Jan 27

Welcome to Your Guide to a Happy Life!

Paul MooreHello and welcome to Your Guide to a happy life! My name is Paul Moore and I am the host and moderator of this site. If you want a happy life you will find the tools on this site. I encourage you to look around at the different pages and posts and see if there is anything that resonates with your spirit. I have been involved in organized religion for thirty years and have come to the conclusion that religion doesn't work. It doesn't matter if I call myself a Pentecostal, a Baptist, a Catholic, a Messianic, or whatever else I can conjure up, the reality is that these denominations and the doctrines that go with them do not promote an honest and truthful relationship with God. Let me explain:

In my life I have called myself a born again, Spirit-filled, evangelical, tongue-talking, faith walking Christian, but my life was empty and void of a relationship with the Father. Yes, I could talk the talk:

How are things going brother Paul?

Good and getting better! I would say.

All the while I had stuff in my life that God didn't like and there was very few people that could help me with it because they had similar stuff going on in their own lives. I'm talking about lust and pornography. And that is how I existed for many years, total hypocrisy and living the lie. I found there was a lot of pride in the Churches I went to. I was very proud myself. I went to one Church where it seemed like everyone was a counselor and they would tell me what I needed to do. If I tried to befriend any of them, for the most part, they had very little time for me. It was all about appearances and had nothing to do with helping a brother who was stumbling.

In 2006 I came off of the merry-go-round of porn and its tentacles and shortly thereafter I came out of fantasy. Something I had done all of my life. I was faced with the reality of humankind for the first time in my life. It was not a good feeling, but as time went by I began to live in this thing called life.

I also became a Messianic Believer. This new denomination brought a lot more truth to me than any previous organization I was involved in. However, there was a lot of pride involved in this denomination. I used to bash Christians and Christianity all the time. I looked down at Christians and really believed that many were going to hell because of their ignorance concerning the Sabbath, the Dietary laws and God's Holy and Appointed times. 

What I'm learning is that some of us are only comfortable with a little truth. I believe the acquisition of truth is progressive. As a Catholic I thought I was going to Heaven because I was baptized at birth. When I came to know God through the Pentecostal denomination, I was told that Catholics were going to hell because they don't believe in full immersion baptism and don't speak in tongues. In my travels through Christianity I have seen it all: lies, sexual immorality, control, belittling congregants from the pulpit, the prosperity gospel, etc, etc. I am not against the people so much, but those who are in control, the Pastors and other Church leaders who should know the truth but refuse to tell it to their congregants.

Here are a couple of things I have come to realize about God and you can take it for what it's worth:

1) Does God really need our money?

2) Do we really need Pastors giving us mini sermons on money just before the offering?

3) Should people who call themselves believers celebrate Christmas and Easter?

4) Is it right to ostracize someone because they are odd or a little backwards in a Church?

5) Is it right to judge someone because they belong to a different persuasion (denomination)?

6) Is it right to judge someone at all?

7) Do any of us have the right to tell another that they are going to hell?

If you answered 'no' to all of these questions, I believe that you have answered correctly. I am so tired of people soliciting money in the name of God to 'reach' others with the gospel. I heard something that was said by a Pastor at a local church:

"God won't trust his newborn babes to faulty incubators."

And that is what most religious institutions are, in my opinion. 

I once belonged to a Church that had about six hundred members, I went there for ten years. I saw many people fall through the cracks. I would say to my friend, 

"Where is so and so, I haven't seen them lately?"

He would tell me that they are no longer attending. And such was the case at that Church, many times I would see someone and then the next moment they were gone. Why? I heard the senior Pastor tell me that people are getting disgruntled and leaving and going to another Church. The light in which he stated this to me appeared to be that this was not a good thing. I really believe that people are looking for the real thing and sadly it can't be found in a Church. The Messianic faith is no different. Some people who are involved in this denomination reek with pride and arrogance. I was one of such people. 

So how does all of this tie into having a happy life? Well, for starters the Father is your guide to a happy life and without a vibrant relationship with him, our spirits atrophy and we become very unhappy. How do we get this vibrant relationship with the Father? You will find the answer on the posts and pages of this site. God Bless you. Paul.

 

 

 

Mar 11

Wheat and Tares

wheat and tares

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHEAT and TARES.

What is the difference?

In the word of the Father we see the following verse:


Tares:

Psalm 58:3 The wicked are estranged from the womb; they go astray from birth, speaking lies. 

What we see here is that there are people who are against the Father in Heaven from the moment they are born. Such people are liars and they speak the language of their father, the devil. Consider,

John 8:44 You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

So, based on the scripture a Tare is someone who lies to others and speaks the devil's language, lies. A Tare is someone who, from the beginning of their life, is bent on doing things by distorting the truth. Such people are murderers, but not only do they murder people physically, they 'murder' people emotionally by spreading lies about them. This comes in the form of gossip, slander and in Hebrew: Lashon Hara. 

I have encountered such people like this and they have lived in a religious environment where they lorded their authority over their congregants. Personally I have heard some of the lies these Tares have spread about me and others. They are blind guides, liars, slanderers, gossips, evil people. They have little or no regard for those who are trying to make sense of this thing called life. They are leeches who suck out the money, joy, happiness, and love we once had. God is revealing these Tares in the last days. They will soon be removed from the earth as they are 'raptured' away into the lake of fire. 

WHEAT:

I remember when I was a little boy I just loved God. I remember one day when I was five years old, I was walking home with my baby blue blazer over my shoulder and I was just thinking warm thoughts about him. As I grew older I lost that loving feeling and when I was 21 years old I was introduced to a 'different' God. The God of organized religion, specifically, the Christian God and his son Jesus. 

