Month: June 2017

The true way has been lost


Now why do I say this? Just look about you and see what is before your very eyes. Most go about in their lives seeking after things of the world. Fame and fortune. Luxury and leisure. This is what Jesus Himself said about things within this temporal plain:
Matthew 6:19 – “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.
Jesus makes it clear. To seek after all these things within the world is not the true path to God. Yet most in this world seek only after these worldly objects and believe with all their heart that they are one with God. Yet if you seek after the things of the world are you not then friends with the world?
James 4:4 – You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God. 5 Do you think the Scriptures have no meaning? They say that God is passionate that the spirit he has placed within us should be faithful to him.
It is made extremely clear in these verses. People would rather be the enemy of God than to serve God in the eternal life that is to come.
Now I understand where part of the break came. It came during the Presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt. It was due to his action, that cause the depression, caused by the stock market crash of 1929, to become worse. Instead of sending money directly to those in need. He instead made this government agency and then that government agency. Making it so most of the money stayed within the government instead of making it to those desperately in need. This cause those that lived within this depression to in a way start to horde their possessions. This in turn led to a need for large houses, which in turn led to a need for more bigger and better things. Which took money away from those in need to those that that began to lust after wealth and property.
We got another glimpse of this in 2007 and 2008 when the housing market crashed. Causing several banks to go into a tailspin. Once again those in the government on both sides of the isle voted to give the money to those that caused the problem instead of to the victims. I actually did the math and as much money as the government took for the American taxpayers to give to the banks. Each legal citizen of this nation, be it adult or child, would have received $100,000 per person.
If it has gone to those in need there would be fewer poor people then there are today. Yes so banks would have went out of business, and those corporate leaders would be mostly the ones that would have ended up poor.
This is what happens when people no longer think of the way God would wish it done. This is what happens when people think they are the gods of this earth. They get this way because they have gone so far from the path to true knowledge and understand of the Bible and its teachings, that they think they know what is best. When time and again throughout history this has proven to not be so.
Every time a past civilization falls it is due to this arrogance and a lust for things of the world. A desire to please themselves here in this temporal plain of existence. Not understanding that this time we now live is not for themselves, but to see if they would awaken to the true. That as we are tempted by the wealth and objects of this world those that seek after and desire these things do so because it is what they lust after. It is a trap that draws them in and it snaps tight about them. Breaking their will to escape from it and slowly, ever so slowly, kills them. Not in the flesh, but in the spirit. For a dead spirit will never see heaven, and that is something that brings sorrow to me as I type these words.
Reject the world. Reject the need for wealth. Reject the need for things. Reject the need for fame. For only one person deserves fame, and that is He that arose from the dead upon the third day. It is He that walked amongst us for forty days with whole in His and in His side. It is He that showed that God is real and that He is God’s Son. For that is who He is, Jesus Christ our Savior.
Turn to Him. No longer seek after wealth. No longer seek after fame. No longer seek after luxuries. For our reward is not within this temporal plain, but in the eternal in the service of God our Creator.

