With the changing of the calendar there are disagreements about if it is really a new decade.
What a silly disagreement.
Humans feel they control time. They can catagozie and contain it. However, as diverse as Humanity is, there are as many ways to contain time as there are civilazations.
I Celebrate three New Year’s. My actually new year is aligned with my pagan beliefs with the start of the year on Samhein, Halloween.
Then I recognize the Gregorian New Year, which most of the world, particularly the Western World, follow. Then, finally, I celebrate Chinese New Year. This is out of appreciation for Asian culture.
I once owned a Tibetan Buddhist Calendar. It being based on the moon as opposed to the sun. It was definitely different.
My friend in South Korea has two ages. One which is “western,” one which is based on her culture.
Not only are there calendar and time controls within different cultures, there are different views of time in various religions.
Growing up in the United Methodist Church we followed the Christian calendar (hint we are still in the Christmas Season until Epiphany). There are specific traditions and practices associated with certain times of the year in every religious practice.
And don’t even get me started on the different political calendars across the globe.
Sometimes this societal agree on the meaning of time is to our detriment. More and more people are having sleep problems and health issues because they are no longer in tune with their own physical, internal clock, their circadian rhythm.
It is worth remembering for all of the different views and beliefs on time, it is all fabricated by our brains. It is simply a way for our brains to catagozie and barely begin to understand our place in the Universe.
This Gregorian Year of 2020 I suggest we all take a step back and allow the Universe to speak to us, to reset our clocks to its time, instead of the chaos of societal time.
The most massive resistance to Christianity encompasses
all the thoughts of evildoers. It’s black or white – you either love or do not love. A lack of
love carries traits of bitterness, jealousy, rejection, and envy. How sad we
instigate not loving another human being! So I ask, can you truly love if there
is an ounce of hate in your heart? There was only one word which
described Christ’s mission and it was the word “love.” Jesus, the son
of God, surrounded His ministry with this word. It gave birth to Christianity.
Miseo, the Greek word to love someone else less than you
love the Lord, is found 173 times in the New Testament. It’s a viral unrest in
the world which extends back as far as time permits. Why I wonder, do some hate
so much, especially if they claim to be a Christ-follower? I ask my Father in
heaven, why can’t we denounce hatred and share the benefits of having You in
our life? How can I word this emotion best?
I can begin by explaining Satan’s evil ways. Though he
runs rampant in the world, Satan will be short-lived because God has bigger
plans for his demise. Hatred is a dominating force where prevailing winds howl –
a lack of compassion. Wikipedia defines it well though as “a
prejudice-motivated crime.” It’s a fear of things different from us and a lack
of empathy. Did you know to hate others is also to hate yourself and God? This
is an emotion the Lord never created humans to endure.
If anyone says,
“I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who
does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not
seen. And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his
— 1 John 4:20-21
I’ve often read and was told Jesus “hated” throughout his
life. Let me start by saying the Bible was translated hundreds of times from
its original script. Certain words, which could not be interpreted accurately,
entered the scriptures we read today, and “hate” or “miseo” is one such
example. Our Lord is not a God of hate, but true, righteous, and holy. “Hate” in
the Bible only describes the intense feelings of anger God has toward sin and
persistent sinners. It also implies, “to feel less love”. If Jesus hated
people, He would not forgive sin nor the sinner.
Hate is a state of mind and as barbaric as the animals in
the wild. It is an unwanted gift conceived by the principals of a demonic
character. Where there is hatred, there is no love. It’s impossible to speak of
love (and mean it) from one side of the lips yet spew out verbs to imply hatred
from the other side of the mouth.
I have a Sunday series currently posted about Paul the Apostle. This was a man who fought the hatred of Christianity every place he traveled in his missionary trips. It caused riots, his brutal beatings, imprisonment, and even his ultimate demise… and for what? Christianity is still alive. Paul stood up, dusted himself off, and walked back into their cities filled with love for the nation who despised him! What was the purpose of the Jews hating what Paul stood for when he always had God on his side? Hate’s negative energy doesn’t serve a purpose except to the sinner committing the crime.
If you pay close attention to your TV or even your children’s electronic games, evil hatred is broadcast, subtly agitating the subconscious of the brain. Enemy #1 becomes a deadly virus waiting to encompass someone’s life. Spiritual warfare is more pronounced today as Satan’s time is nearing the end. Fight to avoid falling into his pit of fire for it goes against the grain of our heavenly Father. God will, as always, prevail in your times of disasters and feelings of anger. Fill your ark with prayers for “Enemy #1: Miseo” to go away. A Christian must uphold God’s commandment to love one another.
