White is to black as God is to (blank)?

Posted: August 27th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: My Thoughts, Spirituality | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

I remember taking aptitude tests in school where they had all kinds of relational questions. You probably have remember these as well. While reading through Lord Foulgrin’s Letters, I ran into a part where Lord Foulgrin talks about the human tendency to put opposites on the extreme ends of an equal plane.

White and black are both colors like hot and cold are both temperatures. The the further left you go, the whiter or hotter something gets; the further left, the blacker or colder something is.

Quite often, we do the same thing with God and Satan. Most place God on the ultimate side of good, and Satan on the ultimate extreme of bad. The Bible clearly states that in God there is no darkness (1 John 1:5), and Satan is a liar (John 8:44), thief (John 10:10), and murderer from the beginning (John 8:44).

While being opposites in the matter of good/evil, they are not on equal planes. This is something that I was doing that I was not aware of. Does it make a difference? Yes, a huge one.

While we often see Satan as the opposite of God, He is in no way equal. Satan’s equivalent would be the archangel Michael. See, while the devil is the opposing entity to God, was still created by God. Notice that he could not overthrow heaven, but was cast out. he did not take dominion of the earth, but was given earth as a domain. He is not omnipotent, omnipresent, or omni anything else.

He was a disobedient little twit that got kicked out of the big house and sent to the guest quarters.

Remember that the next time you are facing any type of adversity, our God (Jehovah to be clear) is the true God, and all are subject to His commands.  The devil loses because he has no chance of winning.  He never did.

Peace,

- C.R. Mooney


Don’t Be So Heavenly Minded That You’re No Earthly Good?

Posted: April 15th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: My Thoughts, Spirituality | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

I grew up in Assemblies of God and Pentecostal churches and also attended Baptist church for several years. In each of those denominations I have heard countless warnings of this, “Don’t be so heavenly minded that you’re no earthly good. The way it was portrayed to me was as a caution to not be so caught up in church “stuff” that I miss doing what God wanted me to do in life. Somehow this made sense to me. I could see that spending all my time in Bible study and prayer could cause me to stay in my little Jesus bubble and cut me off from contact with the world that Jesus commanded that we share the good news with.

Over the past several years, I have to disagree with this mentality; that it is possible to be too heavenly minded that I would be no earthly good. What changed my mind? I can think of no more heavenly minded individual that walked this planet than Jesus Christ. Last I checked, He changed the course of history and was able to minister to most he came in contact with. Whether it was healing, or freedom from the bondage of sin that He gave people, there was no doubt where His passion originated from.

It came from keeping His eyes continually on the Father and only doing what He was instructed to do . See, He was so in tune with heaven, that He could not help but be “earthy good,” because the heart of God is for all mankind to be saved.

Maybe it’s that our definition of “heavenly minded” is incorrect. We (Christendom) have woven into this term the idea that being heavenly minded is praying and studying 24/7, going to Sunday morning, Sunday night, Wednesday night, and whatever other night church programs or retreats that we can handle. Instead we should follow the example of the One who we claim to emulate.

Christ’s idea of “heavenly minded” is having intimate relationship with God. Only when this relationship is established can He put something deep inside us that we cannot stop. As we surrender our will to His, our nature becomes in sync with His heart in that it becomes our desire that none should perish. So this deep groaning in our heart calls us out to minister to the needs of the world. Whether it be providing food, money, a helping hand, or simply an ear to listen, our nature has to be one of a willing servant to those in need.

Recently Americn Idol has started using their popularity as a platform to raise money for many different charitable endeavors. They call it Idol Gives Back. It brought to mind Matthew 25, where Jesus is giving a picture of Judgement Day. Some religious people are sent to hell with the words, “I never knew you,” while others were invited to join God in heaven. The difference? <em>”For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. . . I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”</em>

So I ask myself, who is being more heavenly minded?