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Are you tired, lonely, without hope, rejected and defeated?

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Are you tired, lonely, without hope, rejected and defeated? Find HOPE and GRACE in Jesus Christ. More at www.spirit.theindwelling.org.

The only way to eternal life.

Are you lonely, without hope, rejected and defeated?  There is hope, and you can find that hope today if you would like to “walk the aisle of faith” and surrender to Jesus Christ and become a child of the living God. Talk with God and surrender your heart by simply saying the words in the Plan of Salvation that follows:

Plan of Salvation

  • Confession: Jesus, I confess that I am lost and without hope, living by my sinful human nature outside your will.
  • Repentance: Jesus, I will turn away from my sinful ways (confess your sins), and I will walk in them no longer.
  • Believe: Jesus, I believe that you are the Son of God. I believe that you died on a Roman Cross for my sins and that you arose from the grave.
  • Ask: Jesus, I surrender my will to you, and I ask that you will come into my heart so that I may be in you and you will be in me as you are in God and God is in you.
  • Receive: Jesus, I will receive the indwelling of your Holy Spirit, and I will allow your Spirit to lead me.
  • Rejoice: Jesus, I rejoice that I am now a part of your church—the bride of Christ—and I promise to be faithful and true and to make you my Lord and Savior for the rest of my life.

Claim Him by opening your heart to Him.  Write me and let me know of your decision.

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Scripture quotations in quotes and / or marked KJV are taken from the King James Version of the Bible. (Public Domain).

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ®, Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. All rights reserved. The “NIV” and “New International Version” trademarks are registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by International Bible Society. Use of either trademark requires the permission of International Bible Society.

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America is Quickly “Slip, Slidin’ Away.”

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Many followers of ISLAM stand ready to kill or potentially maim you if you desecrate the name of Allah.  True Biblical Christians are not.  Why?

Today’s Pondering Thoughts:

“Slip, Slidin’ Away,” lyrics written and recorded by Paul Simon, 1977.

There is a one hundred and eighty-degree difference between the god of Islam and the God of Biblical Christianity.  Do you know the difference? If you do not your life could be in jeopardy. America is already in danger, but there is little awareness because of America’s acceptance of Political Correctness and her leader’s, and many of her peoples’ belief that there is no GOD.

Over the years I have written many times about the varying differences between Islam and Biblical Christianity; however, besides the wording of today’s TWEET, I will not revisit those thoughts.  I will post my previous writings to my web site in the near future for those who may choose to read more.  But for now, I have another topic.

Prior to moving on to my thoughts for today, please consider and mediate upon the following scripture verses: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction,” Proverbs 1, 7; “But he who listens to me shall live securely and will be at ease from the dread of evil,” Proverbs 1:33.

For this past year or so I have been led by the Spirit to limit my post on this site and on my twitter account.  Although I have written numerous “mini-sermons,” as I like to call them, most remain in their unpublished state.  However, as time moves on I become more and more uneasy, a natural human reaction, about not posting new information as I know readers need “fresh stuff” or they move on.  My thoughts posted here carry over to my Twitter posts and vise-a-versa so it’s akin to writers block, but actually spiritually blocked—at least that is the best way I can explain the reason for my limited posts.

// A side note:  If you wish to contact me please do so by the comment page on this site.  Otherwise, your email will go to my spam folder and will never be read.  Please try again via my comment page if you have sent me an email, and I have not answered.  It is unfortunate that there are many who choose to launch personal attacks because of the nature of my blog and of necessity my screening process sometimes deletes both the good and bad emails. However, I will answer all emails I see from “legitimate” email addresses.  Thanks to all my readers for your support over the years. //

My mission as a Spirit filled Biblical Christian who has given his life to the Lord Jesus Christ is to tell others about what He has done, is doing and will do in the future for me personally and as such, to be a light for the world to see how the saving grace and mercy of Jesus Christ can change the lives of all who become His children.  I have paraphrased a portion of Jesus’ “Salt and Light” words from Matthew 5:12-16.

To become a child of God is the greatest thing that can ever happen to anyone.  If you have not experienced the “New-Spiritual Birth,” God’s spirit will invite you personally if you will listen for His call.  It is all free because Jesus has given His life to redeem those who will choose to allow Him to become their Lord and Savior.

My God does not need me to defend Him, to be judgmental of others or to be a pious, hypocritical religious fool like many over the history of the church. Too many have given Christianity a bad name because they are living in their humanistic nature and not in the New-Birth nature of the Holy Spirit.

Look at the manner in which Jesus taught.  When being tested by a Pharisee as to what was, “the greatest commandment in the Law,” Jesus responded by saying: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself,” Matthew 22:37 (NIV). There is no hatred or condemnation in Biblical Christianity.

So, let me ask you this question: “Why is there such hatred for Jesus?”  I believe it is because the majority of people only know what they have heard from others about God and the Bible—His Word.  They have never read or studied the biblical scriptures.  They do not know the TRUTH Jesus Christ reveals to those who love Him. Why? They are not His disciples because they have not heard His call. Why? Because their minds have been clouded by the spiritual forces of darkness, and they cannot hear the message of God.

Think upon this: Either you believe in the Creator God who sent His Son Jesus Christ to be an atonement for the sins of man and to redeem man from the wrath of judgment to come on God’s “Great White Throne Judgment Day” or you don’t.  Salvation is a free gift from God.  You do not need to earn your way to eternal life by doing good works and living a righteous life although once you have accepted God’s pathway and allowed His Holy Spirit to indwell you, you will naturally do good works and lead a righteous life because of your love for such a great Savior.

It is your choice to make.  Choose wisely and do not let the humanistic values of the worldly cloud your judgment.  After all, do you want to spend an eternity out of the presents of God with your ungodly friends in the Lake of Fire because you chose to listen to them instead of listening to God’s voice that is calling YOU?

Those are my thoughts for today.  What are yours?

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Scripture quotations in quotes and / or marked KJV are taken from the King James Version of the Bible. (Public Domain).

