Thursday, July 27, 2017

How To Use Sherlock Holmes Methods To Study The Bible

Many people have been impressed and mystified at the powers of the modern Sherlock Holmes Colin Cloud who is a contestant on America's Got Talent. What if I told you that you could use these same powers to study the Bible? I have used these methods myself in Bible studies and they have never failed me.

So, first, we need a problem a mystery in the Bible to solve. Something that Google can't help us with. The mystery we will solve today is in John 8:6 where Jesus bends down and writes in the sand. While the Bible doesn't say what Jesus wrote I believe it's possible for us to use Sherlock Holmes methods to figure out what Jesus wrote in the sand.

So, first, we need some background some information as Sherlock Holmes once said you can't make bricks without clay we need data. So, what data do we need? In this Scripture, the Pharisees and the scribes bring a woman has been caught in the act of adultery before Jesus and the Pharisees and Scribes tell Jesus that in the Old Testament, Moses commanded this woman be stoned and they ask Jesus if they too should stone her.  So, we need to know what the Old Testament says about adultery after all that is their accusation. Specifically, we need to look at what the punishment for adultery was in the Bible.

"If a man commits adultery with his neighbor's wife, both man and the woman who have committed adultery shall surely be put to death" Leviticus 20:10 ESV.

Well, it does look like the punishment for adultery is stoning in the Old Testament. So, what do we need to know next to solve the mystery of what Jesus wrote in the sand? Well, let's look at who's asking the question and making the accusation. We have the Pharisees and the Scribes. A Scribe was someone who wrote down the laws while the Pharisees very basically for this study were people who interpreted the laws. So, if you had a question on which sacrifice to make or if something was a sin you would ask the Pharisees.

So, let's take a look here. The Pharisees and Scribes bring to Jesus a woman caught in the act of adultery asking to stone her according to Old Testament law. Instead of verbally answering, instead, Jesus bends down and writes in the sand. The Pharisees and Scribes continue to pester Jesus about this woman and Jesus says "let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her" and then He continues writing. After hearing that all the Pharisees and Scribes left beginning with the older ones. That's strange I think. Why did the older ones leave first? The older ones must have known something that it took the younger one's longer to figure out. Also, it was after seeing what Jesus wrote and after what He said that the older ones started leaving so, what He said must have had some connection to what He wrote on the ground.

When solving a Bible mystery as Sherlock Holmes would we have to get our data which we did on what the Old Testament says about adultery then the next step is to look for anything odd or out of the ordinary? What strikes me as odd is the fact that the older Pharisees and Scribes left before the younger ones did.

So, let's use Sherlock Holmes methods with the information we have to deduce what Jesus wrote in the sand. Remember to form no theories use only the facts at hand or you will twist facts to suit theories instead of twisting theories to suit facts. Remember also that once you have eliminated the impossible whatever remains however improbable must be the truth.

Let's put this together. we have the Pharisees and Scribes saying a woman caught in the act of adultery. That's also a key thing to remember is that this woman was caught in the act of committing this sin. This wasn't something she confessed or someone gossiped about she was caught in the act of actually doing it. Adultery, as we know, is cheating on your spouse most people do this by sleeping with someone other than their spouse. There are other ways to commit adultery but that's the most common one and that is probably the one this woman was caught in the act of doing. So, basically, the Pharisees and Scribes are saying we caught this woman sleeping with a man who is not her husband the Old Testament says we should stone her. We looked at the Old Testament and we saw the law that says the penalty for adultery is stoning. One thing though to also remember is that Leviticus said that both the man and the woman caught in adultery should be stoned. We only have the woman here in this case.

So, isn't there a question you're asking right now? Leviticus says both the man and woman should be stoned and the Pharisees and Scribes bringing only the woman saying she was caught in the physical act of adultery and asking if she should be stoned.

There's a question you should be asking right now and I don't think I need to be Colin Cloud to know what question you're asking is.

Where is the man?

