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Day 31: The 2nd Law of Thermodynamics

Posted by undergroundchurch on February 7, 2011


In the early to mid 1800s, engineers working with steam-powered vessels discovered three things about heat:

  1. Heat flows from higher to lower temperatures, thus making the steam engine work
  2. Heat cannot be completely converted into other forms of energy, and my favorite
  3. Systems become more disorganized over time (a.k.a. the Law of Entropy)

Opposites: Hot and Cold

From the first point we find that there is no such thing as “cold”, there is only a lack of heat.  Cold is completely relative until you reach absolute zero and then heat no longer exists.

If you think 65 degrees is cold and I think 70 degrees is cold, we are both correct relatively speaking, but we are both incorrect in assuming that anything greater than absolute zero is cold.

Opposites: Light and Dark

Likewise, there is no such think as dark, only the absence or lack of light.  Light that we see falls in a very narrow band in the electromagnetic spectrum; however, light is only energy, and all things put out energy until they reach the absolute zero temperature.

Opposites: Good and Bad

Likewise, there is no such thing as Bad, only a lack of Good.  Bad is a relative term that we tend to slap on things when we see that someone has crossed a line we’ve established in our own minds.

50 years ago, chewing gum in schools was considered “bad”, today we hand out condoms to children in school and tell them to have “safe sex”.

Our line of between “good” and “bad” moves all over the place, and because it is relative to each individual and to society, we have become very desensitized to that thing God considers “bad”.

It really doesn’t matter what you or I think is good or bad.  We are all starting from a frame of reference, which is already evil in God’s eyes (Jeremiah 17:9).

God’s frame of reference on the other hand does not change. Good is good and bad is bad.  His line does not shift with changing tides, societies and cultural phenomenon.

It is our job to align our point of reference with God’s point of reference no matter how society may complain about it.  We should not try to please the world, because friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God (James 4:4).

And as the third point in the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics points out, the world will not get better on its own because it is going to continually spiral into chaos.

 

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Day 14: How Much do You Love Jesus?

Posted by undergroundchurch on January 14, 2011


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We have lost transparency, and that’s one of the main reasons why so many people stay bound. – Lady Eagle 8

Sometimes I hear a message and just one line jumps out, and I can’t let it go.

This line was uttered by a lady that used to be homosexual until she met the power of God.  She was actually told by people in the church that she shouldn’t tell others about what God did…

Say what?!?

I’m sorry… If God delivered me from something that amazing, I’d be jumping up and down!

But what if Jesus delivered you from… oh, say, drinking or drugs or something radical?

Would you be inclined to tell everybody you saw?

What if God delivered you from your debt? Would you testify to God or your discipline?

What if God delivered you from a headache? Would you testify to God’s healing power or Advil?

Jesus laid out a principle in Scripture that defines how much your are willing to testify about Him, which is found in Luke 7:36-50.

Jesus is at a religious leader’s house and while eating, a woman (most likely a prostitute) comes in with anointing oil and begins weeping at Jesus’ feet, putting oil on his feet and wiping His feet with her tears and hair.

Simon, the religious leader, is disgusted.

Jesus proceeds to tell him a story of a lender that forgave two people of their debts. One owed 10 times more than the other. He then asks Simon, “Which one with the debt do you think loved the one who forgave the debt more?”

Simon correctly replies, “The one who was forgiven the most.”

In verse 47, Jesus lays the principle out…

Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.

Principle:

Our love for God starts at the level of forgiveness we realize is lavished upon us.

Those of us that have been delivered from “heinous” sins tend to fall deeply in love with Christ. Those who have not, have a more difficult time mustering that level of intense love. However, might I suggest that all of us have one thing we have been delivered from that, though we didn’t experience it fully, we need to get through our heads so that we too can love as she did?

Our Great Deliverance

Every believer was once dead in their sins and on their way to an eternal hell where there is weeping, gnashing teeth, fire and sulfur and a complete utter absence of the presence of God for EVER!

Whatever life Christ delivered you from pales in comparison to the deliverance Christ brought you when you believed.  Once you set your heart on this fact and understand what he really did for you, your love will begin to grow for Christ like never before.

 

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Day 4: A New Creation

Posted by undergroundchurch on January 4, 2011


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Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” – 2 Corinthians 5:17

When you see a “therefore” in Scripture, it signifies that a statement follows, which takes the previous verses to the next level.  The first class conditional clause “if” could be translated “since”, which makes the sentence that follows an guaranteed result when meeting the conditions laid out.

Paul established in the previous verses the following:

  1. Vs 13 – Since the world considers us crazy for chasing after God, know that the intended result of that “insanity” benefits the church.
  2. Vs 14,15 – Christ’s love compels us to live for Christ alone and not ourselves
  3. Vs 16 – We don’t care what the world says about us, we must remain in Christ

Verse 17 flows out of a deep heart for Christ that desires to abide in Christ, living for Christ and denying ourselves and the world.

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. – Matthew 16:24-25

Paul says that since we exist in Christ, that old rotten flesh is dead, and we should now bury it.  Christ brings new robes of gladness, joy, salvation and life. Stop putting on the old habits and old ways.

Part of the salvation experience reveals itself in a changed heart.  Christ comes in and replaces your dead heart with a heart that yearns for Him.

