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Letters to the Editor - March 14, 2014

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Lulu

What a mean-spirited, ugly vituperative letter Mr. Allen wrote. He must be so happy, secure in the knowledge he's inheriting the kingdom. I hope, in the end, when the final trumpet sounds, God--or whomever is calling the shots--informs ALL people they're welcome in Heaven. Guess who'll be wearing the frowny face?

David

The Scripture reads from Matthew 7:21-23.
True Disciples
21 “Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. 22 On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ 23 But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’ NLT

There is a judgment coming and decisions to make now.
Hebrews 9:27-28.
27 And just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment, 28 so also Christ died once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him. NLT


Romans 3:23.
23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. NLT

So we are instructed to repent and turn from our sinful ways and to live holy lives acceptable to God and to watch for His coming.

Peace,

David





David

Here's a follow up to Saturday's post.

From 2 Peter 1:2-11

2 May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord.

Growing in Faith
3 By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. 4 And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.

5 In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, 7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone.

8 The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins.

10 So, dear brothers and sisters,[c] work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen. Do these things, and you will never fall away. 11 Then God will give you a grand entrance into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. NLT

Peace, David

Lulu

And if their faith is insufficient, you can always stone them to death.
What a joyful religion.

David

Jesus changed everythiing.

John 8
New Living Translation (NLT)

A Woman Caught in Adultery
8 Jesus returned to the Mount of Olives, 2 but early the next morning he was back again at the Temple. A crowd soon gathered, and he sat down and taught them. 3 As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd.

4 “Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?”

6 They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger. 7 They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” 8 Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust.

9 When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman. 10 Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?”

11 “No, Lord,” she said.

And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.” (NLT)

Peace,
David
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David

Jesus taught His disciples how to treat their enemies.

Matthew 5:43-48 (NLT)

Teaching about Love for Enemies
43 “You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’[r] and hate your enemy. 44 But I say, love your enemies![s] Pray for those who persecute you! 45 In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. 46 If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much. 47 If you are kind only to your friends,[t] how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that. 48 But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect. (NLT)

David

David

Oh yes dear Lulu, a reason to be joyful and thankful:

2 Corinthians 5:16-21 (NLT)

16 So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! 17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

18 And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. 19 For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. 20 So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” 21 For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin,[e] so that we could be made right with God through Christ. (NLT)

So please find peace in Jesus. "Come back to God!" (NLT)

David

Lulu

You know what I wonder about? Consider all the people throughout history who have given their lives for someone else. Doesn't that make them just as great as Jesus? Let's face it: you die only once.
David, your religion, along with so many others, has been responsible for heinous, reprehensible acts. Why would you care if I reject it? Just be happy with your own choice.
And I prefer not to spend eternity in heaven with Jerry Allen.

David

Jesus said to His disciples at the Last Supper...
John 15:13..13 "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." (KJV)
If we do that, we become like Jesus, but we cannot be as great as Jesus, because Jesus is God. Up to this point, dear Lulu, I have responded with Scripture; however, now you are asking questions that I have to answer through my faith. I believe that Jesus (Yeshua) is God. He is the Son of God and the Son of Man. That puts Him in a whole different category than just man. Jesus (in world history) was sinless, and He was illegally and unjustly arrested, tried, convicted, beaten, scourged, and crucified for witnessing for whom He is (I Am). He was a sacrifice for your sins and mine. He took our sins upon Himself on that Cross and gave us His righteousness. God the Father resurrected Jesus so the power of death could be overcome. Through Jesus we can have Eternal Life and be part of His spiritual Kingdom. No other way can provide this. We die once, then there is judgment, and if we die in Jesus we don't experience the second death which is spiritual death. I believe the First Resurrection is Jesus, and we participate in that Resurrection when we become a new creation in Him. Romans 6:11...11 "So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus." (NLT)
Revelation 20:6...6 "Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power," (KJV)

That is part of my faith in God's Word.

