Definition of Optimism: “An inclination to put the most favorable construction upon actions and events or to anticipate the best possible outcome”
If anyone has known me for more than an hour you know that I’m not the most optimistic person. I’ve never been a half full or half empty kinda guy, but am now more of a “this cup is not adequate to do justice to the contents”.
In the past, I didn’t get too excited about much. Nothing could live up to the elaborate expectation that I had built up in my mind. I became disappointed rather quickly. This started a terrible trend of thinking up the worst case scenario. Rarely did the worst case happen, so I was felt rather pleased with the outcome. Living life at those bi-polar extremes will never maintain sanity. You have to settle somewhere in the middle.
However, the real key to true lasting optimism is respecting, submitting and trusting (when you don’t understand) to the highest authority who has written His law on the hearts of us all. You thought it was your parents and were fooled by some educators, mentors, managers and other authority figures. Looking back and seeing all the betrayal, rejection, lost jobs, wanting something and being taught patience, and some good stuff too, I can see that it was all pieced together perfectly. It never seems that way at the time, because even Jesus told his disciples that they will be killed for his namesake, but they will never be harmed (Luke 21:18). Seems like a contradiction, but remember Jesus said that men can kill the body, but only one can throw you into hell (Luke 12:4-5).
Learning that God chose me before the foundations of the world (Romans 8:25-39) and will never let anyone snatch me out of his hand (John 10:29) while sanctifying and preserving me until glorification is the ultimate reason to be optimistic. It comes back to the cup being inadequate, because it’s what’s in the cup that matters. I thank God for His unmerited favor and that He constantly fills up my cracked leaky cup with a fresh and perfectly brewed batch of grace everyday.
With all the gruesome details about the Gosnell trial it makes me wonder: What is the difference?
—-Read the rest at your own risk—-
Kermit Gosnell snipped the spinal cords of babies necks after they were born alive from a failed abortion attempt. Abortionists use tools to rip off limbs and crush the babies skull while they are inside the mothers womb. So what’s the difference? Both are alive, but just in a different location.
An aborted baby was found trying to swim it’s way out of a toilet before it’s neck was snipped, killing the child while the mother was still in the room. Abby Johnson left the abortion industry after she witnessed an ultrasound abortion in which a child was fighting off an instrument that was intended to devour his or her life. So what’s the difference?
There is no difference!
In response to this ridiculous article
1. The Bible is the inerrant, infallible Word of God.
We have 5000+ manuscripts that have typographical errors, extra words, but not errors in the message. Reading verses in context by literary genre and keeping history in mind of who the book was written to doesn’t equate to errors. People often site this because something was written in Habakkuk that is contradicting something in Song of Solomon or something similar. It’s like reading the owners manual for my oven then trying to cook a hot pocket in the dryer.
2. We just believe the Bible.
John Owen said it best “If the scripture has more than one meaning it has no meaning at all”. The scriptures have one meaning, we get it wrong, but the Bible itself isn’t wrong. Denominations spring up out of peoples self interest and personal/political agendas as church history has shown us. God’s word has stayed the same despite that.
3. Jesus is the only way to heaven.
Keep in mind that Jesus said this and quite often.
Jesus, the Only Way: 100 Verses
4. The rapture of Jesus is imminent.
Imminent means quick or swift (ταχινός tachinos; late form of 5036; swift:—imminent(1), swift(1).)
It doesn’t mean Jesus is coming back soon, because nobody knows that (Matthew 24:36).
5. Homosexuality is a chosen lifestyle and it is a sin against God.
Let’s read the rest of 1 Corinthians 6:9
Seems like the sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, thieves, the greedy, the drunkards, revilers and swindlers (sorry Han Solo) are all chosen lifestyles too and considered sinful. Look to point #3 to get clean from all that.
By the way, chastity is also a chosen lifestyle (and a sin if you are Married).
6. The earth is less than 10,000 years old.
For one thing, the Bible doesn’t tell us how old the earth is. Science tells us how old the earth is, but science keeps getting things wrong and they have to keep updating “facts” based on new data discovered. Scientists also used to think the earth was flat and the sun revolved around the earth. Genesis is meant to narrate the creation chronology to a specific group of people about the one true God rather than the multiple Egyptian gods they were used to hearing about. Look at the 10 plagues to see how God debunked all the Egyptian Gods. Why not have Bible classes as an elective? Bible classes used to be required, much like “the religion of naturalism” is today.
As for the founding fathers, it breaks down like this. Of the 55 founding fathers only 3 were deists, 93% were Christians and 70% were Calvinists (considered the most extreme and dogmatic forms of Christianity).
Their beliefs? (from Faith of Our Fathers)
- Virtually all those involved in the founding enterprise were God-fearing men in the Christian sense; most were Calvinistic Protestants.
- The Founders were deeply influenced by a biblical view of man and government. With a sober understanding of the fallenness of man, they devised a system of limited authority and checks and balances.
- The Founders understood that fear of God, moral leadership, and a righteous citizenry were necessary for their great experiment to succeed.
- Therefore, they structured a political climate that was encouraging to Christianity and accommodating to religion, rather than hostile to it.
- Protestant Christianity was the prevailing religious view for the first 150 years of our history.
Finally, I find it very intolerant for this person to choose by faith rather than evidence that the Bible is full of errors, that Jesus isn’t the only way to heaven and we only need to love one another no matter what they do. Of course that’s just his interpretation…
I can understand if you are saving a seat for your spouse, or visiting family members. Other than that, are we still in elementary school? It’s like saying, I really don’t want to get to know anyone new. I have my friends and I want to keep it that way. What’s worse is when someone else asks the same question as you are walking away and they say, “No, go head and sit down”. Ouch…
I really don’t know what else to say, except, I’ll save you a seat in heaven, if I see you there.