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Purified Seven Times

 
Yes, as the Psalmist says, indeed “The words of the Lord are PURE words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, PURIFIED seven times.”
 
Unfortunately we do not treat the sacred words of the Scripture with reverence, we stretch them to suit our changing times! We twist them to meet our requirements! We even completely toss them out as ‘irrelevant’ and replace them with commonsense-driven populist slogans, so that the audience don’t get offended, but feel attracted to it;  even feel good about it! It is called marketing in the corporate world, we call it Gospel in the Christendom! – But by any definition, this is HERESY!
 
The word ‘Heresy’ BTW, in scripture, is from the Greek root haireomai, which literally means ‘a choosing’, i.e., a choice of one side over the other (by a faction, party or a sect). Hence, heresy refers to any doctrine that departs from essential Christian truths in disunion with the established laws of God. Parties, sects, factions and even individuals holding to such caustic doctrines, alienate themselves from the body of Christ, and they are called Heretics.
 
Heresy is not a simple matter, it not only deviates from the truth, it even recreates counterfeit entities to match the heretic doctrines! In essence, the heretics create a new ‘god’ for themselves who differs from the God of the scriptures! My objective here is to list the differences of one such entity: the Counterfeit Christ and the True Christ; in other words, the difference between the “Christ of the Heretics” and the “Christ of the Scriptures”:
 
Christ of the Heretics Christ of the Scriptures
1. Loves every individual person in the world and sincerely desires their salvation. 1. Earnestly loves and desires the salvation of only those whom God has unconditionally chosen for salvation.

Ps. 5:5,  Ps. 7:11,  Ps. 11:5,  Matt. 11:27,  John 17:9-10,  Acts 2:47,  Acts 13:48,  Rom. 9:10-13,  Rom. 9:21-24,
Eph. 1:3-4 
2. Offers salvation to every sinner and does all in his power to bring them to salvation. His offer and work are often frustrated, for many refuse to come. 2. Effectually calls to Himself only the elect and in sovereignty brings them to salvation. Not one of them will be lost.

Isa. 55:11,  John 5:21,  John 6:37-40,  John 10:25-30,  John 17:2,  Phil. 2:13 

 
3. Cannot regenerate and save a sinner who does not first choose Christ with his own “free will.” All men have a “free will” by which they can either accept or reject Christ. That “free will” may not be violated by Christ. 3. In Sovereignty regenerates the elect sinner apart from his choice, for without regeneration the spiritually dead sinner cannot choose Christ. Faith is not man’s contribution to salvation but the gift of Christ which He sovereignly imparts in regeneration.

John 3:3,  John 6:44 & 65,  John 15:16,  Acts 11:18,  Rom. 9:16,  Eph. 2:1,  Eph. 2:8-10,  Phil. 1:29,  Heb. 12:2 
4. Died on the cross for every individual person and thereby made it possible for every person to be saved. His death, apart from the choice of man, was not able to actually save anyone for many for whom he died are lost. 4. Died for only God’s elect people and thereby actually obtained salvation for all those for whom He died. His death was a substitutionary satisfaction which actually took away the guilt of His chosen people.

Luke 19:10,  John 10:14-15 & 26,  Acts 20:28,  Rom. 5:10,  Eph. 5:25,  Heb. 9:12,
 I Peter 3:18

 
5. Loses many whom he has “saved” because they do not continue in faith. Even if he does give them “eternal security,” as some say, that security is not based upon his will or work but the choice which the sinner made when he accepted Christ. 5. Preserves His chosen people so that they cannot lose their salvation but persevere in the faith to the very end. He preserves them by the sovereign electing will of God, the power of His death, and the mighty working of His Spirit.

John 5:24,  John 10:26-29,  Rom. 8:29-30,  Rom. 8:35-39,  I Peter 1:2-5,  Jude 24-25

Requoting Psalmist, again: “The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.”

Amen.

People of The Book

1. There was a group of people who spoke a specific set of language dialect, such as Hebrew, Arabic etc., called the Semitic language. They had a Big Book, composed of a collection of small books; books of historical accounts, social laws, books of genealogy, books of songs, proverbs and prophecies – part of it was called the Torah. The Israelites owned it, it was their lifeline; be it war or peace, they always referred only to it. This book was so important, that a specific tribe was completely dedicated to guard its affairs, i.e., none of them in that tribe did anything else, generations after generation. All for the book.

