I came across this today: http://www.infidels.org/library/modern/ryan_stringer/learning.html
In it the author, Ryan Stringer, offers a logical “proof” of how God does not exist. I read and thought it a great proof. But it stumbles at premise three.
Ryan would have you believe, that “A being’s omniscience entails, among other things, that it has all experiential knowledge.” He alleges this to be “necessary truth.”
At first glance, it would seem to most people to be an acceptable premise… but is it? I don’t think so.
It seems that for the premise to be true, God is ONLY omniscient. But there are other things we know about God. One that is the most offensive to us is that He is holy. That means He does not sin.
Even his offered salvage of the argument fails, considering that God is holy. Case being, to support his contrivance, he necessitates it is logically possible for God to learn. I don’t think so. If he has already granted the premise that God is omniscient… it is not logically possible there is anything left to learn.
So thinking as men do, we limit God by our minds, when it ought to be the other way.
God, being holy, does not know what it is like to sin. As it is evidenced by this, that this so-called experiential truth is not necessary to omniscience in any way. It destroys premise three, and anything conclusive is incorrect, save that there is experiential knowledge humans have that it is impossible for God to have.
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Thank God for Tullian Tchividjian! His experience has taught me so much,
Even though I do not attend his church, mine is about 2 miles or so away. I have met Tullian once or twice. His experience with the gospel has been the impetus for my growth of late.
I agree… whatever reprehensible thing someone has done to you is not unforgiveable… if you preach the gospel to yourself everyday!Print This Post Filed under CloserToGod | Tags: God, gospel | Comments Off on What To Preach To Yourself Everyday
Bah! I am no fan of the cackle-fest known as the view. The so-called television show is just more evidence of the rope of sand that is liberalism, women’s lib, relativism, naturalism and, quite frankly, television, too!
On 17 November 2010, the pastor of the United States’ largest church, Joel Osteen waffled and wiggled under pressure. It seems that when he is asked any tough questions, he wiggles into namby-pamby land!
Well co-host Joy Behar asked Osteen about his quasi-Christian beliefs on the matter of homosexuality. Osteen, on a previous show of the cackle-fest, commented about homosexuality not being “God’s best” for any person’s life.
Osteen, in character on tough questions, offered a tepid response. But then, Behar interrupted him and lectured him that homosexuality is natural. “It’s not a choice, Pastor,” she chided. “It’s not a choice, and therefore I don’t think that God would look askance at homosexuality in that way, because it’s not a choice. They’re born this way, people are born this way.”
Hmmm… here is the problem. Most people think that we Christians are anti-homosexual. Well, not quite… we are anti-sin.
While most people will trot out those verses that claim homosexuality is an abomination, here are a few I would like to trot out. First:
Matthew 7:3-5 – “Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? (4) Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? (5)You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”
We all know about judgment and we can all quote Matthew 7:1 by heart. But perhaps what you have never read is the vereses that follow, including the above.
While I do understand the temptation that the homosexual has to contend with, there is hope! 1 Corinthians 10:13 says that there is no temptation that is not common to man. Guess what?
There is hope! That verse also says when you are tempted, God will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. Now that is a promise!
But for the rest of you… the curse under which those who commit sexual sins, in my estimation of what the bible says applies to all of us.
Yeah, read on:
Proverbs 6:16-19 – “There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: (17) haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, (18) a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, (19) a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.”
As I read it… we are ALL ABOMINATIONS in God’s eyes. Do you think not?
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Saturday 30 October 2010, saw over 650 choristers from 28 participating organizations to perform a Knight Foundation’s ‘Random Acts of Culture.’ Brought together by the Opera Company of Philadelphia at Macy’s in Center City Philadelphia. Accompanied by the Wanamaker Organ — I know… in a department store! It is the world’s largest pipe organ, too.
The Opera Company chorus with throngs of singers from the community entered the store as shoppers, and burst into an impromptu rendition of the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s ‘Messiah’ to the delight of surprised shoppers.
What a wonderful thing to happen by surprise, and by one of the most beautiful pieces of music, too.
But the thing that gladdens my heart the most, is “Praise the Lord” rang out loud and clear in Macy’s! In MACY’S! But not only that Handel used direct quotes from the King James Version of the bible for the lyrics. It was the word of God that went forth, and it never returns void!
It is said of this song, that it will be the only song of praise written by men to be sung at the throne of God!
