Half truth… is it a lie?

Well, half a truth is also half a lie.
Quite a confrontation if you have never thought of it before. 

Dictionary definition… “a statement that conveys only part of the truth, especially one used deliberately in order to mislead someone.”
Or, there is this … “Half the truth is often a whole lie. … If you do not tell the whole truth, you can mislead people just as if you tell them an outright lie.”

https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/Half+the+truth+is+often+a+whole+lie

Does a half truth harm anyone?

Sometimes. The obvious reply is through ‘half truth advertising.’ But there is another way…

Even though the reason might be to spare someone, the whole truth is hidden. However, in most instances, a half truth is to protect the self. Other times it can be to avoid hurting someone else’s feelings.

With the latter – does it protect the other person in the long run? This is a question a friend confronted me with over the fact I was not fully being honest about how bad my health is. She had a point, and I will rectify the situation because I saw from what she said that it would be more hurtful when/if the full truth comes out.

The same applies to not telling the full truth to cover a fault, or something we have done that we don’t want known. There’s an old saying, ‘The truth will out.’ In this day and age there are more ways for the truth to come out than there were before.

A half truth can be dangerous when it covers depression…
https://www.susanprestonauthor.com/depression-is-not-always-seen/

What about ‘fake news?’

Is it the same?

I had to look this up to see what it really meant.

half truth and fake news

Fake news is written and published usually with the intent to mislead in order to damage an agency, entity, or person, and/or gain financially or politically, often using sensationalist, dishonest, or outright fabricated headlines to increase readership.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fake_news.

So, there may or may not be an element of truth in the ‘fake news.’

Half truths and lies

I will close with this quote from rhl school…
http://www.rhlschool.com/read8n1.htm

“Advertisers will sometimes use half-truths. It’s against the law to make false claims so they try to mislead you with the truth. An ad might boast, “Nine out of ten doctors recommend Yucky Pills to cure nose pimples.” It fails to mention that they only asked ten doctors and nine of them work for the Yucky Corporation.”

This kind of deception happens too often. It’s a sad fact of life: Lies are lies, and sometimes the truth can lie as well.

Therefore, we must be on guard, and monitor ourselves as well as watching what we read, see, and checking ‘facts’ carefully.

Half truth+half truth ≠ truth

Sharing some thoughts

Susan

Your Life as a Movie

Your life as a movie

A movie that stands out to me is the Charlton Heston ‘Ten Commandments’ movie. I mention that because it covered Moses’ life from a baby until the end.

What would your life be like as a movie?

Is your movie joyful
Sad and alone
Are you old in your movie
Good live movie

What is the standout in your movie?

A childhood memory? Your wedding day? Birth of a child? Their graduation or wedding? A divorce? Death of a child or loved one?

When you look back, what do you see?

Is your movie a bumpy road?

Most of us have bumpy roads in our lives.

Sometimes unexpected twists and turns,

It’s how we handle them that counts.

And many of them are so devastating we think we will never survive, but we do.

Ten Commandments Movie

Although not entirely accurate to the Biblical account, the film is a reasonably good overview of Moses’ life leading a huge group of grumblers to their promised land.

I guess we have all had grumblers in our lives but hopefully not to the extent Moses did.

Then there was Jeremiah

Commonly called the ‘weeping prophet,’ his life was no picnic. He was warned though.

The word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
“Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.”
But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you.  Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord. Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “I have put my words in your mouth.
See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.”
Jeremiah 1: 1 – 10

By chapter 38 he was put in a pit/cistern… some say sewer… and left to starve.

Calling for Divine help

But there was a good ending… he was lifted out of the pit and lived.

Interesting story after that. (Too long for here and on a different subject.)

Another story of loss and triumph

A lovely hymn whose words were written by Horatio Spafford after his four daughter drowned. He lost his fortune in the Chicago fire… well, the video documents all his losses as well as his recovery.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BX_50AERr8M

Our life movies

When I was a child in Scotland a small house spider terrified me.

