It Had to Happen

This was bound to come up.  At some point in time, some atheist had to suggest that God had taken sexual advantage of Mary (if not actual and literal rape).  They just cannot help themselves.

Eric Sprankle, a university professor (atheist and satanist) recently had posted this to twitter:  “The virgin birth story is about an all-knowing, all-powerful deity impregnating a human teen. There is no definition of consent that would include that scenario. Happy Holidays.”

When it was pointed out to him that Mary did give consent, he replied:  “The biblical god regularly punished disobedience. The power difference (deity vs mortal) and the potential for violence for saying “no” negates her “yes.” To put someone in this position is an unethical abuse of power at best and grossly predatory at worst.”

In other words, God put her in a position where she had no choice in the matter.

If you look at, say, Mark’s account, it may seem  that God told her what He was going to do and that’s that.  It might appear she had no choice, but only to the shallow thinkers and those who dismiss the facts having an axe to grind against God.  Luke’s account shows that clearly that Mary gave God her consent to do it:  “Behold the maidservant of the Lord!  Let it be to me according to your word.”[1] His answer to that is basically, “Well, He is God and if you disobey Him, you could get into trouble and that was why she agreed to it, not because she wanted to.”

First of all, let’s clear up the rape charge.  There was no physical sexual activity involved on God’s part at all.  God is spirit, nor corporeal (John 4:24).  The Holy Spirit did not impregnate Mary in the way humans do; there was no human sperm or coupling involved at all.  This was accomplished entirely by miracle.  God was coming into the world in the flesh and this was the only way to do it.  Think it over.  If God can speak worlds into existence by words, non-physical things, then sending the eternal Word, Jesus, into the world via the womb by non-physical means, is nothing for Him.  So it could never be rape as we know it.  The best that could be charged is – God took advantage of her.  He most certainly did not.

It must be understood that God never chose Mary randomly.  He created her for this very thing.  Being omniscient and unshackled by time constraints, God could gaze down the streams, the channels, of time and select a woman He created whom He deemed worthy to deliver the Messiah, Jesus, into the world who would agree to it voluntarily.  He would not have chosen her if He knew she would NOT have consented to it.  That’s the perk of being God – you know the end from the beginning.   He, therefore, had her consent from the onset, before the event even happened.  Wrap your head around that thought for a moment.  Let it sink in.

Put simply, God chose Mary because He created her knowing she would be the one to agree to bear the Christ child, would love, nourish, and protect Him, never remotely considering abortion (even if they did that back then, which I doubt).  He placed the entire future and destiny of the human race in the womb of the one person He could trust to bring the Christ into the world without a hitch – Mary – and that is why she is blessed among women, highly favored.[5]

With God masterminding salvation, nothing and no one: angel, demon, Satan himself, would be able to derail His plan.[2]  And do not think Satan didn’t try!  The multitudinous times Satan tried to destroy God’s people Israel (think Cain murdering Abel, the apparent line of the “seed” promise which was actually the line of Seth[3]; the ungodly world threatening to corrupt the messianic line through Noah which God saved through a flood[4]; the Pharaoh who ordered the male children of Israel to be killed; the nations around Israel which tried repeatedly throughout history to wipe it out; the machinations of Haman who wanted the Jews destroyed, etc., etc.)  Yes, Satan even used King Herod to try to destroy the child in its infancy.  Satan wanted to destroy the Messiah.  He still does with blasphemous, unsubstantiated, attacks like this made against God.

Don’t be unsettled that Gabriel spoke of the event as a “done deal” with her.  He knew what her choice would be because he knew God well enough to know that He planned it this way, that she would consent.  She, like every other Israelite woman, greatly desired the prospect of being the one through whom the Messiah would come – which must have been why being barren was considered, by them, as a curse of God, worthy of reproach.[6]  You can tell by her beautiful song that she was humbled and blessed by having been chosen for this:

And Mary said: “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant; For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed. For He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name,” Luke 1:46-49.

