Sunday, 16 October 2016

A Cat, a Nurse and a Journey: 3 Books

I have read 

  • Cleo: The Cat Who Mended a Family by Helen Brown
  • Nurse, Come You Here! More True Stories of a Country Nurse on a Scottish Isle by Mary J. MacLeod
  • Not Without My Father: One Woman's 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace by Andra Watkins

I'm not a theologian and this post is not going to be a Bible study, but because these three books include some subject matter that is contrary to Bible truth, I believe I must address that. 
The Bible says that only God has immortality (1 Timothy 6:14-16). In other words, we don't. There is no separate entity inside us that continues to exist after we die. As a matter of fact, the Bible says that souls can die (Ezekiel 18:4). The Bible refers to death as a sleep (John 11:11-14), out of which we will be awakened in the resurrection at Jesus' second coming (Daniel 12:2). As a matter of fact, the apostle Peter in his sermon on the day of Pentecost, makes it clear that King David is not yet in heaven (Acts 2:14-39, see especially vv. 29 & 34). So we don't go straight to heaven - or hell - when we die. While the thought of our loved ones being in heaven may be comforting, it's not Biblical. And the idea that some may already be burning in torment is a vicious lie that maligns the character of a loving God, and is really not Biblical either. Deceased persons cannot "come back" to visit the living. The spirits of the dead are not available to give us comfort or guidance because the dead are resting in the grave until Jesus returns. That's the Bible truth.
But what about these manifestations that appear to be the spirits of people who have died? The Bible also tells us that there are supernatural powers - angels - that can act in our lives. And that there are both good angels, working and cooperating with God, and evil angels, who are Satan's assistants. The evil angels are also known as evil spirits, demons and devils. These evil spirits can masquerade as our dead Aunt Matilda or George Washington or even our deceased pet. They can come to us "in person," in a dream or even a suggestion to our minds. And while they may seem to be helping or comforting us, this is all part of a subtle act in their goal of our ultimate destruction. The devil and his angels are very real. And they are not nice. That's why I consider books that portray ghosts, spirits of the dead or other supernatural manifestations as benign or even helpful to be especially dangerous. If we can be conditioned into thinking that these spiritual visitations are harmless or possibly beneficial by reading these types of books, then Satan has accomplished a major goal and we will be more open to his deceptions.
So, I will not share the link to these books on Amazon and will not even review them here or discuss their content because I will not encourage anyone to read them. I'm not saying they were horrible books, without any human interest value. I just don't intend to promote something that has such subtle dangers. 
By the way, I have by no means exhausted the Bible topics I have discussed above, so if you're interested in studying further, click on the Hell Truth or Ghost Truth links in my sidebar, or scroll to the bottom of my page and click on the Truth About Death link.