At this time in the history of man, a great deal of hatred is being expressed against individuals whose lifestyle is described in the title of this brochure. Much of this hatred is expressed by well-meaning people who are very concerned about the way the world is going. Many of them profess to believe the Bible is the word of God. Many of them claim to be Christians. Many well-meaning people feel that the Bible condones expressions of hatred or acts of violence toward people who live in these ways.
Interestingly enough, most of the feelings expressed are toward those who fall into the category of Homosexual or "Gay" men and Lesbian women. There seems to be a double standard in society when two out of the four lifestyles described cause expressions of hatred and violence and the other two are looked upon as acceptable conduct.
If you think the Bible teaches that God hates homosexuals and lesbians, you are very wrong. On the other hand, if you believe that God condones the conduct of the fornicator and the adulterer, you are wrong.
The God of the Bible loves people of all persuasions, all races and all lifestyles, because, He is love. *1 In fact, the Bible tells us that God loves us so much that even though He doesn't approve of our conduct at times, He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to suffer and die for our sins. *2 In fact, the Bible tells us that we are not really responsible for the fact that we have a sinful nature. *3 We inherited it from our grandfather, Adam. Because of that one man's sin, sin entered the world and we all became sinners.
In fact, God loves all sinners, (the proud, the selfish, the covetous, the mean, the hateful, and the immoral) so much that He made it possible for each of us to be forgiven our sins and have a meaningful relationship with Him. The only thing that prevents us from this relationship is not accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. In fact, Jesus Christ is the light that lights every man that comes into the world, *4 he came into this world because he loved us not because he hates us. He said, "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." *5 He came, "to seek and to save that which was lost." *6
Since God is a loving God, and since the wages of sin is death, *7 disappointment, disillusionment and heartache, God has warned us about lifestyles that, in time, will cause us to be disappointed and disillusioned. In fact, he says there is a way that seems right to men, but the end of that way is a way of death. *8 Being a loving God, it is necessary that He warn us. So God has made it very clear that unfulfilling conduct is defined in the Bible in such a way that we can be warned and turn away from it. One of the clear warnings from the Bible is,
Professing to be wise, they became fools ... who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them up to vile passions Even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature «lesbian women». Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, «gay men» and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; Being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, «fornicators and adulterers» wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evilmindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; Who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.
The observation might be made that this quotation speaks of hatred for the people guilty of any or all of these sins but this is not the case.
God, because He loves you, gives you this information before it is too late to change your life. In addition, He has made it possible for you to change. When you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, He enables you to have victory over habits and lifestyles that are unfulfilling. The apostle Paul said, he could do all things through Christ Jesus *10 and when one accepts Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior old things pass away and all things become new. *11
God loves all sinners, but He doesn't love sin. Christians should love all people but we should not love or tolerate sin. In fact, Christians are told to have no fellowship with sinful lifestyles but to reprove and warn them. *12
So many times, people seek counseling, they read and they study, trying to find peace of mind or purpose for life, but they fail to realize they were born alienated from God. They need Jesus Christ as their Savior to enable them to fill the void in their life. Without Him they travel many wrong roads. Remember,
For God so loved (adulterers, homosexuals, lesbians, fornicators and you) that He gave His only begotten Son, that, (adulterers, homosexuals, lesbians, fornicators and you) if they believe in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn (adulterers, homosexuals, lesbians, fornicators and you), but that they through Him might be saved. If (adulterers, homosexuals, lesbians, fornicators and you) believe in Him they are not condemned; but if (adulterers, homosexuals, lesbians, fornicators and you) do not believe, they are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.
A loving God and Savior warns mankind of unfulfilling lifestyles and died that they might have a fulfilled life and live a lifestyle that will be fulfilling for time and eternity. All you need to do is call out to him for mercy, asking him to be your savior and your sins will be forgiven. You will have the power to change your lifestyle.
A loving God doesn't save you to continue living an unfulfilling lifestyle but he saves you out of, or from, your sins. *14 Your lifestyle will then conform to the conduct God has said will bring peace, joy, happiness, and a glorious anticipation of eternity.
by Robert A. Grove
P.O. Box 7253
Fredericksburg VA 22404
Tuesday, 5 February 2008
Posted by silver_kid2007 at 23:10
Does evil exist?
