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Why did Americans accept “modern” substitutes for their (KJ) BIbles?

January 6, 2016

I am a “product” of the Jesus movement, and my father was a Pentecostal pastor, associated by some people with the rise of the Pentecostal movement, and I once briefly worked with Charismatic-associated missionary organization.

All of that has nothing to do with a more “accessible” Bible.

The KJB never lost “accessibility”. American Christians only began to accept substitutes in the post-WWII years. “Acceptance” got more traction in England earlier, surely due to their nobility-class oriented culture, or the push in clerical circles for it earlier on, and more centralization of clerical authority. And the ascendance of man’s wisdom over God’s wisdom with the quicker takeover of Darwin’s revived ancient pagan myth, dressed up in “modern language”.

There was also the decay in the faith of pastors educated in the seminaries, which became hotbeds for deviation from the faith of the fathers. Questioning miracles, Creation, and so on, and the heavy drumbeat in the media that youngsters were getting their news from, like a run of about a decade I remember that Time Magazine always put the Jesus Seminar foolishness on their front cover. Add to that the commands from wickedness in high places to expunge God from education and from city squares. Young people in my generation were indoctrinated with doubt and godlessness.

I was part of that Jesus’ people movement in fact for many years. I used the KJB without a good understanding of why except that it was obviously “stronger” language.

Believers did NOT have a problem with it in the 1950s, and even them most scholars, including in Divinity School with lots of alphabet titles after their names, would have said that the average KING JAMES Bible reader was of less scholarly education than readers of “modern” translations.

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Does God punish the innocent for the sins of others?

August 23, 2015

I suggest a new perspective on the passage used by a webmaster at the link http://www.religioustolerance.org/sin_trans.htm:

“Yes, God can personally take an active role in transferring punishment among generations from the guilty to the innocent:

…for which you quoted:  “Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them (idols), nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me.”

My comment to the writer follows here (comments are not accepted at the web pages there).

Spiritually speaking, especially after the universally expiatory sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross for the sins of the world for all those who believe in him, I do not know of any Christian theology or Christian teacher that says that the sins of the unbeliever can be laid at the feet of another. Jesus is THE Sacrificial Lamb, period.

As to consequences in the world, the quoted scripture is best understood in its context. The very next verse shows that it is not set in stone, so to speak:

“And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.” – Exodus 20:6

It is also best to take this in the context of even the laws of Moses it’s in. I doubt you know how much it’s mentioned, your tolerance theme does not seem to reach into much Biblical scholarship. Many pastors may not have satisfactory answers, but that’s true about many, many things, in some groups more than others.

Rahab, Ruth, Naaman, even Abraham himself were raised in wicked cultures and renounced the sins of their pagan upbringing, so Exodus 20:5 cannot mean that there is an inescapable scapegoating of the children in the sense implied by your quote. It’s illogical for one who believes the Bible, whether they see it or not, no matter.

The passage is true, though, in this physical world, as a general spiritual truth as good as gravity. The children suffer for the sins of the parents and grandparents, as a natural consequence. Those raised in a culture that practices child sacrifice is more likely to follow suit. Those raised by abusive parents are more likely to have problems that affect children and grandchildren. We now have fourth generation welfare babies who are suffering for the sins of the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration. We have even great-grandchildren suffering for the sins of the evil American Congress of 1913, who inflict us to this day with the evil oppressions of the Federal Reserve Bank so-called, fiat currency, and the income tax, and the sins of our own antecedents that accepted this.

The God of the Bible is a God of love and of perfect justice.

“And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.” – Exodus 20:6

It is also best to take this in the context of even the laws of Moses it’s in. I doubt you know how much it’s mentioned, your tolerance theme does not seem to reach into much Biblical scholarship. Many pastors may not have satisfactory answers, but that’s true about many, many things, in some groups more than others.
Rahab, Ruth, Naaman, even Abraham himself were raised in wicked cultures and renounced the sins of their pagan upbringing, so Exodus 20:5 cannot mean that there is an inescapable scapegoating of the children in the sense implied by your quote. It’s illogical for one who believes the Bible, whether they see it or not, no matter.

