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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Human Behavioral Patterns and Fundamentalism



 
 

Once you have understood what forgiveness truly is according to the Bible (Exodus 22:1, Luke 19:8), all of the Ten Commandments will perfectly and logically align with each other, and everything will make sense, especially the meaning of 'love' in 'love your enemy' (Matthew 5:38-48).


 
Analysing recurring patterns are very important when observing people. Once you put those patterns down to their fundamentalist behaviours that will never change, you get to predict the next steps that person will most likely do. Fundamentalists rarely, if ever, will go outside of their behaviour.

For example, in a fictional story Les Misérables that mirrors the society and specific human behaviours, you will never expect a person like Javert to do something that Val jean will do. Javert's upbringing and fundamentalist thinking "boxed" him into a specific predictability. Val jean, on the other hand, is a counter-fundamentalist so to speak: always questions his actions if he is right, always reflects what could have been done otherwise, always checks his conscience, always strives to right what was done wrong. In this way, Val jean is changing and cannot be "boxed" into a fundamental set of behaviours.


 



Genesis 18:12 (CEV; Thought-For-Thought; Caveat) So she laughed and said to herself, "Now that I am worn out and my husband is old, will I really know such happiness?" 

(ESV+; Interlinear; Word-For-Word; Best) R24So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, R25“After I am worn out, and R26my lord is old, shall I have pleasure?” 

(GW; Thought-For-Thought; Caveat) And so Sarah laughed to herself, thinking, "Now that I've become old, will I enjoy myself again? What's more, my husband is old!" 

(KJVA; Word-For-Word; Good) Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also? 

(NASB+; Interlinear; Word-For-Word; Best) SarahH8283 laughedH6711 N1to herselfH7130, sayingH559, "R1AfterH310 I have becomeH1086 oldH1086, shall I haveH1961 pleasureH5734b, my R2lordH113 beingH2204 oldH2204 also?" 

(NKJV; Word-For-Word; Better) Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, "After I have grown old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?"



 

The original meaning of a "lie" is "vain words spoken to deceive, cause failure or disappoint. What does not function within its intended capacity". A spring that does not flow is a "lying" spring because it does not function properly. One who gives vain words is a "liar", and one who causes disappointment in another through his words is also a "liar". If God had said, "Why did Sarah laugh, and say, `Shall I indeed bear a child, when my husband is old?'" then God might have instigated an argument between Sarah and Abraham. So He said that Sarah was "old" and He ignored the fact that she said that her husband was "old." Our Western mindset makes us think that God "lied" to Abraham, but in fact, He did not "deceive" (original: "to cause damage for personal gain") nor disappointed Abraham, and He did function within His intentions as He is a God of love and never intends to bring harm.



 
I used to think when I was in college that the song "Stars" upheld the law and justice of the heaven. It took me years listening to realize that such a song is the embodiment of fundamentalism. And as with Javert, with all the wrong interpretations of heavenly punishment, one can later realize that every single justice that was done was not punishment, but rather an act of kindness and consolation to the people who have sinned yet continues to struggle to right their wrong. Thus bringing to the truth that God truly loves his people, and the extent of sacrifice and restraint he has done is too immense to put in human words. Only in the last days man will be judged.
 
We have been brought up in a culture that "forgiving" is synonymous to "forgetting", while totally ignoring the fact that forgiveness is giving the chance for the sinner to pay for his sins, and for the trespassed to take the "effort" to ask the sinner to pay...in other words, to show love to the sinner because you are giving the chance for the sinner to be forgiven. I'll expound on this realization in a different article to avoid going off on a tangent, but suffice it to say: once you have understood what forgiveness truly is according to the Bible (Exodus 22:1, Luke 19:8), all of the Ten Commandments will perfectly and logically align with each other, and everything will make sense, especially the meaning of "love" in "love your enemy" (Matthew 5:38-48). The forgiving will truly understand what forgiveness is (Matthew 26:23-28), and will be able to sleep well at night knowing that the commandments (Exodus 20) all makes perfect sense (1 Corinthians 13:4-8). You will never be forgiven for your own sins if you don't give others the opportunity to be forgiven (Matthew 6:5-15). 

And with what Val jean had done in his life, his sin of stealing is not really a sin if you only look at the context, unlike what Javert fundamentally thought of. There is a way to know good people to the core, and to separate them from vindictive people, by knowing their fundamentalist ideals and thus their predictable patterns of behaviour.



Although my article is not meant to be denominational, one good observation of Javert can also be found in this article





ABOUT ME


I am not a friend of the world (James 4:4). I recognize by fruit (Matthew 7:15-20). I am part of the lost coin who will be found (Luke 15:8-10).

