Atomic Faith

Atomic Faith

Bob Stanich

Writing and Forgetting

 

Writing and Forgetting

 

 â€œMemory is a most intriguing concept, but if I've ever understood it, I've forgotten.”

 

“This process moves like a snail. In order to be published the way I would like, I’m going to have to keep writing and improving at it, long after I die…..So be it.”

 

“Can God forget things? Yes He can, but probably doesn't very often.”

 

The fall of man came because of knowledge gained from eating of a tree. I take that literally. It follows then that salvation, in a sense, is forgetting that knowledge. The evil knowledge in us is being drawn out of our body and will someday be forgotten completely.

 

A good writer is a good forgetter. When he or she lets some time go by before self- editing, they can see the words more like a person reading them for the first time.

 

Immediately after I write something, I have a perception of how good or not so good it is. A month later when I read it, I usually have a different perception. What I thought was so perfect often becomes mediocre and sometimes not even salvageable and what I thought was poor writing may become some of my best.

 

It's in perception, forgetting one and gaining another. Hopefully the one gained is closer to the readers. I think being a good forgetter, makes me a better writer. It makes writing a matter of willfully remembering the craft, while forgetting the ego boost or the self-perception I may have had while writing it.

 

I once wrote a query letter beginning with: "This manuscript is the best I've ever read, I can't believe I wrote it." What a laugh that must have generated in some editor. However, I can now, after many years, go back and see that manuscript more like that editor must have and hopefully see a diamond in the very rough. I will have forgotten all the thrills and chills and goose bumps I may have gotten while writing it.

 

“Forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before.” Paul said that, but is he doing it now? I think not because he has the prize; the next verse says, “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

With writing I keep forgetting and pressing.

 

Sometimes our memories are forever and sometimes they don’t make it through the day.

 

The Voice of God

                                            The Voice of God

 

 

I spent the majority of my life trying to sound good singing; spent hundreds of hours recording songs. My theory was, if I could get the right equipment and the right sound behind my voice and have my voice be saying good words, the songs would sound good. I tried everything and have hours of demo tapes to prove it. The pitch was usually on, the beat was perfect, the equipment (Microphones, recorders, sound enhancers) was more than adequate. Still, 99.9 percent of the time it sounded terrible to me, and 100 percent of the time, I'm pretty sure, it sounded bad to others.)

 

One can learn, if they wish, the craft of writing, but they can only change there voice a little. Your voice is your voice when you write, you can make it clearer, clean it up, make it stronger, change the pitch, but it will be your voice and the key to making it sound good is the words.

 

Didn’t men write the Bible? However, God put His voice to the words. Faith comes by hearing (That's Voice,) and hearing by the Word, (That's the Bible.) Faith for salvation comes from hearing the voice of God through the words of the Bible. The words are the Word, the message is the voice of God and that makes the Bible unique among everything that has ever been written. It is the words of men put to the voice of God.

 

Lost theology is the theme of my novel, Global Warning. I think theology is lost when people here the voice of God but are sometimes seeing the wrong words, and it takes both to get the complete message. I mentioned in a previous post that, on one occasion and for some reason, our Sunday school class burst out and all read the same Bible verse at the same time. Everybody had a different Bible version. That illustrated the voice of God with different words; it sounded confused and garbled. The Word should not sound that way.

 

It seems Christians are hearing the voice of God in their lives today but the Words are being lost at an alarming rate. God has to speak to us with fewer and fewer words and with a language that is changing exponentially. It’s still his voice and we recognize it, but the faith in the words is waning.

 

If I sang one word over and over, you could recognize my voice, but it would be very difficult to communicate much. God is as willing as ever to speak to us but we need to hear and hearing comes by the words. That’s how faith for salvation comes, by hearing and hearing by the Word.

 

 

The Head on the Tale

 

                                                The Head, not the Tail

 

A friend told me of an incident that happened during the Korean war. His friend shot and killed an enemy soldier then took the red book out of his pocket. This book was the faith of the enemy. Our soldier was found (by our side) with the book in his pocket and jailed for five year for consorting with the enemy.

 

 It seems our enemies have always had a book. But are we loosing ours?

 

The Church of Jesus Christ in the US has flat-lined at best, when it comes to bringing people into the Kingdom and into a mature relationship with Jesus. I've seen this come about over a period of forty years and ask the question why and what can I do about it.

 

 Furthermore, the Church is indirectly leading the nation into turmoil as the head and not the tail; just as it led our founding fathers into greatness. Our countries roots were based on one “Holy Bible,” not many. The direction of the church is the direction of the nation and the direction of the Church is not good.

 

 Leaders of the Church have varying opinions as to why this is happening, but until we grasp it, revival will elude us and reformation of our wonderful nation will not happen.

This is my opinion and it's a strong one. The main reason is because the words of the Word have been changing, some omitted and others added, and the leadership, in order to caudle, have accepted and even embraced it. The most maddening sentence I hear from the leadership of the Church is, "I like the way this version puts it," without identifying if that version is the Word of God or not. It’s as though they are the arbiter of which words to use. Most often the ideas are sound but they use the wrong words to back them up scripturally. The Word is more than ideas, it is precept upon precept, that is word upon word. The Word is words, but which ones?