What would I have thought then had I known about the huge insects I would meet in Brunei, then here in Australia?

Over the years various friends have said, “I am glad I didn’t know what this would turn out to be when I was younger.” I profoundly agree!

My husband and I said it when our son died at sixteen and a half.

I am sure my husband thought it when his lungs were smothering him when he was dying from Pulmonary Fibrosis.

Now, here am I, rather restricted and ‘tethered’ to an oxygen machine (or a portable one) twenty-four hours a day.

All the same, I can sit here in front of the computer, currently writing my soon to be released book on living with oxygen.

My life movie has had many bends in the road, some pits  of despair that I thought I would never get out of, and lots of tremendous bumps, but I can look back and say, “Thank you Father.”

Can you? I hope so.

Susan

Movie equipment

Mother Past and Present, What Faith

Mother standing alone

“Happy Mother’s Day” was the greeting from a special friend. Her next line was the one that inspired me… “If there were no mothers in the world, Christ would never have been born. “

So, this post is ‘a tale of two mothers’ – in vastly different circumstances and time settings, then us.

Christ’s mother did not have it easy.

Most mothers would say they do not have it ‘easy’ especially in this age where there are so many thing to worry a mother.

I remember when I used to be a leader in a girls’ club run by the church I attended, we discussed what it would have been like to be pregnant and unmarried in that time period.

pottery cup, betrothal cupMary and Joseph were betrothed. The word has lost much of its meaning over the centuries. At that time at the betrothal the woman was legally married even though she still remained in her father’s house. She could not have what we now call ‘a relationship’ with another man unless she was divorced from the man she was betrothed to. Yes, a betrothal was that binding. When Mary accepted what the angel told her, she would have known what her punishment could be… stoning. 

Joseph could have claimed she had been adulterous and she would have been stoned.

How much faith did she need to carry her child, knowing she was still a virgin, but would  her story of an angel visiting her be believed?

The Bible records how that turned out. God sent an angel to Joseph… he must have needed faith too.

  • How much faith did Christ’s mother need when He left the family business and started wandering the countryside preaching about the Kingdom of God?
  • What mother would not understand the agony she would have felt watching Him crucified?

It takes faith to be a mother, and as a common saying goes… it takes a community to raise a child.

It takes a community to raise a child

What if you were the first mother?

By the time Eve became a mother, she and Adam had been cast out of the garden. This is how I understand the scripture…

 

Eve, first mother, eden

"Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living. The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever. So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life."

Genesis 3: 20 -24

Did Eve wonder what was happening to her body, or do we assume that because Adam knew she would become the mother of all the living that God had taught them previously?

Some things are instinctive to a mother; other things are learned. Who did Eve have to ask? Who was her role model?

Her firstborn, Cain, was the first murderer. But, he was her firstborn. Did she grieve over him? Did she feel a failure as a mother?

Perhaps you have never thought of any of these matters, but I do. A friend said it is because I have a writer’s mind. Perhaps this is true.

Everyone reading this had a mother.

She may be alive, she might not be, or she might be in that ‘twilight world’ of Alzheimer’s disease, or dementia, leaving you mourning the living.

Nevertheless, she carried you in her body for nine months, felt your first movements, laboured to deliver you into the world.

That was only the start. She fed you, changed your soiled nappies/diapers, and encouraged you to walk.

How many times did your mother listen to your stumbling attempts to remember words… or letters on a page as you learned to read?

If you are reading this, your mother was your first teacher… and she was proud of every challenge you overcame, and cried over your disappointments.

It is not easy being a mother nowadays

There are wars, kidnappings, murders, drugs, and so many other things to concern you. Will your child be safe at school must be one of the questions. Some research at the link below.

Dangers that teens and kids face.

I am grateful that I did not have to worry about any of those. Yes, there were things to worry about, to pray about, and sometimes to tear my hair out about, but they survived and so did I.

