Random Thoughts on Marriage

My prayers are for obedience to G0d, to his mitzvot (commands). In Luke 16:18, a verse that truly applies to male and female, we learn if believers divorce their spouse (yes, even if the spouse is an unbeliever) they commit adultery.

For married couples on the edge of separation or divorce G0d commands (Ephesians 5:33) a man to love his wife and the wife to respect her husband; neither one has to earn love or earn respect, it is a command to do! The modern culture and church, which has abandoned it’s role in the family to SJWs (an oxymoron) in the society, teaches we should all love unconditionally. This is true in obedience to the command, yet they ignore the last part of the verse saying “respect” must be earned.

Right about here (now) feminazi’s (as opposed to feminists) are being triggered and begin to rant; I am not going to feed his ego at my expense, or let him order me around, nor will I become a second class citizen, treated like a child….” and on and on. The point being made seems to be “he isn’t better than me” and that is true. We know all have sinned (failed) and fallen short of G0d’s standards.

Imagine saying, “I know I am commanded to respect my husband, but he doesn’t deserve it and I don’t feel like giving him something he didn’t earn.” Imagine a phone call in the morning from your work asking if you’re ok only to hear, “I know I have to go to work in the morning, but my boss doesn’t deserve it and I don’t feel like giving (him/her) something (he/she) didn’t earn.” How long would you have a job? Yet, we get up morning after morning and go to work, even if our boss doesn’t deserve us to be there. Yet, G0d’s command is to love your wife unconditionally and the wife to respect her husband unconditionally.

Why love or respect unconditionally? Why is he commanded to love and she commanded to respect? The simple answer is G0d is not into redundant commands. A husband knows and understands respect intuitively, after all, consider how men function; a man in the military when he respects his commander will work and fight and even die for honor and to show his respect for that commander. Most men know this and a few do not. Yet, nearly all men have difficulty expressing love, which is not to say men do not love, we do, it is that we are built to live in respect and honor.

A recent survey conducted by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs, best-selling author of Love and Respect asked,

If you were forced to choose one of the following, which would you prefer to endure…to be left alone and unloved in the world, or to feel inadequate and disrespected by  everyone?

In his original sample of 400 males, 74% said that if they were forced to choose, they would prefer feeling alone and unloved rather than feeling disrespected and inadequate (p.49). He collected data on a female sample and found that a comparable majority would rather feel disrespected and inadequate than alone and unloved. Based on this data, Eggerichs concluded that a wife “needs love just as she needs air to breathe” and a husband “needs respect just as he needs air to breathe” (p. 37).

Though somewhat generalized in nature (women as well as men yearn for validation and for respect) Eggerichs’ study illustrated an essential component of a healthy marriage. Men and women both need love and respect, but the balance tilts more toward how these are perceived among men and women. Men tend to see a lack of loving behavior as disrespect, while women rightly see a lack of loving behavior as disinterest or a lack of love in the relationship. Yet, it it remains true that both men and women desire both love and respect.

Finally 1 Corinthians 7:10-13 (Believers are commanded to NOT divorce, or if they do violate the command are then commanded to Never remarry anyone but the spouse they divorced. If they do remarry anyone it is adultery. I think though divorce is justified if an unbeliever (does not accept Yeshua) wants to divorce the believer is not bound and may remarry (as I did). Some say that you have to divorce the 2nd spouse to remarry the first, this is an abomination to the L0rd (Jeremiah 3:1). These people are wrong in so many ways. The law of the L0rd is very clear, very precise and we violate it at our peril. I am in prayer for all marriages, but especially those of believers so they walk in G0d’s way.

 

Eggerichs, E. (2004). Love and Respect: The Love She Most Desires; The Respect He Desperately Needs. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, Inc.

When was the birthday of Maschiach?

When was the birthday of Messiah?

The Bible tells us the EXACT day that Messiah was born, and it wasn’t Christmas. Christmas is associated with pagan birth myths of false gods, but that is another story.

We know the feasts that were being celebrated as the angel, Gavri-El (Gabriel), appeared to Zachar’yah (Zacharias). He was in the Temple, it was during Abiyah (Abia) a feast. So we know when he rushed home to tell his wife, Elisheva (Elizabeth), who it seems got pregnant almost immediately. So we can figure out quite accurately the day that Yochanan (John) the Baptist was born. Now Miriam (Mary) was told by the same angel that Elisheva was “six months pregnant” whereupon she rushed (a three day journey) to see her. This is the last of the ninth month (in Hebrew) called Kislev at the time of Chanukah (Dedication), which is celebrated from Kislev 25 to Tevet 2.

