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What about the People who never hear the Gospel? That is a common question religious teachers hear. Most of the time I believe we hear the wrong answer.
Different Levels of Faith
God’s playing field is made level by Him asking us to live at the level of faith given to us. And it is different for everyone.
Romans 12:3 CEV I realize how kind God has been to me, and so I tell each of you not to think you are better than you really are. Use good sense and measure yourself by the amount of faith that God has given you.
Yes, all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. That is a given for the sweep of humanity. But we are not judged on every point – only on those we learn about. It means that the woman living in a harem somewhere in Egypt, protected and kept from the world and information is a person judged by an entirely different standard than the college student in New York City, or the farm worker in Yemen.
Not everything God ever said applies to you and your life. He made new eyeballs for the blind man, but not for the rich man. He required a statement of faith from the Syrophoenician woman but not from the centurion. Lazarus he raised from the dead, but not the rest of the dead at that time. Jesus has different strokes for different folks.
Obedience is the Standard
Obedience to the revealed will of God is the standard by which each of us is ultimately judged. How can He do this? God is not unfair. If you have little information and little faith that is what you are expected to utilize in your search for God. To whom more is given, more is expected.
Luke 12:48 TLB “But anyone who is not aware that he is doing wrong will be punished only lightly. Much is required from those to whom much is given, for their responsibility is greater.
Some guy on radio said that God does not put people in categories, so I, being challenged, went to the Bible.
God has a large group of categories.
|little children||virgins with oil|
|fathers||virgins without oil|
|willfully ignorant||royal priesthood|
|beloved||crucified with Christ|
|mother in Israel||reconcilers|
Why do we need to know this?
God has called us to grow. Paul said we are to move from glory to glory. (2 Corinthians 3:18) There is no static position for the Christian, or for that matter the non-Christian as well. Life is a test, and where we go after we die, and how we exist now depends entirely on the progress we make in this life towards understanding ourselves and our relationship to God.
For example, the book of 1st John speaks of little children, young men and fathers. These are three groups of warriors … those who have been called to fight the good fight against their own sinful nature and then as missionaries of the Kingdom taking on the devil and ever present evil in the world. It does not necessarily apply to you right now – although that may be your later call.
Christianity is not passive.
Christianity is proactive and risk-taking. There is no prolonged languishing in church to sit, soak and sour while the preacher does all your spiritual work for you. No wonder ministers break down. 1,500 leave the ministry every week. http://www.pastoralcareinc.com/statistics
Good mental health requires you to change as time and circumstance change. The rigid and stubborn die first.
#Christianpsychology #Christiangrowth #Godsays #Life is a test
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We bemoan divorce statistics which do not appear to improve. But divorce is not the cause but the result of family dysfunction, and what ruins the home ruins society. The problem always goes back to whoever is ruling the family. Where one person is sick that person dominates family life.
Who is Lord of the Home
It never starts out that way. Newly-weds are the most positive, hopeful group of all, filled with the best expectations for a happy home, prosperous and stable, even when they themselves are neither.
But then circumstances change. And God does not change circumstances; He changes people who then deal with circumstances. We may pray for different circumstances- more money, more power, a better location, more education – whatever – but when we are in His will He changes us.
God’s purpose is to bring us individually into conformity to His will and His plans. God is smarter than we are. (You’d be surprised how many do not believe this.)
What is the Will of God
Christian counselors will tell you the most common need people desire is “to know the will of God.” Well – here it is: 1 Thessalonians 4:3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification… In street language that means “clean up your act.”
Bad attitudes and behavior must go. This passage mentions specifically fornication, i.e. sex outside of marriage, as being the first step for coming into conformity with God. It is routinely violated these days and the results are everywhere.
But the rest must go too – unforgiveness, selfishness, passive aggressive behavior, and aggressiveness as well, control freakishness, greed, envy, jealousy, self-will and refusal to change. The list is long.
To our newlyweds everything for a while is fine and then – loss of a job, a miscarriage, an accident, a car breaks down, the untimely death of a relative, a house fire. You name it.
