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God’s ‘mother’

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John 1

The Word became flesh
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

6 There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.

9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognise him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God – 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

15 (John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, ‘This is the one I spoke about when I said, “He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.”’) 16 Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in the closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.

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I finished my working week on Friday morning chatting to an old lady in whose house I shall be working on Wednesday. I had been working in another house a half-hour earlier and was ready to work in her house but she was going out with her daughter later in the morning. It turned out that she had been born in Liverpool as I had and we chatted about that. She knew all the places that I mentioned whilst telling her where I had lived. We had a good laugh together during the time I was there making an assessment of the work she wanted me to do which was to supply and fit lighting beneath the wall units in her kitchen. After I had left her house I went to the electrical supplier and purchased what was necessary. I don’t remember how the subject arose but she mentioned something about God. I asked her if she believed in God and in Jesus and she said that ever since she was a young girl she had believed. I told her that I was a Christian believer. Then she said something that took me by surprise. She said that when she prayed she prayed first of all to God’s mother. In reply I said God doesn’t have a mother. She was referring to Mary of course and immediately I knew she was a Catholic. I quoted the first two lines of John’s Gospel as above. The opening verses are self-explanatory but for those who miss the point they are saying that from the beginning of all time Jesus (the Word) was with God (The Father) and that he was (is) God. Now look at these verses…

Genesis

The beginning

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

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The Scutum Fidei, a diagram frequently used by...

The Scutum Fidei, a diagram frequently used by Christian apologists to explain the Trinity. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

They are saying that the Holy Spirit was also there at the beginning. So we have God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son and God the Holy Spirit, all God. No-one else existed for the material world only came into existence through Jesus Christ (verse 9 above). This means that Mary wasn’t there either! If we say that Mary is the mother of God as the Catholics maintain, then Mary must be God BUT SHE ISN’T. God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. I asked the lady that if it was her birthday and I was to present her with a gift would it be hers for I had also asked if she claimed to be a Christian? She told me that she had been a church-goer all her life but that was the point, had she taken the gift that is offered by God so freely, forgiveness and salvation through Jesus? I got no answer which told me she hadn’t. I explained that the (theoretical) gift I was presenting would not be hers until she took hold of it. I said that we have to invite Jesus to be our Saviour, for that is what Scripture tells us we must do. God’s gift isn’t ours unless we take hold of it. Salvation isn’t an automatic right. I had to leave at that point and although I will be returning I will make no further mention about what we had discussed unless she brings up the subject of course but I pray she will consider what I was saying.

To worship anyone else but God is wrong, it is idolatry. To put anyone else above God is wrong.

1 Timothy 2:5

For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus,

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This is why we pray though Jesus and no-one else.

No, God doesn’t have a mother as many have been led to believe.

Shirley Anne

Blame it on religion

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Religion Inc.

Religion Inc. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Whenever we hear of the killing of innocent people in the name of one religion or another we blame that religion and label all religion as the cause of mankind’s problems. Well many people do but for those who reason things out, who don’t jump to conclusions, religion has nothing to do with it. People who kill in the name of their religion are following the wrong religion else their own evil interpretation of it. I claim to have no religion but a relationship with my Maker. My Maker is a loving God who in no way would advocate the evil practices of those who claim to follow the truth as they perceive it to be in their religion. My God is a God of love, peace, mercy, grace, faithfulness, righteousness and holiness. He is a God who wants no-one to perish but to come into a relationship with Him by accepting that they are sinners who need to be saved. It is the sins in the hearts of people that destroy them and keep them from really knowing God’s love. As a parent I always wanted the best for my children and I still do. God’s love for His children is just the same, He wants the best for His children too and we are all His children. There are those who reject His love, reject Him and choose to follow their own hearts and ways. No matter how much we try to reach them they will not listen. They have chosen to remain in the dark. God still loves them and still offers them the same way back to Him as others who have chosen to listen. God has prepared the way through His Son Jesus Christ. Without Jesus there is no way back to God.

 

John 14:6
Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me’.

 

Not through Mohammed, not through Buddha, not through Krishna, not through Nature, not through religion or your interpretation of it………..only through His Son Jesus Christ. God wants the best for you. Do you want the best for yourself? You know what you must do…………….Invite God into your life, ask Jesus to save you……………..and you shall be saved.

