This is the first in what I plan to be a long line of blogs from what I call “The Christian Rant.” It is a gift of spewing out my strong beliefs and opinions, something that I no doubt inherited from my late grandfather.
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Each night as he locked up the store and walked up the few stairs which led into his house, he pulled out the coffee cans, poured a glass of milk, and began to count the money and store it away.
If you happened to be sitting there in the kitchen with him you would receive a first-class rant about right and wrong, God and the bible, and things that mattered most to him.
Never in a mean way but always filled with emotion and sincerity that could be felt and heard.
As a young boy, I can remember how serious his tone and facial expressions would be, and while I was young, I generally got the points he made.
How could I not, he made them quite clear. Always, when he was done, a big grin would come over his face as he slapped me on the shoulder or lightly tapped me with his fist as if to say, I mean it all for your good.
But he had to get it out, and I suppose I was his only audience by default many nights.
Looking back at those times, I can still hear his strong voice, his crazy laugh, and remember his energy and passion for every word he spoke.
It was as though he were speaking in front of a packed auditorium of people and I had a VIP backstage pass.
How I would love to sit at the table, see my mother roll her eyes as Pops went on and on, and listen to him again.
I would love just to see my mother again for that matter.
So anyway, This is not my fault that you have to read any of this and you may place all of the blame squarely on Pops.
In all seriousness, nothing I am going to say came from him necessarily, and are my views and opinions.
You are free to disagree or agree.
I share because I do believe in what I will tell you and I do care about this country and this world.
And while I do not know you, I care about you as well.
Most importantly, I care about Truth and not popularity. For me not speak up at such a time as this, would be my biggest failure of all.
My Chief Aim
The ultimate aim of these will be to encourage, inform, and help Christians. I am called to serve the body of Christ first and foremost.
Second, I want to point those who do not believe in Christ who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, to Him and His Word. Jesus is the Living Word.
Ultimately, we all decide for ourselves and one thing I know, if I can talk you into something, someone else can talk you out of it. I know that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. My words may have little to no real effects on anyone, but God’s words will not return to Him void.
That doesn’t mean that I still won’t rant 🙂
So without further ado, I give you, The Christian Rant, # 1
Time To Wake Up
If you are struggling and feel stuck in life, nothing seems to change for the better, and you never seem to be able to reach your goals, I want to encourage you today.
You can change, you can be happy, and you can feel good no matter what you have been through or how much you have suffered.
But even if you live a great, rich, and happy life, what then?
If you gain the entire world, build enormous mansions, have the finest clothes, the fastest cars, a luxury jet, and a million friends, when you die, you leave it all behind. ALL OF IT.
You don`t even get to take your body with you when you leave here. Your body will return to the exact place from which it came, dust.
Now, that is a proven fact which no one can dispute. So, it is best to come to grips with facts, accept them, and adjust accordingly. It may be the best chance you have to WAKE-UP.
For Me, It Begins and Ends With Jesus!
Jesus lived and walked this earth and this too is a FACT.
And what we know about Jesus comes from the most vetted book in the history of this world.
The bible is filled with authentic and historical accounts of people just like us. Men and women who went through horrible trials, oppression, and hardships. The documentation and authenticity of the scripture are second to none. (which is why it was so smart to remove it from schools because kids might believe it)
Now we cannot have children going around loving their neighbor as themselves or respecting their parents, nooo. What we are seeing now with a lack of respect and increasing disrespect is much better. I think not.
Back to The Bible
The Holy Bible is 66 books written at various times in history by various men who God chose to do so.
Do you think that God could create the heavens and the earth but not be able to handle a book so that everyone could know Him and His will?
The computer and television were still a ways off and word of mouth, well, we all know how the story can change with using only that method.
It was the wisest way and the only way to preserve Truth for all generations to come.
Not exactly a “big to-do” when you creating the sun and moon.
But to make sure all the nay-sayers and doubters would have no reason outside of pride and their own choice to say that it was not an accurate set of books, God gave men and women real revelations and prophesies that would happen hundreds and even thousands of years later to absolute precise and undeniable accuracy.
Time and time again archaeologists who may have set out to disprove the ancient scrolls and their claims had to be set straight by the overwhelming evidence found supporting its claims. So, let’s just forget all that and go dig for dinosaur bones instead.
