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Best approach; the rhetorical questioning

I like rhetorical questioning. It provokes thought in a manner not otherwise so acceptable. In that vein, it occurred to me to addresses Biblical issues in the following manner. If the bible is true, then…… One may enter any scriptural principle following the “then” to make one’s point. For instance, if the bible is true giving away something every day should result in one’s prosperity since a generous man will prosper. If the bible is true, then one who is careful to do what is commanded (not suggested) therein will prosper in all that they put their hand to. I found the rhetorical question route to discussion of what otherwise may not be palatable very appealing, especially if the bible is true.

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished is a Lie.

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished is a Lie. Some experiences may make one believe that No Good Deed Goes Unpunished is a law of nature, at least human nature. However, No Good Deed Goes Unpunished is a Lie. The following is the truth. The Golden Rule is attributed to the words of Jesus found in the Bible. It is seen In Matthew 7:12 and Luke 6:31. We read “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” It is a great principle to live by whether one is into the Bible or not. For those whose knowledge of the Bible ends there may be surprised how living out this principle has further benefits when one’s motives are pure. In Ephesians 6:8 the Bible states; “…knowing that whatsoever good thing each one doeth, the same shall he receive again from the Lord, whether he be bond or free.” In plain English, whatever good deed you do for someone with a pure motive, you will receive the reward of the same in return; somehow, somewhere in the future. I challenge you to test the hypothesis.

Any relevance to Today?

This ancient proverb may have some relevance today. Cursed shalt thou be in the city, and cursed shalt thou be in the field. Reference for the proverb, causation and the conditions thereof upon request.

Consider the Source

5/23/2020: Considering the Source is more important today than ever before. There seems to be more agenda driven information, hidden agenda stuff, conspiracy theories, deception, deceit and out right lying than ever before. One does not have to look very far for confirmation. This has forced me to return to the common denominator; consider the source. I want to learn about the source and “where are they coming from?” Knowing the source allows me to put in perspective the information. Most false information has some plausible factual basis weaved into the story line. This serves as the “hook” to get us to buy into the argument. Discernment is necessary to avoid advancing to the “line and sinker” stage, the response the author is seeking. We are searching for the “truth of the matter”. Interestingly, the ancient literature indicates that truth is a person. (John 14:6) Truth is not the end result of reason or scientific research. It is a person; really? Test the hypothesis and settle this for your self.

Spiritual Warfare at New Heights

5/5/2020: The evidence of spiritual warfare is a new heights. The evidence is recognition of the standard daily operating procedure of lies, deceit, deception, and less than half truths. The Bible stated that where ever jealousy and envy exist so does every other sin. (James 3:16) This should give us some insight to the characters and character of those in the present day public debate; certain news media and politicians. As a result, I personally want to make a connection with truth. Truth is not just a concept but a person; Jesus. (John 14:6) The concept that Jesus is synonymous with truth may be hard to grasp. The difficulty is overcome as one experiences by relationship and practice they are one and the same.

Who would have thought possible?

4/30/2020:A book written by a futurist more than 2000 years ago predicted that there would be a time when a day’s wages would be required to buy a loaf of bread. Reference upon request. Who would have thought this was possible, until today when the prediction was exceeded. Venezuela sets new price controls, with eggs costing more than a month’s wages.

Pence Misses the Mark

4/29/2020: VP Pence by not wearing a mask at Mayo Clinic visit today was not an error in health care, it was an error in his Christian doctrine. He refused to submit to authority of the Mayo Clinic at which he should have submitted as guest at their house. If they were visiting him then he has the liberty to do as he pleases, but not there. Jesus equates submission to authority with the maximal level of faith in the story of the Roman centurion. (Matthew 8:5-13) Even this gentile Roman by equating authority with faith was declared to have more faith than the existing religious community of the day.