Skittles DNA Altering Toxin Lawsuit

I was going to post a humorous little article about Skittles and how the manufacturer, Mars, Inc., is being sued for using a toxin in the candy that is known to alter DNA; and since Skittles has the slogan “rainbow of fruit flavors,” my post was going to humorously lay claim that the DNA altering toxin might very well be responsible for the upswing in homosexuality and transgenderism. . . buuuuuuut, I decided not to post that article. 

 

Bible Study – The Parable of the Ten Virgins Explained – Matthew 25: 1-13

Outside of the book of Revelation I think Matthew 24 and 25 are two of the most mis-represented passages of scripture in the entire bible because Jesus gives a lot of information and very little explanation. 

I have spent years reading and studying these chapters as well as asking God to help me better understand what He was conveying to the disciples because I’ve heard a number of conflicting sermons related to these passages. 

With that said, I believe that God is leading me to share with you what He has taught me through the leading of the Holy Spirit.    

So, let’s get started by reading Matthew 25: 1-13 . . .

“Then the kingdom of heaven will be comparable to ten virgins, who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.  Five of them were foolish, and five were prudent.
For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the prudent took oil in flasks along with their lamps.
Now while the bridegroom was delaying, they all got drowsy and began to sleep.
But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’
Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps.

The foolish said to the prudent, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’
But the prudent answered, ‘No, there will not be enough for us and you; go instead to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.’
And while they were going away to make the purchase, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast; and the door was shut.
Later the other virgins also came, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open up for us.’  But he answered, ‘Truly I say to you, I do not know you.’
Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour.”

To begin, let’s look at what all ten virgins have in common. . .

  • All ten are virgins.
  • All ten come from the same place.
  • All ten have the same objective > To meet the Bridegroom.
  • All ten are heading in the same direction.
  • All ten know the correct path to reach their destination.
  • All ten have lamps to light their way.
  • All ten fall asleep.
  • All ten wake up when they hear the news that the Bridegroom is close by.
  • All ten trim their lamps.

And now let’s look at the differences of the ten virgins. . .

  • Five were prudent (wise) and brought extra oil for their lamps while the other five were foolish and didn’t.
  • The five prudent were found “ready” and were welcomed into the party with the bridegroom, while the other five were left out in the cold.

 

Before we get too far into this, I’d like to mention that some pastors have attempted to use word pictures in trying to explain this passage.  What I mean is this. . . some will say that the five prudent virgins were from the “true” church and the five foolish are of the “worldly” church.  They might also say that the heart of the five foolish virgins was focused on worldly pleasures, but the five prudent had a heart that was focused on God’s will.  

However, you would be interested to know that none of those things are true, and that Jesus is not using word pictures here.  The reason we know this is because of all the things the ten virgins have in common. 

I know that might seem confusing, but consider this… If all ten ARE virgins, that means there’s no distinction between them – they are ALL virgins. 

Likewise, they ALL have the same goal in mind. . . get to the bridegroom.  Furthermore, Jesus makes it very clear that ALL TEN are taking the same path to get to the bridegroom.  Not one of them is taking a different path or using a different map.  

Therefore, if they all have the same map, same goal, same lifestyle then we cannot change the narrative to fit what we want.  It’s incorrect, and quite sinful, for us to assume Jesus is trying to say something He isn’t saying at all.  

The truth is, the message Jesus gave while reciting this parable was simply this:  No individual can ride the coattails of someone else’s faith to get into Heaven. 

Putting it more plainly:  Socialism doesn’t work when it comes to getting into Heaven.

Just for reference, socialism is the idea that society shares ownership of everything and anything and because of this, everything is shared among the masses with no one being left out.  The worst of the socialist principle means the lazy don’t have to work and still get rewarded from the labors of those who work the hardest.

It’s a crazy ideology with those who support it believing that everyone on earth will always be giving and compassionate and caring and no one will ever be a hoarder or thief or take advantage of anyone.  

Ironically, there is a group of people who believe that a socialist ideology is how God intended for people to be saved.  That if you hang out with people who are truly saved, that their salvation will be shared with you, therefore, God must let you in to Heaven because you are “part of the family” by osmosis, allotment or designation.

