This is a blog that God has put on my heart. It has challenged me and I hope that it challenges you.
Romans 1:20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities- his eternal power and divine nature- have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
Intelligent design is visible to all. In short, God is not deniable.
However, God has given every one of us a gift that is impossible to repudiate. Whether you want it or not, you have been granted this. I am not talking here about the acceptance or rejection of His son Jesus Christ as your Saviour. No, I am talking about the godly gift of free will.
I want to clarify this. God has granted you the ability to choose to walk a path outside of His will for your life. You won’t be alone; in fact this path is wider and busier than the narrow path taken by those who make the alternative decision. But if you choose this path, do so knowing that ‘self-determinism’ is a gift of God and therefore in its purest form, as self-prescribed, it is a lie.
Genesis 1:27 So God created man in His own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
God created both sexes in His image. There is equality in this. Both are created in His image. God created man first and then woman. There is a Godly order and intent to this. There is headship for the male and subjugation for the woman and also a difference in prescribed roles by design. A man is taller, stronger, designed to be a father and to love, provide and protect. A woman is smaller, physically weaker, designed to be a mother and to love, nurture and care.
Genesis 5:2 He created them male and female and blessed them. And He named them mankind when they were created.
He created, by design, two genders. In the post Judean/Christian western society in which we live, we can see, if we choose to do so, that the ‘God of this Age’ has driven obviously conflicting ideologies into bed together. An obvious example being Feminism, the Homosexual Agenda and the Minority Ethnic search for a voice and a platform. This, with a purely natural power behind it, should have collapsed at the outset, given these bedfellows seriously conflicting ideologies. Instead this has quickly morphed into the three powerful entities that we see now; The Transgender LGBTQ with the weaponised and powerful fear of transphobia, which last week has led a successful campaign to shut down a new Chicken restaurant just opened in Reading, which is owned and run by Christians. They have staged a loud, angry and foul mouthed campaign, littered with false accusations but the ill named ‘Oracle’ shopping mall has caved in already and won’t be renewing their lease. Also last week, Trans Athlete, Rachel McKinnon, won the Women’s World Cycling competition for the third time. Top British cyclist Victoria Hood has criticised McKinnon, saying the science is there, the science is clear – it tells us that trans women have an advantage. McKinnon responded, ‘We are either full and equal women, or we are not. We are.
What about Islam and the equally dreaded accusation of Islamophobia? We have seen nationally the appalling fate of vulnerable young women raped and abused by some groups of Muslim men and the systemic failure of our social services, police forces and ultimately our media to defend them. These cases are both historical and current with cases in Aylesbury and Banbury ongoing now. The media were too afraid of being called Islamaphobic and it took an outcry from other ‘Asian men’ appalled at being wrongly corralled by purely geographic identity, to require our media to be more specific and accurate.
Feminism, having predominantly served its initial purpose to undermine men, both the need for them and their traditional roles in society, was side swiped and squashed back to an almost powerless entity on similar gender based fronts. ‘Radical’ feminism is currently fighting and losing the battle to keep the symbol for ‘women’ visible as in last week’s war of words with the Always brand of sanitary pads, who are both offering and being lobbied to remove this symbol from their product. Also the previous billboard campaign which used Googles definition of women and had to be removed as it made transgender people feel unsafe. Meanwhile, keeping the former ‘safe spaces’ in society for those who are actually born female separate, such as women’s prisons and public bathroom facilities, it is increasingly failing to do. However, horrifically, it has turned its attention to leading a loud and celebratory scream to allow up to and now increasingly during full term partial birth abortion, in the name of women’s rights. Your right to choose to terminate a pregnancy can now in various places, dictate that even as a baby descends the birth canal, it is not actually a live human being and therefore needs no pain relief despite pre term neonatal surgery for heart conditions etc being performed with anaesthesia for the baby. We know that a baby feels pain in the womb, the medical knowledge is there but again, it is now up for dispute.
If you doubt this then look for an example, at the very recent legal changes in Northern Ireland.
