Pope Francis Calls for ‘Drastic Measures’ to Combat ‘Climate Emergency’

September 7, 2019   |   Category: Prophecy News   |   Tags: , ,

Human beings have caused “a climate emergency that gravely threatens nature and life itself,” Pope Francis said Sunday before urging “drastic measures” to fight global warming.

In his Message for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, the pope adopted the apocalyptic language encouraged by climate alarmists to frighten people into taking action.

“Too many of us act like tyrants with regard to creation,” he declared. “Let us make an effort to change and to adopt more simple and respectful lifestyles!”

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  1. The Catholic Church says Peter was their first Pope – which isn’t possible because the Catholic Church didn’t exist at that time, that the Church was founded on Peter, that Peter’s authority was “handed down” to the Popes that were appointed after him, that Peter traveled to Rome – St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome is dedicated to Peter and that Peter is buried under the floor, but there is no scriptural evidence whatsoever that Peter ever traveled to Rome. Reference for the following information is “Wikipedia – St. Peter’s Basilica”, “Wikipedia – Peter In Rome”, and “Pope Peter Fraud- Ex-Catholics for Christ”: In Wikipedia under the subtitle “Rome”, (in Peter in Rome) it states Bible Scholar Otto Zwierlein did 2 exhaustive studies in 2009 and 2013 and stated there is not a single piece of reliable evidence that Peter was ever in Rome. Wikipedia states that St. Peter’s Basilica is 448′ at the top of the dome, the tallest dome in the world, and is the largest Church building in the world. With the information above about Peter not ever being in Rome – it makes St. Peter’s Basilica the grandest and biggest Architectural hoax in history.
    The Catholic Church refers to their version of Communion as the “Blessed Eucharist”. Catholic Catechism 1395 says the Eucharist preserves us from mortal sin, 1397 says the Eucharist commits us to the poor, 1411 says only validly ordained Priests can preside at the Eucharist, 1414 says as sacrifice the Eucharist is also offered in reparation for the sins of the living and of the dead, and to obtain spiritual or temporal benefits of God. 1416 says Communion with the Body and Blood of Christ increases union with the Lord, forgives venial sins, and preserves us from grave sins. Since receiving this Sacrament strengthens the bonds of charity between the communicant and Christ, it also reinforces the unity of the Church and the Mystical Body of Christ” – but nowhere in scripture did Jesus or his disciples ever say that keeping the Lords Supper forgives venial sin, preserves us from mortal sin, commits us to the poor, that only a Priest can preside over giving the Lord’s Supper, or is reparations for sins of the living and the dead. But Matthew 26:28, Mark 14:20, Luke 22:19-20, 1 Corinthians 11:23-25, and John 6:52-63 all basically say that Jesus said to take and eat of this bread and drink this Wine – this is my body, do this in remembrance of me, and if you do not do it you have no life in you.
    Regarding the Catholic Mary – Catholic Catechism 963, 975, says Mary is the Mother of the Church, 966 and 974 says Mary was “assumed” into heaven, 968-970, says Mary is the “Co-mediator'” with Jesus, 971, 2675 says God has exalted Mary as Queen of Heaven, 97 says Catholic Sacred Tradition is equal in authority to the Bible. But the following proves all the above is false – Mary said in Luke 1:47,”And my spirit rejoiced in God my SAVIOR.” Mary needed a Savior just as anyone did. Mary said in John 2:5,”Whatever HE says DO IT.” Jesus said in John 3:13,”And NO man has ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of Man which is in heaven.”Paul said in Romans 10:6,”But the righteousness which is of faith speaks of this wise, say not in your heart, Who shall ascend into heaven…..” Paul said in 1 Timothy 2:5,”For there is ONE God and ONE mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus.” 1 John 1:10,”If we say we have not sinned, we make him (Jesus) a liar, and his word is not in us.” Paul said in Romans 3:10,”As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” In Romans 3:23 Paul said,”For ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Jesus said in Matthew 11:11,”Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women, there has not risen a greater than John the Baptist, notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.”John the Baptist was the greatest – NOT MARY.
    The Catholic Church recommends saying the Rosary (praying to Mary) 53 times which is why there is 53 beads on the Rosary to keep count, but Jesus said in Matthew 6:7,”But when you pray, use not vain repetitions as the heathens do, for they think they shall be heard for their much speaking.” An angel spoke to Mary in Luke 1:28,
    “Hail, you are highly favored, the Lord is with thee, blessed are you among women.” Verses 29-33 go on to explain why she was blessed which is because she was chosen to bear and be the mother of Jesus. Nowhere in scripture did Jesus or his disciples assign any special power or authority to Mary.
    Jesus said in Matthew 28:17,”ALL power is given unto ME in heaven and in earth.”
    He also said in Matthew 24:4 and Mark 13:5,”Take heed that no man deceives you.”

