“I am not a perfect person, but a perfected person in Christ.”~priest

It seems to me, man’s knowledge continues to detract from a very simple truth.  I wonder how it is that increased knowledge confuses rather than bring clarify?  Knowledge of good and evil pressed up against the backdrop of the “fountain of youth” seems to be the most confusing of all.
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When I was six years old, I knew enough to judge an action of mine as either good or bad.  At six, it was that easy.  It was in this confident knowledge, I understood that Jesus died on the cross for everyone.  We had but to choose Jesus, ask forgiveness, turn from the bad we did and we would drink from not just a “fountain of youth” , but a “fountain of eternal life”.  At six, I understood enough to receive God’s gift through His Son.  Pretty incredible right?
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Fifty years later, I am still blown away that the faith of a six year old was enough to secure my salvation for eternity.  I have sinned much from six to fifty six years, but my salvation has stayed in tack.  Jesus died once for it all.
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I trust that today I will be the person, Jesus desires to spend eternity with.  Not a perfect person, but a perfected person in Christ.
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God bless you my friend!  Enjoy the day and all that God gives you.
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Archie

 

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It is the desire of my heart that God be Lord of my life. Life’s experiences have killed the old man and God is building a new creation in me. I look forward to experiencing the new man God creates in the old vessel known as Archie via "God Spots".

3 thoughts on ““I am not a perfect person, but a perfected person in Christ.”~priest”

  1. Hi Archie;

    I know this is not a political blog, but what I can not understand is the current and previous presidents of the US.

    They both claim to be Christian.

    Yet, they are both Commander in Chief.

    A few civilians got killed in Afghanistan today. This is not the first time that innocents are killed in the quest for bad people to kill.

    What is more important? God or country?

    As with the Vatican. What is more important? God or protecting the institution of Church and a few pedophiles?

    I have yet to see someone in power say, “You know, this is not right according to what I believe my God desires so therefore we will find another way, the right way.”

    That is not a difficult thing to say, If they really believed.

  2. John Fincher It’s something I struggle with.
    8 hours ago · .

    Michael Discolo Sr I believe killing anyone is a sin!
    7 hours ago · .

    Stephanie McEntire Trying to make sense of earthly power struggles (wars and rumors of wars) have always driven me nuts…as nuts as the people who think that killing is an answer to bring about Peace. The high road for me about the subject a lot of times is “speaking not a word”…as Jesus did when he faced the political leaders of the time. The Kingdom is different than the earthly struggles for power…that is my only answer and whatever stance you take most will at least have hope in this…
    7 hours ago · .

    Archie Rhines There are plenty of old testament examples of God not only using war for His good will and purpose, but actually commanding war… not sure if that is true after the cross.
    7 hours ago · .

    Archie Rhines Michael. The difficulty is God killed lots of people…. can’t be sin…
    7 hours ago · .

    Mark Scott It has to be into proper context, the moral decision to go to war is to defend a nations security or interest and allies. Before war is declared, the numerous diplomatic processes have failed. Therefore the leadership of the opposing nation is responsible for the people they govern. And by putting themselves at odds with us or any nation, they put ..their citizens at odds, whether military or civilian. Also there are established guidelines for warfare to protect the innocent, and consequences for breaking these rules. As far as it being a sin issue, all sin and fall short, that decision is to be judged by the ultimate Authority, GOD!
    7 hours ago · .

    John Fincher I agree with all of the arguments, but the question comes to the INNOCENT that are killed in the name of protecting ME. I believe we would see it differently if it was someone in OUR family who was killed. And I say this as a conservative.
    7 hours ago · .

