2010 Stupid Awards – January
(Ver 1.1) You should know that I really do not enjoy criticizing others and I will always try to never name any names in what I write about. I am smart enough to realize that there are no perfect people in the world, but occasionally someone just stands out above the rest of the crowd as the most incredibly foolish person that I’ve ever heard of lately. Today I want to address a stereotypical group of people that are good examples of people doing very foolish things abandoning their common sense. It seems a large portion of these people believe things and even do things blindly without any scriptural basis for their beliefs. In other words they believe automatically what they are taught in their church without finding out if it is really true or not. It actually goes much further than that. If they do accidently find out something in their Bible that disagrees with what they have been taught, they choose to ignore it and refuse to believe it. In other words they put more faith in their church teacher than they do their God and that just seems very dangerous to me. How do you know that your teacher is not another Jim Jones or a David Koresh leading you into a path of deception, destruction and death? Some people want to trust a man when they think that they have found the one, however usually when they do this they usually end up abandoning their God.
As soon as I start describing to you an example of this behavior, you will probably know who I am talking about. So even though I don’t tell you who it is I am speaking of, it will be very obvious and I really don’t know how to avoid this. In speaking with someone the other day, my wife had a conversation about a Bible subject that really blew me away. I guess I knew this before, but yet it was so shocking that people can be so blind and still attempt to call themselves Christians. Blindness is defined as a person’s inability to see the light and this is true for physical or spiritual blindness. Sometimes the light is too bright and it forces some people to close your eyes. Many times their eyes have to adjust to different levels of light intensity before they can see. But sometimes people see what the Bible says and then they just choose to close their eyes to it. They reject God for what they have chosen to believe outside of the Bible. They do this because of their beliefs in the traditions of me mostly. This behavior confirms the scripture that says “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them that believe not…”. You can discover how successful Satan has become by observing how people react to the truth when you present it to them.
So here I go! In a recent conversation with a friend, my wife told me that the subject of Mary the mother of Jesus came up. It seems that they have been taught that Mary is still a virgin. This means Jesus didn’t have any brothers and sisters and Joseph never had sex with his wife. I really don’t understand the logic behind this at all. Not only is this a direct contradiction to what the Bible says, it doesn’t make any sense. A man not being able to touch his wife, this also goes against what the Bible says about healthy marriage relationships. The net results of this teaching was the deification of a human woman. Mary now becomes a spiritual being that you pray to and can ask to talk to God for you. Mary is exalted and now becomes the path way to God. Instead of Jesus being the only path to God they have been deceived into believing a lie. You see I’ll tell it to you very straight, if you are praying to Mary, Mary IS NOT LISTENING. Mary is NOT GOD! Mary can’t hear you. Mary doesn’t appear to people in the world today. Mary could very well be in heaven and could be in the presence of God right now, but there is no way that she is in control of anything or can do anything to affect your outcome or situation here on the earth. This is a lie from Satan and a way that he uses to distract people from the truth.
I can be very blunt at times and I’m sorry. Sometimes I think you have to shock people in order to get their attention. I guess it is also possible that people don’t realize that the Bible contains God’s words spoken directly to you and I. If they did know this and still rejected it, then they would know that they are also rejecting God Himself. So let’s go through the Bible and see what God said on the subject of Mary:
Mat 1:20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
We know from several verses found in the Bible that Mary was a virgin girl and that the Spirit of God came upon her and she conceived a child. Mary was a normal human female, but yet was special in that she qualified to be in the right place at the right time to be used by God. It was important that Jesus be born of a virgin, since He was the Only Begotten Son of God. I really do not want to attempt to explain all of the theological reasons for the virgin birth. If you do not understand these I would strongly suggest you find a good book on the subject and study it in depth. Continuing to read in Matthew the 1st chapter we see that the angel of the Lord appears to Joseph in a dream and tells him it is OK to marry this woman. He is informed that this child is from God and then we are told this statement:
Mat 1:25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.
You see in this verse there is a specific reference to sex. This verse tells us directly that Joseph did not have sex with Mary UNTIL after she gave birth to Jesus. That means she was still a virgin until after the birth of her firstborn son. It also means Joseph had sex with her after Jesus was born. If you want to ignore the Bible for your stupid beliefs, then go right ahead and wallow in your ignorance. The term “knew” her is a sexual reference. In Genesis 4:1 Adam knew his wife and they had a son. This sexual relationship between a husband and a wife is a normal part of the system that God created. To “Know” is to have carnal knowledge of, to be intimately connected with and literally means sexual intercourse. It clearly means that Joseph was intended and permitted to have sex with his wife after Jesus was born, but not before. Why was this? Once a woman is pregnant you can’t get pregnant again? I guess I won’t attempt to elaborate on the why, for now. We can clearly see in other verses in the Bible that Joseph did have sex with his wife because it names their children. Here is a verse that speaks about Jesus and his earthly family.
