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Friday, June 13, 2014, 11:44 AM
Sorry- I haven't been able to get here as much as I would like.
Genesis 6:5 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. (KJV)
Both words- ‘wickedness’ and ‘evil’- above are translated from the same Hebrew רעה רע rah, or rawaw'. It can mean any type of bad, evil, wicked.
Genesis 6:11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. 12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. 13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth. (KJV)
The word ‘corrupt’ in the passage above is from the Hebrew- שׁחת shawkhath'. It’s meaning is more like to ‘decay, ruin, destroy’. This same Hebrew word used as ‘corrupt’ above is also used as ‘destroy’ in the same passage above.
The word ‘violence’ in the above passage is from the Hebrew - חמס châmâs and can mean according to how it’s used ‘violence’, ‘unjust gain’, ‘damage’, ‘false’, ‘injustice’ ‘oppressor’, ‘unrighteous’.
Psalm 11:4 The LORD is in his holy temple, the LORD'S throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men. 5 The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth. 6 Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup. 7 For the righteous LORD loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright. (KJV)
In the Genesis passages above, the Lord was beholding the wickedness of humans on the face of the earth and was determined to destroy all but Noah who found grace in His eyes. This chapter tells of God’s observing the wickedness and telling Noah to build the ark because there was going to be a flood to destroy all that was on the earth except those saved in the ark.
The Bible shows God to be constantly watching over His creation, and as He sees the wickedness, He will bring judgment in His time. But there would come a time when the wickedness would again reach the point that all but His chosen ones would be destroyed, and then all would be brought before His judgment throne.
The word translated ‘hateth’ in Psalm 11: 5 above could also be translated as ‘enemy’ or ‘foe’. Remember Jesus said that we are to love our enemies. And the Bible teaches that God loves sinners (those who are wicked) enough that He sent His Only Begotten Son to die for our sins. So when the Bible says ‘hate’, it doesn’t necessarily mean ‘hate’ in the sense that we may use it as an hostile loathing emotion. It often indicates that something is rejected (hated) compared to something that is accepted (loved). Even so, rejection from God our Creator means separation from Him to a place of eternal torments.
But the punishments for wickedness may well begin on this earth. The flood came on this earth to the wicked at that time. The Jews suffered many times for straying from God during the judges, and were eventually carried into captivity because they continued in disobedience. Though it doesn’t always work this way. Many wicked have prospered and continue to prosper without any sense of judgment in this life. Christians are told to expect the world to treat us as it treated Jesus, and He was spit on, beaten, and crucified. Christians are told to expect tribulations, and if one didn’t seem to experience tribulations, then one could certainly question his Christianity (though you don’t hear much preaching on that because preachers may not make much money preaching that). (See: Acts 5: 41; Romans 8: 17- 18; 2nd Corinthians 1: 5, 7; Philippians 1: 29; 2nd Timothy 2: 12 & 3: 12; 1st Peter 2: 21) Though we may see many who do not know the Lord that seem to have great health, jobs, enjoyment of life, the Scriptures teach that those who do not know the Lord will be eternally separated from Him, and apart from Him, there is no other place but torment.
But all Christians are to experience the suffering of afflictions or tribulations. Sometimes the suffering is because we are not perfect, and if we fall into our imperfection, we must remember that God, our Heavenly Father, chastens and scourges, all who come to Him. It is not a pleasant thing to suffer for sins, and should discourage any from it- but this is for those who come to the Father (those who believe and are saved). Christians are to expect suffering for the cause of Christ. This is different from suffering because of sin. It’s true purpose may only be revealed when we reach our Heavenly home. But if you see someone who says they are Christian, but they indicate that they have never had to truly experience suffering, affliction, or tribulation, and their life seems to always be so great, be suspicious, because this is not what the Scriptures teach we are to expect in this life. If you see someone who seems so involved with the earthly material enjoyment of life, be suspicious. Jesus said that we were to hate this life, but love our abundant life that we would have beyond the earthly, material experience of this world. To have the abundant life in this world does not mean abundance with earthly materialism.