This is the fallen world we live in. We do not have Utopia here, nor will we get it. What will we do? How do we react? God wants us to seek Him in this situation.
Reactions to Evil
And here is the awful truth. We become depressed, we blame others … the president, our parents, our teachers, our church. We drink to excess or seek an affair, or change jobs. Allowed to continue we become the Sick Man of the home and our problem becomes the lifestyle of everyone else. The children stay away or play basketball outdoors til midnight to avoid contact with the sick. Or they lock their bedroom door and play music on headphones or watch TV to block out reality. I know literally a dozen people who married right out of high school to escape the sick home. 100 years ago the Poor Man’s Divorce – just leaving town – was common. With social security numbers and DNA you can’t do that anymore. Some people leave the country if they can afford it.
Psychologists learned that family members can become physically ill when the Sick Lord rules – stomach cramps, depression, suicide, asthma, migraines, truancy, drugs. Children blame themselves for divorce. “If I had been a good child, this would not have happened.” So the kid pours the booze down the sink. It’s an expensive drain cleaner – don’t bother. Removing an inanimate object cures nothing.
Frustration, despair ensures and finally separation and divorce. Yes, things are better, the Sick Lord is no longer in charge but new problems develop – mainly financial. And society suffers another small breakdown.
What is the answer? A child must inform a trusted adult. Adults can try intervention which is a practical means of going back to the original problem and solving it. Even if it is years ago we can do that because God is in eternity and time is no problem to Him if the participants are alive.
My friend and her two adult daughters packed daddy’s bag, put it in the trunk and Daddy in the car. They drove to the airport, handed him a ticket to the Mayo Clinic and said, “Quit alcohol and remain sober or don’t come home.” This kind of intervention takes a group of people, not just one.
It worked. He never again touched alcohol, but his heart was not changed. His whole body showed the grief he had over giving up his beloved Brandy and he died a few years later. To quit your problem does not necessarily change your heart. But it is the first step.
God intervened in the life of a teenager whose mother planned to kill her. A neighbor by accident discovered the plot and called authorities. When I say “by accident” I really mean that someone prayed. You can always intervene with prayer – and it is legal and silent.
If someone brandishes a loaded gun at you, call the police. You need a public record of this event. You do not say, “Oh, he’ll get over it.” Evil allowed to fester eventually takes over and becomes uncontrollable.
Decide to Resist Evil
Every event and change in your life calls for a response or a reaction. God is giving you the option to do it His Way or your way. The answers are all in the book – the Bible. Churches may or may not help. They are people driven and people are flawed.
Blessed is He who does God’s will first.
If you live in Yemen, Syria, or fire ravaged California, the Tribulation is now. If you are sold into slavery in Libya as a black man, what could be worse. If you are an infant in Indonesia used for sex by an adult male and tossed into a ditch afterwards to die, this is not the promised land. If you live in China and are forced to marry someone you do not care for because children are supposed to obey their parents, you just might be one of the 500,000 rural Chinese women each year who commit suicide by drinking fertilizer.
Perhaps you are a Venezuelan whose Communist nation threw money into a sinkhole and now you are scrounging through the garbage dump for a piece of rotten bread. You might live in Germany and be one of the blue-eyed, blonde white women raped by Muslim immigrants. Angela Merkel lost her post because of her open door policy, but you are still traumatized, and perhaps pregnant. Or you live in Central America and some guy in the USA gave you money to travel to the US border where he guaranteed you that the Democrats would let you in – but there are armed guards there? Where will you go?
Maybe you are the unlucky girl friend whose fiance Maniskumar slipped her poison to kill off her unborn child? Maybe he thought the Republicans would not be funding abortions anymore. Maybe he thought the Democrats were too weak in Washington to keep abortion funding in the budget? Maybe if you are pregnant you should think twice about this man you want to marry? This sounds like tribulation to me.