True Christians truly do care


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But most don’t want to hear what they have to say.
A Christian is like a parent to their children. They know what is right and have been through the same pains their children are going through, but the child doesn’t want to hear the advice or even accept the discipline that is sometimes required. This is extremely prevalent with those that do not wish to spank their children. Do you know that the Bible states if you do not spank your child you actually hate them (Proverbs 13:24). Now why is that? Because in some cases the only way to get through to the child is to cause them pain. Now I must say you do not need to go to extremes like that football player did a year back with the switch… that is too far and too much. But it is through pain that we all learn our lessons even as adults, it is usually emotional pain for adults though.
Without pain we do not learn if you do not learn then you are destine to repeat the same wrong over and over and in so doing will become lost to the point that Christ may even spit you out of His Body (Revelation 3:15-16). To allow this to happen is a type of hatred. It is this hatred that Christians do not have and any wise parent does not have either. For a truly loving parent truly and wholeheartedly loves their children and wishes them to do only what is good and righteous.
It is through confrontation with those that sin that Christians spank. Now you have to understand, most dictionaries give the incorrect definition of the word “confrontation.” Most say it is some type of violence. This is not correct. It is in actually a standing for your principles and not backing down from them. It is staying solid to you point and making it clear that for example if something in the Bible is said to be bad, wrong and something you should not do it is a sin. It is here that those sinning get a pain within them and it is a pain they wish to run away from. But truly good Christians will, reprove, rebuke and then exhort (2 Timothy 4:1-5) them to do what is right in God’s eyes and cause them to go down the painful road.
The pain is required.
There is no way around the pain. Trust me on this one, been there, done that…. Not fun. But from that pain my faith and trust in God grew, my believe in God grew, my understanding of God grew.
Now I can tell you I do not see things like a lot of other Christians do. In fact I do not think any Christian thinks exactly the same as any other Christian. I am willing to allow science to prove God while there are those that think science is nothing but a lie. Now you have to also understand that someone’s theory stated in a scientific manner as fact is a lie. In fact most “theories” are a joke, but when you apply true science you come to understand that God is real.
Case in point, the belief in multiple universes or multiple dimensions as it was originally called. The Bible states this is real. Is not heaven another reality? Yes it is and this is where God and His Son Jesus is at this very moment. So in this the Bible and science agree.
Do I think there are things in science that need to change? Yes. I think carbon dating needs to be revised since when it was first established our understanding of how the layers of the earth were made are not the same as they are today. Like for example the asteroid that hit the Yucatan Peninsula. This was not discovered till recently but it added several inches if not feet to the layering of the earth. So something that took place in a few days in reality is shown to be several hundred to thousands of years in carbon dating. So this shows that science needs to be re-evaluated.
This is how I differ from other Christians, but one thing is constant in all true believers. If the Bible says this is so or that is so. That is fact. So if something is a sin it is a sin and you must stop this sin. The greater the sin the greater the pain. Homosexuals must leave their lovers and end that lifestyle. Will that be easy? No. Will it be painful? Yes, but per the Bible it must be done and has been done (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).
But because God loves you, you must endure this pain to be with Him. If you do not endure this pain and wish to live in sin then you will have everlasting pain. That is why when someone that loves you makes you suffer pain for a short time it is for your own good and it proves they love you. For an eternity in pain is all you will have if you are hated and do not know the short and temporal pain we experience here in this reality. For beyond the temporal will come the eternal and it would be worth the pain suffered here. Because to see the beauty and joys that come from an eternity serving God throughout His creation which is the entire universe.
So which do you wish to suffer? A short momentary pain or a pain that will never cease for billions upon billions of years?
This is why we must suffer punishments from our parents, and from God. And this is why the Bible verse says if you spare the rod you hate your child for by not suffering this momentary pain you are cursing them to eternal pain and only someone that hates someone could do that. We all must go through the pain for once we have emerged upon the other side we are better than we were before.
Stop seeking out the temporal pleasures of this short existence. An existence that will last slightly longer than one hundred years. Seek out the existence that is promised to all that follow the teachings of Christ within the Bible. Turn from sin. Stop living in the moment and start living for that which will last forever.
This is why true Christians care so much for their fellow humans. This is why those that truly follow Christ’s teachings say you must stop living in sin. Any that says you can live in your sin and still get into the eternal hates you, for odds are in favor they hate themselves and all misery loves company.
Accept Jesus Christ, turn to Him and ask His help to end your sin, and realize that there will be pain that follows, but also realize that pain is fleeting, but it is much better than the alternative of a joyous and painless life now and the total opposite for billions of years later.
Heaven is only a holding ground for those awaiting the return of Christ upon the Mount of Olives. Beyond that day eternity begins.