But there will be a judgment that will come swiftly upon the whole earth. Beware- We see wickedness all around as in the days of Noah. We are to love sinners, but hate sin. To love them does not mean we are to support them or their position. We are to love our enemies, but it does not mean we are to give them guns to shoot us with. But people better open their eyes and realize that the violence is becoming full throughout all countries and wickedness is proliferating throughout the earth, and sudden judgment is due at any time. The signs are there that God is beginning His earthly warnings of coming woes.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014, 12:26 PM
A major employer in a nearby city had 230 job openings. They had 6,000 applicants for those openings. Do the math= 6,000- 230= 5,770 of those applicants were left looking for jobs. Now the city may have had other places, but this being a major employer, and the size of the city didn’t leave nearly enough places for employment as were seeking. So the population is increasing so much faster than the number of jobs available. So many people are without work. Many people are being left jobless, homeless, and hungry.
Rich preachers, and those who follow them tell people to trust the Lord and He will take care of you. How does the Lord take care of people? By using the hearts of His children to follow His law of love and reach out to those in need. Yet many of these people who listen to these rich preachers already have jobs. Some are getting by and thankful for that; others are fairly well off and praising God for their material prosperity. Yet how many are truly learning God’s law of love and reaching out to those in need? Indeed, many are simply saying that if they would follow the Lord, they wouldn’t have to worry. Who is showing them how God’s law of love works.
Jesus said, “Woe unto those who are rich; they have their rewards.” Yet people would rather listen to rich preachers than to listen to what Jesus said about the rich. Why? As the Bible says, people with itchy ears (they want to hear what they want to hear) will find teachers who tell them what they want to hear. They listen to rich preachers because the rich preachers tell them what they want to hear. Who listens to preachers who tell them what they don’t want to hear? The Bible teaches that there would be those who would seek to use the Gospel of Christ for earthly gain. So how do these rich preachers get rich without seeking for earthly gain?
Jesus taught that we were not to seek our rewards for serving Him in this life, but to store up our rewards for the eternal life. Jesus taught that if we followed Him, we could expect this world to treat us as it treated Him. How did this world treat Him? Jesus said there would be false teachers leading people away from the truth. Who would want to listen to a preacher who said that if you became a Christian, you may be spit upon (as Jesus was), or beaten (as Jesus was), or hung on a cross (as Jesus was)? Who would want to listen to a preacher who said that if you follow Jesus you may be thrown into a dungeon, or thrown into an arena with lions, or hung on a cross, or burned on a stake, as many Christians throughout history have had happen? But this is how Jesus said that it could happen. Who wants to hear what Jesus said, when these rich preachers can tell people what they want to hear?
Jesus said there would be many who would stand before the judgment throne and tell the Lord how many good works they did, but He would tell them to depart from Him, because He never knew them. Why did they believe they knew Jesus? Because they listened to false teachers. All through the Scriptures there is talk about those who follow false teachings. The Bible teaches that it is wrong to use God’s Word for the purpose of seeking earthly, worldly, material wealth. True preachers have never been known to have a history of becoming mega-rich by preaching God’s Word. People don’t generally expect to get rich by teaching the truth. False teachers get mega-rich pan-handling God’s precious Word. We need to put a stop to supporting these false teachers.
Sunday, June 1, 2014, 11:01 AM
The LORD God does not begin any works that He does not intend to finish. The LORD God does not make promises He does not intend to keep. The LORD God does not leave His children alone in the midst of their trials and tribulations.
Dear LORD, I am so far from perfect. LORD have mercy on me a sinner. LORD, my faith is so far from what it should be. LORD, I believe; help Thou mine unbelief. LORD God, please help my loved ones and myself to open our ears to hear Your Word; our eyes to see what You would have us to see; and our hearts to know Your will and what you would have us to know and do.
Dear LORD, You see that I am in dire straits. My budget is gone and I am in deep debt. LORD, please search my heart and make it in keeping with Thy will. LORD, help me and those I love in our hour of deepest need. In Jesus name, Amen.
Monday, May 26, 2014, 10:38 PM
Do you know what faith means? Faith doesn’t necessarily mean that you “know” something will happen because you “believe” it will happen. Faith means that you keep on going even if you don’t have a clue how it will happen, even though you may have doubts and fears. True- doubts and fears sound like contrary terms to the meaning of faith. Remember, the Lord knows we are human, we are not perfect. Perfect love removes fear. God’s love is perfect- and His love for us can remove our fears. But in our own imperfections (meaning that our love, which is His law, is so far from perfect) then we fall prey to doubts and fears. Doubts and fears do not mean that we do not have faith, or that we don’t have God’s law of love in our hearts; it means that our faith is weak and that our love is not yet perfect. In doubts and fears we may often not see a way and think something is impossible. Even so, faith means that even when we think that something may be impossible, we never forget that with God, all things are possible. We may not see how it could possibly be, but we know that God can make it possible, even if it seems ‘impossible’ to us.
