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James 1 – The Role of Temptation and life

James 1:13 says that God does not tempt men, but Gen 20 says that Abraham was tempted by God to offer Isaac.  How is this reconciled?

To clarify there are two types of temptation.  There is a temptation to do evil, and there are trials or temptations designed to test and display your faith. Temptations of evil are designed to not be escaped.  They are traps.  Traps customized for you personally and you will not escape them without the intervention of God.  Trials, which are also designed for you, are designed for you to succeed.  They are made to show your faith.  True that a temptation of evil can be made into a fiery trial by believing and obeying God.

The operative word being the words WITH EVIL.  God cannot be tempted WITH EVIL, neither tempteth he any man [with evil].  He is not evil, so he can’t be tempted to do evil, and there is no evil in him, so he cannot tempt you with evil.  When the Bible warns against tempting God with evil, it is not because God would be tempted, but because it is evil to temp with evil.  It is motivated by hate and designed for destruction and corruption.  Where as the trials of the Lord are designed for victory and to show His power.

Temptation from the Lord will (vs 7) work in us patience and contentment (wanting nothing).

Both kinds of trials are won with wisdom in the form of faith and obedience.  The wisdom comes from God and he will give it to anyone who asks in spades (liberally) A man who waivers in his faith, will not ask.  He will not receive the wisdom because he didn’t ask (he has not because he asks not) and because he is without wisdom he will be tossed to and fro. Facing the trial in his own strength he will be thrown about emotionally, financially, and possibly even physically. It is important to note the Lord’s prayer which teaches us to ask to be delivered from evil and not lead into temptation.  Asking for deliverance is key to surviving this world.

The fun part about this chapter is the return to the top of the circle – if he lasts through the temptation he will receive a crown of life.  This crown is promised to those who love God.  But love for God is the reason for the success in the first place.  Because you love God, you believe him. Because you have faith you ask for help.  He helps you and rewards you with life.  The promise comes first because God operates outside the element of time and future present and past are all the same to him.  We see a sequence of events ending in reward, but it is all one state to him.

The crown of life at the end is best understood when you take into account that when God promises life, he is not just promising existence.  It is not just a beating heart or breathing air.  It means abundance, joy, thriving, birds singing, angelic choir, heavens opening LIFE!

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And the circle of temptation in James 1 is complete FAITH>WISDOM>VICTORY=LIFE

A crown placed on your head.  a symbol of status, authority, position and rank. It would be great if when we read the word “life” in the Bible we heard the organ, and choir, because it means so much more than we give it credit for.

I don’t know, it seems like such a basic thing, but such an amazing thing. I mean, we all know this stuff.  It is like the water cycle.  it drains, it rains, it sustains. We cannot live without it yet it is everyday. We love, we trust, we live. Asking for wisdom is like taking a drink of water.

