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Are we Under the Law of Moses?

Galatians 3:1-5

“You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning by the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort? Have you suffered so much for nothing – if it really was for nothing? Does God give you His Spirit and work miracles among you because you observe the law, or because you believed what you heard?”

There has been much said over the centuries concerning the issue of observing the Law of God as given to Moses in the wilderness some 3500 years ago or more, and there is much being continually said on that subject today; it seems to be one of those subjects that Christians will be arguing about until the Lord returns, which will thankfully be soon. Now I’m not a theologian, but I am fully capable of reading and understanding the Bible and the Lord reveals through His Word what the truth is. So let me throw another log on the spiritual fire and give a Scriptural view of the relationship of Christians to the Law.

The Bible is clear: as Christians we are no longer under the judgement of the Law, for Jesus fulfilled the Law on the cross. Period. Does this mean that we promote lawlessness and rampant sin as some charge? Of course not, that is a ludicrous claim and Paul dealt with the same attacks in the middle of the first century. As Christians we uphold the Law, meaning that we view it as it should be viewed: as a tutor to lead us to repentance and faith in Christ. No one has ever been saved by obedience to the Law, or to the Commandments if you prefer to call them that. No one. The only person in the entire history of humanity that was sinless and in perfect obedience to the Law is Jesus Christ, and He achieved that only because He is God in human flesh. For everyone else the Law stands as proof that we are sinners in need of Christ, no more, no less. If a law could be given by which we could be saved, then Christ would not have had to die on the cross.

The reason we are unable to meet the requirements of the Law is simple: humans are flawed with sinful natures and we mess up. To keep the Law, to obey the Commandments enough to win justification before God, you would have to keep every law perfectly for all of your life. That is an impossibility for mere mortals. If you break even one commandment, even slightly, you have broken the entire Law. When Jesus walked among us the first time, He expounded on the Law and showed how difficult it was to keep it. If you hate anyone you have violated the commandment not to murder; if you look at someone lustfully and wish you could sleep with them you have committed adultery. Who could possibly maintain such a rigorous level of perfection? Only Jesus Christ, and that is what made His death on the cross for our sins effective.

If we are in Jesus Christ we walk in a new way, by the Spirit, and the condemnation of the Law no longer hangs over us. Will we make mistakes? Of course we will, we are mere humans with sinful natures. But as John wrote in 1st John 1:9, if we confess our sins He is faithful to forgive us. Grace is not a license to sin, it just means that when we do sin we can be forgiven through faith in the risen Savior, Jesus Christ. Even if we sin a dozen times, if we fight it and turn to our Lord and seek forgiveness, He will forgive us. Yes, we should honor the Law and even preach it as a way to lead people to repentance and faith, but we no longer have to live under the Law. Do not let those who teach legalism lead you astray or bewitch you with their teachings: no one could ever follow perfectly any code of behavior, including the Law of Moses. For with the slightest mistake you have put sin between you and a holy and perfect God, and without God’s grace given freely through Jesus Christ that one sin will doom you to an eternity of suffering.

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Storm Warning

In the last couple of weeks we’ve seen Harvey hit Texas with massive flooding, an 8.1 earthquake in southern Mexico and now hurricane Irma is getting ready to rip Florida a new one. But in just the last two days I’ve heard everyone from a pampered movie star to people interviewed on the street to news anchors refer to this as the wrath of “Mother Nature”. To me that touches on one of the root causes of the problems we’re getting hit with, and that is a complete denial of God. These events are occuring because God is trying to get our attention and turn us away from our sins. (They are not, as some misguided people have claimed, happening because we elected Donald Trump as President.) Now I know all the meteorological explanations for storms like Harvey and Irma, but you have to remember that science can only describe the mechanics of how God does things. He is still sovereign and in control of events in the marvelous universe He created. He is using these storms to shake us out of our complacency, to get us to stop relying on ourselves and our technological cleverness and military might and start relying on Him. He is trying to get us to turn away from our humanism and our arrogance and our false belief systems and turn back to Him. He wants us to repent of all the wickedness that has become so prevalent and turn to Him through faith in His Messiah, the risen Jesus Christ. Time is running out, my friends. Events are happening exactly as prophesied and will continue to do so with increasing frequency. Don’t be one of the untold billions who will stubbornly refuse to heed His warnings. Jesus loves you, He died for you, and He stands before you with open arms wanting you to turn to Him and find eternal life. Don’t harden your hearts to Him.

