The Power of a Question

The power of questions

Who? What? When? Where? Why? How? Every elementary child learns these six foundational questions. Questions are  useful, diverse, and powerful tools  in communication.  Some question types are:

  • Information questions request additional information. These are the most common types e.g. How was your week?
  • Rhetorical questions provoke thought without expecting an answer. e.g. Are you kidding me?
  • Validation questions reveal the listeners understanding(or willingness to be honest) because you already know the answer.
  • Leading  questions direct the conversation
  • Internal question stimulate your inner dialogue
  • Closed questions require a short answer, e.g. What color is your car?
  • Open questions require an extended explanation, e.g. Why did you choose to become a dentist?
  • Relationship questions express an interest in somebody by finding out about their interests and background, e.g. if you meet somebody that is a beekeeper.  “I know nothing about beekeeping. Why do you like beekeeping?”

The bible is a rich source of questions utilizing the above reasons and more. This study explores how God’s word utilizes questions.

The first question in the bible (Genesis 3:1) is a statement and not a question. The first question in the bible is asked by God in Genesis 3:9

9 And the LORD God called to Adam, and said to him, Where are you?

Adam committed treason by disobeying God’s only commandment. God asks Adam “Where are you?”. This is a validation question because God knew the answer. This question is the subject of the Old Testament. The focus is on man and where his thoughts lie.

In Matthew chapter 2, King Herod askedd the first question in the New Testament.

2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

“Where is he?” is the focus of the New Testament. Where is Jesus Christ in your life? This is the pivotal question. I’m not interested in what church you attend, your ministry work, worship music that you enjoy, the preacher that you listened to, or any of the other activities involved in being a Christian. I intently listen for what place Jesus Christ and the Word of God resides in your life. The rest of these things are important but they pale in comparison.

In Matthew 5 Jesus addresses love and hypocrisy.

38 You have heard that it has been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:

This is the world’s law of rigid justice.

39 But I say to you, That you resist not evil: but whoever shall smite you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also.

“Resist not evil” means not to fight evil with evil. This is in contrast to “ an eye for an eye, and a tooth for tooth” from the previous verse. exact justice by getting even.

40 And if any man will sue you at the law, and take away your coat, let him have your cloak also.

I don’t think that this means that Christians should never go to court or defend a lawsuit, but to have a heart of generosity that is not provoked to get even. Pursuing justice is right, revenge is wrong.

41 And whoever shall compel you to go a mile, go with him two. 42 Give to him that asks you, and from him that would borrow of you turn not you away.

Exceed expectations. Be generous in giving.

43 You have heard that it has been said, You shall love your neighbor, and hate your enemy. 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which spitefully use you, and persecute you;

This is not about letting your enemies take advantage of you. Do not let your heart be hardened by unfair and harsh treatment. We are called to love those that hate and despise us.

45 That you may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he makes his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.

We are called to reach the lost, broken, abused and hateful because God loves them and wants them to be part of his family. This can only be accomplished by being born again and realizing that Christ is returning.

46 For if you love them which love you, what reward have you? do not even the publicans the same? 47 And if you salute your brothers only, what do you more than others? do not even the publicans so?

Loving those that love you is the way of the world. If we only fellowship with our friends and brothers then we are not demonstrating the love of God. Even thieves and crooks are loyal to their friends.

48 Be you therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

The crowning point of this section is to grow up to full maturity even as God is full mature.

Jesus uses the questions in verses 46  to 47 to demonstrate agape love instead of phileo love. Phileo love is conditional based on some quality that you like in the other person e.g. physically attractive, talent, likes the

music, movies or sports. Agape love is unconditional based on the new nature received in the new birth. Agape love is the love of God in action.

Questions are a  rich form of communication. Have fun with the following process.

  1. Ask an insightful question.
  2. Keep your mouth shut.
  3. Listen intently.
  4. Repeat.

Unexpressed Expectations

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Expectations. We all have expectations of others, in addition to others having expectations of us. Unmet expectations can result in disappointments, reprimands, arguments, firings, or broken trust. Fulfilled expectations can build trust and raise confidence levels. Exceeded expectations can produce raises, promotions, and celebrations.

