The Truth Is God
.When I was younger,
I received dreams about God
that seemed too important
This got me started
in search of the truth.
And after many years
of reading Scripture, study,
on the purposes of God,
I wrote down my insights
and assembled them in this book.
. The theology of this book is Christian, and I attempt to give reasons to believe the Scriptures. After writing and re-writing it many times, a poetic style seemed to emerge. . But I write as clearly as I can; I do not use metaphoric language; the sentence structure is not broken, and the ideas are developed in a straightforward manner.
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. The book is divided into 171 short chapters. Each of them only takes 2 or 3 minutes to read. The first half of the book is devoted to understanding the nature of man and the nature of God. . I write in general terms about true and false, virtue and sin, life and death, God and Satan, heaven and hell. . The second half is devoted to events that are predicted in bible prophecy. I write about how these general concepts will find expression in the last days. . I've come to believe that these events will happen for the reasons stated. But it does remain to be seen exactly when and how they will come about.
. The first couple of chapters may seem a bit technical as I describe the basic principles of reason in poetic verse. . This is necessary when attempting to define my terms and state the principles on which a system of beliefs may rest. If these opening verses seem difficult, the Articles in the back of the book should make it clear. . There I write in prose and give a brief introduction to logical reasoning at the grade-school level. And there I explain the origins of all these principles. . After this the book quickly moves on to more traditional subject matter that the reader may find more familiar.
. There are some Scripture references and brief explanations in the right column that may provide context. The right column becomes visible when the audio is stopped. . Have a look at the Table of Contents, the TOC, to get an idea of what chapters contain. And there is a footnote page with links to the references for easy look up as you are reading.
. I talk about virtue and sin, and heaven and hell, and how one's beliefs lead to these states. . Some of these ideas might seem stressful to consider for those who are not acquainted with the subject. Others may find this a useful guide to help understand Scripture.
. But if you are concerned about what I might say, please understand that I am careful not to mention names or races or nations or systems of government or religions that exist at this time. . Nor do I mention specific types of sin. Nor do I tell the reader to do anything. . My intent here is to address attitudes and intentions and expectations that motivate good and bad behavior. . I would hope that the reader is mature enough to draw his or her own conclusions about what this means to them.
. I don't believe any of these concepts are so difficult that it requires an expert to teach you. . What I've tried to do here is give some sense of why the events described are inevitable. . And I will let my reasons stand on their own merits. If this has been an encouragement to you, I'm delighted I could help.
I am Michael John.
. And I pray God will bless you and give you confidence and courage as you meditate on these truths. ..
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