For the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth.
For the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
The kingdom of this world
Is become the kingdom of our Lord,
And of His Christ, and of His Christ;
And He shall reign for ever and ever,
For ever and ever, forever and ever,
King of kings, and Lord of lords,
King of kings, and Lord of lords,
And Lord of lords,
And He shall reign,
And He shall reign forever and ever,
King of kings, forever and ever,
And Lord of lords,
And He shall reign forever and ever,
King of kings! and Lord of lords!
And He shall reign forever and ever,
King of kings! and Lord of lords!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Today, 2 November 2010 is election day in the United States. Please EDUCATE yourself on the candidates and issues and then go cast a ballot.
If you do not understand, or have not researched the candidates… PLEASE STAY HOME. Casting a ballot in ignorance can be dangerous to your well-being.
And if you are a Christian… pray today for your country, whether or not it is in the U.S. Pray for your leaders to follow God and to receive wisdom from on Him. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
God has blessing available for all!Print This Post Filed under government, news | Tags: duty, God, government, Vote | Comment (1)
A couple of acquaintances have recently said to me, in different conversations, “Everything is relative.”
My response was to ask them , “Is that a relative statement?”
It is quite obvious, all is not relative!
Matthew 22:34 –40 “But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
Like the Old Testament Jewish leaders, you may have read these verses and missed GRACE. You complain about all the “bad” things God does, yet you have no absolute reference for good things, other than the revelation innate in all humans. Part of that revelation is that all murder of innocents is wrong. Science has absolutely no accounting for that. It provides no viable, rational, reasonable or even logical explanation for morality.
Those who balk at the so-called atrocities contained in the bible have probably never read, nor less understood THOSE two commandments that Jesus gave in Matthew 22:37-40. The first is to love God with all your heart… the second to love your neighbor.
I could say I do not know about you, but I do. You are human like me, and I know I have not, nor currently cannot, nor have any hope of keeping these two commandments. I will probably even break them as I write this to you!
If you want to pick verses here and there and then be angry at God, you are absolutely free to do so. Mind you, that would be a violation of the two commandments Jesus gave above.
As much as you might love science, there are things that science can never, ever account for… especially good things. There is no scientific reason for good things. But we know good, conversely we also know bad.
Although you may opine that you do not believe that all of us suffer the consequences of Adam’s sin. I want to tell you we do. As humans, AND descendants of Adam, we all die a physical death! We are all cursed by that sin.
Psalm 139… (read all of it please)http://biblia.com/bible/esv/Ps139.1 tells us that the God we want to know is a personal God. He knows all of our thoughts, I know you may not believe that, but bear with me.
God knows everything about me, he knew it before I was born. He knew the exact day, yeah, the exact moment, I would sin against Him. Yet, lovingly, He still formed me, breathed life into me, and cared for me as He does today.
Let me show you a couple of other passages– to start a foundation. In Job 31-17, Job is in some serious despair.– Job said in Job 3:3-4, “Let the day perish on which I was to be born and the night which said a boy is conceived! May that day be darkness.”
Job laments his birth, this is what he says in Job 3:16-17 “Why was I not hidden like a stillborn child, like infants who never saw light?”
Why didn’t I die in my mother’s womb? “There the wicked cease from troubling, and there the weary are at rest.” What’s he saying? He’s saying, “I’d be better off if I wouldn’t have to face a troubling life–that I would enter immediately into, REST” (emphasis mine.)
In Ecclesiastes 6:3-5 Solomon laments “What’s the point of living two thousand years if you don’t ever enjoy true goodness? You’d be better off a stillborn child.”
But, the Bible tells us sinfulness is not a condition that comes upon people when they are old enough to choose to do evil (I Kings 8:46, Psalm 51:5, Psalm 58:3, Psalm 143:2, Proverbs 20:9, Ecclesiastes 7:20, Jeremiah 17:9, Matthew 15:18, Romans 3:10-11.) It is the condition of the entire human race since Adam and Eve. Everyone born has been born in a fallen, sinful state. That becomes evident as soon as any behavioral choice is made.
Ephesians 2:3 says we are the children of wrath. The bible is clear we are born with this proclivity that will eventually result in our death.
How could we then believe in a God who would seem to prescribe this?
As I see it, it is the human condition! We all must die… but then we all also have a choice!
