Center of Everything

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For Each of Us Our Consciousness Is  . . .

. . . the Center of Everything.  No, I do not mean greater than GOD.  What I am referring to is this: We perceive all about our existence through our senses and our senses are how we know everything that we know. Seems obvious to some of you and maybe weird to others.  OK, GOD is everywhere, has been forever past (from our perspective) and will be forever future: GOD is beyond time without a beginning or ending.

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We on the other hand view existence in terms of beginnings and endings. Think of it like this: we are at the center of how we perceive life; living.

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GOD gave us life, a brain and knowledge.

 

We should pay our respects to our Creator.  Yes our minds can perceive and conceive, project and reckon with and, come to recognize this truth: We are the created not the creator.  Can any of us form from nothing a living entity? Can we make a new form of matter? Invent a new natural law?   I do not think so.

 

We Update Our Knowledge All the Time

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The Earth was center . . . no, the sun . . .  no, the galaxy . . . no, the universe . . . This thing is good; no it is bad; wait it is, good; now it is bad again. . . GOD is the only true eternal constant.

SO WHO WILL YOU SERVE?

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I chose the omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, eternal Supreme Being-Creator GOD. GOD is the center and source of all that I know and can know. Forever and ever AMEN.

 

Scripture that helps guide and correct our understanding of GOD and who we are:

Genesis 1:1-31 ESV

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day. …

Hebrews 11:3 ESV

By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.

Jeremiah 4:23 ESV

I looked on the earth, and behold, it was without form and void; and to the heavens, and they had no light.

Genesis 1:14 ESV

And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years,

John 1:3 ESV

All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.

 

About Your Vote

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You May Think There Are No Good Choices . . .

 

. . . and perhaps from a human perspective you may seem correct.  Again, I say GOD knows all about it and, GOD is in control.

Romans 13:1 ESV 

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.

 

Anything can happen at anytime, yet humans tend to project the worst that could happen (admittedly I am guilty of that).  If you research the history of elections you may discover unusual outcomes or what actually occurs during a victors term.   Suppose the political rhetoric turns out to mean nothing at all? Suppose a candidate wins but acts totally different than what was expected?   Suppose a winning candidate resigns while in office?  We cannot see the future but GOD does know all about the future.  GOD is in control.

Titus 3:1 ESV 

Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work,

As a Christian I do not see any candidate representing me at this time.

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As a Centrist  I do my best to select someone who comes close to representing my beliefs and preferences.  However, there are a few issues I cannot compromise on: 1) I favor Pro-life 2) I believe in what GOD’s Word teaches us  about right and wrong and 3) I cannot support greed (or greed’s agenda), abuse of power or disregard for the common good.

 

So What Can I Do? Pray, Pray, Pray

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I pray for GOD’s guidance and that GOD’s will, will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.

Daniel 2:20-21 ESV

Daniel answered and said: “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might. He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding;

Romans 13:7 ESV

Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.

1 Peter 2:13-17 ESV 

Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.

AMEN

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Contentment

 A Place of Peace and Safety.

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Contentment is not easy to achieve and it can easily be misconstrued.

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Contentment may almost seem un-american; not striving for more is not good for business it would seem.  Here in The United States of America we are bombarded with commercials everywhere telling us we need this or that.  Do we?  Of course not.  We may want it or even crave it but when we really get down to the facts we probably admit we can live without whatever it is.

Luke 12:15 ESV

And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”

So, having all our genuine needs met, serving others, in good health and safe is really having it all.  Not that a big house, fancy car, latest electronic device or traveling to interesting or even luxurious places is wrong intrinsically:  it becomes a problem when the quest for all of these dominates our life, perhaps becoming our god and religion.

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What does GOD’s Word Say about this?

The Apostle Paul said he was content even in prison.

Philippians 4:11 ESV

Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.

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Some people never have enough.

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Some people are content with very little.

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Here are some excerpts from Holy Scripture that illustrate it:
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1 Timothy 6:6-8 ESV 

Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.

Hebrews 13:5 ESV

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Matthew 6:33 ESV 

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

AMEN

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Are we Alone in the Universe

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Is this the Only Universe?

Theoretical physicists use their GOD given minds to speculate about multiple dimensions, the segment of the universe humans can detect, multiverses and whether this current universe is just one of an infinite succession of universes.