Hmmm.  Doesn’t sound like something a victim of unlawful sexual abuse would say, much less sing about, does it?

It is quite obvious that Satan is still in the “snake oil medicine” business.  He still tries to peddle his absurd, scurrilous, lies about the One Person whom God sent into the world to save us all from the place that he, Satan, and his God-envious ilk, are destined to inhabit for eternity, for saying things like this.  No surprise here.  This is just one more way for him to do it via the mental-gymnastic perversions of his unwitting, or perhaps witless, surrogates.

Doctorates and intellectualism may impress a lot of people, but they don’t impress God or those who know Him and the truth of His Word.

We know what Mary believed about the situation by what she did and said about her part in bringing our Lord Jesus Christ, the Victor over sin, death, and Satan, into the world.

All the rest of this nonsense is just another bite of sour grapes from a three-time-loser and his bitter band of not so merry men.

[1] Luke 1:38

[2] Colossians 2:13-15

[3] Genesis 3:15

[4] 1 Peter 3:18-20

[5] Luke 1:28

[6] Luke 1:24-25

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What Evil in the World Proves

An atheist’s favorite argument against God, or at least an all-benevolent God, is the existence of evil in the world.  Their line of reasoning is:  if God is good, why does He permit evil to exist and be pervasive in the world?  On the surface, it seems like a good way to approach the subject.  It looks like an air-tight argument, does it not?

If you think long enough, however, their reasoning actually PROVES that God is good and not evil at all.

Say what?!!

Imagine if Satan ruled the world.  I believe it is safe to say he would be doing much worse than he is now in tormenting us.  Can you imagine him allowing us to shake our fists at him, like many do God now?  Would he shower us with untold blessings in giving us his rain, his air, his food, in due season?[1]  Hardly.  He would, like all human dictators, tyrants, and godless despots, crack down hard.  He would punish the opposition, wipe them off the face of the earth.  He would rule by sheer terror and fear (imagine the world being like North Korea, or better, Cambodia, when Pol Pot was running things there!).  There would be no end to his destruction, misery and through it all, he would find his amusement.  His world, whatever Hell that would be like, would be a world full of unwilling worshipers, bowing before him, praising him, not out of love and adoration for him, but out of fear—pure, unbridled, all-consuming, fear.  Do this, or face immediate death, would be the character of his horrific reign.  That’s how evil operates.

Our God, while omnipotent, and who does bring temporal judgments on men and nations for sure, and an end to all this one day, is not like that[2].  If He were evil, He would not permit our constant rebellion to His will virtually unchallenged.  He would not permit His creation, inferior in every way, to treat Him with routine, nonchalant, limitless and shameless, contempt.

 Yet He does!

He offers us a choice and a chance to escape judgment to come[3].  That process cost Him the beating, brutality, and death of His Son, Jesus Christ.  The question should not be “How can a good God condemn anyone,” it should be “How can a good God save anyone?”  Only a good, loving, gracious, God would even want to try.

He came in the person of Jesus Christ to provide a way out, the only way out, of eternal condemnation.[4]  In the meantime, He continues to give us good things, but best of all that part of Himself that only HE can give us—love (AGAPE) which we can give to Him and others.  He gives these things despite the fact that the majority of people despise, disdain, discredit and otherwise blaspheme His name.  Would an evil dictator allow that?  Would Satan allow it?  No.  God does because He is love; because He hopes we will change our ways and our way of thinking that we might live eternally with Him in a perfect, sin-free, pain-free, death-free new world made especially for those of us who believe in Christ.  (I still marvel that God actually wants our company, yours and mine.  Imagine that).

Next time an agnostic or atheist friend brings out the “a good God wouldn’t…” argument, share this with them.  God loves them too, and would have them saved.

[1] Matthew 5:45

[2] 2 Thessalonians 1:7ff

[3] John 8:24

[4] John 14:6; Acts 4:12

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Why Should I Care?

