philosophy

Novice to Expert..

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In my profession, the margin for error is very slim. But it does not stop at the fact of making an overt error can influence another human beings health outcome. There is also the added factor of anticipatory care, which is being able to quickly diagnose a problem a patient might be having based on their symptoms. While most prudent nurses are able to this, it is the term “quickly” that is the issue with being a new nurse. No matter how many books you read, how many tests you take, what school you attended, it is rare that any disease process in decline presents itself in a text book manner. And I have found personally that experience is the best tutor in this aspect, it is experience in the field that gives a nurse those instincts to pick up things before they escalate to a crucial point. This is the present paradigm, while I understand this fact, I also understand I am fairly new to my profession. So I have to go through these experiences, and I thank God for them because they help me become a better nurse to help other patients. The hard part though I must say is looking back after the lesson learned, at what mistakes I made, and why I should have noticed this earlier, or did that earlier, knowing that a human being was the object of my lesson.

Racial Tension–The Exterior Face of a Deeper Problem..

After many mornings of deep thought in my shower (that’s where I do my most profound thinking) it has occurred to me that through all the disputes from one side or the other, no one has addressed the issue that underlies the problem. On one side you have those who call on ethical and moral accountability from the authorities, on the other the authorities call on ethical and moral accountability from the citizens. The only problem is that when there is not an absolute standard(or a point of reference) to which defines these things then one is left with corruption in government and authority on one side and as a result anarchy on the side of the citizens. Though the call for a moral standard is loud, there is no content to which it can be achieved upon. Our judicial branch has made the law into a concept that is not concrete but into something that can be subjectively interpreted to mean whatever social media decides it to be. So I must say that our concept of law reflects the attitude of the people and of government; which is there are no absolutes in life. And sadly this is evident in the churches as well as many from inside Christianity have rejected the sufficiency of scripture as the true word of God. I personally do not hold police or government to a higher moral standard than any other civilian, because they like you and I are fallen men. So to expect perfection from humans especially when the structure they operate under is not that which rests on a higher standard than the lawmakers themselves is naive. The bigger issue is not the individuals but on the concept of law to which they carry out their duties under. If law becomes subjective to the authorities and the citizens then today’s issues are only the tip of the iceberg. Once again realize that on both sides we are dealing with fallen men who might not care anything but to further their own agendas. Nobody cares as much as they portray, the news doesn’t care, they do it for ratings. Leaders are after publicity, criminals are looting their own communities, racists are still racist, and all this while a young man is dead, along with many other people killed by white AND black hands. I do not justify any actions on either side because I was not their to witness the event, I can only speak on the public reaction. We yell “JUSTICE!” With no content, what standard are we appealing to with this word. You can’t have justice without a that which is just and unjust. Unless you scream in vain.

Two Antithetical World Views..

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Basically what this sketch is is the ways people today view humanity in contrast to what the bible says. Today man is seen as just another part of the natural world, he has no more significance than a fish or tree, because in today’s thought we and the fish and the tree all share the same atoms and protons and electrons. So man is just a chemical reaction and has no true personal nature, no true significance and no true choice. So when you let this idea take hold, you loose the basis for accountability in man’s action and thus morality. Man becomes just a machine who acts of his natural chemical impulses. The bible says man is different, that man is created as a finite form of an infinite creator. And that he as a personal being has accountability to his actions. This can only be so if there is a God who unifies the whole of life, both in the natural (finite) and in the unseen. Because it is in his revelation that we can find a unity of all things.

The beautiful words of Francis Schaeffer “The God Who Is There”…

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“Yet, on the other hand, we must stand against all the romantic concepts of perfection in this life. The bible does not promise us perfection in this life, except in the area of justification. It does not promise us in this life perfection morally, physically, psychologically or sociologically. There are to be moral victories and growth, but that is different from perfection. John could say “we”. Paul could indicate his own lack of perfection. There can be physical healing, but that does not mean that the one healed is then a perfect physical specimen. The day Lazarus was raised from the dead he may have had a headache, and certainly one day he died again. People can be wonderfully helped psychologically, but that does not mean that they will then be totally integrated personalities. The Christian position is understanding that on this side of the resurrection the call is to perfection, and yet at the same time not to smash and destroy what we cannot bring again to life–just simply because it is less than the perfections that we romantically build in our thinking.”

