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What God calls Abomination?

You can find this word in any dictionary but it is used frequently in the scriptures to define something that God hates.  The picture I prefer is this – an abomination is like a filthy, smelly, putrid rag, wet and bloody which you pick up with rubber gloves and, at arm’s length take to a trash can or better yet, an incinerator.  There is Biblical evidence that this is a good definition of the word.  But to what does God refer?  What does He call an abomination?

A List of Abominations

Here are some abominations:

  • homosexuality, (Leviticus 18)
  • shellfish (Leviticus 11 shall be an abomination to humans not to God, including some birds and insects),
  • gold and other precious items associated with false gods, (Deuteronomy 7 which also brings a curse to a family if it is brought into the home),
  • slaughter of children which would include both before and after birth
  • study of false religions in the same chapter
  • such persons who do these things are not permitted inside the community as well.

That means none of these are allowed in heaven.  In fact anyone caught doing this was, in the Old Testament stoned, with stones, not drugs or alcohol.

In Deuteronomy 22 and 23

profits from whores are not allowed in the church treasury.

Proverbs 3:23 calls

perversion an abomination, but it not only applies to perverse actions but also to people who, no matter what God says, go the other way.  Anyway – you can look this stuff up yourself.

Here is a list of spiritual sins that God hates:

16 These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

That list must include American television, newspapers and other media which have become unreliable, and deliberately lying and withholding important information.

1 Kings 14 calls

sodomy an abomination, including male prostitution.

Proverbs 17:5 says

those who justify the wicked and condemn the just are an abomination to God.

I see that all the time in politics.  I wonder if these guys are aware of what they are doing?  There is a pay-day for everyone.

What about the vendor who has hidden weights on his scale?  He is under the knife on this too.  Praying to God when there is known evil in your heart is an abomination to God also.  (Proverbs 28:29) If we do not know about our sin we have leeway in God. He is not unfair.

There are many more.  Right now someone is saying – but I am under the New Testament – these abominations do not apply to me!  That is false comfort.

God’s word applies to everyone everywhere

God’s word is settled in heaven, and it applies whenever and wherever it is a reality.  The response is not “oh, this does not apply to me” but the response should be, “Yes, it may apply to me and I’d better be about repenting double quick.”

Forgiveness does not change the past, it covers it

Whatever sin is under the blood is forgiven.  To be forgiven never changes one word of what God said or meant.  In fact, it confirms it.  The Law does not go away – it is just overcome by a higher law.

So that list of abominations could also be a list of what God forgives.  Years ago when I was teaching at a woman’s prison there was an inmate named Betty who knew God and was still rebellious.  I said to her in 1975, partly in jest, “Don’t be caught dead without Jesus.”  A year later she was released and I learned she was shot dead in Charlotte, NC.  I often wondered about her?  Did she make it?

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How did Jesus Die for Everyman

The scripture is clear.  Jesus paid the price for every man’s sin by the blood shed at his death.   But because of the limitations of life, He could not actually give his life literally for every person.  If that were so He would need to be born, mature and then die for billions upon billions of people, the exact number we do not know.  We do know that the number of souls God created in heaven prior to our birth is huge.  So literal birth-death is physically impossible.

How then could Jesus die for each Man and still die for mankind as a whole?

Salvation by Negotiation

It was done by negotiation.  Consider that you have a large piece of acreage for sale.  No one else is bidding on it.  Satan already has his claws into the property and will not give it up; in fact he has sole custody thanks to egregious mistakes by Adam.  (And lest we congratulate ourselves remember that we would have been just as rebellious as the First Pair.) The human race is both physically and spiritually doomed.

Since Jesus could not be born billions of times, He would have to negotiate the price.  From the foundation of the world Elohim (God in Hebrew) counseled together to select “the agreed upon price.”  The price was high.  The sacrifice would need to be absolutely sinless, the very opposite of the condition of Man, and he would need to be born just as anyone else and go through life reacting to evil in perfect, sinless obedience.  The Old Testament law regarding sacrifices is not a bore if you notice how the priests followed the very process by which a sacrifice was selected.  Jesus fit perfectly.

You can’t hide sin in man

Can you image what a hard test this is? Look at your tot in a high chair, crying “MINE!” at the top of his lungs.  Rebellion is deep in the heart of man, no matter the size.  He is not a bad child; he is merely human.  (Proverbs 22:15) It comes with the territory.

Sin only Through the Father’s Line

The perfect plan required that the savior be born sinless without the taint of human error.  Mary, Jesus’ mother, did not have to be sinless because the  Sin is transferred through the father’s line….. You know, like father, like son. (Genesis 3:17)

The only way a sinless child can be brought forth is if the Father is God Himself, guaranteeing that the DNA of this child is unique in all the universe.  Then the blood also would be sinless.  Satan can’t fake that – ever, which is why the Kingdom of Evil fell apart in despair after realizing it had engineered the salvation of man and its own demise as well. (1 Cor 2:8)

The devil had a giant surprise

From The Message, modern translation: God’s wisdom is something mysterious that goes deep into the interior of his purposes. You don’t find it lying around on the surface. It’s not the latest message, but more like the oldest—what God determined as the way to bring out his best in us, long before we ever arrived on the scene. The experts of our day haven’t a clue about what this eternal plan is. If they had, they wouldn’t have killed the Master of the God-designed life on a cross. 

So that is why Jesus can say at the very end, “It is finished.”  The word in Greek is tetelestai, meaning Paid in Full. You too were included in this number.

Are you automatically saved? No.  Nothing that God does for man is automatic. You, the individual, must respond to God at every level of grace. Your life changes when you have a heart change and accept His free gift of eternal life. Today is the day of salvation.

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Good Decision Making

The key is simple: make your decision ahead if time.

Sounds impossible. How can I know how to decide before I know what is asked? Life is full of opportunities for bad decisions. You can be sure that the devil will send to you the wrong woman or the wrong man to marry. Make up your mind ahead of time that you are not going to be fooled. A potential spouse must meet some standards. Put it down on paper. Remember love can be ginned up quite falsely (called lust) or whatever. The person who thinks through a major decision will end up with a better outcome.thinker-1602201__180

Make up your mind that you won’t compromise with evil before the opportunity comes to you. I was offered a pile of money and endorsements when I ran for the Legislature. I sad “no.” I was nice about it. The offer was generous. This group expected me to follow their corrupt, immoral doctrines when I was in the Legislature. I said no ahead of time. I did not win the election but I was nobody’s “yes” woman either. The only lobby you have to answer to is the God Lobby; God is more than competent to tell you how to vote.

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The Long Range Cure for Stress

<ga.js>Americans are in tragic need of a de-stress.  Eight long years part-time employment, income, jobs, high oil prices, ever-increasing food costs, failed plans and both national and international terror threats put us all on edge. Now that everyone is back at work, we are overworking to compensate for lost time.

The Bible has an app for that

It is called “keeping the Sabbath holy.” rabbi-295112__340  But how many of us take one day a week to flat line our lives?  Not many. It is important enough to be in the 10 Commandments along with not committing adultery and theft.  It’s a day of rest where the mind, body and spirit close the door on daily life and “does something else.”

It is not as legalists would have us believe a time to be sanctimonious and pretend to be holy.  Being part-holy is work enough. Even the non-religious world is beginning to catch on to that.

High Schoolers reduced crime and stress with a Time Out

One high school in the USA has two breaks a day – 15 minutes each, morning and afternoon.  Instead of depriving kids of instructional time, they learned that conflicts, fights, and tardiness all decreased and grades went up.  If there is anyone in this world who is on edge it’s the teens. But can we do it?  Will we do it?  More importantly do we know why we must do it?

