Saturday, March 3, 2018

Another 25 "Let-Go-Living" Booklets Up For Grabs!

The #TQSHsgGiveaway of 25 booklets of Pastor Joseph Prince's "Thoughts for Let-Go-Living" have been totally snapped up in a matter of just 5 days!

Here are the names of the 1st blessed 25.
  1. Gary TXC
  2. Nah Annie
  3. Ming Ying Yeow
  4. Little TBBW
  5. Balaji Rajamohan
  6. Wei Zi Lin
  7. Darren Kho
  8. Andronicus Kok
  9. William Kok
  10. Joslin Chua
  11. Patsy Neo
  12. Trace Lim
  13. Christine Yow
  14. Ashley Evelyn
  15. Gil Karen
  16. Angelyn Chua
  17. Alex Ong
  18. Joyce Ngo
  19. Niki Yappie
  20. Rachel Ng
  21. Clement See
  22. Gillman Lauw
  23. Frederick Chan
  24. Felicia Huang
  25. Schnitzer Ang

5 Easy Steps


That's right. 25 more booklets to be given away!
Due to the overwhelming response, another 25 booklets will be given out.

To stand a chance to be numbered amongst the blessed ones, all you need to do is to carry out the following 5 steps:

1) Like TQSH's Facebook page
2) Share the page
3) Type "Giveaways Galore and Answers to Tough Questions"
4) Set to Public
5) Post


Sunday, February 25, 2018

What Is The Ultimate Treasure For Every Seeker?

Yesterday, I blogged about the Hebrew language being the only digital language. This allowed the scribes to copy the original texts that were written by Moses, Joshua, David, etc with great accuracy and precision, and without any error or omission because they could verify this via "row subtotals" and "column subtotals". 
the interlinear Bible leaves the Word untranslated

With this background, let us look at Genesis 1:1. 

Hebrew reads from right to left. Genesis 1:1 in Hebrew is "ba'reshiyth bara elohiym eth ha'shamayim neth ha'erets".

Take note that the scribes had to copy the passage in its entirety, even though there was a word in there that did not seem to make any sense, and may even have appeared superfluous to them.

If we look at a Hebrew-English interlinear bible, note that the word eth appears in this verse, but is not translated! This word is made up of the letters "aleph" and "tav", which are the first and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet.

It was a mystery to the scribes when they copied it down through the ages, but the mystery was finally uncovered by the apostle John a couple of thousand years later.

In Rev1:8, Rev 21:6 and Rev 22:13, we read that Jesus declared that He was the Alpha and Omega

The book of Revelations was written in Greek because that was the language of commerce during the apostolic age, hence Alpha and Omega, the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet.

But what language did Jesus speak to his fellow Jews, such as the disciple John and the apostle Paul?  

For that, let us look at what Luke records for us in Acts 26:14 
14 And when we all had fallen to the ground, I heard a voice speaking to me and saying in the Hebrew language, 'Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads (NKJV)
In this verse, Paul (then known as Saul) is recollecting his Damascus Road experience in which Jesus had appeared to Him in a vision. Note that the Holy Spirit saw fit for Luke to record specifically that Jesus spoke HEBREW to Paul.
Aleph-Tav, Jesus' signature

When we put all these together, we realise that Jesus would have spoken to John in Hebrew too, and in those 3 verses in Revelations, He had declared to John that He was the Aleph and the Tav, ie. the first and last letter of the Hebrew alphabet.

When we link this back to Gen 1:1, what Jesus was in fact telling John was that He was that untranslated Word that the scribes had to diligently copy down through the ages, without understanding what it meant.

If we now link this to John 1, we can conclude that the Word being referred to in that chapter = Aleph-Tav = Jesus.
1 In the beginning was the Word (ie. Aleph-Tav), and the Word (ie. Aleph-Tav) was with God, and the Word (ie. Aleph-Tav) was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. 14 And the Word (ie. Aleph-Tav) became 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. 
In other words, Jesus had deliberately put His own "signature", right there in the beginning, in the first verse of the first chapter of the first book.