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ®, Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. All rights reserved. The “NIV” and “New International Version” trademarks are registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by International Bible Society. Use of either trademark requires the permission of International Bible Society.

“Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE® Copyright© 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995, by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. www.Lockman.org” All rights reserved

Copyright © 2008-2016 by: North Loop Cottage LLC / NorthLoopCottage.com /  theIndwelling.org / theindwelling.com / spirit.theIndwelling.org / SantaBelieves.org / All Rights Reserved.

Do You Have Hope in an Afterlife?

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If you have no hope in life after death, what purpose would you have to live?  Without hope man would be like animals; their lot would be: to be born, to live and to die.

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Application, Pondering and Takeaways:

If you have no hope in life after death, what purpose would you have to live?  Without hope man would be like animals; their lot would be: to be born, to live and to die.  In the animal kingdom, the strong have dominion over the weak and do as they please.  If life was meant to be lived on earth without the hope of an afterlife, it would indeed be meaningless. Only the strong (they could be benevolent, dictatorial or somewhere in between) would survive and rule over the weak. Suicide would be for many a better option than a meaningless life.

There is something within man that compels him to cry out for peace within his soul and the need to worship the Creator God. The “children” of Satan do not have this need as they worship him and his materialistic world, and the immorality of pleasure.

Man knows of God through what has been created and revealed; however, his mind has been clouded by his human nature’s self-will and his desire for wanton pleasures (read Romans 1-2). Man has an innate need for God, but does not understand how to find God.

Satan, the god of this world who was called Lucifer when he walked in the heavenly realm as a creation of God, desires to be worshipped by man.  His spiritual powers lead man to follow humanistic pagan rituals: worship of the sun, moon, stars and carved images desiring fertility, rain, warmth, and other creature comforts.  Man, without God, will cry out to unknown materialistic gods seeking benevolence, power and victory while the True and Living God beckons their hearts to come to Him.

All men will cry out, promising or cursing, to their God or gods in times of despair.  I would bet even atheists, if they were honest, would admit they have cried out to a god in a moment of “desperation and despair.”  Their cries were not answered because gods of gold, silver and worldliness cannot see, hear or talk.  Man will deny the existence God or gods when he in desperation pleated for God’s help or answer to prayer and no answer was given. Only those who have faith and belief in God will receive an answer to prayer.

There is a creator God.  He will answer your cries if you acknowledge Him as the one TRUE God and make Him your Lord and Savior.  He will hear your prayers and cries and will answer them. The Bible “speaks” of man’s journey to find God; find a Bible and begin to read of this journey. Caution: If God is not calling you and you are not seeking God in repentant faith but only in remorse, your reading and prayers will be of no avail to finding peace with God and eternal life.

It is ironic that while man cannot accept in faith the Creator God, they will accept the thoughts and actions of other men as truths. God said sexual immorality would lead to death; man says sexual immorality and humanistic decadent pleasures are individual rights of man and their practice will not lead to death.  You are free to decide your own faith and many in today’s secular culture are doing “what is right in their own eyes” as did men more than twenty-five hundred years ago. They died in their sins and unbelief and will face the “Great White Throne Judgment” just as today’s man will.

Christians are condemned in today’s society because they believe in the Creator God and His commandments.  A distinction should be made in the word “Christian.”  Many, since the time of Christ, have called themselves Christians.  They have knowledge of who Jesus is (or was in their belief system), but they never possessed Jesus in their heart.  In other words, to be a follower of Jesus Christ the Holy Spirit must indwell the believer, and the believer must surrender his life to God and walk in the newness of life that will be given him.

Without the indwelling Spirit, many who have called or identified themselves as Christians have given Jesus and Christianity a bad name.  Christians are to love, not hate.  Many terrible things have been done in the name of Christianity by those whose character and walk were done in their humanistic understanding and not in the Spiritual understand that would have changed their heart and soul and made them true followers of Jesus Christ.

I call myself a Biblical Christian in that I follow the commands of the Trinity that demonstrate the perfect love that is found when a man’s self-will is regarded as filthy trash and man turns his life over to be led by the Spirit of God.  Please note: A true believer (Biblical Christian) does not become a clone.  He still has a choice to live in accordance with the Holy Spirit’s wisdom and direction, or He can decide at any time to lead a decadent life style believing in man’s belief system of lust, greed and self-pleasure rather than in God’s way to life eternal.

The spiritual forces of darkness will lead you to death.  The Spiritual force of God will lead you to life eternal.  It is your choice.  It is my prayer that you will become one of the blessed ones whom God calls to accept the Gospel Message of Jesus Christ and to inherit eternal life.

Those are my thoughts for today, what about you?

If you would like more information on how to find God or to comment on this blog, please email your comments and questions to: bt@northloopcottage.com

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Copyright © 2008-2016 by: North Loop Cottage LLC / NorthLoopCottage.com / theIndwelling.org / the indwelling.com / spirit.theindwelling.org.  All rights reserved.

Scripture quotations marked KJV are taken from the King James Version of the Bible. (Public Domain);

NIV are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®. NIV®. Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

“Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright© 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.  Used by permission. www.lockman.org.”

 

Christian, have your ever read the “Fine Print.”

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Christian, have you ever read the fine print? Your “free ticket” to heaven may be in jeopardy. Visit www.spirit.theindwelling.org and www.theindwelling.com.

PONDERING THOUGHT:

With a recent refill of a medical prescription drug I took time to glance over the pharmaceutical pamphlet that was provided and to read all the “fine print” of uses and cautions associated with this drug.  To not take or to discontinue taking the prescription as prescribed could lead to, in the case of this drug, a heart attack, stroke or even death.

I have been taking this medication for over ten years so to suddenly stop, according to my physician, could lead to severe consequences.  So, for the foreseeable future I’ll continue to take the drug as prescribed.  But, as in the case of some drugs and this one in particular, long term use could also lead to other physical or mental issue, “in some people,” yet to be made know the severity; in my circumstances there could be possible kidney or liver issues.