TARER TEACHING:

The first thing I learned was that this God had very little patience for his people and if I messed up enough I would be cast into hell forever. I would be there burning forever with extreme regret of not having made it right with the Father. This very regret would haunt me for eternity while I writhed in pain and agony for my sins on the earth. 

But wait a minute, I loved God? Yes, I made a lot of mistakes, but when is the cut off point with God? When is it that someone who loved him from birth could suddenly be told: "Depart from me! I never knew you!" Here is an ironic scripture: 

Matthew 18:21 Then Peter came up and said to him, "Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?" 
Matthew 18:22 Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.

So that's a lot of times in one day! I don't think there are many people who mess up that much in a day? So, when is the cut off point? Where do we cross the line? I've heard some believers say that I can be good all my life, but when I'm about to die, if I make a mistake around that time I go to hell???!!! Sadly, and without looking into this, I can see how the Roman Catholic Church and its doctrines are alive and well in most other religious institutions. 

WHAT IS A WHEAT?

So what is a Wheat? A wheat is a person who has a genuine desire for the creator of this universe. They may be entrenched with all the dogma of the religions they are involved in, but deep down they love the Father. Not only this, but the Father loves them. Does that mean that some of us haven't murdered others, yes, we may have killed others, we may have done some very wrong things based on some very bad decisions, but we are still wheat. The bible says that the Father knows those who are his own. Consider,

2 Timothy 2:19 Nevertheless, God's firm foundation stands, stamped with these words: "The Lord knows his own," and, "Let everyone who claims he belongs to the Lord stand apart from wrongdoing." 

The problem we get ourselves into is trying to figure out who are the wheat and tares? Some will say, "so and so is going to hell because…" Let me make this clear, we have no right to judge another. As much as I hate televangelists I have no right to condemn them to hell. All I will say when it comes to such people is that I would not want to be in their shoes at the judgement. 

So, the Father has the final say on the whole thing of wheat and tares. The Father says, 

Romans 9:15 For to Moshe (Moses) he says, "I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will pity whom I pity." 

Some of us humans have been beaten down so hard and hurt so deeply that it's all we can do just to stay alive. We don't trust others and we lash out based on the hurts we have incurred in our lives. Does the Father understand this? Yes he does, he knows exactly why we did everything we did and he still loves us, warts and all. He is not a war monger who desires us to be destroyed, no, that is the work of his enemy the devil. The sad thing is that many operate from the premise of the devil instead of a loving Father who knows our weaknesses and desires to see us happy and enjoying the life he has given us. 

May the Father bless you and keep you, may he make his face to shine upon you and grant you his peace, a peace that you have always regardless if the world is falling apart all around you. He loves us and he has great plans for us. If you don't know him just ask him to be your friend and he will take it from there. Have a nice day. Paul. 

Mar 11

Out of the Rabbit Hole

down the rabbit hole

I never watched or read the whole Alice in Wonderland story, but I have come to the conclusion that in my fifty years of life on planet earth that we (that's all of us) are very deep down the rabbit hole. In the word of Yehovah (Our Father in Heaven, Creator) in the Book of Isaiah there is a very powerful statement:

For although darkess covers the earth and thick darkness the peoples, on you Yehovah will rise; over you will be seen his glory.

What I want to concentrate on is this darkness that covers the earth and the thick darkness that covers the peoples. 

Before I go any further I want to tell you that I spent twenty two years in Christianity, and eight years in Messianic Judaism. I am part Arabic and I recently found out that I have Hebrew roots. These past thirty years in organized religion has left me bankrupt: emotionally, physically, spiritually, financially and mentally. These religious systems I involved myself in did not prepare me for such a time as this. Such systems were set up thousands of years ago to control the masses of people who were searching for something. Something that would explain why we are here and what our purpose in life is really about. The problem is that these systems are man's systems and they don't work. These systems were created by man to control man.They were implemented to keep mankind separated from one another. Wouldn't you agree that whoever thought this whole thing up is very smart?

Think about it: if I'm a Pentecostal I just fellowship with Pentecostals, or if I'm baptist I only fellowship with the baptists. According to Jim Staley who has done extensive research on issues pertaining to Christianity there are thirty eight thousand different denominations in Christianity alone. With all of these Churches springing up and all of these new ministries starting we have to ask ourselves a question: Is any of this stuff working? Are our Churches having an influx of new believers? Are people being changed by a Church service? Can a Church service really help a person who is hurting? I have heard of some ministries that are trying to make a difference, but all of the religious assemblies I belonged to had little or no time for the hurting.

I remember hearing the all too common phrase spoken about in the Churches I went to, it goes like this, "You can't out-give God, but it's fun trying!" I have come to the conclusion that anyone who operates from this premise is sadly mistaken. Does God really need our money? What does God need our money for? Does he have bills he has to pay? Does he have a wife to support? Why does God need our money? Hear my heart on this, it is not God who needs our money, but those who say they work for him. They need our money. What do they need it for? Well, to pay their bills, to support their wives, to spend on their pleasures. The leadership in the assemblies I went to were very adamant about giving tithes and offerings to their ministries to enable them to further promote the 'Gospel'.

What I found in most Churches is that there are very few new converts to Christianity and therefore most of the people in the crowd are already seasoned believers. Think about this for a moment. We have Pastors telling us they need more money to support their ministry to reach souls for the sake of the Gospel, yet most of the people sitting under them are old converts. So it's the converted speaking to the converted. There is little or no fresh blood and if that is the case, why are we paying money to people who are telling us things we already know? What purpose is there to that? 

The problem with most Christians today is that we have been brainwashed. We have all the sayings down, "How are you brother Paul?" "Good and getting better!" I would say. Or "God is good all the time", to which the response is, "All the time God is good." These sayings might evoke a smile or a faint laugh, but they are empty words and I really believe the Father doesn't like it when those who say they are his talk this way. 

