Limits on the Bible

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My Grandfather and Father

Someone requested that I write a post on what Jesus says about homosexuality, abortion and evolution.  The person dislikes the position that conservative evangelicals generally take on these issues and wants to prove that Jesus didn’t talk directly about these issues himself so they are being blown out of proportion today by Christians.  Of course, he doesn’t believe that any of the Bible is God’s Word but he was insistent that any position on these issues be supported only by direct words from Jesus.

Please pray for this person that he would come to know Jesus as his personal Savior from his sins.  It is written that “Faith can move mountains”.

Jesus said “For verily I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass away, not one jot or one tittle shall in any wise pass from the law till all be fulfilled.”  This statement by Jesus validates the entire Bible as accurate. It is impossible to limit Jesus to simply the words he spoke while on earth because God is not finite. The entire Bible must be taken in context and compared against itself.  You can’t limit the Bible to one isolated section and achieve the results God intended for you.  There are differences of interpretation among various Christian groups on some aspects of the Bible but that is because humans are finite.

Homosexuality and abortion (except to save the mother’s life) are sins that can be forgiven like any other sin.  Jesus said “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

Evolution is a scientific hypothesis that can’t be reproduced in a controlled manner by scientists and therefore lacks credibility in my view.  Limited evolution that does not change the type of creature can be observed in nature however this does not confirm that life arose spontaneously from nonliving matter. The Bible says :

“For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.”

 

 

Christian Theology Should Control Politics in America?

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My Grandparents

I think it should control politics for pragmatic reasons.  North Korea is a perfect example of what happens when Christian theology has no control of a country’s politics.  The leadership of North Korea is afraid of Christianity because it represents a danger to the ruling elites control of that country.  Christians are routinely murdered for their religion in North Korea.  The former Soviet Union had similar deficiencies and this type of cruel repression seems common in countries guided by atheistic human centered philosophy.  Some misguided liberal atheists in the United States that I have talked with want to eliminate any input from Christian  theology in American politics. They believe that Christians should keep their Christianity in the closet and let them decide how to run the country.  The end result of this pattern would be similar to the old Soviet Union in my opinion.

Christian theology played a pivotal role in the early development of United States government and laws because the vast bulk of the people living here were Christians and most of the founding fathers had a strong Christian influence.  There was no state religion established and minority non-Christian religions were given more protection than in most european countries of the time.   Evils contrary to Christian theology such as slavery and persecution of minorities existed and to a lesser extent still exist today which is another practical reason for Christians to influence politics based on their beliefs.

On a personal level, I don’t want to be killed for my faith when there are ways to prevent it from happening.  Christians should make the attempt to interject their faith in our politics whenever possible to avoid groups similar to Nazi’s, Atheistic Communists, Boko Haram and ISIS from undermining our public institutions such as government.  Just because you think it will never happen in the United States of America doesn’t mean it won’t happen.  Some day it may be necessary to die on the spot if you say you are a Christian in the USA.  People said that Trump would never be chosen as the nominee of the Republican party. Guess what?  It happened.

If Christians follow the words of Jesus they can only have a positive effect on our country’s government and its adherence to good morals and ethics.

Gay marriage and Wedding Cakes….

engelssmall…..I am in favor of allowing secular gay marriage in the United States but I do not recommend gay marriage because it is not condoned by the Bible.  Many secular activities are legal in the United States that the Bible does not condone. I am opposed to forcing people with religious objections to perform any type of services for gay couples at their weddings.  The state should not have the power to force conscientious religious objectors to perform actions contrary to their personal beliefs. Priests and Ministers are not forced to marry anyone that is unwilling to comply with their religion. How can you force a Muslim cake decorator to provide service for a gay wedding and do his best at the job?  Who decides if the service provided is equal to a non gay wedding and how much the legal fine will be if the service isn’t quite up to snuff.