Yes, it takes faith to be a mother in today’s world although sometimes mothers worry unnecessarily.

All mothers can do is to give their sons and daughters the tools, and hope, pray and if appropriate… guide their children as they step into adulthood.

No, it is not easy… but whether, Eve, Mary or you… it is the most important role you will ever have in your life, whether appreciated or not.

Special thoughts and prayers for all the people whose mother has died.

This week’s musing.

Susan

“Bible BOMBSHELL” so says a newspaper

What a bombshell. No, truth

The full title of the article was …

Bible BOMBSHELL: Ancient stone tablet ‘PROVES’ Old Testament king WAS real.

It is not a bombshell to me, but this UK online newspaper thinks it is. The article goes on to say…

“NEW analysis of a mysterious stone slab proves a key Old Testament king really did exist, an eminent archeologist (sic) has announced.

The article goes on to say, “The historicity of the Bible, or the Christian book’s acceptability as a history, is a controversial and contested field study. Few archaeological discoveries have so far supported many of the Old Testament’s narratives as history. But a ground breaking study of an ancient stone tablet may have overturned a thousand years of Old Testament understanding.”
https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1121956/bible-ancient-stone-tablet-mesha-stele-old-testament-king-balak-real

Other ‘proofs’ have turned up. 

One, a mosaic discovered at a fifth century synagogue depicts the two spies sent by Moses, carrying a pole with the cluster of grapes.
https://www.foxnews.com/science/stunning-biblical-spies-mosaic-discovered-in-israel

An article in the Jerusalem Post reports the discovering of a seal belonging to Nathan-Melech, Servant of the King.
“Nathan-Melech appears once in the Hebrew Bible, in II Kings 23:11, where he is described as an official in the court of King Josiah.”
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/2600-year-old-seal-discovered-in-City-of-David-585321

If you do an Internet search you will discover just how many ‘proofs’ have been found.

A Bombshell to me

Well, not really a bombshell, but it never ceases to amaze me that the ‘big bang theory’ is so widely accepted. I do not mean to be rude to anyone who believes it, although I am not sure those folks would return the favour, but for me, it takes more faith to believe in that theory than it does to believe the God of the Bible.

The Big Bang is the name that scientists use for the most common theory of the universe, from the very early stages to the present day. The Big Bang theory is that the universe has not always existed. It states that the early universe was hot and dense.
https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Bang

I was when watching a tour of a magnificent 10-acre estate in Dorset, England. There are five gardens with different themes. I saw the plants – how could they, and we, evolve from a single cell.
https://www.comptonacres.co.uk/

If you decide to have a look at Compton Acres site, please note… it takes a long time to load, but the images are beautiful.

Before I was on full-time oxygen...

I loved wandering in the bush… West Australian wildflowers are spectacular! My all-time favourite remains the Fringe (or Fringed) Lily.
It has a Latin name too, but I like the term Fringe Lily.

Can you see why?

Australian Fringe Lily, no bombshell

When I first saw it I thought it was like satin with feathers. I still do, although now I only have memories and photos.
(The bush is one place my Portable Oxygen Concentrator would not be able to navigate.)

We have some very colourful birds here in Western Australia also. And, what about the animals, the reptiles, the insects and spiders.

All of them, and humankind came from a big bang, or evolved? That’s a WOW for me!

I prefer the Bible version.

Memories

I might be severely limited now, but I have so many ‘albums’ of photos in my memory.

I can pull up the image of fighting with a possum in Texas, seeing the magnificent City Hall in Chicago, visiting the Museum in Charlotte, finally achieving a bucket-list desire… going to the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. 

I will never forget the beautiful hills and parks of my home town of Peebles in the Borders of Scotland.

(c) 2019 Janette Wilson Member of Auld Peebles - incorporating The Peebles Bletherers

I have about 70 years worth of memories (I cannot remember my babyhood ) So I can pull out images that – for me – give the lie to anything other than the events of the Bible being true.

