POSTS WORTH READING — October 13, 2014

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Election Day, November 4, 2014, is approaching.

News/Editorials

  • Watch Mark Warner and Ed Gillespie meet for first Virginia Senate debate. Judge the candidates for yourself. Just be careful. When Warner calls Republicans extremists, we must make certain we don’t let our eyeballs roll so far back we can’t bring them forward again. Note that both men pretend to be something they are not (That’s something we all do to some extent.). So we can’t trust their words without verification. To know which is more guilty of actively and deliberately trying to deceive us us, we have to check their records.
  • A winning GOP agenda for the coming Congress by Senator Orrin G. Hatch (www.washingtontimes.com) — Senator Hatch would like us to believe he is a Conserative, but that debatable. Hatch is just more Conservative than his counterparts in the Democratic Party. Consider how he ends his proposed agenda.

    Government’s role is not to provide universal social and economic support, but rather to create opportunities and remove obstacles. A vigorous, dynamic conservatism will help return government to its proper role — that of supporter, not overlord. By presenting a hopeful, reform-oriented agenda of the sort I have outlined, Republicans can win the hearts and minds of a broad majority of Americans looking for change.

    When government gets into the business of trying “to create opportunities and remove obstacles,” government gets into the business of trying to give us “rights.” Government exists only to protect our God-given rights. Because government has nothing to give us, when government gives us anything, government has to take from some people to give to other people. When we give government the power redistribute “rights,” we give our leaders the power to be our overlords.

Blogs

  • (settledinheaven.wordpress.com) — Rob Barkman produces so many posts I can’t keep up with them. So I generally pick a topic that interests me and work my way through what he has written. Lately, I have been listening to his video blog and his series on Revelation. That’s the last book in the Bible, and it’s a book that most Christians think quite mysterious, but there is a special blessing for those who read it. And since I need all the blessings I can get…..
  • Shaming women in the name of Christ (insanitybytes2.wordpress.com) — I suppose most Christians think of Christianity as a man’s religion. Oddly enough, however, the facts suggest otherwise. Consider our personal experience. Don’t we all know of many more wives frustrated that they cannot get their husbands into church than we do of husbands trying to drag their wives to church? If Christianity is a man’s religion, why would women want their husbands in church? They are stupid? No. Women need their men to love them, and Jesus taught us how to love. Anyway, please read Shaming women in the name of Christ. Then read the next post, Hatin’ on sin…. As the comments attached to the first post suggest, the two posts are related.
  • THE most dangerous man in the world (thenakedtruth2.wordpress.com) — This post poses a question and two answers. Which is the correct answer? That is something to think about, but THE most dangerous man in the world made me think of old trick question some environmentalists love to spring on children. They put this question on the cover of a book: “What is the most dangerous animal in the world?” When children open the book, they see their own face in a mirror. Why do environmentalists do that? Consider What is the most dangerous animal in the world? Then reconsider THE most dangerous man in the world. THE most dangerous man in the world provides the same answer as What is the most dangerous animal in the world?, but THE most dangerous man in the world is not a guilt trip. We are also not animals, not even when we choose to behave like animals.
  • My Ballot is in the Box (rednova8.com) — Here is a little discussion on someone who has already voted absentee. Please note the ballot initiative. Be aware of what is on the ballot BEFORE you go to the polls.
  • 2014 CHRISTIAN VOTER GUIDES (familyallianceonline.org) — Check out the voter guides.  You want to find about Senator Mark Warner’s and Ed Gillespie’s positions and records? Here is a good place to start.
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WHEN DOES FANTASY BECOME INSANITY? — PART 4

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A Call To Make Use Of Our Fading Opportunities

What is special about day we were born? Isn’t that the day we can begin to learn about God? It is then we can also refuse to learn, and with the passing of each day we have one less opportunity to accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.

Our Two Natures

What is the most important thing we must learn about God? Don’t we need to learn humility, our need for God?

How does God teach us humility? The Apostle Paul learned humility when he realized his enslavement to sin.

Romans 7:14-25 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The Conflict of Two Natures

14 For we know that the Law is spiritual, but I am of flesh, sold into bondage to sin. 15 For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate. 16 But if I do the very thing I do not want to do, I agree with the Law, confessing that the Law is good. 17 So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. 18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not. 19 For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want.20 But if I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me.

