Author: religiouscommonsense

The Bible and the College Professor

The Bible and the College Professor

It just takes a little common sense for a person to realize that the Bible has to be the inspired word of God. One good reason is that this “Good Book” stated many scientific facts before mankind knew that there was such a thing as science.

I have great respect for science the word itself means “to know”, and anything scientists “know” always agrees with the Bible

Here is just one: For hundreds of years men agreed with Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727). He was recognized as a great scientist and philosopher. He was convinced that “we” got our “light” from the sun and other heavenly bodies (such as moon, stars, etc.). And most, if not all, of the “educated” world said. “Old Newt is right—our light comes from the sun and other shiny things in the sky. This is the source of light.”

Now that our scientists know a little more about such things, apparently all agree that there was a great “source of light” in the universe before the sun came into existence. That was considered a great discovery! There are a few different “theories” about this great light (remember that a theory is just a guess and not a fact). But most agree that this great light did exist before the sun.

Picture this: A college professor was giving his favorite theory about the light. He finished his lecture by saying. “Well, that just disproves the old Bible idea that the sun is the source of light! In fact, it proves the Bible to be out of date!”

There was a young man in his class named George DeHoff that asked a very familiar question—“Where does the Bible say that?” The good professor said. “Well, I don’t know but everybody knows that it does.”

George took a Bible (I guess from his brief case), passed it up the row, and asked his professor to read from Genesis 1:1-3. The professor learned that the first words that God spoke were “let there be light”. The young student asked the professor to read Genesis 1:14-19, and it told that 4 creation days later God made the sun.

I must give the professor credit for being honest because when he realized that the Bible was right up to date. He said. “Well, the Bible just made a jackass out of me.”

George said later that he agreed with the professor, but since grades hadn’t come out yet he did not tell him so.

Since I don’t have any grades to be posted, I can say it. For over 60 years, I’ve noticed that when anyone goes up against the Bible they experience the same results as the college professor.

Common Sense: Moses wrote that thousands of years before man even thought about it. Let’s not be completely stupid! Moses gave an up to date scientific fact when no one else “knew”. I would just like for more people to know—There is no other book in the world like the Bible. It is the only book inspired of God.

Thanks for reading and God bless!

One Blood

One Blood

If my memory serves me correctly, I believe it was in 1958 that I was hospitalized in a military hospital—Castle Air Force Base Merced, California. The problem was ‘loss of blood’ (service connected) so they took good care of me. I can’t remember how many days or how much blood they gave me. I do remember that I was hooked up to IV’s in both arms for several days (boring)—no solid food, just “food” from the IV’s.

The doctor would come in every morning, examine me, and order another unit of blood. I was a S/SGT, and the good doctor was a Captain with bright shiny new captain’s bars. Now I could have been wrong—I was young and maybe I was mistaken—but I thought he had quite a superiority attitude. As the young people say today—“whatever”. But one day I decided to take a little “wind out of his sails”. Sure enough, the next morning he ordered another unit of blood, and I asked a question that seemed to surprise him that I even knew such a fact.

The question was. “Doctor how long has the medical profession known that all men have the same blood?” He looked surprised and answered. “Why that’s very recent—I’d say within the last 50 years.” (about 100 years ago now)

I told him that seems strange to me because I’ve got an old manuscript here (and I pointed to the night stand beside my bed) that had that fact written down about 2,000 years ago.

Now the humorous part is I wasn’t bored that morning. In the one and only drawer, I had several get well cards and letters from well wishers, etc. He didn’t ask permission—he whirled around and started looking.

I really think I could read his mind. He was looking for some real old paper that had recorded that 2000 years ago, and could shake the medical world! Maybe he was thinking he could write an article and get credit for a great discovery.

Picture this—the cards and letters were all jumbled up, but there was a small New Testament on the top of the heap. He just hurriedly laid that aside, and looked at all the rest. When he had examined everything else, he looked over at the New Testament (G.I. Issue) and handed it to me and asked. “Is this what you are talking about?” I turned to Acts 17:26. “And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth…”

After he read the scripture, he nodded his head in agreement and walked out without comment. Oh yes, I wanted to ask him. “How come it took you boys so long to figure that one out?” But he was the Captain and I was the S/SGT so I held back on that and let him leave with his thoughts whatever they may have been.

But I will ask you—If God did not give Paul this information, How did he know? No one else knew for centuries!

