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Why is the liberal and socialist Christian perspective on taxing the rich to give to the poor as a good thing so against the teachings of the Bible? First of all, in Exodus 20:15 (NKJ) “You shall not steal…” God specifically states that stealing is wrong and a sin. In the Webster dictionary to steal means: “to take the property of another wrongfully and especially as an habitual or regular practice.” Taking someone’s money could also be interpreted as taking someone’s property. Even though money is used to buy things, it is considered part of someone’s property as long as that person rightfully posses it.  Therefore, it is wrong under biblical means to take that person’s wealth to use it for means which the owner does not wish for it to be spent.

No matter what the cause people do not have the right as stated once again under God’s biblical Ten Commandments to take wealth from others.  Now, I am not saying that the Bible never said that it is not good to give. Quite the contrary, the Bible is full of references where God calls his people to be giving and generous to those who are in need, but it never states that anyone should be forced to give.

In Matthew 19:16-21 (NKJ) is says:

16“And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?

17And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? There is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.

18He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,

19Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

20The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?

21Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.”

Jesus was speaking to a rich, young Jewish man who wanted to know what he should do to have eternal life. Jesus began to answer his question by asking him if he has kept all the commandments. The young man stated that he did, but Christ knew the one commandment that the young man did not keep. Worshiping other images other than God, which in this man’s case was money. He simply put more trust in his personal wealth than in his Lord. That is why he needed to give it up to charity. It was not a sin to posses wealth, but rather a sin to believe that wealth was in essence more important and greater than God. So Jesus, in answering his question, told the young man to simply give it all up and follow him. That is were many socialist Christians get it all wrong. Yes, Jesus did say that in Matthew 19:23-24 (KJV):

23Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.

24And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.”

Lets look at these verses for a minute. Jesus did say that it is hard for a rich man to enter heaven, but not because of his wealth. He stated many times that the wealthy allow themselves to be overwhelmed with putting more faith in money rather than allowing God to lead them through their life and save them. That is why he said that it is hard to go to heaven when you are rich. When Jesus’ disciples later asked in verse 25 of the same chapter in Matthew ” Who then can be saved?”, Jesus then stated in verse 26, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”  Jesus was then letting the disciples know that only through faith in God can the rich man, or any man for that matter, find salvation. That is why Jesus said to the young rich man to give up his riches and follow him. Notice, Jesus never made him do it nor did he ever command his disciples to instruct the church to make it a mandatory cause. Do you want to know why? The answer is simple, if Jesus is not only the son of God, but God himself  incarnated in the man Jesus Christ, why then would he instruct his followers to break one of his own commandments? You see, God is the God of law and justice. God would never go against his own law. That is why he never told his disciples that taking from the rich to give to the poor is a just thing to do. Nor has God in his words ever instructed the government to do like wise. To do this would contradict God’s own nature and existence. That, my friends, will never happen.

Sources:

New King James Version (NKJ) & King James Version (KJV) of The Holy Bible

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Just the other week at the United Nations Summit, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel condemned the UN for allowing an audience to a terrorist thug of a leader, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who also has openly denied the Holocaust and has repeatedly stated that Israel should be wiped off the face of the earth.  With the threat of developing nuclear weapons by Iran, Netanyahu pleaded the case for not only his people, but also for all those who choose to be on the right moral side of this issue.  To stand up and demand that the rest of the world do like wise and stop Iran from not only threatening Israel, but also the rest of the Western World.  After hearing his speech I was reminded of a bible verse; Zechariah 14:2 (NKJ) – For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem; the city shall be taken, the house rifled, and the women ravished. Half of the city shall go into captivity, but the remnant of the people shall not be cut off from the city. And also verse 14:3 (NKJ)- Then the Lord will go forth and fight against those nations as He fights in the day of battle. With this in mind, let us all pray for the safety of Israel and for our leaders to do what is right and morally just.

In the eyes of my parents and my grand parents, friends and neighbors I am not very old. And from my elders points of view I am sure the technological advances have been even more profound. But even through my eyes I can see my children’s world and future being quite different from my own due to technology. So here is a list of sorts as to what I have seen different, good and bad, for the youth of today and our future adults. It mostly has to do with computers, video games, and cell phones. The rest branches off of those three categories.

My Top 3:

1. Video Games

Video Games came out around the time I was in elementary school. And I got a Nintendo when I was in 4th grade. Sure it was a lot of fun, but nothing could top being outside with my friends come sun, rain, or snow. In fact, it didn’t even top having my friends over to play in the house with my toys.

Now I see in the vast majority of upper elementary school aged children on up that video games are a top priority. When my kids save up their allowance one of the first things on their list is a video game. As soon as homework is done, they want to play video games. And when their friends come over to “play”, guess what, they want to play video games.

Of course if it is nice out they get pushed out the door. And we now have what we call “game days” which is 3 days a week for 2 hours on each of those days. But my goodness, most of my friends and neighbors do not do this and I wonder to what extent kids now miss out on childhood due to the video game craze.

2.Computers

One of the best technological advances has been computers. Grant it they have been along for a while now, but when I was in elementary school we were just starting to get a few in the library. We would go and learn a few typing lessons on them, a math “game”, and once in a while we got to play one of the Atari-esc games once a month or so.

