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Learning to enact Change

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Submitted by Michael S. (United States), Nov 17, 2014 at 13:29

Hi, Luciana and thank you for your thoughtful comments. You said,

"How can the People with the Governments....LEARN to enact CHANGE?"

I once had a pastor, who jokingly said,

"We've got a solution to sin -- we'll just outlaw it!"

It certainly is good to call evil evil, and even to enact laws against the most egregious forms of it; but people don't enact such laws; and when the laws exist, they do not follow them; because they are full of wickedness. I am also a member of this club, which is why (I think) I tend to lay off of the moralizing.

One thing that can be said about "Western" civilization, is that they have managed to live relatively peaceful lives and respect the law -- which means that everyone lives in an environment wherein they are free to CHOOSE to do good or to do evil. This is half good, in that it allows people to be genuinely good; and half evil, in that it allows blatant evil.

The most flagrant example of raw evil that I see in this Western world I live in, is rampant promiscuity. It is promoted in nearly all prime time television shows; and it is taught in our schools down to the primary level. Of course, it is also on the Internet in the form of pornography. The net result of all this fornication, adultery and covetousness is the degradation of families; and the main victims are (Get this, all you promiscuous Lefties):

innocent children.

Adults are expected to sin; and the commandments in the Bible were written because of this. Concerning children, though, Jesus said,

Mark 9
[42] And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.

When the Israelites were exiled the first time, and their temple destroyed, their sins included pride and idolatry. When the Second Temple was destroyed, and the Jews were scattered across the globe (and ultimately killed in gas chambers), the rabbis of the ages said it was due to "gratuitous hatred". There is no doubt, however, about what the sin of our times is:

Rev 9
[18] By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.
[19] For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt.
[20] And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:
[21] Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.

That should be pretty clear: murders, sorceries, fornication and thefts. That word "sorceries" pertained to inducing an altered state of mind through drugs and potions.

I'm amazed at times, how inteligent athiests, who can not only discern the paths of comets but also land a spacecraft on one, seem to have no understanding about what is truly good and truly evil -- enough to realize that the God of the Universe, without the use of lenses and spectrophotometers, showed them these things ages ago and spelled them out in the Bible. Instead, they have taken the "old immorality" of the Bible, repackaged it, and called it the "new morality".

As I said, it is the children that suffer the most; and the God who cares for them sees and remembers.

How do the "Satanic Verses", and freedom of speech line up with that? They're small potatoes by comparison, in the big scheme of things. Jesus said again,

Luke 13
[1] There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.
[2] And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things?
[3] I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
[4] Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem?
[5] I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

Oh, those Muslims are wicked! Yes they are; but so am I; and my greatest sin, I believe, is not "failure to protest and enact legislation".

I have a few tales to tell, from the radical days of my youth, when I sought to change the world through legislation and revolution. Some of them are comical, in their irony. I tried to change the world; but instead, I worked together with people to create the world we know today, the world of the "new morality". After all that counterproductive effort, the most helpful thing I did for humanity was to humble myself before God, repent of my sin, and give my life to His service in the good news.

Preaching paused. God bless and keep you, Luciana

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