Free will

In Genesis 1:26-27, God created man “in his own image”.  This is further described in Genesis 2:7-8&15-25.  In Genesis 3, Eve is deceived, Adam willingly partakes, and both are thrown out of the garden.  Adam was not deceived; this is clearly stated in 1 Timothy 2:13-13Romans 5 puts blame on Adam’s disobedience as the cause for man’s sin.  1 Timothy 3:1-13 gives the requirements for being a bishop or deacon.  Joshua 1:8 commands God’s people to meditate on his word day and night.  Again in 2 Timothy 2:14-18, Timothy is told to study so that he can be approved by God. The Spirit and the flesh are two different path one can choose, stated in Galatians 5:16-17.

The Bible is full of man’s freedom of choice and will.  God wishes to be with those who wish to be with him.

Change the person, not the problem

The world is full of problems, but it is also full of people.  A person is just that – a person.  People do more than what is instinctual or intelligent or right.  Every person was given a free will when God created man in his image.  Some of the most illogical, bizarre and corrupt things are done by people.  It is by their choice that they have done these things.

What if they choose to do something different?

In this video, the mandatory stupidity would have been stopped if the people had chosen to be different: Georgia Healthcare Institutions Now Mandating Flu Shot For Employees.

A friend of mine once told me a story about a Buddhist monk who stopped a violent thug by breaking the man’s arm in three places.  The monk then reset the arm and gave the man a place to stay while his arm healed.  After his arm had healed, the man was no longer a thug, but actually joined the temple and became a monk himself.  The Buddhist monk did not stop the thug for defense or protection or anger or even justice, he stopped the violence.  The monk show compassion toward the man – toward the person – even though he punished the evil.  He showed the man a better way, and drew the man with gentleness.  The man had changed from violence.  This change would perpetuate even in a position of complete immunity.

Retribution, revenge and justice are not the things I should be trying to achieve.  People are not the problem.  I cannot stop, fix or remove the problem.  The problem is in the person.  I cannot even change the person.  The one thing I can do is to show them what it means to be different, to help them be different, to lead them to the one who can change everything about them.

I have found, for myself, that Jesus is real and that He is God.  This is the one whom I want to show to people.  His word – the Bible – is truth.  I want to be like Jesus, and the monk, who helps people change into something better.

For those reading this, what I believe is exactly what the Bible says and is far removed from Catholicism.  A quick intro can be found here: UPCI.