Perception

Consciousness: The sum total input from all our senses and our perception of what it means.

GOD provides us with the gift of our senses and the gift of our intellect; how we perceive what it all means and interpret it with our consciousness can be is dependent on whether or not we believe GOD. Since I am a Christian my source of guidance for this process comes from The Word of GOD; in particular what Jesus taught.

 

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The Bible is the lens and filter by which we Christians should examine what we do and who we say we are.

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Diligent study of GOD’s Word will strengthen our ability to avoid temptation and sin and live a more GOD influenced life every day.

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If we reject GOD and choose evil or even the appearance of evil we and others will look at our lives and our existence from that point of view; Choose GOOD; Choose Jesus and eternity with GOD.

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Prophecy I

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Ancient People Sought GOD or gods

The seeking was prompted by the so many unknowns humans were confronted by in their daily lives. Some among each population (clan, tribe, nation) were aroused to fill the void: discover ways to commune with GOD or gods and act as a representative of the people – a priest. This approach led to many forms of human invention meant to fill the void but, sadly at the expense of the general population for the aggrandizement of a few. With their power over others these intermediary few compelled the people to comply and obey or they would offend the gods. What is unique about the way our true Biblical GOD accomplished this? GOD approached, taught and guided people (not the other way around).

Adam and Eve walked with GOD.

Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library. “Full-page miniature of Adam and Eve questioned by God.” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed September 5, 2016. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47da-e6b0-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Genesis 3:8 ESV

And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.

Genesis 6:9 ESV

These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God.

Genesis 5:22 ESV

Enoch walked with God after he fathered Methuselah 300 years and had other sons and daughters.

What we Believe as Christians is that GOD provided people with guidance knowledge and standards through Prophets

Bible The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library. “Title page” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed February 17, 2016. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47d9-618c-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

“Prophet (general definition):In religion, a prophet is an individual who is regarded as being in contact with a divine being and is said to speak on that entity’s behalf, serving as an intermediary with humanity by delivering messages or teachings from the supernatural source to other people.[1][2] The message that the prophet conveys is called a prophecy. “

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prophet


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Adam Zarn:The Prophets of the Bible Song

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The test for a true prophet?

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Deuteronomy 18:20-22 ESV

But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name that I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.’ And if you say in your heart, ‘How may we know the word that the Lord has not spoken?’— when a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word that the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously. You need not be afraid of him.

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Turning away from substance abuse

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Proverbs 20:1 ESV

Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.


Mercy Me- Hold Fast- Recovery Video

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Before I became a Christian I lead a decadent life with few constraints; ultimately this lead to several negative challenges in my life – I failed to correct my faults. Finally admitting I was a sinner unable to control my sin nature without help. I turned my life over to GOD through Jesus Christ. Sure life became better but consequences still arouse and occasionally I needed to remind myself what my weaknesses were and that it was GOD not me that made the recovery possible.

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Finally after more than thirty-five years my most difficult battles seem to be in the past.

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Lisa Scinta – Addiction Lyrics Video

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I must not drop my guard: In a culture that seems to be challenged more and more by substance abuse, depression and declining morals my only hope for a better life, the resistance to temptation is my trust in Jesus and the Word of GOD as my guide.

Like minded Christians can be of enormous help

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Hebrews 10:25 ESV

Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

Help one another, study The Bible together and encourage each other. If one stumbles prop him or her up.

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1 Thessalonians 5:11 ESV

Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

Excerpt from a secular blog of mine: Odd Thoughts (with Christian influence)

What is a Realistic Education (Biblical Stewadship; resonsibility)
Somewhere along the way Americans seem to have lost their understanding of what a useful education really is: A realistic education prepares a student for becoming a productive citizen with realistic expectations, skills for industry and in home life and, an understanding of right and wrong. Knowledge of our political system with its checks and balances with accurate expectations as a citizen. What do I believe about this topic?
First there is no one route to success, second few people will achieve recognition for some esoteric or exotic invention. The overwhelming majority of our citizens will work for a living and mange their affairs in a responsible way which yields satisfaction (contentment and happiness). What kind of knowledge and training do people need?
There is more than one (or just a few) paths
A. Basics: Language – reading and writing and, math skills.
B. Advanced Basics:

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  1. Health: Nutrition, dangers, medical routines, exercise . . . etc.
  2. Personal Economics: Money management, retirement planning, running a household.
  3. Thorough knowledge of American History and our relationship to World History.
  4. Detailed knowledge of our political system with checks and balances and relationship of majorities to minorities; our economic system.
  5. Morality: right from wrong; civility and common courtesies. THE TEN COMMANDMENTS Respect for spiritual matters.
    C. Advanced Studies: in compact programs, vocational schools, military service and then Colleges or Universities.
  6. Job skills
  7. Leadership skills (if applicable)
  8. Advanced Mental Health: accurate knowledge of self and the relationship with others.

