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Apart from its importance for drinking and performing other domestic chores, water has recreational value to people. For many people, no relaxation and fun experience is complete without a visit to swimming pools, water parks, rivers, or beaches. The problem however is that on many occasions, such has turned from enjoyment to regret as witnessed in many tragic stories of individuals who have died from drowning. Victory Bernard writes on improving water safety consciousness.

Sad tale of loss

A World Health Organisation (WHO) report showed that 372,000 people die yearly from drowning, out of which over half of all the drowning deaths occur among people under 25 years. Thus drowning has become one of the 10 leading causes of death for people in this age group.

To bring this home, a famous Nigerian television reality show was suspended in 2007 after a contestant drowned during preparation for the programme. Anthony Ogadje, 25, and five other contestants had gone to Sphere Hills Lake in Plateau State to prepare for the show when he got drowned in a river he was supposed to cross. It was quite unfortunate that all attempts to revive the victim by attendant medical team and the life-guards, including his fellow contestants, failed.

Also, seven members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) drowned in a river Taraba State when they went on a swimming expedition in River Mayo-Selbe, a major tributary of the Benue River.

In April 2018, a Nigerian final year student of Computer Science, ISFOB Benin University, Aliyu Abubakar drowned in a beach in Cotonou just few weeks to his graduation. In August of the same year, a public administration student of the Federal Polytechnic, Ekowe, Bayelsa State, identified as Adekunle drowned in a river close to the school when he went to fetch water due to lack of water on the campus.

In yet another incident, in May, a 100-level student of at the University of Uyo, Kingsley Etim, drowned in the swimming pool of DeVagas paradise hotel in Uyo during a pool party.

These unfortunate incidents clearly show the need for a clear understanding of water safety.

Water safety involves the procedures, precautions and policies associated with safety in, on and around bodies of water, where there is a risk of injury or drowning. It has applications in several occupations, sports and recreational activities.

However, the rate of fatalities that have occurred in recreational areas has shown the lack of management and know-how in this area of water safety. Hence the reason this article was written.

WHO further said that this menace is preventable only if the government of all nations can develop a national water plan which would provide strategic direction and a framework to guide multi-sectoral efforts to prevent drowning. The question, however, is: how many nations, including Nigeria, is taking steps towards putting a stop to this needless loss of lives?

Therefore, it behooves every individual, especially lovers of the aqua-world, to take necessary safety precautions to stay safe around open water.

Ignorance – Cause Of Death

There are many causes of deaths in water bodies but a major one as identified by a marine and water safety expert, Dr. Wilson Arikpo, is ignorance.

In a chat with Safety Record, a former spokesman of the Institute of Safety Professionals of Nigeria (ISPON) said that fear was a result of lack of knowledge of safety skills which has led to deaths around water bodies.

Dr Wilson Arikpo
Dr. Wilson Arikpo

“One word I hope will capture it all is ignorance. Another word, which is an offshoot of ignorance, is hydrophobia,” he explained.

He added, “There could be so many other causes of death in water bodies, but whatever causes death can be summarised in the fact that what you don’t know, you don’t know and ignorance produces phobia, which is why many are afraid of water.

“Do you realise that many fun seekers who go to the beach are afraid of water, yet they want to play or celebrate around the shoreline?

Recalling an incident, he said, “I recall an incident during the screening for a reality show when a young lady claimed she could swim, yet she started screaming for help the moment she jumped into the water.

“Fear overtook her. Over-confident people who can swim but are bereft of basic water safety knowledge are also very susceptible to death in water.

“Hydrophobia must be overcome, but only by knowledge. The requisite knowledge will crush ignorance and build confidence; with confidence you will not fret in or around water.

“I love to remind people that we drink water and take our bath with water every day, so there is nothing dangerous about water itself.”

He also linked death in water to alcohol and drugs.

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“I do not have statistics, but I do know that another factor is the influence of drugs and alcohol usage while swimming.

“It impacts negatively on swimmers, but people indulge in all of that due to ignorance of its effect on them.”

Poor standards around swimming facility

Safety Record recalls the unfortunate incident of an undergraduate who died during a poolside party for his friends in a hotel, where they swam late into the night.

The hotel’s CCTV camera showed that his friends watched him struggle as he drowned but they failed to raise an alarm.

