Thursday, August 28, 2014

TIME CAPSULE: CASTLES MADE OF SAND




I thought I had the Truth, but all I had were castles made of sand. 


This is article No. 4 of  my "TIME CAPSULE" articles. 

This is a short version of how a God worked in my life to shatter the foundational "truth" that all of "The Plan" is built upon. 


Introduction:  


Twenty five years ago, just a few years after I defected from what I call "the organization", I was encouraged by a Christian friend of mine to begin writing my story so my testimony could be shared with others. I found it extremely difficult to write about my life, but I did manage to compile some information, some neatly typed, but most of it is hand written.  I recorded many of my memories and even some of the thoughts I had during that time in the 1980's.  I wrote of some of the things I wished I could tell Christians. Those things still pertain to Christians today, unfortunately. 



Twenty-three years ago I took all that I had written and placed it in a large envelope, sealed it and locked it in a safe where it has remained untouched until just recently. 

I have decided to share with my readers some of what I wrote all those years ago.  

Some of what I want to share applies to what is happening in the world today. You may read it and think it is nothing new. 

If anything, what I share will at least serve the purpose of validating that what is going on in the world today is the effect of many generations of organized crime using the blood sweat and tears of both the innocent and non innocent to bring the plan for the NWO...and more into fruition.

The words you are about to read were written by me on July 8, 1988 only a few years from the time I left Satan's hierarchy. 

NOTE: I have used brackets such as [   ] to indicate notes or comments I have added to help explain the original writing of 1988. 


TIME CAPSULE: CASTLES MADE OF SAND







Article No. 4 - July 8, 1988

[A person with whom I was corresponding with asked me if my former esoteric teachings involved reincarnation. This was my response to her:]

It seemed I had been born remembering vividly other life times and people. I knew people , places and ancient history and geography long before I was even able to be taught academically.  To me reincarnation was a fact like breathing....it was.  So, I never ever thought much about it being anything less normal than taking the next involuntary breath.

Reincarnation was as part of my life as the natural present moment.  It was also much the "vine" that all the other metaphysical branches were grafted to for support, or the skeleton that supports the assembled mass of tissue that is the body.  This is the area God had to attack in my life to make me see His light.  

While attending the church we were infiltrating, I was still holding on to my esoteric "Christianity" and working out of body with Satan's hierarchy.  I believed I was a true Christian working to help those less illumined ones.  

One morning while getting ready for church, I heard, "I'm going to tear down your views of reincarnation and all these things you hold dear."  (My out of body travels and spirit associations from my out of body travels).  [I knew that the "voice" was referring to everything associated with the ascended masters, my out of body work with them, the spiritual hierarchy and "The Plan".]

Thinking I was working for God, and that I had actually heard Satan, I replied, "Satan, you can't do that.  My views of reincarnation are stronger than I know my name is Carolyn on my birth certificate."  It is ironic that my name actually means "strong". [I was not aware of that fact at the time.]  

It is strange that directly after this incident, God must have opened my eyes to begin to see behind the "beautiful side of evil" which made me begin to wonder if I could be wrong.  This was a miracle in itself!  

Several weeks later I again heard the same words, "I'm going to tear down your views of reincarnation and all these things you hold dear."

I again responded , "Satan, you can't do that.  My views of reincarnation are stronger than I know my name is Carolyn on my birth certificate."  It is true...If I was ever more sure of anything ever, it was that reincarnation was an indisputable fact.  But God, (two of my most favorite words in the Bible.)  

I had a heart after God and His truth, so God did reveal strongly my error by opening my eyes by dreams, by directly quoting a scripture to me that I had never remembered hearing before.  

One of the first things that happened was that God showed me the evil side of the beautiful beings I worked with and the lies and deception in their plan.  They knew I was beginning to question a little too much. (This is another story in itself how they reacted toward me and how they dealt with me.)  

I was told about 5 years prior to this that I would be "a Judas" to them and to "The Plan" and that I would "go before millions of people" against them.  My spiritual teacher said, "And you know I will have to lie to protect "The Plan".  She meant that she would lie about what I would say is fact, she would say was fiction and that I am literally crazy. 

When I was told I would be "a Judas to the group", I could not believe it.  I loved my teacher so much.  I believed they [the ascended masters] were all Godly beings.  How could I ever do this I wondered.  I replied, "No! No, I won't."  Yet I feared some how she was right. I pleaded, "Please, please don't let me be a Judas, please!"  

[A few days later] She told me that she and the others agreed that they would do everything within their power to keep me....and it seems they have. 