 

We have all but lost faith in the words, which is faith in the Word, which is faith in Jesus on Earth. He is the Word of God and we treat Him as though He were a textbook that should be revised every year in order for the students to remain current. Those revisions get darker with time. Ostensibly they are for people, to make the Bible more readable; in reality they hold all people back, clouding the way, making it hard to lead into the light.

 

I'm not a 'one version only' man; there are more authorized versions of the Bible than there are languages. The key word is ‘authorized,’ that is authorized by God so that every word in it is the word God wanted. He is the dictating editor saying, “You will use these words and make no changes. Instead, most leaders search for a Bible version that best corroborates their poorest theology, but makes them and other people feel good.

 

I do say everybody should take one version and put faith in it. If your faith is in two versions it is weakened. If it is in many versions, you essentially have no faith in the Word on Earth. Unfortunately, that’s where most Christians are at. They have faith in Jesus in Heaven but not on Earth. Where is your faith? Is it the substance of things not seen. Your physical Bible should be the substance (seen) of Jesus ((not seen). He is it and it is He. Proverbs 30:5-6 Every word of God is pure; he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.

 

Faith comes by hearing. Try having a group of people in a Bible study read a verse in unison from the Bible they brought. It will sound like a jumbled mess and that's the hearing of our faith. This jumble didn't come about overnight and it won't be solved overnight. But we must solve it. No matter what programs we offer, no matter how fervently we pray, or how hard we work, we will not see revival until we get back to a God-edited, English versions of the Bible, and people put faith in it as Jesus, the Truth and nothing but the Truth.

 

The Story

 

                                                           The Story

 

I sent my 86 year-old mother a copy of my first published novel, Global Warning. Two weeks later she commented: "I'm still reading it, I'm trying to find you in the story."

 

 "No mom, the characters don't like me hanging around." They call it ‘Author intrusion’ or something like that. Maybe I’m in hiding a little, but hopefully not much. “No mom, don’t do that.”

 

Someone wrote, (I can't remember who) "The first novel is always an autobiography."

It's true in my case. In fact, I'm egocentric enough; it took two novels to get me out of the system. Those novels will probably never be published but they were fun to write.

 

The teller is not the story. People don’t read a novel to meet the author. The novel is not the author’s word, only his words. The story is king the reader the queen, the author, court jester, if lucky. Author unknown, though he has a picture a bio and a name.

 

I'd like to draw a loose contrast and a parallel with these ideas and the parables in the Bible. First, the contrast…. the parables are nonfiction. Jesus told true stories about incidents happening to real people. They have a meaning, or theme, or moral, but it's important they be perceived as nonfiction. I know this because the Bible is Truth and all Truth is true

 

Jesus often mentioned himself in the explanation of the theme, but the story is about someone else, maybe someone Jesus had personally met, maybe not. In my opinion, they are usually unnamed characters of the Bible. Behold a sower went forth to sow.

We don’t know who he or she was, but they were, and that actually happened, I believe Jesus actually seen the results.

 

What would my Mother have thought if I said (To her comment?) "Mom, I'm not in the story, I am the story." She surly would have looked at me funny because it’s so not true. However, that's the case with the Bible. Jesus told the story and he is the story. They are the Words of God and He is the Word of God. This is a situation unique to the Bible. Jesus is the Word made flesh, The Bible is the Word in words, the essence of nonfiction, all Truth and nothing but Truth. His words will never pass away-that’s huge.

 

 

 

 

Thank God His light is dim

                                             Thank God His light is Dim

 

Something that has bothered me lately about us Christians is the way we construe literal and figurative perceptions of the Bible. The Bible properly perceived is the Word of God, but how do I know I perceive it properly? How do I know I am applying it to my life rightly?

 

One of the common answer to those questions is ‘By the Holy spirit.’ He will let us know when it’s right.

 

 I no longer agree with that. When I’m right and I know I’m right, and a brother disagrees, do I have to conclude one of us is not listening to the Holy Spirit? I have disagreed with Spirit filled Christians, in some way, most of my life, and struggled with understanding why.

 

The title of this article is a clue as to why theological disagreements have been in the Church since its inception. Please take a moment and see if you make the connection….

 

You may think it means we see through a glass darkly, or His ways are not our ways, or our human understanding is very limited compared to Gods. And that God allows those situations for a purpose.

 

What popped into your mind when you read the title, “Thank God His light is dim?”

 

“To gaze upon the face of God is to see Jesus.” That’s true, but you would be fried, literally burnt to a crisp. Then you wouldn’t have any eyes so how could you see Jesus? One might say, “With our spiritual eyes,” but what do they look like? Can you see how taking Scripture figuratively and taking it literally can often conflict?

 

If you perceive the title literally it seems unbiblical or at least unchristian. (It’s not the way most Christians talk.) But it fits very well with proper interpretation of the Bible. Thankfully His light is dim or we would all burn up. Light overcomes darkness but darkness has an effect on light it, lowers the intensity.