May God comfort all those who have suffered in these disasters, and may He protect His children in Florida who stand in the path of this storm.

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Merry Christmas 2015

Well, well, well, look what the cat dragged back in…

It’s been a whole year and a half since my last post and a lot has happened, both to me personally and in the world at large. For those of my readers who have been following me this whole time, I apologize for the long hiatus in my writing and I thank you for your patience. For those of you who are reading this blog for the first time, please bear with me for a minute while I catch up…

In the world at large so much has been happening since I last wrote that I hardly know where to begin. Since my last post we’ve seen the rise of ISIS to global prominence as the world’s leading terror organization and have seen their influence extend well beyond the Middle East. ISIS-inspired terror attacks have been perpetrated by radicalized Muslims throughout the world, including America, and civilization as we know it in the West has been shaken to its very foundations. We’ve seen the Syrian civil war (as esteemed megalomaniac Axl Rose once sang, “what’s so civil about war anyway” – he may have borrowed that line from elsewhere) continue and now the U.S. and Russia have both been dragged into it on opposing sides, rather reminiscent of the proxy wars of the Cold War period. China has been aggressively claiming the entire South China Sea and its islands, which are also claimed by nations such as the Philippines and Vietnam, and the Red Chinese have been busily turning isolated reefs into small islands capable of supporting military operations. The Earth has inched ever closer to the spectre of World War III with the three major powers – America, Russia and China – all working against each other while the world looks on with held breath. Our world is rapidly sinking into chaos and madness and no one, especially Barack Hussein Obama, seems to know what to do about it or even acts like they care. If ever we were in the Last Days of this age it is now.

Personally, the last year and a half have seen me go through a lot of personal turmoil, which is primarily why this blog has been so silent. Many things have happened around me which has left me out of balance and scrambling for some sort of stability. I received yet another “no” from Social Security concerning my disability case, when sent me into a tailspin. I endured romantic disaster which left me despondent and deeply depressed; at one point my psychiatrist was even considering electroshock therapy as a way of pulling me out of it. And then things finally started turning around in June of this year when my eldest daughter got in touch with me, followed in short order by my eldest son, and the depression began to lift. I finally admitted to myself that I had an excellent romance with a sweet Christian lady who I had loved for over a year and began focusing my attentions on her. And most importantly, I finally got back on track spiritually by slowly becoming an active and committed follower of God through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Life isn’t perfect – when is it ever – but it’s a lot better than it was in June of 2014 when I last wrote a post for this blog.

So I will once again become active in my writing after a long break. I will try to be diligent about writing on a regular basis but I make no promises until I get back in the habit of writing. I will alter the focus of this blog from politics and the esoteric to a more spiritual approach, which still leaves room for a lot of weirdness since reality is so very different from what most of us believe, even Christians. So please just bear with me while I get my writer’s feet back under me and get my happy butt back to work.

In the meantime let’s not forget the reason for the Christmas season, which is that roughly 2,000 years ago in Bethlehem the Savior of all humanity was born, Jesus Christ. The exact date is unimportant as are the traditions that have grown over the last 20 centuries and even the origins of the date of December 25th as the day when we celebrate the birth of the Messiah. What really matters is that the Son of God was born into this world to pay the price for all our sins and to be the sacrifice through which we might obtain Salvation. I will not make apologies if this belief offends anyone for God is greatly offended by our sins. Thankfully He is a merciful and loving God who cared enough to submit His only Son to the horrors of crucifixion and death.

