#29 Why Won’t God Heal Amputees?

  • February 1, 2012 8:29 am

Recently I stumbled upon a YouTube video from WhyWontGodHealAmputees.com.
Let me take a little of the surprise away. They don’t believe in God. As I have mentioned in a former post most people do not go thru the trouble of putting together a website unless they have some sort of “ax to grind”.
Their “ax” is apparently the stupidity of “Christians” to believe in God – particularly the “Christian” God but also anyone who believes in any god.
Now also let me remind you that in another former post I stated that the existence of God cannot either be proved or disproved. Another shockaroony, God has planned it that way.
We started this blog with the premise that there is a God and moreover he is this “Christian” God that this WhyWontGodHealAmputees.com is trying to disprove. I will not go thru all the arguements I have posted to support my premise (premise is a statement that an argument claims will induce or justify a conclusion). In other words: a premise is an assumption that something is…)

However “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,”
“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.”
“(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)”
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”.
God’s plan is we are saved by faith not by what we can PROVE.

It may be “reasonable” for us to believe that God does not exist because we cannot see him, feel him, hear him, smell him, or even taste him. We then can devise ingenious traps like WhyWontGodHealAmputees.com has come up with to prove God does not exist. One of their “power questions” is why does God not heal amputees?
Apparently the tricky thinking behind that question is that restoring a leg where is no leg cannot either be psychological or faked.

A very simple question to them could be, if God didn’t heal ANYONE would that mean that he doesn’t exist? Does God have to heal ANYONE at all or under the conditions that they demand? If God being God really wanted to reveal himself he could do it in an even more manifest and spectacular way.
“Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him.”

I have tried to lay a ground work for why God operates the way he does. If the only way God has establised us to be saved is thru faith then how many amputees do you think it would take to be healed before the word would spread that God does exist? Or as I stated before, how many people would it take shaking their fists at God and swearing at him and God strking them dead before we would believe God does exist?
We are finite, God is infinite. We are not able to provoke God to reveal himself until he plans to or wants to.

There is nothing we can devise in our puny little minds to force God’s hand.

Question to Ponder: Do you think you are able to outwit God?

#28 Got Faith?

  • January 29, 2012 4:52 am


What is faith?
The bible states, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
The dictionary states:
faith
   [feyth]
noun
1.
confidence or trust in a person or thing: faith in another’s ability.
2.
belief that is not based on proof: He had faith that the hypothesis would be substantiated by fact.
3.
belief in God or in the doctrines or teachings of religion: the firm faith of the Pilgrims.
4.
belief in anything, as a code of ethics, standards of merit, etc.: to be of the same faith with someone concerning honesty.
5.
a system of religious belief: the Christian faith; the Jewish faith.

Does everybody have faith?
“For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.”

We all therefore have a “measure” of faith given to us by God. The term “measure” implies that we all have different amounts of faith.
As I have mentioned in an earlier post man is a subset of God. We have many of the characteristics of God but to a lesser degree. We cannot be or use anything that God has not given us. If God has not created it, it does not exist. God created light but we can use light in various ways. God created paintings but we can draw our own paintings. Man operates in the “framework” that God has given him. God created good and EVIL. We can do good or evil. We can even create our own evil devises (lucky us).

“But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”
“And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.”
Now do you supposed that Satan (aka Adversary) wanted us to know good and evil to help us out?
There is a saying that a little knowledge in the hands of a fool is a dangerous thing. The knowledge of evil in the hands of a flawed man can be a horrific thing – which it has certainly proven to be.
But I digress.
Since everyone of us has been given a measure of faith we can use it in any manner that we see fit – and we do.
It a secular sense we choose to “believe” things that we have not seen or experienced personally.
Most of us believe in evolution although we have never seen it or has it been actually proven. This faith is like the dictionary definition number one – faith in another’s ability. They must know that evolution has happened.
However They of course are exercising their faith because They have never seen it nor can They prove it.
A similar faith is placed in They that tell us that the universe just happened in a Big Bang. They choose to believe it by exercising their faith because it can NEVER be proven.
Faith is in operation everyday. It can operate within the context of God or outside of God.
The Bible says, “And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.
For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”

The “have faith in God” part of Jesus’statement can certainly be construed to mean believe in God however the next two sentences have no reference to God.
I think that anyone can exercise their faith to even move mountains but that they should do it according to God’s precepts (in God). They (we) can do great things with our faith but if we venture into self it will displease God.

