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11-13-2017                 Worldly Living

Christians “should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart” (Ephesians 4:17-18 NKJV). People who are “alienated from the life of God” are:  clueless as to what life is really about; can’t see beyond their own lusts; are ignorant and not worldly-wise; and blind to what is good and decent.   Jesus came to “seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10 NKJV). Jesus’ message to the lost is: “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16 NKJV). Jesus died for you, live for Him, and then Thank God.

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

#blindness, #ignorance

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6-5-2017 Ignorant Bible Critics

“For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion” (Romans 11:25 NKJV). Have you noticed that the people who criticize the Bible know practically nothing of its contents? Bible critics, most of the time, are ignorant of its theme, continuity, or preservation, and are only wise in their own opinion! Many atheists and skeptics, on the other hand, have become Bible-believers when they study what it actually says. “Remember this, that the enemy has reproached, O LORD, And that a foolish people has blasphemed Your name” (Psalm 74:18 NKJV). “Let Your mercies come also to me, O LORD-Your salvation according to Your word. So shall I have an answer for him who reproaches me, For I trust in Your word” (Psalm 119:41-42 NKJV).

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

#atheists, #bible-critics, #ignorance, #skeptics

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11-16-2016 God Limits Himself

“Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Him, saying, ‘Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask.’ And He said to them, ‘What do you want Me to do for you?’ They said to Him, ‘Grant us that we may sit, one on Your right hand and the other on Your left, in Your glory.’ But Jesus said to them, ‘You do not know what you ask’” (Mark 10:35-38 NKJV).  Many people come to Jesus with selfish requests, but Jesus called it “ignorant.”  Jesus had said, “with God all things are possible” (Mark 10:27 NKJV), but told James and John, their request “is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it is prepared” (Mark 10:40).  No one should tell God to do something that contradicts what He says He will do in the Bible.

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

#ignorance, #prayer

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2-24-2015           Atheism Equals Ignorance

The evidence for God’s existence is so abundant that an atheist can believe there is no God only by denying all the scientific evidence concluding with, God Is. Atheists are as Gentiles, “in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart…” (Ephesians 4:17-18 NKJV). Instead of “faith,” an atheist has a “vacuum.” “Atheist,” is a word meaning “without faith in deity” and they are known for what they do not or cannot know. “Ignorance” is defined as “the absence of knowledge.” It is practically impossible for any atheist to ridicule a believer’s “faith” because a Bible-believer has evidence for that faith, but an atheist is reduced to denial!

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

#atheism, #bible-believer, #faith, #ignorance

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(#182) The Proverbs of Solomon 27:1-Who Knew?

Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 27:1: “Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth.”

Even the calendar is cause for humility! Who knew yesterday what would be today’s final: weather result? Stock Market margins? Family sickness and death? Earthquake or storm damage? Job benefit or loss? Accident tally? Sports results?

Truly God proves to know much more than we do, for “Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?” (1 Corinthians 1:20). All we can do is “number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12), that is, realize that every day we live brings us closer to death (Hebrews 9:27). “Boasting” is talk that has no substance, in other words, the person doesn’t know what he/she is talking about! “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit;’ whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.’ But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin” (James 4:13-17). It is not wrong to plan ahead, but it is wrong to think those plans are completely within our power to bring them about! Calendar humility is a reason to “Have faith in God” (Mark 11:22).

There is nothing in Scripture that gives prior warning to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, for He taught: “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only” (Matthew 24:6); “Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming” (Matthew 24:42); “Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect” (Matthew 24:44); “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming” (Matthew 25:13). ALL who have set the day or times for Jesus to return have been TOTALLY FALSE, completely discredited in their Bible knowledge of this event, and proven to not be a Prophet of God (Deuteronomy 18:21-22)!

Because we are ignorant about “tomorrow,” and the time of Jesus’ Second Coming, why not obey the Gospel of Jesus Christ today and then plan “if the Lord wills?” “He who believes and is baptized will be saved, but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16).

