Monthly Archives: January 2016

WEAPONS?

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“In disarming Peter, Christ disarmed all Christians.” – Tertullian

I don’t think so.

First of all Jesus didn’t disarm Peter; Jesus said, “Put your sword back in its place,” to me that means, ‘this is not the time or the place for that, God has a bigger plan.’

Secondly, the word ‘weapon,’ is a concept, not an object. Almost any object can be used as a weapon.

Thirdly, objects don’t kill on their own, the danger resides in the heart of the person holding the object.

Jesus went on to say, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword.”

I believe this can be taken spiritually, or literally.

Spiritually, I see a parallel between these two verses; “Eat of this tree and you will surely die.” And “Draw the sword, and die by the sword.” By eating the fruit, or buying a weapon out of paranoia to protect yourself, you are leaning on your own understanding, going your own way, and thereby spiritually stepping outside of God’s umbrella of protection.

Literally, it means just what it says, pulling out a sword, or a gun, and waving it around, can get you killed.

Peace officers and soldiers are in a category of their own. A person may find a cause worth dying for, and decide to become a Peace Officer, or a Soldier, knowingly placing their life on the line for the safety of others.

In my opinion, whether or not a Christian can become a Peace Officer, or a Soldier, is not up for debate, that is an individual decision, and we are forbidden to judge.

In the Old Testament, God did specifically send believers into battle with weapons. Two examples are; David and Goliath, and Gideon.

In the New Testament, Jesus introduced us to some better weapons; The Sword of Truth, and The Cross.

Some Christians say, “To pick up a sword, you have to put down your cross,” but I have some Christian friends and relatives who proudly carry both.

Submit your life to Jesus, and the Holy Spirit will lead and guide you into all truth; and if ever in doubt, do the most loving thing for everyone concerned.

January 5, 2016

SAVING SATAN

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God is Love, that’s Who He is.

Jesus Saves, that’s what He does.

Does Jesus love Satan? Is Satan His enemy?  Did Jesus teach us to love our enemies?

The only way a person can resist unconditional love, is through un-belief, if anyone actually believes in unconditional love, I believe it would be irresistible.

 

One of the many reasons for the Cross, was to place a spotlight on our ugly habit of scapegoating. Jesus volunteered to be the Scapegoat of all scapegoats, to hopefully put an end to scapegoatings once and for all.

It seems us humans are not happy unless we have at least one person we can point to who is a worse sinner than we are. If we can’t find someone in our neighborhood, or our church, then there’s always Ted Bundy, or Adolph Hitler, and of course, The Satan.

Besides Jesus, Paul seemed to be the only person who wasn’t looking for a scapegoat; because he called himself the Chief of Sinners.

 

So can it be possible? Is Jesus really on a mission to save Satan?

 

Well how has He related to him so far?

 

There was war in heaven, but it was bloodless, one third left, two thirds remained, there was no body count. Rebellion and a controversy, yes, but Satan wasn’t punished, he was simply allowed to go his own way.

Next Satan visited Adam and Eve, and conned them out of the keys to this planet; but after that he was still allowed into heaven to boast about his newly claimed territory.

 

Let’s take a few moments, and imagine you are the Prosecuting Attorney of the Universe; and Satan is sitting in chains in your court room; what are the charges, and what evidence will you present against him?

*Job’s animals were stolen, and a fire killed the camels and servants.

The Sabeans and the Caldeans started the fire, and killed the rest with their swords.

*Job’s children were killed when their house collapsed.

A big wind did that.

*Many witnesses are willing to testify that Satan deceived them into doing evil deeds.

Really?  Do you actually believe, “The Devil made me do it,” will stand up in court?

*Satan picked on Jesus in the wilderness.

A friendly conversation, actually more like a Bible study.

*HE CRUCIFIED JESUS CHRIST!

Jesus brought that on Himself, by riding into Jerusalem like a king, and ripping up the temple; and Herod, Pilate, and Caiaphas, were in charge of all that.

Satan stands up, laughing and scoffing, “I could come up with much better evidence against The Almighty God in Heaven, than that! What about Sodom and Gomorrah, and the flood, and, – – – “

OUT OF ORDER!, God is not on trial here today.

 

Feel free to come up with additional charges of your own, dear reader.

 

Meanwhile back to Jesus relating to Satan.

After The Second Coming, Jesus leaves Satan here on Earth in the middle of all of the rubble and dead bodies, for a thousand years, giving him time to contemplate the consequences of his actions. But a thousand years isn’t much of a time out for an angel, and Satan is very hard headed, so after the thousand years he decides to deceive the Nations into preparing an attack on the Holy City.

 

At this point God would be justified to rain down fire in defense of the innocent, but instead He pushes the pause button, and begins to review the Books of Heaven.

This is my idea, but I call this presentation a sermon by Jesus Christ, titled, “The TRUTH, The Whole TRUTH, and nothing but THE TRUTH,” complete with power point slides and/or holographic angel visions.

 

After every detail of history has been reviewed, and every question is answered, there can no longer be any deception.

Then I imagine Jesus making an alter call, because God has sworn that every knee will bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is LORD.

EVERY knee and EVERY tongue has to include Satan, and for anyone to voluntarily fall to their knees and worship Jesus, takes a broken heart and an enlightened mind.

Plus the Bible does say, “Everyone who calls on the Name of the LORD shall be saved.” And, “No one can say ‘Jesus is Lord,’ except by the Holy Spirit.”

 

God is the Master Story Teller, and every good story has a surprise ending, and then everyone lives happily ever after.

We can hope, but we can not say, what Satan, or anyone else will do on Judgment Day, but of this much I am quite sure, God is a Universalist at heart, and Jesus’ love and His patience are infinitely persistent, so I know Jesus will save Satan and you, and me, and everyone else, if He possibly can.

MARANATHA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 2, 2016