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The Pangea Incident

Bear with me and struggle through the following paragraph...

Pangea, also spelled Pangaea, in early geologic time, was a supercontinent that incorporated almost all the landmasses on Earth. Pangea was surrounded by a global ocean called Panthalassa, and it was fully assembled by the Early Permian Epoch (some 299 million to about 273 million years ago). The supercontinent began to break apart about 200 million years ago, during the Early Jurassic Epoch (201 million to 174 million years ago), eventually forming the modern continents and the Atlantic and Indian oceans. Pangea’s existence was first proposed in 1912 by German meteorologist Alfred Wegener as a part of his theory of continental drift. Its name is derived from the Greek pangaia, meaning “all the Earth.” (Source: Encyclopedia Britannica)

Simply speaking, scientists are united in the belief that at one time all land was one mass. Prior to 1912 they were pretty much oblivious to the idea. Since then they have devised a very involved timeline of pretty much all things Pangean that occurred over millions and millions of years. Over the course of even more millions of years Pangea ultimately broke apart into the continents that exist today.

I'm not going to get into the timeline of the whole Pagean Perplexity and the age of the Earth and all that. I believe God can instantly create billion-year old rocks in a split second.

I'm going to say Pangea was known to exist long before German meteorologist Alfred Wegener began to suspect it a hundred years ago before the scientific community had the slightest clue.

Moses, the author of Genesis, knew Pangea existed long before science had the slightest inkling...

9 Then God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so.

How did Moses, a wilderness wanderer, know about Pangea thousands of years before science even had a hint?

How did the author Job know that stars "sing" 5,000 years before science had a clue?...

When the morning stars sang together, And all the sons of God shouted for joy? (Job 38:7)

How did Paul know no two stars are alike?...

There is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differs from another star in glory. (1 Corinthians 15:41)

The answer is someone told them. That Someone is who we call God...

16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

Make no mistake, there is a God who created all creation. The Bible contains many things that only an all powerful everlasting God would know and or could do. The Bible is not a scientific work yet EVERY scientific statement found in the Bible has either been proven to be true or it has NOT been proven to be false.

The Bible itself is proof of God's existence.

The Bible is a trilogy, a three part volume, Part 1.) "Someone Is Coming!" - (Genesis through Malachi), is the story of God creating man in His image to be in fellowship with Him only to have Satan come between Him and his creation. God immediately begins to bring those who desire to be in a relationship with Him back to Him. Part 2.) "Someone Is Here!" - (Matthew, Mark, Luke & John), the story of Jesus, and Part 3.) "Someone Is Coming Again!" - (Acts through Revelation). The Bible begins with Satan coming between God and His creation and ends with God being totally victorious over Satan and all those who choose to be with him.

The fact the Bible itself even exists is proof alone God exists.

The Bible is NOT a book. It is a collection of 66 books, bound into one volume, written by some 40 different authors from a variety of cultures, social standings, backgrounds and educational levels over a 1500 plus year time period and all written on single subject - God's dealings with His creation - all in harmony with the others.

We can go to any busy traffic center, airport, shopping center, popular amusement park - anywhere - and select just 4 people at random and have them write a book on any subject we choose to be collected and combined a year later.

When we collected the books we would find glaring differences in them. About the only harmony the books would have with each other would be the consistent subject. No matter how many times we performed the experiment, the result would be the same.

And that's only with 4 authors. Ramp the figure up 40 authors totaling 66 books and we can see just how unlikely it would be to duplicate the collection of books we have come to call the "Bible."

Nothing has even come slightly close to anything like the Bible and nothing never will. The Bible continues to have more copies printed than all the printed publications in existence in spite of the fact it is the single most attacked publication in history.

Is this unity and harmony a fluke, a product of pure chance? How is it possible?

While the Bible itself alone is proof of the existence of God we find the explanation within its pages, again,...

16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17 NKJV)

How was this one of a kind harmonious work done?