These days…Relationship means… Any where without you is better than any where with you
How individual lives are changing ,relationships are thrown into the dust bin,people forgetting the meaning and value & sacredness of ‘LOVE’,
Thanks to addiction to social media & smart phones !
Relationships are harder now!
“Conversations became texting,
Arguments became phone calls,
Feelings became subliminal messages,
Sex became easy,
The word ‘love’ is used out of context.,
Insecurities became a way of thinking,
Getting jealous became a habit,
Trust is hard to come by,
Being hurt became natural.
Leaving became the only option,
Sad but true,
So if you have something…that is worth it,..don’t take it for granted,
Fight for it,don’t let it go” pinterest
Be selfish,thanks to the inventions. indulge in your likings,Drink till you drop dead,fight without any reason,Ego is your life,jealousy is your partner, Greedy is your nature,Killing innocent is your taste,care not anybody,you owe the happiness you deserve,forget about dieting & exercises which are all money-making machines,,cheating is your mantra,money is everything and enjoy dying your own death,you owe nothing to anybody!
Is this the lesson modern-day life style teaching us ? Is this the meaning of advancement in human life ? Is this what all about relationships ?
And what about ethics,values,respect,responsibilities ,family relationship ?
Friday, April 19, 2019, is the annual remembrance of the LORD Jesus Christ’s death on a cruel Roman cross that paid the price for our sin. The crucifixion of Christ was the turning point of all history where God the Father reached out to humanity with the priceless gift of His only Son, Jesus.
Through that sacrifice, we are given the opportunity to come to God and receive His grace and the gift of everlasting life. Yet, the cross is more than the greatest sacrifice; it is a primary example for those who love Christ.
Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? Matthew 16:24-26 [ESV]
There are three facets of this teaching gem which Jesus gave to His disciples that bear some examination. These were spoken not simply as instructions to them, but to everyone who has claimed the mantle of Christ ever since.
The Sacrifice of Self-Denial
There is nothing more antithetical to modern society than self-denial. Yet, in truth, it has been that way from the beginning.
The original sin of Adam and Eve is a testimony to this. They refused to deny themselves the one thing which the Creator prohibited when faced with the pressure of temptation.
Humankind has been prone to that path ever since. It is unimpeachable truth that everyone has refused to deny themselves something great or small on at least one occasion and likely more than that.
The business of advertising for products or services is a fruitful source for examples of saying no to self-denial. One doesn’t even have to examine television commercials to find such examples today [although TV still has the most].
Just scan the titles of your emails or the ads and headlines from prominent websites. There you will find many emotional words begging you to take action NOW! Words such as “hurry,” “urgent,” or a favorite of many ‘journalism’ blogs, “blockbuster news!”
One of the most important techniques a new salesperson is taught is to create a sense of urgency and need for the product right away. The vast majority of sales pitches have this element expressed by phrases like, “for a limited time only,” or “offer expires today.”
Since the days of the Great Depression in America, the principle of delayed gratification has faded from the general teaching and upbringing of successive generations. Nowadays, the latest and greatest are all everyone seems to want, and they want it now.
Many industries espouse immediate satisfaction as their goal for the customer. Perhaps the most common example is seen with ‘smartphone’ usage where user impatience is often vocally expressed upon a delay of more than a few seconds for a text or a download to be sent or received.
In order to follow Jesus as He taught, the natural impulses of impatience must be sacrificed on the altar of the cross of Christ. That means a genuine intent to deny self and to embrace the long and lifetime personal ‘via dolarosa,’ carrying our individual cross for Him each day.
What Do You Have to Lose?
This question is twofold. First, what do you have to lose if you do follow the prescription of the LORD? Second, what do you have to lose if you don’t?
Jesus tells us here that if we follow Him, we will save ourselves by losing our life. He doesn’t mean most of us will lose our physical life, though there are some even today who put their own lives at risk when called to preach the gospel in hostile environments.
Those are the missionaries who take grave risks of imprisonment, torture, and death to bring the hope of Christ around the globe. They are the people whom organizations such as Voice of the Martyrs and Open Doors advocate for and support.
These are truly the unsung heroes of the earth who practice the ultimate in self-denial for Jesus. When He returns, those heroes will be unsung no more and will embrace joy everlasting in a universe made right.
However, our LORD knows that only a choice few are called to that kind of work. For the rest of us, we are called to follow Jesus and demonstrate His love and grace to a different personal audience of co-workers, friends, and families.