So love each other this blessed Christmas season and try not to focus on the material aspect of the holiday. Instead focus on all those who love you, your friends, your family, and your loving Father in heaven.

Peace and blessings be with you all.

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Five Reasons Why I Don’t Like Obama

I have never liked Obama, not since the Democratic debates in 2008, before he even got the nomination. I saw too many things about him that I couldn’t support, that I couldn’t like, and that list has only gotten longer throughout his Presidency. But there are five top reasons why I don’t like him and never will, and no, none of them have to do with the color of his skin. The following reasons are listed in no particular order of importance; in fact, they are all equally important in my eyes. I know that I am about to tick off any of my readers who are fans of the 44th President, but that can’t be helped and I will make no apologies for doing so. Maybe some of you will see the truth in my reasons, and anyone who has followed my blog over the last two years knows that I stand for the truth in everything, always. At least, they should know that…

So here goes, my five reasons for not liking Obama…

1) He is a Marxist/socialist/globalist. Obama has made little secret of his Marxist leanings and his actions have shown that. He studied with Marxist terrorist Bill Ayers and still counts the Weather Underground founder as a close friend. He can quote Marxist writer Saul Alinsky whenever he likes. Obama has shown through the actions of his regime that he is an adherent to the idea of big, centralized government that supposedly has all of the answers to society’s ills. He has sworn to drastically reshape America to fit what he sees it should be, and he has been taking action to reduce America’s influence globally to fit in with the globalists’ vision of a one world government. That’s very dangerous thinking coming from the Oval Office.

2) He is a liar. There’s no two ways about it, the man is an inveterate liar and cannot be trusted to ever speak the truth. He has lied about his past. He has lied about his religion. He lied about Obamacare. He lied about the Fast and Furious program of selling guns to the Mexican drug cartels. He lied about Benghazi. He lied about the IRS targeting of conservative groups. At every turn Obama has chosen a lie over the truth, and while it is understandable that there may be occasions when it is advisable for a President to be disingenuous to advance America’s needs and security, Obama has set a standard of lying at every turn to cover his own backside and avoid taking responsibility for his actions. He is a pathological liar and has shown that he cannot be trusted in anything.

3) He is a dictator. I have often referred to Obama as Caesar because that is how he rules. Dictators always rule by decree, and his preference to governing through Executive Order rather than acts of Congress show him to be such a dictator in all but name. He not only has not kept to his presidential oath by upholding our Constitution, he has openly disregarded the Constitution with its separation of powers and he has openly declared that in his view the Constitution is dead and no longer valid. For over 200 years our Constitution has served as the basis for this republic and served it well, yet Obama has suddenly declared the Constitution to be worthless. No, his reign has all of the hallmarks of a dictatorship save for martial law, and I believe that will be coming by the end of the year, for he will use any pretext to dissolve Congress and suspend the Constitution, both of which actions Executives Orders, or decrees, have authorized him to do for any reason. This is why I believe that he is the most dangerous threat facing America today and our freedoms. Watch him closely and follow his actions, not his propaganda.

4) He is a Muslim. I have been saying since at least the 2008 Democratic convention that he was a Muslim and events have proven me right. Don’t be fooled by his attending Jeremiah Wright’s church for several years, that was just a smokescreen to make Americans believe he was a Christian. I knew from his name that he was a Muslim, for when young black men convert to Islam they almost always choose an Islamic name for themselves; both Barack and Hussein are common Arabic names for men. But even more damning as a Muslim are his actions and associations since becoming President. He has openly appointed Muslims to key positions within his administration, including Iranian-born Muslim Valerie Jarrett as White House Chief of Staff and another Muslim as a key advisor high within the Depart of Homeland Security. He has backed away from a long time ally, Israel, and taken up the Palestinian cause. He publicly supports the actions of the radical Muslim Brotherhood, including openly supporting Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood President Morsi and then when the Egyptian army deposed Morsi in answer to public outcry Obama supported the Muslim Brotherhood against the Egyptian military, an organization which has been a stabilizing factor in Egypt since Britain gave the Egyptians their independence. Obama even admitted in a TV interview that he was a Muslim, but all of the mainstream media ignored that. Everything he has said and done in office when it comes to relations with Muslim nations has been done from a Muslim viewpoint, from abandoning Iraq to releasing five top Taliban commanders in exchange for the token release of one deserter who converted to Islam. He is a Muslim and that makes him a traitor to America, for he supports or at least downplays the actions of the very radical Muslims that we have been fighting for 13 years.

