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Apr. 8th, 2006 @ 09:26 am [no subject]
anarchyupyranus:
"Man can will nothing unless he has first understood that he must count no one but himself; that he is alone, abandoned on earth in the midst of his infinite responsibilities, without help, with no other aim than the one he sets himself, with no other destiny than the one he forges for himself on this earth."
Sartre realized that God did not exist, and thus freed himself from submission to the idiotic moral code contrived by society. Neither good nor evil has any substance in the mind of the existentialist philosopher. Man is an accident—some quasi-intelligent monstrosities of nature, able to observe the universe, yet some are such imbeciles as to believe it has meaning. In asphyxiating God, Sartre offered freedom, not only to himself but to all humanity. But is freedom an accurate description of this state? If every man holds an equal share in the freedom granted by the revelation that purpose is a mere invention, what binding standard can direct our lives? Each man is left to defend himself and himself only. He is responsible for every action he takes, yet he will pay for the actions of others. And there is nothing he can do.


However, we Christians have the answer to this dilemma. Faith in God is a guarantee of objective universal truth. Life as we know it truly does have a purpose, not only an associated purpose for each individual but one for all. “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God, with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole mind, and with thy whole strength. This is the first commandment.” (Deuteronomy 6:5) To live under an objective standard, the only protection man has from Sartre’s hideous realization, is to live accordingly: in unconditional submission to that authority. Only through obedience to the will of God are we freed, but how does God makes His will known?


Some Christians today would answer that the Bible, God’s almighty Word, is our only source for infallible universal truth. “All scripture, inspired of God, is profitable to teach, to reprove, to correct, to instruct in justice, That the man of God may be perfect, furnished to every good work.” (II Timothy 3:16-17) When asked a question about doctrine or morals today, a Christian may resort to a message they know from Scripture, claiming authority because he speaks indeed from God’s Word. However, an evolving society tends to complicate the question, evading the grasp of Biblical morality. Is contraception condemned by the Bible? One Christian will answer yes; another will answer a condemning no. However, a third person will say, “I see equivalent Biblical evidence to support either opinion.” A person may argue until out of breath, but the question remains: “Does the Bible support or condemn the use of contraception?” No matter how well debated, two contravening opinions can not both be true. Either contraception is a sin or it is not, but without an authoritative statement, we can not know. A sin is a sin whether we choose to believe or reject the idea, and lacking the ability to discern, many people are condemned by their own ignorance.


At this point we begin to fall back into the dilemma of subjectivism. Scripture undeniably must be interpreted, an actuality attested to by the fact that within Scripture itself there exists no explicit teaching of dogma. Many fundamental dogmas of the Christian faith—such as the doctrine of the Trinity, which has no explicit mention in Scripture—are defined by and accepted as an authoritative statement of interpretation. We arrive at many extra-biblical truths only by claiming that they follow logically from how we interpret what is stated in the Bible. So when a person says, “I believe in the teachings of the Bible” it must then be noted that this person is referring to a specific interpretation of the Bible based on private judgment. There is absolutely nothing wrong with believing Scripture to be an infallible standard of truth, but to isolate Scripture from an authoritative body which protects its inherent truth from fallacy promotes theological relativism within the Christian faith.


This is shown again and again throughout the history of the church. The heretics of the early centuries, having detached themselves from the teachings of the church, were known to quote from Scripture even more than the orthodox Christians. Unable to appeal to an authority, they could use only deceit through the perversion of the Scriptures to protect their doctrines. St. Vincent of Lerins, in his Commonitory writes:

"Do heretics also appeal to Scripture? They do indeed, and with a vengeance; for you may see them scamper through every single book of Holy Scripture… Whether among their own people, or among strangers, in private or in public, in speaking or in writing, at convivial meetings, or in the streets, hardly ever do they bring forward anything of their own which they do not endeavor to shelter under words of Scripture."

Vincent later to compares the use of unsubstantiated interpretations of Scripture to Satan’s temptation of Christ. “[Satan] has the answer ready, ‘For it is written;’ and forthwith he produces a thousand testimonies, a thousand examples, a thousand authorities from the Law, from the Psalms, from the apostles, from the Prophets” to deceive and destroy the faith of the believers. The church settled dispute not merely by an appeal to Scripture, for even the heretics, even Satan, has that. Rather, the disputes were settled by the church’s claim to having verifiable authority over the private judgment of the individuals. If not for that intrinsic authority, that God-granted supremacy, no dispute would have been settled; there would be as many “churches” as there are believers.


