Even if one studies the bible like a textbook, one may miss the point of why it was written; one may not grasp the deeper point behind the printed words.
There is an actual way of living represented here. The book tells stories, gives examples of how to live daily so that one can experience a relationship with the author of the bible.
One finds Him through the history of who Christ Jesus was in this earthly life in a human body. He led by example. As He returns to the Father, and resides at God’s right hand, one learns from the experiences of those who followed after; these advise on how to have relationship with Jesus Christ, with God, with the Holy Spirit.
Through their carefully penned thoughts, we learn the mind and heart of God. We find what He desires from us; we discover His forgiveness, His love and tolerance, and the way into His presence is clarified, no matter what may be going on in our lives at the time. Relationship transcends the pettiness of momentary events and troubles. Relationship becomes everything.
This doesn’t compute to the non-believing, or those who can’t perceive beyond a strictly non-supernatural realm. The bible tells us that all scripture is God-breathed, or inspired by the Holy Spirit; thus the author of scripture is not limited to whom held the pen — this is a holy scrawl emanating from a deeper Source.
One can study scripture as he would a textbook and still be distances away from grasping knowledge of the One who is ultimately responsible for and behind the words on printed page. Humility sees that men are arrogant and blind due to the pride of this life and its promise of worldly knowledge. The knowledge the world celebrates flatters the ego and is limited to a very temporary realm; this knowledge misses the author of scripture and what He is all about.
God’s wisdom is foolishness to the world.
1 Corinthians 1:20
Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?
Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God,…. The wisdom of the Jewish, or Gentile world. It is had in no account with him; it is despised and neglected by him; he makes it foolish, destroys it, and brings it to nothing; he lays it aside as useless, to make men wise unto salvation, and by the foolishness of preaching saves them that believe; he passes by the wise and prudent, and hides the things of the Gospel from them; so, that, with all their learning and wisdom, they can neither apprehend nor comprehend the mysteries of grace, whilst he reveals them unto babes, and chooses the foolish things of this world to spread the knowledge of himself, his Son, his Gospel, and the truths of it, and whom he makes successful, to the confusion of the wise and learned.
There are so many, many reasons to fear and panic right about now, aren ‘t there?
We’ve all lost track of what’s next, of what we must be concerned about next…
What can we really do, though, about any of it?
As Christians, we are told within the bible that the end of the age will come and that we will recognize it by certain signs. This end must come because with it eventually comes the return of the savior, Jesus Christ, King of Kings, Lord of Lords.
As Christians, we must be the calm amongst the storm NOW. We are the inspiration, the light leading the way out of the darkness. We are the hope that no matter what happens, Christ cares and will offer our weary, restless minds hope and peace. There will soon be no more pain, fear, anxiety, or trudging through the days in a terrified panic.
Of course if you don’t believe in the life-saving salvation of Jesus Christ, you have no reason not to panic. Things seem rather dire on the horizon and will continue to spiral down just as the ship, Titanic, slowly sank to her demise.
There is a new world coming and it will be far better than this one was, believe it or not. There will be no more tears there. God will wipe the tears from our eyes.
“In conclusion, whether or not people agree with them, or understand them, as we saw at the beginning of this series, the Lord Himself forewarned us of these things almost two thousand years ago. He wanted us to know about the coming wars which would scourge the world, the incurable plagues and the epidemics, the widespread famines, the devastating earthquakes, the prolonged draughts, the many hurricanes, typhoons and tropical cyclones, the tidal waves, the floods and the tornadoes. God likewise wanted us to know of the rising tide of evil in the world as men oppress men through political, economic, military and religious means in order to make themselves lords over the poor of the world. Jesus referred to these things as the ‘Beginning of Sorrows’; only precursors of worse things to come. Not only that, but as I mentioned earlier, He also said that men’s hearts would fail them for fear, that is, they would have heart attacks, when the final Endtime events began to occur upon the Earth in earnest:
“Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.”
Luke 21:26, KJV
While many people who do not know God’s Word will fear as these Endtime events begin to escalate upon the Earth, as God’s children, He tells us not to fear. That is precisely one of the reasons why He has chosen to impart to us this knowledge; because knowledge of the Divine One’s Ways and Will removes ignorance and fear. As the Prophet Amos was inspired to write:
“Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.”