5) He is the most corrupt President in American history. The level of corruption within Obama’s administration have sunken to levels usually seen in Third World countries. From all of the lies and obfuscation regarding his iffy birth certificate and faked social security card to Fast and Furious. From the corrupt nature of Obamacare to the IRS targeting scandal to Benghazi. Every action taken by this administration has been self-serving and designed to enrich either key government officials or favored private sector executives. Even his rule by Executive Order is a form of corruption as it totally disregards the Constitution in order to further his agenda. Obama has more fishy deals under his belt and more treacherous actions to cover up of any American President in our history, even more than the left’s favorite whipping boy of all time Nixon. Obama has set a pattern of corruption that shows no sign of ending, but that shouldn’t be surprising since he is a Chicago politician and they have a long history of corruption scandals. And what is Obama’s answer to the scandals that are plaguing him? He plays golf and takes vacations; so far in five years the Obamas have burned up well over $44,000,000 in taxpayer money on vacations, at a time when most of us are struggling to make ends meet. The President needs to either rein in the corruption or accept the consequences of his actions and face impeachment.

So those are my five reasons for not liking Obama. I could easily expand that list as there are many aspects of him and his presidency that I don’t like, but those are my top five and they will do for now. All of these reasons are supported by facts easily accessible and by reasoning that is right on track. If I pissed you off so be it, as I said I will make no apologies. I just hope that enough of you read this article with an open mind to make some small difference in the world.

As always, peace and blessings to you, my friends.

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All Have Sinned

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”.

When Paul wrote those words in the letter to the Romans (3:23) he stated a simple universal truth – everyone has sinned and failed to live up to the Law of God. Everyone has committed some sin, some more than others, but no one is exempt from committing at least one sin against the teachings of God. It only takes one sin to fall under God’s judgement; remember the story of Adam and Eve and the one sin that got them expelled from the Garden of Eden. No one mortal can achieve perfection, the perfection that comes from living a sinless life. Only one person in all of history has ever achieved that, namely Jesus of Nazareth, and He ended up getting nailed to a cross.

But don’t we stop sinning when we come to faith in the Christ? Doesn’t our faith help us to eliminate sin in our lives? No, it doesn’t. Even after we come to faith we will still sin against God. In the letter to the Phillipians (3:12) Paul clearly states that he has not yet achieved perfection, meaning a sinless state. That means that he still had to struggle against his sinful nature everyday; he still committed sins. And this was one of the apostles!

So what can we do? Repent and confess our sins to the Lord that we may be forgiven through our faith in Christ Jesus. Repentance is such a huge part of the Christian life, and I look askance at anyone or any church that does not teach or practice repentance. Repentance is simply remorse for our wrongs and a desire to stop doing them. Paul still had things in his life that he had to practice repentance for. I still have sins in my life that I have to practice repentance for and struggle to stop doing. Everyone does, no one is exempt. I talked about repentance in an earlier blog regarding sin, entitled “Resisting Evil”. Repentance is essential, but unless a person recognizes that they still have things to repent of they are running a grave risk of not using their faith to follow Jesus fully.

So if anyone, Christian or non-believer, claims that they are living a sinless life and have nothing to repent and seek forgiveness for, remember Romans 3:23 and remind them of it. For their belief that they are living a sinless life is wrong and sooner or later they will pay a price for that delusion. As for us, continually practice repentance, seek our Lord’s forgiveness, and continue to resist sin, for otherwise we are letting God and ourselves down.

Remember, all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.

May peace and blessings be with you.