Arikpo stated that such incidents could have been avoided if standards were maintained around swimming facilities.

He said, “One major area where people love to go for their swimming spree is at bar pools. Unfortunately, there have been reports of the death of students at such places.

“Some people have drowned in rather avoidable circumstance even in swimming pools owing mostly to lack of adequate safety standards by the facilities owners.

“We have read of incidences where people drown in swimming pools in hotels. That should never happen.”

He added that “Every swimming pool should be well-marked and adequately cordoned against unintended users, and must conform to safety standards with well-trained lifeguards who monitor the activities of fun-seekers and users of the facility.

“Patrons of the facility must be supervised because a fun seeker could get excited and attempt very dangerous things.

“Safety issues cannot be taken for granted, which is why you are made to listen to the safety moments every time you board an aircraft or standard vessel (ship), even if you are their regular passenger or you had boarded the aircraft earlier on the same day.

“Similarly, recreational facilities users must first be given safety induction as a pre-condition for using the facility.”

He further said, “If there was strict adherence to safety standards of not swimming at night; If there was a lifeguard on duty; If there was adequate signage; If there was adherence to the principles of water safety; If there was a safety induction moment; If the young men were not high on something; If all the IFs were taken care of, the young man could not have drowned.

“I remember how I practically saved the lives of some young people who wanted to dive into a swimming pool in one prominent hotel without reading the signage, which clearly showed that the pool was a shallow one with the deepest section only six feet deep. Diving headlong into a six feet deep pool is disastrous because your head will definitely make contact with the floor of the pool.”

Arikpo explained that swimming facility managers must also provide incident logbooks for supervising authorities to check appropriately.

Prevention

The safety expert reiterated that potential swimmers must be knowledgeable about the necessary precautions to take before diving into uncertain waters.

“For obvious reasons, you should never swim alone, but in a group of at least two.

“It is advisable to wait at least one hour after eating. It is very important to take notice of signage.

“Every aquatic facility should have signs with large, legible instructions that can be read from a distance, with rules, warnings and information concerning the depths of the water and other potential dangers or hazards inherent in the facility.”

He added, “Never, ever swim at night, especially where there is poor lighting. Do not drink alcohol before swimming. Do not push or force others underwater, because such horseplay has resulted in fatalities. You should not be involved in unnecessary stunts.

“It is safer to always swim beside the edge where rescue will be easier and possible in the event of loss of strength or consciousness.

“When in open water body, it is advisable to keep away from boats, fishing nets and weeds, which is why it is better not to swim too far off. Get out when cold before hypothermia sets in.

“You must not dive headlong (that is reserved for professionals who understand whether the terrain is charted or not). Rather, it is safer to jump with your feet first and only where and when it is safe. Some people have cracked or knocked their heads against hard objects and died.”

He said it was imperative to always wear a personal flotation device (life jackets) when without an instructor or lifeguard.

Also speaking with Safety Record, Scientific Officer 1, Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Hajia Salamatu Yusuf explained that there was lack of skilled personnel who knew how to resuscitate victims.

Identifying points to note around open water, she said, “One should be prepared to interact with water and conquer fear of water.

“Non-professional swimmers should always have their lifejackets on. Never go alone. Avoid going near water where the edges are slippery. There should always be a bill to indicate depth of pool.

“A trained personnel should always be present to rescue and resuscitate a victim in case of eventualities.

“Flotation device should be provided at the pool. Poolside should be maintained and kept clean all the time.

“Most open water bodies are unprotected. Children, animals and even adults have had cases of drowning in open water bodies.

“The water should be protected to minimise unauthorised exploit of the water resources and also preserve life.”

‘Water safety should be incorporated into school curriculum’

Arikpo said that to proactively reduce drowning incidents to the barest minimum, more needed to be done by the government to impart knowledge and engender participation from the citizenry.

He equally explained that although there was plethora of policies in Nigeria but the National Orientation Agency needed to engage in better advocacy to increase awareness.

Arikpo stated, “When ignorance is allowed to rule the mind and requisite training is taken for granted, disaster is inevitable because like the Bible says in Hosea 4:6 ‘My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge… Thank God for His grace upon Nigeria.”

He added, “The antidote is training, training and more training. The government owes the citizenry the duty of raising the awareness level, especially as people do not need to go to the beach or pool before they drown.

