Las Vegas Shooter Paddock Didn’t Know or Fear God

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While America is busy attempting to unravel and mentally sort the tragic and horrific shooting massacre that occurred in Las Vegas over the weekend, one fact remains: The Las Vegas shooter didn’t know God. This fact alone is one many people might rather ignore but its reality is undeniable and deeply important.  This may seem like a trivial matter to some but had this man Stephen Paddock believed in God by trusting in Jesus Christ for his salvation he wouldn’t have committed this heinous crime. This goes for anyone, at anytime.  What do I mean you ask?

 

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Are we seeking God?

First things first.  When it comes to the most important matter of life, simplicity without compromise is best.

Clearly the world is crumbling and falling apart. People are more and more seeking to break the law and do harm to others.  The Las Vegas shooting demonstrates more of the same.

However, God has spoken a stern warning to all who seek to ignore Him. We have all broken His Law (the Ten Commandments).  As lawbreakers or transgressors of the law we are all slaves of sin (doing evil).  Therefore we are all under a curse.  Sin clouds our minds and blocks our view (or a correct view) of God.  As a result we are self-seeking sin-filled creatures who are at enmity with the God of the universe.  We shoot, murder, lie and cheat.  In the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve, our relationship with God was broken.

Sin is transgressing or breaking God’s law.


The Test

Here’s our biggest problem.  To enter heaven, God demands holiness, perfection and a sinless life.

Have you sinned?

Broken God’s commands? 

Are you willing to seek God? 

Have you ever lied? (9th commandment)

Stolen? (8th commandment)

  

Do you put God first in your life?  (1st, 2nd commandments)

 

Ever used God’s name as a cuss word to express disgust? (3rd commandment)

Hitler and Mohammed are not hated this much.
 

Lusted? Jesus said lust is the same as adultery of the heart.  (Matthew 5:27-28) (7th commandment)

 

These are just a few of the Ten Commandments. It’s evident we are all guilty of breaking God’s God’s law, the perfect standard for what is right and wrong.  Therefore since God is holy, perfect and He cannot have sin in His presence (Psa. 5:4, Hab. 1:13) we deserve His righteous judgment in Hell.


Only One Way of Escape

Therefore, we need a Savior–a way of escape from His judgment for sin.   (James 2:10) 

Our trying to keep God’s commands to enter Heaven or by doing good deeds is not “good enough” since God as the Judge of Universe and cannot be bribed. Because He’s Judge there is only one way in which God can provide this escape.  He must pay the penalty of our sins Himself.
God has to take our sins away for us to be cleared of wrong doing.
He sent His Son Jesus Christ–God manifest in the flesh–to die on a cross paying the penalty for our breaking His Law (Sin). (Ro. 5:8)
Jesus rose from the dead after three days defeating sin and death (the second death in Hell). (1 Cor. 15:3-4) (Revelation 20:9-15)
When you repent from your sin (turn from it as in changing your mind about committing sin) and trust in Jesus Christ alone to save you from the wrath to come (judgment against sin), you will have eternal life! (John 3:36Titus 3:4-7Ro 6:23)
This is known as becoming born again.
What a great incomprehensible love God has for us when we seek it!  (This is salvation)
“God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”   Romans 5:8

In Summary

 

1. God is holy and perfect

and He cannot have sin in His presence.

 (Psa. 5:4, Hab. 1:13)

 


2. We broke God’s Law  (Sinned against God)

God’s perfect standard, (known as the moral law or the Ten Commandments)

Have you ever lied?

Do you always put God first in your life?

Ever used God’s name as a cuss word to express disgust?

(Hitler and Mohammad are not hated this much.)

Lusted? Jesus said lust is the same as adultery of the heart.  (Matthew 5:27-28)

 

The more detailed test is linked here


3. We deserve God’s Judgment for breaking His Law

because of God’s perfection and holiness we deserve judgment in Hell for breaking His Law. (remember due to God’s holiness and perfection He cannot have sin in his presence)

 


4.  Good Works Are Not Good Enough

Trying to keep God’s commands or doing good things won’t work with God (God is the Judge – He cannot be bribed)

Only God can provide the way of escape (from His Judgment) since He is the Judge.


5.  We need a Savior–a way of escape from God’s judgment for sin.  (Salvation)  (James 2:10)

God the Father sent His Son Jesus Christ—God manifest in the flesh—to die on a cross paying the penalty for our breaking His Law (Sin). (Ro. 5:8)

Jesus rose from the dead after three days defeating sin and death. (1 Cor. 15:3-4)  Therefore the tomb is now empty.

When you repent from your sin (turn from it as in changing your mind about committing sin) and trust in Jesus Christ alone to save you from the wrath to come (God’s judgment against sin), you will have eternal life! (John 3:36Titus 3:4-7Ro 6:23)

This is what it means to have salvation.


Final Thoughts

Just because Mr. Paddock did not have salvation in Jesus Christ and a relationship with Him doesn’t mean it’s too late for us.  We are all given a limited time on this planet.  You may not have tomorrow or another minute to seek out God.

If you would like a more detailed version of what I have posted about salvation please take the good person test.  Right now Bibles are plentiful in the United States.  (They even have them at Dollar stores!)  Please pick up a Bible and start reading in the book of John (or wherever God is leading you to start reading). Just start in His Word.  When you have questions seek out answers but don’t stop looking in God’s Word.

I am not a pastor (or even part of any church leadership) but a guy with struggles, faults and battles with sin who’s only desire is to point people the right way which is to know Jesus Christ.  If I can be of any help don’t hesitate to ask.

 

Thank you for reading this important post.


 


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It’s August 21, 2017: “I don’t believe there is a Solar Eclipse”

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“I Don’t Believe It”

I wanted to believe the Solar Eclipse of 2017 was real, but I couldn’t see it. Today August 21, 2017 there is expected to be a total eclipse of the sun by the moon but I’m not sure I believe it.  It’s not that I didn’t want to believe either.  I really wanted to see to the eclipse–I even brought my camera so I could show you. The trouble was that where I live the sky was overcast and the air carried a dull orange tint from nearby wild fires. I trust my eyes and I believe what I see. Perhaps you see what you believe. Yet, I scanned the skies in vain seeing only cloudy skies, fog and orange haze. Unless you count the fog, as far as I’m concerned there wasn’t any solar eclipse.

Do You Seek The Truth?

Of course if I should truly doubt the solar eclipse really happened, I don’t have to go far to find the truth.  In fact, according to eyewitness accounts there actually was a solar eclipse.  I even read about it online and saw some videos of what some eyewitnesses described as an “amazing” event. Some people say it was showing the hand of God. While others were simply awestruck.  Should I believe them? I don’t know these people. How do I know these accounts and videos aren’t fabricated or made up? But I still want to know if it’s all true and there is not a good reason not to believe there was actually a solar eclipse.

Many people don’t believe in the God of the Bible. Most often our preconceived worldviews get in the way of believing in Him.  Yet not like believing or not in the existence of an eclipse, many people hate or distrust the God of the Bible. Many of us by nature don’t want to hear what His word says about us.  Maybe you have been hurt by someone who claims to know God or know someone who has been. Perhaps there is great pain or trail in your life that hinders you from believing God.  I have battled things like cancer and depression and know about that kind of pain. Yet none of these things disprove that God is real. In fact it’s just the opposite.

Eyewitness Accounts

There are hundreds of eyewitness accounts and testimonies of the reality of God and who He is.  There are eyewitness accounts of Jesus and who He claims to be. Perhaps you have heard or know someone who has said they would believe in God of the Bible if He would only show Himself to them. The solar Eclipse did not show itself to me. Why should I still believe it was real?  I even went looking for it outside and did not see it with my eyes because there were clouds in the way.  Yet, does that mean it didn’t exist? Of course not. However I have a choice to make. I can choose to believe whether the eyewitness accounts of the actual event are true or not. Similarly, God has revealed Himself to us in His Word. Jesus Himself  has made claims about who He is and any person can freely examine these things to see if they are so. God will not hinder any person from seeking Him, if and when they choose to do so.

I suspect rather, any person who doesn’t believe in God is being hindered by their own selfish desires and lusts.  Simply put, they don’t to find God or God to find them. Sort’ve like a thief doesn’t want to find a police officer. That had been true for me in my life.

“Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near.” Isaiah 55:6

“The Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”  Luke 19:10

“Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6

Are You Seeking God?

