Archive for February, 2010
Ever wonder why God, the most powerful and influential being the history of the Universe, does not speak openly with human beings? I have. And for the longest time I could not understand it.
With all the debates about whether or not God exists, whether He created the world or evolution did, or if Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven, you have to wonder why He doesn’t go on Fox-News for 10 seconds and set the record straight. No more mystery. No more confusion. No more ACLU. No more garbage in our schools.
But then again, that’s the problem. If God did show Himself to all of humanity He would in effect remove our freewill. Think about it. Would Adam or Eve have eaten the fruit if God did not leave them alone at times?
Could mankind choose to not follow God if He was as obvious as the sun? If God is going to let us choose for ourselves to put faith in him, he must leave room for doubt. For how can one have faith without the ability to doubt?
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
This is probably Sunday-school level for some of you. But it was a revelation for me. Heheh. The way I feel about this was summed up nicely in a book by Lee Strobel, The Case for Faith.
God bless you all. I have been getting so many new readers and users lately it is amazing.
I have always said that having a smoking section in a restaurant is like having a pee section in a pool. The dangers of second hand smoking, over hyped or not, are real. In light of this fact Gov. Granholm has passed a smoke-free law making it illegal to smoke indoors in most of Michigan. Among the few exceptions are the Casinos and Cigar Clubs in Detroit.
Question: is this a violation of our freedom?
I think not. Although the ability to smoke will be taken away from many of our citizens, the health of just as many will be protected. Besides, is it not illegal to smoke marijuana? I would like somebody to tell me why that is illegal, yet smoking in general is not.
Narcotics are addictive, expensive and destructive.
Cigarettes are addictive, expensive and destructive.
Get them both out or neither one. Be consistent in your laws, draw a straight line.
I was worried at first that this law may come too close to violating our freedoms. But when I heard that it only prohibits indoor smoking I saw how health oriented it was, and how it could not be abused.
My brother brought up the point that a man out in the middle of a field smoking would not affect anybody. He should therefore not have his right taken away from him. The outdoors-only detail edifies that.
What do you think? Good or bad law? Is this big Government?
Thanks for reading.
P.S. It takes effect May 1st.
Here is a photo I use while on christian forums and Tangle:
My family got me a t-shirt with the logo and a phrase: “Friends don’t let friends go to Hell.”
My brother saw the t-shirt and drew me a picture:
I just wanted to share that with you.
A few days ago I had an experience so common that most of you have had it happen at least once. I opened my door to find 2 well dressed individuals with a pamphlet they wanted me to read. They were Jehovah’s Witnesses.
I want to take a look at their pamphlet and their most notorious doctrines, and compare them with scripture.
#1 – The divinity of Jesus Christ
This is the doctrine they are most known for. They believe that Jesus Christ is not in any way of divine origin. In fact, they believe that he is Michael the Arch Angel.
They teach that in the beginning, he ruled from Heaven as Michael. Later he was born of a virgin, fully and 100% man. He was not the Christ until after his baptism.
After his death, God destroyed his body and recreated him as Michael. Now fully angel, he will never be seen visibly on earth again. In fact, only 140,000 faithful Jehovah’s Witnesses will ever see him again. The rest will be ruled over by the 140,000.
The primary defense for his mortality, is that we are all “Children of God,” and therefore he was no different than we are.
However, we must look at some scripture.
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”
Jesus Christ is again referred to as the ONLY begotten of the Father in verse 18:
“No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared [him].”
There we have a very clear description of Jesus Christ. It says he is of the bosom of the Father. This is a big thing when compared to our place in existence.
We must also realize that if Jesus Christ was indeed fully man, it would have been impossible for him to remain sinless. For we are all sinful by nature.
“…for the imagination of man’s heart [is] evil from his youth…”
#2 – The Age of the Earth / Judgment “day”
Something that truly disturbed me was the irreverence for scripture. While reading their pamphlet I saw several references to the idea that scripture is inaccurate if we believe the time line literally. The day-age theory is deeply rooted in their teachings.
For example, it took many thousands of years for God to create the earth. And Judgment day is really thousands of years long.
Let us look at one of my favorite scripture verses:
“Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.”
Ouch. I don’t think God likes it when we accuse him of being incapable of telling time, or preserving his word.
#3 – The Cross
It is a well enforced belief that Jesus Christ did not die on a cross. But rather a pole. If fact, the cross is seen as a symbol worshiped by us “pagans.”
I cannot help but wonder, “who cares?” It has nothing to do with the wood that he hung on, or the metal that pierced him. It has everything to do with his blood.
I do not understand how people can serve a religion or cult that is so scriptural illiterate as this, yet consider themselves followers of Jesus Christ.
Thank you for reading. Be sure to add any of your thoughts in the comment section.