Right & Wrong – A Clue to the Meaning of the Universe

A Clue to the Meaning of the Universe

by C.S Lewis
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmHXYhpEDfM

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.
Romans 1:18-19

 

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The Battle for Autonomy

Autonomy

1.The right or condition of self-government, especially in a particular sphere
2. The state or condition of having independence or freedom
3. The power or right of a country, group, etc, to govern itself

 

In the past months, as I study the evidence for Jesus’s life, death, and resurrection, applying the constant daily truths to my local evangelism ministry, it appears more and more to me that the problem with sin, our need for a Savior, and Jesus being that Savior, has never been a question with regard to whether or not these events really occurred.

I observed that the most constant objection seem not to derive from a place which lacks the necessary facts to conclude in light of truth, but sadly instead, from a place within that causes us to make a choice to disregard in spite of the evidence

Now this is important to understand because, to disregard that Jesus was and is who He said He was on the basis of lack of information, would entail that if there was evidence to prove otherwise, we would be A. willing to search it out to know the truth, and B. then change what we believe no matter what the cost on the basis of that truth.

But since the objection comes from a place that does not seek to search out whether the facts were correct, I sought to understand then, where was this aversion to truth coming from? Was it demonic in nature? Was it simply due to sheer neglect?

The answer of course, is made obvious from the scriptures them self, the source of all truth.

A serpent once said:

“You surely will not die! For God knows that in the day that you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
Genesis 3:4-5

These words have lingered long and had a place in the heart of all mankind since the beginning of time. The excuses to neglect salvation do not stem from a misunderstanding of scripture, nor from a lack of evidence, nor of an skepticism that the information was or could be false, or somehow changed over time – excuses that we would never apply to any other historical fact that is presented to us – yet these are what the most common excuses seem to entail. Therefore upon a deeper search, the realization is that it comes from a place of moral nonacceptance. A place that makes the value of the seething lies of the serpent ring true in all generations from a simple neglect due to unbelief, but that stems from a place that lacks the true depth of humility to search out that truth because of an already clear understanding of what knowing this truth will cost us to know

You see, to claim ignorance of something has been an effect of fallen man that can be exhibited in children even as young as 5 years old, maybe younger. The sort of thinking that causes us to believe that if I don’t see it happening, or if I close my eyes to it, then I can’t be held accountable to what that truth may cause me to now be subject to.

The mistake in this logic comes from a place, that has a false belief that “I” am in control, and to give up that control, somehow would mean that I am weaker, not able to guide myself, nor able to tell the truth from a lie. It’s a place that doesn’t see the paradox truth of humility.

For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted
Matthew 23:12

Now, if we read this scripture and say to ourselves, “I’m a pretty humble person, so this doesn’t apply to me”. What is the measure by which we believe ourselves to be humble? Is it in comparison to our friends? Or to our co-workers? Or to those we hear about in the news?

Most likely.

This is because we have a knowledge of good and evil, so we see within ourselves an ability to judge ourself against another’s situation and give ourself a rank of being better or worst off than the other.

e.g. You move out of your parents home and you believe that anyone who still lives at home has not achieved what you have. They are somehow lesser and you are more

But what if the measure that you have been most prone to use in your fallen state of mistaken knowledge of what “good” truly is, was wrong?

 

What if a law existed that was so holy and pure, that no man, woman, or child on the entire face of the earth could have ANY reason to boast of their goodness to another, because in some way, shape or form, we all fell short of this one perfect law?

That my friends, is that the Law of Moses represents. It is not a law that makes people holy. It is a law that points out the sinfulness of all mankind, making every sin, truly sinful.

Only under a true understanding of that knowledge, and only then, can we begin to understand and see our need for a Savior. This is when the “good news” of the Gospel of Jesus Christ begins to really look like good news.

Religions of all sorts has taught for centuries a false way of how “we” can make ourselves right with God. Either by our religious works, or our legalistic practices, or by our attendance, or by our giving, or by some other means of sacrifice and outward profession.

The true and biblical Jesus Christ however, is the story (beginning in Genesis) of God’s problem with all of His creation that cannot seem to understand their relation in distinction from His: perfect truthfulness, holiness, righteousness, justice, wisdom and love.

