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STEPHEN HAWKING AND EVIL

STEPHEN HAWKING AND EVIL

Stephen William Hawking: an English theoretical physicist and cosmologist at the University of Cambridge, who scored one of the highest possible score — 160 — on his Mensa IQ test, died recently on March 14, 2018.

 Hawking said he didn’t believe in a personal God and that God did not create the universe. He claimed that the laws of physics themselves brought the Universe into being, rather than God:

The science-religion debate has been going on since science was born, centuries ago. Until relatively recently, it seemed to have quietened down, but now Hawking and others have brought it back into the limelight.

We need to stop thinking therefore that science is the fount of all knowledge. It’s simply not. Science does not tell us how we ought to live—science isn’t ethics. Scientists and religious believers should keep out of each other’s territory. But this is naive. The science-religion relationship is a sure-fire source of publicity, which is always welcome when one has a book to sell.

No religion has ever been set out in terms of scientific statements. This is why scientists are able to mock the claims of religions but have never been able to deal a knock-out blow: in the end, a religious believer can always fall back on a faith that does not depend on verification.

Einstein claimed that the greatest mystery of the universe was that its most fundamental laws can be expressed in terms of beautiful mathematical equations. Einstein followed closely the views of the concept of God as an expression of the underlying unity of the universe, something so wondrous that it can command a spiritual awe.

Hawking’s view appears to be that the belief in a God-created universe can be supplanted by a belief in M-theory (a form of string theory). One problem with the theory is that it looks as though it will be extremely difficult to test, unless physicists can build a particle accelerator the size of a galaxy. Even if the experimenters find a way round this and M-theory passes all their tests, the reasons for the mathematical order at the heart of the universe’s order would still remain an unsolvable mystery.

NONSENSE REMAINS NONSENSE

Nonsense remains nonsense even when debated by world famous scientists

Let us look at the flaws in Hawking’s logic that claims “Because there is a law of gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing.”This statement is so contradictory that it amounts to nonsense, according to John C. Lennox in his book, God and Stephen Hawking: Whose Design Is It Anyway?

STEPHEN HAWKING AND EVIL

Firstly, the law of gravity cannot exist if there is nothing. There is no gravity in nothing. If there is nothing, there are consequently, no laws. If there is nothing, there is no gravity, and therefore no law of gravity.

Secondly, there is a problem with the last part of the statement, that “…the universe will create itself…” This is a contradiction of massive proportions. Logic dictates that if we say X creates Y, then we presuppose X already exists and Y does not. However, if we state X creates X (itself, not another version of itself), then we must presuppose that X not only pre-exists, but also that it does not pre-exist.

STEPHEN HAWKING AND EVIL

Scientific discoveries  have caused some people to fall into the trap of believing that science has become a substitute for religion and that, as its great high priests, they can claim to have all the answers to all the questions.

Loud scientific atheism is NOT scientific at all. Many people do not realize that it is just a personal preference under the mask of science. The fact that Hawking is a genius is indisputable but he is human and he is victim to human ways of isolating himself in the power of his own arrogance.

HAS SCIENCE BURIED GOD?

STEPHEN HAWKING AND EVIL

Of course not! In our lifetime science has become more God friendly, I can think of the hot Big Bang theory that shows that the universe has a beginning (1965), and therefore requires a cause; and the Anthropic Principle (Brandon Carter in 1974), which shows that the universe is fine-tuned for life.

God is very much alive and kicking, and pops up in the most unusual places. Science can answer many questions about the physical world, but it has no answers about the spiritual world.

However, because of their reluctance to admit spiritual and philosophical values, some scientists do not appear to be aware of the nature of some of the questions of creativity.

The spiritual sophistication of musical, artistic, political, and scientific creativity far exceeds that of any primitive function programmed into the brain as a basic survival mechanism.

THE “WHY” QUESTION

Atheists complain that human beings are always asking “Why?” Might it not be that our minds have been programmed to ask “Why?” And if this is the case they might then ask who programmed the human computer. The “Why” question needs to be addressed.

Physicists cannot claim to answer the questions of why the universe exists and why we, human beings, are here to observe it, any more than molecular biologists can satisfactorily explain why, we sometimes listen to the voice of conscience and behave with altruism, compassion and generosity.

