How we receive our information, and from where, are
the most important factors we will ever be exposed to,
where what we believe is open to being: rung out,
spun, manipulated, white-washed… not even a tattoo,
so then… what we: listen to, watch, hear, are told can
then become a part of what we think truth is to and for us,
how do we correctly use a filter (not a bias here) to
discern what we observe is accurate, not left a wuss?
There is/are: advocacy journalism, infomercials, docudramas,
fair and balanced news (supposedly objective), ineffective
influencers, over-doers and their nonsense (blathering)
and the problems of a view as defective if being vindictive,
especially these days… where we are in an informational
overload, yet, most of us rely on a single source for news,
with all the varieties we have to use at our disposal…
these will show social media (now) feeds our views,
all these things we might consider and inculcate into
our belief system…influence of our own families to thrive,
the imprints of so many others come into play, to form
what we might consider truth, as if this belief is so alive.
There were plenty of eye-witnesses to the raising from death for a four day dead Lazarus. There were people who saw him alive… after being dead- dead is dead! What is there not to believe here? The worst thing to find out is people still process information how, why and when they want to- especially if there is an impact on their own lives or how they desire their lives to be. Is this not human nature, to want what they want… when they want it? Anything to upset the way things are seen, processed, and would cause change to how they have done things could be rejected, denied or disregarded- even to such an occurrence as ‘death.’
When what is believed transformation can and will take place. Our whole belief system changes, now ever more open to believing in things seemingly impossible to man, mankind or humanity oriented. Now would be the time and place when direct exposure to a life-changing event, when the mind is completely assaulted by revelation to things seen- now an experiential belief to supersede what was believed in the past. This is when ‘The New Testament’ will become the living word of God for ‘YOU’ in this life. Glory is to be God’s and Gods alone.
John 11:14-15 KJV 14 Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead. 15 And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him.
[The abstracts used below all come from this link, and can be found under ‘compare’ and click ‘Critical Commentary’ at the bottom.]
When he heard he was sick, he abode two days still . . . where he was–at least twenty-five miles off. Beyond all doubt this was just to let things come to their worst, in order to display His glory.
Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go that I may wake him out of sleep–Illustrious title! “Our friend Lazarus.” To Abraham only is it accorded in the Old Testament, and not till after his death, ( 2 Chronicles 20:7 , Isaiah 41:8 ), to which our attention is called in the New Testament ( James 2:23 ). When Jesus came in the flesh, His forerunner applied this name, in a certain sense, to himself ( John 3:29 ); and into the same fellowship the Lord’s chosen disciples are declared to have come ( John 15:13-15 ). “The phrase here employed, “our friend Lazarus,” means more than “he whom Thou lovest” in John 11:3, for it implies that Christ’s affection was reciprocated by Lazarus.”
Jesus said, I am the resurrection and the life–“The whole power to restore, impart, and maintain life, resides in Me.” this grand saying can be conceived?
he that believeth in me, though . . . dead . . . shall he live–that is, The believer’s death shall be swallowed up in life, and his life shall never sink into death. As death comes by sin, it is His to dissolve it; and as life flows through His righteousness, it is His to communicate and eternally maintain it ( Romans 5:21 ).
Believest thou this?–Canst thou take this in?
Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?–He had not said those very words, but this was the scope of all that He had uttered to her about His life-giving power ( John 11:23 John 11:25 John 11:26 ); a gentle yet emphatic and most instructive rebuke: “Why doth the restoration of life, even to a decomposing corpse, seem hopeless in the presence of the Resurrection and the Life? Hast thou yet to learn that ‘if thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth?'” ( Mark 9:23 ).
many . . . which . . . had seen . . . believed . . . But some . . . went . . . to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done–the two classes which continually reappear in the Gospel history; nor is there ever any great work of God which does not produce both. “It is remarkable that on each of the three occasions on which our Lord raised the dead, a large number of persons was assembled.
Yet this important circumstance is in each case only incidentally noticed by the historians, not put forward or appealed to as a proof of their veracity. In regard to this miracle, we observe a greater degree of preparation, both in the provident arrangement of events, and in our Lord’s actions and words than in any other. The preceding miracle (cure of the man born blind) is distinguished from all others by the open and formal investigation of its facts. And both these miracles, the most public and best attested of all, are related by John, who wrote long after the other Evangelists.”
What do ‘you’ believe,”Man or God?”
Cleansing from sin that God gives to all who believe on his Son through the Holy Spirit.
It is absolutely necessary for a person to be born again in order to enter the kingdom of God. In the central passage in the New Testament about the new birth ( John 3 ), Jesus tells Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council, that he will not enter the kingdom of God unless he is born anew.
The need for the new birth is not only true of Nicodemus, but of the entire Sanhedrin, all Jews, and, by extension, all people.
Probably the most difficult interpretative issue in John 3 is found in verse 5. The best view appears to be that “being born of water and the Spirit” presents a unified thought for the supernatural cleansing from sin that God through the Spirit effects on all who believe on his Son. The new birth is, then, a sovereign act of God by his Spirit in which the believer is cleansed from sin and given spiritual birth into God’s household. It renews the believer’s intellect, sensibility, and will to enable that person to enter the kingdom of God and to do good works.
John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.