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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?
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.
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)
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)
1. God is holy and perfect
and He cannot have sin in His presence.
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)
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 3:36, Titus 3:4-7, Ro 6:23)
This is what it means to have salvation.
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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“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.
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.
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)
For many people in life, connecting to people is essential to their well-being and Facebook is a big part of that sense of well-being. Facebook is a routine like brushing ones teeth on a daily basis. For me it was no different. A year ago I was so close to my Facebook and friends from other places (many of whom I did not know or know very well) that it began to become a problem. You ask how so? How could connecting with a friend be a problem? And to answer that question we must know why I left Facebook.
How do you compare?
As most people who use Facebook already know, the application lets the user “share” pictures, videos, ideas, projects, opinions and basically their life (if they so choose) with anyone else who is allowed to become a “friend”. (Anyone can become a friend which I also find kind of ironic because if you have never met someone in real life or even know them, how are they really a friend?)
Now I used Facebook in all the many popular ways of sharing this and that but the trouble started when I began to compare my life with other people’s lives. In an attempt to minimize some comparing however, I would avoid viewing the “news” feeds from some people while viewing only the ones I cared about. But in the end I was still feeling dissatisfied. For me Facebook was like that. Using Facebook was an exercise in dissatisfaction because other people where doing things and making things go and enjoying life while I was just……there I go comparing again. And Facebook made it easy. Facebook not only made it easy to compare but it also made it feel okay. Now as a Christian I should know better.
Facebook has been known to favor the left in America. They are not favorable to Christians or Conservatives either. Their philosophy simply rubs me the wrong way. Another reason I don’t want to use Facebook.
Did I mention the gossip aspect of Facebook? In my opinion Facebook is a breeding ground for gossip whether it’s about truth or lies, gossip is everywhere on Facebook. Since each user of Facebook is at liberty to post nearly anything that comes to mind, it’s anyone’s guess what might be said. And when whatever it may be (good or bad) is said and is posted publicly, potentially hundreds of people (and probably more) have instantaneous knowledge of those intricate details. This information can be anything, whether it’s personal, funny, disgusting or sensitive, it’s all apparently fair game on Facebook. And whatever it maybe that’s said or posted, everyone who’s a friend of a friend of a friend (of a friend) now knows. I think you get my point. Sometimes this knowledge is helpful while other times it may do more damage than help. And so my belief has been that if a person is not able to face the person and say it, then it probably shouldn’t be said on Facebook, especially if it’s not private. And let us not neglect to mention what people post about themselves. On Facebook it would seem just about anything goes and we all their to see it (or read it). And so to avoid being caught up in any Facebook frenzies over words and pictures, I decided it was best for me to leave Facebook–before I said something publicly I might regret. (That is why I post it on a blog……heh heh)
Of course Facebook doesn’t have to be all about comparing ones life with another or sharing our lives publicly but I have since learned there is also an addiction aspect. Personally I did not like the feeling I having each day that I must know what others are doing, saying, posting or thinking at any given moment and that they would gladly share it with everyone! Pieces of their lives (and my own) were showing up in the “news” feed 24 hours a day. It’s true, I am for the most part a private person but with Facebook, I felt the constant urge to tell all those “friends” what I think. After all, they posted what they posted because they wanted my response, right? Here’s the best part. If your post is cute, disgusting, awesome, stupid or clever enough it might even get a like and a re-post! The cycle of feeling the need to know and feeling the need to share opinions and pictures never ends on Facebook. And so after one year of feeling stuck inside the Facebook hamster wheel I finally made the plunge to leave Facebook for good (hopefully).
Now I beg someone to hit me over the head with a large brick if I ever join Facebook again. (not really….just use a board)
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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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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.
When millions of people vanish from off the face of the earth in the Biblical event known as the Rapture many people in the world will conjure up ideas as to what happened. Was it a mass Alien abduction, terrorist related conspiracy or something else? Many people who are left behind on the earth will make up different reasons for why the people seemed to vanish except for what really happened as described in the Bible.
“The Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.
Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
The newest movie Left Behind (2014) portrays the chaos, sheer panic and fear that many will experience when millions of people disappear. The movie also shows the denial of Jesus that people will have (and also have now) at the coming for His Church in the moment of the Rapture. It accurately shows a world of people who ignore prophecy of the Bible and seek to explain this time in terms other than for what it actually is.
For these reasons many do not like the movie Left Behind and do I dare say, hate it because of its accurate and truthful portrayal of these events. It candidly shows typical reactions from those who do not have a relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord. People are already at enmity with God and this movie proves this enmity is real.
Whether you did or didn’t like the movie, the important thing for us all to do is to ask questions about matters that truly matter. Some such questions are, is Jesus really who He claims to be? His Jesus really God? If so, what are you going to do about it? Are you ready to face God on Judgment Day for sin (breaking His commands)? Is the event seen in this movie really going to happen and if so, what does it mean for us? Is Hell real and if so, why does it exist? Would you consider yourself to be a good person? Good enough to go to Heaven? How will you know? Why not take the ultimate test linked at www.AreYouGood.us and find out more?
“Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.” For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water. But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.” 2 Peter 3:3-7