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The Destruction of Innocence

As humans, we seem to be at war with all things innocent.   It is as if something is innocent, we must destroy it, so we can feel better about ourselves.  The  destruction of innocence is a result of selfishness, vanity and greed.  The list of immoral reasons could go on, but why?

My heart is crying out and I am broken.  My Spirit cries day and night due to the destruction of innocence in our world.  I wake in the night thinking about it.  My brain can not turn it off.  I could be working and suddenly the crime that is being perpetrated sneaks in. Taking over my thoughts.  My Spirit can not rest.  What have we come to?  What happened to the sanctity of life?  What happened to “Thou shall not murder”?

The destruction of children, by forcibly putting them into the sex trade.  The slaughter of men and women whose only sin was living in the wrong place and believing the wrong thing.  We so easily rush to violence to get our way. (selfish and vain) We rush to murder to fill our pockets (abortion, euthanasia, greed and vanity).   We murder (en masse) babies (defenseless) due to inconvenience or even due to another persons wrong.  We have been taught that two wrongs do not make a right, but we justify it (selfishness) by saying it’s not our fault (vanity and selfishness).  Over 52,000,000 babies are slaughtered, in America alone.  Over 1.7 billion abortions since 1973 world wide.  Why are girls targeted?  Why do folks wait to find out the sex of the child before aborting?  Why are folks devalued just because they cannot be seen?  Out of site out of mind (selfishness)?

The poor are forced from their land so that governments can get more tax dollars. (greed)  The rich take advantage of the poor (who have no education or understanding to fight back) and take what little they even have (greed).  Our society makes laws that protect those in power; while at the same time raping the inalienable rights that have been given by God. (greed, selfish and vanity)  Society says it is okay, so it is okay (it is not).

How about robbing the worker of his wages (greed)?   We abandon Scripture as if there are no consequences.   Deuteronomy 24:15 “You shall give him his wages on his day before the sun sets, for he is poor and sets his heart on it; so that he will not cry against you to the LORD and it become sin in you.”

Who are we to steal and to deprive folks of what is theirs?   Why do you say this does not happen when it happens everyday.  Why do we turn a blind eye?  (selfishness) Is it easier to pretend these things do not happen?  Or would we rather have it not bother our lives since we are busy with our own problems?   Are we like Cain “am I my brothers keeper?”

There is a cry going out day and night directly from the throne of the Father.  “Who will stand in the gap?”  Yet the destruction of innocence grows and those who stand for righteousness shrink back as their numbers dwindle.  The acceptance of this destruction is tantamount to doing it ourselves yet we say we are tolerant (no tolerance allowed).  We say “it’s not in my country” (it is).  We lie to ourselves daily so that we can keep sipping our $5 coffee. Or stream our music on a monthly service as we drive down the road in our automobile; which cost more then 10 years of wages in the vast majority of the world.  I know, I know, you earned it. They have not.  What have you done for the poor?  Matt 5:42  Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.

Christians turn a blind eye.  They forget what it means to stand up for innocence and fight for the poor.  They worry about their daily drug of choice (coffee) and whether or not it was made properly.  Was it the right temperature, the correct amount of sweetener, the perfect roast on the glorious been?  Then when it is not right, maybe a bit to cold, or to sweet, or not sweet enough we are up in arms.  We go straight to management and demand they fix it.   We tell all our friends about our horrible experience.  Sad!  We fear losing what we have acquired, but we forget that all that we have acquired came from God and He can take it away if He chooses to.   Job 1:21  And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.

Have we forgotten where we came from?  Have we forgotten how much God has done for us? His forgiveness? His blessings (physical and Spiritual)?

