When discussing original sin, many people think of the choices made in the Garden of Eden. But that isn’t where sin started. Sin began as a twinkling of rebellious thoughts in the mind of a high ranking angel in Heaven. Lucifer. Ezekiel describes Lucifer’s trajectory: You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone adorned you: carnelian, chrysolite and emerald, topaz, onyx and jasper, lapis lazuli, turquoiseand beryl. Your settings and mountings were made of gold; on the day you were created they were prepared.
Some Christians say the our environment doesn’t matter because it’s all going to burn anyway. Revelation 11:18 specifically says that God is returning to destroy those who destroy the earth. The original Greek uses the word ges, not kosmos. This specifically means the earth spoken of is the physical earth, not some philosophical/social/spiritual context. The idea that it is OK to destroy a gift of God because “there’s a better one waiting for me anyway” is so selfish. It ignores the needs of anyone but self. It reeks of a wicked, spoiled child who says he can destroy that which
While seeing the drama play out these past three and a half years, I’m reminded of the scene from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade where Indy travels to Berlin to recover the Grail diary from Ilsa, who is attending a Nazi book-burning party in honor of Hitler. He’s just escaped certain death (resulting from her very personal betrayal) at the hands of Nazis. When he catches up to her in Berlin she claims not to believe in the Nazi ideology, but in a higher purpose. In response Indy says, “You stood up to be counted with the enemies of
This is not a political debate. Don’t anyone dare to respond with propaganda talking points. These are the dispassionate, scientific and historical facts: I saw a homemade billboard the other day that read “Liberty is worth dying for!” This insufficiently subtle (also insufficiently educated/intelligent/compassionate) protest was another way of saying “You can’t make me wear a mask!” Au contraire. As citizens of the USA we are compelled to abide by the definitions of Liberty which the framers of the Constitution debated, accepted, and integrated into all the founding documents we still regard and review today. The definition of Liberty they
We mustn’t become so wrapped up in fear of losing our freedoms that we forget our purpose – sharing the good news. Prophetically, we know we are going to lose our freedoms. That’s why we have to make the most of the freedom we have with the time we have. Unfortunately, much of American Christiandom has become so wrapped up in a false construct of religious freedom (freedom for their own belief system, but not for others), that it is having the effect of chasing people away from Christianity because of the hypocrisy. We recently celebrated the season of Passover,
The idea that Donald Trump has built an economy that is so beneficial to the average American is flawed. He has built a bubble with tactical moves that temporarily inflate the economy. Like the tech bubble or the real estate bubble, while it is in growth everybody seems happy because it looks good on paper. However the bubble is going to explode, and we will be facing another recession. The average middle class American can lose much of their investment in such a situation. If they have enough resources to ride out the recession until the next bubble starts