Friday, June 27, 2014

Christians and The Nationalism Dilemma

As A Christian...I am compelled to stand against the hypocrisy of uber-nationalism that I find to be a detriment to the family of our Faith. I follow the One who declares that His Kingdom is {not} of this world. I am now dead to the world and I live in Him.

Gal. 6:14
But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

Phil. 3:20
 For our citizenship is in heaven; whence also we wait for a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:

In Him we are strangers and pilgrims....waiting for our home ...that will come from heaven....

I do understand Romans 13...quite well...

But, that said; we find no imperative for any cause to up-sell; so called "American Exceptionalism"....or even to get offended by any slander or burned flag against "our country"...whatsoever. To me; and my thinking in Christ; a relational death...{is actually}...a relational death. It is in Christ alone; Who we live for until death. If we serve Him; we serve our country well.

Our perspective countries; are nothing more than geographic boundaries; where we have to live at the present. I happen to live in an affluent and stable country at present; but was it not the wisdom of Solomon; who declared, "all is vanity"?

Paul, an Apostle of Lord Jesus also concurs: Phil. 3:5-8
...5 circumcised the eighth day, of the nation of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the Law, a Pharisee; 6 as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to the righteousness which is in the Law, found blameless.7 But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8 More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ,...

The higher you lift up an idol....the greater its fall. In today's world; instability to any nation could happen quickly. We need to hang on to the promises in Christ; not some cheesy political slogan.

The higher you lift up an idol....the greater its fall. In today's world; instability to any nation could happen quickly. We need to hang on to the promises in Christ; not some cheesy political"Make America Great Again"....

That's funny...I was waiting for the U.S. to become even, "Nominal"....

When: She had bullet trains, and compensated teachers, policemen and firemen, more than actors and sports players. When we could go, maybe a month without a mass murder...and companies would keep their jobs here...raise the heartlessly low minimum wage, and lower the cost of housing to 25% of income....and amend the vague, inapt, and unfinished  U.S. Constitution.

As a Christian; I am called to love people that are in the world; I am not called to have a hypocritical passion for any part of the world and its inherent corruption.

John warns : 1 John 2:15 ..."Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him."

If you have a scriptural reference or insight that can show otherwise; I would be happy to consider it.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Hope For Relational Death With Siblings - Letters From The Dead

‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom,
    and to turn away from evil is understanding.’

There are three ways of looking at relational matters. 1) How do I feel about it?

2) How do others feel about it?  3) What is the objective reality? (What is God's Word on the issue?)

Homeless, penniless, and abandoned by any hope of help from any late August 2011; I had some baggage to lay down. Baggage; that I can describe as a widely held traditional view of holding on to familial relationships {at any cost}; even those that are beyond repair.

As a Christian since March 2009; I laid the lordship of my own life down; and received the Lordship of the One who was nailed to a Cross and died in my place; fully atoning for {all} my sin. Jesus Christ was resurrected with a new, glorious body and yet lives as the Lord of the Universe right now.

By my Faith in Him, I received a new Birth, a gift of His Holy Spirit and entrance into His Kingdom eternal. By Baptism by Faith in Him, I was reckoned to be [In Him] and {my old, man of willful disobedience to God} was nailed to His Cross....

In {His Resurrection}; I am called to also walk in that newness of from the bondage {baggage} of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 

Can we not do the same with dysfunctional relationships? Well, that is what I did in August 2011.....I am still waiting in hope for the resurrection(s).

Herein lies the wisdom from my God. The {relationships with the baggage were condemned to death}...not the people...

1) People are not condemned ....
2) All the guilt of the past is wiped away....
3) There is no more living in the past....
4) People are free to participate in a resurrected, baggage-free relationship if they choose to do so....
5) Each new revived relationship; has new Christian standards....

Loving one another as Christ has loved us...with His unconditional, self-sacrificial Love....willing to bear relational uneasiness for Christ's Kingdom's sake and patiently and faithfully enduring trials therein....even until death....

The first start is to love without hypocrisy....speaking honestly and truthfully in love, 
and not gossiping behind the backs of loved ones....

This is not new wisdom; this is what I have found in Paul's letters in the New Testament.

This is my story .... and I am sticking to it. 

If this sounds good to you...give me a call...or email.

