Unforced Errors

WildfireFor we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.   Ephesians 6:12

TsunamiSomeone dies. Someone else loses a job.  We’ve had natural disasters galore between Mexico’s earthquake and an onslaught of record-shattering hurricanes.  The common question is “If there’s a loving God, why?”

People often ask that rhetorically to try to make the point that God doesn’t exist. Some people really want to know, in which case it’s a great question, but addressed top the wrong being.  Instead of arguing that disasters prove that either God is not love or simply doesn’t exist let’s argue that terrible events ARE proof that there is a devil who hates us all and loves to cause as much harm and suffering as possible!

Angry at GodWhy is the evidence always directed against God instead of acknowledging the obvious, namely that such things prove that the world is wicked and the devil does exist? Ergo, God must exist too.

But let’s back up and take this from the top. Slowly.

God is love. As the Creator of us all and of all we can witness and more, God puts Himself last.  That’s how much He loves.

Dog & Boy 2God wants a loving relationship with separate, intelligent life, so He created us and a world for us to live on and a universe in which it can exist. He created us in His image, but as individual beings apart from Himself.  He made us this way to have a real relationship, a relationship of choice on both parts.  See A Love Tutorial!

Furthermore, God put Himself at risk from His own creation, those He loves, by giving us the ability to say no. He makes plain what it takes to have a relationship with Him: don’t eat from that one tree.  Just that one.  Later it’s the Ten Commandments and certain conditions even after the Tree was chosen.  He never gave up on us!

Think on this: do you have someone who loves you? Do you cherish that love? Is that love meaningful to you?  What if you found out that that person only loves you under compulsion?  What if that person has no choice but to love you no matter what?  Would you still find that love meaningful to you?  Would you still cherish it?  Would that person even be an equal to you in your eyes once you discover that his or her love is mandatory for them?

They would perform all of the acts of love such that you wouldn’t know that it was forced upon them. But if you found out that it was all required, forced behavior, would you enjoy it as you do now?  At all?

sexbotArtificial Intelligence (AI) and other technologies are coming together to create robot companions; dinner company, house mate, slut…?  Go ahead and Google “Sexbots” and see how far we’ve fallen.  These automatons are for lonely people who will settle for all of the mindless acts of love, because they can’t find a real mate, sad as that is.

The point is that, in this case, the creators (humans) place themselves over the creature (robots). Humans would get conversation, company, a nanny, or sex from these things.  It’s all about what an individual can take from or do to something/someone else.

Did I just say “someone” in reference to robots? Well, yes.  Because lawyers and ethicists are starting to ask the question, “If AI is a sentient being, who’s going to protect the rights of these sexbots?”

While I find the argument ludicrous, it goes to prove my point; we are not at all like God. We – as a race – create a new “life form” for the acknowledged purpose of enslaving it to our will and even abuse.  Some people find that objectionable and want to protect the robots…and/or make a buck.

God did not create robots or AI. He created living, self-aware beings who could choose and then put Himself at risk by allowing us to reject Him.

adulteryAnd exactly how do we reject God? After He asks us to use His creation within its design parameters, i.e. be nice to each other and the planet, we do everything we can to use ourselves and others outside of everyone’s design parameters.

Some of us even flip Him off and tell Him to get the F*** out of our country and lives.

satan B.jpgNo, we choose against God and enslave ourselves to the god of this world and his “…rulers of the darkness of this age…(and) spiritual hosts of wickedness.”

And who put HIM in charge of the world??

Um, that would be us. Because, starting with Adam and Eve, we chose Satan over God.

When terrible things happen, it shows very clearly that God does indeed love us. He loves us so incredibly much that He allows us to reject His overtures of love if we so choose.  It’s also proof that the choice of rejection puts us in league with Satan and gives him sway over this world.

And then we complain about God’s behavior when the consequences come home to roost. That perception also demonstrates how the rulers of the darkness of this age…(and) spiritual hosts of wickedness work in this world, cloud our minds with bad thinking and perceptions.

