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Friday, August 22, 2014

What is so great about mankind?
What is so great about mankind?

EasterStars.JPG“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” ~ Dalai Lama XIV, The Art of Happiness

We have an inflated opinion of human ability as the human race, don’t we?

The scientific reality is depressing!


Why do I say that?

Isn’t it true that over the past few hundred years we have learned so much that we somehow think we now know it all( or that we will soon)?

I hear so many arrogant comments about how science is the answer to everything.

Really?

From science perspective, human kind is disposable on the universal scale of events.

Think about it!

 We can be eradicated and the universe would not even notice.

The universe is too vast and too incredibly complex to have any allegiance to these tiny creatures (mankind) who crawl all over the face of an insignificant planet(Earth) that is associated with a mediocre star(sun).

On the universal plane of events, we don’t feature!

 At least that’s what SCIENCE communicates to us!

Don’t get me wrong!

I totally appreciate science and all the amazing discoveries. I just don’t believe we need to accept the implications of these discoveries as many portray them.

I guess we know we are on one of many planets associated with the star we call our sun. That sun is part of a galaxy,  we call our milky way.

Consider that  there is about 100 billion galaxies in the known universe.

Guess how many people there on earth in 2014?

About 7 billion!

There are more galaxies in the universe than people on our planet.

How important are we according to these facts?

Not very, right?

On this earth, we have been around as modern man for about 200 thousand years. At the moment we are almost at the point of destroying this earth and our habitat, and that we have really got ino destroying earth in the last 200 years.

Think about it, if we are really so great we would be improving or maintaining not destroying what we need for our life.

Selfishness is supreme and we are making selfishness an art form.

If this continues, we will soon obliterate our existence, right?

The earth will not cease to exist! It will change and survive, with or without us!

That’s what science tells us!

Take the dinosaurs... how long did they manage to rule the earth?

Around 80 million years!

Right now we have managed a meager 200 thousand years and are screwing everything up.

Which creature is better for the planet and universe, mankind or the dinosaurs?

I PAINTED A BLEAK PICTURE, BUT I DON’T BELIEVE IT!

 I want us to realize science is not everything!

When we add God to mix, the picture changes! Our unimportance becomes important.

God chose mankind (which we contend he created [and will not here argue how]) to be a creature with ability to live spiritually and connect with Him in a special way.

He established a very complex universe to enable us to exist, and built this specific planet that seems to be very unique, and very carefully constructed it with very finely tuned scientific laws / forces to enable us to live and connect with Him.

Jesus as God, has stepped into our history to give us an opportunity to see that we are more than what science says we are, and He specifically did things we call miracles to show us science is a service of God to mankind, not the other way around. Science is not a tool with which to do spiritual things. Men have abilities that outweigh their scientific constitutions.

With wisdom of God, we can see and acknowledge the greatness of this service and use it effectively, yet God is above this mental sway. God is external to this universe (or string of universes depending on your belief).

God incorporates and upholds everything.

 Before the Higgs |Boson was discovered, many would have said something that made up and held everything together was far-fetched. Now we have a particle that underlies everything.

God directs that particle and others like them. These things are too small to see as matter, we only know of them by their influences, not because we can see them.

As a Christian I see God because of his influence on my life. He is as factually there as a Higgs particle to me. More so!

Unlike that Higgs particle, he has personal spiritual interactions with me daily.

I “love” God, He “loves” me!

I don’t really even know what the Higgs Boson is and it has no affiliation for me!

God’s love for us is the true miracle of this universe. It puts us in a very unique place!

What about the things we are doing wrong?

I trust God to sort them out. John says

My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. 1 John 2

God died to fix things we screw up!

He not only fixes things that I screw up on, but all the selfish, ignorant and nasty things in the whole world.

Incredible?

 Not really! It’s the fact that he cares enough for 7 billion people to create a universe of 100 billion galaxies and then come to one planet belonging to one star and as one insignificant creature, just to have the other insignificant creatures annihilate him from that plane of existence.

Yet in so doing  he found a way to communicate his love for us, that is the incredible fact.

God loves you and me!


 That’s why science is actually amazing!

It just shows us how much God loves us!

Let’s give glory to God for this amazing fact today!
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Thursday, August 21, 2014

What does walking in darkness mean from a Christian standpoint?
What does walking in darkness mean from a Christian standpoint?

HeavenEarthGoodEvilSymbology.jpg“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr

Darkness is something many people consider sinister since the time they were children.

Movies use darkness to create anxiety and fear, night when we cannot see as much creates hazards for us.

However, what does the bible use darkness to describe? What does the light describe?

Right in the beginning of the bible Genesis 1:2 says Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

This darkness is perhaps the same darkness we call night, but even here the word can be seen to have a different meaning as well. Darkness can perhaps be considered evil and is contrasted by the Spirit of God which is good. yet we must be careful...

This consideration of darkness representing evil is symbolism used throughout a lot of the bible. However not everywhere.

When the Exodus is occurring from Egypt as God enabled His people to escape from Egypt and was leading them we read Exodus 20:21The people remained at a distance, while Moses approached the thick darkness where God was.

It is clear sometimes darkness means a dark place. A place that we cannot see in but God knows what is happening and can move through it with ease.

Even when the Ten Commandments were written darkness is mentioned by Moses, but not as evil…Deuteronomy 5:22 These are the commandments the Lord proclaimed in a loud voice to your whole assembly there on the mountain from out of the fire, the cloud and the deep darkness; and he added nothing more. Then he wrote them on two stone tablets and gave them to me.

Yet Samuel talks as God as a lamp 2 Samuel 22:29 You, Lord, are my lamp; the Lord turns my darkness into light.

