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  1. Study finds how people engage with science can promote unbelief or beliefs about God MEDICALXPRESS.COM Most Americans believe science and religion are incompatible, but a recent study suggests that scientific engagement can actually promote belief in...
  2. This begins with scripture, then decays into a ramble of seemingly disjointed observations. Gal, 6:10 So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith. Proverbs 3:27 Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is within your power to act. Eph, 4:28 He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing good with his own hands, that he may have something to share with the one in need. 2 Thes, 3:10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. 11 For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies. 12 Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread. 13 But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing. 14 And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed. 1 Thes, 4:11 and to aspire to live quietly, to attend to your own matters, and to work with your own hands, as we instructed you. Prov 20:4 The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing. 1 Tim 5:9 If anyone does not provide for his own, and especially his own household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. A widow should be enrolled if she is at least sixty years old, the wife of one man, 10and well known for good deeds such as bringing up children, entertaining strangers, washing the feet of the saints, imparting relief to the afflicted, and devoting herself to every good work.… Luke 10:30 A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan while traveling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, ‘Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.’ Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.” This is not to be mistaken as a long term welfare program. It was temp assistance to a fellow man in need. Personally, I see entitling the healthy and lazy as a disservice to both them and the truly hungry, sick who need a hand. Why wastes resources on a bum? Socialism? Acts, 2:43 A sense of awe came over everyone, and the apostles performed many wonders and signs. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they shared with anyone who was in need. With one accord they continued to meet daily in the temple courts and to break bread from house to house, sharing their meals with gladness and sincerity of heart, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. While this group may have been overcome with a sense of awe and decided to share everything scripture does not teach sharing everything, nor does it teach giving for self glory as did Ananias and Sapphira. 2 Cor, 9:7 Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And therein may lie the answer. It is not for the Godless, loquacious, duplicitous jesters in our political court, nor the obstreperous crowds to shove a socialist agenda, an acceptance of queerdom, vote buying welfare promises and the anarchistic, hedonistic mobs to dictate…….. or is it, has the church relinquished its right to intervene having given over the care for the needy to government? One might argue that we are to submit to government authority, yet we don’t live under kings as at the time of the early church, we have a voice. Does Socialism always become Communistic? I suppose that when power and authority is relinquished to a central government the need for fiscal control over the beneficiaries facilitates the need for stricter guidelines and tighter discipline. Marxism at its core is a lofty ideal. I don’t know that it can ever be implemented in a pure sense. It fails to factor in basic human desires. The desire for wealth, greater reward for greater effort. Resentment toward an unfair system that rewards the hard working and the lazy equally. Greed and power are great motivators. And our politicians, while some may have begun with altruistic aspirations, but do any of us believe they aren’t more concerned with re-election to their esteemed position of power and wealth than the concerns of a silent majority? The vociferously obnoxious lost children demand attention. While pure Christianity may have much in common with Marxism, this earth is a cursed divided earth not some utopian fairyland, and well… look around. We humans are in varying degrees an amalgamation of the good, bad, ugly and beautiful. Other than our absolute faith in Gods work through Christ, much of life, consists of a mixture of feelings and thoughts on varied subjects. Christianity is not a mandate, not a communal socialist organizational structure, it is an individual choice to love your neighbor as yourself, the response of a heart to “do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves”. James, 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. Hey, it’s okay. I sometimes shake my head, baffled at the words that appear as my two forefingers scan the keyboard in the quest for clarity. In Christ
  3. The concept of Adam being formed as a child has nothing in common with evil-ution. Science postulates that life cam from the sea, lightning, space…. . https://www.livescience.com/13363-7-theories-origin-life.html His age is irrelevant, he was one second old when God breathed life into him. "We don't have a very good definition of life," said researcher Christopher Voigt of the University of California, San Francisco, who works on synthetic biology. "It's a very abstract thing, what we call life, and at what point we say something doesn't have the necessary components versus it does, it just becomes way too murky." The question of what constitutes life has dogged scientists since the early days. If we consider the “Scientific” version of the origin of the universe. Well we began gut boiling flatulence. Not a very pretty picture of the birth of, well everything. Be that as it may, you can’t get something from nothing. So, why not a bad meal. The prevailing model for the evolution of the Universe is the Big Bang theory. The Big Bang model states that the earliest state of the Universe was an extremely hot and dense one, and that the Universe subsequently expanded and cooled. The model is based on general relativity and on simplifying assumptions such as homogeneity and isotropy of space. A version of the model with a cosmological constant (Lambda) and cold dark matter, known as the Lambda-CDM model, is the simplest model that provides a reasonably good account of various observations about the Universe. The Big Bang model accounts for observations such as the correlation of distance and redshift of galaxies, the ratio of the number of hydrogen to helium atoms, and the microwave radiation background. Wikipedia. Man, Genesis 1:26 man (408x), men (121x), Adam (13x), person(s) (8x), common sort (with H7230) (1x), hypocrite (1x). Adam, Genesis 2:20 ʼâdam, aw-dam'; from H119; ruddy i.e. a human being (an individual or the species, mankind, etc.):—× another, hypocrite, common sort, × low, man (mean, of low degree), person. Hmm…. Same word. However God created us, He created us. We are curious creatures, so we question. It is interesting and fun to seek knowledge. The knowledge that we were created by a loving god we know and believe by faith. How? Shrug... Thanks God forgiving us true life in Christ.
