Creating Your Reality Based On Biblical Principles.

If I am Wrong then Who is Right?!!

I believe in one God, multiple Gods, and sometimes no God at all. I believe in Allah and the multiple expressions of Brahman. I believe in Zoroaster, Shiva, Jesus the Christ and the teachings of Buddha. I believe that God’s word is perfection in the Qur’an, as well as the Christian Bible. I believe in the Satanic Bible as well as the words of the Vedas and the Upanishads. I believe in the Kitab-i-Aqdas, and the Tipitaka. I also believe the Torah is God’s perfect word to mankind. I believe Satan is as powerful as God and he too performs miracles for his followers.

I believe God is everywhere, in everyone, and everything. I believe God killed His people with a great flood. I believe Allah will reward me with 72 virgins for killing infidels. I believe God caused the tsunamis of 2005. I believe God is angry and He allowed your child to die because He had bigger plans – and perhaps your child was in the way. I believe God punished America for her sins on 911. I believe God is punishing the people of Haiti. I also believe God is love. I believe my religion is peaceful despite its sometimes violent results. I believe Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. I believe Jesus was born of a virgin, He walked on water, and He was physically resurrected from the dead. I believe God spoke to Muhammad for eleven years. I believe Muhammad rode a magic horse to heaven and back. I believe Buddha points the way to nirvana. I believe I can talk to dead people and they talk back to me. I believe my religion is correct and your religion is wrong. On the other hand I believe all religions are equally right and wrong. I believe Jesus was just another good hearted prophet, yet I believe He died for my sins. I believe the end is near and the messiah is yet to come.

I believe Jewish people lived in New York 2000 years ago. I believe Joe Smith read gold plates using magic stones. I believe Moses parted the Red Sea and Joshua conquered Jericho. I believe God designed and created the universe but the universe now runs on its own. I believe God created evolution. I believe God is active in the universe. I believe God is an active personal God - yet, I don’t believe God exists at all. On the other hand I believe He does exist and He allows free will. I believe evolution helps disprove the existence of God. However, I believe macroevolution is a delusion and there is no value to delusions.

I believe God fixes basketball games, decides which teams will appear in the Super bowl, and plays golf. Yet, I believe God cannot be defined. I believe God will strike man down for his ignorance. I believe in freedom of religion as well as freedom from religion. I believe God and science are separate pursuits - yet I believe God is science. I believe there is great truth in all faith traditions but faith traditions themselves have no truth. I believe man is the product of a confused, emotional, and vindictive God. On the other hand I believe man is a product of himself, absent of God.

With all these beliefs is there a chance that I could be wrong, and if I am – then who is right – and who’s reality can what is right or wrong be compared to?

Perhaps I have all these beliefs because I am part of everyone and everyone is part of me. All our thoughts are shared thoughts – linked by a cosmic, spiritualistic telepathic source not yet understood by mankind. We all stand together on one side of infinity with each individual having a small piece of knowledge towards the truth. With this knowledge however, comes the responsibility of sharing that we may all someday, have the absolute truth. But order and oneness must first exist.

Throughout the universe there is order. Order in the movements of the planets, order in nature, and order in the functioning of the human mind. A mind which is in its natural state of order is in harmony with the universe and fellow humans. Such a mind is timeless because the outward expressions is a direct result of its thinking which leads to a sound belief system - for what we believe is an expression of our thoughts. We are the creators of our own universe because as human beings we are free to will whatever state of being we desire. God made us to be whatever we want to be. Therefore, we’re free to be whom and whatever being we desire through the use of our thoughts and our actions.

This is unquestionable power!

