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God – clearly teaches what he wants kept

In 1905 Andrew Carnegie established a Foundation to be the depository of his surplus millions and his benefactor to cities, colleges and educational agencies.  Many public libraries in the nation had their origins in his bequests.

He wrote a “letter of gift” to his original trustees with information followed by every succeeding group.  He noted that since conditions on earth “inevitably change,” he wouldn’t bind trustees to hard and fast rules.  Indeed, he gave them “full authority” to change both policy and benefactions as they thought necessary.  They would conform to his “wishes by using their own judgement.”  That has led the Foundation to make changes in its bequests while remaining true to education and “international peace”—whatever that misnomer means.  If it means supporting the United Nations, it’s a waste of money.  Internet, 8/10/17

The point of this blog:  Carnegie gave succeeding generations of trustees the right to change the beneficiaries and bequests—and they have.  Since his word is eternal, God has given no one any right to change anything in his word.  But churches and individual have nevertheless taken the liberty to add to, subtract from, God’s word.  When we’re told we CAN change things, we do.  When God tells us not to change his WORD, we still do!  We never stop being arrogant!

The Bible isn’t a Foundation whose owner considers its benefactions liable to change.  The Bible is God’s Eternal Mind recorded so we can know eternal principles and truths by which to direct our daily lives and hope for eternal life with him.  No one, no group, who feels it their right to alter or amend God’s book will ever see God, except in Wrath.

Think about that when we’re tempted to soften God’s word so people won’t be offended.  Or to remove essential teachings to make our appeal more popular.  Or to live outside God’s teaching while expecting to be forgiven.  Matthew 7:21-27 never stops challenging this writer with a provocative question:  am I a true disciple?

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God – when . seems absent, Part II

On early morning walks this writer hears great jets crossing the sky going northwest or southeast.  On cloudy days they can be heard but not seen.  The problems, anxieties and complications of life cannot hide us from God.  They can hide God from us.

The second way God can seem absent is when we look for him where he ISN’T.  That includes seeking him in human relationships, careers, personal ambitions and, paradoxically, in ungodly behavior.

If we look for God where he ISN’T, we’ll never find him.  For he’ll never move to where we want him to be.  Such a decision would make God a religious chameleon since humanity has so many diverse opinions about him and equally diverse expectations from him.

God kept warning the Hebrews to find him only in the Ten Words and their many auxiliary statutes.  Wise Hebrews complied, as Psalm 119 discloses.  Nor were they ever disappointed when seeking him in his Laws.  They offered his people what no other religion in their time could:  the Truth God to that time revealed.

Christ’s birth in Bethlehem gave humanity its one and only chance to see God in the flesh.  As Jesus said to Philip, that spiritual black hole of the disciples, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father” John 14:9.

Critics of the Gospels may allow that God revealed his Commandments through Moses.  They don’t allow that in Christ God came as a Man—the only Man ever to live.  As George Mac Donald said, the rest of us are just trying to be men—perfect humans.  Critics may give God permission to reveal himself in a lesser revelation, but never in the greater; in the dimmer, but not in blinding brightness.

Which only means that wherever critics look, God AIN’T!  And he’ll never move to where he presently AIN’T just so critics will be satisfied.  For he knows that they’ll change the rules as he moved.  Critics can never be satisfied and God won’t ever accommodate them.

But many who aren’t against God in Christ nevertheless seek him in other places or religions.  Let everyone be warned:  God is now in Christ reconciling us to himself.  In no other religion is he.  In no other place is he.   Seek him while he may be found, so when he Returns and SEEKS us, we may be IN HIM, having Christ’s righteousness, not our own stupidity or sin. – Fini –

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God – when . seems absent, Part I

On early morning walks I often hear great jets flying northwest to John Wayne, Long Beach or LAX.  Or flying southeast towards Phoenix or Dallas.  When possible I search the sky to find the winged aluminum birds.  Their drone while traversing the sky reminds me of those going where I’ve seldom or ever been.

They can sometimes remain unseen.  Cloud cover can make them invisible.  You hear the sound, you know they’re up there at 500 MPH, advancing up or down the sky, nevertheless invisible to the eye.  Like them, our Christian discipleship can be covered by complications that prevent it from praising our Father in heaven.  Worse, God can seem to be hiding from his disciples.  Then we feel disconsolate, abandoned.  We wonder how God could see our pain or loss or sorrow and not move to alleviate or terminate it.

While we can’t arrive at a certain answer to the question, the in-flight airplanes teach a lesson we need to remember.  As they continue on their invisible path, despite being hidden from us, God is STILL THERE, behind the clouds, THERE, in heaven, on his throne.  Just because we have problems doesn’t mean HE is Gone, or no longer cares.

