Sunday, February 19, 2017

Commentary on Matthew 6:6-14

  • The following listing provides you with the basic composition of prayer, that is, how we should be communicating with God in prayer:
            1.) Find an appropriate location, which could be where you feel most comfortable or a holy place such as a church, and bow before the Father. Pray in a place of privacy. If you focus on Him and believe that He can help you endure your burdens, then He will answer your prayer requests based on the sincerity and faithfulness of your conscience (v. 6).
            2.) We are not to pray in the same manner that the pagans do. The purpose of prayer is not based on factors such as how well it sounds, its length, how many times in a row it is done, or how noisy it is. God will not answer prayer based on such intentions, regardless of what people think or how they feel. It is ultimately about dedication to God (v. 7).
            3.) God knows everything, which includes your prayer requests, even before you go to Him (v, 8).
            4.) We acknowledge that God is the Creator and Lord of all. This also means that we are to give Him as much honor and worship as we can  (v. 9).
            5.) We pray for the sake of God's literal kingdom being established on earth when Jesus Christ returns again. This is especially needed when we are living in a world that overflows with tragedies, which ranges from but is not limited to poverty, wars, slavery, and diseases. Only goodness can exist in the kingdom of God. Since God is the infinite Ruler of all creation, His Will shall be accomplished everywhere. Our wills should be one in the same with God's, that is, functioning in perfect harmony together (v. 10).  
             6.) In prayer, you should be appreciative for the things that God has provided for you and know that He will continue to provide for all who come to Him (v. 11).
             7.) In prayer, we must humbly ask God for the forgiveness of our sins. We have repeatedly violated His perfect standard of morality, that is, the Mosaic Law. We must beg God to reveal clemency on us so that we will not end up in the scorching coals of hell. Without the sacrifice and resurrection of His Son Jesus Christ, remission for our iniquity cannot exist. We must follow the example of God forgiving our trespasses against Him because if we do not, then He will not forgive our sins (v. 14). In other words, we must forgive the sins of others if we truly want God to forgive us (v. 12).
              8.)   We pray to God that He places a "protective shield" on us so that the gnats of worldly temptation will not be attracted to us. He through the power of the Holy Ghost will give us the strength needed to overcome the tendency to sin and escape the snares of the devil. God shall eternally prevail over the forces of evil. He is therefore entitled to perpetual glory (v. 13).

Matthew 6:6-14 (A Text Explaining How To Pray)

    But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.

    “Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. In this manner, therefore, pray:
    Our Father in heaven,
    Hallowed be Your name.
    10 Your kingdom come.
    Your will be done
    On earth as it is in heaven.
    11 Give us this day our daily bread.
    12 And forgive us our debts,
    As we forgive our debtors.
    13 And do not lead us into temptation,
    But deliver us from the evil one.
    For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
    14 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

Circular Reasoning Used In Survival Of The Fittest

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Examples Of Circular Reasoning in The Evolutionary Theory

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Stunning Quotes From Charles Darwin On The Theory Of Evolution!

  • "TO SUPPOSE THAT THE EYE with all its inimitable contrivances for adjusting the focus to different distances, for admitting different amounts of light, and for the correction of spherical and chromatic aberration, COULD HAVE BEEN FORMED BY NATURAL SELECTION, SEEMS, I freely confess, ABSURD IN THE HIGHEST DEGREE."-- *Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species (1909 Harvard Classics edition), p. 190.
  • "Often a cold shudder has run through me, and I have asked myself whether I may have not devoted myself to a phantasy." 
    --Charles Darwin, Life and Letters, 1887, Vol. 2, p. 229 
    (endnote as quoted on Animals that Defy Evolution Part III)
  • "Such simple instincts as bees making a beehive could be sufficient to overthrow my whole theory."
    --Charles Darwin
    (endnote as quoted on Animals that Defy Evolution Part III)

The Hopeless World Of Atheism

  • If God does not exist, then human life would have little or no intrinsic value because there would be no ultimate purpose in life for us, that is, no eternal destinies. We would have the same importance as a grain of sand or a strain of bacteria because we would only be made up of flying particles of matter which are trapped in a vacuous bottle called space. Not only does atheism paint a dark picture of human life having no significance, but it also denies that we have an ultimate purpose in life. Why then should we bother to care about anything or even feel any sense of joy and security? Let us suppose that the concept of an afterlife is truly nonsense. The consequences of this hypothetical scenario would be that humans have no more value than rocks, birds, or even the intimate objects that we have created. We would have no superiority to the things of the natural world. We would have no sense of complete fulfillment. This is true because everything existing at this moment would simply be made up of atoms, ions, electrons, and neutrons which are destined for destruction when the universe comes to an end.

Brief Mediation On The Book Of Ecclesiastes

  • The Book of Ecclesiastes is about the futility of placing an over emphasis on worldly passions. In other words, it is wrong to esteem our abilities and material objects too highly. This writing admonishes us not to let our blessings or accomplishments get to our heads because they are not "original", that means, anything we own or have already done was once created or accomplished by people of past generations. Anything in this very abstract category can range from differing degrees, methods, variants, or qualities. In light of this, there is no point in being jealous or bombastic. Moreover, the things of the world are finite, whereas things of the spiritual realm are eternal. Our scope of emphasis should be directed up to the God of the Heavens. Hence, why the theme of Ecclesiastes is "vanity of vanities" and "nothing new will ever be done under the sun". This inspired writing points to the fact that it is by the divine power and providence of God that we have anything. He is the one who "owns" everything. Regardless of whether we earned our created something, it still belongs to God because He is the one who made the human body able to perform in the way that it does and He ultimately created the particles that we use to make everyday appliances.

Mandatory Observance Of Special Days

  • Introduction:
          -The Roman Catholic Church has invented an entire annual calendar of unscriptural holidays such as Lent, Easter, and Christmas only to command its members to observe them. Also, the Eastern Orthodox Church embraces the concept of a liturgical calendar. Unfortunately, similar practices are starting to proliferate throughout the Protestant community.
  • The Jewish Observance Of Special Days Does Not Apply To Christians:
          -While the Jewish people of the Old Testament participated in obligatory religious celebrations such as Pentecost, the Passover, and the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Leviticus 23), there are no stipulations in the New Testament for Christians. In other words, there are no listings of, examples of, or any implicit or explicit commandments for the church government mandating special days of observance which are dedicated to specific people, events, or for a designated purpose found for Christians in the New Covenant Scriptures. They are strangely absent, if the Lord willed for us to follow a universal, liturgical calendar. Jesus Christ was the fulfillment to the Old Covenant celebrations. The priesthood, animal sacrifices, dietary regulations, and other aspects of the Mosaic Law were only "shadows" of the greater things to come (Matthew 5:17-18; Mark 7:14-19; 1 Corinthians 10:25-27; Acts 10:10-15; Hebrews 10:1). But it is still important to study these Jewish customs, for they are part of our heritage and point us to the Savior.
  • Mandating Special Days Of Obligation Is A Sign Of Apostasy:
          -The New Testament nowhere requires the observation of any "holy days of obligation". In fact, we have been given the liberty of deciding which days that we individually choose to observe (Romans 14:1-6; Colossians 2:13-17). In fact, mandating such on the other members of the church is a sign of spiritual apostasy (Galatians 4:9-11).

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