The best communications are expressed expectations. This means that both parties understand the expectations, the consequences for not meeting the expectations, and the rewards for meeting or exceeding expectations. This eliminates surprises and disappointments.

One of the most common problems for strained relationships, failed performance reviews, and divorces are unexpressed expectations. Unexpressed expectations could be a result of

  • Avoiding uncomfortable conversations
  • Rejecting  boundaries
  • An unwillingness to come to an agreement with team members (specifically in team or matrix leadership)

Unexpressed expectations is a weakness for leaders and followers. The solution is to have the courage to begin the dialogue with your boss, mate, partner, or friend so that the expectations are clear. Clear expectations are usually negotiable. An early discussion of expectations will result in smoother relationships.

When vetting a mate for marriage, discussing expectations is vital for success. In the beginning, your hormones may be maximizing your pleasure levels but this is temporary. Hiding expectations until after marriage is a BAD idea. It’s best to mutually agree to part ways while dating than after marriage. What are some of the expectations to discuss?

  • Children – Should we have children and if so how many?
  • Employment – Do we both work? What about after children?
  • Money – Thoughts on debt? Do we need new cars? Do we need a house that stretches our means? Is savings important?
  • Sex – Enjoying your spouses body is a gift from God. Discuss your drives.
  • Communication – Ability to talk and listen. Is your conversation strained or fluid?
  • Observe what makes your potential mate angry? Is it traffic, arriving late, spending money, annoying children, etc. This is a revealing of character which will be covered during dating and will be amplified after marriage.

Dating is a negotiation. Seek God for guidance. As Ronald Reagan said “Trust but verify”. Evaluate your potential mate critically now because you will evaluate them after you are married.

You will never find the perfect mate. What did you say? That’s right, you will never find the perfect mate. Do not be fooled that good looks, money, fame, or prestige will make your marriage a success. The tabloids are filled with articles about the rich, famous, beautiful people getting divorced due to “irreconcilable differences”. Which usually means that one or both are filled with pride resulting in an erosion of commitment.

Ephesians 5

22 Married women, submit to your own husbands as if to the Lord; 23 because a husband is the Head of his wife as Christ also is the Head of the Church, being indeed the Saviour of this His Body. 24 And just as the Church submits to Christ, so also married women should be entirely submissive to their husbands. 25 Married men, love your wives, as Christ also loved the Church and gave Himself up to death for her; 26 in order to make her holy, cleansing her with the baptismal water by the word, 27 that He might present the Church to Himself a glorious bride, without spot or wrinkle or any other defect, but to be holy and unblemished. 28 So too married men ought to love their wives as much as they love themselves. He who loves his wife loves himself

Husbands are charged with loving their wives as Christ loved the Church by sacrificing his life. Wives are to submit to their husbands as to Christ.

Marriage is not a feeling. Marriage is about both the husband’s and wife’s commitment first to God and then to each other. Quitting is not an option. This is probably the second most important decision that each of you will make in your lives.

Don’t let unexpressed expectations and the accompanying fear poison a relationship.

Sifting the World

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Philippians 3

8 Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are honest, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

In this verse, the apostle Paul exhorts us to sift the world looking for any truth, honesty, justice, purity, beauty, or good report with a goal to think on whatever is virtuous and praiseworthy.

What is the standard for determining what is true, honest, just, pure, beautiful, and virtuous or praiseworthy? The Bible is the only logical answer. Everybody has  a standard of truth, but the Bible is THE standard of truth.

Sifting the world with the Word of God is a challenge for all Christians. This means that everything that we see, hear, read, or think is filtered by God’s thoughts and ways. Why is this needed? Isaiah 55 sheds some light.

8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, said the LORD.

9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Since our thoughts and ways do not naturally align with God’s thoughts and ways then we need to compare and evaluate. The comfort for Christian’s is that everybody in the Body should be using the same standard of truth. This standard becomes our common ground for regulating our behavior, thinking, and relationships.

Notice what Philippians 3:8 does not say.

  • It does not say that when we hear something that we disagree with that we stop our ears and walk away.
  • It does not say that when we see something that offends us that we turn our heads.

I believe that this is one of the keys for befriending sinners, a trait of Jesus.