I study the original Bible. Others pursue the oral law while the original Bible being only secondary (Mark 7:8). The Pharisees pursue the oral law (Matthew 23:23) which Paul was a member of (Galatians 1:13). The oral law of today are the doctrines and traditions of man...the same thing that Jesus rebuked!

As with Matthew 13:10-17, Isaiah 46:8-10, and Matthew 24:37, I am with the ones who understand the signs and the appointed times, that the Day of the Lord will not come to us like a thief in the night. For others who only see and hear in parables will wonder at the troubles of these times and see it as flashes of uncertainties. While we who already know that there is nothing new under the sun, knows that the past is repeating itself. We will see a trouble as a step in the prophecies, and we will know what will happen next according to the prophecies. We who see and hear beyond the parables will know who will rise and who will fall. We will know who will multiply and conquer. We will know who is the anti-Christ and watch him as he does his works and reveals himself according to the prophecies. We will not be blind for the words we spoke years ago from the true prophets in the scriptures will unfold in front of our eyes. I have spoken the fall of nations years ago and now they are fulfilled. I am amazed at such true prophets that I am humbled at the glory of God Almighty. We will not be blind in the night like the people who befriend this world (1 Thessalonians 5:2). We will see nations fall and be conquered, and we will know who will fall and who will conquer. We will know what will be destroyed next and what will be rebuilt next. There is nothing new under the sun. We will be a child of light for we have listened to the true prophets in the scriptures, we have listened to the Word of God. (Amos 3:7).

As with 2 Corinthians 11:16-33, I'd rather listen to a preacher who has been persecuted as a criminal and punished to the cross; than listen to a preacher who lives in prosperity more so luxury at the expense of the poor, at the expense of his brother stuck on a ditch. There has been no true preacher that has not been persecuted to the point of losing everything even his life...The Adversary will never give rest to a true preacher until the preacher comes to the first death (2 Corinthians 11:24-28).

The Scriptures explain the Scriptures, and anything lost or added in translation can be tested by other parts of the Scriptures. Have faith, that everyone will eventually know who God Almighty really is.

Anything that is against the true prophets who already prophesied in the Scriptures, and anything that is against the Law of God, is against Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the Word of God. Anything that is against the Word of God by adding to and removing from the Word of God, is one of the anti-Christ.






MY FAVORITE QUOTE 


"Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets ('the true Prophets have already prophesied in the Scriptures'); I have not come to abolish them ('tell that they are wrong and are not relevant anymore') but to fully preach ('πληρόω') them ('until Jesus came, nobody knows how to correctly keep/fulfill the Law, so the priests tried to keep them as best as they could, yet in vain, because of their doctrines and traditions that made the Law difficult to keep'). For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth is no more, not an iota, not a dot, will be removed from the Law until all is accomplished. Therefore whoever relaxes ('uphold that it does not apply anymore in our present day') one of the least ('even the smallest part of the Law') of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever DOES them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you, unless your righteousness ('practicing/following the Law') exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees ('knows the Law to the dot, but does not practice nor follow completely'), you will never enter the kingdom of heaven."





 
Please don't depend on the verses quoted. Quoting the verse does not make the verse right by itself. Look at before and after the verse! Look at the chapter itself! Read the whole Bible! Test the context! Context is everything!

Lest I risk being cursed again and sent back into bondage myself, I make a covenant to God Almighty: "I will not slap nor force the Law to lovers of doctrines and traditions. I will not slap nor force the Law to the worshipers of the sun god and the god of the giants. Everyday I will remind myself of Isaiah 6:10 and Lamentations 3:65, on why God Almighty intended this prophecy. I will speak and walk within the Law, but I will never go against God Almighty's prophecy through Isaiah and Jeremiah. I will heed the advice of Paul for he understood why the rebellious ones needs to be covered with a veil, and what is the true meaning of love." To the ones who have clear eyes, see. To the ones who have sharp hearing, hear. To the ones who are sensitive, feel. The Law will help you see beyond the parables, yet it is up to you to show your faith with your works. I will not want to be in the assembly of the Ephesians (Revelation 2:2-7).


 
Please bear in mind that these words are not my own. I am in no means a good man more so clean...most likely you are way better than I am. I too carry the chains of my sin, and is doing what I can to action the process of forgiving others, and thus to be forgiven myself. Truly, there are kind and selfless people in this world who painstakingly took most of their time and effort to learn and piece these together, in order to give sense and clarity to these topics that seemed impossible and illogical to do.