Romans 12:1-18

Romans: 12. 1. “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. 3. For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. 4. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5. so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; 7. if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8. if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully. 9. Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. 14. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. 17. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”

The Cliffs of Life

Okay, so I freely admit that I like Forest Gump’s analogy (or rather his momma’s) that life is like a box of chocolates and you never know which one you’ll get. However, after this past year and its crazy, I realize that is certainly the optimistic view and not the realistic one. It implies that it might be that horrible orange filled chocolate at worst but it is still sweet and yields energy and still has chocolate in whichever one you end up with. That is so not true. I know like 5 people with perfect lives and honey, they are sorely deluded. I see it rather that we start on one path that unexpectly all of a sudden branches off in 10 directions, each one being a cliff you have to jump off of. Only one of these cliffs has a false bottom where there is safety and peace and calm after jumping. The rest plummet you to insanity for a while, into survival mode and grasping for meaning and understanding, feeling more like a reign of terror than a testing ground or learning zone it really is. That one safe way is still only accessed by jumping off a cliff. There are signs and instructions along the road but most people are too distracted to see them so try to double back, only to quickly learn the path behind them has already disintegrated and no longer exists. No, you must move forward. And there is no standing still either. There is a pace one must maintain on the way, it is dictated. So, you pick a cliff, maybe the prettiest, maybe the one that seems less high, the one that looks fun, the one that seems manageable, whatever criteria you choose. And the instructions, were you to have read them, would say that you go to the cliff straight ahead and just walk off and the arms of God would honor your faith in Him and carried you to safety. But so many distractions keep us from seeing those instructions and we count on our intelligence or feelings or information from others. So, maybe we need to pay a little more attention along the way to the instruction manual. A lot is riding on the decision to do so. And we face our cliff options alone, or seem to, until we read in the manual that God is right there all the time wherever we go. And then maybe we don’t feel so alone. And if He is kind enough to send someone alone to keep us company, all the better. We can jump off the right cliff together. 🙂

The Importance of God & Morality on a Society

There is a nature to the universe, an order of things, a balance of things. God is the Creator. This is true and factual and cannot be unproven by anyone living or historical. It has been tried. The closest “scientists” have been able to come to disproving God is to claim “evolution” as their chosen religion of origination. They choose to put their faith in the unproven hypothesis (it is not a theory, despite what they say because a theory can be tested and proven) of evolution rather than the more rational presence of Creator God. Why? Why, when it takes more faith to believe order came from disorder and development came from mutations (which 99.95% of the time kill the host or leave it sterile). Well, because God has an enemy and this enemy uses dimwitted puppets to accomplish his goal of taking as many souls to hell with him as possible. Why so blunt? Because I am a Doctor. I have had science classes and research until the cows came home several times. And I am an observer of humanity and our environment. There is no possible way on earth that all this splendor and complexity came from a series of accidental mutations (again, which 99.95% of the time kill the host or render it sterile). It is impossible, not simply implausible. And they teach this garbage to children in school as a fact. Why? They (the enemy and his puppets) don’t want a God to be responsible to. They want to worship themselves and do whatever they want to do. So children are taught not that they are created on purpose for a purpose and a higher goal, but they they are the successors of accidental mutations and degenerated animals. Then they (the enemy and his puppets) take away the 10 Commandments (two of which are “Do not steal” and “Do not kill” and they wonder why kids are stealing and killing. Really? Is this a trick question? They (the enemy and his puppets) want us to kill as many of these children as possible before they have a chance to choose their eternal future and so abortion/murdering children is allowed. Why do children matter either if there is no God? Well, they don’t really matter that much if there is no God, I suppose. However, there most certainly is a God, so each child matters. And each person who murders one of them will be punished for it, whether they believe in God or not. He exists whether He is believed or not, whether He is given His proper credit for creating everything or not. God’s existence and presence results in the decision that we need to behave in a manner He directs for our best benefit, which we find instructions on in His written Word the Bible. So, morality is a result of these directions. And when they are followed, we have no crime, love, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, joy, peace, etc., society would start looking like God, acting like God. Sounds too good to be true? Yep, because evil has gained so much ground on this earth. People would rather do whatever evil thing pops into their heads and look out for themselves. It is obvious this is happening. It is everywhere. People have chose to believe in themselves rather than their Maker. Again, this does not change the fact that He exists and we are indeed responsible and accountable for what we do here. Nonetheless, this is the importance of God and morality on society. Those who have eyes to see, let them see. Those who have ears to hear, let them hear.