Leftovers, Part 3

[This is the third installment of my trilogy on Thanksgiving.]

He was twelve-years-old when he became afflicted with anorexia nervosa and bulimia. It was due to earlier psychological trauma that slowly developed over time. There were compounding factors including impropriety by an elementary grade school teacher who would keep him in the classroom after the other students were dismissed for recess.

Anorexia/bulimia is a psychological disorder.

The condition manifested itself as the preteen entered the seventh grade. It was at Thanksgiving that year when he excused himself from the family table, went into the bathroom, and emptied his stomach into the toilet.

Fearing that his dark secret might be heard the boy would later sneak away and dig a hole in the family’s sprawling back yard to … well, you get the idea.

Within a year he had lost so much weight that the neighbors wondered if he had cancer. The boy’s father knew something was wrong, but this kind of illness was not really discussed out in the open. His dad would feed him plates of peanut butter sandwiches, but afterward the boy would excuse himself and dig a hole.

His mother said later that if she had known there was a problem she would have sought counseling for her son.

Thanksgiving, for whatever reason, exposed the boy’s psychological scars even into adulthood. It’s just that he found it difficult to be thankful for anything.

That young man was me. I don’t share this easily, but it may help you to better understand the tone of these articles.

Thanksgiving, today, means deliverance from years of suffering. The LORD reached down and lifted me up in the power of His spirit and by the precious blood of His son.

The holiday season is not about food and shopping, but about cleansing and healing. I truly am thankful to God for saving me.

That’s the most I’ve written about this … ever.

If you, or someone you know can relate, may I recommend another blog that discusses this issue with unbridled honesty.

Caralyn, at Beauty Beyond Bones, shares her courageous story of overcoming an eating disorder; and the Scriptures that inspired her recovery.

Her blog is pretty busy so you might begin here.

As for me, I just take the season one day at a time. The anniversary of my parent’s death is next on the calendar (Hanukkah), and then comes Christmas.

I think what saddens me most about Christmas is that the world has done a pretty good job at removing Christ from the holiday.

It’s a Small World at Disneyland opened this week displaying its Christmas facade. A Southern California newspaper posted an article criticizing Disney for the religious tone of the attraction:

Disney should know that the religious theming of the popular ride dismisses the attraction’s designed message of an inclusive and diverse world.

The Christmas observance in my community was long ago replaced with a politically correct  winter celebration, but this is true in communities across the nation.

It is thought by some in the Messianic community that Yeshua was born on the 15th day of the seventh month of Tishrei (September-October on the Christian calendar) during the Feast of Booths, or Tabernacles when God came down and dwelt among us in the person of Jesus Christ.

I say, give the winter solstice back to the pagans. And there’s a reason why we are not told the date of Jesus’ birth. Besides the fact that it has been corrupted by paganism and idolatry, Jesus told us to remember his death (Luke 22:19).

Our eternal hope rests in his death and resurrection.

Copyright © 2017 Eternal Christ

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Leftovers

How was your Thanksgiving? I don’t really observe the holidays, and I remember my mother saying to me once, “You’re killing our family traditions.” It broke her heart to tell me this, and it broke my heart to see her sorrow.

My parents passed away during Hanukkah (three years apart) so I don’t feel especially festive this time of year though my heart and mind are comforted by the peace and joy of Yeshua HaMashiach.

If you think about it all of our traditions are very much external. The JPS Tanakh (1917) reads:

I hate, I despise your feasts, and I will take no delight in your solemn assemblies (Amos 5:21).

The LORD rejects empty praise. Thanksgiving offered from a disobedient heart is vain and worthless. Rather than setting aside one day of gratitude the LORD expects us to be thankful always. When you wake up and when you lie down give thanks to the LORD.

A feast day could not erase the stench of Jacob’s sins. The problem with the Law is that it could not absolve people of their transgressions. Israel and Judah were consumed by their idolatry. Not even a day of abstention (Yom Kippur) could atone for their offenses.

If your heart is right with God (in Jesus Christ) there is no condemnation in observing a day of Thanksgiving; and let’s not forget that it was proclaimed as a day of prayerful recognition of God’s blessings.

Paul addressed those who abstain and those who observe:

One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God (Romans 14:5-6).

God is glorified either way. but not if your heart is otherwise disobedient. What is important to you on Thanksgiving — turkey, football, shopping? It is all vanity if your heart is not centered on the LORD. Are you sincerely grateful, or is this just a day to plan your Black Friday assault on the mall?