Perhaps you live on the coast of North Carolina where 8 trillion gallons of water was dumped in one hurricane, ruining the crops, killing the swine and sweet potatoes and making life and a future impossible for decades to come. Or you could live on the street in the Philippines; 1.2 million kids plus mom and dad and 2 or 3 other children. Fortunately it is the tropics so it never gets cold – just wet.
Perhaps you’d prefer Nigeria where one Sunday the Boko Haram may find the Christians in church, lock the doors from the outside and set the church on fire. Eight of the ten largest nations persecute Christians … death, imprisonment, denial of jury trails, or any trial at all, separation from children and economic deprivation. In Michigan as a female you may suffer genital mutilation which can led to life long disease and pain. It’s child abuse of the worst kind, and, as usual, females are the victims.
From my comfy perch in the mountains of North Carolina I can blandly believe that I am living in a sane and protected world. I am not. All around me there is tribulation for my peers in the Christians faith. Yes, we are facing the end; it is now, and it is creeping towards us day by day.
Defining Heaven vs. the Kingdom of Heaven or God
The gospels frequently mention both the Kingdom of Heaven and the Kingdom of God. Reading the King James Version, one might think these are two separate places, but there is a reason for the difference in language.
Matthew uses the term kingdom of heaven exclusively. This is to be expected of a Jew who dares not mention the name of God. Even today you will read statements from Jews who carefully put a hyphen or underline between G and D (G_d or G-d) as to not breathe the name of the Almighty. On only five occasions in Matthew the Kingdom of God is used. Luke and Mark use the term Kingdom of God exclusively. The book of John uses the Kingdom of God only twice.
Kingdom of Heaven & Kingdom of God the Same
So what is it? The kingdom of heaven and the kingdom of God refer to the same place but Heaven is a separate place. In heaven, God is in charge. Jesus prayed for this version of heaven, that is where God is in charge come to earth so we can enjoy it here and now, not wait until after we die. From the Lord’s prayer:
Matthew 6:10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. We are to seek it first so we can enjoy it here.
Jesus’ parables about the kingdom emphasized that with the proper attitude you could enjoy the kingdom right now.
Matthew 10:7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
What is The Kingdom
The Kingdom of God is defined in Romans 14:17. For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
No, we do not need to wait until we die to have righteousness, peace and joy or any part thereof.
Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
The Kingdom is Won by Our Spiritual Warfare
Having sought the kingdom, how do you know you have a portion of it? You know you are a kingdom person by your warfare against the demonic world.
Matthew 12:28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you. I feel sure the Pharisees and Sadducees in Jesus’ time scratched their heads over this one. In fact they called him names!
The kingdoms of heaven (God) are distinct from Heaven, a place distinct from planet earth, our final reward. While we have the demonic to deal with here and now, in heaven Satan and his henchmen are conquered. In fact, because there is no evil in heaven, there is no reason for them to be there. Evil is God’s way of requiring us to make a decision – on earth – of whom we are to worship and obey.
Today’s Victory is Over the Demonic World
The victory of the kingdom of God (heaven) is the victory over the demonic world. This is shown in the scripture about Peter being given the keys to death and hell.
Matthew 16: 18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Read Peter 1 and 2
Now that I know that Peter was given the keys to handling the demonic world, I think I shall read the two books of Peter again. I do not want to miss the Kingdom if it is so close by.
We talk of the trouble we bring on ourselves – drugs and alcohol, laziness, going with the wrong crowd, thinking we can get away with something, cheating. Mamma said this was bad and Dad whopped you good if he caught you, but there is something worse.
And that is to be cursed by God. Genesis 12:3 in a Christian Bible says this:
And I will bless (do good for, benefit) those who bless you,
And I will curse [that is, subject to My wrath and judgment] the one who curses (despises, dishonors, has contempt for) you.
And in you all the families (nations) of the earth will be blessed.”
I quoted the Amplified Version just in case there was any doubt about how serious this is. When you go after God’s people you bring His wrath down upon you. Of course you do not recognize it. You call it bad luck. Or maybe you’re in a mess because of your parents, or the lousy school system, or where you live, with drug dealers all around.