  4. Sorry William, It seems you get some of it right, then surmise a lot more. I can understand the frustration expressed in some of the replies. While many here may not agree with my suggestion concerning earth age, And that is really all it is., some of your conjecture needs to first be viewed against the background of actual scripture. I'm speaking for myself when I say this, I fear if I continue any further down this path, I may be reported to PETA, The Humane Society, ASPCA and every other organization which deals with people who flog dead or dying horses. I say this in all humility, study, study, study, pray, pray, pray. What is the point in debating a issue in which neither side will change. Hmm, I suppose I should confess here that I sometimes like the sound of my own voice, yet, this seems more like an exercise in futility and I haven't got the gift of bull dung anywhere near approaching the skill level of our former emperor O'bummer. I grow weary...... me out, In Christ
  5. While I may toy with the question of the universes age, I can without equivocation state that man didn’t evolve from apes…. God created life to reproduce “After it’s own kind”. Minor adaptation I’ve no problem with since Adam and Eve clearly are not reflected in the color, height, size, aptitude etc. of their progeny. A man is a man and an ape, is still an ape. Having said that, the evidence for ape-men cannot be dismissed. It is not determined by appearance, rather behavior, and by that standard, there remains today a plethora of Ape-Men. There are many good and faithful brothers and sisters here my friend. Don’t let your voice be quelled. Keep it mellow, tolerant and patient. I’ve never met a man or woman in my life that I agree with on every topic or issue and some lacking self control become emotionally directed when a threat is perceived. Given, they may believe they are speaking in the defense of God and His Word, it is understandable. Personally, I believe God is a Big God and doesn’t need man to defend Him. I think we defend men from themselves when they speak against God and we correct them. As Paul states, patience, meekness, tolerance, longsuffering. (Allow) You know all that good stuff that we are to exhibit in our life. God urges us to, “Come let us reason together”, nowhere does He imply, come let us get emotional together. “The heart above all is deceitfully wicked”. From terms and conditions: Keep all commentary civil, and be courteous at all times. Constructive criticism is welcome, but insults directed towards other users or the site admins will not be tolerated. Coarse/insulting language will not be tolerated. Anyway,,, this subject some hold dear and it’s irrelevant concerning salvation so why go to war? What was the Apostles reply when Paul inquired concerning further instructions?, Stay away from meat sacrificed and fornicating. Really, that’s all they could come up with? Perhaps it was because they had confidence that the Spirit of God working in Paul had covered all the basics. Maybe he explained it was a literal 24 hour days at the time of creation to them, maybe it hadn’t come up in conversations yet. My sense is this, if the first chapter of Genesis was still lost or hidden in some long forgotten dusty desert cave, our salvation is not in jeopardy. I would urge you to be patient, there are more important items to address within the hearts of men, both personally and within the body of Christ, such as; Gal, 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.… Phl, 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Whatever you choose. Keep the faith, don’t be dissuaded and don’t engage in doubtful disputations, unless you are prepared for the resulting onslaught. We have our faith in God my friend, not men. Men are just, well, men. 1 Cor, 4:2 Now it is required of stewards that they be found faithful. 3. I care very little, however, if I am judged by you or by any human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself. 4. My conscience is clear, but that does not vindicate me. It is the Lord who judges me.… In Christ
  6. True William, I don’t believe man creates anything. We take what God has created and discover what happens when we combine different elements or smash them in a particle collider. Even an artist sculpts Gods rock with His metal and works His paint with brushes manufactured with material which is already here. 25“To whom will you compare Me, or who is My equal?” asks the Holy One. 26Lift up your eyes on high: Who created all these? He leads forth the starry host by number; He calls each one by name. Because of His great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing. God did excellent work when He created as He says, Gen 1:31 And God looked upon all that He had made, and indeed, it was very good. Gen 11:6 And the LORD said, Behold, the people are one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. God knows how capable men are. Soon, men will be convinced that for convenience and security they must be chipped, which will be in itself quite an accomplishment. Rev, 13:16 And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, “Yes, I am coming quickly.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. We keep our eye on the prize William. The specifics of creation weren’t important enough for God to get into, simply interesting as a way of reconciling opposing views. Who cares? Shrug….