It’s a foolish idea, and I’m pretty confident that same belief was believed back when Jesus was walking the earth.  Nonetheless, Jesus uses this parable as an opportunity to douse that idea before the disciples can even ask.

If you’re questioning this discernment, let’s dissect the passage and dig a bit deeper.

Starting with. . .

Verse eight where the foolish virgins say to the prudent. . . ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out’

The five foolish virgins are basically saying…. “We didn’t plan or prepare, so you share with us so we can all make it together!”  And this is the socialist ideology at work.  Consequently, they weren’t prepared for a long journey or a journey at night.  

But look at the wisdom of the prudent as Jesus has them reply with, No, there will not be enough for us and you; go instead to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.”

When it comes to salvation, Jesus slaps down the socialist ideology in one wise statement from the prudent virgins by having them flat out say, “NO! We will not share with you!”  Then Jesus says that the wise virgins send the foolish back to the merchants to get more oil. 

I get a chuckle at this story because it really is kind of selfish of the prudent virgins not to share their lamp oil, but the point here isn’t about sharing.  It’s not about works.

The message is clearly about being prepared

Because look what happens…

As the foolish leave the group and head back to get more oil; the bridegroom shows up to escort “those who were ready” with Him to the wedding feast, and He shuts the door behind Him. 

The bridegroom doesn’t wait around for the foolish virgins to return.  He only takes those who were ready.  Those who came prepared!  – – That’s a humbling message, wouldn’t you agree?  

Makes you question how ready or prepared you are, doesn’t it?  – If not, it should.

To break this down a bit further, what Jesus is saying is this. . .

You! . . . as an individual . . . have all the resources you need . . . right now . . . to prepare for your journey to meet the bridegroom…even if He delays in his coming.

also…

You! . . . as an individual . . . will  . . .I’m not saying “can,” I’m saying “WILL”. . . either be wise and prepared or foolish and not prepared for the journey to meet the bridegroom.

BUT!

You! . . . CANNOT . . . i repeat CANNOT . . . piggyback or ride the coattails of someone else who IS prepared to meet the bridegroom.  It’s impossible to borrow, beg or steal from those who came prepared.  Furthermore, it’s impossible for those who are prepared to ever “share” their resources when the time comes for you to journey to meet the bridegroom.

 

By the same token, if you really want to understand this concept, just look at the last few verses of Matthew 24, starting in verse 45 where Jesus says. . .

45  “Who then is the faithful and sensible slave whom his master put in charge of his household to give them their food at the proper time?
46  Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes.
47  Truly I say to you that he (the master) will put him in charge of all his possessions.

But if the slave isn’t doing the work, look at verses 48 thru 51. . .

48 But if that evil slave says in his heart, ‘My master is not coming for a long time,’
49 and begins to beat his fellow slaves and eat and drink with drunkards;
50 the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect and at an hour which he does not know,
51 and will cut him in pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

 

This message ties into exactly what Jesus was saying in the parable of the ten virgins — The faithful slave is rewarded while the unfaithful slave is cut off, left out, rejected!

Some of you might see that as harsh, but that’s what justice is! 

And for those of you who aren’t aware of what “justice” really means… it’s rewarding the faithful and disciplining the unfaithful; and since God delights in executing justice on the earth (read Jeremiah 9:24), then He MUST reward those who are faithful and discipline those who are not! 

If He rewarded the unfaithful, then it wouldn’t make Him a God of justice.  

Hence, if we go back to the parable of the Ten Virgins, we see what happens to the prudent virgins who were “ready”. . . They were rewarded with having the bridegroom escort them into His wedding feast.

Consequently, look at what happens to the foolish virgins. . . they show up late and beg to be let in, but get rejected by the bridegroom who tells them plainly: ‘Truly I say to you, I do not know you.'”  

In conclusion, the parable of the ten virgins is a message that was meant for each and every individual on this planet. 