THE CLOSED MIND OF A DOGMATIC ATHEIST

As he got older, Stephen became more and more hardened in his atheism. As a result, Jane Hawking, wife of Stephen, who wrote the book, Music to Move the Stars, notes that although in the early days their arguments on religion ‘were playful and fairly light-hearted’, yet in later years they increasingly became more personal, divisive and hurtful. For example, Stephen was insulted by any mention of compassion;” he equated it with pity and religious sentimentality’—something for which he had contempt.”

STEPHEN HAWKING AND EVIL

THE ENIGMA OF EVIL

Jane continues her thoughts on the enigma of evil,”God could eliminate evil, but if He did, freedom of choice also would be eliminated. She stresses that most evil is often reducible ‘to human greed and selfishness”.

“However far-reaching our intelligent achievements and however advanced our knowledge of Creation, without faith and a sense of our own spirituality there is only isolation and despair, and the human race really becomes a lost cause.”

Some intellectuals, like Stephen, who are governed by rational thought, and cannot recognize reality when it stood, bared before them. They appeared to jump to conclusions, which distorted the truth to make it fit their preconceptions. It is almost as if they have blinders.

Revealing Stephen’s dark side, it had been Hawking’s ambition for some time. Two years ago, he admitted that he’d love to be a Bond villain. The devil has a role to play in this discussion.

THE UNINVITED EVIL GUEST

DOES THE DEVIL REALLY EXIST?

Michael O’Brian is a popular Christian novelist, who published many books. In his biography, “On the Edge of Infinity”, he described what happened to him in the middle of the night.

Michael awoke to a terrible feeling that there was an evil presence in his bedroom: a malevolent spirit who wanted to devour his soul. He was guilty of replacing his loving God with some sort of vague cosmic force: an ungodly spirit which is the worst kind. He felt like a defenseless prey in front of a large predator. He cried out in the depths of his soul,” GOD SAVE ME!” Instantly, the evil spirit backed off and a supernatural peace filled Michael—something that he had not felt in years.

He perceived divine grace at work. He now believed that God was real and that everything that the Church had taught him was reality—ultimate reality.

After a while, he stopped praying, thinking that now he could go back to sleep. Immediately, He felt the evil presence resume the attack with full force. Spontaneously, he began to pray the 23rd Psalm, The Lord is my Shepherd. Success! “By their fruits, you will know them.”                                                                                        Matthew 7: 20

This story reveals the real presence of evil spirits and the possibility that these spirits could be the cause of one’s depression or mental state. These evil spirits must be delivered away from depressed persons. These evil spirits must be delivered away.

THE DARK SIDE

Humans possess a spiritual sense and there is a spiritual realm.  A demon is considered a harmful spiritual entity, which may cause demonic possession or obsession. These demons were angels that turned to the dark side. God Himself tells how Lucifer turned evil:

“You were anointed as a guardian cherub,
Through your widespread trade
    you were filled with violence,
    and you sinned.
So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God,
    and I expelled you, guardian cherub,
    from among the fiery stones.                       Ezekiel 28:14, 16

Matthew, Mark and Luke record numerous examples of individuals who were either cruelly afflicted or possessed by demons (demon possession occurs when an evil spirit completely takes over a person’s mind). Christ expelled demons (often called “unclean spirits” in the Gospels) from many people. Demons are so real and so powerful that Jesus also taught us to pray on a daily basis for God to “deliver us from the evil one”.                                                      Matthew 6:13

We don’t have to scream and holler at the demons to remove them from someone who is influenced by evil spirits. One who has authority only has to speak the word. “With authority and power, He (Jesus) commands evil spirits and they come out.”           Luke 4:36

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Jesus spoke about demonic influences in many parts of the Bible:

  • He called the Twelve together and gave them power and authority over all devils and to cure diseases and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal.”             Luke 9:1-2
  • “Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.”                                                                                   Matthew 10:1
  • And He appointed apostles” to have power (authority) to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils.”                                            Mark 3:15
  • “In My name, they will cast out demons.”                 

 JESUS WISHES TO SPEAK TO YOU.

DELIVER EVIL SPIRITS

More people are Coming into the Light.

“I love you.

When I was born there was darkness over the whole world. The people were under the sway of the evil one. Sin had entered into the world and in a way we can say that the earth was polluted by sin. I came as the light of the world, just as the light of the sun we see now, and I was given the task to drive the darkness away from the hearts of the people.

Through the shedding of My Blood, I accomplished this great work. I defeated Satan and his hordes.

For many people to believe and to pray is a struggle. Their faith is not strong with the result that they are filled with doubt. Often they will see that there is something in their life that is disconnected.

