Subterfuge, hidden agendas, self . . . just a hint at what confounds simple concepts when humans begin to express them from a biased position. People may or may not be aware of their biases; these are inherent within our very nature. Education can help but the greatest help comes from the wisdom GOD gives us within The Holy Bible.
Real Human Nature
As a Christian I accept what The Bible defines our nature to be:
For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.
Even the best of us (those who can manage our negatives well for The Greater Good) know we fall short of perfection and must rely on a Higher Authority from whom we get a better standard than what we ourselves can establish.
Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins.
Yes, being forewarned can and does equip us to incorporate safe guards in our organizations: Clubs, tribes, governments . . . etc.
The First Amendment To The Constitution of the USA
. . . insures our people can enjoy religious freedom and that our law makers cannot establish a (an official State) religion. Yet did that mean our government was not to be influenced by GOD’s precepts and standards? I emphatically say NO. History may well indicate that there have been Theocracies (and still some exist) but the moral standards, “The Golden Rule” and other precepts revealed in The Holy Scriptures have a positive impact on all good people everywhere even within secular societies. Religion is man-made but the relationship between humans and GOD exists and is important. Religion though imperfect, usually offers a way in which people can safely live with each other; because it is the human institution that when it relies on GOD’s Word reveals everything GOD wants for us – now and for eternity.
Thomas Jefferson’s Letter to the Danbury Baptist association in Connecticut*
In his letter Thomas Jefferson reinforces the safe guards guaranteed by The Constitution of The United States of America by using the metaphor “wall of separation”. Still the standards by which we judge political candidates and their conduct in political office is the same standards we find revealed within GOD’s Word (The Holy Bible) for all of us especially our leaders. Even Jesus illustrated the relationship between humans, Governments and God when he offered this illustration when The Pharisees tried to trick him:
(in response to Jesus’s question about whose image was on the Roman coin) They said, “Caesar’s.” Then he said to them, “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”
The Church is not a building, meeting hall or home it is The Body of Christ present on Earth; this body is composed of all Christians that are true believers in what Jesus instructed, taught and ordained when he was here on Earth. He fulfilled “The Law” as revealed in the Hebrew Bible and amplified, clarified and augmented The Word of GOD Himself and through His disciples (Apostles) to whom He sent the Holy Spirit to assist in this mission.
Matthew 28:16-20 ESV*
The Great Commission
16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them.17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted.18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[a] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
This is the primary function of the church
There are other important functions of course: Teaching, edifying, supporting missionaries and each other in Christian Fellowship. Since this world we live in is currently flawed and subject to the effects of sinful imperfect people, including we Christians, we have more to do than what is delineated above.
In gratitude to GOD Christians strive to obey God representing HIS Good on Earth by ministering to needy people: needy non-Christians and, needy Christians alike.
Helping fellow humans in as an unconditional manner as possible demonstrates GOD’s Love to all. God wants all people to gain eternal life and access to heaven and Christians are HIS voice to the unknowing people. The unbelievers the unsaved the lost the troubled wherever they are.
Fellow christians use your gifts to serve
2 Peter 3:9 ESV*
The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
True love goes way beyond lust or pleasant feelings
Pleasant feelings and physical attraction may initiate a relationship between a man and a woman but true love is much more than this. Selfless caring for one another, spiritual growth as a couple and a commitment to limit sexual activity exclusively to each other. From initial infatuation to a deep understanding of one another is accomplished through keeping the stated promise to be true and loyal to one another.
You ask , “The Bible teaches that no one is without sin; what happens when one or both fall short?”
To me . . . “love covers a multitude of sins.” means love overrides our own personal (often selfish) preferences and agendas. Imperfections exist in every one; I have not seen proof of any kind that there exists (or has exited) a perfect human being. No me, not you not your spouse . . . or even your parents or children. Love gives us the ability to accept imperfection for what it is. Of course manifestations of evil or behaviors intended to do harm must be considered more than imperfection if it becomes a threat to life and limb. This includes deliberate metal cruelty beyond an occasional loss of temper or action done in ignorance. Love therefore can be a life changing influence also. The family unit is the building block of nations and love insures a positive outcome.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
GOD taught us how to love and when we build family units with this spirit of love we build strong nations and demonstrate the good GOD wants for all people.
