Fourth Sunday of Advent – The birth of a son who will be called Jesus

This post was published on another blog of mine as a sermon for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year C, in the year 2015.

The text is copyrighted material by Robert Tippett.

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Here we are on the fourth Sunday of Advent. All four candles are lit on the Advent wreath and we are two days away from Christmas.

Anticipation is officially high now.

Today, we read the Song of Mary Magnificat, which she sang to Elizabeth. It is a song that came to her from the Holy Spirit’s presence within her.

We read the first line of that song as saying, “My soul magnifies the Lord,” where that translation is the New International Version, found in Luke 1:46. In Canticle 15 [and in Canticle 3], the words sung are presented differently, as “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord.”

Is it possible to magnify God?

In the Greek words written, “Megalynei hē psychē mou ton Kyrion,” the literal translation says, “Magnifies the soul of me the Lord.”

Again, realizing that Mary had burst into song while visiting her pregnant cousin Elizabeth, due to the Holy Spirit, Mary was singing words placed in her mouth by God. While the words she would sing did present God as “Mighty” and “holy,” the purest intent of the words written is not read aloud.

What she said, in essence, was, “I have a soul as a living, breathing human being [“the soul of me”]; but my soul is now on a much higher level, because of God [“The Lord Magnifies the soul of me”].”

Mary had a magnified soul because of the Lord … not because a sixteen year old Jewish girl wanted to please anyone or make herself seem special in the eyes of others.

Thus, thinking delightful thoughts … like those I used to think as Christmas neared and anticipation made my little heart beat rapidly … did not make Mary suddenly “proclaim the greatness of the Lord.” Her exclamation was not because of a momentary uplifting of emotional spirit, brought on by anxious thoughts.

Still, Mary did nothing out of the ordinary. The Holy Spirit of the Lord did everything that became unique to Mary, the mother of Christ.

Based on what Luke wrote [not read today] of the angel Gabriel appearing before Mary, telling her she would become pregnant with a baby to be named Jesus, we now see that she “set out and went with haste” to see Elizabeth. If put in Mary’s place, the “ordinary” thing for a young girl to do is seek some reassurance of mature themes … to find someone who could confirm that she had not just dreamed a wild dream.

Instead of visions of sugar plums dancing in her head, Mary was told she would conceive a child and her cousin would also give birth. Such wild thoughts of anticipation for a virgin girl and a barren relative said to be pregnant too!

Gabriel told Mary that her cousin Elizabeth was six months pregnant, at an old age; presumably well beyond the “ordinary” years of childbearing. Could that be another miracle birth, like Sarah conceiving Isaac? Certainly, Elizabeth being pregnant would be proof of an angel’s visit, because no one would ever expect an old woman to be with child.

Mary did not even get a chance to ask Elizabeth anything after she said, “Hello Elizabeth, it is I, Mary, your cousin.” Elizabeth did all the talking … until Mary began singing.

Now in the part of the story not read, where Gabriel visited Mary, the angel told her, “You will conceive and give birth to a son.” When we read, “In those days Mary set out and went with haste,” one can imagine how some time passed after that holy apparition occurred. However, the words written by Luke paint a better picture of how the visit by Gabriel did take place in a dream that Mary had.

When you see that possibility, the literal translation says, “Having risen up next, Mary, in the daylight hours after this dream, went into the hill country with haste to a town of Judah.” From that reading, one can see how Mary was immediately affected by the dream and its vivid reality, to the point that as soon as she woke up she had to go visit Elizabeth … at least to tell her what she had dreamed … because Elizabeth had no children as a barren wife. So, the dream might have been meant for Elizabeth to know too. Mary would have wanted to share that news of knowing that miracle, as well as telling Elizabeth what was going to happen to her.

When we see how Elizabeth immediately knew Mary was “with child,” Mary’s pregnancy began sometime between the dreaming of her sleep and getting to Elizabeth’s house after the sun had risen. There was no time for any “hanky panky” in between.

This miracle birth becomes the primary focus of these readings and the Song of Mary Magnificat, where the Latin says “Mary the Glorified.” The Advent of Christ had been presented to Mary, the would-be mother who was a virgin girl. Mary experienced a sudden need to share her Good News.

Mary sang out to Elizabeth, “Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name.”

Mary was blessed because she had Jesus growing within her womb. God, the Mighty One, had placed Jesus within Mary as a great changing event in her life. The change in her, more than a miracle fetus beginning to grow at the hand of God, was accompanied by the presence of God’s Holy Spirit surrounding her.

That Holy Spirit spread from Mary to Elizabeth. We read, “When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, [baby John] leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit” too.

I approve of this Spirit!

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, we are called today to become Mary. The Advent of Christ within Mary becomes a reminder for us that the Advent season calls to us like Gabriel appearing in a dream, sent by God.

We are called to become pregnant with holiness, to have our souls magnified to a righteous level. We are called to feel the beginning of ourselves slowly transforming into the maturity of Jesus’s ministry. We are called to leap with joy at the nearness of that gift that God offers all His faithful priests.

The prophet Micah sang, while also in a state of spiritual movement by the Holy Spirit, “Therefore he shall give them up until the time when she who is in labor has brought forth.” That means God lets us do as we please, to be “given up” to our own decisions about worldly matters, until we individually become pregnant with desire to marry God and submit all of ourselves to His will.

Submission unto God allows one to receive the spirit, as a holy pregnancy.

Giving birth to a reborn Jesus does not come without some pains, as any mother will tell you. “Labor” is not a walk in the park. However, what “labor has brought forth” makes all the pain is worthwhile.

Thus, Mary sang, “[God] has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.”

We must come to the dawning that the universe does not revolve around us. It is the ego that makes it seem that way. To have God “look with favor” upon us, we have to recognize our “lowliness” before God and commit our whole being to God, as “his servant.”

This is the only sacrifice that attracts God’s blessings. In Paul’s epistle to the Hebrew-speaking Jews of Rome he reminded them of Jesus quoting Psalm 40:6-7, which said God was not pleased by the ritual burning of animal flesh.

Jesus said, “These are offered according to the law,” as reminders that sins need to be atoned, by God. Atonement is to be meted individually, and not en masse, through public ceremonies and collective feasts.

Neither the killing animals nor the releasing of goats into the wilderness does anything to get God’s attention.

Burnt offerings or sin offerings are designed to get your attention. Every year you need a wake-up call to get right with the Lord. Or, as some wryly say, “Have a ‘come to Jesus’ meeting.”

Jesus added, according to Paul, “See, I have come to do your will.” He did not come to do God’s will, but yours and mine. Jesus came to be the sacrificial lamb for all those individuals who, for so long, were too weak-minded to make themselves sacrifices unto the Lord. They lacked the will to atone for their own sins, so Jesus had to come to do it for them.

