Monday, February 19, 2018

My Worst Fear

I am afraid of heights.  That is my worst fear for myself.  Losing a loved one would be much worse but for my own self, me being up high is fearful.  

It is actually irrational, but back in college I climbed a very tall extension ladder, stood on the top rung of it to wash a window.  When I came back down, I had gained a fear of heights that over time has only gotten worse.

It might seem rational.  I could fall and get badly hurt or even die, but I have even gotten butterflies looking at videos from high places.  Now let's take a look at this rationally.

Take your greatest fear: water, heights, spiders, clowns, women with red hats or anything else you might fear. Now, what is the worst thing that could happen to you?

Let's say you have a fear of riding in a car.  The worst thing that could happen is you get into an accident.  What is the worst result of that accident?  You die.  What is the worst thing about dying?
If you are a Christian, the worst thing that could happen is you go to Heaven and be with God for eternity.  Hmmmm.  Not a bad result for your worst fear.

The worst result for me with heights is that I fall, die and go to Heaven.  I admit that I still have that fear even knowing that the worst thing that could happen is to meet my Lord and Savior face to face, but there is hope even in my worst situation here in this world.

Trusting in God does not mean our human emotions, such as fear, are eliminated.  However, it does mean we can go forward in spite of our fears, trusting Him as we follow Him.

"When I am afraid, I put my trust in you."  Psalm 56:3

Sunday, February 18, 2018

The Spirit and Wind of God

The Hebrew word Ruach means spirit, wind, breath.  When God breathed life into man He not only gave him physical breath, but God gave him a spirit.  Since the time of the fall man's spirit was dead; no longer in touch with God.

The Spirit of God is also the Wind of God, blowing towards the Holy.  When a believer in Christ tries to walk away from the will of God, he will be walking against The Wind.  The Holy Spirit pushes against him making it more difficult to walk away from God.  God will never stop your walking, but he will resist your leaving.

When you walk towards God The Wind has your back and helps push you towards God.  Everything that is done for God is then easier because of the Holy Spirit in your life.

Photo Credit: high winds by Bradley Fulton

Previously posted on my site Biblical Mysteries

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Unicorns are Real

According to the King James translation of the Bible, Unicorns exist.  They are mentioned in 9 verses.  For example Job 39:9-10 says, "Will the unicorn be willing to serve thee, or abide by thy crib?  Canst thou bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow? or will he harrow the valleys after thee?"

This is not some mythological creature Job is talking about.  It is quite evident that God is speaking of an actual creature.  Can we be expected to believe that unicorns at one time existed?  If they did, could they even be alive today?  The problem lies in not what is written in the text, but in our understanding of what is written. 

When we hear the word unicorn we think of a horse with a long spiraling horn jutting out from its forehead, but the definition found in the 1828 edition of Noah Webster's Dictionary says, "an animal with one horn; the monoceros.  this name is often applied to the rhinoceros."

When the King James Bible was written people who read it understood that a unicorn was a rhinoceros and not some horse with a strange growth protruding out of its head. Sometimes our modern western eyes, come up with some strange ideas of what God is saying?  KJV was translated over 400 years ago in 1611, not 2011. It is a great translation, but you have to read it from the 17th century Englishman's perspective.

"Study to shew thyself approve unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." 2 Timothy 2:15

Photo Credit: Unicorn by plaisanter

Previously posted on my site Biblical Mysteries

Friday, February 16, 2018

The Genesis Genealogy Mystery

How many times have we come to a genealogy with unpronounceable names saying this weird named guy begat another weird named guy who begat a third weird named guy?  Who cares?  It is the boring part of the Bible we generally just skip so we can find something much more interesting.

One thing we can always be sure of is that God never puts anything in the Bible without a very good reason.  Lets take a closer look at the names found in the genealogy of Genesis Chapter 5.  It starts with the first man Adam and ends with Noah.  In order they are:

Adam means "man"

Seth means "appointed"

Enosh means "mortal" or "miserable"

Kenan means "sorrow"

Mahalalel means "The blessed God."

Jared means "shall come down"

Enoch means "teaching"

Methuselah means "his death shall bring"

Lamech means "the desparing"

Noah means "Comfort" or "rest"

Put it all together it reads: "Man (is) appointed mortal sorrow; (but) The blessed God shall come down teaching.  His death shall bring the despairing comfort, rest."

Photo Credit: Family Bible Scans by amidfallenleaves

Previously posted on my site Biblical Mysteries

Friday, January 30, 2015

Creation in 6 days.