The above revelation was obtained from a sermon by Dr. Larry Ollison entitled "The Hebrew Language".   The following is an extract from that sermon where he talks about the signature of Jesus appearing in Gen 1:1



Several years ago, Michael Drosnin wrote a book called The Bible Code, in which he claimed that the Bible contained hidden codes about various people and incidents in history. 

Well, the true Bible Code is that the person of Jesus is hidden in the Old Testament Scriptures, and as Christians, it is in our interest to uncover and unveil Him, because the more we know about Him, the more we know our own position, since we are co-heirs with Him. It is in our interest to know more and more about Christ, because as He is, so are we in this world.

Right there in Gen 1:1, His signature is found.

In Gen 3:15, God the Father prophesied that Jesus would be the seed of Eve that would crush Satan's head.

In Num 21, the snake in the desert that cured the Israelites was a picture of Jesus being lifted up so that all who believed in Him may have eternal life (Jn 3:14-15).

And there are many, many more nuggets of truth in the Old Testament Scriptures (Noah's Ark being a type of Christ, Jesus in the genealogy of Noah, Joseph being a type of Christ, Boaz being a shadow of Christ, etc, etc)

When we as seekers start to realise that the Old Testament contains numerous hidden treasures of our Lord Jesus, the Bible becomes like that mystery novel that we just cannot put down! Our hunger and thirst for the Word of God intensifies, as the Holy Spirit progressively unveils and uncovers Jesus, yea even in seemingly "dry" books like Leviticus, Numbers and Lamentations!

Paul says that ALL Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for equipping us -- and ALL means ALL -- including genealogies, numbers, names, etc. There are no insignificant details in the Bible.

So what is the ultimate treasure for every seeker of the truth? It is to uncover the person of Jesus and His finished work on the cross.

* P.S. There are many other passages in the Old Testament whereby Jesus had deliberately put His "signature" for the scribes to copy. 

To set you on your journey of discovery, I would highly-recommend this DVD entitled "Aleph-Tav: Jesus' Signature in the Bible".

https://www.sksbooks.com/products/aleph-tav-jesus--signature-in-the-bible-dvd/

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Just How Accurate are the Scriptures?

Let us go back to basics today.  Even before seekers ask tough questions about the Bible, they must first be able to clear any doubts they may have about the accuracy and reliability of the Bible itself.

When I first started work as an auditor back in 1991, one of the areas of work that we as first-year assistants were assigned to carry out was what was then known as Section J, which was the fixed assets of the company we were auditing.
casting and cross-casting
The J lead schedule (or summary page) looks similiar to what you see on the right.

The rows would show the various types of fixed assets (eg. furniture, motor vehicles) while the columns would show their movement during the year (eg. amount brought down from last year, additions and disposals during the year).

During that era, we did not use electronic workpapers yet, which means to say that the J lead schedule was an A3-sized landscape piece of paper, and every single figure had to be manually written onto it.

To ensure that the figures were accurately transcribed, we had to cast (add downwards) and cross-cast (add across) using a calculator. If we arrived at the same grand total, this would give us a reasonable assurance that the individual figures were also accurate.

Of course now with Microsoft Excel, this task is much more simplified, and the casting and cross-casting formulae can be incorporated into the spreadsheet.

Which brings me back to today's subject matter.

The original Scriptures (what we now call the Old Testament) were written in the Hebrew language. In those days, there was no photocopying machine. So if one wanted to make a copy of a particular manuscript, he had to do so page by page, letter by letter.

Each letter of the Hebrew language has a number associated with it. For example, the first letter "aleph" equals one, the second letter "beth" equals two, and so on.

Hence, each and every row and column on a particular page of a manuscript could have a subtotal, similar to the fixed asset lead schedule mentioned above.

After a scribe had painstaking copied a particular page of a manuscript, he will cast and cross-cast to check if he arrived at the sub-totals as indicated on the page he copied from. If any of the sub-totals were wrong, it would mean that he made a mistake somewhere, and would have to throw that away and start all over again (correction fluid was not available in those days).