Love between husbands and wives is the glue that holds the family unit together and helps chart a course through life.
Marriage described in the Bible is an ancient covenant between a Man and a Woman for the purpose of having and raising children thus sustaining human life. The quality of life and the result of people procreated and nurtured in this way promotes health mentally well-balanced contributing citizens of Earth. The “good” we see in the world is sustained in this way when humans are diligent to follow the instruction revealed by GOD within The Holy Bible. The formula is easy to understand and the goals are not difficult to achieve. However, since the introduction of sin into the World we must work hard not to fall into temptation and yield to evil of any sort subverting the benefits of marriage . Christians can rely on GOD helping to deliver the positive result from Christian marriage and procreation by, studying GOD’s Word and applying it to their life and the fabric of the family.
No, not prophets like Elijah or Jeremiah but prophets of GOD nevertheless. Since Christians can read and study GOD’s Word in great detail every Christian has the potential to speak for GOD. The better they know GOD’s Word the more able they are to express GOD’s messages for all people.
Some Christians have the Spiritual Gift of Prophecy.
Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues.
Not to judge but to encourage one another to do what is right.
Since we all fall short the modern Christian Prophet reminds fellow Christians to do what is right, what is good and what is edifying. There is a need in some cases to explain a Biblical principle in modern terms. For example:
“If you meet your enemy’s ox or his donkey going astray, you shall bring it back to him. If you see the donkey of one who hates you lying down under its burden, you shall refrain from leaving him with it; you shall rescue it with him.
The Modern Prophet may say, “You should help anyone in need not just those you know and like.
There is no shortage of opportunity
Not just repeating a truth from GOD’s Word but expressing His love in many ways: demonstrating forgiveness, promoting justice, being fair and demonstrating that you care for GOD’s creation and fellow humans. Help those harmed by floods, wars, tornadoes and ever small scale calamity affords an opportunity for you help people in GOD’s name. You as a Believer in Our Lord Jesus Christ can express GOD’s love in this way. In the process you contribute to making living on Earth better. It will be made better though the perfection will not be extant until Jesus returns when we as believers will enjoy a perfect body and live upon a New Earth.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
What does this mean? Does it mean we shed our skin and look different?
It means GOD no longer sees us as sinners – past, present or future – because Jesus has paid the price for sinning: death, ultimately spiritual death. GOD has amnesia with respect to our sinful nature and we are assured of an eternal life.
For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.”
We have a new spiritual nature and depending on our progress as new creatures becoming more Christ-like we will display this change more as we grow in our Christian walk.
Some sins are easy to defeat but, some sins are PERSISTENT and take a RELENTLESS desire to purge from our being.
Hebrews 2:18 ESV
For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.
And so my fellow Christian, if you keep up the “Good Fight” against even the sinful tenancies within your self Our Lord can help you succeed. Remain committed, recall the victories, if you stumble repent and continue to walk in the faith. Study God’s Word each day, feed your mind what is good, and fellowship with like minded believers helping each other to be that “New Creature” even in this old world.
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President Lyndon B. Johnson‘s Dream in 1964–65 * https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Society
During the 1960’s the social upheaval, the negatives and the violence was only part of the story. In those years President LBJ was part of an effort to make life more equitable for Americans. He revealed his dream for a better America with ￼his desired improvements in education, medical care, urban problems, rural poverty, and transportation.
Just getting a chance to create Federal programs that would facilitate these positive efforts took a great deal of political skill (LBJ was a master politician). What was successful and what was not I will leave that up to you if you care to research the subject thoroughly. I am not going to evaluate his effort, nor examine the historical record now. My focus is on why I believe Christians can influence our society in many positive ways because of Biblical principles and can move humanity toward a Great Society nevertheless.