  2. The following is some information about the false doctrine of the Catholic Church:
    Paul warned in 2 Timothy 4:3-4,”For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but after their own lusts shall they heap unto themselves teachers, having itching ears (4) And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” Meaning fables such as baptizing babies to forgive them of their “sins”- but even in the New Catholic Encyclopedia Volume 2, page 67 it states, “There is NO mention of a baby being baptized but some scriptures SEEM to witness the custom”. The Church says the Pope is infallible and Mary was sinless – but Paul said in Romans 3:10,”As it is written, There is NONE righteous, no, not one”, and in Romans 3:23 he said,”For ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” And 1 John 1:10,”If we say we have not sinned, we make him (God) a liar, and his word is not in us.” Catechism 968-970,2677 says Mary is the CO-MEDIATOR with Jesus Christ, Catechism 971 and 2675 says GOD exalted Mary as the “Queen Mother Of Heaven”, 963 and 975 says that Mary is the “MOTHER of the Church”, answers prayers, and should be prayed to – but nowhere in Bible scripture did Jesus or his disciples ever assign any special power or authority to Mary – Paul said in 1 Timothy 2:5,”For there is ONE mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus”, and Jesus said John 14:6 that the ONLY way to the Father is through HIM. A Priest can’t make “Holy Water” the day before he is deemed to be a Priest but can make Holy Water the day after, the Church says a person gets their sins remitted by having water poured over, or sprinkled on their head – but nowhere in Bible scripture did Jesus disciples ever pour water on anyone’s head when they baptized them, it was always by total immersion, the Church says fish should be eaten on Friday – but Paul said in 1 Timothy 4:4,”For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it were received with thanksgiving.” The Church says members should pray to dead Saints – but Deuteronomy 18:10-12 says that necromancy should not be found among you and all that do those things is an abomination to the Lord – Webster’s Dictionary defines necromancy as trying to speak to the dead. The Church says Catholic Purgatory is a place where some Catholics will have to go where they will go through a “trial by fire”, and then they will be able to go on into heaven after they have been “purified” – but Paul said in Hebrews 9:27,”And it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgemnt.” The Church says members can give them money to pray for their deceased loved ones to get them out of Purgatory sooner (Catholic Indulgences) – but Acts 8:18-21 says,”And when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money. (19) Saying give me this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost. (20) But Peter said unto him, thy money perish with you because you have thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.” Also Psalms 49:6-7,”They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches, (7) None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give God a ransom for him.” The Church says it’s members should not read the Bible themselves and only a Catholic Priest can accurately interpret Bible scripture – but 2 Timothy 2:15 says,”STUDY to show THYSELF approved of God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightfully dividing the word of God.” Jesus said in Matthew 15:7-9,”You hippocrites, well did Esias prophesy of you saying, (8) This people draw nigh unto me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. (9) But in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrine, the commandments of men.” Peter – who the Catholic Church says was their first Pope (which is impossible because the Catholic Church did not exist at that time), and also infalliable, said in Acts 5:29,”Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey GOD rather than men.” Regarding “Catholic Sole Scriptura” – the Catholic Church says that nowhere in the Bible does it say that only the Bible should be used for information, but Paul said in 2 Timothy 3:16,”ALL scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” Paul also said in Galatians 1:8-9,”But though we or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.” He was so adamant about that, that he repeated himself in verse 9,”As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that you have received, let him be ACCURSED.” The Church recommends saying the Rosary (praying to Mary) 53 times which is why there is 53 Rosary beads – but Jesus said in Matthew 6:7,”But when you pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathens do, for they think they shall be heard for their much speaking.” Catechism 97 states “Catholic Sacred TRADITION” is EQUAL in authority to the Bible. In “Catechism Of The Catholic Church” in Contents xvii (soft copy) in “Section Two – The Ten Commandments In Brief” – the 2nd Commandment is REMOVED, which Exodus 20:4-6 states,”Thou shall not make unto thee any graven image, or likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth. (9) Thou shall NOT BOW DOWN THYSELF UNTO THEM, nor serve them…..” The Church removed that Commandment so it wouldn’t inhibit their members from praying to and worshiping statues of Mary. Catechism 841 states,”The Churches relationship with the MUSLIMS. The plan of Salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator, in the FIRST place is the MUSLIMS.” The worst Catholic doctrine is after the following scriptures in the book of Acts: Every time Jesus disciples baptized anyone in water they baptized them in Jesus name, meaning they said Jesus name at baptism, which is Acts 2:38, Acts 8:14-18, Acts 9:18, Acts 10:44-48, Acts 16:15, Acts 16:33, Acts 18:7-8, Acts 19:3-5, and Acts 22:16 – which they were doing exactly what Jesus said to do in Matthew 28:19,”Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name OF the Father, and OF the Son, and OF the Holy Ghost.” Father is a title and not a name, Son is a title and not a name, Holy is an adjective, and Ghost is a noun – but the Catholic Church CONDEMNS baptism in Jesus name and declared it INVALID in the New Catholic Encyclopedia Volume 2, page 66, and also in Catholic Catechism 232, 233, and 1226 – 1284, and also in Chapter 7 of the 16 Chapter Catholic Didache. Paul said in 1 Timothy 4:1-2,”Now the spirit speaks expressly, that in later times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to SEDUCING SPIRITS and DOCTRINES OF DEVILS. (2) Speaking LIES in hypocracy, having their consciences seared with a hot iron.” The following scriptures apply to most every Catholic doctrine and especially the Catholic Catechism – Deuteronomy 4:2,”You shall not add unto the Word which I command you, neither shall you diminish from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.” Revelation 22:18-19,”For I testify unto every man that hears the words of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book.(19) And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophesy, God shall take away his part in the Book Of Life….”
    Proverbs 14:12 says,”There is a way which seems right to a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”

