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Does the Human Soul Exist?

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Have you ever wondered what happens after death? Because life is busy, you might not think about this very often but I am sure you pondered upon it at least a few times. This question eventually leads to a question about the human soul. Does the human soul exist? If it does, where did it come from? Though these questions seem unanswerable, we can find the clear answers in the Bible.

The soul comes from God

According to the creation story of the Bible, the human being has both the body and soul.

Gen 2:7 Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

The Bible testifies that living beings were made with two elements— dust of the ground and the breath of life. Obviously we were not literally made of dust and breath so these two should represent something. Dust represent the visible and tangible part of us which is the body. Breath of life represents the invisible and intangible part of us which is the soul. When these two elements are together, a man becomes a living being. Then, what happens when these two are separated? Then a man is no longer a living being, which means he is dead. Therefore, death in the Bible means the separation of the body and soul.

Ecc 12:7 and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.

This verse describes what happens when a man dies. Here, the body which is represented as the dust returns to the ground while the spirit returns to God. In other words, even though the body perishes, the human soul lives on and returns to God’s spiritual world. Prophet Job recorded this teaching in the Bible.

Job 19:26 (ASV) And after my skin, even this body, is destroyed, Then without my flesh shall I see God;

Job wrote that he could see God after his body got destroyed. Then, what part of him can see God after his body is destroyed? Apparently his soul! If his soul gets destroyed with his body, how can he see God? Therefore, the human soul definitely exists and lives on even after physical death.

Let’s see one more example.

1 Kings 17:21-22 (NKJV) And he stretched himself out on the child three times, and cried out to the Lord and said, “O Lord my God, I pray, let this child’s soul come back to him.” Then the Lord heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came back to him, and he revived.

A widow’s son was dead but when Elijah prayed to God, the boy’s soul came back and he revived. Just as we have learned so far, when the soul is with the body, a man lives and when the soul departs from the body, a man dies. Also after physical death, the human soul still exists. Then what can we learn from the existence of the soul?

Existence of the soul is the proof that spiritual parents exist

We all know where our bodies came from. They came from our parents- more specifically our fathers and mothers. Then, what about our souls? Did our souls come from physical parents as well? No. According to the Bible, we have spiritual parents as well as physical parents.

Heb 12:9 Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live!

The Bible teaches us that not only the human fathers but also the Father of spirits exist. I am sure all of us know who the Father of spirits is- Of course God Almighty. However, can a father alone have children? That is impossible. God could have made that way but he did not. In the creation story, God created Adam first but later created Eve as his suitable helper in giving life. That is why the name “Eve” means life. Through this, God made it clear that it is His providence to have children through both male and female. If it takes both father and mother to give physical life, what about the spiritual life? It should come from both spiritual Father and Mother. As none of us could have been born without our mothers, our souls could not have existed without spiritual Mother. The Bible clearly testifies about the spiritual Mother in the book of Galatians.

Gal 4:26 But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother.

Though we all have different physical mothers, we have the same spiritual Mother who gave birth to our souls. That is why she is called “our” Mother. For this reason, the World Mission Society Church of God believes in God the Mother as well as God the Father. If you would like to see more testimonies about Mother, you can click on the links below. Also come to the Church of God and learn about the truth of Mother yourself. It will come very clear to you why knowing and believing in Her is so important.

Why does the World Mission Society Church of God keep establishing new churches?

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Some people often ask Church of God members this question— “If you guys believe we are living in the last days and the kingdom of heaven is near, why do you keep building new churches?” The Church of God has been known for its exponential growth since its establishment in 1964. Well…why do we establish more churches? If you want a simple answer, it’s because we need more space to accommodate new members and opening up new churches will continue until Christ comes. Those who slander the church try to make it seem like our word and action are different but if you think about the teaching of the Bible, what the Church of God is doing makes perfect sense.

Even Apostles believed they were living in the last days

1 Peter 1:20 “He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake.”

This is from the book written by Apostle Peter. He testified that Jesus was revealed in the last days though He was really revealed 2,000 years ago. This shows Peter and other early Christians believed that they were living in the last days. Let’s see another testimony.

Heb 1:2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.

Paul also referred to his time as the last days as he was testifying about Jesus. Therefore even 2,000 years ago, believers thought they were living in the last days.

Then, did apostles and Christians neglect preaching the gospel and not building churches because they were living in the last days? Far from it. The whole book of Acts shows that they actively preached the gospel and established many churches all over the regions, including gentile areas.

What is the Christ’s teaching about the last days?

As Jesus prophesied about the last days, He gave the following teachings.

Matt 24:42-47 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come…Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns…

Whom did Jesus say is blessed? He is the one who gives food at the proper time. Obviously the food here is not the physical food but the spiritual food which is the word of God (Matt 4:4). Even though He was prophesying about the last days, He still taught that God’s people should share the word of God with others. This means even in the last days, we should preach the gospel.