Is that not the question you're asking? It's the question Jesus is asking when writing in the dirt. That's what He wrote.

He wouldn't write down the entire Old Testament law there would be no point to that. He wanted to address their question very specifically. Also, remember the fact that the older ones left before the younger ones. The older Pharisees and Scribes would have known and memorized more Scripture than the younger ones did so when the question came up it would take the younger ones longer to figure out what Jesus was talking about where as the older Pharisees and Scribes who knew and memorized the Scriptures well would know instantly and that's why the older ones left first.

So, that solves the mystery of what Jesus wrote in the sand and that is how you solve a Bible mystery like Sherlock Holmes. You know his methods so use them yourself the next time you study the Bible.





Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Christianity is not synonymous with doormat

There are teachings going around that if you don't agree with someone you don't love them. It also teaches that you are to keep your opinions to yourself unless it agrees with everyone else's opinion. This kind of attack happens to Christian's the most as we are taught in the Bible to love everyone and most people whether they are Christian or not know that the Bible teaches you are to love everyone. It's gotten to a point now as Christian's if we even get angry we are told we are not being kind and loving. It now seems expected of all Christian's to shut up, agree with everyone, and let themselves be walked all over by everyone. Some Christian's are going along with this after all Jesus did teach to turn the other cheek and the Bible says that vengeance belongs to the Lord. So since this is what is happening it's been on my heart to set the record straight....

So first thing's first. Since we are all supposed to be loving it's best to know what love is. So what is love? The Bible says and I quote "love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres" 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 NIV. Nowhere in there does it say to never say no or to set a boundary. I don't see that at all, do you? I see nowhere in there that it says to agree with everyone all the time. After all everyone at one time or another can be wrong it happens nobody but GOD knows everything and can be right about everything all the time...

Now I will point out that yes it says love is not easily angered but it doesn't say never gets angry at all. After all, GOD is love and He gets angry at stuff. Remember Jesus GOD's begotten Son and also GOD got angry and overturned tables and chased people with a whip. Yes, that's righteous anger but it's still anger and so anger is not in itself a sin. Anger can't be a sin because Jesus got angry and He never sinned. So it's not a sin to be angry it's what you do with your anger that can be sinful. There are good healthy ways to let out anger such as discussing with the one your angry at why your angry at them, there are stress balls, could also write a letter of what is causing your  anger just vent and when your done tear it up and throw it away, there's also the empty chair therapy where you get an empty chair pretend the one you're angry at is sitting there and give em what for. There are many healthy ways to let out anger and you do need to let out anger as Dr. Sigmund Freud said anger turned inward is depression...

We must also set healthy boundaries and we do need to stand up for ourselves and say no. There is no sin in setting boundaries and saying no. Nowhere in the Bible does it say thou shalt not set a boundary. Thou shalt not say no. It's just not there.  We do need to say no because like I said before no one but GOD is right all the time. Also, it's not just a matter of being right or wrong if someone walks up to you and says "I'm going to steal your identity all that you have and own and I want you to just agree with me and accept that" are you really going to agree and accept that? Seriously? Now that is an exaggeration but the point remains we as Christians need to stand up for ourselves. If we don't stand for ourselves than we have forgotten who we are and who we belong to...

We Christian's are

Children adopted by the most high GOD
Friends of the most high GOD
GOD is the King of kings so that makes us royalty as well
We are temples of the Holy Spirit
We are the light of the world
We are the salt
We are blessed
We are saved
We are loved
We are precious

This list can go on and on but you can look up for yourself in the Bible who you are in Christ...

Also, not only are we to love other's but we are to love ourselves. It's part of the second greatest commandment. "And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as you love yourself" Matthew 22:39 NIV. The second part of that as you love yourself. Remember GOD created us in His image and He loves us so we are to love ourselves and letting people walk all over us treating us like doormats is not loving ourselves. Plus it is loving to correct a neighbor and say no to them. It isn't loving at all to never say no or not correct your neighbor. After all remember Jesus never sinned and yet He did say no sometimes He did correct people and He still does. So that proves my point again that it isn't a sin to say no or set a boundary....

