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Can 2+2 = 4 and 5?


Is this really possible?

Really, we all know this is a rhetorical question.  We all know that 2+2 cannot equal 4 and 5.  It has to be one or the other, it cannot be both.  This principle can be found all over and really should be considered as solid as the law of gravity.  What I am talking about is the law of non-contradiction.  Simply stated an answer can be one thing and not another.  An apple cannot be an apple and an orange.  An oreo cookie cannot be a oreo, and a chips ahoy.  This is something that very few would take the time to argue.  However, when it comes to the Bible many people willingly accept the premise that it can be interpreted in a number of different ways.  Furthermore they accept that it is okay, and that those different interpretations should be acceptable…the phrase “we are all Christians” comes to mind.   However, this simply cannot be the case as it would break the law of non-contradiction.

A couple of points from the Bible.

Mark 11:23 has only one meaning.  Either Jesus is saying that we literally have the power and authority to make a physical mountain actually change locations, or Jesus was proving a point in a non-literal way.

Jesus is either God (part of the trinity), or He is not.

God is either King and Lord of this world, or He is not.

There is no middle ground. The point that I am trying to make is this, there are a number of church’s and religions that preach a different gospel, a different Jesus, and a different God from the one held to  in orthodoxy.  One of us is wrong, and the other is right.  The differences are so
vast, that there is no middle ground.

Trying to discern which is true can be a daunting task.  However, we have all been given the Holy Word, and have been given the singular truth.
What I am talking about is a little known word called hermeneutics.  Never heard of it?  Simply put hermeneutics is the study of
interpretation.  It is understanding the context of what you read in the Bible.  By context I mean using knowledge of the following items to determine what God is actually trying to say: who did God use to write it, who did they write it to, why did they write, what is the historical perspective and what light does other scripture (especially the surrounding scripture) shed on the passage.

The first thing you have to remember is that the Bible (though inspired by the Holy Spirit) was written down by men.  This is important to know as you read the Bible.  It helps to understand that Romans, was recorded by a real man named Paul…who had some of the same frustrations that you and I have, who got sick, experienced pain, and disappointment very much like we do. These things are reflected in his letters.  It is also important to remember that the letters of the New Testament were directed to a specific audience.  Very much in the same way that you would
write an e-mail to a dear friend, Paul wrote 1 Timothy to Timothy. Much like we’d write a memo or letter to a church, he penned Romans to a group of people in a church in Rome.

As you listen to sermons your radar should always be up to examine what your pastor is saying (cf. Acts 17:11).  Always compare what they are saying about a verse in the Bible with its context.  A good rule of thumb is: if a pastor pulls one line out of a Bible verse to illustrate a point, without adding context, there is a good chance that it has been taken out of context.  This is not 100% guaranteed, but it happens more often than you think (Especially with word of faith preachers).

Be sure that you are examining Scripture for yourself.  First and foremost I highly recommend gaining a better understanding of hermeneutics.
I would recommend a book called “how to read the Bible for all its worth” by Gordon D Fee and Douglas K Stuart.  This is the book I read when I began my journey.

And now….’Blood Libel’


(Warning:   Political and Biblical Commentary below)

(Another Warning:  The views of KCBOB do not reflect the views of KBthejesusfreak)

(FINAL WARNING)

And now this.  It has been very hard to not write anything about what has been happening in regards to the shooting in Arizona.  The one post I did focused on the reported beliefs of the shooter.  And now this…

Within hours of the shooting many began to blame Sarah Palin for the shooting.  Not just Hated because she is Christian?Sarah Palin…every single person who spoke in opposition to the Democratic agenda and had a loud microphone.  The argument, because of some political picture where Congresswoman Giffords district was targeted this lunatic went and shot up an event Hosted by Giffords.  This, they argue shows that Palin had influence over the gunman and thus was the reason he shot all of those people.  This argument perpetrated by the law enforcement agency (Sheriff Dupnik).  Rather than place the blame of the shooting on a deranged madman…It was the fault of the right wing extremists.  Now many democrats and some republicans are looking to outlaw speech that is “extremist” in nature.