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I believe anything humans can conceive is possible with GOD but, only in a way consistent with  GOD’s characteristics.  What do I mean?  I do not believe GOD created an evil universe for example.

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I do believe if GOD created other intelligent beings that GOD has provided  them with guidance and maybe even Jesus and The Holy Spirit as well.

Our brains are an exquisite biological organ

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Our brains are an exquisite biological organ existing squarely in the physical reality that we are part of; the spiritual aspect of us exists in the spiritual realm.  Our soul is the essence of who we are and is a bridge between here and now and a timeless spiritual realm where we as Christians expect to exist when our mortal being succumbs to death.  Not ever having consciously connected to the spiritual realm I surmise it is our consciousness that traverses the gap, with out soul defining who we are (or will be then) as we enjoy Heaven.  We humans are immersed in a reality of beginnings, existence and endings: we find it difficult to understand eternity in a meaningful way. I am sure when we are with The Lord all our questions will be answered . . .  in the meanwhile here are some clues from The Word of GOD:

Not all is visible to humans

Colossians 1:16 ESV

For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.

Jesus gave a glimpse of another realm to Peter, James and John

Matthew 17:1-9 ESV / 5 helpful votes  

And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. And Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” …

We are blind to some cosmic things

Ephesians 6:12 ESV

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

Believers will receive a new body

1 Corinthians 15:51-55 ESV / 2 helpful votes  

Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”

 

And a new Earth

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2 Peter 3:13 ESV

But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

Old Testament hint of another realm

Ezekiel 10:1-22 ESV

Then I looked, and behold, on the expanse that was over the heads of the cherubim there appeared above them something like a sapphire, in appearance like a throne. And he said to the man clothed in linen, “Go in among the whirling wheels underneath the cherubim. Fill your hands with burning coals from between the cherubim, and scatter them over the city.” And he went in before my eyes. Now the cherubim were standing on the south side of the house, when the man went in, and a cloud filled the inner court. And the glory of the Lord went up from the cherub to the threshold of the house, and the house was filled with the cloud, and the court was filled with the brightness of the glory of the Lord. And the sound of the wings of the cherubim was heard as far as the outer court, like the voice of God Almighty when he speaks. …

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Invisible Glue

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What is holding this flawed world together?

Since no one can claim to be perfectly sinless and sin is counter productive and even worse, just a small percentage of any population inspired by pure evil can do a great deal of harm, how does the civilized world even exist?

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Furthermore, from my experience in living a long life rich in diverse experiences I suspect even the best people, families or nations are dysfunctional to some degree, again, how do many people live in relative peace and safety, have adequate shelter and at least sufficient food to survive? GOD.

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A fellow Christian once said to me The Holy Spirit sustains whatever level of civilized life we currently enjoy.

Humans like to say things are relative: this person is relatively good, that event seems relatively bad or despite flaws our United States of America is the best place to live in the entire world relative to a number of selected less fortunate nations.  Yes I live in The U.S.A. and experienced a few other countries and I tend to agree that we have it good; more important though is our Nation’s influence upon the rest of the world. Advances in human rights, healthcare and freedoms are just some of these influences – this despite imperfection in some places of our land. So how did and continues to be the case? GOD.

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GOD’s blessings and help from GOD’s Holy Spirit

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. . . sustains a Nation that once conducted itself more in accordance with GOD’s standards than it does today.  GOD is patient. GOD is forgiving. GOD is just.  GOD will not tolerate a decline in the number of believers, back-slidden  believers or the increase of deliberate sinning forever: note the Biblical history of the Hebrews in The Old Testament.

 

It may not be the end times that destroys us.

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The cycles of obedience and disobedience and the ultimate handing over of Israel and Judah to conquerors indicated GOD will not be mocked and there are consequences for sin for Nations as well as for individuals.

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It is not too late for our Nation and our people to repent undo the disobedience and give GOD a reason to continue to bless The U.S.A. instructing The Holy Spirit to hold us together still.

Romans 8:26 ESV

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.

2 Corinthians 3:17 ESV

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

John 14:15-17 ESV

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.

AMEN

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GOD Knows

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“GOD Only Knows . . .”

That trite quip is so much more than a phrase uttered in a desperate moment: GOD is omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent.  One thing GOD is not is a riddle.  It is true that humans have always wondered just who and where GOD is but, what are the only things that has changed through the eons? What many people assume about GOD.  Yet for believers that accept The Holy Bible as The Word of GOD nothing has changed; what is important to know about GOD is contained there in.