2. Zero-AD: Christ’s dominion began! No one expected an earthquake with the arrival of a simple carpenter! But it did tremble the earth… Prophesies were fulfilled. Hope and Salvation became a common term! Crosses burned, lions fed, but death became a sweet fragrance and they kept on singing! All for the book.

3. Christ-ians added a bunch of more books (mostly letters, revelations and historical accounts pertaining to Christ) to the big book, called it The Bible and owned it for themselves! They didn’t stop there…, like the Semite tribes, referred to it for everything! Not surprisingly, it also led their anger direct over the Semites themselves (for crucifying Christ), hence were born the Crusaders. They ran over the Semites (over both Hebrews and the Arabs, after all, both these tribes were descendants of the same father, Abraham) ruthlessly; All for the book.

4. The book’s percepts soon became the de facto norm and center of everything for the Christians (hence came the name Catholic from Latin/Greek roots meaning universal), that they iron chained it, for it is exceptionally holy, and kept it to the preview of a very few dedicated ‘so called experts’ for centuries, dispensing only the interpretations to the peasants. They ran their kingdoms with that, ran their wars with that, built their social laws with that, and so on… and on, even many fraternal organizations and secret societies were formed, like the Freemasons, Knights Templar, Order of the Temple, etc., to guard the artifacts related to this book, and the book’s content itself from being tampered. All for the book.

5. As expected, the desire for the book grew rapidly, and the people felt that they needed to know the Truth and more, with no interpretations and interpreters in between them and this book! Soon the chains were broken (the Protestant Reformation) and the book was freely printed and published to the peasants against all odds (The French Revolution, the first printing press). Nations burnt, kingdoms fell, and the truth strengthened the common folks; they became the underdog! But, it was not easy; some hid underground, some were banished, some even fled to unknown nations (current USA, for example) with their newly printed Bible (commonly called The Good Book), fearing confiscation by the state and conviction for committing ‘heresy’; – all for the book.

6. 2010-AD: Many have read the Good Book, translated it in most earthling-languages (2,936 and counting, as of today) and took the great commission fervently to spread the good news that there is ‘Hope’ for mankind. Many eyes were opened; Christianity stands as the largest practiced religion on earth! All by the Book.

7. For its believers, the content of the Good Book is either Inspired, Enlightened or Revealed by the Almighty, hence it is referred to as The Word, with reverence. The holders of the book became so dependent on the Word, so much so, that they always ‘quote’ the book! For this reason (and for some unknown reasons) some observers, such as the Muslim brethrens, call the Christians as the People of The Book!

Next Stop After Death

This is another crap that I received in my mailbox yesterday, couldn’t resist refuting it (see my response below):

~DEATH~
WHAT A WONDERFUL WAY TO EXPLAIN IT..
A sick man turned to his doctor as he was preparing to
Leave the examination room and said,
‘Doctor, I am afraid to die.
Tell me what lies on the other side.’
Very quietly, the doctor said, ‘I don’t know.’
‘You don’t know? You, a Christian man,
do not know what is on the other side?’
The doctor was holding the handle of the door;
On the other side came a sound of scratching and whining,
and as he opened the door, a dog sprang into the room
and leaped on him with an eager show of gladness.
Turning to the patient, the doctor said,
‘Did you notice my dog?
He’s never been in this room before.
He didn’t know what was inside.
He knew nothing except that his master was here,
and when the door opened, he sprang in without fear.
I know little of what is on the other side of death,
but I do know one thing…
I know my Master is there and that is enough.