The professor of a university challenged his students with this question. “Did God create everything that exists?”
A student answered bravely, “Yes, he did”.
“God created everything?” The professor asked.
“Yes, sir,” the student replied.
The professor answered, “If God created everything, then God created evil since evil exists, and according to the principal that our works define who we are, then God is evil.”
The student became quiet before such an answer.
The professor was quite pleased with himself and boasted to the students that he had proven once more that the “belief in God” was a myth.
Another student raised his hand and said, “Can I ask you a question professor?” “Of course”, replied the professor. The student stood up and asked, “Professor, does cold exist?”
“What kind of question is this? Of course it exists. Have you never been cold?” The students snickered at the young man’s question.
The young man replied, “In fact sir, cold does not exist. According to the laws of physics, what we consider cold is in reality the absence of heat. Everybody and every object is susceptible to study when it has or transmits energy, and heat is what makes a body or matter have or transmit energy. Absolute zero (- 460 degrees F) is the total absence of heat; all matter becomes inert and incapable of reaction at that temperature. Cold does not exist. We have created this word to describe how we feel if we have too little heat.
The student continued. “Professor, does darkness exist?”
The professor responded, “Of course it does”.
The student replied, “Once again you are wrong sir, darkness does not exist either. Darkness is in reality the absence of light. Light we can study, but not darkness. In fact we can use Newton’s prism to break white light into many colors and study the various wavelengths of each color. You cannot measure darkness. A simple ray of light can break into a world of darkness and illuminate it. How can you know how dark a certain space is? You measure the amount of light present. Isn’t this correct? Darkness is a term used by man to describe what happens when there is no light present.”
Finally the young man asked the professor. “Sir, does evil exist?”
Now uncertain, the professor responded, “Of course as I have already said. We see it every day. It is in the daily example of man’s inhumanity to man. It is in the multitude of crime and violence everywhere in the world. “These manifestations are nothing else but evil.”
To this the student replied, “Evil does not exist sir, or at least it does not exist unto itself. Evil is simply the absence of God. It is just like darkness and cold, a word that man has created to describe the absence of God. God did not create evil. Evil is not like faith, or love, that exist just as does light and heat. Evil is the result of what happens when man does not have God’s love present in his heart. It’s like the cold that comes when there is no heat or the darkness that comes when there is no light.”
The professor sat down.
The young man’s name : Albert Einstein
Posted by silver_kid2007 at 22:56
Monday, 4 February 2008
Here they are going across the water
Before this time, Jesus had been telling parables to the people…he had been hanging out sharing
He was tired and needed rest
So he says, let’s go over to the other side
Let’s go to the other side where there is rest
Let’s go to the other side where there is peace
Let’s go to the other side where there is renewal
He was tired and just needed some rest
He was so tired that when the storm came up and the boat began to rock to and fro he didn’t wake up
NOW THAT IS TIRED…
He only woke up when the disciples said get up and not only did they wake him up they woke him up with a question
TEACHER, DON’T YOU CARE THAT WE ARE PERISHING?
TEACHER, DON’T YOU CARE IF WE DROWN?
TEACHER, DON’T YOU CARE IF MY CHECK BOUNCES?
TEACHER, DON’T YOU CARE IF MY FAMILY REJECTS ME BECAUSE OF WHO I LOVE?
TEACHER, DON’T YOU CARE THAT I AM IN THE MIDDLE OF BROKEN RELATIONSHIPS?
TEACHER, DON’T YOU CARE THAT I HAVE AIDS, CANCER OR SICKNESS?
TEACHER, DON’T YOU CARE THAT I AM DEPRESSED AND SUICIDAL?
TEACHER, DON’T YOU CARE THAT MY CHILDREN DON’T LISTEN TO ME OR LOVE ME BECAUSE I AM GAY?
TEACHER, DON’T YOU CARE THAT I AM LONELY AND SCARED?
TEACHER, DON’T YOU CARE THAT I HAVE A BIOSPY THIS WEEK?
TEACHER, DON’T YOU CARE THAT I HAVE SURGERY COMING UP?
TEACHER, DON’T YOU CARE?
The answer is yes, JESUS DOES CARE!
What a care He to You and Me
Posted by silver_kid2007 at 17:45