You know this, the world is crumbling and falling apart. People more and more seek to break the law and do harm to others.  However, God has spoken a stern warning to all who seek to ignore Him. We have all broken His Law (the Ten Commandments).  As lawbreakers or transgressors of the law we are all slaves of sin (doing evil).  Like the clouds blocking my view of the eclipse, sin blocks our view (or a correct view) of God.  As a result we are self-seeking sin-filled creatures who are at enmity with the God of the universe.

Here’s our biggest problem.  To enter heaven, God demands holiness, perfection and a sinless life.

Have you sinned? Broken God’s commands?  Are you willing to seek God?  To get started, try this quick test.

Have you ever lied? (9th commandment)
Stolen? (8th commandment)
  
Do you put God first in your life?  (1st, 2nd commandments)
 
Ever used God’s name as a cuss word to express disgust? (3rd commandment)
Hitler and Mohammed are not hated this much.
 
Lusted? Jesus said lust is the same as adultery of the heart.  (Matthew 5:27-28) (7th commandment)

 

These are just a few of the Ten Commandments. We are all guilty of breaking God’s perfect standard. But since God is holy, perfect and He cannot have sin in His presence (Psa. 5:4, Hab. 1:13) we deserve His righteous judgment in Hell.

One Way of Escape

Therefore, we need a Savior–a way of escape from His judgment for sin.   (James 2:10) 

Our trying to keep God’s commands to enter Heaven or by doing good deeds is not “good enough” since God as the Judge of Universe cannot be bribed. Because He’s Judge there is only one way in which God can provide this escape.  He must pay the penalty of our sins Himself.
 
He sent His Son Jesus Christ–God manifest in the flesh–to die on a cross paying the penalty for our breaking His Law (Sin). (Ro. 5:8)
Jesus rose from the dead after three days defeating sin and death (the second death in Hell). (1 Cor. 15:3-4) (Revelation 20:9-15)
When you repent from your sin (turn from it as in changing your mind about committing sin) and trust in Jesus Christ alone to save you from the wrath to come (judgment against sin), you will have eternal life! (John 3:36Titus 3:4-7Ro 6:23)
This is known as becoming born again.
What a great incomprehensible love God has for us when we seek it!
“God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”   Romans 5:8


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7 Important Scriptural Reminders for this Resurrection Sunday (and all time)

1. Israel is God’s chosen people

Psalm 135:4 – For the LORD has chosen Jacob for Himself, Israel for His special treasure.

 

2.  Many gods, but no other God besides God.  –  Psalm 135:5b  – “Our Lord is above all gods.” 

1 John 5:20 – We know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.

 

3. All people have sinned against God (we have broken God’s Law the Ten Commandments for God is holy and perfect) –  Psalm 130:3 –  “If You, LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?”

 

4. There is Redemption and Forgiveness of sin – (We have broken God’s law but Jesus paid our fine)  – Psalm 130:4,7 – “But there is forgiveness with You, That You may be feared….hope in the LORD; For with the LORD there is mercy, And with Him is abundant redemption.  ” 

Romans 5:8 – God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

 

5. Jesus conquered death (the second death in Hell).  Jesus forgives sin.  Jesus Christ rose from the dead as promised (the Resurrection)  – 

1 Timothy 3:16  – God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory.

 

6. Jesus is Who He said He was.  Colossians 1:15-17  –  He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.  For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.  And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.

 

7. Jesus can be trusted because the Resurrection is real

1 Corinthians 15:3-8  –  For I [the Apostle Paul] delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas [Peter], then by the twelve [disciples].  After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once… After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles.  Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time.


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1 Person You Can Trust

1. Jesus Christ

Jesus is the one person you can trust.  In fact, He is the only one who can provide peace with God and because He is God manifest in the flesh (God incarnate) He could pay the penalty for our breaking God’s moral law (the Ten Commandments) and is therefore the only one who can save from coming judgment in hell.   

 

 

 

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Democrats Compare Christianity to Islam, but is there a bigger meaning?

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A recent poll found that a majority of Democrats believe Christianity is as violent as Islam.   Ludicrous? Crazy? Certainly but there is more to the story.  I would like to take you back over 2000 years ago as we consider for a moment another “poll” and ultimately a verdict reached by a majority of people.

