There are all kinds of accusations about bigotry in the world. I wonder if anyone can clarify which bigot is worse than all the others. Examine the creed to the right. Does this fit anyone you know? Perhaps it's a picture of you, but you are so bigoted that you couldn't see it even if an angel from from God told you that you were in error.
We live in a generation of shifting opinions and ideas concerning a number of things that are vital to human culture and it seems that everyone on both sides of the issues believes themselves to be the only right ones. A prime example is the issue of spanking. For centuries it was believed that corporal discipline including spanking was a normal part of the wise parenting of our children. Then along came others who hold strongly to the teaching that spanking or corporal punishment of any kind causes children irreparable harm to their psyche. Where do you stand on this issue? Are you dogmatic and assertive concerning this or is it a side issue with you. If you are dogmatic and assertive on this issue, what is your source of argument? Is that source reliable? How do you know? Unfortunately, too many people regard their opinion on this issue as fact when they have never done any objective study on it at all or have done all their study on one side or the other. Still, they are bigoted and unmovable when considering or discussing this issue.
Let's consider a hot topic that has caused anger and contention in our world today the issue of human sexuality as it pertains to homosexuality; particularly where it concerns the issue of homosexual marriage as opposed to heterosexual marriage. Some believe in what they claim is a biblical stance that homosexuality is called an abomination; quoting Romans 1:26-28 and various other texts. They insist that homosexuals are living in sin and if this sin is not repented of they before they die the will be eternally damned. The homosexual community puts forth arguments including using the Bible to defend their position stating that those who believe homosexuality to be a sin misunderstand scripture. They use the story of Jonathan and David as examples of men loving men and Ruth and Naomi as women loving women and deny that Sodom and Gomorrah were guilty of sodomy and the judgment of God was on them for some other reason. They also claim that homosexuality is genetic while those who oppose this idea claim it is false. Homosexuals have attacked their opponents as homophobic and intolerant people, and the other side claims that the homosexuals are the intolerant ones. Where do you stand on this issue? Are you dogmatic and assertive concerning this or is it
There are many other issues that confront us and have a great impact on our society and the morals or the lack of morals that help or destroy our culture and bring about positive behavior or destructive behavior. The more serious problem lies behind the belief systems, rather than the behaviors, because we always act on what we believe, and some of our beliefs are so deeply ingrained in us that nothing could persuade most of us that we could be wrong. There is nothing wrong with being wrong! Every one of us has made some mistakes in our lives. None of us are perfect! But being wrong in an obnoxious way, that is, in a way that refuses to consider any evidence that could prove us wrong, is intellectual, moral and spiritual suicide and will bring about the downfall of individuals, communities and even nations.
Someone once said that "We can agree to disagree without being disagreeable." I totally agree with this! The problem with carrying this out in
Now there is one more issue that needs to be addressed on this site concerning bigotry. That issue is one of surpassing importance in my opinion, but I don't merely hold an opinion on this issue. That issue is the existence of God and proof of his existence. Once again there are conflicting views that span every known religion and rebuttal or denial of religion and religion's God or gods. The views come from the secular and religious arenas and cannot be reconciled. The religious community declares that there is a God and proof for his existence abounds, and the secular community contends that there is no such person or creature as God and that his existence cannot be proven. On this issue I must share my
My basic story is found on this site on a page entitled "Who I Am." I just wanted to share my salvation experience and what happened specifically since my salvation. On February 19, 1974 when I was released from prison in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. I was searching for God and wound up in a camp full of Jesus Freaks (hippies who had been delivered from drugs through Jesus Christ). These people were very zealous about their beliefs, but they did not influence me immediately before or after my conversion. They were just there and were merely an instrument in God's hands to give me an arena where I could finally end my quest. I didn't initially understand their message nor did they seem to understand me. I later was to see that they did understand me more than I believed at first.
That night of my release was the most significant in my life. I knelt in a tent and prayed a simple prayer from the innermost depths of my being. I prayed; "Jesus, I am so sorry for the way that I've been living! Please forgive me, and come into my heart and change me so that I can love others more than I love my own self." To describe how God forgave me and made that a reality that is impossible to deny defies all attempts I could make in our mortal language. The concept of our knowing something spiritually is so vastly removed from human language that it is indescribable. That knowing took place around ten at night and has sustained me for all my forty-four plus years as a Christian.
Since that night I have studied the scriptures, arguments against Christianity and have had many prayers answered according to the scriptures than I could tell. The reality has come time and time again as my prayer was directed to this God of the Bible and shared with nobody else and specific answers came with the knowledge that only God knew what I had requested. I have had prayers answered from very simple prayers to such things as provision, direction and healing among other things. I had an experience that unbelievers cannot fully relate to and many believers have not gone through - a demonic attack on my life. I have been in ministry and have been involved in casting out demons personally and in groups. I've been healed immediately in answer to prayer in the name of the Jesus of the Bible, have prayed for others who have also been healed immediately, and have watched others prayed for and healed instantly. In none of these cases was there a televangelist, faith healer or prominent personality involved. These were in small and virtually unknown ministries and involved people who were just every day Christians of no reputation.
In ministry I have witnessed wonderful anointing of God on preachers and teachers many times and have had powerful anointing in preaching and witnessing myself at times. I have seen children come in from a day playing in a field laughing and telling how angels came and played ball with them. Every one of these children, I would estimate, were between the ages of three and ten, and their excitement was quite convincing! I have ministered in homes where the presence and power of God were so evident that it overwhelmed me and the people in the house. I have been
By the grace and mercy of God all our children have come to know Jesus Christ as their Savior prior to their sixth year. The earliest one came to the Lord at the age of three years old. He is the one who bound the demonic activity in his room. Four of our children are married to Christians
The poem above represents the height of bigotry!
It is a good measure to examine ourselves against!
A Small Oblation
I do not minister for money,
But somehow it seems
kind of funny,
That those who let
me build this site,
Somehow feel that it's alright,
For me to pay a monthly fee,
To offer all this stuff to thee,
So if you'd show appreciation
Kindly leave a small oblation.
C R Lord © 12/17/2018
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