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.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Lyrics 8

More lyrics in the notebook. If this song doesn't make much sense to you or certain phrases seem strange, bear in mind that this was written specifically to the secular black metal scene. 

Standing by the truth
You are bound to see lies
But they are only a sign
That you are aware

So you were a devout follower, who followed most of the rules. You prayed, you believed that it was all for you. But you were led astray in the face of adversity when the "shepherd" led you into troubled waters. You couldn't trust Him anymore, so you took matters into your own hands. Here, you found all of the lost sheep, without God in their hearts, and saw it as a token of acceptance. You asked why God allowed you to be so, never realizing that you were crushing yourself with free will. Your hand led you astray, into the darkness, where satan could take it. Finally, you were part of a flock that got you, all questioning why God supposedly spoke hatred, all while serving the one who was causing it.

You fell victim to what you saw
Never realizing
It was the target
You should have been fighting

Standing by the truth
You are bound to see lies
But they are only a sign
That you are aware

Standing by the truth
You are bound to see lies
But they are only a sign
That you are aware

You began to see the negative in the world. You saw that the church is corrupt. You saw that society was full of lies. You saw that people were blindly following things they didn't understand. You looked in and saw your own pain. These were only the things you were supposed to be fighting. God dislikes them as much as you do. Now that you see them, can you change them?

You can change them, but you have to trust God.

You have to unclench your fist, and pick up the weapon that you really need.

Standing by the truth
You are bound to see lies
But they are only a sign
That you are aware...

Standing by the truth (We want you, wolf)
You are bound to see lies (On the midnight run)
But they are only a sign (Leave the black behind)
That you are aware (Come into the sun)

Standing by the truth (We're calling you, wolf)
You are bound to see lies (We still want you home)
But they are only a sign (Our pack feels empty)
That you are aware (Come in from the cold)

Standing by the truth (We want you, wolf)
You are bound to see lies (On the midnight run)
But they are only a sign (Leave the black behind)
That you are aware (Come into the sun)

Standing by the truth (We're calling you, wolf)
You are bound to see lies (We still want you home)
But they are only a sign (Our pack feels empty)
That you are aware (Come in from the cold)

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Lyrics 7

I wrote another post a few minutes ago below this one. Please read that as well.

When Jesus came into the world, He did so with good intentions, so that the world may be saved, but they continued in their evil ways. The light they wanted was shining right in front of them, but because their deeds were exposed, they fought against Him rather than repenting.
He taught, and they reviled.
He prayed, and they rebelled.
He loved, and they hated.
He healed, and they accused Him. 
He showed them the light, and they mocked Him.
He showed them how to go to Heaven, and they planned to kill Him. 
He spoke, and they drove Him out of cities.
He protected the sheep, and they ran away.
He died, and they laughed.
He saved us from our sins, and we pretend not to hear Him.
How much longer will it continue?

Israel?

Note: I edited this post a bit.

I find myself concerned about the Jews in the world, and especially in Israel. The Bible states very clearly (John 14:6) that the only way for any human to obtain salvation is through Jesus, and today's Judaism doesn't accept Jesus.

I also still don't like that Israel today uses a hexagram ("star of David") on their flag. From my understanding, that symbol has no link at all to David. It's certainly not mentioned in the Bible unless, as some interpret Amos 5, God was warning against it when talking about "the star of your god". It doesn't help that the symbol is even more closely associated with witchcraft.

I know it's called the "star of David" today,  but its origins should be a pretty big warning sign. Certainly it doesn't belong on Israel's flag.

We should pray for them. And evangelize, if possible. But also pray for them.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Untitled

I had a thought yesterday. So the Bible continues to be the top-selling book each year, which is good! It'd be better if more people took the time to understand what was in it when they bought it, but there you go.

My concern, however, is that some people may mistake this as completely unalterable evidence for Christianity. It's certainly encouraging that even in a world where people can be so greedy as to own mansions and entire garages of cars, and feel justified in it, God's word continues to ring through, but this kind of thing can lead to confusion.

God can guide us to purchase Bibles, and certainly if He really wanted to, He could just force us to, but He doesn't force us to. He guides us. It's our choice whether to buy them or not. Now, I don't think the book of Revelation touches on book sales in any way, but the events described in it certainly suggest a period of time when the Bible won't be at the top of the best-selling lists. Of course, that period of time will end one day, and evil will be defeated in the end, but in the meantime, things are going to look pretty rough for awhile. The point is, we can't take earthly things like book sales and use them as evidence. It's this kind of misguided thinking and assumption-making that causes people to think that unpleasant experiences must be "God abandoning them", or something. (See link)

Again, it's humankind's choice to buy Bibles. Evidence in regard to the purchase of a Bible is somebody who reads the Bible they purchased, and learns from its word. The changes they experience inside would be the evidence. If sales for it were to drop, it would only be the devil tempting people, like he always does. It's an earthly numerical figure. It's important to discern things like this. People often get confused over human perception, vs the actual truths implied by Christianity. If anything, if sales were to ever drop, that would probably be a good sign for us to turn to God even more. See?

Approach this subject prayerfully.
God bless you all, according to His perfect will. In Jesus' name. Amen.