“There is nothing wrong in incorporating water safety in our school curricula, seeing that the 853km stretch of Nigeria’s coastline alone runs through seven Southern States; all bordering on the Atlantic Ocean.

“When you now include the stretch of the Rivers Niger and Benue, plus the Lake Chad and other water bodies in Nigeria, you will understand that the government needs to pay more attention to water safety in Nigeria.

“Thank God that we are a blessed Nation without natural disasters, but there is the need to be proactive and be ready with adequate knowledge of Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity Plan before any unforeseen situation happens. Like the saying goes, “To be forewarned is to be forearmed”.

 

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  1. Hi,

    This is an important public service announcement concerning our future well being. I found this information very interesting and should be viewed by everyone. Please take the time to read it over:

    We are heading towards a future in which they will mandate us to have an RFID microchip implanted in our body. This chip will hold all our personal information, and we will lose much more of our privacy because of the tracking capabilities.

    Did you know this microchiop matches perfectly with Biblical prophecy? Please read on!

    “He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

    Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666” (Revelation 13:16-18 NKJV).

    Referring to the end times, this could only be speaking of a cashless money society, which we have yet to see, but are moving towards. Otherwise we could still buy or sell without the mark among others if physical money was still currency. This mark could not be spiritual, because the word references two distinct physical locations. If it was spiritual, it would only say in the forehead.

    We can see throughout the history of time how we are being conditioned through the process of convenience. More specifically with how we make payments. We went from physical currency to credit and debit cards containing digital currency, to these cards having a chip in them, to now being able to place your card near a device that will read its data. As well as self check-out lines in our market places and the cryptocurrency industry making a rapid climb in such form as bitcoin. These are all stepping stones for the powers that run this world to bring about their ultimate agenda, that is to place a microchip in each and every one of us.

    RFID microchip implantable technology is on the horizon and will become the future of a one world cashless money society.

    Continue reading to see how it perfectly matches up with Bible prophecy!

    From a YouTube video titled, “Warning From Man Who Designed RFID Microchip”

    Here are some notes from the video:

    “Carl Sanders attended seventeen New World Order meetings with heads-of-state officials such as Henry Kissinger and Bob Gates of the C.I.A. to discuss plans on how to bring forth this one-world system. The government commissioned Carl Sanders to design a microchip for identifying and controlling the peoples of the world-a microchip that could be placed under the skin with a hypodermic needle(a fast, convenient method that would be slowly accepted by society).

    Mr. Sanders, with a team of engineers behind him, with US grant monies supplied by tax dollars, took on this challenge and designed a microchip that is powered by a lithium battery, rechargeable through the temperature fluctuations in our skin. Without having knowledge of the Bible(Mr. Sanders was not a believer at the time), these engineers spent one and a half million dollars doing research on the best and most convenient place to have the microchip placed under the skin.

    Guess what? These researchers found that the forehead and the back of the hand(the two locations Revelation says the mark will go) are not just the most convenient locations, but are also the only viable locations for rapid, consistent temperature fluctuations in the skin to recharge the lithium battery. The chip is about seven millimeters in length, .75 millimeters in diameter, about the size of a grain of rice. It is capable of containing pages upon pages of information about you. All your general history, work history, crime record, health history, and financial data can be stored on this chip.

    Brother Sanders believes that this microchip, which he regretfully helped design, is the “mark” spoken about in Revelation 13:16-18. The original Greek word for “mark” is “charagma,” which means a “scratch or etching.” It is also interesting to note that the number 666 is a word in the original Greek language. The word is “chi xi stigma,” with the last part, “stigma,” also meaning “to stick or prick.”

    Mr. Sanders asked a doctor what would happen if the lithium contained within the RFID chip leaked into the body. The doctor answered by saying a terrible sore would appear in that location. This is what the book of Revelation has to say: “And the first(Angel) went, and poured out his vial on the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore on the men which had the mark of the beast, and on them which worshipped his image” (Revelation 16:2).

    WHAT IS THE NAME OF THE BEAST, THE NUMBER OF ITS NAME? THE MYSTERY OF THE NUMBER 666 REVEALED?

    What I first want to explain, before I share my thoughts on the number of the beast, is that God confirms in threes. We can see this throughout scripture: “For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one” (1 John 5:7 NKJV). “and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:4 NKJV). “…Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!” (Revelation 4:8 NKJV). There are many more examples, but I thought I would just share three of them to make the point.

