The other day I posed a question. At the time I am writing this I am responding to the sole response.
Joseph Rathjen posted:
“Well, what can I say, except that unlike the demon I have felt the true presence of God in my heart and all the good that he stands for. For years, I lived in a spiritual darkness that I knew deep down in my soul was wrong and damaging. It took some time to repent, but I finally realized that having an open and sympathetic heart, being unselfish, learning to be forgiving and unresentful made my life a lot more fulfilling.
So, I guess I can say that being born a Christian didn’t necessarily make me a Christian. Until I experienced his calling and tried to share it with others did I realize what Christianity is all about. I’m not a holy roller or a bible thumper, but I try to show other people in my life (in my own way) his way.
It’s a wicked world we live in so sometimes you have to be a little sneaky. Is that a sin, lol?”
I wouldn’t call it sneaky. I would call it honesty. “Holy rollers” and “bible thumpers” actually turn people from God or more accurately scare them from God.
Those folks are a phase in their growing in God. I can speak of this from personal experience. I would say that the first five or six year after becoming born again I turned into a “holy roller.” Why? It could be due to be so filled with the Holy Spirit that it just over flowed out of me. Since I was not well versed in the Bible and had no real mentors to turn to help me work through this filling of God’s glory that it made more overly “religious.”
Now why did I put quotation marks about that word? It is simple. Religions are the product of man seeking to please God. It is this which Jesus confronted the Pharisees about when he walked the earth. It is religion that placed Him upon the cross, but He knew this and accepted it.
True “Christians” actually should act as you finally learned. They should have an open and sympathetic heart. They should be unselfish, forgiving and unresentful for it is not our place to judge, but Gods. We are to be Jesus’ example upon this earth at this time. The key word is “example.” We are not here to judge, but to help. We are to guide them toward the light and away from sin. How do we do this? By our actions for most do not respond well to words, but when they see your actions they see what true believe in God is and so it makes them at the very least start to think.
We are to be a shining light that shows brightly upon the world. Show the difference between what is Godly and what is human. Does this make you sneaky? No. It makes you a true example of God.
I must also add that being born into a Christian household does not make you one. It is something that is the responsibly of those parents of the household to instill and teach their children, but ultimately it is these children’s own decision if they wish to live in sin or live for God. For each person is only responsible for their own life’s choices.
So again Joseph you are not being sneaky you are being the opposite. You are a walking example of Jesus Christ the Son of God who walked, talked and dined with sinners.
This is a snapshot into my life.
We are told in the Bible that the man is to leave his father and mother and cleave unto the woman that becomes his wife making one entity.
Well at the age of 20 I did that and for nearly 13 years through growing up and finding God the man I had become was not acceptable to the woman that I had married. So she cast me aside even though I knew she was the one woman that was I meant to be with me forever.
For ten years I waited for her to return. Even after she remarried, I waited. Striving to follow the teaching of God.
Then toward the end of this decade I did what I was not supposed to do. First my faith waivered, second I placed too much emphasis on me doing God’s work and less on letting God do God’s work.
As a result I met another woman and married. It was not till near the end of the 9th year of marriage to this one that I came to find that I had been lied too, deceived. The woman I thought I had married did not exist. Instead the woman I was married to brought into my life destruction and chaos and destitution. Soon after I entered into my year of Job and kept the promises I had made to her and myself if she did not correct her ways. As a result I was divorced for the second time.
I had returned to my correct place with where I should be with God, yet different. I was in a different city. I was a different man. So God knowing this set me upon a new path. A path that would allow me to serve Him and allow me to reach out to more people then I have ever envisioned myself reaching. Do they listen or ignore me I do not know, but many have read my words and still a seed is planted that may or may not grow.
As I followed God, I let Him lead me. Well, He led me to another woman. A woman I did not know could ever exist.
We share so much in common, yet there are still differences that make it interesting and exciting to be with her. I can say she is truly “God sent.”
Due to my believe and love for God I knew that my human desires would interfere with my walk with God, and God has made a provision just for this. He states that if you divorce and you cannot stay single He would rather us remarry then to live in sin. But I also must add that when you serve God He will reward you if you are truly serving me.
As a result yesterday I married for the third and last time. For she is truly the woman I am meant to live with for all eternity. I know that it stated until death, but when you truly understand God there is no death except that caused by sin. If you live for God and you serve God you will do so for all eternity and so you will do that with a companion because we are told we are not meant to be alone. My companion is my new wife and it is she that has now truly replaced my first wife and for that I will love her forever with only God being more important. For the person I was at twenty is not the man I am today. We are two different people, even though I have always been this person that now types these words. The person then was a child of sin and the man I am now is a child of God.
It has been the plan by those that do not think God is real to subjugate those they think below them. Not as “intelligent” as them.
It has even been caught on video tape that the average citizen of the nation is “too stupid” to realize that they are being manipulated.
It has happened in stages. One of the key blocks they knew they had to attack and remove was the Christian religion. They took little steps here and little bites there. They removed God from the school systems and now they have fallen into chaos and less and less is being taught to our children where each group that graduates is a little more ignorant then the one before. Respect for your fellows and your elders has been stripped away all under the guise of political correctness.
