Random thoughts from daily Bible readings

I’ve been doing a Bible reading plan where you read 10 chapters a day from different parts of the Bible.  More on that later.  I thought I’d blog on some of the things that stood out to me.

1. Note the references to knowledge in this passage — just one of many refutations of the “blind faith” argument lodged against Christians.

2 Peter 1:5-8 For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

2. Regarding decision making and the will of God, note in this passage how Paul not only had an “open door,” but one from the Lord — yet he passed it by!  Paul ignored an open door from the Lord

God may give us many multiple doors to choose from, so we don’t need to be so worried about making mistakes as long as we are in his moral will and are using wisdom to make decisions.  If you do that, it is acceptable to incorporate your personal preferences in your decision making, just like Paul did.

2 Corinthians 2:12-13 When I came to Troas to preach the gospel of Christ, even though a door was opened for me in the Lord, my spirit was not at rest because I did not find my brother Titus there. So I took leave of them and went on to Macedonia. 

Judges 10 had one passage of so many that point out how seriously God takes the worship of false gods.   

Judges 10:6-16 The people of Israel again did what was evil in the sight of the Lord and served the Baals and the Ashtaroth, the gods of Syria, the gods of Sidon, the gods of Moab, the gods of the Ammonites, and the gods of the Philistines. And they forsook the Lord and did not serve him. So the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, and he sold them into the hand of the Philistines and into the hand of the Ammonites, and they crushed and oppressed the people of Israel that year . . . And the people of Israel cried out to the Lord, saying, “We have sinned against you, because we have forsaken our God and have served the Baals.” And the Lord said to the people of Israel, “Did I not save you from the Egyptians and from the Amorites, from the Ammonites and from the Philistines? The Sidonians also, and the Amalekites and the Maonites oppressed you, and you cried out to me, and I saved you out of their hand. Yet you have forsaken me and served other gods; therefore I will save you no more. Go and cry out to the gods whom you have chosen; let them save you in the time of your distress.” And the people of Israel said to the Lord, “We have sinned; do to us whatever seems good to you. Only please deliver us this day.” So they put away the foreign gods from among them and served the Lord, and he became impatient over the misery of Israel.

Huh? I thought that all religions are equally valid paths to God and that we have as much to learn from them as they do from us. At least that’s what false teachers like Chuck Currie say ( I analyzed his “sermon” here). 

The New Testament demonstrates 100 times directly or indirectly that Jesus is the only way to salvation.  The Old Testament is replete with the sin and consequences of worshiping false gods.  Finding passages like the one above is like shooting fish in a barrel.

Yet Chuck and other pluralists and universalists disagree with the Bible over and over — literally hundreds of times — and claim that these other gods are just different manifestations of the real God.  It isn’t like these passages are subtle or complicated.  They couldn’t be more clear.  So which source should we trust?

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  1. I am totally with you on the issue of God despising Pagan gods. I mean, it’s so clear for anyone who has eyes to see. Both the Old Testament and the New Testament is filled with passages that insist how much God despises worship of other gods(who are not gods really). Even the first commandment of the Lord, states that, does it not? 🙂

    It’s really demanding for a Christian like me who lives in a country where majority are Non-Christians. Every time I politely refuse to accompany my friends to a Hindu temple and actually proclaim I don’t think their gods are really gods, I have been looked down with scorn even by fellow Christians. And the same thing happens when I refuse to take food that has been offered to their gods. Their biggest protest is that other Christians don’t have a problem so why am I making an issue of it. These other ‘Christians’ are one who don’t even know their faith, and it’s these people I find more annoying than the non-believers!

    And I don’t personally prefer taking friends to my church if they haven’t had any knowledge about Christ. They say they don’t mind praying to Christ when they visit a church. Actually, I mind. When they worship Christ in church, they put Him in the same league as their gods which is I believe is more of an insult to Him than an honour.

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    1. Shalini

      In your country it sounds like the one true God is subjugated to man by being placed within the confines of his religion. The same is true in my country except that the religion of secular humanism is not recognized as a religion by its adherents.

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    2. Hi Shalini — great points. I do find pluralistic Christians more annoying than pluralistic non-Christians. The Christians should know better!

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    3. Its funny you mention these things, but I have to ask if you also DO NOT put up a decorated tree(Jeremiah 10:1-10) every December to commemorate the birth of the Savior?

