January 28, 2015

I was watching America’s Funniest Home Videos (AFV if I reference it again) a long time ago.  It was under duress because I did not have control of the remote.  Anyway, as I watching a video came on of twin boys, about a year old, with their little plastic toys.  One had a plastic bat in one hand and a plastic golf club in the other.  His brother came over and took one of them.  The victim of the crime got mad and followed his brother and whacked him over the head.  His brother began crying and dropped the bat he stole.  The victorious victim picked up the dropped bat and walked away.  The audience laughed but I was kind of amazed.

What had happened spoke to the nature we are born with.  Humanists can go on about man being basically good in his base nature but it is hogwash.  All can agree that one year olds do not really have a firm grasp of right and wrong, sharing and what-not.  The one twin taking what his brother had and his brother retaliating with violence.  Where does this reaction come from if it is not already there in our very nature?  Up to this point everything they do is still cute, and I suppose the video might have been as well, but it is a really sad commentary on the true nature of man.

We are out for number one from the moment we take our first breath.  It doesn’t really change much from there.  We are born into sin and in sin we are conceived.  I am not saying we all bastard children.  I am saying that from birth our nature is set against our Creator.  We strive for what we believe is ours.  Now, it is possible to give unselfishly but does that necessarily mean we are good?  Being capable of good does not take diminish the fact that we are evil and sinners in the sight of God.

The video of the twins, if anything, shows us that our selfish tendencies are part of our nature.  In the end, stating that we are basically good and maintaining a worldview with that as a basis is asking to be made a fool.  There is only One who walked this earth who was good, and that was Jesus.  One day, we will recognize and acknowledge this, either in pure adoration and joy or in submission and sentencing to hell.  Jesus is the only way to move from being evil and going to good.  Don’t fall for the “man is basically good” line.  It’s a fast track to a place you do not want to go.  Just spend a little time watching children play and you will see my point.

Paralyzing thoughts

I am sitting here looking at the blank space where my blog is supposed to go.  During the day I have a thousand ideas as to what to write about.  Then I sit down and my mind goes blank.  I cannot grasp onto any of the thoughts I had racing through my mind up to that point when I open the page to blog.  Why are our brains so fickle at times?  We get into our own heads sometimes and we end becoming paralyzed because we are unable to initiate motion.

I have an ongoing issue at the moment.  I worry about the time when I am in the moment will I fail miserably.  I worry so much that I end up failing because I have psyched myself out.  It does not happen all the time but often enough that it is incredibly frustrating.  I know that some of you experience the same situation.  This is aggravating beyond belief.

Now, this blog does not really have a point.  I am more or less venting a frustration of mine.  I just wish there was a way to get around it.  I mean, we all have stage fright.  The most common fear of most people is giving a speech in public, in any forum.  I am not too bad when speaking in front of people.  I don’t know.  Just a random thought today.

January 27, 2015

I have a hypothetical situation.  There are two people in a church.  In the same week they are diagnosed with the same type of cancer in stage three.  The church gathered together at the front of the church and prayed for these two people separately, by laying hands on them and turning it over to the Lord.  After this they both started a treatment regimen that had the usual side affects and terrible weakness.  After several months of therapy, one is healed of their cancer.  The person is left without a trace of it in their body.  In fact, the x-rays are such that the doctor wouldn’t be able to tell if the person had cancer in the first place.  The other person continued in treatment and did not get better.  This person had a constant battle back and forth with the cancer for several years before the Lord took that person home.

Now here is where it becomes sticky.  Some would argue that the latter did not have as much faith as the one who was healed.  The one who was healed had sufficient faith to be healed.  The other perhaps did not and that is why the cancer won the battle.  But what if God’s purpose was that His power would be seen through both.  What if the latter actually had more faith than the former and that is why they lost the battle because through that battle they would bring more glory to the Lord, never wavering in their faith and always praising God throughout the ordeal.  While the former’s faith may have been weaker and a shorter battle is what they needed to become stronger in their faith and share their story with others about the wonder and grace of God.

To accuse someone of not having enough faith to be healed of a sickness is pure arrogance and ignorance.  We are not able to judge another person’s level of faith.  Faith is misunderstood, misused and abused in part of today’s church.  In some places there is not enough focus on faith.  Our faith needs to be that of Daniel’s three friends, who defied the most powerful man on earth so as not to deny their God.  And their statement should be ours,  17 If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king.[d] 18 But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.” (from Daniel 3).

I pray that I will be able to stand firm in my faith as they did before Nebuchadnezzar.