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Live Your Faith

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Become a better Christian

James was (and is) addressing Christians when he wrote:

James 2:14-17 ESV

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

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Works will not save you only accepting Jesus Christ can do that but, we express our gratitude for GOD’s Grace by showing GOD’s Love in the way we live and act. Works do add to our heavenly rewards however: Matthew 16:27; James 1:12; 

The saddest thing for me is seeing a Christian displaying a “fish” or Christian slogan on their bumper but then drive angrily and discourteously.

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As Christians people will judge our faith, our character and perhaps even Jesus by the way we behave and function in our society. It is our responsibility to live up to GOD’s standard and adhere to the teachings of Jesus Christ as much as it is humanly possible. I say humanly possible, because we are all sinners saved by grace: when we stumble we must confess our sins and strive to defeat whatever the sin was – we can with the help of the Holy Spirit.

1 John 1:8 ESV

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

Jesus did not fall for a trick when asked about stoning a sinner:

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Who is without sin?

John 8:7 ESV

And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.”

ESV- English Standard Version: Crossway

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Materialism Fades

Things are Temporary

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James 4:14 ESV

Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.

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Christmas Trees drop their needles, toys break, cars wear out and our buildings eventually crumble. Our bodies age and need more attention with each passing year. So, what can we do about the process of entropy that we are immersed in? First we focus on what is eternal: GOD.

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SELFISHNESS SONG, being selfish. Christian kids song about selfishness.

We can plan for our financial security

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Jeremiah 29:11-12 ESV

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you.

This is wise because while statistically we all may not reach old age there is our progeny we may wish to provide for; a spouse; a non-profit organization. Responsible stewardship is a positive endeavor.

But making material gain a priority is flawed

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As I pointed out above the things of this world fade and crumble; our descendants may benefit but must make their own way eventually. The old adage, “We can’t take it with us.” rings true.

1 Timothy 6:10 ESV

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.


Shawn McDonald – Greed (Acoustic)

Good News: (biblical pun?) GOD has a plan for each and every one of us.

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GOD is eternal

Hebrews 13:8 ESV

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

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Healthcare is a Blessing from GOD

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Take a moment to remember the victims of the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001

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Jesus, Apostles and Saints of old healed people

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Matthew 10:1 ESV

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And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction.

‘Mended’ – Powerful song of healing by Matthew West

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Today humans have acquired knowledge and skill so that doctors and surgeons can provide corrective care and, chemists and biologists can provide medicine for healing. GOD has equipped modern humans for the tasks at hand. This and other beneficial abilities improve the lives of millions  of people.

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1 Corinthians 12:9 ESV

To another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit,

The Nurses, Technicians and Hospital Workers all add to this effort

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It is not only the higher level professional healthcare provider that makes a significant difference but the next lower tier of workers too. In some ways this tier of workers provides more detailed and long-term care than doctors and surgeons.  Where would we be without them in the hospital, emergency room, nursing homes or even in home care?

Psalm 41:3 ESV

The Lord sustains him on his sickbed; in his illness you restore him to full health.

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It is important to give GOD credit and thanks for this ‘good’ provided

God is the source of love, knowledge and the skills needed for people to take care of one another: Thank You Father in the Name of Jesus who brought so much good to the world.

Matthew 9:35 ESV

And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction.

Church revival and church growth starts with you and, you will make a difference in a troubled world if you do; demonstrate the Love of GOD teach others about Jesus and Salvation.

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We Do Not Live Alone

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We need others and others need us

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 ESV

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

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The world is a complex web of connected economies, food supplies, medical expertise and knowledge: we may fool ourselves and deny this but we can not ignore these truths for long, for if we do we will surely discover negative affects.

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The Bible as a handbook for societies

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The precepts espoused within the Biblical Scripture go beyond spiritual matters and enter into the realm of the interaction of humans in social environments. Some of the truths are: sharing a defense including law and order; sharing a food supply; safeguarding the vulnerable members of society and defining and insuring justice for all.

Romans 15:4 ESV

For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

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I have written blog articles of these issues separately but,  the Bible as a whole is able to instruct humans living in a society without other helpful sources when all else fails.