The Bible does not indicate that humans can establish perfection on Earth; it does instruct us how to live better.
The Holy Scriptures point us to a future when GOD will establish a New Kingdom upon a New Earth. Jesus Christ will rule.
Revelation 21:1 ESV
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.
In the meantime Christians can do a great deal (and some have) to make living on this Old Earth better. Christians know from the Bible that humans are susceptible to self-serving motives and in some instances evil attitudes and behavior. Modern society dislikes the word “sin” so much that there are many people saying it does not exist; wishing it away will not make it vanish. Acknowledging it will help people to do a better job at lessening sin and its negative effects. The Bible paints a realistic picture of life as we know it and instructs us how to be victorious. First you must be honest.
Romans 3:23 ESV
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Next Christians must strive to live the new life they have been granted even as their spirit still dwells within their old body.
2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
Victory over sin in this life requires a number of proscriptions and prescriptions.
Yet it is not a simple matter of memorizing a list of do and don’t instructions (Like The Ten Commandments), it is understanding our nature, believing GOD, and possess the commitment to persevere knowing at times we will fall short.
1 Timothy 6:12 ESV
Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
Even if Christians are diligent this Old World can only improve to a degree; human nature and current reality will prevail.
1 Timothy 6:17 ESV
As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.
Matthew 25:37-40 ESV
Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’
The young-boy had taken a candy bar and was caught when he was escorted home by the patrolman everyone agreed: It was just a little thing. When his dad came home mom told him, “It was just a little Thing.” A few years passed and the boy was about to enter high school when a note arrive in the mail from his teacher:
'Dear Mom and Dad,Your son was caught sharing answers on the final exam . . . in light of his generally good record we'll consider it just a mistake . . . no punishment beyond a re-test is warranted . . . IT WAS JUST A LITTLE THING .Truly Your, Mrs. Teacher'
Now a teenage driver the young man had worked part-time and saved enough to buy his first car. One evening he and his best friend were ￼speeding home from a party; a patrolman waiting for speeders near their hometown caught them. The patrolman recognized him because he knew his father well, so he said, “Son in light that this was just a little thing I am letting you go with a warning; just do not do it again.”
In the university the young man did well with maybe a minor indiscretion or two now and then: they all were “just little things.” He finished his education and advanced as an attorney and eventually ran for, and was elected to, political office. His political career flourished and the story of his life seemed to be the embodiment of The American Dream.
When he had matured in age and stature he held one of the highest offices of the land; he was respected and heralded as a respectable elder statesman. No one including he ever dreamt of the disgraceful ending that befell him. It was exposed in the news to everyone that many of the political accomplishments attributed to him were achieved by subterfuge, backroom deals, deception and in one instance breaking a law.
As he was led away from the courtroom where he had been convicted he mumbled over and over, “It was just a Little thing.”
“One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.
James 1:15 ESV
Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.
1 John 1:8 ESV
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
Discipline your child, and he will give you rest; he will bring you happiness.
Population Control is an emotionally charged subject that often evokes strong emotion when debated.
Reasons for this are manifold: Religious, tribal, economic, fear, hate, historical, reprisals, political, limited or lack of resources, selfish, arrogant, criminal, misguided . . . or a combination of factors. Contributing factors that have the potential to be equivalent to population control could be, poor or sparse health care, easy access to weapons, easy access to alcohol and drugs, the availability of abortion on demand, a limited or substandard food supply: just some of the factors to consider potential population control mechanisms.
For this reason I will not express the rationale for approving or disapproving theoretical speculation: investigative research, statistical analysis, and other objective methods would surely be needed before a definitive conclusion with remedies be declared.
No matter why or how a particular population of humans may or may not be controlled is not the focus here.