This power however, can be either a blessing – or a curse. It’s entirely up to the individual because the quality of ones life is a direct result of the quality of their thinking. Thoughts produce actions and actions produce results. The Bible teaches in the book of Proverbs 23:7 “for as man thinks within himself, so he is”. We must be conscious of what we are thinking because thinking not only becomes thought but persistent thinking on certain thoughts becomes beliefs, which breeds customs. Certain customs leads to pettiness, envy, greed, suffering, fear, and all other attitudes which cause unnecessary pain and discomfort. Of all the things in life we do not control, attitude and thought are not on the list. We have control over our attitude and thoughts. We can see the effects they have on those around us because each life is universally, psychologically, spiritually, and emotionally connected to each other. Therefore, our thoughts and our words carry with them certain chained reactions – like a stone thrown in a body of water. The body of water it touches first will experience the most impact but then it causes a wave of rippled motions which stretches outward to no apparent end. Our actions have the same effect.

If our thinking and our beliefs are in order our actions will flow directly from the heart of our shared values and truth, because we would be one with the universe and each other. If we want to change our belief system and our world we must change our thinking. For our thoughts determines our beliefs. Since we do not have the spiritual powers of God Himself then reasoning becomes our greatest tools. Isaiah 1:18 says “Come, Let Us Reason Together”. This simply means, let us settle our differences – together. Let us create an atmosphere of understanding which leads to caring, which is love. We must be selective in our beliefs which will allow us to monitor our actions more carefully.

Our actions, generated from our thoughts, subsequently become our reality. When we think of something, our subconscious mind takes notes. The more we focus on that thought the more memories we create which generate emotions. The more powerful the memories becomes, the stronger the emotion are. Once emotions are attached to memories they become guarded beliefs. Our subconscious begins to assign values to these beliefs and they become embedded in our hearts. We then become committed to the thought and act accordingly. In every instance and without judging or acknowledgement, these thoughts/beliefs will slowly manifest into our reality! Once this happen the line between fact and fiction, right and wrong becomes distorted and the truth becomes evasive. The results are multiple religious denominations – each having a fraction of the truth while claiming to be the remnant faith. They embed their religious philosophical doctrines on the hearts and minds of their congregations or respective communities thereby creating a belief system that is discriminatory and often void of absolute truth. Although they are reading the same gospels the interpretation however are miles apart, mainly because denominational doctrines are generated from personal emotions and are therefore given greater value than God’s truth – and they are much more tolerant of errors.

Perhaps we have all these conflicting beliefs because we are confused. We are confused because all our collective thoughts on religious matters have become our reality - yet, our reality has not been biblically defined because our thoughts are not in order – they are out of sequence with the universe and biblical teachings. Therefore, we have no biblical reality and in the absence of a biblical reality we’re left with a belief system based on emotions and void of absolute truth. We are therefore, left to reason with our individual conscious and if a miraculous event takes place by which we may get in touch with our spiritual selves, how would we know if we’re on the right track - for if everyone is confused then who’s reality can right or wrong be compared to? If I am wrong in what I believe then who is right? Unless we are following the biblical principles set forth in the Ten Commandments then our reality is nothing more than a delusion - and delusions have no value.

So, what are these principles? They are; 1) we should not worship other gods above the creator 2) We should not not take the Lord's name in vain 3) We are to remember the Sabbath Day 4) we must honor our father and mother 5) We are not to kill 6) We should not commit adultery 7) we should not steal 8) we are not to bear false witness against our neighbor, 9) we should not covet our neighbor's possession, iand 10) We should not covet our neighbor's wife (or husband). Although one can argue that the commandments may have been nailed to the cross and we are now under grace, absent of the law - one may however, have difficulties ignoring how these principles govern our daily lives and how we relate to one another - and the fact that every penalty for a crime committed is based on the violation of one or more of these principles.

With this in mind perhaps a strong argument can be made that the Ten Commandments belong not just to the Jews but all Christian denominations or Bible centered religions. Even among the Muslim populations the Ten Commandments are considered to be viable principles who’s historical roots are found in other ancient Mid-East or African religions. Therefore, perhaps the Ten Commandments are not a single denominational point of view, but a common heritage of the whole human race - absent of religion.

