Christianity

Confessions of a screwed up middle aged man: the debate with those that have been blinded


Yesterday I had an encounter on Facebook. I don’t even remember what the original post was but what got me involved was someone stating that Obama is a Christian. The person proceeded to say that anyway that disagreed with this view was and I quote: “Self-interest and greed with a side of intolerance will destroy this nation.”
So what the main discourse of the exchange that followed boiled down to how those that have not read the Bible see “Christianity” while those that have read it see it totally differently. Those on the left made it clear to the point of personally attacking me and reducing the conversation to cursing me. That I was totally wrong in my interpretation of the full context of certain Bible verse that they pull out of the Bible totally out of context with what was being said in the Bible at the passages they referred me too.
One said that you should not display piety in public. Where this person got this from was Christ talking about the Pharisees in their hypocrisy.
This person was really messed up. Later again picking parts of the Bible out to suit their point of view, first accused me of doing the exact same thing this person was doing themselves. In particular the situation where the young rich man told Jesus he was doing everything by the Torah and in his eyes was living a righteous live. By this time in the discussion I knew it was a waste of time to inform this person that they once again took things out of context. However, what was most interesting is that this person felt that all that call themselves “Christian” should sell all they had and allow illegal aliens to have it instead, including our job because we profess Christianity.
What was ironic is that I has started our discussion by recommending this person do that themselves. The debated end when I reminded this person of this fact and looked forward to hearing how things were going for their friends since they would no longer have a computer to be able to get on Facebook anymore. What is worse is that they themselves will, per this person’s responses, not lift a finger to help the poor and needy, but they expect all other especially Christians to do this.
I honestly have pity for those that get to this point in their live where they have actually fallen for the leftist propaganda that God is a myth and Christianity is a farce. That all must bow and cater to their wishes and desires because they are perfect and right in all things.
I did inform this person that a myth usually occurs about one hundred and fifty years after someone lives. I then pointed out that at least one letter within the Bible that mentions Christ’s resurrection can be dated to within sixteen years of that very event and many that were alive could refute these facts especially the Romans and the Pharisees, but they could not. Also the fact that it is the most copied document throughout history and only has changed by 2%. I even mention Josephus the historian who betrayed his Jewish faith at the time the Temple was destroyed. How this historian mention the death of the brother of Christ, James and his Christian (tribe) followers.
This is what we are up against folks. They wish to rule the world not realizing that those in actual power do not share power and they themselves will be the victims of corruption. It is only through Jesus Christ and the promised rewards that are not of this earth that true and eternal happiness will be found and rewarded. But to do so they must be willing to accept Christ as their Savior and become truly “Christian.”

The murderer of Christianity


It is not a quick death, but a slow poisoning. The poison is not only being ingested from an outside source, but it is within the Body itself. Many that profess to be “Christians” do not live as Christians and so many fall away not seeing any difference between the secular and the non-secular.
Some buildings that call themselves “churches” are nothing more than gathering halls to spread the latest fade for the month. Self-improvement seminars, how to become wealthy lectures as well as other wonderful meetings are held at these wondrous places that say they worship God. When in reality they serve only human needs and desires, not those needs and desire that God Himself requested of us as we profess to be His children.
It is these types of behavior that shows to the world that maybe there is no God. For they are seeking what those that call themselves “Christians” seek after, but this is not what true Christians truly seek.
When those that truthfully try to follow the teaching of Jesus Christ they many times find themselves standing alone. Wondering why no one else desires what they do. They talk to others of the “body” and these folks look at them funny and make the one truly seeking after God feel awkward and uncomfortable. This usually happens early in the person growth for God and so they fall into the trap and feel they are the ones in the wrong when in reality they are the ones in the right. And so another child of God is led down the poisonous path of destruction fully unaware that they are doing so. Blinded by the material world and distractions buried within it.
Am I just spouting words out? No. How do I know this is real? Because I lived it and found myself falling from God’s grace till I nearly came to loss His protection and love. I witness it about me as I searched for a church home form mega-churches to little ones, and most were found wanting, especially the former of the two.
Yet most do not even realize they are not really living for God as one generation to the next continues the cycle of ignorance to the truth within the Bible all mainly due to the fact that none truly read it. Letting the leader of their group spout out message after message of rhetoric never acknowledging that they too have no true concept of the Bible themselves. All living the life of the Pharisees placing all but God first.
Learn the Bible. Honor God and turn from sin and do not allow sin into your places of worship unless they do so to repent and forsake the ways of the world, which we are taught within the Bible that we must do!

