Twinkle Twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are.
You know our world travels around the sun once a year (365.25 days). And what you might not realize is that when looking down from above the north pole our planet in the summer its tilted toward the sun 23.5 degrees and in the winter its tilted away 23.5 deg. On a grid, you may have missed this part. If a Day is exactly 24 hrs by the time we got around to the other side of the sun, we would be facing outward away from the sun and it would be dark at noon time! I have had to edit this like usual because I wrote it just before I went to sleep.
So, over the course of 6 months our time is actually off a bit taking away about 4 minutes day so Noon is always noon, facing the sun. We don’t even realize this is happening. The earth is turning 360 degrees minus a bit to line us up with Noon again.
Next, in a full year you can watch the big dipper in the north move counter clockwise as the earth turns counter clockwise in relation to the stars. (looking down on the north pole) The sun rises in the east because the north America is turning in the direction of England. But dont miss this next important fact. This is why I wrote this thread.
Every year you can look at the big dipper stars and they are in the same place again 12 months later. it will take about 2000 years for that calibration to change slightly, they say about the width of the moon. We are exactly placed among the stars but dont miss the point! Our Seasons, our tilt, our position in relation to the sun how fast we move around the sun is our business, but some how on the grid of space its all lined up with the stars. Thats impossible and incredible.
The fact that we are not just randomly rolling or twisting and turning with our sun flying through the universe on a spiral galaxy where each year our view of stars would be different is amazing. You can even navigate ships by it. We are seasonally with our tilt and our position around the sun, doing it in 365 days but come around exactly 360 degrees and line up exactly with the same stars, exactly, not even a 1/6 of an inch out in line with stars billions of light years away. Forgetting Calendars we do an exact revolution and it is in sink with the place the stars are. The sun could be turning and our 6 month could be more than half of 360 deg. and the stars would always be changing in the sky every year.
I believe this is a proof of Gods providential organized plan. Like our body where a couple cells format everything from a heart to a toe nail the DNA puts arteries and nerves in and out of our spine and our muscles making tubes and all of with without ever looking down at the body to organize things. We are fearfully and wonderfully made. And our Solar system, the stars and everything in the sky is lined up to OUR SEASONS. our Tilt is calibrated in 3 dimensions, not just one.
All this time God put the Big Dipper up there in the North to clue us in. I never saw it. We may have never grasped the significance. God set the stars in the sky by his 360 deg. watch and it matches our seasons. Its pretty scary that God is so fussy to set the stars to line up with our seasons like that. It couldn’t have been done randomly.
EDIT: Because of my Neck injury its put me on the side lines. I get time to think about things others are to busy to think about.
Adding to this thread now days later I wanted to clarify what I think is happening with the Earth. The Pole star of the earth is not 90% to the plain of our solar system its from our perspective about 23.5 deg. or should I say we end up at a 23.5 deg. angle and its sightly less in winter and slightly more in summer as we circle the sun. and because of this I think we are directionally set and its why we see the stars as we do. So there is fairly simple science behind the above but its nicely planned and I would consider that connection to be like a pillar as described in the bible. I think almost everything has a physical explanation but if it was random, all your laundry would be all over the house, but if it was you or your wife doing laundry its nicely in the basket or in the closet etc. Gods organization is rarely appreciated. You take it for granted that your head was put on straight and that your eye brows are on top of your eyes. There is no reason they don’t touch your ears. And no reason why your nose hairs are not growing as fast as your hair on your head and as heavy as a moustache. We live obvious .
If you cant get your head around how the stars are set in place at least thank God for the lack of nose hair!
People think they know their surroundings, but let me give your head a spin. The Earth is tilted to about 23.4 degrees off its axis. Noon is when we are facing the sun. And Wednesday, December 21 is the Winter Solstice. That is the shortest day of the year. And June 21st is the Longest day of the year, which is the Longest day of the year. For us in Canada that means we are tilted toward the sun 23.5 degrees.
The Question is does Noon line up exactly in the middle of the day and is there exactly 24 hours. Lets say there is. If we cycle around over and over to the shortest day of the year and now the south is facing the sun with the longest day and we are tilted away from the sun if it was an exact 24 hour cycle we would be facing away from the sun at Noon.
Even if there is 365.4 days per year meaning to get to the exact same place in relation to other stars every 4 years the issue would be if there was 24 hours we would be facing away from the sun at noon.
So here is what I think is happening. When they calculated what a day was and what a second was and what an hour was they did it over weeks and months so that the day is slightly longer meaning as we go around Noon keeps shifting without Us realizing so that by the time we end up on the other side of the sun we are 12 hours out of sink facing the opposite direction so that we are facing the sun at noon.
It means we would be gaining about 4 minutes a day unknown to us so that our clocks say Noon when we are facing the sun.
The World also cycles around the sun in 356.25 days meaning a full rotation to get into the exact same line up with the stars takes more than a year. After 4 years to set it right they add a day to February but strangely enough we dont end up out of sink as to when Noon is.
You might not have been aware that the earth is tilted in the same direction toward the north star all year but a 24 hour day is not 24 hours or exactly such so that by gaining 4 minutes approximately by the time noon shows up Noon is us facing the sun.
What I find interesting about it is that its not like the moon which is tidal locked to face the same way toward the earth. The earth is spinning and the Moon is Part of that. Its always facing the earth. So in 28 days it cycles around the Earth once and does only one rotation really meaning its always facing the earth.
MY point in all this is, You took for granted that Noon was noon but really it would be Midnight at noon or some random time if the earth wasn’t tuned exactly and some Babylonian guy didn’t create hours and seconds the right size so that they gained about 4 minutes.
86,400 seconds (1 day) unbeknowns to most is packed with 240 seconds or 10 seconds per hour.
240 seconds x182.625 days =43,830/60/60=12.175hrs. And that is why its Noon when we are on the other side of the sun because we are turned a 180 degrees around facing the Sun In the 360 degree turn there is actually an extra 240 seconds or 4 minutes
I haven’t looked into why there is 365.25 days per year but I imagine 6 hours extra we gain that adds up to a day every 4 years means we didn’t travel far enough to make a full cycle in 365 days so they doctored the calendar otherwise we would eventually be in a totally different direction and our tilt would not be lining up and we would have winter in the middle of summer calendar wise.
We might think we are smart with cell phones etc. but thousands of years ago people were pretty smart. Most of us couldn’t grasp how to make steel, bronze copper or anything out of rocks in the ground. Yet, thousands of years ago they had all that figured out.
People use the excuse that people back then were dumb and so they couldn’t have actually known if God was visiting them Or if Jesus was God, that they were dumb, delusional and didn’t have insight and were taken for a ride by a shyster. Jesus was no Shyster and they were not dumb. We think we are smart but I would be not a single one of you realized we face the total opposite direction to have Noon at the same time. I would bet most scientists never even grasped we face the Sun at noon at the other side of the sun 6 months later meaning its a 12 hour change in rotation.
IF 12 apostles and thousands after all followed Jesus. If the country was in havoc and it ended with Rome assuming a state religion, it wasn’t a hoax pulled over the wool of dumb people. Jesus is who he is even if you are not aware of it. Good things its been working out otherwise it would be some hour of the day and it would be dark outside. Happy Lunch time Everyone!
Jesus said: 5 But now I go my way to him that sent me; and none of you asketh me, Whither goest thou? 6 But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart. 7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
John 16:31-33 King James Version 31 Jesus answered them, Do ye now believe? 32 Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me. 33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
Jesus taught his Disciples to Pray. Matthew 6:9-13 King James Version
9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
Don’t lose heart.
Jesus Taught us to pray because He would not be here. In the bible you can see Jesus show up in the Garden of Eden walking in the cool of the day. Jesus shows up to talk with Abraham in Genesis 18. Jesus shows up to talk with Moses in Exodus 24:10 and There are a few other places. God on earth taking the form a Man with arms and legs. It wasn’t till Jesus walked the earth and was named Jesus that we knew God as the God who saves or the Lamb of God. Even then most did not grasp they had a glimpse of God. Grouping each time period including the 3.5 years I would think there was only about 10 times in 6000 years of time.
Don’t loose the faith because of tough times. Jesus said he would return, But he also said, In this life we will have trouble. The Abuse by our Gov’ts these days needs our attention. Covid has showed that Gov’t can over step and needs to be removed and minimized and power taken away from them. Instead of them seeing us as equal, they see themselves as lords rather than employees.
Our Fathers fought so that Tyranny, Dictators, Communism and Marxism wouldn’t run our lives. Democracy is about the people being Respected and in charge of who is elected and what they do. The Gov’t is not in charge of us, we are in charge of the Gov’t but over time they have changed the terms of governance to Rule. What was done to the Truckers, what was done with Mandates is a crime.
Some may not grasp what the abuse of power is.
Here are some examples:
1) If you want a raise, you have to sleep with me. (using your job as leverage for sexual favors.)
2) We are not getting along so I am going to take your car and drive it down the road and park it where you dont know where it is and then take my car and go to work. (spite in a domestic dispute.) etc. With the Truckers:
3)Government says, We will not come out to discuss Covid mandates with you even though You drove hundreds of miles and brought doctors and lawyers and 10’s of thousands of people to protest. We will call you racists, Nazi’s and woman haters.
4) Gov’t says you have to take a covid shot our you will be fired from your job.
5) Gov’t says you cannot travel unless you stick a covid shot/chemical in your body.
6) Gov’t demands you to leave protesting and takes your heating fuel so you could freeze.
7) Gov’t threatens to lock you up if you do not leave and take your dog and euthanize it.
8) Gov’t threatens to bring childrens Aid to take away your children for protesting.
9) Gov’t seizes your bank accounts without any charge laid or without Judges or lawyers etc. involved blocking you from paying for food or hotel or even driving home hundreds of miles away.
10) Pastors are stopped from having in person church services, Jailed or forced not to feed the homeless on the street.
The Government is not in charge of what you think or do or say.
They may want to be, but this is a free country. They have changed some peoples minds to think otherwise, but its not true or right. The video is worth a watch.
Marxism (BLM), Communism (China) , Dictatorship (Trudeau + Putin) and WEF ( Klaus Schwab) and Soros sorts are trying to change the world for the worse. Rather than fight physical wars they are slowly buying up land, changing laws, paying groups like Green Peace to protest Oil pipe lines in our country while building them in other countries. You name it, they are doing it. Spying on your phone, collecting data to categorize your views and then shadow banning you in part or by whole. Your news is being fed to you the same way. I suspect some of the social media groups are doing it to comply to Chinese rules so they can have access to their markets.
Justin Trudeau also paid all the media, most media groups, huge sums of money and now they do not cover the news properly. Im not joking. You will likely never hear good things about the Trucker story or see the huge crowds that came to support Them. You likely did not hear from the Doctors (one who invented MRNA vaccine technology) even speak to the issue or hear one of their speakers at the protest on the weekends. The Gov’t shut you out of knowing and took your freedoms away and the free press away. The only way to get the real news is through alternate sources. They are supplying a fuller story. They provide Less clips and spin and more full reporting to counter the false narratives. The above Tyrants and dictators are trying to push WEF-Globalist policy. They are trying to centralize power, remove citizen rights and make the world a cashless society run by one group of Elites.
This video of the pastor about is just the example of someone caught up in the web who was saying not to the Gov’t control and human rights abuse. This is a video about the truckers. The story you likely didn’t see.
E=MC2 is actually not that complex. E a measurement of Energy.(in Joules) M the mass of a atom or atoms.(in Kilograms). And C is the speed of light. 299,792,458 meters per second (approximately 300,000,000 km/s)
What does this have to do with God. Well lets just dig in a bit and I will show you.
So a given amount of matter when converted to energy will have a given amount of energy..
You could change the units of measurement but still, the amount is the amount, even if expressed differently. Lets say if the Joule was double the size like the guy deciding the size of a cup of flour. If someone had a larger cup when they made that determination the whole system would have a cup of flour the size they chose. maybe our cup of flour would be only half a cup cause they used a large cup to represent a cup. People in the past set in motion what a measurement is today. How long a foot was, how long a meter was, how big a gallon is, even how wide train track are. They match how wide wagons used to be.
So when you have a equation like E=MC2 and it is mixing apples and oranges to get bananas, you should stop and think.. What are these fixed amounts. Lets look at E=MC2. The mass and the Energy well they are fixed numbers.. because Joules is a fixed size, and Mass is a fixed size, you could do math and figure out what M needs to be multiplied with to make the right amount of energy in Joules. Funny that number just happens to be about 300,000,000 squared. Einstein says its the number for light.. but why does it half to be. Its a coincidence. what does light have to do with it. in fact if you had measured Light speed in Ft. the equation wouldn’t work.
To suggest that mankind created the unit called Joules and before that created the units for Mass, and then last created units of measurement for distance Meters and lights speed in meters lines up exactly is crazy. That is pretty much impossible. What if the guy inventing what a meter was thought it was 4 ft not 3.. then all of a sudden the 300,000,000 would be a number 25% less. See what I mean. You need the number 300,000,000 squared… light has nothing to do with it.
So this is why I think there is foul play.
E=MC2 lining up with the units of speed of light and mass and Energy is impossible unless you had one of the numbers for mass or Joules and fudged the other. So lets say you had the number for light and the number for mass, then you could quantify the energy and later define Joule was to make the equation work. it fit with a round number for the speed of Light. But to invent meters in the 1500’s there is no way that the speed of light could be accurate, the size of the measuring stick is not new.
In 1840 James Prescott Joule invented what a Joule was.
Maybe he had the E=MC2 in mind when he made Joules.. and then In 1903, the Italian Olinto De Pretto actually invented E=MC2. Not Einstein. And it was all actually about Joules working backward from 300,000,000 to make the equation work.
Nicolaus Copernicus invented the Meter in 1543. So that wasn’t fudged.
And the “second” of time was first described by the Greco-Egyptian mathematician Claudius Ptolemy in his work “Almagest” around 150 C.E. So that wasn’t fudged.
Forgetting the numbers for a second, what really is Joules. the joules is lets say in heat terms would fry lets say 100 ants. and that would be lets say 100 atoms and then to use the length of light for one second squared. its mixing apples and oranges. to make bananas. it doesn’t work.
Its strange that the sizing of each unit makes it such that Energy x Mass x 300,000,000 squared work.
Either God invented Meters and supervised the guy inventing meters, making E=mc2 Gods Idea and these guys are oblivious to his guiding hand OR a guy like Joules fudged what a Joule would be to make the numbers work. Therefore Joule would have been the last guy at the table sizing units of measurement.
There is really only a few explanations to this issue. Joule was the one who made the equation and he was working it backwards from the speed of light in meters and those after stole his work OR God invented the metric system and we are all just a bunch of bystanders. And, therefore we don’t even realize when Gods hand has set an Idea in motion.
Its sort of like the guy saying he invented Bread. God says, Oh , sure you did. What is yeast? God asks, Did you design the DNA structure for that yeast? Oh No God, I found it .. Oh, so you found it there and you think you invented it. LoL.
In 1928, at St. Mary’s Hospital, London, Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin. Oh, you did did you. LoL. You little people are so cute.
Edit: First Sorry for my bad English. I realize when re-reading it, that I am a terrible writer.
I added this edit cause I felt bad I wasn’t totally upfront or complete with my explanation. I was hoping you would come to conclusions about Albert Einstein. Its not really about God existing or not existing or inventing meters We all know God exists, he exists into infinity, because we couldn’t be created out of absolute nothing so, some how something has had to always exist for us to now exist. That infinite existence is God. for that and many other reasons, Gods existence is indisputable…
This thread, it was to expose a Grift by Albert Einstein to prove a point. What he really said was that the energy output of an Kilo of mass is mass times a trillion.
300,000,000 times 300,000,000 has nothing to do with light. once you square it, that number is huge, nothing relatable to light. and if you measure in Ft rather than Meters. it messes up the whole equation.
Basically the equation is the mass of an object times almost a trillion = Joules. and the number of Joules happens to be correct. the any time you have mass multiply it by a trillion and you will get about the right amount of energy in that mass.
M x 1T=E not MC2=E
The Idea of adding the unit of light and then squaring it basically makes the Idea of it being light and using meters rather than feet totally makes the E=MC2 a grift.
Atheists want to inflate the superiority of someone to suggest that we do not need God and that God is chump change. When in reality we are chump change and God is sovereign. I am not saying that almost a trillion isn’t the right number, not at all. What I am saying is, that number has to be that number and adding meters per second has no value. Its adding something that is not there to add.
If I was to lift my hand lifted up toward a nuclear explosion could I give an estimate as to how many joules was produced. Who really has a accurate calibration to how much energy was produced or how much fuel was used up. lets face it, they guess and use ball park numbers. Or did they say, Oh, yah, thats a billion no 2 billions watts worth of heat I can feel it exactly, Yep, E=MC2..
If you know anyone that as more accurate measurements using Joules meters and kilograms let me know. I would like to meet him in a ball park. What next will they start doing some squaring and other funky business. Lets face it its a grift.
There, I got that off my chest. Have a blessed day. and when you have walked 1.609344 km in my shoes, go the second. Let me know if you figured that out.
1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a] 2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. 4 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You have heard them, you know those preachers, the ones that tells you to Trust God and throw away your crutches. They are both right and wrong. The bible calls on people to remove contempt from your heart and Trust God. Yet, every one dies. Its no laughing matter. Everyone gets sick. There are liars who say they never had a problem because they (better than you.) had so much trust they never got sick and they confessed healing and wealth so give them your money as trust God will bless you. They are lunatics and teach against what the bible teaches.
Does God let you down? Yes. He let Abraham down, he let Peter down, he let down everyone depending on how you look at it.
But why? How can this article be Christian. Hold on, at times God does heal. At times there are to many coincidences such that they end up railroading you right into success. BUT you still die and your crops still may fail and at times get mold on them. And that thing you did, that can fail too.
So what is up with that. Did God Fail You?
God kicked Adam and Eve out and they got the raw end of the stick because of their contempt. They didn’t trust God.
Abraham was promised a City and left everything to find the city in trust but did not receive it.
What if 500 years after you die, you get your healing. Is that a little late? If God promised Abraham that he was going to a city meaning to find this city but it wasn’t even on earth, how is that fair? Abraham was on a wild goose chase. Does it matter? Does it matter if that city Abraham was looking for was, yet to come? Does it matter that it will come later as the New Jerusalem in Revelations that is 1500 miles wide, long and high. Opps. God just left out a few details and he had Abraham running across the country.
God helped Israel get out of Egypt. God then helped the Jews through the red sea. Yes, they were believers in God by then, but they grumbled because the food was boring. God gave them Mana from heaven great but it was boring. After a while the Jews got sick of it. They complained they had more of a variety in Egypt. They ended up losing their lives because of their grumbling and contempt for God. They believed in God but they did not trust God.
Then there is this, They feared crossing the Jordan to enter the promised land. One might say that Abraham’s grand kids might finally see the kingdom. Oh boy, the city, Gods Promises. Hopes were up. But the Jews feared so God led them around the desert for 40 years till all the old people died off. But who would have known, that when their children did finally enter, they didn’t get the City of God promised their great many greats, grandfather Abraham.
Hebrews 11 talks about all those people who did not get everything promised. The goose chase is just poor vision on our part. Our goose chase is based on a lack of understanding. Everyone dies physically. God has promised to return to bring back the dead and the faithful living and give those who believed having faith, new life. God promised to wipe every tear. God Promised we all will walk on streets of Gold. Not just Abraham, its also promised to us. And I believe it. Yes, in spite of the goose chase. I know God has left out details and I am OK with that. Its likely much bigger than people realize and I can wait..
God does Fail in our eyes if we are looking for God to do it right in front of our eyes every time. News Flash. We might get covid. We are not bullet proof. And some of our loved ones will die. So is Psalms 91 true ? Psalms 91 is a praise from David to God for the things he has done. Lets face it, Still, our house might burn down even if we are Christians. And, our job might end. BUT don’t forget some times God will intervene. So we should praise Him twice over when He does help. The truth is, According to Hebrews 11. Davids High praise is only part of the picture. Gods faithfulness will be revealed you wait..you have to trust him till that happens. He is our healer our supply still you may get sick some times and be broke, without a dime. Still, in the end, when accounts are settled, you will be a kings kid. Let the story/play out and trust God and ask him for favor.
Trust in God. Stop having contempt. Stop having false hope. Stop thinking you are bullet proof. Still, trust God even in trouble. Wait it out. Lean on God. See life through to its physical End and expect more. Let go and let God sort it all out. Don’t let a failure and trouble hold you under water. Be an Adult about life. Be aware that God is not fixing everything every time you ask.. Continue life, right now. He wants you to be an adult. A failure does not mean God does not care. it means God didn’t plan to fix everything. Trust God anyways, Pray for help and do your best while trusting. Mature Christians commune with God and praise him like David did because God does provide that ramp and that cave and that solution many times. And David stuck with God even though he Lost people in his family and his Daughter was raped. Don’t mistake Moments of Joy as the pattern for your whole life. Trouble does hit. Gods special interventions are special because they are not every time. Trust God and love him anyways.
8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.
9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:
10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
John 14 King James Version (KJV)
14 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.
8 Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us.
9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?
God Failed to fill you in with a warning label on each scripture that in the end those who follow him win even if some times they don’t win everything right now. This you knew already. Trust like Abraham. Trust and like him you will eventually get the city.. the health, the victory and new life.
“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:” – John 11:25
God Failed to remind you to take off your rose colored glasses. God did say, hold on to him. Draw nigh to Him and He will draw nigh to you. Lets be sober about life.
read the Small Print:
5 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The only thing God failed at was to consult us on how things would play out in detail. Even when He talked with Abraham he mulled over even telling him what he was going to do. God did tell him in that case. Gods not going to fill you in on everything. Let him be the boss. Trust him. Don’t doubt because you feel like he should have jumped to aid you. He will as He sees fit. In some ways we are like Abraham and we still have not received the promise. You may have to wait a few thousand years. It doesn’t mean God made a mistake. It means He is God.
8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. – 2Timothy 4:8
Most people have started reading the bible, only a few finish. Anyone who becomes a christian seeks to grasp what was said in the bible and digs deeper.
One day while studying I was contemplating the big perspective, Eternal life. I want to know about existence and how things came to be. When contemplating the book of the Revelation it came to me; why not accept it as fact. Rather than going in to the read with a skeptical mind, why not take off those blinders and those things that hinder thinking and just read with an open mind.
Faith is not a crossing of ones fingers to jump off a cliff hoping it will work out. That is an atheists view of faith not a christian view. Faith defined in Christianity is not about hoping for a prayer to be answered, its a Trust in the one who answers prayer. So, rather than being concerned about an answered prayer as proof of Gods love, you lean on God you Trust rather than living in contempt for him. Abraham was told to look for a city but he did not receive half of what he was told he would recieve. Yet, by his faith/Trust in God he went and it was considered as a righteous upstanding act of faith.
God put a sword to protect the garden. I have some speculation to toss out there. I want to develop what our actual history looks like and likely will be about in the future. All of this ties in. Without Jesus Christ all of this will be irrelevant and as you will see it would mean. Without Jesus you have no hope. Hope for What? This is where I am going to go with this Op. The sword represents a blockage to our future.
Christian destiny is to reconcile you with God by being pardoned by the substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus Christ when you repent and return to following Jesus. Thats the goal and it comes with a cash prize. Then you live a life for God as his child and follower, being made spiritually alive by his holy spirit. Then, when you die physically there is a hope of resurrection, a rapture of the dead and a resurrection to life, Eternal life. The Hope is that one day Jesus will take your spirit to heaven and that there is life after this life. Its a lot to process.
As a believer in the Biblical History and from a personal subjective view I believe these things to be true and some parts very provable.
I have and continue to do a heavy investigation into the science of how these things will be and have taken place. In my reading, I have happened upon some clear science in the bible. I really wasn’t expecting to figure out how Jesus walked on water but I think I have. I also think I have discovered how levitation is possible. Levitation is seen several times in the bible. Its very strange and is explained in stories of significance. The big one is how this new “City of God” will come out of heaven and land on a new earth. Its a huge and interesting topic .
When racing past the narrative you might have not taken time to consider this new heavenly city. I have done a deep dive. This is the city where we will supposedly go to and live for eternity. (so its kind of a big deal.) I took a hard look because that voice in my head said, why not believe what is written.. So I did. And I found a massive Scientific treasure trove.
I said, this must be possible some how. So why not figure it out. If you read on, The bible says, the earth is destroyed and the heavens suggesting to me this solar will be gone. But it says this massive city comes down out of heaven and the city is 1500 miles cubed. This will be the “New Jerusalem” This city is about the size of the Moon! A city that large is a large country. The walls described are to high to be possible. If a city that large came out of space and landed, it would crash down like a life ending extinction event. A city that size would be so heavy, so massive so, Huge it would drop like a stone wiping out All man kind and every living thing. There is no engine or a thousand engines nor enough jet fuel to propel such a space craft/ city and land it on a planet with gravity.
If you have read about this city, you will know it has very tall walls and a massive foundation. If real and true and I believe it is, the walls are high enough to contain an atmosphere. The bible says that the garden of Eden is there. The Bible says, there is life, oxygen, water on this platform 1500 miles square and streets of gold.
I speculate that Adam may have been born in this city OR that city was on earth and the Garden of Eden was moved to the city and taken away. The Flaming sword may have been a temporary measure or not even on earth at all. The garden of Eden in this city maybe a copy of the earthly Garden of Eden now gone..
So what I am proposing is, when Jesus said he goes to prepare a place for us, he wasn’t starting from scratch. I believe there is and was an existing city that was likely more than 7000 years old and maybe even be billions of years old. God is ageless and spans the heavens. It could be one of millions of traveling cities as far as we know.
So, these flaming swords represent to me some sort of barrier or weapon restricting us from being in the garden of the city. The swords maybe some type of technology rather than Mythology. I believe God had and has rules and said, No, I am kicking you out of the garden and took that garden from Mankind.
I think I have figured out how this quantum levitation works. I think I figured out how this city flies. My issue is not to figure out the Science. I am working on that. What I am concerned about is the big picture of God and man and how Mankind will work it out with God. And if you and I will be rejected from entering that city.
If I told you the secret and the science I discovered, the tech that will take us around our solar system, then well, .. You know.. so I cant tell you the juicy details till I have a working model… . So I cant tell you that, but what I found and what I am experimenting on is real, Scientific and not out of our reach. It turns out the materials and Science I need are found in the bible. There is a lot of science already done and its obvious when you know what I figured out its a short trip from the concept to a working model. Some key factors were intentionally put in the bible for us to find. If I told you the details, you would know right away and if you had a chemistry and physics background, you could steal the Idea. But who knows, I might not be able to figuring out exactly how these things work to make the invention work. The devil is in the details. Still I am convinced that city can fly and defy gravity and actually exists right now. And, Its part of the christian belief that it exists.
The flaming sword speaks about authority, the rule of law and about who is in charge of life and history and about who will enter that city and see the garden of God again.
Is God Real? The existence of God is a founding principle of Christianity. We exist., Things exist. We are.. Rene Decartes said, I think therefore I am. Its a simple but outstanding observation.
Even if we are dreaming, the fact that we dream suggest there is an existence we experience. People that believe in a big bang or creation event of some kind have to ask how long did all this exist. How did that initial material exist. Could material/matter just come out of absolute nothing? Obviously not.
Something of substance had to have existed for infinity to create what we have out of it. If that was a blob of something it would have to be a infinite blob.
Christians believe the historical writings of the bible. Hebrews 1, Romans 1, John 1, We believe their personal experiences help us define who God is and we have concluded that God is more than a blob and that he has lived for infinity. And he created all things. The Christian definition of God does say he always has existed with no end and that he is the Alpha and Omega. Revelations1-3
I believe this Alpha and Omega, is the God of the Universe, The Almighty everlasting God who chose to create the world and possibly many others like it and may have created a universe like this one many times maybe a 100’s of times in the past. That makes him Old. Infinitely Old. It gives new definition to the term “Mid life crisis”.
In our case, in this solar system, God has created this world and these people around us and has invited us who follow Him and His ways to live in this city. He put an offer on the table. Join him, Love him and others, repent and get the true opportunity of a life time, to Join him in infinity, and live forever. Its an amazing opportunity for God to put that on the table. This city, the garden, the Sega of History The Cross, Christianity right down to the flaming sword is one massive Saga and you are a part of it or can be.
Kicking Adam out of the garden is just a small part of the story. The Flaming sword blocking the way shows a need for Salvation. Exploring the details of the City and eternal life fills in some of the blanks about our destiny. Yes, some of it is Beyond us right now. But its clear. The Sword says, God will do it his way and our destiny is in question. The choice is; do we want to be a part of it? Is there a way to be a part of Gods plan. Or Do we want to be excluded from the story and throw away everything God wants for us. Do we want to remain kicked out of the garden.
Unfortunately these days we have elevated ourselves into “know it alls.” We barely have a clue as to what is possible, but we think we know. We haven’t ourselves left this solar system or even reached into the stars. We also know very little about spiritual things and its why we hunger as we read the bible and sing praise to God. There is a desire to know, but we know very little. We speak about things that happened supposedly 14 billion years ago with certainty as if we actually know. In reality, the fact is, we cant even cure the common cold.