Personal note: You may wonder if I believe the “one blood” statement. A few years after, I was a civilian and had the old bleeding problem come back on me again. This time I nearly bled to death in my sleep. The nearest little country hospital had a run on O-negative blood the day before. The doctor said O-negative and now or I was going to die. The man who gave me the blood was a black man doing time in the state pen. (that’s a story in itself)

I’m thankful that God made all men of “one blood”, and I’ve thanked God for that black man many times and do right now.

Thanks for reading and God bless!

What Faith Is

What Faith Is

(Hebrews 11:1) “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”  I know I am repeating myself, but this is important!  We must get this one right.  Hebrews 11:1 is God’s definition of faith.  Most Christians, preachers included, define faith as “a leap in the dark”.

A few days ago, a well-known preacher was being interviewed on national television, and he was asked.  “What is faith?”  For a second I was thrilled—I thought a well-known preacher like this will surely get it right and give God’s definition.  But, alas, he did not.  His answer was “faith is believing that God will do what He says He will do”—Just another way of saying “a leap in the dark”.

How many times have you heard?  “Don’t judge a book by its cover or the proof of the pudding is in the eating.”  This is simple enough—whether it is a “book” or “grandma’s pudding” you must see or taste the evidence.  Then you can really have trust, confidence, or faith in the “book” or “pudding”.  A book may look good or the food may look good and even smell good, but until you “read” or “taste” you just don’t know—“Leap in the dark!”

I still don’t like the idea of “leaping in the dark”.  I prefer to “look before I leap”.  Don’t you?  Let’s notice one verse of scripture.  (Genesis 17:12) “And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any stranger, which is not of thy seed.”

I don’t know how many times I read that verse before I really paid attention to it.  As part of the covenant with Abraham, God said circumcise the male child on the 8th day.  Did God just pull a number out of a hat or pick one out of the air?  Why not the 7th day?  That is a biblical number used many times.  Why not on the 11th day?  That’s supposed to be a lucky number.  With all the numbers available, why did God pick the 8th day?

When I began to dig a little deeper, I was surprised and even shocked at what I found.  When I get into the field of medicine, it’s easy for me to get in over my head, so I go to the people that know what they are talking about.

I’ll put it in the simplest of terms (that’s the only way that I could understand it).  The “stuff” that is in the blood—I think it is called “Prothrombin”—causes coagulation.  Now here is the surprise part.  When a male child is 8 days old, that “stuff” is twice as high as it is on any day of his life!  Even if that child lives to be a very old man, no danger of him bleeding to death on the 8th day.

Talking to doctors and nurses, I think they agree that one out of 200 male children is a “free bleeder” (they don’t have that “stuff” in their blood)  Stop and think:  Thousands of years ago God in His infinite wisdom put in a “safeguard” for the “free bleeders” even though there was only one out of 200.

Back in those days, many centuries ago, God’s people spent a lot of time in the wilderness where there were no medical associations, American or otherwise, there were no emergency rooms to take a child to or doctors that made house calls.  Why they didn’t even have a Wal-mart or Burger King.

Common Sense—How did the writers of the Bible know this thousands of years before the medical world knew?  The only reasonable answer I can give is that the Creator God that made man told them what to write.  God’s people trusted Him and circumcised the male children on the 8th day for generations.  Even Jesus was circumcised on the 8th day.  (Luke 2:21)

Of course I can’t speak for you, but when I see this kind of “substance”, “assurance”, and “evidence”, it makes my “faith and confidence” stronger in the Bible and God who directed it to be written.

Thanks for reading and God bless!

The Tragedy in Pennsylvania!

The Tragedy in Pennsylvania!

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say (or write) it again—This time I want to shout it from the “roof top”—No one appointed me a ruler or judge!  The scriptures will do the judging (John 12:48).

(1 Peter 4:11) “If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God.”

At this time, I am not referring to the average member of any denomination—what we sometimes call the “rank and file”.  They are the good people who sit in the pews every Lord’s Day.  They want nothing more than to work and worship as the Lord has required.

I’m talking about their leaders “big shots”, the “experts”, the “teachers” that we believe know what they are talking about (we trust them), and we do our very best to follow them! Now that is the “big” problem!