Those who love the world are not one with God


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So I was going through Facebook yesterday and one of the groups I am a member of showed a young man proposing to his boyfriend. It was done at the front of a “church” and all the people gathered there cheered.
My heart sank.
They have embraced the world and don’t even realize that they have. What does the Bible have to say about this:
1 John 2:15 – Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
James 4:4 – Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
Anything of the world is against God. Homosexuality is a sin and so is of the world. So it is against God. Every person within the building that was once known as a “church” made it clear that they love the world and so hate God.
Romans 1:26 – For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
Now you see my sorrow. This has become the common place, the ordinary, which adds to my pain. Yes my pain. For it hurts to see people thinking they are worshiping God and thinking they are one with God when they are not. They are living in a lie, a fabrication of reality. And who is the father of lies? It isn’t God. So if they are not worshiping God and they are worshiping within a lie then they are in reality worshiping Satan.
What is Satan’s fate? To be thrown into the pit of fire along with any that follow him.
How long will they be there? For all eternity.
Revelation 20: 10 – And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
Isaiah 66:24 – And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.

2 Timothy 4:1-5

Tripping and falling on your face, hurts doesn’t it?


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No one is total free of sin that is a human, it goes with the territory thanks to Adam and Eve. Only one being walked upon this earth in human form that is perfect even to this day. His name is Jesus Christ. No others can say this. No others rose from the dead three days later and walked amongst us for forty days after that as a witness to His resurrection.
We mere humans though do not have this luxury. Even after we accept Jesus as our Savior we still trip over our sins time to time. Now this point needs to be made. This stumbling and tripping is not a daily thing. Sometimes you can go for days, weeks, month and even years between slip ups. Any that says you can still repeat and live with the same sin daily doesn’t know what they are talking about. That is living in sin not salvation. When you live in salvation you actually feel true guilt when you slip up. You have remorse and sorrow over failing God. You beg His forgiveness and the moment you do it is given, but that is not how you feel. For you have not yet forgiven yourself, which must be done as well. Then you go back into your Christian life not committing this sin and hoping this time you will never trip and fall again.
If this is not how you feel then the question needs to be asked: Are you really saved?

Confessions of a screwed up middle aged man: the reality of the state of the United States


As I write this it is one day after the shooting of the Congressional Baseball Practice shooting.
When I heard about it. Many of my con-workers said something that struck a core of difference than in past attacks.
In the past when there was violence and death on a mass scale the first thing that come from their mouths was “It had be to a terrorist.”
Yesterday though it was “It must have been a Democrat.”
As it turned out, that is exactly who it was, but I need to go deeper into this situation.
I needed to test the waters. So I have learned that if I wish to hear the mindset of those upon the left all I need do is say something in the comments of a news article on one of the news services that post on Facebook.
I did this on Reuters. Here is all I said:
“About this attack on the congressional baseball practice. In past attacks be they. Here in the U.S. or overseas. The first thing I heard people say was ‘It must have been a terrorist.’
This time though I heard this:
‘It must have been a Democrat.’
Ponder on that for a bit people.”
As I suspected there was an attack upon my views right away. Note that I said nothing about my views. Also someone posted a long thing implying I was offering “fake news.” The thread went dead as soon as the identity of the shooter was revealed to be a Democrat.
Simply, those upon the left do not seek to live within reality. They live and work in the same world we do. However, as was shown not only by the attack itself, but in how those upon the left live within a belief that they are incapable of doing violence. The reality of the situation through what was shown with the “Weather Underground” to those that comprise “Antifa” today is that those that do the most violence and the most aggressive and deadly are those upon the left. This is even seen if you look back further into history and look to the National Socialist Workers Party of Germany led by Adolf Hitler. Their behavior is exactly the same as those within Antifa with no variation what so ever other than the clothes they wear and the language they speak. None can speak unless it matches what they say should be spoken, which is exactly the behavior of the Nazis.
Unfortunately, this was all prophesied within the Bible as we come closer to the return of Jesus Christ. The only difference this time though is that several of the prophecies are being fulfilled not only all at once but globally. What is mandatory to remember is that we come to understand and study the Bible fully. So that when we see signs like this from the books of prophecy within the Bible that we are able to know that this is happening. This will allow us to straighten out our lives and to live a life that is not just faith or just works. But a life that is both faith and works.
My prayers go to those shot. I will not offer prayers for those upon the left, for that would be like casting pearls before swine, which Jesus made clear we are not to do. Most know of God and of Jesus. Most know the true words of the Bible and they chose to deny them or laugh upon them as myth. It is truly sad, but we must come to terms that there will be far viewer that stand before the throne of God than most realize. Should we weep for them that are so blind? That I would say yes to.

