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  1. (Omega)

    Legalization of Marijuana

    Some have argued that marijuana is no different than tea leaves or tobacco since they are all considered "natural" herbs. Moreover, they would say that tobacco causes more deaths than that of marijuana. They use this as "proof" that Christians who are against smoking pot are being "legalistic" and are not being honest about it, and that this is just our opinion. But the key issue here seems to me to be bound up in these two passages: But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner, with such a one, no, not to eat. (1 Corinthians 5:11) . . . and . . . Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (1 Corinthians 15:33) If something is not prohibited by scripture, we can argue about whether behavior XYZ is healthy and/or what kind of a witness it provides, or whether or not it is profitable for a believer, even if it is allowable (cf. 1 Cor.6:12; 10:23), but when it comes to things that are either definitively prohibited by the Bible or else so clearly wrong and offensive to any truly Christian conscience that there can be no reasonable doubt about the wrongness of them, there is no point in arguing. A person who is so ignorant of the Lord and the truth that, for example, he she does not see that doing drugs is spiritually as well as physically dangerous and wrong is not a mature believer and should be kept at arms' length at least. A person who not only doesn't have such basic spiritual common sense but actually goes so far, but is headed in the wrong direction spiritually and it would be dangerous to be around him/her when everything explodes (as it surely will). This sort of libertine attitude is precisely what we should expect by th lukewarmness of "believers" in today's church age, and will play a large role in the apostasy of many "believers" once the Tribulation begins. For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. (2 Peter 2:18-19) God Bless!
  2. (Omega)

    communication in a post modern world

    Passerby's not paying attention to the street because they're on their "smart" phone is truly a "dumb" thing to do. Someone in Hawaii actually died because of this sort of mistake; and another woman fell into a manhole while texting on her smart phone. For all I know . . . Satan is probably doing most of his dirty work while most people are looking down on their phones.
  3. Muslims refer to Jesus as a "good teacher" and not God incarnate because He "grew" in [wisdom and in stature] according to the bible. At the same time they believe that He performed miracles using His innate ability given by His Father in Heaven (e.g., clay turning into a dove). This is the devil's sneaky way of "exalting" Jesus only to "dishonor" Him in secret. Don't you just hate Satan? I don't think there's anything wrong with that! And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man. (Luke 2:52) As to our Lord growing "Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man" in Luke 2:52, it was because He was 100% human -- but our Lord's (kenoo/κενόω) (cf. Jn. 3:30; Phil. 2:5-8) entailed Him in His humanity having to live as a human being (cf. Matt. 24:36; Jn. 4:6; throughout the entire first advent, right up until the time when He expelled His spirit on the cross. He had to fight the fight we fight (only without ever losing 'also known as the Impeccability of Christ') all the way until the end in order to be the perfect Sacrifice (Isa. 53:9; Jn. 19:4; Heb. 4:15; 1 Pet. 1:18-19; 2:22). So there is no "switching back and forth" from being human to God. The ground rules our Lord had to fight His fight under were absolute, and He followed them perfectly, even though we tested His patience to the limit, and even though He had to push to the absolute end of His human strength on many occasions. This passage (Lk.2:40-52), though rather short considering it contains by far the bulk of our information about our Lord's life until the commencement of His ministry at about age thirty, is very revealing. For one thing, we see immediately the load and the difficulty that our Lord had to bear just in terms of His normal family life. He was God and the Son of God, and His answer to His parents indicates that without any doubt He was fully aware of these facts. And yet, since in order to be qualified to be our sin-bearer He had to live an absolutely perfect life, free from the slightest tinge of sin (a feat truly beyond our comprehension which He did indeed accomplish), our Lord had to be the perfect son, even as He had to prepare to fulfill the obligations of the Son perfectly. This meant obeying His parents when they were right. As Jesus perfectly negotiated the mundane hours, days, weeks, months and years until He came upon the scene to fulfill the ministry of ministries many years later, we can say without question that He never did wrong, either by omission or commission, and thus was never in the wrong. However, people being the imperfect creatures that they are, there must have been countless occasions whereupon He had to endure the faulty conclusions, sufferings, impressions, accusations, and applications of others with whom He necessarily had to interact, and, until His majority, interact with in an obedient and submissive way -- even on those numerous occasions where He was in the right and they were in the wrong (cf. Ps. 22:16; Isa. 53:7; Zech. 11:12; 13:7; Matt. 20:17-19; Lk. 24:26; Phil. 3:10; Heb. 2:10; 1 Pet. 1:11; 4:13) This would have been difficult enough for anyone to bear, but considering that He was aware of His status as the Son of God, and that He had to prepare with every spare moment and ounce energy for what was to come, what for the rest of us would constitute mere "daily" life must have been for Him a gauntlet which intensified with every step forward. We often fail to appreciate the sacrifice that becoming a human being and enduring with perfect patience the years of waiting must have entailed for our Lord, even as He had to take maximum advantage of every opportunity to prepare for what would be the most incomparably difficult three and half year experience any human being would ever know culminating in the passion and the cross, especially since, being God, His existence before the incarnation was blessed to an eternal degree: For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich. (2 Corinthians 8:9) Our Lord was well aware from early on, not only that He was the Son of God but also that He had a critical mission to fulfill -- the most critical mission in the history of the world by far (for without it being successfully undertaken we were all doomed and damned). At twelve years old He astonished all of the teachers at the temple and His parents as well (e.g.). What can we learn from this? We all have tests to endure, and sometimes it's things that can "get our goat" if we're not careful, even though we are passing other tests with flying colors. God Bless!
  4. (Omega)