I can imagine a conversation between God and Satan about us, the human race.  I dare not and will not speak for either of them, but I can imagine what might be said from viewpoints they could possibly entertain about us, from what I know about them in Scripture.  And from what I know about us in general.

I can imagine Satan asking God, “Why do you care for them?  What good are they?  After all You have done for them, all You have given them, even bled for them and died, what use is it?  Look at them!  They are selfish, self-centered, egotistical, plotting, perverted, degenerates, reprobates, whining, complaining, bitter, dissatisfied, evil-speaking, conscienceless, merciless, stubborn haters, unloving (except themselves), pathetic, fragile nobodies encased in dirt thinking themselves to be impervious little gods.  Why should You care???”  (In fact, in most cases, this is all too true of us collectively, is it not?)

I can imagine God simply replying, “You wouldn’t understand; they’re my children.”

There is something about the love one has (or should have) for one’s children that cannot be fathomed nor explained.  Sometimes it makes no sense at all.  There is much more than an emotional attachment, something more than bequeathing another person our history, our DNA, our genes, and our name in the human relationship we share with our children.  We are tempted to make excuses for them, to be supportive of them when they say and do truly stupid things; to be overly protective and dismiss their faults with often weak excuses.  The bond we share with them can be very strong.  We will fight for them and we will die for them.  The first thing a parent thinks when they hear a tornado siren is something like: “Oh Lord!  Where are my children; are they safe?!”

Perhaps the most overlooked passage in the entire Bible which depicts as well as anything God’s love for us, is when He said through Hosea, “My people are bent on backsliding from Me.  Though they call to the Most High, none at all exalt Him.  ‘How can I give you up, Ephraim?  How can I hand you over, Israel?  How can I make you like Admah?  How can I set you like Zeboiim?  My heart churns within Me; My sympathy is stirred,’” (Hosea 11:7-8).

Jesus Christ echoed this sentiment as He looked upon the city of Jerusalem: “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her!  How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!” (Matthew 23:37).  Jerusalem is a microcosm of God’s love for people everywhere.  He is unwilling that any should perish, but all should come to eternal life through repentance (John 3:16; 2 Peter 3:9).

Love this strong, of this sort, will cover a “multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:8); in fact, tons of them, over and over and over again.  It is relentless.  It never fails (1 Corinthians 13:8a).

I remember a movie where a woman was bemoaning her love for a scoundrel, a real godless, evil, sinful, man, and she carried his child.  He had thrown her away after he learned she was pregnant.  She confessed she still loved him and asked a woman who had taken her in if her helpless, hopeless, love for him was not the worst sin of them all.  The lady with her gave the perfect answer:  “Love is never a sin; only the lack of it.”

There is no limit to love (Galatians 5:22-23).  It cannot be abused, wasted, overworked, or overdone.  It simply is and always will be, for God is eternal, and He is love (1 John 4:8).

The next time you or I need a reason to love the unlovable, to pursue those who try to hide their tracks in the wastes of sin, who do not want our love or God’s either, whose lives are so mutilated by sin and godless living, whose faces and bodies betray their total immersion in drugs, alcohol, and fornication, and you are asked or imagine why as if the devil were doing the asking, “Why should you care?” the answer is simple:  “Because God does.”  Because He loves me, because I love Him and He lives within me, so will I.”

Never quit loving people.  It is of God.  He offers no explanation nor apology for it.  Neither must we.

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The Lamb of God

In the book of Revelation, filled with its rich symbolism and figures, a number of creatures appear.  Most imposing is the great red dragon, Satan, and all the imagery that goes with it in our fertile imagination:  a gigantic, fearsome, awe-inspiring, thickly-scaled, fanged, clawed, fire-breathing, machine of destruction, that, according to myth, could incinerate and ravage whole villages.  Then there is the beast which arises out of the sea, an imposing multi-headed, ten-horned, creature whose heads bear blasphemous names.  Others may be seen, some typical, some threatening, but all giving the appearance of power, majesty, deserving of our respect and fear.