Ideological Implications…

 

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The optimistic view that man on his own is “good” and can advance independent from God held by secular humanist was a bubble quickly burst after 2 world wars and millions of dead people, leading to pessimism and skepticism that ruled for decades in western civilization. The current postmodern subjective frame of mind most people are impaired with are the fruits of failed attempts by humanist to establish an absolute truth and standard apart from a creator. It seems as though humanity continuously attempts to erect structures without foundations (speaking ideologically), and wonder why they always collapse.

America was foundationally constructed under certain assumed absolute standards. And it is because of these standards most of western civilization and especially America has prospered to the extent it has, in comparison to its eastern counterparts who hold a more nihilistic view of life. But when you remove this foundation, as history has showed repeatedly, you will collapse. No matter how optimistic one is for the future, without an absolute standard of law and truth, you either have anarchy or totalitarianism.

As I look at the way things are currently with the uber acceleration to which moral standards are free falling from our culture, or a how law after law is redefined to accommodate the emotions of the time, rather than the intent to which it was first written, I am not surprised at the direction to which we are heading. We are harvesting the fruits to which we have sown. I hope we all can wake up and think, to quote an old rap song..”there is war going on outside, no man is safe from”… we need to fight before it is too late, and the first call to action is to THINK!

Faith Alone Vs. Faith+Works..

Are We Saved by Faith Alone or (Faith + Works) According to James?

Context Verses: James 1: 2-4 James 1: 22-27

Hermeneutics

This term denotes the systematic study of the translation of written language and its interpretation. In order to truly understand the intentions of the author it is important for one to go back to the original language. Whenever scripture doesn’t coincide in or SEEMS to contradict is most likely an error of translation or a misunderstanding of context.

Key terms in James 2:14

What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him?

  • Use- ὄφελος [ophelos]: Advantage, help
  • Faith- πίστιν [pistis]: faith, belief, trust
  • Works- ἔργα [erga]: action, deed, labor
  • Save- σῶσαι [sōsai]: to save, heal, preserve ,rescue lFaith- πίστιν [pistis]: faith, belief, trust

Faith- πίστιν [pistis]: faith, belief, trust

Three ways faith can be used in scripture..

  1. Justifying faith as in the one that gives eternal life (context of the epistle rules this out, it is clear these are believers already James 1:2)
  2. Faith rest drill is the active application of the doctrine of scripture to a present situation (doing the word)
  3. Passive use of faith as  in what is believed or doctrine. The totality of knowledge of scripture.

The type of faith James speaks of is that which has to do with a doctrinal belief. A belief in a standard of living which then should guide our way of life, and is no advantage to us if we don’t apply it. What is the point of reading the bible if we are not going to do what it says. Our understanding of the bible becomes meaningless.

Save- σῶσαι [sōsai]: to save, heal, preserve ,rescue

3 meanings of “save”

  1. Phase 1 salvation (saved from eternal penalty of sin)
  2. Phase 2 sanctification (saved from the power of sin) though the sin nature is still active we are given the option by the holy spirit to live in a way that matures us as believers
  3. Phase 3 glorification (saved from the present of sin) absent from the body, face to face with God, will not be resurrected until the rapture

Save- σῶσαι

3 phases

Mark 3:4; Luke 9:56

James 2:21-24

Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar?

Justified- δικαιόω: To declare righteous, to validate, to justify, to vindicate

There are 2 types of justification the one that saves (God) and the one that validates faith (Man) before man, and also sanctifies. Romans 4:1-3/ Genesis 15:1-6

If Abraham was justified by works, that was good before men, but not before God. God’s justification is based on faith alone in Christ alone.

Abraham’s Work

Abraham receives the word in his 70’s or 80’s, Isaac isn’t born until Abraham is 100 and the almost sacrifice didn’t happen until Isaac was in his 20’s. Almost 40 years had passed since God’s promise to Abraham before the actual work in Genesis 22:1 referenced in the book of James occurs. So this work cannot be what saved Abraham in regards to eternal salvation because in Genesis 15:6 it states he already was a believer.

Keep in mind what the purpose of James is, how to persevere through times of testing! God gave Abraham a test in order to see whether he would apply what he knew about God and his character. So this epistle is does not contradict the scriptures as some would say but it shows that our works show the amount of faith (doctrine) we have acquired. Someone who states they have a doctrinal belief (faith) that is not applied (works) in their life, that persons belief (faith) is useless to them because they are not utilizing it. James has nothing to do with eternal security.

