“Still think God thinks as we do?”©

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Though physical storms and storms of mind
descend on us in our lives as we live them out,
heed no more than cautious advance prepares
to preserve, this is with a loving God about
to supersede in the affairs mankind would do,
grace is known for time to bear up and hold
on to belief in what God is capable of… to know
God is to be aware of His authority, not sold
or bought with capricious leanings and a
mercurial disposition, this is El Shaddai spoken
of here… Jehovah Jireh, The Provider and
The Deliverer of lives incomplete, so broken,
without the direction to know He would tell
us His will for us, not to deny us… to protect
and instill a perspective He has… to be able to
eat, rest and strengthen our belief, to reflect
on Him is to gain the reflection of Him, to so
embody, in practice and performance… our action,
the love we accepted by grace is the same measure
we are to share from, grafted into the Jewish faction
of God’s chosen, to dispel the myth of equivelancy
to all other Gods, for none is like the living God…
not idols or idolotry… machinations of the mind
and imaginary, there is a texture we’re to applaud
in reverence to His awe… inspiring to know He
lives, Jesus and the resurrection point to true
patterns of life and life continuing or to life,
sure death, a separation to living (eternally) through
and throughout eternity without God near, this is
a complete failure to understand righteousness to come
from God, it is not then something we can attain by
being as good as we can be, not smart here but dumb
to think God thinks as we do… acts as we do… sees
things as we do, God is a holy God of righteousness,
there is nothing we can do to deserve His grace
and He gives it for the asking… out of His kindness
does He do this, we have but to believe He sent
Jesus to pay the price for sin we could not and to
follow His will for us willingly, from a love to do
what is asked of us… obedience to His nature grew
the mighty oak from a humble acorn, a tree has
come from a mustard seed, a life spared from death,
His yoke upon us is no detractor to our liberty…
for there is much more to freedom than just to breath,
even the air we breathe comes from Him, life to
seek and sustain life from the sight of natural order,
the movement of the heavens so precise, methodical,
not unlike the roots of science but divine structure.

 

Romans 3:10 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/romans/3-10.html
10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

 

Isaiah 57:1 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/isaiah/57-1.html
1 The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.

 

To clearly understand what is being referenced when righteousness and taken away are mentioned… click the links to deeper meaning for the words used.

 

In the desert… warm blows the breeze, and even it is welcome. Almost thirty years of living in the desert, the American Southwest, have taught me to be grateful for the little things most can’t seem to fathom or comprehend. Can’t we find our way… our way to see God is what fills the emptiness in our hearts- only God will do! The window on making this choice on our own volition, just like during the days of Noah, will come quickly to a close- leaving us to either be with God or without Him… forever. The choice has always been our own and God will honor the choice we make.

 

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“Denial of God, or prayer and worship, is to soon incur His wrath”©

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This image came from here… one climbs.com/2013/09/22/power-doctrine/

 

One cannot claim to have an epiphany… to
then change the doctrine of their belief by whim,
to embrace another thought or belief shows a
weakness of faith in Jesus or who sent Him,
and the Bible tells us ‘Jesus is begotten of the
Father’, the word of God declares in scripture
this to be the truth, and of all people begotten
unto Him, by faith, our eternal hope then secure…
to then endure suffering for His name’s sake is
known as ’the trial of our conviction… suffering
through the furnace of affliction’ but for the one
willing to repent… to follow Jesus by His loving
way, shown through compassion is to know God
and the love He has for all nations… all mankind,
for to say you know God without showing love is
no different than denying sight for so many blind.

 

If it is to remain a stronghold of (Christian) religious belief, the Vatican needs to retain the essence of it’s faith and be resolute. The article was given impetus and inspiration caused by this May 2013 Homily, one given by Pope Francis and covered by Vatican Radio.

 

 

[Both abstracts found below come from catholic.org (Catholic Online). The first is found through the first hyperlink… the next through the second- respectively.]

 

The notion of Allah in Arabic theology is substantially the same as that of God among the Jews, and also among the Christians, with the exception of the Trinity, which is positively excluded in the Koran, cxii: “Say God, is one God, the eternal God, he begetteth not, neither is he begotten and there is not any one like unto him.

 

The Blessed Trinity
The Trinity is the term employed to signify the central doctrine of the Christian religion — the truth that in the unity of the Godhead there are Three truly distinct Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

 

In both examples, provided above, is a clear an obvious contradiction. The contradiction stems from what the word of God (scripture) tells us about Jesus- God Himself. Let me explain! To make the claim Allah and God are one and the same is to think it would be right for man to say Israel was not promised to the Hebrew people and Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel! Here is one viewpoint to share… supporting the truth of difference does not imply (here) they are one and the same.

 

Here is how some of the rest of the world sees it!