Trying to trap Jesus with a question

When Jesus was asked about this issue He said, “Sabbath-keeping is not God’s issue, but man’s.”  From the original:

Mark 2:27 (ERV) Then Jesus said to the Pharisees, “The Sabbath day was made to help people. People were not made to be ruled by the Sabbath.

God has no need of a giant rest – man does so He created the Sabbath for man’s benefit.  If it is such a valuable  benefit why are we not doing it?  And what will it take for us to restructure our lives to make things better?

Any day can be a sabbath

In the first place, it does not need to be Sunday.  Many people work weekends, esp. ministers and they take Monday off which usually is the preferred day for golf anyway.  Keeping the 7th day (or at least one out of 7) holy does not mean you are to spend your entire time in prayer.  Legalistic believers might think that, but if you know any Jews, you know they celebrate after service with a giant meal and spend the time chatting, no work, no study, only the farm animals get milked and foddered, and if your ox fell in a ditch you are to get it out. (And if your car breaks down, yes, get it fixed.)

In other words, it is not a matter of what you do, but what you don’t do.

You don’t figure out your taxes, you don’t visit people you can’t stand, you don’t undertake a business venture or a 2nd job, or file paperwork for a new house, or hire an employee, or workout if you hate exercise.  It is your day to be you and to let other people be themselves too.  No extra stuff on the kids, no heated arguments over politics or which bill to pay this week.

An end to all activity is not the point

Babies need feeding and diapering, but other than that, take that long bath and let someone else play with them.  My grandpa played cards with me on Sunday, and he never went to church.  His mother took him 4 times a week and he calculated that he’d therefore been enough times to suffice for an entire life of Sundays, but I never saw him do evil to anyone, or cheat, or lie, or sneak off with another woman.

There are times when our time is not our own

Grandpa did work 364 days a year during World War 2 as Labor Relations Manager for a ship building corporation.  War is different.  You have to fight it no matter when it occurs. In North Texas 5,000 people attend one church on Saturday afternoon and then all day Sunday they eat together. The oldest member of one Sabbath-keeping family I know is 88 and she looks 65!

Health is a reward for a day off

The results of being obedient to God have all kinds of benefits. Most benefits are unseen. Instead of saddling yourself with yet another New Year’s resolution you will probably drop soon enough, why not take this idea on – one day a week for total rest. Select February as it has only 28 days and see if you don’t notice a change.

Do it as an Experiment

Select a period of time and decide on a day when you will totally chill.  Do this for at least one month. Make notes about your ability to solve problems during that time.  Usually people who live more productive lives will tell you they take more time being calm.  Quakers, for example, who practice silence as a religious rite, are known everywhere as more prosperous financially. Keep notes on what you are doing; no one has a perfect memory. And when you are done tell someone else.

You can give yourself positive reinforcement even if no one else does. If you ever said I can’t take a day off, rethink that.  If you are not getting what you need out of life, somehow you must make life work for you.

#keepsabbathwholly #stressmanagement #overeating #insomnia #religion #spirituality

Let’s Start Rethinking about Political Campaigns

Years ago God gave me a task – show people how to rethink, in my case, about the Bible, its contents and especially the nature and goals of God himself. I’ve done that now ten years. Today, 9/2019, I am reaching over 30,000 people a month, always rethinking in every question especially in secular ones where there is just as much confusion as in theological.

People do not know how to think

Here is an example. Recently we voted in a nationally recognized, wildly expensive campaign for Congress, the 9th Congressional District of North Carolina. The campaign was carried out in public, on television, mostly ads and news stories that were often very biased, no matter who was speaking. Social media was awash with it as well since it was a special election and few others running at least locally.

Bad law comes out of emotion

The campaign was designed to prevent the voter from thinking, or to replace his thoughts with emotions upon which no decisions are usually very good – and certainly not in politics. There are already too many laws based on temporary emotions which can change over night.

The Democrat was a typical Republican candidate – a successful entrepreneur, a business owner/employer, clean cut family man with a pretty blonde wife and two kids, a military veteran who supports lower taxes, and who managed never to call his opponent names which is sign of a honorable politician. But he lost.

Why? Here is the problem to rethink. While he was the better candidate which his campaign demonstrated, he was not running for the office of campaigner; he was running for a seat in Congress. The voters did not want a Democrat representing them, no matter how clean cut or conservative in nature. The national party at the present time does not reflect the mind of the voters in this jurisdiction. Sometime in the future, that may change. But just not today.

The voters got it right

The voters knew this and acted accordingly. But the campaign process ignores this need. The voters got it right in spite of the advertising and blather all around the campaign, not to mention the multi-millions in funds which came from across the land, all intent on electing a Campaigner not a Congressman.

We choose representatives not candidates

There is something very wrong with a political system that presents candidates when what we want is representatives. The man who won will reflect the mind of the voter when he goes to Washington DC, no matter how flawed he might be personally. He was not young and vigorous; he did have a pretty wife but who cares about the wife anyway. We are not voting for her. And she is not representing us. This man’s policies, and that of the people he will join with in Washington, not his personality or all the beautiful color photographs mean anything as he assumes his post.

What we vote for must be based on reality

What the voter needs is the assurance that the person holding the office will be able to reflect the will of the people, not the platform of a party or a group of lobbyists somewhere, in this case, 500 miles away. How can we change the campaign process to make it radically less expensive and more in tune with what voters needs to know? Will this man or woman do in the office they hold what I expect of them and what they have promised? This is going to be a hard issue to solve.

Church campaigns have the same flaws

And as a theologian I can also say that church membership presentations are also often off point. Who God is and what he does as Jesus Christ in the world today is the core of Christianity but you would not necessarily know this from church services or their advertisements or television programs. Thankfully there are many varieties of them reaching diverse people. This is healthy.

We choose our religion based on personal needs

Individuals attach themselves to religious systems based on private needs. Some want family, friends and social acceptance; others seek inner peace and assurance. Others are concerned with the world and its dysfunctions and they view the church in its mission. My daughter-in-law wants a choir, with robes. I agree with her but so many of the modern churches do not have this anymore. Singles need church dinners and fellowship events. People in wheel chairs need to see no curbs or stairs; parents want good child care with honest teaching about the gospel and no Easter Rabbit theology where God is missing altogether.

The truth is offensive

Churches may meet all of these needs but still have no honest gospel to present, filled with compromise in order “not to offend anyone.” The gospel is offensive. Jesus said, Matthew 10:35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

Is Jesus picking a fight? Sounds like it.

But no, He is saying that we are happy when we are with people where we feel comfortable but the truth of God is ultimately in what God said in His word about our condition and his solutions. Confusing Church with Faith can lead us into a position of comfort that is not realistic. Real faith will cause us to be separated from some people, systems and places.

God is pro-active about us. We need to be proactive about Him. We need to be as careful about our vote for religion as we are for our representatives.

Einstein, String Theory, Quantum Physics and God

In the past 100 years because of questions asked and answered by physicists, the nature of reality has changed both in theory and in practice. The simple notions we have of life on earth do not work well in the outer reaches of space.

The universe is really quite small

It is almost impossible to think of this enormous universe as being confined in a small space, but it is. Where there is time there is also an end of time, hence an end of space as well. In fact, to God the entire universe may appear no larger than a steamer trunk.

The deceptive nature of space allows us to think we are isolated from God and He is disconnected or unconcerned.  And yet, He said to seven plus billion people on our planet, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” That is an intimate statement. If you throw in our guardian angels, we don’t have a minute alone on this planet.

