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Principles to Paradise

There are opposing forces beyond what we can physically see & it is undeniable that good and evil exist all around us.
If you follow each force to it’s extreme, on either side of the spectrum, you arrive at ultimate good and ultimate evil.

Thinking about it for any length of time, you will eventually come to the logical question… Where did those forces originate from and how do they work, either for us or against us, in our everyday lives?

It won’t take long to find stories of a battle between good and evil represented in the belief of a creator God and our adversary Satan.

God YHWH (“Yah-wheh”, the ultimate good) has given us all the freedom to choose from either side of the spectrum by pulling from & applying everything good into our lives or pulling from & applying the evil (bad) side to make those our every day normals.

There are laws that were put into motion that, if you follow the principles of those laws, you will benefit greatly,
those are following the way of YHWH.

Ansel Adams, a famous photographer that put together what’s called the “zone system”, a spectrum of light and dark that explains how to expose a perfect picture.

Just like to believe in Ansel Adams, and the zone system that he put into place, & study his principles, you will see an amazing difference in your photography.

The same with the creator of this universe and His principles, if you put your belief in Him, turn from your old ways, study His ways & actually apply them to your life, you not only will live a fulfilling life here on earth, but it will also extend into eternity.

He is perfect and demands perfection, but we, as humans, will never fit into the category of perfection, so YHWH, in his infinite grace, sent a perfect substitute, Yeshua, to be a sacrifice, standing in our place so we wouldn’t have to pay for our imperfection by eternal death.
So to accept His merciful gift, and show appreciation for it by a changed life means that you can enjoy eternal life in a place called paradise.

Notice I did not say that it would be problem free, but your focus will be totally different, making your life more full of love, peace, joy, patience, etc. which will result in a higher quality of life.

Even if faced with death.

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2018 in Thought Provoking

 

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Equality & Our Own Goodness

     God IS the only one that can judge, However, He also inspired an entire book to be written to clearly warn people of What He will be judging. It’s not for us to change the words around to fit into our own definition of what we think is right or wrong. For instance, it says that fornication or promiscuity is wrong whether your heterosexual or homosexual. So its not about being gay, it’s about being obedient to the God that made everyone and who knows what is best for us. There are a lot of things in the Bible that seem unfair or way out there, as far as human reasoning goes, but if you choose to deliberately find passages in scripture & take them out of context to try to justify your lifestyle, whether you label it love or peace or unfair, then there will be consequences. It also clearly states what those consequences are and will be.
Everyone has struggles and multiple other problems they have to deal with in this life, and those struggles are meant to drive us closer to Jesus to trust that, what He has in store, is what will ultimately lead us to an eternity with Him. If we take our struggles and accept that, that is “Who we are” and “Give in” to our humanity, then we short change ourselves and fall short of what His best is for us.
So we can either give up a few things on this planet that we “think” we need and fall short, or we can be obedient to the end and receive what is best for us.
The problem is with people who claim to be Christians and single out the homosexuals like they are some kind of disease and harshly call them names like they are not even in the human race when they are just as much a part of the human race as they are, and have most of the same struggles also.
I accept that all men are created equal, I support equal rights as God has granted them. However there are some things in life that fall outside of Gods support, and the tragic thing about that is that some choose to, all of a sudden, “Not believe in God” because they don’t agree with Him, so they can justify living the way they want to, instead of accepting that there are some things that are outside of our understanding and trust that the creator of the universe knows what He is doing whether we understand it or not.
That said,… although the word “homosexual” is not found in the original text of the Bible, some of the translations have put it in there to explain what they deemed was being portrayed, but there are also NO verses whatsoever that “support” that lifestyle either. In the old testament (Leviticus 18: 22 &20:13) it says If a man lies with another man it is detestable. One of many in a list of not’s… sleeping with your mother, sister, aunt, daughter, animals, etc…. Usually all of the other ones in that list are followed without hesitation, except the same sex one.
Some say a  lot of old testament laws were ceremonial and done away with, so we’ll go to the new testament,…
(1 Corinthians 6:9 speaks against sexual immorality,.. but only some versions translate the word  to homosexuality. Usually when the Bible isn’t necessarily clear about speaking “against” a certain subject you have to go in the opposite direction. That is when you dig deeper and use the lack of support toward a certain subject to come to a solid conclusion. & nowhere in the entire Bible is there a passage supporting the union between the same sex.
There are an overwhelming amount, supporting the union between one man and one women, which not only for the probable reasons but for the obvious ones as well. The whole 1st part of  1 Corinthians 7 defines marriage between a wife (woman) and a husband (man) & in 1 Corinthians 11:9 it states that woman was created for man. So like I mentioned earlier, its not about Love it’s about obedience.
I do care about all people, really I do.. But sometimes whether we like it or not we have to lean towards the side of truth even if we have to deny our feelings. Because I think everyone will admit that our feelings can get us into some pretty precarious situations.
I know It’s hard to not support our loved ones in their character choices, and such, seeming in subtleties, However there are lines that can be crossed. Unfortunately sometimes the lines are buried deep in the “grey” areas of  life. Which is why we have to dig deep into the rule book to find out that the grey lines of our carnal beliefs are well into the forbidden black areas… Like in the garden of Eden… What was wrong with eating a beautiful, delicious piece of fruit?… Nothing…, after all, it was just two people that loved to enjoy the taste of fruit, Right?…Unless, it was forbidden by God, then there is everything wrong with it and defined as disobedience, because all of the pain and human suffering today is a result of it.
I myself served this country and it’s freedoms, but we can’t put our own beliefs and feelings above the gentle guiding hand of the Creator because He even warned us to Not trust ourselves.