 

 Darkness was present at creation because God wanted it. I believe the plants thrived on a timeless Earth and with no animals to eat them during the first two days of creation because Gods light intensity was lowered by darkness. I believe God walked with Adam in the cool of the evening as darkness made it bearable for Adam.

 

Darkness was a gift to all living creation because, at least initially, they could not stand the direct light of God.

 

 No one can say where there is light there is no darkness unless it is in God who is in heaven where you and I could not be at this time. Under special circumstances (The Apostle John for example) men were drawn to heaven in the body but it is very very rare. We can go there in spirit only at this time, under normal conditions, our bodies couldn’t stand it.

 

Most of the time a figurative interpretation of the Bible is not Truth, But most of the time that’s the way it’s perceived. A literal perception is always the best and safest way to understand the Bible, while a figurative perception is usually the most popular.

 

 The Holy Spirit loves us and allows figurative perception, but there is way too much of it in the Church today. The Bible can be taken one hundred percent literally but few of us do. Few want to when it doesn’t feel good. If anything in the Bible seems a little bit unseemly we automatically take it figuratively.

 

“And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off….” No say it isn’t true, it’s only figurative. Problem is…. it’s Truth. I think if one hand offended me it wouldn’t allow the other to cut it off, and that might be the main point. If both hands offended me they wouldn’t allow my mouth to ask somebody to cut them both off. The literal application is “Don’t allow one hand to be of the old man and one of the new. It shouldn’t happen since everything is created new with the new man, who is in Christ. A figurative interpretation will be covered by a literal perception and the main point will always be clearer when scripture is perceived literally.

 

All living creation on Earth, exists because Gods light is dimmed. Thanking God his light is literally dim should me one of the most natural things a Christian does.

 

 

What's in it for you

                                                     So, what's in it for you?

 

 "Of all the millions of novels available, you should buy mine because....why?" When put that way, my writers insecurity sours. Not only do people need to buy the book, they need to read it, and then like it enough to recommend it to others. Those are tall orders for a first time novelist.

 

All this keeps me humble and I need humility, it’s where good writing springs. I could give many credible answers to that question but the main one doesn’t sound humble. You should buy my book because: 

 

                                 *You will get Gods perspective on Truth!!!

 

The only Truth in my novel is the Bible quotes; but the whole book is a perspective on it. All good fiction is a perspective on Truth. It has to be if it’s good; by definition, since there is none good but the Father. A good novel (if one exists) that is full of sex and violence will give the perspective of: “Thou shalt not kill and thou shalt not commit adultery.

 

                                                       What is Truth?

 

The Truth is Gods perspective and visa versa, AND Jesus is the manifestation of it. If the reader gets the Truth, that’s what they get. It may be Gods perspective on the mating habits of the Emperor Penguin but if it is Gods perspective, then it is Truth. The Author of a novel may not mention the Bible, but since the Bible is the Truth, the whole Truth and nothing but the Truth, If  it’s good fiction, it will be Biblical and use Biblical words.

 

There is usually a big difference between the Truth and our perspective of it. That’s why people apply the Bible is so many different ways. It’s quite a mouth full to say my novel is Gods perspective but that’s what I believe.

 

Will the reader be shown Gods perspective….. that’s  number one, the “end all” for me. Can I look the reader in the eye and say they will? Did I the author show it? If so, it has to have value to the reader. Even if the reader is an atheist, it will, it must, have value for them.

 

I write because I’m usually unable to tell God’s perspective, but I may be able to show it.

 

 Outrageous Quote: Steven King is a Godly man-maybe, but he writes Godly books. Not because of the vulgarity, violence, sex and crap, but because of the perspective the reader gets out of the words.

PROBLEMS IN MINISTERY

                                              Problems with Ministry

 

                A Christian since 1972, I have heard literally thousands of sermons, and teachings; most of which I listened to with a critical ear. (One preacher said I should listen with my heart not my head.) Also, I have read hundreds of books both Christian and other. Recently, I have perused many Christian web sights They ministered to me in some way. And I have a desire to minister to others in ways I never thought of as a young Christian. All this is good and right because people need ministry.

However, have you ever known a self-centered, egotistical, charismatic talented preacher who could minister to hundreds of people from the pulpit. Usually it's the old man doing the ministry, hopefully under control of the new man. Evangelists especially, use the old man in order to relate to people because they are relating to sinners.

We are both a new person with whom all things are new, and an old person who should always be in subjection to the new. Our ‘old man’ is a constant companion that should not have control, but is used in ministry. The new man tells the old man to go and get someone and bring him to Jesus, to the cross and to counsel. The old man doesn’t usually do that like an obedient puppy, but wants something out of it. Often that is recognition. Even the most sincere ministers can miss this fact. While ministering the Gospel, we are just as capable of falling and failing as any atheist. Happy are those who recognize their old man is lost.

