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Truth of the Lie
18:38 Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?”
John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the
life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
Lies Never Quit
Unites States in the middle of another national election cycle.
These campaigns just go on and on and on.
One of things we learn from them is that people can make promises
but they can’t always keep them. Sometimes
they don’t intend to keep them and sometimes they simply don’t have
the ability to keep them.
thing we learn is that people lie. Sometimes
they lie when the truth would do better.
Now I am sure that at some time in our lives we have all lied.
Some of our lies are what we call “white lies” and some of
them are outright deceitful lies. But
most of us don’t live our lives trying to be deceitful.
When we say we will pay our bills, we mean it.
When we say “I do” at the altar, we mean it.
When we fill out an employment resume, we don’t embellish it.
That is the way most of us try to live our lives even though we
aren’t always able to live up to the promises we intended to keep. But
when it comes to national elections, anything that is repeated often
enough becomes Gospel truth. The
internet now allows lies to be repeated over and over again until most
people are absolutely convinced of the TRUTH OF THE LIE. The lies are
usually designed to criticize the ability and credibility of the
competing candidates. Some
of these lies are what are known as attack ads.
I personally find our election cycles to be demeaning to the good
sense of the people of the United States.
believe that there is truth. Some
of it is just common sense truth, and some of it is Biblical Truth.
Common sense would tell us that no person can really be sure that
he can fulfill the promises made in a national campaign.
Biblical truth would tell us that when a person tells us how good
he is and how bad his opponent is, he is not acting like a Christian
even if he claims to be one. The
Bible says to let each esteem other better than themselves. A
Christian is to be swift to hear and slow to speak. A
Christian candidate would be kind and considerate and would not slander
his opponent. He would admit
that he doesn’t have all the answers but would promise that he would
do the best possible job that he could.
It would be interesting to see what would happen if someone
actually tried running a truly Christian type of campaign.
People are so sick of the attacks and lies in our national
elections that an honest humble man just might have a chance.
In fairness I must say that I have seen exceptions to this kind
of pride and arrogance in local elections, but I have never seen
humility, kindness and consideration win a national election.
In addition, Biblical truth tells us that passing along damning
information about a person where we personally have not witnessed or
proved the information or event is slander.
The truth is that many people calling themselves Christians think
that slandering politicians in not covered by Biblical truth.
what is Truth
truth is that there is a day coming when there will be a Ruler who is
fair but also just and who never lies.
The truth is that He was crucified by religious and political
people who considered Him a threat to their own objectives when He came
the first time. But He says
He is coming again. For the
believer that will be a blessing. For
the unbeliever, that will not be a pleasant time.
truth is, the Lord keeps his promises.
To the believer his promise is “Let not your heart be troubled
(John 14:1).” To the unbeliever his promise is that His wrath is
already abiding on them (John 3:36).
Now it has been a long time since the Lord made his promise to
come again and the unbelievers in this world doubt that He is going to
keep His promise to come. Many
even doubt that He was Who He claimed to be. But
the Lord had no reason to lie. And
He has the power to fulfill His promises.
are telling us that the “end is coming.”
They are setting dates as to when the great apocalyptic events
spoken of in the Book of Revelation will begin. However,
the Bible says that the second coming of the Lord will be ushered in
when it is least expected. And so the dates being set are not the truth.
I don’t understand
everything that the Lord has told us in the book of the Revelation, but
I understand this: Christians
have been saved. They have
been delivered from the wrath to come (1 Thessalonians 1:10). The
truth of John 3:16-18, John 3:36, John 5:24, and Acts 16:31-32, is
pretty straight forward. We
don’t need to have volumes written on the basic truth of the Bible
which says that the Living God who created us has always wanted our
worship and He doesn’t want to share that worship with another.
truth is, the Lord tells the truth and keeps His promises.
He doesn’t promise believers protection from persecution, and
he doesn’t promise them riches; but He promises them that they will
never experience His wrath. Not
now, not in eternity. And
for those concerned about Doomsday, you will not find shelter in the
political system. No man
will be able to save you. You will not find shelter by storing food and
water because if you have it and others need it, they will take it.
But you can find shelter in the Lord.
He says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be
saved (Acts 16:31). And if
the members of your house believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, they will be
saved. And that is the
for the week of September 6, 2015
on These Things!
4:8 Finally, brethren,
whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever
things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things
are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there
is any virtue and if there is anything
praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
Ugliness of September 11, 2011
as I am writing this meditation, we are being reminded of the terrible
tragedy known as 911. My
wife had seen the first airplane fly into the world trade center that
morning on TV and came to tell me that there had been a terrible
accident. As we together
watched the second plane fly into that structure, we realized that this
was no accident. This was
the result of man’s inhumanity to man.
This was the proof that there really is a Satan, an evil
destroyer. People may not
believe in a good God, but logic requires us to believe in a diabolical
adversary that wants to kill and destroy.