Faith is an act of the will. We choose to excerise our faith. In most instances that excerise takes little effort on our part. The universe just happened and life just evolved. It is easy because we think we have “no skin in the game”.
However when we have things at stake faith becomes much more difficult to excerise. Even faith in God becomes the extreme excerise of our faith and will when our faith is tested by torture or death, which many have experienced thru the centuries.

Religion and Christianity in particular has been called a crutch. But as your life grows short and you become feeble, a crutch is a handy thing to have.

Question to Ponder: As your life draws to a close is it better to have exercised your faith on the Big Bang and evoloution where there is certainly no hope – period, or on God and Jesus where there is hope of eternal life?

Happy New Year

  • January 2, 2012 12:40 pm

We at LUE wish you a Happy New Year!

Questions??

  • December 22, 2010 10:40 pm

If you have any serious questions please leave them as a comment to this post and I will TRY to answer them.

I am still waiting for a serious question!

#27 The Bible – Exposed

  • October 13, 2010 4:59 pm

I have recently gone on to a few websites that refute the Bible. To be fair there are MANY who challenge the divine authority of the Bible.
When persons care enough to put up websites about the Bible they fall into two camps – one camp generally believes the Bible and the other camp does not. The camp that believes the Bible are composed of persons that believe in God and the camp that does not believe in the Bible does not believe in God also. This of course sets up a great dichotomy between the two and the light in which each reasons. We forgive our friends but condemn our enemies. Our friends can do no wrong and our enemies can do nothing right.
But really what is the Bible? It is a collection of writings that were written over a span of 1500 years, most of which we don’t know who the authors were. They are histories, songs and letters laced with prophetic utterances. They have been translated numerous times into numerous languages again by many persons who we also do not know.

The Bible says, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:”
But what does that mean? Does that mean that all the authors were simply scribes writing down what God told them?
Let’s say that I said that I was inspired to write a song. That simply means that I felt an “urge” to write a song. Now when it comes to the authors of the Bible that “urge” came from God. Does that mean that the author was omniscient about the thing he was writing about? NO. It does however mean that because God inspired it, God does make sure that the salient message is in fact what he wants the author to convey. Do they bring in their own perspective and personality to the writing? YES.
There is a saying that any one can count the seeds in an apple but only God can count the apples in a seed. If you believe in God it is not a stretch of the imagination to believe that he can get his information out even thru various authors and translators.

The anti-Bible camp cites maybe 2 dozen “contradictions” in the Bible. Some are biased interpretations but several appear to be LEGITIMATE contradictions that are not easily explained away. Now an honest appraisal of the situation is that although the contradictions exist they do not meaningfully alter the over all narrative. The anti-Bible camp uses contradictions to launch the argument that the Bible could not be “inspired by God” because if it were there would be no contradictions and is therefore bogus.
There are 1,189 chapters, 31,1738 verses and 870,361 words contained in the Bible (no I did not count them I got it from another website). Can you really dismiss all of that because for argument’s sake there are 10 contradictions?

Here are a few things for them to consider:
“Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.”
“But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken. “
“O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!”
“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.”
“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.”