Consider this…. condemnation is not from God. God has said this, in 2 Peter 3:9 it says that God is not willing that any should perish. Further more, in 1 Timothy 2:4 Paul writes that God’s will is that all should be saved! This says that you are born into existence, destined to die a physical death, YET the will of God is for you to inherit eternal life!
YES, Inherit ETERNAL LIFE!
But, there is another problem…
Revelation 20:11-13 “Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done.”
This tells US that we all must give account for WHAT WE DO! So we die as a result of the original (Adam’s) sin, but we must be judged by what we do, as recorded in books in heaven.
Let’s read a little further…
Revelation 20:14-15 “Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.”
Did you catch what the real problem is in verse 15?
It says, whoever’s name was NOT found in the book of life, he was thrown into the second death. It is called a second death, because it is not a physical death, but a ETERNAL, spiritual death. All of our deeds are recorded in those books. There is judgment for the works that we have done as they have been recorded in those books. But… regardless of what is the outcome of the judgment, it all comes down to that final book! That book is called the book of life! Why does it depend on whether any of our names are recorded there, or not?
Most people believe it is what we DO that counts FOR US… but the bible is clear… WHAT WE DO CONDEMNS US already (John 3:18!)
So, God knows that we are born into sin, that is to say… born to die, He still chooses for us to go to heaven. But sometime after we are born (and it is a different time for everybody) we CHOOSE to knowingly and WILLFULLY disobey God! Just as Adam did! This is the PERSONAL SIN we become responsible for, that immediately condemns us, and leads to spiritual death, for which we must answer to God.
So, how are we saved from this destiny?
It may be said, if God takes all the babies that have died to heaven, that would be His grace, because we are destined for that place… BY HIS GRACE ALONE! Right?
But, I ask, how are you saved? Is it by keeping the law and doing good things?
Would it be better… law for babies and grace for you?
Of course not!
You have no more to do with your salvation than a helpless infant! Perhaps this is what Jesus had in mind when He said in Matthew 18:3, “You who go to heaven, go to heaven as little children.” Is there a better illustration of a salvation by grace than the salvation of a helpless infant?
Any true understanding of Scripture yields the reality that all salvation is by sovereign choice by God – through grace, based on nothing that the sinner merits!
So you can choose to focus on the deplorable condition of all mankind, and the evil that is so vividly described in the bible. This evil is a direct result of sin, and sin alone.
The penalty for doing evil, is death. That is what God told Adam in Genesis 2:16-17, and that penalty HAS NEVER changed! He has not changed His mind on SIN, from the beginning of the book until the very end.
Ezekiel 18:20 says, “The soul that sins, it shall die.” Not the soul that is born into sin, it is person who commits sin. That person owes a debt, in fact… We all owe THE SAME debt to God!
Yet… it is by GRACE, AND GRACE alone, provided by HIM ALONE, that we get to ever stand in His presence. That is why it is written in Acts 3:19-20 “Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus.”
Do understand what this verse is now saying… that if we REPENT… our SINS MAY BE BLOTTED OUT! Colossians 2:14 says that Jesus “cancelled” this debt that stood against us with its compulsory legal demands, and He nailed to the cross!
So, no… all things are NOT relative.
You will die, as a result of Adam’s sin!
And you will die a second spiritual death for what you have done!
But there is an out… Ephesians 2:8-9 says that it is by grace alone we are saved. It also says through faith… What faith?
Ask! (John 4:10!) I tell you this, not to scare you, but simply in hope that your eyes may be opened to the truth.Print This Post Filed under BibleStudies, CloserToGod, CULTure, devotion | Tags: God, Jesus, Jesus Christ, justification, relativism, salvation, the lie | Comment (1)
What is it with our elected representatives?
Why is there such a push to deny the Creator?
In my opinion, if you deny God, you must also irrationally deny absolutes. The United States is soon to be relegated to the pages of history, especially when the country is led by those who deny even the existence of God.
But, our elected officials have long ago denied the authority of God, first in their personal lives, that then influences their public life and decisions in leading the republic.
This is just a symptom and not the problem. The real problem is the authority of God needs to be present in our society. That authority is being attacked. In fact, it has been attacked for more than 100 years. The attack is on God’s word, and whether it can be trusted.
Watch as Betty McCollum, Dem – Minnesota, leads from the floor of the U.S. House in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. She deletes the words “under God” from the “Pledge of Allegiance.” The representative has said in explanation she was taking a breath. You be the judge, I know what my eyes see.
