Theology

Relentless


Love, oh such a pondering thought. What many have done for love! How destructive it can be! But what, oh! what is it? How many poets and philosophers have tried that very question? “To love another person is to see the face of God,” is how French writer Victor Hugo describes it in his novel Les Misérables. This is mirroring numerous quotes out of the Bible. That is what I want to go into. You see, love is of God, God is love. We were created in love, out of love, and with love.

7Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.1 John 4:7-12, NIV

He Knows When You Are Sleeping

The lyrics of the classic “Christmas” song seem to mirror that of an omnipotent being, but in a very creepy, threatening way; implying a tally-taking man, named Santa is keeping track of our children, watching as they are sleeping and when they are awake. If it weren’t Santa Claus, himself, he would be considered a stalker, if not worse. Santa can technically be tracked, origin-wise, back to Saint Nicholas. He simply went around and gave presents to people. The Santa today is much more, and a much bigger distraction.

Do You Hear What I Hear

“You wrote that the world doesn’t need a savior, but every day I hear people crying for one.” Though it is very well known by now that Bryan Singer very much intended to make all the references to Jesus Christ in Superman Returns, it rings out a very true note. I just purchased the special edition DVD for my father, and in the special features they say that the world needs a superman, a savior, and that the people involved with making the movie took up the task because they believed that very much. I find this ironic that they mirrored words for the Bible, and mirrored Christ Jesus so many times very purposefully, yet don’t except Him as their Lord. They say that the world needs a savior, and we have one.

The Creator

“They exchanged the truth of God for a lie and worshiped and served the creation rather than the Creator.” Well, if we are supposed to worship the Creator instead of the creation, who is our Creator? The Gospel of John says that the Word was the Creator, that the Word spoke the world, and everything on it, into creation. John 1:3 says that he spoke everything, heaven and earth, into place. The Word is a name given to Christ Jesus. John clarifies that the Word was with God and was God. (John 1:1) The Holy Spirit finished what Christians called the Holy Trinity or the Triune God. So, our Creator is Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

The Creation Story

When interpreting any biblical text, you must look at it as the original readers did, as you should with any book. Doing this with the Bible, you must understand the basics of biblical interpretation. First, it was written by God (2 Timothy 3:16, “All Scripture is given by God and is useful for teaching, for showing people what is wrong in their lives, for correcting faults, and for teaching how to live right.”) And second, this means that it must have harmony, for God never changes, he stays the same. So if you find one thing stated in one book, you can prove or disprove your interpretation by comparing it to other passages of the Bible.

Not Religion

This has been an eager topic for me over the last few months, and it is now time for it to be turned into an article. What is a religion? A religion is man’s attempt to bridge the gap between himself and God, trying to reaching to God. Is this what Christianity is? No, it is not.

Are You Sleeping Now?

Well, as for everyone’s question, I will do my best to answer. What is that question, for those that haven’t asked it yet? How much longer do we have? What is going on in the Middle East? What is going to happen, and when?

Creative Evolution?

I first must apologize for the stupidity in this subject over the past few years. I was raised with a really bad theological view on it. What subject am I talking of? Evolution. I was raised as a theo-evolutionist. What does that mean? Basically you cut Genesis 1-2 in half and melt it into the theory of evolution. You in turn get a chimera that allows a Christian to feel both faithful and they don’t have to defend Creation. They will tell you that evolution and Creation fit together, but guess what? It doesn’t!

WWJD: Walk With Jesus, Dawg

If you want to quote Him, walk with Him. I have faced it more and more. At school. At work. Out in the world. People that call themselves “Christian” yet are far from. People that can even quote the Word of God, but the next day I hear foul language coming from them.

I hear people that claim Christian, but tell me that they don’t believe that the Word is fully truth. If you don’t take it as a whole, you are making your own God to suit your opinions, attitudes, and preferences. Christ isn’t a God that you get to make your own! Just because you have no problem with homosexuality, pre-marital sex, drugs, or alcohol doesn’t mean that you can ignore what the Word says about that!

In Cardboard Boxes

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body. So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.