Barabbas or Jesus

[The following is from Mark 15:7-15

And there was one named Barabbas, who was chained with his fellow rebels; they had committed murder in the rebellion.
 Then the multitude, crying aloud, began to ask him to do just as he had always done for them.
But Pilate answered them, saying, “Do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?”For he knew that the chief priests had handed Him over because of envy.
 But the chief priests stirred up the crowd, so that he should rather release Barabbas to them.
Pilate answered and said to them again, “What then do you want me to do with Him whom you call the King of the Jews?”
 So they cried out again, “Crucify Him!”
Then Pilate said to them, “Why, what evil has He done?” But they cried out all the more, “Crucify Him!”
So Pilate, wanting to gratify the crowd, released Barabbas to them; and he delivered Jesus, after he had scourged Him, to be crucified. ]

A murderer by the name of Barabbas was chosen by the people instead of a peacemaker.  Jesus Christ the only true Peacemaker was put on trial and found not guilty yet was murdered in the place of a murderer.   When Jesus was standing before Pilate, the crowd began chanting “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!”   Are we any different today?  Has our hearts changed or are we seeking again the murderer instead of the Peacemaker?

Like a Mirror

As God Himself, Jesus Christ willingly died to pay the penalty of us breaking God’s law.   Check this out.   Ever lied?  Stolen something even something small?  Ever lusted after another person? Jesus said lust is the same committing adultery in the heart.  Always put God first in your life?  Ever taken God’s name and used it as a cuss word?  Muhammad and Hitler are not even hated as much to use their names to express disgust.

These questions reflect just a part of the Ten Commandments.  They (the Ten Commandments) are a mirror showing us how we have all broken God’s law.  We deserve Hell.  We cannot keep God’s law and yet God demands perfection and complete holiness to enter Heaven. (In other words a person who could fulfill the whole law perfectly could enter Heaven).

Hope

God provided the perfect sacrifice, the one person who has ever been perfect and be sinless.  Of course only God Himself is the only One who could fulfill this.  Therefore as God in human form, Jesus Christ paid a penalty we could never pay so that all who repent and trust in Him alone can enter Heaven.   Jesus rose again after three days in the grave defeating death (the second death, Hell – see Revelation 21:8).

“The cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”   Revelation 21:8

So whether we think Christianity is like Islam or not, there is still hope.   Our once broken relationship with God can be restored because of what Jesus Christ has done for us!

“God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  Romans 5:8

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Does the Left Really Care About Women and Young Girls?

 

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Although Democrats and anti-Trump protestors claim they care about the rights of women and girls, some of us know what it is at the heart of this issue.  Let us take one prime example of how and why the Left is putting women and girls at risk over political correctness.

What is the moral standard of the Left?

Many have scoffed at a boycott of Target which earlier this year gave the green light to men using a women’s bathroom.   Besides it being an abomination against God (see Romans 1 from the Bible), this practice puts women and girls at risk of sexual predators attacking them.   I can say it’s wrong all day long because God say’s it’s wrong but the big question is by what standard do Democrats and the left who support his practice abide by?

Transgendered folks are people struggling in their life.  I will not discount that fact.  I struggle with depression and other issues.    When suicidal thoughts enter a person’s mind battling depression is it wrong? I have heard it said that it is not acceptable behavior.   But if God is not accepted, then who decides?  This is the fundamental problem facing liberalism and being anti God.   There is no standard.  Without a standard for right and wrong this puts everyone at risk.

What is your standard?  Do you protect women and children?  Will you protect women and young girls?  Until Target reverses their policy to protect women and girls from sexual predators and men who never belong in a women’s bathroom I will not shop with them.   By the way, merchandise-wise Target is my favorite store.  Yes not shopping with them really does hurt but not saying yes to the protecting women and children would hurt even more.

 

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For Your Consideration: Worth the Read

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“The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their prayers; But the face of the LORD is against those who do evil.”     1 Peter 3:12

I want to draw attention to an excellent commentary entitled “Deplorable Americans Decided to Drain the Swamp” by Todd Starnes which captures exactly what happened on election night 2016.    Enjoy.

Deplorable Americans Decided to Drain the Swamp

  by Todd Starnes

 

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Have You Seen it? New Atheist Movie Has People Talking

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This Happens Everyday: The Hypocrisy of the Left and the Democrat Party

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Hillary Clinton recently had a rapper singer named Jay-Z (very popular with the youth of today) on the campaign trail with her.  The true identity of the Left was highlighted with his lyrics.  The lyrics are laced with profanity, the F-word, and the N-word.

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This type of trash is what Hillary Clinton supporters have grown to use and accept on a daily basis.  After all, who is it that has removed God from their party platform in 2012?  Answer:  The Democrat party with Hillary Clinton presiding.