An example would be: a person believes in Me but does not follow My teachings as regards marriage. Sometimes these people go through years of living a double life.

It is true that many people have doubts at times but all should see that doubting is not the same as not believing.

My advice to these people is this: go and see someone who has great faith and speak to him or her about your problem. I will help you through that person who is close to Me.

There are, My people, priests and Christians everywhere who are close to Me. It is by talking to one of these about your doubt that they can be resolved.

If prayer is a problem, then examine your conscience and see why this is so. The problem is not out there but inside you. There is something in your way of life that blocks your relationship with Me.

Remove that blockage and prayer will be possible. Often the problem is an area of your life which is sinful and you have not repented of it.

After you have repented, you will open to Me and I will come and live in your heart. Then prayer will flow from your heart without hindrance. I love you.”

The above messages came to Father Melvin Doucette:     

Fr. Melvin Doucette was ordained to the priesthood on and joined the Missionaries of Africa for 29 years in Africa. In contemplative prayer every morning, Fr. Doucette receives by interior locution “messages from heaven” to share with the public.

 http://www.ourladyofpei.com 

THE AMAZING MAGIC OF DELIVERANCE 2

ASTONISHING PREDICTIONS

God divinely inspired the BIBLE . How do we know? Each of eight accurate predictions  show a high probability mathematically. The probability of one individual fulfilling eight prophecies have odds of 1 in 10 17  (1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000). Jesus Christ fulfilled all prophecies, therefore the Bible MUST BE TRUE. 

DIVINE OR HUMAN CALIPHS

The Old Testament indicates another 40 astonishing predictions.

CHINA DECEASED RELATIVES

Christianity experiences stunning growth—from approximately 3.8 million adherents in China in 1956 to an estimated 87 to 100 million Christians today.

CHINA AND THE HOLY SPIRIT

In the end, one Christian conversion will benefit the whole family.  The gifts of the Holy Spirit of healing and deliverance will help the whole family. A prayer of deliverance of evil spirits will leave any member of the family with a complete sense of peace immediately. A prayer of healing from a Christian disciple produces 80% healing. The remaining healing comes from continued prayer of praise and thanksgiving until all the healing is complete. This healing comes from the Holy Spirit through the power in the Name of Jesus Christ.  No other god or deity or doctor uses this power. This proves the TRUTH OF CHRISTIANITY. 

Christianity and Hinduism Differences

BILLIONS OF CHRISTIANS CAN’ T ALL BE WRONG!

Christianity is not a philosophy, but it is  a relationship with God, your Creator,  in Christ TODAY. It is not knowledge of abstract principles.  How do we know this? Healing takes place TODAY in the Name of Jesus Christ. 

GOD’S HEALING ASSURED 2

 HEALING?

 Many Christian disciples use the gift of healing.  They also use deliverance to deliver away evil spirits influencing people. These evil spirits cause depression, addictions and illness through all forms of stress.  Only the Name of Jesus Christ makes healing and deliverance possible.Chinese Religion God

AN EXPERIMENT OF GOD’S TOUCH 2

HOW IS JESUS STILL ALIVE TODAY?

Jesus is alive today! He heals today (through His followers) and in many cases it is realized immediately. How else can you explain the explosion of Christianity, the world’s largest religion, on earth: 2.2 billion adherents, nearly a third (31 percent) of all 6.9 billion people on Earth. 

Christians know and feel His Presence; they communicate with Him personally; Christian prayers are always answered.

This author has been given the Gift of Healing only because he is a Christian Lay Missionary, who travels  two to three places every year. On his last trip to Columbia he successfully transferred his Gift to his Spanish translators, who were able to heal as he did. He has healed Muslims to their great surprise.

He also delivers away evil spirits along with their healing. All those who are delivered from evil spirits feel a complete physical  sense of peace.

DREAMS AND VISIONS

God can give a message to those non-Christians to change their heart.  God knows faith will be developed eventually. God will come to you in the form of dreams or visions. So be sensitive to any dreams or visions, when you ask God for it earnestly.

NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES

PROOF OF HEAVEN 2

Is the BIBLE true? 2

HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED HOW TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN?

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SOUL MATES

SOUL MATES

The soul has a strong desire and need for intimacy, and it loves vernacular life—that particular place, family, friends, neighborhood that are part of our daily life. That is why we look at ways of being in any kind of relationship soulfully: bonds that we feel with certain people.