Bible believers, followers of Christ, bane of tyrants, have laid down their own lives spreading the gospel of love and freedom

August 30, 2014

This is my reply to a vicious slur against Christ and against the Bible found here and all to common even among liberty-minded writers sometimes. Keep in mind that even self-described atheist Rothbard recognized that many religiously inclined believers were often better defenders of freedom than fellow atheists. Ron Paul is a good example.

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/08/danger-religious-fundamentalists-just-muslisms.html

This article is worse than a cruel slur. The biggest victims of the abuses of the Roman persecutions, the Inquisitions, Roman Catholic armies. Papal decrees, Muslim fatwas, and holy wars have been  BIBLE-BELIEVING CHRISTIANS who have been the ones who paid with their own blood not only in their efforts to share eternal life and love and freedom found in Christ from guilt, sin, death and hell.

And you forgot to mention that the Popes put the BIBLE as the number one BANNED BOOK. Libraries should be pushing the BIBLE as history’s number one book banned by religious tyrants. John Knox is one who was a priest who first found out there was such a book when he saw it in their banned list.

From St. Patrick’s “crusade” against Irish and British slavery (“Is it our fault we are born Irish?”), to David Livingston’s and William WIlberforce’s campaigns against slavery, through the Christian abolitionists’ attacks on slavery, Christians have taken the beatings for people like the ones who taught the writer of this historical ignorance.

I too was deceived by the lies they taught me in the anti-Christian “secular” godless government indoctrination centers K-12 and then Ivy League professors who promoted the ideology of the biggest regimes on the earth of history that said the same things and tried to “cure” their societies and bring freedom FROM religion. 

Beware because when the voracious anti-Christian propagandists take control, the ones in clear and present danger will be the ones closest to their power and ideology. Stalin first had all his Politburo friends murdered, then he went after the fellow socialist Mensheviks and other socialists, and then of course the Christians. 

Like Christ said, what is whispered in secret will be shouted from the rooftops, and nothing and no one can stop the truth, shared with the love of Jesus Christ. 

Look at this great breach of logic. And they say this is “reason”, “enlightenment”??!

How can anybody say it’s all the same?

Jesus Christ laid down his OWN life for unbelievers to spread the message of the God of love, Muhammad laid down the life of unbelievers to spread his message of Allah.

The earliest Christians laid down THEIR OWN lives to spread the gospel of the God of love, while the early followers of Islam laid down the lives of resistors in North Africa and Arabia and Turkey and southern Europe to spread their message. 

Impostors and tyrants and rulers use any excuse they can use to justify power: atheism, the Pharisees with the laws of Moses, the money changers in the Temple, the evil kings of Israel, the wicked priests Ezekiel exposed in Ezekiel 8 that worshipped the sun in secret and kept idols to devils within.

With Christians came opposition to such tyrants. The Amish and the Puritans simply refused to cooperate with the Anglican mandates. The threat to appoint Anglican bishops over the colonies, known for “drawing-and-quartering” punishments, added fuel to the fire of the American Revolutionary War. Oh yeah, and the greatest scientists of history, including the greatest one, Isaac Newton, a young-Earth creationist. 90 percent of the founding members of the first society founded for the study of science, the Royal Society, were Puritans. 

Around the world, Christians shamed the world into ending child sacrifices, cannibalism, gladiator spectacles, slavery, and all manner of evils. They began the institutions of universities, orphanages, charities, clinics then hospitals, reflected to this day in names like Red Cross. 

Even Charles Darwin, of  “The Origin of Species and… the Preservation of Favoured Races”, once wrote a scathing rebuke to critics of missionaries, defending them and their influence. He told how world travelers like himself on the high seas, when they came to the shore of a South Pacific island, breathed a great sigh of relief when they saw the cross atop a steeple, knowing that the missionaries were here and instead of becoming somebody’s dinner they would be dining in peace with new friends. 