Science needs to catch up to the Bible

In Brian Greene’s book, The Fabric of the Cosmos intended for non-scientific readers, his first chapter is a clear outline of the issues facing science today as the result of these investigations. (1) common reality and the new reality do not match. (2) string theory outlines a number, as many as 17 dimensions as yet unidentified. (3) space and time should be interchangeable but are not. (4) why does time always point forward, never backward, (5) why can’t we find a “unified theory” and (6) how can we explain all the different dimensions, referred to as string theory.

The Bible – imagine that – explains all of this. Virtually everything scientists have asked is answered by the Word of God. What scientists perceive but miss is the spiritual dimensions everywhere in space-time.

There are two types of time

There are two beginnings in time.  In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The beginning is the big bang and God predates that so God is the Big Banger. The cosmos because it has a beginning, middle and an end will eventually be done away with. That describes the temporal beginning of the created universe.

The 2nd description of a beginning

In John 1:1 John says, “Before the beginning began, the Word was.”  John is referring to eternity which is outside of time.  He begins his gospel with the time prior to Genesis 1:1. God was then in eternity as he also is now. God inhabits both time and eternity.  Time will eventually be done away with; eternity is just that. John 1;1 places Jesus originally in eternity to emphasize why he is God in the flesh, and not just a man born into time.

 Time and space will eventually end

God will, He said, roll earth up as a used garment and pitch it out.

Revelation 6:14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.

Space and time are part of a unified whole BUT are also part of a “cosmic evolving.” They are relative to each other. The natural world works at one level and the cosmic at another. Scientists want to unify this but they can’t because they have not factored in eternity.

https://wouldyouconsider.net/2014/11/15/gods-view-of-time-kairos-and-chronos/

God is not “in” the universe

Scripture describes the unification in Colossians which says “God is all in all” and He is the “glue that holds the universe together.” This is not pantheism. God is no more in His creation than a woman is in a pie she bakes. He has contact with all parts of the universe because He chooses to do so.  Deism says God is not involved with his universe; poppycock!

God is in charge of more than we imagine

God has His hand in many things we ignore.  The weather for one. All the flap about Climate Change. God said the world would burn up, and he would do it.  Not man.  In the book of Amos He says he governs the weather, tornadoes, mildew, famine, hurricanes, floods, you name it.  All to prove a point.

As an example, think of the massive hurricane which wiped out most of New Orleans in 2005.  The hurricane was named Katrina which comes from a Greek word to”to cleanse.”  And New Orleans was a city of great pride in their moral depravity; Sodom and Gomorrah would be embarrassed to be so corrupt, and now it must start over.

He has a purpose for the universe. It is the training ground for human kind, their correction and eventual eternal life someplace else. The cosmos is not an end in itself; it is just a tool. The unification is the purpose for which the universe exists.

Colossians 1:16
For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

Colossians 1:20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

Many religions are cyclical

Animism, for example, and Buddhism and the many religions of India are based on the cycle of the seasons so their religions are time bound and include reincarnation which is cyclical in nature. That is to be expected from a cyclical religion.

Three religions are based on linear time – Judaism, Christianity and Islam.  They are all goal oriented and monotheistic so they recognize an end to time. They also do not recognize the end to human personality, all believing that we all live forever in an eternal state for good or ill.

Cyclical religion has no such future, even though eternity is built into human nature. I found that Chinese people may accept atheism as a political issue but they all seemed to believe in a Chinese heaven. I asked a small child what was God’s name and she quickly said, Shang Di, which describes a Creator god.

People do not lose their innate sense of God simply because a politician says so.  This is one of the main reasons Falun Gong has become so proactive in China and so dangerous, because it added the spiritual dimension to a secular world.

Physicists grapple with the invisible world

These goals God has for man also explain the ”arrow of time.” Greene wonders, if time and space go both ways, why you cannot unbreak eggs; once they are broken, no amount of action or prayer can turn them back to eggs inside shells. This truth about the universe flies in the face of the other physical evidence. But it makes sense according to the Bible. God has a plan and He put it into motion at the beginning.

Time only moves forward

We don’t turn back because there is no reason to do so. Moses was able to look at God’s back, not the front, because he (Moses) is supposed to be facing the future. If he looks at God’s front his view is of the past. This is the arrow of time. You will recall your personal dreams are of the present and future; dreams can explain the past but never change it. You and the cosmos are not going backward. “Back to the Future” is a movie drama, and nothing more.

If and when you get to heaven you will be able to see the past because everything in time is recorded. But returning to that point and changing it will be impossible.

Quantum physics does not recognize a spiritual dimension

The 3rd reason quantum physics is confused is because it puts the cart, the natural, before the horse, the spiritual. If you want to understand what is really happening look to the spiritual reality behind it. If you want to know why a dictator is killing his citizens, find out what wild mental problem he has, narcissism, ego mania, even insanity. Far too much time is spent looking at symptoms and causes are ignored. Quantum Physics wants to explain the reality before it explains the spiritual.

Time has value and is not static

The 4th problem is the flexible nature of time. Here is where the most casual of scientists can figure things out. Time appears to be uniform but it is not. Time not only goes only forward, it also has different values depending on the living.

When you are young time goes very slowly. What do all children say in the car. “Are we there yet?” every five miles. Children also have a misapprehension of space. Talk of the Gulf War frightened some children until their dad asked them to remember how long it took to drive to grandma’s house, only one day, and that this war was over 15 days car travel away. The children breathed a sigh of relief. They were learning relativity at an early age. In practice, learning the truth about Santa Claus teaches us relativity.

Then at old age days fly by. Where did time go? If this can happen in the life of every person, why can’t we apply this to the life of the universe? It started fast and is slowing down, but as it is slowly down it is also slowly down faster.

2nd Law of Thermodynamics – time is changing

In fact isn’t that the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics? That the world is slowing down and wearing out, just as we do. This law also states that there is no going backwards. God has made it clear that we are all goal oriented.

The Law of Entropy

But this leads to another question scientists need to re-examine – the law of entropy. Carbon dating standards appear set in some kind of inexplicable bronze. Current values are a product of Newtonian physics, not Einsteinium. But the world itself shows the effect of mistaken time.

Carbon dating ignores the effect of the invisible world on time. I hope before I die I see the entire science of carbon dating revised to show how time has altered events of the past.

Originally lifetimes were hundreds of years; Adam lived 900 years. lifetimes were drastically reduced after the flood and have increased especially in the past two centuries. Age 100 is not common now but the Bible predicts that will be the age of a child in the future.

A the world physically deteriorates, human beings are improving, living longer, working smarter and happier, except where politicians see to it that no one is happy. Man’s sweep of influence increases with his knowledge and power, but environmentally there is increasing decay.

The invisible world can be multi-dimensional

The final issue in modern physics is string-theory which they call dimensions. A dimension is where someone or something can exist, and into which we might want to travel. Any real dimension has, in fact, dimensions, i.e. length, breath, width.

People who have seen angels say they have gender, color, and bulk, hardly a string. But to the physicist, it may look like a string since they see the shadow, not the reality. All humans have personality which also is invisible. That too could be a string in which case there are seven billion strings on the planet today. My personality will live forever after I die so who is to say it is not a string, as yet an unidentified or unrecognized.

One dimension may be human personality

There is no reason to assume these dimensions are inanimate objects or places. They are more likely to be personalities, what the Bible calls souls, or psyche, meaning will, intellect and emotion.

