Monday, March 12, 2007

ON THE AIR : Live like you are being RECORDED

We're all about confidentiality. Living in denial of the Omnipresence of God, we want our sinful words and actions covered up. To use an animal metaphor, like a cat in the litterbox.

I ran across an internet article on people who are audio recording their everyday life; lifelogging. While there are interesting considerations of who people react to as far as the authorities in their lives, I cannot help thinking about the absence of the consciousness of the Omnipotent, Omnipresent God of the Universe, Jesus Christ.

Christians, to say nothing of a-theists, disregard the truth of the Scriptures and sin in action and words every day, therefore ignoring the truth that God is the ultimate authority and knows-it-all. The atheist on the other hand likely react the same way the author does when he admits the following:

""There are times when I think we're out of our depth here," Mr. Ellis says. "There are things that you don't want people to know about you and things you don't want to know about yourself."

Once, for example, Mr. Ellis and his wife got into an argument as they were leaving for vacation. That night he realized he had recorded the fight, which is somewhere in that pile of discs. "I never went back to listen to it, but there exists that recording of me being an #$%^+*@," he says. "I don't particularly like the idea of that existing.""

"(edited for the honor of Jesus Christ)

Ignoring the God of the Universe, we decide that there are appropriate (right, good) and inappropriate (wrong, bad) things that we do and would prefer, or fight to be sure, that those things are eliminated. The problem for the atheist is, WHY? The usual answer is that morality is determined by consensus which ends up being a parallel to the consensus of the worst of human history, and the reason falls apart.

The problem still exists for the Christian. How to live consistently with the Christ of the Scriptures. The answer lies in the scriptures. The righteous live by FAITH. Now for you atheists, I'm not talking about the current Mirriam-Webster's definition, belief without evidence, as this definition that has been incrementally changed from the more accurate definition of Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary 1828:

"FAITH, n. [L. fides, fido, to trust; Gr. to persuade, to draw towards any thing, to conciliate; to believe, to obey. In the Greek Lexicon of Hederic it is said, the primitive signification of the verb is to bind and draw or lead, as signifies a rope or cable. But this remark is a little incorrect. The sense of the verb, from which that of rope and binding is derived, is to strain, to draw, and thus to bind or make fast. A rope or cable is that which makes fast. Heb.]1. Belief; the assent of the mind to the truth of what is declared by another, resting on his authority and veracity, without other evidence; the judgment that what another states or testifies is the truth. I have strong faith or no faith in the testimony of a witness, or in what a historian narrates.2. The assent of the mind to the truth of a proposition advanced by another; belief, or probable evidence of any kind.3. In theology, the assent of the mind or understanding to the truth of what God has revealed. Simple belief of the scriptures, of the being and perfections of God, and of the existence, character and doctrines of Christ, founded on the testimony of the sacred writers, is called historical or speculative faith; a faith little distinguished from the belief of the existence and achievements of Alexander or of Cesar.4. Evangelical, justifying, or saving faith, is the assent of the mind to the truth of divine revelation, on the authority of God''s testimony, accompanied with a cordial assent of the will or approbation of the heart; an entire confidence or trust in God''s character and declarations, and in the character and doctrines of Christ, with an unreserved surrender of the will to his guidance, and dependence on his merits for salvation. In other words, that firm belief of God''s testimony, and of the truth of the gospel, which influences the will, and leads to an entire reliance on Christ for salvation.Being justified by faith. Rom. 5.Without faith it is impossible to please God. Heb. 11.For we walk by faith, and not by sight. 2Cor. 5.With the heart man believeth to righteousness. Rom. 10.The faith of the gospel is that emotion of the mind, which is called trust or confidence, exercised towards the moral character of God, and particularly of the Savior.Faith is an affectionate practical confidence in the testimony of God.Faith is an affectionate practical confidence in the testimony of God.Faith is a firm, cordial belief in the veracity of God, in all the declarations of his word; or a full and affectionate confidence in the certainty of those things which God has declared, and because he has declared them.5. The object of belief; a doctrine or system of doctrines believed; a system of revealed truths received by christians.They heard only, that he who persecuted us in times past, now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed. Gal. 1.6. The promises of God, or his truth and faithfulness.shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? Rom. 3.7. An open profession of gospel truth.Your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. Rom. 1.8. A persuasion or belief of the lawfulness of things indifferent.Hast thou faith? Have it to thyself before God. Rom 14.9. Faithfulness; fidelity; a strict adherence to duty and fulfillment of promises.Her failing, while her faith to me remains, I would conceal.Children in whom is no faith. Deut. 32.10. Word or honor pledged; promise given; fidelity. He violated his plighted faith.For you alone I broke my faith with injured Palamon.11. Sincerity; honesty; veracity; faithfulness. We ought in good faith, to fulfill all our engagements.12. Credibility or truth. Unusual.]The faith of the foregoing narrative."

Note the difference between the faith of the scriptures and the effected definition of the post modern world; an unsubstantiated superstitious oooey-goooey preference for the mindless.

So as the Christian lives, may we live by the faith of 1828 and apply the mind of Christ to our words and deeds so we may be unashamed in the presence of God by the power of the Holy Spirit, working within us to will and do according to God's good pleasure,

Philippians 2:12-16 "12So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling;13for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure. 14Do all things without grumbling or disputing;

15so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world, 16holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I will have reason to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain."

Go for it!

On the Record, All the Time

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