On the other hand, trans men (born female at birth) are declared pregnant and headlines scream about men celebrating giving birth!
My use of ‘current’ and ‘last week’ are both accurate and deliberate.
Matthew 11:15 For those who have ears, let them hear.
Science was once delightedly held up high in society as counter-evidentiary to Christianity but as Science is increasingly making discoveries in our top international universities that confirm rather than conflict with God’s word then, science is being rebuffed from its place of the absolute and relegated behind the establishment’s concept of self-determinism. Equally common sense seems to have lost its place and its value.
It appears that to be accused of bigotry is fast becoming the new and dreaded accusation and this dread is real and the results are powerful.
Gods word says;
Matthew 19:4 – 6
Haven’t you read that at the beginning the Creator made them male and female, and said, For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife and the two will become one flesh’. Therefore, what God has joined together, let no-one separate.
God’s word also says;
Genesis 9:13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the Earth.
Well now we see the rainbow everywhere don’t we? From the White House in 2015, to other world landmarks such as the Marble arch in 2019 to a more humble Rainbow Crossing painted by RBC ahead of this years Reading Pride event. But this is not to acknowledge God, no, certainly not. It is a sign chosen by the LGBTQ with either no thought or deliberate intent to cause offense to Christians worldwide.
Your right to choose and change your gender trumps all scientific knowledge of the massive physiological differences between male and female and is being allowed for those too young to be allowed to choose the contents of their packed lunch boxes!
Strange things are happening!
On a different note, personally, I like a good crime drama and one of my favourites has an excellent detective character, who when faced with two or more strange or unusual concurrent events. announces an intent to investigate because he doesn’t believe in ‘co-incidence’!
Well, I have to ask, do you?
Can you accept as coincidence that every concept that has been ordained by God for society is being rapidly torn asunder but also that those who value and wish to hold to those ideals are more and more being viewed, not just as politically incorrect but as dangerous and bigoted?
I will remind you that as Christians we are commanded to love not just those that don’t love us but also our enemies? We should be showing kindness and praying for all our fellow humans whether different in religion, ideology and or other beliefs. We do not seek to kill and destroy those of other beliefs and we are not dangerous to society but there is a truth of a spirit that is. Also, to that spirit we are dangerous and it is to the awareness of that spirit that this article is pointing.
We are made in the image of a Triune God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit); we are also triune, we are Spirit, Body and Soul.
Briefly and simplistically the body is our flesh, the soul is our mind and our spirit is our intuition and our conscience. Our spirit is eternal.
This is why we can see through books and cinematography the heart of man yearns and responds to stories of the triumph of the force of good against evil. Stories, that have a hero or heroine who will risk and sometimes sacrifice their life, for the good of their people.
Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, The Matrix, Titanic and the Terminator to name but a few.
Taking Raiders of the Lost Ark, this film is absolutely saturated with Christian ethos. In short summary, the Ark is representing the Ark of the Covenant and Indiana Jones has to pursue and rescue both it and the girl Marian who is left dangling helplessly above a pit of serpents. They have a treasure map where X marks the spot. We have a treasure map too and the cross marks the spot!
There has also been a rise of those that are driven by a strange passion to destroy the faith of others and they have been given platforms but will generally hide behind books and television series, choosing not to debate live, the likes of Professor C Lennox and with good reason. Christianity is evidential, historically, presently and futuristically. We are living in a time when we are seeing age -old prophecies fulfilled right in front of our eyes and it is with a heart felt sense or urgency that I raise the call to rise and shine!
Currently the murder of Christians around the world has reached genocidal proportions. Western society has been protected by its Christian heritage but as God is removed then so is our protection. Satan, knowing the battle draws near is frantically moving to stamp out and destroy our faith but as it is written, he will never prevail!
I believe that everyone here has an understanding of why Jesus came and gave His life to be our saviour. However, I wasn’t sure that everyone knew that this journey and epic battle was not dusty, musty and merely legendary but is in fact adventurous, dangerous and very, very real.
If your faith is dry old bones then you have religion and not relationship with the living God!!!
God bless you all.