      Do you subscribe to the commercialization of Jesus Christ each year on December 25th just as Constintine implemented because it was too difficult for him and others to fully convert?

      Israel still has much work to do in the way of letting go of their false gods.

      Easter vs. Pentecost. Do you celebrate the brutal torture and murder or the glorious resurrection? We have to be careful casting judgement on others and what we deem heretical.

      Rev. Chuck is no different than the early Christians. Say anything! Do anything! All for the numbers and forgetting his fate is worse for leading lamb to the slaughter.

      Thanks for the encouragement to read Neil. I have found countless things being spewed from the pulpit I have never read in His word.

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      1. Misclark,

        Well, since you asked for it, I really have to ask you as to who are you suggesting I was judging? If it was my friends who are Non-Christians, I’ll say I was not judging them. Rather, they worshiping false gods is more of a statement of fact. As for my Christians friends, again I wasn’t judging them. I was merely saying they were hindering me practicing my faith, which is hardly a judgment. I have every right to say that those people are doing me great injustice by insisting I should do something which is totally against my faith.

        I am not a perfect Christian and I am fully aware of it. I am human and I am weak. But I do have a certain amount of self-control which helps me resist the ways of the world and declare my faith. And when someone or something causes me to steer away from what my God wants me to do, and by doing that causing me to sin against God, I can and should reject their efforts if not them. And if I don’t do that and let them mislead me, you know what will happen? I wouldn’t have judged them, as you’d like to put it, or wouldn’t have told them they were wrong, as I would like to put it, but they would be in the more harsher judgment. Of that of the Sovereign Lord and they would be held guilty of making me sin as well. You’ll have to understand the difference between pointing out what’s right and what’s not and judging people!!

        And, yes. I celebrate the birth, death and resurrection of Christ. I know Dec 25th is not exactly the day He was born. I do know he was born on a cold night. But the date is not of any significance to me. It’s the fact that Christ was born so that He would die for me is what is important to me. I celebrate His brutal death because it was through that death did He save me from eternal Hell. I celebrate His resurrection because it was His victory over death.

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  2. It would seem to me you judge those who do not fit your definition of Christian. I did not mean to put you on the defensive friend, but only wanted to point out Christians always claim others are following false gods or committing acts that take them away from the Father when there are elements within our own faith that commit the same error.

    You celebrate the birth, death, and resurrection of Christ, but do you know what it means? Or do you follow the rituals and practice established by others? Have you read? Do we really practice as the Word tells us?

    The focus is all wrong here. Christ came with a message. We are the Children of the Living God. There is no sustanance for failure for those who live with the Power/Spirit from within.

    I mean no disrespect. I chose to focus on what Christ said not what he did or what was done to him. It has been that way for centuries and the world has not changed. Read the rest of Neil’s articles on government sactioned sin. The proof is in the puddin!

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    1. It would seem to you but you cannot be absolutely certain, can you? 🙂 Because if you can you might probably be judging me about judging others! It does sound like I was on the defensive, but trust me, I was not offended. I can’t know what your perceptions are and I am not going to pretend otherwise.

      But yeah, I do want to address things you’ve mentioned. Let me explain my predicament in a deeper sense. A non-christian friend asks me to worship his god. Its against my faith, so how would I resist worshiping his god? Obviously by telling him, I can’t. He would ask me why and I should tell him that my faith forbids that. And a Christian friend now joins in saying, she has no problem praying to that god. Tell me, should I or not point out that the Bible clearly forbids it and it is certainly not acceptable in our faith? Would you rather have me do that or stay mum, ’cause it would look like I was judging her actions? This, my friend, is one way of bearing witness to one’s faith and not judging people. But of course, you can call it as you deem fit.

      If I say I know what Christ’s birth, death and resurrection means, there are chances you might consider me like one of those boastful pharisees. If I say otherwise, you’d point out my obvious ignorance. Leaving aside what you reaction really might be, yes, I believe I know what Christ’s birth, death and resurrection means. I have read the Bible.

      As for do we really practice as the Word tells us, well I can say I haven’t gone and literally murdered someone in my life, but hey, I have been angry several times and said several mean things in that process. Jesus equates that to murder. So I am guilty of murder. Several murders, in fact. You tell me. I have sinned against the word of God. Not all of us have it in us to love our neighbours as we love ourselves, much less love an enemy! That only comes from God’s spirit. So you tell me. God knows about human weakness. That’s why He said He would forgive us no matter how many times we sin against Him, if we truly seek His forgiveness. Of course that doesn’t mean we can abuse God’s unconditional love. It only establishes God’s complete understanding as to how weak His creations are at heart.