    Stephanie McEntire I guess it is all how you view the Bible. I do not take the “infallable” word of God route. I believe it is words written by men about God. Go to any library or book store and you can find words about God in any flavor you choose. It makes the stories none the less truth…it’s just my truth is that it is a lesson on why Jesus came in the first place. God put on an earth suit to straighten out this “warmongering…legalistic…face of God that says in one breath in the O.T, “his blood cries out from the ground”…”thou shalt not Kill” …and in the next breath uses Hitler like purification techniques to secure a bloodline….I don’t get that at all in Jesus teaching. He came to put the heart of God in it’s proper place…Jesus even called the law “Moses law”…human made efforts at control…obviously. He didn’t call it Daddy’s law or My Fathers law..the distincition is there for me…if we want fulfillment (and that doesn’t come by getting more and more earthly control)…we love God..our neihgbor and take care of ourself. I am a heretic for seeing human error in the Bible…but I read on facebook and know we all have called something of God…that never was…we learned…the problem in my thinking is the whole don’t question anything and the Bible needs to be questioned in order to find truth. Even Jesus asked the Pharisees some hard questions about the law and prophets. I take the wise as a serpant soft as a dove approach…and question everything…even the Bible as we know it. That is asking for us to rely on the Spirit of God for truth…for Bible worshipers that brings there whole world down around them…I say good.
    7 hours ago · .

    Mark Scott You can never justify killing the innocent, but that is the by product of man’s sin nature. To compare that to GOD’s instructions in the Old Testament, is presumptuous at best.
    7 hours ago · .

    Stephanie McEntire Call me presumptous. It’s just how I see it…and not Dogma for the world..; )
    7 hours ago · .

    Jim Rowan This is not an easy one. As a man of war, I have struggled with the whole concept and come to the conclusion that Jesus was a Man of Peace and would list himself as a C.O., an objector based on his conscience, i.e., religious beliefs. Tony Compola and the ‘Red Letter Chrisitan’ movement address this whole aspect of the Messiah, his peacenik, socialistic tendencies. Interesting reading.
    7 hours ago · .

    Mary Landry Sounds like everyone has forgot that rumors of wars is in Rev. However, God may have killed many but, he did give the 10 commandments um Tho shall not kill…counter acts with Rev in its own way. As far as it being a sin I would not take the chance but, if I was in the armed forces and it was my job and if it were he or me I guess as much as I wouldn’t like it I would. Our self care steps in and we would choose us first.
    I worked at Bamc and seen many come and go after the getting hurt there some, I will never forget …most of them are not angry for having to go but, want people to know that the purpose was worth it. Now I do not know what all they see while they are there but, they must see more hope and faith in the people there. Sometimes when we can only see one side of the story we have an end to the story without the true pictures.7 hours ago · .

    Mary Landry I forgot to say I am and was not in favor of the war…the true reason of the war…or that is still going on….not all decisions made by the people in power to make are the right ones…for the right reasons. I pray for all who have had a loss during this time.
    7 hours ago · .

    Stephanie McEntire It comes to this for me. I am not Jesus though I do the best I can in the human world to follow Peace. I wouldn’t have been as nice as Jesus mother…because if someone came at my son with so much as a toothpick…I would probably kill them. Also, having kids that have been in the military I would fight for there right to fight…or anyones choice … See Moreto make their own decisions…I can do this and not compromise my own pacifists beliefs. I am content with that. Lets face it..we are in the world and being in it requires of some “giving to Ceaser” what is asked…the truth of the matter is as Jesus said…”the kingdom of God is within you ” wether in a bunker or a barn. I thnk the true sin…is…being without love…in whatever state you find yourself in…love conquers all in my world. As far as taking some sort of political stance…as I said before…Jesus stood in front of the most political figures of his day…Pilate and Herod. They wanted him to pull a rabbit out of his hat or state his political views on “being called a King”..etc etc..He spoke not a word..the Kingdom is not of this world…and even though he was crucified at the hands of us “meglamaniacs”…he says “forgive them”..why?..because the Gospel is not one of justification..but love …He says forgive them for they know not what they do…meaning if they did..they wouldn’t…and that is my experience…to know Jesus…is to know more love..and that is the point. In this cause and effect world there will be tribulation…he leaves us with a different view of it…be of good cheer…I have overcome the world..and it wasn’t with a gun…; )
    7 hours ago · .