We as a nation played right into the hands of this deceiver by
going to war and killing multitudes of innocent people in Iraq so that
this wouldn’t happen again. But
did we win? Events of the
last few years indicate that all we did was upset the balance of power
in the Mideast and cause millions of people to resent the United States.
This meditation is not a commentary on whether we should have
gone to war. I am just
stating the facts that Satan managed to take multitudes into his
infernal eternity. As a
result of 911 and the subsequent wars we have a very unstable world with
some people fleeing evil regimes and with other people determined to
stamp out both the US and Israel.
Problem of Men Using Religion
the real tragedy that morning was to see men who didn’t care who they
hurt in order to accomplish their political goals.
The real tragedy is that men use religions to control people
rather than using religion as a means of serving others.
Today we are being asked to “remember” the events of 911.
But in remembering those evets we are focusing on hatred that
goes back thousands of years in the Mideast.
We are focusing on ugliness.
We Cannot Forget
are things in life that we will never be able to forget.
For example, I remember the death of my six week old sister
because she had come down with whooping cough.
I remember the death of President Kennedy in November of 1963 and
the explosion of the space ship Challenger in January of 1986.
These are things that I remember that I wish I could forget.
And I think that is why Paul tries to direct our attention to
something better. He wants
us to think on things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, and of
good report. He wants us to
think about virtue, that is about things are good. He wants us to think
on things that are worthy of praise or things that we can approve or
commend. Is there anything
or anyone in this life that we can think about that meets these
we can think about the Lord Jesus. I
know that people criticize God as revealed in the Old Testament as being
cruel, and some even criticize God as revealed in the New Testament for
sending His Son to the cross. Any
criticism of God is a criticism of the Lord because in Him dwelt all the
fullness of the Godhead bodily (Colossians 2:9).
He is the Word that expresses God and as the Word, He is God
(John 1:1, 14). But He was
full of grace and truth (John 1:14).
All the virtues of Philippians 4:8 are seen in Him.
He healed, He fed, He taught, and He stilled storms.
He always did those things that pleased the Father.
He didn’t ask his disciples to die for Him, He died for His
disciples and for us. When
we think of the cross, again we see the inhumanity and cruelty of men
energized by Satan. But when
we see the Lord, we see grace, mercy, compassion, and love.
If Christ wasn’t who He claimed to be, He shouldn’t have been
crucified. He should have
been institutionalized. If
He was who He claimed to be (and He was), He should have been crowned
with a Victor’s crown, not with a crown of thorns.
about 911 is depressing. Thinking
about the crucifixion is also depressing until we understand it’s
God-given purpose. But
thinking about the Lord who suffered and died to save ME is
praiseworthy. No one
else has “had my back” like the Lord has.
I am going to “meditate on these things.”
for the week of September 13, 2015
15:12-13 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have
loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's
life for his friends.
Words for Love
Greek language has four words for love.
One of the words is the word often translated charity and is love
that is expressed to another but that is not necessarily appreciated by
the recipient. It is often
associated with duty. It is
associated with sacrifice. It
is the love that God shows the world in John 3:16:
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting
life.” Another word for
love is the word from which we get friend.
Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love, takes its name from
this Greek word. This kind
of love is a love that is appreciated by the recipient.
Normally this kind of love is associated with a relationship
between two people. The Greek language also has a word for erotic love
which is not found in the New Testament.
In addition, another word translated kindly affectionate is found
in Romans 12:10. Obviously,
the two words that God uses to express the beauty of the basic
scriptural command to love God and love one another are the word for
charity and the word for a friend.
would you rather be loved by God with his love of charity or would you
rather be loved by God as a friend?
have said that the love of charity is the greatest love.
I am assuming that they are basing that on the last statement in
that great love chapter, 1 Corinthians 13:
“And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest
of these is love.” Since
we cannot argue with Scripture, charity is greater than any other gift
mentioned in chapter 12, 13, and 14.
But friendship is not one of the gifts mentioned in these
chapters. So is charity
greater than friendship? It
is in the sense that Christian charity should be a permanent
characteristic of those who say that they are Christians.
It is greater in the sense that it self-sacrificing and
friendship may be self-serving. However,
there is something satisfying about a personal intimate relationship
that may not be present when charity is shown.
Charity lays the basis for that intimacy, and friendship should
be the result. In one sense
friendship is better (perhaps greater would not be the best choice of
words) than charity because friendship is a two way street while charity
may be only a one way street. Charity
may be offered but it may not be accepted; and, sometimes when it is
accepted, it may not be appreciated.
Friendship usually is greatly appreciated and meets emotional
needs not always met by charity.
is MY Answer?
one time I would have said that I would rather have God’s charity than
God’s friendship. But as I
have thought about it, I believe that friendship that results from
God’s charity is where the real blessing is found.
In John 15:12, the disciples are commanded to have charity for
each other. Then they are
reminded that His charity led to His friendship.
He laid down His life for His friends.
The Lord did call Judas a friend when he betrayed Him in the
garden, but by and large the word friend is reserved by the Lord for
those who trust Him and worship Him.