Paul said, “[Jesus] abolishes the first in order to establish the second.”

We, of course, think that means the law in the Old Testament has been eliminated by the birth of Jesus, so no more animal sacrifices are required. Being favored by God is no longer just for the Jews, as Jesus came to allow Gentiles into the club called “The Children of God.”

All that legal stuff has long since been replaced by the New teachings of Jesus Christ. We Christians do not have to memorize all 613 of the laws of Moses. The outdated laws can assuredly be tossed away … some do think that.

However, that misses the point of our call to be impregnated with Jesus within us.

The reminder of scheduled recognitions of God’s greatness – which now includes Advent and Christmas – is that they represent the first demands of God. The first assumes that we see the reasoning behind the laws; thus we move beyond external orders that force us to comply with God’s will, or face punishments. The second step is then to own the law, to have it be a part of our being, so we desire to comply with God’s will, where the only punishment is the loss of self-ego.

Jesus was sent so we can have an “aha moment”:  “Ooooohhhh! We have to do both one and two, because two assumes the first is secured!”

That means it is not our schemes to avoid the law that gets us to heaven, but “by God’s will that we have been sanctified through the offering of the body.” That “offering” means OUR BODIES, INDIVIDUALLY.

Through sacrifice of self we can become “the body of Jesus,” through the advocating of Christ. That transformation only takes place “once,” lasting forever. Thus, “all” must duplicate this two-step process, as Jesus demonstrated for us.

When we see the need to prepare ourselves as sacrifices before God, we can get the feel of that anticipation by singing the Song of Mary Magnificat.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son (within us), and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever.

Amen

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A friendly reminder

Jesus spoke wisdom in the “sermon on the mount.”

We call it that because Matthew wrote, “Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them. He said:” (Matthew 5:1-2)

In Luke’s Gospel, he wrote, “[Jesus] went down with [his disciples] and stood on a level place. A large crowd of his disciples was there and a great number of people from all over Judea, from Jerusalem, and from the coastal region around Tyre and Sidon, who had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. Those troubled by impure spirits were cured, and the people all tried to touch him, because power was coming from him and healing them all. Looking at his disciples, he said:” (Luke 6:17:20a)

Jesus then proceeded to tell one right thing to do after another.

It is important to realize that Jesus’ words had no impact on the disciples, as far as them doing the right things then. While they might have memorized what Jesus said, they were incapable (at that point in their lives, as disciples) of actually living their lives based on what Jesus said to do.

While countless pilgrims might have been filled with God’s Holy Spirit as Jesus spoke the lessons of God, we will never know. We will never know because one who is filled with the Holy Spirit don’t run around bragging about how they know everything that is right to do. They simply live that way.

One of the things Jesus said while sitting on the mountain overlooking the plain of Bethsaida [great acoustics there, especially when the wind blows westward – a cooler eastbound current higher crosses above the Sea of Galilee and then sweeps down the mountains to the east, blowing westward over the warmer air of the sea] was:

“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.”

“So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” (Luke 6:1-4)

This recommendation was not something that the Pharisees could ever live by.

If nobody saw them making proclamations in public, then nobody would ever think that they thought they were holier than the public. Without the public thinking that, the Pharisees were nothing more than those who are all dressed up with no place to go.

Of course, the Pharisees, like the disciples of Jesus, were far removed from the Holy Spirit, they could not act as holy as Jesus was.  The Pharisees acted like all rich human beings act, at all times, when they are afraid of losing their wealth and influence.

The disciples did not act like the Pharisees; but they thought being rich like the Pharisees was what being blessed by God was all about.  People not filled with the Holy Spirit, those who are not yet reborn as Jesus Christ, have a hard time not wishing for sins that they have been told, “You can’t touch that!”

Do not think the Pharisees and students of Jesus are not present in Christianity today. They are alive and well, playing the same roles. Today, many wear clerical robes and fancy hats, pretending to be holier than the rest of the public.  They love to practice their religion publicly and get loud about it [nothing makes noise like the media trumpet], so they can be rich with the power of influence on earth.

Keep in mind that the pilgrims Jesus spoke to on that mountainside were ALL people that were Israelite descendants, foreigners and local Jews. There were no Romans checking out what lessons could be heard in Galilee. There were no Samaritans – the outcast Israelites –and no Palestinians , Arabian tribesmen, Persians, or Egyptians either. That absence means Jesus was not telling anyone else in the world how to be a good Jew [and there were no Christians at that time].

One can even assume that the Romans allowed immigration into Judea and Galilee back then.  Certainly, all would have to show papers that allowed free travel, or they would be slaves taken there by Roman conquests, forced to serve their Roman masters as servants or laborers.

Jesus would have easily spotted foreigners who were not Jews; and like all well-taught Jews, he would have avoided contact with Gentiles that did not seek him out [like some Greeks did]. Certainly, Jesus said nothing during his sermon on the mount that advised the Romans to “let the world’s people be free,” or Pilate would have just been given good reason to order Jesus’ death … before the high priests asked him to.

Recently in the news, an illegal alien in the United States was ordered to report for deportation, but some Episcopalians in North Carolina attempted to hide the alien, under the pretense that it is un-Christian to not allow illegally entered foreigners to stay, once they have reached a safe harbor [sanctuary city or church].

Some of those who supported the illegal alien’s stay in the United States were arrested for having broken U.S. laws in this matter.  The liberal media and liberal Episcopalians have cried like Martha and Mary did, after Jesus came back to Bethany too late to save Lazarus.

Just as then, Jesus weeps; but not for poor deported illegal aliens or criminals caught aiding and abetting criminal activity.

You see, Jesus never told anyone to break the laws of a nation. The Laws of Moses were what God told His servants they must live by [the Covenant]. The vast majority of Jewish laws are based on failures to live up to the base Laws. Anyone who lives within the Ten Commandments will always obey any national laws, unless a nation’s laws say:

1. No belief in YHWH elohim allowed; the State [nation] is your god;
2. You must worship the National Party [politicians] and wear emblems that announce to others your patriotism;
3. You must judge anyone negatively who does not swear allegiance to your National Party;
4. Every day of the week is sworn to the National Party, with no rest or free travel allowed;
5. The State is your parent, with all humans commanded to turn all children over to the State, for indoctrination to begin by age three;
6. You might be selected by the State to spy on other nations and ordered to kill suspected spies;
7. You might be asked to use sex to spy on other nations, regardless of one’s marital status (spy or spied upon);
8. You might be trained to steal information from other nations and illegally enter foreign lands for the purpose of recruiting spies;
9. You might be asked to spy on neighbors and testify falsely against them, in order for the State to convict them of serious crimes;
10. You will be taught that evil nations have evil possessions, which you may only possess if you commit fully to the downfall of those evil nations, as they are all our enemies.