Amos 3:7, KJV
Thus, rather than fear, we are to trust in Him completely, knowing that He does indeed love us, and that He will not allow anything to happen to us unless it is in accordance to His Divine Will, and for our own good. Please consider the following verses:
“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”
Isaiah 26:3, KJV
“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
Proverbs 3:5-6, KJV
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
Romans 8:28, KJV
So again, Jesus knew that these things would come upon the Earth, and He wanted us, His children, to know about them, so that we would not fear, but trust in Him; therefore, there should be no doubt that they are ordained of God. El Shaddai, the Almighty God, is indeed allowing these things to happen, because the stench of man’s sickness, perversity and evilness has filled His nostrils; and He has risen to shake Himself, and the Earth, once more; and we are only now seeing the beginning of His Divine Chastisements upon a rebellious and anti-God world; the “Beginning of Sorrows”.” (Source)
3And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, 4and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.” 5And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.”…
This is what salvation is all about; it’s about letting Jesus change where He resides, (which is in your heart, mind, and soul). The changes come from the inside out — they start within you, and then spread out and touch every life that comes into contact with your own.
Living a life with Christ guiding you through the Holy Spirit changes who you are, how you react, and how you perceive everything going on around you. The bible says you become a new person for a reason.
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17
Church enhances and encourages these new changes inside of us. The leadership, teachings, and focus of the body of Christ should fall directly in line with the new creation God is performing and creating daily within us.
In other words, we are here very briefly. It goes by quick. If life, and God teach us anything, they teach us to prioritize. For a follower of Christ time may be measured differently, in that our priorities should include sharing our faith…but so often life becomes about money. We forget what really counts, often.
Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you strike him with a rod, he will not die. If you strike him with the rod, you will save his soul from Sheol. –Proverbs 23:13-14
Blows that wound cleanse away evil; strokes make clean the innermost parts. –Proverbs 20:30
Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him. — Proverbs 13:24
Blessed shall he be who takes your little ones and dashes them against the rock! –Psalm 137:9
Backward people who are not psychologically sound can misinterpret and misunderstand scripture. For example, would Jesus Christ dash one of your kids against a rock? Can you picture Him beating one of your young children or switching them until they bleed? There are Christians today who swear by this kind of brutality, who believe this is the will of God. They cite scripture to back themselves up. “Spare the rod, spoil the child.”
Well, how do we tell them firmly, “no, no thanks?” And why should we not beat our children in the name of the Lord? Some claim this is biblical. They swear it’s what God expects us to do. The bible doesn’t promote child abuse, however; the bible promotes law-abiding behavior. Child abuse is against the law. We are to honor our government leaders and law-makers and obey the laws of this land.
Gotquestions.org tells us:
“Some people believe in discipline, but not in physical discipline such as spanking. However, the Bible is the final word on what is truth; it is not mere opinion or theory. The word “rod” indicates a thin stick or switch that can be used to give a small amount of physical pain with no lasting physical injury. A child should never be bruised, injured, or cut by a physical correction. The Bible warns that parents should never abuse the power and authority they have over their children while they are young because it provokes the children to righteous anger (Ephesians 6:4;Colossians 3:21). Physical discipline is always done in love, never as a vent to the parent’s frustration. It is also just one part of discipline and should be used when the child shows defiance to a clear limit, not in the heat of the moment.“
Truly a Christ-like, Christian perspective.
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Sometimes I wonder if I’ll have gay children.
I’m not sure if other parents think about this, but I do; quite often.
Maybe it’s because I have many gay people in my family and circle of friends. It’s in my genes and in my tribe.
Maybe it’s because; as a pastor of students, I’ve seen and heard the horror stories of gay Christian kids, from both inside and outside of the closet, trying to be part of the Church.
Maybe it’s because; as a Christian, I interact with so many people who find homosexuality to be the most repulsive thing imaginable, and who make that abundantly clear at every conceivable opportunity.
For whatever reason, it’s something that I ponder frequently. As a pastor and a parent, I wanted to make some promises to you, and to my two kids right now…
1) If I have gay children, you’ll all know it.
My children won’t…
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