This page contains the most important information you may ever read.
The devil does not want you to read it.
He would like to censor, suppress, discredit, ridicule, or ban this information from public access, just as the Bible was banned in times past!
Please look up all the Scriptures quoted below, and prove for yourself that they are true.
“Why does God allow suffering?
– What’s the use of living?
– Why isn’t God helping me?
– Why am I here?“
A short answer to why God allows suffering, is to draw us to Him, to show us how helpless we are without Him, and teach us many lessons.
But this short answer doesn’t provide a complete answer. So I want to lay down a background of understanding first, and then expand on it.
First, you need to know who God is, according to the Bible. (This is not according to what people or churches think God is. It’s what the Bible, God’s word, actually says.)
Understanding WHO God is, and why he created people, will give us deeper answers to the questions above.
NOTE: The following section appears to diverge from the original topic I started with. I believe it is actually relevant to the topic, in that it explains the logic behind my conclusions, however, if you’re in a hurry, scroll down to the next NT image below, to continue with the main thread about the meaning of life.
This section on the Trinity may not go down well with some people, who might accuse me of speaking against the Holy Spirit here. On the contrary, I’m explaining more about the Holy Spirit, and revealing a number of things you may not be aware of.
Have you been told that God is a Trinity?
The Bible does not say that.
If you take a look at my photo above, you can see there are mainly three wheels. But the reality is, it’s actually a photo of two wheels with shadows. Furthermore, there is just one main pattern that predominates – the wheel!
Although inadequate, this provides me with a working illustration to explain God and the Holy Spirit.
If you object to me saying God casts shadows, consider Luke 1:35 ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you,’ Psalms also refers several times to ‘The shadow of thy wings‘.
In the Bible Jesus calls God ‘the Father.’
Jesus is a father too (Isaiah 9:6), as he is the express image of God (Hebrews 1:3).
Isaiah 64:8, Jeremiah 31:9 and other places also talk about the God of Israel being a father.
Jesus, in fact, IS the God (YHVH) of the Old Testament (John 8:57-58 & Exodus 3:14; John 1:1 & John 1:14), but there is One greater.
Jesus said he came to reveal the Father (John 17:25-26) who is greater than he. John 14:28 This verse alone, where Jesus says “My Father is greater than I” proves right here that God cannot be a Trinity of coequal persons. So although ‘coequal persons‘ is a foundational creed of many churches, it’s nonsense!
The Holy Spirit is somewhat like the shadow of God’s personality falling on the stony ground that is this world.
God is so all-encompassing that in a few places Scripture speaks about his Spirit as if the spirit is an individual. But it’s not saying that!
God is not limited to a three person trinity.
Let’s look into the Bible to prove all this.
Let’s ask the following questions:
Why doesn’t the apostle Paul acknowledge the Holy Spirit in any of his greetings to the churches? It would be an insult not to do so if the Spirit were a person.
A typical greeting from Paul went like this: 1Tim 1:2 Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.
That’s it. No mention of the Holy Spirit!
The meaning of 2 Cor 13:14. The last verse of 2 Corinthians reads: The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. The meaning of this is explained by the last verse of Philemon, which says 'The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with YOUR spirit' - This ending gives you a big clue about what Paul actually means at the end of 2 Corinthians. We all have a spirit, or atmosphere, or charisma, or energy we project, either good or bad; but that spirit is an attribute of ourselves, not a separate person! Paul is not saying the Holy Ghost is a third person, but he IS saying God's spirit of love helps true Christians to bond with each other, and with God! See 1 Cor 6:17. The word 'spirit' or 'ghost' in these verses is Strong's Greek word number G4151. It's the same word, but is your G4151 spirit a separate person? No. And neither is God's spirit.
There is also no mention of the Holy Spirit in 2 John 1:9.
Why are we never told that the Holy Spirit directly loves us, but it says Jesus loves us (John 13:34 & John 15:13), and the Father loves us (1 John 3:1) . Why is the Holy Spirit left out of John 14:21? “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.” In this verse we are loved by the Father – number 1, and Jesus – number 2. Where is number 3? Number 3, the Holy Ghost, is missing.
Also, why are we NOT told to pray to the Holy Spirit?
The answer is, although the Holy Spirit is a part of God’s nature and power Mic 3:8, Luk 4:14, 2 Tim 1:7, the Holy Spirit is not an actual ‘ghost person,’ or individual.
Hebrews 1:3 tells us Jesus sits on the right hand side of the Majesty on high, but no mention is made of where the Holy Spirit resides in God’s throne room.