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Goodbye to 2013

As I sit here sleepless at 3:30 in the morning on New Year’s Day I’ve been reflecting back on the year that just ended and decided to put my thoughts in print. So as you read this keep in mind that I am sleep deprived right now, and as always , consider the source.

2013 was a weird year for me personally. It started out hopeful in a number of ways but as the year progressed those hopes crumbled for one reason or another. A dear friend that I was very close to drifted away for reasons unstated, which was a major disappointment. Hopes for improving my overall health and fitness faded into just trying to maintain what I already have. Hopes and dreams, and heavy emphasis on dreams, were crushed when someone I really cared about turned away from me. My personal life deteriorated to the point where I was afraid that I would end up homeless on the streets, and I finally had to go in the hospital for a five-day re-tuning of my mental state. One of the biggest disappointments of the year was getting turned down yet again for my Social Security disability benefits, which has left me in financial limbo for what will probably be the next year and a half. So overall this past year wasn’t all that great, but it was still better than some years I’ve had in the past.

On the plus side of things, I have made a lot of really good online friends this past year, most of whom keep in touch with me on a fairly regular basis; that seems strange to me since I have drastically reduced the number of hours that I spend obsessing on Facebook. My personal situation has stabilized to the point where I am no longer in panicked flight mode, which is a good thing because when I get that way I always manage to make the wrong decisions. My interest in music is starting to come back after several months of non-existence, and while my guitars remain untouched I am at least listening to music again on occasion. I was given a Playstation 2 for Christmas so now I am getting back into gaming, a hobby that I always loved and a good harmless way to occupy the empty hours in my day. My attorney has expressed the opinion that I stand a good chance of getting my disability when I go before the judge, which should happen sometime in early 2015, so I am hesitantly hopeful regarding that. My mental state, while never what could be called good, has improved to the point where my issues are more manageable. And probably most importantly, I have been spending more time talking to God the past four months than I had in the first part of the year, and that is very important to me.

Looking at the world around me I see that things have really gone downhill and are continuing to do so. We have a Congress that is bitterly divided and completely ineffective. The Obama administration has been plagued by more scandals than any President’s that I can remember, and I believe we have only seen the tip of the iceberg in that regard. We have a closet Muslim President who always chooses to side with the Islamists and the terrorists of the Muslim Brotherhood. The homosexuals have managed to push their agenda to the point where same-sex marriage is becoming legal in most states, and now such perverts as pedophiles and the bestiality people are starting to claim that their deviance is just another sexual orientation and should be recognized as such. Obamacare’s highly touted roll out is a complete mess. And our economy is being held together with spit and baling wire and could come undone at any time. So 2013 was a year when America slipped ever further down the slippery slope, and if ever a nation was ripe for a dictator it is us.

So the bottom line is that in my book 2013 wasn’t that good of a year, and I’m afraid that 2014 doesn’t look like it will be much of an improvement. All I can do is hope, which is hard for me, and pray, which is getting easier every day. This new year could end up surprising me and turn out OK, but I don’t expect it to. Am I being gloomy about it? Probably, but I’m gloomy for very good reasons. I always try to hope for the best but expect the worst, and then when things turn out good I am pleasantly surprised.

So for 2014 I say “I hope it turns out to be a good year”, but I’m ready for it if it’s not. My prayer for each and every one of you is that this year goes well for you, in as many ways as possible. May you all have peace and joy in this year in spite of the challenges thrown in your path, and may you all come to a deeper knowledge and understanding of our Lord Jesus Christ. For ultimately our best hopes lie with Him.

As for 2013 I say “goodbye and good riddance”!

Peace and blessings to you all, my friends.

 

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It’s Been a Long Time…

Hello everyone…

I just pulled up Itsaweirdweirdworld for the first time in ages and was stunned to see that it’s been almost exactly six months since my last post. That’s far too bloody long, but there have been extenuating circumstances. I never meant for my silence to continue for so long, and I apologize to those of you who follow my blog and have been wondering just what the hell happened to me.