When a nation’s laws stipulate how immigration is to be controlled, then there is nothing Jesus said that tells anyone to help an illegal alien steal into anywhere. Nothing Jesus said tells anyone to falsely testify to the agents of a nation that have been given a legal role to uphold.

As far as is known, no one in Homeland Security or I.C.E. is forced to become atheist, so they can have no religious beliefs that would hinder their doing their jobs according to the letter of the immigration laws.  Therefore, there certainly have to be Christians working in those law enforcement agencies.

The Episcopalians in North Carolina that broke the Laws of God can be allowed to do so if they stop calling themselves believers of YHWH elohim. Despite all their public outcries, they are proving they are lying, in the name of Jesus Christ.  Thus, they are harming their souls by doing what they are doing, saying they are doing that because Jesus would do the same.

That is speaking for God, which means having a god before God – oneself, one’s political persuasion, one’s hatred of others calling themselves Christians, and so on and so on and so on. It is blasphemy.

Consider this: If one thinks Jesus judges community organizers with favor, then why would Jesus not also show favor for those who would defend their property against thieves. Neither are yet filled with the Holy Spirit.  Neither have been reborn as Jesus Christ, so organized communities have crime and possessive land owners are not quite able to give away those things hard work went into earning.

Try this: Give up everything you own and give it away: job, house, car, land, etc. Do just like Jesus told the young rich ruler [a Pharisee].  Then, go around asking others to let you live off them for a while.

See what response you get; but do not pretend to do that. Do it for a year minimum. Perhaps, leave the country and go some place where illegal immigrants are leaving.  Take over their hovel or hut. Then, go tell those who live there what Jesus would do.

In the mean time, try to think very hard if there are any poor people who were born in the United States of America and are living in threatening environments, such as slums and ghettos. Ask yourself, are there poor people in this country that feel they have no place to run? Do they seek asylum here?  Ask still, are there not already enough children abused in this country that need helping hands?

Perhaps, it would be more believable if people who say what Jesus would do actually did what Jesus said to do, because they were filled with the Holy Spirit and were Jesus reborn?  Someone like that could work a miracle AND not tell a soul he did it, because he did it for God.

God knows who needs help.  Us mere humans have no clue, unless we are filled with the Holy Spirit and sent to save someone as Jesus Christ reborn.

It is one thing to turn over the vendor’s tables on the steps of the temple and to curse a fruitless fig tree for not bearing fruit. Being Jesus Christ has its anger moments, for sure.  However, it is another thing entirely to call Christians in a Christian nation evil, simply because they do not think like one does.

Did Jesus slap Pilate around for not being able to see Jesus was not a King of the Jews?  No?  Maybe being reborn as Jesus Christ means dying for one’s faith, from time to time.  Maybe being Christians and being persecuted to death is a good thing?  Maybe Jesus never told anyone to lie, cheat, and steal, just don’t suffer?

The answers to those questions [and more] can be grasped; but this is where one needs to remember to always love God with all you heart, all your mind, and all your soul. Then you love other Christians just like you love God, because they are like you – all reborn as Jesus Christ, knowing what Jesus would do too.

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Honor your father and your mother

In Exodus 20, amid the listing of the first ten commandments sent by God through Moses, we find “Honor thy father and thy mother.” (Exodus 20:12)  The actual Hebrew states, “Kabed et abika weit immeka,” which literally states, “Honored is the father and the mother,” but also implies, “Multiplies a father and a mother.”

Now, this was not commanded so the greeting card industry could make a buck.  It is not primarily focusing on YOUR father or YOUR mother, although one way to gain meaning is to see a commandment to honor God as your Father, while also honoring the Earth as the mother from which your physical body manifested.  Still, that is a secondary meaning to the primary purpose.  It requires one understand the meaning of “Kabed“: “abounding; achieve honor; boasting; burdensome; distinguished; glorified; held in honor; laid burdens; make it glorious; makes himself rich; respected; and multiplies.” (from Strong’s Hebrew 3513).

For people like Charlie Manson, whose mother was a prostitute and his father was some person who never picked up young Charles on weekends, taking him to ballgames and McDonald’s, allowing him to play in the plastic ball pits and crawl in the hamster tubes.  How can someone “honor” a parent that is absent, abusive, or criminal?  If you read this commandment as a way to judge Charles, for never living up to the high expectations of his parents, your arms will grow tired from whacking all the “motherless” and “fatherless” children who grow up unhappy and fail to stand tall and say, “I love my mummy and da.”

Because we are earthly creatures and not heavenly manifestations, without physical bodies and dangling sex organs, we all have a father and a mother.  For those who like to question, “What came first, the chicken of the egg?”  The answer lies in the order of the words written, where “abika” (abba), or “father” comes before “immeka” (ima), or “mother.”  This story relative to the order of creation of holy priests, as found reflected in Genesis 2, where Father Adam came before Mother Eve.  In Genesis 1, we see that the God the Father of all came first, before He created the Earth Mother (Genesis 1:1).  We also see how the Holy Bible says animal-like human beings (non-priests) followed the same order: “male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27)  However, the point of God’s Commandment is that all of us have a father and all of us have a mother, in some manner, regardless of one’s relationship with our parents.

The Commandment is then to BECOME a father or a mother.  YOU honor the LORD by bringing forth babies, by taking on the “burden” of parenthood.  You honor God by taking a spouse, through which children will be born.  Thus, the completion of Exodus 20:12 says, “Honor your father and your mother so you may live long on the land the LORD has given you.”  If you become greedy and selfish and take the land given, but never have babies to teach the same Commandments to, then the land remains long after your dust will be found blowing in the wind, after you die without a spouse who can bear children.

Written by Robert Tippett.

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Core Christian Values

A couple of days ago I did a search of the core values of Christianity.  As expected, there was a list of good things to do, each with a quote from Jesus to give it support.  Things like forgive others, love everyone, take a vow of poverty, turn the other cheek, and things like that.  Since it was the core values of Christ-ianity, it was a very New Testament list.

The only Old Testament rule on the list was always love God.  Nothing was there recommending a Christian should always have God with you when you rush an enemy’s camp, killing everyone who is a heathen and trying to kill you.  Nothing like always cut the head off the giant you knock down with a stone from a sling-shot, so he doesn’t come to and get back up.  There was nothing about fighting to defend your beliefs.

There certainly is nothing wrong with following a list of core values of Christianity, if you can actually live up to them.  However, if you spend every day telling everyone you love them, even the ones stealing your wallet and identity, planning on ruining the credit you used to have, before you gave up worldly possessions, then if the collections guy finds you and slaps you around, trying to take your coat off your back, remember not to hit back as you give him your coat and gloves.