Again, I want to emphasise, before I continue with this section, that in no way am I speaking against God's very real and wonderful Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit IS a part of God's amazing Bible signature, written in 7's throughout all books and chapters. For example, in the King James Bible there are 777×7 mentions of God + Jesus + his Spirit. God = 4444 mentions Jesus = 973 mentions His Spirit = 22 mentions Total mentions (4444 + 973 + 22) = 5439 = (777×7) For more information about these patterns of 7, visit this outside link. So is God a trinity, and is the Trinity a good symbol, or not? It's up to you to decide, bearing in mind that the Triquetra symbol incorporates 666 in the design, and can be found on Ouija Boards, Witches Chalises, and Occult Paraphernalia, yet at the same time it is used as a symbol of the "Most Holy Trinity!" To quote metayantra.org "The ovals represent the three forces of nature: earth, air and water or the triple dimension of the feminine divinity: virgin, mother and old woman. In these last two theories the circle represents the universe. The use of the Triqueta is also common, as a symbol of the infinite evolution of life, learning and wisdom in balance with the sacred number 3 that represents the three kingdoms: earth, sea and sky; present in the Celtic tradition." Furthermore, instructions for God’s sanctuary in the Bible included a table of showbread holding exactly TWO rows of SIX cakes of bread Lev 24:5,6. A total of twelve loaves. The two rows represented Jesus. Jesus being the bread of life - John 6:33,35,48,51 but also representing the Father, as Jesus represented the Father - John 14:7. It may be inadvertent, but churches that promote a CLOSED trinity have symbolically added a third row of SIX, creating 666, the number, or Mark, of the Beast! Rev 13:18 (more here). I believe God, in a sense, is an OPEN trinity, consisting of The Father, the Son who is Jesus, who is the Word, and the Spirit that is not a third person, but is like a third person because it is God's omnipresent personality and power and essence that God puts into US when we are baptised into His family kingdom, or household. Read Eph 2:18-19 coupled with verse 22 that says 'In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.' Thereby, we also eat of the bread of life, as mentioned above, so that we may be given the incredible honour of being INCLUDED in God's family fellowship BY the power of His Spirit!
Why is a correct understanding important?
It’s because limiting God to three individuals, limits God!
God is not limited.
More to the point, the concept of a closed Trinity obscures and limits God’s purpose for creating you and me.
That’s because the purpose for our life – why we were created – is to know God, grow up Eph 4:15, learn to love as He loves John 3:16, 1 John 3:16, and importantly, to become members of the family of God, as the following verse explains:
Ephesians 3:14-15 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and EARTH is named,
According to Job 38:7, angels are a part of God’s family. Psalm 82:6, Gal 4:6, and other places state that humans are sons of God too.
Hebrews 2:14-15 explains that humans are born captives of the devil. But we can be released, to become members of God’s unlimited expanding family!
“And God (Elohim) said, Let US make man in OUR image” , Gen 1:26
“I have said, YE are GODS (elohim); and all of you are children of the most High.” Psalms 82:6. Check other translations here.
Psalms 82:1 cannot be explained in terms of the Trinity… It reads, using more accurate terminology: “Elohim standeth in the congregation of El; he judgeth among the elohim.”
There is only one God (YHVH), but God (ELohim) is like one nation, or one family.
That DOESN’T conflict with Deut 6:4 or Mark 12:29 where it says there is one Lord (one YHVH). (And if it did conflict, so would the Trinity doctrine!)
This isn’t my idea, it’s what the Bible says, putting all Scripture together.
Instead of being a third member of the God family, the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of the Father and of Jesus (John 14:23) /YHVH (2 Cor 3:17) and is the gift that enables US to participate (next verse - 2 Cor 3:18) in the expansion of the God family! Rom 8:9, Gal 4:6.
Our Life Purpose
The Bible states our purpose is to behold our Creator, and with the help of God’s Spirit, mirror God – 2 Cor 3:18, reflecting back to God HIS glory, so that we may grow up into the fullness of Christ. This is the meaning of Eph 4:13, which reads
“until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.“
Also read John 14:20, John 15:4-11, and especially John 17:21-23 to see that the one God includes us in his family. Note what it says: “That they may also be ONE in US.”
2 Cor 6:18 is literal, not just some nice way of talking, as proven by the number of times the Bible states this. God means what He says! (John 17:17)
Romans 8:19 on this subject in the KJV is not very clear. The J. B. Phillips translation says, ‘The whole creation is on tiptoe to see the wonderful sight of the sons of God coming into their own.’ Verse 29 reads, ‘For God, in his foreknowledge, chose them to bear the family likeness of his Son, that he might be the eldest of a family of many brothers.’
