GOD must be larger then everything or we completely misunderstand everything because that may not be relevant, why? We think in terms of the physical world we can touch, taste smell or hear but, we have a hard time with the extremely large and the extremely small. The visible Universe is so vast I scarcely believe any human can truly grasp it. The extremely small down to the quantum level is equally difficult to grasp by any human I know. Yet, GOD is the creator and has sovereign control of the dominion we call the Universe.
For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPI7WbPyoM8been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.
Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.
Can we know? As a Christian I trust what the Bible explains about our GOD and have the Faith to accept it. Without this belief and trust, a human _cannot truly understand or worse, scoff at believers. With an attitude such as that they cannot accept what the Scriptures teach. First they must confess, repent accept Jesus and receive The Holy Spirit so they can enjoy salvation and understand what we Christians believe to be true as presented in The Holy Bible.
The football game was tied and the home team had the ball; oh no they fumbled and the other team ran the ball all the way for a touchdown. We know that as a “sudden death” tie breaker. The judgement? The home team lost and the visiting team won. A more dire situation? Oh I will accept GOD (Jesus) when I get old; I am not ready (to give up sinning ) now. Bzzzzzzzzz!
TOO LATE; the head on collision killed them instantly. Now before GOD and the judgement.
What good old days are is immensely subjective of course; for whom; where; when. Times of war, famine, natural disaster, pandemics or when little existed to defend, ward off or assist victims of whatever.
10Say not, “Why were the former days better than these?” For it is not from wisdom that you ask this.
Ancient common practices:
Blood letting was a common medical practice once; even using leaches; no antibiotics; no anesthesia; no X-rays; few effective medications.
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.
Out in the “The Real World” I heard it said as a child or student it is like (blank). Unfortunately while this may suggest making a mechanical thing work it can, also point to a darker side of life. We (all not just Christians) must prepare our children for real life dangers along with an optimistic portrayal of life beyond the cocoon of family, church or school – when these places live up to the best humans can offer of course. Some children learn all too soon some of life’s uglier side at home or close to home. For the majority I hope the collective nest in childhood is loving and nurturing. As a student of history, humans and what the Bible says about good and evil, we do not do our young a favor by shielding them for too long and too tight a loving grip: in some way we must alert them just what is “The Real World” as we teach them tolerance and how to love thy neighbor as thy self.
It would be nice just to sit back and enjoy what GOD has given us in the life we have in these United States (despite flaws); we are pretty much safe and secure for the most part. So why not get rid of our Armed Forces? Our Firstresponders? SURE, if we did we would soon be overwhelmed by enemies, competitors and evil doers.
“It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.” — Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf Jr.May 25, 2015
This is a comment from a warrior that dedicated his life to keeping Americans free.
Christian you must not nap as the culture around you drifts evermore into sin. We may be acting too late for some things but, with the help of GOD we can see the undoing of some of the evils that have permeated our land.
This week’s blog is heavier on Biblical quotes: GOD’s Word is Clear and needs nothing from me to make it clearer on this topic.
Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.
My Sisters and Brothers in Christ surely you must know how destructive a cycle of revenge is: The Bible is clear about that and so is the message Jesus gave on how to avoid or stop this human violent characteristic.
Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”what Jesus said about violence
I am not referring to self defense for even the Disciples carried swords. The sense here is forgive an offense and set it aside – or forget it.
How Destructive is this Violent Cycle?
Look to history, yet, wars of annihilation and genocide are still taking place even now. Tribes, nations, countries, races, ￼religions even families. Feuds, revolutions, terrorism and hate fuel these cycles. Jesus taught a better way:
“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.
If a thief is found breaking in and is struck so that he dies, there shall be no bloodguilt for him, but if the sun has risen on him, there shall be bloodguilt for him. He shall surely pay. If he has nothing, then he shall be sold for his theft.
Much more to learn: Do not Murder; God may be the avenger; Jesus advocates turning the other cheek in some cases . . .
A Biblical Argument for Self Defense: Wayne Grudem
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.Read about Elijah, especially note 1 Kings 19:12 (ESV)
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I have on several occasions explained that human standards and GOD’s ￼standards are not the same (like it or not; agree or disagree), if it were not so, GOD would not be GOD. Warm and fuzzy, “Fire and Brimstone”, Judge, Mercy Grantor, or Chastiser? Same GOD, DIFFERENT SITUATIONS.
Hippie flower children gushing with love: yes
but not always.
Satan challenged GOD and was cast out of heaven; Adam and Eve sinned and were cast out of the Garden of Eden; Humans were so depraved GOD had Noah build an Arch for himself and his righteous family and representatives of all living creatures, then destroyed all the sinners in a flood – along with everything else.
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;￼
Moses was angry on GOD’S behalf after seeing the Golden Calf ? Yes.
Moses was a great leader but succumbed to the constant grumbling of “the ”chosen people” as they wandered in the wilderness.
Read: Numbers 20:2 – 13
Moses and Aaron struck a rock to obtain water for the people as they had done previously, however, GOD had instructed them to speak to the rock in order to obtain water. This disobedience cost them entry into the “Promised Land”.
_Heaven or Hell: Yes, but Jesus offers peace with GOD – avoidance of Hell and an Eternity in heaven.