Tuesday, 23 May 2017

DAILY BIBLE READING, AND STRUCTURED BIBLE STUDY / DEVOTIONALS


#‎RAD #‎ATEND G-d (Christ) #‎IIC714

Daily Bible Reading, and Structured Bible Study / Devotionals

Good Day,

If you’re like many folks, reading… especially Bible Reading can seem like drudgery.  Some of that is our flesh, see this
Facebook post on “Blaming far too much on Ole toothless (Satan)”, as both Pastor M.E. Woody and Mr. Roland Hildebrant have some great insights including but not limited to: “Why would he (Satan) need to bother, our flesh keeps us busy with problems.” Woody, and as Roland says, “There also is the problem of demonizing the "flesh".”  But some of it is legitimately ‘ole toothless’ and his utter hate-filled disdain for both G-d (Christ) and Christians, and an ancient, deep seated (dare I say entrenched) passionate desire to keep G-d’s children (Christians) from getting to know our daddy.

Take heart folks… As both Roland and Pastor Tim Thomas have pointed out to me, there are numerous really, really, excellent free online resources, that allow one to listen to the various Biblical texts, and they are free to use.  They offer the Biblical texts in numerous English renderings and some of those are presented with a certain dramatic flair, and best of all, they are free to use.  There is at least one online resource that not only presents the audio with a dramatic flair, it also utilizes video, oh and… have I mentioned they are free?  As most of us commute somewhere, for at least several minutes each day, I submit a few choices for listening, while on said daily commutes!

The three most common, that I know of, are:

 * Bible.is - http://bit.ly/2qPm835 - also available as an App (yep, there’s an App for that! LoL) – Thank You Roland
 * BibleGateway - http://bit.ly/2qP3Teb - with at least five different English renderings available in audio
 * The Bible Project - http://bit.ly/2qOVbNd - This one has some very effective audio / visual presentations (OK, NOT recommended for use on your ride, or car… no seriously… NO video distractions while you ride or drive, please drive / ride responsibly, and use audio only!!) -  Thank You Pastor Tim

In addition to the above, there really are a host of other, ‘free to use’, online resources, including BibleHub -
http://bit.ly/2qPfdXP; Biblia - http://bit.ly/2qP1lg8; Bible Study Tools - http://bit.ly/2qP26FP; and also Blue Letter Bible - http://bit.ly/2qP27JY - thus as I say below regarding our predictably unending excuses, spare me.   Sorry NO excuses, if you’re reading this, you can access ^^^ these!



No excuses!

“No Jesus, NO peace” and yet, “Know Jesus, KNOW peace”

How does one get to “know” Jesus?  Simple, invite Him into your heart, as Jesus says: “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” [Revelation 3:20 NIV]  How can be assured that this Jesus stuff means anything?  Well because the Bible tells us so, as the Apostle Paul wrote:

“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” [Romans 10:9-10 NIV]

And for those of you who say to me, I can’t be bothered reading the Bible, “it’s confusing” or “it’s a waste of my time”, may I draw your attention to what the Bible says about wisdom: “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” [Proverbs 9:10 NIV]

If nothing else, PLEASE read two chapters from the Bible – (don’t own one, sorry NO excuse, if you’re reading this, you can access this: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John%203:16&version=NIV) John 3 and John 14!

John 3:16 says: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

And John 14:6 says: “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Well that’s it, that’s Da Bauz’s Take on, “Daily Bible Reading” – this 22nd day of May 2017 © 2017, All Rights Reserved. wr (Da Bauz, Christian Zionist “creationist” too!)

Just sayin’...

Shalom, pray for the peace of Jerusalem...

What is #RAD? #RAD is:

R epent of rejecting Christ
A ccept Christ as your Lord
D evelop your relationship with G-d

#RAD your relationship with the Living Almighty God Himself as your personal Lord and Saviour depends on it!

What is #ATEND G-d (Christ)?  Ask me!

What is #IIC714?

II 2nd
C hronicles
7:14

John 3:16, Revelation 3:20, Romans 10:9 -10, Revelation 21:27, II Corinthians 5:21 and I John 5:13 / John 20:31!

