Saturday, September 1, 2012

Spiritual Perspective

I am sure that most of you are familiar with the adage -– {Paraphrase} -- “Those who fail to learn from the lessons of history are doomed to repeat it.” This is what could be defined, as “historical perspective.”

“Perspective” (other than visual or geometric) is that quality ingredient which often comes with maturity [wisdom and age]. Think of it this way: “What would our world be like, if we all could live our old age before our youth?” I rather think that this world would be a gigantic mess of chaotic disturbance proportions. Can those of you who are old enough to be grandparents wish upon yourselves and your children that you and they revert back in time and become teenagers all over again? What would adults do if they reached their adolescent years and could only look forward to childhood and infant days?

Spiritual perspective is abhorrently lacking in today’s culture

If a human soul does not know and appreciate his beginnings, how can he know, experience and finally appreciate his [human] end and continued existence in the life hereafter?

If a person believes and is convinced that he / she is the product of Darwinian evolutionary [random] chance, what end purpose is there to live life as Creator God has fashioned it? If a person accepts what the current culture’s educational industry pumps into growing childrens’ minds, that their existence is not the direct result of Creator God, but of a primeval evolutionary process, -- then what difference does it make to possess good morals and observe society’s laws? If there is no such “thing” as the God-given (created) human soul, then there is somehow, merit to the old adage: “Eat drink and be merry; for tomorrow we die.”

Jesus Christ possessed a spiritual perspective that understood and respected this world's history

It not only saddens me, but sickens me when I think about some [so-called] Christians who have accepted hook, line and sinker, the evolutionary line of pseudo scientific thinking and who attempt to compromise their “Christian” understanding of the clear Biblical (historical) revelation.

The Gospel of John, Chapter, 5 [John 5:1f] makes it clear that Christ accepted the historical [Scripture] record of Moses, - commonly called, the Pentateuch – the first 5 books of the Hebrew Scriptures. Hence, we can conclude very quickly that (that if Christ were here on earth today), He would never accept Darwinian evolution or any pseudo scientific (explanatory) theory which omits the Triune, Creator God from His Creator role of the earth and the universe. John 1:3 ; Colossians 1:15-17

Please note: A prior "The Christian Message" topical message: "Evolution, Rejected by Jesus Christ"


What is so difficult to believe that Creator God spoke the world and the universe into existence by His creative Word? What is so difficult to believe that He did it as is plainly stated in Genesis 1:1f? What is so difficult to believe that the “days” of creation were normal days as we now know them? [Exodus 31:12-18 - See especially; and note Exodus 31:17 in context]

Note: Exodus 31:12-18 is a type of Biblical “cross reference” to Genesis 1:1f regarding the context of what comprised a “day” of creation. Please notice Exodus 31:17 and especially the context of the Lord’s command for His people to rest on a "literal" seventh day.

Furthermore – take note of Exodus 20:1-11 – Especially Exodus 20:8;9;10;11 – What could be more abundantly clear [from this Scripture context] that the “days” of creation were not extended epochs of time, but literal “days” as we now experience?

A couple of major reasons why people will not embrace the historical perspective of divine revelation - These reasons are also why many people do not have any spiritual perspective

Far too many people in our culture today would rather embrace the latest reported (propaganda) media news, than to accept recorded Biblical history. They would rather subject themselves to tabloid headlines rather than embrace Scripture's history which has continued to be supported (evidenced) by archaeological discoveries and other historical sources.

Rank unbelief prevents spiritual perspective

The first major reason for peoples' stubbornness not to accept the gift of the Hebrew and Christian Scripture's historical record, is is rank unbelief, anchored in a refusal to leave sin and sinful lifestyles in their particular personal tracks. [John 3:19] It is just too comfortable to go on sinning against God’s Ten Commandments [Exodus 20:1f] than to "own up" to sins against God's Ten Commandments. Lord only knows how many souls will end up in a Christless eternity of hell because of their refusal to admit their individual sins against a holy and just God who desires for their eternal life welfare.

