A Note On Face Book

The following is a note that I wrote on Face Book today.  Thought I’d share it with bloggers here.

~Christine

 

While on the way back from vacation, I received another one of those FB emails that makes one groan.  Another “we’re updating our terms and policies and introducing Privacy Basics” spew that is so long it will take me until past Christmas to read all the links “explaining” these “basics” and other changes.  *sigh*

 

As some here may know, I left my g00gle Talk Wisdom blog because I could not agree with their new rules – especially the one that would have forced me to “sign into all of g00gle.”  Therefore, I had to abandon that blog site (without telling my followers I was leaving because in order to do that I would have had to “sign into all of g00gle) and start a new WordPress blog – right around this time last year.  My new WordPress blog now has built up to 43 followers, so that’s good.

 

There are many factors that bother me about social media – especially FB.  I won’t bore you with the details, but when some people post lies and hate  about Christians (and Christian owners of businesses) who are pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, and Bible-based believers in Jesus, it is so disheartening…to say the least.  For me, it is especially difficult when one has become a “friend” with someone on here without previously knowing one’s religious, political, or social views; and then finding out that they are rabidly against my views and spew hateful political posts against cherished beliefs.  The term “tolerance” has been re-defined as tolerating absolutely everything (and, unfortunately, anything) that is anti-Christian.

 

It’s OK to “tolerate” moral depravity but not OK to tolerate biblical morality standards.

 

It’s OK to “tolerate” other religions – even violent ones like Islamic terrorism – but not Christian belief and faith.

 

It’s OK to “tolerate” any social issue that goes against the Ten Commandments of God, but label as “hatred” the moral standards that have been set by God in both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible.

 

Well, I could go on and on, but anyone who reads this will probably already get my point.

 

I need to think about and read about the new “FB terms, policies, and privacy basics” before making my decision to either stay on or leave FB (again).

 

I basically came back on here [to FB] to view my daughter’s wedding photos and video clip.  I have been on and off since then for various reasons.  Now, I need to make the decision, once again, before the FB changes take affect in January, 2015.

 

Meanwhile, you can always find me at my newer Talk Wisdom blog.  https://talkwisdom.wordpress.com/

 

Lastly, I would like to encourage all readers of this note to read and study the Bible on your own.  It is the BEST way to learn the truth about God, why Jesus Christ came to the earth to be our Lord and Savior, and also one great way to be able to recognize and avoid getting involved in a church that practices error, heresy, and apostasy.  I suggest reading the book of John first, where you will discover (or re-discover and reinforce what you may have previously learned about) the identity of Jesus Christ.

 

Our bodies will one day die, but our soul and spirit lives on.  The Bible teaches that there are only two places where our soul and spirit will end up, and it all depends on repenting of one’s sins and accepting Jesus Christ as the Lord and Savior of your life.  When Jesus walked the earth during his ministry here, he talked about avoiding hell even more than he talked about the wonder and awesomeness of heaven.  Hell was originally created for the devil (the father of lies) and his demons – and ever since Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, they have been busy throughout the past, the present, and in the future, tempting people away from God.  Heaven is where God resides and Jesus went to prepare a place for all of redeemed mankind.  The Good News is that it’s available to all who place their trust and belief in Christ!

 

I’d like to share the words of Dr. David Jeremiah from his new book “Agents of the Apocalypse” regarding the last invitation in the Bible:

 

Let him who thirsts come.  Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.  Revelation 22:17

 

Why do people come to Christ?  They are thirsty!  All human beings are born with an empty place in their lives that can only be filled with what John calls “the water of life” (Revelation 22:17).  Most people try to quence that thirst with pleasure, accomplishment, possessions, human relationships, or power, but in time, they see that these things are not satisfying.  As Solomon said after trying wealth, sex, power, and glory, it is all meaningless vanity.

 

When people realize that nothing on earth will satisfy their longing, they begin to identify their thirst.  That is when they are poised to come to Christ.  They realize that they are thirsty and He is not.  He has–no, He is–the living water every human craves.  It is He who fills the empty place that all of us since Adam have been born with.  As Blaise Pascal put it, “There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus.”

 

The restrictions on who might come to Christ are nonexistent!  The invitation is open to all.  John says, “Whoever desires.”  Who can come to Christ?  Anyone who wants his or her thirst quenched forever.

