Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Getting Real With God

So much of the "Christian" world sees God in a certain way. Some point to the ATM machine but some seem to see God, as their "magic genie" at their beck and call.  Recently I have been dealing with many challenges as written about here. However one day when there was to be no food, God provided, so I have those moments happen to me too. That said, I was pondering about the false views of God that many have.

There is little "getting real" with God, due to the delusions that the churches and others have sold. It concerns life itself.

Many Christians have made the choice not to sell out and to departed from wicked people. I didn't want to play a wicked game of success. Other factors entered in including some shortcomings of my own I deal with. I missed out on riches and things of this world by "not selling out".  There was a couple times where I had a decision to make. In America, we know a certain look, level of health and personality is desired by employers and for "success". Those things don't apply to me.

In the churches, I noticed a developing theme and yes I have talked about this with the BEST LIFE NOW articles, that there seemed to be a theme taught even in non-prosperity gospel churches, that if you were a good person and did "everything right" that you would be "blessed". This was touched upon in the poor in churches articles.

If you were tormented or sick, or life was crumbling, it was your fault and God had deemed you "unworthy". Another commenter who faced health problems some months ago told me, he definitely felt this way in the churches. You did not have the favor of God. If someone faced poverty or illness, many taught indirectly that it was a result of "sin" or they had lost the favor of God. This belief even influenced me, as I thought by becoming a Christian, that God would solve many of my problems and while I never believed in the prosperity garbage, I believed in some small way that blessings would flow and not just in the next world.

 I held out for healing and change, and a new vista, which we know in American society, they push this dream of  always striving that influences us all. America as a country culturally denies suffering in a way that is insane and this is advanced in a society where everything is about competition. As a person I did change when I was born again so I am speaking of the temporal sense of change. So many focus on success as to the detriment of everything else.

Those who tried to "help" me by telling me that if I would get "deliverance" or if I cleaned out all areas of sin in my life that it would bring me all good things in this world, actually did a lot of harm. It could have served as a severe wedge between me and God. I did have bad thoughts about proper "church people" and their nice lives, thinking God must love them more that I had to work and pray my way through. Such people will look down on people who suffer in this world as a "project" and not as a real "friend" or a even "human being". Their focus is on fixing you. In America there is no such thing as unsolvable problems. "Christianity" becomes not only as a self improvement project but also as a "fix-it" project on others to conform the down and out and brokenhearted and a hammer on many heads. The non-Faith of the Pharisees in "Christian" form.  Pharisees never loved anyone, they just wanted to keep everyone in line and the religious tithes pouring in.

This verse means spiritual things, not getting rich and getting it "right" in this world:

Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to health the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

One thing about our society is the religious matrix is used for oppression and don't think for a minute these messages of God blesses the most "worthy"  in this world aren't being used for political and other structural wickedness. How else do they get millions of duped right wingers to vote for the politicians with the least empathy for the poor? [not that the left is any better--Hillary and Cruz are both on the Goldman Sachs team].  They see the poor and other groups as "lesser" who have deserved their fate. Some of the "proper" people expect you to conform and don't have much empathy for those who won't or even cannot.

People have begun to see God and the "Christian religion" as a self-improvement and life improvement project. Don't we see this in the churches with the focus on better health-diets, better finances-David Ramsey, better social connections--cell groups? There's not just the social justice stuff to "improve" the world, there's the personal message to "improve yourself". we have this theme in everything from the recovery movement to psychology. Oprah would be the utter definition of the self improvement push. Think about how in our society how self/life improvement is the core of so much we are taught with the focus on self. We are told to all become better people according to societal often false moral constructs and while the world defines that as better off with one's life in control financially, physically and the rest how does God see BETTER?

It's a question I am pondering. My life is out of control, by all standards of society. Well maybe not completely, I'm not laying in the gutter drunk or strung out on drugs and am not homeless. I am happily married but my life has been far from the white picket fence norm.  I hope for those people they get the help and comfort they need. Financially things are a mess and stayed an absolute mess, and you all have heard that saga enough.   I don't want to go on about the financial tales of woe, but it's hard because even most of the false Christian world doesn't judge people now by their relationship with God or what kind of person they are but the outer social trappings and status in society.