Maybe not all Christians are so narcissistic.  I mean after all we pay $5 for that cup of coffee.  While at the same time participating in systems that often rob the farmers of their wages.  I will admit that many Christians have bigger problems then that. Such as paying an electric bill or some how getting their kids through college.  I get it. We live in a society that does not value those that are innocent or poor.  They only value those who are like themselves and they are neither innocent nor poor.  They value money, time and success.  If you do not have money, time, or success then you are nothing and obviously you have sinned. (Job’s friends)

Why should I be held responsible?  Why does it matter if I do nothing? I am not doing it myself.  I have not participated in slavery in any way.  I have not killed an innocent child.  I have not lied to someone to get what I want.  I have not personally stolen wages from a worker or property from someone poor.  I have not participated in the loss of innocence.  Remember Jesus’s words:

Matt 25:45, 46  “Then He will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ “These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

Sexual slavery (largely children) is on the rise today at a rate not seen in the history of the earth.  Do you realize that porn is the starting point in this (for the west) and that it is largely supported by those in the west.  If we were to end it here then the majority of the children in this world who are enslaved for this purpose would become free for there would be no demand for illicit sex.  Where there is no profit there is no need.  (sad very sad)  Yes selfishness drives our libido so we seem to not care who we hurt and ignore the end consequences.

Or have we forgot the obligation Christ left us with? Have we turned that blind eye?  Have we abandoned those in need and not fought against the shedding of innocent blood?  Why? Because we were busy building our lives, raising our children and filling our stomachs. Meanwhile others (our kin) are being slaughtered by the millions.  Millions more starve and are kept in a position of poverty so that others can have wealth.  What about the slaughter is so appealing? Why have so many participated by either slaughtering the innocent or not fighting against it.  Do you somehow believe that liking a post on Facebook will absolve you of innocent blood? (I really would like to know)  When you stand on judgement day before the throne of God and He ask you why you did nothing what will your answer be?  I could not make folks believe as I do (pat answer).  I did not like it, in fact I like hundreds of post on Facebook against it.  I signed an online petition. I told a friend it was wrong.   I hated those who did it (love your enemy).  What will you say.  It was society, I could not change society (12 did).  Some in our faith have turned the world upside down.   Acts 17:6   And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also;

What will you say?  As for me, I want to be able to say I fought hard, even to the shedding of my own blood. (not someone else’s) Our Christ shed His blood, why not I!?!

Why do some believe that others will do it for them? I will give money, now I am absolved of my obligation to my brother and sister (this is a lie).   As easy as this is to swallow, it is wrong and the day will come where you will no longer have that luxury. In fact, the day may be directly upon us.  Heed Joshua’s words  Joshua 24:15 “If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

You may not serve the god of the Amorites or the god beyond the River, but if you participate in violence against innocence, you serve a different God then Yahweh.  Do not fool yourselves. Do not allow your brain to trick you into believing that you can serve two masters (yourself and God).  Matt 6:24  “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.

Our God is a Jealous God.  He allows us to have no other master.  Repent today while there is still time.  He is faithful to forgive you.  He will cleanse you from the sin of the destruction of innocence.  If you have participated in the sexual exploiting of others, in abortion, or in any other form of the destruction there is forgiveness.  There is hope.  There is repentance.  Turn from your wickedness and find that Christ has a balm of healing waiting for you.  A salve that He will administer made from His very own healing blood and flesh.  He will apply it liberally as needed and you will be healed.  You will be free from these past sins.  I wish to leave you with this tid bit to chew on: John Newton wrote Amazing Grace.  This song has touched generations of folks around the world, Christian and non Christian alike.  Prior to this, he was the captain of a slave ship and he did horrible things.  He did not hold any value on life nor did he care about innocence.  He only cared about the bottom dollar.  In the end He was redeemed and touched the world to such a degree that few have ever seen.  His act of creation still reverberates today, hundreds of years later.  If there was redemption for him then there is for you as well.  He was a true reprobate and God still loved him.  He murdered and spilled much blood. God still forgave him.  He did his part in enslaving our brothers and sisters, but God brought renewal and for my part I am thankful.  The song Amazing Grace has touched me to my depth over and over again.  To know that God’s grace is all I need.

Here are a few verses for you to peruse.  They will help lead you down the path of Righteousness and build life and holiness within.

Exodus 23.7  Keep far from a false charge, and do not kill the innocent or the righteous, for I will not acquit the guilty.

Proverbs 15:17  He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous, Both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD.

Jeremiah 22:3  ‘Thus says the LORD, “Do justice and righteousness, and deliver the one who has been robbed from the power of his oppressor Also do not mistreat or do violence to the stranger, the orphan, or the widow; and do not shed innocent blood in this place.