 

Japan Times

 

Asia News

 

Christian Today (Christian News)

 

Another Blogger (GoodFishBadFish.net)

 

As to what scriptures tells me… take a (real good) look here, and see why it becomes ever more important to pray for: strength of our own (personal) conviction, endurance to run the race God has given our course to be, and for the faith coming from the grace God has shown us. Remember to have love in your heart… enough of God’s love to pray for those whom might seek to cause us harm- or far worse. Know it is but for a little while… worth the price of suffering here to see eternity come with God- it is better to be with God than be found against Him and without Him.

Romans 9:26-28 26 And it shall come to pass, that in the place where* it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God. 27 Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved: 28 For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth.

 

Here is found the proper view of ‘righteousness’ and to understand our need to tell the gospel, the good news of Christian Doctrine, the chance come: for all (or anyone) to repent, believe in Jesus Christ, our Lord, to be saved from the sins we have committed (individually… personally) and to share His truth to a dying world.

 

Favoritism Forbidden
James 2:1 My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism.

 

Isaiah 46:9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,

 

P.S. My goal was not to cause upset or harm to why you believe as you do (for my Catholic Brothers and Sisters)… but to allow a fuller understanding to the importance of what we believe. The weight of credibility is best measured in the yoke God gives us or the demands man could place on us (from any religion or of any religious demands)– and know you must come to make a personal decision… for God or against Him! Being ‘a good person’ is not enough; which is realized when God will look at us in judgement… to see His Son (a believer covered in the blood of the lamb) or what we are when we are looked at by a Holy God.

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“A thought on Philosophical Theology… and Pico (15th Century)”©

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Before Pico… was Nicholas.

 

Philosophical Theology was already in place before Pico (who used the Neo-Platonic doctrine unity of opposites), least wise where Rome was concerned, despite controversies that had risen from thoughts of man. It would be more than a mistake… it would be an egregious mistake to presume Pico, single-handedly, had the wherewithal to bring unity back to Rome… or the Christian faith.

 

With some philosophers to rally for Pico (Giovanni Pico della Mirandola) [1463-94], and his effort to combine opposites: pagan and Christian, Moslem and Jewish, ancient and medieval, but the Holy See derailed his plan. Pico published his works, in Rome, called,’Conclusions (1486)’, and this was not regarded highly by the Pope- whereby,”On Being and the One”, was written in 1492. There can be many things stated about the medieval times or from philosophers found during these days; which caused many to be so influenced by their views… maintaining their sharing unto modern times. I can think of none better to share here with you than Nicholas of Cusa (1401-1464). There will be a certain degree of varying relevance to what any one philosopher understood but the viewpoint (and thoughts) is critical to how it should be viewed and applied.

 

[Below is an abstract from Christopher W Helton writing, entitled,”15th Century Florentine Philosophical Theology II (at LinkedIn)”, and one I disagree with]

 

Pico is trying to speak about God that does not succumb to Savonarola or Ficino’s problems; however, his way of speaking about philosophical theology to resolve the dispute between the One and ousia only creates another metaphysical controversy: pantheism. Ergo, late medieval philosophical theology, its epistemological distinction between scientia and opinio, its Aristotelian metaphysics are disintegrating due to these three 15th century Florentine thinkers with their philosophical theologies.

 

[Here are links for Savonarola and Ficino respectively.]

 

Instead, he wanted to convince people to use magic and Kabbalah in order to change themselves into angels [from #2 above… through the link to Pico].

 

To think of Pico alone, in regard to being and oneness, is to slight the difference of mind, or viewpoint, to the works of Nicholas. Furthermore, to realize what Pico had written before his latter work on ‘Being’ suggests he softened his views, toned them down, to appeal to the church more than in his earlier part of life- where being accepted, and causing continuity, was the last thing on his mind. As for Latin… scientia is knowledge, and opinio is opinion, i.e., Scientia est potentia… Knowledge is power.

 

[An abstract on thoughts of Nicholas below… found here.]

 

What is noteworthy are the flexible metaphors he uses as he moves across what we designate today as ontology, philosophy of mind and epistemology, and philosophical theology [from #2]. Here Cusanus addresses the four categorical realities traditionally found in Christian thought: God, the natural universe, Christ and human beings [from #2.1].

 

If Christopher is right, in his assertion, Pico was responsible for Florence and Rome to regain their composure after ‘one controversy’ of a metaphysical nature, then why was Cusanus already recognized by Rome in a favorable light and Pico was not? Was it due to his view of ‘Oneness’ was closer to how Rome understood it? See below…

 

Put in the language of the “maximum,” in God both maximum and minimum coincide in the divine infinite Oneness, for both take the mind beyond the measurable created domain of more and less and end up meaning just the “superlative” or transcendent. The implication, in other words, is that God’s reality lies beyond any familiar domain where the principle of contradiction holds sway.

