritual death is when we refuse to seek out and have fellowship with God. It is when we think that we do not need God. But spiritual death can be defeated. Keep reading.

The Third Type is Eternal Death

Spiritual death is what can, and often does, lead to eternal death. It is simply the fact that if we physically die while we are separated from God, that condition will be permanent, it will last for all eternity. The truth is that if we do not want to live with, and in, God’s presence while we are on this earth, God will not force us to live with Him forever.

Remember, God created us as free creatures. We are free to determine our own destiny. God will never take that freedom away from us, even if it means being separated from Him forever.

So, what happens if we are separated from God forever? Well, in the spiritual world, there are only two places. One is where God is and the other is where God is not. What is this place where God is not? Well, it was created for Lucifer (Satan) and all the angels that followed him in his rebellion against God. God had to have a place to put them, since they were destroying the harmony of paradise (heaven).

So God created a place where all of the rebellious angels could be held for all eternity. God’s presence would not be there. If you want to know more about what type of a place this is, read my article on “Heaven and Hell.”

So, what happens to all the humans that have chosen to not live with God? There is only one place where they can go and that is the same place that God created to keep all the rebellious angels. You do not want to go there.

God’s Remedy for the Second Two Types

How do we defeat spiritual death, and thus, eternal death? We cannot escape physical death, but we can escape spiritual death. All we must do is to accept Jesus as the Lord of our life and commit ourselves to following His plan for us. When we accept Jesus as the Lord of our lives, that is what we are committing ourselves to do, to follow His plan for us.

No, God did not give up on us. He provided a very simple way for us to defeat eternal death. This solution is given to us in John 3:16 (NKJV): “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

It seems very simple; in fact some say that it is too simple. This idea cannot work. “If sin is so terrible, God would not make the solution so simple.” But the fact is; He did. God loves us so much that He made it very simple to defeat spiritual death and thus, eternal death.

If you want to have eternal life instead of eternal death and you still have questions about God’s plan for you, read my articles under the subject of “salvation.” They will help you to understand what God wants you to know. Then give your heart and life to Jesus and we will meet in heaven.