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Homosexuality

This is one of the many times where peoples misunderstandings of context, history and culture, distort the word of God.

During war, brutal acts are levied upon each opposing side by their oppressors or perceived oppressors. In modern times, we blast rock music, drop bombs and utilize cyber attacks. In the past, and sometimes, sadly, in the present, rape is utilized as a method of degrading, humiliating and overpowering people.

It is inexcusable in war and out of war, and that is what God was referring to.

During the time of the Old Testament, horrible atrocities were committed against people. Some of these actions still occur in war torn countries.In Africa, some believe that by raping a child, male or female, the act will cure them of A.I.D.S. (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/southafrica/1362134/South-African-men-rape-babies-as-cure-for-Aids.html)

In 38 A.D., the Roman Governor Flaccus ordered thousands of Jews to be paraded naked through the street, to be raped and to be beaten and burned in bonfires. Yes, raped; Jewish men and women, ordered to be raped. (Brief Histories of Almost Anything: 50 Savvy Slices of our Global Past  edited by Chris Brazier)

This is what the Bible intended by saying for a man to not lie with another man, as if he were a woman. God was saying “Do not Rape!”.

In Genesis 19:4-11. The men at the door are not there for a tea party. They want to rape the Angels, and Lot, instead offers up his daughters to be raped, instead. It is because, at that time, women, were viewed as “things”, “possessions”. It had little to nothing, to do with sexuality but to do with the value placed upon different genders.

A daughter required a dowry, a daughter brought debt while a son, a male, brought value. A Dowry is the money or goods a woman brings to a marriage. Lot would have had to pay for his daughters to marry.

This is not just a story about rape, but bad parenting as well. What father could offer up his daughters to strangers, to rape, and instead protect male visitors. If the President of the United States visits your home, and some anti-President radicals are banging at your door, demanding that you surrender him so that they can rape him – would you offer up your daughters?

No matter what you think of the President, no human deserves to be raped, ever. It is a disgusting, evil, vile act and God agreed!

You can also see, that even though Lot had a very screwed up sense of value, God still loved him!

In Leviticus 20:13 it says “If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable.They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.”

This does not say “If one man, falls in love with another man – kill him!”. The Bible is VERY clear about love, lust and everything in between. You will also notice that Leviticus admonishes about incest and bestiality. It says “Do not rape anyone, do not have sex with kin willingly or unwillingly and do not have sex with animals.”. All of these things in modern times will result in legal punishment, potentially even a death sentence.(http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/06/convicted-south-la-murderer-gets-death-sentence-.html)

Does God hate homosexuals? NO! God loves all of His children, equally. We, His children, do not love equally and that is part and parcel of our sinful nature.

 Please Father help me to be a good, loving Christian.  Help me to not judge others by my own fears, hurts, sins and past trauma. Help me to be one with Your world, and Your people. Help me Father, to be a loving child like your Son, who welcomed and loved all people from the leper to the lord. I want to be a symbol of Your love, Lord. I am not You, and it is not my place to judge – Please remind me of this and make me an example of Your unconditional positive regard. Amen.

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My story.

Over my lifetime, I have been a “nose in the book” academic and a tireless volunteer. I live to help others, be they people, plant or pet. However, I really was quite wishy washy when it came to religion. Oh, I studied and I figured a great many things out, but I didn’t feel. I studied, but I couldn’t relate. I was at His door, pressing the doorbell but always running away when He would answer.

After a terrible encounter with a rare type of personality. I was left broken of heart, and spirit; I was a terrified, anxiety filled soul. Doctors said that there is no pill to cure victimization. I was not mentally ill according to all of the tests, and sadly, other than offer me ideas on getting off the offenders radar, there was little else they could do.

It was terrible, painful and expensive. Being a victim of this encounter requires a special kind of Psychologist that insurance does not often cover. Being a victim required me to completely detach from the life that I had established, to begin anew in the hopes of being “safe”. Being a victim of this kind of personality, meant everyone I loved was equally at risk simply by being in my presence. Being well educated meant that I had calculated these risks, to the degree that the variable of death, seemed to be the only reasonable solution to ensuring the safety of my loved ones from this destructive person.

Somehow God didn’t let me get too deep into depression. After I sought professional help, He connected me with a newly formed church, where I enrolled in classes. (I am ever the academic – free classes are difficult to refuse.) I learned about commitment, to not just be committed to my family, or to my education but to also be sure to commit to God.

**My reasons for searching out a Church, was because I was working on establishing a new positive support system. I didn’t anticipate liking or connecting as quickly as I did. My Pastor also believes in peace and unconditional positive regard. **

This meant to have a successful relationship with God, I needed to set time aside for Him every day. Just like, I would set aside time for my loved ones. (Date night!) The day I began doing my devotionals, I had read a few different ones, and then prayed over it. In my prayer, I broke down crying about how hopeless and alone, I feel. I said “God, I’ve done everything I was supposed to do. I went to everyone from the police, to the FBI; we hired a lawyer and it feels like no one is listening.”