As I said, it was no ‘bombshell’ to me to find out that another proof has been found of something written in the Bible..

Musing again

Susan

Honor – Who or What Do YOU honor?

Don't wait till they are dead to honor them

Who or what DO you honor? This is the Easter long weekend. I know some families will have ‘the knock.’
You open the door and there is a police officer (or two) standing there. ‘The knock’ for my husband and I came at four in the morning.  Our son was not an Easter fatality, but the knock is the same horrifying reality for all who have experienced it.

There will be more fatalities during this time than at most other times of the year. “Drivers are urged to take extra care over the next few days with the Easter long weekend historically proving a dangerous one for fatal accidents.” 
https://thewest.com.au/news/wa/motorists-urged-to-drive-safely-over-the-easter-long-weekend-ng-b881173204z

Do we honor the road rules?

It would seem not. Queensland had a horror start to the Easter long weekend.

  • Police are concerned at the number of people who continue to drink-drive with 44 people charged on day one
  • 275 roadside drug tests were carried out on Thursday with 44 drivers testing positive to illegal substances.
  • 2,858 drivers were clocked by speed cameras going over the limit, while another 390 speeding fines were handed out by Police.
  • 29 people were busted using their mobile phones behind the wheel while 31 fines were handed out for seat belt offences.
    http://www.mygc.com.au/horror-start-to-easter-period-on-queensland-roads/

Across Australia, road deaths were already being recorded on Friday morning.

Do we honor our families?

Going by the Queensland statistics it would seem not. Most other States will have similar statistics,

What do those statistics speak of?

  • Selfishness
  • Disregard for the law
  • Lack of love for their families
  • Thoughtlessness
  • ‘It will never happen to me’

Unless someone sets out to deliberately murder another person, the answer fits somewhere in one of those categories.

Nevertheless, the result is the same. Deep hurt, unbelievable sorrow, guilt, emotional pain.  There are only a few pathetically inadequate words to attempt to describe the reaction to ‘the knock.’

honor before, not after death

‘Honor your father and mother’ is one of the Ten Commandments. Well, not only younger people have parents, so do grown-up children. The command to honor parents applies as long as the parents are alive.

Also children who are parents should think of their children.

Do you want your child/children to grow up fatherless or motherless?

Most people do not want that, many never think of the consequences, or realize this is what they are risking.

All of us need to be more ‘thinking’ people.

Allow me to tell you about the last night with our son.

Before 'the knock.’

It was a warm summer evening, and our son who had been through a dreadful week, was in a happier mood. His friend, who had recently passed his driving test, was coming to pick him up and they were going out.

Jim, (not his real name) hugged his Dad and I, and went out to meet his friend who waited at the end of our driveway. His father followed him part way, delighted that Jim seemed to have survived the terrible week.

“Dad,” Jim called, and his father went closer. “Look, a bird has fallen out of this small tree.” He looked down at the bird, and said, “It looks as if it cannot fly. Will you take it and put it in one of the trees in the backyard where it will be safer?”

Carefully taking the bird, a dove,  my husband saw it was indeed injured, and smiled. Not many teenagers were so kind and tenderhearted. Most would have walked past the bird on the ground, some not even noticing.

That was the last time we saw him alive.

After 'the knock’

We went through the same horror many others have suffered and are suffering.

Shock, horror, disbelief, guilt, wishing it was a nightmare and we would wake up and Jim would be back home. In all honesty, I can think of no words to describe the feelings that threatened to overwhelm us, not only then… but for a long time after.

honor road rules

You might not like the police, your parents, the rules, but believe this…
The rules are there for protection, not to make your life difficult.

Please, honor those who love you.

Obey the rules – and THINK.

With love

Susan

With heartfelt empathy for all who are walking this path, wherever you are on your journey.

Posted early in the hope it will save someone answering ‘the knock.’