When I did in deed begin to show signs of dissension, I was told that they had no other choice but to wipe the "night life" and teaching from my memory, that it was too dangerous for me to know what I knew.  I believe they did try this because I did forget some things out of the body experiences only to have it surface to my memory, like a drowned corpse, day, weeks and sometimes months later.  This seemed to anger my teacher.

Skipping ahead for a second: When God recently told me to share what I know, to share my testimony, He said, "I will bring to your memory all that you need to know."  It is true that God has taken away the foggy curtains of deception that so clouded my mind over the occult issues and involvement.  It is not me, but the Power of God against the lawbreaker. 

The second thing that happened was I heard in my head, "Ephesians 6:12, Ephesians 6:12".  I looked it up to read about the spiritual hierarchy which God said right there in His Word...was Evil.  

At night in my dreams I kept hearing over and over "Deuteronomy 18:12".  When I wasn't hearing it, I saw while I slept, the words printed in white, "Deuteronomy 18:12", float before me over and over again.  When I got up I immediately went to see what this was.  

[Deuteronomy 18:12 - For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee.] 

[The verses before verse 12 makes clear what the "abominations" are. Deuteronomy 18:10 and 11: "There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch.  Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer."]

I was alarmed as those words now had meaning to me.  While in the past I had never felt they applied to me, but I could see those words directly and most definitely did apply to me.  

I was scared.  

The only Christians who believed that the Bible was the complete Word of God, did not believe in reincarnation.  Who was right?  I prayed to God.  I asked Him to show me for a fact if reincarnation is a lie.  I knew if it was a lie, those angelic beings I had known and worked with all my life were un-Godly and "The Plan" was Satan's plan, not God's.  

For you know that the idea of "Christ-hood" and Avatars and "The Christ" himself is all founded upon "enlightenment" based upon lifetime after lifetime of karmic ties and debts being canceled through the process of rebirth...to attain masterhood or "Christ consciousness".  Even those beings who have never incarnated into a human body were known for their sacrifice of aiding those who were presently in the chain of cyclic rebirth or reincarnation.  

If reincarnation was false, so was "The Christ".  [The "Christ", Avatar.]

God had gotten me to the place where I wanted Him and His Truth more than I wanted my identity.  If reincarnation was false, I would be giving up all that I was and all that I lived for all of my life. 

I know a key point for me was whether the Alice A. Bailey books could be proved to be evil.  Much of the hierarchy's plan was recorded in these books.  They were like my Bible and in my mind, those books really held much more weight than the Bible (God's Word) itself. 

I asked God, "OK, God, if I'm wrong, please show me.  I want to know the truth.  Show me REAL.  Please send to me someone who can help me and this person must have not only a good foundation in your Word, but a good understanding of the Alice A. Bailey books."

I know this was a pretty tall order because most people in the occult can't understand those books, but I knew this was the only way I could be convinced. [Also, at the time this was happening, very few people had ever heard of the Alice A. Bailey books including people in the occult.]  

 Well, the very next day a man from my church approached me with this inquiring question. "Carolyn, just what are your views of the afterlife?"  I said I wasn't sure any more.  He opened his Bible to Deuteronomy 18:10-12 and read.  

[There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch.

Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.

For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee.]

Then he turned to Ephesians 6:12.  

[For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.]

He did not lecture me.  He listened to me for a couple of hours.  He was even familiar with the Alice A. Bailey books and was able to help me see that they were of Satan's origin.  

He told me that God had shown him what my needs were and that is why he approached me in the first place.  He sent me home with his copy of the book "The Beautiful Side of Evil" by Johanna Michaelsen. 

I've heard lots of people ["Christians"] condemn Johanna for writing such a descriptive book, but I thank God for the very descriptions that others condemn.  It was the detail of her life that I could relate to and so her message of Jesus Christ also held tremendous weight for me.  

I believed her like I couldn't believe other less "enlightened" Christians who were so ignorant of even basic physics. 

Again, I saw quoted in her book Deuteronomy 18:12 and Ephesians 6:12. 

Upon finishing her book, I prayed the "Prayer of Renunciation" giving up all my occult involvement.  

I felt a great weight lift from me and leave me.  The air around me felt light, bright, clean and joyous. I realized then, that without even knowing it before, I had been depressed and greatly oppressed all of my life.  This was a new beginning for me, not all of it roses, but God has always been with me as He promised in His Word. 


Here is the "Prayer of Renunciation" by Johanna Michaelsen that I prayed.

Prayer of Renunciation 
by Johanna Michaelsen

"The following prayer of confession and renunciation can be used, but the words themselves are not somehow sacred. It is the intent and attitude of the heart which matters before God.