It seems to me that people mistake the New Testament as a Replacement Agreement.  At the same time they read “Old Testament” and think “old” means last year’s model, like those books are as worthless as a 2010 I-phone.

When Jesus walked the earth, HE was the new covenant sent by God to be written on our hearts.  Nothing was written about him at that time.  So, when the young rich man asked Jesus, “How can I be sure I will go to heaven?”  The first thing Jesus said was, “You know there’s the Law?”  The rich young man got excited, saying, “Man, I’ve been following the Law my whole life.”  It was then Jesus said, “Good!”  Of course he also added, “Now if you really want to get to heaven, sell your possessions, give the profits to the poor and do as I do.”

You will notice, not once did Jesus answer the rich man by asking him to get a pencil and paper to take notes.  Jesus never said, “Forget the Old Testament.  That will just get you fired up and make you want to go slay someone.  Do this instead: 1. ______, 2. ______, …”.  No list handed out by Jesus.  Just in the four Gospels alone, there are way too many “core values” to list and then check-off every day, just to be sure one actually qualifies as being Christian.

This is how Jewish people set the table for the Passover Seder meal.

This is how Jewish people set the table for the Passover Seder meal.

When Jesus gave his disciples the bread and said, “Eat this symbolically, as a way to remember me,” he was saying, “This bread is like the Holy documents that are the Old Testament, and any other new documents you guys may write too.  You can digest those words and find reason to believe it was prophesied I would come.”  To be Christian, you have to actually discuss the Holy Bible.  You have to chew on the words, because they are unleavened and flat.  You have to work to make them soften and rise inside your body.  They have to nourish you.

Jesus then gave his disciples the wine and said, “This wine is symbolic of the new covenant I bring, which will be written on your hearts.  Whenever you drink this, remember me.”  Jesus meant, “Wine does not need to go through the intestinal system to start making you feel different.  It comes quick and alters your state of being.  It makes you do things you ordinarily would not do.  Like that, I will send you a different kind of “spirits,” of the holy variety, and you can remember my deeds when they become yours.”

So, all the things that are listed in the “core values of Christianity” can only be accomplished by people high on the Holy Spirit, acting like Jesus.  That is because, like Jesus, one possessed by the Holy Spirit is with the Father and the Father is with that one, in spirit.  To get to that point, one has to spend some serious time pouring over the stories of the Old Testament, comparing notes with the New Testament.  After your mouth has worked itself tired from chewing, and your tongue is dry from the bread soaking up all your saliva, then let the wine pour.

You will find that if you have not cleared the space around you, and if you have not slain a few demons trying to block your path, and if you have not made your space safe so you can begin to learn your faith well enough to defend it, without notes and cheat sheets, then you will always find yourself way too distracted to ever do anything on the “do good” list.

Always remember that Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness before he began to work miracles; and it was during that time he was tested by Satan.  Jesus told Satan like it was.  He said, “You’re blocking my view of God.  Get behind me or get lost.”  That same attitude should be number one on any list of core values for being Christian.

Written by Robert Tippett.

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Confirming new Christians

Last night my wife’s church had a confirmation service for several members who had taken lessons and done all that is required to become “officially” recognized by the Episcopal Church (Anglican Church of North America) as Christians.  The Bishop of our diocese was present to welcome these new souls into the fold.  This is the last year of our Bishop’s service, before he retires and turns over the diocese to a newly elected Bishop (still unknown at this point in time).

The Bishop gave a sermon that linked to the readings, without directly focusing on any of the readings.  The readings were Jeremiah 31:31-34, Psalm 139:1-6, Romans 12:1-8, and John 14:15-21, all of which emphasize what it means to be a true servant to God.  Those readings eloquently state the conditions that can be found surrounding those who can be termed “Christian,” although that title has only been around for roughly 2,000 years now.

The Bishop announced that he was going to preach as a teacher, and his teaching would be how to understand the questions and answers those being confirmed, and those of the congregation, would read from the printed service bulletin.  It was the part under the heading (in bold letters) “Baptismal Covenant.”  The new confirmees, and later the whole congregation, would soon be reading those words aloud together.  We needed a refresher as to the meaning of those words beforehand.

The Bishop then explained, making it beautifully clear that no one was vowing to serve a doctrine or an institution (although doctrines and institutions can be good).  All questions of belief and all answers relative to belief were about a personal acceptance of God within one’s heart.  The words to be recited were not part of a question and answer session about what one thinks faith means.

From a personal relationship with God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit, where each moves one on an emotional level, from which all mental and physical actions are subsequently based, we each make a commitment to serve God.  In return, God will help us to act like His Son acted.  Only in that model are we truly Christian.  We allow God to control our actions, so we not only live as one Christian, but as one among a world of other Christians and non-Christians, in a Christian way.

The point the Bishop made so clear is that we are confirmed through a baptism by the Holy Spirit, not a sprinkle of water, not by a mark on our foreheads, and not by a laying on of hands.  Holy baptism comes through belief IN Christ and IN God.  Paul, as Saul, was so baptized, and thus a confirmed Christian, without any necessity of a group or organization putting their seal of approval on that confirmation.  Still, a confirmed Christian needs to associate with others of like heart, like mind, and like heavenly goals.

Confirmed Christians support one another to fuel the flames of faith, to renew the spirit of that first acceptance of Christ within, so one can stop thinking and simply act.  Too often we get caught up in the pageantry of a moving ceremony in a lovely building and we THINK that is what being Christian is all about.  It is so much more.

Written by Robert Tippett.

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Christians in the lions den

In the past, I have posted my thoughts and feeling about those who condemn Nostradamus as a “false prophet.”  I have read several web posting that explain the reasoning behind that label placed on the head of someone who died in 1566.  That was well before the creation of many of the present-day sects of Christianity.  Such an onerous distinction as “false prophet” would demand that someone actually know what Nostradamus wrote; and then it would demand that one also know what Nostradamus predicted that was proven beyond any shadow of doubt to be false.  Certainly, logical examples would follow, in support of those claims of falseness.

It is amazing how those individuals, all claiming to be Christians, scatter-shot most of their condemnations against general trends and philosophies, such as Freemasonry, the Mayans, and Witchcraft (et al).  But they suddenly get personal by naming Nostradamus specifically as a “false prophet.”   It presumes their weak brains cannot name another example of a “false prophet,” while knowing no names of rank in the other areas.

The reality is, as I read their reasons for badmouthing Nostradamus, they all begin with a flawed premise.  Such an erroneous beginning can only lead to a false conclusion.  Regardless, IF Nostradamus were indeed a “false prophet,” when one makes a flawed opinion as the premise the whole argument can be summed up as biased garbage, proving nothing.  IF Nostradamus were truly a “false prophet,” all bias and preconception needs to vanish, so only the facts prove the validity of such a claim.

