Far to many young people judge Christianity by the actions of older individuals who profess to be Christians. Based on what they see and hear they reject established churches and for those who do want to be followers of Christ they seek less traditional places of worship. For some being a follower of Jesus, a Christian, is rejected because of their experiences with Believers.
To all I say: DON’T HATE GOD BECAUSE OF THE WORDS AND DEEDS OF MAN.
It grieves me that so many people reject the Word of God because of how some church leaders interpret the Bible and how Christians behave. The church doctrine explains what and why that particular group believes what they believe; Church Leaders share what they know as it agrees with their doctrine. People often confuse church doctrine with Bible truth and they share their lack of knowledge with others.
Areas in which a church doctrine may not agree with the Bible:
The Holy Spirit
How women should dress
What people should and should not eat
Hell and Heaven
and even Salvation
The Bible reveals that God allows us to choose. Beginning in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:15-17)when God allowed Adam to make the choice not to eat from the two trees. Moses told the children of Israel they could choose life or death (Deuteronomy 30:19). Joshua challenged the children of Israel to choose who they wanted to serve (Joshua 24:15). And Jesus informed those who were listening that understanding (”light of life” NKJV) comes to those who follow Him (John 8:12). It is unfortunate that such an important decision as faith is based on the opinions of people.
It is true that certain lifestyles are not acceptable to God this does not mean that God hates the person committing the sin. It is true that there is a hell as well as a heaven, God does not ‘send’ anyone to hell a person condemns himself by rejecting Jesus. It is also true that the Bible was written by man BUT it was through the power of the Holy Spirit that it was written AND …
The Bible is 66 different books written over a period of one thousand five hundred years. It was written on 3 different continents in 3 different languages by 40 different authors. Each author of a particular book had his own unique writing style and purpose for writing. When these 66 books were put together to form one great book anyone who studies it will realize that they agree with one another. Furthermore, the original text of each book was painstakingly copied yet there are no deviations in wording. Consider this bit of trivia as it relates to copies of the New Testament:
- There are 27 books written between 40 and 100 AD
- The earliest copy was believed to be written around 130 AD (full manuscript 350)
- There were over 5,000 copies written in Greek, 10,000 copies written in Latin and 9,300 written in other languages. Despite there being over 24,000 “translations” of just the New Testament they all agree with the gospel truth. Consider this fact: the earlier something is revealed the greater chance there is that it was not translated properly- this is not the case with the Bible.
What is my point? Please do not blindly follow a person with a title because he or she calls himself a Church Leader. Do not assume that even I know all there is to the Word of God,, study it for yourself asking God to give you understanding. Don’t hate Christianity based on what people do and say.
Recommended reading- books by: Andrew Wommack
E. M Bounds
I appreciate the lives of my Facebook friends; many have shared their ups and downs freely to which this community of cyber-friends has been a source of support to them. Last year we celebrated the marriage of individuals whose relationship progressed from cyber-friends to face to face love. More recently the community supported someone whose wife was in the hospital for a prolonged period of time and we celebrated when she returned home. Unfortunately, with Facebook the relationship is one dimensional, rarely two dimensional.
It is hard to maintain personal relationships with people who do not accept you as you are. It is difficult to love the unlovable. With social-media people see what you want them to see (one dimension) thus an individual can be: unfriended, unfollowed, or taken out of a circle simply because of one word typed received offensively, and life can go on as if he or she never existed. Conditional relationships are just as prevalent in the real world.
Conditional relationships, I love you only when you_______, are not always as obvious. A person who was once your friend can decide to no longer associate with you because of something you did that he or she does not approve of. Divorces occur for numerous reasons that nullify one person’s love for the other it could be unacceptable behavior or unforgivable deeds. Tit for tat conversations, arguments, point out the conditions of love.
It is not always easy to love a person despite his or her faults. Do you stop loving a child you gave birth to if he becomes a murderer? Do you hate the homosexual? Or the Muslim? Or maybe you hate Democrats (if you are a Republican) or Republicans (if you are a Democrat)? Before the Passover festival began, Jesus was keenly aware that His hour had come to depart from this world and to return to the Father. From beginning to end, Jesus’ days were marked by His love for His people. You may not use the word hate but your words and your actions are loveless.
