Category Archives: 1st Amendment

Is suffering the result of sin?

April 22
Is suffering the result of sin?
For reading & meditation: Luke 13
“Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way?” (v.2)

Yesterday we ended by making the point that it is only when we realistically acknowledge a problem that we can take the steps to deal with it. The teaching that says you should not admit to having a problem as the negative thought that comes from such an admission will interfere with your ability to deal with it is psychologically and spiritually unsound. The passage we read yesterday showed how Jesus, in the Garden of Gethsemane, dealt with the problem of His impending death on the cross: He first faced it in His feelings, and then went out to face the fact. “Rise, let us go!” The second thing we must do to deal with suffering is to recognise that not all suffering is due to personal sin. Some suffering is, of course, but not all. The person who violates God’s moral laws must not be surprised when these laws kick back. The fact that not all suffering is due to personal sin can be seen from the account in John 9, where Jesus pointed out that personal or parental sin is not always at the back of physical calamities such as congenital blindness. The point is made even more clearly in the passage before us today, where Jesus points out that calamities can stem from man’s inhumanity to man (Pilate’s butchering of Galilean Jews) or natural accidents or disasters (the collapse of the tower in Siloam), and therefore the people who suffer from them are not especially sinful. This takes away the self-righteous attitude of those who, being free from calamities themselves, view the problems of others as being the direct punishment of God upon their sin.
Father, I’m relieved to know that suffering is not always the result of personal sin. I’m willing to take my share of the blame for the problems I face, but help me not to become plagued with false guilt. Keep me balanced. Amen.
For further study:
1. What does Scripture say about Job?
2. What did his friends say?

Media BiASSed:

NBC Claims O’Reilly Story ‘Stirs Up Memories of Anita Hill’


During the Today show’s extensive coverage on Thursday of Bill O’Reilly leaving Fox News over sexual harassment allegations, the NBC morning program used the controversy to resurrect the unsubstantiated 1991 smear campaign against then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. Astonishingly, the numerous sexual harassment claims against former President Bill Clinton were never mentioned.

Who Is USA Today’s ‘Torchbearer’ on Sexual Harassment? Not Paula Jones


In the wake of Bill O’Reilly’s exit from Fox News, USA Today on Thursday decided to highlight a woman who endured sexual harassment from someone powerful and is now the “torchbearer in the decades-long fight against sexual harassment.” Unsurprisingly, that woman is not Paula Jones or one of the women who stood up to Bill Clinton’s sexual harassment. It’s Anita Hill and her efforts to take down Clarence Thomas.

Daily Beast Editor Fears French ‘Far-Right’ Will ‘Exploit’ Paris Shooting


Appearing on MSNBC in the 3 p.m. ET hour on Thursday, during breaking news coverage of a shooting along the Champs Elysees in Paris, Daily Beast World News Editor Christopher Dickey was more worried by the prospect of France’s “very far-right party” using the incident as an issue in the nation’s upcoming presidential election than he was with the welfare of people caught up in the violence.

MSNBC Firmly Condemns Trump for Referring to Paris Attack as Terrorism


In the moments following President Trump’s Thursday press conference with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, MSNBC and its myirad of guests swiftly condemned Trump for referring to the deadly shooting in Paris on the Champs-Élysées as a terrorist attack.

Nets Omit Dem Official Blaming Obama for Party Failures in Elections


Following their humiliating defeat in the 2016 election, the Democratic Party found themselves in a terrible place where they were down over 1000 seats through all levels of government since 2008. And according to one high-ranking Party official, one person held the blame. “The number two official for the Democrats says former President Obama is to blame for the Party’s recent electoral failures,” Fox News’ Bret Baier reported on Special Report on Thursday, while the Big Three networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) ignored the figure pointing.

Boom: Jake Tapper Calls Out Obama-Loving Press, Hits the ‘Kool-Aid’ Drinkers


CNN journalist Jake Tapper called out his fellow reporters for their fawning coverage of Barack Obama. In an interview for GQ posted on Tuesday, he concluded, “President Obama was not friendly to the press, but the press was very friendly to President Obama.”

NY Times Politicizes Patriots’ White House Super Bowl Champs’ Visit With Bogus Photo Comparison


At this point, it seems that there is nothing the New York Times won’t fabricate in the their nonstop attempt to discredit anything and everything associated with President Donald Trump. Yesterday the @NYTSports Twitter account tweeted photos supposedly comparing this year’s turnout of Super Bowl champion New England Patriots players and personnel at the White House to the analogous event in 2015. The Times clearly wants those who see the tweet to believe that scores of Patriots players and front office personnel stayed away this year rather than be seen at the mean, evil Trump White House.

Remodeling …

So our downstairs bathroom is gutted and ready for the next phase..

Except I have been unable to get a plumber over here to give me an estimate on moving shower head and a couple of other issues…

So I went elsewhere…Contacting a friend whom has done his share of plumbing, building etc….Not that he made a career out of it..Just that he can do most anything he wants.

Heck he wanted his own Ice Castle for ice fishing, so he built one..just as sweet as any factory manufactured ones I have seen.

So I asked and he said heck ya..

Probably take him an hour including the standard two trips to the hardware store..

Cost? He and his significant other like the Japanese Restaurant in town and so do Most Dearest and I…So dinner them is his charge..

Can’t beat that…