All my churches told me if I had enough faith God would cure me of my severe health problems. While God gave me longer to live then I expected multiple times there was that nugget of a dream inside of being cured.

 I believed one day God would solve my household's financial problems or at least stabilize them. In the churches, many a pastor would preach that if you obeyed God, that you would be blessed in this world too.  Inside, I had this thought that one day, I would be deemed a "worthy" person too, and would see some of these blessings, not just financial, but this idea of an "better" stable life.   These are promises I believe that the churches teach that can lead to spiritual trouble for many people.

Very few are laying out the truth. Life is hard on this earth. You don't escape death and no one escapes suffering. It will come one day even if it comes when you are 90 years old. Feeding people nothing but self improvement demands and pipe dreams and denials about the realities of life leads to spiritual disasters. This whole society has become one big "keeping sweet" cult.

Some Christians get stuck in a GIMMME approach to God. All the Santa Claus garbage influences in a bad way. God is supposed to answer our prayers and give us a "good" life. What if this does not happen? It's a thought I am pondering. What does God consider a "good life"? Most likely I am going to die penniless, I only have a few friends in this world and the majority live far away from me,  though I have a husband, and had no children or grandchildren. No David Ramsey legacy's for me. I'll leave some writing and art work but with enough time even that will disintegrate. Only the things of eternity last so why are we given false promises for this life?  One commenter here gave me some good encouragement about my life, meaning more then things of the world. Many people face the hardships of life, I guess scripture would refer to the "cares of life".

Mark 4:19 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, chock the word, and it becometh unfruitful.

It can be hard thought, sometimes I have had to fight very sinful thoughts of my own. Wondering why some are so blessed and others are not. Envy is a sin to be fought. I have had to repent of some of those thoughts and more but I have been thinking about a strange issue lately. Many people don't believe in God because life is full of so much suffering.  Life stinks and God isn't there for any of us, is their absolute conclusion. By the way this applied to me when I used to be an atheist.

I was an atheist long enough to have thought this exact way. I was there TOO.  In the UU church, among the freethought set, we would complain about God.  Its funny we ranted about a "being" we didn't believe in. I even listened to this song called "Dear God " by an old alternative music band called XTC in the early 1990s. That talked about all the disasters in the world and how "god" wouldn't lift a finger to fix any of them.

"You're always letting us humans down
The wars you bring, the babes you drown
Those lost at sea and never found
And it's the same the whole world 'round"

One friend of mine would refer to God in bad ways saying God didn't want to help humanity and just watched thousands of people dying without caring like in tsunamis. In my own witnessing to people. many would tell me, God didn't care when their family died or they have been poor and lost everything or someone they loved got murdered or their child died young. I have feared even being shipwrecked myself upon the shores of severe poverty and homelessness or scary illness so don't think I place myself above any of these people. As a non-believer, I felt the same way they did too, which is why I am even writing this article.

One rare disorder I have can leave people completely bedbound. I'm not but it's the risk is there. It is so rare it took over a decade to get diagnosed. It was a one in a million strike. There's been times I have shouted to God, "WHHHHYYY?" and there's plenty others with worse things happening to them like a friend whose girlfriend had a severe stroke and has what they call "locked in syndrome" which means she can barely move at all.

Why can't we talk about what this world is really like in the churches? It's like all trouble is to be shoveled under the carpet and we are all taught to stay as children never maturing where our relationship with God remains at a fixed point of appeasements and self satisfactions for those who never have faced hard trouble. Evil itself is denied as a reality. One thing I have noticed is many in the churches seem afraid of realness. Poverty freaks them out. Really sick people freak them out. I freaked them out. They are afraid and look for world strong men [politicians] to solve their problems. People who are different are "scary" to them and to be avoided.

The immature faith presented in the churches if that was the kind I held, where God was determining some great and glorious plan for this worldly life, I would have already fallen away. That immature faith is failing many and is part of their false apostate gospel and false moral paradigms that don't come from God.

What do I mean by false moral paradigms?

Some examples would be that

Wealth determines morality
Wealth determines worth.
Beauty means you are better person
Health means you are more worthy
The more worthy and sin-free you are, the more blessed you will be in this world.