Good Questions

  • In addition to profanity laced lyrics in a song, who is it that believes it is acceptable to murder babies before they are born?  Democrats.
  • Who is it that believes it is okay to pretend to stand up for women while defending a religion that abuses and murders men, women and children in the name of a god called Allah?
  • What group of people pretend to defend women rights while they approve of the degradation and mistreatment of women in music, movies and in television sitcoms such as How I Met Your Mother or Two and a Half Men for the sake of a laugh?
  • Who believes it is okay to look the other way and ignore corruption in the highest levels of government except when it doesn’t benefit allow for more immorality?   The answer to all these questions of course is the Liberal Democrats but namely supporters of Hillary Clinton.

But there is Hope.  This hope has nothing to do with trusting the next the POTUS or elected official to do the right thing either.  This hope restores our broken relationship with God and that is all that really matters in this life.  Get more details here.

 

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Fact: Many Women Who Support Hillary Clinton Let Themselves Be Treated As Nothing More Than Property

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Hillary Clinton Supporters Faking Outrage (again)

If the women who support Hillary Clinton are really outraged by Donald Trump and his past demeaning comments toward women (which I don’t condone) then why do these same women let men treat them like dirt in the workplace, home and on TV?  Why do most women in Hollywood and elsewhere who are staunch supporters of Hillary Clinton let men walk all over them?   It’s true, these same Clinton supporters work as prostitutes, are in the Adult film industry and will dress provocatively in real life and on TV allowing themselves be treated like nothing more than property to be owned.

Media Shows Us How It Really Is

Just a quick scan of the local and cable TV networks on any given night will demonstrate what you also already know.   Today, women are playing more perverted and vulgar parts then every before on TV and in movies.   Musical lyrics degrade women on a daily basis and the masses continue to approve through their purchases of audio media.   Women are not only allowing this but they also create the material.   On TV they work on shows like Big Bang Theory,  Three and a Half Men, How I Met Your Mother, Modern Family, Pitch, Sex in the City to name only a few which all trash talk women.   In many movies rated higher than PG, and on stand-up comedy shows women continue to “accept” being treated like scum and the men keep abusing them.

At the same time these people scoff at marriage between a man and women, wholesome family shows of the past like Full House and the Andy Griffith show.   Old family shows like Walker Texas Ranger and Dr. Quinn Medicine Women are a thing of the past.   On TV,  channels that play vulgar sitcoms and movies appear to have no shortage of sponsors. Yet family networks like Hallmark Channel continue to play a majority of endless drug ads demonstrating to me a lack of range and overall support for the content found on the network.    If it’s true that so many people think sex and vulgarity on TV and in movies is funny why don’t they find Donald Trump’s vulgarity funny?   Answer:  They are all hypocrites and are hoping they won’t be exposed for who they really are.   (if you are curious see Romans 1:18-32  and Romans 3:23 for complete details)

 

Where’s the Rebellion?

Instead of supporting decency which we all know can be found in a Ted Cruz or Ben Carson type candidate, we see masses of people throwing their support for Hillary Clinton.

If these Hillary supporters who claim they hate Donald Trump truly hated Mr. Trump for his comments then why don’t we see these people protest daily barrage of disgusting content they participate in?    Where’s the anger against women being verbally abused on TV and in the workplace?

Why don’t these women simply walk away from participating in the vulgar jokes of which they are the brunt of on late night TV and in sitcoms? Why do women across the country except perverted vulgarity on TV shows, in movies and trashy musical lyrics?  Once again, if nothing else proves the truest form of hypocrisy, their silence and acceptance of it all surely does.

Pretending To Be Outraged

The bottom line here is that there is not genuine outrage by neither Hillary Clinton nor her supporters against Donald Trump for vulgarities against women.   We all know this is true because we’d hear about it in the form of support of a better candidate if it wasn’t.   Only then would we know they really do hate vulgarity and perversion toward women (and men) because they would be supporting a candidate who actually believes in and lives a higher standard. Simply put, they would support a candidate who detests sin.     These folks would not be able to support a candidate who believes it’s okay to murder babies.   These men and women would not approve of the abuse of women found in any form, whether it be condoned by a religion such as in Islam, is in someone’s home or if it’s flaunted on television and radio.

The good news is there is still hope

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