So – One Little Word

John 3:16 has got to be the verse on which believers are most surefooted about salvation. Exactly how surefooted only appears when one connects its so with as and so in verse 14.

And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, John 3:14 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:15

The writer says “For God thus loved…” or “Because (for) this is how God loved…”

So = thus = in this way = like this, (oυτω, HOO-toe). It is an adverb; it modifies a verb, defines the action under the miscoscope. God loved the world like this, in this way.
What way? Like how Moses elevated the serpent in the desert. Fact check on how.

Moses elevated the serpent

  • for a people saved at the Red Sea (Exo 14:13)
  • for a saved people on their way to Canaan (Num. 21:5-9

This is why John can write

  • he who keeps believing (πιστευων, present tense believing)
  • may keep possession of life (εχη, present tense having)

One look does it for snakebite, one confession and one belief (Rom 10:10-11) saves from lostness and condemnation. Jn316 is definitely about saved people looking to Christ for relief, not about people who are believing for the first time, that is, unsaved people. It is a perplexity for those who claim to be in compliance with God’s will while denying that snake-bite happens and while denying that believers need the elevated Christ for maintenence of the gift of life. Without this grace we are hopping back and forth between saved and lost, dead or alive, or we find ourselves making claims that leave nothing to hope for.
What remedy can there possibly be for fatal afflictions other than the Son of Man himself? Christ who started us on our journey by giving his life on the Cross, now lives forever to save us (Heb. 7:25).

Nicodemus, though he sneaked in a nocturnal audience with the Saviour, was a man who needed maintenance salvation. He was a Jewish leader, an unwitting believer, who tried to get answers about how salvation works. This would have been a prime occasion for the Lord Yeshua to drive home the Jewish tradition – covenants and prophets, and kings – but no, he steered Nicodemus smack into believe and keep your life.

It is amazing how one little word – so, oυτω – hidden from view by careless translators and commentators, comes to the light up this layer of our great salvation.

This journeying layer of salvation often gets, regrettably, attached to things, virtues and non-virtues, but John 3:16 connects God’s love for the pilgrim with a one-on-one with the Elevated Saviour.

Again he convinces us that our need – to have a good journey in the new life – is met fully in His Inimitable Majesty Yeshua Elevated Son of Man.

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Sacred Superpower Shenanigans Shredded

I know I am not alone wondering what to make of the likelihood that the religious world is being ravaged with lies in a similar fashion to what we are seeing in the political sphere. I suppose that many of us have actually confirmed the phenomena of truth being a well-worn lie and of minors taking over the roles of majors but we do not know what to do with our discoveries.

Certainty and corrosion

How many times have you seen a cart leading a horse? It happens often. Let us establish the reality of well-worn lies and what are some of the minors that have become majors, and that there are carts pulling horses.

  1. To be sure that no one can complain that God is being arbitrary or robotic because he organizes every era of human existence under various covenants.
  2. Nothing moves into the realms of the Messianic kingdom without repentance. A change of mind is essential.
  3. Pride of property, family and place is not divine justice: all humans sin
  4. Death is not life elsewhere: there is no life in Gehenna or Hades.
  5. God made flora, fauna and humans with seed: immortal ones in creation do not exist.
  6. If the whole of man is commandment-keeping we know what departure from the faith looks like.
  7. All messengers or gatekeepers are by comparison to the Good Shepherd thieves and robbers.
  8. Compare the picture of every nation becoming a kingdom priests, peculiar and higher than the rest with spiritual and truthful worship in places other than Jerusalem and in no particular place.

The 45th president in your church

Stories of truly great things morph into incredible folklore and junk.  Instead of shiny truths we end up with corroded materials: justice at the cross loses to condemnation at Sinai. “I accept Jesus as personal saviour” replaces “Jesus is lord” so that there is no tension between Christ and Caesar.  Still, Caesar does not bow to Christ and we know that Christ is Caesar’s maker and has Caesar on a leash.

Making sure of a working salvation

Before recommending a strategy let us ensure what our motives are. We go to church to participate in four graces: prayer, apostolic doctrine, sharing meals, and fellowship.

