Vanity of Man

I find myself getting amused when watching videos of people proclaiming that if God exists He should show himself. The flaw with their thinking is that they believe that their mind would be able to process seeing God. Really??? Just the mere presence of God has made men fall like dead men. Then when God sent His son to pay for the sins of the world, they killed him. What kind of vain creation man is because he demands proof and then destroyed it when it was in front of his face. The vanity of man is always going to be the biggest divided between God and man. God does’t need to prove Himself to us, we need to prove ourselves to Him. On a personal note, before I got back into church, I thought this same way: if God is real and He truly loves me why not reveal Himself to me? After I got back into church the answer was given to me, God had revealed himself to me numerous time I was too vain and stupid to see the signs,

Now, when someone asks me to prove there is a God, I respond He has already proven Himself, you just can’t see the signs. If they insist I prove God, I simply respond for them to prove there isn’t. This usually leads to a serious of questions about the evil of the world. The response to this is simple: freewill. Man desires freewill, God granted it, and man gets angry when God does not correct their mistakes. Simply pray for them, arguing with them benefits nothing. God bless!

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Adam and Talking Animals

While I was work the other day, I had a conversation with someone about the creation of man. This person said that the Bible tells that Adam was not the first man. He was using the fact that God said let us make man in Genesis 1 that this meant other people were created before Adam. However, when you look in Genesis 2 the creation events apply specifically to the Garden of Eden that was created. Was Adam the first man? According to 1 Corinthians 15:45, Adam is named as the first man, was created a living soul. I think it is a safe assumption that Paul, personally called by Jesus, is accurate in his description of Adam being the first man.

Eventually, our conversation led to taking the Bible literally and figuratively. I was told that there was no literal serpent that spoke to Eve. This concerned me because the Bible states that the devil took the form of a serpent. 2 Corinthians 11 talks about Satan being transformed into an Angel of Light. Would it really be difficult to take the form of a serpent? I would think it wouldn’t be a far stretch by any means. I believe if God wanted an animal to speak to me, I better shut and listen. Numbers 22 gives the story of the donkey speaking to Balaam.

My suggestion to this person and anyone reading this post: study the Word for yourself, don’t assume that something that someone else tells you is accurate. God bless!

Personal Beliefs

Recently, I have be doing some research for a book I am going to start working on. On my old blog I posted chapters from the last book I wrote with intentions of doing another draft after it was completed. This was before I started using WordPress, and have yet to finish the next draft. So while procrastinating, I on the old book and the new one I find myself watching videos, usually of debates between atheist and creationist. The one common theme I find in nearly all of theme is that people are trying to force their personal beliefs on each other. True, we need to share the good news of God’s love, but we can’t force others to hear or believe. When Jesus sent people out to minister he told them to simply leave when their message was not wanted.

I believe that if we want to minister to people, we need to go about it in a respectful manner. We can make comments that plants seeds, but then we need to step back and let the Spirit work with the person. Any type of forced belief system will not stand. Eventually, the people will simply go through the motions without having any dedication behind it. We must be willing to have the faith to have welcomed discussions with people who don’t agree with our beliefs, it is when we allow emotions to take hold that we get in the wrong. Just pray and listen to the Spirit guide you.

 

Are You Persecuted?

I have recently noticed that there are several people writing about how so many Christians are persecuted. While I agree that Christians in other countries do face persecution on a level that I may never experience, personally I don’t experience this persecution. I work in two main environments: one as a janitor where there are several other Christians and the other is an office setting where there are not many Christians. In neither environment am I ever questioned about the validity of my beliefs. So, I don’t feel that I am personally being persecuted. All non-believers that I work with are respectful to the point that I am entitled to my beliefs and they are entitled to their beliefs. Do we always agree? No, but still there is no animosity on either side because we understand that we are in a country where we the right to agree to disagree.