19 And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; 20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, 21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. (1 Peter 1:19-21 NKJV)

The Bible lays out what one must do to be in fellowship with the True and Living God and eternally live with Him. He does not force anyone to fellowship Him. He allows those who want to live eternally without Him. Being without God is unimaginable unending torment in hell-fire.

The choice is yours.

Jesus himself says...

15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. (Mark 16:15-16)

Jesus himself is saying those who hear the preached gospel AND believes it will be saved, those who don't believe it, or won't carry through with their belief, will be condemned.

What is the gospel that Jesus wants preached?

15 Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, 2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)

The gospel is Jesus Christ's death, burial and resurrection. Both Jesus and Paul affirm the believed gospel saves. The gospel is so important Paul repeats, "according to the scriptures." It not only saves it protects.

The first recorded gospel sermon is preached in Acts 2 by Peter at Pentecost some 50 days after Jesus rose from the dead. In his sermon he tells the crowds that they murdered the very Messiah they and their ancestors wished for for so long and God raised him from the dead. They were "pricked in their heart" and asked, "What shall we do?"

38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:38)

They heard the gospel, and were told to change their thinking, repent, and many of them believed it, verse 47 tells what happened to them who believed and obeyed Peter's command in verse 38

40 And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation.” 41 Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.

Here we see Jesus' words from The Great Commission of Mark 16:15-16 in action. Peter is preaching the gospel, people are believing it, and are being baptized for the remission of sins.

There were surely hearers on the Day of Pentecost who did not believe. If they had believed they would have obeyed the command of Jesus relayed by Peter, "Repent and be baptized for the remission of sins."

47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved. (Acts 2:47)

And here we see the results of Mark 16:15-16, believing, baptized hearers being saved and added to the church by the Lord. The church is made up of the saved.

For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. (1 Corinthians 12:13)

And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. (Colossians 1:18)

I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church, (Colossians 1:24)

7 and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, 8 in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9)

The denominational world generally teaches that we are "saved by grace," "faith only" and nothing more. They stand on Ephesians 2:9 "not of works, lest anyone should boast." The ONLY place the words "faith only" appear in the New Testament is found in James 2:24 and it says NOT by faith only.

Ephesians 2:9 is talking about man's works and not God's ordained works of obedience.

28 Then they said to Him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?” 29 Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.” (John 6:28-29)

Belief is a work men must do to be saved. (Mark 16:15-16)

I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:3 and 13:15 verbatim)

Repentance, the changing of ones thinking about sin, is a work men must do to be saved.

For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Romans 10:10)

In the Acts 8 passage about Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch we see Mark 16:15-16. We read Philip preached to him Jesus, the eunuch saw the water and wanted to be obedient. Philip said "if you believe, you may." The eunuch then confessed his belief, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” Then Philip and the eunuch came out of the water.

When we examine every one of the salvation examples found in the New Testament after Jesus rose from the dead we can see how each fits into Mark 16:15-16 and Matthew 28:18-20 commands of Jesus. There is not one example of anyone being saved by any other method or form. Not one.

The Bible does not need to include every single facet of being baptized in gospel obedience of Mark 16:15-16 and Matthew 28:18-20 with each New Testament example of Biblical salvation. When the New Testament says a condition was involved in an example, that one condition was involved in every example.

If you were baptized to join a church, for a public display or confession of your faith, because it just seemed like a good idea, as a baby or for ANY reason other than for the remission of sins by immersion in water in obedience to the gospel by the authority of the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, you have NOT been scripturally baptized.

Baptism for the remission of sins by immersion in water in obedience to the gospel is absolutely necessary for salvation. It is a teaching, a doctrine, a command of Christ Jesus. If anyone teaches otherwise...

Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son. (II John 1:9)

If a church teaches any other form of salvation other than baptism by immersion in water for the remission of sins in obedience to the gospel that is a transgressing church.

If you aren’t absolutely sure you have been Biblically baptized for the remission of sins by immersion water in the name of The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit, Matthew 28:18-20, you need to correct that and be certain.

Baptism is the beginning of a new life where one is born again, John 3:3, John 3:5.

4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. (Romans 6:4)8 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. (Romans 8:1)

Your eternal future depends on it.

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