The video that I linked above talks about not being alone. It talks about the different types of loneliness. Like being alone even though all your friends are around or having a family even though you feel like the only one.This subject is a very personal topic for me because I sometimes feel like I am very alone in this big world and I know that multiple people feel like this too. The video has a very great way of portraying that you are not alone through God. It shows a multitude of passages that show us that we need to trust in him and in his promises. We also need to remember that he cares about us and that he is going to come back to us. We are never alone with him. ¨And teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always to the very end of the age. (Matthew 28:20)¨
Thursday, April 27, 2017
The Bible is a source of wisdom for many Americans but according to a new survey by LifeWay Research, more than half have read little or none of the Bible. The survey found that Northeasterners are "less likly to give it a look than people in other regions." Men are less lilky to read it than Women. One in Five Americans read through the Bible at least once while only 9 percent read it through more than once. 53% have read a little bit of it while One in Ten Americans has not read it at all. The article also goes into the many different reasons why people don't read the Bible. Out of the people that participated 27% said they don't prioritize it, 15% said they don't have time for it, 13% said they haven't read it enough, 10% said they disagree with it, 9% said they don't read books, 9% said it doesn't relate to them, and 6% said they don't have one.
"I look up to the mountains. Does my strength come from the mountains? No, my strength comes from God who made heaven and earth and the mountains." The song “Shoulders” by King and Country starts off this way. Throughout our lives, we come face to face with periods of hardship and times of trial. In these times, we may feel weak, unable to find the strength we need to face the situation. When in these tough positions, we need to remember where our strength comes from. Our strength comes from God, the maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 46:1 says, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” We can have comfort in knowing that God is with us and here for us every step of the way.
The topic I would like to speak on today, and the topic which the above article is written on, is keeping the faith in a changing world. Everywhere we go it seems it is getting harder and harder to maintain and outgoing Christian lifestyle and faith. Here in American we have it easy compared to many other countries around the world where Christians are regularly killed just for believing. In many parts of the world there are wars being waged right now as I write this over the right to be a Christian, among other things. yet we too in American face problems being an out going christian, while not as bad as other countries, they are still problems. The above article really does a good job of outlining the issues Christians face throughout the world today and why we can and will rise above them. Jesus did say that being of the faith would not be an easy life, "Because of me, you will be hated by all nations".
Felix Ngole, a student at the University of Sheffield, was expelled for posting messages that said that homosexuality is a sin on Facebook. His post involved support for Kim Davis, a clerk jailed for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses in Kentucky. Their reason? It might have "caused offense" to some people. This is one of the worst things you can do to a student in a university, expel them for posting their own view points on Facebook on a post that was hidden form everyone but his friends. The university also stated that this would have negative impacts on career as a social worker. This is false as anyone who saw Mr. Ngole work with a homosexual said he treated them with respect. This is a relevant situation for everyone in today's society. There has been an increase in attacks of people of any religion especially in universities and other major learning institutions. As Christians we need to stick with our faith and find other Christians in the college setting so that we can support and strengthen each other. Luckily, Mr. Ngole is able to challenge his expulsion in court as they university infringed on his freedom of speech and religion. Pray for Mr. Ngole as he goes through this ordeal and hope he succeeds in his court case.
This morning in agriculture class, we learned about an artificial womb. Our teacher than proceeded to ask us if this contradicted our beliefs; so I decided to do some research. Premature birth is the number one cause of death among babies, this is how the idea came to be. It was first tested on sheep and eventually they say to be tested on humans. They start by taking cells from the lining of the uterus, along with a mixture of drugs and hormones to create the womb. Then the scientists take left over embryos from in vitro fertilization and place them into the laboratory- engineered tissue. The embryos attach to the walls of the prototype womb and begin to settle there.
This new procedure seems like a great thing for couples who are unable to have children. The possibilities include a pregnancy without morning sickness, weight gain, stretch marks or labor pains. It appears that humans have finally found a way to get around the punishment that God handed down to Eve when she disobeyed him. We as humans like to think we are superior, but we have forgotten that God designed Gestation for a reason. A growing fetus responds to not only the mother's heartbeat but also to her emotions, moods and movements. If this is the case, how would a baby respond in a sac in a lab.
The potential implications could be homosexual couples "growing" their own baby. So, as this seems like a good thing on the outside, is it really God's plan for humanity?
Ever since the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, people have been hunting for artifacts that Jesus may have touched in his lifetime. One example of this is the Holy Grail. Some historians believe that the cup that Jesus drank out of at the Last Supper holds the power of granting eternal life. Another example is the shards of the cross of Christ. The Roman Catholic Church was the organization that started this hunt for "holy artifacts" hundreds of years ago. The question remains: Are there artifacts on this earth that hold the power of God? The answer is no. There is nothing in the Bible that makes some sort of mention of a Holy Grail or something of that nature. In fact, the Bible states on many occasions that power stays with the Father and the Father alone. Jesus just drank out of an ordinary cup at the Last Supper. Romans generally reused crosses in those days due to the price of wood, so that theory is debunked as well. Our faith should be in God alone, and not in physical items on earth.