Matt 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

The gospel mission will continue until the end of the age. Then, what about establishing new churches? Since preaching the gospel means having more people in church, building more churches is definitely necessary to fulfill the gospel mission.

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Church of God’s expansion is prophesied in the Bible

The growth of the Church of God is not a coincidence. It is already prophesied by many prophets in the Bible. First of all, let’s understand which place the Church of God is spiritually.

Isaiah 33:20 “Look upon Zion, the city of our festivals; your eyes will see Jerusalem, a peaceful abode, a tent that will not be moved; its stakes will never be pulled up, nor any of its ropes broken.”

Physically, Zion refers to an area in Palestine but the spiritual Zion is the place where God’s festivals are kept. Then, what are the festivals of God? They are the seven feasts in three times and the Sabbath day. The following is the list of the annual feasts according to the Leviticus 23—

  • Passover
  • The Feast of Unleavened Bread
  • The Feast of Firstfruits (The Resurrection Day)
  • The Feast of Weeks (The Day of Pentecost)
  • The Feast of Trumpets
  • The Day of Atonement
  • The Feast of Tabernacles

Then, which church keeps all the feasts of God? It is only the World Mission Society Church of God. Therefore, the Church of God is the spiritual Zion testified in the Bible. What does the Bible say about this spiritual Zion?

Mic 4:1-2 In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as the highest of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills, and peoples will stream to it. Many nations will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the temple of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.” The law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

Isaiah 49:14-20 But Zion said,…. “Lift up your eyes and look around; all your sons gather and come to you. As surely as I live,” declares the LORD, “you will wear them all as ornaments; you will put them on, like a bride. “Though you were ruined and made desolate and your land laid waste, now you will be too small for your people, and those who devoured you will be far away. The children born during your bereavement will yet say in your hearing, ‘This place is too small for us; give us more space to live in.’

Isaiah 54:1-3 “”Sing, O barren woman, you who never bore a child; burst into song, shout for joy, you who were never in labor; because more are the children of the desolate woman than of her who has a husband,” says the LORD. “Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. For you will spread out to the right and to the left; your descendants will dispossess nations and settle in their desolate cities.”

According to the above prophecies, in the last days, many people will stream to Zion and it will be enlarged and expanded. Nowadays, most Christian churches are deteriorating and decreasing in number. However, the Church of God has been growing exponentially, having more and more locations all over the world. It is the result of members’ eagerness to share good news with all nations and also the fulfillment of the prophecy of the Bible.

Church of God will preach the gospel until the end

The Church of God is not concerned about the end day but the salvation of people. Even if the end day does not come, all human beings have to die in the end. Christ came to this earth and taught us how to receive eternal life and the members in the church are diligent to share this truth with others. Since many are interested in coming to the Church to learn the word of God, isn’t it necessary to build more churches? Also if we believe we are living in the last days, building more churches is even more necessary since the time of salvation is getting shorter. Please do not be confused by what slanderers say and come to the Church of God to learn the word of salvation.

Why does the Church of God use the name “Ahnsahnghong”?

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I often get questions like “Why does the Church of God use the name Ahnsahnghong instead of Jesus?” or “Does the Church of God not believe in Jesus?” It is understandable for people to have these questions because they are much more familiar with the name Jesus than Ahnsahnghong. However, using the name of Ahnsahnghong doesn’t mean that the Church of God doesn’t believe in Jesus Christ. It just believes in the new name of Jesus.

The Name of God changes in each age

If you think Jesus is the only name of the Savior, please try to answer this question. Before Jesus Christ came, which name had people of God used when they prayed and worshiped? The answer is Jehovah which is often referred to as Yahweh. The Old Testament Bible testifies that Jehovah is the only name of God and the Savior.

Exo 6:2 (ASV) And God spake unto Moses, and said unto him, I am Jehovah…

Isa 43:11(ASV)  I, even I, am Jehovah; and besides me there is no saviour.

Psa 116:4 Then called I upon the name of Jehovah: O Jehovah, I beseech thee, deliver my soul.

The above verses clearly show that the name of God and Savior in the Old Testament times was Jehovah and people of God used this name when they prayed to God.  However, in the New Testament, the Bible states that the name of the Savior is Jesus Christ and people of God should pray in His name.

Act 4:10-12 then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified…Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.

John 16:24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.

Here, we see another name “Jesus” and Apostle Peter testified that it was the only name given to people for salvation. Also Christ told disciples to pray in His name not in the name of Jehovah before going back to heaven. This can be quite confusing at first because in one verse the Bible says that Jehovah is the only name of the Savior and in another, it says Jesus was the only name of the Savior. Then, why are there different names of the Savior?