 

Can it also be said, it would be of little or no consequence… the thoughts or opinions of man, in regards to the Doctrines of Rome (or Christianity itself), since Doctrines are not based on simply opinion or thoughts– for there is an evidentiary quality to the Declarations made by God for mankind to know of the veracity of the words found in the Bible.

 

[From this source, in PDF (also downloadable)… the Bible: its meaning and supremacy, Farrar, F. W. (Frederic William) [1831-1903], 1897, New York: Longmans, Green and Co., p 134]

 

“No consensus of popular opinion can have the smallest weight against the truths which heaven-directed advance of knowledge reveals.”

 

 

“With certain authority”

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“With certain authority”©

To openly declare one group is wrong or all
groups are wrong, if it pertains to: a religion,
culture or people group… is to then, either
by assumption or belief, assert a faux dominion…
faux by thinking one is speaking from a
position of power one has earned, then a right,
or to seek power from another (to steal it…
an outright theft), selfish cause for plight,
worse still is to assert it as one with certain
authority to be able to: back up the claim made,
not rely on anyone else for their information or
to prove, no shadow of doubt, truth is obeyed!
There are many people making inaccurate claims
today, more today than at any time in human history,
and even this is openly told to us in the Bible…
speaking of ‘the last days’ as telling of it’s authenticity,
“The word of God” was long before any Emperor of
Rome tried to bring a religion to be manipulated,
it would not be the first or last time either way and
that would have man kneel to a god prostrated…
but God is not found in a complacent little box nor
in the limited thoughts of contempt to be controlled,
God… the Creator God (I Am) has always been the
loving God, though some say different, to be extolled.

 

When I see writings like this one: loosely mixing information from one time frame to another, placing facts with one’s own interpretation… to gain impact to the implied information; which is as if to authenticate what you are saying, making claims the New Testament is nothing but fiction and Jesus Christ was created by Constantine is when I will take a stand and speak out- without backing down. One more thing of note, Islam and Christianity are diametrically opposed to one another; therefore, though they are both coming from the monotheistic origins (so claiming to come from the Abrahamic origin) they are not the same! Here is my comment on Norma Holt’s writing, at LinkedIn, below.

 

Dear Norma, I do not in recent recollection find as many false conclusions or assumptions (being put forth as truth) about the Bible as I find with your writings. I’ll be as kind as I can be here… it is this type of writing that will lead many to hell- a place Jesus Himself spoke of more than any other subject!

 

 

To make the claim (as Norma Holt has stated) one is a spiritualist, or one is advised by a spirit… other than God, is to find themselves no better off than being ill-advised. This is quite strongly spoken against in both OT (Old Testament) and NT (New Testament), being called necromancy (relying on Divination)- a part of occultism.

 

In Revelation 13:12-18, as you mention in your article Norma, it speaks about the beast… and the number 666 but it is taking two different times and trying to make them fit into one- one that has not happened (yet) and to speak about a real person (historic) thrown in. This scripture is speaking of the future and still a time ahead of us in human history. You say this is proof of Constantine being called 666 and Revelation is used to point to 325 AD?

 

The bottom line in this picture, reads,”… Babylonian gods to the ones he created, such as Jesus Christ.” Check it at the link provided to Norma’s writing! http://ezinearticles.com/?Addressing-the-Fiction-in-the-New-Testament&id=9761313

 

Isaiah 44:25 who foils the signs of false prophets and makes fools of diviners, who overthrows the learning of the wise and turns it into nonsense,

 

2 John 1:7 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/2-john/1-7.html
7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

 

http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/1-thessalonians/1.html

 

1 Thessalonians 1:4 Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God.

 

election

 

[The abstract below is by Matthew Henry… found here]

 

The apostle not only mentions these three cardinal graces, faith, hope and love, but also takes notice, (1.) Of the object and efficient cause of these graces, namely, our Lord Jesus Christ. (2.) Of the sincerity of them: being in the sight of God even our Father. The great motive to sincerity is the apprehension of God’s eye as always upon us; and it is a sign of sincerity when in all we do we endeavour to approve ourselves to God, and that is right which is so in the sight of God. Then is the work of faith, or labour of love, or patience of hope, sincere, when it is done under the eye of God. (3.) He mentions the fountain whence these graces flow, namely, God’s electing love: Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God, v. 4.

 

Old Testament and New Testament come together… even Persian wisemen knew… the heavens speak of the glory of creation and ‘the Creator’ being created by God as a man- only Messiah could He be!

 

The reference to Peter being ‘the Rock’, thinking it is true, is actually one of the most misunderstood and misrepresented quotes in the Bible… as to who Jesus was speaking of, in Matthew 16:18, when compared to what was meant and who it gave reference to- none other than Jesus Himself.