Reality isn't being discussed in this world in the religious world and what this life in this world is really about.

The churches and rest of the people all need to get REAL.

We have been sold a bill of goods. In America especially, the realities of life of growing old, dying, and bad illness is shoved under the carpet. They are not to be discussed. Plastic smiles are to be on everyone's face as they present the "best face" to the world. They sell Christianity as a self improvement program that will make our lives here better on this earth. Best life now. Well what is the reality about life? I don't mean to sound cold here. The truth is you die.  Everyone you love will die if you live long enough.  Some of us in Generation X are already seeing our friends die.  The next generation IS dying younger. You will get old. You suffer. You lose people. Satan's disciples clean you out of every penny.  That's life in this world. Some may claim I have gone Deist or something but I have not. God is not like Santa Claus handing out the  presents of a great life on earth and answering prayers like a laundry list.

The atheists who reject God for failing us all and not fixing this miserable planet and all the horrors that can await us have fallen prey to the false messages in the churches too.  I did even from the Catholic angle. When I was an atheist, I had almost already died--my lungs went bad young, and lived in boarding houses and rented rooms. I was already sick and in a lot of suffering and pain. My wealthier family already hated me. I was already poor, and was alone without a friend in the world back then. I too thought God is supposed to fix this and because He has not, why believe in God?

When I read the Bible which I started doing while in the UU to "disprove" it,  all this changed for me. The Bible was honest about life being difficult. The Bible did not have the be positive or else garbage in it. It did not say anywhere in it that being poor or sick meant you were a bad person. Bless those that mourn, cry when a child is born because life is so hard. It talked about one's enemies seeking to destroy you. It talked about many of the wicked being blessed with money.  Unlike the candyland, unicorn dreams of life here supposedly being great, it was honest, about life and troubles on this earth.

Psalm 9:13 Have mercy upon me, O LORD; consider my trouble which I suffer of them that hate me, thou that liftest me up from the gates of death:
I have shocked a few people saying this world is Satan run and we are all suffering. 1 John 5:19 says the whole world lies in wickedness.  What does that really mean? This place is messed up.

Many people thought my view of Planet Earth was far too dark. They all told me I had a bad attitude. But let me examine this further, everyone dies right? No one escapes it, we are promised eternal life so I am talking THIS WORLD. Everyone dies and rots here and no one manages to "get out of it". In a society where they almost seem to believe everyone lives forever they teach false things about God, like "god" is like a "fairy grandmother" to them who will make all their wishes come true. And these things take a very insidious spiritual affect. The "God's got a plan for your life" stuff has turned Christianity into a "gimme" "bucket list". No one cares about pleasing God or others in this paradigm, they care about rising up to be a "good Christian" and their own reputation in their respective communities. They remain clueless about evil in the world. It simply doesn't exist to them. If you deny something exists you definitely don't stand against it.

So many people are falling away from God because of the suffering of this world. The suffering outside of chastisement for sin is NOT from God. The devil's children are making us suffering. Sin and a fallen world brought death in and hideous diseases. War comes from human greed, the luciferians on top and endless sins.  So many have turned their backs on God believing all the suffering has been sent by God. I don't want to be stuck in a limited relationship with God that denies the truth about this world and what it is really about, or the wickedness that is here. Leave that for the apostate churches. Some people do see me as "too intense" of a person, maybe I am. Maybe I think life is better lived seeing the truth.

 The false moral paradigm in the churches that goodness is connected to the good life here, is destroying faith across the board. It is oppressing the broken hearted, it is dividing people from God who see "god" as their enemy who has no interest in helping them. It is killing comfort and love for others. It is a new legalism in the false apostate church that says, be blessed and have a proper life and "fit in' with us. It is not the gospel but a false gospel of this world. It lies about the world to people. This is why the churches are clueless and deny reprobation and evil, this is why they are deceived by the political luciferians. It is Disneyland Dreams and the Devil's lies.

Maturing in the faith is realizing what life is really about, not fantasy dreams of life on this earth. Sure some of the non-believers will call us fanciful for believing in heaven and God Himself, but the lack of "getting real" and admitting the truth about life, is part of the problem. One thing in my own prayer life was facing the facts about life here on this earth and my own expectations about life and the false moral paradigms--burdens of the Pharisees, where people are to prove themselves to people via attaining the "good life" here.