While this may seem a less difficult task than moving to a different nation and living among a foreign culture, it can actually prove more arduous in the end. Jesus gives us insight as to why this is so.
And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household.” And he did not do many mighty works there, because of their unbelief. Matthew 13:57-58 [ESV]
Anyone who has unsaved family members or friends can attest to the fact that you will likely face both unbelief and some hostility when you testify to them about Christ. Amicable relationships are another one of the things which may be ‘sacrificed’ when we carry the burden of our own “crosses” to follow Jesus.
One’s worldly ambition must also be nailed to a personal ‘cross.’ It is not wrong to seek to succeed in the world unless that success means living for the world and not for Christ.
Remember that the Bible doesn’t teach that riches and money are inherently sinful. Rather it teaches that the love of money is sinful and leads to ever more sin, as is loving anything or anyone more than God.
So what is lost if one does not embrace Jesus in faith and follow after Him? It is far more than losing friends or comfort or even mortal life; it is the forfeiture of the self and the soul.
Don’t Forfeit Your Soul for the World
One of the biggest points Jesus is making involves comparing the value of the material things of the material world with the value of the spiritual things of the spiritual realm. Our LORD is very clear about the value of both items and the verdict is that the riches of the entire world pale in value next to the human soul.
One of the most obvious reasons this is so is the factor of time. Time is something we measure but cannot master even with all the wealth in the world.
Time reminds us that we are mortal and our material lives will eventually cease. And no matter how much our physical life is extended or enhanced through science and medicine, death will remain on our horizon.
When one believes that the material world is either the most important world or the only world, it becomes easier to attempt to ‘gain the whole world.’ Our folly in this endeavor is the fact that all the riches in the universe could not buy us even a little more time.
Time is the one factor that everyone acknowledges is real, whether or not they believe in God. Yet, time is beyond our reach because it belongs to the triune LORD who created time in the first place.
Time is also the prison of the physical universe, including the physical body. For just as the universe had a beginning, so did our bodies, and just as our bodies will have an ending, so will the universe.
What is known as the Second Law of Thermodynamics or the Law of Entropy, confirms that time is running out for the universe. This scientific ‘law’ teaches the obvious fact that everything decays and runs down.
God’s Word taught that same principle long before science and it is called corruption. There are two types of corruption mentioned in the Bible, moral and physical.
Physical corruption leads to the destruction of the body, while moral corruption leads to the destruction of the soul. In a thrilling passage of the New Testament, Paul describes it this way.
Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:50-57 [KJV]
If you or I make gaining the material riches of the world our goal in life, we will lose both life and riches. Worse, we will willingly have forfeited our souls for that which is only temporary.
When Christ was horribly crucified He was not seeking to gain the world but to give sinners the chance to gain eternal life. Jesus confirmed that eternal life was real when He rose again, as will be discussed next time.
Sources: The Holy Bible, King James Version, Public domain
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001
I awoke with a monumental feeling God is communicating with me, revealing His plans for this world. It is time to prepare for a significant force which controls the universe. God is coming to rule the earth once more. My heart beats an unsynchronized rhythm as the Lord drives a wedge between this reality and His forthcoming Judgment Day. I shudder at the thought of Christ ruling over the genocide of this world. Obliviated is the only word I can use to describe it. Christ will turn a deaf ear as He decides who lives on, and who does not, in heaven. For those who passed on before His coming, let us pray they asked forgiveness and repented of their sins according to the Laws of God, so they may have eternal salvation.
Christ died on the cross for our sins. As is written in the Bible, unbelievers
will not be saved and those who claim to know God, yet they withdraw and live
an unholy lifestyle.
claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable,
disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.” (NIV)
Many sins pointed out in the Bible need repentance, but the list below is those the most abominable to the Lord. Do you fit into any of these iniquities? If so, it is time to drop to your knees and pray for forgiveness; live the rest of your life through His Word.
One nation under God is comparable to buying a new
car for $99 down and $99 a month. Impossible, and false advertising at best. A
nation under God would pray and worship together, study and stay in God’s word;
it lives in prayer keeping God first. Today we face murder, rape, theft, abortions,
worshipping false gods, agnostics, and atheists running rampant. This lack of
respect for our Almighty God will be the first obliterated when Christ calls
again unless mankind changes now. Satan’s followers will not be allowed through
heaven’s gates. No, this is not my opinion, but a fact!
replied, ‘Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they
are born again.’”
the signs of the end times, according to the Bible?