The most glaring contradiction is in what the anti-Bible camp cites as two different genealogies of Jesus. First off technically Jesus cannot have a genealogy because he had no earthly father. The genealogy is that of Joseph, the husband of Jesus’ mother Mary. They say that the Bible states Jesus was the son of David and the son of Abraham which the Bible does in fact state. However as I said above they interpret all the verses in a critical light as to refute them. If you look at it objectively Jesus was the son of God and was nobody else’s son physically, alone having two earthly fathers. Therefore the son of David and the son of Abraham are meant in a figurative sense. Now Joseph was of the lineage King David. Mary lineage is not specified. However the contradiction occurs in the Gospel of Luke where Joseph’s lineage takes a wrong turn after King David when the author uses Nathan not Solomon as Joseph’s ancestor winding up with Joseph’s father stated as Heli instead of Jesse as in the Gospel of Matthew.
Why there is this apparent contradiction is a mystery. Does it mean that the Bible as a whole is unreliable? NO. Maybe some day we might know why but for now we can chalk up one for their side.

The Bible was written by real people with their personalities and experiences blended in.

Question to Ponder: If God inspired YOU to write something for him do you think that a little bit of YOU would show thru?

#26 Good/Bad News

  • October 11, 2010 10:03 pm

First the bad news:
Huston we have a problem.
“For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.”
God is NOT listening to anything YOU have to say (or pray).
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”
Even if YOU were the best person that lived on the Earth, although in the judgment you would have nothing to pay for, YOU still would not receive eternal life.
“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.”

“Wherefore, as by one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
(For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.
Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.
But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.
And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.
For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)”

Now the good news:
YOU are not dead yet! YOU have not run out the clock. There still is time at any time.

The ONE prayer that God will listen to is the prayer of salvation where YOU confess YOUR sins and accept Jesus as YOUR Lord & Savior.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Whitney Houston – Oh Happy

Now YOU have right standing with God and he will listen to what YOU say and pray.
The spirit indwells YOU so that when YOU die that spirit will raise YOU up in a glorified body.
“There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory.
So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:
It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:
It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. “

HOWEVER –
“And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. “
So it is not exactly a free ride!

This is SO simple it probably will be the toughest decision that YOU will ever make!

Question to Ponder: The stakes are SO high, is it worth YOUR time to REALLY consider it?

#25 Salvation – why now?

  • September 26, 2010 6:10 am

What actually is salvation and why now?
Recap:
There is a God.
He made the heavens and the Earth.
He worked hard to do it.
Ostensibly he gets VERY little out of it.
Therefore he must have a pretty darned good reason that he did it.

The reason that he did it is to test his whole creation and determine if YOU will be saved (get eternal life) by YOUR exercising of YOUR will to believe and accept Jesus as Lord of YOUR life.
“For we walk by faith, not by sight: 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.”

God created YOU mortal so that YOU would have a limited time (YOUR lifetime) to exercise YOUR will. However the time to exercise YOUR will is subject to time and chance! YOU never know when YOUR life may end. If we are saved by FAITH YOU certainly cannot do it after YOU are dead because when YOU stand before God YOU no longer NEED faith – THEN YOU KNOW for sure for sure good buddy!

I just wrote #24 Hell – what the? And as I pointed out, it is appointed unto man (YOU) once to die and THEN the judgment. This judgment does NOT determine which resurrection YOU stand in but rather what rewards or punishments YOU receive. Therefore the selection process has already taken place before any resurrection.

So then what is the method by which this selection is made? I wondered for a long time how anyone could be in the first resurrection if no judgment had taken place to determine that they should be in it. Then I discovered this passage:
“But if the Spirit of him (God) that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken (make alive) your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. “
When you receive Jesus as Lord and Savior YOU are “born again” and the Spirit of God indwells you. Therefore when Jesus returns this same spirit raises YOU from the dead so that you will meet him.

So when YOU die YOU either have IT or not!
For those of you who like scientific “talk” think of it as a DNA marker from which God can rebuild YOU even better than the first time.
“In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.”

Jars Of Clay – I’ll Fly Away

“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.” “ And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.“ “This is the second death.”
The second death is to PERISH – kaput , muerte, finito, DONE. SALVATION is life, living, continuing to continue – eternally!

I know that this is getting a little heavy for some of you BUT the truth is the truth. Hey, I don’t make the rules I just try to play by them!

Question to Ponder: Do YOU think that it is going to go well for YOU if YOU “run out the clock”?

#24 Hell – what the?

