Its Christmas time but I am sure that most people in the world do not understand why Christians celebrate this time of the year or what happened over 2000-years ago. Most people in world religions think that their eternal future depends on their own performance or in sojourning over and over again until they get it right and their soul reaches perfection through their own efforts.
However, It is not possible that imperfection can ever achieve perfection no matter how many attempts are made to get it right. Throughout human history the elite of the world have led people down deadly dead ends, or else they are sitting around contemplating themselves while taking handouts from the poor and doing nothing at all to help the human condition.
God would not be God if He was anything less than an omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent perfect being. Therefore, the standard of perfection in the universe logically has to be God. If man is to reach a state where he can fellowship with a holy God for eternity, then God would have to do something to make that possible. It is not going to come about through even the collective efforts of obviously imperfect human beings.
A perfect God would also be a perfect Creator and He would also love His perfect creation. If we now see that His creation falls short of perfection we also should know that even this has a purpose in His divine plan. We should know that God foreknew that it would happen and that God will also provide the way for the restoration of His creation back to perfection.
God knew that evil would come into His creation but He did not create it. Evil came because God created beings with free will and they chose to do evil. God likewise foreknew that man with free will would be tempted by the Devil and chose evil. Therefore, God logically also put a plan in place to redeem man from the sin that now enslaves him and separates him from his holy Creator.
The Christian scriptures tell us that story of His plan of redemption.
God created this universe and angels were created to carry out God’s will in creation but God did not create robots. He created beings in His creation with free will. God’s chief angel was named Lucifer and he was created full of wisdom and beauty. However, the knowledge that he was the greatest being in creation led Lucifer to believe that he was the God of this creation.
That is why all religions on earth other than true Christianity think that Satan is God, even through these religions call the being that they worship God, it is not. The attributes of the god they follow prove that the entity they follow is Satan. Now you know why all religious are acceptable in this world except true Christianity.
1 John 3:8 tells us that the Son of God was manifested in His creation to destroy the works of the Devil (Lucifer, the Devil, Satan, the Serpent and the Dragon are all synonymous). We really do not know when the Son of God actually entered His creation but we already see the Son within His creation when Adam and Eve were created. However, it is obvious that the Devil did not like being second fiddle to this express image of God (Heb 1:3).
Pride probably led Lucifer to believe that he was even greater than the only begotten Son of God that perfectly reflects the Father. The Devil led one-third of the angels of heaven to follow himself and rebel against the only visible image of God within creation. The Devil might believe that the Son of God is a younger created being within this creation. The Devil believes that he should be God in this creation and that he was like God in this creation before this other Son showed up. Perhaps Satan thinks that he is the elder Son of God and the rightful heir of all in creation. However, Satan is just the highest created being (called sons of God in Job), but there is only one begotten Son of God and He is the Creator Himself.
God created Adam on earth and the Son of God walked with Adam in the garden that God created for him. Man was created to become image bearers of God. Man was created to reflect light from the Son. Man was probably created to replace the fallen angels and so the Devil set out to defeat God’s plan. The scriptures give us the story of the conflict for the souls of men from creation until Satan’s end.
The story starts when the devil appears to Eve as a shining serpent like creature that deceived Eve to disobey God and eat of the forbidden fruit. Adam was not deceived but he choose to rebel against God and follow his woman rather than obey God.
The consequences of Adam’s sin of rebellion brought the curse of death on Adam and his descendents and humanity fell into mortality. When humans died their souls descended to the underworld where they are bound by the Devil. The Serpent believed he had stopped God’s plan by getting Adam to sin, but actually God who foreknows all things, had a plan of redemption for man before the creation of the earth. The shining serpent found out things were a bit more complicated then he thought they would be, when God told him that he is now a scum sucking serpent because of his deception, and God also said,
“I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed: he shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel” (Gen 3:16).
Notice that the Serpent would have a seed that would be against the seed of the woman. That has played out on earth since Cain and Abel. That is what the parable about the wheat and tares is all about (Mt 13: 24-30). Contrary to the teaching of many, there are evil people on the earth that are of their father the Devil. Jesus addressed these tares specifically as vipers and sons of their father the Devil when He was addressing the rulers of Israel that rejected the works that Jesus performed that clearly showed them that He came from God (Mt 23: 13-33). No amount of gospel truth is going to get the tares saved. They have their father’s nature and they are all liars which explains a lot in the world today.