It is evident that every sane person on the planet knows right from wrong without needing a religion to tell them therefore, another argument can also be made that even though there is mention of God, the Ten Commandments are not really "religious rules" at all, rather - they are practical guidelines for life that have become so popular and stood the test of time for so long that people consider them divinely inspired! Nevertheless, whatever ones viewpoint is on the subject one can not refute the fact that the principles of the Ten Commandments are perhaps the bedrock for forming strong moral character, and the person who tries to live by these principles will fare happier in this life and the next - if one believes in an afterlife.

Therefore, for a sound conscious and to ensure that we are on the right track to universal oneness - in mind, body, and spirit, our reality must have its foundation in sound moral principles - and perhaps those principles are based on the Ten Commandments. In the absence of such principles perhaps everything else is simply emotional, denominational doctrines - and.....an ungodly reality!

Lets get back to basics - God is waiting. His reality is our ticket to salvation and no other reality compares! Whether one believe in a God, or religion becomes irrelevant, these principles are irrefutable towards building a strong moral society.

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HOOWANTSTONO 6 years ago

Hi there

You quoted this scripture, and tells of Jesus Christ blood.

Isa 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

Rev 7:14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

Rev 19:13 And he [was] clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

My reality is lost that's why I lay it on Gods shoulders he wants the responsibility too care for me.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD

Good Hub. The title hooked me & the content was well done. Thanks for writing truth.


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jxb7076 6 years ago from United States of America Author

HOOWANTSTONO - I am in the same boat as you with a lost reality. Its amazing how confusing religious can become when we move away from truth. This hub was inspired by a conversation with a young adult on the subject of religion.


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jxb7076 6 years ago from United States of America Author

Ken R. Abell - thanks for stopping by and commenting.


peacenhim 6 years ago

Do you know how bank tellers and those in crime solving positions such as FBI and others who deal with counterfeit money are trained? They're not trained so much in studying the counterfeit dollars, (paper bills)....but are highly trained in studying the REAL DEAL!! The authentic bills. Every magnified printed spec, every jot and tittle, so that when the "counterfeit" comes along....they will be able to spot it head on and not be fooled!

This is how I believe we should study God's Word. Study Jesus, the gospels His Word, His Sermon on the Mount, meditate on Him and His precepts, store the Word in our hearts....plant it in good soil, and reap a rich harvest....one of True Faith and Obedience. And when the counterfeit comes along preaching a false gospel, false Christ' and false prophets we will be able to spot them a mile away!! Great Hub...good lesson!! Thanks!


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jxb7076 6 years ago from United States of America Author

peacenhim - Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I am in total agreement with you on how we should study God's word -and take it at face value without adding human commentary. We are bombarded with so much false doctrines that new believers question the bible.


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RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

I enjoyed reading this hub and I agree with you. Peacenhim made an interesting analogy. People are confronted "with so much false doctrines that new believers question the bible," which is why Christians should be gentle in their witness, rather than judgmental.

Thank you.

Forever His,


Just Passing Thru 6 years ago

Ummm, truthfully I’m a little confused, but if what I think you are saying is we live by the Ten Commandants, Paul teaches the purpose of the Ten Commandments is to show us our unrighteousness and in turn lead us to Christ. Once we are in Christ we are indwelt by the Holy Spirit and He takes over leading and directing our lives according to the plan God has laid out for us.

Jesus said, “…true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such to worship Him.” The word ‘truth’ in the Greek, is reality, so reality is in or with God.

The English word ‘religion’ comes from Latin which means to ‘bind again,’ hence when Jesus said I have come to set the captives free, He meant to set them (or every religious person) free from the Jewish religion (or what ever religion they me be following) so that they might see reality and live in it.