Invited into the family

Footballer invited into Touhy family

I saw most of an old movie the other night. I discovered the next day when I did an Internet search; it was called ‘Blind Side.’ I didn’t see the beginning, but the trailer I found matched the movie had been watching.

That night I woke up shortly after 1:00 am and could not  go back to sleep. My nose was blocked and consequently it was difficult to breathe the oxygen through the nasal prongs.

Well, I talked to God, reviewed what I had to do later in the day… in the daylight hours. Then my thoughts went back to the movie I had watched in the evening.

(I looked up the summary of The Blind Side and it explains why the movie was called The Blind Side. It explained what the blindside is in a football game.)

It was interesting, but not the theme I found myself thinking of in the early hours of the morning when I could not sleep.

Exciting is how I would describe my mental review of the movie and the connections I made during that sleepless night.

Although reviews of the film point out several inaccuracies between the movie and the reality, the bare bones are there.

  • The teenager was homeless.
  • He did spend some nights in the family home, although did not move in with them immediately, as portrayed in the movie.
  • The rich white family did offer Michael Oher a home.

They were kind to him, and accepting of this teenager whose life was the opposite of their lives.

I guess this is where I started making connections to my faith journey.

Do you want to join our family?

God does not force us; He gives as all free choice. Have you read the scripture…

For many are called, but few are chosen.
Matthew 22: 14 KJV

You can read an explanation of the parable and possible point of what Jesus meant at https://www.crosswalk.com/blogs/christian-trends/what-does-many-are-called-but-few-are-chosen-actually-mean.html

Back to the movie…

The teenager could have refused the offer, but he chose to accept the invitation to be part of the family.

In agreeing to be part of the family, he also accepted the challenge to live as they did.

Physical Family

Spiritual Family

The teenager was educated

Educated in the family

The Holy Spirit is a bridge to God and Jesus Christ

Invitation to God’s family

When we accept an invitation to join God’s family, do we accept the challenge to live as Christ lived?

I have heard it taught that the word ‘Christian’ means ‘belonging to Christ.’ You can find a discussion on it here. https://www.allaboutgod.com/what-is-a-christian.htm

Back to the movie…

https://www.trend-chaser.com/entertainment/movies/the-true-story-behind-the-blind-side/?firefox=1

In a Today Show Interview, Michael’s adopted mother Leigh Anne Touhy said, “I love Michael Oher as much as I love my two biological children. There’s no difference in them.”

God loves His family

Since I spent so much time researching the Gospel of John for the books I wrote, I am familiar with the following scriptures

John 17:23 “I in them, and you in me, that they may be perfected into one; that the world may know that you sent me, and loved them, even as you loved me.” (Bolding mine.)

And in one of John’s epistles…

1 John 3:1 “See how great a love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God.

When we accept an invitation to join God’s family, we receive so much, just as Michael Oher received much.

Our future is spiritual though.

Sharing some thoughts from a sleepless night

Susan

Calendar and Confusion

calendar, one month

I counted over eighty calendars listed on a page in Wikipedia. Then there are other variations to month names and non-standard weeks.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_calendars

In our era, the commonly used calendar is the Gregorian calendar introduced by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582. It was developed to correct the ‘drift’ of the calendar with respect to the equinoxes.

The old Roman year had 304 days divided into 10 months, beginning with March.
In the 1st century AD the calendar in use was the Julian calendar. Julius Caesar realized that the old Roman calendar system had become inoperable, so he effected drastic changes in the year of his third consulship. The New Year in 709 AUC began on 1 January and ran over 365 days until 31 December. Further adjustments were made under Augustus, who introduced the concept of the “leap year.”

However, man’s ideas do not alter the ‘pattern’ of the heavens, or control the sun or moon. They were set at creation.

Before the Calendar

God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” There was an evening, and there was a morning: one day.
Genesis 1:5 CSB – Holman Publishers.