And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. Acts 2:42

This is reflected (fellowship assumed) also in Peter’s conclusion in the welfare discrimination case:

But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word. Acts 6:4

Whose prayer pattern, whose doctrine dominates? Every organized church has a focus that is adrift from the once-delivered faith. Just look at the names of the denominations. The faith of Jesus Christ needs no revision or amendment (sorry all you religious revolutionaries, American patriots and reformers, you should have learned to read and practiced believing the report). Reform movements began with the Pharisee attempt to turn Gentiles into Jews (Acts 15) and revivals are always a quixotic response to (seemingly threatening) current events. They eventually show that they are not tethered to the gospel. They paper over the walls of salvation by repeating the lies, the fables, and unsubstantiated allegations about life and death, many of which are inherited fron the Jewish tradition.

Bible Club Bible Comfort

There is more talk about “God” than testimony about Yeshua yet we know so little about God without Yeshua’s face. There is a concerted effort to bash people with the Bible rather than offer them the great news there is of God’s love and what he has provided for humanity.

Of course people can say they see strings connecting Christ to every prophet, exorcist, and magician. They can accept every hook, line, and sinker as appropriate. They can ally themselves with every merchant, landowner, and legislator, but Christ is not only separate from sinners (humans) he is higher than the heavens.

They can turn the new covenant into the old, turn justice-pardon into obedience, turn the law into life-giving words. If the regurgitated slogans, childish songs, and maxims omit the grace of the dying lamb they are not worth the time.

So, ask the question. Do not be intimated, especially if you are a young person and female of any age.  Ask everyone – including yourself!!! – who uses the Bible: what does this have to do with the promise, purpose, and progress of the Crucified Christ?

Be sure to make the question the primary filter for your thinking and thereby ensure that what comes out of your mouth is not defiling. Your behaviour will also be approved apart from injunction and prohibition. Do this and you will shred the powers of the deceiver. The sacred superpowers – churches, states and prostitution rings – cannot stand real change, neither do they appreciate the consistency of Christ.

Braves Boot the Bullies

Do not keep saying “Amen”

CHRIST OUR PASCHAL LAMB

If we needed evidence of the estrangement of Christianity from its roots we need look no further than the seminal intervention and memorial of both Judaism and the Way; the Passover.  There is no need to probe the Law vs Grace red herring, the moral abyss invented by deluded perfectionists, or the hypocrisy of commandment-keepers.   We are not expecting a resurgence of Judaism, nor do we feel obliged to give up Messianic revelation because there are roots reaching back to Israelite history.  Every so often the Passover falls on the day Christians have christened as Good Friday and this year the setting of Good Friday a month away from Passover is a stark exposure of Christian negligence and avoidance of the public truth, namely that  Christ died as the primary act in salvation history and the Gospel.  The season is still being called Easter and passed off as commemorative of Yeshua’s resurrection. Despite the fact that there is no biblical call for celebrating the Lord’s resurrection, we omit the reason for the season, the sacrifice of the Lamb, and the vast majority of Christians stumbles on in the dark about Christ our Paschal Lamb.