We didn’t have one at home until I was in 8th grade and we were a fairly well off upper middle class family. Even then, I just used it to type up school papers because the internet took so long it was a complete waste of time.

Now, it is common place for nearly every US home to have a computer with high speed internet access, and the same goes for every classroom. In some high schools the students are even assigned laptops. This is good for the most part. But does it take away the ability to physically write a term paper on your own? Or go to the local library and do research without the aid of the internet? I think it does. Why even go to the library when there are more than enough resources at your finger tips right in your own room at home? I wonder if writing and research without the aid of a computer will become a lost art.

3. Cell Phones

I for one can not believe that we lived without cell phones. I would be an absolute basket case not being able to reach anyone when I am out and about. The possibility of a flat tire, or emergency with no way to contact is just chilling. Oh, wait, weren’t there those big boxes everywhere called Pay Phones? Is it just me or have these just about completely disappeared?

Cell phones are a wonderful contribution to society for the most part. But now we have everything else on these little phones too. The internet on the phones is kind of nice, but what about when we are driving? Almost every time I see someone doing something stupid in their car they have a cell phone in their hands.

And then there is text messaging. I can see how this can come in handy, although I have never taken to it. To be able to just jot down to your spouse “Pick up milk”, or “Meeting at 9am”, would be useful. However, what about these parents who give their teens cell phones with Text Messaging capabilities? Some of these teens are sitting right by their parents texting obscene messages or planning parties using what they call “short hand” and none would be the wiser.

The Rest:

4. Internet

It has been a blessing and a nightmare all in one. With the above mention of lack of needing to research outside of home, there is also the issue of privacy. It has allowed for a dramatic increase in identity theft. It is also making newspapers nearly obsolete, and made pornography accessible to even a 7 year old. But, heaven knows I couldn’t keep on top of my bills without it.

5. GPS

I can foresee the need for knowing how to read a map and geographical knowledge going out the door. When you have a road atlas and a GPS which one are you more likely to use? One day I will probably get out my map and my kids will say, “Mom, just use the GPS.” It may even put an end to using Map Quest.

6. Proper Spelling and Grammar

I suppose this could go into the “Computer” category, but I think it is important enough to have its own. With everything we do being on the computer and all of the programs having their own spelling and grammar checks, it will soon be a rare thing to find someone that can write on their own and have little to no mistakes.

7. 35mm Camera Film

Almost everywhere is going to digital developing now. If you have a camera that take 35mm film, you may want to consider investing in a digital. I went to Walgreen’s to have some old film I found developed and they said I would have to send it away because no one does in-store film developing anymore! Not to mention, photo albums are almost a thing of the past with most of us storing all our photos online or on our computer itself.

8. Phone Books

This may be just me, but I have noticed that lately I rarely pick up my phone books. They sit on top of my refrigerator to only be moved to the garbage when a new one comes the following year. This is because I have gotten to where I just type in what I need to find on the internet and…there it is. So, I think phone books may not have such a bright future.

9. News Papers

I have quite a few friends that have been laid off of news paper printing company jobs lately. I think a lot of it is due to the vast amount of news we can access on the internet. Why read one partisan news paper when you can have access to many?

10. Innocence

With the desensitization of our children and teenagers through television, internet, text messaging, and video games; we can see the innocence of youth slipping away at younger and younger ages. I see young children in rate R movies, playing rated M video games, and watching horror films on TV. Is it any wonder we have children getting pregnant at 12 years old? Doing drugs at 10? Or does it really take a lot of thought to figure out why they are joining gangs, running away from home, having ambitions of being porn stars? No, of course not, when you take a step back a see that we are letting their childhood slip away into a world of electronic violence and indecency completely unsupervised and guided it is to be expected.

All I have to say is, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech[…].” When is the ACLU and our judicial system going to stop this madness and remember what our founders put in the Constitution to protect us from something like what the ACLU just tried to do. What part of the “Congress shall make no law…..religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof[…]” do they not understand?

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Galatians 2:20 (King James Version)

20  I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

It truly is a sad day for the Christian faith in America. On Friday leaders of the Lutheran Church voted 68% out of 1000 leaders to allow for the church to allow hiring of openly gay clergy. Before this new measure was voted on homosexuals had to remain celibate in order to be a part of the clergy. Although, conservative members of the church will not be forced to hire gay clergy, many will probably split from the church on grounds that the church has strayed from the teaching of the scripture. For example, Romans 1: 18-32 which spoke about the lustful sin of men lying with men and women lying with women. We must all pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ in the Lutheran Church that they may see the errors of their ways, repent, and remember that God is in control.

Please read this article:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/aug/21/lutherans-to-allow-sexually-active-gays-as-clergy/print/

Obama, once again, is showing his true muslim roots by mingling with the muslim world and turning his back on one of the strongest allies we have in the Middle East (Israel).  Israel has been a huge support to us for so many years both militarily and in intelligence gathering. Talk about stabbing your friends in the back. The Palestinian people have done nothing to deserve the kind of respect that we are giving them. I cannot believe that our nation has decided to turn our backs on friends and move towards a cold hearted people who are even willing to allow their own children to blow themselves up along with innocent civilians in the name of Allah and for Palestine.

This opinion is based on the following article:

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1109246.html

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