Catholics:  Most of the Catholics that I’ve known have been the finest kind of friends and neighbors that anyone could hope for.  In fact, the day I was baptized into Christ (February 13, 1955) the good friend who went with me was a Catholic.  He told me later that he made the sign of the cross as I was buried in that water.  He said.  “I hope you didn’t mind.”  Of course I didn’t “mind”.  We were good friends, and I knew he meant well.

I’m talking about the Catholic “official leadership”.

Well “the lid” blew off again.  In Pennsylvania, thousands of lives torn apart.  No one will ever know how much “harm” has been done, nor how many little children have been scarred for life.  Don’t think Pennsylvania is an isolated incident—it is “world wide”!  And it goes all the way to the top!

Foolish, ridiculous, ungodly, hypocritical, stupid, unscriptural, sinful!  Would to God I could think of an adjective to use that would properly describe the horrors that have been going on in the Catholic church for so long, but all of the above is the best I can do at this time.

What makes this far beyond terrible is the fact that God, in His infinite wisdom put safeguards in His inspired word, which the “big shots” so conveniently ignore:

(Acts 14:23) “And when they had appointed elders for them in every church, with prayer and fasting, they committed them to the Lord in whom they believed.”

(1 Timothy 3:1-5) “The saying is sure: If any one aspires to the office of bishop, he desires a noble task. 2 Now a bishop must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, sensible, dignified, hospitable, an apt teacher, 3 no drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, and no lover of money. 4 He must manage his own household well, keeping his children submissive and respectful in every way; 5 for if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how can he care for God’s church?”

(Titus 1:5-6) “This is why I left you in Crete, that you might amend what was defective, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you, 6 if any man is blameless, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge of being profligate or insubordinate.”

(1 Corinthians 7:2) “But because of the temptation to immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband.”

Notice:  A bishop or elder (same office) must be a married man, having raised a Christian family.  If he doesn’t have the ability for that, he cannot be expected to “take care of God’s Church”—If every man had his own wife?????

Before some ill-informed “Priest” says. “Oh, but we use a different Bible”—Let me assure you that the last 4 scriptures are taken from a brand new Catholic Bible!

Thanks for reading and God bless!

History Does Repeat Itself!

History Does Repeat Itself!

The Bible, that “Grand Old Book”, gives us a true history of man from the Garden of Eden down to our present time.  When we read, one thing becomes apparent—history does repeat itself!

We see time and time again that God’s chosen people remained faithful for a period of time; then they would disregard God’s word and become unfaithful to a point where you could hardly recognize them as “God’s chosen people”.

Now, people let’s wake up—whose fault was that?  Read Ezekiel 34—especially verses 7-10.  God’s people were led astray by the “big shots”—sometimes called prophets, rulers, priests, or shepherds.  What we call the “rank and file”, the average member, did not cause Israel to sin!  It was the leaders of the people.

History is repeating the same situation today.  I certainly know that we have good and honest people in every denomination.  They want the truth.  We find the “big shots” are the ones creating the division in the Christian world.  It is not the humble, caring, average members who create the problems.

When someone graduates from a religious school and is given a PhD, he becomes one of the “big shots”.  If he graduates from a Baptist school, he preaches the Baptist doctrine the rest of his life.  If he graduates from a Methodist school, he preaches the Methodist doctrine all of his life.  And so it goes with all the religious schools I’m familiar with.

But God be thanked that there are people who don’t care about the denominational teachings, but just want to know what the Bible teaches on any subject.  In your community these honest people may be in the minority, but God has always had a remnant (a few that are looking for the inspired truth).

Example:  I’ve already given you this example in a previous article what the “big shot” Jerry Falwell said about Acts 2:38—He said in writing.  “That the Apostle Peter should not have used the word baptize in connection with the forgiveness of sins.”  How presumptuous is that?  Remember now that I don’t write anything unless I have the proof right in front of me.

Another example:  A good friend, the nicest kind of person, he and his good wife live by that “golden rule” every day, and they gave me a book written by Herschel H. Hobbs (1907-1995).  I never met Mr. Hobbs—He may have been just as nice as my friend.  In Mr. Hobb’s book, “The Baptist Faith and Message”, he taught on page 74 that the Greek word (Eis) means “because of”.  This is simply not true—Eis is never translated “because of” but “with a view to”.  (I’m referring to the English word “for” in Acts 2:38).

