Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Details

ALWAYS be cautious of teachings that change small details in your beliefs. If you can be convinced to accept one teaching that goes against scripture, the devil WILL use this to "kick his foot in the door", and try to feed you more false teachings. It WILL spiral out of control. I'm saying this as someone who has experienced it in the past. It never seems like a big deal at the time, but it is. If the devil can convince that say, it's "bad luck" to walk under a ladder, the devil will convince you that other things are "good/bad luck" as well, and "luck" isn't even an actual thing in the first place. God does not work in the world based on "luck". This is just one example, but you get the point. Always be on guard. Read God's word and always be cautious of things that seem to contradict it. Do some serious research on those things before you even consider them, and pray for guidance and discernment.

I just wanted to make a brief post about this.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Human Morals and an Omnipotent Deity

There are many who claim to be morally superior to God. Many of these people speak in a way that acknowledges God's existence, but they don't revere / respect Him.

God is omnipotent, right? If God, an all-powerful deity, had flaws that He didn't want you to notice, don't you think He would hide them from you instead of letting you argue them? If the Old Testament laws, that confuse many in our society, were truly immoral / wicked / what have you, don't you think God would hide that information from us so that we wouldn't see how "evil" He really was? Why then, would He allow it to be left in the Bible, a book that's central to understanding Him, that He encourages us to read, that's passed down through millennia? If He didn't want us to know how "evil" He was, why would He allow you to perceive a moral code that's superior to His? If He were some tyrannical, self-righteous (etc) maniac like many try to paint Him as, why would He, being all-powerful, allow you to reach an understanding that was supposedly greater than His own? Wouldn't He continually lead you away and distract you?

The fact is, God allows us to perceive both sides, but our perception is not perfect. We are like children with a parent - God is our creator, our understanding is not superior to His. I've used the example of a child wielding a knife. A child doesn't understand how dangerous knives are, and will be upset if a parent (who does understand) takes the knife away. Likewise, we think God is wrong for the things He does and says that we don't like; but the fact is, God knows what is best for us. Parents let their kids fall off of bikes so they learn how to ride bikes. God's teachings work in a similar way. He is omnipotent. Your conclusions may seem superior to you, but those conclusions are reached through a flawed perception. Again, like a child who wants a dangerous knife. But God has told you how dangerous the knife is. Over and over. If not directly from Him, then through the Bible, and if you haven't read that, then if nothing else, you have certainly heard it from apologists / evangelists spreading the Word. If you choose a path that goes against His word, that's not His fault at that point, that's your fault for choosing that path. And if you think that makes God a tyrant: again, if God were really a tyrant, He would not let you perceive what a tyrant He was. God is omnipotent. If God wanted us to be proper "slaves", as it were, He would not let you remain in your sin. That is, He would literally warp your mind to be exactly what He wanted it to be and not give you the ability to think outside that box, ever. He would not discourage sin, or institute rules forbidding it, but rather, He would literally take away your ability to perceive sin. But that's not how it works. You (as well as I) have the mental capacity to question and challenge God, and that is further proof that He is not a tyrant.

Your morals are not superior to God's.
Our morals are not superior to God's.

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

Saturday, April 29, 2017

A Few Things (Miscellaneous)

I have a few thoughts / rants / etc that I wrote, but don't really have anything to do with them, so I figured I'll post them here.

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10 Nov 2016
I suppose one of my main aspirations in all this is to at least reach a point where I am not overwhelmed by the concept of perfection. For Moses said to the Israelites, "This is not too much for you to handle", and it may not have been for them, though they sinned willingly anyway, yet every time my mind even begins to understand a perfect following of our calling, my mind is disoriented by the magnitude of what I realize. A perfect willingness to stand in complete and unwavering defiance of the world while simultaneously showing it due love. To reject all heresy and not permit it to influence our thoughts. To put away fear that any earthly force causes us. To analyze every slight thing we do to ensure it is in line with a divine calling. But from the beginning, God's will has been mercy. From the beginning, repentance took precedence over perfection. From the beginning, God wanted to guide us back to truth, and knew our shortcomings, and spoke to us on our level. Perfect is our calling, not our requirement. Truly we have a merciful God.

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15 Nov 2016
I think a difference between Christians and demons, is that demons may lose, but they don't give up. We Christians don't lose (see Revelation), but we often give up. Are we stronger than demons?