SONG: “United” – Church Unity Worship Song By Dan Loewen (Lyric Video)

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Hebrews 10:25 ESV

Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

There are a small number of people who have lived, live and will live in isolation to one degree or another but, this proves nothing about humanity’s need for one another as a whole. Global trade, International Law or disaster assistance after calamity are not achieved by isolated individuals suddenly able to function as participants. Society is constantly practiced, corrected and  improved by a conscious effort. The Bible is a marvelous guide for running a society and giving a framework for this.

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Christians benefit from The Bible’s practicality . . .

. . . but we gain more than that: we get to know GOD, insure our eternity through Jesus and how to live as Christians in a world froth with challenges.

Hebrews 4:12 ESV

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

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Can You Escape from Reality?

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GOD’S REALITY?


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Reality is Everything our Consciousness gets from our Senses

Song: Jeremy Camp – He Knows (Lyric Video)

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GOD gave us our senses; our brains; our minds . . . How we use them is governed by ‘Free Will’.  We are free: to sin or not to sin; determine what is good or what is evil; choose to be positive or choose to be negative.

Job 38:36 ESV

Who has put wisdom in the inward parts or given understanding to the mind?

 

If we use The Word of GOD as our guide we do well

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1 Corinthians 2:14 ESV

The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.

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How do we gain the most good from GOD?

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When we accept Jesus as our Savior, study The Bible and, live according to GOD’s Standards we get the most benefit that we can now. We learn to reject sin, do good, express the goodness of GOD and spread the Gospel, so others might be saved for eternity. So they receive The Love of GOD for always. All this with the guidance from the Holy Spirit you can have right now.

John 3:16-17 ESV

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 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.

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2 Corinthians 9:8 ESV

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.

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Truth Can Work Your Way


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What is truth?

Canofworms1 – Attribution: Debivort at en.wikipedia

This does open a can of worms. Right?

But, once there was only The Truth GOD offered to humans; that changed when Adam and Eve believed Satan’s lie in the Garden of Eden.  It has been a struggle ever since to ascertain truth from falsehoods.  Humans tend to classify truth: Universal Truth, Relative Truth, Authoritarian Truth, Scientific Truth and so on; the opposite of these logically is easily done by replacing “truth” with “untruth”. A dictionary description can be complicated also:

Truth*

  1. a. Conformity to fact or actuality: Does this story have any truth?
    b. Reality; actuality: In truth, he was not qualified for the job.
    c. The reality of a situation.
  2. a. statement proven to be or accepted as true: truths about nature.
    b. Such statements considered as a group.

    et al . . . . . etc

* https://www.thefreedictionary.com/truth

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From the Declaration of Independence:


We hold these Truths to be self-evident,  . . .  

http://www.civiced.org/resources/curriculum/911-and-the-constitution/terms-to-know

Many governments ignore or alter truth

WWII German Truths? Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. “On July 19th, the Führer spoke to the German Reichstag in Berlin and the Italian Foreign Minister Ciano to report on the campaign in France and to appeal one last time to “English reason.”” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed May 11, 2018. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/ae7bb9f5-4543-5a5d-e040-e00a1806317f

Truth has been butchered by technology abused  and minipulated by political leaders, unscuplious businesses, biased media and a host of off beat self proclaimed experts in  too many genres to cover here.

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So what are we to do? What are we to tell our children?

Let us step back to the begining: There was GOD and then there was what GOD created.

Genesis 1:31 ESV 

And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

We do have the Bible. The Bible is “the Word of GOD” and it reveals GOD’s truth to us. Let us use it. Let us teach our children how to use it.

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Jesus said it clearly without ambiguity:

John 14:6 ESV

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

John 9:5 ESV 

As long as I (Jesus) am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

AMEN

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Whom shall You Trust

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“Trust, but verify (RussianДоверяй, но проверяйDoveryai, no proveryai) is a Russian proverb. The phrase became well known in English when used by President Ronald Reagan on multiple occasions in the context of nuclear disarmament.”*

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All humans will fail you eventually – at least statiscically.

Psalm 40:4 ESV 

Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust, who does not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after a lie!

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In our daily lives there are some tips on trust:

Proverbs 3:5 ESV

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.

You will do well if you trust GOD and others  who trust GOD.

Trust in those who uphold GOD’s Standard

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People who honor GOD’s standards are less likely to disappoint you or violate your trust.  Christians know they can stumble so they are willing to make corrections and admit errors.

 

2 Timothy 3:16 ESV 

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

Who will you trust today?

Why not start with trusting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

Mark 5:36 ESV 

But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.”

 

 

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