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Jack H February 9, 2014 at 12:55 pm

Hello, Robert! Clearly you were inspired by God himself! I admit, it seemed weird and factually questionable that an actual memorial to Satan was being built in “christian” America, but when I looked it up, *sob*, IT WAS TRUE!! >_< I don't believe this…… how much longer will it be until THAT happens to my country, Great Britain? You speak with righteousness. For after all, we are not fighting against people, but against evil. However, we have to take a rest from time to time. There is, after all, an appropriate time for everything! 😀 God bless you and your country, and who knows, perhaps when Yeshua returns, he'll send his angels to smash that statue into a million pieces! Idols shall not endure forever under the watchful eye of the Almighty! 😀

DocReits February 10, 2014 at 12:50 am

Well spoken Robert and I sense your frustration at a world more and more in Satan’s grip:

“Christians should not be troublemakers, however; when man’s law contradicts God’s will, we should say with the apostles, “We must obey God rather than men”.”

Amen!

Do you find it as hard as I do to reconcile Paul’s admonition to the Ephesians to ,”.. speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ…”(Eph 4:15), while hearing David call out God’s wrath upon the wicked, in his deprecatory Psalms:

“13 Why do the wicked renounce God?
He has said in his heart,
“You will not require an account.”
14 But You have seen, for You observe trouble and grief,
To repay it by Your hand.
The helpless commits himself to You;
You are the helper of the fatherless.
15 Break the arm of the wicked and the evil man;
Seek out his wickedness until You find none.”(Ps 10: 13-15)

David again here speaking of the wicked:

“Break their teeth in their mouth, O God!
Break out the fangs of the young lions, O Lord!
7 Let them flow away as waters which run continually;
When he bends his bow,
Let his arrows be as if cut in pieces.
8 Let them be like a snail which melts away as it goes,
Like a stillborn child of a woman, that they may not see the sun.
9 Before your pots can feel the burning thorns,
He shall take them away as with a whirlwind,
As in His living and burning wrath.
10 The righteous shall rejoice when he sees the vengeance;
He shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked,
11 So that men will say,
“Surely there is a reward for the righteous;
Surely He is God who judges in the earth.”(Ps 58:6-11)

Here David asks the Lord not to slay them. He thinks that is too good a fate for them:

“Do not slay them, lest my people forget;
Scatter them by Your power,
And bring them down,
O Lord our shield.
12 For the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips,
Let them even be taken in their pride,
And for the cursing and lying which they speak.
13 Consume them in wrath, consume them,
That they may not be;
And let them know that God rules in Jacob
To the ends of the earth. Selah”(Ps 59:11-13)

Many more such sentiments come forth in like manner. My point, we know that while there is life, there is hope and we do not know the chaff from the wheat. Jesus was not timid when speaking to the hypocrites of His day. He called them out as being a brood of vipers(Mt 12:34).

While there is space for this in certain circumstances perhaps our prayer and behavior should attempt to be as “harmless as doves but as wise as serpents”(Mt 10:16) in our dealings with people, in showing Christ’s love to the world while at the same time petitioning the Father to scatter the works of the evil one who works in the hearts of the children of disobedience(Col 3:6, Eph 2:2).

Your thoughts?

DocReits

Robert February 11, 2014 at 4:52 pm

Doc,
In a nutshell, I don’t think Christians are near as outspoken as we should be. You are absolutely right about praying for the lost and praying for the suppression of evil. God bless you, Doc.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

cken February 10, 2014 at 11:30 pm

Why is the legalization of marijuana any more moving away from God than alcohol or pain killers for that matter? The U.S. takes 80% of all the pain killers sold in the world. I think one could make a case that the population as represented by the SBNRs is moving towards God. Perhaps this is because going to church has become following man rather than Jesus. Now that most of the population can read it will be more difficult for the church to indoctrinate people using worn out religious cliches. Many of which even the pastor can’t explain. Guilt and fear religion has used for over a thousand years will no longer be sufficient to control the masses and get new members. Religion needs to get beyond the words and the allegories and explain/preach the why, which is and should be presented as a positive thing.

Robert February 11, 2014 at 4:48 pm

Cken,
Thanks for reading and commenting. Let me see if I can address your concerns.

You asked, “Why is the legalization of marijuana any more moving away from God than alcohol or pain killers for that matter?” Let me answer you by posing another question, “Why is inebriation of any kind, or attempting to attain some sort of altered state, a good thing?” Our purpose on earth is to worship, love, trust, and live for God. Getting high, drunk, or stoned does not honor God in any way, does it?

Your logic of comparing marijuana use to the use of pain killers is a stretch. The legalization of which I wrote of in my article is not for medical use, but simply for recreational purposes. Do you think we need more people who cannot think straight? I don’t. Or are you positing the idea that recreational drug use brings one closer to God?

Of course you are right in your saying that we should follow Jesus rather than fallible man’s ideas. You are also right that bad things have been done in the name of religion. However, these are the aberrations, they are not the norm, and you certainly can’t lay the blame for all bad things at the feet of organized religion. Non-religious and atheistic people and groups have done their fair share of creating mayhem and misery.

Nevertheless, the remedy for all this is not to get stoned or drunk and simply check out. We need to recommit our lives to Jesus Christ and love and obey Him…regardless of what some may preach/teach/say. (One word about clichés: clichés many times exist because they ARE TRUE; they are repeated because of their truth)

I hear that you do not care for organized religion, I don’t care for organized religion that abuses its status, but the large part of the Christian community are loving human beings that seek to honor God with their lives. I suggest you search out these people, join with them, and live for Jesus Christ.

God bless you.

Yours in Christ,
Robert

DocReits February 11, 2014 at 12:38 am

Hey cken,

Not to jump in front of Robert, but what would you say to someone who asked you if you believed in an afterlife, like heaven(even if that is a cliche)?

If you said yes, and they wanted to know how they could get there, what would you tell them, besides dying? We know its not church or listening to words as you correctly pointed out. How does one get to heaven, if such a place exists?

Since you say “Religion needs to get beyond the words… and explain/preach the why, which should be presented as a positive thing”, what besides smoking marijuana and hanging out would make it positive, in your opinion, or is that it?

Thank you,

DocReits





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