That will prove we come from monkeys right? Uh, no. It proves you found bones of animals that no longer exist. Species go extinct every year does that prove anything except they are gone?
There are no “errors” in the bible on any content whatsoever unless we are talking about a comma or insignificant comparisons of similar things.
And that in no way means the bible has errors. People say that to try and justify themselves and their conscience as well as keep others from reading and believing.
I can tell you scripture is far more accurate than any of our modern history books could ever hope to be.
Found in different places at different times and written in different languages, there is no other volume of ancient history that comes anywhere close to the bible.
Scripture is the most vetted document in the history of the world.
There are over 5,800 known Greek New Testament manuscripts and more than 2.6 million pages. When we combine the new and old Testament manuscripts and scrolls there are more than 66,000.
The first five books of the Old Testament are believed to have been written by Moses sometime around 3,500 years ago.
It begins back before the world was the way we know it to be now.
The new testament all written by those who saw and knew Jesus (or Apostles) from 50Ad to the last book at around 150AD.
No other book or body of work compares to the bible as it has been the source of knowledge as to how we all got here, why we are the way we are, why everyone dies and where they go, what has happened, and how it all will end.
Because the bible is the living word of God, we cannot compare it with anything else.
So What Are We Doing?
The common practice in our culture when it comes to reading has been to read only what is necessary to survive and a little more.
What`s disturbing is the thirst for as much tabloid type news and information as we can get. This is nothing more than gossip in written form.
Truth is seldom present and minds are shaped and programed in ways that hinder those who digest its never-ending supply of name-calling and storytelling.
Added to that are the made-up myths and stories of people and places that never existed and are full of superstition and fables. These seem to be accepted as though they are historical facts and without question for many people.
Worshiping the created rather than the Creator
Rather than take the accurate truth of scripture we read the daily horoscope and listen to someone telling us what the alignment of the stars has to do with our current and future life as though stars themselves are gods.
And, if the above-mentioned practices and direction we are headed in suits you then you have the right to do all of the above as millions of Americans now do.
But do not for a minute think that you move God out and have no religion.
You do not remove something this important out society and replace it with nothing.
Oh, that is naive thinking at best. It has been and is being replaced and now firmly planted in the hearts and minds of millions.
We Need to Wakeup! When the truth is no longer relevant and our feelings are all that matter, that is the wide road that leads to destruction.
A nation so blessed as ours has been, whose beginning had deep roots in the Christian faith and God, to come to the place we are now makes me ashamed. I blame myself as much as anyone. Yet, no matter what I did or didn’t do, all these things were going to happen.
I feel like I have a VIP backstage pass once again. Except for this time, I am seeing the fulfilled revelation of God taking place right before my eyes. But how would you know if you never took the time to even read it?
Just Change History so we Are Comfortable With It
Removed from the school’s textbooks were the all-important Mayflower Compact and the study of why many early settlers came here, to begin with.
May I remind readers that this was not by way of Carnival Cruise Lines and that everyone who got on those ships risked their lives coming here.
But if we just skip over any reference to Christianity, no one will ever know. And because slavery existed back then we now must accept that everyone was a special kind of evil and we need to remove all remembrance of them.
This is another huge mistake that history will show to be foolish. You do not change, add to, or subtract from history.
It is what it is, what happened cannot be changed. If we try to change it, hide it, or ignore it, then we are sure to repeat its mistakes and learn nothing of its lessons.
Does anyone believe that the systematic and relentless attacks on religious freedoms in this country, removal of historic content from textbooks, or the ungodly filth that pours out of Hollywood and videos is not detailed, thought out, planned attack on all of our freedoms?
We must think better than that. If the masses no longer look to God as the one who gives us our value and our rights, the only other option is that we look to man to give us our value and rights. Hello somebody.
So what does any of this have to do with reading the bible?
I can tell that these are the results of not reading the bible, not acknowledging God, and not learning from history.
The dumbing down of our society is in full force and this will only create more problems, bad racial relations, division, loss of freedoms, more injustice, class warfare, and distrust.
And it also leads to a bigger and more corrupt government which is the exact opposite of what the founding fathers intended this nation to be.
In such an environment, where is vision, hope, love, and prosperity?
Will it matter to have faster everything when in fact we are going nowhere?