And now this…

Palin posts a video and posted remarks which labeled the attacks leveled at her as ‘blood libel’.  Brief explanation of blood libel can be found here.   It is clear now (as if it hadn’t been made clear before) that Sarah Palin is hated for who she is.  Who is Palin?  Palin has identified herself as a Conservative Christian.  She often uses scripture or speaks of our commitment to God during many of her speeches.  Politics aside, I believe she is hated because she represents a POSESSING FAITH Christian who will not yield her faith for public opinion.  The blood libel remark doesn’t mean that much to me in regards to the historical context.  It does mean something to me in her context.  They are exacting a blood sacrifice from her because she is a Christian.  I get that the blood libel thing didn’t happen….but this is.  These people want to see Palin bleed.  Because Palin has been un-yielding in her belief in God, and everything that stems from it, she has become the target.

As Christian’s we all have to know that this is the life we choose.  Staying staunch in your beliefs will cause you to be called a bigot, zealot, lunatic, crazy, idiotic, and any other number of other names.  All of which Palin has been described as.  If you have been put into the position where you have to defend your faith…chances are you have been called these things as well.  But we know these things will happen (Matthew 10:22).  So we all must be mentally and spiritually prepared, because the climate…is beginning to change. 

I mentioned that many democrats and republicans are now on a legislative war path to limit speech.  If it can be considered extremist then it will be legislated.  The one small problem with that…Christianity is considered by many to be extremist.  Given who has been blamed for the shooting in Arizona (conservative Christians) it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out where they are going with this. 

My hope is that this doesn’t hold and that it is a momentary flash of emotion.  But as my wife and I watched TV last night, I came to the conclusion that this may not be the case.  One pundit disagreed with what Sheriff Dupnik did but agreed with what he said.  This is the conclusion that I am sure many liberals are making at this moment. 

Folks we need to be prepared to stand our ground according to 1 Peter 3:15.  We need to hold firm according to Matthew 10:22.  There will come a time where you will have to choose between this world and your heavenly Father. 

Romans 1:18-32

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God…WHERE ARE YOU?!


God?  How long do I have to cry out for help?  Why aren’t you listening!?  Why is it that when I see violence you don’t save those people?  Why do I have to watch injustice?  How can you tolerate these bad things?  Destruction, murder, war, etc… are all around us.  The rule of law never prevails!  It seems like good people are always being abused by bad people!  Justice today is perverted!

Have you thought these things?  I know I have…many a time.  I am pretty sure that all of us at one time has asked this basic question…”God…WHERE ARE YOU?!”

The first paragraph of this post is based on a little known (or used) book of Habakkuk.  That’s right…there is actually a book in the Bible called Habakkuk.  If you read 1:2-4 you will see what I am talking about.  Now, Habakkuk was written around… 605 – 587 BC.  If you want to debate the dates…you are on your own.  Think about this.  Habakkuk wrote the words I wrote above about 2,600 years ago.  While there is no doubt that things have changed since his writing’s…this shows that people…do not.  Now Habakkuk was writing about the people of Judah.  He was begging God to answer him.  God does, but not in a way that made him happy.  Again…something we should all be familiar with.  Basically God tells Habakkuk that he will answer his prayers by sending the Babylonians to take the people of Judah captive.  This had to be a moment where Habakkuk stopped everything and said “Hold up…God I am not sure I heard you right.  Did you say the Babylonians?!  They are worse than we are!” (Habakkuk 1:13).  To put this into a modern context…It would be like God sending North Korea to deliver judgment on America.  It was that bad.  God’s response…the most used quote of the Old Testament in the New Testament…the righteous will live by faith (Habakkuk 2:4).  Translation…I am sending the Babylonians as my judgment…you will have to live on faith that I know what I am doing. 