 

[Below is an abstract taken from Matthew Henry Commentary… on Matt. 16:18]

 

Peter, for himself and his brethren, said that they were assured of our Lord’s being the promised Messiah, the Son of the living God. This showed that they believed Jesus to be more than man. Our Lord declared Peter to be blessed, as the teaching of God made him differ from his unbelieving countrymen. Christ added that he had named him Peter, in allusion to his stability or firmness in professing the truth. The word translated “rock,” is not the same word as Peter, but is of a similar meaning. Nothing can be more wrong than to suppose that Christ meant the person of Peter was the rock. Without doubt Christ himself is the Rock, the tried foundation of the church; and woe to him that attempts to lay any other! Peter’s confession is this rock as to doctrine. If Jesus be not the Christ, those that own him are not of the church, but deceivers and deceived.

 

Isaiah 44:8 Do not tremble, do not be afraid. Did I not proclaim this and foretell it long ago? You are my witnesses. Is there any God besides me? No, there is no other Rock; I know not one.”

 

Deuteronomy 32:4 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/deuteronomy/32-4.html
4 He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.

 

2 Samuel 22:32 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/2-samuel/22-32.html
32 For who is God, save the LORD? and who is a rock, save our God?

 

Psalm 18:46 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/psalms/18-46.html
46 The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted.

 

Psalm 78:35 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/psalms/78-35.html
35 And they remembered that God was their rock, and the high God their redeemer.

 

Deuteronomy 18:21-22 22 You may say to yourselves, “How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the LORD?” 22 If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the LORD does not take place or come true, that is a message the LORD has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously, so do not be alarmed.

 

So what can one expect God to do to them, if God dealt so harshly with His own chosen people (the people of the Nation of Israel)- are we to think of ourselves then as better than God’s own? To think we will get away with what we’d attempt to do?

 

[Below is an abstract on Matthew Henry Commentary… from Habakkuk 1]

 

A speedy punishment: “I will work a work in your days, now quickly; this generation shall not pass till the judgment threatened be accomplished. The sins of former days shall be reckoned for in your days; for now the measure of the iniquity is full,’’ Mt. 23:36 . It shall be a punishment in which much of the hand of God shall appear; it shall be a work of his own working, so that all who see it shall say, This is the Lord’s doing; and it will be found a fearful thing to fall into his hands; woe to those whom he takes to task! 5. It shall be such a punishment as will typify the destruction to be brought upon the despisers of Christ and his gospel, for to that these words are applied Acts. 13:41 , Behold, you despisers, and wonder, and perish. The ruin of Jerusalem by the Chaldeans for their idolatry was a figure of their ruin by the Romans for rejecting Christ and his gospel, and it is a very marvellous thing, and almost incredible. Is there not a strange punishment to the workers of iniquity? II. The sentence itself is very dreadful and particular (v. 6): Lo, I raise up the Chaldeans. The punishment of God’s professing people cannot but be the astonishment of all about them.

 

To speak without hearing from God (on God’s behalf), to hear God speak when nothing was said, to say one is an expert over God or about His affairs, to point to the Irish and say religion and God are wrong… shows just how wrong mankind can be- left to their own machinations, intrigues or imagination. If we do not base what we say from the word of God… our words become meaningless without God’s authority to any assurance- as if we could be certain of something more than God Himself! Try the word of any that make this claim… and try what I’d tell you with the word- the truth will be revealed to all that seek Him!

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“False teachers will prevail in our midst”

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Many will claim to speak truth but ‘try‘ what is claimed against the word of God to see if it stands true or falls short!

 

 

When the word of God is reduced to being thought of as quaint… even cunningly devised, or viewed as anything less than what it is… the word of God, is when the expression of thought becomes twisted. False assumptions will be rampant in regard to what God has told us in His word. Misconceptions and error will be supplanted for truth. This is not what aids the body of Christ (the Bride) and turns what would be shared into an aberration… something left more confusing to those willing to learn and void to meaning coming from God’s word. This is something believers have been told to be aware of… the number of false prophets in the last days will increase.

 

1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

 

The problem becomes ‘who indeed’ can tell us the truth of God’s word when there seems to be such confusion coming from what God requires of us all? If we can find something to try God’s word against what is being told to us… this is a good starting place to discover what is truthful and what is not- let’s start with marriage.

 

[This is from an article, by Norma Holt… found here in abstract below, and her comment on marriage.]

 

This is typical hocus pocus and nothing for the couple has actually changed. They can live together as they please and separate when things don’t work out.

 

… but she also says…

 

She proves conclusively that heaven and hell are tricks designed to manipulate people into believing in his Islamic religion.