If someone asks you how you are doing and if you're going through a hard time and start to go into the detail, they usually cut you off by saying, "Don't worry brother, I'm praying for you!" And they walk away. I had one Pastor who I call the two minute Pastor. When I would call him up to talk he would have me off the phone within two minutes. Looking back it's funny to see how these loveless people respond to those who haven't faired so well in life. The impression they gave me was that they were concerned about my salvation and my life, yet, on the other hand, they had no time for me. 

I've had Pastors walk away from me when I asked for help from them. One Pastor said he was too busy. Too busy with what? Preaching the Gospel to people who already heard the Gospel? God's word says to go out and make disciples of all nations. Is this happening in our Churches in North America? No. It's not happening in our Mosques or Synagogues either. Most religious people delight in airing their own opinions and the Book of Proverbs states that such behavior is characteristic of a fool.

I've heard it said that if you ask two Rabbis a question you will get three opinions or answers. It's the same for all assemblies in organized religion. Our Churches have produced high-minded, proud and arrogant know-it-alls. I was one of them. "God told me to tell you…" and so it goes. The reality is that God is speaking to very few of us today. None seek him, no not one. We're so caught up in our own dreary lives and we are so preoccupied with the activities of a life that is unfulfilling, depressing, and hopeless. We try to tell others what they need to do to be happy and we're miserable. This is hypocrisy. 

So, a question arises: How did we get this way? What happened to us that caused us to allow the murder of innocent children and adults? How did we become so apathetic to others? Why is it that we profess love for others, yet if they come to us for help, we turn them away. WWJD What would Jesus Do. I tell you, Yeshua (The name of the true Messiah) never behaved this way. So many people say they want to be just like Jesus, yet their words and actions show that they could care less about others. Is this what God wants? To be a clanging cymbal. I love you brother! I love you sister! And inwardly we don't love anyone, God, them or even ourselves for that matter. 

This, in-the-hole thinking and behavior is something that is a stench in the Father's nostrils. It would be better to say to someone, "Look I've got troubles of my own right now, I'm sorry I can't help you." than to lie and say, "I'm praying for you brother, love you buddy…" 

Churches, Synagogues and Mosques are filled with empty people who live empty lives and give empty promises. We have our own bless me clubs. We think that by studying Scripture we will reach the world with our 'knowledge' of the Scriptures, balony! People could care less about how much we know, they want to know how much we care! It's not our stature in society or a Church that gives makes us 'good' people. It's when we have compassion on those less fortunate than ourselves. 

Our Father in Heaven will not be happy until the whole world realizes that there are no Jews, Muslims, Christians, or any other type of people. When we realize that we are ALL his children that is when the Father will manifest his son. Until then we will stay down the rabbit hole. Many of us will die there. This is really sad because I know there is so much more for us in this world and with our relationship with the Father, than we have ever dreamed of. The Father sent his son Yeshua (Jesus) to bring unity amongst all men and women. There is little or no unity among those who say they follow God, especially in these days. What is it going to take? What we are entering into now, the tribulation. 

 

Mar 08

Fornication: What it really means.

Fornication

I had a discussion with a religious leader over the topic of fornication. He sent me something that he had researched on the internet for all of about 20 seconds. Then he gave me the reasoning that scripture cannot contradict scripture. I thought the basis for all of God's commands came from the Torah? Having researched the topic, which took me several hours, I have come to the conclusion that pre-marital sex is not a sin. In fact, the whole issue surrounding pre-marital sex and fornication was greatly influenced by early church fathers.

These men hated women and blamed them for the fall of man as well as the death of our Savior. They went so far with their own distorted and erroneous beliefs that they imposed celibacy to married lay people of the church. They imposed the veiling of women because they condemned even the caress of a woman, married or not.

The actual term fornication has nothing to do with the act of love-making between two consenting adults who are in love and planning to marry. There is NOTHING in the Torah that condemns this, nothing. The problem with most religious leaders is that they themselves have engaged in pre-marital sex, yet now they are trying to put the yoke of chastity on their congregants. I've heard some leaders say,"There will be NO cohabitation!" when referring to a congregant and his fiancee.

So, what is the actual meaning of fornication? Fornication can be defined as an act of sexual activity which engages in idolatry. That's it. The word fornication is derived from the latin word, 'fornix' which means, 'under the arch way;' this refers to pagan idolatry which was prevalent in Rome, even during the time of Yeshua (Jesus). Men and women would engage in idolatrous (the worship of male and female genitalia) sex in the arch ways under the Roman cities. These activities also included orgies.

Fornication always referred to such activity, and it also included prostitution. When apostle Paul gave his discourses on purity and sexual morality, in the New Testament, he condemned the practice of prostitution, he talked about how wrong it was to join oneself to a prostitute. Nowhere does Paul condemn the act between two people in love. A harlot is NOT the same as a God-fearing or God-loving woman who makes love to her man.

If we think we can criticize our congregants about the 'error of their way' concerning pre-marital sex we're wrong. Especially when we ourselves have engaged in the same activity. Isn't that just a little hypocritical?

Now that does not give us a license to sleep with every person that comes along, no, sex is for couples who are in love and planning to marry at some point. I've seen many men and women who married because they felt extreme condemnation over having sex with the one they loved. This guilt and shame actually may have been the demise of many future relationships.

I am not condoning the act of prostitution or any such behavior, but I will tell everyone who reads this that you are not, I repeat, not, going to hell because you made love to your unmarried mate. The bible does not state this in the Torah, the Prophets or the New Testament. It's just not there. Anywhere you see the word fornication it eludes to sex with prostitutes and/or idolatry. We worship the creator, not a body part. When the latter is involved it becomes fornication. I found several good teachings on this on the internet.

