The Torah, The Law and Legalism

In "Godly Abundance and Prosperity", page 18, I write:



Ephesians 2:14 – 16

For he (Christ) himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself (here is our fellowship with him) one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility.



The hostility to God that is in the flesh has been killed!
The law of commandments expressed in ordinances has been eliminated, done away with, repealed, abolished!
Since publishing this book, there has been several extended conversations about the word "abolish". It is obvious that what is called the "Torah" has not been eliminated, done away with; it has not come to an end. God's teachings about how to live a godly life has not changed! 
So, what has changed? What has been "abolished" by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ? It is "Legalism" which has been abolished for those who have Jesus Christ as their savior. The legal requirements have been fulfilled by Jesus Christ; he has been our legal substitute, paying the penalties which were against us. The result of his accomplishments is that we are "dead to the law" as it says in Romans. There is another way to state this; Due to the accomplishments of Jesus Christ, we and our relationship to the Law and Legalism has changed. Being dead to the Law, we are no longer bound by the Law or its requirements. In this case, has the Law itself ceased to exist? Not at all.
The laws of commandments contained in ordinances have three distinct sections dealing with: The Atonement, The Mediator and Right Living. The Mediator is Jesus Christ. The Atonement has been accomplished by one man, the messiah, our mediator, Jesus Christ. Right Living remains "right living" without legalistic consequences for us. 
Most give lip-service or mental assent to the Atonement provided by the accomplishments of Jesus Christ. There is little recognition in the religious realm of the effect that the Atonement has. 
Sin and sin consciousness is a key factor which enables religion to exist and flourish. By deception, religion has stolen the atonement from the messiah, claiming the atoning action for itself. Religion claims to be the mediator. This is why religion and religious people fight so hard to retain sin, sin consciousness and its position as mediator; without these things, religion would cease to exist!
It is thought that being dead to the law is equivalent to being lawless. The religious mind, centered solely on the world and on the flesh, concludes that only legalism restrains the believers from a debased life of depravity. This is a false conclusion; the truth of the matter excludes the existence and functioning of religion.
Paul states the truth so simply – the law and legalism is ineffective because of the weakness of the flesh. This is true before and after salvation. What is the solution? Paul reveals that we no longer serve or live by a written standard. It is with the flesh he serves sin, yet with the mind (the mind of the new spiritual self or the mind of Christ) he serves the law of God. This "law of God" cannot be religious legalism to which we have died. This "law of God" is revealed, known, understood and obeyed as we walk by the (gift of holy) spirit. This "law of God", written in the innermost part of our being is NOT legalism; it exists outside of the bondage of religion and its man made legalism. Note that none of this invalidates or brings an end to the Torah. Our relationship to the Torah has changed because of the accomplishments of Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 5: 1, 2
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
Religion, legalism and sin consciousness will never enable a person to fulfill this wonderful admonition in Ephesians. This is a much greater calling than living by a written legalistic standard. Religion cannot accommodate, facilitate or tolerate such a calling. Note that we are to "…walk in love as Christ loved us…". Christ did not love us by adhering to a written, legalistic standard. He loved us as he walked by the spirit. Jesus Christ cast off his own will and replaced it with God's will. He did this consistently in detail for each specific situation. 
Jesus Christ demonstrated that the expression of God's love is personally tailored for each one of us. The expression of God's love and God's will is manifested by us as we walk by the spirit. To walk by the spirit is to sacrifice our own will and replace it with God's will. It is to cast aside the identity of the old self of the flesh and take on the identity of the new self of the spirit. It is by way of this new self of the spirit that we are able to be imitators of God, we are able to love others as God would have them loved.
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The Prayer of a Righteous Man