I wouldn’t marry a man because I don’t have any sexual attraction to men so I’ll never have the chance to plan a gay wedding.  Although, a gay man once made a pass at me but he was barking up the wrong tree.  I was surprised at the time because I had no clue my friend was gay but I didn’t have any type of harsh response. After all, you really can’t blame him because I am quite the catch so I had to dash his hopes with some consideration.  I do consider homosexuality to be a sin but so are coveting, adultery, lying, taking God’s name in vain and many other things.  Everyone has sinned so why would I treat him any different than anyone else because I too have sinned.

I think it is unreasonable of any gay couple to pick on a religious cake decorator for the purpose of proving some type of legal point.  If I had to get married again I would be more concerned about picking a cake decorator that could get the job done the way I wanted.  There are plenty of cake decorators that are willing to decorate a gay cake and there are religions that have no objection to gay marriage. If I wanted to marry a man I would simply pick a cake decorator that I liked and was willing to serve a gay wedding.  No one should be forced by the state to do a job that is contrary to their religion just because the state thinks it knows what is best based on a secular philosophy.  Any Judge that fines a person for not doing their job because of a sincere religious objection is in the wrong and should be removed from office.

It is not fair to anyone to force religious people to act against their convictions or to force gays to act like they were heterosexuals.  What does it prove if you can force a person to do something against their will by threats?  Does it make the winner in the conflict feel good that they can inflict their will on the loser?  It doesn’t make the loser into a better person and it will simply cause them to get angry and take actions of a negative nature.

Instead of forcing people to act like we want with threats we should try to persuade them by reason or emotion to our point of view for their own benefit.  It is better to win a friend to your point of view than create an enemy or a martyr against your cause.  The ancient roman empire tried to eradicate Christianity with threats but instead Christianity essentially destroyed the great powerful roman system over a long period of time because it had a message people wanted to hear.  Even though ancient Rome had all kinds of legal homosexuality the Apostle Paul was still a Roman citizen and appealed to Caesar with his legal case.  I have never read that the Apostle Paul tried to prevent legal Roman non-Christian homosexual relationships. The cross used to be a threatening symbol of roman authority but now it is a powerful symbol of Christianity and the empire of Rome is just a distant memory.

The Bible  does not promote homosexual behavior and any Church that does is not Biblical in nature.  It is unacceptable to force a Bible based Church to marry two people of the same sex just as it is unfair to force anyone to attend a particular Church.  There are plenty of religions and secular businesses that will marry two people of the same sex and bake their wedding cake so why can’t gays choose these options instead of trying to destroy the financial lives of people who don’t share their belief system by using the court system?

It is not possible to force Christian business owners to love gays more by ruining their business and in the long run gays are hurting their own agenda by trying to make criminal examples of Christians and others that do not want to bake their cakes.  Personally if I had the skill to bake a cake I would make one for anyone that paid me enough money even if I disagreed with the philosophy behind the cake decorations but that’s just the way God made me.  Although, I would probably charge unreasonably extra for a Nazi or KKK cake.  If cake bakers must bake a cake for a gay couple does that mean they would be legally forced to bake a cake for the Nazi party?  All people should be free to chose who they work for and what they believe without being threatened unfairly by the law.

By the way, the man who thought I was gay and made the pass at me married a woman a few years later. I know the couple has at least one child and they seemed quite happy last time I talked to them eons ago.  I hope they have also put their trust in Christ which I believe is the only answer to any type of sin.  Sin can not be cured by government edicts and governments should not be in the business of telling anyone what type of cakes they need to bake.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christian Paleontologist

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Robert Bakker is a respected paleontologist who sees no conflict between science and Christianity. Neither science nor Christianity is going to go extinct. Atheists like Dawkins are living in a dream world when they say that atheism is slowly winning. Atheism offers people no reason to hope or love. Christianity has those two items covered. People are attracted to science and Christianity but are not attracted to the negative sterility of atheism. Combining good science with a Christian world view is the future. Robert Bakker is just one example of the future of science.