My family likes to vacation in the mountains of North Carolina during the summers. One of our favorite past times is to go gem mining. This activity involves going to a gem mine, buying a bucket of dirt, and then sitting down in front of a trough with running water. A scoop of dirt is placed in a framed screen. The screen is slightly submerged in the running water which washes away the dirt. As the dirt washes away then some gems are discovered. The joy is to unearth the few gems in the bucket of dirt.

This reminds me of Philippians 3:8. Just like gem miners will spend hours looking for a handful of gems in a bucket of dirt so are we instructed to look for the few uplifting, positive, Godly things in the world’s bucket of dirt.

This investment requires patience, time, and knowledge of the Word, but the rewards are great.

Godly Disobedience

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“My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.”  Abraham Lincoln

Gamaliel addressed the Sanhedrin council in Acts 5 with the following profound statement during a discussion of what action to take with Peter and John who refused to obey their demand to stop preaching about Jesus Christ.

38 And now I say to you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nothing:

39 But if it be of God, you cannot overthrow it; lest haply you be found even to fight against God.

His counsel presented them with two possible outcomes:

  • If they were obeying men then the work will collapse.
  • If they were obeying God then the work cannot be stopped.

While our country descends into moral bankruptcy, should the Christian majority fear persecution?

Is our country as bad as Roman-occupied Israel during the first century? The Romans rulers were a decadent class with minimal morals. The following were staples of their society:

  • Vomitoriums – buildings to accommodate the aftermath of their gluttonous, all-you-can-eat appetites.
  • Bath houses – buildings to accommodate homosexual’s appetites for boys
  • Coliseum – entertainment derived from watching men fight men, men fight animals, and ship battles
  • Imperialism – Roman expansion and occupation of a geographic region
  • Slavery – captives were forced to provide manual labor

The United States is still a free country with freedom of worship, free markets, and freedom of speech. We are to obey man’s laws unless they violate God’s laws. When we are ordered to disobey God’s laws then conflict and tension arise. Anything not done in faith is a sin.

Our country has a long history of civil disobedience:

  • The founding fathers disobeyed the King of England when they signed the Declaration of Independence
  • Dred Scott left a slave state in order to declare his freedom in a non-slave state.
  • Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King disobeyed Jim Crow laws and authorities to overturn segregation and unconstitutional laws.
  • Edward Snowden committed treason by taking 10’s of thousands of NSA documents to China in order to expose unconstitutional privacy violations.
  • Speakeasy operators violated Prohibition until it was repealed by a Constitutional amendment.
  • The 1960’s spawned a generation of disobedience concerning the Vietnam War.

Civil disobedience is required when believers are asked to violate God’s laws in order to obey Man’s laws. The consequences can be devastating but needed due to the impact to future generations. When we think past our own generation then sometimes we have to sacrifice our comfort for our children.

Persecution of Christians is in the future. The question is no longer “if” but “when”. The Christian churches in Russian and China are models to study. In Russia, the churches were centralized with a few leaders meeting with large groups in church buildings. When the persecution came the leaders were arrested and the church dissolved due to their dependence on the leaders. In China, the churches were decentralized via small groups meeting in homes instead of church buildings. When the persecution came the leaders were unidentified and churches were indistinguishable from family gatherings in homes. The church flourished because of their untrackable activities.

What will happen in your church when the persecution comes? Will it die or thrive? The only sustainable way to not only survive but thrive during the coming persecution is to decentralize the church by organizing small groups meeting in homes. This requires cultivating home group leaders that can operate independently if needed. The apostolic leaders will equip, strengthen, and encourage the home groups. However, the apostolic leaders must be willing to set an example for civil disobedience which could lead to arrest and prison time.

The leaders in the book of Acts were beaten, arrested, and jailed, but the Church grew and thrived. The Apostle Paul wrote the Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians letters while in prison, but there is a curious absence of urgency for his quick release from prison. Leaders need to pour out their lives to equip the Saints because during persecution the Church should grow during their absence.

The Supreme Divide

Lady Justice

“I, ________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”

All Supreme Court justices since the 1860’s have affirmed this oath, including our present sitting Justices. The foundation of the oath is to swear (or affirm) to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. A straightforward charge to these judicial pillars.