The point of my blog post is two-fold: 1) examine facts and fallacies about human population growth, and 2) consider what may be an equivalent population control intended or not. When people are motivated by a belief about a growing population that is negative, they may quickly descend into a position favoring population control with no logical basis for it. If conscious efforts fall short, subconscious effects on decisions may be manifested unintentionally or even worse, by an agenda conceived and implemented in subterfuge intentionally.
Is over population on a global scale a myth or real threat to humanity?
Every time people predict that we will run out of resources or food human ingenuity finds solutions to the challenge. I believe there is enough food and natural resources wasted even now, that if this wastefulness was remedied all the people of the world could be adequately supplied. Renewable resources, renewable energy, increased production efficiency, less planned obsolescence, better urban and suburban planning and, preservation of natural habitat for all living creatures seems possible along with greater efficiency in use and manufacturing. Then too, there is the ultimate probability humans will become a space-faring race of sentient beings in the not too distant future – thus opening new possible homes and resources for people for some time.
I have a saying, “Too many people too close together equals too many problems and too many laws.”
Yet even this picture of growing populations in finite spaces is a fallacy, we have room for people: There are vast areas where people can live: marginal lands improved my technology, innovative methods that allow people and wildlife to coexist sharing space and new cost-effective energy sources that encourage new communities. New communities in areas with new opportunities for gainful employment hitherto too remote and hard to supply with required energy via conventional sources.
The image of a crowded inner cities where crime, substandard living conditions and undesirable habitat are prevalent, need not be extant. The conditions that create the circumstances for all these perceived negatives endured by people, may be the result of people seeking to live in substandard conditions. The people who live in these places like and create the situation that they live in – that often is the perception held by outsiders I believe. The converse idea that the situation creates the stereotypical people who populate the area in question is closer to reality. A vicious cycle feeding on itself: children are negatively affected while maturing and living in such an area and, they grow up believing there is where they belong thus sustaining the substandard area. Why? Because this is expected and, it seems there is insufficient interest and effort devoted to breaking the negative pattern. Another way to picture it: consider what happens when people are herded into – or confined to – places by suppressed economic conditions and are forced into where substandard conditions already beginning to take hold are thus overcrowding makes things worse. This is likely to accommodate the negative view and make the feared results a continuous reality. Social change from negatives to positives most probably is a generational phenomenon once the cycle sets in; think carefully, did a negative substandard milieu get that way overnight? Not likely, so it will not be remedied overnight either. It will take education, financial help and hard work to turn urban blight into prosperity.
What laws are passed or not passed, behavior of authorities, business practices or even qualifications for societal benefits may all serve a population control agenda.
These practices if governed by blind adherence to tradition or are linked to the subconscious negative view of the creators and not recognized as such. The status quo may be fiercely defended and if negative effects are demonstrated but judged to not be an intentional attempt to control the population growth then what? What about the identified population can it really be the natural outcome of the culture of the population in question? Perhaps some may say the effect on a segment of a population that may be negatively affected from the effects of the way their own political overseers carry out their governance and not any external effect.
Humans are not always truthful and one negative human trait that illustrates this well is the art of deception; it can also include self-deception. Think hard and carefully about what you think you know and how you came to know it concerning “The Bad Side of Town”. You may realize short of organized genocide the methods and effects may be very subtle. The control of a particular minority, race or class of people is not easily exposed because it may be an expected part of contemporary life but not recognized as such.
Let me get to the major goal of this post: the following paragraph will introduce ideas worth considering in view of the concept of population control.
Whether or not population control is actually a part of our society here in ￼The United States of America, it should be considered a possibility. It should be considered a possibility because the socioeconomic and equality problems recognized by even a casual observer may be correctable. In a land so filled with wealth, talent and passion it is hard to accept that nothing can change the situation of the poor living here. Young people please study and research the economically challenged of America. See if you can apply new ideas for change on old persistent problems that keep so many of our fellow citizen from enjoying a better life. People like these remain on the economic sideline and have not had their fair share of the American Dream.
