(Note: Personal issues have necessitated a break from blogging so future posts will be at a longer interval for a while.)
Matthew 7:6, "Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you."
I currently work at a place that repairs cars. A customer came into the shop for a repair because his regular mechanic could not properly fix his vehicle. It turns out his regular mechanic had ordered the wrong part three different times and finally decided to force the part to fit. It didn't. Also the customer's receipt indicated his outer tie rods had been replaced.
The owner of the shop where I work (though not as a mechanic) calls me over and says "take a look at this." One outer tie rod was completely rusted through, the other one wasn't much better. Even in the harsh driving environment of our area, it would take several years for this to happen. His regular mechanic had scammed him. We see this all the time.
We've had two different customers come in from a local Ford dealership where it was determined that the work they were charged for, over $1900 total for both, was never done to their vehicles.
Shifting gears, I spent almost 10 years as a residential real estate appraiser (Certified) before my phone stopped ringing. It stopped because I would not agree to do fraudulent appraisals back during the real estate boom. Sadly, probably 99% of appraisers still working today are crooks, as are their bosses. The honest ones were forced out of business. Loan originator: "Mike, we need 150k value to make the loan work." Me, after inspecting the property and checking comparable sales: "It's worth 80k, max." Loan originator: "If you can't change the value, we will find an appraiser who can." And they did, and the appraiser would usually do the appraisal for less money to boot. It's no wonder the FBI considers bad real estate appraisers among the stupidest of criminals, since they risk 3 years in Federal prison for submitting a fraudulent appraisal they were paid a hundred bucks for.
To continue, back when I had my firearms business, an elderly woman came in to use our pistol range. She had purchased her pistol from another local dealer who was a total dirtbag. The old woman was too weak to pull the slide back far enough to chamber a round, but the pistol was sold to her anyway.
As I've stated in the past, ad nauseum, pure evil is pure selfishness, while pure good is pure selflessness. The lousy mechanics, appraisers and gun dealer were all acting in their own selfish interest. Moral of the story? Without God, bad things happen. The scammers get their 30 pieces of silver, but in the end, their guts explode.
On March 11, 2011 a magnitude 9 earthquake and resultant tsunami hit the east coast of Japan. 15,882 people were killed and another 2600 or so went missing and are presumed dead. Three Japanese nuclear reactors also melted down releasing as much radiation as 33 Chernobyls.
I had a Japanese room mate in college. He was an honorable guy. His parents were honorable people, so why would a disaster of this magnitude hit Japan? The two major Japanese religions are Shinto and Buddhism. Shinto is a polytheistic religion and Buddhism is basically a religion where you just chill out. Most Japanese practice their respective religions only on holidays. Without God, bad things happen. Is that always the case though?
Genesis 11: 1-9, "And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.
2 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.
3 And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter.
4 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
5 And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.
6 And the Lord said, Behold, the people is 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.
7 Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.
8 So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.
9 Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the Lord scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth."
Missing element from the tower construction? God.
On May 13, 1607 English settlers landed at what would become known as Jamestown, Virginia. Less than 400 years later, transplanted European Americans had developed the technology and infrastructure to put a man on the moon. So, we got to build our tower of Babel, but at what cost? As men were walking on the moon, our nation was in turmoil. We were fighting a war in Vietnam, there was rioting and civil unrest at home.................why all the trouble?
Although the establishment clause of the First Amendment provides for the separation of church and state, it was not until Engel v. Vitale in 1962 and Abington School District v. Schempp in 1963 that school prayer formally ended in the U.S.
Then there was the 1973 Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decision which decided:
"That a right to privacy under the due process clause of the 14th Amendment extended to a woman's decision to have an abortion...."
While the Synagogue of satan never lets us forget the alleged six million Jews (The Sos has been using the 6 million figure since WWI--yes, WWI, apparently they like that number.) killed in the Holocaust, we fail to note the fact that over 54 million babies have been murdered just since Roe v. Wade.
Where have the churches been? Most have been AWOL. Many people will suffer as a result since most churches have become just as selfish and greedy as the average citizen.
What can you do? Nobody likes a smackdown, but it is important to find a bible believing church that brings members of its flock under loving discipline when they need it. Salvation is no joke..........neither is damnation.