2 Cor 4:8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair.


Anonymous said...

BB, that truly may be the best Christian article I have ever read. You are blessed with spiritual wisdom. I have never heard anyone else say it like this..Thank-you. I admire that you are honest about your own struggles with it all. I have struggled in the same way..
I had so many thoughts upon reading it.
A lot of atheists and ex Christians think that somehow if we just stoped believing in eternal life we would fix this one. But that is naive, because people can be inherently greedy and sinful.I used to explore Buddhism,but I didn't find the concept of people being basically good to be very true.
I agree with you the truth is what's important,and Jesus said he was the truth.
I agree we are not being told the truth about this world.How wicked ,fallen and just the plain harshness of life..
Again,a really touching article. I hope a lot of people read it,because you hit on some very big truths. I just can't say enough.
Bless you - Sue

Bible Believer said...

Thank You Sue, I appreciate your words. Glad it got you to think too. I agree, I was in that mode too during my UU years, they want to focus on this world and fixing this life. I used to think back then but we still die and there are still wars. They had these Utopian view points how science and "progress" would save us all. As I got older it seems things were getting worse, so what did it all mean? I found them naive and I agree about the Buddhists seeing people as basically being good, and the whole detachement thing seemed to be just about killing naturally occuring emotions.

Yes Jesus is the truth
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me

Yes people are not being told the truth about this world. What we are being told is not matching what we are dealing with not at all. How many are succumbing because they are told lies about life. Thank you Sue.

Anonymous said...

I am also one who can only live with the truth. Even if it gets me in trouble the truth just seems really important. Like life means nothing without it. It's like I can't live any other way.It's one of the reasons I have no relationship with my family..
You are right about America being in love with self improvement in and outside the church. I have been guilty of it my self. We've totally been indoctrinated into self improvement. I would say that it's equal to the sexualization of our culture. And the making idols of youth and family.
You just really touched me and even convicted me with this article...
It really shows you are spiritually growing..

Anonymous said...

Yes that detachment thing made me think that it was killing empathy.
Yes and with all the "progress" and science,it does seem like things aren't getting any better.I guess I'm glad for the washing machine while I still have one;but they've not fixed my health problems much and I've been sick most of my adult life..I suppose without antibiotics I possibly would have died once;but then other things probably would have been better without all the toxic junk that's being thrown at us.
It's also complicated and I don't think the church or even secular people want to acknowledge that.

Anonymous said...

Job 42:1-6 Then Job answered the LORD and said: "I know that You can do everything, And that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You. You asked, 'Who is this who hides counsel without knowledge?' Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know. Listen, please, and let me speak; You said, 'I will question you, and you shall answer Me.' "I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, But now my eye sees You. Therefore I abhor myself, And repent in dust and ashes."

In verse 5 Job says “"I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, But now my eye sees You.” How can Job’s eye see God because in Exodus 33:20 But (God)He said, "You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live." Job is not talking about seeing God with his physical eyes, he is talking about seeing God with the eye of his soul.

I have heard a lot of sermons about Job, but I have never heard one preached about this last conversation that Job had with God. We need to look at this and ponder what was written here because this is the basis for why Job went through this terrible time in his life. God wanted Job to focus all of his being on God, not just when all was going in Job’s favor. God wanted to prove to the world that He could sustain anyone through any situation that the world and Satan could throw at them. Sometimes it is so painful we want God to just heal us right now. But that is not the purpose of the trial. It is God’s purpose that we look to Him for all the things that are going on in our life and to still keep our faces turned towards Him. Worship the Lord with all your heart and soul. That means even when times are tough. Give God the glory for the small mercies that He gives us, be joyful and satisfied with that.

I have looked back at my own life and I can see where God had His hand in all that I have done, whether it has been in my home life or in work situations. I cannot tell you how many times it was only by the hand of God that I have made it this far in life. I have not been the most spiritual person ever, but now that I have time to reflect on what God has lead me through, it has been for my own good. I too can say now "I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, But now my eye sees You. Therefore I abhor myself, And repent in dust and ashes." I collapse under the weight of my sin at the cross and ask God that I be forgiven and covered in the blood of Jesus so that I can stand in His presence and ask God be my sustainer and provider.

We need to remember that God is spirit. We worship Him in spirit, because this flesh is corrupted and in the flesh we cannot look upon Him. John 4:21-24 Jesus said to her, "Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."

Instead of complaining about our physical bodies being corrupted with ill health or not having enough money to buy bread, we need to focus on having our soul in good health with the healing power of the shed blood of Jesus Christ.

Once you turn your life over to Jesus our savior we need to remember that He is now at the right hand of the Father and they are both Spirit. Remember this also that it is our goal to be able to enter heaven because Jesus wants us there with Him. And not hearing those words spoken “I do not know you!”


Anonymous said...

I actually don't see how anyone with even a remote knowledge of history can't see this world is run by satan. WW1, WW2 Stalin, Hitler,Mao.,opium wars, pol pot ,pinochet and torture in 5 landlocked latin american countries, and south of that. This is just recent history and right off of the top of my head. Oh, the American civil war was grueling.
We were just born in a time in a very prosperous nation ,where things were going good(except for the vietnam war.These men had it bad.).Most of the world, and life is not like this..People in this country are blinded because of this..They think it will always be this way..
The bible tells that nations rise and fall..That's more like history..

Anonymous said...

Here is a short video of a couple that touched my heart; http://www.7billionones.org/kevin-and-petra/ What really matters is how we treat God and others. Thank you BB for touching my heart again. - Don

Anonymous said...

First, THANK YOU for this blog that tells the truth!!! In a world full of so-called Christian blogs, I like it that you speaketh the truth! I want to share something.

Please people (dads, moms,everybody!), watch out that your kids (tween, teen, young adult) don’t follow or read some of the homeschool bloggers. They endorse the books of Narnia and Lord of the Rings and when I tell them that those books are demonic, they ignore me and delete my comments or they argue with me that I’m in error ’cause God hasn’t revealed to them that those books are evil! Also, those bloggers have an unnatural thirst for fantasy literature, going so far as becoming fantasy writers themselves.

Please dear people, watch out for the fake Christian bloggers!

Anonymous said...

Amen Bible Believer. Amen. Finally, a born again Christian who gets what faith is all about. There are times I often wonder about our faith in Jesus with regards to the days in which we live. Would our faith be strong enough, or exist at all, if our Father in Heaven chose for us to be born back in those days when Jesus walked this earth? Would we even follow Jesus if that life led to suffering, persecution, or possibly death? Or would most within America's 501c. 3 church, pack up their bags, run for the hills in pursuit of happiness and safety apart from Christ?

Personally, I love what your heart leads you to write and the fact that you are not sugar coating your faith with some pie in the sky false theology. One day, when we are in the presence of our LORD and Savior, there will be no looking back down on this earth wondering what is going on, PRAISE OUR LORD! For nothing, absolutely nothing will remotely compare living in the presence of Jesus.

I love you from afar, a sister, in Christ Jesus. May He comfort you and give you His peace.

Anonymous said...

Amen Bible Believer. Amen. Finally, a born again Christian who gets what faith is all about. There are times I often wonder about our faith in Jesus with regards to the days in which we live. Would our faith be strong enough, or exist at all, if our Father in Heaven chose for us to be born back in those days when Jesus walked this earth? Would we even follow Jesus if that life led to suffering, persecution, or possibly death? Or would most within America's 501c. 3 church, pack up their bags, run for the hills in pursuit of happiness and safety apart from Christ?

Personally, I love what your heart leads you to write and the fact that you are not sugar coating your faith with some pie in the sky false theology. One day, when we are in the presence of our LORD and Savior, there will be no looking back down on this earth wondering what is going on, PRAISE OUR LORD! For nothing, absolutely nothing will remotely compare living in the presence of Jesus.

I love you from afar, a sister, in Christ Jesus. May He comfort you and give you His peace.

Anonymous said...