The Bible was written for everyone to read. It is in hundreds of languages; you can even find it free on the internet, in Vietnamese! No one is going to point a finger at God someday and say -Why didn’t you tell me that these Jews were special to you?
Most people know that if you mess with a man’s family you can expect trouble. Time was not so long ago that a fellow would come to the house to date a girl and Daddy would be sitting on the porch with a shotgun across his knees. Some guys turned tail and ran.
If a natural father can do that, how much angrier will God be when you mess with His People? And his Family is very large. They live all over the world, and they don’t have name tags that say, My Daddy is God.
They tell me that antisemitism is on the rise. Well, let’s just check the TV weather man and the newspaper for floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, famine and drought. This is one quick way God can get His message out. (See the book of Amos for details.) And look what happened to Germany in the 1940s!
But, you complain, “I don’t do that; other people in my community do that. ”
Here’s the reason we face the music together. Jesus said, “The rain falls on the just and the unjust.” If you are part of a community that tolerates this you suffer along with everyone else.
You can’t change hearts and minds; that is a tough job. But you can warn people – as I have done here.
A Bible these days is a major expense, unless you want one with such tiny typeface one can barely read it. Over the past 50 years I collected a whole book case shelf of them and I can give you some experienced advice. If you are serious about Bible study you will eventually want more than one.
King James Version: There is a good reason people fall back on this translation in spite of the “thees and thous and hath and believeth” and other old-timey words. King James followed the turbulent times of Queen Elizabeth and there was wrangling among the religious groups about which Bible was the real word of God. The King brought together all the leaders of these factions and said, translate this Bible and we will make it the law of the land as far as religious reading is concerned. The result was that, for its generation, it is accurate. It is the most quoted for the following 400 years, for example Lincoln’s Second Inaugural address.
Amplified Version: The Lockman Foundation printed this many years ago and it makes a good study Bible. It is much larger because each line contains synonyms for many of the key words. For example,
Matthew 6:33 But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right—the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also.
Passages fleshed out like this make for good places to meditate on his word. Because it is so much larger you should consider a leather binding because the hardcover makes it bulky to handle. The same is true of The Message.
New American Standard Bible: This version too is from the Lockman Foundation and is my Go-To version. For example, consider this verse from the King James.
The Message: This is a modern translation by Eugene Peterson, who translated the American Bible society version that limits the English language to a high school educated person. Given its use of slang, people think it is a paraphrase. It is not. I prefer it myself for all the historical parts of the old Testament. Here is an example.
Matthew 6:33 “If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.
This is like having the Lord sitting at your side in an easy chair and speaking to you directly. This Bible too should have a leather cover as it is heavy.
New International Version: This is popular in some places. I put it last because I found some areas where it is not translated from the Greek as closely or as properly as I would prefer.
This passage in Romans is mistranslated in the NIV.
In the King James the adjectives properly modify the nouns; in the NIV they do not. (I am pretty good with Greek.) But that is personal and it is after all God’s word. If someone gave you that version do not throw it out.
JB Phillips New Testament translation: Phillips was a contemporary of both JRR Tolkien and C. S. Lewis, Bible students together. JB is down to earth.
Here is an example from the King James, Romans 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
JB said: No man can justify himself before God by a perfect performance of the Law’s demands—indeed it is the straight-edge of the Law that shows us how crooked we are.
Phillip died before finishing his translation of the Old Testament. Wags at the time referred to it as “Phillips’ 66.”
Jerusalem Bible: This is a Catholic edition. I especially like its version of Deuteronomy which as you know is not light reading.
Common English Bible: This is in wide use because it is plain, clear and not far from the King James. The New King James Bible modernizes the words and is also in wide use. As you might suspect the Jewish Bible is a version translated by a Messianic Jewish believer and is appropriate to that audience. With so many foreigners coming to the faith, it is an option for many people, especially Muslims who will appreciate the history.
