Posted by: Larry | March 29, 2010

Ecology or Eschatology ?

Many international groups are very concerned with saving our planet, but is this something that can be attained? According to Biblical prophecy, during the Great Tribulation, as told in the book of Revelation, the earth will suffer much more catastrophic destruction than man with all his all-consuming ways could ever have accomplished. When the church of Jesus Christ, (those true believers that have made Him Lord of their lives), are taken out of this earth instantaneously, the destruction count down will begin. During this time there will be no group or force on this earth that can prevent it, God is bound by His own words and His very nature demands this must come to pass. With this in mind, I would say that it is a much more worthy cause to save the people than to save this planet. Of course we our to take care of what God has given us, certainly we do not want to waste, abuse or pollute the earth, but what about the bigger picture. Bible prophecy tells us that God will create a new Heaven and a new Earth, that will remain perfect for all eternity, maybe being so consumed with keeping this old Earth is like beating a dead horse. At the first coming of Jesus Christ He came to seek and to save, at His second coming He will come to search and destroy. He came 2000 years ago as the lamb of God to save all who would receive the gift of His sacrifice for humanity, but He is coming again as the Lion of Judah to Judge those left in the world. I would not like to imagine how He will take it if man is more concerned about the creation, (Earth) than the Creator (Jesus). We should not be deceived with all the distractions that the prince of darkness invents, to draw people away from a savior who desires to only give you life eternal. Make no mistake, what we do with Jesus now will echo in eternity, oh yes eternity, all humans are created eternal and will spend eternity in one of two places, either in God’s presence or in the place created to hold Satan and his angels (Hell). Thats right, Hell was never intended for humans, but humans that reject Jesus will end up there.

Many see a great urgency to save our planet, all the while heading to a ghastly place that they were never intended to go. Have you ever seen a beautiful rainbow, that is God’s promise from the ancient flood that our planet will not be destroyed again, but some day it will come close, and then be made new again, under the rule of the King of Kings, Jesus Christ. All who receive Him will rule in this new earth with Him.

Although Ecology is a good thing, it’s not the best thing. It may be time for you to find out what will last and what will not.

Larry Wagner

Posted by: Larry | March 29, 2010

Let Your Conscience be Your Guide

The conscience is an inherited moral and ethical knowledge and awareness that intellectually and emotionally guides us in differing between good and evil. The conscience does not arise from a particular societal or cultural moral code or standard although their influences mark the conscience in many ways.

The conscience is universal among all persons, in that, it can be demonstrated to exist throughout mankind’s natural history and in all uncivilized and civilized societies. For example, cultures with almost no connection or contact with any “civilizations” that have explicit written codes of legal and moral laws of conduct have an unwritten code of ethics or laws pervading their communities. They are convinced that stealing, lying, murder, adultery are unlawful and harmful. Certainly, the source for these moral attitudes are internal and inborn.

The inborn ability to discriminate between moral dilemmas involves the intellect (justification or condemnation) and feelings (guilt or innocence). The conscience is called by some the “moral sense,” which indicates that this moral guide produces a compulsion to do right. When followed, the conscience is soothed and when violated the feelings of guilt arise.

Although the conscience apparently has many programmed absolute moral standards within, the “moral sense” can receive other moral input which becomes apart of the inward guide. For example, many moral controversies in our society like abortion, euthanasia, corporal and capital punishment, and eating meat demonstrate various moral standards and convictions obviously directed by different consciences. This shows the cultural and societal influences on the conscience. Outside of a comparable absolute standard (i.e. the Bible or philosophy, science, etc.) the conscience within is subject to the relativistic input of humanity´ s imaginations.

Following one’s conscience when the inward moral guide is properly programmed and devoid of faulty convictions can be a wonderful signpost for attitudes and actions. The important link in a “pure,” “strong,” and “good” conscience is a standard empty of error and falsehood. While there are many purported authoritative moral codes throughout the world, the one which arguably speaks loudest and clearest in areas of morals and conscience is the Old and New Testaments.

Biblically speaking, the consciences of men and women can be made weak (1 Corinthians 8:7); defiled (Titus 1:15); evil (Hebrews 10:22); and seared (1 Timothy 4:2); implying corruption of a previously good conscience. In addition, the Bible indicates the conscience is inherited and universal with or without an accompanying written set of laws (Romans 2:12-16). In a true believer in Jesus Christ the conscience testifies to the truth (2 Corinthians 1:12); “bears witness in the Holy Spirit” (Romans 9:1); leads to submission (1 Peter 2:19); and justifies personal actions (Acts 23:1). The conscience should be “good” (1 Timothy 1:5); “pure” (1 Timothy 3:9); and receive it’s purity by being “purged by the blood of Christ” (Hebrews 9:14).

In conclusion, the conscience is a gift from God to fallen, fallible humanity that serves as a guide for moral and ethical decisions, but is not an absolute standard in itself. This inward warning system is a helper, but is subservient to the superior rules and laws handed down to us from God Himself in the Holy Scriptures. While following one’s conscience most often can be a proper course of action, the conscience is not infallible.

Posted by: Larry | June 13, 2009

What Does It Take To Change

An unknown monk writing around A.D. 1100 recorded these words: “When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world. I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation. When I found I couldn’t change the nation, I began to focus on my town. I couldn’t change the town, and as an older man, I tried to change my family. Now, as an old man, I realize the only thing I can change is myself, and suddenly I realize that if long ago I had changed myself, I could have made an impact on my family. My family and I could have made an impact on our town. Their impact could have changed the nation and I could indeed have changed the world.” What does it take to change? According to the Monk and the Holy Bible, change comes by a renewal of our minds, a transformation from the inside out. What this monk realized too late was that ultimately the only person we can change is ourselves. And when we change, the people around us will change in response to our new behavior.Why are you here on earth? What were you put here to carry out? If you’re a Christian, you likely embrace a general purpose something like the one summarized in the Westminster Shorter Catechism: “The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” But what does that really mean? Without a purpose fueled by passion, nothing in life matters. You can work sixty hours a week, keep up your home and family, and develop dozens of good hobbies and habits. But if you don’t have a purpose for your efforts, you will lack the emotional and
spiritual energy to continue, and your success will mean little to you.