Those of you out there in my era would be familiar with cassette tapes. Cassette tapes are "analog", hence a recording made of a song, for example, would not retain the quality and clarity of the original. Nowadays, we are in the digital age of CDs and DVDs. These are considered "digital", so copies made retain the quality and fidelity of the original.

God, in His wisdom, had created Hebrew to be a "digital" language, so that the copies that were handwritten by those scribes retained the precision and accuracy of the very first original that was written by Moses, Joshua, David, Solomon, etc.

The above revelation was obtained from a sermon by Dr. Larry Ollison entitled "The Hebrew Language". The following is an extract from that sermon where he talks specifically about the digital characteristics of Hebrew.


In closing, let me share another very interesting fact. When Moses was inspired by the Holy Spirit to write the Pentateuch, he included in the very first verse of the first chapter of Genesis the Hebrew characters "aleph" and "tav" (which are the first and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet). Because of the digital nature of the language (where sub-totals had to tally downwards and across to ensure precision and accuracy), the scribes could not drop these two characters from the copies that they hand-wrote, even though these 2 letters appeared superfluous to them.

Tomorrow we will take a closer look at the significance of those 2 letters.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

“Thoughts for Let-Go Living” Booklet Giveaway

To celebrate the re-launch of this blog, 25 copies of the latest booklet by Ps Joseph Prince entitled “Thoughts For Let-Go Living / 31 Thoughts to Let Go of Worry and Stress” will be given away totally free-of-charge!

P.S. I first got the booklet back in Nov 2017 as part of a 3-pack “Let-Go Bundle” which also included the Book and Study Guide.  It was then sold as a separate item last month.

However, it was only when Ps Mark referred to it in his sermon today (18 Feb 2018) that all of a sudden they became like hotcakes that flew off the shelves and tables at all the various campuses mere minutes after the 1st service ended.

That was when the Lord prompted me to place an order for 25 of them.


Here is a write-up on the booklet...

Stressed out, burned out, and weighed down by worry and anxiety? 

Release your cares and burdens to the Lord through this 31-day thoughts and prayer booklet! 

Each thought is paired with grace-filled Scriptures and a prayer that will help you to experience the power of the let-go life. Let Jesus dispel your fears and rest your soul as you immerse yourself in His powerful promises. Replace negative thoughts with His encouraging thoughts, and release your cares and burdens to Him through the simple heartfelt prayers here. As you cultivate the habit of letting go of every care to Him and anchor your heart on His Word, you will experience His peace, His supply, and His victory in every challenge!

https://www.josephprince.com/books/thoughts-for-let-go-living-booklet?source=index

So how do you get to be 1 of the 25 blessed receipients?  Very simple!

(1) Go to the "Tough Questions Seekers Have" (TQSH.sg) Facebook page and Like it


(2) Share the TQSH.sg Facebook post with the hashtag #TQSHsgGiveaway

(3) In the comment section of the Facebook post, type in what a Christian should use to "connect the dots" in the Bible?  Clue: The answer can be found in this post entitled "Connecting the Dots via the Scarlet Thread"

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Normal Service Has Been Resumed

Dear friends

So much has happened since the last time I blogged.

Stay tuned! Don't touch that dial.
But the good to emerge from all this is that the Holy Spirit has prompted me to continue where I left off in this endeavour in discovering the answers to tough questions seekers have.  It has taken nearly 5 long years but better late than never I suppose :p

To recap, here are my 15 blog entries so far:

Welcome Aboard!

Q1: Is Paradise the Same as Heaven?

Q2: Where Did Adam & Eve's Grandchildren Come From?

Q3: How Did Dinosaurs Enter The Ark?

Q4: Are There Aliens in Outer Space?

CONNECTING THE DOTS VIA THE SCARLET THREAD <--- Fundamental.  Must read!

Q5: Why Did God Punish Some People Yet Allow Others to Get Away Scot-Free?

Q6: Why Was Noah Spared The Flood?

Q7. Why did God Not Punish Abraham for Lying about his Wife?

Q8. Wasn't God Cruel to Test Abraham by Asking Him to Sacrifice Isaac?




