Saturday, March 26, 2011

Stylish Blogger Award!

A heartfelt THANK YOU to THRIFTYMOMSPOT.COM for this Stylish Blogger Award!

 

Here are the Rules:

 

1. Thank and link back to the person that has given you this award.

2. Share seven things about yourself.

3. Award 10-15 blogs you feel deserve this award as well.

4. Contact these bloggers and let them know about the award.

 

Since I have a some new followers this is perfect time to share a few things about myself.

  1. I’m the youngest of six children
  2. I was a career woman at a college before I had children
  3. Butter Chicken is my favorite dish (Indian)
  4. If you do not read my other blog, I have had 5 home/water births
  5. I like to create my own natural body care products
  6. I’m VERY silly!
  7. I like make up and fashion :)

Water Prints

Okay, now this is funny. Looking at my stats for this blog a month ago, I noticed I was getting some traffic from a porn site. Yes, that's right...porn. Well, I thought, my outreach is heading in the right direction and paid it no nevermind.

A month later, I was contacted by a webmaster requesting a link exchange. The webmaster believed that my blog would fit perfectly into their "collection of quality links" on their site. In hindsight, his insistence that the email was not spam should have been my first clue that this request was not a your typical link exchange request. Nevertheless, I clicked on the link and was bombarded with pictures of a woman displaying her ta-tas.

My blog is a perfect fit for a  porn site?! I was offended! The more I thought of it the more I realized that quite possibly, the webmaster may have taken my "no judgment/no hypocrisy" message a bit too far. So, I had to laugh. Let me state, while free will exists, I will not contribute to the degradation of women,ever by posting such links to this blog. Porn webmasters, you’ve been warned. :)

While I speak out against hypocritical, judgmental and condemning evangelism, it does not mean that I endorse behaviors/actions that can be hurtful to the self or to others. It simply means that it is not my place to judge or condemn, and neither is it the biblical position of Christians to do so. Unfortunately, Christianity has has earned such a reputation and it has reflected on my Beloved Savior poorly. Such "evangelism" is the anti-thesis of Christ's true evangelism and is indeed no evangelism at all.

The truth of the matter is we ALL have freedom of will. The principle of life is we ALL choose to live life as we see fit. Anyone and everyone CAN have sex whenever, with whomever they choose. That is fact. It is also fact that there are consequences to choices such as these that may not necessarily yield the best result for your life....consequences are a fact of life...a principle of nature.You reap what you sow. You can be a sexual being and display yourself in a sexual manner...you may contract illness because of it. Your spouse may become offended. You may feel self-loathing. You may be viewed as worthless...the list goes on.

All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not. - 1 Corinthians 10:23

I am content to believe that the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is a competent Judge. He doesn't need my help.

Christ's true evangelism can be found in many places in the New Testament, but one story is a popular one...the woman at the well...

Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with [his] journey, sat thus on the well: [and] it was about the sixth hour.

There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.

(For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.)

Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.

Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.

The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?

Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?

Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:

But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.

Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither.
The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her,
Thou hast well said, I have no husband:
For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly.

The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.
Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.

Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. – John 4:6-24

Christ sets a clear example of sharing His own Gospel. Notice, while He mentions the woman is currently living with a man of whom she was not married to, it was NOT His focus. He doesn’t tell her to cease her lifestyle, or condemn her, as He has every authority to as a Son of God, but rather He preaches spiritual reconciliation by INVITING her to partake in “living water” He so freely offers to all who would receive.  A “water” when it is received, revives (quickens) that soul that was dead due to separation from our One and only Creator God. He invites and explains a spiritual life of reconciliation. While there is MORE edification that comes with this dialogue between Christ and the woman, the difference between His Gospel, and the poor imitation society has been subjected to, is clear.

What is interesting to note, while the disciples said nothing of Christ’s interaction with the woman at the well, they “marvelled that He talked with the woman”, a reflection of the same attitude that is prevalent in Christianity today. (John 4:27)

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it until Christ returns; His message is not one of condemnation, but of salvation. Salvation that comes by reconciliation. Many are quick to quote John 3:16, the message of John 3:16 is not fully realized when taken out of context of its surrounding content (another serious issue that plagues Christianity)

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. – John 3:16-19

How can any flawed being judge a darkness in a man’s heart? No one can. Believers were not given that responsibility upon Christ’s ascension. How arrogant is one to think he/she is more than the Son of God to condemn others, where Christ does not? I dare say, they have become laws unto themselves and obey no God.

My point is simple, render unto God what is His (judgment) and focus on the task at hand, which starts with your own spiritual salvation. How can anyone edify another if they, themselves, are not edified?

Read wholesome, scriptures within their context, outside of anyone’s thoughts, opinions and theologies. After all, your relationship with Christ and the Father should be based on what YOU believe, not what you were told to believe.

With love, In Christ…

Hannah

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Medicine & Idolatry

I received a tweet from @CoconutHealth yesterday and was riveted by their post: Medicine: Idolatry in the Twenty First Century http://bit.ly/e8cUZO

Very rarely do I refer or endorse other scriptural material, but I am in agreement with the content in this article. I encourage you to read the article in full as it compares America’s love affair for prescription drugs to idolatry. It makes fascinating and thought-provoking points and comparisons.