I'm a Christian but I'm nobody's doormat I'm a daughter of the risen King. I do love you but I will say no I will set boundaries because not only do I love you but I also love myself. I may not agree with all of your opinion's and that's ok because you may not agree with all of mine...

Christianity is not synonymous with doormat. 

Monday, January 2, 2017

My new year's resolution's

Most people make only one new year's resolution. The most popular new year's resolutions in no particular are....

- lose weight

- save money

- get a job

- reconnect with family and/or friends

- get more organized

- learn something new

- enjoy life

- worry less

- take care of oneself better

- quit smoking

- fall in love

- get a new hobby

- travel

- read more

So I wanted to make a new year's resolution or rather make that several new year's resolutions and I'm determined to keep my resolution's. Most people only keep their resolution's for only a month or so and then drop them and go back to their old habits. I've done this myself with past resolutions of not keeping them and going back to my old ways. This year I'm determined to keep my resolution's. So here are my new year's resolution's in no particular order...

- Spend more time with GOD in Bible reading, prayer, and devotionals

- Trust GOD more and worry less

- Write a book and hopefully publish it

- Clean my closet it's a real mess in there and I been wanting to clean it for a while it's time to get that done

- Set up an email address for this blog

So that's it that's all I wanna accomplish this year. It's not much but those things are very important to me and I wanna get em done so this year I'm going to do them all. I've already started typing stuff out for my book. My book is going to be my walk with GOD with Autism. I'll share more on that once I got more written down and if I publish it I'll definitely share links on here where you can buy it.... So what are your new year's resolutions?

Friday, November 25, 2016

Black Friday

So today is Black Friday which is America's biggest shopping day. Although with people camping out in tents outside stores on Thursday it may one day be called Black Thursday & Friday. Many people waited for several hours just to get their hands on the best deals. Most were waiting to buy big screen TV's, laptops, gaming consoles, tablets, cell phones, and drones those were this year's hottest items on for sale today.

Now let me ask you something. Is any of these things worth trampling someone over for?? Are they worth physically fighting with someone for?? Are they worth killing for? Are they worth you possibly being trampled or sent to the hospital or dying for? People seem to turn into violent senseless zombie animals on Black Fridays. Here are some video links of some of today's Black Friday chaos. (All videos not mine I found them all on YouTube.)


Black Friday Zombies















Brawls across the nation over jumbo TV's















Fights and beatings on Black Friday















Black Friday Walmart fight















Black Friday Walmart fight part 2



Black Friday 2016 chaos compilation



Now is it worth?? Is any of that really worth it when you can buy the same thing for the same deal on the internet. Cyber Monday is coming up and most sites now also do Black Friday. So why be trampled when you can buy the same thing online??

Here are some great online Black Friday deals.

Amazon is having a Black Friday deals week. Here at this link, you can see the Amazon deal of the day plus the stuff you may have missed. Amazon Black Friday Deals Also on Amazon 5% cash back now through December 31st on up to $1,500 on purchases. Click that link for details.

Barnes and Noble is having great Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals and sales on books, notebooks, kindles, signed editions, nook tablets, and lots of other great stuff. Check it out click this link Barnes and Noble sales

Macy's is having great online doorbusters Black Friday sale shop now on their site through November 26th for all their Black Friday sales. They also have free shipping at $50 excluding furniture and mattresses. Please click on this link for more Macy's Black Friday sales

Target is having a fantastic 10 days of deals online sale on almost everything they sell. Click this link for more Target Black Friday sales

American Eagle Outfitters 40% online sales and free shipping. All sweaters and flannels 25$ all through today. Buy one get one free on a great assortment of clothing. Click here for all their amazing sales and deals American Eagle Outfitters Black Friday deals

Express is having an amazing 50% off and free shipping on all orders online Black Friday sale. Click here for details Express Black Friday deals

Walmart is having a cyber deals week. Save up to $50 open an online Walmart account and save up to 15% off on purchases today. You can see their latest sales and deals on their app. Order online and it's free to pick up at their store. Free shipping on $50 plus orders. Click here for details Walmart Black Friday sales and deals

There are much more online stores with great online sales and deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday click here to see them all All online Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales and deals

So instead of going out and getting hurt or killed please do all your Black Friday shopping online it's much safer. Ya, the site may freeze or crash but I'd rather deal with that then be trampled on.