The prevalence of “Easter” as a name for the seminal event in Christ’s saving mission is the result of a poor translation of a single word in the 17th century King James version, and the negligence of succeeding generations. Instead of translating pascha as Passover, because the Greek term comes from the Hebrew pesach, they gave us  “Easter” in hopes of connecting the Sacred festival with the secular festival that comes around at the same time of year. Easter is really a pagan practice that is connected with early Babylonian rituals which appear also in the Old Testament in Canaanite practices.
Another pervasive example of the King James translators going astray is their destruction of personal names. J and Z replace Y and TS. Yeshua becomes Jesus, Tsiyyon becomes Zion. This is a symptom of cultural insensitivity and scholarly negligence.
What has happened since Paul said “Christ our Passover [Paschal Lamb] is sacrificed for us” and today when we see Passover, the 14th of Nissan, and Good Friday are separated by a month?   We have mistaken the immutable with irrelevance. Since Christ died Passover is no longer a Jewish feast. The Lamb of God is a universal provision. Passover, the day on which our Lord died cannot possibly be on any day beside14th Nisan.
Our estrangement from the recognized foundations of Messianic Revelation has its roots in xenophobia, political allegiances, and religious animosity. Since Abraham is our avowed common ancestor we have some explaining to do about our drifting apart into our clans (religions and denominations). We seem to have ourselves resisted the developments that have defined both Jewish and Christian history.  The transitions from bondage to liberty, from pilgrimage to inheritance, the merging of priesthood and monarchy are all accompanied by covenants and pronounced shifts in divine revelation that require our repentance. Resistance to change can become a millstone around one’s neck.
In this regard it is helpful to note that a change of mind was what the Lord proclaimed as necessary if people wanted access to the kingdom of God. The record shows that Moses, Solomon, or Jeremiah would be shocked to see how their contributions have spiraled out of shape. Peter, Timothy, or 4th century church father would be likewise shocked to see how the glorious Way has been abandoned.
The Passover should remain grounded in the understanding that some things do not change. Passover is essentially a sacrificial monument in which blood is spilled as a means of liberation and identity.   When God ordered the death of the firstborn in Egypt He made provision so that Israelites would not suffer loss. The slaughtered lamb provided the cover a satisfactory substitute for the firstborn in every Israelite home.  It is to accomplish this very thing that Christ is Paschal Lamb.

Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: (7) Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth (8).  1 Corinthians 5:7-8

Try as we might, we cannot undo the fact that there is no resurrection song or litany that has the effect of significance as do the songs of the Cross. There is no resurrection celebration in the Lord’s table.  Easter Sunday does not compare to Passover.  Christ is Saviour by means of death, not by rising from the dead, so let’s put first things first.  This year,  let’s face the holiday with a new sobriety, laying aside the shallow and commercial intoxication of a feel-good Sunday and put our thoughts and trust in Christ our Paschal Lamb.

The Life Hidden in Christ

Life in Christ comes with death and resurrection. Death is past but yet present, because the fullness of life comes later with a permanent and splendiferous transformation. Death is past because we were raised with Christ. Hence Paul writes about us as people who were raised with Christ to help us focus on the source of our life. Col 3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

Why?

πεθάνετε γάρ,

For you are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God (Col. 3:3).

apethanete gar kai he zoe humon kekruptai sun to christo· Col 3:3

Properly, this is not a statement about a condition; it relates something that happened. Paul is saying you died; by which he means that no-one put you to death. We decided to accept Christ’s death. We died when we embraced the promise of life. “Died” is never the last word. Paul joins our death to “and your life” Your LIFE was hidden and remains hidden, with Christ in God. The dying and the hiding stand in contrast. The first is done, the second, begun, continues.

You died your life was hidden and remains hidden.

          O                            O ________________________

It is hidden not because of secrecy or unintelligibility. Our Father is the God of the mysteries unveiled. No sir. He has nothing to hide. If a city set on a hill cannot be hidden then neither can the glory of that city be hidden. Our life is not out of sight; God sees our life as it is both in heaven and on earth. We are in heaven WITH CHRIST now, He is WITH us here on earth, as He says, “Lo, I am with you unto the end of the age”. I have died, and I was raised to be with CHRIST! It is not for secrecy that he hides us! He hides us for our security and for secure communications.

The tokens of the hidden life do not always make sense to the observer. They are unusable by the outsider, just as the beeps and squawks on a debit or credit card reader as it communicates with your bank are unintelligible, even though you know it is saying “hi bank, can you process a 14.95 debit on the account of Mrs Fillup At-the-Pump. Please confirm that you receive this message and that Mrs Fillup At-the-Pump has the money in her account”.

Everyone can  hear those beeps and squawks, but only you and the bank know exactly what is being said. Those transactions are privileged even though they take place in the public arena. This is especially true of prayer since even when our prayer is public there are intercessory unutterable groanings to which no-one is privy. This is how our life is encrypted.

In the following sentence an encryption code is applied which unlocks the meaning, in this case an algorithm that uses the preceding letter of the alphabet, hence J=I.