Now, I realize that I have bragged about being an academic and I probably sound like a putz. My specialty is understanding and connecting information, being able to break it down into layman’s terms.  However, I admit that I am not someone who has a Bible rolodex stored in their brain. So when I prayed, and felt the answer of “Psalms 13:4” – I, well, I made an odd face, rolled my eyes and googled it.

Psalms 13:4 – And my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,” And my adversaries will rejoice when I am shaken.

I cried and I rejoiced after reading it, because at that moment I realized He IS listening. He knows my pain. I rang His doorbell and this time, when He answered, I leaped through the doorway into His arms.

Now, it doesn’t mean that my troubles have ended, that my panic attacks will suddenly end or even that I am going to be safe forever from the person (No, sorry. You can’t smack me on the forehead and yell “you are healed!”).

This experience, to me, means that God was listening to me and He does care. That I have the choice to live in fear or move forward with hope. I’m on the path of healing, and I have all of my bases covered. I am also praying to be on the path of forgiveness because I believe in peace.

Heavenly Father, I ask that You help me to overcome my pain.  I am grateful for Your love and support. Guide me on the path of peace, the path that Your Son walked. Forgive me for my anger, and please help me to redirect it into something positive to help others. Help me to forget this pain, so that I can move on and forgive. Thank You for being there and for showing me that You are there. I am unworthy Lord, and I Love You. Thank You. Amen.

Separation of Church and State

Over our lifetimes we will read arguments from differing sides, bickering over what the Separation of Church and State mean.

Some will claim that it means, that there should be a blank slate in regards to religion. A lack of religion, a void or emptiness. The problem with this is that the lack of religion is in itself a discrimination of those who practice. Because, to remove religion, to make all things void of religion, is to enslave the freedom of another person. People should be afforded the choice to choose if they want to accept Christ as their Savior, rub the belly of Buddha or believe in nothing.

Matthew 6:1 ““Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.”

I believe that this verse applies to the quandary of “Separation of Church and State”. For if we have chosen Christ as the ultimate sacrifice, the Messiah, the Lamb of God – we are choosing for ourselves. It is not a performance piece or an artistic arrangement. This is our life, our breath and our choice.

Those who chose to force their religious views upon others are not doing so to “save” others, but to appear “Godly” toward their human brethren. This is a violation of human freedom, as much as denying a person the choice to choose to repent to God.

The separation was created because the laws of a state, of a country can often cause internal conflict for a Believer. God says “Thou shalt not kill” (no chop chop, no stabby stabby!) but during times of war or conflict, people who chose to be employed by the military are required to kill, and God understands this.

The Bible addresses military service both directly and indirectly. (Matthew 8:5-13) “The Christian men and women who serve their country with character, dignity, and honor can rest assured that the civic duty they perform is condoned and respected by our sovereign God” (http://www.gotquestions.org/military-Christian.html)

The BIble understands that there is a difference between Biblical law and the Laws of Man (State, Federal…)

It is not our duty as Christians to enforce God’s laws. It is our duty to be good people, to live good lives and to be an example to others. We are not here to force anyone to convert, Sharing does not involve forcing anyone to do something they don’t want or welcome.

This means, do not embarrass your companions. Do not degrade and humiliate them because you think it brings them closer to God, or makes you feel superior. Share your love, share your kindness, share your happiness – be a LIGHT on to mankind, be an example. Let them see the good work in you, in silence.

Separation of Church and State is not a destruction of Christianity, it is not a removal of Christ. It is an understanding of the difference between Gods laws and mans laws. It is also intended as a means to ensure that when people find Christ, it is by their choice. For God, our almighty Father wants us to choose to turn to his love, because if we are forced, coerced, bullied, or humiliated to following him, than that is an abomination.

The Bible does not support forced conversion. Reflect upon a verse from Timothy that essentially states that if we force others, we share in their sin.

1 Tim 5:22 Do not lay hands upon anyone too hastily and thereby share responsibility for the sins of others; keep yourself free from sin.

We are free to believe in our God, and others are free to believe in what they will. That is where the law of the land intersects with the Word of God.

By living just, Faith filled lives, we are fulfilling our obligation to God and helping others.

You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
(Matt. 5:14-16 NKJ)

Heavenly Father, I ask for your guidance. I am so blessed to have a relationship with You and I deeply desire to bring others to the fold. However, I ask that You guide me to a more subtle approach – let me be one of Your lights, let my actions shine louder than my words. Amen.

Welcome.

I wish, if it were, that you have come here to seek enlightenment. I have created this site because I have information to share.

I believe that logic and Christianity intersect. I believe that there is room for science and the Bible to mingle. I believe that God loves all people, and that our misunderstandings of culture, of history, cause us to paint the Bible into tones and hues, that it was never meant to convey.

I deeply love God and I am humbled by His Son’s sacrifice on my (and your) behalf. I hurt each time that I see a person hurt or harmed because of someones efforts to force their beliefs upon another.

With that being said, this is a Christian blog. My opinions, the words I write here are my own and by no means intended to harm, obstruct or offend another. However as much as I wish I could transmit hugs and hot cocoa through the internet, technology is not yet equipped to handle that.

You are all welcome here. God, as I know Him, loves everyone.