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Your body is a computer controlled machine.

Every function your body performs requires software.

Walking, talking, hearing, digestion, seeing, learning and more...

Software does not write itself. It requires a programmer.

We are born with many “factory” installed programs.

Even babies can learn, breath, think, eat and digest food.

Instructions are sent from the brain to various parts of the body.

Many subsystems, like hearing, heartbeat, taste, touch, smell,

respiration, and growth, function without conscious thinking.

Other functions happen as the result of the decisions we make.

Arms, fingers, eyes, legs and toes respond to instructions sent

from the brain as a result of our decision making processes.

The trillions of tiny cells we are made from require DNA

instructions to function and replicate. We still do not know

how cells manage to group themselves into complex organs

like eyes, hearts, ears and lungs. What or who is the maestro?

Evolution teaches that all this can happen by chance, but

information and probability science proves that to be absurd.

Changing even a small percentage of the letters on this one

page would render the entire message incomprehensible.

DNA code is much more complex and must be perfectly accurate.

Your body consists of various atoms, molecules, cells and organs.

But having all the components assembled and all the required

code in place still does not create life; a dead frog has all that.

No combination of prebiotic soup, evolution, luck and

time can explain how a non-living thing becomes alive.

God says He breathed life into his creation.

He says He caused man to become a living soul.

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life.”

 

Evolution Explained

One day a 6 year old girl was sitting in a classroom. The teacher was going to explain evolution to the children.  The teacher chose a little boy.

TEACHER: Tommy do you see the tree outside?
TOMMY: Yes.
TEACHER: Tommy, do you see the grass outside?
TOMMY: Yes.
TEACHER: Go outside and look up and see if you can see the sky.
TOMMY: Okay. (He returned a few minutes later) Yes, I saw the
sky.
TEACHER: Did you see God?
TOMMY: No.
TEACHER: That's my point. We can't see God because he isn't there.  He doesn't exist.

A little 6 year old girl spoke up and inquired if she could also ask the boy some questions. The teacher agreed and the little girl asked the boy:

LITTLE GIRL: Tommy, do you see the tree outside?
TOMMY: Yes.
LITTLE GIRL: Tommy do you see the grass outside?
TOMMY: Yessssss (getting tired of the questions by this time)
LITTLE GIRL: Did you see the sky?
TOMMY: Yessssss
LITTLE GIRL: Tommy, do you see the teacher?
TOMMY: Yes
LITTLE GIRL: Do you see her brain?

Evolution sure is creative

If you think man invented the airplane,

    you must be a bird brain.

If you think man invented the submarine

    you’re like a fish out of water.

If you think man invented sonar,

    you must have bats in your belfry.

If you think man invented computers,

    you must be brain dead.

If you think man invented the camera,

    you must be blind.

If you think man invented the microphone,

    maybe you’re not listening.

If you think man invented wireless communication,

    you haven’t got a prayer.

 

On the other hand, there is one thing man did

invent all by himself, completely out of thin air…

                                                the theory of evolution.

 

 

The reason God said he numbers every hair on your head

is because he didn't think you'd understand if he said he
controls the energy release of each adenosine triphosphate
molecule so nucleoside diphosphate kinase can transfer

phosphate from nucleoside triphosphate to nucleoside

diphosphate to form guanosine triphosphate thus providing

the energy for every cell in your body.

 

 

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall

All the king's scientists and all the king's men

Couldn't put Humpty together again.

(Maybe they just didn't have the right technology.)

I have a friend who is a genius.

He has actually invented a machine that can input a scrambled egg (along with a few other ingredients that the device itself needs to function), process this stuff, and produce a new perfectly formed egg.  In fact it does not even need to start with a scrambled egg.  It can input a variety of different substances and still produce a perfectly formed egg that will hatch, just like a regular egg, into a new machine that can do the same thing.  He calls it a Biological Integrated Reproduction Device.  - Not only that; it can fly!

This guy is so smart, he has earned the nickname "God".  All his friends call him that.  I often get to wander around his lab and examine some of his other neat stuff.  There seems to be no end to the exotic and interesting things he invents.  It is so incredibly fascinating that I know I wouldn't mind hanging out with him as much as I could.  Now, if he had a few little things that I could do around the lab to learn more about some of these inventions, I'd be having more fun than you could imagine.  I plan to spend a lot of time there when I retire.  You know what they say, "A great way to ruin your retirement is to sit around and do nothing."   The best part is, he is not one of those smarty pants guys that can't stand to have us dummies hanging around asking questions.  He has a great attitude; like someone who really enjoys teaching people things.  I have never once felt like he just wished I would just go away.  Someone told me he once invented a talking snake.  I thought, "Whoa, That's hard to believe, I'd have to see that."  But then since I have seen his B.I.R.D. thingy, maybe its not so hard to believe.

In the 1970’s British astronomer Sir Frederick Hoyle set out to calculate the mathematical probability of the spontaneous origin of life from a primordial soup environment. Applying the laws of chemistry, mathematical probability and thermodynamics, he calculated the odds of the spontaneous generation of the proteins required by one of the simplest known free-living life forms on earth – a bacterium.

Hoyle and his associates knew that the smallest conceivable free-living life form needed at least 2,000 independent functional proteins in order to accomplish cellular metabolism and reproduction. Starting with the hypothetical primordial soup he calculated the probability of the spontaneous generation of just the proteins of a single amoebae. He determined that the probability of such an event is one chance in ten to the 40 thousandth power, i.e., 1 in 10 40,000.  Prior to this project, Hoyle was a believer in the spontaneous generation of life. This project, however, apparently changed his opinion 180 degrees.

Mathematicians tell us that if an event has a probability which is less likely than one chance in 1050, then that event is mathematically impossible.  Such an event, if it were to occur, would be considered a miracle.

Consider this:  To win a state lottery you have about 1 chance in ten million (107). The odds of winning the state lottery every single week of your life from age 18 to age 98 is 1 chance in 1029,120. Therefore, the odds of winning the state lottery every week consecutively for eighty years is more likely than the spontaneous generation of just the proteins of an amoebae!  And having all the proteins still does not give us a functioning amoebae!  It is a little like having computer hardware without any software.

P.S. The difference between 1029120 and 1040,000   is a number with 10,880 zeros!

“In the beginning God created…”  any other concept is pure fantasy!

BORN TO BE WILD

There has been much debate concerning the homosexual lifestyle as to whether it is a choice or a genetic phenomenon.  When I heard the arguments, my initial opinion was that it was a matter of choice.  While I could not imagine choosing it for myself, I rationalized that there could be some who had pushed the envelope of sexual experimentation to the point where they got into some really kinky activities.  And then found themselves addicted to them.  I could understand that.

As a Christian, I have always thought that homosexuality was bad for society in general and was clearly against God’s commands (clearly against His ideal) and therefore sinful.  (see Leviticus 18:22 and following for a whole list of things that are bad for society)  Many people have expressed doubt that such things are bad for society.  But, it is very easy to make this determination.  Simply ask this question, “What if everyone did it?”  Would society be better or worse?  Obviously there would be no children and therefore no next generation if everyone became gay.  In addition, AIDS would run rampant.  Now, that would be a bad thing, wouldn’t it?

It seems to be reasonably logical that some people are born blind or deaf and God does not hold them accountable for it.  Some people are born black and that certainly is not a sin.  These physical properties are not choices.  They are beyond one’s control and cannot be changed.  Certainly God does not label people as sinners because of birth defects, gender or race.  So if he condemns those who engage in activities like sodomy, adultery and drunkenness then the desire for it cannot be the result of genetics.  They must have begun as choices.  Those who make sinful choices may eventually find themselves unable to change.  Some of these choices are made at a very young age and last a lifetime.  However, God did not leave us without hope, please read on… 

I am convinced that at least some homosexuals prefer to believe they were born that way because it gives them a certain measure of guilt relief, just as some choose to call alcoholism a disease for much the same reason.  I have even heard the argument that, “God made me this way so if he condemns me for being the way I was made then he is the most evil monster imaginable”.  One young man on the radio even said, “I sincerely asked God to take away my homosexual desires and he didn’t.  Therefore it must be something that cannot be changed.”

After listening to many people who are very adamant about this “born that way” idea, I decided to reevaluate my stance.  I thought long and hard about my worldview in light of God’s biblical description of reality.  I also factored in some of the scientific evidence I had learned along the way.  As a computer programmer, I knew that certain “software” does come pre-installed from the factory.  That "software" may consist of the operating system, drivers and/or firmware required to make the hardware work.  Other programs (of the users choice) are installed later.  It would be reasonable to equate instinct to “factory supplied” code and our chosen behaviors as “user installed” programs.  For example, the ability to see is not something that must be learned.  It is factory installed.  However, speech is something that must be learned.  Selfishness seems to come quite naturally while self-discipline and courtesy must be learned.

Some animals are born wild and cannot be tamed.  No matter how much they are “trained”  the wild nature still remains.  Others can be domesticated and taught to obey our wishes.  I suppose there are some people who feel they were “born to be wild” and cannot change.  Thus we get habitual criminals that cannot seem to stay out of jail.  We see elephants that seem to be perfectly tame circus performers until they suddenly turn on their trainers and stomp them to death.  All of these observations relate to the nature of the “beast”.  And the behavior that follows, while undesirable, is often something that the “beast” cannot control. 

Some natural activities are constructive and some are destructive.  Some can be overridden or suppressed, while others seem to rage on completely out of control.  I think everyone would agree that the natural ability to logically solve problems is a good thing.  While the uncontrollable urge to murder others is not.  The chosen activity of helping the poor would be a good choice.  To choose to use drugs is not.

Some things have both good and bad aspects.  I am sure Stevie Wonder’s parents were sad when their son was born blind.  But few would argue that his blindness did not contributed to his career choice and musical abilities.  By contrast, subjecting oneself to chemotherapy will make you tired, nauseous and bald.  On the other hand, if it destroys your cancer cells, then it was a good thing to do.

Playing this the other way around, suppose someone steals your car.  Bad, right?  But what if you were destined to be in a fatal accident and cheated death because of it?  What if a man buys a piano for the elderly widow who lives upstairs and is then killed when it falls through the ceiling?  Maybe all we can say is that choices have consequences and only God knows what the end results will be.  Maybe this is why the Bible says all our good works are as filthy rags.  And anything that is not done of the Spirit is sin.  For only God can tell us what choices will turn out for good.  Maybe that is one reason the Bible says we are to pray without ceasing.  And in all our ways, to acknowledge Him. 

I wonder if sometimes the consequences of our choices are not critically important and so God is silent.  But when He does speak out against a behavior I think we do well to listen.  When He says to do something or to not do something, it is bound to be very important for our well being.  Let’s take some of the Ten Commandments for example.  “Thou shalt not steal.”  Why?  - Duh! ‘cause maybe the one you stole from will kick your butt?  Actually, I think it has to be more important than that or God would have just let you get your butt kicked and your lesson would be learned.  No, I think He was trying to paint a much broader picture.  A society that allows stealing to run rampant will ultimately breakdown into anarchy.  Likewise concerning “Thou shalt not commit adultery” has much broader ramifications than getting clobbered by a jealous husband.  Look at the wide angle, long-term results.  We get unwanted babied followed by abortion.  Venereal disease.  Divorce.  Hatred.  Heartbreak.  Arguments and law suits over property and children.  And when the adventure of some taboo sex act wears off, we look for bigger thrills and then we get, prostitution, pornography, kinky sex, sadomasochism, bestiality and sex murders.  None of this is good for society.  And I am sure I am only touching the tip of the iceberg.  That is why God spoke up and said "Don't".

In Matthew 19:8 Jesus said, "Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning.

So marriage was supposed to be permanent, but we couldn’t stick with the program because our “hearts” were hard?  I can understand that.  I have always liked the saying:  “Two unselfish people do not get a divorce.”  Isn’t selfishness what really causes a marriage to breakup?  If two unselfish people are intent on satisfying the needs of each other, mutual bliss will be the result.  On the other hand, when individuals begin to focus on themselves and their own desires (at the expense of the other) then marriages run into trouble.  The question is whether this is something that “normal” people can control.  Is it natural to be selfish or unselfish?  Do you think a baby has to be taught to say, “MINE!”?  Obviously we all want to get our share and will normally do whatever it takes to insure that we reach that goal – even at the expense of the one we “love”.

