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Religion is the Opiate of the Masses

It’s rather hard to summarize the faith belief of a Christ follower. Google search Nicene Creed or Apostle’s Creed for a better written one than I am about to attempt here:

Christ Jesus (Messiah Yeshua) is the Only Son of the Living GOD and the Only Way to Heaven, the Way, the Truth and the Life.

This post is written in response to any statement which doesn’t line up with the above. Among which I will sample list here:

There is no such thing as truth. Whose “truth”? How is it possible to know there is a “god”? Hasn’t science disproved god? Isn’t is all a bunch of fairy tales for small children or people of lesser minds? Religion is what’s wrong with this world. You religious people are a bunch of haters. God is the ultimate cosmic killjoy. Aren’t all religions the same?

So, let me ask you a few questions:

Are you serious about your own question or statement? Do you apply the same logic (way of thinking) to all other areas of your life?

Have you ever read the bible? Do you read other books? Do you use the same method to read both?

Are my questions upsetting you? Why? Why do thoughts of an All Powerful God bother you?

If you think the bible is a pack of lies, then please provide me the name of the book that does a thorough job of “debunking” the lies but also doesn’t create its own list of problems that you claim the bible has. Many a great mind have set out to disprove the bible and become converts to the faith because they realized they were the ones who were wrong. I invite you to try to disprove the bible.

This is a great book to cut your teeth on. The author started this project to disprove the bible.  

 

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Humility

This compliments my earlier post on Arrogance. 

Morning Story and Dilbert

Morning Story and Dilbert Vintage Dilbert
April 9, 2015

Many years ago, a horse rider came across some soldiers who were trying to move a heavy log without success. The corporal was standing by as the men struggled. The rider asked the corporal why he wasn’t helping. The corporal replied, “I am the corporal; I give orders.”

The rider dismounted, went up and stood by the soldiers and as they were lifting the log, he helped them. With his help, the log got moved.

The rider quietly mounted his horse and went to the corporal and said, “The next time your men need help, send for the Commander-in-Chief.” After he left, the corporal and his men found out that the rider was George Washington.

The Book of Virtues, edited by William J. Bennett, 
  Simon & Schuster, New York, 1993, p. 204.

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Arrogance

As I write this my wife sits next to me in bed wondering why I expend the effort in writing when a sum total of about 4 people will end up reading it. I’m not sure either, but I’ve got to get it out. And Mozart plays in my ears, as it turns out it helps me focus by listening to music, but no words. The thoughts turned to words are the chorus.

Which ends up revealing an awful tendency of us humans. To quote Agent Smith from the movie The Matrix “me, me, me, me, me.” He is busily making replicas of himself in the computer world to take it over. The world turns progressively more dark as he fills the world with more of himself.

Since the movie series is intended as a tour de force of philosophical and existential thought, it only makes sense that this imagery is there. But, it perfectly describes the world in which we live. The devil/Satan/Lucifer is loose, busy making a wreck of things. Why? Well, the bible is not exactly brimming with answers as to his exact thinking. It’s brimming with descriptions of God’s faithfulness in the face of constant and unrelenting human unfaithfulness.

And let’s be honest, we aren’t very good at running this place. Part of the problem is our inherent selfishness. We are worried about ourselves. What do I want? Physical pleasure, more food, better food, sweeter food, saltier food, meatier food, money, power, fame, knowledge, authority, cool stuff, etc., etc.

Like I opened in the beginning, I was thinking about myself. I was interested in telling interesting facts about myself. Partly out of a desire to be known, but because I like myself. But that’s not the point of this blog. My intention when I started this blog was to help describe my own growth as a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ, but with an eye towards helping disciple others. Too bold? Probably, who am I really? In the grand scheme of things I’m nobody.

But I serve an infinite God, the self existent one, the Living God. The perfect being in whom all goodness rests. So, for Him to think on himself is to think on perfection. If I desire any good thing, it is to gaze upon His perfection. When I wonder why something is happening to me, what I’m really saying is God doesn’t know what He is doing.

And let’s examine that. He who made all things, knows all things and sees the end from the beginning isn’t surprised by anything. He knew my parents before I was born, he knows my life better than I do, he knows the events surrounding my life with perfection, the events in the lives around me, their thoughts, their wants, desires. He knows what the weather will be, what is was like, what it is right now. Everywhere, in everything and above everything.

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