Mankind will be lovers of
pleasure more than God.
This includes partying, unfit television viewing, spending more time socializing
versus studying the Word, reading lustful books, gambling, drunkenness,
listening to secular music, obsessing over the internet. Fifty years ago,
worldly entertainment did not exist, and people lived a simpler life. Today,
lovers of pleasure are all around us.
Mankind will be covetous. Most people today seek worldly
riches, with money and material possessions their top priority in life. But, we
have those who lust at pornography, strip clubs, and even other spouses. Women flaunt
seductive clothing publicly with little to the imagination. We clamor for the
latest and greatest money can buy or to keep up with the Joneses.
Children will be disobedient to
their parents. Today’s
generation of children has little respect for parents. They participate in
gangs, join riots and protests, bully others, and create drama and chaos in the
family home. Society teaches them there is no God, so morals and values are
Mankind will be unthankful. We’re conditioned by the world
to take life for granted and not be thankful for our blessings. Ungratefulness
runs rampant today.
Mankind will be unholy. Many are far less holy and
humble today. Some even believe we need not keep the ten commandments anymore,
just as long as we “believe” in Jesus. They turn the grace of God
into a license to sin. Churches are social places, theaters, and concerts,
rather than holy places of worship. Little effort, today, is made to turn away
from sin and live a holy life for God. Yes, unholiness overruns the earth today.
Mankind will display a lack of natural
and lesbians become the accepted norm, and what is scarier, some even take higher
positions within our churches. The book of Corinthians condemns these actions.
Does this sound familiar?
Mankind will despise doers of
good. In today’s
age, people dislike the correction of their sins. They rebuke with “you are
judging me.” If someone is seen as a holy person, they are snubbed, criticized,
and labeled as a weirdo or goody-two-shoes.
Mankind will be lovers of
This is the ME generations. What looks best on me? How can this make me look more
prosperous, smarter, or better qualified? How many toes do I need to step on to
get what I want? Who cares how many people are starving on the streets – I come
first! Need and greed stand before serving God and His people.
Christians do not live the faith
they proclaim. Many
are hypocrites, never turning away from their sin. Most love the world more
than they love God.
as the wrath of God swarms… it’s almost time for the change of command. You mark
my words, Christ is coming to take over His world; be it in my lifetime or
yours, it won’t be long now. The stars are lining up, and a remarkable event of
unexpected consequence is about to take place. Christ will meet Satan at his
doorstep, better known as earth.
I pray you may recognize the sins mentioned in this blog and ask for forgiveness today. Turn your actions into something productive and serve God and his people with compassion and love before it’s too late. Seek the word of God’s truth so you, too, may greet your loved ones and Jesus at heaven’s gates.
Today, my blog explains controversies and theories, ignited by one of my readers. Please allow me to clarify I am not an astronomer, scientist, or a qualified professional of the world’s atmosphere; so, I wish only to suggest comments based on biblical evidence. My wife and I spent the better portion of this week doing extensive research on all the topics. We base our conclusions on Bible verses, and that which God spoke is the correct answer for Christians. You are certainly entitled to your own opinion, and we encourage you to say them freely at the bottom of our Blogging 2 Believers video, this website, or by email.
reader’s question was, “What is your stance on biblical cosmology?”
I never heard of biblical cosmology until the reader raised the question last
week. The basic meaning is to describe and explain the creation of the universe
based on scriptural evidence; in particular, from the book of Genesis. At first
glance, I found biblical cosmology very intriguing and thought-provoking. My
first instinct is to describe every detail of this theory, but my blog would be
ten pages long. So allow me to write just a summation.
did not exist before 500 B.C., just mythology. As time passed, though, many
scholars of the Bible, such as the Three Wise Men, composed passages about the
stars, earth, and cosmic events. They were famous astronomers of their time who
analyzed the universe consisted of a flat disc-shaped earth floating on water,
heaven above, with an underworld below the earth.
God wrote the opening Book of Genesis describing the creation of His world
called earth. Cosmology attempts to decipher the meaning behind each of His
words. For example, on day one, Genesis 1:1, God wrote, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” This
seems simple enough, but biblical cosmology analyzes why the word heaven is in
a plural form. Are they saying there must be more than one heaven or perhaps
many layers of stars? In either case, God didn’t create the stars, moon, and
sun until day four.
