Looking at an Owl

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Pride and ambition can get anyone and everyone in trouble. When people ascribe to another “The voice of a god and not of a man”, the best thing to do is quickly dismiss the sentiment, ask the Lord to forgive any acceptance of it, and correct those who attributed the sentiment to you. It is made much worse when one ascribes the sentiment to oneself.

A young and not so very smart lady (Janelle Monáe), corrupted by Satan’s ploy with a religious and secularist philosophy, spoke with no wisdom (zt all) when she said,

“I’m nonbinary, so I just don’t see myself as a woman, solely,” they said. “I feel all of my energy. I feel like god is so much bigger than the ‘he’ or the ‘she.’ And if I am from God, I am everything. I am everything.

King Herod (Acts 12) looked at an owl and knew instantly the Lord has just cast a vote against him, and in about a week he died from a violent illness (Josephus: Antiquities; 17.6.8; 19.8.2).

It’s a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Her Godliness

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What is modesty? I saw an online article wherein a female at her birthday party had the attention of others regarding her breasts. It was shameful. Yet, in a society that tries to moralize in accordance with secularism, the shame was turned around on those who spoke against such images, saying that her “big naturals” (term used in the article) are not her fault.

When I worked in the south stands of Ohio Stadium in the Fall of 2021, in the early months of the football season, many young females wanted to be seen in their skimpy outfits, and I suspect they would have cried foul and loud if any advancements would have been made toward them by those of the opposite sex. It was shameful! This is associated perfectly with spiritual and moral immaturity.

What is modesty? To begin, we must accept the fact that someone must define the term. There are two options or sources of definitions. First, there is that which comes from God. Second, there is that which comes from man. There is no third option.

The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines it “propriety in dress, speech, or conduct”, which is an okay definition, but what does propriety mean? Again, from the same source, it means “conformity to what is socially acceptable in conduct or speech.” Therein lies the problem. When society defines what is acceptable, then modesty, like morality, is fluid, always changing.

How does the Lord define it? The word “modest” is used only once in the New Testament in the American Standard and King James Versions (1 Tim. 2:9). In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array (KJV). The word “modesty” (ESV) is used twice in the New Testament (1 Cor. 12:23 and 1 Tim 2:9). The word modest comes from a Greek word (kosmios) that means orderly, well-arranged, decent (Vine’s 3:79). Like the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, the meaning of this is understood relatively well, but the difference between the two is this: man’s definition and application is always changing, the Lord’s is not.

What does the Lord want? Regarding godly women, this is what He wants. Women are to dress themselves in clothing that is well-arranged, decent; she is to do this with the Lord being the One she wants to please; she is not interested in pleasing herself or those who look at her. That is not to say (not even close) that she can’t dress in a way that presents her in the best light, but it is to say that if she wants to be seen because of that which the Lord gave her, Satan will be abundantly happy!

There is no hard-fast rule on what is modest in regard to clothing, but there is a hard-fast rule of life concerning how the Christian is to approach life. That is, she is to approach life with a godly attitude, a way of thinking that brings glory to Him who saved her. Let her husband see her the way she wants to be seen, let others accentuate the quality of her godliness in all respects, even in how she dresses. RT

Shalom has no peace

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In the NY Times, it is expected there will be a voice for the morally and religiously deranged. It appears those operating the helm at the “paper of record” are sympathetic to such ways of thinking.

Is God to blame for the failures of man? Not a chance! Man is the blame for all his failures, including the failures belonging to Shalom Auslander. Because of his failures and those all around him, he proposes we give up God. It’s evident that he has, including those of the like-minded NY Times, and the political party now in control of both houses of Congress / White House.

God is not the problem and never has been. It is always in man who follow the dictates of his own evil heart. With sentiments like this, there is no peace for those who have put hope in something other than the Almighty.

Is the idea of “killing god” a solution, as Shalom thinks it is? Live in one of the cities where killing innocent children is already in vogue, live in one of the cities where they are confused about what a “woman” is, how it is to be defined, live in a city where the LGBTQ community runs rampant, live in a city where murder is the norm and victims are the problem, then be sure to tell us how man is the solution!

Yes, the problem is man and his ideology, an ideology that is as vile as the source from which it comes.

You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies (John 8:44, ESV).

Soon enough

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Males grow up to be men; females grow to be women. Children growing up to be something other than what they actually are, learn this from adults already emotionally, socially, and morally confused. Adults teaching this to young people perpetuate evil to the next generation. Their form of evil is only different than that in the 1930s through the mid-1940s. These children will then be adults who are, likewise, socially, emotional, and morally confused.

Adults who teach the latter group to think this way will not escape the Lord’s attention on Judgment Day.

Don’t believe in God? You will soon enough.

“It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”

Generosity and Support

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One can never out give the Lord, but the wise man never tries. On the other hand, one who is stingy or takes away from one to punish another (or others) will soon have taken away even that which he has. In Proverbs 11:24-26, the theme of those three verses is related to the generosity of the one’s heart, or the lack thereof.

Even he who has little, if he scatters what he has to benefit others, he gets in return more than he had to start with. At the same time, there is one who withholds because of a desire to punish others not realizing he is the one who is poor in the Lord’s sight and will be punished himself.

Just as the one who scatters, the Lord looks upon him as rich because in his material blessings he seeks to help and support others. It reminds one of the words in Malachi 3:8 when the Lord’s people robbed God? How can one rob God? Here is what the Lord said, Can a person rob God? You indeed are robbing me, but you say, ‘How are we robbing you?’ In tithes and contributions! (New English Translation).

Contributions to the Lord’s cause is to be from the heart, the amount makes no difference to the Lord. On the other hand, when one contributes to the cause of his own heart, he loses.

Beauty and Substance

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Beauty is skin deep, but it does not even exist at skin level when a woman of beauty fails to understand her role in the Lord’s eyes. She is like a ring of gold in the snout of a pig because she lacks discretion (cf. Prov. 11:22). What does “discretion” mean in this context? She lacks good taste, judgment, modesty, and where her strength is.

Her strength is not in her appearance, but in her substance. Then she is truly beautiful. Beauty fades, substance stays.

A Woman

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How should a man look at a woman? As his equal, but with a much different role than his. She is his support as he leads; she makes the difference in his life. As they both lack something or many things, they both fill in the gaps to make a whole.

Her beauty at a young age will pass (as we all get wrinkled), but her virtue lingers long. Perhaps their romance is not as it was, but their love towards one another is still strong.

Her eyes do not wander, but are steady. She is a pillar of strength in the family. Ideally, her quality is developed when she is a little girl taught by a loving mother. When she grows up and is the light in a man’s eyes, she makes him much better. If not, however, as she is taught by the Lord, she now has an understanding of her role in her family and in God’s family.

She does not seek to replace him in his role, as he does not seek to replace her in her role. They both seek to accentuate that which the Lord gave. She loves her husband, nurtures him, and raises her children. It is her role as a mother that shapes the world. Without mom, men would be unbalanced.

Confused Adjudicate

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If a person can’t (unwilling to) define what a woman is, how in the world is that same person asked to adjudicate difficult circumstances and criminal actions on the part of others? There is no good reason for this failing!

Since the person is supposed to use a document (settled law) to measure the actions of others, should not that same person be able (willing) to utilize a document (dictionary) to define another word? To refuse illustrates a political and moral agenda – neither of which is beneficial to this country.