Here is an excerpt:

“Are things any different today in terms of idolatry? It has taken on a different form, but it is in essence the same thing it has always been – trust in idols rather than God to supply our needs and desires. Modern-day culture has changed dramatically since the theory of Darwinian evolution came on the scene and dominated academics in western culture, so that today the physical world is exalted above all other realities. The spiritual world is either denied or ignored. Hence, creation of physical idols is very uncommon, because current culture ignores the unseen world that could be represented by such physical manifestations.

What has replaced those idols, however, are beliefs in new ones. The most common idol in western culture today, by far, is medicine – the new “magic.”” READ MORE!

The article ends powerfully on this quote from James 5:14-16 “The prayers of a righteous man is powerful and effective”

I would encourage everyone to lean upon the Holy Spirit for guidance and understanding when considering a person’s “righteousness” in this day and age of apostate Christianity.

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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Can You See Him?

The beauty of raising seven children is the variety of characteristics that grace our home. There is no shortage of creativity. I absolutely love the fact that these seven babes display a rainforest of personalities, exotic and unique, come from the same people. What an Artist we have in the Lord!

And like a rainforest, people populate the earth, all with talents, skills and thoughts, some unique, others not so unique, but all glorify the Creative Artist in Him.

Being a member of the WWCG long ago, there was a limit on uniqueness. There was no vision of creativity. Blacks and whites were not allowed to mix. Marriages that didn’t fit certain criteria were to be separated. Women were only allowed to wear specific items of clothing, devoid of makeup and allowed to work only at certain jobs. Having come from this background, there’s no wonder why I’m sensitive to any hint of mainstream conform. Many religious organizations are full of, if not mandatory, then pressured, conformity of group thought and action.

Church attendance is one, but then, there are the small things that seem to emanate from individuals that buy into the limited perception of unique individuality. For example, my hair style, or my choice of televisions shows all the way down to my taste in food. I’ve had tense (yes, tense) conversations with people who claim to love the Lord in all of His essence, about these mundane choices of mine.

Really? My hair style? My preference in food? How can matters as minuscule as these bother and disturb another Christian? Do these things detract from the value of my faith, the one thing that is required of Him?

How can they SEE God if these things are so bothersome to them? How can they glorify Him as a Creator of all things, if they cannot perceive my preference of food as something…unique, different…than themselves? I wonder.

An exotic flower in its majestic surroundings can provoke the imaginations of a Glorious God of wisdom and might, how much more should the most mundane differences between two people reveal His power?

Thursday, March 3, 2011

The Mouth Speaks

I cannot count the number of times a Christian has used the "Body is a temple" example to justify legalistic measures or judgmental condemnation against behaviors such as smoking, drinking and sex. Yet these same people who proclaim to be holy in body are the first to blurt out "OH My God!" at the most inane and simplistic things. A proclamation that clearly uses the Lord's name quite vainly. How can such a temple speak faithless things?

These same people, zealous for what they believe to be true evangelism preach this example of guilt, will in a second, wring their hands quite worrisome when their next meal is in question. How can such a temple speak faithless things?

Expressions of doubt of one's salvation. Worries about food, clothing and shelter are common sentiments I have heard from Christians who chastise others who do "physical" wrongs, yet they doubt the security that comes with Christ's blood, going against the very fabric of why they call themselves "Christians". How can such a temple speak faithless things?

"There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man." - Mark 7:15

From the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks and it is the declarations of the heart that determines the temple that surrounds it... A true temple is revealed by the contents of its heart within...not without...

"A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh." - Luke 6:45

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Armstrongism Still Going Strong

Here's an interesting website called BatteredSheep.com that talks about Armstrongism. Here's a portion of what is talked about on the site:


It is astonishing that many still bow at the feet of the deceased Herbert W. Armstrong as if he were God himself. There are websites by ex-members of the Worldwide Church of God, that have a great deal to say about their experiences within this modern day church organization. Some such websites are: The Painful TruthExit & Support Network, and there are many websites about the Worldwide Church of God on the Internet. There are innumerable personal stories by ex-members of this authoritarian hierarchy and tragically some ex-members are now "atheists", while some over the years have committed suicide. Others have fanned out into many different church organizations, while others no longer attend church, and others are members of various splinter groups.
Herbert W. Armstrong still has many followers, including splinter or offshoot groups who believe they are the "true church of God" on earth. From what I have read there are literally hundreds of splinter groups of the Worldwide Church of God, and since it was a church organization that spread out over the world into many countries, there have been many splinter groups formed. Some of the splinter groups have the following names:
  • Philadelphia Church of God
  • Living Church of God
  • Restored Church of God
  • Intercontinental Church of God
  • United Church of God
  • Church of God's Faithful
  • Independent Church of God
  • Church of God, An International Community
  • Christian Biblical Church of God
  • Many other groups
How many of these church organizations still exist, I have no idea, nor do I know what they teach aside from glancing at a few websites to learn that at least some of these groups are still Saturday Sabbath keepers, Old Testament "Holyday" keepers, and keepers of such doctrines as 1st, 2nd, and 3rd tithes. Some still have an authoritarian format they adhere to, and all in the name of Jesus Christ as the "true church". 

Click here to read the entire article. It's a sad, true and unfortunate fact.