The first being to show up in the cosmos was a personality – God. Other persons soon followed. Angels have personalities, which surely is one dimension; animals have Will, Intellect and Emotion too – they clearly are in another dimension. Other places where Will, Intellect and Emotion exist is in our dreams, our drug-induced visions, demonic spirits and demons, and possibly other beings identified as having personality. I think of the stars which sing.

Music as a dimension

You can say this is literary license, but the Bible says, “Thy word is truth.” So let us not be so cavalier in our interpretation. The stars sing. It does not say the star has a song; player pianos have songs. Singing is done by beings.

Job 38:7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

Isaiah said mountains sing. In fact we can count sound as a dimension too. “No sound is without signification” which means a door slam, a dog bark or a brisk breeze means something. It may not have eternal meaning or  value but it does mean something.

1 Corinthians 14:10 There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification.

David said he would prophesy, that is bring a message from God, on his harp (probably a guitar.) July 17, 2012, a guitarist on Kim Clement TV was “prophesying.” No interpretation was given and I did not get one, but the people there seemed to understand. Clearly this is a dimension we must not ignore.

Did God use music to create the universe

Some theologians believe that the language God used to create the universe was music. Spoken and written language is very limited but music, based on mathematics, has no limits.  So that theory makes sense. I have a book coming in 2020 which goes into more detail on this.

String theory says there is no empty space in space, -that something is there but what? The ancient Hebrews were not given to speculation but we modern Christians are. What if string theory is the mesh like reality of personalities in concert. Stay tuned. We have more research to do.

Proverbs 25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.

Daily Life in Heaven

Heaven is not sitting on clouds playing the harp – bor-ing. No, heaven has been misrepresented by foes of God especially regarding His blessings for you. Some of the hidden blessings are learning things that straighten out key questions you have had all your life.

Heaven makes temporary loss into permanent gain

Johnny Cash’s brother died of a tragic accident and the memory of that, and the loss made an important difference in Cash’s life and the way he presented his music. In heaven he is reunited with his brother. God changes temporary loss into permanent gain.

Heaven explains the past

My father-in-law was murdered – or did he commit suicide? We have our suspicions about who did it and why. We never learned the truth. But now my husband has been united with the whole story. He will also know that what kind of punishment is in process for the man who we think shot him.

We do not believe the Bible supports the idea that suicide leads automatically to hell. My father-in-law was a believer but he made some mistakes. Like who doesn’t?

Surprises at every turn

That person who was imprisoned for being an ax murderer? There he is in heaven. That President you voted for twice? You haven’t seen a hair of the man yet. Even then, because there are so many new things in heaven, you will hardly notice they are missing.

God will fill in the blanks

And there are thousands of other pieces of information that make one’s life understandable. You’ll learn why someone had five miscarriages or what happened to mysteries unsolved on earth. You’ll get a chance to review the original history of the planet, who were the first families living on earth and where, what events like the flood, or even the final fiery end of time are going to be like.

And of course famous people. You may have access to them, their writings, their lives. I have always thought that Martin Luther was wrongly blamed for Antisemitism. There were no rules governing copyrights or intercultural property then. His enemies could have easily used his name on a publication and no one would know.

God wants you to look forward to heaven

If you go to heaven you get the answers you need and want. Hell has no blessings, no friends, no information, and more importantly, no relief. Worse yet, it is an important decision which many people take very casually.

#heavenisnotboring #God #Jesus #hell

Media Censorship is Narcissism

The Censors seem to think hate speech which they so rigorously cull has some legal validity. It does not.

Much of social media, Facebook, Quora, the news media, Big City newspapers, Google, Amazon, TV giants etc. censor what God has said and what religious people repeat in public calling it “hate speech.” China has gone after its own thinking dissidents- the Falun Gong and the Muslims in the far west areas – with so-far largely unreported torture, death and extensive imprisonment. https://www.theepochtimes.com/china-putting-minority-muslims-in-concentration-camps-us-says_2908698.html

Hate speech is not a legal concept

What they call hateful content is simply what someone does not like or agree with it; this reduces public discourse to emotion rather than thought. Laws in every country are based on actions not words, nor that most annoying of words, “feelings.” If someone does not like the idea that homosexuality is a personal choice, so be it. It is not an action and it should be placed in the category of an emotional response. Emotions are personal.

There is no such thing as a hate crime

Emotions have no force if they stand alone. But when jealousy, greed, anger, hate, or revenge take a virulent form and become an action, then it has the force of law, but the law is what is punished, not the emotion. It is quite possible to spend an entire life time being envious and not steal a thing!

Emotions not acted upon are simply that. And for social media to treat them as actions is a sign of their inability to think something through, or they’re living in their own, private opinions. Censorship is proof that someone is allowing his emotions to rule him. By extension media/corporate censorship and public disapproval is an extension of juvenile thinking patterns into the adult world. This explains why many adults are returning to childlike joys. https://www.theepochtimes.com/why-adult-recess-is-becoming-a-trend_3054765.html

On a grand scale, China is a nation of 1.3 billion censored people where the national police use face recognition software to identify Christians who attend church or anti-communist protests. From that information they can jail them or perhaps get them fired from their jobs.

Law is not the issue; their censorship is based in an emotion – in this case they fear that the public will rise up against the Communist system and select a better government. Communists have every good reason to believe this. Communists are not popular, they make five times as much money as non-communist workers and they answer to no one, or fancy as such.

The Falun Gong can completely change China

A major force for change is the spiritual group the Falun Gong which is challenging the mind control of the Communist system. It is a method of living spiritually based on Buddhist principles. The reason the Communist bosses fear it so much is that it has its origin in the Han People.

Communism as political narcissism

Christianity has always been called a white man’s religion so it was easy to be rejected by the entire community. But not so Falun Gong, which is native born. This religious group and the Hong Kong Protesters are the best omen that we will see the Communist system crack. The rest of the world will reap great benefits if China is freed to become one of the good nations.

Narcissism places the emotional self in charge

Rule by fear is at the core of dictatorship and an emotion that becomes legal in the hands of those with illegitimate power; no one is happy over that. Likewise, social media has placed their fear of being wrong over as well as their overwhelming notion that they are right over against the public’s opinion and commitments to something other than their own self-absorbed philosophy.

It’s juvenile; that’s what children do – they place their own welfare over everyone else. And of course it angers them so they lash out; consider the words incensed and censor and censorious in the same breath!

The moral law is not based on “feelings”

Narcissism applies to pedophiles, drunks, prostitutes and others who violate moral laws, since laws are based in actions not emotions. In the same vein there is no such thing as a hate crime because hate is an emotion not an action. To say that someone is guilty of a hate crime is an oxymoron.

Laws are about actions

Murder is an action; attempted murder and assault are actions; jealousy is an emotion but killing your rival is called murder. You do not even need to hate him or her. The criminal may hate something as well, but it cannot be measured. Greed, avarice, lust, anger, malice, evil, gossip and other sins of the personality cannot be measured so neither can they be quantified into law. Actions can be measured and the law recognizes these differences. The judge who is pronouncing sentence calls these extenuating circumstances. The judge doesn’t care.

Children live in an emotional world

And that is why we do not give children the keys to the car or the right to vote. Laws, not emotions, rule nations and determine how society is structured and managed. And touchy, personal responses are just that. Social media by censoring opinion demeans itself, and reduces itself to the level of children who live in an emotion-dominated world. It takes an adult to see the world in the impersonal terms of law, the place where problems are solved.

Emotion-driven children who live at the level of personal opinion cannot solve problems. And eventually the issue of so much media/corporate censorship will need the attention of the Supreme Court.