Mat 13:55 Is not this the carpenter’s son (Joseph)? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas?
We can see that these people clearly think that Jesus was Joseph’s son. They did not know that Jesus was not his child, they just assumed it based upon how they lived as a family unit in a traditional household. Joseph is called the carpenter so Joseph was a normal man that had a normal occupation. As far as we can tell Joseph being a normal male would have had normal male sexual desires. So far we see all the aspects of a normal earthly family. Then we are given the names of 4 other males that are called Jesus’ brothers. These four are called James, Joses, Simon, Judas. Now here is where people try to explain away what they read for what they want to believe is true. Their reasoning is that there were no Greek or Hebrew words for cousins, so they conclude that these brothers were actually Jesus’ cousins. Using this perverted logic they can preserve the virginity of Mary and continue to exalt her to a god. That is another example of stupidity gone to seed. Just because the Bible doesn’t have a word for cousin does not mean there are other ways of stating the obvious. If God wanted us to believe that these men were Jesus’ cousins he could have said His mother’s brother’s sons. There are certainly Greek and Hebrew words to describe relatives in the correct terms using other words besides a cousin. No you see people want to make Mary their God so they invent reasons to dispel what the Bible teaches for what they want to believe. If we continue on to the next verse we also discover more information about this family:
Mat 13:56 And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things?
In Matthew 13:56 we are not only told that Jesus had 4 half brothers, we are also told that he had sisters. We are not told how many, just that there were more than one. So apparently Joseph had a lot of sex with his wife over the years. We can clearly see that Jesus had at minimum 6 half brothers and sisters. If we think logically we can calculate that Jesus was approximately 30 years old when this verse was written. That means Joseph and Mary were potentially a husband and wife for 30 years. During this time period if they only had 6 children that would be pretty amazing in a era of no birth control. However, we do not know what happened to Joseph, he eventually becomes obscure after Jesus’ twelfth birthday. So even in a 12 year period to only have 6 children would be amazing.
Satan is very tricky. His methods of deception are very tricky. Most of the time Satan does not come at us with direct and obvious lies, but he likes to introduce little nuances to the truth to get you to focus on something else other than what God says. The Jewish leadership was tremendously guilty of doing this. They would take the laws of God and add to them. The Jewish leadership would write their own rules, thinking that if they followed all of these there would be no way that they would break God’s laws. Jesus called this the leaven of the Pharisees. Intermix the truth with some subtle lies in order to dilute the pure and render it ineffective. This is still the greatest deception of the enemy today and everyone in the church is faced with these same issues. There are so many churches that teach a watered down version of the Bible. There are way too many preachers and teachers that interject their opinions instead of just teaching the Words of God. If you go to a church that teaches something that the Bible doesn’t say, you are subtly being deceived and totally distracted from knowing the truth. Jesus taught us that it only takes a little bit of leaven to corrupt the whole loaf of bread. I have heard this truth taught and I agree with it whole heartedly. If you want to poison a dog you don’t throw them pure arsenic. You wrap the arsenic up in a steak so that they do not realize they are being poisoned. This is the trap of the enemy and a standard ploy of effective deception. Give the listener a bunch of what they want to hear and then mix in the lies a little bit at a time so that they are hard to recognize. People fall for this more than you think. It is all over the internet, it is all over the pulpit.
You see this friend of my wife’s would not read a book like Dan’s Brown’s “Da Vinci Code” because it is a totally opposite approach at deception. The Da Vinci Code is a totally fictitious book of lies with just a little bit of truth mixed with it. So while she was smart enough not to read that kind of material, she was easily deceived when you mix just a little fiction with a bunch of truth. I think there are many Christians who need to learn these lessons. Stay away from the Harry Potter CRAP! The Twilight Saga is another good example of material to avoid like the plague. If you are allowing your children to participate in these dangerous forms of entertainment you are making a huge mistake.
So here is your first 2010 Stupid Award to all of those who like believing their lies more than they love the True Living God. To all those who blindly follow fools and fall into the traps of deception, and especially to those who ignore the truth, here is your Stupid Award.