howdy gang, just got back from the outer banks a few days ago. got some really pretty photos, will try and put some on here.
Here is some helpful maybe even interesting to you tidbits. We all want to live in a world where peace and security and prosperity abound. But why is peace and security elusive? Well lets examine this issue, what is peace, and security? Is it not a condition where one is at peace with himself and others and even with God? is it not also nothing to disturb that peace? no wars, criminals, creepy people and wicked people around? think about it what if all the liars and murderers, and theives and greedy persons were gone right now all in a puff of smoke?
What would the world be like? NO greedy ceos, corporate shareholders, no lying and hypocritical politicians, no impatient and hateful people around stealing your stuff, shooting people for no reason and no abuse of power, I mean what would life be like even with some of the other problems we have?
would it not be 90 percent better? now the question is which person are you, are you a honest, loving your neighbor, loving Gods laws and principles person or are you one of the ones that dissappear in a puff of smoke person? Think hard on this one, ask you self am I worshipping the creator the God of the bible the God of the universe properly?
how can you tell? well do your commit sexual immorality? do you commit homosexual acts? do you lie? cheat? steal? are you physically or verbally abusive to others including your family? are you patriotic? do you feel wars are justified in some situations? do you put sports, recreation, food and drink, drugs or other things ahead of God and his standards? According to the bible his standards are for our benefit, not his. Isaiah 48:17-18 and 1 John 5:3.
why are they to our benefit? what do you think? now imagine if you will if everyone obeyed say tho shalt not steal. now how much better do you think life would be if just this one principle was obeyed by all? Or how about if everyone on planet earth obeyed not murdering? now imagine in your minds eye what life would be like, how this would apply in all situations of life.
HOw about if no one commited sexual immorality. what would be the results? hum, no abortions, no disease transmission, no broken homes, no broke down society and communities, and no one parent families (except in cases of death). Now how does that make you feel?
what if all obeyed tho shalt not bear false witness (encompasses more than just telling lies goes as far as not commiting fraud or false testimony in a court of law, or court of public opinion). no phoney or fake news stories, nothing written that is not true meant to stir up hatred for others based on race culture creed or color.
I mean it goes down to alot of the problems in society is just that people dont know or care about proper moral standards. there is no love of God no love of neighbor and no love of all the gifts God gave us. These moral and spritural values cannot be circumvented, you cannot plant a apple seed and get a pear tree no matter how hard you try to make it so. we reap what we sow.
we cannot sidestep Gods laws and principles and except good results, even if those negative results dont happen right away. people keep trying to, they keep looking ot men (such as scientists or politicians) to tell them good or bad right and wrong, they keep trying to get around these standards, but to no avail, they even came up with the theory of evolution to avoid any accountablity or to be able to say the bible is wrong and we can do what we want without conseqences and when conseqences happen we ask for the government for a bailout or ask for others to shut up about the behavior, or to make it illegal to express a different opinion because it bursts the bubbles of those doing wrong as they try to pretend their lifestyle harms no one not even themselves.
–So is God going to forever tolerate lawbreakers? well what if he did not intervene ever what would happen? Would not the world continue to be a place of suffering and injustice and misery? would not everything collaspe? econmically, materially, enviromentally, spriturally, morally? Woudl not the righteous be swallowed up by the wicked? How would you feel about a creator of all things who would just let the suffering and wickedness continue? could you love him? Would it be justice to let the bad people continue to harm the good people? Does not the conditions we see today sully the name of God or even destroy a belief in his existance? I dont know about you but I hate it when people suffer because of the bad actions of others and they get away with it, or get a light sentence. surly God is more rightous and just then me, surly he is more indiginant then even a lowly human like myself.
But why does he permit wickedness even for a short time? that my friend would take a whole another post. A scripture I like to read to people is found at psalms 37:9-11 and proverbs 2:21-22 it gives us reason to believe that wicked peoples days are numbered.