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Poisoning Children, Public Bombings and Tainted Meatballs

 

While I strive to be encouraging and uplifting in my aticles and messages, sometimes when I am awakened in the morning with a word to share I must share it regardless of its “theme”.

This week in a remote village in India 23 children died from eating school lunches that had been fixed with tainted oil. 23 families have lost loved ones, and more than that at least 50 children were exposed to the poisoned food. The police had to go and search for the Principal of the school, because she had fled.

Also this week, the last remaining survivor of the Boston Marathon bombings was sent home after 100 days of being in critical to stable condition in the hospital. At the same time, about a month ago in San Francisco someone who was upset with dogs had planted thousands of tainted and poisoned raw meat meatballs all over the city in places where dogs normal urinate in attempt to drastically reduce and kill the pooch population.

What is this world coming to? What can we learn from such vial and evil acts? Not a day goes by that we don’t hear news of a child abduction, a mass murder, or some sort of chemical warfare threatening our food system… something has to change.

RELIGION KILLS

Religion is nothing more than a set of regimented rules that when one repeats them over and over again, a said result is promised to occur. For example, some people “religiously” go to coffee every morning at 8 am on their way to work. Their coffee going habit becomes a religious experience. They take the drink, blow on it in a certain way, take 25 steps out the door to the car… etc. This is religion at its basic form.

Jesus said, “Who needs a doctor: the healthy or the sick? Go figure out what this Scripture means: ‘I’m after mercy, not religion.’ I’m here to invite outsiders, not coddle insiders.” Matthew 9:13 MSG

Religion is a false promise of “peace, love, joy, etc” based on a standard of rituals. For some, even brushing their teeth can become a religious practice ‘guaranteeing’ them the prevention of tooth decay. But what happens when sixty years down the road their teeth fall out anyway? Plainly put, religion won’t keep a school principal from feeding children poisoned foods, it won’t keep someone from preforming a mass murder, and it definitely won’t keep people safe. As a matter of fact: RELIGION KILLS. (Religiously committing oneself to a habitual task without first consulting an authority figure on wellness has been proven to lead to premature death)

863 PAGES ON THE AVERAGE

There are on the average, 863 pages in the Bible and approximately 783,137 words in it. I am not going to blast you with scripture or inform you of your potential sins. But I will choose to highlight 11 words found in the Bible that if the world would read and abide by them, this world would be a safer more secure place.

“Do to others as you would have them do to you.”

What a simple statement and yet it is found buried in the “ancient” work of the Bible, as spoken by Christ. What a revolutionary and poignant prose when you take the time to consider it. Is reading the Bible beneficial? 2 Timothy says, “All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness”. Reading the Bible and learning straight from the source away from “religious” institutes will profit a man’s soul. The scriptures found within it’s pages comfort, convict, establish, and equate man. “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Gal 3:28

OUT OF SIGHT OUT OF MIND

Up until 1963 the Bible and it’s primary motto, “Do to others as you would have them do to you” was taught in the American school system as a credo, a “manifesto of morality” if you will. However upon the rulings of the court this teaching along with the Bible as a whole became an “infringement of rights” and a mass exodus of the scripture was applied to our Public School System and was replaced with a “code of ethics” over a foundational standard. This article is not about wether or not this ruling was correct. This article is an attempt at illustrating that even or very BEST attempts at coming up with our own “code of ethics” does not even begin to touch the simple truth that the scripture all ready implies and provides. Removing the Bible entirely from society would actually leave us with no “code of ethics” at all due to the fact that every single principle that we as society attribute to goodness and well doing can be found within in the Bible itself!

  • “For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”*
  • “Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.”
  • “Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn away from them.”
  • “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all your getting get understanding.”
Taking the Bible out of the schools and out of the home leaves a society grasping and reaching for boundaries, what then should take its place? It is in my opinion that the basic truths in the Bible that have shaped us thus far be reinstated and that households across the globe can impact this planet toward good instead of evil purely from being lost in a manuscript that most people file away.

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PLANT THE SEED

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No one will laugh at you, no one will think that you are uneducated or primitive. As a matter of fact when you begin to read and reread the scripture, you will probably begin to be asked questions about your new found peace of mind. If reading the Bible for some reason doesn’t bring you peace of mind, you are probably reading a version you don’t understand. Instead try reading a new version here: www.biblegateway.com and select the “Message Version” it will be an easier translation.

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TAKE HEART

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Jesus says in His Word, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Men and women who attempt to do things out of religion and for the sole purpose of financial gain will receive their just reward. The scales will balance. Regardless of your faith, religion, or lack there of – there is always a equal or greater reaction to every action done by man. It is the nature of physics. As a Bible reader I am comforted to know that Christ has overcome the world and that in every forest fire a new seed is planted and when given enough water and sun that seed will grow and bloom into a prosperous plant. The power isn’t found in the plant: the power lies within the seed!
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Other articles Jessica has written on FAITH or the Bible:
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Gal 5:14
Romans 13:10
Proverbs 4:5
Proverbs 4:7