I kill you!!
I kill you!!
Most Christians I meet are idiots, and I would probably put myself in that group a large percentage of the time. Why? Because we think we have all the answers and that no one else does. I have the privilege of working for a small company of mostly Christians, and we love to argue, I mean discuss, the Bible and assorted theology.
First let me say, none of us are in possession of any theological degree or other paper that qualifies us as an “authority” on the Bible, but a few of us have a small grasp of its contents. I amazes me at how passionately we can defend our views, whether on the apocalypse, six days of creation, judgment, law versus grace, tithe, or an endless list of other topics that have come up over the years. At the end of the day, no one ever really changes their mind. We just walk away thinking, “Why doesn’t Billy Bob get it? It’s so obvious!”
According to the Gordon-Conwell Theological Society, there are currently over 39,000 Christian denominations worldwide. They predict that by the year 2025 there will be 55,000 different denominations.
Those number are crazy. That means that there are almost 40,000 groups of people who cannot come to an agreement on some portion of the Bible, yet all claim to have the correct doctrine. Why do we even try sometimes? Where do we get off telling everyone to love each other, when a percentage of denominations won’t even recognize the opinions of the other denominations?
This isn’t a Christian bashing, post, as I fall in the Christian category, but maybe a wake up call for us to get over ourselves; to start think higher of others than we do ourselves. Maybe for one moment admit to the world that we don’t have all of the answers; and that heck, some of our answers may even be wrong. We need to get back to loving others more than ourselves, and not argue whether a rapture will occur before or after a “great tribulation”. Last time I checked, arguing over it won’t change it. However taking a minute out of your day to help your elderly neighbor rake his leaves, or carrying someone’s groceries, or buying some shingles and fixing their roof that has been leaking will say more to a person than empty words ever will.
We need to stop being idiots. We need open our eyes and see just how ridiculous we look to the rest of the world. Only Jesus has perfect theology, so get over it already. We need to get off our high horse and instead of telling the world we love them, show them.
- chris mooney
I find this amazing! My brother-in-law Jason sent me a link to this picture by Chris Harrison. It has the books of the Bible on the bottom and an arc is drawn from one book to another. The arcs represent every time a verse is referenced in another book. I am going to contact him to see what a poster sized print would be. Enjoy!
A recent comment by Reynvaan has caused me to do some thinking on homosexuality as sin. Here is the comment:
First, thanks for the comment, no offense was taken. I love to get in the Bible and search out why I believe what I say I do.
I guess I will start with the Old Testament. I agree in part with what you said about the law being obsolete. I believe that the original law, as laid out to the Jews in the Old Testament was fulfilled through Jesus Christ. He paid the price for sin so that we could live under grace (Hebrews 9:22, Eph 1:7). Obviously there is no longer animal sacrifice, etc. The things listed in the law are still detestable to God, and He still hates them today, but through Christ, there is forgiveness. But just because there is grace doesn’t mean we get to keep disobeying God (Romans 5-6). To continue in sin would mean that we don’t truly love God, because if we do, we will keep His commandments (John 14:15).
Even before the law however, God laid out the original plan. He created a man and a woman, and commissioned them to multiply (Genesis 1:27-28). He said that man needed a suitable helper, and created woman, not another man, and not two women. His plan is for one man to be with one woman in a monogamous relationship or for them to be in no sexual relationship at all. There is no indication in the Bible that it was ever intended differently.
I couldn’t find any red letters that said, “the homosexual lifestyle is sin.” I guess I thought I would.
Homosexuality isn’t the only sexual sin; fornication, adultery, bestiality, and every other type of sexual relationship outside of marriage are condemned. In the following passage, Jesus clearly states that God made man and woman, and that marriage is between a man and a woman.
Matthew 19:4-5 (quoting Genesis 1:27, 2:24), “And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?
Though homosexuality is not mentioned, it is not found in what Jesus stated was the correct sexual relationship. Therefore anything outside of what is stated as acceptable is unacceptable.