A soul mate is someone to whom we feel profoundly connected by divine grace. There is nothing more precious in life than our soul mate. Actually, this form of intimacy is not limited to one person or one form.

We are not talking about the interpersonal mechanics that comes to the foreground. Some nonchalantly say that we are simply programmed to act the way we do – almost like a machine. Not so! Today’s communication is technically sophisticated and speedy, but not necessarily more soulful.

We are dealing with questions like, “what is this thing when we fall madly in love?”, or “Why is this deep love never seemed to be satisfied?”, or “What is it that the soul wants upon separation?”

Some of us are frustrated and ask, “What is this continued failure to find love?” There are troubling aspects: doubts, distancing, desire for separation and freedom and endings. We suffer symptoms of loss of soul. The reason why we have so much trouble with relationships today may be our neglect of the study of the soul.

SOUL MATES

The soul loves attachments of all kinds – to places, ideas, times, sounds and music even in the ordinary details of everyday life. There are two pulls on our life: one upward toward success, progress, and intellectual clarity and another downward into individual, quiet life.

We have strong desires to have a family, live with another person, or join a community and yet after this has been satisfied, we are still drawn in exactly the opposite direction – our intimacy and our solitude. We must learn to honor both togetherness and individuality at the same time, even though we may sometimes feel a tug to one side only.

There are really two goals: one, to come to know yourself and two, to get to know the deep and subtle richness of the soul of the other. The final objective is to be both intimately connected with one another and at the same time, preserve one’s integrity and individuality.

This can be accomplished by giving the other sufficient emotional space in which to live and express one; then to risk revealing your own soul, complete with all its own absurdities. There are deep roots that may never have been revealed because of a lack o communication. The solution is not knowledge but love and a feeling that “you are accepted” by the other

We look at ourselves and we don’t like what we see. We try to change but the old imperfections remain steadfast. The basis of all relationships starts with the recognition that you have to be a friend to yourself – intimacy with oneself. The answer has everything to do with developing a good, intimate relationship to our own soul and the soul of others.

SOUL MATES

THE SOUL OF THE FAMILY

People living in the modern life often complain about a loss of traditional values and about feeling aimless, rootless and adrift. The culture of the family is a resource into which a person may dip throughout one’s life for direction, meaning and style.

One task is to forgive our parents for being imperfect. Life is much richer if we could let go of the excuse of parental failure and to establish a satisfying relationship with them. We benefit from the richness of a family and in particular of family stories, which identify who we are. The family may be one of the most powerful creative forces in our lives.

SOUL MATES

THE SOUL OF MARRIAGE

There is intermingling of souls that culminate in marriage – a demanding form of relationship. Marriage is a mystery, a sacrament and a sacred symbolic act. The interior of marriage is magical: it is fulfilling union that supplies a profound need for meaning, fulfillment and relatedness: a good home, fine children, happy days.

The real goal of marriage is not to create this material, human world, but rather to evoke a spirit of love that is not of this world. Yet, there can be a painful stirring of the souls.

Some marriages are characterized by different motives:

  • Some ask for distance, others for closeness
  • Some for children, some for the life of a couple
  • Some want it to be brief, some lifelong
  • Some want frequent change, some want to get into a mold and stay there
  • Some prefer sentimentality, others like pragmatism

Some couples find conversation difficult. One party once to hear certain things from the other, but will not listen. One party wants to hear certain confessions or admissions, but not confess one’s own state of being.

Some marriages are living hells and many are full of difficulties. So what happens when one or both of the partners think that the magic has gone out of the marriage? Could it be that the couples only have a mechanical and structural image of marriage? Scientific analysis always comes up short in their portrayal of marriage and its problems.

SOUL MATES

MARRIAGE AND THE SACRED

This leads us to the workings of the heart – a mystery that can’t be easily explained in a religious sense which shows traces of the finger of God at work. These emotions and passions can only be appreciated with the tools of religion. The soul has an important spiritual dimension, which is far deeper or higher level than personalities and lives.

The couple can lay the foundation for genuine spirituality as an ingredient in their lives. They can reach down into their soul and establish a kind of intimacy that is more profound than mere analysis. The partners must use means like prayer that match the soul’s sacred dimension. Then spirituality in the form of grace pours into their lives that make marriage both magical and miraculous.