    Mary Landry Stephanie I love every word you said ..you lighten my heart with a joy to no end today. Love does wonderful things for the person giving it as well as the person receiving it. I would fight for my kids, I would give my life for them, a Mother’s love is strong. I will forgive why? because I want to be in the likeness of Jesus and that is what he would want me to do.
    6 hours ago · .

    Mary Landry As far as Jesus’ Mother the pain she must of felt her eyes watching her son being put to death…God gave his son …for us and she gave her son also for us.
    6 hours ago · .

    Archie Rhines If you are the creator, is it not your right to do with your creation as you please?
    6 hours ago · .

    Ichabod..
    I know this is not a political blog, but what I can not understand is the current and previous presidents of the US.

    They both claim to be Christian….

    Yet, they are both Commander in Chief.

    A few civilians got killed in Afghanistan today. This is not the first time that innocents are killed in the quest for bad people to kill.

    What is more important? God or country?

    As with the Vatican. What is more important? God or protecting the institution of Church and a few pedophiles?

    I have yet to see someone in power say, “You know, this is not right according to what I believe my God desires so therefore we will find another way, the right way.”

    That is not a difficult thing to say, If they really believed.

    Comment by ichabod | April 12, 2010 6 hours ago · .

    Greg Sealy War, the death of the innocent and death itself are all symptoms of a sinful world. We are promised war and death. This is how the world works; it doesn’t mean that it’s right.

    Also, the people who have been sent to war are usually there because they chose to be, not because they’re innocent. Like everyone else, the pres. will be held accountable for his actions but I dont think the blood of the warriors in our millitary wll be on his hands.
    6 hours ago · .

    Stephanie McEntire I guess if you feel that way about your creater…perception I guess. To a cannibal there God is a cannibal…to a mercant a merchant…My God is not so insecure that the uses human abstracts of good and evil to bring about a purpose…My God is in the form of a builder making living stones …not dead ones…that we belong to a Kingdom of Life and love brings perfect order to this world of chaos…that is what I see Jesus doing. Love brings order to chaos…love cannot be found between our measurement of good and evil…he warned us about that. Love is something totally different…at least to me…God is neither good nor evil…he is love..entirely different…at least to me. Perception is a lot of it…to quote Jesus to Simon Barjona…first he asks…”Who do “they” say that I am?” Then he gets to the nitty gritty and asks a very freeing question…one that change my life…Jesus than asks him “Who do YOU say that I am.” …most people don’t know what he is…they just follow a list of hand me down theologies and dogmas…IMHO. It’s all good in my neighborhood…because all have claim to love…and all are handed grace and mercy on a daily basis…a clean slate…from the lest to the greatest. No one has to die for that..someone already did…: )
    6 hours ago · .

    Nicholas Paul Hiers …I think Jesus had one of those brain-to-brain conversations with the centurion on this topic…even the centurion said, “I do not deserve to have you under my roof.” and “I am a man under authority.”…Christ saw his faith piercing that veil and said, “I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.”…When Christ fulfilled the law, Thou Salt Not Kill took on a fuller meaning…instead of following the law, we follow Christ and we KNOW killing is sin…
    4 hours ago · .

    Nicholas Paul Hiers …I’m a combat veteran, so my opinion might be too involved for those who have no clue…I don’t know about the believing president/world figure part, I only hear words at faith in press conferences and in speeches…military service starts with an oath, and G’s Word says no about those…
    4 hours ago · .

    Nicholas Paul Hiers …that oath is what binds soldiers to the government even over their faith…theres more, but not this now…
    4 hours ago · .

    Greg Sealy As I reflected on your question, I realized that you’re talking about civilians who will die as a result of war. I think that goes back to not understanding God.

    We could bring up predestination citing Pharaoh as an example. God hardened his heart so he would pursue the Israelites with his army causing people died.
    God also ordered the Israelites to slaughter entire groups of people, babies included, which they did in obedience.

    If the pres. orders war which he knows will cause innocent people to die, we could say he was predestined to do it or God ordered him to do it.