David




David

Lulu, I agree that most if not all religions are responsible for heinous, reprehensible acts. Most religions are the traditions of man. The Hebrew religious leaders were the ones who killed Jesus with the help from the Roman executioners. Those Jews didn't even recognize their own Messiah. I would advise you to reject religion, but don't reject Jesus.What is better than religion is a relationship with God through Jesus. That is what I am seeking, that relationship. I think that God's intention from the beginning was to have communion and fellowship with man, but man and satan messed it up; so God sent Himself, a Redeemer, His Son Jesus to reconcile mankind to Himself.
So we have a choice; to follow God or not to follow God. I shall be happy with my choice.
Will you be happy with yours?

Peace,
David

kona

David,
Would it be presumptuous to ask if you believe that God represents the natural order of the universe?

David

Hi Kona,
No, it would not be presumptuous to ask.
I believe that God created the universe and the natural order of the universe.
What I need to know is what exactly you define as "the natural order of the universe".
What exactly does that represent?

kona

The "natural order" was set in motion by some force which can be defined as God or any other named force. The "natural order" was the effect of this original happening. The "natural order" after that original force has not been influenced by any super natural force (a god, etc.) but has evolved from event to event. This belief is opposed to a belief that there is a god that micromanages everything (the good, bad and the ugly).

David

Does this belief suggest that through evolution all that has happened since the "beginning" (a term which neither of us has defined as of yet) is just by chance? And that after that original event that started the whole thing there has been enough energy or power placed into that system to continue that "natural order" up to this point in history without adding more energy to the system? Like setting a spinning top in motion that never stops spinning? Like a perpetual motion machine?

kona

Yes, the "beginning" was the event sometimes called "the big boom" in which everything was set in motion. The "big boom" can be defined/labled as any force including an act of God. The difference in what has happened since that time is whether, or not, events after that time have been manipulated by a super natural force, or if that event has been left to following random actions?

kona

Actually, the latter suggestion is not correct, " Like setting a spinning top in motion that never stops spinning? Like a perpetual motion machine?"

The Earth as well as the sun are slowly cooling and are not like "a spinning top", nor "perpetual motion".

David

Kona, we have highjacked this blog. Congratulations!

So the earth and the sun are cooling (does that mean there is no global warming?) and all the initial "creative" energy that started the universe in motion happened long ago and no further energy has gone into the system to keep it going; so eventually it will slow down or cool down? Or... is there a continual source of energy put into the "natural order" that keeps it going, and if there is that source of energy, where does it come from? Where is its source of origin?
After the "big boom" is there something interfering with events or do things just happen randomly? Do you think the source of sustaining energy has ended and the "natural order" is coasting to an eventual end and that the process is all random with no thing or being (god or supreme being) directing its course?
Does it all eventually just fizzle out?

kona

You asked, "So the earth and the sun are cooling (does that mean there is no global warming?) and all the initial "creative" energy that started the universe in motion happened long ago and no further energy has gone into the system to keep it going; so eventually it will slow down or cool down?"

Yes.

You asked, " Or... is there a continual source of energy put into the "natural order" that keeps it going, and if there is that source of energy, where does it come from?"

No.

You asked, "After the "big boom" is there something interfering with events or do things just happen randomly?"

I believe that it is random.

You asked, "Do you think the source of sustaining energy has ended and the "natural order" is coasting to an eventual end and that the process is all random with no thing or being (god or supreme being) directing its course?

Yes.

You asked, "Does it all eventually just fizzle out?"

Yes, solar systems "fizzle out". Our sun will "fizzle out". We won't be here to see it happen, however.

David

So... here we are in this random universe that is slowly declining with no direction from a supreme being. What is our purpose or reason for being here? Do you have any thoughts about that?

kona

You asked, "What is our purpose or reason for being here?"

Our purpose for being here is whatever each individual decides is their purpose. And that is all. We are not going to change anything from the macro situation. We can change our micro situation and the effect (good and bad) on future generations. That is a very small thing in the "big picture". Our slice of universal history is extremely limited.

Our "reason for being here?", is whatever we want it to be. And, there could easily be no "reason for being here". Not any differently than the reason that Mars or Venus is here.

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