Prayer is not to be devoid of power. In the Bible are records of the power of God that is invoked by praying. Yet, this kind of power is extremely rare in this world today. When the religious, theological blinders are removed and cast aside, the Bible can reveal exactly how prayer is to work.
Matthew 21:18
18 In the morning, as he was returning to the city, he became hungry. 19 And seeing a fig tree by the wayside, he went to it and found nothing on it but only leaves. And he said to it, “May no fruit ever come from you again!” And the fig tree withered at once.
Is the tree withering a normal physical response to human speech? Do you expect plants to instantly respond to your voice and the words that you speak? The instantaneous, remarkable work that was done here was beyond the normal, natural laws. The words which were spoken invoked spiritual power. 
Matthew 21:20
20 When the disciples saw it, they marveled, saying, “How did the fig tree wither at once?”(They saw the effect, but did not discern the cause.) 21 And Jesus answered them, “Truly, I say to you, if you have faith (believing) and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen. 22 And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith (believing).”
Verse 22 is a “promise of God” often referenced when teaching about the power of prayer. Once hearing or reading this verse I would start again, praying various prayers, without the type of results Jesus demonstrated here. Then the self condemnation would start – “oh, I just must not be believing…”. By the context of this section, we know that whatever is asked for in prayer here in verse 22, the expected result is the invocation of spiritual power in order to have the impossible come to pass at our command. So, what kind of prayer is this? 
Romans 8:26
26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27 And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints (believers) according to the will of God.
We have a weakness. By the senses, in the flesh, we do not know what to pray for as we ought. It requires the operation of holy spirit to overcome this weakness. The instruction, the wisdom is this – as the gift of holy spirit is operated, it intercedes for us, it intercedes for the saints (the believers) according to the will of God. This intercession is associated with speaking in tongues – that is one way in which we act upon these instructions from God and overcome this weakness.
The Epistle of James is written to Hebrew believers whose background and culture is the law and the Jewish religion. In most instances they continued to practice this religion. So there are references in this epistle which we may have difficulty understanding. 
James 5:13
13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith (believing) will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven
Here is a promise of God, again related to prayer. There is nothing magical about oil. Anointing with oil does not initiate the energizing of holy spirit power. This is a custom that the Hebrews practiced in their culture. 
James 5:16
16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. 
Is our flesh righteous? No! Our righteousness is in the new creation in us, the inner spiritual self. It is spiritual. This confession to one another is not a religious act, it is that we minister to each other and strengthen each other. 
James 5:17
17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. 18 Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit.
In this record in James, Elijah is given as a practical example, an illustration of one who prayed, with the result that spiritual power went into operation. This illustration applies to this context of prayer, here in James 5.
To the people raised in the Hebrew culture, this record of Elijah would be very familiar, and would communicate clearly to them. The word 'prayed' here in the Greek is the root of the word 'pray' used in Matthew 21:22, so these verses are referring to the same thing. Remember we are examining the Word to find out what kind of prayer this is that results in the invocation of spiritual power.
Lets briefly check the record of Elijah in 1 Kings 17 so we can see what James is referring to. 
1 Kings 17:1
1 Now Elijah the Tishbite, of Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab (the king of Israel), “As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, before whom I stand, there shall be neither dew nor rain these years (he did not say how many – but the length of time would be in years) , except by my word. (or 'except at the command of my word')”
Elijah communicated the promise of God which had been given to him. This record does not mention Elijah praying, but until he gives the command of his word there would be no rain. James says that he prayed and the rain stopped. At the time of 1 Kings 17:1, the rain had stopped; the spiritual power of God had been invoked by the words of Elijah. 
1 Kings 18:1
1 After many days the word of the Lord came to Elijah, in the third year, saying, “Go, show yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain upon the earth.”
They were close to the end of the three years and six months. Here God give Elijah word of wisdom and word of knowledge by the operation of holy spirit which was upon him. 
1 Kings 18:41
41 And Elijah said to Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink, for there is a sound of the rushing of rain.” 42 So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Mount Carmel. And he bowed himself down on the earth and put his face between his knees. 43 And he said to his servant, “Go up now, look toward the sea.” And he went up and looked and said, “There is nothing.” And he said, “Go again,” seven times. 44 And at the seventh time he said, “Behold, a little cloud like a man's hand is rising from the sea.” And he said, “Go up, say to Ahab, ‘Prepare your chariot and go down, lest the rain stop you.’” 45 And in a little while the heavens grew black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. And Ahab rode and went to Jezreel. 46 And the hand of the Lord was on Elijah, and he gathered up his garment and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel.
How did Elijah know what to pray for? How did he know when to pray? He knew because of revelation, word of knowledge and word of wisdom. God taught him what to pray for, how to pray, and when to pray.
This is the nature of prayer that the verses we examined are referring to, not prayer initiated in our flesh, by our senses! Remember Romans 8, that we have a weakness – we do not know what to pray for as we ought. It is by way of the operation of the gift of holy spirit that this weakness is overcome.
Revelation is one way in which we can know what to pray for according to the will of God. Then, as we move according to the word of wisdom, spiritual believing is energized, and God's will comes to pass.
So, back in James, the Elders are to pray for the sick, and the believers are to pray for each other. What kind of prayer is to be prayed? This prayer is according to the will of God, as he directs by the operation of the gift of holy spirit, word of knowledge, word of wisdom, and spiritual discernment. That is the kind of prayer which produces the spiritual power to bring deliverance to those in need.
Back in Matthew, what kind of prayer allows the believer to bring to pass the impossible at his command? The same kind of prayer as in James; prayer which God teaches by way of the operation of holy spirit. Then spiritual believing goes into operation and the impossible comes to pass. This is how we learn of the specific promises of God to us, or those we minister to. This is how these promises come to pass in our lives.
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Sons of Abraham – Isaac and Ishmael