#China #emotions #fearofbeingwrong #controlfreaks #FalunGong

What They Don’t Tell You about Christian Persecution

Worldwide 10,000 Believers every year are tortured and die at the hands of Christian-haters so even if it is not an issue where you live now, it may well be in the future. Persecution comes in many forms, loss of jobs or status within a company, loss of friends, marriage breakups, attacks against children or relatives, dirty tricks, and the obvious, physical torture and death.

What they don’t tell you is that do not even need to be a very good Christian to be on the devil’s hit list. Here is the scripture hiding in plain sight.

Deciding on a Holy Life

2 Timothy 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

You will notice on careful examination you do not necessarily need to be Godly, only to, by an act of your will, seek that kind if life. Your first scuffle with the flesh around you will be the sinners in your group of friends and relatives who think you are going too far. The first level of holiness is sexual purity and sure to raise the ire of those who want to ignore the basics.

1 Thessalonians 4:3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:

Sex is the first test

Fornication means any kind of sexual behavior outside of a legal marriage, one man , one woman. You can see how millions are not going to buy this. Sexual deviance is the quickest and surest way to live outside of the Kingdom of God, which means away from his blessings. Too many people will beg God for revelation, help, healing and influence while all the time carrying on something with someone they know is wrong.

Teaching a short Bible study a few years back to some middle aged women, they were literally shocked when I said that the first step in salvation is not having sex with anyone with whom you are not legally married. The teachings in many Protestant churches now is so slack that they were ignorant of this basic rule.

Prayers that go nowhere

God has said clearly, Proverbs 28:9 God doesn’t listen to the prayers of those who flout the law.

Examine Yourself

How often have you heard that scripture? That is one reason the Bible tells us to examine ourselves before we start praying. How often has God not listened to your prayers and then you realized you had disobeyed something He told you and you had forgotten about it. People who tell me, “God didn’t answer my prayer” is frequent, but blaming God is not the answer. Rejecting some known sin in your life is the quickest path to answered prayers.

How to Interpret the Bible- Hermeneutics

Most Christian believers allow someone else to tell them what the Bible says, and what it means.  This works for a while but God wants you to know its meaning for yourself.  The Greek word for this is hermeneutics, meaning interpretation.  But the roots of this word go deep into language.

Hermes is the Greek God of war, and many other scurrilous gods as well, and “eu” is a prefix which indicates bliss, unrestrained happiness, resulting in words such as euphoria.  Hermeneutics is  a strange word indeed.

Here is what it means to you.  All understanding of the bible comes after struggle, a war if you prefer, between your natural mind and culture, which is not God’s mind but the mind of the community strugging with the ideas presented in God’s word.

Even something basic and simple, such as Jesus died for you, must sink into the inner man as a natural understanding.  In the beginning this seems irrational and not factual.  As we grow, so does our appreciation of what that means.

Each doctrine, each lesson, each scripture must face this test of personal relevance.  Here is an example.  Over 40 years ago I had a short stint as a substitute teacher.  I was asked at one point to monitor a study hall.  As you might suspect very little studying occurred.  It was a constant buzz, buzz, buzz of words.  I wrote on the board the following.

A fool’s voice is known by multitude of words. Ecclesiastes 5:3

Total silence for the balance of the time!! That was back when it was OK to quote the Bible.  The word of God has force, in and of itself.  I learned that lesson that day.  I also learned that passage forever.

The scripture says we are to learn His word precept upon precept and line upon line.  Isaiah 28:13.

And that is what true hermeneutics is, the struggle to understand and incorporate the word into our very being.

P.S. The school did not hire me again. The government schools have no place for another god.

“Take No Sides in Issues involving Persons”

I was a Baby Christian when God spoke these words to me. Newly saved and looking for information and revelation on every side, these words surprised me. Now, 45 years later, I see I have both obeyed and not obeyed them many times.

In brief, here is what it means.

God is no respecter of person. Acts 10:34

But that needs explanation. “Persons” means that as far as God is concerned no level of authority, accomplishment, celebrity or talent is considered by God when He is assessing reality. Sonny and Cher have no more respect in God’s eyes than I or my grandchild. In God’s eyes we are all seen and known for what we really are.

If my Congressman tells me something is good, and the Word of God says it is evil, my Congressman’s words mean nothing to God, and consequently also to me. God’s word is above all people and opinions. If however my Congressman says something that agrees with God’s word then I can agree with him (or her.)

For the next 7 years I spent many hours Bible teaching and counseling so these words were put into practice many times over. People repeated their tale of woe, and I am not saying it was not true, but God reminded me of His advice.

This person’s situation was not to be defined by them, but by Him and His Word.

In other words, I was not to take sides with this person against God. And you’d be surprised at how often that appeared to be what they wanted – not ministry, but sympathy. The Bible never endorses sympathy which is taking sides, but it seeks compassion which is the application of the love of and word of God to any situation.

Frequently that means examining the problem as sin and lack rather than victimization. Yes, I am sorry your daughter died at 42, but blaming God is a dead end. Yes, I regret and weep with you that your husband is a drunk, but it is not God’s fault that he drinks, nor is it God’s fault that he does not stop drinking either. And all your prayers that God intervene in that specific way are for naught.

Prayers asking God to change people do not work.

If you live a while you learn this. I was beaten savagely by my mother for many years and rather than stop her drinking I was removed from the home by Divine intervention. In fact, she died drunk at 73 having been saved in the last month of her life. The moral of the story is that God’s chief end for man is his salvation, not his reformation. After that, reform of behavior and reform of your thinking is expected; provision for this comes through the church and its members. Then change becomes a reality. In the meantime, He got me away from that situation through many miraculous interventions. That is called the grace of God, a story for another day.

Too often our prayers deal with externals, things that will make life easier for us, but more often than not, extreme discomfort is what God wants – try praying that instead.

Derek Prince, a leading Bible teacher of the 20th century whose works are available on the internet, used to say that we should pray that so-and-so will become desperate.

Desperate people seek God

And desperate people will seek God after they have tried everything else, blame, guilt (on other people), AA, AlaNon, pills, travel, money, fame – you name it. All the avenues of false change are before us, tempting us to agree with the evil by applying the natural solutions of self-indulgent ones.

God does recognize authority however, which we will take up in another post.

The Reluctant Prophet

This blog is largely prophecy, προφητεια in Greek. Prophets tell us what God speaks today, what He said in the past and possibly His view of the future.  Prophets can do this because God is in eternity and not constrained by time.

We apply His words to all of family life, politics, education, religion, business, Media, international affairs and the always fractious culture of arts and entertainment. Even the most irreligious nation lives in and promotes a moral world, or a substitute.

The Holy Bible is the only book God claims to have written.  When your life is in shambles, or even if you are just a person who wants a view into reality and the future, understanding the Bible and reading it are the place to be.  Welcome.  That is what we talk about here.

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The Spiritual Roots of Abuse

plastic-womanOriginally published Februay 27, 2016 I have renamed it abuse to cover the main issue in violent and destructive behavior. Ultimately abusers do not know who they are and consequently they fail to recognize the personhood of those they abuse, including animals. It was originally entitled The Spiritual Roots of Islam.

Westerners have been for many centuries so isolated and separated from Muslim peoples that we are playing catch-up in our understanding.  We are hampered because we frequently don’t know a thing about our own  spiritual roots, any more than we know theirs.  It is easy to blame them for the massive evil on the earth, especially in Europe but their ways are creeping more into American life.

Abuse has a long history

At one time in the deep historical past, all men knew the same things.  They may not have obeyed those truths, but they were all on the same page.  They knew that God had created the heavens and the earth; they knew that a blood sacrifice was required for reuniting with that Creator God.  They knew that if you took a life, yours would be required of you.  This was prior to the Jews and their complete religious and social law.  Everyone even had the same language.

