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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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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The Value of Human Life

 

From healthcare to war casualties

The people of The United States of America have demonstrated a high standard when it comes to the value our Nation places on human life.  No, we are not perfect; we have some flaws and some people who abuse others. Yet when considering the World as a whole the U.S.A. has been, and is, a leader in helping others and acting as a force for improvement.

Population and Daily Life

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More People More Problems

When Moses acted as preeminent leader and directed the Israelite Nation out into the desert as GOD instructed he came upon a reality: More people to lead meant more problems and he needed help in order to accomplish his job. His father in law (Jethro) observed a problem that Moses faced: As only leader set before the people Moses was overwhelmed by mediation requests and the back up of those needing a hearing tired the people also.  Jethro advised Moses:

Exodus 18 ESV

14 Jethro saw Moses judging the people. He asked, “Why are you doing this? Why are you the only judge? And why do people come to you all day?”

15 Then Moses said to his father-in-law, “The people come to me and ask me to ask for God’s decision for their problem. 16 If people have an argument, they come to me, and I decide which person is right. In this way I teach the people God’s laws and teachings.”

17 But Moses’ father-in-law said to him, “This isn’t the right way to do this. 18 It is too much work for you to do alone.

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Serving the people meant delegating

Moses delegated the task of judging situations that the people under him had need for resolution to leaders and elders and numerous levels. The easiest decisions made at the lowest levels and only major or difficult judgments need be presented to Moses himself.

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And so with global population increases administration of service tasks also increases.

The human experience on planet Earth thus began in such a way as heads of families then clans could provide leadership and judgments up to this day vast populations require ever increasing specialized jobs to serve the people.

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(C) James Halifko

Yes, the challenge is great but GOD’s standards still prevail to all people everywhere

 

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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

Excerpts from the bible esv

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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When No or Yes Really Means Maybe

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Here in the USA it is high stakes political season

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As I write the Republican Party Convention is underway and next week the Democratic Party Convention will be upon us: they are what dominate the media when underway.  Of course this fall we American Citizens will be voting to select the next president and here there is no higher political office – no more important office on the planet some say.  Yes GOD knows people require leaders and if not actually blessed by GOD governments exists because GOD allows them. You must study The Holy Bible cover to cover to truly understand this scriptural concept. Fellow Christian for the purpose of this article know that GOD is the ultimate overseer of even what politicians do as our leaders.

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.

For me it is a challenge: I do not trust politicians.

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I know that the term politics is applied throughout our world and it is not limited to politicians whom run for office desiring to represent us and act as leaders on our behalf.  We mention things like office politics, sports politics and even church politics; what do we mean by this much used and loosely applied term? It refers to the negative assessment many of us have of most politicians.  Often we say or hear someone else say, “Politics and politicians are a necessary evil.”  I for one dislike this characterization because the realms of duplicity, subterfuge and ambiguity may be part of human nature but, GOD has a higher standard by which our conduct is (or ultimately will be) judged.

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History reveals the treachery of humans

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Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. “…and the Fuhrer to conduct extensive discussions on the German-Russian relations in the context of the friendship pact between the two states. The visit concluded with complete agreement.” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed July 19, 2016. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/ad8bf4f8-ab53-1f4b-e040-e00a18061930

Hitler signed an agreement with Stalin during World War II dividing Poland between them and promising not to attack The U.S.S.R. but that did not last long. Nazi Germany invaded Soviet Russia in June 1941 this tragic betrayal contributed to the horrendous death toll attributed to the global conflict. This may be a monstrous example of betrayal but it is by no means the only example we can study.  A cursory review of history will review examples of treachery by individuals that had devastating effects on those who trusted them. Political and military traitors and even ordinary citizens at times committed this evil offense.

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The demonstrations of the treachery people are capable of often surprised me. That all change for me when I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and begun to study The Holy Bible.  Scripture illustrated devious people in positions that inflected great harm when their duplicitous action was executed even in ancient times and taught me that we all are capable of such a sin.

Matthew 15:19 ESV

For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.