Question:  Why would my good friend say “because of”?  Answer:  I believe he trusted Mr. Hobbs.  Maybe Mr. Hobbs trusted a friend that he respected.  But be that as it may, “Eis” is never translated in the New Testament as “because of” but always “with a view to” (do something so something will happen or come about, meaning “something ahead”).

If you disagree with what I just wrote, just find one scripture that translates “Eis” as “because of” and I’ll repent and acknowledge it in the next article.

Thanks for reading and God bless!

When Will We Stop This Insanity?

When Will We Stop This Insanity?

In most any town, even small towns, you can find 6 or 7 churches.  They have preachers (?) that they look to as religious leaders.

If you get these preachers together and start asking questions, the 6 or 7 different answers you get will bring one word to mind—insanity!

They all say that they use the same Bible, and that the Bible is inspired of God, but we understand it differently—insanity!  If we understood the Bible, we would come up with God’s answer—the right one!  Then, we would have unity.

Many preachers take things “out of context”.  What does that mean?  It means they don’t “get it” (real meaning)—What the scripture is really saying.

Example:  Have you ever heard someone say “The Bible says ‘Let us eat and drink for tomorrow we die'”.  The context is the resurrection!  If there be no resurrection, there is no need to be a Christian.  But Paul says. “There is a resurrection.” (1 Corinthians 15:32).  Read the whole 15th chapter, and you will have the whole picture (context).

Another example:  (Luke 12:16-19).  Verse 19 says.  “Take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.”  But, the next verse (v.20) God called that man a “fool”.  Preachers be careful with the “context”!

So far, I think I’ve been pretty easy on preachers that are preaching a “false doctrine”.  Next time I’ll get down to specifics.

By inspiration Paul and others got right to the problem—named names.  So will I unless someone can give me a “scripture” why I shouldn’t.

Thanks for reading and God bless!

Several One Words

Several One Words

Well, now did you become angry when you read the last article dealing with just one word—“body”?  Use your Common Sense and your honest heart, and you will “get over it”.  When you realize that Ephesians 4:4 will read the same at the judgement as it does today.

(John 12:48) ” He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.”

Today we shall notice several “one words”.  Yes I know that some may become angry, but at least we will have a chance to learn something!

  1. Salvation by faith:  John 3:16.  Acts 10:43.  Acts 13:39.  Acts 16:31.—Not by faith only:  James 2:24.  James 2:19.  John 12:42.
  2. Salvation by repentance:  Luke 13:3.  Acts 2:38.  Acts 11:18.  Acts 17:30.—Not by repentance only:  Matthew 3:8.  Acts 26:20.  
  3. Salvation by confession:  Matthew 10:32.  Acts 2:21.—Not by confession only:  Matthew 7:21.  Mark 3:11.  John 12:42.
  4. Salvation by baptism:  Mark 16:16.  Acts 2:38.  Acts 22:16.  Not by baptism only:  John 8:24.  Luke 13:3.  1 John 4:14-15.

I think we agree that no one thing will suffice, but put them all together and what do you have?

(Romans 6:17-18)  “17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.  18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.”

Thanks for reading and God bless!

Questions and Bible Answers

Questions and Bible Answers

(James 1:19-21) “19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:  20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.  21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.”

Some time ago, I don’t remember just when (maybe about 2 years), and try as I may, I can’t remember who handed me a list of 13 questions and asked me to answer them with scriptures.

I did as I was asked, and I’ll pass them on to you.  Just use that “Ole Common Sense” and then let me know if I passed the test, or if I failed.  I would really like to know.