And then there is the Lamb.  I remember one of my instructors, Jim McGuiggan, state that, as we behold that awesome, wondrous, majestic throne of God, at the heart of it, resting serenely therein is what?  – “Ah, a little lamb!”   I am so grateful he pointed that out.  Isn’t that striking?  Many of the other creatures in the book are fearsome, frightening, threatening – things that we all had best tread quietly around.  But no, not the One who is truly the most formidable of all – Jesus, that little lamb.  Of all the amazing things God wants us to take in about Jesus His Son is that we are to view Him, to see Him, as we would behold a little lamb.  Not as a dragon, a beast, a monster, a mighty superhero-warrior of legend – not anything one would imagine for a Being who holds all authority and power, but as a little lamb.  There has to be a good reason why.

Vikings had their gods, Odin, Thor, Freya, Loki, who thrived on warfare, carnage, and battle.  One look at the ancient walls of Assyrian and Persian temples and we see their fanciful imaginations of semi-human beasts with wings and claws.  Even the things represented in Revelation can be a bit frightening, dangerous-looking, and scary.  And, yes, Jesus is called in that book the “Lion of the tribe of Judah” (Revelation 5:5).  However, when He becomes visible to the onlookers He is a mere lamb (Revelation 5:6).  Some of us need to get over the intoxication with super-hero icons, maxims, and the rest of it.  None of them, not one, compare to Christ Jesus.  You want a real hero?  Look no further.  Jesus is the real man, the real God-man.  All others are imposters, figments of overactive imaginations; at best, very pathetic imitations.

Many religions depict their gods, demigods, and human icons as beings wielding deadly power, giving the impression that, “you’d better do as I tell you, or else!”  They want you to view them as beings who will hurt you if they do not get their way.  They promote fear as a means to enforce subservience.  Observe the artwork in Hindu temples – elephants, multi-limbed beings wielding swords and the like.  According to the Quran, Islam is to hold sway over the earth by forcing others who disbelieve to accept Islam’s rule of Sharia Law or else pay tribute and stop promoting their own religion at the point of death.  One could claim that Christianity does the same with threats of damnation and hell-fire upon the world and unbelievers, but it is not by threat nor even the promise of eternal reward that puts teeth into the message of Christ – it is through sympathetic appeal for what Jesus, God in the flesh, did for us to make it possible to avoid hell and experience life with God.  It is through a gospel, a message of divine love toward us, that compels us to take note.  No other religion offers this.  They only peddle fear, making people slaves of fear.

God greatly desires our love and devotion.  He is deeply unhappy when sinners die lost.  Jim stated quite emphatically on another occasion, “God is not in the damning business!!”  He is dead-on.  “Do I have any pleasure at all that the wicked should die?” says the Lord God, “and not that he should turn from his ways and live?” (Ezekiel 18:23).  This messed up world is not what God wanted, but is the result of what humanity chose and chooses.  We are like His wayward, idle, bored, children waving loaded guns, wanting to play God, smug in our smartness, clownish in our cleverness, shameful in our sophistication.  Jesus came to help us out of the mess and lead us to something far better prepared for those who love Him.   And He did not arrive on the scene to accomplish it as a raging dragon, a murderous beast, or a blood-drenched Viking warrior.  He came as a lamb, of all things.

Upon seeing Jesus coming toward him John the baptizer announced to those around him and to the world: “Behold!  The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29).  He knew what Jesus came to do.  He understood His mission.

Consider some attributes of lambs from the Word of God that fit the description of Jesus Christ:

A lamb is benign. Nobody has nightmares about rabid, bloodthirsty, lambs running amuck.  In a fantasy “zombie apocalypse” nobody would run from a zombie lamb.  Lambs do not attack or harm people unlike their goat cousins.  This is the image of Christ.  He is not intent on hurting people.  He loves us.  He wants what is best for us now and later (John 10:10).  It is illogical and inconceivable that He would die for us in such a horrible, excruciatingly painful way only to laugh at our own pain while He inflicts it upon us.  Satan is the bully, not Jesus.  People who blaspheme Jesus as evil are Biblically ignorant, likely willfully so.  But He died for them too, whether they, or we, like it or not.  Jesus is sinless and harmless.

