9/20/2001 - Tony Simpson, Center Line, MI writes ...
Faith in a Greater Power
Lets take this devilish act of stealing, killing, and destroying, and use it as an opportunity to restore and reconcile mankind BACK to GOD through Christ Jesus!
[Editors' Note: Amen. Better late than never.]
10/16/2001 - ER, Duluth, MN writes ...
Faith in a Greater Power
GODíS ESTABLISHMENT (THE CONSTITUTION)
We, the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility (Peace), provide for the common Defense, promote the General Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to Ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
The Preamble (Introduction) of the Constitution of the United of America and the Articles were established by men who understood the importance of establishing the nation under Godís Righteous principals through Grace by Faith in Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. These men created the context and the character of the Constitution according to full knowledge of the Bible and the principals of Grace through Righteousness. These characteristics outlined in the Constitution are unity, justice, peace, protection, well-being for citizens, and Blessings of Liberty. Righteousness is a characteristic of God to govern nationally and individually, and the Bible outlines the results of establishing our nation and our lives under the Grace of God. God gave His Son, Jesus Christ, who gives Grace and Truth and the Holy Spirit who leads Believers to establish their actions, behavior, character, and conduct on Godís Righteous principals resulting in good consequences without partiality and without hypocrisy.
But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits (results), without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit (result) of Righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace, James 3:17-18. Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high-minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the Living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate, 1 Timothy 6:17-18.
Righteousness is described as decency, godliness, goodness, honesty, honor, integrity, saintliness, sincerity, respectability, truthfulness, virtue, and wholesomeness. The results of Righteousness reigning/ruling the nation and the actions, behavior, character, and conduct of individuals are equality, liberty, love, justice, patience, peace, prosperity, protection, truth, unity and more.
Learn to do well; seek judgment (shrewdness, wisdom), relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow, Isaiah 1:17. Flee also youthful lusts; but follow Righteousness, Faith, Charity (Love), Peace with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart, 2 Timothy 2:22. In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance (an opportunity to change) to the acknowledging of the Truth, 2 Timothy 2:25.
Americaís foundation is based the Godís principals of Righteousness, therefore, the context and character of the Constitution is established under Godís Grace. Establishment under Godís Grace equally provides for all its citizens when fully implemented by the People, who based their lives on Godís principals of Righteousness through Faith. This provides every citizen whether Believers or non-believers, full and complete opportunity to grow and prosper as the nation prospers, with none suffering lack, and therefore bringing the nation and its citizens closer to experiencing the Promises of the Glory of God.
The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good, Proverbs 15:3. That you may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he makes his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust, Matthew 5:45. If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him? Luke 11:13.
GODíS GIFT OF GRACE THROUGH RIGHTEOUSNESS
(For if by one man's offense (Adam) death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.), Romans 5:17.
That as sin has reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ Our Lord, Romans 5:21.
Judgment of the Nations
According to the Grace of God which is given unto Me, as a wise master builder, I have laid the foundation, and another builds thereon. But let every man take heed how he builds thereupon, 1 Corinthians 3:10.
The Lord will separate good nations from bad nations and He will judge according to the Righteousness each nation established to govern their people.
When the Son of man shall come in His Glory, and all the Holy angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the Throne of His Glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations; and He shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divide his sheep from the goats:
And He shall set the sheep on the right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on His right hand, come, you Blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the World:
For I was hungry, and you gave me meat: I was thirsty, and you gave me drink: I was a stranger, and you took me in: naked, and you clothed me: I was sick, and you visited me: I was in prison, and you came to me.
Then shall the Righteous answer Him, saying, Lord, when saw we You hungry, and fed You? or thirsty, and gave You drink? When saw we You a stranger, and took You in? or naked, and clothed You? Or when saw we You sick, or in prison, and came to You?
And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as you have done this to one of the least of these my brethren, you have done this to me.
Then shall He say also to them on the left hand, Depart from me, you cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels. Matthew 25:31-42
Righteousness exalt a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people, Proverbs 14:34.
He that is greedy of gain troubles his own house, Proverbs 15:27.
It is an abomination for a king to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by Righteousness, Proverbs 16:12.
Take away the wicked from before the king and his throne shall be established in Righteousness, Proverbs 25:5.
The Lord is far from the wicked; but he hears the prayers of the Righteous, Proverbs 15:29.
6/18/2003 - Jeff Engel, Boston, MA writes ...
Faith in a Greater Power
You stopped me at "faith". I do not follow a religion. But almost every single ideal your group promotes I believe in. I do not believe in "someone" higher than ourselves. Why is this a mandate to believe in morality? Jung often talked about the "collective unconscious"... people do what makes them survive and thrive in a society, what makes them happy and what allows people to join that society. Isn't this enough?
My feeling is that whenever you deny acknowledgment of ideals simply by "faith", you are being exclusionary. America isn't about exclusion. Common Sense, to me, means exactly that you don't have to believe in God or Allah or someone who has human designs for the future (how convenient because this allows you to form opinions based on scripture... NOT common sense).
I might just believe there is the spirit of humanity, the spark that unites us all. And this spark might tell me that it's common sense that abortion is wrong, but common sense also tells me that a woman's body is her own. So it's common sense to say that someone should do what they will with their own body and that which is dependent on it. etc. etc.
Anyway, these are just my thoughts. 2 cents worth. :)
[Editors' Note: And a worthy two cents. Thanks for writing. To paraphrase, if humanity has a "collective conscious" and a unified "spirit", then might that lead us to an interesting definition of God? Jung, like his fellow travellers, was no religionist, but he may have arrived at something indirectly.
If, as most people of faith believe, every human has the spark of God within, then may we reverse the premise and postulate that God is the collective spark not only of humanity, but of every sentient existence past, present and future? If that is an acceptable logic, then we are all, as both humanists and religionists like to say, one.]
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