Some mock Christianity as if it was some fairy tale. But they are in no position to do so. 2020 years ago. AD. Jesus did get himself born on to this planet. Jesus did live and die and change our history and then rose again from the dead 3 days after his death. The Sega of the Jewish people, the history of our planet and all the rest can not be denied.
May I suggest that we give some respect to the writings long enough to at least read them through. If God exists, which I think is a must for us to even exist (which I believe he does.) then lets pray for God to give us wisdom rather than holding on to some type of contempt for the Idea. We have no justification for contempt. Maybe we have over Judged God. Maybe we spoke to soon, understood to little. From what I have discovered, from what History has told us and from what the universe screams out, we should know to take things more seriously. We need to start back at the basics. Let us Love God and Love others. Let us study Gods word without contempt. And lets find out the path God has charted for us.
It may turn out that the flaming sword was some sort of laser beam or just symbolism. Maybe a flaming sword is protecting access to the holy site. Maybe its a memorial of beginnings of earth which God preserved and tended too for these thousands of years in a city prepared for us that we will see again. Either way it says, God is in charge.
Such a city exists. Jesus did say, If it was not so, I would not have told you.
21 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
God kept it from Adam because of Adams disobedience and Adams contempt. Don’t be kept from your destiny.
Its Christmas Day. My Kids are at the X’s, We will meet up this afternoon and have dinner at my sons. He is recently married and just bought a house. My Daughter is just laid off because of covid but is home from university and doing fine.
I have to put the Turkey in the oven soon but wanted to avoid politics and avoid the covid issues we face and give Jesus Christ His Due.
I cant speak for the attitude of the whole world but online there is a hate connected to what some consider Woke. I find all that a pollution and a misguided path to walk. Good old History, reality and logic has gone out the window.
Today I want to talk about God.
First, you exist. How? Big Picture. Can we be created from Absolute nothing. Absolute nothing. If there is absolute nothing, can something come from Nothing.
I think the Scientific answer is No. So, what that means is; Since you exist, something has had to have existed for infinity. It means that there has never been a time that absolute nothing existed. You are proof that something exists for infinity.
Our Problem is this system of life and energy will end in heat death. Everything at some point will stop spinning. At some point in the distant future this physical system we know of will stop. All vibration, all collisions, every attractive force will eventually work its way out and energy will stop. poof its over. The universe will be over. Decay is really happening. Still there is a long road, millions maybe billions of years of energy and motion to unwind, but not a infinite amount.. So before this, before all we know exists there was someone, something existing. maybe this whole thing was done a hundred or thousand times before. A billion time a billion times. Infinity is something to hard to grasp.
I have dealt with the issues of the Big bang and Evolution in other posts but this Post is about God. The Christian Definition is a lot like what I just muddled through. God is always existing. Who really really knows the deep deep past. We cannot observe it. They say they can look into the past by looking at star light but not the kind of past I am talking about.. Before light began…. The definition of God is about ever existing Eternal and infinite, the Alpha and Omega the beginning and the end. Because you exist you can know that He exists. Without him nothing would exist.
People do not realize that Christianity is far more Scientific and Metaphysical than fairy tale. Its a very factual based religion. Actual people writing history were recording the events around the birth of Jesus. We live on this side of those events. People then were big thinkers writing about the existence of mankind and reveled in the existence of Jesus Christ the events of his birth and the radical death and resurrection that took place.. They were not poorly informed.
Some today suggest that the Apostles had their heads in the clouds. This is a fraud against the truth. These men saw things, they lived things, they had to survive when there was no Electricity, no fridges, no doughnut shops with Toilets or Airplanes. They had Rome breathing down their necks. They were tough people and they wrote about an ever existing God sending a child into a manger with no crib for a bed. They wrote about Taxes causing people to return to their places of origin to be taxed. And they wrote about a young unwed mother giving birth and angels showing up.. They did not varnish things, they gave us the unvarnished events mixed with the struggle. And being great thinkers and witnesses of Jesus Christ existing brought to us the big picture.
There is no reason to doubt that Jesus came or that God exists.
There is more reason to wonder how someone could not wonder about how we could actually exist. How could one not wonder about events that changed the world. Jesus came. Now that is a radical, Historical event worth digging into
On this Christmas, lets go big picture beyond what most think during this time. If God has existed before the world began into infinity. Do we need to educate him? Do we need to bring him up to speed on things? Should we have humility?
It would take a week to discuss the plans God has for us. The events in the bible unveil details of Historical events. Big Picture, Lets leap forward and imagine if the God of the infinite life says, by the mouth of Jesus, I go to prepare a place for you.. What is he suggesting ? He is suggesting an everlasting life. what a strange and glorious thought that we could join God in a infinite life being aware and a person that can think and be and exist for infinity forward. Anyone hearing about Christmas knowing that this is what is on the table should be pretty interested in the adventure God created for us who follow him.
I find it grand that God himself after making us, after making matter as we know it, after creating this world wants a soap Opera of sorts a saga that will include us. I also find it grand that God inserted himself as a baby in to the tiny little world we live in. We could never quantify God, He spans all heavens to infinity. On a whole different scale God expressed his presence in the form of a baby. Now that is really sassy and extravagant. As the bible says. What is man that you are mindful of him.
And let me finish with this. Be a willing participant in the pageantry of Christmas. Take the time to Wonder about the things God has put in motion. Show reverence for the God who gifted us with the presence in the son Jesus to live and die for us to reclaim us, to redeem us. to adopt us and to allow us to participate in an infinite life. Take a moment and try to reach beyond comprehension. Participate in the Holy Day of Christs birth and worship the Christ child with a smile knowing God did this.
Do you exist. Then God exists. This is not a dream. Jesus did come. History did happen. Find yourself in the moment. Thank God you can be present in this moment to grasp what has happened and what the truth really is.
God bless you. May his Presence be with you and your families.. May God restore to you the Joy of your salvation.
There is an Old book called “why cant I get my locker open” focused on why God is not helping fix everything. While to some degree all of us feel abandoned by an invisible God, Gods promise that he will not abandon us falls flat until you see God intervene here and there.
The contempt in the wilderness for God was bitter. Then, it was a issue of leaving houses and lands and slavery for a wilderness picking food off the ground that looked like bird poop. Today we might shake or fist because cause our car wont start or someone harms us. For a Christian the contempt for God is a grave sin. Its a sin of the heart.
Hope comes in when Jesus uses that story about the snake being put on the pole in Numbers 21 to save the people, to say, he himself Jesus, will be put on a poll to save us from our contempt, For our lack of Trust/Faith while walking through this wilderness with 5 McD’s per square Mile and number that will bring Police in a moments notice.(911)
Many times we get tired, and say God, why do you make my back hurt with all this cotton and God says back, did you not notice that last year you got this land at 1/2 price and your planting total has given you more profit than you have ever seen in your life. Your back hurts does it?. Some how our troubles blind us to the Glory we possess.
Watch this video and tell me if You see Ester hiding in plain site.
A Heart Beat Bill would basically solve the conflict of views making a middle ground between abortionists and Right to LIFE advocates.
Almost every baby viable after the fetus has a heart beat. The chances of a miscarriage drop drastically once a heart is beating in the womb. A real human is on its way. The Issue of Viability is not really an issue at this point.
My concern has always been acting against a person in the womb which could feel or sense aggression. I figured that if the nerve system could cause a heart beat the baby could also have a sense of feeling and possibly an infant awareness. The later an abortion the greater awareness and feeling. As days go by more awareness and more feeling makes the abortion more horrific. Nurses have said they have seen babies in a ultrasound move away from the instruments used in the abortion.
So, In theory if an abortion must be done, the earlier the better. Logically, to do the least harm would be to have No abortion but at the very least before the Heart is Beating. And to be fair. Most Women if they were aware would chose to do the abortion earlier than later.
In a Modern Democratic Society the issue we all support is Liberty. We want full control over what happens in our lives. Limited Gov’t. The freedom of Person are essential to Human rights. Life has a lot of people in it who do things out of our control. Politicians, Police, Parents, Kids, Bosses, Spouses all are outside of ourselves and we all live with some sense of compromise. Society is a mix of control and surrender from all parties.
On another serious issue. Some of our children are dealing with Self Harm and self expression. Some Kids Cut themselves. They do it because they feel they cant be heard. They feel life wont go their way. Kids feel pressure and a need to vent anger. If kids cant beat up their problem or conquer it and essentially they fell loss and emotional imprisonment. If you cant touch this or that some decide to act against themselves. Some youth say, no one can tell me what I can do with their own body. So they act against themselves. At least they have Liberty there. In a sense they take vengeance out on themselves. (and in the quiet of their mind they shout, you cant be around all the time to stop me.) (I have an OP about it on my blog.)
This sense of the need for control is what I am getting at. I will do as I want is a factor in the human make up. This can run in conflict with other peoples rights. When we take actions against another we have to deal with human rights. Human dignity is hand in glove and a important topic. People want a safe free livable existence. Unwrapping all that can be complex. I submit these things are directly relate to Abortion.
IF Pregnant mothers cut the baby from the womb, they are making a drastic choice. Its far bigger than good or evil. Its far more than when life begins. It involves a baby. Its about a life life plan from a mother who may not have taken the time to make up a 40 page life plan. Seriously, Who does?
And abortion is a drastic decision. Its sort of like seeing someone at the bottom of a pool who is drowning. You can act and get wet even ruin some clothes and risk your life. Or walk away and suffer emotional baggage trying to remove the effects of you not acting to preserving life.
So here we have a Mother who is a ship who floating in the sea of life, going along, possibly having a few Ideas about life, but then, Wham, a strong current comes up. Where will life take them? Maybe the event is a “accident” or maybe a “love child” but regardless choices are upon them. Mothers are forced in a matter of days to make choices. In the middle Life and whatever they had on their plate Boom they are forced to prepare for a New imposed life plan. This takes control out of their hands. And they are taught, from their birth not to let anyone control them.
Their situation to some degree is not much different to someone having their legs blown off or for someone to lose their hearing or someone falling overboard a ship. They are met with the rest of their lives in a moment. With all seriousness at their front door they have to live with it what has happened there is no reversing, they are pregnant. People are called upon in life to make hard choices. It can be the most exciting time of their life or they can make it the worst.
Our society has always been imaginative. Maybe we can avoid getting our legs blown off. Maybe we can save ourselves from breaking our back. Maybe we can have a life Jacket and build better ships! Maybe we can Eliminate a baby.
We might even invent limbs to use instead of Legs. We solve problems!
Mothers find themselves in a situation that is 100% natural and normal. They may miss,, Having a Baby is an ability no other Human has. Its a special event and half the DNA will be theirs. They are producing a Human that will act like them and laugh like them and have Liberty like them.
They all of a sudden have this choice thrust on them. They may say, Oh, I want to stop this. Oh Poor me, Im not ready. But lets face it. Moms put up with bad bosses, they put up with mouthy children and they put up with Gov’ts who send their children to war. Still all of us always wanting more choice and the ability to change outcomes and craft our own lives. So I believe what a mother does is chose her liberty over the life of another.
I totally get the inventive nature of Abortion. What I don’t get is intentional harm. Morally, I don’t think we can trip a Senior Citizen walking down the road cause we think its funny. (I don’t think thats funny.) I don’t think we can shoot the next door neighbour cause we like their car and want to take it. (its a nice car.) Generally, we cant act against other peoples liberty . And, we do not want people to act on our liberty.
I believe stopping Abortion is about the liberty and rights and feelings of a child. Liberty here is not just about the Mother. I think there are issues of control and life planning going on here and they are important too. But, I also believe we should be concerned about the suffering and Liberty of the Child.
So, I propose that we extend liberty as far as we can. We can start by finding the easiest middle ground. (it might not be a middle ground for the baby who cant live.) But the middle ground between the two sides of the issue; a middle ground that could reduce suffering for the child being killed.
Not shockingly, I propose a Heart Beat Bill. To some degree having abortions earlier could reduce or remove a babies total awareness of their death. I would suggest that if Possible, we should take every effort to use other methods of termination when a crime has been committed against a Girl/woman, like an abortion pill, so that the pain to a child is diminished or not even possible.
The Idea of a late term abortion without giving a child some type of medication to put them asleep so that they feel no pain, is Torture and genocidal in nature. Lets be Honest. I would say this torture is equal to some guy chopping you up in your kitchen while you watch.
I think we can come to a middle ground very fast by seeking the Earliest abortion possible or none at All.
Most of you know me from my Moniker “Evolution is a Hoax”. My actual name is Scott, no Hoax. Daily online I show that the fossil record is missing all the missing links but has just about every fossil of modern day animals in the record and a few extinct things fully formed presented there as well.
You would expect millions of intermediate species connecting fish to frogs, frogs to mice, mice to dogs, dogs to horses and horses to giraffes and a blisteringly obvious proof, that in the fossil record there would be No fossils of today’s animals and species.
Todays animals are found in the fossil record on mass. They are called living fossils. Whats interesting and Obvious is both apes and Humans are living today but the in between species are missing. (Except for my Brother, He might be the missing link.)
But seriously, to support Darwin’s theory, lies hoaxes and fakes were created. You might know about the “Nebraska Man” or the “Piltdown man” just to name a couple fakes. Its dishonest to suggest that these are proof of a evolutionary connection between man and apes. They don’t exist. The problem is, for this theory to be true you would need connections between everything to everything. And apes are modern day animals.. Every fish , fern, foul and fox and Elephant and eel are modern day species . The Glut of fossils should be so overwhelming and “intermediate” species such that I could not have this conversation.
I don’t doubt the world is very Old. But when it comes to mankind and life. There is not enough topsoil, coal or bones to account for a deep time table of life. Some Archaeologists play around with a few clay pots and say that civil life was around for 10 or 20 thousand years. Thats simply playing with the Christian view that the people have only been around for 6000 years or so. But their claim of deep time is far more serious. The missing actual Piltdown man and Nebraska Man and every other intermediate up until Man is disgusting. Man himself and a so called history of man over millions of years from ape to man is missing. Playing with a few pots and wrongly stating their age is a distraction.
You know the Grand Canyon is a nice layer by layer sediment while the world was under water. You will find those layers across north America. You will find those type of layers on every continent and then you will find coal deposits under many of those layers. This does not suggest a nice evolutionary process. All these layers are ocean layers. A Giraffe could not live in these conditions with that much water. Even with hip waders No Animal would last 100’s of thousands of years in neck deep or deeper water. Every continent is like this. Life on land would have stopped while these layers went down!!! All of the so called land evolution would have had to have happened on the top layer of the grand canyon. The layer we are currently living on. The Grand canyon layers are not an example of a step by step evolution of life. Its an example of Life without dry ground.
You are not going to find fossils of Horses at the bottom of the grand canyon or in any other layer. The first sign of any sort of footprint of a Lizard starts right near the top of these layers. I have been sharing this story for years. Today while browsing I thought to google, “Evolution is a Hoax” to see what would come up. The Piltdown man popped up. Coincidentally, I was sharing the Christian faith of Jesus, the Gospel story yesterday and someone brought it up. So I was curious to revisit the Piltdown man Story. And, Since I was on it that Journey, I thought you might like to see for yourself that the foundation for Evolution is built on Hoaxes. You have to see it for yourself. Do a google. We have been indoctrinated to believe in Evolution. Schools have been brain washing us for decades. These Lies are a bad stain on the brain and they are hard to come out. Until they do, you cannot sing How Great thou Art, (a christian hymn) properly. To know Jesus properly you need to know that He is the Creator and that He made all things. HE is maker of heaven and earth and worthy of our praise. Believing a crazy false contrived story about evolution is a cancer.
Here is the link to the Infamous Fake, the Piltdown Man:
In Christianity Politics can creep in to the church and create dictatorships. In the end, Bad leadership and sleeping people are the problem. People think they are at the top. In their minds they must get their way ahead of you getting yours. And you get it in your head, your Idea or way must come first. The Application of this Opinion Piece is about Global Politics today but I should give some context as to what I am thinking. First a quick bible history tour.
Israel enslaved their people and God was angry and put them into exile. (That is the 70 year exile into Babylon.) God told them they should have learned from their tough times in Egypt when they were slaves to the Egyptians. They fail to learn.
We are in a similar boat. With A virus killing people Gov’ts around the world are saying they will give money to people directly wanting to glad hand you with your own money. This sounds great on its face, but its not. Its slavery, dictatorship and Communism coming in the back door with one tiny infant step. It might take 30 or 90 years before this fully takes effect but its pretty simple. Its effect even in its infant stage is huge. Communism 2.0 Let me spell it out.
IF after this cash payment, we let Gov’ts create a Guaranteed basic income of $2000 per month and then lower the minimum wage to $3 per hour. Essentially they could eliminate paying welfare or UIC. You might think this is good. This payment will not go to a lot of people.
Whats wrong with this? Everything. If you do not agree with the Gov’t they will cut your income, cut back your $2000. Lets say you wont pay your taxes based on some difference of opinion, you have no leverage. They will just take it off your $2000.
Lets say you fight your X in court and there are allegations back and forth. They decide you cant have your kids. The truth matters very little in family court, Some bully judge now has super power. They deal with What ifs and accusations.. Not only can they abduct your kids , they will simply take child support from your guaranteed income and you will not get your $2000. (no guarantee, just leverage.) You will no longer see your kids nor your money, nor your freedom. Its just numbers. Your account is now deleted. Everyone else gets a cheque, but you won’t. Its going on to a degree already. They are funding one side of a separated family. Its not to help kids its to divide the power base of the family.
What if you do not make a lot of money, you really need the work, so you take extra work, off the books, The Gov’t will take your $2000 away to stop the underground economy. If you are a so called illegal and you just want a better life but they say no you have to work for us now we pay you… If you are not working why? and you say because I have other options. They say no. The Gov’t will disadvantaged you by $2000. Gov’ts should not control humanity. People need help. We do not need to be held under the water with the foot of the Gov’t. Gov’t should focus on their work as public servants and leave us alone.
Every renovation, every car repair you had for a cheeper price, will be gone. If you are not on the books you will get $2000 less. So you will have to charge more. Only the rich will be able to afford repairs.
The gov’t will have complete control of your kids. At 16 the Gov’t will give them a benefit, And your kids will give you the finger. They will do what they want when they want and how they want. This will divide a lot of families. This has already started. Between media treating the family like Garbage and Womans rights the push out the door is on the door step and Cash from the Gov’t easily gotten.
The Gov’t should work for us. We should not work for the Gov’t. Where will they get this money to give to you. From You. From that $3 per hour or $480 a month. So, the poor will see this math that if the Gov’t takes 30% of $480 its chump change they take but they give $2000 so you are getting someone elses money. Who do you think will vote for this Gov’t. any sucker who has greed! Anyone whos wage tax is less than $2000. The Gov’t will take the money a plumber gets and give it to students who have no ability. It will take it from teachers who spent their lives in school , to learn and to teach and give it to those who are starting out. This is a huge wage transfer from you to others rather than a free market. its a type of Socialism/Communism.
This is a step toward the Gov’t having more absolute power. Power over the most vulnerable unable to say no. A dollar less in your hands is a dollar less of freedom. They may say, I guess we cant afford to disagree with the Gov’t or we will starve. As we have seen with pensions, once the gov’t is in control over your money, you get screwed over. And inflation outstrips gov’t increases. This is freedom being removed and control rolling in on you. And when you die, the Gov’t takes it all. The Older you, living is a liability costing the Gov’t $2000. The sooner they Axe you the better. Gov’t pensions mean you are tied to the Gov’t and you have less freedom. its one of the reasons they do not treat elderly people and they don’t do colonoscopies to find cancer. you cost to much. The Canada Pension Plan (CPP) should be totally independent from the Gov’t . While we might agree all of us should have a pension of some sort, we should have our money, our pension, in our hands in our separate account to manage so that if we die early we can have plans to give it to our kids OR if we know we are dying we can spend it all. And, If we want to change where our money is invested we can when we control our investments.
I wanted to share a Movie (above at the beginning.) made years ago and now re-redone; Its called Animal farm. Its about power and its corruption. Its worth a watch to remind us on how these things seem to be good can and do turn bad. Communism and Socialism, the Left side of Politics comes with sugar on top but its poision. The truth is a shell game of deception putting Gov’t in control over our lives with your own money and people on the top put their knee on those below and get paid huge to do it. We should be free to live our lives as we wish. Gov’t should serve us. We employ them, they should not control us, they should serve us. Lets face it as we have seen, the less control they have the better.
Just a moment on the Spiritual side. Spiritually, We need to see that Jamesin the bible talks about the wars between us. Its about Selfish Desire. Its my opinion that God Hates communism. I think He hates extreme capitalism as well. I think God hates it when we set things up to take advantage of others.
Politicians buying teacher votes by giving raises before elections is evil. Pandering to a group for a vote saying you want to support Christians but then not having any socially conservative platform Ideas is evil. Giving a Guaranteed basic income is Evil with sugar on top. If you are working you already have your $2000 you do not need a Gov’t to take it and then give it back. Obviously they would have to tax things so High that they could afford to give it back to you at a net zero minus their cut.
Lets be as wise as a serpent and gentle as a dove. Lets reject Gov’ts slippery slope. Next they will say if you go to church you cant have your $2000. Maybe not that extreme just yet. They may let you shop during a pandemic or buy beer but wont let you go to church with a mask on. They have a bent and its not in favour of you. The extremes never happens at first. First it will be that they will give you an extra $400 per kid. And where do they get that money? From taxes they charge you. How about instead, I will support my own kids and make my own choices without the Gov’t being involved in any way.
The extremes come when places like China make you give your Id if you go to church and Churches who do not listen are torn down. Communism is their way or the hiway by saying we share everything but what it really is, you end up not being in control of your own fate.. This is not freedom. Its their way, what they say, when they say how they say. Or else.
Here is the video. ANIMAL FARM 1999. It is worth watching this updated classic. Also see the Edit below:
Sorry Folks, About the Length, I decided to add something about Social conservatism to the end of this. Below is an addition to the above thought.
Money is the way Liberals thwart social conservative values. They fund abortion with tax money against your will, they fund separations of families. They fund social services, they fund child welfare and GST rebates and hand out mothers allowances all in a way to socially help those people and buy their votes. But the effort really is to separate people from other Canadians. They are like Pimps who offer young girls money for sex and get them to do things that are wrong but for the right reason to get them out of poverty. Girls gladly accept the cash.
So do you gladly accept a GST cheque or a support payment or a child tax benefit? Then you have been sucked in by the Liberal lie. While we may be short for cash, the Gov’t has done something to you by making you its dependent. Its slippery so you might not get it at first. It is an act against your social conservative values. Its a big issue. Maybe some time soon I will write about it more fully.
Pursue Liberty. Watch the video, its a classic you should have under your belt and its where the term, “we are all created equal and some people are more equal than others.” comes from. Best regards to you. Pursue Liberty and don’t oppress others.
Evolution is a Hoax. You knuckle dragger types who think we came from Apes need to ask where is the in between species. The fossil record should have billions of transitional fossils showing the path to us being us. Instead there is a glut of fossils just like what we have living today. There are fish, clams, birds, ferns, animals, apes etc. But where are the billions of transitions from each of these things to the next. Why are all the modern day animals fossilized.
You would think anything but the modern day animals and plants would be in the fossil record and everything else before us would be.
Where are all the half ape half humans… How is it we have apes and we have Humans but nothing else. Zero. No you cant count your cousin. Or your X wife.
The bible says that if we do not praise God then the rocks will cry out. If we do not get honest and thank God for His Creation and for our very lives the rocks will Cry out. They are saying something. Evolution is a Hoax! When Jesus came, His disciples realized who he was and they said it.
Luke 19:38-44 King James Version (KJV)
38 Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.
39 And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples.
40 And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.
41 And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,
42 Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.
43 For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side,
44 And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.
I think the rocks are crying out. And those temple walls came down as Jesus prophetically predicted and Israel was surrounded. They messed it up. God came in flesh and they messed it up.
When it comes to creation, You need to acknowledge you are specially made by God . God is an amazing creator and the contempt for Him has to end. You are not a knuckle dragger even if you think you are. Its time we have a hard look at the fossil record and at what we have living today. You are the creative work of God Almighty.
You and I know that no land animal can live in knee deep water for hundreds of years. Even a giraffe with hip waders couldn’t do it. The grand canyon layers prove in and of themselves that water covered all the land. Fossils came from extinction events. Fossils come from Floods that were covering every continent and you can go to each continent and find hundreds of miles of sediment. Fossils!. We are the culling of what was living then. So, if what was then is what is now, then evolution is totally bogus.
DNA combines two different people and they become a combination of the two but at no time do they become apes or will become apes or something else.
All Joking aside. The rocks are crying out. They are speaking to us! Worship God. You are his creation! God made everything, your body, your home, the cities, the land, the oceans, the planet, the stars, Everything They are His property, his real-estate.
Evolution has distorted our view of who God is. It has deceived us. It was a crafty plan back in the day. It was a Hoax meant to avoid the creator. Do not turn your neck. Don’t turn your back away from your creator. Some are so wilfully stubborn that they will avoid God at any cost. Don’t use excuses. Give God the Praise and Thanks for your Life. You are here because God wants you to be. Part of the journey God planned is about You.
Psalm 95 King James Version (KJV)
95 O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.
2 Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.
3 For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.
4 In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also.
5 The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land.
6 O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker.
7 For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice,
8 Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness:
9 When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my work.
10 Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways:
11 Unto whom I sware in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest.
You can choose a better path. While God is invisible and spans the heavens, God is also very present. Literally, In him we live move and have our being. So seek God. I am not masking the fact he isn’t chatty. This is how he has made it to be. Find out his will. You may think you will reject God, but God will exist forever. He is not the creation; You are. You are temporary. What you end up rejecting is your chance to live with him in communion for infinity, to make temporary permanent. So its you that you reject when you reject God. Its You that you harm, He will continue to exit…
Evolution was a stupid distraction. Now its time to find your place on the map. Get a bible. Read the Bible. Look at what happened in the past and hear the words of Jesus, then sort these things out. I will try my best on this site to help where I can.
Well, Today I wanted to fill up and eat Spaghetti. Spiritually there is a significance in having a recipe and making it taste right. How do I do it? I toss in a couple hamburgers into a sauce pan and cook them, chopping as I go. Boom there is some cooked meat. I season it. Then I add in 1 good sized Onion (cut up) and 3frozen cubes of spinach (they melt). Then I put in some parsley, Oregano, Basil a couple bay-leaves, Garlic, Salt and pepper. Mmmm that all smells good.
Next I take a large can of chopped tomatoes, (fresh tastes better.) and I toss them in.* First the juice and simmer with the meat , THEN add in the tomato chunks a few minutes later. (and start turning the temp down.) After about 10-15 minutes I put in a Can of cheep tomato sauce in. (any kind that doesn’t taste tinny.) Then I simmer on low (about 3 on a electric stove.) and I stir occasionally.
Then I start heating a pot of water to a boil. Once it boils I break my spaghetti in have and put in about a dime size to nickel size amount (rapped in my hand by my finger and thumb.) (Thats good for 1 person.) I usually put the first few strands clockwise and the rest randomly back and forth so it all doesn’t clump at the bottom of the pot. I toss in some salt. It doesn’t take much.
One little help. Use Sugar and Salt in your sauce. When you taste the sauce you can ask yourself; can I taste each Item. Can I tell their is onions or garlic or salt or sugar. When you add the frozen spinach it makes the sauce a bit bland; Spinach does that. So, a bit of sugar and salt will help fix that. A teaspoon of salt and a couple maybe Two table spoons of sugar will pull that dryness out of the sauce, making it very tasty. Sugar can also take that sharp taste out.
I went over the spaghetti recipe because you likely already know these things, But Spiritually we some times forget details. We know some stuff but we may not know as we should know or do as we should do. We forget the recipe for Spiritual life. Its easy to forget the Onion or not pick any up at the store spiritually.
If you do not read your bible, if you do not converse with God, If you do not forgive and go the second mile; If you do not hold your tongue or curb your lust or hate; If you don’t, your spiritual spaghetti will be rubber your sauce like stale mouldy bread. If you do nothing to work on your relationship with God your faith will be tasteless. Don’t just think its all OK. Don’t think its all His fault. That wont cut it. You know, IF you leave spaghetti sauce cooking on high the tomatoes it will burn. Who’s fault is that? The sauce ends up tasting terrible. Your Choices affect you. What does your spiritual life add up too if you dont love on God extravagantly. How do you think your relationship with God will taste like if you do not spend time reading the bible.
If you do not shape up and Love on God, you will totally miss out on the savour/Savior. The Savour/Savior will be Gone. A bit of sugar will not fix it. When you burn the pot and that stink is in, you need more than some sugar. Your experience will be bland and your hunger will not be filled. You likely end up eating fast food. When you seek after other foods its like forgetting God all together. Did you give up on God. Did you give up on burn spaghetti
Let me mix some more metaphors.
I remember the days when I used to make home made bread. Those were the days! I’d thought they never end.. The bread was a bit heavy but it was tasty. The kids loved seeing it rise and love eating it. Those are some good old memories. Don’t let God become a old memory. Press in and spend time with him. Make sure you put ingredients in the sauce. That should include: Bible reading, Prayer, Love, Forgiveness and worship. Its time to start again.