 

Shirley Anne

 

 

 

Stuck in the material world

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Spirits in the material world US Cover (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was born into the material world and am stuck with that. The desires of the flesh, the lusts of the mind, the sights for the eyes and sounds for the ears to hear are all part of this existence. Those drawn to the materialistic side of life are lost to it for they know little else and are not prepared to seek out the spiritual. We are spirit beings but for the moment live in the material world. We are here for a reason. This life is a testing ground if you will. It tests our ability to resist temptation. It tests our ability to love and not be selfish, to be humble and not proud or boastful, to be kind and not be arrogant, aggressive or mean. Everything we do is recorded and those who think otherwise are in for a huge surprise. Everything we have will remain after we are gone, our treasured possessions, if we have any, will be given to someone else or be destroyed. What we thought was important now has no meaning or use for a spirit being no longer in the material world. For those who are wise, they never did. Which is more important, what you own, what you possess or how you treat your fellow beings and how generous you are? If in your life you are number one there is something wrong but you will most probably not know. If you do know then it is even worse unless you change your attitude. The material world has its attractions but they don’t last. How many times have folk enjoyed themselves in some way only to find they need to do it again or look for something better? They never will. The pleasures of this world are so transitory.

Matthew 6:19-21

‘Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.’

How do we do that? Invite Jesus into your heart and everything will change. You will still be in the material world but you will see it for what it is, you will look at it with a different view. Your real treasure will be elsewhere and stored away for when you depart.
John 14:6
Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Romans 1:25
They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshipped and served created things rather than the Creator – who is for ever praised. Amen.
Shirley Anne

Thursday didn’t happen

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Now the day has gone what was all the fuss about? Was it all worth the time and effort, the cost, the worry, the extra food that never got eaten, the hangover on Friday morning? If you had said yes I have to assume you went with the flow, did it all because it was expected of you. Well everyone else seemed to be doing the same and you didn’t wish to be different, besides you really enjoyed it all and why shouldn’t you? You worked hard for it. Now is the day for reflection. Now is the time to consider what it really was all about maybe? If I went to a birthday party I would presumably take a gift for my host. Did you bring a gift to the host of your birthday party?

Isn’t Christmas Day for remembering someone’s birthday? If it isn’t then what is it for? In reality there isn’t a gift you could have taken but there was one that you could have received! God offers you right now where you are a free gift, the gift of His Son and all you have to do is take it. Who would refuse such a gift? This gift however is an everlasting one, one that never wears out, it is for eternity. You see we are all separated from our Maker because of our disobedience, our sinful ways, our selfishness, our greed, our unbelief. The list is long. By taking Gods gift we can put all that right, not us ourselves but Jesus does it for us. He paid the ultimate price for each and every one of us. All we have to do is accept that fact, repent and turn to him. That is the best Christmas present anyone could receive.

Post Script~ I did go out into the garden in the afternoon and I moved all six of the gooseberry bushes from behind the laurel shrubs next to the patio (for those who have been following for some time). I ended up with seven bushes though. After repositioning them I dug out the soil to lay some pieces of flagstone between the laurels and the gooseberries which are now something over a metre and a half apart. See earlier recent post regarding what I might do on Christmas Day (Dec 22). I held back from finishing the stonework around the ‘mound’ though. I didn’t want to be working all afternoon!

Shirley Anne

The Christmas festival

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Your New Moon feasts and your appointed festivals I hate with all my being. They have become a burden to me; I am weary of bearing them.

I hate, I despise your religious festivals; your assemblies are a stench to me.
                                          
Strong words indeed. Each year millions of people celebrate Christmas. Many of them are believers and have turned to Jesus in repentance. Many have a head knowledge but have made no commitment and the rest are unbelievers or just do not understand why Christ Jesus came amongst us and for what purpose. Christmas to the unbeliever is far different to one who has become a Christian yet even for Christians the celebration of the birth of their Saviour is sometimes overshadowed by the traditions they grew up with. Christmas for many is simply a time for family, friends, presents and gatherings filled with too much food and drink in surroundings far removed from the central message. I talk about the tree, the decorations and all the commercial paraphernalia that has become the tradition. It is good to celebrate the birth of a Saviour but not in this way. God says it Himself. God would rather we repented and accept His gift of life offered so freely in Christ Jesus. He would rather we loved one another as ourselves, take care of the poor, the widow and fatherless among us and lead lives more in keeping with His wishes. To the Christian reader….remember these things. To others……….consider why we have Christmas in the first place.
Shirley Anne

A forgiving God

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Psalm 130

A song of ascents.