  7. The issue of earth age for many Christians has long been simply an acceptance of the traditional view, count the generations of men as listed in scripture, add it up, add 6 days and there you have it. But what exactly does scripture say? Following are scriptures in which I don’t believe there would be any disagreement. God is Light. 2 Sa, 23:4 And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, even a morning without clouds; as the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining after rain. Psa, 4:6 There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? LORD, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us Psa, 36:9 For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light. Psa, 74:16 The day is thine, the night also is thine: thou hast prepared the light and the sun. Thou hast set all the borders of the earth: thou hast made summer and winter. Psa 104:2 Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain Isa, 60:19 The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the LORD shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory. John, 1:7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. Acts, 26:13 At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me and them which journeyed with me. 1 Ti, 6:16 Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen. 1 John, 1:5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. Rev, 21:23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. Rev 22:5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever. Gen 1:3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. Genesis 1:14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years… The answer is right there. On the fourth day God created material lights for the purpose of determining Days and Years. David understood this millinia ago. Psa, 74:16 The day is thine, the night also is thine: thou hast prepared the light and the sun. Thou hast set all the borders of the earth: thou hast made summer and winter. He states, You prepared the Light And you prepared the Sun. Prior to this there were no seasons, days, years.. and that makes the fifth day likely the 1st 24 hour day. Many count the generations and conclude that creation began 5 days before Adam who was made on day 6. I don’t see scripture making that statement. The above scripture clearly state that God is Light and prior to day 4 He provided the light, then God started the natural, physical clock for this material world. The Sun. Earth orbits the sun, the planet is simultaneously spinning on an imaginary line called an axis that runs from the North Pole to the South Pole. It takes Earth 23.934 hours to complete a rotation on its axis and 365.26 days to complete an orbit around the sun. Earth's axis of rotation is tilted in relation to the ecliptic plane, an imaginary surface through the planet's orbit around the sun. This means the Northern and Southern hemispheres will sometimes point toward or away from the sun depending on the time of year, and this changes the amount of light the hemispheres receive, resulting in the seasons. I understand that this may not be received well by some and really, I’m not concerned. This is not an issue of salvation. God did not see fit to go into great depth on the subject of creation. It is my conclusion from the scriptures mentioned that He gave us enough. As I said I have no desire to argue 6 days, or 3.4 billion years. In Christ Isa, 45:7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things. ….. God created everything, yet while He created darkness and evil, they do not exist in Him. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 1 John, 1:5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
  8. If Genesis is allegory and Adam wasn’t a real person, tear the gospel of Luke out of the Bible. Luke 3:23 And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli, 24 Which was the son of Matthat, which was the son of Levi, which was the son of Melchi, which was the son of Janna, which was the son of Joseph, 25 Which was the son of Mattathias, which was the son of Amos, which was the son of Naum, which was the son of Esli, which was the son of Nagge, 26 Which was the son of Maath, which was the son of Mattathias, which was the son of Semei, which was the son of Joseph, which was the son of Juda, 27 Which was the son of Joanna, which was the son of Rhesa, which was the son of Zorobabel, which was the son of Salathiel, which was the son of Neri, 28 Which was the son of Melchi, which was the son of Addi, which was the son of Cosam, which was the son of Elmodam, which was the son of Er, 29 Which was the son of Jose, which was the son of Eliezer, which was the son of Jorim, which was the son of Matthat, which was the son of Levi, 30 Which was the son of Simeon, which was the son of Juda, which was the son of Joseph, which was the son of Jonan, which was the son of Eliakim, 31 Which was the son of Melea, which was the son of Menan, which was the son of Mattatha, which was the son of Nathan, which was the son of David, 32 Which was the son of Jesse, which was the son of Obed, which was the son of Booz, which was the son of Salmon, which was the son of Naasson, 33 Which was the son of Aminadab, which was the son of Aram, which was the son of Esrom, which was the son of Phares, which was the son of Juda, 34 Which was the son of Jacob, which was the son of Isaac, which was the son of Abraham, which was the son of Thara, which was the son of Nachor, 35 Which was the son of Saruch, which was the son of Ragau, which was the son of Phalec, which was the son of Heber, which was the son of Sala, 36 Which was the son of Cainan, which was the son of Arphaxad, which was the son of Sem, which was the son of Noe, which was the son of Lamech, 37 Which was the son of Mathusala, which was the son of Enoch, which was the son of Jared, which was the son of Maleleel, which was the son of Cainan, 38 Which was the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God.
