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Social Justice is a Code Word

1/8/2019: Social Justice is a code word for “I want what I want, and I want it now!”  And not mentioned is that this should be implemented at someone else’s expense. Formally the concept is defined as a noun meaning “justice in terms of the distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges within a society.  It includes the concept of “sublimating individuality”.  The prefix re- is missing from distribution in this formal definition. The foundation of the idea of social justice is built on former distasteful concepts, now common in present day culture; greed and covetousness.

Breaking News: Eternal Life soon possible!

12/24/2018:  Breaking news:  It was reported today that it will be possible to eventually live forever due to the many medical and surgical advancements. The breaking news was very timely for humorous reasons since it was reported on the traditional eve of the celebration of Christ’s birth, Christmas. Eternal life has been available since Christ’s birth date around 2000 years ago and is available yet today as reported in the literature (John 3:16). Merry Christmas

Editing a Book

10/14/2018:  I am finishing editing a book I started several years ago; “Things My Fathers Have Told Me”.  I have two fathers; one natural and one supernatural, my Heavenly Father.  My motive for writing this was to be able to share my lessons in life with my children and grandchildren.  It is in a sense, my spiritual autobiography.  I am really enjoying this venture. This is a good one from my Heavenly Father. CHRISTIANTIY is based upon CHRIST’S PERFECTION, and HIS FORGIVING NATURE and our willingness to receive both. Here are a couple of my father’s sayings.  He called my Lan. “Lan, The first liar never has a chance”.   I do not think this requires an explanation.  He often referred to this about fishermen, who tell stories (lies) about how big a fish they caught or the one that got away.  Once the size is established, the next story teller knows the bench mark to be exceeded. “Lan, Poor people never go bankrupt.”  This was to say that poor people could not borrow, go greatly in debt and therefore could not go bankrupt.  The poor might be broke or live pay check to pay check, but never have a large debt they could not cover.  The implication was also not to borrow great sums of money.

Handling Unanswered Prayer

10/4 /2018: I recently was reviewing a prayer list from a few years ago.  Upon review, all the prayers were legitimate and conforming to scriptural requirements.  However a certain group of them went unanswered and not likely will be answered. So I decided to apply the Word to the problem and it satisfied me.  It is no surprise that I am not sovereign, so I defer to the loving sovereign God. The Word says that God will not withhold any good thing from me. (Psalm 84:11)  I accept that truth, even though I may disagree and think that He was.  He was not, therefore  I will make my actions agree with His Word and not my opinion.  End of story.

Faith Healing; Really? By what power?

9/24/2018: The present day practice of faith healing is a concern of mine.  There are several powers that can appear as faith healing. Placebo Effect: Every form of treatment, even surgery has the benefit the placebo effect. This is because the patient believes it will help them or they would not have agreed to it in the first place.  One does not have to be a Christian to have the placebo benefit. Power of Persuasion. This is a mental force by which a person can convince themselves or be convinced by others. Deceptive Power: There is deceptive power that will convince some there is a healing, yet without any valid evidence. There must be convincing proof.  The Bible standard is many convincing proofs.  Jesus told those that were healed to go show themselves to the priests of the day for confirmation. (Luke 17:14)  In this age, we must get proof from qualified medical professionals to confirm validity. Holy Spirit Power: This is possible in this day and age.  However, if it is the miracle of healing then by definition it is infrequent.  This type of healing will have many convincing proofs from the medical profession (the priest of our day).  It problem will have been well documented, even by a pathology report in the case of cancer.  The result will have been confirmed by medical evidence not by hearsay. This BLOG entry was prompted by a news release recently where parents withheld their newborn from medical treatment and submitted the effort to prayer alone and the child died.  The child could have lived with a well-known common treatment of the new born.  The parents were so foolish and naïve that when the authorities came they and others of like mind were praying for the dead child’s resurrection.  A burial followed, not a resurrection.  The parent’s statement was that “God does not make any mistakes.”  That is likely true.  The problem was that the parents made a big mistake.  They have been arrested and are facing jail time. Naïve and Stupid: How does something foolish like this happen?  In this case the parents had been subject to cult like teachings on faith healing by a so-called minister of the gospel.  These cult teachers are not uncommon in what appears otherwise to be mainline conventional Bible teaching.  However, the teachers are working by the power of persuasion and result is death and destruction.  The later two events are the work of the devil.  The parents were naïve.  The Bible says let the naïve go on to their own destruction.  Unfortunately, in this case the destruction included their own child. Proverbs 14:15 The simple believes everything, but the prudent gives thought to his steps. Proverbs 14:18 The naive inherit foolishness, But the sensible are crowned with knowledge. 2 Timothy 4:3-4 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. Proverbs 1:22 “How long will you gullible people love being so gullible? How long will you mockers find joy in your mocking? How long will you fools hate knowledge?” Proverbs 27:12 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished. Proverbs 22:3 The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty. Proverbs 1:32 For the waywardness of the naive will kill them, And the complacency of fools will destroy them. The opposite of naïve is prudent.  One must be able to discern between Fake healing and Faith healing.  We must know the faith healer has credible history.  There are not many with these credentials.  There must be many convincing proofs and that evidence is rare. The Remedy: There is safety in many counselors. (Proverbs 11:14)  Always get a second opinion from qualified pastor and or medical professional.  The secret to healing is to do everything naturally (qualified medical doctor) and everything supernaturally (prayer, laying of hands, confession of sins) that one can be restored to health.

Trials and Errors

9/23/2018: Life, like science is often a series of trials and errors.  In life, all my trials have been due to my errors.

Ain’t My Problem. Really?

9/20/2018: Dear Christian: What is going on is not the world’s problem, it is our problem.  Allow me to explain where the responsibility rests.  What is wrong with America rests directly upon the shoulders of the American Christians.  That is the truth and there are two principles that support the contention that the problem is ours. #1: According to 2 Chronicles 7: 14, the truth is as follows: If My people (Christ speaking) who are called by My name (Christians) will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Note that it did not say that the non believers needed to repent, although that may be true.  It said you and I must allow the light of Christ to shine on our hearts and see what wickedness rests therein.  Notice it did not say think about it, since this allows rationalization to enter into the conversation. #2: According to Hosea 4: 6, My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being My priest. Since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children. Note that this says that Christians know little of God’s Word, which happens to be synonymous with His being.  (John 1:1)  This is quite an indictment which is defined as “a formal charge or accusation of a serious crime”. The solution is to read the Word regularly.  Agree with the Word.  Allow the Word to dwell richly in your heart. Be doers and not hearers only but by agreeing with the Word to the extent you will act upon it.