Daily Devotional, Year 3 -May 3 (The Evil-Eyed Pharisee Scorner, Part 5: “Cause & Effect Christianity”)

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Daily Devotional, Year 3 -May 3

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The Evil-Eyed Pharisee Scorner, Part 5: “Cause & Effect Christianity”

To read Part 1, click here…Today’s Devotional – November 3rd (The Evil-Eyed Pharisee Scorner!)

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Have you ever heard someone say, “If only he (or she) hadn’t done that, then they http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Conrad,_Giorgio_(1827-1889)_-_n._202a.jpgwouldn’t be in such a mess today”?

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Well, this is perhaps one of the most common judgments that people make! It’s how we look at life. It’s how we are brought up to think in this atheistic world!

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To a great extent, this is a “Cause & Effect” world in its thinking! 

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The Spanking – Conrad, Giorgio (1827-1889)

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And exactly what is this, “Cause & Effect” thinking all about?

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Question Marks – At a loss – svg – Wikimedia Commons – Share-Alike License

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THE BLIND YOUNG MAN HEALED

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Well, perhaps this account from the Gospel according to John will best illustrate what “Cause & Effect” thinking is all about.https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Christ_and_the_pauper.jpg

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In the 9th chapter of John is an account of a man born blind. And the disciples of Jesus asked Him, saying, “Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?” John 9:2

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These disciples seemed to be uttering a question which was the common viewpoint of that day. Either this blind man sinned, or his parents did. Otherwise, he never would be blind.

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And this is still the common viewpoint today.

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Society so often tries to lay the blame on someone. “Someone must take responsibility for this!”

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Christ and the blind Pauper – Mironov – Wikipedia – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

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NOBODY SINNED

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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Christ_and_the_pauper.jpgBut Jesus answered His disciples by saying, “Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.” John 9:3.

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Jesus was about to give this young man his sight.

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And so God had allowed this young man’s years of sightlessness for this very day in which the glory of God would be revealed through the healing touch of Jesus!

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Christ and the blind Pauper – Mironov – Wikipedia – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

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“THOU WAST…BORN IN SINS!”

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But when the young man was healed, the Pharisees heard of it and had the healed young man brought in for questioning.

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So here we have it! “Cause & Effect”!

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Someone must take the blame for the blind man’s physical problem.

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And they pronounced him to be the cause of his own troubles! “Thou wast altogether born in sins!” John 9:34

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CAUSE & EFFECT WORLD TODAY

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We live in a world that is very similar to that day.

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“Someone must be held responsible!” 

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And so, needless to say, there’s a whole lot of finger-pointing going on in this world!

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Whether it be the leaders of the nations, or the officials within the various governments, right down to street-level of our neighborhoods and even in the family circle, the accusing finger is constantly being pointed at someone!

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Anger during a protest – by David Shankbone – Wikimedia – Share-alike-License

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TELEVISION

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And so, we live in a world in which the accusing finger is constantly being pointed at somebody!

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And now, with the aid of television, radio, and Internet, this finger-pointing phenomenon is even manifest to a much greater degree!

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Just spend a few hours watching or listening to the various radio and television talk shows and marvel at how much finger-pointing goes on daily via the various high-tech inventions!

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jerry Springer, The Opera – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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THIS UNBELIEVING WORLD

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Now of course, for this unbelieving world, such an unfortunate situation is to be expected.

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Neither God, nor Satan gets any credit or blame, for the most part, in the atheistic societies.

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The people of the world do not generally recognize the battle between good and evil.

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PHARISEEISM IN THE CHURCH

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But when it comes to the Christian community, there should be a much different attitude toward the daily events in the world, and in the local community, and even in the family circle.

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We who call ourselves Christians must not be like the Pharisees of old.

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But the sad fact is, the spirit of Phariseeism exists, not only in the world at large, but also within the church-world among God’s professed people!

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Evangelist Preaching – Church – Audience hands – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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JUST THE RESULT OF GOOD & BAD CHOICES?