Jeremiah 26:15  “Only know for certain that if you put me to death, you will bring innocent blood on yourselves, and on this city and on its inhabitants; for truly the LORD has sent me to you to speak all these words in your hearing.”

2 Kings 21:16  Moreover, Manasseh shed very much innocent blood until he had filled Jerusalem from one end to another; besides his sin with which he made Judah sin, in doing evil in the sight of the LORD.

Psalm 106:38  And shed innocent blood, The blood of their sons and their daughters, Whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan; And the land was polluted with the blood.

Isaiah 59:7  Their feet run to evil, And they hasten to shed innocent blood; Their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity, Devastation and destruction are in their highways.

Joel 3:19  Egypt will become a waste, And Edom will become a desolate wilderness, Because of the violence done to the sons of Judah, In whose land they have shed innocent blood.

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Survivor (post 1 of 3)

Folks this is my wife’s new blog. She is starting to write about herself and what God has done. Please read it and follow her if you are interested. I am sure you will see God’s Faithfulness through out all that she writes about.

Under His Wings

I generally stay away from political issues or hot topics since generally people have their own opinions and are very strong about it and I do not like to argue nor stir waters.  But my heart has been calling me to write this or otherwise it will explode. So here it is.  You can read it or not.  

This is my story.

I was known as the ugliest baby in my quaint Korean village, a village that as full of rice patties, small mountains and American Service men.   My sister used to tell me that I was so ugly that she could not look at me without throwing up.  (no she was not being mean she was telling the truth)  I was so hard to look at that my mom had to put a curtain around me so no one would have to look at me.  You see…

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The Hate of the Perfect

Okay here is something I was thinking on this morning.  Everybody knows no one is perfect.  Some have better lives than others and there has only been one exception.  Jesus.  He was perfect.  People hated Him.  In fact in John 15:18 it says that they hated Jesus.  When you think on this Jesus was perfect and in being so it only accentuated the imperfection in everyone else.

People do not like to be reminded how imperfect they are especially if the one reminding them is not actually reminding them but showing them by living their life perfectly.  Jesus did not go around telling people they were imperfect. (He did say things like that it was not His main stay)  He went around teaching about God the Father.

Here is my thought on this.  The closer we get to Jesus the closer we get to perfection.  People hated Jesus and they will hate us.  Again if our lives show Jesus then there is little that need be said about the sin in another’s life our living will share about what real life is and that will bread hatred in some and longing in others.  It is our job to harvest those who long and continue to live life in Jesus for everyone else.  The closer we get to that perfection the more we will be at enmity with the world.

Just a quick thought.

John 15:18 If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you.

Outside the camp.

Leviticus 16:27    The bull and the goat for the sin offerings, whose blood was brought into the Most Holy Place to make atonement, must be taken outside the camp; their hides, flesh and offal are to be burned up.

Now understand that sin was not supposed to be part of life.  The reason for the remains of the sin offering to be brought outside the camp to burn instead of inside the camp is because sin had to be destroyed.   This flesh of the offering was symbolic of the sin.  Sin had to separated from man so they used to blood (in the blood is life) on the altar then they took the body outside of the camp.  The blood covered the sin so that it was no longer visible (though it was still there).  Then the flesh was taken outside the camp symbolizing the separating of sin from the people.  Then the remains were burned.  The symbol of burning is the purification.  Fire purifies throughout much of Scripture.

The problem of course was sin was not really being removed.

Now lets move forward in time.

Hebrews 13:11-13  For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the holy place by the high priest as an offering for sin, are burned outside the camp. 12 Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people through His own blood, suffered outside the gate. 13 So, let us go out to Him outside the camp, bearing His reproach. 

Jesus took our sin upon Himself.  This is why He had to be brought outside of camp.  Sin was not allowed to be disposed of inside of the camp.  More then just taking our sin He became our sin.  In this way our sin was actually removed  not just covered up.

II Corinthians 5:21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

He did not simply take away our sin He actually became that sin.  So our sin is not ours any more.  It is His.  This is vastly different than what the offerings could do.  The offerings only covered up our sin but underneath all that the sin was still there.  Jesus actually made our sin His and we no longer have it.