Q12. Will I See My Pet in Heaven? (Is it OK for Christians to Eat Animals?)

Q13. Why Was God So Inconsistent in His Treatment of the Israelites?

In Q5, I listed down a table showing how God seemed to allow some to get away relatively scot-free and yet unfairly treated or even severely punished others.  The general answer is that those whom He spared were in His "perfect will" of bringing about the promised seed, whereas those that were punished were unfortunately used by the devil to come against His "perfect will".

I shall next blog about Rahab and Achan so stay tuned!

S/N (Link)
Got Away Relatively Scot-free
Punished / Unfairly Treated 
Scriptural Reference
Noah
Those who perished in the flood
Genesis 9:20-27; Genesis 6:9-8:22
Abraham
Pharoah, Abimelech
Genesis 12; Genesis 20
Jacob
Esau
Genesis 25 - 27
Judah and Tamar
Er and Onan, Reuben
Genesis 35:22; Gen 38
The Israelites (between Egypt and Mt Sinai)
The Israelites (after Mt Sinai)
Exodus 1-18; Exodus 19 onwards
06
Rahab
Achan
Joshua 2; Joshua 7
07
Gibeonites
All other inhabitants of Canaan (ie. Jericho, Ai, Jerusalem, etc)
Joshua 9; Joshua 6, 8, 10, 11-13
08
Gideon
Jepthah
Judges 8:30-31; Judges 11:31
09
Ruth
Naomi's family (husband Elimelek, and sons Mahlon and Kilion)
Ruth
10
David and Bathsheba
Uriah the Hittite
2 Samuel 11
11
Gomer (Hosea's wife)
Hosea
Hosea

Sunday, October 13, 2013

"Power of Right Believing" Giveaway


Dear friends

I have not blogged about "Tough Questions" for the past 4 1/2 months because of other commitments.  Will resume doing so once I have the Holy Spirit's flow, I promise.

However, I am updating my blog with this entry because I have an exciting announcement to make.

The grace gospel first impacted my life in 2005 and ever since believing right, God has caused me to prosper in every single area of my life.  My marriage has never been stronger.  My relationship with my kids are rock solid.  And most of all, my career is at its very peak.

One of the revelations that God has unveiled to me is that whenever I sow into soil that is fertile, He causes me to reap a bountiful and overflowing harvest.

What do I mean by sowing into fertile soil?  Well, in practical terms, it means sowing into the ministry of men of God that preach the unadulterated gospel of grace.  The good news of God's unmerited favour based on the person of Jesus and His finished work on the cross.  Because Jesus took upon Himself all the bad that we deserved, we can now enjoy all the good that we do not deserve.

This sowing has taken the form of giving out materials by Ps Joseph Prince of New Creation Church and Rev Reuben Ng of Toa Payoh Methodist Church.  These two preach without the need to refer to printed notes because it is the Holy Spirit that gives them utterance.

As a result of not sticking to a script, they tend to go off on "rabbit trails".   Yet it is oftentimes what they say during these seemingly topic drifts that tend to contain a rhema word from God for someone sitting in the congregation.

Over the years, it has been an honour and privilege to distribute the following:

Aug 2007: 50 copies of Destined to Reign (D2R)

Aug 2008: 50 copies of Destined to Reign Devotional (D2RD)

Dec 2008: 25 copies of Humorous Bible Illustrations (HBI)

Aug 2009: 15 copies of The First 50 Sermons (TFFS)

Feb 2010: 60 copies of Unmerited Favour (UF)

Aug 2011: 25 copies of A Centenary of Anointed Sermons (CAS)

Aug 2012: 150 copies of 25 of the Best Sermons in 5 Years (5 x 5 in 5)

And as I look back, these giveaways have always been followed by mega-blessings in terms of bonuses, increments, and the like :-D

It's been more than a year since the last one which was carried out in Aug 2012.


It thus gives me great pleasure to announce that seedtime is here again!  The seed that will be sown this time around will be Ps Prince's newest book entitled The Power of Right Believing (PRB).