So, we have a choice: We can continue to harass and ostracize those in our congregations who engage in premarital sex or, if they are in a committed relationship, we can leave them alone. Yeshua (Jesus) taught us to never judge another, and, for sure, there has been a lot of judgment passed on our brothers and sisters when it comes to this topic. Keep in mind that Yeshua hated hypocrisy when he came to earth. To me, living the life of hypocrisy is much more detrimental to a believers life than showing intimacy to the one they love.

Here are the links: I suggest you read them with much prayer. Don't prejudge this.

Click HERE for a superb teaching on YouTube, it's ten minutes long.

Click HERE for an excellent teaching by Paul Sides called Fornication Defined.

Click HERE for the word definition in Wikipedia.

 

Feb 11

Happify Facts on Relationships

happy marriage

Jan 27

The Highs and Lows of Life

Paul MooreI wrote the following as part of my welcome page a couple of weeks ago, I read it this morning and I thought I would keep it as a post. I've added content to the end of the post and I hope it will encourage you.

Many of us have stayed in the lows, submerged in a mixture of lies and deceit. We may have come up for air once or twice, but many of us have never reached the clean air above the mire in which we lay. I'm not talking about sin necessarily, but our attitudes, our beliefs, and what or who we like or don't like based on our perceptions.

There are many people, myself included, who resist the truth: the truth about ourselves, how we affect other people and this world where we live. Jesus was once asked, "What is truth?" So, I will ask you, what is your truth? What do you believe as the truth? Is your truth based on fact or is it based on feelings? Is it relevant to your life today or has it waned? 

In my thirty years as a believer, I have come to the realization that very few people really want the truth. The truth is most of us would rather stay in ignorance than come to the knowledge of the truth. Take for example the holiday of Christmas. Many people who say they have a relationship with God celebrate this day in honor of the Messiah's birth. Yes, there is an account of his birth in the bible, but nowhere is it written in the bible that we must celebrate the birth of the Messiah, nowhere. Now it is common knowledge that most of the traditions of Christmas are steeped in paganism. If you don't believe me I suggest you watch the following video: Truth or Tradition Should Christians Celebrate Christmas and Easter? Christmas is just one of the many lies we believe. There are so many others that it would overwhelm us if we tried to embrace all of the truth that God wants us to know. 

So, we exist, residing in a box of religion, where God is kept out and nothing pure or holy comes in. We live and breathe lies, it's like a man who sees a woman at Church and he asks her,

"How are things going for you, sister?  

She replies, "Good and getting better brother!"

Little does the man know that her husband is addicted to pornography, he is seeing prostitutes and her children who see beyond the lies and the facades are involved in drugs, sexual promiscuity, and pornography themselves.

Thus, we exist, not even treading water but submerged into vile belief systems. This has all been set up thousands of years ago. Most of us don't know what reality is and with the advent of the Internet and video gaming, we have gone further from reality to a place where we are numb to our brothers and sisters and their sufferings. If we really want to face the truth, we care little about those who are suffering and being murdered in the name of God. Abortion is a multi-billion dollar industry, as is drugs, alcohol, pornography, gambling, etc.

We just sit back and say,

"Well, I hope that whatever is going on in those middle eastern countries stays there." 

I hate to tell you that what goes on in those middle eastern countries is starting to manifest itself in our own backyard. 

I believe that God is very hurt and lonely right now. He has so many of his children who could care less about one another, that is Jew, Christian and Muslim. We all think that we are an authority on the word of God, yet, the truth is we know nothing about God at all. 

I really believe that most people would not want a relationship with God if they knew what he was really like. When Jesus came to earth many people did not understand him, especially the most learned men of his day. 

As King Solomon once said, 

"There is nothing new under the sun."

I really believe that the more knowledge we seek from man the more insane we become. Why? It's not that what we are learning may be wrong, but it's our attitude and pride that gets in the way. We begin to act and behave as know-it-alls. We become the authority on God and what we perceive a relationship with God looks like. Not only do we do this, but we wish to impose our beliefs on other people. We feel threatened when someone questions our belief systems, we feel threatened when God starts to move in a different direction, we feel threatened if someone asks us about the skeletons in our closet. You know what I mean, that thing you have going on with that woman who is not your wife…

So, the truth, what is it? Why is there such a struggle to keep us in the dark? Is it not control? We say we want to be in control of our lives, yet, we are basically told what we can believe, how much we can make, how many children we should have, where we should go to Church, Mosque or Synagogue. We actually have very little say about what we do. It's like we are programmed to survive instead of thriving. There has been so much taken away from us that all we have left are scraps: scraps of intimacy, scraps of love, scraps of money and no freedom. This is not how God intended us to live.

When Yeshua (Jesus' Hebrew name) accomplished what the Father set out to do he reopened the door to the Father. We had the relationship back with God that we had BEFORE the fall of mankind. The problem is that Yeshua did indeed finish the work he set out to do, but the sad thing is only a few people have appropriated the work he did. Instead we have chosen to criticize, condemn, and ridicule others of a 'different' persuasion. It doesn't matter who the person is, whether they have the title, Pentecostal, Baptist, Catholic, Jew, Messianic, etc we criticize them for their beliefs. Do you see it? This is how the devil controls us. He keeps us in bondage to religion and religious duties, duties that have nothing to do with a love relationship from God. If I'm a Pentecostal I fellowship with Pentecostals. If I'm Baptist, my friends are all Baptist and sadly, this goes for all demon, er…denominations. Separation does nothing for promoting unity among those who say they have a relationship with God.

I could go on and on about this whole thing of division, but the crux of what I am saying is that if we find ourselves in the same place, year after year, without growing, then it's time to sit down and ask, 

"What is going on inside me?"

"How can I get out of this mess?"

"What will I do?"