The path to perfection


This is one thing that most do not understand nor do they really wish to understand. “Pilgrim’s Progress” sought to address this this very same issue, and was a core teaching for Pilgrims. It was one of many attempts to seek after an understanding of what is necessitated to meet the perfection that is glimpsed upon within the Bible.
One thing that must be made perfectly clear. No one will ever achieve perfection in this temporal existence we all live within. That includes myself. Any that say or teach otherwise do not or willfully deny the teachings of the Bible. If you actually study “Pilgrim’s Progress” you come to understand many of the things I try to articulate in my articles that I post.
Most people have an image of redemption that all that is required of them is that they acknowledge Jesus Christ and say they accept Him as their Savior. This is faith alone teachings. However, as is made clear in James 2 it is not faith alone. In fact it makes clear that faith alone is dead.
The path toward perfection is an endeavor of both faith and works. Not only an acceptance that Jesus is our Savior, but following with due diligence the teachings and the commandments within the Bible. This is something that is strongly hit upon within “Pilgrim’s Progress.”
When the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts it was from this point that this nation become dedicated to God as a Christian nation. This was this group’s reward for trying their best to follow the teachings within the Bible in their time period. Now this nation has strayed from its roots. Now more than any other time since its creation this nation is in jeopardy. This is all due to the fact that most no longer seek the correct path to perfection. They now see a path that appears to be the path to perfection, but it actually keeps them rooted here in this temporal reality. Not seeking after God, but after the fool’s gold of riches, luxuries and rewards here in this short and temporal life, with a serving of Jesus on the side.
This is not how the Bible says we are to live our lives. The true path to perfection goes through Jesus Christ with the teachings of the Bible and God at its core, with a serving of the world on the side.
Once you place the world, this temporal existence as your master, you have left the true path to perfection. This path is not a path but a highway that is not just well traveled, but is crowded to the point of a traffic jam.
The true path to perfection is both faith and works. The works that are clearly and plainly taught within the Bible. From following the speed limits to not living is sins, like homosexuality. These are things that are taught plainly and clearly. If you speed you sin, if you live in sin… well enough said there. Simply they are not on the path to perfection and it leads to the ultimate imperfection.
Follow the Bible and live a life that is both faith and works. Not faith alone, nor works alone, but both balanced for the glory of Jesus Christ and His Father our Creator God.

For those that chose to let sin be your master.


Understand this please and allow it to filter into your heart, your mind and your soul.
When you accept God into your life, through Christ Jesus, you become dead unto sin, unto the world. You are a new and separate being. Now alive instead of dead. But understand this, we are still human, we are still within a corrupted body and it will seek to take governance over you. In Romans chapter six it explains this. For again you must realize that all the books of the Bible were written unto to those that counted themselves to already be saved by God’s Holy grace. In verse twelve it says this:
“Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.”
Now allow that to sink in for a few moments.

A sin that has dominion over you and it operators through lust. There are many sins that operate through lust if not all. A good share of them are sexual in nature though. Now when we turn from sin, when we repent, that sin losses total control, but it is still an issue that we must confront time to time so it will not come back over us. These are a few sexual lusts, . Fornication includes masturbation, lusting after and coveting after someone in a lustful manner. Adultery is any sex between male and female that is outside the bonds of marriage, as well as homosexuality. These are all sins and according to the verse above we are not to let it have “reign” over us.
When these sins become predominant in someone’s life then it is their master it has control of them. If this is the case then if you were saved your salvation goes into question to the point that it can be lost and God will break you from the vine.
2 Peter 2:20 – 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.
John 15:6 – 6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
Jesus Christ pronounced it Himself. If you do not abide in Him and let sin be your master then you shall be broken off by God, given to men and the cast into the fire. Christ Himself!
Not me, or one of those that wrote the books of the Bible in letters and sent them out to the world, which were inspired by the Holy Ghost, but Jesus Christ.
Yet thousand question this, if not millions. Many thinking they are one with God and His Son, when Jesus makes it clear this is not so. I just don’t know what to say beyond this other than good luck with your choices, especially when you go and formalize your wish to live in sin with a legal document.

