A BOOK FOR DONALD TRUMP, OTHER GREAT AMERICANS, AND ANYONE ELSE MATERIALLY BLESSED BY THE PROVIDENCE OF GOD: Ecclesiastes

Luca Giordano – Dream of Solomon – God promises Solomon Wisdom. (from here)
Luca Giordano – Dream of Solomon – God promises Solomon Wisdom. (from here)

Ecclesiastes is an odd book and a strange puzzle. Ecclesiastes begins by speaking of pointlessness of life. In fact, that seems to be the theme of the book. So we should expect godless souls would take delight that such a book is in the Bible. So why don’t they?

The answer comes when we finally solve the puzzle. We realize what an old king wants us to understand, that it is without God that life is pointless. Therefore, after we have read Ecclesiastes the first time, we have to go back and read it it again, wondering at the ease with which that old king fooled us!

Life itself almost fooled King Solomon. Ecclesiastes is his story. God blessed him greatly with riches, power, a long life, and most of all wisdom (1 Kings 3:1-15). Nevertheless, even though he was wise, power and riches corrupted King Solomon.

1 Kings 11:1-8 New King James Version (NKJV)

11 But King Solomon loved many foreign women, as well as the daughter of Pharaoh: women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians, and Hittites— from the nations of whom the Lord had said to the children of Israel, “You shall not intermarry with them, nor they with you. Surely they will turn away your hearts after their gods.” Solomon clung to these in love. And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines; and his wives turned away his heart. For it was so, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned his heart after other gods; and his heart was not loyal to the Lord his God, as was the heart of his father David. For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. Solomon did evil in the sight of the Lord, and did not fully follow the Lord, as did his father David. Then Solomon built a high place for Chemosh the abomination of Moab, on the hill that is east of Jerusalem, and for Molech the abomination of the people of Ammon. And he did likewise for all his foreign wives, who burned incense and sacrificed to their gods.

For the sake of his many wives, Solomon worshiped truly despicable idols, and this we must suppose was his greatest sin. Yet Ecclesiastes does not speak of worshiping ugly idols, and it only says a little about the trap of sexual diversions. With beautiful, carefully chosen words, Solomon tells us of mundane pursuits that entice us from knowing our Creator. He speaks wine, women, and song. He elaborates upon the vanity of earthly wisdom. He speaks of the futility of toiling greedily.  Through it all the old king seems to weep softly.

Did King Solomon ever repent and return to our Lord? It is something to wonder about.  Other than Ecclesiastes, what is our best clue? That was when God told the prophet Nathan to tell David that King Solomon would build a temple for the Ark of the Covenant.

1 Chronicles 17:10-14 New King James Version (NKJV)

10 “Furthermore I tell you that the Lord will build you a house. 11 And it shall be, when your days are fulfilled, when you must go to be with your fathers, that I will set up your seed after you, who will be of your sons; and I will establish his kingdom. 12 He shall build Me a house, and I will establish his throne forever. 13 I will be his Father, and he shall be My son; and I will not take My mercy away from him, as I took it from him who was before you. 14 And I will establish him in My house and in My kingdom forever; and his throne shall be established forever.”

Was God speaking of Solomon? It would seem so, at least in part.

Fabulously powerful, wealthy, and wise, what did King Solomon learn? Why did he repent of his sins. He tells us at the beginning.

Ecclesiastes 1:1-11 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Vanity of Life

The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.

“Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher;
“Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.”

What profit has a man from all his labor
In which he toils under the sun?
One generation passes away, and another generation comes;
But the earth abides forever.
The sun also rises, and the sun goes down,
And hastens to the place where it arose.
The wind goes toward the south,
And turns around to the north;
The wind whirls about continually,
And comes again on its circuit.
All the rivers run into the sea,
Yet the sea is not full;
To the place from which the rivers come,
There they return again.
All things are full of labor;
Man cannot express it.
The eye is not satisfied with seeing,
Nor the ear filled with hearing.

That which has been is what will be,
That which is done is what will be done,
And there is nothing new under the sun.
10 Is there anything of which it may be said,
“See, this is new”?
It has already been in ancient times before us.
11 There is no remembrance of former things,
Nor will there be any remembrance of things that are to come
By those who will come after.

Without God, we live to no purpose. All is vanity. We can be materially rich beyond our wildest dreams. We can have every thing we wish for. We can make others our slaves. Yet all will still be meaningless vanity.

If you have trouble solving the puzzle that is Ecclesiastes (and most people do), check out Rob Barkman‘s series on Ecclesiastes. Here is the Introduction. Barkman did not link to the subsequent posts in his series, however, his blog is searchable. Since Barkman uses the Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV), the easiest way to find a specific lesson is to search for the post that contains the text from the Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV) that you want to study. Note also that there are links at the bottom of each web page. These take you to the previous post and to the next post. So one or two clicks will usually get you to the next post in the series.