Shalom

Cited or consulted sources and resources


Pastor M.E. Woody

Pastor Tim Thomas

Mr. Roland Hildebrant

http://bit.ly/1kliLwA, “Bible Hub”

http://bit.ly/1kliTMD, “Bible Gateway”

http://bit.ly/1MzWhEQ, “Bible.org”

http://bit.ly/2qPm835, “Bible.is”

http://bit.ly/2qOVbNd, “The Bible Project”

http://bit.ly/2qP1lg8, “Biblia”

http://bit.ly/2qP26FP, “Bible Study Tools”


http://bit.ly/2qP27JY, “Blue Letter Bible”

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

THE MAUNDY DAY


#‎RAD #‎ATEND G-d (Christ) #‎IIC714

Maundy Thursday, or… Tuesday

Have you ever heard of Maundy Tuesday?  I suspect that most, like me, have never heard of a "Maundy Tuesday", perhaps Maundy Thursday, but not very likely, "Maundy Tuesday".  Why is that?  Why Tuesday or Thursday, and not some other day(s) of the week? And just what is the "maundy" part of either Maundy Thursday, or Tuesday?

One at a time, beginning with the latter first, “what is the "maundy" part of either Maundy Thursday, or Tuesday?”  Then on to why I suspect few, if any, have ever heard of "Maundy Tuesday".  And then finally wrapping up with why Tuesday or Thursday, and not some other day(s) of the week!

Maundy Thursday is, in short from "Got Questions . org:

"The word Maundy is derived from the Latin word for “command.” The “Maundy” in “Maundy Thursday” refers to the command Jesus gave to the disciples at the Last Supper, that they should love and serve one another." (25)

Maundy from "mandatum", Latin or "command" in English.

But it also, as I recall from my Anglican (Episcopalian) days, deals with the ideal of us, G-d's (Christ's) creation, pausing to give some reflection on the serious anguish Christ went through on the eve of His crucifixion...,

 * Pausing to give some reflection on the serious anguish Christ went through on the eve of His crucifixion..., *

The year, is c.~ A.D. 27, it’s about an hour before sunrise on Tuesday (in the Gregorian calendar) April 27, or the 13th day of Abib (or “Nissan”, subsequent to the Babylonian captivity (1)). A young man of roughly 33, perhaps halfway to age 34 years, rose and began to fervently pray, as was His custom everyday, especially on the morning of the day before (2) Passover, for His closest friends, and all of humanity, really.  Later into the morning this young man beckoned a dozen of His most loyal followers, and directed them to “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him that the Teacher says, ‘My time is near. I will keep the Passover (3) with My disciples at your house.’ ” – (4). 

As the day progressed forward, then as sunset quickly approached, the young man directed His followers to observe the last Passover that He will partake of, during His incarnation. (5)  While the evening (Sedar / Passover) meal was in progress, the young man got “…up from the meal and lays aside His outer garment; and taking a towel, He wrapped it around His waist. Then He pours water into a basin. He began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel wrapped around Him.” – (6) The mood was a mixture of celebratory, perplexity, somber and even disbelief.  Here’s this man, this fellow in whom everyone’s strong admiration rested, and He is washing His friends dirty, stinky, smelly feet? Interesting as the young man’s feet were washed and anointed with very expensive oils and perfume, not terribly long before by a young lady who was one of His followers also.  And His talk…  He spoke of His betrayal and betrayer, and then…

As the meal was completed, it is now well past sunset and the new day, the 14th of Nissan, has begun (2), they sang a hymn then took a walk to the Mount of Olives. – (7)  While enroute to the Garden of Gethsemane (perhaps the very last place where He would find any semblance of peace, albeit in severe brevity, before paying the most horrific of prices, for the commission crimes that He was not personally responsible for committing at all - Golgotha (8) or Calvary (9)) which at the foot of the Mount of Olives, near the end of “the First Watch” (10) roughly 9 p.m.  This innocent, blames even, young man tells His followers that He is “the True Vine”. (11)  He offers some additional words of encouragement (12) and again states that His loyal followers will, indeed, abandon Him. (13

Once the young man, and His loyal followers have arrived at the Garden of Gethsemane, where three of His very most loyal followers, Peter, James and John were tasked with standing watch for, just, “three hours while I go yonder and pray.” (14).



