The truth is still truth even if you don’t agree…

 

If you run a red light or a stop sign, you know that you broke the law.  

It doesn’t matter if you didn’t cause an accident, the truth is that you broke the law and you know you broke the law because the law says…don’t run a red light and don’t run a stop sign.  

But the world today wants to tell you that running a red light or a stop sign is okay because the law was meant to be broken if it feels okay to you.  

The world will tell you that as long as you feel okay with running the red light or the stop sign, you’re not doing anything wrong because you didn’t hurt anyone.  They will tell you that breaking the law is up to you because it just depends on how you feel.  

So what if everyone feels okay with running red lights or the stop signs?  Wouldn’t that create a mass amount of chaos?  

You see, the law, not to run a red light or a stop sign, isn’t there to protect you from other people.  Whether you agree or disagree, the fact remains…the law was written to protect you from the one person that would bring you the most harm…

The law was created to protect you from yourself.

YOU …don’t lie.

YOU …don’t commit murder

YOU …don’t covet

YOU …don’t steal… and so on and so forth.

Yet the world wants to proclaim that the law wasn’t created to protect you from yourself.  The world wants to proclaim that the law wasn’t created for any other reason than a simplistic guide for others to not harm you…but, of course, that’s only based on how they feel at that given moment.

yet!!… God himself is looking you in the eye and stating quite clearly…

YOU!!    YOU!!!    YOU!!!!!!!  

Obey the law!!!  

And when you don’t obey the law, there are repercussions.  

Also, there are repercussions for being repeatedly disobedient to God’s law, which brings us to  Romans 1: 18-32

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them.  For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.

For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.  Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.

Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them.  For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.

And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.

You may disagree with God’s commandments.  You may not agree with God’s plan.  You may not agree with the word of God. Heck, you may not agree with the law of God, but the truth still remains…No matter how much you disagree with God’s commandments, plans, words or laws…that does not nullify any of them, and living a life of disobedience to God will only lead you to one place…

Separation from God for all eternity.  

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There’s a common lie being spread through the churches today that God accepts you just the way you are, but based on Romans 1:18-32 that message just is not true.  

God will not accept blatantly disobedient people.  

God will not accept those who blatantly disregard His laws and commandments or live a life that is contrary to His truth.  

God will not accept any person who’s lives are filled with wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; gossip, slander, hate of God, insolence, arrogance, boasting, inventions of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving or unmerciful.

The truth is, God will only accept those who’s heart is humble and who express true feelings of remorse affected by the guilt of wrongdoing..in one word:  contrite.

God will tolerate disobedience for only so long…

Word to the wise….Don’t test the patience of God.      

 

 

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Excuses are Lame

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Everything is a choice.  

You have a choice to get up in the morning or stay in bed. 

You have a choice to shower and get cleaned up for the day or not shower and smell funny. 

You have a choice to get your kids ready for the day and send them to school or leave them in bed to fend for themselves.

You have a choice to drive, bike, bus or walk to work. 

You have a choice to do the work/tasks assigned to you throughout the day or not do them. 

You have a choice to go to lunch with co-workers or use that time for self-healing or running errands. 

You have a choice to share stories and gossip or to stay silent. 

You have a choice to go back to work and finish the day or go home and take the afternoon off. 

You have a choice to drive, bike, bus or walk home from work.

You have a choice to get an education and learn more or not. 

You have a choice of what and where you want to eat dinner. 

You have a choice to pick up your kids from school or not. 

You have a choice to feed your kids. 

You have a choice of having kids or even keeping them after you’ve had them.

You have a choice of picking up that alcoholic beverage or leaving it on the table. 

You have a choice of opening a pack of cigarettes, lighting up and puffing away or just walking away.

You have a choice of running that red light or stopping. 

You have a choice of stopping at the green light or driving through it.

You have a choice of exercising or sitting on your couch binge watching movies and television shows.

You have a choice of reading a book or a magazine. 

You have a choice of picking up a weapon and committing a violent crime or not.

You have a choice of reading your bible and learning about God or avoiding it altogether. 

You have a choice of what church you want to attend or not attend at all. 

