Posted By Ed B

I posted this a couple years ago. Updated.

I want to share a cool thing with you.
If you're not a Christian, please read anyway, because it never hurts to have a little information about what those whackos around you believe.

A few people know that Psalm 22 is a description of the crucifixion of Jesus that was written hundreds of years before the event.
David saw it in a vision and it shakes him up so much that he starts out with:

My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?

Many Christians have been taught that, as He was crucified, Jesus was crying this out out to His Father in heaven, because the Father could not bear to look on Jesus, our scapegoat.
That He was separated from the Father.
That Jesus was a curse (and the Father could not be in fellowship with Jesus because it would violate His holiness) because Jesus was carrying the penalty of the sins of the world.

Give me a break.

<< 1 Corinthians 12:3 >> Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed.

Jesus and the Father had this worked out since before the universe was created, and at the last minute The All-Powerful Ruler of More than the Universe flinches?

If the Father and the Son (who with the Spirit are referred to as the "Godhead" in perfect unity) ever separated, I believe the universe would crumble.
As you read the gospels, particularly John's, you see that the Pharisees (some of them, like Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea, were good guys, by the way) were asking Jesus for a sign that he was the Messiah. He continually answered them that when they saw Him lifted up, that would be their sign.

Here He is, lifted up in front of them. He's surrounded by "strong bulls" (prison slang for guards), and the crowd is taunting Him. It's the scene predicted in Psalm 22 .

Then He quotes the first verse.

And they know the rest.

Can you imagine the look on their face when they get it?

Do you get it?

Posted By Ed B

This post started out as a comment at Returning to Faith.

Social Justice, as commonly understood (by it's practitioners) today, is a synonym for socialism.
The government doing the redistribution thing under the guise of "justice".
Justice is harsh, I'll take grace and mercy. The self-righteous want "justice".

Old Testament Jewish landowners owned the land.
God, however, mandated that they harvest in such a way that there is something left to glean. God being the government, leaves something for charity.
But God did not mandate the landowners to clear-cut and give a portion to the poor.
He made them give the poor an opportunity to work for their sustenance.
They would harvest what they did not sow. Some honest effort without investment.
I've often felt that if we want a "Christian Nation", that nation would be charitable to it's poor.
That would not be "work-fare", or a "jobs program", but the opportunity to work for a living, and the encouragement of private charity (tax breaks).

I read a blog called Think Christian, which leans more to liberal christian theology, and get frustrated often by the world-view, but it makes me realize that there are a number of Christ-Dedicated People (maybe that's what I'll name my denomination if I ever start one), that don't have my political/economic views (which I believe are bible-derived).
We can't all be perfect.
If I get any kind of "socialism" from reading the bible, it's expected (not mandated) within the church, not the world at large.
As an evangelistic outreach, charitable activity by churches is a good idea, but the ROI is numerically small.
Then again, so was Jesus' sacrifice on the cross.

Posted By Ed B

It's a nice day.
Reminds me that Jesus said "Take The Boat Out" (Matthew 14:22).
Probably to go fishing.
He obviously thought Boating to be critical to the spiritual, moral, and mental well being of every person.
Try to remember His words when the engine has conked out, the food is all gone, the radar is broken, the pump has stopped working, the charts went overboard, and you just hit a rock..."
This is the day the Lord has made.
I will rejoice and be glad in it.

Posted By Ed B

This used to be the greeting of Christians 2000 years ago.
The word for it was Maranatha.
It was probably code for "I'm a Christian."

Like drawing a fish in the sand with your toe.

But it's all about the Risen.
If indeed He is risen,
He knows something about death and resurrection,
that we need to know.

Fortuneately He's not keeping it to Himself.
"Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of [our] faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God."
What was the joy set before Him?
He had a throne before he came here.
He didn't have you.

Happy Easter.

Posted By Ed B

Psalm 14:1-3 The fool says in his heart, "There is no God."

Proverbs 26 talks all about fools.

My favorite:

18 Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death,
       Is the man who deceives his neighbor,
      And says, “I was only joking!”




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