For starters, I’ve had a lot of personal issues get in the way of my writing. Now everyone has issues, I know that, and there are a lot of people who have bigger and worse issues than mine, but it’s mine that I have to live with and try to cope with so forgive me if I sound like I’m whining – I’m not. Having a mental illness like I do is never a bunch of fun and games, and when it gets out of control it can be very destructive to one’s personal life. Mine has been rather out of control the last few months, and the problems it caused became all-consuming. Basically while I was chasing shadows and often my own tail I did not allow myself the time to write, and I hate that. Now the issues are still there and still raging to a large degree, but I have been working on getting them back under some semblance of control and my efforts must be paying off since here I am writing once again.

Second, I have been having difficulties in deciding what content to write about for this blog, which has been an ongoing problem practically since day one. When I first started itsaweirdweirdworld I had certain ideas in mind of what to write about. There were such subjects as history not being the way we were taught in school, tales from the ancient world and the fact that the ancients weren’t as ignorant as modern man likes to think, exploring the idea that we are not alone in the universe, prophecies…the list goes on and on. All of these subjects are things that interest me greatly and judging from the feedback I’ve received when I have written or commented on them they are subjects which a lot of you find interesting as well. Yet still I have struggled with getting them written. I think that part of it is that so many of these subjects have been written about by people a lot smarter than me and more diligent in their research that I have had the unshakeable feeling of “who am I to try to sound like an expert”. It’s probably nothing more than my own insecurities, but that feeling has been a major stumbling block to me.

I have also been torn over what to write because I’ve felt that a lot of the subjects that fit my original concept for this blog aren’t all that important when compared to other things and when considering the state of the world at large. I have stated before that I am fascinated with prophecy and I have written about some of the prophecies concerning the end of the present age. The bottom line is that I am convinced that we are very close to the end of the age, certainly within just a few years, and that belief has also hindered me in that I have felt like there are more important things to write about than ancient history and strange phenomena. I guess you could say that my mental triage got clogged and wasn’t allowing anything through, and as a result I have wasted six months without writing about anything, important or otherwise. So I need to unclog the pipes and allow things to flow once more.

Those of you who know me and are counted as my friends, as well as those of you who have been following this blog and reading my posts, know that I am a Christian. I may be unorthodox in many of my practices and viewpoints, but my faith in God and Christ remains strong and I hope and pray that it always will. This simple fact of my faith can also dictate what I will or will not write about, and for that I will make no apology. There are things that need to be said and they need to be said through the filter of my faith, and those things will not always mesh with my original concept for this blog. So be it. I can still write about some of the subjects that interest me, but when I feel that there is something faith-related that needs to be said I will say it. I really can’t do otherwise. To those of you who aren’t interested in such matters I ask your indulgence and patience, and I ask that you keep an open mind. I have no intentions of turning this blog into a pulpit to preach from (again, there are a lot of people out there who already do that far better than I ever could) but there will be times when I will write about my faith and how it has shaped my world view, and again I will not apologize for that. Just bear with me, okay?

With all of this said, I intend on getting back into the swing of things with this blog and make myself be more diligent in writing on here. The content may vary, but each post will be what I have been led to write at that particular time. Sometimes the post will fit in with what I originally envisioned for itsaweirdweirdworld and sometimes it will not. There will undoubtably even be times like this when my post will be more personal reflection and “musing out loud” than anything else. But the bottom line is that the posts will come as I am led to write them. I will leave it to you to judge which posts are worth your time and which are not, but I do hope that you will give them all the benefit of the doubt. Sometimes I really do have something important to say and I’d hate for you to miss those occasions.

So I am back and hopefully I will be back to stay. Thank you for your patience and loyalty, and thank you for your understanding. Ole Dave is alive if not necessarily well and I’ll try hard not to leave you hanging any more. Keep your eyes and ears open and receptive to the truth as you go about your daily lives. Take nothing for granted, especially the truth, and as the apostle Paul once said, “test everything”. That applies to this blog as well.

Peace and blessings to you all, my friends.

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