The three, although directed very clearly  to ‘stay awake while the young man prayed’, soon fell asleep.  Initially the young man prayed to His Father in Heaven to have the “cup” of suffering, torture and even death, soon awaiting the young man, to be taken away, the young man eventually and ultimately accepted His Father’s will. (15).  Over the next several hours beginning some time after midnight when, as per our Gregorian calendar in use today, Wednesday began, one of the young man’s “loyal” followers arrived in the Garden of Gethsemane, he was accompanied by armed officers and other men provided by the religious leaders of the day. The “loyal” follower of the young man used, as a signal for which person to arrest, a kiss. (16).  At around the latter part of the midnight watch (10), or about 2 a.m. the young man about His loyal followers, and His teachings about, among other things, whether or not He was the true Son of God (17).  The young man’s answers so angered the inquisitors that the young man was eventually accused of having committed blasphemy. A veritable “Kangaroo- Court”, and the first of two such ‘mockeries of justice’ the young man would suffer, just from the religious leaders of the day, followed wherein a unanimous call for the blasphemer to suffer the death penalty. (18). And not long after, one of His loyal followers, one known as ‘the rock’ Peter, denied the young man, and denied knowing Him three times (19).
At around the tail end of the “morning watch (2) or approximately 5 to 6 a.m., (you see, Jewish law demanded that two sessions of the Sanhedrin would hear and try a defendant, a second “kangaroo-court” hearing against the young man was held around 5 a.m., which ended with a mere “rubber stamp” of the first trial's baseless decision.  From this point, around 6 a.m., the young man was bound and sent to face Pontius Pilate, the Roman Prefect for Judea in the day, for punishment under Roman Law. (20)

Around the First hour, or approximately 7 a.m., the charge having been switched from blasphemy, to treason against Rome, where the young man faced the Roman Prefect, Pontius Pilate, wherein Pilate questioned the young man. (21)  The young man was beaten, abused, tortured mocked, and humiliated by Herod and his soldiers, where His body was ripped and bruised and turned inti veritable hamburger.  The beating was followed by their placing a bright robe on His fresh open wounds, and a horrific crown of thorns, where He was sent him back to Pilate (22).  Over the next couple of hours Pilate sought to release the young man (23), but was unable to accomplish this as the crowds, lead on by the religious leaders of the day, demanded that he release the prisoner Barabbas. It was at this point where Pilate’s soldiers were directed to severely beat and torture the young man, ripping the bright robe that had been draped over His open, bleeding wounds, causing His wounds to be freshly opened. The young man was then taken to Golgotha (8), or (also known as) Calvary (9), and the Place of the Skull, to be crucified.  Along the route the young man forced to carry His own weapon of execution, a 200+ pound cross, until another man, Simon of Cyrene, was forced to carry the young man’s cross, because the young man, already half dead from the torture He’d endured for the past 15, or so hours, (all as an unjust punishment for sins that He committed not!) collapsed in the street. (24).

The above are a few of the points that make up the “Maundy” part of Maundy Tuesday, or Thursday.

As for why I suspect most have never heard of a “Maundy Tuesday”, the answer lies in tradition.  The Maundy Day, as described above relates to the day immediately prior to Christ’s crucifixion.  And as tradition has it, the day of the crucifixion, as most of us are taught, is Friday… “Good Friday.”  While I am personally of the persuasion that, based upon a host of Scriptural points, the day of the week for the crucifixion was much more likely to have been on a Wednesday, than on a  Friday, I do not wish to get side tracked on non-essential dogmas, and lose sight of the most poignant point of this horrific, yet also very awesome, event – G-d, who had become incarnate (that is to say, G-d became a man), died, even died the death of a cross. (27)

Lastly, “Why Tuesday or Thursday, and not some other day(s) of the week?”  The short answer is that the various Jewish Feast days follow a lunar cycle, therefore potentially these “Maundy” days could presumably fall on almost any day of the week, but with the years in question ranging from A.D. 26 through 27 perhaps as late as A.D. 32 or 33, the days of the week where Passover occurred coincide best with a Friday or Wednesday.  And the long answer might best be reserved for another Blog!

Please also consider the following highlights on - some of the Evidences for a Resurrection (26) and consider the God-hating (Christ-hating) philosophies of those who author many Live Science Articles.