The Ten Commandments are what the Jews were struggling under and trying to keep all to no avail, Jesus told them, “My yoke is easy and My burden is light,” after the Holy Spirit opened the eyes of Paul he wrote the Law is spiritual, when we, as born again believers of Jesus Christ, realize this most important Truth we accept what Peter said about ‘partaking’ (the word is a form of koinonia, a sharing of all things in common) of the divine nature and put to use or rely upon the Holy Spirit to empower us to do God’s will in our lives, then it’s not our flesh trying to keep them in it’s own power but the Holy Spirit, and we are then ‘walking’ in the Spirit; …then and only then does Jesus’ easy yoke and light burden become 'reality' for us.

Gene


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jxb7076 6 years ago from United States of America Author

RevLady - thanks for stopping by and commenting. I think religion has become so commercial you can almost purchase your beliefs at WalMart.


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jxb7076 6 years ago from United States of America Author

Just Passing Thru - thanks for stopping by and commenting. Per my understanding of biblical scriptures the ten commandments were given to the people (not all of them were jews) for all times and was placed upon their hearts. Paul states in the book of Romans 6:14-15; “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? Paul gives a clear explanation of his statement. After stating that we are not under law but grace, he asks, "What then?" This simply means, “How are we to understand this?” Then notice his answer. He says, “Shall we sin (break the law) because we are not under the law but under grace? In the strongest possible language Paul states that being under grace does not give a license to break the law. Paul's intent was never to suggest that the ten commandments were designed to point out our unrighteousness but to point us to righteousness which is Jesus the Christ.

Then again, this is my opinion. Thanks again for stopping by.


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drpastorcarlotta 6 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

I have missed YOU!!! So I came to visit and WOW! What an excellent Hub I have ran into!!!! How TRUE!! Yes new believers have a challenge, this prayer is what I prayed! "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened ... If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!" (Matthew 7:7-11) When I was searchng for the Lord, the right way, I call upon the Lord and He heard my cry!!!! I pray that all new believers or seekers pray this prayer for help from our LORD!


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jxb7076 6 years ago from United States of America Author

Hello drpastorcarlotta - its always good to hear from you. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I visited your online services and truly enjoyed your message as well as the wedding. It was vey inspiring. I pray for God's continued annointing on your ministry.


Just Passing Thru 6 years ago

Hey bro, thanks for having me.

I believe Paul does teach that the Law was fulfilled by Christ, …maybe I can clarify it.

Jesus, when He spoke from the cross, “it is finished” was, among other things, stating the 10 Commandants had been fulfilled, the Perfect Man had kept them and He will be allowed to enter Heaven along with all of His descendants.

Think not that I came to destroy the law or the prophets: I came not to destroy, but to fulfill. Mt 5:17

Paul explains this to the Galatians when, after they were saved by faith, they were trying to continue on in their spiritual walk by keeping the Law. He said the Law was a tutor to bring us to Christ:

So that the law is become our tutor to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. Gal 3:24

But now that faith is come, we are no longer under a tutor. Gal 3:25

His “What then” question was a rhetorical question asked after he explained how the death of Christ made it possible for sinful mankind to be made righteous, Rom 5.

We are so prone to think in our sinful or carnal nature that since I’m justified and righteous I can sin without consequence, because I’m judicially declared righteous by God the Father through the work of His Son on the cross. Paul was saying don’t even think like that, even though our sins are paid for and forgiven we are to live holy lives, dead to sin, Rom 6.

Then he goes on to explain even though we try to live a life of holiness our old man, the carnal nature, often kicks in and when it does we are grieved over this act and not, “oh well, I’m saved by grace, no big deal.” Rom 7

For those that are grieved over the sin we so often commit he gives us reassurance,

There is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus. Rom 8:1

For those that think, “oh well, I’m saved by grace, no big deal” Paul says they don’t understand grace.

I hope that helps, may the Lord richly bless you,

Gene


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jxb7076 6 years ago from United States of America Author

Just Passing Thru - thanks for the response. However, I have to respectfully dissagree with you regarding what was finished. Based on my understsanding of biblical history the Ten Commandments was not finished at the cross. What was finished was the ceremonial laws. John 19:30 “When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, He said, It is finished: and He bowed His head, and gave up the spirit”.