 

Another problem is that most people can’t minister the full Gospel, and most people don’t want to hear it. Christian books, sermons, teachings, counseling’s and websites usually contain some Gospel, but seldom contained the full. There are many things in the Bible I have never heard addressed. Even collectively, something is always missing that leads to theological holes, or raises unanswerable questions. Some erroneously say things like: “It’s because we’re not capable of handling the full Gospel, we’ll get that in Heaven. Right now it’s out of our reach. So don’t ask those questions, don’t go there, sidestep those issues.  Congregations are usually not ready for the full Gospel.”

The old man doesn't want conflict or controversy that reduces his effectiveness. He sticks to the basics. He relates to as many people as possible. That's why you never hear some things from the pulpit, because instead of drawing people, it chases them away. I have often said, if I were in the pulpit, the church would empty out and that's certainly not what God wants.

As Christians, we should all be ministers in some capacity. We need to also recognize the pitfalls of it. Recognizing and raining in the old man in us is a daily activity especially when it comes to relationships in ministry.

 

 

Purpose or Potential in trial

Purpose or Potential in Trial

 

This just out....everybody has trials, problems, hurts and bad days. If you believe God has control in your life (as I do) the question is, why does he allow the trials? In Christianity, the perception is usually: He has a purpose I may know it now, or find out later, but God had a lesson in mind, a specific reason to allow the trial.

 

If you believe that to be true, and you have more trials than somebody else, then you need more lessons or God has a higher purpose for you than that other person. Is God not fair in doling out lessons by trial?

 

It brings a picture to my mind. God is pulling all the strings of a puppet. He purposely pulls one string too hard and it breaks because he wants the puppet (me) to act on his own and perform the action the broken string (the trial) would have.  Is this a picture of acting by faith; stepping a foot out without the string attached making us do it? Do we then walk by faith if the action is what God wants?

 

But, we are not puppets and God does not have a purpose for every trial. Some he does but most he doesn't. However, he always has potential in mind. There is no trial that could come to you that God can't turn into a blessing, but he didn't have that blessing in mind when the trial came. He may well have been doing everything He could to stop it. This is a little different perspective than saying, “God has a purpose for every trial, or God is ultimately pulling all the strings, always in full control.”

 

Here is a statement most Christians would disagree with: “God is not always in full control, (I know he wasn’t the last time I sinned.) accidents do happen under His watch. But those accidents are never beyond his ability to turn into good.

 

This is a lost theology, I almost never hear it proclaimed. Instead the ministry is: No mater how difficult the trial, God had a purpose for it. That is comforting but not necessarily true. Replace 'God had a purpose with 'God has a potential.' and it will always be true.

 

God is 'all knowing' but that doesn't mean He knows about every trial in your future. He doesn't. 'All knowing' means He knows about every trial in your past and every one you’re going through at the moment; if He knows you at all. If you know Him, He knows you, and can bring about good in all situations.

 

Set about, with God, to turn lemons into lemonade, (figuratively speaking) especially when God wanted lemonade to begin with.

BIBLE versions and Lost Theology

                                                            Bible versions and Lost Theology

Arrange words of the Bible in different ways and you get different meanings.

 

Arrange meanings in different ways and you get different life applications.

 

Arrange life applications in different ways and you get-- lost theology.

 

I've heard it many times: "I like the way this Bible version puts it," or "This version is clearer and easier for me to read," or "That version doesn't say it right," or "This version is more accurate and closer to the original." We have a smorgasbord of versions to choose from and Christians are using every one.

 

Most disturbing of all, some say: "All the versions are truth, and represent the Word of God." That would make God very confused, not really knowing what He said.

 

Yet, it seems the thinking of so many is: God didn’t really write the Bible, men did, so it’s really only the word of men about God. Some of it is true and applicable to modern life and some not. Preach the good and disregard the bad. Or, if you think it’s bad, change the wording so it sounds better, then preach from that version.

 

I believe the most devastating tendency in the Church today is to accept multiple versions of the Bible. Words mean things and arrangement of words change the intrinsic meaning of passages.

 

Today in Sunday school, for some reason we tried reading a verse in unison. Since everybody had a different version is sounded terrible, and that's the theological sound coming from the Church today. It speaks of confusion and disunity.

 

Being right on the major doctrines and agreeing to disagree on the minor is a recipe for disaster. The World is headed for disaster, partly because the Church is not getting it's theological act together. People in the World can easily point to our disunity and say, "They don't even know what they believe."

 

The Church will only come together in the US, when we have every few, (if not only one,) God inspired English Bible Version and I don't think that will happen.

 

OQ- outrageous quote.... Eternity is an infinite amount of time to ask questions and get the answers. But All Truth is available immediately.

WAS MOTHER THERESA HAPPY?

Was Mother Theresa happy? She may not have been. However, neither are those whose life was opposite of hers in every way. Pursuing happiness by always doing and getting what you want is a dead end. But so is perusing it by always doing what should be done for the sake of others.

 

Happiness come out of a balance and a determination to be happy because of what's coming. I am going to be a happy, content, smiling old man, though my body be racked with the pains of old age, and my mind gets slower. I will not be, if I devote my life to always doing what should be done. Nor if I follow my heart every day, and just do the things I like to do. Then my old man will always want more and my self centeredness will grow.