·         A Broken Roman Seal
·         The Empty Tomb, involving a very Large Stone being Moved
·         A Roman Guard Goes AWOL
·         The Graveclothes left behind
·         Jesus' Appearances Confirmed by: Over 500 people who saw the risen Jesus at the same time, including several Hostile Witnesses, such as Saul of Tarsus whose own actions during the early church would make ISIS operative blush today.

Well that’s it, that’s Da Bauz’s Take on, “The Maundy Day” – this 11th day of March 2017 © 2017, All Rights Reserved. wr (Da Bauz, Christian Zionist “creationist” too!)

Just sayin’...

Shalom, pray for the peace of Jerusalem...

What is #RAD? #RAD is:

R epent of rejecting Christ
A ccept Christ as your Lord
D evelop your relationship with G-d

#RAD your relationship with the Living Almighty God Himself as your personal Lord and Saviour depends on it!

What is #ATEND G-d (Christ)?  Ask me!

What is #IIC714?

II 2nd
C hronicles
7:14

John 3:16, Revelation 3:20, Romans 10:9 -10, Revelation 21:27, II Corinthians 5:21 and I John 5:13 / John 20:31!

Shalom

Cited or consulted sources and resources


1 - http://bit.ly/2oUU0xx  - “What is the month Abib”
2 - Jewish calendar days begin - http://bit.ly/2oUWITt - moments after sunset each day. 
“The twilight period, from sunset ("shkiah") until three stars are visible in the sky ("tzeit hakochavim"), is an "iffy" time period, known as "bein hashmashot." Shabbat and all the holidays begin at sunset, the earliest possible definition of nightfall, and end when three stars appear in the sky the next evening, the latest definition of nightfall.”
3 - http://bit.ly/2oUY7tz - “Was Jesus’ Last Supper a Seder [Passover]?
4 - “Bible Hub”, Matthew 26:18

5 - Matthew 26, Mark 14, Luke 22, John 13

6 - John 13:4 & 5

7 - Matthew 26:30, Mark 14:26

8 - http://bit.ly/2h5UsoQ - DaBauzstake’s - “KJVonly-ism, a death trap and a CULT”

9 - http://bit.ly/2o3R1Pl - DaBauzstake’s - “MUSINGS OVER MORALS - MORAL RELATIVISM”

10 - http://bit.ly/2o3AniN - “When does the first watch start?”

11 - John 15:1 – 27

12 - John 16:1 – 31

13 - John 16:32 – 33

14 - http://bit.ly/2o3MlZv - Curtis Stigers & The Forest Rangers – “John The Revelator”

15 - Matthew 26: 36 - 44, Mark 14:32 - 40, Luke 22:39 - 46, John 17

16 - Matthew 26:45 - 49, Mark 14:41 - 45, Luke 22:47 - 48, John 18:1 – 8

17 - Matthew 26:62 – 63

18 - Matthew 26:59 - 68, Mark 14:55 - 65, Luke 22:63 – 65

19 - Matthew 26:69 - 75, Mark 14:66 - 72, Luke 22:56 - 62, John 18:17, 25 – 27

20 - Matthew 27:1 - 2, Mark 15:1, Luke 22:66 - 23:1, John 18:28

21 - Matthew 27:11 - 14, Mark 15:2 - 5, Luke 23:2 - 4, John 18:29 – 30

22 - Luke 23:5 – 12, John 19:2

23 - Luke 23:13 - 15, John 18:31 – 38

24 - Matthew 27:32 - 33, Mark 15:21 - 22, Luke 23:26 - 31, John 19:16 - 17

25 - http://bit.ly/2o3WUvK - Got Questions - “Maundy Thursday”

26 - http://bit.ly/2o3VwJA - Live Science “What's the Evidence for a Resurrection?”

