It's in the Bible

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The Bible is the fountain of knowledge for most everything we say and ideas we express in today's world. Many folks would disagree with this statement. They would want to quote some great person in history or even some present day celebrity or politician that they admire. It's true that there are many heroic persons past and present who have contributed to our knowledge and well-being. However, a study of the Bible reveals that the thoughts and ideas have been around for a long time. Solomon says it all in Ecclesiastes 1: 9—“there is nothing new under the sun.”

So we'll be posting some comments on present day ideas and giving a Bible scripture to illustrate the connection.

  Many young people and older people too say, “I'm bored”, indicating that there must always be entertainment to keep them occupied. There is a little poem called HOW TO BE HAPPY, by an unknown author that goes like this: “Are you almost disgusted with life, little man? I'll tell you a  wonderful trick, That will bring you contentment , if anything can, Do something for somebody quick!”  Knowing that we have done a good deed for someone else, even in times of duress, gives us a sense of fulfillment that those who never think of others  can comprehend.

 However, we are a part of God's creation and we have a right to be here. We sometime hurry about, busying ourselves as if we had to earn a right to be here. A quote from DESIDERATA  says, “Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.~ You are a child of God, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.” As we pause to think about all the good and perfect gifts that God, the Creator, has left at our disposal; things that we often take for granted, we should be grateful. Others around us are sometime not as fortunate, and can use a helping hand. Let us then always be aware of our own prosperity and the needs of our neighbors. Here is an attitude that will always keep us engaged in life and help us overcome boredom: “Enjoy the moment~ Praise God~ Be grateful~ show consideration and care for others.” THAT'S IN THE BIBLE! See Matthew chapter 5 through 7 for details. Visit our website www.bediascoc.org 

  There is an old country saying: “You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink.”Someone said yes, but you can make him thirsty! I'm not so sure about horses, but it is possible to make a human being curious to learn. We sometime let those two negative emotions, fear and pride,  keep us from investigating new ideas. Fear says we dare not look because we might see that we need to change our way of thinking, and pride says we don't need to look; we are OK the way we are. Willingness and open-mindedness are essential to a relationship with God. The horse will certainly drink when he is thirsty and us humans will seek knowledge when it is apparent that we need it. Curiosity, the great motivator, can cause us to seek knowledge and correct information.  

  Matthew chapter 11:2-6 records a remarkable story. John the Baptist had been thrown in prison by King Herod . The scriptures had described the coming Messiah as Lord, king, counselor and prince of peace, and John, because of his personal trials,  wasn't sure as to just what Jesus' mission was to be. The Gospel of Luke records John baptizing Jesus and seeing the Holy Spirit descend on Him and hearing the voice from Heaven saying “This is my son, in Him I am well pleased.”Luke 3:21-22. He was shown that Jesus was the Son of God. However, many thought and expected that Jesus was to be a king to lead them to a victory over their enemies. Stories in the Old Testament told of Judges and Kings that had rescued the Jewish people from their oppressors, and they hated the Romans who had rule over them at the time, and many believed Jesus was to be a king that would free them from Roman rule.  The story begins: “Now when John heard in prison about the deeds of Christ, he sent word by his disciples and said to him,'Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?' And Jesus answered them, 'Go and tell John what you hear and see :the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have the good news preached to them. And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.” Thus, Jesus reminded John of the prophesy concerning Him in Isaiah 61:1-2. The miracles of healing and restoration that Jesus preformed proved that He was the Christ that was indeed the “coming one”. John's curiosity caused him to seek and understand the truth.   Lives were changed then and lives can  be changed now by seeking after the truth as John the Baptist did so long ago.

 

There was a song recorded by Eddie Arnold some time ago called, “Just Call Me Lonesome”. A significant line in the song asks the question,  “what good is life when hope is gone?” As human beings we always hope for a better life. We would be the most pitied without hope. But faith has to come first. Faith, unlike mere belief, always has an impact on behavior.  But the Bible says that Love is the most important. Faith sustains us now—Hope urges us on—Love gives us peace and the power to persevere and keeps us free. 1st Corinthians 13:13 says “So now faith, hope and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” It is right that faith is listed first. Hebrew chapter 11 is sometimes called the roll-call of the faithful. Verses 13-16 set forth the basis for faith and hope. “These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on earth. For people who speak thus make it clear that that they are seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have opportunity  to return. But as it is,   they desire a better country, that is a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared for them a city.” Our faith, the acceptance of and obedience to the gospel message make it clear that we too are seeking that home in heaven; the hope that urges us on. Psalm 33:20-22 gives a complete statement of our hope: “Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our  help and our shield.  For our heart rejoices in Him, Because we trust in His holy name. Let your loving kindness, O Lord, be upon us, According as we have hoped in you”. Hebrews 12:1-2 gives us guidance: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God”. Let faith, hope and the love of Christ give us peace and the power to persevere and urge us on to freedom.

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There is an old saying, “curiosity killed the cat!”. We don't know where it came from but in my remembrance it was used to encourage others to mind their own business. It was also used, as I remember, to hush up children who asked questions that the old folks did not want to explain. And we don't really know what happened to the cat. Perhaps that cat did not die, but gained valuable information that made it's life better. But in that regard curiosity has been given a bad name. The dictionary has an interesting definition, “The desire to know about anything”. About curious, it says, “prying, meddlesome, eager to know.” Here,  we have a mixed attitude about the subject.

We begin to say we are interested in some subject or activity, but what makes us interested? We are eager to learn more or we could say, “eager to know.” When someone gives us partial or leading information to make us want to know more about a subject or a product, some folks call that the “curiosity approach”. Jesus, the master teacher, used this approach many times in his teaching, using the parables. In John 3:3 Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews, came to Jesus and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you,  unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” This caused Nicodemus to ask, “How can these things be?” And Jesus used this opportunity, as Nicodemus' mind was opened by curiosity, to teach about the kingdom of heaven. Jesus used many other parables to teach those who had an open mind. It seems that everything that he taught and the miracles that he preformed made folks curious to know more about him and his teaching. But everyone who heard his teaching and even saw some of the the miracles he preformed did not understand the message. Mark 4:33-34 Says, “With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it. He did not speak to them without a parable, but privately to his own disciples he explained everything.” For those with an open mind, curiosity sparks interest, causing us to seek knowledge which produces belief. This can lead us on to action. As we hear news concerning the Bible,  the word of God, let us be like that “cat” and  have a curious mind that leads us on to knowledge of the truth concerning the kingdom of God. The results can be a reasonably happy life here and a supremely happy life with God in heaven forever.

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