It all fell apart...
And that really was the problem.
When I said “God first, family second, self last,” I meant every word, yet I found myself putting family first to help my wife and daughter through this last two years of chaos and self second out of defense of everything I had started, but starting this year, with my wife’s office hitting a wall and my daughter acting out, my wife and I looked at each other and had to ask…
Where is God in all of this?
And that was the right question to ask. It was not that God left us. We had left God. He was our excuse, not our Lord, and that was wrong. But that’s a sermon for later.
Instead, I am here to announce that podcasting will begin again starting in February and with my wife’s agreement that it needs to be done.
Every month will have, at a minimum, one sermon, one podcast on family life, and one podcast on family fun, including my take on what’s going on with Star Citizen and other games and systems I have been supporting all this time, starting with the first sermon, Trusting in God, coming the first week of February.
You’ll also get to see me. Yes, I’ll be using my phone to take video of myself recording the podcastsand, sometime later in 2020, I will be livestreaming them as well.
Satan caught us with our pants down. It may happen again. But for now, it’s time to dust ourselves off, grab up the Bible, and begin again. God first, family second, self last.
Let’s get to work.
Tentative Reboot: December 2018
In the meantime, looking for venues for teaching kids about what’s going on in NASA and space exploration in general, so if you have ideas in the Denver Metro area, let me know. Sorry for being out of the Star Citizen loop and all. I will catch up as soon as I get a chance to catch a breath. Meanwhile, stay safe, love your families, and I’ll see ya on down the other side.
The following is my apologetic response:
RE: Your challenge posted at http://www.debunkingskeptics.com/DebunkingChristians/Page21.htm
You are right to bring this up. Unfortunately, you also bring up verses that do not challenge God’s “command” of to “dash children upon rocks.” This is the problem with any verse or passage taken out of context. So, let us look at your primary arguments up close before I show you the passages that, just maybe, you meant to post instead of these and why those might be taken out of context as well.
You start your argument with Psalm 137:9, “How blessed will be the one who seizes and dashes your little ones against the rock.” This is not a command from God but the final line of a lament song by the captive Israel under Babylonian rule. This last line is in anticipation of what the prophets have said about being released, verbatim, yet also refers to a verse before others you quoted, Isaiah 13:14, “And it will be that like a hunted gazelle, or like sheep with none to gather them, they will each turn to his own people, and each one flee to his own land.” Again, this is not a command by God nor is it even referring to the Israelites against Babylon, but is a prophecy, a prediction, of what is to come, seen in the verses following as the Medes coming against the Babylonians.
Likewise, there are two ways to take the verse from Hosea (13:16). If taken figuratively, it speaks of the “dashing” of a fertility cult in the Holy Land, using a metaphor to make “clear” that this is what was being spoken of. More likely, however, is it is speaking prophetically of one of a few atrocities another country would commit against Samaria, namely Assyria as seen in 2 Kings 8:10. In fact, the only verse you have offered that remotely comes close to the assertion that it was “God’s command” is 2 Kings 15:16, and even then it is referring to the actions of a shameless king of the increasingly fallen Israel, continuing to rebel against both God and man.
Thus, I must ask at this point, are you questioning “God’s command” or with God’s lack of doing anything about these atrocities? Among other verses that answer this question in Psalm 78 is this one, “How often they rebelled against Him in the wilderness and grieved Him in the desert!” God grieves the sins of us all. Psalm 103 says, “The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness.” God is compassionate and yet, “He will not always strive with us, nor will He keep His anger forever.” Each of the verses you give are, at best, God allowing things to happen yet notice that these are warnings given to people to turn themselves back to Him. He could have forced them, but then what would be the point of free will?
I did promise that I would point to verses that more directly tie in with your written complaint. They are all in Genesis and Exodus and each one has to do with God’s judgment. I noticed this long ago and would like to point these out to you because they go along with those verses from Psalm 103 I quoted. Adam and Eve, the only humans in the Garden of Eden, were forced from the garden for their sin, their disobedience to God, and yet were also given a prophecy of what was to come. “Cursed is the ground because of you; in toil you will eat of it all the days of your life.” God took away the garden, His garden, leaving only the untamed wilderness for humanity to attempt to tame, suffering. In one move, humanity relegated itself to a life of suffering instead of an eternity with God. Twice after this, with Noah and the flood and with Lot and Sodom (and Gamorrah), God passed judgment on lands “full of sin” while saving those who are found to be “righteous.” Abraham was later promised the “Promised Land” of Canaan for his family yet was not given it within his lifetime because it was not yet time. It did not become time until generations later, after the land had become fully corrupt, and, yes, God then commanded the Israelites to go in and slaughter all, leaving nothing of the old cultures left. This is, perhaps, what you were thinking of when you posted those other verses as a challenge.
Keep this in mind, that God waited generations in hopes that humanity would return to Him before doing anything. As Psalm 103 stated, God is patient and slow to anger. To put it more bluntly, read Job. God gave him the best response about why bad things happen, that Job could not possibly understand God’s wisdom in letting these things happen nor could any of us. Despite your challenge to Christians, your challenge to God, God still loves you. Challenge Him if you will. His love never fails. Just read the end of the book.
Monte “Longhaul Preacher” Pescador