Yesterday, an Old Testament example came to me.  It gave me insight into what these people who condemn Nostradamus really are.  It also acts to show how one who claims to be Christian should truly stand up to a real “false prophet.”  The example comes from the Book of Daniel.  Whereas part of that book tells of how one should have true faith in God for protection against all threats (the story of Shadrack, Meshack, and Abednego – chapter 3), the story I focused one is the test of faith found in Daniel in the lions den (chapter 6).

In the story of Daniel in the lions den, several characters, or players in the act, have to be seen as symbolic.  Through allegory, Biblical stories can be found continuously representative of a life of faith, throughout all times.  In this particular story, there is Daniel, King Darius (the Persian ruler overBabylon), the administrators and satraps to the king (regional rulers), and (of course) the lions.  There is also an angel of God, which plays a spiritual role.

When you take this story and wrap it around the issue of Nostradamus being a “false prophet,” I see Nostradamus in the role played by Daniel.  Both are able to prophesy, due to a connection with God, based on their faith.  The faith of Nostradamus is strongly evident through his letters explaining The Prophecies, where he repeatedly terms God as immortal or eternal, and the source of his words.

Because those who condemn Nostradamus are jealous of his faith, by showing disbelief in his faith, those who write and post public condemnations on the Internet are represented by the administrators and satraps to Darius.  It was them who “could find no corruption in (Daniel),” or facts that could uphold their condemnations with valid logical argument (truths).  It was due to that lack of proof that their jealousy made them contrive a plot against Daniel.  This is just as Nostradamus’ naysayers plot against him, unjustly.   Nostradamus seems like a threat to their business of explaining Scripture.

King Darius, as the one who followed the urging of his administrators and satraps, is tricked into issuing a decree that no one pray to anyone, other than Darius, for thirty days.  Anyone caught doing otherwise would face a penalty.  That punishment would be administered by being thrown into the lions den, full of hungry lions.

Since there are no longer any kings about who could make demands for self-deifying worship, with a harsh penalty for non-compliance, let’s see Darius as now representing the “court of public opinion.”  This means that everyone who has heard the name Nostradamus in the media is misinformed and confused.  Some think, “Maybe there is something to Nostradamus,” but others hear, “Nostradamus is a false prophet who preys upon the ignorance and innocence of the public.”

Doubt prevails over belief.  The public wants a test.  They want to know the truth.  Is Nostradamus a false prophet?  Or, is his God the true God?  Inquiring minds want to know.

This makes the lions den the test of all prophets.  Certainly, more excitement is generated when the blood and guts of false prophets is the result of punishing tests.  Sure, anyone can make up stuff and try to pass it off as a prophecy simply by saying “God told me,” but woe be it to those who lie.  The test will tear you limb from limb, if you lie.

The administrators and satraps to the king made up a lie, which would put Daniel to the test in the lions den.  Those people did not think Daniel would pass the test, but he did.  The result was they were then tested too, just as Darius had been – thrown to the lions.  Poor things, they were eaten before they hit the den floor.

This makes the lions symbolic of the test of logic, where the strength of one’s argument is the only test.  I have proven Nostradamus through such a tests of strength, and the lions’ teeth and claws do not harm Nostradamus.  However, those who proclaim to be seers, who can spot a false prophet from 460 years away, their arguments do not even make it to the floor of debate.  They are nothing but false, biased, self-serving opinions.  They die quickly.

The angel of God who is sent to calm the lions and keep them from harming Daniel is no less than the Holy Spirit.  When the angel holds the mouths of lions, the lion becomes the source of truth.  From the mouths of lions the truth be told.  In this regard, one needs to consider the link between a lion symbol and Christ.

Many are familiar with the Lion of C. S. Lewis books, and its link to Christianity.  Still, there is reasoning for that comparison.  The Lion is the symbol for the astrological sign Leo (Latin, meaning Lion).  The Sun is the ruling orb of that sign.  The Sun is the giver of life to the world; and the Sun, the only direct light represented in astrology, represents that which illuminates within each of us. As the Sun god, Apollo (Roman name) was known as the god of truth, with that same trait found in Jesus.  Jesus is the light (Sun), who always spoke the truth (“verily I say”).  Thus, the lions are the truth of prophecy, which reaches prophets via the Holy Spirit.  This means that true prophets will never be harmed by tests of truth and validity.  False prophets, on the other hand, will be torn to shreds by such tests.

When one thinks about it, ANYONE who says they have a message for EVERYONE to know, saying it is truth coming from God, ALL who say they have something so important MUST be tested by the lions den of logic.  Logic is the tool brought to the tester by the angel of God (the Holy Spirit), allowing one to open up the truth so that the lion of Christ can be known.  One needs to realize that IF one has true faith in God, false prophet lions will never harm one.  They will be exposed through the knowledge of the Holy Spirit, and those prophecies will become moot.  All knowledge allowing this exposure will be credited to the source (God), and not proclaimed publicly, as, “Look at me!  I know it all, just like God.  I have the power to declare publicly who is or is not a false prophet!”

It is very important to keep in mind the words of Jesus, who said, “I am the good shepherd.  The good shepherd gives his life for the sheep.” (John 10:11)  Think about that for a minute, and think about it as “giving up his life” being a test as to whether or not a shepherd is false or true.  Daniel offered up his life by willfully going into the lions den.  He tested true.  Nostradamus has been tested for almost 458 years now, and no one has proven him false, as evidence being he is still alive and hanging around with The Prophecies.  Can you name all those who have claimed him to be a false prophet?  No?  Were they consumed by the test of time, making their prophecies false?

One must also remember that when Jesus made his statement about the good shepherd, he did so in front of the Pharisees.  The Pharisees did not want to believe Jesus was telling the truth.  They wanted to stone him to death.  Jesus was making them seem less important, especially when he asked them questions they could not answer.

That is the how those who are saying they are Christian, but who are only wearing sheep’s clothing, are wolves.  Wolves want to treat Nostradamus as poorly as the Pharisees wanted to hurt Jesus.  It is easy to see someone who is professing not to be Christian and call them false prophets when they prophesy.  It is easy to get people to believe non-Christians are false believers, because they believe differently.  Sheep Christians follow the claims of the self-proclaimed Christian shepherds, and hate on others due to a sheep’s faith in the shepherd.

The worry is not those who are clearly not Christian, but those who say they are.  A false prophet would quickly strike fear in sheep Christians, causing them to run away, if one came at them looking like a wolf.  False prophets want to gain the trust of believers in Christ, so they will speak in terms Christians understand and believe.  However, Nostradamus did not speak in understandable terms that a normal Christian could make sense of; and the Pharisees (and disciples too) did not understand what Jesus was saying (until after he was gone).