Abraham, the father of faith, was a friend of God.
Obviously, God was his friend as well.
In John 11, the Lord was a friend of Lazarus, but He also was
showing charity to Martha, Mary, and Lazarus.
answer to the question I have asked is that I am glad that this is not
an either/or proposition. I
am glad to know that the Lord has shown me charity but I am also really
glad that He is my friend. He
has proved that over and over again.
And in our relationship with other Christians, we need to show
charity, but it seems to me that charity that does not lead to true
friendship is really empty.
Need to be Real
we have our so-called friends come to us and tell us that what they are
going to say is because they “love” us.
Often, those people have done nothing in a charitable way to
prove their love, but they feel free to criticize without really knowing
the person that they are “loving.”
I personally do not find that they are doing what they are doing
because of their love, but instead they seem to be establishing who is
in charge. Sometimes I wish
that those who express their love so that they can express their
criticisms would love me less. Now
those who have proven that they would die for me, they can correct and
criticize me all that they want. But
I suspect that those who would die for me, would also do their
correcting the way the Lord corrected Peter in John 21.
You will remember that He asked Peter if he really did have
charity for Him. Peter had
to admit that he only had the love of friend.
And he reminded the Lord that He really already knew this.
That was good enough for the Lord, and from then on the Lord knew
that He had a faithful friend who would be willing to die for Him.
Peter who had failed, was commissioned to tend and feed the
Lord’s sheep. I think his
friendship was probably just as important to the Lord as his intended
charity for the Lord.
charity is great, but friendship is really precious, particularly when
it is the Lord’s friendship.
for the week of September 20, 2015
Mat 24:44 Therefore
you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not
There is a certain frantic
expectation in the fall air. It is associated with a fourth blood moon that
is set to occur on an important Jewish feast day, the first day of the feast
of Tabernacles. Since many prophetic events have been associated with Jewish
holidays, could this next Jewish holiday be prophetically significant,
particularly since it is associated with a blood moon?
Can we Know Something Now that
wasn't Known or Revealed by the Lord?
A blood moon is produced during an
eclipse of the moon when the moon is closest to the earth. These happen
rather rarely. Since there will be signs in the heavens associated with the
Lord's return, is this one of the signs? We know that the Lord's return
consists of rapturing the church to save believers in Christ from the coming
wrath of God on the earth during the tribulation period as well as the
tribulation itself. It will also include the Lord's coming as King of Kings
and Lord of Lords to set up His righteous thousand year reign at the end of
the tribulation period. People have speculated over and over again as to
when these things are going to happen. Several years back we had "88
reasons why the Lord was going to come in 1988." Of course, history
proves that the Lord did not come. Harold Camping of Family Radio set
several dates for the Lord's return. Even after being wrong, his followers
still believed him when he said he knew the procedure for calculating the
date but had just miscalculated. Harold Camping has now met the Lord and I
am sure he has apologized for causing such a stir when the Bible clearly
states that we are to be always ready because the Son of Man will come when
we do not expect it. The Lord clearly tells us in Mark 13:32, "But of
that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son,
but only the Father." So can we know something now that even the Lord
did not know when He was here on earth? Probably not! I think the word know
here probably means "reveal" but we will leave that discussion for
People have always wanted to be
privy to information others do not have. So there is now a book on the best
seller list explaining the mysteries associated with the Shemitah year. A
man by the name of Jonathan Cahn says he understands this mystery. Now a
true Biblical mystery is something hidden in the Old Testament that is
revealed in the New. But Cahn's mystery is something that only he seems to
understand. I frankly can't follow his reasoning. However, the Lord gave the
Bible to the common man in languages easily understood at the the time the
books were written so that the people of that day could all read it and
understand it. The message is not hidden for a select few to understand. And
since I understand the plain teaching of our verse for today and since that
plain teaching seems to violate all the teaching of date setters, I think it
would be better to read and study the Bible and to believe it rather than to
read and study our current generation of so-called prophets.
I Plan to Enjoy the Show
I have one problem with the house
we have purchased. It isn't well located when it comes to seeing northern
lights and eclipses and other night time phenomenon. We have a shopping
center to the north that has a lot of light hiding the night sky. However,
if I get a chance to go out in the country to see this blood moon, I will
probably go and enjoy the sight. If the Lord comes during it, I am ready to
go. If He doesn't come during it, I am still ready to go. But frankly, if I
understand our verse for today right, it is more likely that the Lord will
return the day before or in the days after the blood moon than on the day
when everyone expects it. However, since I am not really expecting the
return of the Lord on that particular date, maybe, just maybe. . .
By the time you read this, the hype
will all be over and once again people who do not actually read their Bibles
will think that the Bible is wrong. The Bible isn't wrong but the false
prophets who make money selling these doomsday scenarios are. I am confident
that the Lord will come in an hour that we do not expect. But I am ready and
I hope you are too.
for the week of September 27, 2015