ANCIENT GREEK COSMOLOGY
cosmology continues they review the 3rd century B.C. theory of the ancient
Greeks who alleged the universe was eternal. The world didn’t begin from
nothing alluding to the fact many gods created it. The problem with this belief
was most of these theories conceptualized the gods who existed then were
neither transcendent nor capable of creation. Unlike our God who is always and
forever, not biological, these gods had lifespans, living and dying. This was unquestionably
inconsistent with the Bible.
the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from
everlasting to everlasting you are God” (Psalm 90:2).
PLATO’S COSMOLOGY IN 400 B.C.
Greek philosopher, Plato, believed the world just came into existence. Along
with the earth “just being,” water, fire, and air came into existence as a
mathematical equation by a Higher source. So, God used a calculator to create
on Genesis 1, God simply used His creative powers to make the earth, which by
the way, was originally a body of water.
The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the
deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. (Genesis
you will observe in the picture below, Dante had some strange features to the
formation of the earth. His most peculiar was naming different types of
purgatory. Each of his spheres was one of nine heavens. A soul was mounted to
Paradise and hell was placed the farthest from God’s light. The Mount of
Purgatory was placed on the underside of the world, and he believed
it consisted of
water. He implied sin came as orderly progress.
Bible never mentions Purgatory. In fact, Jesus claimed there are only two
options after this life. He bases the choice of heaven or hell on us following
His words on earth.
if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart
that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9)
if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into
the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:15)
COSMOLOGY OF THE BIG BANG THEORY
1859, Charles Darwin introduced, “On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural
Selection” publication, better known as the theory of evolution. Let me begin
by saying scientists have never proven this model a fact and is instead
ridicules in nature. Darwin’s concept is based on the universe beginning in a
state of pure randomness. As time moves on, it produces natural processes or
evolving organisms over long periods of time.
again I ask, how can something come from nothing? It takes blind faith to
believe it, don’t you think? Scientists can’t explain how life started by
natural processes alone nor is there any evidence to prove it. When we speak of
man evolving from an ape, mutations of species are very harmful; in humans, the
medical field classifies them as birth defects. Examples today of this is
Down’s Syndrome and Sickle Cell Anemia. Scientists have never discovered fossil
records to prove species are evolving to higher levels. So, how can the theory
of evolution be possible if it cannot explain the origin of life?
the formation of the world, the Big Bang Theory alleges some twenty billion
years ago all matter was packed into a microscopic egg or an atom’s basic
particles. It assumes some earlier universe exploded and collapsed upon itself
forming matter. But, where did these particles come from initially – there had
to be a creator? This theory also believes the sun and stars developed long
before the earth. Apparently, the Big Bang cannot go back to the very beginning
of time and space.
strongly suggest a Christian cannot believe in evolution, and God too, for the
concept is against everything written in the Bible.
created man and woman since the beginning of time:
27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that [h]moves on the earth.” (Genesis 1:27-28)
records of the Lord’s ancestry goes back to Adam, God’s first creation. This
dates humans back to only a few thousand years before Christ. Though time
varied from our current twenty-four-hours a day, I surely cannot justify the
humanity being twenty billion years old. There are some two thousand years
spanning today back to Jesus Christ and another two thousand years back to
Abraham. There are only twenty generations between Abraham and Adam. How do
scientists explain the earth being twenty billion years old?
the sun and stars were formed after the earth:
I say more about the Big Bang theory?
answer the reader’s question above, my stance on biblical cosmology is I am a
man blessed with the ability to write God’s messages. The Lord’s words are
written in the Bible for everyone to read, comprehend, and follow. It is not open
to interpretation. Today’s society is filled with atheists, and they are the
people who attach themselves to such conspiracy theories. If we have to
question the Bible, there is no faith. I believe God created the world with His
mysterious power–one which science will never explain. Cosmology, as a whole,
is against everything the Bible teaches us:
when your eyes are lifted up to heaven, and you see the sun and the moon and
the stars, all the army of heaven, do not let yourselves be moved to give them
worship, or become the servants of what the Lord has given equally to all
peoples under heaven.
me clarify this Bible passage more by saying God doesn’t want us to stop
learning about His world, but it is not acceptable to draw conclusions and
influence others of such non-factual knowledge. The point is the origins of
life, and the universe is outside the parameters of man’s conception. Cosmology
is interesting but based on very few facts; therefore it can’t be classified as
a legitimate science.
Christian, I hope to discover, one day, all of God’s mysteries of the universe.
Until then, I choose to remain in faith that the Bible is accurate in God’s divine
inspiration. We must live by faith, not
by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). My beloved readers, it is up to you –
cosmology or God?