And today’s strongest and loudest anti-slavery crusaders are Christians, and it is Christians who are setting fire to spread the strongest message of freedom today, the anarcho-capitalist message, because THAT is what the Bible teaches, starting from Thou Shalt Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself, and Thou Shalt Not Steal, and Neither Do I Condemn Thee.

And the biggest call against tyranny of all is coming, and Bible-believers have been leading the charge for almost 2,000 years. The Mark of the Beast looks more than ever to be the embedded chip, that will be required by a new tyranny and one-world government. They might not even declare themselves as a government, but it will be required to buy or sell, and “really bad” penalties will apply to the freedom-minded. Many resisters will not be Christians. 

But there is a reason the present world rulers hate Christianity. They will be one strong element in those who stand firm in their faith, like in North Korea right now (see helpinghandskorea.com) and in Muslim nations.

Some of them who are prepared will feed and clothe you when you realize what’s happening. But that’s okay.

I once believed the lies myself. Welcome to the love of the truth. “Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free”. 

 

Movie “No Greater Love”: One thing missing

March 3, 2013
No Greater Love (2010 film)

No Greater Love (2010 film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

The writers of this movie wanted to lift up the idea of lifetime monogamous marriage and the idea of forgiveness. Of course this always gets into the romance of it too. But they did one thing wrong in the script.

 

They set it up so that after ten years of abandoning the husband with the child, the husband had found another woman who really loved him. When the ex-wife shows up, he breaks up with the new love and she is devastated. None of the Christians in the context are concerned about her at all. And that is the end of her in the whole thing.

 

That is a real shame. Sure it complicates the plot, but if you want to show Christian love in a movie about Christian love, marriage, matters of the heart and hurt, you go into that too.

 

 

 

 

Memphis Three? How about the Southern Sudan TWO MILLION?

December 22, 2012

Hollywood cares about the Memphis Three, accused of murder in Satanic rituals, the most darling of which, Echols, has apparently sought refuge in Salem:
http://www.boston.com/names/2012/12/10/critic-complains-about-west-memphis-three-member-damien-echols-appearance-barnes-noble-peabody/q4SZoJcGmI6d0i9ZbyTfJO/story.html

There are some people who still think he’s guilty. Maybe Echols should have gone into a rock band instead and sung a sequel to “Sympathy for the Devil” on one song, and entice the adoring fans into listening to their violent and drug-saturated other songs.

You want miscarriage of justice? Yeah, let’s see a Paradise Lost sequel for Brian Terry, victim of Fast and Furious (False flag) and of the followup (no prison time for Brian Terry):
http://honorbrianterry.com

Here’s a much bigger one, only the victims are the current underclass of Official Media. Another genocide against black Africans. ignored by the Hollywood crowd that gets really mad when a Wiccan gets falsely accused:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/oct/16/sudan-genocide-repeat-activists-claim
Here’s a youtube on it, filmed by the attackers, who do not have any worries about Western Press for some reason:

The Sudanese torturers have idealogical colleagues, comrades in arms, at Guantanamo. Maybe Hollywood thinks the killing cousins in Guantanamo should not be waterboarded, but what about their comrades in arms torturing black-skinned Christians in Sudan?

There’s an Iranian-born American citizen being unjustly held in Iran because he is a Christian.

There was a Christian Iranian pastor who was under sentence of death for apostasy, released after years of prison only because the entire world kept their eyes on them and they must have wanted to avoid looking bad to even the more moderate Muslims, or enraging Americans before they’re ready.

OH, BUT THAT’S NOT THE GOOD OLE U. S. OF A?

Let’s visit the case of a “Phoenix

Fallen Border Patrol Agent Remembered - Brian ...