Languages separate people

After the languages changed culture changed and those assumptions, even though ignored, were gone and religious systems, magic, witchcraft, myth and Lord only knows what arose.  And out of Judaism arose Islam.  Today’s Islamic peoples do not know this, but their political-religious system is based on a lie.  Before we condemn them remember when you learned that you had been lied too?  You were furious – felt betrayed.

So for the moment ignore the fact that millions of Islamic believers are ignorant and deceived.  It’s the roots we are examining here, not modern man.  We’ll get to him in due time.

Two worldviews based on either truth or lies

The lie started with the birth of Ishmael, the first son of Abraham who had been promised by God that he would be the father of many nations when his wife Sarah had a baby boy. As it would happen, Sarah became impatient and suggested that her husband have a child by a slave woman.

The Islamic nations now living descended from their patriarch Ishmael believe that because he is the first son, they are  entitled to the promise God gave Abraham.  He is not.  God’s promises are specific and not open to interpretation or change. (Malachi 3:6 – I am the Lord. I change not.) Sarah had to be the mother of Isaac. Period.

It is an important point. God considers women important and gives them the equal right so to speak, to be involved materially in his kingdom. The greatest abuse of women and girls can be found in cultures that are neither Jewish nor Christian. God thinks the mother counts as much as the father in the family line. But I digress.

Thousands of years of Jew vs. Muslim fighting began. We in the West paid virtually no attention to it because it did not impact us very much. And Americans as a people have tended to address issues only after they become egregiously bad, so bad in fact that it takes much longer to solve them.

Islam vs. Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson, our 3rd President, sent the Marines to Tripoli to deal with the Muslims.  Spain had to throw them out, as is happening now in Europe.  They have bombed and fought their way west having been told by their religious leaders that they are going to rule the whole world for Islam, by hook or crook.

Islam is a theocracy

Their religious book, the Koran, tells them it is acceptable to kill Christians (infidels) or in fact anyone else who disagrees with them.  Those are the simple facts and have nothing to do with my opinion or yours. Out of this lie has come forth all the evils we see in our headlines – beheadings, killing babies, stoning to death women who wear makeup or drive a car, in what is a complete disregard for the value of life. Life means nothing in the face of theological doctrine.

The Political Spirit

The international elevation of Islam as a violent political system which drives and feeds on evil is the natural child of a massive lie.  Truth begets truth; lies beget lies in increasing number.  If you have ever lied you know how hard it is to keep up with them; it takes more lying to do so.  It’s exhausting. We have no reason to believe any of this will change in modern life.

It is true that large numbers of Muslims have become Christians.  JewsNews on Facebook informs us of a continued stream of Muslims becoming Jews. Apparently the violence and the complete breakdown of life in the Middle East has prompted these changes.

Most people do not want to die, or see their homes, families and all they have worked for destroyed.  This has not happened as much in the USA where we have a more structured civil society.  But many Muslims still want and believe in a governmental takeover, so we must not assume they are willing to play by our Constitutional rules when they come here.  The root of the system is still a lie, and until that lie is broken the problem will continue.

Modern Muslims have added two principles which make things even worse. (1) Taqqiya: Islamists interpret their scripture to say that they are allowed to lie about the nature of Islam in order to further their political goals.  (2) Abrogation allows Muslims to ignore a previous Koranic passage in favor of a newer, better one. This essentially negates all verses that were written before the abrogation.  It also means you as an outsider have no way of knowing what the rule actually is.  So laws can be made up on the spot.

This kind of behavior allows middle aged men to “marry” girls of 5 and 6 years for a short period of time, and then un-marry them.  The results are pure wickedness, as often these children die from the sexual experience. If Sharia Law becomes standard anywhere in the USA you can be sure lawlessness will ensue.  Thanks to abrogation, it can change without notice and you are all of a sudden guilty.

Stark Contrasts help us to rethink

Now we are at the bottom of this business. If we in America had not been required to face this culture of death and its worldview we might not be able to understand ourselves and America’s role in the world.  Islam has rejected the Law of God both as it applies to Jews and more importantly as it applies to all men.

People as Things

If you do not believe that God created the heavens and the earth, and therefore all other humans, then what is a tiny child?  She is a “thing.”  This is called the reification of persons, making a human being a thing.  When that happens, the sky for evil is the limit. And sex trafficking is an example of the depths of depravity to which mankind can descend. https://www.theepochtimes.com/why-is-it-hard-to-bust-human-traffickers_2338465.html

Before we congratulate ourselves on our superior culture let me remind you that countless millions of American babies, mere “things” have been destroyed since 1962 Roe v. Wade.  In addition we have increased drug, alcohol, and porn here at home, an indication people don’t know who they are or what they are doing to God’s creation, their own body.

They think of themselves as things. Marriages break down because husbands think their wives, as things, should perform as things.  If they don’t they are replaced by other things.  Some women even believe this and allow themselves to be abused. Some men have 4 marriages before they figure this out.

Justification of evil

Sex perversion is not an issue to Thing People because the body is simply a short-term asset for a short-life so the consequences of evil behavior  in this life have no impact.  If you get STDs or oral cancer from oral sex, so what?  You were going to die anyway of something.  By the time an adult nurtured on these lies of origin wises up, it is too late to change the consequences of immoral living. The person who believes he is a thing, should he live long enough, may become totally depraved.  Workers in mental institutions will verify this.

Fortunately the demands of modern life are such that people may come to a quicker realization of their predicament.  They may not be able to change their minds completely, but at least they realize that the fruits of that lifestyle are not leading to the pursuit of happiness.

Theology for the lawless

At the root of this malaise is the theory of evolution which negates the principle that God created everything.  Evolution is unproven; but that bothers no one if they want to abandon all morals and do anything they wish.  For the lawless it is a perfect theology.  And it has become the quasi-theology of our age thanks to an ever decaying educational system and the silly notion that ideas don’t count. Evolution allows us to deceive ourselves that there are no consequences for behavior.  If the moral law is invalid then I can do pretty much as I please.  Whatever feels good! We see anarchy everyday now, shootings and marches,  burning buildings, lootings and shoplifting. Some political figures make their living stirring up trouble.

Jesus never asked How do you feel?

We are being ruled by emotions. Unhappy people are routinely asked How do you feel?  Jesus never said that even one time.  He said ” What do you think?”  Thinking precedes action. Feelings are a reaction.  For that I suggest Dr. Phil.  Feelings have no power to break the lie over a life.

How do you break the power of a lie- particularly one so strong that it makes demonic hirelings out of its most violent adherents?

There is no power against the Truth. That is why freedom of speech, religion, and assembly is not the last but the FIRST Amendment of the Constitution. The US Constitution is the set of rules we agree to live by.  Without that we are powerless to preserve our lives.  It means we should not allow others to shut us up. or change the Constitution wily-nily.

Abuse is political, global, theological, universal

Of course it will have repercussions – it always does.  Other people’s lack of understanding should not hamper your behavior.  If you know what you know, then you are free to repeat it.  Churches have also gotten cold feet about the truth, but I notice that many of those are losing members. People have an ear for truth who actually want it, and will not finance fraud.  I think we can expect some denominations to fade entirely.