Did you catch that? There was an evening, and there was a morning: one day. At creation, and throughout Hebrew history, a day started just after sunset.

This was one of the most difficult things for me to keep in mind when writing my novels set in the 1st century AD.

(It also meant that when Jesus rose from the dead early on the first day of the week, it would have been Saturday evening by our thinking. But that’s another story.)

The Hebrew Calendar

Hebrew calendar

Running concurrently with those eighty-odd calendars was the calculated Hebrew calendar, a variation of which is in use in Israel today.

The Hebrew calendar is very complicated, because it has to align the solar year (365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes and 46-seconds) with the lunar year (12 months of 29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes and 3 seconds).

In leap years (such as 5779) an additional month, Adar I (30 days) is added after Shevat, while the regular Adar is referred to as “Adar II.”

Also calculated differently were the days.

Unlike our standard modern 12-hour clock that assigns 12 o’clock pm for noon time, in the ancient Jewish tradition, noon time was always the sixth hour of the day. The first hour began with the break of dawn, the ninth hour three pm.

Then there were the nights. The Jews reckoned three military watches: the “first” or beginning of the watches (Lamentations 2:19), from sunset to ten o’clock; the second or “middle watch” was from ten until two o’clock (Judges 7:19); the third, “the morning watch,” from two to sunrise (Exodus 14:24; 1 Samuel 11:11).

Under the Romans they had four watches (Matthew 14:25): Luke 12:38, “even, midnight, cockcrowing, and morning” (Mark 13:35) ending respectively at 9 p.m., midnight, 3 a.m., and 6 a.m.

The current Western calendar

January in the northern hemisphere
January in Nothern Hemisphere
January in the Southern Hemisphere By BaroBert - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Even though it is strange to have the first month of the year start in ‘the dead of winter’, or the heat of summer, (for those of us ‘down under’), we are used to our calendar.

It was only when researching for my novels that I discovered there were many iterations of the calendar over the years.

For those living in the times of the change between versions of the calendar it must have been confusing.

The Julian calendar was created because “Drastic measures were required to make up for the many omitted leap months. Therefore 46 BC became a year with 15 months and 445 days; that year has been aptly termed “the last year of confusion.”

The Hebrew calendar has two ‘new years.’

Abib/Nisan – the biblical/religious new year.

Rosh Hashanah – the civil new year.

Our days…

Begin with sunrise, whatever time that happens to be – dependent on the time of year.

I guess my thinking on this calendar ‘issue’… is that it is difficult to look at historical times through our 21st century eyes if we do not know what their times were like.

I will close this week’s musings with a photo of sunrise taken by myself when I used to be able to go for early morning walks.

Susan

Sunrise, Western Australia

International Women’s Day

International Women's Day - celebrate choices

The International Women’s Day theme this year is Balance for Better. I wanted to write about Eve… you know – the first woman according to.

Why write about her?

Two reasons. She brought balance, and because she has long been blamed for the Bible something she did not do… sin.

What does Eve have to do with International Women’s Day?

Several things, actually. Christians and Jews see her as the first woman created. From the information I could find the creation story in Islam is a little different, focusing more on the creation of mankind.

Sticking with the Christian viewpoint because I know that better… Eve often wears the label ‘the one who sinned,’ and who tempted her husband to sin.

That she is a secondary creation and subordinate to man is another misconception.

Refuting the misconceptions

Celebrate Eve on International Women's Day
By Michiel Coxie - Web Gallery of Art: Image Info about artwork, Public Domain

First, that she was secondary and subordinate. Read this and judge for yourself…

And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.”
Genesis 2: 18 NKJV

Does that sound secondary? ‘A helper comparable to him.’  My understanding of helper is someone very skilled and trustworthy. Comparable, to me, means of similar standing.

Dictionary.com says this…

Capable of being compared; having features in common with something else to permit or suggest comparison.
Worthy of comparison.

Eve brought a balance that could not be achieved by Adam alone.

