Thursday, January 12, 2017

Debunking Liberal Christianity - Theophany Chapter 3

I seem to get myself in quite a few theological debates recently, and I do think it's important to approach most of them from a complete biblical perspective. The one exception I have to that is market economics. Not because the bible doesn't affirm capitalism and meritocracy, (it does) but because we can look at the various economies of history and today and truly see what has worked, what has granted mankind the ultimate liberty and freedom of movement and what has lifted people out of poverty.

(TL;DR - it's capitalism)

1) Debunking the "trickle down/casino" lies.

1.A) It's simple. Compare Las Vegas to Washington DC. (Government.) Compare Wall Street to Washington DC. Where are losers really rewarded? in Government. Where do bad ideas live on forever? in Government.

Where does trickle down really take place? In Government. Government proclaims to be the great arbiter of justice, (Which is a total misapplication of the term. Justice cannot judge someone by their worth. Further more, the trickle comes from Government keeping 99% of what they steal (and yes taxation is theft), then setting in place policies that keep the poor, poor.

Exodus 23:1 “You shall not circulate a false report. Do not put your hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness. 2You shall not follow a crowd to do evil; nor shall you testify in a dispute so as to turn aside after many to pervert justice. 3You shall not show partiality to a poor man in his dispute.

2) We need regulations to protect the little guy! The only "little guy" protected by regulations, is the little guy lobbying in DC to protect his industry. Time and time again, regulations have _HURT_ the truly needy and poor. They make it harder to work, harder to find work, and harder to make ends meet.

Throughout history, in America and elsewhere regulations have done two things.

A) Stagnated the economy.
B) Empowered the wealthy tycooons.

3) We need to pay less for Defense then we'll have enough left over for welfare.

How'd that work out for countries that no longer exist?

4) We should have universal Healthcare like every other country.

If every other country was jumping off the London Bridge would you follow them? Universal Healthcare is TERRIBLE, in implentation and reality. it's essentially slavery for the Doctors, (it's why there is a shortage of them in EVERY country that has implemented this satanic system) in every third world healthcare nation Patients die waiting in line and in the hospital from dehydration.

There is no good argument for the Government to steal more wealth to pay for Healthcare. Especially if you believe in point 3. What happens when a war monger takes over and has access to all that money?

5) We need to ban guns to protect the innocent.

Again this is an unbiblical view, and the real world data refutes it. Areas that limit the lethal right of self defense have higher violent crime rates. Areas with higher personal gun ownership have lower crime rates.

Exodus 22:2If the thief is found breaking in, and he is struck so that he dies, there shall be no guilt for his bloodshed. 3If the sun has risen on him, there shall be guilt for his bloodshed. 

Now some more counter arguments.

1) taxation is theft and slavery above 20%.

Exodus 20:15 “You shall not steal.

Genesis 47:25 So they said, “You have saved our lives; let us find favor in the sight of my lord, and we will be Pharaoh’s servants.” 26And Joseph made it a law over the land of Egypt to this day, that Pharaoh should have one-fifth, except for the land of the priests only, which did not become Pharaoh’s.

2) Tax collectors are wicked.
Jesus in his parable of the Pharisees used two of the wickedest men in Israel at that day. The Pharisee and the tax collector. Tax collection is a wicked act as it steals one person's prosperity for the mirage of economic justice.

3) All economic and social justice is an idea straight from the pit of hell. It started with Karl Marx, an avowed atheist that saw religion as an "opiate for the masses". The Progressive income tax is a plank of the communist manifesto. IMO, supporting big government is no different than going into you back yard and standing in the center of a pentagram to talk to Satan.
4) Related to that, we should care for the poor as INDIVIDUALS. Nowhere in the bible does Christ or lord God, tell us to use Government to steal money from others to pretend to help the poor. NOWHERE. We can also see the results of this. It enriches government and the cronies of Government. Washington DC has five of the ten richest counties in America. That's STOLEN PROPERTY.

5) Most people in dire need, NEED to go hungry so they are motivated to work. Even in our corrupt and twisted marxist experiment, if you are needy it's because you aren't working hard. Milton Friedman was asked this and you know what his response was?

"I worked two jobs so I could afford my needs."

Today though, we have people living on someone else's labor with cell phones, Mercedes Benz's and 56" TV's. Those are the people you want to help, by stealing from the one's that have spent their live's laboring to provide for themselves and their families.

6) Wealthy people in America are extraordinarily generous. Even atheists like Bill Gates and Paul Allen. Allen funded several sports teams, about six museums and several schools.

"Who will build museums without Government."

Lot's of people who will have more money with smaller Government. Look at what guys like Rockefeller built for their communities. Even to this day, he did far more for New York than any Government.

7) it's futile to try and eliminate poverty. The last sixty years should've proven what Christ said as an absolute truth. "The poor will always be among you." Human beings are reward driven, it's why Capitalism / Meritocracy works better than the Utopian statism you believe in. When you reward mediocrity, you will get more of it. Government rewards losers and taxes winners.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Theophany Chapter 2

Chapter 2 - Being's Out Of Context

Last week I left you off with a general feeling of just giving up on battling a war of context with those who take the Bible out of context. I think that's still generally the best choice, as someone who believe's, "God told me so." isn't ever going to change their mind to anything you say. You're just a puny human, their God told them so.

Rife With Strife

Much can be said about the bad interpretation of every religion I mentioned last week. Let's take this week to focus on how we can each become better human beings. The Bible is the best plan we have in this regard. the problem is we always let our massive selfish ego's get in the way of productively learning from it. Take a favorite passage from Mormonism, backing up their belief that we should baptize for the dead.

1 Corinthians 15:29 ( - ASV)
Else what shall they do that are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why then are they baptized for them?

