“The Kindness of God.” Part 2: “Sin Entered.”

We began our post last time using the question in Psalm 8:4 as a starting point, what is man, that you are mindful of him?   We looked at the creation of Adam and Eve and their subsequent disobedience to a simple command of God: a single tree in the Garden is out of bounds.  And He told them why, they would die.  We discussed what that meant to them.

In this lesson, we want to look at what that means to us.

The Scripture speaks of man being created “in the image of God,” as we’ll see below, and so there are those who talk of  “the divinity of man,” and the “divine spark” in his heart that only needs to be fanned a little for man to show what a wonderful person he really is deep down inside.  This isn’t what the Scripture means.  God did not create another “god.”

B. The Condition of the Family of Adam and Eve.

In Romans 5, Paul built upon the historical fact of the Fall of our first parents in his development of its effects.  Scripture from Genesis to Revelation shows us the condition of the human family.

1.  Man is fallen naturally, Genesis 5:3.

More attention should be paid to this verse.  Genesis 1:27 says that God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him. However, Genesis 5:3 says that Adam…fathered a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth (emphasis added).  There are those who believe that every infant is born “in the Garden,” that is, innocent and without sin.  Innocent they may indeed be of actual transgression, but, as there was never an infant born in the actual Garden, so there is no infant born without a sin nature.  It doesn’t take very long in real life for an infant to demonstrate that he is indeed a sinner, “born and bred.”  No parent ever has to teach his child to be selfish, be dishonest, to lie or to cheat.  They go astray as soon as they are born, Psalm 58:3.  There is no “divinity” in man; there is only, if I may coin a phrase, “devility.”

2.  Man is dead spiritually, Ephesians 2:1-3.

Paul described the unsaved as dead in trespasses and sins.  Clearly, this doesn’t mean non-existence or unconsciousness, as some erroneously teach about physical death.  However, spiritual death cannot be compared exactly to physical death.  A corpse is totally passive and unresponsive, seeing nothing, feeling nothing, knowing nothing and doing nothing.  It is completely indifferent to its surroundings.  It is dead.  However, according to Paul, spiritual death is a condition of separation from, rebellion against and resistance to God.

“Death” refers to both an event and to a condition.  We say, “So-and-so died,” referring to the event that ends physical life.  We say, “So-and-so is dead,” referring to the condition that results from the event.  For mankind spiritually, the event took place when Adam disobeyed God.  From that time forward, beginning with Cain and continuing down to us and our children and grandchildren, every single one of us has been born into the condition of spiritual death.  We are “born dead” spiritually as surely as we are “born alive” physically.  This condition has two elements:

a.  separation.

Physical death separates us from our family and friends; spiritual death separates us from God.  To the church at Ephesus, Paul wrote of their pre-conversion life in part as being separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel, having no hope and without God in the world, Ephesians 2:12, (emphasis added).  In spite of all the religion in the world, without the Lord Jesus Christ we are all afar off from God, Ephesians 2:13.  We are dead to God.  But there is also –

b.  alienation.

Paul wrote to the church at Colosse that they once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, Colossians 1:21.  In our natural state, so far from our being His children and He the Father of all mankind, as many believe, – so far from our struggling toward Him in some dim and obscure fashion, – so far from our being on one of the many roads which lead to heaven, – we are His enemies, Romans 5:10.  We have turned every one to his own way, Isaiah 53:6.  We are dead in trespasses and sins, Ephesians 2:1 (emphasis added).

3.  Man is dysfunctional personally. 

Another term for this is “total depravity,” which conveys an inaccurate picture.  When we think of someone who is depraved, we think of a Hitler or some vile criminal.  However, that’s not really the meaning of the word.  Even Hitler did “good” on occasion.  The word itself comes from the Latin.  “Pravus” means “bent” or “crooked,” and “de” is a particle emphasizing the meaning of the word.  So then, being “totally depraved” means that we are “thoroughly bent.”  We are dysfunctional; nothing works right.

As to his personality, man may be considered in three aspects:  mind, emotions and will.  With his mind, man thinks, reasons, understands.  With his emotions, he has feelings and desires.  With his will, he makes choices and decisions.  The Fall has affected all three of these areas, even the will.

a. the mind.

