Posts Tagged ‘scripture’

Ago?nizomai

Sunday, October 14th, 2007

I am pleased that my two of my popular posts, The meek shall inherit the earth and Does a pre-birth baby feel pain? Should you care? are on subjects that are important to me; God and family. Most often people arrive at these posts from searching the web and I find it a hopeful note that people are searching the web for God’s words. While I am glad they arrived here, I pray their search for His words takes them further than my small blog.

Another prayer is for Christians to understand that Jesus was meek before God and strong in his faith and actions before man. In fact when facing Pilate’s questioning He used the word fight to describe a potential, but not required course of action by his followers. (more…)

The meek shall inherit the earth

Thursday, August 9th, 2007

Around the world, Christians are being pushed into a corner by an increasingly sinful society, who ironically attempt to blame us for the ills of this world. Go read the newspaper, watch the news or visit a blog and you will know what I mean. I am not so much concerned for myself, but rather I am saddened by how difficult it will be for our next generation to raise Godly children.

My heart tells me to push back and fight for our morality and our rights. But I keep running into people who remind me that God will take care of us and that we are called to be meek. I remember the verses about the meek inheriting the earth and think to myself that I need to really try and be more meek.

  • But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
    (Psalms 37:11 KJV)
  • Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
    (Matthew 5:5 KJV)

OK, so if I am to be meek, then it’s fair to ask just exactly what does it mean to be meek? As always a good place to start is with a definition.

meek (me-k) pronunciation
adj., meek·er, meek·est.

1. Showing patience and humility; gentle.
2. Easily imposed on; submissive.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004. Answers.com 09 Aug. 2007.

So I am to be patient, humble, gentle, easily imposed on and submissive? Now I understand why meek doesn’t sit too well with me; it sounds too close to my definition of a doormat. In spite of how I feel though, I am still called to be meek. However, it’ll take some work. So if I am be meek, I’ll need a few examples of how meek people carry themselves.

  • (Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.)
    (Numbers 12:3 KJV)
  • Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
    (Jesus in Matthew 11:29 KJV)

Well until I looked for meek people in the Bible, I wouldn’t have pegged Moses, nor Jesus as meek. I would say they were assertive, confident and strong. But apparently they are meek. So it must be sort of a Chuck Norris meek, or a Teddy Roosevelt, “speak softly and carry a big stick” meek. I can relate to that kind of meek.

  • Moses stood up to the Pharoahs of the Egypt and demanded freedom for the Israelites. How meek was that?
  • Jesus very confidently tells the rich man to “Sell everything, give the money to the poor, then follow me.”
  • Jesus stood toe to toe with the Romans and Jews to do what needed to be done. He didn’t back down even though it caused him immeasurable pain, suffering, sorrow and eventually death.
  • And what about the meek prophets? Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego stood up to King Nebuchadnezzar’s big fire and said, “We will not worship your golden idol.” or chocolate bunny in the Veggie version. These guys were either amazingly strong or amazingly stupid.

Why are these Biblical heroes not acting meekly? Is God pulling a do as I say, not as I do? No He isn’t, absolutely not. He is being true in his word, but we are confusing today’s “meek” with the original word that was written. I am by no means a scholar when it comes to languages, but here is what my bible software says about the word translated to meek in Psalms 37 and Matthew 5:

depressed (figuratively), in mind (gentle) or circumstances (needy, especially saintly): – humble, lowly, meek, poor`

mild, that is, (by implication) humble

I don’t see that the original word means that we are to be easily imposed on or submissive. And based on examples of Moses, the prophets and Christ himself, I believe that the scriptures are only encouraging us to be humble, meek etc. before God, not meek before our fellow men. That I can live with.

I can work at being humble and meek before God as long as I can be strong and Christ-like assertive among men, even if it could mean being thrown in the fire, incarcerated, crucified, or even teased in a blog.

So if you are a Christian like me, go and be meek like Moses with the comfort of knowing that God is your big stick.

Are you extinct?