But would that state of marital content put a stop to adultery?  Hardly.  Some people seem to think that people, put in a good environment, will naturally become good.  I think that is naturally stupid.  Take a look around.  Why do we need millions of laws to make people do what’s right if doing right is its own reward?  Children must be taught (under duress if necessary) to be good.  It is natural to cheat, steal, lie, covet, gossip, swindle, bend, fold and mutilate.  Have you ever seen a law that says, “Rob a bank.  It’ll be fun”?  Of course you haven’t.  We don’t need laws to encourage bad behavior, only laws to spell out the consequences of wrong behavior.  But who decides which is which?  The government?  Do they know best what’s good for you?  The majority?  Situational ethics?  Who judges the billions of circumstances that affect the ethics of millions of situations?

I submit that only God is qualified.

In a way, we were born to be wild.  There is a "sin nature" that is passed on from generation to generation; traceable all the way back to Adam and Eve.  So in a sense those who have fallen into the trap of homosexual behavior never had the power to so "no" in the first place.  That power only comes from God; our Father.  Just as an earthly father wants to teach his children to be good citizens, God also loves us and will teach us right from wrong if we really want to know.  He will never force it on us because he has given us free will.  We have to submit to Him to become enrolled in the program.  He has provided a litmus test for entrance into His school.  No one is qualified to be admitted on their own merits.  We must accept the free gift of cleansing and salvation by accepting His son Jesus as our savior.  Then God sends us our own personal tutor known as the Holy Spirit who alone has the capability to give us the power to say "no" to wrong doing and "yes" to what is right and the wisdom to know the difference between the two.  Some will look at their lives and say, "I am sick and tired of my condition.  I want to improve it.  I cannot do it myself any more than I could pull myself up by my boot straps."  Then they will turn to God for help.  Others will say, "I am fine the way I am.  I am having fun.  I do not need or even want God to interfere with my life or tell me what to do.  I just want God to leave me alone."  If they continue with that arrogant, prideful attitude throughout their life, God will grant them their wish and when they die they will be eternally separated from Him and assigned a "place" away from Him where they can live alone forever.

Since our bad choices in life are usually made at an early age and tend to become ingrained in our lives to the point that we cannot break their grip, it is best to receive Jesus and get enrolled in God's school while we are young and malleable.  It is a well known fact that small children can learn things much faster than us "old dogs".  The longer you wait the more difficult it will be to admit that you have lived a defeated life full of mistakes and bad choices.  Some people find it impossible.  Their pride, one of the most self-destructive of all sins, forces them to "stick to their guns" to the very end.  Thanks be to God that he gave his Son to die in our place, a most gruesome death on a cross, the horror of which can break the most stubborn heart and allow us to turn from our selfish ways and be saved - at any age.   

Some spirits are "phishers" of men

I am sure you know how easy it is to inadvertently go to a wrong web page.  Accidentally  typing one character incorrectly can divert you to a porn sight instead of the page you wanted.  Some "phishers" with evil intent send out emails pretending to be a bank or some other legitimate site only to get you to click on a link to their "look alike" web page which turns out to be a scam.  Once they have you in their grasp, they can then get your personal information and use it to steal your identity and rip you off.  Paypal, by contrast, sends out warning emails telling us to be careful of such trickery and to not click on any email link even if it looks like it is a genuine Paypal notice.  They recommend that we ignore any embedded links in any email and instead type the proper web address directly into our browser.  This way we can insure that we arrive at the genuine Paypal site.

The same thing can happen when people play around with the "internet" of the spirit world.  We must be very careful before we invite some unknown spiritual entity into our lives and we better be sure we are getting the true Spirit of God and not some demonic counterfeit.  The Bible warns us: "...Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light."  This is why God set it up in such a way as to ensure that we are not "scammed".  When God tells us in the Bible that "Jesus is the way the truth and the life and that no man comes to the Father but by him." He is not being narrow minded.  He is just trying to make the path safe and secure so we can be sure we are inviting the "real" Spirit of God to come into our lives and teach us the real truth.  Spiritual "cyberspace is a very dangerous place.  So to be sure you don't get scammed, don't trust every spirit that tries to come into your life.  Test them against the Word of God. 

We all know we need God's help and advise.  Like the internet, He has a wealth of information that can be of substantial benefit.  But be careful.  You can't even see spirits let alone fight one that turns out to be bad.  That is why it is imperative that we come to to God by coming through Jesus first.  Only then can we be sure we find the right link to the true God who loves us.  Jesus is the real thing!  You can trust Him.  He died for you.  Would an evil spirit do that?

Democratic logic?  Are they brain washing our youth or what?

One morning I heard this line of “reasoning” on the radio:

The caller… (college age, male, democratic liberal) said…

    Bush’s tax cuts are helping the rich the most.  (s-o-s)

Host:  Do you realize the rich pay the most and as such, should naturally get the larger reduction?  Not only that, but the rich are the ones who create jobs.  Have you ever heard of a poor person hiring anyone?

Caller:  Well, I just think they need to pay their fair share.

Host:  They already pay (he said) over 70% of their income.  How much do you think is fair?

Caller:  They should pay enough so everyone can have decent housing, food, clothing, health care etc.

Me:     Isn’t that communism?

Why should I go to work and then give my hard earned money to someone who refuses to work?

“It’ll be a cold day in Hell… you can be sure… I’ll rot in the grave before I’ll let that happen.” 

Ha ha ha ha ha!  <- the rant of a lunatic.

Unfortunately we are already being taxed and forced to do exactly that right now.                    

     Note:  Robin Hood robbed from the rich and gave to the poor...

                                        he was still a thief!

(And for the rich, as a percentage of income, the pain is even worse.)                      

Sadly, that means there is a built-in incentive to remain poor!  (Unfortunately, when businessmen choose to remain “poor” that translates into a stagnant economy and fewer jobs.) 

You see, the “smart” thing to do is to remain poor because then “they” give you free money! 

You get welfare checks and food stamps and health care and housing and … on and on it goes.

I guess “they” won’t be happy until everyone is at the same level of poverty.  (except for the democratic elite, of course.)  Gee, won’t that be nice?  Then America can be just like all the 3rd world countries were the standard of living is so low that no one wants to live there. 

(I suppose, when that happens, it will solve our illegal immigration problem!) 

Question:  Who will all those “guest workers” work for? 

                   Hey, I know, we’ll give them government jobs and then we’ll tax the rich

                   to pay for them!

Next piece of “logic?”…

Caller:  Yes, Saddam was evil, but we should have built a UN coalition before going into Iraq.

Host:  Play the tape… a cut is played of Bush’s State of the Union speech naming the vast array of countries that are already involved in helping us in Iraq. (there were about 15 named plus 17 more unnamed)

Caller:  Yeah, but I question the level of involvement of those countries.  Some have only sent a hand full of troops.  It is not fair that the US should have to contribute the lion’s share of the effort!

Me:

What?... Didn’t he just say the rich should pay more because they have more?  If not, I guess he thinks we should just let terrorism continue unchecked while we wait for all those disinterested countries to line up behind us.  But then, why should they?  Their countries are not being threatened.  They can just sit back and enjoy the free ride.  After all, the United States can afford it!  Let the rich take all the risks, eh? 

The caller apparently feels that rich people should be thrown to the dogs because they have the audacity to work hard and become rich.  And yet he finds fault with poor countries who feel the same way about us.  He thinks they should be expected to pitch in and “pay their own way”. 

Sadly, just like the lazy poor mentioned above, those countries expect the “rich” to do more than their fair share.  Is it fair that only our boys should have to fight and die and thereby provide free protection for the sorry asses of countries that won’t lift a finger to protect themselves?      

I say… “France!  Germany!   We saved you once.  Now you’re on your own.  Good luck!”

And the same goes for free loaders who refuse to paddle their own canoe.

Here is a welfare plan that actually works:

      If you won’t work, you won’t eat!      2 Thessalonians 3:10

 

dOING THE RIGHT THING 

There was a man who owned a small but fairly prosperous business.  From time to time he would hire young men who had lived rough lives and needed a little help.  One of these “projects” in particular turned out to be a real challenge.  His rough edges consisted of lying, stealing, foul language and a terrible temper.  He came from a broken home and had spent many hours alone teaching himself how to grow up.  He lived in a small apartment and currently had no living relatives.  The owner could sense that this young man had never been shown any real love in life and so he decided to do his best to help him see a better way.  There were times when the kind-hearted owner was ready to give up, but he kept struggling; trying to get the young man to respond to his numerous acts of kindness.

One day he had an idea.  Knowing that the young man had never experienced any real “family” things, he decided to invite him to come along on a three-man fishing trip.  The “crew” would consist of the owner, his only son and the young man.  Both of the boys were about 17 at the time.

The son was also the owner’s sole heir and would eventually inherit the business.  The young man knew this and despised him for it.  Mostly he only agreed to go because he was hoping there would be some free beer. 

So the day came and there they were; out on the ocean in the owner’s boat.  It wasn’t a large boat, only about 25’ or so, but well suited for the occasion.  The outing was going fairly well until the young man and the son got into an argument.  Push came to shove and the next thing the owner knew they were both in the water. 

Now this particular area had plenty of fish that attracted more than a few sharks.  The owner knew this and ran quickly to the edge of the railing.  He was horrified to see two large fins already approaching the young men.  To make matters worse there was only one harpoon on board which meant he could only save one of them.  His first thought was to spear the shark that was going for his son.  He raised the harpoon into the air and took careful aim.  As he was about to throw it he saw his son shaking his head “No!” and pointing frantically at the other shark.  Without hesitation the father turned and threw the harpoon with all his might killing the second shark just before it reached the young man.  As he pulled the boy to safety the other shark attacked his son and immediately turned the water red with his blood.  The shark dove with his prey.  There was no hope for rescue.

The decision the father made that day was the most difficult and heart-breaking choice he ever had to make.  He took the young man in an embrace and wept bitterly for what seemed like forever.  Then he thought, “No!  I came out here today to save this young man from an empty life that was headed for certain destruction.  I cannot allow this tragedy to prevent that.”  Placing his hands on the young man’s shoulders, he looked him straight in the eyes and said, “I know my son is dead.  Although my grief seems unbearable, I find myself wanting to take the love I had for him and give it to you.  I know you couldn’t see it at the time, but his dying wish was for me to save you first.  He gave up his life for you and I’m sure he would approve of what I am about to say.  As sincerely as I know how, I ask you to step into my life and let me be a part of yours.  If you will accept me as your father, I will adopt you as my son.  Everything I had intended to give him I will give to you.”

To the owner’s great surprise the young man replied, “Old man, you make me sick.  I don’t care that your son is dead.  He got what he asked for.  I don’t need your charity or your pity.  I’d rather take my chances out there with the sharks than to have anything to do you so get your hands off of me and leave me alone!”-

If you were the father what would you do? .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . Yeah, me too, but the kind of love this father had wouldn’t allow for that.

If you were the young man what choice would you have made?       Have you ever had to make a choice like that?       Are you sure?

Something to think about:

John 3:16  For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son (allowing him to be killed by those who are by nature opposed to God) that whoever would believe in (trust, accept) him - should not perish, but have everlasting life. 

I Peter 1:3-5  Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade--kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.                       Have you accepted this free gift?

(This offer is yours for the asking.  It is not subject to change,

 but it does expire when you do.)

Happy Ending:  Three days after this seemingly tragic event… the son walked triumphantly out of the water onto a nearby beach.  He was wearing a brand new sharkskin belt and a shark’s took necklace.  He proceeded to perform the original version of the Rocky Balboa victory dance.  He has given hope to the hopeless ever since.  Where, O death, is thy sting?

25 Facts About the Human Genome

1. The genome is the complete list of coded instructions needed to make a person.

2. The 4 letters in the DNA alphabet – A, C, G and T – are used to carry the instructions for making all organisms. The order (or sequence) of these letters holds the code – just like the order of letters that makes words mean something. Each set of three letters corresponds to a single amino acid.

3. There are 20 different building blocks – amino acids – used in a bewildering array of combinations to produce our proteins. The different combinations make proteins as different as keratin – in hair – and hemoglobin – in blood.

4. The information in one cell would fill a stack of paperback books 200 feet high.

5. The information in one cell would fill two hundred 500-page telephone directories.

6. Between humans, our DNA differs by only 0.2%, or 1 in 500 bases (letters). (This takes into account that human cells have two copies of the genome.)

7. If we recited the genome at one letter per second for 24 hours a day it would take a century to recite the book of life.

8. If two different people started reciting their individual books at a rate of one letter per second, it would take nearly eight and a half minutes (500 seconds) before they reached a difference.

