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FAUX: THE NEW REAL

In my higgorance and naivety I’ve fallen for the fancy synonym for “fake” too many times, and in this case, once is too many times…

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All kinds of things are advertised as being “faux” these days, the word being paraded as though “faux” were something chic, valuable and amazingly desirable. And of course many things are fake without giving any such warning as the four-letter “f” word in my title.

We have fake leather, fake wood, fake flowers, fake glass and fake metal. Fake organs, fake fruit, chocolate, leather, tans, news, scientists, hair, teeth, nails, boobs, men, women, trees, pottery, religion, healing, prophets, apostles, Republicans, beggars, music, promises, names, I.D., money…and the list goes on for as long as you can list anything pertaining to human beings.

The first five readers who’ve read this far will receive a Ferrari…

…but not a real one.

THE ONLY GOSPEL

For you people around the world who are searching for truth-and there are many millions, here’s the second part of my original post on the gospel of Jesus Christ…

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THE ONLY GOSPEL

New Testament scriptures in the Bible plainly state over and over that there is no other gospel, no other “good news,” plan or story which can bridge the gap between a holy, perfect, eternal God and humanity. That’s a very politically incorrect statement to make these days, but then, the gospel of Jesus Christ has always been politically incorrect: Jesus himself died for making such claims.
No matter how many people wish to put all the world’s religions into a melting pot so as to produce some weak insipid mixture intended to make everyone happy (which is impossible anyway) such thinking is in direct opposition to what the Bible teaches, and a God who really cares about you will ensure that real truth cannot be diluted or changed.
You would be making a huge and illogical mistake if you loosely associated yourself with Christ and yet accepted the notion that all “paths”, all religions and philosophies, lead to the same God, or to the same spiritual destination. How can there be one God and at the same time no God, ten gods, and a million gods? It takes an arrogant determination to avoid logic and reason to believe such a thing.
In order to demonstrate the singularity of the message of Jesus and the early Church which has been passed down to us, I want to quote a few verses from the Bible. By reading them you can at least be aware of what the God of the Bible teaches.
God said:
“You shall have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3).
“I, even I, am the Lord, and apart from me there is no savior” (Isaiah 43:11).
“I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God” (Isaiah 44: 6).
Jesus said:
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it” (Matthew 7:13-14).
“All who ever came before me were thieves and robbers….I am the gate: whoever enters through me will be saved” (John 10:8-9).
“I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).
“If you do not believe that I am the one I claim to be, you will indeed die in your sins” (John 8: 24).
“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die” (John 11:25-26).
Peter said:
“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
To the Galatians Paul wrote:
“I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel – which is really no gospel at all” (i.e. NOT good news! Galatians 1:6-7).
Then he wrote:
“But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!” (verse 8).
ALL SCRIPTURE QUOTES ARE FROM THE NIV. Copyright 1984 by International Bible Society

 

Professor Stephen Hawking, one of the famous scientists many are trusting in for guidance to their chosen eternal abode (i.e. nowhere) recently stated that Trump, by rejecting the Paris accords on climate change, is single-handedly likely to turn earth into another Venus, “…with a temperature of two hundred and fifty degrees (Celcius) and raining sulphuric acid” (NOTE 1).

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The great prof has also made it clear repeatedly that mankind must leave earth very soon in order to survive the cataclysm about to overtake us. Probably only those genetically perfect specimens would be included. That excludes him…and me. Hmm, it’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine…

My God already has a plan to put our world right, but the prof. isn’t interested: see Revelation for details.

One of the ironies of all this is that this very day Mike Pence, fulfilling Trump’s executive order made a few days ago, reopened the National Space Council, abolished in 1993. Acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot stated:

“The establishment of the council is another demonstration of the Trump Administration’s deep interest in our work, and a testament to the importance of space exploration to our economy, our nation, and the planet as a whole” (2).

Pence declared that the intention to re-create the council is space exploration:

“Here, from this bridge to space, our nation will return to the moon, and we will put American boots on the face of Mars,” Pence said.