How ironic that we are in such a hurry and so impatient in life, and yet few people know or think about where they are going or the consequences of their actions they chose to use in getting there.
We heard for many years a popular saying that “Only God can judge me”
Which, is another way of saying that they do not want to be accountable or responsible for anything they do.
God already judged us and the verdict was guilty.
You can settle out of court now and avoid the penalty through Jesus Christ or ignore His propitiation for our sins and bear your guilt.
Here are some rather depressing yet revealing statistics about Americans and reading the Bible.
Nothing has had a better or more powerful impact on my life than this book.
For me, I have all the evidence I need, but for those who doubt the proven prophesy and accuracy of its pages yet turn on the news and get a daily dose of lies and propaganda, I have to ask, what exactly is your standard?
The standards for truth and accuracy have not improved over time and in fact, the lies are more bold and obvious than ever before yet we all are programmed to go with the flow and question nothing.
Just so you know, back before the printing presses and computers we all take for granted now, everything was handwritten and the painstaking, tedious job of copying the scrolls was something the monks dedicated their life to.
They had an intricate system to ensure that what they copied was accurate.
In our news today, they just blurt out whatever they want, do no research, or bother to verify that what they are reporting is accurate because they are told what to report and how to report it.
It is nothing short of miraculous that they found manuscripts in different parts of the world, in different languages and written at different times, and yet as they compared them all they were the same.
Even with computers and all of our fancy technology I seriously doubt that could be duplicated again.
God has preserved his word even during all of the various persecutions, wars, people burning them, banning them, trying to add to it, take from it. all to no avail. It stands after all these years it stands and declares not a message of hate but a message of love from the Creator who made us.
The reason scripture ceased is noted in Revelations where we are told that no one should add to the now completed word.
Yet, even-so, various religions went right ahead and did so or included New Testament writings that were not from the Apostles or were added much later.
And just to clear up another misnomer about the bible, the bible does not contradict itself.
The bible does not mean what I think it means or what I feel it means.
God`s word interprets God’s word and not my experience, culture, or preferences.
So many have taken verses out of context that we have seen throughout history how fanatics get so far off course and from the truth, that they commit horrible acts of violence or foolishly lead others off into some cult.
And of course, people want to point to Christianity as though it is to blame. That would be like blaming Taco Bell because you hate the fries at Burger King and now all fast food restaurants have bad fries. It just makes no sense.
In a world where things are changing so fast and everyone is looking for the next new thing and experience, the bible is a timeless masterpiece from the Master Himself which all fits together perfectly with one central message throughout.
God loves us, we sinned and were separated from Him, He sent His own Son Jesus who paid the penalty of our sin, and made the way for us to return to God not only now but for eternity.
You know in your heart that eternity is in there.
We just know there is God and we know we will live after this.
Why? Because God put it in us.
The problem is that our sin has taken us so far away from Truth and holiness that we no longer recognize it as such.
We need to Wakeup!
Our kids are walking around thinking they are nothing more than animals and that everything is relevant, there are no absolute truths or laws, and there is no reason to do right, just do what feels good.
Please tell me in what area or place in anyone`s life are their no laws to which we must follow? You walk off a tall building and guess what? The law of gravity will be there to meet you. The laws of motion, the law of gravity, the law of attraction (there are many more) are universal laws that apply to all of us.
These laws exist whether you believe they do, follow them, or completely ignore them as though they didn`t.
- Because God has put it in the heart of man to know their Creator, none of us have a good excuse as to why we may ignore God and even doubt his existence.
When God created us He created us with what we all know as free will.
That means that I get to decide what I believe and I am not a robot. Robots cannot feel and cannot give and receive real love because they are programmed.
If God would have just programmed us all it may have saved Him a lot of grief. But true love can only be experienced when it is freely given and not forced.
Why did God create this world when He knew man would sin and mess it all up? Why do we have kids even though we know that they will mess up, feel pain, and even did one day? Love. To express and receive LOVE.
Ok, I have Ranted far too long and will spare you until next time. I hope if you know the Lord that you are staying in the word daily. If you have struggles and can’t seem to figure out how to get the freedom to remember what Jesus said, ” If you continue in my word, you are my disciples indeed, and you will know the Truth and the Truth will set you free
It is coming to the Word Of God daily where God begins to change us because He Is the Living Word!
Until next time,
God bless you and God bless America