The conflicts in the middle east and elsewhere in the world defy logic, reason and solution. This is an age old conflict which is spiritual in nature. Inappropriate, out of control rage seems to embroil most of the world. It is difficult to discern the causes of the conflict and ones role in that conflict. The angry trouble originates with the original two ancestors of the main protagonists, Isaac and Ishmael.

The origin of these two individuals are recorded in Genesis. The narrative here mainly reveals and emphasizes the causes of events. Initiation and causation would be lost if a simple sequential, historical narrative were recorded.

Genesis 21:8 – 13 (Net Bible)
8 The child (Isaac) grew and was weaned. Abraham prepared a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned. 9 But Sarah noticed the son of Hagar the Egyptian – the son whom Hagar had borne to Abraham – mocking. 10 So she said to Abraham, “Banish that slave woman and her son, for the son of that slave woman will not be an heir along with my son Isaac!”
11 Sarah’s demand displeased Abraham greatly because Ishmael was his son. 12 But God said to Abraham, “Do not be upset about the boy or your slave wife. Do all that Sarah is telling you because through Isaac your descendants will be counted. 13 But I will also make the son of the slave wife into a great nation, for he is your descendant too.”

The first battle between the Hebrews and Ishmaelites is recorded in verse 9. Ishmael, a young man, was molesting young boy (not a baby). The mother, Sarah, noticed. She was inspired by God to take action; after all, she knew the promises that God had made to Abraham. Sarah was a top spiritual woman in her time! Additionally, God backed up the words which she spoke, confirming them to Abraham. Sarah declared the will of God "…the son of that slave woman will not be an heir along with my son (of the promise) Isaac!" The Ishmaelites will not inherit the promise of Abraham. They are banished, separated from the promise, its blessing, and those that inherit.

Note what God says to Abraham regarding Ishmael – "…But I will also make the son of the slave wife into a great nation…" The nation of the Ishmaelites continues in the world today.

Jesus gives fresh insight into the significance of membership in the family of Abraham. For those who think their salvation is secured through their descent from Abraham (e.g. the Ishmaelites and unbelieving Hebrews), Jesus prophetically declares:

Matthew 3:8, 9
8 Therefore produce fruit that proves your repentance, 9 and don’t think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that God can raise up children for Abraham from these stones!