Getting to the another major point:
Deep inside our minds may lurk ancient assumptions and practices that once helped us survive and thrive. We are hardwired to see faces, recognize differences, quickly determine friend or foe. I believe other latent ancient survival mechanisms probably exist as well. What was out of the ordinary could represent a threat so these mechanisms are understandable. Strangers may well have had clever tactics to overwhelm and conquer us in the distant past. Anomalous individuals born into our midst may have represented new unacceptable burdens, because they became non contributors, or disrupted the normal flow of peace and tranquility. Maybe they had to be eliminated in order for the group to survive. If resources grew short it may have led to warfare where the victor survived and the vanquished perished. The responses to these conditions may be in our genes: suppressed perhaps, but able to influence us in subtle ways even now. We as intelligent creatures have the ability to discover this and do something about it. We do not have to act as if we are condemned to repeat the same old mistakes of our past. We can and must change.
￼When we truly see all our fellow homo sapiens as family we will alter any destructive practice or impulse that emerges in us (of this I am sure).
If a population is perpetrating acts of violence upon their neighbors we can act to engage the evil and bring it to an end. If people are suffering and dying we can provide medical care to save them. If ignorance is limiting people to substandard wages and a low standard of living, we can educate them. If they live in horrible conditions, do not have safe water or sufficient food we can change that. If they are naked and cold we can give the clothing and shelter that is warm. If you study children and follow them as they grow to become adults you may discover much of the good they could have offered our society, was lost somewhere along the way. The very few people who represent stubborn problems can more easily be addressed in youth, before they become uncontrollable adults who seem to repeat evil acts perpetually.
When we do not address these challenges we may inadvertently be imposing a form of population control upon some of our people.
As a follower of Jesus Christ I believe the wisdom for our times is easily found in the Bible; all you have to do is accept it.
Excerpts from the Holy Bible:
Genesis 1:28 ESV
And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
Psalm 127:3 ESV
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.
Matthew 7:12 ESV
“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
Yes it is OK to Love Animals and all living things showing respect and consideration for their place here on Earth.
If you consider that all living things seem to depend on each other caring for living things is beneficial for all life.
All life? Yes. all life is inter-connected. Scientists talk about food chains from microscopic to macroscopic; plants make food by photosynthesis and animal life consumes it; waste products becomes fertilizer; plants and
￼microbes store carbon and emit oxygen; beavers dam streams and habitat for aquatic life including amphibians is created. Humans appear to be the preeminent living creature on top of it all because we alter, consume and promote environments and even living things.￼
￼￼Why do some humans abuse their position?
Humans can be so aggressive and selfish when harvesting food and materials for their needs that the result is devastating to environments they share with other living things. This negative effect is becoming apparent on a planet wide scale affecting oceans, forests, lands and the atmosphere.
Abusers include the most hideous of all: poachers. Poachers kill living things just for a very small part of an animal: a tusk, an organ or a hide and more. Pollution is a problem a by-product of scale but, poachers are motivated by greed and their markets are the equivalent to nothing less than selfish evil. Whether deliberate abuse, accidental damage or ignorance the effect is the same: the planet becomes less able to sustain many life forms.
￼￼￼Before you dismiss this article as leftist propaganda think again.
As a follower of Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior I have learned that GOD the Creator has considered our world with all that is alive upon us as “Good”. GOD’s Word teaches us to use not abuse, to be considerate, respectful and competent stewards of all we preside over. It is clear to me from the beginning we humans are intended to be the caretakers of our world: Our only home, Planet Earth.
￼Selected Biblical Excerpts*:
Proverbs 12:10 ESV
Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast, but the mercy of the wicked is cruel.
2. Genesis 1:28 ESV
And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds ￼of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”￼
Exodus 23:5 ESV￼￼
If you see the donkey of one who hates you lying down under its burden, you shall refrain from leaving him with it; you shall rescue it with him.
Genesis 1:20 ESV
And God said, “Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.”
Genesis 2:19 ESV
Now out of the ground the Lord God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name.￼
Genesis 2:15 ESV
The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep Yes it is OK to Love Animals and all living things showing respect and consideration for their place here on Earth.it.