21 I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good. 22 For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man, 23 but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members. 24 Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death?25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin.

When the Apostle Paul, once supposing himself the consummate Pharisee, came to realize he could not on his own obey the Law, he turned to Jesus Christ. To be freed from sin, each of us must make the same choice, but we fantasize. We say to ourselves: “I am a good person.” How do we arrive at this conclusion? Applying our own standards and using our own judgment, we compare ourselves to others. Of course, we think ourselves better, but that is a meaningless conclusion, an absurd trap. God sets the standard, and He calls us to perfection. To achieve perfection, we must turn to Jesus Christ.

What The Insane Worship

flaming skullIn AN ABUSE OF THE IMAGINATION, we considered what the world worships. Here we ask a question. Why is it insane to worship what the world worships?

  • The god of sex: We fill the airwaves, our literature, and our conversations with thoughts of sex. And what is this sex? Is it the conquest of an attractive body? Is it a brief sensation that comes and then goes? Or is the sex act supposed to draw us a little closer to another human being and help us to produce another? What does the world say?
    • Use another person for your pleasure.
    • Play the field.
    • View other human beings as objects.
    • Rate sex objects by their ability to arouse. Otherwise, don’t care.

Nevertheless, we expect others to care about us. If the world is right, how is that supposed to work?

  • The god of stuff:  We dream of winning the lottery or of being as rich as one of those fabulous billionaires. We imagine having all the stuff we need, but what is enough stuff? Here is what a comedian once observed.

    While money can’t buy happiness, it certainly lets you choose your own form of misery. ― Groucho Marx

    When we value money for its own sake, how do we buy anything of value with our money? If we value money for its own sake, what could worth more to us than the money we already have in our hands?

  • The god of state: Why are we drawn to the idea of a powerful government? Don’t powerful people sell us on the idea? Don’t our leaders make promises to feed us, cloth us, house us, entertain us,…..promise us paradise on earth, but what good are their promises? When we choose our leaders, don’t we choose self-indulgent sinners like ourselves?

    Seven Deadly Sins

    Wealth Without Work
    Pleasure Without Conscience
    Knowledge Without Character
    Commerce (Business) Without Morality (Ethics)
    Science Without Humanity
    Religion Without Sacrifice
    Politics Without Principle
    Mahatma Gandhi

    When we are self-indulgent, don’t we choose self-indulgent leaders, people like us? How can such leaders acquire wisdom? Have they ever striven for wisdom, or don’t they rely upon their conceits? Can the self-indulgent ever lead the self-indulgent anywhere except into chaos? Isn’t increasing chaos what we are seeing today?

  • The god of self: When we say “I am a good person,” are we not saying we are important? To believe we are important, don’t we have to be blind? Does our world revolve around us?

    The Sun is the star at the center of the Solar System. It is almost perfectly spherical and consists of hot plasma interwoven with magnetic fields. It has a diameter of about 1,392,684 km (865,374 mi), around 109 times that of Earth, and its mass (1.989×1030 kilograms, approximately 330,000 times the mass of Earth) accounts for about 99.86% of the total mass of the Solar System. (continued here)

    Do we have any significance on our own? How many stars has God created? Does anyone know, but doesn’t that little one near us light and warm our tiny planet? And when our little world grows cold or hot, why would we choose to believe we have more to do with it than the Sun?

Our Need For A Savior

Even after Jesus appointed him to preach His Word, Paul struggled with sin. Slowly, Paul began to understand his need, and, fortunately, Jesus does not expect us to suddenly become perfect.

1 John 2:1-6 English Standard Version (ESV)

Christ Our Advocate

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin,we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.

If we have any importance, that importance comes from God.  He loves us.

If we want freedom from sin, we must stop lying to ourselves. We must accept the love of our Creator. We must seek Jesus Christ. We must keep His Word, and we must walk in the same way in which He walked.

Previous Posts In This Series

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Just Watch Oprah’s Reaction After Actress Rejects Labels and Declares Herself Not ‘African-American’

Citizen Tom:

H/T http://godgutsandoldglory.wordpress.com/.

I have no idea who Raven-Symone is. I just know that while she is mixed up about marriage she does understand that hyphenating our national identity divide us. So I congratulate her on that bit of wisdom and the emphasis she placed upon it.

The real treasure in this post, however is another video. Check out The Hyphen – By John Wayne.

Originally posted on Give Me Liberty:

This is from The Blaze.

I applaud Raven’s stand on being a hyphenated American we are Americans first and foremost.

Be proud of your heritage, but first and foremost, you are an American..

Here is John Waynes take on hyphenated Americans.

Actress and singer Raven-Symone left Oprah Winfrey visibly surprised during an interview when she explained that she’s “tired of being labeled” and considers herself “American,” not “African-American.”

Raven, who is best known for her roles on “The Cosby Show” and “That’s So Raven,” said she doesn’t want to be labeled as “gay” either, because she is just a “human who loves humans.”

“I’m tired of being labeled. I’m an American. I’m not an African-American; I’m an American,” she said.

“Oh, girl, don’t set up Twitter on fire,” Winfrey responded. “Oh, my lord. What did you just say?”

(OWN)

Raven continued: “I mean, I don’t know where my roots go to. I don’t know how far back…

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[Video] Marines Singing “Days Of Elijah” At Camp Pendleton

Citizen Tom:

H/T http://nanarhonda.wordpress.com/.

Why is this video going viral? It gives people hope.

The Bible says nothing about the United States. Why? No one knows. The unsaved will say the United State is not mentioned because the prophecies are not prophecies. They were just written after the events they supposedly predict. Christians know better, but we also cannot add to the Bible. We can only wonder, and in the growing decadence we see our nation is quickly becoming weak and irrelevant. That makes the absence of the United States in Bible prophecy easy to explain.

Those young men singing praises to the Lord; however, give us hope, hope for revival. Even if the Bible has nothing to say about our country, perhaps our Lord will allow us to stand as something besides a bad example.

Originally posted on Rat Nation:

There is power in proclaiming Truth. I rarely publish ‘religious’ themed posts but it was a powerful experience to watch this and to see Marines praising Almighty God as only Marines can. I had ‘church’ right in my office for about fifteen minutes with these brave young men who defend our nation, guard the Republic, and help oppose the various incarnations of evil that exist in this world.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

This video going viral shows Marines at Camp Pendleton enthusiastically singing “Days of Elijah,” a popular Christian worship song about hope and redemption.

The Marines, who wave their hands in unison sporadically and shout, “Oorah!” as they sing were gathered for a Christian “Faith Warriors” service at the California military installation.

A description of the video, which was first posted to Facebook Sunday by a woman named Merrie Pardee Baldwin, reads, “Participatory…

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AN ABUSE OF THE IMAGINATION

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We do not find it easy to read the Bible, not at first. It is a long book, and parts of it can seem rather dull. As we sit there reading such sections we wonder why, if this truly is God’s Word, His Word could be so dull. Yet in time, if we pray and study, and we can begin to appreciate the need even for the parts we first thought dull. Nevertheless, that is not what makes the Bible so difficult to read. What makes the Bible difficult to read is that it forces us to admit that what we imagined to be true — wanted to believe — is false.

An Abuse Of Imagination

There is only one God. He is the only one who matters, and He created us. And yet He gave us the ability to fantasize. That includes imagining other gods and imagining ourselves as greater than we are.

What if we believe in our fantasies? What if we act as if our fantasies are true? What if the gods of our own creation become more real to us than our actual Creator?

There is the view that all Peoples share essentially the same values, but that is not true. That is because we do not all share the same view of God, and our view of God shapes the way we view the world and each other. The Apostle Paul put this way.

Romans 1:21-23 Good News Translation (GNT)

21 They know God, but they do not give him the honor that belongs to him, nor do they thank him. Instead, their thoughts have become complete nonsense, and their empty minds are filled with darkness. 22 They say they are wise, but they are fools; 23 instead of worshiping the immortal God, they worship images made to look like mortals or birds or animals or reptiles.

