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"Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity."
God is defined as The Supreme and Ultimate Reality.
What is The Supreme and Ultimate Reality? The way it actually is. Contrast that with the way it isn't or the way as it looks, or the way that is preferred.
How can I prove this is the Christian God? I don't need to prove anything, it stands by itself. The Supreme and Ultimate Reality is clearly the God of all.
I can at least tell you that I see the witness of this God in both the Old Testament and The New Testament. This is the God of scripture that is universally recognized as being "Christian".
Christianity is not the worship of created things though, it is the relationship with have with God in creation with the spirit of Truth.
Make no mistake, God is The Supreme and Ultimate Reality, and if you take God as being anything else you are not talking about my God.
The Supreme and Ultimate Reality is God.
These other gods do exist, but they are created beings. They are mortals with lifespans like everything else in creation.
The One True Eternal God is The Supreme and Ultimate Reality.
Many Christians were accused of being atheists back in the early days of the Roman Empire.
In fact, just about every atheist argument at some point in history was used by Christians to expose false deities.
Successful atheist arguments, that is, arguments that are actually legitimate, do nothing to disprove God, they only show how our understanding of God is off.
"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good."
Sometimes you gotta give the brain a good washing to get all that gunk out of the mind.
You can here in Austin, Texas.
Believe me though, it will become apparent why it is better for women to cover themselves. It will not be possible to avoid unwanted attention. I've known women to try going around topless all the time, and they usually learn something.
"Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.
Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her,
that her warfare is accomplished,
that her iniquity is pardoned:
for she hath received of the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.
The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness,
Prepare ye the way of the Lord,
make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
Every valley shall be exalted,
and every mountain and hill shall be made low:
and the crooked shall be made straight,
and the rough places plain:
and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed,
and all flesh shall see it together:
for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.
The voice said, Cry.
And he said, What shall I cry?
All flesh is grass,
and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field:
the grass withereth, the flower fadeth:
because the spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it:
surely the people is grass.
The grass withereth, the flower fadeth:
but the word of our God shall stand for ever.
O Zion, that bringest good tidings,
get thee up into the high mountain;
O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings,
lift up thy voice with strength;
lift it up, be not afraid;
say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!
Behold, the Lord God will come with strong hand,
and his arm shall rule for him:
behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.
He shall feed his flock like a shepherd:
he shall gather the lambs with his arm,
and carry them in his bosom,
and shall gently lead those that are with young.
Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand,
and meted out heaven with the span,
and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure,
and weighed the mountains in scales,
and the hills in a balance?
Who hath directed the Spirit of the Lord,
or being his counsellor hath taught him?
With whom took he counsel,
and who instructed him,
and taught him in the path of judgment,
and taught him knowledge,
and shewed to him the way of understanding?
Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket,
and are counted as the small dust of the balance:
behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing.
And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn,
nor the beasts thereof sufficient for a burnt offering.
All nations before him are as nothing;
and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity.
To whom then will ye liken God?
or what likeness will ye compare unto him?
The workman melteth a graven image,
and the goldsmith spreadeth it over with gold,
and casteth silver chains.
He that is so impoverished that he hath no oblation
chooseth a tree that will not rot;
he seeketh unto him a cunning workman
to prepare a graven image, that shall not be moved.
Have ye not known? have ye not heard?
hath it not been told you from the beginning?
have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth?
It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth,
and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers;
that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain,
and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:
that bringeth the princes to nothing;
he maketh the judges of the earth as vanity.
Yea, they shall not be planted;
yea, they shall not be sown:
yea, their stock shall not take root in the earth:
and he shall also blow upon them, and they shall wither,
and the whirlwind shall take them away as stubble.
To whom then will ye liken me,
or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One.
Lift up your eyes on high,
and behold who hath created these things,
that bringeth out their host by number:
he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might,
for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.
Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel,
My way is hid from the Lord,
and my judgment is passed over from my God?
Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard,
that the everlasting God, the Lord,
the Creator of the ends of the earth,
fainteth not, neither is weary?
there is no searching of his understanding.
He giveth power to the faint;
and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
and the young men shall utterly fall:
but they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings as eagles;
they shall run, and not be weary;
and they shall walk, and not faint."
