Selection and Defense!

I selected the second possibility;  the one with the comma after good.

The first possibility is out of the KJV.  Stating positively that all things work together for good to them that love God, it then goes on to add ‘to those who are called according to His purpose’.  It makes it sound as if only those who love God are called according to His purpose.  Wasn’t pharaoh called, raised up, set apart, to fulfill a purpose of God?  Did he love God? Not according to the Scriptures!  I jumped to the conclusion that called and raised up are basically synonymous in relating the idea that one is being set apart, used according to the purpose of God.  Does Strong’s bear out my conclusion?  Strong’s #2822 called, Kletos is appointment. Who makes the appointment?  Strong’s #5975 Raised, amad, is translated 15 times in Scripture as appointed.  Again, Who does the appointing?  God!  And He says all things work together for good.

The third possibility is from Holman’s and is definite:  All things work together only for the good of those who love God! And who might they be? ONLY those who are called according to His purpose!  I used pharaoh in the example above.  What about Jacob and Esau?  God said that before they were formed in the womb, before they had done anything good or bad, Jacob have I loved and Esau have I hated, that the purpose of God might be fulfilled!  I submit that both were called according to His purpose, and as such this translation written so that it is to be understood that all things work together for good only to those who love God shows how biased a translation can be.  The same denomination that initiated this translation insists that God is Good, God is Love, God loves everyone, God is all-powerful, and that  it is up to us to ask forgiveness BEFORE WE CAN BE SAVED.

Second Timothy 2:15 says ‘Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.’

My studies have led me to believe that the second possibility is the most correct.  Indeed God does work all things together for Good!  That is the whole purpose of this Creation!  HIS creation!  We are HIS creatures!  In Romans 9:21 Paul asks ‘Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?’  He asks that question to force us to face the FACTS of a Creator GOD!  He planned and created this entire universe.  Should we not face the fact that it is HIS to do with as HE pleases?  Should we not face the fact that all of it is created to serve HIS purpose and is called to do so?  Should we not face the fact that every vessel is made for a purpose either to honor or dishonor?  That being the case, all things work together for good because that is the ultimate purpose of God for His Creation!  Then we can understand that all things work together for good BOTH to those who love God AND to those who are called according to His purpose!

We can believe that in spite of the perceived evil around us, because the evil in this realm was banished from the eternity we are destined to share with Jesus Christ!

And one little comma is the difference.  God uses the small things to help us know Him if we are willing to look.  It is not our job to decide who is lost and who is not.  It is our job to live according to Micah 6:8.

He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee,but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

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Exercise in Knowing God

In light of this translation of Matthew 5:43-46

43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.

44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?

 

Which of the following translations of Romans 8:28 is most correct:

28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

28 And we know that all things work together for good, to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

28 We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God:  those who are the called according to his purpose.

Defend your selection!

To My Love

I need to stand with you and watch the ocean swell with pride

and find its treasures on the shore thrown there by the tide,

or go somewhere and see the trees as they march across the hills

while high above an eagle soars, and swoops to find new thrills.

I need to talk to a tiny brook and hear its answer low

to find the truths I seek in life before its time to go.

I need to watch His mighty hand turn dawning into day,

or watch the peaceful hours go by and finally slip away.

I need to walk where no one has, and see what no one sees,

and when I’m tired I need a bed beneath the whispering trees.

But most of all I need to know that you, too, need these things

and that you’ll share them all with me, whatever tomorrow brings.

When People Love the Lie!

We live in a time when half the nation is living on subsidy of some sort.  None is willing to let that go, so they perpetuate the fiction that some things are free and they deserve the subsidy they receive.  Recently a teacher denied that the dictionary was an authority on the meaning of words!  She said she was probably smarter than the dictionary!  Over forty years ago I met a girl who didn’t believe in the dictionary and said so, quite vehemently!  And I wondered how she could correctly understand anything!  Or believe anything she had to say!  We parted ways in short order.  When I heard the story, I wondered if she had become this teacher.

Our nation is sick because the people in it are sick.    It is sick to think you can decide the meaning of the words you use!   It is sick to deny objective truth!  We claim to love freedom and yet look around and see something we disagree with and say, “There ought to be a LAW!!”  Politicians are more than happy to oblige us!  We live under hundreds of thousands of laws and regulations.  Many are contradictory in that obeying one puts us in violation of another.

