As Babies in the Womb, So Are We in this Life

Can there be another life after this one?

In a mother’s womb were two babies. One asked the other:
“Do you believe in life after delivery?” The other replied, “Why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.”
“Nonsense” said the first. “There is no life after delivery. What kind of life would that be?”
The second said, “I don’t know, but there will be more light than here. Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths. Maybe we will have other senses that we can’t understand now.”
The first replied, “That is absurd. Walking is impossible. And eating with our mouths? Ridiculous! The umbilical cord supplies nutrition and everything we need. But the umbilical cord is so short. Life after delivery is to be logically excluded.”
The second insisted, “Well I think there is something and maybe it’s different than it is here. Maybe we won’t need this physical cord anymore.”
The first replied, “Nonsense. And moreover if there is life, then why has no one has ever come back from there? Delivery is the end of life, and in the after-delivery there is nothing but darkness and silence and oblivion. It takes us nowhere.”
“Well, I don’t know,” said the second, “but certainly we will meet Mother and she will take care of us.”
The first replied “Mother? You actually believe in Mother? That’s laughable. If Mother exists then where is She now?”
The second said, “She is all around us. We are surrounded by her. We are of Her. It is in Her that we live. Without Her this world would not and could not exist.”
Said the first: “Well I don’t see Her, so it is only logical that She doesn’t exist.”
To which the second replied, “Sometimes, when you’re in silence and you focus and you really listen, you can perceive Her presence, and you can hear Her loving voice, calling down from above.”
– Útmutató a Léleknek

How can you know God will be with you?

How can you know that God is with you?

…the LORD is with you when you are with Him. And if you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you…  –  2 Chronicles 15:1-3

How then do you know you are with Him?

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.  –  James 4:8

Therefore, do not forsake the Lord.  Keep doing what is right in His sight.  Then you can say as Jesus said when He walked the earth:

…He who sent Me is with Me; He has not left Me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to Him.  –  John 8:29

Then you can sing this song (He Will Be There For You by 4Him, 1990).

Scripture quotations taken from the New American Standard Bible (NASB), copyright 1995 by the Lockman Foundation, La Habra, California.

The War on Motherhood

Democrats (liberals, progressives) have become fond of saying that Republicans (conservatives) are waging a “war on women.”  This accusation is usually made whenever any attempt is made to protect children from the risk of abortion.

It’s obvious that Republicans are just as interested in attracting women voters as Democrats are, so the phrase is absurd on its face.  Nevertheless, the mainstream media continue to let the phrase resonate by repeating it, but never challenging its validity.

Meanwhile, there actually is a war on motherhood taking place in society.  In fact, one of the main purposes of the lie “war on women” is to obscure the truth of the “war on motherhood.”

I don’t mean by this that Democrats and the media are consciously waging a war on motherhood.  This war is spawned by Satan.  Democrats, the media, feminists, and others are simply unwitting allies in this war of his.

So, to review:  Satan concocted, and wages, the war against motherhood.  He also concocted, and is spreading the lie of a “war on women” to cover, and distract attention from, his war on motherhood.  Democrats, feminists, the media, and others have simply been duped into thinking that their ideas are their ideas.  Instead, they are only providing embellishments to the fundamental idea that Satan has fed them.

The Bible says that God “makes the barren woman abide in the house as a joyful mother of children” (Psalm 113:9).  By contrast, today’s society attaches very little value to this occupation.  Society wants to know what you’ve achieved in life – which means, in practical terms, what have you done than previously only men did?  Advancement for women is seen as being able to do everything a man can do.  If that’s the goal, then childbearing is obviously a drag on one’s efforts, a distraction from what’s truly important.  The war on motherhood seeks to make motherhood secondary to anything worthwhile a woman might do with her life.

The widespread distribution of the birth control pill meant that motherhood was secondary in importance to pleasure.

The legalization of abortion meant that it was okay for a woman to reject and destroy her own motherhood.

The legalization of same-sex “marriage” means that instead of marriage being something that enables motherhood, it can be something that disables motherhood.  Oh, to be sure, one can work around the problem through third-party reproductive techniques, but that just shows how far short of a true marriage one has fallen.

True motherhood is most fully expressed when exercised in tandem with true fatherhood.

I invite you to count the ways that society demeans motherhood.  Satan is having his way.  People are giving in to the lusts of their flesh and thus the war on motherhood is waged.

Women are working through their 2o’s in order to establish their worth so that they can have children in their 30’s and 40’s.  Why?  Because motherhood does not currently confer societal worth to a woman – only what she does that a man also does.

Thus society says to a woman who achieves worldly success, whether she has children or not, “You have done well,” but to a woman who gives her life completely to mothering a mere pat on the head – if that.

For these reasons, and others, it’s all the more important that we live by God’s value system and not the world’s – that we live in His presence and not in the fear of man.  God bestows great honor upon motherhood, while worldly forces wage war against it.

There is no war against women; there is a raging war against motherhood.

Be sure you are on the right side in this war.  And fight!

 

Why Is There Evil in the World?

A man asks God:  So why do you allow things like famine, war, suffering, disease, crime, homelessness, despair, etc. to exist in our world?

God responds:  Interesting that you should bring that up as I was about to ask you the exact same question.

(This post originally linked to a cartoon someone had posted on FaceBook.  However, the link no longer works so I just left the words without the drawing.)

