The Greatest Commandments (Re-re-visited)

Why is it that I keep coming back to this teaching of Christ?
Mainly because Jesus Himself placed so much emphasis upon it. To love God first and always.
This is a very simple statement, but it is one of the hardest of all things to do. To place God before yourself ESPECIALLY in today’s society is one daunting effort. How do I know this? Because I struggle with it every single day. So since I know how hard it is, is it any different for anyone else? I am just an average guy, if you saw me on the street you would walk right passed me. I am in no way special. That means I know how others respond to this. I see how they act and compare it to how I act. We all do this. Some might call it judging, but that is not what I am doing. I am just comparing how we act to how we are told to act in the Bible.
How can you place God first if you are more interested in what is on the television?
How can you place God first if you are more concerned about how you look when you go out?
These are just two examples. There are thousands more and would take too long to list them out.
When you place life before God you are worshiping it. This is something that has been done for thousands of year and has caused thousands of wars, murders and other types of bloodshed and mayhem. All of which leads to a selfishness and desire to be the center or ruler of it all, in one form or another.
An excellent example is how people perceived the universe just before the Renaissance period of our history.
At this time, most not only thought of the world as flat, but that the sun, the moon and stars all revolved about this planet we live upon. This is mass selfishness. A selfishness that made people to build castles and fight one another for dominion over one another.
Well we again live in an era of mass selfishness. Are we due for a new renaissance? Maybe. Ever since we found out that the earth revolved about the sun it cause a change in how we thought for a time being. It enabled Martin Luther to post his thesis on the door, which in turn caused the church which was then solely the Catholic Church, which selfishly desire to control the teachings of the Bible to splinter and so protestants came into being in the formation of the Lutheran Church.
Now we are in an era where we find not only is our sun, even though the center of our solar system, is just one of a million stars that make up the Milky Way Galaxy and that there are millions of other galaxies out there. Within them their own solar systems and within them their own planets that circle that a sun.
This has caused a rift in faith. It has caused many to run from God thinking that He is not real since we are just a speck within a huge universe, some place off to the side and we have no meaning.
I beg to differ with this thinking. One of the greatest qualities we can have is humility. If you are the center of it all are you truly able to become humble? The answer to that is no.
So to me, God placing this tiny speck of a planet on the edge of a galaxy is to teach us that it is not us that is important, but God. It is meant to make us look at the universe, even though we are in a small part of it and see that it is His creation. To see that WE are His creation. This universe is so vast and it expanse so big that it is immeasurable, yet here we are living, thinking beings. How can people even consider we are here as a random accident caused “maybe” by a comet that “maybe” carried the right combination of cells to “maybe” cause life? That entire thought process is laughable when you really consider it, yet millions are buying into it. Why? Because Christians do not understand their true existence themselves. They themselves question how and where they come from. Why? Because they are human.
Humanity is not perfect. All of us have doubts. All of us question, which results in a misunderstand of the teaching of the Bible. Which resulted in for example a Lutheran priest to tell his congregation the book of Revelation is nothing but a story made up to scare people. Yet at this very moment elements of the last book of the Bible are coming true at this very moment. A book in the Bible that is also witnessed by the book of Daniel reaffirming that in reality it is not a fairy tale but like the entire Bible the words of God given to us to know that we are His creation and that even though we are but a speck within this huge and wondrous universe. A universe so filled with beauty, that God sees us as something beautiful and wonderful. For we are His creation, something that He said is worthy of existing.
Think upon this, and become humble, and realize that if you seek to be the center of it all you are in reality denying God, since time and again He tells humans that they are not the center of the universe, but that HE is.
So as the second of the greatest commandments tells us to do. We are to love our fellow human beings as we love ourselves, but to do that we my first humble ourselves. For when you humble yourself you realize that you could never be at the center of anything and we are to treat ALL humanity as not only our equals, but as our brothers and sisters in this wondrous creation of the Creator our Lord God, the Father of our Savior the Christ, Jesus.

Confessions of a screwed up middle aged man: Laniakea

What the purist scientist didn’t see that I noticed immediately as a Christian.
When you look at how scientist place us within the universe and how they are discovering more and more about the universe just affirms to me the glory of our Creator God.
Here is what I saw that I have seen before when they placed our solar system within the Milky Way galaxy. For the galaxy they found us to be toward the end of one of the spirals.
Within the supercluster of galaxies, now called Laniakea, they placed the Milk Way at the end of an arm, nearly by itself and separate from other large groups and galaxies.
As with the Milky Way we are of on the side separate and on our own. Not at the center, not an important part of the overall galaxy.
Yet still humanity things itself as something special and alone.
All this tells me is that God does not wish us to think of ourselves and something more than what He has made us to be. Those that are to follow Him and accept His Son as Our Savior.
So that someday once all that is destine for this earth to take place. We will be able to explore not only all of the Milky Way, but all of Laniakea and beyond. Doing so as His dutiful servants helping to spread His wondrous glory throughout the universe that we are only now to see and yet have no true concept of how it all works towards His glory.