Pro 3:5-7  Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean Not unto your own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Be Not wise in your own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

But God did give us our own choices to make in life and you would be right in saying that it is everyone’s right to choose what they will, but they will also reap the consequences for those choices. But if you care for your loved ones, why wouldn’t you try to spare them unnecessary grievances.

I am a firm believer that religion is an enormous hindrance to a true relationship with God.
So it has nothing to do with religion either. As I mentioned a few times, It has nothing to do with being gay, or straight or love, or religion, or anything else you choose to add to your argument, it IS about Obedience and that alone.
There is a God and He cares for us all, so He gives us a guide line to follow so that we can live a life for Him and in turn He gives us exactly what we need and not what we want.
The fact is there are consequences to everything we either say or do, whether they be good or bad, and nobody can deny that fact.
As far as being born gay, I’ve heard of people that have changed from being gay to being straight so if that is true, it would cause that theory to come to a grinding halt.
I’m just relaying the message that has been proven authentic, true, and trustworthy for generations upon generations.
I do not hate gays, like most “Assume” when you don’t agree with them, I have hung out with and talked to in great length and befriended a few people that are gay. but I would hope that if I was going down the wrong path that someone would love me enough to try to point out the things that they were concerned about, then to have them support me in fear of offending me.
It is the people that bash them that widen the gap of communication between the ones that have genuine concerns for eternity.

