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.

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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.

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.

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!

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.

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.