Go To Galilee

None of the accounts of Jesus’ post-resurrection appearances contradicts another. Rather, each writer supplemented what a different writer left out. Jesus may have appeared to the disciples a number of times during the forty days on Earth after His resurrection (cf. 1 Corinthians 15:1-7), while the New Testament writers mentioned only the more prominent instances in order to substantiate the fact of His resurrection.
John 20:19-25 ESV
On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, Peace be with you. [20] When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. [21] Jesus said to them again, Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” [22] And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. [23] If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.” [24] Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. [25] So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.”
Luke 24:33-43 ESV
And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, [34] saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” [35] Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread. [36] As they were talking about these things, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, “Peace to you!” [37] But they were startled and frightened and thought they saw a spirit. [38] And he said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? [39] See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” [40] And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. [41] And while they still disbelieved for joy and were marveling, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” [42] They gave him a piece of broiled fish, [43] and he took it and ate before them.
Matthew 26:32 – ESV

[30] And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. [31] Then Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away because of me this night. For it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ [32] But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee.” [33] Peter answered him, “Though they all fall away because of you, I will never fall away.” [34] Jesus said to him, “Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.”

Matthew 28:7 – ESV

[4] And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. [5] But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. [6] He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. [7] Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.” [8] So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. [9] And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him.

Matthew 28:16 – ESV

[14] And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” [15] So they took the money and did as they were directed. And this story has been spread among the Jews to this day. [16] Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. [17] And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. [18] And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. [19] Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,



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

Get your own dirt. . .

God was sitting in heaven one day when a scientist said to Him, “God, we don’t need you anymore. Science has finally figured out a way to create life out of nothing – in other words, we can now do what you did in the beginning.”

“Oh, is that so? Explain…” replies God. “Well,” says the scientist, “we can take dirt and form it into the likeness of you and breathe life into it, thus creating man.”

“Well, that’s very interesting… show Me.”

So the scientist bends down to the earth and starts to mold the soil into the shape of a man. “No, no, no…” interrupts God, “Get your own dirt.”

Danger. Danger. . .

I believe our political spectrum we are witnessing is a sign of the times. I believe we are at the tipping point, as Christians I believe we should head the word of Jesus.

Matthew 16:2-3 ESV

He answered them, “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ [3] And in the morning, ‘It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. . .

The LORD Is My Strength and My Song

Isaiah 12:1-4 ESV
You will say in that day: “I will give thanks to you, O LORD, for though you were angry with me, your anger turned away, that you might comfort me. [2] “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the LORD GOD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.” [3] With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. [4] And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted.

Did you ever notice the colts?

One of the fundamental principles of nearly any study or investigation is that of being “innocent until proven guilty.” Any person or historical document is to be presumed internally consistent until it can be shown conclusively that it is contradictory. This approach has been accepted throughout literary history, and still is accepted today in most venues. The accepted way to critique any ancient writing is to assume innocence, not guilt. If we believe the Bible is innocent until proven guilty, then any possible answer should be good enough to nullify the charge of error. (This principle does not allow for just any answer, but any possible answer.) When a person studies the Bible and comes across passages that may seem contradictory at first glance (like the verses explained in this article—Matthew 21:1-9, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:29-38), he does not necessarily have to pin down the exact solution in order to show their truthfulness. The Bible student need only show the possibility of a harmonization among passages that appear to conflict, in order to negate the force of the charge that a Bible contradiction really exists. We act by this principle in the courtroom, in our treatment of various historical books, as well as in everyday-life situations. It is only fair, then, that we show the Bible the same courtesy by exhausting the search for possible harmony among passages before pronouncing one or more accounts false.

Matthew 21:1-9 ESV

Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, [2] saying to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. [3] If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will send them at once.” [4] This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying, [5] “Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.'” [6] The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. [7] They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. [8] Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. [9] And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”

Mark 11:1-8 ESV

Now when they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples [2] and said to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately as you enter it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it. [3] If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it and will send it back here immediately.‘” [4] And they went away and found a colt tied at a door outside in the street, and they untied it. [5] And some of those standing there said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” [6] And they told them what Jesus had said, and they let them go. [7] And they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it, and he sat on it. [8] And many spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut from the fields.

Luke 19:28-35 ESV

And when he had said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. [29] When he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount that is called Olivet, he sent two of the disciples, [30] saying, “Go into the village in front of you, where on entering you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet sat. Untie it and bring it here. [31] If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say this: ‘The Lord has need of it.‘” [32] So those who were sent went away and found it just as he had told them. [33] And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?” [34] And they said, “The Lord has need of it.” [35] And they brought it to Jesus, and throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it.

John 12:12-16 ESV

The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. [13] So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” [14] And Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written, [15] “Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt!” [16] His disciples did not understand these things at first, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written about him and had been done to him.


Reposted from: https://thethinkery.me/2018/09/27/ford-vs-kavanaugh/



September 27, 2018

The Supreme Court nominee is being accused of awful conduct. He is denying it. What do we do with that?

This situation is just one of countless others. We constantly need to sift through data, analyze information, and weigh evidence. When we want to make a wise decision, draw areasonable conclusion, or make a fair judgment about something, we must employ certain skills.

These are skills I teach in Critical Thinking Basics. Here are some steps to effective analysis taken from the lesson “Figure it Out”:

Identify your biases, and set them aside.Make sure that you know what kind of statements you’re dealing with (Facts, Errors, Theses, Beliefs, Opinions).Make sure that you are dealing with verified facts.Make sure that you have all of the available facts.Conduct research when necessary to verify facts and gain more knowledge.Take time to think about the facts. As best you can, determine which ones are relevant. Look at them as puzzle pieces. Consider how they relate to each other.Ask the right questions, understanding that there is value in unanswered questions, as well.Employ reason. Ask, Does this make sense?Understand that you might not have enough facts to form a correct conclusion and that you might have to form a preliminary conclusion and adjust it as more facts become available.When an absolute conclusion is not possible, carefully consider possibilities and probabilities. Leave room for a logical conclusion, and get comfortable with uncertainty.

If you are not willing or able to go through these steps, it is best to avoid making a judgment or drawing a conclusion. Certainly don’t act on it.

You might speak philosophically on the matters involved (“Sexual assault is horrible”, “False accusations are devastating”), but be careful when you do. Consider how your words will be taken by others, and be sure to add that you are not necessarily speaking about this particular situation because you don’t know the whole story.

It’s troublesome that many people seem to be sure
that they know the truth of this situation.

When it’s a scenario such as Ford vs. Kavanaugh, with two parties asserting conflicting claims, consider whether each party has a reason to lie, whether each one could be mistaken but sincerely believe he or she is telling the truth, and whether memory could be problematic.

As you can see, this is complicated business because there are so many variables, considerations, and unavailable facts. It’s troublesome that many people seem to be sure that they know the truth of this situation. I blame the failure to think critically. This typically is due to laziness and/or a lack of skills. Perhaps the chief factor in this particular scenario is bias precluding thought. It’s easy to believe what we want to believe because of our preferences, alliances, and agendas.

To properly handle the onslaught of information and misinformation out there, we must develop a habit of critical thinking and a bias for truth. In that way, we can avoid being part of the problem and instead be part of the solution.