You have a choice of whether or not to look at porn.

You have a choice of music you want to listen to. 

You have a choice of whether or not you will accept another person’s advance or shun them. 

You have a choice of who you will have sex with. 

You have a choice of who you want to spend time with.  

You have a choice of whether or not you will tell a lie.

You have a choice of doing drugs or not.

You have a choice of what you want to worship and where you want to work or play.

You have a choice of what car you want to buy.

You have a choice of what color you want the car to be.

You have a choice of furniture and home decor. 

You have a choice because everything is a choice.

However…

Every choice has an outcome that may result in a reward or a consequence.  That which is good leads to a reward, that which is evil leads to a consequence.  

No one on this planet forced you to make the decisions you made, nor did anyone on this planet force you to be who you are.  

Unless you were born with a deformity, YOU made choices over the years which resulted in you being who you are today, so deal with it and live with the consequences of your pathetic stupidity. . . unless you made good choices. . . in that case . . . bask in the rewards.  

    

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Hrmmm….

Hrrmmm….

There’s this ongoing dialogue between two bloggers that has me intrigued.

One of the bloggers is a devout Christian, and the other … isn’t.

They have both been debating about the life they decided to follow, and each has expressed their own view point with the hope that the other will see their viewpoint more clearly, and maybe that will happen someday…but based on my 43 years of experience in dealing with people…I don’t see that happening anytime soon.

Recently, a comment was made by the non-Christian that struck a cord in my heart and resonated to the depths of my soul.

That comment was this…

“…but I am comfortable with my level of sinning plus I do not think I want eternal life.”

First off, and let me be VERY clear about this…

NOT ONE PERSON on this Earth should ever be “comfortable” with any level of sinning.

Sin is anti-good, anti-righteous, anti-holy, anti-loving, anti-positive, anti-truth and it’s what keeps humans from living a life of pure contentment and pure joy.

Most of all…sin is temporary and its desire is for every human being on this planet to turn away from the true love of God who created us to be in HIS image.

Sin destroys, sin lies, sin hates, sin corrupts, sin confines, sin is UNcontrollable and for those reasons it’s extremely disappointing to hear someone admit they are “comfortable with their level of sinning”, but I understand why some people would say that.  It’s because of their ignorance of the subject.  They don’t realize they are in bondage and slavery to the thing that is master over their mind, body and soul.

The second part of that comment, “plus I do not think I want eternal life,” was very disheartening as well, but I understand why they said it.  They don’t know the God I know and therefore think that God is a hard, difficult, authoritative, unkind, judgmental God and because they have that belief, they don’t want to spend any time with Him in this life or the life thereafter.

Sadly, they have believed the lies that the evil one has told them and have failed to recognize the God of Heaven, the creator of all things as the loving, merciful and compassionate God that He is.

That He’s a God of forgiveness and that He doesn’t hold our sins and trespasses against us when we come to Him by faith.  They refuse to believe in Him as the Father of all things and fail to understand that because we have sinned, He has every right (as any truly loving father would) to judge humans and discipline humans according to His righteousness and holiness.  That means there are consequences to your sinful actions, thoughts and words.

However, in God’s great mercy, He made the decision long ago to save the world through Himself.

This is a concept that many humans don’t want to accept or believe in…that Jesus was conceived of by the Holy Spirit and born a man but remained in the Father while He preached the lovingkindness of God while living among His own creation…then He sacrificed His life…the life of God Himself, so that the Father would be able to reconcile the world back unto Himself through His Son.

because no one has greater love than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.

And because nothing can ever defeat God, Jesus was raised from the dead by His own hand and all who look upon Jesus with the assurance of things hoped for and the conviction of things unseen, would be saved from death into an eternal life with, by and through God and Jesus.

But humans don’t want to be “controlled”.  They don’t want to live by “rules”, so they think living in sin (disobedience and rebellion) is freedom, but it’s far from that.  It’s slavery and bondage to the very thing that will destroy them.