I regret this already, but…

“I regret this already, but… adds a lot to my last post. My thanks to insanitybytes22 for writing it.

As several commenters observed, the title is awesome.

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

I regret this already, but Kia, critic of All Things Christian, made a declaration on his blog that I feel compelled to address.

He says, “The trouble with saying that God illumines scripture for believers to “rightly divide”, is that there are so many different believers “rightly dividing” with different opinions on what God has illumined them to understand.The first indication that most Christians get that there is more to the story is when they start encountering and mixing with other Christians of different stripes and denominations.”

First off, Kia who has called me rude, disrespectful, not meek, not humble and assorted other projections, does ask a good question, or at least it would be a good question if itwere actually a question. It’s not a question at all, it’s a declaration that tries to establish there is no God because Christians are divided, there are many…

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RIDICULE

Praying Hands by  Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640)
Praying Hands by
Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640)

In The most Unanswered Prayer that no one admits to, KIA tells us about one of his complaints.

https://thenakedtruth2.wordpress.com/2016/08/17/cmon-give-it-up/

(One Christian blogger suggested recently that Unity could only be found among Christians by ignoring their differences and treating them, at least in conversations on the Net within earshot of non believers, as if they were too small to matter.
He’s got one thing right. That would be the only way to have Unity, namely by completely ignoring the glaring and sometimes Huge differences in how they view God, Jesus, Scripture and Salvation itself.

In his post, tries to take ColorStorm to task for being a stupid, arrogant Christian, I suppose. That is certainly what comes across in the comments.

My “favorite part” is ‘s figure. It made me laugh. It contains a reference to 38,000 Christian denominations and the impossibility of choosing the right one. Why is that funny? The number of different sects is actually far higher.  Because every one of us has our own personal beliefs, we are each a sect of our own.

Is there a problem understanding what Christ taught? Yes. It takes work and considerable wisdom, but we are suppose to try. “Rightly Dividing The Word of Truth” by Rob Barkman provides a good explanation of what we should do, but many people do not do what they should do. Too few Christians study the Bible these days.

Many are distracted by what insanitybytes22 describes as The voice of the enemy.

On of the favorite tactics of the enemy seems to be messing with your head. He just sows deception, plants lies, and creates chaos. I think it’s important to understand that the enemy can’t come in unless you allow him to. His power lies in making suggestions, sowing seeds of doubt, as in”Did God really say…?”

People will then take these lies and create strongholds around them, build a foundation and belief system based on faulty thinking. How do I know it’s faulty? Anything designed to keep you separate from your Creator is probably from the enemy. God is a God of redemption, reconciliation, and relationship. He once walked hand in hand with us in a garden, in the cool of the evenings. He died to know us, to bring us into right relationship with Him. (continued here)

Too distracted from God and His Word, we risk the unpardonable sin. What’s that? altruistico has a good explanation.

Although the Bible doesn’t name any one sin as the greatest sin, it does refer to the unpardonable sin, which is the sin of unbelief. There is no pardon for a person who dies in unbelief. The Bible is clear that, in His love for mankind, God provided the means of eternal salvation—Jesus Christ and His death on the cross—for “whoever believes in Him” (John 3:16). The only condition under which forgiveness would not be granted concerns those who reject the only means of salvation. Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6), making it clear that He and He alone is the path to God and salvation. To reject the only means of salvation is unpardonable and, in that sense, is the greatest sin of all. (from here)

Who commits the unpardonable sin? Who rejects God? Who rejects salvation? Well, that is for God to decide.

What is the correct Christian belief? Fortunately, there is considerable latitude. That is one reasons there are so many Christian denominations and sects.

Romans 14:1-13 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Law of Liberty

14 Receive one who is weak in the faith, but not to disputes over doubtful things. For one believes he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats only vegetables. Let not him who eats despise him who does not eat, and let not him who does not eat judge him who eats; for God has received him. Who are you to judge another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand.

One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind. He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord; and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it. He who eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks; and he who does not eat, to the Lord he does not eat, and gives God thanks. For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died and rose and lived again, that He might be Lord of both the dead and the living. 10 But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. 11 For it is written:

As I live, says the Lord,
Every knee shall bow to Me,
And every tongue shall confess to God.”

12 So then each of us shall give account of himself to God. 13 Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother’s way.

Romans 14 is clearly the source of ‘s lament. Christians don’t have to separate over small things, but we do. We forget Christianity is about forming a relationship with Jesus, recognizing Him as our Lord and savior. Why do we sometimes forget? Even Christians can be too proud, and pride gets in the way. None of us like admitting how sinful we each are. None of us like admitting we need someone to save us, that we are not good enough to save ourselves.

So how then do we tell which is the right Christian church? Jesus told us.

John 13:31-35 New King James Version (NKJV)

The New Commandment

31 So, when he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man is glorified, and God is glorified in Him. 32 If God is glorified in Him, God will also glorify Him in Himself, and glorify Him immediately. 33 Little children, I shall be with you a little while longer. You will seek Me; and as I said to the Jews, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come,’ so now I say to you. 34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

If we have love for Jesus, then we will have love for each other.

AN INVITATION TO HATE: HILLARY CLINTON’S WEB SITE

In my last post on H. Clinton, HOW DO WE KNOW IF SHE IS GUILTY? => TARGET HILLARY CLINTON, we considered the foulness of Hillary Clinton‘s public record. Here we will consider her web site.

H. Clinton’s Web Site: Do Her Own Words Give Us Any Reason To Vote For Her?

What is the latest first thing we see on H. Clinton’s web site (see here for the last example)? That is the video below.

This election is a sad one. When we consider the candidates, lots of us just want to cry. What is America coming to? Donald Trump has as foul mouth, and Hillary Clinton has many foul deeds. These two are the best we could do? These two are the best our two major political parties had to offer? Yes. Unfortunately, these are the best we deserve.

So what is Trump doing? Well, he never did use that much foul language; that video exaggerates his vanity, but he is, of course, vain. Both Trump and Clinton are vain. Both think we should elect them to the presidency.

Anyway, Trump is making reasonably decent policy speeches. Don’t think so? Have you ignored the news media and tried listening to one?

So what is Clinton doing? What’s next on her web site? It is an old trick, lying with numbers => How many jobs could your state gain (or lose) under each presidential candidate? Supposedly, if we elect Clinton, with all her promises to tax and spend she will magically create 10 million jobs. On the other hand, Trump’s policies with destroy 3.5 million.

At least Clinton’s promise is modest. U.S. population growth slows to just 0.71% (usatoday.com). That’s 2.3 million per year. Whoopee! Therefore, Clinton has promised about as many jobs as necessary to keep up with population growth.

10 million / 4 years = 2.5 million/year

Effectively, Clinton has promised a stagnant economy. In a stagnant economy, we should not expect Clinton’s jobs to be good jobs.

Next on Clinton’s web site is 4 things you need to know about Donald Trump’s “new” economic plan. Here we link to a web page devoted to class envy. It is kind of funny, really. A lady who has made tens of millions in “public service” wants us to hate a real estate tycoon who builds buildings that people want to buy. How evil that profit-making tycoon must be!

Are you a Democrat? Don’t worry! Before we have to read something boring about H. Clinton we still have another hate Donald Trump link: Made in America: A buyer’s guide for Donald Trump. Supposedly, Trump is a hypocrite because he doesn’t have his ties, suits, shirts, furniture, frames, and barware made in America. Supposedly, America still manufactures all those things. Do we do it in large quantities? With respect to furniture, maybe, but only a Democrat who never bothers to consider where the stuff he buys is made would think that America still manufactures large quantities of clothing.

Because my stomach can’t stand it, we will skip Clinton’s first podcast. “Hi, Hillary” is apparently designed to humanize the lady. She is 70 years old, and she has been prominently in the public eye for nearly three decades. We still don’t know she is human?

8 things you need to know about Tim Kaine, your next vice president is designed to appeal to the Democrats’ party base. It starts off well enough.

  1. Kaine was a missionary.
  2. He then started making money suing people.
  3. Somehow he got elected Governor of Virginia and tried to get more money for the teacher’s unions.
  4. As governor, he tried to take our guns away from us. Thanks to Virginia’s General Assembly, he just succeeded in keeping guns away from the mentally ill and drunks.
  5. In spite of Kaine, Virginia still maintained its reputation as a good place for kids and business.
  6. Kaine next got elected Senator, and he voted for Obamacare and for forcing everyone to pay for abortions
  7. As Senator, he supported same-sex “marriage”.
  8. As Senator, he voted against voter ID laws. Democrats apparently do not think our vote is important. That is, we don’t need to keep people from voting twice, three times, four times, five times…. We don’t need to keep dead people from voting. We don’t need to keep people who have moved out-of-state from voting. Everyone is honest. Why regulate it at all?

There is an Issues page on Clinton’s web site. What are all those “issues” about? Almost all of them revolve around spending “other people’s money”? Do you have a pay check? Do you pay more in taxes than the government gives you? If you are not fabulously rich, then it is more of your money that Clinton wants to spend.

Check it out. Wall Street is not going to pay all those taxes => Hedge Fund Money Has Vastly Favored Clinton Over Trump.

If you like what has happened to America — its transformation — under President Barack Husein Obama, then vote for Clinton. She has assured us we will get more of the same.

I could go on, but we are all adults. Right? Well, maybe not. We did nominate these two, but please check out the candidates anyway. Listen to what they have to say unfiltered by a biased news media. Learn the truth for yourself.

One of them is better than the other.