Are You Ashamed Of Jesus? The Truth Might Surprise You!

Romans 1:16 states emphatically that a true Christian is NOT to be ashamed of the power of God revealed in our lives. But…..really how many of us actually live conscious of that fact? I’d bet good money that we don’t even think about the fact we live like we are ashamed every day, not willingly so much as selectively. We avoid situations that place us in the way of telling others about our savior before we actually get into them thus telling ourselves it wasn’t God’s will to speak to them. We justify simple moves to avoid the bigger issue of  spreading the Gospel of power.

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”

The power of God is ONLY REVEALED THROUGH US WHEN WE SPEAK ABOUT JESUS AND HIS GOSPEL. Not only that but the righteousness we THINK we have in Christ is directly tied to the preaching of that same Gospel releasing freedom into our lives, so if we become ashamed of that power in ANY WAY we by extension deny God’s power.

Romans 1:17  For therein (In the power of God) is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. “

Now…think about this very carefully, BOTH the righteousness and the power of the Gospel to save us from sin, are tied to NOT BEING ASHAMED of it. Doesn’t that indicate clearly that the majority of so-called salvation’s are hinging upon a proper understanding of this concept?

Romans 1:18  For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;…”

 What is “Holding the Truth” in an unrighteous way? Could it possibly mean THINK YOURSELF to be saved while AT THE SAME TIME BEING ashamed of the Gospel. The two are oxymoron’s, one cannot be saved and ashamed according to scripture, they are mutually exclusive. Could this be the reason most religious people are deceived? Could it be the reason religions create false premises concerning salvation’s rules to cover for this obvious infraction against God?

The just shall live by faith and in order to live by faith,…God’s version of faith in Hebrews 11:1 you must not be ashamed of Gospel because it counter acts what true faith is! True faith cannot be revealed as the overcoming power it is, if you are constantly countering it’s power in you through your personal embarrassment of what it represents. Religious people only believe what their church tells them to believe, they are in effect trained to understand only a limited experience. Their faith is NOT BIBLICAL and thus not able to overcome the world system around them, which is why man-made religions cannot save us!

 Hebrews 11:1    “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

True biblical faith CONTAINS certain ingredients that average everyday faith does not, it has substance and evidence contained within it ready to be released through our lives as we believe, that produces everything religion cannot but being ashamed countermands it’s effect. This is called being double minded in scripture.

James 4:8  
 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners;
and purify your hearts, ye double minded. “

We can CURE our double mindedness by simply getting as close to God as we can, and as far from man-made ideas as possible. We then create an atmosphere where pure biblical faith can grow, sprout and reproduce itself in our lives. This is the true Christian faith in action not the fake religious version we all go to church and see. True Christianity is nothing like we see today, of course some things are but that is how we become deceived, we think we are serving God but all the while we are simply serving our own selfish needs, masking them over with religious duties.

Religion is the single most reliable source of Atheism in the world, why? Because it is a never ending well of excuses why God cannot be real. Religion gives lip service to everything real making it powerless before the world. Religion takes everything the bible says and diminishes it’s viable power through traditions created in the minds of mere men, totally powerless traditions!

Who can look at scriptures presentation of the power of God and think for even a second that Christianity as we witness before us is scriptural? What kind of deception is at work to make us excuse our weak kneed version of faith as the real faith of our fathers? How can we read of Jesus’ life in the Gospels, his healing of the sick, casting out of dark spirits, his renewing of the insane minds around him and think…..”Yeah…that’s the kind of power my religion emits around me!”

James 5:19-20  

 “Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death,
and shall hide a multitude of sins.” 

Man’s religion is our greatest err from the truth we could have ever committed against God, we have settled for demonic counterfeits rather than biblical truth. We have replaced his power for a powerless pile of dogmas. Do we really think God could be pleased with our lack of power?

 John 4:13-14


“Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this
water (The water of normal mortal life.) shall thirst again: 

 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I

shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be
in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”

Eternal life means just that, it is life that is SELF-REPLICATING, UNABLE TO DIE not simply unwilling to as the natural life of man is. This water from the well of God himself cannot be overcome, cannot be polluted by the world’s ways, cannot be what religion wants it to become…..weak and unobtrusive into the affairs of men!

God has provided us with a power so great that it’s painful to watch how the church has thrown away that power to BLEND IN WITH THE WORLD it’s supposed to be saving from it’s sin. Do we really believe that God will put up with us as mere shadows of what we are supposed to be?

