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#21 Lazarus

  • August 18, 2010 9:13 pm

The Bible offers great insight into life, the universe and everything with some of its narratives that can be dismissed as ordinary. These stories often tell of misunderstandings and controversy amongst its participants.
The following relates one of these story slightly paraphrased and annotated.
Apparently Jesus had a friend named Lazarus who lived in Bethany.

 Lazarus had two sisters, Martha and Mary. (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.) Lazurus was sick so the sisters called for Jesus.
His sisters sent to Jesus saying, “Lord , come quick, he that you love is sick.”
When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son
of God might be glorified thereby.
Note: Jesus was speaking in faith because he knew what he was about to do.
Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.
Jesus hung out two days still in the same place where he was.
Note: Which was about 4 days by foot from Bethany.
Finally Jesus said, Let us go into Judaea again.
But His disciples said to Jesus, “Master, the Jews of late sought to stone you; and you are going there
again?”
Note: The disciples knew that Jesus going that close to Jerusalem was a death sentence for him.
Jesus answered the disciples, “Our friend Lazarus sleeps; but I go, that I may awake him out of
sleep.”
Note: Jesus often spoke in parables and allegories because when he spoke them it was not the time for things to be revealed.
His disciples responded, “Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well.”
Note: The disciples were clueless to what Jesus meant.
But Jesus was speaking of Lazarus’ death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in
sleep.
Then Jesus said to them plainly, “Lazarus is dead. And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there,
to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him.”
Then said Thomas, which is called Didymus, to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with
him .
Note: Again indicating that Jesus going that close to Jerusalem was a death sentence for him.
Then when Jesus came, he found that he had lain in the grave four days already.
Note: This is a VERY important point. Apparently the body starts to decompose after 3 days. Raising Lazarus after he had begun to rot was even a greater miracle.This is why Jesus after he was crucified rose from the dead on the 3rd day because one of the prophesies about Jesus said that God would not let Jesus’ body rot (see corruption).

Johnny Cash – Were You There?

Now Bethany was about 2 miles from Jerusalem.
And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother.
Note: The name Jew apparently was used for the religious class and not all of the people of Israel as it
is today.
Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat still in the house.
Note: This indicates that Mary was really ticked at Jesus for letting her brother die.
Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if you had been here, my brother had not died.
But I know, that even now, whatsoever you will ask of God, God will give it thee.
Note: It is not apparent what Martha is alluding to here because of her following statement.
Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.
Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.

Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
And whosoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?
Note: This is the most PROFOUND statement to ever be uttered by a human being. And it is also one of the misunderstood statements. All power had been given to Jesus. Jesus IS the resurrection from the dead. He can give life to whomsoever he wishes. The first resurrection occurs when Jesus returns. There of course will be people dead and alive when he returns. “though he were dead” refers to the dead that shall be raised from the dead when he returns. “ whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die” refers to the people that are alive when he returns. These people will go from life to eternal life without ever dying.

Martha said to Jesus, Yes, Lord: I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.
And when she had so said, she went her way, and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Master is come, and calls for you.
Note: It is not certain whether Jesus in fact called for Mary or that Martha just told Mary that to get her “off the dime”.
As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly, and came unto him.
Now Jesus was not yet come into the town, but was in that place where Martha met him.
The Jews then which were with her in the house, and comforted her, when they saw Mary, that she rose up hastily and went out, followed her, saying, She goes to the grave to weep there.
Note: Again a misunderstanding by the Jews as to Mary’s actions.
Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.
When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled,
And said, Where have you laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see.
Jesus wept.
Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him!
And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died?
Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it.
Jesus said, Take away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinks: for he hath been dead four days.
Jesus saith unto her, Said I not to you, that, if you would believe, you should see the glory of God?
Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank you that thou have heard me.
Note: Jesus is thanking God in fath for listening to him before he has even spoken.
And I knew that you hear me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that you has sent me.
And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.
Note: Speaking in a loud voice showed authority but it was said loudly so that Lazarus could hear him being that Lazarus was the one that Jesus was commanding to come forth.
And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with grave clothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.
Note: The power of God was so strong that it took Lazarus who was lying down tied up with grave clothes similar to an Egyptian mummy and stood him upright near the mouth of the tomb.

Have you heard this story before?