Now to the sin. Who was the sinner? Again, according to the Bible…

And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
Genesis 3: 16, 17NKJV 

If you read the full text at the start of Genesis 3 you will see that the serpent made a concerted effort to seduce Eve into taking the fruit. He manipulated her.as well as deceived her… subtly.

Note: God gave the instructions to Adam.

Question: Did Adam tell his wife? The text does not say but by reading the conversation she had with the serpent, she knew of the restriction. Nevertheless, she gave in to the temptation.

So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. 
Gen 3: 6 NKJV

Yes, Eve was tempted.

At any time, Adam could have intervened and pointed out what was happening. He said nothing… Moreover, he did not object when Eve handed him some fruit. Instead, he ate it.

So, who was the sinner? Adam was the one instructed by God. Adam was the ‘head of the household’ and Eve the helper comparable to him.

Another question: Should he not have protected the one he had been given as a helper?

Eve, unfairly has worn the blame all through the years.

I trust I have given you ‘food for thought’ – and it is not the forbidden fruit. We were given minds to think and to make free choices. Eve made a poor choice. Are we not all guilty of that from time to time? (Both males and females.)

So, on this International Women’s Day rejoice

No woman is a subordinate creation. Woman is different to man and has a skill set that complements a man and brings that balance to his life…if she chooses to be in a relationship. If not she still has an important skill set.

Balance is better, yes, and to achieve that balance we all have choices; we need to use them wisely.

Musing on International Women’s Day,

Susan

Is Christ Divided?

Divided

Is Christ divided is a question the Apostle Paul asked in a letter to the Corinthians.

Addressing problems among them, he says…

What I mean is this: Individuals among you are saying, “I follow Paul,” “I follow Apollos,” “I follow Cephas,” or “I follow Christ.” Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized into the name of Paul?
1 Corinthians 1: 12, 13. Berean Study Bible

This lack of unity flourished throughout the 1st century AD and was addressed by other church leaders.

Anyone who has read my Apostle John series of books, or even the blogs, will know I have a great interest in the Gospel of John and his letters. One of the statements/instructions he made was…

By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.
John 13: 35

To many observers this would seem to prove that there are NO disciples.

Why? They were divided.

There are so many ‘varieties’ of beliefs. Sadly, many of these varieties are still at ‘war’ with each other, sometimes even within one group.

There is another scripture… Jude verse 3

“Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith that was once delivered unto the saints.”

Could it be that already the white horse of Revelation 6 had started its ride?

Mistaken Identity

An article by Chuck Missler says

“What is surprising is how many Bible expositors find themselves misled on one of the most dangerous “mistaken identities” of all. The first world dictator was Nimrod, “a mighty hunter,” whose Hebrew name means “let us rebel,” given by his contemporaries to one who ever had in his mouth such words to stir up his band to rebellion. The final world dictator seeking global domination will also be an “Assyrian” who is here characterized by holding a bow and riding a white horse. It is interesting how many confuse this counterfeit with the rider of the white horse in Revelation 19.

The Apostle John wrote…

White horse of Revelation 6

Here is the first: “And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer” (Rev. 6:1-2).

Christ previously had revealed the meaning of the white horse. His disciples once asked Him, “…when shall these things [the destruction of the Temple] be? and what shall be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the world?” (Matt. 24:3).

Christ is the One speaking in both Matthew 24 and Revelation 6. He is addressing the very same questions in both chapters. He answers by listing, in time sequence and order, the events and trends that precede the end of the age—and thus His Coming.

Some have thought that the rider of the white horse is Christ Himself, however, in context consider, that the white horse that John described here in Revelation 6 represents false ‘christs.’

The one on this horse is a counterfeit of the true Christ and a counterfeit of His Second Coming, described in Revelation 19:11-16. There the real Christ wields a sharp two-edged sword, while the false christ is represented as carrying a bow with no mention of any arrows. This is an important difference.