1 Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord;
2 Lord, hear my voice.
Let your ears be attentive
to my cry for mercy.
3 If you, Lord, kept a record of sins,
Lord, who could stand?
4 But with you there is forgiveness,
so that we can, with reverence, serve you.
5 I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,
and in his word I put my hope.
6 I wait for the Lord
more than watchmen wait for the morning,
more than watchmen wait for the morning.
7 Israel, put your hope in the Lord,
for with the Lord is unfailing love
and with him is full redemption.
8 He himself will redeem Israel
from all their sins.

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Everything You Want for Christmas

Everything You Want for Christmas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I will be the first to admit that I am a sinner and that my life is a constant struggle against sin. I fall short of succeeding in that sometimes and I hate myself for it. My God sacrificed His only begotten Son for me that I might live, that my sins might be paid for, my debt done away with and forgotten. When therefore, that I do let slip, my shame overcomes me and I am sorrowful for having succumbed to temptation. It is because I have let my Saviour down that I am remorseful for He paid such a price for me. Praise be to my God and my Saviour, He who came in the flesh, He for whom the Christmas celebrations are intended. It is such a shame that some who celebrate Christmas do so for all the wrong reasons. Let us remember why we needed a saviour in the first place. I praise my God for He is a forgiving and merciful God. You can know His love, forgiveness and salvation too. Turn to Him this Christmas, turn to Jesus and know real love and real forgiveness.

Shirley Anne

A new year beckons and a new you is born?

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St Mary’s Parish Church The bells ring out on Christmas morning to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In three week’s time it will be a new year. Many will be making their usual new year resolutions, promises to themselves that they will make changes in their life and lifestyles and although many will keep those resolutions most will probably not. The main problem is that the ways of the world overcome us and we succumb to the temptations the world offers us. It is difficult to step aside and take a new path that we haven’t trod before yet that path may be far better than the one we were on! In a couple of week’s time Christians and non-Christians alike will be celebrating Christmas. Those who believe will be celebrating the birth of their Saviour and the rest will be celebrating for other reasons. Those other reasons may well be for good things such as being with family and friends and enjoying pleasant times together but they will not be celebrating the birth of a saviour, yet a saviour is exactly what they need. They don’t see that because their eyes are blind to the truth, their backs are turned away from the light and they are held captive by the things of the flesh. Their hearts are cold. God foretold the birth of a saviour, the Saviour of the world, His only begotten Son our LordJesus the Christ, the Messiah some six hundred years or more before it happened. Not only His birth but how it was to come about! His birth was therefore expected and yet when Jesus came and died for mankind many rejected Him. Even today they still reject Him, yet they need Him. The problem is they do not realize their need nor recognize it. Why did God give His Son? Why did Jesus suffer on a cross? Because we are all sinners and that alone keeps us from God, separates us from Him but God demonstrates His love for us in this…………

Romans 5:8
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

He died that we, if we repent and believe in our hearts that He died for us we will be saved. Saved from what? Saved from eternal damnation and separation from God. God is just and will judge our hearts but He is merciful not wanting that anyone should perish. He offers us a way out, a free gift, Jesus. Would you really not accept such a gift? Why remain stubborn and condemned? Do something about it today, come to Jesus. Remember, God is true to His word, He will do what He promises to do……..

So if you are going to make new year resolutions try asking God into your life, asking  Jesus to walk into your home and you may be surprised. In fact I know you will. The world has nice things to offer it is true but Jesus offers something that the world cannot give, peace and reconciliation with God and an everlasting life. The things of the world do not last…………

Shirley Anne

I’ll be glad when it’s over

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the sexy santa assistants were there to take a photo of you in front of the xmas tree or you could just ask them to take a photo with you and pretend that your girlfriend is a sexy santa assistant See where this picture was taken. [?] (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Since my birthday on 21st November we have been bombarded with advertisements mostly centred around the forthcoming ‘festive season‘. That term in itself embraces what Christmas has metamorphosed into, no longer a celebration of the birth of a Saviour for many who indulge in it do not believe anyway. The (man-made) holiday (holy day) has been hijacked by the unbeliever in fact. Christmas somehow became ‘magical’, a time to drink to excess, eat to excess, spend money on non-essential things, often falling into great debt for that privilege. Why? Because everyone else does it. We are encouraged to do all kinds of things but never are we encouraged to find out what the celebration is supposed to be about, not by the media at any rate. The media are geared to the ways of the world and everyone is encouraged to follow and keep the wheels of commercialism turning at all costs. I really hate this time of year for it is difficult trying to isolate myself from it all. What I find hard to understand is why people think it is vital that they should over-indulge. When I was younger I did the same thing but there came a time when it all changed and I stood back and saw the stupidity of it all. Now before I get comments saying that I am a ‘stick-in-the-mud’ I have to point out that is not true. I like having a good time just the same as others but refuse to treat this special time as I might do at other times in the year. Not that I over-indulge in anything these days. I no longer drink alcohol but will still socialise, I have no need for stocking my larder with food I don’t need because it is what people eat at Christmas. Christmas is a time to reflect upon my salvation, what my Saviour did for me and more importantly why. Then I think to myself, I do these things every day! Real celebrations should be about what Jesus did for us all but unfortunately this falls on many deaf ears. I pray for such people every day. Without God, without Jesus, life is meaningless, celebrations are meaningless and everything we do is futile and meaningless. The world couldn’t care less and shows it. Come out of the world and seek your Saviour. Your eyes will be opened and you will see.

Shirley Anne

O Stubborn Heart

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Sitting here with nought to do
But all my thoughts are fixed on you.
I’ve tried so many times I’ve tried
To reach you with the love of Christ.

Your heart is hardened like a stone
And all you do is moan and groan.
I hope and pray your life will be
Forever changed so that you’ll see.

You don’t believe there is a God
His message isn’t understood.
You know your life will end one day
And that’s the end I hear you say.

But life is more than simply that
And one day you will realise.
God loves you and He longs to see
You with Him for eternity.

Copyright Shirley Anne 23 Feb 2013

Many times I post here about the love and mercy of God, the sacrifice He made for each and every one of us through His son Jesus Christ. The message is so simple. God loves us but our sins keep us apart from Him. The only way to bridge that gap is through Jesus. He is our mediator, the one who took upon himself our sins so that if we believe in him and accept that sacrifice he made we can be forgiven and reconciled with God. It is God’s free gift to us but we have to take it for it to be ours. Head knowledge means nothing. It is through God’s grace and mercy and our own faith in what He has done that we are saved. We need saving for without it we are lost forever. We will never believe if our hearts remain stubborn but God will eventually turn His back on us completely if we continue to ignore Him. I could quote all sorts of Bible verses to show how much God loves us but to the stubborn heart it is a waste of time. Why do I persist in trying to reach you? Could it be that I am concerned for you? Yes I am. Could it be that there is a reason for that? Yes there is. Could it be that my eyes have been opened? Yes they have. Could it mean that I know something I didn’t know before? Yes I do. You too can know if you open your heart. Reach out to God and he will reach out to you. The alternative doesn’t bear thinking about.

Shirley Anne

Something much better

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Philippians 3

No confidence in the flesh

1 Further, my brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord! It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you. Watch out for those dogs, those evildoers, those mutilators of the flesh. For it is we who are the circumcision, we who serve God by his Spirit, who boast in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh – though I myself have reasons for such confidence.

If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the law, faultless.

But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in[a] Christ – the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. 10 I want to know Christ – yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.

12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead, 14 I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenwards in Christ Jesus.

Following Paul’s example

15 All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. 16 Only let us live up to what we have already attained.

17 Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do. 18 For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things. 20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Saviour from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.

Footnotes:

  1. Philippians 3:9 Or through the faithfulness of

Are you an enemy of Jesus Christ? Are you putting all your faith in earthly things which cannot save? All that you possess, all that you have in the bank, all your belongings count for nothing once you are dead. Nothing can be taken with you, you will be alone and naked before your Creator. What excuse will you give for your unbelief? No doubt you will say it doesn’t matter because you don’t believe in God, Jesus, Heaven and Hell or in the devil himself but even the devil believes in these things. His fate is sealed, is yours? You have the time to turn your life around and invite Jesus into your heart. You have the time to seal your fate too but only whilst you take in breath. Who knows when their time is up? Don’t wait until it is too late. What have you got to lose? Your possessions? You will lose them anyway. Your life? You will surely die one day. Your future in Heaven has to be decided upon today! Your future in Hell is a definite possibility but why take that chance? Make it an impossibility now, come to Jesus!

Shirley Anne

Life after death

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Is There Life After Death? Study Suggests

Consciousness Continues After Heartbeat Stops

Posted: 08/10/2014 11:27 BST Updated: 5 hours ago

Is there such a thing as life after death?

While this was once a question pondered by philosophers and religious groups, scientists are now seriously considering the possibility that consciousness can continue after a person has been clinically diagnosed as dead.

A large-scale study involving 2,060 patients from 15 hospitals in the UK, USA and Austria has found that patients experience real events for up to a three-minute period after their heart has stopped beating.

Dr Sam Parnia, assistant professor of critical care medicine and director of resuscitation research at the State University of New York and a former research fellow at the University of Southampton, said it was previously thought only hallucinatory events were experienced in these circumstances.

These are normally described as out-of-body experiences (OBEs) or near-death experiences (NDEs).

The Awareness during Resuscitation (Aware) study, sponsored by the University of Southampton, used objective markers to establish whether the experiences were real or hallucinatory.

The results showed that 39% of patients who survived cardiac arrest described a perception of awareness but did not have explicit recall.

A total of 46% experienced a broad range of mental recollections, 9% had experiences compatible with NDEs and 2% exhibited full awareness compatible with OBEs with explicit recall of “seeing” and “hearing” events.

One man in particular, a 57-year-old social worker from Southampton, was reported to have given a “very credible” account of what was happening in the room during the three minutes that he was “clinically dead”.

The man could describe the movements of the doctors and nurses in the room with uncanny accuracy. He told the researchers he felt he was standing in the corner of the room, observing the medical staff resuscitate him.

Dr Parnia said: “This is significant, since it has often been assumed that experiences in relation to death are likely hallucinations or illusions, occurring either before the heart stops or after the heart has been successfully restarted, but not an experience corresponding with ‘real’ events when the heart isn’t beating.

“In this case, consciousness and awareness appeared to occur during a three-minute period when there was no heartbeat.

“This is paradoxical, since the brain typically ceases functioning within 20-30 seconds of the heart stopping and doesn’t resume again until the heart has been restarted.

“Furthermore, the detailed recollections of visual awareness in this case were consistent with verified events.

“Thus, while it was not possible to absolutely prove the reality or meaning of patients’ experiences and claims of awareness, (due to the very low incidence – 2% – of explicit recall of visual awareness or so-called OBEs), it was impossible to disclaim them either and more work is needed in this area.

“Clearly, the recalled experience surrounding death now merits further genuine investigation without prejudice.”

Research psychologist at Nottingham Trent University Dr David Wilde, is currently gathering data on out-of-body experiences in an attempt to discover a pattern.

Speaking to The Telegraph, he said: “Most studies look retrospectively, 10 or 20 years ago, but the researchers went out looking for examples and used a really large sample size, so this gives the work a lot of validity.

“There is some very good evidence here that these experiences are actually happening after people have medically died.

“We just don’t know what is going on. We are still very much in the dark about what happens when you die and hopefully this study will help shine a scientific lens onto that.”

The study was published in the journal Resuscitation.

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Paradise: Ascent of the Blessed

Paradise: Ascent of the Blessed (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The problem I find with this argument is that it speaks about the conscious mind and nothing is said about the spirit which is the essence of the being. Conscience and spirit are two separate things. Conscience is linked to the physical whilst spirit is not. There can be no definitive proof of life after death unless somebody rises from death to live again as Jesus did and was visible proof to thousands who saw him after he had arisen. Anything connected with the brain dies when the brain dies but the spirit within the body, the person, rises for it cannot be destroyed by physical death. Only one person can destroy the spirit and that is He who made it, our heavenly Father. I firmly believe this to be true and was discussing this very thing with someone recently. My argument is this, if I am wrong I have lost nothing but if I am right I have gained more than I can imagine. However if someone doesn’t agree that I am right they too have lost nothing if I am wrong but have lost their soul, their spirit and are condemned for eternity if they discover that I was right. Some choice isn’t it? Some choice it may be but certainly one that should be seriously considered whilst the opportunity to do so is still possible.

Shirley Anne

 

Something I posted earlier in the year…..

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I am posting this again for I am being urged to do so. Many will not have seen it before in any case…………

 

God’s Plan of Salvation

Posted by Shirley Anne on April 4, 2014

Click on the link beneath the cartoon on the right

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The Bible says there is only one way to Heaven

Jesus said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me.” (John 14:6)

Good works cannot save you.