Question to Ponder: Do YOU think that if you believe, Jesus can raise YOU from the dead?

#20 Jesus

  • August 13, 2010 8:38 pm

No the title of this subject is NOT a curse word although many use it as such. The name of Jesus has been a source of inspiration and faith for 2000 years. It has also been a cause of skepticism and hatred for the same period of time. Jesus said, “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.” So then who and what is Jesus.

There is a book “The Passover Plot” by Hugh J. Schonfield (1901-1988) which theorizes that Jesus was a charlatan who faked his death but his plan went somehow wrong and he was actually killed. Schonfield attempts to soften the blow he tried to strike Christianity by concluding that Jesus was a “good” man but deluded. The wikipedia link that I have included mentions that Schonfield book was backed by scholarly research and analysis. It also states that Schonfield also published a translation of the New Testament informed with a Jewish perspective (being that he was Jewish).

The truth being that the entire book is a HACK attempt to discredit Christianity. There is no SCHOLARLY information other than basically that which is given in the New Testament. You can believe or disbelieve the accounts given there but don’t try to twist everything around and couch it with “scholarly research and analysis”. If what “The Passover Plot” states were true Jesus was a LUNATIC! If Jesus thought that he could make it off of a Roman cross aided by his band of “merry men” (disciples) he was completely DELUSIONAL.
Schonfield showed his hypocrisy by concluding that Jesus was a “good” man. Over the 2000 years after the death of Jesus multitudes have lived and died for Jesus. If Jesus were what Schonfield declares he was Jesus would have been one of the WORST persons ever lived.

Jesus is the central figure to life, the universe and everything.
Let’s start with his name. His last name is not Christ as some may think. Christ is basically a title meaning Messiah (anointed one), Jesus the Christ. May it be noted here that Jesus’ name was probably not Jesus before he was sent to Earth. “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS (Jehoshua): for he shall save his people from their sins”. (Note: Jesus’ name will be changed in the end (kingdom))

Joan Osborne – What if God Was One of Us

BEFORE the “in the beginning” there was God and nothing but God. How, why, when we do NOT know. How long God existed before the “in the beginning” we also do NOT know. However what we DO know is that God’s first act of creation was to create a Son. Now God created many sons after Jesus but none were created specifically as a Son.
“Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature.”
“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness”.
“Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.”
“For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son.”

Jesus is God’s connection to God’s creation.
“For by him (Jesus) were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.“
“He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.”

Jesus was sent to Earth (the arena) to reconcile EVERYTHING to God.
“And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.”
“And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
“But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?”

Jesus is the only way from Here to There.
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;”

Jesus rose from the dead.
“And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.”
“I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. “

God has given Jesus all power.

WOW – Come, Now is the Time to Worship

“For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;”
“Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being
made subject unto him.”
“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.”
“Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

Jesus saith unto YOU, “But whom say ye that I am?”

Question to Ponder: If Jesus is who he says he is, how does that impact YOU?

#19 The Hereafter

  • August 11, 2010 11:15 pm

What happens AFTER we die? Different religions have different ideas about the subject. Most offer a reward or rewards to its adherents usually a place that is very nice for a lack of a better word.
The discovery of the tomb of King Tut, the boy king, was a great find because it was the only royal tomb that had not been robbed. Although his treasure room was only one third the size of the other Pharaohs all of its treasures were intact. These treasures were things that he would need for his journey and life in “heaven”. But being that all his “goodies” were still in his tomb after 3000 years meant that he decided to take his journey without them or his trip was canceled.

To the best of my knowledge which admittedly is not very good, most religions believe you go from death to “nirvana” if not directly to vana ( joke) upon death. Christians believe that if you are saved that you go right to heaven. Catholics believe that you may have to spend some time in purgatory while sorting out your resume before getting into heaven. Hindus believe, well I think that they believe, in reincarnation which is a combo punishment/reward thing which determines who or what you return in this life as. Part of this convoluted affair is the caste system in which if you are good you come back in a higher caste but if not – a cockaroach.

The Bible equates death to sleep. Everyone of us knows what it is like to die because we do it every night. There are two differences between going to sleep at night and dying. First when you die you do not dream. Second of course is that you wake up the next day unlike dying.