Almighty God, In the Name of your Son Jesus, I renounce all the works of the devil. 

I confess and renounce all my occultic practices and sins as abomination before You. (list them here) 

I renounce any occult influences from my forefathers and I ask, Lord God, that You now break any hold Satan may have had in my life because of them. I pray that any evil power or ability I may possess, or which has oppressed or possessed me, be completely destroyed and removed from me, for I want no gift that isn't Yours. 

I commit myself, my body, my mind, my personality, my emotions, my whole being, to the Lord Jesus Christ to be my Savior and my Lord. Just as our salvation is by grace, through faith, "and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God; not as a result of works . . ." (Ephesians 2:8) so it is with our deliverance from demonic bondage. It is not based on our performance or merit. It is not dependent on our feelings. 

Regardless of your emotional state at this point, if you have come before God with an open heart in this confession, you have the assurance of the Word of God that "He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (I John 1:9).  The door has now been closed. Don't let Satan steal away your assurance, although you can be certain he will try." 

[This concludes my original writing of July 8, 1988.]


Things to consider:

Did you know that the Bible is a story of the fall of mankind and of God's rescue plan?

Did you know that the Bible doesn't teach reincarnation? 

It teaches we have just one life to live. 

Where do you suppose this lie of many lives came from?  

Let's begin here with this:

"So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him."  Revelation 12: 9

"I beheld Satan as lightening fall from heaven." ~ Jesus Christ (Luke 10:18)

Who is Jesus Christ?...an "Avatar?  What is the Truth? What is the lie?

The term "Christ" originates from the Bible to describe One person. "Christ" means "anointed one" or "Chosen One". 

"For by Him (Jesus Christ) all things were created that are in heaven and that are on the earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him."  Colossians 1:16

John 1
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The same was in the beginning with God.
All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.

(The worst offenders who reject him are the so-called "ascended masters" who deny that Jesus Christ is the very Word of God who created the world, who lowered himself to become human so he could do what it took to provide the way for humanity to be restored to what we were before sin entered the world when the first man opened the door to evil and decay.) 

The "ascended masters" deny who Jesus Christ is and they lie about who Jesus Christ is because they are aligned with "the father of lies, who from the beginning was a liar and a murderer.

11 He (Jesus, The Word of God) came unto his own, and his own received him not.

(Those awaiting the promised One of God. The One "Christ" of God, Savior.) 

Not "Christs". One Promised One.

12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

"Born again" actually means "born from above" It is through the Spirit of Jesus Christ. 

How do we become born of God?

Verse 13 tells us: 
1.)  Not by the will of flesh
2.)  Not by the will of man.

How then?

3.)  Of God. 
      (Not by a so called "ascended master" or their fake "Christ" who is just one of them.)
4.)  By receiving him, Jesus Christ. ("those who received him" Jesus Christ)
5.)  By believing on his (Jesus') name. ("those who believed on his name") that he was who he said he was. His name was Emanuel, God with us, Savior, Chosen One. 
"To them (those), he (Jesus Christ) gave them the power to be the sons of God.  
Jesus Christ alone has the power and authority. 

Who did Jesus Christ say he was?

Either he was a liar or the "ascended masters" are lying about him.

Why let an "ascended master" tell you what the Bible says and what Jesus Christ himself says when you are fully capable of reading it yourself?

Whose the liar?  You "truth seeker"... don't be afraid of the truth. The truth really will set you free. Jesus Christ said he is the way, the truth and the life. Who you gonna believe?

Funny how the "ascended masters" steal terms from the Bible and add their own definition to the terms and then tell you that you are too enlightened to waste your time reading the Bible for yourself in context and literally.

Talk about an imagination...when you read all that Jesus said...it really takes a stretch of imagination to believe he wasn't saying EXACTLY what he meant or that he wasn't EXACTLY who he said he was. 

There are NO esoteric hidden gnosis except for those whose hearts and minds are blinded by their pride of "intellect" or pride of their imagined spiritual loftiness. Such do not see what the humble easily see.  God knows our hearts. He shows those who are teachable and truly desire to know the truth. It is through His Spirit that the Bible comes alive. Without His Spirit, the Bible will be just printed lifeless words. 

Listen to one of the things Jesus Christ had to say of the prideful religious lofty religious leaders of his day:

Matthew 5: 14 
Jesus' disciples called Jesus attention to the fact that the Pharisees were offended after they heard what Jesus Christ had said.  

Jesus answered his disciples, "Ignore them. They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch."

John 8:44 - Jesus says it like it is to the religious leaders of his day.

"You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father you will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it."

