I am trying to figure out what happened to Linda Thompson (is she still alive?) and Waco over on that other post and you are asking me questions I don’t know the answer too: Specific answers to vague (in my mind) concepts.
First of all, I have been inspired in the past to ask you, do you not read all of my words before you start replying? Do you read 1 page or 1 sentence of a book and try to construct a whole book of words around that page or that sentence?
When I am writing, I am in someway building a thought and it takes all of my words to get the whole meaning of the thought I am trying ever so poorly to convey. I just want you to know, I read all of your words before I start typing. Then I reread as I type.
So, I am thinking that we got the “it” problem solved, and this is the first unresolved issue:
“To me the concept of "importance" is based upon the concept of morality which is based upon the concept of life being good, and since I am human, then human life is good, and worth reproducing for as long as humanly possible: so nothing can be more important unless there is a better species to replace our failed one, and I'm not on that bus yet.”
Having to do with: "It would be an outpouring of the Spirit of God. It would spread like fire. What could be more important?"
I was contrasting the casualness by which Christians approach the need for God to intervene in comparison with being too busy with the mundane/unimportant things of life.
Your concept of morality having to do with human life being good is different from my concept. I think that may be where we get out of sink. I think of morality as being holy like God is holy: Sinless perfection. Anything short of sinless perfection is unholy. Anything that is unholy is evil. So that is why I say man is evil. I do not mean that all man does is evil, what I mean is that man is not holy. Man is sinful. Man sins. We all sin. We are all unholy. We all take part in doing sin. We all take part in doing things that are evil. We take part in evil. Man is evil. Man is not Holy. Man is not God.
Man is incapable of being holy, but man is capable of being evil.
The phrase: "Legal Criminals and our own short comings."
Is another contrast and comparison. The evil of the evil criminals that we, you and I speak of, and the short comings, the not so evil works of everyday people, you, me or specifically Christians.
Legal Criminals: Murder torture, etc.
Short Comings of people and/or Christians: materialism, hatred, envying’s, bitterness, unforgiveness, etc and worse things.
I am speaking in the sense that we would want the “Mercy of God fall upon our Nation and deliver us from evil: both that of Legal Criminals and our own short comings.” i.e. when we detest our own short comings, our own sin as much as we detest the sin of others, even if “their” sin is worse, then we understand the assault or affront of sin to a Holy God. It is then that we, I am talking about Christians, will see the mercy of God. I am not talking about Christians to leave you out, I am saying though that in the sense of repentance for revival you are not liable. However, in repentance for salvation you are liable for yourself. I am probably going to get in trouble with that liable word aren’t I. I mean responsible. As in:
• 2 Chronicles 7:14 KJV
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray , and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
God is talking to His people.
Here is an example from American History:
Please go to that link and read all of it. It is a short 1 page. It explains what I am talking about when I mean we, that can include you and everyone else, need to get right with God.
There is collective punishment and there is collective goodness:
• Matthew 5:45 KJV
That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
God reigned hail fire and brimstone on Sodom and Gomorrah. There undoubtedly children there. God flooded the whole earth. Children were drowned by God. There are accounts of Israel being sieged and the people ate their own children. Those sieges by enemies were judgments of God because the people turned away from God and turned to worshipping idols. And yet, God sends the sun to shine and rain to give water on all humankind, no matter how good or bad they might be.
As far as the Bible being written in Hebrew, yes. The Old Testament was written in Hebrew and the New Testament was written in Greek. The Bible is 66 separate books written by 40 different authors over a period of about 1500 years. It is all God breathed. The Bible has been painstakenly translated by people who were martyred for translating the Bible to the English Language. The Catholic church kept the scriptures locked up in the Latin Language so that the common people could not read or understand the words.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Tyndale “William Tyndale (sometimes spelled Tynsdale, Tindall, Tindill, Tyndall; c. 1492–1536) was an English scholar who became a leading figure in Protestant reform in the years leading up to his execution. He is well known for his translation of the Bible into English. He was influenced by the work of Desiderius Erasmus, who made the Greek New Testament available in Europe, and by Martin Luther. While a number of partial and incomplete translations had been made from the seventh century onward, the grass-roots spread of Wycliffe's Bible resulted in a death sentence for any unlicensed possession of Scripture in English—even though all the major European languages had been translated and made available. Tyndale's translation was the first English Bible to draw directly from Hebrew and Greek texts, the first English one to take advantage of the printing press, and first of the new English Bibles of the Reformation. It was taken to be a direct challenge to the hegemony of both the Roman Catholic Church and English Laws to maintain church rulings. In 1530, Tyndale also wrote The Practyse of Prelates, opposing Henry VIII's divorce on the grounds that it contravened Scripture… Eventually, Tyndale was betrayed by Henry Phillips to the imperial authorities, seized in Antwerp in 1535 and held in the castle of Vilvoorde (Filford) near Brussels. He was tried on a charge of heresy in 1536 and condemned to death, despite Thomas Cromwell's intercession on his behalf. Tyndale "was strangled to death while tied at the stake, and then his dead body was burned". Tyndale's final words, spoken "at the stake with a fervent zeal, and a loud voice", were reported as "Lord! Open the King of England's eyes.”
“I persist because I don't know, and because persistence, in my case, is necessary in resolving important contradictions that confront my sense of importance.”
And that is good. But you have an English copy of the Bible and it was provided because a man was willing to risk his life so you would have it. I urge you, read it. What else could be more important? Human life? Your human eternity depends on it. As far as accuracy, I will say, if God can create the heavens and the earth and every living thing and can author the Hebrew and Greek Bibles as well as create the words in every language in the world, He can most certainly ensure that His Word is passed to us pure. The dead sea scrolls are a modern confirmation of that.
There is no magical recipe for revival. I don’t know what will happen to our country. There are people who seek God devoutly. I would not include myself in that group, even though I am a pastor’s wife. I have other concerns. I have priorities that are not right. I struggle, that being said, I am basically a good person. However, I find that I want to do what I want to do over what I might know I should do. There were men who wore out the floor boards next to their beds. There were men who asked to be lifted from their death bed so that they might pray. I know nothing of that in my life. The carpet is fine next to my be. Gee, I rarely even get on my knees...
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