I am not exactly certain of the origin of the phrase, but I am certain it came from the Bible. A couple references suggest the story of Haman in the Book of Esther (here and here) inspired the phrase. However, since Judas actually did hang himself, I suspect the story of Judas’ demise in Matthew 27:3-10 (here) served as the inspiration.
How do we avoid such a fate? In my last post, GOD GIVES US A CHOICE, I pointed to the Bible and the choice God gives us. To avoid self inflicted destruction, we must accept Jesus’ gracious offer of salvation. Here I will give examples of the insanity that results when we refuse God’s offer.
A Personal Example
I wrote a post some years back, Reviling Christian Fundamentalism, that spoke of a stupid prejudice I had acquired against “Jesus freaks.” I had convinced myself, I thought, that Christianity was for the weak. I now look back in shock. Jesus is the most important person who ever lived. Without question, the Bible is the most important book ever written. Yet I was in my fifties before I finally disciplined myself enough to read it. That was so blind.
A Visitor To This Blog
There are others I could choose, but john zande seems to want the attention. left a string of comments back on this post, CONVENTION OF THE STATES SUFFERS A SETBACK IN VIRGINIA. His comments had nothing to do with that post, but ColorStorm got fed up with him. This comment pretty much explains why.
Its simple jZ, like the hot dog company, I answer to a higher authority than you.
My faith would be meaningless now wouldn’t it, if it wasn’t valuable enough to defend.
You mock Adam, Noah, you mock the patriarchs, you mock the prophets, you mock Christ, you mock the apostles, you mock the Spirit of God, you mock the people of God, you mock the throne of God, and you want people to bow down to you?
No thank you. There are many other places where people do not care about your wiles, but I am well aware of the roaring lion.
Your toxic suggestions are not getting free PR.
So why didn’t I delete comments? Well, I am more interested in espousing my own philosophy than trying to refute everything says. Nevertheless, to understand the choice God has given us, we need to contrast and compare the differences. If insists upon providing that contrast, then to the extent I can I will make use of his “services.” To see what I mean, read:
- https://thenakedtruth2.wordpress.com/2015/02/06/count-them/comment-page-1/#comment-4193 and https://thenakedtruth2.wordpress.com/2015/02/06/count-them/comment-page-1/#comment-4186. These are my comments.
- https://thenakedtruth2.wordpress.com/2015/02/06/count-them/comment-page-1/#comment-4189 and https://thenakedtruth2.wordpress.com/2015/02/06/count-them/comment-page-1/#comment-4197 (‘s comments with some editorial remarks from ).
I don’t doubt is knowledgeable, but he is so bent on disproving Christianity there is no objectivity. He claims there is no controversy even when it is clear he has insufficient to back up any such claim, and that is sad. Nevertheless, I did sort of enjoy his suggestion to read about the camel.
Here are several examples of insanity now popular with many of the American people.
Here is the editorial that inspired this post.
The exam can provide a floor on civics learning. It doesn’t have to set the ceiling.
Jay Leno’s old Tonight Show man-on-the-street quizzes were particularly hilarious — and depressing — when he tested Americans’ knowledge of their own government.
One woman thought the colonies won their independence from Greece; a college instructor guessed that U.S. independence was won in 1922; and a man said the general who led our troops in the Revolutionary War was Winston Churchill. (from here)
What’s the solution to American ignorance? To solve a problem created by government-run education, USA Today’s Editorial Board wants more government-run education. How long do we have to keep doing that until we figure out that does not work?
For years we have been told the earth is getting warmer. We now waste hundreds of billions a year trying to fix this supposed problem.
Want some irony? Check out that bastion of Liberalism, Boston, MA. Google the news for boston roofs snow load. I suppose it is possible that all that snow really is not falling on Boston. They could have an epidemic of fat flying pigs landing on their roofs.
In addition to the entertainment industry, we now have judges telling us that two people of the same sex can be married. Since the folks in the entertainment industry think it is their job to entertain the rest of us with strange ideas, we should expect them to spout weird ideas and even take themselves seriously. However, how do we explain it when judges in black robes spout insane nonsense? Do the male judges think their robes are dresses or something? Are some of our judges getting so old that they have forgotten how their private parts work?
Same-sex sex doesn’t work. Anatomically, it is impossible. All two people of the same sex can do is a perversion of what two people of the opposite sex do when they join to make children.
More Government Creates Jobs
Our elected leaders now want us to believe that highers taxes and more government spending creates jobs. Here are some questions for anyone silly enough to believe that.
- How many Americans eat food actually grown by the government?
- How many Americans dress in clothing actually made by the government?
- How many Americans live in houses actually built by the government?
Nevertheless, we have people willing to tax other people into poverty so that the politicians can give them other people’s money. Some politicians call that compassion, but the Bible calls it stealing.
Islam Is The Religion Of Peace
Most Muslim nations won’t allow the presence of Bibles. Many Muslim nations actively persecute those of other faiths. ISIS and other such organizations are killing people. Why is that? History tells us that Mohammed spread his religion by threatening to kill people if they refused to accept his faith, and he did kill people. He conquered Saudi Arabia using arms, not persuasion. Yet our government leaders refuse to use the word terrorist and Islam in the same breath.
While it would be wrong to blame all Muslims for Islamist terrorism, and we don’t want our leaders to start persecuting Muslims, what is the point of denying the obvious? Even Muslims know they have a problem.