“Before the Passover festival began, Jesus was keenly aware that His hour had come to depart from this world and to return to the Father. From beginning to end, Jesus’ days were marked by His love for His people.” John 13:1 The Voice
Jesus loves us even when we are unlovable; this is unconditional love – reach for it.
There is power in praise. I was thinking about the stuff I have experienced that caused me a great deal of emotional pain. And I realize the only way I made it through was because of my faith. It was during those times that I sought God the most and praised Him the loudest. Even now, when I get frustrated, irritated, angry or confused I find that praising Father God brings peace and clarity.
As I look back hindsight allows me to see the blessings I received in the middle of the mess.
There are so many people going through stuff far worst than what I went through and it does not make sense to praise God but I firmly believe that praise will get them through.
The more you hurt the louder you praise. The angrier you are the more determined you have to be to praise Him. The challenge is to take the time to praise God despite your circumstance.
I was looking at picture of a beautiful woman who happened to be a “disabled” veteran. Her disability was due to the fact that her left leg was missing. Around the time I saw the female veterans’ picture on Facebook there was a story on the news regarding Victoria’s Secret models. This was around the time the movie “Fifty Shades of Grey” was released. The question arises: Does not having a body part not make you sexy?
I have seen enough and heard enough back room conversations to know that everybody talking about sex is not having it. Yet, todays advertisers, the fashion industry, many social experts and as well as the news media promote sex and sexuality as if it was the most important thing in a person’s life.
Having a great sexual life does not: pay bills, will not maintain a relationship for long, will not make your children grow up to be productive members of society and will not be a priority if you or your partner is diagnosed with a terminal illness. Young women give their bodies to men who declare their love and then leave when the baby is born, they move on to someone who they can have sex with and not the responsibility. I suspect the reason many celebrities have such short marriages is because the foundation of their relationship was great sex. No one talks about these things, it is not profitable to tell the world that sexuality brings only temporary pleasure.
I know of a couple in which the wife has multiple health problems; though once a vibrant beautiful woman her appearance reflects the numerous crisis she has experienced. Over the years I have witnessed her hair thinning, I have visited her on the cardiac unit of the hospital, I have spoken to her on her way to or from dialysis, prayed for her as she had fingers or toes amputated. My husband and I have been support for her husband on the days that he was just exhausted from working 12 hour days and coming home to take her to the next doctors appointment. I am sure neither the husband or the wife care about sexy lingerie yet they are younger than me, I am 55.
Everyone should strive to look their best; wash your clothes, keep your body clean and odor free, and comb your hair. It is does not matter if you wear boxers or briefs, granny panties or thongs as long as you are comfortable in them. When the lights are off you cannot tell if you purchased lingerie from Victoria’s Secret or Walmart. There is nothing wrong with looking good for your wife or your husband.
Sexy is not all it is marketed out to be. The fashion industry makes money selling people an illusion of pleasure. The technology and automobile industry manipulate individuals into believing that the newest thing will attract unimaginable thrills. Sexy does not guarantee fidelity, security or even success; it is all a deception.
In order to achieve contentment and satisfaction in life what is important is not sexy but: respect, trust and good conversation these are not marketable and therefore not profitable.
As much as I like the concept of the book ‘SISTER SHARON’ I just can’t make it work so I am putting it in the “good idea” pile.” I am still editing PRAY FOR ME but it looks like it should be published sooner rather than later.
I have decided that I really do suck at sales so I am no longer selling life insurance / final expense insurance- whatever you want to call it and I am letting my license expire. I am still doing taxes but my clients are slow to come in (though 2 have corporate deadlines fastly approaching) I am not worried.
I love helping people help themselves and I love living a simple life thus I am embracing the country in me by going back to basics. I am writing and I am working on incorporating what I do for fun to eventually earning money as I do what I do.
This video is one of the things I started doing back in October 2014 and now I will not go back to TIDE!