Monday, May 18, 2015

Stuff from a Website

Edit: I don't feel like this is worth a whole other post, but an email address is now available on my profile page. If you want to get in touch about something, you can. ......... PLEASE don't expect fast responses, though. I don't check this account every day.


I'm reading more things. I decided this would be the best place to share them.

http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/salvation_webpages/02-when_they_knew_god.htm
http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/salvation_webpages/09-blood_applied_in_heaven.htm
http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/salvation_webpages/15-predestination.htm
http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/salvation_webpages/18-good_works_verses_grace.htm
http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/salvation_webpages/28-are_you_really_a_christian.htm

Also, something I liked from this page:

There is as much proof that Jesus Christ arose from the dead as there is that Alexander the Great existed. As a matter of fact, there is much more. Can you prove to me that Julius Caesar ever lived? No! You can show me some archeology and a history book, but you CANNOT absolutely prove that this man ever lived. You CANNOT prove to me that anyone in history ever lived—apart from something you read in a book, saw on TV, heard in a class, etc. Everything we believe concerning history is by faith! I CANNOT prove to you that Jesus ever existed. Who says George Washington ever existed? Can you prove that? No, you CANNOT. 
However, no one questions whether or not George Washington existed. Why? Because we blindly accept some of the things we hear and read. The only exception is the people who are still living today who can tell us about things that happened fifty to one hundred years ago. Beyond the last century, history is all by faith—We go by what we read and hear. Everything we believe concerning history is based on something we’ve seen or heard—everything!

Again, I'm not affiliated with the site. And I really don't know if every word on that site is Biblically sound, but I like what I shared above - it's the sort of read that just helps me put things in perspective, and hopefully you all will get something out of it, too. God bless you all according to His perfect will. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Worth a Read

It's easy to be misled by false words being spread throughout the world today. I hadn't even heard of some of these, but if you have, it's important to understand what's wrong with them; why they don't line up with God's word.

http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/Wolves/gospel_of_judas_exposed.htm
http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/Wolves/book_of_enoch.htm
http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/Wolves/jesus_papers.htm
http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/Wolves/da_vinci_code.htm

One or two of these also touch on the alleged gospel of Thomas, which is also false.

(Also, please note I don't have any ties to the above site or claim its overall contents to be 100% accurate. It very well may be, don't get me wrong, but I'm not certain.)

keywords so people can search this post: gospel of judas the book of enoch the jesus papers by michael baigent the da vinci davinci code by dan brown gospel of thomas false teachings exposed heresy lies

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Romans 1:20 and Disproving All Other Faiths

Note for believers: This post deals extensively with questionable belief systems. Shamelessly discouraging them, mind you, but still talking abut them. Though it's not really essential reading for anyone who already believes, if you do read it, you may want to pray before reading it. Just to be safe. 

Anyway, I was confused about this verse the first time I read it.

For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.

The verse is saying that the world itself, what has been created, is evidence of God. A point I saw somebody make about this is the sheer amount of complexities in our universe that manage to work. That's a very good point. It's quite unlikely that things like the human eye and spider webs could be as complex as they are without some kind of divine guidance.

But I had another thought regarding this. When I was into all that esoteric nonsense, the visions I had (as a result of trying spiritual things I heard about on the internet without understanding the impact of them), were of otherworldly things, things that looked odd and just carried an inherent feeling different than feelings you'd experience when looking at the real world. Some "felt" pleasant, while some "felt" dark and wicked. (They were all dark and wicked, but, you know.) Those were the result of demonic influence. Even then, though, I had the simple capability of understanding that the feelings in these visions didn't match up with feelings elicited by this world - the world, you understand, that is real and is created by God. But let's not be mistaken, here - this phenomenon isn't just limited to those lost in esoteric fantasies. It happens to everybody who doesn't follow Christianity, and it's absolutely proof of the message in Romans 1:20. Let's begin.

wicca is a perfect example to use here. The belief ties, into nature, an atmosphere of inherent magick (that is, "magic" that is allegedly real) and ethereality; dreaminess, one could say. This belief encourages the use of this magick as well through spells, and it also encourages an admiration and a sense of grandeur in regards to the fantastical world it paints, comparable to some fictional work about elves or something, but made into a reality. Art regarding wicca is, in my experience, usually extremely saturated and colorful.