    communication in a post modern world

    I'm probably one of the few people on this planet who doesn't have a cell phone; except for perhaps those who live in "third world" countries. I live in a modest home (a cottage) with nothing more than a gas stove, bathroom, small fridge, and a couch which I sleep on. I praise the Lord for my home because it's a major step up from being homeless at one time. God Bless!
  5. (Omega)

    Sinless and Pure in Heart

    I came across several men and women on the streets of Berkeley who were evangelizing; and they were screaming as they told EVERYONE that they were sinners who were going to burn in hell. I asked the leader of the group if he thought that he was a sinner, and he replied, "I am sinless and pure." I said, "how so?" and he replied, "my sins are forgiven, therefore I'm sinless and have no need to ask for forgiveness anymore." Sinless, according to scripture means not being "able" to sin; this is quite different from being purged of our sins and therefore being cleansed of it at the time we confess them. There is an application to be made from this passage that those who respond to the Lord in the correct way come to see Him ever more clearly through His truth through the eyes of faith. The main interpretation has to do with the fact that the world is divided into two camps: those who have been cleansed of sin and those who have not been so cleansed. The word "pure" in Matthew 5:8 is the Greek word katheros (from which the name "Catherine"), and means "clean/cleansed". Here are some passages from John's gospel which shed light on this: Blessed are the [pure in heart]: for they shall see God. (Matthew 5:8) Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all." (John 13:10) "Now ye are clean (katheros) through the word which I have spoken unto you" (John 15:3) No one is "pure in heart" (cf. Jer.17:9) -- unless purified by God. That "washing away of sin" was paid for on the cross by our Lord who stood judgment for all sin, and granted to all who accept His sacrifice through putting their faith in Him, His perfect person and His perfect work. So there are the righteous and the unrighteous, but the distinction is not one of behavior; rather behavior is a symptom of the underlying reality. We believers have the righteousness of God through faith by grace, cleansed by the blood of Christ. This is generally what the beatitudes do, namely, distinguish between the blessings that belong to those who respond to God (believers) and the cursing that befalls those who do not -- but the Day when these blessings and cursings will be brought fully to the fore will not come until our Lord returns to resurrect us for blessing and them for cursing. God Bless!
  6. (Omega)