According to the World Christian Encyclopedia, the current number of Protestant denominations has exceeded 37,000, a frightening fact considering the command of St. Paul that there be no schisms. (I Corinthians 1:10) However, relativism inevitably leads to irreconcilable disputes, and without an earthly manifestation of God’s authority, even theism is unprotected from this fate. Relativism has cut us off from historic Christianity, and according to Philip Blosser, left us “reeling in the capricious and devastating winds of doctrine that have swept across the last five centuries.” Since no authority exists to objectively declare one right or wrong, our presuppositions assume that authority, leading us into incompatible factions.


If one finds himself disagreeing with his denomination, should he find another that agrees with him? Or should he submit to his church’s authority? He is left to face the question, “Which religious authorities are valid?” The appeal to Scripture no longer suffices as an authority at this point, since the very issue at hand is determining which theology is the Biblically sound. The Christian would at this point be forced into the tautological statement that “the only biblical authorities are those that are biblical”. Although the statement is true, it is unhelpful and, in fact, detrimental to the believer because he, having failed to recognize a pre-existing definitive authority, has now to choose only between two options: either to found his own denomination based on his interpretation, or to find another denomination that agrees with his interpretation. In either case, the believer has failed in his goal to keep Scripture as the highest authority because it has been subordinated to an external interpretation.


Apart from an auxiliary magisterial body to protect its inherent truth, the belief in a Scriptural authority is untenable. An overlooked, yet sufficiently conspicuous fact makes this obvious: Scripture has no inspired table of contents! Scripture simply is incapable of identifying itself as such, and aside from faith in a divinely guided administration to recognize specific writings as God’s infallible Word, how do we discern scripture from uninspired texts? If not for an infallible canon, the very foundation of our faith collapses, leaving us in no better a condition than the existentialist in defining purpose for our lives. We would be relying on an equally synthetic and chimerical authority to prescribe objective meaning.


However, this need not be the case. Through faith in God’s Holy anointed Church, the “pillar and ground of the truth,” the “Bride of Christ,” the divinely guided authority that Christ established on this earth, we may know, with certainty, that life has a purpose. “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God, with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole mind, and with thy whole strength. This is the first commandment.” (Deuteronomy 6:5) To love the Lord is to love His Church. “For where the Church is, there the Spirit of God is also; and where the Spirit of God is, there the Church is, and all grace. And the Spirit is truth.” The Lord Jesus Christ who says, “I am the …Truth,” (John 14:6) guaranteed His Spirit of truth to the His church to guide it into “all truth.” (John 16:13) To the leader of His church he gave the Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven and with this, the authority to bind and loose as it shall be in heaven. (Matthew 16:19) The gates of hell shall never prevail against his eternally exalted Church. Glorify and praise God in obedience through the love of His blessed sacrament of truth and salvation: His divine court, the triumphant One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.
Jan. 6th, 2006 @ 11:55 pm Help For ALL.
SunShine
keep_on_shining:
9So this is my prayer: that your love will flourish and that you will not only love much but well. Learn to love appropriately. You need to use your head and test your feelings 10so that your love is sincere and intelligent, not sentimental gush. Live a lover's life, circumspect and exemplary, a life Jesus will be proud of: 11bountiful in fruits from the soul, making Jesus Christ attractive to all, getting everyone involved in the glory and praise of God.(Phillipians 1:9-11)

If yall have never checked out Phillipians you so should! Its my favorite. Paul is writing letters in PRISON about how HAPPY he is evn though everything around him is in turmoil. It reminds me that without pain you could not know Joy, and that you ARE allowed to be HAPPY when everytjing around you isnt so great.

hepling as much as I can. I cant sleep and just decided to make a bunch of random posts. I love you all. God Bless and I will be Praying that each of you be given the strength to make it through. Good night. bree.
Nov. 6th, 2005 @ 03:58 pm urgant
youthkid:
could everyone please pray for my sister mikayla she is 3 and has a temp. of 102.2 and if it doesn't go down in 10min. we are taking her to the hospital thanks.
Oct. 13th, 2005 @ 09:24 pm a prayer request that I need your help with....
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courageofstars:
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Hey sorry for not being as active as I'd like to be in this community. But I have a big prayer request that I really need your help on.