What if? Omnipotent means that God did it. The Supreme and Ultimate Reality. It is better to accept The Truth than to show preference to unrealities or worse yet, live in utter denial of The Truth.
See, when you don't accept God, you are really the one who is embracing arbitrariness. Your god is personal whim rather than The Truth. For this reason, those who would rather bow down to fetishes will be cursed with strong delusion.
It is better to make peace with reality than to outright deny it or pretend it is something else.
Good is determined by God. What that means is, if God does it, it is good.
The only free will is God. If you are going to say that God's will isn't free because only God's will can be done which makes God limited to God's will....
...well, I think that makes even less sense.
Yet this is what I believe, that God alone is good, and all things were created by the will of God.
My faith is not in man, man made institution, or any of these created things. My faith is in God, The Supreme and Ultimate Reality, and this is the God that scripture testifies of.
The first definition of "testament" according to Merriam-Webster is...
"A tangible proof or tribute".
I recognize the two testaments contained within The Holy Bible as being good witness to The One True God, The Supreme and Ultimate Reality.
See, you don't understand my faith. You lean on your own understanding. My faith is not in my own understanding, even less the understanding of other people. My faith is not in philosophy, human authority, systems of human authority, less so even the tombs of dead men.
There is nothing surprising about the way people are, all of it has been prophesied of in scripture. It is prophesy because it is true, not because it is said to be true. Have these things been proven to you? Then to you it is not proof.
See, you are telling me what my faith is, and then proceeding to demolish what it is you are telling me my faith is. Wouldn't it make more sense to show some charity in order to actually address someone as an individual rather than a homogenization of prejudice?
You must not be talking to me.
If it means anything, most preachers make me physically ill.
It has been permitted by God to allow these things to happen, and they are not extraordinary things to those who have been educated through scripture. This is how the church is, and this is how it was prophesied to be. The state of the church is not all that shocking to me, as scripture makes it clear that it was going to be this way. It is at least very clear to me.
The God I believe in is The Supreme and Ultimate Reality. That being the case, The Truth is what has authority. Many will claim things by the name of Jesus, but that doesn't mean they even know Jesus.
The Truth is what sets you free, what saves you, what redeems all. That is The Good News, The Gospel. People will always argue over matters of creation. Ultimately, this isn't what the faith is about.
It seems to me that you are being impatient.
IF you want to condemn all idiots, it is this one idiot's opinion that you also condemn yourself. Maybe you aren't really all that bright to begin with. Maybe you are a victim of the Dunning-Kruger effect.
You certainly aren't impressing me. You look very arrogant from this perspective.
See, you have no idea what you are talking about.
Atheism towards the big "G" is denial of existence of The Supreme and Ultimate Reality. Atheists don't even believe in science.
You don't understand what you are saying. You have superstitious ideas about God.
The Supreme and Ultimate Reality. Do you deny this?
If someone defines themselves as an atheist to begin with, that is a clear indication of either some type of fetishization or a warning that everything they say can be discredited as being foolishness.
There is no such thing as an atheist. That isn't how it works. Atheists have a god. They have many gods. They are pagan. They are in denial of their gods because they are superstitious and don't understand what gods are. Whether or not they acknowledge The Supreme and Ultimate Reality, this is their God, The One True God of all.
"Don't worry Timmy, there is nothing to be concerned with. The truth is that there is no truth, there is no ultimate reality. You can be comforted to know that because there is no ultimate reality, the reality you are experiencing is not real. A lie isn't a lie, the truth isn't the truth, and you can now sleep peaceful in the emptiness of nonexistence. None of this is real. You aren't really dying, because there is no dying."
Oddly enough, if you were to believe this to be true, you would still be professing belief in ultimate reality.
If you say. "There is no God", you are sayin, "It is the ultimate reality that there is no ultimate reality."
Surely anyone who has even a basic amount of sense would find such a proclamation hard to believe, whether or not they assumed to understand what was meant or not.
Charity is the prescription here, and atheists have no appreciation for the amount of charity contemporary society gives them. There was a time when this sort of thing was a matter of survival. People who shouted out "There is no truth! The reality is that there is no reality!" were executed for screwing everything up. Of course, executing these people for screwing everything up was also screwing everything up, so the cycle goes on and on.
Charity is the prescription of Christ, if the atheists only knew.
"Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity."