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Wednesday, May 13 2015
Proverbs 16: Is Your Spirit Level?
"All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits"
Humans became sinners, not by declaring themselves to be rebels against the established right, but by declaring that they could do no wrong - after the LORD (see The LORD God Our Saviour) told them what truly was right or wrong. They were still "good" in their own minds. Their sin wasn't merely coveting and theft - it was self-righteousness, a condition that created iniquity for humanity (see the Fact Finder question below).
It was only after they reaped the "fruit" of their arrogant choice that they also reaped the misery and fear that always, sooner or later, accompanies sin (the Biblical principle "Reap what you sow" originated in the Garden of Eden, in a number of ways; see Reap What You Sow and The Righteous Don't Fear The Reaper; also Who Invented Camouflage?). They repeated Satan's mistake (see The Most High) - that then became an infectious attitude that corrupted humanity.
"3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
Satan had already done what he misled the first humans to repeat. Notice the similarities of place and sinless creation.
"2:15 And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it." (Genesis 2:15 KJV)
Carpenters, stonemasons, bricklayers and other builders use a "spirit level" to determine vertical and horizontal accuracy (see also Why Was Jesus A Carpenter? and Who Was The Carpenter That Built The Cross?). Hikers use a compass to find their direction in the wilderness (although those who are familiar with astronomy can tell directions extremely accurately with just the sun in the daytime and the stars at night; see also What Can You See In The Firmament Of The Heavens?). So too, pilots rely on instruments to fly safely through darkness and low visibility. Only fools ignore the reality and simply declare what is right (see also Is There Hope For A Fool?).
"14:12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death." (Proverbs 14;12 KJV)
The Word of God is the only way to know the Way (see Strait And Straight and Where To Find The Path Of Life). It is also the basis of the coming Judgment in which those who have declared themselves to be Christians, while doing whatever they please, contrary to what the LORD actually said to do, will have a stark rebuke. Most will be corrected (see Will You Return To The Tree Of Life?), while some will refuse - after they have no excuses left (see The Unpardonable Sin).
"7:19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
The Word of God is a Guiding Light to eternal life (see Why Can't Light Be Hidden?). The life principles that are listed in the Proverbs are a reflection of that Light.
"16:1 The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD.
Fact Finder: What is "iniquity"?
This Day In History, May 13
609: Pope Boniface IV dedicated the pagan Pantheon (which means "all gods"; see How Did Rome Change True Time?) in Rome as a church in honour of the "Blessed Virgin and all martyrs" (see What Does The Bible Really Say About Mary? and Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1568: Mary, Queen of Scots was defeated by the English at the Battle of Langside in Glasgow.
1607: Captain John Smith and 103 crew in 3 ships landed in what is today Virginia. The patriotic Englishmen named the location "Jamestown" after King James (the same James from which the King James Version of Bible was named) and established what was the first permanent English settlement in the New World wilderness.
1619: Johan van Oldenbarnevelt, statesman and founding father of the Netherlands, was executed by Prince Maurice of Nassau on a charge of subverting religion.
1648: Margaret Jones of Plymouth was found guilty of witchcraft and was sentenced to be hanged (see also What Is Sorcery?).
1779: The War of the Bavarian Succession ended.
1787: Captain Arthur Phillip sailed from Portsmouth, England with eleven ships of convicts (designated as the "First Fleet") to establish a penal colony in Australia.
1846: The U.S. declared war on Mexico, beginning the "Mexican-American War" (a geographically erroneous term; Mexicans, as well as everyone else in the countries located on the continents of North and South America, are as much "Americans" as people in the United States of America - imagine if, for example, the people of Germany proclaimed themselves to be the Europeans).
1861: Pakistan (which was then a part of British India) opened its first railway line, from Karachi to Kotri.
1861: The Great Comet of 1861 was discovered by John Tebbutt of Windsor, New South Wales, Australia (see also What Can You See In The Firmament Of The Heavens?).
1888: Slavery was abolished in Brazil.
1912: The Royal Flying Corps was established in England, the predecessor of the Royal Air Force.
1913: The first 4-engine aircraft was flown in Russia; it was built by Igor Sikorsky.
1917: Near Fatima, Portugal, three shepherd children claimed that Mary, the mother of Jesus, had appeared to them. Since 1930, the alleged incident has come to be known as Our Lady of Fatima (if the children actually did see something, it was a demon, not Mary - who is dead, in her grave, awaiting her resurrection on the day of Christ's return - see What Happens When You Die? and What Does The Bible Really Say About Mary?).
1940: Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands and her daughter Juliana fled the Nazis and sought sanctuary in Britain. Later, in June 1941, Princess Juliana took her children to Canada to escape the bombing, and gave birth to a daughter in Ottawa (the Government of Canada extended diplomatic Embassy status to the hospital room for the moment of the birth, so that the Princess was born in Netherlands territory).
1940: In his first speech as Prime Minister of Britain, Winston Churchill told the House of Commons: "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat." He went on to become one of the greatest leaders that Britain has known.
1958: French troops took control of Algiers.
1965: Israel and West Germany established diplomatic relations.
1981: Pope John Paul II was shot 4 times (2 bystanders were also wounded) by Turkish gunman Mehmet Ali Agca in St. Peter's Square.
1993: Ezer Weizmann was sworn in as Israel's seventh President. His uncle, Chaim Weizmann, was the first President at the time of modern-day Israel's founding in 1948 (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate, A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism and A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).
1996: Over 400 people were killed and 30,000 injured from a tornado in Bangladesh.
1998: India detonated two nuclear tests at Pokhran, following the three conducted on May 11. The U.S., despite having done the very same sort or tests hundreds of times, imposed economic sanctions on India.