Archive for May, 2015
Frankly, I think the real Satan enjoys these kinds of shows because they portray him as more like a human than the Bible does and that’s because he’s not human. As far as we know, Lucifer (before the fall, but now Satan), is the highest created being that God created. We’re not really sure if Michael the Archangel or Gabriel (both mentioned in Scripture) are equal to him and chances are that they are not. The testimony of Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28 seem to verify that Lucifer was indeed the highest of all of God’s Creation. But he also sinned when pride took up residence in his heart. He made some promises that he’s worked very hard to bring to fruition. Isaiah 14 tells us that he promised to become like the Most High. How exactly does that work when that promise comes from a being who has been created by this God that he swears he will become like? The hubris is amazing.
Remember the adage, you are what you eat? It’s very true. Christians who eat garbage (whether they know better or not) can end up dealing with health issues that seem to come from nowhere. Because of that, doctors don’t know where to look.
By the year 2000, nearly 31% of Americans were considered obese. Certainly, exercise would help this, but since we know that one of our food’s staples was drastically altered in the 1950s/1960s, that bears at least some of the blame and should be seriously scrutinized. Yet, when people like Drs. Davis or Perlmutter come out with their findings, they are often ridiculed. Why is that?
How is the problem corrected? If it starts in the gut, that is where the focus needs to be. If something is causing a person to have a leaky gut (increased permeability of the intestinal lining to the blood stream), then the best way to solve the problem is by determining what is causing the leaky gut in the first place and eliminating it from the body, correct?
I firmly believe that while it is extremely important to avoid sexual immorality, drugs, drunkenness, and the rest of what Paul speaks of here in Corinthians and elsewhere, it is equally important to avoid eating and drinking things that will cause the type of physiological issues that can do tremendous harm to our bodies. In essence, as Paul says, many of the things we eat and drink are not beneficial to us at all! We need to take note of it and learn exactly how harmful they may be for us, including what type of toll they take on our physical bodies.
Within the past three months, it was determined that I have an overactive parathyroid gland (hyperparathyroidism). The parathyroid is made up of four individual pea-sized glands that often sit near and behind the thyroid gland. Their job is to control how much calcium gets into our blood stream. All human beings need some calcium in their blood. However, when the parathyroid becomes overactive, by secreting too much PTH (parathyroid hormone), too much calcium is introduced into the blood stream. Too much calcium in the blood stream can cause minor to serious and even fatal (yes, the word is FATAL), problems for people. If left untreated, strokes and heart attacks can occur.
THEN we get to verse 6b of Zechariah 13 and the famous verse that some take to refer to Jesus. It is clear that the false prophet is being questioned here, but about what? The “wounds” on his arms. This is where some people assume it refers to Jesus (because of the wounds He received leading up to and including the crucifixion). Unfortunately, IF we consider that the context is all about false prophets, then the wounds referred to here are more in line with what the prophets of Baal did to themselves in 1 Kings 18:28. They cut themselves in order to get Baal’s attention, much the same way Muslims cut themselves today during certain ceremonies to gain Allah’s attention and favor. Throughout history, there were many of these types of self-mutilation ceremonies connected with Phrygian, Syrian, Cappadocian, and other cultures.