Never mind the Hebrew months. The Hebrew calendar is lunar and ours is solar, so the dates will change every year, just like the day of the month (S M T W T F S, etc.) changes for your birthday each year (even though the number stays the same). So we know exactly when Yochanan the Baptist was born, and since Miriam was three days pregnant when she saw Elisheva, and go forward to a normal 9 month pregnancy on the Hebrew calendar, Messiah Yeshua was born the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles called Sukkot.

Sukkot is a HIGH holy Sabbath, Feast of Tabernacles, a most holy feast and it makes sense that He should be born this day. Also, the Jewish male birth was complete when the boy was circumcised the 8th day, and that is the last day of Sukkot. Also a HIGH holy Sabbath, a most holy feast of the 8th day. Incidentally, Yochanan was also born on a holy day, Passover/Feast of Unleavened Bread and circumcised on the last day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread.

Just as important as when, was where. Sukkot is often called Booths. Like a tent, sort of, but with openings in the top so the sky may be seen. Z’man Simchateinu, the Season of our Rejoicing. It is a pilgrimage festival so it is appropriate that Joseph and Miriam were traveling to celebrate this feast. Many mistakenly believe that Messiah was born in a barn or an animal enclosure of some sort. NO. He was born in a Sukkah (singular of Sukkot). It would have been a terrible, awful breach of Jewish hospitality to put a pregnant women in the dwelling place of common animals. The manger in which he was born was similar in some respects to a cooler in which we put food, but made for the food for Sukkot. Not for animal food. It would have been the finest food suitable for First Fruits. Thus, Yeshua was born on a Sabbath, a holy feast, and is our First Fruits (to salvation, redemption).

Both Sukkot, Feast of Tabernacles (Yeshua’s birth) and Passover/Feast of Unleavened bread (Yochanan’s birth) are the only 7 day holy celebrations that G-d gave us to celebrate.

What is the day of Messiah’s birth? Tishri 15. Of course since the Jewish calendar is lunar and the days seem to move around because the Western calendar is solar, that means Tishri 15 can be anywhere from mid-September to mid-October. Consulting a Jewish calendar could tell us every year what day to celebrate as His birthday.

Sukkot:  2017 begins Wednesday, October 4 at sunset.

“The seventh (and final) feast given to Israel is called Sukkot (סֻכּוֹת) or the “Feast of Tabernacles.” Sukkot is observed in the fall, from the 15th to the 22nd of Tishri. During this time many Jewish families construct a sukkah (סֻכָּה), a small hastily built hut in which meals are eaten throughout the festival.” Hebrews4Christians.

So this year Yeshua haMashiach’s birthday (if you want to celebrate it on the appropriate day) is October 4.

 

Dr. Ramón Argila de Torres y Sandoval

 

More references:

http://www.messianic.com/articles/dates.htm

http://www.herealittletherealittle.net/index.cfm?page_name=Jesus-Birthday

http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Holidays/Fall_Holidays/Sukkot/sukkot.html

False Doctrine: Baptismal Salvation

So the answer to the question, ‛Are Catholics born again?’ is yes! Since all Catholics have been baptized, all Catholics have been born again. Catholics should ask Protestants, ‛Are you born again—the way the Bible understands that concept?’ If the Evangelical has not been properly water baptized, he has not been born again “the Bible way,” regardless of what he may think.”

Baptism as a baby is not salvation, nor is being immersed (baptized as an adult) salvation. Being born again is of the spirit (John 3:3). This oft quoted verse refers to being born of the water and the spirit (3:5), it means born as a human through the waters of life, and later born of the spirit. Catholics quote this verse denying it means the waters of life by emphasizing the words amniotic fluid are not in the Bible. In this they are correct, but to understand this it is important to know those words are modern in context and are not found in the Bible. The second objection to this false construct is that Messiah said, “Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life’” John 3:6 (NLT). In addition to this the tradition of immersion, of cleansing for purity was thousands of years old and well known to the Jews of Yeshua’s day.

No one is saved through baptism (Greek: baptizo, which means immersion). Baptism is a follow on in obedience after salvation. The word makes it clear that to be saved (eternally) one must, “…declare with your mouth, “Yeshua is L-rd,” and if you believe in your heart that G-d raised Yeshua from the dead, you will be saved,” (Romans, 10:9, NCV). The sinner on the cross was not immersed and yet Messiah said to him, “”I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise,” or heaven.