9. A typist typing at 60 words per minute (around 360 letters) for 8 hours a day would take around 50 years to type the book of life.

10. Our DNA is 98% identical to that of chimpanzees.  (currently thought to be closer to 94%)

11. The estimated number of genes in both humans and mice is 60,000-100,000; in the round worm (C. elegans), the number is approximately 19,000; in yeast (S. cerevisiae) there are around 6,000 genes; and the microbe responsible for tuberculosis has around 4,000.

12. The function of the vast majority of DNA in the human genome - 97% - is still unknown.

13. The first chromosome to be completely decoded was chromosome 22 at the Sanger Centre in Cambridgeshire, in December 1999.

14. Each of our cells is packed with 6 feet of DNA.  The structure is only 0.0004 inches across and would easily fit on the head of a pin.

15. There are 3 billion (3,000,000,000) letters in the DNA code in every cell in your body.

16. There are 100 trillion (100,000,000,000,000) cells in the body.

17. If all the DNA in the human body was put end to end it would reach to the sun and back over 600 times (100 trillion x 6 feet divided by 93 million miles = 1200).

18. 12,000 letters of DNA are decoded by the Human Genome Project every second.

19. If all 3 billion letters were spread out 1mm apart they would extend 3,000 km – or about 7,000 times the height of the Empire State Building.

20. If all 3 billion letters were spread out 3mm apart they would extend 9,000km – more than twice the length of the Mississippi river at 3,779km.

21. One gram of DNA would stretch out to 186 million miles.

22. The data in one gram of DNA would fill a trillion CDs.

23. A trillion CDs would cover a football field 2300' high and it would take 31,688 years for someone to count them.

24. The human body contains approximately 600 grams of DNA.  (About 1.3 lbs)

25. The DNA in a human body contains about 3,000 trillion gigabytes of data.

   

    I don't see any signs of intelligent design here, do you?  snerk

    Random chance could put this together, right?  double snerk

    No wonder the one who has said in his heart, "There is no god." is called a fool.

 

Digital Copies

Have you ever made photocopies or copies of cassette tapes and observed the deterioration of quality that results when you try to copy a copy? This decrease in fidelity gets worse as we continue to make copies from previous copies until eventually the result becomes completely distorted. The information contained in the original object is gone.

Today modern science has given us machines that can perform digital reproduction. We can copy a picture or a song using this equipment and make perfect copies of the original. Subsequent copies are every “bit” as good as the first. This is one reason why the recording industry would prefer that we didn’t have this capability.

It took man many years to recognize the inherent problems with analog equipment and to come up with the “digital” solution. Prior efforts to create quality copies focused on improving the fidelity of the analog signals by improving the quality of the recording equipment. In fact, had it not been for the development of computers, we may never have stumbled on this infinitely better idea.

In the early 1950’s scientists discovered that cell reproduction in living systems is controlled by digital information stored in a molecule called DNA. A copy of this information is made when cells “split” to form new cells. (To prevent defects and possible malfunction or death, the copy needs to be exactly the same as the original.) DNA provides the “program” that controls this. It directs proteins to cut the DNA strand in half, length wise. Then each half is attached to an exact “digital” duplicate of itself. DNA even contains code that looks for and corrects errors to make sure an exact copy is produced.

We should not marvel that God knew better than to use analog methods for cell reproduction and opted to go “digital” from the very beginning. Remember He invented self-replicating flying machines; how many billions of years ago? How could blind evolution have produced this?

The other day my boss, who knew that my mother died recently, inquired as to how my dad was doing.  I said, “Under the circumstances, OK, I guess.” He asked, “Was he religious?” I said he was and we both agreed that “religion” can be a source of hope during such times.  Then the boss, whose wife also recently died, said, “I have hope.” (He said that he had sensed the presence of God during his wife’s funeral and was beginning to believe that God did exist.)  I made a comment about how there are all kinds of “hope” and the conversation ended.

As I thought back over what was said, I realized that there really are ALL kinds of hope.  I began to think of some of the different forms that hope can take. In a minute or two a fictional story came to mind. It follows:

There was a man who set out to do some research on “People who had been run over by trains”.  He found that very few people who died were killed by trains or in railroad accidents at all. In fact, of all the various ways that people died in or around the railroad, only a few had actually been hit by a train.  And of those who had been run over, most were deemed to be suicides.  He was starting to feel better already.  You see, he was homeless and spent a lot of time around the railroad yards.  He certainly hoped that he would never be run over by a train. In fact it was becoming a phobia. However, now that he had done this research, his hope was stronger than ever that he would never die this way.  The odds were against it.

Later that day, as evening approached, he unrolled his sleeping bag and began to prepare for a good nights sleep.  (That was something he had found hard to get ever since he began worrying about dying under the wheels of a 20 ton locomotive.)  Yes, he had now found reasons to substantiate the “hope” that he would be safe… So he laid down on the tracks and went to sleep.

Truly there are all kinds of hope; well founded and otherwise.  What was the flaw in his logic?  When he put his hope in the statistics did he forget to consider the additional circumstance of placing himself in a dangerous situation? Obviously we can see that hope alone, without all the facts, is actually false hope.  Many people with this kind of hope are actually self-deceived.  For example: a gambler may go to the race track and read all the statistics on “his” horse.  He may be convinced that he can’t lose, but in all honesty, the most he can say is, “I hope I win.”  How many times have you heard someone say, “I hope to go to heaven when I die.”?  Do they have any basis for saying that?  What is their hope based on?  Is it just some kind of wishful thinking?  The Bible says that faith is the “substance of things hoped for”.  Doesn’t it seem logical that hope can only turn into solid faith when we have enough facts to support it?  When traveling by airplane, I can say I hope this thing will fly or I can have faith that it will.  What is the difference?  I suppose that having the knowledge that air travel is quite safe and that most planes do not crash, allows my flimsy hope to become a more solid faith.  Now, when it comes to Heaven or Hell, I do not want to have hope; I want to have rock solid Faith!  Where can I get it?  What facts will I need in order to achieve this kind of faith?

May I take a moment to explain why I believe that I have the proof necessary to justify this kind of “faith”?  First of all I know someone who is an authority.  He is someone who has been to the grave and returned.  He performed many incredible miracles to substantiate His credentials.  He made predictions about the future that came to pass in every detail.  Now, when He says, “You must be born again to see the kingdom of Heaven.”, I believe that He knows what He is talking about.

Suppose I need to get my car fixed.  I can take it to “good ol’ Gus” and “hope” he will stumble on the problem and be able to fix it.  Or, I can take it to a factory trained mechanic at the dealership and have a bit more “faith”.  So it is in life.  (Especially concerning things as important as salvation and eternal life.)  When we need expert advise, we need to find an expert.

Now here is the weird part: We have to put our “faith” in Jesus and Him alone, before He gives us rest of the information to convince us that we did the right thing.  We must swallow our pride, admit that we’re lost and trust Him for salvation.  We need to “sit down on the chair” not knowing if it will hold us up.  Then we find out that we made the right choice.  The proof is in the “putting”! So, how do we do that?  We must first realize that our good works can never get us into Heaven.  As long as we continue to trust in the good things that we have done, we will only be able to “hope” God will let us in.  However, deep down in our hearts we know that even two rights don’t cancel a wrong.  The first time you sinned, you proved you were a sinner.  A bell can never be un-rung! Fortunately there is a way out.  Although the penalty for sin is death, Jesus, who never sinned, paid that penalty for us.  All we need to do is put our trust in Him and receive the free gift of forgiveness.  Then we will see our “hope” turn into true “faith”.  We will no longer be trusting in our own works, but rather in His.  The Bible says when we do that, God comes to live in us by His Spirit. Then He begins to teach us the rest of the “facts” so we can finally say, “I no longer “hope” for Heaven; I know I’ll be there!”.  You’ll begin to see the “Creator” behind the creation.  You’ll see Him do things in your life that can’t be explained as coincidence.  You’ll find that there is more evidence to support the Bible, the truth of Jesus and the existence of God than you ever imagined. You’ll find that you actually want to love your neighbor as yourself.  And its all free!  So put your checks and wallets away…

So why wait?  Invite Jesus to come into your life to be your Lord, Savior and Friend - right now.  He will come in and save you.  All you have to do is ask.  He is still alive, you know.  He rose from the dead after 3 days just as He said He would.  (500 people saw Him alive afterward.)  All of your life, He’s been patiently waiting for this very moment.  He stands at the door of your life and knocks, but you must invite Him in.  Where you will spend eternity depends on what you do right now...

Hey! Get off the tracks!

Revelation 18

     Who says the Bible doesn’t talk about America?

         After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven.

     He had great authority, and the earth was illuminated by his splendor.

     With a mighty voice he shouted: "Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great!

     She has become a home for demons and a haunt for every evil spirit,

     a haunt for every unclean and detestable bird.

     For all the nations have drunk the maddening wine of her adulteries.

     The kings of the earth committed adultery with her,

     and the merchants of the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries."

Then I heard another voice from heaven say:

     "Come out of her, my people, so that you will not share in her sins,

     so that you will not receive any of her plagues;

     for her sins are piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes.

     Give back to her as she has given; pay her back double for what she has done.

     Mix her a double portion from her own cup.

     Give her as much torture and grief as the glory and luxury she gave herself.

In her heart she boasts,

     'I sit as queen; I am not a widow, and I will never mourn.'

     Therefore in one day her plagues will overtake her: death, mourning and famine.

     She will be consumed by fire, for mighty is the Lord God who judges her.

     "When the kings of the earth who committed adultery with her and shared

     her luxury

     see the smoke of her burning, they will weep and mourn over her.

     Terrified at her torment, they will stand far off and cry:

     " 'Woe! Woe, O great city, O Babylon, city of power!  In one hour your doom

    has come!'

"The merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her because no one buys their cargoes any more-- cargoes of gold, silver, precious stones and pearls; fine linen, purple, silk and scarlet cloth; every sort of citron wood, and articles of every kind made of ivory, costly wood, bronze, iron and marble; cargoes of cinnamon and spice, of incense, myrrh and frankincense, of wine and olive oil, of fine flour and wheat; cattle and sheep; horses and carriages; and bodies and souls of men.

"They will say, 'The fruit you longed for is gone from you.  All your riches and splendor have vanished, never to be recovered.  ' The merchants who sold these things and gained their wealth from her will stand far off, terrified at her torment. They will weep and mourn and cry out:

     " 'Woe! Woe, O great city, dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet,

     and glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls!

      In one hour such great wealth has been brought to ruin!'

     "Every sea captain, and all who travel by ship, the sailors, and all who earn their living from the sea,

     will stand far off. When they see the smoke of her burning,

     they will exclaim, 'Was there ever a city like this great city?'

     They will throw dust on their heads, and with weeping and mourning cry out:

     " 'Woe! Woe, O great city, where all who had ships on the sea became

     rich through her wealth!

     In one hour she has been brought to ruin!

     Rejoice over her, O heaven!  Rejoice, saints and apostles and prophets!

     God has judged her for the way she treated you.' "

Then a mighty angel picked up a boulder the size of a large millstone and threw it into the sea, and said:

     "With such violence the great city of Babylon will be thrown down, never to be found again.

     The music of harpists and musicians, flute players and trumpeters, will never be heard in you again.

     No workman of any trade will ever be found in you again.

     The sound of a millstone will never be heard in you again.

     The light of a lamp will never shine in you again.

     The voice of bridegroom and bride will never be heard in you again.

     Your merchants were the world's great men.  By your magic spell all the nations were led astray.

     In her was found the blood of prophets and of the saints, and of all who have been killed on the earth."

At least this terrorist bomb will take the United Nations down with it

TWISTING THE KING’S ENGLISH

I suspect that many who claim to be pro-life may also be pro-choice!  It is so aggravating to hear the liberal left muddy the waters of common logic by twisting the meaning of everyday words to suit their agendas.

We see it everyday in the use of such words as “affair” rather than “adultery”, “half truth” rather than “lie”, “euthanasia” rather than “murder”, “fetus” rather than “baby” or “life style” rather than “perversion”.

