Thanks Martin. I've posted twice regarding his reported statements of wishing to remove all limits on abortion, as well as the likelihood that he'll appoint 2 abortion-friendly judges during his term. No response to this from anyone. So if he's a good thing (and maybe he is, I don't know), where does this fit in with his "goodness"? Scripture speaks against shedding innocent blood, and history indicates the society that murders its children is doomed to failure. I realize this isn't the only issue, he's not the only one that's abortion-friendly, much innocent blood is shed in many ways, etc., so I'm not blindly viewing this....just curious and concerned about the apparent extremely pro-abortion issue. Martin, specifically, maybe you've heard a word on how God will work this out? Because on the surface, IMO, it sure doesn't look good wrt this issue. Thoughts? James.
One of the things that I'm not liking is that the news media is saying that Obama is pro- stem cell research. Anyone with half a brain is pro- stem cell research. The news media seems like they're still not up to speed on the differences between adult stem cell research, embryonic stem cell research, and the differences between embryonic stem cell research such as the difference between using aborted fetuses or simply using umbilical chord blood or getting the stem cells from infants in other ways since they very likely run a lot of tests at hospitals on newborns anyway. The tiniest prick of the inside of the nose that wouldn't draw more than one or two drops of blood from the baby would likely water the eyes and get a cry over the watery eyes and funky feeling from anybody messing with your nose, but it would also give them thousands of embryonic stem cells. And there's a lot of other ways of getting the stem cells and not just through the nose. Legislation for embryonic stem cell research doesn't necessitate a free for all on abortions, which by the way we've already had in case anybody hasn't noticed. All of the big cures that have happened thus far have been with adult stem cells.
The abortion issue is once and for all resolved with a constitutional amendment, but Christians have lacked the genuine interest in pursuing it. So, there's an enormous amount of hypocrisy among Christians on the abortion issue. The Supreme Court renders it's opinions and they're only opinions. A constitutional amendment would shut them down on that issue.
One of the things that's been emerging has been a consensus among a number of prophetic voices that there would be a generation on earth that was cancer free. So, either mainstream doctors will stop fighting against God's methods and aloe, selenium, mangosteen, and graviola will come into greater usage, along with anything else that God would bring to light, or we're going to have healthier food and safer technology that's not moment by moment chipping away at people's health. But we can't totally discount the possible stem cell research connection on this. The life of the flesh is in the blood.
They said what in 2005? Obama would be the next president? Nobody even knew who he was in 2005.
The Holy Spirit knew who Barack was.
And yes, the details were there. But as Jesus told Nathanael....
I'm not discounting the possibility of judgment out of all of this, but everything's sorta already been in severe judgment with half of the companies in this country and in many others going bankrupt. Some are even dogmatically expecting or creating with their expectation and preaching "Daniel's 70th week." It could get uglier still during this transition period that precedes the outpouring of the Holy Spirit that begins the millenium. I've heard that some countries have a religious mark that's similar to the dot on the head worn by people in India, but where among the Muslims that have something similar, you're not able to buy, sell, or hold a job without that. I don't know how serious to take the reports I've heard over the years of that going on, and whether or not they actually take it that far. But if that were the case, then your most dogmatic literalists and futurists on the book of Revelation would have to allow that we're somewhere between the 9th and 13th chapters of the book of Revelation in the way that they'd understand it.
I'm more interested in what God's doing than in what the devil is doing or will allegedly do. That's one of the philosophical problems with premillenialism that it uniquely places one in the position of heralding the coming of AntiChrist instead of heralding the coming of Christ. Whether anyone would regard themselves as a premillenialist or not, if there's any tendency with anyone to go all chicken little with "the devil is coming, the devil is coming! The devil is coming!!!!" I'd sincerely ask people like that to re-evaluate whose side they're on! God has a whole lot more going on and He's doing a whole lot more, including a whole lot more exciting things, and in the end, He's all in all. Conservative radio commentators, even if they don't have the book of Revelation in front of them, they wind up "going there" most of the time with how bad things are supposedly going to get. To me, that's rapidly becoming the definition of "Conservatism" to where I'm almost ready to wear the label of a liberal, with due reverence to Christ, if it's between genuine Gospel optimism and that religious "it's all going to Hell" nonsense that's not remotely in tune with what I'm hearing from the Holy Spirit. 2Corinthians 9 speaks of liberality and not all of this other stuff about God needing the world to suffer because the sufferings of Christ weren't sufficient to satisfy some Karmic blood lust at work in the universe, in the curse that's already been taken away, etc.