Per Fidem Intrepidus means "Fearless Through Faith". My courage isn't my own, it comes from the Holy Spirit, it's my faith in God and my personal savior Christ Jesus that calms my fears and allows me to move forward in this fallen world. Personally I'm afraid of a lot of stuff, but having the faith that Jesus adopted me as his little, sin filled, brother keeps me going.
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Saturday, April 15, 2017
There is a ton of videos on YouTube that show the similarities between Easter and pagan rituals, beliefs, and fables. The saddest part is I have only paid attention to the videos that are from Christian sources and they concentrate on those similarities. Many of these videos concentrate on rabbits, eggs, hot cross buns and crossing oneself, and tie them to ancient Babylonian beliefs and much of that is unrelated to modern silliness regarding rabbits, eggs, hot cross buns and crossing oneself.
The silliness about rabbits, and eggs comes to us via German Lutheranism and has it's roots more in Christmas and Santa Claus than in ancient Babylonian myth that Europeans had completely no idea of until the 18th century. The word Easter doesn't come from Ishtar - it comes from the word Eostre which is the early Anglo-Saxon word for the Spring Equinox
Ishtar the Mesopotamian goddess has nothing to do with Easter and everything to do with Isis the Egyptian goddess and Aphrodite the Greek goddess. Each of these "mothers of Heaven" had a lover that was slain and was restored in some form thanks to Ishtar/Isis/Aphrodite. Ishtar restored Tammuz, Isis restored her brother/lover/husband Osirus, and Aphrodite restored her lover Adonis.
All of this has nothing to do with Jesus, the true Son of God, brutally tortured and executed as a sacrifice for our sins and risen in glory from the dead. If anything these fairy tails prove only that when Satan comes up with a good lie that's pleasing to ears desiring a good tickle he likes to tell it over and over to distract us from the truth and to deceive, if possible, even the elect.
I'm sure we can all agree that there is no queen of heaven even if one is being worshiped by the neo-pagans and has crept into LDS teachings, and that to worship one is purely blasphemy as loudly proclaimed in Jeremiah 7:18. At first glance (and second and third glances) these Christian sourced videos appear to connect Easter with these pagan rituals. Rather than properly showing the difference between these fables and the pure truth of God many of these videos instead concentrate on the similarities between the truth and the lies.
I believe that this is a plot crafted by Satan. A 'baby christian' still trying to grow in their faith sees this or someone who is still considering the possibility of God's truth sees this and their reaction is that Christianity is all a lie. Satan wins.
We should be concentrating on Jesus' victory over sin, not the lies of Satan. and if your 3 year old finds a colored egg behind the couch, so what? We are commanded NOT to quarrel about holidays which includes how we like our eggs after Easter service - hard boiled and colored or over easy
5 One person regards one day above another, another regards every day alike. Each person must be fully convinced in his own mind. 6 He who observes the day, observes it for the Lord, and he who eats, does so for the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who eats not, for the Lord he does not eat, and gives thanks to God. (Romans 14:5-6)
Thursday, April 6, 2017
My personal health has been waning these past few weeks, but some things will get better soon, but still, I'm sick of being sick.
Charles Spurgeon on the other hand actually saw the Holy Spirit at work in his maladies. Spurgeon suffered from chronic nephritis, a kidney inflammation similar to Lupus. At the age of 35 he was diagnosed with gout, a painful inflammation of the joints. In 1886 he said, “When I am suffering very greatly from gout, if anybody walks heavily and noisily across the room, it gives me pain”
But worse, he Spurgeon also suffered from depression. “I do not suppose there is any person in this assembly who ever has stronger fits of depression of spirits than I have myself personally” Early in his career he witnessed seven people trampled to death during one of his services. After that he said “The very sight of the Bible made me cry” and later “I think it would have been less painful to have been burned alive at the stake than to have passed through those horrors and depressions of spirit”
But he came through the fire, and was aptly named the Prince of Preachers. Here's several of his quotes regarding how the pain of illness is one of God's strongest tools
“Perhaps at this very moment, down in some cabin, or amidst the noise and tumult, and the raging of the ocean, when many are alarmed, there are Christians with calm faces, patiently waiting their Father’s will, whether it shall be to reach the port of heaven, or to be spared to come again to land, into the midst of life’s trials and struggles once more. They feel that they are well-cared for, they know that the storm has a bit in its mouth, and that God holds it in, and nothing can hurt them; nothing can happen to them but what God permits.” “Safe Shelter” (MTP 15, Sermon 902, p. 650).
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
What does the Holy Spirit not do for you? If you're an NAR kind of charismatic that's a silly question. According to the NAR the Holy Spirit will do anything for you, from teaching you a language that no one (possibly including God) understands to killing you when someone waves a jacket at you. (Don't believe me? Watch Benny
Hill Hinn in action) To them the Holy Spirit can do anything and everything, all you have to do is name it and claim it. (See what I did there? 😊)
In the real world there is quite a bit that the Holy Spirit does not do for you. The Holy Spirit does not change your oil, fill your checkbook, or update your wardrobe. He is here to guide and comfort. He doesn't leave clouds, glitter, or feathers in his wake, He leaves encouragement and knowledge. Is claiming that the Holy Spirit does all the things that the New Age and NAR claims Him to do blasphemy? Blasphemy is the act or offense of speaking sacrilegiously about God or sacred things, so I supposed that if you're intentionally claiming that the Holy Spirit is doing your will to entertain and misinform other people then yeah it just might be blasphemy.