That reproach He took.  Think about it the reproach of someone who murdered someone.  How about the reproach of a child molester?  Or of someone who lies or steals?  This reproach he took.   We no longer have it.  We no longer have it because we are not that person any more.

Jesus was wholly rejected by everyone, even those who followed Him.  Society rejected Him.  This had to be.  God the Father knew this even before the creation of everything.

I Peter 1:20  For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you

Revelations 13:8 All who dwell on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain.

He knew even before God created everything what was going to have to take place.  Even before Adam and Eve in the garden.  Even before original sin.  Even before the first molecule was created  He knew.

He loves us so much He did it anyways.

Now I say as did the writer of Hebrews let us go outside of camp.  Let us take up the same reproach.  Let us become part of His company.  A vast company.  A company that is not of this world.  Our home is not here.  Our home is there.  Our home is heaven.  Together outside of camp we stand.  We know that we are not liked.  We know that we are rejected.  They rejected Christ.   They must also reject us.  They do not have a choice.  To be friends of this world is to be at enmity with God.

To be outside the camp is a great honor to bear His reproach is a great honor.  Who am I to dare to partake with my Lord even a small part of His reproach yet…..  Here it is Scripture saying make a choice go outside the camp, bearing His reproach.  In other words partake in the same reproach He had.   What a hard thing to say and even harder to do!

To leave the comfort and the security of the camp.

To be a part of something that all our neighbors are a part of to be a part of something that society endorses.  Easy.  Easy.

Imagine being shunned, ridiculed and hated all because you lived a life that was holy to God and did not sin.  He was rejected.   We rejected Him.  Now we have the opportunity to accept Him to go outside of camp and bear the same reproach as He did.   Will you take it?

Are you willing to bear that reproach?  Are you willing to suffer for Christ?  Are you willing to be rejected by all?  Have you not already been somewhat rejected?  What holds you back?  Go all the way and pick up Christ’s reproach be fully rejected.  This is His way.  This is tough.  This is suffering.

Remember many left Christ because of the hard words He preached.  Will you?   We can not preach an easy gospel since there is nothing easy about the gospel.   If you preach an easy Gospel you do not know Christ.

Again I ask Will you?  Are you going to leave Christ or suffer with Him?  Those are the only real choices.

The Three most Holy Days for Christians (part 3 of 3)

Of course this day is Resurrection day or as we call it Easter.  The reason this day is on equal standing is simple without the resurrection the rest would have been a big waste of time.  You can say this for each of the three most Holy Days.  You are not able to have one with out the other.

The reason we want to celebrate this is to remember, learn and understand the resurrection and what it means.  The first thing it means is He is alive.  It also means He has conquered death so we can believe His promise to live forever in heaven with Him and His Father.  He showed Himself to hundreds of people multiple times.  Can we believe the testimony?  I do when tied in with Biblical prophecy and the rest of the Bible then their testimony lines up and makes sense.  In the end though it is a matter of faith.  The only time there will be proof is when Jesus comes back again or when one dies and stands at judgement.

There are not many who dispute His death only this who dispute whether He ever lived or not. I will not make that argument here though in a future post I will.   The Bible states much about His death and resurrection and I already went over that in part two of this series please refer to that for more information.

His resurrection is now the focus.  In Mark 16:5-7 you will find a simple story of He is no longer in the grave.  The proof is He is no longer there.  He is going to meet everyone in Galilee.  They were told to wait there.  They waited.

Why is the resurrection important?  The resurrection substantiates all that went before.  All the claims that were made by Jesus, being the Son of God,  being sent from the Father and all the miracles He performed.  His resurrection substantiates it all. When He claimed Godhood and when He claimed that we will live forever with Him He substantiated all this by His resurrection.  He empowered the work that went on prior to His death and He led the way through Him dying.  His death shows us the example of honor, humility, restraint, LOVE, grace, mercy, and so forth. By His resurrection we see that all that He went through was not in vain and thus all we go through in this world will also not be in vain. For we will live in Heaven with Him for eternity.  This produces hope.

