Can You Take Bad News

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We all want to hear about the good stuff . .

. . . and hope we can avoid the bad stuff for as long as possible.  Yet reality is handled better when we are willing to accept life for what it really is: temporary, not guaranteed and often a struggle.

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We all are born, we live and then we all must die: there cannot be anything more probable than death. To live well in the meantime there is a lot of guidance from both human wisdom and religious dogma. Yet sorting through a myriad of do’s and don’ts it sometimes is hard to really know what is true or what applies.  For Christians the matter becomes simplified when we discover “there is nothing new under the sun” – to borrow a line from Solomon’s utterances. The Biblical record can help a great deal: especially Proverbs. Our nature is what it is and believing this helps everyone who believes it, to live a better life and to treat each other better in the process. Jesus boiled it all down to two commandments:

 

Matthew 22:36-40 ESV 

“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

GOD gave us the freedom to make mistakes . . .

. . . but GOD did not ignore us after creation; GOD gave guidance and knowledge and the ability to discern thus, we can avoid the worst life has to offer.

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And here it comes: yes there is evil and yes there is sin and we are capable of both.

1 John 1:8 ESV

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

I have written several times that even the best of us humans are not perfect and not without sin, neither can we do good to overcome it nor, can GOD ignore it. Sorry if that is an unwelcome revelation but it still is true; it is not what I made up it comes from the Bible as a whole and it is a clear description of the character and standards of GOD.

Romans 8:7-8 ESV

For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

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GOD provided a way for us to climb out of

. . . hole by first instructing us in the Scriptures and then giving us the work of Jesus Christ who paid the price for sin so that we can avoid eternal damnation just by believing what Jesus accomplished, with our whole heart and mind.

Acts 3:19 ESV

Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out,

 One last thought:

Don’t think you can outwit GOD

 

Isaiah 55:8 ESV

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.

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Why Strive for Good Against Evil

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JFK said on September 12, 1962 “We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, . . .”*

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And so any worthwhile endeavor  seems to put a challenge before us, including the struggle against Evil.

Galatians 6:9 ESV 

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

As a Christian no period in history has been free of opposing forces: persecutions from without and corruption from within.  Should we give up  opposing evil and promoting good? NO.

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.

 

We know the standard GOD presents in the Bible cannot be achieved by ourselves alone.

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We need Jesus.  Jesus satisfied “The Law of GOD’s requirement that sin be dealt with”; now we have eternal life but the struggle against evil continues (even within the best of us). Should we give up?

1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

 

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What Mosaics Teach Us

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Mosaics create an image that becomes clearer with distance.

History can give us a clearer picture when we examine the past objectively and in detail as its polarization diminishes and our objectivity begins to dominate.  More important? We can gain a better understanding of ourselves by doing the same thing: self examin, consider different choices or seek new information for ourselves. If we learn from this we may even chart a new course expecting a better outcome. If you desire to acquire a good foundation for living well, doing good and opposing evil examine The Book of Proverbs in The Old Testament.

Proverbs 24:1-34 ESV

Be not envious of evil men, nor desire to be with them, for their hearts devise violence, and their lips talk of trouble. By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches. A wise man is full of strength, and a man of knowledge enhances his might, …

 

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Galatians 6:3-5 ES

For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. For each will have to bear his own load.

 This analysis works on many levels: sports, relationships, diplomatic endeavors . . . etc.

By the examination of a society or a culture we can learn a great deal about success and failure; hopefully what we learn may provide an opportunity to avoid mistakes made by our ancestors.

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1 John 1:9 ESV

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 Sounds so easy but the historical record would indicate something different: Doing the right thing is hard.

Yes sadly it appears to be more difficult to make significant improvements than logic may infer. Perhaps freewill, ego, personal interests and persistence to maintain ignorance conspire to foil even the most logical and obvious alterations for “the good”. Something as simple as “Trusting GOD” does not appear to ever last long or become a universal concept. There are always recalcitrant individuals and backsliders it seems.