Friday, July 20th, 2007

imgad.jpgGoogle, like the capitalists that they are play the ads of those who pay. You may have see this ad/image in my right sidebar from time to time. No doubt some crafty computer robot found the word Jesus or Christian on my site and thought that visitors here might buy what they are selling. What are they selling with this very provocative question? I can’t click on it without violating my agreement with Google, so I had to go find the site through a different route and see what they are selling.

What is for sale is a DVD that questions the very existence of Christ. And it builds on this notion with “expert” testimony and psuedo fact bullets all aimed at enticing you to buy. They make some hefty claims regarding their documentary:

  • They claim it is a critically acclaimed documentary
  • They claim that “the early founders of Christianity seem wholly unaware of the idea of a human Jesus”
  • They claim that “Contemporary Christians are largely ignorant of the origins of their religion”
  • And they claim that “…God simply isn’t there”
  • And they have a lot more claims.

I have my doubts on most of their claims, but I readily believe that “Contemporary Christians are largely ignorant of the origins of their religion” as are most contemporary non-Christians. The fact that people haven’t studied and are not confident in the origins of Christianity is what allows marketing schemes such as this and the recent DaVinci code to make money. People who don’t know are willing to listen and pay money to those who claim to know. God put the desire in us so that we would seek Him. Satan knows this and uses this desire to tempt us away from Christ and make profit for those who do Satans work. And I know that that last statement really aggressive and dogmatic, but I believe it to be the truth.

So what do you do? I think there are a couple of ways to combat this temptation. The first and most fulfilling way to combat Satan’s temptation is to meet Christ, the ultimate resister of temptation.

And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto him.
(Mark 1:13 KJV)

How do you meet him? Look around you at all the people on this earth doing his work. Look at the world itself and be astonished at his work. Read God’s Word in the Bible. Open your heart, let down your guard, allow yourself to be vulnerable and ask God if his son Jesus exists. Then listen for His answer.

The second, albeit much less fulfilling way to combat this temptation is to look strictly at historical fact. Much of this is contained in the Bible, but if you are one of those who believe that the Bible is fantasy or corrupt delusions or whatever, you might look at some other works. Flavius Josephus comes to mind, but there are several others. Josephus was a Jew (not a Christian Jew) who recorded the history of the Jews for a Roman scholar. He was born only a few years after the Crucifiction so I believe he had access to some of Christ’s contemporaries in the same way that I could speak to my father and his father about WWII, even though I was born 2 decades after Pearl Harbor. Josephus writes of Christ near the end of his work, The Antiquities of the Jews.

Now there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man; for he was a doer of wonderful works, a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Jews and many of the Gentiles. He was [the] Christ. And when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men amongst us, had condemned him to the cross, those that loved him at the first did not forsake him; for he appeared to them alive again the third day; as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him. And the tribe of Christians, so named from him, are not extinct at this day.

So even according to Josephus, a non-believer, we know that Jesus lived, he performed miracles, died on a cross, rose again 3 days later and by his existence fulfilled 10,000 prophecies. So toss the Bible if you must, but believe Josephus. Oh, and I just love that last sentence.

And the tribe of Christians, so named from him, are not extinct at this day.

And to the chagrin of many, we are still not extinct even at this day almost 2000 years later.

Pray for fellow Christians

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

If you aren’t already, now is the time to pray for Christians in Iraq and worldwide.

Several Iraqi Christians “are nailed to a cross and their arms are tied up with ropes. The ropes are put on fire,” Voordewind said.Voordewind described how a person, who “survived” a crucifixion, “even showed holes in his hands,” apparently from nails. Voordewind said victims of the crucifixions are “in most cases Christian converts who abandoned Islam or people who, religiously speaking, are involved in mixed marriages.” –BosNewsLife

The so called religion of peace has persecuted us for our faith for almost 1400 years and today the liberally biased media continues let atrocities like this go unreported day after day, week after week, like it never happens.

“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember the words I spoke to you: ‘No servant is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the One who sent me. (John 15:18-22 NIV)

When you pray for the persecuted in this world, don’t forget to pray for your fellow Christians.