As for what the apostles said regarding it, I agree with them. Paul writes in I Corinthians 6:9-10 “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.”
The best part is the next verse, “And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.”
And that is the end of it all. None of us are of our own selves acceptable before God except through the blood of Christ. Sin is simply disobedience to God, and we are all guilty, no matter what name we give it.
Please leave your thoughts.
“When you see needs that aren’t met it’s not because God hasn’t called enough men and women, it’s because not enough men and women have responded.“
Matthew 9:35-38 “Then Jesus went to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every sickness. When He saw the crowds, He felt compassion for them, because they were weary and worn out, like sheep without a shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few. Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.“
Wow! This has been on my mind for the last couple weeks. This is one of the few times that Jesus actually tells us to pray for something specific. Pray for laborers. I sometimes wonder how the world got to the state it is today. Killing 46 million babies every year through abortion and we turn our backs as though there is nothing we can do. Open homosexuality is rampant and we as “Christians” have the “Oh well, it’s their life” attitude. Where is our compassion? Where are the ones who will stand up and say that you can only find true love in the arms of the Father? Where are the ones who will take the gospel not only to the nations, but to our own American cities? Where are the “Christians”?
I don’t know where, but I do know this however, they might not be present because we have not prayed in faith believing that they will come, or believe that we are those that will change the world for the glory of God. We need to get on our knees and cry out with anguish in our spirits for God to send the laborers.
Maybe they are just sitting on the couch, in a church, or on their knees waiting for God to say the word, but His hands are tied because of our unfaithfulness! Maybe it’s you and me but we are too stubborn and proud to open our ears and answer the call.
~ Father forgive us for our unfaithfulness! Send the laborers Father! Don’t let our unfaithfulness be the reason that the harvest is not brought in. Do not let us miss our inheritance as unbelieving Israel did, but let us be as Joshua and Caleb and believe that the Lord is our victory and our mighty fortress that will lead us into His promised land – our inheritance! Let us hear Your voice so that our faith is increased!
I just left a comment on Why Organic? ‘s blog. The post calls out Romney for some stuff he said said in Michigan. The post mentioned various things that Presidential candidates could be doing with all that money they raise other than paying for advertising.
I’ve often thought about what would happen if one of the candidates took on this new campaign strategy: spend the money changing lives instead of just talking about change. With the millions of dollars they invest into their cross-country trips and ridiculous commercials, they could go to these states and put the money into children’s clinics instead of just talking about children without health care. In place of tax cut rhetoric, put some real money into a few families pockets that are in need. Give money to local food banks and shelters to help those who need it most. Build a youth center to get kids off of the streets or a library instead of telling them you won’t leave them behind.
If any of the candidates tried anything remotely close to this, the candidate would get all of the FREE press and media coverage anyone could ask for. That candidate might be worthy of the office of President of the United States.
I heard a sobering statistic the other day, (I wish I knew where you can get the information as I feel like I’m spreading a rumor without a way to confirm it.) something along the lines that 96% of the people who “get saved”, backslide. I look at the kind of men that Jesus’ life produced — Men who eventually gave their physical lives and gave up all they called their own just to follow His teaching. I know that God’s power to change us is eternal. I know that we are new creations and all things have become new. I have to ask myself then, why the difference between His converts and ours? I am left only with the convicting words that we are either not living the life He did so that men may follow that example; or God forbid, we are preaching a different gospel. We have either only lived a tiny bit of what He taught, or we have led others to the feet of our idol called “Christian.”
This goes back to my post about Paul telling Timothy to imitate him. Jesus said those words earlier in John 5:1, “Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.”
I need to go pray now.
We had Christmas at my parent’s house today as they were at my brother’s in Alabama for the actual day. I have long wanted to read the Lord of the Rings trilogy and that is now a possibility. My brother and Dad went in together and got me the 50th Anniversary edition Lord of the Rings.
Wow! What an amazing book. I estimate it takes me a year or two to get through the 1100 plus pages of this monster.
THANKS DAD and MATT!