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Matthew 5:10-12 ESV 

“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

 The cycles between good and bad times of the Hebrews written in the Biblical Book of Judges exhibits this human tendency oh so well.

The pattern goes something like this: When the people stray from GOD’s plan and drift away and even worship of false gods calamity is the result. When things get so bad that the people cry out to GOD for help a leader emerges (called by GOD) who restores the right relationship with GOD. The people prosper once more for a time but, the next generation that only knew good times is susceptible to falling into sin and disrespect for GOD once again . . . . and so the cycle continues.

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Judges 8:33-34 ESV

33 As soon as Gideon died, the people of Israel turned again and whored after the Baals and made Baal-berith their god. 34 And the people of Israel did not remember the Lord their God, who had delivered them from the hand of all their enemies on every side,


But that sort of thing cannot happen today; to Christians, here in the United States can it?

 

Of course it can and often does; it is even playing out this very moment. However GOD is slow to lose patience, slow to anger and willing to allow you  (all of us) to repent.  Why not do so right now before it is too late and let Jesus into your heart..

Psalm 103:8 ESV 

The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

 

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Why is Selfishness so Hard to Tame

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Selfishness is in our very nature . . .

. . . and the only way we can see it for what it is, is with GOD’S help and the the GOD given intelligence that our brain offers.  Animals can only respond to their chemistry with little (if any) abstract influence from their perception of the external world. We humans are part of the animal world but, have more brain potential for abstract thought so we can gain understanding from knowledge that can enable us to function with more than the prime motive to survive.  We are chemically linked to the life on Earth that is why we must eat, drink, breathe and reproduce just as living things in general must do.  Yes our mind can allow us to rise above this natural state for “good”. We can conduct our lives and apply our abilities for the common “good” of all our planet’s lifeforms: Stewardship. To allow ourselves to be governed by selfishness is not good; unbridled selfishness is destructive at the smallest and the largest scale.

Proverbs 21:13 ESV

Whoever closes his ear to the cry of the poor will himself call out and not be answered.

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Yes we have a strong desire to be protective

. . . because we want to have a “friendly” milieu for ourselves and our contemporaries as well as for our progeny.  When outsiders are perceived to represent a threat to our security we easily become defensive or even preemptively aggressive.

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The learning curve toward a more benevolent and socially cooperative behavior has been slow to achieve; it is a hard lesson to learn and apply. The progress toward this goal has been slow though Jesus laid out the “game plan” more than 2000 years ago. Are we such slow learners?  Some of us are I suppose but the real reason is found within our very nature.

Matthew 6:21 ESV

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

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“But competition is good,” You may think.  Yes I say, but only to a point.

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Extreme competition can do more harm than good: The original aim of “sportsmanship” was to be a metaphor for our lives as a whole: fairness, civility and the ability to win or lose with grace. Though it has helped it is yet far from perfect and cheating is more than disappointing it is discouraging

Proverbs 31:9 ESV

Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.

OK, awareness offers a forewarning

James 3:17 ESV

But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.

 When will we really “get it” that cooperation

. . . benefits the majority, and agree to truly banish extreme selfishness along with criminal activities so life can then be better for more of Earth’s inhabitants. Still, it is in our nature to fall to temptation and fall into sin despite our best efforts ad this is where Jesus offers a way.  Jesus provides a way out of this conundrum (the duality of good and bad within us) here and now and, for eternity. When The Kingdom of GOD comes all this will change for the better and beyond that will come judgement, and then an  eternity with GOD for those who are believers in Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:10 ESV 

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.

Remember where you are, though it may seem so for awhile,  you do not control the world and its ways. Ultimately we all will answer to GOD.

Ecclesiastes 9:11 ESV

Again I saw that under the sun the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favor to those with knowledge, but time and chance happen to them all.

Amen

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Does GOD Change?