The answer lies in Him. The one who programmed us, made us with emotions, the one who shares many of our emotions. He is the one we need to go to for help. I'm not talking about Jesus, I'm talking about Father God. He is our dad and he wants us to love him and be loved by him. I for one, know little about the love of God, how deep and wide it is, how all encompassing it is. All I can say is if you want a relationship with the one who can truly help you then it's time to put up the white flag of surrender and tell the Father you want to be friends with him. He won't say no, instead he will embrace the notion. He wants to be your friend. He wants to love you with love that I can't even comprehend. I encourage you to sit down and reflect on your life for a few minutes. If you like where you are headed that's great, but if you want to have a fresh start then He is waiting for you. Go to Him now and sit down and have a good heart to heart with him. tell him about all that has happened in your life, the good and the bad. He is a great listener and he will always give you the time of day. He never sleeps so he is available 24/7. Please, this may be the only time you and he will have a good talk. We don't know when life will be over for us, so it's time. God Bless you. Paul. 

Update to this post: I am coming to the realization that following God is a very simple process, if we allow it to be simple. 

Back in 2011 I started to have a really great relationship with God, but over time I became very proud and arrogant and the relationship I had with God was forfeited for a relationship that brought me further away from him. Now that I am trying to get the relationship back with him I find I am having a lot of struggles, battles, if you will. I'm not that victorious, but I keep going, I keep pressing on, hoping that I will have the relationship I once had back again. Here is what I am learning:

In order to have a successful relationship with the Father, I have to do three things consistently: read his word, pray to him and fellowship with him. On those three behaviors rest the workings of a happy and joyful life. I tried to do the things I did three years ago as though I could just pick up and continue in my relationship with him. In 2011 I spent four or five hours a night with him, but recently, I have been feeling guilty that my heart is not there to spend that much time with him. What I have resigned to do is start doing what I started to do in 2011. I am going to spend 15 minutes with him in fellowship and take it from there. The prayers on the Daily Prayers page are very time consuming and can be very overwhelming to go through. What I have decided to do is go through some of the prayers I really like and leave it at that. In addition I will read a portion of the bible a day. As I do this, I am hoping I can get the relationship I once had back and maybe even better.

I encourage you today that if you are struggling in your life do what you can to incorporate these three things into your daily regime: prayer, bible reading and fellowship with the Father. Let me know how you are doing with this. God bless you. Paul.

 

 

Dec 21

The Gospel According to Paul

THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO PAUL by Paul Moore (From a child's perspective)

Once upon a time there was this dude. He was a real big dude and he loved everything and everyone. Well one day this dude got the bright idea to have some kids, Addy and Eva. Now Addy and Eva were not the brightest lights in the menorah so they were tricked by this other wanna-be-dude name Louis Cipher. After old Louis tricked them they had to work for a living to bring home the bread.

Anyway, Louis started to give Addy and Eva and their children a real hard time and all of Addy’s and Eva’s children forgot about the dude who loved them so much. They all started to follow the other wanna-be-dude, and became very unhappy. Life really sucked for them.
Well, one day the real dude got another bright idea. He thought to himself, 

“I’m gonna send my kids a dude like me and he’s gonna help these poor sufferin’ kids of mine and make them happy again.”
 
So, after a lot of thinking, the dude thought,

 “Who can I send to help these poor sufferin’ kids of mine?”
 
The dude decided to send Shuey to the rescue and he would save the day!
 
Well, old Louis Cipher got word of this and it ticked him off big time! The day came when Shuey was born to two Hebrew parents named Joey and Mary. Now the Hebrew parents weren’t called Hebrews because they made coffee, no, the real dude had started to get some people back on track with a bunch of lessons in a book he called Torah. Now when Shuey was born, most of the people forgot about the lessons the dude gave to their ancestors and they were all very unhappy. 

Well, Shuey was born and that had all of Israel in a bad mood. There was this other wanna-be-dude named Here-Rod and he didn’t like Shuey at all and he didn’t even know who Shuey was! He had a real mean idea to kill all of the babies that were Shuey's age. But, Shuey’s dad, Joey saved the day, actually it was the real dude who saved the day because he gave a head’s up on Here-Rod’s plan to hurt his son to Joey.

So Shuey's dad escaped to He-Gipped and stayed there until Here-Rod cacked. After Here-Rod cacked Joey and Mary came back to town and lived in Nazzy, a kind of weird place.  Well, Shuey grew up and was a real cool kid. He followed all of the lesson’s the real dude gave his ancestors and he was like a real happy dude, just like the real dude.

Well, Shuey discovered that he had super-duper powers to heal people and stuff and he got famous. Everywhere he went he would call out to the people,
 
“Yo, follow me!!!” 

There were many people who started to follow him and they started to be happy, too!
 
It wasn’t long before old Louis Cipher got really ticked off and got some of the Gog’s leaders to make sure Shuey cacked. They made up all kinds of phony stories about Shuey and they had what you would call a kangaroo court and they convicted Shuey, one of their own people, to death. 

When Shuey was hung out to die, he called to his other father, not Joey, but his Father in Heaven, the real dude and he said some things just before he cacked. He said,
 
“Father, forgive them cause they don’t have a clue on God’s green earth what they are doing!”
 
After that Shuey cacked and gave up his Spirit.

Well, old Louis-Cipher was as happy as a pig in poop. He had a party and celebrated the day that Shuey died. But… after three days and three nights, bam!!! Shuey was back to life again! And this time he would never cack again. And anyone who believed in Shuey’s name or the miracles he did went to go home to be with the real dude. This made the real dude really happy and all of his kids were happy too. Louis Cipher wasn't too happy, but no one gave a rat’s behind about that.
 

The End

Dec 12

Who is God?

Multiple Personalities

There are those who say that the Father exists in three persons, The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. Don't you think it's a little confusing to talk to all three, I mean how can you keep track of who you are talking to. I had one lady tell me she talks to all three. Let's look at a scripture that gives a little light on the subject, it's from the Gospel of John chapter one:

John 1:1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 
John 1:2  He was in the beginning with God.
 