Ecc 3:1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:

The Bible testifies that there is a time for everything under the heavens. The name of God is no exception. In each age, God uses a different name for the salvation of people. For this reason, Jesus taught us there is more than one name of God.

There are Three names of God

Matt 28:18-20 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

If you read this verse carefully, you can see that there are three names of God- the name of the Father, the name of the Son, and the name of the Holy Spirit. Then, why are there three names of God? It is because there are three ages in the Bible. In the age of the Father, the name of the Father was used. In the age of the Son, the name of the Son was used. Then in the age of the Holy Spirit, the name of the Holy Spirit should be used. Therefore, in order to understand God’s work of redemption, we need to know all three names. Then, what is the name of the Father? It is Jehovah. What is the name of the Son? Of course, Jesus Christ. Then, what is the name of the Holy Spirit? It is the new name of Jesus testified in Revelation.

The Bible testifies about the new name of Jesus

Rev 3:11-12  I am coming soon…and I will also write on them my new name.

Rev 2:17 …I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it.

This is the revelation of Jesus Christ (Rev 1:1). He clearly mentioned that when he comes, he would have His new name. In Rev 2:17, He said He would give a white stone with a new name. In the Bible, the stone means Christ (Acts 4:11). Therefore, this means that Christ would come with a new name.

The new name of Jesus is Ahnsahnghong

Then what is the new name of Jesus? Obviously the new name cannot be Jesus or Jehovah since they were already used. It should be a name that has never been used before. Then can we find that exact name in the Bible? The answer is no. According to Rev 2:17, this name will be given only to those who receive Him. If it is written in the book, everyone will get it whether they accept Him or not. Also even Jesus’ name which Christians regard as the Savior’s name was never recorded in the Old Testament. Then, how can we find out the new name of Jesus?

John 5:39  You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me

The Bible teaches that the Scriptures which mean the Bible testify about Christ. This means that through the prophecies of the Bible, we can recognize the true Savior testified in the Bible. Because Jesus fulfilled the prophecies of the Bible (1 Cor 15:3-4), disciples could recognize Him as the Savior and Christ. The Bible also says that the same Christ would come a second time to bring salvation (Heb 9:28). Then how can we recognize Him? Also through the prophecies of the Bible. The one who fulfilled all the prophecies of Second coming Christ is Christ Ahnsahnghong. Because He fulfilled all these prophecies, He is the Second Coming Christ and His name is the new name and the name of the Holy Spirit. If you would like to see what prophecies fulfilled by Him, please check out the following links.

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The Sign of Second Coming Christ

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In conclusion, Church of God believes in Jesus Christ but uses His new name according to the teachings of Revelations. 2000 years ago, those who held on to the name Jehovah and rejected the name Jesus could not receive salvation (Acts 4:10-12). In this age too, only those who receive the new name of the Savior can receive salvation. If you would like to learn more about this, please visit the nearest Church of God and have a Bible study. You will clearly understand how important using the new name is.

Christ Ahnsahnghong and the Sabbath Day

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The World Mission Society Church of God keeps the Sabbath on Saturday just as we learned from Christ Ahnsahnghong. People who have the traditional Christian beliefs might wonder why it does instead of Sunday but the Bible clearly explains that the Sabbath is the correct day of worship. In this post, let’s take some time to learn about this basic commandment of God.

Origin of the Sabbath

God created the heavens and the earth for 6 days and on the seventh day, God rested from all the work of creating. He blessed this day and made it holy. Then, why did God make this extra day and promise blessing? It is a special gift for God’s people so that they can be blessed through this day. Later, this seventh day is named the Sabbath.

Sabbath day in the Ten Commandments

A lot of Christians know the ten commandments. Also many of them say they keep the ten commandments. However, do they know that keeping the Sabbath day is a part of the ten commandments?

Exo 20:8-11 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

This is the fourth commandment of the ten commandments and it clearly states we should keep the Sabbath day holy. Some Christians insist that the Sabbath day is the Sunday. Hm…really? Here, we just know that the Sabbath day is the seventh day. Then, what day of the week is the seventh day according to the Bible?

Seventh day in the Bible is the Sabbath day

Mark 16:9 When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had driven seven demons.

This verse describes the event of the resurrection. According to this verse, Jesus resurrected at the first day of the week. Let’s see the same verse in NLT version.

Mark 16:9 (NLT) After Jesus rose from the dead early on Sunday morning, the first person who saw him was Mary Magdalene, the woman from whom he had cast out seven demons. 

In this version, it states that Christ resurrected on Sunday. Therefore, we can understand that the first day of the week is Sunday in the Bible. Then, what day of the week is the seventh day of the week? Of course, it is Saturday.

We can find the Saturday being seventh day in our daily lives. Let’s look at the calendar we use.

