RSS

Monthly Archives: June 2015

Just So You Know

I am a lousy self-promoter but I spent the day today editing and adding a few pages to http://dakotascba.com/Home.php .  Gone is the Guest Author page and most of its contents were either given new pages or added to ones already there. In looking back on that page, it was a mess but there was little I could do at the time.  I was switching website hosts which had different ideas about graphics etc. and some pages just wouldn’t co-operate with editing managers. Things look a lot better now.

Evidence for Noah’s Ark and Sodom and Gomorrah both got new additions. New pages include: Logical Fallacies, Accreditation, Jericho, & Misc. Biblical Topics.

I hope you check them out. If you have topics you would like information on, just make a suggestion in the comment section below this article.  I won’t make any promises about using your suggestion.

Advertisements
 
Comments Off on Just So You Know

Posted by on June 30, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Where Can You Serve God?

It is a question that so many people ask themselves and their friends.  Most people equate serving God with being a Pastor or a missionary and rarely look to other areas of life where they are needed. 1 Cor. 12:14ff tells us about the body of Christ and that most people are not called to be the head (pastor or missionary) and if they do not receive that call, they few confused as to where they should minister and do good work for God. One thing believers need to remember is that the head cannot function without the rest of the body which tells us that each part of the body is as important as the head. here is what that verse says

14 For the body is not one member, but many.

One of the problems the church has, which does affect its influence upon the world, is that it tries too hard to ‘protect’ its members and does not spend enough time preparing or training them to meet the challenges of the world. i say that because while they do have Bible studies, they rarely have practical outlets where its members can make mistakes, learn from them and grow in Jesus.

Oh you might say that they do have programs for witnessing, handing out tracts, feeding and preaching at the homeless shelters and other safe events but rarely do they have their members go out and be confronted like Jesus did with his disciples.  One example is when he appointed 70 men to go before him to cities where he was going to visit later

Now after this the Lord appointed [a]seventy others, and sent them in pairs ahead of Him to every city and place where He Himself was going to come. And He was saying to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. Go; behold, I send you out as lambs in the midst of wolves. (Lk. 10:1-3)

I do not think that these people were novices and very untrained as we know that Jesus had more than 12 people following  him throughout his ministry. Since we do not know every detail of every minute of Jesus’ life, we can be assured that he trained them  like he trained the 12. They were ready to go and notice, he did not send them to ‘safe’ locations, he sent them into the cities to meet the people. What exactly they did we do not know but one thing we do know is that Jesus wasn’t holding their hands as he said later in that chapter

 Go; behold, I send you out as lambs in the midst of wolves

But Jesus did not leave them without some instructions on how to behave

Carry no money belt, no [b]bag, no shoes; and greet no one on the way. Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace be to this house.’ If a [c]man of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you. Stay in [d]that house, eating and drinking [e]what they give you; for the laborer is worthy of his wages. Do not keep moving from house to house. Whatever city you enter and they receive you, eat what is set before you; and heal those in it who are sick, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ 10 But whatever city you enter and they do not receive you, go out into its streets and say, 11 ‘Even the dust of your city which clings to our feet we wipe off in protest against you; yet [f]be sure of this, that the kingdom of God has come near.’

There was no attitude that this was a game and that the 70 could at the slightest offense, wipe the dust of their sandals. There was a seriousness to their actions for they were not sent to condemn people but bring them into the kingdom of God and a lot of restraint, discernment and discretion was needed when encountering people and trying to figure out if they should  or should not wipe the dust off their feet. In today’s world, the HS would be the guide you need to help you decide when the right time is to do the wiping.

The key here is that if one wants to minister for God, they need to double-check to make sure that they are correctly trained and prepared to face what comes when they go out among ‘the wolves.’ It will not be easy and they need to know how to rely upon Jesus especially when the going gets tough.  Now if you are not sure where you need to minister, here are some words that I am going to ask you to do a word and Bible study on to help get you pointed in the right direction:

justice, fairness, poor, innocent, down-trodden, laws and I think you get the idea. If those words do not give you enough of an idea, here are links to 3 programs that deal with topics that affect the poor, the down-trodden, the innocent, justice and so on. Now keep in mind that these programs are done with an entertainment value in mind and that most of the audience will get that ‘we should do something ‘ feeling and the next day that feeling passes.

If you had read the book Atheist Delusions, you would have seen that throughout history that even though some pagan societies have done a few things for those type of people it is usually left up to the Christian to handle the job full-time and for the long-term. The world has not changed that much, and it is up to the Christian to do something about the injustice, the wealth inequity, the lack of fairness and on it goes.

It was mostly Christians who fought slavery and the slave trade, it was mostly Christians who help the poor in eras gone by and now it is up to the Christian to do something again. These shows will give you examples of where Christians need to bring God and his justice and so on whether it is bringing better regulations to the bounty hunter occupation or funding the poor interest free and helping to get the monkey off their backs, you will see so many opportunities where you can minister for God.