So much so, that out of that perfect love, He begins a plan of redemption to reveal unto His creation, the mystery of His holiness through the giving of His Holy Law at Mount Sinai, which then reaches the climax of this epic real life story which details the giving of His only begotten Son as the sacrifice for a nation that was doomed to eternal destruction to be killed by that particular nation, proving their inability to keep that law

Only at the cross of Jesus Christ do we witness that God is indeed Holy and Righteous and Just, so much so, that the punishment that abounds from sin cannot be overlooked. Punishment and death are the cost or we could not say God is truthful since His own law states that the consequence of sin is death and we all have fallen short.

But only at the cross do we ever have evidence in all of creation of the vast measure of God’s love. A love that surpasses all understanding. One that was willing to send His one and only Son to be the sacrifice for the punishment we all deserved to face for constant rebellion, even towards this truth.

Only a Savior of the world with perfect love and righteousness could look down from the cross He was hanging upon, being held up by His wrists in the face of His accusers and those who watched on glorying in their deed of crucifying the innocent, and hear Him cry out these words for mercy:

Father, forgive them. They know not what they do
Luke 23:34

Only He that is without sin could then rise from the grave having disarmed the powers and authorities, making a public spectacle of them, having triumphed over them through Him, showing himself alive and well to over 500 hundred eye witnesses. Fulfilling every prophecy, and then victoriously returning home to His rightful place right before their very eyes.

You may trust in your own wisdom, your own righteousness, your own ideas of goodness and understanding, your media driven ideas of love, and hypocritical moral ethics to secure your eternity when you shall stand before THAT God, the One true God who has proven such by His life, death, and resurrection, the One before whom ALL men will one day stand. But me….

I’ll take my chances with the Lord who lives!

 

Bless your Holy Name Lord Jesus!

 

 

Am I A Religious Legalist?

 

What is Legalism?

Article By: by Matt Slick

In Christianity, legalism is the excessive and improper use of the law (10 commandments, holiness laws, etc).  This legalism can take different forms.  The first is where a person attempts to keep the Law in order to attain salvation.  The second is where a person keeps the law in order to maintain his salvation.  The third is when a Christian judges other Christians for not keeping certain codes of conduct that he thinks need to be observed.  Let’s examine each one more closely.

The first kind of legalism is where the law of God is kept in order to attain salvation.  This is a heresy, a completely false doctrine.  We are not able to attain salvation by our keeping the law.  Rom. 3:28, “For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law.  Rom. 4:5, “But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is reckoned as righteousness.”  Gal. 2:21, “I do not nullify the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.”  It is simply not possible to keep the Law enough to be saved.  Therefore, to try to gain salvation through one’s efforts is a false teaching.  It is so bad that those who hold to it cannot be Christians since it would deny salvation by grace through faith.

The second kind of legalism is where a person tries to keep or maintain his salvation by keeping the law.  This is also a false doctrine.  We receive our salvation by faith (Eph. 2:8-9)–not by our ability to be good because no one does good (Rom. 3:10-12).  As Rom. 3:28, 4:5, and Gal. 2:21 clearly show, we are justified by faith and not by faith and works.  Furthermore, there are strict warnings about attempting to keep the law in order to maintain salvation:  Gal. 3:10, “For as many as are of the works of the Law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not abide by all things written in the book of the law, to perform them.”  And James 2:10, “For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all.”  So, if a person is seeking to be either saved by his works (Law) or maintain his salvation by his works (Law), then he is under obligation to keep all of it; and if he does not, then he is guilty before God.  Furthermore, consider Jesus’ words in Matt. 7:22-23, “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23 “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’”  Jesus condemns them because they were appealing to their salvation based on their faith and doing good.  So it should be obvious that we do not keep our salvation by our efforts.

The last kind of legalism, where a Christian keeps certain laws and regards other Christians who do not keep his level of holiness with contempt, is a frequent problem in the church.  Now, we want to make it clear that all Christians are to abstain from fornication, adultery, pornography, lying, stealing, etc.  Christians do have a right to judge the spirituality of other Christians in these areas where the Bible clearly speaks.  But, in the debatable areas we need to be more careful, and this is where legalism is more difficult to define.  Rom. 14:1-12 says that we are not to judge our brothers on debatable issues.  One person may eat certain kinds of foods where another would not.  One person might worship on a particular day where another might not.  We are told to let each person be convinced in his own mind (Rom. 14:5).  As long as our freedom does not violate the Scriptures, then everything should be okay.

Legalism can creep into our walk in a variety of ways. As we see the apostle Paul warns, we must “be on guard” at all times against any such forms from becoming a part of our daily practice which will serve to push more people away from faith than it ever does to bring them closer.