The following tweets posted last year after the presidential election.

This is just something for you to digest along with that second slice of Thanksgiving pie, but one year removed and there remains strife and division.

the hearts of the sons of men are full of evil and madness is in their hearts throughout their lives, and afterward they join the dead (Ecclesiastes 9:3).

My friends, those who hate are already dead. If only our people were truly thankful … and obedient.

Copyright © 2017 Eternal Christ

Are You Feeling Flat Today?

This subject has been on my mind for some time, but I was hesitant to write about it because it generates a whole lot of spam from fundamentalists who are convinced this is what the Bible teaches …

… that the earth is flat.

Wait, what? Oh, yes, they call into Christian talk radio, or secular programs like Coast to Coast, to expose the conspiracy that the earth is — gasp! — round.

And just who are the conspirators? The Vatican and the scientific community. In fact, the space program was conceived for the purpose of perpetuating the myth. Man never went to the moon. It was all a hoax, well, except for the launches and landings.

We saw Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins lift-off from Florida, and land in the Pacific Ocean; but the rest of the mission was simulated. And maybe the astronauts were not even aboard the spacecraft. Eight days later we saw them bobbing on the ocean, but they never left earth!

Hollywood profited richly from the space program’s CGI technology. Your favorite blockbuster movie was filmed using computer generated imagery.

The earth is depicted as a round globe using similar techniques. But why? To authenticate the theory of evolution.

The earth began as a jagged rock, but millions of years of rotation and revolution eroded the rough edges into a smooth, rounded globe. A flat earth, on the other hand, does not support the theory of evolution.

Philip Stallings, founder of the Biblical Flat Earth Society, wrote:

As a Christian, the flat earth begins and ends with Scripture. While the evidence continues to mount, and has, for the flat earth, I must begin by saying, “the Scriptures told you so.”

Just like so many people have been deceived regarding evolution, the big bang, and heliocentrism, so to have many been duped into believing that we are on a spinning ball. The ramifications of these lies have wide sweeping effects upon every sphere of life and society.

Stallings addresses a number of Old Testament verses including:

It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to dwell in (Isaiah 40:22).

And the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, until the nation took vengeance on their enemies. Is this not written in the Book of Jashar? The sun stopped in the midst of heaven and did not hurry to set for about a whole day (Joshua 10:13).

He noted that Scripture uses the Hebrew word (ח֣וּג, chuwg) meaning circle rather than (דּוּר, dure) which can be translated circle, but is typically used to denote a ball, or hemisphere.

Stallings interprets Joshua:

If the sun is the center of the universe and the earth is orbiting around it, then for this event to occur, it would have to have been the earth standing still, not the sun, however. If the earth is flat and the sun and moon rotate above us, it would make perfect sense for the sun to stand still in order to prolong the day here.

Michael Heiser is a Bible scholar and Semitic language expert. His writings have been — much to his dismay — cited in defense of the flat earth theory. Taken literally, Scripture seems to suggest that the ancients believed the earth was flat. “Not so,” said Heiser, “nor do I.”

Heiser wrote:

Lately I’ve been seeing things on Facebook (or have had those who follow my work sending me items) that ask if I believe the earth is flat. That’s a question I never thought I’d get, and I’ve gotten hundreds. Why the surprise? It’s difficult for me to believe anyone is so gullible … to believe the earth is flat. But as with so many other nuggets of nonsense, social media has brought forth its exhibits to demonstrate that reality.

Heiser’s comment that flat earthers are … stupid and dumb … was deleted. I would say that they are deeply sincere as evidenced by the following reply:

You think it is silly, but when you start to look into it, the answer is not so clear-cut. People don’t believe in Genesis and start to trade it off for a belief in evolution. It gets to a point where if you start questioning a lot of things in the bible … why believe any of it?

If you took the time, you would discover NASA’s occult history (and their collaboration with the Nazis). Throughout the Vatican, throughout the USA. You can dismiss this all as conspiracy theory. You can go on dismissing people as stupid and crazy. So before you start calling others stupid or ignorant, first question if you are in fact the one that is guilty of this.

Wherever this topic posts on the Internet it sparks a vigorous debate that often turns acidic and hateful. I don’t expect that to happen since my spam filter is set to the strictest level.

What say you … is the earth flat?

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