Want fries with that . . .

I am in McDonald’s watching what I believe to be debacle of our judicial system. Another evenly aged man is watching too and we engage in conversation about what seems like hypocrisy of the other side. I mention to him, I have been looking at the growing gap between the two parties based on our judeo christian values. Those that believe in God and have morals high on their values are moving to the Republican side and those that don’t are moving to the Democrats.

I thought he was a Christian and even mentioned he did some Theology. Then mentioned his family is a long list of Mormon’s and he is one of the few who had left the religion. So, I thought Christianity. Before, I got in the core of what he believed, I brought up how I thought Atheist are arrogant in my mind not to believe there is a higher power. I did not say my God, but a higher power.

I explained starting with the joke between God and satan. God and satan are tasked with making a person from earth. God reaches down and blows the life into the dirt and there is a unique man. Satan reaches down to get some dirt and God stops him and tells him to get his own dirt! Ha, ha,ha, right.

Also, I mentioned how far we are away from even coming close to mimicking a human being with computers. They will never be able to see, at least right now. I mentioned could you imagine a computer that had as many nerves as we do and able to identify all levels of feeling. I mentioned that when I pick something up in my had and cannot see it, I can identify it by it’s shape, a computer is not even close to this type of ability.

I mentioned how we don’t know our universe and even though we have advance mathematics to try and explain it, I told him I am more impressed with the one that created what is is we are just barely scratching the surface of.

I told him I had been studying the perceived discrepancies of the bible. This is where he kicked in and started telling me how many contradictions of the Bible there were. There was no proof that Jesus ever lived. When I tried to tell him we have more copies of the Bibles than any other historical document, he did not want to hear that.

As so many people do, he brought up Leviticus chapter 18 through 20 where it appears God is saying contradictory things. he then asked me about more proof of God, I told him that is where faith is. He then asked me about my belief of those folks that don’t believe in Jesus. I said, it is my understanding they are destined to go to hell. This go him mad. “You just told me I am going to hell”, he said as though I had condemned him personally. I told him no, this is what Jesus said, he was the door the way in which to get to heaven. He then accused me again of personally offending him, I said, I am sorry you feel offended, but that is not may call.

He then started heating up more and made his statements personally at me, starting with “You guys . . .” when ever a conversation, disagreement or debate turns personal is the time for it to end. I was not offended by him, but it was time for him to leave.

I told him, it’s time for you to leave, when your comments are at me personally, we no longer are having a conversation. I was glad that he took the request and did leave quickly.

I am glad to always talk about Jesus, my God, the Bible and we can always discuss what we believe, but understand once it becomes accusation and name calling, if you keep going, nothing will be accomplished. They will, if we allow them to pull us into this type of conversation will then call us intolerant. I as a Christian never try and impost my beliefs over someone. My goal is to attract those to want to learn more, be more like me, I always hope, my behavior is one that Jesus would nod his head to me in acceptance.

God Bless,

One final note. I spoke to another Gentleman earlier about the stuff on TV, and he was open, wanting to learn more and wanted to start attending church again. I invited him to our service The Church At Azle

love their brother and sister

1 John 3:7-10 NIV
Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. [8] The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. [9] No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God. [10] This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister.

It Must not have happened . . . it did though.

Yes, the Gospels are not exact copies of each other. I never thought they were supposed to be. My introduction to them was, here are four people that reported on the life of Jesus Christ. To me, I was fascinated how similar they actually were. So, I am somewhat surprised by people that are lead the Gospels were to be unified. I have often heard a critique of the Gospels surrounding the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The discrepancies are around when the last supper was eaten, which day was Jesus crucified and who went to the tomb to see Jesus, was the tomb open, closed and how many people were there to meet them.

Their claim is this is evidence of the non-existence of God and the life/resurrection of Jesus Christ. There are many other discrepancies they claim like this in the Bible, so this just adds to their doubt.Bart-D-Ehrman-Capture

I feel, even great Bible scholars, miss the very point of the story, which makes all of this other information just noise. The point of the story was not to glorify the people that went to the tomb, nor the people at the tomb nor whether the tomb was open or closed, the point of the story was to reveal, Jesus fulfilled a promise in his resurrection.

So, if you are a critique, I ask you the following: In any of the stories is there a discrepancy of whether Jesus was crucified? Is there any discrepancy of his death? Any discrepancy he was placed in a tomb. And most importantly, did anyone report finding Jesus dead in the tomb as they laid him the 3rd day before? Just think about that for a moment, no discrepancy on the facts about Jesus!

I feel like the folks that want to use this peripheral information to prove an event did not happen would not be very good detectives. In a case where a murder was committed, in their interview of the witnesses, if they did not match exactly, meaning, they could not agree on how many people shot him, when he was shot, where he was shot and so on, the man could not have been murdered, but there he lay.

The critiques want you/us to defend things which have no bearing on the truth, don’t let that bring to you a conclusion which is not true, for Jesus was not in the tomb regardless of what time and who went to see him.

God Bless,

 

Ends Justify the Means . . .?

I cannot sit here and wonder how I would feel about getting sidelined by an accusation which seems to have no substance? Not only would I feel victimized by this, I would be wondering how we allow simply an accusation without evidence is allowed to sideline this process.

I am more outraged by the process than the accusation.