Still, it's a real shame that on the night and day after we are supposed to be thankful we are going out and buying things we just don't need. Doesn't anyone in this country remember how to be thankful anymore?? Or how to behave like decent human beings?? Why do we waste our time buying finite things?? Whatever you buy won't last forever.

What makes me the most upset is I don't see people running and crowding to hear the Gospel the same way they do for Black Friday sales. Never see people camping in tents on Saturday nights outside Churches with people excited and can't wait for Sunday morning services. Where is our excitement for the Gospel??

I want to see people camped out for Sunday morning Church services. I want to see people running into Church with pure excitement to hear the Gospel. I want to see people truly thankful for the Gospel that has been given to us. Do none of us get that GOD has given us forgiveness, mercy, grace, a relationship with Him for free that we don't deserve that we can't earn?? Do none of us get the fact that GOD sent His only begotten Son to die for us His enemies we wanted to kill Him yet He died for us. We are merely a tiny speck in the great fantastic universe yet GOD loves us and has provided us a way to have a relationship with Him do we not understand that?? Do we not understand that those in other countries are dying for what we are taking for granted?? We take the Bible and Church for granted like it's always gonna be there don't have to worry about being killed for carrying a Bible or wearing a cross. You know someday we might not be so religiously liberated and it's only by the grace and mercy of GOD that we even have what religious freedoms we have today and we all need to get on our knees and thank GOD for our freedoms, His mercy, His forgiveness, His grace, His Gospel, our relationship with Him, the Bible, Church, and so many other things rather than spend that time waiting and wasting hours in some line to buy something that we don't need that won't last forever.

Again I ask where is our excitement for the Gospel?? Where is our hunger for the Gospel?? Where is our thrill for the Gospel?? Why do take the Gospel something so wonderful, so pure, so Holy, so life changing, so life-altering, such a miracle for granted??

GOD didn't have to send His Son He chose to.

Jesus didn't have to die for us He chose to.

GOD didn't have to give us the Bible or Church He chose to.

GOD doesn't have to love us He chooses to.

GOD doesn't have to give us forgiveness, mercy, grace, and so many other things He chooses to.

GOD didn't have to give us the Gospel He chose to.

GOD doesn't have to have a relationship with us He chooses to.

It doesn't make any sense to me why we are not excited more about the Gospel. I hope one day I see people as excited about the Gospel as they are about Black Friday. I hope one day I see people camped out on Saturday nights in excitement and anticipation of Church services Sunday morning. I hope one day I see crowds of people rushing into Church like they do for Black Friday sales.



Monday, October 10, 2016

Why All Churches Need A Special Needs Ministry

People with special needs of all ages and gender's are rejected by the world because we are different. We are bullied, harassed, abused, ignored, and treated horribly all because we have special needs. None of us with special needs woke up one day and said: "you know what I'm gonna have special needs for the rest of my life so that everyone will hate my guts and abuse me that will make so happy." Most people with special needs are told to just get over it, overcome it, don't think about it and etc. Would you go up to a blind person and say "you need to start seeing like us normal people just stop being blind"?? Would you say to someone in a wheelchair "get up and walk like the rest of us you freak"?? That's how most people treat those with special needs that's how we get talked to and yet people who are blind, deaf or in a wheelchair normally don't get treated that way. This is probably because you can't see Autism, Aspergers, ADHD, ADD, bi-polar, depression, dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, down syndrome, etc the way you can see and tell if someone is blind, deaf or in a wheelchair. Just because you can't see something it doesn't mean it doesn't exist. Most people seem to think that we outgrow special needs and that by the time we are adults we are just suddenly cured. Wrong it doesn't happen that way and it will never happen that way people with special needs don't grow out of them. Here are some statistics that I think you need to see...