    • Thomas, Catholic Faith

      There is so much misinformation in your commentary!
      As a brief response, Jesus said to Peter, “Thou art Peter and upon this rock I will build my Church and the gates of hell will not prevail against Thee….
      Whose sins you shall forgive, they will be forgiven them;
      whose sins you shall retain, they will be retained….” hence, Peter the first Pope of the Catholic Church and the Sacrament of Confession/Reconciliation.
      Secondly, Catholics do NOT worship any craven image! Just as we hold and
      maintain photos of our loved ones, we look at them as reminders…
      With images such as Jesus on the Cross or Mother Mary standing on the Serpent, Satan on top of the world… they are reminders of those we love, admire and worship… NOT the figure itself! It helps us retain Jesus, Mary
      in our minds rather than the distraction of our surroundings, etc.
      The Father, Son (Jesus) and the Holy Spirit represent the Holy Trinity of
      three persons in ONE God. Father God became flesh in the form of our Lord Jesus Christ who died a horrible death that we might attain Heaven and forgiveness of our sins… there is no other. After Jesus died and rose again to Heaven, He sent the Holy Spirit to dwell within us. Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit. All three are one and the same GOD!

      • Doug Norvell

        Please consider…
        Nowhere in scripture does it say that Peter was the first Pope. Peter had no more authority as did any of the other Apostles. The scripture that you quoted from Matthew 16:18 doesn’t say that the church is built on Peter, but on what Peter had stated about Jesus.”Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God” It is upon that Rock, not Peter.

        Matthew 16:13 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?14 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

        Scripture proves this Ephesians 2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
        20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:

        You see Jesus is the ROCK, the Chief Cornerstone. All of the apostles and prophets are the foundation, not Peter alone.

        Furthermore, the keys to the Kingdom are what Peter used the first day of church, not in Rome, but in Jerusalem.
        Acts 2: 38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

        This is how sins are forgiven, being baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus/not titles, Jesus name “for the remission of sins” and this is what Jesus was talking about in Luke 24:47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 And ye are witnesses of these things.

        And as far as the images, Exodus 20:4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth;