Relationship with the divine satisfies the soul in ways that no substitute can touch: the Divine is the only satisfying lover, the only true soul mate. Knowing that our relationships have a divine strain allows us not to be distracted by imperfections of our partners or family. We don’t demand that the relationships play it out according to our own expectations.

 A VOCATION

Two people are called together to fulfill a mission that God has given them. Marriage is a spiritual reality. That is to say, a man and a woman come together for life, not just because they experience deep love for each other, but because they believe that God loves each of them with an infinite love and has called them to each other to be living witnesses of that love. 

The love you give and receive is a reality that will lead you closer and closer to God as well as those whom God has given you to love.

Our humanity comes to its fullest bloom in giving. We become beautiful people when we give whatever we can give: a smile, a handshake, a kiss, an embrace, a word of love, a present, a part of our life…all of our life.                                                                        HENRI NOUWEN

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JESUS WISHES TO SPEAK TO YOU.

LOVE MARRIAGE

Marriage Instituted by God

“I love you.

Marriage was instituted by God the Father at the creation of man and woman. At the beginning God made the first man and the first woman and marriage was instituted when the Father said, ‘Increase and multiply and fill the earth.’

He continued, ‘A man shall leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife and the two shall become one flesh. What God has joined together let no man separate.’

I elevated marriage between a Christian man and a Christian woman to a sacrament. A sacrament is a sign instituted by Me to give grace and to lead to holiness.

It is the couple who has received the sacrament of marriage who are fitting parents for children, for children should be born of that stable union. Children deserve to have both a father and a mother.

Children born out of wedlock are cheated by illegitimate parents. Children have the right to a stable home and loving parents. I blessed and I will continue to bless such marriages.

Let not same-sex unions be compared to marriage and rob this vital institution of its value and richness.

Let no one try to change what the Father has established. You, My friend, uphold the sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman.

Know that I am closely linked to all Christian marriages. I love you.”

 The above messages came to Father Melvin Doucette:

Fr. Melvin Doucette was ordained to the priesthood on and joined the Missionaries of Africa for 29 years in Africa. In contemplative prayer every morning, Fr. Doucette receives by interior locution “messages from heaven” to share with the public.

 http://www.ourladyofpei.com   

IT’S IN THE BOOK…

LOVE IN MARRIAGE

  • You will have the free gift of complete forgiveness for all your sins extending into forever                                                    (Romans 6:23)
  • You will have all your real needs provided while on earth.                                                                                                                          (Philippians 4:19)
  • You will receive all the grace you need at all times so that you will abound in every good work God has for you.                                                                                                                                              (2 Corinthians 9:8)
  • God will complete the good work He began in you.                                                                                                                                             (Philippians 1:6)
  • That means someday soon you will see Jesus, be with Him              (2 Corinthians 5:8), and be like Him.                                      (1 John 3:2)
  • In that day you will know for the first time full, unpolluted joy                                                                                                                           (Psalm 16:11)
  • You will be completely free from all corruption       (Romans 8:21)
  • You will have God forever (1 Peter 3:18) as your exceeding joy.                                                                                                                          (Psalm 43:4)
  • You will be raised from the dead and never, ever die again.                                                                                                        (1 Corinthians 15:52–53)

 

RESCUING A MARRIAGE 2

SECRETS OF STAYING IN LOVE 2

ASTONISHING PREDICTIONS

God divinely inspired the BIBLE . How do we know? Each of eight accurate predictions  show a high probability mathematically. The probability of one individual fulfilling eight prophecies have odds of 1 in 10 17  (1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000). Jesus Christ fulfilled all prophecies, therefore the Bible MUST BE TRUE. 

DIVINE OR HUMAN CALIPHS

The Old Testament indicates another 40 astonishing predictions.

CHINA DECEASED RELATIVES

Christianity experiences stunning growth—from approximately 3.8 million adherents in China in 1956 to an estimated 87 to 100 million Christians today.

CHINA AND THE HOLY SPIRIT

In the end, one Christian conversion will benefit the whole family.  The gifts of the Holy Spirit of healing and deliverance will help the whole family. A prayer of deliverance of evil spirits will leave any member of the family with a complete sense of peace immediately. A prayer of healing from a Christian disciple produces 80% healing. The remaining healing comes from continued prayer of praise and thanksgiving until all the healing is complete. This healing comes from the Holy Spirit through the power in the Name of Jesus Christ.  No other god or deity or doctor uses this power. This proves the TRUTH OF CHRISTIANITY. 