 

This is being passed off as knowledge… and claims to be knowledgable about God and what He has said, or does it? Two things crucial to ‘truth’ you should know are God does not blend His word with that of any other source, and the god of Islam is not the Hebrew God of the Bible. Let’s go to the scripture and see what God has said… regarding marriage, heaven and hell. If someone can be wrong about marriage, to think less of it than God does, then how can they claim to know, conclusively, there is no heaven or hell?

 

Colossians 3:19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.

 

[The abstract below is from Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology (found here)- the topic is Marriage.]

 

The Marriage Union as God’s Work. God brings a man and a woman together in marriage ( Matt 19:6 ; cf. Eve to Adam, Rebecca to Isaac ). It is not humankind’s prerogative to separate what God has chosen to put together ( Matt 19:6 ). As creator of the marriage relationship, God becomes the essential supporting party to a marriage, giving wisdom, discretion, understanding, and love to protect the union and to enable it to honor God ( Prov 2:6-16 ; 1 Cor 13 ).

 

Marriage is unity (a connection), is it not… one where all three parties involved are present- God, man and woman?

 

To think that the institution of marriage has been cleverly crafted/created by man is to think wrongly on the subject, presupposes the purpose and (literally) robs God of the credit, purpose and design- to reflect (mirror) the Trinity… a covenant between God, man and woman.

 

For a different look at ‘what marriage is’ and what it may also mean to others- find it here. There are a few other comparisons offered, two from Chinese sources, one by its legal term and what God says, again… the primary source and reason for marriage from the beginning– for the benefit of both, man and woman alike. As to what the Bible tells us about hell, specifically, this comes by way of the words of Jesus Himself.

 

Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

 

Matthew 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

 

Why didn’t I listen?

 

Jesus spoke more about hell than any other subject, real enough for Him to die for the sins of us all… to pay the debt of sin for us (a propitiation for the sins of man and mankind) and all in effort to keep us from having to go there from the debt of sin. If there is no hell… then there would be no need for Jesus to die as He did, would there? This leads me to conclude there is a hell and we must take it very seriously, Jesus did!

 

To see nothing but this for eternity!

 

You can read 1 John 4 in its entirety here or click the speaker image, once on the page, to listen to it. You can also read about the difference between the ’Monotheistic’ faiths here– for they are not all the same.

“A response to Philosophy… especially ‘Nihilism’ by its own admission”©

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If the truest definition of philosophy is to cause thinking to aid that which improves man’s existence… today it fails us. Whereas it once could have meant,”Historically, ‘philosophy’ encompassed any body of knowledge1️⃣. As to using, or relying on, Eliminativism2️⃣… to deny God exists- this really proves nothing but a strident belief (especially under the prevailing thoughts of Nihilism) to deny or reject a plausible understanding… God exists [ https://wordsthathavemeaning.wordpress.com/2013/06/25/a-bible-study-for-june-25th-2013-be-not-deceived-by-man-about-gods-existence-or-his-truth/ ]! As for the skeptical (doubting or unconvinced) and their less than convinced opinions to whether God exists… I ‘d share a few posts with them to reason with- a logical viewpoint being drawn to one conclusion- not only does God exist but He has tried to spare you from ‘a hell

[ http://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionaries/bakers-evangelical-dictionary/hell.html ] of certain separation from Him’3️⃣. The final days of man, or the end of days, is come to the doorstep we call today. There is a description for how mankind will act in the final days… and what is told us in prophecy fits this description to a tee. To meet the criteria of being a Prophet (Biblically speaking) there would have to be a one hundred percent accuracy… nothing less would do. I do hope you will ponder this thought… this truth… and reason with yourself (and God) if no one else. Your personal future and the future address for your living spirit depends on it!

 

So, in order to help a cause, to aid in granting improvement to man’s existence… seeking a practical means for amelioration, I’d like to share with you causes and valid reasons to believe in God. First… there is evidence4️⃣. Secondly… there is a changing of the mind (as is common to man from any votary by sure change), be it an: Atheist, Moslem or abortionist5️⃣. Thirdly… the matter of ‘free will’ is to leave you to decide on your own- isn’t this like God… a God that desires your love is one that needs not to force you into it! When you look for love is when you’ll find it6️⃣. If, truly, philosophy is for improving man’s condition, and philosophy itself… being built from more than conjecture- we see the difference between what is used for philosophy (a basis) vs. what is left from the Christian perspective (its basis). For philosophy we find ‘the basics of Philosophy’ from here [ http://www.philosophybasics.com/historical.html ]. From what is called Ancienthttp://www.philosophybasics.com/historical_presocratic.html ]… and noted on the link for the page,”Generally speaking, all that remains of their works are a few textual fragments and the quotations of later philosophers and historians”. For Christianity, which includes: the Torah, O.T. (Old Testament) and N.T writings… Christian papyri, uncials and Codices: Codex Sinaiticus, Codex Vaticanus, Codex Alexandrinus, and Dead Sea Scrolls (these Scrolls are housed here today, in the Shrine of the Book). As you can see… there is more proof to the telling of Christianity than not, and in this writer’s mind… it would seem harder not to believe than it is to believe in Jesus Christ.