    We could also simplify it and say its part of his job. Then we can say that the pres isn’t sinning when he starts a war, he’s doing his job.

    I think God will judge him on his motives for starting a war. Is he protecting his nation as he should or is he stepping into war for his own personal issues with another nation or out of greed for what can be gained by attacking another group of people?

    This is a hard question which makes us wonder, “Who is this God we serve?”

    It’s one of those quesitons that makes us resolve to love and serve a God who we can begin to understand because He’s proven Himself to be who He says He is.
    3 hours ago · .

    Rebecca Price my patient (long time ago) was struggling with his conscience over killing a young German man when my patient was a soldier in WW2 in Germany. “the man I killed was no different than me, how can God forgive me?”
    3 hours ago · .

    Nicholas Paul Hiers …innocence was lost in the fall…we’re born guilty, and that warrants Christ’s Forgiveness…
    3 hours ago · .

    Nicholas Paul Hiers …nice Stephanie…nice…
    3 hours ago · .

    Nicholas Paul Hiers …wow, I think G is pointing to revelation within the functions of our posts on this topic…ground cutting…
    3 hours ago · .

    Stephanie McEntire One of the most gut wrenching things I have ever read in the Gospels is that of Jesus learning of Johns death. Here stands Jesus..able to raise the dead..heal the sick…etc etc…and yet within the boundries of this earth and time in which we are trapped…he could not or would not cross those lines into “this world and it’s Kingdoms” to rescue … See Morehis own flesh and blood and the man who gave his life to prepare the way. The very same human man who had doubts about wether he was the Christ at all…because he found himself in such dire circumstances…and sent word to Jesus who he knew could help him, and Jesus only message back was (my paraphrase) ..people are being loved within this time and space dear John…however Jesus NOT saving his relation speaks volumes to cause and effect in THIS world and the phrase in this life YOU SHALL HAVE tribulation. Time and time again we see Jesus get riled over one thing and one thing only…lack of Faith in what is going on with the unseen eye…and religious nuts who try to corral folks by burdening them with works and fear…and drive them away from God by making knowing him too hard…painting him as tyranical and a hard taskmaster…these are all in relation to the KINGDOM of GOD..and it is here we who believe should be living in SPITE of where we really live..this world. We need not look for another…no matter what we see or experience we press on…with love…The hardest thing we believers have is the phrase “shit happens” in this cause and effect world built out of human abstracts of “good and evil”…love transcends all this and it’s not the human mind and Phsyce that should enter it first..it is the heart…and the understanding comes only through love…and no other way. Jesus prayed this for each and every one of us…I pray they are one with you..as you and I are one. Not in unity of idea but of relationship to him in love. No matter what the world threw at Jesus..you would find him loving all the time…he was sinless and had no ego…he didn’t need to be right..or proved wrong…he operated off something totally different…love…in a mean old scary world..that even he was trapped in. Jesus showed us “we can do it”…until our very last breath. One day..we will wipe away HIS tears…for our mess of a world we live in…until then…l know nothing else to do but love one another…that my joy may be full…despite everything my earthly eyes take in. Thanks for letting me rant.
    about an hour ago · .

    Nicholas Paul Hiers …nnniiiccceee, ranting is good, and you got to it before I did…
    about an hour ago ·

  3. Hi Archie;

    Let us not forget the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and the trials, tribulations and murders of many.

    God’s will?

    Love in one hand, the sword in the other. That is the way is has been since the beginning and will continue.

    Many Americans claim to follow the Christian faith and these same Americans supported and continue to support the occupation of Iraq. A place where well over 100,000 innocent civilians died over false “intelligence”.

    The mother of all wars, which was capable of purging America within a short time was supposedly brewing in the form of WMD’s manufactured in roaming semi-trailers, apparently never was.

    The people who funded this war through taxes, moral support and justification through belief and praying to God for victory, are they right, or wrong?

    What would Jesus have done?

    I dare to say he would have walked away from this scene, but then again I have been wrong before.

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