God provided a way for mankind to be redeemed by belief in God’s own righteousness to save man, rather than mankind trusting in their own righteousness to save themselves. Salvation will not come through human effort, otherwise we would become prideful and fall under the same condemnation of the Devil. If man actually could save himself, he would not only believe that he was God, he would actually have to become God to accomplish it.
Over two thousand years ago YHWH (I am – the ever existent one) entered the world by taking residence in the egg of a virgin woman and He became a human being (nothing is impossible for God). He became the second Adam that would become the Kinsman Redeemer of the Adamic race. When this man was born He was named Yeshua, or in Greek, Jesus. The name means YHWH is salvation, or literally “I AM salvation”. That is what Christians celebrate on Christmas. We celebrate Dec 25th as the day the Creator was born into the world to save mankind from their sins and fallen nature (we celebrate His birth on Dec 25th but we do not really know the date of His birth).
The Creator was born into the world as a man. He came to save us from our sins that separated us from eternal fellowship with God. Jesus was born to save those that would trust in Him for salvation. Hundreds of years before this happened, Isaiah the prophet spoke of such a baby coming into the world:
Isa 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
Isa 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.
Jesus as the Kinsman Redeemer of mankind had His heal bruised by the sons of the serpent when He was nailed to the cross and Jesus bruised the head of the Serpent when Satan condemned a sinless innocent man to die and go to the abode of the dead. Jesus took away the power that through death Satan had over believers when He freed all souls in the underworld that were trusting in God for their salvation. Jesus rose from the dead and took those that trusted God with Him.
When Jesus died the power of sin and death that Satan had over mankind was defeated. In Jesus there is victory over the Devil. All that now trust in Jesus are born from above into His spiritual body and they will go to be with the Lord when their temporal bodies die. The temple veil was torn at Jesus’ death showing that through the sacrifice of the Son, atonement was made for sin, and the way to the Father was now also accessible to all that believe.
All power in Heaven and Earth has been given to this same begotten Son of God who before the foundations of the earth had a plan to save mankind from the Devil. The delay in Jesus taking power on earth since His death and resurrection is to allow Jesus to take out a faithful bride that will rule with Him when He returns. When the Father says the number in the bride is complete, Jesus will return as King of Kings and Lord of Lords, but just before His coming the earth will be reaped by angels. The wicked tares on earth will be gathered in clumps and burned (gathered by angels to places of battle on earth where they will be destroyed).
So you see, there are not different paths or ways to God, like many in the world and even some in Christendom teach. There is only one way of salvation. That is through the God of creation that became the second Adam in order to redeem man bound in sin and death. Through trust in Jesus, mankind can now be born from above into the nature of Jesus so they can be the light bearers of God that God created man to be.
Salvation of mankind comes by God’s righteousness to save us from our fallen nature. There is nothing that we can do to earn salvation other than to accept the free gift that God offers for those that trust in the Son that He sent. God will not accommodate creatures that will not trust Him in eternity they will go to their own place. There cannot be perfection in His creation when there is sin, distrust and rebellion, and God has no plan to do this redemption story all over again. Therefore, those that reject the Creator will be sent to the Lake of Fire that was created for the Devil and his angels.
Over two thousand years ago God gave the world a free gift in the form of a baby. That is what true Christians celebrate as Christmas. This baby grew up and accomplished His mission on earth and you need to place your trust in Him, if you have not done so already. God is not going to force people to believe and trust in Him, any more than He forced angels and humans to sin and reject Him.
What would you rather believe, the true story of Christmas and God’s plan of salvation, or man-made religions that erroneously tries to explain a God who has already clearly explained Himself through His only begotten Son? The real Christmas story is that God is righteousness and saves believers that trusted him through His only begotten Son.
Don Koenig founded www.thepropheticyears.com website in 1999 after almost thirty years of independent study on the Bible and learning from many astute teachers within Christendom. Don created his website to write about Bible prophecy, biblical discernment and his Christian worldviews. Don wrote a free Revelation commentary ebook in 2004 named "The Revelation of Jesus Christ Through The Ages". The World and Church and Bible Prophecy section of this website was started in 2007.