Things that I have thought... here for you to freely comment.
I was recently asked about Christians who sin....
1 Thessalonians 5:6-24
Notice a theme in that group... look at verse 15:
"15 See that none gives evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue the good, both towards one another and towards all."
Eventhough the wording is slightly cryptic, it is easily seen that the sin nature that we are all born with still wars with our new creature even after being saved.
This walk is a journey... keep your eyes on Him; when you sin... repent, when sin is near you... pray, when you feel the need to sin... cry out to Him to show you the path and give you the courage to follow it. He will guide you and keep you... as long as you keep Him.
What is tolerance?
Is it hurting/quieting others for other views?
Or is it accepting and living with them?
For Christians... we are to accept otherse... just like how God accepts them. The difference between us and God... God will change them to who they should be, once they accept Him. We cannot/should not try this.
So accept those who offend/hurt you and who are different than you... and love them as God does.
It Is A Privilege To Work
It gives me the opportunity to respect what I've gained, drive me to succeed to acquire what I do not have and finally the desire to better myself for myself, my family and my community.
Working is a gift... don't let it go to waste.
I am a Christian.
Being both of these, I realize that God made each of us the same... we are all different.
Being unique, is what makes us the same.
I am both of these because I realize the fact that I was made by Him. So I fight for truth, for peace and for everyone to know their Creator.
The difference is... do you realize that you are the same as everyone else... you are different.
Nationalized Healthcare... Why Now?
This is what I don't understand...
Why is it so important RIGHT NOW that we have to get it done?
Wouldn't it be more intelligent to WAIT until AFTER several OTHER things are taken care of?
About Banning Guns
Criminals go outside the law... so they will continue to commit crimes with guns, even if they are banned... so the more people with guns that are law abiding citizens... and who are responsible... this will automatically deter some criminals from committing their unlawful acts, since they themselves know that a good possibility is that they will be harmed or will loose their life.
So the idea of banning guns to stop crime is an oxymoron... do you really think that criminals will think twice about a gun ban?
It is not that the gun is evil or bad... it is like saying that a hammer is evil or bad because you can kill someone with one blow to the temple. Or how about a stick... the temple on your head is a very soft place that can easily be punctured. So sticks are bad too?
It is the user of the tool, not the tool itself.
God has a beautiful imagination
He has created so many wonderful things... we often take them for granted and don't recognise the Creator.
When you see a beautiful painting, a marvellous sunset, pictures from the cosmos... remember that it was He who created those.
Also, please take the time to stop by the Photo Gallery to see some of the wonderful things He has made for out enjoyment.
Bible Education Bill?
To summarize, the public school system would be learning about the Bible, and also any other religion along side Christianity. This includes Hunduism, Buddism, Islam, etc. Obviously this could do nothing but confuse the pupils of these classes.
The public school system originated from a Christian Bible based teaching method. So the Bible was the main book of teaching in early America. Pick up any textbook from 1836+ and you will find scripture.
As a matter of fact, multiple colleges were founded on Christian beliefs, i.e. Harvard, Princeton, etc. They were originally Christian Institutions.
So my question... what happened to make these colleges and universities today that once were the pinnacle of Christian teaching to become some of the most heated battlegrounds for Christian Theology? In which case in a lot of places it is only hanging by a thread.
Although I would love to see our public school system go back to its roots and use the Bible as a basic tool for teaching, we all know that the current system will do nothing short of demolish the Bible, its teachings and allow other theologies to corrupt and dilute its message. Further making it more difficult for young minds to believe.
We doubt our own history
Why doesn't God send someone from His realm?
Without the moral compass
We are capable of nothing more than self genocide.
Everything we touch... we have to destroy for our own desires and wants.
Even some of the most educated minds of our time have resorted to self genocide to perform a 'cleansing' of our race... i.e. Hitler, Stalin, Pharoah of Moses' time, etc.
The introduction of sin is the root of this. God does allow things to destroy so He can rebuild a beautiful masterpiece.
That is the difference between Man destroying things that he touches and God destroying things that He touches... God's desire is to make things better for us... His family, where as our desire is to make things better for ourselves.
Man shall not live by bread alone
Why is it that you have to explain the origin of God