The problem is, when you actually enter nature, these mystical feelings elicited by the wiccan belief system are not elicited by the actual nature created by God. The magick that is supposedly part of nature, according to wicca, is not present in the woods around us. The artistic interpretations inspired by it, with the exaggerated color saturation and visuals, do not actually reflect what nature itself is. That is because nature is not a sentient entity, is not to be worshiped, and has no ties to alleged "magick". In fact, "magick" isn't real either - humans have no inherent powers like this, it's demons at work, trying to mislead you and get something out of you. (I have done spells in the past! I know how it appears to users, and how spiritually poisonous it actually is!)

new age beliefs are another one. These beliefs focus a lot on spiritual practices. Overall "spirituality" is a big aspect of new age, and you can't get too specific in describing it, since it's a broad term. But generally speaking, new age beliefs tend to promote (the search for) an all-encompassing sense of peace, of calmness, of light, of love. new age things tend to elicit a sense of dreaminess or of some spiritual grandeur, seeing as how "spiritual" it is. new age artwork is usually quite abstract and colorful, from images of energy waves to images representing things related to chakras, and the list goes on.

It may actually sound quite close to Christianity (minus the chakras) when described vaguely like that, and concepts like "light" and "love" and "peace" are things Christians certainly (should) go for, but you forget something when you make flawed comparisons like this. new age hides an inner darkness to it, because it's influenced by demonic practices, and beliefs adapted from other, older, demonic belief systems. For example, the meditation promoted by the new age movement, which is allegedly intended to bring peace and balance, is actually a way to basically swing the door open to demonic influence. When you enter into this kind of meditative state, you're not transcending anything, you're not bringing any balance, you're not doing anything else, because that's not how spiritual things work in our world. It's an illusion, a fantasy. It's only an invitation to let negative forces (ones just like the ones described by Christianity, go figure) work through your vulnerable state. Likewise, the dreaminess portrayed by new age things doesn't reflect the real world. The alleged "higher truths" sought through these meditative practices are just as false as the practices used to find them. The real world that God actually made, is more grounded, and carries a sense of solidity that these misguided spiritual practices don't give you.

Another big one is nihilism. While not a theological worldview / religion (it involves atheism, which is a theological worldview / religion), it's an influential worldview, and not in a good way. Everything I've ever seen pertaining to nihilism elicited extreme feelings of emptiness. It can be compared to an old black-and-white movie with poor lighting, or something, but a scene with no actors or background music - very depressing, to be sure. But here's the good news about that - it's false. It's absolute lies. A poorly-written fantasy. The world isn't inherently empty like that. The feelings elicited by those old, faded, impersonal, black-and-white images do not match up with the colored, active, emotion-filled world in which we actually live. The argument could be made that these feelings are just subjective and aren't, in themselves, evidence that nihilism is wrong. Well, you know, Romans 1:20, the verse that started this post, states that the evidence you seek is in the world itself. Read on...

God paints a picture in the Bible, of a world containing beautiful nature scenes, but ones that don't carry anything inherently special or ethereal, or require worship or admiration. This lines up with the nature of the world in which we live. God paints a picture in the Bible of a world where light and dark are both at work, neither one being universally encompassing. This also matches up with the real world. God paints a picture of a world where there is Earth, Hell, and Heaven. This also matches up with the real world, seeing that the other alleged worlds described by esoteric beliefs are fabrications of demonic influence (that disappear when that demonic influence is blocked), and don't actually manifest in any way in the real world. Seeing that new age transcendence is also a product of demonic practices that hide an inner darkness, the things seen through that can also be determined to be false. The world truly reflects God, and God alone. No other beings, no other deities, nobody else's interpretation of it or anybody else's design. It is truly, truly, clear and evident in the world in which we live. And thus, as the verse states, mankind is without excuse. Any other view is truly a willing disregard of things inherent in our world.

I don't intend to go through every single belief system that isn't Christianity and describe in detail what specific things make it false, but the rule applies to all of them, regardless. These beliefs all paint pictures of worlds that carry atmospheres, visual perceptions, and interpretations of things which don't line up with the workings of the world in which we actually live. God's word, on the other hand, matches up to it completely. And how great it is that this is the case. I wouldn't want to live in any world molded after anybody else's design.

May God bless you all, according to His perfect will. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Random Thought

Don't get revenge on people, or use brute strength to get a point across (Matthew 5:38-39). You can use your muscles and ignore deeper thoughts for awhile, but when your muscles get old and useless and you can't win using violence anymore, what will you have then? (Mark 13:31)

Be strong in spirit. Be strong physically too, if you like, but in non-physical strength given by God, you can be strong and overcome challenges without violence, without revenge, and in a way that will not fade. (1 Timothy 4:8-9)

Friday, April 24, 2015

Responsible

Things being done "in the name of" God do not count as a complaint against Christianity.