By Revelation from God, Paul declares God's confirmation of these things to the new sons of the promise who are grafted into the family tree through Christ Jesus:

Romans 9:6b – 8
6b For not all those who are descended from Israel are truly Israel, 7 nor are all the children Abraham’s true descendants; rather “through Isaac will your descendants be counted.” 8 This means it is not the children of the flesh (Ishmaelites and unbelieving Hebrews) who are the children of God; rather, the children of promise (Isaac, the believing Hebrews and those born again) are counted as descendants.


Galatians 3:13, 14
13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us (because it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”) 14 in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham would come to the Gentiles, so that we could receive the promise of the Spirit by faith.

We can KNOW (not doubt or question) we have received the blessing of Abraham and are counted among the children of promise. Our standing before God is confirmed every time we manifest that gift of holy spirit which is in every single person who is "born from above" or "born again".

The Ishmaelites are always so angry at us, no matter what we do. The spiritual cause for this is apparent as we have read. By revelation, the apostle Paul mentions the persecution as well:

Galatians 4:28 – 31
28 But you, brothers and sisters, are children of the promise like Isaac. 29 But just as at that time the one born by natural descent persecuted the one born according to the Spirit, so it is now. 30 But what does the scripture say? “Throw out the slave woman and her son, for the son of the slave woman will not share the inheritance with the son” of the free woman. 31 Therefore, brothers and sisters, we are not children of the slave woman but of the free woman.

If Jesus Christ is your savior and your director, then you are a child of promise like Isaac. Because of this, you continue to be persecuted by the one born by natural descent (Ishmaelites). Rest assured that they will not share in your inheritance!

2 Corinthians 4:15 – 18
15 For all these things are for your sake, so that the grace that is including more and more people may cause thanksgiving to increase to the glory of God. 16 Therefore we do not despair, but even if our physical body is wearing away, our inner person is being renewed day by day. 17 For our momentary, light suffering is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison 18 because we are not looking at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen. For what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.

The Bible verses are from the NET Bible,

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Giving Up Liberty

There are so many things that people want for free. Throughout history these desires have been manipulated in order to influence people to willingly give up their liberty. Ignorance is the cornerstone of slavery. So the first thing that must be destroyed is any real and effective educational system.

Three Deceptions

The first illusion and deception that has to be accepted is that what you desire can be obtained for free.

The next deception which must be accepted is the devaluation of liberty. Liberty is only obtained with great sacrifice – it is priceless! Nothing can compare to liberty and yet so many would embrace slavery to obtain what they think they want. To live a life of liberty is to embrace self control and self responsibility.
To accomplish this devaluation, liberty must be replaced with something else. Liberty is now replaced with the right, the lust to do whatever you want (unbridled, out of control passion) without consequence.

The third deception is that the government or some other entity can fulfill your desire. They will claim that they can, but what is actually produced is not what was desired.

If you desire public safety (no need to defend yourself, product, food, medical, job safety), you will pay with your liberty
– you will not be safe
If you desire guaranteed elimination of all risk (business, medical, financial, etc.), you will pay with your liberty
– life will continue to be "risky"; no guaranteed outcome for your decisions
If you desire free health care for all, you will pay with your liberty
– you will not have the health care you imagined or need
If you desire equality for all (in all things), you will pay with your liberty
– you will not have equality as some will be more equal than others
If you desire free (college) education for all, you will pay with your liberty
– you will continue to be ignorant
If you desire a guaranteed "living wage", you will pay with your liberty
– you will not obtain that wage as these jobs will not exist
If you desire guaranteed employment, you will pay with your liberty
– you will not obtain the job that you wanted

When slavery was legal in America, the slaves had the following:
-Guaranteed housing
-Guaranteed jobs
-Free job training
-Equal wages for both men and women
-Free health care

This is the kind of life which is offered in exchange for your liberty.