You may ask, “How can someone be pro-choice and still hate abortion?”  Allow me to suggest that God is pro-choice!  Does that surprise you?  Has the constant pounding of the liberal left caused you to see the term “pro-choice” as the opposite of “pro-life”?   God has put us here and gave us life along with the power to choose.  Some of our choices are good, some are evil.  Some of them will result in good consequences (both personal and societal) and some will not.  Ironically the most important choice we get to make does not concern abortion, but rather where we will spend eternity.  (which many consider to be a rather unimportant decision)

We get to choose between getting up or sleeping in; eating a hamburger or a salad; driving the speed limit or speeding; stealing or not; killing or not; becoming a Christian or not – the list goes on.  The words we use to describe the behaviors are not all that important, but sometimes the consequences of our choices are extremely important.  (Rejecting Christ as your savior will land you in Hell)  The twisting of terminology, however, can make the decision making process confusing when it is used to tone-down the truth concerning bad choices.

There are many who claim to be simply “pro-choice” when in fact they really support abortion in nearly all its forms.  Many believe that abortion is the perfect answer to starvation and over-population.  Some support it simply for the money they can make.  Still others claim that an unloved, unwanted child is better off being aborted.  Even mothers-to-be embrace abortion as a way to avoid the “burden” of motherhood. 

Planned Parenthood demands that any ban on partial birth abortion is “unconstitutional” unless it includes an exception for the health of the mother.  This ploy is designed to render a law against such a gruesome procedure impotent.  With an “exception” like this, any doctor who really wants to partially deliver a live baby and then kill it can simply decide that the mother’s “mental” health is at risk, perform the murder and collect his fee.

Another tactic is to insist on exceptions for incest or rape.  And this is good?  Why?  The baby is not to blame.  Why put an innocent child to death?  Why not abort the rapist?  And please, don’t even get me started on abortion as means of eliminating birth defects.  Didn’t most civilized people condemn Hitler for trying to engineer a super race?  How soon we forget.  What are we thinking?  Where have our morals gone?

So now, if you are pro-abortion (for whatever reason) you should at least have the guts to admit it.  Do not try to hide behind the neutral sounding term of pro-choice.  There are only two “choices”.  You are either pro-abortion or you are pro-life.  You either feel that it’s better to live in a society that allows abortion or you believe that a society that cherishes life is better.  

As an American, I support your right to choose so I guess that makes me pro-choice.  I believe in liberty, justice and “freedom-for-all” which must also include a right to choose.  “Give me liberty or give me death” was a poetic way of saying that the freedom to make our own choices is worth dying for.  It is a God given right, but He wants you to choose life, to cherish the life He gives and to defend the lives of those who are not capable of defending themselves.  Please choose wisely.  I don’t want the government to find it necessary to pass laws restricting our freedoms.  But when your choices begin to damage the well being of other people or society at large, you must be stopped.  Choosing to kill is one of those cases.

We value gold because it is hard to come by.  Diamonds have value because they are rare.  When did we decide that “life” is so easy-to-make that we can hear reports of a mother flushing her “fetus” down a toilet or throwing “it” in a dumpster and not feel like sobbing our eyes out?            Abolish Abortion.  It’s worse than slavery.

Fear God?

...If I do not believe in cancer (never actually seen any myself) it can't hurt me and I should not fear it?
I have only heard of cancer (just as you have heard of God).  I have, however, seen what cancer can do.  There is plenty of evidence to prove its existence. 
 
The Bible says it is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
 
Here is what is says about why we should fear Him.
 
Heb 10:28-31
28Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? 30For we know him who said, "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," and again, "The Lord will judge his people." 31It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
 
God did not send his kid to do his busy work.  He actually came here himself.  Jesus was God in the flesh.  The reason He came as a little baby; as the son of God, was so we would be broken hearted when we realized how our evilness could kill such an innocent one.  Nails did not hold him to the cross, His love is what kept him there.  And every time we reject His love, the hammer is in our hand.  The following story was told by Jesus before the crucifixion.  What do you think was their motive for doing this?
 
1He then began to speak to them in parables: "A man planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a pit for the winepress and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and went away on a journey. 2At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants to collect from them some of the fruit of the vineyard. 3But they seized him, beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 4Then he sent another servant to them; they struck this man on the head and treated him shamefully. 5He sent still another, and that one they killed. He sent many others; some of them they beat, others they killed.  6"He had one left to send, a son, whom he loved. He sent him last of all, saying, 'They will respect my son.'  7"But the tenants said to one another, 'This is the heir. Come, let's kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.' 8So they took him and killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard.  9"What then will the owner of the vineyard do?  He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others.
 
The obvious motive was selfishness.  It is the number one sin of all time.  It is exposed in each of us when we reject God's plan for our lives; preferring our own way instead.

Consent makes it OK

Is this what America has come to?  Recently the general consensus of opinion seems to be that any kind of extramarital, non-standard sex is permissible as long as you are an adult and it is consensual.  Monogamous marriage is no longer important; only consent.  (Question: does con-sensual sex mean that it is non-sensual?)

This promiscuous view of morality creates a ton of problems for those who endorse it.  For example, who defines consent?  The latest “ruling” handed down to us is that a man can be convicted of rape if the woman revokes her consent and says, “Stop!” at anytime during the sex act.  In a similar case, the “infallible” Supreme Court ruled that private, homosexual sodomy (and nearly any other sex act) is constitutionally protected as long as it was consensual.  Does that mean your dog can consent to have sex with you and the law can do nothing?  How can you prove the dog gave consent?  If it bites you during the act, will the courts decide that the animal revoked consent and caused an “acceptable act” of bestiality to become rape?  Shouldn’t they simply have the dog put down for being vicious?  Can’t we get a similar ruling for women who bite, especially during oral sex?

Warning to men:  If a woman (or a man) agrees to have sex with you and then while doing it says “stop” or  “no” or “don’t” or “I changed my mind.” or “this isn’t what I had in mind.” or “who told you, you could make love?” or “beam me up Scotty” or “bow-wow” etc. at anytime during the act, (even 2 seconds before you reach climax) you had better stop immediately.  Mostly because, be further warned, the courts have not specified how much time you have to discontinue “making love” before it becomes criminal “rape”, so you better stop real fast.  (And make sure you don’t get anything on her dress.)  Dare I predict a run on duct tape in the near future?

On the other hand, if she (or he) is saying “don’t” and “stop” repeatedly then you better not stop, but instead give it all you’ve got (hard, fast and furious almost  (the courts will decide) to the point of abuse) or you will be forever labeled a sexual wimp who is destined to never be offered “consensual” sex again.

Furthermore, some women are so erratic that they might start yelling rape if you did “get off” - and they didn’t.  (Note: “get off” can have two meanings here so be sure you have it straight, err, clear because the courts will take the meaning of normal words and tear them to shreds.)  In addition, there are women who will actually perform sex “acts” just to get things.  (money, jobs, jewelry, a husband, a baby etc.)  In which case they never really “wanted” to have “sex” with you at all.  It wouldn’t surprise me to see the courts redefine this as rape.

The real meanings of words are such wiggly things.  Example:  If you were asked, “Can you sodomize your wife?”…  Would that mean “does she let you?” or “is it legal?” or “is it moral?” or “do you have the stomach for it.” or “is it still called sodomy when married?” or  even “does it fit?”.  Who can say?  Should we let the courts decide everything concerning sex?  Where do they get their moral standards?  So much to think about…

Men: I recommend that you take certain precautions to insure “safe” sex.  In addition to using condoms, safe sex, in today’s world, also requires your lawyer.  (Note:  It is easy to mix these two up.  The lawyer is the one in your wallet.)  Have him draw up a contract in the usual incomprehensible legalese; defining a binding consent agreement for engaging in explicitly predefined sexual relations.  (Be careful the document does not step over the “court defined” guidelines and become pornographic.)  It might be desirable to have a clause included where the signer swears to be free of venereal disease, pregnancy, any sadistic/masochistic inclinations, big burly husbands and/or boyfriends etc.  Keep copies of this document with you at all times.  Then when you see a hot potential sex mate, stroll over, present the paperwork, whip out your pen and say, “would you please sign this?”  (What a great pickup line!)  If you don’t get slapped, be sure to have it notarized before you proceed.

No wonder God said, “Thou shalt not commit adultery.” and “Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.” 

Some people think He was just trying to take away our fun.  (Although we have turned romantic "love making" into a circus act, I still think those people must have a really warped definition of fun.)  Or maybe they think “fun” and “abuse” is the same thing.  Can we get a ruling here?

Well now, isn’t that Grand?

So the ACLU gets another brownie point from Satan.  They convinced the National Park Service to remove some plaques displayed at the Grand Canyon because they contained Bible verses.  You see, simply being available to read, (or not), was soooooo…  unconstitutional. 

Here they are:

Psalms 68:4 - Sing to God, sing praises to his name; lift up a song to him who rides upon the clouds; his name is the Lord, exult before him!

Psalms 66:4 - All the earth worships thee; they sing praises to thee, sing praises to thy name."

Psalms 104:24 - O Lord, how manifold are thy works! In wisdom hast thou made them all; the earth is full of thy creatures.

The argument was that these words constituted an establishment of religion by the government.  You know, it was sort of like putting up a nativity scene on the courthouse lawn at Christmas time.  Oh!, that is a terrible no-no!  You just can’t use “government” property to promote religion.  Religion must be confined to your homes and churches.  (I wonder, when did freedom of religion become freedom from religion?)

If verses like that offend visitors to our wonderful canyon that's too bad.  They can always go home.  When did we lose our back bone for standing up for our God?

I have to ask, - who says the Grand Canyon is government property?  What is government property anyhow?  Isn’t it all “public” property that was bought or “taken” from the people?  The Grand Canyon was certainly “taken” from us.  It was always “public” property ever since the dawn of time.  Then suddenly, along comes the “we know what’s best for everybody” government crowd who takes it over by decree.  Did that make it “government” property?  Considering there are no official government functions taking place there; no courts, no political or executive offices, no legislative activities – how can it be government property?  Its upkeep is even paid for with park admission fees.  It is less of a government property than a common sidewalk because, at least, tax dollars are used to build our sidewalks.  (I suppose now that I have said that, the ACLU will push to make it illegal to talk about God in the “public square” especially if you are standing on the sidewalk.)

And what about our money?  Doesn’t it clearly say, “In God we trust” on each coin and on all “Federal Reserve” notes?  Let’s see now, is our money public property or government property?  (I think it must be government property because the government certainly thinks my money belongs to them.)  Oh I get it – that “offensive” phrase on our money is a form of advertising for “God”.  Well if that’s the case we better just remove those nasty, offensive words right now before it topples our government, destroys our way of life and unravels the entire union.

This Bible verse removal idiocy reminds me of a verse from an old rock ‘n roll song called “SIGNS”   (slightly paraphrased)

                And the sign said anyone caught trespassing will be arrested on site.

                So I jumped on the fence and I yelled at the toll booth, “What gives

                you the right…

                to put up a fence to keep me out and to keep God’s creation in?”

                If God was here he’d tell you to your face, “Man, you must be some

                kind of money grubbing sinner!”

 I strongly believe that this wonder of wonders we call the Grand Canyon was put there by God to give us a place to think about Him and ponder his majesty, power and splendor.  Of course, public properties need to be protected from vandals and from those who would try to ruin the experience for others.  However, I do not think that means we need to make them God-free zones.  (not that we could, if we tried) 

It is absolutely ridiculous that these plaques should be construed as an establishment of religion by the government.  They were, after all, donated!  I don’t believe any public money was spent to erect or maintain them.  That is, until now...  you see, your tax dollars are being used to clean these plaques before they are returned to the donors.  Doesn’t that make you angry?  Isn’t that an outrage?  They are taking public funds and deliberately using them to clean some filthy religious symbols.  How disgusting!  You better call your congress ”person” right now.

And yet, to add insult to injury, the Park Service is going to continue referring to certain rock formations using the names of Hindu gods.  And that’s OK?!!!  What a double standard!  Oh, I see, it’s permitted to promote religion as long as you don’t promote the one, true God.  Imagine, - naming things created by God after “gods” created by Satan.  (For as Christians we know there really are no other “gods”; only puppets invented by Satan to deceive the lost.)   Maybe “ACLU” actually stands for Anti-Christian Committee for Lucifer’s Utopia.

I can’t help but fear that if we kick God out of our schools, remove Him from the pledge, eliminate His laws from our courts, erase His name off our money, ban the Bible, evict Him from our “lifestyle” and throw Him out of our hearts, soon enough He will say, “Fine, - I’m out of here – good luck!”  “You’re going to need it!” 

What will we do then?  Suppose another 9/11 style attack occurs, or a natural disaster strikes and we kneel down to pray for God’s help, - and all we get is a busy signal?  I know, maybe we can call the ACLU or FEMA?  (Cause, they just “love” Americans and will do anything to “help” you.)