Saturday, May 24, 2014, 9:25 PM
John 15:19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. (KJV)
Romans 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. (KJV)
2nd Timothy 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. (KJV)
Jesus said that we are to give to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. Many people say that God asks for 10%, but that is not what Jesus said. We are God’s creation and we belong to Him. There are those who are His children because we come to Him and He accepts us, and there are those who never come to Him who never become His children. All in all, we are all His property because He created all. What are we to give Him? Ten percent? No! We belong to Him, and we are to give Him our all. We are to give and give and even if we gave everything, we have never given anything that didn’t already belong to Him to begin with. So those who believe that if you give 10% and He will fill your life with earthly, material blessings, you better remember that Satan is the ruler of this world, and Satan may allow you many material rewards just to keep you from coming to the truth. Christians have been thrown into the arena with gladiators and lions; they have been thrown into dungeons, hung on crosses, burned at the stake, and I’m not sure what all else. Rich people may love to say that they are blessed by God, and I cannot say that some may not be, but we need to never forget that earthly blessings are not necessarily a sign of God’s blessings. The Bible clearly teaches that Christians should not expect to be treated well by this world.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 12:11 PM
Ezekiel 33:11 Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel? 12 Therefore, thou son of man, say unto the children of thy people, The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him in the day of his transgression: as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall thereby in the day that he turneth from his wickedness; neither shall the righteous be able to live for his righteousness in the day that he sinneth. 13 When I shall say to the righteous, that he shall surely live; if he trust to his own righteousness, and commit iniquity, all his righteousnesses shall not be remembered; but for his iniquity that he hath committed, he shall die for it. (KJV)
The Lord does not take delight that the wicked die, because the Lord does not wish for them to spend eternity in the tortures of being separated from His love and exposed to the torments of those who have been banished from His realm. For the wicked to leave their wickedness does not mean that anyone suddenly becomes ‘perfect’ or completely righteous. It means that they recognize that they are far from what God desires and seeks to live as He would have them to live. How would God have us to live? He wishes us to live according to His law of love. All of His law is built on love. None of us love perfectly. But we are to strive to live and have the Holy Spirit plant His law of love within us. A plant has to be seeded and nourished. Once that love is within, we must cultivate it and nurture it for it to grow into what God would have us to be. Verse 13 above tells us that even those who are striving to be righteous are not to trust in their own righteousness. Our own “righteousness” would never be enough, because we are so far from perfect. It is His righteousness that He plants within us who believe in Him that we are to nourish and trust in His righteousness within us, rather than our own.
Ezekiel 34:2 Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the flocks? 3 Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe you with the wool, ye kill them that are fed: but ye feed not the flock. 4 The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them. 5 And they were scattered, because there is no shepherd: and they became meat to all the beasts of the field, when they were scattered. (KJV)
People are considered (Biblically speaking) as a flock. The flock of this world contains sheep (those who turn to the Lord) and goats (those who never come to know the Lord). One day the sheep will be separated from the goats. The shepherds are those who are to tend to the flock, to care for them and see to the well-being of the flock. They are to minister to the goats and sheep alike. There are many kinds of shepherds. They are kings, prime ministers, presidents, law makers, judges, etc. They are also the shepherds of the sheep (God’s people)- the pastors, preachers, evangelists, deacons, prophets, Bible teachers, etc. There are many shepherds both in government and in the church (or sometimes the ‘so-called church’) who are not shepherding as they should. Rather than tending the flock, they are feeding themselves from the flock without doing as they should for the flock. The Lord will deal with them all in His Own time and in His Own way. Pray for your shepherds, both governmental and religious. The Lord does not delight in the death of the wicked shepherds, but they are bringing an even greater condemnation on themselves because of their position.
Ezekiel 34:10 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against the shepherds; and I will require my flock at their hand, and cause them to cease from feeding the flock; neither shall the shepherds feed themselves any more; for I will deliver my flock from their mouth, that they may not be meat for them. 11 For thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out. 12 As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day. (KJV)
There will be a day when the sheep who are being fed upon by the wicked shepherds will be delivered. Stand fast in prayer and faith.
