Does it Really Mean What They Say it Means?

A while ago I posted some thoughts about the “great delusion” referred to in 2 Thessalonians 2.

That reference relates to God’s future response to those who lack a love of the truth, a condition that will lead them to fall for the lies of the man of lawlessness (commonly known as The Antichrist).

Within that post I mentioned two cases of where that reference to “great delusion” had been adopted to illustrate contemporary events; with the suggestion that the God-sent great delusion had already been, or is currently being, fulfilled.

I tried to point out that those two examples were using scripture to support beliefs that the actual context of scripture didn’t support.

Similarly, my friend Steve recently posted an article on his blog, addressing the way that biblical instructions to pray for our leaders (for a very specific reason) had been subverted, and used in regard to praying for leaders for other purposes – that are different, and arguably contrary, to the reason given by Paul

I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

I recommend a visit to Steve’s blog and read what he has to say.

https://cross-purposes.blogspot.com/2019/06/false-leaders-falsified-scripture-false.html

Recently I’ve been seeing another example of  scripture being used questionably:
2 Thess 3.

“The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat” .

That statement is mostly used as a text opposing welfare aid – assuming that the “unwilling to work” are those in poverty who are relying on government help.

Little if any thought is given to applying it to the idle rich. Those who don’t work because of family wealth, or those who take phenomenal payments for comparatively little work.

It seems that believers and Christian leaders can so easily fall into the trap of using scripture to prove a point, or to promote an agenda, that scripture does not actually sanction.

Is that something that should concern us?
Or is it okay to use scripture as a tool to justify behaviours, beliefs and political dogmas that aren’t being addressed in the verses that are referenced?

How confident do we need to be that quoted verses are saying what we are being led to believe that they say?

Can Politicians Bring About Biblical Morality?

Essential reading
I highly recommend this very insightful article.

How and why would professing Christians think that supporting someone like Donald Trump is a good thing?

If you take faith in Jesus seriously, if you want to increase your understanding of what is going on in the world today regarding church involvement in politics, please click on the link below and read the article.
The issue goes much deeper than the support of one particular man.

 

 

 

What's Happening...?

I remember a moment, as clear as if it happened yesterday, although it was about 40 years ago (!) and it prepared me for what is happening today. Indeed, it was crucial, even though I did not know it at the time. Thank you Lord.

Fast-forward to today. I watched a short video [thanks to OnesimusFiles] that examined today’s political and religious events in America (America principally, but also affecting the rest of the world). That too recalled the truths I refer to above. Both roots sprang up together – because everything in our lives is ordered by God.

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Choice

Dear American Evangelicals. Which King of Israel do you recognise?

Over an ensuing half-hour rant, Trump trucked in antisemitic tropes, insulted the Danish prime minister, insisted he wasn’t racist, bragged about the performance of his former Apprentice reality show, denied starting a trade war with China, praised Vladimir Putin and told reporters that he, Trump, was the “chosen one” – all within hours of referring to himself as the “King of Israel”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/aug/21/trump-press-conference-greenland-jewish-democrats

On Wednesday, Donald Trump posted a lengthy series of tweets quoting conspiracy theorist and conservative radio host Wayne Allyn Root: “President Trump is the greatest President for Jews and for Israel in the history of the world,” adding, “the Jewish people in Israel love him like he’s the King of Israel. They love him like he is the second coming of God.”

https://www.gq.com/story/trump-king-of-israel

The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting,

“Hosanna!”

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Blessed is the king of Israel!”

Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written:

“Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion;
see, your king is coming,
seated on a donkey’s colt

Trump or Jesus?

In some things non-believers seem more in tune with reality than professing Christians.

 

Help – I need a break!

It becomes obvious that I need a break from work when I can’t find my coffee mug.

I forgot to put it away in my drawer yesterday afternoon, so I knew the office cleaners would have found it and put it in the dishwasher.

I checked the dishwasher but it had been emptied.

I looked in the cup cupboard and it wasn’t there.
We have a lot of visitors today, so I checked all of their desks to see if anyone had used it, but it wasn’t on anyone else’s desk.

I looked in the cupboard again.
Then checked the desks again.

I looked in the conference rooms, and even the stationery room.
Nowhere to be seen.

I mentioned it to a colleague and he told me he’d emptied the dishwasher.

I checked the cupboard and the desks – again. No sign of it.
It had to be somewhere.
It wasn’t in the garbage bin, so no one had broken it and thrown it out.

I checked my manager’s desk and rechecked my own drawer.

Then back to the cupboard…

And there it was!

It had been there all the time.

mugAnd I recalled seeing it earlier – but for some reason, even though I saw the company logo printed on it, in my mind, for some reason, I pictured it having a different shape.

Mine tapers inwards towards the base, but seeing only the top of the mug, “hidden” behind others stacked in front of it, I’d pictured it as having straight, un-tapered sides.

I need a break.

There IS life beyond earth

Further to my post Life Beyond Earth found here:

https://onesimusfiles.wordpress.com/2019/05/29/life-beyond-earth/

In which I ask:

Can it be guaranteed that on all of that space-borne equipment not a single element of biological contamination has taken place? That every mission sent from various nations hasn’t transported a viable population of bacteria to the planets that were being explored?

No it can’t be guaranteed.

That last sentence is further confirmed by the following.

Tardigrades may have survived spacecraft crashing on moon
Scientists believe the Beresheet’s unusual cargo may be alive and well on the moon.

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/aug/06/tardigrades-may-have-survived-spacecraft-crashing-on-moon

What else has the space program left on the moon dating back to Apollo days?

Beyond the crashed, the ditched and the broken down are pieces of equipment and personal effects that astronauts left behind. The least charming are 96 bags for poo, urine and vomit…

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/jul/19/moon-buggies-and-bags-of-poo-what-humans-left-on-the-moon

Amazing

Kjell N. Lindgren (M.D.)
NASA Astronaut

Lindgren is described by Scott Kelly in his book Endurance, as being “religious but tolerant and respectful of other people’s beliefs.”

I’ve so far been unable to find out anything about his religious beliefs, but it seems they must have been expressed in some way for Kelly to make that observation.

 

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Lindgren in “the cupola”, a seven windowed observation module looking down on earth.

ISS Expeditions 44/45

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