 

We all must answer Jesus’ question, “Who do you say that I am?”  How one answers that question will determine where one spends eternity.

 

Love in Christ,

Christine

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4 Responses to “A Note On Face Book”

  1. GMpilot Says:

    CJW: As some here may know, I left my g00gle Talk Wisdom blog because I could not agree with their new rules – especially the one that would have forced me to “sign into all of g00gle.” Therefore, I had to abandon that blog site (without telling my followers I was leaving because in order to do that I would have had to “sign into all of g00gle) and start a new WordPress blog – right around this time last year.
    So it’s okay with you to get some people interested in what you have to say, and then just abandon them because you can’t be bothered to explain why? Your hatred of all things Google is well-known. Have you found another search engine that meets your standards yet?

    For me, it is especially difficult when one has become a “friend” with someone on here without previously knowing one’s religious, political, or social views; and then finding out that they are rabidly against my views and spew hateful political posts against cherished beliefs.
    Other people may feel the same way about you, of course. But that’s what face-to-face interactions are for. Even in real life, most people tiptoe around subjects they feel might lead to disagreement or conflict, but if the relationship is a sound one, it can survive that. What do you want—a place where no one is ‘rabidly against’ your views? I doubt that situation exists even in your church, and I know it doesn’t exist in the world around you.
    Real-life friends are always better than Facebook friends, but if popularity is all you want, stay on Facebook.

    It’s OK to “tolerate” moral depravity but not OK to tolerate biblical morality standards.
    Biblical standards describe rules for getting and keeping slaves, killing disobedient children, and killing anyone whose religion is contrary to yours (just as radical Islam does). I wouldn’t tolerate that.

    It’s OK to “tolerate” other religions – even violent ones like Islamic terrorism – but not Christian belief and faith.
    Christianity has a long history of not tolerating other religions—among them Judaism, from where their own religion, and alleged savior, came from. Even tolerance has its limits—one cannot sacrifice a chicken or an ox, let alone a virgin female, in the modern world. When that is permitted, then you can scream about tolerance run amok.

    It’s OK to “tolerate” any social issue that goes against the Ten Commandments of God, but label as “hatred” the moral standards that have been set by God in both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible.
    The very first commandment allows worship of no other gods (and there must have been thousands, if that had to be mentioned first). The US st Amendment says you may worship any god you wish, or even not worship at all. Which one sounds more like the edict of a tyrant, and which sounds more like ‘tolerance’?

    Our bodies will one day die, but our soul and spirit lives on.
    Any evidence of that—outside of your holy book, that is?

    Hell was originally created for the devil (the father of lies) and his demons – and ever since Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, they have been busy throughout the past, the present, and in the future, tempting people away from God.
    If hell was originally created for the devil and his demons, then just when and why did humans begin to go there? Why did god build such a place? Why WOULD he?

    Regarding Dr. J’s claim:
    Why do people come to Christ? They are thirsty! All human beings are born with an empty place in their lives that can only be filled with what John calls “the water of life” (Revelation 22:17).
    So, god makes us as empty vessels and then claims that only he can fill us up. That doesn’t sound right. Or maybe only he can fill us up with the ‘right thing’–like putting JP-5 instead of kerosene into a jet. That sounds much better, but I’ve witnessed what some people full of their gods do. They deprive, and scorn, and murder. The ones who don’t do that have no need to advertise how righteous they are.

    We all must answer Jesus’ question, “Who do you say that I am?” How one answers that question will determine where one spends eternity.
    One more time: What did Jesus say when Peter answered that question? Mark says one thing, Matthew another. Such an answer deserves only one consistent reply, yet we’re presented with two! I refuse to play eeny-meeny-miney-mo with my ‘eternity’.

    Christine, if you’re going to cut yourself off from Facebook, at least have the courtesy to tell your followers why. That’s not being politically correct, that’s just being polite.

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  2. christinewjc Says:

    This has got to be at least the third time that I have told you…I CANNOT go onto my former g00gle blog to either post or comment because I would need to first agree with the new terms that they set up back in 2012 in order to write anything there.

    The account in Mark:

    Mar 8:25

    Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.