We have something to look forward to something to make all the pain, all the suffering, all the battles we go through okay.  Not only okay but worthwhile and beneficial.  We now have a reason to believe and work hard towards this goal.  The goal of an eternal relationship with God.   We can understand how what we give up here is nothing compared to what we receive.  In fact in time what we give up here we will not even see as giving up.  How do you really give up something that was not ours to begin with.  The only real thing we have is our relationship with Jesus and since He is alive we are able to have this relationship daily.

Why should we celebrate His resurrection?  Simply to live.

Faith of a Child or Apostasy

This is one of those contrast that I tend to find so interesting.  I am not sure if you will but here we go.

I want to start by defining apostasy.  The dictionary defines it as such:

a·pos·ta·sy

 [uhpos-tuh-see]  Show IPA

noun, plural a·pos·ta·sies.

a total desertion of or departure from one’s religionprinciples, party, cause, etc.
In our nation we have many apostates.  Apostates is someone who is in the state of apostasy.  Okay Okay I crossed a line I labeled someone.  The truth is still the truth.  There are many in our nation who have deserted their religion or faith.  They always seem to have a reason.  They can come up with many reasons such as Christianity is a myth just like other myths.  They say if their is a God then why is this world so hurting.  They say that they just can’t live by the standards that Jesus proclaims (what those standards are of mostly misunderstood but that is another post)  so they chose not to.  They say many many things but in the end they have deserted their religion or faith.  That makes them apostates.
This brings many questions the foremost to many is “Can an apostate ever return?”  This is a much debated question.  There are two main arguments that have dealt with this for a long long time.  The first one is Calvinism which simply states that once you make a decision for Christ there is no turning back and you can not become an apostate.  While the other extreme is Arminian where once you have become apostate there is no coming back.  Wesley had a different view that is you chose to become apostate then you can chose to come back under the grace and mercy of Christ.
Here is where I stand on this topic first I think that to be saved we need to make a choice to serve Jesus.
Romans 10:9
that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;

This is clear that you must confess and believe then Jesus forgives you and saves you.  I think often we are to quick to use sales techniques on getting folks to pray the sinners prayer.  I find that Jesus never did that.  He was hard and not easy.  What he said was so hard that at one point almost all those large crowds that seem to follow Him everywhere left Him and He turned to His disciples and said to them are you also going to leave Me.

        Once that choice is made I believe we are able to un make that choice and turn our backs on Christ.  We can choose to leave Him.  I do not believe that God wants to force folks to serve Him who do not want to serve Him.   Thus the whole reason for Faith and it is not just about believing that God exist (as the Bible says the demons believe and tremble) but it is more about submitting ourselves to His absolute authority.  This is hard pill to swallow.  I have noticed that when someone is first saved it is easy for a bit to follow Jesus and all He wants.  It quickly gets harder though.  Everything starts to go south and life sucks.  So we turn to Jesus and find that we do not get our expectations met.  This is where many people leave and go their own way then becoming apostate.
        If someone makes it through these initial troubles and learn something about living for Jesus and what that actually means and how He has decided to work in someone then the next challenge is often when someone has worked hard doing the correct thing and they expect a reward or recognition from God and they either do not get it or even if they do they find that it falls short.  The reason for this is because in their heart that is what they wanted.  They wanted the recognition or the reward.  God says that is all they will get then.  At this point many people get discouraged and become depressed.  This is hard battle for Christians.   The basic reason is because they believe that Christians should not have these struggles.  This of course is not true.  Read the Bible many great men and women of God struggled with emotions the ups and downs and everything in between.  If they allow this disappointment to continue in time they get discouraged and quit being part of a body of believers and grow cold.  There is often a point after this that they reject Christianity because it did not meet their expectations.  In doing this they also become apostate.
        There are many such instances where someone can do this the questions is there redemption is there a chance to return or a chance to repent or a chance to come back.  YES.
        Now that being said I also think that there comes a point where there is no return.  On both sides.  I mean I think there is a point where someone has made such choices where they will never want to come to Christ and a point where one has such a true relationship with Christ where they will never even think of going back (not perfect but true).   This is a topic for a different discussion. I just wanted to set the stage now I am going to discuss the next part the part about child like faith.  Then I will tie it all together.
        Mark 10:13-16

13 And they were bringing children to Him so that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked them. 14 But when Jesus saw this, He was indignant and said to them, “Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
15 Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.” 16 And He took them in His arms and began blessing them, laying His hands on them. 

