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I am sitting at Starbucks, and see all these red equals pictures all over the internet.  It made me think.

Now, I’m just your average, everyday man.  I’m not a paster, a priest, or any other leader of the Christian church.  Matter of fact, I am a sinner, and have ALOT to learn about my religion.  However, I AM a man of Christ’s Church (with a capital ‘C’).  With that said, I felt a heavy heart to tell people what I think.  My “feelings” as it were.  It IS my blog, afterall.

First off, I will start by stating the obvious… “I am not for gay marriage”.  Does that make me a bad person?  A bad Christian?  A bad anything?

Who ultimately says what is right and wrong?

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thumb-crossI used to believe that God and Evolution was the same.  That our timing and God’s timing was not always equal.  In other words, did God really create the world in 7 man days?  I mean, 7 days in God’s time could be millennia, right?  Well, that’s how I filled in the gaps between science and faith to help make sense of it in my mind.

But, then, the more I read the Bible and other people smarter than me, the more I started realizing that I shouldn’t care.  If it’s not in the Bible, why should I worry?  My pastor said it perfectly…

Do you have an iPad?  Maybe an iPod?  How about a TV?  They came with a manual didn’t they?  They tell you how to use it.  They tell you the best way to care for it.  They tell you everything you need to know about how to get the most out of it.  But, do they tell you where the components came from and why?  Do they tell you the person that thought up the idea before it came to being?  No.  Why?  Because it’s not important in order to get the most out of it.

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thumb-crossFor husbands struggling with love and relationships, I pray you will find guidance.

No matter how often I’m told that I’m a good husband, I will NEVER be good enough. But, darn it, I will keep trying until I am no longer able. I don’t always remember this, but I need to.

My wife deserves better. That does not mean im bad…That does not mean someone ELSE better…. That means I must DO better. 🙂

As Angus Buchan says…. If he sees a wife stressed and weary, the husband is not doing his job. I must do better.

Eph 5:25
“Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her”

Eph 5:28
“In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.”

1 Corinthians 7:27
“Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be free. Are you free from a wife? Do not seek a wife.”

So, Camping believes he can predict the future huh?  Hogwash!  If you are truly a Christian, stop listing to one man, and listen to the one who you *SHOULD* be listening to.  GOD.

It says in the bible, specifically, “Matthew 24:36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. ”

So, why does Camping believe that he knows something that only God can know?  Why are so many people following Camping and not the word of Jesus?

My largest fear?  That the rapture will not come, and rather than people pulling away from Camping, they will pull away from God, because they believe Camping is a direct personification of Christianity.

Please, everyone, I beg you.  Pray.  Pray for all those people that Camping is giving poor information too.  Pray that they understand that each one of them must get closer to God *THEMSELVES*, and not through someone else.  Pray that they will not lose belief, when it does not happen.

I will be praying too…………

There is a paradox around the term “God Fearing”.  God is love, so how can we fear love?  This is one of the largest questions that many struggle with.  Not just in the Christian faith, but in many faith’s.

‘Fearing the Lord’ is used many times in the book of Proverbs.  To do so, is to keep us away from sin.  In Exodus Ch 20, Moses is given the 10 commandments.  When the people below saw the thundering on top of the mountain where Moses was, they were afraid.  And Moses spoke to them:

Ex 20:20 (NIV) –

Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid.  God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning.”

When I read that verse, I am given the picture of our children.  We love our children.  But, we put fear in them, so that they may make the right decisions.  To make them fear the consequences of sinful actions.  Stealing, for example.  We make them afraid of going to jail, or afraid of how they are making the other person feel, or afraid of how God sees them.  We want to make that fear so strong, to overcome the perceived reward for carrying out the sin.

I see this no different than fearing God.  We fear his power, and give him our respect, the same we expect our children to do for us.

God is love, yes.  But God does not love all things.  God cannot love sin, for it is evil.  That is why God could not look upon Jesus when he took our sin on the cross.

So, my wife has been reading “A New Earth“, by Eckhart Tolle, in order to participate in Oprah’s Book Club. My sister is also reading it. I have not… yet. But because of Oprah’s reach around the world, millions are agreeing

I really should, so I can be a more informed reader. Apparently, according to Tolle, Jesus Christ was an enlightened man, just as Buddha or Muhammed.

WHAT?!??!!!!

If there was ONE thing that seperated Christianity from the rest of the World Religions is that Jesus Christ DID what most enlightened men only talked about. To be “Enlightened” is to have the wisdom and charisma of a higher power. But Jesus Christ WAS an extension OF “the higher power”, filled with the Holy Spirit.

Name ONE enlightened man that was able to cure disease, feed thousands from a loaf of bread, born of a virgin, and even conquer death!! Yes, they all were great speakers and they were all wise. But, to talk about things, and actually DO them, are completely different.

Jesus Christ cannot be placed in the same group as Muhammed or Buddha, except the group of “Man”, since they were all males of the human race. That’s the only commonality

Do I respect Muhammed and Buddha? Yes. Do I consider them wise and enlightened? Yes. Do I consider them the leading authority of how to live life, and even after death? No. That is for my Lord and Savior to do.

I really should read this book. Apparently, it says that we are all a part of energy, and that is what connects us with God and the rest of the world. And that, at some level, EVERY religion worships the same God (at some level). But, to deny my Lord and Savior the respect he deserves is terrible.

EDIT: I am not condemning the book, as I have not yet read it. It seems to have good ideas. Only the thought of Jesus being Enlightened disturbs me.

Do I believe someone will go to Hell if they do not believe in Jesus Christ? No. But, I do believe they won’t go to heaven, if they don’t believe. Now, where they go, I do not know. This “Enlightenment” that they speak of may not be the same thing as Heaven, but rather another stepping stone to get to Heaven.

Paul warns us not to be deceived by other traditions of man in Colossians 2:8:

See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.

I only know what the Bible tells me. And, the Bible has been the leading authority, to not just Jesus’ life, but also proven as a historically accurate book.

Reference: Probe Ministries: “A New Earth” Significant Issue

EDIT#2:  Fixed broken link to Reference above.

Why is it so hard to get back into our Church routines?  Last night, we were hard at playing “Guitar Hero’s III” with the family, that we missed our “morning call”.

We used to be fairly regular going to Church.  But, now, it seems things keep “coming up”, preventing us from going.  Now, a psychologist may say that we are “allowing ourselves to be distracted”.  And maybe there is “some” truth to that.  We’ve just been so busy, it’ s hard to keep up.

I just feel so bad.