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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My Apologies

I apologize to anyone who has been reading the comments over the last couple of days. For whatever reason, someone has decided it is their personal mission to prove that Paul was a false apostle. I believe that Paul was called by Jesus to be his messenger to the Gentiles, which as you are aware is anyone that isn’t a Jew. Each person must study and decide for themselves at to what they choose to believe. God knows that I try to share what I believe to be truth and would never intentionally mislead anyone.

With that said, my apology is my personal behavior when addressing the comments that were sent to me. I let the flesh take over and actually conducted myself in an unChristian manner. I am truly sorry for doing this. I allowed sarcastic comments to get under my skin and should have conducted myself in a more proper manner. Please pray that God guides me to do and say things that are in line with His will and not my own.

The one thing that I won’t apologize for is standing by my beliefs. I believe that Jesus picked Paul for a reason. I think Paul was just as flawed as anyone, but I also believe that his letter were inspired by God through the Holy Spirit. God bless you all.

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.

Luke 18: 1-8

1 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; 2 Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: 3 And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. 4 And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; 5 Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. 6 And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. 7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? 8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

This is  pretty straight forward parable that Jesus is sharing with the people about the importance of relying on God to deal with those that do wrong to His people.  The part that I find interesting is that Jesus asks when he returns to earth will he find faith. This is interesting to me because he is wanting the people to consider the condition of the world when he is going to return. As it stand now, in the United States we have a freedom of worship that people in other countries can only dream of. What do we do with this freedom? Many Christian churches are trying to pacify people that get offended by the Word of God. Do they not have enough faith to know that it is better to offend the world than offend God? All we can do is pray for them and try to counsel to them.

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.

Memorial Dinner

Today we are having a midday church service followed by a memorial dinner in the out building of our church. Today has meaning for me because so many that have attended this dinner during the years have gone on to be with the God. People we love and still miss being here. Two people that I think of immediately are my mother-in-law and my aunt. It was at this dinner a few years ago I caught them in the parking lot talking and snapped a photo of them.

Sadly, it would be the last photo I ever took of either one of them. My mother-in-law passed away less than two weeks later, and my aunt passed away a little over a year later. We all have these types of stories that we can share. When we lose family that are saved we need to look at it as a positive thing for them. They no longer are suffering and their reward has begun. The flesh side of our thinking causes us to look at it as a sad thing, we should grieve for those who are gone.

It brings to mind the story of King David and his punishment for the affair he had with Bathsheba. Samuel told David that the child that came from the affair would die. While the child was living David did all he could to grieve and try to intercede to God. Once the child died he got up and went about living his normal routine. The people asked him why and he said when the child was alive I attempted to change once the child was gone there was nothing I could do.

To me this shows an understanding of the way things are meant to be. Human interaction is for those people who are a part of the relationship. When one human passes on there is nothing more that the one left behind can do. This doesn’t make it any easier for some, but it is the way things are.

Thank You, God

Recently, my wife and I have been so blessed in so many ways by God. From stress about bills to stress about family, we have been delivered by God. I believe it is because we agreed that we needed to turn things over to God and let His loving hand guide our decisions. (Our decisions offered little to no relief.)

I think that we hinder the plan that God has for us by thinking we need to be in control. So, we decided it was time to put all our cares on Him and things have improved for us. Faith is so crucial in our relationship with God. I believe that when we lack in this relationship that it is failure on our part.  This happens by having weak or restricted faith.  

Once we understand that complete faith in God is only way to go, then the way is made clear for the changes that are needed. Deliverance comes from God and not from self. No matter how good things may seem in the beginning, the solidify factor will always be our faith in God.