It’s a message, albeit not clearly understood, that requires every individual person to be responsible for their  own  actions and to accomplish the task that God gave each of us.  That “task” being: To go and make disciples for the kingdom of God, and to baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, while teaching them EVERYTHING that Jesus taught.  (Matthew 28:18-20)

As Jesus stated, we must “be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour” of Jesus’ return.  Therefore, the preparation for each person’s individual journey to meet the bridegroom is as critical as oxygen. 

It requires you, as an individual, to have faith in Jesus and exercise that faith everyday so you trust Him without doubt, because in the end you won’t be able to borrow from someone else who came prepared.  

An Elderly Man Walks into a School Board Meeting…

Absolutes!

There are those who want us to believe there are no absolutes in this world, and most of those who believe this narrative are of the pathetic assumption that genders fit into the category of “non-absolutes”.

However, I’d like to approach this pathetic gender ridden non-absolute idea by sharing a story that I totally made up, that never happened and is complete fiction, that might help you understand how absolutes are necessary.

Let’s begin!

Once upon a time . . . at a local school board meeting there was a much-heated debate about the proper use of pronouns in referring to a child who preferred that other students refer to her/him as “they or them or these” instead of “he or she or him or her”.

During the very lengthy and contentious debate that lasted for what seemed to be an eternity, an elderly man, who was followed by three young people of various ages, approached the microphone and began to speak.

“Thank you all for allowing me this time to talk with you.  I will try to keep this brief since many in the room have already shared their opinions on the matter; and since we’ve all been here for quite some time, I think you can agree that we’re all feeling a bit exhausted.

“I would like to begin by introducing the three students to my left.  First, we have Billy, age 15.  Next is Abigail, age 13 and next to her is Kari, age 9.

“All three of these students attend various public-school institutions in this city that you all preside over.  And the reason I brought these young children with me today, is because I’d like to ask each of them to answer a simple math question.

“Starting here with Billy…  What does two plus two equal?”

Without hesitation Billy replied, “Four!”

The elderly man asked the same question of Abigail…

“Eighteen,” replied Abigail.

The elderly man then asked the same mathematical question to Kari who eagerly replied, “Twenty-two!”

After hearing each answer from the three pupils the room suddenly became filled with murmurs and gasps from shocked parents and school board members.  Everyone looked a bit concerned after hearing these answers from each individual student; but before any of them could utter a word the elderly man spoke up,

“Now, I’d like to ask each of you students, individually, why did you come up with the answer you did?  Let’s begin with Kari who said the answer was twenty-two…”

Kari, face beaming with delight, stated; “Because I want it to be twenty-two.  I know it’s twenty-two because when you put the numbers two and two together it makes twenty-two.”

Next was Abigail who replied, “It’s eighteen because I believe it to be eighteen.  No one can tell me any different because I believe what I want to believe, and my answer is correct for that reason, and that reason alone!”

Then Billy, holding up two fingers on either hand said, “Two plus two is four because it’s basic math.  When you have two objects and then you add another two objects it makes four total objects.  There is no other correct answer.  Both Kari and Abigail are incorrect.”

After hearing this, and clearly offended, Abigail fought back by saying, “That’s total rubbish!!  How dare you judge me?!  Two plus two is eighteen because I say it’s eighteen!!  There is no right or wrong answer here!”

Kari also chimed in, “Exactly! How dare you judge us and tell us we’re wrong!  That’s intolerant and hateful and makes me feel bad!!!”  Then turning and directing her gaze at the school board members Kari asked, “Are you going to sit there and let him be intolerant and hateful to me!?!  DO SOMETHING!!!”

In stunned silence and embarrassment, each of the school board members peered at one another in disbelief hoping someone on the board would say something to calm the situation, but before they could utter a word the elderly man, clearly seeing the embarrassment of the school board members, took it upon himself to disarm the situation.

“Thank you, children.  That’s all for now, you can each return to your seats.

The elderly man then turned his gaze back to the school board members and asked a rather pointed question,

“Okay, you’ve heard their arguments.  Now I’d like to ask you, as an educated school board member, how many of you on this board believe that all three of the students gave the correct answer, please raise your hands?”