I really think the bureaucrats need to eat some humble pie and realize they are only the “caretakers” and not the “owners”.

Idea!  I think I will donate a nice new plaque (that doesn’t use the God word) to replace the ones the “elite” found so offensive.

How’s this?

 

This is a really BIG canyon. 

 

It is over a mile deep and averages about 10 miles wide.

 

It is 277 miles long and the rim goes from an elevation of 7000 ft to over 8000’ above sea level.

 

That makes it almost a “Canyon in the Sky”.

(Denver Colorado is only 5280’ high.)

 

This means the Colorado river had to run uphill for

millions of years to dig this thing out.  Which is silly.

 

If I were you… I wouldn’t piss-off the “One”

who actually could dig a ditch like this.

 

In fact, I would fall at his feet, do some

serious groveling and start worshipping Him.

 

But, it’s your call,

We wouldn’t want to be accused

 of trying to establish your religion.

 

The Bible says that when the end of this age comes, things will be similar to the days of Noah (the whole world was filled with violence) and also similar to the days of Lot. (who was living in Sodom)  Here is how it was in the days of Lot...

Lot was distressed over the moral decay of the society in Sodom, but still continued to live there and did not fight against it or move away.  (much as many "church folks" in America are doing today.)  He even called them "friends".  So I guess he wasn't homophobic.  And when he tried to tell them that what they were doing was wrong they shouted him down and threatened violence.

When the time comes for Jesus to return, everyone on Earth will be going about their routine business when, without further warning, destruction will come.

Years ago I also began to think about some of the other characteristics of the days of Lot.

I realized that at least one thing that was happening then was still absent from our society.  It was a presence of these three simultaneously:  1homosexuality, 2involving both adults and young people and 3violent demonstrations in the street.  I say "was" because these three are no longer missing.
 

Gen 19:3 ...all the men from every part of the city of Sodom—both young and old—surrounded the house. 5They called to Lot, "Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them."

 

    6Lot went outside to meet them and shut the door behind him 7and said, "No, my friends.  Don't do this wicked thing. 8Look, I have two daughters who have never slept with a man.  Let me bring them out to you, and you can do what you like with them.  But don't do anything to these men, for they have come under the protection of my roof."

 

    9"Get out of our way," they replied.  And they said, "This fellow came here as an alien, and now he wants to play the judge!  We'll treat you worse than [we're planning to treat] them." They kept bringing pressure on Lot and moved forward to break down the door.

Paul adds these details in Romans 1:26-27

Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones...Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves  the due penalty for their perversion. [sexually transmitted diseases?]

Check out this link:  www.article8.org

and if you dare, also see the Little Black Book

You will not believe your eyes. 

(warning "Little Black Book" contains offensive material - and our taxes are paying for it!)

Emphasis added...

 

Romans 7: 14 We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. 15I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature.  For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.  21So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22For in my inner being I delight in God's law; 23but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. 24What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? 25Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!
      So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God's law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.
 
 So since it is not "our" fault we should embrace "Judge not least ye be judged"  and let everyone off the hook, right?  Not so fast...
 
Luke 18:9 To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable: 10"Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.'   13"But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, 'God, have mercy on me, a sinner.'   14"I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."

or this one...

Luke 13 1Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. 2Jesus answered, "Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? 3I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. 4Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? 5I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish."

 
One big mistake we all make is to compare ourselves to the unrighteousness (or sinfulness) in others humans hoping God will grade on the curve.  But He doesn't.  He requires perfection.  [Matt 5:48]  And since we can never achieve the 100% perfection required to escape judgment, it becomes vital that we ask God to impart the righteousness of Jesus to us as a pardon and as payment for our sins.
          -  We have not because we ask not.
 

What is the probability that something is probably probable?

I do not pretend to be a probability expert.  But I have often pondered my threshold of where I draw the line between what will probably happen and what probably will not.  Certainly some things are certain.  The question is what are the odds?  If in the normal course of life something happens consistently then it is probable that is will continue to do so.  For example the sun coming up each morning.  Some things are quite possibly random and unpredictable.  Other things might be predictable if we just had more information about the event.  I do not think it would be humanly possible to predict the exact order of 10 decks of cards shuffled by a machine.  On the other hand it might be possible to predict a coin toss if one knew everything about the weight, force, humidity, original position (heads or tails), wind direction etc.

 

Other things are more predictable.  The chances are good that the person who just rang your doorbell is the same person who called you on the phone and said they would be right over.  This can be compounded by the fact that you live 80 miles from civilization and almost no one ever rings your doorbell.

 

Compound probabilities really can add up.  Especially if the events are related to each other as in the above example.  Suppose there was more.  You knew your friend had a dog and you heard her dog barking just before the doorbell rang.  You could see vaguely through the peep hole that it was a female standing at the door who was just about the right height.  The friend who called was female.  Pretty soon the odds become high enough to cross your threshold and make you confident that you can predict with fair certainty who is at the door.

 

The laws of probability can also work the other way.  If an event is rare it probably will not happen.  In addition if a series of events are rare then the probability of all of them happening are the result of the odds against each one multiplied together.  Let's say you only get visitors twice a year.  The odds of someone ringing your doorbell then are 1 in 182.  If 9 out of 10 of your friends are female then there is only 1 chance in 10 that the person at your door is a male.  The odds of a male ringing your doorbell on any given day are 1 in 1820.  Further if visitors almost always call before dropping by (let's say 99 times out of 100) then there is only 1 chance in 100 that someone will ring your doorbell if no one has called.  Total odds: 1 in 182,000.

 

So we see how the laws of probability compound to help us predict what is likely or not.  Keep in mind that all of these are based on what "normally" happens in real life.  Is it likely that you will run out of gas on a 1000 mile journey if you only get 10 miles to the gallon and you started out with 3 gallons in your tank and you do not stop to get more?  I'd say you better take some good walking shoes.  Contrast that to the sun coming up tomorrow as it has since time began and you get the picture.

 

These concepts can have a profound affect on something called faith.  Faith is simply trusting that something is probable.  Life insurance companies, banks, doctors and gamblers all use probability to maximize their expectations of success.  Do you have faith that you will arrive home safely tonight?  Based on the fact that most people will, you probably do have faith that you will also.  We exercise faith every time we get on an airplane or sit down in a chair.  Faith is almost always based on things we cannot see or test in advance.  We play the odds.

 

Many people have faith in God.  They believe that He created everything because it seems probable to them.  Others have faith in evolution because they think the evidence supports their position best.  This is why intelligent design is at such odds with evolutionary theory.  By looking at the odds (which by the way is a scientific field) creationists reject the possibility that any thing could create itself.  Complex things are even less likely to create themselves.  You never open a can of soup and find a new life form in it.  Since billions of cans of soup have been opened without ever once finding a new life form, the odds are at least billions to one that this will continue to be true.  But maybe you do not think the odds are high enough to make it impossible.

 

Although the simplest cell is far more complex than a 747 airplane.  I would like to use the airplane to prove a point.  How many 747's have ever been found in a can of soup?  What are the odds that a 747 could even be shrunk down to fit in a can of soup?  How many soup factories have 747's parked near by where one might fall into the soup?  How many instances of shrinking large objects have ever occurred in recorded history?  I think you can quickly see that finding a 747 in your soup is an absurd impossibility.

 

And yet people who call themselves scientists actually teach that evolution is a fact when the actual probability of something as unlikely as the first cell coming together by chance is less than finding a 747 in your soup.  I have no interest in theories that try to explain how a fish might turn into a frog.  I want to know how dirt can turn into the first living cell by chance.  Some have calculated the odds and arrived at numbers so large that they are impossible to comprehend. 

For example 1 in 10400,000 (a number with 400,000 zeroes in it)

 

This is a number so large that the entire universe could not hold that many electrons even if it were packed solid.  Mark one with an "X" and pick it out on the first try!  Note, there have only been 1017 seconds since the beginning of the universe.

 

Ok, I admit no one can "prove" God's existence or creation.  But neither can anyone  prove evolution or that there is no God.  So we must rely on the probability of what is probably the most probable.  In other words you have to ask yourself where you are going to put your money.  Remember you are betting your life here and you can't choose some of each.  God said He created everything through Jesus Christ.  He either did or he didn't.  Choosing evolution is calling God a liar.  Not a smart thing to do.

 

On the other hand I think it is also very important to ask yourself why you chose one over the other.  For me, I prefer to believe in God for a million reasons, not the least of which is because He offers eternal life in the bargain, for free - just for the asking.  That sounds like a good bet since it costs me nothing for the wager.  He alone has the technical know-how to make good on the payout. 

 

The evolutionist can only look forward to a cold dark grave, oblivion and the end of everything.  It seems like they are willing to face that possibility in exchange for a life without God; where they think they are not subject to His will.  Sadly they grope through life without guidance or hope.  By their choice they have demonstrated that it is more important to have self-direction than a relationship with God.  They just don't want to be told what to do.  In the end they will unfortunately find that the grave is not the end and that they will finally get their wish - an eternity without God, without hope and without love.  Eternal slaves being told what to do forever.

 

I think we have plenty of evidence to "prove beyond a shadow of a doubt" the existence of God.  What is my basis for giving God's existence such a high probability rating?  Because the Bible is a book packed full of prophecy, much of which has already come to pass.  A college professor, Peter Stoner, wrote a book presenting a fascinating study on the application of compound probability to Bible prophecy.  He examines many Biblical predictions about the future.  The numbers quickly grow to such magnitude that there is no way to even represent their size.  Most scientists accept that an event with a probability factor of 1050 is a certainty. 

 

I only see two choices.  Either those predictions are based on really good guessing or foreknowledge [God made things happen].  If the 100% accuracy of the prophecies found in the Bible is based on guesses then I really am impressed.  On the other hand, if God predicts an event and says it is based on His foreknowledge and the probability of that event happening by pure chance is extremely small (and/or very distant in the future) and that event happens, then we have good reason to believe in the existence of a God who knows the future.  If we are of the persuasion that God causes prophecies to happen then it adds credibility to our belief that God lives a very long time [the Bible says eternally] and has the power to control future events. 

 

For more details on the Peter Stoner study click here  Prophecy, the Bible and Jesus

 

Conspiracy Theory

 

There is a grand conspiracy to destroy the world.  Satan is the master mind.

Why did God allow sin so look attractive?

Offering someone a true choice requires things of similar desirability

Where is the promise of His coming?

It could be 900 years, but more likely 80-130 (one extra long - maximum life time)

Generation will not pass away only means one person left standing that was born

around 1948.

Born From Above - What does it mean to believe?

The abortion "counselors" will tell you that a baby is not alive until it is born.  That is untrue for almost every meaning of the word "alive".  However, several aspects about the transition from the womb to the world that do change radically.  Namely breathing, eating and speaking.  While there are others let's consider the first one.  In the womb you received your oxygen supply through the umbilical chord and did not inhale air to live.  When you were born you took your first breath and needed air to live from then on.  Breathing is one of the first vital signs used to determine if a person is dead or alive. 

The Bible says God breathes life into his creation.  It speaks of two kinds of life.  God gives you physical life at birth and spiritual life when you are born again.  It is entirely possible for a person who has never been born spiritually to be unaware of his lack of spiritual "life".  In fact, just as with physical birth, it is impossible to know that you are not spiritually alive until after you are born again.

Did you ever stop to realize that it was not until sometime after you were born that you became aware of being alive?  You couldn't know whether you were alive beforehand because your brain had not developed that far.  You might as well have been in a coma.  So it is with spiritual birth.

In the Bible wind and air are often used as symbols of the Holy Spirit.  See Ezekiel 37:5-14 and Job 32:8 "But it is the Spirit in a man, the breath of the Almighty, that gives him understanding."  Just as physical air lets us live physically, spiritual "air" gives us life spiritually along with spiritual understanding.  God is trying to use these analogies to teach us spiritual lessons.

Spiritual understanding is closely associated with the term "believe".  To believe as the Bible means it, is more than just "I kind of maybe think so."  It must become I know that I know beyond the shadow of a doubt.  Why is that so important?  Jesus said if we did not "believe" that he was who he claimed to be we would die in our sins.  (Note: In spite of what some "scholars" say, Jesus did claim to be God in the flesh visiting His creation for the purpose of saving us.)  In John chapter 3 we read: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.