 

Paul said he learned to be content in any circumstance. Happiness can be an illusive little bugger, because we think if we're content with our lot in life, we won't ever get better, or more of what we really want; but that's not true. We are to inherit all thing through Christ. That includes everything we could ever want more of.... simply everything.

 

For better or for worse our old man is part of us, completely separate from the new but still part of our identity. This is lost theology. We Christians tend to think that since we are a new creation, born again, with all things new, everything we do is motivated by that new creature. That's not true and neither should it be. Throw the old man a bone now and then, not to sin but to balance.

 

The key is in recognition. "I am a saint in a dilapidating body." the future is filled with hope for all eternity. I never will be able to imagine all that Jesus has for me, because there will always be more. That makes me happy.

 

Mother Theresa may have eagerly looking forward to heaven, if so, that would be where her happiness came from, but not from a satisfaction of what she did on Earth.

Lost Theology

                                         MY STORY AND LOST THEOLOGY

 

With all the theologians, pastors, teachers, lay leaders, college professors, bishops, decants, evangelists and TV personalities in Christianity today how can any theology be lost and what qualifies me to think I've found some? "Lost Theology" is the driving force behind my novel, Global Warning, and I'd like to try to explain why.

 

Have you ever had an idea come to you while reading your version of the Bible and it be so clear and plain that you think: "Why haven't I heard anyone ever teach or preach on this?" or "It's clear to me but doesn't seem to be clear to anybody else." Then if you share the idea, people look at you funny and may gently disagree.  If you push it, they say, "Let's just agree to disagree," or "We won't know until we get to Heaven."

 

I don't recommend this approach, but when it comes to the 'Truth' I will never agree to disagree. Instead, I will promise to make sure I have it, and then do my best to make others see it. And, when it comes to speculation about what is true, I will always be willing to give my opinion. (of course, qualifying, that it is an opinion) 

 

This is not a popular or effective approach, but I've taken it for forty years. The result is that I've found theology that has been lost to almost everybody. Some claim I have majored in the minors, but with Truth, there are no minors-- it is absolute and all major. Most Christians are together on the perceived majors; Salvation in Jesus through faith and not works, the rebirth, God is worthy of our worship, the Bible is God's Word, etc. However, there are lots of perceived minors where most feel unqualified to even speculate and many questions to which people are comfortable saying "I don't know." One example of hundreds is: "Can God learn anything?"   

 

It feels a lot like archaeology because it hasn't always been lost. Truth a thousand years ago is still Truth today, and will always be Truth. God's words will never pass away and Gods Word is truth. However, some of His words are misunderstood by just about everybody today, and that's when theology is lost.

 

 The Holy Spirit wants to lead us into "All Truth." The emphasis should be on finding His meaning for words and not so much on changing the words to fit the language or to make it easier to understand. In modern times, the Church has tended to change the words (different Bible versions) rather than acquire God's precepts of them. They pick and choose words saying, "I like this version for that passage and that version for this passage;" because, for them, one set of words is clearer and easier to understand than another set of words.

 

However, this revision has backfired in some cases, instead of the words (Bible version) making Gods Word clearer, it stops being God's Word altogether. The words may still sound good, be clear and uplifting, minister and preach well, but they're not Gods. The perception becomes whichever Bible version is clear and easy to understand, must be Gods Word (Truth), when often it's not.

 

I was saved in 1972 and began hungrily consuming the Word of God in the King James version, mentored by a Methodist pastor that did the same. I started leading Bible studies as well as attending them. At one point I lead four a week. I encouraged controversy, believing that it would be resolved by the Bible; often it wasn't. I listened to thousands of teaching tapes from every denomination, read hundreds of books and attended Church at least twice a week, hearing thousands of sermons, listening with a critical ear and tackling controversial issues.

 

Some theological issues didn't get solved. At that point most people would concede that we aren't supposed to know the answer, or that differing perceptions of Truth is the way God meant it to be. Even that seeking the answers leads to intellectual pride by having the gumption to say you have them. (I don't understand and you can't either, only God knows; if you think you do, you must be wrong and full of pride. Don't even ask why.)

 

 I went boldly to the Throne of Grace and requested all Truth when it came to controversy. God was more than willing to comply. Now I have it, and it's Jesus. Jesus is Gods Word and everybody can have it. The words of the book are the physical manifestation of the Word and must be correctly identified....Wrong words-wrong Jesus. Wrong Bible version-wrong word, no matter how good, clear and pious it sounds. I think most versions of the Bible could be considered commentary, but if you perceive all of them as the Word of God, you are setting yourself up as the final arbiter. 

 

An example is the very familiar John 3:16 "... Should have eternal life" vs."....Shall have eternal life." Huge difference! One is a certainty, the other is ideal (Believe and you "should" have it, it's not guaranteed.) There are many who believe and do not have eternal life. Those two words are a game changer, the versions with "shall" are not God's Word, at least not for me.

 

Sure, the more I learned the less I felt I knew when it came to what is temporarily true. It will always be that way for everybody. A million years from today, there will be much to learn.   However, I am in the one who is "all Truth." therefore, I have it, and so should you. Every Christian on this planet should have all Truth (that's some lost theology).