Back on December 31, 2014 I posted a video about the earth being in the center of the universe. Someone posted a comment that got me thinking about creation and if what I believed was true.  Before I go further, I will let you see what he said. 

 I agree. The only thing I would have a problem with is when people start claiming that according to the Bible, the absolute very beginning of everything was around 6,000 years ago, because the Bible doesn't say anything like that, but those of us who don't read what's written & in turn totally misunderstand what the written Word of God says, will try to fit it to our understanding, and put God in a box. The beginning of mankind's history, and the universe as God made it for us was around 6,000 years ago. That's not the creation as defined in Gen. 1:1; but the re-creation of an Earth that became without form and void, with darkness upon the face of the deep, (meaning space, not Earth's oceans) as we are told in Gen. 1:2; Then, in Gen. 1:3; God began to re-create our universe, but this time He did it differently. This time He included mankind, who He made in His own image as we are told in Gen. 1:26-28; I have an in depth study on this matter in my Facebook notes in an artical entitled, REPLENISH THE EARTH

I studied what scripture said and looked at the original Hebrew and what each word meant.  Just like in our language, Hebrew words can mean several different things.  For example:  leaves can mean leaves of trees, a layer such as layers of pages in a book, and to depart or quit.  This has caused problems at times in interpreting what is said in Genesis, but I think the truth can be found with a little knowledge and common sense.

One of the words that has caused problems is the word "Day".  It can mean a simple 24 hr day, but it can also be a long period of time such as we would say, "In the day of Biblical times...." meaning at the times of the Bible.  Therefore some people say (as is in 2 Peter 3:8)  a day is as a thousand years unto the lord.  Some say it could be even millions of years. But the Bible is really pretty clear that it is a normal 24 hour day.

1. The first day, God created the light and the darkness and at the end of each creation day it says, "And the evening and the morning were the (first, second, ect) day."
2. On day three God created plants, on day four God created the sun. Did plants live for a thousand or even a million years without the sunlight?
3. On the seventh day God rested.  Did God rest for a thousand or millions of years?  Is He still resting and letting us go without Him?

A day can simply be a day.  It is the same word used through out the old testament for a simple 24 hour day.  My God is big enough to create the universe in 6 days.

The gap theory says there is a gap between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2.  Everything was create in verse one and after billions of years verse 2 takes place.  At the time of verse 2 there is destruction from a Heavenly war and so God has to replenish the earth, meaning redo it.

1. Verse 2 says. "And the earth was without form and void;..."  The word "and" is a conjunction used to refer back to verse one. "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."  Verse 2 is going back to describe what the earth, which verse one speaks of, is like.
2. The word "replenish" in verse 28, does not mean the same thing as it did in King James time.  Back then it meant "containing as much or as many as is possible or normal" The Hebrew means to fill, to make full.

Perhaps God created all the universe with a big bang and billions of years later he created our solar system in 6 days?  On the fourth day God says He created the stars.

What about God creating man by evolution?  That would mean that since death came into the world when man sinned, that for millions of years nothing died.  Insects, plants, dinosaurs, and every living thing since the beginning of evolution was still alive until Adam and Eve ate that cursed fruit.

Once i found out these things, I had a choice.  I could accept that man is right and God lied, or I could accept that God is right and man is at best mistaken.  Genesis really leaves no other choices.  How can the very first chapter of God's word be true if evolution is true?

The verse that really convinced me from the moment I read it was verse 16.  On that day God created everything outside of the earth.  I can either believe that on the fourth day God created the stars, the sun and the moon, or I can call God a liar.

I stand on scripture.  You can call me foolish to believe that God created everything in six 24 hour days, but I would rather be a fool trusting God than a wise man trusting man.

Photo Credit: Creation by Suus Wansink

Monday, November 3, 2014

A Nation of Heretics and Revolutionary Truth Tellers

We are "a nation of Osteens and Obamas." So begins one of the most honest and thoughtful op-ed's I've read in some time.  Ross Douthat, a New York Times Op-ed Columnist, writes about how we got there in his book "Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics," and while I don't entirely agree with his analysis of how we got here, I do agree with his analysis of our situation.  We have become a nation where the only orthodoxy is to believe whatever you feel is right.

Far from what is always predicted, we haven't become a nation of atheists. Instead, we've become a nation that believes in a God that is all about you.  God exists to bless us and help us in calamity, but never calls us to repent or challenges our sin.   This "all-about-us-god" wants you to prosper, feel okay about yourself and your life whether you're in sin or not, and never feel like he is grieved.  To this "god" you can never do wrong.  And this is the "god" that many Americans are referring to when they mention "God" in the public square.  