Fallen Border Patrol Agent Remembered – Brian A. Terry Border Patrol Station Ribbon Cutting Ceremony (Photo credit: CBP Photography)

pastor jailed over a home Bible study?
http://www.christianpost.com/news/phoenix-pastor-jailed-for-home-bible-study-to-serve-3-years-78414/
Of course the royalty of the city of Phoenix have said it’s a “safety” issue and a “zoning” issue. What they are not saying, of course, is that for them it is a matter of who is boss and who can tell you what to do in your home and where and how you can worship. And that they are the only ones qualified to know what is safe to do in YOUR home.

In that article, there’s also a mention that Pacific Justice Institute successfully drove back a law that required all groups of three or more to register before meeting:

PJI recently successfully defended a local Christian Bible group meeting in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., that was vulnerable to a controversial city code that required all religious, fraternal or nonprofit organizations of three people or more to obtain a conditional-use permit for hosting meetings, including Bible studies. The couple hosting the Bible group faced a $300 fine for violating this code. PJI successfully convinced the city of San Juan Capistrano to adopt a new policy that now allows up to 40 people to meet in a private residence without a permit.

Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/phoenix-pastor-jailed-for-home-bible-study-to-serve-3-years-78414/#MTLCkZFOIhctAYzR.99

Islamists are slaughtering both Muslims and Christians in Syria, but for the latter they have a special curse and execute special humiliations: “DIe, Christian dog, die!”

But three guys who “dabble” (wink wink) in Wicca are heroes to some in the crowd who think Christians should go to jail for ignoring government-ordered rules for their faith that force them to choose between jail, bankruptcy or giving up their faith.

Twins, Science, ESP, Music, Messages

February 12, 2012
Landing of the Pilgrims by Cornè, Michele Feli...

Piglrims landing in Massachussets

I’ve always suspected that twins would be the most sensitive –at a distance– to each other’s feelings, desires, thoughts…

http://www.motivateus.com/stories/twins.htm

This reminded me of my intellectual travel through my college and post-college years.

I am a “child of the 1960s”, that agitated generation that was among the first affected by court decisions that declared that America was no longer a “Christian” nation. It had been culturally Christian since the Pilgrims landed, something even the never-“BiblicalTime magazine recognized once upon a time in an edition that the Bible had been the dominant force shaping the cultural and political landscape from the time of the Pilgrims.

But in my first class in high school, the teacher first thing he said was, Let us get one thing clear, right now, he said, the Bible is wrong, period. He didn’t say it like that of course, what he said was that we were created by “evolution”, nothing more, it’s a fact, period, and he would not tolerate dissent.

What a clueless know-it-all idea! I’ve learned since then that the same group of religiously and fanatical Darwinists accuse believers of claiming to “have the corner on truth”!

That was the first volley in the attack on my simple childhood faith and by the time I had gone through my years of college I was not only atheist, but had been a mild agitator in my own right against the Vietnam War and against capitalism.

But thank God my mind did not shut down in stupor like some of my peers.

Because I knew about phenomena like the twins article at the aforementioned link, I began to think about the related science. High school-level physics tells us electronic impulses generate electromagnetic fields, and high-school biology tells us that our nervous systems depend on constant firing of electric charges in combination with chemistry.

One plus one is two, but the next question was, why was research into the obvious possibilities at absolute zero??

It became evident over time that the reason was that the group of people who would be the researchers had decided it was “unscientific” and just refused to go there. Actually there was a subtext there too: such things were “religious”, “spiritual”, too hot to touch for “science”. After all, “science” supposedly proved all religious ideas wrong. Pressed on it, they might invoke “lack of evidence”, by which they really meant, they were not interested in exploring any evidence.

That was the unspoken context of government education. Still is. Genesis One is wrong, goes the narrative, and Christians were among the worst abusers of power of history, blah blah blah. Now, after talk radio was unleashed from the “Unfairness Doctrine”, and a few years of Internet free speech market, the word is out, that it is okay to recognize the obvious: That the worst abusers of all history have been the officially atheist Marxist regimes of the 20th century and even the 21st century. The worst abusers of the last half of the 20th century in second place are some of the Islamic nations, though not necessarily all of them, and historically they were not so consistently totally brutal as the atheist regimes.