Jesus should be the centre of your life. He is what brings real taste to your life. Without Him Life doesn’t have the zing it should. They will know we are Christians by our Love. ( by the love and effort to love God and others. ) One ask. What is your spiritual diet? Or have you stopped caring what you put in your spiritual Gut… You might wonder why you are not full, why you feel like you are missing something. Its God. Take some time and whip up some spiritual food !
Hi Folks. I haven’t written for a long time because I felt God wanted me to hold off. I went to write one day like I am doing now, and blam, I heard in my conscience say Don’t post any more Opinion Pieces. I was taken back by the thought. I questioned if it was just some random stray thought or God speaking.
One thing I have learned over the years is to stop. You don’t have to fix everything or do everything. And If God says stop or you think He might have, just stop. One key thing to learn about being a Christian is to learn to do what God wants. (Who knew Eh!) Most of what God wants is self explanatory. (but it sure does help to read the bible to find out some further detail. What is his will for your daily life. )
4 Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more.
2 For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus.
3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:
4 That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;
5 Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God:
6 That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified.
7 For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.
8 He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.
9 But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.
But I have to say when God said stop; at the time I felt a bit wounded. I thought that this blogging stuff was going pretty well, even with my horrific English skills. I wish I had an editor or at least someone to join me and help by submitting Ops rather than me just reblogging other peoples stuff here and there… If you love the Lord, If you read your bible, and if you feel a calling, I would love your help.
I was obedient to God. I said to God and to my customer today; If God says no, I give him the benefit of the doubt. Why wouldn’t I just do what God wants? I realize now, God wants me to focus on something else. I have two big projects on the go beyond my regular work. So I need to spend some time getting those things going. Today when I was praying He said go ahead. I felt free to post this. So here I am blogging.
I have a couple things on my mind to share. Look at this scripture selection:
13 Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.
14 And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power.
15 Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.
16 What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.
17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.
18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.
19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
I was saying just today that one of the first things Christians realize is; that all of this; including us; We are Gods real-estate.We ourselves are built out of Gods materials. When it comes to ownership, we do not even have actual ownership of ourselves. God has expectations. No one buys or builds a corvette and then hands it off to let someone else drive it. You make something so that you can use it. So what are you doing with your body? Its not yours. Its Gods. We get pretty bossy about ourselves but really we have no right to be. Our body is built and owned by someone else.
The second thing we need to grasp is that we have messed it up. We had our corvette out and we have smashed it.
A Life, Your life not lived for God is a broken life.
God sees your life taken to do as you please as a ‘breaking and entering’ of his house and taking of His things. You are not your own. You are His. That hijack of your life gets you rejected from Him and His kingdom. To reword it, the second thing a christian learns well is repentance. We have had bad faith. We have taken what was not ours. We did things we should not have done and did things without His permission. Its time to give it back what is ours not to keep. We need to show up and return ourselves to God. Hand the keys of your life back to God.
So what did the scripture verse say? We were bought with a price. What He means is: Jesus came and died a death for your life. You were found guilty of not serving God. It was you… but Jesus stepped in. You have a choice. Ask for help and follow Jesus. Ask for His forgiveness and receive that which was extend to you from the cross. A pardon. ( I didn’t write this to non-christians.) Let us Christians get on track. We were sold to a halk shop, Jesus redeemed us.
I went down this road today here just to say, I intentionally did not post Ops this past while. Why? Not just because. No, I didn’t post till now because I felt God said I should stop at the time. Now, I felt free to post again, to do so with his blessing. The point is its not for me to choose, My life is Gods. Why would I choose something else when God has already spoken His will. (and generally God hasn’t interfered (if you will) with regular daily tasks; at least not to my knowledge.)
You who have followed me on this site are fine people, why else would you seek the lord and follow a site that is named, Jesus Christ is Salvation. So, I hope you are all well and good and I appreciate your presence and interest. And I hope you are following God and listening to his will. And Hello to you after this short Delay in Writing. . Blessings too you. May the lord keep you and may his face shine on you.
I don’t do this often, but today, can I end in a prayer.
Dear God. You are worthy of our worship and praise. I am sorry when I don’t have my ear to heaven. And Thanks for the loud Stop!. I was glad to listen. And I am glad for the insights that you give me every day. Thank you for your list of small miracles that my customers see in my work. Its one thing when you reward me but its cool when my costumers get to see you working in me. Thank you for being part of my life. Even in my sickness, you are with me. This last couple of months, Its been tough, Still, I have felt closer to you God than ever. I appreciate your presence. And Lord, I hope you can help me with my health issues this year. I would like to feel better. Feeling under the weather is a drag. And for the folks that frequent here; Thank you for them, for their ears and their hearts. May you give them health and strength as well. Forgive them and forgive me for our sins. Lord I hope they have heard you in something I have said today. Lord give us all the words to say when we talk with people in our lives and help us all to be kind to others. Help me to look at myself with your eyes. And yes, We will strive to be obedient to what you say and read your word. I heard you loud and clear. I love you. Thank you. And Lord, may you bless these people with peace and harmony in their lives and good health. Amen.
Chow for now friends! Pray for me as I have prayed for you! Blessings! I will be back!
Evolution is a Hoax. This is just another nail in the coffin. This Link is proof of Evolving Bacteria that doesn’t actually evolve. Thanks Jonathan for your great Op.
Go, Go now! LoL. Take a look at what Jonathan posted. click right below on the link.)
I hope I can double down on what Johnathan pointed out. While there are “mutations” or “adaptations” by these bacteria, at no time did they become anything but bacteria. You will see this very fact with every living thing. Humans having children. Humans produce totally different offspring with similar traits but many different looks. This is normal. These Scientists are lying to the public to provide false prove their theories. Bacterial being resistant is in no way Evolution. It is a small alteration that does not add up to the species changing into something else. This this is how they create a false narrative.
As we know we can have blue eyes or brown and its simply a switching off or on of one tiny line of our DNA. It is not evolution. Our eyes will not one day glow or be able to see in the dark. The point is, they label Proof of one thing as proof of another. It is a bait and switch.
Again I am so glad for Johnathan for providing this Op. Its worth seeing his evidence. Click on the link above to go to his site where he has the article.
One thing I’ve come to recognize in my years studying the Creation vs. Evolution debate is that there seems to be a noticeable disconnect, and this article from Discover provides a case study.
A little over thirty years ago (1988), Richard Lenski began growing bacteria in his lab, and his experiment became famous… one of “epic proportions”! It is said to offer “unprecedented insights into the mechanics of evolution”. But does it really?
The famous Lenski E. coli experiment has been promoted by evolutionists as evidence for evolution. Why? Because Lenski was able to track mutations and identify their associated physical traits, all in an attempt to understand how evolution works.
But wait, here comes the disconnect: creationists love the implications of this experiment too. And why is that? Well, it’s because it actually provides compelling evidence against evolution! Really? How so? Well, to make a long story short, after…
The Message is in keeping with the flow of Recent Ops. I found his site and re-blogged it for you. click On the LINK (i couldn’t get a player to work.) enjoy.
Insight for living. Stop blaming and start forgiving.
You can also go to WDCX underlined in a link above, right near the top… You can also go to my main page or the menu bar to find other links to other christian sites and resources.
I also found a free copy of the Audio bible and put it on my christian resources page so you could download it. I have used it for years on my cell phone and gained a lot from having it at my finger tips. God bless you and enjoy.
Oh, and please look past my poor English. I figure, why let that stop me contributing. Thanks for reading. I would love feed back on what you thought of Chucks sermon.
Mom chased me up the stairs with a broom in her hand. I looked for a place to hid. I slid under the bed. I was just a kid. Obviously, I was being mouthy or doing something wrong to my sister or something and My mom was going to get me!
My Home life was harsh. My brothers where brutal. We lived disconnected lives from each other. I don’t know what to call it. The dysfunction was a stand off of sorts maybe a double down of wills. There was some peace. It was more like we lived in our separate corners, in a boxing ring. My little sister used to stand looking out the window, watching my brothers bare knuckle fist fight in the back yard. My mom would just tell them to take it out side. The language wasn’t pretty either.
This one specific day I had done something wrong; I guess I did. Its hard to remember so many years later. What I remember was, that my mom was after me with the broom handle.
Before I get into the story, I should say, My Mom is dead now. She died at 59 years old of colon Cancer. While I tried to get close to my mother, we never had the warmth relationship many of you had with your mothers. There was a pragmatism about our family, doing what was needed and leave each other be. Now as an Adult child of Dysfunctional families, I realize I had to learn after the fact what was normal. I had to figure out life on my own. In the last year of her life, My Mom was still gruff, pulling no punches. While, She died long after I was gone from the house I still tried to be there near the end, even with the distance. I was married with a second child soon to be born. I tried to have some closeness the last few days but she was still the gruff tough sharp tongued person.
Back to the story. When I was just a little kid, I mentioned I was was being chased by Mom with the broom handle and I had slid under the bed. There she was swishing the broom handle back and forth under the bed. And there I was trying to avoid getting hit with some success.
I remember that moment because it was a pivotal moment in my life. I clearly remember several thoughts running through my head at the time. I was crying, I was in a bit of a panic. I thought, would I hate my Mom or would I forgive my Mom. To me she was my attacker. But I did not want to become become a bitter person. Even as a kid I had saw what bitterness was like in other people. I saw it in my family and in people at School. I was faced with a choice. Would I hate? or would I forgive?
I chose to forgive. I wanted to remain a soft heart-ed and vulnerable person. Obviously, I was no saint, I don’t even know if I was a Christian at the time, but I knew I didn’t want that bitterness. I believe this was a huge moment in my life.
Yes, because of my youth and my choice to love my attacker, I take things more personally. Some times I can be defensive. At the time and over the years, I have felt pretty small. Yet, over the past 40 years I have gained self esteem. I don’t consider peoples verbal attacks as weighty. Now, Its harder to damage who I am inside. People may try and damage my outside reputation but no one can attack who I am inside. The gift of forgiveness is really a gift to myself.
Most importantly, My heart toward God is softer than it would have been if I had put up walls. When Christ says he does not hold our sins against us, I get it. Gentle forgiveness means something.
2 Corinthians 5:17-21 (KJV) 17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. 21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
So, because of a few big events in my life, like that one, I do not hold things against people for very long. In the moment its hard, but after I can re-engage people; That is if they don’t remain consistently caustic. Still, I avoid the trouble of tension. The Abandonment issues might have made me a bit co-dependent. I might try to be a people please-r. at times. But it helps me with my relationship with God and with customers. I have learned to stand up for myself without being bitter against some caustic person. I have learned to say good bye to people who are caustic.
I don’t think being soft hearted saves anyone. I don’t think troubles in life gives you a free Pass. I do believe God gives us extra grace when we need it. I have seen it over and over. Being Christian helps me act in the interest of others.
I acted on behalf of my mother in that I forgave Her, but in doing so, really I was acting for myself, and my benefit, not knowing fully what I was gaining. At the time the level of bitterness that comes with not forgiving could have messed my life up real bad. Like anything its easier to preach than practice it.
I wrote all this to say, You do not have to choose to put up walls, harbour judges or retaliate. God has given us a better way. To live kindness toward others and to forgive others as Christ forgave you. Its a mouthful to say and act out.
I have one last scripture and one last thought to share. You might be surprised what is tagged on to the Lords prayer.
Matthew 6:9-21 (KJV) 9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
16 Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 17 But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; 18 That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly. 19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also
The Treasure is love, kindness and forgiveness. Found in Jesus and lived out. Its not bitterness. Can I ask you this? Are you Born again? Has Gods forgiveness meant anything to you? Has your heart softened because he forgave you? such that you extend mercy to others?
Lets clear things up. Isn’t being Born again about a changed heart? Is real treasure found in getting – “even” ? Maybe you should take time and give up. Give up. Let God and Let God. Surrender to God. Surrender Your heart so you can get Jesus and his character. You can still cautiously protect yourself without Hate. There is a treasure in getting Jesus that isn’t about a future heaven but about now. Its about the Love and character of selfless Christianity.
You know, I must have started to go to church then. I just don’t know where this positive message of forgiveness would have come from otherwise. I have had to re-learn it over and over again, over the years . Forgiveness is the best medicine a person can take. It is Chicken soup for the Soul.
The Test I put forward yesterday included a lot of scripture. It was a big read. I was hoping to provoke a response. IF you are a Christian you likely know everyone of those scriptures. If you are a pretend christian you likely didn’t take the time to know any of them. Opps. Ouch. Yes, I am saying it. If you don’t care about God enough to get into his word the bible nor hear a voice calling you to study or hear your conscience telling you to get into the bible, beware. You are likely not a christian.
Lack of hunger for Gods word at the very least proves you are not curious but worse, derelict in your duty to know the God that you supposedly serve who made you. It makes you a back seat observer. Sort of like the 5 foolish virgins in Matthew 25 But you wouldn’t know that if you have been negligent.
But you may also have failed the test because your heart wasn’t soft toward hurting people that I mentioned in the test. The cares of this life the deceitfulness of money can distract you. You can become laser focused on providing for yourself and blaming others for failing in their own lives. It could be that you did not share as a kid. That selfishness might have become a handicap as an adult. Simply because a parent did not teach you this basic thing, you could have a handicap. Being selfish could be the nail in your coffin spiritually. You might say, to Hell with everyone else but it might end up being you in Hell for not caring for others. Jesus said what you did to the least of these, you did to me, Depart into everlasting judgment. If you disregard him and what he said, you wont believe that he was serious and Obviously you are not a christian.
You might want to do a risk assessment as one might do when investing. Being a stand in Christian as a means to an end without love for God or others is bogus investment. its not an investment at all. Its like a Investment in IBM but you actually don’t have it. But you say it to sound like a big shot in front of friends. I am a Upstanding Christian. But actually you are not.
If you choose in some degree to serve in church, feed the poor but don’t have Love for God and people, Paul says in 1 Corinthians 13 its just a clanging noise and of no value. You know this OP is about getting back to God: its not about fruitcake and pot luck dinners or stock options. Unfortunately, if you are in this state, you don’t really care, and you don’t really want to be doing good; But possibly you are speculating to get the cash prize at the end. No kissy kissy with God, no love your neighbor because of a changed heart but maybe to you this is a strategy to get a free ticket in to heaven. You might fool your own heart but you do not fool God. A loveless marriage cant be hidden.
The kind of person God wants is different. They do not Serve God just out of obligation or because its a good way for you keeping you from Eternal punishment; Service should come from a heart filled with kindness and tenderness Toward God. Born again People develop a selfless nature and a closeness with God. It is noticeable even upfront when you first become a christian and even more as Love develops. So it means that to be Born again, your heart must change. Is that you?? The Change of heart is one from a heart of stone to a heart of flesh. Did that happen with you? Is that happening more as you seek God. Where are you at?
That said, Just being kind or charitable does not make you saved, but it is a trait of a born again christian. As Jesus said, you are not far from the kingdom of God. If you repent, if you make God your king, that kindness will come out from the right place.
Jesus says being religious and following the ways of the church is not enough. Religious leaders of His day where very Pious. Jesus said they didn’t have a chance. So why do you? He had little use for them. Something has to be changed in your heart. Has it? We the church now have theology explaining that it is grace through faith. We believe that Salvation is not a work of man. Salvation is not by works that we have done but by the blood of Jesus we are saved and washed. While all that is true it does not explain the part about motives and the content of the heart in repentance and belief. I tried to with the Test and my limited skill to point out Jesus does look at motives.
Going to church or looking for christian content on the internet might be an indication of spiritual life or at least a curiosity. The fact you are enduring my poor English to hear something from God is a good sign as well. Even doing good toward others might be a good sign to, BUT, being good is not salvation.
If you are judgmental toward God with contempt in your heart, you are alienated from God and you have no salvation. No matter how much blood was spilled on the cross and how much singing or nice deeds you do if you have contempt and stand as Judge over God, you have no salvation.
Without the blood, there is no forgiveness of sins. So, in spite of motives, Jesus is the go to guy for salvation. He is the Only Way. But you cant be in contempt and be coming to him. You have to want God, repent and then receive his washing/forgiveness and his spirit and adoption.
So, if you have not went to Jesus, bent your knee and said, sorry for not having you as my Lord, my God. Sorry for not giving myself to your service. Sorry for the wrong things I have done that you find distasteful. If you have not done this, You’re toast.
The Blood and crucifixion are not for worthy people. So you don’t have to fix everything in you life up first. If it was about all your motives and actions, No one will qualify, but everyone who wants to be saved must repent and turn their back on doing things their way. There is a humility in tears before God saying, I will do it your way, I screwed up. People can come to God and he will not turn you away if you come with a contrite heart, surrendering to Jesus Christ. Then and only then, Jesus will substitute his life for yours. He will die in your place. (he did on the cross already.) Its your move to ask for forgiveness and to as Jesus into your heart.
Once you have made him king, then the blood is applied, His sacrifice is applied to your debt and you are set free. That changes how you act toward the homeless and the hurting. You are given grace undeserved and washed. You then are adopted. You then are given the spirit of God to live in you. You are spiritually made alive. In a real sense you are then, now already living eternal life because in that moment you have passed from death to life. Then you understand mercy.
What have you chosen?
Maybe Life has been to rough and your own needs and selfishness caused you to take your pledge to God back. Maybe you did not actually repent in the first place. Maybe when you saw the laws of God about loving others you were over whelmed and you turned back saying its something You do not want to do. In that moment you abandoned God. In that moment you gave up the blood and washing the life giving spirit and turned your back on God. Therefore your salvation is forfeited and there is no Eternal life for you. What you show outside shows whats inside. You can only pretend so much. This OP is not to harm you but to help you and give you time to hear from God and decide for yourself if your heart is right with God.
Jesus said to take up your cross. It wasn’t an option. Salvation is about his cross and your cross and its about reconciling with God. The Obligation is not his alone. He does not get the cross and you get the Boat cruise. While His Work for you is free it costs you everything. James was right that faith without works is dead. Are you a welfare type wanting the benefits without doing anything. Paul was right that Works cannot save you. Jesus is right when he said, that everyone that comes after him must take up his cross and follow him. Both statements are true. If you are reconciled with Jesus, your heart changes and you lose your contempt for God and for other people and you do work and you do change.
I hope the test revealed to you if the golden rule was working in your heart. Hopefully you know whether God is in your heart or not. Did you pass the Test? Did I stir up Hope or make you Fear. Did you just talk with God to sort it out? Are you are a bystander or are you a committed follower of God? Are you changed inside and willing to go and do whatever Jesus has called you to do? Has Gods Holy Spirit changed your heart? Are you reading the bible? Do you seek God?
Are you avoiding God putting him on a back burner the best you can? Are you avoiding the trouble/inconvenience being a christian involves? Do you find it a inconvenience to help other people? Is doing work for God to much work? Are you mr or Miss uninvolved? If you cant talk about God or Politics and avoid anything God related you likely are not saved. (its more likely you are a chicken.) But I don’t think that of you, You clearly got this far, so you have patience. Love is Patient. Love is Kind so you may have something..
Everyone will have times where they need a rest. Everyone will have low times where they read less or do less for God BUT, Deep inside, You should know who you are. Either you are a loyalty follower of Jesus with admiration and without apology or you are someone with a quiet contempt avoiding, self serving and putting on a appearance of Christianity hoping to get into heaven anyways.
If in doubt. You can simply say. God, I want to fix things with you. I will start by getting into the bible and asking for some help. I will follow you if you will have me. And I ask for your blood to wash me again, new. Please make me clean. I want to close the gap I have with you.
Take your spiritual Pulse. This is a Heavy lengthy TEST. This Op is a way to evaluate your personal spiritual health. Test and see if Christ is in you. 2Cor 13:5. Man looks on the outside, God looks at the intent of the heart. I found 4 or 5 Scriptures that intentionally conflict that help us in the examination of the intent of a persons heart. By looking under the hood, we end up sorting out what it truly means to be Born Again. What God is expecting to see in the heart of Believers? The Term Born Again describes what God wants. Your faith cannot resting on a mans opinion but on Gods.) 1 Cor 2:5 This test is a fair bit of reading and work, but you should know by the end where you stand spiritually.
Just listen to what God has to say. If you trip on something, If something pricks you, don’t ignore it, write it down, focus on it, don’t let it slip away. This is a type of spiritual lifting of rocks to see whats under them. In the end I hope the spirit of God and you will be at a place. You might feel way out of your element or completely up to speed. You might feel You are not ready for Christianity or you may want to give your heart. You might need some quiet space to hear what God is saying to your heart. Remember to stop if you start wrestling with something and write it down.
Matthew 7:15-20 (KJV) 15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
2 Corinthians 13:5 (KJV) 5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?
The scriptures needed for this test. The bible has everything you need for life and godliness. 2 Peter 1. So, Lets dig deeper.
1 Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ: 2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
LETS START, by comparing some of these scriptures:
1 Corinthians 13:3 (KJV) 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
(this verse makes no sense. isn’t giving to the poor Love? )
1 John 4 (KJV) 1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: 3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. 5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. 6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. 8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. 10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. 12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.
14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. 15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
19 We love him, because he first loved us.
20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? 21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.
30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: 32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: 33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
35For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: 36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? 39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you,Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: 42For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: 43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
I Want to contrast these scriptures with these other scriptures:
1 Corinthians 13:3 (KJV)3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
Matthew 7:20-24 (KJV) 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. 21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. 24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
These scriptures Clash !!!. One is saying to do work and that fruit is proof of your salvation, but another is saying that you did all these things and Jesus says I don’t know you. Strangely Jesus goes on to say building your house on the rock is about doing his sayings. How is this possible???
Modern Christianity is enthralled with Galatians 3 and think they have some gold nugget. And in our past Martian Luther said the book of James should be removed from the bible because it is saying It is suggesting works can get you to heaven when Paul is saying its Grace through faith.
Ephesians 2:8-9 (KJV) 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9Not of works, lest any man should boast. *****
Galatians 3:1-3 (KJV) 3 O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? 2 This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? 3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?
So why is it that in some parts of the bible the Authors are saying feed the poor, including Jesus saying so, but in other places Jesus and the other writers say that its not by works you enter the kingdom,? Which is it? Jesus says to those without works you will not enter the kingdom.
IDENTIFICATION of what being Born is about will solve this issue. Being Born again is how you into heaven. The question is are you really Born Again. Not do you have some theology/teaching about being born again. There is something different with being born again. Christ is in you. Are you a Sheep and not a goat. And because of your changed heart you love. So when you are only selfish its a sign something hasn’t changed in your heart.
Still Jesus says to those who did all kinds of things. I never knew you. So it is possible to do good but not be born again.
Quietly in the back of church last night the serving Minister were discussing this topic. Can we lay the burden of the Poor or homeless on the church people. Jesus seems to think he knows what he is talking about when he says if you do not help the poor you cant enter heaven (Matthew 25) But what would Jesus know about how to be a christian? (sarcasm.)
But lets say someone a big help in the church; that they are the 20% that does all the work in the church, that makes all the lunches, organizes the meetings, plays the Piano or does something else for free. selflessly . Does this get them to heaven? Nope.
Parsing this out is gravely important. The intent of the heart might be such that you do these works for self esteem, to be in control, or because you were taught to contribute to the church, but all this effort is for your own selfish pride. So its possible as 1 Corinthians 13 says to give your body to be burned, to help to feed the poor but not have love. (sure sounds strange surely God is not parsing things this closely??.) People can help the poor but not have love.
1 Samuel 16:7 (KJV)7 But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.
Genesis 6:5 (KJV) 5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
Romans 10:9-10 (KJV)9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
There is something different about a heart that is given over to God.
Matthew 16:23-25 (KJV)23 But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men. 24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
Matthew 16:25-26 (KJV)25For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. 26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
Putting it all together:
Where is your head and heart toward God and toward others? Has something changed about the intent of your heart?
Parsing all this out and putting it all back together, it seems to me what Jesus is saying and the Apostles are teaching is, That Salvation, “the moment of Conversion” is the time when you accept who Jesus is, and commit your life to him. And at this moment you are adopted and Born again, and restored. John 3. At this moment the spirit gives you new life, jump starting your spirit so you can live forever. This activity cannot be worked by us living a good life. its an act of God, the forgiveness is gifted to you by the work on the cross. That is the Grace given to you. (here comes the BUT.) Jesus is saying, that this is a conversion, not simply a gift with no change of heart and no obligation.
True Christians now have a heart broken a tenderness toward God giving him Lordship and a tenderness toward others knowing they are fallen people God had called us to love. And out of this heart we serve. Our life is hidden in God, it becomes all our life is about. Being a Christian is like living in a different space with different purposes. What you gained by being forgiveness is a changed person, where God is Lord and our lives are sacrificed and given over to Hime for his use, wilfully.
Its because of this that we serve, we help the poor and Jesus says, if you do not help the poor you will not enter, but Paul says if you help the poor and do not have love you are useless and Jesus says if you did all this , I never new you. Matthew 7. The Key is the restoration of this special relationship which is more than works. And it is out of this fire in you, out of this communion with God that is in you, our hearts reach out and love others. So if you do not Love, its a sign nothing is different inside. You cant earn your salvation but by it you are different.
Ephesians 3:16-19 (KJV) 16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; 17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
And if there is no reaching out and only a selfish life, your fruit, your deeds will reveal that you are still dead in the trespasses and sins even though you said the sinners prayer, even though you have your theology about Grace figured out.
Matthew 15:8 (KJV) 8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
What it means is we find out, you didn’t Trust God with your life. It means you came to the table but did not have the will to give yourself over to him. You might say, Look I will do these things but I will hold myself in reservation. The jury is still out on if I am willing to give all of it. You are secretly saying, I want to be in control, you can be the God of the universe from a distance, I admire that your God, but not the Boss of me.
The Oppositional Defiance Disorder at a spiritual Level is hard to detect ergo the Test to see if Christ is in you. This is not a test for me to know you, but for you to know who you are and for you to clarify things with God. And IF you are a christian God would have said such as you where going over these details. OR you would heard Gods voice saying, No, you are not.
Colossians 3:1-17 (KJV) 3 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: 6 For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: 7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.
8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. 9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: 11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all. 12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; 13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
Ezekiel 36:26 (KJV)26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
In light of the scriptures, what say You? Have you examined your heart? Have you side stepped the issue? Have you started Justifying yourself? Write down what issues you sidestepped or ignored. They might not be as hard to deal with as you might first think. Have you given yourself over to Christ and Christ is in you and your life is hidden in Christ? Are you expressing that change through love for the Poor and the needy and to the service of God. Have you gained a desire for evangelism and the things of the kingdom of God. OR , Are you a Bystander?. Are you Dressed up as a Christian but your heart is not Christian? Don’t tell me, Tell God, Tell yourself . Write down the issues before you forget. The Relationship with God is one of a reconciliation, of surrender and a contrite spirit. This change is what is called being born again. God gives you new life when you repent and chose to follow him. Are you pretending and keeping a distance that others do not know about? Do you know you have life? or Do you know you are Dead?
Here is a Proof that God has sent the message to examine your heart. This Op might take some time to go over and may in a way sift things. It cant hurt to Examine the way things are in your heart. Only you get the test results. You might need a break, but then watch the video and do the appropriate house work. This wasn’t or isn’t a small test but a full bodied test.
James 4:6 (KJV)6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
Deuteronomy 13:1-4 (KJV) 13 If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, 2 And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them;
3 Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the Lord your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. 4 Ye shall walk after the Lord your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.
John 13:34 (KJV)34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
John 14:5-6 (KJV)5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? 6Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
John 14:15-17 (KJV) 15If ye love me, keep my commandments.16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
Philippians 2:12-13 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
Matthew 24:13 (KJV) 13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
How did you do? Do you past your test??? Did your spirit and Gods spirit agree? What things did you write down? What issues if any separate you from God? What could you improve on? What don’t you understand? Write down these few things and put them in your bible and review them in a few weeks.
Romans 8:16 King James Version (KJV)
16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
This is for you worship leaders! God is Worthy of our praise. We have a lot to be thankful for. Expressing Love and gratitude to God is a wholesome thing to do. There are some rules to a good Worship Service which will help people express their love to God.
A guy I knew in bible college was asked to start a church in Oshawa. He asked me if I would play the piano to help him out. I lived in Toronto at the time and eventually moved to Oshawa to make it easier to help. Thats how I ended up here in Oshawa.
James 2:14 (KJV)14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
Moving to do Gods work is also a form of worship. Can people tell you worship God without you singing. Can they see your love for God by your sacrificial life.
Since I am not that good as a Piano player, I got to pick the music each week so I could handle the job. At least that way, I could practice songs I found easier. With a small or non-existent group of people, the pressure and expectations was lower, Still I felt it. I applied what I learned in the past and studied what others did so i could survive. It was an on the job training. Its not as easy as it looks. I used to stay up Saturday night just going over the songs till everything was just right for Sunday. We played/Sang a lot of the same songs.
People are a funny bunch. People need to do things a certain way or they are grumpy. They not only want the songs to be perfect they want it to be pleasing. They also like to know the songs. Who knew! A Church service can be great if you know what your doing. It turns out its far more complex than I previously thought. I realized It wasn’t just playing the Piano and picking a few fast and slow songs, I was guiding hearts and minds.