Out of insignificance God causes greatness.

Now why such a title?
This is why: Nazareth is the town Jesus was raised within when Joseph returned them to Israel from Egypt. It was such an insignificant town that there are skeptics that doubt it existed during the young year of Christ. In comparison it is like a going through the countryside on a two lane road, suddenly the speed limit reduces for forty-fire to twenty-five. You see a stoplight that is green for you, as soon as you pass through the intersection the speed limit returns to forty-five. That was a town, you didn’t give it a second thought and it was gone. That was Nazareth. As mentioned above this is where Christ came from and he is the greatest thing to have happened for this planet, which brings me to my next topic: this planet.
It is on the edge of the Milky Way Galaxy. One galaxy out of millions, maybe even billions. Yet is this solar system even close to anything? It is not even close to the center of its own galaxy, a galaxy that is off in the woods so to speak when compared to other galaxies as seen through astronomy.
So it is easy to say that this little planet of ours could be considered “insignificant.” Yet it is here that God chose to place Adam and eve upon. Yet it is here that He spoke to Abraham. Yet it is here upon an insignificant mountain in that a burning bush drew Moses to look upon it and hear the words of God.
So what greatness and wonders are there that we can look forward to in our eternal lives that we are promised to partake of? Just how great and wondrous will it be since we are in such an insignificant planet on the edge of nowhere.
The only way to find out is to accept Jesus as your Savior and to repent of your sins and never do them again.

An insight into God’s power

Here is my insight into the power of God. God created not just this planet, but the entire universe. He orchestrated the movement of the atom. He designed the perimeters for how the wings of a hummingbird would work. He established each location of every star within the cosmos for His meaning and glory.
Now why do I make this point? With the Bible we see the sun stop to move in the sky. So that meant this planet stopped rotating and moving through its orbit about the sun. He turned the Nile waters into blood. Now many will say no that was caused by a volcano up river. Well who made the volcano? Who caused it to erupt? God. He can control how this planet behaves. God the creator can control anything and everything. Even to the point of placing words into someone’s mind.
2 Timothy 3:16 – All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
“is given by inspiration of God” – which means divinely breathed in.
Now why not just hand a book to a man and say here read this and do what it says? This would defeat our purpose as His creation. He instilled into the human race free will. The ability to choose, be it for good or bad, unfortunately due to free will and by the rebellion of Adam and Eve when they ate the fruit from the tree of knowledge. They gave all of us the ability to see and even desire that which is evil through a selfish and lustful desire within all that are human.
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.
This is why Jesus came to walk amongst us to allow all willing to surrender once again unto God and in so doing be able to in some degree come to understand God’s plan and allow us to be touch by the divine breath and thus learn of God’s desire for us to return unto Him.
Yet there are those that will laugh at all that I have just written, again this is due to free will. They have no real concept of God. They cannot get their heads about a being so powerful and yet so subtle that he would wait over a thousand years to make Himself seen unto all. Through His patience all that are willing to acknowledge His very existence and say He is Lord is all that remains to be done. Yet many do not wish this to be true. They wish God to be just a mere man that cannot place ideas into people’s heads. That cannot cause a star to spark into existence and then cease to shine. They wish God to be like them.
Romans 1: 18 – For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; 19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: 21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
So due to this they think that the word of God can be changed to fit their meanings, their definitions, of what is right and what is wrong and so glorify that which is evil and call that which is Holy bad.
Isaiah 5:20 – Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
2 Timothy 3:3 – Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
What is good is that he gave unto humanity free will. It is not yet too late to change your heart, your thoughts, and your concept of reality. He will still welcome you into His arms through His Son our Savior the Lord Jesus Christ. All you need do is accept Him and turn from your sins to never return to them. For that which is dead shall remain dead and that which Christ calls alive is alive. Forever and ever. AMEN

A key element that must change in the Christian faith: “Creationism”