Okay, anyway, on goes my story.  Undeterred by the lack of interest by “scientists” in following the confluence of physics and biology where it would lead, I decided to see what materials were out there about ESP (“extrasensory perception), “psychic” phenomena, and other things beyond the “edge” of science. “Tachyons” were already a subject for science fiction, a major hobby interest of mine as well.

I remembered prophecy as a real thing from my Dad’s sermons. I couldn’t find stuff on these subjects except the ones that tended on the “spooky” and crazy stuff. The most promising was an experiment at Stanford University (I think it was) that found they could get people to control the type of brain waves enough to type on a remote keyboard.

Prophecy, what is also called “premonition” or “clairvoyance”, was another thing to think about. This led to memories of sermons about prophecy from childhood days.

I had read one of Isaac Asimov‘s multitude of writings, where he had talked about Bible prophecy and concluded for you that it was all a bunch of nonsense. Self-fulfilling or vague he said.

Not an expert, but I knew that was wrong, vaguely remembering some of the things from earlier. That is now a blur, but ever since then I’ve learned of thousands of very specific predictions in the Bible and outside the Bible.

So that led me to do some research in the Bible, though I was still atheist, thinking there might be something there to learn about growing some ability in this area or find out more about these phenomena.

It led to thinking about everything again.

Hats off to my very liberal Geography teacher in high school, Cleveland High School in St. Louis, we all loved that guy. He emphasized at every turn that we should all think for ourselves about all things. He provoked us in political discussions too, and moderated class discussion about how to decide our vote in elections. He explained why he voted a straight Democratic Party ticket, but he was not a demagogue about it and he didn’t call dissenters names, and he made us feel that we would not be ostracized or humiliated if we dissented.

What a contrast with the religiously Darwinian fanatic, the Biology teacher.

So not necessarily just because of that Geography teacher, my mind began to wander outside the strictures pounded into us by government education, that we were not to take the Bible as history.

Boy oh boy what a ride it was after that.

I decided that the truth was the goal, no matter what it looked like. As in, open your mind to the truth even if it looks like a narrow truth.

Once that closed-minded barrier broke, following facts, science, history, and logic where it led, it became a road back to a lonely faith. Lonely because it was faith in God but all my peers were now steeped in the anti-faith indoctrination, and did not very open then to reason or rationality.

Other things were going on in my life too at the same time, other slow-forming epiphanies.

I was also getting sorely disillusioned with the fellow anti-war demonstrators and fellow leftists. None of them were much interested in my desire to join forces with the unions to overthrow capitalism. Unions were middle class by then. I remember some of the construction worker wildcat strikes in the news when I was a kid in the 1950s, and remember thinking that the hourly pay they were demanding was astronomical.

And working Americans at the time were heavily patriotic, too. We called them “hard-hats”, and in the early years they were furious over anti-war demonstrations. At one point, there was a pro-war march about half a million strong through central St. Louis, my home town.

But it didn’t take too much to see through the elitist leftist leaders. During those days, Pacific Gas and Electric raised the rates in the area for electricity, and their members, union workers, went on a wildcat strike, demanding they roll back the rates as their top demand!

At the time, a student body leader known as a leftist, led a group of us to something I think he needed to do for academic credits. It was a study of poor people of some theme or another. We went to East St. Louis, on the other side of the river, and went down to the riverbanks of the Mississippi River, and he did his oral interview with a black fellow there who was tending to a few hogs he had there.

About a hundred feet downriver there was a big electric tower, and there were two hard-hats there, remember, these were workers for PG&E. I suggested hey, look, these are the workers we need for revolution, let’s go talk to them. These rich kids –it was an expensive Ivy League university (I was there on 100% scholarship and loan)– starting with the “leader”, could not have snorted any more pig-like than the pig farmer’s hogs when he spit out his epithet: “hard-hats”.