 

An interesting question is: "What percentage of the Bible are you capable of understanding at this time?" I've asked it often and gotten answers from .oooo1% to 90% but it's never 100%. Please think about the question and guess.

 

Being led into all truth by the Holy Spirit, or having an unction from the Holy Spirit and knowing all things, is representative of lost theology. We can't know what God knows....or can we? Does having the mind of Christ mean that everything in is mind that is Truth can be in ours? It's all in the words of the Word; it's all in Jesus and that's where we, as Christians, are.

 

E-books with no substance

                                                        E-books-No Substance.

 

What was the purpose of the dust from which God made Adam or the rib from which He made Eve? They were, if nothing else, substances. In my opinion, the former contained many of the elements of the elemental chart, and the latter, some of Adams DNA that became female DNA.

 

Did God need the dust or the DNA? I don't know, but I do know He wanted it. Just like I know I want a book in my hand more than information that just slipped through the ether and appeared on my Kindle via arranged one's and zero's.

 

Something that feels very odd to me is the legal requirement (or at least practice) of divulging the version, publisher and title of the Bible from which an author quotes. However, it's good because it represents a substance from which the words have come. You can argue if the author was God or not, but the point is that you could put your hands on the substance.

 

I tend to split hairs when it comes to the difference between 'creating' and 'recreating.' The New Earth and Heaven will be recreated. Adam was recreated from dust but the dust was created from absolutely nothing. This is analogous to publishing in e-format compared with getting a book in hand; once that e-book is printed out it becomes sustentative. Then the printer recreates the text. The book or article goes from something of no substance to something with substance. The author is emulating God, be he an atheist, Christian or someone in-between. The story goes from the authors mind to the ether of information, then to the printer and then to a substance.

 

The rocket rise of the e-book should pronounce this difference; I truly hope so. There's nothing wrong with reading from an e-reader but there is something missing.

 

In Revelation chapter 10 John ate a book. It wasn't an e-book it was paper (or something similar) and ink. In my novel 'Global Warning' this was a game changer for the Apostle John, (still alive) He digested it, feeling first sweet then sour. It got into his DNA and reversed the process; went from a substance to information only. The angel told him he would prophesy to many peoples, that is speak forth that information. If he, or anyone again, writes it down, it will be like the printer putting it back into a substance. At that point, it will be and has always been the Word of God.

 

This is really how the Bible came about in all the languages it is currently in. Not just men writing something, but men like printers producing a substance that was authored by God. The key is that the Word of God is both information and a tangible thing. It is Jesus in the flesh, the substance of things hoped for.

 

An e-book is not a tangible thing unless it is printed out and you can sink your teeth into it (literally and figuratively.)

 

This sounds weird for sure, but what would it feel like explaining this whole e-book topic to someone a hundred year ago....very very weird to them- a book coming from nothing?

 

 

 

OQ-outrageous quote: "Before Eve was taken out, Could Adam get himself pregnant?"

Humility

 

“There is such a thing as false humility, and that, thank God, it’s something I certainly don’t have.”

 

That was a quote from a college friend. It’s profound on many levels. How can you be humble when your not? And when you look humble and your not, is it false? Should we be proud we don’t have false humility. or would that mean we really don't have the true?

 

If I tell the world I’m humble, then I’m not by virtue of the fact I said I was. It’s foolish to boast that I’m wise. The minute I think or say I'm wise then I'm not. What's a humble/fool like me to do?

 

Good writing is born out of true humility, which puts me in trouble when I think mine is the best I’ve ever read. Sometimes I truly do think that, though not as much lately.

 

Take note of my last blog post, and know it's hard to be humble when your perfect; that is the new man is in Christ very humble and perfect, while the old man is saying "Me to, see I'm humble;" but really he's not.

Herein is conflict. However, one can control his or her humility by the way they look, sound and write. Do people see the old man, (Who can’t be humble,) or the new (Who must be.) Striving to look humble is putting the new man ahead when the old man is proud; I believe ( or rather I know,) that is a good thing.

 

In Proverbs 6,16 one of the six things that God hates is a proud look (King James,) or haughty eyes (New American Standard.) Notice, it’s not the person behind the haughty eyes, but the look itself. I confess, I have looked pride-full when I really wasn’t, as well as, I have looked humble when I really wasn’t; God hated the former and likes the latter.

 

Steven King talks of killing his darlings. What he means is, often we must remove the writing portion we were most proud of; that which we wrote one-handed while patting ourselves on the back. That's difficult for a proud/humble writer like myself.

 

At one time I really did think my writing was the best I ever seen. Now I pray it “Cuts the mustard.” But the delusion kept me writing. I tried to look and sound humble, and that helped.

 

A friend and I went flying in his two-seater Cessna. Just before take off he said, "There are old pilots and cocky pilots but there are no old cocky pilots." I use to think great writers became famous. now I know humble writers just might get there.

 

OQ-outrageous quote:  The Church is full of humble-looking old men and that is how it should be.

