Submitted by NewOldSalt on Mon, May 10, 2010 - 4:08 am
I was watching a video interpretation of Genesis a few days ago and something struck me which hasn't before.
We're told that God commanded Adam and Eve "not to eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil." [Genesis 2:17]
Since, at that point, they had not eaten from it, it only makes sense they had no understanding — no knowledge — of good and evil. And since they did not understand right or wrong — good and evil — how can their eating the fruit be sinful?
Submitted by NewOldSalt on Thu, Apr 1, 2010 - 11:12 pm
I, for one, can not say I'm interested in hearing of people's sexual exploits or interests. I don't ask for that information, but it is sometimes volunteered to me. For the most part, it is not exactly breaking news to me. But I do my best to follow the Golden Rule and treat others with the respect I would like to be treated with. Generally I just change the subject.
Submitted by NewOldSalt on Sun, Sep 13, 2009 - 2:04 am
Isn't it ironic that so many people who mistakenly take Cain's indignant statement to God—"am I my brother's keeper?"—as though it was a command, seem to be the very ones shouting the loudest against an intelligent and compassionate healthcare system, like every other modern society has? One that is more interested in keeping people healthy and fixing ills quickly versus making executives rich and enriching their shareholders? Isn't this so much bigger than a miniscule portion of the population seeking enormous financial gain from driving so many to bankruptcy?
Submitted by NewOldSalt on Sun, Sep 6, 2009 - 1:51 am
Why are so many people who call themselves Christians so busy looking for the anti-Christ?
It's it written in Revelation (ch. 11-13), foretold by Yeshua/Jesus (Matt 17, Mark 9, Luke 1), and alluded to in the Old Testament (Malachi 4) that Elijah returns and preaches before the anti-Christ shows up.
But I don't hear one word about Christians trying to see who is "the Elijah who is to come" (see Matt, Mark, Luke refs. above) or figuring out from scripture what he might say or do.
Submitted by NewOldSalt on Sun, Apr 5, 2009 - 6:18 pm
This is a quick essay to itemize the various passages in the Bible where people talk about gifts from God. Passages attributed to God, the prophets, and Jesus are included.
Basically, I wrote this in part to show that God only gives good things. But not only that, I wanted to show that what God gives, lasts for eternity! Here is a list of the concepts I think it’s important to keep in mind:
Submitted by NewOldSalt on Sun, Apr 5, 2009 - 5:25 pm
It seems like the past few decades more and more people mention “the end of the world.” But what does that mean? Frankly, it’s pretty vague. This essay will, I hope, provide you with some food for thought, some questions, and some refinement on the whole notion.
I will analyze as many scientific and religious reasons as I can think of. However, in this first installment, I mainly analyze the possibilities from a scientific perspective.
Submitted by NewOldSalt on Sun, Dec 21, 2008 - 5:25 pm
Today I updated the introduction to a collection of writings I titled, "Worship God."
I provided a bit more clarity for those who are interested in immediate answers, and at the risk of making it sound like it was an X-Step Program, I put numbers in front of the main ideas. Just trying to make it easier to read, as well as pointing out how simple it is! :-)
Submitted by NewOldSalt on Sun, Sep 21, 2008 - 8:33 pm
Today's essay was sent by anonymous reader "LL." (We have been asked to clarify the initials are not those of LL Bean, L.L. Bean, or LL Cool J.)
Below is the unedited version:
Hello, Thank You for Taking the Time to Read My Letter
Hello, and thank you for taking the time to read my letter. I am distraught and in anguish. Many of my friends are former friends, and their children dislike me, I feel like they have the wrong impression of me.
Submitted by NewOldSalt on Tue, Sep 9, 2008 - 2:54 pm
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
Proverbs 9:10 (New International Version)
I open with that Proverb because today's little essay is about fearful things. The United States of America is entering an election season, so I thought it would be appropriate to quote some strong passages from Isaiah about leadership.
Submitted by NewOldSalt on Thu, Jun 12, 2008 - 5:32 am
My Simple Beliefs About God
Welcome to the somewhat updated list of what I think about God.
I have attempted to target this list to everyone, a tall order. It is for people of any religion and many ages. Comment below if you would like.
There is a God. There is only ONE Most High God. Others may appear to have God-like powers, but there is only One God Almighty.
God is consistent, does not lie, does not contradict himself. [Luke 11:17]
God is only good. [Luke 11:11-13, Matthew 5:44]
God shows love to everyone, whether they deserve it or not, kind folks and mean. [Matthew 5:45, 1 John 4:7-11]
A few statements about what displeases God:
God does not want people to take revenge on others. [Deuteronomy 32:35, Romans 12:17-21]
God is not glad when mean people die. [Ezekiel 18:23, Ezekiel 33:11] However, God enjoys it when people make up their minds to repent, and follow through, repaying for the mean they have done. [Matthew 4:17]
A few statements with regard to evil:
God did not create evil.
God does not promote evil (meanness, lies, pain, suffering, etc...).
God's good may be dealt a blow by evil, but God's good is the ultimate winner.