Thursday, 18 October 2018

The sound of scribing

Bible Wars: the Holy Bible is often under attack and often maligned. Like a drink that is spiked, a crop that is sabotaged or an artwork vandalized. Time and time again experts and novices alike seek to psychologize and dissect the Bible to fit a popular modern narrative that is as old as the hills. Anything to shake what Scripture proclaims to be foundational.

Many people are still on that same old road to Tarsus, they haven’t seen the light (love is blind) and that goes for mainstream media and what you could call pseudo, shallow or bodgy journalism/news. Dumbing down the public with bias should not be the modus operandi of a seemingly ‘trusted’ public broadcaster with its agenda and calls to pay attention to this and that.

The appeal to consensus is not a magic wand that makes contrasting realities disappear, neither is telling one side of the story.

[The origins of Christianity begin with the one eternal triune God. In the Old Testament we see the promises, in the New Testament a fulfilment and demonstration of those promises/covenant made by God. The Christ/Messiah was always part of the OT, many assumed a political or military event similar to David and not the sacrificial lamb that would defeat a much bigger enemy - death, Satan and the powers of hell.]


Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Beware the pseudo world

Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles. 1 Cor 1:22-23.

I wonder how God would contrast, summarize or condense my nation and many others when it comes to His glorious gospel of salvation, such & such looks at the economy or sport & gambling, multiculturalism, science or equality or a wi-fi system and so on.

Things that are not necessarily bad in and of themselves can easily become the gods or a guiding light of a nation or an individual that captivates the soul which then becomes a stumbling block to peace with God the maker of heaven and earth (from little things big things come).

In this sense God is saying what or who do you love most of all & can they or it really compare with Him. God is not bragging here but pointing out a reality, God has demonstrated so much in His creation and in His only begotten Son (Jesus). Those things that we think are so smart, clever or powerful one day and traded in the next do not compare to the love of God demonstrated in Christ the son.1 John 2:15-17.


Monday, 15 October 2018

A dispersion of evil and its many colours and masses

Many people wonder about the existence of evil, many people theorize about the existence and experience of evil. And in this they tend to place God in the dock as if humans are judge, jury and executioner. This is the illusion of the modern world and mind that misuses the justice system to shape an autonomous human kingdom that continually borrows from the patience and wisdom of God who sees all things and knows all things.

God is not on trial, God is not in the dock. He is innocent and blameless and immeasurably free, meanwhile the mind of Rationalism assumes in a helter skelter Marxist religion of equality kind of way that it is free to accuse and surmise and organize as time ticks up or down or left or right, inwardly, outwardly and statically as it submits to its own god, experience and spirit.

What is evil is to reject or distort the goodness and wisdom of God. Mankind is not the measure of all things, mankind today is a reflection and extension, recollection and maze of good and evil that it brought upon itself and only God who is above it all knows the way through this torrid and torn wilderness of ideas and experience. 

"And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from the evil one...."


Sunday, 14 October 2018

Age to age in the endless

To get a greater or fuller understanding of the significance of the crucifixion of Jesus we turn back time through the pages of Scripture. After God confronts the powerful oppression of ancient Egypt through two older men, Moses & Aaron, blood is to be shed and painted on the Hebrew doorposts. Ex 12:1-30.

The Lord of heaven and earth and everything in it shall pass through that land that received warning after warning. God who is Spirit shall pass through the land and pass judgment, where God recognizes the blood of the lamb, there will be peace with Him.

There is a direct link between the Passover and Jesus Christ-the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. John 1:29-34. Symbolic and real at the same time, Christ (who is God) comes into our cruel and brutal world marred and damaged because of sinful disobedience that brought about so much evil and suffering. And so the one who is greater than Moses leads His people of the nations to a new heaven and earth, as only he can. Heb 3:1-6. So there is a lot more going on than a good teacher of Hebrew descent caught up in a political and religous plot of injustice. The bigger picture spans all of human history that is embedded into eternity.


Thursday, 11 October 2018

The natural tendancy to hate & ignore God and reject His rule.

Matt 21:33-46. In the first place this parable speaks directly to the nation of ancient Israel and its massive failure to walk and keep in step with God despite warning after warning. Israel forfeits their claim to a relationship with the living God because of their continual disobedience. Outward appearance, ceremony or ritual is never enough. Isa 5:1-7.

That is bad news for Israel as a nation but good news for the gentile world which was always part of Gods redemptive plan to save the nations from destruction according to God’s own timeline of events on the world stage. And a similar vineyard still exists today with its walls, press and tower. We are no less accountable or answerable to God just because we are a little farther along the timeline of life and existence saturated in the mod cons of western civilization, education and politics.

God continues to speak to nations and society today through His word and people that point to His only Son, His despised, rejected and risen Son. As much as we would like to think we are our own boss or master we are answerable workers and tenants to a much higher authority than any earthly kingdom or domain.


Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Journalistic God

It would be a hard or difficult thing to acknowledge that a carpenter’s son from Nazareth in ancient Israel would have the heads up regarding the instability we see in politics or geology in the modern world that we experience today.