The shows are from John Oliver’s new program but you can probably get the same ideas from watching Jon Stewart’s old shows as well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IS5mwymTIJU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDylgzybWAw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kEpZWGgJks

I am not advertising their shows or saying what they are pointing out is better than God’s way but I am saying to get ideas to see where you are needed. Being an evangelist is not everyone’s calling but you can help evangelists by your efforts helping those who need to experience God first hand through his people. In other words, they need to see that people actually care and that is something everyone is supposed to do to others.

There several ideas in those episodes where the right believer can meet needs, even on a small scale, one example would deal with usury or interest rates and here is what God has to say about that topic:

https://www.biblegateway.com/quicksearch/?quicksearch=interest&qs_version=NASB

People need help in many areas of life and God has chosen his followers to move in those areas and bring his aid to those in need. That aid does not look like we may think it looks like so be open to whatever God wants you to do and double-check to make sure it is of God before you act. Doing the wrong thing just means more work to straighten everything out.

Finally, as you go out and minister in these non-professional ways, remember these words of Jesus, so that your success does not go to your head:

17 The [i]seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.” 18 And He said to them, “I was watching Satan fall from heaven like lightning. 19 Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you.20 Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven.” (Lk. 10)

The bold words are what I want you to reflect upon. Then as you do all of this do not forget to praise God for his working through you as Jesus said after all this:

21 At that very [j]time He rejoiced greatly in the Holy Spirit, and said, “I [k]praise You, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants. Yes, Father, for this way was well-pleasing in Your sight. 22 All things have been handed over to Me by My Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.” (Lk. 10)

We serve God and there is a huge field out there waiting for someone to care. Just do it with the right attitude, the right spirit and with the aid of the HS.

 

Atheist Delusions- 2

Just continuing in providing key quotes from the book of the same title by David Bentley Hart, with a little commentary. {By accident I switched the order of the quotes}

#1. No cause in history– no religion or imperial ambition or military adventure– has destroyed more lives with more confident enthusiasm than the cause of ‘the brotherhood of man.’

In other words, the unbeliever is not as perfect as they like to let on and that they are not honest with themselves when it comes to their own faulty ideologies track records.

#2. Christian society certainly never fully purges itself of cruelty or violence; but it also never incubated evils in ambition, range, systematic precision or mercilessness to death camps, gulags, forced famines or the extravagant brutality of modern warfare. (pg. 107)

People can point to the Crusades as an example of such acts but they ignore the fact that the Crusades was originally and ideally meant to free people from the colonial rule imposed upon the Holy Land by its Muslim invaders. We can argue that the Crusades or the inquisition were not products of a Christian society but the tools of a very deceived church.

But what you do not see, as you do in very tyrannical regimes are things like, holocausts, genocide, or the results of the Kim’s of North Korea as its people suffer hourly under their non-religious iron hands.  Christian societies, for example, early Britain,Canada, America and other western nations who did implement many biblical teachings into their culture originally, tend to be more humane than their secular counterparts.

Someone may point to Zimbabwe as an example of cruelty by a Christian society but we see nothing Christian in the laws or rule of that land.  We have a man who claims to be Christian yet acts anything but.  We would need to have Dr. Hart’s definition of a Christian society first before exploring this issue further. Suffice it to say that my idea of a Christian society would not be equal to an atheist’s view of the same influence.

We can point to Boko Haram or ISIS as prime examples of what Dr. Hart is alluding to in that quote as well. The sheer hatred, intolerance and despicable acts foun din those extremist camps will not be found in true Christian societies or militias.

#3. If ever an age deserved to be thought an age of darkness it is surely ours. ((pg. 106)

In light of some recent judicial decisions and acts found around the world it is safe to agree with Dr. Hart here.  More and more people are dousing their Christian light in favor of more popular and less persecuted ideologies.

#4. Origen, Basil of Caesarea, Gregory of Nyssa, Augustine– all denied that for instance the creation story in Genesis was an actual historical record of how the world was made (Augustine did write what he called a literal interpretation of Genesis but it wa snot literal in any sense a modern fundamentalist would recognize). (pg. 63)

I have written about Augustine and Origen’s point of view before and you can see those words at the following link:

https://theologyarchaeology.wordpress.com/2014/01/24/augustines-origens-quotes/

The point the believer needs to be aware of is that the men mentioned in that quote were not inspired by God nor were they charged with changing God’s word.  Their views were their own and were not led or guided by the HS. This is why we double-check those men called great in society to see if their words match up with God’s before accepting them.

Our supposed great leaders were not always on God’s side in their lives, views or writings. We do not take the words of men, no matter how much esteem they are held in by modern church leaders or speakers. If the ‘Church Fathers’ disagree with God and the Bible then we do not accept their words.