In my bible study group I have this Christian friend, her name's Ruth, and she really needs a lot of prayer right now. Maybe I should explain a little more. Over this past year she's had several mental breakdowns and has been in-and-out of the hospital becuz of it. The devil has just been attacking her mind so badly, and it's been affecting her to the point where she'll have a breakdown, or even when she doesn't it shows in her appearance. I mean she'll be even shaky sometimes. My bible study group has been praying for her over this time, but we're not completely sure what's going on in her mind and why these attacks have been so bad. Some of us have gone to visit her in the hospital to pray with her, read her bible verses, talk with her, etc. But we don't even know if she's even listening to the things we say to her, if she's taking it in or not. She still believes in God and Jesus as her Lord and Saviour, but something in her mind is believing the lies of the enemy. Just recently she was out of the hospital and came to our bible study the teusday before last teusday, but just this last teusday we got the news that she had yet another breakdown and is now once again back in the mental ward of the hospital. We're still praying for her, my bible study is a really awesome close group and we're really trying do everything we can for her. It's just that when it seems like she's making progress and seems to be getting better, sooner or later she ends up having another breakdown and we end up back where we started. This has been going on for about a year now. So I just ask if everyone reading this could please pray for her, that this stronghold on her mind is released and her mind is set free, that she will not allow the devil to have any power over her or her mind, and anything else you can think of. Thanks in advance to everyone that prays for her, she is our sister in God's family and she needs our prayers.

And maybe if you could also pray that our bible study group stays encouraged and doesn't grow weary in doing good when it comes to praying for her and trying to help her, that the Holy Spirit will guide us in what to say to her and how to help her, that would also be much appreciated. Once again thanks everyone.

~Carla

x-posted everywhere
Jul. 31st, 2005 @ 09:12 pm praise the lord...
wants_it_all:
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Current Music: the glorious sounds of my mom eating a mango...
i'm new and was looking for a place to belong. i am a bornagain christian as of yesterday i suppose but have had my hard times and if anything, i am asking for prayer. i want to feel again. im english and the london bombings hit home hard but i felt nothing for the dead. i feel nothing for those who are lost and really want to. the fact that i can't feel makes me feel sick. how can i minister and let gods light shine if i have no compassion? so, please pray for me, i want to feel again.

god bless
Tabbi
May. 31st, 2005 @ 10:27 pm [no subject]
tombob:
Hi friends!!! Jesus loves you all so much!! I have been learning to thank Him in everything that I go through good and bad. God You are a great God. I give you all the praise and glory for everything You have done in my life. Touch the hearts of everyone who reads this. Holy Spirit move in power in the lives of these people. Heal hurts and wounded spirits. Touch the minds. Make anew each one who gives theirselves totally to You. Jesus Christ is Lord of all!! Every knee shall bow. Every tounge shall confess. If Christ is not your Savior then I plead that you ask Him to be Lord of your life. Sin cannot make it into heaven. But by the shed blood of Jesus you can be freed from the chains of sin that bind you. Only by having Christ as your Lord and Savior can you enter heaven. Dont let your sin hold you from His love. Ask Him now to come into your heart and make you clean and a new person. It is as simple as those words and a true longing for Him. Jesus loves you!!! God bless friends!!!
May. 23rd, 2005 @ 10:12 pm [no subject]
saltnlight2006:
im looking for christian books to read over the summer if you have any suggestions please email them to genuisme@bluebottle.com
thanks
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Mar. 19th, 2005 @ 02:10 pm Verses
simply_puck:
I'm trying to design the landscaping for a prayer garden. I need verses about the following. if you can help please do. thank you

1. anything to do with gardening (like an analigy from the bible that used gardens, flowers, seeds, etc.)
2. something about living water.
3. the story of the sower.
4. something about remembering loved ones who are gone, or something about losing people we care about.
5. forgiveness from God.
5. thanksgiving (thanking God for our blessings)
6. asking God for help (prayer request)
7. praising His name.
8. something about living for him cuz he died for us, or being a living sacrifice.

If you have any poems or testimonies, regarding God or Jesus, you can also give those to me and i will either put a quote from them, or the entire poem, somewhere in the garden.

thank you so much!
Praying you through
†Nikki
Mar. 18th, 2005 @ 11:43 am [no subject]
tombob:
GOD AND THE GALLON OF MILK
GOD AND THE GALLON OF MILK

This will give you chills...................
just remember,
"Our God is an Awesome God!"


A young man had been to Wednesday night Bible study.

The pastor had shared about listening to God and obeying The Lord's
voice.

The young man couldn't help but wonder, "Does God still speak to
people?"

After the service, he went out with some friends for coffee and pie and
they discussed the message.

Several different ones talked about how God had led them in different
ways.