There are the things people did in the Bible in response to direct commands God gave them, even down to small things like throwing staffs on the ground to prove a point in Egypt. God is infinitely just/right/correct, though, so even those cases don't make valid complaints.

But we're not talking about those. We're talking about the things people do "in the name of" God, which directly contradict the teachings God gave us, accomplishing the very opposite of what God instructed of us.

There's no need to even make a long post about it (though "long" is subjective - this post may be a novel for you), the truth here is simple - the complaint makes no sense. If I committed some horrible crime in your (the reader's) name, based on some intentional misconstruing of your words to fit some faulty interpretation to fit my own agenda, would you be at fault? Is it your fault that I, let's say hypothetically, used a post you wrote about rooting or a sports team, and twisted it to be a metaphor for supporting the absolute genocide of every person who doesn't live in my immediate area? Of course not, and that's not the case with God, either.

May God bless and guide you according to His perfect will. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Control?

Some people think that Christianity is a tool used by governments to retain control over the people. I've made the point several times that that's complete nonsense, because God's laws often rigidly contradict the ones imposed by human governments, to the point of, in many countries, being completely illegal to follow. Even in the countries where Christianity isn't fully illegal to practice, following God's teachings entirely can easily get you in trouble anyway (if you evangelize somewhere without a "permit"?) and will still get you a pretty bad reputation. Even among many Christian populations, because of people who have their own "interpretations" of scripture, or people who pick and choose which parts of the Bible to believe, or what have you.

It's pretty telling that the argument on one hand is that Christianity is a mind-control tool used to keep people in line, but the argument on the other hand is that many Christians don't follow the Bible. Which is it? A mind-control tool invented by a government, or a book with perhaps some kind of special origin that people are free to not follow in self-righteous ignorance?

It's neither, of course, it's a divinely-inspired book of truth.

But anyway, I've decided to read the Bible fully from beginning to end recently, and I'm at Exodus 5, and pharaoh's words stuck out at me a bit, regarding this topic. According to the Bible, pharaoh's heart was hardened by God. Let's see how governments back in Old Testament times, seeking to retain complete control over groups of people, responded to the word of God:

And afterward Moses and Aaron came and said to Pharaoh, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Let My people go that they may celebrate a feast to Me in the wilderness.’” But Pharaoh said, “Who is the Lord that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I do not know the Lord, and besides, I will not let Israel go. Then they said, “The God of the Hebrews has met with us. Please, let us go a three days’ journey into the wilderness that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God, otherwise He will fall upon us with pestilence or with the sword.” But the king of Egypt said to them, “Moses and Aaron, why do you draw the people away from their work? Get back to your labors! Again Pharaoh said, “Look, the people of the land are now many, and you would have them cease from their labors!” So the same day Pharaoh commanded the taskmasters over the people and their foremen, saying, “You are no longer to give the people straw to make brick as previously; let them go and gather straw for themselves. But the quota of bricks which they were making previously, you shall impose on them; you are not to reduce any of it. Because they are lazy, therefore they cry out, ‘Let us go and sacrifice to our God.’ Let the labor be heavier on the men, and let them work at it so that they will pay no attention to false words.”

This is the attitude that self-serving governments have toward the true word of God, and true observance of it. A government that wants control over the people won't put God first in their lives. 

May this post serve God's will and guide you all in some way. In Jesus' name. Amen. 

By the way, God does not ask for literal sacrifices anymore. Also, this post is not to imply that I 100% follow God's teachings. I cannot honestly make a claim like that, in case anybody were getting that out of this post.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Maundy Thursday

How did it reach this point? Couldn't we have repented before God's own begotten Son had to be crucified over it? What kind of people are we, that we're so irresponsible that someone else entirely had to come in and be killed on a cross to pay our debt for us? What kind of shameful people are we that we really couldn't handle righteous commands from God, and that Jesus had to come in and take care of the situation for us? What kind of persons are we, that our actions are so bad, that the way to serve justice for them is never-ending punishment? Being tormented in fire, and screaming, and agony forever?

We sinned, and God heard us out. There were so many chances to repent, and we still didn't.

The good news is that, despite our sin, Jesus did pay that debt, and when we accept His gift of salvation, God won't hold us accountable for the things we've done and probably will do.

There's also a certain relief in being able to admit how guilty we are, humbling ourselves enough to acknowledge that we do need Jesus.