#5. And figures as distant from one another as Augustine and Aquinas cautioned against exposing scripture to ridicule by mistaking the Bible for a scientific treatise. (pg. 63)

This we can agree with as the Bible does not reveal a natural, scientific origin for anything. It is a revelation of a supernatural, never to be repeated act by God who only spoke and it was. There is nothing scientific about the event and we should not make that event compatible with science for it has nothing to do with anything construed to be scientific.

Our goal is not to appease unbelieving scientists and atheists, who demand physical evidence, by stretching and manipulating Genesis 1 and 2 into a scientific model. It will not fit. Our goal is to tell the truth and go by God’s rules where faith is the key part of the equation not meeting the demands of those who do not believe and most likely never will. Our belief about our origins must be taken on faith alone because we have no physical evidence showing God or his speaking things into existence.

We either believe God or we do not.

#6. None of which detracts from Copernicus’ real achievements… any more than it diminishes the greater achievements of Galileo…Kepler… and Newton… but it does not mean certainly that Copernicus was not some isolated visionary gazing back into through the centuries, across a vast chasm of Christian darkness to the pale flickering flame of a forgotten Hellenistic wisdom. (pg. 62)

What this and the next quote points out is that Copernicus benefited from the previous work of his teachers and other astronomers who made their own discoveries and Copernicus merely built upon what was already done. Dr. Hart is counteracting the unbeliever’s idea that Christianity robbed people from knowledge, making civilizations ignorant of everything around them. It just isn’t so and his words show that the atheist or unbeliever will be dishonest in their assessment of past figures who published great discoveries and their treatment of the Christian faith.

#7. To suggest that Copernicus took up a thread that had been severed by the church in antiquity and arrived at his hypothesis by his own unaided lights defies not only historical record but all historical logic. Copernicus having matriculated at a number of Christian universities was heir to a long tradition of Christian scholastic mathematics and theoretical work in astronomy and the science of motion stretching back at least to the early thirteenth century; but for this tradition his thought would have no theoretical basis. (pg. 58)

Much context and actuality is lost when singular individuals and their work are highlighted far more than their contemporaries or predecessors. History, and unbelievers, tend to ignore those who built the foundation as they focus solely upon the more interesting  results and who produced them.

#8. After all few have the time or the need to sift through academic journals and monographs and tedious disquisitions on abstruse topics trying to separate the gold from the dross. (pg. 35)

I place this quote here so that pastors and other christian workers can not feel guilty for not getting to all the material they would like and obtaining the information they would like so that their sermons or speeches will contain better food than they already provide.  This quote should direct pastors, etc., to reconsider the books they do read and try to diversify away from church models, pet doctrines and let the HS lead them to the books which will broaden their thinking and help them see the truth and get better information than they already are.

The list at the link below, will contain many volumes that would be better reading than denominational magazines and fare recommended to church leaders who want to be informed pastors, etc.

http://dakotascba.com/Recommended-reading.php

Not all are Christian works and some of those provide excellent insight into the thinking of unbelievers which will aid the pastor, etc., in guiding their congregations to the truth and help them provide information that will protect their flock when they are on their own. There are 95 volumes on that list but I would not recommend that someone read all 95. Here is a short list of numbers where it would be more advisable to begin: 1, 4, 5, 6, 11, 13, 19, 26, 37, 41, 45, 50, 64, 65, 67, 71. That is a more manageable list.

Of course, I have read more good books since that list was compiled and I am sure you can think of some volumes yourself but the point is, we need to get the right information so that we can be used by God better. Getting the truth is what matters so that we can train our people to be strong and unafraid when evil attacks.

 
Comments Off on Atheist Delusions- 2

Posted by on June 29, 2015 in academics, Bible, church, faith, General Life, leadership, theology

 

Atheist Delusions

The title is the same as the book by David Bentley Hart and this post and the next will contain quotes from his work along with some commentary.  I liked the book overall but it took awhile to get used to his very long sentences, some a paragraph in length. I do not know much about the author as the book and amazon site are very sparse in giving out any information upon him. For the first quote I am going to go out of order and start with the last one first then switch back to the beginning of the book and go from there.

#1. When, therefore, Christianity departs, what is left behind? (pg. 230)

To answer the question, and we already have an example of what is left behind with Noah’s flood, what is left behind is simply sin and debauchery.  That is it. No one will be safe, no one will have justice, the innocent and the poor will be abused even more so than they already are today and on it goes. When the light in the room goes, all that remains is darkness. The same happens when the light of Christianity disappears. The city, the country the civilization is left with nothing but the darkness of sin.

#2. Rather than court absurdity… let us graciously grant that there is indeed such a thing as unthinking religious conviction just as there is a great deal of unthinking irreligious materialism. (pg. 12)

In other words, those who complain about the lack of knowledge amongst believers cannot really throw stones because their side is filled with the same type of people.