I am sitting her wondering if any of you have something that you did while a teenager that if found out today may not reflect kindly on you today. Would people view you differently, would you still be able to hold the position you have?

I am wondering how you would feel if someone accused you of something from almost 40 years ago when you were just a kid and it being allowed to affect your progress in your current career.

What if this happened to a child of yours, a friend? Could you imagine giving your child/friend a phone call and asking “how did the promotion interview go?” They reply, that someone accused him of illegitimate behavior, provided no evidence but eliminated them from the promotion because of it? How would that make you feel? Would you feel this was credible, right fair?

I struggle with two components of the events. The first, is I continue to wander if something which was done almost 40 years ago be allowed to be entered into evidence? I wonder if an accusation should be considered that is almost 40 years old especially when the accuse was not even an adult? I wonder if an accusation should be considered when the event does not have credible evidence, evidence that in normal the everyday world would not even make it to court.

If we can make accusations without evidence, just think about Pandora’s box this will open in our criminal justice system, the word “justice”, I believe will be eliminated.

So, I am asking again, if you were seeking something of value to you, regardless of your political affiliation, and someone accused you of an impropriety without evidence, and in the normal court of law would be thrown out, should this be allowed, how would you feel about this?

What about the way in which this accusation was handled? To me it was entirely setup to be a wrench in the process! I think it is criminal to hang onto an accusation, again an accusation which has not substantiated evidence, to be introduced at the last minute? My feeling is there should be, just like in law a time limit, like in marriage before the vows are taken, if there is a person who objects, come forward now, or forever hold your peace.

Fairness is no longer a universal truth. Fairness is defined by the side doing the offense, it is defined by the results desire to be achieved, it seems we have moved to the justification that the ends are justified by the means. This is a very dangerous precedent to put in place. This means we start undermining the very law we put in place to minimize the means to ends justification.

Regardless of what political spectrum you are from, view this as a situation where political advantage was not the outcome of this process, do you truly believe this process we are imposing on Kavanaugh are the best for us as a society, a precedent you will want to live with when it’s you on the receiving end of it?

Just an observational thought out-loud

This I believe will get me into trouble with you, but it’s something I have wanted to touch on for some time.

The challenge is, I actually go to church, not specifically, but a reason to see the nicely attractively dressed woman. It really did not occur to me, that what I was saying, is that the woman I was liking the dress of, were actually dressed a little more sexy than it seemed appropriate for the environment. Who am I to offer any observation on this at all. Just a dad of three daughters, a dad that knows what goes through the mind of men, a man who believe we should be as conservative as possible when we are among our Lord and Savior.

So, guy, what do you think is too sexy. I’ll answer you, thanks for asking. Anything too tight, things that accentuate your body. Thins which expose cleavage, mid section or even shorts which are really designed for the park, football field or night out. Form fitting clothing such as leggings – even with a shirt over the butt or pants so tight.

I am a man, I guess of little self-control, when I see a woman in clothing which fits some of the above, I tend to look. I admit, I am being selfish here, but when I go to church, I really don’t want to be distracted by a woman wearing flashy clothing. Yes I could ignore, but it’s a little like saying you don’t notice the smell of the chocolate chip cookies in the oven.

I feel that somehow, somewhere woman get a free pass on the dress code. I just wrote an article Yoga Pants talking about how it seems these skin fitting pants have popped up everywhere and have been accepted as a common place attire for woman – even though they outline their lower half’s many times to the point it’s just a different skin color.

So, am I saying, change your dress of because I feel the clothing some woman wear is more seductive than I personally would prefer. Well, I am a guy a man and I don’t think I am too far from the average man, if not right in the middle. I know, when I take my family to church, I want them concentrating on God, not on who is looking at them and why. For even Jesus states:

Luke 17:1-4 NASB
He said to His disciples, “It is inevitable that stumbling blocks come, but woe to him through whom they come! [2] It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea, than that he would cause one of these little ones to stumble. [3] Be on your guard! If your brother sins, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. [4] And if he sins against you seven times a day, and returns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ forgive him.”

And remember the Lord’s prayer:

Matthew 6:13 ESV
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

And Paul proclaimed:

1 Corinthians 8:11-13 ESV
And so by your knowledge this weak person is destroyed, the brother for whom Christ died. [12] Thus, sinning against your brothers and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. [13] Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.

I am just suggesting, Church is not the time to put ourselves on display, it’s the small hour or so, we get to put our Lord and Savior on display and praise and worship him with all our hearts, minds, souls and strength – and attention 🙂 God Bless – just thoughts.

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No Broken Bones

Numbers 9:11-13 ESV

In the second month on the fourteenth day at twilight they shall keep it. They shall eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. [12] They shall leave none of it until the morning, nor break any of its bones; according to all the statute for the Passover they shall keep it. [13] But if anyone who is clean and is not on a journey fails to keep the Passover, that person shall be cut off from his people because he did not bring the LORD’s offering at its appointed time; that man shall bear his sin.

 

John 19:31-37 ESV

Since it was the day of Preparation, and so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken and that they might be taken away. [32] So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first, and of the other who had been crucified with him. [33] But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. [34] But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water. [35] He who saw it has borne witness-his testimony is true, and he knows that he is telling the truth-that you also may believe. [36] For these things took place that the Scripture might be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken.” [37] And again another Scripture says, “They will look on him whom they have pierced.”