Conclusion

 

We are Justified by faith alone [Eph 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; Rom 11:6] in Christ alone and the instance one believes in the person and work of Christ they are imputed the perfect righteousness of God. This is phase 1 saved. The justification James is speaking of is the sanctification, which is to be validated by our actions in times of testing and adversity , we are to be able to use our belief and understanding (faith) of our doctrine as a means to make the right decisions. This is what saves us from the consequences of sin and carnality.

As we grow in our life as believers we will be tested repeatedly by God, through this test we are given the opportunities to move up a level in our maturity. We can either apply the word and pass[2 Peter 1:5-8], or choose with our flesh and fail and suffer [James 1:12-15]. Let us persevere, put off the old self, grow as  believers, apply your faith(doctrine) and push towards maturity. We have been set aside by God to receive the reward that no money can buy, let us live in a way that shows we are grateful, it is the least we can do.

Stress Buster..

žHow do you handle stress..??

žStress Vs. Adversity

  • žAdversity is the external circumstances that are presented in everyday life.
  • Everybody faces adversity whether saved or unsaved (Matthew 7:24-27)
  • Adversity will come in various forms whether you like it or not (not optional)

žStress Vs. Adversity

  • žStress is the internal reaction to adversity
  • Once an adverse situation occurs the individual will internalize the situation
  • After the initial reaction it is the option of that person to allow that adversity to cause stress
  • Therefor stress is optional ž

žCoping ž

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  • Without the knowledge and application of bible doctrine, the unbeliever or immature believer is in a constant state of stress, anxiety, depression and regression
  • žIn order to deal with these internal issue they will turn to external temporary means of coping such as drugs, sex, materialism, music, relationships, etc..
  • žThrough all this the issue that caused the initial problem still lingers and is waiting from them whenever the stimulus is gone ž

Biblical Stress Buster’s

ž žConfession ž1 John 1:9

  • “Confess means to say the same thing about sin that God does” (C. Ryrie) acknowledgement of your wrong doing
  • At the instance we confess our sins God cleanses us from all unrighteousness
  • At this point we are cleansed and able to be in fellowship with God, which allows for growth and doctrine application

 žFilled by the Spirit žEphesians 5:18

  • All believers are sealed with the holy spirit at salvation but not all are filled, to be filled is a repetitive action which is based whether we are cleansed
  • Through the filling of the spirit a Christian is able to apply doctrine to daily problems that occur
  • Also the spirit is that which brings to mind the promises God has made to us, when we apply these promises to a situation, we are then walking not by sight but by faith
  • Do you know any promises God has made to believers???

žFaith Rest Drill ž1 Peter 1:3-4 (Sanctification)

After learning to walk by the Spirit the believer can then have the capacity to understand the faithfulness of God (Romans 8:11-15)

At this stage the believer is growing in the “TRUE” understanding of God, that he is faithful in his word

By putting faith, and being rest assured on the word, the believer can live life with a relaxed mental attitude

žGrace and Doctrine Orientation/Application ž2 Peter 3:18

  • We cannot grow to maturity without the knowledge of what and who God is
  • In order to handle life stresses we must grow and apply doctrine, in order to apply doctrine which is needed to grow, you need to know doctrine
  • In order to know doctrine you need to study doctrine
  • Without this we will be no different than the unbeliever and get caught away with every adverse situation žStress Buster

Confess your sin → Learn Doctrine→ Walk by means of the Spirit → Apply Doctrine→ Grow by grace and faith → Trust God

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žConclusion

  • žIn order to truly live a life as a Christian we must learn to actually believe what the word of God says
  • žThis is essential for the growth of a believer that can be used for the furtherance of the kingdom
  • žSpiritual laziness will leave a believer in a state of insecurity regarding their relationship with the Lord ž
  • žGod has given each of us the ability to live in the perfect peace that comes with our salvation žIt is up to the volition of the individual to accept and apply this ž
  • The problem is not sin, sin was paid for on the cross, the problem is growth, without growth sin will remain an issue ž
  • {Matthew 10:29-31} žIf God’s eyes are on the sparrows and he watches over them, why would he not watch over his children.

 

 

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Biblical Love..

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Impersonal Love (Biblical Love)

—Impersonal love is a love based on the characteristics of the one giving the love and not that of the one receiving the love.