This time around, the giveaway will be done in conjunction with a group of fellow grace believers, and we are collectively known as "Grace United".  Together, we are committed to be giving away, (yes, totally free-of-charge), 25 copies of PRB (for a start) !!!

More details will be announced very shortly, so stay tuned and watch this space :-D

29 October 2013 UPDATE: 

Great news!!!  We will be launching our Grace United website in 5 days' time! Meanwhile, please like our Facebook page.  Those who do so and are based in Singapore stand a chance to get a copy of PRB.

3 November 2013 UPDATE: The Grace United website has been officially launched! Click here for a write-up of the giveaway.


Sunday, June 30, 2013

Q13. Why Was God So Inconsistent in His Treatment of the Israelites?

"De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da, is all I want to say to you,
De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da, the innocence will pull me through"  The Police, 1981

The above is the chorus to a pop song from the 1980s called "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da" by a band known as The Police.

It came to mind because today's blog post hinges on the word "do" :-)

Earlier on I had asked the question whether God was indeed the same yesterday, today and forever.

Let's look specifically at how He dealt with the Israelites by looking at the following passages of Scripture:

1. So the people grumbled against Moses, saying, "What are we to drink?" (Ex 15:24)

2. In the desert the whole community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. (Ex 16:2)

3. But the people were thirsty for water there, and they grumbled against Moses. They said, "Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to make us and our children and livestock die of thirst?" (Ex 17:3)

4. All the Israelites grumbled against Moses and Aaron, and the whole assembly said to them, "If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this desert! (Num 14:2)

Now consider God's response to the people's grumbling...

1. He caused the bitter water sweet so that the Isralites could drink it (Ex 15:25)

2. He fed them with quails and manna (Ex 16:13)

3. He caused water to come out from the rock (Ex 17:6)

4. Those who grumbled ended as corpses in the wilderness (Num 14:29,32)

In the first 3 incidents, God responded to their complaints by providing for them in terms of food and water.

Yet in the 4th incident, the response was one of judgement for disobedience!

How then can we say that God is the same yesterday, today and forever, if He appears to be so inconsistent?  It is as though He woke up on the right side of the bed for the 1st 3 incidents and on the wrong side for the 4th.

When we encounter confusing passages in the Bible, we will need to take out that "scarlet thread" to "connect the dots".  Everything should point back to that first prophecy whereby God told Satan that Jesus would one day bring about his defeat.  In other words, we have to look for Jesus and His finished work.

(See the blog entry entitled "Connecting the Dots Via the Scarlet Thread")

Let us find out what exactly happened between Exodus 17 and Numbers 14 to cause such a drastic change of response.  Specifically, something that happened in Exodus 19 and 2o.

Up until then, the covenant that the Israelites were operating under was what was known as the Abrahamic covenant, which we read about in Genesis 15.  Under this covenant, God told Abraham that he would be a father of many, and that through Jacob (later renamed as Israel) his grandson, they would possess the land of Canaan.

Genesis 15

New King James Version (NKJV)

God’s Covenant with Abram

15 After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.”
But Abram said, “Lord God, what will You give me, seeing I go childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” Then Abram said, “Look, You have given me no offspring; indeed one born in my house is my heir!”
And behold, the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “This one shall not be your heir, but one who will come from your own body shall be your heir.” Then He brought him outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.”
And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.
Then He said to him, “I am the Lord, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to inherit it.”
And he said, “Lord God, how shall I know that I will inherit it?”
So He said to him, “Bring Me a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old female goat, a three-year-old ram, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.” 10 Then he brought all these to Him and cut them in two, down the middle, and placed each piece opposite the other; but he did not cut the birds in two. 11 And when the vultures came down on the carcasses, Abram drove them away.
12 Now when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and behold, horror andgreat darkness fell upon him. 13 Then He said to Abram: “Know certainly that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, and will serve them, and they will afflict them four hundred years. 14 And also the nation whom they serve I will judge; afterward they shall come out with great possessions. 15 Now as for you, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried at a good old age. 16 But in the fourth generation they shall return here, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete.”
17 And it came to pass, when the sun went down and it was dark, that behold, there appeared a smoking oven and a burning torch that passed between those pieces. 18 On the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying:
“To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the River Euphrates— 19 the Kenites, the Kenezzites, the Kadmonites, 20 the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Rephaim, 21 the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.”