Finally, if you want full equality in all things, there is only one place where that exists. The grave is the only place where full equality will ever be found.

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An Introduction to “Walking by the Spirit”

In the simplest terms, "walking by the spirit" is a term which expresses conducting ones life by the abilities and power imparted by holy spirit. Holy spirit is obtained when anyone becomes "born from above"; acknowledging Jesus Christ as Lord (boss, director, single authority). This acknowledgment recognizes that the living God, his father, raised him from the dead. Anyone who arrives at that point in their life have done so in response to the action of holy spirit in their life. That is all that is required to receive the gift of holy spirit with all its benefits and responsibilities.
The God and father of Jesus Christ is holy and He is spirit. Receiving the gift of holy spirit is receiving the presence and life of God. Scripture refers to as this as "Christ in You" because it imparts to you (and all the brothers and sisters in Christ) the same ability and authority as Christ has; it is available because of the accomplishments of Jesus Christ. 
Scripture also expresses that there is an "old self" of the flesh and a "new self" of the spirit. Building upon the concept of "Christ in You", each believer has the "mind of Christ". With this power from God, the old physical self has been transformed into a new spiritual self with a new nature, new abilities and a new identity. Because of the presence of God in you, you have the ability to act as an agent of God in the same manner as Jesus Christ did.
Just as a baby has all the abilities to function and grow in the physical realm as a human being, you have all the abilities to function and grow spiritually, with the presence of God in you! Just as a baby physically grows, develops and matures, so you can spiritually grow, develop and mature.
If this is so, then why don't people automatically manifest the power of God with more effectiveness? Why don't people manifest the deliverance that such power imparts? There are three aspects to the answer. 
First, the systems of the world (especially religion) have taught and deceived people to ignore the spiritual side of life. People have been deceived into stunting their growth. The systems of this world (especially religion) work with deception and error to impart spiritual bondage, blindness and slumber to all. The systems of this world (especially religion) are designed to detect whenever a person is walking by the spirit of God. When such a person is detected, pernicious spiritual pressure is applied to shut down the Godly spiritual energizing in that person, or to limit their effectiveness. 
Second, people are taught and deceived to ignore the effects of holy spirit. It often requires spiritual perception to be able to perceive the operation of the spirit of God. Although people are walking by the spirit and the spirit of God is moving in and around us, all are deceived to be blind to this reality. The spirits of blindness and slumber, which infect the religious realms, work hard to keep all from seeing anything Godly.
Third, the systems of this world (especially religion) teach and deceive with a multitude of errors regarding what it is to walk by the spirit and what to expect. People are deceived with errors regarding godliness, prosperity, deliverance and the power of God.
The single most effective deception which stunts spiritual growth and limits spiritual effectiveness is sin consciousness and self condemnation. Self condemnation is engendered and fostered by religious legalism. Religion and religious legalism is antithetical to walking by the spirit of God.
Regardless of working of the systems of this world and the spiritual forces arrayed against the agents of God, walking by the spirit continues to be an available reality to all those who desire to function and live through Christ for the living God.
In our culture, we are taught that life is like cooking food; we are taught that success is as simple as finding and applying the correct recipe. This concept is a life-wasting simplistic deception which ignores the spiritual side of life. Walking by the spirit is not learned or performed by recipe. Don't waste time or energy in the unfruitful search for recipes! 
No book can teach how to snow ski; a book cannot teach a baby to walk. No book can teach how to walk by the spirit. What a book (or epistle or blog) can do is to introduce spiritual ideas and concepts which are needed in order to walk by the spirit. This is similar to what the epistle of I John does.
As an agent of God, who walks by the spirit, your purpose is to represent God and bring forth his will in your life, his will in the lives of those around you and his will in the physical realm. The agent of God manifests God's love in order to love others in the manner in which God desires for them to be loved. The wisdom and power of God is required to enable his agent to accomplish his will. 



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How Do You Know?