Abuse is 13,000 years old

PBS featured a film of the oldest skeleton ever discovered in an area of northern Mexico. The 20-odd year old girl showed signs of physical abuse. So the mistreatment of human beings, thinking they are things, goes back to the very origins of mankind. https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2017/09/13000-years-old-ancient-skeleton-found-in-submerged-cave-near-tulum/

One of the major TV news stations reported, to their dismay, that over 70% of American young people believe in Biblical creation. Perhaps they had assumed that the mental conditioning which ignored basic truth had been replaced by the evolutionary thinking of amoral man.   I breathed a sigh of relief.  That is the first helpful prophetic idea I’ve heard in a long time.  When people go back to the Biblical way of thinking there is hope even if they are not sure why.  Thank you God.

Confusing Reality with Symbols

In a wonderfully sarcastic piece from Facebook, black politician and military veteran Allen West writes of how foolish the celebration over the removal of the Confederate flag from South Carolina, confederateflagas though it had the least ability to effect the massive changes American needs in race relations and the ills of the minority communities, so I copy it here.

Alan West writes:

“Yippee, the Confederate battle flag has now been removed from the grounds of the South Carolina State Capitol. And, just like that, it solves the problem of black-on-black crime and killings. Now we’ll see the out-of-wedlock birthrate in the black community drop from 75%. There will be better educational opportunities and schools in South Carolina’s black communities and all across America.

The black unemployment rate will drop —especially the almost 40% black teenage unemployment rate. We’ll now see an economic entrepreneurial boon in the inner cities because the Confederate battle flag’s been lowered. And there’ll be no more gangs of blacks beating on whites — as we saw in Ohio recently.

Yep, the liberal progressive media shouted “squirrel” and an entire nation went a running. All the yelling and shouting by the crowds was evidence of those who lack grace, respect and dignity. Former South Carolina Gamecocks football coach Lou Holtz remarked that when you get to the end zone, you should act like you’ve been there before. So what does the lowering of the Confederate battle flag have to do with the killing of little seven-year-old Amari Brown in Chicago — anyone know when his funeral is?”

We are already good at substituting for reality

Of course we don’t know where his funeral is because we have enjoyed a life of substitutions.  The Church, that great community change agent, allows Bible study to substitute for personal holiness, attendance at services to substitute for obeying God’s personal commands to us, and fellowship with believers as a substitute for fellowship with the Lord himself.

We barely pay attention anymore to the masses of lawbreakers released early from prison to commit fresh crimes.  79,000 illegal felons have been re-released into the population instead of being deported.  We have voted and instructed the Congress to act in one way and it looks the other way. Our President seems barely to notice the country or its wishes; he’s as determined to get a deal with Iran as Iran is determined to wipe America, The Great Satan, off the face of the earth.

And what has to be supreme nonsense, after 67% of the voters in over 30 states added to their Constitutions the verification that marriage was only between one man and one woman,(see Amendments by states ) the Supreme Court decides though lacking judicial authority to do so, because it did not originate marriage, that a union between two persons of the same sex is marriage in spite of the clear fact that they have no ability to procreate or continue the human race.

Psalm 2

Why do the nations conspire[a]
    and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth rise up
    and the rulers band together
    against the Lord and against his anointed, saying,
“Let us break their chains
    and throw off their shackles.”

The One enthroned in heaven laughs;
    the Lord scoffs at them.

We can join God in His humor but we should be joining Him in changing a culture that thinks because someone said something, that makes it true.  Or that taking down a flag has any effect on the major issues of our time.  The Supreme Court changed marriage not one whit; they only brought themselves into condemnation.  What they did can be undone by the Church ready to leave the womb of mother-church and join the fight for the sanity of our nation and its people.  Every time the Church has done this, she has won. It is long overdue.

#mandarin #chinese #allemand #espagnol #cantonese #francais #Vietnamese #gaymarriage #SupremeCourt

#romanticism #rulebyemotions

The Difference between Sins & Iniquity

Sins are never called mysterious. If someone lies, steals, fornicates, or physically assaults someone it requires only an explanation. But iniquity is mysterious because of the long tendrils of corruption and change it brings about to not just individuals, but families and even societies. If a drunk plows into a school bus killing five children he is sentenced by the court for manslaughter. That is sin and the law defines sins; the law does not define or punish iniquity. Iniquity is God’s word for what happens next, the ripples on the water after a sin is thrown in history.

Iniquity Defined

https://www.biblegateway.com/verse/en/2%20Thessalonians%202:7

  • Sins, violations of the laws of God, whether we know them or not.
  • Sin, the innate propensity of man to commit sins.
  • Iniquity, the damage done resulting from others’ sins.

Iniquities are the collateral damage done by sinners to the innocents. In addition to five dead children there are five broken families – the parents, grandparents teachers, classmates, siblings and neighbors – all affected in some way by these deaths, lives that will never be the same. Good may come out of it or evil; many couples who suffer the loss of a child also later divorce. The judge may decide to come down harder on drunk drivers. The drunk’s family experiences changes as well as he is no longer a proper breadwinner or his jail time forces the family on welfare. The judge may be overindulgent and allow him back on the road to cause another crime with the long trail of damaged lives once again. Taxes increase to cover increases in criminal prosecutions.

All Sin has Consequences

It will have an effect of some kind for generations and because those effects are not easily recognized they can be called the mysteries of iniquity. There are few visible signs of iniquities in our world. We have evidence of the good that individuals do. Consider the family of Billy Graham with millions worldwide being blessed and his family following him in productive ministry. God blesses us for the good we do, but those hidden iniquities are still on his books, still making a difference in unseen ways.

Consequences may not show up for a generation

Iniquity is the personal result of a long line of self-indulged sins because sin is not static in one’s life. Sin is like formaldehyde which is used to preserve tissue and cadavers, that is human bodies, from decay. So the sin repeatedly over time locks in the evil in the person making it harder for him (her) to change. Decades of excusing oneself and justifying the behavior hardens the heart and reduces the desire for repentance.

Genes show up in families. The Bach musicians are famous; there are 3 and 4 generations of men in jail, and their girls too, like red hair showing up consistently in the Irish and straight black hair in the Chinese. Like father, like son. Families of doctors or teachers. So we should not be surprised if those same sins pop up in the families of those who are careless about their moral lives. You can rightfully call it a reason but not an excuse.

You cannot call it a real gene however.Attempts to locate a “gay gene have failed. Those family failures are iniquity in action.

Humans do not see their own evil nature

For some reason human beings are not able to see the extent of their behavior, their sins. I sat silently as an old woman “apologized” to her adult daughter for being “too hard” on her as a child. Those words are in quotes because it was hardly an apology and what she did was criminal, drunken beatings and an attempt to kill her. I was a counselor for 7 years and only realized later that so much of what I was hearing was superficial, like this confession, a half-hearted attempt at “getting right with God” but merely inching towards God when hoping God accepts one’s peccadilloes as a gross violation of eternal moral standards for which one must eventually answer to God. Could this woman not see the extent of her sin, or was it so hard, she could not bear it?

Ultimately all change is internal.

Counselors that don’t realize that truth must be internalized will be forever disappointed at their results. The ability of people to justify their sins is incalculable. An old man in Florida was charged with raping an 11-year old, then murdering her and burying her body in the back yard. His excuse? “She wanted me to rape her.” Where does this kind of mental poison come from? Even women who abort their children do not say, “The baby wanted me to kill him? or her? “

Sin is like a gene

Before we are too quick to congratulate ourselves on having not done this look at American society today where all kinds of evil behavior are glossed over, especially sexual adventures called “love” including child sexual trafficking, pornography and other hidden evils. Marches in city streets applaud the murder of babies in the womb calling it a health issue for women. Nonsense.

Child bearing has 10,000 years of success and is not a disease or a health issue, and even a child knows that. And then there is a wild protest when the public refuses to pay for the abortion. Not a word on why someone else should be asked to pay for you to kill your child. Silence about these sins and iniquities is also iniquity.