There were some landmark Supreme Court decisions this week.

  1. Obamacare was challenged because of the wording in the bill that government subsidies would only be provided for “the states that set up exchanges”. The Court saved the bill by interpreting the phrase “the states that set up exchanges” to mean that any exchanges set up by the states or the federal government, eliminating the checks and balance of the Legislative branch writing the laws, the Judicial branch interpreting the laws, and the Executive branch executing the laws. The Supreme Court, instead of interpreting the law as written, chose to rewrite the law. If congress writes a sloppy or unclear bill then it’s the Supreme Courts job to return the bill so that Congress can write it correctly. Instead, judicial activism was exercised. This was a 6-3 decision.
  2. Same-sex marriage is now a national right according to the due process in the fourteenth amendment.The dissenters did not vote that same-sex marriage is wrong because  it’s not a power granted to the federal government but is reserved for the states to decide. The majority believed that this is a federal right after a 5-4 decision.

How can nine smart, seasoned lawyers come to polar opposite conclusions when the goal is to “protect and defend” the Constitution? The answer is the two different philosophies for interpreting the Constitution: living constitution (loose constructionism) and original intent (strict constructionism).

Living Constitution

Living Constitution was introduced by the father of modern Progressivism, President Woodrow Wilson, in his book Constitutional Government in the United States where he wrote:

Living political constitutions must be Darwinian in structure and in practice.

During his 1912 Presidential campaign Wilson publicly asserted

Society is a living organism and must obey the laws of life, not of mechanics; it must develop. All that progressives ask or desire is permission – in an era when “development,” “evolution,” is the scientific word – to interpret the Constitution according to the Darwinian principle; all they ask is recognition of the fact that a nation is a living thing and not a machine.

Wilson believed that just like organisms evolve per Darwin’s theory that so does the Constitution evolve over time.

Justice Ginsberg defends this approach by saying the Constitution must allow for broad interpretation.

“It’s intended to be looked at in the context of contemporary events, in the context of history, in the context of past precedent, and the intent of the framers. Put all those things together and hopefully what you get is the right answer to some perplexing issue that the court is confronting,”

During an Egyptian TV interview Justice Ginsberg responded,

“I would not look to the U.S. Constitution if I were drafting a constitution in the year 2012.”  The justice then added, “I might look at the constitution of South Africa. That was a deliberate attempt to have a fundamental instrument of government that embraced basic human rights, have an independent judiciary. It really is, I think, a great piece of work that was done.”

Justice Ginsberg swore to protect and defend our constitution but believes that South Africa has a better constitution.

The liberal justices (Sotomayor, Ginsberg, Kagan, Breyer) were nominated by Democratic presidents and usually vote in lockstep due to their belief in a living constitution that changes according to the cultural and social climate of the present.

Original Intent

Original Intent is the belief that  Constitutional interpretation is according to the intent of authors of the Constitution. This approach interprets the Constitution literally, peruses the Federalist Papers, and any other early writings that could provide the author’s intent. This concludes that the Federal Government only has power explicitly granted in the Constitution and all other powers are implicitly granted to the States. The belief is that the Constitution is resilient enough for our country unless new amendments are ratified.

The conservative justices (Alito, Scalia, Thomas, Kennedy, Roberts) were nominated by Republican presidents. Alito, Scalia, and Thomas usually vote together due to their original intent philosophy. Kennedy and Roberts are now swing voters who drift between living Constitution and original intent decisions.

Conclusion

The founding fathers were brilliant men that understood human nature, the corruption of man, and the lust for power. Our constitution is meant to provide constraints on the Federal government and to enforce checks and balances on the federal branches (Legislative, Executive, Judicial). Ratifying Constitutional amendments is meant to be difficult to provide constitutional stability. States’ rights are intended to flourish except where federal rights are explicitly granted.

The Constitutional foundation is crumbling as officials deem it an obstacle for what they want. A living constitution means that the constitution means whatever the interpreter wants it to mean. Therefore the Constitution is deemed as a necessary evil until it can be modified by the court to be a better document. This thinking is dangerous and a threat to our country.

