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An invitation to Wisdom’s Banquet
Wisdom sends out preachers of the gospel, all over the world, with a message that promises life, understanding, a fulfillment of all that is lacking. What is most often the response?
The words of verse 7:
He who reproves a scorner gets to himself shame; and he who rebukes a wicked man gets himself a blot
And verse 8:
Reprove not a scorner lest he hate you: rebuke a wise man and he will love you.
Now of course common sense is needed: this does not mean we should go around criticizing people to determine who they are by their reaction. This verse is really talking about how people react to righteous teaching, their reaction to it reveals whether a person is wise or is a wicked scorner.
A person who is already wise will improve, becoming wiser, they will be teachable, and will learn from their mistakes. A wicked scorner is unteachable, never learns from mistakes, has no desire for righteousness. As a result, they will get worse and worse.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
Song to set the tone:
I was inspired by a post I read recently; I linked to it at the end. Sheila’s post started me thinking about what it means to be open minded. The dictionary defines it as “willing to consider new ideas; unprejudiced”
To me, that sounds like true open mindedness means that a person will open the door to new ideas and not be offended when someone presents ideas that are directly opposite from what they believe.
Has that ever happened? Have people ever been able to put aside their differences and accomplish something worthwhile?
The United Nations
I thought about the United Nations and decided to study the history of the United Nations to see what that organization has been able to accomplish.
The United Nations was established on October 24, 1945. The purpose of the UN, as stated in its charter:
“to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war,…to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights,…to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, and to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom.”
It’s now the year 2018. The UN has been in existence for 73 years. We still have war in the world. People are still oppressed by evil totalitarian governments. People are still starving, dying, being gang raped and living in fear. Children are still be murdered for any reason or no reason. Terrorist activity continues. The world is more dangerous now than it was in 1945. The UN has failed in its stated purpose.
The United States of America
The stated purpose of the US Constitution:
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
Are our streets safe? Are we protecting our “posterity” meaning our offspring or are we killing more babies than we are allowing to be born? Are we protecting children or allowing children to be sexualized at increasingly younger ages? The children aren’t safe. Are women safe, when there are so many cases of women being raped and murdered in broad daylight, and people around just go about their business because they feel it does not effect them. Those women are someone’s child, they may be someone’s wife, mother, sister. Do you think it couldn’t happen to someone in your family? Women aren’t safe in public and with the rate of domestic violence, many of them are not safe in their own homes.
Are men safe? Not if they are a police officer, they’re not. So who exactly IS safe in this country that seeks to “to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity,”
Islam seems pretty successful in their stated purpose to force everyone to convert or die. They seem very unified and successful in their purpose, but they are not trying to promote peace, liberty, or freedom. I think that being successfully evil is still a fail.
Most people believe that Buddhism started in India around the 6th century BC. In a nutshell, Buddhists worship Buddha and are trying to achieve Nirvana by doing good deeds and not doing bad deeds. Salvation by works, and they have no way of knowing if they are succeeding or not. As an aside, I asked an acquaintance who is a Buddhist, what he knows about Siddhartha. He told me that there so many Buddhist bloodlines that it is impossible to keep track of them all. Siddhartha was the birth name of Buddha himself, so it is a little confusing how a Buddhist could not know that. Anyway, I’m not aware of Buddhists doing anything to make the world safer for anyone outside of Buddhism, if you know of any examples, I would like to hear about them.
I don’t know of any contributions that Wiccans have made to society, other than a very popular and long running TV show that I used to watch with my mother, Wiccans seem to mostly keep to themselves and aren’t doing anything to promote safety or liberty for non Wiccans.
As a whole, it has been my experience that most religious people, of every religion, are narrow minded and bigoted.
The (so called) Christian (Hodge Podge)
I’m not religious. I do my best to follow the teachings of Christ. He promoted equality for women; several of his followers were women. He valued children, so much so that he told his followers that whoever was not pure and innocent as a child, would not get into Heaven.
I have no delusions about the failures of Christians. In some ways, so called Christians are worse than Muslims because at least the Muslims aren’t trying to hide who they are, or making a secret of their agenda.
Gandhi once said he seriously considered becoming a Christian, but changed his mind when he saw that Christians were nothing like their Christ.