 

1… https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philosophy
2… https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/material-constitution/ [#4 for reference]
3… http://www.biblestudytools.com/john/3-36.html
4… https://wordsthathavemeaning.wordpress.com/2013/03/14/a-bible-study-for-march-14th-2013-evidence/
5… https://wordsthathavemeaning.wordpress.com/2016/08/26/an-answer-to-ponder-on-a-response-to-an-illogical-comment-part-iv/
6… https://wordsthathavemeaning.wordpress.com/2016/05/11/fill-your-heart-with-love-and-it-will-be-made-manifest/

 

We can have this reaction now… or find it eternally!

“You are God’s handiwork”©

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We are God’s handiwork, didn’t you know?

 

It saddens me to realize so many of our youth, having been taught in (so called) Institutions of Higher Learning (mainly secular), find they: have nothing to hope for, cannot see anything of worth in their future, and would take their own lives in their hands- with the knowledge they’ve been given (accepted) as a basis for their conclusion. This is why suicide rates are climbing… and this will not soon diminish unless they are told the truth! It would seem the studies of man: Philosophy, Sports and Fitness Studies and even Religions of the World… do not hold the answers needed to inspire the youth of today with the knowledge they have: value, worth and are treasured by God.

 

[Below is a link to The Pew Research Center with an argument neither liberal or conservative… but Biblical.]

 

https://lnkd.in/gf36Q_J

 

Here is a link with the truest current statistics on ‘teen suicide‘ as it is known.

 

 

 

Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

 

https://lnkd.in/gUSajBC

 

https://lnkd.in/giuk3yc

 

 

To realize God calls us His poems, humans poems… imagine that, and He is not done with us. Why then would we, so casually, throw it all away? God says destroy not… in the beginning of Psalms 57-59 and in 75 (The Book of Psalms is a sizable collection of musical poems and prayers of diverse authorship and form). Do you recall scripture saying from the furnace of tribulation (trouble) we shall come forth like pure gold? This found in Isaiah 48:10. In Ephesians 2:10 we find ‘handiwork’ or ‘masterpiece’ and it was first written in Greek (due to the New Testament being written in the Hellenistic period). In Greek the word masterpiece is ‘poiema’- where we get the word poem from.

 

Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

 

To understand the depth of Hebrew poetry, not confined to sounds or meanings or rhythm but grouped more by the expression of ideas (parallelism), is to view the height and breadth of God- contrasted to the meaning and importance of life itself being immeasurable and infinite. From C. Caverno (in abstract and from here) is this,”That ethical intent and purpose is masterly. You may look through a whole pantheon of Greek gods and meet not a trace of the force concentrated in the Puritan. He is forceful because right makes might. He is in the majority because he knows Who is with him. He is conscious of power because he has subdued the kingdom within. He has won the greatest of all victories–self-control.” An example of Hebrew poetry… “I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the Lord sustained me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about.”

 

 

This is a ‘Chiasmus’, a literary device to reinforce an idea and was commonly used.

 

 

Since it took Jesus to die for our sins, to live is to see those without Him are in peril of the loss of their soul Jesus would save. This is God’s plan… to include you too! God only made one ‘You’ and you should endeavor to become the best you can to show His glory is real- His love is true!

 

 

 

 

Ephesians 5:14 This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”

 

If the spirit lives on, repent and free your soul from torment today… and prepare for an eternity with God Himself!

 

 

“Is the enemy of my enemy my friend?”

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Do you really think they’d bicker for something less than is spoken of below (in the article)? This was first used as a cover June 20th, 2011, New Statesman Edition on the Sunni and Shia… image from http://www.crethiplethi.com.jpg

 

Shia does not fight Sunni
for just their ideology,
it fights to gain a foothold…
it seeks to achieve supremacy,
to consider this is to look
at Ireland… resentment alone
for English interference as
seen to cut one to the bone,
both are still Christian here…
and for Muslims just the same
but there is to see Sharia Law
raised, to establish more a name,
against: Kurds, Sunnis, Wahabbis…
the infidels and Jews, so true,
there will be no enemy of my
enemy… settled when it’s through,
this could be their wedge issue and
for us it’s political… left and right
but in a theocracy, as it is in Iran,
there is no separation seen by sight;
hence and therein lies the problem,
an end to any rational means of comfort,
the end draws nigh… the encumbrance
complete, a theocracy for our consort.