I realized, it was a process of getting the focus off of you, (the worshipper), and getting people to focus on God. So lets get right into how to structure a good worship service.
There are 4 main stages and a few sub-stages to the song service if you’re doing it right. Once you get it, you can craft how things turn out in the service.
Stage 1) Focus. Entry music is important. People are frazzled when they first enter the church. You want them to become attentive and focused. People are coming from the horange of the world. Its an effort just getting to the church, getting the kids ready and dodging traffic. If you do it wrong, half the service will go by and they will still be talking with each other; They will be attending but not participating. You need to capture their attention with some songs that are more important than what they are doing. Some songs are Loud and proud. You want to engage them so they will focus. Why? Not because you are the up beat crowd in your church, but so people will get into the mood of Church and off the world buzz. Old songs like,” this is the day that the lord has made” or “I will enter his courts with thanksgiving in my heart” and big statements of Praise are what you want. (Come into his presence with thanksgiving in your heart and give him praise… ) They are not only upbeat but tell the basics of why they came to church. To a degree people listen to instructions even if its in a song. But Absolutely avoid slow worship or surrender music at the start. no Majesty or I surrender all or just as I am. Just start with a couple engaging songs. Gods got an army marching through the land. etc. Something with Joy. Oh when the saints come marching in.
Stage 2) Theology. People need to remember why they are there. Who is it that they worship, what this service is about. Early on is a great time to get into theology. My Hope is built on nothing less than Jesus Christ and Righteousness, Or What a Friend we have in Jesus. Or Deeper Deeper in the love of Jesus daily let me go. Usually any song fast or slow typically the fast ones to the slow ones like exhaling. These should be intentionally thought provoking with details where people have to think, they have to grasp a statement. Its like lining up at school it focuses the mind. This takes them deeper into the presence of God. This draws people to realize who it is God is. What it is to be a Christian. What it is God is calling on them to do. This makes it feel like church. This is more of a Learning and Teaching section which shifts the heart toward reverence and respect. ( even if your minster does not talk about the cross, the blood, salvation you should have one song at least on those type of topics.) Sing about, Faith, Love and Salvation. Other topics could be Hope and the topic of Heaven or Christian stewardship and service. Its Church. Its a meeting about Someone? We must point out, Jesus Christ is salvation and why. We are here about him, not to dance or sing or hear stories they all can be part of it but should not be a focus. Jesus should be the focus. its a worship service.. Love is also a topic. How you treat others and are obedient to a changed heart for Christ. That kind-a stuff. IF all your songs talk about he or him but Jesus is not mentioned it might be you are picking bad songs.
4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord: 5 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. 6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
Stage 3) Praise and worship. Songs in stage one and two had some talk of praise and worship but this is part of the service is focused on praise and worship. These songs are generally not about Theology but on God. This is the time to actually emotionally worship God, one on one. The previous part was more theory and thinking, this section is about The Wow.
Be careful not to pick dumb songs. There is this song that says, ‘Now is the time to worship’. that is to talk about we will worship. Its not worship. That is sort of cheep and stupid. If you need to bluntly tell someone do this, you will invoke a power and control thing. Some may say, I will do what I want. Don’t tell me when to worship. Half to Preachers and worship leaders are controlling, People reject it. no one wants to be controlled and subjugated. Still some leaders in church take the servants roll and turn it into a power trip. You will have ruined their time of worship by being pushy and forceful and rude. Songs should not interfere with people. They can lead people to surrender or worship but they should not blame people to surrender. No one likes a minister telling people to say this or say that making people into puppets. Still at the right time you can sing. I will give you all my worship. I will give you all my praise, You alone are worthy of our praise. But its done because you are there emotionally wanting to sing that song. Singing it out of context wrecks that wonderful song. Its important to just do it, Just praise, rather than talk about the Idea of doing it. Singing a song out of context is clunky and will not help people really express their heart. It would be like me talking about toilets now and the need for using a brush. Its out of context and breaks the conversation.
Worship is tied to stage 2. above. We don’t just blindly worship. We worship the God we talked about in stage 2. You worship because of who he is, and Who is that? What is He to you. Picking that out in songs will help people Identify. You hope they feel that and if they don’t they will question why. A worship leader can do a lot of preaching without saying a word. You can call people into a deeper relationship with God by putting them into this situation. They may be feeling they haven’t grasped what other people have around them. Pick songs that are not empty rhetoric. There is a lot of stupid Christian song that are worthless not only because they have bad theology but they are self centred and disjointed. The Me generation loves these garbage songs. Avoid them. They destroy the actual act of worship. They are worthy of the trash bucket. If your worship ties to theology the mind ties the service together and they don’t feel they are being forced to sing a list of Songs but find themselves expressing freely in total agreement.
Psalm 63:1-4 (KJV) O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; 2 To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary. 3 Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. 4 Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.
Help people let go of self. Once they are paying attention and involved in the thoughts of the service, its not about whats around them. Then you can be encouraging people to appreciate God and call them to takes a step into Gods throne room. Only then if they are with you can you call out his name and express Love to him. Its huge, and you can take people there. People who came in frazled can end up blind to the world and totally focused on God.
People who do not understand the 4 stages harm their own service and worse, the people suffer. Some worship leaders think they can just plunk in worship songs right up front and play music out of character. Its like listening to spaghetti. What I mean is, they will sing songs, dumb songs that have wrong music with the wrong beat with the wrong conversation going on. Bad stuff. Jesus died on the cross today Do da, Do dah all the live long day. that sort of goofy music matched with wrong words is sacrilege. What on earth are they thinking? There is one band on the radio and they attempt to make everything hip destroying every worship song and hymn. Stuff like this can destroy this moment special moment in the service. Good Worship is clear headed, It doesn’t need a drum solo or a crazy piano move. People need a reasonable speed so they don’t have to rush to think. The more strait forward and simple the better. Some wordy songs can destroy worship. If you have a wordy song that happens to fit your theme, keep it closer to the front of the service so you can drive away from the train wreck of that song toward a clear headed and well stated worship song.
Picking songs like like My Jesus, My Savior, Lord their is none like you.. Mountains fall down at sound of your name. Put songs like that in the right place, in this section, and you can take people farther than you thought you could in a Sunday Morning.
Obviously you need to deal with timing and key changes, so things are smooth and they match. Don’t over stretch peoples voices. Make it about Worship not about your ability to sing up in the rafters. Singing should be about worship; Smooth and focused. Doing the work to play songs in a better key is worth it for everyone.
Stage 4). Surrender. By this stage you have made claims about who God is, You did a bit of theology, You praised him, You worshipped Him, but now while you may have done a bit of surrender, this is the time for exclusively ‘Bowing you knee’ in reverence to Almighty God. The rest of the service prepared people for this moment. This is a time to consecrate yourself to his service. This is about surrender, repentance, renewing your commitment to live for him. You can change peoples lives in the week from moments right in this section. Their choices in song to give themselves to God. In a lot of christian songs there can be a bit of everything but here, its about a focus on, abandoning your self. Its a change of direction from having your hands in the air to having your face on the carpet. This is a whole body posture change. But you cant get here from there if you do not use the process. Not easily. Not every service needs a stage 4 but even one song in that direction can help the preacher crack the nut.
Jeremiah 10:21-23 (KJV) 21 For the pastors are become brutish, and have not sought the Lord: therefore they shall not prosper, and all their flocks shall be scattered. 22 Behold, the noise of the bruit is come, and a great commotion out of the north country, to make the cities of Judah desolate, and a den of dragons. 23 O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.
Church leaders who do alter calls in the service, calling people to Prayer some times mess up the service by putting their family alter call in the wrong place. You can put it before worship and keep it light about people and their needs, Or you can put it just before the surrender stage to keep it up beat. This is for a lighter time of Prayer giving thanksgiving. It can change how people pray.
An Alter call can be move into stage 4. Your whole service could be geared to this section making it larger than the worship part. Stage 4 can get real serious. To call out to God to change you. God change me. God forgive us. God, I want more of you in my life, every day, in devotions in the morning, help me to pray more, witness to my lost family etc. It can be a realization of how distant we are from him and our need, to run to him.
So the 4 stages can take you through several experiences. You will feel like heaven has poured out on you. But why? Is it emotion? No actually. What people do not realize is what happened in History. Jews bastardized the temple. They made it about control, they made it about Law, they ripped people off and bullied people to give more and treated them like garbage. So going to temple was no fun. Priests interfered with a persons good will to sort their life out with God. The noise of bitterness was to much. Interference, that is what it was. People could not meet with their God without crap being dealt out. no one needs strife when trying to sort out their lives with God. Its a bull in a china shop issue. Its one big reason Jesus came. God is not afraid of those special moments. He encourages people to meet with him. Its a very special emotional moment.
So, when you give people a chance to enter the presence of God. People respect that. They look for a chance to meet with God. Jesus took the keys of the kingdom from the Jewish leadership and gave them to the Layman, Peter. Now we have direct access to the throne of God. A worship service is all about walking through that door. The Holy of Holies. Its a scary place. Back then apparently priests died for sins not confessed. The Holy of Holies wasn’t a place entered by everyone but now it is open to us. We are there when we pray. A 4th stage can bring people to that place of connect.
What you are doing in a worship service is, you are doing a type of Lords prayer in song. You are getting people to communicate with God and take them into the throne room of God. The spiritual atmosphere actually changes. You want people to get there. This is where they can meet with God. This is serious business.
STAGE 5) Scripture. I have a sheet with the 4 stages on it but it could use some work on other components like the use of Scripture. So this is not really a stage. But, this is another crucial part of a worship service. A church that doesn’t focus on scripture does not grasp the value of the words of Christ. The saved person reverences Jesus Christ so much that when his words are spoken, He or she will take notice. Still putting in the wrong scripture in the wrong place tells people you do not know what you are doing.
You don’t want people to see the church as a dollar store service rather than a worship time. You can clutter things up. Don’t take people out of the mood and bungle the direction of thought. This is why the pastor and the Music director should have some coordination. You cant just toss in random scriptures cause they are your favourites. You should avoid clashes and clunky worship where people almost feel sick, like riding on a bus with bad shocks. Nothing worse than a disjointed worship service.
Isaiah 25:1 (KJV) 25 O Lord, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.
If you do not have some scripture for the sermon topic or on your mind you can always google hundreds of worship type scriptures and use one or two in the service. You can line them up with the time of year, with the songs you will sing and find those that lift up Jesus.
Stage 6). The closing hymn or song can make an impact as well. Its almost useless unless it can address what was said in the sermon without adding new content. Otherwise if you want impact say a prayer and leave out the last song. If there is a song on subject, the minister should know what that song is and pick it. the wrong song leaves people thinking about something else rather than the pastors sermon. after all that work! You want them to think about it, at least for a minute. keep things about what we are talking about.
Stage 6 B.) The Alter Call. The Pastor should tell you if there is a plan to do an alter call and tell you the topic of the sermon or the main scripture he will study. If you know, you can anticipate the mood of the moment and can pick a few songs that fit. You don’t want to introduce wordy songs or complex Ideas into that moment. People are praying in their minds to God asking for direction as to how to move forward with God after hearing what they heard in the sermon. Grabbing their focus away is sinful. Some people actually have to be told to stay to be quiet because the distraction will break a person out of that conversation with God. Its most likely someone is praying, telling God about what is in their live, what their issue is, or asking God to forgive them. A wrong song, Even Amazing Grace, Blessed Assurance or What a Friend we have in Jesus can be wrong song if put in the wrong place. Just As I am is not the go to. Chose songs very familiar even tempered surrender songs that work with the sermon. But better yet, don’t grab the attention and cause them to hear a memorable song causing them to be distracted. Let them pray.
People need to take the job of leadership seriously. People deserve as much. If God has given you a chance to lead worship do it respecting God and respecting people.
Stage 7) Announcements and the collection of money. Don’t put business after worship or after Consecration. Yes, some times the offering can go there, but the announcements disrupt good worship and surrender. Its better to do them after the first stage or some time early on.
Malachi 3:10 (KJV) 10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
Finally, the only other thing I can think of for now is to try and line up keys so that songs flow together. You might be able to play them all in the same key if its not affecting the high or low notes. Once you start getting over C or below lower C any significant amount it becomes a vocal exercise and not a Church Service. If you must play a very high pitched song, do it early so people can forget it. Its sort of like a train wreck unless the song has the right words and smoothness so that you are singing full throat-ed on the high note. I exalt thee might be one of them that if sung too low wrecks it but just right and high enough will cause people to bellow it out and express themselves.
Stage 8). Spiritual Diet. This is the last thing really! Create for yourself a spiritual diet you can use to check your song lay out.. What do people need to know about God. This way you can go over your services and see if you are providing content. What subjects are you covering. What attributes of God are you talking about. What theological fact are you preaching in song. What descriptive are you using. Mountains, Sunshine, trees , dark, light, salt, coins, kingdoms etc. Worship can flow better and be better if you use a check list.
2 Timothy 2:15-16 (KJV) 15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.
God is worthy of our praise. Every breath we breath. God, We thank you for giving us life and the chance to joint your family. Jesus Christ is Salvation. its a big deal. Breath Oh God, Breath on me and make us more like you. And whatever it takes, that I will do. And may your face shine on us as we glorify your name.
May you make your own statement of faith by how you worship. God bless you.
Lloyd Pendleton began his career as Director of Utah’s Homeless Task Force in 2006 with the goal of functionally eliminating the state’s chronic homelessness problem within 10 years. In his 2016 TEDMED Talk, Lloyd shares the inspiring account of how Utah’s Housing First program reduced the number of chronically homeless from 1,932 to 168 in just 10 years. While I bring this up about housing, the real answer to life is Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is Salvation. With a Changed heart and a community of believers life is different, life is better and you have eternal life.
I wanted to share this Ted talk here and remind everyone about Matthew 25
I don’t agree with every thing he says but Obviously most of it did work. And his Approach would still work with some tiny alterations to suit our concerns.
EDIT: But before you read the bible, consider: was it easy for you to get a home with a pile of money in your bank? No. Was it easy to find a job with a computer and your parents house and a warm bed. (its pretty slick having everything you need to find a job.) Now imagine being depressed, in despair, dirty and sleeping in a stair well. Are you faxing a Resume from under the bridge? Lets say you had an Epiphany and a boost of energy. What is the best you could do with no money, no food, no paper? Obviously you will use someone elses shower, someone elses welfare gift, but not without first a whole lot of trouble to get it. Oh, if it was just that easy. If you hand out a resume do you have a job? Good luck and God Speed, but likely not. Did your house, car, job, life fall from the sky ? How many weeks will you or they have to work to be able to get a place. So do they work two months from under a bridge? And then what do you sleep on If rent a place? If you actually could secure first and last months rent then what? How did you get to work? Was it a bus pass someone else paid for? How is it really, How do you get out of a hole?
Matthew 25:25-46 King James Version (KJV)
25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.
26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:
27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.
28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
34Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
How does this apply to you? What is your mandate? All of a sudden it becomes a difficult thing. yet for the homeless they should fix it themselves in some peoples mind. When tasked to solving such a big problem, You want to ignore it. And in the big scheme of things do you get why Jesus Christ is Salvation? Because a Changed heart changes lives. Because Love is better than Hate. Because we need each other. And because You as Gods real estate have not been a perfect tenant and are evicted and you need help restoring your relationship with God. This is what Christianity is about. Its about restoration. Its about being helped when you do not deserve it, when it is your fault, yet Jesus pays the price for you so you can be restored.
These people need restoration. They need help. And like the rest of us, will have to work the rest of their lives. But like this, all they will do is suffer. We can help get them on their feet and out of the cold like God has done for us restoring us. That is what Easter is about.
Maybe we could call a Gated Transitional Housing Project. Easter Village. Where we help to restores lives. What would that look like to start? 80 – (10×14) cottages with a bed, a bathroom, a roof and a door.
Don’t take my word for it. Jesus said it. But, What would he know about salvation? Jesus Christ is Salvation. (Acts 4:11-12) Turns out our desire to play with the baptists has caused us to stop listing to the warnings of Jesus. Jesus says you can lose your salvation! Baptists say, its murky and right people off as never being saved in the first place. Jesus goes as far as saying if you do not forgive others trespasses he will not forgive yours. That ends the usefulness of the cross for you. Its a gift that can be taken away. Don’t believe me. Believe Jesus. And while I believe being Saved is being born again, it appears some don’t keep the spirit and don’t follow the way and turn back . Paul has some different views, but they do not erase what Jesus said, it compliments what Jesus said. 1 Cor 6.
The effort here is not to make you question the cross and Gods love for you. My effort is to help people be honest with themselves and God and take what he said seriously. While salvation is a free gift, it costs you everything. So when I see corruption in the lives of so called believers and when I see no love for the lost or for the poor, I have to question. What is wrong with this picture? It turns out many people believe once they are saved they can not lose their salvation. I think this is why Apathy has become a viable option for some. As the saying goes; While the cat is away, the mice will play. Hold on, Jesus doesn’t want it that way. You can lose what you thought you gained through Christ. But How? Don’t believe me. Believe Jesus. I am not saying one sin will get you kicked out. What I am saying is you can sabotage your relationship with Jesus Christ that was previously restored simply by alienating Christ through your actions. Your actions show the intent of the heart. Get back to God if you have “back slid” . Get back to talking with him and relating with him and doing what he says to do. Get back to God.
Salvation is a gift. Its a means to have reconciliation. If you are not reconciled, don’t say you are. If you have abandoned Christ don’t say you haven’t. The Lords hand is not short that he cannot save. Its no his issue. Its yours. You should know where that scripture is found. Or are you just playing act Christianity. You need to pick a lane.
20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness,
than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment
delivered unto them.
22But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire. – Peter
Revelation 3:55He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and Iwill not blot out his nameoutofthebookoflife, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.
Exodus 32:31-3331And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold. 32Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin-; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written. 33And the LORD said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blotoutof my book.
26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
28 He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:
29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will
recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.
31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
Get back to God. Get back to God. Get back to God.
8For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
The solution to salvation is to head strait for Jesus. Jesus Christ is Salvation. This Born again heart is not just the jump start of the spirit, it is a changed life Your changed so you are different. If you get to the pearly gates and come with no fruit, but the promise of eternal life, Jesus will cast you out as garbage. The Fruit proves that something did change in you. You might have claimed to be born again, but you lied to yourself and to others and just wanted the free salvation. Jesus will void whatever you thought you had.
The first concern is that the Homeless are in crisis. It’s Obvious they have no lasting place to live. People assume they are homeless because they are stupid Lazy people. News flash, they know exactly what a house looks like! Some had better jobs than you. ‘Those people’ have varied pasts. Many have children, some owned homes, some owned businesses. I know of a guy who was getting help from a church. They let him shower and such in their basement. Shortly before he died, he bequeath them all his money. It was hundreds of thousands. Don’t judge a book by its cover or their issues.
Unfortunately I have heard to often, I worked hard all my life, Why don’t they just get a job. Saying such things tells me you have a mental deficit, not them. Clearly you are uneducated about life. Everyone has a goal of having a good job and the white picket fence. But on the other hand, It might surprise you that lots of people have not worked outside of their home. We are not talking about the homeless. Lots of people have only held the very basic of Jobs. Lets not throw stones, specially at the vulnerable.
One of the key factors for financial health is getting paid a good wage. Many people cant find that better paying job. They have a job. Its serious, but it doesn’t pay well. A guy I know works at Walmart. I said, why not try at Costco, they pay better. But He is afraid too.. Costco some times keeps you just for the season, then lets you go. I he quits Walmart and works for Costco they could let him go and then he is out of a job entirely. So thats why he wont switch. You blame him. So the job He has right now is significant and trustworthy, but it doesn’t pay well. I make over double he has but I don’t find it enough. I don’t know how he does it.
On another point, Its amazing how someone will look down on someone renting. The person renting might have a full time job but they make half of what another person makes. So how can they get a mortgage? Seriously, Don’t knock them. Its no surprise that a large portion of the public, specially the single people, who live on one income, don’t own a home. This is a huge problem in society! Its not surprising that people with small pay cheques are a pay cheque away from falling behind or being homeless.
Let me ask: Who pays for the rental house, does the landlord? Nope. The guy struggling pays for the house. So really, he can afford the mortgage, he just cant get one. In the end all his wealth, goes to the landlord. That has to change. Home ownership is the basis for stability. We can make rules and we can under pay and its nothing more than slavery. (lets not just look away.)
So its no surprise to me, being self employed, myself with no benefits, that some don’t make it. Winter months are very hard on the emotions too. There are more barriers to wealth in the winter. Things slow down. Everything costs more and if you have trouble, you have the cold and weather to deal with. The hassle of dealing with people can debilitate you, specially if you make half the wage and have miscalculated or hurt your back.
For the most part, Homelessness comes after Joblessness. Who knew! Some of the working poor transition in and out of homelessness and they would never tell you. Rent is high and they get behind. Housing is scarce so couch surfing might work for a while. Couch surfing is the first option if you have friends.
Another issue that upsets the apple cart is a death in the family or a rough marriage break up. What if your wife won’t let you see the kids bringing some vendetta against you. Oh the joy. That might make you quit your job and protest. yes that is stupid, but it happens. Ops. So, now what? You might have a an addiction or mental health issues brewing, What next! Life just broke in your face.
You might be that guy just getting out of Jail or Rehab. Where do you go? no cash? no place? no Job? There are no pretty answers for those who are on the street sleeping in a stair well and in despair. Get a Job lazy boy! In fact, Your criticism might get you stabbed. With no money and everything crumbling around you, depression is washing over you, There are no options just despair. I am surprised that the extremely poor are not more violent. Its only a matter of time till you are two dirty and distraught to seek work. If you had a car, you have to sell it, you cant afford plates and you have to abandon everything you ever bought just to survive.
If you met homelessness people many are very polite. You just dont know whats behind those eyes. Yes, I would think they are still broken up over their losses and defensive, but thats expected. Yet, Still, some how, some way, they found some security in knowing there is a bridge they can sleep under. Yep! Today is a good day, they got an extra big coat at the back door mission. It was hard to let it all go, But if you are evicted, where do you put your TV. So its not unusual for people to abandon thousands of dollars of things. Everyone Homeless person has had too. Don’t think they wandered on to the street.
Stress is potent for them as it is for anyone. You think Oh, just get a job. To get themselves up and out of the problem is a huge leap. Their stress level goes up to 100% The main goal today has been to learn the system so they can find help for today for what is directly in front of them. The future is pie in the sky.
The Homeless have found a way to survive on almost nothing; now thats creative. Its no surprise some steal. Its more surprising that most Homelessness people don’t steal!! Most don’t break into homes. Coke Addicts do that, not the homeless generally.. But I do know a guy who’s Dog wouldn’t stop barking. He went out in to the back yard and there he found a guy sleeping in his little green house. He wanted to be out of the weather. If there is breaking and entering, its not to harm, but to survive. Human nature says that, if there is a fridge of food all of us would take what we needed. Its basic survival. Still, this almost never happens.
Getting back into the work force, getting money is a tough road. Do you remember putting out resumes. Well imagine if you are homeless how that would go. Your parents supported you when you looked for work. You are not going to pull a printer and laptop out of your nap-sack under a bridge. Lets face it: you had everything at home. So literally everything is harder for homeless people. Unless you have a toothbrush and a place to shower and some clean clothes, not to mention a hair cut, you feel ashamed and youre not getting hired. Just that shame will stop most people from doing an interview. What are the chances they will get a job looking like that! There are huge barriers stopping them from getting up and out. Now what a Joy getting a kick from you! that helps!
Being homeless is like some boy wanting to date a girl but all he has is a pink dress to wear to the date. You wonder why he shows resistance. You say, Go, call, go see her. You suggest to the homeless person he is wrong for not waning a job; but he does what a job. Its like suggesting the boy doesn’t want the girl. He does want the Job. He does want the girl. But he is wearing a pink dress. He cant go in like that! Homeless people are people too. They have shame, they have obstacles in their way. One obstacle is like what they look like. Or, They might not have an education. They are people like you. Who knew! They have an embarrassing truth that is an arrow to their heart. The Arrow is, they are Homeless with a list of complications. Its far easier for them to consolidate what they have and live under a bridge.
Unfortunately, if all they have is a bottle of booze, they will hold on to it for dear life. This is their only valuable. Their possessions are valuables. They will forgo a shelter and warm bed just to keep them. Shelters will not let them bring the bottle inside. They bought that bottle today. They cant waste it. Its all they got! They cant throw it. You know how hard it was, how rewarding it was to pay for something. Now you want them to toss it! Thats not going to happen! (there is a whole complication of people keeping carts of Junk but thats another big thing. ) Don’t point fingers, I checked your garage. You’re a hoarder! I looked!
So what is the solution? Its pretty simple actually. Care for the hurting person first. Treat them as valuable. Get a basic roof over their heads. Don’t threaten them to kick them onto the street. Don’t treat them like a lazy bum. Don’t harass them and punish them for their tragedy. Don’t threaten to kick them out adding to the Anxiety and panic. Give them emergency care. Help them with meals, clothes and emotional help. Give them security. THEN, Remove barriers to employment. Actually care rather than Rush. Don’t look for a way to kick them down!. Then, when they are on their feet, work with them to restore what was lost. Help them gain self respect by respecting them. Give them Hope, some dignity, and restore some of what they lost inside. Help them with the basics, A resume, A hair cut, some job opportunity. They might need some Mental health support, some basic Education. The the cool thing is 80% of these people will take off running when helped up. And the help is just temporary. Usually less than 2 years.
This approach has been done with an 80% success
I was listening to a Ted talk recently that confirmed what I had learned through other research and experience. So, I think I have a practical solution and a viable vision that is not new. With some zoning changes a comprehensive solution can happen. I call it. Transitional Housing with supports. This could replace the the majority of hostel system and remove most of the barriers and rescue hundreds from exposure and death.
The reason that I have a vision is because of my own personal failure to help. Not to beat myself up too much, I did had someone living in my home for about 2.5 years, and have helped people in some way all my life. But the guy I had living with me had to go. He was elderly and stubborn, urinating on the floor and he got cranky. I am no boy scout. I know the issues pretty well first hand. Still, it was time for him to go and after, in 3 months he found a place.
One of my recent failures was happened one night, I was driving a guy home from coffee house. I attend this Music night and coffee every Saturday night. I gave a guy a ride home. This time he was he was going to stay at a friend in Oshawa. The guy normally stays with his sister, but he was not talking with his sister. He has mental health issues and his sister has helped him on and off, for many years.
I drove him to his buddies, but his buddy wasn’t home. I asked where can I drop you. He said I could drop him off at the coffee shop; It was just a few blocks from my home. So I did. Problem is, I drove away and there he was, in my rear view mirror, Looking at my car driving away as he held his two bags, one in each hand. He just stood there. I drove away.
Earlier that night I had saw some of what was in those bags. He was sitting right by me. I saw the toothbrush and toothpaste. It was Obvious he was homeless. I asked and he said he was on the outs with his sister. So it was clear his whole life was in those two bags. He was going to stay with a friend.
I wanted to turn around and try and sort something out, but he is Schizophrenic, He’s not easy. Nothing is easy with him.. Just a conversation would take more than an hour. Still, He’s a good guy. He is generally fine but he is loud, he makes bird sounds and never stops talking.
I have known him for years. I help when I can, but, If I showed him kindness by taking him in, he wouldn’t sleep all night. I have to work. He would be so excited he would pace the floor and no one in the house would sleep; not Me, nor the tenant in the basement. So, I couldn’t take him home. (this is the problem and why we need bigger solutions.) We can be a part of the solution but most of us cant take people into our homes. We have kids, we have valuables, we don’t have bugs we want peace.
A week later when I saw him, I asked, Where did you stay? When you pass a homeless person ask yourself. Where do they stay? Do you stay in the hostel when you cant find a place? He said the Hostel is to dangerous and the staff pick through your stuff. Not only that, He said, you can get bugs. He said, He would rather lay in the bushes behind Tim Hortons. Than go to the Hostel.
I have a mirror. You might ask me in a moment, if I have one.
Its pretty obvious what pure religion is. James???
James 1:27 King James Version (KJV)
religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the
fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted
from the world.
I just don’t know anyone who has any pure religion? Do you? Let me spell it out. There are consequences for the people that pass the hurting people. We ourselves are beggars. Jesus found us and we are stinky and filthy compared to Jesus Christ himself. Jesus came into a manger to make a point, to try and lower himself. We are worms compared to Him. Jesus Made the world and it is He who spans the heavens. When we avoid others, we are hypocrites. Did Jesus avoid you? You ain’t that pretty. Still Jesus gave you the time of day. He died on a cross for your redemption. What will Jesus will say on that day; On Judgment day. He will ask, Who are you?
Jesus was asked how to enter the kingdom of heaven. Jesus answered the question with the Good Samaritan story. Jesus was putting a condition on salvation. You have to help the hurting or you are disqualified. What would Jesus know about grace vs. Works anyways?. He must have his theology wrong. What does he know about Salvation anyways? We teach grace without works!
The tragedy is, there are lots of people who have lost their jobs, lost families, dove deep into a bottle of booze or drugs and have depression, mental illness or a physical disability; and no one cares. 300 die of exposure each year in Canada.
