You are untouchable! Literally!

iStock_superhero-300x2231 John 5:18 – We know that no one who is born of God sins; but He who was born of God keeps him, and the evil one does not touch him. [NASB]

Yes, you are untouchable. However, not because you are strong, but instead because Jesus-Christ to whom we belong is strong!

We have already looked at the first part of this verse. Now let’s turn our attention to the second. It says “…the evil one does not touch him”, and the reason for it is because “…He who was born of God keeps him…”. He who was born of God is none other than Jesus-Christ, and Jesus-Christ protects you like a treasure! Jesus-Christ said it himself in John 10.

John 10: 27-29 – My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; 28 and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.

This verb “touch” is not any kind of touching. It is the word “haptomai” in the Greek, which literally means “touching someone (something) in a way that alters”. This touching has serious impact! It is used 36 times in the New Testament. Most of the times, it is used to describe Jesus-Christ acts of healing or people touching him to get healing (e.g. Mark 5:28, Mark 6:56). Here however, the impact would be negative and devastating if the devil could indeed touch us.

He will try to lie to you and intimidate you. But the reality is…he cannot touch you!

Claim this wonderful love and protection from Jesus-Christ every day; remind yourself that the devil has literally no power over you! Not because you are great, but because Jesus-Christ our Lord is great!

Yes, you are untouchable!

Really? God’s children do not sin? That’s what 1 John 5:18 seem to say!

iStock_000015240396XSmall1 John 5:18 – We know that no one who is born of God sins; but He who was born of God keeps him, and the evil one does not touch him. [New American Standard Bible]

To understand what this verse is really saying, one must understand that God actually sees two kinds of sin. Here, in verse 18, He refers to one of them specifically, and not the other. Understanding this will clear up all the confusion!

But first, let’s see how some other versions of the Bible have translated 1 John 5:18 in an attempt to clarify its meaning. The New International Version states …anyone born of God does not continue to sin…“, while the New Living Translation read “God’s children do not make a practice of sinning…“. At first, both of these versions seem like the correct interpretation. However, looking at the immediate context of  verse 18 (verses 16 and 17), we believe that God meant literally…“no one who is born of God sins”. But He is referring to a very specific kind of sin.

1 John 5: 16, 17If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask and God will for him give life to those who commit sin not leading to death. There is a sin leading to death; I do not say that he should make request for this. 17 All unrighteousness is sin, and there is a sin not leading to death

One kind of sin leads to death, and the other does not! Also, we see that all unrighteousness is sin, but that it does not necessarily mean that the consequence of all sin is death. Verse 18 actually refers to the sin that leads to death, and therefore to eternal separation from God.  But us who are truly of God (who have accepted Jesus-Christ as Lord) cannot commit such sin, because we cannot be separated from God! Verse 18 is not referring to the kind of sin that everyone makes.We are God’s children for eternity! Once we were declared son or daughter of God, we were promised eternal life. And that cannot change!

To God be the Glory!

Long life without Peace is worthless…but we knew that already, right?

13750212-yoga-hand-of-meditation-isolated-on-green-fieldProverbs 3: 1, 2 – My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.

Man’s obsession with aging and long life clearly shows no sign of slowing down. The amount of funds allocated to anti-aging medical research, or the very lucrative anti-aging global industry (nutrition, physical fitness, skin care, hormone replacements, vitamins, supplements and herbs) certainly support this claim. Yet the solution is right here before our eyes! We ought to keep God’s commandments. Yes it is that simple!

However, there is more to this verse. God promises peace along with that long life. Why has God chosen to add peace as part of His promise package? Well, because a long life without peace is hell, pure and simple!

Now, suppose that after a few millions of dollars invested in research, man does indeed get his breakthrough. Man has fabricated a pill that can truly extend his life, say, by an average of 10 years (let’s call it the life-stretcher pill). What an accomplishment, right? Well, if man does not devise along with it – or at the very least soon after – a way to create peace anytime he wants, at the quantity that he wants, then what life-stretcher will do for him is make his already miserable life, a little bit longer. YES! This is what I call an accomplishment!

By the way, have you notice in this verse that God did not say that He will give us peace…He says He will add peace! Food for thought!

How wise is our God! Praise Him!