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“Today, I come to assure you, the men and women of NASA, and all those at this gateway to the stars, where the aspirations of the American people have taken flight, that under President Donald Trump, America will lead in space once again,” he said (3).

Just as many had become convinced-and still are-that Trump was going to start a nuclear war (but not before slaughtering all colored people, women, Muslims and gays, and not before banning all immigration) so many are also convinced that if we don’t give our liberal politicians and their chosen scientists all our money, and if we don’t stop breathing and breeding, and if we don’t stop eating, we’re going to all be fried-or drowned-within a century. Dissenters, including many scientists, are shut out of the discussion, ignored and labelled “flat-earthers” and far worse-in the usual “tolerant”, loving, inclusive manner of today’s extreme liberals and socialists. Only they are intelligent, intellectual, educated, caring and level-headed. They hate (verb intended) the rest of us-ignorant, gross, crass, white stupid Trump-voters that we are. Anyway, I think I have the perfect solution to all our differences.

The solution was first noted in a spoof science-fiction novel called “The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”, written by Brit. Douglas Adams. His intention was not to sort out liberal-conservative issues, or any political issue, because he wrote in the good old days when literature could be non-political, and we could all just have a laugh without the need for sarcasm, slander and hatred.

In Adam’s novel there existed a planet called Golgafrincham, where some decided it was time to get rid of a third of the population who had proven to be totally non-productive and obnoxious. So they concocted a story that the planet would shortly be destroyed in a great catastrophe, and they planned a planet-wide evacuation in three space-ships. The non-productive third of the population were to “go on ahead” in the first of the three ships. In reality, the other two-thirds of the people stayed behind and enjoyed a quiet, productive life without the leeches.

By now you may know where I’m going with this. Perhaps (and Trump may well be one step ahead of us all-he may have read the book)…perhaps we could similarly “send ahead” those convinced that we’re going to fry, and those misleading the population with tales of evolution from nothing to nothing and earth turning into Venus, and all the politicians who want us to hand over our money and our food and our vehicles, to Mars, or any destination of their liking. I’ll stay here.

NOTES

1 Hawking http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/02/stephen-hawking-says-donald-trump-risks-turning-earth-venus/

2 https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-statement-on-national-space-council

3 http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/political-pulse/os-mike-pence-nasa-kennedy-space-center-20170705-story.html

Researchers at the University of Greater Heybridge in Essex, United Kingdom, have been working on a project which could be set to turn the music world upside down…

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Professor Scat “the cool cat” Higginbottom has been at the center of an advanced study, picking up from where the late and great Vivian Stanshall left off.  That is, the discovery that hamsters have more musical talent in their genes than Mozart and Beethoven had between them. You will surely remember, dear listener, that Stanshall spearheaded the ground-breaking research in “Snail Music”.

It all began late one December night in 1971 when Stanshall, then still working on his own masterpieces for the “Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band”, detected  a small, shrill but heavenly voice coming from the corner of his living room. To Stanshall’s amazement, it was his thirty-two year old hamster “Minks”, who, after having relieved himself copiously on the floor of his cage, was jubilantly singing “Moonlight In Vermont” with a gusto which would have sent Sinatra into a rage of envy. The University of Heybridge was poised to spearhead the study of this phenomenon.

Unfortunately neither Stanshall nor the Uni. were able to find the funding needed to conduct a thorough study of Minks’ talent, and the raver rodent was all but forgotten. However, similar discoveries made by other hamster-lovers in recent times have revived interest in these amazing creatures, and thanks to Prime Minister May’s personal interest in the humble hamster, government funding has at last been forthcoming to the tune of two million British pounds (twenty-eight trillion dollars).

Professor Higginbottom is absolutely delighted:

“I’m absolutely delighted”, he said.

So stay tuned folks, it’s only a matter of time before the newest heart throb on your favorite radio station will be…a hamster.

* Apologies to all you hamster-lovers out there who’ve read my report on this amazing research before. Please allow me to be slightly insane, or I will go completely insane… Why did I select the “Evolution/ Creation category for this post? You may well ask…

 

Who won the cup final in 1957? All correct answers will receive a…well…they won’t receive anything (except perhaps a big smile).