Question: How do you know that there is a God or that Jesus Christ is His son, who is the messiah? How do you know the truth of these things? I have heard the essence of this question asked on numerous occasions. All the harassing religious noise that would drown out the truth makes it a challenge to separate the truth from all the lies and counterfeits. This may be challenging for people, but it is not challenging for God.
As was reported in "It's Not Rational!", belief in God is not rational – there is no empirical evidence that proves the existence of God. This may be a problem for people, but it is not a problem for God.
The prerequisites for knowing for sure (no further doubt or questioning) that Jesus Christ is the son of God and what he teaches is the truth are simple:
  • Be taught of God. No one can even approach Jesus Christ unless the ability to approach is given by God. This ability is given as  part of the instructions from God. Note that it is not efforts or words from other people, or from religion that makes the difference. It is the instruction from God that makes it possible to approach Jesus Christ. It is in this process that you come to know that there is one true God.
  • Have a deep desire for a close relationship with God – no further separation.
  • Have a desire to know and perform what God wills; your own will is secondary.
Note that there is not one prerequisite here that has anything to do with religion or religious doctrines, the fear of hell, or whatever. God must draw you to his son; no one else can accomplish this task.
Those who come to acknowledge Jesus Christ as God's son, the first man raised from the dead, and that this man is now their superior, get to skip any pending judgment. You can skip the judgment that religion promotes so rabidly. No, that is not in the future for those who trust in Jesus Christ, for they have already passed from death to life.
This should really simplify things. "Knowing for sure" is personal, it is between you and God; the way it should be!
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“Christian” Religion and Culture

Having lived in a missionary family, I can provide first hand testimony to the typical actions of the missionaries from America in the 20th century. There are books written of missionaries from other countries and denominations which give similar testimonies. One such book is "The Small Woman" by Alan Burgess, ISBN 1-56849-184-0.
The typical work of an American missionary is to westernize the culture of the people they are sent to. This culture change is not done in addition to preaching the gospel, the western culture is held forth as the gospel. This issue was often the topic of conversation at the dinner table. The western (American) culture is viewed as how one is to live the gospel. It is sad that this belief has resulted in the rejection of the gospel in so many countries. Christianity is held in great disrepute in the world because of the attempt to denigrate and change the culture of people in other countries.
American Christian religious organizations typically view their culture and country as a Christian culture and country. This religious culture, its norms and ethical values are viewed as the manner in which one is to live if one is a Christian. The government is viewed as originally established as a Christian government, founded on Christian principles. There is the belief that it exists to promote and protect the Christian religious organizations and culture. This is one reason why the religious public is so obsessed with politics and the protection of religious behavior in the public spaces of this country. Many religious Christians fear that if the government does not behave according to their religious cultural norms and ethics, that their God will punish the country.
Christianity, as established and delivered to us in the 1st century, began as a strictly Hebrew sect. It rapidly spread to the Gentiles of that day. It is noteworthy that the beliefs of this new sect were incorporated into the Gentile culture, which did not change significantly. In both the Hebrew culture and the Gentile culture, this sect was virtually invisible. It did not establish any type of institution, leadership hierarchy, or any other trappings typical of religion. This is the genius of the mature body of Christ that was established in the first century.
As is typical of most Christian religions, the Bible is used to legitimize their organizations, policies, procedures and beliefs. However, the vast majority of these beliefs cannot be justified by the Bible. So it is with the Christian religious culture.
As it is well documented in Acts 15, there was a push by some Hebrews to force the Gentile believers to become observant Jews. There was an insistence that these Gentiles change their culture. This issue was dealt with, once and for all, by all the Hebrew believers assembled in Jerusalem. The decision was made that the Gentiles would not be required to change their culture. A change in culture would not be Godly or scriptural. A letter was written to the Gentiles to comfort and strengthen them in this regard.
Acts 15:23 – 29 (NET Bible)
15:23 From the apostles and elders, your brothers, to the Gentile brothers and sisters in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia, greetings! 15:24 Since we have heard that some have gone out from among us with no orders from us and have confused you, upsetting your minds by what they said, 15:25 we have unanimously decided to choose men to send to you along with our dear friends Barnabas and Paul, 15:26 who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15:27 Therefore we are sending Judas and Silas who will tell you these things themselves in person. 15:28 For it seemed best to the Holy Spirit and to us not to place any greater burden on you than these necessary rules: 15:29 that you abstain from meat that has been sacrificed to idols and from blood and from what has been strangled and from sexual immorality. If you keep yourselves from doing these things, you will do well. Farewell. 

