Posts Tagged ‘Religion and Spirituality’

You can lead an atheist to proof, but you can’t make him think

September 4, 2013
English: "Daniel's Prayer" (1865) by...

English: “Daniel’s Prayer” (1865) by Sir Edward Poynter, from illustrations for Dalziel’s Bible Gallery, in the Tate. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

To this: “The Atheist asks the Theist to provide proof for his assertion that this supernatural creature does in fact listen to supplications and does intercede.”

You can lead an atheist to proof, but it’s up to him to decide he really wants it.

There have been at least a half-dozen peer-reviewed studies that I have heard about (there may be others), all of them double-blind and at least one of them triple-blind (whatever that means) that showed a significant and marked correlation between “intercessory prayer” and recovery rates among the sick, as compared to the “control group”.

Those were studies of healing. BUT the very first similar such study I have seen publicized in the Loyal Royal Press (aka “Establishment Media”) was a recent one that supposedly found no significant difference. The report said nothing about how they picked the people to do the praying. In today’s faithless post-Christian culture that is a big difference.

One of them I remember reading about in an old 1954 Reader’s Digest. An organization called something like “The Institute for the Study of Prayer” did it. They had two big pots with exactly the same soil mixture and in each planted 22 seeds from the same source and batch, and watered them both with exactly the same water source.

For one pot, though, they prayed blessings over the water. For the other, they prayed a curse.

In the pot getting the “blessed” water, all 22 seeds sprouted, almost all of them (20 I think) showed especially vigorous growth.

In the pot that got the other water, only about five scraggly sprouts poked out of the ground.

Then there are the Biblical prophecies that have already been fulfilled. Besides the ones for the Messiah pointing to Jesus including the year of his crucifixion, there are many others. The city of Tyre, as foretold, was cast into the sea and not one stone was left of it when Alexander made his causeway to the island whence the inhabitants escaped, and to recent days fisherman cast their nets from it.

The rabbis spoke with Alexander the Great outside Jerusalem and showed him the prophecies in Daniel that he was coming, that the “goat” named to mean Grecia would break the Persian “ram”, but in a very rapid conquest. I don’t know if they showed him the part that said the empire would break up into four parts, and said it would be against his wishes, but that’s what happened.

That prophecy came after supplications by Daniel.

Read about the one guy who got out of the greatest aviation disaster of history (still) in Tenerife, saved by such prayers, and find the link to the youtube with the several first-person testimonies about the Nigerian pastor risen from the dead:

http://trutherator.wordpress.com/2013/09/01/god-heals-and-does-miracles/

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Man’s free will and salvation and God’s sovereignty

June 22, 2013
English: Resurrection of Christ

English: Resurrection of Christ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

—A Calvinist said: “Are you saying that a man can come to faith in Jesus of his own free will apart from grace? Where do you find this in the Scripture?”

 

I don’t say that, because coming to faith in Jesus Christ, whether of his own free will or not, is accepting the grace of God by definition.

 

Revelation 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

 

If I give you a free gift, you can take it or leave it. If you reject it, your loss. If you take it, and benefit from it, you cannot say you earned anything, you cannot say that you had anything to do with having that gift at all, because it was my doing and it was not your doing. And so with salvation.

 

God says, here’s salvation. Take it or leave it. Most people leave it. I do not claim to know how it works, but God does. “God is not a man, that he should lie”. We are created in God’s image, as sovereign deciders so to speak. The gift is for everyone, “whosoever will”.

 

If you concede that man has a free will that chooses salvation, but God is the one that chooses to put that will into his heart, this is a squishy deal. It is no better logic than to say that God chooses you for salvation because of the fact that you chose to receive the free gift.

 

It’s a mutually exclusive argument.

 

You can “accept” man’s free will in accepting salvation all you want to say you do, but then you contradict yourself by saying he made it impossible for them to accept salvation. Besides, you have to say that God decided to create the human race so he could throw the vast majority of them into hell, since he picks out some to save.

 

But then alas, that contradicts this verse that tells us the original purpose of hell:

 

Matt 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

 

 

Stephen King, Author Of ‘Joyland’: On Growing Up, Believing In God And Getting Scared : NPR

May 31, 2013

Passing on the news….

http://www.npr.org/2013/05/28/184827647/stephen-king-on-growing-up-believing-in-god-and-getting-scared?ft=1&f=1032&utm_source=feedly

 

God’s love is the answer to everything

December 16, 2012

God never “tires of his Creation“. We are the only ones that can put him off with our own self-righteousness and refusal to accept his love.

There is nothing wrong with his design. His creation was perfect, and he gave man a chance with only ONE little bitty itsy bitsy teemy weeny rule, not to eat of the “tree of knowledge of good and evil“. We did not know what good versus evil was until Adam disobeyed, Mankind has been making a mess of the Creation ever since. It’s not God’s fault.

Now we all know.

Man is who messed up. Forget trying to look at him as “human”, no comparison. He never tires of us seeking him, and he can handle it all, after all he created the entire universe.

And by the way, “religion” has no “hold” on science. Just go do science yourself. The Amateur Scientist put NASA to shame when he proved their measurements wrong on one type of radiation with $300 worth of interferometer equipment.

In fact the father of modern science wrote more about Bible prophecy than he did about science.

About what God thinks, he knows our frame that we are but flesh and he gave us his Son to take the punishment for our sins. God is love and is “not willing that any should perish”. Jesus said he came not to bring condemnation to the world but salvation. “The law came by Moses but love and grace came by Jesus Christ.”