If you have one people group that demands “equal rights” and by gaining that, they abolish another’s “equal rights” the only thing you have done  is selfishly gained dominance of opinion.
Between the two groups one is looking out for everyone’s safety and eternal well being while the other is only looking out for their own agenda.
A country is only as successful as it moral values & I don’t think I have to point out that the moral decline of this country is slowly deteriorating from the inside out.
With this new “equality” movement comes some concerns. While on the surface, equal rights seems harmless and just downright good ethics, lets look into the near future. Say gays get their, so called, “rights” and now it’s law, that would be now, crossing the boundaries of  Separation of Church and State, because in turn, it just took away the pastors, Christians, and anyone else’s rights that follow the one true God and His moral structure. So now pastors will be sued or arrested for refusing to perform gay marriages, so by following that logic, you say “well all they have to do is just perform the marriages and everything will be alright.” but what that does is compromise the words of God and that is something you don’t do if you want to call yourself a true Christian or even get married in a church in the first place. Once you sue or arrest all of the pastors and true Christians, then the moral structure is defined by every individual and that is why the Original moral structure is getting worse and worse.
But just a reminder, even if a country votes something into “law” it does not mean that it is acceptable to God and His Laws. No I’m not bashing or hating the gay community, this goes for every community that doesn’t fall in allegiance with an absolute, rock solid, immovable, set of moral guidelines defined by God Himself and not ones generated by a self serving agenda.
No matter how you look at a situation, you can always find a loophole to explain away your morals to fit into your own point of view if you don’t first ground it to an absolute.
Even if something looks or sounds “good” in any given circumstance it doesn’t mean that God is in it. Evil people can still do “good” things according to human standards, (not Gods). So if you call yourself a Christian, or (Good Person for that matter) & before you add the word “god” to a sentence or pick out a verse in scripture to serve your own circumstance, you should make sure it fits into His whole moral standard and not just your own definition of it.
As soon as you start chipping away at an absolute moral system, the small pieces that surround it will also start to crumble away until the whole standard has eroded to fit into a shallow, self defined, humanistic, melting pot of inferior rules to live by.
Every human heart is unable to be trusted. Including even the “best” of us that we, again, have self defined to place in that category. So we must follow an absolute moral standard in order to navigate thru this life to make it to this end, into the beginning of eternity.
We can’t, however, make it on our own, so we need to rely on a perfect set of coat tails to ride on, that has already accomplished that very journey.

Mark 8:33-38   But turning and looking at his disciples, Jesus rebuked Peter, saying, “Get behind me, Satan, because you’re not thinking God’s thoughts but human thoughts!”
Then Jesus called the crowd to himself along with his disciples and told them, “If anyone wants to follow me, he must deny himself, pick up his cross, and follow me continually,
because whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and for the gospel will save it.
For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes with the holy angels in his Father’s glory.”

 
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Posted by on April 21, 2013 in Thought Provoking

 

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Slaves

handcuffsWe can either be slaves to Sin or slaves to Righteousness, Good or Evil, God or Satan. Which one do you choose? Your choices might surprise you if you consciously go through them with a sifter one by one and compare them to the laws of the God of Righteousness.

Do you choose to talk bad about people that don’t do what you think they should be doing? Or that don’t fit into your standards?
Do you choose to steal something that doesn’t belong to you, no matter how small?
Do you think that some people are beneath you because they don’t believe the same as you do? That you are more righteous, or spiritual then others.
Do you get angry at people, because they don’t comply with your rules and regulations? Or they might hurt you in a way that, by a good chance, you have done to someone else.

I can tell you first hand that being a slave to sin completely envelops you in despair and hopelessness, not to mention that it nullifies your witness to someone that might be watching your life because you claim to be a Christ follower. So in essence, everything we do on this planet is another word placed on the pages of our “Life Letter” for everyone to read like an open book. (2 Corinthians 3: 3-6)

Dear; Fellow Soul Stranger.
My name is _____________ and I am writing this letter to you to tell you a little bit about myself in hopes that I might gain your confidence. I am part of something much bigger than myself and would like to introduce you to, and employee you in as well.
I like to think of myself as a “good” person but being truthful,… I like to point out your faults so that I can make myself seem better than what I am, I’m selfish because my time is much more important than yours, I’m impatient and closed minded when it comes to your opinions and thoughts because they are not as worthy as mine. If you’re lost or confused, it really doesn’t mean anything to me because I have a time schedule and can‘t be bothered by your problems. I shake my fist at you and rudely lay on the horn in traffic because I didn’t leave early enough for work and haven’t had my second cup of coffee yet, not knowing or caring where you are going or what your circumstances are. So what I am saying is, that my awareness and existence is for me only and occasionally drifts across the line into someone’s life that I already know and they have done something nice for me first, but please consider my offer to join me in my quest to convince others that I am a Christian.

Eternally yours.

Jesus through Me.

It is written that we possess the power of Life and Death in our tongue…
How much more Life or Death can we influence if we extend that concept into our daily lives as actions?

Be convicted, challenged, humbled, changed and forgiven..

 
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Posted by on October 16, 2012 in Thought Provoking

 

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