There is much talk about out of body experiences and going toward the light. It does seem that the spirit can leave the body for a brief time upon death or “near” death but that condition cannot last very long because our spirit needs our body to sustain our spirit. However I do not think the light thing happens because we are not going anywhere (heaven or wherever). God told the prophet Daniel, “But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days.”

Also the Bible says, “And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them:”. There are reasons why we do not go directly to heaven but they may be a little theological for our discussions. Suffice it to say that our spirit sleeps until the second coming of Jesus.

Bill & Gloria Gaither~Hallelujah! We Shall Rise

Furthermore our “Final Destination” (movie 2000) is not heaven but a new Earth. “Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new.”

There is a “new day” acoming!

Question to Ponder: What do you think will happen to you after you die?

#18 Life

  • August 11, 2010 9:01 pm

Cilla Black – What is it all about Alfie?

Baby at 8 weeks

For most of us our frame of reference is the “here and now”. We have a pretty good knowledge of everyday life – its benefits and its problems. Usually we cherish our lives no matter how mundane or problematic they are. God gave us all the GIFT of life. There is a line from a Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem “it is better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all”. Changing it around a little – it is better to have lived and died than to never have lived at all. Life, this life, is something that most of us hold on to as long as we possibly can. Even thou God’s ultimate focus is on eternal life he still extends his blessings to this life. Jesus said, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

Most of us are living life as if this life is the only thing that matters. In that case life is it’s own reward. Whatever love, happiness, satisfaction we derive from life is a blessing from God and will be our sum total of life.. Even if we don’t care to acknowledge God, it is he who sustains us and the entire universe. If God were not to sustain his creation with his power the entire creation including us would no longer exist.

Joni Mitchell – Clouds

However I said God’s ultimate focus is on eternal life. Like the movie title Prelude to a Kiss (1992) life is a prelude to eternal life. Like the Marines God is looking for a few good men. “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”
Eternal Life Map

That does not mean God wants ANY not to have eternal life. “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

If “few there be that find it” why then does God not pull the plug and cut his loses. Consider running a factory that makes widgets. If you were to produce 1 good widget for every 1,000,000 you produce the factory would be closed so fast your head would spin. Again God is “longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” So he keeps life going as long as possible to get as many of us saved as possible.

Life in 4 minutes

If you were God how long would you keep everything going?

Question to Ponder: Do you think that when you come to the end of this life and you miss out on eternal life that you will regret it?

#17 Does God mark on a curve?

  • August 11, 2010 8:36 pm

Does God mark on a curve? For some of you who may not know what that means I will explain. Particularly in college when a test is given and everybody does poorly the teacher takes the highest grade, say a 50, and then makes that a “A” down to say a 40. Then 30 to 39 would be a “B” and so on.

I had said that God is looking to see who is naughty or nice. Were you a little naughty? Was everybody a lot naughty and those who were nice, were not that nice? So should God give the ones that weren’t that nice a passing grade because everyone else was naughty? How naughty is naughty or how nice is nice? Are you like Abu, who doesn’t know God but REALLY loves everybody else, and go to the head of the class.

The Kinks – A well respected man

I lied. God has concluded that we all are naughty. None of us would get a passing grade. So then what we do on Earth (Life) doesn’t matter?
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”
I have used the term the “here and now” a lot. However what God is concerned with is the “here and there”. There is Here, this Life, and there is There, the life to come (AKA heaven). The reaping spoken about is for the things that we have done Here. God is not going to let anyone slide on the things that they have done in this life. However even if you were “squeaky clean” Here it will NOT get you There.

Most of us (in the Western culture) have heard:
Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Few of us have heard:
Joh 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
Joh 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
Joh 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
Joh 3:20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
Joh 3:21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

The word believeth is used 3 times in the above Bible verses. Faith in Jesus is the only thing that will get you There.

Why?
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

So I guess you are not nice enough!

Question to Ponder: Can you think of a better way to get THERE?

#16 The Arena

  • August 8, 2010 12:56 am

a·re·na
   /əˈrinə/ Show Spelled[uh-ree-nuh]
–noun
1. the oval space in the center of a Roman amphitheater for gladiatorial combats or other performances.
2. a central stage, ring, area, or the like, used for sports or other forms of entertainment, surrounded by seats for spectators: a boxing arena; a circus arena.
3. a building housing an arena.
4. a field of conflict, activity, or endeavor: the arena of politics

I have written about God, evolution, the big bang theory, the soul, etc. Now I would like to start tying things together – “what does this have to do with price of cheese”. The Bible clearly states that God made man. However it only round aboutly suggests why. What is REALLY going on here.