It is written: “I believe; therefore I have spoken.” With that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead wil also raise us with Jesus and present us with you in his presence. All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:6-18

Realize that we are only mortal. I’m a teenager still (until April 25th), and us teens are know to think that we are immortal. Nothing will hurt us, we are young and can do anything. This leads many into drugs, sex, immorality, etc. I praise God that I didn’t get into that stuff. This verse says that God chose to put His treasure, His knowledge, His ministry, in jars of clay. Jars of clay were about as common in the day of the Lord as cardboard boxes are now. And they were just as easily destroyed. God put the greatest of treasure in us humans. We are but jars of clay; mere cardboard boxes.

You prick me, I bleed; hit me, I bruise. But guess what? The Lord makes everything possible for us. The Word says that we can move mountains! We can do everything he did when he was here in our world. “We have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” Pressed on all sides, and this cardboard box that we are does not collapse! God gives us supernatural strength when we walk in His way, with his Son, the Lord Jesus. I have seen this strength, and believe me it is more than anyone can imagine!

We believe, therefore we speak. We are not to keep this glorious gift to ourselves brothers and sisters, but share it with “more and more people” as to “cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God”! We are called to bring people in, and yes we will be prosecuted by mankind, we will be struck down by this world, but remember that we will not be abandoned. Christ said that we are not of this world, and because of this, the world will hate us. We will face hatred everyday from all around. It is said, even, that in the end, families (brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers) will turn against one another! But we are loved by God, and until we leave this world, He will be walking with us, never leaving our side. Isn’t that cool?

Do not lose heart in the face of evil, brothers and sisters. God will prevail! You bow to the taunts of this world, and you lose. Have faith, and God will make the walls of our boxes stronger than concrete, stronger than a bomb-shelter, stronger than anything we could ever imagine. “Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” Look up, everyone! Forget the troubles of this world, and keep your eyes on the unseen. Our troubles here are nothing; for the Lord created the world in six days, don’t you think He can lift your troubles off your shoulders? Have faith.

Really?

I have heard it way too often, and I have to wonder, is this wide-spread? I have heard too many Catholics that say that they created the Bible, and decided what should go in it, and this is why they can add stuff in doctrine that isn’t back by the Bible. I have also been told by to many Catholics that man made the church. I know that the second is utter hocky, because the church claims that Christ created the Catholic church through Peter (a.k.a. The First Pope). But the first?

Prayer for the Lost

The other day at work a man asked me to show him the iPod speakers, so I walked over and plugged my iPod into one of the speakers. The man asked me if I had anything good on my iPod, and I responded that, unless he knew Christian music, he wouldn’t recognize any of my music.

As The World Sleeps

Have you ever known something bad was coming, yet you knew that you could not save everyone? That is how I am right now. I know something is right around the corner in this world, yet the harder I try to save the world, the more I realize that I am only human.

What am I talking about? Well, first, I will not claim to be 100% sure or 100% right. That would be prideful and stupid. So here we go. If I see the world in the correct light, and understand what is coming correctly, a war of massive proportions is coming. Iran is going to attack Israel in the next year. They will be joined with Russia and many other nations. This will be stopped at the last moment. No one in Israel will be hurt, but the enemy will be destroyed. The one that will intervene, and protect Israel, will be God.

How do I know this? Am I am prophet? Can I tell the future? I cannot tell the future and am no prophet. I am simply reading the Bible for what it is. If what I think is coming does not come, then I will just go back to studying as always. If I am right, what does this mean? Does it mean that I am someone special? No, look up. God is all that matters now and forever. I am just a man, and will pass from this world as the sand blows, but God is forever.

I have told this to a few friends and others over the past year. I know in publishing this on a public site will get me some slack. Even among Christians, unfortunately, I have received much backlash from this kind of speech. For some reason prophecy has even become taboo in many Christian churches, and it saddens me. And for those that are not Christian, I get a lot more of those crazy looks. And you know, before I became the Christian that I am today, I avoided the prophetic conversations, and thought that those talking were just fanatics.

But now, it doesn’t matter. I don’t really care about what people say about me. It isn’t me I want to be seen, but the Lord, Christ Jesus.