All this led to my pondering and wondering about eternal life, and the pondering questions, “Am I (or you) a child of God or am I (or you) a child of Satan?” came to mind.  Is there any “fine” print one should be aware of before that final “curtain call” the professing Christian  (cultural Christians come to mind) should have been aware of or should have read?

The Fine Print:

In the  Mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven parables, Jesus gives a forward view of the spread of Christianity, “all forms,” from His ascension to His Second Coming.

The simple message of Jesus can be summarized in His Words recorded in the Holy Bible.  If you do not believe in the Trinity of God—God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit—and in the inerrancy of the Holy Bible (the Word) your fate is sealed for eternity and your final destiny will be in the Lake of Fire and Brimstone with “…the devil who deceived them…where the beast and false prophet are also; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever,” Revelation 20:10.  Remember, Satan will not be ruling in the Lake of Fire.  He will be tormented there as will those who chose to follow him.

Application, Ponderings and Takeaways:

In the kingdom of heaven parables, Jesus taught that not everyone would accept or believe the Word (the Gospel Message of Jesus Christ as we understand it).  In other words, the message of Christianity would not be the panacea for the total betterment of all humanity.  In fact, Jesus even questioned whether He would even find faith remaining at His return, His Second Coming.

Biblical prophecy is being fulfilled today, in front of our very own eyes, but the vast majority of mankind, especially the intellectually elite, will not open their minds to the Truth that is taught in the Biblical Scriptures.  How about you? Have you been blinded to wisdom and knowledge because of your unbelief?

If mankind could just believe and follow the simple commandments of God found in the Holy Bible, the world would be a better place.  Unfortunately, most men and women in the past, the present and in the future will not accept the Creator God, His Word and His Commandments.  Man’s heart without God is filled with all forms of rebellious and immoral schemes because of their greed, lust and unforgiving nature of the human spirit.

When the Good-News of Jesus Christ is proclaimed or taught, those hearing the message will believe or not believe.  So Christian man or woman, which are you (not your gender but your spiritual standing with God)? Are you the one in which the Spirit of God is growing? Are you working in His Kingdom or are you one of the “others”?

As we look at today’s world, Christianity has not and will not change the human spirit of everyone despite what many of today’s apostates—those who question the deity of Jesus—theologians claim. The Kingdom of Heaven Parables represent the visible and invisible Christendom period with its many denominational beliefs and doctrines—some of God and some of the Devil.

While there could be Heaven on Earth if every soul was a true believer, it simply will not be so.  The evidence as to why it will not be so is obvious if eyes were opened. Within Christianity you will fine both good and bad, the saved and unsaved, and it will not be until Jesus’ Second Coming (remember, there are two phases to His coming—the rapture and the revelation) that the true believers will be known.

That is my thought for today, what is yours?

To continue reading more about the “Fine Print” of Biblical Christianity visit, www.theindwelling.com, and look under “mini-sermons.”

If you have questions or comments, email me at bt@northloopcottage.com or bst@theindwelling.com.

Visit: www.twitter.com/closetchristian

Copyright © 2008-2016 by: North Loop Cottage LLC / NorthLoopCottage.com / theIndwelling.org / the indwelling.com / spirit.theindwelling.org.  All rights reserved.

Scripture quotations marked KJV are taken from the King James Version of the Bible. (Public Domain);

NIV are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®. NIV®. Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

“Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright© 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.  Used by permission. www.lockman.org.”

 

The Indwelling Spirit of Biblical Christianity

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The Indwelling Spirit of Biblical Christianity is not understood by many who claim to be Christian.  What about you?  Visit: spirit.theindwelling.org.

Application, Pondering and Takeaways:

The Holy Spirit of God indwells—lives within—all who confess and repent of their transgressions (sins against God and His commandments) and surrenders their self-humanistic will to allow Jesus Christ to become their Lord and Savior.  With the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, one becomes a temple of the living God and will become a beacon of light and hope for a fallen world.

The indwelling Spirit is God’s pledge that one belongs to Him and is now a son or daughter that will be renewed in Spirit to the likeness of Jesus Christ.

To come to Jesus Christ your heart must be receptive and willing to surrender.  You are at a point that I like to call, crawling in the gutter of life, and crying out to God—your creator—for help. Many crawl in the gutters of life but few cry out to God.  Those who do cry out will be called by God’s Spirit to Repentance if they are willing.

What is there to surrender, you may ask?  You surrender your self-will to do the things your way—the humanistic and secular ways of man—and accept God’s way—death to the physical worldly desires to be reborn in the spiritual ways that God intends for man to walk. You cannot come to Jesus unless the Spirit of God draws you to Him.

You will know in your inner being that you are being called.  That inner voice will be calling and you must obey His call.  Once you step out in faith, your burdens will be lifted. Your physical conditions may not be transformed but your mental condition will be.  You will be reborn of the Spirit—the new-birth / newness of life—and your life in Christ will began.

Your new-birth is not a feeling.  It is total Spiritual Transformation.  You will be set free, but you will be at the beginning of your journey, a baby, and you must be filled with God’s Word—the Bible—and the need for fellowship, in a Bible Believing Church, with other believers in the faith.

To read, study and mediate on God’s Word is a necessity for the born-again believer in Jesus Christ.  It is as important, maybe more so, than food is to the body.  God’s Word nourishes the Spirit and feeds the Soul.  With Spiritual nourishing your soul will die to the human need to be filled by the fleshly desires of man.

Over time as you read God’s Word, the Holy Spirit will interpret passages that the Spirit knows you have need of for being His witness.  Your salvation is not for you alone.  You are to come out of the world of darkness and become a beacon of hope and light for those in the darkness.