  9. James 2:19 19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. Matt, 7:21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22 Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’ 24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. 26 Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.” Christ is suggesting there is a proper response above, not just the knowledge, but a following, trust and obedience. Of course it is god who calls us, “Many are called, few are chosen.” We know Satan believes. He was in the garden, he was in good standing until he chose not to submit. He was in heaven chatting with God in; Job, 1:6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them. 7The LORD said to Satan, “From where do you come?” Then Satan answered the LORD and said, “From roaming about on the earth and walking around on it.” 8The LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, fearing God and turning away from evil.” 9Then Satan answered the LORD, “Does Job fear God for nothing? 10“Have You not made a hedge about him and his house and all that he has, on every side? 7Then Satan went out from the presence ( Face ) of the LORD and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. with prep in front of, before, to the front of, in the presence of, in the face of, at the face or front of, from the presence of, from before, from before the face of
  10. An older post I see. Hope it was resolved satisfactorily. And if your brother sins, go and reprove him in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother. But if he does not listen to you, take one or two more with you, so that by the mouth of two or three witnesses every fact may be confirmed. And if he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax-gatherer. Matthew 18:15-17
  11. That's a lot of good reading Origen, I scanned it quickly and will do a more thorough job later. It appears to show health reasons for not completely legalizing pot, though I believe that horse has left the barn. Interestingly enough, other birth weight it didn't seem to have much impact on children born to smoking mothers. Impact on mental health is iffy. This one I had to copy; There is moderate evidence of a statistical association between cannabis use and: The impairment in the cognitive domains of learning, memory, and attention (acute cannabis use) (11-1a) There is limited evidence of a statistical association between cannabis use and: Impaired academic achievement and education outcomes (11-2) Increased rates of unemployment and/or low income (11-3) Impaired social functioning or engagement in developmentally appropriate social roles (11-4) There is limited evidence of a statistical association between sustained abstinence from cannabis use and: Impairments in the cognitive domains of learning, memory, and attention (11-1b) Major depressive disorder is a risk factor for the development of problem cannabis use I'll get back to it tomorrow. Thanks for the info again. Knowledge is good. Feeling and opinions... ehh.. I suspect most people will do what they want regardless of the the information. Perhaps pick and choose which parts to ignore and which to emphasize.
  12. After all the fear mongering and frenetic running in circles, The sky will fall on "Womens rights" if Kavanaugh is confirmed hoopla, The sun still shines on Planned Parenthood.
  13. This is part of what I've found regarding federal law. Conveniently slipped inside a major budgetary spending bill meant to prevent the government from shutting down is an earmarked section that lifts the federal ban on medical marijuana. How tricky. Excerpt of bill H.R. 83 text reads as: “Sec. 538. None of the funds made available in this Act to the Department of Justice may be used, with respect to the States of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin, to prevent such States from implementing their own State laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana. Sec. 539. None of the funds made available by this Act may be used in contravention of section 7606 (“Legitimacy of Industrial Hemp Research”) of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Public Law 113-79) by the Department of Justice or the Drug Enforcement Administration.” The Obama administration said they would be not interfere in states medical marijuana laws — which in effect prevented federal agents from going after legal medical pot shops in a de facto manner. But now it is written law. This means that states with medical marijuana laws don’t have to be fearful of federal agents raiding and shutting down legal dispensaries http://nationalpainreport.com/congress-quietly-ends-federal-ban-on-medical-marijuana-8828775.html Shown Here: Introduced in House (02/27/2017) Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017 This bill amends the Controlled Substances Act to provide that the Act's regulatory controls and administrative, civil, and criminal penalties do not apply to with respect to marijuana. It removes marijuana and tetrahydrocannabinols from schedule I. (A schedule I controlled substance is a drug, substance, or chemical that: has a high potential for abuse; has no currently accepted medical value; and is subject to regulatory controls and administrative, civil, and criminal penalties under the Controlled Substances Act.) Additionally, it eliminates criminal penalties for an individual who imports, exports, manufactures, distributes, or possesses with intent to distribute marijuana. The bill does, however, make it a crime to knowingly ship or transport marijuana into a state where its receipt, possession, or sale is prohibited. A violator is subject to criminal penalties—a fine, a prison term of up to one year, or both. H.R.1227 - 115th Congress (2017-2018): Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017 | Congress.gov | Library of Congress WWW.CONGRESS.GOV Summary of H.R.1227 - 115th Congress (2017-2018): Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017 I don’t smoke,so no dog in this fight. It is legal in this and increasingly more states who see an opportunity. I'm not sure the, "It's against the law" argument really holds water anymore.