Although God will not give his glory to others – (Isaiah 42:8 and 48:11) – those verses are qualified by 1 Thes 2:12 and Romans 8:29, which states that God intends for us to be made into the image of Christ. The Father is glorified when we bear good fruit. John 15:8.
We will worship God forever as Psalms 145:21 says. My mouth shall speak the praise of YHVH: and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.
Hebrews 13:21 says Jesus Christ has glory forever as well, and John 17:22 says that we who are overcomers Rev 3:21 are to share in that glory!!!
The meaning and purpose of life is also stated in Revelation 21:7.
The devil works hard to hide this truth, even from students of the Bible! John 10:10, Eph 6:11-12.
Some Questions Answered
Could this help explain the reason for suffering?
Hebrews 5:8,9 Though he (Jesus) were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;
The purpose for suffering is to teach lessons and perfect us.
In future, everyone in the entire universe will see the results of choices that are now being made, that go against God’s ways.
Choices always produce consequences.
Suffering is the end result of breaking the laws of cause and effect, or else it is the end result that comes when our survival needs have not been met, and we try to fix the problem ourselves, without seeking God’s help.
Suffering is the result of breaking laws that God made to protect people from harm. The appalling results of mankind’s choices will become lessons and examples forever.
For the rest of eternity nobody will make such wrong choices ever again!
And why isn’t God helping you? Well, he is, because you’re reading this!
Many Scriptures confirm God’s willingness to help us when we come to Him.
Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Psalm 66:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Psalm 54:4 Behold, God (Elohim) is my helper; the Lord (YHVH) is the upholder of my life.
Hebrews 13:6 So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”
… and there are many more.
However, patience may be needed.
Psalm 27:14 Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.
You can have peace. According to Romans 8:28, if you love God, it is not possible for anything to come into your life that God does not control, and you can be assured of an ultimately good result at the end of time.
Finding Your True Life Purpose
When you conform to the will of God, and ask God to bring YOUR purpose into line with GOD’S purpose for you, then God will help you even more. In fact, eventually, almost nothing will be withheld from you.
Overcomers in this life are offered the almost shocking reward of ruling the universe with Christ, and sitting beside him on his throne in the next life! Read and think about Rev 3:21 and what it can possibly mean.
God’s promises should not be taken casually. Read Hebrews 11 to see examples of people who gave up their lives to uphold God’s truths.
Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom (i.e. royal family reign & realm) of God (YHVH) and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you. Plus the promise in 1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
There are more promises, and it’s up to you to find them and claim them.
This is a deeper understanding of the gospel of the kingdom, and Jesus said it would be preached in all the world as a witness before the end comes. Matthew 24:14
When you submit your life to God, he becomes your father in a very literal sense. John 1:12-13 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God – children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. (NIV)
God wants you to have joy. Matt 25:23, John 15:11 and dozens of other places confirm this. Understanding your deeper purpose will expand your joy. 1 John 1:3-4.
Therefore, your purpose in life will be redirected to draw nearer to God. You will pursue God’s will rather than your own. You will respect God’s commandments because they are your Father’s guidelines for living an ideal life.
If you do this you will become a disciple of Christ. Jesus spoke to the Jews and said if you abide in my word then you are truly disciples of mine – John 8:31. This means if you abide in Jesus’ words, you can be a disciple also, and be clothed with power!
Speaking to his disciples, Jesus said You shall be clothed with power from on high – Luke 24:49 ASV. The KJV says endued with power. The Greek word for power here is dunamis, which means power that is miraculous. That means, as a disciple, you are able to use heavenly power, and are not limited to earthly resources! Phil 4:19 says God will supply all your needs by Christ Jesus. Phil 4:13 & 19. Psalm 34:10, Prov 21:21 (NIV), Eph 3:20, and the last section of Matthew 6. Or try these offsite links. (The cross-references allow you to click on a cross-reference, and then follow the cross-references link for each cross-reference!)
When you understand that God is your source Pslm 68:19, John 15:7, etc, your priorities will go beyond your present needs, and extend out to helping others.
It helps to realise God mainly works through people.
2 Cor 6:16 says YOU are the temple of God. I’ve heard it said that the purpose of life, that God has for you, is to be a subcontractor, building God’s custom home! But there’s even more:
WE are supposed to be His arms, His legs, His compassion, and His very life, as an extension of God’s Family Kingdom on earth. Eph 2:10. (Offsite cross references here.)
That is God’s intended purpose for your life.
It’s the amazing reason why you were born!
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Supplemental on the importance of finding life purpose: