Centers for Death Control Latest Recommendations - Cyber Monday Special - Purity 588
Purity 588 11/29/2021 Purity 588 Podcast
Today’s photo of an early morning view of what we suspect to be Lake Keowee near Seneca, SC comes to us from a friend’s Thanksgiving Weekend visit to a sibling who calls the Palmetto state home. Although siblings sometimes have rivalries and some may try to assume the role of a pseudo parent or role model, our friend’s photos gave no evidence of any relational difficulties or either party trying to assume control over the other.
Today is Cyber Monday and the issue of control is at the forefront of my thoughts this morning as I saw that one of the deals that was featured yesterday for Cyber Monday was for the Amazon Smart Soap Dispenser that has a 20 second timer and works with Alexa. It is being sold for $37.99, and that’s down from $54.99! For a soap dispenser.
Now it wasn’t the cost that necessarily drew my attention or shocked me. The distribution of wealth is unbalanced and there will always be a call to price somewhat simple items at higher prices to make the rich feel they are getting a luxury item or the “top of the line” in soap dispensers.
What shocked me was the tie-in to the current culture of fear and man’s desire to control their environment.
If anyone has any doubt of our now being in a “dystopian” society, you should notice the measures of control that are subtly or not so subtly being instituted into our lives. Vaccine and mask mandates are the soup du jour and the insistence of “making hand washing count” as this soap dispenser’s marketing materials advertises is the next level of control that will eventually be instituted by those who would choose to legislate away any possible cause of death.
The soap dispenser’s 20 second time is based on the CDC’s recommendations of how long you should wash your hands and even though this soap dispenser is considered a “smart” soap dispenser it assumes that you are smart enough to follow the CDC’s guidelines but apparently not smart enough to count to 20.
The soap dispenser’s “smart” features also indicate that your attention span is extremely limited because it assumes that you require that Alexa entertain you with music or jokes while you wash.
And of course, Amazon, apparently assumes that you are either too dull or too terrified to consider that nearly $40 may be an exorbitant coast for a hand washing accessory.
While I had a chuckle at first over the absurdity of this latest sign of the times, I realized that it really wasn’t funny. We have entered into a new age where our society could choose a path to try to eliminate all disease at the costs of our personal freedom.
I then realized that the CDC was an oxymoron. Think about it? Disease control? That’s like Jumbo Shrimp. If we could really control disease, would there be disease? I don’t think so.
And what’s so bad about disease anyway? If it doesn’t kill you, it makes you stronger right?
Oh that’s it? We don’t want to die. Right, because most of us have no assurance of what lies on the other side of death and thus we must prevent that at all costs!
We are one missed hand washing session away from being thrown into an uncertain eternity!
Because of our precarious situation we should not only buy automated soap dispensers we should expand the CDC’s recommendations to include everything that could cause us to die! We need to rename that fine organization the Centers for Death Control!
Otherwise, we might have to take the recommendations from some other Higher Power!
There is a Higher Power that claims to have made a way beyond death itself and some claim that this Higher Power is in control of the course of history, being the Creator and Sustainer of all things. This Higher Power is even said to be the agent that calls His created beings into eternity. The implications of the existence of this Higher Power are that our efforts at controlling our environments and when we get sick, and die may be ultimately meaningless as this Higher Power could call us into eternity at any moment.
This Higher Power, of course, is God. And any measure of safety or peace that we can get from washing our hands or “doing everything right” pales in comparison to the peace that comes from being in a relationship with Him.
We don’t know when we will die. I have an acquaintance whose wife took great strides in the last few years to get healthy by exercising and changing her eating habits. She lost a significant amount of weight and by all appearances was in the best health of her life. I am not sure what her hand washing habits were, but it appeared that she agreed with the CDC’s recommendations regarding COVID-19. She was an advocate for her community and helped a great number of people in various ways. She recently died quite suddenly and unexpectantly from an unseen and unpreventable medical issue. Her best efforts to prolong and protect her life, proved not to matter.
Don’t get me wrong, I completely condone taking strides to improve our physical and mental health. But our spiritual health is ultimately the most important thing.
I don’t know this women’s spiritual destiny but cringed that I saw a social media post from her that proclaimed, “Sundays are for coffee and watching movies.” The Lord knows her heart and always does what’s right.
However, the Lord sent Jesus Christ to save us. Our good works for the community and being nice to our family and friends don’t reconcile us to the Lord. The word indicates that it is through faith in Christ alone that we receive eternal life and the great commission states that we are to go into the world and make disciples of all nations.