Now we come to the point where people feel the need to make fun of Christians because of their beliefs. Names such as bigot, homophobic, and other terms of ‘endearment’ accomplish nothing in the process of creating a mutual respect in differing beliefs. Over the years, I have worked and even friend several homosexual people. They knew my beliefs on the lifestyle choice and they also knew that I didn’t think they were less than human because of it. Why? Sin is sin in my view. A gay man is no better or worse off than liar or thief. All three are doing things that go against the will of God. Now, just as I wouldn’t support someone robbing a bank, then I shouldn’t support someone in sexual immorality. Does this mean I feel that I am above someone else? Of course not, my actions can be better than theirs, but I am human just the same as they are.

So, no, I don’t feel that I am persecuted. I do believe there are people who want to attack my religion and would want me to subscribe to their beliefs, but that is their right. The problem is that instead of accepting they have the right to disagree with my beliefs and letting it go there, too many people feel the need to change my way of thinking. Why? I guess misery loves company. The fact of the matter is this: believe whatever you want to believe, just don’t get mad when someone disagrees with your beliefs.

Matthew 13:24-30

24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: 25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. 26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. 27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? 28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? 29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

There are a few different theories on the rapture of the church, a fact that got me to studying on this topic. Many churches today teach that the church will be rapture before any type of tribulation befalls believers. I have always had an issue with this theory because that Jesus told the disciples in Matthew 24 that the days of tribulation would be shortened for the elect’s sake. Now this got me thinking that if the days have to be shortened to allow flesh to be saved there must be believers present at the tribulation. So, I started searching out other scriptures that addressed the end of the world. I know that Jesus said that no one, but God knows the day or the hour so I don’t try to date events. Instead I am more interested in the order that these events will occur.

I find the parable and later explanation that Jesus shares in Matthew 13 to present an interesting order of events. Since Jesus explains the meaning of the tares, wheat, and harvest to the disciples we can assume that the order of the parable could be the actual order of the events. In the parable Jesus says the tares are gathered first and then the wheat. Does this mean that everything could happen all at once? The answer is that each person must study the scripture and allow the Holy Spirit to reveal to them how literal to take the order of events. Speculation can lead to unintended confusion and therefore I leave it to everyone to form their own opinion.

The important thing to remember is that Jesus is coming for His people and we need to ready to go at any time. People must be always watching and then they will not be taken off guard. God Bless!!!

Matthew 21: 28-32

28 But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard. 29 He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went. 30 And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not. 31 Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you. 32 For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him.

Since it has been a little while since I have posted I wanted to share something that I heard while working the other night. I was cleaning a classroom and listening to Matthew when this parable caught my attention. So many times people want to put forth an image that does not belong with their attitude. Just as the Pharisees thought they were so much better than regular Jews because of their flaws. The truth of the matter is that we all have flaws. It’s the grace of God that gives us the forgiveness that makes us worthy.

We all have worked with that one person that wants to get up in the boss’ face and make all these huge promises. The problem is that they never carry through with what they say. Then there are those that are standoffish that quietly go and complete the jobs needing to be done. In the end, people have to be willing to put forth effort without worrying about the credit.

Flawed Man

You know, there are times when I am presented with situations that can serve as a test and I fail them. This is because I am a flawed man that can never live good enough to make it to Heaven on my own. Some things, such as being faithful to my wife, seem like a no-brainer that I never feel tempted about. I know I love her deeply and she is a part of me. Its other things like listening and partaking in gossip, neglecting praying, neglecting studying my Bible, and allowing harsh feelings to remain in my mind. These are the types of flaws that I must work on daily and rely on the strength of God to deliver me from them. Through God’s grace and mercy, I remain a forgiven man even with my flaws. We all do who have faith in God.

There will be times when situations are presented that are designed to show us that our faith is more powerful than we may realize. It reminds me of the poem, “Footprints in the Sand”, it is during our most difficult times in our lives that we are carried by God. We just need to accept His grace and believe that He will do what is best for us.