Note the language and what it does not say. It does not use the word "obligation" or "salvation". It does not threaten them with hellfire or anything of the sort.

Paul follows through with this decision in his work, declaring by revelation that in Christ there is no race, gender or social status. These things have no spiritual significance! This does not mean that we ignore our Hebrew roots. In Romans Paul is careful to teach that the "root" (the Hebrews) support the "branches" (the Gentiles). We must be cognizant of our Hebrew roots if we are to begin to understand our new relationship with God and each other.
The American Christian religious culture is NOT and has NEVER been a Christian culture. The Christian religious beliefs and organizations have more in common with the ancient Greek and Roman pagans than they do with the believers of the first century!
We never had a Christian government. Our government has no obligation to protect or promote religious expression in public. It was never formed for that purpose. Just as it would be inappropriate for our government to enforce sharia law, it is inappropriate for it to enforce the laws and obligations of any other religion; that includes any current "Christian" religion.
As it has always done, religion continues to be one of the vicious, negative influences in the world, stirring up trouble where there is none. 
Christianity was never meant to be a religion; in truth it is a faith without religion. This faith is to set people free from fear so that they can live as never before; they can love as never before. 
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Science and Society

Recently a question was asked on Google+ about climate change; what is the motivation behind this scientific hoax? The following is a possible answer.
Ever since the first governments and religions came into being, there has been a tense power struggle between these two entities. In these times, the influence of religion is all but gone. Science has begun to fill this vacuum provided by the absence of religion. 
With the production of the atomic bomb, scientists began to question the idea that the politicians should be in charge of this very real power. Knowledge is power! Who produces this knowledge? Science! Why should the scientists be treated as invisible, irrelevant servants of the government? Thus was born the ambition to wield the power inherent in scientific knowledge. This ambition has rapidly degraded to a standard lust for power.
Science has some institutional flaws; it does not have an institutional place in society as religion does; it does not have a source of funding which is independent from government. Science does not have a revered source of morals or ethicals; it does not have the institutional means to wield power. Like governments and religions of old, government and science have become codependent social entities.
An unbridled lust for power, coupled with an absence of ethics and morality, leads to an inescapable justification of "the end justifies the means".
This brings us to the scientific prevarication that has become known as (among other things) "climate change". Governments are in a world wide campaign to undo the advances of individual freedom achieved in the 20th century. They must convince an increasingly ignorant public to give up their freedom for a compelling "good reason". This "good reason" is supplied by science; "become a slave or the planet (and you) will die". 
Government supplies the funding, science provides validation services for the cooked data. Science has the opportunity to provide the policy recommendations which result in the enslavement of the masses. Both government and science share the money, power and influence.
More questions:
What should the role of science in a free society? How can this role be practically realized?
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It’s Not Rational!

Lately, I have been involved in some discussions with a variety of people, ranging from the religious, to atheists. The subjects under consideration were basically spiritual in nature. There was a diversity of opinion offered in these discussions. Some became emotional;  differences of opinion on these subjects can be perceived as a personal threat. For the most part, spiritual wisdom was not well received or understood.In our culture, some of the factors which contribute to secular beliefs are Reason, Rationalism and Empiricism.