How did the ancients worship their gods, their idols? That depended upon the character they attributed to their gods and which of the gods they chose as their patron.  Evil gods demanded such things as human sacrifice, shrine prostitution, and warfare for warfare’s own sake. The “good” gods demanded more virtuous behavior. Nonetheless, even the “good” gods, because they too were gods as men would desire a god, were flawed.

Have we changed or have our idols only grown more sophisticated and deceptive? The ancients created wood, stone, and metal idols as symbols of their desires. Have we merely skipped that step? Don’t we still have things we put before God?  Just as the ancients did, don’t we still give our souls over to our desires in worship?

What Have We Imagined That We Should Worship?

Because we can be so willfully ignorant, we can ignore the consequences of our choices. Because there are so many things we want, we can hide from ourselves the fact we have put a mere idol, a thing we desire, before the eternal and all-powerful God.

  • The god of sex (see herehere, here, and here): For the momentary thrill of sex we risk disease, children out wedlock, the devastation of our own and our lover’s emotions, turning people into to mere objects,… Don’t we advertise using sexy half-dressed models, fund pornography, and practice various forms of fornication? Don’ the worst of us enslave women and children for sex, sometimes even in brothels? Don’t the weakest among us try to cover our sins by murdering the unborn? Because it threatens our selfish pleasure in an orgasm, have we not begun to abhor the miracle of life?
  • The god of stuff (see herehere, here, and here):  For the accumulation of stuff we work long hours, cheat, steal, and murder. Don’t the most clever and greediest among devise every means they can to impoverish and enslave our neighbors? Don’t we sell our votes so they can do it?
  • The god of state (see here, here, here, here, and here):  For the promises of a powerful state we give up our own and our neighbor’s freedom. Sometimes we sacrifice our neighbors to the system. With just the right laws we imagine we can make heaven on earth. Sometimes we worship a charismatic leader. We believe that if we put just the right man in charge he will give us what we want. We never learn. When we make government our god, tyrannical men impoverish, imprison and kill millions. Isn’t the desire for increased state power the cause of most wars?
  • The god of self (see here, here, here, and here):  For the sake of self, to elevate our self over others, we pull down anyone who might in some way surpass us. Isn’t the person we usually love the most our self? And if we love only our self, how can anyone else matter? So we spread falsehoods in gossip. We vandalize our neighbors. We torment the innocent. We bully the weak. We seek sophisticated rationalizations to focus on our self at the exclusion of our Creator (example and example).

Correcting An Abuse Of Imagination

Unfortunately, just worshiping one God, the Creator, is not enough. If we perceive God as distant and almighty being, even if we exist to serve Him and we codify innumerable laws, rules and regulations; we cannot do enough. We are too weak. Our code of conduct, even if it actually is “God’s Law,” even if it is what God supposedly demands of us (if we could save ourselves by obeying God’s Law), we do not have the power to perfectly obey. We cannot prove ourselves worthy. Inevitably, we twist “God’s Law.” Some how, some way “God’s Law” becomes what mere men would have it to be. In time, instead of elevating men, “God’s Law” becomes a tool of oppression for the sake of idols such as sex, stuff, state, and self.

So what should we do? Perhaps we need to reconsider how we have abused God’s gift of fantasy. Why did God give us the ability to fantasize? When we have abused every gift He has ever given us, why did God give us he ability to imagine other gods? What were we supposed to do instead? Does God want us to try imagining Him and what it would be like to spend eternity with our Creator, the One who is love? Does He want us to try imagining ourselves trying to love Him as much as He loves us? Did God give us the gift of fantasy because He understands there is only One God worth imagining?

We Are God’s Children

Try imagining what the Truth means. God loves us as His children.  Because He first loved us (1 John 4:19), we can return His love.

When we pray to Him, God gives us strength to be obedient to His commands, and the burden of His commandment is one we can bear.                                  

John 15:12 New King James Version (NKJV)

12 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you

We are not God, and we are not gods. However, we are if we choose to be so, God’s children. He is our Father, and we are small and weak. Because He loves us, he wishes to save us from ourselves, but we must put our faith in Him as His obedient and loving children. In an otherwise vast and empty universe, that’s a God worth imagining.

Note: This post is effectively Parts 2 and 3 of WHEN DOES FANTASY BECOME INSANITY? — PART 1.

 

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