OK, SO I'M PERFECT

                                                               Ok, SO I AM PERFECT (JUST LOOK AT THAT PICTURE)

 

Included in lost theology is the precept of "Perfect"- the perception that perfection is unattainable by anyone but God. How silly but pervasive. God says "Be perfect even as I am," and we say: "Your kidding right?"

 

It's similar to righteousness. "There is none righteous, no not one." a scripture that worked back then but not today. See Romans 3:10 If we said that applies today than we would have to say there is none who understands and none who seek God. Anyone in Christ is righteous and perfect or they wouldn't be there.

 

Preachers like to ask the congregation if there is anyone in it that is perfect. I am so tempted to raise my hand. That would be disruptive and so misunderstood. Not that I am better than any other Christian, Heavens no, but that I am the righteousness of Christ, which is the label every Christian has had since there were Christians (The first person born again after Jesus ascended into heaven.)

 

It's not complicated, we have acquired, through faith, the perfection that is Jesus. God sees us through him as a filter and is aware of only righteousness. When I behave in an imperfect manor, it's because that old man is partially in control, When I sin, it's because the old man was in total control. With the new man, Christ is always in control, so, WE'RE ALWAYS AT WAR.

 

With war there be two sides, not us vs. the devil, but us vs. ourselves, (the flesh). I wish everybody claimed to be perfect and righteous, not from ego, but from true understanding, from the perspective of the new man in whom all things are become new.

 

Consider the popular confession, "I am a sinner saved by grace;" it's a contradiction of terms. I am a saint saved by grace would be more like it. The new man, represented by the pronoun "I" could not be a sinner and saved. The old man also represented by "I" could be nothing but a sinner. and could not say he was saved, because he's lost, always destined for death. So if someone ever says "Nobody's perfect," and I slip and say "But I am".... please understand.

 

OQ-outrageous quote: God looked and saw everything He made was good, but was it perfect?

CAN'T CREATE

                                                                     We can’t create

 

           God is working, but not creating. When and if we are borne-again we become a new creature not a new creation. The totality that is created new (All things) has been new since the beginning; they have come into a proper balance with the creator. Behold, if any man be in Christ he is a new creature, all things are become new.

 

           The use of the word ‘are’ is important. In right relation with God there is no old, or used, or out of date, or wore-out, or aged, or degenerated. All things are new, always have been and always will be. No one that’s imperfect could be in Christ. And once we are in Him it is very difficult to get out.

 

           The most important line in the declaration of independence says “All men are created equal. The present tense is used, ‘are’ not ‘were.’ The creation is a done deal; we are all created equal, though not all equal now. Someone is always better than me, but my new man is as God created him, perfect in Christ; equal to anybody else. However, it seems everybody’s better than my old man, who is a jerk of jerks.

 

           This concept was obvious to the writers of the Declaration, but is nearly lost in the Church today; ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL. But the only way to realize that equality is in Jesus, as a new creature.

 

           Nearly 700,000 men and women died in the Civil War. Many political reasons are attributed to it, but, I believe, spiritually it was because the Church lost this theology. Think of it, there were probably more Christians on the side of the South in that war; at least that would be my guess. Most didn’t believe all men are created equal. Christians by the thousands believed blacks were meant to be slaves. Many Christians today don’t believe all men are created equal; or they don’t understand it.

 

           The Bible seems to wink at slavery. I think because before Jesus rose, no man was in Christ, so they weren’t equal; Nor were they free, not truly.

 

           The Purpose driven life is one that sees God created all of us equally for a purpose. We can, should and must recognize that purpose; the sooner the better. No ones purpose is superior to someone else’s, since God ordained it.

 

           I use to believe I created a lively and inspiring novel, but I did not. I believed I needed to create new ideas to market and sell it-I do not. That’s the wrong precept of the word ‘Create.’ God stopped creating on the sixth day of creation and has been in a Sabbath rest ever since. We shouldn’t think we create or need to. What we need, is to rest in God; work very hard, but rest in Him.

 

           However, everybody has a measure of creativity; it’s a God thing, related to our purpose; that is the proclivity and desire to create something. I can’t make something out of nothing (create,) but I can make something. If nobody enjoyed my stories, I can still write. If nobody liked what I build, I can still build. Many artists have been the only ones to enjoy there art. They all wish others would, but that's not a prerequisite for making it. If I have more creativity than someone else, it’s only to the extent I enjoy the thing that I make more.

 

           Creativity is like faith in that God gave everybody some, and it’s connected to our purpose. We only need to recognize that it is emulating God. If we desire to make something it’s because God has that desire. If we want to enjoy the things we made, it’s because God is doing that; He still enjoys His creation when it’s new and in right relationship with him, but he wants to enjoy it all.

 

          The water you drink probably has been on earth since the beginning. With creativity we can manipulate molecules, if we were creating we would make those molecules out of nothing. God did that but is not doing it now. Have you ever heard of someone without legs instantaneously getting new ones. That would be creation. It will happen at the resurrection, but is not happening now. It's the reason many who pray are not healed, God would have to create something in order for it. All will resurrect, all will be healed when God starts back creating.