False Doctrine (losing salvation).

            The article on the Assurance of Salvation is illustrative of the confusion of Catholic doctrine over salvation. They state the issue…

…of whether one can lose one’s salvation is the question of whether one can know with complete certainty that one is in a state of salvation. Even if one could not lose one’s salvation, one still might not be sure whether one ever had salvation. Similarly, even if one could be sure that one is now in a state of salvation, one might be able to fall from grace in the future. The “knowability” of salvation is a different question than the “loseability” of salvation.

The author of the passage above quotes the word, which says, ‘These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of G-d, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of G-d (1 John 5:13).’ Yet, both contradict not only the false Catholic doctrine of baptismal salvation, but manages to conflate salvation with the nebulous ‘state’ of salvation, or of falling from grace. That the author states “fall” as to lose salvation further contradicts baptismal salvation.  The truth is that one can know salvation is real and may rest assured it is eternal. G-d’s word (John cited previously) makes these two points incontrovertibly clear in one sentence. We believe to salvation, and we know we have eternal life. He did not say we believe and assume, guess, and wonder at eternal life. We know.

We know this is correct (that we are assured of salvation), but the incontrovertible word (which is that G-d’s salvation is eternal and cannot be undone) is rejected by the author, whose words tear hope from the hearts of many. This hope is found in the word which tells us (as the author surely knows – 1 John 5:13), but also in John 17:17-19 (RSV) which tells us we are “sanctified,” that is set aside. If we have been saved (born again) and sanctified (set aside) then so too it is clear that no one “take them” (believers) from G-d’s hands (John 10:29-30 (CEV).

‘No one’ literally means not even one’s self. Those who appear to have lost their salvation were not in fact saved in the beginning. They “…went out from our number, but they did not [really] belong to us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us. But [they withdrew] that it might be plain that they all are not of us,” 1 John 2:19 (Amp). Therefore, it is apparent that we are saved eternally and “once for all,” and those who leave or depart the faith WERE NEVER SAVED (BORN AGAIN).  And Messiah himself will say of them, “I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!” Matthew 7:23 (NIV).

There is assurance of eternal salvation in Messiah. We are “sealed to the day of redemption” (Ephesians 4:30) by the Holy Spirit. What G-d seals is sealed eternally, that is, for time without end from the moment of salvation. No one and no circumlocution of words can change what G-d has plainly said. We can know we are born again, eternally saved. If we say we are saved and continue to practice lawlessness (sin, iniquity) in our lifestyle, then it is clear that we were never saved.

To argue that losing salvation is true is to take salvation into our own hands as if through human will or power salvation is earned, but salvation is a free gift. No one can earn a free gift, given freely to all who believe. It took the death of Yeshua on a sinner’s cross to purchase for us what we could not earn for ourselves. The Word makes it plain, “If you confess with your mouth that Yeshua is Lord and believe in your heart that G-d raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9 Thus the answer to the question posed by the quote, ‛Are Catholics born again,’ is maybe. If they believe in the Word (Romans 10:9) the answer is yes. If not, then no. No, because G-d’s word make it clear…

Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of G-d’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. John 3:18-20

 

Dr. Ramón Argila de Torres y Sandoval

 

Think No Thoughts

ted Born again Xtns (Christians) favor Democratic candidates, says survey.

 Why would a Xtn vote for someone that is hard line anything?

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same sex marriage ████
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free trade agreements ████████
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lower defense spending ███████
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immigration ████████
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universal health care ███
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0———-20———-40———-60———-80———-100

Opinions of liberals in a 2005 Pew Research Center study.

Restricting Abortion

The overwhelming majority of Democrats favor abortion. Within that camp are the “abortion on demand” supporters, who would willingly violate the rights of the mother.

Besides the death of an innocent child, which is heinous enough, the parts of dead children are carved up and sold for a profit by the abortion clinics to companies that specialize in providing human body parts for research.