We'd be wrong to think that only people who aren't Christians believe in this God. This epidemic is infecting churches across the nation. In our attempt to gather larger crowds of people, we've cut out the challenging words of Jesus in the Gospels, especially the ones that would contradict our society.  We've remade Jesus into a guru who loves everyone but challenges no one.  There is no longer any need for the good news of Jesus' death and resurrection because we barely mention any sin that we need to be saved from. And as the church moves from the message of the Gospel, true life in God becomes rare.  Ungodliness grows while we sleep unaware and we begin to become a people who call evil, good and good, evil.  

Friends, before it's too late, we must change course.  We must become a people dedicated to a higher cause than our own good.  We must find the biblical Jesus who challenges sin and offers tremendous forgiveness and empowerment to walk free of it.  We must sound an alarm among Christians about the great dangers that are going unquestioned in the church so that we can again become the city on a hill Jesus spoke about.  That will only come as we understand God's heart for ourselves, others, and our nation.

We believe that God has given us an amazing tool--called the Bible--to do this.  But we must be the people willing to accept what it says and live by its precepts.  We must be a people willing to abide by this message no matter how subversive it is to our modern culture--hence the name of this site: Subversive Truth.  We honestly believe the truth is more powerful than the lies our culture is believing. But make no mistake about it, it will challenge the current civic religion of our time. George Orwell famously wrote that "[i]n a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." Our society is entering such a time. We are recruiting you and others to join us in the revolutionary act of declaring the truth from the Bible. Will you join us on this journey to dig deep into God's word and live and abide by what he has to say?  Will you stand with us and proclaim the truth that overturns the lies around every corner?  Stick around...there is more truth to come.

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Inconvenient Faith

There are many formerly professing Christians who have left the faith because it was inconvenient.  I think everyone knows someone like this.  At one time they believed that Jesus was God and through Him they had received eternal salvation.  Today they live their lives as any non Christian does and possibly even preach that there is no God.  It is inconvenient to live the life of a Christian.  It forces us to make choices that can be counter to society and to our own desires.

In today's world, it is not only common, but encouraged for two people who are dating to have sex.  Sex is seen as something pleasurable to be enjoyed with no consequences, and it is best to see if you are sexually compatible before you marry.  Many of us grew up in families where premarital sex was discouraged and called a sin.  Our parents, the church and society taught sexual abstinence, and we believed it was best to abstain. 
Today, if you're at work and during the break you let it slip that you think sex before marriage is wrong, people around your table might start to laugh and make fun of you.  They call you a virgin and ridicule your puritanical thinking.  They think you're some kind of prude who needs to move out of the 19th century and start living in the 21st.  Being called a Virgin is an insult? Being prudent is somehow wrong? In today's world, yes it is.

Many people find themselves in this type of situation and must make a decision to stand on what they believe or change their belief.  They must decide if they will stand for what they believe is right, or do they need to compromise their life?  Too often people will compromise.  The pleasures of life will cause our beliefs to change.
Even if they believe that something is wrong, they will move at least partially in the direction which opposes what they had previously trusted to be true.  Over time not only will they change their actions, but their hearts will follow.  Life will change what we believe, if what we believe is fragile with no firm foundation.   It is too inconvenient to stand for our faith without an anchor to hold onto.

Society pressures everyone to conform to the accepted norm.  The moral standards of those around us will have an effect upon us if we do not have anything solid to anchor our faith in.  We cannot simply believe in God, or what the Bible teaches, because our parents taught us to believe them.  Even basing our faith on what is taught in Sunday School or at Church is not firm enough.  Any teacher, no matter how good and charismatic they might be, is not solid enough to base your faith on.  There is no foundation to plant yourself on, which will be able to weather the storms of society crashing down upon you, except Jesus Christ.

We must let Jesus be the foundation of what we believe.  He is the truth upon which we can depend upon.  The world is at war against the truth of God and we must decide now before the battle begins who we will stand with.  You will never stand alone as a Christian against the world.  Jesus is always right beside you to encourage, strengthen and comfort you.  Whoever is on the Lord's side will not find a comfortable life but they will find a relationship with God that is closer then any on earth.  They will find a life that is full and rewarding.  A life with a purpose that is bigger than themselves.  Inconvenient? Yes, but its a life worth living.