All of us who have been sealed into the body of Christ wants God to be pleased with the decisions that we make, but God has given us the freedom to make our own choices. God want us to apply scripture, where scripture can be applied, and where no scriptural principle can be applied, to make the choices that we desire and then take responsibility for choices we made. If we cannot find doctrine in Paulís epistles directly related to our situation and there are no scriptural principles we can find to apply, then God has given us the freedom to personal preference. When it comes to directing our lives, God need not say anything further, he has already dispensed all of his word to us, and in that word that he has completed for us, are all that we need to know to make the choices we have to make in this age of grace, and he has dispensed that information liberally! If God has to give anyone a sign in connection with the direction, or course that someone should take, then Godís word to us is NOT complete, and we must pray and wait for God to speak further truth that he has not revealed in his written word. The fact is that God does not speak through the avenue of feelings, nor does he give visual evidences through the use of signs as he did with the nation Israel in time past; God speaks through the avenue of his written word and the apostle Paul tells us that his word to us is complete.
Israel walked by sight, that was part of the contract, the contract God established with the nation Israel called The Law. In that contract, God said he would deal with Israel according to things they could look at, so God dealt with the nation according to signs. For we walk by faith, not by sight, is a clear statement from Paul how we walk today. For those of us who understand what Paul wrote, this is sufficient, we stop looking for things. Paul also warned as this age of grace winds to a close, that those who allow emotion to trump doctrine, that this would be the character of the religiously minded. When Pauline truth is rejected, we can be certain that a position is being governed by emotion, emotion trumps doctrine in most peopleís minds, and religion is about working on the emotional minds of people. In our discussion with people who insist upon maintaining a previously adopted position, rather than to allow Pauline truth to be the determining factor of the position that they take, be careful not to allow the manner in which we conduct our ambassadorship to slide to the level of strive. Adam thought he could be righteous before God through the fig-leaf religion that he developed, and he was going to have his fingerprints on his righteousness, and God said, no, and God clothed Adam with the skins of Godís sacrifice. Unless people believe Christ accomplished something where their sins are concerned when Christ died for those sins, Paulís gospel is hidden to them. Satanís ministers of righteousness are busy at work within the righteous structure called ďreligionĒ in order to keep the meaning of Paulís gospel hidden, to keep peopleís eyes blinded to the truth of what Christ really accomplished. Understanding our completeness IN Christ should motivate us to make wise choices.
Godís Reconciliation of Man, read more about it at http://godsreconciliation.blogspot.com/
Speaking FOR g-d is a symptom of insanity! Writing for s/he/it is tantamount for the same thing - usually schizophrenia is the diagnosis.
You won't grasp the matter but you might show it to a loved one who can help you.
WARNING!!!!!! Watch for serious parsing and no end of rationalizations or deflections and denial here!!!! Islam is part of the Judaeo/Christian cult. It uses the same derivative or stolen scriptures and has the same prophets.
"Was Muhammad a Pedophile?
An Examination of Muhammad’s Relationship with a Nine-Year-Old Girl
By David Wood
Danish translation: Var Muhammed pśdofil?
Published on myIslam.dk: May 9, 2012
For the Western mind, perhaps the most disturbing fact about Islam is that its founder had a sexual relationship with a nine-year-old girl. Because of this, it has become increasingly popular in some circles to refer to the Prophet of Islam as a "pedophile." This is, of course, extremely offensive to Muslims, who view Muhammad as the ideal servant of God and as the greatest example of what a man should strive to be. Nevertheless, Muhammad’s relationship with a young girl presents a problem for Muslims, especially for those who want to share their faith with others.
Since much of the following information will come as a shock to those who are unfamiliar with this issue, we must be careful not to jump to hasty conclusions about Muhammad. Pedophilia is one of the most serious charges that can be leveled against a person, so the term "pedophile" should not be used lightly. We must also remember that, if a man has a sexual relationship with a young girl in a culture where such a union is permissible, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the man is a "sexual predator," as the term "pedophile" implies. Christians especially should be wary of flippant name-calling. With that said, let us carefully examine Muhammad’s relationship with Aisha, recalling the Western principle that a man is innocent until proven guilty."
It should be obvious that feudal religious overlords in Iran are somewhat into power over people. There is nothing new about people in power craving power, nor in them justifying their personal pecadilloes of a sexual nature by some twisted history or "appeals to base human urges" (Machiavelli's recommendation). Before the one god idea took hold I suspect and have evidence women were the equal of men and in some places they were in charge. This continues in the Iroquois culture to this day.
Clearly ISIS is over the edge and yet they too are Muslim. I think Osama was a good Muslim in terms of understanding his religion and he had many high placed religious people funnelling money his way. So, does it behoove us to understand this kind of personality?
"Most of these people are not just right in your churches, schools, charitable organizations, and workplaces, but by their very nature, they are likely running them. It is a core trait of the psychopath to place themselves in positions of influence, not for public service, but for power. "The experience of pleasure is not reciprocal for the psychopath," stated Dr. Meloy, "it is available only through sadistic channels of power and control. Achieving power for the sake of having power is the nature of the psychopath. "They love to have power and control over others," agreed Dr. Hare.
The need for absolute power over others and the wish to inflict pain for the enjoyment of watching others suffer, are almost never apparent to the casual observer. The reason for this is that another core trait of the psychopath is disguise. So unfortunately, these individuals usually mask themselves as good-natured people. If they have tremendous wealth, you can bet that they'll create charitable organizations as part of their mask."
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Do Christian born agains like Shrub, feel any guilt - at all? Their responsibility for heinous acts is paramount and continues to spread effluent ghastly and sublime. Their infallible dogma or popes and Ayatollah types are beyond the pall of Hitler as I see it.
What level of guilt should those living off the spoils of colonial enterprises including mass genocide and Manifest Destiny fiction feel?
The US has the most foul history of colonialism ever seen and yet kept hidden.
George Santayana, Character And Opinion In The United States:
"There is much forgetfulness, much callow disrespect for what is past or alien; but there is a fund of vigour, goodness, and hope such as no nation ever possessed before. In what sometimes looks like American greediness and jostling for the front place, all is love of achievement, nothing is unkindness; it is a fearless people, and free from malice, as you might see in their eyes and gestures, even if their conduct did not prove it. This soil is propitious to every seed, and tares must needs grow in it; but why should it not also breed clear thinking, honest judgment, and rational happiness? These things are indeed not necessary to existence, and without them America might long remain rich and populous like many a barbarous land in the past; but in that case its existence would be hounded, like theirs, by falsity and remorse. . .
"[Academic] [f]reedom, when nominally allowed, was a provisional freedom; if your wanderings did not somehow bring you back to orthodoxy you were a misguided being, no matter how disparate from the orthodox might be the field from which you fetched your little harvest; and if you could not be answered you were called superficial. Most spirits are cowed by such disparagement; but even those who snap their fingers at it do not escape; they can hardly help feeling that in calling a spade a spade they are petulant and naughty...it is only here and there that a very great and solitary mind, like that of Spinoza, can endure obloquy without bitterness or can pass through perverse controversies without contagion.""
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