The authority of God’s word still stands… some verses do not speak well, if applied to our nation.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord – Psalm 33:12a
Blessed are the people whose God is the Lord! – Psalm 144:15b
While these promises do apply to Israel directly, they do in general speak to a principal. One that has guided our founding fathers. They knew Who bestows our individual rights .
But Proverbs 14:34 hammers the principle home. It says:
Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.
Long has righteousness departed the leadership of this nation. And our national sin is plainly evident. We have slowly removed God from almost every institution of public life. When He is gone… and government becomes God… who will then bestow rights to you?
Don’t count on the government being benevolent… the early 20th century destroys the notion of a benevolent government “god.”
As for those who would deny God… I will leave you with one sobering thought. It is one that must make us shudder with fear. It IS a promise that we can claim, because God will keep it. It is found in Mark 8:34-38, Jesus is speaking.
And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a man give in return for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”
Paul explains this section well in one sentence in 2 Timothy 2:12. He says, “if we deny him, he also will deny us.”
Good news, though, there is grace available for everyone, including Ms. McCollum. That same Jesus Who we would deny, will accept us just as we are. However, we must first repent and cling to the same God we now deny.Print This Post Filed under CULTure, government, news, views | Tags: congress, CULTure, God, government, Jesus, the lie | Comment (1)
In an article posted here recently, the Catholic Church has once again abandoned God’s chosen. In this very dangerous statement…
The Creator’s promise in the Bible that the Promised Land belongs to the Jewish People is no longer valid.
The Catholic Church has once again affirmed their stance and given tacit blessing to the persecutors of the Jewish people. As I see it, the covenant God made with Abraham was everlasting… in fact, it was a one-way covenant (Genesis 15:17.) This means that God would always keep it, even though man could not!
Furthermore, Genesis 13:14-15 says that the land belongs to Israel forever. This is a promise from God, not law given by Him. As such, Jesus came to fulfill the law, not to NEGATE it! The law is still valid and so are the promises.
As I see it, God is unchanging, and He never goes back on His promises. He might expand them, but His promises are FOREVER. It is easy to understand, even by a superficial reading of the book of Esther, that God does not negate His words.
The American archbishop that stated that the promise of the Creator was “abolished by the presence of Christ” could not be more mistaken. In fact, it is HERESY! Statements such as this show the dearth of knowledge of redemption in Christ present in “the (Catholic) church.”.
Not surprising, the error of replacement theology or supersessionism has been a pariah on Christendom and was foisted upon us by Catholicism. It has led to anti-Semitism. This heresy is very dangerous, and was the probable empowerment to Hitler’s “final solution.”
God most certainly is not finished with His people, Israel. They are being gathered together from the four corners of the Earth to fulfill the grand end of the ages. But sadly, this grand end of the ages, is a judgment on that unrepentant Abrahamic house.
Even more sadly, this anti-Semitic error, purported by what most outside Christendom see as “the church,” is the main stumbling block American Jews have in trusting the true church, and by extension, Jesus Christ. (Perhaps this recent post can shed some light that subject.) The true Christian church is NOT the Catholic Church, and is plainly made evident by this recent proclamation.
It is my prayer that the Catholic Church atones for its error. But, the damage may already be irreparable. Nevertheless, time marches on, Daniel’s 70th week is yet to be fulfilled. Our hope is that our Jewish brothers and sisters see the Jesus, as the Messiah, is the Final Sacrifice.Print This Post Filed under CULTure, Eschatology, history, israel, news, prophecy | Tags: abraham, Christianity, End Times, God, israel, Jesus, Jesus Christ, politics | Comment (1)
There is an interesting lesson for us from our seeming over-achiever of tolerance, neighbor to the north. It is not what you think it may be, but nevertheless interesting.
The words “separation of church and state” are venerated by those in the United States of the progressive bend. Their compatriots outside the U.S. also hold these words in high esteem. These words contain one of the most sacred doctrines of the political left. While they are not found in any governing document of the U.S., they are held by some to be the law of the land.
The hoped-for political effect of these words is to protect the populace from any who would who adhere to a absolute standard of morality. One that transcends from a holy God to us. This is as a result of Who He is and the fact that we, bearing His image, intuitively know that certain things are wrong. But there is a problem, it effects every single one of us.