 

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If, for instance, we see an alcoholic begging for a drink…

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“He just needs to quit making bad choices in life!”, we so often say!

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Here is the epitomy of “Cause & Effect Phariseeism”!

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Drunk Panhandler – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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SATAN: “THE GOD OF THIS WORLD”

2nd Corinthians 4:4

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Martin,_John_-_Satan_presiding_at_the_Infernal_Council_-_1824.JPGAfter all, we live in a world in which Satan and his angels are causing untold tragedy and mayhem!

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We just don’t have any idea how the dark unseen spiritual world has dragged down that drunkard into his present tragic condition!

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So how can we make such a simplistic judgment against him!? “He just needs to quit making bad choices in life!”

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Satan presiding at the Infernal Council – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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“THEY ARE WITHOUT EXCUSE!”

Romans 1:20

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Here we have the entire Bible at our fingertips with all the present-day accompanying study tools.

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Oh yes, the Bible is filled with examples of people making good and bad choices.

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But this is not the only factor!

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Quite often, it was unseen satanic forces which caused much of the problems!

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Christian and Apollyon – Pilgrim’s Progress – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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“THY WILL BE DONE IN EARTH…”

http://christimages.org/biblebooks/Book_of_Revelation.htm

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And let’s not forget the divine providence of God! Yes, God is the Grand Orchestrator of this world’s events…“And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and He (God) doeth according to His will in the army of Heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay His hand, or say unto Him, ‘What doest Thou?'” Daniel 4:35

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In this above verse, the Lord pulls back the curtains of Heaven, so to speak, and reveals the true divine inner-workings which oversee and orchestrate the events of this world, both small and great!

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It is God who rules and reigns over this world’s doings!

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“JUDGE NOTHING BEFORE THE TIME!”

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And the sooner the better that we learn what Paul is trying https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Angel_prayers.jpgto tell us when he says, “Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.” 1st Corinthians 4:5

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Here is seen that God is wanting His people to be meek and lowly of heart, and not judgmental of others!

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Starry_Night_at_La_Silla.jpg“LOOK UP, LIFT UP YOUR HEADS”

Luke 21:

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Yes, the best course for Christians to take, is to keep looking steadfastly toward Heaven, and just pray for those other sinners in the world.

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And instead of judging others, we can instead say along with Paul…“This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I AM CHIEF!” 1st Timothy 1:15

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Starry Night at La Silla – Wikimedia – Share-Alike license

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TO READ PART 6, GO HERE… June 20 (The Evil-Eyed Pharisee Scorner, Part 6: “The Moral Majority in the Churches”)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Drive out all my foolish proud judging! Purify my heart. Give me the mind of Christ, so that I too can become meek and lowly on heart…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read…Today’s Devotional – January 20th (3 Fingered Judgment-Day), or you can also read… “September 30th (How To Spot The Biggest Sinner!)”

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THE END

 

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

 

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“THE SCORNER (THE PHARISEE)”

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“For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, AN EVIL EYE, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.” Mark 7:18-23 

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Please tilt your head to the left. Do you see a man with a very long pointed nose. (Obviously, the sketch to the right is just an exaggeration in order to help you find the face in the photo to the left.)

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Do you see an angry look? His right eye-brow is raised as if he is judging.

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This second face in the Moon appears to be that of a combination of a man as well as a fox. Or maybe a wolf. Doesn’t he have a long narrow nose like a wolf or fox? Maybe even a dog. Nevertheless, the expression on his face, as he appears to look down upon the Earth, is that of scorn. Unlike the first Moon-man’s sad shock and awe; this ‘man/fox/wolf/dog’appears to be that of anger and scorn. As if he is disgusted at the sinful planet below.

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He is very moral, you see!

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Moon Into Blood Trilogy: 2nd Face: The Evil-Eyed Pharisee Scorner”

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TOMORROW:

May 4 (Our Favorite Babysitter: Satan! Part 5: “Secularism: From Such, Withdraw!”)

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