A lamb is vulnerable. A lamb being harmless means it is a target ripe for destruction and abuse.  They are a predator’s first target within a flock of sheep, no doubt because they are easily caught and make the tenderest of meals.  Nobody I know of goes “Lamb hunting.”  One would become a laughing-stock to brag to hunting buddies: “Hey, I went bow-hunting for lamb last week.  Killed a hundred of ‘em.”  Ah yes, big game hunter, are you?

All levity aside, Jesus was vulnerable.  Read the Gospels.  See how people used Him.  They had no shame sometimes, no sense of common courtesy.  He seldom got a moment’s peace from them.  To say humanity, all of us, have taken advantage of Him is wildly understating the case.  We still do it today, don’t we?  When we partake of His forgiveness, grace, patience, and love, expecting it, counting on Him to palliate our guilty consciences when we have willfully, sometimes, let Him down by being far less than what we should be, are we not using Him?  Are we not exploiting His vulnerability?  Perhaps.  Yet He forgives, lifts our load, carries our burdens, anyway.  He can handle whatever we throw at Him or put on Him.  And the beautiful part of this is – He wants us to.  Rather, He begs us to! (Matthew 11:28-30).

A lamb is tamable. In the story that the prophet Nathan presented to King David, he used the image of a lamb, a “ewe” (a young female) the family’s beloved pet, very dear to them (2 Samuel 12:1ff).    Neither sheep nor lambs are wild animals but docile, and hence, tamable.  Jesus had to learn like the rest of us in God’s planet-earth training class, that “though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered” (Hebrews 5:8).  You heard that right.  Despite being who He was, eternally or otherwise, He learned obedience through suffering just like everyone else.  No exceptions.  He had to put up with this seriously dysfunctional world being hungry, cold, hot, injured, thirsty, deprived, sick, despondent, etc.  Those things taught Him (and can teach us if we let them) “man shall not live by bread alone but by every word which proceeds from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4).  In so doing, getting through it with His integrity intact, He brought us and bought us, total victory.  He overcame the world (John 16:33) for His Father, for Himself, and for our sakes.   We just have to get through this thing with our mind, heart, and the righteousness He clothes us with, intact.  He showed us the way.  He shows us we can do it if we are obedient to the Father as He was, and follow Him.

A lamb is a sacrificial animal. The Law of Moses commanded a lamb be sacrificed morning and evening (Numbers 28:1-5).  They had to be blemish-free, that is, no deformities or imperfections; they must not be less than the very best of the flock.  God does not want nor appreciate “scraps” as worship, homage, to Him.  Let’s remember that.  He, through Christ Jesus, gave His very best to pay for our sins at Calvary.  He did not demand our children, as many pagan cults did; He did not send an angel or someone else.  He came Himself, in the flesh, to be our only atonement for sin.  God gave His best and desires our best.  That is what John the baptizer meant.  Jesus is the One who, by His vicarious death, takes away our sins.  All of them.  Paid in full by His body and His blood, for all time (Matthew 26:26-28; 1 Peter 1:17-20; 2:24).  God wants us to partake of His fullness, bounty and glory so much that He did this for us.  Not with a rampaging dragon’s beastly roars or berserker battle-cries – just a stunning, heart-rending, appeal for us to accept His sacrifice, shape up, and be shaped up by Him, to share the joys of eternity with Him like He always wanted.  He calls us to be lambs also, just like He is (Matthew 10:16) so we will fit in when He comes back one day to take us home.

God always does things that don’t make sense to us.  His ways are higher than our ways.  When we think of power, majesty, what is fearsome, we think of beasts like dragons or beastly men, savage warriors.  God has none of that; needs none of it.  Oh yes, there will come a day when the Almighty will “judge the world in righteousness by the man He has ordained” Christ Jesus (Acts 17:31), and will come “in flaming fire, taking vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Thessalonians 1:8).  But He came first as the Lamb of God, to fulfill the righteous requirements of His holiness in paying for our sins, and in so doing, to woo us, to show us the side of God that mankind has been missing from the beginning of time – to our own desperate loss and His eternal sorrow on account of it.  Only He could pull it off.