What is important to know?

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So much speculation about GOD, improvised gods, our existence and the Universe is really not important.  Think about it in this way: when people increase humanity’s medical knowledge, suffering is lessened and people are healed this is an obvious benefit derived from having intelligence and a mind because GOD created a marvelous organ: our brain.

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Yet such as it is this marvelous organ also contemplates evil, plans evil and executes evil; this is an outcome of free will and part of our very nature.  The magnificent abilities to know, discover and fabricate so much demonstrating worthwhile accomplishments, can also produce dubious actions, false knowledge and bad ideas.

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Somethings Humans do Seems Fruitless.

 

Knowing whether there are infinite universes, parallel dimensions or what exists several billion light-years across the cosmos seems only to satisfy the human brain’s innate thirst to know and may furnish dubious benefits in everyday life .  OK, this may not be evil and we may not determine its value at this moment aside from satisfying curiosity but, the Holy Bible teaches this about knowledge:

Proverbs 1:7 ESV

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.

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And so what does GOD Know?

1 John 3:20 ESV 

For whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything.

Psalm 147:5 ESV 

Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.

Jeremiah 17:10 ESV

“I the Lord search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.”

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The Art of Deception

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People Deceiving Each Other is Part of Life

It would seem that there are cases when one person or a group deceiving another person or a group is an acceptable or even good thing but, is it? Strictly by GOD’s standard it is a sin (Is it not?):

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Exodus 20:16 ESV

“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.  . . .”

Most people interpret this verse to forbid lying.  So why did a number of instances in the Bible convey a situation when a form of lying seems to produce a positive result?

David feigned madness

1 Samuel 21:13-15 ESV 

So he changed his behavior before them and pretended to be insane in their hands and made marks on the doors of the gate and let his spittle run down his beard. Then Achish said to his servants, “Behold, you see the man is mad. Why then have you brought him to me? Do I lack madmen, that you have brought this fellow to behave as a madman in my presence? Shall this fellow come into my house?”

 

Rehab hides the spies

Joshua 2:3-4 ESV

. . . Then the king of Jericho sent to Rahab, saying, “Bring out the men who have come to you, who entered your house, for they have come to search out all the land.” But the woman had taken the two men and hidden them.  . . .

 

Gideon deceives the enemy

Judges 7:19-21 ESV

 

19 So Gideon and the hundred men who were with him came to the outskirts of the camp at the beginning of the middle watch, when they had just set the watch. And they blew the trumpets and smashed the jars that were in their hands. 20 Then the three companies blew the trumpets and broke the jars. They held in their left hands the torches, and in their right hands the trumpets to blow. And they cried out, “A sword for the Lord and for Gideon!” 21 Every man stood in his place around the camp, and all the army ran.

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The Explanation?

I could say context, purpose or justification but, the real explanation is simpler than that in my opinion: “We are living in a sinful world ruled by Satan.”  In this era deception may be the only way that the righteous can out wit the schemes of the great deceiver Satan.

 

Ephesians 6:12 ESV / 90 helpful votes

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

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Some Bible Verses:

Proverbs 19:5 ESV

A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who breathes out lies will not escape.

Proverbs 21:6 ESV

The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a snare of death.

Leviticus 19:11 ESV

“You shall not steal; you shall not deal falsely; you shall not lie to one another.

AMEN

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Our Brain: Life Long Modification

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Do you realize our human brain never stops adapting, self-correcting and learning?

Once it was thought that the human brain was pretty much set to what it would be for life by the time a person approached the thirty year old mark but, that is probably too simplistic a view.  Changes continue past this age and while not as rapid or dramatic as when developing from childhood to adult hood, nevertheless a life long process.

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Science seems to validate Biblical guidance for us

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Some scientists think the brain starts out with more neuron connections and discards unused ones instead of creating new ones establishing the lion’s share by about twenty-six years old. This may explain observed individual traits such as linguistic accents, harder to acquire certain skills such as playing a violin

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as we age or the difficulty adults can have altering their destructive behavior.  So what do I gather from reading about current neuron science? I am convinced what GOD teaches us in the Bible is being verified by science in this era.