Part of our difficulty lies in the fact that we are finite, that is, mere creatures, trying to understand the works and ways of One who is infinite.  As well might an amoeba try to understand physics as for us to “understand” God.  Still, our main difficulty lies in the fact that we are fallen, sinful creatures.  Even what little we do know is messed up.  Jude wrote, whatever they know naturally, like brute beasts, in these they corrupt themselves, Jude 10.  No part of our lives or being has escaped being “messed up” by the fallenness, the sinfulness, of man.

However, the fatal flaw lies in our lack of “spiritual” understanding.  In 1 Corinthians 2:14, Paul taught that the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. Two things are in this verse:  1). We won’t receive the things of God because we think they’re foolish.  This refers to our attitude toward them.  2).  We can’t received the things of God because we don’t have the ability to receive them.  We are dead in regard to them.  In Romans 8:7, Paul wrote, the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot (emphasis added).  “The mind set on the flesh” is another way to describe “the natural man:”  us as we’re born physically.

b.  the emotions.

Our Lord taught that men loved the darkness rather than the light; for their deeds were evil, John 3:19.  For the most part, man loves his sin and is quite content to remain in “darkness.”  As long as the gospel “invitation” centers on his escaping the consequences of his sin, man will listen.  “Do you want to be saved from hell?”  Of course, he does, even if he doesn’t believe such a place exists.  Folks may joke about it or use it as a swear word, but no one in their right mind wants to go there.  However, if the question is, “Do you want to be saved from your sins?” the response is usually quite different.

c.  the will.

Here’s where the controversy lies.  Many who say they believe in “total depravity” believe as well, contrary to Scripture, man is able to understand and to receive the things of God, especially salvation through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, without or perhaps with a little grace that leaves the final choice up to man.  After all, “whosoever will.”  However, Revelation 22:17 says, And let him that is athirst come.  And whosoever will, let him take of the water of life freely (KJV).  How many people out there in the world, or even in “church” for that matter, are “athirst” for the water of life?

At the same time, let us agree that man does indeed have a will.  When I say the will been affected by the Fall, I don’t mean that it has been destroyed, as some claim the doctrines of grace teach.  We make choices all the time, even about spiritual matters and about God and His Word.  Indeed, it is the choices we make that determine the kind of life we lead and the kind of person we are.  Man has a will.

The question is not whether or not we have a will, but how does it work?  In other words, how does a man or woman, boy or girl, decide something at any particular moment and in any given situation?  What “decides” the deciding?

Further, let us agree that the man or woman, girl or boy, actually makes the choice and does the acting.  We’re neither puppets or robots.  On the one hand, it’s possible to take a belief in the sovereignty of God to the point where that is what is really being said.  For example, I used to know a brother who would always say, “I was caused to believe.”  He would never say, “I believe.”  Cf. 2 Timothy 1:12.  The sovereignty of God does not negate, diminish or undermine the will of man.  On the other hand, it’s possible so to emphasize man’s will that a “No Trespassing” sign is, in effect, put up, and God can’t do anything in our lives without our permission.  Though much more prevalent, this view is as wrong as the other.

In order to understand how the will functions, look at two examples of its working:  one before the Fall, and one after.

Genesis 3:6 says, …when the woman saw that the tree was food for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate…. Her mind and her emotions were both involved.  The fruit of the tree was good for food and could make one “wise.”   These appealed to her thought, her mind.  The tree was a delight to the eyes, and its fruit desired.  These appealed to her feelings, her emotions.  Based on these factors, Eve “willed,” deciding to take and eat the fruit.  Her choice did not happen by itself.  Neither do ours.

We see the other example, after the Fall, in Joshua 7, especially v. 21.  Compare the two incidents.  They are identical.

If a person is hostile toward God, thinks His Word is foolish and wants no part of righteousness, it’s unreasonable to assume that his will, his choice, is not affected and determined by these things.  As much as modern man might want it, the will is not isolated and insulated from what we are.  It’s in the same boat we are, and goes along for the ride quite “willingly.”