Religions like Hinduism have a kind of a convoluted story of human/animal gods and a life cycle that goes on perpetually. There is little to the story beyond the story itself. Most Eastern religions are similar in that life is like a carousel that just keeps going round and round with new riders (people) getting on and off. They basically tell a never ending life cycle.

Christians believe that God made the Earth and man but the devil came along and screwed everything up and now God is trying to make the best of a bad situation. They believe that this life, the universe and everything will end.

Movies have depicted apocalyptic events however with the end being basically the same as before but with a gentler, wiser remainder of people. I guess that is because Hollywood like most of us believes what you see is what you got. They cannot envision a world much different from what we see now except that it could be a little gentler, wiser one.

I have postulated that there is a God and by definition the creator of heaven and Earth. In the post The Ten Commandments I stated that God did in fact give them in a particular order. It should be stated that God does NOT do things in a haphazard manner. God does things in a deliberate, thoughtful manner. After all he has had a LONG time to think about them.

God created the heavens and the Earth. The Bible suggests that it took some doing even for God, so much so that on the seventh day he rested. Now here’s the point I am getting at. Do you think that he went thru all that trouble without a purpose? I think not!

If you use the criteria that what you see is what you got then what is God (or evens gods) getting out of it. Do you think he thinks anymore of what’s going on “down” here than you do? I pointed out that the first 4 commandments have to do with him. Do you think that he thinks that it is “nice” that we have turned our backs on him? That we curse him and take his name in “vain”. Ect., ect., ect.

If I were God I would have rapped up the show a long time ago. Then why oh why does he keep it going? BECAUSE God has a plan! And it was conceived long before he made the heavens and the Earth. The plan is similar to what Santa does – to see who’s naughty or nice. Now where does this plan take place – in an arena. The arena is the Earth and the “contest” has a time limit. However no one knows when the “contest” will end but we know that each of us has OUR lifetime to participate.

Are you naughty or are you nice?

Question to Ponder: If you are naughty do you think God will just let it ride?

#15 Is God a Woman?

  • August 8, 2010 12:48 am

The Bible says, “ And also the Strength of Israel [God] will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent.” Therefore God is a woman. Because if God is not a man then he must be a woman. WRONG! This is a point where we should think outside the box.

Are you a woman and a woman liber?

Helen Reddy – I am Woman

Well I have some BAD news for you. You are a MAN! WOW!
Don’t feel bad, it isn’t as bad as it sounds. Man is a class of being that God created. Male and female created he them. Man (or Adam) is the male of man and woman is the female of man.
For whatever reason God is depicted in the male sense maybe because that is the BASE sense. After all there was no male or female before God created everything. There was just whatever God was and ADAM was made in Gods’ image which is considered masculine. Female is different from male only in comparison to male. Some religions refer to the “mother” of heaven or the “queen” of heaven, however females are unique to this Earth. There are no females in heaven. Man (or Adam) was created first and then the female was created after him to be a helpmeet (one suitable to help) to him. The is no need for a female in heaven because there is no procreation in heaven.

As the spirit and body are inextricably bound together so in our sex. It is almost impossible for most of us to separate our sex from who we are. If someone were to ask me who I am, part of my answer would be, “I am a man.” When I say that I really wouldn’t be referring to the class of creature “man” but rather that I am male and not female.

That leaves a question that if a woman dies and “goes to heaven” would there then be females in heaven? Jesus mostly referred to himself as “the son of man” meaning the son of Adam. The son part isn’t particularly interesting because Jesus was male. But the question was posed to him thusly:

“The same day came to him the Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection, and asked him,
Saying, Master, Moses said, If a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and
raise up seed unto his brother.
Now there were with us seven brethren: and the first, when he had married a wife, deceased, and, having no issue, left his wife unto his brother:
Likewise the second also, and the third, unto the seventh.
And last of all the woman died also.
Therefore in the resurrection whose wife shall she be of the seven? for they all had her.
Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.
For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in
heaven.”