Are you living on faith that God knows what he is doing?  This Thanksgiving be thankful for a God that is faithful to you.  While you may have a thousand pending questions…just know this…the righteous will live by faith.

Rules….Smchrules


What is the big deal about the word “rules”?  In the context of God it is a big deal.  As Christians, we are governed by God’s law.  As an atheist you are not.  I see little differentiation between the use of the word law and rules.  In the context of anything, laws are rules that govern how we live.  Some, like my colleague Kevin, would say too much focus on the word “rules” dilutes the relationship aspect of God.  I see it as just the opposite.  Rules strengthen our relationship with God when followed.  Some would also see rules as the reason that atheists, agnostics, or phony Christians would reject God.  That somehow the very utterance of the word “rules” creates strife and causes an atheist to throw their hands up and say “well I no longer believe in God now!”   I find this to be total nonsense. 

It is the existence of rules that cause strife.  No matter what we call “the rules” the fact that we have to live our life according to God’s law is what causes the separation.  Some, like Kevin, would say that we have to blow up the myth surrounding the word rules.  I disagree.  I think that we hold fast to the rules because they allow us to walk in the Word and promise of God.  By trying to speak political double talk about the rules we do not honor God.

 So let’s look at it this way.   As you read the rest of this post feel free to substitute the word rules with any of the following, and see if it doesn’t make sense; law, guidelines, love.

The rules of God are interesting.  The rules of God protect us.  The rules of God define our relationship with Him, and His with us.  If you are a Christian, then God’s rules define boundaries on how you should live your life.  One way to look at it is to say that the rules of God are God’s inevitable truth.  The truths define our relationship with God.  In the same way that your father set rules for you while you were growing up, God has does the same for all of us.  Why would God do this?  For the same reason that your father did: BECAUSE HE LOVES YOU.  It is out love that God defines what is good and what is bad for you.  There will be times when you look at the rules and say “this makes no sense”.  But as most of us find out eventually, God the Father, knows best.  This gives you clear cut direction as to how to live your life.

I think the primary reason anyone will turn their back on God is because of rules.  In the same way you broke the rules of your parents when you were a teenager, you decide that you can do without the rules because you think that they are out of touch. 

For example, how can a Christian rationalize praying to God about whether or not they should move in with their boyfriend/girlfriend?  Perhaps you’re thinking, “Hey, no one gets hurt, so everything is fine.” But the only way to rationalize something like this is by telling themselves that the rules do not apply to them or that God didn’t really mean what He said or, worse yet, to dismiss the existence of God.    If the rule maker doesn’t exist, then the rules aren’t real, right? 

Ultimately, in order to justify a decision like this example, this person has to ignore God in some way. Otherwise, deep down they know that they are going against what He has asked us to do!  A life without God or His guidelines allows you to justify any action you take.  Following this line of thinking leads people to believe that there are no consequences, just the immediate pleasure of being in control, and doing what they want.  This amounts to glorified excuses that allow them to bend and eventually break the rules.  These are the excuses that someone will use to ignor God, defy God, and eventually turn their back on God all together.  The issue may be as minor as lying about taxes, or taking something from work.  They could be as major as sex out of wedlock, living with a boyfriend/girlfriend, excessive drinking, or drug use.  The outcome is the same.

We are faced with decisions every day, and every day the Devil has his victories.  The question then becomes, will you be another trophy for Satan or will you hold your ground?  We lead a hard life because of what is demanded of us.  The secret we know as Christians is that accepting Christ and staying within God’s boundaries leads to an abundant life (cf. John 10:10).  The Devil knows this, which is why  he loves it when we fail (misery loves company – see John 10:10 for this also). 

Today people who fall away from Christ  (backslide) are honored, those who stand by Christ are ridiculed.  Will you be able to hold your ground?  Will you be able to stand with God and his rules?  I am praying that we all will.  Are you prepared?

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