The truth about being “Born Again”

Newborn_Baby_Care-300x225 The truth about being "Born Again"I think it is no more complicated than being born of the spirit, or becoming spiritually aware of the divine. 

It is NOT some doctrine to be dominated or exploited by a denomination or some “holy ghost” eternal life insurance, but an experience that helps transform our hearts and minds to know God and God’s own self.

It is a doorway into the grand scheme of things, the truly big picture.  It offers new hope and new perspective. It is an experience that will never be exhausted. Reach out and ask for the experience and know the power behind love.

John 3:5-8
 Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.  6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’  8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
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Anathema

Anathema

An outrage, a disgrace, an evil…..

Religions of today are still battling over what is right and just, and what is corrupt and evil.

We live in a society that has enmeshed our spirituality with our politics, and justify horrible, cruel acts to the person of Jesus.  We live in excess while most of the world lives in poverty.  We manipulate the price of grain making some wealthy at the suffering of others, and stand by while they starve.  Yes, we live in a world of plenty as we plunder the rest of the world’s natural resources. We can be greedy, bigoted and hateful to those who oppose us and slap the Jesus sticker of our evil ways to justify our self created box of abominations.

How did we get here?  We lost the purpose and goal of the gospel.  And to be honest and to the point, for those Christians that aren’t following the teachings of Jesus, they’re anti-Christ.

Over the years I have spoken with others who have support their politics by enmeshing concepts of capitalism with their cultural Christianity.  They elect molesters, thieves, liars and murders, all because these politicians say they want to outlaw abortion, take away the rights of people how think differently and live differently than themselves.  Cultural Christians become fearful at the bidding of distorted teaching. This brain washing comes from the pulpit and is anathema and an abomination.  Fear can be a major tool to generate lots of cash for those who create fear and hysteria.  This is anti-Christ and the only way to correct is to call it out.

How do we fix it? We can fix it on an individual basis, person by person.  Pray, reading your New Testament and discovering what Jesus says about the human condition and how we can help one another through loving support. Meet with others.  Let your minds be transformed by love and truth. Share and discuss what you find about God’s love toward mankind, through the teachings of Jesus. The truth makes us free and gives us hope to be Christ’s thoughts and actions in a broken and addicted world.

Love one another

22104581_1791744990854157_1063597359615608700_o-300x188 Love one anotherHow far do we go in loving others?

The entire principal of loving one another is short and too the point.  We even go as far a loving our enemies.  No greater love is there, than to give up our lives for our friends.

Are there any exceptions that we can think of?  Can you give scriptural references?

Who are the Righteous?

Prostitution-Laws-in-Colorado-196x300 Who are the Righteous?

In a world where televangelist take the media by storm and religious leaders pervert the Bible to make more money and gain more power, it is no wonder that Jesus gives more credibility to tax collectors and prostitutes.

Jesus Said:
Matt 21:Ver.

23 Now when He came into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people confronted Him as He was teaching, and said, “By what authority are You doing these things? And who gave You this authority?”

24 But Jesus answered and said to them, “I also will ask you one thing, which if you tell Me, I likewise will tell you by what authority I do these things:  25 The baptism of John — where was it from? From heaven or from men?”

And they reasoned among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ He will say to us, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ 26 But if we say, ‘From men,’ we fear the multitude, for all count John as a prophet.” 27 So they answered Jesus and said, “We do not know.”

And He said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.

The Parable of the Two Sons

28 “But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go, work today in my vineyard.’  29 He answered and said, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he regretted it and went.  30 Then he came to the second and said likewise. And he answered and said, ‘I go, sir,’ but he did not go.  31 Which of the two did the will of his father?”

They said to Him, “The first.”

Jesus said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that tax collectors and harlots enter the kingdom of God before you.  32 For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him; but tax collectors and harlots believed him; and when you saw it, you did not afterward relent and believe him.
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Judgment

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We are all raised with prejudice, form our cultural education to our natural likes and dislikes.

How do we differentiate the book from the cover?

When I was in my late teens, I attended a number of churches and bible studies.  During one of those bible studies I encountered an elderly couple, very friendly in personality but not up to regular hygiene standards.  Their clothes were warn and they had that elderly unwashed odor.

After the bible study they invited many of us over to their home for coffee.  The snob part of me was reluctant but their kindness was alluring so I tagged along with my friends.  When we entered their home, the first thing I noticed was all the cats, and the cat box smell.  The furniture was old and dirty.  As I walked in, flees began to jump on me.  There were thousands of them.  It was as if the rugs had become alive there were so many.  We all followed the old lady into the kitchen devoid of rugs and she began to make coffee.  She opened the cupboard and took out some sandwich cookies.  They were the kind that you get 500 in the pack for 99 cents.  I was hoping for homemade but beggars can’t be choosers.

I had evaluated the situation and had made my judgment call.  I didn’t have any desire to return and chalked it up to a couple of kind and loving, but smelly, dirty old people.

She poured me a cup of coffee and I drank.  It was fantastic!  It was the best cup of coffee I had ever had.  I was stunned.  How could something so good come out of something that looked so bad.  I remarked to the old woman that I wished to know the brand of the coffee so I could make it myself. She told me the name and how she added egg shell to the grounds before brewing. I have never been able to match it, to this day.

I was so totally blessed by that old couple.  The torn sweater that she was wearing, his dirty overalls and the living floor rugs all vanished from my mind.  It was the kindness and hospitality that over rode my cultural indoctrination and snobbery.

When I think of this experience, it is held close to my heart.  Sometimes I get a little teary and am so thankful to have learned love from the example from an kind and elderly couple who offered me a simple cup of coffee that became a major life lesson of the heart.

You can’t righteously judge a book by its cover.   “judge not according to appearance but judge righteous judgement.” John 7:24