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Mr. Martin Sheller
Good to hear from you again, your questions are clear and well thought out, and I am glad to bo able to bring you some Scriptural answers which I know will help resolve the basic issues.
It appears to me that Roscoe is a spirit or perhaps an angelic being however he has told you does not seem to be consistent with the Word of God, and therefore Scripture invites you to test such an apparition and his claims, in I John we find these words, "Beloved, do not believe every snirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are of Cod; for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit which confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit which does not confess Jesus is not of God. This is the spirit of antichrist of which you have heard that it was coming, and even now it is in the world..." (I John 4:1-3). It is quite proper for you to ask Roscoe to state his relationship to the Lord Jesus Christ. Evil spirits have kmowledge of God and are quite deceptive, the counterfeit may look as good as the real, but the above Scripture is tho key issue.
Hebrews Chapter 13 says, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever" and John's Gospel says of our Lord Jesus, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Nord was with God, and the IVord was God. He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made. In Him was life and the life was the light of men. The light shines in file darkness, and the darkness has not put it out...and the Nord was made flesh and kvelt among us, full and truth; we have beheld His glory, Glory as of the only Son frem the Father..." (John 1).
In the Books of Acts Chapter 4, verse 12 we have these words concerning Jesus Christ of Nazareth, "; And there is salvation in no one else, for Saved".
RomarLs Chapter 10 reminds us, "If you confess with your lips that Jesus m Lord and believe in your heart that Cod raised Him from the dead, you wi11 be saved. For mall believes with his heart and so is iustified, and he mnfeasas with his lhos and so is saved. The Scripture says, 'no one who in Him will be nut to shmeck'. For there is no distinction and Greek; the sane Lord is Lord of all and bestows bis riddles all who call upon Him. For 'everyone who calls on the name the Lord will be shaved'".
From these passages the Bible makes it clear that salvation is only Jestks Christ, and Ilis velw name is important. Jobn l:lZ says,
"To as many ms received ltim (Jesus Christ) to them lie gave the authority to become tho sons of God, even to those who believe in His name". Now Jesus C]~rist is received mhd knial by faith. Feelings and emotions' can be out of step and are never a good guide. The Bible gives us the facts,faith is our resporkqe to the facts, feelings are the caboose and will fall in ~ine after I have walked by faith with God. Now prayer is nothing more than honestly and frankly telling Cod exactly how you feel and inviting Him to show you the full truth. Indeed you should pray to God, i .e. Jesus Christ, directler. You might pray, for example along these lines: "Lord Jesus I am anxious to know who you are and I would like to knmy the full truth concerning God and yourself, please help me and resolve noz doubts and fears. I invite you into my heart and am entrusting my life into your hands", lhe worcLs aren't important, but your imler attitude amd sincereity are what God looks for.
I don't believe you have sold your soul to the devil. The idea of selling out to the devil is Faustian, not Scriptural. All .men are either serving god or the devil according to Romans Qmpter 6, and Jesus Christ sets us free to serve llim in total liberty. So you might say all mankind is sold out to the devil and his puppets on a string until Jesus sets them free. However the danger with toying with false prophets and cults is further ensnarement and entanglement. It is serious and dangerous to meddle in the occult, and the Bible warns of the perils of this area, and forbids Christians from getting involved with evil spirits, spiritism, metaphysics, astrology, etc. Remember that truth is truth becanse it never dmnge. Jesus (hrist said, "I am the truth". Cults and religions of recent origin are always suspicious for this reason.
~Hebrows Chapter 1 opens with these words concerning God's uniquer~ and final revelation to man in Jesus Christ: "in many and various ways God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets; but in these last days He has spoken to us by a Soil, whom tie appointed heir of all things, through whom also tie created the worlds, lte reflects the glory!of God and bears the very starm) of Ills nature, upholding the universe by His mighty word of power. IVhen }le had made purification for our sins, lie sat dawn at the right hand of the majesty on high having become as much superior to angels as the name He has obtained is more excellent than theirs". I:, nmtl~ioned the single sacrifice for sins which the Bible talks Himself repeatedly as the high priest (in the Old Testament) enters the holy place yearly with blood not his oxen; for then de (Jnsus Christ) would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, He hns appeared once for all at the end of the age to put away sin by the sacrifice of illmse~d just as it is appointed for men to die once, and .after this con~s judgment, so Christ having been offered once to bear tho sins of InmB' will shmear a second time, not to deal with sin, but to save those wile are eagerb, waiting for him".
NON the deep things of f;od are yours as soon as your relationship with Jesus Christ has been established. Don't try to ualderstand the whole rich truth of the Bible all at once. l~e vital and key issue at the moment is meeting Jesus Christ and cmm~itting your life to tlim. (~ce you have made this basic decision you can move as rapidly as you like into a knowledge of God and Ills rich tremsures of wisdom. The Bible says that Jesns Christ is God's last and final word hence we are not to look for additional prophets. /~ae Bible indeed does have tho inside infomnation on nuclear pcn,;er I believe even on spacefli~t, and I would be glad to share the of this subject i,lith you and to tell you what I've learned. Sible is my olin personal rex~t on science because it sees lifo/~o much more deeply that the natural wisdom of man which is foolishness to God. You are suite right in raising the speculation "has man failed Jesus".p This is precisely the awful truth of man's sin, denravity and hatred of %~faen God apDeared on earth men crucified Him (Acts 2] , but He c~me from the dead anyacay and is n~v govereifol Ruler of the universe. Al% the evidence points to a return of Jesus Christ in the near future, I , believe timo is very short, lhe Bible says~how~e~, that no n knows the date or time, only the Father. Do you have a Bible? I will be glad to send you one if you will down and read through John's Gospel and ~le Book of gomarus. The says, "Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God", reading the Word of God will dispel your doubts and increase I want to help you in anyway possible, and am in regular prayer :for you asking God to make Hilnself real to you and that you may
the great"love of Jesus Christ which is greater than other love in the universe for "God is love". I want to urge you give Jesus Christ a chance to help you-and this-~ill be possible ~s you give ilim your full con~nitment and walk of faith. [Ie not fail to becoine your closest Friend and Co,mpanion, but as a holy d of love He can not compromise with evil. You will never regret decision and the love of Jesus is all you'll ever want. your friend,
~.S. If y0u have no missgiving plans, I'd be glad to have you and a few other friends at my house. Your call is always welcome. case.
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