I could never comprehend this scripture because I really believe that there is only one supreme being, the Father. So, with the limited gray matter between my ears, here is what I think about the word, the Father and the Holy Spirit. 

The scripture here says that in the beginning was the word, that's good, the word of God was in the beginning, and the word was with God, good. But that last part is what miffed me. It doesn't say the word is God, but the word was God. Why does it say 'was' God. How can something be God and then refer to it in past tense, does that mean it no longer is God? If I say Paul Moore is a gifted writer I can see that, but what if I say Paul Moore was a gifted writer. There is a big difference there, don't you think?  If I say Paul Moore was a gifted writer, it might mean that either my writing was good before and now isn't or it might mean that I am dead.

Let's look at another scripture:

Isaiah 55:10  "For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,

 
Isaiah 55:11  so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it. 

So, the word comes out of the mouth of God and sets out to accomplish what it was sent out to do. There is a reference that Yeshua (Jesus) is the living word of God. So we can say then, In the beginning was Yeshua and Yeshua was with God and Yeshua was God. I know that there is a saying that a person is only as good as their word, if that is the case then Yeshua must be very, very good. So, something changed when Yeshua, the Word, became flesh. He was no longer God, but the living word of God, consider,

John 1:14  And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. 

We see here that Yeshua, the word, actually became flesh. But does this mean that he is God? Well, the question remains, can God exist as a fleshly body? Is God flesh? Let's consider another scripture this is Yeshua (Jesus) speaking,

John 4:24  God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth."

So God is a spirit, now does a spirit have flesh and blood? I think we all would agree that God is definitely not a being made of flesh and blood but is a spirit. So, the word proceeded from a spirit being and it became flesh in the form of a man, Yeshua. It would make sense to me that Yeshua was not God in the flesh because God is a spirit and Yeshua, Jesus, the word was manifested in the flesh. A human being. I've heard some people say that he was 100% human and at the same time 100% God. Well, if God is a spirit then how can he be flesh? That just doesn't make any sense to me. The word became flesh, it didn't say the word became God. It also says that the word was God. Once it left God it became flesh. The scripture does not say the word became spirit and dwelt among us, no, it says the word became flesh and dwelt among us. I have never heard of God becoming flesh, his word yes, but not the Father himself.

Another issue I have with Yeshua or Jesus being the father is this question, how can a son beget a father? That just doesn't make any sense to me at all, that is impossible. A son may be like his father as people say sometimes, "He's just like his father." But does the son ever become his father, no. They are two separate individuals. If the father was a policeman and his son was a child, is he a policeman? No he is the child of a policeman. Yes one day he might become a police man, but the child will never be the same policeman his father was. The two individuals are two very different people. Such is the case with Yeshua and the Father. The son can't be the father nor can the father be the son. The Father begot the son as the scripture says,

John 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. KJV

 
John 3:18  He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. KJV

Another question comes to mind, where in the bible does it say that the son begot the Father? Let's look at another scripture, 

Isaiah 9:6  For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. KJV

Isaiah 9:6  For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. ESV

Now this scripture seems to show a different perspective doesn't it? I know that there is a denomination that started because they believe that Jesus is the Father, Jesus is the son, Jesus is the spirit, all three in one. They even have a song for that. But there is something that I believe the Father just showed me. If we look at the terms, 'Wonderful Counselor', 'Mighty God', 'Everlasting Father', 'Prince of Peace' are they manifestations of who the child is going to be or are these terms referring to the name of the child. It doesn't say anywhere in this scripture that Yeshua is the 'Wonderful Counselor', or 'Mighty God' or 'Everlasting Father' or 'Prince of Peace', no, is says his name shall be called. My name is Paul or some say that in Hebrew it is Sha'ul so if I have the name Paul does that mean I am Apostle Paul out of the bible? Certainly not!  

I did a quick research on that whole Isaiah 9:6 passage and here is what I came up with: If we look at the name of Isaiah, it means, 'Yah' saves. We see that he name can be broken down into two parts, Iasai = saves +  iah = Yah. That is what Isaiah means, Yah saves, nowhere do we read that Isaiah is Yah or that Isaiah can save anyone. It is the Father who is in the process of saving people. For a more in depth look at this passage, click HERE and read for yourself what learned men have uncovered about this difficult? passage.

So, what we are uncovering is another plot to keep us in darkness. Yeshua is the word of God, he came from God and he (the word) returned to the Father. The Father's word (Yeshua {Jesus}) accomplished what it was set out to do, his word provided a way in which mankind could have a restored, eternal relationship with him. Everything comes from the Father and without the Father, we would have no son. Consider another scripture, 

Isaiah 44:6  Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God. KJV

 

Isaiah 44:6  Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: "I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god. ESV

This scripture confirms what I have been believing for a long time, there is no such thing as the trinity. God cannot exist as three persons, co-equal as God. Some people say that the trinity is a mystery. My answer to that is there is no mystery. The concept of the trinity was formulated during the Council of Nicea in 325 C.E. by a group of non believers. The trinity is a concept made by man. If the Father had said, "I am the first and the last and besides me there is my Son and my spirit and they are God too, I would believe in the trinity. Did you know that thousands and thousands of Hebrew people were tortured, mutilated and murdered for their refusal to accept the doctrine of the trinity? Please be a Berean and research the whole topic of the trinity from it's inception to present day. 