John 6:53-58

 “Then
“Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you,
Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life
in you.  Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal
life; and I will raise him up at the last day.   For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. 
 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my
blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.
 As the living Father hath sent me, and I

live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.  This is
that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and
are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.”

The Church’s power did not end in the forth century it was merely put to sleep by religious unbelief and only awakened periodically over the centuries in revivals that God caused to awaken his bride to be. But for us to believe we are his church we must believe his word to us, his true description of his body. That and that alone is our reflection not the weak religions ideas of what the church is! Human beings have a bad habit of accepting the easiest solution to a problem instead of digging for truth as 04-05-14 - 1God requires of us!

Think about it, would the God of creation really give up all he had to give up just to produce a powerless religion that believes in nothing and accomplishes nothing of import? Would Jesus really want what we know of as the Christian religion to take over the world? Come on people wake up, religion is the poorest excuse for faith and belief that has ever been invented. For heaven’s sake, it’s created more unbelief that all the Atheists combined over the century’s so why do we think for a moment that God is even in our worthless religions?

If we do not obey to the letter what Jesus commands we are not true believers, the truth cannot set you free if your view of it is warped from what it truly is. Truth is not really truth if all it is, is your personal opinion and not God’s word. The Bible is not a book of suggestions it’s a directional instruction for living life as God requires and e do not get a choice on that! Being ashamed of God is not a hard thing to do, it shows itself at every disobedience, every time your opinion trumps God’s direction, every little fear or pandering to the world’s ways creeps in……you are ASHAMED AND YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED of being ashamed because he gave more than any human being on this planet, past, present and future.

Part 2 -The Doorway to Belief: How FAITH Opens the Proof of God!

In Part 2, I will deal with the previous part as too the Skeptic’s Dictionary definition of FAITH!
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This IN NO WAY disproves anything, it simply shows that we have completely different points of contrast concerning the same doctrine!
What I want to do here is to take apart what was said and put in a true biblical light, NOT a religious false light, this where he has bleed the two concepts together. I’m not saying that his points are not valid, they are but ONLY in the concept of man-made religion not real biblical Faith.
Religion as I have PROVED many times before is NOT a true reflection of the truth of biblical http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B001BYLFFS&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrfaith simply because religion has ADOPTED the World’s definitions of Biblical concepts and thus twisted their meanings to be mush too simplistic and powerless from what God himself has defined them as! 

Scientists Confront Creationism: Intelligent Design and Beyond 

Evolution vs. Creationism: An Introduction, 2nd Edition 

Scientific Creationism 

Creation As Science: A Testable Model Approach to End the Creation/evolution Wars 

 The New Creationism: Building Scientific Theory on a Biblical Foundation 

Old Earth Creationism on Trial: The Verdict Is In 

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=0061472794&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrIn the Beginning: Compelling Evidence for Creation and the Flood (8th Edition) 

Ultimate Proof of Creation 

Science, Evolution, and Creationism 

The Privileged Planet 

Introduction to Scientific Creationism 

Thousands not Billions: Challenging the Icon of Evolution, Questioning the Age of the Earth 

Michael Girouard, Fascinating Design: Evidence for Creation (VHS) Creationism 

The Creationists: From Scientific Creationism to Intelligent Design, Expanded Edition 

Unlocking the Mystery of Life



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Please read this first as it will make things clearer as to what true Christian Doctrine is concerning faith and how it applies to our Belief system, any definition of biblical Faith MUST include this wording or it fails to meet God’s requirements for Belief!
Notwithstanding the silly parody of Mark Twain: “Yet it was the school boy who said, Faith is believing what you know ain’t so. which is not to be taken as Gospel in any form, other statements in this Article are just as silly as Twain’s was.
“Faith is a non-rational belief in some proposition. A non-rational belief is one that is contrary to the sum of the evidence for that belief. A belief is contrary to the sum of the evidence if there is overwhelming evidence against the belief, e.g., that the earth is flat, hollow, or is the center of the universe. A belief is also contrary to the sum of the evidence if the evidence seems equal both for and against the belief, yet one commits to one of the two or more equally supported propositions.
 
What makes this silly is that there is absolutely no evidence that Biblical Faith is http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B000CNE0JW&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrNON-RATIONAL, sure…the religion men make these non-rational jumps all the time with its circular reasoning. But true biblical Faith isn’t defined in this way so his conclusions are false based upon a presupposition of guilt! He is doing here just what he accuses us of doing.