In that regard, Jesus asked the Pharisees, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, “You are gods”?  (John 10:34) If he called them (prophets) gods, to whom the word of God came – and Scripture cannot be broken, (John 10:35) do you say of me, whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming”? (John 10:36a)  The Pharisees called Jesus a “false prophet.”

Jesus then said the test of himself was, “If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; (John 10:37) but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe that the Father is in Me, and I in Him.” (John 10:38)  Jesus said, “Test me for the truth, and believe what the truth may be.”

All of this can be wrapped around Nostradamus, IF one takes the time to see the works of Nostradamus (i.e.: his writing, The Prophecies).  Most importantly, it is his letters explaining how The Prophecies are divine, and what they mean.  That meaning comes when one is filled with the Holy Spirit and when one can see how the letters instruct one how to read everything for understanding (with the help of the Holy Spirit).

People understand less of the letters than they understand about the quatrains (4-line verses).  They cherry pick here and there, to make it appear they know what they are talking about.  They know the majority of people, the poor lost shee,p know nothing at all about Nostradamus.  Their errors of logic (of which “cherry picking” is one), which naysayers of Nostradamus use, are the same fallacious arguments used by the naysayers of religion (in particular Christianity).  A false premise always leads to an invalid conclusion, unless one wants to draw a false conclusion.

Nothing about what Nostradamus wrote in his letters breaks with Scripture.  He quoted Scripture, in Latin, in his letters concerning The Prophecies.  If you do not believe that Nostradamus is a true prophet, how can you deny him, or anyone who says he or she prophesies ONLY because the Father is in he or she and he or she in Him?

You do not deny.  You investigate.  You test from a strength of faith, knowing God will lead you to the right answer and true understanding.  True understanding is only possible through the Holy Spirit, the angel sent by God to protect each of us.

Declaring Nostradamus as a false prophet is to say, “You are gods.”  To claim you do not know how to read Nostradamus is the truth.  All that says is that you do not have complete faith to test any prophet, true or false.  It says you are afraid of the lions den.  Plenty of Jews did not have the faith of Daniel, or that of Shadrack, Meshack, and Abednego.  However, after being led to deeper faith by those of true faith, they were able to develop that faith.  The good shepherds protected the flock, despite the efforts of the bad shepherds.

Christians vs Lions

Could your faith save you if thrown in the arena to fight for your life?

Copyright by Robert Tippett

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Why “Gay” and “Marriage” Are As Opposite as “Play” and “Work”

There is an Aesop fable about the grasshopper and the ant.  The grasshopper fiddled away the warm days, while the ant toiled and worked.  In the end, the ant survived the winter, while the grasshopper died.  Some say the moral of that story is “work ethic,” such that work is hard, but necessary.  That is one moral, but the unseen point is how we all have ant in us, just as we all have grasshopper in us.

That means it seems too cruel to see the grasshopper as lazy, because after all … he fiddled.  He had obviously put some effort into learning to play the fiddle.  Practice on a musical instrument is the work that must happen before one can play it.  If the grasshopper had played the fiddle poorly, perhaps he would have put down the fiddle in disgust, and gotten up to help the ant work.  Who knows?

Maybe the grasshopper’s fiddling made the ant’s work seem easier, as he listened to the music?  One can assume that the grasshopper fiddled so well, he preferred playing the fiddle to working.  Could it be that the music filled the grasshopper’s soul so much that he fantasized about making the world a better place?  That my friends (the aha moment) is the dual meaning at the core of the fable.  It is work versus play, with the dilemma being how one balances both, because an old adage says, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” (B. Franklin).

We all love to play.  Play time motivates us.  It is that carrot on a string we all chase after.  As born babies, once we learn there is a world outside the womb, we want to amuse ourselves.  We reach and smile at the mobile over our cribs.  Then, we love to play with toys, we look forward to going outside and play in yards and playgrounds, and we find friends with whom we can share play time.  We want to play, play, play, and our parents tended to lean us in that play direction.  It kept us out of the way while they got the work done.

In more recent times, parents have wanted their children to be afforded more play time, because they themselves never got much of an opportunity to play in their childhoods.  There was that Depression thing.  In the 1930’s, children were too often sent to the streets to beg, borrow and steal for survival.  That’s work.  Still, as a child I could see in movies, like those featuring the Our Gang kids, Depression era children found time to play baseball and pretend their clubhouse was a fortress to defend.  Kids can make work into play, like trying to put on a “penny opera” with Darla and Alfalfa.   If only adult life could be more play.

The point of all that history is our society used to see work as that chore that HAD to be done, and play as that optional aspect of life that was a luxury.  Once we grew up and became old enough to be assigned chores and duties, we were slowly being weened from that play time habit.  School became our jobs, and as high school neared an end, we all went out and found some type of real work that paid for our labors.  Once school was over and done, play always came after all the work was finished.  That goes along with being all grown up and being called “adults.”

Today, things have not changed.  Work still is a must for all adults, but perceptions about adult play have changed.  Being able to play is more representative of having “made it” in the world.  Adults now play on I-phones as much as children do.  We play on Wi and Nintendo computer games, because it is harder to find time to go to a ball field or bowling alley.  We play by watching games of sports play on television, or we play by going to an actual game, to watch grown people play sports for pay.  Instead of someone having to work all the time, one who has it made can “fiddle away time” playing, letting others do all the real work.  It is all about how much money you make as an adult, and who can afford to play and who can’t.

Play time is seen now as the time of the rich and famous, simply because everything cost so much these days.  If one can take the time to play, then one must be well off.  Those in the world who have not quite made it to the point of being a lucky lottery winner, Internet website magnate, or inventor who created a product that sold millions at Wal-mart, those “normal” people have to keep on working.  Their “play time” is used up sitting in front of a television, idolizing pretenders who have been lucky enough to make play their specialty work.  Seeing so much play has almost stopped normal people from praying to God, asking Him to send them the blessing that is an opportunity to work.  People have started praying to idols again, wishing to some day have the same easy, play-play-play lifestyle as the rich and famous.

The problem with that mentality is (if you still cannot see it for yourself) it makes a society weak, as a whole.  Too many grasshoppers and not enough ants is a bad thing, and why the moral of Aesop’s fable is about building a good work ethic.  It sets us up for the hard winter that is always coming, the one that is always too soon in the future to take the risk of playing, avoiding the drudgery of work.  There never really is a good time to stop working, because normal people have never stored enough away to survive for long, if one takes off work to play.

To dream of playing all day long is to lose sight of that survival goal.  Play time is useless if there is not someone doing the work for us.  Children would die if their parents did nothing but play in the sandbox with them all day, doing nothing to bring home the bacon.  No matter how much fantasy one loves to wrap oneself in, the cold, hard reality is work must be done, first and foremost … always.

Now, turn your attention to a current political issue that is one of our fantasy hot buttons – gay marriage.  One has to see this issue for what it really is.  It is a society that only wants to play.  It is an argument over whether or not those who want to pretend to be married (playing married) should be allowed to play that serious work as a game.

Marriage is all about work, because it only has a little to do with sex, and a whole lot to do with child rearing.  That is to say we have long ago entered into times when too many people have lost sight of that primary requirement that says what marriage really means.  It is not about two people playing together the rest of their lives (play = sex), it is about a commitment to have babies and raise them till they drop dead from so much work doing that.

Because that meaning has been long lost, people have seen marriage in selfish ways.  They have seen it only about a husband and wife in a contractual agreement, with kids one of those items that get split up when it is no longer fun playing with that old partner.  The disappearance of the true meaning of marriage began when married couples (all heterosexual) started divorcing in such high numbers that children saw marriage as nothing serious.  The children felt how divorce is impossible for them, because they are the ones who are married to the parents, and thus the true meaning of marriage.

Children are now becoming adults with the opinion that marriage can only lead to divorce.  Because children have the innate understanding that “first comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in a baby carriage,” marriage is to be avoided just to save the children who are the victims of divorce.  The reason marriage has suffered over the past half-century, or more, is marriage has been seen as only as being between a husband and wife, and not, most importantly, between parents and children.

Without children defining a marriage, the word has taken on the misrepresentation as being some institution for play, where “marriage” is only a union of a man who loves woman, and vice versa.  Without a pledge to love, honor, conceive, and support children, “marriage” has long been seen as only lasting as long as woman excites man, and vice versa, which means, “as long as two people can have fun playing together, a marriage works.”  Divorce is when two people lose that play time fun.

That definition is wrong.  That misconception has had people start to think “marriage” means a lifetime promise to stay with one partner, through thick and thin, with some high financial punishments if the two partners ever decide to call it quits.  That is not “marriage,” but a business contract.  Gay people see the failures of the institution that is marriage as their opportunity to show the world that gay people can just as committed to a partnership as can opposite-sex couples.  That, my friends, is seeing how two wrongs make a right.

Being gay, as long as that means being homosexual (notice the “sexual” part of that word), means being more driven by one’s own urges for sex.  It says, “Look at me.  I am identified by my love of sexual play.”  When people make a point of having the world know they are heterosexual (again, notice the “sexual” part of that word) they too are more driven by their urges for sex, only they like to have sex with the opposite sex.  That, again, says, “Look at me.  I am identified by my love of sexual play.”  “Don’t ask, don’t tell” is all about, “Shut up and get to work.  Nobody cares what you do during  your play time.”

Sex is never work, not even for prostitutes.  It is playing for money, which is like pretending to be someone you are not, while letting people see you pretend, and charging them money for that (athletes, actors, singers, etc. – writers too, if they can make money).  As long as one is a human being, and not an animal following pure instinctual behavior, sex is an optional pleasure if it is not for the purpose of making babies.  Sex is always play for those beings who God blessed with a mind that can experience erotic delights while procreating.  Man (and Woman, when not busy taking care of the kids), unlike Animal, has sex because it is play, actually fearing pregnancy.

Simply because people reach an age when hormones set off sexual urges does not mean they are not playing.  Think about it … where do you think the saying “playing with yourself” comes from?  Sex, after all is said and done, is always about self satisfaction, thus the eternal question, “How was it for you?”

If one has any knowledge of Biblical stories, look at the story of Abraham and Sarah (or Abram and Sarai).  Sarai was so hot, even in her late seventies, that three times VIP’s tried to take her and have sex with her, thinking she was not married.  The reason those intelligent rulers thought that was because she had born no children.  Someone that beautiful was meant to be “with child.”  Abraham was willing, each time, to let another man take his wife and leave him all alone.  He was not willing to make that sacrifice because he was a wussy, but because he agreed with the end result – no children means two are not really married yet.  Abraham thought maybe it was him that was keeping Sarai from having a baby, and perhaps he was shooting blanks, while she was not the “barren” one.  Abraham thought that because the true definition of marriage says it is for the purpose of having babies to raise.  Without babies linking two sexual partners together, the two sexual partners are only players.

Keeping with that story line from Genesis, after Sarah miraculously had baby Isaac (name means “Laughter,” from the joy of childbirth), when he was a year old Sarah saw Ishmael (Abraham’s first born, through the Egyptian maidservant, Hagar, given to him by the Pharoah) “playing” with baby Isaac.  Sarah told Abraham; and Abraham had Hagar and Ishmael sent away.  Why?  It was because the Hebrew word that can mean “playing” (some translate it to say “mocking”) actually means “sexually touching.”

Abraham sent Ishmael and his mother away because Isaac was God’s promise to Abraham, the son who was going to be the father of the promised land people (Jacob/Israel).  Abraham certainly did not need to have any sexual distractions around Isaac, especially one who had been witnessed experiencing strong sexual urges (natural and hormonal, as a teen) and one who had thought it would be okay to practice “playing sex” on a minor of the same sex.  Abraham and Sarah saw how such an influence and experience could possibly make Isaac grow up liking men more than women; and because sex is such a selfish experience, they were worried that if Isaac were to be allowed to play sex too much with those of the same sex, he might never find excitement in one of the opposite sex.  After all, that would be whom he would have to sire the child who would become the father of a nation of people.

In short, sex is fun when you do it – period – because play is always fun.  Making babies is the fun part of a married relationship, but raising babies is work, commitment, and responsibility.  Two people of the opposite sex can be in a committed relationship and not have babies, but as Abraham and Sarah demonstrated – that is not truly marriage.  That applies to all married couples of the opposite sex, whether too busy working to make sex play for planned procreation, or for barren couples who are too old or too physically impaired to have children, or for divorced parents who have “bagged their limits,” along with the financial punishments of divorce having made it impossible for them to have more.  This means marriage cannot be defined by “sterile relationships.”  While two can now marry simply because being of the opposite sex makes it POSSIBLE to have babies, same sex partners means that result is IMPOSSIBLE.

Simply by adding the word “gay” to the word “marriage,” one has turned work (marriage) into a play (announced sexuality) issue.  If it were possible for two people of the same sex to have a natural born child (i.e.: through oral or anal sex, which, btw is not possible), then once that baby appeared, the “gay” times would be over.  It would then be time to raise a child with the influence of “father” and “mother” surrounding the baby’s life, teaching it how to become “married” when it reached it age of maturity and responsibility.