    Legalization of Marijuana

    Me and a brother in Christ had a discussion about the legalization of marijuana; and it was his stance that since marijuana is legalized in California, it is OK to smoke it, and used Romans 13 to justify his position. In my view, there are many reasons for anyone who calls themselves a Christian to stay away from "recreational" drugs of all types -- and that would be equally true even if they were legal. As to the social implications of the issue and the political process by which this issue is being addressed, I prefer not to comment. There are plenty of things that happen in our society that would get any "normal" person "riled up", but seeking political solutions to our problems or becoming engaged with "the enemy" on the political battlefield is, in my view, a losing game -- especially in this fallen world governed by Satan. What I mean by that is we can stand up for the truth as loyal Christians; but it will most definitely land us in prison (Matt. 5:10; Jn. 15:18; 2 Tim. 3:12; Rev. 2:10). We will never FIX the world -- it is the devil's world (2 Cor. 4:4; cf. Eph. 2:2; Col. 1:13; Jn. 12:31; cf. 8:44; 1 Jn. 5:19) until our Lord returns and removes him. If we try to fix Satan's world system we only become enmeshed in it ourselves. The important thing for non-Christians who are debating legalizing "pot" or any other such issue is really "what think ye of Jesus?" We can certainly have our opinions about these sorts of things (how can we help but have opinions?). But acting upon them in a political way CAN be a trap that at the very least will sap our time, energy and resources, diverting them away from the personal ministry to which Jesus has called us, whatever that may be. There are many other negatives that lie down the road political involvement, and almost no positives, as far as I can see, not, any way, for the person who gets involved (and generally speaking not for the people on whose behalf they get involved, although there are some EXCEPTIONS here since God works in all manner of mysterious ways (cf. Gen. 50:20; Ex. 6:1-8; Josh. 6:1-4; Isa. 45:11-13,15; 55:8-11; cf. Acts 6:22-24; cf. 2 Cor. 5:7). This is also not to suggest that we Christians are "sitting on our hands" and letting "George do it". Quite the contrary. God gives each nation the laws, leadership, and circumstances they really want and truly deserve. In most cases, that means less than ideal situations around the globe. But if as a nation we turned to the Lord with hearts on fire for Him, if we devoted ourselves to seeking Him through His Word in the Name of His Son our Lord Jesus, we would soon have so much prosperity in every way that politics would seem totally beside the point. Of course it will most likely never happen that most people will ever feel that way. But most Christians do not really feel that way. And when they stop reading their Bibles and stop seeking out and believing solid Bible-teaching and stop walking with Jesus and stop serving others, then they become part of the problem instead of part of the solution even if they appear to be standing up for a good cause. That is because the solution, the true solution comes from God (cf. Phil 4:19; Ps. 2:1-6; 121:1-2; cf. 127:1; 146:3-5; Jer. 29:13; cf. Matt. 28:18): He can fix any problem we have, but without Him we cannot fix any problem we have (cf. Isa. 55:6-7) We have to decide whom we are here for and learn what He has called us to do. Going our own way in these matters is always a mistake, even if it is exciting, precedented, and feels good (at first). God Bless!
  7. (Omega)

    The Face of Evil

    Demons are "spirit" beings, which means that they have the ability to discern whether or not there are any negative emotions within us (e.g., unregulated fear, hatred, anger, jealousy, etc.). These unclean spirits feed off of our negative emotions; and to them these negativity is considered food (i.e., "spiritual sustenance") to them. A friend of mine once encountered an evil spirit in the form of a tiny creature (about 2 1/2 ft. tall). This creature spoke into his mind telepathically and told him that he wanted to kill him, and that it was food to him. These evil spirits can assume many forms and usually come through portals from other dimensions. Entertaining yourself with Ouija boards and other occultic objects can open a gateway for them to enter our world. Jesus saith unto them, My [MEAT] to do the will of Him that sent me, and to finish his work. (John 4:34) I would also not be concerned or give any thought to what demons think about us. In fact, the only safe course is to behave as if they don't exist even while we understand that they do. What I'm saying is to be as far away from them as humanly possible. If we respond to situations as if demons were involved, we are playing their game on their field, and that is beyond dangerous. The "only" thing we can do is pray, but that is a wonderful and incredibly powerful thing. We have access direct to the throne room of heaven and can ask the Father and Son themselves to help us. That is far more useful than any delegated "power" we might personally possess. Demons cannot possess believers, and can only be ejected from unbelievers through prayer, but if the person doesn't commit to faith in Christ, there is nothing stopping reentering (cf. Matt. 12:43-45). There are no "ghosts". There are demons. What they can do is restricted by God, and believers will never have to worry about them . . . unless making the tragic error of "playing footsie" with them. So stay away from having any conversation or contact with anyone or any situation whatsoever where there is a suspicion of their involvement. Say your prayers and move on. There are also what the bible calls a familiar spirit. A "familiar spirit" is a biblical term for a demon who is influencing or possessing or aiding a satanist or the like. We have NOTHING to fear . . . as long as we are walking with the Lord and following the Spirit's lead. But if instead we get off the path and start doing things that are not in the will of God. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Ephesians 6:12) God Bless!
  8. (Omega)

    If You're New Here Please Read

    But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased. (Psalm 115:3)
  9. (Omega)