#3. Moreover, I am fairly certain that Dennets would not be so feeble of intellect as to abandon his faith in democratic institutions simply because someone of no political philosophy whatsoever had emerged from the forest and told him in tones of stirring pomposity that politics is divisive and violent and therefore should be forsaken in the interest of human harmony. (pg. 14)

This was written by Dr. Hart in response to those atheists who make the claim that Christianity is divisive, violent and should be abandoned so that there can be peace on earth. He is right though, no atheist or unbeliever would forsake their cherished institutions based upon the words of someone who doe snot understand them nor is open-minded enough to see the whole picture. Their views on Christianity are purely hypocritical.

#4. It is pointless… to debate what it would truly mean for Western culture to renounce Christianity unless one first understands what it meant for Western culture to adopt Christianity and this one cannot do if one is content to remain fixated upon fruitless abstractions concerning religion rather than turning to the actual particularities of Christian history and belief. (pg. 16)

In other words, those atheists and unbelievers who demand that the west give up Christianity only focus on abstract issues that can never be changed nor altered. For example the Crusades and the Salem Witch trials. They do not look at the total picture of Christian belief, its influence, its work or the true picture of the fruits of the faith.

Christians really need to learn more about their history than just the disciples or Paul’s travels and see for themselves what has actually transpired in their faith’s history so that they will not wilt when unbelievers pull out of context these absurd and abstract examples meant to only to protect their unbelief and not reach the truth about the faith.

#5. Many of today’s most obstreperous critics of Christianity know nothing more of Christendom’s two millennia than a few childish images of crusades and sadistic inquisitors, a few damning facts and a great number of even more damning legends; to such critics… Christians ought not to surrender the past but instead deepen their own collective memory of what has been in human history. (pg. 17)

The last point covers this one as well

#6. There are, after all, a long tradition of monastic Christian hospitals for the destitute and dying going back to the days of Constantine and stretching from the Syrian and Byzantine East to the Western fringes of Christendom, a tradition that had no real precedent in pagan society. (pg. 30)

In other words, in stead of fretting about how to defend our faith over such events as the Crusades, the inquisition and other failures of the people claiming to be Christian, we believers need to learn about the other part of  Christianity that helped the sick, fed the poor and hungry, took care of other important matters and compare those efforts with the unbelievers’ track record.

We would probably have a better view of our faith if we did that over taking the blame for things we cannot change.

#7. And the term post-Christian must be given its full weight here: modernity is not simply a postreligious condition; it is the state of a society that has been specifically a Christian society but has lost the faith. (pg. 32)

What he is saying here is that believers should not get hung up on intellectual terminology and simply see the ideology as it is–sinful behavior and false teaching.

#8. What, after all, doe sit mean for a society to be truly modern?…I have already given a partial answer to this: It has a great deal to do with a society’s understanding of freedom (pg. 32)

Right now western society in general, and America specifically, view the idea of ‘freedom’ as there is no such thing as evil or wrong. Everything is ‘good and right’.  We see that philosophy in the most recent Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage.

#9. For one thing, unless some long-lost catalogue of the Library of Alexandria has recently turned up in a pawn shop in Cairo, the list of works that Kirsch claims the library possessed is sheer fantasy. (pg. 37)

I had a book on ancient libraries by Lionel Cassel and even he placed its contents in the one or two million volume range but it is safe to say that we have no idea how many books that library actually owned and had on its shelves. Historians and other people tend to exaggerate when there is no chance of verifying their numbers.

 
Comments Off on Atheist Delusions

Posted by on June 29, 2015 in academics, faith, General Life, leadership

 

You Can Say I Am Disappointed+ 2

#1. What The Supreme Court Decision Teaches Ushttps://zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com/2015/06/27/quote-of-the-day-663/

Love wins”, as a slogan, expresses not support for gay marriage, but contempt for its opponents. It’s designed to outrage. – Mr Scientism

First, if you want me to state the obvious, it tells us that right and wrong, morality no longer matter to most of the United States. Life has become about ‘our rights’, our selfish desires or a distorted view of equality. By striking down what marriage is with this decision, the Supreme Court has disqualified itself as an advocate of law and order, right and wrong, and moral behavior or a defense for those same attributes of life. Its decisions now are tainted and suspect and no longer can the people count on that level of government to protect their rights or guide society correctly.

Second, it tells us that the courts, the government, the homosexual community and its supporters only want a distorted good feeling they call love. They want God to accept them as they are and allow them to come as they are into his kingdom while they do nothing in return to show their love for God. They cannot even give up their perversion for God and we know that Jesus does not reside in them as that side of the issue display,demonstrate and hold to none of Jesus’ teachings in their treatment of others and their treatment of God.

“If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. (Jn. 14:55)

Jesus said those words and as we know, the homosexual community does not abide by them as they hurl insult and abuse at those who warn them of their sinful behavior and plead with them to repent of their sins. Love has nothing to do with this decision nor does equality. It is disappointing to see this message sent to the nation and the world.