What is it about this believe word?  Why is it so important that it is used 230 times in the New Testament alone?  And especially, what does it mean to believe in His name?  Is it saying you have to "believe" in Santa Claus even when your heart tells you he is not real?  You just have to just pretend?  I don't think so.  That would be silly.  But, can someone gain such control of their mental faculties that they can learn to believe in something supernatural that they can't prove?  No, they can't.  We can't even control our emotions let alone alter our subconscious convictions.  (And that is likely where this kind of belief must reside.)

Let's take this one step at a time.  First, to believe in the name of someone means to trust in their reputation.  Someone's good name is a valuable thing.  If I have trust in them it is like saying I believe in them.  For example:  If I prefer to own only a certain brand of automobile, I might say I really "believe" in XYZ cars.  I trust them to be reliable and to help me with my needs.  This is the kind of faith we must have in Jesus.  This is not to say that this is the sole meaning of the word believe as used in the Bible.  Often times the Bible uses words that have dual meanings.  It seems the word believe is one of those words.  So we find ourselves back at the dilemma of trying to make ourselves believe when we know we can't.  It is easy enough to say "I believe (trust) in Jesus".  It is a whole different thing to convince yourself that he is God when you have never seen Jesus or God.

Jesus did claim to be God and in fact was God.  How is it possible to attain the kind of belief that allows me to say I know that as a fact?  How can anyone know that beyond any reasonable doubt?  If we rely on materialistic observation we can't.  The Bible says the natural man cannot understand spiritual things because they must be spiritually discerned.  It also says we need to receive life from above, be born again and indwelt by the Holy Spirit to become a Christian.  Romans 8:9 says:  You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you.  And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.  Romans 8:16  The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children.  John 16:13  But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.  Here we see that the Spirit of God is controlling our very natures, living in us and teaching us the deep truths of God by speaking directly to our innermost being.  We truly have become new creations.  Consider:  Matthew 10:20 ...it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.  Paul even goes so far as to say that in effect the original "me" is dead and the life I now live is really Christ living His life though me.  Here is a dumb question: Does Jesus know if he is God or not?  (Well, if he doesn't no one does.)  And now we can know who he is too because...  1 Corinthians 2:16  [for] ... we have the mind of Christ!

This is the key.  This is how we can finally believe as the Bible defines it.  First, for anyone to come to God he must assume that God exists.  (That sounds rather obvious.)  Then we must admit that we are sinners and call on the name of the Lord (Jesus) to save us.  (What are we saved from? - God's judgment!)  God then gives the spiritually dead person the Holy Spirit who then "rewires" their brain at a level some people might call the subconscious.  The Bible refers to it as our spirit.  Certainly it is so deep that we cannot control it by our "conscious" thinking and reasoning.  It is like the parts of your computer operating system that are hidden and unavailable to the casual user.  It is here in our spirit, in the "micro-code", where the information must be spiritually discerned [stored].    Romans 8:16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children.  And that Jesus is Lord and that He alone is the way the truth and the life.  We cannot access those areas, but the Spirit of God can.

So why doesn't everybody just open the door to the Holy Spirit, get "fixed", stop lying, stealing, cussing, hating, killing and worse, praise God all day long, and usher in utopia on Earth?

Pride and selfishness are two of the biggest obstacles that prevent people from receiving this awesome free gift.  Our pride tells us we don't need a savior because we are not that bad.  (we often forget is that God demands perfection.)  Selfishness says, "I want to be boss." so we refuse to submit.  In God's eyes all our good works are as filthy rags.  So we must examine ourselves and admit that we are not perfect.  (seems easy enough)  Then we must give God permission to take control of our lives.  He will not just barge in against your will.  (An evil spirit might take control of someone without asking, but God will never send His Spirit to indwell us without our consent.)  For me, I simply said something like, "God.  My life is a mess.  If you want it, take it."  I didn't realize it at the time, but that statement has the necessary elements of admitting I was not perfect and giving Him permission to take over.  Even though I had just opened the door, I still had not achieved the "belief" to which the Bible refers.  Although it was just a short time later, while I was reading the Bible, that suddenly I had a "realization" that "THIS IS ALL TRUE".  The book I was reading was actually the story of what life is all about.  I really think that it was then that God had changed me into a "believer".  What startled me even more was that I had considered myself a Christian from childhood.  Having gone to church weekly, accepting Jesus as my savior, and "believing" that he died for my sins, I was sure, made me a Christian.  Note: I did believe the story.  I just didn't live like it.  If you had asked me if I was saved I could have given you all the buzzwords to convince you I was.  (actually I would have been trying to quickly shrug off your question and change the subject)  My so called "belief" was all head knowledge.  I guess I didn't read the following verse properly.  Romans 10:9  ...if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Something that I have discovered along the way is that the first thing new born infants want to do is eat.  Likewise, it is a sign that someone has been born again when they demonstrate an appetite for spiritual food.  The Bible claims to be our source of spiritual nourishment.  Before I was saved I had no interest in spiritual things.  Afterward, I couldn't get enough.  Just like the air that the fetus didn't need before birth, the same can be said of food.  Once the baby is born it needs to eat for the rest of its life.  Do you see the similarities?  My hunger has never gone away.  How's your appetite?

Another way you can tell if some one has had their spiritual light turned on is that they enjoy talking about Jesus.  Again note the similarities with physical birth.  There is not much conversation going on in the womb, but oh my the noise that begins and rarely quits afterward.  Once you truly believe that Jesus really is God that becomes your favorite subject.  It's amazing how fast even a nominal Christian will clam up or try to change the subject when you mention Jesus in a conversation.  Be honest with yourself.  When you hear the name of Jesus, does it make your heart want to flutter or flee?  It is an excellent test.

My hope is that in the future, when you hear: For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but has everlasting life, you will look at that word "believe" in a more meaningful way.

Sometimes when I ask someone if they think they will go to heaven when they die they say, "I hope so, but I guess I won't know if I've been good enough until I get to there."  Here are two verses that smash that concept  Ephesians 2:8-9  For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God not by works, so that no one can boast.  and 1 John 5:13  I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.  There is no "Gee, I hope so." nor any massive quantity of good deeds that must be tallied involved in the matter.  If you've got it, you will know that you know.  If you don't, you probably couldn't care less, but your eternal destiny hangs in the balance. 

The most import question of all time

Who do you say Jesus is?

Satan's challenge to God

When God found out that Satan was planning to "over throw the government" he exiled him and determined that the only thing he could do was to confine him in a place called Hell.  He could have just destroyed him on the spot, but then imagine what the remaining angels (who did not rebel) would have thought.  Loyalty based on fear is not the kind of loyalty you would want.

I picture the accuser trying to fault God for his error...

Satan: "You made me with a free will.  This is all your fault."

God: "You chose to sin."

Satan: "You cannot create beings with free will and expect them to simply choose to be loyal to you forever."

God:  "Wanna bet?"

Was Jesus a Democrat?
 
Exhibit A:  The following parable as recorded in Matthew.
 
The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard

    1"For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire men to work in his vineyard. 2He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard.  3"About the third hour he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. 4He told them, 'You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.' 5So they went. "He went out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour and did the same thing. 6About the eleventh hour he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, 'Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?' 7" 'Because no one has hired us,' they answered.  "He said to them, 'You also go and work in my vineyard.'  8"When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, 'Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.'  9"The workers who were hired about the eleventh hour came and each received a denarius. 10So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. 11When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. 12'These men who were hired last worked only one hour,' they said, 'and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.'  13"But he answered one of them, 'Friend, I am not being unfair to you. Didn't you agree to work for a denarius? 14Take your pay and go.  I want to give the man who was hired last the same as I gave you. 15Don't I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?'

At first the landowner's action might seem like a Biblically endorsed, communistic redistribution of wealth program, but there is a big difference.  Consider one possible interpretation of this parable where the denarius (a days wage) is symbolic of God giving us salvation.  The "work day" is symbolic of one person's lifetime.  In the end there will be those who were "saved" at a young age and worked diligently to share the gospel nearly all their lives. (I.E. Billy Graham)  There will be others who accepted Christ late in life, possibly on their death beds, and do little or no work thereafter and yet receive the same "pay" - the precious gift of salvation.  (I.E. The thief on the cross)  The natural human reaction would be to say that this is unfair.  Jesus declares it is not.  The misunderstanding comes about because we want to believe that somehow we earn our salvation by all the good things we do in life.  This really strokes our pride.  We like to believe that salvation is a grand reward for our good labors, donations and self-denial.  However, the Bible is very clear.  Salvation is a gift.  God is simply being generous with His wealth.

Ephesians 2:8-9 8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9not by works, so that no one can boast.

The big difference is that God is being generous with HIS wealth.  The socialist / democratic / communistic mind set wants to be generous with YOUR wealth.  Our idea of how to take care of poor people is to dole out the loot in this order:  Federal, State, County, City, Church, Family.  The Biblical welfare plan is just the opposite and doesn't even mention the government.

I Timothy 5:3-16  3Give proper recognition to those widows who are really in need. 4But if a widow has children or grandchildren, these should learn first of all to put their religion into practice by caring for their own family and so repaying their parents and grandparents, for this is pleasing to God. 5The widow who is really in need and left all alone puts her hope in God and continues night and day to pray and to ask God for help. 6But the widow who lives for pleasure is dead even while she lives. 7Give the people these instructions, too, so that no one may be open to blame. 8If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

    9No widow may be put on the list of widows unless she is over sixty, has been faithful to her husband, 10and is well known for her good deeds, such as bringing up children, showing hospitality, washing the feet of the saints, helping those in trouble and devoting herself to all kinds of good deeds.

    11As for younger widows, do not put them on such a list...    16If any woman who is a believer has widows in her family, she should help them and not let the church be burdened with them, so that the church can help those widows who are really in need.

II Thess 3:7-10 ...We were not idle when we were with you, 8nor did we eat anyone's food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you. 9We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to make ourselves a model for you to follow. 10For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: "If a man will not work, he shall not eat."

 
I think this makes it rather clear that a tax funded socialistic society is not biblically endorsed.  So what is a society to do with people who cannot provide for themselves?  Jesus said there will always be poor people.  Even so, it seems obvious, we are supposed to take into account why they are poor.  Those who are unable to work are instructed to first pray and put their trust in God to provide.  (God often gives the rest of us more than we need so we can be blessed by helping to fulfill those prayers.)  On the other hand, for those who can work but just won't, hunger can be an amazing motivation to get one off ones lazy butt.  It still remains that governments are not supposed to be in the welfare business.  They are supposed to be more like the Lone Ranger.  He shows up, "bonks" the bad guy and then rides away.  God says he gave government the "sword" to maintain the peace and keep crime in check.  The government is not supposed to "provide all our needs".  That is His job.  And He promises to do it according to His riches in glory.  In reality, when the government tries to become our "god", they are really showing an immense lack of faith (or trust) that God will do what He has promised.  Maybe because they no longer believe in Him?
 
To the people who feel they have worked hard to earn their money and deserve to keep it; they have that choice. (after taxes of course)  Remember though, Jesus said if we give even a cup of cold water in His name, we will be rewarded for that act of kindness.  He also said if someone asks you for your coat, give them your shirt also.  Let us never forget that the real purpose in giving is to get!  That's right!  "To get" people to see God's kindness being given through us so they will want to receive Christ as their savior in response.

Matthew 6:19     19"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

While hard working, well-to-do, people have every right to tighten their fist and harden their heart, by doing so, they run the risk of making possessions into some sort of "god".  Think how many people you know who feel they are self-made; who have been their own source of their wealth.  But where did they get the strength to do the work?  Who's air did they breath?  Where did they get the life that dwells in their members? 

 
I Corinthians 4:7 For who [what] makes you different from anyone else?  What do you have that you did not receive? [as a free gift]  And if you did receive it [as a free gift], why do you boast as though you did not? [or as if you earned it]
 
Recall the rich young ruler who came to Jesus asking what good thing he must do to obtain eternal life.  Jesus told him to keep the commandments and the man replied that he had kept them all, but he still felt as though he lacked something.  Jesus put his finger on the problem when he told the young man to sell all his possessions, give to the poor and follow him.  That was too much.  He walked away sad because he had a lot of "stuff".  It had become his god.  I doubt he was much of a philanthropist.  Remember the old saying: Use things and love people.  Don't get that reversed.