A Google search on “baby parts for sale,” yielded 494,000 hits. Here are just a few,

http://www.lifeissues.org/connector/99jul.html

http://www.christianliferesources.com/article/baby-parts-for-sale-48

Organ Harvesting

http://dailysignal.com/2015/08/04/planned-parenthood-official-suggests-we-alter-process-to-harvest-tissue/

Baby Body Parts for Profit

https://lifedynamics.com/busted-the-abortion-industry/bad-medicine/baby-body-parts-for-sale/

Manimal Rights

http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/superman/2013/05/human_animal_hybrids_chimeras_with_mice_pigs_and_goats.html

 

Patriot Act

The ill-conceived Patriot Act is the largest intrusion into personal liberties since Stalin. The Democrats have this one right. The Patriot Act reminds me of the quotation attributed to Ben Franklin “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

Our rights used to be protected because Big Brother could not simply serve a warrant or subpoena without at least going to a judge or a court. Under the Patriot Act almost any flimsy reason given to a bureaucrat, (and not an official of the court) can issue a “administrative subpoena,” another name for subpoena (which may only be issued by a judge). This is an end-run play around justice. The Patriot Act deserves no safety, and should be overturned.

There is a something called feature creep in software. If software has not been programmed to specifically do a thing, but is designed as capable of doing more, those features will eventually be activated to do more. In software the computer gets bogged down as more and more is asked of it, and that lean mean software, running as fast as you can click starts to run slower, take longer to boot, and so on.

Feature creep is embedded in the Patriot Act. Things that its proponents said would never be done, are being done, and our rights are. Not only legal gun owners should be alarmed about this creep. Every citizen should. The twist of a phrase can authorize government organizations to issue new regulations with the force of law taking away our rights. Feature creep is a built in mandate for laws such as this.

Feature Creep in Action

ADDED 04-14-08: The failed ERA was said by those opposed to mean that passage of ERA would mean legal assaults against single sex organizations such as Boys Clubs, Girl Scouts, and for uni-sex bathrooms, and so on. Those states which had codified parts of the ERA platform in their state laws have had lawsuits filed seeking to do exactly what pro-ERA activists said would NOT happen. Go to this site for an accurate description of ERA and how it failed, and how aspects of it were passed into law and the predictions of those opposed to it came true. This is feature creep in action.

Here are a few websites that trumpet the alarm about the (un)Patriot Act both bad and GOOD news.

http://www.gunowners.org/patriotii.htm

http://people.howstuffworks.com/patriot-act2.htm

Same Sex-Marriage

Nearly the same number support same-sex marriage as support abortion on demand. Lifelong homosexual activist Larry Kramer in the article, Where’s the RAGE?, wrote:

In 1990 – that is some nine years into what was happening – 46 percent of gay men in San Francisco were still having sex without condoms. Sixty percent of the syphilis in America today is in men who have sex with men. HIV infections are up as much as 40 percent. He was referring to the complacent attitudes of homosexual men adding, You kids want to die? Because that’s what I sometimes think. Well, then, die.

The homosexual lifestyle is anti-monogamous, and though the rare same-sex couple is completely monogamous, Kramer’s example is very telling of the types of behavioral choices the overwhelming majority of homosexuals make.

I have recently gone through my diaries of the worst of the plague years. I saw day after day a notation of another friend’s death. I listed all the ones I’d slept with. There were a couple hundred. Was it my sperm that killed them? It is no longer possible for me to avoid this question of myself. (emphasis added)

Yet, in saying these things (such as his remorse over a youngster he seduced), “I think I murdered him,” (referring to a deadly STD which took the young man’s life). Kramer’s speech concludes with the linguistic version of the literary Kafkaesque surprise ending.

He’s said get your act together, stop using drugs, start using protection, stop being profligate, and details his encounters with those who died with whom he’d had anal sex, tells of his remorse over the death of a young man he seduced and possibly infected, and yet says, “I love being gay.”  And yet it meant melodramatic ruminations over whose deaths he caused through an act he committed.

Medical-social-psychiatric problems with a homosexual encounter-lifestyle.

http://www.personal.psu.edu/glm7/m160.htm Following is a list of diseases associated with the homosexual behavioral choices; anal cancer, chlamydia trachomatis, cryptosporidium, giardia lamblia, herpes simplex virus, human immunodeficiency virus or HIV, human papilloma virus — HPV or genital warts — isospora belli, microsporidia, gonorrhea, viral hepatitis types B and C, and syphilis. These diseases, with consequences that range from severe and even life-threatening to mere annoyances, also include hepatitis A, giardia lamblia, entamoeba histolytica, Epstein-Barr virus, neisseria meningitides, shigellosis, salmonellosis, pediculosis, scabies and campylobacter.

From Same-Sex to Any-Sex, Marriage and Mendacity

Dana Liebelson  and Amanda Terkel, writing for the Huffinton Post gleefully declare “Supreme Court Legalizes Gay Marriage Nationwide.” And with the brakes let off marriage has become the soup de jour of societal covenants (without the security and assurance of a life long relationship based on G0d’s promises).