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Trust Jesus Christ today! Here’s what you must do:

  1. Admit you are a sinner.“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” (Romans 3:23)“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” (Romans 5:12)“If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (1 John 1:10)
  2. Be willing to turn from sin (repent).Jesus said: “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:5)“And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:” (Acts 17:30)
  3. Believe that Jesus Christ died for you, was buried, and rose from the dead.For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners. Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” (Romans 10:9)
  4. Through prayer, invite Jesus into your life to become your personal Saviour.“For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:10)“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)
What to pray:Dear God, I am a sinner and need forgiveness. I believe that Jesus Christ shed His precious blood and died for my sin. I am willing to turn from sin. I now invite Christ to come into my heart and life as my personal Saviour.

“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:” (John 1:12)

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)


If you have received Jesus Christ as your Saviour, as a Christian you should:

  1. Read your Bible every day to get to know Christ better.“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” (Psalms 119:105)
  2. Talk to God in prayer every day.“And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” (Matthew 21:22)“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” (Philippians 4:6)
  3. Be baptized, worship, fellowship, and serve with other Christians in a church where Christ is preached and the Bible is the final authority.“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:” (Matthew 28:19)“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:25)“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” (2 Timothy 3:16)
  4. Tell others about Christ.“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15)“For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!” (1 Corinthians 9:16)“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” (Romans 1:16)

 

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Shirley Anne

To believe or not to believe?

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The question mark inside (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

To believe in God or not to believe in God is a rhetorical question to many people for they have already made their mind up one way or another and will not be dissuaded from that. For those who believe there is understanding but for those who do not believe there can be no understanding if they remain steadfast in their unbelief. What are the objections? For many unbelievers there isn’t one, they simply refuse to believe and nothing will change their minds on that. They are really against being challenged and refuse to speak on the matter perhaps in fear of the realisation that they could be wrong. Naturally the same excuse will be levelled toward believers in retaliation. For those unbelievers who do communicate their thoughts and ideas many will say that everything we see and everything we are is purely down to science of nature and that it all came into being by chance. That line of thought is very prevalent in modern society as more and more understanding about how things work from a scientific point of view blinds the possibility that it was engineered by a supreme creator. Matter, any matter, all matter had to come from somewhere or it has always existed. In The Bible we read that all things came about from something that didn’t previously exist!

Revelation 4:11

‘You are worthy, our Lord and God,
    to receive glory and honour and power,
for you created all things,
    and by your will they were created
    and have their being.’

Colossians 1:15-17

The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

There are many more verses saying the same thing but we don’t necessarily believe them to be true unless we are already believers. It is a stumbling block to those who strictly adhere to the belief that we are a product of chance reactions of matter that has existed continuously. What is not understood by the unbeliever is that we are all in fact spirit for God created us in his image and God is spirit. If it were simply a question of our physical creation we might believe that we came about by chance but it isn’t. We are all individuals with individual spirits within us. Though we are all made from the same substance we call matter our spirits are not created through that matter. Our spirit is a separate identity if you like that is not the product of material things. The question the unbeliever should ask themselves is, where did our spirit come from? How was it created?

When we look at life, all life, all of creation, we see the hand of God in it if we believe and everything falls into place. Even time itself is a created thing. That doesn’t mean we should ignore science or nature for both are necessary for our existence, however God made them both!

Shirley Anne

 

You need Him more than you know

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Jesus Christ – detail from Deesis mosaic, Hagia Sophia, Istanbul (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have been reading the Book of Job in the Old Testament of The Bible as part of my ongoing study of Scripture. I have said before that I have read The Bible many times from beginning to end and that each time I read something from it I learn something new or are shown something in a different light. As a Christian I have an obligation and a desire to tell others about Salvation, about our need for it, about our Creator God and the love He has for every one of us no matter who we are. I make no excuses for doing so here but I do realise that not all of my readers believe in what I have to say. All I ask is that they read it with an open mind and heart. It is also for this reason that I don’t swamp my blog with too many references to the Christian faith. I don’t wish to drive folk away. In that light you will find me posting such things infrequently. Anyway, back to today’s post. In an effort to show the love that God has I use Scripture itself and whilst I was reading through this particular passage it dawn on me that yet again God is telling us of His love and what He had planned in advance of it actually happening. The Book of Job it is said is probably one of if not the oldest in The Bible so it is even more amazing that we find messages in it relating to future events. In God’s eyes we are all sinners, yes even Christians and because of that God has His back to us. As a righteous and holy God He must mete out the punishment we deserve, however, this is something He really doesn’t wish to do but has to because He is not a liar. If we play a game of football we abide by the rules for if we don’t there is a penalty to pay. God sets the rules for life so if we don’t abide by them there is also a penalty to pay and that could be everlasting. Job was an upright and righteous man who became afflicted and lost everything but through it all he never blamed God. During his discourse he had these words to say to the friends who had come to console him….