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

#bible-study, #boast, #faith, #god, #ignorance, #proverbs, #salvation, #sports, #stock-market, #today, #tomorrow, #weather, #wisdom

In Fort Lauderdale Fla in February 1994 accused…

In Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in February 1994, accused murderer Donald Leroy Evans, 38, filed a pre-trial motion asking permission to wear a Ku Klux Klan robe in the courtroom and to be referred to in legal documents by “the honorable and respected name of Hi Hitler.” According to courthouse employees interviewed by the Associated Press, Evans thought Adolf Hitler’s followers were saying “Hi Hitler” rather than “Heil, Hitler.” The depth and degree of Evans ignorance is so blatant that it is nearly laughable. Plato said, “Ignorance is the root and stem of all evil.” There is little question that Plato was right on target in this situation. This is Just-A-Minute.

#ignorance, #just-a-minute

Hugh Fulford: Biblical Illiteracy

A number of years ago I was teaching an adult Bible class and made the passing remark that many people think that the forbidden fruit of which Eve ate was an apple but that the Bible does not actually identify the fruit.An elderly lady from the back of the class spoke up and said that the Bible did say it was an apple.I kindly suggested that we turn to Genesis 3 and read the account.Of course, when we did so, it was easy to see that the kind of fruit of which Eve (and, later, Adam) ate is not identified.Not to be outdone, the good lady said, “Well, it could have been an apple!”We all had a good laugh, but the point was made that many people often think the Bible says a certain thing, teaches a certain doctrine, or authorizes a certain practice when, upon investigation, many of the things frequently attributed to the Bible are not actually found in the Scriptures.

Tradition says that three wise men came to visit the child Jesus, yet when the biblical record is consulted one does not find the number of the wise men given (Matthew 2:1-12).The title “Reverend” is commonly applied to preachers, yet the word appears but once in our English translations (Psalms 111:9), and there it is applied to God.And while it is true that the root from which the word comes is found in many places in scripture to refer to holy and sacred things, Jesus forbade the wearing of religious titles of distinction (Matthew 23:8-9).

When I was a very young preacher I was conducting a meeting in a southern state and staying in the home of one of the leaders of the church.He was a good man, loved the church, and had raised a good family of faithful Christian children.How shocked I was when one evening after the services he asked, “Hugh, how old was Jesus when He joined the church?”Since I thought he was being facetious, I came within a gnat’s whisker of laughing in his face.I caught myself just in time to realize that he was dead serious.Now, it is certainly true that Christ and the church enjoy an intimate relationship.The church is the body of which Christ is the head.For an understanding of Christ’s relationship to the church one needs to read and digest the first three chapters of Ephesians.But the church did not exist in historical reality during the earthly ministry of Christ, and Jesus never “joined” the church in the sense in which people today talk about “joining” the church.In fact, the whole concept of “joining” the church is deserving of deeper study, for the Bible speaks more in terms of a person being saved from his or her sins and being “added” to the church than it does of “joining” the church (Acts 2:41, 47).

In a certain city where I once lived a preacher of a particular denomination conducted a daily radio program designed to spread the beliefs of his church.His knowledge of both the Scriptures and basic grammar was highly suspect.On one occasion he cited Paul’s admonition, “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may stand against the wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11).He then observed, “Yes, the Bible says the devil is wild, and he is getting wilder ever’ day!”While his observation likely was true, there is a vast difference between the “wiles” of the devil and the fact that the devil may also be “wild.”

We need to be diligent students of the Bible.People sometimes show their ignorance of the Bible by speaking against things the Bible clearly endorses.Desiring to appear to know more than they do, they oppose things the Bible commends.At the same time, not everything that is said to be taught in the Scriptures is actually taught in the Scriptures.Of the Bereans it is said: “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the Scriptures daily whether these things were so” (Acts 17:11).Paul exhorted: “Test all things; hold fast what is good” (I Thessalonians 5:21).We need to be diligently engaged in such today.

Hugh Fulford

Hugh’s news and Views

April 24, 2012

#bible, #bible-knowledge, #ignorance

Why I love my wife &c.