    Mar 8:26

    Jesus sent him home, saying, “Don’t even go into [fn] the village.”

    NIV Footnotes

    (8:26)

    Some manuscripts go and tell anyone in

    The instruction given in Mark was different from the account in Matthew. Matthew Henry explains:

    IV. The directions Christ gave the man he had cured, not to tell it to any in the town of Bethsaida, nor so much as to go into the town, where probably there were some expecting him to come back, who had seen Christ lead him out of the town, but, having been eyewitnesses of so many miracles, had not so much as the curiosity to follow him: let not those be gratified with the sight of him when he was cured, who would not show so much respect to Christ as to go a step out of the town, to see this cure wrought. Christ doth not forbid him to tell it to others, but he must not tell it to any in the town. Slighting Christ’s favours is forfeiting them; and Christ will make those know the worth of their privileges by the want of them, that would not know them otherwise. Bethsaida, in the day of her visitation, would not know the things that belonged to her peace, and now they are hid from her eyes. They will not see, and therefore shall not see.

    The people in Bethsaida already rejected Christ, despite already being eyewitnesses of many of Christ’s miracles.

    God made us good. Adam and Eve were full in the Garden of Eden, but when they chose to do evil, God could not allow them to eat of the Tree of Life with sinful souls. Thus began the journey towards the need for our Savior – revealed as Jesus Christ.

    It takes faith to believe, so anyone (like GM here) can reject any claim in the Bible. But history, eyewitnesses, and even pagan historians have written about Christ and what happened regarding his ministry, death on the cross, resurrection to life, and ascension into heaven. Archaeology and fulfillment of Bible prophecy are more proofs regarding the truth of the Bible. I have chosen to believe in Jesus Christ. You have chosen to reject Him. So be it.

    Also, I did tell those on Face Book why I will most likely leave again because I first put this post there. It was put on FB before I included it here. I do have time (before Jan. 1, 2015) to be on there until the new “terms, policies, and privacy basics” take effect. It’s just a shame that the FB people continue to intrude upon people who use the site.

    I will briefly answer why hell was created. Because satan and his demons have eternal lives, they would need to be placed where they can’t influence people towards evil anymore. Heaven is the joy of being reunited with God and the Millennium will be ruled by Jesus Christ (before the eternal state happens) in order to fulfill Yahweh’s promises (conquering King, living in peace in their restored land of Jerusalem) to the Jews who were saved from OT times and during the Tribulation. There is much detail about all of this when one studies the book of Revelation, as well as books written by scholars about the meaning of what is written there.

    Dr. Jeremiah adds:

    Where do you fit into the story? Have you accepted the living water that God offers in the person of Christ? If so, you can be assured that no matter what you may encounter in the days ahead, your earthly life and your eternity are in His hands. As a result, you are an overcomer. Let the book of Revelation be a glorious confirmation of the fact that you will never thirst again.

    If you have not taken a drink of that water, I encourage you to do so today. The Bible says, “Whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved” (Romans 10:13, emphasis added). Call upon Him and quench your thirst, both now and forever.

    I recently ran across a blog post (need to find it again) that stated that thousands of former Muslims are leaving that false religion and accepting Christ as Lord and Savior.

    Again…”WHOEVER calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved” (Romans 10:13)

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  3. Cry and Howl Says:

    Hey Christine! I hope you and your family have a great Thanksgiving holiday.
    Just to address one thing (the rest is too nonsensical to attempt to reason with. kind of like “answer not a fool according to his folly …”)
    Mark says one thing, Matthew says another. So? These are two different guys giving their own account of the life of Christ as they witnessed it. Period.
    Now with limited intellectual prowess within the brain of Mr. Pilot, I’m sure he’ll wrestle with the above simple explanation.

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  4. christinewjc Says:

    Thank you Steve! Wishing you and your family a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving!

    Mr. Pilot goes round and round like a merry-go-round with his accusations against the truth of Scripture. It is tiresome, but for the benefit of others who might read this post and comment thread, I try to be thorough with the explanations that GM obviously rejects.

    Your simple explanation is great – and proves the point that GM is just into arguing and not genuinely questioning for any purpose or benefit of others. He continues to do such things in order to prop up his own non-belief and ego. Otherwise, why would he be here?

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