Two Opposing Belief Systems

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Therefore Choose Life

The difference of how you play the game depends on the goal of the game. Some card games are won by having the most cards at the end of the game like “Go Fish” or “Old Maid”. Other games are won by getting rid of all your cards like “Uno” or “Phase 10”. Strategies for winning are based on the object of the game. You cannot play both objectives at the same time. To win one is to lose the other. Understanding the object is key to your success. If you play the entire game of “Uno” trying to hoard up cards so you can create pairs like “Go Fish” you will lose.
Every day Christians and Evolutionists try to win the same game to which they have opposing objectives. Let’s look at the primary goal of these competing belief systems: The Evolutionist’s goal is survival. The goal of the Christian is godliness. Christianity’s goal is compassion, love, sacrifice, and selflessness and is consequently at enmity with survival. Christ said, “whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.” Compassion causes us to protect the weak. Ethics keep us from advancing when those advancements are at the expense of another. Morals cause us to be victims instead of victors. Because Christianity is “won” by being Christ-like, to follow in the steps of our Model is to give yourself as a sacrifice. Mottos like “The first shall be last and the last first” and “the greatest commandment is love” mean the exact opposite of survival. There is ever an attempt between the two belief systems to compromise, as we share the same laws, social network and world, but because the end goals of these two belief systems mean the extinction of the other, they will always be at war with one another. They are diametrically opposed to one another. Evolutionists believe there is no God. The weak are a stumbling block to survival. Morals imposed on them keep them from important knowledge useful to self-preservation. Scientific advancements many times cannot be made without the sacrifice of others whether made by humans or animals. If the Christians win, man will never evolve, diseases will never be cured and there will always be poverty. If the Evolutionists win it will be by ridding the world of genetic and mental defects (one of those defects being the belief in a god who doesn’t exist.)
Riding the moral fence between evolution and Christianity is to give points to the other team. Either you are serving the one, or you are aiding the other. It escapes me why people cannot understand this. Most of Congress’ time is spent trying to pacify these two opposing factions. There is no “live and let live”. The life of the one ultimately is the destruction of the other. The easiest fix is to let the Christians be the sacrifice needed for the scientists. That would work if the scientists would not ultimately destroy themselves as well, but that is a topic I will discuss later. My point here is that there is no peaceful coexistence, and that Christians who are not against anti-life issues are pawns for the opposing team.
The idea that there is no God can be called many things. You might call it atheism or humanism or evolutionism .
Whatever brand of atheistic belief system you go under, they all lead to the same end thinking. That is a devaluation of life and a utilitarian view of thinking in regards to others. An anti-theistic belief system can be likened to a fire. We generally think of the benefit, warmth and beauty of fire when it is contained, But the truth is it’s properties are always destructive. It’s nature is always to devour. It destroys everything it touches. It is only considered tamed when it is only allowed to devour things that don’t matter; when it is burning that which is unimportant or made for the purpose of consumption. When the fire contacts things that are valued or useful, it is tragic. I say that anti-theism is destructive because it’s deductive conclusion is always death. The one restraint that protects us from one another is the presence of consequences. Someone is watching and protecting. Someone will be unhappy should their possession come to harm. While we can get away from man’s watchful eye, there is that ever-looming fear that Someone who sees when no one sees will recompense us. Karma alone or even a well placed camera is enough to keep us from stealing or lying or defrauding someone else. Take away that All-Seeing-Police-Man, and you will have vandalism, theft and loss.
Anti-theism is generally arrived at because a person is following a train of thought. What I mean is that people who don’t believe in God have come to that conclusion. They have thought it over. Not all people who believe in God or are religious have really given it thought. They may have had a religious upbringing or go to church simply because that is what their spouse wants to do or because that is where their friends are. But people who decide there is no God no always, but usually have made a conscience decision to reject the idea of God. There may be all sorts of underlying reasons, maybe because of tragedy that had no explanation, or lack of scientific concrete evidence or disappointment in religious systems or people. Whatever the reasoning, my point is that these people are reasoning people. They are people who think about cause and effect and make decisions based on the knowns. There is a greater chance of this person to draw further conclusions based on their belief that there is no God.
Let me illustrate. Let’s say a person grew up with guns in the house. They never thought about the pros and cons or politics of gun ownership. When asked “should a person be allowed to own guns?” He remembers his father’s guns and answer, “sure, why not. My dad had guns. No one was ever hurt.” Now let’s say a man not only grew up with guns, but went hunting with his father and later his sons every year during deer season. The second man is clearly more vested in the pro-gun view. He has more reasons to draw from. He is more likely than the first to join the NRA, more likely to pursue information on gun laws and issues and less likely to be influenced by opposing views. In fact the more vested a person is, the more involved he will be in asserting his views. The more thought an issue is given, the more likely consequential actions will ensue. Of course this would be true with any issue and any side of that issue.
That being said, that atheists are thinking people and act consequentially, and that anti-theistic belief systems are like a fire: deductive reasoning is like fuel on that fire. Let me state that I am not saying all atheists are thieves and murderers, as of course they are not, but that the propensity for ugly and gruesome acts are often the result of these two forces: very motivated reasoning people and a belief system that promotes the devaluation and utilization of human beings coming together. Not usually with that end result in mind we have the genocides and holocausts of recent history.
Let me also interject here that all theistic belief systems are less destructive. Any view where god is seen as approving of slaughter or just apathetic to the harm of others is just as destructive of a fire. Activists of these types of religions brought us the inquisitions. My point is that when you have motivated people following a system of death, you get very nasty results. There can be no “live and let live” when one faction is bent on the destruction of the other. Playing with fire will get you burned, and quite possibly everyone in your house or beyond.
Metaphorically, the purpose of this book is to keep well-meaning Christians from haplessly carrying in more fuel for that fire, or providing the oxygen to heat it up as they are “sucked in”, or worse becoming a the combustible that turns a wild fire into a firestorm.
It can seem harmless and contained but the more people believe and act on those belief, the more evident its hellish fire is felt. Every once in a while a particular branch of Godlessness catches hold and goes unchecked. When it does, we can see the all-consuming, destructive flames for what they are. One such wild fire was eugenics in the early 20th century.


This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Therefore Choose Life

Some years ago I began noticing a common thread in current issues. It is a trend toward death. Whether the issue is abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicide, or birth control, an objective observer might infer that humanity is a weed: something to be controlled. We even hear about population control. Some countries have initiated mandatory population control policies. The underlying belief is that there are too many people
This book is a challenge to you to give your beliefs a close analysis to see if it lines up with a Biblical view. What does the Bible say about birth control, overpopulation, eugenics, euthanasia and assisted suicide? I will show how it is not the world who brought us the horrors of the holocaust, but the apathy and even the participation of Christians that opened the door to the philosophies that brought us gas chambers and concentration camps. It was the church’s laymen and clergy that spoke to Congress to get Roe v. Wade the law of the land. It is God’s people who have betrayed humanity to be slaughtered . I will point out prevalent doctrines and beliefs that pave the way to mass graves are commonly held by even devoted conservative pro-lifers. I challenge you to read on and see if your world view is truly pro-life.