7. Numbers 35:33-34 ESV
You shall not pollute the land in which you live, for blood pollutes the land, and no Yes it is OK to Love Animals and all living things showing respect and consideration for their place here on Earth.atonement can be made for the land for the blood that is shed in it, except by the blood of the one who shed it. You shall not defile the land in which you live, in the midst of which I dwell, for I the Lord dwell in the midst of the people of Israel.”
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How often have you heard, “The Devil made me do it.”
Usually with tongue in cheek but instead it really should have been firmly held between our teeth whenever we feel like saying the old quip; the supernatural should probably be better left alone. No this post isn’t about demons, evil spirits or the Devil; it is about you, and me and ‘Free Will’.
We often do or say things that we would like to blame on all of the above; yet this is really a dark truth about human nature. After World War II many perpetrators of Nazi atrocities claimed they were only obeying ‘orders’ and by implication it was not they who were to blame for crimes against humanity. Really? Let us think carefully about this and not be so hasty shifting blame on others for the mistakes, selfish acts, crimes or cruelty we find ourselves involved with. Sure most of us can claim, “I am not THAT, bad.” Let us think about this statement more carefully.
If we are so innocent and intrinsically ‘good how is it many of us allow ourselves to comply with situations and things we know clearly is wrong? Cheat on taxes, pilfer, violate driving laws, cheat in games, cheat on our mate . . . etc. Worse? We many even find ourselves doing these things without help from anyone else. If we do not capitulate completely we may regret, agonized and repent afterwards but, in the end we must take responsibility for our actions.
Who knows what evil lurks in our hearts and minds, acted on or not?
Once upon a time my view on dabbling, with the occult, the seedy side of life or, even taking excursions to the realm of what was culturally taboo; this was, “No big deal.” Of course I was just curious, playful or just feeling recalcitrant. Little did I realize how wrong I really was. So now with many years of life’s experience to consider and reflect on, I have a much different point of view. I firmly believe we are always in the process of transitioning to the kind of person we will ultimately become. Yes, from birth until death the process continues: It all adds up. The familiar computer programmer’s phrase saying that is probably trite these days, “Garbage in; Garbage out,” is much more real for me than I would ever have thought. And, sciences of the brain and mind appear to be confirming this through studies and experimentation even as I type this article. In our country I think we, as a people, have allowed our new pluralistic and relativistic beliefs to drift toward the extreme because of the freedoms we enjoy. In my opinion we have pushed our culture ever closer to the abyss by watering down the standards by which we have successfully lived since the beginning of our nation.
￼I believe our very foundations of morality and a clear understanding of right and wrong has been severely weakened.
An athlete acquires skills, mental ability and physical stamina by repeatedly practicing and striving for what is best. The scientist seeks more knowledge and evidence to advance her field. So what are we to think when each new generation waters down even more, the social standard for morality, civility and the respect for law and order that made our Nation great?
You do not have to be a religious Jew or Christian to see what had happened to the ancient Hebrews every time their civilization’s standard was weakened by disregard for The Law and disrespect for GOD. It was a series of disasters.
We did not use the phrase “One Nation Under GOD” because we were superstitious. Our forefathers had a deep respect for GOD and GOD’s standards for our people.
In spite of some portrayals of the establishment and history of The United States of America depicting flaws and mistakes, we were a Nation under God. I fear what will happen to us when we fully become a Nation under many gods or no God at all.
As a Christian I believe The Holy Bible has the teaching we need. We can reverse the trend toward unrealistic freedom and again we can become the moral standard for a dangerous world. Satan and his cohorts influence and tempt but we make the choices in the end.
Excerpts as examples from the ESV* Bible:
Matthew 15:19 ESV
For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.
Jeremiah 17:9 ESV
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?
Genesis 6:11-12 ESV
Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence. And God saw ￼the earth, and behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth.
4. James 4:7 ESV
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
5. Genesis 3:13 ESV
Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
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