Jesus Christ firmly states FACTS:

1.) There is a devil. (Devil is the name meaning Deceiver)
2.)  The Devil is a "he", a person, not an impersonal force or "negative" vibration. 
3.)  He, the Devil, is a "being", who was many things from the beginning

Speaking of "from the beginning" - The 1st book in the Bible is called "Genesis". 
The word "Genesis" means "Beginning". 

Jesus said this of the Devil: 
- From the beginning, he, the Devil was a murderer
- From the beginning, he, the Devil did not dwell in the truth at all.
- From the beginning, he, the Devil could not dwell in the place of truth because there was no truth in him.
- From the beginning, he, the Devil speaks lies because he speaks from what he is (liar).
- From the beginning, he, the Devil is a liar.
- He, the Devil, not only is a liar, he is the father of lies and the father of The Lie from the beginning.

In the Beginning (Genesis):
Genesis 3:4  "And the serpent said to the woman, Ye shall not surely die."


Jesus Christ again speaking to the religious leaders of that day. (Matthew 23: 32-33)

"Fill you up then the measure of your fathers. You serpents, you generation of vipers, how can you escape the damnation of hell?"
Again: The lie from the beginning out of the mouth of the father of the lie who has no truth in him:  "Genesis 3:4  "And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die."

Hebrews 9:27 "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment"
(one life, one death)

Here is that scripture in context:

Hebrews 9:26-28
"For then must he [Jesus Christ, The Word of God] often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself."

And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

So Christ [Jesus Christ] was once offered to bear the sins of many
(Certainly doesn't fit the teachings of the so called "ascended masters". Somebody's lying.)

(Jesus Christ paid the price to reverse the curse brought in by the first Adam. Jesus Christ, also called "the second Adam, lived a sinless life.)

Adam, who was created in God's perfect image and likeness, chose to partake of evil which brought defilement to Adam and therefore to the offspring of Adam.  Adam's offspring was after his likeness, defiled both spiritually and physically.

The Good News is that from the beginning, God provided a way to redeem humanity. 

That way is through Jesus Christ who is referred to in the Bible as the "second Adam." 

Romans 5:12 ,16-18. (More explanation)

12 [Just as] "sin came into the world through one man, [Adam] and his sin brought death with it.  As a result, death has spread to the whole human race because everyone has sinned. 
16 It is true that many people died because of the sin of that one man. But God's grace is much greater, and so is his free gift to so many people through the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ.
17 It is true that through the sin of one man death began to rule because of that one man. But how much greater is the result of what was done by the one man, Jesus Christ! All who receive God's abundant grace and are freely put right with him will rule in life through Christ.
18 - And just as all people were made sinners as the result of the disobedience of one man, in the same way they will all be put right with God as the result of the obedience of the one man.

There is One Way, One Christ of God. 
So, Why be offended because God only needed to make a Way?



Who ya gonna believe?



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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

TIME CAPSULE: I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now



I was taught I had to overcome the powers of darkness by myself, 
by my own will. What a disaster that was!



This is article No. 3 of  my "TIME CAPSULE" articles.


Introduction:  


Twenty five years ago, just a few years after I defected from what I call "the organization", I was encouraged by a Christian friend of mine to begin writing my story so my testimony could be shared with others. I found it extremely difficult to write about my life, but I did manage to compile some information, some neatly typed, but most of it is hand written.  I recorded many of my memories and even some of the thoughts I had during that time in the 1980's.  I wrote of some of the things I wished I could tell Christians. Those things still pertain to Christians today, unfortunately. 

Twenty-three years ago I took all that I had written and placed it in a large envelope, sealed it and locked it in a safe where it has remained untouched until just recently. 

I have decided to share with my readers some of what I wrote all those years ago. I still labor with myself, wondering how much I want to share and I wonder if anyone is really interested. 

Some of what I want to share applies to what is happening in the world today. You may read it and think it is nothing new. 

I also want to share some things I have learned...mostly the hard way...like this article No. 3, "I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now".

If anything, what I share will at least serve the purpose of validating that what is going on in the world today is the effect of many generations of organized crime using the blood sweat and tears of both the innocent and non innocent to bring the plan for the NWO...and more into fruition.

The words you are about to read were written by me in 1990 only a few years from the time I left Satan's hierarchy. 

NOTE: I have used brackets such as [   ] to indicate notes or comments I have added to help explain the original writing of 1990. 





Ephesians 6:10 "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might."

I reflect back to the day many years ago when I sat on my bedroom floor, Bible in my lap and me at the same time being harassed by demons as I tried to read from God's word. 
[I was in my early teens.]

