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Christmas Myths

I’ve heard two things this Christmas season that I think are worthy of dispute. I’ve heard the first one before, but the second was new to me.

1. Mary was 13 when she was pregnant with Christ and married Joseph.

2. Lit the Menorah and celebrated Hannukah just like Jesus did.

Neither one of these statements is supported by the Holy Bible. Personally, I wouldn’t want to accuse God of being a pedophile. 18 is widely accepted as an appropriate age for a girl to marry in the U.S. I don’t believe the jurisprudence of men is better than God’s, so I suspect Mary was around 18. Regarding Hannukah it is not one of God’s feasts from the Old Testament, nor is it mentioned by name in the New Testament. There is no evidence that Jesus ever lit a Menorah or celebrated Hannukah.

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Discernment Part 2

I think that a lesson I learned in my first year of law school could be applied to learning or teaching spiritual discernment and development.

When writing an essay on exams first year law students are taught to use IRAC. IRAC stands for Issue, Rule, Analysis, and Conclusion. The question, usually a hypothetical with various facts determines the issue. When the issue is identified you determine the Rule or the law that applies to the facts of the situation. Analysis takes the law or laws into consideration and you provide discussion on how they may relate to the hypothetical facts. Finally your conclusion, how do you think the issue should be resolved.

Dean was wondering if he should lie to his girlfriend about meeting another girl at the bar last night.

Issues: How serious is the relationship with his girlfriend and is the relationship approved of by God’s law? What are his intentions to the girl he met last night? What was he doing at a bar? Should he lie? What are his motives for lying?

Rule(s): Fornication is sin. Hebrews 13:4. Lust is sin. Matthew 5:28. Drunkeness can lead to damnation. Galatians 5:21. Thou shalt not lie. Exodus 20:16

Analysis: Knowing the law, Dean should develop a Christian relationship with his girlfriend in consideration of marriage. Dean should not go to bars and drink too much. Dean should not look on a woman with lust and Dean should not lie.

Conclusion: Following God’s word can be hard. Knowing his law is key. If you know the rule you let the rule govern. Keeping God’s law is crucial to Christian living. The result of keeping his law is strong and healthy relationships on Earth and the promise of a future in Heaven.

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The Meaning of Life

An age old question is what is the meaning of life.

It gets harder when people keep changing the definitions of words. Marriage is a Holy union between a man and a woman. But what then they say is a man or a woman?

One of my favorite movie qoutes is from Moulin Rouge, The greatest thing is to love and be loved in return.

But like Pontius Pilate asking what is truth?, there is a whole new generation asking what is love?
God is love. Sincere love naturally comes with rules and conditions. It is not chaos. It is not possession or ownership. The rules and conditions of love are based in Hope. God gave his son for us and just like us he hope’s to be loved in return.
Jesus died to show us how to live. Keep Jesus’ words, honor the Father’s will, and fear should be relegated to the past.

Accept Jesus as the Son of God today. Repent of your sins and be baptized by immersion in water in his name.

Mark 16:16 KJV He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
If you love God and want to show him you do check out the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20. They are a detailed explanation of how to love God with all your heart, mind, spirit, and strength and how to love your neighbor as yourself.

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