Why? Hell? Really?


The Leftist media acts as the megaphone for any and all who consider Christianity ‘harmful’. They use terms like intolerant, hate-filled, homophobic, Islamophobic, racist, you name the pejorative and its been used as a club to defame and berate us.

But Why?

Christ died for the sins of all mankind! He healed the oppressors(Roman’s and the Sanhedrin’s) families. He ate with tax collectors and prostitutes. He asked only one thing of us: believe in Him. Believe Who He is and love Him. He told us how to prove our love: that we love each other as He has loved us.

The ‘free-will’ branch of Christianity has, for millennia, beat people over the head with a bible demanding that they either believe or they will burn in Hell for all eternity. Walk the aisle. Say the prayer. Get Saved! Or Else! If you burn its your own fault! God is Good!

The ‘predestination’ branch has, for centuries, said God chose from before the foundation of the world, nothing you do can change it so if you burn, God foreordained it to be and He is absolutely Sovereign. All things work together for good to those who love Him. For those who don’t? Oh, Well! God is Good!

The Christian religion is replete with all the trappings of, well, religion! Religion, any and all religions, demand like-mindedness, or else. That works out optically as intolerance. The world sees Christianity as intolerant of all who fail to believe as they do because Jesus said He alone was the Way, the Truth, and the Life and no one comes to the Father, but by Him. That’s pretty one way!

But proof of Christ in us is sacrificial, not religious. Love your enemies. Be kind to those who despite-fully use you. If your enemy needs water, give them to drink. If they come to your door hungry and naked, don’t just say peace be unto you and send them on their way!

I said all that to say this: Haters hate. That’s who they are and that’s what they do. Will giving a hater drink when they are thirsty or food and clothing when they are hungry and naked make them hate less? No! Hate is out of the overflow of the heart. Gratitude may detour or redirect hatefulness but can never remove it. This applies to religion especially! We can be so grateful to Christ for saving us, say we love Him forever and always, and do little or nothing to prove that is so! Religion is not truth. Relationship with Christ is truth.

God gave the law so we would be able to define the difference between love and hate. Jesus let us know that there is no God-given law against charity. He also let us know the condition of and what flows from the unregenerate heart of man in Jeremiah 17:9 and Mark 7:21-23 among others.

God instituted governments among man so we could deal justly with those who hate. We do not need ‘hate crime’ laws. Crime is the product of hate so if we have a law against murder, murder is murder, the unlawful taking of human life. It does not matter if there is a difference in race, creed, color, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. Murder is a product of hating your fellow man. So is theft, gossip, lying, whatever act immorally seeks to harm another. All moral crime is the product of a hate-filled heart. A statutorily defined ‘hate crime’ is a redundancy written large!

Haters want everyone to hate just like they do. They divide. Instead of wanting to believe the reason Christians say Christ is the only way because they love their fellow man and want the best for them eternally, they hate us for our ‘intolerance’ and our failure to reject eternal good for the pleasure of temporary licentiousness. That is how evil prospers–temporarily!

Will haters go to Hell? God says they will. Will those who claimed to cast out demons and do many good works in Jesus’ name be blessed? Jesus said get thee from me ye workers of iniquity, I NEVER KNEW YOU!

Doing something that counts for an-other’s ETERNAL good is not intolerant. Sharing God’s Truth in love and kindness is not intolerant.

But:

Haters PERCEIVE all that disagrees with them as hateful intolerance because that is how psychological projection works. And isn’t perception about 90% of man’s reality; seeing the motives of others through the lens of self instead of the seeing what others do in the light of objective truth.

IS saying Jesus loves you intolerant? Only if your perceptual lens is hate.

Being Played

Talk about being played? They’re(leftist power structure, globalists, MSM fellow travelers, anarchists of all theologies, stripes, and initials, etc., etc.) trying to mail in the vote, defund and disband the police, sit back and watch the most violent anarchists among them, burn, loot and pillage our nation and disavow our history. Then when Trump wants to set an example of reducing or eliminating the inordinate, media-driven fear of the umteenth down on the list of most hazardous health threats in the world by holding rallies, the haters drive hopeful people away with terroristic threats of protest and violence in the streets, personal intimidation, ridicule, shilling for seats to the venue they never intend to fill so the optics favor their narrative, and just generally stirring hate and discontent in any and every way they can.