There are many other passages that go along the same lines as this passage.  The basic concept here is believing as children believe.
Let me state an example so that it will be clearer.  When you were a child and your mom said “Do not touch the stove it is hot and you will burn your hand” as a child you believed her.  Even if you still had a desire to do it you still believed.  You did not question is it hot or is she lying to me you simply believed.  Lets take it even deeper now.  When you were a young child and you mother said “I love you.” you believed her.  This was not a philosophical debate in you whether your mom loved you or not.  (I realize that as folks get older they may go through this debate).  The simplicity and innocent core of a child means they trust and they believe with out having to understand without having to have everything explained to them or without having a flow chart on the wall explaining the properties of physics as to why the stove is gets hot and how the heat burns your hand as well as what the next step should be or will be depending on how long you left it on.  All the child needs to know and expects to know is do not touch the stove or my mom loves me.
As we get older we start to add all sort of things and barriers to believing anything told us.  We start to question everything and even, in many cases, throw out all traditional ways for completely new ways.  We oft think that new ways are better simply because they are new.  We have lost the simplicity of children.
Ask any 6 year old and they will tell that most things in life really are black or white, right or wrong, good or bad.  They are blunt about it and they understand.  Far to many adults have lost the ability to take things at face value and believe.
We call this maturing and adult.  We call this good.  God does not in fact He so does not that He says if you can not come to Him as a child does (just believing) then you have no part in Him.  This is tough to swallow for most.  They believe their reasoning abilities should be taken into consideration.  As if they have something to add to the situation.  As humans we want to be more important then we are.  Maybe a better way to say this is we want to do things that are above us like a child does.  Children always want to do things they are not old enough to do and by the time they get old enough to do them they no longer want to they want something else they are not old enough to do.
God says our value comes not from what we do but from Him and Him alone.  That is also a hard pill to swallow.  How are we to set aside our own ideas and our own way of being?  Job answers this well.  After Job’s friends come around and condemn him over and over again based on their knowledge or their wisdom God steps in.  He shows them that they are only mere children to Him.  He challenged them in their understand and no one could stand before Him even Job could not who God found blameless.  The reason is this earth is only a stage to prepare us for the real life that comes once we leave this earth.  The problem is many do not understand this and their life is one that they want and not God.  I think of our time here on earth like a child in the womb of his/her mother.  The child may very well think they are masters of their realm.  They have no idea in anyway what is about to happen.  They could not know.  They have no way of seeing the outside until the outside sees them.  The only clues they could have would be the sounds they hear but they have  no reference so they are not able to tie the sound to anything.  In the same way the earth is our womb and Heaven is real life.  If God had not revealed Himself to us then we would have no way of knowing who He was.  We could not have known that the earth is created or that people have some place to go after our time of growth in the womb.  Even though there are things in creation that scream out Creator with out having the knowledge revealed to us that there was a Creator they would only be like white noise to us.  They would have no meaning.  We are only able to understand them because of revealed knowledge that God gave humanity.   Here comes the problem with this.  Many folks once they are out of the womb they are born into either heaven or hell.  So many like heave but many of those same folks dismiss hell as figurative.  The Bible is clear that both are real.  Our time in this womb of earth prepares us for one or the other.  If we want heaven then we need to believe Jesus like a child does.  Then we can truly start to mature and learn what is real.  Remember the Bible states that this earth is only a shadow of what is to come.  What we see here reflects similarities to what we will see in heaven but is in no real way the same out side of the reflection as in a mirror.
Our own intellect will never prevail our own wisdom will never prevail our pragmatism will never prevail we will never prevail.  The essence of coming to Jesus as a child is just that.  We are still in the womb and anything that is truly enduring and real can only be done when Jesus does it with us.  That is like a child being helped by his Parent to fix a car that the child could not even attempt if he was to do it by himself.
Now I want to tie this all together.  A bit weird putting these two subjects together but I strongly believe they are antithesis to each other.
Most apostates would consider themselves mature and adult while most Christians would consider themselves like little children.  I think the reason apostates become apostate is because they look to God using their own expectations their own reasonings or their own wisdom.  They think they know enough and can reason well enough to figure out God and when they can’t they figure there could be no God and this must be emotional, myth or some sort.  They can not imagine they may be actually wrong.  Think of Job’s friends they could not be wrong, as they sat their accusing Job over and over again.  The sad thing is even Job figured they had to be correct but he knew they were not so he was faced with a dichotomy and was not sure how to solve this problem.  Most apostates are stuck in this same dichotomy but they have decided and they decided that God is not their or if He is He can’t be how the Bible states it He must be aloof and uncaring.  I will not start this argument in this post. I want to stay on how these tie together but I will most definitely do this discussion some time.
I want folks to really think (especially  if you are apostate) why we have such a hard to believing like children do.  This will go a long ways to coming back to God from where ever you are.
I am dangerously close to the magic 2500 words our post should not pass.  I will stop then because I do hope to have someone read all this LOL.
God Bless.