 

Luke 12:15-21 15Then he [Jesus] said to them, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions."  16And he told them this parable: "The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop.  17He thought to himself, 'What shall I do?  I have no place to store my crops.'  18"Then he said, 'This is what I'll do.  I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods.  19And I'll say to myself, "You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry." '  20"But God said to him, 'You fool!  This very night your life will be demanded from you.  Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?'  21"This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God."

 
Rather sobering words for us to ponder.  As my generation reaches retirement age things can look pretty grim.  Social security seems to be a pipe dream and even having a million dollars in the bank is barely enough to live on at today's investment rates.  I fully expect prices to continue to rise much faster than the token cost of living adjustments offered by the social security administration.  Sure, the fed will keep it's promise to pay you your social security check, but the value of the dollars we receive will soon be almost worthless. 

Luke 12:22-31 22Then Jesus said to his disciples: "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear.  23Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.  24Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them.  And how much more valuable you are than birds!  25Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?  26Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?  27"Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.  28If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith!  29And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it.  30For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them.  31But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.

Ok, so does this mean I am going to refuse my social security checks, climb up to the top of some mountain and wait for god to bring me my dinner?  Of course not!  But the way things are looking I am certainly not going to plan on living off of my savings and social security checks.  The future certainly looks like there will be plenty of room for a lot of prayer.  It is comforting to know that our Heavenly Father knows our needs.  But it is exciting to know that there is more to life than physical necessities.  Let's get our priorities in the proper perspective.  Let's find out what God is doing to promote His kingdom and then get with the program.  That's what is really important and the only thing that actually counts in the long run.  Have you told anyone about Jesus today?

My doctor says my heart will work until the day I die. 

                            Thanks to the government, so will I.

He created us for His great pleasure

And everything we have is His

But those who give it all right back to Him

Are those who really start to live

 

Narrow minded religion?

One key fits the lock.  One truth is true, everything else is a lie.  There is only one savior.  One God.

No one comes to the Father, but by me.

If God is good,

why didn’t he stop the Arab terrorist from existing in the first place?

Any “loving”, “knowledgeable” God would have known from very the beginning that the Arab nations would eventually become a band of ruthless - “kill the Christians” - “kill the Jews” terrorist.  Why didn’t He terminate (assassinate, prevent, circumvent) the first ones (or, for that matter, why didn’t He destroy the ultimate evil being, Satan, from the “get go”) and save us from all this grief?  Short answer?  He is not the “Destroyer” and the Plan of Salvation was much more important.

History shows that the father of the Arabic nations was an illegitimate son of Abraham.  Contrary to God’s original plan, Abraham had sex with an Egyptian woman named Hagar and gave birth to a male named Ishmael.  Before that, Abraham was told by God that he would have children “from his own body” that would be as numerous as the stars in the heavens.  From this “legitimate” line was to come the “savior” of mankind.  Unfortunately, Abraham lost hope and, when his wife became old, he thought that children were no longer possible.  Even so, God’s plan was for their natural child (Isaac) to be the result of a normal relationship between Abraham and his wife Sarai.

For many years, Sarai (later Sarah) had been not been able to bear children.  So, at Sarah’s consent, Abraham had a sexual relationship with Hagar.  The resulting child was given the name Ishmael who eventually became the father of the Arab peoples.

All the while, God had a more important concept in mind.  He was looking forward to the immaculate conception of Mary; the mother of Jesus.  He was painting a picture of that future event.  He wanted the story of Abraham and Sarah to be evidence that He could easily cause non-biological conception without the need for normal processes.  Sadly, Abraham and Sarah blew it! 

When Abraham was very old and beyond his child bearing years (as was his wife Sarah) they decided that they would never have children even though God’s promise of providing multitudes of offspring remained.  Biologically speaking they were too old to have children.  But God wanted to show that this was not an insurmountable obstacle with Him.

God knew that the Plan of Salvation was the most important thing in the universe.  He also knew that eventually it would be necessary for Mary to give birth without Joseph.  (why is explained below)  God used Abraham and Sarah to prove that “He” did not require biological intercourse to produce life.  Also, through the birth of Ishmael, God proved that Abraham was not infertile.

God was also able to look forward to see that a king (Jehoiachin) in the “Messianic” line of Jesus would do horrible things and that it would be necessary to exclude him from ever having an heir that would sit on the throne of David.  God was forced, by His righteous character to pass this judgment.  Because God had already said that the Messiah would come from the genealogical line that include Jehoiachin, this seemed to create a dilemma..

This situation would have created an insurmountable obstacle for anyone other than God.   (None of this took Him by surprise.)  He knew that it would now be necessary to cause a non-biological conception (to keep Jehoiachin out of the picture).  He also knew that most humans would not accept this and would assume “hanky panky”.  They would never believe that this was possible.

Most would simply think that Abraham was infertile and that Sarah must have gotten pregnant from some unnamed lover.  God knew we would assume this and decided to dispel that notion by allowing Abraham to have a “fathered” child; Ishmael.  By doing so it proved that the “childlessness problem” was not because of any infertility on Abraham’s part.

Likewise Sarah was not infertile because she eventually had Isaac.  So why, for all those years, did they not have children when God had promised Abraham that he would?  It can only be that God was making a point.  He was telling us that He has control over everything!  Even more, He knew that it would become a puzzling question down the road.  Mary was accused of “fooling around” and getting herself pregnant.  But, God wanted to show from the very beginning that this was not the case and that He had the power to override the normal laws of procreation and could cause the “virgin birth” of Jesus; if He wanted to.

For me this proves the existence of God.  “Someone” had to see all this coming from the beginning and had to launch a plan to make it work together so that it would clearly and easily make sense.  At the very least, this “someone” would have to be of extreme longevity and total, perfect foreknowledge.  If that person is not God, then who is it?

So let’s say that God knew that Ishmael would produce a future generation of people that would ultimately lead us to Armageddon.  Suppose that in order to save any of us, it was necessary to allow that to happen.  We were all doomed anyhow.  Suppose that without the unfolding of the Plan of Salvation and the advent of Jesus none of us would be saved.  Which is better?

One is science, the other is not

"Comparing Evolution to Intelligent Design is like comparing apples and oranges"

Right... sure... one is round, the other is not.  One grows on trees, the other does not.

One has seeds, the other does not.  One has a skin, the other does not.

One starts out as a blossom, the other does not.  One has a stem, the other does not.

One can reproduce new trees bearing the same kind of fruit, the other cannot.

One is biodegradable, the other is not.  One can be eaten, the other cannot.

I guess there is no way to compare them in a scientific discussion, no sir, no way.

I suppose "scientists" think one evolved and the other did not?

The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God."

So how does this apply to the evolution vs intelligent design debate?

Intelligent Design (ID) explains the origin of the programming information we find in DNA, evolution does not.  ID explains how chemical elements could (even in a zillion years) become organized into proteins and the into living systems, evolution does not.  ID explains the origin of nano machines in the living cell, evolution does not.  ID explains how we arrived at male/female reproduction systems, evolution does not.  ID explains how the chicken proceeded the egg, evolution does not.  ID explains how we can have such a well balanced, stable environment/solar system/universe, evolution does not.  ID allows for the existence of irreducibly complex subsystems (like the eye), evolution does not.  ID provides the framework for the existence of love, hate, faith, thought, logic, etc.

So who are the "scientists" who pretend that so many of the basic questions are irrelevant and prefer to keep their heads buried in the primordial sand?  Search their journals.  You will find that they gloss over these issues or refuse to even comment on them.  Nowhere will you find credible hypothesis for how evolution could account for these "tough" questions to be answered.  Obviously they can't refute ID logically so they resort to bully the courts into banning it from the classrooms.  How pathetic.  Sadly the judges are just as militantly atheistic as the "scientists".  I would not send my child to public school if you gave me a penny for all the lies in all the biology books currently "allowed" in our schools.

It's all about sex

If there is no creator/designer then how was it established that various species would generate only a certain number of off-spring?  No more; no less.   Most Christians have heard that God made his life forms to reproduce after their own kind.  But how many ask, "At what rate?".  Obviously not all life forms reproduce at the same rate.  For example human males produce billions of sperm, but have an average of only approximately 2.3 off-spring in a life time.  Most fish lay thousands of eggs; not all survive.  Many of those fish who do survive are eaten and only a small percentage will eventually reproduce.  If the original quantity of eggs was not carefully controlled by prior design, we would have an over or under population of that kind of fish after only a few generations.  Too few would spell extinction and too many would soon place an undesirable burden on the food chain.  If the theory of "survival of the fittest" was true and there was no predetermined reproduction rate then one would expect that the most prolific plants and animals would have the best chance of survival.  It wouldn't take long for the whole world to be overrun by the most prolific species.  After billions of years (as evolutionist suggest for the age of the Earth) we would not see the diversity we see today.  The world would be filled with just a handful of the most sexually active life forms.  However this is not the case.  Instead we see a wonderfully designed system of diverse animals and plants that live or provide food then eventually die and become nourishment for the earth in a beautifully orchestrated ballet of biological balance.  This suggests that God in his omniscience was able to take into account all the factors necessary to set the necessary "proliferation property" for each plant or animal before he launched His creation.  To do this one would have to know everything about the environmental conditions, the life expectancy of each entity, the interworkings of the food chain and health/disease factors etc.  How could evolution, that has no intelligence, have "known" how to make all those prior calculations resulting in a complex and yet balanced world as we see today?  It is illogical that this could happen by chance.  What if the orgasm was little shorter or a little longer or non existent?  How did He know?

Born Blind - Everyone was born blind

We normally have five functioning senses when we come into this world.  Sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell.  (Some people smell better than others.  ha ha.)  Seriously, he who has ears let him hear.  There is a "sixth sense" that is non-functional in everyone born on this planet.  Just as the other senses respond to external stimuli, this sixth sense was also designed to let us perceive certain aspects of the world around us, but does not work.  The Bible refers to it as our spirit.  It says we are spiritually dead.  That part of us that has the potential to perceive the existence of God and to communicate with him simply does not work.

If this seems hard to believe, consider that a vast majority of the visible spectrum is invisible to our eyes.  We see only those electromagnetic wave lengths that occur in a very small band between about 380 and 770 billionths of a meter.  The known spectrum ranges from wave lengths of  of 100,000 meters down to those with wave lengths of .000000000000010 meters ( 10-15 )

One of the greatest miracles Jesus performed was the healing of the man born blind.  All the blind man had to do was ask for the healing and be willing to receive it.  It was provided as a gift - totally without charge.  The Bible says we are born spiritually blind.  In fact, just as the blind man's eyes where functionally dead, our spirits are also dead.  But there is hope.  Recall when Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead; when He told Nicodemus that he needed to be born again; when he made the lame man walk or cleansed the person with leprosy.  All of these examples were given to help us understand our plight and to realize that God can fix it.

When we are born again spiritually - healed of our blindness and instantly get to experience God's forgiveness; suddenly we can see.  We then see the Spiritual world that was there all along, but as far as we could tell did not exist.  We receive the word (teachings and wisdom) of God that used to be confusing and now begin to make sense.  We have a change of heart and no longer want to live just for ourselves.  The wonders of creation take on a whole new meaning and we praise our creator for his magnificent skills rather than accepting the misguided teaching of evolution. 

From the day we were born until this miracle happens our receiver is either turned off or tuned to the wrong channel and is flooded with static.  Then one day God reaches down into the depths of our lives, flips the switch and adjusts the tuner.  The music suddenly comes through and the darkness flies away.  All we have to do is ask and give Him permission to do it.

Can you imagine what it must be like to have been born blind and then instantly have your sight restored?  Imagine you had never seen a sunset, a starry night or a rose.  Those who have been "born again" know that they have because the experience is just as dramatic.  If you have never experienced this you are missing out on the greatest gift anyone could ever hope to have.  What are you waiting for?  A simple prayer will do it... 

"God, I recognize that I am a sinner.  I want to stop running from you and I want to get to know you as my friend.  Although I have tried to run my life my own way, I now accept that you are God and I am not.  I believe that you paid the price for all the wrong things I have done by sending your son Jesus to die in my place.  Please come into my life and take control of it.  Give me this new life; open my spiritual eyes that I may know that I am saved and that I will someday be with you in Heaven forever.  Thank you God.  Thank you Jesus.  Amen"

This will boggle your mind, I know it did mine!