The Israelites demanded a king.  God told them what to expect but they wanted one anyway.  Why?  I submit that it was so they could point to him and say its his fault.  We were just being  obedient subjects.  Well, why couldn’t they just be obedient subjects of God?  Because they loved the lie! What lie?  The lie that man can govern his own affairs and doesn’t NEED God!  We don’t need objective truth. We can define truth for ourselves!  That is the lie and has been since Eden.

That is the inconvenient truth!

Consider Deception!

Don’t you just hate it when someone lies to you?  The closer the person is or the more authority they wield over you makes it even more egregious!   Those in authority, especially in the education of the next generation, have a clear-cut moral mandate to speak truth to those needing to hear it.  They are forming the foundational world view of all who depend on them for the facts of history, science, life, health, etc.

Virtually everyone with a public education has seen the drawings of the stages of the embryo and heard the story of ‘recapitulation’ they portray.  The problem is they are fake.  Those drawings were exposed as fraudulent in the 1880’s!  And yet they are still in modern textbooks as proof of the theory of evolution.

There is not now nor has there ever been one shred of valid evidence supporting the theory of evolution!  The light and dark moths in England are cited as proof, but they are still moths!  Darwin’s finches are cited as proof, but they are still finches!  There is not now nor has there ever been an argument against micro-evolution—changes within a species.  All of the various breeds of dog probably did descend from a common ancestor, the wolf.  But all are still canine!  All of the various breeds of cats probably descended from a common ancestor.  But they are all still feline!

The fossil record has yielded not a single instance or example of a missing link between species, plant or animal!  And yet we are still told that evolution (change from one species into a different one) is a fact.

The whole motive behind the theory of evolution isn’t science.  Science has not been able to prove the theory!  No, the motive behind the theory of evolution and its corollary, a very ancient earth, is very simple.   The fool has said in his heart, there is no God!  For, if there is a God of creation, man is morally accountable to Him because He has given us rules and laws to live by.  So if we just eliminate Him from our lives we are no longer accountable!

You know, I think I’ll quit believing in gravity!  That way, when I fall I won’t hit the ground!!

I know, I know!  Gravity doesn’t care whether I believe in it or not.  If I fall I will still hit the ground and it will still hurt!

But God DOES care.  That’s why He has revealed Himself to us, and given us rules and laws to live by.  But as with gravity, denying Him does not eliminate Him from our reality.  It just turns the wisdom of the one denying Him into foolishness.

Guilty by Association

Vapors In The Wind

There are perhaps none so gullible as Christians. Any marketer will tell you that. You simply have to put the label “Christian” on a book or cd, and they will buy it. I am horrified by much of what is screened on TBN and similar television channels, or by much of what is sold in CUM Books, for example. The theology is terrible, much of it is exploitative or illogical, and still it gets lapped up. Christians who consume the products become increasingly entangled in fear and guilt, and feel pressured to buy more so that they can assuage those feelings.

It’s a thought-provoking comment on the insidious brilliance of marketers, and a sad indictment on Christians. The real product these people offer you is not Christianity, it is false hope: the promise of riches, and love, and health. For those who would argue for the legitimacy of “Christian” TV…

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Choosing What to Believe!

How do you know what to believe?  We are inundated by the information stream of media.  Many just tune out, not caring about believing anything just getting along as best they can.  Or, believing what they don’t have to work very hard at.

I’ve heard of Christ and I don’t want to go to Hell so I guess I’ll believe in Him!  Or, I don’t believe in anything I can’t see with my own eyes!  Or, everybody that has really studied it says the universe is fifteen to twenty billion years old and they should know so I guess I’ll believe them and most of what they believe about the age of the Earth, Sun, Moon and stars.

There is so much pain and suffering in the world, I just can’t bring myself to believe in a God who would allow that!  So I’ll reject religion and rely on myself!

None of the above shows the personal responsibility required of us, to actually seek the Truth!  Each of them makes a choice based on what they’ve heard or felt would be a choice they could live with, a choice that wouldn’t cost much in terms of time and effort.  They make a choice based on someone else’s belief and continue in it as long as its convenient.

Do yourself a favor.  Find out what is True and Believe in That!  But please bear in mind that there is one small obstacle that must be overcome:

“What comes out of a person is what defiles him.  For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery,  coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness.  All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”

Do you think that can be overcome by wishful thinking?  A more difficult task has never been invented.  Overcoming the self to arrive at truth is more rewarding than the view from Mount Everest!  And remember, No one has gotten there alone.  Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.

God bless.