That was my disillusion with that movement. Plus, with seeing the capitalists behind every bad thing happening, why did the Communist “alternative newspapers” treat the JFK assassination like it was nothing to think about, ho-hum?

Then there was rock music. A friend who was a “Trotsky” Communist who also loved the Beatles told me he thought there was a subtle pro-revolution (of the violent kind) message in the Beatles song that seemed to denounce violence for changing the world, which to us seemed a contrast to another one (“A working class hero is something to be”).

Wow. I was at my favorite group the Rolling Stones for singing about everything BUT revolution. Even “fighting in the streets” seemed to be for biker gangs, not us. So after that tidbit about the Beatles, I put on the headphones and started listening to all the Rolling Stones records my radical sociology professor had, because I was renting a room from him at the time.

It was a frustrating few weeks looking for a hidden revolutionary message, until finally one song’s “message” became clear, an exhortation to overdose without care, a message to welcome that “monkey on my back”.

The disillusion became outrage. From there I listened to the other albums I had liked so much. Jefferson Airplane told you “your mind is a thoroughbred” –if you could get through “baby you’re dead”, stroking the ego into eugenics, breed the race. Then there was “The Band”, telling us out loud we were puppets on a string, if you could undo the subtle psychology of the lyrics preceding that used association tricks to sublimate the conscious.

Some readers by now are thinking, Yeah, I knew that. Others are going, Wow, that’s right! Some others stopped thinking back at “monkey on my back”. But then there are psychologists saying “Yep. Light hypnotic state”.

My disillusion turned into frustration because none of my friends thought it was any big deal.

Shortly after that, my college years were over, and I moved my pre-induction draft physical to where the U.S. Statistical Abstract said there were the most medical deferments, North California. I had friends already in Berkeley, California.

The day after the doctors failed me in the exam for medical reasons, I met some street missionaries from the street missionaries that lit fire to the Jesus People movement and spent the afternoon with them.

A couple of months later, I returned to California from St. Louis to join this movement to change the world.

And that’s how it can be done. One heart at a time. You can’t wave a wand and impose goodness and light and  “democracy” on people who are not used to it, even if they yearn for the freedom that comes with a republican form of government. East Germans went through a lot of pain when they merged with their richer cousins of the West. Russia went through some pains with the partial privatization of their economy.

And the “Arab spring” is turning into an “Arab caliphate” ruled by mullahs of the Muslim Brotherhood, thanks to meddling. Better to support the Christians behind the Muslim Wall, and show them the God of love, and the life of resurrection, that wins hearts and minds to the truth.

Religion and churches vs. real faith

January 15, 2012

Great poem and presentation by this guy Jefferson. It has enough views it can count as “viral”:

I like that verse at the end:

But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. – Romans 4:5

That’s they way it has always been, too, because:

[It is of] the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.–Lamentations 3:22

..and nobody ever earned any spiritual points from God through his righteousness or obedience (What, did you think they were better than us, Mr. Scofield?):

Psalm 14:3.The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, [and] seek God.
4.They are all gone aside, they are [all] together become filthy: [there is] none that doeth good, no, not one.

Jesus called the leaders of the most respected religion of the day, “whited sepulchres” and “children of hell”, and they called him a prophet of Baal. The “Bereans” were “more noble” than the other guys, though.

Nicodemus blew the whistle on his fellow leaders of the Sanhedrin, the other “rulers of the Jews”:

The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.

Nicodemus said “we”, he did not say “I”. This exposes the lying hypocrites of the Pharisees, do not pull your punches, speak it plainly. The rulers of the Jews knew who Jesus was. They didn’t want a Messiah and here’s the proof. After Jesus rose Lazarus from the dead, some of the witnesses went and told the chief priests and the Pharisees:

John 11: 47 Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles.
48.If we let him thus alone, all [men] will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation.
53.Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death.

So maybe Jesus on the cross was talking about the ones who “[knew] not what they [did]”, so maybe he meant the Roman soldiers who had no clue..