The Three most Holy Days for Christians (part 1 of 3)

There are three days that stand out above the rest on the Christian Calendar.  The first would be Christmas (the Birth of Jesus) the second would be Good Friday (the Death of Jesus) and the third would be Easter Sunday (the Resurrection of Jesus).  I want to take a look at each of these and see how they are pivotal in the Christian world and how each one should be portrayed and why.  I will not make a determination as to which is more important I am of the opinion that they are equally important and are at the top of all history with nothing even near it in importance.

Lets start with Christmas.  This is the time we celebrate Jesus’s birth.  We all realize that He was not born on Christmas day but this is a day that we use today to remember His birth and why He was born.

Matthew 1:18-25 

18 Now the birth of Jesus [r]Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been [s]betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit. 19 And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned [t]to send her away secretly. 20 But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for[u]the Child who has been [v]conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for [w]He will save His people from their sins.” 22 Now all this [x]took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: 23 Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name [y]Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.” 24 And Joseph [z]awoke from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took Mary as his wife, 25 [aa]but kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a Son; and he called His name Jesus.

This passage give us the essence of what took place.  There are many more passages like this in other books.  The base concept we need to understand as Christians is that Jesus came from Heaven and took residence here on earth.  He did this of His own free will.

Philippians 2:5-11

Have this attitude [e]in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be [f]grasped, but [g]emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death [h]on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ isLord, to the glory of God the Father.

This passage clearly states that by Jesus leaving heaven He willingly took a lower station in life for the express purpose of following the will of God the Father.  Jesus was born into humble circumstances and lived in the same manner the whole time He honored His heavenly Father even to the point of death.

Why is this important?  Why make such a big deal of His birth?  Why not just honor His ever near presence?  All good questions and worth asking.  The point of Christians celebrating Jesus is to recognize His coming.  There are many amongst us now and through out history who have stated that Jesus never existed and that He was made up for the express purpose of supporting Christianity.  There are a number of ancient documents outside of Christianity that support His being born.  Most folks believe He lived even if they do not believe He is God.

The birth of Christ is a big deal for a number of reasons the foremost being that God became man and dwelt amongst us.  God dwelling among us is fantastic in fact so much so many question the viability of this statement.  This is where Faith steps in.  God expect us to have faith and without faith we are not able to please Him.  He wants folks who will make the choice to believe He does not want robots who are forced to serve Him.

I believe we are indeed supposed to honor His ever near presence.  I think we should at all times do this.  When looking at Christmas from this perspective it is important to think of the celebration of His birth as a singularity in time.  A time where God intersects with man in such a way that the entire world changed.  Think of our calendar system for just one example.  Our calendar system is based off of the birth of Jesus.  This singular moment when God became man and came to earth where God lived with us (as in the garden yet different) where God was our friend, confidant, teacher, servant, savior and more.  This is the one key pivotal moment in all of history where the One who started it all who spoke one word and history began is with us.  That is you and me He is with you and me.  It is this reason we celebrate Christmas.  I realize that the date we celebrate is not His actual birthdate but since no one knows His actual birth date it works for me.

The next article in this series will be on Good Friday.