  • September 26, 2010 6:00 am

There is a lot of ideas about Hell. Most use it as a curse. Most considerate it a place that you do NOT want to go to – IF it really exists in the first place.
Hell as used in the Bible means the grave (death) and also the realm of the devil in the bowels of the Earth. Both locations coincide with “in the Earth”.
It seems that the devil “owned” YOU when YOU died because he had the “keys to death and hell”.
The devil is the god of this world and was not about to let any of his prisoners go.
When Jesus died he descended into hell and when he rose from hell he took the “keys to death and hell” away from the devil so that he no longer “owns” you when you die.
Hell is considered the place of punishment and retribution. Catholics view it as purgatory an area where you are purged of your sins so that you can go to heaven.
When YOU die YOU to go to hell (the grave). YOU “sleep in the dust” of the earth until…
Death and hell is the repository of dead souls. The dead know nothing because they sleep.

NO ONE however is going to stay in hell.

“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:”
There are 2 resurrection from the dead. Both resurrection are followed by a judgment. The “first resurrection” are those souls that are saved and dead when Jesus returns. This is the one that YOU want to be in because YOU are SAVED. “Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.”

The “second resurrection” is the one that YOU do NOT want to be in because YOU are LOST.
“But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished.
And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
And DEATH and HELL were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”

If YOU were not in the first resurrection YOU are REALLY dead now!

Question to Ponder: Where the Hell are YOU going to be?

#23 Biblical Timeline

  • September 22, 2010 4:14 am

Below is a biblical timeline. It encompasses 6000 years since creation and God setting his plan in motion (see eternity map). As with the argument launched in #2 The Basics, it is very difficult for any one to grasp what is going on because our frame of reference is SO limited. Each period seems like an eternity with every possible event taking place over and over again.
Too close on the timeline to the point of Adam’s creation to depict, we have the first case of murder with Cain killing Able. Murder and mayhem (as opposed to junehem) ensued ever since. Apparently it got on God’s nerves and just 1656 years after he put man on the face of the Earth he sent a Flood and washed them all away except for Noah, his wife, and his three children and their wives. Now at almost any point God could have completely shut down the show but the hardest part of any plan is to stick with it until completion.
Please take note that Jesus dieing on the cross was the main event in the plan and that happened after 4000 years of working the plan. I have quoted that God is “longsuffering” but this goes beyond almost everyone’s concept of “longsuffering”.
There was a play “Your arms are too short to box with God” (1976) and is just one example where it is true.
Biblically speaking little has happened from the time of Jesus’ death until now as depicted on the timeline. Therefore that has lulled us into thinking that there is no God or perhaps he is dead.

Switchfoot – Gone


each line depicts approximately 2000 years

http://www.abiblestudy.com

6000 years is a lot of information to process!

Question to Ponder: Given the information so far does it help you to better understand what is going on?

#22 The Universe

  • August 23, 2010 8:02 pm

Earth is the center of the universe both physically and logically.

God created the heaven and the earth.

“And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.
And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.
And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
And the evening and the morning were the third day.
And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,
And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.
And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
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Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens,
And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.”

God made the Earth first and then the heavens. The Earth is the jewel and the heavens (1st and 2nd ) are its setting.
Aside: If a person were to be asked where is Heaven they most likely would point up. According to their position on Earth that “pointing up” would indicate that heaven surrounds us. Likewise if they were to be asked where is Hell they would point down – meaning in the Earth.


The Earth was God’s first creation of the physical universe and the focal point of the physical universe. As stated in #16 The Arena the Earth is the place that God created for his plans to unfold.

Elvis Presley – How Great Though Art (Live)

However the Earth and the physical universe are not eternal.
“And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. “
“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. “

The one observable point we can detect is that the universe surrounds us and it is “lumpy” contrary to the big bang theory. The Earth is the only place in the universe that we know of where life can exist. Our relationship with the Sun is a precise balance as to allow life as we know it.

But you thought that it took millions and millions of years.

Question to Ponder: Where do you think everybody will be while God creates a new heaven and Earth?