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earthenvessel

Tom: I'm sure at least one of your readers will scoff, ridicule or take issue with some of the last two paragraphs of this post. Alas, just another sign of the times, as foretold, "For you know this first, that in the last days there will come ridiculers with their ridicule, proceeding according to their own desires and saying: "Where is this promised presence of his? Why, from the day our forefathers fell asleep in death, all things are continuing exactly as from creation's beginning." - 2 Peter 3:3,4. We know man's attempt at self-rule has been a fiasco, but only those who are humble enough and intellectually honest, will acknowledge that fact and concede that God alone has the right to rule this earth by his appointed king, Christ Jesus. It's obvious that's why Jesus himself referred to his real disciples as sheep as opposed to goats, given the independent, self-willed and combative nature of goats compared to sheep, who listen to the voice of the shepherd and follow him wherever he goes. Proud, haughty and arrogant individuals never will. Thanks Tom, for such an encouraging, insightful, and thought-provoking blog. I hope it helps sincere, honest- hearted individuals recognize the truth and want to learn more.

Dave

Yes Tom, you have touched on something I find rather bizarre. When you say:
"But it (religion) buys into the overall structure of the world, it's division into nations, it's faith in human self-rule....ingredients which inevitably produces the symptoms it deplores."
They haven't grasped the point that "friendship with the world means enmity with God" and blindly follow the crowd apparently oblivious to what the bible says about it.

I also find that media coverage of disturbing news events is also rather bizarre.
Watching the late news immediately following a drama about some sicko mass murderer, and the announcer reads the news which sounds much like the program that's just screened. One is fiction, the other is a real event. The news reader sounds like they're having difficulty reading the details of the story and yet the very same TV network serves up this kind of stuff as 'entertainment' daily.
Don't they see the connection between the 2? Are they not in some way contributing to the problem?

tom sheepandgoats

Dave: "and the announcer reads the news which sounds much like the program that's just screened" yeah. well put.

E.V. Thanks also for your contribution. Sometimes pride is a personal matter, sometimes it is more pride in human accomplishments, and not especially personal. Sometimes a stand is largely fueled by shortcomings of conventional religions. It takes many forms. Sigh.....I'll know more when I've learned to ditch it altogether myself.

TJ

A very poignant post, Tom. Everyday you can find people with agendas attacking God for the biblical accounts of him bringing destruction down upon a certain city, but then they'll turn around upon an event like this and attack him for not doing anything.

As you said, this goes to the very root of *the* issue, the very theme of the Bible. Do we want God's total sovereignty over mankind, a rule that was rejected by man in Eden, or not?

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