As a born-again believer in Jesus Christ, you become a Spiritual temple of the creator God, a Spiritual member of the Body of Christ, and with all the other Spiritual followers of Jesus Christ you will become His Bride at the Marriage Feast of the Lamb prior to His Second Coming.  As it is written, “Greater is the Spirit in you then the spirit that is in the world—Lucifer, his angels and demons.”  You will have powers beyond that you feel you are able.  You will be persecuted, maybe martyred, for your witness.  However, God will never forsake or leave those who claim His name.

I am afraid that many who claim to be Christians are not indwelled by His Holy Spirit.  If you are not sure, talk with God.  He will answer you.

Let the lost of this world revile and persecute you. They do not know any better.

That is my thought for today, what is yours?

To find out more visit: www.theindwelling.com.

If you have questions or comments, email me at bt@northloopcottage.com or bst@theindwelling.com.

Visit: www.twitter.com/closetchristian

Copyright © 2008-2016 by: North Loop Cottage LLC / NorthLoopCottage.com / theIndwelling.org / the indwelling.com / spirit.theindwelling.org.  All rights reserved.

Scripture quotations marked KJV are taken from the King James Version of the Bible. (Public Domain);

NIV are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®. NIV®. Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

“Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright© 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.  Used by permission. www.lockman.org.”

The Indwelling Spirit of Biblical Christianity

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The Indwelling Spirit of Biblical Christianity is not understood by many who claim to be Christian.  What about you?  Are you indwelled?

Application, Pondering and Takeaways:

The Holy Spirit of God indwells—lives within—all who confess and repent of their transgressions (sins against God and His commandments) and surrenders their self-humanistic will to allow Jesus Christ to become their Lord and Savior.  With the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, one becomes a temple of God and will become a beacon of light and hope for a fallen world.

The indwelling Spirit is God’s pledge that one belongs to Him and is now a son or daughter that will be renewed in Spirit to the likeness of Jesus Christ.

To come to Jesus Christ your heart must be receptive and willing to surrender.  You are at a point that I like to call, crawling in the gutter of life, and crying out to God—your creator—for help. Many crawl in the gutters of life but few cry out to God.  Those who do cry out will be called by God’s Spirit to Repentance if they are willing.

What is there to surrender, you may ask?  You surrender your self-will to do the things your way—the humanistic ways of man—and accept God’s way—death to the physical worldly desires to be reborn in the spiritual ways that God intends for man to walk. You cannot come to Jesus unless the Spirit of God draws you to Him.

You will know in your inner being that you are being called.  That inner voice will be calling and you must obey His call.  Once you step out in faith, your burdens will be lifted. Your physical conditions may not be transformed but your mental condition will be.  You will be reborn of the Spirit—the new-birth / newness of life—and your life in Christ will began.

Your new-birth is not a feeling.  It is total Spiritual Transformation.  You will be set free, but you will be at the beginning of your journey, a baby, and you must be filled with God’s Word—the Bible—and the need for fellowship, in a Bible Believing Church, with other believers in the faith.

To read, study and mediate on God’s Word is a necessity for the born-again believer in Jesus Christ.  It is as important, maybe more so, than food is to the body.  God’s Word nourishes the Spirit and feeds the Soul.  With Spiritual nourishing your soul will die to the human need to be filled by the fleshly desires of man.

Over time as you read God’s Word, the Holy Spirit will interpret passages that the Spirit knows you have need of for being His witness.  Your salvation is not for you alone.  You are to come out of the world of darkness and become a beacon of hope and light for those in the darkness.

As a born-again believer in Jesus Christ, you become a Spiritual temple of the creator God, a Spiritual member of the Body of Christ, and with all the other Spiritual followers of Jesus Christ you will become His Bride at the Marriage Feast of the Lamb prior to His Second Coming.  As it is written, “Greater is the Spirit in you then the spirit that is in the world—Lucifer, his angels and demons.”  You will have powers beyond that you feel you are able.  You will be persecuted, maybe martyred, for your witness.  However, God will never forsake or leave those who claim His name.

I am afraid that many who claim to be Christians are not indwelled by His Holy Spirit.  If you are not sure, talk with God.  He will answer you.

Let the lost of this world revile and persecute you. They do not know any better.

That is my thought for today, what is yours?

To find out more visit: www.theindwelling.com.

If you have questions or comments, email me at bt@northloopcottage.com or bst@theindwelling.com.

Visit: www.twitter.com/closetchristian

Copyright © 2008-2016 by: North Loop Cottage LLC / NorthLoopCottage.com / theIndwelling.org / the indwelling.com / spirit.theindwelling.org.  All rights reserved.

Scripture quotations marked KJV are taken from the King James Version of the Bible. (Public Domain);

NIV are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®. NIV®. Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

“Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright© 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.  Used by permission. www.lockman.org.”

Do Biblical Christians need a Religious Freedom Law?

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I am a Biblical Christian, and I do not personally have a need for a “Religious Freedom Law.”  As a Biblical Christian I believe in the Trinity of God, the Word of God (Bible), and I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who is “the way the truth and the light.”  “I am the way and the TRUTH and the LIFE.  No one comes to the Father (God) except through me.  If you really knew me, you would know my Father (God) as well.  From now on, you do know him and have seen him,” John 14:6-7, paraphrased by author.

The Trinity of God is my life and my shield.  To be a follower of Jesus Christ and to testify that He is my Lord and Savior places me in the protective hands of Almighty God.  I have not been promised an easy road.  There will be trials, hardships, persecutions and maybe even death for those who choose to follow Christ.  There will also be true life lived on earth in the love of His Spirit’s leading if we follow Him on the “narrow path” that He calls us to walk.

Yes, laws are required because of the disobedient nature of man, but the Church of Jesus Christ, is His bride (man does not understand unless they have been called by God).  His Church is to follow the Holy Spirit’s leading, and if all who claim to be His were truly following the Spirit’s lead, man would not need humanistic and legalistic religious laws.  This is my personal point of view and is simplistic in its very thought for the world is a very complicated and opinionated place in which to live.

My God revealed to man a standard by which he should walk in daily life. If man would submit, obey and adhere to God’s standards, there would be “heaven on earth.”