The transmitted message reads:

J xjmm sjtf gspn uif efbe jo uisff ebzt

The decoded message reads:

I will rise from the dead in three days.

This hidden or unknown element – the algorithm – is the kingdom manifest in the water-born and the Spirit-born person (John 3:3-8).
3  Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 4  Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?5  Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.6  That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.7  Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

The encrypted life is perceived; one hears the sound of it. The voice of the hidden life is not imperceptible. The departure station and the destination are not known. The source specifics and the goal details are not disclosed. They are kept undercover, classified, by God.

8  The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

Everyone that is born of the Spirit BLOWS WHERE HE/SHE WISHES

YOU HEAR THE SOUND of everyone that is born of the Spirit

you do not know where the spirit-born is coming from

you do not know where the spirit-born is going

YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT THE FATHER IS DOING WITH HIS OFFSPRING

Because of this encryption we ought not sit in judgment over God’s children.

Christ is truly our refuge, a Safe Fold, a Place of Help and Comfort, and a Rock on which to build.

Losing our Electric Chair

Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father. There is one who accuses you: Moses, on whom you have set your hope. John 5:45

Acquiring effective hope

Someone must be so happy there is no law that says separating parents and children without cause – seeking asylum is not a crime – is wrong. But then again if one’s God is the King of love shouldn’t one know that messing with or making orphans and widows is a major offence, as is the mistreatment of foreigners?

But then again we’re supposed to be juvenile forever – under tutors and custodians – instead of reporting to our father and rejoicing in our saviour’s love. Right?
Wrong. Why are we are still in kindergarten and calling it school?

Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. Romans 3:19

Oh what lunacy attends our mantras and insights! We are licking our chops at the strength of sin – sin’s powerhouse- and deluding ourselves that an electric chair is the best thing since leather coats.

And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them. Genesis 3:21

(Behold, I am coming like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake, keeping his garments on, that he may not go about naked and be seen exposed!) Revelation of John 16:15

Stop Tricking the Next Generation

How does a child’s subjection to God-fearing parents figure in the child’s development? Rather poorly. A child without guidance is likely to fail and when the parent’s personal goal is imposed – in vain – on a child, we do inflict life-threatening harm. Adults stuck in juvenile instruction and custodians are balloons without hot air.

To each child his way

If a child knows only the following as important what is he likely to become?

  • Parents Demanding Compliance with a foreign code of behaviour
  • Disciples Demanding Participation in a foreign covenant
  • Secular Demands for loyalty in a common environment

Let’s not be biased about the categories into which children fall. In addition to being the poster for kingdom-bound persons, children are the complement to adults in God’s plan to avert the curse. There is also that more deadly category of commandment-keeping as the ultimate accountability. We can only imagine how deeply dangerous this foolish idea can be when a certain class enforces the ten commandments.

A daring dash to be righteous

How does one know when a child is not lying, or stealing, or committing adultery since this is all happening in the mind? Who is a mindreader?
What can one tell them about the great salvation when they have been supposedly doing all the righteous things all their young lives?
Can unsaved people keep God’s commandments? Of course not. If those who have studied and recited them for thousands of years are guilty of giving the world a slanderous image of the True God what chance has the competitively ignorant westerner of getting on the podium?

The answer to “Can unsaved people keep the commandments?” should have taken a second, and one should consider the relationship between those who lie to young people and those who make God a liar (like Satan).

A Throatful of Falsehoods

The nations of the ancient world of whom we have records devoted a great deal of energy and resources to convincing each generation that it had earned the gold medal in wisdom, conquest, and sustainable family life. WK3. We do not know the who, what, when, where, and why of every person’s journey but we are fully capable of recognizing when hope is missing, when love is not priority, and when people do not believe. We are capable of recognizing despair, fear, and death.

To say “one strike you’re out” to others and allow ourselves unlimited transgressions is the crux of the hypocrite’s greatness. The next generation of commandment-keepers will be so much more distant from the heavenly calling that they will be responsible for an unprecedented wave of vicious and shameful attacks on God’s people in the mode of Saul of Tarsus.

The deception is massive. God has undertaken to do something unprecedented for the new covenant people: write his laws in their hearts. Until he does there is no substitute, no build up to, no table preparation that is legitimate or effective.