Matthew 25:40 King James Version (KJV)
40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
Hey, lets run the wounded over! Rev up the bus and yell out the window; take some responsibility, you lazy homeless person !. Get a job slacker! Is that YOU ? People who do not see the poor are the same people who won’t take their elderly parents in. Oh, the inconvenience. Funny though, these Social Slackers actually give a buck to the beggar jar so they can avoid actually doing something meaningful. They don’t want to do something that actually costs time and aggravation. (what? cant the judgment flow both ways?)
IF God Judges, and he will; How will he judge you on this matter? For most of us including me, we can kiss our fat rear ends good-bye. Jesus will be taking people to a desk to process them. The place will be quiet. You could hear a pin drop. Many at the pearly gates have a sombre look. And, Jesus will be doing all the talking.
The Panic will have set in, gripping people as they listen… Jesus will be saying: Nope, don’t know you. Nope, Don’t know you. Nope, well, I thought I knew you, but, Nope, Don’t know you. Oh, I remember you, you were, Mr. luke warm. or Mr. wishy washy. Wow. Nope. Don’t know you. And the line will get shorter and shorter and Shorter. Hey! Are you in the line.
The Op has almost reached you, but then you ignored it. shucks, sorry, Nope Not You either. And, Nope, cant really remember you either. Jesus made a blanket prediction; and it goes like this.
Matthew 25:30-46 King James Version (KJV)
30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them
one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my
Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the
35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you,
Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren,
ye have done it unto me.
shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye
cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred,
or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not
minister unto thee?
shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did
it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
Jesus gave his life for others. We cant skip that part, that is, the part of taking up your cross and following his example. If we do we will be skipped over. Phil 2, James 1, 2 , Luke 10:25, Matthew 7, Acts 2, prov19:17 1 John 4. Don’t worry, You’re Baptist. You think your fake theology will help you? You cant skip what Jesus said. Nope. Will your view of theology matter at the pearly gates? Only His will. Its the view of Jesus that matters.
Heaven is not a Airplane and God doesn’t have to fill every seat to pay for the Jet fuel. Jesus did not say what he said just for you to cancel it out by your theology. His theology trumps your high mined Ideas. Argue with Him, not me. Eph 2:8-10 , Gal:5:13-26, Romans 2:13-29, Romans 13:8-14Galatians 2
A post about the Homelessness and taking ownership is difficult. I will leave it there for today and discuss next steps and the fuller vision to fix things. For sure this is a group effort and we all must take part. We can do this together. Before you go, take a look at the above scriptures. Blessings on you. Thanks for reading.
I was nailed to a lift of wood when I was 15yrs. Old. I was left hanging behind a pallet factory for hours. This is just one of a few major events that happened in my life.Getting nailed to the lift of wood is only half of this story.
Back in the day, 37yrs ago, I worked full time after school. Having money at 15 years old was great! I was lucky, the Job was beside my house. It was a pallet factory making skids for GM and other manufacturers. I did just about every job in the place, from cutting wood to nailing pallets together.
My routine was to rush from school to work every evening. I’d jump off the bus, eat a couple peanut butter & honey sandwiches; and bolt out the back door. I changed my clothes to something warmer then put on some coveralls.
One night at Lunch time the guys, started smoking dope. This was a regular occurrence, but this night would be drastically different. Their habits included drinking, smoking up and doing pills. One guy would even put pills under his eyelids. They were a rough crowd. And Yes, that guys nickname was “Stoner”
I on the other hand was wet behind my ears; just a 15 yr old kid. This all was an eye opener for me. I had become a christian a few years earlier even though my family wasn’t. I could see a huge contrasts between Christians and the “unwashed” degenerates I worked with. Its amazing how different people can be. I guess it goes without saying; Who I had become and who others where, scared me. I was till trying to figure out my Identity. All I saw was contrast, all the time.
This particular night the Pot smoke was so thick, I couldn’t breath. I had no choice, but to leave the lunch room and sit in the hall. I went out into the hall so I could eat lunch. As a young kid, I minded my own business and I kept my mouth shut. I didn’t have the voice that I have now, or did I have the size.
All of a sudden that night, the guys were out in the hall. They grabbed me. They had decided they would nail me to a lift of wood in the yard. So, about 15 guys grabbed me and forced me out into the wood yard , behind the Factory. There, in the dark hours of the night, I was hoisted up and nailing to a lift of wood. There I hung, nailed through my coveralls, arms spread out and my legs spread eagle.
There out in the cold dark night, I didn’t know what would come next. I had long johns on, but it was really cold. My Coveralls didn’t stop the wind. I was freezing there in the middle of February. Oh Yah, I live in Canada! I must have hung their for at least an hour maybe even two before the foreman found me. I guess he didn’t see me working and wondered, where did the kid go… Who knows, maybe, someone told him. I don’t know. So, He brought a forklift with, a pallet on its forks, and propped up my feet so he could get me down. Another guy pull the nails out with a hammer.
I don’t remember much after that. I remember while hanging up there hearing the fork lift working in the yard, in the distance. I could hear the saw dust collector running. I also remember seeing, the icy gravel drive way and a deep pot holes in the driveway where a fork lift must have got stuck before. I remember my breath in the air. Looking back, Its sort of funny; There I was in the midnight air, freezing, gazing up into the night sky. You know, your senses have tuned right in. You hear things you never heard before. You know, I am surprised my ears didn’t get frost bite. Maybe that was a miracle on its own.
Well, the next day, I minding my own business. I avoided everyone. I didn’t go to the lunch room, I stayed in the hall. ( a detail came back to me. ) Previously, I was going home for lunch, but the the foreman had stopped that. Home was only a skip and a jump away. He said I had to remain at work. He said, I couldn’t leave work half way through even if I only had to jump the fence. So, that is was why I was bringing my lunch to work instead of going home and why I ended up in the lunch room.
The story ain’t over!
The next day, at lunch time, out in the hall, they grabbed me again. They said, Ohhh, look! You have rips in your coveralls. You can’t wear those ripped coveralls here! We’ll fix that! And they started to rip the coveralls off my body. Wow that took a lot of force. They started grabbing and tearing the rips from yesterday. Honestly!, This was more frightening than being hung out in the wood yard. I was being mauled by 15 guys yanking and pulling. They were animals. I was yelling, yelling and Yelling . Where was the foreman. I still remember seeing the colour of the concrete floor. The office has a window into the hall; why couldn’t the Foreman hear me yelling!
Sigh. There are a few other things that happened in that place I will leave for another time. One where I had to get my mom to take me to the hospital. Thats another story. But that day, I was left with a question. I wondered; How was I going to survive? The peer pressure at the factory was far heavier than that in school; and I was tired of it. I didn’t know if I could keep on doing work and going to school and taking abuse.
This is when I had a moment of clarity. I Looked at them! I said to myself; They have nothing to offer me. There is nothing attractive about this! When I contrasted the two possible lives, I looked at them with contempt. I said, No Thanks. I don’t want to be like you guys!
Those moments are some of the most important moments and choices in my life, the biggest a person might make. My choice then could have changed everything for the worse. This reminds me of a scripture. Just a second before I go there. The whole thing did make me defensive. And Yes, it also changed my personality, and not all for the good. Unfortunately, I put up walls that I am still working on taking down.
One good thing; Their behaviour those days, gave me resolve. That is something I am happy to have. While they meant if for harm, God meant it for good. (remember the Joseph story. in the bible. ) And remember the Joshua story and his choices.
15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. – Joshua
20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. -Joseph.
I could end the Op here. But if you feel like reading on; I have some further thoughts and some wind in my sails to say more.
My Reflection and the spiritual part: ( a double whammy)
Jesus asked people to follow him. Jesus didn’t asking them to just check a box; saying ‘I went to church once.’ all is fine. Jesus asked for more than just a consent that He exists. He asks you to believe and make choices that have consequences. Unfortunately today we live in a self serving culture. People make bad choices. The culture tells you; shut up about your Christianity, we don’t want to hear it. Society offers you a different way. There is a way that seems right to a man, but the way there in is death.
Jesus said, He is the way. Jesus said, He is the Truth. And he said, HE is the life.
Have you tuned God out? or Are you tuning Him in? Do you know Him well enough to interact with Him? Do you have quiet conversations with God during the day? Is Jesus important in your life? Do you ask “What would Jesus do”? WwJD. Does God and Christianity even impact your choices at all? ** Is Christianity so un-obviousness in your life, that people don’t know you are christian? Is your christianity so quiet, even Jesus doesn’t know you? ( are you one of those people who is dating someone but they don’t know you are dating them. ) Does God really know you?
One Big issue I have with people is; that they put their own views on who Jesus is and what he thinks. He is like their barbie Doll and they dress him up as they see fit, rather than respecting Him for who He is. Their Christianity is one of their own making. In their make believe world, Jesus is not Jesus he is their Barbie style Jesus. So their Christianity is not authentic christianity.
Why not let Jesus speak for who Jesus is? Instead of making him into whatever you want, why not learn who Jesus really is. Why not read the bible. The other thing is, People don’t know who Jesus is, because they won’t take another persons instruction. You tell them about Jesus and they push it away, but they don’t look into Jesus themselves. This is likely because they have walls up like I did and they never took them down. They say they already know all they need to know; they don’t need to be told anything. But in truth, they don’t really know! And, they don’t actually read, to find out. Come on, lets face it. We need to seek out who Jesus is and find out what his character is like. to be able to say we know what we are talking about. You cant make up your own Barbie Jesus version and then say you are serving Jesus when really you are serving yourself . Ask yourself do you really know Jesus at all?
Because of all the abuse I experienced at that factory, I am acutely aware of the cross. Jesus died on and what Jesus did for me and why it matters.
You know what I did after those troubles? I jumped head first into the bible to sort things out. Those thugs brought urgency to my life. I had to know Jesus better. I had to make choices and I chose Jesus Christ. I doubled down. Yes, I read my bible. and so should you. Now, after almost 40 years, I am still christian. Looking back, if I had the choice to do it all over again, I would. The choice to Love God, to seek him, and to follow him and read my bible was the best choice I made in my life. And, I would and am making that same choice today.
3 If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.
5 Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, 7 in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them.
8 But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, 10 and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, 11 where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.
of the New Man
12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. 14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.
Thanks for reading. I am long winded today.
And I cant thank Jesus Christ enough for saving me at a young age. I see how others lost their lives caught up in any number of things. I was saved from many of those things. Jesus Christ is Salvation! Jesus deserves to have many thanks. Thank you Lord. Thanks so much for all of it !
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Biology shows how Evolution is False. This video video proves evolution is false. Watch the video then lets discuss it. The talk is about an hour. So Friends, If you are serious, If you want truth, take a hour. I promise it will change/shape your view of creation. IF you like facts not rhetoric. This is the sort of honest Science we need. Chris Ashcraft doesn’t pull any fast ones. You’ll get it strait up. Ashcroft knows what he is talking about. And guess what, Nothing Fails like evolution! Maybe you are smarter than this guy, We will see.
From this video you will see that Life is created. You will see DNA and its workings laid out on the table. You can see an appearance of desire from Cells, and that is actually cool. The parts and machines appear to do tasks like humans. There is an active force driving a list of complex mechanisms with no strings or wires attached. This is an example of irreducible complexity and a complexity yet not talked about by science.
Ashcraft explains what problems are in the way of the Idea of Evolution. He shows how Evolution doesn’t work from the beginning stages forward. Chris Ashcraft shows that the program cells use, that runs building programs in the cell, needs the machinery first to build the program that builds the cells and machines. One without the other cant exist. This is the standard ( chicken or the egg.) You can’t have have one made without the other already existing, and they are two complex to break it down to simple parts.
Humans in general are complex, but no one ever dreamed how complex. Evolution cant make them. We mine rock, make plastic and steel and copper and store it all. We make information systems and transportation devices. And then we help people have babies that otherwise couldn’t. A cell has the same problem and job to do but has no helping hand, no mind, no telephone, no bible, no foreman. Its just not possible for it to make machines it needs to make itself without the first copy being externally constructed.
Have some patience Ashcraft lays it all out. Good education is hard to come by.
Here is the Video: Cris Ashcraft:
Please comment below. Your input is welcome even if you disagree. You can find a lot more on my home page and links to other sites, movies and videos. Underlined in many places are scripture links and references. Have fun.
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If you want another video to watch about intelligent design, click here. HERE.
13 For you created my inmost being;(A) you knit me together(B) in my mother’s womb.(C) 14 I praise you(D) because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful,(E) I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made(F) in the secret place, when I was woven together(G) in the depths of the earth.(H) 16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained(I) for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
1.618 is better! Its also called Phi. You see it in nature. You are designed with it. Our universe is made using it. We borrow it for photos we use it in design for buildings. Its used in the bible. Fibonacci (1170AD) realized its important but he didn’t invent it. God is the math expert here.
Have you ever made spaghetti sauce and said, Hmm it needs more sauce or it needs to be a bit thicker or smother. Some things are just better if done right. Have you ever had a smoothie at McD’s. When they first come out they are perfect. Mmm mango taste mixed with ice!, but then a month or two later they water it down. They got people hooked then backed the taste off. Why do they screw up the ratio. Bad Bad Mcd’s !!! Obviously they do it just for profit. I hate that! Then the drink is always just lacking. Curses! Not with God. The universe, the flowers, your body, and thousands of things in nature have the Fibonacci numbers involved, overlaying Phi some times in 3 directions making the design so detailed one would need a computer to work out the design. And you bet, amazingly, DNA just does it.
Speaking of design, have you ever wondered how it is that a baby starts with just one cell then doubles etc. But then some of those cells decide to become the brain, others the spine, some go on to make skin and others make the liver and others the lungs. Have you ever considered that the billions of cells have been made by DNA The body was given billions of instructions and imagine God made it hat way. Your DNA has phi built right in. All over the place there is load after load of amazing freak level things. Did you know DNA even has a machine on it that does a spell check on your DNA. Now that is irreducible complexity. I wish my English skills were better.
I put together a few videos in my Utube for you to look over and spur some contemplation. Maybe you have a better explanation for it, other than intelligent design. Good luck with that. And after you have a gander, you can also look at the list of Evolution videos I have under “evolution is a hoax.” when you have time. (save it to your toolbar. The toolbar police wont mind.) I hope that after this quest is done, you will be convinced like I am, that you are special, you are artwork specially made by God.
Don’t forget to come back and comment and look at other Ops.
Oh, and if you start the video and then click on the bottom right corner on the utube it will go to utube and then on the right side of the screen the list of videos will appear all on this subject I collected. And you can always click on the main page of this site to get to my utube and look at any of the videos I have collected over the years on various subjects.
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While Nick is good, he is just a beggar telling other beggars where to find bread. Jesus is the Eternal Father and Creator and He is worthy of our praise. Nick is just an amazing servant of God and through him your life will be changed.
(Scroll way down to comment.) don’t forget to click on a link or two to find a related scriptures. There is enough scriptures through other Ops and different articles to keep a person busy for a year. Take the time to let Scripture deepen your relationship with God. If you do not read the bible you will have no clue. There is a depth of insight and direction you cant get anywhere else.
Believe it or not there are some simple solutions to end the cycle of cutting.
First we need to do some house keeping before we move forward. You are far smarter than you realize. Once some of these issues are defined, Poof you will be in a much better situation. And Poof, you will decide not to cut. Not to say all your issues will be resolved but most likely you will feel a moment of clarity. And poof your feet will start to touch the ground.
You might not realize it but the fact that you are reading this shows that you are capable. You might not have all the answers or solutions but there are some. Your life might not be a bed of roses, but you do have some horsepower, some ability and some raw power that is untapped.
There are a easy list of things that cause trouble; Stress, difficulty, loss, shame, pressure and a need for distance from trouble. These are related to issues that cause people pain. You have heard people say Take-off. Why? Why do they say that? Or Get off my back, or get off me. Why do they say that. People of all ages will want to be left alone at some point. People of all ages want love and respect and less weight on them. People of all ages want things to go their way once in a while without things falling apart. You want the same as I do.
People try and fail to manage the pressure of life. Someone you know just wont listen. One key point, when you try to speak you are shut down. When you try to get a job or find a friend or get something, something or someone stops you or steps on you. You might even have a lack of ability to achieve what you want and it causes you to feel loss and to feel a loss of control. The result is Anxiety. Anxiety comes in many forms. We fell loss shame and hopelessness many times mixed together in a blender so we have a hard time even knowing what we are feeling.
Do you know what ‘fight or flight is’? Its a chemical reaction that automatically kicks in when you have stress. Sometimes “fighting and flight” doesn’t work in your favour. It causes you tension inside.
So what do people do to get away or push back. Some drink. Some do drugs. Some Eat. Some seek out Sexual partners. Why? When things go into the ditch people want some type of soothing and relief. Thats why. It might surprise you to know that, But when you are cut or burned your body sends out pleasure chemicals and that can provide you relief like drinking or drugs. These chemicals can be addictive. Cutting and harming yourself can become a behaviour, even an addiction.
It might surprise people to learn that cutting is a way to do something that no one can say anything about because its your own body. Its a way of taking a stand. Im doing it, you cant stop me! It can be a type of taking back power. It might be a way of gaining control and being out of control all at the same time and a way to get pleasure. Yes, Pleasure from Pain. Losing control in Alcohol for example is to some degree taking control. Doing as you wish without another persons consent. Its why some girls will go after bad boys, simply to spite their parents. To be independent. In an attempt to push trouble back they go to something or someone forbidden and most likely find trouble than they bargained for. And to a degree in the moment there is some power in doing that. You win! But are you just a pawn playing a rigged game? Letting one situation shove you into the ditch is not winning, but it might feel like it in the moment.
So for a second, you get pleasure, you express pain, you win, and you grieve all in one shot. But there is a flaw. It causes you harm. And it doesn’t solve your problems. That other pressure or problem still exists.
If life is against you. If there is a army against you. You should decide upfront right now to be on your own side. Others might want to abuse you. Others might take things from you. Life might bite you. But you should not join that opposition and harm yourself. In effect you end up working for them against you. Acting against yourself is joining your enemies to fight against you.
So the solution starts with choosing to be on your own side. You might see this as a mind trick, but No, the trickiness is actually how life has put so much pressure on you that you act out your pain against yourself. The big moment is when You deciding to look after yourself and not act against yourself.
This is no trick. Its one of the first acts of true humanity you might do. I am not saying to treat others poorly or to forget charity, but as they say, charity starts at home. There is a fundamental human right. There is something people cant take away from you even if you are in a war camp. Even in a cage beaten and starved for water in a war camp, there is one thing they cant do. They cant force you to act against yourself. You must choose at the very least to be on your side and not act against yourself. its literally a win. Its one less problem, one less pain. One less conflict when you stop acting against yourself.
In life from time to time you will happen on a special moment. This is that moment. Hey, Doing this is not in my best interest.
Acting on your behalf can be as simple as you turning away a box of donuts to, telling someone to leave you. You might say, I need to get home so I can study for an exam. Choosing your interest first when it matters, is healing. That tension to do what someone else is pushing you to do against your own self interest causes you stress. That can cause you to cut or to abandon your self and your needs.
Choices need to be managed. Your choices need to be your choices. And some times you can say, Ok, I will get nothing out of this, but the other person needs me, so I will help. But its your choice to let go. We all do that but do we do it under pressure or willingly.
While we all want to please people, some times we please them but then don’t please ourselves. Each person is tasked at looking after their needs and in emergencies some times we have opportunity to look after others. You are not breaking rules or friendships or being unkind when you choose to look after your homework or you decide not to drink or you chose not to cut. You actually matter and it is a fundamental Law.
Cutting yourself is not just a fit as some might see it. Cutting yourself is Grief, Pain, anger, control and not knowing the path forward but wanting relief. But in winning you end up hurting yourself and rather than voicing what will be shut down, you act out against yourself instead in a type of retaliation.
Cutting generally is not the same as suicide, but both some times can be done with a hope someone will notice. While most of the time these things are done in secret, there is this Odd mind bending thing that says, I hope that some act of divine chance will intervene an fix all this. In the back of it there is this longing for some Hope. And some times that does happen. Its not often you get is a post or Opinion Piece on the Internet about Cutting just at the right time. But its unreasonable to think if you jump off a building someone who does not know you are jumping will happen to show up. And if they don’t and shouldn’t determine your value one way or another. People do not wait around generally to call you or anyone. Your value is not dependent on another persons opinion. Even if someone matters to you, what does that have to do with self harm. I find it fascinating how we can take one Idea and link it to another and create a logic that is not valid. We all have done it in some way at some time.
There is a lot more to say on this subject. One thing for sure, even if you have done a lot of wrong; And even if you lost just about everything. You do deserve to have yourself as an allied friend . At the very least you should be working for yourself and not against yourself. There is many other issues and time to help others.
There are many other issues we all deal with to some degree. There is loss, depression, OCD and a list of other issues that contribute to cutting. No one can cover all those things in one article.
The biggest step here for this OP right now is to decide to be on your own side and not on the side of the attacker. Thats a wall you are allowed to build. You Decide to work on your behalf.
Next Point: Now is the time to stop the lie. The lie that someone might have put in your head that you are not good enough. Its easy for them to say. What a gift from them. Wow. Like going trick or treating and getting hit by a emotional 2×4. Thanks for nothing.. They will toss an emotional grenade into your ‘life car’ while getting jollies doing it. How dare they.
When people are harsh and mean, It was a hurtful thing by them and not about you. Letting them judge the value of you and others is debilitating . What an emotional drag. This is another a core issue to sort out. Blame and judging. Everyone has a human right to have self respect and some level of individuality. So rather than being on their side of someone lobbing grenades into your life car. Tell them, No thanks.
Deciding You’re not on their chopping block is a grand step. I will not participate in the harming of myself. And I am not here for you to dump on. Attacks are generally not for your benefit. Generally attacks are someone else venting. some people have vindictive behaviour. Rarely, can we just discuss an issue on its merits without getting into a conflict and its unfortunate.
One step at a time. There is a lot more out there and there are people who are not tossing harm toward you all the time. While there are a lot of jerks and life is not a bunch of roses, there are moments where some good will pop up.
One Positive moment for today may be that you will not cutting today. I am not helping life and its troubles to put wedge against me and myself causing me to blame myself and harm myself. stop the pile on. I will not pile on myself. Thats a big win for any day.
When pressure and trouble are against you be on your own side. Do not join them in the attack against you. Take yourself out of their control.
The Next Next point: I have a list of life experiences that might help, but, I don’t feel the need, nor will cave to the pressure of having to tell my story to get credibility. You know what. I believe me. And thats enough. And as you all know with the attacks online and but bully behavior of some, there’s a push for us to prove everything to everyone. We do not need to prove everything we say. At some point you sort of realize, hold it a second. get off me. I trust me. This is beyond not taking action against yourself. Its beyond ignoring Bullies. This is simply believing your ideas might be pretty fantastic some times and trusting your guidance. This is about confidence not just avoidance. Your character or mental ability are yours.
Bully Behaviour is about the Bully, their behaviour and not about you. You should literally tell yourself. That behaviour is their problem and that you are not the problem. Still its an attack. Avoiding them will also be a win for you.
So to rap up, There is nothing that shuts you down more than someone who will just speak over you and discount what you say. This is just one more thing in your life, you can take back. Belief in myself. Not only have I chosen not to harm myself. I am also taking myself off the trial block. Its one thing to do exams and have to prove that one has done the work, its another to have some troll bully online tell you your worthless and stupid, ugly and your mother dresses you funny. When they are like that. They are the problem not you.
Today is my day. I hope its yours. Life will bring trouble, but hopefully today we can have the restoration of two things. I don’t have to be on trial by trolls and I don’t have to attack myself.
And one more thing. The Next Next Next thing. I don’t have to be perfect. As you might have noticed, my English is poor. I know that. And its all I got. Its better than nothing. And if a troll harasses me about it, I am honest. Yes, I don’t have any more skill than this. But I am happy I got what I got. My worth is not on the table for your to cut up. Accepting you do have failures and thats OK is helpful in lowering anxiety. You cant be found out if you admit you fail. Setting up a standard that you cant have a failure leaves you like a glass ball in a house full of baseball bats. (so thats all I have on cutting for today… but I have a bunny trail below to discuss. )
Now I want to take a bunny trail. Weee! You might have noticed that his is my Christian website. And while its not perfect, and I will gladly take some criticisms I don’t feel any shame for my choices to become a Christian. I think it was a masterstroke in my life. Of all the people; Jesus understands pain and suffering, low self esteem, poverty and Loss. If you end up following this site. I will on occasion bring up some topics like cutting. There is a lot of abuse, depression, controlling behaviour and critical people in the world. Some days it can be a hail storm. You might even have lived with a few people and that have contributed to your cutting and the pressure on you. But its not about blaming them either. The wind in the sails of the blame ship are destructive.
I am a Christian. I value my relationship with God. I have learned a lot from studying the bible. I will post a few scriptures that come to mind. They might not exactly relate but if you have better you can always post one below..
I didn’t know it at first but was God trying to help me. While i was pushing others away, it wasn’t till I let my guard down and accepted Jesus Christ that things righted themselves. Now when I am in trouble, I have God on my side. My skin did not burn off, my hair did not start on fire and being a Christian didn’t shrink my T-shirts.
Spend some time on the site. Click on some of the links, the words underlined generally link to scriptures or a video. have fun and explore. Life is far bigger than the situation of this moment.
Jesus Christ is Salvation. There is Hope, not just for this moment, but for a future. There is a whole set of events in life to chose. A whole other path and a future that includes a billion years with God which starts with giving your life to Jesus Christ and starting out again doing things his way. You want to be saved. Jesus Christ is salvation. I hope the above was helpful. ( here is some soft scriptures and some music below. You may find that they are a life line in times of stress.)
1 You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. 2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. 3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. 4 Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. 5 You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.
7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? 8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. 9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. 11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” 12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.
13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. 17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God! How vast is the sum of them! 18 Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand— when I awake, I am still with you.
19 If only you, God, would slay the wicked! Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty! 20 They speak of you with evil intent; your adversaries misuse your name. 21 Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord, and abhor those who are in rebellion against you? 22 I have nothing but hatred for them; I count them my enemies. 23 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
More than just You and I have found trouble. People have been through a lot. Many have gone through it and came out the other end. Many became followers of God. I hope that is you. May the Lord Bless you and keep you and make his face to shine upon you and give you peace. You are not forgotten. At least be on your own side. I Hope you enjoy this music video about God speaking to us. He is closer to you than you know.
The Big Bang Bust! Whats up with the Expanding universe?
You were told all kinds of things when you were to young to know any different. How could you say, wait a second, No That doesn’t make sense. Wait a minute. When you were a little kid, how could you know. So, Lets jump in.
If a train is going 100 miles per hour South and you throw a baseball out the back of the train at a speed of 100 miles per hour North, How fast would the ball be travelling?
It depends on how you look at it. If your on the train the distance between the train and the ball is increasing 200 miles per hour. (that is if there was no gravity or friction. Did i just get one past you?
The Question was how fast is the ball moving. The motion of the train South vs. The motion of the Ball North cancel out. The Ball in relation to the track is standing still. Yet you threw the ball at 100 MPH. The train is moving in relation to the tracks. The person throwing the ball is standing on the train. They are not standing on the tracks so they have a handicap of 100 mph..
Start teaching a grade 6 child this. You think youre confused. Heck, I have been confused my whole life. Honest, It was that bump on the head from the teacher when i said, what the heck you talking about. Thats what started all this. I said the ball would fall down on to the tracks and would not be moving at all!
So, Why is The Big Bang Theory a Bust? IF the universe is 90 billions light years wide. (a radius of 45 billion light years.),(this is the distance light would have travelled In 45 billion years.) But they say that the Universe is only 14.5 Billion years old. So, there is no possible way for matter to travel 45 billion light years in just 14.5 billion years. It would have to travel over 3 times the speed of light. We could stop there. Done. But, lets flog this dead horse.
If you are going for coffee and its 15 minutes away, there is no way you can get there in 5 minutes unless you triple your speed. So, for matter (in the form of stars) to get to the edge of the “observable universe”, it has to travel 3 times the speed of light which is impossible. Just to get out there, it would have to travel 3 times the speed of light. (lets call this 3C.) Its impossible and its not the only problem.
For 6 graders. One of those many stars tossed a ball of light (photons) your way, tossed out of the back of the Train, (the caboose) toward us by our perspective is the centre of the universe. That ball would be travelling the speed of light. Which way would the light be travelling? Careful you might get a bonk on the head in Science class.
You guessed it , Your ball of light would be travelling 2 times the speed of light away from the centre of the universe, away from us.
Now this is a big question. Can you see light travelling away from you? Of course not. Light energy is a ball or photon that must hit the back of the eye to cause the eye to absorb that energy and tell your brain you saw something. If light is travelling away from you, there is no way for you to see it. So if the observable universe is observable, can you observe it? Yes of course. Sherlock Homes, you met your nemesis.
I got to watch out. Some Science wiz may bonk me on the head. (they thought they knew their Science but apparently they didn’t take much math. ) You’ve heard it said, If ands and buts were candies an nuts, we all would have a merry Christmas. With all their objections this Christmas would be especially cheery.