    Looking at Revelation 13:16-18, the first group of three I would like to point out is that the mark of the beast is detailed in three separate verses, 16, 17 and 18. The next three I see is in verse 16, “He causes all…” is followed by three contrasting categories of people, “both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave…”. Then unto verse 17, it opens with, “and that no one may buy or sell except one who has…”, followed by three explanations of what one must have to buy or sell, “…the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name”. Now in verse 18, we read “Let him who has understanding calculate…”, which is followed by, “the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666”. The last three I see is the number 6 being used three times in a row. The reason I’m making this point is because of the number 666, as you will read below.

    “17: even that not any could buy or sell, except the one having the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of its name” (Literal Greek Translation).

    Here we can see the mark being identified as having the name of the beast, and that name being identified as being a number. We can conclude that these attributes being shown in verse 17 are all in one thing because the Bible warns of us about receiving the mark, singular. It is clear in verse 17 that we cannot buy or sell without the mark(being previously identified as a microchip), but why cant we buy or sell without the name of the beast, or the number of its name? What does that have to do with us buying or selling if the number of the beast only applies to identifying the Antichrist, as the common thought has been? So we need the number of the beast to buy or sell. What does this mean?

    “here the wisdom is, the one having the mind let him calculate the number of the wild beast, number for of human it is, and the number of it 666” (Revelation 13:8 Greek Translation).

    “Here is wisdom. Let him that has understanding count the number of the beast: for the number of man; and its number is six hundred sixty-six” (Jubilee Bible 2000 translation).

    “In this situation wisdom is needed. Let the person who has insight figure out the number of the beast, because it is a human number. The beast’s number is 666” (GOD’S WORD translation).

    The Greek word “anthrōpos” being used in verse 18 where it says “of human” is the Greek strongs concordance G444. The first two definitions of the word are “a human being, whether male or female”, and, “generically, to include all human individuals”. Could the number of the beast apply to all mankind? In the Greek, and other translations, you will notice the beast is described as an “it”, instead of “him”. The reason I’m making this point is because when a translation says “His number is 666”, this would imply a singular person, the Antichrist. But by saying “the number of it 666”, implies that it is of the beast system as a whole.

    Throughout time there have been people attempting to calculate numbers based on titles and names that come up to the number 666 to identify one person. But from verse 18, I do not see where God is instructing us to count up to 666, but rather to count the number of the beast. This number is revealed as 666. So the verse is telling us to count the number 666.

    What does it mean to count? It means to add up. So how could we add up 666? Remember my previous point about God confirming in threes. So logically, what would be the best way to count the number 666? To count it equally in threes based off the number. We cannot count it equally as 600+60+6, this would also bring us back to the start. We cannot count it as 600+600+600, or 60+60+60, because there are no zeroes in between or at the end of 666. The only option is 6+6+6=18. What is interesting is that the verse that reveals for us to count the number itself is verse 18, being the third verse out of three verses that describe the mark of the beast. What is 18 divided by 3? 6. So 3×6=18, or 6+6+6=18.

    Another interesting point is the only two other combinations(making a total of three possible combinations) for placing a “+” symbol in between the 6’s are 66+6=72, and 6+66=72. Adding 7+2 and 7+2 equals 18. Add both 72’s together and you get 144. Why the number 144 is interesting is because the verse following Revelation 13:18 is the first time in the Bible where the 144,000 are being described in detail: “Then I looked, and behold, a Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His Father’s name written on their foreheads…” (Revelation 14:1).

    Now if you add up all three numbers by counting 666 by moving the “+” symbol around, it would be 72+72+18=162. What is interesting about the number 162, is, if you divide 144,000 by 162, you get 888. The name of Jesus in Greek gematria adds up to 888. Revelation 14:1 not only mentions the 144,000, but also the Lamb who is Jesus.