There is another Scripture that comes to mind. I used to use this to prove that Jesus was God. Let's look at the following scripture, 

Revelation 1:17  And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: 

Revelation 1:18  I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. KJV

 

Revelation 1:17  When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, "Fear not, I am the first and the last,

Revelation 1:18  and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades. ESV

There are some that would say this scripture proves without a doubt that Jesus is the son of God or that he is God. Well lets look at this in light of what we learned so far. Remember, there is a rule in hermeneutics (rightly dividing the word of God) that states scripture cannot contradict scripture. So, if we make a conclusion based on this particular scripture with what we have already learned we could be wrong in our interpretation. 

First of all we have learned that Yeshua (Jesus) is the word of God. He is a flesh creation of God the Father. "The word became flesh…" So let's interject that word, 'word' into the scripture to see if it makes any sense,

Fear not, I am the first (word) and the last (word) and the living one (word). I (the word) died and behold I (the word) am alive forevermore.

Do you see it? The word that became flesh which was with God in the beginning, the first and the last word, died on the execution stake? I am persuaded that if they put God the Father on the tree back two thousand years ago, he would still be there, because you can't kill a spirit and you can't kill God. If God was ever to be killed that would mean that he would cease to exist, which is totally impossible. Let's look at our final scripture in this lesson,

 

Exodus 3:14  And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. KJV 

 

Exodus 3:14  God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM." And he said, "Say this to the people of Israel, 'I AM has sent me to you.'"  ESV

 Compare this to,

John 8:58  Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. 

 

Joh 8:58  Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am."

Let's break down what "I am" means. If we look in the Hebrew we see that I am means Hayah and that word means "existed" or "was". This is in keeping with what we have already discovered. In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God. Yeshua can say he always was because the word always was, he (the word) was with God in the beginning. 

Next, I will briefly discuss the Holy Spirit. Some people say that the Holy Spirit is a person, co equal with God and is God. I have never seen this in the bible. If you know of any scriptures that tell you to pray to the Holy Spirit please tell me. The same word for spirit in Hebrew is Ruach and this word refers to the breath of God. The bible says that God breathed into the man's nostrils and the man became a living being. Consider,

Genesis 2:7  then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. 

 

 

So,the Ruach or Holy Spirit is the breath of God or the breath of life. I know that many men have taught that the Spirit is much more than that, but fundamentally the spirit is what gives us life. It is the breath that comes from God and enters into us and gives us life. Yeshua (Jesus) said, 

John 6:63  It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. KJV

 

John 6:63  It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. ESV

So, we see that the breath or spirit of God is what gives life to every man, woman and child. From birth where we receive the breath of God and we become a living being until our death where it returns back to him we experience his life giving breath. 

I know there is a lot more to this subject than what I discussed here, but this is how I see things. I do not believe that God has three persons operating inside him. The bible says there is one God and I don't believe that he has multiple personalities. Both the the first and last testaments allude to the fact that God is one. There is no way that I believe that God the Father could ever die, nor could his breath be a living person, that is, God. God has many aspects of himself, and he can manifest himself in any way he wants. He could appear as an animal or human or winged creature. That doesn't mean he is made of flesh or anything like that. It just means that he is a really big person who is so awesome that he can do whatever he wants except for two things: He can't lie and he can never die. Drop a comment with your thoughts on this. God bless you. Paul.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dec 03

Why Our Dads Left Us Part 1

 

Father leavingWhy Our Dads Left Us

When I was a little boy I saw how horrible domestic violence could be. Both my father and an older sibling abused my mother physically, mentally and emotionally. They both had a strong hatred for her. I remember as a little boy pleading with my dad to stop hitting her, but he would not listen to me; I felt powerless. There were times when my mother would be ranting because of my father’s irresponsibility concerning his gambling and drinking. He would throw her out of the house; she would walk around to the back door, unaware that I was pleading with her to stop so that he wouldn’t hurt her. She totally ignored me. I felt powerless.

As I grew into a young man I was very angry: angry with my parents, angry with God, angry with everyone. I hated my mother for not listening to me because she suffered many blows to her body as a result of her complaints about my dad.

Now that I am almost fifty I realize that the problem I faced as a child was no different than what my mother and father faced: they had very poor fathers. Where did all of this hatred and pain start? Did God decide one day that he wanted to really hurt people because they weren’t following him? Where did all this hurt come from and where did it start?

To answer the question we have to go back to the Industrial Revolution which began in the mid 1700’s to around 1840. It was at this time that men began to change the way things were done. More technology was introduced and the process of hiring people to work for companies like the railroad offered payment for hours worked. This was the start of the demise of modern man. By the time WW1 started many men worked for other people. This was a marked change prior to centuries before. Men and women, at that time, basically married early in life and worked in traditional jobs that were passed down from one to another. For example, the blacksmith would pass his expertise to his sons and they in turn would do the same with their children. This was the same with the farmers; they worked the land from sun up to sun down with their sons and daughters. Work was a community effort among family members.

The result of the bond that was created by parents and children during this period was very strong. The children had deep respect for their parents. Dad was a loving authority figure who had the wisdom he learned from his father who had learned it from his dad and so on. He taught this wisdom to his children out of a love and desire to see them succeed in life.

This beautiful family disappeared with the advent of the Industrial Revolution. Men were enticed to leave their farms for the ‘security’ of a paycheck offered them by the companies they worked for. There were times when crops had failed or there may have been a scarce yield and the companies capitalized on that fear and offered this ‘security’ to their workers. Once a man left his farm to work eight, ten, twelve, sixteen or more hours a day some very serious issues began to arise: mom stopped feeling loved because hubby was exhausted. The children felt the same way.

This quest for security actually robbed the family unit of its strength and fortitude. Dad began to drink, carouse, gamble, flirt with other women or their children, etc. As a result, all of the wisdom and teachings of the elders disappeared. The only thing that remained was a commitment to the company and to hell with everything else. And that is where everything went. By the fifties and with the advent of television, drugs, pornography, and the whole sexual revolution, the children of the day were sold down the drain. The emphasis was no longer just working for the company, it was sex, drugs and rock and roll, getting high, making out and following the role models of Hollywood. This became the norm.

