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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Institution of Marriage

Genesis 2: 18, 24 ,"Then the LORD God said, 'It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.'...Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh."

I have heard so many things about marriage from every side. The secular world says it is out of date. Some say the woman is there to serve the man, others say she needs to take charge of the arrangement.God tells us here that there is only one way, His. He created a perfect role for each spouse that causes (when followed) fulfillment in life. When one or both step outside of that, it causes strife and contention ultimately causing their hearts to close up to one another.

The husband was created to protect, lead, and love his wife. The wife was made to support, follow, and respect the husband. When the wife respects the husband and follows him even though she does not want to, it inspires love in the husband for his wife creating a beautiful circle. When we strive to be like Christ in marriage, He will bless us by making us more like Him.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Why the Health Bill is Unconstitutional

The healthcare bill is unconstitutional because it is not stated in the constitution that makes it unconstitutional. Article one section 8 gives tells them what they are supposed to do and section nine says what they can't do. The Anti - Federalists were not happy with these limits and passed the 10th Amendment - The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people - this means the states are responsible for there own healthcare system. Have you read the Constitution - please read it if you have not. Our society is so messed up, but if we want to go back to what was originally intended we need to read and learn for ourselves

The Health Bill and Genesis 2:7

“Fellow-citizens, we cannot escape history. We of the Congress and this administration, will be remembered in spite of ourselves. No personal significance, or insignificance, can spare one or another of us. The fiery trial through which we pass, will light us down, in honor or dishonor, to the latest generation.” - President Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln wrote this to Congress one month before he signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This morning it was quoted by Pro-lifers at a press conference. At this same conference it was said that any one that voted for this bill could no longer call themselves this for they will have placed the lives of the unborn children into the hands of this country's most pro-choice president yet. These people depend on the hope that President Obama will pass an executive order that will not allow Federal spending on abortion, but as one of the representatives said, "the executive order is an illusory promise that won't stand for a week..."

As I begin to go through God's word, I am struck by Genesis 2:7, "And the Lord God formed man out of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul." The same man who quoted Lincoln also said the image of God is being ignored and destroyed. God gave man life. Earlier the Bible says, " So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them."

These men who are seeking to pass this bill are suppressing the truth in unrighteousness, they are short sheeting history. God had Israel decimate the Amalekites for killing the children in their women's wombs. Rome fell when they destroyed the image of God through abortion, homosexuality, pedophilia, and murder.

I will continue on other themes of Genesis two, but this verse applies so much to our day and age. God set up so many key principles in the first days of creation, if we would only listen, understand, and live according to this ultimate moral standard.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

The Stage is Set

א בְּרֵאשִׁית, בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים, אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם, וְאֵת הָאָרֶץ- In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

Every story has a beginning and the most important one of all begins with the most important character of all, God, the Alpha and the Omega, Beginning and End. It seems rudimentary to reflect on the fact that God created, but this always leads me to ask why He created. God knew man would sin against Him, destroying His perfect world, and continue to do so. He knew that He would have to go and personally save mankind at the cost of His own life, yet He still did. Why?God did this for the same reason He does anything, for His own glory. He created a world of people who were totally dependent on Him in a perfect paradise where they could praise Him and bring Him glory. When they fell, He continued on with His perfect plan working it out in every instance to bring Himself the glory He is due. Ultimately all of history points to the redemption of man by God. God created for His own purpose, self - fulfilling glorification.

We all know the story about creation, maybe have even heard a song that goes something like, "Day one - day and night, Day two - heaven and earth, Day three - sea and land, Day four - sun, moon and stars, Day five - creatures of the sky and of the sea, Day six - creatures of dry land and then came man, then God saw that it was good, all of His creation, so He took the seventh day and on that day he rested." God created everything perfect beautiful uncorrupted. Milton put it perfectly in Paradise Lost,
"His farr more pleasant Garden God ordaind;
Out of the fertil ground he caus'd to grow
All Trees of noblest kind for sight, smell, taste;
And all amid them stood the Tree of Life,
High eminent, blooming Ambrosial Fruit" (4.215 - 219)

When God created man, he commanded them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground." God created man in His own image giving Him His own moral standards, so that we would be capable of ruling over His creation.

I think it is beautiful that we are given a glimpse of perfection and sad that in our rebellion we chose to give that up for temporal selfish gain. But then history would not unfold, the ultimate sacrifice would not have been necessary, and we would not see the beauty of the cross.