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Thursday
Mar242011

Does God Shy Away from Judgment? 

Here is a quote from a national New show: MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell said last week on his program: "The Book of Revelation is a work of fiction describing how a truly vicious God would bring about the end of the world. No half-smart religious person actually believes the Book of Revelation. They are certain that their God would never turn into a malicious torturer and mass murderer beyond Hitler's wildest dreams." 

Oh really, it is fascinating that people have this issue with God citing Him for being too cruel, or question His power and decision to punish anyone in an eternal hell.   Many pastors and Christian authors today love to write about the love and mercy of God, but fail to mention He also deals with sin, judgement, and eternal punishment. (they probably don't write about these things, because they just don't attract book sales) 

Yet, is it fair to worship only the God of love?  After all, the God who sacrificed His Son on the Cross is the same God who killed women and children in the great flood in Genesis.  It's the same God who told Israel not to spare any of the people groups as it was conquering the land in the Book of Exodus.  Most Christians who only beat the love of God drum forget about the wrath of the lamb of Revelation 6:16

16calling to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb,"

Christians who do read and believe in the prophecies in the Book of Revelation realize that after Revelation chapter five, all the destruction that comes upon the face of the earth is orchestrated by the same Lamb of God we associate with as  the Savior of the world.  So come on, let's be honest, you can't have the love side of God without the judgment side of God. Even Jesus told us that we should fear the one who had the power over eternal punishment. 

Matthew 10:28

 28And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

(there's that place mentioned again, that some pastor/authors think doesn't exit)

So what we have today is a spirit of denial, a spirit of anti-christ that wants to deconstruct God into our own image of a nice guy, with a big heart.  This kind of deconstruction has been happening for some time, and will continue to happen, because the enemy of our soul knows his time is short.  I recommend for those of you who aren't afraid to hear the truth to listen to some truth telling from a reliable source. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UaPCxDtUZXo&feature=youtube_gdata_player

 

Until next time....K

Wednesday
Mar232011

Tradition Does it Speak for God?

Okay, I'm new at this blog stuff, so cut me some slack for a few weeks.  There, I said it, before you can make any comments, keep them on ice for a couple of weeks. 

I have spent 40 years of my life talking to people about truth, and it hasn't been easy.  People have a hard time with truth.  Try being honest about your spouses weight, or habits, and see how honesty really pays off!  But honesty is important, and more of us should practice it. This blog is not for the faint of heart, it will ask some tough questions, and make some outlandish statements, all in the interest of keeping us honest and truthful.

So how about religious traditions?  Good or bad?  Mixed response I suppose, but Jesus didn't like what the traditions of His day taught.  In fact you can read Matthew 23, you will find some interesting things:

 

  • traditions are based upon truth
  • traditions can be hypocritical
  • traditions can be self serving
  • traditions can keep people away from God and the truth
  • traditions can blind you to practicing meaningful acts of service
  • traditions are often just for controlling a measured outcome

 

Jesus concluded with a question to his audience of tradition practicing Pharisees: "You serpents, you brood of vipers, how will you escape the sentence of Hell? -verse 33 (He is not being too Christian here!)

Okay, so tradition for the sake of tradition is really not worth much.  (young people have discovered that and have been staying away from the tradition of the church for decades)   I have been challenging my understanding of Christianity and as a result of my honest inquiry I found I was serving tradition, rather than truth. Jesus Christ was not a Baptist or Pentecostal, He wasn't even baptized as a child by a Catholic priest. Come on, denominations are traditions, and some of them are so diluted with their own self importance that they are convinced that their brand of Christianity has front row seating in heaven.  Jesus was a Jew, so go figure what He would say to denominations who are Anti-semitic by ignoring His people?  One clergy told me that the Palestinians have more of a right to the land than the Jews, based upon a traditional understanding from their denomination. Hummmmm......More on this later, because I am feeling the heat at the back of my neck rising.  In the meantime, here is my very first link to a website with a podcast that will illustrate my point. 

http://gnfi.org/podcast/?p=home

 

One very last point:  I know some of this blog doesn't work yet, but the guy who is working on it flew to Italy with his wife.  I guess I can't blame him for not finishing it.  Be patient with me and my new blog. 

So until next time, keep it honest and truthful....K

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