#2. Mussolini Saw It — The Pope & Mussolini by David I. Kertzer

Later the Duce elaborated. ‘For me the masses are nothing but  a herd of sheep. So long as they are unorganized they were incapable of ruling themselves (pg. 174)

So many evil people see this fact and they take the correct steps to take advantage of the people and obtain rule over them.  Jesus observed this as well as Matthew tells us:

Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd. (9:36)

And Jesus spoke more on this topic but unlike Mussolini, Jesus was not teaching his disciples how to use this vulnerability to their advantage but guiding them to have compassion and use that character trait to motivate them to becoming good and wise leaders of the people. Unfortunately , far too many religious leaders follow in the attitude held by Mussolini and only use the people for their own gain and purpose.

For true Christians to lead, they need to develop the compassion Jesus had and use that trait to motivate them to becoming wise, understanding, knowledgeable leaders of the people who will correctly defend their charges from danger by teaching and guiding them correctly.  Being called to lead is not a position deserving prestige and other honors heaped upon the Pope, his cardinals and bishops; it is a call to becoming humble, compassionate and desiring to get it right because they have been elected by God to lead and care for his people.

Too often too many people called to lead, let the honor, the authority and power go to their heads and they end up hurting more than they help and that is sad for we lose far too many people because of the influences of the world, our leadership should not be seen as helping evil’s cause. This does not mean that the leader appeases those who prefer alternatives to the truth or opt for wrong and immorality over what is moral and right; it means that the leaders will not compromise even when their hearts are breaking because of the rejection of the truth by the people.

#3. Remember They Are Not Rejecting You But Godhttp://www.patheos.com/blogs/thegodarticle/2011/10/clobbering-biblical-gay-bashing/

The point is this: most of us have matured enough theologically to recognize that we need to contextualize the writings of the Bible, and because of it we have moved passed using these examples as the end-all-be-all on acceptable practices of sexuality.  However, somehow, we have not managed to apply the very same understanding to the Bible verses that have become known as the “clobber verses” in the Bible. “Clobber” because they are the verses most used to clobber people who are gay or who support gay rights.

As the majority of Supreme Court Justices, key government figures, and others celebrate the decision made by the Supreme Court, believers must remember that they are not rejecting a human Christian definition or virtue. They are rejecting God and his ways.  We cannot take this decision personally nor can we take it into our own hands to over-come. We need to call upon God to guide us to the right way in handling this permitting sinful activity and calling it okay.

Christians should not be discouraged by this decision as they should know that God has the final say in this matter and when he speaks, there will be no appeal, no over-ruling of his decisions and all you will hear probably will be cries of despair as the homosexual and their supporters finally see the truth and where God is going to send them.

This final act is not something we should take joy in , instead we should use it to work more biblically, more godly more spiritually to win these souls to Christ as we know their final destination and that time is short. The homosexual and his or her supporter may not like the so-called ‘clobber’ texts but that feeling does not matter to the believer for those ‘clobber’ texts are simply warning the disobedient of their future demise and the supporters of sin should continually be reminded that their ways are not the correct ways and that they are being deceived by evil. They need to know that that deception is destroying them not making them wiser, more intelligent or even cool.

#4. It Seems That The RCC Can Say It Better Than The Christian https://zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com/2015/06/27/the-statement-of-the-us-conference-of-catholic-bishops/

Regardless of what a narrow majority of the Supreme Court may declare at this moment in history, the nature of the human person and marriage remains unchanged and unchangeable. Just as Roe v. Wade did not settle the question of abortion over forty years ago, Obergefell v. Hodges does not settle the question of marriage today. Neither decision is rooted in the truth, and as a result, both will eventually fail. Today the Court is wrong again. It is profoundly immoral and unjust for the government to declare that two people of the same sex can constitute a marriage.

The unique meaning of marriage as the union of one man and one woman is inscribed in our bodies as male and female. The protection of this meaning is a critical dimension of the “integral ecology” that Pope Francis has called us to promote. Mandating marriage redefinition across the country is a tragic error that harms the common good and most vulnerable among us, especially children. The law has a duty to support every child’s basic right to be raised, where possible, by his or her married mother and father in a stable home. 

You can read the rest at that link. I think their wording was far superior to what was reported as Huckabee’s statement about the decision

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/2015/06/heterosexual-marriage-under-threat-map.html

The Supreme Court is not the Supreme Being

While Huckabee is correct, I feel a wiser, more intelligent message would have gone a lot further than those few words.

#5. Equal Protection? http://www.patheos.com/blogs/slacktivist/2015/06/26/the-equal-protection-of-the-law/

They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.”

Yes. Yes it does

I highly doubt that the framers of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights had in mind the idea that sin and lawbreaking were to be included or justified under their idea of equal protection. What this decision has done, besides what I wrote above, is open a Pandora’s box of a slippery slope where just about anything now can be placed under the idea of ‘equal protection.’