Welcome to all you fine people out there who are brave enough to consider the causes of suffering rather than trying to ignore them. Part six of my up-dated series on suffering (first published in 2011) concerns the subject of testing…

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Like it or not, we’re all tested at different times in our lives-perhaps throughout our lives-believers and non-believers. Our faith, our character and our motives are tested by the circumstances we face in life, by temptation to sin and to do wrong, and (this one is difficult for many believers to accept) by God himself. Our enemy the devil also tests us, inasmuch as God allows him to.

Original Greek and Hebrew words in the Bible translated ‘test’, ‘trial’ and ‘tempt’ can be used interchangeably: they have related meanings. They’re often only selected by the motive of the source.

Mankind has been tested from the beginning of creation. I’ve already discussed in part four how Adam and Eve failed the simplest test they could have had- that of resisting the temptation to eat the one forbidden fruit compared to the many that they were allowed to enjoy freely. Remember that God intentionally placed that tree of forbidden fruit in the garden where they lived. He could have left it out, if he wanted: see part two of the series.

Later in scripture we see the struggles of the Israelites, as they wandered in the desert after failing to enter the promised land by faith. Over and over we’re told that they were being tested:

“Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the desert, to humble you and to test you, in order to know what was in your heart” (Deuteronomy 8:2).

When God provided Manna, he said, “In this way I will test them and see if they will follow my instructions” (Exodus 16:4).

Once they were finally in the promised land, God used other nations “…to test Israel and see whether they will keep the way of the Lord and walk in it…” (Judges 2: 22).

David was aware of testing. He said “I know, my God, that you test the heart…” (1 Chronicles 29:17) and he even invited the Lord to test him:

Test me. O Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind (Psalm 26:2).

Testing was not just an Old Testament phenomenon. James said:

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance” “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him (James 1:2, 3,12).

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Even Jesus Christ himself was led by the Holy Spirit to be tempted by the devil (Matthew 4:1).

It’s during the hard times that God, and others, and perhaps we ourselves, see what’s really inside us, and the true condition of our hearts. I’m not trying to say that every hardship we face is sent by God, or that he’s going around like some malevolent, hateful ogre. We need to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit so that we can hope to discern the reason for our problems, and then we need to have the correct, godly attitude towards our situation, as Job did.

Sometimes God doesn’t have to do anything to test us: our real character is shown in the way we respond to everyday trials which come to us by the laws of nature and the nature of man. Whether our trials are expressly sent from God or not, He allows them to happen, and all trials can reveal our true character!

Some people make the mistake of blaming the devil for all their problems. Everything pleasant is from God, and everything unpleasant is from Satan, they think. Even when they sin they blame the devil. This is the “devil made me do it” mentality, and it’s not scriptural. The devil can’t make true believers do anything, and very often our problems are our own fault. That’s not to say that our enemy doesn’t ever test us: he does. Sometimes he’s the one to put that proverbial spanner/wrench in the works of our life. Satan tested Job with severe suffering. However, it’s important to remember that he had to get God’s permission to do it (Job 1: 6-12).

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Job was severely tested when Satan decided he should be, and though Job was a righteous man God allowed Satan to inflict all kinds of horrors on him. Satan had claimed that Job only had faith because things were going well for him (Job 1: 9-11).

Jesus said to Peter, “Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail” (Luke 22:31). Jesus didn’t say that he refused Satan’s request, but that he was defending Peter’s faith.

We’re all being “shaken” and sifted like wheat. The good grain is kept, the weeds disposed of. In the future all of humanity is going to face a time of severe trial, known commonly as ‘the time of Tribulation’. Jesus said that this “trial is going to come upon the whole world, to test those who live on the earth” (Revelation 3:10), We can see in other scripture passages that this ‘hour of trial’ is not sent by Satan (although he certainly plays a leading role) but by God himself, because He has said:

“Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens” (Hebrews 12:26).

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