At this juncture it is important to set up some structure around what is happening in the world and why we are being “driven” to a more evil world and a more conflicted existence in relation to good. Why is good becoming not so good? The truth is now not so bad and easily acceptable as we water it down as white lies, manipulation and even the falsification of a lie into a “good story”. The global news is not so much the news anymore as it is a web of stories blended together to arrive at a certain view point. I want to shine the light on a deeper more meaningful understanding of life events, led by “Proverbs Wisdom Thinking”. Evil is the villain here, not newscasters or broadcast journalism or Democrats, Republicans, Independents, Libertarians or any other group. While they may be the messengers, we are ultimately the receivers of the information and must discern and decide how to respond or react. Our reaction comes to a choice of belief or rejection in the bigger picture of things. Do we accept and know the Creator or do we elevate ourselves to little gods who are driven by our own desires? IF we begin to understand this higher concept of good versus evil we can make a difference working with others that know the truth as well. In the end, God’s love will win. Not money, possessions, positions, status, power or anything else. Just simply God’s love.
There has been a set of events put in motion at the origin of man (and woman) that have set us on this path of good versus evil. You and I must decide how we will live in a world that is more fearful and dangerous than ever before. With respect to that I am inserting a bit of background on how you can begin to understand how to view and think about today’s world events. I am not saying it is the end of the world today or tomorrow or the day after, but I can tell you it will end and not well. God gave us a record of His interaction with us (Bible) and over time He is executing against that book. Every moment of every day His original plan is being done. Whether we agree or disagree, He is moving that plan forward.
That is why I have been called by II Timothy 4:3-5 to share with you and Clarify Truth :
V3 – ” For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead they will suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers and say what their itching ears want to hear.” We have arrived at this point. I recognized it on July 9, 2013 and that is when I was led to begin this blog.
V4 : “They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” Easier today to believe a lie than the truth? The truth is sometimes tough to handle. Especially about ourselves.
V5: BUT YOU, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.” Love people, tell them MY truth in love with no sugar coating. Then let them make their own decision as it relates to what I (God) say in the bible and the accuracy of it. That is what it comes down to. I challenge you to find out where you stand. I did.
Here is the short view of the “way it went down”. This is a compressed biblical view of centuries of interaction between God, Jesus and The Holy Spirit (He), with a brief description of Characteristics. Additionally, God-Jesus Christ-Holy Spirit are one entity. I am not going to try to explain this in one paragraph, but I will simply say for me that thinking of this relationship as if it were the three forms of water helps me. Water vapor would be God (Father), water would be Jesus Christ (Son of God) and ice would be the Holy Spirit (Spirit of God). They have been One and alive since before time was measured. Time is a creation for us. All of time (and before it was created for us) is like a parade to them and they see the beginning, middle and end at the same instant. Totally different from our reality of the moment. We have no such capability. We are always in the moment. Learning from the past, anticipating the next and hoping the future is better. Yet never anywhere other than in this moment now.
God “The Father” – in the Old Testament/New Testament/Forever Present
- Wants a relationship and fellowship with man (you and I)
- Hates sin due to His Holiness
- Demands Faith and Obedience
- Created us and placed first Adam and then Eve in the Garden of Eden
- Visited regularly
Adam and Eve were told to not eat of the “Tree of Life” – but they did (leaving out Satan and his influence at this point it will suffice to say that Satan was a powerful Angel of Light who was corrupted by pride and told by God to leave heaven, i.e., “cast out”). This broke the relationship with God and set man on our path away from God toward self-will and sin. We (through Adam and Eve) were “cast out” the Garden of Eden and God’s presence because He does not tolerate or accept sin, which was committed by Adam and Eve in the act of disobedience by eating of the Tree of Life. His character does not allow it. At that moment God took His hand off creation and man and we began the aging and the dying process. At the end of time (our time) there will be a new heaven and a new earth which will be perfection again. The followers of Jesus Christ, along with the faithful and obedient to God before Jesus and His death will live forever. Those people will not participate in the “death” process created by man’s sin and self-will. In the end, those who reject Jesus today will have eternal separation from God – Jesus Christ – Holy Spirit.