God is Life, Love, Kindness, Mercy, Compassion, Hope, Truth, Righteousness, Holiness…

Sin is hate, idolatry, lies, murder, filth, selfishness, corruption, destruction, death…

You have a choice…continue to live in bondage/slavery to sin and know that the outcome is a horrible one … OR … turn away from it and look at Jesus and He’ll show you God the Father and you can live in Bondage to Righteousness and Holiness with the outcome being life and abundant joy with an inheritance to an eternal kingdom.

It’s pretty pathetic to choose sin and death over Righteousness and Life, but sadly many are they who choose the path of destruction because they just can’t get past their own stupidity and foolishness.  

How pathetic is that?  — I’ll leave you to debate that question with yourself.   

 

Pseudo – “Christians”

 

Hirelings didn’t enter the leadership of the church by the Holy of Holies…the True Door, but instead, climbed over or dug their way under a wall. 

And from the very second they made their way into the pasture they have been hard pressed to indoctrinate the weak and feeble minds of the naive into thinking that the “church” wasn’t meant for those who follow Jesus and truly want to worship Him, but instead is meant for the non-believing and seeker of some strange message that tickles their ears.

These hirelings have slowly planted their yeast into an unleavened flock, infecting it with a warped sentimentality that has spread through the masses of God’s children and destroyed the very essence of God’s leadership.  Therefore, many of those who were genuine in their faith and trust of Jesus as LORD, were pressed into converting into a new way of thinking or forced into leaving the church they thought was safe and secure.

These so-called “leaders” of the church are not willing to stand up for the absolute truth of scripture, but instead malign it with their own hypocrisy and beliefs that tickle the ears of the masses but are far from the truth of God’s inspired word.  “Church” leaders have all but isolated God’s true worshipers into small groups that get ushered into a little corner of the building with the twisted plan of eventually leading them out of the pasture entirely.

Therefore, many of those who were forced out because they would not conform to the new-age doctrines and false beliefs, were left to wander in a barren wilderness searching for food.  A wilderness that has brought doubt, fear, confusion, worry and unbelief to many.

These who have been shunned by the false worshipers and systematically extradited from their places of worship, still believe and trust in God to spare them of their plight.  They believe that He will provide for them and care for their wounded hearts, and they trust in the scriptures to be their source of nourishment and the reminder that God never fails…even in the midst of impossibilities. 

Those scriptures, have never changed.  The message that leads to life, has not changed.  The meaning of the gospel, has not changed.  However, what has changed are the people who sit in the pews and the depth of their belief.

But just like the people of Israel, while wandering in the desert, they begin to grumble and complain.  They forget the promises of God and they wonder if they should return to the places they were driven out of, to conform with pathetic teachings of pseudo-christians who’s words are sweet as honey, but who’s motives are as bitter as wormwood.  

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The church has never been perfect.  In years past the message that was preached was a message that reminded people of that very thing, but it was also to remind them that God the Father makes everyone who believes in Jesus a new creation, and for that reason they have every right to call themselves “perfect” because of His redemptive work on the cross.  Because of regeneration of the heart and soul through the blood of Jesus.

Those people who heard that message understood that they had been placed in a pasture of loving grace and truth and surrounded themselves with others of the same mind…the mind of Christ Jesus.   I know, because I used to associate with them on a weekly basis.  We not only met Sunday mornings for a time of biblical lessons, prayer and worship, but we also gathered on Sunday evenings and Wednesday nights for a time of praise and quiet prayer directed with our hearts and minds towards a loving, compassionate God.

We would spend hours in prayer…trusting and knowing that God would hear our every word because of our RELATIONSHIP with His Son, Jesus. 

Today, that practice would be considered a “waste of time” or “boring”.

Prayer takes a back seat to the musicals, dramas and video presentations of today’s “church”.  God and Jesus are mentioned as being a part of the entertainment, but it’s more about keeping the pew sitter interested or making it fun and entertaining so they don’t get bored, and that leads me to ask…in all that huff and fluff, where does that leave room for God the Father to show up and LEAD His people?         

The fact that prayer is shoved into a couple of minutes before the offering or a few seconds after the sermon, tells me everything I need to know about where the treasure of today’s “church” really is. 