Spiritual perspective can only come from the Triune God - 1 Corinthians 1:1-16

My friend - if all that I'm mentioning to you seems strange and alien; don't think that because of your perception, it is not genuinely true. In your fallen (sinful) condition, not having been regenerated by God the Holy Spirit, you will only think and be motivated in a natural [sinful] manner. That natural manner is your (godless) nature - a condition what the Scripture calls, "the natural man." - 1 Corinthians 2:14:

"But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned." 1 Corinthians 2:14

What you need is the spiritual perspective which only the true God can grant you. That spiritual perspective is on display in the Gospel of [John 3:1-21] Specifically, your soul needs to be regenerated from its fallen, sinful state. Hence, you need to be born anew; born from above. Only then will your perspective be of a spiritual nature, in tune with your Triune Creator, God.

Friend, if you are one whose perspective is sinfully short-sighted and bereft of the Creator's; I have no 4 or 5 point solution plan to offer you. I have no short prayer for you to repeat and recite. I have none of that. All I have that I know is effective for your sinful sorry soul, is God's gift of the Holy Scriptures. In those Bible pages, Creator / Savior God reveals Himself to you and to me. This same Scripture makes the bold claim that it is God's "means" [vehicle] to create in you faith to believe in Him, for the sake of your priceless soul! Romans 1:16 ; Romans 10:17 ; 2 Timothy 3:14-17 ; 1 Peter 1:23 ; Acts 8:26-39

Friend - seek after wisdom -- [Proverbs 1:1f] If you are one of the many (headed for hell) who would rather not answer to a holy and just God for all of your life’s sins, and, who would rather trust in pure primeval [evolutionary] chance – please, for the sake of your priceless soul – stop cold, in your tracks and re-evaluate your precarious situation.

Spiritual perspective is the one perspective you most need. It is the perspective that will stand you in good, when life and circumstances crumble before you. Spiritual perspective, based upon the historical divine revelation record of the Scriptures, which Christ Himself, endorsed, will not fail you, either in this life or the hereafter. Matthew 7:13-29 ; 2 Timothy 3:14-17

Amen.

Above Message and Related Scriptures [below] -- Intended to be utilized in a simple worship format:

Also: For a couple of other (more formal) worship formats:
The Order of Morning Service
The Order of Matins

Related Scriptures To the Above Message

Genesis 1:1f– The creation of the universe, world and man from the historical perspective

Exodus 31:12-18 –The Biblical “cross reference” of Genesis 1:1f, regarding the context of what comprised a “day” of creation. Note: Exodus 31:17 and especially the context of the Lord’s command for His people to rest on a [literal] seventh day.

Exodus 20:1-11 – Especially, Verses, 8-11 – What could be more abundantly clear [from this Scripture context] that the “days” of creation were not extended epochs of time, but literal “days” as we experience?

John 5:1f -- Note especially Christ’s belief and testimony to the truthfulness of the writings of Moses [which have been accepted by scholars to be the first 5 books of the Hebrew Scriptures] Note: See Verses 39-47

Romans 5:12 – Death (because of the sin of one human) is now the human “fate” of all mankind. Especially note that death came after the creation of man and not as evolutionists would have us believe. By inference, the Scriptures teach that the animal kingdom did not exist millions and millions of years before man. In reality, they all were created (with man) the sixth day of creation.
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Of Whom Does the Prophet Speak" -- by Victor Buksbazen -- an in-depth view of Isaiah 53:1-12 and the prophecy of Christ, hundred of years before his birth. Isaiah 53:1-12 underscores the truthfulness of Divine Revelation as exemplified in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures.


The Christian Faith: Parts 1-3


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Pastor (Emeritus) Nathan Bickel

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The "Words in Season" topical messages and related worship format are not intended to discourage or replace the Christian worship and assembly of Christians at their particular places of church worship. As this website's author, it is my prayer and hope, that many souls will find the topical messages and related worship format and other material, a useful and valuable Christian resource.

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