Job chapter 9

25 ‘My days are swifter than a runner;
they fly away without a glimpse of joy.
26 They skim past like boats of papyrus,
like eagles swooping down on their prey.
27 If I say, “I will forget my complaint,
I will change my expression, and smile,”
28 I still dread all my sufferings,
for I know you will not hold me innocent.
29 Since I am already found guilty,
why should I struggle in vain?
30 Even if I washed myself with soap
and my hands with cleansing powder,
31 you would plunge me into a slime pit
so that even my clothes would detest me.

32 ‘He is not a mere mortal like me that I might answer him,
that we might confront each other in court.
33 If only there were someone to mediate between us,
someone to bring us together,
34 someone to remove God’s rod from me,
so that his terror would frighten me no more.
35 Then I would speak up without fear of him,
but as it now stands with me, I cannot.

…………….As you can see (highlighted in red) he realised that no matter how clean and pure he might have thought he was God would show him that he was no better than if he had been wallowing in a slimy pit, he was still unclean and filled with sin. No matter what we do either, we are still sinners in Gods pure eyes. He called out in a plea wishing there was an intercessor between himself and God, someone to speak on his behalf, someone to plead his case. In the next chapter we read the following……

Chapter 10

12 You gave me life and showed me kindness,
and in your providence watched over my spirit.

………God did show him kindness and restored him. God shows that same kindness to us too. He provided a mediator, an intercessor for us too. That person is Jesus Christ himself. He is the one who stands in our place, the one who has dealt with our uncleanliness, our impurity, our sins. All this is ours if we accept this free gift from God. God lays down the rules and dishes out the punishment and in Jesus Christ has shown us a way out. There is but one mediator between God and man and that is Jesus. No-one else can do it. Come to him and find out..

Shirley Anne.

Love of my life

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“Where there is love there is life.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From the moment we become aware of the life we have we seek to be accepted and loved by those around us. We learn however that not everyone is accepting or loving and as a result we tread tentatively and carefully when reaching out to others. For some reaching out is easy but for others it can be difficult. The problem with our fellow human beings is that they are not all the same, not all constant, not all ready to draw close as we might hope. Some are out to see what they can take from us but thankfully not all are like that. We are all different, some good, some bad, some even downright evil! Why this should be so has been debated for centuries. There is no definitive answer, or is there? Why do people act the way they do? Because we are all different and think differently it would be hard to pinpoint an individual reason for the way we behave. For those who believe in God it might be suggested that we can be so influenced by the forces of evil if we turn away from Him but is that really true? As a Christian myself I have to believe in that possibility but I also accept that because we have free choice we can just as easily turn to evil as we can to good. God has given us all that choice but points out the consequences of choosing evil and turning our backs to Him. One thing I can say is that in God I am totally loved and accepted because He is faithful. I lay no claim to being a perfect human being by any means though I strive to be good in every way. It is only because Jesus took my place in the punishment queue. He took all my wrongdoing (sins) upon himself so that I would be free of punishment, so that I could be saved. My fellow human beings can and will let me down but Jesus will never do that, he is the love of my life, my thoughts and my actions are centred around him. He determines how I act toward others and react to them. I am so unworthy of this love I know for I have not earned it and I never will. It is by grace that I receive such love and forgiveness.

Ephesians 2:8-9 says, For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.

I haven’t earned it, I don’t deserve it but the gift is mine because I believe it in faith. I know there are areas of my life that need attention and I make every effort to deal with that. The amazing thing is that I came to believe in God and the Lord Jesus after 43 years of ardent unbelief! What caused that change in me? God moves in mysterious ways and I believe He reaches out to each of us in different ways. It is recognising that it is Him reaching out. For me it was a yearning to know more after I had read a verse from Matthews Gospel, 16:24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me’.

If you hear God calling you, if you receive a sign, if your heart is touched by The Holy Spirit………..respond.

Shirley Anne