Refuse and rubbish is putting it lightly

In “honor” of world toilet day (yes, apparently there is such a thing) it seems as if new archaeological information has been released which confirms the biblical information relayed in such places as, “Then they broke down the sacred pillar of Baal, and tore down the temple of Baal and made it a refuse dump to this day.” (2 Kings 10:27 NKJV)

I might add for clarification that the translators of the NKJV may have used some tact in their description of the final condition of Baal’s temple. At least this story would seem to say this much is true.

This isn’t the only time such tact is used by the NKJV translators. For example, Philippians 3:7-11 says,

But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.

The literal idea of the word translated as “rubbish” would be much closer to what the archaeologists recently confirmed about Baal’s temple. You can read the NET and the KJV translation of Philippians 3:8 if you don’t follow.

Hezekiah had no tolerance for idolatry in Judah and apparently Paul felt the same way about his heart and mind.

#apostle-paul, #hezekiah, #idolatry

Interesting words from Paul’s visit to Aeropagus

Acts 17:16-34 contains many interesting points from Paul’s visit to Areopagus, but I figured I would let a few of the words speak for themselves through their meaning.

  • Epicurean (vs. 18) – meaning “a helper; defender” (that helps to explain the meaning of epinephrine … aka adrenaline)
  • Foreign/Strange (vs. 18) – comes from the Greek word, “xenos” (makes sense when you think about the word ‘xenophobe’)
  • Religious (vs. 22) – comes from the Greek word, “deisidaimonesteros” (that’s a long word, but I can hear monastery in there; can you?)
  • Unknown (vs. 23) – translated from the Greek word, “agnostos” (that word speaks for itself)
  • Worshiped (vs. 25) – comes from the Greek word, “therapeuo” meaning, “to serve, do service; to heal, cure, restore to health” (that explains why therapy is so therapeutic … and why Paul was making his point with that word in relation to God not needing anything, including life and breathe, from those who worship him)
  • Men (vs. 26) – Anthropos (as in that particular field of study in connection to humanity)
  • Move (vs. 28) – if you know what kinetic energy is then it will make sense when I tell you “move” came from the Greek word, “kineo”
  • Ordained (vs. 31) – means, “to define, to mark out the boundaries or limits” and it comes from the Greek word, “horizo” which makes the horizon look a little different now
  • Damaris (vs. 34) – one of two things is true when it comes to this woman’s name: 1) her parents were in the cattle industry, or 2) she would have had to learn to have thick skin when it came to name-calling, considering the fact her name meant, “heifer”

Hope you found some of these words as interesting as I do.

The heart of the problem

Guns are not new to America. The 2nd Amendment proves such. Saying the last few generations of Americans have lived in a sea of guns wouldn’t be much of a hyperbole.

GI’s returning home from World War 2 brought their guns of war home with them. This alone proves a multi-shot rifle is nothing new to our culture.

Furthermore, the aforementioned generation raised children who went to school with rifle teams! On Saturday mornings they watched actors and cartoon characters who were regularly shooting at each other with pistols, rifles, shotguns, grenades and even tanks. Such shows, especially the cartoons, were at the top of my must-watch list as a child.

Take out the weekly dose of TV entertainment and you’ll find generations of children who grew up with sports teams called bombers, boxers, rangers, cowboys, indians, generals and even bullets!

This brings us to the problem the American culture is facing today. Or does it?

Consider all the facts mentioned above, consider how often the terrible events that we witness today happened 50 to 60 years ago, and then ask yourself what has changed?

When all that generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation arose after them who did not know the Lord nor the work which He had done for Israel.” (Judges 2:10 NKJV)

Missing the value

While discussing the Clampett’s fancy chandelier that hung in the entrance room, Mr. Drysdale told Jed,

It was designed and made for Louis XV, hung in the hall of mirrors at Versailles, Napoleon Bonaparte planned campaigns by the light of that chandelier. Talleyrand, Disraeli, Bismark, Wilson …

To which Jed interrupted,

Mr. Drysdale, we’re just plain folk. We don’t mind a few things being second-hand.