27 - Philippians 2:8

http://bit.ly/1kliLwA, “Bible Hub”

http://bit.ly/1kliTMD, “BibleGateway”

http://bit.ly/1MzWhEQ, “Bible.org”

http://bit.ly/2osQCII - Bible Study . Org “Last Days of Jesus Timeline”


http://bit.ly/2o44xlK, Jews for Jesus “A Chronological Look at How Jesus Spent his Last Week Leading up to Passover”

Friday, 6 January 2017

MUSINGS OVER MORALS - MORAL RELATIVISM


#‎RAD #‎ATEND G-d (Christ) #‎IIC714

Musings over Morals - Moral Relativism[1]

Are you one of many who argues that - "I have morals because I know right from wrong." - yet you also deny even the possibility of, let alone the substance of, an 'Absolute Set of Moral Guidelines'?  It's called moral relativism, and it has been the downfall of many a kingdom throughout history including, but not limited to, Rome, Persia and Egypt.  Many, if not most, people who challenge moral relativism, default to questions about endorsing regimes like Communism's or Nazism's moral standard(s).  Unfortunately, this usually just leads to the various participants of the debate eventually crying - 'argument to absurdity', or reductio ad absurdum (Latin for "reduction to absurdity")... So, let's consider some other ways of prompting musings over morals.

If you are one who is given to arguing that a single, absolute moral law, or guideline is neither needed, or nor even practical, consider sporting events.  Imagine, if you will, the U.S. and the U.K. competing in a Football game, wherein each nation was simply asked to select a team full of players from their nation's best Football players.  The problems would be enormous...

Team numbers and Field dimensions bear similarities. Active players on the field at one time - U.K. Football, 11; U.S. Football, also 11... But, what the two teams of 11 players normally use for their ball ofthe play, and what they are 'allowed to do', and even 'expected to do', with that ball... now these are all vastly different.  Also, the equipment the various players wear, this too is, aside from the fact that each team is in a specified 'uniform' with team name and logo, player number, completely incomparable. So what? 

 * one team uses a round black N' white ball
 * one team uses an oblong, typically Brown coloured, ball
 * one team uses significant physical contact, with the opposing players
 * one team has very limited, if any, physical contact with their opponents
 * one team regularly picks up, holds, throws and even runs with the ball
 * one team says that even touching the ball, never mind picking it up, an carrying it down the field, is deserving of a penalty
 * one team uses almost exclusive kicking, with the occasional bounce off of a player's head, to navigate the ball down the field
 * one team occasionally kicks their ball across the end zone, targeting a designated area between two upright bars
 * one team 'scores points' by kicking the ball into a netted off goal marker, on the opponents' end of the field
 * one team 'scores points' by navigating the ball, while holding it, and cross the ' end zone' line on their opponents' end of the field

I could go on, but the main point is that with the vast differences in what 'each side' views, believes and even understands the rules and methods of play to be, a game between these two teams would be completely impossible, because the two teams are utterly incompatible.

Well, ask any proponent of Moral Relativism - "what makes you think your moral views are correct, and not someone else's?" - and you'll be hard pressed to get a straightforward, meaningful answer.  Human beings, and thus human moral conduct, is much more complex, perhaps infinitely more complex, than a mere Football Game will ever be. Yet, here is a quote from a fellow who is a Postdoctoral researcher, UC San Francisco:

Quoting – “Morality as a system of rules over behavior is perfectly consistent with the evolution of socially structured lifestyles through selection on inclusive fitness” – End Quote, Mr. Aaron Hardin, resident atheist, Postdoctoral researcher, UCSF, · January 6, 2014 to present

No absolute right, and no absolute wrong, morals are all just an endless sliding scale of an infinitely vast array of myriad shades of gray.  There is no God, says the fool (read ‘Secular Humanist’) in his heart - Psalm 14:1.  The fool says morals are the result of a ‘majority consensus’ on the part of any given society.  And the fool boldly proclaims that – “We humans sure as hell did not and do not become moral, or develop morals, because we read about them in some text somewhere.  Text, written by a pack of wandering nomadic, bronze-age halfwits, known as the Bible” – and setting aside the inflammatory linguistic choices of the fool, I would agree.

So... do humans have a single moral code?  Mr. A. Harding sure seems to think not.  If yes, why, and where did it come from?  If no, why not?  And how can anyone ever be found guilty, or not-guilty, of violating any rules, laws, or even simple guidelines, where there's no set standard?  If there is a standard, how is it decided, by whom and why (or on what basis) is that one single standard accepted, while others are rejected?

What makes the moral standards of any one nation, or kingdom, more or less correct, meaningful and functional, than those of any other nation's moral standards?  What makes something like a large international organization, such as the U.N., and its morals standards, more or less appropriate than any one individual nation's or kingdom's set of moral standards? And why?