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Through Time Things Change

We are in a state of constant change from the moment we are conceived; Nations are in a state of constant change from the moment they are formed; The Earth’s weather, climate and geology is dynamic; Astrophysicists recognize that the Universe is always changing. GOD is the one entity eternal and unchanging.

Psalm 90:2 ESV 

Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

(C) James Halifko

All things we know seem to have a beginning and an end; this is how we perceive life.

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Yet GOD has an eternal perspective so how are we to understand all GOD’s ways?  We surely cannot but, we can trust in what GOD has revealed and  promised as explained in The Holy Bible. As for Jesus was He merely “a good man”? No: he is part of the mystery of the Holy Trinity and thus GOD incarnate.

John 1:1 ESV

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 10:30 ESV 

I and the Father are one.”

John 1:14 ESV 

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

So we witness lifeforms come and go: plants, insects, animals, people and Nations but . . .

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Hebrews 13:8 ESV 

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

 

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We can count on the promises of GOD

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God has made numerous promises expressed in the Bible: some big as in covenants with nations; some small as I know all about you and have a plan for you.  Trust GOD; accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour.

 

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July 4th Liberty Freedom and

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Happy July 4th

A mature Christian may have the freedom to enter into a gray area but not if it can lead a brother or a sister into sin.
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Even overeating or a poor diet can be self destructive and you may lead your brother or sister into temptation just by indulging in a food harmless to you. Christians may be free to do some things not in themselves a sin or sinful but may be a problem for a fellow believer. (ST) Apostle Paul knew eating food offered to false gods was not a sin but some believers weren’t sure.

1 Corinthians 8:7 – 9 ESV

However, not all possess this knowledge. But some, through former association with idols, eat food as really offered to an idol, and their conscience, being weak, is defiled. Food will not commend us to God. We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do. But take care that this right of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.  . . .

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Freedom, Liberty, Civility and Law and Order.

What is meant by Freedom and Liberty? Do they refer to the same thing? Can they be used interchangeably? Are there limitations on Liberty, or is it something that is supposed to be completely without restriction? If, as the Declaration of Independence declares, all men are created equal with inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, does that mean government can do nothing to restrict Liberty? . . . ” http://eyler.freeservers.com/JeffPers/jefpco26.htm

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” . . . Law and justice are two words that often go hand-in-hand. These words are often confusing for many people who believe that these words are the same or refer to the same thing. However, this is not true. . . . ” http://www.differencebetween.info/difference-between-law-and-justice

Luke 14:1-6 ESV 

One Sabbath, when he went to dine at the house of a ruler of the Pharisees, they were watching him carefully. And behold, there was a man before him who had dropsy. And Jesus responded to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath, or not?” But they remained silent. Then he took him and healed him and sent him away. And he said to them, “Which of you, having a son or an ox that has fallen into a well on a Sabbath day, will not immediately pull him out?” …

What is Civility?

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“Civility is about more than just politeness, although politeness is a necessary first step. It is about disagreeing without disrespect, seeking common ground as a starting point for dialogue about differences, listening past one’s preconceptions, and teaching others to do the same. Civility is the hard work . . . ” http://www.instituteforcivility.org/who-we-are/what-is-civility/

Jesus boils it down to this:

Matthew 22:37-40 ESV 

And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

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Thank You Jesus for teaching us GOD’s truth; I pray we remember this always.  And that our United States though, free from an ‘official religion’ had reflected the best that humans can offer because the founders based their ideals on what they knew about right and wrong from the Holy Bible. May we as a people never forget or forsake this  but remain a beacon truth to the entire world. In Jesus’ name Amen. 
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What Ruins a Family, a Society, a Nation . . .

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What is the ruin of us all?

 

  1.  Denying GOD exists.
  2.  Worshiping things of this Earth – including self.
  3.  Defiling GOD’s Holiness by profanity or triviality.
  4.  Not taking a period of rest to worship GOD, for yourself and rest for any living thing under your care.
  5.  Not honoring your parents and respecting your family.
  6.  Willing to or committing murder.
  7.  Sexual immorality of any kind but especially adultery.
  8.  Taking anything that is not yours to take or claim.
  9.  Lying, omitting truth, perpetrating nefarious subterfuge especially for  personal gain.
  10.  Allowing desire for the possessions of others  to dominate our life – our being.

