A Simple Demographic Analysis Validates That Most Of Us Won’t Reside In Heaven

I just read an article entitled Few Americans Believe the Bible Is The Literal Word Of God that states 24% of Americans believe in the Bible. That number is based on a Gallup poll, and the results are summarized in this graphic.  Just 47% believe the Bible is even inspired by God, and there are more that believe it is a book of fables than there are that believe it is God’s literal word.

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I can state this with absolute certainty, the majority of the poll participants in that Gallup poll are not people that study the Bible.  And, being an analyst for most of my life, and making bold assertions about what stock markets might do over a window of time, or what we might see in the way of economic growth, and having gotten those market and economic calls wrong a lot of the time, I am well aware of the risks involved in making an absolute call on anything.  Notwithstanding that caveat, I stand by that assertion – they base their views, not on well informed research, but rather on the fact that parts of the Bible don’t line up with what they believe God should be like.

There are people in the world who are a lot better informed on the matter than these poll participants in the aggregate that disagree with their view, and I am one of them.  And, I base my view on researching the matter, and I do that for one single reason – I don’t want to be wrong in terms of my beliefs as the Bible – if it is God’s inerrant Word – tells me that my belief in His Word is what will reserve for me my place in heaven.

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The Deep State Reacts with Hostility After F.B.I. Comey Loyal Decides to Release a Few Innocuous Details of Trump/Comey Meeting   

After FBI Director James Comey was given his walking papers on May 9, tensions have been high, but things came unhinged over night as one of Mr. Comey’s former associates at the F.B.I. decided to speak with a NY Times reporter about Comey’s private memos detailing his meetings with Trump.  Here is an excerpt from that exchange:

“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” Mr. Trump told Mr. Comey, according to the memo. “He is a good guy. I hope you can.”  Mr. Trump told Mr. Comey that Mr. Flynn had done nothing wrong, according to the memo.

Mr. Comey did not say anything to Mr. Trump about curtailing the investigation, replying only: “I agree he is a good guy.”

Then the White House released these comments:

“While the president has repeatedly expressed his view that General Flynn is a decent man who served and protected our country, the president has never asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn,” the statement said. “The president has the utmost respect for our law enforcement agencies, and all investigations. This is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and Mr. Comey.”

Apparently the Comey memos are unclassified, and I am sure that is true, and by design.  More importantly though, the words reported by the unidentified Comey associate seem rather innocuous to me.  President Trump isn’t demanding anything of Comey – he is simply expressing his opinion.  At least that is all he is doing in the words printed by the NY Times so far.  Is it somehow illegal for Trump to make those statements behind closed doors?  It certainly would be perfectly permissible to state his opinion in a press conference.  What – one wonders – might be appropriate conversation between an F.B.I. Director and his boss?

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Will Donald Trump Have a Role in The Battle of Armageddon, Christ’s Second Coming, and the Rapture? What Happens After That?

For the first time today I conversed via email with Don Gleason.  Don was one of the first people aside from my collaborator, Doug Anderson, to read the book I finished a few weeks ago entitled Betting on Jesus.  At the moment there are just the 3 of us working to promote the book, and as is often the case, that sort of thing takes some time.  I know we’ve sold a quite a few books, and given away several more, and for the most part to people we know, so it seems reasonable that some feedback would be forthcoming.

My guess is that most of the people we know assume Betting on Jesus is just another religious book out of the hundreds of religious books on the market.  It seems everyone is writing books these days, in particular the televangelists that are able to capitalize on their large following.  So, it shouldn’t be a surprise that many would see this book in that same category.  Well, I assure you Betting on Jesus is not like any book I’ve ever read on the subject, and I’ve read a lot of them over the years.

The difference between Betting on Jesus and Joel Osteen or Rob Bells most recent book is that Betting on Jesus isn’t the religious equivalent of Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People, and it isn’t another Power of Positive Thinking, the book that made Dr. Norman Vincent Peale famous.

The sad truth is that much of the religious writing being done today is more akin to Tony Robbins and his self-help books, or Deepak Chopra and his New Age message than anything even remotely resembling scripturally sound words written for the purpose of saving souls.  Quite honestly, it is a sad testament to the times we live in when the most popular evangelists of our day own their own private jets and live in multi-million dollar mansions.

As Jesus often said, we can’t serve God and money.  We will love the one and hate the other are pretty close to the words He used.  And, He also pointed out that we are to beware of false teachers.  For me it is easy enough to gauge whether or not one puts God above the things of this world.  One merely has to think about how he uses his mind – that is, what are the things that occupy his thoughts as he goes through his day to day activities.  My guess is there are a lot of you reading these words that never give a single thought to God and His Word through the course of an average day.  That puts you at high risk of not making it through what Jesus called the “narrow gate” – Jesus’s own choice of words when explaining who will be saved from an eternity in hell.

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Does God Answer Our Prayers?

Personal note from author:

This post is from the book Betting on Jesus – Chapter 9.  It is the process I went through to seek out my own answers on the matter of prayer.  The process of discerning truth on the matter of prayer, and whether or not God answers our prayers, was a tedious one requiring a lot of thought, and a lot of research.  The only source we have for learning how to pray is the Bible, and that is where I went for my answers.  The answers may not be the ones you are looking for, but if we follow God’s instructions, and if we take into account his disclaimers, we can eventually come to a point where prayer does work for us.  

The first thing that comes to mind is how preachers deal with this subject.  For the most part, they say God does keep His promise, and that prayer is answered.  They then say that when we ask God for something, and He doesn’t give it to us, that in itself is God’s answer.  Sometimes preachers will say that God delays giving it to us, which doesn’t mean prayer isn’t answered.  And, other times they say God denies our request because what we ask for is not good for us.

I am fine with that if I can find evidence of these disclaimers in scripture, but I can’t.  Consider these words from Jesus: Continue reading “Does God Answer Our Prayers?”