I call it the Hodge Podge because there are so many divisions, factions, denominations: there are Pentecostals, Baptists, Lutherans, Methodists, Episcopalians, etc, all claiming their personal beliefs and interpretation of the Bible is the only one. Oh, and many make their living from selling salvation, healing, blessing, etc. No wonder the world mocks the church.
The Catholic Church
The Catholic Church has been guilty of great evil, both in the past, and currently. However, there are good Catholics, just like there are good people in every religion. There are also evil people in every religion. That doesn’t mean the religion is evil. Christ is not a reflection of the people who claim to follow him. The people who follow him are supposed to be a reflection of him, but that is rarely the case.
Religion fails because the followers become corrupted and evil. People fail, religion fails, opinions fail. Truth doesn’t fail, and Christ doesn’t fail. I expect though, to hear from all the open minded and tolerant people who disagree with me.
What is open mindedness in practice?
It is being able to peacefully coexist with people who believe differently from you without being hateful, vengeful, spiteful or sarcastic towards them about it. This doesn’t include being tolerant of crime or harming of other people. A follower of Christ who shares his faith with other people, and expresses faith in what the Bible teaches, is not harming anyone by those actions alone. If what they are saying is untrue, about Christ and Hell, why do the same people who say they don’t believe that, get angry about it? What’s there to make you angry? That’s not “cramming religion down your throat” if someone threatens you to force you to convert, that is forcing religion down your throat. Hell is not a threat, it’s a reality. Every religion has the concept of hell.
Open mindedness and tolerance wouldn’t belittle another religion with out finding out why they believe what they believe. It’s only self righteous and bigoted people who get angry at people who believe differently than them.
Cooperation means people of different viewpoints come together to create something, it doesn’t mean that the so called weakest one should be bullied into changing their view point. That is NOT unity, that’s forced conformity. The ONLY time that has ever happened was when Jesus walked the earth. He never rejected anyone, except religious hypocrite
An honest look at history will show that there has never been perfect unity, except in Jesus’ example. People throughout history have forced conformity on people, disguising it as unity.
This doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t try for true unity; we should try, even it is not perfect.
Original post link at the end
So you say that the owner of Publix gave into this extortion? Why? The stores are private property, and the owner has the right to legally remove protestors from inside the store.
“Private property owners can control what happens on their property and may prevent people from protesting on their land. However, adjoining public property, such as streets and sidewalks, may provide an appropriate alternate venue.”
I linked to the original post at the end. Just another example of the war against free speech. If Alex Jones is such a liar then why don’t they ignore him? The very fact that the powers that be are so up in arms, is very telling.
Prince Harry, the one who had the courage to go over and fight the Terrorists, will be the King of England, and drive them out–not the ones who have allowed the Terrorists to overrun their country.
Drag me to Hell is a horror movie I saw a while back. Basically the main character is cursed by a gypsy woman who come to the bank where the main character, Christina, works, looking for an extension on her loan. Christina refuses to give her the extension, though the old women begs. Finally, it is clear that Christina is unmoved by her pleading, the gypsy woman puts a curse on her. Bad things begin happening to Christina immediately.
She spends the rest of the movie trying everything she can think of to find a way to end this curse. None of it works. All of her efforts just make the problem worse. Toward the end, she tried to get rid of the curse by passing it on to someone else, so that the person she “gifts” will get trapped in Hell, in Christina’s place. It does not work, and she realizes, too late, that she will have to pay the penalty for her sin, and in the final scene, as the title of the movie says, she is dragged down to Hell.
The movie unintentionally portrays a graphic reality. This is not just a Hollywood fiction. Every human being ever born has been born under a curse. With one bright shining exception. The world knows it–that’s wny Hollywood makes movies like this. People know they are sinners, deep down, they know they are on the way to Hell, and they know Hell is horrible. They try everything they can think of to get rid of their sin, to no avail. Everything they try only makes the problem worse. The only thing they won’t try, the thing they ignore, if that one bright shining exception, the sinless one who dies in innocence, to pay for the guilt of another. The one who willingly said, “yes, I will take that curse from you, I will take it upon myself, and I will exhaust it, because though I descend into Hell itself, on your behalf, Hell cannot hold Me.” Jesus said “No man takes my life from me, I lay it down, and I will take it up again.”
If you go to Hell it is because you chose to ignore your only way out, by the efforts of another, and chose to try to do, on your own, what is impossible for you. You are owned by the devil, and you have nothing with which to offer to redeem your soul. Christ has redeemed your soul, but if you reject Him and His sacrifice, there is no other sacrifice.
