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God created humans as men and women—different but of equal value. The difference can most easily be seen on the basis of outward features, but there are also differences in us that do not show from the outside.
Apostle Paul apparently knew of some talk that the Second Coming of Christ was near, and perhaps even false reports of this came from those writing as if the letters were from him or other teachers of that time. So Paul assures the Thessalonians to remain steadfast, not to be shaken or worried, and not to be deceived by false teachers. This deceitfulness is nothing new. Since the Fall, man has endeavored through the enticements of the enemy to be like God and put himself in the place of God. “Your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil” (Gen. 3:5). Paul also warned Timothy of this: “But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived” (2 Tim. 3:13).
Ten years is a long time to wait, I thought, as I listened to Germaine. I was taught as a young boy that patience is a virtue, but ten years? That seems to be an eternity when it’s something that you feel is desperately needed. But ten years, even a bit longer, is how long Germaine had waited for her prayers to be answered. She had lost her sister, fatally injured in a motorcycle accident, over ten years ago. The mother of the lost child mourned for two years when she, as Germaine mentioned, died from heartache. Death affects similarly, regardless of race or creed of people. Separation at death makes one ponder matters of eternity. What happens to the soul of man at death? Am I acceptable to my Creator? This happened for Germaine, would God somehow be able to comfort me in my great loss? She felt alone and separated from God because of sin. Added to this was the loss shortly thereafter of her father.