 

           We must imitate the Father and not create at this time, but we don’t have to like it. 'Creating' is pretending, 'Creativity' is not.

 

OQ, outrageous quote: "You were better than me, by virtue of the fact that you knew you wern't".

Un-learn Knowledge

                                                               I’m a slow un-learner

 

          Knowledge is in the DNA. We gained it from both God and Adam. When Adam ate of the tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, The knowledge of evil went into his DNA and was passed on to us.

 

           When we eat the Body and Blood of Jesus, we take the antidote; no matter how often or weather we believe it or not. Most non-Catholics believe communion is only symbolic, figurative and representative. I believe it is molecular.

 

           When Adam ate of the tree, God said, “Behold he is become like us, knowing good and evil. Something happened, on a molecular base, with his genes, with his atomic faith. Those corrupted genes were passed on, and on and on. It took God many generations for the time, and the DNA to be right for Mary to have a son. His DNA must get in us, it is faith, it happens by faith.

 

           Even with many Catholics, this theology is lost. They believe the host becomes the Body and blood, but that a priest must bless it first….NOT SO. It must, however, be taken as faith in belief that Jesus is physically raised from the dead (not just spiritually). It literally is the molecular substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.

 

           It’s not an option, it must be taken. Jesis said if you do not eat his flesh and drink his blood there is no life in you. The frequency is optional though, be it once a day, once a month or once a lifetime. He didn't say you had to believe it was his body, most people don't but if there close to Christianity they did it anyway. If Jesus had said, “Take Eat this represents my body,” all Christianity would be different. But He says to all believers, “Take eat this is my body.” What is... is 

 

         It is the antidote to knowledge, to know the Lord is to un-know evil. It is the vitamin for unlearning the knowledge that is in us.

Ninety year-oldVolunteer

                              What does a ninety year-old hospital volunteer know?

 

            I didn’t get a chance to ask her, so this is supposition. Were she asked why she got up four days a week and took the bus to the hospital and sat in the same operating waiting room speaking into other peoples lives, and why she did this for twenty-five years, she may have replied: “I don’t know.” Or, she could have humbly said: “I like to help.” She may have admitted: “it keeps me moving,” or, “it feels good,” or, “people need this.” In bravery, she could have uttered, “God called me to this ministry.”

I would that she had said: “The more I come here as a volunteer, the less chance I come as a patient.”

            Why do I write? I’m too close to the trees to answer thoroughly. However, the more conflict I put into my writing, it seems the less I have in life. The more trouble the characters get in, the less the author does.

 I think people like conflict in novels because it leads to resolution, that’s what the reader gets.  Besides, for both the reader and the author, it’s somebody else’s conflict and trouble. They can put themselves in the characters lives without personal jeopardy.

            Still, we should go out every day and look for trouble; in reading, writing or real life. That’s what the volunteer does. The irony is, the more we empathize, the more it is our own. The end of empathy is that you hurt when someone hurts, you cry when they cry, you laugh when they laugh. And that’s the end of a good novel, for both the author and reader.

            The word faith doesn’t really have a synonym and it’s Biblical definition seems obscure “The substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things unseen,” (Hebrews, 11: 1.)  However, the closest phrase I can think of is, ‘physical empathy;’ the empathizer and empathize are physically linked. See my web sight for more on this.

Nether my wife, the volunteer, or I, had the faith to heal my wife’s back problems that day in the room, but the ninety-year old said, “Your surgeon is very good at what he does.” Faith comes by hearing and we heard her and believed. “The more I come here as a volunteer the less chance I come as a patient.”

We don’t acquire ‘all faith’ very easily, no matter what we hear. It’s like an author saying, “If I put gobs of conflict in my novels I won’t have any in my life.”  Or, “If I empathize with every body’s problems, I wouldn’t have any of my own.”

If I didn’t want conflict in my life, and had the faith, I wouldn’t have any. That’s the tension, with the faith I can do anything, even avoid all trouble. However, that kind of faith is just not available right now. Right now, we will have trouble and conflict, even in faith. But, the more we empathized with the resolution the less we actually have, and Jesus is the resolution to all trouble and conflict. He is the real and done deal. “The more I come to Him as a volunteer, the less chance I come as a patient asking to be healed.”

Jesus fully empathized with the sins of the world when he went through Calvary . In other words, He became sin, it was Him and He was it. We were all in it and He paid the price. (You talk about being in trouble?) We in turn should empathize with Him to start reversing the effects of sin; we do this through faith, it truly is physical empathy. We share in His suffering, to the end, we have none of our own. We empathize with the sins of the world to the end we no longer sin. We identify with His glorious physical resurrection; to the end, we are physically resurrected. Faith can be the empathetic link of our molecules with His.

I don’t know if the volunteer knew this, but I hope she did, because she was practicing it. If she were not a hearer of the word, she still was a doer.

Reading or writing a good novel is not faith, but it is good empathy practice. It’s not our molecules linked with the characters, but a way, in theory, to hone our ability to put ourselves in the lives of others. What you practice in fiction, you can perform in reality. I truly believe physical empathy (faith) reduces the conflict in out own lives.

 

 

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