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Here, we can see that the seventh day is Saturday not Sunday. This time, let’s find the definition of Saturday in a dictionary. The definition is from dictionary.com.

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The dictionary also states that the Saturday is the seventh day of the week.

Origin of the Sunday worship

Then, why do people go to church on Sunday instead of Saturday?

According to the Bible and the historical records, Jesus and Apostles kept the Sabbath day not the Sunday. Actually at that time, there was no such thing as the Sunday worship in Christianity. Then when was the sunday worship introduced to the Church, it was after the death of Jesus and Apostles that some people begin to introduce this new way of worship. Due to frequent rebellions of the people of Israel, the Roman government heavily persecuted them and try to prevent them from gathering together. It soon realized that the Sabbath day was their main gathering day and outlawed any gathering on this day. This directly affected Christians because their worship day was also Saturday. In this situation, some Christians who used to practice paganism considered the Sunday as the new worship day as an effort to prove that their religion was different from Judaism. This idea appealed to a few Christians who were tired of severe persecution from Rome and they began to worship on Sunday instead of Saturday. However, still the main worship day was Saturday. In 321 AD, Roman Emperor Constantine declared the Sunday as the venerable day of the Sun and forbade the courts to be held on this day and soldiers omitted their daily military exercises. Because of this edict, Christians were forced to change their worship to Sunday from Saturday and those who refused were heavily persecuted. This change has lasted for centuries and become a Christian tradition. However, its root is never from God but from Constantine who was called Pontifex Maximus, which was a title given to the high priest of pagan gods.

We need to keep the Sabbath for our salvation

Jesus warned us that only those who do the will of God can enter the kingdom of heaven.

Matt 7:21-23 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

Jesus told us that not everyone who calls Jesus, ‘Lord’ will go to heaven but only the ones who do the will of God. Calling Jesus Lord means having faith in Him. Therefore, we shouldn’t think we can go to heaven by faith alone. Then, what is the will of God we need to practice? Since God told us to remember the Sabbath by keeping it holy, isn’t keeping the Saturday not the will of God? 

Christ Ahnsahnghong taught us the Sabbath Day Again

Eze 37:24 “ ‘My servant David will be king over them, and they will all have one shepherd. They will follow my laws and be careful to keep my decrees.

The Bible prophesies that when prophetical David who represents God our Savior becomes our king, God’s people will follow God’s laws and decrees. The reason why the Church of God follows God’s laws such as the Passover and the Sabbath is because the true prophetical David came and taught us. In actuality the one who taught us all these is Christ Ahnsahnghong. That is the reason why the Church of God members believe in Christ Ahnsahnghong as the Savior of this age. Only God who comes in the name of David can restore all the laws and commandments of God.  If you have any further question, please feel free to visit the nearest church of God. Bible studies will help you understand more about this topic. If you are interested in knowing more about the Sabbath day and its blessing, check out the post from the official U.S. church of God website.

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Cult Experts Break up WMSCOG Families, Not the Church

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Some cult experts including Steven Hassan claim that the World Mission Society Church of God (WMSCOG) breaks up the members’ families. Is it true? If you just want the bottom line, the answer is No.

WMSCOG does not teach members to break up their families

During my years in the Church of God, I have never been taught that I must separate myself from my family because they have a different religious belief. When I decided to be a member of WMSCOG, there was a little conflict with my family because the teachings of the church were very unfamiliar to them. For example, the Church of God teaches that the correct worship day is the Sabbath which is the Saturday while most Christians observe Sunday. The Church of God teaches the Passover as the way to receive eternal life while most Christians just understand it as a jewish holiday. Since my family had traditional Christian beliefs, it was hard for them to understand why I was trying to go a different way. Though it took some time, they eventually accepted my belief and respected my choice of religion. Until today we have maintained a very good relationship though we still have different religious beliefs. Like this, there could be a little conflicts in a family due to different religions but they could be resolved as long as there is mutual respect and understanding.

It is not just a religion that can cause family conflicts

Parents and children, brothers and sisters, and husbands and wives can have conflicts due to many reasons. They can argue over their habits, food, choice of jobs, etc. It is because they are all different. Some people like cold weather and some like hot weather. Some people like mild food and some people like spicy food. Can we blame people for not liking spicy food or liking spicy food? It is the same for the choice of religion. Members in the Church of God love to practice the teachings of the church because those teachings are based on the Bible. It is not because they are brainwashed or deceived. They are normal people who have a regular life and love their families. The only difference is that they choose to follow the Bible.

The reason why cult experts accuse the WMSCOG of breaking families

So far I explained that the Church of God is far from breaking up families. Then you might wonder why cult experts are so eager to convince people otherwise. I think the video below will help you understand their motivation.