 

An abstract from Wikipedia… on Shariah Law, below.

 

For example, sharīʿat Mūsā means law or religion of Moses and sharīʿatu-nā can mean “our religion” in reference to any monotheistic faith.

 

 

I believe this to be in error. To be the religion of Moses… at face value… implies the Hebrew God and Allah are one and the same, doesn’t it? This is not the case or extremists would not be attempting to annihilate their Brothers, or drive them all (the nation of Israel and her people) into the sea. Furthermore, when Divine Law was implemented in Israel… it was fully understood to be applicable to God’s people, see below.

 

This was the form of Divine law which, under the dominion of God, as the Supreme Magistrate, directed the policy of the Jewish nation, and hence, was binding only on them, not on other peoples. This comes from this link here.

 

A closer look at ‘Sharia’ reveals, listed under Etymology, this in abstract, seen below.

 

This range of meanings is cognate with the Hebrew saraʿ and is likely to be the origin of the meaning “way” or “path”.

 

For a Christian, Jesus is ‘the way’, as is told in scripture, found in verses throughout the Bible. From Genesis 24:27, Genesis 35:19, and Genesis 48:7… back in the time of the beginning of Jewish records and creation itself. We see it in Exodus… in Exodus 13:17, when God was dealing with the Nation of Israel… the deliverance from Egypt and slavery under Pharaoh. To Numbers, wherein we find Balaam spoken of in Numbers 22:31… among many places but Balaam is remembered for Balaam’s error. In Job… in Job 28:23 also is the way- this time it is the way of a man’s heart, and even what comes from the heart.

 

Found in abstraction, coming from Commentary by Matthew Henry, the words below…

 

The opposition to Balaam by the way. [Numbers 22]

God gave Balaam up to his own heart’s lusts. As God sometimes denies the prayers of his people in love, so sometimes he grants the desires of the wicked in wrath. Balaam was no stranger to Israel’s cause; so that he ought to have answered the messengers at once, that he would never curse a people whom God had blessed; but he takes a night’s time to consider what he should do. When we parley with temptations, we are in great danger of being overcome. Balaam was not faithful in returning God’s answer to the messengers. Those are a fair mark for Satan’s temptation, who lessen Divine restraints; as if to go against God’s law were only to go without his leave. The messengers also are not faithful in returning Balaam’s answer to Balak. Thus many are abused by the flatteries of those about them, and are prevented from seeing their own faults and follies.

 

Proverbs 15:24 The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.

 

Jeremiah 26:3 If so be they will hearken, and turn every man from his evil way, that I may repent me of the evil, which I purpose to do unto them because of the evil of their doings.

 

Mark 10:52 And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.

 

Luke 7:22 Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached.

 

The way is best viewed when Jesus spoke, in John 14…

 

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

 

This is God, the great “I Am”, and to the understanding of the Tetragrammaton… the monotheistic God of Israel. Here is a little more on Monotheism… to share for your own benefit. God’s will is for mankind to choose Him and not force His will on you. Did you know this? Each of us have a choice to believe in Him and Him alone as God. Still think they are one and the same… that God does not want to be known? I hope not!

 

 

#Tellthetruth

Telling the truth about the gospel here

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“The Gospel is not what the world would like us to tell humanity but what God wants to tell the world and humanity through us.”
Russell D. Holder

 

When we were yet sinners it was God that first loved us!

 

Romans 10:8-12 8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; 9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.

 
I can think of one such man, found in the US Navy (but not now… fired under President Obama) and fired for fulfilling the duty he was called to do- to honor God before man or country. See two articles about him below… Lt. Cmdr. Wes Modder.

 

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/apr/15/us-military-losing-christians-because-of-hostile-c/

 
http://dailysignal.com/2015/10/27/after-being-fired-for-religious-views-on-sexuality-navy-chaplain-gets-his-job-back/

 
ATTN: There are only ten more days before Harvest America, June 11th, 2017, a gospel outreach [by Nationwide Simulcast], to tell boldly what this message is all about. The gospel simply translates to ‘Good News’ and to know God cares that much for us (all) is good news indeed. For God to be: known, heard, listened to, understood and accepted is the fullest potential of this message- from God’s heart to our own. Will you share this truth… this truth of God with another? I pray you will. (D.V.)