So obeying GOD’s proscriptions and prescriptions helps people live a more peaceful and productive life; more likely to be filled with love and not hate.

Exodus 20: 1-17 ESV

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Achieving these will give you and your family, and nation, a better quality of life.

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Jesus summed it up when he answered the scribe:

Mark 12: 28-31 ESV

28 And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

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Is God’s Direct Punishment Now Rare on Earth?

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God may not mete out punishment today as read in Biblical examples but . . .

. . . our disobedience and sinning has consequences all on their own; we may reap negative results now, or maybe later, but GOD will not be mocked: GOD has a high standard and ultimately GOD will judge everyone. This World is still under the rule of Satan and will remain so until Jesus returns and implements the end times prophecies.

Romans 6:23 ESV 

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

I am sure glad  that I am a Christian living under GOD’s Grace

Yes Christians are in this world that has much to tempt us; yes our minds and bodies are weak and we all have sinned.

Romans 3:23 ESV 

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

 


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“Dziękuję Ci za wypłatę kar za moje grzechy, ocalając mnie przed sądem Bożym z wyprzedzeniem”.

“Ďakujem Ježišovi za zaplatenie pokuty za moje hriechy, a tak ma zachránil pred Božím úsudkom vopred”.

“Thank you Jesus for paying the penalty for my sins thus saving me from GOD’s judgement in advance”.

«Спасибо вам, Иисус за то, что заплатил за мои грехи, чтобы спасти меня от суждения Бога».


The more I sin the more forgiveness and the greater measure of GOD’s Grace I get, right?

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Not so fast. (ST) Apostle Paul writes:

Romans 6:1-2 ESV

What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?

 

I will just do more good than bad and thus please GOD so that I can enter Heaven

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Wrong.  We do not save our self with works, we do good to demonstrate GOD’s Love and our gratitude for what Jesus had done – and is doing even now – as HIS work applies to all believers from all times. The good we do, can enhance our heavenly rewards and make things better on this planet but trust in Jesus is the only way to salvation.

Romans 11:6 ESV 

But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace.

 About heavenly rewards

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1 Corinthians 3:13-15 ESV 

Each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.

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Even the Strong can Fall

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Rome Conquered the Carthaginians: Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division, The New York Public Library. “Carthaginis Celeberrimi Sinus Typus.” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed May 4, 2017. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e4-667d-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Yet sometimes a large celebrated army or warrior succumbs to a smaller more capable one or, a nation directed by an especially adept leader.

Human example: The American Revolution is a good example of the “underdog” becoming victorious – perhaps this is why many Americans like stories where an “underdog’ wins. Follow the link below artwork to read why the British should have won the Revolutionary War.

Surrender of Cornwallis: The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library. “Surrender of Lord Cornwallis, at Yorktown, Va. October 19th, 1781.” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed May 4, 2017. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47da-fb9c-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Three Reasons the British Should Have Won the Revolutionary War (and Three Reasons the Patriots Did Win)

 

Biblical example: David and Goliath; a mere shepherd boy with a stone throwing sling defeats the giant warrior – one of the best known and loved stories from the Bible.

1 Samuel 17:49 ESV

And David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone and slung it and struck the Philistine on his forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the ground.

David and Goliath: Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library. “Miniature of David and Goliath. Initials, border, placemarkers.” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed May 4, 2017. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47da-e4d3-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

 

Then Some Strong Kingdoms or Empires that were not conquered from without were defeated from within.

