Respect for Each Other

For those of you that read my blog and the numerous comments that were being posted, I believe the the debate is over. The whole situation arose because of someone wanting to be disrespectful and became somewhat obsessed with wanting to convert my belief to theirs. I assure you that my faith in God, Jesus, and those chosen vessels to spread their message has not wavered. 

My reason for this post is this: we need to respect one another when it comes to blogging. If you don’t agree with what someone else posts, then don’t read their blog. Seems like the most logical solution to me. Even if you have a different opinion, a single comment would be ok, but to question someone’s beliefs and act like they must agree with you is just wrong. 

As Christians, our goal should be to help others hear the good news proclaimed in the Bible. Not to try and dictate what if accurate in the Bible. 

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False Teachings

I woke up about 3 am and decided to reprogram the cable channels to my bedroom tv. Mainly, because my local service provider had added a bunch of new channels and I was having trouble falling back asleep. So I let the tv do its thing and about 20 minutes or so later I started just flipping through the channels to see what was on. I came across a church program where the pastor was answering questions about the Bible.

I had recognized this pastor and church from previous viewings and remembered that they had some beliefs that I thought were a bit strange. One example, is that Eve had sex with Satan and this is how Cain was conceived. The reasoning for this conclusion was that the word beguiled in the KJV means seduced physically. I have researched this from both religious and secular sources and have not found any text that backs up this reasoning.

So this morning I thought to myself that the explanation given at an earlier date was a simple understanding error (I wanted to give this church the benefit of the doubt). So I listen to a few of the answers that is shared and think to myself that I can understand his reasoning for this. Then he answers a question about Ham uncovering Noah’s nakedness. For those who don’t know what I am talking about, after the flood receded Noah got drunk and was laying in his bed naked.

According to the Bible, Ham walks in and sees his father and runs and tells his brothers instead of trying to cover Noah up. His brothers respond by draping garment over their shoulders and walking backwards to cover their father. This story is found in Genesis 9.

The pastor of the church I was watching says that what this meant was that Ham actually has sex with his mother, Noah’s wife, and this is what seeing his nakedness meant. I simply don’t agree with this opinion. If that was case then why would his brothers need to cover his father?

False teaching can be a dangerous thing to be exposed to. Please be careful who you believe out there.

The Grace of God

If not for the Grace of God I believe that my life would have taken much worse turns than it already has. I believe this comes from the prayers of others would cared enough to lift my name up to God even when I was too self-involved to recognize the need for Him. I believe this is a problem that many of us will face until the end of time: the illusion that all things good come from our accord. Good or bad, it comes from the Grace of God and His loving hand being placed over us for our protection. Don’t ever assume we can live good enough to make it on our own. Jesus even told his disciples that there was none good except for God.

Daily I am learning the importance of relying on God. Every decision that I make on my own works out in the worse possible way. It is when I ask for guidance that the better choices become more apparent and the end results are more positive. So I always stand in need of prayers from anyone who is willing to mention me. God bless!

Praise Him Always

I believe that it is important to praise God in the bad times as well as the good times. This is something that I have to remind myself to do when I allow myself to get caught up in some moments. When bills are overdue, the money is running low, or sleep alludes me, God is still an awesome God. This is something that I need to work on until God calls me home, because He knows what is better for me than I will ever know myself.  I believe James 1:2-5 serves as a good reminder to this. “2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. 5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”

God is still God when we are having it easy or hard. The key is understanding that God helps us more than we may sometimes realize. Each day we need to rely on God for the guidance to make it through the day. When we try to made every decision on our own this is when we get into trouble. This may not happen every time, but it can happen at anytime. So, my request is this, whenever you pray and it come in your heart, lift my name up in prayer. God can help me in ways I will never understand.

1 John 4

I am sitting in my favorite chair and thinking about what to write for a post today. I have been trying to combine God’s word with personal experience because I believe that it make exposure to the Scripture more presentable in a manner others can relate to. I believe this is one of the reason that Jesus taught to the people in parables, because he knew they needed it presented in a way they could relate to. So I came across 1 John 4 and I thought it had lots of good words for people to know.

The chapter begins with John explaining that all things do not come from God and we must be able to discern this for ourselves. God is love is a very powerful statement for us to know. Our human ideas of love can not come close to the type of love that God is and haves for us His creation. We must be willing to submit ourselves to God and He will send the Holy Spirit to give us this feeling of love we need. Though, the full power of God’s love would probably destroy our human bodies from His glory. So the loving God gives it to is in doses that we can handle.

Our next step is to take this love and share it with other humans. It can be in the form of something as simple as being good to our enemy. Just because someone doesn’t treat us good doesn’t give us the right to treat them bad. I am always telling others to turn it over to God and He will deal with things in His time not ours. We just need to turn it over to Him.

New Testament

As I told you guys earlier I had started listening to an audio Bible while driving and working.  Now, I have listened to the entire New Testament and decided to start again with Matthew and go through it all one more time. Honestly, I remember something new each time I read or hear any part of the the Word of God. I figure to listen to the entire New Testament once more and then I may start are the Old Testament.

The first time I listened it was out of order, but for some reason it made sense to me. I also included the book of Daniel in with my listening. This time I figure got straight through and make notes when possible. My goal is to retain as much of  God’s Word as possible, or at least get a generalized idea where particular themes are located. (I get agitated when trying to discuss with someone and can’t remember where I read or heard something.)

Anyway, my request is this, please say a prayer that I can learn more and use it to further the kingdom of God to more people. My ultimate goal is to try and show people the wonderful gifts that God offers, not just in the world to come, but the world we live in now. God bless!!

 

Where’s Your Proof?

In previous blog I had, several people and I got into a discussion about the proof of God. Somehow an irate person had discovered the conversation and was really trying to stir things up. This person was attacking nearly every comment the rest of the participants of the discussions and was demanding that we provide them with iron clad proof that there is a God. Eventually,  we asked the person to feel free to believe what they wanted and we would continue with our faith. Problem solved, right? Wrong! This person began cussing and accusing us of dodging the questions and became fairly amusing at one point.

Eventually, they began demanding our proof again.  So, now wanting to be rude, I simply asked them for their proof there is no God. Their response was that they knew and didn’t need proof. Really? Christians must have proof, but non-believers don’t? But, I wasn’t going to even go there, this was  someone who was just looking for a fight. Their next attack was to talk about how much they hated God anything to do with Him or Jesus. I tried to be nice, but this person was just trying to push every button they could.

Finally, I decided to take this ‘logic-driven’ (their claim, not mine) and call them out for a few things. The biggest things was the fact that they had such a disdain for ‘imaginary’ characters. How can you hate something you don’t think exists? So, I asked them and they said they it was their choice what they could hate or not. (Isn’t it everyone’s choice what they believe or don’t believe.) This lead to me making the observation that they did in fact believed in God they just hate Him. After a few snarky comments this person just stopped. I guess when they realized that their logic wasn’t so logical after all.

Some people just like to argue for the sake of arguing. Before trying to attack someone else, maybe they would be better to take a look at themselves.