        Romans 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

    • Thomas – please consider the following, which are a few of many scriptures that proves there is no such thing as the Trinity as Catholic, Protestants, and most Pentecostal/Charismatic Churches teach it to be. The following scriptures prove the name of the Father is Jesus, the name of the Son is Jesus, and the name of the Holy Ghost/Holy Spirit is Jesus. Jesus said in Matthew 28:19,”Go therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name (SINGULAR name) OF the Father, and OF the Son, and OF the Holy Ghost.” Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are titles and not names. At no time did Jesus disciples ever us the words Father, Son, and Holy Ghost when they baptized anyone, or used those words in one sentence regarding any other topic.
      REGARDING THE NAME OF THE FATHER: Jesus said in John 5:43,”I come in my Father’s NAME and you receive me not, if another shall come in his own name, him you will receive.” John 12:44-45,”He that believes on me, believes not on me, BUT ON HIM THAT SENT ME, 45 And he that SEES ME SEES HIM THAT SENT ME.” Deuteronomy 6:4 states,”Hear O Israel, the Lord our God is ONE Lord,” and Jesus said John 10:30,”I and my Father are ONE.” 1 John 2:23,”Whosoever denies the Son, the same has not the Father, but he that acknowledges the Son has the Father also.” 2 John 9,”He that abides in the doctrine of Christ, he has BOTH the Father and the Son.” John 1:1-14,”In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word WAS GOD.” Verse 10, “He was in the world and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.” Verse 14 “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us…” We get the Word, which is the Father, IN THE NAME JESUS. Isaiah 9:6,”For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son (Jesus) is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful, THE MIGHTY GOD, the EVERLASTING FATHER, the Prince of Peace.” That is saying God the Father became flesh – in the name Jesus we get the Father.
      REGARDING THE NAME OF THE SON: Back in Exodus 3:14 when God told Moses to lead his people out of Egypt, Moses asked God who shall he say sent him, God said I AM THAT I AM, tell them I AM sent you. Several thousand years later Jesus said in John 8:58,”Verily, verily I say unto you, Before Abraham was I AM.” The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob’s name always was Jesus but he didn’t reveal what his name was until Matthew 1:21,”And she shall bring forth a Son, and they call his name JESUS, for he shall save his people from their sins.” Also verse 23,”Behold a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring for a son, and they call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is GOD WITH US.”
      REGARDING THE NAME OF THE HOLY GHOST: John 15:26,”But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, he shall testify of ME.” John 16:13-14,”Howbeit when the Spirit of truth is come, He shall guide you into all truth, for he shall not speak of himself, but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak, and will show you things to come. 14 HE SHALL GLORIFY ME.” John 14:18,”I will not leave you comfortless, “I” will come to you.” John 14:26,”But when the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send IN MY NAME, he shall teach you all things….”
      Acts 20:28,”Take heed therefore unto yourselves and to all the flock, over which the HOLY GHOST hath made you overseers, to feed the Church of God, which HE purchased with his own blood.” That is a very revealing scripture as to who the Holy Ghost really is. Jesus is the only one that purchased us with his own blood. Ephesians 4:5-6,”There is one body, and ONE SPIRIT….” 2 Corinthians 3:17,”Now the LORD IS THAT SPIRIT, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”
      Jesus is speaking in the following scriptures in the book of Revelation:
      Revelation 1:17-18,”And when I saw him (John speaking) it is done, I fell at his feet as dead, And he laid his hands on me, saying unto me, Fear not, I am the first and the last. 18 I am he that lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forever more. Amen, and have the keys of hell and of death. Revelation 1:8,” I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, says the Lord, which is, which was, and is to come, THE ALMIGHTY.” Revelation 2:7,”He that has an ear, let him hear what the SPIRIT says to the Churches…..” Revelation 21:6-7,”And he said unto me (to John) it is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the waters of life freely. 7 He that overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his GOD, and he shall be my son.”
      Regarding Catholics not worshiping statues, do a search and type in “13 de Maio-13th of May-Fatima-YouTube”. In this 7 minute video 77,000 Catholics are worshiping a 5′ ceramic statue of Mary while it’s being carried through a large Courtyard at a large Catholic Church in Fatima, Portugal. Most are waving white handkerchiefs toward the “Queen Mother” as the statue passes by, and some are holding photos of the Pope. Then type in “Procession at Fatima, Portugal-YouTube”. The same thing is happening except the procession is at night.
      Irvin Baxter has an excellent video titled “True vs False Christianity”. He scripturaly proves there is no such thing as the Trinity and that the false doctrine of the Trinity is the focal point of false Christianity.