But But But, But What. Their math is so royally messed up. Stay with me for the grand slam. Its in all the text books, they cant back out of it now. The fact is, If you want to say the universe is 14.5 billion years old. The stars could not be travelling that fast away from us and still be seen from us.
Lets fire the Science teacher and work this out ourselves. Lets blow the doors off of this.
Lets try a few different models.
IF the expansion was fast enough to get the stars out to 7 billion light years away in 14 billion years, its not hard to see, the obvious. Did you see it. Its exactly the first argument of the train. said twice but now its obvious unless it went over your head..
The Matter, the start formed Its travelling the speed of light for 7 billion years. If it shone light back at us at the speed of light, that light would be stopped in space. 7 billion east vs. 7 billion west. Anything travelling away from us at the speed of light cant be seen. South 1 minus north 1 = 0 The speed of light issue is the issue. So at the speed of light for 7 billion years in 14 billion years is impossible. The sentence is bad.
Sorry for my poor at grammar and spelling. Like them, I have trouble seeing something. They cant see bad math. It should read, the matter of the universe travelled half the speed of light for 14 billion years which would be a distance of 7 billion years at the speed of light. And at a point it shone light back at us, 7 billion years in, and we are just seeing that light now but that star has moved on out another 7 billion years in that time so we are seeing half speed light. (which we couldn’t see either. There would be to much red shift.
Lets slow it down to half the speed of light for 7 billion years. Whatever that distance, The issue is South vs. North = what? It means its about observable light coming from those stars travelling away from us. So in this first example its about the half the speed of light minus the speed of light if the star itself was moving away from us at half the speed of light. Even if the stars reached a distance of 45 billion light years away from us. Light would get to us leaving a trail the whole time. But the stars location if they where all the way out there 45 billion light years away would have taken 90 billion light years to get there. So the Age of the universe would be really Old. not just 14 billion years old more like 500 billion years old.
So. In 14 billion years how far would stars be if we are observing them. How Big would the universe then be. If we thought the universe was 14 billion years old, and we thought we where seeing these stars out there that far away, the light we would be seeing would be light from stars only travelling very slowly and their distance would not be far away.
What they have taught all of us is bogus. Their theory is not as advertised. If we have seen light of any kind and the universe was 14 billion years old the only way to see that light would be if those stars were already there almost still and light travelled to us for 14 billion years. Either stars are Not really that far away OR this universe is much Older if everything came from a singularity Big Bang.
The fact is. They don’t have a clue where the train is. They have no geometry to calculate the supposed outside rim of our observable universe. They might know how fast the light is travelling toward us. And they might know the age of the universe. But they royally screwed up the maximum distance those stars could be away from us. At best we could only be seeing light coming to us at an almost stopped. This suggests a static Universe.
If there was a static universe (the stars almost standing still.) the light could be travelling at almost the speed of light toward us from stars almost 14 billion light years away or closer, but not from stars 45 billion light years away.
Second model: If the stars where only 50 miles away from us, what light has already passed us wouldn’t have been measured. We only see what we are getting now. So the universe could bit 500 billion years old, it doesn’t matter. The issue is the Idea of a big bang expanding at 3 times the speed of light to get a radius of 45 billion light years in just 14.5 billion years. So we can assume that the size of the universe is less than a radius of 14 billion light years, Or its far far far older and not expanding much.
Its very possible the universe is only 5 or 10 billion light years wide with a radius half that, and light from an expanding universe has been washing over us for the last 14 billion years as those stars expanded to just 5-10 billion light years away.
They may say, Well what about all these stars. How do they all fit. Well, thats not my problem. That is another issue for another OP. One issue at a time. I didn’t do the faulty math, they did. IF the universe banged/was banging from a singular point why only now would you need sufficient space for Stars to survive. At an earlier date wouldn’t that issue be an issue then. Wouldn’t it all have just created one massive black hole. stars close together is their problem not mine.
Well. Now that everyone is trying to throw a ball out the back of a train. Lets finish by saying the Big Bang is a Bust.
Lets now ask How is it that the universe came to be. What happened in the first place. What hardware store supplied the supposed expanding universes.
Your math and Science teacher are telling you to pay attention. You ask them to pay attention. They say if your not good at what you do, then teach. Better to leave the real stuff to the professionals. Ask the 6 grade teacher to brush up on their math skills. They will need it with stupid teachers who do not grasp the obvious.
Isaiah 42:5-9 King James Version (KJV)
5 Thus saith God the Lord, he that
created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the
earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto
the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein:
6 I the
Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and
will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a
light of the Gentiles;
open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and
them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.
8 I am
the Lord: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another,
neither my praise to graven images.
9 Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.
While listening to this video today, I was reminded of a Miracle. One of my friends physically abused by her husband, left me a message that she was going to get back together with him. I tried to call her. I went to her mothers, I called her sister. No one knew where she was. So, I got on the Subway and started off into the middle of Toronto. I had no Idea where he lived. I had no Idea where she was. it was already getting late. God in the past had directed me through prayer, but this time, I had nothing. Obviously I wanted to talk some sense into her. Here I was on the subway. God wasn’t ‘picking up” either.
So, I knew God was on the other end of the line. I knew he could hear me. I said to him. I don’t get why in this moment I have nothing from your spirit. Why you are so quiet. So I am just going to get off this subway at a random stop and if I have to, I will walk down every street of Toronto to find this lady.
Its sort of stupid really. Who stands out in the middle of the sidewalk just waiting for me to show up? By the time I walked down every main road a few days would have gone by and then every back street. The whole Idea was flawed. If God wasn’t answering and I had no solutions, why not just let her be to do something stupid. I don’t know why I just wouldn’t let go.
So the subway train stopped and I got off. I don’t even know what station or where I was. And I just got to the street and started walking. And only a few minutes into my walk. There she is. Standing in front of this store front leaning against a brick wall. I still have a hard time believing it happened like that.
I talked with her. She was not listening and he was just upstairs above this store front in an apartment. Finally I just left. I did what I could.
When I listened to this video by Lauren Daigle, I wondered if she was talking about her actions toward someone in her life or Gods actions toward people or herself.
9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
I wonder if Lauren was speaking about God trying to find her. There is not much to know to get started as a Christian and Reconcile with God. Jesus Christ has already come. The first thing is to say. God will please find me. If we reach out he will find us. And he is a faithful friend. Listen to the video its wonderful.
There is everything you need on the site here to help you figure out how to become a Christian. There are people even like Lauren Daigle who are Christians and can help. Any Evangelical Church, and many on line. You can even discuss your own search here. Obviously, because of privacy and trolls on the internet we can share everything but like the trip into Toronto. Even in the quiet God will lead you to find help. Still, you have to accept it. Still, its you who has to say yes to Jesus. And its as easy as saying. Yes Jesus. Yes, I will follow you. Jesus, Lets get started. Then, you will have someone to walk with you through every trouble.
Its worth doing a bit of a study on who Jesus is. He is the foundation of what is our new Religion. Christianity. But why? Jesus was God before he went to the cross, He was already worthy of our praise before. What Changed. ?? Why is Jesus now a Corner Stone. This Op is just a beginning into the subject.
Keeping with the fundamentals of the gospel, these verse duly apply and speak to the issue of what the gospel is.
26 Men and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the word of this salvation sent.
27 For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath day, they have fulfilled them in condemning him.
28 And though they found no cause of death in him, yet desired they Pilate that he should be slain.
29 And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a sepulchre.
30 But God raised him from the dead:
31 And he was seen many days of them which came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are his witnesses unto the people.
32 And we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise which was made unto the fathers,
33 God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.
34 And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will give you the sure mercies of David.
35 Wherefore he saith also in another psalm, Thou shalt not suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
36 For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption:
37 But he, whom God raised again, saw no corruption.
38 Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins:
39 And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.
The Point being. What Changed is, Jesus died for our sins. He provided forgiveness. Philippians 2 speaks about a new nature we should have which is like the character of Jesus Christ. This is what the church is missing. While I could explain it, Why not read it from the bible.
4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in the form of God,
thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
7 But made himself of no
reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in
the likeness of men:
8 And being found in fashion as a
man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the
death of the cross.
9 Wherefore God also hath highly
exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
10 That at the name of Jesus every
knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things
under the earth;
11 And that every tongue should
confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
What Changed is, Jesus died for our sins. Jesus provided a way for forgiveness.
There is only so much time in the day to discuss this, but fundamentally Forgiveness is a cornerstone of Christianity. It is woven, baked, needed right into the clay of what Christianity is. The Metaphor may not be perfect, but Christ showed us a pattern. And dealt with sins and forgave others.
Where does the church go wrong. Cutting to the Point: God hates sin and expects Holiness. What is Holiness? One character trait of Holiness is not a snubbed nose, its a contrite and forgiving heart. Paul in Philippians did say, Let this mind be in You.
Whats wrong with you? What is wrong with Me? The church is a group of people, its us. Its not just an organization. So what is wrong with You and me the church? What mind must we have? I fear the Church many times does not have the mind of Christ or is seeking to have it. The Church meaning you and me, will kill its wounded. I will alienate, Hold grudges, find fault, Judge, expect in return or never lend at all. If something is done wrong to you, its never let go. Is this the kind of mind Jesus Christ had? Is this You? Is this me?
If Jesus is the Cornerstone and He is, What does that mean? He is the Author of Eternal Salvation through the forgiveness of sins by his blood poured out for you. Forgiveness is Foundational it is the bedrock of Christianity. And we need to dig deep into the dynamics of what ‘Christ in us’, looks like. What was Jesus willing to do to make peace with you? What are you willing to do to make peace with others? What is wrong with the church? Its not willing to do what it takes.
Just click on the further readingand it will open in a new tab and take you to Bible gateway where you can read what is to me the most potent scriptures in the whole of the Bible. And you know a few of the verses by heart already.
Simply, you would expect that if evolution where true; there would be a bone yard of a trillion different variations,’ snap shots’, (from extinction events) capturing glimpses of the changes of every single tree, bug fish and foul.
But instead! We have a glut of fossils captured, Frozen in time, Stuck in the fossil record, that are exactly like what we have living today. We have totally whole species, all limbs working, frogs with legs, moose with antlers etc. all unchanged as if someone came along first and pulled out all the intermediate species leaving the exact models of what we have living today and a few extinct things. What we are left with are foxes, ferns and frogs, but no crockoducks, no horse sharks and not a billion of intermediates.
Yes there as some things extinct, some things are a bit bigger, some things are a bit smaller, but not half arms etc. Not what one would expect if evolution was true.
I am not saying I am inventing a new “Theory” This is the facts on the ground in the ground, locked in stone. This is Delicious not Factitious. Folks, this is what went down! The Stuff we see now, is the same stuff we see in the fossil record. Theyy are the same fish, the same Mud-skippers, the same ferns. Sure some extinct species, but not this wild west of changing lizards and Birds into Horses and sharks. The facts are the facts, written in stone. Evolution is bogus.
By weight, this is the single biggest fact in Science. Doesn’t that just change your world view. I know , I know, Aliens came and snuck out the elephant horses, and flying pigs.
Oh, Oh, Just because Evolution is a Hoax doesn’t mean you yourself cant learn something new. You’re Intelligent enough to take this false teaching you where taught and toss it. You can survive after the Evolution Hoax. Your species wont end, because you made a mistake in the past.
Now then how did things get to be so orderly, flying bugs and swimming fish and crawling snakes. There is a list of videos for you to rap your head around the new world in front of you. Its on my Utube. link: Evolution is a Hoax.
*Also note that in the video of the river and muscles, both Mussels actually did survive. They are trying to teach evolution when whats in front of your face is proof there is no evolution. Actually the Muscle is in the fossil record, so not only did it survive it is unchanged. In fact, there are millions of “living fossils” the point of things being fully formed and never having been changed over time shows evolution never happened.
*Look how many thousands of different kinds of butterflies survive. Adaption is not forcing them to look like anything, they are what they are. And, our DNA does not have eyes to look at what its trying design or the skill to know what button to push. The list of steps are so involved making something is impossible. Its also impossible for it to make a perfect replica of a leaf.
Look at the dead leaf butterfly. There is no way the DNA knew what a dead leaf looked like to intentionally change its design in small ways toward that end. And, it did not need to do that for camouflage. Many butterflies survive in a rainbow of colour. And to suggest that dumb luck made it look like that is insanity. If you thing that happened accidentally it would be like saying you dropped a puzzle and 10,000 things came into place. Poof the puzzle is solved and its a google view of NewYork.
In considering ones future and how one conducts themselves I wanted explore our world view. How does it effect what we choose to do for a job, where we go to church and how we work with our family. Our basic world view matters. Who are we and what are we doing here in the world?
History has a lot of information to help with figuring out what life is about. After careful review and some obvious Historical events, I found Christianity and I found the churches with all their failings (and good things) History’s choice and caretaker to lead me to Jesus Christ.
The Nexus of Christianity, the nexus of the world is hinged on one Man Jesus from Bethlehem.
This Man, This God in flesh is now the focus of my life. He is the reason the world exists. He is the Owner. I have found that everything to some degree or another revolves around who Jesus is and what he expects.
Whats interesting about this is; its very scientific, historical and orderly. First, Jesus offers Everlasting life. In the instructions and explanations Jesus offered Eternal life is on the top for followers and he set up a means and a method.
Whats interesting is, long before we figured out that Everything decays, Jesus said that everything will one day dissolve and not exist,. He also goes metaphysical and suggests that He infinitely existed. The bible spoke to these issues. Something had to have always existed for infinity for us to exist. something cannot come from nothing. For this temporary universe to exist, something has had to always exist. For us to come into existence God had to have infinitely existed. Bible spelled this out in a logical order.
John 1:1-3 King James Version (KJV) 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">Whats cool and exciting is, that we temporary beings with such tiny short lives could join such an infinite Ever Living God, in the future. This boggles the mind. Yet we are given an invitation by Jesus to exchange this temporary life for an infinite Life. You could say this is the meaning of life. Further exploration is needed with such an offer on the table. God has led me to look deeper into what he said and who He is. Whats cool and exciting is, that we temporary beings with such tiny short lives could join such an infinite Ever Living God, in the future. This boggles the mind. Yet we are given an invitation by Jesus to exchange this temporary life for an infinite Life. You could say this is the meaning of life. Further exploration is needed with such an offer on the table. God has led me to look deeper into what he said and who He is.
At first, I didn’t know if I was on the right path. What can you really know as a young person, but after 40 years, I am confident that I am on the right path and It is Him who has captured my heart. I do believe living with Jesus is the purpose of Life. This is my world view and it changes how I live life now.
Matthew 6:27-34 King James Version (KJV)
27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
I said far more than you realize when I said, for us to exist, something had to have always existed. Something cannot be created from absolute nothing. Regardless if you believe in the big bang or some other form of creation, energy by its nature is wound up and then becomes unwound. Scientifically there has to be a way for something to exist infinitely without decay Or at some point all things would stop existing and by the nature of Logic could never have existed.
The Definition of God in the bible is about a everlasting being. Even if you thought he was a unthinking blob, His/its existence has to exist for us to exist. Christians and Jews simply claim that there have been several events through history where God interjected into our lives.. And so they claim to have some special revelation as to his character and some explanation as to his will and his plans.. they put meat on the bone of the basics around a infinite God who created all things every existing, never created.. The fact you exist is proof that there has to have been some existence into infinity and this existence is by definition the Almighty God always existing the Alpha and Omega. the Beginning and the End.
Our goal in life is to Know him and join him in an infinite life which he offers to those who follow him… And those details are for another OP.
I hurt my Neck. Well, actually its more than that. Last year I think covid caused inflammation in my Sinus and neck. I was OK for a while but as I worked months later my sinus got really bad. Then one day I stood up under a low part in a basement where I was working and compressed my neck. Since then it was almost impossible to paint because looking up would make it worse. Its as if there is an infection in my neck.
So I finished off that job. It was of course a beautiful job as always but since then I have basically been out of service. I have been fighting sinus, dizziness and the neck and eye pain.
2 Cat scans, (and I dont own a cat) 6 different Antibiotics two that were 24 days long, several steroids and nasal sprays and a X rays, I am not much better and am waiting for a MRI. Strange enough I took Prednisone for two weeks. And the first day I got my taste and smell back. It helped some but is very hard on people so I did not stay on it.
Obviously I cant survive such a Long Term Sickness financially. I have burned through my savings. So I am moving to something smaller. I have de-cluttered, thrown out, sold and given away. I got some good money for my furniture, TV and some tools but there is lots to go. I will be moving to something very simple. I May end up on disability.
I had taken my car off the road to save the insurance money etc. but thought now I need it to move. I went to start it and the battery was dead. So, I put in a new battery. I started backing it out of the driveway and there was a crunching sound. I went back and forward a couple times to Identify the sound.
I got out and one of my tires was flat on the passenger side.
When I filled the tire, it seems I wrecked the side wall. Its got a leak now. I will have to get that fixed.
So that is me at this time.
What do you care?
Don’t worry I will survive. But there are lots who wouldn’t. I could see how someone could end up homeless fast. Loose a job hurt yourself, have no friends, cant pay the bills and poof.
I guess Im more stubborn than that. If I hold my neck just so and stick Q-tips in my nose every morning and medicate I can pack. etc.. Maybe I will get a little trailer and do some traveling on the cheep. I could always beg or become a Walmart greeting person. LoL. Desperate times require desperate measures! I would need to wear a neck brace to get through a full day.
What does this have to do with God?
While I have seen Miracles and had a few myself. This hasn’t been that sort of miracle. Its a miracle in that it has force me out of a Job that I likely would not have left.
Im not mad at God.
Once you take the contempt some people have for God out of your heart, you see things differently. God is not a slot machine. I think everything is fine. I did not attach any blame to God. I did not blame myself either. Sure, I fell a bit of loss but why do I have to blame anyone or get angry? It is what it is.
2000 years ago Jesus was dying on the cross, his whole crew abandoned him. One went as far as telling his adversaries where he would be. After a fake trial they Strung Jesus up on a cross, on false charges. Since Jesus was vindicated by his resurrection no one can doubt who he is. Jesus only stuck around for a few days, then he Left, literally ascending into the sky. He told crowds before: I go to prepare a place for you (john 14:6)… He said to some, you will not taste death till you see the kingdom of God come. (Matthew 16:27)
The kingdom of God had come, it was within people. There was a restoration for those who would repent , lose the contempt and return to following God. (mark 1:15)
Well I did that. I became a Christian almost 40 years ago. I see no reason now to change. God is still God. Jesus is still on the way. I don’t boubt his future coming, and I have long since accepted his physical presence is not here. I am not comfortless. (John 14:18) I have his presence. (Romans 8:11) God will not de-clutter my junk.
Daniel 3:17-18New International Version
17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us[a] from Your Majesty’s hand. 18 But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”
I think some people put their life on hold waiting for God to do it. Yes, I do believe in prayer. Prayer proves the obvious. God is not physically here to talk too. Jesus taught people how to pray. So, clearly Jesus knew we would be abandoned physically. Some people want to create an alternate reality. Accept the facts. Unfortunately if they don’t get their God to jump they deny the faith, lose trust. They stop believing because their alternate reality wont come true.
Dear God, Heal my Neck Please.
And if not, I still love you and respect you. And this doesn’t have to be Gods plan, It can be just what happened. I am happy with it. (Philippians 4:11)
As the Bible says, Eccl 9:11 Time and chance happens to us all.
9 Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of the life of thy vanity, which he hath given thee under the sun, all the days of thy vanity: for that is thy portion in this life, and in thy labour which thou takest under the sun.
10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.
11 I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.
12 For man also knoweth not his time: as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them.
What have I learned so far? No one wants my junk.!
As we gather with families, friends, and co-workers for holiday parties, our conversation can settle on recipes for the chocolate cake with cinnamon buttercream frosting. Topics land on gifts we have bought and often drift to the gifts we hope to find under the tree on Christmas morning.
Although Jesus is the reason for the season, we are easily distracted. If our eyes are not intentionally on the lookout for opportunities, we may miss important moments. But even if the moment arises when someone asks us a direct question about Christ, our tongue is tangled, we stammer, and stutter. Sure most people agree that Jesus was a religious leader, but not all accept Him as Savior. We quickly scan the situation and because there is a risk involved. We may end up saying nothing at all.
We worry that the person listening may be offended. So we miss the opportunity…
I’m asking for a minute of your time for the sake of the homeless. I am just trying to help bring greater awareness to the Poverty and homelessness affecting our children and parents. Thank you for your concern. I sifted through many videos and ted talks to find these valuable talks below. Each speaker brings a whole lot of information, Experience and most importantly real solutions to our attention. Here is one of several Ted talks on the subject for your review; to get the ball rolling.
There are several other important Ted talks on the homeless crisis below. Some of these help remove peoples Stereotypes of who they think the Homeless are. I hope I can change what people think, the homeless deserve. You can find these talks simply by using google. “ted talks on the homeless.” They are generally worth every second of your time. I sifted and found a few good ones. I am listening to get a better understand of the issue and want to boil it down. We need a better awareness of the Acute Homeless crisis in our cities. We need immediate action. We need to implement a housing first approach. We need a transitional housing strategy with social needs being met for those we temperarily house so people can return to their regular life. And you need to know why Homeless people avoid the current shelters and why over 300 people die of exposure in Canada instead of seeking current resources. This way we can create proper economic but working shelter. People want personal space and more so in a crisis.
The first lesson i learned is that there are a lot of stereotypes. The Idea that the homeless people are lazy, stupid, drug dealers hard on homes, crooks and untrustworthy. This is generally false. Yes there are statistics on how many have mental health issues, and addiction issues, and to some degree the issue can be complex but that is why there is social services of various kinds to deal with those issues.
The second thing I learned is that the stairway model of getting help is wrong. That you shouldn’t have to fix everything in your life before you get help or shelter. That is we do nothing for you model. People freeze to death and remain homeless for years that way. Its cruel and a hate crime and speaks to our societies mental illness not theirs. Some of these Ted talks explain that in more detail.
The Ted talks I like the most are those that speak about working programs that have actually worked in their community. Most of us are at the start handing out muffins and giving homeless people diabetes. The key issues we have to over come is in our city calls and their the belief in Stereotypes. Until this Hate for the homeless ends in city hall, we can only do so much. For us the challenge is to get politicians to support our most vulnerable people in the public. I can its a fact, Our city leadership has more social issues than our homeless do, they are just paid a lot more. These Politicians are barriers themselves and their selfishness is stopping leaders from leading the charge to help. They fought to get their job stepping on the necks of their opposition. They are generally selfish people. Right now, our Politicians are actually stopping people from giving help to the Homeless. Our Politicians are denying zoning changes so no acceptable shelter can be built. I am shocked at their inhuman attitude. They should be fired and homeless.
Some Ted talks are claiming we can eliminate 80% of homelessness in our city with a holistic approach. They say in the end it will reduces the cost to the taxpayer. Thats why you need to watch these videos! These Speakers have real numbers, real experience and proven programs actually working today. They can help us with next steps.
With zoning changes and some coordination we could build a community of transitional housing on scrub land that is not in use. The site or sites can be away from complaining residents (Nimbo’s) and still near necessary services, bus routes and business.
As many of you know, Its my conclusion that some type of individualized transitional housing is necessary. Housing first. Individual housing for dignity. Shelter is not an option. We cannot accept that people do not have shelter. And we need to deal with Why they don’t want existing solutions. Even if we can provide very basic places they will accept, then we have got somewhere.
I have already found a clash of wills when I suggest housing first. I have found people actually don’t want these people to have a place, they resent it. Social workers think the homeless with wreck everything. I did not know some of the most racist people are social workers. But its true. Did you know Homeless people dropped from the sky and don’t know what a home is. who knew!
I do renovations. I work in peoples homes. Excuse me. These social workers live in glass houses and they should not throw stones. Everyone except for a small few are slobs of one degree or another. Should we rate how a homeless person will treat a glorified shed before we give them a place to sleep? Seriously. Maybe we should rating how well you run your home or how well your kids behave. If the Gov’t went into your house and seen your kids rooms they likely wouldn’t let your kids move into a dog house. So please don’t tell me. I know you are constantly having to speak to your kids about their room. And what about that punch mark in the drywall or the door. Who’s violent. Your kids or the Homeless. Its time we get off the pot.
So lets face it. None of your children would qualify according to the politicians ans social workers. Your kids and maybe you wouldn’t be permitted to stay in one of these cottages. So hey! Hey, wait. Look at you. Yes you too. I would put money on it, that you have a pile a junk in your garage larger than what a homeless person has in his or her little cart or bag. Look at you, the stuff in the back yard or beside your house! Why didn’t you throw that out when you broke it. Look at you! You have to be told by your wife a dozen times to clean that up.
How many years has that door been left that your kid punched. Why didn’t you replace it. You want to blame the homeless? People need to get off their high horse and help people in need before creating a philosophy of Apathy. They need to see the train wreck of their own lives and drop the Stereotypes . Did you pay off your student loan right away? Have you held a balance on a credit card? You ever took a sick day off or lost a job? Seriously. Oh, so you have never been stubborn?
Homeless people are our children, our brothers and our parents and some times us. Some times these struggling people actually have more skills than us; but life, their reaction to life, debt, drugs, booze , death, tragedy, depression and mental illness knock them to the ground. I just want to know, Should I hold them down while you kick them in the gut? Or can we abandon the blame and agree to help?
I thought a Stereotype was a walk-man or a ghetto blaster. It turns out that a stereotype is: A a standardized mental picture that is held in common by members of a group and that represents an oversimplified opinion, prejudiced attitude, or uncritical judgment –Webster who knew!
With my Model, we can end the use of group type style of homeless shelters. There is a better solution to tent cities as well. Small tidy Individual units that give dignity to a person. If they are centred around a group of 4 buildings to provide a one stop shop of services on site, once they have their tiny shelter. With this community of cottages, treatment resources can be employed and the total costs of helping the homeless will diminish. This site or subdivision is just a concept. It could look like a lot of things. It could be a large building. It doesn’t have to be spread out. So it could work in large cities too. All people need is a room for a bed and a bathroom. a 10×14 cottage.
The 4 buildings would be. 1) a community centre for meals and handing out of donations. 2) a social services building for doctors nurses, Employment services, welfare services, Mental health services, and general administration. 3) a chapel where outside churches could provide spiritual and social support. 4) a laundry and works building where the site provides a place for handy work and grounds upkeep as well as a place for residents to do their laundry. ( I will repeat this list later.)
This individual transitional housing first with services model could help other parts of Gov’t Transitional housing could be a half way house for those just finished drug Rehab. The housing could be used for a first step out of a mental health facility. This is smart thinking. This is a wider version of this plan, but it could divert many people leaving these programs. People are pushed out with no place to stay and with no money Some end up homeless, back into drugs or back into their mental illness.
The main objective is to put a roof over the head of vulnerable people when they become homeless and then help them up. We can get ahead of homelessness before it starts. We could reduce a huge portion of trauma for those people dumped into the street from rehabilitation programs. We could stop some homelessness simply by not letting them get homeless in the first place. Housing first rather than dump first. Providing a first step out of care into a transitional housing situation allows social workers to move people into jobs and homes.
When you have a place to stay you can do the rest with a little help. First shelter then a little help. You cant hand out resumes from a card board box.
Transitional Housing helps people exiting care and skip homelessness. Poof. A whole section of people are helped. Its that easy. Once we stop treating them like trash and treating ‘them’ like ‘people’, a stereo type will become a getto blaster.
So the Gov’t will save money for Healthcare, Treatment centres and body bags if our transitional housing is put in place to takes these hurting people first. Quicker releases from care will save money too. And to a degree, Social services can do some out patient treatment with drug addicts and the mentally ill as other social workers help place people into the community. Social workers, health professionals, Employment agencies and Charity will have better access to help the homeless.
I know I am repeating myself. But, Having a system that tosses people out to find their own way is not efficient. Rather than dumping people which is corrosive to peoples well being, give them shelter! Instead of having people wander through the system for months, get them help upfront! Lets Skip to the end. Start with Shelter. Provide the other helps already here and there. Next, Help them into a job, and then another more permanent place to live near that job.
My First model to provide a holistic approach. This is a type of subdivision with 4 main buildings and 80 or more cottages. 1) The first building would be a community centre for meals, for hand outs from community groups and a place for some educational services. 2) The Second building would be a Services building where offices are supplied for outside services to come in like, health services, social services, Employment services and mental health services. (the backbone of recovery.)3) The Third building would be a chapel set up for Religious services. The room could double as a classroom for Education. English classes, Computer courses and things education could be delivered here. 4) The next building would be a combined laundry Facility & Ground services building where people can contribute to the repair of the grounds and use a work shop to fix things or create things.
Unfortunately in our city, the Land and Zoning for such a community is not permitted and our Mayor is not cooperative. We need to see change at city hall. but if not, Possibly We could use some type of apartment building for this setting they would permit. Since GM is closing maybe some commercial building would work for this big tent approach. There are so many buildings not being used. The key is to get Gov’t out of the way. You all know, they do not represent “those people” in need and want the problem to simply disappear. Any recent solution to date is a pat on the back and a chocolate chip cookie.
In the end we need the roof over peoples head. We need some type of individual dignity for these vulnerable people. Then we can supply a list of services to them We need actual housing. Having a street worker pointing to where the homeless shelter is, does not work. Its down the street, they know and they say No.