Most of us want to belong

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It is our nature to want to be seen as “good”, accepted, included and so on. The desire to be part of a family, clan, tribe or nation is not a bad thing it is part of out heritage and has contributed to the survival of humanity on an often hostile planet.  When this longing to be counted in is part f the human experience it can mask many problems that the darker side of our nature precipitates. OK, we are reluctant “rock the boat” or say something when we observe something suspicious yet, as Christians GOD wants us to strive to overcome the evils and negatives of this worlds by being obedient to the standards GOD has revealed for us through the prophets now contained in the Holy Bible.

Matthew 5:37  ESV

Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.

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Yes fellow Christian it is not easy but we must do what is right

Why do we gather in fellowship, study GOD’s Word and strive to obey what Jesus has instructed? We do these things to help each other be accountable, to encourage one another to do what is right, to teach the children and new Christians the truths so that we bring “The Light of Jesus” to a dark world.

James 4:17  ESV

So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.

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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.

Something about living in the U.S.A.

 

” . . . Thus, while it is clear that democracy must guarantee the expression of the popular will through majority rule, it is equally clear that it must guarantee that the majority will not abuse use its power to violate the basic and inalienable rights of the minority.  . . . ” 

Excerpt from* Majority Rule/Minority Rights: Essential Principles

*http://democracyweb.org/node/36

Referenced: Alexis de Tocqueville, “Tyranny of the Majority,” Chapter XV, Book 1, Democracy in America

 

Are we Bible Believing Christians now a minority in a Nation founded if entirely by Christians, overwhelmingly influenced by people who had excepted GOD’s Holy Bible as the preeminent authority; the guide to all matters people encounter and experience on Earth?

Is secular humanism deliberately diminishing our influence upon our Government and our people which has served to preserve “The Greater Good” despite the flawed and imperfect aspects of the human race?

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Maybe it is time for the creation of a new Political Party that will represent our interests and preserve the Greater Good that only adherence to the word of god can maintain.

Major political parties*

*from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_political_parties_in_the_United_States

A party that has “an independent state organization… in a majority of the states”[1] is listed as a major party. An “independent state organization” is not to be confused with the organization of an Independent Democrat or Independent Republican.

Political Party

States*

Founded in

Former Titles

International Affiliations

Democratic Party 50 + DC 1828 Progressive Alliance[2]
Republican Party 50 + DC 1854 International Democrat Union[3]
Libertarian Party 48 + DC[4] 1971 Interlibertarians[5]
Green Party 36 + DC[6] 1991 Global Greens
Constitution Party 26[6] 1992 U.S. Taxpayers’ Party

There is a webpage* that indicates “Christian Democrats of America”

* http://www.christiandemocratsofamerica.org/

My fellow Christians look into this group, similar groups or start one yourself in order to promote the influence of GOD’s Word upon our Country (and The World).  It is my hope that we can lesson the influence  and effects of evil on the people of our planet.  Thank You

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Inseparable: Church Morality and State Morality

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People complicate simple things

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.

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Real Human Nature

As a Christian I accept what The Bible defines our nature to be:

Matthew 15:19 ESV

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.

Ecclesiastes 7:20 ESV

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.
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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*

* https://www.loc.gov/loc/lcib/9806/danpre.html

Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. "Solomon commands the spirits of the world to submit to his will." New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed July 15, 2016. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/6c40374c-9aae-5ac7-e040-e00a18064e61
Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. “Solomon commands the spirits of the world to submit to his will.” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed July 15, 2016. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/6c40374c-9aae-5ac7-e040-e00a18064e61

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:

Matthew 22:21 ESV

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library. "Octavius Cæsar. (Antony and Cleopatra)" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed July 15, 2016. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47de-1124-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library. “Octavius Cæsar. (Antony and Cleopatra)” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed July 15, 2016. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47de-1124-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

(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.”

 

and what about GOD’s Word on government?

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.

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One big question: do you want a government dominated by self-interest or one dominated by the principles of GOD?

Isaiah 1:17 ESV

Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.

Yes, the above is what GOD would have us do.

Last Words:

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I want my government leaders to use GOD’s standard in their duties because The USA is what it is because it was established using GOD’s principles and that is much more than mere tradition. Amen

 

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