Work My Way to Heaven?

My husband likes to watch action television, which is addicting to me. According to Life Coach instructors, Sam and Vicki Farina, who did research on the brain, tv stimulates the portion of our brain which draws our attention. I tried to find the proper terminology from various internet sites and from my coaching notes, but none were clear enough for a non-medical person like myself.

 

Anyway, too much television in children can cause attention deficit disorder and cause responses that inhibit self-control. In adults, too many hours of television interfere with exercise and goal completion and according to a blogger, can cause mental deterioration: Effects Of TV On The Brain (OMG!) – EruptingMind

http://www.eruptingmind.com/effects-of-tv-on-brain   Cached This site warned if you click on certain opportunities that they offer that they will employ cookies. I did not open their videos to view since I don’t know who they are and they warned of subliminal messages that they wanted to show in one of the videos.

 

 

The New York Times said reading fiction can reverse ill effects of brain deterioration and can help people with their social skills. The Neuroscience of Your Brain on Fiction – The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/…/sunday/the-neuroscience-of-your-brain

 

My point of this blog is supposed to be that when I told Craig that I felt bad that I chose a tv program over time in the Bible and in prayer, he reminded me that God is not going to turn His back on me because I watched a couple of television shows before I spent time with Him. I breathed a sigh of relief. LOL.

 

I know God is gracious and loving, but I grew up in a church that emphasized working to show people God’s love. In my youth, there was no mention of grace or relationship with God. He was far distant in my mind.

 

Plenty of guilt for sin and directions to look at Jesus on the cross. Far less emphasis on Jesus’ resurrection and Him being alive in heaven praying for believers. Instead, it was do this or do that or you’ll incur God’s wrath.

 

I know that faith without works is dead according to the book of James : Jas 2:14, (BBE):  What use is it, my brothers, for a man to say that he has faith, if he does nothing? will such a faith give him salvation?

Jas 2:15  If a brother or a sister is without clothing and in need of the day’s food,

Jas 2:16  And one of you says to them, Go in peace, be warm and full of food; but you do not give them the things of which their bodies have need, what profit is there in this?

Jas 2:17  Even so faith without works is dead.

Jas 2:18  But a man may say, You have faith and I have works; let me see your faith without your works, and I will make my faith clear to you by my works.

Jas 2:19  You have the belief that God is one, and you do well: the evil spirits have the same belief, shaking with fear.

Jas 2:20  Do you not see, O foolish man, that faith without works is of no use?

Jas 2:21  Was not the righteousness of Abraham our father judged by his works, when he made an offering of Isaac his son on the altar?

Jas 2:22  You see that his faith was helping his works and was made complete by them;

Jas 2:23  And the holy Writings were put into effect which said, And Abraham had faith in God and it was put to his account as righteousness; and he was named the friend of God.

Jas 2:24  You see that a man’s righteousness is judged by his works and not by his faith only.

Jas 2:25  And in the same way, was not the righteousness of Rahab, the loose woman, judged by her works, when she took into her house those who were sent and let them go out by another way?

Jas 2:26  For as the body without the spirit is dead even so faith without works is dead.

 

This blog really got me thinking tonight.

 

God bless.

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4 responses

  1. Works and love. That’s it, isn’t it? We pass on the works and love God has done for us, because He loved us first. In gratitude and faith we practice what He taught us. And good works feed faith.

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