Oh..and on a personal note…let me tell you…if you think talking or communicating with the God of all creation is boring or a waste of time, then you don’t know the same God I know.

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Today…that lack of prayer and true worship by MANY who sit in the pews of “churches” has proven to me that their faith and trust in a God to provide for their needs completely, is absolute lip service.

They don’t seek Him with humble hearts, they don’t have long, deep, meaningful prayers with the One who has told them He would never fail them, always be their rock and would always hear them from Heaven and answer their prayers.

The reason behind their lack of humility and prayer is ultimately because of the person who stands behind the pulpit.  The messages and teachings are a “new and improved” ideology that has been thrust into the forefront of “churches”, leading masses to their demise down a broad road of despair and misery that has been disguised and concealed by the prince of the air as a message of hope and freedom.

The messages that are preached in most churches seems very kind and down right biblical…”love your neighbor”, “love your spouse”, “love, love, love”, “grace, grace, grace”, “don’t judge”, “don’t be a pharisee” …

but the underlying message is false in meaning, false in doctrine and false in theology; and the more the message is preached, the more it falls in line with its originator.  A master of lies and deceit, murder and mayhem…

That originator, is Satan.

He has slowly scattered weeds among the crop and infiltrated the field that was intended to bring a harvest of 30, 60 or 100 fold to the farmer who planted it, but the weeds have robbed the true crop of water and nutrients until it has accomplished its ultimate goal…to kill and destroy the crop so the Farmer has nothing left to harvest.

This is why many believers in God begin to have doubts.  It’s why they are eventually led into phases that ultimately steer them into questioning their faith and relationship with God.  It leads to hurts and pains, making mountains out of molehills, getting angry with God for not answering prayer, asking with wrong motives, isolation from people and studying scripture and then complete unbelief.  And it all begins with a simple message being sown in today’s “church” by pseudo-christians who are being led by their earthly father who seeks to destroy everything that God has made. 

Satan is a devious creature and after thousands and thousands of years…(“billions and billions” for you evolutionists)…he knows exactly what to say and how to say it to persuade people into doing his biding and fulfilling his plans, so he infiltrates the “church” and puts his own workers in leadership positions. 

They water down the messages just enough to make them sound biblical, replace prayer with announcements, videos and dramas and direct the lyrics of songs to point at the feelings of the singer instead of directing them at God. 

Subtle? 

   …   yep.

Pathetic?

    … extremely!

Am I finished?

  … probably not!

 

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This is Not a Spiritual Blog, But…

 

I can tell you that tonight…I know that God exists.

I can’t tell you how I know…I can’t tell you what happened to bring me to write this, but I can tell you that the experience is real…and God exists.

Jesus is His son.

He is Lord and King.  Maker of all things.

He’s not a religious experience.  He’s a relationship.

He’s real and He’s to be worshiped.

He is almighty.

Jehovah.

And He’s not pathetic.

He’s GOD.

And if you think Christian music is pathetic, you’ll be surprised when you hear this:

 

Belief or No Belief? That is Pathetic.

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I’ve recently read a few blogs where people mention this idea that God doesn’t exist, and they attempt to argue their belief that they have no evidence of God existing in their life; therefore, since He doesn’t exist in their lives, that means He doesn’t exist at all. 

Even though I’m not a scientist, that seems a bit shallow and self absorbed on their part.  I mean, that’s like me saying that since I stand when I pee, everyone else stands when they pee. 

It’s a pathetically unscientific way of forming a conclusion, don’t you think?

Furthermore, some (not all) of these blog writers also feel it necessary to state that those who believe in God and won’t conform into thinking that the existence of God is a farce, are somehow misguided, lacking in knowledge or just plain ignorant.

Weeeelllllll, that’s all good and well, but I’d like to mention that no one has ever proven that God doesn’t exist.  The only thing they have proven is that God doesn’t exist in THEIR life.

So, what I’d like to propose is this…even though they have proven that God doesn’t exist in THEIR life, I’d like for them to prove that there is no existence of God in MY life.

