Thoughts inspired from backlog 1

Thought I’d post from my backlog. This one is from before I was a believer. Though I don’t actually place as much significance on the salvation issue. That is to say on the issue of figuring out the prerequisites for salvation… I don’t think there are any.

I believe that that lovely man 2000 years ago expressed in his personality the way into the the holy of holies. He showed us that we are on a rollercoaster predestined and being transformed into divinity in the loving hands of the master craftsman Yahweh who knows us!

His death on the cross and His resurrection made abundantly clear that there is nothing we could do that would thwart His love.

He knows our weaknesses. He knows the mainsprings of our actions and decisions. (He is the mainspring of our actions and decisions!) He knows us the way only our maker could and his thoughts are higher than our thoughts.

I believe in this review of “Lolita” I may have expressed Father’s comprehension and attitude towards us. Especially in the paragraph where I talk about traits. Of course not His full comprehension and attitude but the bit which is the foundation for our faith.

It is knowledge of our own wretched impotent condition – not evil or good in itself but in the grip of entropy. A time-lapse putrefaction that in itself has no hope but the one hope that comes to all at the end… of a saviour, of more Life and Light that is the salvation that matters! Life not some petty rebate from eternal pain.

Not forgiveness from a God who had nothing against you and to whom you, you puny worm, could do nothing that would warrant even a shifting of the pupil in Yahweh’s eye let alone something deserving of forgiveness!

How can you believe in Him if He doesn’t first reveal himself?

I have talked previously how we have faith in our senses; in so far as we believe that they inform us of a “real” world. We have faith on the basis of past experience that the ground will be hard when we walk on it. And so on…

God doesn’t demand that we lay down our normal basis of evidence. For me personally there have been two occasions on which I have experienced the glory of God. Like fire pouring through me. The first time got me sectioned… I appealed and they let me out.

I’ve actually been intending to write about those experiences. They kind of bracket this blog – in that after being sectioned within months or so I just lost belief… well I say that – I just couldn’t fit the experience and insight that I’d had into the christian box. Not any box for that matter.

I tried meditation and mindfulness. Got good at it! Spend a whole week not thinking once – moved around like it wasn’t me, like I wasn’t there. But it wasn’t the experience I’d had before.

That experience was full of understanding and language. Not telling me to do anything but just like having my internal monologue taken hold of and spewing forth the effluvia of understanding (damn it effluvia is the wrong word… sounds nice though).

All of that resulted in this blog.

And then this time – well september time last year (so a 5 year bracket) I began to experience a fiery heat pouring through me out of nowhere. And then all this insight into what the good news meant. Now I’m not saying I’m infallible – – I’ve refrained from talking about this because I don’t think it is at all relevant when considering the strengths and weaknesses of what I say – the words stand or fall on their own!

Plus I’m stoned and should probably link the review before I descend into the realms of nonsense. Effluvia… I swear that meant the stuff like waves… what is it a theory about our consciousness, decisions and objects of conscious… like flotsam on the sea… epiphenomenalism… could use epiphenomena… accurate but still it’s not effluvia.

https://christopherjack101.wordpress.com/2014/05/26/nabokovs-lolita-forgivness-and-taboo/

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Truly, You are a God who hides Himself, O God of Israel, Savior!

“He made known his ways to Moses, his deeds to the people of Israel:” Psalm 103:7

“Truly, You are a God who hides Himself, O God of Israel, Savior!” Isaiah 45:15

“Now we are aware that God is working all together for the good of those who are loving God, who are called according to the purpose that, whom He foreknew, He designates beforehand, also, to be conformed to the image of His Son, for Him to be Firstborn among many brethren. Now whom He designates beforehand, these He calls also, and whom He calls, these He justifies also; now whom He justifies, these He glorifies also. What then, shall we declare to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?” Romans 8:28-31

God hides himself.

Not many Christians are willing to accept this. They want God to be open to all now. They want to have the power to be able to choose to believe in him or not.

The fact is you do not choose to believe anything. You can choose whether or not to announce a belief; but you cannot choose to believe something or not.

To show you this I challenge you to believe that I went to Mars yesterday. I didn’t but such trivial things as what I say or what you are used to shouldn’t hinder your capacity to choose to believe what you want to now should it?

Why did Jesus speak in parables? The common reason given and the reason I was given in Sunday school was that He spoke in parables to make the truth plain. But Jesus gives a very different reason.

“And, approaching, the disciples say to Him, “Wherefore art Thou speaking in parables to them?” Now, answering, He said to them that “To you has it been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of the heavens, yet to those it has not been given. For anyone who has, to him shall be given, and he shall have a superfluity. Yet anyone who has not, that also which he has shall be taken away from him.

“Therefore in parables am I speaking to them, seeing that, observing, they are not observing, and hearing, they are not hearing, neither are they understanding.

‘And filled up in them is the prophecy of Isaiah, that is saying, ‘”In hearing, you will be hearing, and may by no means be understanding, And observing, you will be observing, and may by no means be perceiving.” For stoutened is the heart of this people, And with their ears heavily they hear, And with their eyes they squint, Lest at some time they may be perceiving with their eyes, And with their ears should be hearing, And with their heart may be understanding, And should be turning about, And I shall be healing them.’

“Yet happy are your eyes, for they are observing, and your ears, for they are hearing. For verily I am saying to you that many prophets and just men yearn to perceive what you are observing, and perceive not, and to hear what you are hearing, and hear not.” Matthew 13:10 – 17

See how plainly Jesus declares that to some it is given to hear these things and to others it is not!

How comes this revelation to people? “Now, answering, Jesus said to him, “Happy are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood does not reveal it to you, but My Father Who is in the heavens.” Matthew 16:17

The Pharisees and the Sadducee were jealous of Jesus because He had no learning yet He spoke with authority as one who had learning.

“The Jews, then, marveled, saying, “How is this one acquainted with letters, not having learned?” Jesus, then, answered them and said, “My teaching is not Mine, but His Who sends Me. If anyone should be wanting to be doing His will, he will know concerning the teaching, whether it is of God or I am speaking from Myself.” John 7:15 – 17

What is the Law for?

What is the law for?

The law is not for what you think it is for!

See most people believe that the law is something we are supposed to use as a guide; something we are supposed to try to fulfil. This is a total error.

The law is there to show us how weak, powerless, futile and wretched we are. In fact the main purpose of the law is to show us how we don’t even have control over ourselves!

In relation to sin the law is there to make us sin more!

What is sin? It comes from the Greek word “hamartia” (missing the mark). I believe it was a term used in archery. All the law is, is a mark set up for us to fail at hitting!

Anything can become a law.

Do not eat sugar, stop smoking, work harder.

We constantly bind ourselves up in law without even noticing it!

Ultimately the purpose of law is to bring us to Christ by making us realize how powerless and wretched we are so we cry out to him to save us!

Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!”

(In fact read Romans 7 and 8! Paul says it much better than I do!)

The law is there to make sin appear sinful (Romans 7:13), to make sin bear fruit unto death (Romans 7:5) so that death will have its perfect work in making us die to this world of sin and death so that Father can make us live in Christ!

Forget the law, move on from the school-master and walk with Him who fulfilled the law!

The law can become an idol to us that are in the grace of God because we are supposed to walk by faith and not by sight. The law is a very visible comfort; it puffs you up, it makes you self-righteous, arrogant, disdainful, and ultimately it will kill you! But that is good because you die to death only so that you live to life!

“But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.” 1 John 2:27