"The Rhode Island protocol showed that 29.8% of people with severe disabilities suffered from frequent depression, compared to 14.6% of people with moderate disabilities and 4.2% of people with no disabilities. These results show that compared with the no disabilities group, people with severe disabilities were 7 times more likely to report frequent depression."  http://www.aahd.us/2008/03/depressive-symptoms-and-clinical-depression-and-people-with-disabilities-prevalence/

"Some type of disability (i.e., difficulty in hearing, vision, cognition, ambulation, self-care, or independent living) was reported by 36% of people age 65 and over in 2012. The percentages for individual disabilities ranged from almost one quarter (23 percent) having an ambulatory disability to 7 percent having a vision difficulty (Figure 9). Some of these disabilities may be relatively minor but others cause people to require assistance to meet important personal needs. There is a strong relationship between disability status and reported health status. The presence of a severe disability is also associated with lower income levels and educational attainment. https://www.naela.org/Public/About_NAELA/Media/Aging_and_Special_Needs_Statistics.aspx

For statistic's on people with disabilities being suicidal please visit this link - http://www.disabled-world.com/disability/awareness/suicide.php

For other statistic's on disabilities please visit this link - https://www.disabilitystatistics.org/

I also encourage you to go to this link and read everything there 

http://www.frontiernet.net/~lindaf1/SOCIALSECURITYDISABILITYNIGHTMARE.html 

It's a lot to read but well worth reading. 

So we who have special needs disabilities are rejected basically everywhere we go and then people wonder why we are so introverted. It seems no matter where we go we get bullied and told to become someone else basically. Just change our DNA and cure ourselves. How would you like to be treated like that everywhere you went? 

It's no wonder most people with special needs disabilities are depressed and suicidal. They believe no one in the world wants them they feel cast out and alone. 

Now here is where the Church comes in. The Church should be a place where everyone including those with special needs feels and knows they are welcomed and loved as they are. The thing is that's not happening. You see instead of being greeted, loved and accepted people with special needs are told that if they had enough faith they wouldn't have special needs they would be healed. 

Because of this very wrong teaching, people with special needs feel rejected not only by the world but they think GOD rejects them to and so they commit suicide. 

You have no right at all to tell someone it's a sin to have special needs because news flash it's not a sin to be disabled. 

First, off one of the ten disciples Luke was a physician a doctor. Don't you think that if it was a sin to be sick or disabled then it would be logical that it would be sin to be a doctor after all that teaching says to believe in GOD for healing not go to a doctor and yet Jesus never once not once ever in all the Gospel's told Luke he was sinning by being a doctor. So if it's not a sin to be a doctor it's not a sin to be sick or disabled. 

"The Lord said to him, ‘Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say" Exodus 4:11-12 

"Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong." 2 Corinthians 12:8-10 


"As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him." John 9:1-3 

I think those verses say very plainly that it's not a sin to have special needs, don't you? So you have no right to condemn those of us who have special needs. Remember that there is no condemnation for those of us who are in Christ Jesus and Jesus rejects no one who comes to Him. Also, there are Christian's you can research who are disabled such as Joni Eareckson Tada. 

I also am a grateful believer and follower of Jesus Christ and I have Asperger's. My brother believes in GOD as well and has severe Autism. 

I'm asking all Christian's out there to start accepting those with special need's and loving them as Christ does. They have had enough rejection. 

Remember if you drive someone to suicide that makes you their murderer. 

Please start special need's ministries in your Churches. The harvest is plenty but the workers are few. 

Are you going to help out or are you going to do what the rest of the world does and reject those with special needs? It's your choice.