Blessed are the peacemakers. But who / what are peacemakers? Some of you will think of a Colt handgun. Or a strategic bomber. Or maybe even an MX Missile. If you’re Christian, or think you’re Christian, hopefully those aren’t the first things that come to mind. Why not? Because Blessed are the peacemakers is something Jesus said. It’s one of the Beatitudes, from the Sermon on the Mount.
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Is Covid-19 a modern-day exile scenario?
We look at the virus as a bad thing, maybe from God. However, those who have read the Bible know that sometimes God allows bad things in order to bring about better things. Or to wake up His people.
So, what if this is God’s way of showing us that we need to wake up? We’re supposed to be living in this world as if we’re in exile – right here, wherever we are. In exile from our Heavenly home. But we’re too busy turning this into a false “heaven on earth” kind of thing.
And we’re falling in love with it. And by doing that, we’re at risk of losing our real Heavenly home that God created for us.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst … Sounds like someone who wants to dig into the brunch picture below. Until we add just two more words. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness. That really changed, didn’t it? But still, it could mean “righteous” food, right? As in really good stuff. Or for you Guy Fieri fans – food that’s “the bomb”.
Sorry – it’s none of those things. After all, it’s really supposed to be:
Mt 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
But even now, do we really understand what this means? It could be a whole lot more than you think. Maybe even more than you’re ready to hear?
Are we supposed to believe God – believe in God – or follow God? Are those three sets of words all different? Or do they all mean the same thing? Well, it depends. When were you born? What culture do you live in / come from? Most important, are you willing to learn what they meant when they were said? In some cases, that’s almost two thousand years ago. In others, several thousand years ago. We need to look at what they meant when they were said, in order to understand what they mean today.
Is what I know real knowledge or just knowledge? Well, that depends. Knowledge has a dictionary definition. But there’s also a social component related to what can be known and therefore can be considered knowledge. And then there’s our own brains that also get involved in what we consider knowledge, as opposed to something less than knowledge.
Can we know if God still cares? Of course, that assumes that God did exist in the past. And it assumes that God still exists now. And it assumes that at least at some time in the past – God used to care. That’s a lot of assumptions. Whether you care to make none of them – some of them – or all of them – please read on and see what you think at the end.
Anyway – back to the hype cycle. When you look at it from the human behavioral point of view – it makes sense that the hype cycle and Revelation would have so much in common. After all – while Gartner presumes to know people in the IT field very well – who knows more about all of us than the One who created us? (Answer: no one.)
Is life supposed to be like this: House Set to Subject 64,000 Household Chemicals to Regulation Of course not. So why do so many people reject the chance to have a better life? When I first read the headline on msn.com news – House Set to Subject 64,000 Household Chemicals to Regulation – my …