Marriage vows say “until death do you part”. If the husband and wife “go to heaven” why should
death separate them. They would still be husband and wife in heaven, right? No, because in heaven
they will not be husband and wife or male and female but as Jesus said they will be like the angels of
God. Male and female are for the propagation of mankind. That need will no longer be necessary in “heaven”.

Can you separate yourself from your sex ?

Question to Ponder: If we will not be male and female what will we be?

#14 I’m a soul man

  • August 6, 2010 4:49 am


Lets talk about the soul. The soul has not gotten an awful lot of play lately. I remember years ago watching a movie “The Devil and Daniel Webster”. This was before the devil became a computer generated graphics superstar. Now as best that I remember there was an innocent farmer who for some forgettable reason made a deal with a little impish guy (devil) for his soul. It seems as though the devil would get the poor farmer’s soul when he died and the poor farmer would not have a soul for eternity. The soul apparently is like your heart and it is some how important that you have it when you die. Fortunately Daniel Webster was a slick talking guy and he was able to get the devil to relinquish the claim on the poor farmer’s soul so that when he died he would still have his soul.

Moral – don’t make a deal with the devil so that he gets your soul.

What is the soul and does everybody have one?
The Bible talks about body, soul and spirit. We know what the body is and we do know that everybody has one. The spirit is however a little more challenging. Is that the kinda spooky part of a person? NO – it is US, who we are – our ESSENCE. We can lose all kinds of body parts but we are still us.
The spirit inhabits our body. Our bodies allows us to do certain things like see, hear, talk, smell, feel, walk, lift – well you get the picture. Our body is a spacesuit for this physical world. Our spacesuit fails and we die. That’s pretty simple, right?
Then what the deuce is our soul? If we remove the religious trappings from the discussion for a mo you maybe will able to understand it better. When I was in scouts we used to sing a song about the Titanic. “The crewmen they were brave many souls they did save, it was sad when the great ship went down” Here we are not talking about something ethereal. We are talking about people.

You are a soul. You are a spirit intertwined with a body – a living spirit – a soul . The body and spirit are so inextricably linked that it is almost impossible to separate them. The spirit acts upon the body and the body upon the spirit. You probably have heard the saying “the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak”. The flesh of course is the body and it places demands on the spirit like thirst, hunger, pain, lust. The spirit doesn’t really have a need to drink, a need to eat, experiences pain, or lusts after things that makes the body feel good. But the body tells the spirit DIFFERENTLY.

in·ex·tri·ca·ble
Pronunciation: \ˌi-nik-ˈstri-kə-bəl, (ˌ)i-ˈnek-(ˌ)stri-\
Function: adjective
Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin inextricabilis, from in- + extricabilis extricable
Date: 15th century1 : forming a maze or tangle from which it is impossible to get free
2 a : incapable of being disentangled or untied b : not capable of being solved— in·ex·tri·ca·bil·i·ty \ˌi-nik-ˌstri-kə-ˈbi-lə-tē, (ˌ)i-ˌnek-(ˌ)stri-\ noun — in·ex·tri·ca·bly \ˌi-nik-ˈstri-kə-blē, (ˌ)i-ˈnek-(ˌ)stri-\ adverb
All creatures have a body because every creature is part of the physical world. But not all creatures have a spirit. The spirit is the part that makes us God-like because God is a spirit. Unfortunately the flesh tends to separate us from God. There is a reason why we are flesh and I hope to elaborate in the future.

Is it well with your soul?

Question to Ponder: Can you conceptualize the separation of your spirit from your body?

#13 Question – Why does bad things happen to good people?

  • August 4, 2010 4:09 am

This is a very interesting question. Not because the answer is particularly profound but because the reasoning behind the question is noteworthy. Let’s start with the underlying context of the question. In the Prolog I postulated that there is a God. However most of us really question that fact. I stated that if there is a God that most of life’s vexing problems can be explained – like life, the universe and everything. God gives a rational explanation because he is the creator (architect, designer, power source, and JUDGE). Without God there is no controlling authority on concepts such as good, or pretty much anything else for that matter. We have laws that we set up to govern our actions which entail some recourse after the fact, however there is not any “cosmic authority” that judges life and redresses grievances “on the fly” or stops them from happening in the first place. ( Creedance Clearwater Revival – Who’ll Stop The Rain )
We know that Santa knows who’s naughty or nice but he does not do anything about it until Christmas. So without a god orchestrating behind the scenes the question “why does bad things happen to good people” doesn’t have a basis to even be asked. This is similar to the legal concept of “no legal standing”.