The idea of “taking up your cross” means that you must make a death march.  The cross signifies death, not some burden to bare.  You must die to self so that Christ can live through you.  Stop living for Christ in your own strength.

The only course of action that produces in you a reflection of Christ comes in the form of denial of yourself.  God is more concerned about your character than your comfort. Ironically, your discomfort brings a greater release of the power of God in your life because only in your weakness can Christ be strongest (2 Corinthians 12:10).

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The Source of Our Dilemma

Posted by undergroundchurch on October 22, 2010


“Original Sin”, some call it “Ancestral Sin“, is a more pervasive dilemma to our current state than we might even fathom.

Original Sin, as understood for this article, is the sin seed that is passed on to every human because of the original sin committed by Adam in the Garden.

Original Sin effects us today because there are multiple components to it…

Original Sin is about Love

The point of God planting a tree in the middle of the Garden then telling Adam not to eat from it was not to tempt Adam, but to see if Adam would choose to love God or love himself.  When Adam sinned, it separated him and us from the direct connection with God.  Remember that God walked with Adam in the garden, something God has not been able to do since Adam sinned.

The most powerful words God ever utters in the Bible are the ones He says right after he says the word, “Now” as in Revelation 21:3

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.

This event takes place after everything is made new.  God is looking forward to the day when He can once again “walk with man in the garden” as it were.

It is all about Love because God reached out to us when we couldn’t reach out to him. (c.f. John 3:16, Romans 5:8)

Original Sin is about Penalty

We are still paying the price for the sin Adam committed that fateful day.

Penalty of Death

  • God told Adam, “In the day you eat of it you will surely die” (Genesis 2:16,17)
  • All have sinned, and the wages of that sin is still death (Romans 3:23, 6:23)

Every time someone dies, we are reminded of Adam’s original sin. If Adam’s sin only applied to him, we wouldn’t have death, sickness and sin in the world today.

Penalty of Pain in Childbirth

Every time a woman gives birth naturally, she is paying a price for Eve because she listened to the serpent and not her husband. (See Accountability and Original Sin below)

Other creatures in God’s kingdom don’t go through the pain of birth that humans do; ever heard a dog or cat scream like a human?

Penalty of Snakes

Part of the curse is the form of the snake, which crawls on its belly.  Each time I see one, I am reminded of the curse. (Genesis 3)

Penalty of Thorns and Thistles

Ever been scratched by a thorn? Or have to pull a weed out of the garden? Thank Adam.

Penalty of Gardening

Yep, gardening is a result of the curse.  Makes you wonder how it was before Adam sinned. (Genesis 3) God was going to provide all our food.

Original Sin is about Accountability

Genesis 3 tells us what went down.

Eve ate of the tree first; Adam, who was with her, but didn’t speak up during the entire event, ate it once she gave it to him.

However, you have to go back a chapter to see the setup.  You see…

  1. Adam was created first
  2. God then planted the tree in the Garden.
  3. God tells Adam that if he eats from it, he will die.
  4. Later, God creates the woman from the man’s side.

In chapter 3, we see the man and woman at the tree, she is telling the talking serpent (which should have been a clue) that if they ate from it OR TOUCHED IT they would die.

How did she know about eating it, and where did she get the extra restriction?

We have here the first case of legalism in the Bible, which always adds to God’s word.  God said Adam would die if he ate it; Eve added (probably because Adam told her) that if they touched it, they would die. She ate it first (eyes were not open), and then Adam ate it (eyes were opened to their nakedness after this).

SPECIAL NOTE: The extra rule didn’t help them abide by the command God gave them. (Legalism doesn’t help you be a better Christian.)

The problem in the story is that God told Adam the rule, and Adam told his wife the rules, but Adam did not defend God’s word, nor his wife as she was talking to the serpent.

It was not her fault, it was Adam’s!

Had Eve eaten, and Adam not, there would be no sin today because she was not responsible to God. Adam should have been the one talking to the serpent and saying something like, “Get thee behind me Satan!” He was her covering, and he failed her.

Accountability and the Original Sin Seed

The Original Sin seed does not pass through the woman, it passes through the man because of accountability.  Adam was accountable to God, Eve was accountable to Adam (God never told Eve the rules, that was Adam’s job).

Jesus could only be born as a human, not because Mary was “immaculately conceived”, but because she was a woman and there was no man involved in conceiving Jesus.

The promise was to Eve that the savior would come…

And I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your seed and hers;
he will crush your head,
and you will strike his heel.” – Genesis 3:15

Men and woman are equal in every way relationally with God except one, accountability. Eve was cursed because she was deceived, and did not listening to her husband, but we have sin in the world because the man of the house refused to be the man of the house. (c.f. 1 Timothy 2:14)

Original Sin is about Redemption

Paul states that through one man, Adam, sin and death entered the world (Romans 5:12-21). It is through one man with no Original Sin seed connection through man to Adam that sin is broken  and we can live. Our only hope is in the “Son of God” who became the “Son of Man” without losing his claim as “Son of God”.

His Father is God, born of a woman, which allows him to be fully man and fully God and gives us hope that the power of sin and death is broken for those that receive the gift of life. This only comes through the power of the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

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