One way to tell today that a Christian or a leader among Christians is of God is a clue Jesus gave us:

Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets. – Luke 6:26

Jesus held back on openly and strongly blasting the Pharisees until toward the end of his earthbound ministry, but Matthew 23 is one of the strongest blasts in the entire Bible against making temple worship your religion, and you’ll note that you don’t get too many sermons on that. You hear a lot more on the beatitudes.

No one ever earned righteousness or salvation, not even Job, God’s ” servant Job, that [there is] none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?” You have heard sermons quoting him, “Though he slay me yet I will trust him”, even as he refused to curse God and die.

And even as he protested to his friends that he didn’t know why he was hit with calamity, he said:

“If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me: [if I say], I [am] perfect, it shall also prove me perverse.” Job 9:20

Some people use the book of Romans to say that salvation by grace was some new thing and did not exist before Paul’s “revelation” (looking at you, Cyrus Scofield). But we see from Romans 3:12 that Paul’s new perspective was one he realized was always there in Psalm 14 before, which was emphasized by repetition in Psalm 53:

Psalm 14:2 The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, [and] seek God.
14:3 They are all gone aside, they are [all] together become filthy: [there is] none that doeth good, no, not one.
Romans 3:11 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
3:12 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.

Thank God for the mercy he shows us, the grace, and the fact that he does not lay our sins to our charge when we accept his grace.

Psalm 103:14He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
15 For as the heaven is high above the earth, [so] great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
16 As far as the east is from the west, [so] far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

Jesus also said the actions of the religious rulers of the day testified to the fact that they were of their fathers that persecuted the prophets. He told us in Matthew 24 that there would be false prophets in the last day that would say Jesus is Christ but would deceive many (verse 5). And that was one of the first signs of the end that Christ gave to his disciples in that chapter. We are living in those last days.

Let us remember that Christ came to condemn no one, but through him we all might be saved.

Right after the famous John 3:16, the Bible summarized in one verse, Jesus said:

John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

We have a good concrete example of this in John 8, one that we would do well to pay attention to:

John 8:10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?
11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

The woman had broken sacred law, the ten commandments. Pastors preach on this passage and do get the point about forgiveness, and how Jesus Christ forgives sins, and does not require us to pay for them spiritually.

But sometimes we fail to apply the lesson very broadly. There is a better way to conquer sin that throwing stones or passing laws against sins that one commits against one’s own self. Rather than condemn them let us love them into the kingdom and learn how to say “Go and sin no more”. The one that loves more is the one that has been forgiven the most, not the one that the Pharisees are stoning to death.

It’s not the ones that yell insults at funerals who win souls, it’s the ones that take a man dying of AIDS into his arms and reassures him that even now, Jesus will forgive all and receive him into heaven if he will just accept him.

I John 4:8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
I John 4:16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
Micah 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what [is] good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

There is a time for everything, the scripture says in Ecclesiastes. Now is the time to tell the people that have been deceived in the pagan culture that surrounds us, that we love them, we as Christians do not mean them harm, but that we love our enemies.

We want to love the pagans and the Muslims into the kingdom, and like St. Francis, we would rather show the love of Christ than the sword of judgment. It is reported that he won the heart of the Sultan of Egypt. Francis of Assisi continues to be a testimony among Muslims today. On one missionary trip a Muslim began to get very angry upon learning that my missionary partner and I were Christians, and went on in crescendo until I mentioned that we had the Christianity of Francis.

“Be not overcome with evil but overcome evil with good.” This is how Son of Hamas was won, the son of one of the founders of Hamas, Mosab Hassan Yousef:

http://sonofhamas.com/

He now is one of the strongest witnesses for Christ, and one of the strongest testimonies against those who would wage a jihad against the entire world. Some Christian voice unfortunately are beating the war drums over the danger a “nuclear Iran” presents, but Mosab is an example of how hearts change. The love of Christ stopped gladiator sports in ancient Rome, stopped slavery in the earliest centuries after Christ, and made Christianity into one of the major faiths in the world today, and shamed the world into ending many other outrageous practices.

