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.

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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.

No help for singles – 2

I want to clarify some things about my last post: https://thefloatyboaty.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/no-help-for-singles/

It wasn’t a pity-party.  The post was to demonstrate the missing instruction and teaching that those with the experience – those who are older – should be providing.  If the people who are family through Jesus do not act like family, do not show love for one another as family, what is the difference between Christians and heathens?

A new commandment I give unto you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.  By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.    –  John 13:34-35

Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.    –  1 John 4:11-12

Where is this love?  Is there someone who cares about those who need help?  Everyone starts out single; no one starts out married.  So, shouldn’t there be some real and meaningful help for everyone?

I’m not complaining.  It is what it is.  However, there is something that can still be done – help each other and those whom have not reached the stages in life that you already have.  I have been through these stages and problems and am giving my report on the situation.  I have also given a way to resolve this issue.  It is time for others to step in and help or there be a continual downward spiral into the abyss that the heathens have already entered and learned the hard way.

For more reading:  http://justinmcampbell.net/2015/02/18/the-protestant-celibacy-problem/

No help for singles

No one helps the single people.  Pre-posts: http://justinmcampbell.net/2014/06/18/responding-to-platitudes/, http://justinmcampbell.net/2014/09/10/the-sermon-on-singleness-you-wont-hear/

As a completely single Christian guy, there are two problems I face:

  1. Properly living as a Christian single person.
  2. Finding a proper Christian girl to marry.

How does one properly live a single life?  It’s generally summed up as “don’t have sex, read the Bible more, and pray more.”  Sometimes they might say “get a hobby”, but it’s hard to get a hobby by yourself.  Sure you can do a hobby by yourself, but first you have to start the hobby – at the very minimum, instructions are needed.  Also, what hobby?  Choices have to be presented for one to make a choice.  You also have to be capable of doing the hobby – no legs means no hiking or playing paintball.  For me personally, it would be nice if they suggested a hobby that they actively participate in.  What about the times when you can’t do your hobby or taking a break, or the times you are with strangers or friends, or the many other possibilities?

What if you just can’t live single without constantly stumbling?  Well, there is marriage.  So, how do I find a girl to marry?  Well, you talk to them and get to know them.  If you like each other then you date and get to know each other better before asking her to marry you.  So, you have to wait an unspecified amount of time before I can ask her?  Before that, I could end up in the friend-zone before I even have a chance?  Wait, even before that, where are they?  The ones I would have liked to marry are already married or dating, and not all the girls are in a position that I could even begin a conversation with them.  Like the ones who leave soon after the end of a church service.  “Before you leave, would you like to go on a date?”  Does anyone make a suggestion, or introduction?  It sounds like instructions on getting hit by an asteroid.

Where’s the brotherly and sisterly love that is supposed to be shown?  If no one helps me, don’t expect me to play by, or even know, the “rules”.

Follow Through Regardless Of Influence

And when then saw him, they worshiped him: but some doubted.   — Matthew 28:17

In this context, Jesus has risen from the dead and shown himself to some of those who knew him.  However, even some of the ones who knew him and saw him still doubted his resurrection and him.  Jesus did not let this change him in any way but continued on as he had been.  He continued on to heaven and has become the mediator between us and God, just as he said.  He brought God’s spirit into the world for all mankind, just as he said.  He fulfilled the law, just as he said.

Jesus is the epitome of the manly man; the ultimate example we should follow; and truly, He is the only example we should mirror.

Marriage Is Not An Accident

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:  – Matthew 7:7

And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.  – Luke 11:9

Marriage will never be an accident: It Probably Isn’t Going To “Just Happen”.

If you want a wife, marriage, kids, or whatever, you have to go and find it – very, very few people are hit by asteroids.

Stand firm

I’d like to start by referencing a post by Justin Campbell:  Quit Being Nice

A man needs to discover what he believes and stand firm for it.  Who a person is nor what a person is should affect his stance.

Every masculine man desires to have a domain of his own.  This can cause his demise if he does not rule his domain.  Any leniency creates momentum in the wrong direction.  A house without a firm foundation will not stay when a storm comes.

It is masculine men that create the structure of the society that they live in.  A masculine man build a castle with thoughts of war in mind.  A masculine man builds an empire for the continuing of generations.  A masculine man will stand firm in the face of any adversary – no matter who the adversary may be.

Against The Current

A little story I’d like to reference:

http://aopinionatedman.com/2014/04/17/you-are-a-poor-writer/

 

What should you do?  Who should you be?  Why are you asking me?  A man decides for himself what he will do and who he will be.  He is not enslaved to another’s puny imagination.

The masculine man has the strength and determination to make choices and decisions on his own, for himself.  He also has the commitment to follow through with those choices and decisions.

The way of the masculine man is a powerful one.

Power Of Words

Helping articles:

http://lorialexander.blogspot.com/2014/04/only-speak-words-of-life.html

http://lorialexander.blogspot.com/2014/04/teaching-children-how-to-think.html

Words are more powerful than any weapon.  Examples of this power include politics, news, movies, teachers, parents, peers, and music.  It is not the weapons of war one has to fear, but the words that one listens to.

What is a weapon?  What is a loaf of bread?  Without words, they are nothing but objects.  The objects themselves can be anything and have no meaning to the observer.  Words are what make the loaf of bread tasty and desirable, and the weapon dangerous and evil.  Yet those same objects could be changed and morphed into a completely different perception with just a few words.

Words also change this listener, the one spoken to.  Giving derogatory names has a psychologically damaging effect.  Applying derogatory statements of fact is even more damaging.  “You’re just stupid.”

Words have the most powerful effect on children.  Minds that are developing and are easily molded.  The most valuable physical treasure in this mortal realm; the most fought over, the most destroyed, and the most killed.

Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.  — Proverbs 18:21

Words can also be used to build, strengthen, and nurture.  Words can also be used on one’s own self.  It is with the power of the audible voice that the universe around us changes – just like with Martin Luther King, Jr.