After seeing that no school board member dared raise their hand, the elderly man asked, “How many of you believe two of the students gave the correct answer to the equation: two plus two . . . please raise your hands?”

Again, no board member raised a hand.

The elderly man decided to narrow the focus of his question to force an exact answer from the board and asked, “By a show of hands, how many of you board members believe the student, who said that two plus two equals four, was correct in his answer?”

Every board member raised their hand, to which the elderly man replied…

“Really!?  So, all of you agree that there was only ONE correct answer to the equation, two plus two?

“No offense to Kari or Abigail, but the consensus of everyone in this room is that both young ladies were incorrect in their respective answers, and no amount of arguing or name calling by them will persuade us to believe otherwise.

“The equation of “two plus two”, along with ALL other mathematical equations, proves that absolutes do exist in this world and MUST exist! 

“Consequently, the idea, or even the notion, that two plus two would equal anything other than four means there would be no absolutes and mathematics would be left to the interpretation of each individual person.

“And if all mathematical equations are left to the interpretation of each person, then how will you know if you get the correct change at a retailer?  Or how will banking institutions accurately figure interest on your financial accounts?  Or how can architects build or construct bridges or buildings?

“For example. . . Let’s say that Kari is a contractor, and you want to build a house with a budget not to exceed $250,000.  You understand that two plus two equals four, but as a contractor, Kari believes that math equations are up to her own interpretation and have no absolute answer.  In her mind two plus two could equal 400, 500 or 22. . . “

The elderly man paused for dramatic effect then continued, 

“With that in mind . . . Kari must not only calculate the dimensions of the house but purchase all the materials to build the house and hire workers to construct the house . . . Therefore, based on Kari’s interpretation of math, are you going to hire Kari to build you a house knowing that she might greatly exceed your budget of $250,000?”

“My point is this . . . Absolutes are necessary in mathematics, and they are a type of foundation to a stable society; and without absolutes, the whole of society would fall into disarray where chaos and anarchy prevail.

“Going a step further. . . If absolutes are removed from everyday life and we left everything to the interpretation of each individual based on feelings or personal wishes; then it’s safe to say that all law would cease to exist . . . including the laws of physics, chemistry, biology and math.  The entire scientific method would be rubbish.

“But it wouldn’t stop at just those laws . . . traffic laws would be abolished, stealing, rioting, murder, rape, incest . . . all of these things would be left to the interpretation of the individual and their personal feelings.

“Furthermore, if we stop teaching that absolutes exist in everyday life, what would be the need to use correct grammar, spelling or punctuation?

“Thus, pronouns such as ‘He/She’, ‘They/Them’, ‘We/Us’, ‘You or It’ that have always had a proper use in language and conversation would be left to the interpretation of those who are “them“, but not “they“, but “us“, not “he” or “she” or “we” or “him“, “her” and “these“.

“Like mathematics . . . pronouns are absolute and should not be left to the interpretation of an individual. 

“Pronouns, along with all parts of speech, should be taught being absolute and anyone who would argue in opposition of such measures should be admonished and corrected.

“I’ll conclude with this… the education system exists to teach absolutes for society to have a solid foundation.  Therefore, absolutes do exist and must be taught in our classrooms as such. 

“These absolutes cannot be left to the interpretation of each individual person based on feelings or personal objectivity.  Nor should that type of narrative be accepted as “proper”.

“Because if the teaching of absolutes is removed from the classroom and each student is allowed to have various interpretations of mathematics or parts of speech, including the proper use of pronouns; then over time we will see order replaced with chaos and a society made up of people unqualified, unequipped and uneducated who can’t communicate clearly.

“I leave you with these final two questions to ponder:   

“First, is a future of chaos and disorder what you want for the children being taught in the public schools which you govern? 

“And second . . . Are you absolutely certain that future generations won’t suffer with disorder and chaos if you decide to remove the teaching of absolutes and leave the use of grammar and speech up to personal feelings and selfish interpretation of the very children you claim to care so much about?

“In my humble opinion, it’s pathetic to think that removing the teaching of absolutes in our school systems will have a positive impact on the future of ANY society.”