Mosab says that it was the Biblical passage where Christ says to “Love your enemies” that touched him, because he was repulsed by the brutal treatment in prison by Muslims of their fellow Muslims.

Let us live the love of Christ as he loved us even while we were yet sinners.

On 1/12/12 12:06 PM, Alan_Cassidy wrote:

The Shroud, the patch from the wrong area, and the new UV-image effect

December 25, 2011

The Shroud, the patch from the wrong area, and the new UV-image effect:

https://truebook.wordpress.com/2011/12/25/585/

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Socialism makes the poor even more poor, and makes everybody else poor

September 25, 2010

Marco Caceres, a writer and editor of www.hondurasweekly.com, on his blog here, titled “Socalists love capital too”, asked this question in a commentary:

I suppose I would be more impressed with Socialism if its adherents invented their own currency of exchange for time and labor. Capitalists naturally rely on capital — money. Ironically, Socialists also rely on capital. Perhaps they might adopt some sort of barter system. That at least would be more original and less hypocritical.

A socialist will tell you they’re not against capital per se, but against private capital, or, “private ownership of the means of production”. The fact is, they want to own it all. They claim ownership of all wealth producing industry in the name of the “people”, but the “people” never have any power at all when they do take over.

I saw a piece on YouTube of a debate in the British Parliament, after Margaret Thatcher’s policies favoring private enterprise an resisting the “communitarian” policies of the European Parliament had given the country a period of prosperity.

One of the members of the Parliament was supposedly bemoaning the poor in his district, the same fakery as usual, even while admitting that her conservative economic policies had benefited the British economy.

She put one hand high in the air, another down low, and said he does not want to bring the poor up to here (moving the lower hand up) but he wants to bring everyone down to here and “make the poor even more poor”, bringing the topmost hand lowering to the level of the other.

That’s what has happened wherever socialism has been imposed on a nation, whether the complete manifestation under Stalin, or in parts like in Europe.

The poor in Honduras prefer the American free enterprise model over even the Cuban and Venezuelan model, even as poor and uneducated as many of them are. They make this American, “catrachado” by marriage proud of his wife’s country.

And there is no such thing as a “socialist democracy” (direct people rule by referendum) or “socialist republic” in reality, because without private money outside the ruling structures –be they multiple branches or not– there is no voice outside officially approved opinions, or officially allowed opinions.

You can read about what Jesus had to say about “tax collectors” in Matthew 17:24-27, even as it says he did pay the tribute required by Rome. It is not flattering at all, and it extends to the rulers who have to confiscate private wealth to be able to govern, unless, as in socialism, they own the “means of production” —or control it, even like the government does so much in the USA.

That’s the strategy. Burden private industry with so many taxes and regulations and controls until they find it difficult to meet the needs of customers and employees, then blame it on them, and claim they had to “take them over” to “save” them.

–trutherator
http://www.trutherator.wordpress.com

Obama Expands the Police State: Even “Wired” is Alarmed

August 21, 2010

Even “Wired” is Alarmed:

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2010/03/obama-supports-dna-sampling-upon-arrest

Obama wants to get a DNA sample for a federal database from anybody who is arrested, automatically.

This is renegade government.

See what the the Fourth Amendment of U.S. Constitution says at http://www.usconstitution.net/const.html:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

DNA is only collectable, according to that Amendment, only upon the granting of a warrant for same.

Not that judges are very independent minded lately. Where are the numbers on how many warrants they turn down, approve, how often they require more basis for it, and the percentages?

I followed with fascination that the US government in a case against a Palestinian professor’s visa were providing classified secrets to the court as evidence against him, while claiming the defense had no right to even know what it was!

America is following the United Nations strategy of building out the surveillance state globally in preparation for the universal human tracking device called the “mark of the beast” in the Bible, and his de-facto dictatorship. (Revelation 13)

–Alan