Of course, people have always played sex, and that includes playing sex with one’s self, and playing sex with someone of the same sex.  However, when two young people of the opposite sex play sex and the female player gets pregnant, then it was time for the boy player to marry the girl player.  Everyone is familiar with the term “shotgun wedding,” I’m sure.  That was an act done so that two opposite sex players are forced to learn the real reason for “marriage.”  Be fruitful and multiply, but once you start having babies, you best hang around and teach them how to be responsible adults, with a good work ethic, knowing that play comes after work.

Certainly, I know the “gay” people of the world do not like seeing themselves as grasshoppers, who hop from one same sex organ to another same sex organ, where life is all about play.  In reality, I imagine there is more heterosexual grass-hopping going on (even among married men and women), which is not a representation of marriage, but a representation of the society wanting to play, play, play.  To somehow justify that need to play without the guilt of never being responsible for raising a natural born child, sterile people (as defines a gay couple, et al mentioned above, but also two using birth controls) like the idea of child adoption.

Married couples of the opposite sex, many of whom are sterile and cannot conceive naturally, often seek the adoption option.  Child adoption is something that is so much work, the child services people have a hard time giving up an adopted to a single parent.  Thus, gay people see adoption as a way to force an issue towards marriage for gays.  All gay couples would naturally become a place for adopted ones, simply because they cannot have children naturally.

Again, that mindset sees “marriage” as meaning some formal contractual agreement to stay together and only play sex with the same person, “till death do us part.”  To prove it, we will adopt a child and look more like true married people.  That is a modern concept that is as wrong as is idol worship and fantasizing about never having to work again, so one can do nothing but play-play-play.  True marriage is between two opposite-sex partners, who are contractually committed to having natural babies, and also committed to raise their children until they die.  To turn “marriage” into some kind of I.R.S. designation for financial considerations is wrong.  All who live in committed relationship for a full tax year, and all who work to support children during a full tax year should be recognized as such by the I.R.S.  However, they need to add a new box that says, “Significant relationship,” or something like that, rather than further abort the meaning of “marriage.”

Turning “marriage” into any partnership is simply doing more disrespect to a true institution.  If any changes are to be made, make it clear that a “marriage” ceremony can only be done once the “bun is in the oven,” and then wed the child to the parents in a religious ceremony.  Each parent needs to acknowledge they are making their commitment together as husband and wife, specifically for the purpose of being father and mother.  All say, “I do” to the baby.

I have two children that have lived together for 20-plus years, in close proximity and in not so close proximity.  They will always be brother and sister.  They have that responsibility born into them.  They can never divorce themselves from that responsibility, because it is a way of nature that can never be overturned.  There is no need for a signed contract that binds both of them to being responsible for one another, “till death do them part.”  Even if they hate one another (and they appear to feel that way towards each other from time to time), they can never walk away from that birth relationship, which also links them forever to the birth father and the birth mother.  That is the relationship that truly marks a marriage.

Any partnership that cannot bear physical babies (vaginal, from a momma’s womb, where the daddy’s donation was placed lovingly while at play) is impossible to be truly a marriage.  This does not include artificial insemination where someone other than the husband and wife contributes either eggs or sperm, transgenders where one is calling oneself “male,” while retaining a vagina with some appendage, or adoption.  It means the husband’s DNA is combined with the wife’s DNA, in holy matrimony.  That marriage is a child.

Now you can call a couple of gay lover’s binding agreement a marriage, or two retirement home geezers tying the knot so they can move into the same apartment a marriage, but seeing the sterility of those unions, what keeps one from calling a signed contract (loan agreement) for a new 2012 BMW 7 series a marriage?  All can be seen as commitments that accept high levels of responsibility, which makes one or both parties involved work very hard to support a plaything.  But, plaything unions will only last as long as it is fun to play with that partner.  When the fun of play wears off, it is time to look for another playmate.  Fortunately, if two “sterile” partners split ways, then no one gets hurt other than those two.  After all, there will never be any babies to worry about finding a home for any of those examples.

To think that adoption makes two people married is wrong, in a technical sense.  Having someone else’s child to raise is like being someone who runs a service for lost children.  One can love a child like his or her own, and the child can love the adoptive parents the same, but “like” means “I wish I had one of my own.”  Since the adopted is always someone else’s real child, that someone else (for whatever reason short parental death) decided to play rather than be responsible for a natural born baby.  (In cases involving incest or rape, with a child placed for adoption, one sexual party played abusively, while the other was sexually abused.)

To take a baby in and love it is a very good thing, but it is not a marriage.  Think about how many mothers have gven up their “out of wedlock” babies for their mothers or aunts to raise as their own?  Those surrogates accept a baby without going through the marriage process, even though they do all the work of raising a child without government recognition.   They are simply doing good deeds.  Everyone knows a baby cannot take care of itself, and it needs a loving home to grow up in.

We Christians are taught to love everyone as ourselves, so the whole world is to be loved.  That does not require one become married to the whole world.  As close as adoptive parents can be to someone else’s natural born child, (from what I know and have read) the child, once it knows he or she is adopted, always wants to know who his parents are (or were).  The child also wants to know why the parents did not stick around to raise him or her, after having been married to him or her through natural childbirth.  They want to be told why that responsibility seemed like too much work.

As weak as our society has become today, to become gay marriage grasshoppers is just another sign of a moral end coming.  A cold, hard winter is approaching, and there is not enough stored away to survive more destruction to the word “marriage.”  If we allow “gay marriage” to be recognized legally as normal now, those who want this law to be raised in celebration will not cease wanting to have more of their ways made law.  The next step will be to begin the process for making a Constitutional Amendment that will recognize “gay marriage” as a norm of American society.  Once that process is complete, I see a natural end coming to America, within seventy years.

Under the “give them an inch and they will take a mile” heuristic rule, legalizing “gay marriage” will be like giving homosexuality a national vote of support.  Young people will quite possibly see same sex play as the “en vogue” way to have fun, to fiddle without a worry in the world.  If the economy worsens, no one will be able to afford to have children, so not taking any chances would be encouraged. We would have to teach elementary school students exactly what Ismael was trying to teach Isaac, but rather than banish that form of “playing,” teachers would probably show some form of gay porn as “instructional videos.”  To have nothing but oral and anal sex seen as the way to have an ideal marriage, no babies will ever be born again.  If we then go demanding mandatory birth controls for those fools who just might still practice opposite-sex-play sex (God forbid!), and if we make it perfectly legal to gut any woman who is “with child” (certainly unwanted, because child birth will not be “en vogue“), then all Americans will have sterilized themselves into extinction.  If that day does come, the end is well-deserved and self-serving.  How fitting an end, as the fiddler plays himself to death one more time.

Copyright by Robert Tippett.

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