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If you search for truth, morality, spirituality, goodness, peace, righteousness, joy, & happiness without Jesus, it will be all separate and in vein.
But if you only search for Jesus alone, you find it all and in one complete package in Him.
Let go of everything this world has to offer, it will never completely satisfy with any depth.

It can be a narrow, challenging, lonely pathway but in the end will be more than worth it.

 
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Posted by on April 19, 2017 in Tid Bits

 

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Absolute Truth

gavel1     If you live by your own rules, they will constantly change when you change.  If you don’t have an established set of morals or a solid line drawn, you will constantly be redefining your line, which will be driven farther away from the “absolute truth”.
If you don’t base your absolutes off of an already established set of morals, life will become more “dark” and you will always justify your behavior by comparing yourself to someone that is worse than you. The worse you get, the more you expand your justifications to the next person that is worse yet, and so on until you are at a place that you said you would never be. You keep moving your line farther and farther, so you must draw your line off of an already made set of absolutes, made by the creator of life Himself,… One that knows the outcome of everything, one who is perfect, looking out for your best interest, so you don’t keep slipping further and further away from the “absolute truth”. If you base your standards off of His laws you can NOT go wrong.

Man is susceptible to imperfection so if you even base your morals off of man made rules, you still have chosen to follow a set of rules that are tainted from the start. Unless they have based their rules off of the absolute truths of the creator through scripture.
There has to be a starting point for everything. Like at a track meet, if the runners were aloud to make their own rules everybody would be starting wherever they wanted, running across the field for a short cut,  taking one step back and one step forward to cross the finish line without running all the way around the track, everything would be chaos, & confusion. Human nature always gravitates to the path of least resistance. But what suffers in this thinking are morals, ethics, and pretty much everything else that is “right”.

Building a house has to start with a foundation, or the house will crumble. Vacations have to start with some kind of planning or you end up lost. Businesses need a business plan or that business would fail soon after it started. The list is endless on sets of guidelines,… rules for optimal performance, structure, best results, etc. things are constantly being improved by those guidelines. Everything in life has a starting point for progress and success, but when it comes to rules and guidelines for the same, as applied to human existence, people go on a free for all,… truth is arbitrary, there are no absolutes, you make your own truths. But if you apply that way of thinking to anything else in life, everyone would think you’re ridiculous.

Morality shouldn’t have an adjustment level or knob to put it wherever you want it according to your feelings on any given day.
Like big businesses that step on the backs of others to gain their wealth, they justify it by saying they gave them jobs, etc. it’s always explained away so they will feel better about themselves, but if they put themselves in the shoes of the people their stepping on, they would feel different. (love your neighbor as yourself)
Pin yourself to the board of morality through absolute truth, laid out by the standards of God Himself.

In anything in life that “man” does it’s always made sense to follow guidelines, rules, regulations, charts, graphs, and everything else in the spectrum of life’s adventures, but when it comes to Christianity people that force themselves not to believe, through everything that makes sense everywhere else,,, somehow twist things all up in a ball of non commitment, all because they don’t want to let go of their lifestyle that essentially will lead them to a place where they don’t want to go.

If you find yourself defining your own “good” so the definition of bad loses its edge,  anything outside of your own definition of goodness is your definition of “bad” which is usually compared to someone “YOU” deem is worse or more evil than you are, so it makes it easier to see yourselves as “a good person”. But if you sharpen your standard of right and wrong, good and bad up against the stone of the word of God then you will be able to cut through the lies that spread like gangrene through life’s deceitful little diseases.  Such as,… if your good enough, God will let you into Heaven. What is true on the contrary is that no one is a good person compared to Gods definition, so He made it open to everyone to receive eternal life, not just the ones that may or may not have the strength to do good things, by doing that, He leveled the playing field. He is not willing that anyone should perish.

Judging our behavior by a Moral compass,… We can’t say one day that north is in this direction and the next it’s in a different direction…  We need an anchor point that we can always go back to as a starting point or a guide line to always re-focus on. So there is no backwards change in our behavior. It always strives to achieve perfection through grace & mercy.

These days it’s not about right or wrong it’s about finding the best lawyer to “FIND” you right no matter what the truth is. The justification is now fabricated down to who has the most money to win a case and not actually accepting the blame for your actions and dealing with it.

A good way to judge right and wrong is to dream of a “perfect” world for “you”. How would you want people to treat you, would you want a harem, slaves, all the money from everyone else etc.
Now reverse it to, if someone else wished the same thing and you were part of their harem to use you as they wished, you were the slave, or they took all your money etc. would you like the way they were treating you if what you wished for was somehow transferred to the people you had in your dream as being where you placed yourself.
Or would you choose something that if reversed would also be good for you putting the shoe on the other foot. If what you wish for is equally good for everyone else as it is for you than you are on the right track.
You wouldn’t steal, because you don’t want to be stolen from. You wouldn’t lie, because you wouldn’t want to be lied to. You wouldn’t kill, because you don’t want to die. You wouldn’t treat someone bad, because you would want to be treated well. You would trust, because you want to be trusted. Tell me when this is sounding familiar.  Does this sound like any other document that a lot of people are trying to abolish because it stands for what they deem to be religious, as if it doesn’t apply to them.

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2011 in Thought Provoking

 

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