Never let the lack of evidence of God’s Presence determine how we behave, what we believe and, most importantly, our faithfulness to him.  Instead, sing the words from On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand, “when darkness veils his lovely face, I rest on his unchanging grace.” – End Part I –

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God – himself the only essential person

Madame Guyon, once a beautiful aristocratic woman bewitched by the world’s allure suffered a life-changing attack of smallpox.  That turned her from those in the upper crust who no longer chose to break bread with her to Jesus Christ, God’s Living Bread on whom she could continually feast.

For seven years she longed to feel God’s presence only to feel disappointed that he had forsaken her.  Through enough Bible study, fasting and prayer to educate her, she learned to walk by faith, not feelings.

She also found a startling new truth:   the deeper into God’s word and discipleship she plunged, she wanted to possess God himself, not merely God’s gifts.  She wanted the GOD of consolation, not merely the consolation he offered.  The GOD of peace, not just the peace of mind he bestowed.  The GOD of truth, not only the truths his word taught.  Deeper Life Experiences of Famous Christians, 80

A necessary factor in all Christian discipleship.  All too often we seek the benefits of God in Christ instead of the colossal Presence of God in Christ.  The former attitude admires the gifts of God; the latter seeks and embraces God in Christ himself, whatever good we experience, whatever challenging burden we bear.  What do we seek for our discipleship?

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God – understandable…that’s what terrifies us

Using so-called intellectuals in important societal, business or media positions, Satan convinces many that God is too complex for the average mind to understand.  Better to let those intellectually endowed be in charge of what constitutes permissive beliefs, morality, sexuality and politics.  Only they can fathom what lesser-gifted minds couldn’t possibly know.  And, of course, they invariably conclude that you can’t trust the Bible to accurately educate us.

That’s also the siren-call of liberals in Washington, D.C.  “Let big government make the decisions you ‘little people’ can’t.  Only those blessed by Ivy School education really understand human behavior and what mortals need.”

Both claims are packs of lies.  Naturally, if Satan tells the BIG LIE—God is dead or irrelevant or hopelessly out-of-date, he won’t scruple to tell lesser lies—like, let the government make your decisions or don’t even try to understand God.

The truth is, we all too-clearly understand God and his Word.  We simply don’t like what he’s said.  Since we can’t change it, we lie that we can’t understand it—or God didn’t mean what he said.  Where God says he’s the Only God, we demand multiple deities.  When he says Jesus is the Only Way to Heaven, we demand multiple ways.  (While it’s true that many ways to serve God exist, we refuse to believe only ONE way to reach God exists.)  When God says we must deny ourselves to be Christ’s disciples, we demand the right to self-fulfillment.  When God warns that Hell awaits the disobedient, we petulantly say he can’t be God if he sends people to Hell.

And so forth; and so on; human arrogance flaunting itself, impressing only itself.  Clearly understanding what God said, but refusing to think he’s serious.  Having no trouble with Scripture’s words, except to think they apply to 21st century minds.  Let’s be honest, friends.  We have no trouble knowing who God IS and what God SAYS.  We simply refuse to believe that we need to take the Bible seriously unless we affirm it or accept any decision it reaches unless we ratify it.  We simply want to be our own deity; we want to out-God God.

Which will never happen.  And, by the way, many don’t care if it never happens.  They want it because it’s what makes them presently comfortable with their beliefs.  They’ll take their chances on eternity if they can have what presently makes them content.  Fools that they are, that’s how they think.

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God – alone gives the orders

In Spring, 1983, then-Padres Manager Dick Williams signaled to pitcher Chris Welsh not to throw to first base again.  Welsh disobeyed.  Out rushed pitching coach Norm Sherry repeating the Manager’s orders.  Welsh replied that he was going to anyway.  If Williams didn’t like it, he could bench him.  Williams did.  Welsh didn’t pitch for the Padres again.  San Diego U-T, 5/1/83

In baseball the Manager calls the shots, the pitches, whether to bunt or try a pick-off play, or any number of other decisions.  The players merely obey—OR ELSE.

God gives the orders in life.  He repeatedly warns us to obey him.  He also repeatedly warns of consequences if we don’t.  Nevertheless, we feel it our right to ignore, challenge or defy God’s WORD.  We feel free to substitute his Truth with our opinion.  And if he doesn’t like it, that’s too bad!  We pay no attention to his OR ELSE!  We don’t think his OR ELSE is any more certain or final than his WORD.