    Praise God for finding this site

    Atheists usually use the Johannine Comma as proof that the the bible cannot be a reliable source for the existence of God. They're not actually throwing the baby out with the bathwater because that passage is entirely truthful as the rest of scripture attests to the validity regarding the doctrine of the Trinity.
  10. (Omega)

    communication in a post modern world

    I often wondered if technology will be done away with during the Millennial reign of Christ on Earth. I don't find any indication from scripture that buildings and such will be destroyed after Christ's return. Of course the destruction during the Tribulation will be massive for a great many reasons. Just how the Kingdom will be administered in terms of technology and the like is not addressed in the Bible -- and reasonably so inasmuch as none of the present day technologies people are wondering about were even contemplated when the Bible was written (God, of course, knows all things, but it would have been highly inappropriate to put information about such things in writings originally given to people who had no clue what they were). It does seem to be the case that all of the nations of the world during the Millennium will be required to come to the capital, Jerusalem, to represent their peoples at the festivals (Zech. 14:16-19). How that would be possible from a place such New Zealand, for example, using only pre-industrial age technology is hard to see. It might not even be possible to get to Jerusalem from, say Chile, in a year's journey, let alone come three times a year, without some of the transportation technologies we have today. We will have to wait and see. But we do know that we believers in the Church will share the reign of Christ, so we will be part of His administration during the Millennium (Rom. 8:17; 2 Tim. 2:12; 1 Pet. 4:13; Rev. 2:26-27; 3:21). And the role we will play individually will be greater or lesser based upon the job we are doing for our Lord here and now in growing, progressing and producing for Him. And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities. (Luke 19:17) God Bless!
  11. (Omega)

    Salvation question

    If we are going to move those mountains (Mk. 11:23), we have to learn how to let God build up our faith in the only way it is possible for that to happen: through testing (Ps. 66:10-12; Isa. 48:10; Rom. 5:3-4; 1 Pet. 1:6-7; 4:12-13; 5:10; James 1:2-4; 1 Cor. 10:13; cf. 2 Thess. 1:4). We know that we can trust Him in this process, moreover, because He really does have our best interests at heart at all times, so that while we may not be able to understand, He knows why everything is happening exactly as it is happening. We will never be able to "see" perfectly this side of heaven. But we can learn to trust the Lord that He does. I know from experience that this can be very frustrating. Just remember that God never puts on us anything we are not able to bear (1 Cor. 10:13), although there are /many/ times we may not /think/ we can bear up under it. In my experience, once we truly do give the problem over to the Lord in complete faith that He will handle it even though we are having a hard time with it, then the effect the evil one is trying to achieve is diminished and things usually then move on to the next test. Because Satan is not allowed to kill us (Job 1:12), we can relax in the sure and certain deliverance of God from all things that may seem frightful for whatever reason. We have to be ready to give our lives for Jesus, if that is our Lord's good pleasure. When we do get to that point, it is amazing how all of the other big things are revealed for what they are: little things. This is not an easy perspective to gain, nor is it an easy point of view to maintain. But if everything in our lives were proceeding without any "trouble" whatsoever, we would not have the testing necessary to grow. Astronauts who stay in space for long periods of time lose their muscle tone and in extreme cases have had to learn how to walk all over again when they return to earth. Christian testing is like gravity. It may weigh us down, and it may limit what we can do, but it is this resistance which build our spiritual muscle -- when we continue to push forward in spite of it, that is. So it all boils down to this: determining what is the right thing to do is in any situation, doing it, then leaving everything else to the Lord. When we truly have grown to the point of consistently adopting that attitude, we can laugh through whatever tears life brings, confident that God is working out for us an eternal weight of glorious reward (2 Cor. 4:17; cf. Rom. 8:17-18; 1 Pet. 1:6-7) that is not to be compared to any misfortune we experience here in this life. As I say, this is easier said than done, but if we are consistent in our taking in of the Word of God, our believing of the principles of truth, and our application of them to our lives, our faith will grow and we will be able to handle all manner of tests in the fashion of the great believers of the Bible -- and in anticipation of a great reward as we produce for Jesus Christ and help our fellow Christians do the same. We are allowed to be joyful, even when we are crying. We are allowed to thank God, even when our prayers are not immediately answered. We are allowed to trust Him, even when our eyes tell us that our situation is hopeless. We walk by faith, not by sight (2 Cor. 5:7 cf. Jn. 20:29), for "for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal" (2 Cor. 4:18b). Paul was suffering, unjustly, and it was most certainly the will of God. But while most of us would complain, and only a few of us would trust God that He was indeed"working all things out together for good" (cf. Deut. 8:15-16) even though it didn't seem that way to us, who of us is of the mature Christian stature of a Paul to say "Thank you, Lord!". But if we saw things with God's eyes, that is what we would do. For there really is a purpose in our suffering (Rom. 5:3-4; Phil. 3:10; 2 Cor. 4:17; 1 Pet. 4:1; 5:10), just as much as in our blessing. I know from scripture and from experience that things which seem to be disasters at the time later are revealed to have been blessings through which God accomplished wonderful things (and it is certainly possible that such is the case in the difficulties of other believers as well). With hindsight, many Christians see such things, but it takes a very active, vibrant faith to see things that way */at the time/* because */at the time/* they can only be seen with faith. That is really the mark of the battle-tested, completely faithful Christian soldier, namely, a confidence in God that surpasses all earthly sense, a willingness to trust Him when the entire world is screaming that we are crazy to do so. Anyone can be a "good Christian" when the sun is shining. It takes true Christian character to stand up and trust the Lord when the sky is falling. God Bless!
  12. (Omega)