An Actual solution, with actual dignity and a roof is what people need. They don’t want more cookies, but if you have a few pass them over. The Shelter they need only has to be the bare minimum possible. Lots of people find living in a rooming house with a bathroom acceptable. The key is to provide people with their own private space with a door, not a room filled with dirty people. I Think its understood that any housing cannot be to elaborate. No one in the community will support it. Obviously the room and program has to be a temporary solution for each person. They need to come in, get help and move out. You want them to be thankful for the space but They also will have to want to get out of that space to something more. Thats one reason to limit the size of room. Rooms should not be large. Possibly a 8×8 room with just a small window OR a 10×14 with a bathroom.
My preferred model is one that includes a bathroom rather than a shared bathroom, down a hall or out in a court yard where people are vulnerable and where one mess things up for others. I don’t think the cost is as important as the viability of the program. With individual unites they can be projects for churches and communities to build. The individual cottages don’t need to cost the gov’t anything.
Unfortunately, because some desire to punish the homeless or it appears that some in Gov’t and the community want to punish the homeless, there is a barrier hindering recovery and action. If we supply them shelter that is mickey mouse, those in need will tell us. with very specific words what we can do with the help. Homeless people feeling beaten up by their daily struggle don’t need condemnation; They already feel shame and blame. They honestly don’t need people by their actions telling them that they need to smarten up. This is reflected by what type of help we give them. To help the poor they need to feel a level of reprieve. The trauma from life and from people has to be removed so they can have some level of recovery.
Any model must include Dignity. It doesn’t have to be as special as the above pictures but if done tasteful, the house will say, there is hope yet. All one would need is one door and one window in a 10×14 cottage. I feel the best model for the emotional side of this puzzle is, to build tasteful individual units, not shacks. It is the easiest way or the community to start. One project cottage at a time. We the people could build this community in stages, one by one. And if one is burned down or destroyed, it can be shipped out and another shipped in. The individuality of each unit contains damage. Building this community in bite size portions makes it manageable. A cottage gives you your own place and a huge sense of dignity and ownership. If we have several models of the 10×14 cottage, the hopeless will see hope. Stacking people like rats in cages doesn’t work. laying people side by side in a gym doesn’t work. Such temporary situations increases the despair and learned helplessness.
The Homeless have stereotypes of their own they believe about you. They know what you will do to them and who they think you are. These things are barriers. They stop the vulnerable from getting help. Attitudes are a wrench in any line of work, any gov’t agency and direct sabotage to the effort to help the homeless. — The above video suggested the solution is coordination. Each video covers a different part of the Puzzle. People are already homeless. Here is a select list of videos of other Ted talks by some far more eloquent people than myself. I apologize for my poor English and grammar. Please take the time to see what they have to say. They explain what worked for their city and spell out the issues well.
shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye
cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
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One final point, if someone goes through a 12 step program and gets some recovery; If that person gets a home. They still have nothing if they do not have Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. I am talking about a home for a billion years not for a few years. Jesus Christ is Salvation and whosoever will come to him he will no wise put out.
I’m Lucky! My Teeth are strait as an arrow. Truly I appreciate my Teeth. But life is more like a car accident than the gift of strait teeth. Life is a evolving process and we are like the terminator dodging bullets. Do you ask God, why? When will You make this stop?
Some of you might have read the books, “why cant I get my locker door open”. The fact is, God is not a helicopter parent. Life happens, everyone dies! Great morning slogan!
Wow! Am I an optimist or what! Our false hope is that God will fix everything when we pray. We want God to supercharge our lives. Can I have fries with that too. Yet, the truth is, we still lose jobs, we still get sick. And, we still go to the dentist. So, did God die? Does he care? Is moving mountains a lie? What is the real truth?? (not the fake truth. )
The fact is, Jesus never moved a single mountain! Hold on. At no time did any Apostle move a mountain either. What? The metaphor was about the change of covenants and how God helps us to be change makers. What we can do as a church and as individuals is huge. Huge. Like moving mountains.
If Healing was for everyone, every time, then why aren’t those faith healers walking through the hospitals healing like a popcorn maker. Why aren’t TV Evangelists solving world hunger? Some of these big mouths do go to Africa! Oh No. They Cry a bit, and then they ask You for money? Why didn’t they ask God for money? Why didn’t it appear out of the sky? I got to ask, why doesn’t your money appear out of the sky? Did they or you loose faith in God! And seriously if something goes wrong do you loose faith in God? Did you expect God to pay the bills. You Do. Lets talk turkey. Bluntly. He has delegated life to you. Who Knew!
God did the big part already. God gave you a brain. So use it. Honestly, Seriously, Why else are you working? Don’t you trust God for wealth? Seriously, If you really thought God fixed all things, then why are you working? This is not about God. This is about the mind game people play to twist you up in to doubt! Its crap. They only cause you to have contempt for your maker when the facts and the way things are; are different. They falsely lead you to believe God is your maid.
You know, I have had a few miracles in my life. Really. Yes, The real deal! Yep, where intervention was obvious. And Yes, I will do an OP on them. . But I have never seen God never put arms back on people. God has not put Teeth back into peoples heads. You know what; I still have cavities and so have most of you! Still, I am a full believer in Jesus Christ and my faith in God rock solid. I have far more than a mustard seed amount of faith. Honest, I have had both big tragedy, and Big miracles in my life, and I have trusted God in both situations.
Don’t tell me that the Apostles thought differently. All but one was martyred. Mmm. Death and destruction for breakfast. Life happens, everyone dies. Good morning!
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
Do you remember that Cult following of sorts called, “the Vineyard movement.” These unsuspecting or Naive Christians got caught up in it. Some might call it, the barn yard movement. People would bark and roar like a fake lion, even cluck like chickens. Wow they were stupid. People would laugh uncontrollably for hours. People would fall flat on the floor and sleep in church. (some things never change.) And they called it a move of God. They said the spirit of God did this. No way. I call it a move of stupidity. Once I saw this guy, with his eyes closed , “under the influence of God.” running full speed!!! He ran through the church turning at Blam, he ran head first into a concrete block wall. Wow. That was funny. What a Stupid guy.
But do you do that with your life? with your money? Do you just close your eyes and dive in regardless, God will fix it later? What is the right answer?
One of the examples of these so called Miracle was; people getting gold fillings. The Truth is, in the end, after an investigation, it turned out it was all a lie. Those people went to their dentist; They found out they had already had the work done by their dentist and had forgot. I’m not joking. So, I went to my dentist and asked about the possibility of such a thing. He said, God did not do it. No way. As a dentist, he said, our work is second rate, really. Our greatest wish is that they can keep their teeth. If God could or did anything it would be to restore your original teeth, with new dentine and new roots, not a hunk of Gold. In fact, Gold as a substance is substandard product compared to the amalgam they generally use to fill a tooth. My Dentist said, If he was God, he would restore their teeth.
So Brush your teeth, God doesn’t do dental work. Not like that anyway. That said, A guy I took in, to stay in my home, had a broken tooth. So I arranged to have his dentist fix it. I would pay for it. He stubbornly went. So you know, I do renovations. I do kitchens, bathrooms, basements etc. It just so happened that I was doing a kitchen for a Lady who just happened to work for his dentist. So I got a deal. She set it up. (not just a coincidence)
A few months later, the guy found the money and paid me back. I didn’t want it, but he insisted. So, the good deed cost me nothing! He sort of undid my good deed. But, God did put his 2 cents in when you think about it. Because the Lady was my customer he said he would go. And because she knew the situation, The Dentist cut the cost in half! The miracle really wasn’t that it was cheep, although that helped. The Miracle was that, She was in the right place, at the right time. And she was working for his dentist.
Lets look at it in a different way. What if I was to cheep. What if I avoided even helping him. I wouldn’t have known she worked for a dentist. What If I didn’t mention him to my customer and how persnickety he was and how he has to see his dentist and not mine. God wouldn’t have been able to help with the blessing. He would likely still have bad teeth. If he did get help at some point, It would have had to have come from someone else and not through me. But instead. God put all the ducks in a row.
Now, People should know, We do not need to give money to a preacher to get a miracle. Its a lie. We should just live right, as Christians, and do right, trusting God. We should help people when they need to help. And not expect anything in return or some type of quid pro quo from God. You don’t give to get. That is a satanic attitude. We love people we do not use them so that we can twist Gods arm. We don’t bribe God. We love him regardless. We love others regardless. We take life as it comes, we thank God and do our best and pray for help. And we brush our teeth, we put oil in our cars and shovel our drive ways without expecting God to do it. And we lend a hand and know God is with us in everything, even if we are martyred. Who cares. I never really liked this body anyways.
Face the facts. Everyone dies. Every tree loses its leaves. Everyone suffers! Everyone gets old. Misquotes bite! not just me but everyone. Everyone! Even Televangelists! Televangelists even get flat tires. Truthfully, You will have troubles, but God has not abandoned you.
33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
Yes, God does sprinkle some special graces, and yes he does answers prayer. But please; keep brushing your teeth. And please don’t say, Oh God, Why did you let these cavities happen! Take some Ownership. And do the world a flavor; help others that are stupid. Some ones got too. And Trust God. Remember he is not your butler but He wants to help, to a degree. And have some respect for God and some thankfulness. God gave you a life. We are living in the most prosperous time in the history of the world. Yes we should ask for help, But don’t get bent out of shape if your lawnmower breaks. Thats life. Just fix it and cut your lawn.
And Yes, why not pray, Lord, if there is something in this; Lord let it be your will that I get a self driving lawn mower; at half the cost! I will accept it. LoL. Yes, Life puts obstacles in our way but some how life works out! And yes, some times we get a mower at the blow out sale for sale for half price. Gods graces, I don’t know.
Lets shift gears. Life is still a car accident in process; But we have someone with us, to go through it with us. We might see the car crash but God has already set up the rescue.
Hebrews 13:5-6 King James Version (KJV) 5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. 6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
now watch this:
– Unless those days had been cut short, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.
– The people therefore cried out to Moses, and Moses prayed to the LORD and the fire died out.
-But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the gates of the prison, and taking them out he said,
-“Indeed, I brought you up from the land of Egypt And ransomed you from the house of slavery, And I sent before you Moses, Aaron and Miriam.
Lets face it, Gods people still went through 430 years in slavery. This means many died with no hope and no prayers answered. God did free them, but long after they died. . God did help eventually, but it does not mean they felt it. many had already died. Life is not easy.
I guess the point is, we should still pray in trust, even if God doesn’t fix everything and we should trust him anyways. We do get a few big miracles in our lives. Still, we have to go to work. We still have to brush our teeth and we still have to change diapers. We still have to mow the lawn.
Being saved is more than avoiding a car crash or getting your arm healed. Jesus Christ is salvation. There is a far bigger accident happening in the world. People are losing their spiritual lives. They lose their connection with God and so lose the billions of years of Eternal life planned for those who follow Jesus Christ. You want to be saved. Jesus Christ is salvation. Head strait for him and don’t stop. In him is life. In him is truth. In him is Love. In him is Hope. Jesus Christ is Salvation.
Don’t forget. Scroll way down and give your Opinion. Maybe your testimony of Gods intervention with help someone. I would love it if people would post more and provide some scripture. Maybe you have an example of where God Did Not intervening but in the middle of it all He still let you know that , he didn’t forget you. Tell us your story. And, the above video is worth a watch. God is worthy of your trust. Even if someone dies.
The Dog house is just one step between the house and the street. Its when there is animosity and respect has worn thin. Its a situation where conversations are brinkmanship and all is almost lost. Unless people settle down and back off, its all likely over.
Hopefully, middle ground will be found. You might decide to live distant while staying in the same house totally closed off to each other. This is no answer but its what a lot of people end up doing. Maybe you don’t have the freedom and resources to move. Maybe you don’t know how to fix it.
The only life saving option now is to step back and make a serious repair. But who knows if thats possible with the other person. Maybe you can get back what is lost. Do you know what you are trying to get back and what you lost? This topic is actually about Israel and Backslider Christians. Not about peoples relationships.
Israel lost it all. But they are confused and don’t think they have lost anything. They had the promised land, but they lacked character and they didn’t trust God. This happened over and over and God extended his grace to them, over and over. The Old Testament to a great degree is a list of stories of God showing his power on them and God provided Prophets and Priests ( who they killed) and made them laws to teach them about what Godly Character was. But God had to kick Israel out. God sent them to Babylon and that didn’t seem to phase them. They still don’t get it. They still think they are married and in the relationship. They are in denial.
12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
The Golden Rule to Love your neighbour as yourself is principally written in the laws and stories of the Old testament including the early stories like the story of Cain and Abel. (obviously at that time they did not have the whole bible but they did have some of it. Fairly soon they had priests and prophets, not to mention, the top 10 commandments and Gods intervention and visitations.
no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another
hath fulfilled the law.
this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt
not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet;
and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in
this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
But a caveat here: In Christianity, its by the blood of Jesus Christ and adoption forgiveness of God, the gift of the holy spirit and repentance that bring about us being made spiritually alive. Its then that we are saved/born again. Keeping a few laws does not make your spirit rise from the dead, the new life Jesus grants does. Christianity is the cure..
If you read Jeremiah 34 they were enslaving their people, the rich abused their wealth and made people into slaves. This treatment is a lack of love and concern for others. Its a contempt for anothers well being. Our banks and Gov’ts do it now forcing Tenants for example to pay all the bills but never to own the house. The Landlord may have put a deposit down but they will get that back at the sale. The mortgage and taxes are paid by the tenants. Tenants pay for house but in the end get nothing. The Landlord who does not pay for the house ends up with all the equity. (this is not a story about landlords its a story about Israel and what they did, and how we cannot see what we do and claim its perfectly fine. ) Those who pay end up with nothing in the end and those who didn’t, but had a signature, benefit. This is slavery. This is not much different. Lording includes a middle man and lending money for a house but putting someone else to live in it is borrowing the benefit of lending to make money off of someone elses labour. A few law changes and poof. Almost everyone could be a home owner. If this was ancient times people who have their wood shacks and sort out their own space and build their own homes. We mechanized it and took away their ownership.
I told this story to show how people do not see how they take advantage of others and how it can be built right into our society and we don’t see it. We are frogs in water warming in a pot. The water has got hotter and we do not realize it. Look how good our society is, but its not righteousness and its not right. Some better deal must be struck.
God kicked Israel out of the promised land because of Slavery. God kicked them out of being Gods chosen people. You think this doesn’t matter. God cut down their proverbial tree. They went from the doghouse to the street. Jesus gave several parables to Israel which we can read in the gospels. They as tenants are kicked out. They killed the prophets and they killed the son. Their loss is good for other tenants who get to rent the vineyard but not so good for the Jewish people unless they turn back. There is the opportunity to be sons and Joint heirs.
Maybe I confused things and people wont understand where they went wrong or why they maybe in the dog house and not know it. Its important that everyone read Jeremiah 34 and grasps the reason Israel lost everything. These events are about their spiritual condition. They changed everything. This is not some argument, this is serious business.
Presently, we have a new covenant. But, what is the root of the problem? Why is Jesus the solution and not a error Jews need to avoid? Could you live your whole life as a Christian and not enter the kingdom of heaven? You better believe it. People talk about losing your salvation but they may not even have it. You might think you do. Jeremiah 34. Its more than a bit of charity its about contempt.
If you thought this was about spousal relationships, Sorry, its about Israel and how they are still in a denial and how they can get out of the doghouse and back into the Gods house. More to come on that.
If you do the very same things I am talking about in this blog and are willing to loose all you benefit by winning against people, you will win by losing. Jesus Christ did one big thing he died for others. We do a baptism thing as a symbol of dying to self There is no requirement and no one is calling for someone to take their lives but to simply give their lives in service for others and to esteem them and value them. If You put a truckload of that concern for others and God into your relationship with God and see if you gets you out of the doghouse. If you do that and there is no response after a year, you did your best. But this is about Israel returning to God and that is a different dynamic. You have to have a change of heart. Still both have a lot of denial contempt anger mixed emotions in the relationship.
With God you can seek him out, repent and gain forgiveness at his cost. If you cant extend that to others. Maybe you are back in Jeremiah 34 still.
One of my Favourite preachers fromBack to the Bible has a great short sermon post about prayer worth a listen which follows up on my last few Ops and its Timely. Just click the Arrow below. If you want more from Dr. John Neufeld I have a link on my Main page and on my Christian Media sources page.
Isaiah 59:1-4 King James Version (KJV)
59 Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:
2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
3 For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness.
4 None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.
This Op is not what you’re wanting it to be about. But its what you need to hear. This is going to be about Israel and the massive loss they took. 2750 years ago. They didn’t see it coming. And I think they still don’t see it. At the River of Babylon they sat and wept. But they didn’t get why their Lover Left. Heart broken they didn’t take inventory. They grieved and got angry and doubled down and stiffened their necks. ( since the op is not about what you thought, I added a link to this picture above to the article (just click on the picture) It will take you to a site about the Loss of a child. Just in case you had a recent Loss and needed that, but this Op is not related to a personal death, but about being punished by God and not getting it.
Yes there is a bit of generalization in all that, but this is about the Jews. There was a remnant and you will find that in every church and every political party and every people group, people who get it. The issue of a Jewish remnant is over as the Church is the new ruling party in the kingdom of God. Each person is the church, part of the body of Christ and has direct access to Jesus. The church is the children of God ruled by our king. Jesus Christ. Romans 11:5
To the Ops point. There are those who go through the stages of grief who take inventory of what went wrong and for some reason become better because of their tragedies; And there are those who just get stuck. The Op is how and why Israel lost the kingdom and to point out they are stuck, Locked in at the stage of Grief. And you might be too not even knowing whats up.
Stages of Grief: The Kübler-Ross model, or the five stages of grief, postulates a series of emotions experienced by terminally ill patients prior to death, or people who have lost a loved one, wherein the five stages are: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. – wiki search.
I have been stuck before. I didn’t really grasp what stuck looked like. I did not considered my self stuck, while i was in that stuckness. Around and around in circles eventually made me realize that I was doing the same thing, feeling the same feelings and making the same choices, over and over until finally I changed and then I didn’t circle that cycle again.
Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God, but how can you hear without a preacher? This passage means until something changes, until someone intervenes, as Romans 10 ends up explaining, you ain’t going to change but some will, and they did. He did, meaning Christ. The Cold reality, the quiet realization is this isn’t changing until I wake up and remove the clouds that I put there. Until I face things and make a proper evaluate what this is, I will be stuck in a cycle. And the best tool to unstick the stuck is the bible.
So what was and is the majority of religious Israel avoiding? What intentional covering of their eyes is going on ‘then’ and now and why?
They had put their brothers into slavery when God told them not too. As the passage explains they did stop and they did listen, but just for a while, then started the slavery business over again. jer 34.
It may not be right to paint everyone with the same brush here. In fact, I actually assume most people are more aware today then back then, but when it concerns Jesus Christ, something is not registering. Because of a stiff neck people are losing out big time. You might not see the tie in. Metaphorically, The ball toss is incomplete. there was no learning about the problem. (Switching sport games), The ball did not get into the glove. The Ball left the hand but there was no completion of the throw and we need the ball to connect to move things along. Israel went into Babylon and they do not know why. Jesus came and they do not know why. People reject Jesus Christ and they do not know why.
So what do we do. First the motive needs to be right. We dont do this, so we can move things along. We figure this out because its about spiritual outcomes in peoples lives. Its serious business and we should respect that. Israel and many that are at fault and stuck in Denial not knowing what the issue is. I’ve said this over several times. Now I will spell it out.
To begin with, there is two main points that will bring a whole perspective to the bible. These two scriptures will help sort out just about every theological twist. It starts in Jeremiah 34 , Matthew 7:12 and one might refer back to Deuteronomy 6 as well. (you will have to do the homework if you want to gain something.)
We can finish this query in another Op. The thing is, do you know what Israel Lost and why? Do you know if you have lost it, what you lost or what they lost? Do you know what the issue is? It can be seen in Jer 34 and Matthew 7 ..
I know, I left you hanging. So, What its about is about the intent of your heart toward other people. Slavery is an act of violence toward other people. God hates that. Jesus died on the cross an act of selfless love, God loves that. God put Judah and Israel out. Kicked them out of the kingdom and he has kicked humanity out. You can get back in on a list of conditions. It starts with a change of heart toward God and a change of heart toward others, and the forgiveness of God. without these you will not be reconciled. Without this, you will not be born again, you will not enter Gods eternal kingdom. Believing is not enough. Faith is not enough. Grace through faith is the act of trust that God will forgive you. The change of heart is something that either is or isn’t happening in your life from the start. We can get into this in another Op. The key issue is the contempt and lack of concern for others and for God. Go back and do the homework and look up those scriptures, its worth it.
In the Name it and claim it group of church goer’s there is a lot of socially bankrupt people. Many do nothing more than throw a buck in a homeless persons cup and then walk by, blaming them and feeling like they did their job. The Good Samaritan story some how to them applies to everyone but the church. We might collectively do a tiny bit but as a whole if we actually did anything meaningful there would be no homeless people in our cities and everyone would be employed.
Literally every church is expecting God to drop out of the sky and fix things when God commanded us to love one another. He did not say, go your way, I will love these people, you don’t have too.
Lets face it. Churches are known for stabbing their wounded. They don’t even get the reason Christ died for their sins. They think its about a big bus coming to take their fat Lazy rear ends to heaven. The Cross is a condemnation of their pitiful attitude toward others. and a call to repent and be forgiven to live a life of sacrifice.
I found this article while browsing today so I attached it below. I thought it would go good on my site. I hope you like it and come back to comment on how we the church can fix this blindness. If Sin isn’t the lack of love toward others then what is. If sin isn’t a lack of action by you when its required, then what is sin. Love and acting properly is a fulfillment of the law. Law was about asking intelligent people to treat others properly.
FOR SOME REASON the link to the site didn’t appear when I tried to reblog this. So here is the other persons site.
answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith,
and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig
tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed,
and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.
have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on
eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself.
therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant,
then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for
all the earth is mine:
Here God thee Almighty is speaking and
it appears he lies. At no time did they fly on Eagles wings. At
no time has there ever been an Eagle that can support human weight.
At no place in the scripture is there a reference to people getting
on Eagles and flying.
This next one is about Jesus Christ coming, but no road construction was done for the coming of Jesus Christ.
ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.
ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is
accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of
the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.
voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the
Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made
low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places
the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it
together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.
At no time did any valleys get exalted
or filled and at no time was their a Mountain or hill cut off and
thrown into a valley.
Does this mean Jesus did not come.
Does this mean this it was huff and puff or exaggeration?
Exaggeration and hyperbole
are representations of something in an excessive manner.
Exaggeration is presenting something as better or worse than it
really is whereas hyperbole is the use of exaggeration as a literary
or rhetorical device. This is the main difference between
exaggeration and hyperbole. -bing.
To suggest that Jesus was coming is an exaggeration is wrong. Still he did come in a manger not on eagles wings. Jesus was wrapped in swaddling clothes and laying in a manger. Not everything is hyperbole and not everything is Supernatural in the way its presented. Authors use language to build things up because they are important. A reader needs to take this into consideration and decide what is artistic and what is blatant prophecy.
An example is Psalms 22. There is a clear description of Jesus dying on the Cross. This might have been seen as Drama but it turns out to be very little artistic license and a whole lot of blatant reality of the brutalization of Jesus Christ.
Does this mean God does not Heal, that
God does not act. No, the exact Opposite. God when he says you will
mount up with wings as eagles is saying that you will get your own
type of red sea crossing, your own liberation from Slavery.
Obviously you have no nation behind you and a group of 3 million Jews
with you, But you might have a Union needing some basic rights and
you pray for help And then something unexpected happens and Poof
things work out.
Its very possible that the story of the Read Sea is exaggerated. Its described as walls of water on each side, but its more likely that the place where they crossed was too deep for such a event and more likely a volcanic event happened where there was uplift on the sea floor and a Tsunami level of draining from the are so the ground they crossed over was not only dry but hot baked dry. And its very likely that the water then came back like a mountain of water killing anyone running after the Hebrew people. What a coincidence that when Moses needed to cross a natural event happened.
While its obvious to us this was
supernatural to them it appears that just a few months later they
were doubting Gods faithfulness. Clearly some where doubting the
events they just experienced, including the volcanic activity as
Moses was going up the mountain. They might even have said, look,
Moses didn’t part these waters, look at this volcanic activity. I
think it had something to do with it.
These issues are about trust. I believe God is faithful, but i also believe he uses artistic license. So when he says you will move mountains he is not talking about mountains. What he is saying is, Huge things will change because you pray. We see this in how the church grew, how the temple was destroyed and how Peter was let out of Jail in Acts. But lets not be naive. Everyone dies. Not only that Every Apostle save one died terrible deaths at the hands of abusive people. Christianity is not a magic show. Almost never does God allow people to walk through flames, but he did it once with the three men. Almost never does God raise the dead, but he did it with for the Buddy of Jesus. Almost never does God heal poisonous snake bites but he did it for Paul.
God not fixing things for you is not a sign he is dead or not existing. God Changed a whole set up, he excluded Israel giving their kingdom over to Jesus Christ. Now we are all capable of being citizens of the Lords Kingdom. That was a big event. People spoke in tongues showing that the spirit was given to the church not just to the Sanhedrin, That was a big sign. This was/is our new Passover and Pentecost. The Law of God is now in our hearts. This is a huge change. God has his own agenda and work, its not all about you specifically but it does involve you to some degree..
We are almost 2000 years out from that event. The church to a great degree is rudderless in their minds. There is almost no difference between the days before Jesus came and now. We think we know what should happen but its not happening. We have a Catholic church who has laid down laws and beliefs supposedly ‘ex cathedra’ and has no way to fix their errors or back up without swallowing pride. So the church remains with some pretty serious false doctrine. There is wrong doctrine around Mary, the Eucharist and Papal authority Worse, there is a shocking absence of Salvation by being born again being taught.
We have Christians who think the spirit of God causes them to bark like dogs. We have fake miracle workers who parade themselves and people claiming that we can move literal mountains but only if you just send in your seed money of faith meaning they are snake oil salesman. Some have lost their minds and so lustful they will try any sort of witchcraft or yelling and slamming people to the ground or whatever to try and get some sort of super power. Some even run around pretending to be prophets saying a lot of crap.
All of these things bring trust levels down. It makes people look at Christianity as a failure. When mountains are not literally removed, they see God as a Failure. He said it, so why isn’t it happening. He also said we would mount up with wings as Eagles. Should I trust him or have contempt…
There is no question, Signs will follow them that believe. Most Christians can name one or two things that are not just fake but real interventions by God. many may be ignorant of the facts. Many may think the big wins came accidentally.. God did help, but it is still slim pickings. Lets face it, Apostles like Stephen get stoned. One Atheist might then ask, How’s your faith? How is this so called Jesus working out for you Stephen?
You know, Honesty is the best Policy. Actually it is the Only Policy. So lets be honest. People say a lot of Huff and Puff, Gods going to do this or that. But he is doing what he is doing and not doing what he is not doing. Anyone can say anything about the future and how God might or will do this or that. Just send 20 bucks and your future will be great. I wish they would shut up. They are saying God fails you now but just wait till then.. They said that 100 years ago. And a hundred before that. This Gods going to do this or that in the future preaching is really hate speech toward God. Its not accurate preaching. Its an attempt to deceive you and give you answers they don’t have. Why not man up and simply say. God didn’t heal my mother but I trust him anyways. God did not get me that great paying Job so I am working for minimum wage for the rest of my life and will not have a pension. Its not because God failed, its because our world and economics doesn’t give everyone the same pay. Its because people die. This does not change who God is. It just means he is not your butler and isn’t giving everyone a pay raise. Only Socialists promise you everything and deliver nothing but a portion of your own money back.
How about instead of moving mountains that we, get real. That God heals some times. Don’t lie but still trust. God listens to our prayers and says yes, some times I will fix this, but other times he says no. life is hard. God will not make us taller, we will not grow wings, Here and there he will pepper us with some kindness. And no Pepper will be used. to a great degree we need to live our lives, not couch surf.
One final thought as you watch the video above. Whatever Mountain Lauren needed to move, its no surprise that in it all she is at the top of the charts. While God did not move a single mountain for her, she is till on top of the mountain. Who new! And when you listen to her next song “You Say” Reflect as she sits by her pool. As she questions who she is and who He is. Maybe our perspective is skewed in our culture and we need to re-think our Christianity as we pretend to understand what Christianity is about.
13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
One final point. Don’t hate on God. That is what separates you from him. Ask for what you need. Read your bible learn for yourself what he is like and change the dynamics of your relationship with God. Respect him as a free individual and God of the universe. Take the time and actually pray to God. Ask him for help. Ask him for specifics, ask him for leadership. And don’t give up on yourself and Don’t give up on God.
I know, I know, that explains everything! Well, I could have died you know. Its not funny. Well maybe a little bit. But lucky for me it just gave me, my electric personality! But Seriously, One day while up a ladder at church I got hit. Blam. Let me tell the story and what I got out of it all.