I Am The Way and The Truth and The Life

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In the book of John, Jesus Christ says the phrase “I am the…” sixteen times with 10 of them different:

  1. Bread, bread of life, living bread
  2. Light of the world (2)
  3. Door, door of the sheep
  4. Good shepherd (2)
  5. Son of god
  6. Resurrection
  7. Vine, true vine
  8. Way
  9. Truth (reality)
  10. Life

This article will focus on the last three: Way, Truth, and Life.

“I am the” is a powerful phrase. The “I” is Jesus Christ speaking about himself. He is expressing ownership for his claims.  The “am” means present tense. He doesn’t say “I was” or “I will be” but “I am” meaning at this moment the following trait applies to him. The word “the” is the definite article. He could have said “I am a” which means one of many. Instead, he marked himself by the word “the” which means distinct from all others. “I am the” are three very common and simple words but significant.  Now let’s look at

John 14:6

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

In the Greek, this phrase is “I am the way and the truth and the life”. The additional “and” changes the emphasis from the end of the sentence to each item in the list. We will consider the meaning of all three: the way and the truth and the life.

The Way

Jesus said, “I am the way”.  The way is the path, avenue, or road leading to a destination. Jesus is the only path to the ultimate destination, eternal life.  This is accomplished by the new birth which is Christ in you, the hope of glory ( Colossians 3:15).

John 7:14(NASV)

For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

This verse adds to our understanding that the way is narrow. This means that Jesus Christ is the only way. All other ways are ways but not “the way”. This requires us to learn and obey God’s thoughts and ways (Isaiah 55:8-9). Staying on the Way improves our lives and the lives of others as we align our thoughts and ways with God’s thoughts and ways.

The Way is narrow and leads to a gate. This gate represents the entrance to the kingdom. Also, he said that few find it. Why do few find it? First of all you find something when you are looking for it. Most of the world is not looking for the gate because of the belief that there are many gates and that the road is wide. This is a lie of Satan. Let’s look at John 14 again.

John 14:6

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

No man comes unto the Father but by Jesus. It’s interesting that he did not say “no man comes unto God, but by me.” That’s because it’s a family relationship. It’s the born from above son’s of God that call him father. We not only call him father but Abba which means Daddy. It’s an intimate term used by children. It supersedes our God relationship. President Obama has two daughters, Sasha, and Malia. He is their president, but they do not address him as Mr. President when he says goodnight. Instead, they say, “Goodnight Daddy”. He is still their President, but the Daddy relationship supersedes the Presidential title.

The Truth

There are a lot of reality shows on TV today. There are eating shows (Anthony Bourdain), makeup shows(Face Off), cooking shows(Hell’s Kitchen, Chopped, America’s Test Kitchen, Top Chef), family shows(Keeping up with the Kardashians,  19 Kids and Counting), singing completions (The Voice), supernatural experiences (Paranormal Witness), fishing shows (Deadliest catch), dancing competitions(Dance Moms, Dancing with the  Stars), Courtroom cases (Judge Judy), Police(Cops), Real estate (Million dollar listing NY), Pawn shop (Pawn stars), dating(Parental Control), Amazon.com list over 1000 different reality shows.  Most of them are not “reality” shows (with the exception of sporting events) because the shows are scripted and manipulated. These shows appeal to us due to a desire to see something odd, exotic, extravagant, competitive, or weird. There is another reality.

Jesus said that he’s “the Truth”. One of the translations for truth is reality. Jesus is the Reality! Since Jesus is the Word then the Word of God is Reality. You can trust the rightly divided Word of God to align with biology, geology, astronomy, history, and any other subject.  The world knows facts and theories, some of which change over time, but the Word of God is always true.

The Life

There are many words for life in the Greek. Bios is the word for physical life. We derive the English word biology from it. Psuche is the word for soul life where the intellect, emotions, and will exist. We derive the English word psychology from it. The last word, zoe, applies to Jesus Christ and represents spiritual life which results in eternal life. All three of the life forms are mentioned In the following verse.

1 Thessalonians 5:23(NIV)

May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Adam was a three part being as God intended: body, soul, and spirit. When Adam committed treason in Genesis 3 then he lost the spirit of God and became a body and soul man.  Man was incomplete until the Day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit was made available so that man could be complete again by adding spirit to his body and soul. Now man had the ability to communicate with God via the spirit and operate all nine of the manifestations of the spirit: word of knowledge, word of wisdom, discerning of spirits, faith, miracles, gifts of healings, speaking in tongues, speaking in tongues with interpretation, and prophecy.