Man’s morality is the sole and direct result of G-d’s (Christ’s) creative process, and Will, in and for our lives.  His Word tells us that – “…the secrets of God from the foundation of the world are appearing to his creatures through intelligence, even his power and his eternal Godhead…” – Romans 1:20, Aramaic Bible in Plain English; and “…heaven declares the glory of God…” (adapted from) Psalm 19:1, NIV; and the very pinnacle of WHY we have morals – “…that which is known about God is evident within them [in their inner consciousness], for God made it evident to them…” – Romans 1:19, AMP, such “…that they are without excuse.” Romans 1:20 b, KJV

That Which Is KNOWN ABOUT GOD Is EVIDENT Within Them [In Their Inner Consciousness], FOR GOD MADE IT EVIDENT to Them, such that They Are Without Excuse

Again, one does not know that G-d is real, or have morals, BECAUSE he / she read it in a book, or a volume of some 66 Books somewhere.  One has morals, and ‘knows’ that G-d is real, very real indeed, because G-d made man that way (with Morals).  People deny G-d is real, some even deny that they somehow know, deep down inside, that He is, indeed very real, and that’s okay.  As an aside, C.S. Lewis deals with this theme in his book, “Mere Christianity”.  Denial of a fact, does not make the fact any less real.  Many deny gravity… some deny it at their own peril, sadly a few, very, very few thankfully, deny gravity to their own demise.

What makes you believe that your specific idea of a moral set of standards, absent a single absolute set of guidelines, is better than your neighbours?

“No Jesus, NO peace” and yet, “Know Jesus, KNOW peace”

How does one get to “know” Jesus?  Simple, invite Him into your heart, as Jesus says: “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” [Revelation 3:20 NIV]  How can be assured that this Jesus stuff means anything?  Well because the Bible tells us so, as the Apostle Paul wrote:

“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” [Romans 10:9-10 NIV]

And for those of you who say to me, I can’t be bothered reading the Bible, “it’s confusing” or “it’s a waste of my time”, may I draw your attention to what the Bible says about wisdom: “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” [Proverbs 9:10 NIV]

If nothing else, PLEASE read two chapters from the Bible – (don’t own one, sorry NO excuse, if you’re reading this, you can access this: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John%203:16&version=NIV) John 3 and John 14!

John 3:16 says:  “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

And John 14:6 says: “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Well that’s it, that’s Da Bauz’s Take on, “Moral Relativism” – this 6th day of January 2017 © 2017, All Rights Reserved. wr (Da Bauz, Christian Zionist “creationist” too!)

Just sayin’...

Shalom, pray for the peace of Jerusalem...

What is #RAD? #RAD is:

R epent of rejecting Christ
A ccept Christ as your Lord
D evelop your relationship with G-d

#RAD your relationship with the Living Almighty God Himself as your personal Lord and Saviour depends on it!

What is #ATEND G-d (Christ)?  Ask me!

What is #IIC714?

II 2nd
C hronicles
7:14

John 3:16, Revelation 3:20, Romans 10:9 -10, Revelation 21:27, II Corinthians 5:21 and I John 5:13 / John 20:31!

Shalom

Cited or consulted sources and resources


[1] - "Moral relativism is the view that moral judgments are true or false only relative to some particular standpoint (for instance, that of a culture or a historical period) and that no standpoint is uniquely privileged over all others.", http://www.iep.utm.edu/moral-re

http://bit.ly/1kliLwA, “Bible Hub”

http://bit.ly/1kliTMD, “BibleGateway”


http://bit.ly/1MzWhEQ, “Bible.org”

Saturday, 3 December 2016

The Prosperity Gospel


#‎RAD #‎ATEND G-d (Christ) #‎IIC714

The Prosperity Gospel

Let's talk a little about the "Prosperity Gurus" and the allegedly false Gospel thereof, at least according to the hypocrite Pharisees, shall we... hmmm?

Consider some very rich "Pastors", such as Creflo Dollar, Benny Hinn, "Bishop" Edir Macedo, TD Jakes, Joel Osteen, "Pastor" E.A Adeboye, David O. Oyedepo, "Pastor" Chris Oyakhilome, Billy Graham, Franklin Graham, Kenneth Copeland & Eddie L. Long.  Which ones are false teachers and why?

