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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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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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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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Beginnings and Endings

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Humans Understand Beginnings and Endings

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Birth and death of lifeforms, Nations and even stars are all easily grasped by the human mind but, what about eternity? The Bible teaches GOD always was and always will be can we really understand what that means? I cannot claim to know how to answer that; my perspective is pretty limited when one considers all of human history and all the people who have lived or, even contemplating the reality of seven billion plus humans alive right now. Perhaps some understand this concept of infinity better than others; can any temporal being envision what eternal means.

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Christians gain eternal life when accepting Jesus

Eternal life sure makes us feel better than the alternative: the second  and complete death after the judgement.  On that basis alone people should consider Jesus’s offer if for no other reason.  Can you imagine being nothing? Can you imagine the eons before you were born?  I find it extremely difficult to contemplate the oblivion of nothingness I could have faced if I had died and, I had not secured eternal life by accepting Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.

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GOD Knows How We Think

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GOD expresses things in terms of beginnings and endings for our benefit: Jesus was born and died for example.  Yes, in GOD’s Word we read about eternal things but most of the Bible introduces us to people who were born, lived and died.

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The process of living, in terms of beginning our lives in ignorance as a baby, acquiring knowledge and experience as we grew, and the use of free will to determine our ultimate destiny.

 

 

The Bible Reveals How We Can Gain Eternal Life Before Death

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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.

 Genesis 1:1  ESV

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

Matthew 24:21  ESV 

For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be.

2 Timothy 3:1-5  ESV

But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.

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Everyone has Value

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Everyone who has ever lived and will be conceived is important: we are all part of the whole and what we do, or do not do, affects everyone else.  Yes we see the importance of great inventors, leaders and thinkers yet, we can not dismiss the value of any person doing any kind of work, or, just being part of the biosphere.  In a universe vast beyond human comprehension are we important on the cosmic scale?  Philosophers say we ourselves are the universe cognisant of itself.  You may think this message is beyond your comprehension, or it just does not apply to your everyday life but you are.

God has a purpose for you; he wants you to chose what is good and right with the freewill he has granted – but he will not force you to comply.  You are free to make your own way by making your own choices from moment to moment.  God loves his creation and God especially loves people; this includes you.  The Bible reveals many truths but the value placed on people is the greatest truth so often forgotten.  Seek God.  Seek God especially if you are struggling with self worth and can not believe you have a purpose: you have worth and you have a purpose.

For God So Loved the World  John 3:16 (ESV)

16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

You are Important Matthew 10: 26 – 33

26 “So have no fear of them, for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. 27 What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. 28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.[g] 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?[h] And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30 But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. 32 So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, 33 but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.