It was about ten o'clock when the young man started driving home.

Sitting in his car, he just began to pray, "God...If you still speak to
people speak to me.

I will listen.

I will do my best to obey."

As he drove down the main street of his town, he had the strangest
thought to stop and buy a gallon of milk.

He shook his head and said out loud, "God is that you?"

He didn't get a reply and started on toward home.

Again, the thought, buy a gallon of milk.

The young man thought about Samuel and how he didn't recognize the voice
of God, and how little Samuel ran to Eli.

"Okay, God, in case that is you, I will buy the milk."

It didn't seem like too hard a test of obedience.

He could always use the milk.

He stopped and purchased the gallon of milk and started off toward home.

As he passed Seventh Street, he again felt the urge,
"Turn down that street."

This is crazy he thought and drove on past the intersection.

Again, he felt that he should turn down Seventh Street.

At the next intersection, he turned back and headed down Seventh, half
jokingly, he said out loud,

"Okay, God I will."

He drove several blocks, when suddenly, he felt like he should stop.

He pulled over to the curb and looked around.

He was in a semi-commercial area of town.

It wasn't the best but it wasn't the worst of neighborhoods
either.

The businesses were closed and most of the houses looked dark like the
people were already in bed.

Again, he sensed something,
"Go and give the milk to the people in the house across the street."

The young man looked at the house.

It was dark and it looked like the people were either gone or they were
already asleep.

He said, "Lord, this is insane.

Those people are asleep and if I wake them up, they are going to be mad
and I will look stupid."

Again, he felt like he should go and give them the milk.

Finally, he opened the door.

"Okay God, if this is you, I will go to the door and I will give them
the milk.

If you want me to look like a crazy person, okay.

I want to be obedient.

I guess that will count for something but if they don't answer right
away, I am out of here.

He walked across the street and rang the bell.

He could hear some noise inside.

A man's voice yelled out,
"Who is it? What do you want?"

Then the door opened before the young man could get away.

The man was standing there in his jeans and a t-shirt.

He looked like he just got out of bed.

He had a strange look on his face and he didn't seem too happy to have a
stranger standing on his doorstep.

"What is it?"
The young man thrust out the gallon of milk.

"Here I brought this to you."

The man took the milk and rushed down the hallway, speaking loudly.

Then from down the hall came a woman carrying the milk toward the
kitchen.

The man was following her holding a baby.

The baby was crying.

The man had tears streaming down his face.

The man began speaking and half-crying, "We were just praying.

We had some big bills this month and we ran out of money.

We didn't have any milk for our baby.

I was just praying and asking God to show me how to get some milk."

His wife in the kitchen yelled out,
"I asked him to send an Angel with some milk.

Are you an Angel?"

The young man reached into his wallet and pulled out all the money he
had on him and put it in the man's hand.

He turned and walked back toward his car and the tears were streaming
down his face.

He knew that God still answers prayers.

"Stop telling God how big your storm is.
Instead, tell the storm how big your God is!"

This is a simple test.

If you believe that God is alive and well, send this to at least ten
people and the person that sent it to you!

GOD BLESS YOU!!!


READ This All the Way and send it back please!

This will give you the chills....GOOD Chills!!
Mar. 11th, 2005 @ 05:21 pm [no subject]
tombob:
one of my friend's posted this in her journal, and i liked it. so i thought i'd share it with you guys! :)


A scene took place on a British Airways flight between Johannesburg and London. A white woman, about 50 years old, was seated next to a black man. Obviously disturbed by this, she called the air hostess.

"Madam, what is the matter," the hostess asked.

"You obviously do not see it then?" she responded.

"You placed me next to a black man. I do not agree to sit next to someone from such a repugnant group. Give me an alternative seat."

"Be calm please," the hostess replied. "Almost all the places on this flight are taken. I will go to see if another place is available."

The Hostess went away and then came back a few minutes later.

"Madam, just as I thought, there are no other available seats in the economy class. I spoke to the captain and he informed me that there is also no seat in the business class. All the same, we still have one place in the first class."

Before the woman could say anything, the hostess continued, "It is not usual for our company to permit someone from the economy class to sit in the first class. However, given the circumstances, the captain feels that it would be scandalous to make someone sit next to someone so disgusting."

She turned to the black man and said "Therefore, Sir, if you would like to, please collect your hand luggage, a seat awaits you in first class."

At that moment, the other passengers who were shocked by what they had just witnessed stood up and applauded.

This is a true story. If you are against racism, please repost this message.