Love the sinner, hate the sin, but if you truly love them tell the sinner they are sinning


This is what we are called to do:
2 Timothy 4: 1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; 2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. 5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.
We are told to reprove, rebuke and exhort.
Reprove is elegcho in the Greek which means to –convict, convince, and tell a fault. Is this not what people call judging these days? Why yes it is. So if we are instructed within the Bible to tell those that sin of the faults and we are to convince them to turn from the error of their ways. Then are we judging them? No we are not, we are a tool of God, one of His servants through the grace of Jesus Christ, as long as we do not do the same sin and use facts found within the Bible.
If we do not reprove those that sin, if we do not rebuke those that sin and if we do not exhort them to turn from their sins then are we not in disobedience to God? Yes we are.
So yes love the person that sins, and yes hate their sin for their sin is more important to them then God and for this reason alone you must tell them of their sin. You must ask them time and again to turn away from that which is evil, which is of this temporal existence. For our ultimate goal is not to be happy here, but to be eternally joyous in our service to God in our eternal life promised to us by the Bible.
We are to learn how to do that service here in the short time here upon this plain of existence. Then we are to learn more during the thousand year reign of Jesus Christ Himself who we as His body are to serve alongside Him and learn from Him. Teaching, caring, instructing those that either survive the Great Tribulation or come after it.
Even in this time there will be failure for at the end of the thousand year Satan is to be let loose upon those that live upon the earth at that time and others will choose to follow him into the abyss than to serve God and His Son the Lord Jesus Christ, which is the fate for all that chose the sin over God.

You just can’t say “I am Christian”


Most in today’s world go about their lives and thing they are fine with God. All they have to do is say “I am Christian” or “I am Catholic” or even “I am Muslim” and they believe they are going to heaven.
Sorry to say this, but it doesn’t work that way.
Then there are those that say “I am saved” or “I am born again.” Yet they show no visible signs of this salvation. As you look at them, as you watch their behavior they seem like all others. Act like all others. Well that is because they are like all others. They have lost the very salvation they thought they had received.
2 Peter 2:20 – And when people escape from the wickedness of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and then get tangled up and enslaved by sin again, they are worse off than before. 21 It would be better if they had never known the way to righteousness than to know it and then reject the command they were given to live a holy life. 22 They prove the truth of this proverb: “A dog returns to its vomit.” And another says, “A washed pig returns to the mud.”
True salvation brings about a change in the person. What they once loved becomes something that no longer brings them happiness. Their hearts and they minds change, but as can be seen above. There will be those that say “Okay now that you are saved you are free to live as you like.” This is a lie.
For with true desire to serve God through Jesus Christ there comes a need to stop living in sin. Any sin. It is made clear in John 15 that you can be saved. You can be a part of the vine of Jesus Christ. Yet you bear no fruit showing your salvation. God sees this and sees that your branch is dead upon the vine. So God Himself breaks you off and cast you to humanity. Who gathers you up and then cast you into the fire. The fire of damnation, not salvation.
It is not faith or love of God alone. It is both faith and works.
James 2:14 – What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? 15 Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, 16 and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do? 17 So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless. 18 Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” But I say, “How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds.” 19 You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror. 20 How foolish! Can’t you see that faith without good deeds is useless? 21 Don’t you remember that our ancestor Abraham was shown to be right with God by his actions when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see, his faith and his actions worked together. His actions made his faith complete. 23 And so it happened just as the Scriptures say: “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.” He was even called the friend of God. 24 So you see, we are shown to be right with God by what we do, not by faith alone. 25 Rahab the prostitute is another example. She was shown to be right with God by her actions when she hid those messengers and sent them safely away by a different road. 26 Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works.
Faith is dead without works. But what are the works? The works are the teachings of Jesus Christ and His apostles. They are the commandments. Which is not just the twelve commandments (yes 12). But those commandments that were not directly changed by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ upon the cross. You must seek to live these teachings, every single hour, of every single day, of every single month, of every single year, for the rest of your live.
Will you stumble and fall? Yes. For none are perfect. But if you cling onto a sin and refuse to reject it. That sin is your god. That sin is you master. That sin is your damnation. God is to be the center of your lives. Not ourselves or our lust and desires. If you place anything other than God at the center of your life. Then that is your god. That is what you worship. Be it money, sports, clothes, a home.
The only way to true salvation is to surrender yourself to God through Jesus Christ. To abandon sin. To not live in sin. For as long as you desire the world. Then that is your fate.
Romans 1:18 – But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who suppress the truth by their wickedness. 19 They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. 20 For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. 21 Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. 22 Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. 23 And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles. 24 So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies. 25 They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen. 26 That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. 27 And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved. 28 Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, he abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done. 29 Their lives became full of every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, quarreling, deception, malicious behavior, and gossip. 30 They are backstabbers, haters of God, insolent, proud, and boastful. They invent new ways of sinning, and they disobey their parents. 31 They refuse to understand, break their promises, are heartless, and have no mercy. 32 They know God’s justice requires that those who do these things deserve to die, yet they do them anyway. Worse yet, they encourage others to do them, too.