Rob Lester did a series on Facebook about the reasons why he loved his wife, many of them humorous. Here’s one of mine. I go into the kitchen after my Saturday afternoon nap for a drink of water (The Missus had forwarded an email to me the day before about the need to drink water to keep the kidneys in good shape), and she prepares me a homemade cappuccino and two, not one, but two brownies. Ah, life is hard.

• Been busy with some poetry in the past few days. Today, a love poem for The Missus (she said she assumed I’d written it for her): “To Speak of Love.” Yesterday, last night actually, before I hit the sack, a piece here on TFR: “So Let’s Dance in the Aisles.” And also yesterday, an almost melancholy piece, “In Wings and Walls.”

• The first two were written on the fly, popped ’em out and posted. The latter I wrote a few days earlier, tweaked it a bit, then posted. Maybe I should give the poems a rest next week, reckon? But then they appear at their own behest, not mine.

• My dad spent the night in the hospital Wednesday. He passed out in church. Apparently, a combination of sinus infection and dehydration. Drove himself home the next day (Mom had gone for a checkup on her pacemaker), I talked to him last night, seems to be OK. But I’d appreciate a prayer for him. He’s only 81.

• Do you like the sound of your voice? I don’t. Maybe I should take voice lessons? Some supporters are interested in me doing some audio/radio. I’m interested too, but for that dislike.

• I read somewhere once that Reagan used to drink hot water before he spoke. Relaxed his throat. Have you ever tried that?

• And last, a link I shared on Twitter, for a big Saturday-night helping of ignorance. “Christians must stand up for gay marriage.” Lots of “I believe,” with no evidence to back it up. Such is our world. And such is our task, to shine light upon the darkness. Go shine! Isa 60.1!

#ignorance, #marriage, #poetry, #prayer-requests, #ronald-reagan

God’s kingdom: no competitors need apply

Church competitionOver the weekend Dennis Ritchie died. He invented the computer languages on which Steve Jobs built his empire. But Ritchie isn’t getting the hubbub that Jobs did. So what does the world do? Bicker about who deserves more credit. (Read comments, for example, at link above.) Isn’t that typical? You know what saints in the kingdom of God do. They praise the Lord for every person’s contribution and for the Lord distributing his various gifts among his people. No competition mars the kingdom of God. On its door hangs the sign, “Competitors not welcome here.” Nor cheerleaders of others’ worthiness, for that matter.

• I’ve gotten the itch again. No, not that kind, but the tinkering itch. I blame it on my mom, who used to (not anymore) move the house furniture around every few weeks and drafted me to help. But I have reasons. (Which came first: the reason or the itch?)

  • First, I’m frustrated with recurrent problems on my personal site.
  • Weylan found a large pizza ad on my ministry website, hosted by wordpress.com, which also hosts TFR.
  • Also, I’m getting increasingly disaffected with Facebook’s information harvesting and feature creep, though I’ll not abandon it completely for the Lord’s sake. I’d love to see Diaspora develop further, it’s already a decent option, so I’m working it. Don’t even get me started about the spookiness of Google+. But, yeah, I’m on there, too.
  • And, the defunct Christian Poets site had some software to dissolve into virtual air; attempts to get the domain moved (in process) also got me to thinking of another (vain?) attempt at resurrecting it, so I made a halting start. Wanna join?

Instead of bellyaching (despite your conclusions as to what I’m doing here), I tinker.

• The most wonderful thought of wisdom occurred during the night, or before eyes closed in slumber (that takes about two minutes). But this morning said thought has vanished into darkest, deepest jungle, apparently never to be discovered again. Why are the best thoughts those we lost?

• I love wikis (think, WikiPedia, though a bad example). Dozens of wiki software clones exist, though not all have kept up with the Web 2.0. I’ve used DokuWiki among others. (Still do for this Brazilian site.) Many people just don’t seem to get them. I’m checking out several others, again, like TikiWiki, which I’d tested a few years back and seems to have come a long way. Thinking out loud here.