Millions of babies are being murderer every year. Human sacrifices to living a life solely for the self and not for the child that has just been sucked out of the womb through a plastic tube.
All of this is the work of those that deny God. That put on the mask of hypocrisy with full knowledge that they are openly lying to the average citizen.
But who is really at fault here? The person making the changes or the person allowing the changes? Actually it is both, but the one most guilty is the one allowing the changes, especially if they know what is happening is wrong.
It is past time for those that have set silently by and allowed these sins to stack up to the point that the United States is on the verge of collapse. Yet many still sit quiet and do nothing. (James 4:17)
It has been documented that most that called themselves Christian stayed at home for the 2012 Presidential election. All mainly due to the fact that the Republican nominee was a Mormon. Now I do not support the Mormon view and I personally consider them to be a successful cult since they are a part of this society, but to allow the man that is now in the White House stay there is one of the greatest sins ever commit by anyone that either did not vote or voted for him because he calls himself “Christian.” His actions say that he is not. This nation, due to it Christian believes and values has supported the nation of Israel, yet every chance the White House gets to insult demean or diminish Israel they do so. To the point that Israel canceled the purchase of 6 V-22s because someone in the White House called the Israeli Prime Minister a “chicken BEEP.” Also he has promised this or that would happen if you supported his ideas and now one of his ideas is a law. A law that has devastated our healthcare system. All of which was built upon lies. (Ephesians 4:17)
Yet the nation stays quiet as this man leads this nation further and further into collapse and mayhem. It is time those that call themselves “Christian” start to live up to that name and what it means. It is time to defend this once proud nation that was created to worship God. It is time for the Bible to be read. It is time for the word of God to be heard and taught once more. It is time for this world of selfishness and self-serving to be removed and replaced with the nation of caring for your brother before yourself as it was once attempted to be done.
Has this nation ever been perfect? No. Because we have to deal with people that do not understand the teaching of Jesus Christ and have been misinformed as to their true meaning. People need to read the Bible and seek out those that have read it and understand its meaning and purpose. It is a journey of learning that all must undergo. Why? So they will be able to see the little truths being mixed with the lies that are being told to them so they will see the real truth and be able to reject the hypocrisy that is being given to them.
It is time to place God back as the head of this nation. The national government needs to be down sized. The budget deficit must be removed or your children and grandchildren will live in starvation and want because the nation of the United States of America will no longer exist and it will be your own fault for not turning to God and the teachings of His Son the Lord Jesus Christ.
A movie definitely written by someone that believed heavily in evolution. It doesn’t surprise me that he does not get it.
What will follow are two examples of an ability that will happen when we have our new bodies and access to ALL of our brain:
John 20: 19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.
Acts 8: 39 And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing. 40 But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached in all the cities, till he came to Caesarea.
Just for your understanding; the distance between Gaza and Azotus is 32.4 miles (52.2 km).
This is only one thing we are promised with our immortal body. It is obvious that people are seeking it out or there would never have been a movie like “Lucy” made. This also shows that people have not read the Bible or understand it and do not truly have a concept of God and His promise to us through His Son the Lord Jesus Christ. Ponder and think upon that for a bit.
It is a total misunderstanding of the teachings of that group’s religious book.
The Crusades was caused by the few that perverted the teachings of the Bible which resulted in the invasion into the Holy Lands.
Now today we have the Qur’an’s teaching being perverted by a few and spreading their lies to those that have not fully and completely read this holy book. As a result we have today’s Jihad which is nothing more than a modern version of the Christian Crusades.
What is required is for those with the true knowledge of the Qur’an to become more vocal and to stop this Jihad. Will they do this? They have not yet, so I seriously doubt it
A true classic of the holiday season. The weakest of the years listed is the 1938. Originally supposed to star Lionel Barrymore he injured his leg which effectually led to him being wheelchair bound, instead stared Reginald Owen. The main redeeming factor of this film was the Lockhart family. Gene Lockhart (the judge from the 1947 version of “Miracle on 34th Street” [another true classic]) his wife Kathleen and uncredited was June Lockhart (Lassie , Lost in Space ) their daughter who played “Belinda.”
1951 and 1984 had the better scripts, but to me the 1984 version is the best of the all of them. Starring George C. Scott, I highly recommend they all be watched and each person seriously think about their own behavior and actions as they do, because there are a lot of Scrooges out there in the real world today and it is saddening.
Base story: 2 out of 5 swords
Acting: 3 out of 5 swords
Special effects: 3 out of 5 swords.
Overall: 2.66 swords out of 5 swords
Base Story 3 out of 5 swords
Acting: 3 out of 5 swords
Special effects: 3 out of 5 swords
Overall: 3 swords out of 5 swords
Base Story: 4 out of 5 swords
Acting: 5 out of 5 swords
Special effects: 3 out of 5 swords
Overall: 4 swords out of 5 swords
Most associate Scrooge with greed. It is true that is a system of his real sin, but what Scrooge was guilty of was selfishness. Everything had to revolve about him and he thought that he could control all through having it. If you notice, he is friendless and very alone at the beginning of the story “A Christmas Carol.” He alienates all about him, because he cannot control them. What he can control he does through his money, which he clings to because it is all that he has left in the world.