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26 Dec 2016
(Written during a rough/confusing point in my life, thought it might help those who are depressed)
And so I'm here again. Walking through solitude, seeking solutions. It's rare that I feel my life has any worth. Disease cuts through my heart and breaks me physically and mentally and spiritually. Let me stand here. In this isolation. I want to go back. But I also want to just stay here. And ride out the storm. Yet I wonder, even here, if it will pass. I'm listening, God, and for once I almost feel alright. But how long? How long will it last this time? I can't do this again. I don't have it in me. I'm nearly broken already. Don't let me. Don't make me. Please heal me. And guide me. Just don't let me give into myself. You didn't die for this. Surely You bothered with me and rescued me for some kind of purpose?

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27 Dec 2016
It's been nearly three years since I walked here, and I still remember the sentiment that led me to it. Of all the influences that negatively impacted me, I think the one that did the most damage was paganism. Some borderline nihilistic view of the natural cycle mixed with a skewed idealization of it. An exaggeration of the mundane and a refusal to connect it to the power of the HIGHEST DIVINITY, mixed with an imagined element of fantasy, some form of "magick" that becomes self-destructive to those attempting to wield it. And how can it not, in the context of praising a perception of ferocity that is seen as utterly indifferent to the human condition? What other way could this so-called "magick" interact with its user? In reality, what they call magick is nothing more than demonic influence cloaked by a disguise of brightly-colored wonder and escapism. Twisting the concept of seeking the primordial, by not only moving the goalposts, but painting them entirely different colors. Thus, a skewed and damaging view of the world. We often assume that the beginning was the origin of truth and uprightness - a bold assumption for those who don't know the very truths they seek, but a correct assumption nonetheless. However, with an already fatally flawed interpretation of nature, the damage becomes two-fold: first, making nature the measuring stick for truth instead of true divinity, and second, misrepresenting the already incorrect measuring stick that it does provide. Frustration. Confusion. Spiritual illiteracy falsely justified by the fatal "logic" of the sin nature inside of us.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Do We Need to Follow Mosaic Law to Obtain Salvation?

No, as the Bible clearly explains in Acts 15. Click [HERE] to read the full chapter.

Important excerpt:

. . . For it has seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay on you no greater burden than these requirements: that you abstain from what has been sacrificed to idols, and from blood, and from what has been strangled, and from sexual immorality. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well.

Was Paul a False Apostle?

No, the Bible clearly demonstrates that he wasn't.

Acts 16:16-18
As we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners much gain by fortune-telling. She followed Paul and us, crying out, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to you the way of salvation.” And this she kept doing for many days. Paul, having become greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And it came out that very hour.

Matthew 12:22-28
Then a demon-oppressed man who was blind and mute was brought to [Jesus], and He healed him, so that the man spoke and saw. And all the people were amazed, and said, “Can this be the Son of David?” But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, “It is only by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, that this man casts out demons.” Knowing their thoughts, [Jesus] said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand. And if Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? And if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. But if it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. 

Friday, April 7, 2017

Fearfully and Wonderfully

Just remember this - you are not an object. You don't have to portray yourself as one, or allow other people to portray you as one. You're capable of so much more. God made you "fearfully and wonderfully". Your soul is unique to you. There are a lot of people in the world who only see you as something that can be used for their own benefit, but they're wrong. That's not what, or who, you are.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

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One of my biggest concerns when I talk about sin, is the idea that someone will get the wrong idea about me in the process. When I call out sin, I don't do it from a position of "judgment". I do it... from an educational standpoint?

Just because I denounce sinfulness doesn't mean that I'm perfect, or that I myself have fully and undoubtedly 100% repented from what I'm denouncing. On one hand, it feels hypocritical (Matthew 7:3-5) to call out behaviors for which I myself am responsible, but on the other hand, it feels even more wrong to keep silent about things that I know are wrong, when somebody could potentially benefit from my warning. For instance, a smoker could still warn a non-smoker about cigarettes, even if the smoker him/herself hasn't quit yet, because s/he still understands the dangers of cigarettes. And so it is with me. I'm in NO position to teach people "with authority", that is, the way Jesus taught, but I still understand that sin is wrong, and so I still try to warn people against it. I just never want to give off the impression that I'm perfect. I'm not. I'm not being "holier-than-thou". I'm still learning, just like everybody who has ever taken advice from me.