The year is 1906.
 One hundred years ago.
 What a difference a century makes!
 Here are some of the U.S. statistics for the Year
 1906:
 
 The average life expectancy in the U.S. was 47 years.
 Only 14 percent of the homes in the U.S. had a bathtub.
 Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.
 A three-minute call from Denver to New York City
 cost eleven dollars.
 There were only 8,000 cars in the U.S., and only 144
 miles of paved roads.
 The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
 Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa, and Tennessee were each
 more heavily populated than California.
 With a mere 1.4 million people, California was only
 the 21st most populous state in the Union.
 The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower!
 The average wage in the U.S. was 22 cents per hour.
 The average U.S. worker made between $200 and $400per year .
 A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000
 per year, a dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between
 $1,500 and $4,000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.
 More than 95 percent of all births in the U.S. took place at HOME.
 Ninety percent of all U.S. doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION!
 Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which
 were condemned in the press AND the government as "substandard."
 Sugar cost four cents a pound.
 Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.
 Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.
 Most women only washed their hair once a month, and
 used borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
 Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from
 entering into their country for any reason.
 Five leading causes of death in the U.S. were:
 1. Pneumonia and influenza
 2. Tuberculosis
 3. Diarrhea
 4. Heart disease
 5. Stroke
 The American flag had 45 stars.
 Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Hawaii, and
 Alaska hadn't been admitted to the Union yet.
 The population of Las Vegas, Nevada, was only 30!!!!
 Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and ice tea hadn't been invented yet.
 There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.
 Two out of every 10 U.S. adults couldn't read or write.
 Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.
 Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over
 the counter at the local corner drugstores. Back then pharmacists
 said, "Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy
 to the mind, regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in fact, a
 perfect guardian of health." ( Shocking? DUH! )
 Eighteen percent of households in the U.S. had at least
 one full-time servant or domestic help.
 There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A. !
 Now I can send this information to you and others all over
 the United States, possibly the world, in a matter of seconds!
 
 Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years.
 
 IT STAGGERS THE MIND...

 

In less than 100 years:  All of the Christians will be removed in the rapture.  Russia will invade Israel and lose 5/6th of her army, 1/2 the population of the world will die in the Great Tribulation.  Millions of babies will continue to be killed in the womb each year.  A piece of bread will cost a bag of gold.  Demons will freely roam the Earth.  The whole world will believe some kind of a lie.  (probably that their chosen leader the antichrist is the messiah.  I.E. god come to the Earth in human form)  An image of the antichrist will be constructed and will kill anyone who refuses to worship him as God.  (remember the robocop in the classical science fiction movie "The day the Earth stood still?")   Fire will be called out of Heaven.  Two Christians preachers will be killed and their bodies will lie in the streets of Jerusalem where every eye will see them.  They will come back to life after 3-1/2 days, stand on their feet and be taken up to Heaven.  CNN will probably broadcast the event all over the world.  Jesus will return in great glory, dropping from the sky, and will become the theocratic leader of the world, governing it from Jerusalem.  Everyone will know that Jesus is really real.  There will no longer be a need for evangelism.  The dead sea will no longer be dead.  The Mount of Olives will be split in two.  There will be a new temple in Jerusalem.  A very large city measuring about 1600 x 1600 x 1600 miles tall will descend out of the sky.  The world will enter into a time of universal peace that will last for 1000 years.  And, after that, all Hell will literally break loose because history teaches us that man learns nothing from history.

  
Be knowin' where you're goin'

Jesus has asked for your hand in marriage.

What would your answer be?  The Bible often uses the concept of marriage to teach spiritual truths about man's relationship to God.  Try to put yourself in the place of the wife as you read this for the church is destined to one day become the bride of Christ.

Marriage has many attributes that mirror what our relationship to God was intended to be.  For instance, marriage presumes a commitment for life.  It incorporates an unconditional love for each other that excludes any possibility of divorce.  It requires a wholehearted conscientious decision to stick with this person; never turning back.  Of course some wives would be well advised to "get out" if they are being abused, but we are talking about an ideal "husband" who would never do anything to harm his "wife".  He has only her best interest in mind and never ceases to care for her and build her up.  He has good plans that lead to peace, joy, fulfillment and (like the Army slogan says)  helping you to become all that you can be. 

True love is never based on "marrying for money".  Choosing to marry a person must not be based on physical appearances, health, wealth, contentment nor any other selfish desire.  The grass may look greener on the other side of the fence, but it rarely is.  Just ask Satan.  He would agree (if he was honest).

God condemns adultery almost more than any other sin.  This unfaithfulness reflects man's tendency to chase after "other gods".  God is loyal to us and expects us to be loyal to Him once we finally wake up and realize that we need to enter into a permanent relationship with Him.  The Bible talks about the husband and wife becoming "one".  It also declares that we can become one with Christ just as Jesus and God are one.

Marriage should normally produce off-spring.  As Christians we also are supposed to evangelize the lost and create new "baby" Christians that we then feed and teach and protect until they become mature enough to stand on their own.  In other words until they are able to feed themselves and walk the walk. 

Marriage always involves sacrifice.  The husband and the wife often realize they must each give up "their way" for the good of the other and ultimately the good of the marriage.  Selfishness is excluded.  Just as Christ love the church and gave himself up for her.  Husbands are to love their wives.  They are to work to provide food, shelter and clothing.  In addition they must not neglect her emotional and spiritual needs.  Wives are always being called upon to perform chores that need to be done when they might much more prefer to abandon those duties.

The husband in Bible times (the betrothed) would go off and build a house where they both could live and then at an unspecified time, he would return for his bride and take her away to be with him for the rest of their lives.  This reflects the concept that Jesus went away to prepare a place for us and will come back for us at a time unknown to anyone except God the Father.

Marriages take place publicly.  Billy Graham is always saying he calls people to come forward because every person that Jesus called was called publicly.   Salvation is not something that you should try to do in secret.  You should be overjoyed to let the whole world know that you have chosen to "marry" Jesus.  We are instructed to "not hide our light under a bushel".  And why would you?  It is not a shameful thing to fall in love with your creator.  It is a cause for celebration.

Neither party should do anything to jeopardize the marriage.  The husband should not become a criminal, a liar, get into drugs or "shady" business dealings.  Of course Jesus would never do this since He is sinless.  The husband is to honor his wife and protect her.  He is to keep his word, provide security and be trustworthy.  The wife must not be selfish and neglect her husband.  She must not live her life only to herself nor lose sight of the fact that ones inner beauty trumps external appearances.  She is to trust her husband and let him be the final authority in deciding which way to go in life's journey.  She must not squander the provisions her husband gives her on an evil life style of gluttony, strong drink, gambling, grumbling, laziness, gossip or such like.  She must not do anything to dishonor her husband or her family.

The story is told in the old testament of Hosea and his wife Gomer.  He was instructed to go to the slave action where they sold prostitutes and purchase his wife back out of her life of sin. 

The LORD said to me, "Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another and is an adulteress. Love her as the LORD loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods.

It cost him dearly to do so and probably was not something he really wanted to do.  This is a picture of how Jesus came to Earth and paid the ultimate price to redeem us out of the market place of sin so He could take us home to be with Him as the bride of Christ.  It is interesting to note that even after Hosea married Gomer, (knowing she was a prostitute) she went right back into the same old sins.  It was at that point that Hosea was instructed to go and pay to redeem her.  In all this we see the unconditional love that God has for us and how His grace gives us so many wonderful things that we don't deserve while his mercy protects us from receiving the punishment we actually do deserve. (the wages of sin is death)

Jesus does not demand that we change so he can love us. 

He loves us so we will want to change.

 


The Parable of the Lost Son.  God is the Father.  You are the lost son!

Luke 15:11  Jesus continued: "There was a man who had two sons. 12The younger one said to his father, 'Father, give me my share of the estate.' So he divided his property between them.

We take what God has given us that we may spend it on ourselves.

    13"Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living.

The son did not care what the father's plans might have been, he wanted to do what he wanted to do.

14After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.

It never fails that eventually we all come to the end of our rope.  It seems like fun and we feel free for a while, but God reminds us that there is a way that seems right to a man, but the end thereof is the way of death.

    17"When he came to his senses, he said, 'How many of my father's hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.' 20So he got up and went to his father.

Eventually the time comes when we must make a vital decision.  We must humble ourselves, swallow our price and choose to return to God.  Even if it means that God will not accept us back as sons, we must be willing to eat crow and go.  We must be willing to give up what we considered to be "our" life and throw ourselves on the "mercy of the court".

      "But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

Just as this father was always watching and hoping that his son would wise up, God too stands at the door of our hearts and knocks.  If we will just open the door, he will come in to our lives and become as a fiend and a father to us.  But it must be our choice.  He will never break the door down.

    21"The son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.

The first step is to get up and go.  The next step is to admit we were wrong.  This is repentance.

    22"But the father said to his servants, 'Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let's have a feast and celebrate. 24For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' So they began to celebrate.

God's reaction might surprise us because we know that we would react much differently than this.  Notice how God reacts when a lost sinner is born again.  You are lost and need to be found.  You are dead in your spirit and need give God permission to raise you.  You may not feel dead, but remember this son was not dead either.  He was only as good as dead.  Just like you.

    25"Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. 27'Your brother has come,' he replied, 'and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.'

    28"The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29But he answered his father, 'Look! All these years I've been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!'

    31" 'My son,' the father said, 'you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' "

I suppose there will always be other "Christians who feel like they have been short changed because they accepted Christ when they were young and have spent a life time serving God.  Still that should not be a reason to be angry.  That is a great reason to celebrate. 

Someday EVERYTHING GOD HAS WILL BE GIVEN TO US!  He has preserved our inheritance in Heaven where thieves cannot steal it and it cannot rust.  Real treasure.  Real reward.  Not silver or gold (those are used to pave the streets up there)  But truly valuable things like love, joy peace, patience, faithfulness, goodness, gentleness and self-control and of course, eternal life.

Are you tired of eating pig slop yet?  Read it again.  He was not even given that to eat.  Oh the depths that some people must reach before they will see that the one that gave them life is the one they need to be with.  He is the only one with the technology to sustain that life and make it abundant.  Yet, no wonder God said it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to get into Heaven.  The rich man does not see his need for God.  Are you one that has to learn the hard way?  Then I pray that you will have nothing but trouble. 

                                                                                                                       

These "cures" are not the answer...

"Why aren't we addressing our social problem successfully? Burglary, rape, theft, assault, gangs, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, child abuse, hunger, poverty..... We care, but we over-simplify the problem and don't get to the root cause*. People need education, training, loving guidance, opportunities... WE need good parenting. Good coordination between parents and teachers. We need better organization and coordination of our resources. We need to spend less on foreign aid and overseas military bases and MORE $$ on developing the character, self-worth, dignity, and mental health of our people."

*The real root cause of the problem is not burglary, rape, theft, assault, gangs, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, child abuse, etc.  Those are symptoms.  The real problem is sin.  The real solution is not more money, social programs and human effort.  What we need are millions of heart transplants…

Genesis 6:5  The LORD saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.

Jeremiah 17:10  The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?

James 4:1-2  What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don't they come from your desires that battle within you?  You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight.

Mark 7:20-23  out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness

Luke 6:45  The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.

Ezekiel 36:26  I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

Please read this one page article: What is sin?  It ‘s outstanding.

 In the '60's we began kicking God out of America and now we wonder why we are having so much trouble.

Should the crew of a ship that makes their captain walk the plank be perplexed when the ship runs aground?

Rev: 3:20  Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him...

Romans 8:9  You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but in the realm of the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.

There is no room for an evil spirit to live in the person who is indwelt by the Holy Spirit.  (He keeps a clean house)

By contrast those who do not have the Spirit of God living in them have no defense and are the devil's playground.

Hal Lindsey says in his newsletter just this week: Many Christians become discouraged over how difficult it is to live the Christian life. In his discussion of the purpose of the Law of God, the Apostle Paul points out that it is not difficult to live the Christian life -- it's impossible! He said that one of the reasons the Law was given was to show man that he cannot measure up to God's expectations on his own. He needs God's help. The folly of believing that once we are saved by grace through faith, we can live an overcoming life in the power of our own self-effort. Paul said the Law was given to drive us to despair of that self-effort and lead us to ultimate dependence on the Holy Spirit.

Jesus said: ""A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

How can we love with a supernatural love unless we have a supernatural power controlling our thoughts and actions?  The answer is we can't.  The only hope for this world is for each of us to turn to Christ, invite him in and let Him demonstrate His love through us. 

Then we will begin to see real Hope and Change.

In America we are seeing what happens when we try to solve problems using our own efforts and intellect. Why should we wonder at the results?  The wages of sin is death. 

To a violent person a gun is what a pen is to a poet or a brush to an artist.

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