This period was followed by the legalization of abortion, homosexuality, and other non-working activities. It became a, what’s-in-it-for-me society. Today, it is simply a ‘me’ society. We have been separated and segregated to the point where our society here in North America is declining to that of anarchy. The murder of innocent children, the exploitation of women in porn, the ever increasing suicide rate, the increase in violence and criminal activity, sexual abuse, hate crimes and a host of other negative implications all show that we are a fatherless society.

Can this change? Is there hope for any of us? If we turn to history we see where the children of Israel experienced this anarchy in the countries they lived in for centuries. WW2 saw the murder of six million people in a country that had quickly declined morally, socially and in every way. The fall of Hitler’s regime was no different that the fall of the Roman Empire. Both leaderships promoted hate towards a proposed threat that was not even real. In both cases it was the Jews and other people groups who were made the scape goats for the failings of the society in which they lived. It is no different today. There is a war on terrorism that has been propagated by a governing authority to make money. Human life is immaterial to this quest for more money and control. We have been caught in the middle.

Instead of 90% of the people who worked for themselves before the industrial revolution, we now have a few families who control the wealth of the world. Money is getting harder and harder for people to come by. People are hungry, they are sick; they are imprisoned in their own walls of addictions. There is no love any more, just hatred and more hatred. What we heard about happening in other countries is now happening at our own front door. Later this week I will share with how to get out of this hopelessness and into a place where we can receive the healing we need to go on with life. Keep in mind that all of us are struggling right now. It is a dark time to be alive. Is there hope? Yes, and it is right here on earth. I will share more about this later in the week. Look for part 2 of Why Our Dads Left Us.Dads

Dec 02

Why Our Dads Left Us Part 2

Why our dads left usWhy Our Dads Left Us Part 2

We saw yesterday that the role of a father in society has declined to the point where we are on the threshold of anarchy. This actually happened in Louisiana during hurricane Katrina. If you research some of the atrocities that occurred during that time you will see how it ties into what I am saying.

So, what is the solution? It is really very simple. We have to come to the place where we surrender our lives to God. I don't believe that religion has helped anyone to make this world a better place. What I found out about the big three: Christianity, Judaism (including Messianic Judaism) and Islam is that there are deep underlying currents of hatred between the three. God says in his word that he is a God of love. I do not see much of God in any of these religions. These organizations, much like those few families who control the world, have only two mandates: control and money.

What I believe to be true is that God does want to heal our countries and our land, but we don’t want God to do it. We think we can do it or some great man. What I believe will happen is that God will give us what we want: a person who will solve the problems of the world and make it better for us. This will happen with the rise of the figure known as the anti-Christ. He will tell the people of the earth many lies, and many will believe him, so many, in fact, that once he takes complete control of the earth there will be complete anarchy. There will be more murder and bloodshed on this planet at this time than at any other time in the history of the earth. Why? Because God said it would happen, and when God says it will happen, you can count on it that it WILL happen.

Is there any good news to any of this? Yes, there is. His name is Yehovah, and that is God’s sacred name. Yehovah God has made a provision for all of us to come to him through the atoning work of his son Yeshua. There is no other way to God except through his son. The ways are limitless when it comes to how God will do that. A person might dream about God, or someone may do a kind gesture that touches the heart of the person receiving it, God will use everything in his power to get his children home with him. He knows we are fatherless and he desperately wants to be a father to us.

So what do I have to do? You might ask. Well if reciting a prayer to save your soul would work, I would include it here, but I think it is better that we tell God in our own words how sorry we are for our wrongdoing and make and haste to stop doing it.

I know that many of us are without fathers and our fathers treated us horribly, but there is one father who will never treat us the way our fathers did. He loves us so much that it is hard to comprehend. God the father wants a relationship with you. He wants you to know that he is waiting for you to come to him. He is waiting with open arms to hold you in his bosom. I know that is hard to believe, but I know it is true. I spent many hours talking to God, crying over my past hurts, laughing with him and even dancing with him. The problem we face today in the 21st century is that we believe that God doesn’t care. That he doesn’t care that we are hurting, hungry, imprisoned, lonely, and suicidal. Well, the truth is, he cares very much about what we are going through. The sad thing is that many won’t come to him for fear that we will have to give up everything: the drugs and sex and the party life. If we really think about it, how can anything but a loving relationship with a father truly heal the wounds so deep in us? I know of no other way.

I am not talking about Church, Synagogue or Mosque attendance. I find nowhere in God’s word that we have to drag our blessed assurances once a week into a building to hear someone rant and rave like a lunatic for an hour or two about something or someone they know nothing about. What I am talking about is getting alone with God the father and having a dialogue with him every day. Why? It’s because he is lonely for you. He wants to hear all about your life and what went wrong. He wants to heal you and teach you about forgiveness. He wants to make you happier and more content. Why? It’s because he created you to have abundance in everything.

God is asking us whom we will serve this day: Will it be our addictions and wants or will it be his will for us. Choose his will and find out who God really is. Start telling him about yourself, he eagerly wants to hear all about it. Who knows, maybe God will even start talking to you with that still small voice of his.

On a personal note, back in December of 2010, I wound up getting sick. I decided that I would have to do things differently or I would stay sick. Here are the three things I decided to do: 1) I decided to read a portion of God’s word every day, 2) I decided to pray to him every day and 3) which is the most important, I decided that I would spend time with him every day just talking and chatting with him. Out of those three things, God blessed me with so much. This site was a result of those times we shared together. He gave me a lot of technology to reach others for him and that is what I am going to do. I’m going to tell others how good God is and how much he loves you and me.  More to follow. Have a wonderful day. Paul. Our heavenly Father wants to be your dad

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