We’re 100% wrong.  A magnificent distinction underscores it.  A baseball manager rules his team.  God rules the world, the universe and eternity.  Unilaterally, without any opposition.  He will not be mocked by us.  He will punish any continued disobedience to his WORD.  All who continue to defy God’s Will will be SORRY.  America; pay attention!

 

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God – the original, humanity the imitators

Ephesians 5:22-33 discusses the husband/wife relationship as an example of the model Jesus established between himself and the church.  He originates the pattern; humans merely copy it.  That not only determines how human marriage begins, but identifies the partners in it and determines the length of marriage.

Clark Gable thought his idea was better.  While dismissing God in Christ as excrement, he determined that religion was merely a man loving a woman.  Note that he didn’t even consider the Biblical model relevant.  A man of his time in Hollywood, he married 5 times, with who knows how many relationships.  The point is while the Bible teaches Christ and the Church as God’s model for marriage, Gable wanted—married or not—love between mortals the model and Christ saving humans irrelevant.  Like other fools, Gable expected God to let him make the rules, to which God would adhere.

People do it all the time.  They know what God says, …BUT…then spout their BUT in place of the Master’s direct teaching.  While it’s a human trait, it’s also an outrageous sin against the Holy Spirit.

There’s a “rest of the story” to the story.  The man to whom Gable addressed his nonsense had been reared in a church-going family, but didn’t know anything about Christ and the Church.  What had the preacher taught?  Had the man been listening?  He had the perfect chance to bear a witness to a terribly sinful human who posited himself above Jesus Christ.  But because he lacked personal faith in the Savior—he considered Jesus only a philosopher—he shared Gable’s ignorance.  Long Live the King, 289-290.

Two fools met:  the one willing to declare himself superior to Christ, the other admitting his ignorance of Christ.  I like Gable as much as the next guy.  He was a man’s man.  But only a man who, by the way, couldn’t find in at least four marriages what satisfied him as a religion and died before he proved he found it in his fifth.

Every human is a fool if he thinks God lets us establish any model of belief and behavior we choose, then forces Jesus to comply.

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God – isn’t what religious science teaches

When a San Diego Union-Tribune columnist wanted to interview someone about how the spirit, soul, or psyche in humanity can be nourished, not famished, he contacted a Southwestern College professor.  He didn’t consult Moses, the great ancient Spokesman for God in Law.  Not Isaiah or Jeremiah, the great Prophets of God who called people to God’s revealed truth through Moses.  He didn’t read Jesus Christ’s story in the Gospels, though they reveal him as the Great God in the Flesh, who called people to God through Grace; the one who can answer any question we have about life, sin, death and judgment.  Nor did he consult Pope Francis or Rick Warren; he certainly didn’t ask Rabbi Daniel Lapin or Franklin Graham.

He consulted a religious science kind of guy who believes the stories of Christ’s virgin birth and bodily resurrection are mere “metaphors”, not actual events.  For him, being spiritual is something inside the self—the “Christ-within” so popularized by those who want the buzz of religion without Christ’s barb of self-denial.  To that professor, religion is about getting beneath the cruelty of nature to the “harmony and beauty” from which we draw strength and comfort—whatever that nonsense means.  Or getting with Buddhism or Hinduism, which means you accept the fact that you’re already one with everything, so all you need do is be at peace with whatever there is that you’re one with.  Understand?  The professor even liked the Hindu definition of evil:  it isn’t evil; it’s merely people doing destructive things.  It’s simply the absence of good.  Well, then, what is it called?  Every behavior has a definition.  What is hatred, immorality, murder, profanity if it isn’t sin?

These teachers mouth a faith that makes no demands beyond human decency.  The value thought that speculates but leads to no definite conclusions.  They demand freedom to be whatever we desire even if it’s only to be in touch with ourselves.  This is Biblically-illiterate America in the 21st century.  Going from one trash heap of humanism to another, scenting it like dogs scent each other to see if the smell is acceptable for copulation.  If not, proceeding to the next heap, hoping something will please the nose and interest our involvement.  We have no more desire to find the truth about Christ than those teachers to tell the truth about Christianity.

The false prophets of today, like those in Jeremiah’s time, “like bows, shoot lies” Jeremiah 9:3.  Like empty cisterns, they fling mud and call it wisdom.  Like decaying carcasses, they declare their stench is really perfume.  They’re scarecrows in a melon patch, assuring the ignorant that they’re really alive.  They’re fountains from hell pouring out lies and calling them “spiritual helps.”