Second of all he assumes that “there is overwhelming evidence against the belief ” when there is not, there is nothing out there that would contradict biblical defined Faith. I mean sticking to it strictly speaking and not redefining it to fit your understanding. 
It is only FAIR to use the proper definition of Faith going forward is it not?
From Hebrews 11:1 
THIS IS WHAT FAITH IS, HOW IT WORKS AND WHAT IT CONTAINS:
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

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Now let’s see it from the Amplified bible which reveals the Greek Original:

NOW FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation, [a]the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].”

Faith as defined in scripture contains the Contractual agreement between you and God for the things your praying for, The Title Deed of your ownership to them. It also contains the PROOF of their reality, all the Evidence needed to draw your conclusions as to their reality, all this is contained in a seed the size of a pepper speck!
Faith perceives as real fact what is not revealed to the senses, as yet. Not that it will not be revealed but that it is so-far unseen in the world. All the proof and Evidence that the skeptic needs is there inside “The God Seed of Faith” given when Obedience is fulfilled.
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Don’t like that, Mr. Atheist, Agnostic or Skeptic? 
Tough, that’s how it works, and no amount of crying and amassing vast amounts of contrary evidence based upon a false assumption will change it. Life works this way and saying it shouldn’t won’t change the outcome in the least.
What if the evidence seems equal both for and against the belief, this is a loaded request because NO matter how much evidence is given they’ll explain it away and thus a quandary is created, this is like a self fulfilling prophecy for them! Its a trap we as believers fall into, chasing our tails around a straw man principle. 

If you think about it this creates the same issues for the skeptic, they just don’t let you know it, so it seems insurmountable to the believer, if they have just as much counter evidence to my evidence no one wins. BUT the real question all along is HOW good is their evidence, is it circumstantial or based on SOLID SCIENTIFIC FACT! There is a great difference between SOLID facts based in scientific study and “Factual innuendos” used in their “non existence”arguments to defer a response, stating FACTS like a machine gun at you as if those http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=0801072603&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrfacts were part of the answer when most of the facts are unrelated to the question.

What about the statement: 
By Richard Spencer, Ph.D., associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at UC Davis and faculty adviser to the Christian Student Union.
“There is no God, and there can’t be a god; everything evolved from purely natural processes” cannot be supported by the scientific method and is a statement of faith, not science.”
 What’s wrong with this statement? He says The error or deception here is to imply that anything that is not a scientific statement, i.e., one supported by evidence marshaled forth the way scientists do in support of their scientific claims, is a matter of faith. To use ‘faith’ in such a broad way is to strip it of any theological significance the term might otherwise have.”

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=0817014748&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrThat is a total misreading of what he said in the first place, what he is saying is the statements made concerning Evolution and God are not based upon science but the fanciful speculations of those who BELIEVE in the natural explanations vs. the actual data available to prove that. There is NO evidence that PROVES ONCE AND FOR ALL THERE IS NO GOD OR THAT THE WORLD CAME INTO BEING BY PURELY NATURAL OCCURRENCES. 
What he’s saying is THEIR VIEW of faith and ours is different so they take things in “faithful assumption” that one day there will be the evidence to support, RATHER than rejecting it as unproven, that’s what “a statement of Faith” is in regards to science.
No side in this debate can say that, that in itself is dishonest and can easily be disproved simply by seeing the state of the debate as it is today. LOTS of things are taken on faith in this debate, Evolution is the biggest offender as the Missing Links are VAST and getting bigger, anyone who states in the Church that “Some things are just to be taken by Faith!” is being equally dishonest, as this form of “Faith taking” is not in any way biblical, no where in scripture does God require a “Brain Freeze” in regards to belief or for that matter knowledge, HE WANTS PEOPLE TO KNOW EVERYTHING THERE IS TO KNOW CONCERNING WHAT THEY ARE TO BELIEVE, IF THEY NEED TO KNOW IT HE REVEALS IT! 
Where? 
In scripture, seek it out, ask the questions He’s a God of answers but according to FAITH not according to DOUBT and SKEPTICISM.
Again, the same bad defining is used here:
“Physicist Bob Park explains this difference in a way even the most devious casuist should understand. 

 “1) complete trust or confidence, and

2) strong belief in a religion based on spiritual conviction rather than proof.”

A scientist’s “faith” is built on experimental proof.