Basically the biggest motivation is money. People who call themselves cult experts make money by making people leave the organizations they labeled as cults. Therefore, the more organization they label as cults, the more money they can make. They instill fear in the families of church members by saying that their children or spouses will do something dangerous or break up families if they do not leave their churches. Families who are influenced by cult experts come to believe their stories and make extreme decisions, which bring great pain and trouble on themselves and their loved ones. The only happy ones are the cult experts since they could charge the families large amount of money for their services for leaving the churches, often called the exit counseling. So at the end of the day, who is really breaking up the families?

Only God can decide who is a cult

Cult experts cannot be the ultimate judges in the matter of who is a cult. Many of them do not even consider themselves Christian. How then can they decide what is a cult and what is not or what should be practiced and what should not be practiced? Only God can decide that. The book that contains the words of God is the Holy Bible. The Bible clearly warns about the this kind people.

2 Pet 2:1-3 But there were also false prophets in Israel, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will cleverly teach destructive heresies and even deny the Master who bought them. In this way, they will bring sudden destruction on themselves. Many will follow their evil teaching and shameful immorality. And because of these teachers, the way of truth will be slandered. In their greed they will make up clever lies to get hold of your money. But God condemned them long ago, and their destruction will not be delayed.

The Bible teaches us that false teachers will come and make up clever lies. Why? To get hold of your money. Again, the WMSCOG never teaches members to break up their families or stay away from them because their religions are different. Church members respect their families’ choice of religions and do not force church’s beliefs on them. However, why do these cult experts keep bringing this accusation against the church? The above verse tells you the answer.

WMSCOG promotes happy families

The church teaches members to be good examples not only in church but also at their homes. Christ’s teaching of love should not be confined to the church only. The church also hosts various types of family events that bring families together. Once you visit the Church of God, you will clearly see the church is very different from what cult experts describe. If you would like to see the various events of the Church of God, please click on the link below.

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Is God the Mother in the Bible?

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One of the popular topics we cover in the World Mission Society Church of God (WMSCOG) is the existence of God the Mother. Most Christians have known God only as Father not as Mother. I asked many people why God is referred as Father, and many gave a similar answer. “God was called Father because it was a patriarchal society back then.” Could this be a sufficient answer? In old times, most of countries had the patriarchal societies but there were still concepts of female deity. Ancient Greece was a highly patriarchal society but people believed in a lot of goddesses. Ancient Egypt was also a very patriarchal society but still believed in many female deity. However, in Christianity, the concept of female God has not even been considered. Some might say it is because the Bible does not talk about God the Mother. Is it so?

The Bible testifies about God the Mother from the very beginning

Contrary to a popular belief that God is only Father, we can find a lot of references to God the Mother in the Bible. Let’s take a look at the book of Genesis, the first book of the Bible.

Gen 1:26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

Here, we can see God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness.” How did He speak? He clearly spoke in plural. This means that God is not one but more than one. In Hebrew text, the word for God in this context is Elohim which means Gods.

Then how many Gods exist? Let’s see the next verse.

Gen 1:27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

Human beings were created according to the image of God. Here, how many images do you see? Apparently two: male and female. Therefore, there should be two images of God — the male image of God and the female image of God. We always have called the male image of God Father. This is also a teaching of the Bible.

Matt 6:9 “This, then, is how you should pray: “ ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,

Since Christ taught us God is our Father, God is clearly our spiritual Father who is the male image of God. Then how should we call the female image of God? Of course Mother.

The Bible testifies about God the Mother, even until the last page

Rev 22:17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.

The Bible writes that the Spirit and the bride will give us the water of life. What is the water of life? It is eternal life according to Christ (John 4:13-14). The only one who can give us eternal life is God. This means that the Spirit and the bride must be God. Hm…then who are the Spirit and the Bride? The Spirit means the Holy Spirit who is God the Father according to the Trinity. In case you are not familiar with the term Trinity, it means God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are the same one God. Therefore, it is no surprise that the Spirit gives us eternal life. Yet, the Bible testifies that the bride also gives us eternal life. Then, who is this bride? Some may say that the bride represents a church or God’s people. However, can a church or God’s people give eternal life? Absolutely not. Therefore, the bride in Revelation cannot be a church or God’s people. If you want to know more about this, you can read this article.

Then who is the bride?

Rev 21:9-10 One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.

Here, an angel told John that he would show a bride who is the wife of the Lamb and showed the Holy City Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God. This means the bride is heavenly Jerusalem. Some might be confused thinking that how a city could be a bride. However, many things in the Bible are written figuratively. For example, the Lamb here is not a literal lamb but represents Jesus Christ. Keeping this in mind, we should correctly understand whom the bride represents in the Bible. We can find the answer in the book of Galatians.

Gal 4:26 But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother.

Here, we can understand that the heavenly Jerusalem represents our Mother. Therefore, the bride in Revelation is our heavenly Mother.