I don’t have to second guess God, he TOLD us everything we need to know in his loving book.

“Neither do I condemn thee”, and “go and sin no more”. What is sin? Violation of the two greatest commandments which embody the whole “law and the prophets”: LOVE.

If you are “guided by Christ” you know he will not contradict the scripture.

April 12, 2012

ALL studies are guided by the metaphysical foundations of whatever the student or scholar believes, they are 100% inseparable. BUT it is still the duty to know why you believe something, or else “get out”, so you can be one of those Christ talks about that needs healing.

The thing is, every one without exception who actually is guided by Christ will not put a question mark on the word, but like Christ said “My word is truth”, and like it says in Isaiah 8, “To the word and to the testimony, if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them”.

Otherwise, every man will “do what is right in his own eyes”, and look where that got us, I mean “Christians“.

KJBO-Deniers Have Affirmative Positions They Have to Defend Too

February 19, 2012

KJBO advocates do have affirmative positions, but so do the deniers.

One thing KJB critics always say is that the KJBO position is against scripture.

But they never give a scripture to support this claim.
But KJB defenders have an abundance of scripture to support the idea that God would have arranged for just ONE “version” of his word at any time, but above all for OUR times, since we are obviously living in the times of world history that occupy of in as much as half of Biblical prophecy. And prophecy is half to two-thirds of the whole Bible.

But the anti-KJBO deniers do not have even ONE scripture to back the two parts, implicit and explicit, that comprise their position.

#1, They deny that there is any one standard that stands above all the rest in a way that is independent of personal opinion.

#2. If there is any perfect standard criteria, the KJBO does not fit it.

To deny KJBO based on #2, they have to assume that there are principles by which we may determine that a version is wrong or right, or better or worse in some passage than another “version”.

What’s amazingly informative to me in all these discussions is that once anyone decides that God would want to have one standard bearer of his Word, and not a confusion of voices, it doesn’t take long for them to land with both feet on the KJB.

Beware denominational aging: Remember the Golden Rule

December 31, 2011

Court case determines church must shut down:

http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=382721

New religious movements, “upstarts”, the good ones, are usually begun with pure intentions to do good but over time members that receive authority of some kind, especially over treasury, begin to confuse the position, the organization, with moral high ground.

Thing is to continue in the word, and it is incumbent upon those who have anything to do with the selection of spiritual authorities or of those who handle temporal or “secular” aspects of church business, to choose men who are guided by God‘s Laws of Love more than anything else, for this is the source for all the law and the prophets.

1 John 3:17  But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
1 John 3:18  My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

Galatians 5:14  For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

Calvinists: Accepting a free gift is not a “work”

December 29, 2011

Emotionally invested Calvinists should consider that a free gift is not “earned” by a man in sin. Sin is what we do or actively think that gets us death, as the “wages of sin is death”. There comes a moment in a child’s life when he decides to do the wrong thing, the equivalent of “eat the forbidden fruit” of disobedience to the laws of nature‘s God we are also born with. The child has the innocence of Eden, for which “Unless ye be converted and become as a little child, ye shall in now wise inherit the kingdom of God“.

—Little children go to heaven, Jesus said so, and we must become like them to inherit the kingdom. Accepting the gift of salvation from death and hell.

—“Whosoever will” is a cruel depraved joke itself if it means “Whosoever God will”, that is a big whopping missing word there. If strong Calvinism is true then God is all the monster many atheists accuse him of being.

“Problems” with the KJB? Think again, look again, be a Berean

November 15, 2011

The NIV and other translations and the accusations of “problems” with the KJB I have seen have provided excellent occasions to show why I am a KJBO defender. Two-thirds of the Bible-gone! The accuracy of a different second-person singular–Gone! The cardinal order of the six days of creation –Gone! Not one jot or tittle shall fail–Gone with thousands on thousands of jots and tittles. Jots and tittles were an obvious allusion to the tiniest nuance of meaning in the prophecies, and they are lost first in all the dynamic-philosophy translations, and lost in unnecessary “language modernization” in the others.

For God is not the author of the confusion of a hundred different translations. I have yet to see ONE BIBLICAL REFERENCE that says God would never intervene to ensure one accurate standard for his word, down to jot and tittle.

By their fruits ye shall know them. Claiming that the gospel of Mark leaves Jesus in the tomb and never left us the Great Commission (profusely quoted by the earliest Christian leaders) reminds of me of Job’s comment: “If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me”. What can we expect from the Greek base compiled by a pair of reprobates about whom their own sons wrote that they did not believe Jesus was God, that Charles Darwin was right and the creation narrative in Genesis was myth, that Jesus’ sacrifice for sins was a “bloody horror”, and that belief in the miracles was stupid.

Yeah, I can believe they were almost incredulous at the request from the Bishop for their help.

Where is the verse that says God said he would never ever make sure the words in the original autographs were understood the way he wanted them to be understood ages later? With all he said about his word, why oh why would he trust in us mere men for the job??!

Jer 17:5 Thus saith the LORD; Cursed [be] the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.

November 15, 2011

I’m sorry but saying there’s no evidence that the Bible is “special” as in based in truth is one of the stupidest lies that the government-media complex indoctrination machine has ever “taught” us. It is one of the most criminally negligent sin of omission in that “schooling”.

Archaeologists have dug up tens of thousands of pieces of evidence that testify to the total history accuracy of Biblical scripture. They have to look very very hard to find any historian who even expresses doubt historical names, places. And some who set about to disprove the Bible became believers in Jesus Christ, the only basis of “religious” faith today that is based on historical fact.