Is someone saved by Christ if they never mention His name?
One of the scariest verses in the Bible indicates that some will claim faith in Christ only to be told that He never knew them. When we live a life that gives no evidence of a relationship with Jesus, can we have assurance that we are going where He is when we die?
A true understanding of a Sovereign God and the gospel of Jesus Christ will result in faith in Jesus and the assurance of life forever more.
While life is precious and we should take steps to protect and prolong it, we should also be just as diligent to meet its purpose: to know God and to make Him known.
So instead of purchasing the latest gadget that can help you live another day on earth, seek the Lord, find and name Jesus Christ as your Lord Savior and Savior, and have the assurance that you will live with Him forever.
It is the season of Christmas. Jesus is the reason for the season. So be bold in letting everyone know that when you say “I believe” it’s not in some jolly old elf that gives out presents once a year. Let them know that you believe in the Son of God, and God the Son, who came to earth to die for your sins and to bring you into His eternal kingdom.
Don’t be afraid of some disease and develop the habits of an obsessive compulsive when you can instead place your faith in Christ and live a life of peace where you can know that no matter when you are called into eternity you will be safe in His presence forever.
Today’s Bible verse is drawn from “The NLT Bible Promise Book for Men”.
This morning’s meditation verse is:
Psalm 46:1 (NLT2) God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.
Today’s verse reminds us that God is our protector and the source of our strength.
Oh brother, I have walked through some times of trouble since coming to faith in Jesus Christ and have had episodes in my faith walk where I was faced with uncertain circumstances where I was brought to the pit of despair and honestly didn’t know how I was supposed to go on.
Yeah, things were bleak. I didn’t have any answers of how or when I would get out of those times of trouble but because of my relationship with God that was established when I put my faith in Jesus Christ I received the strength to carry on.
In those times of trouble I was connected to God through my spiritual disciplines of prayer, Bible study, and worship. So even though things seemed utterly hopeless, I had hope. Even when I was in a restless position circumstantially, I had peace.
When you come before God and humble yourself, He will lift you up. No matter how bad things got at times because of my faith I had a reason to keep going.
And as I kept walking with God, I received His guidance and was amazed how things that were crafted by others to work against me were turned around and worked in my favor.
The word is true. God is our refuge and strength and always ready to help us in times of trouble. So trust the Lord. Seek His presence, His wisdom, and His ways continually because He will never leave you or forsake you and when those times of trouble come you will be amazed at the help you receive when you are walking with Him.
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Today we continue sharing from June Hunt’s “Evil and Suffering… Why? Is God Fair?
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E. How to Answer the Skeptic Who Asks ... "Can God Do Anything?"
If a skeptic asks a Bible-believer, "Can God do anything?" the predictable answer is "Yes." And the biblical basis for this response is in numerous Scriptures, such as Jeremiah 32:27 ... "I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?" Someone could say, "If that's true, then God could eliminate all evil and suffering now!"
If you fail to qualify your own answer, you could fall prey to a number of trick questions. For this reason you need to know how to avoid becoming flustered by learning how to give accurate, wise answers based on biblical truth ...
"Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone." (Colossians 4:6)
- Can God
create a rock so heavy that He cannot lift it?
However you answer this yes or no question, you know you are wrong.
- —If you answer, "No, He cannot make a rock that He cannot lift," you have just denied His omnipotence.
- —If you answer, "Yes, He can make a rock that He cannot lift," again, you have just denied His omnipotence. So, how do you answer this question? Simply state, "God has the power to do anything that is consistent with His divine character. Likewise, God cannot do anything that is counter to His divine character." The Bible actually lists certain actions that are impossible for God, such as...
"It is impossible for God to lie." (Hebrews 6:18)
cannot be tempted.
"God cannot be tempted by evil." (James 1:13)
cannot cease to exist.
"In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. Like clothing you will change them and they will be discarded. But you remain the same, and your years will never end." (Psalm 102:25-27)
- Can God make a one-sided triangle?
- —If you answer "No," a skeptic could ask this follow-up question:
- "Does that mean God is not all-powerful?"
Before you answer a question, first evaluate whether the question is logical or not. Simply state,
- "This question is illogical because by definition a triangle must be three-sided."
- "This simply means God can do anything consistent with His divine character—anything that is logically possible."
"Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you will be like him yourself. Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes." (Proverbs 26:4-5)
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