Notice that I’m not asking them to prove whether or not God does or does not exist at all.  That’s not the issue here.  Instead, I’d like to be their test subject to prove that there is no existence of the Almighty, Omnipresent, Omnipotent God in my life.

I’d like for them to prove that something they don’t believe exists, has never answered my prayers in all the years I’ve been alive.  That God, a Spirit we cannot see or touch, is not living inside me.  That God didn’t rescue me out of horrible situations.  That He doesn’t hear me when I sing worship songs or pray to Him.  That He didn’t forgive my sins and that He didn’t reconcile me back to Himself through the death of His Son.

This isn’t about them anymore…it’s about me.

I’m giving them full license to try and prove that God does not exist in MY life.  Not theirs, because they obviously proved that God doesn’t exist in their life…so please…try and prove that He doesn’t exist in MINE.

Oh…and don’t give me the,  “well, we can’t prove or disprove something that doesn’t exist.”  That’s a cop out, and I won’t stand for that. 

So get to work.

I’ll wait.  I’ve got time.

(insert elevator music here)

*** We Interrupt this pathetic music to bring you an important message from Neil and Charlie!! ***

Neil:   What about Santa’s reindeer? Have you ever seen a reindeer fly?

Charlie:   Yes.

Neil:   Well, I haven’t.

Charlie:   Have you ever seen a million dollars?

Neil:   No.

Charlie:   Just because you can’t see something, doesn’t mean is doesn’t exist.

That dialogue is from The Santa Clause movie with Tim Allen and reinforces the point I’m trying to make here…

That it’s pathetic for those who don’t believe in a higher power to state that something they don’t believe in doesn’t exist just because they have no proof in their own life.  

And since this is my blog and my rant, I’d also like to add that in my humble opinion, it’s also pathetic for someone to attempt to convince another person that the hope they have in the all-powerful, all-knowing, ever-present, holy, righteous, perfect God is a sham.  That is nothing more than a veiled attempt to rob them of their joy, faith and peace.

And anyone who attempts to rob another person of those precious things is … wow! … that’s as low as you can get…

Seriously, to disagree is one thing, but to argue that God doesn’t exist with someone who is struggling in the midst of darkness but sees a glimmer of light by believing in the existence of God isn’t only pathetic, that is down right vicious, mean and deplorable.

Furthermore, it’s not just attempting to rob them of their joy, hope, faith and peace…it’s also attempting to rob them of their many freedoms.  Of which are…freedom of life, liberty, speech, religion, thought, belief and most of all…the freedom to pursue what makes THEM happy.  All of which are certain unalienable rights endowed by our Creator for each individual person. 

(To those of you reading this who don’t have a Declaration of Independence in your country of origin, my apologies.  You might want to have your country adopt one.  It’s a pretty cool thing.  The United States of America has one you can copy from to get you started.) 

I could go into greater detail about each of those rights regarding this issue, but for the sake of time and the fear of losing many of you to boredom, I won’t.  Count yourselves blessed because this could have been a very long post.

Those freedoms and rights are extended to everyone of us, even those who don’t live in the USA.  And just as it’s wrong for those who don’t believe to judge those who do; at the same time it’s okay for those who choose not to believe in God to not believe, and it’s wrong for those who do believe to judge those who don’t for their unbelief.  (wow…I hope that paragraph isn’t pathetically confusing.)

In closing, I’m not trying to put an end to the argument of whether or not God exists, but I want you all to consider that your arguments supporting or not supporting His existence is quite pathetic.  

God is God…His authority is far greater than you or I will ever know; therefore, if He chooses to reveal Himself in person to you, that’s entirely up to Him…not you or anyone else.

Trying to prove or disprove the existence of God is clearly pathetic.

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***  Personal note ***

I know that I have said in the past that everything is pathetic, but the one topic that I will never call pathetic is the God of Heaven that I believe in.

God is definitely NOT pathetic, and out of respect for Him I will not rant about Him.  He’s too good, too perfect, too loving and way too powerful for me to ever call Him pathetic. Therefore, I would like to correct my statement and say that everything is pathetic, except God.

Glad we cleared that up!