OMG 2015-83

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                                                OMG   2015-83

OMG!!!! How often do we use this small phrase in life? Daily?, Sometimes?, Often,? Never?

It all depends on the situation, I am sure.  I have a category called “Quotes” that I just started and have one from C.S. Lewis from one of his writings. In it is the quoted statement, “Can a mortal ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily, I should think. All nonsense questions are unanswerable.”, C.S. Lewis This does not relate entirely to OMG, but gives an idea as to what is not to be used; maybe…..

Now, OMG is not really a question, or is it? I am sure God has a filter system of knowing when we mean Oh My God (or OMG) as an exclamation or a request for his hearing us or knowing we need His attention. I am sure He also knows, through the filter, that we are just making noise at something.

We just stepped in a pile of dog crap and said, OMG as a startled yell of unbelief. Or something happened that was of the unordinary in life and OMG was a wail of disbelief or a real belief of greatness of what happened at the time.

BUT, it is sometimes used for getting God’s attention! He is not THAT busy that He cannot deal with our life’s problems, comfort us, or be with us in times of despair or even great joy.

Oh dear God, where are you, or help me in my time of discomfort, be with me in my time of need, help me when I am in danger, and statements or yells like this are not yells of inconsequential requests! Or again, Oh My God (OMG)!!!

I read a psalm in the Bible that a psalmist said “Oh My God” to get His attention and presume that it worked, but too many times we, including me, say it in a superficial way; period……….

OMG just thrown out for minor reasons, or exclamation thoughts, or usually just a habit of saying, are not really a prayerful saying. Really!!!

I then state, if it is not used in a, let me say religious reason, then should it be used at all? Some could say, “Who cares!” Perhaps God cares and does not like it to be used in a nonsense way or frivolous way that taxes the filter He uses for real requests from one of His children.

Does OMG bring up one of the Ten Commandments “Do not use the name of the Lord in vain”? Does God think of OMG as doing this action that He said NOT to do long ago? I really cannot say, because I do not have that knowledge. The word God is being used in this OMG context so this might be true. If it is the case, then perhaps we need to be asking forgiveness for using this phrase in our daily lives!

 

I would think if this is so, then we could say it is a bad habit of phraseology in daily living and try to change our doing or using this OMG phrase. I think I may have used it and perhaps others have done so too. Maybe it is time for a change of habit if that is what it is for us.

What really astounds me is when I hear OMG from someone that may or may not be a believer of God and it is used in a way that I described above. Why say it, when they do not believe? Why say it when we do believe?

Sometimes when I pray to God in a meditative moment, I ask God, “Why do you put up with us, the way we are and how we are in relation to you?” The only answer is a simple one that amazes me. “Because I love you!” His love is an unconditional love without strings attached, somewhat. Ok, there are strings that I could mention, but will save those for another time.

Even when we say “OMG” in a nonsense way, God still loves us, though I believe He shakes His head in wonder at times.

Den Betts

Flowers 2015-82

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Spring is still here as of the end of May 2015 and things are still sprouting and flowers are popping up to show their beauty. Ideas come to mind as to what also arrives, sometimes unwittingly (WEEDS), but also part of life in its struggle of existence.

Flowers 2015-82

Bulbs send up shoots through the soil

to burst forth and bless the sky.

Hopes and aspirations that come to pass

Linger on for awhile, before they die.

 

Bees that fly and kiss the nectar

Make honey for continued life.

Ideas and dreams that once were so true

Never make it past the trials and strife.

 

As the flower blossoms and takes its shape

And becomes all as it shall may.

So goes life, with its ups and downs

To whatever existence that happens, day to day.

 

Flower petals fall to the ground

Blown away in the wind.

Dreams and wishes borne to the mind

Disappear as if by a whim.

Den Betts

Is the U.S.A. a Christian Nation 2015-81

Is the U.S.A. a Christian Nation   2015-81

First off, most people would probably say YES to the question of whether or not the United States of America is a Christian Nation. But I then ask, “Are we really?”

The USA was, after it became a nation following the Revolutionary War, considered or thought of as a Christian nation. It was NEVER declared, as such, then. The Declaration of Independence called the nation or invoked God in its dating as “in the year of the Lord” but that was about it then as far as a tie in with Jesus Christ, in any way. This use of “the Lord” was a common way of dating in the 1700”s In fact, the original founders declared in the Treaty of Tripoli which was upheld in the Constitution, “the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion”. In essence, we were NOT founded in the context of Christianity.

OK, this is referring to the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, but I again ask, “Are we a Christian Nation and I add “today”? I am not trying to have an opinion of the legal senses of whether or not we are, but instead, will relate to the thought of the people of the country themselves as their being Christian.