I would say ‘there ought to be a law!’ but there already are and more than a god’s plenty of them that the libtards in charge refuse to enforce! The only recourse for the hopeful is to suck it up, stop being hopeful and start demanding the return of our God-given rights; refuse to be intimidated. Get involved in recalling the feckless, knee-bending, lumps who are openly and vehemently disdaining their oaths of office. Quit supporting and giving accepting attention to the spoiled, ignorant and lying celebrities who have never truly sacrificed for anyone other than themselves, burning our flag, and pissing on our heritage by kneeling for the anthem and shooting off their mouths about things they know NOTHING about!

Get our country back on track!
Recognize we are being played! Refuse to go along! Americans are a FREE people who appreciate LAW AND ORDER and we better start acting like it or the tyrants and anarchists will get their wish: the destruction of the only nation on earth founded on the promise of Christian Freedom! No matter where they were born, tyrants and anarchist are NOT American at heart, they are UN-American, criminal, spoiled, ignorant, treasonous, backstabbing, divisive, haters. Their goal is the destruction of everything the Founders fought to create and millions since have fought and died to preserve. No the nation is not perfect because the people in it are not perfect — never was. BUT, there is no middle ground here. Which side are you on? The side that wants it to be better with law and order? Or the side that wants it destroyed, ruined and chaotic.

We must quit believing that being an American is an accident of birth! Being an American citizen in 2020 requires of us that we have a heart for the blessings of freedom and respect for life and liberty. The anarchists and dividers among us are haters of the first stripe and need to be held to account by the lovers of what this nation was founded to be! Those born within our borders are responsible to the rest of us as well as the world to preserve and continue to shine as a beacon of freedom. Those with other allegiance have the rest of the world to choose from. But they will not go there. Do you wonder why?

Holiness

What is holiness? Holiness is knowing all that is unholy in every detail, then willingly and willfully without compunction or equivocation, rejecting all that is unholy and the emotional thought processes that lead to unholiness, for in that is eternal joy and peace.

Consider Da Vinci’s Pallet

The Mona Lisa is considered to be one of the greatest works of art in the world. The mastery it exhibits is virtually without equal. It was not, however, created without paints, pigments, thinners, rags, brushes, patience, skill, knowledge, understanding of how the finished product should look, and a pallet upon which the paints were mixed and textures tested, remixed and retested until the result was just what the master decided was needed at a particular time and in a particular place in the final work of art.

In the same way, but without trial and error, the Creation, beginning to end, is God’s pallet. For all the mixing and remixing and chaos we perceive, the end will be an eternal masterpiece. To believe otherwise is to deny the perfect plan of God. To rest in that belief, to place our faith in Him and His will for us, is to end our rebellion against Him. We don’t have to like what our current circumstances are. Like Abraham, we can question God! The thing about Abraham’s questions was that they were posed to better understand how merciful God is to the faithful, not how unmerciful He can appear to the rebellious. Abraham was the father of the faithful. He was trying to see the masterpiece God was creating; trying to see beyond the chaos on the pallet around Him. Where is your focus?

Consider Government as a Hole(sic?)

The Congress is made up of roughly 10% first termers and 90%those who:

  1. Are most concerned with self-advancement (money and prestige)
  2. Next with self-image(how their sacrifice for ‘public service’ shines forth)
  3. Third with satisfying their peer group (other politicians)
  4. Fourth with pride of position (length of service equals greater influence)
  5. Fifth with hearing how great they are (adulation and votes from those who haven’t a clue)

So where do you think you, the voter, fall in the hierarchy of their list of what’s most important?

The bureaucracy of government is made up of roughly the same ratio of those who are there to serve and those who will do anything to advance their own career and/or political agenda!

Like the T-shirt says:  TRUST the Government, said NO Founding Father EVER!!!

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?

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!

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.

Consider Circular Reasoning!