Joel Osteen Denies the Gospel (Embraces Mormonism)


For the record, I maintain my stand, and my views, that criticizing a Minister (or Ministry) simply because he / she / it has a very big house, a private jet, huge church services, etc., is sadly just not cool, and indeed downright ungodly!  It ranks right up there with criticizing Obama for allegedly being a cross-dressing female only disguised as a male.  In the case of Osteen specifically, criticizing his big house, private jet o and / or yuuuuuuge church services as being ungodly… well frankly that bears as much relevance as criticizing Obama for being a cross-dresser. 

On the other hand, criticizing Obama for his presidential lacklustre performance is as valid, as is challenging Osteen's theology based on his unmitigated endorsement of Mormonism.

Sadly, Joel Osteen says (perhaps out of shear ignorance, perhaps out of blatant disregard for truth? I neither know, nor do I really care) that Mormonism is Christian.  But is it, really?


Question: "Is Mormon a true Christian?

Reply, Osteen (12 / 23 / 07) - "...well, in my mind they are..."

Continuing, Osteen goes on to clarify:

“Mitt Romney has said that he Believes* In* Christ* as his saviour, and that's what I believe..." and "...from what I've heard from Mitt when he says that 'Christ is his saviour', that's a common bond with me.”

The Mormon church is well noted for preaching a very real, living, dynamic and even vibrant personal relationship with "it", whom they call 'jesus christ'.  And based upon what can be read in Acts 8:9 - 25, with respect to a man simply known as Simon the Sorcerer or Simon the Magician, I have no doubt that the Mormons do, very much, have a very real, very dynamic personal relationship with a spirit, a 'familiar spirit' - Leviticus 19:31; 20:6, 27; Deuteronomy 18:9-14; and Ephesians 6:12...  I do not say this lightly, as in I take this subject matter very, very seriously.

Mormonism, by teaching that their jesus is half-brother to Lucifer, a created being, set themselves very distinctly apart from Biblical Christianity.  The Scriptures are clear, denying the deity of Christ (that is to deny that Christ is G-d) is anti-Christ. I John 2:22 & II John 1:7

Remember - "Beloved, do not believe all spirits, but be distinguishing between the spirits whether they are from God, because many false Prophets have gone out into the world." - I John 4:1, Aramaic Bible in Plain English

* “Believes In Christ!” Big deal, according to James 2:19, demons *believe* also, do you think their 'saved'?  Scripture tells us that they, the demons, shudder at the very thought of Jesus...

Continuing, in many a thread on FascistBook, a number of people have both regularly and frequently highlighted that their major concerns with Osteen (and the “prosperity teaching / gospel) are about Big Houses, Private Jets, Big Fat Bank Accounts, and / or yuuuuuuge church services, etc.  Comments have included statements like - "...preaches the gospel of prosperity..." and "...our reward is in heaven..." all with a bent towards disparaging Osteen and the others solely on the basis of their big house, big bank accounts, private jets yada, yada, yada...

Respectfully, I must disagree...

My angst, with Osteen, has nothing to do with his Big House, Private Jets, Yuuuuuuge Church Services or Big Fat Bank Accounts, etc.  Instead my odd with Osteen rests squarely on the character of he, whom Osteen claims Jesus the Christ / Yeshua Ha Mashiach (Rabbi Yeshua bar Yosef) to be... the half-brother to Lucifer, which is in agreement with what Mormonism preaches.

Again, I've heard people rag on Osteen's big house, private jets, big fat bank accounts, (heard people for years disparage Billy Graham for many of the very same kinds of reasons as Osteen has been disparaged over)...  but none of those things are truly items of substance, in terms of whether Osteen was, or was not (or is, or is not) truly a man of G-d (Christ).

The “prosperity” teachings are always the primary focus of most people's complaints.   But are they, the “prosperity teachings”, really 'False Teachings'?  Really?

Sure, Jesus told the “rich young ruler” to sell everything, and give, give, give... Matthew 19:21  – “Give everything you have to the poor”.

B U T.... but in both of the other two, of the three in total, cases wherein Jesus spoke to RICH people, He (Jesus) made no such directive!  None.  Please people, we need to get back to the heart of Jesus, and cut the crap with bogus absolutes.