I had been taught that I had to over come the demons myself, of my own power in order to make them subject to me.  This was all part of the climbing the ladder of spiritual success Godward. (Toward God). 

Many times I tried and failed, being over come by those opposing forces.  

That particular day I gave up.  I said to God, "If this is the way to you, I can't do it!"

When I closed my Bible, I was also closing the door of any hope that I would ever be free of those demons or ever reach God.  It was impossible I thought, or at least not possible through the exercise of my own willed power. 

Today, as I read Ephesians 6:10, I realize that Paul was saying to be strong in the Lord, that human effort is inadequate when it comes to defeating the powers of darkness, but God's power is invincible. 

If I had only known this truth then!  I have tried and tested this truth.  I have faith in God and His Power.  Now I will His Power, not my own.  I take on His armor.

(This concludes the April 17, 1990 excerpt.) 




[Note: This next section are my comments to help explain the circumstances that surrounded the time period this article is referencing.]

When I was in my early teens, my mother either dropped out of Satan's hierarchy or was banished.  I'm not sure which.  When one disobeys the "ascended masters" powerful demons are sent in to terrorize the disobedient or defectors. Over night our once quiet home became a living night mare where all family members suffered physical demonic attacks, but the worst was reserved for my mother and me.  

My esoteric teachings had been that everyone is their own savior, that everyone has to work their way to perfection and that they must on their own, of their own power and will, master the forces of darkness and over power the evil forces alone before they can ever reach perfection and "the God head" or the perfect presence of God. 

I had a strong will and was not one bit afraid of the evil that plagued us, but after many months of daily battles with these forces and seeing them just intensify, I finally gave up and with that, I gave up my hope of ever being saved from "karmic debt" and of ever being in the presence of God.  I felt totally abandoned and hopeless, but what could I do?  I just didn't have the power to fight the powers of darkness.  They wore me down.  There was nothing left in me to fight any longer, no hope left, only despair.  Basically what I did was let go of the rope I was hanging onto and allowed myself to drop to the pit where I would be consumed by demons. This is what I was feeling. 

It was many years later when I learned that my teaching was all a lie and that my suffering had been needless.  I found the truth that we are not our own saviors and that there is nothing to be ashamed about not being able to do it ourselves.  It's not a sign of weakness either.  I wish I had been told the truth many years ago.  Much heart ache could have been prevented. 

There is One who is Savior, who defeated the powers of darkness for us! We don't have to do it ourselves. He alone has the power and authority over all the powers of the enemy.  He alone can save us from going down with the darkness.  That is why God sent him in the first place, because we don't have the power to over come the darkness ourselves.  It took the Word of God Himself to make a way for us.  That Word is Jesus Christ the Only Christ of God.  All other "Christs" are impostors from the Satanic hierarchy which masquerades as the hierarchy of God the Creator of the universe.  Those beings and their teachings of "Christs" and "Christ consciousness" are the plan to keep as many people as possible from ever knowing the real truth that would actually save them.

The "ascended masters" use bits and pieces out of the Bible out of context and even steal the term "Christ" and give you their definition which is not at all what the Bible reveals about God and His only Christ.

It's very simple, really. Ephesians 6:12 is referring to a spiritual hierarchy. That spiritual hierarchy is headed by Satan who was Lucifer. The Apostle Paul tells us how to deal with these powers of darkness. It is not by our power or might. We can't do it by ourselves, using our strength of will.   We have to be "be strong in the Lord, (not in ourselves) and in the power of his might.  (His might, not our might. Our might just won't cut it.)

I wish I knew then what I know now, but the "ascended masters"  knew that if I knew the Truth, that the Truth would literally set me free...free from them and their lies, free from their powers and they knew I would have power over them! Not by my will or by my power, but by the Authority and Power of Jesus Christ being Lord over me and my life. 

I know my Lord sits at the right hand of God the Father, far above ALL principality, power, might and dominion and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come. (Ephesians 1:21). 

That means above ALL the so-called "ascended masters" and their so-called "Christs". 

The "Ascended masters" are liars and impostors.

There really is One way provided for mankind whereby we can be saved. That way is Jesus Christ the Word of God. God only needed a way...One way to redeem and restore humanity. 

"Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." ~ Acts 4:12

Read the Bible yourself. Ask God to reveal Himself and His plan to you by His Holy Spirit as you read His Word. God can do that for you and He Will! 

The truth will most definitely set you free. 

Jesus Christ said that he himself was the way, the truth and the life and that no one comes to the Father except though him.  

You can take that literally....because...That literally IS the Truth!

That's Good News! 

("The Gospel" means "The Good News")

We don't have to do it ourselves. Jesus Christ did it for us!