In the statement “I love you” The subject “I” would be emphasized in this love relationship.

Impersonal love has no basis on merits of the receiver and ultimately is not influenced by the actions of the receiver.

—This is the foundation of all love, and is what is taught in scripture. Thus the term “impersonal” denotes a love based on no personal circumstances of the object being loved.

(John 3:16) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

—(John 13:34-35 )A new commandment I give to you, That you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

—(1 John 4:7) Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loves is born of God, and knows God.

 

Personal Love

—Personal love is a love that emphasizes the object being loved, In the statement, “I LOVE YOU” it would emphasize the “YOU”

—This means the love for the object is based on some intimacy, relationship or act on part of the person being loved

This type of love is thus conditional, and does not present to us the type of love we as believers are to share for others

Personal love is a love that goes beyond just character, but is based on also close ties and relation ship. Which is circumstantial.

—When properly applied this type of love is built upon the foundation of impersonal love, and this strengthens the love that one can share from another.

—In the scripture when God is the subject and believers are the object the term (phileo) which denotes a personal friendship is used to describe the love relationship.

 

 Conclusion

 —The most powerful fruit of the spirit of God is love, because on the act of love is where God established his kingdom. For him to come down to Earth as a man to die for the evilness and sins of man is the ultimate portrayal of impersonal Love.

As true ambassadors of Christ we must show through our lives and actions the truth of a Godly biblical love, not love like the world calls it but the love which God has put into our hearts.

Our love shouldn’t be emotionally charged, but be a biblical impersonal love as the foundation. Through God’s word we are reminded that his actions for mankind were done because he loved us, not in our perfect state, but in our sinful, arrogant, rebellious state, and at the perfect time revealed himself to us, allowing us to have eternal life.

We must press on to attaining all the spiritual gifts but most of all we MUST attain LOVE.

Do you act black???

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“He don’t act black..”


“She act like a white girl..”


Words of ignorance too many times spewed from the mouths people who have fallen victim to a stereotypical presumption about the character of an individual. Has anyone ever told you that? “You act like a (insert not black race), or you don’t act black. The question that comes to my mind is, what are you really asking? That’s the question we should ask anybody that tries to imply that being born with a darker pigmentation of melanin denotes a certain pattern of behavior.


So what do people consider acting black anyways. Are you not acting black because you use proper sentence structures when you speak, or is it because every other word out of your mouth is not derogatory. Or let me take another swing at it, are you not acting black because you wear your pants at waist level, say ma’am and sir, and respect your elders. Could it be because you worked hard to attain a college education, or is it the fact that you are faithful to one spouse, serve God with all your heart and try to be a descent person. 


If those are the standards for acting black, or being a real “nigga” then I will pass on that label. Why is it that the criteria to which being a black person in America today is one that is associated with negativity. And to add insult to injury we are the ones who propel these stereotypes by playing into the hands of a mindset that places our humanity in the bondage of an ideological propaganda. Our music tells our young men like me to kill each other, rob each other, and hate each other. It tells our women that beauty is not intrinsic, but external, reduced to a fat butt and Indian hair. And worst of all, we march along to that tune, too drunk off our own self deception to perceive the poison we as a culture ingest. 


I was once ignorant, portraying a preconceived notion of what i figured I was supposed to be as a black man. Until a light was sparked, this light was my understanding that even in my ignorance God saw it fit to accept me, and not only that, he gave me the opportunity to become a better human. that’s all is about, being a better human. I was broken free from the mental shackles placed on me by this society, free to be a man, free to be human, free to be me. When God created each one of us he made us in his image, each one a unique being, given the tools to be an instrument for impact. To break beyond the limits of racial characterization and be unique in the aspect of not conforming to societal expectations.


Well my name is Frank, I use proper sentence structures when I talk, I try not to disrespect other people, I respect my elders, My pants don’t sag, I wish one day to be a husband of one woman and a father to my children, and I am BLACK.

Worth..

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Worth and value are not based on intrinsic qualities, but based on the means one will go to posses that item, if you were stranded on an island diamonds and gold would be worthless compared to food and fresh water, so as I contemplate this thought I stand in awe that God wanted me so bad that he would go to the point of death to free and adopt me, so my worth is not based on anything material but on the price my God and creator placed on my life and yours on the cross…