 

Instructions and wisdom in The Word of GOD taught how to develop and maintain a well-balanced person long before scientist explained how our brain develops and works.

 

First: what milieu we are immersed as we go though childhood

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has a great effect upon who we become; change can come later in life but it requires a greater effort to experience improvement than if we developed it earlier in life.  Next: The brain can be rewired and respond to rehabilitation after a stroke or, overcome physical damage or disease with proper rehabilitation.  Some studies seem to even suggest that a person with a brain under attack from diseases that are manifested in older people actually can “rewire” itself around areas that have been damaged. What to I believe about all this information?

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I believe guidance for a healthy brain is found in The Holy Bible: 1) Children nurtured, loved and taught  right from wrong have a better chance to become good people within their society; 2) An adult trying to overcome a negative start in life must work hard to undo the negative affects but he or she can do it; 3) Learning what is right and good is a life long process for the human brain: it never stops requiring input, adaptation, integrating new information, assimilating new experiences and updated self meaning.

Here are some Bible quotes that reinforce my belief: 

Proverbs 1:5 ESV 

Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance,

Proverbs 1:7 ESV

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.

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,

Proverbs 22:6 ESV

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

1 John 4:1-3 ESV 

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.

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.

AMEN

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Truth in Business

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Some people attribute some questionable business practices as just part of reality.

A Christian brother who was the leader of a discipleship group explained how a Christian business person could be easily be distinguished from a “worldly” business person: “The Christian business person set his or her price as fairly as possible openly so a Christian brother or sister should not expect a discount (granted favoritism); the “worldly” business person may offer ‘special’ deals to ‘certain’ customers because of the way he or she sets their prices.  A business is a business and being such it must make a profit in order to stay in business.  The amount charged for goods or services must cover expenses and provide a living for its proprietor. Cost for premises, utilities, goods, shipping and so on must be paid before the business person earns enough for themselves (enough to raise a family as well in most cases).

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I expect a good quality product or service from a Christian business person as well as from a non-Christian business person.

To expect “more for less” just because you and the proprietor are Christians is not fair to them.  The Bible does address a number of issues pertaining to doing business according to GOD’s standards:

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Excerpts from GOD’S Word:

Leviticus 19:11 ESV

“You shall not steal; you shall not deal falsely; you shall not lie to one another.

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Proverbs 11:1 ESV

A false balance is an abomination to the Lord, but a just weight is his delight.

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The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library. “A character portrait. Alexander H. Stephen, M.C. from Georgia, the new chairman of the Committee on Weights and Measures.” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed September 9, 2016. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/c0cf23fd-1b66-fa46-e040-e00a18065ef0

Mark 8:36 ESV

For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?

 Romans 12:2 ESV 

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

 

AMEN

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Can GOD’s Mind Change?

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Have you wondered why we pray?

This post will discuss a topic that has the potential to be controversial: GOD is omniscient; GOD knows all aspects of eternity; Consequences for violation of GOD’s standards are inevitable. Could the things humans experience and execute within the realm of human existence under free will make a difference in an outcome when we pray?  At this point I will let GOD’s WORD offer clues about whether the mind of GOD can be changed.

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Examples from scripture that reveals clues as to whether the mind of GOD can be altered:

Genesis 18:16-33 (ESV)

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library. "Lot and His Family Fleeing from Sodom" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed September 5, 2016. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/ad2b8500-2efe-0133-5d45-58d385a7b928
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library. “Lot and His Family Fleeing from Sodom” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed September 5, 2016. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/ad2b8500-2efe-0133-5d45-58d385a7b928

26 And the Lord said, “If I find at Sodom fifty righteous in the city, I will spare the whole place for their sake.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adam and Eve suffered consequences

When humans violate a command of GOD they can expect to suffer consequences for their action.  That does not mean we cannot be saved for eternity because even the worst offenses are forgiven when we accept the accomplishment of Jesus Christ who took our place taking our punishment for our sin nature and leading us to eternal life in the presence of 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
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 3:17-19 (ESV)

And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

GOD grants a reprieve

Isaiah 38:5 (ESV)

“Go and say to Hezekiah, Thus says the LORD, the God of David your father: I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears. Behold, I will add fifteen years to your life.

Consider this . . . 

Exodus 32:14 (ESV)

14 And the Lord relented from the disaster that he had spoken of bringing on his people.

AMEN

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