Christianity and Hinduism Differences

BILLIONS OF CHRISTIANS CAN’ T ALL BE WRONG!

Christianity is not a philosophy, but it is  a relationship with God, your Creator,  in Christ TODAY. It is not knowledge of abstract principles.  How do we know this? Healing takes place TODAY in the Name of Jesus Christ. 

GOD’S HEALING ASSURED 2

 HEALING?

 Many Christian disciples use the gift of healing.  They also use deliverance to deliver away evil spirits influencing people. These evil spirits cause depression, addictions and illness through all forms of stress.  Only the Name of Jesus Christ makes healing and deliverance possible.Chinese Religion God

AN EXPERIMENT OF GOD’S TOUCH 2

HOW IS JESUS STILL ALIVE TODAY?

Jesus is alive today! He heals today (through His followers) and in many cases it is realized immediately. How else can you explain the explosion of Christianity, the world’s largest religion, on earth: 2.2 billion adherents, nearly a third (31 percent) of all 6.9 billion people on Earth. 

Christians know and feel His Presence; they communicate with Him personally; Christian prayers are always answered.

This author has been given the Gift of Healing only because he is a Christian Lay Missionary, who travels  two to three places every year. On his last trip to Columbia he successfully transferred his Gift to his Spanish translators, who were able to heal as he did. He has healed Muslims to their great surprise.

He also delivers away evil spirits along with their healing. All those who are delivered from evil spirits feel a complete physical  sense of peace.

DREAMS AND VISIONS

God can give a message to those non-Christians to change their heart.  God knows faith will be developed eventually. God will come to you in the form of dreams or visions. So be sensitive to any dreams or visions, when you ask God for it earnestly.

NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES

PROOF OF HEAVEN 2

Is the BIBLE true? 2

HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED HOW TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN?

god proof

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ARE YOU AN ASPIRING THEOLOGIAN?

WHAT IS THEOLOGY?

ASPIRING THEOLOGIAN

Theology is neither a nine-to-five job nor a career. To know and speak truly of God is a vocation that requires more than academic or professional qualifications. The image you should have in mind is not the professor with a tweed jacket, but rather the disciples who dropped everything to follow Jesus. Becoming a theologian means following God’s Word where it leads with all one’s mind, heart, soul, and strength.

Theology is the study of how to speak truly of God and of all things in relation to God. But theologians can’t approach the object of their study the way biologists study living creatures or geologists the earth. God cannot be empirically examined. God is the creator of all things, not to be identified with any part of the universe or even with the universe as a whole. Speaking of God thus poses unique challenges. If God had not condescended to communicate to creatures something of his light, we would be in the dark.

BY GOD, OF GOD, TO GOD

Are you familiar with Thomas Aquinas’s definition? “Theology is taught by God, teaches of God, and leads to God.”

By God. Only God can make himself known. We’re simply children who love their father and want to know him better, who trust their father’s wisdom: And He (Jesus) said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”                                                                     Matthew 18:3

Of God. Theology is thinking hard about what God has taught about Himself and all things in relation to Himself.

To God. Theology is ultimately about cultivating godliness, in oneself and one’s community. A theologian is a certain kind of person, whose created intelligence has been illumined by the Holy Spirit. Continue reading ARE YOU AN ASPIRING THEOLOGIAN?

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SEVENTH DAY ADVENTISTS: the TRUTH

SEVENTH DAY ADVENTISTS

Most people know little about the Seventh-day Adventists beyond that they worship on Saturdays, not Sundays. But there’s more to this unique sect. 

The Seventh-day Adventist church traces its roots to American preacher William Miller (1782–1849), a Baptist who predicted the Second Coming would occur between March 21, 1843, and March 21, 1844. Because he and his followers proclaimed Christ’s imminent advent, they were known as “Adventists.” 

When Christ failed to appear, Miller reluctantly endorsed the position of a group of his followers known as the “seventh-month movement,” who claimed Christ would return on October 22, 1844 (in the seventh month of the Jewish calendar). 

Ellen White gained recognition in Adventist circles as a prophetess and became the church’s leader; she claimed to receive the first of several hundred visions in December of 1844.