Clearly, Jesus told the "rich young ruler" to sell everything, and give, Give, GIVE... But, this is just NOT the case with either Nicodemus, or Zacchaeus (two people for whom those who seem ardently opposed to the "prosperity" teachings, love to evade), who in each case neither was told - "Give everything you have to the poor"

In the case of Nicodemus, Jesus very simply said - "You must be born again." - John 3.  Yet No Where does Jesus tell Nicodemus that he needs to give up all of his earthly wealth.  No Where!

In the case of Zacchaeus, Jesus said – “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham.” - And Jesus said these words on the heals of Zacchaeus saying – “Look, I'll give half of my possessions to the poor, Lord! And if I have extorted anything from anyone, I'll pay back four times as much!” Luke 19:8 – 9, yet again… Jesus said NOTHING of Zacchaeus having to give up ALL of his earthly wealth.  If fact, it was not even Jesus who ‘directed’ Zacchaeus to give up half…

Christ looks at our hearts, not at our means or lack thereof.

So much for G-d (Christ) hating RICH folk...

So then, what is the problem with Osteen?

Again, bitching, moaning and bellie-aching about Osteen's big house, private jets and big fat bank accounts, etc., just does not make the grade. So what does then?  Consider this, the character of the Jesus that Osteen preaches.

By preaching that the Mormon church is - "just as Christian as any other Christian church" - and by claiming that Mormonism preaches the same jesus as Biblical Christianity, Osteen exposes not only his own personal ignorance, and / or his error of judgment, about WHO Christ is, but frankly he also preaches heresy!

The Jesus of the Biblical texts is G-d, incarnate.  And G-d (Christ) wants a living, vibrant and dynamic relationship with His followers.  Christ is NOT 'a god' (JW-ism), not a deified man (Mormonism), not a demi-god (Mormonism), and certainly NOT a created being, who is a half-brother to Lucifer (as both the Mormons and JW’s effectively teach, to one degree or another).

So please understand, and understand very, very clearly.  Yes, I have issues with Osteen and his "christian" preaching.  I do.  But please also know this, my angst has nothing to do with his Big House, Private Jets, Yuuuuuuge Church Services or Big Fat Bank Accounts, etc..  Instead my odd with Osteen rests squarely on the character of he, whom Osteen claims Jesus the Christ to be... half-brother to Lucifer.

“No Jesus, NO peace” and yet, “Know Jesus, KNOW peace”

How does one get to “know” Jesus?  Simple, invite Him into your heart, as Jesus says: “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” [Revelation 3:20 NIV]  How can be assured that this Jesus stuff means anything?  Well because the Bible tells us so, as the Apostle Paul wrote:

“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” [Romans 10:9-10 NIV]

And for those of you who say to me, I can’t be bothered reading the Bible, “it’s confusing” or “it’s a waste of my time”, may I draw your attention to what the Bible says about wisdom: “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” [Proverbs 9:10 NIV]

If nothing else, PLEASE read two chapters from the Bible – (don’t own one, sorry NO excuse, if you’re reading this, you can access this: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John%203:16&version=NIV) John 3 and John 14!

John 3:16 says:  “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

And John 14:6 says: “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Well that’s it, that’s Da Bauz’s take on “The Prosperity Gospel”, this 3rd, day of December, 2016 © 2016, All Rights Reserved. wr (Da Bauz, Christian Zionist “creationist” too!)

Just sayin’...

Shalom, pray for the peace of Jerusalem...

What is #RAD? #RAD is:

R epent of rejecting Christ
A ccept Christ as your Lord
D evelop your relationship with G-d

#RAD your relationship with the Living Almighty God Himself as your personal Lord and Saviour depends on it!

What is #ATEND G-d (Christ)?  Ask me!

What is #IIC714?

II 2nd
C hronicles
7:14

John 3:16, Revelation 3:20, Romans 10:9 -10, Revelation 21:27, II Corinthians 5:21 and I John 5:13 / John 20:31!

Shalom

Cited or consulted sources and resources


[1] – “Joel Osteen Denies the Gospel (Embraces Mormonism)”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FNvNhq-brs&feature=youtu.be  

[2] – “Joel Osteen says Mormon are true Christians”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmL28JB3mBc&app=desktop   

http://bit.ly/1kliLwA - “Bible Hub”

http://bit.ly/1kliTMD - “BibleGateway”

http://bit.ly/1MzWhEQ - “Bible.org”