Ezekiel 34:16 I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment. (KJV)
The Lord said through Ezekiel that He would see those who have become lost (even the sheep may be wayward and stray). Jesus said that He came to seek and to save the lost sheep. Those who have been broken and sick will be cared for when He delivers us into His eternal kingdom. Those who have broken and made sick the sheep, those who have become fat and strong, yet neglecting to reach out and tend to those who were in distress, will be fed with judgment at His appointed day.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 9:58 PM
Jeremiah 5:26 For among my people are found wicked men: they lay wait, as he that setteth snares; they set a trap, they catch men. 27 As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich. 28 They are waxen fat, they shine: yea, they overpass the deeds of the wicked: they judge not the cause, the cause of the fatherless, yet they prosper; and the right of the needy do they not judge.
29 Shall I not visit for these things? saith the LORD: shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this? 30 A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land; 31 The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof? (KJV)
Have you known of injustices where those in power seem to give favor to the rich and powerful and the cause of the needy is swept aside to push the needy out of the way to make more room for the others? Does it sometimes seem that the ones in control seem to trap those in need so as to block them together and leave them without hope? But those who put their hope in the Lord will be vindicated, and those in power will be brought down. It may not seem so in this world, but those who hope in the Lord look to an eternal rest.
Jeremiah 16:10 12 And ye have done worse than your fathers; for, behold, ye walk every one after the imagination of his evil heart, that they may not hearken unto me: (KJV)
We are all prone to walk in the way of our own hearts. There is not one of us who is purely right in his thinking. We love to glory in our own interpretations of this world, these religions, and even in Biblical teachings we do err. Yet those who recognize this can listen for the Lord to hearken unto Him. We may not be perfect in our understanding, but we can strive to find and do what is truly right and put our trust in Him to make everything right in His Own time.
Ezekiel 16:48 As I live, saith the Lord GOD, Sodom thy sister hath not done, she nor her daughters, as thou hast done, thou and thy daughters. 49 Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. (KJV)
People may speak of “the abundant life” yet there are different kinds of abundance. There is the abundance of the material things of this world, but then there is the abundance of knowing God’s grace and loving-kindness. Abundance in this world’s sense of abundance leads to vanity, pride, self seeking, and idleness that spawns a lack of concern for others. “I have what I need, so if others don’t have what they need, it must be their own fault.” This was what destroyed Sodom, as is stated in the Ezekiel passage above. A world full of people with “abundant lives” may be headed for destruction because they fail to understand the double-edged sword of abundance with regards to this world’s material rewards, and the abundance of rewards for those whose hope is in the Lord.
Ezekiel 36:26 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. 27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. (KJV)
Those who come to the Lord in trust and put their hope in Him may not be perfect, but (perhaps slowly) surely the Lord is infusing His will into their hearts. It is not that we can seek to make ourselves perfect by adopting some law code, but that in our hearing what He has for us to hear and seeing what He shows us and allowing our hearts to be open to His will, He will put it in us. We do not put it into ourselves, but we allow Him through His Spirit to mold us into what He would have us to be. We cannot do it ourselves; we must allow Him to do it through us. We may feel anger, and then in reflection recognize that what we become angry about is only a transient worldly matter. We may be tempted and even fall to sin, but afterwards that sense within will bring us to recognize our need for His mercy and forgiveness.
Sunday, April 20, 2014, 4:21 PM
Jesus came as our Creator in an earthly body. His earthly body suffered and died. Was that the end? No, because His resurrection, attested to by so many in history, showed a glorious victory over death.
For many, the term death sounds like the end of things. It is the end of this earthly life. Each has to consider whether they have any concepts beyond this earthly life. Even for those who believe in reincarnation would have to see that this earthly life has not been getting better, because it is filled with so much more wars, diseases, hunger, and strife. But of Jesus, attested to in the Gospels and elsewhere in the New Testament, as our Creator, why would He come to us, suffer, and die? We are all such miserable sinners. We could say that He died for us. Why was that deemed necessary? Because of our sinfulness, the price had to be paid. We could not afford to pay it. Our only expectation could have been that the price would have to be our own punishment which would mean eternal separation from our Heavenly Father and His eternal LOVE. There is nothing but torments in existence without our Creator’s LOVE.