This key element is those that stick steadfastly to the believe that this planet is only a few thousand years old. This is believed by those that strictly follow what is called “Creationism.”
Now I want to make this perfectly clear. I still believe and adhere to that fact that God did create this planet and all that is upon it as well as the entire universe. I wholeheartedly agree with the creation story listed in Genesis.
Adhering to strict creationism those that follow it, in my eyes, actually limit God. Now how would I make such a statement?
First and foremost creationist state fervently that only this planet is the only thing in the universe, they have since expanded it to this solar system. The mere fact that they must keep expanding it proves it is a man-made doctrine and does not agree with the Bible and is designed to fit the needs of the people purporting it.
I am one that does believe in a Pre-Adamic race and there have been discoveries of humanoid bones that support this. It is this refusal to accept hard evidence that hurts creationist and in turn hurts all Christians everywhere. They call science evil and something to be ignored as coming from those that wish to discredit and remove the reality of God and to some degree that is a true statement. Here is the kicker though, when science is done correctly and sticks to the facts, as it should be done, it actually supports that there is a God.
Simply mathematical science. When you take a look at the odds that this planet would cause not only life but intelligent life throughout the entire huge universe is astronomical, which as I stated above confirms God is real. The Big Bang theory again confirms God for it is exactly how He did it in that moment and as a result 98% of the entire mass of the universe was created in the few moments.
Does this make me a Theist? Yes it does for I believe that limiting God to one tiny speck of a planet throughout the entire universe makes Him as insignificant as a bed bug.
God created the heavens and the stars this means he created galaxies and within them are solar systems and within them are planets, as science has documented. So why limit God to this planet. Why limit God to a few thousand years when there are bones of ancient animals and people found buried deep within the surface of this planet. Do I think the planet is billions of years old? I honestly do not believe so, for I think there is errors in the methods of carbon dating for they are originally based in comparison to the layers of the planet they had to go through and they theorize it is a set amount of time. Yet it has since been document that some layers that can been up to several feet deep happened in a few days due to a volcanic eruption and also due to meteors hitting the earth. Have they then adjusted the carbon dating scale? No they have not. Do they need to do so? Yes they do.
One of the main reasons I feel that carbon dating needs to be revisited is actually found within the Bible in the book of Job 40: 15-19 whose very description is now full confirmed though science to be an Apatosaurus. So if it is walking in biblical times how can carbon dating be accurate?
It is when people challenge the norm is when there is growth in people, in society, in religion. Did not Martin Luther challenge the norm and did not Christian go through a great growth due to it? Yes it did. Did not Galileo challenge the norm and so we went from thinking the earth was the center of the universe to being just one planet within a solar system. Well it is time again for the norm to be challenged and for there to be growth. Why? Because those that oppose God and wish to remove Him from the minds of all humanity are winning at this time. Only through a willingness to challenge what is thought to be normal will we ever grow. Not only in our believes but in our faith in God and for God. For when doing so we will be able to embarrass the fact that this mere speck of a planet is nothing in comparison to God and that very fact that it is so unimportant and yet He took time to place life upon it of all types speaks of how great and glorious He is.
Yet even to contemplate this causes many to run and hide to what is normal, but as they do so we are losing several generations of humankind to those that wish to say there is no God. This to me is acts of selfishness for when you think only of yourself and not of others and of their salvation and of their ability to share in an eternal life that will allow them to explore all of God’s creation which is the entire universe you not only harm them but yourself.
Yet what was normal? A flat planet. Earth is the center of everything. Buying your way into heaven with Indulgences. This solar system was the only one in the entire universe. The universe has always existed exactly the same, forever. Animal sacrifice.
Are they normal now? No they are not. Why is that? Because they were all formed by humans, not God. What has not changed and is continually reinforced? The Bible and in so doing GOD is proven constant and true and real.

As spring looms

The days of rebirth are approaching. The nights of contemplation as some will lay upon the ground looking up at the stars. Little things may catch your eyes like the flashing of light from a firefly or the droning buzz of a Cicada fills the air once again. It is time to truly look upon these things and to truly think upon what it is you are seeing. For it is not just specs of light in the sky, it is not just a bug with a chemical ability to shine its tail to draw a mate, nor is it the sound of another insect also seeking out a mate.
All of this come from one being. All that you see about you come from one entity. Form the largest of stars to the smallest of insects and even beyond that it was all made by one being.
Yet many will say it is just chance. Yet as I have mentioned before mere chance could not even explain their very existence on this tiny speck of a planet on the edge of a galaxy which itself is on some obscure part of the universe. All their ideas which are called theories actually confirm that God the creator of all is real.
Think on that the next time you see the little wonders of this planet.