• Speaking of the Christian Poets site, keep watching for a poem about the Lord’s parables, if it ever gets finished. One line mentions that ignorance is not so much the tragedy we think it is, remedied by education, but hostility toward God’s revelation, signaling mankind’s rejection of the Creator. It’s not that we can’t know, but we don’t want to know.

Have a great weekend and a blessed First Day!

#ignorance, #website-ministry, #wikis, #wisdom

Will the Holy Spirit Say this of You?

Every time I read Acts 13:27, I can’t help but to think of all those who are guilty of this same sentiment expressed by Paul to the Jews in his day. “For those who live in Jerusalem and their rulers, because they did not recognize him nor understand the utterances of the prophets, which are read every Sabbath, fulfilled them by condemning him” (ESV).

The Scriptures are read every Sabbath, but those present, because of certain assumptions, refused to hear anything from the Lord (cf. John 5:39-47). Today, we have much the same. It is easy to encourage people to read the Scripture, but at the same time it has a challenging quality associated with it. Just recently I had a discussion with two women about their disappointment in and with “church.” Their disappointments stemmed from the failings of people within the community they spoke. I encouraged both to go to the Scripture and put every word that is spoken (in a religious, biblical context) to the test. The passages that I encouraged them to look at were John 12:48; Acts 17:11; 1 John 4:1-6; and Jude 3 (among others). What they will do with that, I do not know. It was easy to encourage, but there is a challenge in getting them to do so. Hopefully, they will search. I know one did because she said as much.

If we would not be guilty of exactly that which Paul said the Jews of his day were, then it is incumbent on us to search the Scriptures daily, not only to measure everything the preacher says, but also to understand the Lord’s word and implement it into our lives. It would be sad if the Holy Spirit said of you, what Paul said of the Jews in his day.

#ignorance, #jews, #paul, #reading, #scripture

Is Ignorance Bliss?

We use the saying “ignorance is bliss”. But is that really true?

Recently I made a statement that I was disappointed in the ungodly stand that a particular organization has taken. One young college-aged lady responded by saying, “Why exactly is it disappointing? We as Christians are supposed to be a non-judgmental people. We welcome anyone with open arms and an open heart.” She went on to incorrectly quote Jesus’ saying regarding the woman caught in adultery: ‘He who cast the first stone, let he be stoned.’ That is not not what Jesus said. Clearly, this young woman has a gross lack of knowledge of God’s word.

Sadly, this woman is not alone. The attitude she portrayed here has permeated our society because it is ignorant of what God’s word teaches, not only regarding right and wrong, but also in how Christians are to react to and behave toward sin.

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.” Hosea 4:6

Lack of knowledge (or ignorance) comes from *rejection* of knowledge. Is rejection of knowledge bliss? Rejection is a willful act. I pray we all be mindful that we not be guilty of being ignorant.

#gods-word, #ignorance, #knowledge, #study, #studying

What Amazes Us

Randal asked, “What’s guaranteed to make you roll your eyes upward? And maybe groan as those eyeballs disappear into the inner recesses of the brain?”

Laura wrote: Generally, it’s when people do anything really stupid when they *should* have known better, and then whine about the results and consequences.

I would have to concur. People, who seem completely shocked that cause and effect are laws, baffle me. You see them and know what will happen, but they will not listen. Truth be told, they were supposed to grow out of this as tykes.

Simply put, willfully ignorant people are a curse on society.

I am also baffled at English speaking people who refuse to learn the language and instead interject profanity because their pool of words quickly runs dry. They infuriate me. These people need to READ SOMETHING!

Many places offer English as a second language. We need classes for lazy, clueless people, as well.

I spent ten years in retail and I worked in management. I come from a family with decades of experience in retail. When people at stores seem to have no idea what is going on, I struggle to remain composed. Simple common sense and logic escapes them. I concluded that you couldn’t work in retail and be an atheist because you cannot imagine that man is the smartest being in the universe. If you do not laugh at the ridiculous things people do in stores, you will go insane.

#ignorance