Assumption that if an argument for some conclusion is fallacious, the conclusion must also be false.
You don't get to choose not to pay a price, you only get to choose which price you pay. - Jordan B. Peterson
Things Destined to Perish
Therefore no one is to act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day— things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ. Let no one keep defrauding you of your prize by delighting in self-abasement and the worship of the angels, taking his stand on visions he has seen, inflated without cause by his fleshly mind, and not holding fast to the head, from whom the entire body, being supplied and held together by the joints and ligaments, grows with a growth which is from God.
If you have died with Christ to the elementary principles of the world, why, as if you were living in the world, do you submit yourself to decrees, such as, “Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch!” (which all refer to things destined to perish with use)—in accordance with the commandments and teachings of men?
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Fruit vs. Root
As Christians (either reborn believers or Christians in name only), we often make the mistake of striving to replicate or copy fruit (works) rather than the seeking the root (the Holy Spirit) of those works.*
We take the fruit (some good, some bad) of our forefathers – writings, ideas, theology, creeds, and church practices – the fruit of ancient men and women – and try to copy-paste these things into our lives today. We create doctrines and precepts and rules out of these ancient fruits or good works, neglecting to pursue the heart behind that fruit, a heart which is one with the Spirit of God.
Rather than sitting at the feet of God, we sit at the feet of theologians, Bible commentators, and famous orators. We trust their interpretation of God’s voice more than we trust or listen for God’s own voice. We look to…
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It is the presence of Spirit-filled believers who participate in sacraments (from the Latin, sacramentum, from sacro (“hallow”, “consecrate”), from sacer (“sacred”, “holy”)) that make them sacred, worshipful acts.
The sacraments are often considered to be primarily communion and baptism (or in some denominations, a few other things as well).
But in reality, every activity done for the glory of God is a sacrament. There aren’t two or three or eight sacraments. There are thousands upon thousands. Anywhere the Holy Spirit inspires or moves us, we are performing a sacrament.
Sacraments take place everywhere Christians are present, not just within the walls of church buildings or through the blessings of ordained priests.
All who are reborn in Christ are priests, and any work in which Christ’s followers engage for His glory is blessed and holy – is a sacrament – because it is touched by the Holy Spirit.
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First piece in the series “Why Jesus Hates Religion” from my blog, thebleedingblogger.com
Are You a Religious Person?
I always cringe inside when people ask me if I’m religious.
I mean…wait…yes…in the sense that I’m a Christian, a Christ-follower. But no…”religious” really doesn’t describe it at all.
I have a dynamic, living, breathing relationship with the living God – with Jesus. I’ve been reborn – restored from the power of my sins – through the blood of Christ. Christ’s Holy Spirit – the fire of God – lives in me and equips me to love others and gradually become more like Christ.
But my walk is not (or at least shouldn’t be) about STRIVING to love or to change. It’s about SURRENDERING to the One who can and does change me over time. The Source of Love.
It’s about letting the current of the Holy Spirit chip away at the unpolished edges of the rocks, gradually making them smoother.
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Are you nice or are you kind? You can't be both!
The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom. - Isaac Asimov
Like a faucet, struggling, spurting Like a spigot, bubbling, bursting