Does that mean that we are WORTH that much? It absolutely does not mean that we are in our own selves as sinners of that much value. It means that in His LOVE for us, we are worth that much to Him. We were worth that much to Jesus because of His LOVE for us. How much are others worth to us because of our love for them. Jesus loved and died for us in spite of our wicked condition. Can we love others in a wicked condition? Can we remember that we were loved by Him in our own wicked condition? Can we remember that even after knowing Him and His LOVE, that it doesn’t mean that we are now pure and perfect? He may accept us as pure because of His forgiveness, but we are still in this earthly, fleshly body that is pulled so much by this world. If He has so much LOVE for us, how much love can we find for one another?
Try making a list of people that you love that you would be willing to be spit on, beaten, and hung on a cross for them. Now make a list of all your enemies that you would be willing to be spit on, beaten, and hung on a cross for them. Our sins made us as enemies to our Heavenly Father, because He is opposed to sin, and our sins are as a rebellion against Him. Even so, He loves us so much. Now, consider the people you believe you love and people you see as your enemies. How much can you measure your love for others, friends or enemies.
We don't have to understand it- only believe and in believing accept and strive to grow in that LOVE.
Sunday, April 20, 2014, 12:50 PM
This began as a comment on a dear friends post on facebook, but I got carried away and it became lengthy. Still, I hope the thoughts may be eye opening to someone. (Eye-opening as in the blind having their eyes opened to see- you’ll see the pun intended by this parenthetical comment if you read the post).
A lot in the Bible talks about signs of the times. Many speak of 'signs of the times' as some religious omens. That may be true, but there are many who don't comprehend that it also means in everyday secular life. People can read about the cycles of governments, power, and corruption and not really see how these cycles from ancient times to the present play out between the oppressor and the oppressed and rise of nations to the downfall and utter destruction of nations.
Many who are oppressors don't even recognize that they are, because for a lifetime they grew up being taught what they were taught, and simply see as they see without understanding (as in the Bible, those with eyes who don’t see). Many who are oppressed don’t understand so much that they are being oppressed because they simply grew up thinking that things are just the way they are. Many accept suffering without understanding that it was never intended by our Creator to be that way. So they don’t understand that there is life beyond this one where, as Jesus taught, the wicked oppressors the oppressed would find their rewards. Those who really chase after the material things of this world and accept them as rewards from their “GOD” without realizing that this world is so temporal may (as the Bible teaches) have ears to hear, but never hear (understand) the real message of those (as the rich man and Lazarus) who find beyond that those who have their rewards in this life have traded that for eternally being separated from a loving Creator; and others who had no substantial material rewards in this life would find eternal love with their Creator.
Even if 'signs of times' were never mentioned Biblically or in a religious sense, the truisms would still be there. Nations rise and fall, and the subtle characteristics of people in power and the development of the greed leading to oppression would inevitably (even if there were no one who believed in any religion) lead to chaos and destruction and more suffering. As the Bible teaches, there are many who think they see so clearly, but are blind and don’t see the truth. This is why the Bible can teach that in the last days there would be many teachers (/preachers) who could get rich by teaching what people with ‘itchy ears’ want to hear. So many people want to hear about progress without seeing that it is a false progress that will soon be corrupted by the greed so the blind leading the blind fall into the ditch together. So many people want to hear beautiful words about love, but in their own desire to be ‘loved’ they don’t see how that love should reach out to those with real needs, so teachers/preachers can get rich teaching people to love themselves which diminishes the true meaning of genuine love for others, as it promotes ‘self’ as opposed to being promoted by others, as people from love should seek to promote one another’s well being.
HaSatan/Lucifer as the ruler of this world system has destroyed so many people with half-truths that sound so good to the ear. Many may see the catch phrase “Do No Harm” as a good thought, yet it is strategically lacing in content. Doing no harm does not necessarily mean doing good. One may go around thinking, “I’m doing no harm,” and think themselves as good. Yet if you don’t “DO GOOD”, then “doing no harm” has no real value, and benefits no one, except maybe self, and that goes back to “being lovers of selves”. The ruler of this world is a master of deceit, and many are fooled by thinking they can see, but are blind. In this, many think they can “SEE THE TRUE LIGHT”, but are really “BLINDED BY A FALSE LIGHT”. So many governments, religions, and even churches calling themselves Christian, but are blinded from true Christianity by their own philosophies are soon to fall into utter destruction. People are individually responsible for searching for the TRUTH- that TRUE LOVE and that TRUE LIGHT that can only come from our Creator. If they are led away by false teachers/preachers getting rich on a smearing on of half-truths and twisted truths that are really not true, but appear to be because of blindness, then they are responsible, because rather than seeking what is real, they accept ‘pretty’ words from those who teach what their itchy ears want to hear. By accepting what they want to hear, that shows they are selfish and greedy, as any selfish person grabs and holds on to what they want, whether in philosophies or in materialism.