 

 

 

 

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Jesus turned and said to them, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children. For the days are coming when the women who have no children will be counted fortunate indeed. Mankind will beg the mountains to fall on them and crush them, and the hills to bury them. For if such things as this are done to me, the Living Tree, what will they do to you?”
Luke 23:28-31

 

The origin of psychiatry, drug treatment, and pharmaceutical companies

Have you or a family member ever been diagnosed with a mental illness?

 

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 The waters closed in over me to take my life, the deep surrounded me; weeds were wrapped about my head at the roots of the mountains. I went down to the land whose bars closed upon me forever; yet you brought up my life from the pit, O Lord my God. When my life was fainting away, I remembered the Lord, and my prayer came to you, into your holy temple
Jonah 2:5-7

 

What Is Your Definition Of Sin?

What is Your Definition of Sin?

If anything weakens your reasoning
Impairs the tendons of your conscience
Obscures your sense of God
or takes away your relish for spiritual things…

In short,
If anything increases the authority and the power of the flesh over the Spirit, that to you becomes sin, however good it is in itself

 

So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.
Galatians 5:16-24

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The Laws of Non Contradiction

In classical logic, the law of non-contradiction (LNC) is the second of the three classic laws of thought. It states that contradictory statements cannot both be true in the same sense at the same time.

E.g. the two propositions “A is B” and “A is not B” are mutually exclusive

Mutually exclusive simply means that two events cannot occur at the same time

E.g The tossing of a coin once, can only result in either head or tails, but not both.

Why is this important to understand in your world view?

The new rebel is a skeptic, and will not entirely trust in anything. He has no loyalty therefore he can never be a true revolutionist, and the fact that he doubts everything, gets in his way when he wants to denounce anything. For all denunciation implies a moral doctrine of some kind. And the modern revolutionist doubts not only the institution it denounces, but the doctrine by which he denounces it. so he writes one book complaining that imperial oppression insults the purity of women, then he writes another book, a novel in which he insults it himself. He curses the Sultan because Christian girls lose their virginity, then curses Mrs Grundy because they keep it.

As a politician he cries out that war is a waste of life, and then as a philosopher, that life itself is a waste of time

A Russian pessimist will denounce a policeman for killing a peasant, then prove why the highest philosophical principles taught that the peasant ought to have killed himself

A man denounces marriage is a lie, then denounces aristocratic profligates for treating it as a lie

The man of this school goes first to a political meeting where he complains that savages are treated as if they were beasts, then he takes his hat and umbrella and goes to a scientific meeting where he proves that they practically are beasts

In short, the modern revolutionist being an infinite skeptic, is always engaged in undermining his own mind(s)

In his book on politics he attacks men for trampling on morality, in his book on ethics he attacks morality for trampling on men

Therefore the modern man in revolt has become practically useless for all purposes of revolt, by rebelling against everything, he has lost his right to rebel against anything

Quoted from G.K Chesterton 

 

You see, this contradictory way of thinking, in secularism, if it leads to a society without shame, society cannot survive.

In pluralization, if you were to abandon the law of non-contradiction, you ultimately lose your way in reason.

 

Ravi Zacharias

 

 Ravi Zacharias – Is Tolerance Intolerant?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyTa5r4GG4M

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
Matthew 7:7-11

 

 

Why speak up for the truth?

The walls on which the prophets wrote
is cracking at the seams
Upon the instruments of death
the sunlight brightly gleams
Will no one lay the laurel wreath as silence drowns the screams
Between the iron gates of fate the seeds of time are sewn
and watered by the deeds of those who know, and who are known
Knowledge is a deadly friend when no one sets the rules
The fate of all mankind I see is in the hands of fools
Confusion will be my epitaph as I crawl a cracked and broken path
If we make it we can all sit back and laugh
But I’m afraid tomorrow I’ll be crying…

 

 

 

Living in the Spirit of Christ

Liberty – The freedom not to live enslaved to sin, while also not living life with strict adherance to the law.

Walking in the Spirit – The Freedom to build a deep and profound relationship with God thanks to the completed sacrifice by our Savior Jesus Christ allowing the Holy Ghost to minister to us in reverence, repentence, and love all thanks to His fully completed and freely bestowed gift of grace for us all, through faith.

 

Repent

Believe

Be Baptized

And Receive the Holy Spirit

 

Walk By Faith

Living by the Spirit’s Power

So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses.

When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another.
Galatians 5:16-26

Grace always,

W.L.A.K -Cypher
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=peQXW6AziqA