I wrote earlier about “What is a Christian” in post 2015-79 and that, somewhat, relates to people in general in America today as a definition. But, how many of us are Christians in reality? Do we believe in God, which encompasses Jesus Christ? More importantly, do we practice our Christian faith that we believe in or just say we are Christian, without commitment?

More and more people are “dropping out” of their religious faiths, meaning people that were Catholic, Lutheran, Methodists, Episcopalians, and all the other major faiths.  It was once popular to go to church and then the numbers changed and less and less people do so today. I could ask, “is going to church a Christian thing?”, presumably that the church is a Christian one. I hate to use the word Church in relation to being a Christian though, because you CAN be a Christian without going to church…….

Can we call ourselves a Christian nation whereas the majority of the people do not practice the Christian beliefs and teachings? The numbers are out there for the totals that attend church, share the faith in Christ, read the Bible, attend small church groups or Sunday School and they are not only down, but very much below the 50% level. That is telling in so many ways.

The crucial role of Christianity in this nation’s formation is not without dispute, although as Revolutionary leader Patrick Henry said: “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship.” The problem is that he could state that then, but today, it has no merit in some ways.

Only the principle of church-state separation can protect America’s incredible degree of religious freedom. The individual rights and diversity we enjoy cannot be maintained if the government promotes Christianity or if our government takes on the trappings of a “faith-based” state. I understand that fact, but feel that with religious freedom comes the responsibility. What do I mean by that? There was a news item on Yahoo.com that stated a political group was considering making a change to the Constitution that would declare the U.S.A. having Christianity as a national religion and it was at the 57% level.  This would not be a good idea as far as I am concerned.

We have the freedom to NOT attend church or involve ourselves in religious undertakings. I don’t want to have the requirement that I be a member of a certain religious group to live in the U.S.A.  I want the freedom to attend the church of my choice or not. If I want to be Buddhist and study Zen Buddhism so be it; I can in the U.S.A.  If I want to deny there is a God or say there never was a Christ, then I want that freedom to do so; I can do so in the U.S.A.

We are so very lucky in the U.S.A. of this freedom and I cherish it.  Some places in this world exact the final solution of death, for not believing in a certain god or their religion. Death is the answer for them in some cases, or at least is the extreme punishment. That is severe and somewhat archaic thinking of what to do to someone for their religious beliefs or non-practice of their faith. This could also apply to blasphemy or additional acts that go against the mainstream beliefs of that faith.

One of the quietest times on our road where we live is on Sunday morning at about 7:30 A.M.  A normal work week day would involve a busy and hectic travel at this time period. The only area where it is evident of their being some travel is on Sunday morning near or at the golf course on the way to church. This is just facts presented without any judgmental thoughts added.  It is a way of life today, period.

One of the things I look at as a positive thing of going to church is the “community”, that it offers. This means, the overall togetherness of fellowship, prayer, discussions, enjoyments, and all the rest of the things that make up a religious get-together.  There is nothing wrong about meeting like this and there are continued periods of joining with the same people later in the week that are part of this experience.

I do not want to look at our country as a non-Christian state of being, but perhaps it actually is in reality. This could be for many reasons, which have been reported on, but the fact remains that more and more people do not have a belief in a man named Jesus Christ, that died for us so we may have a chance of eternal life. Perhaps the promise of living forever is not a big draw today; don’t know.

Den Betts

Crows 2015-80

In the country we have crows, hawks, and buzzards living together with those of nature, but in the city, crows rule in the sky, or so it seems, along with other creatures of wildlife, of course. It was, well, somewhat unique to observe the crows when we lived in the urban jungle of the city, but again, somewhat common place here in the country……

Crows     2015-80

A “caw” then another “caw”

from above somewhere, not placed.

Peering above, I look for the source,

of the sound known from childhood.

Remembered now on a regular basis

 

A fleeting shadow on the ground,

signals the presence of the crow

flapping wings so laboriously

towards the tree in back of house.

 

The glance above in pin oak splendor

shows a sight not seen before.

A “crows nest” high in boughs

built different than the squirrels;

home for more of the black winged

ones, to continue its species.

 

A mate’s call further away, high in

sky, flying, dipping, trying to get

away from wrens attacking with swoops,

protecting their own kind.

 

The nature of things in an urban setting

so different than a cornfield far away,

A name, Charley, the crow for him and

perhaps Celeste for her,  why not, maybe so.

“C and C” easy to remember, but not tell apart.

 

Den Betts

What is a Christian? 2015- 79

What is a Christian?  2015- 79  

Christian, what is one?

The easy answer is one who believes in Jesus Christ and practices the faith of a believer of Jesus. A Christian is a person that is a follower of the world’s largest religion with about 2.4 billion adherents.  Christians believe that a man named Jesus is the Son of God, and was fully divine and fully human and became the savior of humanity. His coming as Christ or the Messiah was prophesied in the Old Testament of the Bible. To my non-Christian followers, let me expound on this subject for a moment.