The Politics and Religion
In Edmonton, Canada, there is a local race for city council. In that race, one candidate stands out, only for his “non-conventional religious belief system.” His name is Scott Robb, his picture is at the right. He is a self-professed Satanist! No, not the kind of Satanist that worships the devil, silly!
His religion is called “Darkside Collective.” From the website much information can be gleaned. In essence Satan represents the forces of nature. It is the religion everyone would be if there was no religion (Not my words… And I know, the argument is circular.)
The website further asserts, atheists are either those who do not see a point in believing in a deity and are therefore hypocrites. Or are truly Satanists who fear the name, and thus are just cowards.
I sit and shake my head… Oh, I almost forgot, the lesson!
Satan has many names, they describe who he is. He is the father of lies. Yeah, there are some who worship him directly, and then there are others who are deluded into a dangerous game.
You see, the essence of what the Darkside Collective believes is that the self is the highest embodiment of human life. They even say it this way:
The simple answer that you would likely get from most Satanists is “Of course not, we are the highest power and there can be nothing higher!”
Wow, that really is a powerful statement! It leaves no room for God, does it?
I think that the things written on this website are true, this version of Satanism truly is the default religion. It is the religion of a deluded self and darkness that is spoke of in Romans 3:10-12. This is the one we are all born with, the delusion that we are the adequate in ourselves! While not really believing they worship any being called Satan, they really are.
Let us consider what God has to say In Ezekiel 28:1-2.
The word of the Lord came to me: (2) “Son of man, say to the prince of Tyre, Thus says the Lord God: “Because your heart is proud, and you have said, ‘I am a god, I sit in the seat of the gods, in the heart of the seas,’ yet you are but a man, and no god, though you make your heart like the heart of a god—
This is written to the king of Tyre… who is, by example or type, Satan. This is the SAME desire and the SAME sin of Satan, to be like the Most High, as is written in Isaiah 14:13-14.
You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far reaches of the north; (14) I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’
As humans, we have also inherited this inclination. It is called pride, it is putting self before others, and God. Really making us god of our own lives. It is exactly what Adam chose in Genesis 3. Consider the craftiness of Satan as he proclaimed in Genesis 3:4-5.
That is the deception we all fall under, that we can be like God. We all serve self, we practice that religion of the Darkside Collective, that self is the highest form of human life. But is that truly the highest form of humanity?
I say, emphatically… NO!
You see, God knowing our predilection for sin, provided a way out of this bondage to self, and ultimately destruction. Jesus said in John 15:12-13:
This, in my opinion is one of the higher forms of humanity… altruism and selflessness. We know this intuitively! We give medals to those who exhibit such behavior. We call them heroes, and we honor them.
As for that highest embodiment of human life… it is none other than Jesus. He came to Earth as a baby (Luke 1:26-33,) and lived as a man. He was not just any man, but the God man (John 1:1-13.) As a man, he could sin, just as you, in fact… he was even tempted to sin Matthew 4:1-11,) But as God did not, proclaiming “You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.”
He took that punishment willingly (Philippians 2:8,) becoming sin for us (2 Corinthians 5:21,) and taking our punishment upon himself (Isaiah 53:3-5.) He gave up His Spirit (Matthew 27:50)willingly after crying “Tetelestai!” That is Greek for “It is finished!” It is what was put on a contract of an indentured servant when his debt was fulfilled, in other words, “paid in full!”
That means that the debt we owed to God for our lives of sin, was satisfied, completely!
That is not all, after three days He rose again, (1 Corinthians 15:3-8) the first fruits of resurrection. He was the embodiment of the hope we all have, a new body fit for eternity!
This is the hope of the Christian and the true invitation from God. Love mercy, act justly and walk humbly before Him (Micah 6:8.) How do we do that?
“Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent” – (John 6:29)
It is a simple thing to understand…
“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. (18) Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.” – John 3:17-18
There are only two options…
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him. – John 3:36
Remember that murderer, Barabbas who was set free? He is you! And my hope is for you to know God, and believe in Jesus, that He died and rose again for you. You see, our just reward for offending an eternal being by how we choose to live for self is eternity in hell. But by the grace of God, He has provided a payment, an eternal being taking the punishment for our transgressions.
Therefore making a way for us to go to heaven!Print This Post Filed under CULTure, government, news, views | Tags: arrogance, CULTure, God, politics, the lie | Comment (1)