Where do we draw the line now that homosexuality  and same-sex marriage has been allowed to erase it?  Who can we deny equality to now that homosexuality has eliminated right and wrong from the laws of the land? I do not think I am being overly fearful here as everyone knows that once a precedent has been set, it becomes the guiding beacon for future similar issues.

Nothing is about right and wrong anymore but what precedent can be established in hopes of opening Pandora’s box a little wider and allowing other alternatives and perversions to be declared okay and normal.

The believer needs to pray sincerely and honestly how they might obtain wisdom and knowledge to handling this and other issues as they will arise. We need to still be a light unto a dark world as this decision does not end the believer’s duty to declare right and wrong, good and evil, sin and sinlessness to the world. The Supreme Court makes no decisions for the believer; God has already done that and we have accepted those decisions when we repented of our sins and accepted Jesus as our Savior thereby entering God’s kingdom and adhering to God’s rules.

Sin does not enter and no matter how much the homosexual deludes themselves into thinking that a human decision abolishes God’s rules or feelings about their sexual preference, the believer must stand at the gate of God’s kingdom and say ‘no, you cannot pass unto you repent of your sins, including the sin of homosexuality’.

The believer stands with God, not the Supreme Court or the majority.

 

You Can Say I Am Disappointed +

The plus sign simply means that other topics will be discussed here besides the recent Supreme Court Decision #1. It Is Truly Disappointinghttp://www.patheos.com/blogs/formerlyfundie/gay-marriage-is-the-law-of-the-land-and-god-isnt-going-to-freak-out-about-it/

Moments ago the US Supreme Court announced that marriage equality is now the law of the land. As our LGBTQ brothers and sisters celebrate civil equality under the law, undoubtedly there will be many conservative brothers and sisters who will warn of God’s pending judgment against the United States.

In several ways. One,  the boundary between right and wrong, good and evil became even more blurred if it was not totally erased with this decision.  Now all people have to do to get their sins and wrongful deeds accepted is to simply convince enough judges that they are being discriminated against and demand equality for their desires.

Right and wrong, good and evil mean nothing to a lot of people now. Two, too many alternative believers will now call for homosexual couples to be married and accepted in the church.  As you can see by the quoted words above, that particular poster already believes that unrepentant homosexuals are his spiritual brothers and sisters.  They are not. This decision does not alter God’s view of homosexuality nor does it alter his rules on who can enter the church and be part of his kingdom.

All it means is that the majority of the American Supreme court have decided that perversion gets the same rights as normality. Three, God does not have to freak out because he already knew that this decision was going to come and all it does is put another nail in the coffin of the American nation.

The world may not end tomorrow but that fact does not mean God approves of this decision.Like all sin, he waits to the right moment to bring his judgment, wanting even those who supported this decision to repent before it is too late. The good news is, this decision is not inspired, infallible or written in stone.

In other words it can be overturned eventually if the right court case and the right justices are on the bench. Supreme Court cases have been overturned before or reduced in authority by subsequent decisions so do not lose heart, there is always hope that America can repent and return to what is right.

#2. What Are We To Dohttp://www.christianpost.com/news/religious-conservatives-will-be-vilified-and-marginalized-lose-their-religious-freedom-justices-warn-in-gay-marriage-dissenting-opinions-140901/

Friday’s Supreme Court decision redefining marriage in all 50 states to include same-sex couples will infringe upon the religious freedoms of those holding traditional views about marriage, dissenting justices warned.

This may be the worst case scenario  but it is hard to say as now the homosexual community just received a bigger club to hit their opponents.  What Christians are to do in light of this decision, well first, they need to stand their ground and continue to call homosexuality and other perversions wrong and sin.

This decision does not erase God’s edicts on what is or isn’t sin Second, Christians are still not allowed to participate in sin nor support it. This decision does not and cannot force believers to violate their faith nor does it over-rule God’s instructions on what believers are to do. Believers still have the constitutional right to practice their faith and if that means rejecting requests to participate in same-sex events, then you still have to obey God over man.

You reject those requests because God outranks the Supreme Court and the U.S Government. Third, Christians are still to help the homosexual and other alternative practitioners when they are in trouble. We do good to those in need and do not withhold it just because they chose a perverted sexual practice.

The Bible’s instructions on how to treat others are still in effect and we return good for evil and that means there should be no backlash against the 5 justices by Christians. We are not going to agree with the Liberals or the perverted and they most assuredly will not agree with us but that doesn’t matter because our instructions on how to act come from a higher authority, one that is not corrupted nor altered because of popular demand.

In other words, be prepared for some form of persecution when you stand with God but remember, persecution does not relieve one from obeying God’s biblical instructions on how to respond to evil.