Religious belief is mainly formed by teaching of religious traditions, opinions and theories which may or may not be influenced by reason, rationalism and empiricism.
Discussions of ideas and beliefs among people assume that the people participating are logical, reasonable, rational people. However this is mainly a false assumption.
The information contained in the Bible, as originally imparted, is spiritual in nature. It describes the religious and secular traditions, beliefs, practices, teachings, knowledge and wisdom as "the wisdom of this world". "World wisdom" is acquired through the senses, via "…the spirit of the world." The religious seek mystical signs and religious experiences in the physical realm; the educated seek senses based wisdom.
God states that the wisdom of this world has failed; it cannot perceive or even ascertain him. You cannot acquire a knowledge of God by way of rationalism, empiricism, or religion. Thus it is irrational to believe in God, the creator of the universe, the Father of Jesus Christ; this belief is absolute foolishness, according to the standards of the world.
Only the spirit of (or from) God knows God. We who are spiritual have received this spirit from God so that we may know and understand all that God has lavished upon us. When speaking of spiritual matters and truths, we speak  truth taught to us by the spirit. An unspiritual person refuses that which is spiritual as it is foolishness to him or her; they are not able to grasp spiritual matters as they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual person is able to discern all spiritual matters and wisdom. 
Thus it is unreasonable to expect unspiritual religious and secular people to receive or understand spiritual matters or truth. Spiritual wisdom is completely irrational; the unspiritual literally do not have the capacity to receive this wisdom or knowledge. No amount of reason or logic will enable an unspiritual person to know God.
Yet, it is necessary to continue to speak truth taught by the spirit in order to find those who are called by God. It is necessary to continue to speak in order to strengthen those who are called, so that they can come to a knowledge of the truth. This is an expression of God's love for the world.
One major, fundamental spiritual concept which the religious and secularists have difficulty with is our redemption which Jesus Christ earned for us. 
Due to religious influences, the secularist is quick to deny the existence of sin. However, through death, our savior destroyed the power of death and delivered all who were subject to lifelong slavery through the fear of death. Death is the wages of sin; sin is separation from God. The free gift of God, among other things, is eternal life through Jesus Christ. The concepts in this paragraph are spiritual in nature, they are spiritually discerned. Now, the secularists who live by empiricism, cannot deny death, nor can they embrace any form of life after death as that would involve believing in something without any evidence.
The religious will undoubtedly affirm some form of the free gift of God, mentioned above. However the religious doctrines, teachings and behaviors all stand in denial of God's free gift. An aspect of this gift is that God made sure that the body of our sin was crucified with Christ. Furthermore, through one mans action, death ruled; all were condemned through that one man. So, the act of righteousness by one man leads to justification and life for all. 
Justification is a legal judicial verdict – the charges against us were dismissed because Jesus Christ paid the penalty; he became our substitute. There is no further judgment for those who accept the free gift of God; the charges have been dismissed! Now (it has already happened) we have been given the righteousness of God through Jesus Christ. All this is nonsense to the religious adherents whose thinking is saturated with the wisdom of the world. These are spiritual concepts which are spiritually discerned and understood. There is no mystical sign or religious experience to confirm the accomplishments of Jesus Christ and render them understandable to the mind that is set on the world.
The religious discuss religion, the secularists discuss rationalism and empiricism. Don't be surprised when they cannot seem to comprehend the irrational spiritual truths that God has made available.
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More on Positive Thinking

The previous posting on "positive thinking" was rather critical. My wonderful wife recently introduced me to a woman on Youtube who is an example of the appropriate application of positive thinking. (The link to my wife's posting on Google+ can be found at the end of this post.)


The womans name is Lizzie Velasquez. She is faced with almost insurmountable challenges, yet she has endured to have a successful life. No, she has not overcome her challenges, she has succeeded in spite of them. Even though it was not fair, Lizzie chose to change; she directed the changes in her thinking and attitude. The challenges of her life were not allowed to direct these changes. The development of her thinking and attitude shaped the actions she took as a result. This is important – thinking and attitude will do nothing for you if there is no action.
See the following link to a video presentation by Lizzie Velasquez:
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