And He did – but as a lamb, Jehovah God’s precious Lamb.

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Highway to Heaven

It is clear from Scripture that getting to heaven is a process that involves two essential elements: God’s part and our response to it. God has provided the means of salvation from sin, its guilt, consequences, and domination, through Jesus Christ’s vicarious sacrifice on Calvary (Matthew 26:26-28). The motivating factor for that involves 1) His tireless, unfading, goodwill toward His creation (love, John 3:16) and 2) His mercy (Ephesians 2:4-5). His holiness demanded justice for wrongdoing; He has to be Just to justify the guilty (Romans 3:25-26).  Because He loves us, when we could not provide it ourselves, He did by sending His Firstborn into the world to do what we, or any law/code/legalistic religion could not – pay for the crimes Himself.  He did it in totality, once, and for all time (Hebrews 1:2-3).  We cannot, by any means, save ourselves by our “good works.”

Therefore, the highway to heaven is the highway of His grace. Picture an easily accessible, inviting, smooth roadway, free of potholes, damaging interference, other motorists, anything that would impede progress – for His grace is all sufficient (1 Cor. 12:9). If we remain on that highway it will invariably lead us to where He is, waiting for us to arrive. God’s grace is His favor given to us when we did not deserve it. All have sinned and fall short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23). Yet grace stepped in to pave the way for us to get home. You and I are on one of two highways: the highway to heaven as a Christian, or the highway to hell as an unbeliever. Please consider which one you now travel.

The vehicle in which we must travel is faith. It can accommodate any passenger. It does not matter what a person looks like, where they are from, what they have done. If they hear and believe the gospel (Romans 10:17; Mark 1:15), trusting Jesus to save them (John 8:24; Acts 4:12), and do as Christ commands (John 14:15): confess His name as divine (Matthew 10:32), repent of sins (change the mind/heart about sinful behavior) (Luke 13:3, 5) and submit to water baptism (Mark 16:16), Jesus promises salvation, eternal life, and heaven as rewards. Jesus’ blood, not water, through their obedience of faith to the gospel (Romans 16:26), cleanses them from all their past sins. As they continue to live by faith, remaining inside the vehicle of faith, and repent of sins, fulfilling the will of Christ as best they can, sins will continue to be forgiven (1 John 1:7) and faith will get them home intact, safe and sound.

Faith alone is not enough. It may surprise you but the only text in all of Scripture that combines the words “faith” and “only” in a passage were recorded by James, the inspired writer, who stated we are NOT saved by faith only (James 2:24). Though the kind of faith he speaks of is the kind which thinks one thing but fails to act, any disobedient, rebellious, faith is insufficient to save. The devils believe, but they refuse to honor God’s will. Furthermore, Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 13:2, “…though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.” He said the only thing that matters is “faith working (there’s the obedience part!) through love” (Galatians 5:6). Therefore, love must be the fuel which propels the vehicle of faith. Just like an empty gas tank on an automobile will leave it immobilized, faith which has no love channeling through it will fail one way or another. If we stop loving God and those He loves (everyone), then no matter how much we believe Him to be God and accept His word as truth, we will not be treating Him with the respect that love demands, nor anybody else for that matter. Our vehicle of faith will sit on the roadside, useless, unable to move, unable to get us where we want to be and where we need to be. Love is absolutely necessary to get us to heaven!

These three things are essentials: grace, faith, and love. Grace is the highway, faith is the vehicle, love is the fuel. Each is critically important to get us to heaven. God has paved the way home by His grace with the precious blood of  His Son, Jesus Christ. Let the vehicle of faith, fueled by love, get us there.

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You May Have…

Obedience without saving faith, but you cannot have saving faith without obedience.