Wikipedia has it thus:  Circular reasoning (Latin: circulus in probando, “circle in proving”;[1] also known as circular logic) is a logical fallacy in which the reasoner begins with what they are trying to end with.[2] The components of a circular argument are often logically valid because if the premises are true, the conclusion must be true. Circular reasoning is not a formal logical fallacy but a pragmatic defect in an argument whereby the premises are just as much in need of proof or evidence as the conclusion, and as a consequence the argument fails to persuade.

“a logical fallacy in which the reasoner begins with what they are trying to end with.”  As applied to the age of the Earth, scientists who believe the theory of evolution have taken a 19th century theory concerning the age of fossils in sedimentary rock and used it to date the rock containing similar fossils elsewhere.  They use the fossils to date the rock and rock to date the fossils—circulus in probando—it begins and ends in the theory of the age of the fossils.  It is, therefore, a logical fallacy! “A fallacy is the use of invalid or otherwise faulty reasoning,”(Wikipedia)

Our education system has indoctrinated everyone under its influence into this fallacious reasoning as if it were absolute truth!  The only truth in it is that there are fossils in sedimentary rock.  EVERYTHING beyond that is conjecture and theory. A theory requires proof. A theory of itself proves nothing!

Science is supposed to be about finding truth; make observations and theorize concerning cause.  The problem with the Theory of Evolution is that a theory was proposed specifically to reject God’s revelation of creation and then the search was on to find supporting evidence!  Denial of truth never, ever changes the truth, but it can sure make the ‘wisdom of the wise into foolishness’ when the denial is exposed for what it truly is!

Remember ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’?  It was the truth revealed.  The Theory of Evolution is exactly the Emperor’s new clothes trying to hide the truth of creation.  Eventually everyone will see it for what it really is.  Pray the Spirit will open the eyes of the blind.

Consider Evolution!

The Geological Column, that is the layers of sedimentary rock containing fossils that paleontologists have theorized shows the millions of years of history that they theorize proves the Earth has to be millions to billions of years old, is real enough.  Are the evolutionary theories concerning it correct? No.

The revelations concerning cellular structure and DNA have shown beyond doubt that for macro-evolution (the change from one species into another) to occur, there would have to be millions of individual and very specific changes to the billions of very specific molecular protein codes which define the creature or plant (or any living organism).  ALL of these specific changes would have to be made simultaneously for a viable new species to occur.  The most knowledgeable geneticists have no clue what that combination of changes would have to be even for the simplest organism to become a different kind of organism AND it would have to (in just about all cases) have to occur in both male and female versions at the same time so the reproductive process could happen.  To be clear, micro-evolution are changes that occur within species and although these changes are sometimes used to try to prove Darwinian Evolution, that is not what is in view here.

Bear in mind: The theory of evolution is that all living organisms began by the chance happening of a single living organism coming into existence and then evolving into a different species and another and another, etc. “From chemical rich slime and a lightning bolt the first life sprang into being! Eventually, over the eons, man!”

There are those who are not sold on the idea of evolution as the foundation of our existence.  Some are even scientists.  Some are statisticians and they have tried to calculate the odds of all the changes necessary happening to produce the event of a new species coming into existence.  To put the result in some sort of perspective, you specifically, have the same chance of winning  the power-ball lottery at least a billion times in a row as for one species to turn into another and breed true.

Make no mistake, belief in evolution is a religion, a religion that is rooted and founded in rejecting the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the Father of Jesus Christ.  Evolutionists are willing to believe anything that casts doubt on the Creator God because they categorically reject that God’s moral law is supreme and they will be held accountable.

There is no middle ground, no fence to straddle.  God will not be mocked.  He told us the history of the world and His Creation cries out to us the truth of His handiwork.  Because there is not one shred of evidence to prove its validity, the belief in Darwinian Evolution is willful blindness to His truth.

Think you might like the view of someone else?

http://evolutionfacts.com/New-material/frozen_planes.htm

http://www.beforeus.com/third.php

http://evolutionfacts.com/what’s_new.htm

“Faith is:  the substance of fossils hoped for,  the evidence of links unseen.” M.M.