Beside the will does “decide,” but follow through isn’t always successful.  How many of you have decided to lose weight, or quit smoking or some other bad habit?  How about starting some good habit, like exercising or reading Scripture more faithfully or more regular prayer?  Paul knew this:  to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good, I find not, Romans 7:18.

4.  Man is declared guilty judicially, John 3:18. 

In Ephesians 2:3, Paul wrote that even believers, though elect from the foundation of the world, 1:4, are by nature children of wrath, just as the others.  See also John 3:36; Romans 3:19.  There is a mistaken notion that everybody is headed for “a better place,” regardless of what kind of life was lived by the person going there, or what kind of person they were.  However, John 3:18 says of those who do not believe in Christ that they are condemned already.  We may not want to believe it, but Scripture reveals that it is already too late.  It’s too late for good works, for reformation, for turning over a new leaf!  Apart from the Lord Jesus, we’re condemned already!  It’s too late for religion, for ceremony, for good intentions.  The verdict has already been reached:  we are guilty before God and sentenced for execution.  Apart from the Lord Jesus, this life is little more than a cell on death row, and life is simply a waiting for the executioner to come and carry out the sentence.   He who does not believe is condemned already, John 3:18.

5.  Man is disapproved individually, Romans 3:10, 11. 

 It’s human nature to believe that we’re better than Scripture says we are.  After all, look at so-and-so!  The trouble is, with Scripture, we are the “so-and-so” – there is no difference…, Romans 3:22.  In the verses at the heading of this section, Paul tells us:

a.  there is none righteous.  

This means that none of us measure up to God’s holy standard, as revealed in His Word and demonstrated by the Lord Jesus.  Our very best, our “acts of righteousness,” are nothing more than filthy rags in the sight of God, Isaiah 64:6.  What must our unrighteousness be in His sight?  The term “filthy rags” refers to a menstrual cloth, or a rag that a leper might use to wipe his sores.  Not very pretty, but a graphic description of our natural state before God.

b.  there is none who understands.

“Understands” what?  Our condition before God, in contrast to His perfect holiness and righteousness.  Man can and does understand much of the world he lives in, but forgets he must answer to the One who created, sustains and governs it.

c.  there is none who seeks after God.

Because of our innate belief that “loincloths” are sufficient to cover whatever deficiencies we might have, we don’t realize that God is the only One who can do that. We don’t understand that our “answers” are all wrong!  And too often, we don’t care.  In our sinfulness, we refuse to come to God, yet He is the only One with the answer to our sin problem.

In our next post, we’ll begin to look at how He has answered it.


 1.  Whose image did Adam pass along to his children?

 2.  What is the effect of this?

 3.  What does “spiritually dead” mean?

 4.  What are the two elements of spiritual death?

 5.  What does “total depravity” mean?

 6.  How does total depravity affect our mind?

 7.  Our emotions?

 8.  Our wills?

 9.  What is our standing before God judicially?

10. What is our standing before God individually?

11. What is “righteousness”?

The Splendor of Christmas

And, no, we’re not writing about all the glitter and glitz of Christmas as it’s celebrated today.  Without doubt, there are some gorgeous displays of lights and ingenuity this time of the year, but, as with our last post on Christmas, we’re thinking of another day, a day which could not have been more opposite to today.

True, there were a couple of bright spots in that day of scandal, as we labeled it.  There was a visit by a few shepherds at the birth itself.  There was a visit perhaps a year or two later by an entourage which had traveled hundreds of miles to bring gifts to and worship the little one.  Their gifts, by the way, probably financed the family’s trip to and stay in Egypt.  This is not to leave out the angelic visits to Mary and Joseph explaining what was going on.

But for the most part, there was more shadow than light in that event.

So what was it that made this day worthy of remembrance?

Why should we care about something that happened 2000 years ago?  Is there anything else that happened back then that anybody cares about today?

Why this day?

It’s not about anything that happened “outside”.  It’s not even about Joseph or Mary, though a large part of professing Christendom has made it about her.  Indeed, it seems, for the most part, that they’ve made everything about her.

No, no, the day is special because of the Baby Himself.

But why this baby?  There may have been several other babies born in Israel that day. Certainly, world-wide, there were probably hundreds of babies born that day.

So. why this One?