      • Hi I wanted to ask a question. When Jesus was in the garden praying to the father that this cup be taken away. Who was he praying too wasn’t it his father,and when he was on the cross he asked his father to forgive them they do not know what they are doing,who was Jesus saying that too

        • Doug Norvell

          Who Did Jesus Pray To?
          Do the prayers of Christ indicate a distinction of persons between Jesus and the Father? No. On the contrary, His praying indicates a distinction between the Son of God and God. Jesus prayed in His humanity, not in His deity. If the prayers of Jesus demonstrate that the divine nature of Jesus is different from the Father, then Jesus is inferior to the Father in deity. In other words, if Jesus prayed as God then His position in the Godhead would be somehow inferior to the other “persons.” This one example effectively destroys the concept of a trinity of coequal persons. How can God pray and still be God? By definition,
          God in His omnipotence has no need to pray and in His oneness has no other to whom He can pray. If the prayers of Jesus prove there are two persons in the Godhead, then one of those persons is subordinate to the other and therefore not fully or truly God.
          What, then, is the explanation of the prayers of Christ? It can only be that the man Jesus prayed to the eternal Spirit of God. God did not need help; only the man did. As Jesus said at the Garden of Gethsemane, “The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matthew 26:41). Hebrews 5:7 makes it clear that
          Jesus needed to pray only during “the days of his flesh.” During the prayer at Gethsemane, the human will submitted to the divine will. Through prayer He as a human learned to submit and be obedient to the Spirit of God (Philippians 2:8; Hebrews 5:7-8). This was not a struggle between two divine wills but the submission of the human will to the divine will. As a man Jesus submitted Himself to and received strength from the Spirit of God. Some may object to this explanation, contending that it means Jesus prayed to Himself. However, we must realize that, unlike any other human being, Jesus had two perfect and complete natures—humanity and deity. What would be absurd or impossible for an ordinary person is not so strange with Jesus. We do not say Jesus prayed to Himself, for this would incorrectly imply that the man was the same as the Spirit. Rather, we say that the man prayed to the Spirit of God, while also recognizing that the Spirit dwelt in the man. The choice is simple. Either Jesus as God prayed to the Father or Jesus as man prayed to the Father. If the former were true, then we have a form of subordinationism or Arianism in which one person in the Godhead is inferior to, not coequal with, another person in the Godhead. This contradicts the biblical concept of one God, the full deity of Jesus, and the omnipotence of God. If the second alternative is correct, and we believe that it is, then no distinction of persons in the Godhead exists. The only distinction is between humanity and deity, not between God and
          “My God, My God, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?”
          This verse (Matthew 27:46) cannot describe an actual separation between Father and Son because Jesus is the Father incarnate. Jesus said, “I and my Father are one” (John 10:30). The Bible states that “God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself” (II Corinthians 5:19). Jesus was God the Father made manifest in flesh to reconcile the world to Himself. The cry of Jesus on the cross does not mean that the Spirit of God had departed from the body, but that there was no help from the Spirit in His sacrificial death of substitution for sinful humanity. It was not one person of the Godhead being deserted by another,
          but the man feeling the wrath and judgment of God upon the sins of humanity. There were not two sons—a divine son and a
          human son—but there were two natures—deity and humanity—joined in one person. The divine Spirit could not be separated from the human nature and life continue. But in His agonizing process of dying, Jesus suffered the pains of our sins. Dying became death when He yielded His Spirit. In other words, what Jesus meant when He cried, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” was that He had taken the place of sinful humans on the cross and was suffering the full punishment for sin. There was no abatement of suffering because of His deity. Since all have sinned (Romans 3:23) and the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23), all humanity (except for the sinless Christ) deserved to die. Christ took our place and suffered the death that we deserved (Romans 5:6-9). Jesus was more than a courageous martyr like Stephen and more than an Old Testament sacrifice, because He died in our place and experienced for a time the death we deserved. On the cross, He tasted death for every person (Hebrews 2:9). This death was more than physical death; it also involved spiritual death, which is separation from God (II Thessalonians 1:9; Revelation 20:14). No one alive on earth has felt this spiritual death in its fullest degree, because all of us live, move, and have our being in God (Acts 17:28). Even the atheist
          enjoys many good things such as joy, love, and life itself. Every good thing comes from God (James 1:17), and all life originates from Him and is upheld by Him. But Jesus tasted ultimate death—the separation from God that a sinner will feel in the lake of fire. He felt the anguish, hopelessness, and despair as if He were a person eternally forsaken by God. So the man Jesus cried out on the cross as Jesus took on the sin of the whole world and felt the eternal punishment of separation for that sin (I Peter 2:24). We must not assume that the Spirit of God departed from the body of Jesus the moment He uttered the words, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” The divine Spirit left the human body only at death. Hebrews 9:14 says that Christ offered Himself to God through the eternal Spirit. Moreover, Jesus told His disciples with respect to His death, “Behold, the
          hour cometh, yea, is now come, that he shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me” (John 16:32). Thus, the eternal Spirit of God, the Father, did not leave the human body of Christ until Christ’s death.