Attempts at destroying all religion are simply barking up the wrong tree. Atheism can only marginally survive in an artificial academic bubble but it can’t seem to gain wide spread acceptance without coercion . The old Soviet Union tried to enforce atheism in all aspects of life but was unsuccessful even with the full force of the state. Modern Russia now has plenty of religion and atheism is a weak political force.

Christianity is compatible with Science

http://wapedia.mobi/en/Francis_Collins

Francis Collins is one example of an atheist turning to Christianity. Few people would argue with his scientific credentials in the field of genetics. He finds no problem integrating science and Christianity. Science does not require the scientist to be an atheist as Richard Dawkins believes.  Francis Collins is more knowledgeable than Dawkins about science and he is a Christian. I suspect that many out spoken atheists hate God and simply use science improperly to attack the religious beliefs of other people.

“Pat Robertson links 9/11 attacks to ban on prayer and Bible reading in public … – Raw Story”

Pat Robertson links 9/11 attacks to ban on prayer and Bible reading in public … – Raw Story
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Pat Robertson is senile and mentally unstable. The 9/11 attacks were committed by fanatical religious murderers who were prepared to die for their belief system. They would have no problem killing a Christian reading his Bible. Conflict due to religious fanaticism is not unique to Islam. We have our own home grown religious terrorism from people that claim to be “Christians”. I am in favor of public Bible reading and prayer but evil people will still commit evil actions. Pat appears delusional at times and his family should consider taking some kind of action to prevent him from having more embarrassing public episodes.

God’s Voice

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British Library Add. MS 59874 Ethiopian Bible – Matthew’s Gospel (Ge’ez script) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Some Christians claim that they hear God‘s voice directly and that God tells them what to do specifically in every aspect of their life. This belief is dangerous because it leads them to believe that they are infallible and in essence they become their own God.  Soon they begin to tell other people how to live their life and it is usually apparent that they have ulterior motives.  Pentecostal TV evangelists usually fall into this category but average Christians can also be seduced by this attractive sin.

 

All human beings are fallible so don’t believe the excrement that is troweled out by these misguided Christians. The basic concepts of the Bible are easily understood by reading the New Testament. People should not give up their personal freedom just because a voice in another person’s head told them they should do a specific action. Religious manipulation of other people is disgusting and you should never let it happen to you. The principles of the Bible are the only totally reliable guide for your personal life. Voices in your head may be seductive but that doesn’t mean that God is speaking directly to you.

 

Hatred in Religion

Religion that claims to follow the principles of Jesus in the Bible but instead promotes man made rigid dogma is personally repulsive to me.  I have encountered Christians that spew hatred at anyone they dislike and they use some misquoted minor passage in the Bible to justify their extreme venom.  These Christians are not fulfilling the great commission because they are driving people away from Christ by showing the hatred in their thoughts.

Political beliefs are a common way of expressing this type of religious hatred. I have friends that hate President Obama and other friends that hate President Bush. I suspect that actual violence would occur if they were trapped in a room together long enough. Provided no one was hurt, I might actually enjoy watching an encounter of that nature as long as I didn’t have to participate.  I guess some Christians were born stupid and they plan to die that way while they drive people away from Christ during their lifetime.

 

Is God fair and loving to all people ?

Life is short and cruel to many people around the world. The God I serve would not condemn a young child to an eternal hell because the child died without a missionary reaching him first with the knowledge of Jesus atoning death upon the cross.  God does not explain everything he does but he does say he loved us while we were yet sinners. God is capable of forgiving sin without human intervention and I have confidence that he will do what is right in every case.

Many of the problems created by religion are caused by religious leaders using fear and intimidation to make people conform to their wishes. It is too easy to use the Bible as an artificial threat to make people do what you want them to do.  This gives atheist’s plenty of ammunition because they hate the Bible and don’t want to admit that their own conscience is convicting them of sin in their lives. Sin is not an artificial problem imposed by archaic religious dogma.  Sin is what causes the very real problems in our world.  Everyone sins and we all know we do because our conscience convicts us.  Accepting Jesus is the only answer that will ever give a person a clear conscience.