John 1:14 says that He became flesh.  Philippians 2:7 says He took the form of a servant. 




Who does that?  Nobody has any choice in the matter.  We don’t ask to be born.  Our kids will sometimes remind us of that.

This One did ask.

All the arrangements for what happened at Bethlehem, both leading up to and after, were made before God said, “Let there be light,” Genesis 1:3.  See 1 Peter 1:20.

You see, John 1:1 says that this One Who became flesh was God.  Oh, I know there are some who knock on your door who will say that He was only “a” god.  But if that were true, and it isn’t, then there is no salvation.  If only a creature, as JWs insist, then Jesus would have had all He could do to make it back to heaven Himself, let alone bring anyone else with Him.

Philippians 1:6 says that this One Who took the form of a servant, before then was in the form of God .  He didn’t think that exalted position was something to be selfishly clung to, but made Himself of no reputation.

“The form of God” means that He was truly God, just as “form of a servant” means that He was truly human.

“Made Himself of no reputation.”

Reputed illegitimate Son of a reputed adulteress.


No reputation.


There is an old hymn which says, The Son of God goes forth to war.”

Yes, He did.

As a baby.

That is the splendor of Christmas.

The Heartbeat of a Mother.

Since I’m only a son, grandson, great-grandson, father and grandfather [no “greats” there yet, though our grandkids are great], I don’t know that I’m particularly qualified to write about being a mother.  But I’ll do my best.

A young woman once apologetically told me that she didn’t work outside the home, that she was “just a mother.”  At once, I told her that no woman was “just” a mother.

A mother is the first, and the most important, part of a baby’s life.  One of the very first things the little one must be conscious of is the nearby heartbeat of that one whose very body is involved in nurturing and protecting this new life within it.  Lub-dub, lub-dub, lub-dub. The rhythm of life.  For nine months, that sound is the background of existence, the assurance that all is well.

Then comes the trauma of birth – for both the mother and the child.

For Mom, “Whew, I’m glad that’s over!” – though it’s really only a new beginning.  For the child….

I had a good friend in college whose home in another state I would sometimes go with him to visit.  One time in particular I remember.  I slept in a room where the air-conditioner perched in a window.  This visit my friend’s folks turned it on.  Summer can be hot in Tennessee.  The conditioner was noisy, and I didn’t sleep very well.  Then morning came, and they turned it off.  That’s what really woke me – that deafening silence.

I wonder if that’s what it’s like for a newborn.  All kinds of new stimuli to be sure, new environment, lights, sounds, and yet…


Where’s the heartbeat?

I wonder what the newborn feels?  Loss?  Confusion?  Panic?  The one constant of the old life is gone.  There’s no connection with this new life.  There’s nothing for the baby to hold on, so to speak.  How does he or she feel at this turn of events?


the baby is given to the mother and she cuddles him close.

Ah!  The baby relaxes; there’s the heartbeat.  There’s the connection.

Do you know why mothers are so special?  It’s their heartbeat….

Their love, their care, their concern.  Their “thereness”.

If things go as they should, there will be other “connections” made in life: dad, perhaps brothers and sisters, aunts, uncles, grandma and grandpa, friends, a special “other” down the line, children of their own….

But it all starts with a mother’s heartbeat.

Thanks, Mom.

NOTE:  I’ve published this post before.  It’s slightly edited from having been done before, but it’s still relevant.  My own mom would have been 100.

Happy Mother’s Day, all you moms out there.  We’ll never know how much we owe you.

“A Relationship with God”

If you’ve been around more or less conservative churches for any length of time, you’ve probably heard some preacher or personal worker urge people to be saved, so they can “have a relationship with God.”  I understand where they’re coming from, but the truth of the matter is that everyone already has a “relationship” with God.  Now, this DOES NOT mean, as some believe, that we’re already all the children of God.  Nevertheless, from the most outspoken atheist to the most devoted believer, from the newly-fertilized ovum looking for a place to nestle in its mother’s womb to the most elderly person on the planet, whether historic or contemporary, ancient or modern, each and every human being has a “relationship” with God.  To be sure, it isn’t necessarily the same, but it is a “relationship” nevertheless.

What do I mean?