Often Adventist-related publishing houses conduct mass mailings of their literature to every home and post office box in a community. Much of the published material comes from White’s single most popular volume, The Great Controversy. Continue reading SEVENTH DAY ADVENTISTS: the TRUTH

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CARE OF THE SOUL

Materialistic life can be so absorbing that we get caught in it and we forget about spirituality. Many don’t believe in the soul and therefore many don’t give it any place in the hierarchy of values. What we need is soul in the middle holding together mind and body. A spiritual life of some kind is absolutely necessary for psychological ”health”.

CARE OF THE SOUL

Psychology is a secular science while care of the soul is a sacred art. We separate psychology and religion, therapy and spiritual practice. Psychology and spirituality need to be seen as one. Psychology is incomplete if it doesn’t include spirituality in a fully integrated way. When the soul is neglected, our problem doesn’t just go away; it appears symptomatically in obsessions, addictions, violence and loss of meaning.

The emotional complaints of our time that are heard by therapist: 

  • Emptiness
  • Meaninglessness
  • Vague Depression
  • Disillusion about marriage, family and relationship
  • Loss of values
  • Yearning for personal fulfillment
  • A hunger for spirituality

OUR QUEST

All these symptoms reflect a loss of soul and let us know what the soul craves. We cannot solve our “emotional” problems until we grasp the mystery that honors the Divine.

We yearn excessively for entertainment, power, intimacy, sexual fulfillment, and material things. We think we can find these things if we discover the right relationship or job or therapy. We strive to attain alluring satisfaction in great masses, thinking that quantity will make up for lack of quality.

Yet, without soul, whatever we find will be unsatisfying. What we truly long for is the soul in each of these areas. Soul doesn’t pour into our lives automatically. It requires our skill and attention.

We cannot care for the soul unless we are familiar with its ways. We need to make the necessary changes revealed by depression and anxiety. These problems make it felt because the soul needs attention.

care of the soul

 

ILLNESS AND HEALING

Doctors are learning that there is an actual correlation between psychological experience and physical ailments. For example, one’s colon is unhappy. Doctors know that there is a relationship between repressed anger and colitis. If cancer cell growth has gone berserk, is there something that has been disordered?

The word, “disease or dis-ease” says it all. It means without ease and disease emanates from stress. Disturbances created from marriage and family can be more stressful to the soul than conditions of work.

Modern medicine is hell-bent on cure and has no interest in anything about the soul. Maybe our lives are too secular and in need of such a visitation through the soul. Do we know what can be speaking silently to us in our body? “Recognize what is before your eyes, and what is hidden will be revealed to you.”    Gospel of Thomas Continue reading CARE OF THE SOUL

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HOLY SPIRIT TRANSFORMATION

“Live by following the Holy Spirit.”                               Galatians 5:16

“The true children of God are those who let God’s Holy Spirit lead them.”                                                                                    Romans 8:14

HOLY SPIRIT TRANSFORMATION

To simplify this, the Holy Spirit is the Presence of God in our lives, carrying on the work of Jesus. The Holy Spirit grants us all the fruits of the Spirit Galatians 5:22-23.(“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control”). If the disciple teaches, it is the Holy Spirit that teaches the disciple. Luke 12:12 (“For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.”)

If the listener is convicted, it is because the Holy Spirit has penetrated. John 16:10 (“Concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see Me no longer”) If the listener is converted, it by the transforming power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 8:11 (“He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.”)

If the new believer matures, it is because the Holy Spirit makes him or her more competent. “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own.”                                            1 Corinthians 6:19

 “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. You know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.”                                                                                                                                                          John 14:16-17

How have you seen the Holy Spirit at work in your own life?

HOW DO YOU RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT?

HOLY SPIRIT TRANSFORMATION

“As I (Peter)began to speak, the Holy Spirit came on them as he had come on us at the beginning. Then I remembered what the Lord had said: ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.  Acts 11:15,16  There are four different ways, which can be used by the minister of baptism:

  1. Laying on of hands: “they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied. ” Acts19: 2-6
  2. Praying : “When they arrived, they prayed for the new believers there that they might receive the Holy Spirit, because the Holy Spirit had not yet come on any of them; they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. ”                            Acts 8:15,16
  3. Speaking: “While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message.”                   Acts 10:44-45
  4. Breathing: Jesus commanded that the disciples receive the Holy Spirit, “And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”                                            John 20:22

The most important part of the rite is that the person being baptized in the Holy Spirit be in acceptance:  ” I receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit in the name of Jesus Christ.”