The Blindness of humans


Due to the corrupt nature of humans, most cannot accept, that there was ever a being that could perform miracles, like causing the lame to walk or even a man blind since birth the ability to see. Jesus through His sacrifice upon the cross gave us the ability to overcome our base nature. Yet there are many that say humans can overcome themselves. Just listen to that sentence in your head. How can someone defeat himself or herself? It is impossible.
Yet through Christ with His sacrifice, humans can overcome their base nature. It is through this salvation that the world of humans still exists. For without Christianity and Judaism humans base nature would have destroyed itself most likely during the dark ages. It was believe in God and the teachings of Jesus that the humans still walk this earth today.
Nonetheless, again a time of corruption rears its head. Once again, the human race is threatened by itself. They force God from the world and chaos has erupted in its place. However, there are those in the “wilderness” shouting out and saying, “Turn to the light of Christ!”
Mark 7: 20 And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. 21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: 23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.

We need to not be near sighted


One of the greatest challenges that those that call themselves Christian is to learn to look beyond today or even tomorrow. When they become near sighted, all they can do is plan for that moment or the next day. That is not how Christianity was designed to work.
Our vision should be focused on the eternal. Questions like “What will the earth look like in the thousand-year reign of Christ?” “What lies in the next solar system?” “What wonders and beauty are waiting to be seen?”
Why these questions and many many more? Because that makes us think beyond this temporal life.
This is like going to the store to pick a pair of shoes. You try one on, walk and feel it is uncomfortable, or it does not look quite right. So you try another pair and they are just right. Well the eternal life is the pair that is just right, filled with the rewards promised to us by Jesus.
Why keep the pair of shoes that are uncomfortable? Yet that is exactly how people live and act. They say I can work through the blisters and corns caused by wearing the wrong shoes. We are told repeatedly not seek our reward in this life for it is fleeting when compared to a billion years.
One year is 365 days. The average life span of a person worldwide, at this time, is 25915 days or 71 years.
One billion years is 365,242, 199, 000 days.
Personally, I would rather plan for the largest number. A lot more can happen in that life and will happen.

Citizenship and Christianity


Mark 12: 17 And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. And they marveled at him. (KJV)
Render to Ceasar the things that are Ceasar’s

Pay the taxes that the governments of man place upon you

Also obey the laws that are placed upon you by these same governments.

To me the one that I see most ignored is the last sentence I wrote above. True there are some laws that need to be challenged and changed like abortion for example. But I am referring mainly to the everyday laws of the land in which we live.
I find it amazing to watch someone pass me on the road as I go slightly above the speed limit. This means that they are flagrantly throwing the laws of the land in the face of God. What I find even more amazing is one time this happened I watched the car pull into church as services would be starting soon at this particular church. I just shook my head in amazement.

A law is per merriam-webster: a binding custom or practice of a community : a rule of conduct or action prescribed or formally recognized as binding or enforced by a controlling authority

We are to render which means to deliver, give, yield that which are the things of the government.

Here as in other words in both the Greek and Hebrew have multiple meanings. We must fully understand the means of the words so has to apply them how God wishes us to act.

Titus 3:1 Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, (KJV)
be subject to the rule that is put forth upon us and to obey those who are an official entrusted with administration of the laws of the land.
Here we are instructed to follow the laws of the land.
Titus 3:9 But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain. (KJV)
Strivings means to disagree or dispute in this case the laws of the land, and we are to avoid this. When we speed we are disagreeing with this law and disputing it to the point of disobedience. This is counter to the behavior we have been told by God through Jesus and His disciples to obey and follow.
So in essence we are not rebelling against the laws of the land but we are really rebelling against God as well as the teaching and sacrifice of Jesus Christ our Savior.

So we must remember that our faith and believes is not limited to a pew in a church on once or twice a week. It is to be a daily endeavor to strive more and more to be like Jesus was. Since in:
1 Corinthians 4:16 Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me.
Followers in Greek actually mean be an imitator of Christ, which means to use or follow as a model. We are to act as Jesus did.
I found this excellent description in response to the question: “How did Jesus want people to act?” on the internet:
Jesus, himself, modeled the way we should act. He was gentle, forgiving, truthful, at times angry and blunt (when people were just being jerks). He wasn’t a doormat. When challenged about His teaching or acts, He always answered directly and without apology, because He knew His words and deeds were righteous…or right. There’s a key point, when we live upright lives, following His lead, we won’t have to be covering up or trying to make excuses for ourselves.
Of course, as humans, we WILL make mistakes, bad choices, and do things we know we shouldn’t have. When that happens, we are to ADMIT IT (not defend ourselves or make excuses), apologize, ask forgiveness (from God always, and others if they’ve been wronged), and make things right in those circumstances where that’s possible.
Also, Jesus never failed to give the credit, or glory, to God.
By snoogle31
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080921071408AAMTiP2
So if we are to strive to be right and or righteous should we then not obey God by obeying average everyday laws that we take for granted?
Yes we should. So think about this tomorrow when you feel that you need to hurry and get to your destination. Me? I leave early and still go up to five miles an hour over the speed limit, and trust me I have been cursed and honked at more than once for not going faster.
Will I give in any further to the peer pressure? No. What I will do is say the Lord’s pray once again even if I have to say it one hundred times.