Perhaps the best description of darkness and man’s fears are in psalm 82 where God explains that god’s (us men) reside in darkness. He starts the psalm by saying God presides in the great assembly;he renders judgment among the “gods”:
then continues to say
 
“How long will you defend the unjust
    and show partiality to the wicked?
Defend the weak and the fatherless;
    uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.
Rescue the weak and the needy;
    deliver them from the hand of the wicked.
“The ‘gods’ know nothing, they understand nothing.
    They walk about in darkness;
    all the foundations of the earth are shaken.
“I said, ‘You are “gods”;
    you are all sons of the Most High.’

But you will die like mere mortals;
    you will fall like every other ruler.”
Rise up, O God, judge the earth,
    for all the nations are your inheritance

It is strange to see God referring to us men and our rulers as “gods” but he does. Yet, notice he says we walk in darkness.

We cannot see what God sees and as a result we shake the foundations of the Earth.

That is true today isn’t it? We are damaging the very foundation of our existence due to our evil and lack of knowledge. Ignorance and selfishness is destroying our earth.

I guess the key to this all is written in 1 John 1 where John says

God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

The light that John is describing is purity of truth, knowledge and wisdom. It is the opposite of selfish, ignorance, nastiness or sin.

We cannot walk in sin and yet claim to have friendship with light.

Is there a selfish, nasty ignorant part of us that we cultivate quietly hoping nobody notices?

God knows about this.

This will keep us from the light of God. It will take us away from God’s people’s friendship and joy. Not because they withdraw, but because the evil in us cannot exist in light and they are in light.

Let’s not lie to our self (If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie) lets rather live out truth.

Asking forgiveness, allowing Holy Spirit to wash over us cleaning the sin from our life enables us to joyfully join in with the Christian group living in power and have great joy and fellowship. We are never alone and lost, but comforted, accepted and able to live fully.

How about we move from darkness to light and live fully today?

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The sensory experience of Jesus
The sensory experience of Jesus

LovingHelpingHand.jpgThat which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. – 1 John 1 NIV

People sometimes suggest Jesus was a mystical person, made up and ethereal. Not real!

Yet this is not what the bible teaches in any way. John was a person who walked around with Jesus. He makes it abundantly clear he believes Jesus was totally real and even he is painted by some as believing in a gnostic Jesus.

I have written a paper about this and it is in the “heavy stuff” on our blog, but today I want to point out that John convinces us in 1 john 1 that Jesus is real and yet God at the same time.

“That which was from the beginning” is a reference to another of the explanations about Jesus in his gospel where he says:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

Jesus was there before anything existed, before the big bang if that is considered the start of time. He was God and was with God. (That’s complex to understand, and I am not sure we can until God reveals to us exactly how the Father, Jesus and Holy Spirit are one and the same yet different).

This part makes us realize Jesus is definitely God. This though naturally moves us away from understanding he was also fully human. Just like us! Yet he was!

That’s why John says… which we have heard(Sense Hearing), which we have seen (Sense sight)with our eyes, which we have looked at(sight) and our hands have touched(Sense of touch)—this we proclaim (sense of sound) concerning the Word of life.

He is making use to use every sense (accept smell, and I don’t think he wanted to say Jesus also farted) to ensure we know Jesus was physically right here on this Earth.

Flesh and blood walking around, talking touching and living with us.

Jesus is amazing! God and man.

He knows how you and I feel daily. He knows our struggles and what we should be able to overcome and what is hard. He can help us, guide us but he also knows when we are not doing our bit to move forward. He knows when selfish, nasty and ignorant things we do get in the way.

Let’s ask God to forgive us. We have no right to do so other than Jesus as God gave us permission to do just that. Jesus is a free gift of life from God to us. A real free gift.

Let’s accept him and move in power today!
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I am not selfish, ignorant or nasty…really?
I am not selfish, ignorant or nasty…really?

yourFaultPointing.JPGSo many vices, habits. Mine of course, bad chicks. My response to any advice on what is the essentials of life. I'm just rebellious, not selfish. Guess we all share different definitions of what wealth is. ~ Nas

Living in denial is something many of us do. We can be heard making statements like:



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I didn’t do the wrong thing…,
·         I was not to blame…,
·         It’s the other persons fault for…,
·         I am great! Why don't you admit it…,
·         I need that, you don’t…,
·         I don’t make that type of mistake…
·         I only had a few drinks…
·         I didn’t think she /he would find out…
·         It was only a little money I borrowed…
·         It’s your fault I…

 Heard any of these?

Unfortunately as Christians God says we are sinful. No matter what we say to the contrary.

1 John 1 says “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us”

Sin is that selfish, ignorant and nasty tendency that lives within us and directs us to do things other than what God would want us to do.

The first step to overcoming it is to admit it. Unlike the guy in the quote at the start of the blog, we need to understand rebelliousness is also sin and leads us away from God.

John goes on to say…”If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.”

Talking to God and telling Him we are sorry, that we struggle to do the right thing, asking for help to overcome our own inadequacies, trying to do right, even when we fail and have to try again. Asking forgiveness! Asking Holy Spirit to purify us and give us strength to overcome.

That’s the way to true life, joy and peace.

We cannot be peaceful with turmoil inside us and selfish, ignorant and nasty things stink in our hearts and that generates turmoil in our lives. Let’s get rid of the stench, let God disinfect our souls and clear our minds and give our hearts peace.

Let’s remember that our decisions need to go from the top down.

It starts at the head. We think about things with our mind and decide for God. We listen to God and read his words, seeing the truth. We ask forgiveness with our mouths and do what we can to make things right with our hands and actions. Our hearts align with what we know and have done and God gives us peace. Only after that can we walk and do things the way God wants.

Today let’s go about our life in that top down way. Head, heart, walk…

Have a good one!
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