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After some admittedly small research on quantum effects of atoms at the subatomic level, I believe these effects are just more physical properties of the atom and are not metaphysical. In other words, God designed the atom that way. It doesn't affect reality or the existence of God.
Critical Race Theory has some valid points. Otherwise it would never have come into existence. Christians shouldn't have an automatic knee-jerk reaction against such issues. It's what to do next that separates true Christians from all others. True Christians go to God and seek instruction via the Holy Spirit. At least, that's what they should do. Unfortunately many Christians don't hear the Holy Spirit that well. I urge all Christians to seek the Holy Spirit. Our response to Critical Race Theory requires the wisdom of God, not man's wisdom.
Addendum to my previous post on critical race theory: If proponents of critical race theory speak against Christianity itself versus the way Christianity has been practiced in white America, then beware.
The Bible does not condone slavery. That misconception comes from taking some verses out of context, plus the current state of revising history. What the Bible does do is address the root cause of slavery and social injustice, which is sin, and its cure, Jesus. When Christians and non-Christians alike address the sin in their life, real progress can be made on social issues.
I am starting to see reports of young athletes who can't seem to handle the pressure and need their "safe" places. To me this is just another indication of America's continuing drift away from its Christian heritage. A falling tide lowers all boats.
Have you ever wondered what is the purpose of life, and what will we be doing in Heaven for all eternity? I think the Bible offers a clue when it records that at the end of His earthly ministry, Jesus prayed that His disciples would be "one" with God, even as He was one with God. To me, being one with God is to intimately know Him. I suggest that to intimately know God would require not just this life, but an eternity of lifetimes. So the purpose of life is to know God intimately. The question of life is: Do you want to know God intimately?
We are all born with a mental (and spiritual) illness: sin. We have to spend our whole life in therapy: Jesus, the Bible, and the Holy Spirit.
Let God into your joyful situations. When you look into a sunset, acknowledge Him as its source. Let God into your sorrowful situations. Ask Him to help you with them That's when the healing begins. God doesn't cause sorrowful situations. A sinful world does. I didn't say it would be easy.
I don't think Christians are supposed to try to show God how good a Christian they are. The Bible says none are good but God. That's why Jesus had to come, because none are good. Rather, we are to be learning that God is who He says He is: Faithful and True, and therefore we can trust Him for all eternity. We learn He is Faithful and True by trusting Him with the situations we encounter during our lifetime. When we learn this, we will be a good Christian.
While there will be times when we will be kneeling before God because He is worthy, I feel God is more interested in walking with us in the cool of the evening as He did with Adam and Eve before the Fall.
You (God) keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Isaiah 26:3
The Christian's way to stay "centered" and at peace.
Christians, if you're caught up in trying to score points for the Democrats or Republicans, I suggest you reconsider. America has bigger problems than that.
I am running across those who believe in "Creator. " This gets them around the problem of how we got here, but best I can tell, this Creator is a blank slate on which you can write whatever attributes you want him/her/it to have. You can create your own god. The Bible extensively lists the attributes of God, some of which are hard to comprehend. The true God is not a blank slate.
People are gushing over Keanu Reeves as though he is Jesus. I suspect he's a very nice person but he has the typical Buddhist/humanist philosophy of living only for this life and not the next.
Elevate no apostle, prophet, pastor, etc., above their calling, for God is the one who lifts up. Humility is the mark of the apostle, prophet, pastor, etc., who understands this.
Remember, Christians are citizens of Heaven first and citizens of America second. We are to be more concerned with people's spiritual condition than we are with their political persuasion.
"O death, where is thy sting..." The sting of death is not sorrow, or even grief. The sting of death is hopelessness, despair and finality. Jesus defeated all three.
Physical beauty and fame fade, children grow up, relationships can come and go, but if your identity is in Christ your world will never be shaken.
America has fallen. God's judgment has begun. Beware hardness in your heart, false beliefs within the church and without, or trying to recover the past. The Bible is the measuring stick and Jesus is the stumbling block.
God is calling His people to purity. Come out from the unclean things.
A nation's laws (and politics) do not lead that nation. Rather, they follow, and are a reflection of, that nation's spiritual condition. And we think we're driving the bus.
There are those who don't know how they got here or why they have to leave but think they know how the bus operates and how to drive it.
An over-attachment to pets and animals could be a sign of under-attachment to God and people.
Non-Christians and some Christians confuse Christian fundamentalism with Christian extremism. True fundamentalists assign equal weight to every Bible verse. Extremists assign more weight to some verses than others. Fundamentalists arrive at conclusions after measuring against all the verses. The process actually has similarities to the scientific method. That still leaves plenty of gray areas. That’s where the Holy Spirit comes in. Fundamentalism good, extremism bad.
God's Kingdom operates by life: "Jesus said, I am the way, the truth and the life." Satan's Kingdom of Darkness operates by fear of death: "Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death. Only in this way could he set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying." Those who say they don't fear death are like the person who covers their eyes and ears so they won't have to acknowledge the rattlesnake next to them. They are being controlled by fear of death just as much as those who admit they are afraid.
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