Rome: The great empire we study in world history and still refer to many of its contributions to Western Civilization declined and, of that there is no debate. The reasons for the decline?  A cursory scan of its history lists a number of reasons (or possible reasons) and you may just assume nearly all, or most, of them together did Rome in.  I however lean heavily on the theories supporting its moral decline. The books of Daniel and Revelation have prophecies for this if you choose to read them. So when I scan the Greco-Roman architecture in many of the buildings in our land (especially in Washington, D.C.)  I sometimes wonder if the one negative factor of our society and culture is eroding our Nation from within: Increasing Immorality.

 

Old Testament Israel: Through my life I have had a positive outlook for our Nation’s future but, now in the latter years of my life my optimism is being challenged by experience, examples of humans embracing evil and the Word of God.  I now realize that if the Hebrew people who left Egypt, faced many challenges and experienced the blessings of GOD (many first hand), could fragment into different nations and turn away from GOD, what can be expected from the people of our contemporary times; we must keep our Faith without direct action by GOD on the scale and vivid nature experienced by the Hebrews?

 

Whether or not you believe The USA is vulnerable to attack, and being conquered from without or not, one thing a lesson from history has revealed to me: We, can, self-destruct.

Lessons from the rise and fall of nations (especially the Hebrews) alerts me to the importance of a morally strong culture observant of justice and law and order. In this is the secret to remaining viable and with a strong unity.  The task that establishes this foundation is the family unit. The family unit is where this strength is taught and nurtured. It seems too late to teach children respect and a working knowledge of right and wrong when parents wait until it is time for their children to attend elementary school. It seems if they do wait they leave this important task to the teachers that their children will have. The teachers by that time who must teach this foundation are most often confronted with correcting disrespect and unruly behavior in classroom environments. The energy that must be expended in correcting negative behavior diminishes the real task teachers have: teaching language skills, math and subjects useful to individuals who must contribute in a positive way to our society.

 

The minimum requirements for a good member of our society? Civil, law abiding, responsible and capable of holding a job and raising a family.

 

 

ESV = ENGLISH STANDARD VERSION BIBLE

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Caring for One Another

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Despite so much evidence that some humans seem to be evil, enough people care about other people and do good in many ways.

Fire Fighters – image from pixabay.com

It seems to me that evil is ever present as the news heaotheresdlines indicate;  yet the people of the world have somehow managed to do more than survive. When a disaster hits sure some opportunistic thieves steal from victims and pillage or worse, affecting their fellow humans negatively by making a bad situation even more traumatic but, most do not.

The Moore, OK tornado – image from pixabay.com

Many people provide assistance in many forms: medical attention, search and rescue, clean water, food, shelter and often financial aid for rebuilding.  Why do people care about strangers, foreigners, or people in a different culture halfway around the world?

San Francisco Disaster – The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library. “Serving out Army supplies to unending bread line of refugees at Ft. Mason, San Francisco disaster.” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed January 24, 2017. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e1-603e-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
Disaster – The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library. “West end Main St., showing Merchant’s Hotel.” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed January 24, 2017. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e0-a393-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

As a Christian I believe it is because we are taught to do so by reading and learning from GOD’s Word.

Hebrews 13:16 ESV

Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

Philippians 2:4 ESV

Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

NYC Fire – Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy, The New York Public Library. “Fire and firemen – [Lower Broadway fire.]” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed January 24, 2017. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47dd-98f2-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
Tsunami 2004 – image from pixabay.com

 

So, by considering the needs of others we become obedient servants for GOD demonstrating GOD’s love for people to all the world.

No we do not earn Earthly points or work our way to heaven; as followers of Jesus we already have eternal salvation.

Earthquake – image from pixabay.com

When we care for others we show GOD’s love to those who do not know of, or about, the one true GOD. Our actions may even cause another human to turn away from selfishness, hedonism and a godless existence and they may even accept GOD’s grace by believing in Jesus Christ and become a fellow believer.  If that were to happen you can join in with the heavenly host and joyfully celebrate.

Luke 15:7 and 10 ESV

Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

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Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

Titus 3:5 ESV

He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit,

 

Becoming a Christian is easy and simple

John 3:16 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.

ESV = English Standard Version Bible.

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