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Fruit Must Be Produced: Being Good Is Not Enough

Green grapes on a vine

We have this tendency to think of good as things like helping the poor, and yes, this is good, but, this is not the same as producing fruit. For what good is it when we have made the poor comfortable here, only to spend eternity in discomfort. This is why, or partly why, our works are meaningless. Our good works apart from Jesus are meaningless. Only when our works are the result of our faith in Christ do they become fruitful. If we, the branches, are not connected to the Vine, we are a dried up thing and cannot produce fruit. We produce fruit when we bring people to eternal comfort.

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If You Believe In Jesus, You Must Believe In Satan

If you believe that Jesus is real, then you must believe Satan is real. Why? Because just as the Bible discusses Jesus as a real being, recording His conversations, actions, and character, it also refers to Satan as a real being, recording his conversations, actions, and character.

Satan’s Conversations

We find the first recorded conversation in Genesis 3:1-5. Satan is disguised as a serpent:

Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil. (ESV)”

A lot of people scoff at the idea of a talking snake, but they fail to understand that this wasn’t your standard snake. Satan is referred to the “ancient serpent” twice in Revelations (12:9 and 20:2).

“Most scholars hold that it was Satan in the Garden of Eden who was speaking through the snake, not the snake itself speaking on its own.1

Later, in Job, God has two discussions with Satan:

In Job 1:6-12 and Job 2:1-6, we find that Satan had been “going to and fro on the earth” and “walking up and down on it.” In other words, he had a presence on earth; he wasn’t sitting in Hell biding his time. After roaming about, he then left the earth and presented himself to God, presumably in Heaven, where the two had a conversion regarding God’s servant Job. In both instances, even though God allowed Satan to test Job, there were restrictions. Satan complied both times, which teaches us that God is in control, not the devil.

In the third conversation, which takes place in Matthew 4:1-11, we find Satan having a conversation with Jesus. It is during this conversation that Satan tempts Jesus three times in the wilderness.

Satan’s Character

In 2 Corinthians 11:14, we learn that Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Why is this important? Because when he visits you, chances are, he’s not going to be scary. He’s going to show up and make you feel comfortable, and he’s going to make you feel good about yourself, your actions, and your beliefs. You’re going to believe he’s bringing puppies and kittens, but the reality is he’s bringing unicorns and fairy dust. You’ll think he’s bringing good, but he’s really bringing evil.

Finally, in John 8:44 we learn that he is a liar by nature; there is no truth in him. Again, this treats Satan as a real entity. He is a liar and he is the father of lies.

Cautions

We are cautioned numerous times in the Bible to not only be wary, but many are ensnared and don’t realize it.

1 Corinthians 7:5: Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control (ESV).

2 Timothy 2:24-26: And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will (ESV).

If you look around, and listen, everyone thinks they are going to Heaven when they die. Jesus told a different story:

Matthew 7:14: But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it (NIV).

Only a few will find life. Most will find death; Hell. Most people are ensnared by Satan’s lies. While he can certainly make you feel like you’re worthless, he can also tell you things that make you feel good. He’ll make you feel like you’re doing the right things, and believing the right things, but in reality, you’re furthering yourself and others to destruction. If you’re in with the “most” crowd, it’s time to second-guess yourself. There’s nothing wrong with asking questions.

Remember, if you don’t believe in the devil, but believe in Jesus, you are believing a lie, and rest assured, he believes in you.

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Snowflakes Abusing Support Pets

The Detroit Free Press is carrying this story: Critics say too many flying with questionable emotional support pets.

I guess I never really thought about how people got support pets, like those aiding the blind, but apparently anyone can have one. And like most things, it’s now being abused.

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that if you need an emotional support pet, your therapist isn’t doing his job. While a pet can bring comfort, responsibility, and companionship, it shouldn’t be your emotional crutch. It’s not going to tell you when the situation you’re in is your fault. Get over it. It’s got mobile safe-space written all over it.

Apparently it’s time to start licensing them based on prescriptions from actual doctors.

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Climate Being Harmed By Biofuels

Uh, oh. It looks as if climate alarmists are actually making things worse.

I’ve questioned the intelligence of fighting climate change (not climate change itself), and propose we adapt to it instead. I think it would be cheaper and more effective for mankind in general. Warming and cooling are part of the Earth’s natural cycles1; I don’t believe man caused it, and I don’t believe man can stop it.

I do, however, believe we can make things worse, and apparently, according to a new study, we can:

“Policymakers should reconsider their support for biofuels. This issue has been debated for many years. What’s new here is that hard data, straight from America’s croplands, now confirm the worst fears about the harm that biofuels do to the planet2.”


  1. Eldredge, Sandy and Biek, Bob (2010). Ice Ages – What Are They And What Causes Them?. Survey Notes, vol. 42, no. 3. September 2010. Utah Geological Survey. Accessed: 29 Dec 2016. 
  2. Erickson, Jim (2016). Study: Biofuels increase, rather than decrease, heat-trapping carbon dioxide emissions. University of Michigan News. Accessed: 6 Dec 2016. 

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Atheists: Belief In Aliens Is Not Rational

One of the reasons I find atheists less credible thinkers than the religious is because the religious are more open minded. When I say more open minded, I mean more willing to look at ALL evidence, regardless of the source, where atheists omit certain types of evidence because it doesn’t fit their narrow definition of science.

Peter Burfeind sums up this thought well in Aliens Don’t Exist, But They Tell Us A Lot About Atheists.

The “Occam’s Razor” answer science excludes but that actually faces the evidence is “We have no evidence of aliens because they weren’t created.” Exclusion of even contemplating this answer betrays a huge epistemic blind spot in the premises of science, at least among its modern defenders.

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