Conclusion: God the Mother is in the Bible

Besides these verses, there are many more verses that testify about Mother. Then some might wonder why not many people talk about Her much if She is really in the Bible. Well…2000 years ago, not many people knew and understood about Jesus Christ even though He was testified in the Bible (Isa 9:6-7, Mic 5:2, Isa 7:14). Yet, after many years, more and more people began to recognize Him and now it is hard to find someone who does not know Jesus. There was a lot of hindrance to spreading the good news of Christ (Acts 4:1-11) but the truth always prevailed and became known to God’s people. It will be the same for the truth of Mother. Though many try to deny Her existence in the Bible, eventually all the people in the world will know about Her. With this belief the World Mission Society Church of God is taking the lead in testifying about the God the Mother. If you visit the nearest church of God, you will understand more deeply about this teaching. Also check out following links and the video if you would like to know more about God the Mother.

God the Mother

Heavenly Family System

Elohim God

World Mission Society Church of God is not a cult

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There have been individuals who called themselves “cult experts” and try to label World Mission Society Church of God as a cult. Their activities have had serious and negative impacts on the church, instilling fear on people who are just introduced to the church. Some members encounter serious conflicts in their families due to the religious intolerance created by these self proclaimed experts. I don’t know about other countries but at least in America, everyone has a right to practice their own religious beliefs as long as they do not harm others. This right is protected by the very first amendment. In this post, I want to go over these cult experts’ claims and prove why the World Mission Society Church of God is not a cult.

The Cult Experts’ methods are reliable or accurate

First of all, is there a degree or certificate for becoming a cult expert? No. All these cult experts are self proclaimed experts. Basically one day they just decided to introduce themselves as experts in determining cults and use their own methodologies to support their claims. For this reason, their methods are not scientific at all and rather very subjective. Steven Hassan uses a method called BITE Model to label an organization as a cult. Let me introduce this BITE model briefly here. If you would like to see what the BITE model is in detail and why it is unreliable, please watch the video below.

World Mission Society Church of God – Hassan Exposed Part 3 from The True WMSCOG on Vimeo.

BITE stands for 4 types of controls that so called cults use to influence people.

B- Behavior Control

  • Where, how and with whom the member lives and associates with.
  • What clothes, colors, and hairstyles the person wears.

I- Information Control

  • Deliberately holding back information

T- Thought Control

  • need to internalize the group’s doctrine as truth
  • good vs evil

E- Emotional Control

  • Excessive use of guilt and fear

As the video explains, Jesus and Apostle’s teachings clearly fall into these four categories. I mean which religious group does not believe their doctrines and teachings are the truth? Also there are so many religions such as Buddism and Muslim that have the regulation on clothing and hair. If you examine all these religions based on BITE model, how many religions will be free from being labeled as a cult? Probably none.

The Bible is the standard of our faith

Buddhists follow Buddha’s teachings and Muslims follow Mohammad’s teachings. What about Christians? Should we follow cult experts’ teachings instead of Christ? Not at all! Christians should follow Christ’s teachings which are written in the Bible. Then how can we determine if a church is a cult or not? It should not be determined by cult experts but by the Bible. Since the Bible uses the word ‘heresy’ to mean a cult, let me use this word from now on. If a church’s teachings are in agreement with the Bible, that church is a true church. On the other hand, Even if a church has many members and properties, if its teachings are not based on the Bible but on men’s ideas, that church is a heresy according to the Bible.

2 Pet 2:1-3 (NIV) But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.

The Bible teaches that a characteristic of a false prophet or a heresy is to exploit people with stories they have made up. It is exactly what cult experts like Hassan are doing because nowhere in the Bible is found BITE model or the way to recognize a heresy that way. Then you might wonder why they are doing what they are doing. Let’s see the same verses in NLT version.

2 Pet 2:1-3 (NLT) But there were also false prophets in Israel, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will cleverly teach destructive heresies and even deny the Master who bought them. In this way, they will bring sudden destruction on themselves. Many will follow their evil teaching and shameful immorality. And because of these teachers, the way of truth will be slandered. In their greed they will make up clever lies to get hold of your money. But God condemned them long ago, and their destruction will not be delayed.

What is the cult experts’ strongest motivation to label an organization as a cult? It is money obviously. The more organizations they label as cults, the more people will need their service. As you can see in the video, Hassan constantly advertises his books and lectures during interviews and educational seminars. Even though he does not disclose his fee to public, it is known that he gets paid higher than lawyers and doctors. Basically people like him are using people’s fear of being in a cult as means to get rich. This is totally wrong!