Many in today’s world are heading down this same road, but most are unaware just how hideous they appear to other humans. They are blind to what is going on about them as they think themselves better the Ebenezer Scrooge. He is a product of a broken home. His father hated him for being born since his birth caused the death of his mother. He had no true positive influence during his informative years and so the foundation was lied for his eventual fall into the selfishness since all he truly knew was loneliness he never knew there was more to the world.
I can relate to this in a degree. I am what is called an “Army brat” even though my father was not in the military when I was around. Part of the meaning of this word was to be moved about from post to post every few years. This did happen to me and so making friends became more and more difficult. This in time got me to the point of feeling more comfortable alone then with people. Therefore, in this I can see how being alone did not phase Scrooge, but it did enable him to fall into the trap of selfishness more easily.
Jacob Marley makes this statement in his discussion with Scrooge “charity, mercy, forbearance and benevolence was my business.” Simply to be humble, a servant to humankind, which is the inverse of selfishness.
Most, especially those that have turned their back upon the Bible and the teachings of Christ, display daily acts of selfishness yet most cannot even see it. They are blinded by their ignorance of the Bible and so they are intolerant of not only things those that those that know the Bible realize is wrong. They also are so narrow-minded that most things are not acceptable to them. You see this behavior given life in the per-visitation version of Mr. Scrooge, yet many just see this movie as entertainment and do not truly dwell upon the message. Mainly, as stated before, because they associate his actions solely to greed not seeing the bigger picture of selfishness.
Look at your actions. Think if your behavior in anyway shape or form echoes the “Humbug” version of Scrooge. If it does see if you can find your own redemption for you will not be given the luxury of being visited upon by four spirits. All you have to count on is the teaching of Christ within the Bible.
Out of all the Christmas movies out there, this one to me is the worst. Even “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians” (1964), which my mother actually took me to see, which was horrid, is better than this movie. The story is so weak it has to have a narrator carry the story to keep you interested. The humor is demeaning and degrading and to me actually insults the season.
Base story: 1 out of 5 swords
Acting: 3 out of 5 swords
Special effects: 2 out of 5 swords
Overall: 2 swords out of 5 swords
There are times we go through trials and tribulations. As I have said before some may be a pruning by God to allow you to become a better tool for His glory. There will be some trials that confound and confuse you because they come at you from a direction you did not expect. Usually in these instances, there is another party involved. Someone outside that you do not know how or why they crossed your path and sent you into a trail and tribulation. When there is others involved it is always a test upon both parties or all those involved.
In many cases, it will be something that is testing you to see if you grow in your faith, and let me say on a personal note, that all our faiths including mine own have room to grow.
Here is my point of this post. Even though we end up growing and become closer to God in this time of tribulation we may not be the may target. I could be the other person in the situation that is being tested. It may be the other person having their faith in God worked upon my Him.
Our responses and actions to this person might be something that God can use to make this other person realize they need to change and come closer to God. Or they may just need to go through this trial in their own way, but still your reaction is important.
The other day I was behind a person on the road that was driving erratically. I noticed that he was more interested in looking on the screen of his cellphone then upon the road. I come to this conclusion by the mere fact that he crossed the double yellow line and had to come to a near stop several time to make a simple corner. I have seen drunk drives drive better. So as I get to a stop light I start honking my horn.
He jumps out of his car comes running to my window and proceeds to curse and me.
My respond. “Yes I have a problem with you. You are texting. Read Titus 3:1”
This reference to the Bible made his eyes widen, step back and then turn and leave to his car, which he suddenly started running to as it rolled driverless toward the car in front of it.
Was I being given a trail? I would say yes, if you knew me before Christ you would understand.
Was he being tested? I would say definitely.
As we go about our daily tasks, we are given days of joy and happiness. We are given days when nearly the same thing happens that had happened the day before. Then we are given trials. Most are minor, some are more painful, and some are soul rending.
The thing is there is always someone there waiting to help us. Many call out to Him, but many times, they do not believe he listens. Well He does. The answer you seek to see may not be the answer He wishes you to learn, but you must endure.
I had an encounter that took place in 1996. The details are unimportant, what is important though is that it took more than ten years to finally open my mind and heart to the lesson that God was trying to teach me. In those ten years I carried bitterness and anger within, which is opposite what God wants us to carry within us.
This anger and bitterness left me depressed and despondent. It led me to doubt my place with God. It led me down a path in which feel I could have been an unfruitful branch for God and so broken off of the tree and cast to the world.
I came close, but then I realized the truth and beauty of God and His Son Jesus Christ. It took an experience that was an echo of Job for me to turn my path back to God. Trials and tribulations I do not wish any to have to go through, but I know, as with me, that may be the only way for people to come to understand that Jesus in the answer.
That is the reason there are pitfalls and potholes in life.