    Applying the same format that I used with calculating the number 666, in which I got the numbers 144 and 162, they also bring interesting results bringing us to the number 18:

    – 14+4=18*

    – 16+2=18*

    – 1+4+4=(9), 1+6+2=(9), (9+9)=18*

    – 1+44=(45), 1+62=(63), (4+5)=9, (6+3)=9, 9+9=18* | (45+63)=108, 10+8=18*

    – 14+4=(18), 1+44=(45), (1+8)=9, (4+5)=9, 9+9=18* | (18+45)=[63] | 16+2=(18), 1+62=(63), (1+8)=9, (6+3)=9, 9+9=18* | (18+63)=[81] | [6+3]=9, [8+1]=9, 9+9=18* | [63+81]=144

    – 1+4+4=(9), 14+4=(18), 1+44=(45), (9+18+45)=[72] (any two combinations of (9, 18, 45, and 72 will add to 18*) | 1+6+2=(9), 16+2=(18), 1+62=(63), 9+18+63=[90] (any two combinations of (9, 18, 63, and 90 will get you 18*) | [7+2]=9, [9+0]=9, 9+9=18* | [72+90]=162

    Now what is interesting about the number for Jesus, 888, is that if you apply this same formula, you get 8+8+8=24. Why the number 24? Revelation chapter 4 tells us there are 24 elders seated around the throne of God. This is the same throne where Jesus sits.

    Now if you take 8+8+8=24, and 8+88=96, and 88+8=96, you get 24+96+96=216. Take 144,000 divided by 216 and you get 666. Remember that this was the same exact formula to get the number 162 out of counting 666 that brought about the number 888 when dividing 144,000 by 162. It is perpetual.

    With using the same formula of counting by adding the “+” symbol in between the numbers, why do all these numbers relate in such a way?

    Another interesting point to note is that if you add up all the numbers from 1 to 36, it totals 666. The number 36, as in three sixes? Could this be a hint that we should add up three sixes instead of perceiving the number as six-hundred sixty six?

    So what could this mean? Well we know in this world we are labeled by numbers in various forms. From our birth certificate to social security, as well as our drivers license, being identified based upon a system of rulership. So it is probable that the RFID chip will contain a new identification that has a total of 18 characters. Could this be the name of the beast, the number of its name? The beast system that is identified by 18 characters? This would correlate with scripture that speaks of a mark that we must have to buy or sell in our right hand or forehead, and that it also contains the number of the beast, during a future cashless society.

    Revelation 13:11-15 tells us that a false prophet will rise up deceiving many to take the mark of the beast because of the miracles he does before those dwelling on Earth. At all costs do not take it!

    “Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name” (Revelation 14:9-11).

    Did you hear about the woman from a major media outlet who reported a major event occurring approximately 20 minutes before it actually happened?

    It’s time we are told.

    A reporter from BBC reported the fall of World Trade Center 7 on September 11th 2001 approximately 20 minutes before it fell!

    Remember, WTC 7 did not get hit by anything, so there would be no reason to assume it would collapse. But she didn’t report on assumption, but that it in fact did collapse!

    What could this mean? The only logical explanation is that the power that orchestrated 9/11 is the same power that controls the major media outlets!

    Don’t believe me? Watch the broadcast for yourself uploaded on YouTube titled: “BBC Reports 911, WTC 7 Collapse BEFORE it Happens”

    It gets even worse…

    Did you know there is other footage they don’t want us to see twice? I’m speaking of footage on the day of September 11th 2001 during the time the planes hit both Trade Towers. Eye witness reports say the following concerning the planes:

    – “No, it wasn’t a commercial airliner”
    – “…but it didn’t have any markings on it that I saw”
    – “no emblems, no logos”
    – “It definitely did not look like a commercial plane”
    – “I did not see any windows on the sides”
    – “It was a black plane, it looked like a fighter jet”
    – “It was black, it looks like a military plane”
    – “It was a military plane”

    This video also shares testimonies from firefighters who share their experience being in the world trade towers as bombs were going off(to weaken the steel beams of the trade towers to allow the free fall collapse).

    As a terrorist, how could you smuggle bombs into the trade towers with all of its security systems which includes bomb sniffing dogs? Also, if terrorists did plant the bombs, then why weren’t we told about the bombs?!

    You can watch a video of this on YouTube by titled: “9/11 – THE FOOTAGE THEY DIDN’T LET YOU SEE TWICE (9/11 2001 Documentary)”

    What about the attack on the Pentagon? Was it really a plane that hit it, or something else, maybe a missle?

    Why did the FBI go around and confiscate camera footage from the surrounding buildings not releasing them to the public when they clearly showed us the planes that hit the world trade towers?