      “There is no sustanance for failure for those who live with the Power/Spirit from within.”
      Valid point. But why then did Saul sin against God despite the fact God’s spirit entered him when he was anointed King? Why did David sin? How was Judas able to perform miracles in Jesus’ s name along with other apostles, see Jesus perform miracles, hear His word, yet betray Him? Satan knows the Word of God more than you and me, twist the same words to careen us away from Christ. Hey even tried quoting Bible to Jesus to tempt Him. We can interpret the Lord’s word in many ways yet the wisdom to understand the word comes from the Lord. And I certainly don’t claim I have it. The Word says “Many are invited, only a few are chosen.”. God chooses us, we don’t choose God. And He gives His wisdom to the people He chose.

      Christ did come with a message. And we are indeed children of the living God. But the message does not end there, does it? Any message Christ spoke of becomes complete with His death and resurrection. He spoke of what will be done to Him. He spoke of how THAT would save me from eternal hell. In the garden of Gethsemane, He prayed that the cup of suffering be taken from Him if that was the Father’s will. Yet, He DID what the Father willed in order to save His children. I don’t think half the world would be followers of Christ today if He didn’t do all that He did and without the knowledge of what was done to Him. And what was done is indeed is what takes me closer to Him, because if He did not accept that, it would have been me dying that brutal death or worse, perpetual torture!! He did whatever He did and let whatever that was done to Him happen, for the love of me. Of course, it is important to me. His words match His actions. I don’t think one can actually separate what He did or what was done to Him from the words He spoke.

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  3. Did you really spend your 4th of July weekend attacking other people who disagree with your theological worldview? Man, stop being so angry and hateful. I hope you spent the rest of the weekend cooking hamburgers on the grill and spending time with your family. Take a break from thinking you’re smarter and better than everyone else and soon you’ll feel better and maybe the teachings of Jesus will become clearer. Consider these as a starting point:

    Matthew 22:36-40 (NRSV)

    36‘Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?’ 37He said to him, ‘ “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” 38This is the greatest and first commandment. 39And a second is like it: “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” 40On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.’

    All you seem to have is hate in your heart. Open up and let God’s love for you and the world in.

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    1. Gee, Chuck, do you really care how I spend my time? And besides, have you ever heard of setting the time for when posts publish? And did you really write on July 14 to attack people who disagree with your philosophical worldview?

      Please demonstrate how disagreeing with someone makes me angry and hateful. In fact, read your own blog and see, by your definition, how angry and hateful you are. Hey, maybe that’s why you assume I am! Why do you have such an obessessive hatred of Sarah Palin, for example? Does she intimidate you?

      Do you think all your blog posts are wrong? If so, why post them? If not, do you think you’re “smarter and better than everyone else?” Can you see how foolish that hypocritical criticisms like that are?

      Anything to avoid the reality of the post, eh Chuck? You disagree with Jesus over and over and over. What a good laugh to start the day: “Reverend” Chuck quoting the Bible!

      If you loved God you wouldn’t teach the opposite of what He does.

      Oh, and speaking of loving God and your neighbor, remember when you lied on your blog and said the following?

      The only comments that I block are those that are racist, sexist or homophobic. I also ban some comments because of offensive language. Sorry to say that you’ve done all that and more and I just won’t allow those kinds of remarks on my site.

      Did you ever repent to God for that? I don’t need or expect an apology from you, but I figured that a “Reverend” would show some remorse over such a despicable thing.

      And do you remember when you doubled down and repeated your lie here — http://chuckcurrie.blogs.com/chuck_currie/2008/12/is-chuck-currie.html ? Did you repent of that one either?
      Can you explain why I should take anything you say seriously, especially your status as a “Reverend,” when you do such things in such an unrepentant fashion? Do you ever tire of your hypocrisy?

      Is lying like that part of your definition of “love?”

      Just wondering.

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    2. Hey “Rev.,”

      Another option you have would be to actually address the claim in my post instead of just launching into your usual personal attacks.

      Why is that you teach that Jesus is not the only way to salvation, especially when the NT teaches that truth about 100 times?

      Why do you teach that we have as much to learn from other religions as they do from us, when the whole Bible couldn’t be more clear that you are wrong?

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