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My response:

Many things we do, we think are there by accident! For example the love that we show to our beloved ones, we think that it is just another attribute like hatred, compassion etc… Least that we realize that our brains are dumb like a goat that when God says he loves us like his children, we will have no clue what it is unless we ourselves experience what that thing called love is! Therefore, these emotions that we show to our beloved ones, including the anger when they betray us or the fear of their separation due to our/their death etc…, are purposely programmed into our brains just to get a glimpse of what these emotions-in-full will be like with our life in heaven, that’s why one time Christ rebukes that if even a cunning earthly father will not give a snake if his son asks for a fish, how much more our heavenly father will care for us!The essence is: fear of death is a natural phenomenon that is supposed happen, not because what is unknown on the other side (because believers do know what’s on the other side) but mainly because we love our beloved ones and fear to leave them alone or fear of being alone without them. Well sometimes due to our fallen nature, we also feel that we are leaving behind many of our valuable assets, when nothing is valuable than salvation, but as with believers, they do fear the separation of their beloved ones! Hence, all this feel-good rhetoric that “my master is on the other side” doesn’t work for us fallen humans because as mentioned before we are programmed to feel attached to our dear ones and fear death. All we have to remember is, just as Paul put it rightly, that what we see and what do are shadows of things to come, in other words our fear and love are imperfect worldly clones of perfect heavenly counterparts, hence it is ok to fear death because we are humans and we are imperfect and don’t like to be separated from our beloved ones.

I guess this stupid dog analogy is for the unbelievers, maybe!!
 

Battle Between Flesh And The Spirit

—–Original Message—–

From: Priscilla

To: ArulMozhi

Mmm…. looks like you have got yourself into a conflicting mess, I guess. Yes, flesh and spirit always clash and in all cases flesh will win, as long as we live; hence there is no point in attempting to “conquer” as some hermits do. Well, this does not mean that we can completely stop resisting the conquest, but my point is that the flesh is not the “flesh” that the dictionary defines. For instance, people always try to separate “thought” and “action”; e.g., “sinful thought” and “sinful action”. What they fail to understand is that both are the same, after all, action is the manifestation of thought and it is the root of all actions! In other words, just because the thought has not manifested into action, it does not mean that the consequences of the uncommitted action are absent (maybe in mortal terms, but not true in the spiritual realm). So this idea of binding action alone to flesh is incomplete. Flesh encompasses the thought as well as the action that proceeds from the same thought. Hence conquering action should start from conquering the thought, which you know how futile would that attempt be!!

More confused than before, uh??…..

Regards,

Priscilla

p.s. With no surprise, this rationale holds good for righteousness as well. Although incomparable to the purity of heaven, the 2 cent offering by the poor woman was considered an act of rigorousness than a pompous contribution by the rich (hope you can recollect this incident in the Bible)

—– Original Message —–

From: ArulMozhi
To: Priscilla

Hi Prisci,

I really appreciate your reply. There is a profound reality to it. I appreciate your sincerity and truthfullness. Accepting what life offers is just great. Acceptance is the key word here.

There has always been the fight between the will and the mind and Adam did decide to go for the forbidden fruit and from that day we moved further away from eternal peace.

Good to hear that you are pretty busy. Has the school started for your son? How is your daughter doing? probably running around and testing out what can be broken:-)

Arul 

—–Original Message—–

From: Priscilla Edward
To: ArulMozhi

….BTW, Adam when accepted his wife’s offer to sin he did not fight between his will and his mind (you mean spirit and flesh I guess); he just did it because he CHOOSE to ignore his subordination to God and CHOOSE to rebel against the HIM (the authority) by CHOOSING to obey his subordinate (his wife & the serpent). I know what you are thinking; yes he did have the freewill to choose between “dos” and “don’ts” before the fall. The fight between the spirit and the flesh started after the fall as the consequence of the curse. In fact, the thing that we call “fight” between the spirit and flesh is actually the rebel that the flesh (subordinate) is putting against the spirit (the authority), exactly the same way how he did it against his the authority. This is the current pathetic state of a human who cannot have the flesh obey his own spirit, for that matter the entire creation which was supposed to be subordinate to him actually rebels against him! Nevertheless, because of one sacrifice (the LAMB of God) this curse will been be removed and we will be given a new body that which obeys the spirit. When? Upon resurrection!

Good topic to ponder and keep you busy too…

Regards,

Priscilla

Christmas Myth Buster

This is how it happened…I just finished the household chores for the night and was preparing to go to bed, when I heard a noise in the front of the house. I opened the door to the front room and to my surprise, Santa himself stepped out from behind the Christmas tree.

