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Wednesday, May 18 2011
If you depend upon a mirror to see what you look like, you have never actually seen yourself as you really are. Mirror images, although seeming to be identical, are actually reversed. This can be easily proven by holding something that is written up to a mirror - it will appear as though you're looking through it from the other side, as the illustration below.
Many people claim to be Christian, but choose to do so on their own egotistical terms - they create a false Christianity that's merely an image of themselves (hence things like the "image of the beast" of the book of Revelation). If they "look" to the Word of God at all, it's as a mirror, not as a window; their reversed image has them going in the opposite direction as Christ - the very definition of antichrist. Instead of seeing what's really there, they are vainly "looking" to make the Holy Bible nothing more than a reflection of their unrepentant attitudes (see Is Your Religion Your Religion?). It's for that reason that people can seem to "look" to Christ, but never really see Him, or actually do what He commanded, because they aren't "looking" to do so.
The Messiah warned against doing as one pleases in His Name.
"7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it." (Matthew 7:13-14 KJV)
"But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?"
Many believe that all that they have to do for salvation is to "have faith." That's true, but faith isn't just an idle (or idol) state of mind - it's a way of life, toward eternal life. As the Messiah plainly stated, without genuine obedience to God, there will be no salvation. In that way, the term "do as they damn well please" isn't a profanity - it's a Biblical reality, and warning, of what is going to happen to those who refuse to truly repent (see Damnation and The Lake Of Fire Into An Ocean Of Fire - When?).
The much-maligned and misunderstood translated word "works" doesn't mean dead-end religious rituals. It means obedience to God's Commands. Even Christ Himself had "works," as The Father did "works" in Him - it was the very proof that He was the Son of God.
"5:36 But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me." (John 5:36 KJV)
True Christians don't merely use, and therefore misuse, Christ's Name. They strive to obey what He taught and commanded. Living a Christian life means truly following Christ's example.
"5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." (Matthew 5:15 KJV)
Faith means being faithful.
"2:14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? 2:15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, 2:16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? 2:17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
Fact Finder: Unlike when it's merely used for vain reflections of one's self, in what other way is the Holy Bible like a mirror?
This Day In History, May 18
1152: Eleanor, duchess of Aquitaine and recently divorced from King Louis VII of France, married Henry Plantagenet (later Henry II of England) at Poitiers.
1592: The Tanaka Memorial, Hideyoshi's plan for Japanese world domination was published. It was revived 349 years later prior to the December 1941 attacks on British, Australian and U.S. bases and possessions all across the Pacific and southeast Asia.
1642: Montreal, Quebec was founded. Today, Montreal is the second-largest city in Canada, and the second-largest French-speaking city in the world (second only in population to Paris, France, although Montreal is larger in area).
1756: England declared war on France.
1792: Russia invaded Poland.
1803: Britain declared war on France after Napoleon Bonaparte continued his interference in Italy and Switzerland.
1804: Napoleon Bonaparte was proclaimed Emperor of France.
1830: Edwin Budding of England signed an agreement for manufacture of his invention - the lawn mower.
1845: Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin set out from England to map the Northwest Passage through the Arctic. He and his men of the "Franklin Expedition" never returned.
1966: An attempted assassin was killed in an explosion in a third floor washroom of the Canadian House of Commons in Ottawa, only steps away from the public viewing gallery. He had apparently planned to throw the bomb into the Government assembly, thereby killing the Prime Minister and many other members of Parliament, but it detonated prematurely.
1974: India became the sixth nation with nuclear weapons when its first bomb was successfully exploded in the Rajasthan Desert.
1980: 60 people were killed from eruption of Mount St. Helens in a remote area of Washington State. Scientists estimated the force of the eruption to be 2,500 times more powerful than the U.S. atomic bomb that was used to incinerate Hiroshima, Japan in 1945.
1982: A jury in New York City convicted Sun Myung Moon, founder and leader of the Unification Church (the "Moonies") of tax evasion. He served 13 months in prison.
1990: A modified French TVG train set a new world rail speed record at 515 kilometers per hour (320 miles per hour).