I finally heard a good definition of “meme” as being a contagious idea…
rituals are all about what you do, they are for the prideful
God is not moved by ritualism
ritualism is for devils
God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble, if you want God to move in your life, humble yourself before Him
When I ask kids why they did something and they say “I don’t know”, my response is:
“Then, don’t do anything unless you know what you are doing.”
kindle – Promethius (Satan) showed man how to “kindle” or make fire (knowledge of the ‘gods’)
“From Voltaire: ‘The instruction we find in books is like fire. We fetch it from our neighbours, kindle it at home, communicate it to others and it becomes the property of all.’”
apple – bite out of the fruit of the tree of knowledge
for God so loved the world, He did something…
He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
the cowards [fearful] are first to go into the lake of fire…
the modern concept of zombies is a perversion of the Biblical teaching of resurrection, though there are hints that in the end times there may be some form of real zombification…
Revelation 9:6 And in those days people will seek death and will not find it. They will long to die, but death will flee from them.
Zechariah 14:12 And this shall be the plague with which the Lord will strike all the peoples that wage war against Jerusalem: their flesh will rot while they are still standing on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths.
We give in to kids not because we are good parents, but because we are lazy parents…
But if a man come presumptuously upon his neighbor, to slay him with guile; thou shalt take him from mine altar, that he may die. Exodus 21:14
If a man wanted mercy, he would grab the horns of the altar. In this case, someone murders another with premeditation thinking “I can get away with this if I grab the horns of the altar”. God says to remove him from the altar and kill him, he gets no mercy.
This is no different than someone thinking “I can get away with this sin, as long as I ask forgiveness afterwards”.
Contrast premeditated, arrogant rebellion with someone who is not acting in rebellion but instead out of weakness, mistakenly, unintentional, or in ignorance… It is no less a sin, but mercy can be accorded in this case…
Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a soul shall sin through ignorance against any of the commandments of the LORD concerning things which ought not to be done, and shall do against any of them Leviticus 4:2
Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults. Psalm 19:12
There is no offering or sacrifice for the presumptuous, willful sin:
But the soul that doeth ought presumptuously, whether he be born in the land, or a stranger, the same reproacheth the LORD; and that soul shall be cut off from among his people. Because he hath despised the word of the LORD, and hath broken his commandment, that soul shall utterly be cut off; his iniquity shall be upon him. Numbers 15:30-40
Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. Romans 3:20
Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression. Psalm 19:13