  14. The drugs I suspect were largely abuse as was the food, alcohol and tobacco. My point was Federal approval is no indicator of safe nor harmful effects. My primary argument was as follows: Gen 1:29 Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you; 30 and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to every thing that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food”; and it was so. 31 God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. God seems to think it is all good. However.... As man discovers, understands, manipulates and consumes more of Gods’ creation, we don’t always comprehend all the ramifications of use, over use, abuse and improper chemical combinations.
  15. Romans 14:13 Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather determine this—not to put an obstacle or a stumbling block in a brother’s way. 14I know and am convinced in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself; but to him who thinks anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean. 15For if because of food your brother is hurt, you are no longer walking according to love. Do not destroy with your food him for whom Christ died. 16Therefore do not let what is for you a good thing be spoken of as evil; 17for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Matt, 15:10 After Jesus called the crowd to Him, He said to them, “Hear and understand. 11“It is not what enters into the mouth that defiles the man, but what proceeds out of the mouth, this defiles the man. 15Peter said to Him, “Explain the parable to us.” 16Jesus said, “Are you still lacking in understanding also? 17“Do you not understand that everything that goes into the mouth passes into the stomach, and is eliminated? 18“But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man. 19“For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders. 20“These are the things which defile the man; but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile the man.” Acts, 10:10 But he became hungry and was desiring to eat; but while they were making preparations, he fell into a trance; 11and he saw the sky opened up, and an object like a great sheet coming down, lowered by four corners to the ground, 12and there were in it all kinds of four-footed animals and crawling creatures of the earth and birds of the air. 13A voice came to him, “Get up, Peter, kill and eat!” 14But Peter said, “By no means, Lord, for I have never eaten anything unholy and unclean.” 15Again a voice came to him a second time, “What God has cleansed, no longer consider unholy.” 16This happened three times, and immediately the object was taken up into the sky. 1 Cor 10:23 All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful, but not all things edify. 24Let no one seek his own good, but that of his neighbor. 25Eat anything that is sold in the meat market without asking questions for conscience’ sake; 26FOR THE EARTH IS THE LORD’S, AND ALL IT CONTAINS. 27If one of the unbelievers invites you and you want to go, eat anything that is set before you without asking questions for conscience’ sake. 28But if anyone says to you, “This is meat sacrificed to idols,” do not eat it, for the sake of the one who informed you, and for conscience’ sake; 29I mean not your own conscience, but the other man’s; for why is my freedom judged by another’s conscience? 30If I partake with thankfulness, why am I slandered concerning that for which I give thanks? 31Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. Federal Law? Prescription drugs are now killing far more people than illegal drugs, and while most major causes of preventable deaths are declining, those from prescription drug use are increasing, an analysis of recently released data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by the Los Angeles Times revealed. The Times analysis of 2009 death statistics, the most recent available, showed: For the first time ever in the US, more people were killed by drugs than motor vehicle accidents 37,485 people died from drugs, a rate fueled by overdoses on prescription pain and anxiety medications, versus 36,284 from traffic accidents Drug fatalities more than doubled among teens and young adults between 2000 and 2008, and more than tripled among people aged 50 to 69 Again, these drug-induced fatalities are not being driven by illegal street drugs; the analysis found that the most commonly abused prescription drugs like OxyContin, Vicodin, Xanax and Soma now cause more deaths than heroin and cocaine combined. https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/10/26/prescription-drugs-number-one-cause-preventable-death-in-us.aspx Alcohol is responsible for about 88,000 deaths in the U.S. each year, according to a new government report on the toll of excessive drinking. https://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-alcohol-related-deaths-years-lost-sxsw-20140313-story.html According to the National Institutes of Health, obesity and overweight together are the second leading cause of preventable death in the United States, close behind tobacco use (3). An estimated 300,000 deaths per year are due to the obesity epidemic https://www.wvdhhr.org/bph/oehp/obesity/mortality.htm Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., causing over 438,000 deaths per year. Secondhand smoke is a serious health hazard for people of all ages, causing more than 41,000 deaths each year. https://www.lung.org/stop-smoking/smoking-facts/health-effects.html In Christ
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