We live in a society which for the most part has abandoned any real belief in the Biblical God.  Almost any religion, it seems, is acceptable except that Christianity which seeks to live by the Bible.  There’s a lot of what I call “sanctified unbelief” in some churches, which seem to believe that, in order to defend the Bible, one must rip it apart.  Really, though, there’s nothing “sanctified” about it.  It’s out-and-out rebellion against the Lord. That kind of Christianity is acceptable to the world, because it agrees with the skeptic and unbeliever.  However, even churches which say they believe the Bible too often present God as if He were “out there” somewhere trying to get in.  He wants to bless us, but He can’t.  As it were, He paces on the sideline of His own creation unless and until we decide, so to speak, to send Him into the game.  We are too often practical deists, acting as if He started the whole thing rolling and then went off somewhere and left His handiwork to run by itself, even if we claim to believe in Him.

Is this an accurate picture of God?  Is it what He says of Himself?

And what about that newly-fertilized ovum?  How can a speck of protoplasm have “a relationship” with God?

Since that’s where we all start, that’s where we’ll start.

Job is believed to be the oldest book in the Bible from the standpoint of when it written. He lived before Moses.  Trying to work his way through the reason for the things he was suffering, and thinking of his relationships with various people in his life, he said of his servants, “Did not He [God] who made me in the womb make them?  Did not the same One fashion us in the womb?” Job 31:15.

To God, the Psalmist wrote in Psalm 139:13, “For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.”

There are several references to “the womb” in regard to different persons in the Bible. To Jeremiah, God said, “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you,” Jeremiah 1:5. Paul said something similar of himself in Galatians 1:15, “But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb and called me by His grace….”  Even of the nation of Israel, God said, “Thus says the LORD who made you and formed you from the womb,” Isaiah 44:2.   Also v. 24.

Of course, there are those today who might respond, “Well, that’s just the ignorance of biblical writers.  We know about DNA and the development of a fetus.  God has nothing to do with it.”

Doesn’t He?

I knew a lady who had just began to understand something of the sovereignty of God in life.  In her excitement at this, she used the following illustration:  when a bullet is fired from a gun, God holds it on the way where it is going.  That’s not quite true.  God made the forces which influence and determine the bullet’s trajectory.  He Himself doesn’t “hold” it.  He seldom works directly like this.  When He does, it’s called a miracle.  At the same time, He’s in active superintendence and control of those forces – and all other aspects of His creation.  He’s not just sitting up there, as it were, playing Solitaire on His computer while the world goes its own way and does its own thing.

So it is with the development of that little fertile ovum.

Basically, what is DNA?  And I don’t mean just the name:  Deoxyribonucleic Acid.  DNA is information, information about every possible aspect of a person’s physical being.  So, as the ovum begins to develop, it does so in accord with the instruction of the DNA it received from its parents.

The thing is, information doesn’t just “appear.”  It doesn’t just “evolve” or develop.  It comes from somewhere.  It has a source.  Where did DNA come from?  Who “programs” it?

The evolutionist claims that it just happened – along with everything else – over countless billions of years.  Blind luck.  Random chance.  Roll of the dice.

The Bible says, “In the beginning, God created….”

That is our first “relationship” with God.  He is our Creator.

However, as we noted above, He doesn’t just get things started and then leave them to continue as they will.  Scripture says He is also the Sustainer of life.  In rebuking the wicked King Belshazzar, the son (actually, possibly grandson) of Nebuchadnezzar, for his wicked desecration of Temple vessels, Daniel said. “They have brought the vessels of His house before you, and you and your lords, your wives and your concubines, have drunk wine from them.  And you have praised the gods of silver and gold, bronze and iron, wood and stone, which do not see or hear or know; and the God who holds your breath in His hand and owns all your ways, you have not glorified,” Daniel 5:23, 24 (NKJV).

Paul refers to God like this is 1 Timothy 4:10, calling Him the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe.  The word translated “savior” carries the idea of “preserver,” and not just “savior” in a spiritual sense.  This used to be known as “the providence of God.”  He is the Savior in a spiritual sense of those who believe, and they only.  Referring to Christ, the writer of Hebrews says that He upholds all things by the word of His power, Hebrews 1:3.  In that verse alone, there is enough material for a lifetime of study.  God upholds and sustains His creation moment by moment.