As was Israel in Jeremiah’s time, so America is now easy prey for the Satanic prophets.  “The prophets prophesy lies, the priests rule by their own authority and my people love it this way” 5:31.  “But what will you do in the end?” the prophet shouted.  When “the harvest is past, the summer has ended, and we are not saved?” 8:20.

God repeatedly warned Jeremiah not to pray for Israel since the time for Judgment had come.  Jeremiah 7:16 as an example.  America is at that stage, the time for America to be judged.  If Christians insist on praying for America, let them pray for God’s judgment to fall.  In that fall to judgment is our only hope for the revival of individuals in Christ who, once converted to him, will revive society.

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God – know the truth about

American soldiers feared the same Japanese fanaticism in every battle after enduring Banzai attacks in Attu, the Aleutians.  The invasion of Saipan led to rumors that the Emperor of Japan had ordered such attacks.  It was called Gyokusai—Death with honor—and demanded 7 American deaths to every 1 Japanese.  (American Intelligence couldn’t find any fact in the rumor; they believed it originated from Japanese headquarters on Saipan or on the battlefield.)  Nevertheless, once believed by Nippon’s troops on the island, it became truth.  Between 3000 and 4000 soldiers participated in the attack, which effectively finished Japanese resistance on Saipan.  Readers Digest, WWII Illustrated, 442

A lot of rumors about God circulate daily.  Rumors, A.K.A., Satan lies.  One such is spouted by the likes of actor William Shatner.  He said that science fiction is mythology:  which is true.  He then said it isn’t “unlike religion”:  nobody knows for sure, but we tolerate it in case.  That’s patently false.  Parade Magazine, 8/28/16

A lot of religion may be myth, but God Almighty is FACT.  We have our understanding of reality and self only because God is SO REAL.  We couldn’t even open our mouth and eyes except God IS!  We can think, not respond by instinct, because God IS!

Never take an actor’s word for anything, especially about God.  No rumor about God is ever true, no matter what famous or rich person starts it or believes it.  Only the 66 books of Old and New Testament contain the truth about God in Christ.

Another rumor, i.e., Satanic lie, is that Jesus is only what the Gospel writers wanted him to be.  Indeed, they manufactured a triumphant Christ from a failed Nazarene teacher.  This is the favorite spout of the infamous Jesus Seminar.  It has influenced so many people, including Christians, that a sturdy, aggressive defense of the Four Gospels is needed.  And, by God’s good direction, this writer has the first volume of defense called Their Own Best Defense on the market and ready to buy.  It doesn’t claim to be the perfect defense of the Gospels, but it’s at least a careful verse by verse study of every chronological Gospel’s text, surfacing evidence of its integrity as a record of Jesus.

A third rumor/Satanic lie about God is the favorite spout of mortals wanting an easy way to Heaven.  One only need die to get there.  You live, you die, you go to Heaven.  All that’s required is to live decently, hug your kids, kiss your wife, do a few good deeds, etc., etc., etc.

Anyone who believes that needs to carefully read Hebrews 10:26-31.  Ponder what the writer said.  Take it to heart.  Only Jesus Christ gets us into Heaven, and only if we accept his sacrifice for our sins and live as fruitful disciples.

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God – rules by his own rules

When God allowed Adam to eat of every tree but one in Eden, he meant exactly what he said.  Every tree could be used for food, EXCEPT the one tree.  That had to be avoided. Eve and Adam didn’t believe God.  They asserted their will against God.  They ate from the forbidden tree and immediately felt guilt by seeing each other’s nakedness.

Ironically, we live in a culture increasingly naked by reason of style, but really by reason of our moral depravity.  Let’s understand that there is no “go along to get along” with God.  His unilateral position and authority doesn’t permit compromise.  He’s an undivided, whole, complete unity within himself, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  He brooks no rival and tolerates no opposition.

Spiritual militancy originates with God.  It’s as innate to his being as water to rain and heat to sun.  It’s his way or the highway that leads nowhere we want to be.

The meaning for us:  God doesn’t accommodate any views we have on sexuality, marriage, ethics or morality that contravene his.  He warned Adam of sure death if he ate the forbidden fruit.  He keeps warning us that we personally and our culture will perish if we persist in our anti-God behavior.  When God-in-the-flesh, walked the earth he also had not an ounce of “go along to get along” in him.   Spiritually militant from bark to core, he established his own way as the way to God, with himself as the entrance into Heaven.  We can hate his unilateral position, but we’ll never alter it.  We may seek an alternative, but we’ll never find it.  Surrender of all human opinions to God’s FACTS is the only way to peace with the Eternal Godhead.

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