Do we know what will make America great again? Not a balanced budget, not zillions of dollars flowing into our country, not a free for all society rather the repentance of Nineveh. Nineveh was rich beyond measure, it was not in need of anything. But the Lord saw her iniquity as the Lord sees ours. We are corrupt as in the days of Noah. Violence covers the earth. Why don't politicians talk about that, our need to cover ourselves in sackcloth and ashes, fast before the Lord. When a person doesn't think they need anything, including salvation...our nation becomes lawless and enters into extreme shades of darkness. Who will be that voice that rises up as the prophets did, to warn nations of God's coming judgment? Who will cry out over our land for God's hand of mercy? Too many are too busy to stop and pray for our nation and the souls of the lost. Hearts have grown cold, indifferent and apathetic.

Bible Believer said...

Hi Anon, I agree many lovers of the truth are rejected in this world. The world will hate those who are Gods, so keep loving the truth and God as well. Many do not want to know the truth. Yes the self improvement thing has led many astray, it's all about achieving success and being loved and noticed by man. It has turned youth, and jobs and family into idols. Thanks for your encouragement.

Bible Believer said...

I agree the progress and science aren't really making life as good as promised, actually I read a book, that said real progress has been frozen for some time. I don't consider monkeying with the endless screens to be any real improvement to the infrastructure or daily life. Yes health problems still persist and new ones are now cropping up. I had that thought too how I lived longer from antibiotics, but maybe I would be in better shape with out all the toxins and GMOS. Mankind in thinking science will solve all problems [it has its uses of course but they idolize it too] sadly follows in Satan's footsteps, "I will be like the Most High"

Bible Believer said...

Sue, I agree.

Thanks for the verses from Job. I have never seen a sermon preached on that either. I sure heard a lot about blessings coming naturally to the "good" Christians. I agree with the meaning you give to that passage in Job. Agree Worship the Lord even in tough times. The things of this world are short. We need to look to eternity. I have not had what is a normal life and definitely a lot of it doesn't make sense to me though I figure perhaps having the kind of life I had led to some other things. The things of God won't make sense to us until we are in Eternity. You are right people need to focus on the health of their souls. Even the idolization of physical health in our society is another path to evil, where the sick are judged as choosing illness and New Age and other philosophies are pushed for "wellness" of the physical body. Whose reminding any of them of the "wellness" of the soul?

Matthew 10:28King James Version (KJV)

28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Thank you Joel.

February 16, 2016 at 7:09 PM

Bible Believer said...

Anon, I agree about world history and Satan,

How can people think this world is not run by Satan? But many consider that "negative". Well there has been a push in America, to call discussing reality "negative thinking", it is part of the dream time Disney land dreams and "spell" they have this place under. Delusional dream time. It's one huge spiritual problem in the USA, where they think life will always be good and one that denies problems right in front of it's face. Other cultures discuss the sufferings of life, this one, well there is some serious spiritual blindness.

It is teaching a detachement more and more from real life and you see the empathy disappearing too.

Bible Believer said...

Thanks Don, I appreciate it, I will check out your link.

Thanks anon for your encouraging words too. I agree about homeschool blogs, well they have the Catholic Schaeffer influenced quiverful stuff and this includes Catholic "literature" with Tolkien and CS Lewis. They do love fantasy too which is all occult in basis. They all insist it is good to read about "good" wizards as if witchcraft itself can be a "good thing".

Thank you anon, I have wondered too about persecutions and if life got more full of suffering or different times in history? Would we be able to bear martyrship? I've paid a few real world prices for this blog...I've hinted at a few things, but it's been more manipulations and trojan friends sent out like the guy who tried to get me to become a brain dead Calvary Chapelist for life. What if we were facing possible death? I don't see the 501 3 C church standing firm, already they have sold out. I'm one of the "weirdos" who left, already they have ignored God's voice even putting up with the false teachings from pastors instead of standing against them. How come none of those "seasoned" types in the IFB even question Christmas or all the war promoting nonsense? They already have chosen safety and popularity, when in the USA at this time there is a some freedom left to make a stand.

Thanks for your kind words. I think the sugar coating needs to stop, if anything it is separating people from God, with the false promises and lies about this world. More and more I think people really do not believe in eternity with God as they bet everything on this world. It is sad to see self proclaiming "Christians" like this. I agree nothing here will remotely measure up to being in the presence of Jesus Christ. Revelation 21, speaks of all tears being wiped away. Thank you sister.