It is time to look at the bigger picture

Too many especially within Christendom limit God. It is something that is truly sad. God is more than a creator of a planet no bigger than a speck of dust within the universe. God created the entire universe. The imagery given us in the Bible shows how powerful and great God is. Not only is He the created of the universe but He also created multiple dimensions. At this point, many have stopped reading or are laughing, but think on it. Can you see Heaven? Yet it exists. That means it is in a different plain of existence, this means it is a different dimension. You see you limited God. This is my whole point. We have learned so much in the last hundred or so years. It is said in Daniel that our knowledge would increase as the return of Christ grew ever nearer and that we would be go to and fro.
For centuries, it was fine believing so limitedly, because the knowledge we had equaled it. At one time humans believed that this planet was the center of all then they found that the sun was the center. Later still, they found that this sun was on the edge of a huge galaxy. Now we know there are thousands of galaxies. This does not change the believing in God but confirms this believe. For in the very first verse of the Bible it states that God created the heavens and the earth. Earth has always been a minor character when compared to the heavens, but we have never been minor characters to God. For if we were God would have never sent us His Son so we could be able to fellowship with Him.
All humans have grown as beings created by God. As the centuries pass, we gain more and more knowledge, which allows us to know that God is real. Yet at the same time, there are those that still deny His existence yet the very fact that we have reached this stage shows of His truth and Glory.

The workmanship of God

When we think of God, we think of light, we also think of the source of our light that we see every day, the sun. What people have dismissed is that God created the sun just as was this planet.
Also people do not realize that the sun is huge. It can take 1,300,000 earths to fill the sun. Yet that sun is small. The largest known star at this time is VY Canis Majoris. It is estimated that it is 950 to 1200 times the size of our sun. Yet again this is nothing compared to the rest of the universe, and He who made it all, God.
I think this is one reason people have such a hard time accepting that God is real. Many limit God to this little speck in the universe, making Him as important as the insects that crawl and flay about.
It is sad that they do this, that the ultimate being that has the power to not only to create this planet, but to manipulate it as well. He has stopped it from rotating. He has turned a river to blood. He spread apart a sea. Yet people limit and ignore Him. Said it was just and nature event that cause these thinks to take place. Apparently you missed the earlier sentence that God can manipulate this planet, meaning to cause “nature events” to take place.
Did you see a bird today? You just saw the workmanship of God.

God is a wimp

This is how most people treat God. Be they Atheist, Agnostic, and especially if they are Christian.
It may be because people cannot wrap their minds about truly how great God is. What is the first thing God is known to have done? He created. He created the universe.
Within the universe is billions of galaxies. Within a galaxy is millions of solar systems. Within these solar systems are planets. This has all been scientifically confirmed and yet people limit God.
We are told we turn over our problems unto God through His Son Jesus. He will address these problems, which He does. The thing is people want one outcome, but God’s plans for you may require a different outcome.
As example, I give you my life. I had unwillingly been divorced for ten years. I got tired of waiting for God to guide me to a new wife or back to my first. So I met a woman and literally said to myself “She’s a keeper.”
This started me down a path that took me around the United States then ultimately it took me to a new city to live in. As time went on events deteriorated in my marriage and after several devastating events, which led to the loss of all my personal property. I turned full back to where my eyes should have been towards….. God.
I turned it over to Him, even though I have still slipped in the endeavor. However when I keep God center of my life things improve. Not with personal possessions or money, but with my existence within this life. It is through this that I fully realize that God made everything about all of us. He controls everything, but allows us the free-will to choose how we to either follow Him or even deny He even exists, but how can you when every day you are surrounded by all that He made. A tree, the atmosphere you breathe and through which clouds float by above you as the sunlight of the very sun He made. A bird, a spider, a deer, all created by the all powerful, all knowing, GOD.

A Commandant broken

Those who know God understand that when certain ideas come to them it did not come from within them. They know it came from an external source, for God is His own being, the ultimate being.
God has the power to cross dimensions. For is heaven not another dimension? God created so many stars they cannot be counted and crosses an expanse so big it is immeasurable. This is something a mere human cannot do.
There are those that act as if they are god. These people are blinding themselves to the truth and disobeying God.
“You shall place no other gods before God,” says the first commandment. Saying you are god, you are placing yourself before the true God. This is an act of selfishness and as I have pointed out before, to me, selfishness is the ultimate sin; for from it all other sins germinate.
False gods are yourself, another person, money, your job, sporting events, etc. Giving something more time and recognition than God is breaking the commandment. We are told to do things in moderation. This mean in little segments of our time, but once it becomes the main thing in your life, it is idolatry. So people need to search their souls and decide where they stand with God.