This statement has no relevance to the Ten Commandments. When Jesus died on the cross of Calvary, the veil of the great temple curtain was torn from top to bottom to signify that the entire ceremonial system was forever finished, thereby ending the need for the priests to offer up animal sacrifices for the sin of man. If you recall, everything the priests did, regarding the ceremonial system was ordained by God for the forgiveness of sins leading up to the coming of Christ. Christ's main mission was to replace this system by giving His life as a sacrifice for our sins thereby eliminating the need for the ceremonial system. Therefore, His comment "It is finished' was a confirmation that the mission of sacrifice was complete and the old system was finished. However, the ten commandments was given to the people by God himself and I would think that if the intent was to abolished them Jesus Himself would have told the deciples just as He informed them of the destruction of the temple, His resurection as well as other , now verifiable predictions. However, there is no place in the either the Bible or the Quran, nor in the original Hebrew, Arabic, or Greek writings which suggests that He did (at least I have not seen it)

I will agree however that the Ten Commandments is perhaps a set of guidelines by which one may attain grace but without them how would one know the requirements for Christian living. Jesus told many parables however, He was very explicit in His prophecies, and to my knowledge none of His prophecies included the termination of the Ten Commandments. This would put Him in direct opposition to the will of the Father. The majority of Paul's teaching reflect New Testament beliefs with an emphasis on grace, salvation, and preparation for the kingdom. His statement about the law was clearly an attempt to remind the people that their salvation is still dependent on obedience to the law, for without the law how would one know the requirements for obtaining grace.

I respect your opinion and truly enjoy the discussion so my intent is not to persuade you but to express my viewpoint. I am still searching for someplace in biblical documentary which clearly states that the ten comandments was abolished....and I have not seen it. Texts quoted to verify it are all subjective (at least in my opinion). Either way, we may never know until that glorius moment when we see Christ face to face.

Thanks for your time and my apoligies for the long response :)


Just Passing Thru 6 years ago

Since you say we still need to keep the Ten Commandants may I ask you a question?

If the “ceremonial law,” if I understand what you said correctly, has been abolished, but you believe the Ten Commands are still in effect and we are obligated to keep them, since Jesus expounded in His teaching that ‘adultery’ was more than the physical act, but even if a man looked lustfully at a woman he committed adultery with her in his heart.

I’m certain that we both being men have looked at a woman lustfully as Jesus taught, I’m also certain that you and I still continue to look at women lustfully, “for in me, that is my flesh, there is no good thing.”

One of the Ten Commandments says; DO NOT COMMIT ADULTERY!!! You and me, …we're dead meat!

I think you will agree the sacrificial system was instituted to ‘cover’ a sin that was committed in ignorance, the penalty for intentional sin was stoning.

You and me, because of the sinful nature present in us, sin intentionally; there isn’t a sacrifice available for us.

Now the question,

Why would God give us a commandment to follow when He knows we can’t keep it?

Don’t you agree that wouldn’t be Just and God is Just?

Sorry, that's two questions.

Gene

p.s. Jesus did tell His disciples the old covenant was abolished, Luke 22:20 a reference to Jer 31:31-34.


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jxb7076 6 years ago from United States of America Author

Just Passing Thru - First of all, I do not look upon any other woman with lust except my wife (give me a few moments to ask for forgiveness for that lie).

OK, now for your question;

"Why would God give us a commandment to follow when He knows we can’t keep it?"

In every civilized industrialize nation there exists speed limit and stop signs. However, people continue to break them everyday. Do we disband the signs because people ignore them? I should think not. The signs are laws designed to warn people of inpending danger ahead. People have a choice to obey or ignore them. God would not disband the Ten Commandments simply because people are ignoring them. He gave man a free will to do as he chooses, but the laws remain for those who choose to obey His command. They are not designed to point out our unrighteouness but to point us to the way of salvation.