#3. I Do Not Think She Understandshttp://rachelheldevans.com/blog/repenting-of-colorblindness-charleston-shooting

Colorblindness,” rather than being a goal for which to aim, ought to be a sin from which to repent. God doesn’t want us to close our eyes to injustice. We are not called to be neutral. God wants us to see—even if it makes us uncomfortable, even if we’re not exactly sure what to do

This is her first blog entry in a few weeks and yet she still drops the ball. i do not like what she wrote because she makes some awful declarations that have nothing to do with reality. Here are a few examples:

because privilege had rendered the word “master” neutral in my mind. I would have known better and avoided a hurtful error. I get to be ignorant. I get to be “colorblind” when it suits me, and that luxury is exactly what keeps me and so many other well-intentioned white people from doing more to confront, repent of, and combat white supremacy and racial injustice in America.

If she bent over any further, she would fall down and hurt herself. You are not going to get away with not ‘offending’ someone these days because no matter what one does, someone will see your actions as offensive and they will use the opportunity to see what they can get away with.  Political Correctness has made almost everyone afraid of their own shadows.

I wonder if that lone black woman who saw the term ‘master’ in a negative way actually spoke for anyone but herself? I can bet there were many in the audience who did not see that term her way so if you change for one person, soon you will be changing for many more and after a while you will not recognize the content of what you said.

Jesus did not alter anything he taught because someone was offended or saw a term in a negative light. We may need to help the person through their offense to see where they have gone wrong but we do not need to apologize for supposed hurts we did not inflict. Christians will have a nervous breakdown trying to please everyone with their sermons and speeches if they try to be overly-sensitive to everyone.

The best thing to do is speak as the HS guides you to speak, use the words he gives and let the chips fall where they will. Just be prepared to help people through any supposed ‘hurt’ or negative perspective so that they will see the real message of your words. Oh and to address the content of her article, racism doesn’t exist.  The crimes committed against people of color or by people of color towards whites is the result of sin and the sin nature.

They are products of disobedience to God’s word and, contrary to Ms. Evans opinion, we know how to handle sin and we know what to do when it takes place. It is sad that she cannot point her readers in God’s direction and point out the correct Bible verses that apply to incidents involving hatred and sin towards those of a different color. She fails her readers as believers are to follow God’s way not hers or secular society’s.

#4. It Is Inappropriatehttps://zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com/2015/06/26/symbolism-as-exclusion/

The confederate flag is racist and exclusionary. Displaying it at the White House would be inflammatory and inappropriate because it would alienate a large segment of the population. So tell me- how is this not the same thing?

The occupants of and the White House represent and  govern all people not just one minute minority group. To do this color display is out of character with the nature of the position of both the president and the white house. In today’s world honesty is all but gone now from government which is sad as we need honest people to govern correctly.

#5. Uhm… Practice What You Preachhttp://www.christianpost.com/news/former-abstinence-ambassador-bristol-palin-announces-pregnancy-weeks-after-calling-off-wedding-says-news-is-huge-disappointment-to-my-family-140884/

The announcement raised criticisms about her mother’s conservative values at the time and in a blog post yesterday Bristol, who is no longer engaged, acknowledged that news of her second pregnancy might be “a huge disappointment to my family.” She went on to point out, however, that “there’s nothing I can’t do with God by my side.

Being a disappointment is the least of her worries.

#6. God Outranks Alternative Believershttp://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/2015/06/god-outranks-ken-ham.html

Young-earth creationists claim to believe that God is the Creator, and so rejecting the testimony of the work of God’s hands is rejecting God’s own testimony.

The problem here is that the alternative believers are the ones ignoring God’s handiwork and reading their own version into the chain of events. The Bible does not instruct anyone to use nature to figure out our origins. It doesn’t have to because it already explains our origins and evolution was not part of the creative act. YEC is not rejecting God’s work, it is telling it like God told it, everything else is added into by humans who reject the truth.

 
Comments Off on You Can Say I Am Disappointed +

Posted by on June 27, 2015 in academics, Bible, church, controversial issues, creation, faith, General Life, history, homosexuality, Justice, leadership

 

I Really Do Not Like Discussing With Atheists

That title says almost it all.  You know going in that the atheist is not going to be honest in their presentation and that they will not have an open mind to your point of view. Sometimes it is hard to spot where their omissions are and if you do not have the time to verify their sources or information then you can stumble or make an error. Then if you are like me, you just have too much to do and you tend to get ‘rusty’ on some of the information one has studied then you need to step lightly as the atheist will pounce and make all sorts of claims against you.

But what also makes me not want to discuss much with atheists is their attitude. They feel that they do not have to provide any real evidence to support their claims. They will make assertion after assertion yet refuse to provide one solid piece of research to back up what they have stated. Yet they have no problem with demanding that the Christian provide physical evidence for every claim or statement we make.

I have gotten to the point where I just tell them that they have made claims and they need to provide the evidence for those claims. I tell them I do not have to provide evidence as, one it has already been presented ad nauseam by many others, and two, I am just the messenger, God has made the claim already in the Bible and I am just passing on the information. Then three, what evidence can you present for supernatural acts?