The above interaction was meant to be funny, but the sad truth is many people underestimate the value of things when they fail to understand its history. Take the human soul for example.

The human soul is life. A distinguishing breath given to a lump of clay. Made in the image of God – both male and female. A living soul from something that was lifeless (Genesis 1:27; 2:4, 7, 21-23).

And yet we fail to understand the value of our soul and the soul of others because we fail to know about and believe the story that tells of its creator.

But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” (Matthew 10:30 NKJV)

Now it’s a good idea?

Apparently the Pope is going to introduce the idea that Roman Catholic priests in Brazil should be given the “right” to get married.

Before this announcement one could often talk with a “Catholic Apologist” about the unscriptural nature of refusing to allow a priest to be married and he or she would be accused of being a Catholic basher and sola scripture fanatic. But now, to many Catholics, although undoubtedly to all, this will probably sound like a good idea simply because the Pope will say there is nothing unscriptural about it.

Truth is, people in the Catholic Church have been listening to the wrong Head of the church for well over a millennium (Colossians 1:18).

Read the scriptures and you find that the church has always represented marriage as a good, holy and undefiled right given to all people who meet God’s requirements (Hebrews 13:4) – including church leaders!

As a matter of fact, the scriptures record that a plurality of the apostles were married (1 Corinthians 9:5) as well as using a healthy marriage as a central identifying characteristic of the lives of bishops (pastors, elders, overseers, etc.) and deacons (1 Timothy 3:1-2, 12; Titus 1:5-6).

Must an individual be married to acceptably serve God? Absolutely not! 1 Corinthians 7 and Matthew 19:9-12 teaches us that. But no man, or woman, or council has the right to deny the scriptural state of marriage to any member of the body of Christ (1 Timothy 4:1-3).

While it may now sound like a good idea to some, according to the Holy Spirit “marriage rights” was never a bad idea to begin with.

#catholicism, #marriage, #news

A one-time replaced apostle is not the same as apostolic succession

Unfortunately, the Catholic church justifies its hierarchal claim concerning “apostolic succession” by using just enough scripture to confuse people into thinking the practice is “scripturally” endorsed. If asked about “apostolic succession”, one will be referred to a section in Acts 1 which says:

And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples (altogether the number of names was about a hundred and twenty), and said, “Men and brethren, this Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke before by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus; for he was numbered with us and obtained a part in this ministry.” (Now this man purchased a field with the wages of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle and all his entrails gushed out. And it became known to all those dwelling in Jerusalem; so that field is called in their own language, Akel Dama, that is, Field of Blood.) “For it is written in the Book of Psalms: ‘Let his dwelling place be desolate, And let no one live in it’; and, ‘Let another take his office.’ “Therefore, of these men who have accompanied us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from the baptism of John to that day when He was taken up from us, one of these must become a witness with us of His resurrection.” And they proposed two: Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. And they prayed and said, “You, O Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which of these two You have chosen to take part in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.” And they cast their lots, and the lot fell on Matthias. And he was numbered with the eleven apostles.” (Acts 1:15-26 NKJV)

There is no question as to whether or not Matthias replaced Judas, but to make the leap from a replaced apostle to apostolic succession rightly deserves to be questioned. Continue reading

#acts-1, #apostles, #catholicism

Stop the presses, Mr. Gutenberg!

The Bible stories about the first man and creation are not true, according to a new investigation. Stop the presses, Mr. Gutenberg!

How many times must the same headline be printed?

Headlines will come and go and the world will continue to turn, upheld by the power of Christ’s word, and people will continue to make a decision as to whether or not they choose to accept or reject Jesus and the book written about him.

God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,” (Hebrews 1:1-3 NKJV)

#doubt, #news, #reliability-of-the-bible