Can I Live in a Better World?

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A kinder more caring world begins with me

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As we enter into the Month of December we may recall the theme of Christmas: “Peace on Earth Good Will to Man (Men and Women of course)”. I understand that I cannot change all the wrongs I hear, see or learn about, yet clearly there is something I can do or, for that matter we all can do: behave better.

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It may begin with “The Golden Rule” – ” Treat others as you would want others to treat you.” – but why not go beyond that.  Jesus suggested some radically different responses when encountering others with needs or even, an abuser:

Matthew 5:38-42 ESV 

“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.

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Today’s blog post is not about exceptions or the threat of annihilation; it is more about the affairs encountered in everyday life.

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I live in an area not far from two major urban areas and a smaller urban area that in some parts of our country might be considered a  “big city”. Yes, within the limits of the East Coast Megalopolis; My wife and I prefer a less densely populated area as a home area, so we live in a part of our region that is not too crowded, however, that is changing and more people move to our area every year.

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Why is this important you may wonder? To me I have noticed some of the behavior of the local population beginning to resemble the “bump and rush” style of the metropolitan area where I spent most of my younger  years. So when I learned of a report about the people in our area acting with civility and manners, it was a surprise. Our State, as probably other densely populated States are, have seen many common courtesies vanish from day to day life. Perhaps that may be from more of our society than we realize.

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Our area has a substantial number of Christians that take their faith seriously; study GOD’s Word, belong to a Church and show concern for our community or nearby communities.  We pray for substance abusers, law breakers, ordinary families and the police equally; treat all with respect and offer assistance to whomever requires it.  No we are not perfect and we need Jesus’s teachings, accountability and vigilance concerning hypocrisy just like anywhere else.  We remind each other of the good we can do and how to be responsible.  We promote seeking opportunities to serve others in whatever way we can and have not closed our doors to those in need – even to those who may disagree with our beliefs.

John 14:15 ESV

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.

James 4:17 ESV 

So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV 

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

 

 

TO KNOW ABOUT GOD AND GOD’S WAYS THE BIBLE SHOULD BE STUDIED AS A SINGLE UNIT; UNITED IN CONCEPT AND CONSISTENT WHEN CONTEXT IS UNDERSTOOD. 
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Think: How Grateful Am I?

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Nothing technical here just, poor, less poor, OK and those that have a great deal of material comforts.

So, I will assume the World’s wealth to be $241 trillion as reported in and article by Business Insider Dot Com* and cited as Global Wealth Report, Credit Suisse, October 2013**; see these links:
* http://www.businessinsider.com/the-combined-wealth-of-everyone-in-the-entire-world-2016-9

** https://publications.credit-suisse.com/tasks/render/file/?fileID=BCDB1364-A105-0560-1332EC9100FF5C83

Where is the Wealth of the World?

Global Distribution of Wealth 

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Proverbs 14:31 ESV

Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors him.

(I am using 7 Billion Population, $241 Trillion and % there of; this is not a scientific verified study or report just a relative view of disparities) 

                   Population in the Millions                  Shared In Millions of Dollars

Group A   6,999,000,000

45,790,000    > 0.01% each

Group B   2,169,000,000

77,120,000   0.36% each

Group C   63,000,000

45,790,000   0.73% each

Group D   7,000,000

72,000,000   10.29% each

 Group A:

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Basic Shelter – images from pixabay.com

 

 

 

 

 

Group B:

Motor Bikes and Animal Carts – images from pixabay.com
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Group C:

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Better House – images from pixabay.com

Acts 2:44-45 ESV 

And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.

Most people believe that the USA with about 6% of the World’s population has more than 40% of the WORLD’S wealth.

http://fortune.com/2015/09/30/america-wealth-inequality/

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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.

If it were more evenly shared or distributed it would surely be a very, very HAPPY THANKS GIVING.  Are you thankful for what you have?

Group D:

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Matthew 25:34b -40 ESV 

 . . . ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you?39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers,[a] you did it to me.’

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Speculation and Idle Thoughts

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If we do not engage our minds with productive thought we are in danger of filling them with trash even robbing us of fulfillment and joy.

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No I am not telling you “brainstorming” or other stimulating creative activity is wrong. GOD gave doctors the same brain we have and they provide a great service to us all by providing health care and needed treatment when we are ill or injured. Thinking beyond what is known or is done often leads to positive breakthroughs in health care and many other fields or endeavors. Nevertheless, there is a path to productive thinking and ways to avoid aimless thinking explained in these simple terms: recognize where you can help others, learn all you can, develop all the necessary skills and practice striving to do the best that you can do.

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You will find many rewards for accomplishing these goals now and in eternity. We Christians acquire this wisdom from GOD’s Word; one ideal is stated in this portion of scripture:

Colossians 3:23 ESV

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,

Wild imaginings, theories, misleading information spreading deception and lies: Human all consuming hobbies, greedy behavior or evil schemes?

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Often unrest, envy, or our uncontrolled sin nature masks itself in humor, freedom in the arts or freedom of speech. If a person does not recognize the evil path he or she is on and, allows negative motives to conceal themselves within their speech, humor or art, trouble for others is sure to follow. Ultimately they themselves will suffer great loss of joy and fulfillment in life.

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The end that we all must face is death and what we experience then is the results from how we lived. The last thoughts a person may have at the end of a blessed life is the joy and anticipation of seeing GOD. The last thoughts a person may have at the end of a selfish life is dread of either the nothingness they believe in as an atheist or, eternal damnation in Hell if they rejected GOD.

JESUS will transform you and lead you to the first ending if you accept His free gift: receive GOD’s Grace and eternal salvation.
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Romans 10:9 ESV

Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

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Difficult Questions

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Should I use Violence to Defend

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One of the most difficult dilemmas you may be faced with is whether to use violence for defense.

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Some of you may mumble, “that’s a no brainer; of course I would”. There may be a small minority who would choose death before causing harm to anyone for any reason.  Scanning my morning digests of articles in academic journals I spotted one that read: Modern civilization doesn’t diminish violence

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/10/171027104843.htm

Another article read: Does population size affect rates of violence? The bottom line read:  . . . Ultimately, Falk and Hildebolt found that people living in small-scale societies are not inherently more violent that those living in “civilized” states, and that war deaths scale similarly with population sizes across all levels of human society.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/10/171026164552.htm

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As a Christian these suggested findings point to the nature of humans truthfully described in the Bible.

Matthew 15:19 ESV

For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.

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Ignoring GOD’s explanation does not change things; scientific studies can attribute this part of our nature as evolving from our more precarious primitive state. There was, and there may still be, people who believe that given the right opportunity humans will allow their peaceful traits to prevail: where is the evidence for that? In affluent societies where there is ample supplies and opportunities to be successful even the privileged can fail to manifest the “good” we humans supposedly have at our core: The recent perpetrator who was wealthy, seemingly lacking for nothing committed the Las Vegas mass murder. See: Brother says Las Vegas gunman was a wealthy real-estate investor

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/10/03/gunman-who-killed-50-at-las-vegas-concert-was-retired/

The NIV Bible expresses our nature in a more stark way:

Isaiah 64:6-7 New International Version (NIV)

All of us have become like one who is unclean,
    and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags;
we all shrivel up like a leaf,
    and like the wind our sins sweep us away.
No one calls on your name
    or strives to lay hold of you;
for you have hidden your face from us
    and have given us over to[a] our sins.

Isaiah is describing human attitude toward GOD.

 

 

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