  1. Is the Bible the inspired word of God from Genesis 1:1 to Revelations 22:21? 2 Timothy 3:16-17. 2 Peter 1:3.
  2. Are there “times” or “circumstances” when we are allowed to change the instructions given in the Bible? Deuteronomy 4:2.  Deuteronomy 12:32.  Proverbs 30:6.  Revelations 22:19.  Galatians 1:6-7.
  3. Is the Bible the final authority?  2 Peter 1:21.
  4. Did God forgive the world (mankind) of sin and then Christ came and shed His blood—or did Christ shed His blood and after His blood was shed God granted forgiveness?  Hebrews 10:4.  Matthew 26:28.
  5. Do we have inspired men today?  Who are they?
  6. Do we need any other books or further instructions other than the Bible to obey and serve God acceptably?  Jude verse 3.
  7. Which group has the most authority to speak for God—Catholics with the Pope, or the Mormons with 12 apostles?  1 Corinthians 4:6.  1 Peter 4:11.
  8. Is baptism for a person before he is saved from past sins, or after his is saved from past sins?  Acts 22:16.
  9. Will there be a final judgement day?  If so, by what will we be judged?
    1. What we believe?
    2. What our parents taught us?
    3. What our preacher taught us?
    4. What the majority believes?  John 12:48.  Revelations 20:12.
  10. If there is a final judgement day, will some be lost who sincerely believed all their lives that they were going to be saved?  Matthew 7:21.  Matthew 15:9.  
  11. Will God forgive or accept a dishonest person?  Matthew 5:8.  2 Corinthians 13:5.  Matthew 23:27-28.
  12. What kind of danger (if any) is a person in who does not “love the truth”?  2 Thessalonians 2:10-11.
  13. If a man came to hear you preach, and you preached Christ and Him crucified, and the man really believed in his heart that He is the son of God, and after the sermon he asked,  “Now what should I do to receive forgiveness?”
    1. What would you tell him?
    2. What should he do?
    3. What would the Lord do?  Acts 2:38

Thanks for reading and God bless!

One Thing We Must Get Right!

One Thing We Must Get Right!

Before I even begin, I want to challenge your faith and your Common Sense!

If we call ourselves Christians, want to become a Christian, want to raise our children to be Christians, or be any part of “the kingdom of Christ”, there is one thing we must get right!

If we don’t get this one thing right, we are just a big joke!  Without this one thing, we are just a bunch of foolish people that talk about religion…  We don’t even believe ourselves!  And how does that impress the rest of the world?—Like a bunch of stupid morons that “say” and “do not”.

Of course Common Sense people don’t want to be in a class like that—so here it is!  We must develop a love, respect, and reverence for God’s word.  We must put the Bible above (far above) anything else on this Earth.  The scriptures are the only written word.  We have that came directly from the “Almighty”.

Take to heart these scriptures:

(2 Timothy 3:16-17) “16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”

(2 Peter 1:21) “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”

(Deuteronomy 6:6) ” And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:”

(Psalms 119:11) “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”

(Deuteronomy 4:2) “Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.”

(Deuteronomy 12:32) “What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.”

(Proverbs 30:6) “Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.”

(Revelations 22:19) “And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”

That is enough scripture to let us know that God thinks about His word.  So, don’t mess with it!  But, we are told to study it.

(2 Timothy 2:15) “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

(2 Peter 1:3) “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:”

(2 John:verse 9) “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.”

Question:  What “happens” to preachers, congregations, individuals that do not stay with the “Holy Word”?  The Bible answered that for us—“hath not God”.  Next time we will get down to specifics and personal.

Thanks for reading and God bless!

One Body

One Body

Common Sense people recognize the importance of unity!  They know what a tremendous and powerful effect it would have on the whole world.  Just about 60 years ago I started studying and teaching, pleading for all Christians to believe, obey, and teach the same things.  Most people want this and are willing to work for it to happen.  But, surprising as it may be some do oppose it.  The ones that oppose it the most are preachers (?)—for self-serving reasons!

Oh boy!  Did I ever make some mad with that remark, and I suppose maybe that’s all right if they will apply (Ephesians 4:26) “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:”  If you become angry, stop and think, and you will see who you should be angry with.

Maybe you have already learned that sometimes division starts over the meaning of just one word.  So today we will examine one word—“body”.  (Ephesians 4:4-6) “4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”

Now remember preachers, whatever the body in this scripture means, God says there is only one!  First, let’s notice something about the body.  (Romans 12:5) “So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.”

We (the people that have been saved) are added to the one body. (Acts 2:47) “Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.”

(1 Corinthians 10:17) “For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.”

Again the scriptures emphasize one body.  (1 Corinthians 12:12) “For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.”

We are all members of that one body.  (Ephesians 5:23) ” For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.”

One question:  What is Christ going to save?  There are other scriptures to prove this, but for people with Common Sense these are enough.  Just to be sure what the “body” is, I’ll leave you with one more.

(Ephesians 1:22-23) “22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,  23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.”

Now that should settle that—one body one church!  The only one that Jesus built and bought with His own blood!

(Acts 20:28) “Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.”

Thanks for reading and God bless!

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