God is our Preserver.

There are some who are upset by the idea that God could “own” the ways of a drunken idolater.  Others say, “Yes, but what about our free will?”  As to the first, God did not approve of nor accept what Belshazzar did.  But Belshazzar couldn’t have done it if he were dead.  Daniel simply reminded him that every breath, every heartbeat, every second of life, ultimately came from God.  As to the other, each man did what he wanted.  Nebuchadnezzar wanted to become ruler of the world.  He did.  Belshazzar wanted to throw a party.  He did.  Neither were compelled by God in what they did. Neither was outside the superintendence of God in what they did.

There is more.

When God created, He set into motions the laws and principles by which His creation would operate.  For example, like begets like.  That is, a bear never gives birth to a puppy or a trout or a canary.   Nor to something that will develop into one of them.  Even that favorite of the evolutionists, the eohippus, was still just a horse.

There are also physical laws, like gravity.  Even though man has learned to use gravity, he will never change it.  Further, if you break that law, like jumping from a tall building, there will be consequences.

God is the Governor of His creation.

This isn’t just limited to physical or natural law.  There is also a moral component – exemplified in the “thou shalls” and the “thou shall nots” of the Ten Commandments.  This is where our difficulty lies.  We don’t want to be limited by those old puritanical ideas.  We want freedom!  We want to live our lives, do our own thing!  We are “the captains of our souls.”  We are “the masters of our fate.”  Strange how those words of defiance to “whatever gods there might be” are sometimes used by Christians. Just goes to show how deep-seated our rebellion against God is.

However, actions have consequences.


God is the Judge of His creation.

Not forever will mankind thumb its nose at its Creator.  Not forever will men and women flout their wills over the will of the Creator.  Judgment is coming.  Every thought, word and action will be judged by a righteous, holy and just God.  Every hidden thing will be analyzed in the light of impeccable holiness.  Nothing will be overlooked, missed or ignored.


Yes, but what about those who have never heard the Gospel or perhaps even seen a Bible?  Throughout the course of history, that probably describes the majority of mankind.  Paul addressed this situation in Romans 2:14, 15, when he refers to Gentiles who, though they don’t have the Mosaic Law, nevertheless have the work of the Law written in their hearts.  This simply means that every person, no matter who or where they are, whether “primitive” or “civilized,” has a concept of “right” and “wrong.”  Now these may not agree with what God says is right and wrong in His word.  Nevertheless, the concept is there and when one violates even that concept, he or she is guilty before God.  And every one of us has violated that concept.  Haven’t we?  Can any of us say that we have ALWAYS lived as we should?  Or do we have to admit that we’re “not perfect”?  What shall we say then to the violation of the Word of God each of us is guilty of?

God is the Judge.

There’s a popular idea that “all roads lead to heaven.”  That is, it doesn’t matter what “religion” you may have, you’re on your way to heaven.

Is that true?

Is that what the Bible teaches?

If it is, the Bible is unnecessary.

The Lord Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me,”John 14:6.  In Matthew 7:13, 14, He said, “Enter by the  narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.  Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”  Modern unbelief may think it has bulldozed a few more lanes to the “way to life,” but Peter put it like this in his defense before the Sanhedrin in Acts 4:12, “Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is NO OTHER NAME under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (emphasis added).

I’ve heard this idea labelled as bigotry, and even heard the Lord called a bigot.  But, in spite of the world’s idea to the contrary, there are absolutes, and this is one of them. There’s only one way of salvation and that is through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, Who He was and what He did for sinners.

Even the most “tolerant” person, when he goes into the pharmacy, expects the pharmacist to be “narrow” in fulfilling his prescription.  He is concerned, rightly, that the pharmacist give him, say, aspirin and not arsenic.

It’s only in moral and spiritual things that it doesn’t seem to matter.  Indeed, when it comes to their souls, men and women seem to prefer arsenic.

All kinds of people have visited this blog and read posts.  I thank you for this visit and reading the post.  Just let me say this.  You have a relationship with God.  Is it the “right” one?  The one that will get you to heaven?