Christian theology is expressed in ecumenical creeds. These professions of faith state that Jesus suffered, died, was buried, and was resurrected from the dead in order to grant eternal life to those who believe in him and trust in him for the remission of their sins. The creeds further maintain that Jesus bodily ascended into heaven, where he reigns with God the Father, and that he will return to judge the living and dead and grant eternal life to his followers. His ministry, crucifixion and resurrection are often referred to as “the gospel“, meaning “good news” (Greek: εὐαγγέλιον euangélion). The term gospel also refers to written accounts of Jesus’s life and teaching, four of which—Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John—are considered canonical and included in Christian Bibles.”   This per Wikipedia Click on blue words for more info on it.

Many people say they are a Christian without really knowing what a Christian is and the history of the religion. The Bible New Testament was compiled from writings and sayings of those that lived after the man Jesus died. Jesus is quoted from what is believed He said to them at the time. Most Christians have not read the Bible in its entirety, or usually read portions of it as deemed fit at the time. Some of the Christian thoughts have come from those sayings in the Bible and the Bible is used to make certain points or so in daily life.

The feeling of how Jesus relates as the Son of God, in relation to God and the Holy Spirit is not easy to fathom for some. This concept is sometimes hard to understand and to some, to accept. Other religions do NOT see this concept, as a fact and deny the Christian beliefs as not worthy of respect and these differences of opinion have created much discord in the world today.

“The central tenet of Christianity is the belief in Jesus as the Son of God and the Messiah (Christ). Christians believe that Jesus, as the Messiah, was anointed by God as savior of humanity, and hold that Jesus’ coming was the fulfillment of messianic prophecies of the Old Testament. The Christian concept of the Messiah differs significantly from the contemporary Jewish concept. The core Christian belief is that through belief in and acceptance of the death and resurrection of Jesus, sinful humans can be reconciled to God and thereby are offered salvation and the promise of eternal life.

While there have been many theological disputes over the nature of Jesus over the earliest centuries of Christian history, generally Christians believe that Jesus is God incarnate and “true God and true man” (or both fully divine and fully human). Jesus, having become fully human, suffered the pains and temptations of a mortal man, but did not sin. As fully God, he rose to life again. According to the Bible, “God raised him from the dead”, he ascended to heaven, is “seated at the right hand of the Father” and will ultimately return  to fulfill the rest of Messianic prophecy such as the Resurrection of the dead, the Last Judgment and final establishment of the Kingdom of God.”  Per Wikipedia

I cannot add to what I have shown above, but as a self-admitted Christian, I believe in what I have written. To those of other faiths, I do not care what you believe or do not believe. This is not a cruel thought, just a fact. We all have beliefs! Some people do not have a belief in God, Jesus Christ or the Holy Spirit and that is a belief in that way of thinking. So be it if that is the case. Others of different faiths believe in a different God or many God’s and if so, that is your belief. When we can get together, talk, discuss and acknowledge our differences without discord we will be on a path of understanding that will go beyond belief; and that will be great.

Den Betts

Worms 2015-78

How many worms have I fed to the fish in the pond nearby? Too many, I say! We take these “creatures” for granted, but they are out there, and not menaces like some things that fly and take blood at night. My daughter used to harvest them for her garden, I think, and had bunches of them in a tray of some sorts. Not something my wife would like to know or appreciate. Perhaps there should be more things like worms instead of other things that we have around us………

Worms  2015-78

A slimy, oozy thing of nature,

Found most anywhere

It stretches and recoils

Moving in the creature’s lair.

 

From minute small to a

Brazilian rope of mass

It struggles for survival

Amidst a world of mud and grass.

 

Used as bait to catch a fish

And even eaten by some; I hear

Seen after a rain on a walk

Trying to breath the air.

 

Eating dirt in its journey

To go from here to there

Shunning light, coming at night

Making it seldom seen, so rare.

 

A benefit to man, not known by all

It helps the soil in every way

But, looked by some with distaste

As a slim, slimy thing, each day.

 

Its not bad and doesn’t bite,

Will not hurt a soul I daresay

As per this, perhaps we should—

Declare a National Worm Day.

 

Den Betts

C.S. Lewis #1 2015-77

Quotes—-                              C.S. Lewis #1       2015-77

This quote is by the author, C.S. Lewis. He has written many books and has credit for many other endeavors in his lifetime from 1898-1963. His radio broadcasts during WWII brought him wide acclaim. I highly recommend his book, “Mere Christianity”, which is probably one of the most influential books regarding, or for evangelicals since 1945.

 

Can a mortal ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily, I should think. All nonsense questions are unanswerable.”, C.S. Lewis

To hear from God with an answer would be or I could say IS a great thing, but I would think that asking God in a nonsense way would not elicit a response from Him.

Den Betts