Many like to say they are successful because they give their 10% to “GOD”. This is like a half-truth or twisted-truth. Jesus asks us to give our total selves (100%), and 10% is not really very much (actually a meager pittance) in comparison. Many people see that 10% as coming from material gain (income). Jesus taught that the materialism is of this world (many illustrations, Biblically but one coming to mind is “Give to Caesar what is his and to God what is His”). Blind people want to give 10% of materialism and credit God for material success. That is Satan’s filthy lie, because that concerns this material world, and Jesus said to give your total being towards your eternal life, because those who are concerned with giving material gains for this material world would lose their eternal lives. This world is blinded by Satan, yet they think they see, so the blind leading the blind are going to fall into the ditch. This is because people are lovers of their own selves and they want to hear what their itchy ears want to hear. So people think that wicked teachers are good when they teach people how to love themselves and people think that powers, rulers, governments, etc. are right when they are truly going to destruction because of false teachings and blindness.
As I mentioned, even in secularism (even if there were no religion), an honest study of historical cycles in rise and fall of greed, powers, oppressors, governments, etc. would indicate the pure futility of the materialism of this world. The blind who think they see will not understand how what so many see as good it truly filthy and wicked. People don’t want to see the true filth and wickedness in this world because they would know this world is headed for destruction. So they think they can ‘fix’ and ‘build up’ this world, and forget to wait in the patient expectation of that TRUE eternal world that our Creator wants us to search for. In can only be found in the ABSOLUTE WAY, TRUTH, and LIFE that our Creator shared with us in appearing to us as our suffering Savior Jesus. By giving His life for us and showing us to give ourselves we can learn to see the TRUTH and understand that in giving ourselves, we may suffer much in this world as our Savior did, and lose materialism of this world in realizing its transient and vain nature which has no real, true, or lasting value.
Jesus said to expect this world to treat you as it treated Him. How did this world treat Him; and how do you expect to be treated? Jesus said don’t seek the material gain of this world, but seek that which has eternal value. So who are these rich teachers/preachers that say, “Give your 10% and “GOD” will make you successful in this world. Who are these blind people who think they see because they listen to what their itchy ears want to hear. This world with all of its governments, religions, and people who call themselves Christian churches but aren’t true Christians because they are blind to the TRUTH will soon fall into torments.
Sorry, Sweetheart. Didn’t intend for this comment to get carried away and become so lengthy. I wish to share your post and this comment as a post. Love ya’, Dear One. I believe in you because I believe you are a seeker for TRUTH. As imperfect humans, we may disagree in many ways about the TRUTH, yet we can recognize what it means to truly seek the truth as opposed to those who don’t truly seek, but think they have it because they are blind. Truly love ya’, Dear
Sunday, April 20, 2014, 2:43 AM
Many people think that being a man means standing up for yourself, but not defending yourself would make you a wimp. There are various situations that could make many implications. If one man hit a man, and the man that was hit retaliated with a fist of his own, that is not the same as "standing up for yourself". Anger and rage can make a person appear to be standing up for himself, but it is a long way from the same thing. Sometimes the strong person is not the one who r...etailiates, but the one who is willing to submit to something he doesn't necessarily wish for.
Jesus taught turning the other cheek. That does not necessarily mean in absolute submission to everything. It does not mean to refuse to stand up for what is right and true when absoultely necessary. I have known many that people thought were 'wimps' or 'sissys' that were actually very strong. Sometimes strength means being able to take ridicule, abuse, various forms of mistreatment and continue without venting in anger, rage, and/or retaliation. Retaliation may be seen as being strong to many, but as a reaction from an emotion, it is really a weakness to your own emotions whether anger or whatever. If someone hurts you and you do not retalitate, others may see that as a weakness, but in reality, it requires much more strength to hold on to that sense of retalition (revenge/ anger/ etc.) and have power over your own emotions than to give in to them.
Just some very early morning thoughts from an old man that is really tired and fixing to go to sleep. Do your own thinking about it.