The point of having a Bible for your children is this – will they read it If it is too arcane or difficult of course they won’t. A Bible purchase should be appropriate to the age and background of the reader. As we change, so should our Bible reading habits.
Getting through the Bible in one year is approximately three chapters day. Now that’s not all that hard, is it?
After the “Arab Spring” and the Islamic terrorism of 2011, the people saw the “real Islam without its mask” Arabs will turn to the Lord, wrote Asher Intrater, a Jewish writer in Jerusalem in his book, Alignment, (available free download online.)
“Despite the horrendous bloodshed of the past few years (over half a million people brutally murdered and ten million people losing their homes), their prediction of a wave of evangelism has proved true. Millions of Muslims are turning to faith in Yeshua (Christ) all over the world. At the time of this writing (2017) , one very trustworthy estimate speaks of over 3 million Muslims coming to faith in Egypt alone.”
“We often hear Arab Christians say, “The best evangelists for Christianity have been ISIS. They are turning people away from Islam in multitudes.”
900 American bankers commit suicide in the past three years. Did you know that? Of course not.
In Venezuela coroners and doctors are not permitted to list starvation as a cause of death for fear people will find out communism (socialism) is a failure. Did you know that? Of course not.
Truthful news reporting will return to print and media when the public demands it and refuses to be duped any more. Yes, that’s you.
The past 12 months have been one death, disease, accident, surgery one after another. Car totaled, cat to vet ($600), new car battery died, phone died, internet died.
BUT now all is resurrected. I’ve not been able to keep up with my readers but all these tribulations hopefully are at an end and I can resume more regular posts.
Thank you for your patience.
Cornelia Scott Cree, Essayist
For many years I’ve watched every slice of bread and cringed if there was ever a need to throw away food. It was a sure sign I had been neglectful and sloppy. Furthermore I couldn’t afford it. No eggs ever magically appeared in my refrigerator; no butter regenerated in a dish. So this summer when I was frequently forced to discard food, I blamed myself and tried to reform. But it happened again and again.
When you have a repetition of something God has a lesson in mind. It had never occurred to me before, but He has quite enough food available for the human race, myself included, and perhaps I need to believe him for generous servings instead of 40 years of penny pinching.
I have a friend who never eats leftovers; that seems to me to be a conceit of ego rather than of food safety. It must be nice to think that you do not need to lower yourself to the level of eating yesterday’s cold steak. But the opposite is true. My anguish over food loss was just another form of faithlessness.
I am not supposed to be spending my life chasing every toast crumb, but neither am I to assume God can’t provide. He certainly has on many occasions. I can remember one year where I had fewer than 3000 dollars income. Looking back I cannot imagine how I lived at all. In fact, when I made out my income tax, I added 2,000 dollars because I thought the IRS might believe I had lied. Well yes, but I did not want them asking me any questions because I don’t know to this day how I survived.
Just as I once learned to live on little now I must adapt myself to the knowledge that God can be generous to a fault – that He can lavish attention on me and provide not just enough to get by, but more than enough, not just for me but for others as well.
I got so excited about the prospect of excess I paid out 20% in tithe! Of course I can’t do that forever, or at least I don’t think I can, but when He said give to those people who needed it I did not say to myself, “That is not tax deductible.”
God is not interested in my tax deductible status – He’s interested in my obedience. And not doing His will when he makes His will clear simply because I don’t think He can replace the money or the food. That makes me no better than the “wicked” servant to buried the talent in the ground. And I have enough faults without being called wicked.
About 10 years ago I signed this document. My signature means that even on the penalty of imprisonment in the United States of America I will stand behind the words of the Bible on the moral law and the sanctity of persons.
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God never wants us to take sides when personalities are involved. Our decisions, personal and corporate, should reflect either respect for the law or His grace, never defiance of either. His will, not the will of people or their politicians is the basis for good decisions, and when followed results in good laws and societies. From God’s view, the problem of immigrants has been mishandled not just for 2 weeks, but decades.
How did we mess up so badly? First, we’ve been lazy and disinterested. God expects a free people to vote for leaders who will represent the best management practices that please God whether they are Christians or not.