I am old enough to know that even medical doctors will deny miracles even though they were the ones who treated the previously sick patient so pointing to such events is basically useless.  Finally, four, I tell them that I do not go by atheist rules and demands. I go by God’s and that faith is the key. Of course, faith is the key because we cannot demonstrate any of God’s speaking and things come into existence. Nor can we demonstrate the virgin birth or heaven so faith will always be a part of the equation, an item that atheists will not accept at all.

Believers must remember that the atheist is not an authority nor are they people we need to obey or appease. We do not jump to their tune. We present the evidence that we have as God wants not as the atheist demands. This will mean ignoring their declarations that we need to present ‘peer review’ articles and other ‘scientific’ criteria, as we know that secular science censors what they will review or accept as ‘scientific’.

We stick to the truth and that means we have a responsibility to find the truth and not just blindly accept what some Christian speaker or pastor says is the truth. We need to verify their statements in order to make sure we have the truth. I say this because there are a lot of believers out there blindly repeating what they hear from famous or not so famous Christian leaders thinking they have the truth only to be embarrassed when they are shown they are in error.

This is not a real knock on the Christian leaders just a stating of a sad fact that many of our leaders are lacking the truth and may or may not have the time or desire to find it in order to make sure the people they speak to receive the right information. Also, too many Christian speakers are deceived or accept alternative ideologies or ideas so the believer in the pew, must check their words with the Bible and not assume they are getting the correct information.

Another issue that makes me hesitate to discuss with atheists is their thinking that they are experts on God’s actions and that their standards of right and wrong, morality, etc.,  are greater than God’s and that God must meet their subjective and all too human standards to be considered worthy of their worship. They refuse to acknowledge that God has a better standard and his own rules  and place their own ideas above God’s rules demanding that God humble himself to them instead of the other way around.

These attitudes make it hard to discuss any topic with an atheist and when they support the actions of different atheist organizations you can see their hypocrisy as they allow their own people to do things they would not allow a believer or even God to do.

What the atheist also refuses to accept is the fact that believers in Jesus have a different code of ethics to follow and it does not match up with the atheist code of ethics. Believers cannot adapt the biblical code of ethics to appease the atheist, they need to abide by it or they will ruin their testimony as well as their argument. Even when the atheist hurls false accusations of lies or liar towards the believer, we cannot alter our biblical guidelines as the atheist redefines the words ‘lie’ and ‘liar’ to fit their own ideas.

That has been one of the frustrating issues in any discussion I have had with atheists or alternative believers. They will redefine words to make them say things the believer is not saying when they use the same words. You can call them on it and then they will post up dictionary definitions and say ‘see, we got it right.’ but you sit there knowing that they are omitting information on how words are used and defined because those definitions undermine their point of view. Just like cult members redefine words, so do atheists and alternative believers and it makes discussion very difficult.

One example of this is found here:

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/2015/06/obnoxious-for-the-lord.html

They very graciously accepted it, saying that they too had once been “obnoxious for the Lord.”

One person’s obnoxious is another’s dedication.  Sure some people go too far in their pursuit of pleasing God and furthering the kingdom but not every one does. Being unbending in our beliefs is not being ‘obnoxious’; being closed-minded to alternative ideas is not being ‘obnoxious’; and this is what we have to be careful of. We do not take the other person’s word for our behavior especially when they present us with a negative label.

Yes as a young woman I was, I am afraid, obnoxious for the Lord. My fundamentalist background stressed purity and fleeing the very appearance of evil, so I felt justified in abandoning friends who I thought weren’t behaving correctly.

That quote comes from one of the people making a comment underneath that post and you can see how she does not define ‘obnoxious’ correctly. She confuses being misguided in her training to being as the word is defined at the following link:

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/obnoxious?s=t

highly objectionable or offensive; odious -and – annoying or objectionable due to being a showoff or attracting undue attention to oneself:

Incorrectly defining words can get us into lots of unintended  problems and we need to be careful and learn the correct definitions so that we are not caught in something that ruins what we say or causes us to doubt our faith. Our lead does not come from the atheist or the alternative believer, we need to filter their information through biblical processes, starting with the HS, in order to protect our faith and keep our arguments sound.

Atheists are closed-minded and do not accept the reality of God which makes discussion with them very difficult especially if the believer is a novice. The believer really needs to study correctly for a while before trying to discuss with those who spend their lives in denial. The atheist knows more than the believer realizes. God tells us to ‘study to show ourselves approved..’ and this is one reason why he gave that instruction. The unbeliever is far more knowledgeable than most believers and they will trip up the faiths of those who believe if the latter does not prepare correctly.

 
Comments Off on I Really Do Not Like Discussing With Atheists

Posted by on June 26, 2015 in academics, Bible, church, faith, General Life, theology

 
 
%d bloggers like this: