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"And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world"
Revelation 12:9

Because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie

2Thessalonians 2:10-11

For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.
Romans 11:32







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But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
Matthew 24:37-39


Are Homosexuals born that way? ....... Interracial Marriage




America Israel, And Great Britain In Prophecy


The Mark Of The Beast


The True Church


The Secret Rapture


The Dreadful Day Of The Lord



Answer To An Atheist


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Can a Christian Believe in Evolution?


Pre-Existence Before The Material Universe


Does God Exist?


7 Proofs God Exists


The Bible Superstition Or Authority


Seven Keys To Understanding The Bible


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Answers To Questions About Genesis


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How The Bible Counts A Generation


The Bible Verses The Dead Sea Scrolls


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How Religion Deceives You


A World Held Captive


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Weeks Of Daniel


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The Bible Story For Children


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Who Really Discovered America


Oldest Known 10 Commandments Were Found In America


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What Is Armageddon?


There Is A Way To Escape


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World Peace How It Will Come


The key To Human Survival


Petra The Safe Place


Is There Life After Death


World Peace And How It Will Come



The Mark Of The Beast


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The Key to Revelations


The Book Of Revelations Unveiled At Last


Christian Symbols, The Fish, Cross, And Crucifix


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The Abomination That Maketh Desolate


God's Temple Excepts The Mark Of The Beast


Joseph Tkach Sales God's Church


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God's Church Is The Temple


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Foundation, History, Authority, And Doctrine Of The Worldwide Church Of God


Philadelphia Era Of The Church


Just What Is The Church


God's Church Does Not Compromise


Worldly Churches Are Social Clubs


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God Was King


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The Incredible Human Potential At Last Revealed


Why Humans Were Put On Earth


The only real value of a human life


Bridging The Gap Between Human Mind And The Ultimate Spirit Composed Sons Of God


What Science Can't Discover About The Human Mind


Human nature - Did God create it?


Human Nature And How A Whole World Is Deceived About It's Origin


Why Were You Born


You Were Born To Be King


The Great Purpose Of Your Life


Man To Rule The Universe


Your Children - FUTURE GODS


If You Were God How Would You Look At The World Today


God's Invisible Agents


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Can Men Actually Communicate With Departed Spirits?


Life After Death


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Did God Create A Devil


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The Resurrection Was Not On Sunday


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The World's Oldest Surviving Inscription Of The Ten Commandments Found In America



Job, Joseph And His Brothers (Israel's Sons) Built The Great Pyramid



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There Is Nothing New Under The Sun


The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us. There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after. Ecclesiastes 1:9-11



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Let God Fight Your Battles


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Christianity Is A Growth Process


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Should You Try To Change Others


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We Must All Speak The Same


The True Meaning Of Predestination


Is Your Ultimate Fate Decided For You In Advance


What Is Friendship


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The Incredible Human Potential


Christ's Gospel Was Suppressed - Not Heard From First Century Until Now!


The Startling Revelation Of What Was Christ's Gospel


The Incredible Human Potential At Last Revealed


Pre-Existence Before The Material Universe


What Led To The Creation Of Man


How God Planned To Reproduce Himself


Bridging The Gap Between Human Mind And The Ultimate Spirit Composed Sons Of God


Why Today's World Evils


Why The Church


Just What Do You Mean Conversion


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Jesus Is Coming Soon...Too Good To Be True


What Is The Kingdom Of God


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Must God's Ministers Be Ordained By The Hands Of Man?


You Won't Believe It Armstrong's Final Sermon


End Time Elijah


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Millions say they believe in God - but WHY does He seem so FAR OFF to them? Millions have heard ABOUT God, but do not KNOW God. This article tells you HOW you CAN!

Are you like the person who said to me, Oh, I believe in God all right, but it seems like He is so far off - so UNREAL?

WHY do most people feel that way? WHY should God seem UNREAL - like an almost invisible filmy wisp - or a phantom - or something shapeless and ethereal?



Born without knowledge



The instant you were born you knew nothing about God. You knew nothing - period! You were born with a mind capable of receiving, but as yet unfilled with, knowledge.

Whatever you may know - or think you know - about God has come into your mind since birth.

How did knowledge begin coming into your mind? There are only five channels through which knowledge may come, naturally, into the human mind - the channels of sight, sound, taste, smell, feel.

But also there are three dimensions of knowledge or consciousness: the around, the within and the ABOVE. Yet the natural mind of a mortal human comprehends only the first two. Babies grow into childhood with awareness of only the around and the within.

But as a child, through the sense of hearing, you probably were told something about God. But understandable knowledge of God comes from the third dimension - the ABOVE. And the ABOVE is spiritual.

God is a spirit. Spiritual things cannot be seen, nor heard, nor felt, nor tasted, nor smelled. Understanding of spiritual things cannot enter the human mind through the five sensual channels. Therefore it is probable that the adults trying to tell you about God did not have true perception and understanding. And it is natural that whatever knowledge about God entered your mind - through the ear, or the eye - was vague, misty, UNREAL. You couldn't SEE God. Spirit is invisible to human eyes (except, as has happened, by some miraculous materializing or means of manifestation).

You couldn't hear God. You had no actual conscious contact with Him. You probably formed some imaginary picture in your mind of what you supposed He must be like - based on what might have been told you, or what you may have read. But you didn't SEE or HEAR Him - you read or heard only something ABOUT Him! And the picture was unclear, clouded, out of focus, ethereal.

Is it any wonder He did not seem REAL - that He seemed so far off?

There are millions of professing Christians and Jews who say that they believe in God. Many profess to know more or less about Him. But knowing about Him is a far cry from knowing HIM!



The INVISIBLE first cause



The very presence of the around seems to the normal mind to demand a first cause to have produced it. Yet - MYSTERY of MYSTERIES! The first cause is not seen, heard, smelled, tasted or felt. So many ideas, concepts and conjectures have been brought forth out of human imagination as to the nature of that first cause.

Yet the true God does reveal Himself, to those who are willing to comprehend and to obey. And He says these people, conscious of the around, who formulate their own ideas as to the first cause are without excuse for denying the true God and putting in His place some fanciful conjecture of their own making through distorted human reasoning.

Because what may be KNOWN OF GOD is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse (Romans 1:19-20).

Or, as the Moffatt translation makes plain, His invisible nature, his everlasting power and divine being, have been quite perceptible in what he has made.

That is, the material things He has created and made reflect plainly the nature, power and divine being of the invisible MAKER.

The verse preceding the above says the world's leaders have known the truth, but have held it back from the people - prevented them from receiving a clear understanding: But God's anger is revealed from heaven against all the impiety and wickedness of those who hinder [hold back] the Truth by their wickedness (Romans 1:18, Moffatt). So what is usually told to a growing child about God usually is a very distorted picture, indeed!

Still, hearing about a person is not really knowing the person!



One man's experience



There was super-righteous Job, the greatest man in all the East. God even challenged Satan, the accuser of God's people, to find a single sinful or unrighteous flaw in his character. Even though allowed to put Job through the most painful and severe trials, Satan could find nothing against him.

Of course there was something very unrighteous about Job. All have sinned - including Job. His great sin was his very SELF-righteousness. Satan could not recognize SELF-righteousness as a sin.

But after God whittled Job down to size, humbled him, made him see his own insignificance and vanity - his nothingness compared to the great God - Job said: I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees You. Therefore I ABHOR MYSELF, and repent in dust and ashes (Job 42:5-6).

Getting to KNOW God is quite different from HEARING about Him.

So, what do people, on the average, know about God? They started out, from youngest childhood, knowing whatever they had heard or been told by parents or others. And since those leaders who once did know God (Romans 1:21) held back the truth and, becoming fools (verse 22), gave a distorted and untrue teaching, most of what has been told growing children in our time has been a perversion of the truth.

Perhaps some children were told NOTHING about God at all as they were growing from babyhood toward adolescence and into early adulthood. But most probably they have been told more or less about God before they actually read anything about Him IN THE BIBLE. Also they very probably had read what others had written about Him before reading anything in the Bible for themselves.

So what did they know? They knew only what had been told or communicated to them by those AROUND them. They knew only what they had received from other people who did not themselves KNOW God. Those from whom they learned knew only what they, in turn, had gathered from still other misinformed and deceived people.

Not from the ABOVE - but from the AROUND! Not from God Himself, but from the AROUND. And your Bible says the other people constitute a deceived world!

And when such a person, approaching or reaching early adulthood, does read the Bible, his concept of God has been so firmly implanted in his mind by other people, he continues picturing God in the same way.

He probably is just as I was for many, many years: I did read the Bible at times - but I then said, I just can't understand the Bible.

Well, NO WONDER, then, that most people who profess to believe in God say God seems unreal to them!

They are like Job. Job's source of knowledge, before his personal confrontation with God, had been from the around - he had heard about God by the hearing of the ear, from other people. God never seemed real to him until he gained PERSONAL CONTACT - until he got to really KNOW GOD!

There is a way in which YOU can establish actual, direct, personal contact with God - if you have not done so already. Then He will become REAL!

Let me give you an illustration. Let's say you have heard about Raymond F. McNair. He is Deputy Chancellor of Ambassador College in Pasadena. You may have read one or two of his articles in The Good News or The Plain Truth.

But let us suppose you have never seen his picture - you have never seen him in person, you have never talked with him. Suppose someone has told you a few things about him, twisting the facts and giving you untrue information. You may know a few things about him - and some of those distorted - but you surely could not say that you know him. If you have not even seen his picture you don't know what he looks like. Many people, having heard me on the radio, said on seeing me in person, Why, you don't look a bit like I pictured you in my mind.

In the same way, if you should come into personal contact with Mr. McNair, you'd probably be surprised to see that he wouldn't look at all like you pictured him. But, if you were suddenly thrown in his company almost constantly, seeing him virtually every day, talking with him, seeing him in his office and in his home, you'd get to know him!

I know him well. I have known him ever since he came to the front door of my home in Pasadena nearly 37 years ago. Three days later he entered Ambassador College as a student. In four years he graduated. He continued his studies, doing graduate work, earning his master's degree. I see him fairly often. I spend a good deal of time talking with Mr. McNalr about college problems, about student and manpower problems, about personal interests, I have gotten to know him!

But, if you have not even seen his picture, you don't know him!

You haven't seen God's picture either. But He gives you a certain description of what He looks like, in the Bible. Yet not as to His exact features.



The person of God revealed



I can tell you that I know God - and that I also know the living Jesus Christ - for I represent Him as His servant. I read about Him - not as other people MISdescribe Him - but as He describes Himself in HIS BIBLE!

But, I said a while ago that 59 years ago I just couldn't understand the Bible. No ONE CAN, really, until they have gained contact with God (the Father) through Jesus Christ, and have received His Holy Spirit, begetting them as His begotten children. That requires the same kind of REPENTANCE Job was put through - a genuine abhorring of the self, an unconditional SURRENDER to OBEY Him and His law and a real faith in Jesus Christ as personal Savior.

When I was brought to that kind of repentance toward God and faith toward Jesus Christ, in early 1927, and was baptized, He gave me the most precious GIFT in all the universe ; His Holy Spirit.

His Spirit opened my mind to SPIRITUAL COMPREHENSION. I could UNDERSTAND THE BIBLE - a bit at a time, of course. In it, the living Jesus Christ began talking to me. I began to talk to Him - often, daily, in a sense constantly, in spirit. When I studied the Bible, it was like listening to the most wonderful Friend I had ever known! It was WONDERFUL! It was INTERESTING - INSPIRING - REVEALING! So I studied the Bible often on my knees.

You see, as I read the Bible, God was talking to me. But as I prayed, I was talking to HIM! And by studying His Word on my knees, I was able to carry on a two-way conversation with Him - mixing prayer with listening to Him through reading His words. It was invigorating, rejuvenating beyond words to describe. He was TEACHING ME. I was gaining NEW KNOWLEDGE - spiritual knowledge - knowledge to LIVE BY - knowledge to put into action - instruction to be acted on - commands to OBEY by doing!

As He told me about Himself - as He talked to me, instructed me - and as I talked to Him - I got to know Him! He BECAME REAL!

He was no longer WAY OFF! He was very NEAR - in spirit, in the very same room. I have never seen God or Jesus Christ PHYSICALLY - with my physical eye - but I see them often, spiritually, in my mind. Not precise definite features, of course - but I see in my mind's eye eyes flashing out like a flame of fire - His face shining as brightly as the sun in full strength - His head and hair white as the cleanest, whitest snow. And all around where He is sitting is gleaming, glistening, beautiful SPLENDOR and brightness, with lightning flashing forth.

Perhaps I don't see this as distinctly as I expect to after I enter His Kingdom as an inheritor, BORN of His Spirit in SPIRIT COMPOSITION - no longer a mortal human composed of flesh and blood.

It is, of course, as the apostle Paul was inspired to say: We see at best, now, as through a darkened glass, but then, in the resurrection, in His Kingdom, face to face (I Corinthians 13:12).

WHY is God so far off - so unreal? It is because people are so far off from HIM - so close to the physical, material things and interests of this evil world! Because their minds are on physical pursuits all the time. Because they have no time for God!

You get to KNOW those you are close to - in constant contact with - in conversation with!

But, with most, their sins have CUT THEM OFF from contact with God.

Is it, then, impossible for them to GAIN CONTACT?

Not at all! But IT IS NOT EASY!

WHY?

Because you have to REPENT - and that is NOT EASY. To just say the words I abhor myself does not mean you really do. To really CONFESS that you have been WRONG - that you are NOT good - that there is nothing good IN YOU - that you not only have DONE wrong and sinned but that you ARE wrong and sinful - that is not easy. The SELF has to DIE ; and your human nature will fight that to the death.

To make an UNCONDITIONAL SURRENDER to God and HIS LAW - His authority over you - His commandments - HIS teaching - HIS WAY of living that is so UTTERLY CONTRARY to the way your friends and associates are living - that is NOT EASY.

SELF within you will shout out: But what would my friends - all my associates - those I have been close to - what would THEY think? You'll have to be willing to GIVE THEM UP - for they probably will throw you over - IF you surrender to God, let Him turn your life right side up, live a totally changed life according to His teaching!

Are you too big a coward to do it? You have to be WILLING to GIVE UP - everything! - for HIM. Do you want HIM that much? Do you want the happiness of a REAL Christian LIFE that much? Do you want ETERNAL LIFE in His Kingdom that much? Few do! That's why God is not REAL to most.

Of course they are not really HAPPY. But they are unwilling to live THE WAY that causes happiness. They would rather keep on TRYING to gain it some other way. They NEVER WILL, however. All humanity has been trying that for 6,000 years! NONE ever yet succeeded. Do you think YOU can? You CAN'T!



God CAN be real to you - but are you willing?



There are the THREE DIMENSIONS. Most people have consciousness of only the first TWO! They seek pleasures, happiness, in the AROUND - things, people - this world!

There are some temporary thrills, delights, pleasures. Sure! But they NEVER LAST! And you pay too big a price for them. They're a bad bargain.

You may look to the within - but it's like looking down into a well that's gone DRY. There's nothing there to quench that inner thirst.

You CAN contact the ABOVE! IF you're willing to pay the PRICE, that is.

It isn't easy. But it's the ONLY dimension that SATISFIES - that fills that inner void - that feeds that gnawing soul of HUNGER - that expands your horizons - that opens your MIND to the glories of SPIRITUAL COMPREHENSION - of understanding SPIRITUAL KNOWLEDGE - of really UNDERSTANDING the Bible, in a way that produces happiness brimful and running over!

It's WORTH the price YOU pay a million times over. Jesus Christ paid the REAL price - the BIG price. The price you pay, in GIVING UP in surrender to Him, is as nothing by comparison.

It's the GREATEST BARGAIN in the world - but the world does not offer it, or ANY bargain. GOD DOES!

There are TWO directions you can go in life. Most people go the direction of SELF - vanity! It's the way of self-centeredness. Everything is coming INWARD. Toward SELF. Getting! Taking! Acquiring! And you keep shrinking smaller and smaller.

The other direction is the way of God's LOVE. Love fulfills His law. LOVE is outgoing concern! It is, first of all, GOD-centeredness. It is LOVE to God, in worship, adoration, faith, obedience. It is, second, LOVE to fellowman - loving others AS yourself. That's a lot of love.

That is the WAY of the ABOVE. That way constantly EXPANDS your horizons. That way you GROW - and GROW - and GROW! You DEVELOP! You develop GOD'S CHARACTER! You GROW in love - in happiness - in abundant well-being! LIFE becomes abundant and JOYFUL!

Willing to pay the price? It's not giving up so much MONEY - it's giving up things you've had your heart set on that are BAD for you. It's coming to a new sense of VALUES - values that MAKE SENSE!

I know! I have known 59 years. Life has had its problems, persecutions, dis appointments - but it's been RICH, FULL, REWARDING, ABUNDANT!

Everyone CAN have it - if they want it deeply enough.

Even YOU! God BECOMES REAL!



By Herbert W. Armstrong






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