God expects us also to be watchful over our leaders and pray for them. That means we should pray for them, not curse or pray they get some courage and do the right thing – nor leave office! Or curse them and their families in restaurants or on twitter, which applies to both sides of the aisle.
Second, God does not honor lawlessness, and neither should the government or any political group. The word illegal means just that. There are only 2 valid reasons for anyone to enter the USA – legal entry or political asylum. The former is hard and takes time. The latter is easy to establish; my friend Karen and her mother and brother worked in the underground in their Latin American nation and all three have a contract on their lives for 20 years – yes even today. They had a provable case and entered quickly. Every one else without a provable case is a lawbreaker.
The Old Testament urges us to accept refugees, but they must, must obey the law of the land. They do not need to be Jewish. Even today in Israel Christians are treated well and live happily but they are not allowed to proselytize, just honor the laws of the land.
3rd, to encourage lawbreaking makes you a lawbreaker too. In the last verse of Romans 1, the person who encourages another to sin is considered the bottom of God’s barrel. You are free to pray for them and help them with legal entry, or with asylum if they qualify. But any encouragement of lawlessness falls on you too. Politicians who encourage illegals for personal profit have a double burden of guilt and shame.
4th, any toleration of lawlessness degrades America. Why should newcomers be led to believe that they can disobey the law with impunity? How can your own American children take us seriously if we allow, encourage, even finance illegal behavior? We can’t expect them to be honest when we have demonstrated that we are dishonest.
5th, no one is ever helped in life by believing that if they cry hard enough they will get their own way. Cursing people who disagree with you and slandering them is not American, and the constant barrage of evil speaking needs to get to the Supreme Court. I am personally sick of news media lying to me and then changing the subject when they are caught. The nation needs to turn the channel on them from sea to shining sea. And when a Grade B actor slams the president no one should repeat it – it’s only free publicity for a coming movie. Then he gets a separate headline for an “apology.”
Finally, foreign governments learned that there are plenty of greedy politicians who will accept all manner of expensive criminals and disease carrying people if it can line their pockets. Legal immigration monitors such problems. I am happy to have people come here, but not felons foreign nations dump on us. DACA dreamers account for 59,000 separate crimes in the USA..
When Nehemiah received permission from King Cyrus to rebuild broken down Jerusalem the first thing he did was build a wall. The walls are salvation; the gates are praise. The church can raise them both.
The reason the Holy Bible has over 32,000 verses is that God has a lot to say to seven billion humans about individuals, nations, animals, angels, Himself and the future.
Why doesn’t god stop all the evil
First, He has one rule for the human race – free will. If we don’t get that, we won’t get the rest. The most common question people ask is, why did God let this horrible thing happen? God does not have His thumb on the scale involving events or the actions of individuals or nations. You do what you do because He has allowed you to do it. If you perpetrate evil against someone or something He is not involved. That is your choice. He does interfere in response to prayer however.
If you generate good you are also rewarded. This applies to the very smallest of tasks. The diligent student in the projects will succeed; sociologists know this and they look for these students. Dr. Ben Carson, the world’s expert on pediatric brain surgery, was raised by a single mother who could not read. But she checked his homework every day to see it was done. Pretty good actress too I gather.
Life’s goal is you and God on the same page
However, God does seek for you a new relationship to Him. Out of new, obedient relationships come national change, personal success, stronger laws, better armies, and creative new inventions and art. While God does not pass laws against child abuse or create agencies to supervise, you can. While he cannot stop the drunk driver from getting behind the wheel, a person who is tuned into God can seek His will about whether to get into the car.
Nations also need God
This same rule applies to nations. The world system is based on improvement, in spite of appearances, which brings about a superior life for nations and individuals. The quality of life in the past 50 years has improved across the planet. So even ethnic groups who were desperately poor many years ago are merely poor now. We tend to see a small piece of the reality pie. It is also true that there are more men than women worldwide. Another fact few people realize.