Jesus, himself, said that not everyone would enter the kingdom of Heaven.  Why, because of man’s disbelief and his desire for darkness—to live in the humanistic spirit of man— rather than light—to live in the spiritual spirit of God.

Man, however, chooses not to acknowledge, obey or even recognize the supremacy or the existence of God. His (Man’s) ways have always led to godlessness and immorality.  Look around you and even to history to see the evil and discriminatory practices man is capable of doing without God.

Look at America’s leaders today and even most of her people.  Are they men and women filled with the Holy Spirit who are honest and are investing their lives for the glory of the Risen Savior or are they simply lining their pockets with the materialistic pleasures of worldliness in all its many forms—greed, materialism, immorality, lying, envying and etc.

As a small business owner and as a Biblical Christian, I display a non-discrimination statement at my business site.  It is not just for display, but I try to live my life in a non-discriminatory way.  My statement reads as follows:

I am not anyone’s judge.  I consider the contents of my writings, my business dealings and my biblical beliefs to be non-judgmental.  I do not discriminate nor do I believe or condone any acts of discrimination against any person no matter what race, sex, color, national origin, ethnicity, religion, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, Veteran status or any other status or condition protected by law.

Biblical Christians are to be beacons of light to those who are walking in darkness.  However, Biblical Christians are not to condone or approve lifestyles that are in defiance of the commandments of God—the Ten Commandments come to mind.  They should welcome opportunities to share the Gospel Message with all whom they come in contact for: “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus,” Romans 3:23-24 NIV.

Love can change hearts; one person at a time. As a Biblical Christian, I must share the Good News of Jesus Christ.  If I refuse, I do not belong to Christ, and I will spend eternity in the “Lake of Fire.”  But, how can I share the love of Christ if I exclude myself from those who need His love and forgiveness?

As quoted in the scripture above, all mankind are sinners.  Sins are acts of the “fleshly” nature of man that are outside the will of a Holy God, and as sinners man cannot enter the presence of God.  Fortunately, “Jesus Christ chose to be the propitiation and atonement for man and by His shed blood on Calvary gave those who choose to obey Him forgiveness of all past, present and future sins.” What a savior is the living God. Do you know this forgiveness?

It is unfortunate that a vast majority of people who claim a religious affiliation practice their sect’s doctrines of faith which in many cases are discriminatory and in some case cruel and unjust. Look at the infighting among those of the various Islamic “beliefs.”  You will find the same in Christianity and Judaism.   “Religious” people in many cases give God a bad name because of their non-loving, judgmental ways.  Are you one? You can change but only through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.  Are you willing?

Again, God did not promise an easy road for those who serve Him. In fact, He said there would come persecutions and even death to those who proclaim His name. Biblical Christians should live a life that people would want to emulate, as in be like, so they can have the future HOPE that a true believer’s life hopefully exemplifies.  Please rest assured that Biblical Christians are not perfect, but with Jesus their life is secure in His promise to return for them.

As for me, God is in my heart, and all I need to do is follow His Laws and Commandments and to allow the indwelling of the Holy Spirit to lead; if I do all will be OK.  I do not need a religious freedom law because I have a higher Law than man’s law.

So, I say to all the “cultural Christians,” those who are not possessed by Jesus Christ in that they have not made Him the Lord of their life, who are trying to help God through acts of their own humanistic spirit, Stop It!  The humanistic spirit is not a spirit of “TRUE LOVE” for their fellow man.

The antichrist spirit is alive in America and in the world, but only the Grace of Jesus Christ can bring about true, “Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-control, (Galatians 5:22)” in one’s spirit.

Those are my comments for today.  How about you?

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Christianity, the Good News and Bad News

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Is your soul burdened and heavy laden with the hardships of life?  There is peace in Jesus and in Him alone. Have you been told?

Pondering Thought:

“To believe on not to believe the Truth of Biblical Scriptures (the Holy Bible)?” is the question you must answer if you want to find rest for your soul.

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light,” NASB.

Billions of people live lives without hope and have never heard the Gospel Message of Jesus Christ. All Disciples of Jesus Christ have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and are members of Christ’s Church—bodily temples of Jesus with Him as their head—here on earth.  They have assurance in a future eternity as the Bride of Christ and will one-day reign with Him.  Because of their blessed hope they seek to follow Christ’s words to ”Go and Teach” and to spread the Gospel Message to all those who are being called by God.

It is sad, in my opinion, that too many Christian church members (the cultural and worldly type) feel it is enough to just know about Jesus and to keep Him to themselves as they go about their daily activities of living. Is this your life? If so, you may be in danger of hell’s fire and brimstone and do not realize it.

To possess and be possessed by Jesus Christ and to live for Him is what true Christianity is all about.  Are you living this life and are you telling others? If so, you are carrying out the commission Jesus gave to His followers.

Application, additional Pondering and Takeaways:

Right up front I want to tell you I have some bad news to deliver.  “People in the know” about the delivery of good news / bad news scenarios claim you should give people good news up front and follow the good news with the bad news.  Otherwise, they will hear the bad news and turn their minds off to any good news that follows.  They are probably right, but I have never thought about it one way or the other as it relates to what comes out of my mouth or even what I put on paper.  As for you or others, I haven’t a clue about how anyone would react unless they tell me.

First, the bad news:  All men (men and women) are sinners; they are outside the righteousness and will of God.  All will die, all will be buried, and all (those who do not possess Jesus) will be raised at the Great White Throne Judgment to face God’s righteous wrath and judgment.  All will be judged and declared guilty of their sins and will face eternal punishment in the lake of fire if their name is not found written in the “Lamb’s Book of Life.”  That is the “bad news” of Biblical Scriptures, in a nut shell, as I understand from my reading.

