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.
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?
The Congress is made up of roughly 10% first termers and 90%those who:
- Are most concerned with self-advancement (money and prestige)
- Next with self-image(how their sacrifice for ‘public service’ shines forth)
- Third with satisfying their peer group (other politicians)
- Fourth with pride of position (length of service equals greater influence)
- 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!!!
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?
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!
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.
Wikipedia has it thus: Circular reasoning (Latin: circulus in probando, “circle in proving”; also known as circular logic) is a logical fallacy in which the reasoner begins with what they are trying to end with. 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.