People Need People

I remember hearing a Barbara Streisand song with the words, “People who need people, they’re the luckiest people in the world.”
She sang so beautifully. I agreed with the lyrics.

I’ve been getting some comments and likes on my site, so I’ve been visiting the blogs of those that communicated with me. There are some incredibly interesting people in the world. The interests vary as much as the individuality of their faces and their names.

One person said he wished God didn’t give him free choice since he was incapable of making the right decision.

I’m married to a pastor so I picked his brain over that comment. This is what I got thinking as I stewed over the idea of this young man’s decision.

One thing my husband preaches is that Genesis tells the true story of Creation. When people interpret the Bible according to their desires and don’t check it out according to legitimate sources, false interpretations take over. The science of evolution doesn’t add up and that’s why Darwin recanted the theory before he died.

If people believe God created them, they would know that they are not a highly evolved animal. That way, they may realize they can make choices in an intelligent manner and that is why God gave them free choice to follow him or not. If I were God, and the whole world can thank God that I am not God, as imperfect as I am, I would want my creations, my children to love me. I wouldn’t want a bunch of robots that showed enthusiasm because they were programmed to do so. I would want people to love me because they saw something lovable about me.

The Scripture says in the (KJV), Revelation 4:11 “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”

If Scripture is true, mankind was created for God’s pleasure. People need people
because Jesus said we have an enemy that seeks to destroy us. The devil doesn’t want us to know we are God’s kids and/or he doesn’t want us to know that we have power to resist his schemes through Jesus Christ.

A college professor I knew laughed at the idea that the devil may be real. That suits his purposes perfectly. God is good, yet awful things happen all the time. People make awful choices sometimes on their own, but many make horrendous choices under the influence of the evil one. Just look at Charles Manson’s eyes sometime, even through a television camera lens, his eyes hold an unholy light.

People need people to remind them of good things and help them if they think they’ll try something that is self-destructive. We need each other.

Jesus -the Jewish Messiah

I stand amazed at the plan God made to redeem mankind. I don’t always understand it, even though I’ve been reading the Bible for a few decades or more, almost every day.

I don’t say that to brag, it’s just that after all that exposure, I still have tons to learn. What I think I understand having read the King James Bible and many others is that God gets seriously ticked at sin. So mad at murder and sex outside of marriage and homosexuality and stealing and gossiping and lying and cheating on your spouse and violence and taking His name in vain and for many other rotten things we humans do, that He sometimes wants to annihilate all evil people. On the other hand, He made all humans in His image and He loves people and enjoys us and wants to spend time with us.

So, He came up with a plan. Instead of wiping out most of mankind like He did when Noah was alive, and just saving a handful of people, He decided to send a substitute to take on all His wrath, so mankind could repent from their sins and this substitute would be chosen to take on the punishment.

The Jewish religion called for a perfectly formed lamb (or other acceptable animals) to be sacrificed for their sins at different times of the year for all those willing in Old Testament times. Thousands upon thousands of animals got killed as innocent sacrifices for the sins of the people. Maybe God got tired of seeing His creatures killed. He surely hated sin though and all the damage it causes others.

Yet, He made folks with the choice to love Him back or to reject Him. When men and women reject Him, He departs from their presence, even though He knows all and sees all, because He’s holy and sin is ugly. He removes His hand of protection from those that curse Him and don’t want Him around and so He says let their false gods take care of them. That’s in the book of Isaiah.

Eventually God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, three separate persons in One God, a complete mystery, decided the world needed help. So Jesus volunteered to become the Lamb of sacrifice the first time He came to earth and He took on the sins of the world for all of time. No human is perfect, so God became flesh since He is perfect.

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To access that forgiveness, He asked people to believe in Him and to repent of their sins and to follow Him. He gave them a choice. He came to the Jewish people at one of the worst times in history. They were subjugated to Rome’s rule.

He became a victim of crucifixion, one of the most tortuous ways to die. He became totally separated from His Father because God hates sin and He took on all the sins of the world from the past to the present to the future. Jesus became sin so we could be set free from sin if we choose.

Some Jewish leaders and some Roman leaders worked together to have Him crucified. Some of the priests and other Jews in authority wanted Him dead so He wouldn’t call out their sins to them. When King Herod killed John the Baptist, Jesus mourned.

Yet, the almighty God allowed Himself to be beaten and to be crucified for our sins so we could one day enter into heaven with Him and God the Father and God the Holy Spirit.

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In the meanwhile, He said that we who believe will do more than He who came down from heaven to our mess. Maybe because there’s so many of us and we have God working through us.

He says He’s coming again, the Jewish Messiah that encouraged the apostles to change tradition and invite Gentiles to worship God and become His children as well. The Jewish people that accepted Jesus’ teaching and followed Him as Lord and Savior were first called Christians in Antioch.

Many prophesies in the Word of God say Jesus will return. The second time He is coming as the Lion of Judah.

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No longer a lamb, but a lion. If you listen to those who study prophesies and those who study the times, they are saying He’s coming soon. Are you ready? Am I ready? I fervently pray so.

Continuing the De-cluttering Journey

Just past Christmas, if memory serves me, I bought a book by Marie Kondo with a sticker on it, “sold over two million copies.” I’m always interested in learning more about tidying up, those words are in the title, and as an author, a book that sells over two million copies is something to note. So I began to read, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.”

It’s a small book, so that didn’t hurt. It’s filled with ideas she’s incorporated in her business of helping others to de-clutter and to enjoy their surroundings and their stuff. I did the first step, and frankly it wasn’t too bad. The next step is one that I don’t look forward to trying, but I’m determined to do so. She includes spirituality in her book that doesn’t mesh with my beliefs, so I did my best to ignore that aspect of her book. I firmly believe Jesus Christ, God the Son; His Father, God; and God the Holy Spirit are the only God to worship. One God, three persons, a great mystery.

If you struggle with too much stuff, she’s gentle in her approach, she’s passionate about the topic, and she gives advice about the benefits of less and the hazards of too much. God gives free choice, so I have chosen to guard my heart after learning about many lifestyles and religions. Christianity measures up, in my opinion. So I skimmed over the different philosophy and tried to take in the mechanical and psychological insights. I’ve been praying for help in this area. My son, Tim visited for Christmas and suddenly I saw him cleaning and organizing the kitchen counter as a surprise. I teared up. That was the first step in the answer to prayer; this book and my first action is the second answer to prayer.

God answers prayer. Thank you, God. Thank you, Marie Kondo for your insights.