Surely there is a purely naturalistic explanation! The modern world and mind would argue as it places its faith in life from non-life and the probability scenarios of this and that with such certainty and positivity as if there is no God or instruction from Him about how things came to be or why things are the way they are.

Creation is subject to something far greater than nature as it groans under the weight of bondage to decay as it quakes and shakes in a type of pain as it falls to pieces. The appearance of earth as something impersonal is an illusion of scientific data that refuses to acknowledge the hand and heart and mind of God at work, the primary original supernatural being that gave life to all things and watches over all things up close and personal. Rom 8:18-30.Col 1:15-23. There is a reason why Jesus is at the centre of everything, I pray you dont miss that.


Sunday, 30 September 2018

Out of the chasm and into the chiasm

God & only God, has a marvelous way of redemption. The depth, breadth and width of His wisdom and grace are astounding. To see it born out in ordinary & flawed people as God does His work in this broken world sustained by more than natural elements is the main wonder of this world (if I may be so bold).

I don’t have to travel to any specific land to see the wonder and glory of God in His creation or in His blood bought redemption of humanity. A small trip up the road is enough to meet with God and His people in a special way, sweet communion and deep communion. So high I can’t get over it, so wide I can’t get round it, so deep/low I can’t get under it. In the ancient world as much as the modern, God comes to His people and leads them according to His promises.

For an explanation of Chiasm...

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

When one is enough

Generally we reserve the title of evil for the more extreme acts of indecency in society. If we are reasonably good citizens we wouldn’t think of labeling or seeing ourselves or our society as keepers and doers of evil. But Jesus does. In as much as we are capable of doing good and loving things for our family, our friends & others there still remains within our hearts the very real theological and observable fact that we are fallen beings in need of restoration. Matt 7:7-14.

It is never enough that society should decide what is best and normalize it with some sense of democratic rule in the name of mere human-ness. Numbers don’t necessarily equate to truth no matter how great that number may be, especially in a world full of so many lies and broken promises where money and favours talk a lot, for we cannot mathematize righteousness.

Jesus in approaching our lost world draws our attention to the faithful and true promises of God that steadfastly declare our need of salvation, nothing has changed in that regard, this world shall undergo a coming judgment and God in His mercy has provided a very real peace offering with precious life giving blood.

Politics and governments and our business & tax dollars will not save us, the environment will not save us, our math and algorithms cannot save us, our humanness cannot save us. Parents, ministers and teachers cannot save us, doctors, nurses and pharmaceuticals either, as good or evil as these things may or may not be… only Jesus can save us.



Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Pioneer & establisher of peace and justice

Power and authority abused should come as no surprise really in a sin infected world. From afar we get used to it, closer to home the intensity and pain magnifies. In families, schools, churches, businesses, corporations, banks, hospitals, politics, media outlets, police and government abuse and manipulation is rediscovered time and time again. Even when exposed after attempted cover ups the punishment may not fit the crime which turns out to be another abuse of power and authority.

To always look on the bright side of life (the song) would be a pretty ignorant approach even if it helped as a coping or crutch mechanism, nothing wrong with having a laugh but it won’t really fix the root cause or problem. Evil is powerful and destructive to all things good and it appears to roam free in a type of uniform force.

Like a monster crushing & creating mayhem through a city scape but far more subtle is ancient and modern evil. It comes clothed in cloaks, suits, dresses and T shirts in and out of fashion. Evil comes in human flesh from the human mind and heart. Evil knows how to take on the form of goodness and respectability but at its heart it serves darkness alone and looking on the bright side is not enough, we must embrace the light. There should be no equality when it comes to good and evil.  This was John’s message in the wilderness of Judea but equally significant to our day in the jungle we call society. Matt 3:1-12. Evil shall not have the last laugh. God provides a way out of sin and a way through evil.He didnt have to do it, but he did. 


Tuesday, 11 September 2018

The left and right of humanity

Luke 23:38-43. There was a written notice above him, which read: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

Terrible tantrums are not just for two year olds, even adults can and do “go off” and furthermore find “reason” for justification. Spinning things is how we roll, politicians, sports people, the media, the religious,the non religious, criminals,police, lawyers, accountants, banks and otherwise. We have ways of getting our way and lots of people can be fooled in the process (but not God). In this day and age like any other we can blame all kinds of things on our bad behaviour and our bad response to bad behaviour.

We all want justice (or a laugh) when it comes to our cause and we all want mercy when we have stepped over the line because it is very much all about us. Yet when we look at the foot of the cross of Golgotha in the gospels and up at the brutally Romanesque fastened feet and hands we don’t see a lot of winging and whining like a squeaky wheel, but rather a solemn silence and brief cry to God alone. It is a sublime display of humility with many an accompanied joke, cartoon and offencive art work (free speech and all that).

So when (not if) you are being crucified or unjustly treated remember to do what Jesus did, entrust yourself to the Fathers care and safe keeping. Don’t take matters into your own hands, many a saint has tried that methodology only to fail miserably, rather seek first the kingdom of God, not the kingdom of self-righteous mankind.Rom 8:1-17.