Should Christianity change?


Many ask that question. What is to follow is my opinion on the matter.
My answer to this question. NO. It should not change. Christianity has had its difficulties ever since Jesus. Even in the early days, many of the things that are present in the church today were present in the church when Paul was teaching unto the Gentiles.
If you are willing to go with what is popular today than your heart is not where it should be. We are not to be a part of the world but separate from it as an example of what is good in the eyes of God. If you go about saying that it is okay to sin then you are turning your back on God. This goes for any sin. If the Bible states it is a sin it cannot change. It is still the same sin it was when it is called a sin when God on Mount Sinai gave Moses the laws. It was a sin when Jesus walked upon the earth. It was a sin when our ancestors came to America so they could worship God as the Bible taught, not as a King said it was to be done. It is a sin today.
I will help and befriend someone who chooses to live in sin, but I will still try to get him or her to realize that they are living in sin. It is not my place to force them to change. It is my place to be the light of God upon the world and expose those acts as sin.
If that person rejects God that is their choice as it should be, but I will still let them know that “if” there is a God then they are destine to an eternal life that is more hideous then what ISIS (ISIL) is doing to my fellow Christians in the Middle East. An ETERNAL LIVE of pain and suffering by their own choice.
As Christians, we are meant to be an example of what is true, right and clean. If your church allows those that sin within it. Then that church has turned it back on God and is no longer a church. A prime example is the Presbyterian Church, which first stated it would no longer acknowledge Israel, but then said it would accept homosexuality. That organization is no longer Christian and so if you call yourself Christian you must leave this group and find a place that is still Christian and follow the teaching of the Bible. We are told that Israel is the promised nation of God so to deny Israel is to deny God. We are told in the Bible that homosexuality is a sin. Therefore, if you allow sin into your buildings you allow Satan to have dominion and not God.
The basic principles of Christianity have lasted since 33 A.D. until now. That is one thousand nine hundred and eight plus years. Not counting the years from Mount Sinai. Nearly two thousand years that these rules, laws and teachings have endured yet now they are wrong? Sorry, but those that say they are wrong are the ones that are in the wrong.
People are dying more than ever for calling themselves Christian. Are you willing to have someone saw off your head as they did or are you a hypocrite? I already now the answer. I am willing to die a martyr for God. Are you?

Why is the Bible so big?


First, it must be said that it is not as big as it could be. When King James made his commission to make the Bible we now use today, several books were not included. What is left per the commission was deemed to be the core elements required to teach Christianity.
Two verses need to be stated.
Matthew 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
The commission found that not only the New Testament, but as well the Old Testament was and is required to teach someone in the faith of Christianity. There are those that feel that calling themselves Christian makes them exempt to follow the teaching found within the older books of the Bible. Now one must understand one important fact about the second book of Timothy. The letter of what is now called the book of Timothy were letters written in the first century of Christianity, many scholars say by a follower or followers of Paul. So what scriptures are being referred to within this letter? None other than what is now called the Old Testament.
Then the commission of King James came to the same conclusion. Therefore, those that are ignoring these books of the Bible are in violation of these two verses in second Timothy. Especially since Jesus stated very clearly that, He is in fact fulfillment of the Old Testament.
It is also important to realize something else. To be a disciple of Christ he must be chosen by Jesus’ Himself. All recognize that those twelve that walked with Jesus before His crucifixion are in fact disciples. Well there was one other that was called by Jesus. His name was Saul, which became Paul, and he was tasked by Christ to preach and welcome all gentiles into the fold. This is the full creation of Christianity and also the making of the thirteenth disciple of Jesus.
Since each disciple represent each of the twelve tribes of Israel that then makes Christians, as I call it, the thirteenth tribe of Israel. This comparison, to me, magnifies statements directed at Israel to also include Christians. This is simplistic I admit, but at the same time logical. Anyway, no matter my suggestion here, being Christian and accepting that we must use the Old Testament as a guide then we should read it. Understand and where fitting in a Christian aspect follow what it teaches for that is its purpose. To deny its teaching is to deny what we have been told to do and in so doing deny God.
Now back on the main topic. There are those that call themselves Christian that seem to display an attitude that they are better than those that do not accept Christianity. They feel they must direct all their attention only to those in their little click of purity. That is against the teaching of Jesus and the entire Bible.
Matthew 28:19 – Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Matthew 24:14 – And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
We are also to be humble.
Philippians Chapter 2: 3-5 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
This means to all not just fellow Christians. For you cannot convince someone you are sincere if you have an attitude of superiority, which we should never have, because there is only one being worthy of such a placement and adoration, and He is God. And not to desire to share God with any willing to follow and worship Him is the ultimate act of selfishness there would ever be.