The real voice of humanity crying for help has been put on the backburner in deference to making disciples for ourseives. Religious people have become so twisted that we can confirm now that only a few people are actually being saved.

We throw some much junk into the mix of our messaging that Christ is hardly seen any more. The content is quite literally Moses, some contemporary authority or data, and elementary topics such as food and drink, clothing, and festivals.

If we say we have not sinned,
we make him a liar, and his word
is not in us. 1 John 1:10

Is Your Head of State a Bigot?

Oh that you would keep silent, and it would be your wisdom! Job 13:5

What comes out of a grown person’s mouth comes from his heart/thinking. There is only one more reliable measure of human thinking: behaviour.

Hateful and destructive policies speak loudly: just look at the intrigue between west and east, north and south. It is not love and hope that drives the agenda. It’s the same old kill the enemies and keep your own people under control policy.

Who should shush

Broadcast anchors, experts, and pundits seem unable to form a firm opinion. I would not mind being asked appropriately to shut it, being possessed of both skill and passion. Perhaps when we traffic only in perfection, we cannot say presently what a bigot looks like. Isaiah to Malachi and every Gentile knows it from experience. I think we can trust the host of non-Caucasian people who give up their testimony of running into bigotry at home.

When they confirm the block from which that orange plague in the White House fell we will have begin to see an unambiguous conclusion of what is bigotry.

The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. Luke 6:45

You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. Matthew 12:34

Sure Signs of Salvation

Forgiveness and contrition are inevitable in any approach to wholeness, right?

The Lord is near to those that are of a broken heart; and saves the ones who are of a contrite spirit. Psalms 34:18

The italics in the King James version of this verse of Psalms 34 is a giveaway. The practice of italicising words not in the original text is quite helpful. It tells the reader what is versus what happens

“God is light” is a simple example. “Blessed is the man who does not walk” is a more complex example. Both are intended to describe conditions not events.

You can rely on what God is versus what he does. God is near vs God saves. He is always near. That is what he is. Near. We know he doesn’t always save.

At what point do people not come to God broken or tell God thanks for a sinless day? I cannot imagine.
Hypocrites still come to God whole, grasping at divinity unlawfully. Woe, not help, can be predicted for them until contrition sinks in.

I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted. Luke 18:14

Washington the New Wonderland

People came from far and near to see the Magnificent Temple of Solomon had built to the honor of Yahweh in Jerusalem. Only in that city could one find a people dedicated to a dynamic connection to God.

Whataboutism is not new. It is how we learn. We have used comparison and evaluation to ensure that our understanding is not insular and stunted. It is a well known fact that many Americans know little about their environment outside their town and perhaps their state.

Connecting with what matters asks for respectful attention and not simple acceptance. We can say “I hear you” without meaning that we buy what was said.

Wonderland

It is no wonder that lawmakers work together to create opportunities for the people. But it is, in Washington.
It is no wonder that heads of state lead the charge against the nation’s adversaries. But it is, in Washington.
It is no wonder that data drives the engine of corporate and private life. But it is, in Washington.

Facts and Foxes in HenHouses

We know that it is not only in wonderland do openly bigoted religious and elected personalities not know that words have meanings that do not change.
There are hundreds of little wonderlands across our nations where people have little or no experience of their neighbours’ perennial struggles and lack the courage to cross the street.
Shouting hateful slogans takes little humanity. Shouting cute maxims shows little intelligence.

You turn things upside down! Shall the potter be regarded as the clay, that the thing made should say of its maker, He did not make me; or the thing formed say of him who formed it, He has no understanding? Isaiah 29:16

We have seen how falsehoods repeated often enough (and strategically) have become daily mantras no matter how obvious the venom is or despite the shaky precedents asserted.

The Washington touch

Do not try to imagine why the 45th president is a churlish, despot, megalomaniac, lying, cesspool of greed and prostitution or why the elected representatives are the most potent cowards. In Washington everything turns to dirt at the touch of the masters of hypocrisy and cowardice.