    Why was the only footage presented to the public from one of the most heavily guarded places in the world low quality footage showing only five frames at about one frame per second?

    The U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld admitted the day before the attack that the Pentagon was missing 2.3 trillion dollars. Could this attack on the Pentagon have anything to do with covering up that information?

    So where is this all leading to? What’s the agenda of this major event that occurred on 9/11? Why did we go to war with Afghanistan and Iraq?

    David Rockefeller is quoted to be saying:

    “Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as ‘internationalists’ and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure–one world, if you will. If that’s the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.” – David Rockefeller, Memoirs

    Another video to watch is an infamous interview done with movie producer Aaron Russo titled, “Aaron Russo RFID Human Implant Chip”

    Aaron Russo produced such movies as Mad as Hell, Trading Places, and America: Freedom to Fascism. He gained the attention of a man named Nick Rockefeller who saw the movie Made as Hell and knew Aaron was running for governor of Nevada. Knowing the impact Aaron was having on society, who being a freedom fighter standing for the constitution of the United States, Nick sought to befriend him to subtly recruit him into his secret society.

    Aaron shares what Nick had told him:

    “He’s the one who told me 11 months before 9/11 ever happened that there was going to be an event. He never told me what the event was going to be…and out of that event we were going to invade Afghanistan to run pipelines from the Caspian Sea. We are going to invade Iraq to take over the oil fields to establish a base in the middle east, and make it all part of the New World Order…”

    “I remember he was telling me how he was going to see soldiers looking in caves for people in Afghanistan and Pakistan and all these places. And there was going to be this war on terror, where this is no real enemy, and the whole thing is a giant hoax. But it is a way for the government to take over the American people…”

    Aaron asked Nick, “What’s the end goal? And he said the end goal is to get everyone chipped to control the whole society. To have the bankers, the elite people controlling the world…”

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    “EITHER HUMAN INTELLIGENCE ULTIMATELY OWES ITS ORIGIN TO MINDLESS MATTER OR THERE IS A CREATOR…” – JOHN LENNOX

    For some time, the dominate theory in the scientific community was that the universe was eternal, without a beginning. As progression was made, the final conclusion came to be that the universe is expanding from a single point known as the Big Bang, in which space, time and matter all came into existence at that single event.

    This troubled scientists who’s worldview was purely naturalistic, as this notion concludes that what caused the universe to come into existence must be spaceless, timeless, and inmateral, favoring the Biblical God.

    The non-biblical religions tell us that god or god’s create within space and time that eternally exist. The Bible stands alone and says that time and space don’t exist until God creates the universe.

    The Bible tells us that God is a Spirit who fills the Earth, the heavens, and the Heavens of Heavens cannot contain Him. That He dwells in unaproachable light, being eternal with no beginning. This is the type of being who could cause the universe to come into existence. This also fits with reason that there must be an uncaused cause, otherwise you are left with an infinite regression in which idea is not logically coherent.

    The Bible also states in multiple places that God stretches out the heavens, thousands of years before scientists discovered an expanding universe.

    Ask yourself, if there is a God, wouldn’t He be personal, because we as His creation are personal? Wouldn’t He have reached out to us by now? Wouldn’t His word be the most read and translated in the history of the world, full of predictive prophecies? The Bible is that word!

    “For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountains of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries.” – Robert Jastrow, astronomer

    Jesus says we must be born again to enter the kingdom of God (John 3). In our sins, we are spiritually dead. Therefore we must be born from above by the Spirit of God to be made alive again.

    I hope this information has convinced you of the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ for the salvation of your soul. All religion is man-made, and the Bible warns that there will be many false doctrines that will spread throughout the world. Jesus calls us to pick up our cross and follow Him. Not any religion or denomination. He wants us to have a relationship with our Father in Heaven, to worship Him in spirit and in truth.

    Jesus says narrow is the way that leads to life, and few be there that find it (Matthew 7:13-14). Will you humble yourself before the Lord tonight in prayer, acknowledging that you need a savior? He is faithul to forgive. Keep asking Him for the Holy Spirit, so you may receive the Spirit of Christ, giving you a new heart, and He will lead you into all truth.

    “He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy” (Proverbs 28:13).

    Place your trust and hope in Jesus Christ. Today is the day of salvation, for you are not promised tomorrow!

    Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6).

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