“Life is hard. It’s harder if you’re stupid…”

insanitybytes22 has written a post on a difficult subject. I don’t think it is entirely correct, but it is close, and it is very interesting.

How do I think it is wrong? I think that it is reason that brings us to Jesus Christ. Our heart keeps us close to Him and obedient to Him.

Why do I make this distinction? It is not enough to believe in God. When he explained why faith without works is dead, James put it this way.

James 2:19 New King James Version (NKJV)
19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble!

If we don’t love God enough to obey Him, our belief in Him does not matter. Belief in God is not the same as faith in God.

What does not loving God look like for us? What is the problem that an Atheist must deal with? An Atheist does not want to obey God. However, not obeying is irrational, and an Atheist knows that. So they deny God’s existence. Denying God’s existence is also irrational, but disobeying our Creator is simply untenable unless you have convinced yourself He does not exist. Whereas demons know without doubt God exist, we can doubt. What the demons demonstrate is that it is possible to know God exists and still not love Him.

When we speak of science we speak cause and effect, and we use scientific methods to model the relationship between cause and effect. Believing in God is not a scientific exercise. There is logic involved, but there is no way to model God or what He does. Unlike demons, we cannot detect God directly. We can only model the behavior of — the characteristics of — what He has created. Creation points back to God.

So why should we believe in God, the God of Abraham, Issacs, and Jacob? Why should we believe in Jesus? We know He existed. We have reliable testimony of what He did. We can see the changes He has wrought, even those He had made — is making — in us.

Why should we obey God — love Him. Because His wisdom is infinite, and He loves us. The problem is that we must have the humility to lean upon His understanding instead of our own.

Check out MJThompson’s comment. He helps
insanitybytes22 to clarify an important point.
=> https://insanitybytes2.wordpress.com/2018/11/19/life-is-hard-its-harder-if-youre-stupid/comment-page-1/#comment-68320

See, there's this thing called biology...

“Life is hard. It’s harder if you’re stupid”  That’s a great meme, isn’t it? It’s often attributed to the Duke, mostly because it sounds like something John Wayne would say. The problem being, he never said it. Nor did any of the characters he played. Odds are pretty good, he didn’t even believe it, although it’s too late to ask him.

Not only did John Wayne not say it, it isn’t even true. I mean, in a subjective world were truth is somewhat relative, who am I to suggest such a thing might be false? What if you just self identify as one of the smart people who really knows how to do life, unlike all the other midwits out there who are not quite as bright as you??

Heaven forbid I ever suggest that just might be pride speaking, rather then intelligence? My bad, whispering such things is…

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WHAT WOULD JESUS DO? / WHAT DID JESUS DO? –PART 1

Tuesday was election day. Since I engage in political activism, I am usually quite busy before an election. Since I am rarely enthusiastic about any of the candidates, not even the ones I support, I don't get much motivation from them. I am just trying to keep the government from getting any bigger any faster... Continue Reading →

INCIVILITY: WHAT DO WE LOSE WHEN GOVERNMENT GIVES US OUR RIGHTS?

The Prince William and Manassas Family Alliance (PWMFA) has a post that purports to explain the historical basis for civility in American politics. That explanation will shock some, rile others, and leave many feeling somewhat ashamed. Few have a neutral reaction to the Gospel of Christ.

Prince William-Manassas Family Alliance

Why would anyone behave with incivility towards another human being? The definition won’t tell you.

incivility noun
in·​ci·​vil·​i·​ty | ˌin(t)-sə-ˈvi-lə-tē

1 : the quality or state of being uncivil
2 : a rude or discourteous act

Does looking at the definition of the root word, civility, help?

civility
[si-vil-i-tee]
noun plural ci·vil·i·ties.
1. courtesy; politeness.
2. a polite action or expression: an exchange of civilities.
3. Archaic . civilization; culture; good breeding.

Nope! So what is the basis for civility? Why do most people generally treat other people with respect? Well, one reason is that we are afraid of each other. We are the meanest, nastiest, most dangerous creatures on Earth. When one of us harms another, most of us will at least consider revenge. However, if the prospect of vengeance alone was enough to maintain civility amongst us, we probably would not need government. In fact, because we…

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When You’re an NPC…

Since I use to play Dungeons & Dragons, the title of insanitybytes’ post grabbed my attention. The subject, however, surprised me. An NPC is someone is someone who does not read the Bible?

There is no such thing as perfect analogy, but insanitybytes picked a good one with NPC. Why do each of us need to read the Bible? Consider who controls an NPC. That person is the Dungeon Master. This world is Satan’s domain. To defend ourselves against manipulation by the devil — to discern good and evil — we need to know the Bible as well as we can.

Read Ephesians 6:10-20. Contemplate! Study those words.

Our pastors can help us to learn, but we must do the learning. Without knowledge and understanding of God’s Word, we cannot serve God well. We can, however, easily serve Satan as an NPC.

See, there's this thing called biology...

NPCDoes everyone know what an NPC is? It’s a video game character that is controlled by the game’s artificial intelligence rather than by a gamer. The creature is controlled, indoctrinated, and totally predictable in its mindless mechanical movements. It is programmed to behave as it does, possesses no freewill, and most of the time, cannot even be hacked. It’s just a zombie that replays the same script, over and over again.

An NPC is a Non Player Character.

Recently this meme has been causing great offense all about the intertoobz, especially on the left side of the political aisle, for obvious reasons. Forget politics though, I want to address those of us in faith. Some of us really do behave as NPC’s. Don’t be an NPC.

First let me say, doctrine matters. Theology matters. I’m kind of a theology nerd, so it matters even more to me.  Show me what the…

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