    If You're New Here Please Read

    Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed. (John 6:27-33)
  13. Evolution is just as ridiculous as "Creation Myth". The "theory" of intelligent design is just that -- a theory! A theory is NOT a FACT! Evolution has no scientific evidence to back up its claims. When people say something is a myth, they mean it is not true. Since the Bible is *the* Truth, calling it mythology is certainly ironic -- and also highly offensive. It also tells us the true point of view of people who says this, i.e., said person who does not believe the Bible. In my experience, when someone starts with the position that the Bible is untrue, there is very little to be gained from arguing with them. That is because everything we know of the truth, beyond the truths that God has written loud and large on the universe in unmistakable ways, comes *from* the Bible. When people talk about mythology in regard to the Bible it is generally because they wish to "de-mythologize" it. But that is only an intelligent-sounding way to say that they want to be able to ignore everything in it of a miraculous and supernatural nature and, even more importantly, anything that suggests they are going to be held to account for their essential life-choice of refusing to submit to the justice of God . . . the only way to do which is to receive His gift of Jesus Christ by faith. God Bless!
  14. (Omega)

    If You're New Here Please Read

    So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. (Isaiah 55:11)
  15. (Omega)

    A Female God?

    This world is in such a mess that each morning when I wake up there's more trash happening on the news or elsewhere. I wholeheartedly believe that the Lord places these events in my life in order to use it for His divine purposel. It seems as if the feminist movement is on the rise more than ever this year; and there are even "Christian" women advocating that SHE ("God") loves us all. This is probably the same group of ancient demonic spirits which began disseminating the worship of Mary in the RCC almost 1,500 years ago. Jesus is a true human being -- since the incarnation -- and as such is a male (clearly). The Father and the Spirit (and the Son in His deity) are indeed spirit. Since they are not creatures, they have no literal, physical gender. However, scripture most certainly does represent all three members of the Godhead with the masculine gender: But when the Comforter (ὅταν παράκλητος) is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he (ἐκεῖνος i.e., the Holy Spirit; */masculine/* pronoun in the Greek) shall testify of me: (John 15:26) And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one (i.e., the Father; */masculine/* in the Greek) sat on the throne. And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. (Revelation 4:2-3) The desire of some to have a feminine object of worship goes back to all pagan religions, and is deeply tied into sexual excess and demon influence. The transplanting of this horrific blasphemy into the Roman Catholic church through the veneration of Mary ("Mariolatry") has been instrumental in leading millions to damnation (cf. Jn. 8:44). There is, moreover, a very good reason why the Godhead is masculine and in no way feminine. We believers are "the Bride of Christ". The female was invented by God to teach His creatures the essential principle of how we are to use our free will in this world. In life as viewed from divine standpoint of why we are here, our purpose is to respond to God . . . in the same way that a virtuous wife is to respond to her husband. Christ is the Husband; we are the wife. He leads; we follow. God never responds to us in a submissive way; we are made to respond to Him as our Lord and Master. The entire "problem" with the world is that most creatures do not want to respond to God. They want God to respond to them (if they care about Him at all). In all the personal setbacks we experience which can be laid at our own feet, we see that these always stem from our doing things "our own way" (lack of response) rather than "God's way" (proper wife-like response to her head, her husband). If God was indeed female, then perhaps He should have made Eve first instead of Adam. God Bless!