We marvel that Jews are far and away the largest group of Nobel Prize winners, but why not? These are His people selected 3,000 years ago. Where there is active disobedience to God and His will you have poverty, war, chaos and abuse of women and children. Think Islam.
Sow-Reap applies to men and nations
The 2nd law of the universe is the law of sowing and reaping. Nations sow, nations reap. Individuals sow, individuals reap. And if your parent sows bad seed, you reap part of that crop too. But you have no requirement to follow the patterns of bad families; you can always follow good. A bad Congress sows bad laws; the people reap problems. This rule applies to all men at all times.
Change is the Universal Rule
Finally is the Law of Change; change is not an option; it is a given. God said, “I am the Lord I change not.” If you as a person want to come into God’s presence, you do the changing.
First you must charge your mind. The Biblical word is repentance, metanoia meaning change your mind. Young people today say they want to change the world. But first you must change yourself or be willing to let God change you.
Don’t bother trying to change other people. It is a waste of time. Much foolish politics is the demand that someone else change. You can march. you can protest but change is not what others are doing to do. If you want to change the world, change yourself first.
Those who cannot change turn into stone.
If you can’t change you can’t adapt or grow. You become hard and unusable. To be usable you must also be teachable. Make a decision to learn and grow every day so when your face the end of your life, you have learned to live profitably and happy. Then you will also live longer.
Unhappy, rigid people can only die. It is all they have left.
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Modern translations offer many better explanations over the King James. For example, this little known Proverb: 19:2
For forty years now TV evangelists remind us how much God loves us, so much that millions of listeners have come to believe in universal salvation – that God loves everyone so much no one goes to hell. Some even believe there is no hell.
First, God loves what He created – individuals. Like the potter who uses the medium of dirt (think of Adam here) to make a vessel. Some vessels hold water, some oil and others are simply for decoration. The use of the pot does not give it any status.
Vessels don’t compete with each other for rank. At the same time, the Potter can throw the clay back into the mix if there is a problem. He has to remove as much air as possible or the vessel will be flawed. I know a lot of vessels with too much air in them.
Because we are His workmanship God loves us even when we choose to ruin our lives. His role as creator is not changed by your role as a vessel. Human beings are given the opportunity, called grace, to live forever in His presence. We can reject that gift. And if we do, God’s love continues, because it is Holy.
God loves us even when we choose hell. Perhaps it is hard to believe that; how can God still love us when we are there? Because love is not dependent on what you do or what you choose.
He gave you the chance to choose right and you choose something else,. He is not changed by your decision – saddened yes, changed no. In much the same way a woman who is cast off by her husband still loves him even though he goes after another woman. Her love has not changed. His, most likely, never was love for her at all.
But that is because Human Love does not have its root in holiness, at least not until we have a infusion of God’s Holy Spirit. Romans 5:5 “because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”
God’s love in us allows us to love others in a new way. Without this there is no explanation for missionaries who endure all kinds if deprivation in order to leave the comforts of home for often dangerous, hostile areas of the world. This love is sacrificial, so God is willing to allow you to reject Him. Either He sacrifices himself on a cross to bring you into His kingdom, or he allows you to leave His kingdom for your own devices. It is a sacrifice either way.
And because humans do not know how to do this, they also cannot imagine God would allow anyone to stay in Hell. Right now some reader is thinking, but doesn’t God send some to heaven and others to hell? Some people teach that?
No, God sent us to earth to live our lives in decision – we decide whether God is central to our lives or Self. I love the early scene in Ghost, the movie. A street gang member kills a man and several black robed demons take the killer off to Hell. It could not be more plain. I bet some Hollywood type out there saw that in a dream. All life is eternal, only where you spend it is your choice.
Human love is bound up in time; God’s love is eternal. We are here for the long haul, not just a few short 75 years, or 80 or more. We have a time-date stamp.
Too many in every generation are satisfied with feeling saved, but inadequate to explain why they are believing in God and his word or able to mature because their faith in not grounded. See this guest post.