Once upon a time in my yesteryear, where the birds would sing sweety in the trees, and all I was concerned about was the birds and the bees, I was helping out at church one Saturday. I was 19. I had been reading my Bible where it talks about, ‘the Ark of the Covenant’ and on how God killed a guy, Uzzah, ( 2 Samuel 6) for touching it. ‘Uzzah ‘, was struck down for putting the ‘Ark of the Covenant’ on a Cart. Uzzah tried to fix his error by stopping the Ark from falling off the cart.
Yesterday, I was reminded of this story when I was asking God what Op he wanted me to post. First though before that, I was reminded by God to pray and ask him what to put in the Op. Then I was reminded again to listen when I pray and not leaping forward. Now was this my voice? or the spirit of God ? I guess we could ask that question every time we pray seeking answers. If we act and do not consult him are we not like Uzzah to some extent?
Its my belief that our mind has a table on which God tosses a few Ideas on. This is more than just a conscience. Its the table the conscience works off of. We wouldn’t fully know who put the Idea on the table, only there is something on the table. Some times Ideas come out of thin air. I believe we end up choosing depending on our character and God may remind us not to do something but again it depending on our character we choose to act on what is in our conscience or not. We ourselves end up choosing what way we go. So in this case while I was talking with God, As I started to pray, Blam out of the blue the story came up. This is the gist of what I heard.
Well, you should start with first things. Start with some proofs about faith and something personal. (not that I think teaching or preaching or Ops should be personal but this is just what I felt was being said.) And, I started to asked myself what that would be considered first things and a Poof, and this Idea of the Lightening came up.
To me, the lightening story and the Ark of the Covenant story is to a degree one in the same. God told me then and is telling me this lesson now, Do it Gods way. And so I am passing this on. You know, God can take care of himself. So, Let God lead. He doesn’t need me to make a Op, or Play a Piano, or Teach or Preach or whatever to get his message out. Yet he wants us to speak up. So we should do as he says, but Don’t take over Gods work, have faith that he didn’t fail. He does not actually need our support. Let God be the Lord.
I will show you how all this ties together after I put the basics of the bible story on the table. Then I will tell you the particulars of how I got hit. And then I will rap it up in a bow at the end. First scripture:
10 And they shall make an ark of shittim wood: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof. 11 And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold, within and without shalt thou overlay it, and shalt make upon it a crown of gold round about.
12 And thou shalt cast four rings of gold for it, and put them in the four corners thereof; and two rings shall be in the one side of it, and two rings in the other side of it.
13 And thou shalt make staves of shittim wood, and overlay them with gold. 14 And thou shalt put the staves into the rings by the sides of the ark, that the ark may be borne with them.
15 “After Aaron and his sons have finished covering the holy furnishings and all the holy articles, and when the camp is ready to move,(A) only then are the *Kohathites(B) to come and do the carrying.(C) But they must not touch the holy things(D) or they will die.(E) The Kohathites are to carry those things that are in the tent of meeting.
Exodus 19:22 New International Version (NIV) 22 Even the priests, who approach(A) the Lord, must consecrate(B) themselves, or the Lord will break out against them.”(C)
Genesis 3:24 New International Version (NIV) 24 After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side[a] of the Garden of Eden(A) cherubim(B) and a flaming sword(C) flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.(D)
Exodus 28:43 New International Version (NIV) 43 Aaron and his sons must wear them whenever they enter the tent of meeting(A) or approach the altar to minister in the Holy Place,(B) so that they will not incur guilt and die.(C “This is to be a lasting ordinance(D) for Aaron and his descendants.
I think those scriptures speak for themselves but the New way, the New Covenant came with a different tone not to excuse or diminish things of the past. If you read Isaiah 1 you can see that God is not happy with the way things turned out. In spite of the clear cut deadly guidelines Israel with astray. So most of our issues of theology have points drawn from the changes while understanding God does not change.
Galatians 3:13-18 King James Version (KJV) 13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. 15 Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man’s covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto.
16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ. 17 And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect.
18 For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.
Galatians 3 isn’t speaking directly to the story of the Ark but of the Curse of Deuteronomy 28 The curse of the Law, (the blessings and cursings.) But Galatians does speak to a huge change, the age of Grace, of a softer tone, that our salvation is based on the blood of Jesus Christ, not a single act of touching the ark or doing something displeasing to God. There is a understanding that God is saving filthy people that they do not warrant his grace, but Grace is Grace because it is unwarranted.
David gathered together all the chosen men of Israel, thirty
David arose, and went with all the people that were with him from
Baale of Judah, to bring up from thence the ark of God, whose name is
called by the name of the Lord of hosts that dwelleth between the
they set the ark of God upon a new cart, and brought it out of the
house of Abinadab that was in Gibeah: and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of
Abinadab, drave the new cart.
they brought it out of the house of Abinadab which was at Gibeah,
accompanying the ark of God: and Ahio went before the ark.
David and all the house of Israel played before the Lord on all
manner of instruments made of fir wood, even on harps, and on
psalteries, and on timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals.
when they came to Nachon’s threshingfloor, Uzzah put forth his hand
to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it.
7 And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God.
8 And David was displeased, because the Lord had made a breach upon Uzzah: and he called the name of the place Perezuzzah to this day.
David was afraid of the Lord that day, and said, How shall the ark of
the Lord come to me?
David would not remove the ark of the Lord unto him into the city of
David: but David carried it aside into the house of Obededom the
the ark of the Lord continued in the house of Obededom the Gittite
three months: and the Lord blessed Obededom, and all his household.
it was told king David, saying, The Lord hath blessed the house of
Obededom, and all that pertaineth unto him, because of the ark of
God. So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of
Obededom into the city of David with gladness.
it was so, that when they that bare the ark of the Lord had gone six
paces, he sacrificed oxen and fatlings.
David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was girded
with a linen ephod.
David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with
shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet.
as the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal Saul’s
daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and
dancing before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart.
they brought in the ark of the Lord, and set it in his place, in the
midst of the tabernacle that David had pitched for it: and David
offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the Lord.
as soon as David had made an end of offering burnt offerings and
peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord of
19 And he dealt among all the people, even among the whole multitude of Israel, as well to the women as men, to every one a cake of bread, and a good piece of flesh, and a flagon of wine. So all the people departed every one to his house.
The Lightening Story.
So I was in the church I think I had just cut the grass or something and was standing at the door because it had started to rain, and Blam it started to pour rain beyond belief. One of the board members was besides me and we saw the down spout was disconnected at the south west corner of the church and water was flying all over the place. So I asked if there was a ladder and there was, so I ran out in the pouring rain, ladder in hand to get the neck of the downspout back on to the eve-trough. As I was working with the pipe to fit it on, Lightening Hit the far side of the church and chimney electrifying the roof and eve-trough. So it hit me indirectly and threw me off the ladder. My arm flung like it was being shoved away with a force. Then, not long after the rain stopped.
What i gleaned from reading the story I mentioned and from experiencing of the lightening was that God does not need mans attempts to fix things. We fix things in reverence unlike wooden Gods or things made which are dead, he is not dead or in need of anything. I don’t think I fully even grasp it now, I am to quick, not patient enough to slow down and listen for God. God should lead. He does not need me to help him up.
In the story the man made a cart. He wasn’t to do that. This was his lame Idea to make it easier to move it, rather than carry the Ark on Polls. God had commanded but others didn’t listen. We have a propensity to avoid people telling us what to do. Why? A Simple lack of patience. We figure we already know, so the conversation is a waste of our time. Who is it for them to suggest we don’t know what we are doing.
Like this Op, I can just as easily say , I can google it if I want to know these things. I can use my better Judgment. Still. Listen. God is simply asking That you Put his recommendations first. Listen. It could be someone who reads the blog is reading this story about the ark already. It could be that someone needs to hear it the story. So if God says, Publish it, Who am I to say no. Am I not like anyone else serving God? Should I not be the servant to do Gods work? If God says do this who am I to say no? If God says No, who am I to say Yes?
In the garden of Eden Adam and Eve had Contempt for God. This is the root of the issue. The Devil put doubt in their mind, suggesting that God was not being honest with them and that they would loose out on knowledge. So they went against God. The greater lesson is; return to God do it his way, He is not trying to short change you. He wants you to do life his way. And as David saw, that way is blessing. Carry the Ark, don’t put it on the cart. You can still take it to Jerusalem just do it properly.
Today, God is asking us, to ask him, will you lead, I will follow. He wants us To accept his forgiveness bought by the blood of Jesus Christ on the cross. And He wants us to live holy and follow His Holy Spirit guidance. Back then, they followed at a distance, but now we have the spirit of God in our hearts, if we are Born again if we are bo·na fide believers. How about, We take the time to listen to the spirit rather than blaspheme him by ignoring what he says by rushing ahead.
I needed the lightening strike! You know, I build homes. I built computers, I Play the piano. The List of talents a mile long that God gave me. They might cause me to think I don’t need God. And the richer people get, the more RRSP’s and bigger salaries the more we might think we can do it our way on our own, the farther we get from God. Lets not forget the blessing is from God because his Ark, his presence is in our hearts. Lets not show contempt for his loving kindness.
10 But the Lord is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation.
11 Thus shall ye say unto them, The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens.
12 He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens by his discretion.
13 When he uttereth his voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens, and he causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings with rain, and bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures.
14 Every man is brutish in his knowledge: every founder is confounded by the graven image: for his molten image is falsehood, and there is no breath in them.
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Jesus, the Bible, the Prophets even our modern day Psychology deal with Pride. Pride is more complex than being boastful. Depressed? Pride many times looks like the opposite. When you feel less about yourself you might try and prove yourself. You might feel defeated. You might be accused of having an over inflated view of yourself. And, You might and you might believe it!
When reading the bible, new or old testament or when reading Psychology textbooks its almost a given you will be pressed on this issue. There is; who Others think you are, who you perceive yourself to be and Who you really are. When these views conflict, they call it cognative dissonance.
Unfortunately there is to much blame. Unfortunately some things come off as blame statements. Its also the nature of work trying to deal with self esteem. I was just reading a Op from “Devoted to you” about the widows mite and I thought the issue about the intent of the heart would go along with the flow of my Ops. Its been a heavy road this last month. But hang tight it still is about what I am trying to accomplish as a whole. I will get to the Op in a second.
What I am trying to do here, on a general basis is provide support and encouragement to help people go deeper with God. I want to teach the gospel. I want to explore the main thing and that is: the reconciliation of people with God. Almost like an Ambassador who negotiates between one country and another, its my hope this website is part of it. I hope by dealing with issues, explaining stories in the bible and doing some popcorn psychology, I can be a part of process of repairing relationship and deepen the ties with God. The Quickest way we can do this is if everyone is participating is to commit to Reading their Bible. To a degree that is skipping the third party bit. And I think that’s great. I am all for hitting the books on this one. Another Big ingredient is the willingness to do it Gods way which is part and parcel to being Born Again.
Moving forward now, while God is asking for a broken and a Contrite heart, Psalms 51:17 its a pretty complex subject. this pride stuff. Lets look at the widows mite story. That story has always been a good story. Jesus knew how to pick them. The story is not about giving money. Its about the Heart. While I support giving money to the church meaning the work of God by fellow brothers in the Lord; The story is not about money its about intent of the heart.
The story is about a lady with next to no money giving it to the church. The Rich person gave a big amount but it was no sacrifice for him and possibly, it was done to Loudly.
The story could have just as easily been about two different pastors visiting people in a hospital OR two organists playing in church OR two taxi drivers cleaning their cars. One person living beyond the pride based feelings, seeing there is a greater purpose of service; AND the other, A person who felt that by doing, “the thing”, they would be elevated in peoples eyes.
Most won’t admit it, but they generally have some of, both these people in them. I think it stems from a mixture of co-dependency and Pride. Pride is anchored in low self esteem. This stuff not sorted out and/or compounded by contempt for others is a recipe for trouble. Seeking to inflate yourself and getting energy from seeing others feel less is seen by others as pride. (underneath this is a learned behavior from days gone steeped in low self esteem.) This sort of stuff causes people to live fake lives for the benefit of being seen by others and without realizing it they are controlled by people they want to impress. You might call it a defense mechanism. These sorts of things fit into a list of feelings like Abandonment. Shame. Loss or Bitterness. These issues of the mind make serving God far more complex.
Several passages in the bible graze the issue. (they loved the praises of men more than the praises of God.) john 12:43 Dealing with this is not as easy as saying, Hey Bud, get over I. Its not easy to become kinder, more holy and humble person. There is emotional homework to be done. And a warning. This stuff has huge consequences on your spiritual health. The world has put every person alive on this thermometer system. And it creates conflict between you and others and between you and God measuring yourself against others. Everyone is to worried about the ratings of each other. Its very judgemental. Its full of Blame and its topped off with a big wallop of Depression and a sprinkle of Anger.
Things show up differently in people. Some seem snooty, some seem shy, some seem angry, some won’t communicate, some wont stop communicating. But Pride is an over arching term mixed in it all.
You might say, where do you get this. From Psychology, from self help books, from the bible, and from examination of my own motives and listening to what others perceive about their own motives and from school. And You can look in at yourself and be honest with yourself or avoid the truth about yourself, But it will affect everything from how you deal with your children to; the chances of you getting to heaven.
John 12 just mentioned above shows you just how serious this stuff is and how it can sink your boat spiritually.
When Jesus pointed out these two throwing money into the plate in the temple, He wasn’t one of those cynical people you or I might be. He was trying to examine the nature of people and its effect on them and their chances to be reconciled with God. He did the same when He was talking about rich people. He was suggesting that without Gods help its impossible to enter the kingdom of God with these problems. Peter got real concerned when Jesus started talking this way.
There are lots of lessons here sorry I didn’t get right to the point in just one story or another but I wanted to ask a question. Will you read your bible with a few questions in mind? Ask, what is the passage or the story about that you are reading? And digging deeper what are the motives of people in the story and Is God wanting me to change something so that I can know him better?
Are you willing to repair your relationship with God if you find it lacking? God bless you as you read your bible. I put links to bible passages all through this discussion so you can simply jump in to the bible and study the subject. I will do that in most Ops I write, for your benefit. God Speed.
Edit: I am glad for the readers so far, its been a lot of work getting started, and I know some may be expecting something different. I just want you first to know that while I cannot see who looks at what Op I could see stats suggesting people needed to deal with some emotional dynamics of life. So while I am bent toward dealing things from introspection and self examination, analysing everything, I want to be kind and helpful. The site will not just be about Psychology and Emotional issues. That said, it is a huge part of who we are. And Christianity has a bent toward asking people to surrender. Some of that is good, some of that is bad. That too is worthy of an Op. So I just wanted you to know Why I took a heavy turn this last month into Psychology . And I hope that some of you who are way ahead of me on these issues will consider creating a Opinion pieces and submitting them so I can include you in the effort of sharing the gospel and helping people on this site. Thanks again for reading. I hope your visit today was worth it. And I hope you are asking what really is pride and do I have any. What does that look like anyway. Do you parade yourself or do things so others see. Do you look down on others? Do you rush to be better or get in front of others wanting to be first. Where is all that coming from? Dig into the bible and you can do that simply by clicking on underlined words in my Ops
Oh and if you think your crazy, which you are not, here is a book which will make you crazy reading it. https://psychcentral.com/dsm-5/ But seriously if you think you have some issues you can explore the DSM5 for fun. If you got issues you find out there that are serious there is no harm in going to see your doctor and they can refer you to someone. What you will find in all these definitions is that there is a crazy, a little of you, in just about every diagnosis. But, Its the extremes that make issues. A little Anxiety never killed anyone but if its out of control you could do a lot of harm to yourself or others. So take those diagnostic tools with a grain of salt but don’t shy way from getting help if you need it. An issue of the mind is no different than a broken bone. with treatment you can walk on your leg or get along in life just fine. It might ache when it rains but without help it will feel like it pours to often. We are heading into the Holidays and the gloom of winter if your having a tuff time, its the time of year for it, don’t be afraid to seek some help if you need it.
Hi folks, I have been inviting people to join the conversation and to contribute on the New Site. You know I am not the best at writing but I am trying. Like most that doesn’t stop me. .. LoL.
I wanted to say to everyone, that as you look around the site, consider contributing an Op, We are in this together. If the Op is about helping about God about worship, Faith, Salvation and Holiness etc. and not just made to create contention or push a Odd doctrine, I will gladly put it up.
God made the world and the people to communicate and to get along and to worship Him. He gave us laws to help moderate the trouble we cause each other. I think we know that this salvation business, like law, is meant to restore and fix relationships. I hope you who drop in lend a hand. And not just here on the site but for those who really need help. Winter is just hitting Ontario. It was cold last night. And people need more than a few nice words.
Anyways, Glad you stopped by. I tried to put some stuff all over the place for you to look at. I put some links to other Christian sites on a page you can get to by clicking on the menu at the top. ( Christian media.) And a link to my Utube etc. So this is more than just a site to argue but a site to grow. TTYL – Scott in Canada.
Hebrews 10:22-25 King James Version (KJV)
22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
This Scripture is sort of out of context but it is on topic. What do you think?
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Life is Hard but its good for you, and that’s good for everyone. Serendipitously this video from Dr. John Neufeld posted today on his site helps in a series of Ops filling in details in the last Op I could not. Its a good Audio recording. I hope you like him. I sure do. Back to the Bible is a good resource for good bible teaching.
Don’t be surprised that the short lecture lines right up with what I posted yesterday. Serendipity is my middle name! I am telling you God is at work!
God is not Dead. Life is Difficult but, God wants you to be a witness of his power. On the site we have been talking about Abuse, about rejection, co-dependency , about cutting and Suicide and we have been talking about Jesus big time. Jesus came to heal the broken hearted, to set the captives free. Isaiah 53. Psalms 147. Isaiah 61. To restore site to the blind and to heal relationships. The first is the relationship between you and God. And this is deep stuff and its beyond some simple confession or checking a box or doing a quick course in public school.
After reading the last few Opinion Pieces I think its clear God is working to restore some lost ground. Its not my message but its a message out of the bible that speaks out to us as we read. And God wants to set some people free from Pain and suffering and to give them peace. While talking with a customer today about a dream that is coming true for them, I was reminded of Josephs dreams and how he was abused by his brothers. You can find those stories in Genesis. God gave Joseph dreams that would help him survive emotionally while he went through the heavy storms of life. For him and for us its proof that that God had his hand in Josephs life all the way along even in the trouble. God saved Joseph and God saved the world at the time from famine because God worked and spoke through Joseph. While we might thing God should just send letters priority Post, God instead uses years of circumstances and troubles to get Joseph into the place where he could simply suggest to Egypt’s King to store grain.
Imagine that. Your whole life amounts to having the political capital to say to a king, there is a famine coming store grain up.
When Joseph becomes the right hand man, he ends up meeting his brothers again who came for food and the tables are turned. A great story I won’t tell here, it makes for a good homework project if you don’t know the story yet.
But Joseph says one important thing and I want to quote it:
19 And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God? 20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. 21 Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them.
God has a habit of making huge plans. Who knew. Many of Gods plans take 1000’s of years to play out. It boggles the mind. God has a bent of being very artistic, a novelist and a master mind. When you look at creation it only takes a few seconds to realize this guy is a genius. A great topic worth many Ops.
But one thing God is like is; He’s the sort of guy that says what He says but then tells you, by the way I am telling you this so that when it happens you will know, you will have proof that I am God. Even to the prophet of God some times they wonder if what they are hearing is from God. God knows that. If there was no question, we wouldn’t be having this discussion right now. Jesus would be popping down for tea every other Tuesday and giving lectures on how we could communicate the gospel better. But He doesn’t; He Promised to return, (and if it was not so, he would have told us.) at least that’s what he said. But we might doubt the writer, we might doubt God because bad things happen to good people. We might want more of an intervention. Again, worth a list of Ops.
God does intervene, but right now, he does it now through his spirit and through you and the situations he can work in to his master plan. Unfortunately it pretty clear he allows some suffering not just great success. Unfortunately he used some Deck half full poster on the internet site to do his work. What us the hand of God trying to do Gods work? Us trying to hear from God and speak what one might think God is trying to say through them? That might seem like a recipe for failure. Its a clunky way to do it, but its what God wants to happen. You wanted to be important. Well God is including you.
But here our lives are in a mess. We have struggles, past hurts, big questions about life and doubts ! And then, you hear people totally convinced of Gods plan and love. It must be nice for them. The fact is with maturity and Bible reading, experience your trust in God will grow and become rock solid. Well here is a scripture to start us down this path and help contribute to the over all discussion going on of real life on the site.
5 I have even from the beginning declared it to thee; before it came to pass I shewed it thee: lest thou shouldest say, Mine idol hath done them, and my graven image, and my molten image, hath commanded them. 6 Thou hast heard, see all this; and will not ye declare it? I have shewed thee new things from this time, even hidden things, and thou didst not know them. 7 They are created now, and not from the beginning; even before the day when thou heardest them not; lest thou shouldest say, Behold, I knew them.
Part of the gospel. Part of the Covenant is about social justice. Some might ask What does Christianity and Psychology have to do with each other. Well just about everything. And the same can be asked what about Law. What does Law and Christianity have to do with each other. A whole lot too. If Law is about how to treat people right, then the gospel is about Love. And God is Love. Christ died because He loves you. God stood in your place, paid for your sins that God says must be paid for. So Law and love and Psychology is part and parcel of the Gospel. Christianity is actually a very big tent, its a family, its a Travel company, its a support group, it is a Army it is a charity its a lot of things. God is calling people to be together to be with him and with each other. Jesus he gets the complexities.
God knew what he was doing. God new the style of the ministry Jesus Christ would bring. I will give you two proofs. There is a bit of reading but they are likely the two best proofs in the whole of the bible that God is God, that Jesus is the savior and that God is not fooling around concerning your welfare even though you might think from time to time he forgot your number.
These two scriptures will be the end of this Op. But ask yourself after reading these two things, if God understands you, and if he didn’t intentionally want to deal with issues. And, God brought salvation and, God brought a Big Tent Gospel, and he proves this to you by telling you hundreds of years before he did it, that he is God, and when it all happened, Can you be a Witness? You by witnessing history knowing God said it before it happened can say. I am a witness of what God can do and that God is real. Check these out.
Isaiah 53 King James Version (KJV) 53 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed? 2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. 3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. 8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. 9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. 10 Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. 11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors..
Psalm 22 King James Version (KJV) 22 My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring? 2 O my God, I cry in the day time, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent. 3 But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. 4 Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them. 5 They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded. 6 But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people. 7 All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying, 8 He trusted on the Lord that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him. 9 But thou art he that took me out of the womb: thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother’s breasts. 10 I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother’s belly. 11 Be not far from me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help. 12 Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round. 13 They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion. 14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels. 15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death. 16 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet. 17 I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me. 18 They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture. 19 But be not thou far from me, O Lord: O my strength, haste thee to help me. 20 Deliver my soul from the sword; my darling from the power of the dog. 21 Save me from the lion’s mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns. 22 I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee. 23 Ye that fear the Lord, praise him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him; and fear him, all ye the seed of Israel. 24 For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him, he heard. 25 My praise shall be of thee in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear him. 26 The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the Lord that seek him: your heart shall live for ever. 27 All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the Lord: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee. 28 For the kingdom is the Lord’s: and he is the governor among the nations. 29 All they that be fat upon earth shall eat and worship: all they that go down to the dust shall bow before him: and none can keep alive his own soul. 30 A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation. 31 They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto a people
Nicky Cruz gives his testimony of being hated by his mother and getting in to gangs and then meeting David Wilkerson who told him about the love of Jesus Christ. Below is a Video of some of his story.
I am not ready to write an Op on this Topic or give my Testimony. But Nicky is. There are so many details that need to be discussed after listening to this video of Nicky Cruz. This Site has started out dealing with heart issues and Salvation through Jesus Christ. I think its worth asking people to watch the video. Its right on time.
Its my belief that there are some issues people here visiting the site have been dealing with and by Gods help they are getting sorted out and some of that help is happening right here. And I think I can skip to the end and just put up the video. We can sort out the issues after the fact. Its definitely worth your time. I feel privileged to take his work, his speaking and promote it here for your/my benefit. Here is a scripture that came to mind as I was writing. I hope it works with the video.
8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
Nicky takes a minute to get going, so hold on, his Testimony is worth a listen. Let me know what you think after. (scroll way down below to comment.) But before you get into the video, I want you to know I have a really good Op about cutting, People cut themselves and its a good Op with some real good thinking in it worth a look. It likely will change your life.
A follower Mrs. PGL with a site of her own posted this reference to Rick warren trying to help people with Suicide. She provided a help line in her Op as well in the Blog. I think it is commendable to help people having trouble. Walking past others is just unacceptable. Specially if you call yourself a Christian. I fully support people trying to help others.
Please come back to my site after you check this article out. You are always welcome.
And don’t forget we don’t always know the people right in front of us are hurting too. For example, little did I know before yesterday a lady I know recently saved is poor and living out of her van. Imagine that and winter is basically upon us. Its ridiculous! There is no excuse. I and others must step in and help. The world is too hard to do this all by ourselves. And what fun when we can do it together. God bless you. And not only that, but May God help us put actions behind our cheep words.
And when life is attacking you. Don’t join the opposition and attack yourself. Be on your own side and seek people out that will be on your side too.
Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren is offering encouragement to those struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts, emphasizing that “no matter how dark things are, there’s always hope.”
“We all face dark days and thoughts of suicide affects people of all ages,” The Purpose Driven Life author said in a Sept. 10 Facebook video. “There’s a misconception that suicide only affects young people, but the highest rates of suicide are among men my age. This breaks my heart and I want to say to all of you, I am sorry for the pain that you’re…
Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
I love the King James Bible – it is a good and reliable translation. Yet the Bible uses archaic language – after all, it’s last authorized revision was in 1881 (called the English Revised Version, or Revised Version, this was the only officially authorized revision). Language has changed quite a bit from 1611 and 1881. The word “careful” in the King James is the Greek μεριμνάω merimnáō, (pronounced mer-im-nah’-o) which in today’s language means:
To be ANXIOUS, or have ANXIETY, to be WORRIED,
to be TROUBLED about something
The same word is translated differently throughout the King James. From our Lord Jesus in Matthew 6:25
Therefore I say unto you, Take no THOUGHT for your life, what ye shall…
In follow up to: Is Religion a crutch and Winning peoples approval/co-dependency. I wanted to bring up Bernard of Clairvaux. He said there are 4 degrees of Love. The suggestion is that we come to God initially seeking God for selfish reasons and loving for selfish reasons but as we progress in our Sanctification we change toward a more divine way of thinking.
Sanctification can be described as someone washing a dish and putting it aside for special use. Sanctification is a bit deeper than you just keeping your coffee cup aside for exclusive use. Its a process in which God seeks to change us and to make us more like him. In salvation we do not clean ourselves up to get saved. We cant be accepted by doing some good stuff. Our personal righteousness is as filthy rags according to God. We have such a level of difference, we cannot perceive ourselves properly. It could be that people cant think long and hard enough about every motive of their own hearts. We act most of the time without doing an assessment. So there is no way we could keep up to the level of Holiness God has. And lets face it. Not everyone has pure motives. It only takes a few minutes of questions before people are exposed. They generally do not even know the condition of their selfish heart.
Romans 3:20-27 King James Version (KJV)
20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. 21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; 22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; 26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. 27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.
In salvation we are gifted with the grace of the cross. What does that mean? Jesus dying in our place is a type of imputed restitution made on our behalf. The death penalty for sins is passed on to Jesus Christ and He instead of us is penalized for our sins. While some might think they earned their salvation, in reality they have not and are in no way qualified. If salvation (reconciliation with God) was about your actions you would be disqualified. So, we come to God, we put our trust in him and we ask for mercy and forgiveness. Then and only then can we live for him under his tent and enter into a process of change called progressive sanctification. Salvation can be seen as the initial sanctification or setting apart of the vessel. It is also includes being accepted into the family of God. Its an adoption. Progressive sanctification is about becoming more like God in our nature as we live in his presence. If no changes happen or you fall back to live without him in your life then you have chosen to leave your initial sanctification/Salvation that you gained by his granting of grace and abandoned the faith. (Mathew Ch7 & Ch 25 )
God gives us his holy spirit as a deposit or guarantee of things to come, but He also gives us new life. Salvation reanimates our sinful dead spiritual body making us alive. So we have new life in Jesus Christ. Having new life does not mean we are entirely perfect or all knowing. It means we have a restoration of life with God; eternal life. Next…
Love is a complex word. The Greek has several words to describe love. There is an Eat your pizza sort of love, A brotherly sort of love, a Sexual sort of love and a Father God sort of love. The Law of Moses while not part of the new covenant, is instructive to our new rule as Christians. Jesus says, This new commandment I give you. Love one another. This commandment is not new, but with a change of covenants came a change of rules. Acts 15 and Hebrews 8 speak to these issues. Now we have Justification by faith: Because of the change we undergo we Love. I am moving a bit quickly through things, of what the gospel is, what the covenant is and sort of skipped over justification by faith vs. works but the gospel of salvation is about trust in God losing contempt and believing that Jesus will forgive you and then following him, reunited to your God. but moving on:
Bernard of clairvaux living around a thousand years ago helped shape the understanding of the deep truths of Christianity from