Divided and conquered?

Does this rider explain the differences, the dislike, the accusations between Christians? Perhaps.

So how do we find this ‘faith once delivered’?

Perhaps we will not, not until Christ returns. However, in the meantime should we not be striving to be known for our love for one another?  John 13: 35

Way back in the Apostle Paul’s time, people were choosing who they preferred. “I follow Apollos,” “I follow Cephas,” or “I follow Christ.”

 Judging by the continuing divisions down through the centuries, we might as well face it. We will never feel close with some people. There are others we may not even like, but we can love them, from a distance, and pray for them. 

Many different plants grow together.

Growing together

Thank you for reading my musing,

Susan

Christian is as Christian does

A Christian should be different in a positive way

I do not like My Kitchen Rules, an Australian cooking competition, but I know many people who do. Actually, to be honest, I never watched the programme until recently; the trailers were enough to show me it was not something I would enjoy. However, after a week in hospital without a book, no computer or laptop and no reading spectacles, I was bored and watched the episode where the home-schooled, ‘devout’ Christian brothers were to cook.

As the title of this blog says, ‘Christian is as Christian does’ and I saw not one ‘skerrit’ (atom/fragment) of Christianity in the behavior or attitude of those two young men. (Clearly, ‘skerrit’ is an old Scots saying from my childhood. I have added an approximation.)

The Christian Difference

As with the image at the top, Christians are different, Christians are supposed to be different, but not in the way I saw those two young men on My Kitchen Rules. I would guess that very few of us who claim the name ‘Christian’ live up to being the kind of witness we should be. I would also guess that most of us try.

Why did I let it bother me? Many reasons, but I guess primarily because it gives those of us who ARE trying to live like Christ a bad name.

What does Christian mean?

I will let someone more ‘skilled’ explain.

“Christian” literally means “of the party of Christ” or “follower of Christ.”

Acts 11:26 says, “and the disciples were first called Christians at Antioch” (emphasis added). A disciple is more than a student; a disciple embraces a teacher’s ways as their ways.

Early believers were called Christians because they believed Jesus’ teachings, they accepted Jesus’ death and resurrection as the payment for sin, and they emulated Jesus in the way they lived. These things are still true today. Simply put, a Christian is a follower of Jesus.
https://www.crosswalk.com/faith/spiritual-life/what-is-a-christian.html (Emphasis mine.)

What was Jesus’ way?

In a nutshell… had a reputation for being good and caring. He healed often and in most places where He went. Yes, He was honest, as those two young men claim to be… but Jesus was not cruel, nor did he provoke people.

I have not seen other episodes of My Kitchen Rules 2019 but from what the young men said, they expected to be attacked because of their own behavior in previous episodes. One example I found was here… https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-6667929/MKRs-Christian-brothers-Josh-Austin-ask-rivals-theyve-cosmetic-surgery.html

I did not waste time watching it, I just read the text.

If you want to check it out here is a list of links… https://www.nowtolove.com.au/reality-tv/my-kitchen-rules/my-kitchen-rules-josh-austin-quotes-54037

Jesus and the Pharisees

Simply put (and this is a huge subject) Jesus tried to correct and help the Pharisees turn their focus on what was important to God.

Jesus rebuked them in Luke 11:42, “But woe to you, Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought you to have done, and not to leave the other undone.”

Christian is as Christian Does

  • Yes, a Christian should be honest. Privately with the person.
  • Yes, a Christian should tell the truth, but not to cruelly hurt someone else, or to make him/herself look ‘good.’

Each one of us are witnesses, whether claiming to be Christian or not.

Actions speak louder than words.

We all need to look at what our actions are saying. We need to ask if they match our words.

Christians should make a positive difference

Okay, complaint over. Guess who will not be watching another episode.

What I will have to be watching is – do my words match my actions?

(A constant challenge.)

How do you fare in this challenge?

Just asking

Susan