What to expect with”Baptism of the Holy Spirit”

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FAITH AND SOCIALISM

ECONOMIC STRUCTURAL DISORDER

There are profound problems with our economic system – a structural disorder of the system itself. We need a critical analysis of the essential dignity of human labor and its priority over the maximization of profits—not just through handouts. Cosmetic changes are not enough.

We need to look at the humanizing role of labor and the equitable distribution of the world’s goods. We need to look at the full value and meaning of work.

FAITH AND SOCIALISM

We have an economy that continues to serve the needs of the rich nations at the expense of the poor. This is not to be considered an antagonism toward the rich, but the defense of the defenseless: the uneducated, the native poor and the immigrant poor who have no voice to speak for themselves.

FAITH AND SOCIALISM

 Do we run a risk that some of the economically oppressed nations of the world will rise in judgment on the rich nations?

WHERE DID IT ALL GO WRONG?

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HAVING TWO MINDS

TWO MINDS

When Neymar’s Brazil won gold in its home Olympics in 2016, Neymar took the podium to receive his gold medal with a headband reading “100% Jesus.” Yet this ostensible display of devotion caused controversy, given the star player’s out of wedlock son and public love life. Fame and fortune are always dangerous to the Christian. 

TWO MINDSThere are those who have two minds because one is wavering or inconstant. This person has no settled principles. He is controlled by passion; he may be influenced by popular feeling. In other words, he is inclined to one opinion or course of conduct, and now to another. “A man is of two minds, unstable in all his ways.”      James 1:8 

TWO MINDS

David of the Old Testament commanded that Bathsheba’s husband, Uriah, be put at the front lines of the battle and that the troops be pulled back from him. Just as David had hoped, Uriah was killed. David then took Bathsheba as his wife.

David’s behavior presents a perfect example of a double-minded man. Even though he had God’s Life in his heart and had been “a man after God’s own heart,” he nevertheless chose to go with the tide and follow the lusts of his own flesh over what God was prompting him to do.

TWO MINDS

A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways. Are you unstable about your relationship to Christ?

If you lack wisdom, you must ask for it. 

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TRUE MIRACLES

BEING OPEN TO MIRACLES

It is the will of God that we should be healed. It is the will of God that we should be awake to love and aware of God’s goodness in our lives. What is the miracle in your life that you need to pray for?

TRUE MIRACLES

If you want to believe in miracles, there is overwhelming evidence from physicians, who witness “life after death” experiences. In 2014 a four year study was made of over 2000 patience, who had some kind of awareness before they were revived from what appeared to be death. Over 46% of the patients experienced seeing light, feeling at peace and having thoughts. Sixty-three of them (2%) had out of body experiences where they could describe in great detail what was happening around them. The scientists who conducted the survey more favorably believed in life without a physical body after death: rather than simply believing that this life is all there is. Continue reading TRUE MIRACLES

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PERSUASIVE PORNOGRAPHY

A NOISY MIND

An immoral mind is a noisy mind because it is filled with the clatter of one’s own ego. Other noisy minds lose its center because its energies are scattered over a multitude of concerns: multi-tasking. This is the big flaw of our culture.

PERSUASIVE  PORNOGRAPHY

When the mind is quiet, things become clearer. We become aware of what we must do. We must learn to slow down our minds to become more focused and more sensitive to God’s presence.

PERSUASIVE  PORNOGRAPHY

WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF PORNOGRAPHY?

Dr. Victor Cline (1996) posited four progressive effects of pornography:

(1) Addiction, where the need to view pornographic materials leads to a loss of free control over behavior;

(2) Escalation, where the person delves into progressively harder pornography, usually to attain the same level of sensation and arousal;

(3) Desensitization, whereby the user is no longer morally sensitive to the shocking, repulsive, perverted, or immoral quality of the material, but instead views it as acceptable and begins to look upon others as objects; and

(4) Acting out, where the fantasizing becomes overt behavior. This includes normalized aggression towards women in sexual and other interpersonal encounters. Pornography kills love!

The issue of sexual addiction is catching society unawares. All around us marriages are beginning to fall apart; husbands are getting caught with pornography, in affairs, and visiting prostitutes.

On a more serious note, there is a proven direct correlation exists between crimes of rape, child abuse, and the physical abuse of a spouse, and the proliferation of pornographic materials in a community (Uniform Crime Report, 1990). One out of every six persons in our federal and state prisons is a sex offender, and sex crimes are second only to drug crimes.

PERSUASIVE  PORNOGRAPHY

What is the basis for Jesus’ position on pornography?

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