I am only dead to the past...I am alive to the hope of the high calling in Christ Jesus Our Lord.

Amen.         "Wisdom is proved right by all its results"  from Luke 7:35

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Real Atheists Are Indifferent To Faith

To whom it may concern:

What could bitter, protesting, protestant "atheists" ...possibly be adding to their inapt and unjust case against Christianity?

My God God cares....He is reaching toward them with His the "sighted" sightless........even with their denial and cursing of the light....

....and if the roles were reversed?

Most atheists cannot even converse decently with their opponents....let alone....
sacrifice their own life for their enemies' sake. I say this after reading hundreds of vulgar
and inappropriate posts in an online discussion forum.

Show us this peace and love and forgiveness for humanity that "atheism" brings?

We see {the bankruptcy} in your every post....and every blasphemous word.
You are still holding The Crusades, and The Inquisition court sessions.....that have not been understood in context and forgiven.

We all have a free choice of every thought...whether to hold to it or deny it...
So, stop whining.......and accept the faith of others gracefully...just as we have accepted yours...

Also, stop the suppression and persecution of genuine faith....and then you will be {real atheists}...just ignoring people that believe in {"myths"}.

...oh those silly "Santa" followers....actual empathy for our delusional "reality"....

...anything more is fake......period.

 Any questions? Any answers?  Have you nurtured your inner indifference today?

Sunday, June 22, 2014

What Fake Atheism Adherents Don't Get....A Parable

It's really pretty simple...

A building has a gas leak {"Athiest's" House}....and the "atheist" is inside the house....unaware...and has no sense of "evidence" of a tasteless, colorless, odorless gas.

The neighbors that really care.....knock on the "atheist's" door...the "atheist" is still alive....but is annoyed by the rude knock at the door. These neighbors are not their to annoy; but to save the person from certain death.

The clueless "atheist" lacks the sense of smell; and rejects the neighbors' pleas to re-think the situation and flee to safety....(based on the truth of actual danger). Again and again; the neighbor's pleas are rejected...and we see that it is evident that {atheists} are the captains of their own predicament.

This scenario is crystal clear ....if that person remains there unmoved..they will die.
Therefore even if the "atheist's" door is pounded down and broken would be worth suffering their anger and hurled insults (like a rabid dog) at you; to save their life...

Therefore, it cannot be considered rational for an "atheist" to get offended; if someone trashes their belief system..

What I have experienced here {online debate forums} is unenlightened and cynical "atheists"; who have taken their identity from "atheism".

The evidence of this is their lack of indifference to people of actual faith in my God...

A real atheist is indifferent...I have had many real atheist relationships.

The real, enlightened ones...understand that we of actual faith are  just doing our job....and are not threatened...

ergo....there has been peaceful coexistence under my roofs for years...I love and have loved my atheist roommates...they are nice..

and yet I have been prejudged by many of the {atheist posters} as this mythical, judgmental monster....

without listening to my warning...when you judge judge yourselves...JCGoodman

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Apology To Atheism........Wisdom Is Justified By Its Results

So called "atheists" need a place to drink....they are thirsty....their religion of death only offers thirst, poverty.....on one extreme.....or fake, smug enlightenment
conditioned by favorable circumstances....

1) Faith is universal...if you are have faith. The minority cannot decide to take a definition for millenia and attempt to hijack it......

2) Religion is universal.....because life is not about an {I am} is about {I do} statements.
Thought , words and deeds from the heart is religion.

.....the most universal religion is simply..."I try to be a good person, obey the laws, and try not hurt anybody"

No matter what people call themselves....the fact is the above religion remains.

those two facts destroy the whole foundation that willful agnosticism...erroneously called "atheism" tries to stand on.

3) Life is not material only.

Is the person rich who has amassed the most wealth?

or is the richest person the one that has given away the most percentage of their wealth?

which statement do you think represents the words of the wise?

which statement represents the words of Jesus Christ?

which statement represents...the prevailing thoughts words and deeds of the world of humanity?

4) The denial of God equals the denial of sin, evil, soul, after death, judgement... atheists claim...."I simply lack belief in a god" not a true statement

5) atheism is a negative....which offers nothing but death

by being a proud are being proud of death

that is why you find it so offensive.....

any questions......any answers.....what is in your heart?