Monthly Archives: March 2014
The primary goals of the Christian are to remain obedient and strive to win souls to Christ. The reality of a soul being added to the Christian family is not of the essence, but the effort of spreading the fame of Christ and developing favor with all the people is at the core. No human can control who is converted to Christ, but all Christians must live convincing lives that God, His Son, and Holy Spirit are real and possess all power.
Through the simple scheme of man, he is so close to understanding God, he is blinded by his own intellect and willingness to share and give back to God, what God has given him. Thus the developed enigma is rooted in the reality that all such concepts as ontology, epistemology, axiology, cosmology, metaphysics, philosophy, rhetoric, mathematics, and linguistics, were pre-existent to man.
In critically investigating the passages listed below, vital lessons are learned concerning the steep fall and crash of humanity. Devotionally, the attention of the human race has been duped into a deep need for visual stimuli and quick fixes. In essence, it ostensibly results in deception, delusion, and an undetected spiritual psychosis. “I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not” (Isaiah 66:4).
Through the guise and lens of West African culture, emphasis placed upon responsibility for personal actions is emphatic. In Ghana, a ritualistic ceremony for newborn babies is conducted to accentuate, support, reinforce, and instill the concepts of right and wrong. Although the ceremony is conducted after only a few days of birth, the message is routinely sent to the adults present; whimsical excuses are futile and shunned in African culture.
“And when he hath made an end of reconciling the holy place, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and the altar, he shall bring the live goat: 21And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness: 22And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness” (Leviticus 16:20-22).
Affection is depicted as the inner attitude of mind and seat of emotions. “It is the heart, the seat of passions as well as the mind as the seat of mental faculties.” For this literary construct intimacy shall be defined as the capacity to relate to God and people in emotionally open, vulnerable, equal, and caring ways consistently. Thus in praxis it is the act of relating to God, family, His Word, Commands, and the people of God with open, vulnerable, and non-contingent emotions for the purpose of developing deeper and deeper relationships and levels of connectivity.
“For I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death: for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men.10 We are fools for Christ’s sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honourable, but we are despised.11 Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwellingplace;12 And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it:13 Being defamed, we intreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day.14 I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you” (1 Corinthians 4:9-14).
Numbers 7:9-10 “But unto the sons of Kohath he gave none: because the service of the sanctuary belonging unto them was that they should bear upon their shoulders. 10And the princes offered for dedicating of the altar in the day that it was anointed, even the princes offered their offering before the altar.”
“And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. 24And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them. 25And there followed him great multitudes of people from Galilee, and from Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and from Judaea, and from beyond Jordan” (Matthew 4:23-25).
“But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead” (Philippians 3:7-11).