Commentary – Doctrine of Hate

Luke 12:   MSG
49  “I’ve come to start a fire on this earth—how I wish it were blazing right now!
50  I’ve come to change everything, turn everything right side up—how I long for it to be finished!
51  Do you think I came to smooth things over and make everything nice? Not so. I’ve come to disrupt and confront!
52  From now on, when you find five in a house, it will be— Three against two, and two against three;
53  Father against son, and son against father; Mother against daughter, and daughter against mother; Mother-in-law against bride, and bride against mother-in-law.”

Matthew 24:   MSG
6  When reports come in of wars and rumored wars, keep your head and don’t panic. This is routine history; this is no sign of the end.
7  Nation will fight nation and ruler fight ruler, over and over. Famines and earthquakes will occur in various places.
8  This is nothing compared to what is coming.
9  “They are going to throw you to the wolves and kill you, everyone hating you because you carry my name.
10  And then, going from bad to worse, it will be dog-eat-dog, everyone at each other’s throat, everyone hating each other.
11  “In the confusion, lying preachers will come forward and deceive a lot of people.
12  For many others, the overwhelming spread of evil will do them in—nothing left of their love but a mound of ashes.
13  “Staying with it—that’s what God requires. Stay with it to the end. You won’t be sorry, and you’ll be saved.
14  All during this time, the good news—the Message of the kingdom—will be preached all over the world, a witness staked out in every country. And then the end will come.

It is that I write this with a heavy heart and also very great concern to see a global unleashing of hate.  Hate that is manifesting itself on every continent and in almost every country, resulting in murder, rioting, vicious and outright deflamatory statements against those who are thought to be less than those hurling the insults. 

Hate against those of different skin color, ethnicity, gender, and status of wealth.  Hate has been with mankind since Cain murdered his brother Abel.  Hate in the guise of bullying, belittling, and racial taunts.  It is present in almost every arena of life and it feels as though it is smothering all other emotions.

Hatred is the adversary of the message of Christ Jesus and His body, and His Church.  Religion has also been the avenue spouting messages of hate, I grew up believing that all Catholic people are going to hell.  Religion is often equated with the Gospel but it is not.  Religion is man made trying to earn salvation through works.  I may not agree with others religion, faith, but that does not give me licence to hate them, the opposite is loving them and showing them the love of Christ and God the father.

Sometimes I wish I could wave some type of wand expel hate from the face of this earth, but that is wishful thinking.  I know what Christ warned us about hate, how ugly it would be just before His second coming.

We have seen hatred spew against Jews, Irish, African Americans, First Nations People, and now those of Arab desent.  During each the world seemed to enjoy periods of respite from these attacks.  It now seems hell has unleased all that it has to all the four corners of the world.

There is only one thing in the way of all that hell has to offer, that being the empowered Body of Christ.

2 Thessalonians 2:   MSG
3  Don’t fall for any line like that. Before that day comes, a couple of things have to happen. First, the Apostasy. Second, the debut of the Anarchist, a real dog of Satan.
4  He’ll defy and then take over every so-called god or altar. Having cleared away the opposition, he’ll then set himself up in God’s Temple as “God Almighty.”

I am of the opinion that the falling away(Apostasy) has begun.  People enveloped with their prosperity, self-esteem and all things that are opposite of the message of the cross.  Men and women in the pulpits who know minister a message that feeds the lust of the body.

2 Timothy 4:   MSG
3  You’re going to find that there will be times when people will have no stomach for solid teaching, but will fill up on spiritual junk food—catchy opinions that tickle their fancy.

Eventually the hatred that has been heaped on others of different religions will soon turn its attention on Christians.  It will become all out warfare on the Church of Jesus Christ.

Somewhere in the near future one will arise and capture the worlds attention claiming to have all the answers for the world.  He will make a treaty with the nation of Israel for seven years and in the middle break the promise going to war against the nation.

As Christians we must guard ourselves against this pit of hatred for it will eat at our very soul with it’s corrosive nature.  If one gives in to it it will begin to consume every wakened moment, will affect even our actions and our conversations.

Christians are called to be peace makers, not hate creators.  

So, a Christian must resist this spirit of hatred, cast it out, renew and wash clean our minds and souls.

The Absolutes of Christian Faith: #2 – The Surety of God’s Word

bible-white-background-book-208278

Numbers 23:   MSG
19  God is not man, one given to lies, and not a son of man changing his mind. Does he speak and not do what he says? Does he promise and not come through?

Psalms 89:   MSG
35  I’ve given my word, my whole and holy word; do you think I would lie to David?

Over my almost fifty-seven years of living I have had many instances of someone not keeping their word.  I too must admit there were times when I was younger that I broke my promise and my word.  

The people that we interact with throughout our lives judge us by how we keep our word. If we break our solemn word they soon will distrust us with anything we may say or do.  I can with great confidence and life experiences that God’s Word is absolute.

Now I have met people who have said, ‘there are so many contradictions in the Scripture’.  My response is this, as you continue to study the Word those things which once seemed contraditory now begin to make a chain link from Genesis to Revelation.  The Psalmist declared that he meditated on the law day and night.(Psalm 1:2)  The Israelites spoke to their children about the law and God Jehovah around the dinner table, and every chance they had.

I admit sometimes the chores of this life keep a person running here and there, taking the children from activity to activity leaving little time for God’s Word.  

My experience has taught me that God’s Word is infallible.  I can count on it through the good and bad times, even when facing death.

Hebrews 6:   MSG
18  God can’t break his word. And because his word cannot change, the promise is likewise unchangeable. We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go.

Men will lie, husbands betray their wives, children stray from the teachings they were taught.  Goverments break campaign promises, but God will always keep His’ Word.

2 Corinthians 1: MSG
20  Whatever God has promised gets stamped with the Yes of Jesus. In him, this is what we preach and pray, the great Amen, God’s Yes and our Yes together, gloriously evident.

When the enemy of our life comes against us he does not show up in tails and a pitchfork in his hand.  He comes as an angel of light, he knows what God has said, but the difference is our advesary manipulates the Word.  It sounds almost correct, but to the believer who knows God’s Word can recognize the enemy and avoid the snare of the devil.

So, I have explored two absolutes of the Christian faith.  God never changes and His Word is true.  I can rest on these if when facing the raging waters of life or facing the tallest mountain.