 Should we take the Calvinist approach to this problem and agree with the Mormon's that the context of this verse is self-contained and within this two sentence stanza? Or should we do what I suggested last week and read the whole letter to understand better the context that Paul is talking about?

My take from reading this and other letters from Paul is that he's talking about the living, being dead in sin and being baptized to made whole and alive in Christ. The Mormon interpretation is not only wildly out of context, it has no context. The Jews didn't baptize for the dead, and neither did early Christians. The bible outside of this ONE verse, says nothing about people baptizing in proxy for their dead relatives.

Much Ado About Works

I find it intriguing that there is so much strife between the various sects of Christianity based on the Works paradigm. (beyond the totally false gospels of Mormonism, Jehovah's Witnesses and Seventh Day Adventists. They deny the Godhead.) You can see that this battle raged even in the early days of the Church. While James did believe we are saved by faith, he also did feel it was meaningless if it didn't produce good works.

What are works, what were the writers talking about?

This is where context of TIME, is crucial. The early church was made up of Jews and Gentiles. The "works" they spoke of was the belief among Jewish Christians that you had to follow the law, the Mitzvot, to be saved. Paul, a former Jew argued against that as it impeded God's grace spreading to Gentiles. it's what God wanted.

However, the Law, our works to complete them, are still crucial. As I said last week, your faith and God's grace should change you. It should compel you to do God's will, follow God's law and complete "good works." Real saving grace, without works, is dead. I'll end this chapter with quotes from Christ showing that he had no intent of destroying the law. If you want to see that, read the context. He always made the law stricter than it is in the Torah.

Matthew 5:17-20
“Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose. I  tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not even the smallest detail of God’s law will disappear until its purpose is achieved. So if you ignore the least commandment and teach others to do the same, you will be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But anyone who obeys God’s laws and teaches them will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.
“But I warn you—unless your righteousness is better than the righteousness of the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven!"

Matthew 19:17

“Why ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. But to answer your question—if you want to receive eternal life, keep the commandments.”
Mathew 22:36- 40
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Theophany Chapter 1

I questioned whether or not to post this before Christmas, I decided to delay the actual publish date until after the New Year. This is going to be a challenging post for those of you that have a different biblical interpretation than I do.

Saying that, it's not my goal to say whether or not someone is saved. Only God knows whether you've accepted Christ into your heart. Only God knows whether or not your intentions are in his will, and not your own.

Chapter 1 - know your no's

What prompted this post, and particularly chapter of this series was a debate with a Calvinist.

As you can see from my simple graphic above, there is a simple line of faith and works, between Roman Catholicism and Mainline Protestantism. (Evangelicals) Where things get interesting is when you get off the rails to the Faith side or off the rails to the works side, your biblical interpretation depends more and more out of quoting single passages to support the structure of your theology.

In this particular case, the Calvinist belief is that having faith in God is in itself a work, and there is absolutely NOTHING you can do to be saved. The ecumenical problem with this, is everyone who's not a Calvinist instantly becomes a Heretic. (In fact the deeper you dive into these fringe religions the more similar in structure and behavior they become.) All of this false gospel relies on a faulty and incomplete view of the New and Old testament. In the case of the over achievers, the Mormons, for example, they take the book of James literally to mean you have to work your way to heaven. This of course, isn't based upon the entire letter of James, if they read the entire letter they would see that James was talking about our faith and God's gift of grace, changing our behavior and producing good works. (thus, faith without works is dead.)

For the Calvinist they take ONE verse to hold up their entire ideology. Ephesians 2:8;

for by grace have ye been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; (ASV - Courtesy

Their interpretation of this one verse is that faith and works are the same, that even believing is a bridge too far. One has to ask, does the rest of the chapter, let alone the bible back this up?

Not at all. Look at the next verse;

not of works, that no man should glory.
The next verse completes the sentence fragment started in the first verse. It is clear Paul was talking to Jews who felt, "works" were necessary to be saved, and Paul was stating that OUR faith in God was all that was necessary to receive the gift of grace. Notice there are three concepts that are repeated throughout the new testament.

Faith, Grace, and Works.

Two of those things are things we have control over. One of those we have no control over. One would have to ask a Calvinist, "If Paul felt faith and works were the same, why would he mention both and instead not just state works?" or ask James why he clearly delineated the two. "Faith without works is dead."

The other serious problem here is one that crosses all denominations. The works the apostles spoke of weren't good deeds, it was our ability, (and inability) to meet the standards of the Jewish law given to man by God, through Moses. a reading of the letters makes it crystal clear that is what every author and every letter was talking about when it was discussing those three topics.

When Paul was talking about our inability to do "good works" in the book of Ephesians, he was speaking of our inability to keep the law. When he was talking about our total inability to be saved by our works, he wasn't including our faith, our gift of love back toward God. Faith isn't works, not even Christ believed that. He also didn't preach a false gospel of limited atonement.

John 3:16 (which the Calvinists inform me has been mistranslated. it's too bad their wrong. Every translation agrees on three key concepts, as do the oldest manuscripts.)

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life. 17For God sent not the Son into the world to judge the world; but that the world should be saved through him.
Mormon's should pay attention here as well. they also get this one wrong. What are the concepts?

1) God loved the world. Not the limited atonement, not the "elect", the WORLD. Notice in the next verse it talks about God saving the world through the Son, that ALL who believe in him shall be saved THROUGH him.
2) Jesus was God's only begotten son. There is no pre-existence or spirit children Mormon's.
3) Whosoever also disproves election. It's not limiting the grace of God. it's also placing the onus of belief ON YOU, not on God granting you faith, so he can then grant you grace.

Where does all this contextual madness leave us? Sometimes it's better to walk away from a debate. If someone isn't bringing out the grace of God within you, just say no and walk away.