Other references;

http://www.earstohear.net/Separation/facts.html

http://ije.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/26/3/657?maxtoshow=&HITS=10

Life span reduced by up to 20 years.

http://www.earstohear.net/Separation/sodomy.html

Increase in disease due to anal intercourse and details of the disease process.

Support for free trade

I believe in free trade, as long as, all things being equal, trading partners do not cheat one another. By this I mean, for the US Government to use our taxes to bolster the price of a product that Mexican farmers received no subsidies to produce, such that, our prices were lower than theirs is wrong, cheating and something done to the USA by many nations. Free trade presupposes that not only is the trade (across borders) free (no tariffs, import duties, etc.,) but also that no subsidies make products prices artificially low.

Such artificial support for trade imbalances the equation, and yet nations have always used tariffs and other fees to provide income. When one nation does not choose to do so in the face of a trading partner using subsidies or tariffs then it suffers. Thus, absent fair trade, then trade must be restricted. When will our nation learn?

Lower Defense Spending

The History Channel had a special on Switzerland. My entire life I believed that the Swiss were masters of diplomacy, and that they were not attacked during WWII because of this, but the special showed huge, miles long buried citadels and plans for repelling an attack that would have made the cost far too high for the Germans. The moral of the story, they were not attacked because they had a very good defensive wall. Thus the old saying that good walls make good neighbors, or in this case, safer neighbors seems to be as true to the Swiss then as it is today.

If our national defense is to be made less expensive, then it must be made so by weeding out profligate spending, not by diluting it’s strength through fiscal starvation.

Nearly the same level of support for lower defense spending as opposed to the Patriot Act, but are wrong because a strong defense is necessary defense. A weakened defense is no defense. Included in the defense of nation is defense of home. President (then candidate) Trump said,

I am a 2nd amendment person. If we had guns in California on the other side where the bullets went in the different direction, you wouldn’t have 14 or 15 people dead right now. If even in Paris, if they had guns on the other side, going in the opposite direction, you wouldn’t have 130 people plus dead.

Immigration

Let them all in seems to be the high point. I believe that if one immigrates, one must become a citizen. If you are NOT a citizen you deserve no rights other than basic human rights. No uniquely American rights. Nothing but emergency health care when hurt or injured, or severely ill (determined by a doctor). No free lunch. No In-State tuition. No SSI. No anchor babies. No birthright babies. Pay your own way. You want benefits? Become a citizen.

The Cost of Illegal Immigration

Immigration, legal immigration is a net increase in our GDP, but a recent study supports the contention that illegal immigration is deleterious to our nations fiscal health. A study conducted by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), illustrates how expensive.

The cost of harboring illegal immigrants in the United States is a staggering $113 billion a year — an average of $1,117 for every “native-headed” household in America… http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/07/02/immigration-costs-fair-amnesty-educations-costs-reform.html

Universal Health Care

Universal Health Care is tied with abortion rights. A majority of Democratic liberals also support stem-cell research despite massive evidence that fetal stem cells are nearly useless (unless of course you are the fetus using your stem cells to grow toward birth). This evidence points to the FACT that adult stem cells are best when harvested from one’s own body. The evidence is massive and persuasive, embryonic stem cells therapy is held responsible for a tumor removed from the boy’s spine. Though the doctors removing the tumor “suggested” they were responsible, analysis of the tumor reveal cells that did not come from the boy’s body. On the other hand adult cells harvested and re-injected into the same person’s body have none of these problems. No teratomas (clumps of skin, bone, or hair; tumors) growing in your body in places they ought not to grow.

The truth is there are over 60 currently in-use cures and more on the horizon that use an adults own stem cells. During the last 20 to 25 years of research cures using embryonic stem cell lines have been replete with pitfalls and dangers to the patients. The dangers are too great. Tumors, anti-rejection drugs for life and more.

For more information read;

Cancer and Fetal Stem Cells

http://www.livescience.com/2547-stem-cells-cancer.html

Fetal Stem Cells Unstable

http://www.stemcellresearch.org/blog/scientific-problems-with-using-embryonic-stem-cells/

Adult Stem Cells May Cure Blindness

http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2005/apr/05042907.html

Adult Stem Cells May Repair Damage Heart Muscle

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/health/cure heart attacks/

Beneficial Therapies Using Adult Stem Cells

http://www.stemcellresearch.org/facts/treatments.htm

 

Dr. Ramón Argila de Torres y Sandoval                  Next: Marriage and the Bible

Edited: June 5, 2017