Agnosticism comes from two Greek words.
A is a negation or a void of something.
Gnosticism is from the Greek ginosko or the Spanish conocer; that is to progressively know.
The agnostic is one who is void of knowledge.
I was an agnostic at one time and prided myself because of it. I patted myself on the back at my selective and discretionary rejection of the knowledge of God so that I could hold on to my self-created ideas, which made me feel, oh so important! Little did that I know that I was simply a poor man void of knowledge
We have things really confused in society. What is called progressive liberal thought is what Jesus is all about. Jesus should be embraced by progressives. The intentions of progressives are good, but their methods are wrong.
Should the wealthier pay more if they have it? Jesus commands those who have, to be generous with those who don’t. Yet, He causes the wealthy to do this by His love and not from being over regulated and over taxed through big government.
Excessive regulation is the perverted will of God in society which has rejected Him. God regulates us out of transformation of inward character where man naturally wants to do what is right through that transformation.
Big government’s regulation is the attempt to do what God desired, but because man’s character is not transformed in holiness and love, the oppressive hand of big government tries to do it for him.
The work of God’s grace in the wealthy motivates them to spontaneously and freely give. But when progressives want to over tax the rich and demean them when they flee from country, is not the will of God. God has not called the wealthy to be the door mats of the poor.
If Christ was in the progressive’s culture instead of being alienated from it, it would see its dreams became reality.
We would see social justice issues attain resolution through transformation of moral character, and with that chastity and abstinence, rather than promiscuity and abortion.
The government of Jesus Christ is one of love. It is the government of free will through the still small voice of God, and not the coerced will through the big voice of government. I challenge progressive government to make Christ Jesus its loving Lord and see if all it desires does not come to pass.
I am not talking here about Jeremiah Wright’s or social justice religion, but Biblical theology where God’s Word is exalted above all social justice issues.
I’ll give you the solution to the financial cliff in five minutes on Face Book. From 1998 to 2012 revenues have increased 2.9 % annually. Spending over the same time frame has increased 5.7 % annually. Now, elementary school arithmetic tells me that 5.7 divided by 2.9 = 2. Therefore, for every dollar in increased taxes, there must be two dollars in reduced spending. That’s the only way to start pulling back from the cliff. In five minutes, I have gotten the right formula, while Washington in five weeks has not gotten it right. Going back to bed!
I am beginning to get some grasp on the philosophy that is permeating America. Absolute truths and God’s code for moral conduct are being discarded under the premise that the greater good of the culture trumps these things. In other words, relative truths or untruths, and relative morality or amorality, which are means to promote ends that will satisfy 21st century cultural trends, are lords. Absolute truths and God’s code for moral conduct are seen as hindrances towards these ends. You are wrong if you espouse to this. What seems now, if it’s based on relativisms and untruths, will come back to bite you. Anarchy, every man doing what seems right in his own eyes, and many amoral compasses, pointing in many directions will only breed darkness into ever increasing darkness. Society must be founded on the bedrock of the absolute truths of God and His moral compass for humanity.
As I always say. Socialism is always advocated to the masses by high falooting free market capitalists who know that socialism will never work for them. Better said, they don’t want it to work, knowing that the luxuries of free market enterprise are far better. Yet their socialistic philosophies, which are a means to control the masses, are promoted and swallowed by many, while they secretly continue in their capitalistic free market ways. The utopic pendulum of socialism swings far and wide until those under it appreciate that they were not supposed to be there in the first place, and that free market enterprise is always better, with all of its imperfections.
The more that I grow in my faith, the less I try to convince or bring people to my way of thinking. The less I try to impress man or fix him or her. I have to fix myself first. This is my ultimate responsibility. I have my dance to dance with the Lord Jesus and I believe that it’s a glorious eternal dance. If some see me dancing, and like the dance I dance, I am ecstatic, because I feel that mine is the best dance. If they don’t, and like their dance instead, I respect that, still hoping that they will come around to dance the dance I am dancing. But I won’t run after them. My dance keeps me very busy. Every man and woman is dancing to some tune and that tune will take them eternally somewhere. My prayer is that every man and woman chooses the right and not the incorrect dance and ends up in the wrong dance hall which they will come to regret.