He placed his finger over his mouth so I would not cry out. “What are you doing?” I started to ask. The words choked up in my throat, and I saw he had tears in his eyes. His usual jolly manner was gone. Gone was the eager, boisterous soul we all know. 
 
He then answered me with a simple statement. 
 “TEACH THE CHILDREN!” 
 
I was puzzled; what did he mean? He anticipated my question, and with one quick movement brought forth a miniature toy bag from behind the tree. As I stood bewildered, Santa said,  
“Teach the children! Teach them the old meaning of Christmas. The meaning that now-a-days Christmas has forgotten.” 
 
Santa then reached in his bag and pulled out a FIR TREE and placed it before the mantle.  

“Teach the children that the pure green color of the stately fir tree remains green all year round, depicting the everlasting hope of mankind, all the needles point heavenward, making it a symbol of man’s thoughts turning toward heaven.”  
 
He again reached into his bag and pulled out a brilliant STAR. 

 “Teach the children that the star was the heavenly sign of promises long ago. God promised a Savior for the world, and the star was the sign of fulfillment of His promise.” 
 
He then reached into his bag and pulled out a CANDLE.

 “Teach the children that the candle symbolizes that Christ is the light of the world, and when we see this great light we are reminded of He who displaces the darkness.”  
 
Once again he reached into his bag and removed a WREATH and placed it on the tree.  

“Teach the children that the wreath symbolizes the real nature of love. Real love never ceases. Love is one continuous round of affection.”  
 
He then pulled from his bag an ornament of himself.  

“Teach the children that I, Santa Clause symbolize the generosity and good will we feel during the month of December.” 
 
He then brought out a HOLLY LEAF.  

“Teach the children that the holly plant represents immortality. It represents the crown of thorns worn by our Savior. The red holly represents the blood shed by Him.”  
 
Next he pulled from his bag a GIFT and said,  
“Teach the children that God so loved the world that HE gave HIS begotten SON…” “Thanks be to God for his unspeakable gift. 

 
“Teach the children that the wise men bowed before the Holy BABE and presented HIM with gold, frankincense and myrrh. We should always give gifts in the same spirit of the wise men.”  
 
Santa then reached in his bag and pulled out a CANDY CANE and hung it on the tree.  

“Teach the children that the candy cane represents the shepherds’ crook. The crook on the staff helps to bring back strayed sheep to the flock. The candy cane is the symbol that we are our brother’s keeper.” 
 
 
He reached in again and pulled out an ANGEL.  

 
“Teach the children that it was the angels that heralded in the glorious news of the Savior’s birth. The angels sang ‘Glory to God in the highest, on earth peace and good will toward men.”  
 
Suddenly I heard a soft twinkling sound, and from his bag he pulled out a BELL.  

“Teach the children that as the lost sheep are found by the sound of the bell, it should ring mankind to the fold. The bell symbolizes guidance and return.” 
 
Santa looked back and was pleased. He looked back at me and I saw that the twinkle was back in his eyes. He said, 
 
 “Remember, teach the children the true meaning of Christmas and do not put me in the center, for I am but a humble servant of the One that is, and I bow down to worship HIM, our LORD, our GOD.”  

 

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 My Rebuke:

And teach the children that this whole Christmas thing is a crap crafted by Satan (through his free-will-believing agents) to forget being morose and repentful for our sinful-nature, at least for a day in the year, and involve in self-indulgence!!

Many people think that Satan has two horns, a tail and carries a 3-prong spear head, but he could also come and lecture us in a red hat, white beard and wearing denim glasses! Take note…he can even quote scriptures as he did in the wilderness to deceive the believers!!!

– Priscilla

p.s. BTW, do you know why a Hindu woman wears a thali (yellow thread), a kunkumum (red dot) on her forehead, wears bangles on her hands & metti (rings) on her toes? Hindu Mythology has a passionate symbolic meaning for each of these, because for them only seeing is believing, for things not visible they have to create a visible symbol to comprehend them; Contrast this with our Saviour’s rebuke : John 4:48, Mat 12:39

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