 “Old Time Religion” to be seen by men, but you cannot have true religion without having love to be seen by God.

 Glory and blessings on earth, but you cannot have glory and blessings in heaven without Christ.

 A good name in life on earth, but you cannot have a new name in heaven without life in God.

 Wit, skill, and intelligence to help you escape the judgment of law on earth, but you cannot have them to help you escape the laws of God at the Judgment.

 The time to do what you want to do while alive, but you cannot have the time to do what you need to do after you die.

 A  comfortable life without God in your life on earth, but you cannot have an eternal life in heaven without God in your life on earth.

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Culture War

When I was in school back in the sixties, no one would have dreamed of shooting up a high school.  It never entered anyone’s mind to do so.  Did we have bullies?  Of course.  I lived a full year of torment from bullies.  It was so bad that I prayed to wake up sick on certain days of the week when we had P. E.

Did we have guns?  You bet.  Where I lived every family had them.  Most adult males were hunters and kept lots of them, ammunition, knives – you name it.  My dad had about six to ten that I can remember, including semi-automatic rifles.  Nearly every male old enough to fire a rifle was trained to do it well.  I was.

Did we have hate?  Oh yes.  I hated going to school to be hounded and bullied and I was white.  Blacks were treated much worse.  Segregation was still in effect in some places but white-on-white bullying was plentiful and the norm.  Black on black crime was high too where I lived.  Hate persists.

What then kept me, and others, from grabbing a rifle or shotgun and attacking a school or someone therein?

Religion.  Specifically, Christianity.

I lived during a time when, despite the bullying and general meanness of people, there were limits, limits imposed by the general belief that 1) the God of the Bible does exist; 2) that we were all made in His image; 3) that He will hold us accountable for our actions, and 4) He will give you what you deserve one day.  We said the pledge of allegiance and the Lord’s prayer every day.  It was normal to hear God’s name and people spoken well of.  It was not normal nor acceptable for anyone to blaspheme in a public forum.  Corporal punishment was meted out for insubordinate, unruly, rebellious, ill-tempered miscreants.  Those things kept most of us in check – our evil-side, bestial nature subdued and sometimes entirely tamed.

However, when the atheistic, pseudo-intellectual, pompous, hedonistic lot took over schools and universities shortly after those years, they systematically sought to boot the God of the Bible, and His Word, out of everything.  They heartily promoted their unprovable theory of evolution, making absolutely sure that everyone understood quite clearly that we are nothing more than bags-of-water living a rat-race and anything but God’s children.

In their successful run at filling the minds of young people for the past fifty-plus years that humans are just glorified apes, they have led us to a point in time where babies in the womb can be murdered at five months without any remorse on the part of anyone (in fact it is bragged about) and that guns, the NRA, Republicans, and lack of gun control are to blame for the massacre of innocents at schools.  It should come as no surprise that those who brought us to this point in time are the very ones who angrily posit the blame they generated, at others… and inanimate objects.

The real issue with our, or any, society is not guns, bombs, and knives and who has them.  It is not the NRA.  It is not Republicans.  It is not having access to firearms.  We had all of that in abundance in the fifties and sixties.  The difference is what the atheistic, God-hating, progressives have infused into the minds of people since then – the belief that we are alone in the universe, God is not real, there are no moral absolutes of right and wrong set by God, and that human life is therefore cheap – at least in the womb.

When any person or nation removes God and the belief that we are made in His image – those who must be respected and loved, each and every one of us – from their hearts, consciences, and lives, then what follows is a descent into the maelstrom of spiritual chaos, injustice, evil, and madness.

This is what we are seeing and experiencing.  Things will not improve until people are taught and believe in general as they once did (see paragraph six) if that is even possible now in any real sense.

Guns, bombs, and knives do not get up and kill people on their own.  The power of life or death is in the hand and heart of the person of flesh and blood who wields them and it has been on the side of death for far too long.

And the ungodly and godless have put it there.

Physicians! Heal yourselves.

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