Now, the Good News:  All who fall under conviction for their sinfulness; all who willingly repent of their sins; all who accept the Gospel Message of Jesus Christ: Jesus was born of a virgin; Jesus died on a Cross for the sins of men, was buried, and was resurrected on the third day and was seen alive by more than five-hundred witnesses; all who are Baptized by the Holy Spirit and receive a new spiritual re-birth (to be born again); and all who allow the Holy Spirit to give them wisdom and knowledge and who follow His will for their life, will  not face judgment on the Great White Throne Judgment Day as those who could but would not repent.

They will, however, appear before the Judgment Seat of Christ, not for their sins, because Christ bore their sins with the shedding of His blood on the cross, but for rewards for the deeds done in their bodies after accepting the Gospel Message. You are eternally saved by the Grace of God by Faith; you trust in God’s Propitiation, Justification, Sanctification and Glorification and not by your earthly works.

To live in the human, fleshly body is to live in “immorality, impurity, evil desire, greed, idolatry, anger, wrath, malice, slander, abusive speech, lying, and other such passions of the body.”  In Jesus man is given a new spiritual nature empowered by the Holy Spirit that gives wisdom and knowledge and the ability (if the soul so desires to walk in the newness of life) to “control” the fleshly passions.  In Jesus the new, born-again spiritual indwelling allows man to have a heart of “compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, a forgiving spirit and love.  All men lived in the old nature before receiving their new nature; the new nature can be obtained by trusting in Jesus Christ alone.

What could be any simpler than the Good News statement above?  Absolutely nothing; however, man has his own ego and must do as his human, but not spiritual, nature leads him to do.  He is insistent on adding or subtracting from the Good News in order to support his own desire to live a fleshly life of personal pleasure rather than a Spiritual Life as a child and son of God.  God’s way will ultimately lead to man’s righteousness and fellowship with his creator.   Man’s way only leads to judgment and eternal punishment.

Man in his own moral and religious self-righteousness will not accept God’s morality given to him for his own protection from mental and physical diseases and eternal judgment.  The Old Testament records that sexual immorality is sin—a sin against a man’s own body.  The sinful person can be cleansed from these sins with their confession and repentance and the acceptance of the Good News described above.  This is pretty amazing if you honestly think about it— all by simply accepting and living the Good News.

One final thought.  If man would simply adhere to the Biblical principles of the Bible, without trying to pick and choose to suit their own human natures, most of the physical, mental, educational, social and economic problems faced by today’s generations would not exist.  Biblical principles work for those who have faith to believe there is a God. They do not work for a people and a nation that has cast God out; wrath has been prophesied and it will come for those.  Follow biblical prophecy and current news events if you are up to the challenge.

That is my thought for today, what is yours?

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Morality Code of Cultural Christanity

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Pondering Thought:

// Today my thoughts center around “Cultural Christians” who profess Jesus with their lips but do not know Him in their hearts.  They are: Christians in name only who are not indwelled by God’s Holy Spirit; Christians who do not believe the Bible is the Word of God and who are ignorant of the power of the Written Word; Christians who have no witness or testimony;  Christians who are as worldly, some even more so, than non-Christians;  Christians who do not believe that Jesus Christ is the only pathway to heaven;  Christians who believe good works and good works only will get you to heaven; Christians who are condemned to the Lake of Fire and do not realize it.

I will use the “Christian” name, below, in various ways while trying to make the point that True Biblical Christians—those saved by faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ and indwelled by the Holy Spirit—, not Cultural Christians, as defined above, are the only ones who have the fruit of the Spirit—“Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-control” —are the true righteous that are the Bride of Christ (Let the true follower of Jesus Christ understand). //

Let me begin by asking this, “What morality standard is required of the Christian in today’s world?” Is it a man-made standard that has evolved over time to meet the ever changing norms of society (Cultural Christianity) or is it the unalterable standard God established in His Word, the Holy Bible, some two thousand years ago (Biblical Christianity).

I believe most “Cultural Christians,” even those who vote the Democratic Party Platform (I am guessing there are quite a number of “raised eye brows and neck hairs about now, HA! HA!),” a platform that condones murder (abortion), sexual immorality (the new morality) and godlessness (there is no God), and believe they live by a moral code that is humanly derived to meet the morality code of today’s generation. A code, however, that is not God ordained.  They may or may not believe in life after death.  If they do their view of having a life after death is obtainable by doing more good deeds than bad deeds.  Cultural Christians believe this, Muslims believe this, as do other faiths; however, Biblical Christians do not believe this.  Cultural Christianity is the spirit of the natural, rational man.

Of course, a person’s world view is formed by many factors: personal morality standards, religious convictions, political views, tolerance for the intolerable, and so forth.  Each person battles every day to survive in whatever circumstances they find themselves.  How one views their circumstance is primarily governed by their learned attitude (I believe some are just born bad), be it good, bad or indifferent. Mainly, though, is whether or not they truly believe there is a Creator God.

For the American Christian, either Biblical (In righteous standing before God) or Cultural (In unrighteous standing before God), your time is fast approaching when you too will be tested to determine your standing in God’s eyes. As you witness the horrific plight of Christians in the Middle East and other parts of the world who are being murdered, crucified, raped, burned alive, decapitated, enslaved and tortured by numerous other forms of depravity by the followers of apocalyptic Islam (the true Islam), rest assured your time is coming.

American’s Government and her people are complicit in this present evil darkness by their refusal to acknowledge evil and call evil what it is, EVIL.  Yes, America’s Judeo-Christian heritage has fast eroded since 1950. God is quickly being removed from man’s sight and hearing. It is even being taught that America was not founded by God fearing men. Yet, there is no outcry from the Christian Community.  Christians have remained silent, huddled in their “TOMBS,” called Houses of Worship.  Many manmade church structures are now simply buildings of apostasy (the worldly way) where a religion of good works and deeds is taught as a way to eternal life.

Soon Christian, your own government will be coming for you.  Will you stand your ground as children of the Most-High God or will you continue to remain silent condoning immorality and unrighteousness as acceptable by today’s worldly standards?