A Biblical Diagnosis of My Princess Boy

father-and-sonThis statement was taken from the “About the book” page of http://myprincessboy.com/index.asp. “My Princess BoyTM is a nonfiction picture book about acceptance. It tells the tale of a 4-year-old boy who happily expresses his authentic self by enjoying “traditional girl” things like jewelry, sparkles or anything pink. It is designed to start and continue a dialogue about unconditional friendship and teaches children — and adults — how to accept and support children for who they are and how they wish to look.”

My Princess Boy has gained national and international attention since it has been published. Opinions are divided as to whether the parents are doing the right thing in allowing their young son to express himself by enjoying “traditional girl” things. There are certainly a number of questions that can go through one’s mind:

  1. Is it possible for a child to genuinely prefer things that are associated typically to the other gender? Can a boy prefer “girl things” or can a girl prefer “boy things”? Does the child have the freedom to choose what he or she likes, or are those choices part of his or her very being, such as being part of his or her DNA?
  2. What are the parents to do in such circumstances?

Furthermore, in her interview with the The TODAY Show, Ms. Cheryl Kilodavis – the mother of the young boy – stated that her book stands for hope and acceptance. She further commented that in light of all the bullying and their often fatal consequences in 2010, 2011 should be the year of acceptance. Keeping everything in context, Ms. Cheryl Kilodavis’s concept of acceptance refers to embracing each and everyone’s individuality. Again, one may ask, what could possibly be wrong with this message?

This is the first of two articles where we hope to answer these questions. This article will address the first two sets of questions, while the second will leverage My Princess Boy to address the wider concept of “acceptance”. In both articles, we will use as the sole authority of truth, the Word of God, as revealed in the Bible. As the Book of Life, God must have something to say about “My Princess Boy”. Returning to God’s Word, especially in times where we are unsure about what to think, should be our first course of action. So let’s open the Book!

  1. Is it possible for a child to genuinely prefer things that are associated typically to the other gender? Can a boy prefer “girl things” or can a girl prefer “boy things”? Does the child have the freedom to choose what he or she likes, or are those choices part of his or her very being, such as being part of his or her DNA?

Proverbs 22:15 – Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.

God tells us in what condition children arrive in this world…they are foolish. It is not an option. We all arrive in this world with foolishness “bound” in our heart. Anyone who has ever observed a child for more than five minutes will quickly agree with the first part of this verse. However, God is also quick to tell us that the child should not stay that way, and He tells us what we, as parents, should do to address this problem: We should use the rod of correction. If we can so easily agree with God regarding the state of a child, we ought also to agree with the solution He provides to address this issue. God says that this rod of correction will drive foolishness not just away from him, but “far” from him.

The word “rod” is interesting. It is the means by which correction is performed. The “rod” is also indicative of how serious and relentless we ought to be when correcting, so that foolishness be ultimately being driven far away. The word “bound” also deserves attention. It refers to something that can only be removed by sheer will and never on its own! Now, what should the rod be really depends on the foolish aspect being dealt with at that time. In some cases, simple words of instructions may be necessary, while in others, the belt might be necessary. The goal is the same: to “detach” that foolishness which is so far “bound” to the child.

Is it possible therefore for a child to genuinely prefer things that typically are associated to the other gender? Absolutely yes! This preference is no different than a deep interest for trains or even fire, all of which could be developed for a variety of reasons. We do not always know how children develop a particular interest. But we do know that because they are foolish, they can develop the wrong interest just as they can develop the right one. The role of the parents is to correct this foolish behavior such that over time, as foolishness is driven far away from him, the child becomes wise in his or her choice.

Accepting the child for who he or she is the ultimate failure to recognize the truth of Proverbs 22:15. At best, accepting the child for who he or she is, is recognizing that the child is foolish and deciding to do nothing about it.

2.   What are the parents to do in such circumstances?

Well, what are they to do? They should correct their children.

Proverbs 22:6 – Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.

The parents – not the child himself – should decide what the child should become in life. Although this truth seems like an outright violation of our personal freedom, it actually makes a lot of sense. The child is foolish! Would you ever trust a foolish individual to make the best possible decision for his or her life? No! This is not referring to whether the child should be a pianist or a lawyer in life. It is referring to the very essence of the kind of person this child should turn out to be in life.
By nurturing the so-called “authentic self” of her child, Ms. Cheryl Kilodavis is indeed practicing Proverbs 22:6: she is training her child in the way he should go. If this young boy keeps these preferences for “traditional girls” things for the rest of his life, it will certainly not be because the child chose to be that way, but because his parents, by failing to address this behavior when he was still foolish, ended up training him to be that way.