The World Mission Society Church of God is not a cult

The standard of our faith should only be the Bible. If a church follows the Bible, it can never be a cult even if hundreds or thousands of cult experts say it is a cult. If you think they really care about your souls and know the correct way, ask yourself. Do they really believe in God correctly? Do they really follow the teachings of Jesus written in the Bible? Steven Hassan said the New Testament is an invention, which implies it is made by men. Do you think a person who does not believe in the Bible can teach you how to go to heaven?  The World Mission Society Church of God only follows the Bible. If you want to know about the church or wonder why some of your friends and family members go to this church, please visit us and see for yourself instead of relying on the cult experts’ teachings. You will be surprised by sincerity of the members and amazing teachings of the Bible.

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Does the Church of God divide families?

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Recently I came across an episode from NBC Today show. It featured the World Mission Society Church of God and seemed to hold it accountable for breaking up Rebecca’s family. I was quite offended by this show because it was very one-sided and some of the information was not even accurate. After this show, Rebecca herself had to make some videos to tell her side of the story and correct the wrong information reported on the show. If you would like to see the series of her videos, click on this link.

As a member of the church, let me write a few thoughts on this issue.

1. Does the Church of God divide families?

As you might know already, the Church of God has very different teachings compared to the other churches. For example, the church holds the main worship services on Saturday instead of Sunday. Also the church emphasizes the Passover that most Christians churches do not observe. Above all, the church believes in God the Mother as well as God the Father. However, all these teachings are based on the Bible and I shared a few of them on my website. You can click on the following links if you want to know more about the church’s teachings.

What is the Passover?

Why should we keep the Sabbath?

Why do we believe in Heavenly Mother?

Because of the difference in teachings and practices, church members often face disagreement among their own family members especially when they grew up in different religious backgrounds. It is a similar situation that happens to a newly married couple when a husband and wife have different religious beliefs. Yet, does every couple in this situation divorce? No, a lot of couples work out their differences by respecting each other’s religious belief even if they do not necessarily change their religions. The same thing can be true when this kind of disagreement happens in a family. As long as there is mutual respect for each other’s belief, there should be no problem in families. As a member of the Church of God, I can tell you confidently that the Church never teaches its members not to talk to their families because they are not part of the church. Rather, the church encourages members to practice God’s love in their families, serving them with humility and understanding. In actuality, most members get along well with their family members even though they have different religions.

2. The Church of God promotes family values

Contrary to what NBC Today show reported, the Church of God has promoted the family values through many events. Church members are encouraged to bring their family members who are not church members and they share God’s love and beautiful fellowship with them. If you would like to see the Church of God’s family events along with many other activities, please click on this link.

Every family can have a disagreement. However, as long as each family member respects each other, any issue can be resolved. However, what if one family member labels another as a cult just because he or she has a different belief? In this case, the real problem is not the church or different belief itself but the lack of understanding and respect from that family member. I feel sorry for what happened to Rebecca and her family and hope no one becomes the target of religious intolerance and discrimination in the future due to a misleading and biased news report.

Top 10 Reasons Why the Passover Is so Important

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Have you ever heard about the Passover? Some might think of the Jewish Passover but there is the Passover established by Jesus Christ himself. It is often remembered as the last supper which is depicted in the Leonardo da Vinci’s painting “Last Supper.” Surprisingly, not many Christians know the important of this holy day. A day before He died, Jesus emphasized the Passover as follows:

Luke 22:15 And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.

Why did Jesus eagerly desire to eat this Passover? Considering the fact that His only purpose was our salvation (Luke 19:10), this Passover should be closely related to salvation. Then, let’s learn top 10 reasons why this Passover is so crucial for us.

1. The Passover has the promise of eternal life

John 6:53-54 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.

Luke 22:13, 19-20 …So they prepared the Passover…And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.

The first reason is that Jesus promised the blessing of eternal life through the Passover. Some people might say believing in Christ is enough but Christ did not say “Whoever believes has eternal life” but said “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life.” Since he said that is the truth, we should not try to interpret it in any different way. The very day that Christ promised his flesh and blood is the Passover. Therefore, whoever keeps the Passover can receive eternal life.

2. The Passover has the promise of the forgiveness of sins

Matt 26:27-28 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.

The second reason is that the Passover has the promise of forgiveness of sins. The Bible describes us as sinners who have to die to pay for our sins (Rom 6:23). This means that we are not capable of getting rid of our sins on our own because that requires our own life. However, Christ took away our sins and died for us (John 1:29) and promised the forgiveness of sins on the Passover. Therefore, whoever wants to receive this grace must celebrate the Passover.

3. The Passover has the promise of the kingdom of heaven

Rev 21:4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

The Bible says that the new heaven and new earth that we are going have no death or mourning or crying. This place is the kingdom of heaven. The biggest characteristic of heaven is no death. Therefore, with a mortal body we cannot go to the kingdom of heaven. Only after receiving eternal life through the Passover, can we enter heaven. After Israelites came out of Egypt, they wandered in desert for 40 years. Yet, after they kept the Passover, they could enter the land of Canaan. In the book of Hebrews, Apostle Paul interpreted the event of entering Canaan as that of entering the kingdom of heaven (Heb 4). Therefore, keeping the Passover is very essential for going to the kingdom of heaven.