The world is full of heathens


Now that I got your attention. Let me explain this title. To do this we must first define the word “heathen.”
It is defined as “a person who does not belong to a widely held religion (especially one who is not a Christian, Jew, or Muslim) as regarded by those who do.”
Now what defines belonging to a religion? Here is a big clue of what I mean. In my research to answer this question in a definitive and insightful manner, I only found one source that could answer this question. A person showing how to be accepted in the Religious Society of Friends, otherwise known as Quakers. Here is that example:
1 – What does membership mean to you, personally and as a monthly meeting?
2 – What is the relationship between membership as a form and as an expression of stewardship, commitment, conviction, and service?
3 – How do you welcome individuals fully into your community and recognize their gifts?
4 – What is the essential function, intention, and reason for membership?
5 – Is there a difference between being a Quaker and being a member of a monthly meeting?
6 – How can we re-pattern the way we talk about our spirituality?
7 – Quakerism is in its essence about one’s relationship with the Divine; what role does membership play in that?
8- How can we examine and question the way we talk about membership and not challenge membership’s importance in the life of the meeting?
9- How does the meeting community nurture and meet the needs of its members and attenders at various stages in life?
10 – How can we value, connect with, and support community for young adults and others who do not fit neatly into meeting membership or other established patterns of belonging?
This can be translated over to any religion in actuality, but my point is starting to be made. What can be seen is an actual interaction with the teachings of the Bible. An interaction between God and the person and then extending that to involvement with the others that share your views and ideals that arise from having a true relationship with God.
The mere fact that it is nearly impossible to find anything like this for other religions is that people have made assumptions that this knowledge is passed on from one generation to another. This is the furthest thing from the truth. When God was removed from schools in the 1960s this transfer came nearly to a complete halt.
As most know. Those going to church has diminished greatly. Mainly due to the previous statement. Most would rather shop at the store, watch or play sports than spend time with God. This is hedonism. They may say “I am a Christian!” however in reality they are not. They are heathen for they do not “belong.” What they worship is the leisure, the sport the activity that is more important than God. What they wish to do before God is their god and so they are in reality not Christian, or Jewish or even Muslim. This leaves only one thing, they are heathen as is shown in the definition of the word.
We are given commandments that must be followed. Not out of a requirement to do so, but out of love and a desire to please that being that is at the center of our lives. Per the greatest commandment that is God Himself.
Matthew 22:37 Jesus replied, “’You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment.”