I read Psalm 103:13,14 the other day and can’t stop thinking about them. Well, let me rephrase that, I have stopped thinking about them from time to time but I keep coming back to them.
They are verses of mercy. God feels sorry for us because we are just dust. He knows what He is dealing with: piles of dirt. This is humiliating that God sees us as piles of dirt and yet comforting because we know He feels sorry for us!
At the same time, since we’re just dust, it won’t offend God to sweep us up either.
Man does not like to think of himself as dust. It makes me laugh when Christians mock evolutionists for saying we are just evolved swamp goo. The Bible says we’re dirt so it’s not too far off!
Man likes the part about being the pinnacle of creation, a force to be reckoned with. We downplay the dirt stuff. We don’t like to view ourselves as vessels of clay needing mercy. Hell is filled with these people.
People have had problems understanding how a good God could allow a place like hell to exist. I guarantee you if piles of dirt started acting rebellious you’d sweep them up too. Every time you sweep a floor you are showing the justice of God’s judgment.
Forgotten to recycle any newspapers or tin cans recently? Feeling guilty because you neglected to carbon offset your flight to somewhere, anywhere, outside England this summer? The Roman Catholic Church is at hand with a new line in “green confessions” to help eco-sinners to find forgiveness.
“It is not, I hope, blasphemous to do this. I do not think it is. It is just an attempt to make people conscious of the way they live. The Church is aware of green issues and of how aware we have to be of how we treat the environment.
“I know the Pope has now set up his own airline, but I am told the Vatican will be planting trees every time it flies. I do think the way we treat our environment is important.”
He “hopes” it’s not blasphemous to do this? That’s a good beginning. I thought these guys were infallible? The Vatican actually plants trees every time the pope fires up one of his planes? I find that hard to believe.
More news has come out on the beating of Juanita Bynum by her pastor husband Thomas Weeks. Apparently their difficulty as a couple begins with financial dealings.
Bishop Weeks and his wife moved to Atlanta from Washington, D.C. in 2006. The power couple was expanding their ministry; they moved into a $2.5 million home and had big dreams for the future, but Weeks left several unpaid creditors behind.
records reveal a $63,000 judgment against Weeks from copier giant, Xerox Corporation, a $22,000 judgment against Weeks from jewelry store Tiffany and Company, a $13,000 judgment from a credit card company and a $6,000 judgment from Ford Motor Credit. In total, there is more than $100,000 in judgments against Weeks. Three of the creditors say Weeks still has not paid the debt.
Money continues to be a driving force of ruined marriages and failed ministries. Money is overrated. Don’t fall for its deception.
In my studies in theology and hanging around people who know theology, there seems to be two main destroyers of good theology.
1) Defending man
2) Defending behavior
Let me address both briefly.
1) Defending man: Rather than go to Scripture we go to our guys. We look up our words in our favorite dictionary written by our favorite guy and then we cross-reference it with commentaries by our favorite guys and sermons and letters and whatever else. Four hours later everyone realizes that we’ve actually ceased talking about the Bible and are now totally consumed with defending the reputations of our guys.
2) Defending behavior: People do stuff. The things they do often conflict with the stuff they thought they believed. Rather than changing the things they do, they change their theology to fit around their experience.
Is there any release from this? I’ve heard many times that the good theologian approaches scripture with an open-mind and no prejudices. Well, please, how is that possible? My conclusion is that no, there is no release from it fully.
At some point some one has said whatever it is you are thinking so you’ll end up finding your guy on this subject and that subject and that’s not all bad, as long as you’re defending theology and not them.
It is also impossible to form a theology not based on your experience. I don’t know that this is all bad. At the same time, scripture is supposed to change our experience at some point, not just be a book to back up our idiocy.
My point: I have none. I’m just thinking.
A CASE on behalf of Jesus Christ has come knocking on Kenya’s High Court door, lodged by a fervent Christian group that wants his conviction declared null and void and his crucifixion illegal.
They want “the court to declare Jesus’s trial null and void … because the (ancient) court that convicted him was not properly constituted, the prosecutors violated the law of the time and the trial was a sham”, Mr Indindis said.
Boy, that Kenya is one wild and crazy place. I wonder if they throw out the trial against Jesus if my legal stand before God will also be called into question. Boy oh boy I hope not.
The good people in Kenya have taken justice into their own hands, and perhaps this type of justice should be more well spread.
A mob was bitter that a man, who the preacher had promised to cure through prayer, died during the ‘healing’.
The mob was so upset they burned the pastor’s church down, caught him in his hideout and cut off his genitals! Hello! That’ll clean up some false teaching.
Kenya has been known for weird religious activity and a little vigilante castration couldn’t hurt.