The hard truth part 2


Again, what is to follow may be shocking so take fair warning.
As we draw closer to the times predicted in Revelation things I once thought impossible become more and more possible. I often wondered why were those that served God and refused to take the mark upon themselves beheaded.

Revelation 20:4
And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

Now it is a reality. Christian children and men have been beheaded. Their heads placed upon stakes in celebration and filmed for the entire world to see. It is something I thought beyond humanity. Something purged from us due to the Holocaust, but I have been proven wrong. I now understand that it is possible. Especially when you are in a society that does not worship God.
As God is removed from the people, they return to hedonism. They return to a time when those with the power and the money care only for themselves and not for and I quote the “hoi pilloi”
The hoi polloi are us, the common folk. Those that struggle with the everyday. Those that are not made wealthy off of the commoner, which the person that used this term is one of those.
But who said this? A republican? No. A billionaire? No. A democrat? Yes. A democrat that also is a racist? Why yes again.

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Original Message
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From: Lerner Lois G [mailto:Lois.G.Lerner@irs.gov]
Sent: Friday, November 09, 2012 11:42 AM
To
Subject: Re: Suspension of Retention
Has work this morning. Got to talk to their internal “spooks.” I was going to take the train to windsor Castle, but stuff
closes early in winter so it wasn’t going to work. Instead, went Hempstead — an Edwardian English village, full of
beautiful, huge houses — which have been ruined by letting the hoi paloi live there! These people have ruined everything
with their equality push!
…………………………………..
Sent from my BlackBerry Wireless”

The hard truth


What I am going to now type is hard. Fair warning some statements may be truly shocking.

The world is now experiencing what the liberals, atheists and politically correct have created. A world that is selfish, self-serving, self-absorbed and as a result have no conscience. When a person has no conscience murder, theft, car wrecks and a numerous other bad things happen.

At one time the world had a conscience. That conscience had a name. It was called the United States of America. Now it has been removed as it has been removed from its citizens. They have removed God the author of this conscience.

In the Middle-East a terrorist group called ISIS is committing genocide and America ignores it. This militant group has released videos that at first reminded me of Germany during World War II, but they are worse. They film themselves shooting rows of men upon the ground in the head. They show one by one people being taken to the edge of a river. Then again shot in the head just before pushing them into the river leaving a pool of blood at the shooters feet. They are beheading, men and children then placing their heads upon spikes.

Yes, this is the actions of a terrorist, but who caused this to happen? The man in the White House when he pulled out our troops too soon from Iraq, but who put that man in office? Those in America that voted for him twice.

I have never voted for him because I knew he did not have the right knowledge or experience to lead this country. Nor do those that think this nation is not the conscience of the world will ever be truly prepared to lead this nation in any level of government. To wait for the word “genocide” to come to life as a wake-up call is the last thing that should have happened, but that is how it has come about.

That is why I feel I can say the conscience of the world no longer exist. Who is the core of the conscience? God!

Return to God America. Let those in power know that Christianity is still alive within the United States of America. Make yourself heard. Become active in the affairs of this nation as it was originally meant to be. I nation for the people, BUT BY THE PEOPLE. That statement means you have to speak out and make yourself heard. Not only by the vote, but by action.

The Commitment


It is in times like those we live in is when those that profess to be Christian need to stand their ground and allow themselves to be known and heard.
In Iraq, militants assaulted Christians. They were told they must convert to Islam or they must leave or die. Some could not. Those that could not showed that they in reality might not have been Christian because they chose to convert. This is not what should have happened. They should have chosen to let themselves be killed and become martyrs and yet they live.
I know this is something that is difficult to do. To be willing to say: “Go ahead kill me.” That is very hard to do, but I know I would do it. I would rather die for God and Christianity. It is not the first time this has happened and it has happened to all religions. It is sad that those that are religious do not learn to truly follow their faith.
Will my death cause the world to change? I seriously doubt it. Most likely no one will ever know it even happened. Most likely hidden by the corrupt news media, or not divulged by a government that only seeks to keep itself in power.