Americanism, Conservatism, Christianity, and Christ

A focus on America’s roots is good, because, historically, America was a place that gave Christians the freedom to serve Christ.  And in that freedom, they gave freedom to others – including Jews and other religions, atheists and other unbelievers – just as Christ would.  America has thus been friendly to Christ, and this speaks well of Americanism.

The philosophy of conservatism has likewise been friendly to the cause of Christ.  By contrast, its philosophical adversary – liberalism (or progressivism, if you prefer) – is quite hostile to the cause of Christ.  This speaks well of conservatism.  (Given that the Republican party is generally conservative, you could say the same thing about it.)

Organized Christianity, of course, by its very existence professes Christ.  For this we can be forever grateful for its enduring voice.  Yet, organized Christianity often seems more interested in itself than in Christ.

Christ Himself should be the bulls-eye of our target.  These other things – Americanism, conservatism, organized Christianity – are merely outer rings around that bulls-eye.

How the Secular Media Lies to Us About History

I’ve watched the HBO mini-series about John and Abigail Adams because I’ve wanted a better grasp of history.  The series was based on the Pulitzer Prize–winning, bestselling biography John Adams, written by acclaimed historian David McCollough.

There was, however, apparently an important dimension of the Adams’ life that was largely ignored by the film.  For example, I don’t remember Abigail portrayed as talking with or writing to John after the Battle of Lexington and Concord in terms like these (chapter and verse references added):

“Nor doth the eye say unto the hand, “I have no need of thee” [1 Corinthians 12:21]. The Lord will not cast off His people, neither will He forsake his inheritance [Psalm 94:14]. Great events are most certainly in the womb of futurity, and if the present chastisements which we experience have a proper influence upon our conduct, the event will certainly be in our favor. . . . Pharaoh’s [i.e., King George III’s] heart is hardened, and he refuseth (sic) to hearken to them and will not let the people go [Exodus 8:32]. May their deliverance be wrought out for them, as it was for the children of Israel [Exodus 12].”

The fact that she’s not giving John the chapter and verse references indicates that he’s as familiar with the passages as she is…and that the couple sees the American struggle in biblical terms.

Abigail also wrote:

“He who neglects his duty to his Maker may well be expected to be deficient and insincere in his duty towards the public.”

I’m not saying there were no references to God in the script whatsoever; I’m saying that His importance to John and Abigail was not as central a theme in the mini-series as it apparently was in their lives

As for John, here are some quotes from the man himself:

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

“The Holy Ghost carries on the whole Christian system in this Earth. Not a baptism, not a marriage, not a sacrament can be administered but by the Holy Ghost. . . . There is no authority, civil or religious – there can be no legitimate government – but that which is administered by this Holy Ghost. There can be no salvation without it. All without it is rebellion and perdition, or in more orthodox words, damnation.”

“The Christian religion is, above all the religions that ever prevailed or existed in ancient or modern times, the religion of wisdom, virtue, equity and humanity.”

I get the idea from these quotes that John and Abigail took the Bible seriously, and that they looked to God for direction and approval in life.  I did not get that idea from HBO.  On the contrary, I got the idea that John and Abigail were as secular as HBO.

I haven’t read the book, so I don’t know if omissions like this should be attributed to HBO or McCollough.  What I do know is that all that is called history is not accurate history.  To diminish or discard John’s and Abigail’s religious worldview is to present something less than history.

The post linked below is my source for the quotes above.  However, I should add that I have read elsewhere of the Adams’ spiritual motivations.

(5 min read; 1,313 words)

John and Abigail Adams: America’s Original Sweethearts – Cross Examined – Christian Apologetic Ministry | Frank Turek | Christian Apologetics | Christian Apologetics Speakers.

What it means to walk with Jesus in this age

At the end of The Truman Show, Truman takes the stage exit of the set in which he’s been living his whole life in order to live in the freedom of the real world. Like that, we leave the “set” of perspectives and expectations that other people have of us in order that we might live in the world of God’s perspective and expectations. We cease living to please those who can only see us outwardly and instead live to please Jesus who sees all our thoughts and motives…and who set an example for us to imitate. It took courage for Truman to leave one world in order to live in the other. Likewise, it takes courage for us to abandon the world of human approval for a world in which divine approval is all that matters to us.

For Truman, it was one decision he made…and that at the end of the movie. For us, it’s a decision we must make every day…until it’s habitual with us. In this way, we become true men and women.

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!” – Upton Sinclair (1878-1968)

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!”  –  Upton Sinclair (1878-1968)

This is why ministers have a hard time accepting that the kingdom of God has come and that true disciples of Jesus Christ ought to be seeking it.

I was a pastor when my extended study of the Bible convinced me that the kingdom of God had come long ago and was in our midst today.  As a consequence of realizing this truth and teaching it, I lost my church.  This was the greatest tragedy of my life because I wanted nothing more to spend the rest of my life in that occupation.  I was losing my means of supporting my family; more profoundly, I was losing the purpose to which I had dedicated my life.  However, in losing my church, I found the kingdom.  In losing my church, I was finding His church.  Just as Jesus had said, “He who seeks to save his life shall lose it, and he who loses it for my sake shall find it” (Matthew 10:39).  I found another means of supporting my family, and I received a lasting peace from God that I had done His will in this regard.

The moral of this story is: Know for sure that whenever the Lord is calling upon you to give up something for Him, you will not be the poorer for doing so – on the contrary, you will end up far richer in what really matters.