Note that under this covenant, Abraham only had to believe God's promise to him and in return, God would consider him righteous.

And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.

In other words, Abraham did not have to perform any good deeds in order to be accepted by God.

Let's now look at what happened in Exodus 19 and 20.  It was 50 days after departing from Egypt and the Israelites had reached Mt Sinai.  God was about to introduce through Moses the Ten Commandments and other sets of laws, or what is known as the Mosaic covenant.

Exodus 19

New King James Version (NKJV)

Israel at Mount Sinai

19 In the third month after the children of Israel had gone out of the land of Egypt, on the same day, they came to the Wilderness of Sinai. For they had departed from Rephidim, had come to the Wilderness of Sinai, and camped in the wilderness. So Israel camped there before the mountain.
And Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel: ‘You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself. Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.”
So Moses came and called for the elders of the people, and laid before them all these words which the Lord commanded him. Then all the people answered together and said, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do.” So Moses brought back the words of the people to the Lord.

Note specifically what the Israelites' response to God was in verse 8

Then all the people answered together and said, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do...


The original Hebrew word for "do" is עשה asah (Strong's H6213).

This same word is translated as "make" in the following passages:

Gen 1:26 -- God said "Let us asah man in our image..."

Gen 1:31 -- God saw everything that He had asah and it was very good...

Gen 2:18 -- It was not good for man to be alone, so I will asah him a helpmeet...

It is used to denote definitive accomplishment.  Or in Singlish, "sure can one!"

The Israelites were unfortunately telling God "sure can one!"  That whatever rules He was about to give to them, they were well able to accomplish.  They were effectively boasting in their own efforts, and once that happened, God's way of dealing with them was now based on their obedience or disobedience.  They had to earn their blessings from now onwards based on merits.

Even though they murmured and grumbled between the Passover and Mt Sinai, no one died because the convenant that was in effect at that point of time was the Abrahamic one where God promised Abraham and his descendants a land flowing with milk and honey.

But once the Israelites were under the Mosaic covenant based on their law-keeping and obedience, the stakes were different, and many a times, fatally so.

A person who was found to be gathering wood on the Sabbath was stoned to death (Num 15:32-36)

The earth opened and swallowed up Korah, Dathan and Abiram and their family because they had grumbled against Moses and Aaron (Num 16:31-33).

Another 250 men were consumed by fire because they were offering incense to the LORD, but the Law only allowed Levites to do so (Num 16:35).

14,700 others were struck dead by a plague because they blamed Moses and Aaron for the earlier mentioned deaths (Num 16:49).

Was God inconsistent?  No, because He gave the Israelites a choice.

If they had told God that there were just too many rules and admitted their inability to keep them, God in His mercy would have pardoned them.

But they told God through Moses that they would definitely be able to comply with whatever rules and regulations they were about to be given.

We see a parallel in the New Testament in the way Jesus dealt with people.  The rich, young ruler asked Jesus in Matthew 19 what he had to "do" to have eternal life, and Jesus quote him the Ten Commandments.  Yet, we read in Luke 23:42 how that thief asked Jesus to "remember him when He entered His kingdom" and Jesus' response was that he would be with Him in paradise.  The ruler approached Jesus based on his self-efforts, so Jesus responded as a lawgiver.  The thief approached Jesus just the way he was, and Jesus responded as a saviour.

Today, we no longer need to be afraid of God because we are not under the Old Covenant of Moses based on "Do good, get good. Do bad, get beat". Jesus has fulfilled all those Laws on our behalf, as well as taken upon Himself all the curses that pertained to the Law, and we are now redeemed from them.  Because Jesus' finished work on the cross tore the veil that separated a holy God from unholy men, we can now go into the Holy of Holies and approach God boldly.

Is God the same yesterday, today and forever?  Indeed He is!