 

https://harvestamerica.com/news

 

 

#Tellsomebody

“Claim no finish concluded unless it begins”

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The patterns appear ever jumbled…
mixed up when winds blow the sand
in the environment, endemic yet so
intrinsic and aid in slight of hand…
of mind… of what was told to believe
by one assumed to be as dazzling light,
the human life so dim… so bleak, and
what was told to write by one so bright,
to want what God has… what God is…
this is an eternal hunger so unfulfilled
in time immemorial, can one suppose
God’s chosen would not be indwelled…
imbibed with the words of the Book;
hence, they are ‘the people of the Book,’
keepers of the breath of God… for it
is His will to be done, not pawn or rook
in a political gambit of words in a see
and be seen world, parting man’s order
established here… without seeking God
there’d be confusion, hate and disorder;
which is then the difference of being
known or wanting to be known, imagine
something would want to be thought of
as God, a pretender… for hell to begin.

 
Matthew 24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

 
[With the link for ‘Antichrist’ I’m not endorsing the site nor would I say I believe everything placed there but do find a very lengthly list of prophecies concerning the personage mentioned there.]

 
As to understanding coming from Daniel… here is a real quick lesson to learn by and from. Jerusalem went from being Hellenized (before 172 B.C.), by Antiochus Epiphanes IV, to being permanently garrisoned by Syrian soldiers (in 169). Daniel 9:26-27 also speaks about ‘abomination’ but in Daniel 11:31 is a telling of further cause to such a diabolical plan- to supplant the power of God for themselves… as being God and worthy of such worship. Here is another quick study on this same topic. To this end… Antiochus Epiphanes IV was a forerunner (archetype) to the Antichrist. For both Christian and Jew… the persecution will strengthen and worsen as at no other time in human history.

 

Many will try to undermine the very foundations of Christianity, laying claim to errors they have assumed for truth… about the timeframe and scope of prophecy, but have not considered (all) the evidence (some of it can be found here). The Psalms have been attributed to David historically, and factually (as a collected group of writings)… and tells us of the sacrifice of Jesus at the cross [Psalms 91]. Even to say these prophecies are just in the words of the prophets is not entirely accurate, see the link here, when 44 Messianic Prophecies were fulfilled. It is from mathematics this law is found… the associative property of algebra, what is equal on one side must be equal on the other. Taking this same view to prophecy, if prophecy of Jesus’s coming is true… then the prophecy concerning the end of the age must also be true.

 

Jesus was born in Bethlehem, the House of Bread, and a Messianic Prophecy fulfilled. Many have considered this to be a falsehood but papyri and inscriptions have confirmed Luke’s account (in Luke 2:1-7) and veracity of its telling. http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/robertsons-word-pictures/luke/luke-2-1.html

 

As it concerns the body and blood of Jesus (what many refer to as ‘The Sacrament’); which parallels with the giving of His body and shedding of blood as a living sacrifice for all whom believe in Him, it must be also be understood this is also considered ‘the cup of blessing.’ It took Jesus to die on the cross for the sins of mankind, and when He drank from the other cup… the cup of God’s wrath (the cup of sorrows)- a sure telling of something sinful man will endure without accepting ‘the cup of blessing.’ Even Jesus made this clear, found in Luke 22:42. Thusly, the breaking of bread and drinking of wine (or grape juice for some denominations) becomes: symbolic (significant of what is being represented or illustrated), demonstrative (denoting the same things Jesus was subjected to) and qualitative (to show the value each practitioner places on what was done by Jesus is revered and believed in individually).

 

 

Luke 22:20 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/luke/22-20.html
20 Likewise also the cup after supper, saying,This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.

 

Luke 22:42 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/luke/22-42.html
42 Saying,Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.

 

[Below is from a merging of thoughts… in abstract, and from Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise) from Luke 22:42.]

 

Jesus bids this passover welcome. He desired it, though he knew his sufferings would follow, because it was in order to his Father’s glory and man’s redemption. He takes his leave of all passovers, signifying thereby his doing away all the ordinances of the ceremonial law, of which the passover was one of the earliest and chief. That type was laid aside, because now in the kingdom of God the substance was come. The breaking of Christ’s body as a sacrifice for us, is therein brought to our remembrance by the breaking of bread. The shedding of Christ’s blood, by which the atonement was made, is represented by the wine in the cup.

 
[Below was fashioned from Matthew Henry’s Commentary (for Matthew 24), and is a compilation of abstracts to this end.]

 
Our Savior cautions his disciples to stand on their guard against false teachers. And he foretells wars and great commotions among nations. From the time that the Jews rejected Christ, and he left their house desolate, the sword never departed from them. See what comes of refusing the gospel. Those who will not hear the messengers of peace, shall be made to hear the messengers of war. But where the heart is fixed, trusting in God, it is kept in peace, and is not afraid. The evil day is not the further off for men’s putting it far from them. Our Lord’s coming will be happy to those that shall be found ready, but very dreadful to those that are not. When we looked forward to the eternity of misery that is before the obstinate refusers of Christ and his gospel, we may truly say,”The greatest earthly judgments are but the beginning of sorrows.” It is comforting that some shall endure even to the end.