Christian, do you believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God? Do you believe Jesus is the only pathway to eternal life? If not, you have been deceived by the dark forces now at work in today’s houses of worship and in today’s worldly society?

You must decide today, not tomorrow but today, to repent and return or turn, whatever your case may be, to the Light of Jesus.  Jesus, in His sermon on the Mount, said, “For I say unto you, that except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven,” Matthew 5:20.  The Pharisees of their time, just as the religious pious of today’s world, were just “white washed tombs” on their way to hell and not to heaven. Jesus said this to the Jews, but I feel it has application to today’s Churches.

Now, on your own you cannot be righteous.  If you accepted the Gospel Message—Christ was born of a virgin, died on a cross for your sins, and rose from death on the third day according to the scriptures—you will receive the indwelling of God’s Holy Spirit; that is, if you truly believed you are saved by God’s Grace and not by human works.

The Holy Spirit enables you to do the work that God has planned for you as a believer.  If you are indeed indwelled by the Spirit, you will testify and serve the Creator God.  Are you indwelled by the Holy Spirit?  Do you have His Testimony?

So, my friends, if you claim Christianity will you or do you allow the Holy Spirit to work in your life?  Have you surrendered your self-will to God’s will, or will you remain a cultural Christian and surrender to the ways of the world? The choice is yours to make.

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Who is Jesus and why is He so hated by the world?

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Tweet as limited by characters: “What is it about Jesus, the God-Man born of the Virgin Mary, that so many find it hard to believe that He is the Son of God?”

Desired Tweet: What is it about the prophesied Jewish Messiah, Jesus, the alien God-Man born of a surrogate mother, the Virgin Mary, that so many find it hard to believe that He is TRULY the Son of God?  Do you believe?

Pondering Thought:

Jesus, the prophesied Jewish Messiah, is the alien “God-Man” born of the Virgin Mary, the first recorded gestational surrogate mother¹ in the first century, A.D. Jesus was not formed in His mother’s womb by the fertilization of human sperm and egg. Jesus was miraculous formed by the Creator God and placed within Mary.

Because Jesus had no genetic ties to earthly man, even though biblical scriptures list linage from Joseph and Mary, He was without the sin-nature of earthly man.  Born of a virgin without man’s sin nature, Jesus was the sacrificial propitiation (“A sacrifice that satisfies God’s demands of judgment for sin,” NSAB definition.) satisfying the righteousness of a Holy Creator God. He willingly died but rose from death to become the Lord and Savior for all who would confess Him. This is the definition—at least the understanding given to me—of the biblical Jesus of the Bible at whose resurrection the Church of Jesus Christ and Biblical Christianity had its beginning with Jesus as its chief cornerstone.

Story Line:

If you dare to utter the name of Jesus in today’s secular, humanistic society, the neck hairs of most will bristle like that of a dog who perceives danger.  Why such hatred for one who taught: ”love the Lord God with all your heart, soul and mind; love your neighbor as yourself;  treat people the same way you want them to treat you; do not commit murder; do not commit adultery; do not steal; do not bear false witness; honor your father and mother; love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you; beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; forgive others before seeking forgiveness from God; neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more.” (The quoted words were paraphrased by author and taken from the Bible book of Matthew.)

The Biblical Jesus, the Messiah and Son of God, was not a terrorist whose Apostles were trained to spread and promote hatred, violence, or the overthrow of governments. Jesus came to give the good news of Hope to lost souls living in darkness, to spread love and peace toward one’s fellow man, and to offer atonement for sin.  Because He claimed to be the Messiah, the religious zealots of His day had him killed to silence His condemnation of their bigotry and pride.

So I ask again, “Why is Jesus so hated by the world.”  I’ll tell you why. It is because of ignorance, deception by the spiritual forces of darkness, distorted truth, lack of faith in a Creator God, Biblical illiteracy, man derived traditions and disbelief of the authenticity of Holy Scriptures by “Cultural Christians” who practice their “man derived religions” instead of the “religion of faith and mercy taught by Jesus. Others, the worldly, simply are blinded by their inability to believe in the TRUTH of a Creator God but will and have believed the LIE of a created being called, Lucifer, Satin or the Devil.

Additional Thoughts on Tweet, Ponderings, or Story Line:

“Cultural Christians,” I like to call them, have given Jesus and Biblical Christianity a bad name over the centuries and especially in today’s world because of their denial of the “Indwelling of the Holy Spirit.” They choose to follow their humanistic spirit; they continue to “do what is right in their own sight” rather than surrendering their self-will to the Indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

All of today’s non-Biblical Christians of all denominations have so blended in with today’s society and worldly customs that it is hard to find one who will: 1) study, meditate upon and acknowledges the Truth of Biblical Scriptures, 2) accept the leadership and Indwelling of the Holy Spirit., 3) in faith, totally surrender to Jesus Christ, 4) deny their own humanistic self-will and follow the pathway and directions (no matter how insignificant or how grandiose they may seem to be) given by the Holy Spirit.

Regrettably, Cultural Christians have no testimony of the Risen Savior, no testimonial of what Jesus has done in their lives and no lifestyle that might encourage those who might be seeking or needing God to want to emulate. In other words, Cultural Christianity and the Worldly are the same in that they rely upon humanistic values, ways and customs.

While Cultural Christians may have knowledge of Jesus they are not possessed by Jesus and have never been Baptized by the Spirit nor filled with the Spirit.  They are lost and without hope; thinking they are walking the “narrow path” to heaven and eternal life when, in the words of Jesus, they are on the “broad road” that leads to destruction.  A Christian without a Testimony of Jesus’ saving grace and who will not “profess Him before men” is just another man lost in his own humanity.

What do other faiths, namely the big three represented by Judaism, Biblical Christianity and Islam, claim about this biblical Jesus? Lets briefly consider and compare the person and deity of Jesus from these three faiths because the biblical Jesus is seen by each from a different perspective; each have a religious view that most people lack in understanding but whose followers are dead certain, if they have a personal view at all, that theirs is the correct one.  I will do this with a “wide brush” as all faiths have within them numerous proponents of differing views all considering themselves to be the right one.

