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GOD as The Creator is the cause for our existence. The Book of Genesis is a beautiful description of the process: whether you believe it literally, allegorically or metaphorical I will not debate that here. Whatever we are GOD has equipped us with the ability to learn, share knowledge, and understand more about existence and the cosmos collectively. Humans also make use of what is learned in the form of applied science – technology. Unfortunately because we have free will (as did the Fallen Angles) we can and do make bad choices. The Bible teaches we have a selfish and sinful nature that only can be overcome by accepting The Sacrificial Death of Jesus Christ. However,we still must apply determination and acquire Biblical Knowledge in order to live the life as a Christian.
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I have on several occasions explained that human standards and GOD’s ￼standards are not the same (like it or not; agree or disagree), if it were not so, GOD would not be GOD. Warm and fuzzy, “Fire and Brimstone”, Judge, Mercy Grantor, or Chastiser? Same GOD, DIFFERENT SITUATIONS.
Hippie flower children gushing with love: yes
but not always.
Satan challenged GOD and was cast out of heaven; Adam and Eve sinned and were cast out of the Garden of Eden; Humans were so depraved GOD had Noah build an Arch for himself and his righteous family and representatives of all living creatures, then destroyed all the sinners in a flood – along with everything else.
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;￼
Moses was angry on GOD’S behalf after seeing the Golden Calf ? Yes.
Moses was a great leader but succumbed to the constant grumbling of “the ”chosen people” as they wandered in the wilderness.
Read: Numbers 20:2 – 13
Moses and Aaron struck a rock to obtain water for the people as they had done previously, however, GOD had instructed them to speak to the rock in order to obtain water. This disobedience cost them entry into the “Promised Land”.
_Heaven or Hell: Yes, but Jesus offers peace with GOD – avoidance of Hell and an Eternity in heaven.
Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.
This seems so evident yet people still deceive themselves so easily. Last Sunday our pastor reminded us of this truth as he expounded on the story of King Saul and David. It reverberated in me because coupled with a decadent culture’s decline was the insistence that people do what is right in their own mind and ignore GOD. The irony? They act so surprised hen they reap the consequences of their actions.
Theft and jail time
Reckless driving; tickets, accidents and higher insurance rates.
Carelessness with hygiene (even sex) a disease or illness.
Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together,running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”
When you do what is right while it is not guaranteed, you are more likely to reap a positive reward. Clean living with fairness and adherence to the ways of GOD encourages positive results: health, stable family and confidence in your abilities to make way in this world.
SONG: Margaret Allison & The Angelic Gospel Singers – “You Reap What You Sow” from the DVD 50 Years “LIVE” In Birmingham.
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom When you accept Christ you also receive The Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit: Fills believers with a new spirit.￼
When you accept Christ you also receive The Holy Spirit
When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout ￼men from every nation under heaven. …
When you accept Christ you also receive The Holy Spirit￼
Song: Sandra McCracken – Trinity Song (feat. All Sons & Daughters) (Lyrics)
Today people shy away from talking about sin because The Bible teaches we all are sinners and many people refuse to accept this. Yes we all are sinners from the most horrible dictator to the shop lifter who takes an apple. In human terms there is a difference but to GOD sin is sin:
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.Evil Comes from Sin
Overt deliberate action, unknown effects or unintended consequences? Any of the above can and often do cause harm. What can add to the negative results are subterfuge, callous disregard or unconcern for others.
There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.
Once David sinned with Bathsheba he wanted to conceal his sin; he then first wanted her husband Uriah to come home from the war and sleep with her on the pretense he needed his report but that failed . . .
Uriah said to David, “The ark and Israel and Judah dwell in booths, and my lord Joab and the servants of my lord are camping in the open field. Shall I then go to my house, to eat and to drink and to lie with my wife? As you live, and as your soul lives, I will not do this thing.”What does the Most Harm
He then created a plan for him to be out in front of the troops and the army to withdraw and leave him exposed to the enemy alone
14 In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it by the hand of Uriah.15 In the letter he wrote, “Set Uriah in the forefront of the hardest fighting, and then draw back from him, that he may be struck down, and die.”16 And as Joab was besieging the city, he assigned Uriah to the place where he knew there were valiant men.17 And the men of the city came out and fought with Joab, and some of the servants of David among the people fell. Uriah the Hittite also died.
David did harvest negative consequences because of his sinning.
Song: Chris Tomlin: “Your Heart (DAVID)” – Official Lyric Video
3 But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty.2 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,3 heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good,4 treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,5 having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.6 For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions,7 always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth.
This letter to Timothy (part of The New Testament in The Bible) was written by (ST) Paul the Apostle almost 2000 years ago; no doubt truth about the nature of humans was recognized then, before then and even now. In the interest of Christians the description given of “the times” is a prophetic warning for unbelievers about the second coming of Christ and the “end times”.
SONG: Hillsong Young & Free – End of Days – Worship Lyric Video
We refer to Christianity as “a religion” but that is only a classification of convenience because it is a relationship. When humans have a relationship (and even many other creatures) we say it is one of give and take (symbiotic). Of course the relationship with GOD is even beyond that, since we see Jesus as part of the GOD Trinity and he as King. Still, when we study the Bible we quickly discover this relationship aspect as a “Covenant” or contract with GOD. GOD makes promises and we make promises. How we teach each other about GOD evolves to reflect changes in geopolitical and anthropological differences. The Biblical truths reflect customs, languages and the different needs of people. What does not change in this dynamic relationship, is the truths and standards of GOD; nor our position as created beings verses The Creator GOD.
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
When we confess our sin we are forgiven then we become a child of GOD;
accepting Jesus we are the recipients of the unconditional love of GOD; even our faults cannot change that. GOD did love us even before we accepted Christ but after salvation our eternity is sealed.
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” …
This was a longer segment of scripture than I usually post because it describes something so wonderful to long for one small excerpt. We can do more than speculate since we have Faith; the verses suggest a wonderful place for believers*.