Motivations for Hating God

In the excellent book, “Why? Explaining the Holocaust,” Peter Hayes examines the motivations behind the German brutality directed against innocent Jews.

How could they have been so barbarous? Were they just soulless monsters?

After a lengthy discussion of the history of antisemitism among the German people, Hayes considers other motivations. Continue reading

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The number 5, the book of Jeremiah, the word time, and the gospel

Here are five interesting scripture references in the book of Jeremiah from the NKJV where the word “time” is used: Continue reading

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“The LORD brings the counsel of the nations…

“The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect. The counsel of the LORD stands forever, The plans of His heart to all generations” (Psalm 33:10-11 NKJV).  Have you noticed how “peace treaties,” “global initiatives,” and megalomaniacs all fade out and fall apart?  There is no power organization of “globalists” that God will allow to take over His world, for it is God Who “removes kings and raises up kings” (Daniel 2:21 NKJV). As King David wrote: “The earth is the LORD’S, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell therein” (Psalm 24:1 NKJV).  While we think, by politics and elections, we grant power, government’s “power” is “given you from above!” (John 19:11 NKJV). A government that recognizes and protects “unalienable rights” that come from God, is best for all concerned!

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

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11-25-2016 So Goes The Nation

“The instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, to pull down, and to destroy it, if that nation against whom I have spoken turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I thought to bring upon it. And the instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it, if it does evil in My sight so that it does not obey My voice, then I will relent concerning the good with which I said I would benefit it” (Jeremiah 18:7-10 NKJV). Could it be, that enough Americans realized the evil that had descended upon the country, and turned from it, so that God spared it from disaster?  And, could it be, that same God will benefit the country, until people refuse to obey His voice, and do evil, again?

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

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What does it mean that God is not a respecter of persons?

Asking what the Bible means by the phrase “God is not a respecter of persons” shows at least a couple of things:

  1. It shows what translation we’re used to reading (or at least which translation we’ve done most of our memorization from…either the KJV or the ASV), and
  2. We’re interested in learning something that we don’t know.

Read other translations of verses that state our studied principle, such as Acts 10:34 (which in the King James Version says, “Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:”), and you’ll find,

  • Then Peter opened his mouth and said: “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality.” (NKJV)
  • So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality,” (ESV)
  • Then Peter started speaking: “I now truly understand that God does not show favoritism in dealing with people,” (NET)
  • Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism” (NIV).

The word translated as “respecter” (in Acts 10:34) comes from the Greek word “Prosopoleptes” which means, “an acceptor of persons” or “one who discriminates.” In the other places of scripture where the same basic phrase is recorded but a different specific Greek word is used, the meaning of the various Greek words are, for all practical purposes, the same (maybe think of it like the English words great, fine, good and well and their relation). But regardless, when one considers the definition of the Greek word under consideration in Acts 10:34 and then combines that with the way several translators use the word based on the context, it soon becomes rather clear what the phrase “no respecter of persons” means…it means that God has the same standard for every person – and that standard is his to decide and ours to live by accordingly.

Our position of authority upon the Earth, our fame, our heritage, our race, our height, our hair or eye-color, our wealth, our sex, our education (amongst many other etceteras)…none of these gain anything with God in and of themselves. Some of these things may impress others and buy us some favoritism upon this Earth, but not with God. Some of these things bring different responsibilities in God’s eyes, but none of these things mean that God requires something of us that he will ignore in others when it comes to his righteousness.

Now therefore, let the fear of the Lord be upon you; take care and do it, for there is no iniquity with the Lord our God, no partiality, nor taking of bribes.” (2 Chronicles 19:7)

Then Peter opened his mouth and said: “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him.” (Acts 10:34-35)

 

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A marvelous invention, the paragraph

The paragraph is a marvelous invention. Within a visual unit of words and sentences a principal idea is captured and featured. Over the centuries the size of paragraphs has shrunk, but some still protest over single-sentence blocks.

Not all prescriptions for paragraphs function in all types of writing. But everyone works with some definition and concept of the paragraph. Continue reading

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The Bible declares—twice—that God is ‘deceptive’

We teach our children the prayer, “God is good, God is great.”  How about we include in that prayer, “God is deceptive”? The Bible declares it not once, but twice. Continue reading

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