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“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32)

It’s 2:15am, I’m tired, and a little mad. Just wanted to quote something to remind me.

Another preacher!

What luck – we had another man today preach about hell and damnation for all! This one was the ‘normal guy’ that I referred to in my last entry.

This man attracted quite a large audience, at least 100 students were listening in (and cracking jokes abut him to one another) around the lunch period. Due to my class schedule today I was able to spend some time (ok, it was over 2 hours…) listening in to his rather extreme views.

At the beginning he had attracted a large crowd due to the fact that another student, female, was provoking him on. She finally sat down and wrote on a piece of paper “Willing to go to hell to have sex” on the reverse “Dammed to hell” (as I recall). She was openly questioning him and provoking him, which led to plenty of laughter from the group of students.

Now, neither of them were right – but I admit it was somewhat comical to see them argue and insult one another in such a public way. At the same time it was pretty sad. Eventually the woman had to go to class, and he sat down in his lawn chair.

At this point he calmed down and a few students approached for a more private conversation. I happened to be in the few that approached and listened.

His message was that real Christians don’t sin (Did I just witness him calling that woman some rather harsh names not a half hour ago?). And he tried to explain and defend that position by naming people from the Bible as sinless.
He quoted Genesis 6:9:
“Noah was a righteous man, blameless…”
he stopped here – and added ‘Perfect’ to the passage, I’ll complete the passage for you
“…among the people of his time, and he walked with God.” (NIV) At the time I did not know the full verse, I looked it up when I had a chance.

His key point was the single word ‘Blameless’, and he never said the rest of the passage. He flat out said “Noah was perfect“.
I asked him a question, “If Noah was perfect, as you say, why did he die?”
Genesis 3:19 states “…till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” This is a result of the first sin – we die (among other things). We all die because of sin, because we are born into it. The one person born without sin died for our sins, as Jesus had none.

Also, why did he not state the whole passage? Simple – it allows someone to argue back. Noah was blameless “among the people of his time.” The people in Noah’s time were so evil God destroyed every last one of them. Was Noah blameless in comparison to the rest of the world? I don’t doubt at all that Noah wasn’t a good man, but ‘perfect’ is pushing the wording a bit far.
In response to my simple question, he said that all people die due to Gods will and moved onto another question (very quickly, I might add).

Next on topic was Romans 5, probably one of the most well known chapters in the Bible. As you know (or should know) Romans 5 is all about justification by faith alone, that is ‘no strings attached’. According to him this isn’t good enough. Simply believing isn’t enough. One must add good works, and we must be sinless and perfect.

…so a few quotes…
“Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin,” (Rom. 3:20).
“being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus,” (Rom. 3:24).
“Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law,” (Rom. 3:28).
“But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is reckoned as righteousness,” (Rom. 4:5).
“For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would be heir of the world was not through the Law, but through the righteousness of faith,” (Rom. 4:13).
“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,” (Rom. 5:1).
“Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him,” (Rom. 5:9).
“that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved,” (Rom. 10:9).
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God,” (Eph. 2:8).

We all make mistakes. Nobody on this earth is perfect. By his standards I guess he is right after all, we’re all on the “Highway to hell” (A few students broke out into song when that was said…).

I’m going to end with that.

PS – I’ll try to keep my next one short(er)!

The Visit of the Preacher Man

Inspiration was endless today!

Our campus had a visit from a ‘religious’ man who set himself up out side the student center then began to preach. His massage was a simple one. We’re all going to hell, and any woman in a tank top or skirt are, and I quote, “whores and sluts”. His various hand gestures in regards to women being that were we more than I care to describe here. Also, women belong in the kitchen, barefoot, and pregnant was said, but in many more words. Also, a woman that smokes is another thing.

This man, like all the others that show up and do this (this wasn’t the ‘normal’ guy that shows up once a semester), claim to be saying what God says. I ask them, where is any of that said? How can a person stand and judge everyone that walks by like this? In order to have these sorts of ideas and concepts one must throw out a rather large portion of the Bible. What sort of beliefs does this guy even have? As a friend said, in jest, – “I wish I had some of the drugs he’s on, it would make our lab more fun”.

He claims to say what is in the Bible, and holds it up in defense of everything he says, yet he can not quote from it at all, mention a passage and he gets lost. His only real defense is to simply get louder, as if he has the sole authority to judge, command, and ‘understand’ what has been written in the Bible.

I personally find no fault with women in tank tops or skirts (yes, some tank tops are a bit tight and the skirts a bit short for my taste, but in general), and some of my friends were wearing them today. They were called “whores and sluts” by a man that had never seen them before. He even went so far as to make comments about the ‘looseness’ of college women. I dare not go into more detail on that comment, those that witnessed the hand gestures and words were truly shocked.

This sets off an interesting thought though, why does he only attack women? Surly some of the men that passed him today could use some preaching (maybe not his kind of preaching at least), but yet they passed unscathed. Why did he point out a woman that smokes and yet the man next to her he doesn’t? Also, I have never seen a Woman stand up on her own and preach a message even close to this, but I have seen at least a half dozen men do it.

I find some fault with somebody stands on something they obviously don’t understand, and isn’t afraid to judge others and slander their characters with no regard for any sort of truth – the very thing they claim to stand on! Worst of all, his only defense doesn’t support him in any way – in fact it proves him wrong over and over in the 1189 chapters of the Bible.

To the people that can’t say hello

I think we’ve all had the case of running into someone we didn’t expect, sometimes a person we wish we didn’t run into, or a person that wishes we hadn’t run into them.

It’s not exactly nice to have this problem at all; I’d rather be able to run into anybody anywhere and not be hesitant to say something. In this case, my personality hit me and I said something. For anybody that knows me much, you know that I like to say “Hi”, or “good morning” – something nice.

I guess a simple idea comes to mind, even though we don’t all get along in this imperfect world we can all at least try to be nice to one another. A simple “hello” is something that shouldn’t offend anyone – at anytime, as long as it is said in good faith.

So, say “hello” or “hi” to one another, say it with a smile. If they can’t respond in the like – well, that’s their problem. I won’t let it get me down; I’ll find another person that says hi back. I challenge you to say it a dozen times a day – and at least once to somebody you don’t know.

For all our past issues and problems – we can’t change that. We can only change the present and future. The past is behind, where sometimes it needs to be left.