Jesus came to show that the law can be lived which He demonstrated successfully. ignoring the laws does not make them obsolete.

Your second comment "Jesus did tell His disciples the old covenant was abolished, Luke 22:20 a reference to Jer 31:31-34."

The old covenant Jesus spoke of was part of the ceremonial - or the mosiac law. "'The day will come,' says the Lord, 'when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah. . . . But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel on that day,' says the Lord. 'I will put my law in their minds, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people'" (Jeremiah 31:31, 33). Jesus Christ came to fulfill the law of Moses (Matthew 5:17) and create a new covenant between God and His people. The old covenant was written in stone, but the new covenant is written on our hearts, made possible only by faith in Christ, who shed His own blood to atone for the sins of the world. Luke 22:20 says, "After supper, [Jesus] took another cup of wine and said, 'This wine is the token of God's new covenant to save you – an agreement sealed with the blood I will pour out for you.'"

Note the statement "'I will put my law in their minds, and I will write them on their hearts". This is a reference to God's law as part of the new covenant. Again, the old covenant Jesus spoke of was the fulfillment of the mosaic law. The new covenant was the blood Jesus shed on calvery for the atonement of our sins." Note the statement 'This wine is the token of God's new covenant to save you – an agreement sealed with the blood I will pour out for you". Again, this is the confirmation of the new covenant sealed with the blood of Christ that we may now find salvation through Him and not the blood of annimals.

No where in either statement you listed did Jesus said the Ten Commandments would be abolished. There is a stark difference between the Ten Commandments and the old and new covenants.

The old covenant was the ceremonial system God set up for the atonment of sins. It was abolished. The new covenant began with the blood Christ shared on calvery. So you're correct that Jesus said the old covenant would be abolished, which it was at the cross.

Again, this is strictly my opinion and what I believe based on my comprehension of scripture. I could be wrong or I could be right!


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jxb7076 6 years ago from United States of America Author

Just Passing Thru - have you considered joining hubpages? I think you will do well here. You can earn money, I mean, if you want to earn money.

You really have to contact me on my personal email because these responses are really long!


Just Passing Thru 6 years ago

Okaaaay, does this mean we won't have that cup of coffee?

Jim you are totally correct when you said I have a very simplistic view, Jesus said,

"Truly I say to you, whoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no way enter into it."

I won't bother you any more.

Gene


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jxb7076 6 years ago from United States of America Author

That comment was relating to the pure heart of a child my friend, not the child's knowledge! :) Sorry, its late and I need to get in bed. What's your preference for coffee my friend!


SamAntone 6 years ago

Wow! I thought I was the only one thinking on a limb. I didn't read everything in detail, including the comments, because I have boo-koo things to do these days, but I think I got the jist of your hub. More importantly, it appears to me that you do a lot of thinking, and are not close-minded. I, too, being a believer in Joe Smith, have also declared that I believe God speaks to followers of Mohamed, as well as the rest of them. If you read my story of a man who volunteers to be a tempter (the devil), you'll probably see how dangerously I think. It would be interesting to pick your mind, now that I know you're out there.


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jxb7076 6 years ago from United States of America Author

SamAntone - thanks for stopping by and commenting. How do I get a copy of your story? It sounds interesting!


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callmefoxxy 6 years ago

Hello again jxb7076. This hub of yours is quite... stimulating! Hmmmmm... thanks for it. I look forward to reading more.

callmefoxxy, my pen is a mighty sword!


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jxb7076 6 years ago from United States of America Author

callmefoxxy - Thanks for stopping by. I hope the hub wasn't too confusing. Thee is a lot of stuff in there. It's really about the common denominator which could merge all beliefs into one which are the principles of the ten commandments.


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theirishobserver. 6 years ago from Ireland

very well written Hub, I like your committment to detail and your passion for your subject, I may not agree with all that you say but I can appreciate a good writer...well done


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jxb7076 6 years ago from United States of America Author

theirishobserver - thanks for stopping by and leaving your honest comments. I really appreciate your openess. Everything I write is a matter of personal observation and I encourage opposing viewpointss. It's how I learn. Take care.


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Willbeblessed 6 years ago

It's been awhile Mr. JXB and I don't know what was better your hub or reading the dialogue stimulated from the Hub. Two questions: 1. Matt 7:29 say's "For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes" What was meant by the phrase as one having authority, and how was this different than the teaching of the scribes? 2. Does the bible or Jesus teach that all religions have some truth? In John 4:20-22 Jesus does not confirm any part of the woman's religious practice, she said,"Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship." Notice the the Lords response, verse 22 "Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews." And was Jesus being inclusive or exclusive when He said that "Salvation was of the Jews", was that a spiritual or a literal statement? Isaiah 8:20 states, "To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them." Luke 11:34-36 declares, "The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness. Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness. If they whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light." Thanks for the Hub!


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jxb7076 6 years ago from United States of America Author

Willbeblessed - Hey, good to see you on line and thanks for the comments. I will follow up on the texts you suggested for more information and understanding.

Be blessed!


SamAntone 6 years ago

In response to your query, my story can be found at:

http://silverstormimaging.com/Literature/Law.HTML

I can email you a pdf. Just click the "Buy" button and you'll go through Pay Pal. I haven't sold a pdf, yet, so I still need to test the system. I'll reimburse you the $5 or so if you order, as you'll be my first, and then I can see if the system works.


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newoman53 6 years ago from Utah

This post reminded me of a tape by Frank Peretti "God's Way or My Way" In this unusual presentation, best-selling author explains our two choices for living: we place God on the throne of our lives, or we replace Him with humanism, mysticism, harmful philosophies, or the lust for power and control. Very good post !


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jxb7076 6 years ago from United States of America Author

newoman53 - thanks for stopping by and commenting. I have not heard the tape by Frank Peretti but I will make an effort to listen to it in the near future.


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jxb7076 6 years ago from United States of America Author

SamAntone - my apologies for the late response. Yes, please send the file and I'll give it a try.


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C.V.Rajan 6 years ago from Kerala, India

jxb,

Oh! What a wonderful read! I should confess I enjoyed reading this article thoroughly, both for the light-heartedness and the heaviness hiding behind that lightness!

I love to quote here some of your sentences that I found to be gems of expression:

"I believe Satan is as powerful as God and he too performs miracles for his followers.

I believe Allah will reward me with 72 virgins for killing infidels.

I believe God fixes basketball games, decides which teams will appear in the Super bowl, and plays golf. Yet, I believe God cannot be defined.

I believe my religion is correct and your religion is wrong. On the other hand I believe all religions are equally right and wrong.

I believe God designed and created the universe but the universe now runs on its own. I believe God created evolution. I believe God is active in the universe."

I wish I spend more time to read more of your hubs.

CVR


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jxb7076 6 years ago from United States of America Author

C.V.Rajan - thanks for stopping by and commenting. You're correct the hub was written to be both lighthearted and somewhat serious.


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couponalbum 6 years ago from Sunnyvale, CA

This was an excellent hub. Very well written. Voted up. You writings have forced me to become your fan. Joining your fanclub and would like to invite you to join mine. :)


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Elefanza 5 years ago from Somewhere in My Brain

Excellent hub! I think the scripture teaches even that how we become impacts how we see God...to the pure, you show yourself pure, but to the crooked you show yourself shrewd. (Psalm 18:26). Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God. In the movie "What the Bleep do we Know?" an observation is made that our love or hate for ourselves influences the water within us or something of the sort. Fascinating to see the impact of our thoughts. I'm very much enjoying your hubs, by the way. Good stuff.


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jxb7076 5 years ago from United States of America Author

Elefanza - thanks for stopping by and commenting. I am humbled that you're enjoying the information. God bless.

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