The terrible violence that the children endured at the hands of this crazed kid, is no difference to the violence that the unborn children endure at the hands of the abortionist. Really, there is no difference, yet we are abhorred with one and accept the other. This shows the fragmented dysfunctionality of our society without God. Period. I would love to see a two hour Good Morning America special dedicated to the plight of the unborn.
I was at a wonderful retreat for five days with my Catholic brethren, and had very small information about the mass murder of these precious children. This morning as I waited for my coffee to brew, I saw the faces of the precious ones flash before me on Good Morning America. My thought was this. As long as we sanction the mass murder of the unborn kids, the mass murder of the born ones will not be resolved, no matter what amount of gun control we do. If human life cannot be respected when it cannot be seen, neither will it be respected when it can. If the President weeps for the slain born ones, but does not for the slain unborn ones, his tears do not affect very very much.
Americans are the most capitalistic, free enterprised people on the planet. Our gluttony for the consumption of material goods and comfort is unsurpassed. Yet we want a socialistic society, where everyone is treated benevolently equal, while still protecting our capitalism. How can that be accomplished? Well, supposedly by crucifying the wealthy, while we poorer folk do nothing towards our socialistic expectations. Let me tell you, it won’t work! If you are going to promote a cause you must be fully invested in it. You can’t be a socialist on the backs of the wealthy while a capitalist on your own.
John 1:15 John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.
The witness or evidence that John was to give through his body was the life of Jesus Christ being lived out In His preexistent nature as fully God with the Father before coming to earth as man. When Jesus said it is finished, this means I can also come to give this evidence through my body, because the work of Jesus to allow me to do this, is done. The life of a Christian should be progressing to the place where the testimony of Christ in His preexistent nature and its glories are manifested through him or her. Once again, I can’t think of any other religious river that affords this sublime way of life to a mere mortal. Many today criticize Christianity by saying, that its only one of many ways. I won’t debate it. I care not to and don’t have time for it. My encouragements to all who question is compare for yourself the ways out there, in light of what I wrote.
Ac 4:33 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.
My life’s ultimate purpose is to give factual evidence of the resurrected Christ in me, the One who lives in His eternal pre incarnate state. Christ lives in me in glory. Glory is displayed as God’s dominating power to dominate all evil, functioning through me. Once I come to be aware that Christ has completed His work and nothing else is left to be done in me, then I become a vessel of witness of the resurrected Christ, because there is nothing left to be done in me, except to be that witness. My faith then is not in me but to continually believe in the One who has resurrected and conquered all. This is when faith becomes easy.
I can’t prove the existence of an invisible God to others but I can surely prove Him to myself. For 34 years God speaks to me and in me as normally and as tangibly as any one comments to me on Face Book. He candidly speaks to me about anything and everything. I long for everyone to see this, but at the end of the day I must be sure that I am first answering to myself before God. Religious debate and arguments about what is invisible are for the most part a waste of everyone’s time. I, like Mother Theresa, says, “come and see”. If God can tangibly speak to me, He will to you. The key though is not to come with a clenched debative fist shot up to heaven but in reverential respect and humility. God will talk to the humble, but does not specifically talk to the arrogant, though He does at times.
The greatest legacy I can give to myself, my family, friends and foes is to be the fully actualized individual whom Christ in me, manifests through me. Christ as a historical figure is the Individual Par Excellence. He is the greatest progressive, but His progressiveness is fully rooted in God and His Word. He is the greatest conservative, but His conservatism is fully rooted in God and His Word. He is the greatest radical, but His radicalism is fully rooted in God and His Word. He is the corporal disclosure of the Invisible God. Thus Christ is the world’s greatest and most individual, individual, and calls those whom profess Him to be the world’s greatest individuals, in the facets of His individuality realized through every individual person. If one who professes Christ feels smugly satisfied to be simply part of the Christian crowd, he has missed a great part of his purpose on this earth.