Fortunately, Jesus placed Himself even lower than the angels in order to suffer our lot and pay our debt for us. Again, all we have to do is to choose wisely.

God loves you

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No Excuses!

For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,    Romans 1:20 NKJV

Let’s get back to basics. God made everything that exists, and He did it through Jesus per John 1:1-5:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend[a] it.

This is clearly a world that did not happen by accident. From the microscopic to farther than we can see with our best telescopes, the universe is a thing of such complexity that an open-eyed look at any piece of it screams “Intelligent Design!”

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All Had to Happen at Once!

 

I reviewed a book last year, DNA: Pirates of the Sacred Spiral.  Click on the title to see a recap on the series.  Our bodies are an amazing piece of electrochemical engineering.  Once you learn how independent structures within cells and between cells operate, you’ll understand that all of these independent yet smoothly interacting components cannot have happened by evolutionary chance.  Each component would have had to randomly evolve in synchronicity with each other to validate its worth and be “accepted” by evolution.  It is mathematically impossible!

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Just ONE Cell!

 

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The earth is in a very precise orbit which allows life here. The moon also is part of our system, controlling tides as it orbits earth.  We spin.  The moon doesn’t.  How does that happen if everything comes out of a swirling mass?  Did the moon just independently decide to put on the brakes against that momentum or did Someone decide this system works better with a non-revolving moon?Water

Speaking of tides, water is a miracle in itself. Why is it that everything in the universe contracts when cold and expands when hot…except water?  Why would there be one substance in all of creation that behaves contrarily to every other type of matter in existence?  If it didn’t have these and other properties, life on earth would be impossible.

WaterUnversalSolventWater is often called the Universal Solvent; H2O. That’s one oxygen molecule with two hydrogen molecules.  They bond together in such a way that one end of a water molecule has a negative charge, the other end a positive charge.  Water is essentially positive and negative, enabling it to latch onto almost anything.

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Planet-Wide Sprinkler System

 

But water is so common we take it for granted in the grand scheme of things. It is the “oil” to the “engine” of earth.  It’s what keeps the planet alive.  Only a very special substance can do that!  We simply fail to see it, because we’re so used to it!

Our cells, us, earth, our solar system, and the universe are so complex that it cannot have happened by chance. These are God’s fingerprints all around us!  That is why we are without excuse if, in light of creation, we refuse to recognize those prints and choose the lies of men and their Father of Lies, Satan.

Free yourself from believing the lies of the ruler of this world, the Devil. Don’t listen to them, listen to God!  Listen to what His creation is telling all of us; there is a Designer, an Originator of all that exists.

See my recent article Evolution and the Geologic Record for some more info and insight into Creation and the evidence that surrounds us.

Just take a real, hard look at the facts for yourself and see if what the evolutionists are telling you really does make sense or not.

Take look at the world around you, at all of God’s finger prints all over Creation.  How could all that we are and live in be a cosmic accident?

A Life Saved by Death

22 So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

24 “Then he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’     Luke 16:22-24

Does God exist? There are a great many proofs in this world that He does.  His fingerprints are all over creation, both in the complexity of all that exists, from the subatomic level to the universal expanse.  God is there from Extra Large to Extra Small.

I took a different perspective on near death experiences a while back, writing about the events that can happen at death; Seeing Death.  You might be interested, not in what people report after having been clinically dead, but in what those who witness death sometimes see.

Today I want to share a video of someone whose life was changed by dying; Ronald Regan. Not the former president, but the advisor.  He lived a very violent, sad life as a child and young adult.  One night he screwed with someone he shouldn’t have and bled out.  The ER didn’t think he had a chance.  But he did.  He just had to go to hell first.  Go ahead; at 16:38, it’s a short view.

To go from down and out with drug and alcohol problems to one of the top political fiigures in the country is astounding…unless a high power is involved.