The Christian Ethics Foundation

Created in God’s Image

When I was young, I thought about the idea of being created in God’s image. I don’t think it’s uncommon for a lot of us when we are children to think of God in human form. God is a man because we are told that in different versions of Scripture. So we think of God as an old man with a beard and white flowing robes. We are created in God’s image. As a male child I never really thought about how women might view God as a man and a contradiction of being created in God’s male image. But as I grew older and began to understand Jesus teachings, I realized that God is not a being a flesh and blood, God is not male or female, but a powerful and loving personality.

When we look at ourselves within the context of who we are in society, our gifts very in science, art, athletics, business, hospitality, faith and even in the abuse that we may suffer as human beings. The question arises; do we make enough money to make what we do credible?

We make a big mistake when we try and involve God in this conversation. God makes God’s perspective clear. God doesn’t care about our financial success. God cares about how we love ourselves and how we extend love to others.

Perhaps you were told you had no value because you enjoy the arts and sciences, or were athletic were in business you like keeping books. Not a goal to become wealthy, but were manipulated by shamed, or made to feel worthless because you didn’t attain the expectation of your family, culture, education, or community. There are many who have lost sight of the joy of spirituality because we have been shamed into believing that which we are not. Being told that rigidly is where we will finally find God’s acceptance. The reality is that God loves each and every one of us. Are you a loving Person? Are you working within yourself to help the human condition?  Do you love the poor, minorities, Gays and transgender people, the homeless? Do we even go as far as loving our enemies?  it’s time to reject the conditioning and try to get back to that place where we can focus on the God that loves us and the gifts that God has given us.  We have a blueprint for love and it is found in first Corinthians 13. Check it out.

Admittedly in a culture where the emphasis on money is so strong, it’s often easier said than done. Renew your mind and heart with hope, love for others and the joy of participating in your creative gifts. God created us in God’s image. What does God do? God creates good things and we are created to create good things.

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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