Its wonderland. How many totalitarian regimes does a bigot-in-chief have to court before Washington wakes up and sneezes?

Then they sweep by like the wind and go on, guilty men, whose own might is their god! Habakkuk 1:11

Hopefully it takes one special counsel to uncover just how deeply and for how long Satanic (lies and rebellion) influence have been entrenched in the new wonderland, because they are, like Israel of Isaiah’s days,

  1. A rebellious people,
  2. lying children,
  3. children unwilling to hear the instruction of the Lord;
  4. who say to the seers, Do not see,
  5. to the prophets, Do not prophesy to us what is right;
  6. speak to us smooth things, prophesy illusions, Isaiah 30:9-10

Three Chilling Words

Human. Right. Abuse.
Governments everywhere are expected to be possessed of three characteristics. Humanity. Righteousness. Accountability.
The three are being tested by religious fervour masked as patriotic nationalism.

Canada’s new power

I have never apologized for saying the right thing, and I do not expect the Government of Canada to apologize for having a society where people exercise the right to assemble, express their views, and protest. Canadians do not apologize for wanting the human family to embrace the sanctity of human speech. Some one had to say it.
The Canadian government is doing battle with the Saudi government over Canada’s defence of people whose right to personal expression is depressed. The tempest in the desert centres on the kingdom’s attempt to slow the transition from cruel nepo-despotism to accountable governance for all citizens.

Silence is not appropriate

I cannot imagine anyone not oriented in the Arab world or towards Islam not cheering as women were given the right to drive. A simple thing like personal equality is only news where the notion is taboo. I am certain that the need to speak out against any authority is something the House of Saud recognizes. That need to speak out can be threatened using military equipment bought from the Canadian government, so we have a vital motivation to be heard on this issue.

Saudi Demands

Asking the head of a functioning democracy to apologize for stating the obvious is at least brash and distracting. There is little room here for whataboutism. Human dignity is at risk everywhere and the tardiness of some states is a fitting subject for public discussion. If not brash and distracting the Saudi demand signals the prospect of a nationalism that evokes the manifesto of violent actors and a deadly alliance between unlikely business partners.

When we talk about human our minds go to humane characteristics and ultimately humane treatment of one another.

When we talk about right our minds go to God who made all creatures with the authority to think, act, and reflect.

When we talk about accountability our minds go to all of us who need to explain what we have done when asked.

No one should lose their liberty because they stand up for humane treatment of all humans. No one should lose their life because they spoke words with which we disagree. No one should lose their ability to defend themselves when they ask governments to be accountable to the people.

Pardon us all, we cannot apologize

for saying,

“let’s get our Human Rights record right”.

Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen… John 3:11a

COULD NOT THIS MAN PREVENT A DEATH?

John the evangelist alone records the raising the Lazarus from the dead and the miracle is said to be the cause for the establishment to finally make move to arrest and murder the Messiah (John 11:45-54)

An outsider’s observation

(11:37) And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died?

The answer is obvious. At least it is to the speakers. Of course he could. He did not. He does not do everything he has the power or authority to do.
Some people are so without any sense of God’s creative genius. There is no need for God to repeat or duplicate any of his provisions for any creature. He does not do for us (a) what he’s done for others (b) what we can do for ourselves ( at least when we are
There are people who, unable to help themselves, dare to throw rocks of faith at every surprise or unexpected turn in life’s road.

No sickness, no death?

Was no one around who believed as Lazarus’ condition worsened? Were there no two agreeing in prayer whose request God would honour?

Just where do we get the idea from that God is trying to stop people from aging, ailing, and dying? God is honourably glorified in any of our circumstances and this story illustrates how he chooses to intervene.

Just when the fishermen, caught in a vicious storm, thought he did not care, found him asleep, and were pretty sure death was knocking, he rescued them.

In the grand scheme

Could this God not have prevented Adam and Eve from slipping out of innocence? We could go down that rabbit hole but we will not. Prevention is not all that it is cracked up to be. An ounce of prevention may be worth a pound of bandaids, but a cure is permanent and far more satisfying.

Where is that hypocrite who would like to have taken a crack at preventing human history from unfolding the wonderful way that it has?