The two meanings of the word “faith,” therefore, are not only different, they are exact opposites.”

 He’s right by defining faith the way he does, they are different because he has assumed that we have complete “Trust and Reliance” upon NOTHING real, its just “Dreams and Mist” as others have stated. BUT that’s NOT TRUE, real faith REQUIRES the opposite to mean anything at all. This meaning is not the FAITH we are talking about here, but…. 

 rather than proof.” where is that found in Hebrews 11:1

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All I know is that NO Atheist site defines Faith in the proper way, is it because they fear their ideas can’t hold water under the true definition? Only your friendly Atheist knows for sure! 
Here’s more based on a false premise:
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“an erroneous view of faith
If we examine Dr. Spencer’s claims, the error of his conflation of two senses of ‘faith’ should become obvious. He claims that the statement ‘there is no God and there can’t be a god; everything evolved from purely natural processes’ is a statement of faith. There are three distinct statements here. 
One, ‘there is no God’. 
Two, ‘there can’t be a god’. 
And three, ‘everything evolved from purely natural processes’.
Dr. Spencer implies that each of these claims is on par with such statements as ‘there is a God’, ‘Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior’, ‘Jesus’s mother was a virgin’, http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1419653067&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr‘a piece of bread may have the substance of Jesus Christ’s physical body and blood’, ‘God is one being but three persons’, and the like.
The statement ‘there cannot be a god’ is not an empirical statement. Anyone who would make such a claim would make it by arguing that a particular concept of god contains contradictions and is, therefore, meaningless.
For example, to believe that ‘some squares are circular’ is a logical contradiction. Circles and squares are defined so as to imply that circles can’t be square and squares can’t be circular.
James Rachels, for one, has argued that god is impossible, but at best his argument shows that the concepts of an all-powerful God and one who demands worship from His creations are contradictory. 
The concept of worship, Rachels argues, is inconsistent with the traditional Judeo-Christian God concept.”
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 This argument is nothing new, and shows a complete ignorance of true Doctrine in the Bible, mixing the facts up with FALSE doctrine doesn’t make his arguments any better. How could we have an erroneous view of Faith when he’s using an erroneous definition to start with?!

How can the concept of Worship be inconsistent with our view of God? It can’t, if http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B001PO650O&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifryou have revealed to you the God of scripture but that CANNOT happen unless your FIRST SAVED, FIRST THE OBEDIENCE THEN THE UNDERSTANDING.

Are we working on Blind Faith? CLICK HERE to find out!


All understanding outside of biblical faith is limited greatly by a darkened mind controlled by the shadow of sin, now, I know; they don’t think their thinking is darkened but that doesn’t change the fact it is! My mind was so polluted by wrong thinking concerning God’s Love I wouldn’t know truth if it stood right in front of me singing Dixie! 

Ephesians 4:18
“Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:….”
 Romans 1:21
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What about our Worship and our God? Does how we define our God (The Doctrine) even matter when we worship him?
“The concept of worship, Rachels argues, is inconsistent with the traditional Judeo-Christian God concept.”
Mark 12:33
“And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.
Sounds to me as if God requires a whole LOT more than religious worship affords, our worship of God is to be ALL OR NOTHING, our whole person is to be involved not a once a week, and Holidays worship. So it would seem that HOW we define our God is as much a part of us as we are to be of him. So the doctrine comes with the package.

“The statement ‘there cannot be a god‘ is not an empirical statement. Anyone who would make such a claim would make it by arguing that a particular concept of god contains contradictions and is, therefore, meaningless.”
Would that same Argument be in force if I found the many contradictions of http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=0984489126&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrEvolutionary theory to make Evolution meaningless? Of course not, it only applies to us not them! Good reasoning applies to every argument no matter the side but BAD reasoning knows no bound of dishonest approach. And to often there are bad reasoning’s on both sides, with or without knowledge of it.

The whole idea of their use of the Trinity in arguments offends my knowledge of God greatly, not because it weakens my position but because I know as a former Pagan that it IS NOT a Pagan doctrine at all, pagans worship TRIADS not trinities the concept of ONE God in Three persons distinct from each other yet one in nature is unheard of in Paganism. So the matter of its incompatibility with Christian Worship is a false premise.
CLICK HERE to read my views on the Trinity! 
CLICK HERE to read my views on Religion! 
CLICK HERE to read my views on Intellectual Dishonesty
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