Jesus is the Way and the Truth and the Life. Therefore, we can live Life as we walk by the Spirit being Real as we are on the Way to eternal life.

Jesus said In John 16:7(NAS)

7 “But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you, but if I go, I will send Him to you.

This must have baffled his disciples to think that it would be better for Jesus to leave than to stay. But he told then that he was speaking the truth, the real deal. Instead of only one Jesus present on the earth then the sons of God with Christ in them would have the life of God, the love of God, and the Word of God in their nature. We do not have to find Jesus because we carry Jesus with us. Rejoice in the privilege to be a Son of God and walk as worthy ambassadors representing our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

The Foundation of Freedom

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Freedom is one of the sweetest words in the world. All people desire freedom. In the US, we enjoy some of the greatest freedoms in the world but take them for granted. What is the foundation of our freedom? Freedom is bestowed by God. The first record of freedom is in the Bible. God gave all angels freedom of will including Lucifer. This opportunity resulted in the following declaration by the Devil in Isaiah 14.

13 For you have said in your heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also on the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.  

Satan declared “I will” five times asserting his pride. I never realized that God gave angels free will because I thought they ALWAYS obeyed the Lord. Lucifer was not the only angel that asserted his free will since a third of the angels were cast out of heaven because they chose to follow Lucifer instead of God (Revelations 12:4). Then God gave the first man, Adam, freedom of will along with rewards for obedience and the consequences for disobedience. In Genesis 2

15 And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat: 17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat of it: for in the day that you eat thereof you shall surely die.

Adam had one rule to remember, he could freely eat of every tree except for the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil would result in death on the same day. In Genesis 3 they broke the rule.

6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also to her husband with her; and he did eat.

On that day Adam and Eve were evicted from paradise, received the curse, and lost the spirit of God. Adam’s disobedience reverberates today.

The U.S. Constitution asserts our freedom of will in the first amendment.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

The founders understood the importance of freedom of will because it is the foundation of our freedom. Our opportunity to think freely is restricted by our infringement of another person’s freedom of will. We can disagree with the government, but we cannot yell fire in a theater or threaten our neighbor with bodily harm. We can not and should not try to control how others think by imposing our views. This week a white supremacist on psychotropic drugs entered a black church in Charleston, SC to brutally murder nine black members during a daytime prayer meeting. This act of violence is reprehensible and unconscionable.

Our President attributed this act of violence to inadequate gun control and racial hatred. John Stewart claims that the murders occurred because the Confederate flag still waves over the state Capitol and there are streets in Charleston named after Confederate generals. More gun control and racism are the common politically correct responses to mass murders. Page two of the story is usually not covered by the media: prescriptions and demon spirits.

  • Most of the heinous murders in the last twenty years have involved prescription drugs for mental issues. Here is an article supporting the correlation between Mass shootings and psychiatric drugs The pharmaceutical companies pay hundreds of millions of dollars: in advertising to the news agencies, to government lobbies, and to medical school research. None of these groups wants to impede the river their river of cash by reporting negative news.
  • These psychotropic drugs open up the mind to receive demonic spirits. I believe that the young man in Charleston was devil possessed since sane people do not commit heinous crimes because they have a conscious. Demon spirits like to focus on Christians and the Church because of their expulsion from heaven. Explaining demon possession is outside the scope of this article but it’s real, dangerous, and impervious to the five senses.

The murder was sick, twisted, and racist. There are no whites rallying behind his acts proclaiming him as a hero. Freedom of will is a double-edged sword that gives authoritarians the willies. Congress is not authorized to legislate and arrest us for how we think, no matter how much they disagree. Political correctness seeks to control how we think about: racism, feminism, guns, sexual preferences, drugs, the environment, evolution, etc. It is not against the law to be stupid, ignorant, or politically incorrect. Freedom is never free because somebody had to pay the price. Embrace both your and my freedom  because to deny my freedom  is to deny your own which begins the erosion of our foundation of freedom.