“Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.”

That is verse seventeen of the fourth chapter of James. This one sentence carries much more weight than most give it credit, which is a very sad statement.
If you know you are doing something that the Bible says you should not, you have sinned.
If things in the world that you have some way of correcting and aiming it back toward God. Yet you do nothing, you have sinned.
If you know God, yet do not correctly teach of Him to your children and they enter into a sinful live. You too have sinned.
So like I said this one sentence carries a lot of weight.
No let’s expand this to the entire teaching that led up to this sentence.
James 4:13 – Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” 14 How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. 15 What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.” 16 Otherwise you are boasting about your own pretentious plans, and all such boasting is evil.
“Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.”
Our lives are fleeting, temporary. Most go through this life, even those that call themselves “Christian,” and all they say is I will do this with my life, I will plan for this event or that event. All you see is the word “I.”
This teaching shows that it is not we that should be the topic of our lives, but God, His Son and the teachings of the Bible. Yet most go about treating God as a genie that is there to serve them and their desires. This is the furthest thing away from what the Bible teaches.
We are to be the servants. We are the ones that are to ask God what it is we are to do. It maybe to raise a family. It maybe to work a job. It maybe to run a nation. As long as we keep God as the master. The focal point, then we are serving God. We are doing what we are supposed to do.
When we keep God the core of our life. Then when we see sin and we have power to stop it or draw attention to it we are to do so. Otherwise we sin. If we disobey the laws of the land which we are told we must not do in Titus 3:1, then we sin.
If we allow those that have turned against God to take control and we have power to stop it, yet do nothing, then we sin.
Our lives are not ours, but God’s. We are only here for a short time. For this life we now live is not all there is to our existence. This life is merely a stepping stone toward an eternal life. An eternal life that will either be spent as a servant of God or writhing in agony, because we sinned.
This is the importance of this teaching, and it is a teaching that is not being taught enough.

Short Sighted?

This is one of those statements someone makes to many that have embraced their Christian faith. They say that following the Bible limits you. That there is more to the world than what can be found within the Bible. It would be laughable if it weren’t so sad.
When someone accepts Jesus Christ as their Savior and strive to be a reflection of Him, by following the teachings within the Bible, does not limit them. They actually expand their horizons.
Many that embrace science fiction are those searching for a future that will have amazement and wonders. They seek after teleportation, terra forming, celestial phenomena, dinosaurs, higher beings, including ascension into a higher life form; immortality, multiple dimensions, creation.
They seek after these things because they wish to expand their horizons and seek after a wondrous reality if not for them, but for their children, or their children, or their children. To me this is true short sightedness. Even though they do seek after these things they feel they are unattainable to them. That their life is meaningless to the point that they wish to tear down society as it now stands to hurry the arrival of this new phenomenal world that is yet to be. This is true short sightedness. This is not what those that truly understand their belief in God expect or accept.
Through the Bible that they know these things have taken place, are taking place and will take place: terra forming, celestial phenomena, dinosaurs, higher beings, including ascension into a higher life form; immortality, multiple dimensions, creation. What is most important is that they themselves can be an eternal witness to these very things and are themselves promised to ascend into higher and immortal beings as servants of the One who created it all. The Lord God Almighty.
The Lord God that is within the alternate dimension, or reality if you like that is called Heaven. Whose Son after His resurrection appeared out of nowhere into a locked room twice.
So who is in reality short sighted? The person that thinks only of today, tomorrow, this temporal life span of up to about one hundred years. Or the person that turns to God and His Son and plans for their life to come in their ascended and immortal bodies that all humanity is promised to have. A life that will last billions upon billions of years. A life that will be filled with wonder and sights so beautiful it will put all the beauty of this planet to shame.
For those that are the true short sighted though. Theirs is not this spectacle. Theirs is to be left in one place, one location, in continual pain and mental and physical torment. All due to their true short sighted beliefs that the Bible is nothing but a book to be changed to their temporal whims and desires. Why? Because they wish to live in their personal version of happiness now, not when God has promised it to them in the enteral life to come. How truly sorrowing it is to me to write these words, for my love for my neighbor is for them to accept Jesus Christ and to stop living in sin. For as long as they seek temporal rewards they have sealed their own fate themselves and they have only themselves to blame.