Headlines like these are all too common.

https://www.theepochtimes.com/idaho-lawmakers-seek-to-make-abortion-murder-within-the-state_2786538.html

The severity of the iniquity is determined by the level of the authority of the Doer. King David ordered a census in direct violation of the will of God. As a result many people died.

2 Samuel 24:10 

10 And David’s heart smote him after that he had numbered the people. And David said unto the Lord, I have sinned greatly in that I have done: and now, I beseech thee, O Lord, take away the iniquity of thy servant; for I have done very foolishly.

David was in charge of his kingdom and his underlings both in the government and society suffered loss. God gave David a choice of various punishments. David said these prescient words: “Let me not fall into the hands of man.” David knew that men would be harder on him than God.

In contrast when a small child steals an apple negative results are limited because his authority levels are so low involving only one child and one grocer. A “talking to” and a light spanking to remind the child of his sins is about all that is needed.

Sins>iniquity>deception>delusion>death

Sins lead to iniquity which leads to deception which leads to delusion. Only a deluded society would see anything legal about this, if we accept the basis of western law, that is the common law and the Holy Bible. If we accept lawlessness including a public and private anarchy, then this kind of behavior and thinking makes sense. But it also spells the death of a society. So when people say “I want to save my country” this is what they are talking about, the advancing iniquity of a society morally off the rails. That describes today.

Why China’s Billions Cannot Take Over the World

Communist China fully believes that given its intense work ethic and one and a half billion citizens in addition to dominating the Pacific Rim the Chinese can also take over the economy of the entire world. This is a pipe dream. And millions of Christians love worrying about it as well. The devil always has us panicky about something doesn’t he? God tells us what to pray and when and sometimes why.

Rule by Fear

Let me explain. Communism is a self-defeating system because it is based on the principle of Rule by Fear. The Chinese people have a great deal of freedom in their own homes but beyond that, society is controlled at virtually every level. And fearful people cannot act as they would like.

Most importantly, opinion is monitored, free speech and freedom of movement are highly valued but not available. These are things we Americans hold so dear:

  • the freedom to own guns
  • a secret ballot
  • freedom to move around the country and change jobs
  • the ability to elect people and even more urgently
  • to also un-elect them when needed
  • a free press, and our press is free to lie, which it does a lot
  • freedom to go to church believing no one will enter your worship service to do you harm.

Freedom rules even if there have been limitations on public actions, such as during wartime. This freedom of choice allows individuals to meet economic and personal goals without interruption from the government.

China has none of these basic freedoms.

In contrast China spends a large amount of money watching its citizens and taking quick action to stop anyone who challenges the total authority of the Communist Party, or in anyway criticizes it. https://epochtimes.today/hong-kong-plans-second-mass-protest-against-extradition-amendments/

This is Rule by Fear, but what the outside observer does not realize is that those who rule by fear are themselves also ruled by fear.

Try to imagine that you are sitting at your computer doing your office work and you decide to send an email to a friend suggesting a particular program because it exposes government corruption. Within a short period of time you learn that someone “out there” has read your email and is coming to your office to question your interest in government corruption.

Yes, this might happen in the USA but the censor would not be the government but your boss, who wants to know why you are using company time for personal email, not that corruption is a problem. Your boss may want to watch that program too.

Censorship is everywhere and uses human capital unwisely

The level of censorship shows the rest of the world the level of fear. You do not monitor speech and emails, or the television and press if you are not covering something up. That means you feel guilt.

Recently President Xi of China (pronounced Shee) said he would remain in charge of the nation until he dies. We westerners call this a dictatorship. Someone should tell Mr. Xi that no person in history has been able to be a total ruler, successfully – that all have come to ruin.

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The Chinese do not really believe the rules apply to them. Natural law, by which the western world has lived for 2+ millennia, says “you reap only what you sow,” that “arrogance leads to ruin.”

The Greeks understood government

The Greeks called this hubris and their plays are profiles of individuals whose heads got too big and their own flaws defeated them. Mao ZeDong, the cruel master who nearly destroyed China during the Cultural Revolution, once said that the God of America did not like the Chinese, that he liked the westerners. Mao spoke of going to heaven where a Chinese God, not The Most High God, would be in charge. Mao’s god was geographical, not universal. So Chinese people believe their nation can live by different rules than the rest of us.

Fear of loss of power, prestige and resources

If you are a ruler whose authority is dictatorial and not the product of a free people, of course you are afraid of losing your position, the power, the money and all the ego perks of ruling a society. Each element of censorship and control demonstrates to the observer that you have multiple fears, not just of fear, but of guilt. No one fears except at the point of guilt. The leadership fears the public simply because it already knows at a deep personal level that it is illegitimate.

Guilt causes additional fear

For your fun and enjoyment here is a list of words that if you put them in your speech or letters, emails, etc. you would find the Mind Control People at your door. No matter that you called your brother a Big Head, here they come!

Chinese people are smart and trained scholars. They show their distaste for communism with these code words:

  • shameless (不要脸)
  • go against the tide (倒行逆施)
  • drive backwards (倒车)
  • I oppose (我反对)
  • long live the emperor (吾皇万岁)
  • throughout the ages (千秋万代)
  • rule the world (一统江湖) — The line “throughout the ages, unify and rule the world” (千秋万代, 一统江湖) appears in Jin Yong’s martial arts novels, notably in “The Smiling, Proud Wanderer” (笑傲江湖), a story that has been widely adapted into television series and films. It is often used in adaptations of Jin’s stories as a slogan chanted by followers to show their loyalty to a cult-like leader.
  • incapable ruler (昏君)
  • ascend the throne (登基)
  • named emperor (称帝)
  • lifelong (终身)
  • reign title (年号)
  • recover one’s authority (复辟)
  • first year of an emperor’s reign (元年)
  • urge a power figure to formally seize the thrown (the writer means throne here) (劝进)
  • fengchan (封禅)  — Ceremony used to ensure dynastic fortune in a new era.
  • Yuan Big Head (袁大头)
  • crooked-neck tree (歪脖子树) — The tree which the Chongzhen Emperor is believed to have hanged himself from.
  • immortality (长生不老)
  • 1984
  • 500 years (五百年
  • great men sent from heaven (天降伟人)
  • slavery (奴隶制)
  • thousands of years (千秋万载)

That list is a small portion of what the Chinese leaders fear as they monitor their own emails and public speech. Leaders are guilty of slavery and their leaders are big heads. 1984 refers to mind control in the novel by that name. They fear being called Emperor because China has suffered under Emperors. And due to the Asian fear of “losing face” they fear being called shameless; they fear the public going against the tide; they fear being called incapable. And that fear filters down throughout the Communist Party to its workers and managers.

Chairman Mao was a generational failure.

Mao’s disastrous policies cost the Chinese people 50 years of progress; they might well be ahead of America today if things had not been so badly mismanaged. Is this what will happen to Emperor Xi?  Will he forget the lessons of history, that absolute power corrupts absolutely? Will he face decades of underlings in the power structure seeking to do him in, jockeying for position when their career ladder is taken away?

Xi and his comrades will spend a great deal of time and money trying to maintain his own personal safety and the swirl of insurrection around him.  Like Caesar, he may be stabbed in the back in public. And the general public will spend an inordinate amount of time trying to avoid the authorities, covering their tracks, watching what they say and do in public and if things get very bad, also in private.  All this energy takes away from the production of goods and service on which a prosperous economic base rests.  There is no peace in China except for small children.

But as the rule book of life says, “Peace. Peace. And there is no peace for the wicked.”

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