This doesnn’t say you should never co-sign for somoen, but it is a caution saying that if you do, you will likely end up paying your friends debt.
I have heard it said that diligence and hard work can make up for lack of talent and lack of opportunities. There are many stories of talented people who did not make the most of their talents, or thought they could succeed on talent alone and were not diligent in doing the mundane tasks required to be successful. Here is an example.
My husband and I recently watched the movie “Founder” about Ray Kroc, the man who (supposedly) founded McDonalds. Actually, the original idea and the name came from two brothers, who built the original one, a hamburger stand in San Bernardino, California.
When Ray Kroc met the McDonald brothers, he was a travelling salesman, selling mixers out of his trunk. The McDonald brothers ordered eight mixers from him. He is excited by this, because he has been having a streak of rejections in trying to sell these mixers.
Ray drives to San Bernardino to meet the McDonald brothers in person. While he is there, he orders lunch and is pleasantly surprised at how fast the food arrives, and how good it is; especially compared to other drive in restaurants he ate at on the road, where the food took nearly an hour, and it was wrong, when it did arrive. After the brothers give Ray the tour, he is really impressed, and wants in on the operation. I won’t spoil the rest of the story for you, if you haven’t seen it, but here is what I took away from this story….
You begin to see Ray Kroc’s determination to succeed on his own terms. At this point in the movie, he is a visionary who sees that McDonald’s has the potential to be hugely successful, throughout America, and he sets out to make it happen. Now he doesn’t have much cash flow up to this point, he is just a guy selling mixers out of his trunk. His diligence however, overcomes the lack of funds, and lack of opportunity, that’s the first obstacle.
Next obstacle is discouragement from the person closest to him–his wife. She sees that he has not been very successful with the mixer business, and she remembers his string of failed businesses before that. So discouraging voices around him and past failures, could have been the second and third hindrances, but he doesn’t allow them to stop him. Facts aren’t always truth, and the past does not always determine the future.
The next hindrance is that the people holding the purse strings are holding him and the franchise back from full potential, because of fear. So Ray has a choice here–is he going to stay fearful and cautious, or is he going to step out in boldness and accomplish what could be–will he step out of what’s comfortable, to begin something bigger and better?
That is the fourth and fifth obstacle–separating yourself from people who don’t share your vision, aligning yourself with those who do, and moving out of your comfort zone to accomplish greater things that benefit many people, not just you.
Matthew 12: 7-8
“But f you had known (known in your heart–which is far more valuable, than head knowledge, in my opinion) What this means, I will have mercy, not sacrifice, you would not have condemned the guiltless.”
Happy joyful people are those who understand mercy–it has been extended to them, and they have understood and appropriated it, not just once, but on an ongoing basis. It has become part of them–mercy lives in their spirit and soul, so they are able to extend mercy to others. They don’t go around judging, gossiping, condemning other people. Understanding mercy makes a happy, joyful soul, and helps to solve a lot of problems that might other wise make a person miserable. Better by far to be Christ focused, instead of problem focused.
Sometimes people can become bitter and miserable because the mercy they extend has been misunderstood–the person they showed mercy to either takes advantage of them because they don’t understand mercy and perceives it as weakness, or the person is suspicious and goes on the defensive and launches a passive-aggressive attack.
That can make a person bitter, and turn them into one of those other two types, but it doesn’t have to be that way–it is a series of choices. If they are Christ centered, and continue to choose to stay that way, instead of being problem centered, it won’t happen–they won’t become bitter, suspicious and defensive. This doesn’t mean you will never get your feelings hurt, just don’t let it change your center, and your focus. If you don’t stay Christ centered, those problem circumstances WILL erode your faith and make you bitter, and cause you to turn to something other than Christ for answers.
Jesus’ words are simple, and yet full of wisdom. Simple, so that everyone could understand them. He never wasted words, and he never wasted any opportunity to teach. He was, and is, Master and Shepard. He did not come as a Scholar, though His was the greatest human mind in all of human history. He was the King of Kings, but he appeared as a carpenter’s Son, but in reality he was and is The Son of God. Jesus was a quiet mature person (Mt 12:20) but as a man, he was fully human, and had personal preferences like everyone else–he preferred certain of his disciples though He chose them all, and he was closest to John.