Judaism does not accept Jesus as the Messiah, the anointed one, prophesied in their scriptures (Old Testament / Torah).  The religious leaders of Jesus’ time, the Pharisees and Sadducees, had Jesus crucified because “they claimed” he blasphemed when he claimed to be God (God’s Son). They do not see or acknowledge the Old Testament scriptures (probably the most notable being Isaiah 52:13-15 and Isaiah 53:1-12) that Isaiah (a major prophet of Judaism) prophesied of the coming “Exalted and Suffering Servant—that Biblical Christians see as Jesus—as being their awaited Messiah.

At the second coming of Jesus Christ, the knowledge of God’s TRUTH will be placed in the hearts of those Jews, the elect who are still alive, and they will at last acknowledge Jesus as the Messiah.  “I will put My laws into their minds, and I will write them on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”

Unfortunately, before the second coming, the prophecies of biblical scriptures tell of one final Jewish persecution that will surpass the persecutions of Jews that occurred during the reign of Adolph Hitler. The Jews are God’s chosen people.  They forsook the Covenant God made with them; however, He will restore them at His Second Coming and protect a remnant that will enter His one-thousand year reign on earth.  Study the biblical scriptures through the Indwelling Spirit and all this will be made understandable.

The Gospel Message of Biblical Christianity is founded upon the resurrection of Jesus from the dead and His second coming.  If Jesus did not arise on the third day as eyes witnesses attest, there can be no Christianity, no God the Son and no “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die.”

Biblical Christianity is the only faith that does not require your good deeds to outweigh your bad deeds in order to be approved by God.  God’s mercy alone through the shed blood of Jesus atoned for your sins.  In Jesus you become a child of God.  You are redeemed and by your confession and repentance; you are sanctified and indwelled by the Holy Spirit; and, at Jesus’ second coming you are glorified and will spend eternity in His kingdom all because of His Mercy, not your good works.

The Islamic Jesus (Isa) is considered one of ALLAH’s important prophets but not his son.  The Old Testament and writings of the Apostles of the first century were available to Muhammad (Allah’s messenger and considered the perfect example for all to follow). Even though Muhammad’s writings contain tenets of the biblical scriptures and elements of their end time prophesy, their similarities are only related because of Muhammad’s lack of understanding and interpretation. Most, if not all, of the biblical scriptures he rejected as distortions and untruths.

The truth about Jesus according to Islamic literature is briefly summarized as follows: (from Wikipedia)

  • “Jesus is not God’s son and was not God in the flesh. Allah does not have a son.
  • The Quran claims Jesus was physically carried to heaven by Allah and that one day he will return. Jesus did not die on a cross for the sins of man. Allah delivered Jesus from death.
  • Jesus was merely a prophet. When he returns he will return as a Muslim and follow Sharia Law. Jesus will refer to the Mahdi—the Messiah—as greater than he.
  • When the Mahdi—the final Caliph of Islam—returns, the Islamic Jesus will also appear and will declare what was written about him in the Bible to be a distortion of all truth. All Muslims will be required and obligated to follow the Mahdi.
  • Jesus will remove all crosses, and will kill all Jews, Christians and all who will not bow down to Allah. Jesus will help destroy the Masih ad-Dajjai (false messiah).
  • Jesus will return to earth, marry and have children and then die. He will be buried next to Muhammad. “

While the Jews await their Messiah, Christians await the Second Coming of their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and Islam awaits the Mahdi and the prophet Jesus, the world abounds in turmoil, death and destruction by the hands of men who endeavor, as written earlier, to do what is right in their own eyes and according to their own faiths.”

All three great faiths have their differing views of the “historic Jesus” of the biblical scriptures. Now the question to be asked and answered is: “Who is Jesus to you?  Was he just a prophet, a mere delusional man or was he truly the Son of God?

If Jesus did not arise from death, the Trinity—God the Father, God the Son (Jesus) and God the Holy Spirit—is a religious farce contrived by man.  If there is no resurrection then there is NO Biblical Christianity and NO “one pathway” to eternal life.  There can still be the man made “Cultural Christianity” of today’s world that offers no hope and no relationship with a Living God, but it is not TRUTH so who needs it or who, better still, even cares. Man is just an animal who will live, die and whose decayed bodies will return to the earth.  There will be no eternity so “eat, drink and be merry” for that is all you’ll get out of life.

Islam like Christianity and Judaism has varying doctrines and understandings regarding a supreme being.  Just as there are peaceful Muslims and Christians, there are also Jihadist, radical “non-Biblical Christians” and a spectrum of believers within each group.

It is my belief that Biblical Christianity is the Truth.  There is no radicalism, savagery, homophobia, brutality to be found in the words of the Biblical Jesus.  There is to be found a new spiritual rebirth that changes lives, gives freedom and liberty, and guarantees eternal life.

In this life you can have a Spiritual Heart of “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, and a personal relationship with the ‘Living God.’” But, only if you will claim Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and allow the Holy Spirit to indwell you.

Or, you can retain your own human heart with its lusts and covetous desires and live in a world of “evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness (lying), and slanders among a long host of other acts of the human flesh if you claim the worldliness of humanistic logic and thinking.” The choice, of course, is yours.

As for me, I have accepted by faith and declare unashamedly Jesus Christ to be my Lord and Savior.  He can be yours if you will accept Him in faith and belief.

Those are my thoughts for today, what are yours?

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¹ “Artificial insemination first made surrogacy possible. A traditional surrogate is a woman who is artificially inseminated with the father’s sperm.  A gestational surrogate has no genetic ties to the child. That’s because it wasn’t her egg that was used. A gestational surrogate is called the “birth mother.” The biological mother, though, is still the woman whose egg was fertilized, and the biological father is the man whose sperm was use in the fertilization process.” Definitions were taken and paraphrased, in some form or the other by the author, from: www.webmd.com.