Jesus Christ – “The Son” End of the Old Testament/Start of the New Testament he made a physical appearance as a man on the earth. (Always and forever present with God)
- Was sent from God for the redemption of man and restoration of fellowship
- Through this redemption which includes Jesus death and resurrection, the fellowship of man is restored and the Old Covenant between God and Man is dissolved. The New Covenant between God and Man is realized
- Jesus wants a relationship and fellowship with man (you and I – same as God)
- Hates sin due to His Holiness
- Demands Faith and Obedience and offers Eternal Life and Forgiveness of sin through His death and resurrection. The New Covenant is written and sealed by His blood
- He validated Old Testament scripture and writings
- Brought Grace – unmerited favor – There is nothing we could do that could bridge the broken relationship between God and Man. Not works, not deeds, not good intentions or thoughts. Only the action of sacrifice by Jesus in His Holiness could satisfy the requirement for man’s evil deeds and restore our relationship with our Creator
- The choice of relationship with God (salvation through Christ’s death and sacrifice) is one of free will. We can choose it or not. Both choices have “consequences”. By that I mean each of these choices gives predictable outcomes for the person. If you choose Jesus you receive eternal life and rewards. That comes with a price of following Him with all your heart and practicing faith and obedience to Him and following “The Path” laid out in the Bible. This choice will allow rewards for how you lived your life. Choosing not to follow and be obedient to Jesus ultimately leads to eternal life and eternal separation from God/Trinity. It also leads to rewards for how you have lived your life. In this case they would be negative because you have lived a life of disobedience and personal satisfaction versus obedience and faith. Ultimately this life ends in the Lake of Fire with torment. Not to scare you, but to advise you of the facts
- Jesus lived 33 years (approximately) was crucified and died. Then on the 3rd day as confirmation He rose from the dead and went to heaven to be with “God the Father”
The Holy Spirit (He) – Old and New Testament. At various times helped men in the Old Testament take actions that led to the confirmation and validation of God’s plan of restoring his relationship through Jesus Christ. He, spoke to us through men and their writings, predicted the birth and the actions of Jesus Christ thousands of years before His arrival as a man. (Always and Forever with God and Jesus)
- His Spirit indwells every believer once they have accepted Christ as Savior (called conversion). Our objective should be to become completely under His control and guidance as we live our life. It will be more productive and fulfilling.
- Mentor to us and guides us to be more Christlike in our nature.
- Interprets prayer and reveals scripture meaning and intent to us.
- Convicts us of sin and helps us avoid it.
- Indwells us, but does not take away our free will. We still make conscious decisions on our own. However, the HS is our counselor in our decisions and we can choose to accept or disregard His advice.
- Just as those who choose Christ are given support and guidance from the Holy Spirit there is also another presence in this World. A dark one that creates a struggle for us between good and evil. This is the presence of Satan whom I mentioned above. Satan and his followers were sent out of heaven, much as Adam and Eve were sent out of the Garden of Eden. Satan’s pride caused him to want to be like God and his casting out of Heaven caused him to hate God. Since we have free will in our life, we have the ability to choose evil (Satan) over good (God). This is the eternal struggle for man. The self nature that drives us to do self-satisfying things. You see it every day in the news. Someone, somewhere cannot control themselves and does some horrible evil. This have been around forever. That is challenge the Holy Spirit works to overcome in our lives if we let Him. He guides us into a life of control, good thoughts and focus on eternity instead of what we want here and now and personal gratification. The Holy Spirit gives us a higher calling and desire for good in our life and the world.
Closing: This is why Proverbs and Clarifying Truth have become so critical. There is a need for us to see who we are, what we are and where we are in life. Not in comparison to our neighbor or the person in some remote part of the world, but in comparison to the man or women that God wants us to be. Pure and blameless in all that we do. That is why Proverbs shouts at us “Here Is The Way You Should Live!”. It details the wise man and the foolish man and gives us a guideline for daily wisdom. Good decisions and behavior are not something that comes naturally for us, but the good news is we can grow and mature in wisdom by practical thinking and good choices. In addition, Christians have the Holy Spirit to guide them if they have accepted Christ as Savior. Your life can become so much more fulfilling and meaningful if you explore and accept the offer of Jesus Christ for forgiveness of sin by belief in Him. It will so change your life and help you begin to see the world in terms other than self. Do it today!