4. The Passover has the promise of salvation

1 Pet 1:9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

According to the Bible, salvation is something we must achieve at the end of our life of faith. If we fail to achieve it, it is not too much to say our life of faith has no meaning. Then we should take this matter seriously and make efforts to find out how to receive salvation. First of all, why do we need salvation? The Bible says that the wages of sin is death (Rom 6:23). Is there any human being who doesn’t die? Everyone does. That means no one is free from sin and death. Therefore, salvation for us is the free from sin and death. Through the Passover, we could receive the forgiveness of sins and eternal life, the life without death. Whoever wants to receive salvation should keep the Passover.

5. The Passover makes us become one body with Christ

1 Cor 10:16-17 Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all share the one loaf.

The Bible says that by participating in the bread and wine, we can become one body with Christ.  We, human beings, cannot go to the kingdom of heaven by ourselves but by becoming one body with Christ who is the owner of the kingdom of heaven. We can participate in the same body and blood through the Passover so therefore we must celebrate the Passover to become one body with Christ.

6. The Passover is the way to keep the first commandment

What is the first commandment in the Bible?

Matt 22:37-38 Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.

The first commandment is to love God with all our heart and soul and mind. Then, how can we keep this command? We can find the answer in the book of 2 Kings.

2 Kings 23:21-25 The king gave this order to all the people: “Celebrate the Passover to the Lord your God, as it is written in this Book of the Covenant.” Neither in the days of the judges who led Israel nor in the days of the kings of Israel and the kings of Judah had any such Passover been observed… Neither before nor after Josiah was there a king like him who turned to the Lord as he did—with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his strength, in accordance with all the Law of Moses.

King Josiah received the credit from God for keeping the first commandment. The only thing he did differently was to celebrate the Passover, that had not been kept for a long time. The Passover makes us love true God only by destroying all others gods (Exo 12:10-12). Therefore, we must celebrate the Passover to keep the most important commandment in the Bible.

7. The Passover contains the love and sacrifice of God

The Passover is often called the last supper because it was the last meal he had with disciples before he died. However, the Passover is not just the last meal but has much more significance for our salvation. It is the day when He promised His flesh and blood through which we can receive eternal life. In order to fulfill this promise, He actually tore His flesh and shed His blood by going through flogging, torture and crucifixion. Some of you might have watched the movie “Passion of Christ” that vividly describes the pain and suffering He experienced until crucifixion. His great suffering was the love for us who deserve to die due to our sins. Whoever believes in God should not reject this great love contained in the Passover.

8. Passover can protect us from disasters

Now we can easily see many types of disasters occurring all over the world. There are natural disasters such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunami, drought and man-made disasters such as war and terrorist attacks not to mention the last disaster prophesied in the Bible. Scientists and doctors are making every effort to make this world a safer place but it is impossible to prevent all these disasters. Rather, there have been more serious disasters in recent times. The Passover has the promise of protection from disasters.

Exo 12:11-13 …it is the Lord’s Passover. “On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn of both people and animals, and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the Lord. The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.

The blood means the Passover lamb’s blood which was painted on the doorframe. God promised that disasters would not come near those who kept the Passover. In the New Testament, we need to keep the new covenant Passover in order to receive the same blessing of protection.

9. True disciples of Christ must celebrate the Passover

Matt 26:18-19 … I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house…So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover.

Jesus directed his disciples to keep the Passover, which means the Passover is something disciples must celebrate. When He ascended to heaven, He commanded his disciples to make new disciples by teaching them everything He commanded.

Matt 28:19-20 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you

The Passover is clearly a teaching that Christ commanded while He was with disciples. Therefore, true disciples of Christ must celebrate the Passover and teach the Passover.

10. The Passover is the way to return to God

2 Chr 30:1-10 Hezekiah sent word to all Israel and Judah and also wrote letters to Ephraim and Manasseh, inviting them to come to the temple of the Lord in Jerusalem and celebrate the Passover to the Lord, the God of Israel…People of Israel, return to the Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, that he may return to you who are left…

In the time of King Hezekiah, as the king urged North Israelites who had been committing idolatry to come and keep the Passover together, he said, “Return to God.” However, North Israelites refused to keep the Passover and as a result were destroyed by Assyrian army. This means that the only way to return to God is to celebrate the Passover. If you want to repent of our past sins and come closer to God, why don’t you keep the Passover?

There are more reasons to keep the Passover but for the sake of time and the title of this post, let me just keep them 10. I hope readers understand the importance of the Passover better through this post.