There are several types of prayer. The one performed mostly is a petition. It is asking god (any god) to usually rectify a problem that we have. It is generally taken for granted that he (our God) is not the cause of the problem in the first place and we are not simply asking him to change his mind.
“ Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:”

tempt
Pronunciation: \ˈtem(p)t\Function: transitive verb
2 a obsolete : to make trial of : test b : to try presumptuously : provoke c : to risk the dangers of

Let’s look at a well known prayer:

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Now this a short terse prayer but it has a lot of relevance to our lives and this particular discussion.
I will only discuss at this time the specific points of the prayer that are germane to this topic.
Where is God? He is in heaven. Where is God’s will done? In heaven and NOT on earth. If God’s will were done on earth there would no need to ask him to do it on earth. The prayer goes on to ask God to steer us away from temptation and get us out of BAD things (evil).
So bad things do not happen to “good” people because of God.

Jesus said “Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.” Therefore the GOOD part of “good” people may not hold as much water as we had hoped.

The main answer can be gleaned from some modern day “prophets” :

Sounds Of Silence

Hello darkness, my old friend
I’ve come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence

In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
‘Neath the halo of a street lamp
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence

And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing songs that voices never share
And no one dared
Disturb the sound of silence

“Fools”, said I, “You do not know
Silence like a cancer grows
Hear my words that I might teach you
Take my arms that I might reach you”
But my words, like silent raindrops fell
And echoed
In the wells of silence
Simon and Garfunkel – The Sounds of Silence

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming
And the sign said, “The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls

And whispered in the sounds of silence

Or on the “prophets’” bumper stickers – @@@@ Happens

”I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.”

CHANCE happens whether you are a “good” or bad person.

Question to Ponder: Then why be “good”?

#12 The Ten Commandments

  • July 30, 2010 11:12 pm

If I were to ask you what is the worse thing that a person can do, you would most likely tell me kill someone. That would of course be the “hear and now” answer. What worse thing could one do than take someone’s life because that ends what we perceive as the whole “magilla”. What you see is what you got.
Do you remember in the Prolog I said that question can be answered yes and no depending on the context. Back 1969 – 1971 there was a TV program Hee Haw. A regular skit was
Archie’s Barber Shop : Scenes with Archie Campbell, regular customer Roy Clark, and two or three other regulars sitting in the “waiting chairs” (on lesser occasions Junior Samples would be the one going into the barber’s chair). Campbell would share comic dialog with Clark (Campbell’s legendary “That’s Good, That’s Bad” routine immediately comes to mind) or tell one of his “backwards fairy tales” such as “Rindercella”.
During the the “That’s Good, That’s Bad” routine Archie would tell Roy a story. At different points Roy would interject. Depending the narrative Roy would say “That’s good” or that “That’s bad”.
Archie would then tell Roy just the opposite of Roy’s interjection because the situation had changed.

Archie: “Hank found $500 the other day.”
Roy : “That’s good.”
Archie: “No, that’s bad because his wife bought a junky car with the $500.”
Roy: “That’s bad.”
Archie: “No, that’s good because they got into an accident.”
Roy: “That’s bad.”
Archie: “No, that good because they got $1000 from the insurance company”

If you would lose an eye or a hand that would be a TERRIBLE thing.
However the Bible says, “And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.”

I will always remember a cartoon that I have recreated for you
Did you know that the Ten Commandments do not apply to us. They were given to the Israelites.

The Ten Commandments
1 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

2 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image.

3 Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.

4 Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.

5 Honour thy father and thy mother.

6 Thou shalt not kill.

7 Thou shalt not commit adultery.

8 Thou shalt not steal.

9 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

10 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife,
nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s

Above the cartoon jokes that the Ten Commandants were given in no particular order. But of course they were. Notice that “Thou shalt not kill” comes in at only number 6 on God’s hit parade. Numero Uno – Thou shalt have no other gods before me”. In fact the first four have to do with the Israelites’ relationship to their God.

Maybe just maybe God is more concerned with our relationship to him also.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

For most of us probably the first four commandments would be the hardest.

Question to Ponder: Are you on the same wavelength as God?